you're watching bbc news. i'm rich preston. our top stories this hour: british police say the murder of a member of parliament has been declared an act of terrorism. sir david amess was stabbed to death while meeting his constituents in the south—east of england. you're watching bbc news. i'm rich preston. —— the police detained a 25—year—old man on suspicion of murder as politicians, including the uk prime minister borisjohnson paid their owns tributes. the reason i think people are so shocked and saddened is above all, he was one of the kindest, nicest, most gentle people in politics. in other news: the islamic state group has claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb blast that killed more than a0 people at a mosque in afghanistan. the us government has confirmed 8 november is the date when it'll be opening up its borders to fully
vaccinated travellers. and one of the most distinctive and soulful voices in pop is back. adele releases her first new song in six years. hello and welcome to the programme. we begin here in the uk, where tributes have been paid to british member of parliament sir david amess, who was killed while holding a regular meeting with his constituents in essex in the south—east of england. police say a man has been arrested and have declared it a terrorist incident.
a 25—year—old man was arrested shortly afterwards — he's said to be british and of somali heritage. our correspondent, daniel sandford, has this report. forensic teams and officers of the church were his local mp had been holding his surgery. before the meeting was over a man has dubbed him multiple times in front of his assistant and his pa. he died at the scene. leaving constituents and party colleagues bewildered and in shock. it’s party colleagues bewildered and in shock. �* , ,., party colleagues bewildered and in shock. �*, ., . , in shock. it's so tragic. this is such a — in shock. it's so tragic. this is such a nice _ in shock. it's so tragic. this is such a nice area - in shock. it's so tragic. this is such a nice area and - in shock. it's so tragic. this is such a nice area and for. is such a nice area and for this to happen, it's... what can i say?— this to happen, it's... what can i say? this to happen, it's... what canlsa? ., «a, can i say? you know, he was so nice peeple. — can i say? you know, he was so nice people, person. _ can i say? you know, he was so nice people, person. loved - nice people, person. loved everybody. and he was doing so brilliant — everybody. and he was doing so brilliantjob for all the everybody. and he was doing so brilliant job for all the local residents and everyone here. what — residents and everyone here. what he _ residents and everyone here. what he said, he meant. it was not wishy—washy. _ what he said, he meant. it was not wishy—washy. so _ what he said, he meant. it was not wishy—washy. so you - what he said, he meant. it was not wishy—washy. so you knewl not wishy—washy. so you knew where — not wishy—washy. so you knew where you _ not wishy—washy. so you knew where you stood _ not wishy—washy. so you knew where you stood with - not wishy—washy. so you knew where you stood with him. - not wishy—washy. so you knew| where you stood with him. and he did — where you stood with him. and he did not_ where you stood with him. and he did not suffer. _ where you stood with him. and he did not suffer. gladly, - where you stood with him. and he did not suffer. gladly, he i he did not suffer. gladly, he would — he did not suffer. gladly, he would speak— he did not suffer. gladly, he would speak his _ he did not suffer. gladly, he would speak his mind - he did not suffer. gladly, he would speak his mind — -
he did not suffer. gladly, he would speak his mind — andl would speak his mind — and often — would speak his mind — and often dealt _ would speak his mind — and often dead. a— would speak his mind — and often dead. a different - often dead. a different meetings _ often dead. a different meetings he _ often dead. a different meetings he went- often dead. a different meetings he went to. i often dead. a different. meetings he went to. but often dead. a different - meetings he went to. but he was 100% _ meetings he went to. but he was 100% supporting _ meetings he went to. but he was 100% supporting southend - meetings he went to. but he was 100% supporting southend and l 100% supporting southend and the residents— 100% supporting southend and the residents of— 100% supporting southend and the residents of southend - 100% supporting southend and the residents of southend —— l the residents of southend —— and — the residents of southend —— and often _ the residents of southend —— and often did. _ the residents of southend —— and often did. it— the residents of southend -- and often did.