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tonight at 10 — army staff are put on standby to drive tankers if the fuel crisis continues. the big retailers now say things should return to normal within days, if consumers behave sensibly. as long as people are buying or storing fuel they don't need, it will be difficult for all supplies to replenish stocks to normal levels. we'll have the latest on the extra measures announced tonight, to try to ease the crisis. also on the programme... r kelly is found guilty of racketeering and six trafficking in new york. �* , ., , . ., new york. after this graphic trial, one of america's _
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new york. after this graphic trial, one of america's most _ new york. after this graphic trial, one of america's most popular . one of america's most popular singers could spend life in prison. ten days after the killing of school killing sabina nessa in south london, a 36—year—old man has been charged with murder. a special report from helmand province in afghanistan, where the taliban is challenged to defend its treatment of women. a lot of women have become educated. what if they don't want to live in that way? ignition and full thrust. and the latest satellite _ ignition and full thrust. and the latest satellite to _ ignition and full thrust. and the latest satellite to monitor - ignition and full thrust. and the latest satellite to monitor the l latest satellite to monitor the condition of planet earth and examine the causes of environment will change. and coming up in the sport on the bbc news channel, crystal palace strike first through wilfried zaha in a match that brighton need to win to go top of the premier league. it is five in five on this ground for the eagles against the seagulls, for wilfried zaha.
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good evening. a team of tanker drivers provided by the army is to be put on standby to help ease the fuel crisis. the latest measures were announced tonight, approving specialised training for military drivers to deliver fuel to retailers. earlier today the biggest fuel manufacturers, including bp and shell, said that demand for petrol was expected to return to normal levels in the coming days, easing pressure on the forecourts. they repeated their appeal for an end to panic buying. our first report is by our business editor simonjack. monday morning rush—hour was more stressful than normal, after a weekend when panic buying by some caused problems for all. frustration in london. i have been here ages, mate. we are waiting two hours here and people just go around and straight here. skipping the queue? there were queues and some
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closures in birmingham, commuter anger in teesside. i was supposed to be at work at 12 o'clock. it's ridiculous. how much petrol have you got? i'm literally on empty. but fewer problems were reported in scotland and northern ireland, particularly in rural areas. for the taxi industry, this isn't panic buying, it is essential purchases that need priority support. if we don't get priority, there will be serious problems for the sector. there will be serious problems for the nhs, for the travelling public because we move around blood, prescriptions, food, and take people to all manner of different venues and destinations. the company that delivers fuel to a quarter of all uk petrol stations said things would return to normal if motorists behaved normally. we have been working flat out throughout the weekend and again today, and deliveries are getting through nationwide. that is a really important thing to say. but importantly as well is that as long as people are buying or storing fuel they don't need, it will be difficult
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for all suppliers to replenish stocks to normal levels. unlike things like food or loo roll, the amount of fuel you can stockpile is generally limited by the size of yourfuel tank. once that is full, the panic is over for a few days, maybe a couple of weeks, and the government and industry are hoping and expecting that means that this spike in demand will ease in the coming days. but if that doesn't happen, as in the fuel crisis of late 2000, the army is being put on standby, with extra training for some military personnel to help with fuel deliveries, a move the government described as a precautionary step. there are the same number of fuel trucks on the road this week as last. what this crisis shows is that the serious and persistent shortage of hgv drivers can leave any supply chain extremely vulnerable to a sharp rise in demand. simon jack, bbc news. 0ur deputy political editor
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vicki young is at westminster. normally, when army drivers and army staff are put on standby, that is a sign for lots of people that they should be treated with some alarm. what is the government macro strategy here, and what does it expect to happen in the next few days? expect to happen in the next few da s? , ., , expect to happen in the next few das? ,., days? the first one is practical, sa in: to days? the first one is practical, saying to drivers _ days? the first one is practical, saying to drivers to _ days? the first one is practical, saying to drivers to get - days? the first one is practical, saying to drivers to get ready. l days? the first one is practical, saying to drivers to get ready. i days? the first one is practical, - saying to drivers to get ready. i am told it will initially be 75 drivers, it could go up to a50 with the same number of support staff. but they do need specialised driving that could take five days. what could be the effect on human behaviour? that is the unknown. some people will think that the government has a plan b, that is good news. 0thers government has a plan b, that is good news. others might be saying that the army getting involved possibly means it is a worse crisis than i initially thought. the hope and expectation, speaking to people in whitehall, is that this spike in demand should start to subside. lots
