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the us congress sits all night to confirm joe biden as president, after pro—trump rioters stormed the building, seeking to overturn the result. they smashed their way into the capitol building, leaving four people dead, and the country reeling in shock. astonishing scenes, as rioters made their way to the heart of the building. eventually, order was restored and the result confirmed. joe biden and kamala harris will be the president and the vice president according to the ballots that have been given to us. applause. president trump today said there should be an orderly transition of power, but that he still disagreed with the result. we'll bring you all the latest from the united states, after a day that tested american democracy to the limits. also this lunchtime...
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the oxford covid vaccine is rolled out to gp surgeries in england, but there's embarrassment for the health secretary at one of the clinics involved. three teenagers, aged 13 and 1a, appear in court in reading, charged with the murder of a 13—year—old boy. and the struggle in lockdown for children learning at home when they don't have the basic equipment — a laptop. and coming up on bbc news... the ioc say they're concentrating on delivering the tokyo olympics this year despite a state of emergency being declared in the japanese capital. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. after a day of extraordinary
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and shocking scenes in washington, when supporters of donald trump stormed the seat of congress, lawmakers sat through the night to certinyoe biden‘s victory in the presidential election. despite rhetoric which encouraged the rioters to try to overturn the lawful result of the election, mr trump this morning conceded that there should be an orderly transition of power on january 20th, the day scheduled for mr biden‘s inauguration. but mr trump repeated his false claim that the "facts" pointed to a different outcome. the violence and anarchy, in which four people died, has shaken america to the core — and there have been calls for donald trump to be removed from office. in a moment we'll consider what is likely to happen in the coming days. but first this report by our correspondent aleem maqbool, who witnessed last night's attempted assault on democracy. at first, it was the few who breached security and gained access to the american halls of power. take it back! let's go!
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but it was soon hundreds who stormed and overran the us capitol while congress was in session. protesters are in the building. thank you. politicians of both parties have described this as one of the most shameful incidents ever to take place here. they broke the glass? everybody stay down, get down. but the trump supporters who took part were unrepentant. that is just not how things are done in this country — lawlessness, storming buildings, even. and that's what's happened today. this nation wasn't founded on civility. this nation was founded on revolutionary activity. we became civil after the government realised that they got overwhelmed. so what happens now? i guess now we wait and see if they take us seriously because they saw how easily we were able to breach their defence. they'd earlier gathered for a rally for a president still insisting
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the election was rigged. as the electoral votes were being finalised by congress, he told protesters to march on the capitol. because you'll never take back our country with weakness. you have to show strength, and you have to be strong. the capitol building was soon secured. but only in the evening the area around it eventually was, too. well, after hours of allowing protesters to remain on capitol grounds, with a curfew now in place, riot police are now finally pushing people off the grounds and away from the capitol building. while there was confrontation, many point out the relative restraint used by security forces as compared to some of the scenes we saw at black lives matter protests last summer. and the protesters here were proud of what they'd done. all over the world, it's looking at washington right now, they saw people storming the capitol...
