this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. president biden pledges federal aid as tornadoes devastate a string of us states, flattening whole towns and killing at least 70 people: i am monitoring the situation very closely since early this morning. this is likely be one of the largest tornado outbreaks in our history. amazon says it's "heartbroken", after six of its workers are confirmed dead in a warehouse destroyed by a tornado in illinois. a warning that the uk faces a substantial wave of omicron infections next month that might overwhelm the national health service. foreign ministers from the g7 wealthy countries meet and are
"unified" in their concern over russia's military build up on its border with ukraine. and it's going to be a nail biter... max verstappen beats lewis hamilton to pole position for sunday's formula one title decider in abu dhabi. hello and welcome. president biden has promised federal aid, after tornadoes devastated at least five us states, flattening whole towns. the worst—hit state is kentucky, where the governor, andy beshear, says at least 70 people have been killed — many of them in a candle factory in the town of mayfield. there've been reports of deaths too in arkansaw , missouri, tennessee
and illinois, where six amazon workers have been confirmed dead, after the roof of their warehouse collapsed. our north america correspondent nomia iqbal reports. the scale of the destruction has been extraordinary. in the dead of night, dark funnel clouds rolled across six states in four hours at 220 mph, obliterated everything in their path. this small town of mayfield in kentucky has been hit hard. workers on christmas shifts up this candle factory were buried by several tornadoes that came hurtling in the dark. it is thought up to 110 people were inside, a0 have made it out. this has been the most devastating tornado event in our state's history, and for those who had seen it, it is indescribable. a state of emergency has been declared in kentucky as a huge rescue operation gets under way, but authorities face huge challenges. a police station in mayfield has been destroyed and firefighters have lost equipment. there is no power.
nearly 200 national guard troops are helping and more than half of the population in this town are without electricity and water in one of the coldest months of the year. millions of americans knew extreme weather was coming, they have been issued with weather alerts for several weeks. this country is used to tornadoes, there was one in kentucky earlier in the week, but this warmer tornadoes has stunned people due to its speed and ferocity — this swarm of tornadoes. a nursing home was badly damaged in the southern state of arkansas, killing at least one person, injuring several and trapping more than a dozen inside. in the midwest state of illinois, amazon warehouse was ripped apart after the roof partially collapsed. at least two people are dead. president biden has called it an unimaginable tragedy. we still don't know how many lives were lost on the full extent of the damage,
but i want to emphasise what titled all the governors, the federal government will do everything, everything it can possibly do to help. forecasters say the storm has now weakened but americans are being urged to get whitey for more severe weather as the storms continue to sweep across the country —— get ready for more severe weather. a great deal of concern about the well—being of workers at that amazon warehouse. she talked about two people having died and we know that the death toll has risen to six and we have been hearing from amazon. amazon.com's ceo andy jassy has tweeted about the loss of workers from the company's warehouse in illinois. he said the company is closely monitoring the terrible situation in edwardsville, and is heartbroken over the loss of its team members.
