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hello. you're watching the bbc news channel. ala a la latest headlines... england's biggest football teams and the sports governing bodies will stage a boycott from next friday. that will be to crack down on online abuse. campaigners also encourage younger people to get the covid vaccine when their turn comes. figures show that more than half the uk population has received the first dose of the jab. a fire sweeps through a hospital treating covid patients in baghdad.
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good afternoon. england's guest football teams and the sports governing bodies are staging a boycott next friday. english football league, women's super league and women's championship league and women's championship league will be switching off the facebook, twitter and in scam accounts demanding that social media companies do more to eradicate hate. the anti—discrimination charity kick it out is organising. the the anti-discrimination charity kick it out is organising.— it out is organising. the reason we are doinu it out is organising. the reason we are doing this _ it out is organising. the reason we are doing this is _ it out is organising. the reason we are doing this is threefold. - it out is organising. the reason we are doing this is threefold. first i are doing this is threefold. first to signal our collective anger at the damaged online abuse causes the people who claim, watch and love the game. it is also to show unity with the victims and the third is that this is a symbolic gesture. we
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accept it as a symbolic gesture, but also to those with power to say that they need to act, do more and create change. there is a power in the situation are really two sets of people. social media companies and the government. we want both of them to do more. , ., ., to do more. three days of mourning have been declare _ to do more. three days of mourning have been declare in _ to do more. three days of mourning have been declare in iraq _ to do more. three days of mourning have been declare in iraq after- to do more. three days of mourning have been declare in iraq after 82 i have been declare in iraq after 82 people have died and many more have been injured in a fire in a hospital in baghdad. the fire was reportedly caused by an exploding oxygen tank and patients on ventilators were unable to move. our correspondent in beirut has been giving us more details. it is really horrific news. as you said, the prime minister has called for three days of mourning
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and an investigation into this negligence, as he describes it. this hospital is dedicated for covid—i9 cases, so imagine the situation with lots of people are trying to recover and are on ventilators, but the fire broke out and they were out of breath. many accounts claiming to say that people were running out and jumping out of windows trying to escape from the fire in the smoke. many ambulances rushing into the hospital and iraq is known, there were at least i hospital and iraq is known, there were at leasti million coronavirus cases and lots of debt as well. it is a really bad situation in iraq as well. on top of that, to have the fire where people had nowhere to escape or catch their breath to be able to survive. three minutes past
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two is the time. the national news will be on injust a moment's time.
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good afternoon. the biggest clubs in english football — along with the sport's governing bodies — will boycott social media, as part of efforts to fight
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the racist abuse of players online. the four—day ban will begin on friday. it's an attempt to pressurise the main platforms like facebook and twitter to do more to combat online abuse. players have been repeatedly targeted, often with racist comments. angus crawford has this report. on the pitch, a clear message — there is no room for racism in football. but, on social media, it is a different story. players across the game report relentless, hate filled abuse. enough is enough, it has been happening for too long. i got it a year ago, boys are still getting it to this day, it's 2021. you are getting racially abused online by anonymous people, you don't know who, but it is easy to make an account.— make an account. now, listen to this. the blanket _ make an account. now, listen to this. the blanket ban _ make an account. now, listen to this. the blanket ban will- make an account. now, listen to this. the blanket ban will be - make an account. now, listen to i this. the blanket ban will be staged across next week _ this. the blanket ban will be staged across next week in's _ this. the blanket ban will be staged across next week in's round - this. the blanket ban will be staged across next week in's round of i across next week in's round of fixtures — across next week in's round of fixtures. ., ., ,
