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this is bbc news. the headlines at 8pm. a stark warning from the head of the nhs in england, on the intense pressures, caused by coronavirus. staggeringly, every 30 seconds across england, another patient is being admitted to hospital with coronavirus. mass vaccinations begin at another ten centres in england from tomorrow — as the foreign secretary lays out the government's targets for the roll—out. the anti—kremlin activist alexei navalny is detained in moscow, afterflying back to russia for the first time since he was nearly killed by a nerve agent attack last year. the american music producer, phil spector, who helped define the sound of the 60s — and the creator of the �*wall of sound' has died in prison — aged 81, while serving a sentence for murder.
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america on high alert, in the run—up to the inauguration, ofjoe biden. and coming up in half an hour, her on bbc news — our world our world tells the story of the holiday—makers who found themselves trapped by a in california's sierra national forest. the head of the nhs in england, says one person is being admitted to hospital with coronavirus every 30 seconds. sir simon stevens also warns that despite the roll out of vaccines, the pressure will remain intense for several more weeks.
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but four times as many people are now being vaccinated in england, as those being infected, and ten new vaccine hubs will open tomorrow. here's our health correspondent, jim reed. the pressure on hospitals this winter shows no sign of easing up. the person in charge of the nhs in england said the service is now in the most precarious position in its 72—year history. since christmas day, we've seen another 15,000 increase in the in—patients in hospitals across england. that's the equivalent of filling 30 hospitals full of coronavirus patients. and staggeringly, every 30 seconds across england, another patient is being admitted to hospital with coronavirus. new figures show more than 100,000 nhs staff are currently off work in england. around half of those either have the virus or are self—isolating, adding to the pressure on busy wards.
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tomorrow, this vaccination centre at blackburn cathedral will open, offering thousands ofjabs a day to nhs staff, as well as care workers and those over 80 — all by invitation only at this stage. we felt it would be really appropriate to offer this space up as a place where people could come and feel safe and secure. a place that they know. nhs england said the new centres would offer thousands of jabs per week. blackburn is one of ten, stretching from york in the north to bournemouth in the south. theyjoin the existing seven sites already fully operational, from newcastle down to bristol in the south—west. in scotland more than 5,000 nhs staff were vaccinated here at a temporary hospital in glasgow over the weekend. larger centres are also open in wales and northern ireland. it's part of a uk—wide drive to vaccinate the 15 million people most at risk from covid
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by the middle of next month. the government pledged today that all adults would be offered the jab by september. there are some early signs that lockdown measures might be working, and infections are starting to fall back in some places. it is more positive news, but will take time to be reflected in hospital admissions, meaning the pressure on nhs services is likely to continue for weeks to come. jim reed, bbc news. the latest government figures show there were 38,598 new coronavirus infections, recorded in the latest 24—hour period. tha means on average the number of new cases reported per day in the last week,was 46,231. across the uk an average of 35,882 people were in hospital with coronavirus over the seven days to friday. 671 deaths were reported, that's of people who died within 28
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days of a positive covid—19 test so on average in the past week, 1,119 deaths were announced every day, taking the total across the uk, to 89,261. 0n vaccinations, 298,087 people have had their first dose of one of the three approved covid—19 vaccines, in the latest 2a hour period, taking the overall number of those who've had their firstjab, to more than 3.8 million. airports are to be offered financial support in england, as the government closes covid travel corridors in the uk from tomorrow. up to eight million pounds will be available for each airport to help with costs such as business rates. here's katy austin. from tomorrow, nearly all arrivals to the uk will have to quarantine for ten days because the travel
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corridor system will be suspended. it's another blow for travel and tourism. last night, the aviation minister acknowledged the impact tighter restrictions would have and said a pre—planned grant scheme for airports in england will open within the next fortnight. the airports trade body said more support would still be needed. we understand that it will be a grant towards fixed costs such as business rates, and it will be equivalent to business rates, but up to about 8 million. so, very, very useful for a number of our airports. but clearly, for some of the very large airports, it's actually quite a small amount financially. heathrow, they pay 120 million a year in business rates. a requirement for travellers to show a negative covid test before travelling to the uk also kicks in tomorrow. and the government has said the enforcement of quarantine will now be stepped up. temporary stricter self—isolation rules have been in place before. early last year, some travellers returning from wuhan in china