mrjassy says: "our thoughts are with their families at this difficult time." he also says as the situation continues to evolve, "we are working closely with local officials & first responders to support them". our north america correspondent peter bowes gave me an update on the rescue and recovery operation. more than 30 tornadoes were reported over six states and it does seem that kentucky is the worst affected. that candle factory where dozens and dozens of people, it appears, have lost their lives. in the immediate concern, you imply, is getting aid to people whose homes have been completely destroyed. people who don't have electricity or water many more. getting help in getting shelter to those people and
assistance is beginning to come in. the crucial part the present�*s announcement was that federal aid is being authorised to help local officials in really getting some heavy equipment out to those areas and paying for this operation which will be extremely costly for local authorities as they move forward. horrific images. joe biden to the question on climate change during that press conference. and there have been reports that weather warnings were issued. so is it a case that the situation that was about to come their way was just underestimated? it was about to come their way was just underestimated?— just underestimated? it seems as if it was _ just underestimated? it seems as if it was underestimated. i as if it was underestimated. whether officials making that announcement actually have the information that would have been necessary to perhaps give them more urgent warning, we don't really know yet. clearly they will be looking into that but warnings will go out. it
seems that people only had a matter of minutes to take any action to protect themselves and in some cases that meant people live upstairs into the cellar of their home to try to safeguard themselves but no time for people to get in the car and perhaps even get out of town because this all happen extremely quickly and there seems to have been the sort of perfect storm of conditions of extremely unusually warm weather in kentucky over the last few days and other weather conditions that go together to create tornadoes. these are, this is the weather phenomenon on that we would normally see in the middle of the year. perhaps april, may, june. certainly not in december so it may well have been that the conditions surrounding what happened was so extreme that it would have been very difficult, maybe even impossible for the authorities to give enough warning to people. z�*i authorities to give enough warning to people. 21 story on bbc news _ warning to people. 21 story on
bbc news online. _ health officials here in the uk have renewed their call for everyone eligible to come forward for a covid boosterjab — as new modelling suggests that without further restrictions, the uk is facing a bigger wave of infections injanuary. the omicron variant is thought to be spreading quickly, however scientists say there is huge uncertainty about how many people may need hospital care, and how much pressure will be put on the nhs. here's our health correspondent katharine da costa. at vaccine centres around the uk, the race is on to get even more jabs into arms and boost our defences against what may become the biggest wave of covid infections we've seen so far. people were lining up to get their shots at this vaccine centre in grimsby. it's more worrying, i think, because we don't know exactly what's going to happen, so it's betterjust to be safe. ijust want to protect people as well that i'm
going to be in contact with. the new variant omicron is spreading fast, doubling every two and a half days. new modelling has looked at what that might mean for hospital —— for how things might turn out in england under plan b, which sets out a range for possible outcomes. what does that mean for cases? researchers expect a substantial weight, bigger than last winter when daily cases picked up more than 50,000. there is still a lot of uncertainty about how many mate and up in hospital because we do not know whether omicron causes more severe illness. many people are fully vaccinated, which should help. by the and of april deaths may range from 25,000 to 75,000 depending on how well vaccines perform, that scientists hope they will still provide good protection against serious disease. the research also looked at the impact of introducing new restrictions. working from home was enough
to reduce the impact of omicron in the most optimistic scenario, but in the most pessimistic edge with tape lockdown with schools open to prevent intense pressure on hospitals. we know very stringent restrictions have their own downsides, they can be devastating for individuals, families and businesses especially in the leadership to christmas so policymakers have very difficult decisions to make. government focus now is on bumping up the booster campaign to half a million jabs per day with more age groups expected to be invited to. scientists say three doses are needed to protect against omicron infection. we know the booster doses give very effective protection, we do not know how long it will last, it may not be long lasting, but the booster doses will be crucial. it we cannotjust rely on the vaccine campaign to control those, we must work masks undo all the other things we have learned to do too. health officials say the small contagion variant could cause more significant pressure for the health service.
the scottish government is considering further restrictions from next week, the westminster government says current measures in england remain proportionate but it will take further action if needed to protect lives and the nhs. katharine da costa, bbc news. the us and uk have expressed "deep concern" that russia has amassed tens of thousands of troops at the ukraine border. british foreign secretary liz truss discussed the threat during talks with g7 foreign ministers in liverpool today. from liverpool here's our diplomatic corresondent james landale. russian forces on manoeuvre near the border with ukraine. at least according to the russian government which says this is all just regular training. western governments are not so sure. they estimate more than 100,000 russian troops are now massed on the border, enough, they claim, for an invasion. that is something these ministers say they are to eternity prevent.
