this is bbc news — welcome if you're watching here in the uk, on pbs in america or around the globe. i'm mike embley. our top stories: fierce fighting as turkey continues its offensive against kurdish areas in northern syria — in the us there are bipartisan efforts to launch sanctions against ankara. two foreign businessmen with ties to rudy giuliani, mr trump's personal lawyer, are charged with violating campaign finance laws in the us. japan braces for the strongest typhoon this year — the authorities warn of severe weather and widespread destruction. and the iranian women attending a men's football match for the first time since the islamic revolution.
around 60,000 people have been forced from their homes in north eastern syria, on the second day of a major air and ground assault by turkish forces. there've been several civilian deaths. turkey's president claims at least a hundred kurdish fighters have been killed. they are long—time american allies in the fight against the extremist group, the so—called islamic state, but the turks regard them as terrorists. turkey is trying to push back the kurds and seize land just inside the syrian border, to create what it calls a "safe zone" to resettle some of the millions of syrian refugees who sought shelter in turkey during eight years of war. our international correspondent 0rla guerin sent this from near the border. turkey says it's creating a safe zone in syria but take a look at 5—year—old sara.
she's just lost one of her legs in a rocket attack that killed her 12—year—old brother. sara is one of many casualties in hospitals in the kurdish town of qamishli today. victims of a new chapter in an old war. her uncle mohammed told the bbc there was no military base nearby. "the military base is this child," he said. but president erdogan is making no apologies for his offensive — far from it. as his party rallied around him, he threatened his critics with a flood of syrian refugees. translation: hey, european union. get a hold of yourself.
look, i'm telling you again — if you described our operation as an invasion again, we'll take the easy road. we'll open the doors and send you 3.6 million refugees. his forces are now moving deeper into syrian territory. here, rebels backed by turkey occupy a border village, one of several they've captured. president erdogan is making military gains but diplomatic losses. and here are his targets — syrian kurdish forces he views as terrorists, desperately outgunned and up against nato‘s second—largest army. they led the battle against is. now washington has left them to their fate. but the kurds hit back today, causing terror and casualties as we were a block away. this is the main street in akcakale, a turkish border town.
police trying to clear the area after what appeared to be mortarfire. well, we've just had two major explosions here in the space of only a few moments. the blast seemed to be inside this building. but then we were moved back amid fears of more incoming fire. turkey's offensive across the border in syria is now hitting home. this amateur video appears to show some of the casualties today. child screams. officials here say three people are confirmed dead and two of them were children. well, we were expecting a response from the turkish authorities and it hasn't taken long. we've been hearing explosions in the last few minutes and on the horizon, you can see the dense black smoke.
that is the aftermath of a series of airstrikes. syrian positions just across the border are being pounded now and there are announcements being made here on loud hailers telling civilians to take shelter and get off the streets. airstrikes continued through the afternoon. on both sides of this border now, there are families grieving and the offensive is only in its second day. at the local mosque, a special prayer said in times of war and times of mourning. turkey's assault on syria has been met by a chorus of condemnation but here, we found staunch support for the military offensive. translation: we are sending our soldiers there is if we are sending them to a wedding.
