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this is bbc news. i'm reged ahmad with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. hospitals overwhelmed — after 100 people are killed in a fuel tanker explosion in sierra leone — many more are injured. us police are investigating reports that someone at a houston music festival was injecting people with drugs before the crowd stampeded. thousands of demonstrations take place around the world to demand urgent action to combat climate change — as the cop26 summit continues. and the death of a pregnant woman sparks protests in poland against a near—total ban on abortion. she's said to be the first woman to die as a result of the law.
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hello and welcome — i'm reged ahmad. sierra leone's vice president says the state will provide economic assistance to the families of nearly 100 people killed on friday when a fuel tanker exploded in the capital, freetown. the city's hospitals have been overwhelmed by the number of people injured. umaru fofana reports. the blast happened in eastern freetown after a truck rammed into a petrol tanker. people rushed to collect the leaking fuel, causing a heavy trafficjam, according to eyewitness accounts. there was a vast explosion, leaving fireballs spreading through the crowds. vehicles in the traffic jam were set alight. hospitals in freetown are overwhelmed with injured people, many in critical condition. most of the dead have been taken to the central mortuary. we started transporting bodies
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from 11 until four o'clock. the last set of bodies, i had to convey them with some soldiers to the morgue, for us to get a total headcount. just outside here are anxious relatives who have been asked to come and identify their loved ones. 0bviously, some of the bodies are beyond recognition, so that's going to be very tricky for them to do, but also a very emotional scene here. some of them have moved from hospital to hospital, trying to see if their loved ones are actually either admitted or, in fact, dead. on behalf of the president, the government and the entire people of sierra leone, we sympathise... the country's vice president called the incident a national disaster. police, soldiers and firefighters have worked through the night to clear the scene. rescuers expect the death toll to mount. umara fofana, bbc news, freetown. police investigating a deadly crush at a music festival in the us city of houston say they're looking into reports that someone in the crowd was
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injecting others with drugs. eight people died in the stampede at the music festival in houston, when fans pushed towards the stage, causing panic. the rapper travis scott, says he's devastated by what took place while he was performing at the event. nomia iqbal�*s report contains some flashing images. after the pandemic kept people away last year, fans turned up for the festival in texas in their thousands. but on the first night of the two day event, something went wrong. a crowd surge towards the stage as rapper travis scott performed. everybody go to the middle... it's 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, 0k, and that caused some panic, and it started causing some
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injuries, people began to fall out, become unconscious. seven of those who died were aged between 1a and 27. others were taken to hospital with cardiac arrest. this has not happened to us ever in houston, since i've been a police officer. we take pride of it, and we are going to get down to the bottom. a lot of narratives out there right now. a lot of them. 0n social media, and even last night. i think that all of us need to be respectful of the families. police have also confirmed they are looking into reports of some individuals being injected with a drug, and say this is now a criminal investigation. people who were at the festival have been speaking about the chaos. there were people pushing back—and—forth. it was like a ripple effect, one person pushed and the whole crowd went forward, and then they went back, so it was going every other way.