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i hope they keep watching it. we are the last hope for the world. at least in my mind, in everything i've seen. we are free. after the upheaval, the session to formalise what we already know — thatjoe biden won the election — continued. but under a heavy cloud. we condemn the violence that took place here in the strongest possible terms. we grieve the loss of life in these hallowed halls. this president bears a great deal of the blame. this mob was in good part president trump's doing, incited by his words, his lies. donald trump did call for peace, but in the same breath he once again reiterated the rallying cry that caused the violence — that the election had been stolen. aleem maqbool, bbc
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news, in washington. the question everyone is asking is, what happens now? donald trump still has 13 days left in office, and there has been talk of invoking america's 25th amendment, which would allow for his early removal. our correspondent paul adams looks at america's options. a demonstration, a coup, even a revolution. the world looked on in horror, but what did yesterday's are chaotic events at the capitol really mean and where is america heading? joe biden and kamala harris will be the president and vice president according to the ballot. in the early hours of this morning, a rattled congress certified the results of november's election. and the white house threw in the towel with the president temporarily banned from twitter after a thai raid yesterday, it fell to his deputy chief of staff to tweet the
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news. it wasn't exactly a concession. even though i totally disagree with the outcome of the election, the president insisted, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition of power on january 20. but the message ends with defiance. it's only the beginning of our fight to make america great again. the president has been defeated but he has deliberately left his passionate supporters with the conviction that they have been cheated. many, like elizabeth from knoxville, felt they had no choice but to act. we are storming the capitol, it's a revolution! but for some of the president's reliable allies in the republican party, efforts to hold up the result in congress was a step too far. all i can say is count me out, enough is enough. i have tried to be helpful. but whose party is it anyway? at the rally yesterday, donald trump's firebrand son had this morning. this isn't their
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republican party any more. —— had this warning. this is donald trump's republican partly. establishment republicans are now being hounded. this video on social media showing passengers taunting utah senator mitt romney on his flight to washington. chanting trai! and what of the man at the helm of this insurgency? —— traitor! traitor. for donald trump, his florida home at mar—a—lago beckons. is he planning to run again in four yea rs ? is he planning to run again in four years? donald trump did not invent america's hyper partisan politics or the anger that rages, but he channelled and nurtured it to the end, fraying the very fabric of the republic. paul adams, bbc end, fraying the very fabric of the republic. pauladams, bbc news. our correspondent nomia iqbal
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is at capitol hill. the country is in a state of collective shock. what is likely to happen in the immediate hours ahead? it is much calmer this morning as washington wakes up. that's because there was a curfew overnight to keep people off the streets. of course, there was that huge security lapse yesterday which will be questioned, but i can tell you security is incredibly tight this morning, a line of police cars all around capitol hill and armed police men and women walking the streets. there are some donald trump supporters here. there was a car full of supporters that drove past us calling us fake news media, traitors, and telling us to get a newjob. but i should say, people arejogging, riding their bikes. there is a sense people are going about their everyday business. the pa pa cy about their everyday business. the papacy are clear on who they blame, calling donald trump supporters a mob. donald trump has released that
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statement saying he is committed to an orderly transition of power, something he has never said before. but he says he doesn't recognise the election ofjoe biden. it doesn't matter. congress has confirmed his victory. joe biden released a statement yesterday calling the violence insurrection. he is going about his everyday business, announcing his pick for attorney general, a top government lawyer. 13 days to go before he becomes the next president. nomia iqbal, thank you. leaders around the world, including borisjohnson, have condemned the violence in washington. in a moment we'll hear from our diplomatic correspondent james landale, but first damian grammaticas is at westminster. the home secretary this morning said that donald trump's rhetoric "directly led" to his supporters storming congress. is there any reappraisal going on in government about how close its been to mr trump?
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i think at this stage, these are the waning days of the trump presidency, so it is too late for reappraisal, really. there is no ongoing future relationship to consider there. but what there is, i think, is an interesting dividing line. some feel able to go further. the home secretary, priti patel, she talked about donald trump's comments directly leading to the violence. she said so far he has failed to condemn it and that's appalling to stop others, the foreign secretary and prime minister, focusing on the events. the prime minister tweeting about disgraceful scenes in the us congress and talking about the importance now of an orderly tra nsfer of importance now of an orderly transfer of power. i think that is reflected in those who have had close dealings with america. former ambassadors, some saying they believe some politicians here might come to regret how close they have come to regret how close they have come to regret how close they have come to donald trump. others are saying, what matters is that vital relationship and the presidency, the office is what matters and not who
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is in it. i think it's a dilemma reflected right across political leaders. britain's neighbours too, some countries focusing on condemning the event and others, a few, notably angela merkel, focusing on the responsibility of mr trump. but the relationship they will all ca re but the relationship they will all care about is the ongoing one with the administration ofjoe biden. many thanks, damian grammaticas. and james landale is here. what have world leaders been saying? clearly amongst america's opponents and critics, they have been wading in to criticise what happened. president rohani of iran said what happened overnight, the chaos, showed the fragility and vulnerability of america bus democracy. in moscow they have said us democracy is limping on both feet. a spokesman in china said this... compared to the events to the pro—democracy storming of the
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hong kong parliament two years ago. amongst america's allies, shock, nervousness and outrage at what happened but also a division. the five eyes mac allies, britain, australia, new zealand and canada, criticising the violence but not mr trump personally. contrasting european leaders who say this is mr trump is ‘s. angela merkel, saying they have refusal to concede defeat initially stoped the atmosphere that allowed the events last night to ta ke allowed the events last night to take place. the really interesting question now is the lingering reputation of democracy worldwide and what impact that has as a result of the events last night. diplomatic correspondent james landale, thank you. gp surgeries in england have begun offering the first dose of the oxford astrazeneca covid—19 vaccine, with the second dose to be given three months later. the health secretary matt hancock attended a surgery this morning to promote the initiative, only to discover the new vaccine had yet to arrive. a gp there said its arrival had been delayed by 2a hours.
