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This is BBC World News Today with me Tom Donkin.
He was the world's longest serving monarch.
Outside the hospital where he was being treated people
World leaders have also been paying tributes.
Donald Trump strongly denies a series of new reports
that he groped or kissed women without consent.
These vicious claims about me, of inappropriate conduct with women are
totally and absolutely false. An alleged prisoner swap in Nigeria
sees 21 kidnapped schoolgirls Bob Dylan becomes the the first
musician to win the Nobel The death of Thailand's King
Bhumibol Adulyadej marks "the most devastating
moment for Thais". Those were the words
of the country's prime minister after it was confirmed that the 88
year old king - the world's longest President Obama said the king had
been a, "tireless champion There is widespread grief
in Thailand and members of the international community have
also been paying tribute. President Obama said the king had
been a "tireless champion And at the United Nations General
Assembly in New York, a minute's silence was observed
in honour of King Bhumibol. Then, this tribute from
the Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon. He was revered as a unifying
national leader and a highly respected figure internationally.
The outpouring of emotion in Thailand itself, has been acute.
Here, outside the hospital where the king had been
undergoing treatment - hundreds of people
TRANSLATION: I feel crushed. We will make him proud when he looks down
and he will feel proud. We have two be strong, Thailand has to be strong
and move forward. The country's strict laws means that there is no
public discussion about the monarchy but the Prime Minister has confirmed
the crown prince will be the new king.
It was a moment everyone here knew was coming but few
The long-expected announcement from the Palace, that the king
who had reigned and inspired them for 70 years, had died.
Still the cry went out - "Long live the king."
Well, we've seen an intensely emotional reaction here to the news
The unquestioned reverence to the monarchy in Thailand is not
what it was, but the emotional bond that people across this country
feel, to a man they still refer to as "Father of the nation",
His death will leave an enormous void, one which may well have
consequences for this country's political stability.
He'd acceded to the throne when the monarchy was
During his long life, the country modernised quickly.
Yet, the king was treasured as a symbol of older, spiritual
values, against the backdrop of rapid growth and messy politics.
But, as he aged, Thailand became more polarised and the royal brand
By the time of his death, he'd been out of sight for years.
Yet, the grief on display was raw and very real.
They remember a king, who, in earlier years,
devoted himself to public duty and his charisma,
they believe, underpinned their country's fortunes.
Tim Forsyth is Professor of South-east Asian Studies
I'm happy to say that he joins me now, it is good to see you. The
country has boosted security because of this, we are in uncharted
territory, we have not had this before. We have spoken of the Crown
Prince saying he wanted to delay the process but what do we know about
what will happen now? The technical role of the Privy Council Office to
nominate the future monarch and they've already done that, they have
basically said that it will be the Crown Prince and he is showing a
mark of respect by undergoing one month of morning and then he will
take up the role and the rest of Thailand will undergo another year
of mourning. The big question is, what will happen to the government?
In 2014 a military government took over, there was a military coup and
they have undertaken various steps to control the politics and now the
monarchy is assured and we will know what will happen, the likelihood is
we move towards a general election and a new form of politics. A smooth
transition is important in the country. It is hard and in some
cases against the law to talk about the royal family in tile and
especially. It is there to say the new king, the
Crown Prince, he will not have the same reverence or respect as his
father? Well, it is fair to say that he is not as popular as his father.
But I also think the circumstances have changed a great deal, King
Bhumibol Adulyadej has been in power for 70 years. In that time, Thailand
has transformed from a relatively poor and rural country into a
relatively successful and industrial power. In those years, the
government and monarchy were seen as a strong counterpoint to communism
in Southeast Asia and now the situation is very different. I think
the role of the monarchy has changed. And on that point of the
role of the monarchy, how do you see it going forward? The King was very
much out of politics, he did not deal with it except in 1992 when he
intervened in a coup but that was because of his ill health.
Now we have a younger model, throwing, will he be more involved
in politics? As things stand, the Crown Prince has not particularly
been involved in politics and will take over where his father left.
