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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. the winner of the conservative leadership contest is to be announced tomorrow. the foreign secretary, liz truss, is widely expected to win. ukrainian families close to europe's largest nuclear power plant say they're living in fear, despite the arrival of un monitors. translation: it's scary at night when you hear the explosions. i we live high up on the eighth floor and we hear them coming from nikopol and other towns. pope francis has beatified one of his predecessors popejohn paul i in a ceremony at the vatican. donald trump calls president biden an "enemy of the state" at his first rally since the fbi
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searched his florida resort for sensitive files. the most vicious, hateful and divisive speech ever delivered by an american president. hello and welcome, if you're watching in the uk or around the world. we begin this hour in britain. the front runner to become the next uk prime minister, liz truss, has promised she'll set out immediate action on energy bills next week, if she is announced as leader of the tory party tomorrow. she told the bbc�*s laura kuenssberg that she would lay out plans to cut taxes and get the economy growing again.
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she also said she would focus on securing long—term energy supplies for the uk. herfellow contender, rishi sunak, said he had a clear plan and framework to tackle energy bills and he would help three groups of people. our political correspondent, tony bonsignore, told me more. what we know is liz truss is promising there will be immediate action, within a week of her taking office, and, if as we expect, she does become prime minister, that will happen around tuesday lunchtime, when she travels to balmoral to see the queen and be invited to form a government. what we have seen today in this interview with laura kuenssberg and also the article she has written in the sunday telegraph is a shift. she has been courting tory party members, it has been about tax cuts, regulation. stuff she is still talking about, but a little bit further down the line. now it is about talking to the country, a country worried about soaring energy bills. millions of households and businesses too.
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asked very straight by laura about this, this is what she said an hour ago. i understand that people are struggling with eye watering energy bills and there are predictions of even worse down the track. i understand that. i can say, laura, that i will act, if i am elected as prime minister. i will act immediately on bills and on energy supply. because i think those two things go hand in hand. we need to deal with the immediate problem, we need to help people, help businesses, but we also need to sort out the supply issues that have ended up... made us end up being where we are now. we are not getting details, she was pressed but would not go into any details. she said it was not right because she has not been elected yet and she needs to get into downing street and talk to her people about it.
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definite shift today and a promise to the country that help on energy bills and energy supply... it is also fears of blackouts. notjust bills. within days, promises of help. she said at the last hustings meeting, there will be no rationing of energy. it might not prove to be that simple. let us talk about the man she has probably beaten, the widest prediction in the surveys done, but could be a surprise tomorrow when the result is declared. rishi sunak still sticking to his position on extra help as necessary but worried about the sorts of signals some of her policies might send to the markets. yeah, and talking on the same programme in the last half an hour, rishi sunak saying, maybe a little bit more detail, as he has all the way through, about what sort of help he would provide. talking with a hint of resignation that maybe this is going to be
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difficult to pull off. who knows. very unpredictable electorate. 150,000,160,000 party members. still holding out hope, he was asked, what would you do to address this problem? i think this is the most pressing issue facing the country. - i have said that since _ the beginning of the campaign. i set out a clear plan and framework of how i would address it _ and provide support to people. the three groups of people, i that is what i have spelt out. everybody because everyone will need some help given. the scale of the challenge. two other groups of people who will need further help. | that's those on the lowest incomes, a third of households. _ the third group, pensioners. what i have said i would do is provide direct financial. support, i announced some of that as chancellor, - i will go further as prime minister as the situation has deteriorated, i with direct payments - using the welfare system
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and the system we have to pay| pensions, winter fuel payment. significant more detail from rishi sunak but it looks at this stage it will be liz truss. action, she says, within days, within a week. but we still do not know what it looks like. it will not be a case of easy choices. this is another aspect that will presumably make it quite tough for her to bind up the wounds inflicted by the leadership contest and inflicted by what caused the vacancy in the first place. the extraordinary mass resignation from government under borisjohnson which perhaps underlined how much tension there was inside the conservative parliamentary party. she has two enormous challenges linked which are going to be extraordinarily difficult to navigate. the first is the policy and economic challenge,
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inflation predicted to go 13%, 18%, in excess of 20%. the nhs in a very difficult position. markets are concerned. people have not quite cottoned on to how much the pound is struggling, how much interest payments are going up. all of that is so difficult to navigate, plainly, to get us through the winter. at the same time, this political challenge. a large number of the people who voted for her loved the message of no hand—outs. they want lower taxes. how do you do lower taxes in this economic environment? bruised, fractured conservative party. a lot of them, frankly, who already regret or think that borisjohnson was wrong to resign. the party was wrong to get rid of him. those two enormous challenges for her and the scale of that will become clear even just tomorrow afternoon when mps return to westminster. the bbc�*s political
