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today at six, labour promises to lead the uk towards economic stability, away from "endless crisis" under the conservatives. that's the message delivered by sir keir starmer to the labour conference in liverpool, setting out the key aims of a labour government. britain will get its future back — a country where aspiration is rewarded, where working people succeed, a force for good in the world, a clean energy superpower, a fairer, greener, more dynamic nation. this is my committal to you. meanwhile, many banks and building societies have stopped making mortgage offers, amid hints that the bank of england is going to push interest rates up again. think it is hard not to draw the
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conclusion that all this will require a significant monetary policy response. require a significant monetary policy response. we'll have the latest on the uncertainty, and on the government's remaining options. also on the programme. north and south in a day, the new prince and princess of wales make their first official visit, while talk of an investiture is being downplayed. and how nasa has tested its ability, to deflect an asteroid speeding towards earth at 12,000 miles an hour. and coming up on the bbc news channel. scotland round off their nations league campaign in poland tonight. avoid defeat against ukraine gives them promotion, as well as a play off spot for euro 202a. good evening. the united kingdom needs a �*fresh start�*, and a way out
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of the �*endless cycle of crisis�*, caused by the conservatives, that�*s the message from sir keir starmer, the labour leader. in a speech to the labour conference, he was scathing in his criticism of the government�*s handling of the economy, especially after the mini budget last week, and the tax cut for the highest earners. �*don�*t forget and don�*t forgive�* was his message on that. he set out his main ideas for a labour government, with more investment in the nhs, and a publicly—owned renewable energy giant called great british energy. amid continued uncertainty on the financial markets, sir keir said that labour was the party of economic stability for households and business. 0ur political editor chris mason reports from liverpool. supporters in silhouette. applause and smiles. lots of smiles. keir starmer and his wife head for the conference hall. labour is up beat
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about its future, down cast about the present. the about its future, down cast about the present-— about its future, down cast about the present. about its future, down cast about the resent. ., , the present. the government has lost control of the — the present. the government has lost control of the british _ the present. the government has lost control of the british economy. - the present. the government has lost control of the british economy. and i control of the british economy. and for what? they have crashed the pound. and for what? higher interest rate, higher inflation, higher borrowing, don�*t forget, don�*t forgive. the only way to stop this the with a labour government. applause. from a sharp radio teak of the prime minister to a sharply teak of labour�*s cent past. keir starmer determined to portray his party as prodefence, pro business and getting rid of hostility to jewish prodefence, pro business and getting rid of hostility tojewish people. we had to rip out anti—semitism by its roots. applause. we had to show our support for nato is non—negotiable. show we want business to prosper. country first,
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party second. keir starmer is attempting to pitch himself and his party as trustworthy custodians of the economy. so often a weak spot for labour.— a weak spot for labour. missions don't achieve _ a weak spot for labour. missions don't achieve themselves, - a weak spot for labour. missions don't achieve themselves, you i a weak spot for labour. missions i don't achieve themselves, you need don�*t achieve themselves, you need focus, determination. and the courage to make very difficult choices. it means not being able to do things, good labour things, as quickly as we might like. that is what responsible government looks like. one of the big themes of this conference has been to argue that the uk should be a world leader in renewable energy, a green growth superpower. led by a state—owned firm. because... it is superpower. led by a state-owned firm. because...— firm. because... it is right for “obs. firm. because... it is right for jobs. because _ firm. because... it is right for jobs. because it _ firm. because... it is right for jobs. because it is _ firm. because... it is right for jobs. because it is right - firm. because... it is right for jobs. because it is right for i jobs. because it is right for growth. because it is right for energy independence refer tire rapts like putin, yes, conference, great british energy will be publicly owned.
