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talks, but no resolution yet between leaders in greater manchester and the government over tougher coronavirus restrictions. as ministers threaten imposing stricter measures if there's no agreement, greater manchester's mayor says more financial help is needed. the places they are trying to close in tier three — pubs, bookies, gyms — these are places where people are on low wages, and what we're saying is you cannot take away their place of work and not give them support. andy has a straightforward choice. is he going to put public health and the economy of the people of greater manchester first? if he is, then we can secure agreement today. we'll be asking how far the government's local lockdown strategy is under strain. also tonight...
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thousands gather in cities across france in support of the schoolteacher beheaded after showing cartoons of the prophet muhammad to pupils. the misery of living with endometriosis — tomorrow mps will call for much faster diagnosis. and could the state of pennsylvania be the decisive win in the us presidential election? good evening. the labour mayor of greater manchester, andy burnham, has continued to clash with the government over lockdown restrictions for the region. mr burnham wants greater financial support if the strictest measures are introduced. he has today spoken with a senior downing street adviser, but earlier accused borisjohnson of exaggerating the severity
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of coronavirus in the area. his words were echoed by the senior conservative mp sir graham brady, whose constituency is in the region. the cabinet office minister michael gove accused mr burnham of inconsistency in his approach. here's our deputy political editor, vicki young. waiting for work and waiting to find out what's coming next for greater manchester. taxi driverjohn says for months the tighter rules here compared to many other parts of the country have meant fewer passengers. he's worried about the possibility of even more restrictions. we need help up in the north. if you want to bring these things in, you know, we need financial backing, because otherwise it's going to be even worse again. this has been going on for a long time now and nothing seems to be resolved. i know covid's notjust going to disappear overnight, but people who work, whether it be in pay—as—you—go unemployment, self—employed, businesses, they all need help, otherwise... you've still got bills to pay. for days, politicians here and in london have been trying
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to reach an agreement. the region's labour mayor, andy burnham, has accused the government of exaggerating manchester's rise in covid cases and says more restrictions must mean more financial support. what we need is a fair financial framework if the government are going to insist on tier 3. at the moment, they're doing side deals with individual councils. that isn't good enough for me. let's remember, the places they're trying to close in tier 3 — pubs, bookies, gyms — these are places where people are on low wages. and what we're saying is you cannot take away their place of work and not give them support. mr burnham says he hasn't seen any scientific evidence that extra measures would work, but ministers insist action is needed soon. the fundamental incoherence of the position of andy burnham is that, on the one hand, as i say, he says, "actually, the virus is not spreading at a rate that merits these restrictions," and then he's saying,
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"but actually, i will have them if i have the money." if he were being truly concerned about public health, then he would say, "let's have these restrictions now." and the other thing is, the earlier we have the restrictions, in those areas where there is high incidence, the better for the economy of those areas because we stop the infection spreading in a way which will do further damage to the economy as well as to public health. it's not just labour politicians who are sceptical. some conservative mps in the area have also been speaking out. manchester is pretty united. certainly, the members of parliament of both parties, the council leaders of both parties and the mayor of greater manchester have been resisting a move to tier 3 on the basis that we simply haven't been given the evidence that it would be effective. rising cases are forcing politicians everywhere into action. welsh government ministers met this afternoon to discuss options for a further tightening
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of restrictions across wales. the first minister has said that a short, sharp lockdown could slow the spread of the virus. vicki young, bbc news. let's speak to our health correspondent, dominic hughes, who's in salford, which is in greater manchester. what do the figures there tell us of what's going on? the question i think many people in greater manchester might be asking themselves tonight is whether the situation here is grave and worsening, with cases doubling every nine days, which is how the prime minister described the situation on friday, or whether the mayor of greater manchester andy burnham is right to describe that as an exaggeration. since the ist of september we can see the infection rate in the city of man on this chart, the blue line, rose sharply for the first few weeks. around the same time that thousands of students returned to the city at the start of the university year. but in the days leading up to the 10th of october it
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has since declined. now, over the same period, the wider region of greater manchester, the line in red, which includes nine other boroughs, again sawa which includes nine other boroughs, again saw a steady rise. there were again saw a steady rise. there were a few peaks and troughs but then it shows signs of levelling off in recent weeks. if we look at infection rates for the week ending the 12th of october manchester was running at a58 infections per 100,000 people, in comparison nottingham was at 880, while derry and stra bane nottingham was at 880, while derry and strabane in northern ireland was at more than 1000. but in many ways it doesn't matter how many people are getting infected with the virus, it's how many people are falling so seriously ill that they are admitted to hospital. if a big group of stu d e nts to hospital. if a big group of students becomes infected with the coronavirus they are fit and healthy, in their early 20s for example, they are unlikely to place an enormous burden on the health service. but it's when people who are elderly or have underlying health conditions start falling ill, that's when we are likely to see hospital admission is rising and
