this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. i'm nancy kacungira. the us reaches a deal to drop charges against huawei executive meng wanzhou, allowing her to return to china from canada. it was a disruptive time for me as a mother, a wife and a company executive. we're in the final days of campaigning for sunday's german election. europe's largest economy is gearing up to choose angela merkel�*s successor. we have a special report on the ground in texas, as president biden takes responsibility for the treatment of haitian migrants at the southern border. the uk government plans
a temporary visa scheme to make it easier for foreign lorry drivers to work in britain as fuel supply problems mount. emergency services order more people to leave their homes as volcanic eruptions continue on the spanish island of la palma. hello and welcome whether you're watching in the uk or around the world. senior huawei executive, meng wanzhou, is expected to return to china after being freed by a canadian extradition judge. it comes three years after she was detained in canada, because the us wanted to extradite her to face charges of financial impropriety. ms meng's legal team earlier agreed a deal with the us department ofjustice, underwhich charges against her would
effectively be dropped. that opened the way, just over an hour ago, for a court in vancouver to end the extradition case. she had always maintained her innocence, and had this to say outside the courtjust a few minutes ago. over the past three years, my life has been turned upside down. it was a disruptive time for me as a mother, a wife and a company executive. but i believe every cloud has a silver lining. it really was an invaluable experience in my life. i will never forget all the gracious i received people around the world. i'll be seeing those, the greater the difficulty, the greater the growth.
once again, thank you so much. cbc news correspondent laura lynch has been following the story for years. she explains why meng wanzhou was freed. well, she was arrested almost three — well, she was arrested almost three years ago. detained at vancouver airport when she arrived _ vancouver airport when she arrived from china. the process began _ arrived from china. the process began of— arrived from china. the process began of canada dealing with the extradition request from the extradition request from the united states, and it went through— the united states, and it went through so many hearings in court. — through so many hearings in court. i_ through so many hearings in court, i cannot tell you, with all the — court, i cannot tell you, with all the time on meng wanzhou being — all the time on meng wanzhou being detained at her house. of course, — being detained at her house. of course, her house was a match in one — course, her house was a match in one of— course, her house was a match in one of the most wealthy areas _ in one of the most wealthy areas of— in one of the most wealthy areas of vancouver. and eventually, through this negotiation, which we learn now has been — negotiation, which we learn now has been going on for quite some — has been going on for quite some time, we come to the day when _ some time, we come to the day when they— some time, we come to the day
when they have made it... she is free — when they have made it... she is free now— when they have made it... she is free now to leave vancouver and handed back to china so is she agrees to the deal, charges against — she agrees to the deal, charges against her will be dropped by the end — against her will be dropped by the end of 2022. she apologised to canadians for any in inconvenience. i'm sure they would — inconvenience. i'm sure they would be _ inconvenience. i'm sure they would be thinking there's been more _ would be thinking there's been more than some inconvenience to canadians— more than some inconvenience to canadians who are being held in china _ canadians who are being held in china in— canadians who are being held in china in what is seen here as hostage _ china in what is seen here as hostage diplomacy.— china in what is seen here as hostage diplomacy. this sunday will mark the end of a political era in germany, when elections take place for a new leader to replace angela merkel after her 16 years as chancellor. a whole generation of young germans have known no other leader, and one of the big issues of the election campaign has been climate change, with activists holding big rallies in cities
across the country. our europe editor, katya adler, reports now on the campaign to succeed mrs merkel. relaxing on a friday evening after 16 years at the helm of the eu's most powerful country, angela merkel is relieved, perhaps, that it's almost all over. the migrant crisis, the euro crisis, four us presidents, five uk prime ministers, 100 eu summits and more during her time in office. hers will be a tough act to follow, at home and on the world stage. many germans say they'll miss the stoic, pragmatic politician nicknamed mummy. merkel is going to be strongly missed, i think so. i will miss merkel very much. because? because i am fond of her, yes. i think it will be very hard . for any candidate who comes next or the next chancellor. like, to fulfil this role - because there will always be
those comparisons to merkel. and at eu hq in brussels, there'll also be a big merkel—sized hole. on the global landscape, i mean it really matters and you know i think merkel was a very, very well respected leader so everybody is looking at who is going to follow in her footsteps. of course, there's the potential for germany to take a dramatic new direction after 16 years of angular angela merkel and that would be felt here and abroad. this is the eu's most influential country. but in the end, most germans are stability hungry and so the calls for radical change, while loud, are limited. what we're probably looking at here is change but with a small c. this is the frontrunner to replace angela merkel, a centrist social democrat, currently germany's finance minister, seen as a safe pair of hands. his closest rival is a europhile conservative from angela merkel�*s cdu party.