— and often did. it was the mp for southend _ and often did. it was the mp for southend west - and often did. it was the mp for southend west and - and often did. it was the mp - for southend west and respected throughout politics. he had been an essex mp in basildon and southend since 1983. his constituency surgery at bell fares methodist church started at 10am. at 1205, police were called to reports of a stabbing, right within minutes and offices and then ambulance paramedics battled to save the mp's life. at three p.m., police said a man had died, confirming later that it was sir david a ms mp. the air ambulances into the sea was never used —— amess. police arrested 25—year—old man on suspicion of murder. he is a british citizen understood to be of apparently somali origin. detectives that he was detained shortly after officers arrived and a knife was recovered at
the scene. quickly, it became a terrorism enquiry. the investigation - terrorism enquiry. the investigation is - terrorism enquiry. the investigation is in - terrorism enquiry. the investigation is in its l terrorism enquiry. the i investigation is in its very early stages and is being led by officers from the specialist counterterrorism command. we made it clear at the time of the incident that we did not believe there was any immediate further threat to anyone else in the area. 50 further threat to anyone else in the area.— in the area. so david was a committed _ in the area. so david was a committed roman - in the area. so david was a committed roman catholici in the area. so david was a - committed roman catholic and tonight at a specially arranged mass in the catholic church down the road, they were paying tribute to a highly respected politician murdered while meeting the people he served. daniel sanford, bbc news, leigh—on—sea. tributes to sir david amess have come from across the political spectrum and his death has led to renewed questions about the safety of mps. sir david's killing comesjust five years after another mp, jo cox, was murdered on her way to meet her constituents. her sister, the mp kim leadbeeter described her horror at today's events.
here's our political editor laura kuenssberg. an officer's task in essex to lower the flag. at half—mast over parliament, too. the unionjack hanging limply and sombre over number 10, matching the mood. david was a man who believed passionately in this country and in its future, and we have lost today a fine public servant and a much—loved friend and colleague, and our thoughts are very much today with his wife, his children and his family. sir david spent nearly a0 years on those green benches. amess! will my right honourable friend tell one of his ministers to organise a city status competition,
so at long last, southend—on—sea can become a city? affable, indefatigable, joyous in his love of his part of the world, passionate in his causes — and all politicians have opponents, but he did not have enemies. today is a dark and a shocking day. the more so because heartbreakingly, we've been here before. informed by his faith, sir david had a profound sense of public duty and he was highly respected and much liked across the houses of parliament on all sides. and yet, his name is known tonight for the worst of reasons — the second mp in five years killed just doing theirjob. jo cox, like sir david, elected to parliament but a parent, a partner and a sister, too. kim leadbeater led herfamily�*s tributes back then.
she will live on through all the good people world. paying the ultimate tribute now, following jo as their home town mp. it's really important that we get good people in public life but this is the risk that we are all taking, you know? and so many mps today will be scared by this. and my partner came home and said, "i don't want you to do it any more" because the next time that phone goes, it could be a different conversation. this is a terrible and rare event but the awful truth — it's become routine for many mps and often their staff to face threats, intimidation and abuse. common for those concerns to be reported to the police and those who come to serve us in this place know full well their work can put them in harm's way. but friends say he would not want a change in the system. a proud tory essex man who made his way up through the �*80s, who wanted to be with the people he represented.
