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welcome to bbc news — i'm lewis vaughanjones. our top stories. a us congressional committee investigating january's riot on capitol hill approves a report recommending that a former trump aide, steve bannon, be held in contempt. ahead of a key climate change summit — the uk government unveils plans to be carbon neutral by 2050. north korea says it's successfully tested a new submarine—launched ballistic missile — the white house has condemned the launch. world of pure imaginaton" and the oscar—winning british songwriter — leslie bricusse who was behind some of cinema's best known tunes —
has died aged ninety. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. the select committee investigating january's attack on the united states�* capitol has unanimously approved a report which recommends that steve bannon — a former aide to president trump — be held in contempt of congress. steve bannon has refused to appear before the panel. the report says that mr bannon had specific knowledge of the events planned forjanuary the sixth before they happened. donald trump has urged former aides to reject the panel's requests, claiming the right to withhold
information because of executive privilege. in his opening statement, the chair of the committee democratic congressman bennie thompson expressed astonishment that mr bannon hadn't given evidence: it is shocking that anyone would not do anything in their power to assist our investigation. so it is a shame that mr bannon has put us in this position but we won't take no for an answer. this position but we won't take no for an answer. let's get more from our north america correspondent david willis. what more did we learn today? we learned that this committee is extremely determined to get to the bottom of the events on
that fateful day. the 6th of january of this year when a mob of donald trump supporters staged an insurrection at the us capitol and they are pressing ahead with getting steve bannon to give testimony. testimony that he is seeking to avoid giving to this committee on the grounds that there is executive privileged attach to the remarks to the documents that you might forward to them. i have to say there was a feeling today that this is going to go all the way to the house vote later in the week and then perhaps be referred to the attorney general of the district of columbia and then to the us justice department for steve bannon to be held potentially in contempt of congress. it is a milestone in the committee's work and this is a committee that, as i say, is a committee that, as i say, is extremely determined to find out who knew what, what cause
that insurrection and who ultimately should be to blame for it and to prevent it from happening again. the potential here is that — happening again. the potential here is that he _ happening again. the potential here is that he is _ happening again. the potential here is that he is held - happening again. the potential here is that he is held in - here is that he is held in contempt of congress. give us an idea of what that means. well, it is a serious offence which carries a fine and possible term of imprisonment ranging from one month to a year. i think it is very unlikely that will happen. these sort of prosecutions are extremely rare and they tend to get bogged down in legal quagmire, if you like. i think this is intended more to send a message to other people that the committee wants to get the testimony of including donald trump's former chief of staff. that it is not intending to mess around. it does not want these people to be able to hide
behind these sort of legal shields. it wants them to come forward and share everything that they know about the events of that day. they believe that steve bannon, for example, new quite a bit in the run—up to the 6th ofjanuary quite a bit in the run—up to the 6th of january and that he was in contact with donald trump on the day in question. and that he has advance knowledge of some of the violence that was going to occur that day.— violence that was going to occur that day. will be keeping across the _ occur that day. will be keeping across the work _ occur that day. will be keeping across the work of _ occur that day. will be keeping across the work of that - across the work of that committee. thank you. thank you. north korea has confirmed it test—fired a new submarine—launched ballistic missile for the first time in two years. we've received this image which we are unable to independently verify. north korean state media spoke of the pride and honour of having succeeded. earlier the south korean military reported that one missile had landed in waters off the coast of japan. the un security council are thought to be meeting later on wednesday — a move prompted by britain
and the united states with the us in particular reacting angrily to the launch— labelling the move as a threat to the region. here's white house press secretaryjen psaki. we condemned the dprk's ballistic missile launch. these launches violate multiple un security council resolutions and our threat to the region. a call on the dprk to refrain from further provocations and engage in substantive dialogue and our commitment to the defence of the republic of korea and japan remains ironclad. these launches also underscore the urgent need for dialogue and diplomacy. our offer remains to meet anywhere, any time, without precondition. soo kim is a former cia analyst now with the rand corporation in washington. this is her assessment of the missile test. so this is north korea's fourth or fifth nuclear missile test
in the past couple of months. and each time they have been testing seeing a variety of technologies being developed. todayis technologies being developed. today is a missile with advanced manoeuvring capabilities. all of this is showing that from a strategic and defence perspective north korea's defence provocation and arsenal is developing quite diversely and from a geopolitical day perspective this is a way for the regime to get the attention of the united states and south korea so we have to really examine what kind of diplomacy we are trying to aim for. the biden administration has maintained the position that we are going to be open to talks that when you read a statement carefully there are conditions such as, of course, keeping the sanctions in place and being of human rights issues so diplomacy is notjust something that can be unconditional but were going to need to get north
korea to cooperate and also take steps to show that it is actually about dialogue and denuclearisation. actually about dialogue and denuclearisation. let s get some of the day s other news. it's been a lucky escape for 21 people aboard a plane that crashed shortly after taking off from houston. they managed to get out only moments before the aircraft burst into flames. one person was sent to hospital with back injuries. the fbi is searching properties in washington and new york linked to oleg deripaska, a russian billionaire and associate of president putin. a representative of mr deripaska said the operation was being carried out on the basis of warrants related to sanctions. washington imposed sanctions on him in 2018, because of his ties to president putin after alleged russian interference in the 2016 election.
