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this is bbc news. the headlines... the immigration minister is in dover — amid mounting concern about the number of migrants crossing the channel in small boats. more than £100 million is to be spent chartering extra ferries to bring in vital supplies in the event of a no—deal brexit. a day after the deadly bombing of a tourist bus near cairo, egypt says a0 militants have been killed in anti—terrorism raids. also in the next hour — more than 1,000 people are named in the new year honours list. they include the british divers who rescued a boys football team from a cave in thailand, twiggy, who is made a dame — and michael palin, who is knighted. i'm very surprised, because i've done a lot of things in my life, none of which i felt were totally worthy of such recognition. but maybe the cumulative effect is one of some kind of achievement. # i
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#isaya # i say a little prayerfor you... and from aretha franklin, to ken dodd and tessa jowell — in half an hour, we celebrate the lives of those we lost this year, that's in review 2018: we remember. the government's immigration minister is visiting dover, following criticism of the government's response to an increase in the number of migrants crossing the channel in small boats. more than 200 people have arrived since the start of november. simonjones reports almost two months after migrants started arriving in numbers, the home secretary has declared the situation a major incident. two more boats carrying 12 people were intercepted yesterday. the immigration minister caroline nokes has been dispatched to dover. there she will meet border force
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officers, as well as the town's mp. he says that for too long the home office has not been taking the issue seriously enough and wants additional border force cutters in the channel. i think it is fairly clear that one is simply not enough and i think we need to ask questions — what are the two patrol craft doing in the mediterranean? would they be better placed in the english channel? so i will hopefully get to meet the immigration minister to talk to her about whether we are getting the balance right. but the home secretary has deferred an immediate decision on that. he has asked the border force to consider whether additional vessels in the channel could encourage more people to make the crossing, because they could be seen as rescue rather than patrol boats. he's set to talk to his french counterpart this weekend, but both will know that tackling the people traffickers behind the upsurge in crossings will not be quick or easy. simon jones, bbc news. 0ur correspondent caroline davies is in dover. sajid javid is in control of this
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major incident, but he is not in the country? no, caroline nokes will be visiting is over and we understand she will be speaking to border force officials. she is also speaking to the local mp we heard from in simon's piece, he is adamant that he thinks the government have not taken this seriously enough and he thinks this seriously enough and he thinks this is a crisis. what is behind why there is a surge in the numbers since the beginning of november? a suggestion that the people traffickers who have been bringing people across have been suggesting to those potential customers that they need to do it now, because brexit will change things and they are trying to push them to make a decision earlier. that is considered to bea decision earlier. that is considered to be a selling tactic, trying to force people to make decisions early. the other reason is that december has been relatively mild
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and it is relatively calm at the moment, not too much of a strong win, so the suggestion has been that it would be an easier crossing —— strong wind. that is not true at all because this is a dangerous crossing and this is one of the busiest shipping routes in the world. if anyone is taking their life in their hands by taking this crossing. what are we expecting the minister to see when she visits? what are we expecting the minister to see when she visits dover? i'm very sorry, we have lost our connection with caroline. we will speak to her again ina caroline. we will speak to her again in a little while. i'm joined via webcam by steve valdez—symonds from amnesty international. thanks forjoining us. the immigration minister is visiting dover this afternoon. the home secretary is in south africa. what
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is your view of the government's response? i'm afraid they appear to be on exactly the same track as it has been on for years, which is concerned about stopping people making journeys as opposed to addressing their real needs and providing safe journeys where they need to make them. the situation in northern france has been desperate for thousands of people for several yea rs for thousands of people for several years now. and the real incident or emergency is a long—standing one, it is not what has happened in the last few weeks, certainly not in terms of government responsibilities. it is extremely worrying that people are making these incredibly dangerous crossings but the fact is that to address that their needs, they need to be able to make safe asylum claims and safety where that is merited, that should be the priority, and if it isn't, smugglers
