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this is bbc news. the headlines at eight... the foreign secretary says the government is "listening" to conservative mps who are unhappy with the latest coronavirus restrictions for england. having a vote on the regulations injanuary, with them sunset in february if that doesn't pass again, i think is the right combination of accountability and transparency with taking the measures that the public need now. diego maradona's doctor is investigated for possible negligence after his family raise questions about his care. president trump says he will continue to fight the results of the us presidential election, telling fox news his "mind will not change in six months". the french formula 1 driver romain grosjean escapes a huge crash at the bahrain grand prix, which saw his car split in two
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and erupt into flames. former f1 driverjohn watson said romain grosjean had a lucky escape. that was an accident that had, sadly, fatality written all over it. it was appalling to watch. the images, i've watched them again and again and again. i'm still shocked by what i watched. and the man behind the mask of darth vader — weightlifter—turned—actor dave prowse has died at the age of 85. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the foreign secretary dominic raab says the government is "listening" to conservative mps unhappy with planned new covid restrictions in england — but that a third spike in cases is possible
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unless they are approved. the system would replace the lockdown when it ends this week — and would place most of england in the two highest levels. a vote is due in the house of commons on tuesday. our political correspondent iain watson reports. it's been difficult finding cheer in this festive season. in greater manchester they have been living under some restriction since the summer, and what's even more cutting is being placed in tier 3, the highest form of restrictions, from next week. if you look at the figures, they seem to have cracked down harder on greater manchester. just speaking amongst the people, they seem to be kind of fed up. but some are putting a brave face on it. they're correct what they're saying, we've just got to be careful.
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if we're all sensible it will end soon enough — not this year. this goodwill hasn't extended to westminster with borisjohnson facing rebellion from his own mps but ministers say they are reaching out to those concerned. mps tell me theyjust want to understand the measures take into account notjust the cost and benefit of tackling the virus but the economic, health and social implications, we will publish more analysis on that and we do take seriously the principle of parliamentary accountability. the prime minister himself has written to mps promising that if they back him this week, he will give them a new vote on the restrictions on january the 27th. if they don't back them, the restrictions will end in february 23rd, and he says some areas could come out of tier 3 on december the 19th but that will depend on evidence. apparently there is smoke without fire in westminster because some very vocal potential rebels now say they will back the government in tuesday's crucial vote on the restrictions, but for others the prime minister
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hasn't gone far enough. we have a couple of days. it's absolutely right that mps scrutinise what the government does, that is theirjob, all the more important to take place during an emergency and we have a couple of days to get this right. concessions have been made but i would like to see more. you have to pinch yourself a little, because wasn't itjust a year ago that borisjohnson won a stonking 80—seat majority? but such is the unease with the restrictions he wants to introduce, he will have to meet a range of mps tomorrow to keep them onside. he wants to avoid relying on labour votes because their support would come at a price. the reason i am not committing to vote for these measures is because we are not convinced at the moment that they are sufficient or workable.
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it's not too late for the government to convince us on that. political measures have led the government to postpone a vote untiljanuary, so in effect he may be postponing the conflict rather than avoiding it. the latest government figures show there were 12,155 new coronavirus infections recorded in the latest 24—hour period. that takes the average number of new cases reported per day in the last week to 15,224. 152a people have been admitted to hospital on average each day over the week to last wednesday. another 215 deaths have been reported, that's people who died within 28 days of a positive covid—19 test. it means an average of 460 deaths per day in the last week. the total number of uk deaths is now 58,245 the scottish first minister nicola sturgeon has defended her government's handling of the pandemic as statistics show scotland's covid death rate is higher than england. official figures show there were 50.5 deaths per million in scotland in the week up to 15th november, compared to a0 compared to 40.6 in england.
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speaking to the bbc‘s andrew marr, the first minister said it was too soon to be comparing statistics. the number of deaths in scotland is far too high. you won't hear me say any different. i don't think there is an acceptable level of deaths. what i would say is firstly, and, you know, i don't think it should be seen as a competition, but you've asked me the question in a comparative sense. we've got a lower death rate, if i could use that term, than england and wales. there are particular issues in scotland, which will not be unique to scotland, different demographics, some, you know, intergenerational issues of long—term health conditions, but perhaps the most fundamental point, which applies to all countries is this one. we are still in the teeth of this pandemic. so i think it's premature for any country to be declaring victory or assessing performance against others. every single day right now, my focus is on trying to do the best i can with my scottish government colleagues to suppress the virus, to drive levels of the virus down.
