welcome to bbc news. i'm lewis vaughan jones. our top stories: at least three people have died in bushfires in australia as weather forecasters and firefighters warn that more dangerous weather is on the way. fireworks, music and celebrations at the brandenburg gate for the 30th anniversary of the fall of the berlin wall. hello, and welcome to bbc news. "leave your homes for safety or risk
not receiving help." the severe warning from firefighters as bushfires continue to ravage the east coast of australia. at least three people have died and there are fears the number of casualties could rise. weather forecasters say more bad weather is on the way. 1,300 firefighters, backed by water—bombing aircraft, are tackling dozens of fires in baking temperatures. officials in new south wales say 150 homes have burned down. ben shepherd joins us from the rural fire service headquarters in sydney. thank you very much for your time, i appreciate this is a busy day for you. could you start by bringing us up—to—date with the latest? we still have some 70 fires burning across new south wales and more than 40 across new south wales and more than a0 of them i get to be brought under
control. we are talking about a massive area we are dealing with, some 600 or 700,000 hectares of bushland that is a light. so we are having to deal with that ahead of these worsening conditions on tuesday. so we have literally got firefighters out there protecting properties at the moment, being supported by water bombing helicopters. 0ur supported by water bombing helicopters. our real concern is actually moving into tuesday, where we are expecting temperatures in the high 30s although a0s, humidity in single digits, and winds gusting upwards of 80 kilometres an hour. so we have got grave concerns for tuesday. just ahead of tuesday, i wa nt to tuesday. just ahead of tuesday, i want to go back to that warning to people to really get out or look after themselves or risk not getting help. that is quite a stark warning? 0bviously with such a broad area thatis 0bviously with such a broad area that is now at risk, we need people to obviously understand that when they do ask for assistance, but a fire truck may not be able to turn up. when the winds are at those strengths, we may not be able to get
you aerial support. we are trying to encourage everybody to use this weekend to prepare. so many homes are weekend to prepare. so many homes a re lost weekend to prepare. so many homes are lost due to ember attack. that is little bits of material floating on the winds and landing an and around homes. we are encouraging people to clean out their gutters, trim bushes back from around the house, mow the lawn, clear timber away from the side of the house. because ultimately that can make the difference in the coming days whether or not your home survives the fire. we have used that view was right around the planet. give us an idea of how unusual or regular these kinds of fires are in new south wales ? kinds of fires are in new south wales? the actual weather conditions we have had over the last few days are typically what we would see in the middle or the worst parts of summer. the middle or the worst parts of summer. we have had an extraordinary start to this fire season already. we will be approaching, i guess, i million hectares of bushland that has been burnt. we have already lost 100 homes prior to this, this further 150. we have lost two lives. the numbers are starting to stack
up. and at this stage the bureau of meteorology is predicting more of this weather over the coming months. so it doesn't bode well for the rest of the fire season. we have been stretched across new south wales, an extraordinary amount of fire, and u nfortu nately extraordinary amount of fire, and unfortunately it looks like we have more to come. then, we wish you all the best with your efforts to tackle those fires. that was ben shepherd from the rural fire service headquarters in sydney. staying with wildfires, but this time in california. firefighters are at the scene of a small fire in the hollywood hills. aircraft and teams on the ground are tackling the blaze which is near to the warner brothers and universal film studios. but officials say there is no threat to property or people and that the fire is slow burning with no wind. ceremonies have been taking place in germany to mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the berlin wall, once a potent symbol of the cold war divide between east and west. chancellor angela merkel, who grew up in east germany, called on europeans to stand up for freedom, tolerance and human rights.
