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this is bbc news. the headlines... leaders from energy intensive industries, like steel and glass producers, have met the business secretary to discuss the impact of soaring wholesale gas prices, with calls for long term changes alongside immediate help. we are headed for a very dark place if government doesn't step in now, like countries in europe have already stepped in. more than a0 million people will be offered a flu vaccine in the biggest flu programme in the nhs's history amid worries about covid19 and flu circulating at the same time. pig farmers who don't have enough abattoir staff to slaughter their pigs say uk agriculture has never suffered like this before. at least 50 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in a mosque in the afghan city of kunduz.
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two journalists are awarded the nobel peace prize for their work defending freedom of expression in the philippines and russia. and coming up in half an hour — foreign correspondents based the ashes is given the go—ahead by english process. it will be subject to several critical conditions being met by the hosts. and coming up in half an hour — foreign correspondents based in london give an outsider�*s view of events in the uk in dateline. do you stay with us for that. the uk steel industry has said the government has failed to offer hello, and if you arejustjoining us, welcome to the bbc news. it is
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good to have your company. the uk steel industry has said the government has failed to offer any immediate help to deal with the rising price of gas after a meeting with the business secretary kwasi kwarteng this afternoon. the head of uk steel, which represents the industry, said he was �*baffled' that mr kwarteng did not provide solutions during a meeting with leaders of energy intensive companies which are struggling. the cost of natural gas has been at a record high, and businesses which are not protected by the price cap are already facing large increases in their bills. the watchdog ofgem warned that householders will see �*significant rises�* in prices next spring, when the cap on domestic gas costs is due to be reviewed. here's our business editor simonjack. it's notjust consumers feeling the heat of the gas crisis. businesses like pilkington glass rely on huge quantities of energy to keep the fires burning, but soaring gas prices recently have shocked veterans of heavy industry. i've been working at pilkington in the industry for 30 odd years,
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never known anything like it at all, and the impact is literally millions of pounds a month. some industries have stopped production, that is not an option here. a glass furnace runs 21w, 365 days a year for 20 years. so we literally can't turn it off. if we turned it off and it went cold, we would lose the whole of the production, the whole of the factory. the steel industry has seen production reduced or paused, but the industry warned today that without government help, temporary shutdowns could become permanently damaging. if we don't see action now in the days to weeks ahead of us, then what we will see is pauses in production that steelmakers are having to implement now when the price of steel is high. those will become more frequent, will become longer and then, my concern would be that we will then see job losses in the steel sector, which would be very bad news, not only for the uk steel sector, but for the economy as a whole. businesses, unlike consumers, are not protected by an energy price cap, meaning they are bearing
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the full brunt of a gas price shock. the uk is in a global scramble for energy. this is where we get our gas from currently, less than a half now comes from declining reserves in the north sea. 29% through a pipeline from norway, a little bit 2% from mainland europe and over a fifth now comes in the form of liquefied natural gas in tankers from places like the us, qatar, russia and there is a bidding warfor those tankers, and the voracious appetite of china has seen manufacturs told, to pay whatever it takes to make those tankers change course for asia. that is pushing prices up here at home where energy concerns of some small businesses are more personal than industrial. it is not as easy as just putting on anotherjumper, or putting a blanket over their knees. these people are very vulnerable. they are very poorly quite often, and they don't move very often, so they don't have this kind of lifestyle that you and i have, where we can just get up and move around a bit. we have to keep them warm,
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we have to keep them safe, and looking at the energy bills at the moment, it's feeling like a very scary place for us to be at the moment. intensive energy users met with the business secretary this afternoon, but no immediate solutions emerged to a crisis that has brutally exposed uk and international reliance on fossil fuels a month before a major climate summit in glasgow. simon jack, bbc news. stephen elliott is chief executive of the chemical industries association and a member of the energy intensive users group. he was at the meeting today with the business secretary and joins us now. stephen, thank you very much for joining us this evening. after that meeting, do you share the uk's steel industry's surprised that there weren't more solutions being offered? . ~ weren't more solutions being offered? ., ~ , ., , weren't more solutions being offered? ., ~ , . ., offered? thank you very much for the invitation. you _ offered? thank you very much for the invitation. you are _ offered? thank you very much for the invitation. you are very _ offered? thank you very much for the invitation. you are very welcome. - invitation. you are very welcome. if you are in a mechanical business, you are in a mechanical business, you have been buying gas at 40p a firm in january.