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were housed in nhs hospital facilities after police escorts. today, the foreign secretary was asked if the government would now require arrivals to quarantine in hotels. i think there is a challenge in its workability, its deliverability, but we need to look at that very carefully, you're right, based on the experience of other countries. i don't accept that we've been too slow in this. we're broadly the same pace in terms of canada and germany. obviously, we'll keep other potential measures under review, but they've got to be workable. travel businesses from airlines to eurostar are struggling, while traffic remains at extremely low levels. the industry accepts the public health need for tighter rules but says a pathway out of the crisis needs to be mapped out. katy austin, bbc news. the government is moving to head off a rebellion by backbench mps, who could support a labour proposal to extend the temporary £20 a week increase in universal credit. the chancellor introduced the rise last april, as the pandemic hitjobs and family
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finances, but it is due to run out in march. conservative mps have been told to abstain on labour's vote tommorrow. the foreign secretary has said this morning that the government will always look at how to protect the most vulnerable communities. the leading critic of the russian government, alexei navalny, has returned to moscow for the first time, since accusing the kremlin of poisoning him last year. he collapsed on an internalflight in siberia in august, and it later emerged he'd been poisoned with a novichok nerve agent. 0ur correspondent steve rosenberg sent this update from moscow a few moments after mr navalny had landed. yeah, the plane has landed. you know, the russian authorities often claim that alexei navalny isn't popular amongst russians, that he's not a threat to president putin, but his return home has sparked a major security operation. at this airport, where i am now,
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where the plane was supposed to land, riot police pushed alexei navalny�*s supporters out of the arrival stall. they made some detentions, and shortly afterwards, it was announced that the airport had closed. the plane was re—routed to another moscow airport. we believe that passengers are getting off the plane at the moment. now, his return is a direct challenge to vladymr putin, and it poses a dilemma for the kremlin, because if mr navalny is put in jail, in prison, that could turn him into a political martyr. if he is not detained, then he could remain a thorn in the side of the russian president. i've been speaking to our correspondent that was steve rosenberg there in moscow where the plane didn't land. i've been speaking to our correspondent in moscow 0leg boldyrev about why alexei navalny�*s return to russia is so significant.
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he runs a well oiled machine, which has a lot of presence in the russian regions. of course, this year we have the parliamentary elections. what navalny does is presents the public, the voters with the list of candidates tailored to each voting precinct to do everything not to let the government win. it was on the eve of regional elections when mr navalny went to siberia, when he was taken severely ill and went into a coma, so it shows that probably it is this activity which is making authorities very nervous indeed. navalny said he isn't afraid to go back to russia. he has nothing to be afraid of. of course, the past hour shows us that his time as a free man in russia could last only a0 minutes. but, of course, he is no stranger to being detained, arrested, put under house arrest. this is sort of back to routine for him. how embarrassing has it been for the russian authorities, these revelations over the last few
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weeks, not least this extraordinary admission that he appears to have got a telephone call from one of those who was allegedly involved in his poisoning, that they put it in his underpants. it has made them a bit of a laughing stock, hasn't it? well, russian authorities are well versed in stonewalling any kind of accusation or any kind of investigation and any kind of evidence of any wrongdoing but, of course, among the internet audience, let's not forget navalny is a thing of internet, of social networks, he took his investigation online and he wasted no effort in presenting and airing this telephone conversation with one of the fsb team who was shadowing him for so many months. so, for him, itjust shows he is not afraid, that the tactics of scaring him into political emigration,