jenny hill reports from berlin. this city set the world alight 30 years ago. tonight, berlin is still on fire. cheering. the wall was loathed, feared, resisted. in the end, it couldn't hold them back. cornelia was 11 when communist east germany came tumbling down. i remember also when we could go to the west part, the smelling. i will never forget about the smelling in the shops because it was such an amazing smell, i never had before. in 1961, the world looked on as brick by brick east berlin became a prison, its citizens sealed off from friends and family in the west, trapped
in an oppressive communist regime. monika was among them. the wall, she told us, tore her family apart. she never knew her grandfather, who lived in the west. by the time the wall fell, he was dead. angela merkel, leading commemorations today, also grew up behind the iron curtain. it shaped her politics, her aversion to borders and walls. but even she admits divisions remain between the old east and west. the revolution was astonishingly bloodless. this, many declared, the birth of a new world order, one which some warn is at risk today. translation: the values upon which europe is founded — freedom, democracy, equality, rule of law, the preservation of human rights. they absolutely cannot be taken for granted and must constantly be defended. for germany, this
is a bittersweet day. a commemoration of hardship endured, a celebration of freedom won, but a chance too to reflect on new divisions. but tonight, lit up with celebration, berlin will simply remember the day so many never dared to hope would come. as part of the day's events, mrs merkel also remembered the victims of the nazi persecution ofjews. it's 81 years since the organised brutal attacks on synagogues, homes, hospitals, and businesses across nazi germany and austria. during the memorial service the chancellor said it was a day of fate in german history, as the country also remembered the crimes committed againstjewish people in the night of november the 9th to the 10th in 1938 that became known as kristallnacht.
president trump says he's likely to release the transcript of a second phone call with the ukrainian president as early as tuesday. democrats have been asking for it as part of their inquiry to establish whether president trump violated the constitution, by pushing ukraine to investigate his political rivals. rescue crews are still working to evacuate homes across parts of south yorkshire, derbyshire and the midlands after one month's yorkshire, derbyshire and the midlands after one months worth of rain fell midlands after one months worth of rainfell in midlands after one months worth of rain fell in one day. one woman died when she was swept away in a river near matlock. seven severe flood warnings are in place on the river don in south yorkshire, indicating a threat to life. one of the places worst hit there is the village of fischler, near doncaster.
the village residents are leaving behind. the roads in fishlake are like rivers tonight, unless you have a boat the only way to travel is by tractor. at times like these, the local farmers are happy to help out. it's how emergency supplies have been reaching residents, all of them alarmed by how quickly it happened. i've never seen it like this all my life. apparently it did flood in 1933 or so. i've never seen it this bad. some people here have decided to stay, but for one woman that's not an option. the prospect of being trapped could not be more serious. we only moved in five weeks ago. i'm waiting for a transplant. 13 miles away in bentley, residents are counting the cost of the clear—up. all this has got to be replaced. diane cordon‘s family were flooded in 2007 and couldn't afford new insurance. they say they want help
and the council isn't providing it. as soon as possible, we need skips. they say that the wagons cannot go through because of the water. cars are managing to get through, as you can see, so can a wagon with a skip on the back of it. what are we supposed to do with this? get on with it? leave you to it? what are we supposed to do with all this rancid, smelly, contaminated stuff? doncaster council has described the situation as highly complex and says it's been very difficult to predict and control future events. in derbyshire, matlock has been one of the worst—affected areas there. the woman who died after being caught in floodwater near darley dale has today been named as the former high sheriff annie hall. she's been described as a great leader who will be hugely missed. it will be weeks before this village and others like it reach some kind of normality.