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the health service experiencing pressures we saw in the spring. dominic, thank you. vicki young in westminster, how far is the government's local lockdown strategy under strain? well, i think it is and what's interesting is if you look across the united kingdom the different approaches being taken. in northern ireland they have introduced a four weeks of extra restrictions, pubs and restaurants closing. the welsh government is set to introduce its own short, sharp period of extra measures too, they are likely to make that decision tomorrow, but boris johnson are likely to make that decision tomorrow, but borisjohnson is sticking to this local approach. he wa nts to sticking to this local approach. he wants to do everything separately. he thinks it's far more targeted and a better way to operate. 0f he thinks it's far more targeted and a better way to operate. of course it isa a better way to operate. of course it is a slow process. today, both sides, greater manchester and the government here in london, have said that things have been more constructive, and i do get a sense talking to both sides that there is more of a willingness to get together. now, the treasury is
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sticking by what it said previously, that it will only pay two thirds of the wages of workers whose businesses are forced to shut. they won't budge there. but i don't get the impression they would block it if extra money was required. it's not just greater manchester, if extra money was required. it's notjust greater manchester, of course, south yorkshire tomorrow will have more talks about whether extra restrictions should be brought in their too. but i think politicians of all parties will not be thanked if they can't get together and come up with a solution. 0k, vicki young, many things, in westminster. —— many thanks. let's take a look at the latest government figures. they show there were 16,982 new coronavirus infections recorded in the latest 2a—hour period. the average number of new cases reported per day in the last week is now 16,959. 67 deaths were reported — that's people who died within 28 days of a positive covid—19 test. that means on average in the past week, 117 deaths were announced every day. it takes the total number of deaths
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so far across the uk to a3,6a6. thousands of people have taken part in rallies across france to express outrage at the beheading of a teacher in a suspected islamist attack. samuel paty was killed near paris on friday, after showing pupils cartoons of the prophet muhammad during a lesson on freedom of speech. 0ur paris correspondent, lucy williamson, reports. applause once again, around the figure of marianne, a sea of defiance. this statue, this square, a homing point for a nation whose values have come under attack. since his death on friday, samuel paty, like others before him, has become a symbol of france itself. translation: it's important to be here today to show our collective strength because that's what can help us follow our principles during tough times. translation: we're here to defend the values of the republic —
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liberty, equality, fraternity and secularism. the government is too inactive. something must be done. the prime minister, jean castex, arrived in place de la republique in a mask printed with the french flag. his message on twitter today read, "you won't scare us, we're france." the newest slogan on posters here, "i am samuel" or, simply, "i am a teacher", an echo of the rallying cry sparked by the attacks on charlie hebdo five years ago. this sombre rally is a show of unity in the wake of samuel paty‘s death, but it's also proof of the power of social media to deliver a message and bring people together. the same power that enabled a one—man campaign against a local teacher to spiral out of control. samuel paty was killed by a man who knew him only through social media, the result of an online campaign launched by an outraged parent that spread quickly outside
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conflans. across france, tens of thousands of people have joined the rallies in his name. a man who stood for the values of the nation, remembered today by a nation standing with him. lucy williamson, bbc news, paris. let's take a look at some of today's other news. a convicted killer who helped to stop a terror attack near london bridge last november is to be considered for parole ten months early. steven gallant, who knew the victims jack merritt and saskia jones, was on day release when he intervened to end the attack. michael gove has insisted the door remains "ajar" for the eu, if it changes its position in talks aimed at striking a post—brexit trade deal. the prime minister has said that the uk is getting ready to end the brexit transition period without a deal. but business groups have urged both sides to compromise, saying an agreement is needed to savejobs. the hay literary festival has accused a senior royal in uae —
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sheikh nahyan bin mubarak al nahyan — of an "appalling violation" after he allegedly sexually assaulted one of their employees. caitlin mcnamara claims the senior sheikh — who is also minister for tolerance — attacked her earlier this year, and she is seeking legal redress. sheikh nahyan, who's 69, has denied the allegations. italy has announced a new raft of measures to tighten restrictions amid a surge in coronavirus cases. mayors will get powers to close public areas after 9pm and the opening times of restaurants and the size of groups allowed will tighten. the moves come as italy recorded over 11,000 recorded over 11,700 new cases — its highest daily infection rate for the second day in a row. tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of bangkok for the fourth day in a row, demanding political reform. the rallies took place
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in defiance of a government ban on gatherings there. the protesters, who are mostly young people, want power to move away from the military and the monarchy. from bangkok, jonathan head sent this report. friday night in downtown bangkok. police advance on a political rally. never mind it was mostly students, schoolchildren and commuters dropping in on their way home. they got the full treatment. water cannon laced with blue dye and tear gas. it hasn't put them off though. they gathered again this weekend, demanding notjust a change of government, but a radical overhaul of the political establishment which has ruled this country throughout the modern era. this show of youthful defiance could be in hong kong or anywhere in the world where a younger generation feels let down by their rulers. but these young protesters
