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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. the conflict in northern ethiopia spreads, with rocket attacks on two cities and reports of fighting across the eritrean border. cheering thousands of people march through the streets of washington to show their support for donald trump's unfounded claims of fraud in the presidential election. meanwhile, a counter—rally has been taking place in black lives matter plaza as crowds there march in support ofjoe biden. here in the uk, conservative mps urge the prime minister to reboot his government after the departure of his top adviser, dominic cummings. it does give the government a chance
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to reset all sorts of things — its relationship with parliament, the way it deals with press. austria announces a national lockdown of almost three weeks to try to stop rocketing coronavirus cases overwhelming the health service. and diwali with a difference — the festival of lights is celebrated in a socially—distanced way by hundreds of millions of people around the world. hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world and stay with us for the latest news and analysis from here and across the globe. rockets have been fired at the eritrean capital, asmara,
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from neighbouring ethiopia, in a major escalation of the conflict between the ethiopian government, and local forces in the tigray region. the attacks came hours after a senior official in tigray threatened missile strikes on eritrea. there were reports of clashes along the border between ethiopia and eritrea. the tigray people's liberation front see eritrea as supporting ethiopia's federal government. in an earlier attack, the tplf fired rockets at two ethiopian airports in retaliation for government air strikes in the region. let's take another look at the territory in the north and here where the heart of this dispute. the ethiopian government says the rockets targeted the cities of gondar and bahir dar. our africa regional editor, will ross, reports.
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escaping from war, these ethiopians are making the difficultjourney across the border into sudan after fleeing the fighting in the tigray region. they were stuck between the opposing forces and fearing for their lives abandoned their homes and a hurry. the un says thousands of refugees have made it to this very remote area of sudan where the conditions are tough. as the fighting intensifies, camps are springing up for displaced civilians. they spoke of the dangers that forced them to flee. in the chaos, many have been separated from their family members. translation: i went out with my father, my mother, and my child with only what we war and now we have no money or anything. we fled from death. translation: forces entered burned our homes and killed people. they left nothing. we fled to sudan. translation: this is a conflict between ethiopia's army and fighters who are loyal
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to the politicians in charge of the country's tigray region. the government says the fighting was triggered by an attack on a federal military base last week. with telecommunications switched off in tigray, it's hard to know what's happening on the ground but there have been reports of hundreds of soldiers being killed on both sides. and the conflict has heightened ethnic divisions. dozens of civilians were killed on monday night and when amnesty international describes as a massacre. ethiopia's enter big changes since its prime minister abiy ahmed came to power in 2018. he was awarded the nobel peace prize last year after reaching out to make peace with neighbouring eritrea. but the widespread reforms he pushed through sidelined the tigrayans tplf party who had long dominated the political scene. they accuse mr abiy of teaming up with his new friend
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the eritrean president to attack the tigrayan forces. earlier came the threat to target every trap with air strikes. translation: whether they go from asmara or bahir dar to attack tigray or other places, whether it is by plane or other attacks, as per our statement that we'll commit retaliatory measures, we will undertake missile attacks on selected targets in addition to gondar and bahir dar airports. ethiopia's prime minister had predicted a swift win, but he may have underestimated the enemy. the impact of a drawn—out regional conflict would be devastating for the horn of africa region. will ross, bbc news. here's jens hesemann, senior field coordinator for emergency response with the un high commission for refugees — speaking from kassala on the eastern sudanese border with tigray province. he told us what refugees have been saying at the border. the people, the refugees arriving here in sudan are definitely afraid. they talk to us about scenes
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of war in ethiopia. they say they fear for their lives. they are worried about their safety and they are traumatised in some cases as well. some people have said to us they continue to be worried. they look over their shoulders the whole time. we hear reports that there are still people hiding in the bush. just today we had another 3000 arrivals from ethiopia, so the influx continues from that country. it's very worrying here, they are mobilising the humanitarian response at a large scale. it's very difficult to reach some of these isolated border areas, but we are working together with unhcr, wfp, unicef and others to get help for these people. we have people who say to us they have fled actual violence, they have talked to us that they have, some of them have lost family members.