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you have been buying gas at 40p a firm injanuary. three weeks ago was up firm injanuary. three weeks ago was up to about £1.60 a firm which is when he saw steel mills and fertiliser plants shutting. this week we have seen record gas prices and two or three days ago. saul today was very clear in terms of the urgency with immediacy of action required because although no other chemical business to my knowledge has paused for a production from i couldn't possibly see how that would be the case in the next two or three weeks. we shared the concerns of the steel sector. weeks. we shared the concerns of the steel sector-— steel sector. please continue, i'm sor . steel sector. please continue, i'm sorry- we — steel sector. please continue, i'm sorry- we share — steel sector. please continue, i'm sorry. we share the _ steel sector. please continue, i'm sorry. we share the concerns - steel sector. please continue, i'm sorry. we share the concerns of i steel sector. please continue, i'm i sorry. we share the concerns of the steel seetor- _ sorry. we share the concerns of the steel sector. we _ sorry. we share the concerns of the steel sector. we thought _ sorry. we share the concerns of the steel sector. we thought we - sorry. we share the concerns of the steel sector. we thought we had i sorry. we share the concerns of the steel sector. we thought we had a l steel sector. we thought we had a good constructed meeting today, but the proof of that will be in the pudding and the action required. so i think the secretary of state was very clear it with his understanding of the need to provide urgent solutions, can we have at least some temporary relief or a certainty over
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price. can we make sure as a country that signing jack's piece covered very well there. do our best to attract gas supplies to come to this country because there is global competition with the coming winter. yet again today on your weather forecast, a nice day, another stale day, that doesn't help, because it requires gas to back the energy normally supplied by wind. yes. requires gas to back the energy normally supplied by wind. yes, the wind doesn't — normally supplied by wind. yes, the wind doesn't blow— normally supplied by wind. yes, the wind doesn't blow comedian - normally supplied by wind. yes, the wind doesn't blow comedian get - normally supplied by wind. yes, the wind doesn't blow comedian get the energy generation from those windmills. absolutely. so what would it mean if you did joining the course of this and doing unpalatable things like reducing the length of the working week, maybe have an extended christmas shutdown rather similar to what we saw the car industry do a year or two ago when it was worried about supplies. what would be the effect of something like that? i would be the effect of something like that? ., �* ., ., like that? i don't want to scaremongering, - like that? i don't want to scaremongering, but - like that? i don't want to | scaremongering, but this like that? i don't want to i scaremongering, but this is like that? i don't want to - scaremongering, but this is an industry with chemicals that provide
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many solutions from the pandemic from vaccine ingredients through to hand sanitiser, and as we have seen very recently, we had shut down that fertiliser plants, the bigger concern for a wider society and economy was a by—product of c02 and its criticality, so many critical businesses are providing critical raw materials underpinning the country's critical infrastructure and sometimes a part of it, so any disruption to that would clearly have some significant knock on effects, and actually pausing or shutting down production there are a clear two or three day helping safety consideration in doing something like that as well as the economic loss.— economic loss. sa'id javid was talkin: economic loss. sa'id javid was talking very h economic loss. sajid javid was talking very vividly _ economic loss. sajid javid was talking very vividly earlier - economic loss. sajid javid was i talking very vividly earlier today about the risks in doing that to the vital parts of equipment which can become damaged by the process of turning them off and turning back on again after a few days. so all kinds of considerations like that. put
