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this is bbc news, i'm samantha simmonds. our top stories... talks between the eu and the uk about a post—brexit trade deal continuing overnight, but a british government source warns the offer from brussels remains unacceptable. the general in charge of the us coronavirus vaccination drive has said the first innoculations will take place on monday. within the next 2a hours, they will begin moving vaccines from the pfizer manufacturing facility to the ups and fedex hubs. the head of the un urges countries to declare climate emergencies as part of efforts to tackle global warming. # whether you're a brother or whether you're a mother # you're staying alive, staying alive... it's more than a0 years
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since the bee gees had six consecutive number—one singles — now the last surviving member, barry gibb, lifts the lid on life as a disco king. hello, and welcome. talks in brussels about a post—brexit trade deal are continuing overnight, after a british government source said the eu's offer remained unacceptable. a decision is due sometime on sunday about whether enough progress has been made to carry on negotiaions. both sides have warned that no—deal is now the most likely outcome. our political correspondent iain watson reports. in brussels, the briefest of glimpses of the uk's chief negotiator. he is locked in talks behind closed doors with his eu counterparts to see if a deal is possible in the next 2a hours.
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but indications tonight are not positive. a government source told the bbc talks are continuing overnight and, as things stand, the offer on the table from the eu remains unacceptable. the mood around the talks, like the weather, is rather gloomy. in fact, the only agreement that might be reached this weekend between downing street and the eu is to halt the negotiations and move towards no deal. downing street says, to reach agreement, the eu must recognise that the uk is now a sovereign nation. theresa may's de facto deputy when she was prime minister is urging both sides to focus on avoiding no deal. we are coming to the last knockings now, so, obviously, it is getting very tense and quite emotional. i would advise both sides to keep talking up to and if necessary beyond the final hour because, while there is talk, there is hope.
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and is this what no deal with the eu would look like? the ministry of defence has confirmed that four armed vessels will be ready to patrol uk waters if there is no agreement with brussels on fishing rights. but the scottish government does not want to see the ships off its shores. this uk government gunboat diplomacy is not welcome in scottish waters. we will protect our fisheries where necessary. police scotland have primacy to do that. but we won't do that by threatening our allies, our nato allies, in fact, they are our friends and neighbours. brexit deadlines have come and gone before but this weekend's talks in brussels could finally answer the question — deal or no deal. iain watson, bbc news. so what's the mood coming out of brussels? our europe correspondent is gavin lee. from conversations we've had in brussels today, i think the sense of optimism leading to a deal is in short supply, as one official told us, "they should call this
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no deal eve," given the sense this may not lead to anything tomorrow. but that said, these are people that aren't in the room, with talks still going on this evening into the night. the chief negotiators have left a short while ago, and those technical teams are still there and we have another 2a hours to go. we know both borisjohnson and ursula von der leyen, the european commission president, have said it is very likely that there'll be no deal. but it's trying to read the rooms of that and work out, is this just part of that last minute where we will see suddenly a deal tomorrow? on the issue today that we heard from iain‘s piece, about those royal navy patrol boats, four of them suddenly being available if there is no deal next year to patrol the channel. it's been met with a fair amount of european reaction. the press, particularly the french press, suggesting this is "british sabre—rattling", that this brexit war rhetoric doesn't help. but the french government are shrugging it off, really, saying, "we'lljust keep calm and carry on" — using a well—used british quote.