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and they're worried about the situation very much. others say they think they are no longer safe in ethiopia so that's why they have left the country to come to sudan. there are some people who have not brought much luggage but there's some people who have brought their agricultural equipment, they have brought their livestock and tractors in some cases... 0thers brought their livestock and tractors in some cases... others have even brought their harvests as our teams reported today, a family came across with a truck of the harvest of their agriculture. what people are saying to us is it is very debited for that because it is the harvesting season in that area of ethiopia and they cannot harvest their crops at the moment. 0ver cannot harvest their crops at the moment. over the past days i have been so many times speaking with the local communities and authorities andi local communities and authorities and i must say they are really committed to receiving the refugees and giving them asylum here and that is positive to see. people don't know much but the little they have they share. we see local communities sharing the food with them, providing ten to the arrivals as are
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up providing ten to the arrivals as are up scanning this response. the immediate priorities are safe drinking water, food, sanitation at the borders, and we need to relocate people away from the participant at the moment as we speak we speak we still have about 20,000 people in the border areas who just came across into sudan. and that is not a good place to deliver a real humanitarian response. we need to be further away from the border so that provides safety to the new arrivals. let me show you these pictures from washington that have just been coming in. they show supporters of president—electjoe biden gathering at the black lives matter plaza, close the white house. —— which is not too far from the white house. they're countering a rally by thousands of trump supporters who've been gathering in the nearby freedom plaza. joe biden‘s victory has been strengthened by his win in the state of georgia
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which gives him 306 electoral votes, well over the 270 he needed. but president trump still hasn't recognised his defeat. these are the pictures of supporters of president trump, rallying to back his unproven claims of voterfraud. as they started to gather earlier today, president trump's motorcade passed the demonstrators and did a circuit of freedom plaza, before carrying on to his golf club in sterling, virginia. 0ur correspondent will grant explained why trump supporters came out to protest. he has been monitoring the protests. certainly the vast majority of people who turned out to freedom plaza today hoped to catch that glimpse that you showed of president trump passing through
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on his way to play golf. remain convinced that some kind of fraud has taken place even though there's been no evidence proffered to support that. and they believe he should continue with his increasingly forlorn legal efforts, and in fact they have left their position now at freedom plaza and started making their way towards the supreme court. but you know it has not been a very well attended event. maybe a few thousand, not the hundreds of thousands president trump claimed on twitter. here in the uk, several senior conservatives have urged the prime minister to use the departure of his chief adviser dominic cummings to "reset government". mr cummings walked out of downing street last night after the resignation of another seniorfigure, the director of communications lee cain. the former brexit secretary david davis told the bbc that ministers are now hoping for "more of a say" in how the country is governed. 0ur political correspondent nick eardley reports. the dominic cummings era
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in government is coming to an end. borisjohnson wants to clear the air in downing street, and that means his chief aide, seen here this morning leaving home, won't be returning to number 10. the way this place works matters to us all — to how decisions are made, to the direction of policy. after the very high—profile departures of recent days, and some of the drama inside, some tories are hoping for a change. it does give the government a chance to reset all sorts of things — its relationship with parliament, the way it deals with the press. i'm told, its relationship with cabinet. many of the failures of the last nine months have not been mr cummings‘s fault, they've been intrinsic in the system. there have been many unhappy tory mps in recent months, angry at high—profile u—turns, worried the prime minister wasn't listening to them. one of them told me changes in the top team would be important. it's going to make
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an enormous difference. over the past year, there has been a significant and growing gap between the number 10 operation and the parliamentary party. we're enormously fond of him, and we felt we were losing him. and some colleagues felt that he'd been lost altogether. but now, we're looking forward to marching in lockstep alongside our prime minister. this is the prime minister last night, with another key aide, lee cain. mr cain quit after a power struggle over whether he'd be mrjohnson‘s chief of staff. allies say his departure, and that of dominic cummings, was amicable, but those said to be unhappy with mr cain's role included the prime minister's fiancee, carrie symonds. after the faction fights of recent days, the man who ran number 10 for theresa may says the prime minister now has a chance to get things back on track. there's a big opportunity for him here, depending on the decisions he now makes. but i think in terms of the chief of staff role,
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the key thing i would say is that the most important word in the job title is staff, not chief. you're there not to try and deliver your own political agenda, your own views about what should happen to the country, but to make the government machine work for the prime minister. and there are big decisions to be made. let's get an update on the coronavirus here in the uk, and the latest government figures show there were 26,860 new coronavirus infections recorded in the latest 24—hour period. which means that the average number of new cases reported per day in the last week is now 2a,702. 1,617 people have been admitted to hospital on average each day over the week to last tuesday and a62 deaths were reported. that's people who died within 28 days of a positive covid—19 test. it means on average in the past week, a11 deaths were announced every day.
