in the house of commons, more chaos and confusion amid a vote on fracking revealing the depth of anger amongst conservative mps. we have a special report from the frontline in ukraine's donbas, with russian positions just a few hundred metres away. some small arms fire, probably from a russian scouting party, so they have been telling us to get out of here back to the main headquarters. president biden finds off release of oilfrom president biden finds off release of oil from the strategic reserve to try to limit oil prices. rediscovering iraq's cultural heritage, archaeologists find ancient rock carvings, six years after the islamic state group tried to destroy them.
welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. the british government has been plunged into fresh chaos after the resignation of its home secretary, suella braverman, and accusations by some members of the governing conservative party that they had been manhandled into supporting the government in a vote in parliament. in her resignation letter, ms braverman accused the prime minister liz truss of pretending there had been no mistakes and hoping everything would "magically come right". later two ministers in charge of party discipline were rumoured to have resigned but it was later announced that they are to remain in post. here's the bbc�*s political editor chris mason. tonight at westminster, rolling case studies in chaos — crises engulfing the government by the hour.
the home secretary resigns. those at the highest level in government don't even know if others have followed her. at teatime, a man who was rebelling against liz truss just days ago was appointed by her as home secretary. i accept that the government has obviously had a very difficult period. what i do know is that there is a very importantjob to do, people expect their government to ensure there is security for them, the home office is at the heart of that in so many different ways, it is a great office of state, and i'm honoured to do that role. how long can the prime minister last? never mind the prime minister — well, for now at least — it is suella braverman who has gone. this was her yesterday, today she is out, because this morning she sent an official document from her personal e—mail account — a breach of the rules. in a zinger of a resignation letter to the prime minister, suella braverman wrote,
"pretending we haven't made mistakes, carrying on as if everyone can't see that we have made them and hoping that things will magically come right is not serious politics. i have made a mistake, i accept responsibility, i resign " she continues, "i have concerns about the direction of this government — not only have we broken key pledges that were promised to our voters, but i have had serious concerns about this government's commitment to honouring manifesto commitments." last month, suella braverman was promoted to one of the great offices of state. she cheered on a prime minister in trouble at the party conference. today, she becomes the shortest serving home secretary since the second world war. all that after a summer in which she pitched to be prime minister herself. don't vote for me because i am a woman.
don't vote for me because i am brown. vote for me because i love this country and because i would do anything for it. a hellish week for liz truss has got worse. earlier, she had to endure a prime ministers question time loaded with humiliation. a book is being written about the prime minister's time in office. apparently it is going to be out by christmas. is that the release date or the title? i have been in office forjust under two months, and i have delivered the energy price guarantee, i have reversed the national insurance increase. mr speaker, that is more of a record of action and the honourable gentleman in his two and half years in the job. the prime minister defiant, the labour leader said she had crashed the economy, put bills up and was now cutting spending. and, he said, she ditched
everything she had stood for. 45p tax cut, gone. corporation tax cut, gone. 20p tax cut, gone. two year energy freeze, gone! economic credibility, gone! they are all gone! so why�*s she still here?! the prime minister stands up, the folder is slammed down, and liz truss insisted: i am a fighter and not a quitter! but what policies will survive given the new chancellor is looking over all sorts of promises? news from the prime minister — the state pension will rise in line with spiralling prices after all. can the prime minister perhaps turn to her chancellor right now, get permission to make another u—turn and commit to raising the state pension at the rate of inflation? prime minister! we will maintain the triple lock, i and i am completely committed to it, - so is the chancellor.
