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tonight at ten — the man accused of killing the conservative mp sir david amess appears in court charged with murder and the preparation of terrorist acts. ali harbi ali, who's 25 and a british national, was said to have carried out reconnaissance on other mps and on the houses of parliament. sir david was repeatedly stabbed as he met constituents in essex last friday and he died at the scene. we will continue to build our case. if there are members of the public who have further information that might help the investigation, i would urge them to come forward. the suspect will be brought to the old bailey tomorrow. also on the programme... the public is urged to get booster jabs as the daily number of new infections surges to more than 50,000. saudi arabia is among the countries
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accused of trying to change a major report calling for less reliance on fossil fuels. and we talk to a man who's lost 18 stone about the link between obesity and mental health problems. coming up in sport on the bbc news channel — scotland are into the second stage of the t20 world cup for the first time, after an eight—wicket win over 0man. good evening. the man accused of stabbing to death the conservative mp sir david amess has appeared in court, where prosecutors said he'd carried out reconnaissance on other mps and on the houses of parliament to plan a potential attack. ali harbi ali, who's 25, was appearing at westminster magistrates�* court charged with murder and the preparation of terrorist acts. he was remanded in custody ahead of another hearing
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at the old bailey tomorrow, as our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford reports. just over six days after sir david amess mp was stabbed to death in leigh—on—sea, the man accused of murdering him was brought to court. in the dock at westminster magistrates�*, ali harbi ali wore a grey sweatshirt and trousers and black—rimmed glasses. he spoke to confirm his name, date of birth and his address in kentish town in north london and then sat silently for the hearing, which lasted less than a quarter of an hour. sir david was killed in an office at the back of the belfairs methodist church hall just after midday on friday. he'd been meeting voters as part of a constituency surgery. police officers and paramedics who'd rushed to the scene were unable to save him. a large team of detectives have been working around the clock to find out as much as we can about what happened and why. that work has included searches
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of a number of london addresses. 0ur advanced forensics teams have analysed digital devices and carried out a painstaking review of cctv footage. as well as the murder charge, ali harbi ali is also accused of preparing a terrorist act with an mp as the potential target. the charge alleges that he started plotting as far back as may 2019, almost two and a half years ago. since march this year he's accused of doing reconnaissance on mps here at the house of commons, at one mp�*s home address on several occasions, and at another mp�*s constituency surgeryjust five weeks ago. ali harbi ali, seen here walking in the direction of gospel 0ak station in north london on the day of sir david's murder, was arrested at the church hall in leigh—on—sea. the head of the crown prosecution service's counterterrorism division said...
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ali harbi ali is a british citizen who was born in south london to somali parents and grew up in croydon. because he faces a murder charge the chief magistrate said that he would remain in custody, and after the hearing he was taken away to spend his first night in prison. tomorrow afternoon ali harbi ali will appear at the old bailey of his case starts to progress through the courts. here at scotland yard counterterrorism detectives described today as a milestone but they continued to appeal to the public to come forward with more information to help them to build their case. this is obviously a very significant case for the counterterrorism command stop they are making clear and reassuring people today that they are not looking for anyone else in connexion with this murder.