more than 30 people have been killed in northern india by flash floods and landslides triggered by torrential rain. in the himalayan state of utta—rakhund five of the victims were from a single family — their house was buried. 0verflowing rivers and lakes have flooded several townships, submerging homes, businesses and cars. the british government has set out a range of measures to transition to a greener economy, to try to reach its target of no net emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050. it comes less than two weeks before it hosts the un climate summit in glasgow. it hopes this "green industrial revolution" will create thousands ofjobs. but environmental groups say the plans lack ambition. more from our science editor david shukman. every aspect of life is going to have to change as we go zero carbon. and now, after a long delay, the government is laying out its plans. and the key to it all
is a belief that new green technologies will quickly become cheaper. the market is going green. and people know that we have the technological solutions to these problems and they want to go green. and they know that we'll be able, one day, to bring down the prices of green technology, evs and heat pumps and solar panels, in a way that we so rapidly made microwaves and mobile phones affordable. there's money to support electric cars and charging points, and car—makers will be told to sell a set number of clean vehicles. hydrogen gets a push, especially for heavy industry. it is a clean fuel, depending on how the gas is produced. and there's backing for new nuclear power stations, including at this site in suffolk, but the details aren't settled and critics say that none of this goes far enough. there is still a chasm with this government
between the rhetoric and the reality. my fear is this plan will not deliver the fair, prosperous transition we need, equal to the scale of the emergency we face. it's very disappointing. we have a climate emergency and a lot of these actions are not going to see the light of day for years. we need to be acting now, be far more ambitious. amid all the arguments about tackling climate change, the goal is to reach net zero, but what is that? well, like every country, the uk emits carbon dioxide — the gas that's driving up temperatures. it comes from heating our homes, getting around, generating power. it's meant to fall dramatically by 2050, but if we don't get down to literally zero, we'll have to compensate by pulling carbon dioxide out of the air. the easiest way to do that is planting trees, but on a far bigger scale than we do right now.
with solar panels on the roofs and everything well insulated, this green business park in bristol is an example of lower—carbon living. cycling is made as easy as possible. so, what do people make of the government plan to go green? i think that some people are quite privileged - and that they can spend that money — and, honestly, - it's well worth it — but it'sjust... - it's not available - for everyone, which is another huge issue. if i knew the outcome, the ins and out, the beginning, middle and end, and the outcome of what exactly i'm paying for — would actually stand for — i would, 100%, as long as it was beneficial to the children of tomorrow, i'd make that sacrifice _ an obvious measure is better insulation. many experts want this given a bigger push. and the government's independent climate adviser says more needs to be spelled out.
it's not a triple gold star. i mean, it's important to say that. we have a new plan for getting to net zero, and it looks like it's a more comprehensive one, but what we don't have, sadly, is all of the detail on how it's going to be delivered. as russia experiences a surge in coronavirus infections tougher restrictions have been announced. this past weekend, the country hit 1,000 deaths in a single day for the first time since the pandemic began. the bbc�*s steve rosenberg has more from moscow. here in russia, the situation of covid—i9 continues to deteriorate. on tuesday, health officials recorded a record number of covid—19 related deaths in the last 2a hours, 1015.
then, the moscow mayor introduced an urgent measure. over 60's here who are not vaccinated then spend the rest four months at home. employers in the service sector, they have to make sure that — at least 80% of the staff are vaccinated. access to public places. lots of russian regions now are introducing vaccine passports for access to public places. you can tell the situation is getting more serious because the headlines and the russian papers are getting more dramatic. this is the headline, we are losing the war on covid—19. inside, the paper says that in world war ii, the soviet union defeated fascism but it seems as if modern russia is losing the current battle against covid—19, the paper says. but why? it is like russia doesn't have ways to protect its population. the country has developed several covid—19 vaccines and portrays itself as a world leader in fighting the virus. but so far, the authorities have failed to persuade the public to actually get the jabs and take the vaccines.