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applause. 0ne applause. one of the biggest cheers of the speech an attempt to meld future economic growth to left—wing instinct but an overriding theme was junking the era ofjeremy corbyn, hauling the party away from the far left. keir starmerwants hauling the party away from the far left. keir starmer wants to scrap business rates in england, unleash an entrepreneurial spirit, celebrate aspiration. an entrepreneurial spirit, celebrate asiration. ., , ., an entrepreneurial spirit, celebrate asiration. , aspiration. labour is on your side. labour is the _ aspiration. labour is on your side. labour is the party _ aspiration. labour is on your side. labour is the party of _ aspiration. labour is on your side. labour is the party of home - labour is the party of home ownership in britain today. applause. applause. a labour government, he said, would never allow vladimir putin to succeed, it would, he added ensure the nhs no longer had its face down on the floor. but victory for this party is so much harder after the near wipe out of labour mps in scotland, courtesy of the scottish national party. for scotland, courtesy of the scottish national party-— scotland, courtesy of the scottish national party. for them scotland's success in the _
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national party. for them scotland's success in the uk _ national party. for them scotland's success in the uk is _ national party. for them scotland's success in the uk is met _ national party. for them scotland's success in the uk is met with - success in the uk is met with gritted teeth. seen as a road flock independence, and so they stand in the way. we can�*t work with them. we won�*t work with them. no deal under any circumstances. applause. notice there a firm committal not to cook up an arrangements with the snp and take a look and listen to this. carefully sketching a line, lifted straight from tony blair. keir starmer running away from labour�*s recent past, but embracing what came before. we recent past, but embracing what came before. ~ ., recent past, but embracing what came before. ~ . , ., before. we are the party of the centre ground. _ before. we are the party of the centre ground. once _ before. we are the party of the centre ground. once again, - before. we are the party of thei centre ground. once again, the political wing of the british people. applause. say it loud and believe it. britain will deal with the cost of living crisis. britain will get its future back. this is my committal to you, the national mission of the next labour government, and together with the british people, we will do it, thank you conference.
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applause. after years in the doldrum, years of fighting among themselves, labour and keir starmer are starting to believe they may be able to win. there is a confidence in the air, but they still have a massive mountain to climb. i have told everyone he is there, he is passionate about this country and he has the plan to make it better. at} he has the plan to make it better. 0 so many people will be saying is there _ so many people will be saying is there an — so many people will be saying is there an altern eavesed answer after that peach _ there an altern eavesed answer after that peach is yes.. that was the speech— that peach is yes.. that was the speech of— that peach is yes.. that was the speech of somebody who should be the prime _ speech of somebody who should be the prime minister tomorrow. that speech of somebody who should be the prime minister tomorrow.— prime minister tomorrow. that isn't coin: prime minister tomorrow. that isn't auoin to prime minister tomorrow. that isn't going to happen. _ prime minister tomorrow. that isn't going to happen. but _ prime minister tomorrow. that isn't going to happen, but labour- prime minister tomorrow. that isn't going to happen, but labour are - going to happen, but labour are allowing themselves to imagine one day it might. chris mason, bbc news in liverpool. chris mason, bbc news in liverpool. one of the main political tasks for sir keir is to make sure his message is being well received, in those former safe labour seats which went conservative at the last election. 0ur political correspondent alex forsyth has been to leigh in greater manchester, which went from red to blue
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in december 2019, and which labour needs to regain if it�*s to form a government. the stall�*s been set out, labour�*s pitch made. what matters, of course — who buys what�*s on offer. thank you, take care. greengrocer paul has been in leigh market for 39 years, a close follower of politics who�*s yet to be convinced. they�*ve only become relevant over this short space of time because of what the conservatives are not doing. you know, they were almost invisible, but that�*s politics, isn�*t it? when one party is in trouble, then the other one pounces. with prices rocketing, there is worry here and political disillusionment... you all right? ..something eric, a butcher and fishmonger, is certainly feeling. the labour party, yeah, i don't really know what they stand for at the minute. i've never voted tory.
