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this is bbc news. the headlines: seven severe flood warnings are still in place. 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. 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. the values upon which europe is founded, freedom, democracy, equality, rule of law, the preservation of human rights, they absolutely cannot be taken for
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granted. 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 the victoria derbyshire programme travels to norway to investigate the shocking scale of self harm and suicide material being shared on instagram. seven severe flood warnings that represent a threat to life remain in place on the river don in south yorkshire. water levels in some areas are still rising. 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
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near matlock on friday, as persistent rain caused floods across yorkshire and the midlands. our reporter luxmy gopal reports from the village of fishlake near doncaster. 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, a lot of money to recoup. other businesses in the town have suffered a similarfate.
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this new toy shop didn't get a chance to open 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 and 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
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along the river don. while the flood waters have subsided in some areas, the danger is not passed yet. as we speak, those severe flood warnings remain in place. earlier i spoke to matthew gable from the environment agency. we've had a very, very high we've had a very, very high level we've had a very, very high level of we've had a very, very high level of rainfall, possibly the third or fourth highest on record. so, it is the sheer volume of water, and compounded on that is the amount of saturation in the ground, so with a ground being so wet, any rainfall that does fall is immediately going into the river so the river are reacting really quickly. this is still a live incident, we are still on the ground responding, we are working fantastically with all of the other emergency services and the local authorities as well to make sure that people who have been displaced from their homes have got somewhere to go and obviously making
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sure that as the water moves down the river network, we are warning and informing those people that may be impacted further down. and that is our current focus, watching the peak of water as it moves downstream into the watercourses. the response effort continues around the river don, one of the areas where there has been majorflooding. earlier i spoke to the assistant chief fire officer steve helps, from south yorkshire fire and rescue, about what's being done in the areas affected. we have areas where we are pumping large amounts of water or helping to evacuate people who are at risk of the rising floods. we are working with partners and continue to support those who require our help. a lot of what we have seen has been anticipated. the ground was already quite wet and as a consequence we are now predicting whether water is going, hence it has moved from sheffield, through rotherham, and knowing to doncaster. we are working with the ea, we've got stuff on the
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ground, monitoring the water ways to make sure that we can prepare and help to pre—empt where there may be breaches and work with local communities that will become effective. it is challenging, it is worth mentioning there are two areas we are vertically working at the moment, we are moving water where it is feasible to move water and clearly when there is an area that is particularly flooded, it has to go somewhere, so alternatively it is around moving people that are vulnerable and at risk and that is where a lot of our activities taking place. our call centre has received 1600 calls into the command and control centre since thursday evening, and we have rescued almost 200 people from the risk of water from either vehicle or property. that is the activity we are working at the moment. we've got incidents, like i said, across doncaster, and we've got national resilience assets, so boat crews and high—volume pumps across the uk
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working with south yorkshire to meet the demand. let's look at pictures i have just come into us. these are some horses that have just been taken. these are pictures from fishlake. the amount of water, it is lower and less dangerous than it was a few hours ago but nonetheless, you can see how extensive the flooding is. the big problem has been notjust the combination of the heavy rainfall and the sodden ground, we were hearing from chris fawkes earlier in the week from the bbc weather team that the first two months alone, it is like going along a canal, perhaps it was the canal originally, the problem has been that two months of rainfall out of the three months of the autumn season have had the whole three months of rainfall and worse
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than that, we saw on thursday into friday, they had a months worth of rainfall in the space of 2a hours in some parts of south yorkshire. that is the picture at fishlake near doncaster. it's a busy day on the campaign trail, with less than five weeks 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. so what's going on? a saturday morning trip to a sure start centre. labour wants communities like this. hundreds of sure start centres have closed in recent years and should he become prime minister, he would bring them back. we are determined to open children's centres so that sure start can become a reality, as it was in the past, for so many of our children. all our funding commitments will be
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clearly there, in the grey book, that will be published alongside our manifesto. their parents might like the sound of another labour policy — extending the 30 hours of free childcare a week for two— to four—year—olds to all families. and the liberal democrats are going even further. this is 35 hours of 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 for greater clarity on funding. questions too, for the conservatives, 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
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it is when you can't 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 seeing these delivered on. whichever government we have, in a few weeks‘ time, we need them to recognise 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, but day by day we are getting a clear idea of the policy is that the parties hope will win your vote. 0ur political reporter pete saull 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.