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simply, is the problem here the only solution the government can effectively give businesses, it's a variety of issues, basically the cost of this fundamental resource for you, gas. cost of this fundamental resource foryou, gas. is it cost of this fundamental resource for you, gas. is it really only something that subsidises the price or may be reduced as the tax you pay, or whatever, that can possibly make a difference?— make a difference? that's a very short term _ make a difference? that's a very short term immediate _ make a difference? that's a very short term immediate need - make a difference? that's a very short term immediate need to l make a difference? that's a very - short term immediate need to resolve something, and that is as best we can, because some companies may well be able to pass through the process, you may be lucky enough to have contracted through this difficulty. there will be other companies that will be looking to have to renegotiate their contracts and there will be some that are at the mercy of the head market. so there is a very immediate requirement to address the challenge we face with gas because gas is so significant to our operations in terms of providing fuel to run our facilities,
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our operations in terms of providing fuel to run ourfacilities, but our operations in terms of providing fuel to run our facilities, but also for raw material to generate other products and gas underpins our electricity demand in the uk to an extent that is greater than other parts of europe, for example, so we really do need to do something in the very short—term to address the cost of that, the availability through the winter of gas. stephen gilbert, the — through the winter of gas. stephen gilbert, the chief _ through the winter of gas. stephen gilbert, the chief executive - through the winter of gas. stephen gilbert, the chief executive of - through the winter of gas. stephen gilbert, the chief executive of the l gilbert, the chief executive of the chemical industries association, thank you very much forjoining us and talking us through that complicated subject. now, a shortage of work has left pig farmers facing a disaster according to the national farmers union. ——a shortage of abattoir workers has left pig farmers across the uk facing a "human disaster," according to the national farmer's union. healthy pigs are already having to be destroyed due to a backlog on farms, and the industry is blaming the pandemic and brexit. the government says it is keeping the situation under review and working closely with the sector.
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0ur correspondent danny savage has been following the fortunes of one pig farmer after the bbc spoke to her last week and has been giving us the latest from driffield in east yorkshire. 600,000 all of them expecting, and because of the size of the letter, that's nine and half thousand pigs under this roof. now, the problem, this is the beginning the but not enough pigs are going off farm at the other end of the protest — process. this is a human disaster, thatis process. this is a human disaster, that is the tone of the message that they are now exchanging with each other and it is certainly what it has felt like spending a day on this farm here today. it's been a busy week for kate moore, who is passionate about the welfare of her animals, but terrified she'll soon have to cull some of them. she's banging the drum for pig farmers. why do you say that, kate? this morning, she was outside doing a live tv interview while her mum and sisters watched in the kitchen. come and speak to me, borisjohnson. have the guts to stand up and talk to me. laughter. go girl, go girl! but behind the supportive smiles, there is a growing sense of despair.
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we are struggling so much, and all we are asking for is some help. did she sum up the tension? yeah, well, you can see, you can see. she did, she said exactly what the problem is, - and why it is so heartbreaking! i'm a really optimistic person, but, my god, this past week has really, well, longer than that. we're tired and just, ugh... we're farmers to feed people. it's a job, you know? that's what we do, day in, . day out, and we work bloody hard for it as well. and i am not killing pigs for no reason. | no way. sniffling. so these pigs are averaging about 100 kilos. if they get to 105 kilos, they're basically, their value is halved, basically. unlike beef cattle, pigs have a small window of time in which to be sold.
