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this is bbc news, with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. boris johnson announces a four—week national lockdown in england. he says no responsible prime minister could ignore the surging rates of coronavirus infection. the virus is doubling faster than we can conceivably add capacity, and so now is the time to take action, because there is no alternative. as the last weekend of campaigning hots up, trump and biden make a last bid to voters in swing states that could be key to winning the white house. the most powerful storm of the year. typhoon goni strikes the philippines, bringing wind speeds of up to 225 kilometres an hour. the film world pays tribute to sir sean connery, the originaljames bond,
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who's died at the age of 90. hello, and welcome. england is to go into a second coronavirus lockdown for a month, from thursday. the prime minister, boris johnson, is abandoning the previous regional approach, citing scientific advice that the rapidly spreading virus risks overwhelming hospitals. here's our political editor, laura kuenssberg. misery — the prime minister's own prediction of what a return to lockdown would feel like. the step he never wanted to take, the instruction again for england to close its doors. reality kicking in. we've got to be humble in the face of nature.
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and in this country, alas, as across much of europe, the virus is spreading even faster than the reasonable worst—case scenario. and so now is the time to take action, because there is no alternative. the plan, perhaps the hope, is that a month will be enough in england, and even then, the country's time of celebration won't be the same. christmas is going to be different this year, perhaps very different. but it's my sincere hope and belief that by taking tough action now, we can allow families across the country to be together. this about—turn from the prime minister, this familiar phrase. we will get through this, but we must act now to contain this autumn surge. we're not going back to the full—scale lockdown of march and april but i'm afraid, from thursday, the basic message is the same. stay at home, protect the nhs and save lives.
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the prime minister didn't want to be back at the lectern, but this is some of what confronted him in recent days. a range of projections from several groups of scientists made public tonight of the number of people who could die each day if nothing changed. 0ne suggested more than 4,000 people. all of the projections more serious than what had been the current worst—case scenario shown in black, dwarfing what happened first time round, shown here in blue. the fear shown in this separate document leaked to the bbc, which suggests that the nhs in some parts of england could be full within a fortnight, and if things continue unchecked, the nhs will not be able to accept any more patients by christmas week. you were told by your own scientists many weeks ago that you would have to take national action in order to save lives. prime minister, what took you so long? this is a constant struggle and a balance that any government has to make between lives and livelihoods.
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i do think it was right and rational to go for the regional approach. the course of the pandemic has changed and it's also right that the government should change and modulate its response in accordance, and i make absolutely no apologies for that. thank you all are very much, stay safe, thank you. until now, the prime minister had resisted the opposition‘s demands. a delay now will cost, the lockdown will be longer, it'll be harder and there's a human cost which will be very, very real. now, there's no denying these measures are necessary and i'm glad the government has finally taken the decision it should have taken weeks ago. the prime minister can't say he wasn't warned. the opposition, some of his own ministers and some of his own advisers were pushing for a limited lockdown
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many weeks ago now. but he chose instead to hold out, under pressure from the treasury and tory backbenchers, choosing instead to try to keep the disease at bay with a patchwork effect. different regulations in different parts of the country, an effort to try to guard the economy, too. but thatjudgement now looks like it was a political accident waiting to happen. there was always a risk this would happen again. that doesn't make the reality less painful for the public, or problematic indeed for a prime minister who's spent weeks resisting the move, who's once again tonight has told england to live life behind closed doors. there are just days to go until the presidential election in the united states. donald trump and joe biden are campaigning in crucial states. the president has held rallies in pennsylvania and mr bidenhas been out in michigan, with his former boss, barack 0bama. a record 90 million americans have now cast early ballots.
