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this is bbc news. the prime minister learns he could face a vote of no confidence as early as next week, as he arrives for the conservative party conference. "a politically motivated attack" — downing street's verdict on borisjohnson being referred to the police watchdog over his links to an american businesswoman. pressure grows on president trump as secretary of state, mike pompeo, is ordered to hand over documents on ukraine linked to the impeachment investigation. doctors hail the results of new clinical trials that have dramatically increased the chances of long—term survival for some people with advanced melanoma skin cancer. teargas and water cannon are used by hong kong police to disperse protestors holding a rally to mark the fifth anniversary
of the pro—democracy umbrella movement. a massive upset at the rugby world cup as japan makes history by beating ireland. and we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers henry mance, who's chief features writer at the ft, and the broadcaster, penny smith. good evening. the prime minister, borisjohnson, has arrived in manchester for the start of the conservative party conference, amid growing speculation that opposition parties at westminster, are considering a vote of no confidence. the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, says a caretaker government is becoming more likely every day, and the snp has reiterated it's support for a move against the prime minister, in order to prevent the uk leaving
the eu, without a deal. however the conservatives maintain, they're the only party, that can get brexit done. chris mason's report now, contains some flashing images. borisjohnson — you are not fit... boris johnson arrived here this evening with his girlfriend, carrie symonds. are you losing control, prime minister? a prime minister in office but barely in control — defeated in court but defiant. what a week it's been. the prime minister's advice to her majesty was unlawful. parliament has not been prorogued. welcome back to our place of work. many of us in this place are subject to death threats... i've never heard so much humbug in all my life. he faces huge questions about the country's future and his own past. the mayor of london supports you. you like hanging out hang out with us, right? ido! borisjohnson has been referred to the police watchdog over a potential criminal offence relating to his relationship with the businesswomen
jennifer arcuri over allegations she received favourable treatment, including grants and a place on trade trips, when mrjohnson was mayor of london. the prime minister denies any wrongdoing. this issue is being politically driven, it's politically motivated. and the prime minister has been clear that proprieties were observed. all in all, is all of this an open goalfor labour? they hope so. even if some privately wonder if their leader is match—fit. if the government falls, loses a vote of confidence, could jeremy corbyn become caretaker prime minister? at the moment he doesn't have the numbers. and yet... it's getting more likely every single day because this government is collapsing. it has now lost all seven votes since boris johnson became prime minister and this tory government has been defeated over 45 times in parliament. they don't have a majority, they don't have a programme, they don't have policies and they don't also
have any credibility. the scottish national party want to be seen to be trying to bring down the government next week and could live with mr corbyn in downing street. the only way to guarantee another brexit delay, they think, and then have a general election. it's only right and proper that he, as the leader of the largest opposition party, should have the first opportunity to form an administration. but if another name appears in the frame, a ken clarke or a dominic grieve, that people can coalesce around, then i personally — and i think the snp — would have very little difficulty with that. no—one but no—one knows what's over the horizon right now. but this is a party, despite everything, determined to show the world its best side. and chris mason gave us an update a little earlier this evening — describing what needs to be done to lift the mood amongst conference delegates there in manchester — after a difficult week for
conservatives. it's not chris mason, it'sjonathan blake. aside from a small crowd of hardened anti—brexit protestors who could be heard booing in the distance from outside of the security cordon, as you can probably hear them, now the prime minister arrived here in manchester this evening to a very friendly crowd — of course, his party faithful, who are gathering here over the next few days for their annual conference happening in unusual circumstances, of course, because, as you say, parliament will continue to sit back in westminster, and opposition parties have been talking up the prospect of a vote of no confidence against the government in the coming days. i would sound a note of caution about that, though, because, although the opposition parties need to pile on — and want to pile on the pressure to the prime minister — they also are struggling to agree on how and what to do should they win a vote of no confidence against the government.