we're so proud of them. we set off fireworks last night to celebrate. but this is the night sky inside syria. towns and villages under fire, and the un says hundreds of thousands of civilians are in harm's way. 0rla guerin, bbc news, on the turkey—syria border. two businessmen connected to president trump's personal lawyer, rudy giuliani, have been arrested on suspicion of campaignfinance violations in the us. igor fruman and lev parnas — seen here with donald trump last year — are both trump donors. they are american citizens, born in the former soviet union — one in belarus, one in ukraine. they are accused of being part of a scheme to funnel foreign money to american political candidates, to buy influence. here's the bbc‘s chris
buckler in washington dc. lev parnas and igor fruman were seen as being important donors to the republican party, that was by the leaders donald trump himself, they we re leaders donald trump himself, they were given access to the white house andindeed were given access to the white house and indeed mr trump's resort in florida. they were seen as influential and bottomed with all the cash they brought. but the big questions are about where exactly this contributions came from. prosecutors have arrested them and have charged them arguing the money can( have charged them arguing the money can ( sources have charged them arguing the money can (sources and that have charged them arguing the money can ( sources and that they were essentially laundered through energy company that the two men set up in florida. 0f company that the two men set up in florida. of course, that has raised a lot of concerns, the present trump has been seeing this variety is concerned, they had limited access, playing that down and he said yes they did know of a photograph with him and were associates of his personal attorney, rudy giuliani, but he says he has nothing wrong. i don't know this gentleman. it's
possible i have a picture with them because i have a beach with everybody, i have a picture with everybody, i have a picture with everybody here but somebody says they may be a picture or something ata they may be a picture or something at a fundraiser or somewhere, but i have beaches with everybody.- at a fundraiser or somewhere, but i have beaches with everybody. at this time in particular, there is potentially quite a headache on mr trump and the republicans. you mentioned of course that lev parnas came from ukraine, this is one of the questions the democrats are to ask about what lengths —— links he had and that is good you focus on rudy giuliani which is the president's personal attorney because he has been pushing and trying to talk about the potential of duejust likejoe trying to talk about the potential of due just likejoe biden, trying to talk about the potential of duejust likejoe biden, the potential present recounted in one of mr trump's big rivals in 2020 having been involved in is a business dealings or having been involved in dealings in the ukraine
and have been unsubstantiated allegations made by mirth distracts both rudy giuliani and mr trump. mr trump did know — i can ask the ukrainian president to launch an investigation into joe biden ukrainian president to launch an investigation intojoe biden and it seems that rudy giuliani was also involved in conversations with ukrainian officials and it seems those men helped him. introduced into a former ukrainian was accused of. democrats are going to be asking also questions about these men who we re also questions about these men who were arrested as they tried to board a flight to vienna on apparently i—way ticket in washingtons airport. they're not expected to —— appear in court next week. more on the cheap ethics lawyer. —— chief ethics lawyer. japan is bracing itself for what is predicted to be the biggest and most violent typhoon of 2019. strong winds, rough seas, and heavy rain are forecast as typhoon habigis gets closer to the capital tokyo. safety concerns have already forced
the cancellation of two matches in the rugby world cup and saturday's practice and qualifying for the formula i grand prix has been abandoned. so what might the impact of the storm be? matthew cappucci is an atmospheric scientist. it's extremely pretty strong, it had two balances a category five equivalent, type in specific photograph it rapidly intensified early sunday night into monday morning. injust early sunday night into monday morning. in just under four early sunday night into monday morning. injust underfour hours, it went from 120 kilometre ballast on to it went from 120 kilometre ballast ontoa it went from 120 kilometre ballast on to a 200 to 65 kilometre per hour strong, travel the rate what we need to classify as a rapid intensification which is extremely impressive. now is in a somewhat wea k impressive. now is in a somewhat weak instead, winds of 200 they
power is a move towards togo. things will wind down over the next couple of days but togo could still see winds in excess of 150 kilometres an hour, 7—15 centimetres of rain and a storm surge of 1— two feet. their worries about togo, 9 million people, those high buildings, will they not funnel the winds that would increase windspeed? very much so. thus one thing bellowed about have to give in mind this is with in the eye while which is about 80 kilometres ) eye while which is about 80 kilometres) hour, so if the track shifts farther west or east, that i will could spend our time together west of the impact but if it's going with this focus right now, that it is the worst of it right in downtown, the wind could have an distracts funnelling effective skyscrapers, jupiter following glass, some such, all that stuff in downtown area with 9 million people, a for badges. what factors are at play here, it seems as climate change in particular we are seeing storms, the intensity of storms increase much faster than it used to? exactly, were seymour storms undergo rapid and densification. this means it is increasing for divide kilometres an hour or more of 24 divide kilometres an hour or more of 2a hours. this in trouble that's addressing more. the songs were seen with climate change of frequent but
the strongest terms will become even stronger thanks to the art of moisture of warmer waters and changing when dynamics and there is a result. indigenous protesters in ecuador have taken eight police officers hostage, as part of a nationwide protest against the removal of fuel subsidies. at least five people have been killed in more than a week of violent demonstrations against the government's austerity programme. will grant reports. after days of the heavy—handed police crackdown, little wonder that some protesters want to retribution. indigenous groups incense at the violent response by the police to recent demonstrations to matters into their own hands. a police officers were taken hostage and visibly shaken were paraded in front of the angry crowd and forced to speak.
