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this is bbc news. i'm shaun ley. the headlines at three... the conservatives lay out plans to train and employ thousands more gps, despite failing to meet a previous recruitment target. labour and the liberal democrats promise more hours of free child care, but providers are sceptical overfunding. the environment agency says flooding still poses a danger to life in south yorkshire, with seven severe flood warnings in place along the river don. angela merkel leads events in germany to mark 30 years since the fall of the berlin wall and urges people to stand up forfundamental values. translation: the values of europe, rule of law, the preservation of human rights, they absolutely cannot be taken for granted.
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india's supreme court rules that the disputed holy site of ayodhya should be given to hindus who want a temple built there. catastrophic bushfires in eastern australia kill at least three people and force thousands from their homes. and it's a "happy 50th birthday" to the american children's tv series sesame street. and one of the most powerful people in global media, the boss of the walt disney company, speaks to the bbc about his 15 years in charge. it's a busy day on the campaign trail, with less than five weeks
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until the general election. the conservatives have unveiled plans to train more gps — whilst labour and the liberal democrats are focussing on increasing support for childcare. here's our political correspondent peter saull. what is going on? once facilities like this in every community in england. the last labour government help new parents by building surestart centres, but hundreds have closed in recent yea rs. hundreds have closed in recent years. and should he become prime minister, he would bring them back. we are determined to open children's centres a re we are determined to open children's centres are so surestart can be a reality as it was in the past for so many of our children. all our funding commitments will be clearly there in the grey book that will be published alongside the manifesto. these parents might like the sound of another labour policy, extending the 30 hours of free childcare a week to all families. and in many respects, the lib dems are going even further. this is 35 hours of
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childcare for all two— to four—year—old for 48 weeks of the year — 35 hours being the average school day, so that makes sense. but then that would also — and this is what is really radical and new about this — it would also be from nine months to two years old for families who work. this won't come cheap, and care providers are calling greater clarity on funding. questions for the conservatives as well, who have made another pledge on the nhs. the health secretary wants to make it easier for patients to see their gp. the package will deliver 6000 more doctors in primary care and that will lead to 50 million more appointments. i know how frustrating it is when you cannot get a gp appointment fast enough. the tories made a similar promise four years ago, that there would be 5000 extra family doctors by 2020. they are nowhere near that target. the reality will be seening these delivered on. whichever government we have in a few weeks' time, we need them to recognise
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the stressed state of general practice, we need them to recognise that these promises are solid and should be delivered on, but they need to be delivered swiftly. there is a long way to go yet. day by day, we are getting a clear idea of the policies that the parties hope will wind your vote. and pete spoke to me earlier and began by focusing on the conservative's plans on training gps. it has been a challenge for some years now, to recruiting medical staff to the nhs, to train them up. so the conservatives have a two—prong approach to this. on one side it is training up more gps, and secondly it is recruiting from overseas. they announced a new medical visa earlier this week to try to attract more foreign staff into the nhs. i suppose the issue with that, though the cost will come down for applying for that visa, it will apply for the first time to eu nationals once we leave the eu. and the second part of that is a better effort to retain the staff that currently are working
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as gps within the nhs. they said 5000 new gps by 2020 back in 2015, a pledge made by the then health secretaryjeremy hunt. according to the latest figures we have got, the numbers are pretty much the same. so they are a long, long way from meeting that target. if they do go back into the government, the conservatives, it will be interesting to see if they do deliver on this promise of, fundamentally, making it easier for patients out there to get an appointment with their gp. on the question of extra support for children and young families, we have already had announcements on things like maternity pay from labour yesterday. today it is also about sure start centres. labour is kind of still determined to hang on to this concept. it dates back to the blair—brown days, a big initiative in ‘97. some of the providers seem a bit sceptical about whether there are... it is all very well to promise this, but are there the nursery care
