the government to account is at the ballot box. general issue is a trust in politics. if they can't trust their government, they conscious than to follow through on their election pledges, then i suppose people feel disenfranchised by that and left out. —— and they can't trust them to follow through on their election pledges. well wherever you are across the uk — if you'd like to find out more about who you can vote for on december 12th — check out all the candidates standing in your area — full details are at bbc.co.uk/news or on the bbc news app. much more from me here in southampton throughout the afternoon on the bbc news channel. for now, back to rita in the studio. time for a look at the weather. here's matt taylor.
we had the coldest night of the season so we had the coldest night of the season so far and, you may be glad to here, the coldest night of the week. —10 in parts of aberdeenshire, the milder able try to push in over the milder able try to push in over the next three days. symbols stay below freezing in parts of scotland. many in lower single figures into the afternoon. ten to 12 degrees in wales, south—west wales and northern ireland, but cloudy skies and indices around penzance, the wind is whipping them up. quite a breeze blowing, touching gale force around the coast, and we will see cloud and outbreaks of rain stop the far north will brighten up later. into tonight, while many staff and i dry, we will see some further rain pushing on to other western areas, particularly western scotland, other parts of wales in the south—west. nothing too substantial. with the cloud in place and the breeze picking up, not as cold tonight.
there will be thrust and ice across parts of scotland, northern and eastern england, but for three across the far north—west, where we start again tomorrow with cloud. the rain will retreat through the day, fairly showery in nature. the chance of one or two showers through north sea coast but, for many, as you are today. largely dry, spells of hazy sunshine, temperatures creeping up compared to what we have seen. the breeze will be noticeable through wednesday night into thursday, keeping the frost at bay. weather fronts still try to push in, but it will be only toward south—west england, wales and northern ireland. nothing too much to trouble us on thursday. staying dry with spells of hazy sunshine further north and east, a new more spots getting above 10 degrees. some of the rain will push northwards through thursday night and into friday, hit and miss, stopping too much on the way of frost. back to the far western
friday, outbreaks of rain with myspace is becoming dry, partly cloudy skies, some sunshine here and there. into the weekend, there is a question about what is happening south—west of us. this area of low pressure is close by, the bulk of the rain looks like it will push towards the mediterranean but weather fronts could bring towards the mediterranean but weatherfronts could bring rain back across england and wales. it should stay largely dry further north. at least for many the dry weather will help pressure levels continue to drop. a reminder of our top story: protesters in hong kong remain barricaded inside a university campus, as the stand—off with police continues for a third day. that's all from the bbc news at one. so it's goodbye from me, and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. good afternoon. you're watching bbc news, the time is1:30pm,
i'm olly foster at the bbc sport centre. there's a huge night for wales coming up in cardiff as they try to make it to next year's european championship. if they beat hungary, they will qualify automatically, but they've only made it to one major championship in the last 60 years. that was euros three years ago, when they reached the semifinals. we've got the euphoria of qualifying for the first euros and doing so well at the competition that we really wa nt well at the competition that we really want to do that again. but which i'm also the negatives, that we know how it feels to miss out on qualifying, like we did at the world cup. so we're going to use both of them to our advantage. well, if wales need inspiration, perhaps they can take it from the class of 1975. this is them getting ready for their trip to hungary in 1975. i think the training routines may have changed since then, but wales won the european qualifier 2—1.
spain will be at the euros, and it's been confirmed that luis enrique has returned to manage them. he stood down to care for his daughter earlier this year. our football reporter john bennett is here. john, we'll get to the man who has had to make way injust a moment, but the spanish football federation president luis rubiales says the door was always open for his return. they were always hints that luis enrique would return at some point. it was back injune that he step down. at the time, we were told it was personal reasons, and then we found out it was for an incredibly sad reason. his nine—year—old daughter was suffering from bone cancer. so lewis and reekie stepped down to care for her and, very, very sadly, she passed away in august.
now luis enrique is back in thejob, a very emotional return, they fans will be happy he's back, but it's been slightly overshadowed by the way it's been done today. slightly confused picture about where robert moreno stands, who was in charge last night, as they polished off qualifying another victory. they we re qualifying another victory. they were great friends, luis enrique and robert moreno. robert moreno has a lwa ys robert moreno. robert moreno has always been his assistant. who took overin always been his assistant. who took over in march initially, then full—time in june, and over in march initially, then full—time injune, and he's said to be unhappy about the way this has been handled, perhaps don behind his back. the spanish football federation are saying this all started when he sent them a message on monday morning saying he would like to step aside to not hinder luis enrique's return. that's when they say they first called luis enrique to call him back. there is some unhappiness about how this was done, but luis enrique will be
leading spain to the euros at next year. the new wales rugby union head coach wayne pivac has named his first squad. 22 of the 35 for the match against the barbarians were at the world cup. he's brought in new zealand—born backsjohnny mcnicholl and willis halaholo for the uncapped game in cardiff at the end of the month. the baba's will be coached by the former wales coach, warren gatland. roger federer says he hopes for an emotional end to his tennis career when he finally retires. he's currently in argentina for an exhibition match, because switzerland aren't playing in the davis cup this week. he's 38 now, an age he says he never expected to still be playing at. but he says he sees no reason to consider retirement at the moment. that's all the sport for now. manchester city have just published their financial figures for the past year, you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. that's bbc.co.uk/sport.
