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welcome to bbc news. i'm alice baxter. our top stories: a last push for a meaningful agreement: cop26 continues talks into saturday. the man in charge calls for a can—do spirit. we have come a long way over the past two weeks and now, we need that final injection of that can—do spirit which is present at this cop, so that we get this shared endeavour over the line. trump ally steve bannon indicted on two counts of contempt of congress over the investigation into the attack on the capitol. singer britney spears regains control of her life and career as a judge overturns a conservatorship imposed 13 years ago.
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hello and welcome to bbc news. good to have you with us. the official deadline for an agreement at cop26 in glasgow has passed, but delegates and negotiators are now working through the night to try to sign off undertakings that can be agreed across the board. experts recognise that the agreements made at the summit will not limit global warming to under 1.5 degrees — a key threshold which would avoid the worst effects of climate change. david shukman has the latest. sirens wail. a warning from outside the conference about the state of progress inside it.
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world leaders are singled out for failing to keep their promises, for allowing the planet to become dangerously overheated. appeals for action came in the conference halls as well, activists calling on governments not to water down key points in the agreement — a plea echoed by the most vulnerable nations. our safety, the safety of my children, and yours, hangs in the balance. as i said to the high ambition coalition this morning, it's time for us to level up. this will be the decade that determines the rest of human history. we cannot let it slip by. but some disputes are proving really difficult to settle. over coal, and what to say about phasing it out. how often countries should update their climate plans — every year, to reflect the urgency, or less often? and how much climate aid to give the poorest nations — notjust now but over
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the coming decades? the whole point of these talks is to try to limit the rise in global temperatures, so how is that going? well, compared to pre—industrial times, we have warmed by at least 1.1 celsius and record heat waves are already becoming more frequent. above 1.5 degrees, many coral reefs are expected to die off, among a long list of other impacts. now, if everyone here keeps to the promises they have given — a big if — we are still on course for about 1.8, and that means even higher sea levels and even more people threatened by flooding. but being realistic, as things stand, a more likely outcome is 2.4, which means even longer droughts, affecting food production across vast areas of the planet. so i asked america's veteran climate envoyjohn kerry, would any of this slow down global warming?
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so, we are moving in the right direction. are we moving fast enough? no. but that is what this meeting is about. you know, scientists never said, "hey, you guys have to have this done by the end of the cop". they said "you have ten years". well, they said it was incredibly urgent. no, yeah, it is incredibly urgent and that is exactly why 65% of global gdp has said we're going to keep 1.5 degrees alive. meanwhile, as haggling continues, the conference chair made another plea for agreement. now we need that final injection of that can—do spirit which is present at this cop, so that we get this shared endeavour over the line. but emotions are running high and many delegations are worried. so for us, ambition of 1.5 is notjust a statistic, it is a matter of life and death. some among us are wasting precious time here in glasgow attempting to renegotiate what was already agreed.
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so a long night of negotiations lies ahead and the plan next is to see what is possible tomorrow. hopes of concluding on time are fading. david shukman, bbc news, in glasgow. one of donald trump's former aides, steve bannon, has been indicted by a federal grand jury. he's charged with two counts of contempt of congress in connection with his failure to comply with a summons issued by a house select committee is investigating the storming of the capitol on january 6 this year. our correspondent peter bowes joins me now, live from los angeles. peter, just walk us through exactly what it is steve bannon has been charged with here. well, he has been charged with two counts, the first count is refusing to hand over documents that the committee had requested, documents that the committee believes are relevant to their investigation. the second count is for refusing to
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appear in person to give a deposition to the committee. he steadfastly refused. he is claiming executive privilege, which is really stems from something that the former president donald trump has said some time ago, almost an instruction to some of his closest allies, but executive privilege could be used, this is the confidentiality that often is applied to white house documents, conversations in the white house, but there is a tremendous amount of legal debate over whether a former president, not least his workers, advisers, whether they could actually use that kind of rule to stop them being called before a congressional committee. that is going to be at the heart of the matter when this is decided. figs at the heart of the matter when this is decided.— this is decided. as you say, peter, this _ this is decided. as you say, peter, this has _ this is decided. as you say, peter, this has really - this is decided. as you say, l peter, this has really brought the whole issue of executive privilege to the forefront. what has donald trump have to say about all of this?—