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astroworld was founded by travis scott, who is from houston. he is the partner of kyliejenner, one of the world's highest paid social media influencers. in a statement, travis scott said he's absolutely devastated about what's happened. he thanked the emergency services for their response in helping everyone affected and said he is committed to working with officials to find out what went wrong. nomia iqbal, bbc news, north america. let's get some of the day s other news. police in southern germany say three people have been seriously wounded in a knife attack on a high speed train. a man has been detained, and police believe there's no further danger to the public. the train was travelling between the bavarian cities of raygensburg and nuremberg. russia has registered its worst daily figure for coronavirus infections — surpassing 41,000 for the first time. moscow remains the epicenter of the pandemic in the country — and most public places are now disinfected every day. the rise in cases comes at the end of an eight day
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nationwide paid holiday, introduced to curb the spread of infections. china has boosted its daily coal output to a record level in response to a shortage that led to power plant shut—downs last month. the raised output has been blamed for thick smog in beijing. economic planners say the increase, to more than 12 million tonnes of coal a day, will ensure a warm winter for the chinese people. marches have been taking place in more than 200 cities around the world as part of what's been described as the "global day of action for climate justice". tens of thousands of people took to the streets of glasgow — where the un's cop—26 climate talks are taking place. with more, here's our scotland correspondent, lorna gordon. even the driving rain couldn't keep them away. this, the biggest protest march through glasgow during cop. some had travelled just a short distance to get here, others were from the sharp end
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of the changing climate. i come from the philippines, and i am an indigenous person from the mountains. this is personally important to me because climate change is killing my people. if the climate summit has so far focused on the decisions made by world leaders and their 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 loom large for the days ahead. i don't have many expectations for the official cop conference but hopefully all this, people getting together, will put some pressure on the decision—makers. whatever we can do, we want to contribute. i want to be on the right sidel of history and i think that one day we will look back at this and hopefully feel proud - of ourselves that we are here. i don't know where we will be in ten years, in 20 years, so i'm out here, so is my mum, my gran, my grandad, everybody�*s out here.
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i don't believe it until i see any results. there is no law binding commitments so we will just have to see it. the afternoon was mostly peaceful, but there were a small number of arrests, including this group of scientists blocking a bridge. 0rganisers 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. we just want to ask you, from our heart, for your support. i and people from around the world calling for action from those in charge... i know it's a big deal, to get together the 196 countries, to say, yes, that is what we are going to do. i wish that we can do that, that it happens here.
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those marching here today will be hoping for positive news during the final week of talks, that it's not too late to deliver the substantial change they want. lorna gordon, bbc news, glasgow. let's cross to canada now and speak to lyn adamson, who's co—chair of climate fast — a non—profit organisation dedicated to taking action on climate change. she helped organise the protest that took place in toronto on saturday. thank you so much for your time. ijust want thank you so much for your time. i just want to ask you, cop26 is going on at the moment. in terms of what canada needs, what you want to see most come out of that summit? we would really like to see canada join the beyond oil and gas alliance. qu bec did sign on to that initiative, which is an and to oil and gas development, no more, new funding to the new approvals
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for new projects, just to stop, because we have to stop and then we have to transition to renewables as quickly as possible. sobhy would really like to see that. i possible. sobhy would really like to see that.— like to see that. i know that ou are like to see that. i know that you are keen _ like to see that. i know that you are keen on _ like to see that. i know that you are keen on adjust - you are keen on adjust transition bill in order to move away from fossil fuel jobs. but ensure that green jobs. but ensure that green jobs are well—paying and in place. how does a country like canada do thatnot because it's quite difficult to that quickly. quite difficult to that quickly-— quite difficult to that cuickl . �* ., ., ., quickly. but we do have an organisation _ quickly. but we do have an organisation that - quickly. but we do have an organisation that is - quickly. but we do have an| organisation that is already pioneering this. wejust organisation that is already pioneering this. we just need to have more resources for the workers, for the transition. we need training and we need a structured and managed transition. we know we can do it. there are lots of opportunities for developing renewables in canada, and you can get as many as three times as manyjobs in renewables as you get in oil and gas for the same investment.— you get in oil and gas for the same investment. sum up like ou are
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same investment. sum up like you are hearing _ same investment. sum up like you are hearing coming - same investment. sum up like you are hearing coming out. same investment. sum up like you are hearing coming out of| you are hearing coming out of cop26 from lead areas is essentially what is coming out of the summit is really the best we can hope for, that a lot of money has been pledged and countries are doing what they can to try and transition as quickly as possible. do you think that the positives are coming out of that summit? we hear some _ coming out of that summit? - hear some encouraging signs, but i'm not confident that we are going to see the kind of cuts we need, the intergovernmental panel on climate change says we have to cut 45% by 2030. we haven't even started cutting, so, you know, this is a very, very fast transition from a 7.6% per year. and our emissions are still as high as they ever have been. we haven't started cutting in canada at all, we are one of the highest emitters in the world. we have a government that says, you know, here is our ambition and they