so interesting circumstances for the tories to be gathering here in manchester. they will, as you can probably see on the front of the conference centre behind me, be hammering the message that they are the party that can get brexit done. they will also try to focus as much as possible on their domestic agenda for government as well. we know that the party has many divisions for various reasons. how are they responding to the concerns that some have expressed about the lack of trust in the prime minister as to whether he will observe the law that's been passed to stop us leaving with no deal? well, the prime minister has said at every opportunity that he and the government will follow the law. but he's also said that he has no intention of asking for an extension to the brexit deadline. he is, of course, though, required to do that by law if he can't get a brexit deal by 19th october. so opposition parties are increasingly nervous
that the government is going to find a way round complying with the legislation that opposition parties passed in the last couple of weeks to force the prime minister to ask for that extension. so that's why perhaps we're seeing a stepping up in the talk of a vote of no confidence, but the opposition parties remain nervous and reluctant to do that before they can guarantee that that extension to brexit has been secured and also that the prime minister would not allow an election to happen after the brexit deadline of 31st october. and the prime minister will be live on the andrew marr show, that's tomorrow morning, 9 o'clock, on bbc one. exactly what i just said. jeremy corbyn says a future labour government, would scrap universal credit, which merges six benefits, into a single payment. in a speech in essex,
he said he'd immediately upon taking office, reduce the wait faced by claimants, from five weeks, to two. police in hong kong have fired tear gas and water canon at protesters, who're marking five years since the start of what became known as the umbrella movement. it was a campaign of civil disobedience and protest, in the fight for greater democratic freedom under chinese rule. the movement faded after two months, but today's anniversary comes after a new wave of far more militant demonstrations. from hong kong, here's our china correspondent, john sudworth. the everyday object that lent its name to a movement was in use again. five years after it first shielded the protesters from the pepper spray and tear gas. in 2014, the umbrella protests faded away. but this year they're back with a vengeance — in far more violent form.
we have no choice. like, we can't go back. imean... for me, like... if we lose this time, hong kong cannot survive for more than another five years. the anniversary began calmly enough, with thousands joining a peaceful rally. but this is now a deeply divided society. with those who fear that hong kong's freedoms are being eroded... ..pitted against often ugly confrontation against the supporters of chinese rule. this man, beaten for carrying a chinese flag by those who say they are fighting to protect freedom of speech. by the end of the night, the centre of hong kong was a battleground once more. so the protesters are retreating from the water cannon
and the pepper spray. five years ago the umbrella movement began on this spot. they gained no political concessions. that's why these people say their far more militant tactics are justified. the authorities marked the anniversary with a belated promise to look again at electoral reform. the protesters smashed their windows and then disappeared into the night. john sudworth, bbc news, hong kong. the forecast is for a low turnout, in afg hanistan‘s presidential election, with tens of thousands of police and soldiers protecting polling stations, after warnings of violence from the taliban. so far at least four people have been killed, and 80 others injured, in bomb and mortar attacks. martin patience reports now from the capital, kabul. voting in afghanistan takes courage. this is an election that will be closely scrutinised for fraud.
taliban threats didn't stop these women from turning out, no matter what it took. in a hospital in the city ofjalalabad, these people know the cost of democracy. 36 people here were injured in a blast. i had been queueing up to vote for ten minutes. then i heard an explosion. the next thing i knew, i was lying on the ground and my legs were wounded. we need security. we call on our next president to deliver security. but a massive security presence wasn't enough to bring people out. what's striking is the streets of the capital have been quiet all day. normally they'd be busy with people heading to the polls to elect their next president.
but the fear of taliban attacks mean many people have chosen to stay at home. earlier today, president ashraf ghani cast his vote, saying this election will help move the country forward. and his main challenger, doctor abdullah abdullah, conveyed a similar message. was today's vote a success? from a security point of view, yes. but the taliban threats worked. voters didn't turn out. taliban threatened particular, certain objectives for them. they were going to attack the sites, they were going to make targeted attacks in cities. but today, they failed to do it. but if voter turnout is as low as predicted, how much legitimacy will the next afghan president have? martin patience, bbc news, kabul.
