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this is bbc news. the headlines at 6pm... seven severe flood warnings, meaning there's a danger to life, are still in place along the river don in south yorkshire. we the river don in south yorkshire. are near the villa where we are near the village of fish lake where dozens of people have been evacuated from their homes. —— fishlake. 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. translation: the values upon which
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europe is founded. freedom, democracy, equality, rule of law, the preservation of human rights. they absolutely cannot be taken for 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... coming up, sportsday will have all the latest sports news as england's lionesses take on germany... good evening. if you'vejustjoined us, welcome to bbc news. flooding and rail cancellations are affecting parts of the north of england and the midlands, after the recent torrential
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downpours, that caused rivers to burst their banks. seven severe flood warnings, meaning a threat to life, are still in place on the river don in south yorkshire, while derbyshire police have named the woman who died, after being swept away by floodwaters on the river derwent near the town of matlock. she was annie hall, a former high sheriff of derbyshire. well, our correspondent fiona trott is at stainforth in south yorkshire, with more for us this evening. it has been a changing picture over the last couple of days, what is it looking like now and what impact has that had on flooding? the floodwaters have receded in some parts of northern england. but the situation we have no fishlake tonight is that there were some residents in that village you are basically living on an island. that is how it is being described by local people here. completely surrounded by floodwater after the river don burst its banks. all day,
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five specialist and rescue teams insisted members of the local community use a boat to get to those people and evacuate dozens of families from their homes. they are now being looked after in a local community centre. they do not yet know when they are able to return. the village residents are leaving behind. the raids and fishlake are like rivers tonight, unless you have a boat the only way to travel is by tractor. at times like these, local farmers are happy to help out. it is how emergency supplies have been reaching residents. all of them alarmed by how quickly it happened. i've never seen it like this. in all my life. apparently it flooded in 1933 or so. i've never seen it this bad. some people here have decided to stay, but for one woman that is not an option. the prospect of being trapped could not be more serious. we only moved in five weeks ago. i'm
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waiting for a transplant. 13 miles away in bentley, residents are counting the cost of the clear up. all of this has got to be replaced. diane called an‘s family were flooded into thousand and seven and could not afford new insurance was they say they want help and the council is not providing it. as soon as possible, we need skips. cars are managing to get through as you can see, so managing to get through as you can see, so can a wagon managing to get through as you can see, so can a wagon with a skip on the back of it. what are we supposed to do with this? get on with it? leave you to it? what are we supposed to do with this rancid, smelly contaminated stuff. doncaster council has described the situation is highly complex and says it has been very difficult to predict and control future events. in derbyshire, matlock has been one of the worst affected areas there. the woman who died after being caught in
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floodwater near darley dale has today been named as the former high sheriff annie hall. she has been described as a great leader who will be hugely missed. it will be weeks before this village and others like it reach some kind of normality. in the meantime, the government says it has launched an emergency fund so local authorities can help safeguard peoples lives and property. worried and angry residents in that report, what have the council said in response? some of the women we we re in response? some of the women we were speaking to in that part of doncaster today, in bentley, said they were used to getting stuck in and helping one another help. but they were disappointed with the council not helping them do that. why not open one of the community centres where we can get tea, coffee and hot meals? why are the council being so slow to respond? that lady was talking about skips and the clean—up operation. the council are