and that's probably a reflection of the fatalistic attitude that many russians have, but also the result of a general lack of trust the government. russian officials blamed the public as it is irresponsible not to get vaccinated. a historic moment that many of his victims have waited forfor decades. the former dictator in the dock older, slimmer. and as he sat down, obedient enough. dawn, and as the sun breaks through the piercing chill of night on a plane outside, it lights up a biblicalfamine
now in the 20th century. the depressing conclusion, in argentina today it is actually cheaper to paper your walls with money. we've had controversies - in the past with great britain, but as good friends we have always found a good - this is bbc news, the latest headlines. the select committee investigating january's attack on the united states' capitol approves a report which recommends that a former aide to donald trump be held in contempt of congress. steve bannon has refused to appear before the panel. north korea releases images
of the ballistic missile launched from a submarine — as the white house warns against further �*provocations'. it has been one month since the volcano on the spanish island of la palma first erupted. 7,000 people have been displaced and nearly 2000 buildings have been destroyed. the volcano is continuing to spew lava with no end in sight. 0ur correspondent dan johnson is there. a giant puppet of a syrian refugee girl has it still has the capacity to attract and enthrall, but after a month it's become an overbearing backdrop to much of life here. an incredible spectacle with its own mundane chores. ryan does this once a week. "maybe it doesn't affect you directly," he says, "but a family member or someone you know." translation: i want it to end.
it's not too worrying for me but it is for my family and in the meanwhile, we just have to live with it. this kind of strong mentality that they say, "it doesn't matter what comes, we go through it, and go forward." lucas isn't going forward. this is what happened to the house he lived in for 60 years. his wife cannot bear to watch. translation: | cannot put| into words, losing the house that should have been for my children and grandchildren. it's a miracle we have this
flat because i know people are sleeping in cars and tents and caravans. there is no sign of this eruption easing at all, and in fact, if anything, the volcano only gets more active and it's actually grown over the weeks as the layers of lava have built up and hardened, but there is still fresh lava pouring down the hillside as well, destroying more farmland, homes and villages, and there are new fires breaking out all the time. there are amazing survival stories. these dogs have been fed by drone for four weeks and now there's an attempt to use one to rescue them. but there is little hope for the home is still in the way of the lava. and the longer it flows, the further it reaches, smothering more of this island. danjohnson, bbc news, la palma. a giant puppet of a syrian refugee girl has arrived in southeast england after a trip of some 8,000 kilometres. little amal — as she's known — set off from the the border of syria injuly, and travelled across europe, in a journey that symbolised the experiences of millions of displaced children. here's our arts correspondent david silitto.
little amal, a 3.5—metre—tall puppet refugee, and... ..this is the beginning of the final leg of what has an 8,000—kilometre journey. there have been many stops across europe. it takes you back when you see the physical reaction that we're getting, but also she's amazingly evocative. so, she's doing herjob. she has provoked strong feelings. in rome, the pope came out to meet her, but not everywhere has been quite so welcoming. especially at one stop in greece. people were stoning a puppet arriving? people were stoning a puppet arriving, which is nothing we expected, and feeling very strongly about it as well, shouting at her with everything they had. and here on the kent coast, which sees regular migrant arrivals along the shore, there is considerable local debate.