the headlines on bbc news: we're not going to the headlines just yet. doctors are heralding an extraordinary transformation and the treatment of a deadly form of skin cancer. ten years advanced melanoma receivers —— was seen as untreatable but a clinical trial shows half of patients are now surviving for at least five years. the drugs involved target the immune system and are already available on the nhs. helen science correspondent reports. pam smith is alive and well, but it's been more than five years since she had the devastating news that her cancer was untreatable. an aggressive melanoma had spread inside her body and she says she didn't stand a chance. but pam took part in a pioneering trial and says it saved her life. without having those drugs like that, i might not have got to see my grandchildren. so... because it's just over the five years now since it happened
and my youngest grandchild, he was six at the weekend. so, you know, i wouldn't have seen him growing up and the other grandchildren as well. ten years ago, people usually died within six to nine months of being diagnosed. this trial on 916 patients tested a combination of immunotherapies and showed 52% were still alive five years later. the doctor who's presenting the data at a cancer conference said the impact was an amazing surprise. it's been the most extraordinary transformation from a disease that was regarded amongst all the cancers as the most difficult to treat, with the most serious prognosis. pam has not been cured. her cancer halved in size after treatment and has not grown in five years. others are in complete remission, with no sign of the tumour in their body. we are so encouraged by today's
news, and now there's this air of positivity and it's given lots of melanoma patients and families a lot of hope and a bit of a spring in their step. immunotherapy is nobel prize—winning science that is making the untreatable treatable. james gallagher, bbc news. you're watching bbc news. the headlines on bbc news: the prime minister learns he could face a vote of no—confidence as early as next week as he arrives for the conservative party conference. downing street describes as "a politically motivated" attack — borisjohnson's referral to the police watchdog over his links to an american businesswoman. pressure grows on president trump as secretary of state, mike pompeo, is ordered to hand over documents on ukraine linked to the impeachment investigation. sport and for a full round—up, from the bbc sport centre, here's ben. good evening.
we'll start in the premier league, where there's been no change in the top two. manchester city remain five points behind leaders liverpool. liverpool won at sheffield united earlier today, but in the late kick—off, city responded by beating everton 3—1. craig templeton was watching. manchester city's last me a league game ended in something they are not used to — defeat. game ended in something they are not used to - defeat. their walk proved themselves ready to start his first game of the season, but an ugly blow to the head meant he lasted just 50 seconds. it took ten minutes with hers before real chance, and it was one that really should have taken. kevin has been back to his best since the defeat against norwich, they couldn't have made it any easierfor gabriel. city they couldn't have made it any easier for gabriel. city were they couldn't have made it any easierfor gabriel. city were making defensive mistakes, so ms coleman, but it was dominic who made the final touch. —— seamus, but it was dominic who made the finaltouch. —— seamus, everton stood strong. jordan bedford couldn't do, although the quality of
rio's strike was admirable. an raheem sterling shot just rio's strike was admirable. an raheem sterling shotjust across the line it was three, although the game had been much closer. elsewhere, there were wins for chelsea, crystal palace, spurs and wolves. aston villa and burnley drew, as did bournemouth and west ham. in scotland, celtic‘s lead at the top is down to a point after they came from behind to draw 1—1 at hibs, who saw their manager sent off in the aftermath of the equaliser when he kicked a water bottle and it hit an official. rangers closed up on celtic when they thrashed aberdeen 5—0. stjohnstone stay bottom after losing to motherwell. hamilton beat livingston, while the games between kilmarnock and ross county and st mirren and hearts finished goalless. to the rugby world cup next, where south africa and argentina enjoyed big wins but the shock of the day, of the tournament came in shizuoka where japan humbled ireland 19—12.
