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tonight — warnings that factories could soon be shut down as high energy costs bite. steelmakers are among those urging the government to act. today, one minister agreed the situation for them, and others, is critical. high gas prices, they've quadrupled this year are making an impact. and that's why i am speaking to people, listening, and trying to work out a way forward. but after the business secretary said he was working with the chancellor on this, the treasury said there were no specific talks on supporting industry. also tonight: the danger of catching covid and flu at the same time. it could double the risk of death. inside the world of kim jong—un — a former top north korean spy tells his story.
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and how our green and pleasant land is threatened, as we take space away from nature. good evening. the business secretary says rising gas prices have created a critical situation for many industries. steel makers are among those warning that they may have to stop production because of spiralling energy costs.
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today kwasi kwarteng said he's looking at whether existing government support is sufficient. cooking up a classic sunday brunch for hungry punters, but plating up in this leeds cafe is getting more expensive. as energy bills rise, they can't just turn off the coffee machine. i mainly worry that in the long term the prices won't change and there will be that this idea that because we dealt with the current situation, it will be normalised to keep those prices the same. we might have to change our prices in the future if prices don't go down, which could have a knock—on effect on the people who feel like they can come in. the business secretary this morning would not commit to extra support for energy bills for companies like this one. i think it is a critical situation. i'm speaking to industry, as you said, all the time, and high gas prices, they quadrupled this year, are making an impact, and that is why i am, as you say, speaking to people and listening and trying to work out a way forward. those industries that use a lot of energy for manufacturing say the time for working out a way forward has long gone.
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if the situation is critical which i certainly know it is, then why isn't government acting now, today, to address this problem for energy intensive sectors such as the steel industry? because without that help now, today, in the next week or so, we are going to see a significant, permanent damage to the uk steel sector. here is how dramatic price rises have been over the past year. households are protected by the energy price cap. that was set when prices were 65p. they are now almost four times that. businesses would like to see something similar put in place for them in order to protect them from the worst spikes in the global market. but will it happen? to cushion businesses through this period, the business secretary says he has asked for help from the treasury, something a treasury source denies. labour says the government needs to act. businesses are tremendously worried, as are families, everything is getting more expensive,
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fuel, energy costs, the weekly shop, and while all that is going on, we have got a government that is in chaos, isn't getting a grip on what is needed and is not taking action to protect businesses and support families at this time. here, though, it is not the political ping—pong that matters, rather what the cost of energy might do to the price of a cup of tea. katie prescott, bbc news. our political correspondentjonathan blake is at westminster. is there the prospect of support for businesses affected or not? essen businesses affected or not? even thou:h businesses affected or not? even though they _ businesses affected or not? even though they acknowledged the situation was critical there was no commitment from the business secretary on any help from the government to companies struggling with energy costs but what was revealing was the response from elsewhere in government to what he did say. no sooner had kwasi kwarteng suggested he had spoken to the treasury about financial help did the chancellor's team say that he had been mistaking. a treasury
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source said he had not been engaged in specific talks for industry about that and said that kwasi kwarteng had met spoken. a critically attempt to stamp on any suggestion that rishi sunak is ready to part with any taxpayers cash to help companies here yet, at least, and a pretty brutal slap down of the business secretary himself from number 11. labour say this is farcical, they're accusing the cabinet of infighting at a time when the prime minister is an holiday. the dire warnings from industry continue but it seems they are no closer to getting the help they say they urgently need. thank ou. back to our business correspondence katie prescott. one steel—maker, liberty steel, has announced plans to reopen its plant in rotherham. what's the background? yes. to reopen its plant in rotherham. what's the background? yes, this has been a while — what's the background? yes, this has been a while in _ what's the background? yes, this has been a while in the _ what's the background? yes, this has been a while in the planning, - what's the background? yes, this has been a while in the planning, part - been a while in the planning, part of a broader restructuring of the liberty group that has been struggling with billions of dollars of debt since its main bacchae,
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green silk capital, collapsed in march. in terms of the importance of the plant, it is the supplier to a sister plant that liberty steel is trying to sell. it is hoped that by keeping workers in situ it is going to show its viability and make it attractive to buyers. but buyers in the steel industry are in short supply. it's a difficult time to be in steel with energy prices as high as they are. the chink of light is that production, demand for steel has remained quite high, prices are high as a result and so the hope is that if the plant can keep going at this difficult time, it may emerge stronger. it's worth saying that this is one plant within the broader group that is struggling with other challenges, not least an investigation by the serious fraud office. certainly in rotherham, workers and families will be celebrating at the confirmation of this. ., ~ celebrating at the confirmation of this. . ~ , .,
