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this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at seven... borisjohnson warns the eu that french threats over post—brexit fishing licences are "completely unjustified". france's emmanuel macron says the row over fishing raises questions about britain's reliability. the two leaders will discuss the dispute at the 620 in rome tomorrow. lawyers for prince andrew claim the woman who's accused him of sexual assault is out for �*another payday�* as they ask a new york court to dismiss the case against him. a group of people from the lgbt community in afghanistan arrive in the uk after fleeing the taliban. one gay man tells the bbc that he finally �*feels free�*.
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and ahead of the cop26 global summit in glasgow, church bells have run out across the uk to �*warn�* about the dangers of climate change. good evening. borisjohnson says there is �*turbulence�* in the uk�*s relations with france as the dispute over post brexit fishing rights continues to escalate. let�*s cross to rome and our correspondent, mark lowen. thank you very much indeed. a warm welcome to rome, where the first day of this two day t20 summit is a drawing to a close after important talks that have focused today largely on the pandemic and the
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global economic recovery, with the leaders of the world�*s largest economies are pledging to vaccinate 70% of the world by the middle of next year, and agreeing on a global minimum corporate tax rate of 15% to try to stop companies from using offshore tax havens in their race for the bottom. the 620 leaders are now at a gala dinner at the diocletian laughs built at the turn of the fourth century. the german chancellor angela merkel there come to her last 620�*s summit, likely, as she will be replaced as chancellor in the coming weeks and months when a deal is done on that new government and a sumptuous evening in the largest imperial backs of ancient road awaits these 620 leaders. and this will be a preface to tamara�*s talks which will be
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focused on the climate and that issue, perhaps an agreement will be rather tougher for these leaders to reach because a draft communiqu seen by some news agencies shows that even though leaders will aim to have a cap of the global warming at 1.5 degrees, they will largely avoid firm commitments. and language too seems to have been watered down rather from what we had hoped and what leaders had hoped, talking about meaningful and effective actions to try to achieve net zero carbon emissions rather than immediate actions. so that gives you an immediate sense of the tough talks on the climate issue that are ahead. 0ne talks on the climate issue that are ahead. one of the issues that the 620 has brought to the four is the chance to reraise multilateralism and for some of these leaders to meetjoe biden, the us president, who is attending his first in—person 620 summit, and our north america
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editor has been following all the day�*s events. editor has been following all the day's events-_ and with that thumbs—up from the american president, the biggest gathering of world leaders since covid arrived could get under way. and everyone�*s relearning social etiquette. to mask or not to mask — unmask. to shake hands or not — shake. and with everyone back in the same room, the host, the italian prime minister, made a tentative call to order. i think we can start. and after so long apart, he urged a renewed commitment to working together. multilateralism is the best answer to the problems we face today. in many ways, it is the only possible answer. from the pandemic to climate change, to fair and equitable taxation, going it alone is simply not an option. the great set piece of these occasions is a family photo, but then something unexpected happened.
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the men in white coats arrived. no, not to take them away, but to underline the role that first responders have played since the pandemic took hold and how to speed up vaccine distribution to the poorest nations. borisjohnson is here to shake hands, yes, but also to twist arms ahead of the climate change summit in glasgow next week. there, thousands were out on the streets today ahead of cop26 getting under way. and there were similar protests here in rome as well. the draft communiqu that has been agreed talks about the urgent need to keep global warming to 1.5 celsius, but for all the words in this draft communiqu — and there are a lot of them — it is very short on detailed commitments or concrete measures to limit carbon emissions. borisjohnson is going to have his work cut out in glasgow next week. jon sopel, bbc news, rome.
