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france promises to double its patrols of beaches to help stem the flow of migrants across the english channel. these are just some of the dinghies that have already made the dangerous journey — more migrants have crossed so far this year than in the whole of last year. the home secretary says action is urgently needed. we cannot continue to support what we are seeing right now, effectively people trafficking, smugglers, criminal gangs exploiting our asylum system. we'll have a report from our correspondent watching the latest arrivals on the kent coast — also this lunchtime: the government is about to unveil its plan for overhauling the post—brexit trading arrangements between britain and northern ireland.
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we wa nt we want to sort out issues in the protocol. we think there are practical steps we can take to do that. the city of liverpool is stripped of its world heritage status by unesc. the perils of unregulated beauty treatment like botox and fillers — one mp says the industry is like the wild west. brilliant! the gb women's football team off to a flying start at the tokyo olympics with a 2—0 win over chile. and coming up on the bbc news channel, a new format for new audiences — cricket's hundred tournament gets under way later as eight new city—based teams fight for the big prize.
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good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. france will double the number of police patrolling its beaches as part of a deal with the uk to stem the number of migrants crossing the english channel. the british government will pay france more than £54 million as a part of a new agreement between the two countries. the number of people crossing the channel this year has already overtaken the total for the whole of last year — almost 8,500. simonjones reports from dover. their destination is dover. the latest group of migrants brought to shore this morning by the border force after being picked up in the channel, the world's busiest shipping lane. the home secretary says the public has had enough of seeing scenes like these on an almost daily basis. she told mps that things must change. we wa nt we want to create a deterrent. we cannot support what we are seeing now, effectively people travelling,
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smugglers, criminal gangs exploiting our asylum system to bring economic migrants and people that quite frankly are circumventing our legal migration routes, coming into our country illegally. in the past three days, almost a thousand migrants have reached the uk by boat. that brings the total number for this year to more than 8,400 people, surpassing the figure for the whole of 2020. but there has been a dramatic fall in migrants arriving in the back of lorries, just over 500 in the first five months of this year. and last year asylum claims in the uk fell. but britain is now giving france more than £50 million to try to stop the boat arrivals. that will be used to double the number of police officers on the beaches in northern france and on cutting edge technology to monitor the coastline. if this all sounds rather familiar, back in november the british government gave the french millions of pounds to increase police patrols and surveillance, but the numbers arriving by boat have continued to grow, although the home office points out that the number of migrants prevented from making the
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crossing by the french authorities has also grown too. groups supporting migrants and refugees once they arrive in the uk say a whole new approach is needed. the reason they come here is because they have been through a lot of hardship. so they are still going to try and make the crossing unless you give them an option before getting in the water to claim asylum. the government says it is determined to tackle the smugglers organising illegal crossings. seven people have been arrested this week in a series of raids as part of an operation dismantling an organised crime group allegedly transporting hundreds of albanians to the uk illegally but on the channel, the boats are getting bigger, packed with more and more people, with the inherent dangers that brings. simonjones, bbc news, dover. the government is outlining how it wants to change the trading arrangement between britain and northern ireland after brexit. the brexit minister lord frost has just said that the difficulties with the northern ireland protocol are the main obstacle to a relationship with
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the european union and that "we cannot go on as we are". the protocol requires checks on goods coming in from mainland britain. chris page reports. northern ireland has always been on the brexit front line. and this is the new frontier. there is a trade border at ports like belfast for goods arriving here from great britain. the inspections and bureaucracy are affecting a number of businesses, like this pet food wholesaler in county tyrone. there's a lot more paperwork, it's taking me a lot more time. we are also finding that suppliers are limiting the amount of products for us. so it means we're having to look more at suppliers in europe. under the arrangement known as the northern ireland protocol, a range of products, particularly food, need to be checked to ensure they are in line with eu rules. that's because northern
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ireland has an open land border with an eu state, the republic of ireland. the eu wants to prevent goods which don't match its standards from entering its single market. big supermarkets believe there needs to be a more flexible approach or else consumers in this part of the uk will lose out. northern irish people, everybody in northern ireland is going to see, very, very visibly, the impact of brexit on the protocol because there will be gaps on the shelves. and you know, this christmas i can tell you already, we are having to make decisions to delist products for northern ireland because it is simply not worth the risk of trying to get through. but the protocol is about more than inspections, paperwork and business supply chains. the effects in northern ireland are practical and political because unionists regard the new trade border as being an unacceptable barrier between northern ireland and the rest of the uk. there have been a series of street protests by demonstrators who say the protocol