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an ipsos poll shows joe biden leading president trump by 5% points in pennsylvania. but mr trump is still confident of a win there. here he is speaking before boarding air force one. we're going to have a great day and i think we're doing extremely well with the votes. i think it's going to be a very interesting three days, it's going to be a very interesting tuesday. we have a big red wave that has formed, as you probably noticed. jow biden has been speaking in flint, michigan. three days! we could put an end to this presidency that has fanned the flames of hate all across this nation and made us a laughing stock around the world. millions of americans have already voted. millions more are voting today, tomorrow, and god willing, all the way through to the close of the polls on tuesday. some experts are warning of potential unrest on election day. president trump's campaign says it has an army of 50,000 people to watch for foul play at polling stations. could this lead to intimidation of voters? earlier i wasjoined
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byjustin levitt, an election law expert at loyola law school in los angeles. i asked him if anyone can turn up at a polling station to watch. it depends on the state. so, in this country, even for a federal election, our rules are state—by—state. in some states yes, in some states no, but in every state and every localjurisdiction, there are rules around interfering with the count. that is, even when you are allowed to shop and watch, you are allowed to look but not touch, to make sure that you observe but not interfere with the way the polls are conducted. right, there's looking and then there's looking. and looking itself could potentially be intimidating if it's done in a certain way or am i being too sensitive? well, i think that americans are used to some rough—and—tumble. the election day has always been boisterous and energetic and that, generally, our free—speech code says isjust fine.
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there is a 100—foot threshold that jurisdictions are allowed to set up to make sure that doesn't lead to undue electioneering at the polls and within the polls themselves, election officials are very careful to make sure that looking doesn't become intimidation, doesn't interfere with the process, and there are many tools that they have to make sure the process stays orderly on the ground. such as? they can politely request individuals to leaders and then the requests get less and less polite as escalation continues. where necessary, they have the ability to call in law enforcement. usually, things are resolved well short of there. but election officials are and have been prepared to ensure that they de—escalate tensions at the polls and make sure those who are there are watching and not intimidating or interfering. has the prospect of being watched or intimidated ever put people off from going to vote? it might but i tell you that americans are also used to going through a lot
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in order to vote and that may be, at the end of this pandemic period, the least of the problems. of the americans who will be at the polls on tuesday, will have braved conditions that in some states are getting quite bad. they will have been used to dealing with being in public and in odd and disrupted circumstances, and i don't think a stern look at the polls is going to deter them at this point. turkish president recip tayyip erdogan has visited the site of collapsed buildings in the aegean province of izmir. at least 37 people were killed and 885 injured in a strong earthquake that caused panic in the city. the bbc‘s esra yalchinap reports from izmir. speaking turkish this is the moment when this 16—year—old girl's worst nightmare came to an end, she had spent over 17
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hours under rubble. her recovery has relit the candle of hope for those waiting for the news of their loved ones. hope and despair, both still are alive in izmir as rescue efforts continue. translation: we were at the dentist with my husband. the tremor came as my husband's tooth was done. i am eight months pregnant. my husband pushed me under the table to protect me. he was still sitting on the examination chair at the time and the tremor intensified. turkey remains amongst the most ea rthquake—prone countries in the world.