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it takes the total number of deaths so far across the uk to 51,766. asimilar a similar pattern for many countries worldwide. the headlines on bbc news. the conflict in northern ethiopia spreads with rocket attacks on two cities and reports of fighting across the eritrean border. cheering athumbs up from president trump as thousands of his supporters line the streets of the us capital in support of his unsubstantiated claims of voterfraud. conservative mps urge the prime minister to reset his government after the departure of his top adviser, dominic cummings. austria is going into lockdown again from next tuesday. the country reported a record number of new daily infections on friday of 9,586.
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that figure is nine times higher than at the peak of the first wave earlier this year. for the next two and a half to three weeks, schools and non—essential shops will close. people can leave their homes only for work, helping another person, essential shopping and exercise. chancellor sebastian kurz said the closer people stuck to the rules the shorter the lockdown would be — and the better the chances of saving christmas. translation: nobody wants schools to be closed. nobody wants gastronomy, trade and tourism to standstill. and nobody wants to be banned from meeting relatives, family members, parents and friends, especially in the run—up to christmas. but we must, and i'm convinced of this, take this step together. so i ask you to help
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over the next few weeks. together, we can turn the tide. here's our correspondent, bethany bell from the capital, vienna. a partial shutdown is already in place here in austria. restaurants, cafes a nd place here in austria. restaurants, cafes and bars are closing on redoing takeaway services and high school students are already doing distance learning but these measures have not been enough to bring down the soaring number of new cases of coronavirus here. and now the government is taking stricter action. it is imposing a nationwide lockdown for the next three weeks. nonessential shops are being shot. all schoolchildren are now being told to have distance learning although childcare will be provided if it is strictly necessary. —— are being shut. and the government is hoping this will be enough to allow the shops to open at the beginning
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of december at midnight on the 6th of december at midnight on the 6th of december at midnight on the 6th of december this lockdown should and and there should be some christmas shopping and the people will be able to meet for christmas. but they say it all depends on whether they can flatten the curve. that was bethany bell there. at least 10 people have been killed and several others seriously injured in a fire at a hospital treating coronavirus patients in romania. the blaze broke out in the intensive care unit of the public hospital in the north—eastern city of piatra neamt. 0ne doctor who tried to rescue patients is said to be in a critical condition after suffering serious burns. romania's health minister told local media the fire was most likely triggered by a short circuit. armenia says it has uncovered a plot to stage a coup d'etat. the alleged plot involved several opposition leaders who were detained earlier this week after they organised demonstrations against the prime minister, following his decision to sign a controversial peace
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agreement with azerbaijan. as part of the peace deal agreed a week ago, several territories will be returned to azerbaijan. they were part of the country until the karabakh war in the early 1990s, when they were taken by armenian forces. this map shows how territory has once again changed control. the first region to be returned to azerbaijan will be kelbajar on sunday. from yerevan, jonah fisher reports. the war over, its dreadful human cost is becoming clear. this is a road near the largest town in nagorno—karabakh. it was the site of armenia's last stand a week ago. and there are scores of bodies and destroyed vehicles on the ground. armenia now says at least 2,300 of its soldiers died during the six weeks of fighting. azerbaijan has declined
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to publish its casualty figures. for armenia, this loss is notjust about lives, but territory. in kelbajar, just outside nagorno—karabakh, the villagers are packing up their things to leave before the land is handed to azerbaijan on sunday. some chose to burn and destroy their homes, rather than let them be taken over by their enemy. 27 years ago, it was the other way around — armenians driving out azerbaijanis from kelbajar after they'd won the war. having negotiated this week's peace deal, russia has troops on the ground, overseeing its implementation. several thousand have been deployed to keep the warring sides apart and to maintain a land corridor between armenia and what's left of its nagorno—karabakh enclave.