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fixtures. for four days next weekend. _ fixtures. for four days next weekend, english - fixtures. for four days next weekend, english footballl fixtures. for four days next i weekend, english football will go quiet. no facebook, instagram or twitter. i quiet. no facebook, instagram or twitter. ~ , , quiet. no facebook, instagram or twitter. ~' , , ., quiet. no facebook, instagram or twitter. ~ , , ., ., twitter. i think it is “ust a great statement * twitter. i think it is “ust a great statement from i twitter. i think it is “ust a great statement from all i twitter. i think it isjust a great statement from all of - twitter. i think it isjust a great statement from all of football | twitter. i think it isjust a great i statement from all of football that it's not acceptable, what's been happening is not acceptable. i think social media platforms and companies can do more. social media platforms and companies can do more-— can do more. they know exactly what we are doing. — can do more. they know exactly what we are doing, when _ can do more. they know exactly what we are doing, when we _ can do more. they know exactly what we are doing, when we are _ can do more. they know exactly what we are doing, when we are doing i can do more. they know exactly what we are doing, when we are doing it i we are doing, when we are doing it and when_ we are doing, when we are doing it and whento— we are doing, when we are doing it and when to sell us stuff when we have _ and when to sell us stuff when we have been— and when to sell us stuff when we have been looking at something five minutes_ have been looking at something five minutes before on a different websito _ minutes before on a different website. so they have the technology, we just want them to point _ technology, we just want them to point it_ technology, we just want them to point it in— technology, we just want them to point it in the direction of removing hate, notjust selling us stoo _ removing hate, not “ust selling us sto ., removing hate, not “ust selling us stot. . ., removing hate, not “ust selling us stot. , , ., removing hate, not “ust selling us sto. , , .,., removing hate, not “ust selling us stat. , , .,., ., stop. the boycott comes up to one of the very greats _ stop. the boycott comes up to one of the very greats of _ stop. the boycott comes up to one of the very greats of the _ stop. the boycott comes up to one of the very greats of the english - stop. the boycott comes up to one of the very greats of the english game, | the very greats of the english game, t airey henry, took his own personal stand last month, deleting all of his social media accounts —— thierry henry. it his social media accounts -- thierry hen . , ., ., ., henry. it is not ok to get harassed online. henry. it is not ok to get harassed online- as — henry. it is not ok to get harassed online- as we _ henry. it is not ok to get harassed online. as we know, _ henry. it is not ok to get harassed online. as we know, young - henry. it is not ok to get harassed online. as we know, young people| henry. it is not ok to get harassed. online. as we know, young people a day are committing suicide. big tech has ttleded day are committing suicide. big tech has pledged to _ day are committing suicide. big tech has pledged to do _ day are committing suicide. big tech has pledged to do more, _ day are committing suicide. big tech has pledged to do more, new i
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day are committing suicide. big tech has pledged to do more, new filters| has pledged to do more, new filters and better content moderation. four days of silence, then. a symbolic gesture or a real attempt to rid football and social media of racism for good? angus crawford, bbc news. the international trade secretary liz truss has denied claims that borisjohnson broke the rules over refurbishing his downing street flat. on friday, the former number ten adviser dominic cummings accused the prime minister of planning to ask conservative donors to pay for the work in secret — something mr cummings described as foolish and possibly illegal. here's our political correspondent, damian grammaticas. his report contains some flashing images. december2oi9, borisjohnson, his fiancee carrie symonds and his election triumph putting them in downing street. but now the questions that won't go away. after they moved in, their flat there was redecorated, cost unknown, perhaps £58,000. who funded it? and how? 11 months later,
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kicked out, the prime minister's closest adviser dominic cummings. his new claim is that mrjohnson discussed a secret plan to have a tory donor fund the work. so, did the prime minister get a loan? the trade secretary was asked the question five times by andrew marr. my understanding is the costs have been covered by the prime minister and everything is being fully declared in line with the rules. did a tory party donor lend him the money beforehand? as i said, he is covering the cost, and it is being complied with fully... the question is did a donor provide the money before hand ? andrew, i am spending my time in intense trade negotiations, getting a good deal for the united kingdom. i am not spending my time thinking about the downing street flat refurbishment. later, on sky, another side step. it is rather windy out here. for liz truss, it must have felt
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like there was incoming from all sides today. the reason it matters, a loan may have to be declared for electoral and tax purposes. boris johnson registered the fact. his office say no codes or laws have been broken. dominic cummings has questioned the integrity and competence of the prime minister he used to serve. labour say that fits a pattern, whether it is redecoration work or privileged access to contracts for safety equipment in the pandemic, and ministers must be transparent. the government have to answer why they've given out billions of pounds of money to their cronies and friends and they won't even declare it through the current rules. publish the members' interests and ministers�* interests, and publish who is on that vip list, and tell us where you are getting this money from, boris, to do up your flat. so, this is the storm unleashed by an adviser scorned and the questions that keep being asked. damian grammaticas, bbc news. let's take a look at some of today's other news. the indian capital delhi
