this is bbc news. welcome if you're watching here in the uk or around the world. i'm rich preston. our top stories. neck and neck in germany, a tight result in the country's general election but the centre—left spd are marginally ahead. here in the uk as concerns continue over the country's fuel supplies government ministers consider asking the army to step in. a church in the palmer collapses after being engulfed in a river of lava, the spanish island's volcanic eruption goes on ——la palma. and a huge when the united states engulfed's ryder cup as they regained the sport's ultimate team prize.
—— a huge win for the united states. ——in golf's. hello and welcome to the programme. after weeks of campaigning and a day of voting, two of the main parties in germany are both claiming the right to govern. it could be weeks before we know who could leave the country in a post— angle of medical error. projections currently have the social democrats ahead but only just —— angela merkel. according to zdf the centre—right conservatives, the cdu- csu centre—right conservatives, the cdu— csu are on 24.1% with the centre—left spd on 25.8% of the vote. to form a majority of seats in the parliament they would each need at least two partners. the general secretary of the social democrats said his party had the mandate to govern the christian democrats, lead for the last 16 years under angela merkel, still wants the chance to leave the country. katya adler.
cheering. excitement ricocheted around the headquarters of germany's social democrats tonight, dismissed as political has—beens not long ago. the smell of election victory, even if a narrow one, now hung in the air. results, though, still need to be confirmed. there he is, olaf scholz, the man who social democrats hope will be germany's next chancellor. but this has been a very tight election but this has been a very tight election and the exact make—up of germany's next government is far from certain, despite the noise. translation: it is certainly going to be a long night - but it's also certain that many german citizens voted social democrat because they want a change in government and because they want their next chancellor to be called olaf scholz. confusingly perhaps — but because the vote is so tight — at a different party headquarters,
the conservative candidate, backed by angela merkel, also claimed his right to try to form a government — although his party is looking at its worst election results since 1919. translation: we had 16 years in germany with angela merkel| as chancellor, and this is why we will try everything to form a government under the leadership of the cdu union. —— cdu—csu union. it appears voters weren't bowled over by any single party. people we spoke to at polling stations earlier seemed pulled in very different directions. the christian democrats have been in powerfor the past 16 years and a lot of the challenges were not really addressed. i voted for change, but not a dramatic change. the climate crisis is the most pressing issue we have - to deal with urgently. the environment was a big election issue. germany's green party didn't perform as strongly as it had hoped, but it's tipped to play a key role in the next
german government. so, what now? well, it's all about coalition building. a race between germany's two main parties to woo others to form a parliamentary majority. only then will we know who germany's next chancellor will be. until then, angela merkel isn't going anywhere. katya adler, bbc news, berlin. let's cross live now to the german capital where we can speak to ed turner, research modern german politics. good morning. we are seeing reports that leading cdu figures including those responsible for defence, the economy and agriculture have lost their seat, as well as ms merkel�*s own constituency going to the sdp. this really does show what a bad day it was for the cdu, doesn't it? it a bad day it was for the cdu, doesn't it?— doesn't it? it has certainly been a miserable - doesn't it? it has certainly been a miserable night. doesn't it? it has certainlyj been a miserable night for doesn't it? it has certainly - been a miserable night for the cdu but i wouldn't get too
excited because the german electoral system you have direct constituency but also places and overwhelmingly the politicians who have lost their constituencies will still be backin constituencies will still be back in by virtue of that but it has been a terrible night for the christian democrats, that's correct.— that's correct. what has prompted _ that's correct. what has prompted this - that's correct. what has i prompted this turnaround that's correct. what has - prompted this turnaround for the sdp? ,, , ., , ., ., the sdp? the spd has fought a aood the sdp? the spd has fought a good campaign- _ the sdp? the spd has fought a good campaign- i _ the sdp? the spd has fought a good campaign. i think - the sdp? the spd has fought a good campaign. i think there . good campaign. i think there are a couple of things. one is that voters of course have now got no incumbent chancellor standing for re—election. so they took an opportunity to think about who they would like to leave the country and the social democratic candidate has conveyed a sort of aura of stability, he looks like a steady hand as leader. really he has been quite persuasive by contrast, the cdu's and estate armin laschet has a difficult campaign —— candidate. he looked to be uncertain on how to handle floods, had not had
the best coronavirus pandemic and so cdu — csu have lost ground and they are unusually united in recent elections i have looked like a divided party but they have had a stronger campaign. issues on the environment _ stronger campaign. issues on the environment are - stronger campaign. issues on the environment are high - stronger campaign. issues on the environment are high onl stronger campaign. issues on i the environment are high on the agenda especially among younger voters. arguably the greens should have done better than they did. should have done better than the did. ~ ., should have done better than the did. ~ . ., ., they did. what went wrong for them? the — they did. what went wrong for them? the greens _ they did. what went wrong for them? the greens had - they did. what went wrong for them? the greens had a - they did. what went wrong for them? the greens had a good| them? the greens had a good result but they have not done as well as they were hoping to, certainly prior to the pandemic they were almost polling level with cdu/csu. a couple of things i think. there voters have gone back to other parties so especially the social democrats and the christian democrats and the christian democrats have folded back into that pile and they've done dwell among younger voters but their chancellor candidate annalena baerbock has not had the best campaigns, came under scrutiny and has not necessarily handled that well so with plagiarism accusations,