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say about all of this? well, donald trump _ say about all of this? well, donald trump has - say about all of this? well, donald trump has not, - say about all of this? well, donald trump has not, as i say about all of this? well, l donald trump has not, as far say about all of this? well, - donald trump has not, as far as we know, responded to today's developments. he has been actually relatively quiet, although his lawyers have actually been very busy this week because using the same argument, executive privilege, he is trying to stop the release of some other documents from the white house and telephone records and visitor logs and they will be the subject of an appeal court hearing in a couple of weeks' time. and donald trump is fighting to keep those items secret. so it all goes into essentially the same issue, as to whether that defence can be used to hinder the work of this committee. used to hinder the work of this committee-— committee. 0k, peter, we will have to leave _ committee. 0k, peter, we will have to leave it _ committee. 0k, peter, we will have to leave it there. - committee. 0k, peter, we will have to leave it there. many, l have to leave it there. many, many thanks. peter bowes there. the singer britney spears can now regain control of her life and career after a judge in los angeles overturned an order imposed 13 years ago that put the singer's father and lawyers in charge. the judge terminated the legal arrangement known
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as a conservatorship with immediate effect. the humanitarian crisis along the border between belarus and poland is worsening as more migrants continue to head to the border, only to be caught in a political limbo between the two nations. alexander lukashenko, the belarusian president, is accused of deliberately orchestrating the crisis to challenge sanctions imposed on his country last year. our correspondent steve rosenberg sent this report from belarus. by day, the scale of this migrant crisis becomes clear. belarus' border with poland transformed into a camp for those desperate to get to europe. tonight, for the first time, belarusian border guards agreed to take us into the camp, right up to the border.
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behind the barbed wire, the european unionjust metres away. many here are kurds from the middle east. the eu believes that belarus helped them get here, that the country is facilitating illegal migration into europe — revenge for sanctions. but poland won't let them in. we are, like, homeless. we don't have any place to stay there. it's about whether it's too cold — we just collect fire and burning our trees to make our bodies heat. and but still, we hope. we never give up. we've been told there are more than 2000 people in this camp, living in pretty basic conditions. this story is a very human drama, but the backdrop, that's geopolitics. the migrant crisis is ratcheting up east—west tension.
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near the border, paratroopers from belarus and russia held joint exercises, signalling whose side the kremlin�*s on. increasing, too, is alexander lukashenko's rhetoric. this week, he threatened to block the flow of russian gas to europe if the eu imposes more sanctions on belarus. but those who see belarus as a stepping stone to the eu, they couldn't care less about sanctions or geopolitics, they just want a better future. many of them have paid thousands of dollars for package tours that bring them to belarus and deliver them to the border with europe, but no further. for most, the journey stops here. and so, they have to wait, in the cold, while governments argue, waiting and hoping
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to be let through. steve rosenberg, bbc news, belarus. nearly 1,200 people crossed the channel by boat yesterday to reach the uk — a new record for migrant crossings in a single day. more than 23,000 people have arrived from france in small boats so far this year — nearly three times the number in 2020. our home editor mark easton reports from dover. it was a day the uk lost control of its border. 1200 arrivals in 2a hours up the gangplank at dover's tug haven and into a hired marquee for processing, but the border force just couldn't cope. there's limited sanitary facilities. there's no way to get them hot food. it was never designed to be used in the way it is now. but there's no way to move these folk on to their next destination. the entire system is broken from end to end. conditions in the tent last night were described by one
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official as a humanitarian crisis, with 1,000 people traumatised, vulnerable and desperate — including, i'm told, at least one pregnant woman forced to sleep on the floor. the home office had expected migrant crossings to fall in the autumn but calm and mild conditions have actually seen record numbers attempt to reach the kent coast, despite a government commitment last year to make the route unviable. and the french have stopped over 18,000 attempted crossings so far this year, but the numbers speak for themselves. it is disappointing and shocking just how many migrants have managed to cross the channel. data obtained by the refugee council shows that in the 17 months to may this year, 70% of the 12,000 people arriving in small boats came from five countries — over 3,000 from iran, 2,000 from iraq and around 1,000 each from sudan, syria and vietnam. they're people fleeing war, persecution and terror. they want to come to the uk because they're able to speak some english.
