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this is bbc news, i'm ben brown. the headlines at midday: the family of harry dunn — who died in a collision with an american woman who then fled to the us — are flying there now, hoping for a meeting. typhoon hagibis sweeps across japan killing at least 20. rivers have burst their banks and tens of thousands of soldiers have been deployed to help rescue efforts. after turkish air strikes in northern syria — hundreds of islamic state fighters‘ family members are reported to have escaped. jacob rees—mogg has said the prospects of a deal with the eu are more positive than they were a week i trust borisjohnson to ensure that the relationship the uk has with the european union is one where we are not a vassal state. and that is the point
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that we are leading towards in all these discussions. coming up — click looks at whether electric cars are a credible replacement for petrol or diesel vehicles. that's in half an hour on bbc news. good afternoon. the family of harry dunn, the nineteen—year—old killed in a crash involving an american woman, are flying to the united states, to raise their concerns about the case with politicians there. anne sacoolas, the wife of a us intelligence officer, left the uk after the collision in august. she's now said she wants to meet the teenager's parents. earlier, i spoke to mark stephens, the lawyer representing harry dunn's family,
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who explained what they are hoping to achieve by going to washington. one of the things they are hoping to achieve is that, by fleeing britishjustice, anne sacoolas effectively denied them the opportunity to understand what happened in the last seconds of harry's life and, as a consequence, they've been seeking for some weeks now an explanation from her, an opportunity to talk to her so that they can get psychological closure on that part and move to the grieving part. at the moment, they've been held in limbo and suspension so they are going to washington in the hope that anne sacoolas will see them. her lawyers have put out a statement saying that is possible and, if it is, that should be a good thing for them. her lawyers saying that she would like to meet harry dunn's parents so she can express her sympathies and apologies for this tragic
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—— so —— so that she can express her deepest sympathies and apologies for this tragic accident. so it looks like a meeting is probably quite likely. one would hope so. the other thing is you've got to remember that anne sacoolas, and it is a tragedy for that family, too, so it is important. the problem i think here is that we are seeing yet another mealy—mouthed politician's letter from the foreign office here where they are saying mrs sacoolas, because she is in america, doesn't have diplomatic immunity. everybody knew that all along. diplomatic immunity only applies when you are in the host country, in this case the uk. it never applies once you go back to your own country. and i think it was the threat of the dunns calling her into court in america that has actually brought forth this suggested meeting. but do harry dunn's parents want her to return to the united kingdom?
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i think they would like to see justice followed. the usual course here, and her behaviour has been quite exceptional, almost unique, if you go to court, you say, "i have diplomatic immunity", that is scrutinised by the court and if the court thinks that is right, then you are discharged and you carry on like a diplomat living in the country. in this case, the americans, british knew full well she wasn't entitled to diplomatic immunity, it wouldn't have withstood proper scrutiny in british courts and, so, she fled on a us transport plane back to america. i hope her letterfrom her lawyer says she wants to cooperate with the police. but, ultimately, that is not a matterfor the dunn family,
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that is for northamptonshire police, the chief constable. if she is to stand charges for manslaughter or whatever it is, then in those circumstances that is a completely separate issue. as far as the dunn family are concerned, they need this psychological closure on this particular stage so they can move to grief and some measure of healing within theirfamily. mark stephens, lawyer for harry dunn's family. more than 20 people injapan have died and over a dozen are missing after the most powerful storm to hit the country in decades. typhoon hagibis brought record downpours — some areas saw four months of rain in two days. tens of thousands of troops have been deployed to help rescue and relief efforts. rivers have burst their banks and homes have been buried under landslides. from tokyo, rupert wingifeld hayes reports. this is the town of chikuma in the japanese alps, much of it now under water. this town is far from the coast. people here were not expecting anything like this and many hadn't heeded warnings to evacuate.
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they took to their roofs and balconies as military helicopters hovered overhead. it's been a race against time to get them out as flood waters threaten to sweep away some of their homes. nearby, a row of shiny bullet trains stands stranded amid the floodwaters, tens of millions of dollars in damage alone. in tokyo this morning, people came to look in amazement at the swollen rivers. here, the flood defences have mostly held but not everyone has escaped. one man died on the ground floor of this building as a nearby river spilled over its banks. translation: the water came up higher than my head in the house, it turned over all the furniture inside, it is like a washing machine now. translation: i can't go back home because the doors are blocked by furniture and other objects are washed away by the water inside. yesterday, already by eight or nine o'clock, the river was overflowing and the water rose above the level of the door.