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diminishes their british identity. in parliament this morning, the leader of unionism argued the protocol went against the peace deal which ended the conflict in northern ireland, because people hadn't voted for it. any new arrangements entered into with the eu that involve northern ireland must respect the principle of consent that is at the heart of the belfast agreement. and that means that any new arrangements must protect the constitutional integrity of the united kingdom and northern ireland's place within the uk. the northern ireland secretary set out his proposals, saying the protocol wasn't working. we out his proposals, saying the protocol wasn't working. we see an opportunity — protocol wasn't working. we see an opportunity to _ protocol wasn't working. we see an opportunity to proceed _ protocol wasn't working. we see an opportunity to proceed differently, | opportunity to proceed differently, to find a new path, to seek to agree with the eu through negotiations a new balance in our arrangements covering northern ireland to the benefit of all. whether the government's latest ideas go anywhere depends on the continuing talks
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between london and brussels. the irish government says it is willing to consider any creative solutions, but the protocol can't be renegotiated. resolving the stalemate matters hugely for northern ireland, but also for future relations between the uk and the eu. chris page, bbc news, belfast. iain watson is in westminster. wasn't all this supposed to be sorted out in the original brexit deal? ~ ., sorted out in the original brexit deal? ~ . . . deal? we are familiar with the hrase deal? we are familiar with the phrase get _ deal? we are familiar with the phrase get brexit _ deal? we are familiar with the phrase get brexit done, - deal? we are familiar with the phrase get brexit done, but i deal? we are familiar with thej phrase get brexit done, but to deal? we are familiar with the - phrase get brexit done, but to some extent, brexit is still unfinished business. that is certainly the case when it comes to northern ireland. to get that deal through in 2019, and to make sure border on the island of ireland, the rather tricky business of having to have checks on goods going from great britain to northern ireland was conceded by the british government. in his bbc interview, the former aide to the prime minister dominic cummings said this about the northern ireland — it was
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about the northern ireland — it was a fudge which punted it difficult questions into the future and lets down the difficult questions which have to be answered and haven't been resolved. so today in the house of lords, lord frost, the very man who negotiated the northern ireland protocol, said that significant changes to that protocol were now needed. for example, he was worried about chilled meats and other issues perhaps not being able to be on sale in northern ireland unless there are new negotiations with the european union. he called for a standstill to these new checks to be introduced. but while the eu say they are willing to make some concessions, for example on the sale of medicines, they will not rewrite the entire protocol. this comes at a time when tensions with brussels are high of another piece of unfinished business, gibraltar, where they say that you proposals for dealing with the post—brexit status of the rock amounts to underlining uk —— undermining uk sovereignty. so as you can see, brexit has a long tail.
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iain watson at westminster. the labour leader has pressed boris johnson during prime minister's questions over allegations that he was reluctant to call an autumn lockdown as coronavirus was mostly only killing people aged over 80. by the prime minister's former aide dominic cummings. sir keir starmer called on mrjohnson to apologise. 0ur political correspondent, jonathan blake, was keeping across the exchanges in the commons. pretty fiery exchanges once again? yes, the prime minister was challenged on those claims made by his former senior adviser dominic cummings in that bbc interview that he was resistant to reimpose national lockdown measures last autumn when covid cases were rising because those dying of coronavirus were essentially all over 80, and when he used the phrase, get covid, live longer. the prime minister
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didn't address the words directly, but he did refer to "language that i'm alleged to have used". he went on to say that the decisions being made at the time were difficult, the government had to balance the catastrophe of the disease with the impact on people? mental health and the loss of life chances which he said came with the imposition of a lockdown, not, he said, that that detracted from the loss and suffering that people had endured. he went on to say that what has changed since we were thinking in those ways is the roll—out of the vaccine programme in the uk. so as i say, not addressing the language which he is alleged to have used by mr cummings directly, but perhaps acknowledging that the discussion was being framed in that way at the time. also at prime minister's questions, an interesting shift in position on requiring proof of vaccination to enter nightclubs. the prime minister, having said earlier this week that the government was planning to do that, today said that