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0n the all important climate goals, and the president of the cop26 summit has said the 620 conferences make or break because it makes up 80% of the world�*s greenhouse gas emissions, so getting agreement on them is essential. so these 620 leaders are still arriving for their dinner, we have got the president of the eu commission, ursula von der leyen, who is posing the hair meeting with the italian president and prime minister, and meetings have moved on from the diocletian baths, the ancient place, to the presidential palace next. presidential palace next baths, the ancient place, to the presidential palace next to ursula
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von der leyen, you will see the prime minister and president of italy, holding those introductory talks and we are waiting for the other leaders to arrive that special gala dinner. perhaps overshadowing the main theme somewhat of 620 talks are the bilateral disputes, and there are some tensions in the air between some western allies, not least between britain and france at the moment over post brexit fishing rights, with both countries threatening to withhold licences from the other�*s fishing boats to be able to come into their waters. and thatis able to come into their waters. and that is a row that is simmering here and seems to be escalating between britain and france, the british prime minister and french president have not yet met in a formal setting for a bilateral meeting and it could well be a difficult talk when it comes to that head—to—head. but ahead of any sort of bilateral meeting between britain and france,
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our political editor laura kuenssberg sat down with boris johnson. 0ld rivalries and fierce fights — rome�*s coliseum has hosted a few. but it�*s the uk and france this time both flexing their strength. france threatening to disrupt trade if their boats don�*t get more access to fish the channel. do you think that france is trying to punish the uk with this row overfishing permits? i think the things that unite france and the uk are far more important than things that divide us, laura, and i must say, we are a bit worried that france may be about to become in breach or is already in breach of trade and cooperation agreement that we struck. president macron is going around questioning your credibility, you have been summoning the french ambassador into the foreign office in london — what are you going to do about it? we are going to get on and do the things that matter to both of us and make sure that we work together on tackling the big issues that face the world. there is some turbulence in the relationship. if one of our partners decides
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to breach the trade and cooperation agreement that we struck, then obviously that is a matter that we will have to pursue. the prime minister may want to play nice with the french president and their other high—ranking friends, but if macron goes further, that power hug might not last. boris johnson�*s left tenant, david frost, french rhetoric was problematic and warned the uk could trigger legal action, a dispute settlement mechanism before too long. the fist bump isn�*t yet a dramatic punch—up over channel permits. borisjohnson has to use hisjoke, much bigger fish to fry, getting wealthy big countries, india, and especially china, to give up more cash and give up more carbon than they have promised so far. people are often very conceited about history and about our civilisation. we think that we can be on a remorseless forward march when, actually,
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we can be actively conniving in our own decline and fall. and what we need to do is to ensure that at the cop summit next week, the world leaders come together... are you disappointed with what china has come forward so far? look, they�*ve made progress on overseas financing of coal — that is a good thing. what china, i think, needs to do is find ways of making a more ambitious nationally determined contribution. but they are not going to do that, they have published what they have said they�*re going to do and it is not enough, is it? you must be disappointed. let�*s see where we can get to. in september, you rated the chances of success in glasgow at six out of ten. what would you say this morning? i would say they are about the same. look at that. borisjohnson hopes he will make history, brokering an agreement to slow down the warming of the planet. it is the metaphor. either cop succeeds or the dark ages, that is what i�*m saying. but he is trying to corral many dozens of countries. there is certainly no one emperor that can rule supreme.
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laura kuenssberg, bbc news, rome. 6orgeous shots of the coliseum there. the 620 leaders will travel on monday from rome to glasgow for that un climate conference and head of that the swedish environmental activist 6reta thornburg has arrived in glasgow, where she was mobbed by supporters and journalists too. and there will be those tough talks in there will be those tough talks in the climate conference ahead to try to achieve that level warming cat, to achieve that level warming cat, to try to achieve net zero carbon emissions, all discussions starting here in rome on the second day of the 6 here in rome on the second day of the g 22 here in rome on the second day of the 6 22 are and then continuing long into 6lasgow as well. we will bring you all the latest as the 620 continues here in rome but i will hand you back to london.- continues here in rome but i will hand you back to london. mark, thank ou ve hand you back to london. mark, thank you very much- _ hundreds of church bells across the uk will rang out this evening to call for urgent action
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on climate change on the eve of cop26. over 20 cathedrals took part, including durham cathedral and st pauls in london. environmentalist edward 6ildea from essex came up with the idea to use church bells to sound a warning to delegates in glasgow. lawyers for prince andrew have accused a woman of trying to "achieve another payday" at the duke�*s expense. virginia 6uiffre says she was sexually abused by him as a teenager. prince andrew has always denied the claims, and has now asked a judge to dismiss a civil lawsuit against him. 0ur royal correspondent, nicholas witchell, reports. after months when he has appeared to want to ignore the civil lawsuit brought by virginia 6uiffre, prince andrew has now instructed his lawyers to fight to clear his name. the queen�*s second son has been accused of sexual abuse when ms 6uiffre was i7—years—old and thus a minor under us state law.
