welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: as prince mohamed bin salman arrives at the 620 summit, the us senate votes to take forward plans to end american military support for the saudi—led war in yemen. the bank of england warns that the uk could face a deep recession and a collapse in the pound if there's a no—deal brexit. fleeing the land of fire and flood. thousands evacuate their homes in the australian state of queensland as the warning level is raised to catastrophic for the first time. the gadgets of the past finding new life in the african nation of togo, but the transformation comes with a risk. senators in the us have strongly criticised the absence
of the cia director at a senate hearing on relations with saudi arabia. secretary of state mike pompeo gave evidence, along with defence secretaryjim mattis. the head of the cia did not. gina haspel has heard the audio of the murder the jamal khashoggi, and one democratic senator described her non—appearance as a cover—up. from washington, here's laura trevelyan this is the controversial saudi crown prince who reportedly, in the assessment of the cia, ordered the killing of journalists jamal khashoggi. mohammed bin salman arrived in argentina debate ahead of the 620 arrived in argentina debate ahead of the g20 summit and on capitol hill, a chorus of senators say saudi arabia should face consequences for violating human rights. the us could lure state had to defend a crucial us ally. there's no direct reporting connecting the crown prince to the murder ofjamal connecting the crown prince to the murder of jamal khashoggi. the
president himself says in a washington post interview once again, maybe mohammed bin salman did know about the killing and maybe he didn't. the trump administration argues saudi arabia is a crucial partner against iran and islamic state, which buys billions of dollars of us weapons of. but us senators say america can't ignore murder. when we do not send a message to a country like saudi arabia, you can go miguel diaz—canel might we tellan arabia, you can go miguel diaz—canel might we tell an ally you can kill with impunity because you have some other interests with us, we send a global message that is frightening and doesn't in two serve us interests and national security. after hearing from top trump officials today, senators asked why they hadn't been able to hear from cia directorjean they hadn't been able to hear from cia director jean has they hadn't been able to hear from cia directorjean has herself. she has heard the tape of the khashoggi killing. i'm not going to be the night the ability to be briefed by the cia, which we have oversight of,
about whether their assessment supports my belief this couldn't have happened without mbs knowing. senators are asking hard questions about us support of the saudi led coalition carrying out airstrikes in yemen. the administration says withdrawing that backing would only embolden iran. some of the things that have been approved to blog about observers of the us saudi relationship said the us,... every saudi wash... tells me mohammed bin salman is not going to leave power. so the question for me is realistically how does a country where he remains the crown prince, potentially some day will be king, becomes more stable? the administration says it's naive to abandon autocrats friendly to us interests but after the khashoggi murder, the spotlight is on the us saudi relationship with lawmakers now demanding riyadh pay a price for its behaviour. let's get some of
the day's other news. heatwaves linked to climate change pose an increasing danger that threatens to overwhelm health services around the world, according to research just published in the lancet. the study found vulnerability to extreme hot weather has risen steadily since 1990, and suggests people in europe and the eastern mediterranean are more at risk from heatwaves because of the high number of older people living in cities. at least 10 people have been killed in an attack on the compound of the british security company gas in kabul. 19 were wounded, including several children. the afghan interior ministry says gunmen stormed the complex after detonating a car bomb outside. the taliban says it carried out the attack. the duke and duchess of cambridge have paid tribute to the five people killed in a helicopter crash at leicester city's ground. william and kate laid flowers and met leicester city players, as well as the family of the club's thai owner, vichai srivaddhanaprabha.
he died with four others when the helicopter came down in october. the bank of england is warning of the possibility of an immediate economic crash if the uk leaves the european union without a deal. the governor says a shock to growth is possible, more damaging than the financial crisis of 2008, shrinking the economy by 8%. and the government is also giving some details of its own economic analysis, suggesting britain will be poorer under all brexit scenarios, than if it remained in the european union. we'll hear from westminster in a moment the view from westminster, first our business editor, simonjack. enter brexit centrestage. a man with a warning. leaving the eu without a deal could trigger an economic crash worse than the one that followed the financial crisis. we've constructed a sort of worst—case no deal, no transition brexit scenario, where you have a series of events including friction at the border, difficulties at ports, sharp falls in financial markets would costs more for people and businesses to borrow, a series of events that all happen at the same time.
now, this is not a prediction orforecast, merely a possibility. in the bank's worst—case scenario, gdp is down 8% in one year, house prices down 30%, unemployment almost doubles to 7.5% and prices rise by 6.5%. it's in these marbled halls that bank of england economists look into their crystal balls to see what could, what might happen in the future, and some scenarios are pretty grim, but the bank says it's not here to scare us, in fact, it's there to reassure us that if we get a no deal, no transition brexit creating a financial emergency, the bank will be ready. but is the real economy ready? the bank says 80% of small businesses have done no planning for a no deal scenario, an outcome this furniture maker from high wycombe would like to avoid.
