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welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore. i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines: more than 150 people have died in floods in southern india. we have a special report. in this one small village alone, more than 100 homes were completely destroyed, and just as many were left damaged. as the river rose earlier in the week, people say they ran for their lives. as extreme weather grips the world, the bbc learns of countries lobbying for a more gradual move away from fossil fuels. buckingham palace reveals that queen elizabeth spent wednesday night in hospitalfor preliminary medical checks. she's now back at windsor castle.
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the fbi say human remains found in a florida wilderness park are those of brian laundrie, the boyfriend of the former travel blogger gabby petito and a person of interest in her death. and a potential breakthrough: surgeons successfully transplant a pig kidney into a human without it being rejected by the immune system. live from our studio in singapore, this is bbc news, it is newsday. hello and welcome to the programme. record—breaking rain have killed at least 100 people in india and nepal according to disaster management officials.
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more than 200 families are in 26 evacuation cams across the state kerala. state authorities are urging residents to stay indoors. kerala, india's coastal paradise, is testament to the beauty of nature. 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
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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 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.
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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. 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. such distressing images in that report. india's leader narendra modi has confirmed he will attend cop26 in glasgow. india is one of the world is expanding economy and also one of the biggest polluters and will be a key participant. according to linked documents
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seen by bbc news, 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 fossilfuels. 0ur climate editor justin rowlat 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. 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.
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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. 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 isjust 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
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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, 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. within my lifetime even,
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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. 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. in other stories. buckingham palace has revealed
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that queen elizabeth has spent a night in hospital, after cancelling a visit to northern ireland. a spokesperson said the queen, who's 95, underwent "preliminary investigations" at a private hospital in central london. she returned to windsor castle on thursday. she's said to be in good spirits. they have kept these to a degree of privacy in part because of the queen's medical privacy these sun newspaper had broken use of the visit so buckingham palace has confirmed that the longest serving monarch and queen elizabeth ii did visit the hospital stop the dog if she was due to gathered to visit special but she has been captain for logistical reasons, returning to windsor castle earlier and she said to now be in good spirits. remember of course, we were told that when she cancelled or postponed her visit to northern ireland, she was due to be there for the centenary of
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northern ireland, this was purely precautionary but the reason, as you can imagine, a degree of privacy for the monarch. the number of new covid infections in the uk has surged past 50,000 — the highest number in three months. prime minister borisjohson has urged people to come forward for vaccinations and booster jabs, but said the government was sticking with its plan for managing the pandemic. 0ur health editor hugh pym has the latest. are you here for your booster? yes. the booster jab 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 is just get that booster jab. when you get the call, get the jab. we've done about 4 million booster jabs already. 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
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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, 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 system, gp practices are continuing to run vaccination clinics and centres, but some say the process of contacting
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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 people vaccinated as part of what they call the wall of defence against the virus, with pleas that if people don't come forward for jabs,
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restrictions in england may be required. hugh pym, bbc news. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: poland is told to respect rules of the club on the first day of an eu summit in brussels. a historic moment that many of his victims have waited for for decades. the former dictator in the dock, older, slimmer. and as he sat down, obedient enough. dawn, and as the sun breaks through the piercing chill of night on the plane outside, it lights up a biblical famine now in the 20th century. the depressing conclusion, in argentina today- it is actually cheaper— to paper your walls with money. we've had controversies in the past with great britain,
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but as good friends, we have always found a good and lasting solution. concorde bows out in style after almost three decades in service. an aircraft that has enthralled its many admirers for so long taxis home one last time. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm karishma vaswani in singapore. 0ur headlines: more than 150 people have died in flooding across india and nepal, as india's military are drafted in to help rescue efforts. documents seen by the bbc show a number of countries have been lobbying the un for a more gradual move away from the use of fossil fuels. the fbi has confirmed that human remains found in a florida wilderness park are those of brian laundrie, the partner of gabby petito, a well—known travel blogger,
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who was found dead in wyoming last month. mr laundrie had been missing for several weeks, after returning to florida from a cross—country trip without her. let's get the latest from our correspondent david willis. bring us speed to the latest. gabby petito and brian laundrie set off from new york injuly. they met their in high school, high school sweetheart, and they travelled west through kansas, colorado and utah, posting pictures on social media as they went. by all accounts, by all appearances at least, happy couple enjoying their very own campervan american adventure, if you like. gabby petito was last
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seen alive on august 26. a few days after that on september one, brian laundrie returned to his home in florida on his own. gabby petito's body was found subsequently a couple of weeks later — september 19 — in wilderness in wyoming. 0fficials wilderness in wyoming. officials believe that the body had been there for several weeks, and the coroner said that the cause of death was strangulation. brian laundrie subsequently refused to co—operate with detectives this time he was named a person of interest in regard to the disappearance of gabby petito. and then he, himself, went missing around september 1a. yesterday, officials reported finding human remains in a wildlife area close to rome laundry�*s family home in florida. a short while ago, the fbi confirmed that the remains
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are that of brian laundrie, bringing to an end of the missing persons case which has captivated people on social media and on news channels. as you say, this has been a story that has really grabbed the attention of people. with the attention of people. with the latest developments, what can we expect to happen next? there is a lot we don't know. it brings a part of this mystery to a close but what we still don't know — it is thought that maybe detectives don't know this yet either — what actually happened in the moments leading up to the death of gabby petito the death of brian laundrie. they are trying to work out how these people died and what happened immediately before they died. a lot is still to be uncovered but it has been a major source
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of interest for armchair sleuths, those true crime bands and someone who had been speculating and so on. it has really grabbed the attention of people here in the united states. black david willis, always a pleasure. thank you for your analysis. the us house of representatives has approved a resolution finding former trump advisor steve bannon in contempt of congress. mr bannon has refused to appear before a congressional hearing investigating january's attack on the us capitol, citing executive privilege. the matter will now be referred to the justice department. a coronavirus lockdown in the australian city of melbourne has been lifted, now that 70% of the population has been double—vaccinated. the city has had six lockdowns, spending more than 260 days under tough restrictions. pubs, cafes and hairdressers can now reopen, but only to those who are double—vaccinated.