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the other thing to bear in mind — we also heard from the dutch today, a dutch official suggesting this is very much aimed, the rhetoric on the patrol boats, at a british domestic audience, that they are ignoring this and hoping still that something will happen tomorrow. speaking to the bbc earlier, the former governor of the bank of england mark carney, outlined his concerns about the situation the uk finds itself in. i think it is recognised that there are two types of issues around if there is a rupture in the relationship. the first is very important logistical challenges that come through more checks at ports and the knock—on effects, and we are starting to see those already. but then there is the fundamental question of the changing economics of the relationship with europe if there are tariffs in place, if there are other product standards. companies have begun to adjust to those and anticipated some of those. i'll say one thing that is
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important, the financial sector, my colleagues at the bank of england have helped to ensure that the financial sector is ready for, if there is a difficult outcome, it is ready for that and so the financial sector will not make this worse, it will be part of the solution. but undoubtedly there will be challenges if an agreement is not reached. the first coronavirus vaccinations in the united states should take place on monday. the head of the operation has said the vaccine is being distributed to safe locations across the country. on saturday, the us recorded over 3,300 covid—related deaths. make no mistake, distribution has begun. right now, boxes are being packed and loaded with vaccine, with emphasis on quality control. within the next 2a hours, they will begin moving vaccine from the pfizer manufacturing
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facility to the ups and fedex hubs, and then they will go out to the 636 locations nationwide. according to official statistics, italy has now seen more coronavirus—related fatalities than anywhere else in europe. it has registered 64,036 such deaths — slightly worse than the uk. the italian government has imposed tight restrictions over the christmas holiday period, affecting travel between the regions. people also won't be allowed to leave their home towns on key dates, including christmas day. germany is facing the prospect of tougher restrictions from the middle of next week, as the country's reported covid—i9 death toll continues to rise. health experts have warned that to wait until after christmas before imposing stricter measures could cost tens of thousands of lives and overwhelm hospitals. chancellor angela merkel and state leaders are due to hold talks on the situation on sunday. reports say they'll consider ordering shops, schools, and day care centres
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to close from wednesday. here in the uk, there are new warnings that any relaxation of coronavirus restrictions over the christmas period, may risk a third wave of infections. in an open letter, nhs providers, which represents more than 200 health care trusts in england, has urged the prime minister, borisjohnson to exercise caution when the tier lists are reviewed next week. with more, here's our health correspondent, katharine da costa. 0n the front line, and under pressure, hospitals expect to be at their busiest over winter, but with the unprecedented impact of coronavirus, this will be a year like no other. there is no question that we are full—on during the second wave now, and we are seeing, certainly where i work, increasing numbers of covid patients coming in. we are also dealing with the normal winter pressures, but we are, at the same time, trying to keep everybody safe and socially distanced, while we are dealing with staff who are also unwell.
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in a letter to the prime minister, nhs providers say there were 13,000 covid patients in hospital in england this week, compared to 500 in early september. 0ur trust leaders are very concerned. its chief executive has urged caution ahead of the review of tiers next week. what we are saying is you just need to be really careful about relaxing the restrictions on social contact, because we know that that inevitably at the moment, what that means is, more covid cases, more pressure on the nhs, and to be frank, more people dying unnecessarily. all four nations have been under tough measures in recent weeks, but the r number, which shows whether the epidemic is growing or shrinking, is thought to be above one in some areas. so it is thought infections are rising in london, the south—east and east of england and in northern ireland. and it is a similar picture in wales too, and that is raising concerns that household mixing and travel over christmas could lead to a third wave. think about what you should do.
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do you really need to have, should you really see three different households together indoors over this period? can you see fewer people, can you see people for a shorter period of time? the government says it won't hesitate to take necessary actions to protect local communities. its review will be based on the latest data that will include factors such as infection rates among the over—60s and pressure on the nhs. katherine da costa, bbc news. world leaders have been urged to declare a climate emergency, after dire predictions of "catastrophic" global warming. the secretary general of the united nations has told a climate change virtual summit that more ambitious targets are necessary to cut emissions. china announced further measures by 2030, including a boost in capacity of wind and solar power. here's our chief environment correspondent, justin rowlatt. it is my great pleasure
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to be able to introduce one of the co—hosts of today's climate... there was none of the pomp and circumstance you'd expect of a meeting of dozens of world leaders. this was an entirely virtual summit. to set their own targets... mrjohnson opened in characteristic style. we are doing this. not because we are hairshirt—wearing tree—hugging mung bean—munching eco freaks, and i have got nothing against any of those categories, the mung beans are probably delicious... he described climate change is a greater threat than covid—i9, and said that going green made economic as well as ecological sense. climate change is the biggest threat to humanity right now. only those countries promising substantial commitment to cut carbon got to speak. there were more than 70 of them, including china, the eu, india and japan.
