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this is bbc news. i'm sally bundock with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. a new photograph shows borisjohnson with 18 other people in the garden of number 10 in may of last year, when strict social distancing measures were in place. voters in chile elect the left—wing candidate gabriel boric in the country's most polarising election ever. pro—beijing candidates claim an overwhelming victory in hong kong's controversial legislative council election, but turnout hits a record low. the meteoric rise of tennis star emma radacanu. the 2021 bc sports
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personality —— the 2021 bc sports personality of the year is emma raducanu. now she wins the bbc�*s prestigious sports personality of the year. i am really happy with this, of course, and i have watched sports personality of the year growing up so i am humbled tojoin the amazing past winners. and we all use them, but how do they work? we delve into the science of weather apps. hello and welcome. borisjohnson is boris johnson is under further pressure borisjohnson is under further pressure as he faces calls to tell the truth about an alleged garden party at downing street in may 2020. this was when even outdoor mixing was banned by the british government. the guardian newspaper has exclusively published a photo of borisjohnson and his wife socialising with what the paper
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says is wine and cheese. the government is considering whether to tighten covid restrictions in england, with less than a week to go until christmas. some experts are calling for further measures because of a surge in infections caused by the 0micron variant. helena wilkinson reports. record numbers of people are continuing to come forward for their booster vaccine, with just days to go before christmas. but daily covid cases have also reached record highs. many are wondering if further restrictions are needed in england to slow the spread of 0micron. the health secretary, sajid javid, hasn't ruled out possible new measures. there were no guarantees in this pandemic, he said. devolved administrations are also getting additional
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covid funding. the uk government said it would double the amount available to help administrations take cautions they feel necessary to keep people safe. but the first minister of scotland, nicola sturgeon, sed on twitter that they need much more action and support urgently from the uk government. the rapid spread of the 0micron variant has seen london declare a major incident. hossa buddle staff absences in the capital are on the rise. iii absences in the capital are on the rise. , ., absences in the capital are on the rise. ,, the rise. if you look in london. _ the rise. if you look in london, which - the rise. if you look in london, which is - the rise. if you look in london, which is the i the rise. if you look in - london, which is the epicentre of where the 0micron variant is, we're getting a very significant increase in staff absences, so last week the staff absences in londonjump from 1900 at the beginning of the week to a700 by the thursday of last week and we know it has gone up since. so we are coming under real pressure in terms of the number of staff that we've got off work. and that means, given how busy we are with all the other things, that means we are under very, very significant
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pressure.— very, very significant ressure. ., . , very, very significant ressure. ., , ., pressure. there are concerns to about pressure _ pressure. there are concerns to about pressure on _ pressure. there are concerns to about pressure on schools - pressure. there are concerns to about pressure on schools in i about pressure on schools in the new year with staff shortages. from today government is urging former teachers to apply to join the work force from january. there is still uncertainty over how much serious illness will be caused by the 0micron variant. any decisions about further restrictions will need to be weighed against the cost to the economy, society, and wider mental health. helena wilkinson, bbc news. dr anthony fauci has warned that christmas travel will increase the spread of the 0micron variant, even among the fully vaccinated. dr fauci, who advises the us government on the pandemic, told nbc the variant was now "raging through the world" and on current trends the spread of 0micron could put serious stresses on hospitals. germany has become the latest european country to ban most travellers from britain, to try to slow the spread of the 0micron variant. german nationals and residents will still be allowed