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they might have a connection through their networks to the uk through family and they simply want to get on, rebuild their lives and make a contribution to our economy. the weather has been worse today with few migrants crossing — a relief to the border force who have been working around the clock to clear the backlog of hundreds of exhausted and desperate people. mark easton, bbc news, dover. as we've been reporting, a judge in los angeles has terminated britney spears' conservatorship, which means the 39—year—old will regain control of her personal life and finances for the first time in 13 years. the conservatorship was first imposed on the pop star amid concerns over her mental health, and gave herfather control over britney spears' finances, career decisions, and personal affairs. i'm joined now by the bbc�*s david willis in los angeles, outside the court. david, 13 years in the making,
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the #freebritney campaign has become something of a national movement, herfans have been incredibly vocal and passionate over the years in their support of her. what sort of things have you seen outside the court today? have you seen outside the court toda ? ., ,., ., have you seen outside the court toda? ., ., ,. , today? -- what sort of scenes. three hours — today? -- what sort of scenes. three hours ago _ today? -- what sort of scenes. three hours ago outside - today? -- what sort of scenes. three hours ago outside this i three hours ago outside this courtroom when the decision was announced, it came out on a tweet from somebody inside the court, apparently, those fans went absolutely berserk. they were so ecstatic. there were cheers and chanting, people were dancing in the streets here because this is what they had been hoping for such a long time. but britney spears basically following this decision is free not only have control, complete control, over her own financial dealings but she is also free to do more arcane things like drive her own car, for example, or have more children if she chooses to
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do so, get married, for example, to herfiance and do so, get married, for example, to her fiance and as far as performing and returning to the recording studio is concerned, that is something she vowed not to do all the time herfatherjamie was in control of her estate. she viewed that as an abusive relationship, now, just one month or so ago, jamie spears was relieved of his control over her life and now, the conservatorship as a whole has gone away and that the question will be see britney spears back on tour? is some sort of comebackjust around the corner for her? comeback 'ust around the corner for her? �* ., , for her? and of course, the hordes of— for her? and of course, the hordes ofjubilant - for her? and of course, the hordes ofjubilant fans - for her? and of course, the i hordes ofjubilant fans looking hordes of jubilant fans looking at hordes ofjubilant fans looking at pictures of them, very much but will be asking that question. david, some of the details you have picked out about the conservative extraordinary, aren't they? like whether she can decide to have more children or not. is it fair to say that what has happened to britney spears is
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really raised a national debate within america over the legitimacy of the conservatorship tool as a whole? , . whole? very much so. and there are those — whole? very much so. and there are those in _ whole? very much so. and there are those in congress _ whole? very much so. and there are those in congress who - whole? very much so. and there are those in congress who are i are those in congress who are advancing that particular argument, they are saying in many cases these are sort of guardianship restrictions are outdated and, in many cases, the proceedings are conducted in secret as they were, indeed, in secret as they were, indeed, in this particular case for such a long time. but the thought is really bad for something like this to go on for so long begs so many different questions, not least because any time in which this conservatorship been in place britney spears has released four albums, two of which went platinum, she has had a four year residency in las vegas, brought in millions of dollars, and served as a judge on shows such as american idol and the
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x—factor. begging the question how much support in her life did you really need? and that was at the heart, indeed, of the #freebritney campaign who argued all along that essentially britney spears was being held hostage by her father. �* ., ., ., , being held hostage by her father. �* w, ., , , ., , father. an extraordinary story. david, father. an extraordinary story. david. many — father. an extraordinary story. david, many thanks. _ father. an extraordinary story. david, many thanks. david - david, many thanks. david willis there for us in los angeles. he has been outside the courtroom for us all day. this is bbc news. with me, alice baxter. the headlines: negotiations continue into the night at the cop26 summit in glasgow. delegates are now working on a third draft of a climate deal. some of the countries most under threat to climate change are island nations. to find out more about their concerns, my colleague christian fraser, who's at the summit in glasgow, has been speaking to tina stege, climate envoy for the marshall islands. we are a very small but very focused team and we had our plans in place. it was wonderful that my
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minister was leading our delegation. up until yesterday when he had to leave the few other members to start quarantine before going back home to the islands. but he left us here, he put some wind in our sails and we just have to finish the race. this morning, on the outstanding issues, the high ambition coalition came together which the island chaired. did you chair it? i chaired the meeting. you chaired the meeting withjohn kerry, the european embassy in the room? how was that? it was a big meeting. we had a lot of our numbers who came, a lot of us who had signed on to the statement so they were all in the room and we had great representation from my island brothers and sisters, and we had the chairs of the ldc group and others represented
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by costa rica and others. it is a very diverse group of countries, small countries, big countries, rich countries, poor countries. but the line that connects us all together is that we are for ambition and an ambitious outcome at this cop26. when you started this process and where do you think you are now. when it comes to finance which is crucial for this? we started this process back injuly. we have been meeting with partners in that group since then at various ministerial meetings and now it's the crunch time. we put out this leaders statement signed by president joe biden, the president and many other leaders that really set the bar last week for what ambition needs to look like at this cop26, how it needs to cover all pillars of the paris agreement.