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the government was considering doing it. , ., ., ., the government was considering doing it. jonathan blake, our political correspondent. _ liverpool has been stripped of its world heritage status by unesco, the un's cultural body, because of concern about developments on the city's waterfront. it's only the third time a site has lost the status. 0ur correspondent colin paterson is there at the pier head. what's liverpool done to deserve this? in 2004, liverpooljoined the ranks of the great wall of pyramids and that had mahal as a world heritage site or unesco. a huge tourist boost if you get that status. what has happened is that liverpool got this because of its links to the industrial resolution, because of its links to the slave trade and also the buildings on its waterfront, the three graces behind me. for a decade, unesco has been
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telling liverpool they are worried about developments which were going to overwhelm the area, and what has broken the camel's back is the building of everton�*s new ground one mile away at bramley dock. that has been crucial in today's vote which went against liverpool. the mayor of liverpool, joanne anderson, has described the decision as incomprehensible and says they will be appealing. another councillor i spoke to said they would rather have a new football ground in the city than world heritage status. but liverpool is only the third place ever to lose world heritage status after an animal sanctuary in 0magh and, after dresden and now liverpool. and, after dresden and now liverpool-— liverpool. colin, thank you very much indeed. _ a top police officer will be put in charge of tackling violence against women and girls in england. the creation of the post follows the disappearance and murder in march of 33—year—old sarah everard, which spaked a public debate about women's safety. ministers also say they will consider making harrassment such as wolf—whistling a specific crime. we can talk to our special
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correspondent lucy manning. lucy, what other measures are in this strategy?— this strategy? well, the starting oint of this strategy? well, the starting point of this is, _ this strategy? well, the starting point of this is, do _ this strategy? well, the starting point of this is, do you - this strategy? well, the starting point of this is, do you feel safe | point of this is, do you feel safe walking home at night? have you been harassed, assaulted or sexually abused? and i think many women would answer yes to one of those questions. so the government is promising a radical strategy to try and protect women and deal with violence against women. and it's across all government departments, so there is £5 million to improve the safety of women out at night. there are coordinators in the police and coordinators for transport to make that safer. they say they will deal better with registered sex offenders, and there will be a hotline for people who have been assaulted or raped and a website that people can go to to say which bits of the country they don't think are safe. higher
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universities are also going to look at whether it's right to have nondisclosure agreements if people are sacked because of sexual harassment. so it's across the board. there are a couple of issues, though. 0ne board. there are a couple of issues, though. one is that some of the women's groups who have been campaigning fora women's groups who have been campaigning for a better strategy, although they welcome the strategy, they are not happy about the amount of funding. where is the significant money to fund this and make the resources better? they also wanted to see a law to ban street harassment. that hasn't happened yet. the government says it will consider it, but some groups don't think this goes far enough to tackle an enormous problem. lucas think this goes far enough to tackle an enormous problem. some cities in central china have been deluged with a year's worth of rain in just three days. the worst flooding has been in the city of zhengzhou where at least 12 people have been killed — mostly on the subway system where water poured in, half submerging platforms and trains. 0ur correspondent stephen
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mcdonell has the latest. images of passengers stuck inside underground train carriages with the water rising around them have shocked a country used to safe mass transport. hundreds of commuters were rescued, but there were those who didn't make it when the system was flooded at a frightening speed. translation: the water was at shoulder level. a child and i both nearly gave up. we were worn out. but i used my arm to hang on, and that's why i'm bruised. in zhenzhou, the hardest—hit city, footage of dramatic rescues, one after another, has spread across social media. throughout henan province, streets have become surging brown rivers, swallowing traffic in their wake. emergency teams have at times had to swim life jackets out to those stranded. china's leader, xijinping, has described the situation as extremely severe.
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a year's worth of rain has fallen in the region within days. after the military warned that the yihetan dam could collapse at any time, soldiers were mobilised to blast around it in an attempt to divert rising floodwaters. rescuers have also rushed to save children, in some cases floating them out of harm's way. this is a rainy time of year in china, and floods are an annual occurrence. but it's the record—breaking nature of this rainfall which has people worried, and these extreme weather events seem to be happening much more frequently, leading to a lot of discussion about climate change and the need to do something about it urgently. in the meantime, the people of henan just have to get through the next few days, because the rain hasn't stopped and the weather forecasts are saying that there's more to come. stephen mcdonell, bbc news, beijing. our top story this lunchtime.