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poland has accused the european union of blackmail, following a threat to withdraw funds, after polishjudges 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 correspondentjessica 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. there are calls for eu funds to be withheld from poland. a legal challenge another option being considered after a recent polish court ruling was said to challenge the primacy of eu law. i am totally against the european union and poland it is very, very bad what is going on in england and great britain. polls suggest a large majority here are in favour of remaining in the eu. poland's prime minister has also dismissed talk of plexit. but the court ruling has been described as a challenge to the bloc�*s legal order. this comes on top of longer standing concerns. the question is how we will get there. the independence of the polish
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judiciary is the key issue we have to discuss and settle. poland's governing party, they have their allies. democracy is prevailing. what is the problem with poland? they have a lot to discuss around that table. big issues — surging energy prices, coronavirus, migration. the rule of law and what is happening in poland wasn't even an official item on the agenda, yet it still threatened to overshadow the summit. enter germany's angela merkel, advocating political dialogue over big legal battles. also acknowledging contrasting views. translation: how do - countries envisage the eu? is it ever closer union or is it more national statehood? that is notjust a question about poland and the eu but is something discussed in other member states, too. 2005, herfirst european council as chancellor. this week is likely to be her last.
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disagreements over the bloc�*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 genetically modified kidney, that came from a pig, was successfully transplanted into 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 attached 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 become too sick or die before receiving one. the traditional paradigm 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 for full clinical trials, with transplants of other organs possible within a decade,
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though many hurdles, both scientific and ethical, will have to be cleared first. jim reed, bbc news. such a fascinating development. hundreds of schoolchildren have stormed parliament in the democratic republic of the congo, demanding higher salaries for their teachers. pupils waving signs. they have been demanding a higher pay raise and lower retirement age. those accused of being behind the striker denied it. a rhino will be retiring from a programme that is to save the
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reader from programme that is to save the readerfrom extension. the last known mail has died. neither can carry a car, so embryos made will be planted into a surrogate rhino. it is hoped the breeding project will be successful. before we go, i would like to bring you these live pictures from the parma and at the spanish canary islands. if you are a regular viewer, you would know about the story, we talk about it a lot. you can see the volcano continuing to spew a river of lava. the initial eruption was on the september 19. as you can see, it is showing few signs of abating and has destroyed some 2000 buildings and forced thousands to leave their homes. really a sign of how powerful
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the force of nature can be, yet so devastating for those living near it. that is it for newsday. thank you forjoining us. stay with bbc news. hello. after what was a decidedly chilly day on thursday in most places, temperatures have been allowed to drop where night skies have been clear. but the skies certainly aren't clear everywhere — areas of cloud spilling down from the northwest, which have been producing some outbreaks of showery rain. most of us, though, starting friday in the midst of this relatively cool air, and a decidedly chilly feel in the northeast of scotland — that's where we will have some of the coldest weather through the day, some of the windiest weather, but some of the sunniest weather. for shetland, for 0rknay, for the north and east of the mainland. elsewhere, southwest scotland, northern ireland, england and wales starting off with large amounts of cloud, some showers — the showers becoming fewer and further between as the day wears on — and, even in these cloudy areas, there will be
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spells of sunshine. the winds for most will ease through the day, it will stay quite blustery up towards the northeast, temperatures for at lowick and aberdeen only getting to 8—9 celsius. but elsewhere, a slightly milder afternoon, 12—14 celsius. as we move through friday night where we keep these clear skies in eastern scotland and eastern england, it will turn really quite chilly, temperatures getting close to freezing in some spots. but out west, it will be becoming milder, windier, the wind starting to come up from the south, bringing milder air our way with a lot of cloud, mist and murk, and hill fog as this weather front begins to approach from the west. now this will introduce rain through saturday across parts of northern ireland and western scotland — ahead of it, we'll see increasing amounts of cloud, and also crucially, this southerly wind setting up, bringing some milder air. so a milder feel to the weather as we go through the weekend, but that weather
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front will bring outbreaks of rain from time to time across northern ireland, particularly up towards the north and the west of scotland. further south and east, quite a lot of cloud developing — it will stay mainly dry, particularly for england and wales, those winds though coming up from the south, quite a strong wind across the western side of scotland, and those temperatures will be higher by this stage — ten for lowick, 1a for glasgow, 15 for belfast and plymouth. now into sunday, we keep the southerly winds, still quite a strong wind in places. the weather front in the west breaking up into showers — so it's a mixture of sunshine and showers, really as we head through the day on sunday, byt we keep those slightly wigher temperatures. values in most spots around 111—15 celsius.
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