in the meantime, the government says it's launched an emergency fund so local authorities can help safeguard people's lives and property. this is the village of stainforth, just a mile away from fishlake, and the police are going to stay here throughout the night. they've got to stop people from crossing that bridge. the river don is a tidal river and it remains dangerously high. cyclone bulbul has made landfall near the border of india and bangladesh, bringing heavy rain and winds of up to 135km/h. up to two million peple have left their homes for safety, but two deaths have been reported. 0ur south asian editor, anbarasan ethirajan, explains how improved preparedness has helped save lives. in the past, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in cyclones in bangladesh but we have developed a radio system and are working with the un and other agencies and have enlisted thousands of volunteers. one of the first things they will do
is send text messages to mobile phones to various fishermen and villages across southern bangladesh. and then they sent to different villages using loudspeakers to tell people that they now need to go to safety. otherwise they will also use army and security forces, physically putting people into shelters. these are some of the methods they use and they also use television and radio to warn people about the danger. they have realised that unless they moved to some safety that their lives will be in danger and that was one of the reasons why people think they can tied over and sit on the top of the roof and, if we spend another few hours we will be fine but bangladesh has learned its lesson and disaster management for the last few years has been good. and how large an area do we expect to be affected? 12 coastal districts and there are millions of people in these areas and many fishermen have been warned to not go into the sea for the past few days. in a neighbouring state
of west bengal we already have reports of how the cyclone is making an impact. there have been a few deaths. the full extent of it, once the cyclone crosses the path in india and bangladesh we will know after a few hours because the authorities will then be able to assess how much damage the cyclone has done. india's prime minister, narendra modi, has welcomed the supreme court's decision to award a bitterly disputed religious site in the northern town of ayodyha to hindus. he called for a new india, free of hatred between religious communities. 0ur correspondent rajini vaidyanathan is in delhi. they've waited decades for this. today hindus celebrated after they were granted land which had been bitterly contested. land here, in one of the holiest cities in india — ayod hya. but muslims have also worshipped here for generations. it's in this town that the 16th century babri mosque once stood. until it was torn down by hardline
hindu groups in 1992. the communal violence which followed killed at least 2,000 people across india. building a temple in ayodhya has long been a key plank of the ruling hindu nationalist bjp party's agenda. today's judgement is being seen as a key victory for the party, which is led by prime minister narendra modi. translation: india is known for unity and diversity and it's reflected in today's verdict. it is a golden chapter in india'sjudicial system. but some wonder where it leaves the secular values india was built on.
translation: i think this country is on its way to becoming a hindu nation. bjp and its allies are driving this agenda. muslims will now be given a separate plot of land to build a mosque. while many believe today's verdict hands something to both sides, will it make a lasting difference in healing this country's deep religious divides? rajini vaidyanathan, bbc news, delhi. this is bbc news. the headlines: at least three people have died in bushfires in australia, as weather forecasters and firefighters warn that more dangerous weather is on the way. people in the north of england and the midlands are still being rescued, after a months worth of rain has fallen in a single day. tensions are high in bolivia as the president, evo morales, comes under more pressure to resign after accusations that last month's election was rigged. the main opposition leader has turned down the president”s the main opposition leader has turned down the president's invitation to talks. on friday, police in several bolivian cities came out in support
of the anti—government protestors, with some of them calling for mr morales to resign. bolivia's armed forces have said they will never go against the people and the crisis must be solved by democratic means. mark weisbrot is co—director of the center for economic and policy research in washington, and he joins us now from there. how serious is this situation now? people are using words like cuba, are we people are using words like cuba, a re we really people are using words like cuba, are we really there yet?” people are using words like cuba, are we really there yet? i think it is serious. i think the opposition or the leadership at least is trying to overthrow the government. a near majority, a7% of the people voted for the president, which was over ten points more than the next runner up... ten points more than the next runner sorry ten points more than the next runner up... sorry to interrupt straightaway, but those results are exactly what is disputed. do you have a in those results because yellow if you've noticed, you can read dozens, hundreds of articles
since october 20 on the web since the selection. and not one present even one shred of evidence that the election was in doubt, stolen, or anything else. so this is a very bad, i think, anything else. so this is a very bad, ithink, it anything else. so this is a very bad, i think, it was very bad decision on the part of the organisation of american states. they put one sentence into their press release after the election, without any evidence whatsoever, implying that there was something wrong with the result and so that was picked up by most of the media. but you can look at any website for any major news organisation in the world and no—one has yet presented any evidence. and that's because there isn't any. you don't even need a statistical analysis, we did one, which you can see at cep are .net. but you can look at the numbers from the election and there is nothing that indicates anything was wrong... 0k, that indicates anything was wrong... ok, well, given that, why are so