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daniel sandford, our home affairs correspondent at scotland yard. let's turn to the latest on the pandemic. the number of new infections in the uk in the past 2a hours has surged past 50,000 for the first time sincejuly. the prime minister has urged people to come forward for vaccinations and boosterjabs, but said the government was sticking with its plan on managing the pandemic. despite appeals from some doctors for the return of mandatory face masks in england and working from home, borisjohnson insisted the numbers of infections and deaths were in line with earlier predictions, as our health editor hugh pym reports. are you here for your booster? yes. the boosterjab roll—out continues for priority groups, including health and care staff and older patients. it's now at the centre of the government's plan in england to combat the spread of the virus. i think the most important thing people can do now isjust - get that boosterjab. when you get the call, get the jab. we've done about 4 million boosterjabs already. -
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but labour says it's not happening fast enough. the booster programme has slowed down so much that, at this rate, we're not going to complete it until spring of next year. so, the government needs to change, it needs to get a grip. at a ceramics class at an adult education centre today, there were some who in due course will be eligible for a boosterjab because of their age. they're pleased about that, but say they would like more information. i would've loved to have heard from my gp as soon as the booster's announced as to when i could have it. that would've been brilliant, yeah. i'm really glad the whole programme's out there. i think it'd be advisable to do, i particularly as i'm out and about, you know, and like to travel. boosters can be booked online in england six months and one week after a second dose. 0ne mp�*s complained that some constituents were struggling to get appointments, but nhs sources said the system overall was actually working pretty well. in parallel with the national
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system, gp practices are continuing to run vaccination clinics and centres, but some say the process of contacting people has been difficult. we're also having to just deal with the day—to—day workload, and that's huge. it's no secret the demand has gone through the roof recently. lots of evidence to support that. so, you know, we're having to work out what to prioritise, and i think that the booster prioritisation perhaps is falling down the list a bit because of what we're being asked to do. in wales, scotland and northern ireland, those eligible for boosters are being contacted by letter, text or phone call, with the programme rolled out in stages. take—up of vaccines amongst older age groups has reached close to 100%. that's what figures for first doses in england show. but amongst younger age groups, it's closer to 50%, and a lot lower for 12—15—year—olds, but that programme only began a month ago. ministers know they need to step up the campaign to get more younger
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people vaccinated as part of what they call the wall of defence against the virus, with pleas that if people don't come forward forjabs, restrictions in england may be required. hugh pym, bbc news. the latest daily figures show there were 52,009 new infections recorded in the latest 24—hour period — only the second time daily cases have been that high since the middle ofjanuary. on average in the past week there were 46,791 cases on per day. the number of people in hospital with covid is slowly rising — it's now 8,142. there were another 115 deaths recorded — of people who died within 28 days of a positive test. on average there were 130 deaths per day in the past week. beyond today's figures, there are renewed concerns about the implications of the wider data set, about the state of the pandemic and the
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potential risks ahead. 0ur medical editor fergus walsh has been looking at the trend. amidst all the warnings about rising covid numbers and what the winter ahead may hold, what is remarkable is how highly protective vaccines have proven against severe covid disease. if we compare cases, in blue, with hospital admissions, in red, you can see the two tracked each other almost exactly during winter, with daily admissions peaking at more than 4000 patients a day injanuary. but since then we've had the vaccination programme, and that has greatly weakened the link between the two, although admissions are rising. the protective effect of vaccines can be seen even more starkly if we compare cases and deaths, shown in yellow, which are now a tenth of what they were at the peak injanuary, though they, too, are rising. which is what's worrying many in the medical profession, who fearjust how high they may go
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in the months ahead. there are around 5 million adults in the uk who are unvaccinated, and they make up the biggest proportion of those being admitted to hospital with covid. fewer than one in ten adults over 80 are either unvaccinated or have had only one dose, and yet they make up two thirds of that age group who are admitted to hospital. the protective effect of vaccines is even stronger the younger you are, with only a tiny proportion of younger adults who are double—jabbed ending up in hospital. so, who is catching covid? well, case rates are highest among those under the age of 20. now, although they are at far less risk of severe covid, it does mean many pupils are off school as a result. the worry is that cases are also rising among older adults, and although vaccines are highly
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protective, that protection does wane over time, which is why third booster doses are being recommended. that was our medical editor, fergus walsh. saudi arabia, australia and japan are among a number of countries who've lobbied for changes to a crucial report, which underlines the need to move away from using fossil fuels. the lobbying was revealed in a leak of documents seen by the bbc. saudi arabia is one of the world's largest oil producers. australia is a major coal exporter. the leak comes as world leaders prepare to gather in glasgow for the global climate talks in ten days' time. 0ur climate editor justin rowlatt reports. the clock is ticking on tackling climate change. the science says unless we start making dramatic cuts to emissions now, we risk very serious consequences. world leaders will be meeting here in glasgow for a crucial climate conference in just ten days.