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in papers filed in new york last night, the prince�*s lawyers have asked a court to dismiss the lawsuit or to require ms 6uiffre to provide a more definitive statement of her allegations. the court papers state, "prince andrew never sexually abused "or assaulted 6uiffre. "he unequivocally denies 6uiffre�*s false allegations against him." it goes on, "6uiffre has initiated this baseless lawsuit "against prince andrew to achieve another payday at his expense "and at the expense of those closest to him." a second argument advanced by andrew�*s lawyers is that ms 6uiffre�*s not entitled to bring a lawsuit against him. they claim she forfeited that right in 2009 when she sued this man, jeffrey epstein, the person who was thought to have organised the sex trafficking. epstein took his own life in prison two years ago. epstein had been a friend of andrew, but the prince�*s lawyers say the 2009 court settlement included a clause which precludes virginia 6uiffre from taking any
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further court action. it will now be for the new york court to decide whether or not a case against the prince should be dismissed. nicholas witchell, bbc news. an afghan refugee says he feels like "a human being" for the first time in his life after arriving in the uk with 28 others from the lgbt community. the man — who the bbc is not naming for safety reasons — fled afghanistan, fearing for his life under the taliban after the hardline islamist group took control of the country in august. in an instant, the relative safety of afghanistan�*s l6bt community was wiped away, leaving many battling to escape. he�*s been speaking to our reporter ali hamedani. for security reasons, his words are spoken by an actor. translation: we travelled on a royal air force aircraft| and i cannot express my emotions.
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i feel blessed and i�*m so excited. i am free. when we arrived in the uk, the people who greeted us were so friendly and welcomed us warmly. i was surprised by that much kindness and asked myself why people on this side of the world are so friendly towards us. for the first time in my life, ifelt i was a human being. everything collapsed after the fall of kabul. the freedom of people, and especially the l6bti community had previously, has been demolished. we were so scared. as you might know, this community was a secret underground community but we knew each other and our network, and if one of us got arrested, they could have found the rest of us. kabul is not a big city and with the way
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the taliban is ruling the country, it was not that difficult to find high profile lb6ti people. we also heard a couple of people were arrested and were so scared. like many other gay men in afghanistan, we lead a double life — i have a wife and kids. if i was arrested, i can imagine it would be a nightmare for me, and especially in front of my family. i tried so hard to leave the country and tried so hard to hide the reason for my departure from my family and got in touch with a couple of international lb6ti organisations, and thankfully they acted fast. britain is a new home for me. everything is new to me here — a new lifestyle, language and culture, i am nervous about my future and i�*m trying to figure out where to start my new life, but i feel safe and free. this is amazing. one person has been rescued in a river search in southwest wales after police reported there were people in distress in the water. quay street in haverfordwest, pembrokeshire, was cordoned off
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as police, firefighters, coastguard and ambulance crews were called out. dyfed—powys police has asked people to avoid the area. the welsh ambulance service confirmed that one patient has been taken to the town�*s withybush hospital for treatment. the prime minister says he�*s spoken to the queen this week and that she is "on very good form." yesterday, buckingham palace announced the 95—year—old monarch would not undertake official visits for a fortnight. speaking in rome, mrjohnson said the "important thing" was that she had to follow her doctor�*s advice. i spoke to her majesty, as i do every week, this week and she�*s on very good form. she�*s just got to follow the advice of her doctors and get some rest, and i think that�*s the important thing. i�*m sure the whole country wishes her well. five people have been arrested on suspicion on murder after a man was fatally stabbed. merseyside police said the man,
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who was in his 30s, died in hospital after being found injured in beechwood avenue, halewood, yesterday evening. the force said it was believed to have been a "targeted attack". the men, aged between 22 and 62, are in custody and the victim�*s family is being supported by specialist officers. at least three people have been killed by security forces in sudan following mass protests. it follows the military coup there earlier this week. hundreds of thousands demanded the restoration of a civilian—led government. ann soy reports. thousands of sudanese are on the streets in the capital and other cities. they chanted in praise of the revolution two years ago. protests like these helped bring down then president 0mar al—bashir after three decades in power.
