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this is bbc news with the latest headlines from viewers in the uk and around the world. the uk business secretary kwasi kwarteng defends the government's handling of the energy crisis after suppliers said the system of having a cap on prices was not fit for purpose. i think it's a critical situation. clearly i'm speaking to industries who have said that all the time. high gas prices, they quadrupled this year, are making an impact, and that is why i'm, as you say, speaking to people, listening and trying to work out a way forward. britain's tyson fury defends his heavyweight title against american deontay wilder with an 11th round knockout in las vegas. the irish foreign minister says the
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uk's new demands on the northern ireland protocol could cause a breakdown in relations with the eu. pay up to stop migrants. the french government tells the uk to keep to its side of the deal to police the channel. iraqis vote in an election called to end months of protests. hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world. the uk business secretary, kwasi kwarteng, says keeping the energy price cap is "non—negotiable", despite calls by suppliers for it to be scrapped. soaring gas prices have caused a number of uk suppliers to collapse, because the cap means they are unable to pass the extra costs onto domestic customers. megan paterson reports.
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the cost of switching on is mounting up. the business secretary, kwasi kwarteng, says the government's priority is protecting customers, and describes the price cap as a non—negotiable safety net, shielding people from worrying price increases over christmas. it comes after suppliers criticised the price cap system as being not fit for purpose. energy experts say while it does provide reassurances for customers worried about paying their household bills, the protection won't last forever. the price cap actually won't move until the beginning of april. so that period, i think, is helpful, it gives people peace of mind, and we need to, you know, we need to lock that in. i think then it does create uncertainty going into april. all of the forecasts suggest there will be quite a significant increase to the price cap at that time. so we need to be very mindful of that, and people need to budget accordingly. for businesses, though, there is no price cap, and mr kwarteng gives no indication of how government might seek to ease pressure for those unable
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to scale back their usage. some already warning higher energy bills will mean increases in the price customers pay for goods. talks with energy—intensive industries are expected to continue this week after calls for urgent government intervention. this comes as strain on supply chains continues to grow. the government has confirmed intensive training courses for hgv drivers will be opened to a further 2,000 people, although those taking part will not qualify until after christmas. labour said it was a drop in the ocean compared to what was required. megan paterson, bbc news. 12 energy suppliers have gone bust in the uk so far this year. the big six companies have called for the energy price cap to be lifted. 0vo energy is the third largest with 4.5 million customers. it's founder, stephen fitzpatrick, says the government need to find a fair way to help both suppliers and consumers. when you look at whether it is taxpayers�* or consumers�* money,
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there is going to need to be a higher price to be paid for energy over time. i think probably what is best for consumers is to see that smoothed out, it is not that we can somehow magically subsidise or make energy cheaper, but it is a good idea for that to be smoothed out, so that households can prepare for it. if you talk about what the consumer is paying, what that really means is that everybody is paying the same and what that means is that lower—income households end up paying a disproportionately higher amount. if we pay for it through the tax system, which is a progressive system, wealthy people in society end up paying more. 0ur correspondent ione wells gave me this update. the government is facing increasing pressure to step in and support some of these energy intensive companies who are struggling with the rising cost of bills, things like steel,
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cement, ceramics, all of which have huge energy production costs and therefore as energy prices rise, their bills rise. kwasi kwarteng met with some of these industries on friday and says he is listening to their concerns, but he has been accused of not stepping in to provide immediate solutions. emily thornberry, shadow trade secretary, said that while she didn't say what labour would do, whether they would provide subsidies to firms or introduce some kind of industry price cap like we have households, she did say that when she was in that department, they had plans in place to try to avoid a situation like this. in the seat before me was a guy from an energy company who said, what we should have is a department for energy and climate change. excuse me, i was in that department, and what we were doing was we were making sure they were new nuclear power stations, making sure we had gas storage, making sure that we were insulating homes. all of these things were happening and we were making sure there was offshore and onshore wind. this is really important.