the irish had led at half—time, but a japanese display described as "furious and intense" by ireland coachjoe schmidt won the game in the second half. our correspondent andy swiss was there. well, what a memorable night of the thousands of fans here in shizuoka. four years ago the world cup of course, it was south africa, now it was ireland on the end of another remarkable giantkilling. ireland seems to have had taken control in the first outcome of those good two early tries, the first from garry ringrose as he collected a fine kick from jack carty, and carty then set up from jack carty, and carty then set up the second try as well for rob carney. at that point, ireland really seemed in control, 12—3 up, japan came back before the break, three penalties meant ireland led only 12—9 at half time. japan had all the momentum and then with 20 minutes to go,japan
all the momentum and then with 20 minutes to go, japan scored the try that set their fans into rupture, the tri— courtesy of kenki fukuoka who went over in the corner, that gave them the lead. ireland goodbye no way back as japan landed a late penalty to make it 19—12 at the final whistle —— could find no waiver, the japan it is two wins out of two. they are on course to make the quarterfinals. andy swiss in tokyo. usa's christian coleman has won the 100 metres at the world athletics championships in doha. he clocked a time of 9.76 seconds, with fellow american justin gatlin claiming the silver medal. coleman, who this season avoided a ban for missing three doping tests, was the pre—event favourite. canada's andre de grasse took bronze, and great britain's only man in the final, zharnel hughes, finished sixth in a time of 10.06.
those things happen, unfortunately. you just have to be strong minded, be focused and come again. that's what i'm going to do. i'm disappointed, but hey, i can't give up disappointed, but hey, i can't give up on myself... what happens. —— myself. that's what happens. charles leclerc is in the groove in formula i at the moment. he stuck his ferrari on pole for sunday's russian grand prix in sochl leclerc will start from the front for the fourth consecutive race after finishing a four tenths of a second clear of lewis hamilton. ferrari team—mate sebastian vettel, who won his first race of the year last weekend, will start from third. annamiek van vleuten won the elite women's road race at the world championships in yorkshire. the 36—year—old dutch cyclist showed she's still got plenty left in her legs by breaking away from the rest of the field with 65 miles to go to the finish in harrogate. britain's lizzie deignan, who grew up in the local area could only finish 31st. —— annemiek van vleuten. that's all the sport for now.
have a good night. you too. leading democrats in congress have made their first demand for documents in the impeachment inquiry into president trump. the secretary of state, mike pompeo, has been ordered to hand over ukraine—related material within a week. the us special envoy to ukraine, kurt volker, has resigned. earlier i spoke to paul glastris, who is editor—in—chief of the washington monthly, and the former senior speechwriter to bill clinton. i started by asking him how much trouble president trump might be in, this time. serious trouble. it looks like the drive to impeachment has begun, certainly an enquiry is happening that was not happening prior to the revelations. the unclear thing is what crime was committed? one can make a house of foreign policy and
the venal and still not commit a crime. things are moving very fast. and his revelations, at least on face value, are quite extraordinary. he used the power of his office to not only dig up dirt on the most likely opponent, is most likely opponent in 2020, but he did so by denying military aid, holding of military aid that congress had passed and he had signed stop and to an ally underan passed and he had signed stop and to an ally under an active fire threat from russia. so, a very big deal. what's different about it this time, though, there have been rumblings of an impeachment enquiry before?” think what happened last time is the russian investigation — the special investigation by robert mueller that came out this summer was complicated, the special prosecutor deemed that as much back as it was
between the jump campaign and various russians, the it didn't rise to the level of a crime, a conspiracy —— trump campaign, there was an indication of criminal obstruction of justice, was an indication of criminal obstruction ofjustice, but that would be something prosecutable after the president gets out of office. so the democrats lost steam and the democratic leadership in the house, nancy pelosi, has not wanted to begin an impeachment hearing. she thinks it is bad for her candidates, for moderate districts in the next election. that has changed. she is now getting behind an impeachment enquiry. the politics have changed in theirfans enquiry. the politics have changed in their fans because of the needs of this latest scandal, one where the president, in the last scandal which didn't have, have him asking for a favour in return for delivery of weapons systems. what bar would