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and in the past few minutes leaders in birmingham have written to the health secretary to say they expect to run out of the pfizer vaccine tomorrow and as yet haven't received any stocks of the oxford version. naomi grimley reports. it's an exciting day today. today, you're going to get your vaccine to prevent you getting the covid. a wartime—like endeavour in peacetime. the next few days are due to see a massive ramping up of this national effort, in the hope of vaccinating 13 million vulnerable people by mid—february. this morning, the health secretary matt hancock was hearing how gps will begin to take on a larger part of the roll—out, especially now the oxford astrazeneca jab will start arriving in surgeries. there was a hitch, though, because the surgery he went to didn't get its expected delivery of the oxford vaccine. it all adds to questions about if the government's ambitions are achievable.
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it's just more frustrating than a concern, because we've got capacity to vaccinate, and if we had a regular supply, we do have the capacity to vaccinate 3,000 to 4,000 patients a week. we have been running since the middle of december, and on our busiest days we can vaccinate 500 people, easily. labour says the incident shows why ministers need to move heaven and earth to get the programme up to speed. so what reassurance is the government offering that it can increase supplies and vaccinate 2 million people every week? the rate—limiting step is the supply of vaccine, and we are working with the companies, both pfizer and astrazeneca, to increase the supply. i just want to thank all the gp surgeries who have been working hard to get the vaccine out so far and are now going to have more vaccine coming through so that they can get all of those vulnerable
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groups vaccinated. this plant in wrexham is where the oxford vaccine gets put into vials, ready to go. the government admits that there have been issues with the distribution, because every batch has to be checked for safety reasons. the uk regulator, the mhra, is now expanding lab space to make sure this can be speeded up. it has been taking as long as 20 days. another big milestone will come next week, when mass vaccination centres start at venues like this one at the excel centre in london. it's still early days, but public health experts are stressing that this breakneck speed has to be achieved, or we'll all be in lockdown for much longer. naomi grimley, bbc news. and that news in the last few minutes that birmingham is having trouble with its vaccine supply — naomi grimley is here.
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tell us more. this is a letter written to matt hancock by the labour leader of birmingham city council, also signed by liam byrne, a labourmp, but council, also signed by liam byrne, a labour mp, but also signed by andrew mitchell, a conservative mp in birmingham. they say there is not enough clarity over the supplies of these vaccines. clearly, gps‘ surgeries are worried that they are running out of the pfizer vaccine, and yet they haven't got their new delivery of the oxford vaccine, like that gp‘s surgery reheard in that piece. so this will be embarrassing if birmingham did run out. on the other hand, officials say there are teething problems, but they are convinced that these will be ove rco m e convinced that these will be overcome in the next 2a hours. naomi, remind us where we are in terms of numbers who have already been vaccinated? the latest figures suggest about 1.3 million people across the uk have been vaccinated. in the last week in england, it was over 300,000. but in order to meet the target the government has for
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the target the government has for the middle of next month, they need to be vaccinating at least 2 million per week. naomi grimley there. our top story this lunchtime... the us congress sits all night to confirm joe biden as president, after pro—trump rioters stormed the building seeking to overturn the result, leaving four people dead and the country reeling in shock. # why you keep wastin' your energy? # n?ver let them draw out the energy... and coming up with lyrics reflecting his own gritty life experiences growing up in coventry, rapper pa salieu tops the bbc music sound of 2021 poll. coming up on bbc news... further disruption from coronavirus as manchester city women's game with west ham in the super league this weekend is postponed. during the last lockdown, there were concerns about the disparity between affluent
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families with access to laptops, and those less well—off without. now, with schools again closed to the majority of children, those concerns have re—emerged. fiona lamdin has been speaking to families about their remote learning difficulties, and the efforts being made to get equipment to those children who need it. the ogu family in bristol. home—schooling with no computer during the first lockdown was very hard. it got to a point where i was feeling depressed. i felt scared and i was worried, not just for myself, i was worried for my children as well because we had not enough apps on the phone, but then how can four people be using one phone to do schoolwork? it was a nightmare. are you worried your children will fall behind this time? yes, iam, honestly. if i could get a laptop for my children, i would be over the moon, honestly.
