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tonight at ten... leaders of the world's richest nations, the 620, take part in an online summit hosted by saudi arabia. the meeting opened with a call for coronavirus vaccines to be made affordable and accessible to everyone especially the poorest countries it's only byjoining forces and working together that we will defeat coronavirus and build back better from this crisis. meanwhile, boris johnson faces further criticism after standing by the home secretary, priti patel, despite a report that found she had bullied staff.
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hope for those with weakened immune systems who can't be vaccinated against coronavirus as an alternative treatment enters its final stage of trials. and in rugby, victory for the home nations in the autumn internationals. good evening. several leaders of the world's richest nations meeting at the 620 summit have called for coronavirus vaccines to be made afffordable and accessible to everyone, especially those in poorer countries. borisjohnson told the summit it was important for countries to work together to defeat the virus while germany's angela merkel appealed for leaders to spend more on the effort. our chief international correspondent, lyse doucet reports
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from the saudi arabian capital, riyadh. a thoroughly modern moment. many families have to meet like this these days. even the powerful 620 family. the 84—year—old saudi king presiding. everyone at their own table this year. every country struggling with the impact of the deadly pandemic. it's this summit‘s top issue. shall i take the mask off? the world's wealthiest under pressure to help the poorest. at the beginning there was a big race between different countries to secure ppe, equipment, medication etc. the 620 role is definitely to make sure that everybody‘s safe. we cannot be safe unless everybody‘s safe. and from 10 downing street, a ten
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point plan for a green revolution. a virtual summit robs leaders of those face—to—face moments which can make all the difference. it also steals the kingdom's chance to shine on a world stage, a stage also casting a harsh light on issues not on the 620 agenda. so, a light was shone on the streets of paris, on three saudi women in saudi jails. human rights groups are calling for their release and many others. and here, another light show, on stones three centuries old. this is the town where the saudi kingdom was born. leaders brought together, as they keep their distance.
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0ne leader the world wanted to see and hearfrom 0ne leader the world wanted to see and hear from today was of course donald trump, his first major international gathering since the election in the united states that he is still disputing. as is the nature of these things, we can't confirm that he did appear in the far corner of the grid, but when the other leaders went into a session to discuss this global pandemic, on a day when there are 200,000 cases reported in the us, president trump left the about how to do what he has often done during his presidency, he went golfing. thanks forjoining us. the prime minister is facing further criticism for his decision to stand by the home secretary, priti patel, despite an independent report that found she had bullied staff. it comes amid claims he tried to "tone down" the report that said she had broken the ministerial code.
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no 10 has rejected the claims and insisted the conclusions made by sir alex allan were entirely his own. 0ur political correspondent leila nathoo reports. she holds one of the top jobs in government and priti patel is still in her post, despite an independent report into how she treated her staff concluding that some of her behaviour had amounted to bullying. yesterday she gave this apology... i'm here to give an unreserved apology today. i'm sorry if i've upset people in any way whatsoever. that was completely unintentional. borisjohnson decided to overrule his adviser on ministerial standards, sir alex allan, who found the home secretary had broken the code governing ministers‘ behaviour. priti patel wasn't sacked, and instead sir alex resigned. ultimately, the decision was the prime minister's but it's still attracting criticism. the system depends on the prime minister standing up for standards in public life and for taking action when his or her ministers breach those standards.
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for the first time as far as i can remember, we have a prime minister who doesn't seem willing to stand up for high standards in public life. after having the report on his desk here for some time, in the end borisjohnson rejected its findings. a source has told the bbc that in the summer there were discussions between the prime minister and sir alex allan about the challenges the report posed. another whitehall source said sir alex had resisted pressure to make it more palatable. downing street said the prime minister spoke to sir alex allan to further his understanding of the report, but that sir alex's conclusions were entirely his own. there has been an investigation and the prime minister has made his judgment. he is the arbiter of the ministerial code and he has determined, having reviewed all the evidence, that the home secretary did not breach the code. labour's calling for the prime minister and home secretary
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to answer questions in the commons on what happened, but it's clear that downing street considers the matter closed, even if plenty of others don't. leila nathoo, bbc news, westminster. the prime minister has insisted he does not want to undermine devolution after reportedly saying it had been a disaster in scotland, earlier this week. addressing scottish conservatives at their virtual conference, borisjohnson said he wanted policies which show how devolution can work for scotland and accused the scottish national party of making it work against the rest of the uk. the latest government figures show there were 19,875 new coronavirus infections recorded in the latest 24—hour period. that means that the average number of new cases reported per day in the last week is now 21,290. 1,729 people have been admitted to hospital on average each day over the week to last saturday.