they, of all people, would not have wanted this to result in mps withdrawing further from the public, doing stuff by zoom instead of face—to—face, having screens — whatever it might be — that would have been the very last thing that david amess would ever have wanted and he's been one of those constant friends who have always been around, always been cheering the place up. can't somehow imagine life without him. yet he was aware of the worst thing that could come to pass. sir david wrote about an attack on another mp and warned it "could happen to any one of us". laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. among the many tributes to sir david, john stapleton gave us his reaction. the home secretary priti patel said we have to discuss the security of mps as a result of
this terrible, awful incidents, and absolutely right, but what you do about it, i'm not quite sure. and his need to talk to constituents, we pay them to talk to them and listen to our concerns and to resolve the problems and if necessary take a look at the house of commons and if necessary hopefully get and if necessary hopefully get a change in the law if that is required, that is what they are therefore and mps love doing i mean, that's one of the reasons they get the job or they apply for thejob, that is they get the job or they apply for the job, that is what they like doing, and without that feedback from the public, where are they? so how do you go about making them more secure? it's very, very difficult indeed. many of them, like sir david, have these constituency meetings in local churches or church hall, et cetera et cetera, and there is little or no security at all and apparently so david just asked for those coming to see him, for those coming to see him, for their names and addresses and nothing more and other mps let anyone wander in there. you don't even have to give your name or address so that is where it is at the moment and i think that is after change i think that is after change i think in future may be at the
very least you are going to have to say who you are and where you live and why you want to talk to the mp and provide some kind of security or confirmation of everything i've just said. but it's a very difficult issue to resolve if we are going to retain democracy because this is an attack notjust on this poor man and his family but this is an attack on democracy itself and its a tricky one to resolve. and its a tricky one to resolve-— and its a tricky one to resolve. journalist john stapleton. _ in other news, the islamic state group has claimed responsibility for a series of suicide bomb blasts at a mosque in afghanistan, in the southern city of kandahar. more than a0 people died in the attacks. the victimes were mainly shia muslims, who'd gathered for friday prayers. it comes a week after a suicide attack on another shia mosque in the northern city of kunduz in which at least 50 people died. from kabul, yogita lamaye reports. pain and suffering is relentless in afghanistan. this was the second major attack in a week — both targeted at the
minority shia community. at this mosque in kandahar, witnesses say there were three suicide bombers. translation: the firing started after we ended prayers. - translation: the firing started after we ended prayers, - then 2—3 explosions took place. we were thrown towards the windows. many people were dead and wounded. i don't know what happened later. last friday, the northern city of kunduz was engulfed in terror. is—k, the regional affiliate of the islamic state group, claimed it was behind the bombing that killed scores of people. the attacks have spread fear among the shia minority. "i couldn't stop crying after seeing the news from kandahar," said this woman. "we shias have long been oppressed, and every time we are targeted." in recent weeks, is—k has carried out dozens of attacks,
some against taliban fighters. this is the biggest challenge to the taliban's hold on security in this country since they seized power in august. they've said they don't want the us or any foreign country but, with an increasing number of such attacks, —— to be involved in operations against is but, with an increasing number of such attacks, questions are being raised about their ability to combat the threat. taliban leaders have been playing down the dangers of is, desperate to portray they've brought stability and peace to afghanistan. the latest attack on their stronghold, kandahar, exposes the cracks in their claims. yogita limaye, bbc news, kabul. the united states has announced it will reopen its borders on 8 november to all foreign travellers who've been fully vaccinated against coronavirus. the white house said last month that restrictions would be lifted for people from more than 30 countries, but it hadn't specified a date. travellers will be eligible
to enter the us if they've received vaccines approved by us regulators or by the world health organization. let's speak to our north america correspondent peter bowes, who joins us from the us west coast. very good to see you. what are the details?— the details? well, the details are certainly _ the details? well, the details are certainly very _ the details? well, the details are certainly very good - the details? well, the details are certainly very good news | are certainly very good news for those people in some 33 countries that have really been quite desperate in recent months to get back into the united states, eitherfor united states, either for business united states, eitherfor business or perhaps more importantlyjust business or perhaps more importantly just to visit friends and loved ones in this country. they must be fully vaccinated, but the main detail, they must�*ve had one of the vaccinations approved by the vaccinations approved by the us food and drug administration or given emergency use authorisation either world health organisation, which includes 0rganisation, which includes the astrazeneca jab which is widely used in the uk of course and the sinovac and sinopharm vaccines which are used by china. in addition, within the