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we're not complacent about that, but we do have a lower prevalence of the virus at the moment than the other nations of the uk. but, of course, we've got to work on that every single day. none of us are finding it an easy challenge to face. nicola sturgeon. the government says it's secured another two million doses of one of the american coronavirus vaccines — adding to the millions already ordered. but when are the first vaccinations likely to take place? 0ur science editor david shukman has been taking a look. there is so much talk about vaccines, it's easy to lose track of what's going on, so here's what we know so far. the government has ordered 357 million doses of several different vaccines, although none has been approved for use so far. the government has ordered 357 million doses of seven different vaccines, although, crucially, none has been approved for use so far. here is the list of those seven and the number of doses ordered. of these, the oxford astrazeneca vaccine has now been sent to the regulators, the mhra, for approval
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and they are going through the data right now, now but the biontech—pfizer vaccine was the first to start that process and it's possible we will get an answer on that soon. i understand there has been quite an interactive process with the regulators whilst these trials have been going on. i wouldn't be too surprised if an announcement is made in the next two weeks, possibly as early as next week. so what are the regulators are looking for? well, three things. safety, quality and effectiveness, and of these three the regulators keep emphasising the safety of the public must come first so they are working fast but carefully because the worst thing would be for doubts to start creeping in about these new vaccines. now, doses are already being manufactured in the hope that approval is given so everything hinges on that coming through, so when might we start to see the benefits? if approval is given next month, it's possible that the first doses could be administered ahead
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of christmas although people will need two injections a month apart so they won't get immunity straight away. beyond that, the government hopes that by next spring they will have vaccinated the most vulnerable people such as residents of care homes and health and care workers but everything hinges on distribution and production on a massive scale and that's a huge challenge. 0ur science editor david shukman reporting there. and we'll find out how coronavirus — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at around 10:45 and 11:30 this evening in the papers — our guests joining me tonight are author & journalist yasmin alibhai—brown and former pensions minister, ros altmann. police are investigating the doctor of the footballer diego maradona for possible negligence — after his death in argentina last week at the age of 60. it comes after maradona's daughters questioned their father's medical care. 0ur correspondent simonjones gave us more details about the police investigation.
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there were questions about his dearth. we know that he had recently had surgery to remove a clot from the brain and that was considered to have gone well, so he was allowed home, but his three doctors and now his three daughters are now asking questions about what sort of treatment he was getting, what medication he was on, how often he was being seen by his doctor. now, his doctor, in a news conference, had said that he's devastated about what happened. he said he's fully cooperating with the police investigation and he said he did everything he could to save the life of his friend. diego maradona had had a troubled life and ill health, though, for quite some time. yeah, that was putting it mildly. very much you saw that on the pitch, that famous world cup game against england when england were knocked out and he scored a goal that was voted the goal of the century, but in that same match, there was the infamous hand of god incident where he used his hand to put the ball in the net said very much about his character.