in the last hour, prosecutors in sweden say they will discontinue their investigation into an allegation of rape made againstjulian assange. the wikileaks founder has been in belmarsh prison in southeast london since he was dragged out of the ecuadorian embassy in april. swedish officials say there was unsufficient evidence to support the rape accusation made back in 2010. but mr assange still faces extradition to the united states, where he's wanted on charges related to the mass leak of american secrets. those hearings are due to begin in february. a former royal marine who was accused of the murder of a wounded taliban fighter has spoken to the bbc after having his anonymity lifted by a court. sam deen, known until now as marine e, admitted that, in afghanistan in 2011, he offered to shoot the insurgent. the fighter was then killed
by sgt alexander blackman, also known as marine a. charges against mr deen were dropped in february. he's been speaking about what happened to clairejones from the victoria derbyshire programme. it was an afternoon on a battlefield in afghanistan that would go down in history. gunfire. but the stories of some of the men involved have not been told. now, one of those men is speaking for the first time about the day that changed his life for ever. in 2012, nine royal marines were arrested on suspicion of murder after an incident involving an insurgent in afghanistan. five marines were charged and an anonymity order was granted to protect them. they became known as marine a, b, c, d and e. marine e's real name is sam deen. a military court has now lifted an anonymity order, so he can talk openly about that day in afghanistan.
this video footage is from a helmet camera worn by one of the marines. i do remember exactly what i was saying, i was saying, yeah, let's just put one in his head, let'sjust do it. and you're just saying that because the guy was dying and was in pain. he was going to die. and then it happened. gunshot. al shot him and ijust thought, right, that's done, let's go. sam was later arrested and charged with murder. i was like, how can you charge me? you've just seen the video, you've seen i didn't have any involvement other than saying what i said. four months later, sam was acquitted of the murder charge, but the acquittal wasn't the end of the story. i was having panic attacks as well, i just didn't want to live
like this any more. i tried to take an overdose. it wasn't the best time. marine a's identity was revealed in 2013 as alexander blackman. he was given a life sentence for murder. his conviction was later reduced to manslaughter and he was released from prison in 2017. i had a mental health diagnosis, but mine was situation or location—specific. i've had colleagues i've worked with who've, unfortunately, taken their lives recently, since they left the service, because they've struggled with mental health issues and kept it all bottled up. now, sam is focusing on the future. week by week, day by day, i'm changing. if you keep dreaming big, it gets better, doesn't it?
sam deen ending that report from claire jones. the lawyer for the man accused of murdering british backpacker grace millane has told a new zealand court that she died as a result of consensual sex gone wrong. grace, who was 21 and from wickford in essex, died last december in auckland while travelling in new zealand. a 27—year—old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denies her murder. prosecutors say he strangled her and then disposed of her body in a suitcase. he claims she died accidentally after being consensually choked during sex. the united states has reversed a ao—year—old policy by declaring that washington no longer considers israeli settlements in the occupied west bank to be illegal. the us secretary of state said the trump white house took the view that the settlements reflected the reality on the ground. the move puts the us in opposition to the un, which regards the settlements as being in flagrant violation of international law.