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with the nhs winter flu jab campaign underway, there's a warning about the risk of catching both flu and covid at the same time. early evidence suggests you are twice as likely to die if you become infected with both viruses. those eligible for a flu jab are being encouraged to get it as soon as possible. here's our health correspondent anna collinson. viruses are released into the air when people infected with flu or covid—i9 breathe out, speak, sing or sneeze... as this latest nhs campaign video warns, this winter will bring with it other dangers, not just covid. with little flu virus circulating last year, there are warnings low immunity could result in tens of thousands of deaths. this is also the first winter where there will be significant amounts of flu and covid. research shows that those infected with both viruses are twice as likely to die, compared to covid alone. we do know, from the small amount of data that we had previously, that people are at more significant
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risk of death and of serious illness if they are coinfected with flu and with covid and that doesn't seem to be, from our studies, a fact which many of the public understand. where are we now? injuly, england became the first nation in europe to fully unlock. other countries have followed, but they have taken a more cautious approach. as this graph shows, the uk has one of the highest covid rates in europe, well above that of france and germany, but if you look at the daily covid deaths, while the uk is still higher, a real concern for health leaders, the gap between the countries shrinks. this is an example of the power of the vaccination programme, providing vital protection to those most at risk. how will we cope this winter? the government hopes vaccines will protect us this winter, with more than two million booster jabs administered in england alone. to protect schoolchildren,
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where infections are highest, covid jabs are being rolled out to over 12s, while the flu vaccine is available to under 16s. logistical problems, staff shortages and issues with obtaining consent have caused delays, potentially until the end of november, and prompting calls for other measures like face coverings to be brought in. vaccination will help eventually, but it is happening very slowly in the younger teens and children under the age of 12 are not being offered the vaccine anyway. most children are not seriously ill, many of them do not have any symptoms at all, but enough of them have serious long—term consequences of serious illness and the knock—on effects, that it really matters. it is feared even a small surge in demand could cause real problems for the nhs. this stage of the pandemic has also been called one of the most difficult times to predict what is to come. anna collinson, bbc news. and here are the latest official figures on coronavirus. there were 34,574 new infections were recorded in the latest 24—hour period.
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that means on average there were more than 37,000 new cases per day in the last week. as of thursday, there were more than 6,500 people in uk hospitals with coronavirus. another 38 deaths have been recorded, of people who died within 28 days of a positive test result. on average, we've had 112 deaths a day in the past week. on vaccinations, 85.5% of the population aged 12 or over have had their first dose of a vaccine, and 78.5% have been double jabbed. divisions between the eu and the uk over the northern ireland protocol look set to come to a head again this week. ministers are trying to make significant changes to what was agreed under the brexit deal — and the eu is due to put its own proposals forward. let's speak to jessica parker in brussels. what is the latest on what each side
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wants now? in what is the latest on what each side wants now?— wants now? in terms of what each side wants. _ wants now? in terms of what each side wants. in _ wants now? in terms of what each side wants, in some _ wants now? in terms of what each side wants, in some cases - wants now? in terms of what each side wants, in some cases quite . side wants, in some cases quite different things. injuly the uk set out its proposals to make significant changes to the northern ireland protocol. the protocol, agreed by both sides, is designed to prevent checks between the republic of ireland and northern ireland. the eu will this week bring forward a response which is expected to offer some compromises. reducing checks on goods moving from great britain to northern ireland and allowing the continued import as well of chilled meats, hence some of the headlines about sausages. on the issue of how the protocol is policed, brussels is not expected to budge. the uk wants to remove the oversight role of the european court ofjustice. that's a position that lord frost, the uk brexit minister, will reiterate in a speech on tuesday. heading into the next week of these brexit dividing lines are becoming clear.- next week of these brexit dividing lines are becoming clear. thank you very much- —
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kim jong—un will never give up his nuclear weapons, according to a former senior officer in north korea's spy agency. colonel kim kuk—song, who defected from north korea says he was involved in targeted attacks and assassinations, and even built an illegal drugs lab for the leader. he's been speaking exclusively to our correspondent in seoul, laura bicker. for decades, one family has maintained a brutal grip on north korea. but occasionally, some slip through their grasp and reveal their secrets. translation: north korea's | intelligence agency is the eyes, ears and brains of the supreme leader. colonel kim kuk—song spent 30 years in pyongyang's spy agencies. he defected in 2014 but has now, for the first time, decided to speak out. translation: there are many cases where i directed spies to go - to south korea on missions. many cases.