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had put in and accountability act in the last session of parliament, and now they are coming back and saying they're going to act and we are going to have adjust transition, so you can believe that we will be on to them to push for that to be a real, just transition bill with a real and to the oil and gas industry, and active phase out. we need to get off gas and transportation, we need to get off gas and buildings. we need to make a fuel switch, electrification, you know, it's got to happen fast, and that is our name. we need action on climate fast. i our name. we need action on climate fast.— our name. we need action on climate fast. i know that some ofthe climate fast. i know that some of the issues _ climate fast. i know that some of the issues that _ climate fast. i know that some of the issues that you - climate fast. i know that some of the issues that you are - of the issues that you are concerned about and that people rallying about today where indigenous rights as well. what are some of the climate change impact you are seeing in canada? perhaps one of the major impact you are seeing as the globe warms. a£111" the globe warms. our temperatures - the globe warms. our temperatures are - the globe warms. our. temperatures are rising the globe warms. oi" temperatures are rising more than double the rate of those around the world and more than
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four times in the arctic. so you have got melting permafrost and that is affecting more than communities. you know, there are a lot of effects, agriculture, we had quite a drought, ourfood prices are rising, so we had actually 600 people die in a heat dome in british columbia in vancouver just this year, which is such extreme heat, and it's not normal like that in vancouver, so they don't have air conditioning. and hundreds of people died. so we have massive forest fires happening. so instead of increasing our forest cover, which we could do to sequester carbon, we are seeing it go up in flames, and these are some of the impacts that we are seeing. and we are very concerned, for example in toronto, we didn't have a heat dome that year, but we could at any time, and people would be affected in the same way. so we really have to act fast. i hope this makes people up. qm.
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this makes people up. 0k, co-chair— this makes people up. 0k, co-chair of _ this makes people up. 0k, co-chair of climate - this makes people up. 0k, co-chair of climate fast, i this makes people up. 0k, co—chair of climate fast, thank you so much for your time. thousands of people have marched in poland, in memory of a mother whose death is being blamed on the country's near—total ban on abortion. the woman died after doctors refused to perform a caesarean section until the heart of her foetus had stopped beating. i've been speaking to our warsaw correspondent adam easton, about the public�*s reaction in poland. i think there is a sense of shock and anger in the country. we have seen marches in cities across the country because the mother of isabella released text messages that isabella sent from the hospital where she knew what was happening to her. she said "there is nothing we can get because the abortion law, ijust have to lie here in bed." she was 22 weeks pregnant at the time. her water had broken, and the earlier tests had shown
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that herfoetus had multiple severe defects, but she had to lie in bed, she said, because of the abortion law, which had outlawed abortion on the grounds of severe foetal defects. they were waiting, she said, until the baby died, until they could do anything. in the meantime, she developed a high fever, she was shivering, there were even reports of her vomiting and they did to wait until the foetus's heart had stopped, and when they did that, they decided to perform an emergency caesarean section, which unfortunately isabella died on the way to that from septic shock. so i think this has caused great shock and anger in the community. the lawyer for isabella's family said this is a direct result of the ruling in the court's tribunal last year which outlawed foetal defect abortions. because doctors essentially are
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now afraid to perform abortions because of the chilling effect of this ruling. first, a lack of awareness about the actual law means, but certainly seems to be in this tragic situation a link between from what the text that isabella sent between the ruling of the court, which makes the law much more restrictive and a delay in any medical assistance and procedures that were offered to her, and unfortunately, she died in the meantime. now, the prime minister of the country says we shouldn't link this court ruling to her death because polish laws still allow for operations to be performed when the health of the mother is in danger, and this clearly was the case in this, and isabella's case. but there is certainly an ongoing debate now, again, about that very, very restrictive abortion lot
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very restrictive abortion law in parliament with many people marching in cities across the country this evening, demanding that the lot be revised and the march went under the banner of "not one more victim". this is bbc news — our main headlines hospitals overwhelmed — after 100 people are killed in a fuel tanker explosion in sierra leone — many more are injured. an investigation is under way into reports that someone at a houston music festival in the us was injecting people with drugs — before the crowd stampeded. here in the uk, a fourth paddleboarder has died, and a woman has been arrested, after a group got into difficulty on a river in wales last week. megan paterson reports gathered with their boards to remember paul 0'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, at a tough time for the surf club, to come
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together and really celebrate someone who was a great guy. paul 0'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. an appeals court in the us has temporarily stopped president biden's vaccine mandate for businesses. the law would require workers at companies with more than 100 employees to be fully vaccinated, or get weekly tests.