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the scale of this storm has been astonishing. the area affected stretches for more than 1000 kilometres. rupert wingfield hayes, bbc news, in tokyo. the cabinet minister, jacob rees—mogg, has said the prospects of a deal with the eu are more positive than they were a week ago. mr rees—mogg said the prime minister could be trusted to "deliver" and the cabinet would be briefed on the state of the brexit negotiations later today. labour has warned the government's plans would be damaging to the economy and urged mps not to back any deal brought back from brussels, even if there was a confirmatory referendum. our political correspondent, peter saull, said this was the start of an important week for brexit. those intense negotiations are continuing in brussels on an official level. borisjohnson has a couple of phone conversations in the diary for the next couple of days with the likes of the german chancellor angela merkel and the french president emmanuel macron and he will be
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holding a conference call to update cabinet ministers around about lunchtime today. we are told the message from downing street is yes, the mood music is certainly a little bit more positive than it was a few days ago, but let's not get carried away, there are still some quite big differences that need to be resolved. they have also got an eye on the potential numbers in parliament. remember, next saturday we have this extraordinary sitting where mps will return to vote, potentially on a deal, if one is reached or if not, who knows, frankly, what might happen. jacob rees—mogg, leader of the commons, a very respected figure amongst brexiteers within the conservative party, has been doing the rounds today, really saying to his tory colleagues, trust the prime minister on this. there is a line from churchill saying that he often had to eat his own words and he found it to be a very nourishing diet and that is something that happens in politics. but it is, ultimately, a question of trust about the direction in which we are going in. to go back to what we
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were discussing before we were interrupted by the gremlins, i trust boris johnson to ensure that the relationship the uk has with the european union is one where we are not a vassal state and that is the point we are leading towards in all these discussions and i'm very keen that we should succeed in getting to. that was jacob rees—mogg a little earlier. we've also been hearing from the opposition, from the labour party. that's right, yeah. the question is how will opposition parties react to a deal if it is brought back or how will they react in the other circumstance that there is no deal as well. the democratic unionists are key, alongside the conservative brexiteers if a deal is reached, to get it through parliament. they are concerned about the prospect of northern ireland staying in a customs union with the eu. that is apparently a compromise that is being discussed at the moment or something along those lines, anyway. what about labour? well, labour's stated position
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is to hold a general election and if they were to get into power, then hold a second referendum and put a deal that they would negotiate versus remain in that second referendum. first things first, would they back a deal? well, jeremy corbyn has said this morning not unless there are some pretty major changes to the one that theresa may brought forward. of course, a lot of people in his party want to oppose a deal at all costs, but there are some labour mps who could prove crucial to borisjohnson in all of this who may well be prepared to back a deal. what does the shadow business secretary rebecca long bailey make of this? she has been taken to andrew marr this morning. on the basis of what is on the table so far, borisjohnson's proposals are incredibly damaging for our economy. we'll see what will happen in negotiations and assess the deal on its merits when it finally comes before the house, if it does. if it is as it stands,
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the deal on the table is incredibly damaging and i would not urge any labourmps orany mp across the house to support those measures. equally, we have the benn act, which requires the prime minister to secure an extension in the event that he cannot cure approval for a new deal brexit so that damaging and i would future plans after a general election has taken place for example. so that is the labour point of view. meanwhile, we have the queen's speech tomorrow. lots of pomp and ceremony. the state opening of parliament. this is the opening of a new parliamentary term, a very long period since the last one. and not a normal queen's speech by any stretch of the imagination. we are likely to be getting a general election in the nearfuture. it is likely this government will only be able to enact its plans
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if it wins a majority at that next general election, which is why labour are referring to this as a tory party political broadcast read out by the queen tomorrow. we are going to get 22 bills we are told. one will be the key legislation to enact any brexit deal that is brought back from brussels. the government are looking at overhauling the way the railways are run and there will be legislation on mental health and patient safety. we will hear about the building regulations as well to avoid a repeat of the grenfell tower disaster. and it will be setting at a borisjohnson's legislation disaster. and it will be setting at a boris johnson's legislation for the next few years and our country. nicola sturgeon has said she will formally ask the uk government consent for another referendum on scottish independence before the end of the year.