the foreign secretary and her g7 counterparts wanted to act together and put on a show of unity that russian aggression would be wrong and come at a high price. it would be extremely serious if russia were to take that action. it would be a strategic mistake and there would be severe consequences for russia. what we are giving this weekend is working with like—minded allies to spell that out. the options these ministers are considering are mainly economic sanctions against russia, sanctions diplomats described as being of a completely different order. so could they threaten to stop this, the new gas pipeline between russia and germany? funny late but yet to open. abandoning this would hit
russia hard but here at�*s economy would suffer too. tomorrow the g7 foreign ministers are expected to issue what is described as a forceful statement warning against russian aggression. they will not spell out specific sanctions but diplomats say all options are on the table. certainly today the message was as united as the greeting was safe. today, the great democracies that have been gathering here had sent a strong message of support to ukraine. of course we are all very concerned with the military build up at the ukrainian border, that is why we are calling for the escalation. they are all, one minister said, in deterrent mode. the question is whether the messages being heard in moscow. on that, much depends. james landale, news, liverpool. speaking to reporters in his home town of wilmington delaware, presidentjoe biden stressed that he has warned vladimir putin of the consequences of invading ukraine i made it absolutely clear to president clinton, that is the last thing i will say, that if
he moves on ukraine the economic consequences for his economy and going to be devastating. devastating. number two, we will find it required that we will have to send more american and nato troops into the eastern flank, others nato countries where we have a sacred obligation to defend them against any attack by russia. and, number three, the impact of all the fat on russia and its attitude to the rest of the world, the view of russia will change markedly. you will pay a terrible price and so we are going to continue to provide for and we have provided for the ukrainian people. let's take a look at the main stories. president biden has pledged federal aid after tornadoes devastated a string of us states, flattening whole towns and killing at least 70 people:
the prime minister's office has acknowledged that borisjohnson briefly took part in a quiz in downing street a year ago saying the event was to thank staff for their hard work during the pandemic. the sunday mirror has published a story including a picture in which borisjohnson can be seen sitting near two colleagues. labour have accused him of ignoring covid rules. with me is our political correspondent chris mason. the context here is that a year ago in london social gatherings of land unless you are with those you are living with and there's been a succession of stories over the last ten days orso stories over the last ten days or so in the uk about events that took place within government. borisjohnson�*s
government, and the suggestion is it has breached the rules at the time and this is the latest case. the picture that the sunday mirror have show the prime minister at a desk in downing street with a colleague on one side, another colleague in another. the colleague on the left—hand side of the picture is wearing tinsel around his neck. there are people who are taking place in this quiz virtually. downing street are telling it was a virtual quiz for members of staff working from home but also ones in the building who were at their desks around and about the building so that is their defence but clearly, in their defence but clearly, in the picture, there are people close to him one of him is in the festive spirit.— close to him one of him is in the festive spirit. you touched on in there- — the festive spirit. you touched on in there. the _ the festive spirit. you touched on in there. the response - the festive spirit. you touched | on in there. the response from downing street. what can we expect to hear?— downing street. what can we expect to hear? they are saying the emphasis — expect to hear? they are saying the emphasis was _ expect to hear? they are saying the emphasis was this - expect to hear? they are saying the emphasis was this was - expect to hear? they are saying the emphasis was this was a - the emphasis was this was a virtual quiz on the prime minister dropped in to and thank them for their hard work during the pandemic and hosted
one round of the quiz. as i say, i think the picture suggest at least two of the people that were not exactly socially distant from the prime minister. i am told they were not necessarily pack participants in the quiz and were there to help them with the technology, to dial up does in connection whatever and make sure that he could connect to it. the reason this matters is the context. there is already an investigation going involving the most serious civil servant in the uk and three other events in government that took place along this time last year when social event of a ban. the opposition labour party are saying that it is further proven their view that boris johnson is unfit to govern. another blow which undermines much of what we have been hearing from downing street over the past few days. thea;a over the past few days. they had said to _ over the past few days. they had said to have _ over the past few days. they had said to have no - over the past few days. they had said to have no rules - over the past few days. tie: had said to have no rules have been broken and there was nothing to there is been this drip, drip of evidence led by the minna, the daily mirror and sunday mirror that had these latest revelations that pose
really awkward questions. he sits on a big majority in government in the uk but he has not had as tough a week as the last seven days in office and team became prime minister. ﬁnd team became prime minister. and he is not getting much sleep, our prime minister. now it's time for sport — with my colleague olly foster the reigning champion lewis hamilton. he is level on points with his rival verstappen. we have not had that since 197a. hamilton is going for a record eight f1 titles, verstappen his first put up a straight face to the line between the two or if they fail to finish or are out of the points then verstappen will clinch the title is nine race wins over hamilton's eight. manchester city are leading liverpool by a point
with chelsea one point further back. that is after all three of them won all thanks to penalties. city made hard work of it against wolves. the 100th premier league goal. the second half penalty after a debatable handball decision. a great welcome on a return to anfield. the manager had 17 years as a liverpool player but it was his old side who came out on top. to penalties for chelsea including the 94th minute winner. arsenal were missing their captain he was left out of the squad for disciplinary reasons. manchester united 11 nil at norwich thanks to a ronaldo penalty. via munich extended
their lead at the top to six points after coming from behind. the second place dropped points during one all. in spain, these are the results. australia have won the first ashes test by nine wickets. they snuffed out england's faint hopes by lunch on the fourth day. england were hoping to build on a brilliant partnership. both were gone in a matter of a few overs. england added to 77 runs for the last eight wickets. australia reached it with ease to go one up in the series.