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correspondent, tony bonsignore. meanwhile, in germany, the chancellor, 0laf scholz, has just announced $65 billion—worth of new measures to help people and businesses hit by soaring energy costs linked to the war in ukraine. the plan includes extra payments to pensioners, students and those on benefits. germany's government is also planning to raise billions of dollars to mitigate energy bills, with a windfall tax on energy company profits. the measures come two days after russia said it was suspending gas exports through the nord stream i pipeline which supplies germany indefinitely. ukraine's first lady, 0lena zelenska has also been speaking to laura kuenssberg. in an interview recorded in kyiv, mrs zelenska said the economic impact of the war in ukraine may be tough on its allies, but although britons are having to count pennies, ukrainians are counting casualties. translation: we hear that energy is getting pricier, that _ life is getting pricier,
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but people should understand that is not coming through the west's support for ukraine but through the actions of russia. there is no comparison to the suffering of people here, but at home in the uk, as you acknowledge, people are facing very painful choices because of the soaring cost of energy that's going to make things very tough for people. what would you say to our viewers watching at home who feel desperately sorry for what is happening to your people but also who feel desperately worried about their own ability to pay the bills, keep a roof over their head? what would you say to them? translation: of course, i understand the situation is very tough, _ but let me recall at the time of the covid—i9 epidemic, and it's still with us, price hikes. ukraine was affected as well. the prices are going up
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in ukraine as well. but in addition, our people get killed. so, when you start counting pennies for your bank account or in your pocket, we do the same and count our casualties. these days a woman was killed walking in a park in kharkiv and many people were injured. if support is strong, this period will be shorter. 0lena zelenska talking to laura kuenssberg. fighting around the russian—occupied zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in ukraine has been increasing worries of a nuclear incident there. families living close to europe's largest nuclear facility say they are living in fear, despite the arrival of un monitors at the site. both russia and ukraine accuse each other of shelling the plant, with moscow claiming that ukrainian forces launched a failed attempt to storm the power station on friday. 0ur security correspondent frank gardner reports now from the nearby city of zaporizhzhia. for me, what stood out was the resilience she seems to be demonstrating. and also, despite denying she has a political message, her message was very powerful.
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the whole interview, i think it is the first interview where we saw the first lady of ukraine really relax, maybe because it was face to face, sitting down with laura kuenssberg, maybe they hit it off, but she seemed to open up to an interviewer in a way i have not seen her open up to anyone else previously. i think she seems much more comfortable in her new role as a first lady and also an asset of ukraine's diplomacy. let's not forget, she speaks tojoe biden, travels to america, speaks to the first ladies of other democracies and the first men, let's not forget. a genuine asset for mr zelensky who is the wartime leader and she is the wartime first lady, representing the country in a softer way than he probably can. he has to exude power.
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she exudes this softer, more humane power. we learned some interesting details. not least that she rarely sees her husband at all. she speaks to him every day. but their time together, apart from occasionally, they have managed occasional meetings, they have done photo opportunities promoting support for the war in the west. as a family, they are not able to be together. running a country, being the leader of a country at war is no easy task for zelensky. she seems to be showing full understanding of his role and responsibilities as well as hers. talking about her private life, what was interesting for me personally was how she regrets that her son wouldn't pick up his prewar hobby of dancing.
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in it, i think she symbolises the grief of all ukrainian mothers because the fact little boys are playing soldiers and dreaming of growing up to be able to repel russian attacks, it is a powerful image of a whole generation of ukrainian children scarred by the war. that is what i think would be the major takeout from this interview for other ukrainian women, wherever they are in the world. pope francis has beatified one of his predecessors in a ceremony at the vatican at an open—air ceremony attended by tens of thousands of worshippers. popejohn paul i — who led the roman catholic church for just 33 days in 1978 died of a heart attack aged 65. pope francis described his predecessor, who was known in italy as pope luciani, as someone who never closed doors.
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the headlines on bbc news... the winner of the conservative leadership contest is to be announced tomorrow. the foreign secretary, liz truss, is widely expected to win. ukrainian families close to europe's largest nuclear power plant say they're living in fear, despite the arrival of un nuclear monitors. donald trump calls president biden an enemy of the state at his first rally since the fbi searched his florida resort for sensitive files. donald trump has accused president biden of weaponising the fbi against him — in his first public appearance since agents raided his florida home to recover classified documents. addressing a republican rally in pennsylvania, the former president also rejected mr biden's claim that he and his maga movement were an extremist threat to american democracy. both leaders have been stepping up their rhetoric ahead of november's mid—term elections. wendy urquhart reports.