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yet leaked documents seen by the bbc show some countries are pressuring the un to change its message on the options for tackling the challenge. saudi arabia, australia and japan are arguing the world doesn't need to reduce fossil fuel use as quickly as the un suggests. the un says the focus for the energy sector should be actively phasing out fossil fuels. delete this, says saudi arabia. 0ne aim of the glasgow conference is to agree an end to the use of coal, but india warned it expects it to remain the mainstay of energy production for decades. meanwhile brazil and argentina ask that the evidence that eating less meat can help cut greenhouse gas emissions being watered down. the leak consists of thousands of comments by governments and others to the scientists responsible for a key un report.
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they were given to greenpeace uk, which passed them onto the bbc. i think the comments of these countries demonstrates the depth to which they will go to try and halt progress in tackling climate change. these un science reports, and this is just one part of three, are pretty much the bible of climate science. they're used by governments to decide how to tackle climate change, and they will provide a crucial input to the negotiations in glasgow. scientists who've helped compile these reports say the un science is objective. there is absolutely no pressure on scientists to accept the comments. so if the comments are lobbying, if they're not justified by the science, they will not be integrated in the ipcc report. the world has experienced some of the most extreme weather ever recorded in recent years. they have been terrible floods, including in china, and ferocious wildfires in australia,
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and right around the world. it means, says a veteran of many international negotiations, that most world leaders do understand what is at stake in glasgow. people can see the effects of climate change. this is all about understanding that even though the challenge is immense, there really isn't an alternative to dealing with it. in my lifetime even, and certainly in your generation, the generation coming up, they are going to be living with this. glasgow wants to show its best face to the world for this conference. it could well be the biggest gathering of world leaders in british history. christiana figueres will be there. she's environmental royalty, having played a crucial role in previous climate summits. she says it is vital that governments are involved in the review process.
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everybody�*s voice has to be there. that's the whole purpose. this is not a single thread, this is a tapestry woven by many, many threads. but there is no time to waste. every second, more carbon dioxide is building up in the atmosphere. what the world needs now is ambition. justin rowlatt, bbc news. well, india's leader narendra modi has confirmed he'll be attending that climate change summit in glasgow. india, an expanding economy that's one of the world's biggest polluters, will be a key voice at the negotiating table. the country's also seeing at first hand the effects of climate change on the weather. recent flash floods — across both india and nepal — have claimed the lives of more than 150 people. 0ur south asia correspondent in india, rajini vaidyanathan, sent this report from the southern state of kerala. kerala, india's coastal paradise, is testament to the beauty of nature.
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but it's also been a reminder of the devastation it can leave in its path. the state's had more than double the usual rainfall it gets in october. thousands have been left homeless after floods and landslides. dozens have died — many of them children. a smart and friendly three—year—old was buried under the mud. his mother, sophia, is in hospital, covered in bruises. she was trapped by the landslide and said the mud came right up to her head. "my son woke up in the morning and went to brush his teeth," she told me. "he didn't even have his breakfast. then we heard a noise like thunder, and the house fell down." in a nearby bed, sophia's two other children, who were also injured
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and are facing the pain of life without their sibling. rescue teams are still searching the river for victims. in this one small village alone, more than 100 homes were completely destroyed, and just as many were left damaged. and we are just standing in what is left of one family home. as the river rose earlier in the week, people say they ran for their lives. images of this house in a village went viral. just like that, it was gone. this girl lived here with her parents and escaped minutes before the family home was washed away. we never expected this to happen in just a few moments. we lost everything.
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so have these familes staying at a makeshift camp. scientists in india say rising sea temperatures are to blame for extreme weather here. it's often the poorest who are hit the hardest. rajini vaidyanathan, bbc news, kerala. families of some of the victims of the manchester arena bombing have demanded an explanation after it emerged that the elder brother of the bomber left the uk two months ago to avoid attending the public inquiry. ismail abedi had been ordered to give evidence, but was allowed to board a flight a day after he was stopped at the airport and interviewed by police. the mother of five—year—old logan mwangi whose body was found in a river in south wales injuly has been charged with his murder. angharad williamson had previously appeared in court accused of perverting the course ofjustice. logan's stepfather, 39—year old john cole, and a 14—year—old boy are also charged with his murder.