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clear. what doncaster council are saying tonight is that they are in an emergency response stage and dealing with what they call a complex situation. they hope in two to three days, then they can start looking at the response and deal with those complaints. first and for most, like the situation here in fishlake where you have a community virtually cut—off from the rest of the area here, they have to respond to that first. that is their priority and then they will deal with everything else later. they say if it is an emergency, you must contact emergency services and the council and be given help. fiona trott, thank you. earlier i spoke to craig wingfield, whose home in doncaster has been flooded. he told me that despite weather warnings, sand bags arrived too late — after there was already a foot of water in his house... on the thursday night, me and my dad
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went to the river don to keep anionic. we find the council on the thursday night, and asked for sandbags from the council, but how did we know that we were going to get flooded like that? then the next morning, the sandbags came at about nine o'clock. the water was a foot deepin nine o'clock. the water was a foot deep in our house. it was too late, really? you have presumably no idea now that the rain has started again, don't know if it is raining in doncaster but it is raining in the area. it is raining. heavy? yes, they've had to put all of the sandbags back—up. we could get flooded again, they are actually
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pumping water from the roads into the river don and then it will come back onto our street. and when you look at the prospects, you got through last night, successfully, albeit the terrible damage that has been done to where you live, that is there a point where you say no, we don't want to be here while this is going on? we want to go and stay with relatives or friends? me and my dad have stopped to get everything sorted. my mum and my grandad have gone to my brothers to stay there a couple of nights. craig winfield talking to me in the last hour. and as we get more on the problems and the attempts to solve them, to deal with the flooding
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situation in parts of the midlands and north of england, we will bring it to you here on bbc news. we do have half hourly weather bulletins to keep you up—to—date. it's been a busy day on the election campaign trail, with the main parties unveiling new policy pledges. the conservatives have announced plans to train more gps, while labour and the liberal democrats are focussing on more support for childcare. here's our political correspondent, iain watson. it's enough to raise your blood pressure. you know what it's like? try to get a non—urgent appointment with your doctor and you can wet days, sometimes one of the week. today the conservatives promised an injection of more gps into the health service in england by 2025. 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. but hang on, what happened to the 5000 gps the conservatives
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promised at the 2015 election? that target has not been reached. the reality will be seeing these delivered on. whichever government we have it a few weeks' time, we need to recognise the stressed state of general practice and we need them to recognise that these promises are solid and should be delivered on and they should be delivered on swiftly. labour claim public services have got worse since the conservatives came to power. jeremy corbyn was at a children's arts project in leeds but says many facilities have closed in recent years. he is pledging to set up 1000 preschool sure start centres and extending entitlement to child care. he says we will be told how this will be paid for it later in the campaign. we are determined to open children's centres so that sure start can be a reality, as it was in the past for so many of our children. all of our funding commitments will be clearly there in the grey book that will be published alongside our manifesto. not to be outdone, at a rally
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in london the lib dem leader had her own offer on childcare. a liberal democrat government will provide working parents with free, high—quality child care from when their child is nine months old until their first day at school. there has not been too much talk of the b word for the politicians today although stop brexit is part of the official lib dem campaign slogan and jo swinson has tried to convince us and indeed some of her own party members that she has a much broader agenda. usually at elections politicians never miss the opportunity to kiss a baby. today, though, it is the parents who are being love bombed but high—quality childcare does not come cheap. certainly whoever is in power will have a struggle between making sure the funding rate is high enough that providers can deliver the high—quality care that they want to but at the same time keep control of the overall cost. there is clearly an appetite for policies other than brexit on the political menu. today there was plenty of sweeteners for the voters. but there is still no such as a free lunch.
