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A bitter confrontation over Syria at the United Nations, with the US
accusing Russia and Syria of barbarism over the bombing of
Aleppo. What Russia is sponsoring undoing is
not counter-terrorism, it is barbarism.
TRANSLATION: Perhaps we should stop accusing people. Politicians who say
they have the best interests of the Syrian people in mind.
Is anyone out there? China switches on the world's largest radio
telescope. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump
prepare for their first presidential debate. What can they learn from
previous encounters? And Britain's Prince William takes
his young family to Canada for their first royal tour.
Hello and welcome. There has been sharp confrontations at the UN
Security Council in New York. At a special meeting over the violence in
Syria. UN ambassadors of America and Russia blamed each other for the
escalation in the fighting, particularly in rebel held areas of
Aleppo, which are being pounded by air strikes. The US Ambassador
Samantha Power accused Russia of telling outright lies. She said
Russia was emboldened barbarism, and loudly -- outwardly pursuing war.
Her Russian counterpart accused armed groups of sabotaging the
ceasefire. Tensions have risen since an attack on EU man aid convoy on
Monday that killed 20 people. There is our correspondent on a dramatic
day at the UN, when diplomacy gave weight to finger-pointing.
The Syrian government's furious assault continues,
diplomacy apparently unable to stop the carnage.
In rebel-held eastern Aleppo, home to more than a quarter
of a million people, overnight airstrikes leave buildings
After 1,500 days of war, the people of Aleppo thought they'd
seen it all, but the scale of the latest
At least 150 air strikes and a mounting toll of civilians,
Britain now accusing Syria and Russia of the gravest of crimes.
After five years of conflict, you might think that the regime has
had its fill of barbarity, that its sick bloodlust
against its own people has finally run its course, but this weekend,
the regime and Russia have instead plunged to new depths.
In short, it is difficult to deny that Russia is partnering
with the Syrian regime to carry out war crimes.
Among this weekend's desperate scenes, the miraculous rescue
of this five-year-old girl, pulled alive from the rubble
of a building where her parents and four siblings are said
Her name is now being evoked in this diplomatic row.
It is apocalyptic what is being done to eastern Aleppo.
Surely, the girl, who at five years old has lost her entire family,
this council could have the courage to say who is responsible for this
and, in a single voice, tell Russia to stop.
But Russia is in no mood for apologising, saying it's
terrorists, not civilians, who it is trying to hit.
TRANSLATION: More than 200,000 people in Aleppo have become
They are trying to use women and children as a human shield.
There is no doubt fighters once loyal to Al-Qaeda are playing a key
role in the battle against government forces but the assault
The city is running out of food, medicine and fuel.
The UN is warning that if this is the prelude to a ground
offensive, what is left of Aleppo will be destroyed.
Our correspondent Nick Bryant is in New York and has been following
today's developments. We have seen many angry Security Council meetings
over the years of this conflict. Many times, Western governments have
joined together to attack the Syrian government. What was different about
this meeting was not just the level of anger, but the way that anger was
directed against the Russians. America, France and Britain joined
together to launch a blistering attack, saying, not even implying,
being very explicit, that when it comes to the bombing of Aleppo, the
Assad regime and Vladimir Putin's government are the selfsame thing.
You heard it there in that report from Paul Adams. The UK ambassador
said that Russia is partnering with the Syrian government to carry out
war crimes. Therefore, what is the motivations
of these parties it comes to Russia and trying to get it to come to the
table over Syria? Well, the problem as they try to
salvage this ceasefire agreement is that the Russians and the Syrian
government increasingly believe that they can win a decisive battle
ground victory in Aleppo, and that will enable them to win the war.
They are saying now there could be a military solution to the conflict in
Syria rather than a diplomatic and political one. Russia's ambassador
said something very significant today, that bringing peace to Syria
will now be all but impossible. The Americans will try all they can, I
guess, to try and salvage this diplomatic track, that has been
months on going with Kerry and Sergei Lavrov.
If you want more information about what is happening inside Syria,
visit our website. You will find background information and analysis,
including an article about why President Assad desperately needs to
recapture Aleppo. Let's get some of the news. Police
in Hungary sake an explosion and viewed up some Saturday night, which
injured two police officers, was caused by a home-made bomb. The
Hungarian police chief said the officers, who were on foot patrol,
were deliberately targeted. They are now in a stable condition in
hospital. Voters in Switzerland have approved
a law that will give new powers to the country's intelligence services.
