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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. horns sound. more than 1,000 thousand arrests as protests take place across russia ——more than 1,000 arrests as protests take place across russia in support ofjailed opposition leader alexei navalny — his team say his wife yulia has been detained in moscow. uk international trade secretary liz truss tries to dampen the row over vaccine nationalism — saying she wants to help other countries get the jabs they need. a new visa scheme giving millions of people from hong kong greater opportunities to live and work in the uk comes into force. and manchester united player marcus rashford says he's been subjected to online racist abuse following his club's draw at arsenal — he called it "humanity and social
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media at its worst". hello and welcome, if you're watching in the uk or around the world. supporters in russia of the opposition leader alexei navalny are demonstrating across the country, in defiance of warnings by police not to join protests demanding his release. in the last hour the team for the detained kremlin critric says that his wife yulia navalnaya, seen here accompanying her husband earlier this month before his most recent detention, has herself been arrested in moscow. there are a large number of arrests in moscow where demonstrators have come out in large numbers despite a heavy police presence in the capital. monitors say at least
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1,000 people have been detained across the country. there are reports that demonstrators are marching towards the prison where navalny is being held. 0ur correspondent sarah rainsford is in central moscow. huge is in central moscow. numbers of arrests not only i moscow huge numbers of arrests not only in moscow but around the country, what is the situation there?— is the situation there? we've 'ust “um ed in is the situation there? we've 'ust jumped in a fi is the situation there? we've 'ust jumped in a mi is the situation there? we've 'ust jumped in a car because i is the situation there? we've 'ust jumped in a car because the h is the situation there? we've just jumped in a car because the road j is the situation there? we've just i jumped in a car because the road in front of us which was the way to the prison where alexei navalny is being held, that road will suddenly blocked by riot police, big numbers of reinforcements driven in police vans and pouring onto the streets to stop a big crowd of protesters who had been heading towards the prison to have their voices heard outside of the place where alexei navalny is
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being held. we've got in the car to try and get there in a different way because it was impossible to get through riot police. there are protesters along the road and this protesters along the road and this protest was meant to take place in the city centre of moscow outside the city centre of moscow outside the headquarters of the security service, the fsb. authorities created a problem for themselves because the protesters dispersed around the city and gathered in different places and have been converging all over the place and creating problems for the police who were at first overwhelmed but now have been sent in in big numbers to try and clear the streets. we've also seen people hanging out of windows, shops and businesses and apartment blocks, filming the protesters as they stream past and we've seen cars hooting their horns and people making the victory sign out of the window and basically supporting these crowds of protesters as they pour through moscow trying to get to the prison. at the moment it looks like that main part of the crowd isn't getting
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close. ~ �* ., ., ., ., close. we've also heard that a olice close. we've also heard that a police van _ close. we've also heard that a police van has _ close. we've also heard that a police van has been _ close. we've also heard that a police van has been set - close. we've also heard that a police van has been set alight| close. we've also heard that a l police van has been set alight in moscow. how worried is mr putin by these demonstrations and the fact there are such large numbers of protesters on the streets and they don't seem to be deterred by the arrests? i don't seem to be deterred by the arrests? ~' a , arrests? i think the fact they haven't been _ arrests? i think the fact they haven't been deterred - arrests? i think the fact they haven't been deterred is - arrests? i think the fact they i haven't been deterred is fitting because protesting in russia is risky. you run the risk if you're a student perhaps of being kicked out of college, you could lose yourjob, more importantly perhaps you can end “p more importantly perhaps you can end up with a criminal conviction. as people detained last weekend in a protest and a number of criminal cases have been opened against protesters, everything from hooliganism to violence against the police. people facing time in prison for taking part police. people facing time in prison fortaking part in police. people facing time in prison for taking part in this mass protest. the risks are there and yet people are still coming out. i've spoken to people and they say they aren't scared, they're trying to
