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turkey steps up its assault on kurdish—held areas in northern syria, with reports of tens of thousands of civilians fleeing the fighting. heavy artillery and air attacks, as the us stands accused of abandoning the kurds — its allies in the fight against so—called islamic state. we'll bring you the latest from our correspondent on the border between turkey and syria. also this lunchtime... a "cautiously optimistic" borisjohnson prepares to discuss the uk's brexit proposals with his irish counterpart leo varadkar. harry dunn, who died in a car crash in august. a us suspect won't return to the uk, say briefing notes held by president trump. ban snacking on public transport to help tackle childhood obesity, says england's outgoing chief medical officer. and england's rugby world cup match against france is cancelled due to an approaching typhoon. scotland waits to hear if its sunday
match againstjapan will go ahead. the problem is not knowing whether the game is on or if it will be postponed. we have been looking at the typhoon on the internet and i think we will get away with it. and coming up in the sport later in the hour on bbc news, leicester's james maddison will have to wait for his international debut. he's pulled out of the england squad with an illness. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. there have been reports of fierce clashes in northeast syria as turkey continues its major offensive
against kurdish fighters, whom they regard as terrorists. the turks say they've hit more than 180 targets in air and artillery strikes since the attack began yesterday. one report said eight civilians had been killed, and tens of thousands are said to have fled the assault. the us secretary of state mike pompeo has been defending president trump's surprise decision to pull us troops out of the area, and has denied that it gave turkey a green light for its attack. let's go live now to our correspondent martin patience, who's on the turkey—syria border. it's increasingly tense here on the syrian turkish border. we have seen turkish shelling throughout the morning on the syrian town and village behind me. you can probably see columns of smoke rising on the horizon. but the kurds have been responding by firing into a nearby turkish town. this is the latest salvo of the syrian war.
turkey this morning shelling positions in the north of the country. last night, its forces pushed into key towns along the border. kurdish fighters vowing to stop the turkish advance fired back. the men who led the fight against the islamic state group are battle hardened. but, without american support, they‘ re completely outgunned by the turkish military. civilians are also caught in the crossfire. translation: after the turkish shelling on the border areas, so far, we have received ten patients. two of them are critical and are having surgery. the number of injured is on the rise every hour, but we, the medical staff, are ready. america has been accused of stabbing the kurds in the back.
but donald trump is doubling down, showing no regret. the kurds are fighting for their land, just so you understand, they are fighting for their land. and, as somebody wrote in a very, very powerful article today, they didn't help us in the second world war, they didn't help us with normandy, as an example. they mentioned names of different battles. but they are there to help us with their land. president erdogan this morning, making his first comments since the operation began. translation: hey, european union, get a hold of yourself! look, i'm telling you again. if you describe our operation as an invasion again, we will take the easy road. we'll open the doors and send you 3.6 million refugees. in a country where half the population have already been forced from their homes, there are fears of a fresh humanitarian crisis. the humanitarian situation
is untended and getting worse. the military situation threatens to be overrun not just with a turkish—kurdish conflict but with the threat of isis, and the diplomacy is, frankly, in crisis. we are seeing in this microcosm here a global situation where the traditional diplomatic actors have been horrifically weak. failure means syrians are once again running for their lives. president erdogan has said more than 100 kurdish fighters have been killed in this operation so far. we can't independently verify that number yet, but if it is true then it's likely turkey will face international condemnation over this incursion. many thanks, martin patience, our correspondent. borisjohnson is meeting his irish