The legislation will allow the authorities to tap phones, track
internet activity and use hidden cameras and microphones to monitor
suspects. Bosnian Serbs have been voting in a
referendum on whether to keep January the 9th national holiday.
The date is an Orthodox Christian feast day, and the court ruled that
it discriminated against Muslim Bosniaks and Catholic Croats.
And now, to the US, where Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are
preparing to go head-to-head in their first televised debate on
Monday. It is a tight race, with the two presidential candidates running
neck and neck in the polls, and so far, their performances will be
closely monitored. So what can they learn from previous TV debates? Our
North American editor has been looking back at the key moments.
The candidates need no introduction. The Republican candidate, Vice
President Richard Nixon, and the Democratic candidate, Senator John
F. Kennedy... The moment that politics
changed in America and around the world. The first TV debate.
I should make it very clear that I do not think we're doing enough.
56 years ago, it felt like a revolution, as personality became as
important as theirs out, perception is important as reality, and a
sweaty, old looking Richard Nixon bested by the handsome young John
Kennedy. Over the years, the fascination has
not dimmed, and it is expected the audience for Monday's debate will
break all records, as people watch out for the gas. Gerald Ford never
recovered from this in his 1980 encounter with Julie Carter.
There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe, and there never will
be under a Ford Administration. There are the easing is. 73-year-old
Ronald Reagan, asked whether he was too old to run for president against
the Democrat Walter Mondale, had this memorable line.
I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit
for political purposes might opponent's youth and inexperience.
There are the put-downs. Senator Dan Quayle was blown away by this from
Lloyd Benson in the 1988 VP debate. Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy.
I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you
are no Jack Kennedy. APPLAUSE
there have been the failed attempt at intimidation, as Al Gore
discovered. But can you get things done?
And I believe I can. The big moments in US politics have
all been emotional and visual, how Kennedy and Nixon looked, how
Reagan's seemed at ease and Jimmy Carter did not, how Rick Perry
looked when he made an error, and that is why the war among the former
speech writers is, if you want to know who is going to be seen as
winner or loser, you watch this thing with the sound turned off.
So, can you win the White House off the back of a great performance in a
TV debate? Probably not. But could you lose it by doing badly? Will
most certainly, and that is why the stakes are so high for these two
unpopular candidates, and whether TV audience promises to be huge.
Let's get more about this coming debate. We can speak to Todd Graham,
the director of debate at Southern Illinois University. We were just
watching their some of the highs and lows of previous debates in history.
What do you think we can expect from this one?
We can expect nothing like any debate we have seen before. I know
people say that about just every event, because they hype up
everything, but seriously, this is not a regular presidential general
election debate, because Donald Trump simply isn't a normal debater.
Hillary Clinton, sure. We have seen tonnes of types like her before. She
is pretty good debate, she understands policy, so that was just
her and some other random Republican on stage, it would be fairly normal.
This one is not going to be so much. So what would your advice be,
therefore, to Hillary Clinton? My first piece of advice is to keep
her answers shorter. I watched in all eight of their previous debates,
when she was doing the Democratic primary debates. Her answers seemed
to ramble go over time. The problem with this is, when you go over time,
you don't get to your big finish. You have a really good point to me,
but you are running over time, you are running over the buzzer, you are
running of the moderators, and she needs to keep her answers short and
succinct, and if she do that, she will come across very, very well.
One of Hillary Clinton's strength is her experience, of course. Do you
think Donald Trump will suffer in this area?
Yes, that is main weakness. He doesn't understand current policy.
You know things are bad when you are offered $10 million. Mark Cuban
offer Donald Trump $10 million if he would simply let Mark Cuban ask him
about policy for four hours straight. So the perception, whether
it is real or not, and it is fairly real, is that Donald Trump does not
know policy, still hasn't learned it to this day, so people are hoping to
see a stack distance between he and Hillary Clinton on that stage.