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it was like he'd never left office. back amongst his supporters, donald trump was given a hero's welcome at the republican rally in philadelphia. he came out all guns blazing and he kicked off his speech by branding the us president an enemy of america. he's an enemy of the state. you want to know the truth? the enemy of the state is him and the group that control him, which is circling around him. do this, do that, joe. you're going to do this, joe, right? that dig was in reply to president biden's impassioned speech earlier this week when he called mr trump a threat to democracy. we must be honest with each other and with ourselves. too much of what's happening in our country today is not normal. donald trump and the maga republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations
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of our republic. mr trump also had a few choice words for the fbi and the us justice department over the raid on his florida home, which he called a shocking abuse of power. the fbi and thejustice department have become vicious monsters controlled by radical left scoundrels, lawyers and the media who tell them what to do, you people right there, and when to do it. so, does donald trump have his eye on another turn in the white house? or is he just protecting his legacy? wendy urquhart, bbc news. a government minister in pakistan has said the floods which are devastating the country amount to the worst climate change disaster of recent times. ahsan iqbal said pakistan doesn't have the resources to deal with the crisis, which has destroyed nearly
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1.5 million homes and killed more than 1,200 people. nearly half of the country's crops have been destroyed. polls are open in chile where voters are taking part in an historic referendum on a new constitution which would radically reshape the south american country. the previous constitution was drafted by the dictator augusto pinochet — the new one would focus on social rights, climate change and gender equality. it's expected to be a tight vote. 0ur south american correspondent katy watson explains. sirens it started three years ago with what has become known as chile's social outburst — mass protests over a rise in subway fares that grew to encompass deepening inequalities in the region's most stable economy. chanting top of the protesters' demands was to change chile's constitution — drawn up by a dictator. many saw that as the root of the country's problems and so the process to modernise the constitution began. it is huge in scope, covering gender parity,
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abortion rights, indigenous representation, and climate issues, and, if it passes, it will be one of the most progressive constitutions in the world. translation: as you can see, there is order and tranquillity i in the polling stations, as there should be. we guarantee citizens can exercise their right to vote, which is the right thing to do in a democracy. on sunday, we celebrate a tribute to democracy with great peace of mind. translation: we are very happy and very hopeful and we believe l that the big winner this sunday will undoubtedly be democracy. all the conditions are in place for a calm and safe vote in our region. but in recent weeks, polls have indicated more voters plan to reject the constitution than vote for it. if that happens, it will be a blow for president gabriel boric, but he has promised a new constitutional process to ensure the pinochet—era text is finally replaced. katy watson, bbc news.
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people in parts of mississippi have told bbc news they are struggling to secure clean drinking water, after the water supply there was contaminated by floods. the floodwaters damaged a local treatment plant. for the second week, the national guard has been distributing bottled water to those in need. 0ur north america correspondent chi chi izundu has been finding out how residents are coping. brown water comes out. it is not normal and it is not drinkable, so what do we do? when i first turn it, it always comes out rust. i would never drink a glass of water. . i do not brush my teeth with the tap water. - idon't, so, no. come on. thank you for showing us. do you have a flashlight? no, i don't, but i can use my phone light. 0k, good. a fire next door has knocked out marshall's gas and electric. he has not had clean running water, though, for eight months. and the hot water came just the same way. brown water. the hot water is brown as well.
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and you shower in it? yes, ma'am. and you cook with it? i cook with it. and you drink it? and i drink it. this week's water problem has been blamed on flooding damaging the local water treatment plant. some people have no water, others get it discoloured. probably, in the last week, it even got darker. it usually don't be this dark. marshall lives in west jackson, a largely black area which is the poorest part of the city in one of the poorest states of america. 0ld lead—lined pipes, an under—maintained water treatment plant and years of a lack of funding has resulted in this — the national guard being called to hand out bottles of water. it's like we living back in caveman days, so to speak, you know? but see, we are in this century now, so we should be afforded all these things without having to go
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through what we are going through. and i understand that they are having so many issues with the pipes and so forth like that, so, hopefully, they can get all that corrected. some parts of the city now have their water restored, but many residents still do not trust it. i have been catching rainwater. since moving to jackson two years ago, serena, a law student, has always been fearful about the quality of the water. and i am fortunate because i have a filter and, so, iwould never drink a glass of water. i do not brush my teeth with the tap water, i don't do... i wash my clothes in it, but i don't really have another option, so, no. officials are still asking the people of jackson to boil their water before use. but for residents like marshall, even if he could, that is a band aid because without an overhaul of the whole system, this city will continue to battle for the basic right of clean water. chi chi izundu, bbc news,
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jackson, mississippi. sir paul mccartney and surviving members of queen were among the acts who took part in a special concert at wembley last night, in memory of the foo fighters' drummer taylor hawkins, who died earlier this year. 16—year—old son shane played the drums with his dad's band whose lead singer dave grohl paid his own emotional tribute. those of you who knew him personally, you know that no—one else could make you smile or laugh or dance or sing like he could. and for those of you that admired him from afar, i am sure you have all felt the same thing. sing and dance and laugh
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and cry and scream and make some noise so he can hear us right now! cheering food banks in the uk are warning that the cost of living crisis is creating a perfect storm — more people need help just as donations are falling, and the organisations themselves face rising energy bills. many are also dealing with the extra challenge of trying to source food which can be eaten by families who can't afford to put the oven on, as megan paterson reports. a charity set up to help families at christmas working all year round, fighting to meet demand. we expect the charity to grow and demand to increase but 52% is an awful lot. that is combined with the perfect storm of donations going down so that the gap in the middle is widening between what is needed and what we have actually got to give.