counterpart leo va radkar for brexit talks this lunchtime, just days after european leaders expressed pessimism about reaching a deal by the end of the month. the two leaders are having what's been described as a private meeting to "allow detailed discussions". the labour leaderjeremy corbyn said this morning that labour was ready for a general election once it was clear that a no—deal brexit was off the table. our political correspondent jessica parker reports. can he break out of this deadlock? borisjohnson leaving downing street earlier to see this man — leo varadkar, also on the move. the two leaders arriving for their meeting near liverpool. but can an agreement be reached? ministers insist they've not run out of road just yet. the reason the prime minister's meeting leo varadkar isn't simplyjust to have a social conversation. they're seriously focused on trying to resolve this issue and trying to get a deal. the issue being this, how to keep the irish borderfree and flowing, how close trade ties need
to be in order to make that happen. now, in just one week from today, there's that crunch eu summit, where borisjohnson has said he hopes to finalise a deal with brussels. three weeks from today, the uk is due to leave the european union. but as things stand, the two sides still seem far apart, while the deadline is closing in. this former chancellor the latest to offer up some ideas of his own about how to get an agreement. but is a brexit delay now inevitable, after mps passed a law designed to prevent a no—deal departure? yes. i think the government will comply with the benn act on the 19th of october, and i think the european union will grant an extension. the challenge now for us is to demonstrate that the well of ideas has not run dry. just because the proposal
on the table is not going to fly does not mean that we shouldn't look at other versions of a deal. but he has got different ideas on what to prioritise if an extension is secured — a message to borisjohnson that labour is eagerfor a snap election. take no—deal off the table, and then, let's have the election. we're ready, we're ready. there is only one reason it hasn't happened yet — we can't trust you. but hang on, here is one ofjeremy corbyn‘s top team on whether a further referendum should come first. my concern might be that we would, if we had a general election, it would be a kind of quasi referendum, that it would be all about in or out, what kind of deal. and so to a certain extent, i can see the sense in trying to have a referendum first. next saturday's showdown session in parliament following the eu summit will be a must—watch, as mps decide what to do next. a serene atmosphere doesn't always hang over westminster, but big decisions do. jessica parker, bbc news. our assistant political editor
norman smith is in westminster. the prime minister says he's cautiously optimistic but many seem to think that prospects for any breakthrough here are bleak? honestly, i wouldn't hold your breath. i think the chance of a breakthrough is probably not much better than ed balls being declared a ballroom dancing champion of the world. it's just probably not going to happen. which is not to say that both sides don't want to deal. they do. both sides know this is probably the last chance with the clock ticking down to next week's eu summit. certainly on the british side there is the view that if they canjust get side there is the view that if they can just get the irish taoiseach to agree to a package then the eu would follow on after him. but even though they are meeting away from the media ina they are meeting away from the media in a private location in rural cheshire, so there is a serious intent, man to man, ito eye, face to face, to try to get this over the
line, the bottom line is there doesn't seem to be any new proposal on the table. we know the existing british package has been rejected by pretty much everyone in brussels, and on the eu side they take the view that it's not their problem. they don't have to come up with a solution to brexit. brexit is something the british need to sort out, which is why mines are now turning to life after the breakdown in the talks. —— minds are turning. that's why we heard jeremy corbyn talking today, signalling that once an extension has been secured, one borisjohnson has written the letter asking for a delay, he would press the button for a general election having twice previously rebuffed the idea, which bluntly means we will have to get our winter woollies out for a few chilly days on the campaign trail. norman smith, thank you. briefing notes given to president trump reveal that a woman with diplomatic immunity,
who's a suspect in the case of a crash in northamptonshire in which a teenager died, will not return to the uk. police want anne sacoolas, who's married to a us diplomat, to return to the uk in connection with the collision in august in which harry dunn died. duncan kennedy reports. when harry dunn died in august, his family could never imagine that their arc of grief would take their son into the white house. but last night, president trump made a promise to talk to the woman who is the main suspect in harry's death. we are going to speak to her very shortly and see if we can do something with... it was an accident, it was an acc... it was a terrible accident. but just look at this. it's the briefing note the president was holding saying that the woman he is talking about will not return to the united kingdom. that note was met this morning by outrage from harry dunn's family spokesman. it didn't sit with his spoken words.
