this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. britain's deputy prime minister says russia will face severe economic sanctions if it installs a puppet regime in ukraine russia is a permanent member of the un security council needs to live up to the basic tenet of international law and invading another country is not one of those. former uk conservative minister nusrat ghani tells the sunday times she was sacked from herjob, because of her muslim faith. government chief whip mark spencer says her claim is completely false. there are calls for an investigation: no parliamentarian should be subjected to this sort of treatment and we need to get to the bottom of
it. and we need to get to the bottom of it. tonga's government warns there's a long road to recovery — a week after the volcanic eruption and tsunami. two years to the day since china locked down the city of wuhan, beijing applies a �*zero covid' policy as it prepares to host the winter olympics. new zealand's prime ministerjacinda ardern is postponing her own wedding, after placing the country on the highest level of covid—19 restrictions hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world. britain's deputy prime minister says russia will face severe economic sanctions if it installs a puppet regime in ukraine. dominic raab was speaking this morning after the uk government said
it uncovered the plot by moscow — amid rising tensions over a possible invasion. russia has sent tens of thousands of troops to the ukrainian border in recent months — and the uk has warned that the it will face serious consequences if there is an invasion. moscow has accused the uk of spreading "disinformation". here's our diplomatic correspondent, paul adams.(tx american weapons arriving in ukraine, 90 tonnes of what washington calls lethal aid. others including britain also sending supplies. hardly enough to defeat an invading russian army but the message to moscow is clear, "if you do this, it will come at a price". but now london and washington say they see signs of a russian plan to install a puppet government in kyiv after an invasion. pro—russian politicians, they say, in contact with russian intelligence officers involved in planning the attack. the foreign office says this man,
former mp, yevheniy murayev, is being considered as a future leader by the kremlin. but four others named are thought to be in moscow. it is not clear what, if any role, they could realistically play. but russia's build—up goes on. it says repeatedly, it has no plans to invade. fighter jets now flying to locations in belarus, north of ukraine. moscow says they will be carrying outjoint drills. but diplomacy also continues. friday's meeting in geneva settled nothing but the us secretary of state antony blinken has promised a written reply within days to russia's expensive demands. further talks could follow. british ministers are expected to travel to european capitals in the coming days. the defence secretary ben wallace likely to visit moscow. downing street says it plans to ramp up pressure on russia. sanctions being discussed among allies, the government says, would pierce the heart of the russian economy. paul adams, bbc news.
the uk's deputy prime minister dominic raab has been speaking this morning about the potential sanctions russia could face. he was also asked about whether british troops could be sent to ukraine. i think it is extremely unlikely. but that does not we won't do anything we can short of that to short up and protect the position of ukraine and taking defensive measures and also make it clear there will be a very severe economic price to pay. russia is engaged in a whole range of nefarious activity and russia, as a member of the un security council needs to live up to the basic tenets of international law and invading another country is not one of them. a muslim politician in the uk says her faith was raised by a government whip as a reason why she was sacked as a minister in 2020. according to the sunday times newspaper, nusrat ghani says
when she asked for an explanation, she was told her "muslimness was raised as an issue". chief whip mark spencer said ms ghani was referring to him and added her claims were completely false. the uk deputy prime minister, dominic raab, has said if the allegation that a minister's muslim faith was a factor in herfiring, it should be properly investigated, if she makes a formal complaint. i believe a claim like this, serious as this, can only happen if the person making the complaint makes it formally and that is when procedures kick in and, just became about this, that advice was given back in 2020. we've heard from a downing street spokesperson who's said:
the president of the conservative muslim forum lord sheikh has said that he "would like an investigation to be carried out by an independent person". iam very i am very disturbed by what she has said. i have known herfor over nine years. as you said earlier, i founded the conservative muslim forum and i am its president and she was our supporter and member of the forum. i have found her to be a bright, articulate and honest woman. she is a carving person, she is a good parliamentarian. but i've never found her to be a troublemaker so
obviously, ifearthat found her to be a troublemaker so obviously, i fear that we found her to be a troublemaker so obviously, ifear that we need found her to be a troublemaker so obviously, i fear that we need to look at this matter. need to investigate this matter thoroughly and you read out what mark spencer has said. in fact, how words are very strong. he says that these are tough and between. so somebody is not telling the truth and i feel that we should get to the bottom of it, and i would like an investigation by an independent person. investigation by an independent erson, , investigation by an independent erson. , ., ., , person. just to underline what she is sa in: person. just to underline what she is saying that _ person. just to underline what she is saying that were _ person. just to underline what she is saying that were said _ person. just to underline what she is saying that were said to - person. just to underline what she is saying that were said to her, - person. just to underline what she is saying that were said to her, for people who have not read the sunday times story, she was fired as a minister, this is back in 2020, she had been a transport minister in the conservative government and she was told it was because of her muslim village in making colleagues uncomfortable. if that is true what does that say about the government and conception party? the does that say about the government and conception party?— and conception party? the situation is not acceptable. _ and conception party? the situation is not acceptable. there _ and conception party? the situation is not acceptable. there should - and conception party? the situation is not acceptable. there should be. is not acceptable. there should be no racism, there should be no racism