translation: the best rectified solutions is through dialogue. that's where we are. i asked leaders that we continue that dialogue in order to reach satisfactory agreements but no mobile is. the national police are also part of the people. the government of the president has refused to back down having the economic reforms, but is engaged in negotiation with indigenous leaders at in the meantime called for, heads to prevail. translation: at the name of the national government we demand that any process of dialogue be conducted within peaceful parameters. the release of those police officers and journalists is a fundamental condition. the plea for an end to violence seems optimistic in the current circumstances especially to the grief stricken fellow members of those killed in protest. a man who died of brain trauma after he was
reported struck by teargas cancer. the situation in our country ecuador is terrible, said his son, but the indigenous people here, a fighting group, afirm indigenous people here, a fighting group, a firm people at my father was one of them, fighting into his loss. despite the growing cost, or protests are planned over the weekend. the demonstrators first took to the streets to demand that fuel subsidies. stated after the price of petrol doubled without them. now people would be satisfied until the president is forced from office. a peaceful resolution depends on both sides agreed to back down and at present that still seems unlikely. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: female fans celebrate history in iran — attending a men's football match for the first time in decades.
this was a celebration by people who were relishing their freedom. they believe everything's going to be different from now on. they think their country will be respected in the world once more as it used to be before slobodan milosevic took power. the dalai lama, the exiled spiritual leader of tibet, has won this year's nobel peace prize. as the parade was reaching its climax, two grenades exploded and a group of soldiers jumped from a military truck taking part in the parade, and ran towards the president, firing from kalashnikov automatic rifles. after 437 years, the skeleton ribs of henry viii's tragic warship emerged. but, even as divers worked to buoy her up, the mary rose went through another heart—stopping drama. i want to be the people's governor. i want to represent everybody. i believe in the people of california.
the turkish offensive against kurdish fighters in north—eastern syria is continuing with more than sixty—thousand people now reported to be fleeing the danger. two businessmen with ties to rudy giuliani, mr trump's personal lawer, are charged with violating campaign finance laws two businessmen with ties to rudy giuliani, mr trump's in the us. let's stay with that now — richard painter was the chief white house ethics lawyer for president george w bush and is now a law professor at the university of minnesota — he's been giving me his take on the arrests. it's very clear there was russian interference in the 2016 election. it is undisputed, that was put out very clearly in robert mueller‘s
report that the question is whether the collaboration with the trump campaign was criminal or not. robert mueller concluded there were criminal charges. in connection with what happened in 2016 but donald trump claiming that he is exonerated in the rush investigating turned around and did the same thing. he is 110w around and did the same thing. he is now approaching the ukrainian government and he had rudy giuliani contact the ukrainian others, state department officials, to try to get dirt onjoe biden and then withholding united states government aid to ukraine as a threat as a quid pro quo for dirt onjoe biden which isa pro quo for dirt onjoe biden which is a very serious offence, the use of official position to influence an election which violates the hatch act, the campaign finance laws and the quid pro quo may violate library laws so rudy giuliani is in the
middle of it. especially now the associates have been arrested for funnelling campaign contributions illegally into the united states, including super pacs affiliated with the trump campaign, it's a bad situation. the people charged are trump donors, one born in belarus, one born in ukraine. how do you see this impacting on the impeachment enquiry and possibly next year's collection? the impeachment enquiry is going to continue. at some point, they need to decide if they are going to impeachment has —— resident trump or not. they need to have a trial in the sun. we've already had the obstruction ofjustice in the rush investigation, we already have president trump taking emoluments as profits and benefits from foreign
governments and now the ukraine scandal. the number of scandals is mounted but the democrats can't spend all their time investigating. at some point, they need to start impeaching and have a trial and let the american people hear the evidence and the senators hear the evidence and the senators hear the evidence and the senators hear the evidence and they will decide in the election, the american people. there is international concern about the onslaught against the kurds, and moves from both parties in the us congress to put pressure on turkey, by imposing economic sanctions.there are fears too that the turkish offensive could lead to captured islamic state fighters escaping and regrouping. the kurds are holding thousands of extremists in prisons in north east syria, with theirfamilies in separate camps. in one prison, our correspondent quentin sommerville has been speaking to british men accused of fighting for is. the islamic state group was born in the shadows.