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has extended its lockdown for another week as the country set an unwelcome world record for daily coronavirus infections for a fourth day in a row. just under 350,000 new cases were reported in the last 2a hours, with over 2,700 lives lost. at least 82 people have died in a fire at a hospital treating coronavirus patients in the iraqi capital, baghdad. more than 100 others were injured in last night's blaze, reportedly caused by an exploding oxygen tank. iraq's health minister has been suspended amid public anger. a 14—year—old boy has been charged with the murder of another teenager in east london. fares maatou, also ia, was stabbed outside a pizza restaurant in the borough of newham on friday. witnesses said fares was wearing his school uniform when he was attacked. and an operation to put out one of northern ireland's largest gorse fires in recent years
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has continued into a third day. more than 100 firefighters have been tackling the flames in the mourne mountains, with help from organisations including the forestry service and the national trust. the controversy over the cost of removing flammable cladding from blocks of flats returns to parliament this week. the government will try to pass the fire safety bill, in the face of opposition from some of its own backbenchers and the house of lords. the bill currently allows block owners to pass on the cost of removal to leaseholders. as sarah corker reports, campaigners fear that could lead to widespread bankruptcies. security, safety, a place to call home again. bassel deeb fled the war in syria and came to the uk a decade ago. shouting in arabic. when you live in these situations, you often come to a point where you feel numbed
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at the violence and the death that goes on. i bought my flat in eastern ghouta, which is the east side of damascus. i moved into my flat. in 2013, i've been told how the flat, how the building was destroyed by the fighting. it was my life savings basically all gone. this is where i live. eventually, bassel was granted asylum. he could work and managed to buy a 25% share in a one—bed flat in east london. when i first came to the uk, i had to walk, so i could save the fare of the bus to actually put the deposit together for a flat. but his development has flammable hpl, or high pressure laminate, cladding. there are also combustible wooden balconies, and other building safety defects. i own 25% of my flat, but yet i am asked to pay 100% of any remediation work that
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could be needed for the property. which could lead to me being bankrupt. bassel and his neighbours had hoped that the government's £5 billion building safety fund would come to their rescue, but their application has been rejected. their development isjudged to be just half a metre short of the 18—metre qualifying height for funding. which is bonkers. like the fact that we have, you know, 50 centimetres difference and we can't access the fund is just weirdly unfair. the ministry of housing told us that, for smaller blocks, low interest loans will be offered to help cover cladding costs. it added that building safety is the responsibility of the building owner. i'm still hoping that society will not accept this to happen to so many people across the uk
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on that massive scale. sarah corker, bbc news. you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel. the next news on bbc one is at 5:35pm. bye for now. the time is quarter past two and you are watching the bbc news channel. more now on the coronavirus situation in india. there have been just there have beenjust under 350,000 new cases reported in the last 2a hours. there have been offers of support from the west to india.
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including the united states. navtej sarna, former indian ambassador to the us and a former high commissioner of india to the uk told us more about what india needs. at the moment, india is approaching several suppliers for oxygen generators, medicine, equipment, for oxygen generation and so on, but specifically from the us, i think there is a broader request and that is to allow the export of equipment and components needed for vaccine production. as well as the other materials needed. this has been blocked by the defence production act and india, which is the largest vaccine producer in the world cannot be producing that the term ramped up the pace for its own needs as well as for the needs of the world because we have already exported 60
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million doses to 95 countries. there is a need for the astrazeneca doses, around 70 million i believe which aligned with the united states and not expected to be used — these could be sent across. there is a need to make an exemption at the who before allowing the production of generic vaccines. in other words, an intervention into property rights. this is being put forward by india, south africa and several other countries. these are the things we are asking of the united states. the former indian ambassador to the united states. a new campaign has been launched to encourage younger people to take up the covid vaccine when their turn comes. it follows research which suggested under—50s were more likely to be hesitant to take the vaccine.