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and traffickers will continue to exploit them. not all of the people who are making this crossing will be going to have asylum in this country? that is probably true, but no one will know until they are brought into accessible asylum procedures with adequate support for their housing and welfare needs, and don't forget these people have been abandoned for months, if not years, in france, and also they have probably been on extremely dangerous journeys, right across places like libya as well as europe where they have met with brutal treatment from officials as well as private gangs, whether it is slavery, rape, torture... and they are carrying those traumas. until there is a direct response to people's urgent needs, i'm afraid people will continue to take these risks. why is it not up to the french to stop these people leaving continental europe? let's be frank, it is up to
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the french to provide the asylum access to people on their territory but at the same time it is no good the uk looking away and pretending that it the uk looking away and pretending thatitis the uk looking away and pretending that it is none of its responsibility, because france consistently receives twice the number of refugees and twice the number of refugees and twice the number of refugees and twice the number of asylum claims as the uk and the fact is that globally speaking the position is even worse because europe does not receive the sort of numbers of claims and people seeking asylum as other places around the world, much less poorer. so unless people are going to share responsibility several people will find themselves falling outside systems and being brutalised often by local administrators and police forces and forced to journey on in desperate search of somewhere safe. steve from amnesty, thanks for joining us. the emergency services
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are at the scene of an accident in the borders area of scotland where it's been reported that a minibus carrying 20 people has overturned. police were called to the a—6089 between carfraemill and gordon, near lauder, at 10:50 and officers said the road was closed in both directions. the department for transport has spent more than £100 million on extra capacity on ferries, to ensure the delivery of critical goods in the event of a no—deal brexit. the ships have been chartered to ease congestion at dover, and allow more lorries through other ports. the department for transport described the move as "a small but importa nt" element of its no—deal planning. our business correspondent joe miller is in portsmouth and speaking to us a little earlier he explained how the boats would be utilised in the event of a no deal brexit. well, they will be used for the sort of thing the government has been warning will happen in the case of a no—deal brexit. and that is, the delay of critical
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goods like medicines and supplies that will be delayed at ports because of additional customs checks. and the idea is, that up to 4000 lorries a week will be diverted from dover, which is obviously the busiest port, to ports like portsmouth. here, plymouth, and poole and others, and they will take the weight off dover and folkestone, which are the shortest crossings. and the hope is it will litigate some of the delays, and some of the real disruption that could happen on the roads down to the coast by adding all of this extra capacity. over here, the crossing takes about six hours, much, much longer than the crossing at dover. and business organisations, shipping business organisations have been saying that while this is welcome, while it will take some of the strain off dover in the event of a no deal brexit, it's by no means enough. there will still be delays if there are additional customs checks could mean delays here as well, at portsmouth, poole and plymouth, really just spreading the load. but the department of transport has
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been under pressure for a long time to do something about this, put contingency plans in place and it quietly has done so now. they didn't really want many of us to find out about this, they published these papers about these contracts late on christmas eve. it's only because a data firm called tussell alerted us to it that we know about it. but at least the department is saying, this is part of our no deal contingentcy planning, we have got something in place and there will be more to come. a woman has appeared in court accused of murdering her toddler twins. the children, who were almost two years old, were pronounced dead after they were discovered at their home in margate, early on thursday morning. samantha ford who is 37 years old, appeared at canterbury magistrates‘ court, charged with murdering jake and chloe ford. she's been remanded in custody until monday. the chief constable of sussex police has apologised to a couple who were arrested then released, following the recent chaos at gatwick airport,
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caused by drone sightings. giles york defended his force's handling of the incident. he insisted there had been a drone, after a senior officer suggested the reported sightings might not have been credible. the egyptian authorities say they've killed a0 people they describe as terrorists in giza and north sinai. the raids come a day after an attack on a tourist bus on its way to the pyramids, in which three vietnamese people and their tour guide were killed. laura westbrook reports. this is the aftermath of the explosion. the force of the blast shattered windows, leaving just a blackened shell. the bus, carrying mostly vietnamese tourists, had been travelling to the pyramids in giza. investigators at the scene say an improvised explosive device was hidden beside a wall and went off as the bus drove past. prime minister mostafa madbouly visited the injured in hospital. translation: we're in touch with the vietnamese authorities.