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as it happened with so many other russians isn't working, so he says he will continue to fight. of course, the russian state will continue to put barriers to him. he has clearly got a big profile in moscow, not least as always where the international media is based, but around russia are you able to give us a sense of... is it possible to gauge his degree of popularity or perhaps the limits of his popularity? in as much as russian system allows his presence in the vast russian territory, navalny has actually been very successful, he is more successful than the official government sanctioned partys sometimes, who struggle to find enough supporters to fill out posts in all regions. he can rely on a network of regional activists. and it is very showing that on the eve of his coming back, a lot of those activists have been harassed by the police because, presumably, they've been
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staring at the discontent, they've been alerting the public, and some of the supporters have come to grief from st petersburg detained, prevented from doing so. so it isn't easy to be present in the vast russian territory and i think navalny manages it not worse than anyone else. all 50 us states are on alert for possible violent protests this weekend, ahead of president—electjoe biden�*s inauguration on wednesday. members of the national guard are patrolling the streets around the capitol in washington, following the storming of the building by supporters of president trump. so far, there have been none of the mass protests that had been feared. 0ur north america correspondent peter bowes reports. america on high alert
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like never before. the nation's capital has been turned into a fortress, with security worthy of a warzone. the national guard has been deployed to try to ensure a smooth transition of power whenjoe biden is inaugurated on wednesday. in the meantime, there's concern that armed supporters of donald trump may try to stage more protests, still refusing to accept the result of the election. the capitol building, which was stormed by a mob earlier this month, is now surrounded by a high fence, and the city is under lockdown. it's a place in our history that i'm sad that we've come to. american troops should not have to be armed against their fellow americans. but what we saw was an unprecedented attack on our democracy in the cradle of that democracy. by wednesday, 25,000 troops will be in the capital to try to keep the peace. the goal is to try to prevent a repeat of the attack that led to mr trump being impeached for a second time, on a charge of incitement of insurrection. he now faces a trial in the senate.
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the fbi has warned police agencies around the country that state capitals could be the target of further protests in the coming days. a state of emergency has already been declared in maryland, new mexico and utah. state—by—state, members of the national guard are being deployed overfears that extremists may infiltrate planned protests. in minnesota, armed guards are stationed at the state capitol, which has already been descended upon by protesters. in california, near the capital city sacramento, riot police are patrolling outside the home of the state governor, gavin newsom. in some cities around the country the post office has removed letterboxes from the streets as part of the security clamp—down. away from the fray, for now, as he prepares to take office, joe biden has been to church and it has been revealed that within hours of moving into the white house, he will sign executive orders to reverse some of donald trump's key policies.
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they include rejoining the paris climate accord and scrapping a travel ban on several predominantly muslim countries. but this is a nation on edge, holding its breath for the days ahead. peter bowes, bbc news, los angeles. the headlines on bbc news... a warning of mounting pressure on hospitals and staff by the head of nhs england mass vaccinations begin at another ten centres in england from tomorrow — as the foreign secretary pledges every adult in the uk will be offered a first dose by september. the anti—kremlin activist alexei navalny is detained in moscow, embracing his wife before he was taken away. mr navalny flew back to russia for the first time since he was nearly killed by a nerve agent attack last year. the music producer phil spector has died, while serving a prison sentence for murder. in 2009 he was found guilty
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of killing the actress lana clarkson six years earlier, at his house in california. during his career, spector was credited with transforming pop with his "wall of sound" recordings, working with acts such as the righteous brothers, and ike and tina turner and john lennon. this report from our arts correspondent david silitto. # do you know what you did today...# the final public chapter of phil spector�*s life was a court case, a conviction for murder. he appeared eccentric, troubled, lonely, a man mired in his own darkness. but what he leaves behind are some of the mostjoyous masterpieces in the history of pop. # i knew what he was doing when he caught my eye # da doo ron—ron—ron, da doo ron—ron...# # you've lost that lovin' feelin'...# # is to love, love, love him #and i do...# and this was his first hit. here he is on the right, aged 18, but there was always a darkness. this love song wasn't about a girl.