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this war has been a victory not just for azerbaijan, but for russia, too. jonah fisher, bbc news, yerevan. typhoon vamco has caused extensive damage in the philippines, flooding many parts of luzon — the largest and most populated island. the storm, known locally as ulysses, made landfall in the bicol region. the same area was battered by the super typhoon goni just over a week ago. howard johnson reports from manila. the governor of cagayan province today declared a state of calamity. what that means is he can now access greater funds to distribute to his population, aid money as well as gain extra search and rescue support from the government. what we've seen already is nearly 4,000 search and rescue personnel, according to the authorities, searching the area. the philippine coast guard, very active in helping people off their family homes, off the rooves of their family homes, trying to escape the rising water levels.
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this area is an agricultural area in the north of the philippines, and it was hit by this storm on wednesday. but can you imagine for the people who have been suffering this storm, they have been there night after night, waiting for support. at the moment, many people are still hoping that support will come before the night sets in again. the philippine president rodrigo duterte will visit the area tomorrow. no doubt he will inspect the nearby magat dam, that was simply overwhelmed by the huge amounts of rain that were dumped on the area by this storm. the 21st cyclone to hit the philippines this year. what happened was the dam had to release water otherwise it would have simply been overwhelmed. that water has flooded this area, affecting not only cagayan province but also isabela province to the south of cagayan. that was our philippines
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correspondent howard johnson with that report. the world health organization has told the bbc it's "really concerned" that some young people are doubting whether to get vaccinated against covid—19. experts say a vaccine is the only way to rapidly stop the pandemic. but with misinformation online, research shows that a number of young people may choose not to get the jab. as 0livia le poidevin reports. i would definitely take it. i would not get vaccinated. i'm on the fence. vaccination is the only thing that can get us out of this situation. the covid vaccine is looking more like a reality, with some trials showing promising results. it's the only thing that can rapidly stop this pandemic. vulnerable and older people will be first in line. but young people will need vaccinating eventually to stop covid spreading. but some are questioning whether they would want one. this king's college london study suggest 16 to 3a—year—olds in the uk are twice as likely as 55 to 75—year—olds not to want
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a covid vaccination. meanwhile, in the us, one poll by pew research found only 56% of 18 to 29—year—olds they asked said they would definitely get a vaccine. some young people question why they would need to get a vaccine if they're low—risk. and this has got the world health 0rganization worried. young people are an incredibly important part of ending this pandemic. it will be really important for young people to be vaccinated because we know from what's going on now is lots of transmission is going on among young people. so where is this concern coming from? well, partly it's about the volume of misinformation we're being exposed to. hashtags like #vaccinesaredangerous and tiktok videos are wrongly suggesting the vaccine could be dangerous to us. and some people are worried about the speed at which things are moving. i believe in the power of vaccines,
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but i'm having some trouble right now trusting the federal government, and believing that anything pushed out in the short timeframe has had rigorous tests applied to it to make sure that it's safe long—term. we are concerned that there are some people who are questioning whether the vaccines are safe. there is absolutely no compromising on scientific evidence that's being collected and is being scrutinised around the safety of these vaccines. even at this speed? we get speed because there's so much support and funding that we can move quite quickly from one stage to the next without having to pause for several years and search for additional support and funding. so here are the key points — if you're under 35, don't forget, you can still get covid and become very ill. even if you're not worried about getting the virus yourself, you can still spread it by not getting a vaccine, and that would stop herd immunity from developing. and finally, all covid vaccines would have been tested on tens of thousands of people and gone
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through tough safety checks before you even get one. now — golf and animals aren't unusual... birdie, eagle.. and in florida alligators aren't unusaul — but take a look at this giant of a specimen strolling across the course at the valencia country club. the footage was filmed — from a safe distance — by pga tour professional, tyler stolting. he actually hung around to film that. diwali, the festival of light, is being celebrated today by hundreds of millions of hindus, sikhs and jains around the world. festivities this year have been limited by the pandemic, but people have found new ways of coming together.
