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the chancellor says a no—deal brexit may well happen on october 31st, despite a new law to prevent it. sajid javid will use his party conference speech in manchester today to try to refocus public attention on spending pledges, after further allegations about borisjohnson this weekend. prime minister, it has been alleged that you touched the thigh of a woman at a lunch without her permission. did you? no and what the public want to hear is what we are going to do to unite the country. in westminster opposition parties are expected to meet to discuss their next steps to try to halt a no—deal brexit. also on the programme: thousands of women are dying needlessly from heart attacks, because they fail to recognise their symptoms, and receive poorer care than men.
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saudi arabia's crown prince says he takes "full responsibility" for the murder of saudi journalist jamal khashoggi a year ago, but denies that he ordered the killing. prince harry lays a wreath in honour of the british soldier who died helping to safeguard endangered wildlife in malawi. and coming up in the sport on bbc news: scotland make a solid start to their rugby world cup match against samoa, one they can't afford to lose. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. the chancellor, sajid javid, has promised "a significant economic policy response" if britain leaves the eu without a deal. he was speaking at the conservative
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party conference in manchester, where he is preparing to announce billions of pounds in new government spending. but the event has been overshadowed by new allegations about the prime minister's conduct with a female journalist 20 years ago — which he has denied today. and this lunchtime there's been a further twist. the wife of dominic cummings — borisjohnson‘s senior advisor — has issued a statement to say that she wasn't the woman who it's alleged also had her thigh touched by borisjohnson at the same lunch. our political correspondent, jonathan blake, reports. prime minister what do you say about the groping allegations. waving away questions about his conduct, the prime minister left his hotel... do you have a problem with women? trying to cut through the noise and stick to the script. prime minister it has been alleged that you touched the thigh of a woman without her permission. did you? no and i think what the public want to hear is what we are doing to unite the country.
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before the chancellor set out thousand government wants to do that, he was in a generous mood, spending his own money, before explaining how he will spend ours. the latest of £50 billion worth of announcements the party has made in manchester so far. get brexit done, focus on the things that matter to people and they want to see much more investment in our roads, in rail, in buses, in digital connectivity. but there is uncertainty about what brexit could bring for the economy. the government admits leaving the eu with no deal would bring challenges. soa hint with no deal would bring challenges. so a hint that tax cuts and lower interest rates could soften the blow. if it was no deal, there would bea blow. if it was no deal, there would be a significant economic policy response and obviously you have the independent bank of england that will think about a monetary policy response and that is for them. i
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will be thinking about fiscal and other economic policy response. here they want to talk about brexit and spending commitments, but there is no doubt that claim by a female journalist that boris johnson squeezed her thigh 20 years ago, which downing street says is untrue, is an unwelcome distraction for the party and the prime minister. does the prime minister have a problem with women? absolutely not. one former minister sees it differently. i can't comment on those accusations but they are concerning and in a sense go to the heart of the question about character and integrity of people in public life and what standards the electorate have a right to expect. back in westminster, opposition parties are meeting, their next move could determine the course of brexit, the timing ofan determine the course of brexit, the timing of an election and see conservative mps back there sooner than planned. 0ur assistant political editor, norman smith,
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is in manchester. more distractions, we have had a statement from the wife of dominic cummings? party conferences, pretty often don't go to plan and you get the feeling that this one could take a swerve in a direction boris johnson would prefer it didn't go, in other words whether he groped a female journalist 20 years ago at a boozy lunch. he has had to answer questions about whether he did grasp the thigh of charlotte edwardes, but now we have the claim that the woman on the other side of him, whose allege thigh he also squeezed, was in fact the wife of his chief advisor, dominic cummings, the power behind the throne at westminster. she has denied that and said boris johnson was always a good boss. but