tonight, the next flashpoint — a vote on fracking, drilling into the land to extract gas — was turned by downing street into a serious test of loyalty in the government itself. division, clear the lobby! compelling conservatives to back it will face —— compelling conservatives to back it or face being kicked out of the parliamentary party — a weak government attempting a show of strength and then seemingly changing its mind. in the voting lobbies, confusion — tory mps not even knowing the consequence for them of their vote. and afterwards, this extraordinary allegation from a labour mp. i saw members being physically manhandled into another lobby and being bullied. while crying! if we want to stand up
against the bullying in this house of our staff, we have to stop bullying in this chamber as well, don't we? we will have a little bit of good behaviour for a moment — on both sides of the house! the mp who it was suggested was manhandled and said he had had what was described as a frank and robust conversation. some conservative mps then told the bbc the chief whip, in charge of party discipline, had resigned — livid at the chaos over whether this was a vote of confidence in the government or not. and then watch this, a senior cabinet minister who didn't know what was going on. i'm not entirely clear on what the situation is with the chief whip, there has been an element of confusion over whether it was a confidence vote or not. tory mps cannot believe the dysfunction they are witnessing.
i think it is a shambles and a disgrace. i think it is utterly appalling. you seem quietly furious. iam livid, and i really shouldn't say this, but i hope all those people that put liz truss in numberten, i hope it was worth it, i hope it was worth it for the ministerial red box, to sit around the cabinet table, because the damage they have done to our party is extraordinary. what is happening with chief whip? it was a great victory today, chief whip, great credit to her. tonight, many senior conservatives gathered at a private members club. is it right to be having champagne while the government is collapsing, sir graham? they don't know, we don't know, how long this government has left. after a day like today, it's life expectancy has shortened further. president putin has announced heightened security measures across russia — including the annexed crimea — and declared martial law in the four unlawfuilly occupied regions of ukraine.
the move — in the luhansk, donetsk, zaporizhzhia and kherson regions, allows the stopping of people's movement, forced labour for defence purposes and the confiscation of property. the new general in charge of the russian invasion has admitted that the situation for his troops remains tense. in kherson, russia has started moving civilians, as ukrainian troops on the counter—offensive are closing in. in the east — ukrainian troops have also recaptured thousands of miles of territory. our defence correspondent jonathan beale has been with ukrainian forces on the frontline as they advance east of the city of lyman. and a warning that this report contains some distressing images. the road of retreat. a dead end for some, where these russian forces met their own armageddon. the carcasses of tanks, armoured vehicles and bloated dead bodies scatter the ground of the recently liberated east.
a village now the new front line for these ukrainian troops. artillery still within range of russian artillery, the signature sound of this war. russian positions are just 500 metres away. you can see they're getting... telling us to get down here. come on, let's go. but this war also involves close quarters combat, as we're about to find out. gunfire shouting gunfire
a grenade's fired into the tree line from where the russians were firing. as we make a speedy exit. let's get out. we're getting out of here. some small arms fire, probably from a russian scouting party. so they've been telling us to get out of here back to the main headquarters. russian forces have been trying to outflank them. gunfire radio chatter many of these troops
only volunteered at the start of the war. months of fighting has transformed them into a professional army. but these counterattacks are slowing their advance. they tell me they need more armour. and waiting on reinforcements. they have only just completed the construction of this new crossing. and there are other obstacles too. minefields that need to be cleared. ukraine is still advancing but it is getting harder. jonathan beale, bbc news, donbas. let's get some of
the day's other news. the united states has warned tehran that the world will be watching how it treats the iranian climber, elnaz rekabi, who has returned home after competing abroad without a headscarf. earlier, large crowds turned out to greet ms rekabi at tehran airport. at least eight peple have been killed in explosions at a notorious prison in myanmar. the blasts are thought to have been caused by parcel bombs, which tore through an office where mail is sorted. many of those held in the prison were detained for resisting the army coup last year. the world health organisation has announced that a shortage of cholera vaccines has prompted a shift in strategy to using a single dose, rather than two. the agency says there has been an unprecedented rise in outbreaks of the water—borne disease worldwide. 29 countries have reported cases this year. president biden says the us will sell off a further 15
million barrels of crude oil from its emergency supplies. the release is meant to prevent prices rising after the oil—producing nations, led by saudi arabia, said they would cut production. speaking in washington, president biden called on american oil companies to pass on lower prices to consumers. my message to the american energy companies is this. you should not be using your profits to buy back stock for dividends. not now. not while a war is raging. you should be using these record—breaking profits to increase production and refining. invest in america for the american people. bring down the price you charge at the pump to reflect what you pay for the product. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: we'll tell you why these ancient rock carvings in the iraqi city of mosul are being celebrated by archaeologists.