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workers, are there the people available to work in the centres, even if you can open them? a familiar subject, sure start, a realflagship policy of the blair years. they spread up and down the country, and the shadow education secretary angela rayner talks fondly about how she, as a teenage mother, used a sure start centre and it really helped her teach the basics. labour will argue that, in a sense, they pay for themselves because they avoid referrals to the nhs and to other public services by offering that education at a very early stage in life. the funding has been cut since 2010 by around a third, there is a slight dispute about the number of children's centres that have closed since 2010. labour say around 1000, otherfigures suggest it is in the hundreds rather than up to 1000. i think they will continue to talk about that. on childcare, this is a battle ground in this election. the conservatives have introduced it
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in recent years, free childcare, labour saying they would extend it to all families, notjust people that are working a certain numbers of hours for the 30 hours of free childcare a week for two— to four—year—olds. the liberal democrats looking at it differently, saying it should still apply to people going into work, but it will be 35 hours and they will say it should start at the age of nine months. in a sense, the lib dems are rather outbidding the labour party on this, but both really trying to go after the voters — younger parents, youngerfamilies — as potential individuals that could swing this election. our political correspondent pete saull. the labour leader has said he's looking into reports that a member of his shadow cabinet sang "heyjews" to the beatles song "heyjude". dan carden — who's seeking to be re—elected as mp for liverpool walton — has denied the buzzfeed news
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website's story that he changed the lyrics, while on a private bus from the cheltenham races to london in march last year. jeremy corbyn was asked about the alleged behaviour, during an election campaign visit to leeds. he has emphatically denied that. it is an awful story and if it is true it is utterly and totally unacceptable. i am looking into it. they say he has denied the allegations, it on a coach trip 20 months ago. he took to twitter to say...
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in the run—up to polling day, we'll be bringing you an essential guide to the various campaigns in a daily electioncast. starting on monday night, adam fleming and the bbc‘s politics team provide a round—up of the day's events and will look at the twists and turns of the campaign so far. watch it here on the bbc news channel or listen to it on bbc sounds app. and you can find full coverage of the issues in the election and in depth political analysis on the bbc website: a woman swept to her death by a flooded river has been named as derbyshire's former high sherriff annie hall. her body was pulled from the river derwent near matlock on friday, as persistent rain caused floods across yorkshire and the midlands. seven severe flood warnings — meaning a threat to life — remain in place on the river don in south yorkshire.
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water levels there are still rising in the village of fishlake, as luxmy gopal reports. rising water levels posing a danger to life. this was the scene last night at fishlake in doncaster, where a severe flood warning has been issued. a0 people had to be rescued from their homes overnight. it adds to the severe flooding that has hit other parts of south yorkshire and derbyshire. this wall shows you very clearly where the water came up to. the basement storeroom of this florist in matlock in north derbyshire is completely ruined, all the stock ready for the run—up to christmas now worthless. to get things started again is going to cost a lot of money. the insurance company will help out, but of course we have to get those things to start with. we are talking between £5,000 and £10,000, a lot of money to recoup. other businesses in the town have suffered a similarfate. this new toy shop didn't get a chance to open
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its doors to the public. everybody has had a terrible time of it, but our shop was due to open yesterday. so we were here the day before yesterday until ten o'clock in the evening and we have been for the last three weeks, and we were so excited about opening yesterday, and then we got here and it was full of water. as the clean—up operation gets into full swing, many here say they feel lucky they were not worse affected. it was at matlock that a woman's body was found after being swept away in the river derwent. today she has been formally identified as annie hall, a former high sheriff of derbyshire. in derby city centre, a number of properties were evacuated last night. today they are trying to get back to business as usual. but travel continues to be disrupted, with many roads still closed and many train services still cancelled across south yorkshire and derbyshire. there are seven severe flood warnings in place along the river don. while the flood waters have
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subsided in some areas, the danger is not passed yet. joining me now is assistant chief fire officer steve helps from south yorkshire fire and rescue. good afternoon. thank you for being with us. not least after a very busy 48 hours for you and your team. how would you describe the situation now? as you have seen, widespread flooding still in place across south yorkshire. most of our efforts are 110w yorkshire. most of our efforts are now working in the doncaster district and we have four areas where we are pumping large quantities of water are helping evacuate people who are vulnerable and at risk. we are working with partners and continuing to support those who choir our help. with the suddenness of the rain fell, did you get much warning? do