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and we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers joe twyman, the director of datapoll, and the broadcaster and psychotherapist lucy beresford. that's coming up after the headlines at 11.30. now it's time for a look at the weather with nick miller. hello if you think this weekend has already delivered enough rain, well sand boy and there is more to come. along with happy downpours on sunday it will be windier along the east channel coast and for the channel islands and that is this area of low pressure stays close by, there will
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be spiralling bands of rains or shower, a case of rinse and repeat with the occasional blow—dry. and some of the rain will be heavy particularly across southern and western areas as we start the day. no restarting particularly cold but particularly wet across out the ceiling during the first part of the morning, some of the rain could be torrential at the first part of the morning. a lot of the early wrinkle pushed eastwards allowing us to brighten up in the afternoon with sunny spells... more rain continuing in south—west scotland. under the speu in south—west scotland. under the spell of heavy rain runs across southern england a commute by squally winds as particularly along the english channel coast, 50—6 mph, maybe be a bit more in exposure and more than that your 70 mph in the channel islands. it will be a cooler afternoon, there is a risk of coastal flooding in the south and west as these big waves and strong winds combined with high tides and asa winds combined with high tides and as a going through the night and
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into monday morning, still plenty of showers rain down in towards the north—west in what will be a cooler start on monday. now, there is a very brief region of high pressure building in on monday, this little bump in the isobars that promises something quieterfor a bump in the isobars that promises something quieter for a short space of time for another whether from comes in from the west connecting to yet another area of low pressure. so there will be some sunshine. some of us there will be some sunshine. some of us will stay dry on monday especially in the east but then we see the thicker cloud of rain spilling into its wales, western england and northern ireland and into south—west scotland and as monday comes to an end the breeze will start to freshen once again. so the next area of low pressure in no hurry to move away trying out mild airahead of it hurry to move away trying out mild air ahead of it for a time for any more rain across the uk but then as it does pull away bleacher in the week, look what happens. behind it week, look what happens. behind it we check in some much colder air from the north. so it may be drier by friday, but it is going to feel colder and there may be a frost to start the day. so, wet, windy at times, mild for a time, but look at
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the temperature change as the week comes to an end. hello. this is bbc news with lukwesa burak. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow mornings papers in a moment withjoe twyman and lucy beresford —
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first the headlines. conservative mps urge the prime minister to refocus his government after the departure of his top adviser, dominic cummings. the conflict in northern ethiopia spreads, with rocket attacks on two cities and reports of fighting across the eritrean border. a thumbs up from president trump as thousands of his supporters line the streets of the us capital in support of his unsubstantiated claims of voterfraud. and diwali with a difference — the festival of lights is celebrated in a socially—distanced way by hundreds of millions of people around the world. hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be bringing us tomorrow.


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