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i know that this is important, but we are where we are now. but as opposition, it is fair for us to say that when we were in power, these were the plans we had, the government at those. the government cut those. we now have another wave of crisis, this government has wave after wave of crisis and that i am asked to come in and say, if you were in this situation, what would you do tomorrow? and i think it's only fair to make that point. in response to this, we had kwasi kwarteng speaking to the bbc earlier, and he said that he is working very closely with industries to try to find some solutions. some of the ones industries have been calling for other things been calling for are things like a price cap on the amount they pay for energy or some kind of subsidy. but he highlighted again a point they have stressed a lot this week which is that some of these energy intensive firms have already received £2 billion in government supports its 2013 to help with electricity costs. he also said it was not true as some newspaper report suggested this morning that he had asked the treasury for billions to try to subsidise some of the firms. it is a critical situation.
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clearly i am speaking to industry as you said all the time, and high gas prices, they have quadrupled this year, are making an impact, and that is why i'm, as you say, speaking to people, listening, trying to work out a way forward. we read that you have asked for billions from the treasury eitherfor a price cap or some kind of went to help the industry. of winter help the industry. is that true? i have not asked for billions. we have got existing schemes and working very closely with rishi sunak, the chancellor, to get us through this situation. i think he showed a great deal of flexibility when he allowed £500 million to help vulnerable consumers, and we are working to see what we can do to help protect industry. so what does it look like the government will do? at the moment there is a lot of uncertainty about this. we heard the business secretary stressing that he is working closely with these industries to try and identify a solution, listening to them about the proposals they are putting forward. interesting that we heard that he is working very closely with the chancellor on all of this.
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off the back of that interview, one treasury source told me that the business secretary had been mistaken and the treasury and the chancellor had not been involved in any talks, so i think what this tells us is there is debate and discussion going on within government itself at the moment about how it handles this. currently it doesn't look like there is any new pot of money that we are expecting off the back of some of the concerns that have been raised by these industries, but of course the government's spending review is coming up later this month, and we may expect to hear more detail then. but in the meantime, pressure certainly growing with these calls from industry not going away, saying some firms have already had to halt production at times of day when costs are higher and fears that they may have to halt production going forth even more as these spikes in energy prices throughout the day get more frequent. that was our correspondent ione
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wells. and bosses say they are frustrated by the current lack of support during the energy crisis. why is the government not acting now, today, to address this problem for energy intensive sectors such as steel? he says, without that help, we could see significant and permanent damage to the uk steel sector. iraqis are voting in a parliamentary election called in response to months of anti—government protests. iraq faces an economic crisis, corruption and sectarian division. president barham saleh says the poll is an opportunity to rebuild the state.
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0ur correspondent murad shashani is in mo's or. this our correspondent murad shashani is in mo's or. , .,, ., . ~ our correspondent murad shashani is in mo'sor. , ., in mo's or. this has gone back as far as 2015, _ in mo's or. this has gone back as far as 2015, but _ in mo's or. this has gone back as far as 2015, but still _ in mo's or. this has gone back as far as 2015, but still the - far as 2015, but still the protesters are not happy, because they say that the demands were a package that involves fighting corruption, disarming militia and today we have been hearing in mosul for instance, in the mosques as well as with military vehicles with speakers calling, urging people to take part in this election. and this is important because boycotting calls have been very strong among iraqis. i5 calls have been very strong among iraais. , . ~ , ., iraqis. is much likely to change after this election? _ iraqis. is much likely to change after this election? this - iraqis. is much likely to change after this election? this is - iraqis. is much likely to change after this election? this is the l after this election? this is the main question _ after this election? this is the main question because - after this election? this is the main question because of - after this election? this is the main question because of the | main question because of the technicalities. iraq is presenting a
