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this is bbc news with the latest 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. 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 searched his florida resort for sensitive files. the most vicious, hateful and divisive speech ever delivered by an american president.
the front runner in the contest for the conservative party leadership liz truss says she will act on energy bills within a week if she becomes prime minister. her rival rishi sunak says he cannot rule out blackouts this winter if he becomes pm. the uk is facing a genuine emergency on energy, he said. the winner will be announced tomorrow and take office on tuesday. our political correspondent tony bonsignore reports. whoever wins the leadership race and becomes the next prime minister will be walking straight into an economic storm. they face one urgent question before all others — what to do about
soaring energy bills? rishi sunak has long promised some financial support for everyone, with more on top for especially the most vulnerable. today, liz truss promised that if she wins, help is on the way. i understand that people are struggling with eye—watering energy bills, and there are predictions of even worse down the track. and i understand that. and i can say, laura, that i will act. if i'm elected as prime minister, i will act immediately on bills and on energy supply. she gave no details, as yet, and promised an announcement this week. it's an important shift in tone. when wooing tory party members, it was all about tax cuts and deregulation, but now voting has closed, her audience is the whole country. though there was still a message for party members who want to see a more radical approach.
to look at everything through the lens of redistribution, i believe is wrong. is it fair that on this decision...? yes, it is fair. it is fair to give the wealthiest people more money back? it is fair. opposition parties are pushing for a freeze on the energy cap. labour accused the government of failing to grasp the seriousness of the situation. it's extraordinary that we've had a leadership election that has gone on for weeks and weeks, as everyone has been saying, and yet, the two leadership candidates — liz truss we've just heard from — cannot give a specific answer to the one question, frankly, that everybody wants an answer to, which is — what the heck is going to happen to my bills? of course, there could still be a surprise result tomorrow. today, rishi sunak was still pushing his message, though thoughts are starting to turn to what happens next. if you don't win, what will you do next? well, i'm going to stay as a member of parliament. and i was really delighted... actually, i finished this campaign on friday at home in yorkshire with my own members,
which was really lovely, and it's been a great privilege to represent them as their member of parliament for richmond in north yorkshire. i'd love to keep doing that as long as they'll have me. by tomorrow lunchtime, we will finally know who'll be moving into this placejust a day later, and their time in downing street may well be defined by what they decide to announce in the coming days. tony bonsignore, bbc news. tony bonsignore is with me. not long to wait, as you were saying, and we know the winner, but the conversation throughout the leadership race has been very much about the cost of living and energy bills, and that has continued today with these appearances by both contestants in the race?- contestants in the race? yeah, listenin: contestants in the race? yeah, listening to — contestants in the race? yeah, listening to rishi _ contestants in the race? yeah, listening to rishi sunak - contestants in the race? yeah, listening to rishi sunak earlier| contestants in the race? yeah, - listening to rishi sunak earlier on, with laura kuenssberg, sounding perhaps a tiny bit defeated, still pushing out that message, but talking as we heard in that package about what he might do if he loses.