prisons were its breeding ground, its recruitment centres. thousands of its supporters are now jailed in north—eastern syria. as turkey advances, still locked up but in harm's way. the conditions are appalling but these are the best prisons the kurds have. for years, they've told the west to take back theirjihadists. few countries did and now the prisons are overwhelmed. escape is a growing threat. in one crowded cell, we were told we would find ishant mustafi from east london. he is part of a gang thatjoined is from westminster university. he is accused of being a committed jihadist who fought with is until the very end. he claims, like others, to have been tortured in prison. we have demands, demands as humans. there's, you know, stuff that needs to be provided as rights as a prisoner.
we are under the coalition, true? we are under the coalition. but british and american troops are pulling back to avoid clashes with their nato ally, turkey. so the men and boys of the islamic state sit and wait. the kurds are left to contain this threat alone, while fighting for their lives. the prisons, now undermanned, are a secondary concern, they warn. some of these jails will fall into turkish hands. one has already been shelled. in another prison is ibrahim akbal from bradford. facebook posts show him armed and dressed for combat. he came as a teenager.
his uncle was killed fighting for is. 18 members of his family joined the cause. he wants to go home, but says is is still waiting to strike. i think they will come back, to be honest with you. they will come back. they have enough territories till now. they have territories. they are in the deserts in iraq and i believe, whenever they have a chance, they are going to come out and probably do something even worse. outside the prisons are camps for is women and their children. allahu akbar! this is al hol. extra guards were sent here this week after a number of women escaped. some were recaptured but others are still on the run. it took an international coalition and thousands of kurdish and arab lives to put these men behind bars. but the west has abandoned them. this is a counterterrorism crisis. these men aren'tjust prisoners, they are an islamic state army, waiting to rise again. quentin sommerville, bbc news.
let's get some of the day's other news. the man accused of shooting dead 22 people at a walmart store in el paso, texas, in august, has pleaded not guilty on his first court appearance. patrick crusius may face the death penalty if he is convicted. police say he drove more than 10 hours to el paso with the clear intent of killing mexicans. india's prime minister, narendra modi, will host the chinese president, xijin—ping, in the city of chennai shortly at a two day informal summit. there have been tensions between the two countries since india decided in august to revoke the special status of indian—administered kashmir. earlier this week, china called on india and its strategic ally pakistan to resolve their differences over kashmir through dialogue. india warned china not to interfere. high winds in california have forced energy companies to shut down power lines fearing they could be damaged and cause wildfires. hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses could be without power for days.