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new deal that 25% of the seats for women, for instance, as well as a very technology led system for counting as well as guaranteeing any breaches for the voting process. also there are international observers, but this technicalities boxes have been ticked by iraqis. but there is the political question. in a divided country with 21 coalition is running in these elections, how can they be able to reach a compromise and create a functioning government, functioning administration that can run the country, with all these problems they are facing whether it is economy, corruption or division on sectarian levels, so these are the questions that will be on the table, and this is the major question iraqis are facing, notjust the
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technicalities of the election. find technicalities of the election. and murad, technicalities of the election. and murad. how _ technicalities of the election. and murad, how much of a story does the scene behind you tell? we can see a well—maintained road with traffic flowing, and obviously buildings that have been destroyed previously. actually in mosul here which has been liberated from the so—called islamic state just four years ago, but the buildings like this one, you can see them easily, the destruction is still remarkable here in this city. this is really triggering the anger and frustration among people i talk to, many of them stressing they won't be taking part in these elections. they said that the central government in baghdad are neglecting us, although all the sacrifices they have been fighting against, the so—called islamic state, the devastation situation,
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they went through after the islamic state in this area. so everyone is saying rebuilding mosul is the main question, and this raises questions for the sunni component in iraq, so sunnis, there were prisons of jihadis, and their cities need rebuilding, and that is the main headline, all sunni candidates, but people are frustrated, they don't want to take part in these elections. want to take part in these elections-_ want to take part in these elections. �* ., , ~ elections. and what is life like? that what impact _ elections. and what is life like? that what impact does - elections. and what is life like? that what impact does the - that what impact does the destruction of those buildings have? i don't know what those buildings were behind you, but obviously they are just some of many, were behind you, but obviously they arejust some of many, and were behind you, but obviously they are just some of many, and also what is the security situation now in the country? is the security situation now in the count ? �* . . , is the security situation now in the count ? a ., , ., is the security situation now in the count 7x ._ ., ._ is the security situation now in the count 7x ., ._ ., country? actually from early morning we have seen — country? actually from early morning we have seen a _ country? actually from early morning we have seen a heavy _ country? actually from early morning we have seen a heavy presence - country? actually from early morning we have seen a heavy presence of. country? actually from early morning | we have seen a heavy presence of the police and the army, and the polling
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station where i was early this morning, there is four layers of security in all polling stations, in between the main road you can easily find the checkpoints from different military apparatus, so the security is i think at the top of the technicalities of the boxes i mentioned earlier in this election. sunnl mentioned earlier in this election. sunni, thank you forjoining us from mosul. tyson fury has knocked out deontay wilder to retain his title as wbc heavy weight champion of the world. fury knocked out wilder in the 11th round of the trilogy fight in las vegas. fury has now extended his undefeated professional record to 32 fights. well, our sport correspondent ade adedoyin was watching the fight in las vegas and gave us this assessment. it was a brilliant fight, this will go down as one of the great nights in heavyweight boxing history. and the rivalry between deontay wilder and tyson fury
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will go down as one of the greatest in history as well. there have been some great fights, the likes of muhammad ali and joe fraser, they had three bouts, three good bouts. the second, though, was not anything really to write about, but as far as deontay wilder and tyson fury are concerned, every bout they have had has been better than the previous. there was so much hype in the build up to this fight because of the rivalry between the pair. there is no love lost between them. not particularly respectful of each other, there was a lot of abuse sent either way from both fighters, but the fight more than lived up to expectation and they had five knock—downs in this fight, it was incredible. at one moment, it looked like one fighter was about to win, only for the other to rally back. fury finally won it in the 11th round, as you say, with a knockdown and it ends what is a brilliant trilogy emphatically. i caught up with fury as he was making his way out of the arena and he acknowledged it was one of the greatest nights of his career so far.