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leave it too long, and they're too heavy and too big for the retailers. the reality is that we will actually have to pay to get rid of these pigs for them to go into landfill or to be burned. we will pay for them. we will not get anything for these pigs. another key factor is that these pens are full, and there will soon be no more room to put pigs that are coming to the system. and when they run out of space, that's when they will have to start culling healthy animals. the government says it understands the challenges the pig industry is facing and says it's working closely with the sector, keeping the situation under review. but its call to make the industry more attractive to uk workers is frustrating here. everybody that works for us is local and british. i am all for borisjohnson�*s quote of getting british people in britishjobs, i'm for it, but you know what? there won't be a job, there won't be an agricultural
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industry for these kids to come and work into. the family on this farm says the situation must improve in the next fortnight. danny savage, bbc news. more than 110,000,000 across the uk are being offered a flu vaccine this year and the nhs's biggest campaign against the illness. health officials are worried because this will be the first winter that cold and flu will be in full circulation at the same time. research shows that those infected with both are more than twice as likely to die as someone who has covered alone. 0ur medical editor explains. don't forget flu. with all the focus on covid, it would be easy to underestimate influenza. so how dangerous is flu? in the past five years in england, deaths have averaged around 11,000 each winter but can be double that.
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health experts warn _ that this winter, we could see high levels of flu activity alongside rising cases of covid—19. - last winter, social distancing meant there was almost no flu around but there is concern that people could get the virus and be infected with covid at the same time. it is because of the significant risk to individuals of co—circulation, so the circulation together of both covid and flu, and the likelihood that will cause more serious disease and people are more likely to go to hospital. so who can get a free flu vaccine? it is more than a0 million people, a record number, including the over 50s, younger people with certain conditions, if you are pregnant, as well as health and care workers and children aged 2—16 who will be offered a nasal spray vaccine. if you are eligible for a free flu vaccine on the nhs, you can book an appointment at many local pharmacies. gp surgeries will also be contacting patients. you might feel a sharp scratch...
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as you can see, it is quick, easy and pretty painless. how effective is the flu jab? every year, the vaccine is updated to protect against several flu strains, but predicting which ones to choose has been hard this year, as cases have been so low. but getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself. well, it does take two or three weeks to build up a full immunity with the flu vaccine once you've had it so it's really important to try to get it as early in the season as possible so when you get to the peak season of flu, you will already be protected. flu jab in one arm, covid booster in the other. more than 13 million of us, like this care worker in aberdeen, will be offered a third covid shot as well as a flu vaccine, sometimes at the same appointment, in a bid to keep both viruses at bay this winter. fergus walsh, bbc news.
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let's have a look at the latest uk coronavirus tickets issued this afternoon. let's take a look at the uk's latest coronavirus figures. the government data shows there were 36,060 new infections recorded in the latest 2a hour period. on average 35,185 new cases were reported per day, in the last week. 6,763 people were in hospital with coronavirus across the uk yesterday. there were 127 deaths, that's of people who died within 28 days of a positive covid 19 test. 108 deaths were announced on average every day in the past week. 85.4% of the population aged 12 or over have had their first dose of a vaccine and 78.4% have had both doses.
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dozens of people have been killed in a suicide attack on a mosque in northern afghanistan used by members of the minority shia muslim community. the incident happened in kunduz during friday prayers. officials say at least fifty people died in the bombing but reports put the figure higher. 0ur afghanistan correspondent secunder kermani has the latest from islamabad. this blast took place at around 1:30pm in the north—eastern city of kunduz, as worshippers were gathering for friday prayers. the mosque was very busy. we understand there were around 300 people inside the mosque at the time the suicide bomber blew himself up, causing utter devastation. as you say, it is believed that more than 50 people were killed. in the last hour or so, the local branch of the islamic state group has claimed responsibility for the bombing. they have repeatedly launched attacks in the past, as was this one, targeting afghanistan's she a minority. and they are also fierce rivals of the taliban and in recent weeks,
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although is—k is much less powerful than the taliban, they have launched a campaign of bombing attacks targeting taliban fighters. that is largely in the east of the country, at times as well in and around kabul but this attack in the north of afghanistan, apparently committed by a member of the uighur ethnic group, represents an escalation, which suggest their influence is expanding. reporting on events in neighbouring afghanistan. the right to freedom of expression has been recognised by this year's nobel peace prize, which has been awarded to two journalists known for their hard hitting investigations which have angered their countries' powerful elites and leaders. maria ressa from the philippines, and dmitry muratov from russia have both faced significant threats. the committee commended their work, saying that independent and fact based journalism served to protect against the abuse of power and lies. caroline hawley reports.