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and here is the holgate family in swindon as they face the latest lockdown. we met them six months ago, when they were home—schooling six children on one device. in the last lockdown, i had just my mum's phone. all my siblings got to go first to do their homework, and i had to wait until bedtime to get my hour slot. so that was really hard. but a viewer donated a tablet, and so zion and her siblings are hoping they won't fall behind this time. they all have an hour slot on two devices, so it's going to be much easier for me to do my homework without all of them hassling and fighting. there is a lot less arguing for the devices because kids are impatient, aren't they? and for many families, accessing online schoolwork is just not possible. and so, at this primary in somerset, a drive—through. but instead of fast food, this school is dishing up home learning packs.
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the children who have got devices, have got really strong broadband connections, did really well in the last lockdown. they didn't really fall behind at all. the children that didn't have those devices fell behind by approximately six months. and one of those was 14—year—old charlie. when we met him in the summer, he was struggling. he only had a phone. and then a viewer donated a laptop. my exams were better than i expected. what do you put that down to? if it wasn't for the laptop, it wouldn't have happened. it's made a massive impact on my future, if i was going for an apprenticeship or career. it's a life changer and a game changer, isn't it? yeah, yeah. back in bristol, we were still filming with the ogus, when one of their teachers arrived with a laptop for them to borrow. what did you say? your laptop'sjust here if you'd like to grab it. oh, my goodness! the government say they are committed to giving out a million devices to help throughout the pandemic. for edwina and herfamily, they think this one is a miracle.
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thank you so very much. thank you. thank you very much. thank you, thank you! fiona lamdin, bbc news. if you have a laptop or tablet that you want to donate, then please go to, where you can find details of charities who will take your device or that can help you find a school that will get it to a pupil that needs it. the government is planning to reform the controversial leasehold system in england, to spare homeowners from high charges when they extend their lease. the plan includes the right to apply for a lease of 990 years with zero ground rent, on both houses and flats. sarah corker reports. the derbyshire family moved to this newly built estate near bolton in 2010. they own the leasehold of the property, but not the land it's built on. they have to pay ground rent and other fees to the freeholder.
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jo says she feels caught in a trap. over the last 10 years, we've paid nearly £3,000 in ground rent. and that's just money for nothing, that we could have spent on other things. on this estate, ground rent for some homes doubles every 10 years. the leasehold—freehold system dates back to medieval times, and campaigners say its left many people stuck in unsellable homes. there are more than 4 million leasehold homes and flats in england and wales. today's reforms mean ground rent will be scrapped on new leases in england, and people will have the right to extend their lease to 990 years at zero ground rent. that's significant because it gives people more control over their homes and saves them thousands of pounds in annualfees.