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in january this year, more than 30 lives were lost when an earthquake struck sivrice in turkey's eastern province called elazig. this time, as the tragedy affects its third largest city, once again families mourn the death of their loved ones. translation: this is our neighbourhood, so i felt the need to look under the rubble. thank god we were able to save a 14—year—old boy, but also we had to recover a dead body. turkey is now suffering from collective aftershocks. field kitchens and tents have been set up for those who are traumatised or now left homeless. translation: we're living in this park. we go to our car at night and stay there, that's how we spent our day. we cannot go inside for the moment, the building is damaged, so we cannot go there. maybe we can go there tomorrow. we have to at some point. this was turkey's second major earthquake this year. as rescue efforts continue, many worry when and where
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the next deadly quake may come. esra yalchinap, bbc news. a greek orthodox priest has received life—threatening gunshot wounds while closing his church in the french city of lyon. police have arrested a suspect who is said to resemble the gunman. paul hawkins has more. it was mid afternoon outside discharge when the shooting happened on saturday. the priest was closing up at the time. translation: it was about lipm, we were in our living room and we had to big blows. i'd never heard that kind of noise. —— hear two big blows. and we heard a scream of pain right away. i saw the wounded man. i hope he is alive. in an ambulance took him away. the priest remains in a serious
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condition in hospital. he was shot and it —— in the chest twice. after which, the gunman fled the scene, sparking a manhunt. police have arrested a suspect. translation: at this stage we don't know what the motive of the attack is. no line of enquiry is preferred all ruled out, so i won't comment on the target, what sort of attack it is, we don't know yet. and that matters. in just over two weeks there have been to terror attacks in france. first, a teacher was beheaded in paris after showing cartoons of the prophet mohammed to some of his pupils. then, last thursday, three people were stabbed to death in a church in nice. the attacks leading to tensions between france and muslim majority countries, including calls to boycott french products. until now, the country's president has defended the use of the cartoons, citing freedom of
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speech, but now his stance appears to have softened. translation: i can understand and respect that people could be shocked by the caricatures, but i will never accept that violence can be justified to these cartoons, and i will a lwa ys these cartoons, and i will always defend, in my country, the freedom to speak, to write, to, to draw. —— to write, to think. the shooting in lyon has not been declared a terrorist attack, but 4000 soldiers and police have been deployed to protect sensitive sites, including places of worship, as france remains on high alert. paul hawkins, bbc news. this is bbc news, the latest headlines: the british prime minister, borisjohnson, has announced a second lockdown in england to try to control rising coronavirus infections. donald trump and joe biden make a last bid for votes in swing states that could be key to winning the white house. super typhoon goni has made
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landfall in the philippines with sustained winds of 225 kilometres an hour. 0fficials warn that goni, the most powerful storm this year, could cause catastrophic damage. parts of the main island of luzon have been hit by strong wind and torrential rain. the typhoon is likely to pass directly over the capital, manila, from where our correspondent howard johnson reports. you might be able to hear the wind blowing at the moment, this is the calm before the storm. you can see this fog hanging over manila at the moment, persistent rain here at the moment and they are waiting here for the storm who hit sometime this afternoon. at the moment we are hearing news from where it did had in the central philippines at 5pm this morning. a super typhoon, the biggest this year the world has seen, stroking the small island. nearby is a town with 70,000 people in that municipality and the concern is
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what is happening there at the moment but we are seeing social media images from other provinces and surrounding areas showing flash floods, water flowing down the streets, overwhelming dams, we've seen houses with the rubies ripped off, the usual stuff that you see in the philippines because many of the structures here are makeshift with ten rooms so at the moment they are telling people to stay in, they have cancelled the metro system here in manila and also flights have been suspended from the main international airport. just talking about where you are in manila, what is alike for people knowing that and potentially a few hours time the weather could get an awful lot with. are people buying supplies, are they used to this? this is a country that receives many storms every year and let's not forget back in 2013 a similar super typhoon hit this country and more than 6000 people perished. the town by the sea was absolutely flat and you might remember the images, therejust and you might remember the images, there just absolute
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devastation for miles to see, so devastation for miles to see, so this is a country that is used to these storms rolling through, there have been a lot of warnings in place, signal four is up of a maximum of five, that means that winds of up five, that means that winds of up to 220 kilometres an hour could be heading manila later today, but signal five could be heading manila later today, but signalfive is up could be heading manila later today, but signal five is up on the coast, so people are being smashed by the winds at the moment and as it drags across the land it reduces its power, but here people are relatively used to staying in at the moment because of the covid—19 pandemic and let's not forget these evacuation centres are now social distancing, so they are advising people to not have as many people in the evacuation centres so as to not increase the risk of spread people are wearing masks and face shields which is a prerequisite here if you are using public transport or in a public space. does the country have enough resources to deal with this? this is a country that allocates a lot of resources to it, each province has a strategy always in place