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there were some shaky moments in there, but i never lost faith and i continued on and i carried on and persevered and got that single punch knockout. as soon as i landed and jumped on the ropes, i knew it was over, he was not getting back up from that. it was a great trilogy. you need a good dance partner for trilogies and wilder has been a good dance partner. but there is no rematch clause. it is actually done. wilder is done, there is no more deontay wilder. a deserved rest for tyson fury now, but i think the long—term goal will be to win all the belts in the heavyweight division. 0leksandr usyk has the other belt after dethroning anthonyjoshua. they will have a rematch next year. tyson fury�*s promoter, frank warren, says the end goal will be to perhaps challenge the winner of that bout sometime in the autumn next year. they both have to get, as you say, the rematch with usyk and joshua, so that will take place and whoever wins wins and they will have the belts and then maybe we can make the winner of that fight. and as you say, regarding dillian whyte, i don't know what the wbc, which is the belt titleholders, are going to do, but i think dillian whyte is fighting wallin first and that is no easyjob, so that will be interesting. so there will be some options and we will look at them,
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but there is no rush. he needs some time out now and whatever he wants to do is what we will do. in terms of a unification bout, realistically, when do you think that will happen? it couldn't happen, i don't think, untilautumn, maybe this time next year, because obviously i think they are talking about putting that fight on sometime in march, so they will need six months after that, so that is when it would happen. it would be an ideal world for anthonyjoshua not to go for the rematch and we could go straight to it. i think the unification bout is one for the future, but for now, i think tyson fury will have a well—deserved rest. he put in a really good performance and he said something on stage in the press conference afterwards and he said, i always find a way to win. his issues with alcohol and drugs in the past have been well—documented, his battle with mental health and he said i have been down and out but i always find a way to come back and in a lot of ways he showed that tonight in this bout against deontay wilder because when he went down in the fourth round, there was a look in his eyes that i thought, he will not make it,
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but he did, he found a way to win. brilliant, brilliant performance by him and as i say, his long—term goal now would be to unify the division and finish his career as the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. we can talk now to steve egan, the first person to start coaching tyson fury at the age of 1a. thank you for joining us. what did you make of his bout? �* . ., joining us. what did you make of his bout? �* ., ., ., bout? amazing. from the third round onwards, bout? amazing. from the third round onwards. you — bout? amazing. from the third round onwards. youiust_ bout? amazing. from the third round onwards, you just never— bout? amazing. from the third round onwards, you just never knew - bout? amazing. from the third round onwards, you just never knew what . onwards, you just never knew what was going to happen, did you? amazing performance from tyson, showing the guts and determination, and his will to win is second to none. to get up twice in the fourth round and keep pushing back, and the put the pressure on wilder, no matter what was thrown at him. he was still landing good shots. i was on the edge of my seatjust wishing tyson would find that punch and get it finished. i
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tyson would find that punch and get it finished. ., ., , ., it finished. i mentioned that you met him when _ it finished. i mentioned that you met him when he _ it finished. i mentioned that you met him when he walked - it finished. i mentioned that you met him when he walked into i it finished. i mentioned that you i met him when he walked into your boxing academy when he was 1a. did you think when he walked in door? he: wasjust a big kid, wasn't he? he wasjust a big kid, wasn't he? he was six foot four and 1a stone, and he was a big lad, but he went on the backs down the end of the gym, and after about half a minute of watching him, isaid after about half a minute of watching him, i said to my dad, heavyweight champion of the world. my heavyweight champion of the world. my dad said, he hasjust heavyweight champion of the world. my dad said, he has just walked through the door! i said there is something about that lad. i have always said since his second amateur fight that he would be a champion, and people would think he would probably be on drugs or something. and i was proved right, obviously. what was it about him? you mentioned his size, but was there something else? , ,., his size, but was there something else? , ., �* his size, but was there something else? , .,�* ~ ., else? just something, i don't know what. else? just something, i don't know what- when _ else? just something, i don't know what- when you — else? just something, i don't know what. when you coach _ else? just something, i don't know what. when you coach good - else? just something, i don't know what. when you coach good lads i else? just something, i don't know. what. when you coach good lads from an early age, and they have been
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very ordinary, tyson wasn't ordinary as soon as he came in. he has got something. you looked into the future and thought, seven, eight, ten years. i coached him for seven years, so i done a lot of the work, really. so you just look forward and think, if he does everything, how special could he be? and he is heavyweight champion of the world. he said, i always find a way to win. i have been down and out, and i always find a way back. i assume you know exactly what he means when he says that? know exactly what he means when he sa s that? , , , , says that? yes. it is 'ust his will to win his * says that? yes. it is 'ust his will to win his second _ says that? yes. it is 'ust his will to win his second to _ says that? yes. it isjust his will to win his second to none, - says that? yes. it isjust his will to win his second to none, like. says that? yes. it isjust his will to win his second to none, like i said. he has come through battles and sorted it out, his mental strength is something else. end and sorted it out, his mental strength is something else. and so what he wants _ strength is something else. and so what he wants to _ strength is something else. and so what he wants to be _ strength is something else. and so what he wants to be able _ strength is something else. and so what he wants to be able to - strength is something else. and so what he wants to be able to do - strength is something else. and so| what he wants to be able to do next is to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. what would that mean for him? well.