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france promises to double patrols of its beaches as record numbers of migrants cross the channel — these are just some of the dinghies used. and coming up: scientists from the natural history museum unearth tens of thousands of fossils from a secret site in the cotswolds. coming up on the bbc news channel. alun wynjones will captain the lions, in their opening test against south africa — less than a month after suffering a dislocated shoulder. the three test series in cape town starts on saturday. with lockdown restrictions in england lifted, hospital leaders are worried about the rising number of covid patients being admitted — many of whom are unvaccinated. the latest official figures show that 88 per cent of the adult population have had theirfirst dose, and 68 per cent are now fully vaccinated. doctors treating patients in hospital say many are younger
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than during the last wave. our health editor hugh pym has been to king's college hospital in london to find out how they're coping. there's been no summer let up and now another covid surge is developing. king's college hospital in london, like many others, is treating more covid patients, and they are younger. one of them is henry, who is 28. he became ill a few days before he was due to have a first vaccine dose. i felt like i was dying. you feel your head is full of glass. you've got a horrendous headache. youi’ eyes are sore. so every time you are breathing in, you are expecting to be able to breathe in so much more. you just can't, and there's nothing there to get back to it. so before the ambulance arrived it was terrifying because you didn't know when your last breath was going to be. in this covid ward there is a range of different ages. 80% of the patients here have not had a first dose of the vaccine. of the rest, some have immune
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conditions which might make the vaccines less effective. doctors here say the pressure is different this time round. in general the patients are younger and tend not to be as sick as they did in the first two waves. so on average the number of days they are staying in hospital is fewer. also there are fewer patients needing admission to the intensive care unit. but for staff who have worked through the pandemic, another surge is the last thing they wanted. generally people feel exhausted. people feel tired and itjust comes back to this fear of the unknown. you know, we didn't know at the beginning how things were going to pan out. people are absolutely exhausted. the covid pressure adds to the intensity of the workload across the hospital. there have been some hectic days in a&e with large numbers of patients and a range of conditions. and covid numbers, though relatively low, are expected to rise further in the weeks ahead.
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if i'm being honest, i think people are very worried about it in the nhs because we've been through waves one and two. and we are seeing a slow start to what we feel is wave three. and our real concern is that people are going to be mixing more, there's going to be an increase in contacts. there's going to be a decrease in numbers of staff, either they have contracted covid or they have been in contact with somebody and are having to self—isolate. so what i'm really worried about is what's coming. even if many covid patients are not as sick as in previous waves, they still need beds and that could well mean more cancellations of nonurgent operations. henry, meanwhile, has this advice for others in their 20s. get the vaccine. honestly, get the vaccine. i put it off for no real reason other than probably laziness. i thought if i got it i'd just have a cough. i saw my housemates around me get it as well and they are all pretty much brushing it off. and just to think if i had got the vaccine i probably wouldn't be in this mess.
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so yeah, get the vaccine! that report by hugh pym on the situation now at king's college hospital. serious health challenges existing in coastal towns must be tackled by the government or they will "get worse" — that's according to england's chief medical officer. professor chris whitty says health problems caused by deprivation, an older population and distance from health services need to be addressed. david sillito reports from scarborough. scarborough. on a week like this, it seems the picture of sunny good cheer. and this was originally a spa town. it was all about fresh air and good health. but these days the reality for many people here is very different. we metjack, test driving a new mobility scooter. this is your health care, isn't it? this is it. this is going to get me going. down the road, philip,
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recovering from a recent stroke. and then they said they hadn't got the beds. he had to be treated 40 miles away. they don't cater here for people with strokes and heart attacks. so they move them out to other hospitals. when you add together scarborough's mix of an elderly population, low incomes and often distant health services, the differences can be stark. male life expectancy is some six years below other more affluent parts of north yorkshire. we are an area of deprivation. doctor asif, a local gp, is pleased that today's report by the chief medical officer recognises the problems. we've got issues related to how health care is funded across the country. and seaside towns traditionally have been an area of deprivation but also not very well financed by central government. mental health is also an issue.
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what can appear a place to escape troubles, recapture happy memories, the reality when the sun doesn't shine can be tough. david sillito, bbc news, scarborough. the public are being put at risk by beauty treatements such as botox—style injections and fillers — according to mps who've carried out a year—long inquiry into the beauty sector. they say demand for treatments that don't require surgery has exploded in recent years and yet there's a complete absence of regulation — one mp said the sector is like the wild west. anna collinson reports. five weeks on and i now get electric shocks and pain in the sides of my face when i try to brush my teeth. you can't see because i am wearing this but there is hideous lumps. this is a fear that before and after having a non—surgical face—lift using threads. she regrets using social media to find a practitioner.