have to be reached for it to mean the end of his presidency? well, it's unlikely that we'll see that for the simple reason that though the house of representatives, the lower house, impeaches. which is to say prosecutes an impeachment, prosecutes the crime in this case, it's the senate that convicts, that votes, that is the jury. in the upper house, the senate, is in the house of —— hands of republicans who have been illies loyal in the sense of not breaking with the president even though many of them don't like him very much. so there is very little hope even among democrats that the president will be driven out of office for this. it's sort of somewhere in between where do not impedes, that is do not prosecute, is to ignore behaviour that many
feel is invincible, even —— impeachable, but i think him going back into an election would be weaker. and about getting the documents released, how could he resist doing that? they can thrive. once an impeachment enquiry —— try, and extra power of subpoenaed kicks in in the enquiry. they can delay, they can cold the documents part of executive privilege ——: mark, eventually i think they will probably lose. —— call. republicans
in the senate have been taking the administration line, but also calling for the release of documents. i don't think president trump is going to succeed. over the year he met his count —— counterpart volodymyr zelensky at various meetings. what reasons have kurt voelker given for resigning his post? one can only guess. my sense is kurt voelker, it was an unpaid part—time ms dairy envoy to ukraine —— emissary envoy. my guess is he wa nts to —— emissary envoy. my guess is he wants to go before congress and be
able to speak his own mind without the responsibility of also speaking for the administration. paul glastris editor—in—chief of washington monthly, we will be taking a look at the papers coming up. with our reviewers henry mance, who's chief features writer at the ft, and the broadcaster penny smith. that's coming up just after the headlines at 11:30pm. now it's time for a look at the weather with ben. it's turned into a really soggy evening across many parts of the uk, and a pretty blustery one as well. also you how things have been shaping up over recent hours. this heavy rain piling quite quickly northwards, this particular stripe of rain as it has moved across the south of england and has given huge amounts of rain. we have seen ten millimetres injust amounts of rain. we have seen ten millimetres in just an amounts of rain. we have seen ten millimetres injust an hour in cardiff before 11pm, millimetres injust an hour in cardiff before "pm, that will give some big puddles, surface water and spray. that heavy water will move eastwards. and then is moving
northwards by the end of the night. the northern half of scotland, apart from the odd shower, seeing some dry weather. this low pressure system slides its way eastwards through tomorrow morning, very strong winds on its southern flank in these bits and pieces of showery rain working is with good contains a really squally gusty winds —— working its way eastward, northern england seeing this rain continuing, and when the rain does persist for any length of time, there could be some localised flooding impact. the northern ireland and scotland, the best of the dry weather, highs of 13 to 19 degrees. as we go through tomorrow evening, we was that area of low pressure away, but on the back edge there could be some strong winds blowing into eastern coastal counties are coinciding with high tides that could give rise to some coastal flooding. tides that could give rise to some coastalflooding. monday morning will actually start on a fairly quiet note. a little bump of high
pressure here, you have to squint on the map to see it, but that will give some dry weather. the odd patch of mist and fog, the low pressure will once again be making its move from the south—west. during monday was in my heavy rain across northern england, but particularly wales, i think there will have to be concerns is that piles over the hills and mountains, there could be some flooding impact. further north, not as much rain but it will be to —— chilly, on the back edge of this front, follow the isobars all the way to the north, that is where the airwill be coming way to the north, that is where the air will be coming from for the middle part of the week. it will feel very cool for all of us. in the south, 13— 1a degrees, in the north 10-12. and south, 13— 1a degrees, in the north 10—12. and in the end of the week, well, there is a chance we could see some more wet and windy weather. there is more weather here throughout the night, but from me, it is good night.
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