for us, we'd like to get on with it. a no deal would be difficult because i think it would increase the damage to consumer confidence, presumably it would damage the strength of the pound, which makes our life more expensive. and i think itjust... simplicity would be good for us. the worst case is only one unlikely scenario. 0thers analysed include staying in the eu, the orange line at the top, staying in the eu, a trade deal similar to the one proposed by the prime minister is underneath and the no deal disorderly brexit at the bottom. remember, this bank report was requested by mps who asked a simple question — does the bank of england think the uk will be better or worse off than it predicted before the referendum 7 in some respects it is very simple. for a period of time, if we reduce the degree to which we can trade with our largest trading partner,
the economy has to undergo an adjustment. during that period of time, it is likely, all things being equal, that the economy will grow less rapidly. the government's own analysis reached a similar conclusion today, but it says that delivering brexit requires and is worth the economic compromise. simon jack, bbc news. the british prime minister theresa may will be hoping the analysis puts pressure on the dozens of members of parliament who right now say they won't support her deal with the eu. political correspondent nick eardley asseses if the bank of england's worst case scenario might actually help theresa may in some way. it allows her to turn round and say to members of her own party, and members of other parties too, "if you try and block my deal, if you stop this getting through, you are risking a situation in which the uk economy could tank." that's exactly what the bank of england are warning today. i must say, from hanging out in parliament tonight
and from speaking to some of the brexiteers who've been extremely dismissive of her plan, they're equally dismissive of what the bank of england is saying tonight. they quite simply don't believe these worst—case scenario predictions. one of the leaders of the brexit campaign, jacob rees—mogg, told me that project fear had got even worse and was now turning into project hysteria. in fact, he launched a pretty personal attack on the bank of england governor, mark carney, as well, saying that he is a second—rate canadian failed politician. i wouldn't expect this would suddenly turn the numbers in theresa may's favour. she's also worried that, on the other hand, those that want a closer relationship with the european union than the one she's proposing, are going to say, "well, actually, according to some of these analyses, if you stay in the european union the economy will be better off." nick eardley for us there.
two people died in sydney when the heaviest rainfall fell in the city and in queensland, thousands have been evacuated from areas around rockhampton as unprecedented conditions push bush fires into regional communities. georgina smyth is the story. it's hot, dry and windy. the perfect conditions for a bushfire. this is queensland's coastline. the flames are out of control and the smoke is so are out of control and the smoke is so thick it is blocking out the sun. more than 8000 residents have been forced to leave their homes after the state issued a catastrophic fire warning for the first time in its history. these are unprecedented five conditions. there are no surprises here, we expected fires to do the developing rapidly. but there's one surprising element to these fires, their location.
authorities are battling to contain 100 blazes burning through a region that should be experiencing its wet season. that should be experiencing its wet season. the unprecedented conditions exacerbated by a heatwave and the ongoing australian drought are being barely contained by water bombing aircraft and crews brought in from other states. further south, sydney went under as two months worth of rain fell went under as two months worth of rainfell in went under as two months worth of rain fell injust went under as two months worth of rain fell in just two hours. flash flooding, traffic chaos and power cuts in student. at least two deaths have been blamed on the storm —— ends feud. georgina smyth, bbc news. the heatwave affecting firefighting efforts in australia is also expected to wreak havoc on the country's great barrier reef. scientists say the record—breaking heat will also increase the above—average marine temperatures, underlining the risk of another coral bleaching event on the great barrier reef next year. dozens of record november temperatures have been recorded in the region, most along the reef coastline, this week. stay with us on bbc news, still to come:
the european union condemns russia over the seizure of three ships in the crimea over the weekend, but fails to implement new sanctions. president kennedy was shot down and died almost immediately. the murder ofjohn kennedy is a disaster for the whole free world. he caught the imagination of the world. the first of a new generation of leaders. margaret thatcher is resigning as leader of the conservative party and prime minister. before leaving number 10 to see the queen, she told her cabinet, "it's a funny old world." angela merkel is germany's first woman chancellor, easily securing the majority she needed. attempts to fly a hot air balloon had to be abandoned after a few minutes, but nobody seemed to mind very much. as one local comic put it, "it's not hot air we need, it's hard cash." cuba has declared nine days of mourning following the death of fidel castro at the age of 90. castro developed close ties with the soviet union in the 1960s.