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to enterfrom the uk. they must have a negative test and quarantine for two weeks, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated. and germany is the latest of a few european countries to up there travel restrictions, especially when it comes to british travellers. this is something we will discuss in detail in around 25 minutes' time, i'llspeak detail in around 25 minutes' time, i'll speak to the chief executive of trafalgar among other guests in our business coverage. let's get some of the day's other news. goldman sachs has downgraded its outlook for the us economy after a democratic party senator refused to back a key part of president biden�*s legislative programme. senatorjoe manchin told fox news that he couldn't support the build back better plan because he was worried about its possible effect on the national debt and inflation. police in the philippines say the number of deaths caused by a major typhoon last week has risen to more than 200. the storm, which made
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landfall on thursday, was the most powerful to hit the country this year. it's forced hundreds of thousands of people to leave their homes. sudan's health ministry says more than a hundred people have been injured in demonstrations against 0ctober�*s coup. security forces fired tear gas in the capital, khartoum. protesters were calling for an end to the military�*s involvement in politics. a member of the classical group il divo has died at the age of 53. carlos marin was admitted to hospital earlier this month. il divo have sold more than 30 million records since they formed in 2003. let's turn to chile now, where gabriel boric, the leftist candidate in the chilean election, has won the presidency, after his far—right rival, jose antonio kast, conceded defeat. it was labelled the most polarised election in the country's history, with voters choosing between a left—wing former student activist and a lawyer
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who admired the dictatorship of augusto pinochet. chile has seen widespread protests in the past two years, amidst economic instability and growing inequality. 0ur south america correspondent katy watson — is in the capital santiago. people here are coming in droves to celebrate the victory. this is a new era for chile, a new kind of president, a 35—year—old former student leader who is now the leader of his own country and many people feel this is a natural conclusion of the past two years. first protests, huge demands for change in this country that has traditionally been very economically stable yet hugely unequal. and then a push for a new constitution. chileans voted last year overwhelmingly to rip up the old dictatorship era constitution and instead drafted a more modern, more representative one. and of course now a new leader. a man who has risen from those
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demands for change. but his big challenge will be to unite those millions of chileans who voted for the other side. these elections have been deeply polarised. a far—right candidate, jose antonio kast, a man who was likened to brazil's jair bolsonaro, to donald trump, a man who praised the country's dictatorship, that huge divisions in this country. he has of course congratulated gabriel boric, saying that he demands respect and collaboration, and the most important thing is, of course, chile. the people here you can see our hugely happy and are heading to the event to be able to hear their leader talk. katy watson in santiago for us. pro—beijing candidates have claimed an overwhelming victory in hong kong's controversial legislative council election. only 30% of voters cast their ballots in the first poll since sweeping changes were made to hong kong's political system. the chief executive, carrie lam, is travelling to beijing today. she's due to hold three days of meetings with the chinese central government.
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0ur correspondent danny vincent is in hong kong. danny, so that's it. the deal is done and carrie lam is headed to beijing.- headed to bei'ing. that's ri . ht. headed to bei'ing. that's riuht. i headed to bei'ing. that's right. i think_ headed to beijing. that's right. | think that - headed to beijing. that's right. i think that many l headed to beijing. that's - right. i think that many people from the traditional pro—democracy camp, of course, wouldn't be surprised by the result. this is the first election in hong kong since the introduction of electoral. that meant that the only people that were even eligible to stand in the election were people deemed by beijing as patriotic. many of the people that would have stood in the elections in the past in the pro—democracy camp have found themselves in prison or in exile. many are facing national security law charges, which means they could face up to life imprisonment if found guilty. many critics would say that hong kong has seen a drastic transformation of the
