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this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. this is bbc news, the headlines at six. former uk prime minister, sirjohn major, accuses borisjohnson�*s government of acting in a "shameful" manner — over the owen paterson row. i think the way the government handled that was shameful and wrong and unworthy of this or indeed any government. rapper travis scott says he's "absolutely devastated" by the eight deaths and dozens of injuries at the texas festival where he was performing and pledges "total support" to police investigation after a crowd surge. at least 99 people have died in an oil tanker explosion, in sierra leone after the lorry collided with another vehicle in the capital, freetown.
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tens of thousands of people march through glasgow — demanding new steps to tackle global warming — one of more than 100 climate protests taking place across the uk. we must demand that our readers stop meaningless summits and start taking meaningful action. more pressure on manchester united as they lose at home to neighbours manchester city in the derby — that and the rest of the day's sport in sportsday at half past six. the former conservative prime minister, sirjohn major,
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has strongly criticised the government, saying its attempt this week to overturn the suspension of a conservative mp, who'd beenjudged to have broken lobbying rules, was "shameful and wrong." he said the government's actions were "unworthy of this or any government," and fitted a pattern of behaviour that he believed, was "un—conservative." here's our political correspondent, chris mason. very few are granted the privilege of living here. and so the verdict of those that have on the man who now does matter. particularly when they are in the same party. and even more so when a former tory prime minister brands the current tory prime minister's government as perhaps politically corrupt. it seems to me as a lifelong conservative, that much of what they are doing is very un—conservative in its behaviour.
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there are many strands to this that go well beyond the standards committee imbroglio of the last few days, there is a general whiff of we are the masters now about their behaviour. it has to stop, and it has to stop soon. his referring to the former cabinet minister owen paterson, he was facing a 30 days commons suspension and the possibility of a by—election for breaking rules round the work he did for private companies alongside being an mp. but the government tried to block or delay that. until at least it changed its mind. i think the way the government handled that was shameful and wrong and unworthy of this or indeed any government. it also had the effect of trashing the reputation of parliament. if there is one man who knows a thing or two about how damaging sleaze can be to a government, it is sirjohn major, it came at least in part to define his time in office. and we should remember he is no fan of boris johnson, and hasn't
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been for some time. nonetheless, it is quite something to hear a critique as wide parliament cannot be the plaything of any prime minister or indeed any government, this government has done a number of things that concern me deeply. they have broken the law, i have in mind the illegal prorogation of parliament which i went to the supreme court about. they have broken treaties, i have in mind the northern ireland protocol. they have broken their word, the one i find most odious was the cut in overseas aid. so if you are in the government now, what on earth do you say in response to all of this? obviously i disagree withjohn major, disagree with him on a few issues but in particular this one, i accept with hindsight the government
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has made this clear, that with hind sight it was a mistakes to try to bring that through on the timing we did, but it doesn't mean it wasn't the right thing to try to do. a statement added that ministers hoped to find a resolution to the northern ireland protocol, consensualy. this has without question been a bumpy few days for the government, entirely of its own making. as critics within the conservative party and beyond ask sharp questions about the prime minister's judgement. chris mason, bbc news at westminster. christopher hope is chief political correspondent and assistant editor at the daily telegraph — he told us that these comments byjohn major should be listened to. john major's comments really matter, he is a former tory prime minister, there aren't many of those, - so, when he say things, they count. in number ten, they will know he supported jeremy hunt - in the leadership campaign in 2019. he hated brexit, he campaigned i against brexit, or the way it turned i out, and it matters what he says. and he knows how damaging sleaze
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can be to a government. his government was brought very low in the '90s by sleaze _ |and that is a concern and mps right| now are meeting their constituents, speaking to them, they're finding out how it went and, _ ifjohn major is right here, - it is a worry for boris johnson. there is a real lessonj learned here, ithink. this concern about arrogance, about an overbearing nature, i trying to boss parliament about, it really was a clash _ between the executive and the legislature - and borisjohnson's - government came off worse. but he is very loyal and what drove this was an idea to bring _ in an appeals process to the way mps are dealt with, but equally to tie - that to the owen paterson case because there's a lot _ of sympathy amongst his friends . on the backbenches, given his wife killed herself last year, i so it was an attempt to do some good for all mps. it was the wrong way to sell it. well, former conservative minister, david gauke, says sirjohn major's criticism isjustified. the attempt for the government to sort of step in the way