david willis reports. four decades of us foreign policy overturned in a single sentence. the establishment of israeli civilian settlements in the west bank is not, per se, inconsistent with international law. america's secretary of state said previous policy had been an obstacle to peace in the region. we have recognised the reality on the ground. we have now declared that settlements are not, per se, illegal under international law, and we have provided the very space that your question suggests, the very space for israel and the palestinians to come together to find a political solution to this very, very vexing problem. 600,000 jews are currently thought to live in settlements built since israel's occupation of the west bank and eastjerusalem. the palestinians want the settlements removed, claiming their presence on land earmarked for a future
palestinian state makes such a prospect impossible. this constitutes a major threat to international peace and security, and this is turning the international community from the rules of international law, the rules of solving conflict by peaceful means, into the rules of the jungle. this latest move is part of a pattern on the part of the trump administration. in december 2017, the president recognised jerusalem as israel's capital, despite the fact that the palestinians claim territory there. and in april this year, his government recognised israeli sovereignty over the golan heights, all the while cutting us aid to the palestinians. but the move is music to the ears of the israeli prime minister, benjamin netanyahu. translation: people of israel, this is a historic day and another great achievement to our policy. the us administration has now put an end to the lie that
settlements are illegal. i thank president trump and i thank secretary of state pompeo. america's new policy on the israeli settlements leaves it at odds with both the european union and the united nations, not to mention its allies in the middle east. it would also seem to signal an end to any prospect of a two—state solution in the region. the eu, in response, is urging israel to end its settlement activity, which it says is undermining hopes of a lasting peace. the headlines on bbc news: prince andrew faces new calls to talk to us investigators about his friendship with sex offenderjeffrey epstein from a woman who claims to be one of epstein's victims. in hong kong, dozens of anti—government protesters are still thought to be barricaded inside a university, which has been under siege by police.
the green party of england and wales launches its manifesto pledging to make the whole country carbon neutral by 2030. talks between the united states and south korea over the cost of stationing american troops on the korean peninsula have ended afterjust over an hour. south korean officials say washington has demanded $5 billion to keep troops stationed there. that's more than five times what seoul agreed to pay this year. president trump has suggested pulling american troops out altogether, fracturing the 66—year—old alliance against north korean aggression. our seoul correspondent laura bicker explains more. it's proving quite controversial here in south korea, where the one thing it is doing is uniting both conservatives and liberals on this case. they believe that this is what they are describing as a shakedown and a protection racket. what we understand right now is that washington is asking for
a fivefold increase in the price of hosting us troops, around 28,500 troops, here in south korea. they've been here since the 1950s, they've been here since the korean war, which, by the way, if you remember, ended in a truce and an amnesty. technically, this peninsula is still at war, which is why, strategically, the united states places its troops here. however, donald trump has said repeatedly that south korea is not paying enough. we know that these negotiations were going to be tense, however, this very public, this very sharp breakdown, has come as a surprise to both sides. even south korean foreign ministry officials said during the briefing that they found it a surprise. the public hearings in the us impeachment inquiry continue this afternoon. the investigation into whether donald trump pressured
the ukrainian president to investigate his political rivaljoe biden will hear from four more witnesses. three of them were on the call between mr trump and volodymyr zelensky, which is the basis of the inquiry. our washington correspondent gary o'donoghue joins us now. who are these witnesses we will hear from? this morning, or in about 15 minutes' time, we will hear from alexander sven bender, the principal ukraine adviser at the national security council inside the white house. his parents and father were from the ukraine, they came to this country at a0 years ago. he raised concerns about that now infamous call injuly, concerns about that now infamous call in july, when concerns about that now infamous call injuly, when the president was accused of putting pressure on the ukrainians. we'll hear from accused of putting pressure on the ukrainians. we'll hearfrom him this morning about his growing concerns over the nature of that interaction. we will also hear from a senior adviser to the vice president, mike pence. she was also concerned about
some of the pressure being applied to the ukraine, and indeed the withholding of military aid at a previous meeting, that was discussed before that call. the president has already called both of those people never trump trumpers, people that the president believes have always been against him. in the past, here is referred to never trumpers as human some. this has been as controversial as ever, how would you weigh up the evidence so far? in many ways, not many of the facts are in doubt. we know about the call, the white house released part of the transcript of that call. we think what the democrats are going to try and demonstrate is whether or not the alleged linkage between the investigations into the bite ons that the president wanted the ukrainians to do and the withholding
of military aid, whether they can link that back to the oval office. can they go back on saying that these people assume that was what was going on, because these people will hear from today have not spoken to the president directly about the military age. they will be trying to demonstrate that and there will be evidence discussed today about how they can track that through various meetings and what other people said, notably that key man, the eu ambassador, who has effectively been accused of being the middleman between the president and the ukrainians in terms of that deal. many thanks. and you can watch today's hearings live on bbc parliament. health warnings have been issued in australia's most populous city, sydney, as it is blanketed in smoke from more than 100 bush fires, being stoked by strong winds in the states of new south wales and queensland. phil mercer reports from sydney.