not managing finances properly by not declaring expenses so it's been a difficult campaign for the greens. irate it's been a difficult campaign for the greens.— it's been a difficult campaign for the greens. we will leave it there- _ for the greens. we will leave it there. ed _ for the greens. we will leave it there. ed turner, - for the greens. we will leave it there. ed turner, live - for the greens. we will leave j it there. ed turner, live from berlin, thank you. we appreciate your time. for more on the twist and turns from germany's general election you can head to our website as the negotiations to form a new government begin in earnest in the coming hours. go to: some of the day's other stories. switzerland has become one of the last countries in western europe to legalise same—sex marriages. a national referendum has voted 64% in favour of allowing civil ceremonies and for giving same—sex couples adoption rights. the first same—sex weddings will take place in switzerland in july weddings will take place in switzerland injuly next weddings will take place in switzerland in july next year. 36—year—old man has been arrested in connection with the murder of sabina nessa, the 28—year—old teacher who was killed in south—east london ten days ago. police described it
as a significant development. a chinese state newspaper says that the two canadian men released from prison on saturday were sent home for medical reasons after confessing their guilt. both men had previously declared their innocence. the claims built on beijing's assertion that the cases were unconnected with canada's detention of the telecoms executive and one show. the pair were released within hours of her being free. the telephone has banned hairdressers from shaving or trimming bit in helmand province, saying it breaches the interpretation of islamic law. —— taliban. anyone violating the law will be punished. some barbers in kabul say they have also received similar orders. here in the uk, the army could be deployed to drive fuel tankers in an effort to resolve the empty fuel pumps in many parts of the country. over half
of britain's fuel stations are thought to have run dry after days of cues. this is one of the forecourts which were forced to close today — the result of motorists panic—buying fuel. a mental health nurse told us she struggled to get to work. because of panic buying, there was nothing left. i live 1a miles away from work. —— i live a0 miles away from work. work then had to call me a taxi to bring me in, which is costing the nhs money. a group which speaks for more than 5,000 independent fuel retailers said the impact had been severe. there is a large number — more than half — which have already run dry, and those others are running dry quite quickly. the first limited supply issues were down to a lack of tanker drivers. that's highlighted a wider lorry driver shortage — a long—standing problem that's got worse. the government has today announced new measures aimed at tackling that, including 5,000 visas lasting only until christmas eve. we'd have liked to have
seen it four months but, you know, we'll take what we can, but it's not enough and it's too little, too late, basically. other sectors, too, have struggled to fill their work force, including turkey and chicken producers. 5,500 visas for poultry workers are also being introduced. the damage has already been done for the bigger processors. because they haven't put the turkeys on the farm, there are 500,000 less. for the smaller guys, for those thousand smaller farmers throughout the country that produce for the local butcher and sell from the farm gate, it is useful for them. but how easy is it to get those visas? supermarkets say they need 15,000 lorry drivers to avoid christmas disruption. the labour leader today insisted the visa numbers were far too small, arguing action should have been taken earlier to tackle labour shortages across the economy. it's a short—term response. in the long term, we need conditions to be improved, we need training, of course — but the government has known that for years — and we have got a situation now where we have got an absolute crisis in this country through a lack
of planning on behalf of the government. the transport secretary, though, said it was for industry to work out permanent solutions. we don't want to be relying on overseas labour in the longer run, which is why this is limited until christmas, because we have got to sort out these long—term problems with our hgv sector, which has been around for years. other countries are also experiencing lorry driver shortages. it's unclear how many will come to the uk. for businesses, the focus is now on keeping on supplies going for the crucial christmas period. katy austin, bbc news. it is more than one month since the taliban seized control of afghanistan and the united nations has warned of an exodus of refugees in the coming months. they urge the world to help and what it is called afghanistan's darkest hour of afg hanistan�*s darkest hour of need. afghanistan's darkest hour of need. the uk is due to take 5000 afghans this year. many other european nations have not
set a target. but albania, one of your�*s poorest nations, has agreed to house, temporarily, up agreed to house, temporarily, up to 4000 afghans. the country has a history of welcoming refugees. it took in more than 500,000 cost events during the 19905. 500,000 cost events during the 1990s. now its leader has criticised your�*s approach —— kosovans. orla guerin reports. i've never seen the ocean. albania is a very beautiful country. we are in a very beautiful place. but afghanistan, i love more than myself. behisha has found a safe harbour, but far from her homeland. the tv anchor had good reason to flee. she was in the spotlight after this interview — a stony—faced taliban official being questioned by a woman two days after the fall of kabul.