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of the house of commons disciplinary processes, to enforce a whip, you know, in other words order conservative mps to vote a particular way on matters which are normally left to the individual position of members of parliament, and to try to sort of stand in the way of that process i think cannot be defended. i thinkjohn major is right to criticise that and he is right to say that this behaviour is not entirely novel or original for this government. there have been a number of occasions where the government has behaved badly in seeking to remove checks and balances and that does not do anything for the uk's system of government, it doesn't do anything for our international reputation and i think it is dangerous for us if this goes, if you like, unpunished, if the public aren't prepared tojust shrug their shoulders and i think it's important that conservative mps in particular make it very clear to the prime minister and to the government whips that they won't tolerate anything
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so if you were in that position, you just said it shouldn't go unpunished, what would you expect to happen? what would you be asking for? i think if i was still a conservative mp, i would certainly be making it very clear that any attempt to interfere in businesses of this sort would not have my support. i think the prime minister, you know, should be aware that there is significant disquiet, i know, amongst my former colleagues as to what happened this week. there is a lot of debate about the position of the chief whip and the leader of the house of commons, but these are decisions that are made by the leader of the party, by the prime minister, by borisjohnson and, you know, i think conservative mps need to be very, very clear that this type
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of behaviour, undermining checks and balances, failing to abide by the highest standards of integrity, is not something that the country should be willing to tolerate. the rapper travis scott, says he's devastated, after eight people died, in a crush at the opening night of his music festival in texas. police in houston say panic broke out, after the crowd began to surge towards the front of the stage, at scott's �*astroworld' event. the festival has now been called off. nomia iqbal�*s report, contains flashing images. after the pandemic kept people away last year, fans turned up for the festival in texas in their thousands. it has been hard just like being stuck in the house. unforgettable. that is the best way i can put it. but on the first night
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of the two—day event, something went wrong. a crowd surged towards the stage as rapper travis scott performed. it is not clear what set the crowd in motion. the injured were given medical help, while the music continued. many not realising what happened. the performance was eventually stopped as a mass casualty incident was declared. the crowd began to compress towards the front of the stage, ok, and that caused some panic, and it started causing some injury, people began to fall out, become unconscious. 17 people were taken to hospital. ii in cardiac arrest. officials have urged people not to jump to conclusions about what caused the surge. tonight's focus needs to be on the families, and on the lives that we lost, many of them extremely young, tragically young.
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astroworld is a festival founded by travis scott, who is from houston. he is the partner of kyliejenner, one of the world's highest paid social media influencers, she has been criticised for posting videos of the festival on instagram which she has now removed. in a statement, travis scott said he is absolutely devastated about what has happened, and said he is committed to working with officials to find out what went wrong. at least 99 people have died in an oil tanker explosion, in sierra leone. the blast happened after the lorry collided with another vehicle in the capital, freetown.
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at least a hundred people have been injured. umaru fofana in freetown. people rush towards the tanker. there was a vast explosion leaving fireballs. hospitals in freetown have been overwhelmed. many of the bodies had been taken to the mortuary. i bodies had been taken to the mortuary-— bodies had been taken to the mortua . ,., , ., mortuary. i went with soldiers to the morgue _ mortuary. i went with soldiers to the morgue to — mortuary. i went with soldiers to the morgue to get _ mortuary. i went with soldiers to the morgue to get a _ mortuary. i went with soldiers to the morgue to get a total - mortuary. i went with soldiers to - the morgue to get a total headcount. here are anxious relatives who have been asked to come and identify the relatives. obviously some of the
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bodies are beyond recognition. the country's vice president spoke. police, soldiers and firefighters have worked through the night to clear the scene. rescuers expect the death toll to mount.