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and 341 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, 409 deaths were announced every day. it takes the total number of deaths so far across the uk to 54,626. a new preventative treatment for covid—19, using artificial antibodies, has begun its final stage of global trials in the uk. it could be used by people with a weakened immune system who can't be vaccinated. the government has provisionally secured an initial one million doses of the treatment. 0ur health correspondent katharine da costa is here so, just how important is this alternative treatment? it's certainly caused excitement about the development of a potential vaccine for covid—19 and it is estimated there could be several thousand people who could benefit from this one, they either have
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immune deficiency or they don't respond to vaccines or they can't have one. this is using antibodies injected into somebody‘s muscle to see if they could neutralise the virus if someone is exposed to it, and the hope is it could protect against covid for up to a year. 5000 people are being recruited worldwide including 1000 in the uk. the problem is, it's difficult to produce in large quantities and it's expected to be a lot more expensive than vaccinations, so i'm likely to be used in wider populations, but it could have other uses —— unlikely. it could protect people if there is a sudden outbreak in care homes or to treat hospital patients if they are seriously ill with a virus, these are things which are being looked at in other trials, and the results of this study are expected in the spring. thanks forjoining us. let's take a look at some of today's other news. the uk and canada have reached a deal to carry on trading under the same terms
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as the current eu arrangement. the agreement covers annual trade between the two countries worth around £20 billion, equal to about 1.5% of total uk trade. talks are expected to begin next year which the government hopes will lead to a tailor—made agreement. at least eight people have been killed and more than 30 others injured in a series of rocket attacks on residential areas in the afghan capital, kabul. the islamic state group said it was behind the attack and had targeted government buildings and foreign embassies. prince harry is "aware of everything that is happening" in the investigation into how the bbc secured an interview with his mother, princess diana, in 1995, according to someone close to him. the source said those who accused the prince of failing to speak up over the controversy were trying to "drive a wedge" between him and his brother, prince william.
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the government has confirmed it will make major changes to the way it assesses the value of big spending projects, a move which would benefit northern england and other regions. the chancellor, rishi sunak, said the changes were part of the government's "levelling up" agenda. they'll be announced in the spending review next week, as our business correspondent katy austin reports. major public projects like new transport links can provide a tangible, long lasting boost to the economy. historically, some areas feel they haven't had their fair share. this business in hull says that better connections to other cities like york would really help. i feel that the north has often served second fiddle to the south. i appreciate it's where the capital is, and where a lot of businesses are, but the playing field is getting more and more lopsided. it needs to be levelled. the question looms of how to put the public finances back on a sustainable footing after the huge cost of coronavirus
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but the government still wants to be talking about investing, too, across the whole of the uk. next week, in the spending review, the chancellor, rishi sunak, is expected to announce tens of billions of pounds for infrastructure, including road improvements. the delayed national infrastructure strategy will be published, covering flagship programmes such as fibre broadband and investment in green projects. the rules the treasury uses to assess the value for money of big investments will change, in an effort to remove a long—standing bias towards london and the south—east, and focus on the possible regional benefits of schemes. to replace money previously allocated to poorer regions by the eu, a fund will be unveiled targeted at places including coastal communities and former industrial heartlands. an independent group representing business and civic leaders across the north of england welcomed the plans, saying that projects like transport were crucial to improving
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productivity and prosperity. we will not close the north—south divide if we don't build the full high—speed north network, that means hs2 on the east and west of the country and a new line across the pennines. labour said communities around the country wanted action, not more empty rhetoric. the government is hoping it can build a way towards brighter times. katy austin, bbc news. and the chancellor, rishi sunak, as well as the shadow chancellor, annaliese dodds, will be live on the andrew marr show tomorrow morning from nine on bbc one. with all the sport now, here's lizzie 6reenwood—hughes at the bbc sport centre. thanks very much, tina. good evening. it's another busy weekend of international rugby union, and a good day for both england sides at twickenham. more on the women in a moment, but the men are top of their group in the autumn nations cup after beating ireland 18—7. wales ended their losing streak with victory over 6eorgia. jo currie reports.