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and we have seen many and my time here, have seen many different provinces with a different provinces with a different evacuation centre and they are always well resourced. that was our correspondent howard johnson in manila in the philippines. let's get some of the day's other news. the spanish prime minister has condemned a number of violent protests against restrictions imposed to curb the surge of covid-19. a six—month state of emergency came into effect last week. riot police shot blank bullets to try to disperse scores of protesters in madrid. demonstrators pelted police with rocks in barcelona. 0pposition leaders in ivory coast have branded saturday's presidential poll a failure. alassane 0uattara is seeking a third term. there were disturbances in opposition strongholds and the commercial capital, abidjan, where police fired tear gas to disperse protestors trying to disrupt voting. algerians cast their votes in a constitutional referendum on sunday. pro—government parties say the reforms will give more
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freedoms, limit sweeping presidential powers, and make real democracy possible. critics say the proposed amendments serve the state, not the people. algeria's main islamist parties are voting against the amendments. sir sean connery, the man who first brought james bond to life, has died at the age of 90. the actor's family said he died in his sleep at his home in the bahamas, having been unwell for some time. tributes have been paid from across the film world. 0ur arts editor will gompertz looks back at his life. sean connery was the first and, for many, the pre—eminent... bond. james bond. with the inner snarl of humphrey bogart and the outward charm of cary grant, connery created a charismatic screen legend. a ladies' man... looking for shells? no, i'm just looking.
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..with a killer's instinct. he went from being a jobbing actor in his early 30s to an international movie star and instantly recognisable global celebrity. the attention and fuss that came with the fame did not sit comfortably with the no—nonsense working class scot who had once been a milkman, a model and, briefly, a coffin buffer. i had no awareness of that scale of kind of reverence and pressure and what have you. i never had a press representative or anything, and ifound ita bit of a nightmare. bond was universally popular, but not with the man playing him. connery felt trapped in 007‘s gilded cage. he wanted out, to test his talent with more challenging roles. he won plaudits for the man who would be king, playing alongside his old friend michael caine. we've been all over india. we know her cities, herjungles, herjails
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and her palaces, and we have decided that she's isn't big enough for such as we. he won an oscar for the untouchables... you want to get capone? here's how you get him. he pulls a knife, you pull a gun. he sent one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. that's the chicago way! i suddenly remembered my charlemagne — "let my armies be the rocks and the trees and the birds in the sky." ..and won legions more fans in indiana jones. (bagpipes skirl). he was a proud scot and a committed member of the snp. he came from humble beginnings but through charisma, talent, sheer hard work became one of the world's greatest actors and, you know, his achievements are absolutely legendary. and i know that across scotland today, we are mourning one of our best—loved sons. tell me, miss trench, do you play any other games? you will always be remembered for playing 007, butjames bond didn't make sean connery —
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sean connery madejames bond. my name is pussy galore. i must be dreaming. a movie icon established by an intelligent, versatile, exceptionally talented actor. david mcgrath was a close friend and neighbour of sir sean connery in the bahamas. he's also panama's honorary consul to the bahamas. i asked what it was like to know the private sean connery. he was a wonderful, generous, kind man. when we went to restau ra nts a nd everywhere kind man. when we went to restaurants and everywhere we went he was very kind to people who came up to him, but also liked to be very, very private stopping the community that he was living and offered him that privacy. nobody bothered him in the club and everybody knew him, so that was perfect for
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him. and even when we would go downtown into the bahamas, into another sale, into restaurants, he was treated very kindly by all the locals. the only ones who bothered him were the tourists but he loved his privacy and he loved being normal, simple, casual, and out of the limelight. he had many, many friends in the bahamas. i've known him 42 years and played maybe 2000 rounds of golf with him and spent a lot of time with him. and i really, really miss him. i had been with him maybe 50 times in the last eight months and it was horribly sad to see his decline. he was with family and
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friends in the last few months? yes. has wife and children had spent most of their time here. i was with him for his birthday andi i was with him for his birthday and i was with him ten days ago, and he told me that he was kind of ready and he wanted to go. he struggled with a few issues that were difficult on him, made him very uncomfortable, and he liked being independent. he didn't like having to be helped by a nurse or anything like that, towards the end, and he was depressed over all of that. but he still liked to get out on the golf cart and ride around and watch people play and enjoy his life a little bit. and his peak years, did he enjoy walking or looking back on his public life or film career or did you just talk about normal things that any friend would talk about? he had a wonderful
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knack of being able to throw people off, because people come up people off, because people come up and meet him, they instantly wa nted up and meet him, they instantly wanted to know stories about him and his movies, and he had a knack to just him and his movies, and he had a knack tojust like, hey, what is your story, who are you? and he'd get them off guard and they'd be talking about themselves and he defuses a potential... that's a tactic! david mcgrath looking back on the life of sean connery who has died at the age of 90. a reminder of our top story in this bulletin. england is to go into a second coronavirus lockdown for a month from thursday. the prime minister borisjohnson is thursday. the prime minister boris johnson is abandoning thursday. the prime minister borisjohnson is abandoning his previous regional approach, citing scientific evidence and advice that the rapidly spreading virus risks overwhelming hospitals. a fellow scheme is being extended stop in northern ireland and wales are already in partial lockdowns of their own. more on this story on our website.