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you get regular updates on weather conditions or condition checks from the environment agency is? or is it down to emergency calls? we get regular updates from the environment agency, we anticipated we would have significant amount of water through thursday and we had already set up strategic coordination groups in preparation. lots of what we have seen is anticipated, we have had lots of water, their ground was already quite wet, as a consequence we are 110w quite wet, as a consequence we are now predicting whether what is going, hence the move from sheffield through to rotherham, so the scenes you have seen, and now into doncaster. we are working with the environment agency, who have staff on the ground monitoring the water so we can prepare on the ground monitoring the water so we can prepare and help to pre—empt where there may be preachers and working with communities which may be affected. how difficult is it to reduce flooding once it has happened in terms of getting, clearing the land,
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property is as well, or alternatively trying to reduce the flow of water? i think it is challenging, worth mentioning there are two areas we are working on at the moment, one with moving water where it is feasible to move it and when there is an area which is particularly flooded, it has to go somewhere. alternatively it is around moving people that are vulnerable and at risk and that is where lots of our activity is at the moment. our call centre has received 1600 cars into the command and control centre since thursday evening and we have rescued almost 200 people from the risk of water from vehicles almost 200 people from the risk of waterfrom vehicles or almost 200 people from the risk of water from vehicles or property. that is the activity at the moment. we have incidents across doncaster and resilience assets, so pumps, across the uk, working in south yorkshire to meet the demand.
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in terms of dealing with the immediate crisis, the worst appears to have passed. looking at other predictions being made about the long—term consequences of the warming climate, the likelihood of their might be more water around, what can we do at the moment to prepare ourselves, to be a bit mask proactive rather than leaving it to you and the other emergency services to pick up the pieces? it isa to pick up the pieces? it is a conversation for local authorities around where properties are built, around resilience of communities, recognising where there is likely to be flooding. the last time we saw significant flooding like this was in 2007. as you saw, it is devastating and although we are aware that water will recede over the next day or two, those affected businesses and properties will be feeling the impact for many weeks and months to come. we are working with the local authority
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partners to make sure we can start to support the recovery and help people move forward as a consequence of that these significant waterfall. thank you very much. the headlines on bbc news... the conservatives lay out plans to train and employ thousands more gps, despite failing to meet a previous recruitment target. labour and the liberal democrats promise to fund more hours of free child care — but providers express scepticism over funding. the environment agency says flooding in parts of south yorkshire still poses a risk to life, even though water levels are expected to drop. and in sport... chelsea record their sixth consecutive premier league win for the first time since they won the title as they moved up to second in the table. great britain fell to their third straight tour defeat, losing 23—8 to new zealand
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in the second test between the sides at christchurch. and england's women began their rugby union autumn internationals with an impressive win over france — their first victory on french soilfor seven years. i'll be back with more on those stories later. snp leader nicola sturgeon has been campaigning in scotland today. the party are calling for the minimum wage to be the same for younger workers as it is for those over the age of 25. campaigning in liberal democrat leaderjo swinson‘s seat of east dumbartonshire, ms sturgeon stressed the importance of voting in this general election. scotland's future is on the line at this election. if we don't come out and vote snp, we risk boris johnson taking us out of europe, taking us down a path we don't want to go down. we can't trust the other parties to stand up for scotland. i remember the last timejo swinson
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had any say, she went into david cameron's government. that is what we can expect from the lib dems. we need to make sure the snp are there standing up for scotland. if there is a hung parliament, we will tip the balance of power, making sure we can escape the mess of brexit and most important of all, putting scotland's future into scotland's hands, so we can choose the kind of country we want to be. and we want to persuade the majority in scotland that that should be an independent country charting our own course. ceremonies are taking place in germany to mark 30 years since the fall of the berlin wall. the german chancellor angela merkel, who grew up in east germany, has been attending a commemoration at a remaining section of the wall, that's preserved as a memorial. our berlin correspondent jenny hill reports. in broad daylight, with the world watching, east berlin became a prison, its citizens sealed off from friends and family in the west.