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overcome their fear which is something alexei navalny has called for. he said it's a time for people to overcome theirfear for. he said it's a time for people to overcome their fear and come out. people have been telling me they are because of alexei navalny himself —— they are not tearful alexei navalny himself, they don't support him as a politician but as a symbol for political change. a lot of people are quite young and has spent their entire lives living under vladimir putin and they've said they have had enough and want change, they want the right to choose a different future. ., ~' , ., the right to choose a different future. ., ~ i. ., �*, ., , future. thank you. that's the latest from the russian _ future. thank you. that's the latest from the russian capital. _ edward lucas is a russia specialist and author of the new cold war. he says the critical thing to watch out for is whether the demonstrations continue throughout the country. vladimir putin and his kleptocratic cronies will be
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watching with some concern. the key question is whether the protests have momentum, if people who have turned up in these very cold conditions, facing the truncheons and other threats that the authorities levelled against them, feel that there is more of us this week than last week and it's happening in more places, then there's a chance that the next demonstration is even better and we get this kind of battering ram effect which makes people inside the regime start thinking it's time for things to change. if the demonstrations at the same size as last week or even smaller, people start thinking this is quite risky or even that now isn't the time and they will turn off. that's what we've seen in belarus where there were tremendous pro—democracy protests in the summer and autumn but they fizzled out. we also saw it in the russian far east where there were protests against the kremlin but in the end
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they fizzled out to. that's a big question for putin and the future of russia. you wonder how much of these demonstrations of these demonstrations are against putin and in support of alexei navalny. he is actually quite a divisive figure. indeed, and i think the real point is that it's not about do you want alexei navalny to be president, it's about whether you want the right to choose the future of your country and who your political leader should be. if we had open political competition in russia with proper media scrutiny, proper courts, the ability to organise and campaign, then who knows who might come out on top in free elections? it might be people who support navalny, it might be more conservative or liberal or left wing, but it would be a choice. i think that is the thing that
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unites the demonstrators, the dislike of being lied to and feeling that the country is stagnant and in international isolation. they want the dignity and freedom that we take for granted and they don't have it and they see that putin and his cronies are doing that and also looting the country blind. that's why this tremendously important video that alexei navalny produced showing putin's grotesque palace which makes the brighton pavilion seemed quite restrained in comparison. that's why it's got people annoyed because they feel that my money being stolen and we struggle, ordinary russians feel, to get through the month and pay for our groceries and feed our families and he is the people at the top living it up in this extraordinary luxury. you talk about ordinary russians and it's hard to get a sense
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of what russian opinion is in terms of reliable opinion polls, but what you think is the level of support for putin at the moment? it's been relatively high during many years of his regime but what is it like now? well, you know russia really well and you know how difficult it is to make these simple judgments that people have a complicated view of him. 0n the one hand, the last 20 years have been a kind of golden age, the longest period of political stability, quite wide personal freedoms, living standards that go up more often than go down. and by the miserable standards of russia, that's pretty good and people feel it was better than the 90s and it may get worse and maybe keep hold of him for the fear of finding something worse. 0n the other hand, people are fed up and the other question is whether people express their views frankly in opinion polls. in a quasi—police state,
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if someone is phoned up by someone saying they are an opinion pollster, the rational thing is to say that you like putin. we've got this combination of a mild climate of fear where people don't express themselves and also the lack of political scrutiny where people don't really know the details of how bad things are at the top. and this folk memory of how awful things where in the �*90s and fear of how things might be in the future. you put all that together, and it's hard for people to say, yes, i'm definitely going to be for the opposition come what may. the uk government says it's confident that the eu will not block vaccines entering the uk, following a u—turn from brussels on its decision to trigger a provision in the brexit deal which could have seen checks at the irish border. the eu's threat of controlling vaccine exports came amid a deepening dispute over production and distribution delays across the continent. the taoiseach has been giving his take on the situation to andrew marr.