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does any of this matter? well at one level you can say borisjohnson has denied this, it happened 20 years ago, probably won't make any difference to how borisjohnson is viewed by the party faithful here. but it matters in this sense, boris johnson is having to talk about something he didn't want to talk about and it raises the woman fact or. does boris johnson about and it raises the woman fact or. does borisjohnson have a problem with women? i say that, because we have had these allegations, we had the claims about the business woman jennifer arcuri and the brusque response to female mps in the house of commons. and the concern is this could dent boris johnson's standing with female voters. thank you. that meeting of opposition party leaders is expected to start shortly. 0ur political correspondent, jessica parker, is in westminster. nervousness that government can still find a way around the benn act —
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the anti no—deal brexit law. look, conservative party conference may be going on in manchester, but here in westminster, parliament will resume this afternoon after mps rejected the idea of a recess over the coming days. 0pposition group leaders are set to meet shortly and they do agree on a couple of things. their dislike of a no deal brexit and their dislike of borisjohnson's government. but less united on what to do about that. a lot of ideas floating around, among them tightening up the legislation designed to stop a no deal brexit. another idea — a vote of no confidence, bring down boris johnson's government, install a care taker prime minister and have a snap election. a big question as to who such a care taker prime minister would be. another idea is sensoring borisjohnson would be. another idea is sensoring boris johnson and even would be. another idea is sensoring borisjohnson and even cutting his salary. so a lot of ideas around. we
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should get an indication later this afternoon from the opposition group leaders as to exactly where they're at and how difficult they plan to make life for borisjohnson. but it is possible there won't be any big shift today and while opposition group leaders will agree to keep keeping the government's feet to the fight, they won't for now make a big move. thousands of women who suffer heart attacks are dying needlessly because they fail to recognise their symptoms, and receive poorer care than men — that's according to a new study. the report by the british heart foundation found inequalities in diagnosis, treatment and aftercare. it says the myth that heart attacks only affect men has left many women unaware of the risks. 0ur health correspondent, dominic hughes, has this report. oh, no! it was terrifying. i knew there was something wrong, but i just didn't know what. ijust knew i needed that ambulance. two years ago, louise mcgill
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had a heart attack. it came out of the blue — a few days of feeling tired, a slight pain in her chest, and then overnight she was suddenly fighting for her life. the paramedic was running some results and i think it was an ecg he was doing and he said, "louise, i think you're having a heart attack." what did you think then? i thought, "this is it, i'm not going to make it." i couldn't believe it. i was just shell—shocked. louise was lucky, she got fast, appropriate care, but many women who suffer a heart attack are dying unnecessarily. researchers found that over a 10—year period more than 8000 women may have survived with better treatment. i think there's a combination of bias and biology. so, whilst there are biological factors that are different between men and women, i think there is a bias as well, and
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this is a societal bias. there is a misperception that men only have heart attacks, and this is not true. today's report said that one of the problems that women face is that many of the treatments are designed around men — so a quick way to diagnose a heart attack is to look for the presence of a protein called troponin, that's released into the blood when someone suffers a heart attack, but many women, when they come into hospital, have lower levels of troponin than men, so they go undiagnosed. now, at this lab here in edinburgh, they are using a high sensitivity test that should allow more women to be diagnosed quickly. a lower threshold has been suggested for women, which certainly picks up more women with heart attacks than previously and that clearly is important because those women get identified as heart attacks and get treated as such. and that is clearly an important factor that plays a role in the underdiagnosis of heart attacks in women. two years on from her heart attack, louise is on the road to
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recovery and she says women need to know they can also be at risk. there's no set person that is classed as a prime example of somebody that may unfortunately have a heart attack. it doesn't discriminate. women need to just be aware. yay! i'm the winner. dominic hughes, bbc news. saudi arabia's crown prince has warned that oil prices could rise steeply if the world does not act to counter iran. speaking after the attack on its oil facilities earlier this month — which the kingdom blames on tehran — mohammed bin salman said a failure to deal with iran could lead to war. in an interview with cbs news, the prince also accepted some responsibility for the murder of the journalist, jamal khashoggi, but denied personally ordering it. 0ur security correspondent, frank gardner who's just come back from the kingdom, who's just come back from the kingdom, has this report.