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join the dots. it's happening... short films highlighted the risks our planet faces. let's be very clear about this. it is going to get much worse. even the pope made an appearance. so why is nothing happening? it was an impressive show, but environmental campaigners said there were precious few genuinely new pledges to be seen, and there were some notable absentees. australia, brazil, russia and saudi arabia were among the nations which were not invited to address the conference. some of the world's most vulnerable nations said fighting climate change was a moral imperative. i would like to believe that the major emitters are not capable of what would in essence be close to climate genocide. i would like to believe
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that we are visible and indispensable for them. today's conference marks the start of a crucial year for global climate action. the uk will be hosting a climate conference in glasgow in november 2021. the hope is the entire world will raise its carbon cutting game by then. justin rowlatt, bbc news. richard black is director of the energy and climate intelligence unit. i asked him how important this meeting was and had there been any significant developments? there have been a few. getting 70 heads of state and government to speak at what is not an official event is testament to the importance that climate change has around the world. we have seen some interesting announcements. a number of developing countries have come forward with pledges — argentina has pledged carbon neutrality by 2050, columbia is having a between 2010 and 2030, barbados wants to be
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fossil fuel—free by 2030. and there are a few others you can pick out. interesting from canada, the announcement they made yesterday, canada's key policy here is a carbon tax. lots of other countries have toyed with this, but very few have introduced it. canada is going big on a carbon tax it will raise, $170 canadian per tonne of carbon dioxide by the end of the decade — that is quite a ramp up from the 50—ish mark now. so it will be interesting to see how that pans out, and one thing canada will do is return this money to families. so we're watching a bit of an experiment in canada. and richard, this is replacing what was supposed to be a big summit in scotland last month. it'll now take place next year here in the uk. what needs to happen between now and then to really make a significant difference? what we've had here —
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it's not really part of the official negotiations, and there hasn't been much negotiating going on. that's all saved for next year now, battered into next year by covid—19. i think a lot of diplomacy has to happen, and it will be a very interesting to see how thejoe biden team plays this. because of course, under barack 0bama, the us was a diplomatic powerhouse on climate change. so willjoe biden as president go down the same route? what alliance will he make with china? how will the eu play enter that? it's potentially three important players going in the same direction. and then, it's about possibly building confidence — that we're seeing coming through all the time in academic literature, that actually pursuing a clean energy transition ultimately is good for your economy, as well. you, have to put money in now, but you will absolutely reap the benefits, as people are already doing with the cheaper prices for renewable energy.
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this is bbc news, our headlines... talks about a post—brexit trade deal between the uk and the eu are continuing through the night in brussels. a decision is due sometime on sunday about whether enough progress has been made to carry on negotiaions. the first coronavirus vaccinations in the united states are expected to start on monday as the country records around 3,300 covid—19 deaths in a single day on saturday. france has condemned what it calls iran's "barbaraic and unacceptable" execution of a dissidentjournalist, who had been living in exile in the country. the iranian supreme court upheld the death sentence of rullah zam, who has been hanged after he was convicted of formenting violence during street protests three years ago. mr zam was reportedly detained while tarvelling to iraq last year. we asked siavash mehdi—ardalan from bbc persian if this news came as a suprise. it wasn't unexpected. he had been sentenced to death, and the high courtjust recently confirmed the verdict.