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the mayor of freetown, yvonne aki—sawyerr, is currently in the uk for the cop26 climate summit, and about to fly back to sierra leone. she's been telling the bbc more about how the explosion occured. as a result of the crowd coming towards the tanker and trying to get petrol and unfortunately somewhere, perhaps a cigarette butt, and the explosion happened. devastating, with 98 dead, and 92 injured, very, very severe injuries. i've been speaking to doctors and this is a level to disaster, which means the national disaster management agency is the lead. i've joined them on conference calls today, working also with our fretown council team, trying to see how best we can support the injured and also play a role in matching families to the dead people. support the injured and also play a role in matching families a fourth person has died, among the group of paddleboarders who got into difficulty on a river in pembrokeshire last week. andrea powell had been in a critical condition in hospital. today, surfers at aberavon beach paid tribute, to one of the other paddleboarders who died. here's megan paterson. gathered with their boards to remember paul o'dwyer, his life and his passion. a paddle out�*s reserved really for very special people, it's a surfing tradition, and we thought it was very fitting,
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at a tough time for the surf club, to come together and really celebrate someone who was a great guy. paul o'dwyer was one of four paddleboarders who died after getting into difficulty on the river cleddau in haverfordwest, a week ago. morgan rogers and nicola wheatley also lost their lives. andrea powell spent a week in hospital in a critical condition, but died yesterday from her injuries. five other people were part of the paddleboarding excursion — they were rescued uninjured. a weather warning for heavy rain was in place when the group, part of south wales paddleboarders, went out. the river was high and fast flowing. police confirmed today a woman from the south wales area has been arrested on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter. she has been released under investigation. megan patterson, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news: former uk prime minister, sirjohn major, accuses borisjohnson's government of acting in a "shameful" manner — over the owen paterson row.
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rapper travis scott says he's "absolutely devastated" by the eight deaths and dozens of injuries at the texas festival where he was performing and pledges "total support" to police investigation after a crowd surge, at least 99 people have died in an oil tanker explosion, in sierra leone after the lorry collided with another vehicle in the capital, freetown. marches have been taking place in more than 200 cities around the world, for what's billed as a global day of action for climate justice. tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of glasgow as part of the event, where the cop26 climate talks are on—going. with more, here's our scotland correspondent, lorna gordon. even the driving rain did and wind
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couldn't keep them away. this the biggest protest march through glasgow during cop. the city's streets full, some had travelled just a short distance to get here, others from the sharp end of the changing climate. i come from the philippines and i am an indigenous person from the mountains and this is personally important to me, because climate change is killing my people. it is killing indigenous peoples round the world. we are at the front line of the impacts of climate change, but we have the least carbon footprint. if the climate summit has so far focused on the decisions made by world leaders and teams gathered here in glasgow, today is about the people, the thousands gathered calling for change. discussions inside cop today focusing on nature. tough topics including the timetable for reviewing emissions cuts,
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raising finance for the poorest countries and the rules for checking that countries and companies keep their promises still lie ahead. this afternoon was mostly peaceful. but there were a small number of arrests including this group of scientists being led away by police, after blocking a bridge. organisers of today's events say there were over 300 climate demonstrations worldwide, from the streets of london... to here in amsterdam... to sydney in australia. and people from round the world taking to the stage in glasgow, calling for action from those in charge. i don't have many expectations for the official cop conference but hopefully people will get together, put pressure on the decision makers. i don't know where we will be
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in ten, 20 years so i am out here with my mum, gran, grandad. i don't believe it until i see any results and there is no law—abiding commitments so we will have to see, i think it is all for sure. those marching here today on a wet and dark november afternoon will be hoping for positive news during the final week of talks but it is not too late to deliver the substantial change they want. lorna gordon, bbc news, glasgow. as talks at cop turn to the role nature can play in achieving those targets our correspondent ben boulos reports from willington wetlands in derbyshire. dark and blustery but still so tranquil here as dusk falls and it feels so far removed from cop26 and the summit 300 miles north from where we are.