my hands were shaking, really scared, because this is my first time with a person from the taliban. i hope one day the taliban know this last generation, they are like a diamond and they shine. they want to work for afghanistan. they want afghanistan to become more powerful. my message to taliban — you took afghanistan but you lost a powerful generation. another loss for afghanistan, another family displaced. back in kabul, abdul hakim was a painter. blast walls were his canvas. he and fellow artists transforming that landscape of war and staring social change.
—— of war and stirring social change. he told us when the taliban came, they erased all of their murals and plunged afghanistan into darkness. he says it broke his heart. for the evacuees, a surreal shift from the chaos of kabul to a manicured resort. they are guests in a foreign country and a foreign culture. there is a glimmer of where most hope to go. us humanitarian groups are covering their costs. they arranged to get the afghans to albania, a staunch us ally. this albanian holidaymaker from neighbouring kosovo sees a reflection of himself. 20 years ago, he was running from war.
as an albanian from kosovo, ifeel for them because, you know, we've been there where we have to flee our homes. being away from your home and from your loved ones is very hard. i was a little boy during that time and when i see little kids running here, i really feel for them. albania has stepped in where some others did not. hi, prime minister. it is good to see you. i asked the prime minister if he thought more powerful nations let the afghans down. scoffs. i can say, and i think it's safe to say that since that big refugee crisis back some years ago we did not recover, didn't recover morally, did not recover strategically, —— refugee crisis back some years ago, europe did not recover, didn't recover morally, did not recover strategically,
and europe still suffers the politics of refusing to open the doors. an open door means she can continue her education — something the taliban would deny her. for now, many lives here are in suspended animation and many worry for loved ones back home with no way out and nowhere to go. orla guerin, bbc news, albania. stay with us on bbc news, still to come. the balance of power, why gender as much as ideology may shape iceland's new parliament. and all russia's turmoil, it
never quite came to this. the nightmare — never quite came to this. the nightmare that _ never quite came to this. the nightmare that so _ never quite came to this. the nightmare that so many people have _ nightmare that so many people have feared for so long as playing _ have feared for so long as playing out its final act. russians are killing russians in front— russians are killing russians in front of a grandstand audience. it in front of a grandstand audience.— in front of a grandstand audience. . , , , audience. it was his humility that produced _ audience. it was his humility that produced affection - audience. it was his humility that produced affection from catholics _ that produced affection from catholics throughout - that produced affection from catholics throughout the - that produced affection from . catholics throughout the world but his — catholics throughout the world but his departure _ catholics throughout the world but his departure is _ catholics throughout the world but his departure is a - catholics throughout the world but his departure is a tragedyl but his departure is a tragedy for the — but his departure is a tragedy for the catholic— but his departure is a tragedy for the catholic church. - but his departure is a tragedy for the catholic church. this i for the catholic church. this man, israel's _ for the catholic church. this man, israel's right - for the catholic church. this man, israel's right winger . man, israel's right winger visited the religious compound and that started the trouble. he wants israel alone to have sovereignty over the holy sites. an idea that is unthinkable to palestinians. after 45 years of division, germany is one. in berlin, 1 million germans celebrate the rebirth of europe's biggest and richest nation. you're watching bbc news.
