welcome to bbc news. i'm rich preston. ourtop welcome to bbc news. i'm rich preston. our top stories. pope francis calls for radical decisions at next week's climate change summit in a special message recorded for the bbc. translation: this crisis lays in front of us radical— decisions that are not easy. but each hurdle also represents an opportunity that cannot be wasted. firefighters in new york protest as the deadline passes to have them have a covid vaccine off a suspension from theirjobs. as the row over as the row over post—brexit fishing rights escalates, france says britain's credibility is on the line.
and thousands of fans gather to mourn the death of indian star puneeth raj kumar. he wasjust 46. hello and a warm welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the world. with the crucial cop26 climate summit crucial c0 p26 climate summit getting crucial cop26 climate summit getting under way on sunday, the pope has called on global leaders to make radical decisions and to offer hope to the world. in a message recorded for the bbc, pope francis said those attending should act now to tackle global warming. the pope also met us presidentjoe biden who is in rome for a meeting of 620 rome for a meeting of g20 leaders. 0ur north american editorjohn sobel is travelling with the president and sent this report. ——jon sopel.
the ruler of the world's pre—eminent superpower en route to meet the world's most powerful religious leader. but forjoe biden, only america's second roman catholic president, this is an audience with his spiritual guide and clearly someone he admires enormously. you are the most significant warriorfor peace i have ever met. and with your permission, i'd like to be able to give you a coin. i know my son would want me to give you this to you. the president gave him a coin as a gift, and thenjoked about his irish heritage. i'm the only irish man you've ever met who's never had a drink! and the pope chose the bbc today — in particular, thought for the day on radio 4 — to deliver a firm message to the political elite ahead of next week's crucial c0 p26 summit. translation: the political- decision-makers who will meet at cop26 in glasgow are urgently summoned to provide effective responses to the present ecological crisis and, in this way, to offer concrete hope to future generations.
joe biden agrees with the pope about the urgency, but will words be matched by actions? the motorcades will be sweeping through rome this weekend and through glasgow next week. world leaders tasked with saving the planet. so, no big deal, then. around the world, there have been protests of varying size to chivvy world leaders into action. this was the scene in tel aviv today. in glasgow, outside where the summit will be held next week, the demonstrators seemed to be outnumbered by security guards. and in london, greta thunberg was the star attraction — she's buried somewhere in this mob of photographers — and she had this message for president biden. when you are leader of the most powerful country in the world, you have lots of responsibility. and when the us is actually, in fact, expanding fossil fuel
infrastructure, that is a clear sign that they are not really treating the climate crisis as an emergency. and this salvo to other nations from the former california governor and terminator star. all of those countries that come and give speeches, this "we are not going to go and losejobs because of going greener" — they're liars. 0r they're alljust stupid and they don't know how to do it. joe biden, on this trip to europe, wants to show that america is leading the world on tackling climate change. but his 85—vehicle convoy — most of which were flown in from the us — may not be leading by example or, in this holy city, practising what you preach. jon sopel, bbc news, rome. a political editor laura kuenssberg is also at the summit. she said it is only going to get worse for the british government and its prime minister.
