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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 this is bbc news. on negotiations or abandon i'm james reynolds. them, leaving the uk on course our top stories: to leave the eu without a deal. talks between the eu and the uk about a post—brexit trade deal continuing overnight in brussels but a british americans are due to start government source warns receiving the pfizer—biontech the offerfrom brussels remains coronavirus vaccine unacceptable. from monday after the us food and drug administration has approved its emergency doses of the coronavirus vaccine are being distributed use last week. across the us as first it comes as the united states records at least innoculations are due to take 3,300 covid—19 deaths place on monday. in a single day on saturday. hundreds of students are feared missing in north—western nigeria's military says it nigeria after a raid by gunmen on a secondary school. has located the hideout used and anthony joshua retains his world heavyweight by gunmen who are reported titles after beating to have carried out a raid on a school in the north—west kubrat pulev in london: of the country. hundreds of students are missing in katsina state after attackers arrived on motorbikes and started shooting, causing the students to flee. regardless of whether or not a brexit trade deal is agreed, from january 1st, british citizens visiting any
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talks in brussels about eu country as well as a post—brexit trade deal are continuing overnight, switzerland, norway, after a british government source said the eu's offer iceland and liechtenstein, will face new restrictions, including on receiving remained unacceptable. medical treatment. with more, here's our consumer affairs correspondent, 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. but indications tonight are not positive. a government source told the bbc talks are continuing overnight and, talks are continuing 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
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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. 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.
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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 at this late hour? 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 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
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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 withafairamount 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'll just keep calm and carry on" —— using a well—used british quote. 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. the first coronavirus vaccinations in the united
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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 the emphasis on quality control. within the next 2a hours, they will begin moving vaccine from the pfizer manufacturing facility to the ups—fedex hubs and then they will go out to the 636 locations nationwide. we can now speak to our north america correspondent, david willis, who is in los angeles. david, how hard is it going to be to get that vaccine across the country? well, the army general whojust poked the country? well, the army general who just poked there, drew ona general who just poked there, drew on a wartime analogy and said that the authorisation of the day, as he put it, in other words, the beginning of the
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end, but by no means the end itself. these are tough times lie ahead and it's a considerable operation logistically getting the vaccine out to 330 million people! it has never been done on this scale before ever in the history of this country. they are saying they will start rolling it out tomorrow, the first shots will be administered on monday and then throughout next week and take until probably the end of january or so before the healthcare workers, frontline workers and people in residential elderly home care facilities and so on have had their jibes before it facilities and so on have had theirjibes before it is available to members of the general public, and that could ta ke general public, and that could take until april and things won't be normal, until the summer won't be normal, until the summer of next year —— jabs. a big, big operation. some people in america do not trust masks,
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do they trust vaccines? they don't trust vaccine either. do we have been back? we got half of your answer. start that they can answer again. so they are hoping to persuade as many people as possible to get this vaccine thereby creating this herd immunity if you like whereby the risk to those even who do not choose to get the vaccine will be considerably less but the priority as i was saying will be healthcare workers, frontline workers and those people will be those focused on first, then the elderly and then the rest of us, if you like. there is really going to be a long process and a difficult one, i think, trying to persuade people who are dubious or sceptical about the vaccine to
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change their minds. we got there in the end! thank you. according to official statistics, italy has now seen more coronavirus— related fatalities than anywhere else in europe. it has registered 64,036 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 to close from wednesday. hundreds of students are feared missing after gunmen
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raided a school in north—western nigeria. the attack happened on friday night at the government science secondary school in the kankara area of katsina state. a military—led offensive to rescue the children is reportedly still underway. with me is our news reporter mark lobel. mark, what has happened? around 11 pm friday night, gunman on motorbikes stormed this all boys state secondary school and according to police authors fired assault rifles in the air which undoubtedly would have been terrifying, took on security guard at the school and later police that arrived. some boys escaped and jumped overfences some boys escaped and jumped over fences and ran some boys escaped and jumped overfences and ran into some boys escaped and jumped over fences and ran into town and then police said they brought in armed defence because to drive them out, and 200 of the 800 students were accounted for, so they could be up accounted for, so they could be up to 600 abducted all missing and very worrying. a mother who had a son and a younger brother
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at the school said that when she turned up on saturday there was scarcity of information and terrifying conditions for eve ryo ne terrifying conditions for everyone involved. the military said they located the attackers ina said they located the attackers in a forest on saturday and a joint operation is under way with the military, air force and police but so far security guards route injured but no reports of any student casualties. astonishing numbers. what has been the reaction and who is behind it? the president, who is coincidentally 200 kilometres away from the school, on holiday in his home state, has condemned and asked for an audit of he was at the school in the state government — the state governor has called for a closure of all schools and issued a statement and said that they strongly condemn the cowardly attack of the innocent children and prayers are with the families of the students, the families of the students, the authorities and the injured. who is responsible?