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for the first time since 1935, the peace prize goes tojournalists for their battle to tell the truth at great personal risk. two maria ressa and dmitry muratov, for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace. dmitry muratov is a russian journalist who has taken a stand against authoritarian rule. today, he dedicated the award to six colleagues who he said were murdered for their work. the prize, he said, belonged to them. his paper has been highly
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critical of president putin and russia's ruling elite. its investigations have exposed electoral fraud such as the stuffing of ballot boxes as well as official corruption and police violence. translation: | don't know| what effect this nobel award will have on censorship of the media here in russia, with many investigative journalists being accused of being foreign agents. maria ressa from the philippines is the other winner, a woman described by the nobel committee as fearless. she has faced criminal charges and death threats. her work has exposed state abuses under the controversial president deter te, in particular the extrajudicial killings that have come with his deadly war on drugs. thousands of people, mostly from poor communities, have been murdered. today, maria ressa spoke of the vital importance of telling the truth. when you don't have facts, you don't have a truce,
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——when you don't have facts, you don't have a truth, you don't have trust. trust is what holds us together to be able to solve the complex problems our world is facing today, so when you attack the media, oftentimes it is about shooting the messenger. two messengers in the spotlight today as the nobel committee says press freedoms are necessary for both democracy and peace, but are under threat around the world. caroline hawley, bbc news. the metropolitan police says baroness casey of blackstock will lead an independent review into the force's culture and standards, following the murder of sarah everard. commissioner dame cressida dick announced the appointment after earlier this week setting out plans for the "independent and far reaching review" to also look at the force's leadership, recruitment, vetting, training and communications. at half past seven i will be back with the panel for dateline london. first, for a full
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——at half past seven it's dateline london, but first a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, after weeks of negotiations, the english cricket board have confirmed this evening that the men's ashes tour of australia will go ahead. the ecb released a statement saying that the players will tour, on the basis that "several critical conditions" are met. as far as we know it, this tour is going ahead. it will start in brisbane on the eighth of december, but, of course, it subject to these critical conditions being met and we are not entirely sure what those are. but it is interesting that they clearly have enough players that seem happy to go that they are talking about a squad selection, but clearly they needed to get some sort of update today on their position on their point of view from an ecb perspective. wales kick off their crucial world cup qualifier, in the czech republic in a few minutes time.
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the czech side sitjust above them on goal difference, in the race to finish second and in the play off spot. it's an injury hit welsh team, with the likes of gareth bale missing, but another of their star players, aaron ramsey, is back after injury. the midfielder missed last month's win over belarus, and damaging goaless draw with estonia, and his return will lift the players around him according to his manager. that games can be when your big players in there, and again, disappointed in recent months and years with helping us qualify for the euros with the two goals and like i said, big games, he steps up to the plate, and this is a big game for us. 7:45 pm that one kicks off tonight. the andorran fa has confirmed that their world cup qualifier against england tomorrow will go ahead, thats despite a fire at the estadi nacional this afternoon. parts of the dugouts and commetary gantrys were engulfed in flames just hours after the england squad had trained there. you can see though there is some damage to the side of the pitch. one of the dugouts had melted,
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while the video assistant referee monitor had been left burnt. four of gareth southgates squad have been named on the fifa ballon d'or shortlist. captain harry kane makes the 20 man list, as does chelseas mason mount. the manchester city pair of phil foden are also included. almost half of those nominated currently play in the premier league. meanwhile the england pair of ellen white and fran kirby have been named on the shortlist for the 2021 women's ballon d'or award. kirby helped chelsea to win the women's super league and was named the pfa and fwa player of the year. there are five chelsea players in total on the shortlist. members of the consortium which took over at newcastle united yesterday have said one of their first actions will be to move alan shearer�*s statue onto stadium land at st james' park. the new owners have been meeting this morning at the stadium and called for newcastle fans to give them time to make
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more expansive changes. it is important that we don'tjust spend it on the team. i think the ground is shabby. it needs improving, the training ground needs improvement. they are going to invest in the city, which is a great thing for our people here in newcastle because i think the city deserves that. but there is no doubt they need new players as well. meal; they need new players as well. away from football. _ they need new players as well. away from football, sunak_ championship leader lewis hamilton has been handed a 10 place grid penalty for this weekend's turkish grand prix. his mercedes team will fit a new engine in his car for the race triggering the penalty. he did have something to cheer about today though. he was fastest in first and second practice at istanbul park. we're just over a day away, now from the much anticipated world heavyweight contest between tyson fury and deyontay wilder in las vegas.