it was an alliance that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war with the cuban missile crisis. this is bbc news, the latest headlines: the controversial saudi prince mohamed bin salman has arrived at the g20 summit, as the us senate votes to take forward plans to end american military support for the saudi—led war in yemen. the bank of england warns that the uk could face a deep recession and a collapse in the pound if there's a no—deal brexit. the european union has condemned russia over the seizure of three ships in the crimea at the weekend. but it's failed to agree new sanctions on russia,
preferring instead to issue a statemnet expressing dismay at what it calls russia's unacceptable use of force and calling on them to release the vessels steve fish is a political science professor at the university of california, berkeley and he's there for us now. thank you for your time. what is going on here? in this part of the world it is always hard to know but it looks like both the president, vladimir putin and petro poroshenko have something to gain. petro poroshenko is facing elections and he is not very popular and it looks set to lose the election. nothing like a good rally around the flag. but ina like a good rally around the flag. but in a pattern is facing declining popularity at home because he has had to undertake difficult economic reforms, the economy is not in great shape and oil prices are down. when
that happens you look to him starting trouble abroad. and the response of the us? i think he knows that his man at the white house, it looks like he's days are numbered. b paton knows about some things about what robert mueller will report. —— vladimir putin. he needs to move now while he has his guy in the white house. supporters of president trump and president trump himself would have something to say about that. but the declaration of martial law is odd? it is odd. it looks more like a political than a military move and it is a very unwise political move. you can imagine how this is being paid out in moscow. tv
shows, provinces in the east and south, it makes it look like something on the russian speaking population in those parts of ukraine. this is probably about petro poroshenko's future. no need to declare martial law. now with the holidays approaching, many of us are eyeing the latest gadget but what happens to those phones and tvs which have fallen out of favour? well, a lot of electronic waste is shipped abroad, ending up in africa. recycling it can be dangerous but in the west african nation of togo, old gadgets are big business. in togo a growing number of entrepreneurs are putting e—waste to good use. waihiga mwaura has sent this report from the capital lome. a child's toy, from an unlikely source, made from other people's u nwa nted waste. this is plastic, so we print it with a 3d printer.
0k, and you made this 3d printer? yeah, we made the 3d printer from e—waste material. so, we recycle old printers, conventional printers, and we take parts that we use to make the frame. this is one of a growing number of young entrepreneurs who sees the potential of e—waste as an emerging business in togo. his vision is to empower children through science. our hope is that we produce and sell the science set that will help students, mostly kids and girls, be interested in science and solve the problem we have in our community. it's estimated nearly half a million tons of used electrical goods arrive here through the port of lome every year, from old mobile phones and laptops through to tvs and generators.
there is a rising demand for the latest secondhand electronics at bargain prices. but we've been told that 80% of imports that are sold at markets like these no longer work. despite international conventions that ban the movement of non—working electronics, they find their way to these shores, hidden inside vehicles that have been shipped from the west. this market wouldn't let cameras in, so we filmed what we could on our phones. where are the tvs from? germany and holland. germany and holland? wow. how many do you have? 130. 130 tvs...? and if these electronic goods don't work, they will likely end up here in landfill sites across the capital. and just look at this, the cover of a slide projector. and if you look closer, you can actually see that it was made in west germany. almost three decades
after the fall of the berlin wall, this ended up here, a sobering example of how togo is fast becoming a dumping ground for the world's unwanted e—waste. for those dismantling discarded electronics come serious risks. toxic materials like mercury and lead can be contained within them. there are people here who are trying to reprocess this material safely in recycling centres. but even this man, whose business depends on discarded technology, is concerned about the long—term environmental cost. translation: there are lots of people who make a living from the fact that e—waste is coming into the country, and regulating it would reduce the amount of money that can be made. but a lot of the waste which arrives here is dangerous, so we should really think about the impact it could have on our environment. despite these challenges,
initiatives are cropping up across the capital, including here, where children as young as ten are learning ways to recycle electronics safely. in a country with limited job opportunities, start—ups like these could provide togo with some of the answers to a sustainable technological future. waihiga mwaura, bbc news, togo. let's ta ke let's take you back to the us and the senate forwarding plans to end military support for the saudi led wall in yemen. all this in the aftermath of the murder of journalist jamal khashoggi. do you
think this is more than a gesture? there is a matter of anger from the american people, including president trump's supporters but today, the hearing, i listen to it and the secretary of state and defence did not expect the harsh confrontation they had with senators. yes, it is going to go further and it may get worse and especially if the american people who chose to view the video ofjamal people who chose to view the video of jamal khashoggi's assassination. the rub many senators on both sides of the aisle he is to be supporters