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shock footage of the incident missiles and drones hit saudi arabia's critical oil infrastructure. the saudis and the us blames iran which denies it. now the crown prince of saudi arabia warns of a rise in oil prices. translation: if the world does not deter iran, we will see further escalations, oil supplies will be disrupted and prices jump to unimaginably high levels. the war in yemen has embroiled rivals saudi arabia and iran, which backs the houthi rebels. they have released pictures after a major attack on the border they say has resulted in thousands of troops captures. the
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saudi crown prince committed his troops to this war four years ago. it was the murder of this man, the saudi journalist, jamal khashoggi, which has cast the bigger shadow over his rule. he was asked if he ordered it. translation: absolutely not. this was a heinous crime, but i ta ke full not. this was a heinous crime, but i take full responsibility as a leader in saudi arabia. saudi arabia has become a more relaxed place under crown prince mohammed bin salman. but critics say there is a darker side to his rule and the stain of the jamal khashoggi murder will not be easily erased. the image of saudi arabia took a hit from the jamal khashoggi murder. much of the
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leadership was slow to realise the extent of the damage. here there was little coverage about the incident. for most people the negative impact of the event has been overshadowed by the huge social reforms sweeping the country. for now, the population is largely with him, but saudi arabia's problems are mounting, with iran, with yemen and with a more sceptical west. a united nations investigation team has gained access to covert recordings of the moment that the saudi journalist jamal khashoggi was murdered and have described in detail what they heard. the writer and critic of saudi arabia's government was murdered in the saudi consulate in istanbul exactly a year ago this week. two of those who heard the recording have told the bbc‘s panorama of the "horror" and shock of listening to his final moments. jane corbin has this report. in october last year, jamal khashoggi walked into the saudi consulate in istanbul, he was hoping to collect
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divorce papers in order to marry his turkish fiance. but after entering the building, he was never seen again. we only know that jamal khashoggi was murdered and the brutal way in which it was done, because the saudi consulate was bugged by turkish intelligence. the planning and the execution were all recorded. you can hear them laughing. it's a sort of chilling business, they're waiting there, knowing that this man is going to come in and he's going to be murdered. british barrister helena kennedy is one of very few people who have listened to the audio recordings of the journalist's death. the horror of listening to somebody‘s voice and the fear in someone's voice makes a shiver go through your body. ms kennedy was invited to join the team headed by the un's special rapporter
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for extra judicial killing. she led the investigation into jamal khashoggi's murder and negotiated access to the crucial tapes. recordings reveal the truth about what happened to jamal. he says, am i being kidnapped? how could this happen in an embassy. the sound that i heard after that point indicate that he is suffocated, probably with a plastic bag over his head. her report for the un human rights council concluded that jamal khashoggi was the victim of a premeditated execution for which the state of saudi arabia is responsible. there is no indication under international law that this crime could be qualified under any other ways than as a state killing. the recordings also counter the saudis' claim that khashoggi's death was a rogue operation, with the tapes revealing the planning that took place in the days
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leading up to the murder. there is no doubt in my mind this was a seriously highly organised mission coming from the top. this was not some flaky maverick operation, no. no. the saudi government told us it is committed to holding the purpose traitors accountable. the perpertrators accountable. the crown prince has said that as a leader he takes full responsibility, but denies ordering the killing. and you can watch panorama: the khashoggi murder tapes tonight on bbc one, at 8.30. our top story this lunchtime... the chancellor, sajid javid, has promised "a significant economic policy response" if britain leaves the eu without a deal. but the conservative party's conference in manchester has been overshadowed by new allegations about the prime minister's conduct. they want the three points. hogg's drop goal!
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and after their poor display against ireland, scotland bounce back against samoa at the rugby world cup injapan. coming up in the sport on bbc news in the next 15 minutes, where are the crowds at the world athletics championships in doha? the iaaf are expected to address the issue of empty seats later today. firefighters have called for more protection after research found they were being exposed to dangerously high levels of harmful chemicals. the study said firefighters were at risk of developing cancer because of the contamination left on their clothing and equipment after they tackle blazes. tracy gee has been speaking to some of those affected. firefighters need to stop having their lives totally turned upside down with cancer. he died on the 4th of february this year. he went too soon, just went too soon.