the headlines: projected results from germany's elections suggest the social democratic party has edged ahead of the conservative cdu. and as the uk's petrol panic continues ministers are considering asking the army to step in and employ more fuel stop on the spanish island of la palma the airport has reopened but many flights remain cancelled. the volcano has spewed thousands of tons of love — over the past week forcing thousands of people from their homes. the lava flow has reached another village. these are the things people here have been dreading. translation: you can't sleep. _ dreading. translation: you can't sleep. it— dreading. translation: you can't sleep, it is _ dreading. translation: gm. can't sleep, it is constantly they are. yesterday shock waves
were reaching us here and the house was shaking and we had the feeling we would be asked to evacuate at any moment. translation:— to evacuate at any moment. translation: �* , , , ., translation: i'm stressed. you don't know— translation: i'm stressed. you don't know if— translation: i'm stressed. you don't know if they _ translation: i'm stressed. you don't know if they will _ translation: i'm stressed. you don't know if they will ask - translation: i'm stressed. you don't know if they will ask you i don't know if they will ask you to leave _ don't know if they will ask you to leave. you have one foot in other— to leave. you have one foot in other out _ to leave. you have one foot in other out. we hope we hope we will he — other out. we hope we hope we will be ok— other out. we hope we hope we will be ok here. we have clothes _ will be ok here. we have clothes packed here and she was in the _ clothes packed here and she was in the other room. we don't know— in the other room. we don't know what will happen. ash clouds and _ know what will happen. ash clouds and just _ know what will happen. isi clouds and just made it impossible to operate flights from the airport but a big cleanup operation carried out overnight has allowed runways to reopen. tourists who have had flights cancelled joint locals to pray for those affected. translation: irate locals to pray for those affected. translation: we come with the intention _ affected. translation: we come with the intention to _ affected. translation: we come with the intention to pray - affected. translation: we come with the intention to pray for - with the intention to pray for the people who are suffering, and to thank god that we are not in that situation but there are many people who are having
are many people who are having a very bad time, so we are praying for them.- a very bad time, so we are praying for them. officials say the volcano — praying for them. officials say the volcano has _ praying for them. officials say the volcano has entered - praying for them. officials say the volcano has entered a - praying for them. officials say | the volcano has entered a new explosive phase and it is not clear what will happen next. the people of dan marino have voted to legalise abortion and a national referendum stopping the socially conservative republic which is a landlocked enclave within central italy is one of the last places in europe where abortion is totally banned. around 77% of voters backed the proposal to allow abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. a recount of votes in iceland's general election mean that women will not hold the majority of seats in parliament. earlier it was announced that 33 members of the 63 seat parliament would be made up of women making it the first european parliament with female majority, but a small number of votes had been wrongly tallied resulting in some being reallocated. earlier
i spoke to someone who had won a seat at the election but subsequently had it taken away after the recount. there have been some issued, nothing that we know for sure yet, but we are wondering whether that recount in general was legal. we don't know. ﬁnd was legal. we don't know. and is that something _ was legal. we don't know. and is that something you are going to be pursuing over the coming days? i to be pursuing over the coming da s? ~ . �* days? i think that... i can't do days? ithink that... i can't do anything _ days? ithink that... i can't do anything about - days? ithink that... i can't do anything about it - days? i think that... i can't - do anything about it personally but may be my party is going to ask for opinions or something. i don't think that this can just go unnoticed. i think the entire population of iceland, they know that some being shady was up and we definitely want to check it out further. it was up and we definitely want to check it out further.- to check it out further. if i'm not mistaken, _ to check it out further. if i'm not mistaken, you _ to check it out further. if i'm not mistaken, you are - to check it out further. if i'm not mistaken, you are 21. if| not mistaken, you are 21. if you had won your seat you would have been iceland's youngest ever elected mp. what made you want to get into politics in
the first place and are you going to stay in the game? to going to stay in the game? trr answer the second question, i'm feeling quite hopeless right now so i'm not sure whether i'm going to go back into politics, but most likely yes, they will get back into the game. but the reason that i'd joint politics in the first place was because i thought that there was a lack of immigrant representation in iceland's parliament and also representation for young people, i feel like representation for young people, ifeel like our representation for young people, i feel like our voices haven't been heard enough and i'd just thought to myself, how can i fix this? that is by taking a seat in parliament myself, and it was a long shot, but i got in for nine hours, so... ~ . but i got in for nine hours, so... . ., ., ., ., so... what would it have meant for ou so. .. what would it have meant for you if— so... what would it have meant for you if the — so... what would it have meant for you if the majority _ so... what would it have meant for you if the majority female . for you if the majority female parliament had become a thing? it would have been historical. honestly, they would have been so honoured to be a part of a