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i used to vote labour. now ijust feel politically homeless. i don't know who to vote for. leigh�*s similar to many seats labour needs to win back — a once thriving industrial town that�*s battled decline. this old textile mill is part of the hope for regeneration. managed by a former labour mp, it�*s home to a growing number of community groups, art ventures and businesses, including these tenants — some labour members, others not — weighing the party�*s offer. get britain�*s hope, its confidence and its future back. it feels like this is on steady ground. in the past, public perception towards labour policies have been, "oh, it's farcical." this feels deliverable. i did agree with him, actually, when he said that the whole l country's in a brace position, _ and we are — businesses, homeowners. and that needs to stop - because nobody should be worrying like they are going into this winter. _ i don't care if it's left, centre or right as long as it's looking after those working people and giving them hope and aspiration for the future.
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and you think that keir starmer pitched that right today? i think he did. what about keir starmer himself? some critics have said he isn�*t bold enough. he�*s not the most dynamic of people, but, let�*s be honest, do we want that? we want people who are stable, we want a government that�*s going to deliver on his promises. that was definitely a fighting speech there, and that�*s something i feel... ifeeljustified in joining the party over. he meant what he said, but we just need someone to deliver. labour may feel their prospects are looking up. what matters, of course, is whether voters share the view. alex forsyth, bbc news, leigh. let�*s rejoin chris mason in liverpool. as expected chris, a warm reception in the hall but what do you make of the challenge now facing keir starmer outside the hall? there is a buo an starmer outside the hall? there is a buoyancy here _ starmer outside the hall? there is a buoyancy here borne _ starmer outside the hall? there is a buoyancy here borne of— starmer outside the hall? there is a buoyancy here borne of banishing i starmer outside the hall? there is a l buoyancy here borne of banishing the trouble of the past and floating on
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the current problems that have been made, really, by the new prime minister, and sir keir starmer hopes that he can effectively move towards the political territory that he thinks liz truss has vacated. that is absolutely the strategy, and there is no doubt, as i say, an optimism here, but he has to translate that to the wider electorate, and even his biggest supporters will acknowledge what we just heard there in alex�*s report, that he doesn�*t necessarily have as much have a—va—voom as the man he was referring to in his speech, tony blair. so how does therefore the future look for labour? when you speak to people here, they will acknowledge that yes, they are doing better than they could have possibly imagined by this stage, but they still have an awful long way to go. why? their defeat last time in 2019,
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their biggest since 1935. so to get from that point to victory is a huge leap. chris, many thanks again, chris mason at the labour conference in liverpool. as we reported yesterday, banks and building societies have been withdrawing mortages deals, after the fall in the pound provoked fears of a sharp rise in interest rates. virgin money and skipton building society have stopped mortgage offers for new customers, and bank of ireland said it had withdrawn all mortgage deals. the bank of england said yesterday it would �*not hesitate�* to increase rates, which would affect the estimated 300,000 homeowners, whose fixed mortage terms are coming to end in the next three months. let�*s look at the effect on a 25—year mortgage of £200,000. at the moment the bank of england interest rate is 2.25%, a mortgage repayment based on that
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would be around £870 a month. but if that rate goes up to 4.5% in december, as some traders fear, the montly repayment would jump to at least £1,100. and by nextjune, if the rate is 5.75%, the repayment would be more than £1,250. that�*s a big rise, at a time when energy bills are also going up. 0ur consumer affairs correpsondent colletta smith has this report. sian works hard to pay the rent on herflat, along with her partner. she roasts and serves the coffee here full—time. but the idea of buying their own place just got harder. i�*m 31, partner is 35. so it is coming to that time in life where we are starting to think about these kinds of things