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the faces of just a handful of the many firefighters battling cancer and, for some, the treatment is taking its toll. michael copplestone, 15.09.66. mitch has two forms of leukaemia and is in need of a bone marrow transplant. the bad side will be that... ..i won't quite make it to as old as i should have been. you just think, don't let it be me. and mitch isn't alone with facing cancer but, sadly, for some firefighters, they've already lost their battle. stuart fisher, lincolnshire firefighter, died at the age stuart fish, lincolnshire firefighter, died at the age of 60 from blood cancer. i know in stuart's early years, breathing apparatus wasn't worn for open—air fires and when you understand it is carcinogens, it is toxins that people are breathing in then, if you want my personal opinion and honesty, i do think it was a contributing factor. in my opinion, there is direct link between firefighters'
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occupation and cancer. scientists believe that firefighters are twice as likely to die from cancer compared to the general population. if you take firefighters in their clothing, in a hot environment, they are starting sweating and thermal intake or absorption via the skin is automatically increasing and as a result working as a sponge for all of the fire toxins. as tests continue, fire chiefs are coming under pressure to do more to protect their firefighters and acknowledge a potential link to cancer. firefighters are contracting certain types of cancer above the population norm. i accept that and that is a concern. shouldn't something be done now? why are we waiting for more conclusive evidence to come out when that evidence is already out there? the assurance that i want to give is that there is an incredible amount of work going on in the background to make this happen as quickly as possible, but i do acknowledge that that's not quick enough for some people. i feel cheated and so did stuart. i can't bring him back. ijust hope a positive
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comes out of, you know, this tragedy that happened. i think it is an occupational hazard, yeah, definitely. firefighters need to stop having their lives totally turned upside down with cancer. tracy gee, bbc news. and you can see more on that story on inside out tonight, that's on bbc one in england at 7:30pm and then afterwards on iplayer. a day of mourning is taking place in france for the former french president jacques chirac, who died last week at the age of 86. world leaders joined almost 2,000 people for a service in paris this morning. his coffin has been lying in state over the weekend. thousands of people queued to file past it. lucy williamson reports. the body of jacques the body ofjacques chirac, his coffin draped in the french flag, was carried into the courtyard by eight of his former bodyguards. the
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military honours in front of president emmanuel macron the first chapter into des's public remembrance. the coffin was then accompanied through the streets of paris on its way to the church of saint—sulpice, where dozens of leaders, both past and present, had gathered to honour him. the crowds outside the church paying their last respects to a man who, for all his perceived flaws, held a special place in a national memory of france. inside, the coffin made its way past a sea of faces, including that of the russian president vladimir putin, and severalformer french leaders. jacques chirac earned the affection of many people here by his easy charm and his strong stance against the us led invasion of iraq in 2003. president macron described him as someone who embodied a certain idea of france. flags are flying at half mast and,
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later today, a minute's silence will be held across the country. his body has now left saint—sulpice on its way to the cemetery in montparnasse for burial. after 12 years as president and almost 20 as mayor of paris, jacques chirac is making his final journey paris, jacques chirac is making his finaljourney through paris, jacques chirac is making his final journey through the streets paris, jacques chirac is making his finaljourney through the streets of the french capital. lucy williamson, bbc news, paris. vietnam is thought to be one of the countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. it's already having a huge impact on the lives of those living in the mekong delta, the agricultural heartland of the country, which is home to a fifth of its population. our reporter, ashleyjohn—baptiste, has been to meet some of the families living on one of the frontlines of global warming. wen ven long lost his home because of climate change. he and other families across the mekong delta are facing an increasingly desperate situation. there used to be two houses where you can see this open space of water. in july, they crumbled
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into the river due to erosion and you can see these sandbags that have been put in place to try and protect their houses. now, further down here, the couple have created a temporary home because they are nervous that their house is going to collapse into the river. it's not just houses. livelihoods have been lost in the delta. this is the agricultural heartland of the country but rising sea levels, coastal erosion and saltwater intrusion make farming increasingly difficult, and so thousands are being displaced. families who feel unable to cope with the changes, leave for cities like ho chi minh. the government is trying to help. they've created relocation programmes for vulnerable families. they also put dykes in place
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to try and help mitigate the impact of flooding. but some local scientists are concerned about their impact on the delta's ecosystem. so what's being done about it? we believe that youth are the drivers, the agents for change and it's much easier to impact on the way they think. 21—year—old lynn is running a workshop. she's gathered students from across the country and the delta region to learn about the environment and how to film. they hope by educating themselves and learning to tell these stories more widely, people both here and internationally will take greater action to protect the region. this is such a big problem, do you feel like you can make a difference? yeah. things start from small changes. but at the same time, it requires the whole ecosystem to collaborate, from the governmental sector to the public. what happens here in vietnam isn't unique.