72 hours before they travel, have to have tested negative but once they get to the united states, no restrictions, certainly no quarantine. they can go about their lives as usual. and this comes really after a lot of mounting pressure on the biden administration to lift those restrictions that have been in force now for some 18 months or so. ., ~ , , ., so. peter, how key is it to cities especially _ so. peter, how key is it to cities especially like - so. peter, how key is it to cities especially like newl so. peter, how key is it to - cities especially like new york or la when you have visitors and tourists back? it or la when you have visitors and tourists back?— and tourists back? it is crucially _ and tourists back? it is crucially important - and tourists back? it is - crucially important because there are many sectors in this country, indeed around the world, but still struggling and we've seen it with the us economy just we've seen it with the us economyjust in the last few days, still recovering. but recovering slowly from the pandemic so clearly, tourism is crucially important. now we are moving out of the key tourism season right now at the end of summer beginning of winter but clearly, as we move into christmas and the new year, it will be crucially important but i think most sharing that we
are hearing right now is coming from families and people who have wanted to see their loved ones who have been living in this country, unable to travel overseas — even if they were not restrictions to the country they wanted to go to. that's what people are celebrating, the return to normalcy that they've been yearning for. ﬁnd they've been yearning for. and earlier on _ they've been yearning for. and earlier on this _ they've been yearning for. and earlier on this week _ they've been yearning for. and earlier on this week news that restrictions would end at the northern and southern land borders of the united states? yes, so canada and mexico as well. for people that are not fully vaccinated in those two countries, restrictions continue. they will not be able to come into the united states. but clearly, again from a commercial perspective, a trade perspective with canada and mexico being crucial partners with the united states in so many respects, that is very good news as well for industry and i'm in los angeles, the west coast has a very close relationship with mexico in so many respects and there are people that i can imagine after
november the eighth will be very, very quickly planning theirjourneys into this their journeys into this country. theirjourneys into this country-— theirjourneys into this count . , ., , country. peter bowes “oining us from la, thank _ country. peter bowes “oining us from la, thank you. _ you are watching bbc news, the headlines: british police say the murder of an mp has been declared an act of terrorism. sir david amess was stabbed to death while meeting his constituents in the south—east of england. the islamic state group have claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb blast that killed more than a0 people, at a mosque in afghanistan. in lebanon, hezbollah says it won't be dragged into a civil war, following thursday's fighting in beirut in which three of its members were killed. clashes erupted in the middle of the protests against the judge who's investigating last year's massive explosion in the port of beirut. hezbollah has pointed the finger at the christian lebanese forces party — who have in turn condemned the violence and blamed hezbollah for incitement against thejudge.
sectarian divisions in lebanon have only added to concerns for the stability of the country. 0ur middle east correspondent anna foster reports from beirut. what everybody is waiting to see is what will happen next, is how long this quiet peace will hold. and i think there will be a lot of focus on what happens next with the blast investigation. shortly before that protest started yesterday morning, judge tarek bitar was given permission once again to resume that suspended investigation. and i think everybody will watch to see whether that resumption happens, whether the mps who have so far resisted giving evidence will do so, and whether or not really that investigation will continue on course, or whether it will be in some way derailed before it comes to a verdict. i think in the end, the reason this conflict died down was not because the army necessarily stepped in and stopped it, it was a calm which descended on its own. the army is still very well respected here in lebanon, but they have an extraordinarily difficultjob to do when it comes to keeping the peace. particularly when you consider,
as we were saying, the things that the lebanese people are living through at the moment. lack of electricity, lack of medicines, lack of fuel. the lebanese lira has lost 90% of its value just in the last year 01’ so. people are angry and tired here in beirut, and it means that tensions are always simmering just below the surface. the man who's accused of killing five people in a bow—and—arrow attack in norway on wednesday has been handed over to health services amid speculation he has mental health issues. police say the danish muslim convert, who lives in the town of kongsberg where the attack took place, has been giving them details of what happened. 0ur correspondent mark lowen is there and gave us the latest. he is in custody but is being assessed by health professionals. the assessment could last weeks or even months. thejudge will could last weeks or even months. the judge will decide whether or not to reman him in custody but if he is, it would