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and making progress forward, but, yeah, it�*s just difficult times. mortgage deals are going up and they are having to pay more for their other bills at the moment. itjust makes it all the more difficult to save up for a deposit for our own place. the last few days have changed the balance for others too. chris was happily renting out his house around the corner, but is rethinking that. i have a fixed—rate mortgage till december next year. my thought process is, obviously if the interest rate goes up, i wouldn�*t have to subsidise it too much, really, so i don�*t think it is worth me keeping it. others are being impacted right now. you expect bumps in the road, i guess this is a bigger than we might have hoped for, but it is what it is and we have to deal with the situation. matt has a new fixed—rate mortgage agreed yesterday, and is hoping it will still be honoured. we decided to take a slightly longer
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term, so we have locked it in for a bit longer so we don�*t have this issue again for some time. hopefully by then things will have settled down a bit more. even a small increase in the mortgage rate will have a really big impact on people�*s finances if you are on a tracker mortgage, if your fixed deal mortgage is coming to an end, or if you�*re renting and more landlords decide to sell up as a result, so people are really going to have to rethink their finances. father and daughter mortgage broker team sophie and richard say don�*t panic. if you are due for a renewal make sure you get individual advice and get organised. you can secure the rate as of today, and those offers are usually valid for up to six months once they are issued by the lender, then you can move straight on to the new product you have secured. for first—time buyers, if you are thinking about viewing houses, speak to your broker now about all the elements of that jigsaw you need to put in place. get your credit report done now. if there is skeletons in the cupboard let's get them out in the open and talk about them now,
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not after your offer has been accepted. higher interest rate also bring benefits, but we are already seeing the flip side as mortgages begin to climb. coletta smith, bbc news in skipton. the pound sterling stabilised today, after falling sharply since last friday, when the government announced its mini budget with tax cuts. the chancellor kwasi kwarteng has met leading bankers and insurers today, and told them he was confident his economic strategy would work. 0ur economics editor faisal islam is here with more details. yes, just in the last six days we have seen the pound fall sharply following last week�*s�*s mini budget. it hit an all—time low yesterday and a recovery later in the day was followed by a further fall. it was 1.08 a short time ago, and a few seconds ago it was a little down on that, down on the day. some argue this is all about the strong dollar,
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and that has been a factor, but let�*s look at what happened in the poundin let�*s look at what happened in the pound in comparison to all of the major currencies and we can see all the way back to 1992, black wednesday, the financial crisis and fears of a no—deal brexit affecting the currency and just over there is what happened yesterday, close to another all—time low yesterday against this basket of currencies. the pound sterling has been broadly stable today but is still weak, and thatis stable today but is still weak, and that is having a real impact. in lincolnshire, will runs superfoil, a successful manufacturer. but this insulation business can�*t be cushioned from falls in the value in sterling that we�*ve seen in recent days. as most of the products we use are kind of global products — plastics and aluminiums, etc — they�*re all placed in the dollar. so any drop in the pound directly increases our costs proportionately. so over the last 20, 25 years that we�*ve been running,
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our purchasing power for our main components is halved, making our products twice as expensive. the currency was stable today, but it remains close to historic lows. this is one of the trading desks where the credibility of britain�*s finances is up for question. i�*ve never seen a budget move the pound like this my entire career. essentially, with interest rates rising like this in the uk, it�*s going to be more expensive to fund the deficit, but the deficit keeps getting wider, especially with all the announcements we had in the budget. so this kind of doom loop, the only way out of it, really, is we�*ve got to tame inflation and get interest rates back down. so, the first thing is tame inflation and all this goes away. the problem is, the budget that we had on friday last week, the only thing it will do is probably add to inflation. the bank of england�*s chief economist made clear today that by november, it would deliver significant interest rate rises. i think it's hard not to draw the conclusion that all this will require a significant monetary policy response.