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are going up against one of the most powerful and untouchable institutions anywhere in the world — the thai monarchy. by demanding that their king's power and spending be accountable for the first time, these people have put a bomb under the political debate in this country. king vajiralongkorn succeeded his much—loved father four years ago. he cuts a very different figure. his decision to increase his already considerable power and wealth, then ride out the covid crisis living abroad, have cost him public support. he has been back this past week and urged that young thais be taught to love the monarchy. most of these youngsters will have been taught exactly that at school. yet they are unimpressed. flashing the hunger games
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salute that's become the symbol of their defiance, they want their king to behave more like a modern monarch. they used our tax in the wrong way. it should be with the people who really need it, and they still don't support us, and they want us, like, to be quiet, and that's not right, that's not our freedom, that's not how it's supposed to be. in the past, saying even that might have got these protesters a long prison sentence — or worse. thailand's history has been punctuated by violent suppressions of dissent. this time, perhaps, there will be a different ending. jonathan head, bbc news, bangkok. last year, thousands of women responded to a bbc investigation into endometriosis — a condition which affects one in ten in the uk. it can cause chronic pain, heavy periods and infertility — but there's no known cause or cure.
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after the bbc‘s findings, a parliamentary inquiry was launched, and tomorrow it will publish its report. it will call for governments across the uk to commit to cutting diagnosis times by half — after finding the average has remained at eight years for over a decade. sarah campbell has been hearing from some women about their experiences of endometriosis. she gasps. i'm having excruciating stabbing pains in my right ovary. i tried to kill myself more than once. not living is so much better than the idea of continuing to live with this pain. you look fine on the outside, but on the inside you are bleeding, you are broken. it really doesn't care what dreams you have. i may not be dying, but it's killed my soul. a personal trainer, natalie
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appears fit and healthy, but like more than a million others, on the inside, every month, tissue similar to that found in her womb builds up elsewhere. when it breaks down, unlike a period, the blood has no way to escape her body, leading to pain and inflammation. nice, keeping those hips forward. engage the core. there is currently no cure for endometriosis, but effective treatment depends on early diagnosis, and on average it takes around eight years for that to happen, and there are further barriers, according to the mps' enquiry, for those from black, asian and minority ethnic communities. i just felt a bit dismissed and obviously not being listened to. pain is pain. if a woman or a man has been in pain, they are feeling pain, it shouldn't matter about their race, they should be taken seriously. i've probably been in hospital over 20 times across about a ten year period. to date i've had six surgeries and probably around 50 other
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invasive procedures. it's very much like a guinea pig. you try because you never know, this may help. we first met michelle a year ago. aged just a1, she felt the only option left to her was to undergo a full hysterectomy. it's a year on, everything has changed. how have you been over the last year? i've been very up and down. it still hasn't been easy. it's definitely not a cure. she told me her hope is that the parliamentary enquiry will lead to change. the best part is that we've been heard. our experiences are feeding into the way society, the medical professionals, the government, treat endometriosis and see endometriosis for the problem it actually is. we should want to know more about this illness that is ravaging people's lives left, right and centre. we need awareness, we need research and we need better treatment options.
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this change needs to happen now, because i don't want another woman suffering for ten years like i have. thank you for listening. that report from sarah campbell. with little more than two weeks to go to the us presidential election, donald trump has been campaigning in the battleground states that will decide this contest. one of the most important areas is the so called rust belt — that's america's old industrial heartland in the north—east of the country. four years ago the state of pennsylvania was unexpectedly won by donald trump. it was the first time the state had voted for a republican candidate in almost 30 years. nick bryant reports now on how pennsylvania could play a critical role in this year's election. an ugly american election is being fought amidst this beautiful american landscape. what often feels like a shared continent occupied
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by warring tribes. this is the trump house in rural pennsylvania — a site of pilgrimage for a political base that often exhibits a near cult—like devotion, a shrine decorated with the iconography of the modern—day american right. its owner, leslie rossi, points to how the republicans have registered more than twice as many new voters in pennsylvania as the democrats, a portent of victory. they love what president trump has done, that he kept his word, that he kept his promises, that he did all the things he said, or tried to. he is, you know, the people's president and they get that. this is the post—industrial landscape that provided the seedbed for the trump presidency. the rusting steel works became echo chambers for the slogan "make america great again". but this year, he hasn't come up with a ringing phrase that's reverberated through these
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valleys. the 2020 election is not a rerun of the 2016 election. donald trump is not an insurgent, he's the incumbent. he has a record to defend. and then there's that question that often decides presidential contests — is the country better off now than it was four years ago? some plants have seen new investment, but the steel industry now employs almost 2,000 fewer workers than it did four years ago, largely as a result of the trump trade war. this isn't coming back. places like this will never come back. this style of manufacturing that existed throughout the 20th century is gone. has donald trump revived these communities? no, not in the way that these communities wanted to be revived. manufacturing hasn't come back. steel hasn't come back — and it won't.