this man is a ukip councillor, and he wasn't going to be meeting little amal. the event that's taking place in folkestone today is all about raising awareness, about being welcoming to refugees. you would rather folkestone was less welcoming? personally, yes. but i would welcome . them if they came over here with a passport - or equivalent documentation. but by folkestone harbour, the crowds were out. this refugee was getting a hero's welcome. these interactions are about empathy and trying to be curious about somebody you don't know. and welcoming somebody that you don't know. she may only be a puppet, but she's already proved she's provocative and powerful piece of theatre. david sillito, bbc news, folkestone. queen elizabeth may be 95 years old. but she has turned down
the 0ldie of the year award — saying you are only as old as you feel. in a letter — written by her assistant private secretary — it says the queen sends her warmest best wishes but does not believe she meets the relevant criteria to be able to accept the award. the prize went instead to the french actress leslie caron who is 90. now, lovers of literature and fashion take note. 400 articles of clothing belonging to nobel prize winning author, gabriel garcia marquez are set to go on sale in mexico. the event also marks the opening of a cultural centre celebrating the life of the colombian novelist. aruna iyengar has the story. the wardrobe of gabriel garcia marquez is a sale of the iconic writer's clothes and accessories and marks the opening of a cultural centre in mexico city has where he lived and wrote for many years. his grand daughter says the close reveal hidden stories about him. the author of the 1982
nobel prize—winning novel 100 years of solitude spun tales of magical realism including a chronicle of a death foretold and love in the time of cholera. the other had his own distinct fashion style of custom—made clothes made by different tailors. his trademark tweed jackets are part of the sale. 0ne complete with an ink stain from his pain. he translation: they are little things the mainly recognise my grandparents. they did not know my grandparents the way you know them now with everything i've seen and everything that has come out of the wardrobe. he died in 2014 at the age of 87. he is considered one of the most influential authors of the 20th century. he started out as a a journalist and turned to writing short stories and novels. items belonging to his wife are also part of the sale. proceeds will go to a charitable foundation for children from indigenous
communities in southern mexico. the british songwriter — leslie bricusse has died at the age of ninety. he worked with collaborators to write the james bond themes �*goldfinger�* and �*you only live twice' — and he also won two oscars. the bbc�*s tim allman looks back at his life and career. you may not know the name that you will definitely know his songs. leslie bricusse, lyricist and composer, was behind some of the most well—known and beloved film music of the last 60 years. confirming his death in social media, his friend joan collins said one of the giant songwriters of our time so they died. iwill
songwriters of our time so they died. i will miss him terribly. sentiment echoed by singer elaine paige tweeted she was shocked and saddened by the news. describing him as one of our great songwriters. and nancy sinatra said my heart is aching today because one of the loves of my life is gone. leslie bricusse was born in london in 1931. in a career spanning more than seven decades he co—wrote the theme to two james bond films, won two oscars and a grammy and was involved in the writing of more than 1000 songs. in his memoir he said he was one of the luckiest people he knew. generations of filmgoers may disagree. luck had nothing to do with it. luck had nothing to do with it.
the british songwriter leslie bricusse, who's died at the age of 90. you can reach me on twitter — i'm @ l vaughanjones. still very balmy out there for some of us for a late october night. 15—16 celsius, and wednesday promises to be another mild day. quite breezy and lots of showers in the forecast, too. our tropical air arrived a couple of days ago, it's still with us, it was very warm yesterday in the south—southeast, 21 celsius — we won't quite get that today, but i want to show you the origins of this current of air, so this is the north atlantic and it's all very warm air across the atlantic, and here we have the caribbean.
so this is where the air has come from — it's obviously cooled, but it's still pretty balmy over this part of europe. now this is what it looks like early in the morning — there is some rain around, a wet start to the day in east anglia and the southeast, lots of heavy showers approaching cornwall, devon, parts of wales, too. in fact, these are heavy, thundery showers — and through the morning and into the afternoon, they could bring gusts of wind, as well, but some sunny spells, so quite a changeable day for england and wales. but for northern ireland and most of scotland, it should be dry and bright — but notice in the northwest highlands here, some wet weather come the afternoon. so i say mild again, 18 celsius expected in the southeast and east anglia. now into the week, or thursday onwards, it'll turn quite a bit colder — in fact, a reversal in the wind direction is expected wednesday into thursday. in fact, around this area of low pressure, the winds will start to come in from the north. now right now at this moment, the winds are coming in from the south or southwest. on thursday, they're coming in almost from the north — this is arctic air, in fact,
some of the showers across scotland could be wintry, the winds will be strong anyway particularly along the north sea coast, touching gale force. i mean, gusts inland will be around 40 mph or so, so it'll feel relatively cold compared to what we've got right now. and these are the temperatures, the high temperatures on thursday —11—13 in the south, single figures in the north, and once again, wintry showers are possible across the mountains of scotland. now thursday night into friday, the wind dies down as the low pressure pulls away, and in fact a high pressure develops across the uk briefly in what we call a ridge of high pressure. there'll be some sunshine around, as well, but it won't feel quite so cold on friday because the winds will be lighter, still only around 13 celsius. bye— bye.
the headlines: the select committee investigating january's attack on the united states' capitol has unanimously approved a report which recommends that a former aide to president trump be held in contempt of congress. steve bannon has refused to appear before the panel. mr trump urged former aides to reject the panel's requests. north korea has confirmed it test—fired a new submarine—launched ballistic missile, for the first time in two years. we've received these images — which we are unable to independently verify. earlier, the south korean military reported that one missile had landed in waters off the coast of japan. the british government has set out a range of measures to transition to a greener economy, to try to reach its target of no net emissions of greenhouse gases by the year 2050. it comes less than two weeks before it hosts the un climate summit in glasgow. a man thought to have had the heaviest kidneys
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