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we offer our deepest condolences to those who lost their lives in this incident. he also told local media the bus deviated from the planned route approved by security forces. the pyramids of giza are egypt's most famous landmark, with buses filled with tourists travelling there from cairo every day. tourism is a lifeline for egypt, and only recently started to recover. this latest attack will have many on edge as the country prepares for more christmas celebrations next month. laura westbrook, bbc news. more than 1,000 people, including the monty python star, michael palin, the model twiggy and the england football captain harry kane, have been recognised in the new year honours list. as well as high profile figures, hundreds of ordinary people have been recognised for their public service and bravery,
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including one of the british divers who helped rescue a group of thai schoolboys trapped in flooded caves. lizo mzimba has the details. michael palin says he is immensely grateful to receive a knighthood for services to travel, culture and geography. i've done lots of things in my life, none of which i felt were totally worthy of such recognition. but maybe the cumulative effect is one of some kind of achievement. the world's top fashion cover girl... leading fashion figure lesley lawson, better known as twiggy, has been honoured for her work in the arts, charity and fashion. i didn't expect it. it was completely out of the blue, a shock. but the nicest shock in the world. who wouldn't want to be dame twiggy! how many of you? british divers involved in this year's thai cave rescue have received awards for their bravery and expertise. some of our team received letters a little while ago, we were asked if we would be prepared to accept some awards, which we very
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graciously said thank you for. it's nice for the team to be recognised. following the world cup, england football manager gareth southgate becomes an 0be. captain harry kane, an mbe. he paid tribute to his team—mates. i am extremely thankful for all my team—mates, all my coaches in the england team, the tottenham team. without them i wouldn't be scoring the goals and wouldn't be getting these type of accolades. so, yes, very proud and very thankful to them. as in previous years, the majority of honours have gone to people who aren't in the public eye and who never expected this kind of recognition. andrea aviet campaigns against domestic abuse. until the day i die, i'm going to continue with this cause. but definitely getting an award like this means the world to me because, you know, it just shows others. britain's longest serving lollipop lady, beryl quantrill from cleethorpes, has also been honoured with the
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british empire medal. it was on my birthday when i got the letter. i was over the moon! and i couldn't wait to tell my son when he came in. i never thought i'd get an award. anything. i just thought they were going to say goodbye to me, and that was it. she's been helping children cross for more than 50 years, just one of the often unsung heroes being honoured. lizo mzimba, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news... the immigration minister is in dover amid mounting concern about the number of migrants crossing the channel in small boats. more than £100 million is to be spent chartering extra ferries to bring in vital supplies in the event of a no—deal brexit. a day after the deadly bombing of a tourist bus near cairo, egypt says a0 militants have been killed in anti—terrorism raids. a minibus believed to have more than 20 people on board has
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overturned on a road in the scottish borders. emergency services are at the scene of the accident the a6089 between carfraemill and gordon, near lauder. there was no immediate information on any casualties. police scotland said no other vehicles were involved in the incident, which was reported at 1050. the road is closed in both directions. an army officer has become the first briton to trek unaided across antarctica. it took captain lou rudd 56 days to cover the 925 miles. he was inspired to attempt the adventure after the death of his friend and colleague, henry worsely, along the same route. the father—of—three from hereford said it was tough — but he was in good health. captain rudd spoke to my colleague shaun ley and said he was surpried how quickly he completed the challenge. i've actually managed to complete it quite a bit faster than i expected. i set off with 75 days of food
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and equipment for the crossing, but managed to make it across in 56, so i'm elated. what was the hardest part? the early phase, actually. the beginning of thejourney. i was dragging my sledge behind me and it had everything i needed in it to survive for the two—month crossing. it was about 140 kilograms. i experienced really soft, deep snow at the beginning and progress was really slow and it was at that time i was thinking that, actually, probably i wasn't going to make it and the journey was just impossible. it was really difficult going. how did you keep your morale up? thinking a lot about... i mean, i'm an ambassador for an army charity