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i should have researched this person before i went because if i had done that i would not have done it. aha, that i would not have done it. a group of mps has spent a year at listening to stories like this and concluded the uk government has failed to keep up with the mind and the nonsurgical industry has been left to regulate itself. it’s left to regulate itself. it's literally the _ left to regulate itself. it's literally the wild - left to regulate itself. it's literally the wild west. with people who are _ literally the wild west. with people who are selling training courses that are — who are selling training courses that are not worth the paper they're written _ that are not worth the paper they're written on _ that are not worth the paper they're written on and practitioners who are destroying _ written on and practitioners who are destroying the reputation of the industry— destroying the reputation of the industry by practising completely unqualified in the field. we have dreadfully affected victims especially in the face was scarred for life _ especially in the face was scarred for life a— especially in the face was scarred for life. �* ., . ~ especially in the face was scarred for life. . ., . ,, ., , . especially in the face was scarred for life. . ., , . ., for life. a lack of experience and qualifications _ for life. a lack of experience and qualifications someone - for life. a lack of experience and qualifications someone needs i for life. a lack of experience and qualifications someone needs to | qualifications someone needs to carry out complicated nonsurgical beauty treatments was exposed in a recent bbc three documentary. the nurse went undercover on a short
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course teaching students how to do nonsurgical face—lift is using threads and experts say they were horrified by the footage which showed patients in pain and poor hygiene practices. in a statement boss babes said they were concerned to learn of the allegations but claimed they do not have sufficient detail to respond more fully. the enquiry to date has suggested that urgent recommendations to improve patient safety including monetary training for all practitioners, cytological screening for patients and social media platforms to be more responsible. the government we review the report but for many within the sector who have been calling for improvements for years, tighter regulations cannot come soon enough. a part of the cotswolds has become the focus of one of the most important excavations ofjurassic fossils. it contains the remains of tens of thousands of marine animals,
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dating back to when a tropical sea covered much of southern england. but it's a race against the time as scientists there have been given just three days to excavate. our science correspondent, rebecca morelle, joined them at the dig. a race against time to reveal our ancient past. the team from the natural history museum has just three days to excavate this unique site. look how long they are. that's really cool! the cotswold quarry holds a treasure trove of sea creatures that lived during the jurassic period. what is here is so extraordinary the location is being kept secret. we've got another really nice specimen here. that's actually a brittle star. that's likely to be a new species. it's the quality of preservation, it's the number of fossils that we are finding. but it is also the diversity. it's really unprecedented in geological sites of this age across the world.
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usually on an excavation you might get a handful of finds. but here is different. scientists think there are tens of thousands of fossils lying in the mud. this place must been teeming with life 167 million years ago. this area was once covered by a shallow tropical sea. living there were animals like starfish, sea urchins, brittle stars and sea cucumbers. heavy old piece, isn't it? the site was discovered by local fossil hobbyists nerve and sally. a slab of life. but at first the quarry didn't look too promising. we were finding very small fragments of like plates of sea urchins. just tiny, tiny fragments though. when we got it home and cleaned it up it was like, oh my gosh, you've got to come and see this. and there's this beautifuljurassic sea creature coming to life. they are amazing! just, you know, like they were alive yesterday. with so many fossils here,
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the challenge is working out which ones to keep. the very best now heading to the natural history museum. the team says it's the discovery of a lifetime. rebecca morelle, bbc news, at a secret location in the cotswolds. the olympics have already got under way with the very best of starts for team gb in women's football. the opening ceremony does not start until friday but some events have started earlier. andy swiss reports. after all the preparations, and of course a year it was finally time. two days before the games officially kick—off, team gb's footballers were doing so against chile in an empty sapporo stadium. first though, a moment of olympic history as both teams took the knee. the ioc have changed their rules to allow athletes to do so. the british team have high medal hopes in the football
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and were soon showing why. ellen white thought she had put them ahead, only to be denied by the offside flag. but her frustration didn't last long. as after less than 20 minutes, team gb's dominance reaped its reward. ellen white! this one will count! gb ahead! oh how she has longed for that! delight for white, and fist bumps all round. their first excuse to celebrate at these olympics, and a second wasn't too far away. chile hung in there until after the break, before ellen white struck again in acrobatic style. ellen white! yes! brilliant. a solid victory then, sealed in spectacular fashion. next up they face japan on saturday but team gb's olympics are off to a winning start. earlier the first action of the entire games had been in the softball. the hosts japan facing australia in fukushima. with a few staff and team members doing their best to create an atmosphere.
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japan smashed their way to an 8—1 win but for the organisers,


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