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obesity is thought to affect a quarter of all adults in the uk. new research has highlighted the mental health issues that accompany obesity for many thousands of people. a survey by ipsos mori found those who are severely overweight have some of the worst mental health, often prompted by feelings of guilt or shame. jeremy cooke reports. i remember bullying starting, "she's really fat, she's really ugly." india is 28. she's been struggling with obesity for years, living with the stigma. i let my mental health disorger get at the better of me and i let that turn into food. that complex relationship with food and hormone problems took india to weighing more than 19 stone. are you sad a lot of the time? yeah, all the time. why? because i just... i don't like myself. gastric sleeve cookbooks. after so many failed diets, india is now preparing for nhs bariatric surgery to remove most of her stomach. i'm really nervous. i kind ofjust want
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this phase to be over. my name is tom. my heaviest, i was 34 stone. genetics can play a huge role in this. i wouldn't go to family events unless i felt like i absolutely had to. for tom, the endless gym sessions and diets failed to overcome his body's biological pre—programming for weight gain. depressing stuff. i didn't realise i had self—confidence issues. i thought i was just an introvert. tom went for the bariatric surgery, and amazingly went from 34 stone to 16 stone. you do look like life before and life after. they are completely different lives. i felt immeasurably different. life just seemed easier. today's survey suggests that living with obesity can bring embarrassment, self—consciousness and shame. i think if you are living - with severe chronic obesity, then it's highly likely that you will have a mental i health difficulty or- an emotional difficulty.
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i'm back to visit india four weeks after surgery. hi, how are you? i have five incisions and this is the one they pulled the stomach out of. it feels like your relationship with food is completely different. it's nonexistent. i don't enjoy eating anymore. how are you mentally, honestly? low, really low. i can manage about half a pot of this for dinner. india's stomach is now the size of a pen. food has been my happiness for 15 years. did you ever find yourself thinking, "oh, i wish i had never done this." yeah. ready? tom's surgery four years ago cost him thousands. losing so much weight so quickly can bring new problems, physical and mental. the excess skinjust kind of plays on it a little bit. thatjust kind of creeps into my thoughts. "i would like to get rid of this." i've gone to all of this effort
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and i still can't, you know, pick up this t—shirt out of my wardrobe and just wear it. i have to have this compression top on. tom is saving hard — surgery to remove the excess skin could cost more than £20,000. step two of the operation would be to kind of pull that skin tight. but after all the problems, the future looks promising. i was thinking about how nice it would be to actually post that photo and go, "i did it." two weeks prior to surgery, and then this was the other day. it's now three months since india's op. she's lost four stone already. six more to go. how have you been? really good. i remember the last time you were here. i was so miserable. your smile is coming through now as well, which is brilliant. yeah, no, i look in the mirror and i'm like, "hm, you don't look half bad." of course, not everyone can get bariatric surgery, but at least for india, there is new hope. it's years and years of change, but i'm excited for the future. that was india ending that report byjeremy cooke. details of organisations offering information and support with mental health
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are available at bbc.co.uk/actionline. poland has accused the european union of blackmail following a threat to withdraw funds after polish judges said certain eu laws were incompatible with poland's constitution. the polish government has been supported by hungary's hardline leader viktor 0rban. tensions between more nationalist administrations and the eu's majority have surfaced at the start of a two—day meeting in brussels, as our europe correspondent jessica parker reports. holding things together isn't always easy. we know that here in a blustery brussels. he's been urged to change course, but poland's prime minister appears largely unmoved. translation: we will not act under pressure of blackmail. _ we are ready for dialogue. we don't agree with the constantly broadening range of competencies of the eu, but we will of course