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my observation is that the terrible, acrimonious row between astrazeneca and the commission over the contractual obligations of the company in respect of supplying vaccines to european member states took centre stage here, and people were blindsided by the decision that was taken and its implications for the protocol. that was the crow speaking earlier. —— that was the irish taoiseach. a little earlier, our political correspondentjessica parker gave this analysis. i think the uk government have been trying to strike quite a conciliatory note and it's been interesting, the move, temporary though it was by the eu on friday night to suspend article 16 of the northern ireland protocol as it tried to control the export of vaccines, they quickly backtracked on that, but the taoiseach in ireland michael martin talking
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about people being blindsided by what had happened on friday night, a fairly extraordinary turn of events. the international trade secretary liz truss, asked this morning with the uk potentially impose controls the other way. we are in favour of free and fair trade and we lead the fight at the 620 to get trade ministers to agree to limiting any restrictions so we can see the flow of goods. we think that vaccine protectionism is fundamentally problematic. this is a global problem that needs global solutions and what we want to do is help other countries, including developing world, get the vaccines they need so that we can make sure the whole world is vaccinated. it's really interesting listening to liz truss and other ministers talking about helping other countries. we don't have a lot of detail on that but the idea seems to be
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the uk may have some sort of surplus of vaccines, not now of course but at some point in coming months, but it's not clear exactly who we would help, but the conditions would be but there would be a lot of interest in that suggestion from uk ministers. which takes us to the uk government targets on offering the vaccine. talk us through to what extent they look like they are going to meet those targets. there is a target tonight of offering the vaccine to elderly care home residents, we are told they are on track, i don't think we'll find out until tomorrow the exact figures. there is the mid—february target of vaccinating the top four priority groups, then the top nine by spring and then all adults by the autumn. the government still sounding pretty confident about those goals but obviously there is added uncertainty the further you look into the future. sir keir starmer said he thought the february half term should be used to vaccinate all teachers and it's a policy that his shadow cabinet member rachel reeves
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has been talking about this morning. phase one should be completed by the middle of february. we are not saying teachers should be vaccinated in phase one, we are saying in the second phase can we bring in teachers and that starts at half term. we aren't suggesting phase one but phase two. secondly, when schools went back at the beginning of september, within a couple of weeks 25,000 teachers were out of the classroom having to self—isolate. the only way we're going to get kids back to school isn't bandying around dates but putting in place a proper plan. it's interesting, rachel reeves talking about suggesting teachers should have the vaccine in february half term, it's something it's something that the jcvi committee that accept vaccine distribution should be looking at. i think some people see a slight softening of the line from labour.
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mark drakeford said we should be sticking to what the jcvi recommended. a 13—year—old boy has been taken to hospital after being stabbed in an attack by four men in greater manchester last night. the attack took place in the car park of the asda supermarker in longsight — south east of the city centre. the boy was taken to hospital with serious injuries and is in a stable condition. four men — described as carrying large bladed weapons were said to be dressed in all black with hoods. police are appealing for information. the headlines on bbc news. more than a thousand arrests as protests take place across russia in support ofjailed opposition leader alexei navalny , his team say his wife yulia has been detained in moscow. uk international trade secretary liz truss tries to dampen the row over vaccine nationalism — saying she wants to help other countries get the jabs they need. a new visa scheme giving millions of people from hong kong greater
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opportunities to live and work in the uk comes into force. investigators from the world health organization have arrived at a seafood market in the chinese city of wuhan, where the coronavirus was first detected. but some chinese diplomats and state media insist that the market is not the origin of the outbreak. 0ur china correspondent steve mcdonnell reports from wuhan. the markets of wuhan may have been the focus of today's field trips but local coronavirus politics was never far away. at this enormous wholesale facility, the investigation team was given details of the phrase in good supply chain. sounds pretty bland but the question of how long the virus can last on certain surfaces is becoming crucial to understanding its origins. for beijing, it's
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fundamental. you might expect the who team to come to a marketplace like this because after all, one theory is that the coronavirus jumped from animals into humans at such a market. but by putting the emphasis more on cold storage, and examining howa emphasis more on cold storage, and examining how a virus could survive on the surface of frozen fish, it is playing right into the narrative of the chinese communist party. the government has suggested that potentially that is how the virus entered china in the first place, therefore maybe it's not china's fault after all. what is hardly ever mentioned in the party press is the possibility that china crowded wildlife markets could provide the vehicle for diseases to jump species. the huanan market was the second site to be visited today. the