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this one of the big projects has been reintroducing beavers into the site. this track here has the hallmarks of a beaver trail. there are other elements to the project. i will speak to someone from the derbyshire wildlife trust. tell us why this project was so important to get this done here. it why this project was so important to get this done here.— get this done here. it floods on a fairly annual _ get this done here. it floods on a fairly annual basis _ get this done here. it floods on a fairly annual basis in _ get this done here. it floods on a fairly annual basis in willington l fairly annual basis in willington wetlands so we have been bringing back beavers to slow the rush of water. , , .,, ., , back beavers to slow the rush of water. , , ., , _ water. they build those dams by themselves. _ water. they build those dams by themselves. they _ water. they build those dams by themselves. they do _ water. they build those dams by themselves. they do it - water. they build those dams by| themselves. they do it naturally. the like themselves. they do it naturally. they like to _ themselves. they do it naturally. they like to have _ themselves. they do it naturally. they like to have a _ themselves. they do it naturally. they like to have a safe - themselves. they do it naturally. they like to have a safe amount i themselves. they do it naturally. l they like to have a safe amount of deep water where they can hide if needs space that is why they build the dams, so they can have a deep refuge. i don't know whether they will hear, it is completely up to the individual beaver. there is plenty of deep water for them to in. i have been here all day and quite
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as a field mouse trying to spot them. i have not spotted a single one but there is evidence they are here and thriving. we one but there is evidence they are here and thriving.— one but there is evidence they are here and thriving. we have evidence, like the sticks — here and thriving. we have evidence, like the sticks we _ here and thriving. we have evidence, like the sticks we found _ here and thriving. we have evidence, like the sticks we found yesterday. i like the sticks we found yesterday. you can see the gnawing marks on the sticks as they try to reach the bark. here is another stake where they have taken all the lay are offered. it they have taken all the lay are offered. ., ., ., .,, , offered. it looks to me as if they are destroying — offered. it looks to me as if they are destroying their _ offered. it looks to me as if they are destroying their habitat. - offered. it looks to me as if they are destroying their habitat. notj offered. it looks to me as if they i are destroying their habitat. not at all. the are destroying their habitat. not at all- they are _ are destroying their habitat. not at all. they are essentially _ are destroying their habitat. not at all. they are essentially copper - all. they are essentially copper sink, a traditional woodland management tool we have used for centuries. —— coppicing. by removing branches and limbs it can prolong the life of a tree by 100 years or more. where this will stick is fallen into the water the plants have already started to grow and shoot. when a beaver drops the limbs
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into the water they will start to grow. we have seen this with the have dropped the treason and the damn start to vegetate which has the added benefit of holding back more silt in the water course and filtering out those pollutants. when ou filtering out those pollutants. when you introduce _ filtering out those pollutants. when you introduce a _ filtering out those pollutants. when you introduce a species _ filtering out those pollutants. when you introduce a species to - filtering out those pollutants. when you introduce a species to habitat that has a knock—on effect. what about the face, i do not have set the beavers are here? the university of southampton _ the beavers are here? the university of southampton have _ the beavers are here? the university of southampton have done _ the beavers are here? the university of southampton have done a - the beavers are here? the university of southampton have done a study . of southampton have done a study recently which found that fish, particularly brown trout, have grown more numerous and larger in size in beaver pools. more numerous and larger in size in beaver pools-— beaver pools. that is because beavers do — beaver pools. that is because beavers do not _ beaver pools. that is because beavers do not eat _ beaver pools. that is because beavers do not eat fish. - beaver pools. that is because beavers do not eat fish. they | beaver pools. that is because i beavers do not eat fish. they are very much _ beavers do not eat fish. they are very much herbivores. _ beavers do not eat fish. they are very much herbivores. they - beavers do not eat fish. they are very much herbivores. they do . beavers do not eat fish. they are i very much herbivores. they do not eat fresh. . ~ very much herbivores. they do not eat fresh. ., ,, , ., , very much herbivores. they do not eat fresh. . ~' , ., , . eat fresh. thank you very much indeed. eat fresh. thank you very much indeed- the _ eat fresh. thank you very much indeed. the whole _ eat fresh. thank you very much indeed. the whole day, - eat fresh. thank you very much indeed. the whole day, we - eat fresh. thank you very much | indeed. the whole day, we have eat fresh. thank you very much - indeed. the whole day, we have been looking out for two pairs of beavers released here some time ago. i am told they are crepuscular, that means they appear at dawn and dusk
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and as we appear to be hitting the cr pes kill our mayjust get sight of those elusive creatures. —— ——crepescule. the government's latest coronavirus figures for the uk, show there were 30,693 new infections recorded, in the latest 24—hour period. that means on average, 36,163 new cases were reported every day, in the last week. just over 9,000 people were in hospital with covid as of thursday. there were 155 deaths, that's of people who died within 28 days of a positive test, which takes the average number of deaths over the past seven days, to 169. more than 9.6 million people have received their boosterjab, this includes third doses for those,
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with certain health conditions. yorkshire county cricket club has launched an investigation after a second former player alleged he was subjected to repeated racial abuse. it comes in the wake of an independent report which found azeem rafiq had been the victim of harrassment and bullying. the equality and human rights commission has now asked to see a copy of the full report and is considering whether to take action. simon jones has more. a racism row that has rocked notjust yorkshire, but the cricketing world. azeem rafiq was the victim of racial harassment but the club took no disciplinary action. now, claims by a second unnamed former player are being looked into. they tend to say yorkshire is one place, it's either my way or the highway, to be honest. and they really need to sort of... i think theyjust haven't really
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understood what inclusivity and diversity really means. yorkshire now has a new chair, lord kamlesh patel. in a statement, he said: those past errors will now be looked those past errors will now be looked at by the equality and human rights commission. it has asked for a full independent report into what happened to azeem rafiq to consider whether there has been a breach of the law. the mayor of west yorkshire has described recent events as "shameful". i am really hoping that this is an opportunity to change at the very top, and i do notice that lord patel has come into steer some of that transition. it's time for change, root and branch change, and let's hope we see that leadership that has been sadly missing. a gathering calling forjustice for azeem will take place outside headingley this afternoon.