do not underestimate. the roads to scotland next the end of next weekend was not there is of course a formidable alliance, whether that is the pope, arnold schwarzenegger, joe biden, borisjohnson or other leaders who want to help the brits in their task of pushing the world further and faster on their commitments to help hold changes to the climate but there are also formidable site powers on the other side to aunt as enthusiastic, who aren't as reluctant. whether that is china or india. it is certainly not as slamdunk for downing street. they know that these big climate talks that are coming are vitally important and they are at this stage not at all confident that they are going to be able to pull off what they want to achieve stop laura kuenssberg. after meeting the pope, president biden went on for talks with his french counterpart and natural ——
emmanuel macron. relations between the us and france have been strained since washington announced a security deal with australia and the uk. the deal to sell submarines to australia scuppered a previous french arrangement and was said to have cost the country aliens —— aukus. president macron said they were rebuilding confidence when president biden admitted things could have been done better. ~ . . ,, things could have been done better. ~ . ., , , ., , ., better. what happened was, to use an english _ better. what happened was, to use an english phrase, - better. what happened was, to use an english phrase, what. better. what happened was, to | use an english phrase, what we did was clumsy. was not done with a lot of grace. i was under the impression certain things had happened that hadn't happened. but i want to it clear. france is an extremely, extremely valued partner. arabia is cut diplomatic ties with lebanon following criticism of the kingdom's military involvement in yemen. the saudi foreign minister announced as recalling its ambassador to lebanon and requested that lebanon follow suit. also declaring a complete
and on imports from its fellow arab state. the heightened tensions followed the emergence of all comments made by the lebanese minister of information, george could die he who has since apologised for any offence caused. in a previous interview he accused the kingdom of aggression against yemen's houthis and blamed them for the death of civilians. going to the united states now and new york city officials are repairing for a shortage of firefighters, police officers and other first responders after a deadline passed for unvaccinated staff to be immunised. leaders of unions representing firefighters and police officers say the city could put more than one third of their members on unpaid leave when enforcement of the vaccine mandate takes effect on monday. well, andrew and breaux is president of the form firefighters association and joins us from new york now. to see you and thank you for joining us was not how many of your members are unvaccinated? your
deadﬁne members are unvaccinated? your deadline was _ members are unvaccinated? your deadline was several _ members are unvaccinated? 7m;- deadline was several hours ago. the department has released that information but i can imagine that we will probably be somewhere between 30 and 40% unvaccinated firefighters. that is not counting offices. they are an older group. we expect more of them are going to be vaccinated. they are probably between 20 and 30% unvaccinated. between 20 and 3096 unvaccinated.- between 20 and 3096 unvaccinated. . , ., unvaccinated. that is quite a sizeable number _ unvaccinated. that is quite a sizeable number especially l unvaccinated. that is quite a - sizeable number especially when you are talking about a city like new york. what are the risks to the city if these people can't turn up to work on monday? people can't turn up to work on monda ? �* . r' , people can't turn up to work on monda ? �* , , , monday? i'm asking my members to show up _ monday? i'm asking my members to show up for— monday? i'm asking my members to show up for work. _ monday? i'm asking my members to show up for work. they - monday? i'm asking my members to show up for work. they took i to show up for work. they took an oath to protect lives so i'm telling them to go to work and i'm hoping the mayor allows them to work. new york city based on last year's statistics, every day there are 65 structural fires on average. every day there are 1600 life—threatening medical emergencies on average. every day there is 80 cardiac patients per day, on average.
the survivability for every minute you take longer to get their decreases by 8% stop there are so many people that are going to go without vital services for so many additional minutes. it will without question put lives to risk and some people's lives will be lost. of the texas 15 minute to get to a heart attack patients they aren't going to make it and by contrast today's covid rate in new york city and there are currently nine covid deaths per day in the city of 8 million people stop in a city thatis million people stop in a city that is going to have 80 heart attacks tomorrow with the current survivability rate. we will lose more to heart attacks than covid. we are counting people hit by cars, he by cars, trauma, shootings, stabbing, we aren't even counting those and all of those patients will be waiting as well. it all of those patients will be waiting as well.— waiting as well. it is worth highlighting _ waiting as well. it is worth highlighting for _ waiting as well. it is worth highlighting for those - waiting as well. it is worth - highlighting for those viewing, that firefighters often attend medical emergencies and that is why you are talking about heart