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but many republican states have filed legal challenges, accusing the president of overstepping his authority. mr biden says it is about setting a national standard of safety at work. meanwhile president biden is preparing to sign his one trillion dollar infrastructure bill into law — a key part of his programme to rebuild the united states following the pandemic. the bill covers investment in bridges, roads and broadband, but congress still has to hold a more controversial vote on a second major spending package on health, education and measures to tackle climate change. now for all the days sport headlines here is karthi from bbc sport. good evening to you. let's start with football because norwich city have sacked their manager, daniel, and despite the victory today for the first time in this season's english premeir league. norwich beat brentford 2—1. they scored twice in
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the opening half hour with goals from norman and a penalty for another. henry pulled back on brantford, but daniel's site held on. they are still bottom of the table, though, and daniel was dismissed less than two hours after the final whistle. another manager under pressure is manchester united's after manchester city had a comfortable victory in the derby at old trafford. the win may not have been as emphatic as liverpool's 5—0 victory, united's last time the game, but this will do him no favours. united got off to the worst possible start when eric turned the cross into his own net after seven minutes, and after david had produced a string of brilliant saves, bernardo silva got their second just before the break. we had a couple of difficult weeks. we've had a good result, a couple of good results last week, but today has caused us a couple of steps back again after a few steps forward last week, but we need to have
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everyone back fresh in their minds, ready to go, and we need to look more like what we started to look like before the liverpool game, i have to say, towards the end of last season, the start of the season, we looked a little bit more like what we wanted to. premier league leaders, chelsea, were made to rue their missed chances after a 1—all drive with burnley. they opened the scoring for chelsea, his second league goal this season, but burnley levelled through who rescued a point for his side. chelsea are three points clear of manchester city at the top of the table. now, to some pretty big news from barcelona, former playerjavi hernandez is returning to the club as their new manager, replacing another who has sacked last month. ajvi had been manager somewhere else since 2019, but they agreed on friday to let him join barcelona after his release class was met. he signed a contract until 202a. he's arrived back in spain
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on saturday and will be officially introduced to the media on monday at the new camp. javi got a glimpse of the job he has at barcelona as the catalan giants surrendered a 3—goal first half lead to dry at their stadium. equalising goal came in the sixth minute of injury time, and that result leaves barcelona down in ninth place. real madrid are leading at home to high—flying opponents. let's move on to cricket now, because at that t20 world cup, england and australia are through to the semifinals of the men's competition. australia beat west indies, while england had qualified despite defeat to south africa. there was also a blow for england, who have an injury to their opening batsman, jason roy. captain 0wen says he will be a big mess if he has ruled out for the semifinals. he is unbelievably important. he is a guy who epitomises everything that we are about in the changing room and the way
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that we play. you see how commanding he is at the top of the order and not on the t20 cricket, but 50 over cricket as well. obviously two different partners in the two formats, but, yeah, he is as close as we get to surmising how the changing room should play. there's plenty more on the bbc sport website — including the latest from tennis�* paris masters where novak has beaded poland's opponent to reach the final, and that means that novak is the year and number one for a record 70 year. he has beaten his childhood hero, pete childhood hero, pete record. he will finish as the year and number one. that's all the sport for now. the british musician and rapper terence wilson — better known as astro — who was part of the group ub40 for more than 30 years, has died after what his band mates said was a short illness — he was 64..