clearly, as he tends to do, just speaks off the cuff and says whatever he thinks makes him look best in the moment. you know, so we were angry when we left london yesterday, and that has tipped us over the edge, i have to say. this is anne sacoolas, the wife of an american intelligence official, who was driving the car that collided with harry dunn's motorbike. northamptonshire police say they wa nt to northamptonshire police say they want to speak to anne sacoolas after she pulled out of this american air base, and about the accidentjust up the road, an accident that has involved everyone from harry dunn's family, to the president of the united states. harry dunn's family met the foreign secretary yesterday to try to get mrs sacoolas returned to the united kingdom, but they came out disappointed. i felt extremely let down by the government today, or by the foreign and commonwealth office. and i am deeply, deeply disappointed that they think it's ok to kill
a young lad on his bike and they can just walk away. the family say they plan to go to washington to add more pressure for mrs sacoolas's return. all that, and grieving for harry at the same time. duncan kennedy, bbc news. the outgoing chief medical officer for england has called for a ban on eating and drinking on public transport, to help tackle the rise in childhood obesity. in herfinal report, professor dame sally davies says the government needs to take radical action, including tighter rules on food advertising and on takeaways. here's our health correspondent sophie hutchinson. running a mile every morning before lessons — just one way this school in south london is trying to tackle childhood obesity. too little exercise and too much fatty food has proved disastrous. now england's former chief medical officer has said radical action is needed, including banning eating
on public transport, and tax breaks for healthy food. government needs to be bold and it can make a difference, and the public are asking for this. they believe, the public do, that government should protect their children. today's report lays out the challenge posed by childhood obesity. on average, in the final year of primary school, six out of 30 children will be obese, twice the number compared to 30 years ago. in england alone, 1.2 million children are clinically obese. this is feeding into diseases like type two diabetes, once very rare in children. there are now 100 new cases each year. our range gives apples, strawberries... orange, grapes, apples, strawberries... some of three—year—old marisa's favourite foods.
her parents made a radical change to her diet recently, after being warned that she was overweight and needed to be slimmer. i was feeling so bad because i am the mum and i am responsible for her health, and i was feeling terrified about her future and want to help her. the result of the healthier diet is that marisa has lost two kilos and the rest of the family are slimmer as well. and there have been other successes. the levy on sugary soft drinks has seen a sharp drop in the amount of sugar being eaten, but today's report wants a tax on sweet, milky drinks and the phasing out of advertising of all unhealthy food. it says only bold measures will stop children from drowning in a flood of unhealthy food options. sophie hutchinson, bbc news. a climate change activist has been arrested on board a flight which was about to take off from london city airport. several other campaigners have been arrested during protests by extinction rebellion at the airport. our correspondent richard galpin is there. richard, tell us more. there have
been a whole series of protests here since the morning. it started off with a sit in protestjust inside the terminal entrance. about 20 or 30 people singing and chanting. police eventually moved on and carried a number of them away. but the most significant so far has been, as you are saying, a climate change protester managed to get on board a flight bound to dublin. we understood none that a number of them had tried to buy tickets to do this. this man got on board the ﬂight this. this man got on board the flight and apparently march up and down the aisle having a talk about climate change to activists —— to passengers, until police moved onto the plane and they took him away. since then, there have been a number of other protests and people gluing themselves to the pavements. basically at the entrance again to the terminal building. and also, a couple of people climbed onto the roof of the terminal building. i have to say, apart from that one ﬂight, have to say, apart from that one flight, the amount of disruption has
been pretty minimal. a bit of inconvenience pop —— for passengers, but nothing significant and the other flights have been but nothing significant and the otherflights have been going on as normal. but the climate change protesters say what they are doing, they believe, is important. they say they believe, is important. they say they do not want expansion of this airport to go ahead because of course, that means yet more carbon dioxide emissions. 0k, richard, many thanks. our top story this lunchtime: turkey steps up its assault on kurdish—held areas in northern syria, with reports of tens of thousands of civilians fleeing the fighting. and coming up: on world mental health day, the mother of british snowboarder ellie soutter talks about the pain of losing her daughter. coming up in sport in the next 15 minutes on bbc news, the british number 2 heather watson is celebrating her biggest win on tourfor two years. she's into the tianjin quarterfinals in china.