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of people have fill their tanks, so hopefully in the next few days that will happen. there are some data, i am told, that suggests that is already happening. the government does not want to be blamed for all of this. the opposition parties think that they should be, that they didn't heed the warnings early enough. and this isn'tjust about fuel. there are wider problems in the supply chain, that means it will be a real headache for the government and that could last for months. . «a government and that could last for months. . ., ., , months. thanks for the latest analysis- _ in new york, within the past couple of hours, the former pop star r kelly has been found guilty of racketeering in a case that centred on sex trafficking. he'd been accused of heading a criminal enterprise that preyed on young women. 0ur correspondent nada tawfik has the latest. # i believe i can fly...# to the world, he was the king of r&b and one of the bestselling music artists of all time. to his victims, he was their worst nightmare. today, they finally gotjustice
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after he was found guilty on all racketeering and sex trafficking charges brought against him by the government. in rendering its verdict today, the jury delivered a powerful message to men like r kelly. no matter how long it takes, the long arm of the law will catch up with you. a five—week trial in new york laid out in lurid detail how the singer ran a decades long criminal enterprise. prosecutors said r kelly used a network of employees and close associates to recruit underage girls, boys and women for sex. a5 witnesses gave evidence that our kelly was a predator who exploited his fame to entrap, control and punish people, many aspiring singers. the accusations swirled around him for decades and reached a fever pitch after a documentary focused on the accounts of his accusers. one of those women, jerhonda pace,
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testified in court. she was one of the first to come forward and released this video detailing her experiences with r kelly atjust16 years old. i was a victim of sexual abuse, mental abuse and physical abuse, all at the hands of r kelly. in an interview with the bbc, katiejones also shared her story. she said many accusers were black women who felt their voices didn't matter to society. later, when i was introduced to one of the girls that he told me he'd trained, since she was ia, those were his words, um, i saw that she was dressed like me. she was saying the things that i would say. and her mannerisms were like mine. that is when it clicked in my head that he had been grooming me to become one of his pets. he calls them his pets. have you ever had sex with anyone under the age of 17? _ no, no. never? no. r kelly chose not to testify. in this cbs interview
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before his arrest, he desperately tried to win over public opinion. i didn't do this stuff! this is not me! i'm fighting for my bleep life. y'all killing me with this bleep. i can't even... robert... 30 years of my career! the disgraced artist now faces a minimum of 15 years in prison. this has been an emotional triumph for the women and men who have come forward. not only has the jury heard them, they have believed them. it is another victory for survivors of sexual assault and the entire #metoo movement. sentencing is expected to take place on may the ath, and already r kelly's victims are feelings a measure of that. one, who has remained anonymous, has said in a statement that she feels she can start the healing process. this verdict no doubt hinged on their
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testimony and willingness to share personal trauma. testimony and willingness to share personaltrauma. for testimony and willingness to share personal trauma. for decades, these black women kept asking when they would be heard, when their voices would be heard, when their voices would matter. well, this is the metoo victory for them. a 36—year—old man has been charged with the murder of primary school teacher sabina nessa whose body was found in a park in south east london nine days ago. koci selamaj, from eastbourne, was arrested in the town on sunday. our special correspondent lucy manning is here. she has been following this case. lucy, what have we learned? in the early hours of sunday morning, the police made an arrest that they described to sabina's family as a significant irrelevant. just a little over an hour and a half ago, the crown prosecution service announced that a man would be charged with sabina nessa's murder. he is koci selamaj, and he will appear tomorrow at willesden