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he claims kimjong—un gave an order to kill off one of the leader's main critics. the target was this man, hwang jang—yop. back in 2009, he was a high—profile defector in south korea. translation: it was a gift i to demonstrate kim jong-un's loyalty to his father. that's why this act of terror was organised. the attempt failed. pyongyang always denied it was involved. although some were caught, along with all their kit, the kernel claims agents infiltrated many areas of south korean society, including, in the early 90s, the presidential office. this level of starvation is unprecedented... that same decade, as thousands of north koreans starved in a disastrous famine, the colonel said the cash—strapped leader ordered him to produce and sell illegal drugs.
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i brought three foreigners into north korea and built a base to produce crystal meth. all the money into north korea belongs to kim jong—il and kim jong—un. with that money, he built villas, bought cars, bought food, get clothes, enjoy the luxuries. as pyongyang stepped up its weapons programme, it too became a way to raise funds. i know that the operations department made arms deals with iran. as for the types, special midget submarines, semisubmersibles. north korea was very good at building cutting—edge weapons like this. north korea continues to build and test new weapons and missiles. it's been accused of selling arms and technology to a number of countries, which it denies. efforts to encourage the regime
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to disarm have repeatedly failed. the international community was excited when kim jong—un and trump met, saying it was for denuclearisation. but i didn't view it that way. in the end, denuclearisation cannot be achieved. why? north korea's nuclear deterrent is tied to kim jong—un's survival. as the young dictator executed many of his political rivals, the colonel realised he too was at risk. i was the reddest of the red and to abandon my country and to escape to south korea was the worst grief—stricken decision, made in utter distressed. while the colonel�*s account is impossible to verify, it serves as a timely reminder that the young leader has proved to be an adept dictator, with only one goal in mind.
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the survival of his regime. laura bicker, bbc news, seoul. four people have been killed and a teenage boy seriously injured in a car crash on a country lane near maidstone in kent. the accident happened in the early hours of this morning. kent police said those who died were aged between 18 and 44. a 15—year—old boy, who was a passenger in the car, is in hospital with life—threatening injuries. a team of young female afghan footballers who fled the country after the taliban took control have been told they can come to live in the uk with their families. 35 members of the afghan women's development team, who are aged between 13 and i9, escaped from kabul to pakistan last month. the home office says it is finalising visas for the group.
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the uk is one of the most nature—depleted places in the world. that's according to a new study from the natural history museum. researchers said there was little room for nature when land is built on or used forfarming. olivia richwold reports. askham bog near york was formed by a retreating glacial here 15,000 years ago. it is brimming with biodiversity, but a new report says that the uk is one of the most nature—depleted countries in the world, with just half of our biodiversity left. biodiversity is also what provides us with so many of our basic needs. it's the foundation of our society. we have seen recently how disruptive it can be when supply chains break down, nature is at the base of our supply chains. the uk's lack of biodiversity is linked to the industrial revolution, intensive farming also plays its part. so, what more can be done to protect special places like this?