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you can reach me on twitter — i'm @jamesbbcnews. do stay with us. hello. storm aiden brought torrential rain and gales to a large swathe of the uk on saturday. those strong winds really whipping up the waves, particularly across southern and western coasts. but as the rain eased and the skies cleared, it's been an opportunity through the night for many to see the blue moon — a second full moon this month — but it's only a brief respite from the rain. there's more to come overnight and into sunday. still a number of met office warnings in place for both the rain and the wind, and all the details are on our website. so this is how sunday shapes up. this is the area of low pressure responsible for storm aiden, now pulling away northwards. a second area of low pressure to the north—west of the uk, and notice how the isobars are tightly packed together, so it's another windy day. and we start the day for many very wet as well. that rain will clear away eastwards and behind it,
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some spells of sunshine, although also some showers piling in from the west. and then another band of more persistent rain arriving into northern ireland, southern scotland, northern england, the midlands and wales, maybe south—west england later in the day, some heavy and persistent rain and also across the western side of scotland. temperatures in a range from 10 to 17 celsius. it may not always feel that way, given the wind and the rain. and those winds still very much a feature, particularly across western scotland, where they could still exceed 70 miles an hour in terms of gusts. and that rain keeps on falling through parts of northern england, wales and the midlands as we go through sunday night and into monday, also pushing into parts of south—west england as well, slowly starting to ease. and we start the new week very mild indeed — overnight temperatures not that much different from what we will see in the daytime. so this is where we are on monday. that frontal system starting to pull away but still showers or longer spells of rain pushing in from the west and still another windy day, so it's quite a messy picture to start the new week. if you like the weekend weather, it's just lingering into the new week. some places may manage to stay
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dry but those showers never too far away. and temperatures again in a range from 10 to 17 celsius, so we are still fairly mild, but not for much longer. the winds definitely are still a feature, still quite gusty but gradually easing down, and that process will continue as we go through tuesday and into wednesday because, finally, we start to see an area of high pressure starting to build across the atlantic and heading our way, so that will start to settle things down. the winds will become lighter, it will generally become drier but with that it will also turn colder, both by day and by night.
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france remains on high alert. paul hawkins, bbc news.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: the british prime minister borisjohnson has confirmed a 4—week national lockdown in england to try to halt the rising number of coronavirus cases. from thursday, people will be largely restricted to their own homes. schools and universities will stay open but non—essential shops, including bars and restaurants, will close. the us presidential candidates are making a "final weekend" dash around swing states. donald trump is in pennsylvania, and joe biden is in michigan — both states that could be key to winning the white house. super typhoon goni has made landfall in the philippines, with sustained winds of 225 kilometres an hour. so far, over 200,000 people have been evacuated. officials say goni, the most powerful storm this year, is causing catastrophic damage.


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