of the aisle he is to be supporters of the aisle he is to be supporters of the saudi arabia regime, today they see the action as an affront to america and the american people and american democracy, rightly so. i think it will not go away soon. if anything, i think it will actually intensify and i think crown prince mohammed bin salman has done a big, big mistake that will hurt the country and the saudi people. and yet, the president makes the argument that the policy in which he was elected in a way requires that america tolerates behaviour something like this in order to have an important military and security ally such as saudi arabia in the middle east? that is why the president thinks, orthat
middle east? that is why the president thinks, or that is his alone, but he is now discovering that he is probably standing alone in this issue and the actions in the us congress, i have never seen anything like this one. also, the american media, the most powerful in the world, like the washington post, new york times, la times, they have been bombarding the president of the us in terms of his support for the saudi government that they now call lawless. how do you think the change of political control in the us house of political control in the us house of representatives will impact on all these? it has a ready shown that they have been some descending voices in the us senate and congress
in general and some of those people who were a few now have rallied support among many other members of the us congress both in the republicans and democrats. the american people, as you know, in a democracy, the people's voice... the american people became very angry with what the saudis did but also with what the saudis did but also with the response of their president. the world number one norwegian, magnus carlsen, has retained his world chess championship title, beating us opponent fabiano caruana in a tie—breaker event. carlsen's victory, decided in three dramatic time—limited games, ended the american's hopes of becoming the first us champion since bobby fischer won in 1972. the showdown in london followed a record—breaking streak of 12 drawn
games of regular chess. this one is huge for me. fabiano played very well, and he's an extremely strong player. so it's very special for me, for sure. clearly, this time, it was very close, and fabiano is very strong. and the match, although i'm very happy that i won it, it shows i have a lot to work on still. and, you know, next time i have to raise my level again further. just time before we go to show you this... a not—so—serious pa pal security breach. a young argentine boy broke free of his mother's clutches to play with pope francis and one of his guards during a vatican audience — much to the pope's delight. that's it for now. thank you very much for watching. hello there.
the atlantic is set to be pretty relentless in terms of throwing spells of wet and windy weather our way in the coming days. this hook of cloud here is the spell of windy weather and rain that we had on wednesday. that low centre rolling away. this one, though, developing quite explosively as well to the south—west, as we go through the early part of thursday, promises even stronger winds than we saw yesterday, and some very heavy rain. certainly not looking great for the morning rush hour. there will be a risk of some disruption, and bbc local radio is a great place to head to, to get the details where you are. this is what that will look like, however. 6:00am, pretty much, just about everywhere seeing some rain at this stage. 0n the plus side it is a mild start, temperatures in double figures. through the morning, the wettest weather will start to push its way northwards pretty quickly. the strong winds, though, will remain an issue, i think, throughout in the morning, especially across the western side of the uk. around the coast and across the hills, these are the gust
strengths in the black circles. you can see 50, 60, maybe even 70 mph there off the coast of pembrokeshire. the stronger winds, as well, pushing further north into northern england and the south—east of scotland as the morning goes on. so, as a rough rule of thumb, 50—60 possible just about anywhere towards the west. in exposure, we could be talking 70 or a little bit more. the rain pushes its way northwards pretty quickly through the morning, many areas actually seeing a great improvement come the afternoon. quite a few showersm though, packing into the west, the north—east of scotland keeping the rain until the end of the day. a mild story, though, thanks to that air coming in from the south—west, 13 or 1a as a high. quite a few showers around in western exposures through thursday evening. low pressure stays in charge. that's what's feeding those showers in. it just, though, starts to change its orientation slightly on friday, bringing in the air from the north—west, and that will be just a slightly cooler direction. still some showers thanks to that low for western exposures on friday, but for many, actually,
a much quieter day. yes, still breezy, but nothing like the winds of thursday. and i think many areas could escape with a dry day, temperatures just a couple of degrees down on those we see on thursday. now, onto the weekend. another couple of these areas of low pressure look like they're going to head our way. the question is, will they be around in the daytime or will they come rolling through overnight? at the moment, it looks like some of the wettest weather could be first thing on saturday and first thing on sunday, and as the day goes on, we could see increasing amounts of sunshine. but stay tuned to keep up—to—date with the detail for your weekend weather. this is bbc news, the headlines: controversial saudi prince mohamed bin salman has arrived at the g20 summitjust as the us senate votes to take forward plans to end american military support for the saudi—led war in yemen. senators strongly criticised the absence of the cia director at a senate hearing on relations with saudi arabia. the bank of england is warning of the possibility of an immediate economic crash
if the uk leaves the european union without a deal. the governor says a shock to growth is possible, more damaging than the financial crisis of 2008, shrinking the economy by 8%. thousands of evacuated their homes in the australian state of queensland as warning levels have been raised to catastrophic for the first time —— have. two people died in sydney when the heaviest rainfall in sydney when the heaviest rainfall in sydney fell. now on bbc news, wednesday in parliament.