It's good to talk to you, Tim Forsyth, the professor of East Asia
studies at the London School of economics. Thank you.
Now a look at some of the day's other news.
The death of a Syrian refugee suspected of planning a bomb attack
in Germany has been condemned as a scandal by his lawyer.
Jaber al-Bakr strangled himself in a Leipzig jail with his shirt -
and the government has demanded an immediate inquiry.
The European Council President has suggested Britain might not leave
the European Union because it would mean a damaging "hard Brexit".
Donald Tusk, who will oversee negotiations between Brussels
and London, stressed that Britain had little chance of securing
a "soft Brexit" where kept the benefits of EU membership
Aid groups have asked a French court to delay the closure
of the Calais migrant camp, known as the "Jungle",
arguing authorities are not ready to relocate refugees.
French President Francois Hollande wants to close the "Jungle" and move
around 9,000 migrants who live there - to reception
The Portuguese politician Antonio Guterres has been
officially appointed the next Secretary General of
The appointment was made at the UN headquarters in New York.
Mr Guterres - who was also a former UN High Commissioner for Refugees -
will take over from Ban Ki-Moon in January.
21 of the Chibok schoolgirls - the same girls kidnapped more
than two years ago by Boko Haram militants - have been freed.
The announcement, which came from the President's office,
But authorities say the girls were released following negotiations
between the government and Boko Haram.
Four imprisoned militants were reportedly freed,
although the government denies the girls were released
It's good to see you. Let's talk about this allergic deal. It -- this
deal. Boko Haram wanted to swap prisoners with the government, that
has not happened. But they did say that there was some negotiations
which took place but they have not swapped any prisoners. But we do
know that many people have been taken from Boko Haram, not just the
schoolgirls from Chibok. Is there hope that there will be a new
relationship between the government and Boko Haram? The government says
it is doing everything it can to release the schoolgirls, what is
being withheld some information, they've not said much about
negotiations and what is taking place between them and Boko Haram
but what we have now is that 21 girls have been released and they
are still hoping for more to be released. For those of us who cannot
remember as well as you, I guess, take us back to when the schoolgirls
were taken. There was a huge social media campaign in this part of the
world and Nigeria, what was the reaction to such a brazen capture?
So many young girls? A lot of people are still in shock. There are a lot
of other girls not from the Chibok area who were stolen. There are a
lot of people looking for their children and all of that. Some
parents are still traumatised by that effect. There has been a lot of
social media issues and comments about stuff like that. Now, there
are 196 left after the 21 but there is renewed hope that they will be
released. The government is showing that they are doing more to get
these girls released. The government does not give a running commentary
on how they deal with Boko Haram but we are seeing a shift in terms of,
not a military campaign against the group, but negotiations moving
forward? They are still fighting Boko Haram but yes, they are
negotiating as they have said, but the negotiations have been put
through with the help of the Red Cross and the Swiss government.
Thank you. The Republican presidential
candidate Donald Trump is under renewed pressure tonight
following more allegations A woman has told the New York Times
that he grabbed her breasts and put his hand up her skirt
during a flight in the 1980s. Mr Trump has tweeted that the story
is a total fabrication - and his lawyers are threatening
to sue the paper, according Here's our North America Editor Jon
Sopel. This woman, talking
to the New York Times recounts how she was on a flight
and moved to first class. She found herself sitting
next to Donald Trump. He was like an octopus,
like he had six arms. He started putting
his hand up my skirt. Two of the allegation
that is emerged last night concern sexual misconduct by Mr Trump
at his One woman, a writer
for People magazine had gone to interview him and his wife
for a piece on their first wedding Melania Trump was heavily pregnant
at the time and gone upstairs it change when the reporter
claims Mr Trump pounced. In response on Twitter
Donald Trump says: He says: "The phoney
story is a fabrication." convinced there is effectively a
conspiracy between the liberal media and Clinton campaign but this many
stories from so many different In the last hour, Donald Trump has
been speaking at a rally in West Palm Beach, Florida and repeated his
denial of this and says that he will prove that they are false.