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boxes, distributed by hospitals and charities, since energy prices increase, there has been a surge in requests for items that cost less to prepare. fruit here, which can be eaten without having been in the fridge or cooked. we have got a kettle, you've got some noodles there. put individual soups in so you can use the kettle again. and we have got biscuits there. when it went out as a pilot initially, there was probably about 20 boxes every couple of months. at that minute, we are looking at 280 boxes every month. we are trying our best to make it so it is edible as it is at room temperature or it is something you can just use a kettle with. we are trying to make sure you have got something between any support you might have from outside agencies. the charity is fundraising and applying for grants to try and increase their revenue to keep these boxes filled. concern about the winter months is stacking up. my worry is that people can't cook a hot meal, that even warming something up is a stress and a worry to a lot of people.
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we have never had to take into account before that people couldn't heat it up, couldn't cook it. 9,000 families were helped last christmas alone. this year the number is likely to be much higher, with what people can afford to cook changing, too. the third attempt to launch nasa's artemis moon rocket could now take weeks, after the american space agency nasa tried and failed again on saturday to get its space launch system vehicle to lift off from florida's kennedy space center. the countdown had to be halted because of a fuel leak — the second postponement in a week. people trying to cross the channel from france to britain were delayed for up to six hours in queues at calais last night. the ferry operators dfds and p&0 apologised for the long waits at the uk border control. p&0 said extra ships were put on for passengers who missed their allocated booking because of the queues. britain's home secretary has said
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the metropolitan police must learn from what she calls its appalling mistakes. priti patel has written to the force's new commissioner, sir mark rowley, stressing the need for reform. laura trant has more. sarah everard's murder was a pivotal point in the public�*s perception of policing. the 33—year—old was kidnapped in south london on 3rd march last year as she was walking home from a friend's house. her body was found a week later. met police officer wayne couzens pleaded guilty to her murder and was sentenced to a whole—life term. in her three—page letter to the incoming met police chief, home secretary priti patel wrote about several high—profile incidents that have affected public confidence and trust in police. as well as sarah everard, priti patel referred to strip searches of children and the vetting of police officers. former counterterrorism policing
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chief mark rowley will replace dame cressida dick as met chief, following her resignation earlier this year. she quit as the country's most senior police officer after criticism of the handling of a number of scandals involving met police officers. the met�*s confidence rating is the lowest it has ever been in 200 years. 49% on the last day that cressida dick was in charge of the metropolitan police. so, there is a huge challenge there. i think what we need now is really to get behind the metropolitan police and the new leader mark rowley and make sure we make some real changes to the organisation. i am afraid, if you look at the history, particularly over the last five years, it has been absolutely appalling. priti patel, who is likely to be replaced as home secretary once either liz truss or rishi sunak take over as prime minister,
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also told the incoming met police chief that the force was failing to get the basics right and that extensive reform was required. the new head of the met police, mark rowley, will take over on the 12th of this month. now it's time for a look at the weather with darren. hello. a wet start to the day across many parts of the uk, particularly northern ireland and south—west scotland. the rain is continuing to move north, coming to rest in the far north of scotland. we are left with cloud stretching down to central, southern england, could bring sharp showers. either side of that, sunshine. warmer than yesterday in northern ireland. cooler in northern scotland. the highest temperatures will be in eastern england. some further rain developing from the south again and pushing north across many parts of the country overnight. southerly breeze. a warm night as well. southern parts of the uk, no lower than 16, 17 degrees. the rain we start with
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across northern england and particularly scotland runs away. decent amount of sunshine tomorrow. sharp showers mainly in the south—east of england, and the south—west and south wales. a lot of places will be dry. warm in the sunshine.
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hello, this is bbc news. the headlines... the winner of the conservative leadership contest is to be announced tomorrow. the foreign secretary, liz truss, is widely expected to win. ukrainian families close to europe's largest nuclear power plant say they're living in fear, despite the arrival of un monitors. translation: it's scary at night when you hear the explosions. i we live high up on the eighth floor and we hear them coming from nikopol and other towns. pope francis has beatified one of his predecessors popejohn paul the first in a ceremony at the vatican. donald trump calls president biden an "enemy of the state" at his first rally since the fbi searched his florida
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