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30 years after its fall, it's still a powerful symbol of division. there's not much of it left today, but it's the focus of commemorations, led by angela merkel, who herself grew up behind the iron curtain. for monica, an emotional day. the wall, she told us, tore her family apart. she never knew her grandfather, who lived in the west. by the time the wall fell, he was dead. it was, astonishingly, a bloodless revolution which followed weeks of street protests. many declared the birth of a new world order, one which some warn is at risk today. translation: the values upon which europe is founded, freedom, democracy, equality, rule of law, the preservation of human rights, they absolutely cannot be taken for granted and must constantly be defended.
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today is a bittersweet day for germany. it's about commemorating hardships endured, freedoms won but also a chance to reflect on the divisions on today. solemnity but later there will be celebration too, to mark an iconic moment which shaped the world as we know it today. jenny hill, bbc news, berlin. india's supreme court has ruled in favour of a hindu claim to a bitterly disputed religious site in the town of ayodhya. the decision clears the way for a hindu temple to be built there. it's controversial because a 16th—century mosque that previously stood on the land was torn down by activists in 1992. the attack led to communal violence and the deaths of hundreds of people. our correspondent rajini vaidyanathan is in delhi. hindu groups are celebrating here at india's supreme court after the justices delivered
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a unanimous verdict. now, their decision gives a hindu trust ownership of that hugely contested site in ayodhya in north india and effectively paves the way for a hindu temple to be built there. hindus believe that it is the site of the birthplace of lord ram, one of the most revered gods in the religion, but muslims have also worshipped there for generations and a 16th—century mosque, the babri masjid, was there until 1992, when it was demolished by hardline hindu groups, and the violence that ensued afterwards left thousands dead. the supreme court here, crucially, has given the muslim group, who was the party in the case, separate land in the area, which would enable them to build a mosque, but the group says while it respects the verdict of the supreme court today, it is not satisfied with it, and is considering what its next course of action might be. prime minister modi,
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ahead of this verdict, called for calm across india, and said that this will not be anyone's loss or victory, but there is a huge police presence, it has been stepped up, notjust here in delhi, notjust in ayodhya, but across the country in anticipation of this verdict. at least three people have died and five others are missing in bushfires in australia. authorities in new south wales say more than 150 homes have been destroyed as the state battled as an unprecedented fire emergency continues into a second day. phil mercer is in sydney and has this report. the bushfire crisis spans two states in eastern australia. monstrous walls of flames have terrorised towns and villages. many blazes in northern new south wales and parts of queensland continue to burn out of control, despite a military—style firefighting effort.