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today will prove that all yorkshire people are resilient. we are all prepared to undertake the hard work which is necessary to put yorkshire back at the pinnacle of english cricket. we all need to work together now and work hard to create this new wonderful dawn that is going to hopefully shine every morning at headingley, the most iconic cricket ground in world cricket. but with an exodus of the club's sponsors and headingley banned from hosting international cricket, rebuilding yorkshire's international reputation won't be easy. simon jones, bbc news. it's thought to affect at least one in ten of us over our lifetime — but doctors still don't know what causes irritable bowel syndrome. a new study from addenbrooke's hospital, and the university of cambridge, has uncovered a potential clue that could make a big difference
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to how ibs is treated. richard westcott reports. if we were to do a colonoscopy on you, laura, it would look exactly like this, effectively normal... there's no simple test to diagnose it, and no simple treatment that works, but at least one in ten of us has irritable bowel syndrome, and as laura told me, the effects can be miserable. the pain, the bloating, i could not go to the supermarket, i could not go to the gym, i could not see friends. when we were allowed go out for social activities, i was not able to go out for dinner. i was not able to go to the office for work. but now, a huge global genetics study has thrown up an interesting clue to the origins of ibs. scientists from a0 institutions, including a team from here in cambridge, looked at the dna of more than 50,000 people with the condition. then they compared it to the dna of nearly half
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a million people without it. they spotted differences in their genes, but interestingly, the differences are similar to those that you might see in someone with anxiety, depression, or insomnia. what that tells us is that these conditions are likely to have a shared genetic origin. they are coming from the same place, effectively, and some of that is hard—wired. does that mean basically you could be born with a gene that could either give you ibs or anxiety or both, there's nothing you can do about it? yes, that's absolutely true and that's part of what we've demonstrated. some people who inherit these genetic variants, they may get ibs, other people may get anxiety, and some people will get both of those conditions. they are sort of hard—wired, if you like. ultimately, these findings could lead to new treatments. it gives us a new window on how we think about the management of ibs. a lot of treatments so far have very much focused on the gut and the abdomen and dietary therapies, and those do work for some people, but not for everybody.
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so what our study suggests is that we need to think about more about treatments that affect the interaction between the brain and the gut. and target some of those nervous processes, the neural processes, and that we may well see some benefit there. in your experience, did you feel you were taken seriously when you went to people with ibs? no, i saw a couple of gps, and i was told that it was just ibs and i was a bit... ..fobbed off. millions have ibs and it's thought many more remain undiagnosed. laura hopes this research can begin to change that. i think a lot of people are really ashamed to speak about it. and it's really difficult for them. it's something that impacts them on a daily basis and quite often for years, and theyjust, they would rather not bring attention to it, i think. now it's time for a look at the weather with chris fawkes. hello there. the strong winds we have got at the moment across northern scotland are set to get even stronger overnight. the windy weather all down to this low pressure,
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and a squeeze on the isobars affecting northern scotland. that is where we will have the windiest weather conditions, overnight and into tomorrow morning. overnight, the winds are likely to pick up to reach gusts of around 60 to 70 mph, strong enough to bring some localised disruption. rain at times, too. a few showers across western areas, but it stays quite breezy. a frost free night for all of us. tomorrow morning, strong winds across northern scotland to start the day, gusts still running into the 60 to 70 mph kind of range, but through the morning, the strongest winds will slowly ease away. there will be rain on and off for much of the day here. further west and southwards, we have got the risk of a few showers for northern parts of northern ireland, north—west england, north wales, but otherwise a fair amount of dry weather. quite cloudy for wales and the south—west, the best of the sunshine in eastern england and south—east scotland. that's your weather.
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