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magistrates�* court for the first appearance. he was arrested in eastbourne just a few days after police had made that appeal for help to identify a man in cctv video. her uncle said today that the family just wanted justice, and it has been a devastating time for her family, for the community, hundreds and hundreds gathered on friday evening for a vigil, where her sister described her as a caring, beautiful, amazing sister who left this world too soon. and it has raised fears for women again, about safety on the streets. this week, the killer, the murder of sarah everard, wayne couzens, the former policeman, will be sentenced. it is just six months apart, one woman who wasjust walking home, another woman who was just walking to meet a friend. who was 'ust walking to meet a friend. ~ . , who was 'ust walking to meet a friend. , ., ., . ., ., ., friend. many thanks once again, our secial friend. many thanks once again, our special correspondent, _ friend. many thanks once again, our special correspondent, lucy - friend. many thanks once again, our i special correspondent, lucy manning. at the labour conference in brighton, the party leader
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sir keir starmer has been heavily criticised by his colleague andy mcdonald, who resigned today as shadow employment secretary. mr mcdonald claims the party is more divided than ever under sir keir�*s leadership, and accused the leader of breaking promises on policy to party members. during the day, labour unveiled its plans to invest £28 billion every year to help tackle climate change. 0ur political editor laura kuenssberg sent this report. turbulence, rarely far from labour�*s shore. the leadership, desperate to recover the party�*s reputation. a moment of nerves, maybe, at the start of a big day. applause. the shadow chancellor with a big ambition and a big announcement, too. an additional £28 billion of capital investment in our country�*s green transition, for each and every year of this decade. her message — you can trust me with the nation�*s wallet. i will be a responsible chancellor.
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i will be britain�*s first green chancellor. the onstage moment stuck to the script, happy with their welcome in the whole. i will start with karen and joy�*s question. but in the packed, stuffy rooms of the conference fringe later, the choreography of the day went wrong. can i get your reaction _ to andy mcdonald resigning from the shadow cabinet? i was not aware that andy mcdonald had resigned from the shadow cabinet but i would like to pay tribute to andy... gulp! one of her colleagues in keir starmer�*s top team, andy mcdonald, had angrily resigned. 0h, goodness, i hadn't seen. it was news to her. i haven�*t, i�*m sorry. and others did not feel like chipping in. why has andy mcdonald - resigned now, do you think? has it been raining all afternoon? and it was a surprise to the leader�*s office, too. andy mcdonald, who had responsibility for employment, quit his own employment, thejob keir starmer had given him. an ally ofjeremy corbyn, who had stayed, now gone. out in protest because,
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he says, the party would not let him campaign for a £15 per hour minimum wage. i cannot in all conscience stay in a shadow cabinet that can�*t make that commitment. but what is his failure? is it refusing to listen to other people? is it dismissing other views? what is it? i believe we need to listen to each other�*s views and there is very little space for that at the moment. we need to do this in a much more inclusive manner. some people in a different part of the party to you will think you are trying to cause trouble this week and you are trying to make things difficult for the leadership. i think matters have been made difficult for me. i have faithfully tried to discharge my duties as a member of the shadow cabinet on this specific issue and it is a point of principle for me. not everyone is buying that, though. there is a vote here tomorrow on the minimum wage. a senior ally of keir starmer says he thinks this is a deliberate move. you have got to show that your party will follow and what the party showed today is that they would follow, and those
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who won't follow are resigning. mr corbyn. .. in fact, one starmer backer told me, this was a good day, an old comrades ofjeremy corbyn on the way out. mr corbyn, what is your reaction? but the left won�*t go quietly. how can we get a situation where we have got a major conference, possibly within 18 months of a general election, and to be honest, the conference is falling apart? and listen to this. cheering and applause. the crowds at tonight�*s left—wing rally might be smaller but they are full of the old passions and have a new star. keep going, andy! andy, andy! plans the labour party wants to put forward are hard to hear over the noise. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, brighton. the government�*s latest coronavirus figures for the uk show there were nearly 38,000 new infections recorded in the latest 2a—hour period. that means in the past week, there was an average
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of 3a,500 new cases per day. another a0 deaths have been recorded, that�*s of people who died within 28 days of a positive covid test, taking the average number per day in the last week, to 137. 0n vaccinations — wales did not release its latest vaccination data today — but for the rest of the uk, now over 89.5% of people aged 16 or over have had theirfirstjab, while nearly 82.5% are now double vaccinated. it�*s six weeks since the taliban took control of afghanistan, and forced out western troops. their heartland is in the south of the country in helmand province. during the past 20 years, british troops were regularly deployed there and they saw some of the heaviest fighting. most people in the south are pashtuns, one of afghanistan�*s main ethnic groups, and increasingly dominant since the taliban victory.