attacks. can you explain, why are some of your members unwilling to get vaccinated? well, 70% of my members have already been infected with covid. they feel that they have natural immunity. a lot of them have no need, they feel, to get the vaccine. i truly understand that some studies have shown that some studies have shown that the vaccine protection is better that you have to understand that to be a new york city firefighter you are basically young and healthy and if you have already lived through this you expect to have the same outcome if you get this again. you also have to take into account everyone says what about the other person? i was vaccinated, we are not anti— vaccine. i was vaccinated day one. it was available for us december 27. my wife was vaccinated in may, she got covid in august and gave it to me and i gave it to another vaccinated firefighter. three people vaccinated that spread this so we can't even say that this so we can't even say that this vaccine stops the spread of this. i guarantee you will know it decreases the effects
of it but so does having a pre— recent infection. there is no question about that. my members feel that they should have that option. now, what happened was the mayor put a mandate in place and gave us a nine day window within which to make this decision. in a new york city fire department you need at least 30 days to retire. we have members having a hard time even retiring stop now the retirement offices flooded. they will go without pay. we are asking the city to give us the time to negotiate the terms of transition and allow some of the court cases that bring up natural immunity. to make their way through court. right now the covid rig in new york city is dropping day by day, it is about a third of what it was ten weeks ago. it continues to trend down. the deaths are trending down. most of my members have either been vaccinated or infected. again, we are not anti— vaccine, we are anti— mandate. people have
put their lives on the line this entire pandemic and now that it this entire pandemic and now thatitis this entire pandemic and now that it is winding down to political purposes, they are being told if they don't roll up being told if they don't roll up their sleeves and get a shot they are out the door. 0k. the roblem they are out the door. 0k. the problem is. — they are out the door. 0k. the problem is, this is going to affect all the new york city residents. they won't be enough rigs out there on the streets, agents and ladders, to go and put out the fires and do the medical emergencies that are going to happen. the same with the police officers.— the police officers. thank you very much. — the police officers. thank you very much. we _ the police officers. thank you very much, we will— the police officers. thank you very much, we will have - the police officers. thank you very much, we will have to i very much, we will have to leave it there. president of the form firefighters association joining us the form firefighters associationjoining us from new york. thank you very much for coming on the programme. thank ou for having me. sticking with covid, the uk would _ having me. sticking with covid, the uk would corded _ having me. sticking with covid, the uk would corded higher- the uk would corded higher levels of infection in the last week to friday than in any time in winter. the statistics office estimate at 1.3 million people will have tested positive in that period. here is a health editor hugh pym. boosterjabs, like these being delivered in leeds today, are seen by ministers as vital
in the drive to keep ahead of the virus. they are offered six months after a second dose but from today, the nhs has been told there can be flexibility on timing. for example, if someone, a doctor, is visiting a care home and there might be one or two residents that are just short of the six—month point, they can use their discretion and make sure everyone is boosted in the same session. daily reported cases may not be rising, but part of the explanation may be fewer school pupils coming forward for tests during half—term holidays. the office for national statistics does regular household testing, which picks up the underlying trend. the latest 0ns survey suggests that last week, 1.3 million people in the uk had the virus — higher than the peak injanuary. in england, one in 50 people had the virus. in wales, it was one in 60. and in both scotland and northern ireland, one in 75 people. there were increases in all the uk's nations. so, what might the 0ns data tell us about this week when it's published?
i wouldn't be surprised to see a reduction in our data in the next week or so. however, what we saw this time last year was that little half—term reduction followed by a significant increase, so i really am not being complacent there. case rates may be higher, but hospital admissions are about a quarter the level seen injanuary, thanks to protection offered by vaccines. wales has the highest infection rate in the uk and new measures are being brought in to tackle the virus. covid passes are being extended to cinemas, theatres and concert halls from mid november, and other venues may yet be included. the first minister said this was necessary to allow a normal christmas, and the pandemic was far from over. hugh pym, bbc news. a row between britain and france over fishing rights a row between britain and france overfishing rights in
uk waters has escalated further. the french prime minister has written to the european commission asking it to begin proceedings that could lead to retaliatory tariffs on uk goods entering the eu. the british government denies it is withholding licenses for french boats to fish in british waters. with the latest, here's our political correspondent alex forsyth. arriving in rome with a diplomatic row brewing, the prime minister stressed the ties that bind the uk and france. an old ally and friend, but the french president tonight told the financial times the uk's credibility is at stake in the row over fishing. this is the front line of this fight, which has been rumbling for months. the authorities here injersey and across the uk say they have stuck to agreements made after brexit and issued licences to french boats that can prove a history of fishing these waters. but france says dozens have been unfairly denied. localfishermen, like their counterparts across the channel, are frustrated and worried.