he still might pull it off. i think the important difference that we've seen, the important shift, is from liz truss. liz truss throughout the contest has kind of batted away questions about what she would do about soaring energy bills, at one point she talked about, i don't like handouts, she has wanted to talk about tax cuts, about deregulation, things that conservative party members, a lot of them, wanted to hear. but now voting is closed, now her audience is the whole country, she knows how worried people are, so she knows how worried people are, so she has made this shift and today she has made this shift and today she said to the bbc, in an article in the sunday telegraph, that there will be immediate action on energy bills and on energy supply, and it will come within a week. because i think she knows now that she has got to convince the country that she is across this, she's got control of it, and people will get the help they need. it, and people will get the help they need-— it, and people will get the help the need. �* , ., , , they need. and she has been the favourite throughout, _ they need. and she has been the favourite throughout, and - they need. and she has been the favourite throughout, and we - they need. and she has been the favourite throughout, and we are told that she has more or less checked the people who will be in her government, if she is elected
leader and prime minister, but we've had news today that lord #bbcaskthis, who was refugees minister in the wake of the war in ukraine, he has resigned, some people may be suggesting he is jumping before he is pushed? yes. jumping before he is pushed? yes, uuite jumping before he is pushed? yes, quite possibly. _ jumping before he is pushed? yes, quite possibly. it — jumping before he is pushed? yes, quite possibly, it is _ jumping before he is pushed? yes, quite possibly, it is not _ jumping before he is pushed? 1913 quite possibly, it is not clear—cut, i have been reading his statement. remember, he was parachuted in, he did thisjob previously remember, he was parachuted in, he did this job previously under theresa may and was brought back in again by borisjohnson theresa may and was brought back in again by boris johnson following events in afghanistan and again by borisjohnson following events in afghanistan and ukraine, and reading his statement, he seems to be suggesting, this is the natural time for him to move on. there will be questions about the success of the afghanistan scheme, and of course the ukraine scheme as well. in a sense he is right because well. in a sense he is right because we will get the result tonight but tomorrow, at lunchtime, in london, thenit tomorrow, at lunchtime, in london, then it is to balmoralfor the outgoing and the incoming prime minister, but then it is appointments. liz truss will get, on tuesday afternoon, if it is her, it
might be rishi sunak, will be appointing her cabinet, and beyond that, those ministers at this level, and i think she will want, as far as possible, her own people, and maybe thatis possible, her own people, and maybe that is what lord harrington has come to the conclusion of here. i think he has suggested he has spoken to both the leadership contenders. tony for the moment, thank you very much. the first lady of ukraine has urged people in the uk who are worried about rising energy costs to think about the ukrainians who have been killed in the russian invasion. it comes a day after moscow suspended gas supplies to germany, through the nord stream i pipeline. speaking to the bbc�*s laura kuennsberg, olena zelenska, the wife of president zelensky, said she had sympathy with people in britain but said ukraine was paying a heavier price. translation: the prices are going up . in ukraine as well but, in addition, i our people get killed. so when you start counting pennies on your bank account or in your pocket, we do the same and
count our casualties. the un says the last main power line linking the russian—occupied zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant to the ukrainian grid is out of action and that the plant is now relying on a reserve line. 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. families living close to europe's largest nuclear facility say they are living in fear, as our security correspondent frank gardner now reports. sirens wail under police escort, more than 100 ukrainian civilians make it to safety after enduring six months of fear and insecurity. just on the edge of zaporizhzhia city, we came across this convoy of around a0 vehicles streaming out of russian—held territory to the south.
why are they leaving? mostly because of the shelling. some of them say they simply do not want to live under russian occupation. for some, the emotion is overwhelming. they left behind their friends and their livelihoods. but this family told me they had no choice. "school forced us," said artem. "they started threatening those children who refused to go to a russian school would be sent to a military academy." then there's the nearby nuclear power plant. un monitors are there now, but it could still come under attack, so ukraine is taking precautions. potassium iodide tablets are being handed out to those who live nearby, a partial antidote, in case there's a leak of radiation. anastasia is one of those who's been queueing up for the pills. translation: it's scary at night when you hear the explosions. i we live high up on the eighth floor and we can hear them coming from nikopol and other towns.
i'm petrified. i met the mayor of enerhodar, that's the town next to the nuclear plant. he's in constant contact with those who still work there, under russian control. are you confident that the iaea is getting a true picture of the situation at the power plant? translation: no, i really doubt the picture will be objective. - unfortunately, russia didn't allow access for the international media, so the story is being shaped by the russian occupiers. zaporizhzhia, the nearest city to the nuclear plant, doesn't feel like it's in a war zone. life largely goes on here as normal, but everyone wants this war to end and for the threat of a nuclear accident to be lifted. frank gardner, bbc news, zaporizhzhia, ukraine. a man has been arrested following the deaths of a teenager and two young children in dublin.