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these protesters are back on the streets to protect that revolution, they say. "may freedom live", they sang. freedom from military rule — a strong statement against the monday coup. 0rganisers called it the million—strong march. defiance against military rulers who declared a state of emergency across the country. but these civilians responded by staging protests from even before the coup was confirmed, and against all odds. phone lines are down — even short text messages weren�*t going through. there has been no internet connectivity for days, but they still got people out to demonstrate for democracy. and they have the support of much of the west. the us government said they stand
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with the protesters. britain and the un urged the security forces to allow protests to proceed peacefully. shops and businesses remained closed, and a nationwide strike by doctors, bankers and teachers is ongoing. two years ago, the protesters braved it all to get democracy. they say they will stay put until they return to the path to democracy, with a civilian government leading it. ann soy, bbc news. the government�*s latest coronavirus figures for the uk, and they show there were 41,278 new infections recorded, in the latest 24—hour period, which means on average there were more than 40,859 new cases reported per day in the last week. there were almost 8,983 people in hospital with covid as of thursday.
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166 deaths were reported — that�*s of people who died within 28 days of a positive covid—i9 test. on average in the past week, 157 related deaths were recorded every day. and over 7.5 million people have received their boosterjab — this includes third doses for those with certain health conditions. commuterjourneys are down by more than half compared to pre—pandemic levels, as many people continue to work from home. the railway delivery 6roup warns that lower passenger numbers are damaging city centre businesses. at the other end of the scale, leisure trips are nearly back to 2019 levels. caroline davies has more. this was what mornings used to look like, but the commute is not back to normal. commuterjourneys are less than half the number they were before the pandemic. more of us are taking the train since the end of the summer holidays, particularly for leisure, which is back up to 90%
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of its pre—pandemic levels. but across the country, people are commuting less. 0utside london, commuterjourneys are only 54% of what they were and in london it�*s 41%. while that�*s good news for holiday spots like seaside getaways and rural retreats, the worry is that fewer people coming in to city centres will damage businesses. fewer commuters will absolutely have a big impact on shops and other businesses in town and city centres. our research shows that £33 billion a year is spent by commuters when they travel. for us as an industry, we�*re building back up services, we�*ve introduced flexible season tickets, but we want to go further, we want to introduce tap in and tap out, automatic price caps all over the country for commuters — what you�*ve got in london, because we think that will help get today�*s flexible commuters back on board. we want to work with the government to introduce that as quickly as possible. the government has spent billions keeping the trains running during the pandemic. it�*s also keen to get
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passengers back. the way we work has changed dramatically for many. how long could it take to persuade us back on board? caroline davies, bbc news. firefighting unions in new york have warned of severe staff shortages and a risk to public safety as the result of the city�*s public employee vaccine mandate. the deadline for public employees, including police, fire and sanitation, passed at 5pm on friday, meaning staff that refuse the jab could be forced to take unpaid leave. the dispute between city officials and unions comes amid increasing legal challenges against vaccine mandates at the state and federal level. peter bowes reports. with rubbish piling up in the streets, new york is bracing for a showdown with its public service workers. a deadline passed on friday night for police officers, firefighters, refuse workers and other city employees to show proof they have received at least one dose of the covid—i9 vaccine.
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police and fire unions have voiced their opposition to the vaccination mandate, and they are warning of a looming exodus of staff not willing to comply. it could severely impact services. i am asking my members to show up for work, they took an oath to protect the lives and property of new york residents, and i am hoping the mayor allows them to work. the numbers of unvaccinated public workers is significant. according to the city of new york, 26% of the nypd, 33% of sanitation staff and 36% of the fire department remain unvaccinated. those that refuse now face the prospect of unpaid leave. despite the opposition, new york mayor bill de blasio says public health is the main priority. we will give you a deadline — it�*s the right thing to do. we have given incentives and time and voluntary opportunities, now we need this.