in any party and i was also disturbed by what she said. she said it is as if she was punched in the stomach. she thought humiliated, and powerless. well, she was also told that if she raised the issue, she would be ostracised by colleagues and her career and reputation would be destroyed. that is totally unacceptable. no parliamentarian should be subjected to this sort of treatment and we need to get bottom of it. , . ~ , treatment and we need to get bottom ofit. , . ~ , , of it. dear think there is racism in the conservative _ of it. dear think there is racism in the conservative party _ of it. dear think there is racism in the conservative party and - of it. dear think there is racism in | the conservative party and islamic phobia in the conservative party? situation with regard to discrimination, there was a report done by professor who set out recommendations and timelines and as a party we must ensure that these
recommendations are carried out because there are number of issues. in fact, the party chairman said that she would apologise to any person who has been hurt by this behaviour or others who have failed the system so undoubtably there are problems but i think in any organisation, i am a businessman. problems but i think in any organisation, iam a businessman. in any organisation there are problems. at the problems we need to investigate them properly and put them right. just investigate them properly and put them riaht, , ., . them right. just on that, the prime minister i saying _ them right. just on that, the prime minister i saying that _ them right. just on that, the prime minister i saying that the _ them right. just on that, the prime minister i saying that the prime - minister i saying that the prime minister i saying that the prime minister did meet her back injuly of 2020 to discuss this allegation. he wrote to her expressing serious concern and invited her to begin a formal complaint process, according to downing street she did not
subsequently do so so what do you make of that? she subsequently do so so what do you make of that?— make of that? she was told, she raised the _ make of that? she was told, she raised the subject _ make of that? she was told, she raised the subject several- make of that? she was told, she raised the subject several times | make of that? she was told, she . raised the subject several times and she was told she would be ostracised. somebody was trying to bully her. if what she is saying is true. you have two scenarios. parliamentarian ace saying something, parliamentarian be saying something. and we need to get the bottom. we need to establish the truth and the way you get the truth is to have an independent investigation done and we need to do that and not only that, we need to look at the behaviour of some of these people. we've had four members of parliament, they have been bullied, they have been, threats have been made to let look at the behaviour of some of these. we cannot except bullying parliamentarians. they had been elected. she had a majority of
23,000. this is how popular she is. and if she is saying something which is at all with what mark spencer are saying, let's get to the bottom of it. ., ., , ., it. the founder and president of the conservative _ it. the founder and president of the conservative muslim _ it. the founder and president of the conservative muslim forum. - the government of tonga says it's facing a long programme of rebuilding and reconstruction — just over a week after it was devastated by a volcanic eruption and a tsunami. foreign aid is arriving into tonga, but strict covid rules are hampering humanitarian efforts, as the local authorities try to keep the virus out of the country. tonga — which is made up of a group of islands in the south pacific — has recorded just one covid case throughout the pandemic. entire villages were destroyed in the tsunami and some are still without basic neccessities, like clean water. much of the relief effort for tonga is being coordinated in neighbouring fiji. our correspondent shaimaa khalil is in the fijian capital suva with this update. aid has arrived in tonga, and a lot of it is being coordinated from here in fiji.
countries like australia, new zealand, japan and britain have sent everything from water supplies to shelter kits, generator, even sweeping machines as well. the concern now is that this is going to be a slow process. getting aid and distributing it to people who need it the most is very, very tricky on any occasion — add the fear of a covid—i9 outbreak to that equation and you see how complex this is. the tongan government has insisted that the aid should be contactless. theyjust do not want a covid—i9 case in the country. they don't want to be dealing with a covid—i9 outbreak as they're dealing with the devastation, which means that supplies are there on the ground, but aid workers are not. so essentially, it's up to people in tonga to distribute that aid, whether it be volunteers or other aid workers inside the country. the concern now is how fast the aid is going to get to people and how far it can get, especially to far—flung places. there are also, of course, health concerns, the quality of the air,
the quality of the water. they have been compromised by the ash in the atmosphere, not just the thick ash that you see, the fine particles that could be inhaled and can cause respiratory diseases. there are high levels of sulphur in the water, and these also can cause waterborne diseases. so apart from the aid distribution, the physical destruction all around tonga, there are also also the health risks. and un officials have said that the country, the pacific nation, will rely on food aid for a long time to come because the crops have been destroyed, farmers have lost their livelihoods, they've lost their homes. and one of the tongan officials have also said that the road to recovery for this pacific nation is going to be long and hard. so in the days to come, as this destruction reveals itself, as the extent of it becomes clearer, the challenges facing tonga are also being revealed.