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what would that mean for him? well, it is everything. _ what would that mean for him? well, it is everything, isn't _ what would that mean for him? well, it is everything, isn't it? _ what would that mean for him? well, it is everything, isn't it? you - what would that mean for him? -ii it is everything, isn't it? you are the best, that is it. you are the best heavyweight on the planet, full stop, and nobody can argue with that, and the sooner you get that fight the better, but boxing politics, we will see what happens. but i would say, usyk is not a problem for tyson at all. hose but i would say, usyk is not a problem for tyson at all. how do you feel watching — problem for tyson at all. how do you feel watching him _ problem for tyson at all. how do you feel watching him achieve _ problem for tyson at all. how do you feel watching him achieve what - problem for tyson at all. how do you feel watching him achieve what he i feel watching him achieve what he has achieved, and his very public struggles with alcohol, drugs, his mental health, and he has come through it all and he is where he is now. , , :, through it all and he is where he is now, , :, , through it all and he is where he is now, , ., _., , through it all and he is where he is now. just a very proud, very proud of him. now. just a very proud, very proud of him- he — now. just a very proud, very proud of him. he has _ now. just a very proud, very proud of him. he has come _ now. just a very proud, very proud of him. he has come from - now. just a very proud, very proud of him. he has come from our - now. just a very proud, very proud | of him. he has come from our gym now. just a very proud, very proud - of him. he has come from our gym and he is one of the best heavyweight in history now. that fight last night was something else, it will take a lot of fights to beat that.- lot of fights to beat that. where would ou lot of fights to beat that. where would you rank _ lot of fights to beat that. where would you rank him? _ lot of fights to beat that. where would you rank him? i - lot of fights to beat that. where would you rank him? ithink- lot of fights to beat that. where would you rank him? i think he| lot of fights to beat that. where i would you rank him? i think he has the best british _ would you rank him? i think he has the best british heavyweight i would you rank him? i think he has the best british heavyweight ever. | the best british heavyweight ever. we had lennox lewis, but he was in
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canada. born here, but trained and raised in canada. tyson is english born and bred, and the best heavyweight fighter ever, i think. thank you forjoining us steve egan. no worries, thank you. the irish foreign minister says the uk's demands on the irish protocol could cause a breakdown in relations with the eu. the uk wants the european court ofjustice removed from oversight of the deal. the northern ireland protocol was agreed as part of brexit negotiations to make sure there is no need for checks along the land border between northern ireland and the republic of ireland. john campbelljoins us from belfast. so, john, this is a row that has been brewing for a very long time. what is at stake here? if long time. what is at stake here? if the context of this is that on wednesday next week the eu is due to publish new proposals for improving the operation of the northern ireland protocol. it is being talked
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up ireland protocol. it is being talked up as a big step to radically reduce the number of new checks and controls on goods entering northern ireland from the rest of the uk. but head of that, lauder frost is going to make a speech to an audience of diplomats in portugal on tuesday, and he will say it is notjust about the practicalities. the governance and oversight of the protocol needs to change, and specifically he wants the european court ofjustice ruled to be either eliminated or very heavily watered down. simon covertly, the republic's foreign minister, says hold on a moment. at a moment when we are trying to reach some sort of agreement on the protocol, the uk is now creating a new red line, which it knows the eu is not going to be able to accommodate, and he is questioning whether the uk is serious about trying to reach a deal, or whether it wants to make relations worse. and what would simon coveney would say is the way through as far as he sees it? i say is the way through as far as he sees it? ~ :, say is the way through as far as he sees it? ~ ., ,, ., ., , sees it? i think what simon coveney and others would _ sees it? i think what simon coveney
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and others would say _ sees it? i think what simon coveney and others would say is, _ sees it? i think what simon coveney and others would say is, listen, i and others would say is, listen, this idea about reducing the rule of the european court ofjustice has arrived late in the day, because when the deal was signed in 2019, it was then very clear, but lord foster saying, those were unique circumstances at the time, we were effectively bounced into the protocol in the form that it was in, and we now need this oversight mechanism to be changed. and he did lay this out injuly in a paper published by the uk government, but the eu is also saying, nobody in northern ireland is really that bothered about the rule of the european court ofjustice. the european court ofjustice. the european commission vice president, who leads on brexit issues, he was speaking last week and saying that only one person mentioned the european court ofjustice to him, most people were focusing on improving the protocol. but they see the rule of the ecj is an affront to