the feeling amongst the fleet yesterday was one of absolute despair. certainly, there are real difficult times ahead and our big worry down here is how are we going to try and preserve the fleet and come out the other end with a fishing fleet intact? the row escalated this week when this british trawler was detained by french authorities — a warning shot about what might follow. france has threatened further checks and restrictions on british vessels, even suggested it could disrupt cross—channel trade. the prime minister said he'd be surprised if that happened but the uk was ready to do what's necessary. the government is ready to retaliate. two can play at that game is what i would say, but in the first instance, what we are doing is raising this with the european commission. it's always open to us to increase the enforcement that we do on french vessels, to board more of them if that's what they're doing to our vessels. in a further sign of tension, the french ambassador was summoned to the foreign
office, where she was given a dressing—down. the language on both sides is ramping up, but they are still talking. both here and in france, fishing is an emotional issue which carries political clout. borisjohnson promised british fishermen brexit would mean a better deal. in france, president macron is facing an election which brings its own pressures. both sides have reason to take a tough stance but both know a serious escalation could be damaging. this spring, french boats staged a protest offjersey over the same issue. the uk says it does want a diplomatic solution to this ongoing dispute. france has set a deadline of tuesday for it to be resolved. there is a time for flexing muscles and put your trump cards on the table, and there are times for negotiations. the next step is really negotiation. but for now, it's the fishermen that are caught in this diplomatic row.
alex forsyth, bbc news, westminster. this is bbc news. the latest headlines. pope francis calls for radical decision that next week's climate change summit in a special message recorded for the bbc. firefighters protest as a deadline passes to force them to receive a covid jab or face a suspension from their jobs in new york. here the uk, a woman who attacked her husband with a kitchen knife has been found of his murder. ellerby jackson, has been found of his murder. ellerbyjackson, who is 66, admitted manslaughter but denied murder claimed she had been subjected to coercion, control and physical marriage throughout her marriage. she is expected to serve at least 18 years injail. february this year, and police arrive at a bungalow on the somerset coast. hello, madam. do you want to just step outside for me a minute? can you come outside? yes. - thank you. pennyjackson opens the door,
penny jackson wrote this note entitled "confession". she said, "i have taken so much abuse over the years," adding, "may he rot in hell." the retired accountant claimed she'd been subjected to control, coercion and violence throughout their marriage. the court heard david jackson had been aggressive to his wife on three occasions 20 years ago. but the judge said it was pennyjackson who'd been the controlling one in their marriage. he said he had no doubt that she had intended to kill her husband, and he added she had shown "not one shred of remorse" for what she'd done throughout this whole trial. there's only been one voice in this trial, and that's of penelope jackson. david jackson hasn't been able to respond to the allegations put to him around the history of domestic abuse, and that was a really difficult issue for thejury to make a judgement on. david and penny's daughter isobel said she'd had
two fantastic parents. but from the moment an officer knocked on her door she knew she had lost not just her dad but her mum too. penny jackson was sentenced to life in prison — she will serve a minimum of 18 years. andrew plant, bbc news, bristol crown court. let's get some of the day's other stories. the polish parliament has approved a plan to build a wall along part of its border with elarus in response to what is it an unprecedented wave of migrants and refugees in recent months. the estimated 353 million wall will replace an existing fence. the us supreme court has rejected healthcare workers in the state of maine who are seeking a religious exemption to a covid—19 that the mandate. the court, which has a conservative majority, rejected a rest made by nine unnamed plaintiffs. those refusing the jab could lose theirjobs.