some home owners in the san francisco bay area were ordered to leave by police, as fast—moving wildfires spread through the hills. several schools and universities have also been forced to close. women in iran have been allowed to attend a football match in large numbers for the first time since the islamic revolution a0 years ago. this authorities in tehran have been under some pressure from fifa, the governing body of world football. more than 3,000 women, sitting in segregated areas, saw iran demolish cambodia 14—nil in a world cup qualifier. gareth barlow reports. it was a historic night on the terraces of tehran‘s azadi stadium. female football fans attending a match for the first time in four decades. the ban, clerics arguing women should be shielded from semi—clad men, after a woman set herself on fire after being refused attendance to a match.
tragedy was replaced with joy. translation: we're very excited. we have been wanting to go to the stadium to on our country for years. this is the first time women are able to enter the stadium in four decades. translation: we're here to see iran play, we have waited so long and feels absolutely great. over 3,500 women were in the stadium that seats over 70,000, a "token number and a cynical start" according to amnesty international. football's governing body says it will stand firm on equal rights. until then, a win on the pitch should be a win for women. gareth barlow, bbc news. you? and you can get in touch with me and most of the team on twitter — i'm @bbcmikeembley.
hello. so far 0ctober has been a very wet month for some of us. now, as you can see in this forecast, it takes us all the way through the weekend, we're not done yet. and during friday there will be more heavy rain across parts of england, wales and scotland, especially in the west with heavy showers here mostly to the north of glasgow. let's take a look at the big picture, the set—up takes us through the weekend. this weather front, hanging around parts of england and wales for much of the weekend. a feed of showers running into western parts of scotland. then we go on through into sunday, this weather front will eventually start to pull away, but we'll see more heading in from the atlantic. yes, it is staying unsettled even into next week, as well. this is how we start friday, you can see the areas of heavy rain into parts of england and wales, further heavy showers than into western scotland. a dry start to northern ireland
with some sunshine, very blustery up there as well. i just want to focus in on some of the wetter areas, greater risk of disruption and the met office has yellow weather warnings in force for rain for much of wales, the peak district into the pennines, higher totals here to higher ground, quite widely15—30 millimetres, difficult driving through that. and the showers rattling into western scotland, north of glasgow, giving fairly high rainfall totals again, especially for the higher ground, some difficult travelling conditions. giving an indication of where we're going to see some of the stronger wind gusts as well, this area of heavy rain feeding further south across england and wales, quite squally in nature as the day goes on. brightening up for some, north wales, northern england as the day goes on, sunny spells, the odd shower for northern ireland, one or two reaching into eastern scotland, it's not a washout everywhere! friday night into saturday morning, still the cloud and some outbreaks of rain. the further south you are in england, still the chance of a shower
in northern ireland, or especially in northern and western parts of scotland. the lower temperatures will be where you do have some clear spells. now, as saturday begins, we still have this weather front close to parts of southern england, but elsewhere, there will be some sunny spells to be had, yes, there's a chance of catching one or two showers, but it's not going to be a disaster of a day. there will be lighter winds than we have had recently, temperatures mostly in the mid—teens, but it looks like later some of this rain towards south—west england, maybe south wales as well will begin to turn heavier, certainly more persistent, too. so that's how saturday is shaping up. as we go into the second half of the weekend, overnight heavy rain across parts of england and wales, rain falling into the north sea. it looks like another area of raining cloud was spreading from the western zone more of scotland wetter on sunday. some uncertainty about the detail, though, so keep on checking back if you've got weekend outdoor plans. that's your forecast.
the turkish offensive against kurdish fighters in north—eastern syria is continuing with more than 60,000 people now reported to be fleeing the danger. efforts are getting under way on capitol hill to introduce legislation threatening sanctions against turkey, there's been widespread international condemnation. two foreign—born men who are associates of president trump's personal lawyer, rudy giuliani, are charged with violating campaign finance laws. they are reported to have helped mr giuliani in his attempt to investigate the family of former vice president, joe biden. japan is braced for the strongest typhoon to hit the country since 1958, with the authorities warning that there could be widespread destruction, particularly over the weekend. japan airlines is set to cancel more than 90% of domestic flights to and from tokyo's main airport.