So, if you had to put your money on one candidate, which would be for
the first debate? I will be honest with you, the only
money that I have put on candidates is the under so far in the over/
under. A friend at me that Trump would wait at least 45 minutes until
he started the personal, and I B and add 45 minutes. So that is my only
prediction, Donald Trump will be presidential for about 30 minutes
and then start to get nastier. Todd Graham, director debate at
Southern Illinois University, thanks for being with us.
You can watch the full coverage of that first presidential debate here
on BBC News. We will have analysis and budge more. That will be on
Tuesday, the 27th of September. The debate is due to start at 1am GMT.
Stay with us here on BBC News. Still to come, one of the brightest
young stars in US baseball, Jose Fonte and there is, is killed in a
boating accident. Bat Fernandez. Ben Johnson, the fastest man on
Earth, is flying home to Canada in disgrace.
All athletes should be clean going into a game. I'm just happy that
justice is served. It is a simple fact that this
morning these people were in their homes. Tonight, those homes have
been burned down a Serbian soldiers and police.
All the Taliban positions along here have been strengthened, presumably
in case the Americans invade. It's no use having a secret service
which cannot preserve its own secrets against the world, so the
British government has no option but to continue this action, and even
after any adverse judgment in Australia.
Concorde had crossed the Atlantic faster than any plane ever before,
breaking the record by six minutes. This is BBC world News Today. Here
are the latest headlines. US ambassador to the United Nations
Samantha Power as accuse Russia telling outright lies about its
actions in Syria. China's switches on the world's most powerful
telescope, which is already received information from a star more than a
thousand light years away. Let's stay with that story. China
has officially switched on the world's largest radio telescope,
which is already received his first signals from a star more than a
thousand light years away. It lies in the province of Gweijo. 8 million
people will move to make whether the project.
In the remark mountains of south-west China, the world's
largest radio telescope has been built in a vast natural crater, and
it has begun an intensive testing phase. Its size means the dish is
able to gather huge amounts of information from space, helping
scientists to see deeper into the universe than ever before. At a
ceremony led by China's Vice Brehm near to mark the completion of the
structure, a message of congratulations was read out from
President Xi Jin Ping. He sees the facility as a vital part of China's
drive to become a science powerhouse. It will now take a
further three years to calibrate the instrument so it can become fully
operational, but the first signals from space have already been
received. This radio telescope measures 500 metres across, the size
of 30 soccer pitches. It dwarfs all rivals. The Paris -- Arecibo
observatory is only half as wide and with less sensitivity. China's
telescope can listen to waves emitted from across the cosmos. It
will help us to see the first stars and galaxies and hunt for signs of
extraterrestrial life. It is a magnificent piece of work be
Chinese colleagues have put together. It is a state-of-the-art
machine. It is huge. It is incredibly huge. They have done it
in record time, really, and it is a fantastic achievement. It gives our
Chinese colleagues a top instrument to participate in what we call radio
astronomy. The structure took the Chinese just five years to build,
and at a cost of $180 million. It is part of the country's
unprecedented investment in science, that is on the verge of outstripping
even the United States. China hopes the super-size project
could transfer emitted -- transform it into a world science leader.
Well-known Jordanian writer has been shot dead outside a court in central
and man -- home and, where he was due to be tried for offending Islam.
He was charged after he shared a controversial cartoon on social
media. Alan Johnston reports. Blood on the steps of Jordan's
highest court. B ahid Nahid Hat was about to enter the building when a
gunman shot him at close range. The attacker was immediately arrested.
-- to macro. Mr Hata, a Christian, was about to be tried in this place
for causing religious offence. He got into trouble when he shared a
cartoon on Facebook which showed a man in heaven in bed with women and
asking God for a drink. Mr Hata said it merely sought to mark the view
that Jihadi John extremists have the after life. -- to mock the view. But
many Muslims here would have been deeply offended by the cartoon.
Someone was angry enough to kill in response to it.
After the shooting, one of Mr Hata's friends said that his death should
serve as a warning of the strength of extremist influences in the
nation. TRANSLATION: The Jordanian people must realise the seriousness
of this issue. They must unite to fight against the
unjust forces that accuse others of being apostates. The government must
take a stern stance towards these dark forces.
Mr Hata's family says the authorities bear responsibility for
what happened here. They believe a decision to put the right on trial
helped incite the public against him.