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it was about his dead father. it was not a happy childhood. it wasn't. i mean, when yourfather blows his head open, you know, it's not funny, and it leaves a scar on you. # so won't you say you love me... his signature was the wall of sound. it turned pop into a sonic torrent of heightened emotion. # every place we go...# # imagine no possessions...# john lennon, leonard cohen, tina turner — he produced them all. there were also many stories of his erratic behaviour. he was abusive and controlling. excuse me, camera. he had a habit of threatening people with guns. aren't you lonely in this big house? must be very lonely. and then, in 2003, he invited
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lana clarkson, an actress he had met at a club, to his home. a few hours later she was found — she'd been shot dead. phil spector was convicted of second—degree murder. his death from covid—related complications comes 11 years into his 19 year sentence. phil spector said he wanted to turn pop into art. by the end, he had this to say. "trust me, you wouldn't want my life. "i've not been at peace." 0ur entertainment correspondent colin paterson told us more that was david silla told there on the life and career of specter. 0ur entertainment correspondent colin paterson told us more about the murder that has overshadowed spector�*s musical legacy. he started off as a songwriter teaming up with others to write spanish harlem for ben e king, then he started to produce these songs, the crystals, he hit me and it felt like a kiss, a song with a dark meaning, and he was a millionaire by the age of 21, and he you spoke
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about conducting, he was the man that conducted in the recording studio bringing in people like glenn campbell to play guitar. he wanted to take pop music and as he said turn into symphonies. the crystals, the roundness, be my baby, one of the most influential drum intros of all time, thejesus and mary chain would copy that. he actually married the lead singer, of course, of the round that's, ronnie spector. and over the years, terrible stories of marriage and abuse, how he was said to have kept abuse, how he was said to have kept a gold coffin in his basement with a glass case that he said to her, he would display her and if she ever left him. i read her autobiography and in it, she talks about how phil spector made her drive around with an inflatable phil spector in the car if he was not there. that is how
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possessive this man was. what actually broke him or caused him to crack was the 1966, he produced what he thought was his masterpiece, river deep, mountain high, i can tina turner, and although it was a hit in the uk, it flopped in the uk to connect —— us. that caused him to —— this is where his stories of erratic behavior used to emerge. so many grew up loving his music and wanted to work with him, take the beatles, they brought him into try to salvage theirfinal album, they brought him into try to salvage theirfinalalbum, let they brought him into try to salvage theirfinal album, let it they brought him into try to salvage their final album, let it become a john lennon worked with him on the imagined album. imagine, one of the most beloved singles of all time, thatis most beloved singles of all time, that is produced by phil spector. you had him working with leonard cohen, they wrote a whole album in three weeks, be tellingly come up when he worked with leonard cohen, one of the many artists he called —— pulled a gun on. he held the gun to leonard cohen's neck he said i love you, leonard, and leonard cohen
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turned around, committees that i really hope you do, fail. there are stories of him firing a gun when john lennon was working in the studio with him, when the court case came out, with alina clarkson�*s murder, debbie harry from blondie felt it necessary to come forward and tell the story of how phil spector, when he was trying to make a comeback in the late 80s, invited the lead singer of blondie around to his mansion and she said that she pulled —— he pulled a gun on her. so he'sjust one of pulled —— he pulled a gun on her. so he's just one of those people that has produced absolutely unbelievably brilliant arts, it was art as music, but was a murderer and a man who terrorized people with guns. that was patterson on phil spector�*s darkside. cornwall has been chosen to host the leaders of some of the world's biggest economies for the g7 summit injune. the seaside town of carbis bay will be the venue for discussions on debt, climate change and post—covid recovery. incoming us presidentjoe biden is expected to attend the event, along with leaders from canada, japan and the eu.