and the green party candidate is tipped to win a powerful position in the next german government. the environment is a big issue in sunday's election, and in crowds like these, you find a fair few merkel critics. no justice... no peace! tens of thousands gathered in front of the german parliament today, demanding change and accusing chancellor merkel of failing to prepare germany for the challenging future ahead. but climate concerns are now for the in—tray of angela merkel�*s successor. this photo went viral this week after she visited a bird sanctuary, appearing far more relaxed than usual. the merkel era in german politics is drawing to a close. katya adler, bbc news, berlin.
matthew karnitschig is politico's chief europe correspondent, based in berlin. i've been asking him who he thinks stands the best chance of replacing angela merkel. at the moment, it is too to call because the latest polls show that the cdu and the social democrats are just one point apart with the social democrats leading. they have been leading the polls for the past several weeks, so i think the trends suggest that the social democrats will win the election, may be barely on sunday. but at the same time, that doesn't suggest they will have a clear mandate to form the next government, and that's where it gets quite complicated. even if the christian democrats to finish second, that doesn't mean they will be out of the way germany because mac coalition system works. —— germany's coalition
system works. parties can decide amongst themselves to form a government. the closer they are, the more complicated it's going to get after the election on sunday. mil it's going to get after the election on sunday. all still very fluid. _ election on sunday. all still very fluid, but _ election on sunday. all still very fluid, but her- election on sunday. all still very fluid, but her cdu - election on sunday. all still very fluid, but her cdu has| very fluid, but her cdu has dominated german politics for decades. what will a loss mean for europe? i decades. what will a loss mean for eur0pe?_ for europe? i think it depends what happens _ for europe? i think it depends what happens in _ for europe? i think it depends what happens in terms - for europe? i think it depends what happens in terms of - for europe? i think it depends what happens in terms of the | what happens in terms of the coalition after the election. if scholz becomes counsellor, i don't think we would see a huge difference there. we might see in terms of accents that he exerts on certain issues, you might see some differences. but
overall, these are people who want the status quo, they stand for stability, they've been campaigning stability, and scholz has been going around your enemy, saying he is the true successor to merkel —— going around germany. i don't think we will see some radical shift in germany no matter who wins. and one more note from germany's campaign trail — outgoing chancellor angela merkel went to a bird zoo on friday, posing with some of the colourful specimens. this is not the staid image we've been used to from the long—serving leader. at one point an australian rainbow lorikeet pecked at her, though neither chancellor nor bird was hurt in the encounter. and it's not every day you see a politician's place in the pecking order challenged by a natural bird. let's get some of the day's other news. the separatist former head of catalonia's regional government, carles puigdemont, has been released from detention in italy
while an extradition request from spain is considered. he was detained in sardinia on thursday. spain wants him to return to stand trial on charges of sedition, linked to a failed attempt at catalan independence in 2017. officials in colombia say they have confiscated a shipment of almost three—and—a—half thousand shark fins which were being illegally trafficked to hong kong from the airport in bogota. officials believe around a thousand large sharks have been killed for their fins which are considered to have health properties in some countries. the us department of homeland security has said an investigation of the treatment of haitian migrants will conclude quickly and be made public. since sunday, around hundreds of migrants have been put on flights to be deported back home from a camp on the us—mexican border. the us special envoy to haiti resigned on thursday, calling the deportations inhumane.
a week ago, there were 15,000 migrants camping out beneath a bridge on the banks of the rio grande. since then, at least moo have been sent back to haiti. that camp is now empty. thousands of the migrants are being held in us detention centres, as aleem mcbool reports from del rio in texas. they were scenes that were barely believable — around 15,000 migrants, mainly from haiti, camped by the mexico—us border, desperate to be able to present themselves to american officials. but in just a matter of days, all those people have now been removed, and what remains of the debris is being cleared. so, where have they all gone? thousands have been bussed to locations close to the border inside the us before they're then sent on elsewhere, but many tell us they don't know if they're being deported or being allowed to claim asylum.