the rugby world cup injapan is about to be hit by major disruption, because of a powerful typhoon that is heading in their direction. organisers have cancelled england's game against france on saturday because of the severe storm, which is expected to hit tokyo. it's left many england fans, who've travelled thousands of miles for the tournament, frustrated. scotland's game on sunday against the hosts japan is still on, for the moment, as our sports correspondent andy swiss reports now from tokyo. they should have been gearing up. instead, they were getting out. england's players leaving tokyo before the typhoon. not that you'd have guessed it's coming. it was business as usual today, as the city basked in sunshine. but saturday's game is cancelled, leaving the fans with a ticket to frustration. i feel very disappointed. especially, it's sunny, it's a gorgeous day here today. i can't believe that they cancelled
it, seemingly, so far in advance. but, you know, in a few hours' time, maybe we'll realise that it's coming. just arrived today. you've just arrived today? yeah, just flown in. so we were in the air when we heard the news. how much kind of money have you spent coming out here for this? oh, i suppose probably about 1,500, £2,000 in total. but... bargain! yeah. but this is what's on its way. typhoon hagibis has wind speeds of 120 mph and it's heading for tokyo. england had already qualified for the quarterfinals and, with two points for a cancellation, they'll finish top of their group. but this is hardly what they wanted. of course everyone's disappointed. we wanted to play against france. we've put a lot of work, physicalwork, emotional work, tactical work into it and we're disappointed. but the situation is the situation that we don't control. well, hosting the world cup here — in typhoon season — was always going to be a risk,
and while it's meant frustration for england's fans, for scotland's, it could yet mean the end of their tournament. their match against japan on sunday is still under threat. if it's cancelled, scotland are almost certainly out — and delaying it, or relocating it, isn't an option. the japan—scotland game clearly is a huge match. we'd love to be playing that game. but we won't treat that match, if it can't be played, any differently to the other matches. scotla nd fa ns scotland fans who only yesterday we re scotland fans who only yesterday were watching their team beat russia are now keeping their fingers crossed. at least they haven't called it off yet, but hopefully, i think we have been looking at the typhoon on the internet and i think we are going to get away with it. typhoon on the internet and i think we are going to get away with itm has been a long way to come and it will be hugely disappointing if we go back not getting to see what is probably the biggest game in scotland's group certainly. we are surviving on rumours, we don't really know what is happening.
but on saturday, at least, there will be no rugby here. the first cancellation in world cup history. and as england escape the typhoon, the tournament could be facing a storm of its own. andy swiss, bbc news, tokyo. now, when you're abroad, the european health insurance card — known as ehic — allows you to get medical care forfree, or at reduced cost, in 31 countries. but if the uk leaves the european union without a deal, only three countries say they will offer anything similar. the government's advice is to take out travel insurance, but the insurance industry is warning about price rises, especially for people with medical problems. catherine burns reports. michaela sheehan loves yoga, as a way to look after her mind and body. it tends to relax my muscles if i've had a seizure. it's not always easy, though. she has epilepsy and is struggling to get it under control. her first seizure happened when she was a teenager, in paris.
i was in disneyland, on a school trip. i was queueing for a ride and i had a seizure. i was taken to hospital by ambulance and they did blood tests and observations every 15 minutes. and i was in hospital the rest of the day, and it was all completely free because of my ehic card. michaela always takes her ehic card on holiday, if she can. it means she can get medical care forfree, or at the same reduced cost locals would pay. even with the card, though, she has more expensive travel insurance because of her health. so, this is me and my boyfriend. so, for this holiday particularly, i paid £60 for the week for travel insurance, whereas he paid £23 for the year. british people travelling abroad get about £150 million worth of treatment a year using the ehic scheme. if we leave the eu with a deal, that would continue — at least, temporarily. these 31 countries all accept ehic cards. essentially, it's the eu, plus switzerland, norway, iceland and liechtenstein.
the government has asked them to continue taking ehic until the end of next year, no matter what happens with brexit. so far, only one, spain, has agreed to do so. ireland and portugal have different plans but, essentially, they will continue to treat british tourists, even if there's no deal. there's nothing in place yet for people travelling to the other 28. the government says it's still trying to sort more health care deals, though. it adds that it always tells people to make sure they have travel insurance when they go on holiday, and that is still the official advice, but there's a warning from the uk's largest travel insurance provider. if nothing changed between now and the 31st of october and there was a no—deal, then i'm expecting prices to go up, but we don't know by how much.
she accepts that for people like michaela, who have long—term health problems, any price rises would be higher. i feel like it's definitely putting a label on us now, saying, oh, you have to pay more for this because of your epilepsy. michaela says when she's booking her next holiday, her only real choice will be those countries who've agreed to carry on treating british tourists as they do now with ehic. ellie soutter was one of britain's most talented young snowboarders, tipped for success at the next winter olympics. but injune last year, on her 18th birthday, ellie took her own life. her mother, lorraine denman, says despite her success, her daughter worried constantly — about funding and about letting other people down. on world mental health day, lorraine spoke frankly to sally nugent about the pain of losing her daughter. what was ellie like? what was she like as a little girl? ellie was quite an independent little girl. she knew what she wanted, even from an early age.