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the rule of the ecj is an affront to the protocol, and that is why they are focused on it. thank you. the czech president milos zeman has been taken to hospital after the country's elections. it follows ongoing discussions about his health. at least 15 people have been killed in a plane crash in russia. preliminary reports suggested four people survived when the light aircraft came down in tatarstan, nearly a thousand kilometres east of moscow. the plane is said to have been owned by a local flying club. the man regarded as the father of pakistan's nuclear programme, abdul qadeer khan, has died at the age of 85. the atomic scientist, was hailed by many pakistanis
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as a national hero in 1998, for making his country the first islamic nuclear power. he was notorious for having smuggled nuclear technology to states such as iran and north korea. he died in islamabad with lung complications, after being admitted to hospital in august with covid—19. you are watching bbc news. the french authorities are calling on the british government to honour its promise to pay them more than £50 million to help them try to stop migrants crossing the englsih channel in small boats. hundreds of people have made the journey in the past two days, leading to tension between france and the uk. simonjones reports. on a visit to calais, the french interior minister meets the officers on the frontline in the battle to stop migrants crossing the channel. some of their work is funded by the british taxpayer. injuly, home secretary priti patel promised an extra £54 million to double the number of patrols on the beaches in northern france and to pay for increased surveillance. but m darmanin says that cash has yet to come.
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translation: the british - government has not yet paid us what they promised us. at the moment not a single euro has been handed over by the british, following the deal that i negotiated several months ago with priti patel. the english are an honourable nation, and i'm sure it's just a small delay and they will keep their promise. priti patel recently threatened to withhold the money if the french authorities didn't prevent more crossings. france says it's now stopping 65% of those who attempt to set off. but hundreds of migrants have reached the uk on small boats in the past two days, including children and a baby. that brings the total for this year to around 18,000 people. the number arriving by lorry, though, is comparatively small — around 850 people detected between january and august. and overall, asylum claims fell by 4% in the past year. both britain and france agree that the dangerous journeys must be stopped, but there's no consensus on the best way to achieve this. the home office has said it's doing
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everything it can to support the french response and to target the criminals organising the crossings. simon jones, bbc news. time for a look at the whether with susan powell. hello. some long spells of sunshine this afternoon, and a lot more fine weather to come through the week ahead too. we did start the day with some cloud across southern england, the weather front responsible pulling away from the south—east through the afternoon, perhaps a little rain hanging back for kent. windy across scotland, the westerly wind could bring a few showers into western coast and they could be some for the northern isles, but a lot of fine weather and sunshine, temperatures are still up to 20 to the south. cooler air coming in on a north—westerly air stream will reach all areas of the uk for first thing on monday, and a chilly start, temperatures down in single figures. notice this weather front starting
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to push some rain into western scotland early on, and that will bring some rain as the day pans out, more showery across southern scotland in the shower for the north west of england. further south, dry with more sunshine.
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hello. this is bbc news with joanna gosling. the headlines: uk business secretary kwasi kwarteng defends the government's handling of the energy crisis after suppliers said the system of having a cap on prices was not fit for purpose. i think it is a critical situation clearly, you know, i am speaking to industry, as you have said, all the time, and high gas prices, they have quadrupled this year. they are making an impact and that is why, as you say, i am speaking to people, listening and trying to work out a way forward. britain's tyson fury defends his heavyweight title against american deontay wilder, with an 11th round knockout in las vegas.
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the irish foreign minister says the uk's new demands

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