many out on the street then, do you think? welcome you had a lot of people in 2009 on the streets trying to overthrow the government then. and so you do have an opposition that wants to get rid of this government and they have used violence in the past. and so it's not that surprising, but a thing the media has played a huge role by simply repeating over and over again this allegation, which is really nothing, at this point, more than an unfounded conspiracy theory. because there is nothing to indicate that there's something wrong with the result. and the organisation of american states is there now conducting an audit on the opposition refuses even to accept that, because they want to get rid of the government. what about this other line that has been reported than about police and the police's role here? no, there have been some belief that have supported the opposition. you have to remember that the oas result was very
important. they are under enormous pressure from the centre to trump —— trump administration and senator rubio to get rid of this government... are you are saying that there are forces in washington that there are forces in washington that would like a change of government? how involved are they in supporting? are you saying they are behind protest on the street is the relationship was mac i think the most obvious relationship is with the oas. the us surprise over 6096 of the oas. the us surprise over 6096 of the funding for the oas. rubio has pressured them before and so has the trump administration. so they are under pressure and there are people inside the oas who know this. and they are under pressure to say this. they didn't put it in their second press release may still haven't released one shred of evidence that there was something wrong with the vote count all the result. so people... we have talked to people. people know that this is wrong and,
hopefully, they will be honest about the audit, because they are not going to find any evidence of fraud. 0k, going to find any evidence of fraud. ok, mark, thank you very much. really interesting talk to you. thank you. thank you. it's been a busy day on the election campaign trail, with the main parties unveiling new policy pledges. the conservatives have announced plans to train more gps, while labour and the liberal democrats are focussing on more support for childcare. here's our political correspondent, iain watson. it's enough to raise your blood pressure. you know what it's like. try to get a non—urgent appointment with your doctor and you can wait days, sometimes more than a week. today, the conservatives promised an injection of more gps into the health service in england by 2025. the package will deliver 6,000 more doctors in primary care and that will lead to 50 million more appointments. i know how frustrating it is when you cannot get a gp
appointment fast enough. but hang on — what happened to the 5,000 gps the conservatives promised at the 2015 election? that target has not been reached. the reality will be seeing these delivered on. whichever government we have it a few weeks' time, we need them to recognise the stressed state of general practice and we need them to recognise that these promises are solid and should be delivered on and they should be delivered swiftly. labour claim public services have got worse since the conservatives came to power. jeremy corbyn was at a children's arts project in leeds but says many facilities have closed in recent years. he says he will tell us how they will pay for it later in the campaign. we are determined to open children's centres so that sure start can be a reality, as it was in the past
for so many of our children. all of our funding commitments will be clearly there in the grey book that will be published alongside our manifesto. not to be outdone, at a rally in london the lib dem leader had her own offer on childcare. a liberal democrat government will provide working parents with free, high—quality childcare from when their child is nine months old until their first day at school. there has not been too much talk of the b word for the politicians today although "stop brexit" is part of the official lib dem campaign slogan and jo swinson has tried to convince us — and, indeed, some of her own party members — that she has a much broader agenda. usually at elections politicians never miss the opportunity to kiss a baby. today, though, it is the parents who are being love bombed — but high—quality childcare does not come cheap. certainly whoever is in power will have a struggle between making sure the funding rate is high enough that providers can deliver the high—quality care that they want to but at the same time keep control of the overall cost. there's clearly an appetite
for policies other than brexit on the political menu. today, there was plenty of sweeteners for the voters. but there is still no such as a free lunch. iain watson, bbc news. in the run up to polling day we'll be bringing you an essential guide to the various campaigns in a daily electioncast. starting on monday night, adam fleming and the bbc‘s politics team provide a round up of the days events and will look at the twists and turns of the campaign so far. watch it here on the bbc news channel or listen to it on bbc sounds app. injapan in japan celebrations are injapan celebrations are continuing for the enthronement of the new emperor. on saturday a national festival took place, including a parade through tokyo, which was followed by a series of musical performances. emperor naruhito said he was deeply grateful. as the bbc‘s tim allman reports.