That gets in sport for you. I, Stephen. We're going to start
with the Premier League. Southampton have moved into the top half by
winning Sunday's only game 3-0 at West Ham. Goals from Charlie Austin,
Dusan Tadic and James Ward-Prowse made it four wins in four without
conceding a goal for the Saints in all competitions. But West Ham have
lost five of their first six league games for the first time in the
top-flight season, and they remain in the bottom three.
In the second half, we were better. But it was down to the time to
correct, and they save for the future, it is very good work to see
the difference between the first half and the second half.
We are not the first, we are not the last team that is in this situation.
In the premiership, or in any league at this level, and it is... Most of
it is about confidence, because the guys are the same players that were
doing things last year. Now, a season where Manchester City
under their new manager Pep Guardiola face huge expectations in
terms of winning silverware, and the club's women have shown the man the
way by winning the Super League for the first time. City needed just to
avoid defeat against the only side who could still catch them, Chelsea,
and they clinched the maiden title in style, winning the match 2-0
thanks to a first half own goal and a penalty in the second half from
their England star Tony Duggan. City are champions with a game to spare.
Coming here and it was a massive risk for me to come here, and
Mantises city in the first year was a bit of an unknown, but we took
that risk, and the likes of me, Jill, Tony and KBE who have been
here since day one. We have seen this club row. But a fantastic club.
Everyone wants to copy the style and the model we have in terms of
growing young players and getting the best players here. For me
personally, to lift a trophy against Birmingham will be unbelievable.
The Miami marlins have cancelled their home game against the Atlantic
Braves in tribute to their picture Jose Fernandez, who has been killed
in a boat crash. The accident happened at Miami Beach early on
Sunday. Two whether people were also killed. The Jose Fernandez to say
they are devastated by Fernandez's death, and their thoughts and
prayers are with his family. The Cuban American was just 24. He had
played in Miami for three years. He was a double all-star, the 2013
national League Rookie of the year, and very much regarded as one of the
top pictures in the game. Jose Fernandez, who has died at the age
of 24. It is looking increasingly like a
two-way American tussle to win the season-ending PGA Tour championship
of golf in Atlanta, with Ryan Moore 11 under par alongside compatriot
Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, Paul Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, Paul
Casey and Dustin Johnson are the best placed players still in
contention of finishing top of the FedEx cup standings and walking away
with a $10 million prize. McIlroy is two shots off the pace, Casey is
eight under, and Johnson, who lead the standings coming into the finale
is a shot further back. Double world champion Marc Marquez
has extended his lead in the MotoGP standings after a dominant victory
in the arrogant Grand Prix. Starting and ball, Marquez had a couple of
early wobbles, but once he hit the front, there was something of
stopping him from taking a fourth win of the season ahead of Lorenzo
and Valentino. And that is all this but we have for
you for now. Thank you for that.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived in Canada for their
first royal tour with both their children. The couple, along with
three-year-old Prince George and Princess Charlotte, were greeted by
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife. Here is our royal
correspondent. The Cambridges in Canada,
and a brief taste for Prince George and Princess Charlotte of the royal
life they have been born into On the tarmac, a tired George needed
the support of his father. Now was not the time to tell them
that as things stand, both will one For Charlotte, a teething
16-month-old, this is her first for Canada's
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Well versed in kissing babies,
but he was stumped by Well versed in kissing
babies, but he was stumped Away from the airport and public
view for Georgian Charlotte. Away from the airport and public
view for George and Charlotte. Their parents are determined
to shield them from the spotlight. William and Catherine
are here in a city which was named after Queen Victoria and which has
strong historic ties with the British Crown,
but across Canada, a sizeable minority of the population
yearns for an elected The majority, though,
still favours the status quo. His destiny means William will have
to brush up on his French The royal walkabout
is a way to be seen and to We both love
mountains and water. Mountains, a rainforest, and a trip
in a canoe or on the agenda The British Olympic cyclists
Jason Kenny and Laura Trott have revealed they were married
in a private ceremony yesterday. Laura's father made the announcement
on Twitter, and Jason Kenny tweeted a photograph of his bride,
with the caption They tied the knot on Saturday
morning. Well, that is it from me. World News Today as well. From the
team, have a lovely evening. Goodbye Finau. -- goodbye for now.