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now, he was seen as part angel, part devil by people who knew him and he had problems with drug addiction. he retired from the game, he tried management, he had problems with his weight, so very much a life lived in the limelight, but a difficult life and tonight those difficulties continuing for his family with the questions that they're raising. president trump has given his first interview since the us election and again made unsubstantiated claims that the election was, in his words, "rigged". in a telephone interview with fox news, he refused to give a deadline for when he might drop his legal challenges or concede the election. well, i don't want to give you an actual date. a lot of people say the 18th or they say the 14th or they say january 20th. i'm not going to say a date, but i will say, we have to move very fast. we have been moving fast and, you know, look, when you say, "is it tainted?" — everyone knows it's tainted. everyone knows that poll—watchers were thrown out of buildings. everyone knows that people
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were not allowed to vote when they walked in so preciously, so beautifully to vote. our correspondent in washington nomia iqbal has more on the interview. it's interesting because although this was supposed to be an interview, it certainly wasn't really an interview. it was on a network, fox news, which is largely sympathetic to him, and with an interviewer who had previewed the interview by basically backing donald trump and not really contesting any of the baseless claims that he continued to push throughout the interview. he was comfortable, he riffed, he did the usual thing where he went to extremes, he said it was the worst thing ever to happen to the us, he painted this conspiracy theory, and he pushed out the usual claims of voting machines were rigged — no evidence of that — he talked about ballot dumps, and that is essentially voters... he said that as the night
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was going on he was winning by a lot then losing by a little — which is what happens when the votes are counted. and he continued to basically say that this election was taken away from him. he has a right to contest the vote, but he also has to prove it in court, and the fact that all his cases are pretty much being thrown out says a lot. he's yet to provide any evidence, he said he would during this interview and he didn't. he was asked about the supreme court, but of course to get to the supreme court again you need a solid case with evidence. and all the evidence that he is suggesting isn't concrete enough, it isn't enough to overturn the result. yes, he won more than 73 million votes, butjoe biden won more than 80 million votes, and a lot of the states have come back and certified, including pennsylvania which was the state that clinched it for biden in the end, and it's interesting, tim, because he mentioned, he said people keep throwing around dates —
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you know, the dates are important, december 14 is when all the results disputes have to be resolved, december 23rd is when all the states come back and certify. and, of course, we knowjanuary 20 is whenjoe biden becomes president, donald trump becomes a civilian, and if he doesn't leave the white house he'll be escorted out. the united nation's humanitarian coordinator in nigeria says 110 civilians were killed in an attack by suspected islamist militants near the city of maiduguri yesterday. some of the victims, many of the farmers, are said to have been tied up before being stabbed. maiduguri is in the north eastern borno state — where islamist militants have long been active. 0ur correspondent in abuja chris ewokor has more. what we do now know from the united nations resident humanitarian coordinator in nigeria
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is that the figure of casualties is higher than was attributed to the nigerian authorities. earlier we reported that at least 43 people were killed, but from a statement by the un in nigeria 110 people have been killed. and earlier we also were told when the governor visited the community of the victims that there were so many other people that were still missing, so the number is likely to go higher. now, at this rate, what the governor said is that the communities and residents of borno state are in a dilemma because they are faced with a risk of having to stay at home and live in hunger or risk going to their farms and then be killed by insurgents, and this is driving a lot of fear into farmers and residents, especially in the north—east of nigeria. but the president himself has condemned the attack, he said it is insane,
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he also said that the government has given the army all the resources and what they need to secure the lives of citizens in nigeria. this killing is now likely to raise more questions about how far and the capacity of the nigerian army, in fact all the security agencies to deal with the insurgency. of course the nigerian army has often claimed it had defeated boko haram, but these attacks indicate those groups are still active in the region. the headlines on bbc news... the foreign secretary says the government is "listening" to conservative mps who are unhappy with the latest coronavirus restrictions for england. diego maradona's doctor is investigated for possible negligence — after his family raise questions about his care. president trump says he will continue to fight the results of the us presidential election, telling fox news his "mind will not
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change in six months. a mother who killed six of her children in an arson attack has been freed after serving half of her 17—yearjail term. the release of mairead philpott has been criticised by an mp who says she'll be raising the matter with the attorney general. carol hinds reports. a crime that still shocks. in 2012, six children died in a fire at this house in derby. their parents, mairead and mick philpott appeared in public to appeal for witnesses, but were later convicted of setting the fire themselves. mick philpott was sentenced to life for manslaughter. mairead got 17 years. today, it's been revealed that at her first parole hearing, she has been released to a halfway house and given a new identity. 0ne local mp is incensed. those children are dead and they will never come back, but she will be walking, a free woman. just think about those children. the ministry ofjustice say they will not comment