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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 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. 0n the question of extra support for children and young families, we have already had announcements on things like maternity pay from labour yesterday.
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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 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,
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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. 0n childcare, this is a battle ground in this election. the conservatives have introduced it 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
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could swing this election. 0ur political correspondent pete saull. 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 days 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. ceremonies are taking place in germany to mark thirty 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. 0ur 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. 30 years after its fall, it's still a powerful symbol of division. there's not much of it
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left today, but it's the focus of commemorations, led by angela merkel, who herself grew up behind the iron curtain. for monika, an emotional day. the wall, she told us, tore her family apart. monika speaks german. she never knew her grandfather, who lived in the west. by the time the wall fell, he was dead. it was, astonishingly, 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. today is a bittersweet day for germany. it's about commemorating hardships endured, freedoms won but also a chance to reflect
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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. the headlines on bbc news... the environment agency says flooding in parts of south yorkshire still poses a risk to life —— even though water levels are expected to drop. 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. in sport, chelsea record their sixth consecutive premier league win as they move to second in the table.
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great britain lost 23—82 zealand in the second test against the side at christchurch. women's rugby, england beat france, their first victory women's rugby, england beat france, theirfirst victory on women's rugby, england beat france, their first victory on english soil in seven years. i'll have more later at 5:30pm. 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 sixteenth 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. 0ur correspondent rajini vaidyanathan is in delhi. hindu groups are celebrating here at india's supreme court after the justices delivered a unanimous verdict. now their decision gives a hindu
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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, ahead of this verdict, called for calm across india, and said that this will not be
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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. bushfires in southeastern australia have left at least three people dead — with officials saying the number of casualties is expected to rise. thousands in new south wales have been forced to flee their homes while firefighters work to tackle the blazes — now into their second day. 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, it is still dangerous. further outbreaks have happened close to where i live. i don't know what the situation is like. i think my house is safe but i won't know until i can see in the morning and get an update then. it
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isa morning and 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 we are not getting the rain to help us keep the undergrowth damp and so we've got a tinderbox sitting here thatis we've got a tinderbox sitting here that is just burning. we've got a tinderbox sitting here that isjust burning. judy in south—eastern australia talking to us south—eastern australia talking to us about the impact of the bushfires there. let's return to politics now. the scottish national party 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. we are campaigning today for a fairer deal for we are campaigning today for a fairer dealfor young we are campaigning today for a fairer deal for young people, in particular an end to the age discrimination around the statutory living wage. right now you can do exactly the same job with the same duties and workjust as hard but get paid duties and workjust as hard but get pa id less if duties and workjust as hard but get paid less if you happen to be under
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25 and that is wrong, and we will be campaigning in the next uk parliament to have that discrimination ended. if we could have powers over employment law devolved to scotland it is something the scottish parliament should do and that brings forward one of the key m essa g es and that brings forward one of the key messages in this campaign for the snp which is we should put scholar‘s future into scotland's hands, not allow westminster to dictate this issue. do you see the problems of running on such an anti brexit message that there are people here who want to just see it done over and to stay ultimately in the 0k? over and to stay ultimately in the ok? i respect the view of everybody who takes a different view to me on brexit but the reality is the overwhelming majority of the people in scotland opposed brexit, didn't vote for it back in 2016 and are very strongly opposed to it now. they are also opposed to the com plete they are also opposed to the complete mess that brexit is becoming. i have spoken to some people in this campaign who voted