you know, she had her own ambitions and her own drive. ellie died over a year ago now, on her 18th birthday. what happened ? i left her a message the morning of her birthday, but there was no answer. but as a mum, i knew something wasn't right. i was in contact with her dad, and i said to him, "have you spoken to ellie? have you seen ellie?" and he said, "no." the day went on and people still hadn't heard anything. and in the end, i gave... i gave tony a call and ijust said to him, "have you seen ellie? have you heard from her?" he said, "we've found her." and for a split second... i thought she was alive. and he said, "she's dead." he said, "lorraine, she's dead." and that feeling, i cannot tell you.
someone might as well have just taken my heart out. appearances can be so deceptive. yeah. can't they? yeah, definitely. and do you think maybe people did look at ellie and think, she's got this most fantastic life, huge ambitions and potential... yeah, yeah. ..and didn't see the sadness? yeah, absolutely. i mean, even as parents, i think that, you know, we have to take that as a responsibility as well. it's very easy to kind of ignore what could be obvious, because you don't want to believe it. you know, you don't want to believe that your child is suffering, or that they're going through this mental trauma. you know, and if they're not showing it outwardly, then how are you going to know anyway? because they keep it so deep within. one of the things you do is, you keep ellie close to you every day, don't you? yeah, i do, yeah. you carry her ashes with you everywhere. i have them on the side,
and then i hold them and i will talk to them, and i'll talk to her picture. the moment i wake up, i think of her. the moment i go to sleep, i dream about her. so, i don't seem to have any rest from this, but i actually don't want to have any rest from it, because she's my daughter. do you feel now there is something that can come out of this, that perhaps might help you, but might also help other families? well, there has to be. ellie's death can't be in vain. have i wanted to give up? quite frankly, yeah. i think, you know, what is the point in living without her any more? erm... but equally, she is me. she's me, and i'm her. and i am the voice for ellie now, and i have to move forward. she couldn't say how she felt, for whatever reason. i can now encourage people to say how they... you know, to speak up and to share, and to talk to their parents, or to share with their friends and things like that if they're having any problems, and i think that's what's making... that's what's pushing me on.
the rain talking about her daughter ellie soutter, and if you have been affected by the issues in that report, there are a range of websites that can offer you help and advice. that is on the bbc‘s action main helpline. the new £20 note featuring one of britain's most famous artists, jmw turner, has been unveiled. the bank of england governor mark carney travelled to margate in kent this morning — the town where turner spent much of his time. the polymer note will be in circulation from the beginning of next year. our personal finance correspondent simon gompertz. in the clear light and under the big skies of margate, which the painter turn up loved so much, and in the gallery which bears his name, the new turner 20 on show ready for its launch in february. the 20 is our most used and most forged banknotes are getting it right is important.
we have to get this know rate, it is the most secure know we have ever used, by using polymer we have been able to add additional security features, there are multiple files and windows and lots of ways you can determine this is a real 20. the new £20 know, what jumps determine this is a real 20. the new £20 know, whatjumps out immediately looking at the big were —— the big one is turner himself, his self—portrait, and the navy vessel which stood behind hms victory at the battle of trafalgar. and these security features. two create see—through windows that is new and ha rd to see—through windows that is new and hard to forge. and whether it's foil, it is now in two colours, gold and blue. so what are the people of margate think of the new 20? you recognise this guy? yes, turner. the margate lighthouse and the tennis centre in the back end. you like it? yes, i do. centre in the back end. you like it? yes, ido. plastic, centre in the back end. you like it? yes, i do. plastic, that is ok, is it? i stick, well, they conflict out
of your pocket. the only thing i find with these, they roll up in our till and they stick together. the turner 20 replaces the adam smith version we have now. will it be as popular? that depends how much we pay by cards or mobile phone instead. time for a look at the weather. here's chris fawkes. what is the weekend hold? some unsettled weather. this afternoon, the cloud is gathering. rain is moving in across west yorkshire. and across much of northern england, northern ireland and scotland. over the next 2a hours, rain could cause issues. the weather picture is more of the same. that is not good news given the ground is completely saturated, and that rain is likely to cause localised flooding and tricky travelling conditions for some of us over the next 2a hours. this afternoon, the rain is moving in across the north and west of the