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iain watson, bbc news. 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 30 years since the fall of the berlin wall, a potent symbol of the cold war divide, between east and west. the chancellor angela merkel, who grew up in east germany, said the anniversary should be a call for europeans, to stand up for freedom, tolerance and human rights. jenny hill reports from berlin berlin's getting ready to party. celebrations to mark a moment which shaped the world as we know it today. cornelia was 11 when the wall
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came down and the doors to the west we re came down and the doors to the west were flung open. i remember also when we could go to the west part, the smell. i would never forget about the smelling in the shops because it was such an amazing smell, i never had before. in 1961, with the world watching, east berlin became a prison. its citizens sealed off from friends and family in the west. 30 yea rs off from friends and family in the west. 30 years after it fell, it is still a powerful symbol of division. there is not much of it left a day. it is the focused of commemorations, led by angle of merkel, who herself grew up behind the iron curtain. for monica, an emotional day. the wall, she told us, tore herfamily apart. she never knew her grandfather, who lived in the west. by the time the wall fell, he was dead. it was
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astonishingly a bloodless revolution, which followed weeks of street protests. many declared the birth of a new world order. one which somewhat 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. for germany, this is a bit of sweet day. a commemoration of hardship endured, a celebration of freedom one but a chance too to reflect on new divisions. but tonight, lit up with celebration, berlin will simply remember the days so berlin will simply remember the days so many berlin will simply remember the days so many never berlin will simply remember the days so many never dared to hope would come. let's cross to berlin, where the concert commemorating the fall of
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the berlin wall is taking place at that most iconic of berlin landmarks, the brandenburg gate. let's listening. i'm sorry we cannot bring you the sound of the concert, it isa bring you the sound of the concert, it is a splendid site. we have got the images of that, here we go, we are now hearing some of the music from this concert that marks the wall falling. brandenburg became one of the most important symbols of german history. that is a lovely image. they have flashed up on the hologram there photographs from the days leading up to the fall of the berlin wall, and famous commemorative events back injune 1987, for example, when ronald reagan committed then us president, stood at the brandenburg gate and
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delivered his famous words, mr gorbachev, tear down this wall. it was another four years before it fell but it fell quicker than anyone predicted it would follow in the death of the leader of east germany and his successors, who basically made the decision not to use troops to suppress peaceful weekly protests. we will hear the start of the next piece of music, you can see the next piece of music, you can see the images. angela merkel said it was a moment when east and west came together, with universal values commonly shared by europeans. classical music plays.
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that is the concert taking place tonight in berlin, quite the city to bn on this remarkable commemorating 3o bn on this remarkable commemorating 30 years since the fall of the berlin wall. 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. india's supreme court has ruled in favour of a hindu claim to a bitterly disputed religious site in the town of ayodhya.
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it's controversial because a sixteenth century mosque that previously stood on the land was torn down by hindu nationalist protestors in 1992 , an act that triggered deadly riots across india. our correspondent rajini vaidya—nathan is in delhi and sent this report. they have waited decades for this moment. today, hindus celebrated victory in one of the most bitter land disputes india has seen. translation: this is a historic judgment, with this judgment of the hindu groups have been given sole custody of the disputed land. land here in one of the holiest cities in india, ayodhya, which hindus believe is the birthplace of lord ram, one of the religions most revered gods. but muslims have also worshipped here for generations. it is in this town that the 16th
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century babri mosque once stood. until it was torn down by hardline hindu groups in 1992. the communal violence and riots which followed killed at least 2000 people across india. and, exposed some of the countries deep religious divides. today, thejudges said the destruction of the mosque was illegal, even so they ruled in favour of hindu groups arguing a structure underneath the site was not islamic. muslims will now be given a separate plot of land to build a mosque. india's supreme court has now ruled on one of the worlds most contentious property disputes. building a temple in ayodhya has long been a key plank of the ruling hindu nationalist bjp party's agenda. today's judgment is being seen as a key victory for the party which is led by prime minister narendra modi.
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but some question where this leaves the secular values that this country was built on. translation: i think this country is on its way to become a hindu nation. bjp and its allies have started this agenda from ayodhya and will move it forward to other parts of the country. but, for many, today's verdict has handed something to both sides and brings some closure to one of the country's most inconsequential and controversial land disputes. 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. officials are warning the number of people killed could rise, as fire—hit areas are inspected. phil mercer is in sydney and has this report. the bushfire crisis spans two states in eastern australia. monstrous walls of the flames have terrorised towns and villages.