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no—one has claimed responsibility but two theories and in this state violent bandits kidnap people for ransom and that happened earlier in the week and a businessman i spoke to said usually a poor area of the country you may have individual negotiations with some of the pa rents negotiations with some of the parents and maybe asking for as much as $10,000 per student down to $100 per student and the other theory is le mist militants but they don't normally operate in that area — islamist. there is a history of this in that country? yes, security is a major concern and the president is under increasing pressure to sort it out and two weeks ago, 43 farmers were suddenly and brutally killed. in that area over the last ten years, 36,000 people have been killed, 2 million displaced and .5 years ago ina million displaced and .5 years ago in a small town, 270 girl we re ago in a small town, 270 girl were taken from the dormitories
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and there was a worldwide campaign to release them, including the likes of michelle 0bama to get them back and about 100 as still missing, 6.5 yea rs on about 100 as still missing, 6.5 years on and the reason they we re years on and the reason they were taken by volker arrium, this militant islamist group is they want to sing and to western education —— volker but this incident is different from the west of the country is different from the north—east of the country —— boko harem. 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.
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he had been sentenced to death, and the high courtjust recently confirmed the verdict. reporters without borders have 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'
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attentions around the world to this particular execution in iran, as the iranian authorities are preparing themselves for what they hope to be a revival of nuclear talks. 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 negotiations. 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. 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
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correspondent, justin rowlatt. it is my great pleasure 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—19, 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.
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there were more than 70 of them, including china, the eu, india and japan. 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
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are not capable of what would in essence be close to climate genocide. i would like to believe 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. noah kaufman is a climate economist at the center on global energy policy at columbia university. in the 0bama administration he served as deputy associate director of energy and climate change. he's in washington. thank you very much. the un secretary general has called on countries to declare a state of climate emergency. do you think they will do so? no, i do not think so. it is good to be with you, first of all. what icy
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right now, the world needs to be rapidly reducing its emissions towards zero. it is not clear emissions are falling at all. that said, you have sent some remarkable size in the past year or so commentating today with a lot of emission ledges so i will be watching in the next year or two. attention has been focused on the pandemic much of the year. how might that have affected long—term measures for the climate? i do not think we know that. certainly emissions are down this year because economic activity is down but thatis economic activity is down but that is not how we want to reduce emissions. a lot will depend on how countries respond. right now you see too much money side of being spent, the way it has i was been spent, and not enough going into a clean economy but perhaps that is to be expected,
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given the economic turmoil we are in and we will see if that changes. nothing of course will be achieved without the country with the greatest population in the world, china. it has made promises. is it doing enough?” was blown away by china's zero commitment they made a few months ago and reiterated today. that is a break from the past few decades of its stands on where it would had an particularly with the leadership of countries like the united states. some nations are not magic that commitment by the idea that china is saying this is where the world is headed is quite remarkable and has changed my mind about the inevitability of this transition. how might the us? position change with the upcoming administration? on the
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presidential level, it is night and day. a president coming in and day. a president coming in and one who was asleep at the wheel going out. how much can president biden achieved given the difficult political situation at the federal level in the us. thank you so much for joining in the us. thank you so much forjoining us. thank you for having me. twenty—one 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 at the moment that eight workers were discovered hidden in a secret underground room which had been barricaded with heavy trolleys filled with clothes. listen when they raided the warehouse which packs and sells second—hand