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we have a right to do it, every court has shown we have that right. attempts by unions have so far failed to block the city�*s mandate. earlier there was a blow for those protesting compulsory vaccinations. a legal defeat at the hands of the conservative—dominated supreme court, which rejected an appeal against a mandate in the state of maine for public health workers lodged on religious grounds. so far, the courts have repeatedly backed vaccine mandates for government employees, but in another legal move ten republican—led states are suing the biden administration for going too far in insisting employees of federal contractors be vaccinated by december 8th. the lawsuit says it is unconstitutional, unlawful and unwise. it pits americans against americans and it will only worsen the workplace shortage and supply chain issues hindering our economic recovery.
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public health versus individualfreedoms — this is a row that goes to the heart of the american way of life. just as every day life was beginning to get back to normal. the son of bollywood superstar shah rukh khan has arrived home in mumbai, after spending more than three weeks injail, in an alleged drugs case. 23—year—old aryan khan left prison after being granted bail. earlier this month, police raided a cruise ship off mumbai and allegedly found drugs. the case has dominated media headlines in india, with some criticising the excessive coverage around his arrest, saying he�*s been singled out because of his famous family. aryan khan denies the allegations against him. hundreds of dead crabs, lobsters and other sea life have been washing up on the beaches of teesside in recent weeks. fishermen in the area say they�*ve stopped fishing close to the shore, because there�*s so little to catch.
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the environment agency has launched an investigation, as leejohnson reports. scenes like this have become depressingly familiar along this stretch of coastline in recent weeks. here in marske, dozens of different species of crab and other shellfish have been washed up on the shore, and at the moment no—one knows why. what i would suggest is most possible is perhaps an algal or bacterial toxin, so if you get a large bloom of algae or bacteria, they can release toxins and they can cause quite a few issues to a whole range of species. that could be one potential. the other potential could be disease, but it�*s unlikely it would be that, just because of the huge range of species present. then i suppose the other possibility is a pollution event, whether that be waste water or whether that be the release of some other chemicals is yet to be determined. pictures on social media also show a porpoise washed up at another beach
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on the same coastline. and it�*s a trend that is worrying experts. especially because this has now happened on a couple of occasions, it becomes more and more concerning, it means something wasn�*tjust happening a single time, it�*s likely to have happened multiple times. if that�*s the case, maybe it�*s something we can fix if we can get to the bottom of exactly what it is that�*s happened. how long that will take isn�*t clear, but those who help take care of our coastline fear the scenes here could be a symptom of a much bigger problem. it could be something to do with climate change, and the wildlife trust are concerned about the two catastrophes at the moment — climate change and biodiversity loss — and if that carries on, obviously we'll be in trouble. it appears most of the sea life washed up on this beach has been cleared up. in the meantime, the environment agency says it is investigating. it has taken samples of crabs, water and sand to see if pollution was the cause of these wash—ups. now it�*s time for a look
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at the weather with louise lear. good evening. it has been a saturday of sunny spells and isolated showers, but there is more rain to come for sunday. in fact, it is going to arrive tonight through the night, moving up from the south—west, a significant area of low pressure bringing a spell of heavy rain and gale force gusts of wind. ahead of it, particularly in the north—east of scotland and england, we�*ll have clearer skies and low single figures. but out to the west, a wet and windy sunday morning. at least the strength of the wind will push that rain through at quite a pace, so an improving picture by lunchtime, easing away to a trail of sharp showers. it may well linger in the far north of scotland and temperatures will be a little subdued. maximum of 10 to 14 degrees. it looks likely that low pressure will continue to drift away, allowing for a northerly wind to drive in more showers and a cooler feel for the start of the new working week and a new month. so it does mean temperatures will be perhaps just below where they should be for the time of year, but there will be a little more sunshine.
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hello, this is bbc news. the headlines... borisjohnson warns the eu, that french threats over post—brexit fishing licences, are "completely unjustified". we are going to get on and do the things that matter to both of us, and make sure we work together on tackling the big issues that face the world. there�*s some turbulence in the relationship. france�*s emmanuel macron, says the row over fishing raises questions, about britain�*s reliability. the two leaders will discuss the dispute at the 620 in rome tomorrow. lawyers for prince andrew claim the woman who�*s accused him of sexual assault is out for �*another payday�*, as they ask a new york court to dismiss the case against him. a group of people from the lgbt
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community in afghanistan arrive in the uk after fleeing from the taliban.

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