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water—bombing aircraft have doused the flames from above. while hundreds of firefighters, many of them volunteers, have gone into battle on the ground. yet still the fires rage. the full impact on life and property could take days to emerge. bridges, schools and power lines, as well as many homes, have been destroyed. it was right here, above. look, it is that high. bearing down on me. it was like an inferno. it was like the apocalypse, mate. it was like hell on earth. the blazes were so intense that even by helicopter, fire crews were unable to reach some residents who had called for help. the government says the army could be brought in to relieve weary emergency crews on the front line. hot and windy weather combined with a long drought has made parts
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of eastern australia a tinderbox. with a long drought has made parts we are seeing a situation in new south wales with these fires we have not seen before. it is the world's driest inhabited continent and every year australia confronts serious bushfires. but this time in new south wales it's different. a record number of emergency warnings have been in place. we are very mindful of the scarcity of water and just how precious it is. but the reality is we can't do firefighting without water but we are using it wisely and sparingly to try and get the greatest effect. conditions in the fire zone have eased, but officials say that next week could see the danger return. among those forced to flee their home in queensland isjudy shorland, who spoke to bbc world service radio. i don't know when i will be allowed back to my home because it is still
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too dangerous, further outbreaks occurred this afternoon close to where i live. i don't know for sure what the situation is truly like and i think my house is still safe. but i really won't know until i can see in the morning and maybe get an update then. it is a volatile situation and it is changing quite quickly. we haven't had fires in this area like this in my life here. we haven't had rain, we are not getting the rain to help us keep the undergrowth damp. so we have a tinderbox sitting here that is just burning. this weekend marks the 50th anniversary of sesame street, the american television show that set out to entertain and educate younger children. tim allman reports. hi, everybody, it's me, big bird! they were never going to celebrate sesame street without celebrating big bird. in so many ways,
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the heart of the show. the towering yellow—feathered star looked right at home in the empire state building. also there was caroll spinney, the man who had voiced him and oscar the grouch for most of the last 50 years. a special moment for a special programme. sesame was founded on some fundamental values, that everyone deserves, respect, opportunity, kindness, all the a little bit of furry fun. and those are a fundamental sort of human attributes and needs for all people, but particularly children. # rubber ducky, lam awfully fond of you #. sesame street premiered in november 1969, the brainchild ofjim henson, the man behind the muppets, a pre—school programme that aimed to broaden the mind. race, culture, homelessness, autism, hiv and aids — no topic was taboo. no issue was ignored. there's no doubt what is so unique
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about sesame is that it is a multi—generational appeal, that you have kids growing up with it, you have their parents. and at this point, 50 years later, you have grandparents. a star—studded special will be broadcast this weekend to mark the 50th anniversary. big bird promises he'll be back for the 100th. tim allman, bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather with tomasz shafernaker. it has been a very cold weekend for some of us, more like december orjanuary. we have had snow in parts of wales, shropshire for example, as well. it has been the coldest night of the autumn so far in scotland. and this weather front here is bringing some very wet weather to some southern parts of the uk. pretty miserable saturday night across the south with that heavy rain and on top of it, it is cold and temperatures are struggling. just a few degrees above
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freezing in some areas. through the night, the skies will remain clear in scotland and northern england, so here it is going to be cold and frosty and temperatures in the highlands could dip down to minus seven degrees. it could be quite so cold across southern part of the uk. here a bit more cloud, temperatures possibly around four or five degrees. the good news is that for remembrance sunday memorial services the weather is looking absolutely fine, perhaps some mist and fog in the morning, but plenty of sunshine on the way. again, it is going to be quite a cold day. in the north of the country only around 6 degrees. hello this is bbc news. the headlines... the conservatives lay out plans to train and employ thousands more gps, despite failing to meet a previous recruitment target. labour and the liberal democrats promise more hours of free child care — but providers are sceptical overfunding. the environment agency says flooding
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still poses a danger to life in south yorkshire, with seven severe flood warnings in place along the river don. angela merkel leads events in germany to mark 30 years since the fall of the berlin wall and urges people to stand up forfundamental values. translation: devalues upon which europe is founded, freedom, democracy, equality, rule of law, the preservation of human rights, they absolutely cannot be taken for granted. bob iger has been the chief executive of the walt disney company for almost 15 years. in that time the company has bought some of the biggest media brands in the world — pixar animation, marvel and lucasfilm, and most recently 21st century fox. he's been speaking to the bbc‘s media editor amol rajan about his career and what he's learnt along the way. who is the most powerful person
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in global media today? you could say it's someone from a tech giant, but they'd be run very close by the boss of the walt disney company. its ceo is bob iger. he has been in charge since 2005 and has pulled off some of the most outrageous acquisitions in immediate history. he persuaded stevejobs to sell him pixar and bought marvel, persuaded george lucas to sell him star wars and even got 21st century fox. if there is one person who understands the past, present and future of media, it is bob iger, the disney ceo. welcome to bbc. there is a century of heritage and sound anywhere from the beatles to adele, led zeppelin. robert plant was here couple weeks ago. what do you think? i like it, it has character, a lot of character. bob iger, thank you.

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