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last four years, firstly because of the national security law, also because of electoral reform. and in some ways this was predictable, because we knew that only patriots were able to stand in the election and therefore they would win the election, but what we have seen is of the 90 seats that have now been elected, only one person claims to be non— establishment. but to be non- establishment. but as ou to be non- establishment. but as you say. — to be non- establishment. but as you say. many _ to be non— establishment. but as you say, many saw this as predictable, they could see this outcome, but does this not mean the out come that the pro—democracy movement in hong kong is really on its last legs? kong is really on its last lens? ~ �* , ' . kong is really on its last lets? . �* , ' . ., legs? well, it's difficult to see how — legs? well, it's difficult to see how the _ legs? well, it's difficult to i see how the pro-democracy legs? well, it's difficult to - see how the pro-democracy camp see how the pro—democracy camp can even express themselves politically here in hong kong, both inside and outside of the political system. activists will say there is a shrinking
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space for people that have opposing views. the authorities would disagree, they would say that hong kong still maintains the principle of one country, two systems, they will say it still has special freedoms that were guaranteed in 1997, when it was handed back to china from the uk, by critics and activists will say that the erosion of the freedoms that were promised is ongoing and now it seems very difficult to see what the future could be for those people that have been campaigning and fighting for more democracy in the city. yes, and those behind bars as well. danny vincent, thank you. joining us from hong kong. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: the bbc�*s prestigious sports personality of the year goes to tennis star emma raducanu. we have her reaction. the world of music has
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been paying tribute to george michael, who's died from suspected heart failure at the age of 53. he sold well over 100 million albums in a career spanning more than three decades. the united states' troops have been trying to overthrow the dictatorship of general manuel noriega. the pentagon says it's failed in its principle objective to capture noriega and take him to the united states to face drugs charges. the hammer and sickle was hastily taken away. in its place, the russian flag was hoisted over what is now no longer the soviet union, but the commonwealth of independent states. day broke slowly over lockerbie, i over the cockpit of pan am's maid of the seas, _ nosedown in the soft earth. you could see what happens when a plane _ eight storeys high, i a football pitch wide falls from 30,000 feet. christmas has returned to albania after a communist ban lasting more than 20 years. thousands went to midnight mass in the town of shkoder, where there were anti—communist riots ten days ago.
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this is bbc news. the latest headlines: a new photograph shows boris johnson with 18 other people in the garden of number 10 in may of last year. this is when strict social distancing measures were in place. voters in chile have elected the left—wing candidate gabriel boric in the country's most polarising election ever. this an investigation has revealed a series of mass killings in myanmar by the myanmar military. four villages were targeted over a period of weeks injuly. the united nations says that the military oppression to crimes against humanity. this report contains some distressing images from the start.
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this girl is grieving over her grandfather's body. it's distressing to see. there are clear signs of torture. when the myanmar military entered their village in the kani township, she fled. her grandfather stayed, believing his age would protect him. more bodies were uncovered close to where her grandfather was found, 12 in total. some were buried in shallow mass graves. the military carried out the mass killings in four villages in kani township, a region that's been a stronghold of opposition
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to the military regime. in the village, 1a people were killed. we have blurred their bodies, as they're too gruesome to show. the man filming finds people he knows. at great risk, our team interviewed a number of eyewitnesses. for their safety, we're hiding their identity. their stories are all similar. translation: they split us - into groups of men and women. men were tied up with ropes and beaten up. we couldn't stand to watch it, so we kept our heads down, crying. we begged them not to, they didn't care. they took away everything from us. they asked the women, "is your husband among them? "if he is, do your last rites."
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this man managed to escape. translation: 11 others were arrested with me. | they were tied up, beaten with stones and rifle butts and tortured all day. i put out evidence to the military spokesperson. translation: i'm not denying that _ incidents such as this in kani could happen. it can happen, it can happen. when they treat us as enemies and open fire on us, we have the right to defend ourselves. the united nations is investigating the mass killings in kani, in the hope that future generations, those left behind, will get some kind ofjustice. rebecca henschke, bbc news.