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every year test match rugby lights up every year test match rugby lights up the autumn, england ireland a lwa ys up the autumn, england ireland always a fiery encounter but were twickenham silent it was up to the players to make the noise, step forward jonny may, looping highest forward jonny may, looping highest for crossing the line, but this wasn't his crowning moment. from deep inside his own half he danced around the irish defence, reaching his own kick first. his 31st england try means only rory underwood has more, a special moment that deserves an audience. two tries were all needed it to back —— england needed, and a consolation try came too late for ireland, and for english rugby in november it was all aboutjonny may. wales came to their game on a six—game losing streak, but fans we re six—game losing streak, but fans were hopeful of a big match performance, but they were made to work for it. in the driving rain it was left to a teenager to light up
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the first half, and a try on his first international start, not bad for a 19—year—old. after the break wales showed quick thinking and quick hands, rhys webb are trotting overfor a much—needed quick hands, rhys webb are trotting over for a much—needed score, quick hands, rhys webb are trotting overfor a much—needed score, and that proved enough. finally a win and a comfortable if not spectacular display. next up wales face england and with it a much tougher test. well, england were the only women's home nations side in international action and they beat france again today, but only just. the world's no 1 side were ten points down at half—time and still losing until the last kick of the game when star player emily scarrett scored the winning penalty. there's big news in the premier league. match of the day and sportscene follow this programme, so don't listen if you want to wait for the results, because here they come. tottenham are top of the table. they beat manchester city 2—0 at home.
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elsewhere, brighton won at aston villa, manchester united beat west brom, nd chelsea are second after victory at newcastle. celtic managed a late draw with hibernian in the scottish premiership, but they're still a long way behind leaders rangers, who play tomorrow. elsewhere, there were wins for dundee united, kilmarnock and st mirren. dominic thiem battled for nearly three hours to beat the world number one novak djokovic to book a place in the final at the atp tour finals. the us open champion had to come back from 4—0 down in the deciding set tie—break to complete the victory at the 02. he'll play either rafael nadal or daniil medvedev tomorrow. it's been a day for the history books at the finale to this year's international swimming league. several records have been broken in budapest, including two by the us superstar caeleb dressel, who became the first person to swim the 100m shortcourse butterfly in under 48 seconds.
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and you can watch dressel‘s record breaking swims on the bbc sport website but that's it from me. you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel. that's all from me. have a very good night. north—east england and northern ireland. in wales and the west midlands. 0n blustery winds although.
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you're watching bbc news with martine croxall. leaders of some of the world's richest economies have called for coronavirus vaccines to be made available to all countries, regardless of wealth. the german chancellor, angela merkel, was among those to call on the 620 at their summit to commit more money to the effort. rachel silverman is a policy analyst from the us think tank,
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the center for global development. she explained some of the challenges world leaders face. some of it is down to money. we are dealing with a fiscal fallout of the coronavirus crisis, that is a money challenge, that is about raising finance and getting it to people in need, whether that is governments or individuals and families suffering. and financing can help a lot with distributing the vaccine as well. but it's not the only thing that has a problem here. part of the issue is the supply challenge and logistics of manufacturing. as things stand, how well does supply match demand 7 at the moment, not terribly well. part of the situation we are currently in is we have had promising news this week from two vaccine trails and these are still
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interim results, we are getting safety data, but the pfizer vaccine and the moderna vaccine both came out, they are very promising. final efficacy is also... for these two vaccines, most of the supply is accounted for by a few wealthy countries — the us, europe, the uk, canada, australia, japan. however, there are many other vaccines in the pipeline that are still under development and if we continue to get more successful vaccines, and we are able to access and leverage the manufacturing of those vaccine doses under way, we might have enough to go around. why might wealthier countries feel motivated to make sure that everyone in the world gets a vaccine? of course we live in a globalised world and economy, this pandemic originated in china, diseases cross borders and so do
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economies in a globalised world, so, if we are looking at our own health, no vaccine is 100% effective, even if we get a high coverage. we will still be at risk as long as this continues to circulate in the world. and from an economic perspective, our economies are interlinked, we are all hoping for a global economic recovery that will charge our own economy so, even from a purely self—interested perspective, even the wealthiest countries have a very strong interest in ensuring a global recovery. so what are the routes by which poorer countries can find themselves in receipt of health technologies? it really depends on which country and which kind of health technology, so they can look to buy directly to buy a vaccine and enter into an advanced purchase agreement with the manufacturer and we see that happening with some of the upper middle income countries, like peru and ecuador. then you have countries like brazil