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many blazes in northern new south wales and parts of queensland continue to burn out of control, despite a military—style firefighting effort. 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
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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 of eastern australia a tinderbox. 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
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week could see the danger return. protesters in hong kong have held a vigil for those they call martyrs from the pro—democracy demonstrations. some have demanded revenge" after a student died in hospital after falling from a car park. stephen mcdonell is in hong kong. thousands of people have gathered in this park in the heart of hong kong, to mark the death of the student activist who fell from a car park. this vigil has been or generalised bya this vigil has been or generalised by a church and turned into something of a political rally —— organised. we do not know why he fell from the car park but that it happened at a time when riot police we re happened at a time when riot police were approaching, firing tear gas into the car park and it has led to renewed calls for an enquiry. as you can see, there are thousands of people here. it is still dominating
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public discourse in the city today. it marks five months since the mass rally which is generally considered to be the start of this political crisis. at the moment, there is no way that you can come to hong kong and avoid the crisis. people are exhausted. the —— nobody knows when or if the crisis will finish and the death of the student has meant emotions are even more intense at the moment. it really has sent shock waves through the city. stephen macdonald at the vigil in hong kong being held for the first person to die as a result of the hong kong protests. now, the leader of the liberal democrats has announced plans to introduce free childcare for children aged between nine and 2a months where their
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parents are in work. our political correspondent iain watson has been speaking tojo swinson and asked her how the lib dems would be funding this. we are setting out two different tax changes on capital gains tax and it is more important we give children the best start and support to working families, they are continuing to cut corporation tax. with changes in capital gains tax, we are able to fund this policy. the full costings of the manifesto will be published in a short amount of time, and all of those details will be there. effectively this is about investing in our future and we have to be upfront, we recognise that taxes on business and the most wealthy will have to pay for this. your slogan is stop brexit and building a better future. your slogan is stop brexit and building a betterfuture. your members have heard a lot about
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stopping brexit but not so much about the future. is this a changing strategy, we will see a broader policy agenda from you? we do want to stop brexit, that is well understood and this week we have set out different elements of our plan for the future and it is a much brighter future. whether our bold action to tackle the climate emergency or extra investment into mental health so people get the help they need when they need it, we have got exciting and ambitious plans for the future. you are about more than brexit? much more. obviously stopping brexit makes it more possible for us to build a brighter future because we will have more money and tax revenue because the economy will be better supported if we remain in the eu. labour will say that you are part of a government who closed sure start centres? we are setting out £1 billion for sure
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start. that is what labour are setting out and we are more ambitious on our childcare policies. there's nothing for parents struggling to afford childcare at the point where they want to go back to work. all of the other parties are saying they will not give people help until their child is to three years old but that is where we say thatis years old but that is where we say that is not good enough and we will give free childcare until parents go back to work. jo swinson speaking there. now it's time for a look at the weather with tomasz schafernaker. the weather is not great there that pretty scenes too. this picture coming in from shropshire. a lovely wintry scene, if you like that sort of thing. the story this evening will be heavy rain across southern and central parts of england. this is the weather front that has brought the wet and snowy weather to western parts of the uk. the rain
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that we did have two days ago is still causing problems across parts of south yorkshire. various severe flood warnings in force on the river don. dangerous levels there but the rain falling right now is heavy across southern areas of the uk. this was central southern england, berkshire, the london area. that sort of thing. not pleasant there. on top of that it is cold, but a big difference in northern england, northern ireland and scotland. the skies overnight, leading to a widespread frost. especially across scotla nd widespread frost. especially across scotland and northern england. in scotla nd scotland and northern england. in scotland in the highlands, i wouldn't be surprised if it gets down to minus seven degrees this coming night. like last night. on remembrance sunday, first thing we do have cloud, mist and murk across central and southern parts of england. on the whole, fine weather. it will be nippy, temperatures of six or 7 degrees. and this next
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weather front is bringing some six or 7 degrees. and this next weatherfront is bringing some rain. for because to bring rain to northern ireland, on sunday evening, and in the early hours of monday, we do see that rain turning into snow across the highlands. a good covering of 250 metres. a good few centimetres of snow. this is the jet stream, and what we call the air mass which is basically colder air coming in from the north. this is the jet stream shunting cold air in this direction. arrows here indicating the wind blowing out at the north—west and some showers. a cold and blustery day for many of us. showers and even thunder in places. the driest and brightest weather in the south, and eastern areas of the uk. generally, the weekend looking cold and blustery. orton.
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