now let's hear from two people who were caught up in the eruption. john and marian tuku—a—fu own the vak—a—loa beach resort — which has been badly damaged. this is their story. she called me to come and pick her up. shejust said she is having difficulties breathing and she said that the sea is a bit weird so since i left the house we disorder was a big ash cloud, with a volcano. we just came. since i seen the ocean. i've never seen the ocean like that in my life. the wave was already starting to come on the road. and i seenjust more and starting to come on the road. and i seen just more and more of the ocean ready to come in so i was a bit scared to pick up my wife, so went down to screen for her and i had no
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laugh and to breathe. islamic state fighters have carried out one of their biggest attacks in syria since the group's self—declared caliphate was defeated. a british—based monitoring group says more than 120 people — most of them jihadists — have been killed in four days of fighting with kurdish—led forces in the northern city of hasa—keh. it's thought the aim of the attack is to free thousands of suspected islamic state supporters held in a jail there. mark lobel reports. scenes syrians never wanted to see again. brutaljihadists attacking a prison containing thousands of militants on thursday. causing chaos. there was a swift and determined fight back by kurdish led forces guarding the area. taking on islamic state fighters in one of the group's biggest
operations since their self—declared caliphate was defeated almost three years ago. from above, us—led coalition aircraft supported the syrian defense force's bid to regain control on the ground. many prisoners were recaptured with troops in pursuit of other fugitives that had fled to surrounding houses. families move to safety in fear of their lives. translation: there's been shelling and killing since yesterday. the jihadists killed four or five people in our neighborhood, liquidated them. while this was playing out in the northeastern corner of syria into friday across the border in iraq, is claimed responsibility for an ambush on a military post there in which 11 soldiers were killed. translation:
they called me at half past eight in the morning to tell me my son died as a martyr. islamic state killed them as martyrs. in syria, it's claimed the prison is largely under control after dozens of arrests following running battles that claimed lives on both sides. however, is claim they're holding hostages. the kurdish authorities had long warned that they did not have the capacity to hold, let alone put on trial, many of the suspected fighters under their watch that included foreigners and many children detained in poor conditions. there's also a concern that will be echoed wider than these prison walls, whether this much—feared jihadist group is ramping up once again. mark lobel bbc news. a british man has died in thailand. there are reports that he was attacked with a knife in kanchanaburi, west of bangkok.
the foreign office said a second british man had been taken to hospital. local reports say a 23—year—old man has been arrested. a retired british iranian engineer being held in iran on spying charges will begin a hunger strike today. anoosheh ashoori was arrested in 2017 while visiting his elderly mother. injuly 2019 he was convicted of spying for israel's mossad intelligence agency, which he denies. the british government says that his continued detention is wholly unjustified and has called on iran to release him. brothers from nepal who are among the country's most renowned sherpa guides have returned home after becoming the first nepali team to reach the south pole. it's part of a broader quest known as the "�*explorers' grand slam'. tanya dendrinos explains what exactly the ambitious pursuit entails.
battling the elements. it's so cold. there is so much wind here. three brothers approaching the summit of mount vincent, the highest peak in antarctica. hey, guys, we are three brothers, we are first time been to the vincent and we reached the summit today. wejust came back from south pole. we are the first brothers, i think, who did the south pole and vincent together. the trio marks the first nepali team to reach the south pole. it is part of their quest to conquer the explorers grand slam, a challenge that involves reaching the south and north poles, along with the highest mountain peaks in each of the seven continents. they hope to complete it within a year. translation: once we do this,
there is nothing more adventurous left to do. it is like getting a masters degree. it is an ambitious task but these mountaineers are no strangers to a tall order. nima and dawa chnang hold the world record for being the first siblings to climb all ia mountains above 8,000 metres. while tashi sherpa was the youngest person to climb everest without the use of supplementary oxygen. we are very good team here. five nepalese and one, our sister, from qatar. hand—in—hand with the records is recognition these siblings are part of an elite group ensuring nepali mountaineers escape from the shadows of foreign climbers, carving a place in history in their own right. tanya dendrinos, bbc news. it's exactly two years since china locked down the city of wuhan and its 10 million inhabitants. the aim was to try to stop the spread of coronavirus from the place where
it first emerged. as beijing prepares to host the winter olympics next month, it's turned to extreme measures again in the fight to maintain its strict �*zero covid—i9' policy. our china correspondent, robin brant reports. 27 days into lockdown, confined to her apartment. hello... senlin is one of millions in china still subject to the ultimate covid control. translation: when covid hit wuhan, the country didn't have much experience dealing with the outbreak. but now it's different. it's better. she's in xian, a city famous for its motionless army of terracotta warriors, but normal life for 13 million people there has come to a halt. there's fresh evidence, too, that some people have just had enough. crowd clashes with police at a compound in xian,
where they've been in lockdown for 35 days. a couple of men are taken away. assessing the overall impact on people's lives, economic and psychological, is almost impossible. all of this is part of a massive effort to stop a few thousand new covid cases from spreading. and in terms of the official reported case numbers, it seems to be working. china's leader xi jinping hailed the economy's resilience earlier this week, saying he is fully confident about its development. so is zero covid in china the new normal? other small and frequent disruption, but not like a massive shutdown. so for china, it seems to be working. china is still manufacturing construction equipment. all these activities can be isolated, so that's why zero covid so far makes sense. but this country has deeper
problems to deal with — a huge debt, a faltering property market, as well as the hyper—vigilance against more covid spikes. it's difficult to take a scientific survey, but there does appear to be widespread support for the government's policy on covid. because you get this, it looks quite normal. but no—one knows the answer to the big question. how long will it go on for? translation: i think the epidemic control in shanghai is very good. the government uses big data to quickly trace and control people who are close contacts. translation: the negative impacts of lockdowns are quite bad, people are worried. two years on, the borders here remain all but closed. international flights are at a bare minimum. china's communist party leaders are sticking with their zero—covid promise. in the run—up to hosting the olympics, china has shown how far it's willing to go.