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and mexico that are trying to secure their access to vaccines by helping facilitate and participate in trials, countries like india are using their manufacturing capacity to manufacture doses in advance and hope that the vaccines pan out and being able to use that supply to vaccinate their own citizens, and then of course we have global access mechanisms, which is an initiative by the world health organization and others, and the goal of that is to raise financing for vaccines and then disseminate them equitably to low and middle income countries. the prime minister's pledge to ban gas boilers from new homes by 2023 has been withdrawn. it first appeared on the government website earlier this week as part of borisjohnson‘s 10—point climate plan. but it later disappeared with downing street claiming a mix—up and said it plans to set
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out further details in due course. 0ur energy and environment analyst roger harrabin reports. normally planes cars and bowlers get the blame for emissions but gas and central heating also plays a goal and that is why the government is committed to improving insulation standards. these take one from the ground to create low carbon heating. but they only work well if the standard of insulation is high. so this week the government announced a goal, by 2023 to implement a standard for new homes with low carbon heating and world leading levels of energy efficiency. now that date has mysteriously disappeared. builders did not like the idea of new standards injust three years but the government's critics say it'll have to face up to industry if it really means to
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tackle climate change. archaeologists in italy have uncovered the remains of two men who died in the volcanic eruption that destroyed the ancient roman city of pompeii nearly 2,000 years ago. they believe the pair may have been a master and his slave seeking refuge in a large villa. nina nanji reports. two victims of the mighty vesuvius found frozen in time. 0ne believed to be a man of high status. the other his slave. the remains were found during an excavation of the large villa on the outskirts of pompeii. the ancient city was engulfed in a volcanic eruption nearly 2,000 years ago, burying it and its residents in ash. translation: the two victims found in the last days are an incredible and extraordinary testimony of the morning of 25th october when the eruption took place. these two victims were perhaps seeking refuge when they were swept away by the pyroclastic current
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at nine o'clock in the morning, when the plume gets to pompeii, destroying the higher part of the city completely, killing everybody in its path. officials say the wealthy man was aged between 30 and 40. the other aged between 18 and 23. evidence shows that before the disaster he suffered from crushed vertebrae, which indicate he was a slave who did manual labour. after the remains were uncovered, casts were created using impressions the bodies had made in the hardened ash. the ruined city remains a rich source for archaeologists. it is also one of italy's most visited tourist attractions, although for now tourism has stopped due to the coronavirus measures. nina nanji, bbc news. in a few minutes' time, we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers tonight — the broadcaster
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penny smith and the sun's chief sports reporter, martin lipton. that's coming up after the headlines. time for a look at the weather with darren bett. hello there. for most parts of the country, tonight will be colder than it was last night. today, we've had a weak weather front, bringing with it rain and drizzle, heading its way southwards, and to the north of that it's been chilly today in the wind across northern areas of the uk, and that colder air is moving southwards. behind that band of cloud and patchy rain and drizzle on that weather front, sinking down into southern england, keeping it mild here, but elsewhere clearer skies. showers continue mainly in the north and west of scotland, windy in northern scotland overnight, but elsewhere the winds ease and, in eastern scotland, north—east england and northern ireland, temperatures could be down to 1 or 2 degrees. a cold but sunny start here. cloud throughout sunday in southern england, most of the rain and drizzle heads into the channel. after a sunny morning in wales and the west midlands, it clouds over, more sunshine elsewhere, showers continuing into the north—west on blustery winds although it won't be as windy as it was today.
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temperatures will be lower, struggling to 8—10 for most areas, and where we have the clearer skies on sunday evening for eastern scotland and north—east england it turns chilly very quickly. looking ahead to the beginning of next week, we look into the atlantic. this is what's heading our way, atlantic and south—westerly winds bringing in some weather fronts. a bright start for many on monday, sunshine in the east, it will cloud over from the west, rain and drizzle, most of that coming into scotland, primarily western scotland, then into northern ireland as well, but with those south—westerly winds we import milder air, so gradually those temperatures are up to ten or 11 degrees. tuesday, rain around and it's stuck across scotland and northern ireland. much of england and wales, dry, more sunshine as you head further east across england and wales. a southerly wind this time and those temperatures continuing to rise. we're back up to 12 or 13 degrees on tuesday.
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things will change after that, mind you. that weather front will take rain into england and wales, tuesday night into wednesday. once that moves away, an area of high pressure comes in from the atlantic. rain for a while early on in the week and then as we head into thursday and friday high pressure means it will get colder and maybe some frost around and some patchy fog as well.
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hello. this is bbc news. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow mornings‘ papers in a moment but first the headlines:.
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a call for coronavirus vaccines to be available for all — as leaders from the world's biggest economies meet for an online summit hosted by saudi arabia. boris johnson faces questions about whether he tried to tone down an independent report which said home secretary priti patel broke the ministerial code by bullying staff. none of us want to see bullying or poor practices within the workplace, and the home secretary has been clear that she would never want to do that intentionally. the government is to change how it invests in big spending projects, to ensure the north of england gets a fair share of the cash. hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. with me are the broadcaster penny smith and the sun's


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