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the first minister of scotland told the bbc she would speak to downing street to ask for a section 30 act over the next "matter of weeks" in preparation to hold another vote towards the end of 2020. iam i am putting legislation through the scottish parliament right now we will make a request by section 30 order and we see rising support for independence and rising support... will you be asking for that order that your? yes. are you asking for that your? yes. are you asking for that next month? we will do it at the most appropriate time. it is coming soon. we do not know who is likely to be in downing street. the situation is very fluid and that is why i have taken the decision to do the preparations that are within our control here right now and we are getting on with that. nicola sturgeon talking to andrew marr earlier on today. the bbc has discovered three british orphans trapped in a camp for islamic state families in syria. orphans trapped in a camp
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they are believed to be from london — their parentsjoined the islamic state group five years ago, and were subsequently killed in the fighting. there are thousands of children in camps across the region whose parents supported is and most of their countries don't want them home. quentin sommerville has this report. you might find some of these images distressing. beyond this mentality lost children of the caliphate. locked up and abandoned in camps across northern syria. the only sin is that their pa rents syria. the only sin is that their parents supported the islamic state group. they came from across the globe, leaving schools and homes in safety behind and are now stranded ina safety behind and are now stranded in a syrian soil —— on syrian soil. cancel childhoods —— countless childhoods violated and put on hold. their parents died fighting per is
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and this group are all orphans. it is here where we found this little girl who almost forgot who she was. this is her brother. here is her sister. she was taken from britain when she was just five years old. now ten, she struggles to write in english. the words london, uk, do not come easily. but the memories of the life that she had taken from her shine brightly. going to a park, going to a funfair. i go to a centre and going to my grandmother's house. her kurdish guardian says that she is british. but after the trauma of the last five years, she cannot even
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remember her grandmother's name. this is no place for children. they need to be rescued. many are sick or injured. her sister is eight years old and her body bears the marks of an almost unimaginable horror. it is too upsetting for them to describe. the mental scars of the last days of the caliphate in a baghuz run even deeper. when we were in baghuz, we we re deeper. when we were in baghuz, we were living in tents. and there was not that much food and they bumped. they bumped one tent and —— they bombed one tent. and we were told to get out before our tents caught fire. the onslaught in baghuz so hundreds hundred day as coalition
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bombs set off is weapons stores. the children carried in shallow pits. i made her mother and father as well as two sisters and an older brother. —— amira lost her mother and father and two sisters and an older brother. my mind had died and my brother. my mind had died and my brother and sisters. after that, it was all fire, so we got out. there was all fire, so we got out. there was a little house and a big mountain and behind it,... isaw little house and a big mountain and behind it,... i saw my brother he was walking up, when across as my mumi was walking up, when across as my mum i today. yeah, hejust ran and went down. when he was running, the
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hasbrouck and that is when i think he died. the children and is can face another risk. there are many women here who still cling to is ideology. when i grow up, i want to get a foot in the tree. amira wants to come home. she dreams of having her own garden. i would like to get lemon and strawberries and cherry. i'd like to get blueberries. apples, oranges and bananas. these children have been through so much faith in your thread — they are not far from the turkish lines. —— these children face a new threat. if your citizenship can be proved, these children may be rescued. —— if their citizenship can be proved. we have not been able to find any of their relatives, but surely somewhere in london there is a grandmother
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waiting, not knowing if they are alive or dead. what of the thousands of other children here? stranded in syria? who will get them century? they too are victims of the islamic state. —— who will give them sanctuary? well, this lunchtime we're hearing hundreds of family members of islamic state fighters are reported to have escaped a camp for displaced people in northern syria after turkish airstrikes nearby. kurdish forces guarding the camp, which contains thousands of people displaced by fighting across syria, say that more than 700 people — mostly women and children — linked to is have fled the camp. the situation remains confused and it's unclear where they may have gone. the kurds have warned that they cannot continue holding thousands of is militants and their families in the face of the turkish offensive,
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which is now in its fifth day. joining us now to tell us more about this is shadi alkashi from bbc arabic who is at the turkish syrian border in cheelan peenar. it is a town on the turkish side. place being as up—to—date, in particular what is happening with those islamic state families and prisoners across india? there are questions about this story. of festival, the turkish side say that this prison it is very strange because the turkish troops did not reach to that city. so why has all of that happened ? reach to that city. so why has all of that happened? the other question is about the scenarios. where should they go? if they go to the western side, they will face the turkish army or the syrian militants from the other factions, which army or the syrian militants from the otherfactions, which is supported by the turkish authority.