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clothes to african countries, one of the men running the business shouted at the workers to flee and hide stop for workersjumped to flee and hide stop for workers jumped an outer fence while the rest head inside. altogether police found 21 foreign workers hidden throughout the sweat shop premises. they are thought to be honourable migrants forced to work long hours without any health or safety regulations and paid well below spain's minimum wage. a father and two sons have been arrested and are due to appear in court. police said the accused exploited the vulnerability of the market to submit them to tough labour conditions and a lack of security and hygiene. sophia tran—thomson, bbc news. 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 k0 in his career. let's get more on this now
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by speaking to tom gray. he's associate editor with the boxing magazine, the ring. he joins us live via webcam from just outside glasgow. that was a dominant display against a challenger who just refused to go away. absolutely. i have seen a few people actually critical of anthony joshua's performance. he won almost every round. kubrat pulev was given one round. a spectacular punch in the ninth round. if you are critical about the performance it shows you the expectations on him. that is a first time we have seen that is a first time we have seen people in the sporting arena in recent months. how might that have influenced the evening? for both fighters it is an advantage because they are accustomed to having fanned
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and particular anthonyjoshua. he would have liked his name ringing out around the arena, a sense of normality. great negotiations of our time, it has taken nine months of the uk and the eu to reach a deal and they still not have done it. will it take just as long... laughter... for anthony will it take just as long... laughter. .. for anthonyjoshua and tyson furyk to negotiate theirfight? and tyson furyk to negotiate their fight? the fight is going to happen in 2021. both guys are now coming off excellent knockout wins, stoppage wins and this is the time to get it done. it is the biggest fight ina done. it is the biggest fight in a british boxing history. there is a championship at sta ke, there is a championship at stake, two opposing personalities, it is an absolutely fantastic fight and
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nothing in the sport equals that. when i grew up mike tyson was a household name. 0ur anthonyjoshua was a household name. 0ur anthony joshua and fury was a household name. 0ur anthonyjoshua and fury well enough known? i think so. they are the faces of boxing. the heavyweight decision brings something very special for the spot. it is top of the tree so the fight cannot get at the minute. — — any bigger at the minute. — — any bigger at the minute. it is time to get on, i think. both promoters — frank borden — they have as much rivalry as the fighters. it has been tricky up till now but
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eve ryo ne been tricky up till now but everyone wants it. the world wa nted everyone wants it. the world wanted to see it. they can put the promoters on the undercard. yes stop virgin galactic attempted a milestone test flight of its rocket—powered tourist plane on saturday, marking the first crewed flight of its reusable unity vehicle. it took off from the purpose—built commercial spaceport in new mexico but the flight did not reach space as planned after the onboa rd computer that monitors the rocket motor, lost connection. the skilled pilots were however able to fly back to base and land safely. the pioneering black country music star, charley pride, has died from coronavirus complications. he was 86. in the 1970's charley pride became the best selling performer for rca records after elvis presley. he was inducted to the country music hall of fame in 2000. singer dolly parton said she was heartbroken at the news, and called him one of her oldest and dearest friends.
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stay with bbc world news. 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 eastwards through the day and the winds pick up too. as we get the wetter weather arriving in northern ireland, wales and the south—west, temperatures here will be much higher by morning, but with some clear skies ahead of that, away from the north—east of scotland, it will be quite a bit chillier. as we head through the morning though, this cloud will quickly move northwards and eastwards and 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 south—west and wales, and then we see sunshine
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and showers arriving into northern ireland. stronger winds actually on sunday, particularly strong around coastal areas, drawing in mild air. double—figure temperatures for most. it could make 1a in the south—west but cooler again, i think, for scotland and the north—east of england, where we will have some rain during the evening and that could be quite heavy for a while. this band of rain then sweeps eastwards through the midlands, into eastern england and then the showers follow on behind. it should be pretty mild, actually, overnight as that when the system moves away, we still got low pressure to the north—west of the uk and that will continue to fit in some blustery winds and some further showers as well. so a sort of 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. we've got those blustery south to south—west winds so 10—13 really sums it up on monday. moving quickly into tuesday,
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the winds will not be as strong on tuesday. there will be still 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 good for the time of year, around 9—11 degrees. 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 one or two showers. goodbye. 00:29:08,072 --> 4294966103:13:29,430 in a single day, on saturday.
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