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who says 70% of early infections were in some way linked to the market where pre—disease—macro, chipmunks, raccoons, snakes, rats, crocodiles and badgers. it's highly symbolic that the who has come to this market where we saw the first coronavirus clusters. precisely what they hope to gain from this visit we aren't sure because as you can see, we aren't able to go in and observe their work but one thing is for sure, they aren't going to tell us in the next couple of weeks whether or not the coronavirus did in fact start here. this complicated investigation may take years, as to how it's going right now, it seems a thumbs up for some aspects of the trip, thumbs down for others. how was the visit today? are you getting enough access, are you satisfied
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with the access you're getting? stephen mcdonell, bbc news, wuhan. australia has reopened a coronavirus travel bubble with new zealand. travellers to australia will be screened before and after flights for the next ten days, but will no longer be required to enter quarantine. the australian government had suspended the travel bubble arrangements last monday when new zealand recorded its first case in the community in two months. fw thousands of people have been asked to self—isolate in guernsey fw ate in guernsey after a steep rise in coronavirus infections. there have been 44 cases in the past 2a hours — some of them linked to a dance festival last week. anyone who attended the event has been told to self—isolate. the island has recorded 186 infections in the past week, up from just eight. from today the uk is introducing
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a visa system that will give millions of people from hong kong greater opportunities to live and work in the uk. it will also provide them with a route to british citizenship but the chinese foreign ministry said it will no longer recognise the bno passport as a travel document. earlier i spoke tojulian chan from the organisation hongkongers in britain. we are very concerned with the situation in hong kong of course now, which is leading to so many people trying to leave and the biggest reason for that is that many people from hong kong see the one country, two systems, which was promised, illegally binding treaty under the un, no longer properly functions. we see that promises have been broken. under the one country, two systems, hong kong was promised a freedom of speech, assembly, press and publication, but events which have been taking place since 2019 when i was there when most notably, the suppression of the large—scale peaceful demonstrations. the excessive force and brutality used by the hong kong police and protesters and more lately,
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the imposition of the national security law without consulting hong kongers has effectively brought all the promised freedoms to an end. that's why it led to so many people leaving. amongst the key findings that we did, according to a policy study, that we conducted, 96% of our respondents consider hong kong no longer a safe and free home that they are used to living in after the passing of the national security law. so we have this new visa system now that the uk is introduced from today. how many people, do you think, i know it's hard to estimate guess, but how many would you think would want to get out of hong kong and come here? well, the home office has made an impact assessment predicting that there could be around 278,000 bno holders who will be applying for this visa in the first year and up to about 400,000 by the end of next year.
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whereas, for our policy study report that we published last month, we researched on when our respondents intend to apply that the bno visa and about 80% of those who say that they will apply within the next two years, which may be a much higher number than what the home office is expecting, and we actually provided these, as policy recommendations, to the home office and also the house of commons. will the chinese authorities that these people leave? can these people get out? that's the big question. as you say, china has been responding by announcing that it is no longer regarding the british national overseas passport as a valid document, where this is another piece of evidence to show that china has breached thejoint declaration whereby beijing is only saying this is a historical document with no practical significance. i think the worry is that this move may only be the start of many more developments to come.
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for example, including the banning of bno from holding public office in hong kong, limiting rights, controlling the outflow of capital. further restricting the freedom of movement of hong kong people as you say. it remains to be seen how difficult or how easy it is for hong kong people to come to the uk. environmental groups are calling on the government to review the hs2 rail project in the light of the pandemic. the high speed line was signed off by borisjohnson almost a year ago — before travel ground to a halt as covid hit the uk. construction is under way and the first phase between london and birmingham is due to open between 2029 and 2033. the idea of going to a festival is something very much on hold for the moment. and crowds and parties are definitely not on the billing at this year's film festival in gothenburg. the event is also pushing the boundaries of isolation —
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from the middle of the ocean, as tanya dendrinos has been finding out. located at the edge of an archipelago off sweden's west coast, this tiny island is in one of the country's most barren and windswept locations. now, it's home to the isolated cinema, an experiment expanding on the theme of social distancing as part of the gothenburg film festival. after a rich ito—year history, the event normally attracts 150,000 visitors. but this cinema is strictly for one. i feel privileged to be able to do this. to be able to watch all these amazing movies in an isolated cinema experience. lisa has swapped all connection to the outside world. her phone, friends and family,
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for seven days, for the ocean, and 60 film premiers. the chosen one from more than 12,000 applicants from around the globe. we chose lisa because she's a big film lover and that was very important for us, that there will be somebody who can appreciate the films that we love so much, and we decided to programme at the festival, but she has also dedicated this past year in the front line against covid—19 pandemic. she is an emergency nurse at the hospital in skovde. you can follow her experience through a daily video diary, with the overarching aim to determine the answer to one question. what exactly does film mean to us when we are isolated from everything else? tanya dendrinos, bbc news. the animals guitarist hilton valentine has died at the age of 77.