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fury is defending the belt he won back in february 2020, but today's weigh in will not have a face off. the pair traded verbal blows in the press conference, earlier in the week, with wilder accusing fury of cheating in that fight. you don't think fury is angry as hell about that? i mean, you don't think fury is angry as hellabout that? i mean, i mean, he has a family, he is a clean sportsman. i mean, to calm a cheater on absurd charges which we know are impossible and not shrill must go all tyson ferry. impossible and not shrill must go all tyson ferry-— all tyson ferry. yeah, it is going to be some _ all tyson ferry. yeah, it is going to be some fight, _ all tyson ferry. yeah, it is going to be some fight, back, - all tyson ferry. yeah, it is going to be some fight, back, and - all tyson ferry. yeah, it is going | to be some fight, back, and that all tyson ferry. yeah, it is going i to be some fight, back, and that is all the support for me. hello again. it was another very mild day on friday with temperatures in the warmest spots reaching the low 20s. and although there was quite a bit of cloud for some, others saw the sunshine come through, for example, in scarborough in north yorkshire. and just down the coastline
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in bridlington, this was one of the places where we saw temperatures reach 21 celsius. that's 7 degrees above where temperatures should be at this stage of october. so it has been very mild. as i say, there has been some sunshine, northern east wales, northern england, the far north of scotland, otherwise it's been pretty cloudy. notice we're starting to see some breaks in the cloud in kent. that's behind a very weak cold front. this stripe of cloud you can see here, that's important, because behind tha, the air turns cooler and fresher. it will tend to kill off the cloud across east anglia, across parts of the midlands and central southern england overnight, leaving a few mist and fog patches across southwest england, wales and northern england. outbreaks of rain turning heavier for northern ireland and into western scotland where we could see some areas of localised surface water flooding, particularly in parts of highland. now, through saturday, this weather front that's been with us for ages is starting to pull away from northern ireland and scotland, eventually through the afternoon bringing a bit of rain to the far north of northern england and north wales. most of england having much more in the way of sunshine
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compared with recent days. and the weather improving certainty across northern ireland and western scotland as well. so those changes are behind this cold front that's going to be pushing its way southeastward through the weekend. yes, the air will get fresher, but it will be much more in the way of sunshine for many on sunday. so a few showers for scotland across northern and western areas, maybe one or two for the north coasts of northern ireland. here is our cold front, very weak, just bringing a few patches of cloud, maybe an odd spit of rain across east anglia and southern england, but most of the day will be dry and bright. plenty of sunshine elsewhere. temperatures about 14— 16 celsius quite widely, so still a little above average. now, monday sees a bit more rain move into northern and western scotland. could be quite heavy for a time as well. temperatures here getting close to average. it will be a bit cooler than it has been. highs of 12 in aberdeen, but otherwise temperatures a little above average, bright or sunny spells, highs between around 15—17 degrees. but in the week ahead, those temperatures will continue to get a bit closer to normal as we get toward the middle
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part of the week. that's your weather. hello and welcome to the programme which brings together bbc specialists with the foreign correspondents who write and broadcast for audiences back home from datelined london. as boris johnson promises to rebuild britain and why biden�*s buddies are doing his bidding. joining us is mark, from belgium and has spent three
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