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the political rationale forjoe biden‘s candidacy was that he was the democrat best placed to win back white voters in the rust belt, former trump supporters like chuck howenstein. in 2020, i think it's a perfect storm forjoe biden because i think people are tired. they want to see normalcy back in this country. they want to see decency. they want to see this hatred stop. they want to see this country united, and i think all of that together is going to bring joe biden the presidency. many voters here still cling to the nostalgic nationalism that donald trump offers and view him as a president of american resurgence. but are there enough of them in these broken communities to win him four more years? nick bryant, bbc news, pennsylvania. and for more analysis on the us election, join jon sopel and emily maitlis on "americast" — available on bbc sounds,
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the bbc news channel and online. there's more throughout the evening on the bbc news channel. now on bbc one it's time for the news where you are. good night.
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hello. this is bbc news. i'm martine croxall. and we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with martin lipton, the chief sports reporterfor the sun, and the economics commentator grace bla kely. that's coming up straight after the headlines. i was iwasa i was a bit quick over that, wasn't i? whether first, though, i was a bit quick over that, wasn't i? whetherfirst, though, with nick. hello. there may not have been much sunshine this weekend. the autumn colours, though, are trying to make up for that.
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here's a view from earlier in west yorkshire. and, well, some of these leaves will not be on the trees too long this week. the winds are picking up. nothing too extreme, mind you. more significant will be the rain coming in as low pressure will be moving across the uk as the week goes on, and some of that rain is going to be quite heavy. in fact, the rain is moving into northern ireland and scotland as the night goes on. parts of northern england, especially the further north you are. south of that, it will stay mainly dry. a few breaks in the cloud. one or two mist and fog patches. this is where temperatures may end up a little bit lower than this. but double figures in belfast as we start the day tomorrow. maybe a brief lull in the rain early on in northern ireland, but further heavy rain will come in quite quickly in the morning and stick around throughout the day, and then push across scotland as well. so the rain totals will certainly start to mount through monday in parts of northern ireland, and particularly western scotland. so there may be a few impacts from that, and some rain pushing more widely across north—west england as the day goes on, into parts of wales. whereas, elsewhere in england and wales, maybe some hazy brightness. all parts having the breeze picking up.
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there will be higher temperatures. it is a southerly breeze. and into monday night, this weather front is going to take its rain across england and wales. those areas that have stayed dry during the day. not too much on this one. still some further heavy rain, though, on tuesday across northern scotland. quite a strong easterly wind, here. whereas, elsewhere, mild winds coming in from the south with sunshine and a few showers. but it looks like some prolonged downpours coming back into northern ireland and parts of scotland during the day. it looks to be the windiest day on tuesday. some gales through the irish sea. the mildest day, too. look at this. 18 celsius in hull on tuesday. but then again it is going to be pretty blustery and you may catch a shower. tuesday night into wednesday, eventually the rain is going to ease from scotland and northern ireland. but we are going to see another area of rain pushing into particularly central and eastern parts of england, though wales could see a bit of rain, too. and some of this is going to be quite heavy as well with brisk winds associated with that. still mild to the south, turning a little bit cooler across scotland and northern ireland. so it is all change
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in our weather this week. there will be rain, some heavy rain at times, and winds are picking up, too. milder to start the week. bye— bye.
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hello. this is bbc news. i'm martine croxall. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow mornings papers in a moment with the chief sports reporter for the sun, martin lipton, and the economics commentator, grace blakeley. first the headlines: the mayor of greater manchester accuses boris johnson of exaggerating the spread of coronavirus in the area to try to persuade local leaders to accept tougher restriction as he calls for increased financial support. anywhere could end up in tier three this winter. in fact, i would say places are likely to end up in tier three. therefore, it's everyone's concern to protect the lowest paid in our community. the earlier we have the restrictions, in those areas where there is high instance, the better for the economy of those
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areas because we stop the infection spreading in a way which will do further damage to the economy. the government says there have been nearly 17,000 more cases of coronavirus in the uk, reported in the last 2a hours, and a further 67 people have died. there's fierce debate over possible further lockdown restrictions in wales that could last for up to three weeks. an annoucement could be made in the next 2a hours. vigils and rallies are held across france after a teacher was beheaded in an islamist attack close to his school in a paris suburb on friday. hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. with me are the chief sports reporterfor the sun,


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