the 18—year—old woman and her brother and sister aged eight died after an incident at a house in the west of the city. our correspondentjulian o'neill told us more about what happened. we don't as yet no how these three individuals died. an 18—year—old woman and two siblings, twins, aged eight, a boy and a girl, were killed in some type of violent attack at half past midnight on the outskirts of dublin in a housing estate, as you say. another child, a 14—year—old boy, also related to those three who were killed, was taken injured, taken to hospital with serious injuries, although the irish police say they do not believe at this stage that it is life—threatening. the children's mother was uninjured but she is in hospital, also receiving treatment. irish armed police were mobilised to the scene shortly after the alarm was raised, and they arrested a man aged in his 20s. the irish police say they are looking for no—one else
in relation to this incident, and he's being held for questioning about these deaths at a police station close to the scene. 960 migrants were brought to kent yesterday by border force and lifeboat crews after they tried to cross the channel in small boats according to latest figures from the ministry of defence. more than 25,000 migrants have made the dangerousjourney to the uk across the channel, one of world's busiest shipping lanes, so far this year. 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. back amongst his supporters, donald trump was given a hero's welcome at this republican rally in philadelphia. he came out all guns blazing and he kicked off his speech ijy blazing and he kicked off his speech by branding the us president an enemy of america. he by branding the us president an enemy of america.— by branding the us president an enemy of america. he is an enemy of the state, enemy of america. he is an enemy of the state. you — enemy of america. he is an enemy of the state, you want _ enemy of america. he is an enemy of the state, you want to _ enemy of america. he is an enemy of the state, you want to know- 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, do this, joe. that did was in reply to president biden's impassioned speech earlier this week, when he called mr trump a threat to democracy. we this week, when he called mr trump a threat to democracy.— threat to democracy. we must be honest with _ threat to democracy. we must be honest with each _ threat to democracy. we must be honest with each other, - threat to democracy. we must be honest with each other, and - threat to democracy. we must be honest with each other, and with | honest with each other, and with ourselves, — honest with each other, and with ourselves, too much of what's happening in our country today is not normat _
happening in our country today is not normal. donald trump and the maga _ not normal. donald trump and the maga republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic. mr trump foundations of our republic. trump also foundations of our republic. iji' trump also had foundations of our republic. m trump also had a few choice words for the fbi and the usjustice department over the raid on his florida home, which he called a shocking abuse of power. the florida home, which he called a shocking abuse of power. the fbi and the justice department _ shocking abuse of power. the fbi and the justice department have - shocking abuse of power. the fbi and the justice department have become | 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. you people right there, and when to do it, ., , you people right there, and when to do it. ., , ., , ., do it. so, does donald trump have his e e do it. so, does donald trump have his eye on — do it. so, does donald trump have his eye on another _ do it. so, does donald trump have his eye on another turn _ do it. so, does donald trump have his eye on another turn in - do it. so, does donald trump have his eye on another turn in the - do it. so, does donald trump have. his eye on another turn in the white house? or is hejust his eye on another turn in the white house? or is he just protecting his eye on another turn in the white house? or is hejust protecting his legacy? when account, bbc news. britain's home secretary has said 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 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, 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. sarah trant, bbc news.