parliament that would break a record like that, so i think that the recount is quite disappointing, to be honest, but we respect democracy as well and the results they have to be fair and they have to be legal, as well. for to be fair and they have to be legal, as well.— legal, as well. for 12 years running. — legal, as well. for 12 years running, iceland _ legal, as well. for 12 years running, iceland has- legal, as well. for 12 years running, iceland has been| legal, as well. for 12 years i running, iceland has been named as the most gender equal society in the world by the world economic forum, what can other countries learn from the way iceland runs itself? i think that women in general should be given platforms and all kinds of positions, not just positions of power. i think that women's�* voices need to be heard a lot more around the world, i think that we are quite good at that. we are quite good at that. we are quite good at hearing what other women have to say even though they don't have too much power, you know, that is the sad thing about it, you saw this happen, we broke a record
and then it was taken away from us, so i think a lot of women in iceland and iceland's population in general is quite disappointed with the result. the united states have regained golf�*s ryder cup, a dominant display over three days of the competition saw them beat europe by the biggest winning margin since 1967. the american side won every session of the three days to went for a second successive time at home. a sports correspondent sent this update. the us have won the ryder cup, going into the final day with an 11—5 lead. europe did get some early success, rory mcilroy has had a pretty tough ryder cup, losing matches on the previous day while he won his match but apart from that,
the scoreboard made for pretty grim reading for the european team. jon rahm and sergio garcia both lost their matches and in the end it was left to polymer, to seal the match against viktor hovland. that sparked american celebrations, they have come into this ryder cup as the favourites, they were the stronger team on paper with eight out of the world's top ten and they have lived up top ten and they have lived up to their billing as favourites in sensational style. ﬁnd in sensational style. and before we _ in sensational style. and before we go _ in sensational style. and before we go we - in sensational style. and before we go we will i in sensational style. and i before we go we will leave in sensational style. and before we go we will leave you with these life pictures from la palma, this is the cumbre vieja volcano, several hundred people have been evacuated from the area. you can keep up—to—date with that story on the bbc news website and you can also follow the latest developments from the german election there, we will be keeping track of that online
and on the bbc news app. you can reach me on twitter, i'm @ricpreston, —— @richpreston. from me and that him, goodbye. hello. last week we had the equinox, the astronomical start to autumn. this week, the weather is catching up. last week and through the weekend we saw above average temperatures. but this week, back to average figures and it's going to be looking a lot more unsettled. through the weekend we sat in a southerly air stream, warm air being pulled up from the continent literally overnight though into monday, we flip round to an atlantic air stream and a westerly or north—westerly breeze and a very different feel and look to proceedings. monday will start wet across the eastern side of the uk. the rain pulling away into the north sea by around midday leaves many long spells of sunshine to get through the afternoon, but the westerly breeze will add to that cooler feel. sunday we saw temperatures in the low 20s across northern scotland and we are lucky to get the low teens in some areas on monday afternoon.
the westerly breeze continues to feed showers into western exposures overnight monday, on into the early hours of tuesday. some of them getting driven quite a way eastwards, particularly across central scotland. a cooler night as well, nothing especially chilly temperatures typically in single figures. and then for tuesday, low—pressure to the north of the uk swinging through bands rain and showers. a blustery day, i think the heaviest of the rain not getting into eastern england until perhaps after dark but some pretty wet weather to contend with across the south—west, wales and northern england. northern ireland and western scotland, a mixture of sunshine showers. temperatures, mid teens typically across the uk. so nothing like the figures we have seen in recent days. more wet weather to come across the eastern side of the uk into tuesday night and then by wednesday, things just slow down briefly and it looks like we will see a little ridge of high pressure. some shower still getting in on the north—westerly breeze
to the likes of western scotland. but actually, quite a lot of sunshine around on wednesday. but despite that, the coolest day i think of the week ahead, highs ofjust14—15 degrees. then for the end of the week, the ridge gives up the ghost and the low pressure is back running the show. plentiful showers and strong, blustery winds.
projected results from the german parliamentary elections show the centre left social democrats are ahead of the conservative christian democrats by about 2% of the vote. the general secretary of the social democrats said his party, led by the finance minister olaf scholz, clearly had the mandate to govern. the british government is to suspend competition law in an attempt to ease disruptions of petrol deliveries. a shortage of lorry drivers sparked fears of a disruption to fuel deliveries. thousands of petrol stations have run dry. ministers are also considering deploying the army to deliver petrol to the pumps. in golf, the united states have beaten europe to reclaim the ryder cup. the americans, lead by steve stricker, won 19—9 over europe at the whistling straits course in wisconsin. it's the 27th time the us team has won the ryder cup.