likely be in the custody of health officials rather than in prison. that is because there were a lot of concerns, a lot of reports, particularly from his family and friends also, of his family and friends also, of his mental problems, there was a restraining order but had been issued against him for threatening to kill a relative. but then aside from that, there were fears over his radicalisation, he was a danish muslim convert, there were concerns about his radicalisation, police had had previous to the attack and that is where they will now be questions over whether police could have stopped him earlier. for example in 2017 he posted a video to facebook, saying "i come with a warning, bear witness that i am a muslim". he frequented the mosque here in kongsberg, and is said to have told the imam that he had a revelation, though the imam said he did not appear dangerous. and he had a previous conviction as well for burglary and drug possession. so a picture is building now of
the man, who wreak havoc here and who really caused this small and previously peaceful town to feel completely devastated. traumatised residents still coming to this makeshift vigil here, to reflect and pay tribute to the victims, and to remember the moment that their sense of safety was ripped from them on wednesday night in such a violent way. a rocket carrying three chinese astronauts has blasted off into space for the country's longest—ever crewed mission. the group will spend six months working on the tiangong space station. they include the first woman on board. china wants tiangong to be fully operational by the end of next year as it ramps up its space programme. the mission is the second of four needed to complete construction. in the latest mission, astronauts will carry out tests of key technologies and robotics needed to assemble
the space station, verify onboard life support systems and carry out a host of scientific experiments. queen elizabeth has appeared to suggest she's irritated by a lack of action by world leaders in tackling climate change. her remarks were picked up during conversations at the opening of welsh parliament in cardiff. the queen, who's due to attend the cop26 climate summit in glasgow in november, said she didn't know who was actually coming to the conference. 0ur royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. she had been in cardiff for the opening of the welsh parliament. afterwards, she chatted to officials and the conversation turned to cop 26, the conference on global warming in glasgow, to which all of the main world leaders have been invited. the exchanges are difficult to hear, hence the subtitles. "they talk but they don't do." that, from the queen, is a revealing insight into how she regards some politicians.
it is particularly striking after very similar comments this week from other members of the royal family. here was prince charles in a bbc interview on monday. world leaders are gathering in glasgow to talk about the kind of issues that you... yes, but they just talk. and the problem is, to get action on the ground, which is what i've been trying to do for the last 40 years. and this was prince william in another bbc interview yesterday. we can't have more clever speak, clever words, but not enough action. so the three most senior members of the british royal family are all essentially saying or thinking the same thing — but which leaders might the queen have had in mind? after weeks of uncertainty, the australian prime minister, scott morrison, has now confirmed that he will be attending the cop 26 conference. i confirmed my attendance at the glasgow summit, which i'm looking forward to attending. it is an important event. but others, including president xi of china, have still to make clear their plans. one thing is apparent, though — the queen is hoping
that they will be there. nicholas witchell, bbc news. the british singer—songwriter adele has released herfirst song for six years. �*easy on me' is from the forthcoming album �*30' which reflects her life after going through a divorce. it's a follow—up to her massively successful albums 19, 21 and 25. bbc music correspondent mark savage has this report. # there ain't no gold in this river... the wait is over. after six years, adele is back and she's singing about the end of her marriage in 2019. # i changed who i was to put you both first # but now i give up... there is something hopeful about it as well as sad, but obviously i bawled my eyes out when i was writing it and when i was singing it for the recording and stuff
like that, but there's an element of hope in it which in turn gave me hope, because i was at my wits�* end in the beginning of 2019. the song is about seeking forgiveness for her part in the breakdown of the relationship. adele has said her new album is, in part, an attempt to explain that situation to her nine—year—old son when he's older. great art is made from great pain. when we heard she'd broken up, you think, inevitably, as sad as it is for everybody concerned, there are going to be some really good songs coming out of the pain that she's been through. and i really admire the honesty for her to talk about so openly what has happened and all the feelings that she's had. # we could have had it all... adele's new record comes with big expectations. she already has 15 grammys, one oscar and nine brit awards. # i'll find someone like you... and she's inspired a new
generation of artists, including fellow brit nominee joy crookes. # i don't know what i'd do... i think the thing that adele made me feel ok with is that i'm not afraid of ballads. i know that in my past, i've had friends when i was younger be like, "why are you writing these kinds of songs?" and i rememberfeeling a bit ashamed of my writing. and then the second thing is, amidst all her success, all of the things that could have changed her — accolades, everything — she's just so real. "easy on me" has already been streamed millions of times, but not everyone was impressed. i sent a snippet of me singing it as i was writing it to three of my closest friends here, and one didn't like it, the other one was like, "well, yeah, maybe, keep trying, though", the other one was like, "i'm busy working", so that was the perfect response for me. mark savage, bbc news.