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also, if they go to the north, absolutely the birder is burned. it completely. we can say that it is not to come through this —— the birder is burned. the only way to go is south east. that is unlikely to cross the big kurdish city near the iraqi border and crossed her rack or go south with those those who have already fled from the fighting from the other kurdish cities. maybe they will be among those who are running every day from the cities and villages to the kurdish area in raka. this question that no one a nswer raka. this question that no one answer about these issues yet. the situation is that the city behind
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us, we can see the smoke from the western neighbours from the city, which means that the fighting is still continuing, the clashes are still continuing, the clashes are still continuing, the clashes are still continuing, we can hear them. instead of that, the turkish army confirmed yesterday that they took over the area from yesterday and that fighting is still continuing. thank you so much from bbc arabic sport centre, here's john sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here'sjohn. good afternoon. we are under way in yokohama for what is a must win match for scotland against japan, if they're to qualify for the quarter finals. in what is their final group game of the world cup. they have plenty to do, they trail the hosts,
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despite a strong start, finnrussell with an early try, finn russell with an early try, which he converted. but kotaro matushima hit back with a brilliant try, and they've just added a second to lead scotland. this match was in doubt following typhoon hagibis, only passing a pitch inspection at 10pm uk time last night. scotland—williamson tries on the board. it is a must win if they are to get through to the quarterfinals. —— scotland will need some tries on the board. wales beat uruguay this morning, the win sees them top their group and avoid england in the quarterfinals. they'll take on france next sunday in oita. 35—13 it finished.. katie gornall was there. wales arrived here having already secured a place in the quarterfinals. this was all about claiming top spot. the odd suggested that it would be a walkover programme. the reality was anything but. uruguay put up a real fight here and whales just were not at their best. they were wasteful, disjointed and, particularly in the
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first half. they played 13 changes from the side that beat fiji in the struggle to find their rhythm initially. they went 7—0 up and uruguay hit back with a couple of penalties. that made it a draw at the break. they did pull away at the second half, but when he went over the line for uruguay, there were some real knives from the welsh bands in the stands. thankfully, wells hit back almost immediately —— wales hit back almost immediately. get david —— gareth davies. the top the group, but they have made really ha rd the group, but they have made really hard work of it and they need to think about. valterri bottas won the japanese grand prix in suzuka to hand mercedes a sixth straight constructors title. bottas finished ahead of sebastien vettel and lewis hamilton who was third. hamilton made to wait
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for a sixth drivers title, it's only his team mate bottas who could catch him for it. simone biles could become the most succesful gymnast in world championship history as she competes in herfinal two events in stuttgart today. the records keep coming for the brilliant american. she won gold in the vault yesterday, her 23rd world championship medal, equalling the record held by vitaly scherbo. that record could become her own today, when she competes on the floor and the balance beam. and these are live pictures from stuttgart. this is the final of the men's vault — britain's dom cunningham is involved he's currently seventh. joe fraser competes on parallel bars later and of course simone biles to look forward to as well — she starts her day in around 15 minutes' time. you can watch it all via the red button and via the bbc sport website. we will keep a close eye on this british interest today.
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there was a hugely impressive performance from boxer josh warrington as he successfully defended his ibf world featherweight title. the 28—year—old put in a dominant display against sofiane takouch, stopping him in the second round in front of a boisterous crowd in his hometown of leeds. his stats are now piling up — a third defence of his title, he's won all 30 of his fights with seven knockouts. he'll now aim for a unification fight in 2020. and get ready for omne of the most extravagant suits you're ever likely to see. this is tyson fury face—to—face with the wwe wrestler braun strowman. the two are going to get into the ring together for a wwe crownjewel fight on 31st october in saudi arabia. they are clearly looking forward to it. six games in the women's super league today. bristol city currently one—up against liverpool. spurs against manchester united is live on the bbc red button and on the bbc sport website — kick off around now.
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that is all from the bbc sport centre now. we will have another update in the next. thank you very much. continuing on with sport. he made history yesterday by becoming the first person ever to run a marathon in under two hours. the kenyan athlete, eliud kipchoge, covered the 26.2 mile course in one hour 59 minutes a0 seconds in the vienna, austria. this morning he spoke to bbc brea kfast‘s sally nugent, who asked him how he celebrated his historic feat. we celebrated as a team. the whole team from the local organisation, all the organisers from ineos and my management and even vienna city marathon. the local organiser celebrated any positive and any good way. at night. so it was cool and i enjoyed. is there any
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chance now that you might try and do the same thing on a competition course? for now, i am purely concentrating on my recovery. after recovery, then i am working with the tea m recovery, then i am working with the team and will follow up my team with what we have discussed and then in one or two months i will relate my programme and let you guys followers. what were the hardest moments for you? whether any moments that were really challenging? yes, when i woke up and from the time of waking up until starting the race i think was the hardest time i have had in my life. it was about 30 minutes, but all in all from the start, eight o'clock or 815 until ten or 1014, i try to have the pace,
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become and concentrate on the distance. concentrating on the time, and actually listening to my team, listening to all the distances and taking fluids. that is how it goes. that momentous feat achieving the milestone in under two hours, well done to him. we had a band of rain pushing its way northwards and eastwards. and brighter this afternoon. with some showers. here, a drier day with some spells of sunshine, quite windy free time. parts of east anglia in south england will have gusty winds and temperatures in the range of 11 to 16 celsius. could get up to 17 or 18 in some afternoon sunshine across
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central and southern england. overnight, persistent rain pulls away from north—east england and eastern scotland, dry free time across much of the uk with clear skies. rain returning to ireland and southern england and temperatures falling between five and 10 celsius. some areas could get to freezing pa rt some areas could get to freezing part —— in parts of rural areas of scotla nd part —— in parts of rural areas of scotland and england. some rain pushing eastward across southern and central england and advised with the best of his sunshine further north and east.


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