exceptionally proud. so many different stories within the game. i said, different stories within the game. isaid, mate, forget about it, you never get your 400 so it is that done this morning. i said 400 so it is that done this morning. isaid maybe 400 so it is that done this morning. i said maybe next summer but really happy for him. i thought he bowled really well yesterday.— well yesterday. prepaid a lot of work in — well yesterday. prepaid a lot of work in about _ well yesterday. prepaid a lot of work in about that - of work in about that partnership and it was really on me — partnership and it was really on me to _ partnership and it was really on me to make the most of that opportunity this morning. that is all your— opportunity this morning. that is all your support _ opportunity this morning. that is all your support for - opportunity this morning. “trust is all your support for now. that is all your support for now. let's look at some of the day's other news farmers in india have begun leaving camps on the outskirts of delhi, where they've been protesting for more than a year. after winning their battle with the government over agricultural reforms, many are now headed back home on convoys of tractors. india's prime minister narendra modi agreed to scrap the reforms last month, in a rare u—turn.
staying in india, where the country's leading manufacturer of syringes and needles has urged tens of thousands of people have marched through vienna to protest against a covid vaccine mandate for all adults. since the rules came into effect last month, anyone who hasn't been vaccinated — or recently contracted covid—19 — has only been able to leave home in special circumstances. around 14—hundred police officers were on duty to oversee the protest. the eldest daughter of america's first astronaut, alan shepherd, has herself made a trip to the edge of space at the age of 74. laura shepard churchley took off on board a commercial spacecraft in west texas — owned by the amazon founder, jeff bezos�* blue origin company. mark lobel reports. three, two, one. from rural
texas to the edge of space. laura shepard churchley following in herfather�*s footsteps 60 years after his pioneering flight is the first american to make the journey. in a spacecraft named after him. ~ , , ., in a spacecraft named after him. a, ., ., him. mission control has confirmed _ him. mission control has confirmed sheppard - him. mission control has confirmed sheppard has| him. mission control has - confirmed sheppard has cleared the tower and is on its way to space. it the tower and is on its way to sace. . , the tower and is on its way to sace. ., , ., space. it was a - once-in-a-lifetime ride space. it was a _ once-in-a-lifetime ride on once—in—a—lifetime ride on board this fully autonomous sex story tall commercial flight reaching an altitude of over 100 kilometres during a thrilling ten minute trip. long enough to experience zero gravity, though.— enough to experience zero gravity, though. never felt like this- — gravity, though. never felt like this. , _ gravity, though. never felt like this. , my— gravity, though. never felt like this. , my god. - gravity, though. never felt like this. , my god. this i gravity, though. never felt i like this. , my god. this tops an unforgettable _ like this. , my god. this tops an unforgettable year- like this. , my god. this tops an unforgettable year for - like this. , my god. this tops i an unforgettable year for human space flight with private space companies aplenty including space x and virgin galactic.