a historic moment that many of his victims have waited for for decades — the former dictator in the dock, older, slimmer and, as he sat down, obedient enough. dawn, and as the sun breaks through the piercing chill of night on the plain outside korum, it lights up a biblical famine now, in the 20th century. the depressing conclusion — in argentina today, - it is actually cheaper— to paper your walls with money. we've had controversies in the past with great britain but as good friends, we have always found a good and lasting solution. concorde bows out in style. after almost three decades in service, an aircraft that has enthralled its many admirers for so long taxis home one last time.
hello. i am then. this is bbc news. the main story this hour: the uk government has been engulfed in further chaos after the home secretary resigned and launched an attack on liz truss's premiership. let's stay with that story. lets go to canberra now where we can speak with charles croucher. he's the political editor for nine news australia. charles, for nine news australia. good you happy with us. charles, good you happy with us. politically, what do you make of all that we are seeing? then, you know, here in canberra we have seen enough of these over the last decade, decade and a half, when it comes to leaders losing power but still being in office, and sadly this has all the hallmarks of that, as being a remarkable 2a hours, but it has been a remarkable days. we have seen that over the last few weeks as well. we have seen it.
we know what it looks like. and sadly, we know how it ends a small, and politically it is really tough times for the uk and it is being watched all around the world, and certainly from here in australia.- from here in australia. when ou sa from here in australia. when you say that _ from here in australia. when you say that it _ from here in australia. when you say that it is _ from here in australia. when you say that it is something l you say that it is something that australians are very much used to, what lessons do you think there are that westminster could learn from the experience of canberra? well, i think what the tories are going to find out is that these internal battles result in wiping out an entire generation. we have had similar fights between factions of both our major factors, fights between factions of both our majorfactors, the labour party and the liberal party which is the conservative party in australia and it really has impacted them both for the last decade, maybe even 15 years, we have seen a rotating door in the prime ministership. we never got quite to the stage where we went through them as quickly from one side of whether uk seems to be at the moment. we did have three different prime ministers in one year back in 2013, and if
that happens it difficult for everyone to get the policy through. i would say the one difference that we are used to is that in australia this has been happening in the past where there is razor thin majorities in our house of representatives, a lower house in parliament, not the thumping majority that the conservatives are experiencing right now. so, there are plenty around australia and around the world watching what is going on, and particularly here where our treasure is about to head down his first budget, the first budget of a new government and a budget that includes, albeit two years away, some pretty hefty tax cuts for middle and higher income earners and i think there has been a few lessons learned, at least, certainly from the halls of the treasury here, on exactly what happened there. end treasury here, on exactly what happened there.— treasury here, on exactly what happened there. end and we have a situation — happened there. end and we have a situation where _ happened there. end and we have a situation where one _ happened there. end and we have a situation where one tabloid - a situation where one tabloid paper here in the uk is running a live stream of whether a lettuce can outlast the british prime minister. what does that do to the uk standing at the
way it is viewed by countries like australia is a political, as a trading, as a serious partner on the world stage? look, the world is strong and the west and our alliance is strong when the uk is strong, and certainly, particularly during the uncertain times of the last two decades, we have lent on the uk and on each other. foraustralia lent on the uk and on each other. for australia it is somewhat concerning, mostly because of how much we are tending to rely on the uk. we have the aukus defence fact that a new trade agreements signed a post brexit inside with of all people the then trade minister or trade secretary liz truss. so, australia looks to that and wonders what is going on. the impact on the pound and indeed on the world economic markets will be seen, the 10% rides that you had in inflation is something australia is trying to avoid. —— 10% rise. as we see that growing around the world it is something australia probably can't afford and if