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for brexit in 2016 and i think it is such a mess that they want to escape it, just like others do. you see what happens to labour when they try to sit on the fence on big issues like brexit, the snp position is clear, it is the position that is right for scotland's interest, we shouldn't get dragged out of the eu against our will, we should have the future of our country and our own hands. the leader of the liberal democrats, jo swinson, has also been on the campaign trail today — announcing plans to introduce free childcare for children aged between nine and 2a months where their parents are in work. here she is speaking a short while ago. apparently, so many parentsjust do not have the luxury of choice when it comes to how they look after their children. we will support families as theyjuggle the demands of modern life by giving them a proper choice on how they organise
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their lives. a liberal democrat government will provide working pa rents government will provide working parents with free high quality childcare from when their child is nine months old until theirfirst day at school. applause we will fund 35 free hours a week, 48 weeks a year, for every child aged two to four, and for children with parents who are back at work from nine months. and this isn't just about making lives easier for pa rents, just about making lives easier for parents, we know how important early yea rs parents, we know how important early years education is to a child's development. our offer means that disadvantaged children don't fall behind their peers by the time they start school. investing in those early years is the best way to narrow the gap between rich and poor
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children. we will transform childcare so every family and every childcare so every family and every child can thrive. 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 an mp for liverpool walton — has denied the buzzfeed news 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 u na cce pta ble. i am looking into it. asjeremy corbyn said the labour candidate in question — dan carden — has denied the allegations against him... relating to a coach trip some twenty months ago. (00v) (00v)he took relating to a coach trip
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some twenty months ago. he took to twitter to say: this was a coach full of journalists and mps. if anyone genuinely believed any anti—semitic behaviour had taken place, they would've had a moral responsibility... to report it immediately. yet this allegation is only made now when a general election is imminent. he goes on to say... i stand by my record as an anti racist campaigner. i would never be part of any behaviour that undermines my commitment to fighting racism in all its forms. full coverage is on the bbc website. calling all fans of big bird and the cookie monster... this weekend marks the fiftieth 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 are fully 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 about sesame is that it is
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a multi—generational appeal, that you have kids growing up with it, you have their parents. 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 one 100th. tim allman, bbc news. we all remember our favourite characters from that programme. i wonder if they could be persuaded to come and sit by this desk one day. let's get the weather now. it's been a very cold weekend, more like december, january. it's been the coldest night of the autumn so far in scotland. this weather front here is bringing some very wet weather to some southern parts of
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the uk so a pretty miserable saturday across the south of that heavy rain on top of it it is cold and those temperatures are struggling, just a few degrees above freezing in some areas. through the night, the skies will remain in scotla nd night, the skies will remain in scotland and northern england so it'll be cold and frost —— frosty and temperatures could dip down to 7 degrees. here, a bit more cloud in the uk, temperatures round about four or the uk, temperatures round about fouror5 the uk, temperatures round about four or 5 degrees. remembrance sunday, the weather is looking absolutely fine, perhaps a mist and fog in the morning but plenty of sunshine and the way but again it will be quite a cold day in the north of the country, only around 6 degrees.
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hello this is bbc news. the headlines. 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. 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. angela merkel leads events in germany to mark thirty years since the fall of the berlin wall and urges people to stand up forfundamental values. the values upon which europe are
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founded, freedom, democracy, equality, rule of law, the preservation of human rights, they absolutely cannot be taken for granted. and now on bbc news, victoria derbyshire takes a look back at some of the highlights from her programme this week. hello, welcome to our programme. over the next half an hour, we'll bring you some of the highlights and original journalism from our show in the last week. on tuesday, we brought you a shocking investigation about instagram and self—harm. it all stems from the phone of one 17—year—old norwegian teenager called andrina, who took her own life. the evidence left behind on her phone has revealed the scale of self—harm and suicide material being shared across networks of private instagram accounts. andrina live—posted the moments leading up to her


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