there has been an outpouring of grief from fans of the indian film star who has died at the age of 66. thousands gathered in the streets of the southern city following news of his sudden death from a heart attack. he was known as �*power star', for his action roles in the kannada language industry. he may not have been as famous as his bollywood fellow actors, but to his fans in southern india, puneeth rajkumar was a dancing and singing superstar. prime minister narendra modi led tributes, tweeting: i think everybody is in just a state of shock, myself included, because just yesterday he was performing on stage with his brother. and with a very prominent star called yash on stage, and to hear this news this morning, just has taken everyone by total shock. there were angry scenes outside the bengaluru hospital
where the actor died. authorities enhanced security around his house, fearing violence by his fans. some chased the ambulance in which his body was taken from the hospital. puneeth rajkumar was the son of the legendary actor known simply as rajkumar. he starred in around 30 films with his debut action comedy film appu being one of his biggest hits. hindi—language bollywood is india's biggest film industry, but the country also produces hundreds of films in its 21 other official languages every year. the kannada language is spoken in the indian state of karnataka and its neighbouring southern states. the death of rajkumar is seen as a huge loss to the kannada language film industry. spot robot dog has become something of a celebrity in recent years, developed by a team in boston and american —— mimics natural movements and
has been used in a variety of different roles. spot is launching a musical career as he lodges a rock career. start me up by the rolling stones plays. for anyone wondering, mickjagger is the one on the left. although in some ways, it is quite hard to tell. # if you start me up i'll never stop... to celebrate the 60th anniversary of their album tattoo you, the rolling stones got together with the engineers at boston dynamics to create this unusual video of their song start me up. it is notjust mick — there is a robot keith, robot charlie and robot ronnie as well. every move, every guitar lick and every drumbeat synchronised to match the original. # you make a grown man cry... why, you might ask?
well, why not? # do you like it like this... this is by no means the first time spot has dabbled in some classic rock—and—roll. # do you love me... along with fellow robot atlas, the 6—legged automaton has become quite the mover. no easy task for the programmers, but you can't always get what you want. it can be frustrating sometimes. the robots crash a lot. it is kind of a choreographed routine, it is an athlete that has practised these moves dozens or hundreds of times even to get that high level, that exciting capability. perhaps this will be the beginning of a beautiful career, spot making cameos in countless music videos. a robot that brings true... satisfaction. tim allman, bbc news. you can get more on all those stories on the bbc news website
or by downloading the bbc news app. you can reach me on twitter. thank you very much forjoining us. goodbye for now. skies have cleared across some parts of the country and it's even dried out, but in other areas, it's raining again. the next weather front is currently moving into western parts of the uk, and the whole weekend is giong to be very changeable — from rain to sunshine back to rain again. so, here's the satellite picture, and you can see lots of weather systems circling around the north atlantic, some of them moving in. this is the one that's over western parts of the uk right now. so if it's raining where you are at this very moment, it's as a result of this weather front, and you can see it here through the early hours of the morning. the rain will be heaviest around south—western scotland, wales and also the south—west of england. in some areas, there could be 20, 30, maybe even 60mm of rain.
at the same time, and this is 7am, it's dry in newcastle, hull and just about dry in london as well. but watch the weather front — it moves into central parts of the uk, it pushes eastwards by late morning. certainly by lunchtime, the bulk of that rain is out in the north sea. and the weather improves across most of the uk. it's not going to be completely dry, there will be showers around, but there's certainly a lot more sunshine around the second half of the day. 15 in london, around 11 degrees for belfast and also glasgow. then saturday night, a window of opportunity for drier weather before the next area of low pressure sweeps in. certainly worthy of a mention — it's the fact that the clocks go back early hours of sunday. so here we go, sunday's weather map. here's the low pressure moving into the uk. now, a lot of isobars there, pressure lines, so that means there's going to be quite a strong wind blowing
into western and south—western parts. galeforce winds, in fact. here's that band of rain in the morning. by the time we get to lunchtime, the bulk of that rain again is out in the north sea. it dries out, not completely — some areas, particularly around the irish sea, northern ireland here, we will have showers. now, the good news is for some of the trick—or—treaters, at least, that the skies will be clear enough and i think there'll be some drier weather around as well. but not completely dry, always some showers about. and the forecast shows that the weather will be changeable through the first half of the week, but towards the end of the week, things should settle down. bye— bye.
this is bbc news, the headlines: pope francis has urged world leaders at next week's climate summit in glasgow to take radical decisions, offering concrete hope to future generations. in a message recorded for the bbc, the pope said that with climate change and the pandemic, people felt increasingly powerless, frail and fearful. new frail and fearful. york city is preparing for a new york city is preparing for a shortage of first responders after a deadline passed for staff to be immunised. union leaders say more than one third of their staff could be put on paid leave and the mandate stakes —— takes place from monday. a prominent film actor from southern india, puneeth rajkumar, has died at the age of 66. doctors say he died of a heart attack in the city of bengaluru. described as a superstar in the film industry, mr rajkumar had acted in several blockbusters.