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the government is planning new laws to give protection to historic statues in england. the communities secretary, robertjenrick, says monuments which have stood for generations shouldn't be — in his words — "removed on a whim or at the behest of a baying mob". the legislation would require planning permission, for any changes and the government would still have a veto. jon kay has more from bristol. it was a key moment last year. in bristol, the toppling of edward colston�*s statue — a slave trader. it prompted a debate across the uk about how we memorialise controversial figures. among those targeted, cecil rhodes in oxford, sir francis drake in devon, sir winston churchill in parliament square. now the government is proposing new laws to protect statues in england, with planning permission and public consultation required to get rid of them. writing in today's sunday telegraph, the communities secretary,
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robertjenrick, says statues should not be "removed on a whim or at the behest of a baying mob." "or by the decree of a cultural committee" of what he calls "town hall militants and woke worthies." but some question how much difference changing the law would actually make. here in bristol, politicians and the public debated for years about removing the colston statue, but in the end it came down suddenly during a protest. would this new law have changed that? we are beginning to come to a consensus. this historian says a national conversation is already making progress, and he worries ministers talking about baying mobs could inflame things. i think what we need is moderation and discussion. and i think that the language that was used today actually creates more division when in fact government can be a force for consensus—building, and finding a unified, british approach. the government's plans will be
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outlined in parliament tomorrow. jon kay, bbc news, bristol. nasa has tested four huge engines for its new megarocket, which it hopes will one day take astronauts to the moon. but the exercise — designed to replicate the power necessary for take off — was stopped early, and it's not yet clear why. mark lobel has more. take off. it's one of the most anticipated moments of any space mission. here, igniting all four engines together for the first time to simulate the sls rocket�*s rise into orbit for the first manned trip to the moon in decades. and here they go. gearing up to one day reach 8.8 million pounds, or to those in the know,
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39.1 mega newtons of thrust, to make it the most powerful rocket ever to fly to space. and to put you out of your misery, this is what lift—off should look like. later this year it is hoped these rockets will send nasa's next generation 0rion spacecraft for an unmanned spin around the moon. the artemis missions should eventually lead to the first woman on the moon in three years or so to search lunar soil for earth—shattering scientific discoveries with economic benefits as well. but back on earth, thisjoint nasa and boeing test, already years late in a project billions over budget well, er, quickly lost its sparkle as it was aborted early. and we've got to shut down. seven minutes early in fact, afterjust a minute or so.
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just when we were going to see the rocket start to pivot. no—one ever said travelling to the moon was easy. nasa denies the exercise was a failure, despite the as—yet unexplained white flash that caused the shutdown. mark lobel, bbc news. winter in rome means starling season, when up to four—million birds gather in the italian capital on their migration from europe to africa. their murmerations in the skies are beautiful — but their droppings create a hazard, and the city authorities are trying new methods to move them on. here's our rome correspondent, mark lowen. in the roman twilight, nature's great dancers flock to the stage. the acrobatic twirls
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like wisps of smoke. a synchronised spectacle of breathtaking beauty. the starlings migrate in winter south to africa. nesting at night in central rome for warmth, flying in formation to avoid predators. a murmuration, it's called, and this city of art marvels at the show. but beneath their charm, rome is rotting, and it's a hell of a mess. in the cold light of day, the other side of these gorgeous birds is clear, and for those unlucky enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, it's not exactly sightly, it can be a safety hazard, and i can tell you that even with the mask, the stench is rancid. "i slipped on the droppings
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when it was muddy", this man says. "the world has invented everything, just not bird underpants." beside the ancient forum, a new attempt to try and solve the problem. city officials shining lasers onto trees, which the birds dislike, prompting them to move on. the project is focused on rome's tourist heart in a bid to clean up its image. translation: this doesn't cause the birds any stress. _ it is more like a nuisance for them. i do this work, but i'm actually a nature lover. we are not stopping them from sleeping. we are just telling them to find another location. and it works. this tree used to be completely full and now there are about 10% of what there were. even the starling fans seem supportive. i personally love to see them, like it's amazing, but as long as it is not hurting the birds, i think it's a good system. while the lasers are harmless,
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fireworks are not. this last new year's eve here, starlings were caught and killed by the firecrackers, pictures going viral. not managing the issue can end in tragedy. in ancient rome, the starlings were seen to auger the gods wishes. centuries on, these dazzling creatures keep visiting. how man and nature can coexist is the eternal problem of the eternal city. mark lowen, bbc news, rome. what a beautiful sight. we had been hoping to bring you an interview with debbie for the 100th anniversary, but i'm afraid she's vanished. she really has. we hope we will be able to talk to her some point during this evening. now it's time for a look at the weather with ben rich. good evening.
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a bit of a shift in our weather focus as we move into the new week.

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