This is what he says. These vicious claims about me, about inappropriate
conduct with women, they are totally and absolutely false. CHEERING
The Clintons know it and they know it very well. These claims are all
fabricated. They are pure fiction and they are outright lies. These
events never, ever happened and the people who set them -- said them
fully understand. We have substantial evidence to dispute
these lies and it will be made public in an appropriate way and at
an appropriate time very soon. CHEERING
Let's get more from Katty Kay in Washington.
She has been watching today's events. These new claims about
Donald Trump, do they continue to hurt him or has the damage already
been done? In terms of going forward, what more can we expect
from this campaign, it's been quite remarkable? I think that we will
spend the next and final three weeks of the American presidential
elections caught in some sort of grotesque discussion of who treats
women worse, Bill Clinton or Donald Trump. That is effectively what we
have come to an Donald Trump has made it clear that he will hit back
against the Clintons, dredge up all of Bill Clinton's allegations of
invalid deleterious abuse that have come up against him as a retaliation
weapon. He was taking on the Clintons and taking on the media. He
laid it out as "Me against the world". And his supporters loved it,
they love him on offence, as he was in Florida now. He sees it as the
victim of this whole campaign and allegations against him but he
almost painted himself as a martyr as well, saying he was happy to baby
slings and arrows on behalf of his supporters because that is what it
was going to take -- happy to bear the slings and arrows. 21 days left,
he's not down and out. But he campaigns drastically and
frequently? Yes, but the polls are not looking great and generally
speaking, three weeks is not a long time to turn them around when they
are consistently showing him in a weak position. So, you can take a
whole slew of them and now we are having polls out, since the video
tape emerged last Friday, where we saw him caught on camera nicking
lewd comments about women. We are beginning to get polls out since
that video came out, showing that there's been a greater defection
among female voters who are important in American elections,
away from Donald Trump. It is hard to believe these kinds of
allegations have just come out in the New York Times and People
magazine, and they went out to that. Anything can happen in American
elections, they can be unpredictable and lord knows that this one has
been! But with so many polls pointing in the wrong direction for
Donald Trump, something pretty dramatic but had to happen for him
to turn it around. What is your impression of his game plan and
strategy? He is coming under weight of allegations and pressure. You
would be hard to see him as a Republican, he has distanced himself
from his party and is going it alone in a way. What can he gained from
that approach? His game plan is to make it through every day, I do not
think there is a long-term strategy but fight for another week and try
to turn the poll numbers around if he can and get the battle ground
states back into his field. We heard some of it there, it is to carry on
fighting and take on the Clintons and the establishment. Take on the
media and his own party, and to paint this as a movement of him and
his supporters against the world. Effectively, that is what he is
doing and we will take the world on, and we will show them and, if we do
not take them on or when something apocalyptic will happen. That speech
he just gave in Florida was very apocalyptic. It painted a very dark
picture of what is happening and what would happen in the USA if
Donald Trump is not elected president. If this was a normal
presidential campaign, if there is such thing as that, Hillary Clinton
would be facing more attention over these Wikileaks e-mails, has
anything yet emerged which could hurt her? It's interesting, this has
barely been a story. Donald Trump would love the Wikileaks to be a
story. And what he says is it is the crooked media that is ignoring a big
story about Hillary Clinton because they are so focused on him and it is
the press's boat that is not getting out. If you go through all of these
Wikileaks allegations, they suggest a campaign which is very political
and one that is very careful about polling, careful about what the
candidate should say and shouldn't save. There have also been
allegations that there is some sort of collusion between the Department
of Justice and Hillary Clinton's campaign on some of those things
that were on her e-mail server. That there was some collusion between
someone on her campaign and loyal to her, but was a paid member of the
press. It feeds into Donald Trump's portrait of a corrupt system which
is rigged against outsiders. And she is the ultimate, he says, outside in
that system. Fascinating, thank you.