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0ur middle east editorjeremy bowen has travelled from kandahar to lashkar gah, the capital of helmand, through areas devastated by the war, where once again the taliban are putting their stamp on what they call the islamic emirate of afghanistan. no—one�*s future is secure in this country, especially girls. at lashkar gah girls�* high and across afghanistan only the under—12s have been allowed back. the taliban says older girls will return too. many don�*t believe them, including people in this town — who didn�*t want to be filmed. taliban rules on girls are seen as a big test by foreign countries who could help afghanistan. this school was rated one of the best in the country by the british council. the taliban says education will now
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follow islamic sharia law. all the boys are back at their desks. the head says, be patient, the older girls will come back. do you think girls�* education is safe under the taliban? helmand is in the taliban heartland. it offers clues about the way they want afghanistan to go. they are still euphoric about victory. the last time the taliban seized the country, they used ruthless
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violence to impose their religious and cultural beliefs. they are not putting down their guns, but this time the leaders are arguing about power and the best way to keep it. the governor of helmand said older girls would go back to school when more religion was in the curriculum. islamic law was their guide. in the last 20 years, a lot of women have become educated. what if they don�*t want to live in that way? you fought against the british when they were here. what do you think about what they did?
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the west would be welcomed back if they came in peace to help the people. he said, you�*ve made them suffer enough. the americans, the british and their allies came into afghanistan in 2001 with a clear enough mission — to destroy al-qaeda and to punish the taliban for harbouring them. it is what happened next that is harder to understand and to justify — a war that could not be won, that cut across all the hopes they said they had to make afghanistan into a better place. the troops in afghanistan were told they were fighting to make their families safer at home
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and to help afghans build a nation that would never again be a haven for groups like al-qaeda. one of the biggest battles was in helmand in 2010, in the cotton and opium fields. cultures collided. you can see their fear as british troops took over their home. the plan — quick victory — turned into grinding guerrilla warfare. after three months, the us commander called the area a bleeding ulcer. this is the area now. the war ebbed and flowed across it until the end. now it�*s over, this man went back to the war damaged home he is too poor to repair. his brother, who planted the tree, was killed fighting for the taliban. the area is enveloped by past loss, future pain and,
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for his mother, anger and grief. two more of her sons were arrested, forced into the afghan army, and died fighting. a fourth was killed in an airstrike. they said they were here to make a better afghanistan for women as well. why did your son join the taliban?
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in lashkar gah, you can see the forces that are shaping afghanistan. the power of religion and tradition in pashtun tribes who dominate the south. the humanitarian crisis that might force concessions to women to get western help. young talibs have smartphones — theirfathers banned photography. like the world, afghanistan has changed. it is harder now to bend and break the country. jeremy bowen, bbc news, helmand. jeremy bowen with that special report, and tomorrow at six and at ten, we�*ll be hearing from a former british soldier injured on duty in helmand. following the general election over the weekend, germany�*s social democratic party says it has a mandate to form a government. with 26% of the vote, leader 0laf scholtz says he�*ll create a coalition with the greens and liberals before christmas.