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the world bank estimates that over 140 million people could be internally displaced by 2050 because of climate change. vietnam is both a warning and an example of how the world will have to adapt and change. ashley john—ba ptiste, bbc news, vietnam. prince harry has said a major collaborative approach "across borders and continents" is needed to end the poaching of animals such as rhinos and elephants. prince harry has been visiting a national park in malawi, as part of a tour of southern africa. our royal correspondent, nicholas witchell, is travelling with him. this is one of three national parks here in malawi. they, of course, cover an extensive area and the problem of poaching is considerable. the british army is here in support of local park rangers and one british soldier, guardsman matthew talbot of the coldstream guards, was killed earlier this year out on an anti—poaching patrol. prince harry is paying tribute to him. honour guard, present arms!
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laying a wreath at a memorial to him. harry is taking part in an exercise with british soldiers and local park rangers and he is being briefed about the whole problem, the whole battle against the poachers. the theme today very much that of nature conservation, as harry has written in an article he has written himself in a national newspaper this morning, "there is a need to protect "the world's most valuable assets, you need to coexist with nature. a need to coexist with nature." this is a most appropriate place to reinforce that message. malawi is the last country he is visiting on his own. he will be returning over the next couple of days tojohannesburg, where he will link up again with meghan and baby archie. scotland have bounced back from their poor
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display against ireland, to infict a crushing defeat against samoa at the rugby world cup injapan. it was a must—win game for the scots, and they didn't disappoint — scoring four tries. our sports correspondent, katie gornall reports from kobe. it may be thousands of miles from home, but injapan, scotland ‘s influence is strong. the two countries have a shared love of whiskey and here they have embraced a process that is about patients. but not everyone has the luxury of time. whiskey is perhaps scotland was my greatest export. their rugby team, however, has fared less well injapan meaning the game against samoa is now a must win. scotland's fa ns samoa is now a must win. scotland's fans arrived in kobe showing plenty of spirit but knowing this could be where their journey effectively ends. defeat to ireland and the success of japan had scotland propping up the group, their world cup on the line afterjust one game. in sweltering conditions under the
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roof, scotland was suitably fired up. the boot of greg laidlaw got them off the mark but scotland's attack was struggling to get a grip. after half an hour, suddenly they clicked. sean maitland with a gift from above to settle the nerves. scotla nd from above to settle the nerves. scotland knew that keeping the dream alive would be tries, and lots of them. laidlaw scored their second. and with half—time approaching, stuart hogg attempted the audacious. now everything was going their way. scotla nd now everything was going their way. scotland 20 points up against samoa and out of sight at the break. so an impressive first half and, after the break, they moved further ahead from samoa, scoring a penalty try on the hour mark but the job wasn't done yet because they didn'tjust need to win in kobe, they needed to score four tries, which would secure an all—important four tries, which would secure an all—importa nt bonus four tries, which would secure an all—important bonus point and give them the best chance of getting out
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of the group. conditions were against them, samoa made it very difficult for them and the clock was against them, too, but on 75 minutes, they finally secured that all important fourth try when sean maitland was fouled going over in the corner and they awarded another penalty try. it was a big call from the referee but the right one. the game finished 3a—0 but, for scotland, huge relief really that they have been able to recover from they have been able to recover from the trauma of that opening day defeat by ireland and get the result they needed here. it is not over for them, they still have games against russia and the host japan and need to windows both but, for now, they are celebrating an all—important win and scotland fans very relieved —— need to win them both. time for a look at the weather. here's stav da naos. are we getting any better weather? no more rain? no, a lot more rain. we saw a lot of rainfall during this weekend. rain
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