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if you want to delve deeper into that story have a look at what we have for you online. you can see the detail there and more analysis, of course, of the situation in myanmar. details on our website. now, let's bring you all the latest sports news. hello, i'm marc edwards with all your sport and we start in the english premier league, where manchester city will spend christmas at the top after a comfortable a—0 win over newcastle united on sunday. goals from ruben dias, joao cancelo, riyad mahrez and raheem sterling secured the three points for pep guardiola's side and extends their lead over second—placed liverpool to 3 points. good result but are not good performance. we were lucky that it was good action but after the second goal brilliant
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action but the first half was one of the worst we have played this season. in the second half was much better. meanwhile second—placed liverpool drew 2—2 at tottenham in a thrilling game. spurs captain harry kane ended his league goal drought with the opener but could have been sent off for a poor challenge on andy robertson. goals from jota and robertson put liverpool ahead but spurs made it all square courtesy of son heung—min. robertson was then sent off for a reckless tackle but the referee and the kane tackle among other things was the focus ofjurgen klopp's ire afterwards. you play a game at tottenham, it's not like this, it you kick them out and stay there. i tell you, you don't need a referee who helps you, you need one who is fair and objective and just says right, wrong, right, wrong. three decisive decisions he was right only once. and twice wrong and it was against us. so all situations were
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against us and unfortunately thatis against us and unfortunately that is the case as well. in italy, ac milan missed the chance to close the gap on city rivals and league leaders inter milan after losing at home to napoli. macedonia midfielder eljif elmas scored the only goal of the game at the san siro. the result takes napoli up to second in the table — ahead of milan on goal difference. both teams are four points behind top of the table inter. tiger woods marked his return to action by finishing second in the pnc championship in florida — playing alongside his 12—year—old son charlie. this was woods' first tournament since a car crash back in february, in a competition for professionals and family members — and it was charlie who grabbed much of the attention. he and his dad carded a bogey—free 57 — that included 11 straight birdies. but they had to settle for second place — finishing two shots behind a colourfully dressed john daly and his 18—year—old sonjohn daly ii. this year was not a good start to the year and it did not look
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very good. but the last few week's, to push as hard as we have over the last seven months, taken no days off and worked our buts off every day and to have this opportunity to be able to play with my son and have these memories, for both of us, for a lifetime, it is worth all the pain. and to cap off the most incredible of years for emma raducanu, the us open champion has won the bbc sports personality of the year award. raducanu was only 18 when she ended britain's aa—year wait for a women's grand slam singles champion with her remarkable victory at flushing meadows where she came through qualifying and didn't drop a set the entire tournament. iam i am really happy with this, of course. i watched sports personality of the year going up personality of the year going up so i am humbled tojoin the amazing past winners. but from me and the rest of the sport team, goodbye.
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congratulations to amr. that final was something else. weather apps give you instant forecasts wherever you are. but interpreting the information correctly can actually be quite tricky. 0ur weather presenter and meteorologist, tomasz schafernaker explains what you need to know about weather forecasts on your phone. weather apps, instant forecasts in the palm of your hand. they show you for the next that make the weather for the next hour, day, week wherever you are. but interpreting the information can be tricky so let me break it down for you. first of all, how do they work? well, meteorological data from weather and satellites around the world is analysed by supercomputers which create forecasts that are updated multiple times a day. the latest forecast is what you then see on your app. some apps
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simplify the information into icons we are familiar with. others are more technical and complex. the important thing to remember is that these forecasts are usually based on probability. in other words, the likelihood of a specific weather event happening. this means there is always some uncertainty expressing uncertainty expressing uncertainty in a weather app is not easy. an example. check the forecast for tomorrow and it shows a rain cloud was 70%. most of us would think oh it is going to rain because 70% is a high number. but what that 70% exactly telling you is how certain you should be of that forecast. it isjust certain you should be of that forecast. it is just a number on a scale from zero to 100% and only 100% would mean that it will definitely, without a doubt, rain at some point during the day. 70% tells you that rain is likely but you should expected but things could still change. it does not mean that it will rain 70% of the time on that day and it