You can follow Katty Kay on Twitter as well. She is following the
campaign very closely indeed. The Italian playwright
and actor, Dario Fo, Famed for his biting
political satires, Fo - went on to win the Nobel prize
for literature in 1997 - for works including
"Accidental Death of an Anarchist", and "Can't Pay?
Won't Pay!". His radical politics
saw him banned from Italian television for years,
and led to him being stopped twice And speaking of the Nobel
Prize for Literature - this year the award has gone to Bob
Dylan. The legendary singer-songwriter
was praised for having created 'new poetic expressions
within the great American It's the first time, in 115 years
that the prize, has been Our Arts Correspondent
David Sillito reports. There was an expectant buzz outside
the Swedish Academy's The literature prize had
been delayed for a week. The academy said it was a diary
issue, but many suspected the jury was taking its time because it was
about to spring a surprise. The gasps and cheers
for a songwriter who, perhaps more than anyone, turned
the lyrics of pop music into poetry. For having created new poetic
expressions within the great It's more than 50 years ago
that he became a figurehead for a generation, with songs that
took the traditions of folk and protest and then span off
musically and lyrically into places that the rest of pop
music then followed. For years, his name has popped up
as a potential Nobel Prize winner, only for his fans
to be disappointed. The social conscious of his early
songs were followed by lyrics that removing, meaningful,
puzzling in a single verse. These are songs that have become
part of our culture. He's saying something that has
a depth and resonance that other Many people will love Bob Marley,
Joni Mitchell, will worship at the feet of Leonard Cohen,
which is all very fair and valid, but when all is said and done,
I think Bob Dylan will be the one He's an artist who's often seemed
uncomfortable with the awe and regard his work has attracted,
but he couldn't avoid the accolades. He never stopped performing,
never stopped writing. The prize was always
going to be has eventually. The prize was always
going to be his eventually. Joining me now is the musician,
broadcaster and writer, CP Lee who saw Bob Dylan play
at the Free Trade Hall Very jealous of you there! Good of
you to join us. He is the first songwriter to win the award and are
his lyrics really that good? Do they stand alone without the famous
harmonica and melodies? I think so, they draw from a very
deep well of human experience. When the Beatles were writing, he was
writing a Hard Rain is going to Fall. God knows where he got it
from, different influences in European Expressionism and Italian
romanticism, and Walt Whitman, American poets, he fundamentally
changed the approach of popular music. Now comedian his lyrics well.
Let's do a little test here to see if they stand out without the music.
If you would be so good as to recite some of your most favourite and
famous ones? I think one everyone would be familiar with is Mr
tambourine man, dance beneath the sky with one hand waving free
silhouetted beneath the sea. It is one of his first existential songs
which breaks away from protest songs which are more familiar. Like how
many roads must a man walk down before you can call him a man? Black
American singer Sam Cooke, he wanted to change direction completely and
wrote a change is going to come. We can move through to the howl of
loneliness like a Rolling Stone, how does it feel to be on your own like
a complete unknown, like a Rolling Stone? All the way through to lines,
and lyrics like tangled up in blue, and his 1976 album. She opened up a
book of poems and handed them to me, written by an Italian poet from the
13th century. Every one of those words flowed true, pouring off every
page like it was written in my soul. We can go through to Tempest written
two years ago, he underwent a renaissance and began to produce
Scarlet Town, and old tin Angel, based on an Elizabethan ballad but
he writes he threw down his crosstown broadsword, he renounced
his faith. When he writes in that shrouded and almost religious
script, he is deeply effective at moving people. Briefly, there are
many lyricists are like Joni Mitchell, Leonard Komon comes to
mind, why Bob Dylan? -- Leonard :. He said that Elvis Presley freed our
bodies, and Bob Dylan freed our minds. He provided a springboard.
After the release of freewheeling, suddenly you have the folk tradition
of America. And then discovering a whole lot of other angles and
elements that he began to bring into his songwriting and from that point
on, limited: Heard Bob Dylan and tried to write songs, Joni
Mitchell... -- Leonard Cohen. I'm afraid we have to stop there.
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