that said from us for the time being, you can reach me on twitter, i am at @richpreston. goodbye for now. hello again. most of us had a fine day on friday with plenty of sunshine around. it was certainly a beautiful end to the day in dumfries and galloway with the sun setting over the seas there on the horizon. now, we did briefly see a cool down in weather with this slightly fresher air coming down from the north—west, but this weekend, milder air is going to be pushing back in off the atlantic, and with that will come rising temperatures. so, on friday, actually, briefly, although it was cooler, temperatures got close to normal, 1a is average, actually, for october, it's been a very mild 0ctober so far. but actually this weekend, across the board, we will see those temperatures climbing two or three degrees celsius. and the milder air has actually already started to arrive in the south—west with thickening cloud.
an odd spit of rain from that, 12 celsius for the first part of the saturday morning, contrast that with the cold air in the north—east, where parts of eastern scotland and north—east england have a frost in the countryside. now, for saturday morning, there will be a lot of cloud around first thing, a few showers for northern areas of scotland again. this cloud pushing eastwards across england could be thick enough to give an odd spit of rain, and through the afternoon, there is the threat of more general heavier rain moving into northern ireland, but that will arrive quite late in the day. it turns milder, 15 or 16 celsius quite widely, but it's scotland, we are still hanging onto that slightly cooler and fresher air. he 10 celsius in aberdeen and 12 celsius for glasgow. now, saturday night, we will see a more active weather system move in bringing rain across northern ireland, some heavy rain in scotland. maybe a few spots for western parts of england and wales, but it is probably that the rain is going to be a little bit lighter an patchier nature here, and that takes us into sunday. a lot of cloud to start the day, still thick enough for an odd spit of rain. this is generally pushing eastwards with weather generally trying
to improve and brighten as the day goes by, there will be a few sunny spells coming through from time to time. now, temperatures — mild again. we're looking at highs of 17 celsius in london and glasgow. and temperatures rising a little through the central belt of scotland, around 1a celsius for glasgow and edinburgh as well. into next week, the low pressure is firmly in charge, often going to be pretty windy, and we're going to see this very long weather front. this could bring some heavy prolonged outbreaks of rain, at the moment, it could be affecting the hills in wales, perhaps bringing some localised flooding, but otherwise very mild weather. could see temperatures up to 20 celsius in london on tuesday.
the headlines: here in the uk, police say the murder of a member of parliament has been declared an act of terrorism. sir david amess was repeatedly stabbed while meeting his constituents in south east england. a 25—year—old man, thought to be a british national of somali origin, has been arrested. the islamic state group has said it carried out an attack that killed more than a0 people at a mosque in the afghan city of kandahar. the mosque is used by the minority shia muslim community. police believe two suicide bombers carried out the attack. the united states says it will reopen its borders on november 8 to all foreign travellers who've been fully vaccinated against coronavirus. the white house said travelelrs would also need a negative covid test taken in the 72 hours before leaving for the us. now on bbc news, it's time for click.