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reporters without borders condemned this, the government of france has condemned it, but it did not come as a surprise to many of us that have been following this news and who've been watching the recent semi—documentary pieces aired on iranian state tv, showing him confessing, incriminating himself, and providing detailed evidence of his contacts — all the kind of information that would legitimise this verdict. there hasn't been furious reaction inside iran understandably, because many dissidents inside the country would be very fearful of outright condemning this execution. but there has been voices of criticism on technical legal grounds and on compassionate grounds. but the iranian diaspora is outraged and are trying to draw world public opinion and governments' attention around the world to this particular execution in iran, as the iranian authorities are preparing themselves
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for what they hope to be a revival of nuclear talks. 21 migrant workers who were being exploited at a second hand clothing business in southern spain, have been freed. police found the vulnerable workers hidden behind bundles of clothes in a warehouse in fuente alamo, a0 kilometres south of murcia. sophia tran—thomson has this report. this is the moment that eight workers were discovered hidden in a secret underground room which had been barricaded with heavy trolleys filled with clothes. police say when they raided the warehouse, which packs and sells second—hand clothes to african countries, one of the men running the business shouted at the workers to flee and hide. four workersjumped an outer fence while the rest hid inside. altogether, police found 21 foreign workers hidden throughout the sweat shop premises. they say the labourers, thought to be vulnerable migrants,
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were forced to work long hours without any health or safety regulations, and were paid well below spain's minimum wage. a father and his two sons who have not been named have been arrested and are due to appear in court. police said in a statement that the three accused exploited the vulnerability of the migrants to submit them to tough labour conditions and a total absence of security or hygiene. sophia tran—thompson, bbc news. let's get some of the day's other news... nigerian security forces are reported to have tracked down the gunmen who abducted students from a secondary school. president muhammadu buhari said the military had exchange gunfire and called in airsupport. the attackers targeted the school, where more than 800 students are said to reside, in katsina state on friday. russia says the ceasefire in nagorno—karabakh has been broken for the first time since hostilities between azerbaijan and armenia ended just over a month ago. the russian defence ministry
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said the incident took place in the hadrut district on friday, but gave few details. it's urged both sides to observe the ceasefire in nagorno—karabakh, where russian peacekeepers are deployed. authorities in austria say they've disrupted a neo—nazi network, seizing large quantities of weapons intended for arming a planned right—wing terror militia in germany. five people have been arrested in austria, and two others in germany. farmers from across india have been protesting against new market—friendly reforms they claim are against their interests for the last two weeks. thousands have gathered to voice their discontent and they've called on the rest of india to join them in a national strike. many protestors have marched on the indian consulate in birmingham in central england, to show their solidairty with the farmers in india. ankur desai has the latest. hundreds of protesters have flooded the streets of birmingham city centre here in the jewellry corner outside the indian consulate, to show solidarity with
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the farmers who have been protesting against the recent agricultural reforms in india by the government. now, many turned up around 10.30, 11am this morning, the numbers swelled into the 6—700s. many remained in their cars gridlocking the area here, and some were protesting on their feet. they were walking up and down the main high street, and they were posting banners and chanting in solidarity with the indian farmers. now, many british asians here have close family ties with many people in india, and they feel extremely passionate about this issue. they have been telling me today that they will continue to protest and continue to show solidarity with the farmers in india until the indian government abandons their reforms. boxing — and britain's anthony joshua has retained his three world heavyweight titles, with victory over the bulgarian kubrat pulev in a fight at wembley arena in london. joshua knocked pulev out in the ninth round — the 22nd k—0 in his career.
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the result fuels speculation of a fight next year betweenjoshua and the wbc champion tyson fury. it would be the first time all four heavyweight titles would be contested. from a schoolboy skiffle group to becoming the undisputed kings of disco, the bee gees enjoyed phenomenal global success — but those famous smiles were often hiding dark and difficult times. the sibling rivalry, drug abuse and tragedy which dogged the band are all explored in a new feature—length documentary. 0ur entertainment correspondent colin paterson has been speaking to the only surviving brother, sir barry gibb. this film contains flashing images. ladies and gentlemen, will you welcome the bee gees? the bee gees! once again, the fabulous bee gees! # oh, you can tell by the way i use my walk... the most exciting sound in the world! the biggest grossing album in the history of music. # you know i'm all right, it's ok... how can you mend a broken heart looks at every aspect
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of the bee gees' career, including theirfirst number one in 1967... # and the lights all went down in massachusetts... ..and the phenomenon that was saturday night fever. has it changed your lives, the enormous success of it? yes, i can safely say it's changed our lives. # whether you're a brother or whether you're a mother, # you're stayin‘ alive, stayin‘ alive... in 1978, seven us number—one singles were written by the bee gees. # ah, ah, ah, ah, stayin‘ alive... speaking from his home studio in miami, the surviving bee gee barry gibb tried to explain what it was like to have that level of fame. all right. well, you don't really deal with it. it's just like you are just in the eye of a storm, you're in the middle of something where everyone around you is crazy. # ah, ah, ah, ah... it got to the point where i could not answer the phone.