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let me leave it there. those rises from governor andrew bailey are dependent on just how much borrowing the chancellor does. he told bankers and his mps he was going to stick to his plan. as the cost of mortgages surges, the markets may not wait till novemberfor answers. the chancellor was adamant in it would stick with his mini budget plan despite the market reaction, but with a deadline of november the 23rd set for independent assessments to ensure the tax cuts are accounted for and the bank of england clear it will respond to extra borrowing with higher interest rates, the chancellor�*s room for manoeuvre is severely limited. taking into account the extra cost of paying for the debt and the market ready to push the cost higher, in order to regain market confidence some change to the tax cuts or significant new spending cuts seem increasingly
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likely. there are more analysis on what the fall in the value of the pound means for you, on bbc news 0nline. that�*s, or by using the bbc news app. the time is 6:20pm. our top story this evening. sir keir starmer has told the labour conference that his party would lead the uk towards economic stability. away, he says, from the endless crisis under the conservatives. coming up. campaigners concerns about how government plans may affect the environment. coming up in sport on the bbc news channel, chloe kelly and fran kirby will return to the lionesses squad for the next month of international friendlies but no place forformer england captain steph hughton.
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william and katherine have made their first official visit as prince and princess of wales, visiting anglesey in north wales, where they lived in the early years of their marriage, and the city of swansea in south wales. prince william�*s office says there are no plans for an investiture on the scale of the one seen in 1969 when the then prince charles was crowned. 0ur wales correspondent hywel griffith reports on the day�*s events. a first tentative step back onto familiar ground. for this inaugural visit as prince and princess of wales, william and catherine returned to anglesey — somewhere they knew the welcome would be warm. hip hip... hooray! the island was their home for three years, when william served as a search and rescue pilot. it�*s a place where he can claim some local knowledge.
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half a century ago, the tone was very different as charles was formally invested as prince of wales. the palace has made it known that there are no plans to repeat this kind of ceremony any time soon, as most people struggle with the cost of living. i don�*t think we need a grand investiture as it was before. and i think prince charles, the old prince charles — king charles now — has said he doesn�*t want that for his son. they were talking about the investiture and whether to have it or not, and i think it'sjust, i don't know, politics and... you know, they're different to the politicians. but some of those politicians ultimately don�*t want there to be a prince of wales at all. it doesn't really fit _ with the modern democratic wales. it doesn't really symbolise the nation as it is today... j so you wouldn�*t have a prince of wales at all? no, we don't think... there is a role for it - in modern democratic wales. a crowd in swansea clearly see things differently.
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while everything�*s tightly managed, there�*s clearly been effort to make this first visit less formal, with long walkabouts and plenty of handshakes, consciously avoiding that image of pomp and ceremony. this, then, was about persuading a nation to embrace a new prince and princess. another visit is being planned before christmas. hywel griffith, bbc news, swansea. now a look at some other stories making the news today. the labour mp, rupa huq, has been suspended from the parliamentary party after she described the chancellor kwasi kwarteng as "superficially black". she was recorded making the comments at a meeting on the sidelines of the labour conference. this evening she said she had contacted the chancellor to send her a sincere and heartfelt apologies for the comments. scientists in sweden say they�*ve detected powerful underwater explosions , in areas where the nord stream gas pipeline is leaking.