jean—baptiste said he'd crossed 11 countries to get here. i asked how he'd felt when others he knew had been sent back to haiti. "i can't go back," he told me. "it's too dangerous. "can you imagine living in a country so dangerous "they kill their president?" of course, given these images, the actions of us border patrol agents has been in the spotlight this week. president biden has now responded. of course i take responsibility, i'm president, but it was horrible to see, as you saw. to see people treated like they did — horses nearly running over people being strapped — it's outrageous. i promise you those people will pay. the president's come under fire from the left, but also from the right. some have even been coming to the border in support of patrol agents and saying no—one should be allowed in. this is a viral invasion of our nation. we don't know where they're going. if they're drug dealers, sex traffickers,
children abusers, wife beaters. we don't know who's coming in here. they look like a lot of families, though, with very young children. maybe the children belong to the families, maybe not. many hundreds have now been deported to haiti without presenting their case. jean—baptiste believed that wasn't going to be his fate yet, and that he'd be allowed to start an asylum application. but recent days have left many feeling the biden promises of a fair immigration process are still a long way off. aleem maqbool, bbc news, del rio, texas. stay with us on bbc news. still to come... we'll have more on the ongoing volcanic eruptions on the spanish island of la palma, as authorities evacuate more people from their homes. we'll have more detail on that.
benjohnson, the ben johnson, the fastest man benjohnson, the fastest man on earth, is flying home to canada in disgrace. all athletes should be clean going into the games. i'm just happy that justice is served. it is a simple fact that this morning, these people were in their homes. tonight, those homes have been burnt down by serbian soldiers and police. all the taliban positions alongj here have been strengthened, presumably in case i the americans invade. it's no use having a secret service which cannot preserve its own secrets against the world, and so the british government has no option but to continue this action, even after any adverse judgment in australia. concorde had crossed the atlantic faster than any plane ever before, breaking the record by six minutes.
this is bbc news. the latest headlines... the us has reached a deal to drop charges against huawei executive, allowing her to return to china from canada. europe's largest economy is gearing up to choose here in the uk, the government is considering a temporary visa scheme to encourage foreign lorry drivers to fill some of the thousands of vacancies in britain's haulage industry. it come amid warnings that a shortage of lorry drivers will cause further delays to deliveries of food, goods and petrol. our business correspondent, katy austin, reports. the government has told people not to panic—buy, but that didn't stop these drivers queueing at petrol stations today, including bromley, evesham and sheffield.
this is the third petrol station we have seen queues at. we actually have to get petrol. we're not panic—buying. the boss of another in stockport is waiting to hear when his next supplies will arrive. well, they're saying that, "we hope you get it, but we can't guarantee it." so, we're just not sure until we get, in about two days' time, the current rates, we'll want another. whether we'll get it or not, we just don't know at the moment. the firm that delivers for bp sought to reassure motorists. our trucks keep rolling, we have seen a small. amount of panic buying, and i think i'll be clear, i if people adhere to their normal buys patterns i there's more than enough resilience in the station i service network to deal with that _ there's no need for people to rush out and fill up, - the country is not running out of fuet _ there isn't a shortage of fuel. where we are seeing issues, it's because of another problem — the lack of available lorry drivers. it's thought there's currently a shortfall of tens
of thousands in the uk. the problem has been building for years, but has been made worse by factors including the pandemic and brexit. this haulage firm in northampton has never found recruitment so hard. in the past few months, we've increased salaries twice, by a significant amount, which we then need to pass on to our customers, where we can. so, this is all driving up costs, basically? absolutely, it is. next door, there's a business which trains up new drivers. steering quickly, driving as slow as you can. it's getting plenty of interest from locals. the testing system is set to change soon to make it simpler, but the manager here says that's not a quick fix for the shortage. the idea is that they remove the middle test, so that- you can go from your fiat 500 straight into an articulated - vehicle class one, cat ce. in actuality, you're i probably going to find that the pass rate will drop. the course length -
will have to be longer. you're going to be - delivering fewer tests. the government has so far resisted calls for temporary visas to plug the gap. however, today, the transport secretary didn't rule it out. i would do what ever is required, if that would help. what i don't want to do, and i have been hinting at this, is undercut with, as has happened before, cheaper european drivers and then find that our drivers drop out because they're being undercut. that doesn't solve the problem, it creates a new problem. after a week when warnings of supply chain problems and labour shortages have dominated, businesses say action is needed fast to prevent the wheels coming off the economy's recovery. katy austin, bbc news. our deputy political editor vicki young has been giving more details on the government's plans.