there is a global recession coming, and while of course nothing like that has contributed to or is blamed on a liz truss alone, it certainly has on health and it is going to drag the rest of us down. i think australians are looking on empathy because we have been there before, but also with some satisfaction that, as bad as bad as it got here, i don't think it has ever been quite as bad or bizarre or as bold as you are seeing in the uk over the last five weeks. the five years since brexit as well. i}!(. years since brexit as well. 0k. goodness. _ years since brexit as well. 0k. goodness, that _ years since brexit as well. 0k. goodness, that is _ years since brexit as well. ok. goodness, that is saying something. charles, thank you very much. charles crutcher, political editor fault nine news australia joining us from canberra. thank you. the former us president donald trump has testified in a defamation case brought against him by a prominent former american columnist who says he raped her in the 1990s. he denies the allegation. our north america correspondent peter bowes is following the story, and hejoins me now from los angeles. peter, just bring us up—to—date
with the latest on this appearance and this testimony. well, eugene carroll is a long—time columnist with elle magazine and in a book in 2019 she claimed that she had been raped by donald trump in a changing room in a department in the mid—19 905. when she made this allegation donald trump wa5 made this allegation donald trump was the us president he responded by saying that he had never met her and he said, "she is not my type and she is totally lying." in response to his response, 5he launched this lawsuit, saying that his law5uit, saying that his comments had damaged her reputation. in the last two or three years there has been a lot of legal back but it has got to the point where the judge in the case ordered both sides to provide their sworn depo5ition5 and that is what we understand, that giving confidential evidence and donald trump has given his side of the story.
donald trump has given his side of the story-— of the story. and so what happens _ of the story. and so what happens from _ of the story. and so what happens from this - of the story. and so what happens from this point i of the story. and so what i happens from this point on then, peter? what is the next stage in all of this? the then, peter? what is the next stage in all of this?— stage in all of this? the trial is scheduled _ stage in all of this? the trial is scheduled to _ stage in all of this? the trial is scheduled to take - stage in all of this? the trial is scheduled to take place i stage in all of this? the trial is scheduled to take place in february of next year. there is another complication to this already complicated case in that for some time now donald trump's lawyer5 that for some time now donald trump's lawyers have been arguing that since he was a federal employee he was the us president, that under a law he in fact has or has immunity to this kind of defamation law5uit, this kind of defamation lawsuit, and the i5 this kind of defamation lawsuit, and the is an appeal court ruling 5till lawsuit, and the is an appeal court ruling still pending on that. we have in the last few hours had a statement from donald trump's lawyer5 hours had a statement from donald trump's lawyers and it says, "as we have been saying all along, says, "as we have been saying allalong, our client, donald trump, has been pleased to set the record straight." the statement goe5 the record straight." the statement goes on, "this is nothing more than a political ploy like many others in a long list of witch—hunts against donald trump." list of witch-hunts against donald trump."— list of witch-hunts against donald trump." 0k. peter, for
the moment. _ donald trump." 0k. peter, for the moment, thank— donald trump." 0k. peter, for the moment, thank you - donald trump." 0k. peter, for the moment, thank you very i the moment, thank you very much. peter bowe5, america correspondent. archaeologists have discovered ancient rock carving5 at the city of mosul�*s monumental mashki gate, a site the islamic state group tried to destroy in 2016. they include 2700—year—old works, depicting scenes from the ancient city of nineveh. tom brada reports. in early 2016, the city of mosul in iraq was under control mo5ul in iraq was under control of the islamic state group. nis took over major cities its militants would often lay wa5te militants would often lay waste to cultural trea5ures they came across and with target ancient artefact5 with impunity. that was the case with the mashki gate in mosul. this is what it wants look like. it was one of the monumental gates to the ancient assyrian city of nineveh which was at one point the largest city in the world.