international mail is the new enemy. authorities in beijing this week claimed a package from canada brought omicron in. we were in contact with someone in another city who was ordered to stay behind her sealed front door simply after receiving a delivery from abroad. she didn't want us to name her, but she's deeply frustrated. 27 days into lockdown, confined to her apartment. hello... new zealand's prime minister has cancelled her own wedding after placing the country on the highest level of covid—i9 restrictions. nine cases of the omicron variant have been detected, and under new restrictions, gatherings will be limited to 100 fully vaccinated people. here's jacinda ardern. my wedding will not be going ahead, but ijustjoin many other new zealanders who have had an experience like that as a result of the pandemic and to anyone who's caught up in that scenario.
i'm so sorry, but you are, we are all so resilient, and i know we understand that we're doing this for one another, and i know that will help us continue on. now it's time for a look at the weather with louise lear. hello there. high pressure has been dominating the weather story just recently, but there are some subtle changes as we go through the day. just want to point out to you. first thing on saturday morning it was cold and frosty, but there was plenty of blue sky and sunshine. fast forward a day. sunday morning has been certainly a greyer start. a lot of cloud around in norfolk. first thing at this morning and he looks likely that that cloud is here to stay as high pressure just drifts off into the near continent. and we've got that south—westerly feel driving in more cloud from a moister atlantic. and yes, some of that cloud is going to be stubbornly sitting
with us throughout the afternoon. there might be some brief glimpses of sunshine from time to time, but if you keep the cloud all day, we'll have an impact on the feel of the weather. on top of that, the winds are pretty light, so it's not going to be helping to break that cloud up. that said, further north and west, we're going to see the wind strengthening in western scotland gusting to gale force by the end of the day. here, we'll see highest values of nine degrees. but if you keep the cloud all day, temperatures will struggle — five degrees at the very best. now it'll be a similar story through the night. on the whole, most of us will keep this blanket of cloud and prevent those temperatures from falling below freezing. but where we do get a few holes, we'll see low single figures, maybe a bit of patchy mist and fog forming. once again, it stays very mild for the time of year into the far northwest, and that's because there's a weather front as well that's pushing in. it will start to bring some rain into the northwest of scotland, and the winds remain a bit of a feature. but, across england and wales still under the influence of high pressure, still a fair amount of cloud with this
and very light winds. so, for central and southern england, it's going to be a drab day. further north of that, there'll be some glimpses of sunshine and then we've got our weather front bringing some nuisance rain into the far north of scotland — seven to nine degrees here. but if we keep the cloud, perhaps once again, five or six at the very best. now, as we move through the middle part of the week, we're going to see more of a significant front, particularly on wednesday, bringing some wetter and windier weather into scotland. this one will sink south and potentially bring some rain for england and wales. not that much, but certainly more than we've seen just recently. so some rain around on wednesday, and then things will then get a little bit brighter and hopefully just a little bit milder as well.
economic sanctions if it installs a puppet regime in ukraine. calls for an investigation after former uk conservative minister nusrat ghani says she was sacked from herjob, because of her muslim faith. government chief whip mark spencer says her claim is completely false. tonga's government warns there's a long road to recovery — a week after the volcanic eruption and tsunami. two years to the day since china locked down the city of wuhan, beijing applies a �*zero covid' policy as it prepares to host the winter olympics new zealand's prime ministerjacinda ardern is postponing her own wedding, after placing the country on the highest level of covid—19 restrictions now on bbc news...it�*s time for click this week, it's pure box office. we'll find out how to buy into