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 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. voters in chile are taking part in an historic referendum on a new constitution which could radically reshape the south american country. the previous constitution was drafted by former dictator augusto pinochet. the new one would focus on social rights, climate and gender equality. our south american correspondent katy watson has been following the story. 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, 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 i that the big winner this sunday will undoubtedly be democracy. all the conditions are in place for a calm and safe vote in the 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 the president, gabriel boric, but he has promised a new constitutional process to ensure that pinochet era text is finally replaced. katy watson, bbc news. people in parts of mississippi have told bbc news they are struggling to secure clean drinking water after floods contaminated the supply from a local treatment plant. the national guard has been distributing bottled water to those in need. our north america correspondent chi chi izundu reports. brown water comes out. it is not normal and it is not
drinkable, so what do we do? when i first turned 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. ok, 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. 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. old 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 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, i would 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, jackson, mississippi. 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. pope john paul the i, who led the roman catholic church for just 33 days
in 1978, died ofa heart attack aged 65. pope francis described his predecessor, who was known in italy as pope luciani, as someone who never closed doors. food banks in the uk are warning that the cost of living crisis is creating a perfect storm. more people need help but 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 we expect demand to increase, but 52% is an awful lot. that's 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. boxes distributed by hospitals and charities, since there has been
an increase in items that cost less to prepare. the fruit should be eaten, in the fridge or cooked. anything you have got a kettle, you have got some noodles there. you put in some individual soup so we can put them in the kettle again. we have biscuits there. it was 20 boxes in a couple of months, at the minute we are looking at 280 boxes every month. 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 cattle you can just use a kettle with or something you can have any support from outside agencies. the charity's fundraising and applying for grants to try to raise revenue to keep these boxes filled. concern about the winter months stacking up. my worry is people can't cook a hot meal without even warming something up, is a stress and they worry is a stress and a worry to a lot of people. 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 number likely to be much higher with what people can afford to cook changing as well. megan paterson, bbc news. some news just some newsjust in, the some news just in, the metropolitian police sim murder investigation has been launched following a shooting in west kensington in london which happened at two o'clock in the morning today, police were called to kensington high street after reports of a shooting. officers found a man believed to be in his 20s, they say, with gunshot wounds and gave emergency first aid until the ambulance service arrived, and london's air ambulance, but the man was taken to hospital and died later at 5.30 this morning and his next—of—kin have been informed. so, thatis next—of—kin have been informed. so, that is a murder investigation underway now in west kensington in london.
charities in britain are warning they won't be able to operate in the face of rising energy prices. one community centre in nottingham says it's facing a gas and electricity bill of 85—thousand pounds, that's almost one hundred thousand dollars. our reporter hugh caswell went to speak to them. the lenton centre has been operated as a charity since 200a. it runs all sorts of classes and day sessions, but the pool in particular eats up a lot of energy. as you can see, it's quite a large swimming pool and the water's got to be kept at a temperature of 30 degrees, 2a hours a day, so the heating doesn't get switched off. the centre says it can't raise its prices because those who use it are disadvantaged and wouldn't be able to afford it. but the latest forecast for the centre's energy bills is eyewatering. and balancing the books is looking harder by the day. we were paying £25,000 for the gas and electricity combined last year. we look at the costs now for the same use, that is well over £85,000. so i've got a shortfall of £60,000.
for groups that use the centre, the thought of it closing is difficult to take. where else would we find a community, a small community leisure centre with access to the gym and swim? there really doesn't feel if we're going to do our primary aim because other swimming pools are shutting down as well. but this suits our purpose. at the moment, we can't imagine it. both candidates for prime minister have signalled there will be more help with energy costs if they're elected. but managers at the lenton centre say if they don't get either a huge increase in income or a drastic change to their bills, they could have to make a decision on closure within months. hugh caswell, bbc news. sir paul mccartney and 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.
hawkins' 16—year—old son shane played the drums with his dad's band whose lead singer dave grohl paid his own emotional tribute. for 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'm sure you've all felt the same thing. sing and dance and laugh and cry and scream and make some noise, so he could hear us, right now!
now it's time for a look at the weather with nick. good afternoon, such a different day in northern ireland compared with yesterday, and those differences between some heavy downpours one minute, and then turning out into sunny conditions, that is what we have got ahead of us over the next several days, as low pressure dominates our weather, with bands of heavy rain, one of which is close to north—east scotland at the moment, and then gaps allowing the sun to come out across many parts of the uk this afternoon, but there are one or two heavy showers doted about parts of england and wales. it is warm where you have the sunshine, temperatures up to 26 in east anglia, feeling humid as well. some thundery rain coming into south—west england, wales and northern ireland this evening, the winds picking up as well across western areas, all of that moving northwards overnight, and temperatures are really not going down very far at night, the humidity continues. the rain in north—east england taking longer to clear from scotland tomorrow, north—east england taking longer to clearfrom scotland tomorrow, and then we have another gap, sunny
spells, the chance for a few showers, and then more heavy and may be thundery downpours with strengthening winds in south—west england and wales as the afternoon goes on. just to bring you up—to—date, we have had a statement from merseyside police on the fatal shooting of olivia pratt—korbel, the nine—year—old girl who died in
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