mo5ul wa5 the largest city in the world. mo5ul was effectively bulldozed by the islamic state, but from within the ruins, archaeologists have made a remarkable di5covery. 2700 year old rock carvings, preserved in magnificent detail. translation: , ., ., , translation: these are marble carvin . s translation: these are marble carvings showing _ translation: these are marble carvings showing different - carving5 showing different scenes including trees and soldiers in battle as well as details of the gate. the chiselled _ details of the gate. the chiselled artwork - details of the gate. the chiselled artwork through a soldier preparing to fire his bow a5 soldier preparing to fire his bow as well as intricate vinyl leaves and flowing palm5. the grey stone carvings leaves and flowing palm5. the grey stone carving5 date back to the rule of king in empowered from 7052681 bc. 705— 681 bc. translation: . . translation: the importance lies in the fact _ translation: the importance lies in the fact that _ translation: the importance lies in the fact that it _ translation: the importance lies in the fact that it is - translation: the importance lies in the fact that it is the - lies in the fact that it is the only place containing completely preserved carvings. iraq was the birthplace of some of the world's earliest cities and home to some of humanity's
first examples of writing. it was feared that the wa5 feared that the ruthlessness of islamic statement that many of iraq stretches were lost forever. but with discoveries 5uch stretches were lost forever. but with discoveries such as this one there seems to be reason 5till this one there seems to be reason still to be hopeful. tom ryder, bbc news. you can reach me on twitter. you will find me on there. i'm @benmmoulo5. thanks for watching. i will see you very soon. goodbye. hello. wednesday brought a top temperature of 22 celsius in jersey. it was a warm day for some, but a wet day for others, and that is all because of this big, broad area of low pressure, really the engine room of our weather at the moment. it's been 5ucking warm air of from the south, but it's also been throwing pul5e5 of rain northwards and it will continue to do so.
a soggy start to thursday for many, but a mild start. some of the heaviest rain through the morning will be found across the southeast of england, up into east anglia, the east midlands, then into lincolnshire and parts of yorkshire. but some of that rain likely to get as far west a5 east wales and parts of the west country. this lump, though, of really heavy rain will work its way northward through the day, e55entially hugging this north sea coast, so running into north east england and southeast scotland. all the while, things brightening up from northern ireland — a much drier day to come here. some sunny spell5 developing for wales and the south and southwest of england. not as windy as it was on wednesday and still quite warm. actually, temperatures through south wales, southwest england and the channel islands could well get close to 20 degrees. but into the evening, this lump of very heavy rain justjourney5 northwards across scotland. it may tend to ease a little as the night wears on as we get into the first part of friday, then another swirl of showers pushes in from the southwest. it does feel a little relentle55 in terms of these weather systems pushing up from the south,
but it will be another mild start to the day. low pre55ure'5 still in charge for friday, quite a few white lines, isobar5, squeezing together here — that shows that we will have some really strong winds. a windier day on friday, certainly around some of these western coats. showers or longer spell5 of rain with some thunder and lightning drifting northwards, some spell5 of sunshine in between. these are the wind gust5. we can expect wind5 gu5ting up to around 50 mph for some of these expo5ed coasts of southwest england and west wales. but that wind direction is a warm wind direction, so where you see some 5un5hine in east anglia, highs perhaps of 21 degrees and a fairly warm day elsewhere as well. into the weekend, this first low will weaken a little, drifting northwards. there's another one hot on its heel5. in between, though, this brief range of higher pressure, so a slice of something a little drier. i think we can say for the weekend, there will be some drier interludes, but still the chance of some rain at times. bye for now.
to recapture thousands of miles this is bbc news. the headlines: the uk government has been plunged into fresh chao5 after the resignation of its home secretary, suella braverman. she accused prime minister liz tru55 of pretending there had been no mistakes. later, two ministers in charge of party discipline were rumoured to have resigned, but it was later announced they're to remain in post.