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# red, red wine...# ub40, a reggae and pop band formed in the late nineteen—seventies, achieved internationalfame with hits like red red wine and can't help falling in love. injuly 1988, it performed at the nelson mandela seventieth birthday tribute in london. astro left the band in 2013 to join another former member, ali campbell to create a new group. archaeologists excavating the roman site of pompeii in italy have announced the discovery of a room used by slaves, which they say gives an extraordinary insight into their daily lives. nina nanji reports. a window into how slaves lived in ancient pompeii. it is a cramped space with three wooden beds. 0ne smaller bed is possibly a child's, indicating that the room could have house the family.
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the room was found during an excavation of a large villa on the outskirts of pompeii. the city was engulfed in a volcanic eruption almost 2000 years ago, burying it and its residents in ash. translation: it is an i exceptional cross-section of the life and daily work of a part of the ancient l population that is little known —— through official sources, i always seen from the point of view of the elite - and here instead, we see the lives of slaves, - servants, people of a very low social status. - the room is exceptionally well preserved. there are earthen ware jars, ceramicjugs and a wooden chest containing metal and fabric objects thought to be part of a horse's harness. casts were created of the perishable items using impressions they had left in the hardened ash. the ruins of pompeii remain a rich source for archaeologists. it is a city frozen in time and one of italy's most visited
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tourist attractions. incredible slice of history. stay with us on bbc news. more coming up. hello. saturday's cloud and rain moving south was only one part of the weather picture. the other was the strengthening wind, and close to this low pressure, northern scotland will get off to a stormy start on sunday morning. there could be some travel disruption, as severe gales move through, and still some outbreaks of rain, whereas much of the rest of the uk, although it is still breezy, will get off to a dry start. cloudy skies in the west, and it's mild, temperatures around 6—11 celsius. just focus on the winds, though, on sunday morning,
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particularly across 0rkney and northeast scotland, some gusts 60—70mph here, maybe a little bit more exposed coasts and hills with some large waves on some of the coasts as well. so some disruptive strong winds to begin the day, slowly easing as the day goes on. still a few showers moving through here. maybe one or two showers with the cloud across the western side of the uk, but most places, as high pressure begins to move in, will have a dry sunday. the best of any sunny spells in the east. these temperatures are a little down on saturday's readings, but still on the mild side of average. now, as we go on through sunday evening and night, we will find some clear spells through eastern parts of scotland and down the eastern side of england. and this will allow for a touch of frost in the coldest spots, as temperatures drop close to freezing. we will keep the cloud in the west, the temperatures hold up here, and it is a mainly dry night to come. we have another weather system coming our way. this area of low pressure, the weather fronts around it, and it will gradually take this weather front southwards across the uk. it will take a lot
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of the week to do so. it will slowly bring in some outbreaks of rain across northern ireland on monday into scotland, especially the north and west, could see some reaching into parts of northwest england and wales as well, whereas the rest of wales and england will stay mainly dry, some sunny spells in eastern england, around 11 celsius here, feeling rather chilly, whereas in belfast, up to 1a celsius. the breeze freshening again across northwestern areas. here comes the weather front slowly moving southwards as the week goes on. but we will maintain a west or south—westerly flow into the uk. so for the week ahead, things are looking mild. you will notice that on the temperatures here. a lot of cloud around, a few sunny spells, and again, some outbreaks of rain very gradually spreading southwards as the week goes on.
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this is bbc news. the headlines... around 100 people have died after a massive explosion when a fuel tanker collided with a lorry in sierra leone's capital, freetown. fuel spilled before igniting and the resulting inferno engulfed bystanders and vehicles at a busyjunction. the vice—president has called it a "national disaster". police investigating a deadly crash at a music festival in the us state of texas say they're looking into reports that someone in the crowd was injecting others with drugs. eight people died in the stampede at the music festival in houston, when fans pushed towards the stage, causing panic. marches have been taking place in more than 200 cities around the world as part of what's been described as the "global day of action for climate justice". tens of thousands of people took to the streets of glasgow, where the un's cop26 climate talks are taking place.

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