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more than half of the uk population has now received a first dose, while more than 12 million have had two doses. the indonesian military have confirmed that they have found the submarine that went missing last wednesday, and that all 53 crew on board are dead. officials leading the search said the vessel was found broken into three parts on the sea bed. yesterday the navy said the sub had sunk in the bali sea and that they'd discovered debris including personal items, such as prayer mats. oxygen supplies were believed to have run out in the early hours of saturday morning. an ambulance technician has died after an object struck his vehicle's windscreen as it was responding to an emergency call. colleagues at west midlands ambulance service have been paying tribute to 66—year—old jeremy daw, who had recently returned to his job after retiring, in order to help with the coronavirus pandemic. he was one of life's good people, you know? he was a public servant that did his nearly 30 years in the
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ambulance service. he was a mentor, a friend, colleague, a father. he was doting husband. things like this shouldn't happen to anybody, but for people that provided that public service, we're devastated. and this hurts. it really, really hurts at this moment in time. northern ireland's assistant fire chief has paid tribute to all the support received, as firefighters spend a third day tackling a major blaze in the mourne mountains. 30 firefighters and four appliances have been at the county down peaks since first light today. our correspondent, catherine morrison, sent this report. halfway up slieve donard, the ground is still alight. flames fanned by a steady easterly wind spread quickly across a tinder—dry mountain. a ring of fire encircling the mountain could be seen from up to 20 miles away — a sight usually associated
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with the california mountainside, not county down. at one point, the fire came close to some properties. there was a great change in the wind and we seen it develop really quickly and we came down into the forest here, the ymca centre and one property just coming down in the road. we just knocked their doors. we just wanted to prepare them and get them ready, just in case. thankfully, with wind dying down in the middle of the night, it took a change of direction and we did not have to evacuate. this is a designated special area of conservation. hundreds of hectares have been burnt, and there are fears for the flora and fauna and the wildlife who live here. it's still unclear if the fire was started accidentally or deliberately. for those fighting it, conditions are challenging. we are either travelling for one hour or one and a half hours up in that ppe, carrying equipment. you cannot get water to the scene of the fire so effectively, we are taking beaters up there to work with that. we're working small pumps out
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of rivers and areas where we can find small pockets of water, and sprayers and backpack sprayers to address some of that, but predominantly it's a physical, hard, big job there. members of the public were asked to stay away from the mournes — a warning most seem to have heeded. but the fire is not out yet. catherine morrison, bbc news, mourne mountains. from learning a new language, to baking the perfect loaf of banana bread — many of us have spent lockdown tackling projects we'd normally struggle to find the time for. ralph goodson is a case in point — after years of putting it off, he finally got around to restoring a piece of family history — his father's 1930s motorbike. he's been telling hannah meredith about the task. ralph goodson was given his dad's douglas's rudge special motorbike more than a0 years ago. it had been his father's of pride and joy since he bought it in 1937. he got married in 1941 to my mum,
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he put a sidecar on the motorbike and it became the main family vehicle right up until the �*50s, when i was born. by then, i was the third child. i think dad realised that he couldn't cram another kid into the sidecar. so ralph's dad bought a car, and the rudge was no more. he took it apart and put every single nut and bolt in boxes, and there they stayed for decades. until lockdown hit. we have moved house about five times, and every time the boxes have moved with us. and it has become a bit of a standing joke — when are you going to start this restoration? of course, lockdown came along and that has given me the time and the wherewithal to start
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restoring my dad's motorbike. not a mechanic, but definitely perfectionist. ralph has been guided by rudge enthusiasts, while his dad watches on. i've got his picture on the wall up there as well, looking down on me. it is a shame i didn't manage to do it while he was still alive, i think he would be amazed that i've finally got around to doing it. it is fair to say it has been a labour of love during lockdown. whilst there is a little more to go, ralph has high hopes for the future of his dad's beloved bike. i reckon i'm probably more than halfway now. it would be nice if in the summer i canjump on it and ride down to matlock bath. and i think that when i do that, i'm sure my dad's spirit will be riding with me.