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last year, the secretary of state turned down a plan to build 500 homes next door to this nature reserve. askham bog is an extraordinary place, it holds between five and 10% of all the species in britain and yet, if we don't do anything at all, we will lose more species than we have from a place like this. and if we do get it right, if we allow the wider countryside to become nature rich again, this is the place from which the surrounding land will be colonised and that is true of all the other nature reserves across the country. tomorrow, a global and virtual biodiversity conference begins, hosted by china. it will set out plans to protect nature over the next ten years, but the last time the goals were set a decade ago, none of them were met. olivia richwold, bbc news, new york. with all the sport now, here's sarah mulkerrins at the bbc sport centre. thanks, mishal. tyson fury declared himself as the greatest heavyweight boxer of his era, but said he would bask
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in his victory before deciding what next. he retained his wbc title, beating american deontay wilder, in a fight that has been described as one of the best. ade adedoyin reports from las vegas. tyson fury remains the king of the ring. it could be all over. the self—styled gypsy king conquering his fierce rival deontay wilder in a gruelling seesaw battle which would go down in boxing folklore. fury entered the arena dressed as a roman centurion, perhaps fittingly for what became a gladiatorial clash. the champion struck first. a round later, it was fury�*s turn to be sent sprawling twice in quick succession and that set the tone for the fight. wilder looked out on his feet for much of it but his fearsome punching power kept him in contention. but it was fury who closed the show, punch perfect with decisive blows in the 11th round. there were some shaky moments there, but i never lost faith and i continued on and persevered,
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and i got that single punch knockout. as soon as i landed it, ijumped on the ropes, i knew it was over, he wasn't getting back up from that. you talked about shaky moments. he put you down in the fourth round, how did you get up? determination, god's will and god's plan. this will go down as one of the great nights in heavyweight boxing history. it brings an end to the rivalry between tyson fury and they onthe wilder. it also brings hopes of fury winning every belt in the division. england have named their strongest possible cricket squad for the ashes series this winter. a i7—man party will be lead by captainjoe root, after fears the strict covid protocols in australia would put some players off. joe wilson has more. the conversations between the cricketing nations continue, but as it stands, joe root will lead a full—strength england squad to australia to try to win back the ashes.
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every player picked is fully committed, we're told. did many players take a lot of persuading to get to this stage? obviously a lot of negotiations went on, but i think one thing we did see was a lot of class from our captain and a lot of empathy and a lot of real good leadership skills to get the players to this point, and i think what it has done is it has galvanised his position as a leader. players likejos buttler, who was in the squad, stressed that travel arrangements for family were vital. mark wood will be the fastest bowler. stuart broad is selected as he recovers from injury. ben stokes is not named. england will wait for him to be ready to play again. never mind the challenges of covid, think of the cricket. australia won 4—0 and 5—0 the last two times down under. this winter england will at least travel with the best players available, unless of course things change. joe wilson, bbc news.
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lewis hamilton no longer leads the drivers championship after formula one's turkish grand prix. a disagreement with his team over a late pit stop saw him finish fifth. valterri bottas won the race, and max verstappen now leads the standings by six points, after he finished second. st helens made history by becoming the first team to complete the treble, with victory in the women's super league grand final. they beat the defending champions, leeds rhinos, 28—0. they had already won the challenge cup and league leaders' shield this season. arsenal maintained their winning start to the women's super league season, with a 3—0 victory over everton. they stay top of the table, with champions chelsea in second after they beat leicester 2—0. wins too for brighton and reading. there's more on the bbc sport website, including the latest from the tennis at indian wells with andy murray in action. that's it from me. thank you very much. i look at the
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newspaper is coming up on the bbc news channel. now on bbc one it's time for the news where you are. hello there. on sunday, many saw some sunny skies and largely dry weather away from the drizzle in the south and showers hello there. on sunday, many saw some sunny skies and largely dry weather away from the drizzle in the south and showers in the north. and the coming week, with high—pressure ruling the roost, promises to be dry for many, although there will be these weather fronts, as they come south, into that high—pressure, will tend to weaken, but they will introduce more cloud from time to time and with high—pressure at this time of year, night—time ground frost and fog are something we need to be aware of. but, otherwise, it looks largely fine and dry. yes, it will be a little bit cooler than it was last week, as we had temperatures three or 4 above average, so back to average and that does mean, as i say, the risk of ground frost at night. chilly start on monday. there will be a few pockets of fog around, but less widespread than we have seen recently, but they will become an issue through the week and the big changes for scotland, some quite heavy rain across the north west highlands. still those blustery showers for the northern isles