downing street says it is looking at temporary measures to avoid immediate problems. there is no official confirmation, but i understand that will include a visa scheme to cover foreign lorry drivers and may be other workers, although the details have not been set out yet. this isn't a particularly popular idea with many mps because this was all about saying to companies they can't rely on cheap foreign labour any more. you've got to train, you've got to pay them better wages, and relaxing those immigration rules now really undermines that message and it could lead to other sectors of saying they want special treatment too, but i think ministers know this situation can get very difficult very quickly. so they do have to act even though this will cause huge embarrassment. labour said this could happen months ago, and i think boris
johnson knows well that his opponents will be very ready to say we told you so. china's central bank has strengthened a ban on cryptocurrency trading. in may, chinese banks and financial institutions were banned from trading in bitcoin, ethereum and other platforms. but on friday, beijing extended the ban to overseas firms. oscar williams—grut is city editor at the evening standard here in london. i spoke to him and asked how this announcement is different since china first banned trading crypto—currency back in 2019. i think what's different today is the — i think what's different today is the scope and the extent of the band _ is the scope and the extent of the band and the context. in terms — the band and the context. in terms of— the band and the context. in terms of the scope, we've seen notjust— terms of the scope, we've seen notjust people in china come out with— notjust people in china come out with this statement, but also — out with this statement, but also it — out with this statement, but also 11 regional organisations. all forms _ also 11 regional organisations. all forms of cryptocurrency, be it trading — all forms of cryptocurrency, be it trading it, mining it, etc.
but — it trading it, mining it, etc. but also, _ it trading it, mining it, etc. but also, the context is key. across — but also, the context is key. across this year, we've seen the — across this year, we've seen the chinese government lead a broad—based crackdown across broad— based crackdown across the broad—based crackdown across the technology sector. names like allie barber and other major— like allie barber and other major players in the market. feit — major players in the market. feit this _ major players in the market. felt this sort of wrath of beijing _ felt this sort of wrath of beijing. that sort of underlines controlling technology is a real priority for the _ technology is a real priority for the regime, also technology is a real priority forthe regime, also in technology is a real priority for the regime, also in the past — for the regime, also in the past when they said cryptocurrency and bitcoin are banned — cryptocurrency and bitcoin are banned and troublesome, they carried — banned and troublesome, they carried less weight than they do now _ carried less weight than they do now. clearly, this is very high — do now. clearly, this is very high up _ do now. clearly, this is very high up the roster of priorities for beijing, which is why— priorities for beijing, which is why we're seeing more reaction _ is why we're seeing more reaction today.— is why we're seeing more reaction today. would you tell us why this — reaction today. would you tell us why this is _ reaction today. would you tell us why this is so _ reaction today. would you tell us why this is so high - reaction today. would you tell us why this is so high up - reaction today. would you tell us why this is so high up the l us why this is so high up the roster? why is china so keen on banning cryptocurrencies? i banning cryptocurrencies? i think across the actions they are taking on the taxi sector,
what — are taking on the taxi sector, what we _ are taking on the taxi sector, what we see is more of a desire to exert— what we see is more of a desire to exert or— what we see is more of a desire to exert or re—exert control over— to exert or re—exert control over the — to exert or re—exert control over the chinese population. there's— over the chinese population. there's a _ over the chinese population. there's a feeling that the tech sector— there's a feeling that the tech sector has become too powerful and the — sector has become too powerful and the private sector in the traditional sector, things like aiiie — traditional sector, things like allie barber, we've seen that's about— allie barber, we've seen that's about controlling data. in the cryptocurrency sector, it's about — cryptocurrency sector, it's about the ability to circumvent the traditional financial system that china has quite a tight— system that china has quite a tight control over. it allows people _ tight control over. it allows people in china to move their money— people in china to move their money out of china, circumventing any controls and any sort — circumventing any controls and any sort of _ circumventing any controls and any sort of awareness of what's going _ any sort of awareness of what's going on — officials in spain's canary islands say they have had to cancel seven flights, due to increased volcanic activity on la palma.