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on individual cases. carol hinds, bbc east midlands today. senior sources at the arcadia group have told the bbc they do not expect any last0minute rescue of the clothing empire built up by sir philip green. around 13,000 people are employed by the group, which owns uk high street brands such as topshop, dorothy perkins and burton. speaking to the bbc, an insider dismissed talk of any possible rescue. administrators could be appointed as early as monday. our business correspondent katy austin has more
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arcadia group did have problems before the coronavirus pandemic. it is absolutely true, though, that the restrictions that have come with coronavirus, shops having to close for a period of time, have really added to those difficulties and yes, it does look like arcadia is set to enter administration at some point tomorrow. in practical terms, the stores would continue to trade for the time being, although of course they can't yet in england until later in the week, but when they do reopen they would carry on trading and the search for a buyer or buyers for those brands really starts. i think it's fair to say that his style of business had become slightly outdated and, yes, his brands weren't as quick as others to seize on the opportunities of digital. others, you might think of boohoo, have done very well out of online retail and there's been a lot of competition on the high street as well. i think it's worth mentioning at this time, that there is going to be a focus in the coming weeks and months on other things like pensions as well because we do think that the arcadia group has a deficit in its pensions funds, which potentially runs into hundreds of millions of pounds. it is not like members of those schemes are going to lose everything, that's not the case, but if administration happens the pension fund will go into what you can think of as a lifeboat, the pension
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protection fund, but they would lose some of their value, probably around 10%. more than 10,000 turkeys at a farm in north yorkshire are to be culled, after an outbreak of avian flu. a control zone has been put in place around the infected site, at sowber hill farm near northallerton to limit the risk of the disease spreading. public health england say the risk to public health from the virus is very low, and properly cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs, are safe to eat. an investigation is in progress to determine the most likely source of the outbreak. a fresh inquest opens tomorrow into the death of nine—year—old ella adoo—kissi—debrah , who suffered a fatal asthma attack in 2013. her mother hopes that it will make legal history by registering air pollution as the cause of death. the coroner will consider new evidence about dangerously high levels of air pollution, mainly from traffic, to which ella was exposed. her mother rosamund has been speaking exclusively to claire marshall. my name is rosamund adoo—kissi—debrah. i am ella roberta's mum. ella was incredibly active. i sometimes worry that we
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always talk about her being ill all the time. she wasn't always like that. ella and her family lived in lewisham, just 25 metres from london's south circular. the little girl was breathing air so polluted it broke legal limits. she endured three years of seizures and time in intensive care. ella coughs. this cough an early sign of the damage being done to her lungs. she was ventilated four times. she suffered greatly. that's something i can't erase from my memory at all. in 2013 ella had a fatal asthma attack. at the time no connection was made with air pollution. then new medical evidence linked the harmful particles and chemicals in exhaust fumes to her death. the high court, in a rare move, eventually granted rosamund a fresh inquest. 0verwhelming.
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i mean, she didn't want to be forgotten by her siblings and her friends and i'm incredibly proud of her. she was only here for a short while but i hope she's made her mark. more and more evidence is emerging about how dangerous air pollution is to human health. we have most recently a much greater understanding of the kind of levels of air pollution that generate these adverse health effects and that includes levels probably quite substantially below the levels that we thought in the past. the inquest will be a gruelling time for ella's family. i still hear her voice and many of our conversations and she always wanted to know, she definitely wanted to know why she'd become so ill, she used to ask me. now it's up to the coroner to provide the answer. did air pollution help to kill ella? claire marshall, bbc news. the actor dave prowse —
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best known for playing darth vader in the original star wars films — has died at the age of 85. his co—star mark hamill, who played luke skywalker, has paid tribute — calling him a "kind man" who "loved his fans as much as they loved him". 0ur entertainment correspondent lizo mzimba looks back on his life and work. at six foot six, with a towering figure, dave prowse was physically perfect for the part of darth vader in the original star wars trilogy in the 1970s and 1980s. looks like you two need a lesson in crossing the road! at the same time, he was also the face of road safety, presenting videos and visiting hundreds of schools as the green cross code man. we won't be there when you cross the road, so always use the... robot: cross code! when i became darth vader, or at least when the star wars film came out, i almost got the sack from the government because they thought that my image as darth vader would have a detrimental effect on my image as the green cross code man. a champion bodybuilder, he eventually tried acting. for darth vader, he had the bulk,
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he had the build, but he also had a bristol accent. you are part of the rebel alliance and a traitor. take her away! when the first film came out, he found that his dialogue had been replaced by the now familiar booming tones of james earljones. commander, tear this ship apart until you've found those plans. and bring me the passengers. i want them alive! mark hamill, who played luke skywalker, led the tributes, calling him much more than darth vader, describing him as... i am your father. he may never have been the voice behind the villain, but the man behind the mask of darth vader is how he will always be remembered. for so many, he played the most iconic cinema villain ever seen. lizo mzimba, bbc news.