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and on the whole, some more cloud and damp weather for scotland. elsewhere, it looks like we will see some fine and dry weather, although in the south, temperatures will be down two or 3 on those we had through the weekend. monday night, again, quite a chilly one. notably so in the south and the north, just a little bit more cloud around with that weather front, looking at double figures holding on in some areas here, but not all. as i say, with the clear skies, they will dip away at this time of year. we will have more cloud on tuesday, i think, because even though this weather front is a fairly weak affair, not much rain left on it, it will bring nice conditions to southern and eastern areas across into scotland as well. brightening up behind, rather chilly, only eight or 9 c here in the sunshine, that is likely to last in the south and west, we might see 17 or 18. with more cloud around and more moisture, it means there is an increasing risk of fog issues through the morning, that will be a concern through the morning on wednesday, it lingers until mid—morning of course this time of year, through the rush. weather—wise, quite a fine and decent day for many places, if that is what you like.
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dry weather, warm at between 14 and 16 or feeling that way and that high—pressure still with us on thursday for the majority, again, some issues with mist and fog through the morning hours. the change later on is this weather front, this cold weather front, suggested by the name, will bring in some cold northerly winds behind it, down from the arctic. another day where scotland sees cloudy skies and rain starting to push southwards as well. elsewhere, variable amounts of cloud and sunny spells and temperatures lifting into the mid teens. we will see some briefly cold arctic air, particularly for scotland, but also into other northern and eastern areas, so friday night looks particularly chilly before the milder air returns on saturday. indeed, by the time that cold weather front ships southwards on friday, very little rain left, just the invasion of some cloudy skies, damp weather, brighter in the north, but chilly, seven or 8 c here. still relatively mild, around average, 14 or 15, but then as we move into next weekend, that high—pressure
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is likely to be pushed away by a strengthening jet stream across the atlantic. that is also cross our latitudes, which will push, we think low pressure systems are way, so it gets more unsettled, windier at times and, as you can see, wetter at times. obviously, the devil is in the detail that far ahead, but it does look as if a largely settled wake with issues of grass frost at night and fog problems, by the time we get to next weekend and beyond, it is looking distinctly more unsettled. still mild, but at times really quite wet and windy. as ever, you can find more on the website.
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this is bbc news. we will take a look at tomorrow _ this is bbc news. we will take a look at tomorrow morning - this is bbc news. we will take a look at tomorrow morning is - this is bbc news. we will take a i look at tomorrow morning is papers in a moment. but first, the headlines. uk steel—maker liberty announces plans to reopen its rotherham plant with around 1,000 furloughed workers returning to operations later this month. the government is accused of failing to act on high energy costs affecting manufacturers as businesses call for help, the government acknowledges the problem. senior medicalfigures are urging people eligible for a flu jab to take up the offer with fears that increased levels of the virus will be circulating alongside coronavirus. the irish foreign minister says the uk is new demands on the northern ireland protocol could cause a breakdown in relations with the european union.
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welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. and with us tonight. lizzy buchan, chief political correspondent at the daily mirror & henry zeffman, chief political correspondent at the times. welcome to you both. tomorrow is from pages then. let's start with the metro which splashes on the war of words between the business secretary and chancellor over extra support for industry during the energy crisis. the telegraph goes with the same story, describing how quasi— quieting was slapped down by the treasury with one number 11 source saying this was not the first time the secretary of state for business made things up in interviews. the i newspaperfocuses on the effect of the labour crisis and energy crisis for snoopers with supermarkets warning they may have to turkeys at christmas. the ft explains where the cash has come from to enable liberty to reopen the plant rotherham bringing welcome relief to thousands of uk employees
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