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and fundraising for them, so i was doing it for a great cause, but also i was carrying henry worsley‘s family crest flag and his wifejoanna very kindly gave that to me which he was also carrying, and i really wanted to make sure this time that the flag made it all the way across and completed the crossing. it's an added poignancy to be able to commemorate your friend in this way, but were you worried at all about the risk to your own life? yeah, i mean, it is obviously an extremely hostile environment. you always have that awareness in the back of your mind that one small mistake can have grave consequences down here. but i've got a lot of experience down here. i first trekked to the south pole with henry in 2011 and i was confident that i had the skills and experience to complete the trip. those who have had the fortune to visit antarctica describe it
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as a truly magical place, but also quite a frightening one for you on your own. what sort of contact did you have with the outside world during the journey? very limited communication. there was a company that obviously flew me in and dropped me off at the start point. they were monitoring my progress with a tracking beacon. and satellite phone calls throughout. and i managed to phone home probably once every couple of weeks and managed to speak to the family on christmas day as well, so that was great at keeping morale up. some breaking news regarding the migrant situation in the english channel. we are hearing that the home secretary sajid javid is
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cutting short his family holiday to deal with the major incident that has been declared after a rising number of migrants have been attempting to cross the english channel. the immigration minister caroline nokes has made this announcement while she is in dover speaking to the border force and police who are dealing with the many arrivals, something like 220 people have made the crossing since the beginning of november, some of them intercepted by british authorities but also some being picked up in the channel by the french authorities. it is the busiest shipping lane in the world and no place to be on an inflata ble the world and no place to be on an inflatable boat in the middle of winter in the dark. so far no casualties that we know of but a great number of people taking enormous risks, often forced to do so enormous risks, often forced to do so by traffickers who they have paid a lot of money to to get them here.
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so sajid javid cutting short his holiday in south africa to come back and deal with this major migrant incident. this year marks the 100th year since the first british women won the vote. and it was more than a hundred years ago, that the dick kerr ladies played their first game of football, going on to become the most successful women's football team ever, playing in front of record crowds. but it's likely you've never heard of them, because in the 1920s women were banned by the football association. jayne mccubbin has to been find out more about their impact. why is it nobody knows their name? you tell me, because they're the best that has ever been. this is the story of the dick kerr ladies and this, this is where the story starts. 100 years ago, this was a munitions factory in preston and home to a group of women who loved football. on christmas day in 1917,
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they played their first game at the preston north end ground, deepdale. 10,000 came to watch and their following quickly grew. they started it as a patriotic thing to raise money for wounded soldiers during the first world war, but, on top of that, they became the best that there was as well. anywhere, in the world, ever. they played 833 games and lost only 28. they raised over £10 million for charity in today's money, and none of this was just novelty — they could really play. just look at the numbers watching here. this was football good enough to draw the crowds? absolutely. the biggest crowd that came to see them was on boxing day 1920, when 53,000 people turned up to watch them at goodison park, everton, and there were between 10,000 and 111,000 locked out, couldn't get in. infact, in 1921, over 900,000
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people came to watch the dick kerr ladies play, the very year the fa decided to ban women's football. they expressed their strong opinion that the game of football was quite unsuitable for females and shouldn't be encouraged, but the girls themselves thought it was because they were getting bigger crowds than some of the men. alice kell, lily parr and others — these are the names that would almost certainly be forgotten, were it not for one woman's mission to keep their place in history. we should know their names, yeah. we talk about kelly holmes, paula radcliffe and jessica ennis—hill and we have sports personality of the year. i was watching the other week thinking we should have a team of the century and it should be the dick kerr ladies. the team continued to play, defying the ban, until 1965. in ‘71, the ban was lifted. today, a new team is linked to preston north end, but they can only dream of the success that the dick kerr ladies achieved back then,