the origins launched its first crude space flight injuly carrying its founder, jeff bezos. star trek�*s william shatner, the oldest person to make it into space, followed in october. this third flight is blue origin�*s first full capacity one with six people on board which descended safely back to earth. the 74—year—old's verdict? awesome, she says. and a following in her father's footsteps? you might have thought about it coming down and he didn't even get to enjoy any of what i enjoy. he was working. it was all business. he enjoy. he was working. it was all business.— all business. he had to do it himself- _ all business. he had to do it himself. ma _
all business. he had to do it himself. did you _ all business. he had to do it himself. did you see - all business. he had to do it himself. did you see how i all business. he had to do it i himself. did you see how small his capsule _ himself. did you see how small his capsule was? _ himself. did you see how small his capsule was? i _ himself. did you see how small his capsule was? i in _ himself. did you see how small his capsule was? i in it. - himself. did you see how small his capsule was? i in it. he i his capsule was? i in it. he wasn't doing _ his capsule was? i in it. he wasn't doing some - his capsule was? i in it. he wasn't doing some results. his capsule was? i in it. he i wasn't doing some results. you like the only way he knew he was way this was because the straps are flying. he was strapped in. had to wear a suit. underliningjust strapped in. had to wear a suit. underlining just how remarkably space travel has changed since 1961, how it will evolve in 2022 and beyond for the next generation, well, that is anyone's guess. the next generation, well, that is anyone's guess. finally: long queues formed here in england: as limited—edition t—shirts made by the street artist banksy went on sale. the bristol—born artist announced on friday night that the shirts would go on sale at locations in the city. he said they had been created to show support for the four people about to go on trial accused of pulling down the statue of slave trader edward colston. the shirts quickly began appearing for resale online, with one seller asking for nine thousand pounds — that's 11,945 us dollars.
you can reach me on twitter — i'm @krupapadhybbc. now it's time for a look at the weather. the second half of the weekend is going to remain very unsettled. you will notice in england and wales it is going to be very mild indeed. further north there will be outbreaks of rain. tying in this area of low pressure. keeping a watch because it is going to deepen as it skirts pass the of the uk to bring some severe gales to the far north—west but it will bring some rain to the north and the west and skip up very mild air across much of the country particularly for england and wales. we start sunday in a rather cloudy note. some missed and low cloud, bit of drizzle. brightness sneaking through into the afternoon particularly across eastern areas. a rain band pushing
across the irish sea and pushing into central parts of scotland by the end of the day. north of here to the far north—east of scotland it will be quite cool but very mild for the time of year. a legacy of blustery showers and some slightly cooler air. england and wales will continue to see this when a fund bringing outbreaks of rain particularly across wales and into the south—west. here it is going to be mild. something a bit coolerfurther going to be mild. something a bit cooler further north. on monday will start the new week off on a brighter note across the northern half of the country and here we were the blustery showers. england and wales will be played by this when the fund which could be quite cloudy, quite wet in parts of wales into northern england and the south—east quadrant could be dry with a
little bit of brightness. it will be very mild generally here and fresherfurther will be very mild generally here and fresher further north. that when evan clears away from england and wales ended tuesday, high—pressure building and across the south that you will notice low pressure to the north of the uk and that will bring some wet and windy weather for a bring some wet and windy weatherfor a time but bring some wet and windy weather for a time but i bring some wet and windy weatherfor a time but i think, at a wednesday, certainly there is in finding the site that area of low pressure will push northwards and clear the wet and windy weather away from the uk and we will all be in the mild air. to this upcoming week pretty much the time of year. we will start off in the north and it will settle down but as the wind is full it is likely to be really cloudy with limited sunshine and mist and fog overnight.
president biden has pledged federal aid after tornadoes devastated a string of us states, flattening whole towns and killing at least seventy people. amazon says it's "heartbroken", after six of its workers were killed when the roof of their warehouse collapsed, when it was hit by a tornado in illinois. scientists are warning that the uk faces a substantial wave of omicron infections next month that might overwhelm the national health service. the omicron variant is thought to be spreading quickly, and health officials have renewed their call for everyone eligible to come forward for a covid boosterjab. foreign ministers from the g7 wealthy countries have been meeting and are said to be "unified" in their concern over russia's military build up on its border with ukraine. the us state department top official for europe, karen donfried, is to travel to ukraine and russia for talks. now on bbc news — it's time for a special