these are live pictures of the erupting cumbre vieja volcano. several airline carriers are now grounding planes due to the thick cloud of ash thrown into the air. it's the first time flights have been cancelled since the volcano erupted earlier this month. our correspondent in spain, guy hedgecoe, sent this update. the irruption on the island of lipoma began on sunday. however, over the last few hours, its intensity has increased substantially, and that has led to the cancellation of flights to and from the islands —— la palma. also, there have been more evacuations of people from their homes due to concerns about lava flows. the around 6000 people evacuated in the last week, already around 400 properties consumed by the lava. in addition, the increase
in the volcanic activity has meant that ash has been reaching the neighbouring island in the canary islands. and the prime minister, pedro sanchez, has been visiting the island, and he said early next week, his government plans to declare the island of la palma a disaster zone.— a disaster zone. that update from guy _ a disaster zone. that update from guy had _ a disaster zone. that update from guy had scope. - and, before we go, uk teenage tennis star emma raducanu has been back on court, but this time with a new partner — the duchess of cambridge. the us open champion wasjoined by kate for an official homecoming welcome at the lawn tennis association, following her win in new york a few weeks ago. the duchess is a keen tennis fan, with a decent forehand herself. raducanu said she was �*very impressed' by the duchess's skills, calling it a �*perfect day for tennis'. it certainly looked like it was. don't forget you can get
in touch with me and some of the team on twitter — i'm @kacungira. do stay here with us on bbc news. hello. on friday, we saw temperatures in oxfordshire up to 25.3 celsius, well above average for this stage in september. and through the weekend, we're going to be keeping the fairly warm, mainly dry theme with some sunshine around. now, the reason that temperatures are doing so well at the moment is because we're drawing in our winds from a south or south—westerly direction, so fairly tropical air in fact pushing across the uk. and if we compare the forecast temperatures to average for this time of year, in fact, they're about 5—6 degrees above average through the weekend. fast—forward now into the middle of next week, and you can see the reds and oranges have disappeared from the map, so temperatures will be average or even a little below by the time we get to around about tuesday next week. but for the here and now, we're going to be starting saturday morning on a mild note, with temperatures in the mid—teens. quite a lot of mist and murk, and in fact some areas around
coasts and hills in the west could keep some fog all day, but it will gradually lift and clear and things will brighten up. so, some sunshine appearing, particularly for the likes of north wales, central and eastern england and eastern scotland, too. so, temperatures in the warmest spots, 22—23 degrees, but even where you have got the cloud, still 18—19 celsius. a bit breezy with the odd spot of drizzle for the west of scotland, but most other places avoiding any showers. as we move through the overnight period and on into sunday, there could just be one or two spots of showery rain here and there, but most places again looking largely dry and temperatures staying in the mid—teens again as we head on into sunday. so, no great changes for the weather. we have got a weather front waiting in the wings here. as it moves a little bit closer in, you'll start to notice the breeze picking up a touch on sunday. still from a southerly direction, a warm wind direction, so a lot of drier weather, probably a bit more sunshine on sunday compared to saturday. one or two rogue showers, rain later in the day arrives from the west across northern ireland and western scotland. but before it gets there, well, temperatures once
again doing pretty well, 22—23 degrees for the warmer spots, well above average on sunday. but then let's take a look at sunday night into monday then. this weather front sweeps its way eastwards across the uk, so that is going to be marking that change into cooler air as we head through the early part of next week. weather fronts moving in from the atlantic, introducing notjust cooler air, but more unsettled weather as well. so, into next week, blustery showers, not as warm as it has been. do enjoy the warm sunshine if you see it through the weekend. bye for now.
this is bbc news. the headlines — us prosecutors have struck a deal to allow a top huawei executive to return home to china. meng wanzhou has been fighting extradition from canada to the us for nearly three years. german political parties are holding their final rallies ahead of sunday's elections in which a successor to angela merkel will be chosen. the chancellor herself urged voters to choose her conservative alliance to "keep germany stable". president biden has been meeting the leaders of india, australia and japan at the white house. the so—called quad group is seen as part of a continuing american effort to counter china's growing influence. the latest eruptions of a volcano on la palma have prompted more people to be evacuated from their homes. a huge column of black ash loomed over the spanish island and loud explosions could be heard.