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but anglea merkel�*s christian democrat party — now led by her successor — says it also has the right to try and form a coalition of its own. a court has been told that the mp claudia webbe threatened to send naked images of a woman to her family because she was jealous of the woman�*s friendship with her partner. ms webbe, who is an independent mp for leicester east after being suspended by the labour party, also threatened michelle merritt with acid. ms webbe denies a charge of harrassment. police have arrested 53 people at a climate change demonstration held by campaign group insulate britain. the protesters defied a court order and blocked a slip road on the m25 motorway at heathrow airport. it is the latest of several protests targeting major roads in the south—east. a high court injunction banning protests around the m25 and dartford crossing was issued last thursday.
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the volcano on la palma in the canary islands has erupted again this evening, just as it was thought that the worst was over, a significant amount of lava has again started moving down the volcano, destroying everything in its path. hundreds of homes have already been destroyed and thousands of people have been moved out since the first eruption over a week ago. for nearly half a century, satellites have been orbiting earth and providing a unique record of the evolving state of the planet. the latest satellite, called landsat 9, was launched this evening. nasa claims this newest addition to the longest continuous record of the earth�*s surface will enable scientists to separate the human and natural causes of environmental change, as our science editor david shukman explains. and lift off! a murky, rainy day in california, but that was not going to stop this vital launch from going ahead. rising into orbit, it is the latest in a long line of satellites,
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giving us an essential view, not of space, but of earth and what we are doing to it. it was american astronauts circling the moon who were the first to be amazed by the sight of our planet as a delicate blue oasis, and their images were so powerful, they helped to kick—start the environmental movement. since then, satellites have spotted forests being cleared in madagascar, huge mines in germany gouging out coal, cities sprawling into deserts, and how this is all making the climate more hostile. being able to see our home from space has transformed our awareness of how fragile it is. it has revealed how human activity is causing damage in ways you just can�*t pick up from the ground. but the good news is, it creates chances to get things right in future, like spotting this toxic algal bloom in a lake in america,
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and warning people to keep out of harm�*s way. its seven—year mission... so the new satellite, known as landsat 9, goes into orbit to continue the job of tracking changes happening on the land and in the oceans, and this matters more than ever right now, in this year of crucial talks on climate change. every time we see the earth from space, its sheer beauty takes the breath away, but it is also a reminder that we understand so much more about the planet thanks to a fleet of spacecraft flying high above us. david shukman, bbc news. that�*s it. newsnight is on bbc two in a few minutes. now on bbc one, time for the news where you are. have a very good night.
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london�*s mayor has called on the government to prioritise key workers and reserve petrol stations for hospital staff, care workers and cabbies to keep london moving. more on that in a moment. but first, as the transport secretary sought to reassure motorists that there was enough fuel to go around and not to panic buy. 0ur correspondent tom edwards has spent the day in his hertfordshire constituency in his to see how people there are feeling. a new town with a new problem — welcome to welwyn garden city where fuel is scarce and queues are plenty. the local mp here in welwyn and hatfield is grant shapps, who�*s the transport secretary. he said yesterday there was no shortage of fuel. we�*ve been trying to find some. this shell garage in the town was empty. many here are waiting for the deliveries and don�*t agree with their mp. he says there�*s no shortage of fuel? there might not be a shortage
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of fuel, but it�*s not getting
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hello, you are watching bbc news. the headlines... a court in new york has found the american singer r kelly guilty of six trafficking and racketeering in connection with the abuse of underage girls, boys and women. the social democrat party says they have a clear mandate to govern after results from they election put it narrowly ahead. the leader says he plans to build a coalition with the greens and the free democrats. angela merkel see they have refused to concede defeat. 0fficials angela merkel see they have refused to concede defeat. officials in the uk are considering drastic measures as the country is headed by a fuel crisis, which has seen some petrol stations run dry. the government has announced it issuing temporary visas, bringing 500a and truck drivers. those are the headlines.

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