blanketed by a toxic haze, famous landmarks in australia's biggest city were at times hard to see. sydney was one of the most polluted places in the world. it was shrouded in smoke from bushfires that continue to burn out of control in two nearby national parks. the air quality was up to ten times hazardous levels. worst we've ever seen it, never seen anything like this. makes for good photos, but other than that, that's the only good thing about it. we look out on the city, we can't see it today. it's terrible. there was no relief, even at the beach. health warnings were issued. the fear is, these types of intense fires, that cause so much damage and misery, will become more common as australia's climate changes. i think we really need
to put our head together as a community to think about how we tackle, how we prepare, how we try and mitigate against these kind of weather events. because it's certainly changing, it's certainly getting worse, and we can't continue to just apply the same strategies that we have in the past. 1a00 firefighters remain on duty in new south wales. the crisis shows no signs of easing. a heatwave is forecast for parts of the fire zone later this week. the impact on wildlife can only be guessed at. with a helping hand, a koala is rescued from the flames by passers by. its fur is scorched, and it's unclear if it can survive its injuries. in south australia, dozens of schools and kindergartens will be closed on wednesday as the state prepares for potentially catastrophic fire conditions.
in europe, thousands of people have been left stranded after avalanches across northern italy and southern austria cut off towns and villages, leaving them accessible only by helicopter. one austrian village has been cut off from the outside world since thursday. this report from sam ryder. in the austrian alps, a picture—perfect village in east tyrol. but for days now, this has been the only way in and out. avalanches have left this town of over 1000 people cut off. two people had to be evacuated with medical emergencies. on sunday, 70 people had to be evacuated after an avalanche hit another nearby village. translation: we had to evacuate people in the village by helicopter. we could only reach there by helicopter. they were flown here
to the fire station and lodged with friends or in hotels. translation: the situation is so sensitive, we have to get food here. this will be a big problem. at the moment, we still have electricity, but when tomorrow, fresh snow is expected and it will be dark again, we will have a problem. there have been similar problems in south tyrol, over the border in italy. over the weekend, tis village was covered in snow, more than 900 residents cut off from the outside world. heavy machinery has been brought in. translation: our biggest problem is to free the people, approximately 250 people are closed off. there are approximately a000, 5000, even 6000 cubic metres of snow. we have three excavators and lorries. forecasters say the risk of more wet snow avalanches is still high, meaning that for now, these villages remain isolated
and worse may be yet to come. the row between taylor swift and herformer record label appears to have been resolved, allowing the musician to play songs from her back catalogue in an upcoming awards ceremony. taylor swift says she will be allowed to play her old tracks at the american music awards on sunday, including those on six albums owned by record label big machine. the artist received high—profile support last week, after she accused big machine of trying to stop her performing songs they own the rights to. but the company says she didn't need their permission in the first place. now it's time for a look at the weather with matt taylor. this morning, widespread frost to start the day and what will have been the coldest morning of the week, a special way orjust as low as —10 in parts of aberdeenshire. but at 20 degrees warmer in
cornwall, and you could see the warmer colours on the chart. the milderair warmer colours on the chart. the milder air trying to push eastwards, not making much use roads, some scottish islands staying below freezing. double figure temperatures about more widespread today. not much sunshine around, though, grey skies in cornwall today. and a bit of rain across the west. creeping up to northern ireland, though brightening up later. chilly further east, though the wind is lighter than further west, picking up in the night. still rain at times across the west, all the way up to western scotland. central and eastern areas staying dry, but variable cloud, not as much breeze are not as cold as last night. frost the eastern parts of england up to eastern scotland. most of england up to eastern scotland. m ost pla ces of england up to eastern scotland. most places staying dry and the rain
retreats westwards once again, so evenif retreats westwards once again, so even if a few splashes on the west, by the afternoon, cornwall and northern ireland most likely to see rain at times. milder areas out to the west, but temperatures creeping up the west, but temperatures creeping up on what we have seen. creeping up through the week, low—pressure to the south of us, the wind becoming more easterly into thursday. heavier burst of across the south west, perhaps up to northern ireland, the rest of the country but only dry, but the rest of the day could rule out isolated showers close to the north sea coast. sonnets of all throughout northern and western parts of scotland. into friday, rain d rifts parts of scotland. into friday, rain drifts northwards through the night. light and patchy, some lingering in to start. many areas getting away with it again, a predominately dry day, good news for those flood affected areas and temperatures more widely reaching ten. into saturday,
hello, you're watching afternoon live — i'm simon mccoy. today at 2. jeremy corbyn squares up to borisjohnson — with both leaders hoping to pack a political punch — in the first tv debate of election 2019. the green party launches its manifesto — pledging to make the uk carbon neutral by 2030. i'm here in the key election battleground of southampton — asking what's on young voters' minds. the other headlines... prince andrew is facing calls to talk to us investigators, from a woman who says jeffrey epstein assaulted her, it follows the bbc interview about his links with epstein. protesters in hong kong remain barricaded inside a university campus, as the standoff with police continues for a third day.