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and it got to the point where people were climbing over the walls and coming in to your grounds — actually, that still happens! chuckles. who's been in your back garden lately, then? well, i don't know, but there are people that walk in. our house on the bay is probably the best position on the bay, you know, so you get unusual people with lots of money that will say "we will buy your house". no, it's not for sale! fame may have given barry a rather nice house, but the documentary also deals with the lows. i cannot honestly come to terms with the fact that they are not here anymore. # ah, ijust want to be... his three younger brothers are all dead. andy, a solo star, was only 30 when his lifestyle took its toll. and barry had famously fallen out with both maurice and robin at the times of their deaths. all had struggled with life in the limelight. why do you think you
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were the best equipped to deal with this? we all had our demons. we all had our issues between each other. but when it came to music, all those things just disappeared. i don't know — maybe being the eldest brother made me feel that i had responsibility to watch out for my other three brothers. be nice if we could find a bigger sound for that solo. but these days, i've come to realise that they probably didn't want that, you know? and i think maurice and robin primarily did not want that. andy, in the end, i think felt i was getting credit for what he was doing. and that's what messes you up — that's what messes everybody up, this obsession with credit — and i think in every group, you're going to see that. that may be the case, but this documentary really does highlightjust how much more there was to the bee gees than their dalliance with disco. colin paterson, bbc news.
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that's it from me for now. you can reach me at twitter. thanks for being with us. hello there. it's quite chilly for a while overnight, temperatures could be close to freezing for a while before the weather then starts to change. we've got all this cloud coming in from the atlantic replacing the clearer skies, and the main driver is an area of low pressure and these weather fronts, and they will bring some rain into western areas, and then that rain will move northwards and eastward through the day and the winds pick up, too. as we get the wetter weather arriving in northern ireland, wales and the southwest, temperatures here will be much higher by morning, but with some clearer skies ahead of that, away from the northeast of scotland, it will be quite a bit chillier. as we head through the morning, though, this cloud will quickly move northwards and eastwards, it will bring with it some outbreaks of rain, some heavier rain moving northwards through the midlands into northern england into scotland during the afternoon, some more rain coming into the southwest and wales. and then we see sunshine
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and showers arriving into northern ireland. stronger actually on sunday, particularly strong around coastal areas, drawing in milder air, double figure temperatures for most, could make 1a celsius in the southwest. but cooler again i think for scotland and the northeast of england, where we will have some rain during the evening, that could be quite heavy for a while, this band of rain then sweeps eastward through the midlands into eastern england and the showers follow on behind. should be pretty mild, actually, overnight as that weather system moves away, we've still got a low pressure to the northwest of the uk, and that will continue to feed in some blustery winds and some further showers as well. so a solid day of sunshine and showers, i think, for many places on monday. could be some longer spells of rain coming northwards across scotland, most of the showers down the western side of england and wales, some moving through the english channel. somewhat drier weather, though, i think for the midlands and eastern areas of england. temperatures, though, still on the mild side, those blustery south to south—westerly winds, 10—13 celsius really sums it up on monday.
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moving quickly into tuesday, the winds won't be as strong on tuesday, there will be some showers around, southern and western areas in particular. they probably will become fewer during the afternoon, and many places will be turning dry. those temperatures still pretty good for the time of year around 9—11 celsius. it is a very unsettled week ahead, and wednesday could see a return of wet and windy weatherfor a while, and then things calm down a bit on thursday. we get some sunshine and just wanted to showers. goodbye.
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this is bbc news, the headlines... talks about a post—brexit trade deal between the uk and the eu are continuing through the night in brussels. a decision is due sometime on sunday about whether enough progress has been made to carry on negotiaions or abandon them — leaving the uk on course to leave the eu without a deal. americans are due to start receiving the pfizer—biontech coronavirus vaccine from monday after the us food and drug administration has approved its emergency use last week. it comes as the united states records at least 3,300 covid—19 deaths in a single day on saturday. anthonyjoshua has retained his world heavyweight titles after beating kubrat pulev at wembley arena in london. the 31—year—old knocked out the bulgarian in the ninth round meaning he holds onto his ibf, wba and wbo belts. the result givesjoshua his twenty—second such


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