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does not mean it will rain on 70% of the area you are looking at. keep in mind, the app is giving you the latest forecast available but the reality is that things can change quite quickly. apps make a new forecast as soon as they get new data and then the symbols and numbers can change. the app did not get it wrong initially, it was just did not get it wrong initially, it wasjust a did not get it wrong initially, it was just a needed so obviously the further ahead you look into the future, more likely things will change. and different apps have different algorithms or rules which decide which symbol is more important for any given weather probability. some types of weather actually more difficult to predict and others. temperatures are usually fairly accurate but showers in the tory earthly difficult to pinpoint. because showers form very quickly, they cover a small area and the slightest change in wind direction means they can drift off the predicted course and miss your location. so forecasting the weather is really complex because a lot can rapidly
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change. weather apps are pretty great at telling us what to expect and as technology improves they will only get it up. but they will never be 100% accurate for everyone everywhere at the same time. why not thomas? why can they not be 100% accurate for everyone? isn't that what we want? that was interesting and many reasons why it will not be 100% correct. now the latest space tourist to visit the international space station has just returned to earth. here you can see the japanese billionaire yusaku maezawa after he landed in kazakhstan. he spent 12 days in space before returning in a russian soyuz space capsule. he is the first tourist russia has taken into space for more than a decade. and the latest billionaire
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businessman to leave planet earth and go into space. there you have it, he is back. the new spider—man film — no way home — has made nearly $590 million worldwide in its opening weekend. it's the third biggest debut in history, behind only two of the avengers films. the movie industry has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, and spider—man's distributor sony said its success showed the unmatched impact of a new release in the cinemas. i have to say, two of my three children went to see that film this weekend and they both absolutely raved about it. they said it was the best spider—man movie ever. so there you have it, if you want a film review. coming up next we have the top is nurse stories including a look at new travel restrictions put in place yesterday by germany and france has done a similar move. how is this
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impacting the industry? i will have the chief executive of truvada go live here on bbc news in a moment. —— trivago. hello there. there are some significant changes on the way over the week ahead. as we get closer to christmas, it's going to be low pressure that's going to be shaping our weather, bringing with it some cloud and rain from the atlantic and lifting the temperatures as well. now, there's still the chance of some snow, and this looks more likely to be in scotland for a while. we start monday, though, with the coldest weather in scotland with the clearer skies and a frost. there's more cloud pushing into other areas, and the mist and fog will continue to lift. and as the cloud base lifts, the cloud thins and the skies should be a bit brighter. best of the sunshine probably northern and western areas of scotland. and there'll be more cloud in north west england and wales than we had on sunday, so we're not going to reach the 15 degrees that we had in pembrokeshire — i think 6—8 degrees is going to be nearer the mark.
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high pressure is still close to the uk, hence the quietness of the weather. it is starting to recede but underneath the high pressure, we'll probably have clearer skies as we move into tuesday morning. so, probably a bit more blue on the chart — a greater chance of having some frost across england and wales, for example. that's where we should see, hopefully, a bit more sunshine, perhaps, on tuesday during the day. more cloud, though, continues to affect northern ireland, and in scotland, it's probably going to turn more cloudy more widely. in the north of the country, there could be a bit of light rain or drizzle as well. now, the winds are still light but it's quite a cold day, i think on tuesday — probably only a degrees through the central belt of scotland as that cloud increases, and seven in the south east of england. now, we really set things up for the middle part of the week as that big area of low pressure is filling the atlantic. pressure is falling, these bands of rain are spiralling around that area of low pressure. we start cold and frosty on wednesday. southern and eastern areas likely to stay dry and bright but in the west, it's clouding over more quickly. it's getting wetter as well. that wetter weather is pushing into that colder air and we're
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likely to find some snow for a while, particularly in scotland — especially over the hills. there's still a lot to play for from wednesday onwards with that low in the atlantic trying to push in this milder air in from the south—west but there's still that block of colder air in the north. that colder air looks further north now, so most of the country should be turning milder later in the week with the chance of some rain at times.
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this is bbc news, with the latest business headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. i'm sally bundock. turbulent times for international travel. as 0micron leads to a raft of restrictions across europe, we cross live to germany to speak to the boss of trivago. leading uk trade bodies call for urgent help after downing street refuses to rule out further restrictions before christmas. the art of a deal. liz truss replaces lord frost as the uk's lead brexit negotiator. we take a look at some of the major challenges she faces.


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