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talk about it. warsaw, the capital. calls for eu funds to be withheld from poland. a legal challenge is another option considered after a recent polish ruling was said to challenge the primacy of eu law. i am totally against the european union _ am totally against the european union and poland should commit an exit. union and poland should commit an exit |f— union and poland should commit an exit. , , , ., , exit. it is very, very bad what is auoin on exit. it is very, very bad what is going on in _ exit. it is very, very bad what is going on in england _ exit. it is very, very bad what is going on in england and - exit. it is very, very bad what is going on in england and great | going on in england and great britain. polls suggest a large majority here are in favour of remaining in the eu and poland's prime minister has also dismissed talk of plexit. this comes on top of longer standing concerns. the . uestion longer standing concerns. the question is — longer standing concerns. the question is how _ longer standing concerns. the question is how we will get there. the independence of the polish judiciary— the independence of the polish judiciary is the key issue we have
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member states as well. 2005, her first european council— member states as well. 2005, her first european council as - first european council as chancellor. this week is likely to be her last. disagreements over the block's direction didn't end with brexit. as she leaves the stage, the eu will have to find its way without her. jessica parker, bbc news, brussels. scientists are hailing a new treatment which could help solve the worldwide shortage of transplant organs. a geneticaly modified kidney that came from a pig was successfully transplanted onto a human. the kidney functioned normally and experts say it is the most advanced experiment of its kind, as our correspondent jim reed reports. it's been called an astonishing step in medicine. surgeons worked for two hours attaching this pig kidney to a human patient. they say they found a way to genetically alter the organ to stop it being attacked by the body's immune system. biopsies viewed under the microscope showed no evidence of rejection. what was profound about these findings is that the pig kidney functioned just
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like a human kidney transplant. the patient in this case was on life support and had no brain function. she was operated on with the consent of her family. the surgeons attach to the kidney to blood vessels in her leg, maintaining it outside her body where it successfully processed waste. after three days, the new kidney was removed. the surgeons say they recognise there are real concerns about using animals in this way, but there is an acute shortage of organ donors around the world. nearly half of the patients waiting for a transplant to too sick or die before receiving one. —— nearly half of the patients waiting for a transplant become too sick or die before receiving one. the traditional paradigms that someone has to die for someone else to live is never going to keep up with the ever increasing incidents of organ failure. the team in the us hope this first step may pave the way
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for full clinical trials, with transplants of other organs possible within a decade — though many hurdles, both scientific and ethical, would have to be cleared first. jim reed, bbc news. in the past few miniutes we've had an update on the queen's health. buckingham palace has revealed that the queen spent last night in hospital after cancelling a visit to northern ireland. a spokesperson said the queen — who's 95 — went in for preliminary investigations but returned to windsor today. she is said to be in good spirits. that's it. now on bbc one, time for the news where you are. good evening. after the deluge many of us saw last night, today turned into a drier, brighter, but colder day of weather, with a scattering of showers. and as we go through this evening and tonight,
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we will see more of those showers pushing southwards, with some extra cloud as well. the clearest of the skies likely to remain down towards the south east. that's where we'll see the lowest of the temperatures. maybe down to two degrees in some spots in the countryside. tomorrow, then, we will see quite a lot of cloud in the mix. that cloud producing some showers at times. the showers becoming fewer and further between by the afternoon, with the best of the sunshine up towards the north east of scotland. but some sunny spells developing elsewhere. it will be a relatively windy day, but those winds slowly easing a little as the afternoon wears on. top temperatures still struggling for some, 8—9 degrees towards the north east of scotland. maybe 13—14 down towards the south and the west of the uk. into the weekend, it is going to turn a little bit milder, but we will see cloud and some outbreaks of rain at times, particularly in the west. it will also be quite windy.
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you are watching bbc news. the us house of representatives has voted to approve contempt—of—congress charges against steve bannon, the former aide to donald trump, for refusing to cooperate with an inquiry into the storming of the us capitol injanuary. a 25—year—old man has been remanded in custody, charged with the murder of mp sir david amess. ali harbi ali also faces charges of preparing acts of terrorism. disagreements over the rule of law in poland have marked the opening day of the eu summit. several leaders said poland should not receive any pandemic recovery money until the issue is resolved.

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