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music. the band's version of the house of the rising sun topped the charts in 1964. you might think that playing video games isjust a hobby, but for many people it has also become a career choice. that's particularly the case for gamers who play live for an online audience — who make money through donations and advertising. fraser fletcher has been finding out more. so, why did you start streaming? i started out doing a jewellery business where i would make, kind of, wee trinkets that were from games, and my boyfriend had mentioned to me about twitch and said, have you heard of this? like, you can stream games, you can make communities, you can meet like—minded people. i hadn't tried it before and ijust went straight ahead and streamed. as soon as i started streaming ijust kind of got hooked on it. it was, funnily
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enough, the pandemic. i was working part—time as, like, in retail. i basically left thatjob and from then on my main income has been from twitch. and did you expect it to become what it has? what were you expecting from it? no, like, i honestly, i think that's the thing, i kind of did go in without any major expectations. it was more to something to try. yeah, i was really interested to see where it could take me. and, yeah, it's taken me pretty far, which i'm grateful. i'm still doing it nine, ten months later, which is absolutely phenomenal. and i cannae believe it. so, during the pandemic, did you find that more people were coming to your streaming app because they were at home? 100%. i went, this is my chance just to stream, stream, stream, stream, and get people watching me. when people have been working from home and they've maybe had a bit more leeway to come out, that was a great shot! they've got a bit more leeway
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to hang out with you, it's definitely made it a lot easier on me as a streamer because sometimes you worry that, oh, i can only stream at this time of day, what if nobody shows up? what if everyone is busy? what if everyone is watching other people? i feel like the community has actually expanded as a result. did you say you've got a flat since doing twitch as well? yeah, so, i managed to save quite a fair bit of money. in fact, where i am at the moment is absolutely astonishing. what's the best part about it? the community aspect of it is by far my favourite thing, personally. ijust thought you were sat in front of a camera, you never really got any connections, you are just a face of the screen. but you form proper connections with people. i will tell you that i've made so many friends on the platform and that isn't something that i was necessarily expecting either. ijust love gaming and talking about it and all sorts. so, if i can have a career out of that, then i'm all for it. now it's time for a look
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at the weather with chris fawkes. first these are the latest clashes between police and demonstrators, demonstrators are calling for the release of alexei navalny who has been detained. there are quite a lot of scuffles and police are using batons to drive away some of the protesters. there have about 1000 arrests at the various different demonstrations. not only in moscow but other places like vladivostok. these pictures are coming in from moscow. some of the clashes that have been unfolding and among those reported to have been arrested is yulia navalnaya, the wife of alexei
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navalny. now it's time for a look at the weather with chris fawkes. hello. it's been a beautiful start to the day. a fine sunrise, particularly so across parts of eastern england. this was how things looked earlier on in cambridgeshire. quite a fiery sky here. the cloud illuminated from this weather front, as it's been approaching from the west. on that front again bumping into some colder air, will see some rain across western areas, turning to snow for a time across the hills of wales and also across the higher ground in northern ireland, particularly around the sperrins of county down and county tyrone. rain will continue into south—east england this afternoon, turning wet here. there will probably be a spell of sleet over the salisbury plain. this evening, we might even see a few flakes of snow across the cotswolds and chilterns, but not really amounting to much. the best of the sunshine further northwards. 0vernight tonight, again it turns cold and frosty with the risk of some icy patches around, particularly in northern scotland where we will continue to see a few showers running


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