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that we almost forgot. can you imagine 53,000 at a women's match today? no. god, no. that begs the question, where would women's football would be today if the fa had not...? i genuinely believe that it would be on a par with the men's game, if it had carried on going, yeah. scary thought. you do not think we were going to have to wait another hundred years, do you? not 100 years, i wouldn't have thought, no. i don't know how long it will take, but not 100 years. among gail's prized possessions, the boots worn by star players, the medals they won. and that is the championship of the world medal. "to gail, these are the only treasures in my life. i pass them on to you for safekeeping." it is not my story, it is not anybody‘s story, it is their story, and their story needs to be told because it is about them. royal mail has apologised
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after a stamp design it planned to issue, commemorating the d—day landings in france 75 years ago — showed the wrong image. the design in fact showed us troops landing in what was dutch new guinea — today's indonesia — thousands of kilometres from france. the stamp was supposed to show the normandy landings and was due to be released as part of a ‘best of british‘ collection. a small spanish town has once again become the scene of a giant food fight — part of an annual celebration that dates back to roman times — when social roles were reversed for a day. kathryn armstrong has more. all geared up and ready for battle. these men might look like extras on a set of a film but they're about to take part in an important tradition stretching back hundreds of years. and as far as traditions go, this is one of the messy ones. the battle of els enfarinats takes
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place every year in the small town of ibi in spain's alicante region as part of a religious festival. the main weapons of choice — flour, eggs and fire extinguishers. during the mock skirmish, a coup is staged, and new ridiculous laws are declared, with fines for anyone who flouts them. thankfully, order is finally restored by the opposing side but not before a firework or two is thrown into the mix. at the end of the day, any money collected is donated to charity. but all that's left is to figure out how to wash all that egg and flour out. kathryn armstrong, bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather with mel coles. it has been quite a blustery day for
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parts of scotland, the pennines and down into the peak district but the winds will ease as we go through the rest of the day, as we rattled towards the end of the year looks like it will be a mostly dry story, also mild, but wet and windy at times. winds continuing to ease and the rain overnight will work its way into northern ireland and then east overnight. clear skies in the south—east and east anglia and we could have some mist and fog first thing tomorrow morning, may be a patch of frost but as the cloud works its way in with outbreaks of rain the temperatures will tend to lift, but it means it will be another cloudy start to sunday morning, with outbreaks of patchy rain gradually clearing east as the day goes on, but most places should dry up as the day progresses and the best of any dryness will be the further east you go. temperatures back into double figures, hides between 10—12dc. hello, this is bbc news.
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the headlines. the immigration minister is in dover amid mounting concern about the number of migrants crossing the channel in small boats. at least 20 people were on board a minibus that overturned in the scottish borders. police are attending the scene. more than £100 million is to be spent chartering extra ferries to bring in vital supplies in the event of a no—deal brexit. a day after the deadly bombing of a tourist bus near cairo. egypt says a0 militants have been killed in anti—terrorism raids. named in the new year honours list, the british divers who rescued a boys' football team from a cave in thailand. also on the list, alistair cook, twiggy is made a dame and michael palin is knighted. i'm very surprised, because i've done a lot of things in my life, none of which i felt were totally worthy of such recognition. but maybe the cumulative effect is one of some kind of achievement. now on bbc news, stephen hawking, aretha franklin,
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tessa jowell and ken dodd. just a few of those who left us this year, and whose lives are celebrated in review 2018: we remember. oh, it's doddy. hiya, doddy. # happiness, happiness # the greatest gift that i possess i always go up on the stage and think, "mind you, what a beautiful day." what a beautiful day for doing this. what a beautiful day for bouncing up and down in a big barrel of blancmange. how tickled i am by all this goodwill. what about you, missus? have you been tickled by goodwill? there was a showbusiness ken dodd, a thinking ken dodd, and hopefully there's an amusing ken dodd. i hope so anyway. # happiness! happiness! she sings
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there was television on and there was the group and freddie. they said, "what do you like more of spain?" and he was answering montserrat caballe. she is the best. that's why i listen to it. # barcelona! # it was the first time that we met he was a little shy at the beginning to sing with me. # the moment that you stepped into the room you took my breath away # barcelona! # when we meet again someday


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