this weekend marks the climax of a huge national party. and it looks like they've saved the best till last. a parade featuring traditional folk dancing... plus marching bands from the tokyo police and fire departments. some of these delay —— things had to be delayed several weeks during to the typhoon impact. but it was a sea of colour, noise, and excitement, nonetheless. then, as dusk fell, the emperor and empress emerged from the imperial palace. thousands of loyal subjects waving flags were holding up lanterns.
translation: i am very grateful to eve ryo ne translation: i am very grateful to everyone who was here today to celebrate this occasion. they are very happy with all the messages i've been receiving from the people ——iam i've been receiving from the people —— i am very happy. i've been receiving from the people -- i am very happy. then prime minister shinzo abe paid his tribute. translation: the many people gathered here, he said, the japanese citizens and i would like to once again celebrate the enthronement of the emperor. there was a special musical performance, including a new piece of music called rain on water, specially composed for the event. on sunday, the emperor and empress will travel in an open top car through tokyo. the final event, the final celebration. the new imperial age begins. tim allman, bbc news.
before we go let's show you these live pictures from the hollywood hills. you can see that smoke rising up. fires burning not too far from the warner brothers and universal film studios right now. firefighters are using aircraft and are on the ground trying to bring them under control. tha nkfully trying to bring them under control. thankfully no strong winds at the moment. no threat to property right now. we be keeping an eye on events there in los angeles for you. it is now time for the weather. hello. the weekend got off to a cold, frosty start. more rain followed for many of us on saturday. notjust rain, more of the uk had its first know of the season into the welsh hills, the higher parts of shropshire. but it's the effect of recent rain which is still causing major flooding, particularly into parts of south yorkshire and derbyshire. there are many flood warnings still in force. do head to our website for the latest details about flood and weather warnings. now, sunday getting off to a cold, frosty start. for northern england, scotland, northern ireland there is a risk of ice on untreated surfaces, especially in northern ireland
where saturday was so wet. further south, more cloud most of this area of low pressure. it is pulling away but keeping temperatures above freezing. look, there's a gap between weather systems, but these wet weather bearing weather fronts will be coming in towards western parts at the end of sunday as we'll see a moment. this is how remembrance sunday is shaping up. still outbreaks of rain for southern england and south wales, clearing away, a few fog patches around as well. but for many of us you see the extent of the dry, sunny weather during the day. the odd shower clipping easternmost parts of england around the moray firth. a chilly day but where you're changing saturday's rain and snow for sunshine it will feel a bit warmer. but look at this. these weather fronts coming in from the west at the end of the day. a very wet evening into northern ireland. here comes the rain pushing east across the uk going into monday morning. some snow to the higher parts
of pennines, southern uplands, but particularly into the highlands north of the central belt in scotland where could be quite tricky on some of the higher routes going into monday morning. temperatures do head up a bit over night into monday after a chilly start of the night. the good news is, if there is any, about this latest weather system, it is moving on through, so the wet weather doesn't hang around too long in any one place. the rain clearing south part england by the end of monday morning. and then a blustery day following the sunshine and showers, the showers most frequent towards the north—west of the uk, wintry in places, especially the hills. it's going to be a colder feeling day, particularly because it will be a windier day. and going into tuesday, low pressure then towards the north sea, around that we have still got some bands of wet weather moving through. so notjust showers, but longer spells of wet weather sinking southwards on wednesday. there will be drier, brighter zones around these as well. it will still be a chilly day. don't expect anything warmer as the week goes on. low pressure will still be close by during the remainder of the week. a little gap early on wednesday. and look at this, more weather fronts coming in from the atlantic. chilly start to wednesday, turning wetter from the west. as i mentioned earlier, low pressure staying around for the rest of the week.
this is bbc news, the headlines: at least three people have died in bushfires on the east coast of australia. weather forecasters and firefighters have warned that more dangerous weather is on the way, and told people at risk to leave for safety now as they might not be able to provide help. ceremonies have been taking place in germany to mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the berlin wall, once a potent symbol of the cold war divide between east and west. chancellor angela merkel, who grew up in east germany, called on europeans to stand up for freedom, tolerance and human rights. after some of the worst