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three leaks have been reported in the baltic sea pipelines , which run from russia to germany. images from the danish armed forces show gas bubbling to the surface. ukrainian officials say russia was behind what they�*ve called a terrorist attack. voting has ended in referendums in four ukrainian regions, partly or heavily occupied by russian forces, on whether they should join russia. russian election officials say early results in luhansk and donetsk, show they strongly favour annexation by russia. the entire process has been denounced as a sham by the ukrainian government and its allies. the shortlist for the british city that will host the 2023 eurovision final has been reduced to two — liverpool and glasgow. the uk was asked to stage next year�*s contest after organisers decided this year�*s winner, ukraine, could not because of the ongoing war. the bbc says a final decision will be made within weeks. the uk government�*s plans to lift the ban on fracking, to ease planning regulations
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which protect the natural world, and to review green farming subsidies, have prompted a furious response from environmental campaigners. 0ne charity, the rspb, said it was gearing up to resist what it described as the biggest attack on the natural world in a generation. 0ur environment and rural affairs correspondent claire marshall reports. the english countryside may look serene, but the government�*s new approach to the natural world is causing outrage. even the national trust, normally say measured, said progress on the environment could be fatally undermined. i can�*t think of a time when we�*ve been so concerned in recent years, but this isn�*t a political statement. our membership of six million people represents people from across the political spectrum. they do care about great quality green space, they do care about not tarmacing the countryside, they do care about nature, and clean water, and so we�*re standing up to that voice, and i think most people agree with that. so we need to make sure
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we don�*t lose the protection for those things. today, the rspb said it was gearing up to fight the biggest attack on nature in a generation. voices of opposition are growing by the day, and the common message in all of them is that you can have economic growth and properly protect the environment. just north of swindon, blakehill farm is based on a nature reserve. all this hay, i guess you have manage to cut from the fields yourself. the farmer and wiltshire wildlife trust work together. biodiversity is improving, it�*s a glimpse of what is possible. some people might say there is the cost of living crisis, there is an issue of food security, there is no space for nature to be part of this debate. nature really is core to all of our well—being and economic growth, and i think it's a fallacy, really, to expect that we can see growth, we can see sustainability and even addressing climate change. we can't do any of these things if we don't have nature. however, some farmers believe the focus should be put more on producing food.
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jeremy walker�*s land is on the edge of the quantocks in somerset. i don�*t want to see them throw environmental issues out the window, but i think it has to be a balance. it is all very well having climate change aims that everybody has to adhere to, but if in the meanwhile we all go broke and hungry and all the rest, it�*sjust, it�*s not on. this afternoon, the government said it didn�*t intend to go back on its commitment to the environment, and isn�*t intending to do away with green farming subsidies. it is unlikely, though, that this will do much to calm the mood. claire marshall, bbc news. scientists at nasa have successfully tested a new technique to protect the earth from potentially dangerous meteorites. they deliberately crashed a spacecraft into an asteroid to push it off—course at a speed of about 12,000 miles an hour, some seven million miles from earth. 0ur science editor rebecca
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morrelle has the story. closing in on the target. images beamed back from 7 million miles away as a nasa spacecraft approaches an asteroid. the details of the rocky world are revealed, but this probe isn�*t here to study it. its job is to knock the space rock off course by smashing into it.! oh, wow. and this was the reaction from mission control. cheering. fantastic! 0h, fantastic! i definitely think that, as far as we can tell, our first planetary defence test was a success, and i think we can clap to that, everyone. cheering. so... right? so, yeah, well, i... yeah, i think that earthlings should sleep better — definitely i will! the people working here, we�*re definitely going to sleep better. the target was a twin asteroid system.
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a larger space rock orbited by a smaller one called dimorphos, about 150 metres — that�*s about 500 feet — across. the crash gave dimorphos a kick to change its speed and alter its orbit. telescopes on earth tracked the moving asteroid, capturing the moment of impact, revealing the rocky debris being hurled into space. to divert an asteroid, you need to know where it is. the biggest ones, more than a kilometrem about half a mile across, could clause global devastation like the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs. we�*ve spotted most of these, and none are heading for earth. but even the small ones pose some risk. a 20—metre wide space rock, about 65 feet, exploded over russia over russia in 2013, injuring hundreds, but very few around this size are being tracked. but it�*s the ones in between that are causing concern.
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a150 metre wide space rock, about 500 feet, could obliterate a whole city and we�*ve only located 40% of these. it will take some weeks to see if the space collision has worked and whether we now have the technology that could one day save our planet. rebecca morelle, bbc news. time for a look at the weather. here�*s louise lear. yes, i will start with hurricane en, which i suspect over the next few days will be a significant weather story. —— ian. this is a strong hurricane, strengthening as we speak and it made landfall across cuba and has just left cuba a few hours ago and you can clearly see the defined ie on the satellite picture, it is the eye that demonstrates what a significant storm it was, the high end of a category three which weakened as it pushed a cross is a relatively narrow area of cuba but is now warming over warmer waters through the gulf of mexico and


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