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now, the oscars... it is guaranteed to be an oscars like no other: broadcast live from a train station, honouring films few saw in movie theatres or cinemas, and reuniting hollywood's a—listers for the first time in more than a year due to covid—19. nominees and their guests will gather at a courtyard in the los angeles union railway station, while other show elements will be held live inside its usual venue — the dolby theatre. sophie long reports from la. what a year, right? the oscars should be about film stars, red carpets, parties and champagne. this year there's a few little added extras, like covid tests, vaccine, and quarantine. and the ceremony itself is being held in a train station. notjust any train station! union station — an iconic landmark in the movie capital of the world. union station is a life—breath in so many ways, it's a story of los angeles — in so many ways.
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and, it's featured in more than 200 hollywood movies. the list is huge, but a few stand out. union station, where union station played a train station, they played it in chicago, but nonetheless, it's our station. when you come to something as recent as the dark knight rises, the batman trilogy, the way we were — you look for union station in that movie, you will find it. supporting roles, or leading lady, she fills the bill. so, this is where the magic will happen. the vast majority of the ceremony will take place right here, in—person, there'll be no zoom calls, and there's a dress code, there's been a very clear no—thanks to sweat pants. it will be smaller, only nominees and one guest have been invited. the producer of aardman�*s shaun the sheep: farmageddon will be among them. i'm slightly nervous, if i'm really honest! i think it's kind of weird — for a lot of us, we've spent over
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12—plus months sitting in our houses, not really going out and socialising. and suddenly we're going to be at this event. so, it's a bit exciting, nervous, kind of unsure what to expect, but you know, to have the opportunity to go is fantastic. composer and director chris bowers has been nominated for a concerto is a conversation, a short documentary about his family. do you know what it's going to be like? yeah, they did tell us that its going to be something where they only have a certain amount of seats and the audience will be rotated in and out, so people are controlled in how many people are in a space at one time, i guess. people had to get tested and most people are vaccinated. once you are on the premises, i think it is like masks—off and it will definitely feel like, as normal as they can make it, which would be pretty wild, definitely the biggest event i've been to since covid started. so, finally, the oscars buzz is building.
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oh, the finale is going to be sensational and we're building to it now. you can feel it. when you — when you see the transformation, of what is happening inside the station, and the wild anticipation you feel, your heart quickens. because it's so good. sophie long, bbc news — not in hollywood, but downtown la. the buzz is definitely building. and tomorrow, jane hill and film criticjason solomons will host a special programme bringing you the winners and reaction from the 93rd academy awards. that's at 9.30 here on bbc news. right, let's see if there are any awards in the weather forecast. good afternoon. there will be very little change in the weather throughout the rest of the day. there is an outside chance we will see a sharp shower over
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the highlands of scotland but for most of us there is plenty more sunshine to come. it is cooler notably near the east coast with more cloud so in a few localities it is really quite grey but there is an abundance of sunshine, light winds in the north. still that brisk wind tempering the feel of things further south but it is strong sunshine we have seen today in southern and western areas. some of the highest temperatures here, distantly chilly near the north sea coast. that cloud will creep further westwards through the night, we will also see increasing cloud and rain approaching the north, but where we have the clearer skies once again a frost risk and a chilly and a chilly start monday. further south on monday losing the keen breeze but it will be much cloudier with heavy rain further north.
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hello this is bbc news. the headlines... england's biggest football teams, and the sport's governing bodies, will stage a four—day boycott of social media from next friday to campaign for social media companies to crack down on online abuse. india's prime minister narendra modi says the surge in coronavirus cases has shaken the nation. his comments come as the country hits a record number of new cases
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for the fourth day in a row. a campaign is being launched to encourage younger people to get the covid vaccine when their turn comes. figures show more than half the uk population has now received a first dose of the jab. the indonesian military say that the submarine that went missing last week has been found split into three pieces and that all on board are dead. a fire sweeps through a hospital treating coronavirus patients in baghdad, killing at least 82 people, according to iraqi officials. more details emerge about the death of an ambulance technician killed when his vehicle was hit by an object. west midlands ambulance service is ruling out foul play. labour calls for the government to face mps over the refurbishment of the prime minister's downing street flat. but the government denies claims that borisjohnson broke the rules. a operation to put out one of the largest gorse fires of recent years in northern ireland is being scaled back,

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