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dave prowse, who's died at the age of 85. he died at the age of 85. has been described as the wi was he has been described as the world was my gloomiest element after living in miserable conditions at a zoo living in miserable conditions at a zoo in pakistan for several decades. but now he will be protected at a wildlife sanctuary in cambodia. it follows a five—year campaign, supported by the pop singer cher. secunder kermani reports. this is the story of one of the world's most famous pop stars, and the world's loneliest elephant. after 35 years in captivity,
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at times left chained up, kaavan is being set free. tens of thousands of people signed a petition on his behalf. his most vocal supporter, superstar cher. earlier this year she described news of his upcoming release as one of the greatest moments of her life. kaavan was given to pakistan as a gift by the sri lankan government back in 1985. but he has been badly treated at this zoo, enduring poor conditions. life got even worse after his only companion died eight years ago. the way kaavan is swaying his head from side to side as a common sign of distress, and it is something that he spends a lot of time doing. it is why campaigners have been so keen to move him. now kaavan will be taken to a wildlife sanctuary in cambodia, after a court shut the zoo down until its facilities are improved. good boy! a specialist international charity has been preparing him for thejourney, trying to get him used to the crate he will fly in, using food to encourage him to obey the commands. it's like any other dog training,
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or training your cat or whatever. a bit bigger than a cat! it depends on the cat! i think the main deal is that he feels comfortable with whatever you do, or at least excited enough to follow, and maybe to follow you somehow. because as soon as he is kind of afraid, as soon as he shows some mistrust, yeah, than you can go back home. the end is near. kaavan weighs around five tonnes. #and now, the end is near...# kaavan weighs around five tonnes. moving him will be a huge logistical challenge. but the charity's leading vet has discovered how to keep him calm. singing to him. his favourite song, frank sinatra's my way. secunder kermani, bbc news, islamabad.
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great taste, kaaavan. now it's time for a look at the weather with darren. hello again. there was some sunshine earlier today across more south—western parts of the uk, but these areas will see some dense patchy fog overnight. pretty grey and gloomy actually, elsewhere, mind you. and cold at the moment in north—east scotland. but we've got the wind picking up, cloud and rain moving down from the north—west, so temperatures will probably tend to rise. ahead of that, temperatures will be around 5 or 6 degrees. we've got rain in the morning across northern ireland as well as scotland, into northern england, heading into north wales. as that rain moves southwards, it's going to be very light and patchy. it will be misty and murky for a while across southern areas. but then, after the rain clears away from scotland, we get some cooler air moving in — that means some sunshine at least. elsewhere, with the cloud, patchy rain, temperatures mild — 10 or 11 degrees. a chilly start though for east scotland, north—east england on tuesday. maybe a frost to begin with. it's going to be a cold day as this cloud comes back in from the atlantic, but we hang onto some sunshine across the midlands, east anglia and the south—east. not a bad day here. 0ut towards the west, in the cloud, temperatures in double figures. hello there.
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hello this is bbc news with martine croxall. the headlines. the foreign secretary says the government is "listening" to conservative mps who are unhappy with the latest coronavirus restrictions for england. having a vote on the regulations
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injanuary, with them sunset in february if that doesn't pass again, i think is the right combination of accountability and transparency with taking the measures that the public need now. diego maradona's doctor is investigated for possible negligence — after his family raise questions about his care. president trump says he will continue to fight the results of the us presidential election, telling fox news his ‘mind will not change in six months'. the french formula 1 driver romain grosjean escapes a huge crash at the bahrain grand prix, which saw his car split in two and erupt into flames. and the man behind the mask of darth vader — weightlifter—turned—actor dave prowse has died at the age of 85. now on bbc news the join the travel show team on theirjourney of discovery as they explore new destinations around the globe and uncover hidden sides to some of the world's


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