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you will be able to buy your freehold or share of freehold significa ntly cheaper than you do today. the law commission have estimated it could be £8,000 or £9,000 less to the average leaseholder. in addition to that, if you have greater control over your building, then you will be able to stop rip—off charges, you will be able to choose which managing agent or contractors that your building makes use of. it's been described as the start of the end for the controversial leasehold system. for me, personally, it does say that it will make buying your freehold cheaper. i hope it does. for lots of other leaseholders, particularly those in flats, you know, a move to commonhold and zero ground rents is really welcome. but jo wants compensation for charges she's had to pay in the past, and hopes today's reforms can take effect as quickly as possible. sarah corker, bbc news, in bolton. three teenagers accused of murdering a 13—year—old boy who was stabbed to death have appeared in court in reading. two boys, aged 13 and 1a,
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and a 13—year—old girl have been charged with murder and conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm. duncan kennedy reports. olly stevens died on sunday after being stabbed. he was 13 years old. he had been here, in the emmer green area of reading. thames valley police have carried out a widespread investigation in the surrounding area, and local people have brought flowers to show their respects. today three teenagers appeared at a youth court in reading in connection with the killing. the three appeared separately in the dock, the girl aged 13 and the two boys aged 13 and 1a. their identities can't be revealed because of their ages. all three were charged with murder, and all three charged with conspiring to cause grievous bodily harm. the girl was also charged with perverting the course ofjustice. the three teenagers' mothers were also in court.
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before today's hearing, olly‘s parents had released this statement, saying... "in his final moments, he must have been terrified. "fighting to get home, he had everything to live for. "we now only have memories. "an olly—sized hole has been left in our hearts." the teenagers were remanded into youth detention accommodation, and will appear at reading crown court this afternoon. duncan kennedy, bbc news, in reading. the haulage industry in northern ireland is calling for extra government support, warning that it's being "overwhelmed" by new paperwork requirements for shipments from great britain, which kicked in last week. a representative of freight firms told assembly members at stormont that shipments were days behind schedule. the weekly clap for carers that began during the first lockdown is to return tonight under the new name of clap for heroes. it's aimed at recognising carers, teachers, home schooling parents and all frontline workers. the idea of clapping and banging pots from doorsteps originally began
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as a one—off to support nhs staff — three days after the uk went into lockdown for the first time. so many people rely on grassroot sports to keep their minds and bodies active, but another national lockdown means that yet again, sport and other activities go on hold. laura scott reports on the impact this can have on those affected. at a time of year when people are starting their health kick, new lockdown rules have made that more challenging for many. one of the biggest shifts is that under—18 sport is no longer allowed. some prominent sporting figures are worried about the impact. i just want to look after the well—being of the kids and make sure that their minds are triggered towards being active, being able to get outside if they possibly can. i just feel that that message has not been strong enough from the government. i think it's so important that we just remind people
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that the fitter you are, the more chance you have of survival. the rules on what you can and can't do differs between the devolved nations. grassroots team sports are off across the uk, and in england, wales and northern ireland, tennis courts and golf courses are shut. however, in scotland, they are open, as noncontact sports are permitted with up to two people from different households. exercise in england is limited to once a day, whereas in wales, for example, people are encouraged to exercise as much as they like. while some sports that are no longer allowed are socially distant in nature, reducing mixing is key. i think that certainly contributes. when we have seen outbreaks related to sporting venues, most of them have been around either mass gatherings or social mixing around the event rather than necessarily the sport in itself, and those activities certainly tend to go up as people play sports in a particular environment. the government says the reopening of gyms and community sport
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facilities will be a priority as soon as it is safe to do so, and for many that cannot come soon enough. laura scott, bbc news. pa salieu — a rapperfrom coventry — has topped the bbc music sound of 2021 poll. he follows in the footsteps of previous winners like adele and ellie goulding. our correspondent lizo mzimba reports. # why you keep wastin' your energy? # n?ver let them draw out the energy # they just want you fall cos their jealousy # yeah, protect your energy... he's been called the most inventive rapper to come out of the uk in years, and this is the moment that radio 1's annie mac gave him the news that should kick—start his 2021. you are the winner of the bbc sound of 2021. you won. serious?! that is crazy, that is crazy. so much gratitude. # they don't know
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about the block life... his music reflects his life experiences. a close friend was killed in a knife attack. he himself survived a gun attack where he was hit in the head by shotgun pellets. the 23—year—old from coventry reflects on how things have changed compared with what he was going through this time last year. a yearago, surviving, man. survival. people around me, caged. people around me just turned crack fiends, you know? i come from real life, you know? everything i see is genuine. it's a real life story. the list is voted for by djs, bloggers and other figures in the music industry. previous winners include sam smith... # won't you stay with me... adele... # hello from the other side... and last year's winner, celeste. # if everybody gave a little love...


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