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mitigation, adaptation and finance, including language on loss and damage and it's really a matter of building on that statement we see much of that reflected in the current text. we talked about areas where it needs to be strengthened further. where does it need to be strengthened? it needs to be strengthened on loss and damage. what is the language at the moment and what do you need to be in there? at the moment there is a reference to a workshop and it is simply not enough. we need a process, we need a programme. we need something that consistently allows development of this issue and actual addressing of this issue. the climate envoy of the marshall islands, tina stege, speaking to my colleague christian fraser. the dutch government has announced a three—week partial lockdown to try to control surging coronavirus infections. the netherlands is one of the european countries worst affected by a fourth wave of the virus, but the restrictions have sparked violent protests.
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anna holligan has more from the hague. this is a partial, evening—mostly lockdown. so bars, restaurants, cafes, and shops will have to close by 8:00pm. it's really targeting social lives. and actually the netherlands was initially criticised for being relatively relaxed compared to other countries. so it was one of the last countries in the world to introduce mandatory face masks, it was one of the slowest in europe to roll out its vaccination programme, but now, with the icus — the intensive care units — reaching capacity and talk of transferring patients over the border to germany for treatment, this is the kind of short, sharp shock that the government is hoping will be enough to bring those record—breaking figures down. the interesting thing here is how divided dutch society has become. there has been a protest very close to where we are now. riot police used water
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cannon to try to disperse the anti—lockdown, anti—vaccine protesters who are there — about 200 of them — but they are in the minority. and when i've been speaking to people here on the square, this is just outside the dutch parliament building, most of them say, "well, actually, we are resigned to the idea that this is necessary," giving this up for a few weeks to try to bring those numbers down for the greater good. and everyone here has the feeling that it's not over yet, but the question the people are increasingly asking here in the netherlands is "when will it actually end?" anna holligan in the hague there. hundreds of teachers have been targeted in recent weeks by pupils who've anonymously made abusive videos on the social media platform tiktok. some teachers have been accused of being paedophiles or subjected to homophobic comments. schools are now calling
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on tiktok to take urgent action to remove what they say is disgraceful abuse of teachers online. tiktok says it is deploying additional measures to detect and remove offensive content and regrets upset caused to teachers. but teaching unions say it's not being done fast enough. our education correspondent elaine dunkley has more. tiktok, a social media platform where people can create and share funny and quirky content, but there is a darker side to one of the latest trends. targeting teachers with abusive and offensive videos. this one shows tom rogers, history teacher, posted from an anonymous account and viewed thousands of times. there were two videos using a derogatory term to describe someone who was inappropriate towards children. you are thinking when you go in there that kids are laughing
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at you and whatever and everyone has seen it, so i have messaged tiktok, did not get a reply, and the videos are still there. something tragic could happen, and it is only then that something will have to be done. we had a number of staff who've been impacted by this and who are off currently. many schools across the uk have sent letters to parents warning them about schoolchildren creating and sharing videos targeting teachers. seen by two million viewers... at the ellesmere port church of england college there have been a number of incidents. we are working with a number of staff at the moment who are finding it difficult to cope. we know the children who have posted the videos. we are working with their families to make sure they understand what they've done wrong. bodies like tiktok must make sure that they can police a bit better. you can take three separate resistors... these sixth formers say everyone in school has a responsibility to stop online bullying. when i first saw them, my first response was to report it. report it as like bullying and harassment. some of the videos you see are just literal attacks
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on one individual. i know one teacher has. been affected the most. i haven't seen him around school since then. - in a statement, tiktok says its community guidelines make clear that it doesn't tolerate content that contains bullying or harassment. statements targeting an individual or hateful speech and will remove content that violates these guidelines. but teaching unions say videos aren't being taken down quickly enough. tiktok is living in a parallel universe, frankly. they aren't taking this issue seriously, they aren't giving a sense of urgency, and they are definitely not recognising they should be taking responsibility to help us adults educate young people about how you conduct yourself responsibly on social media. what can schools do about this? when tom isn't teaching, he hosts a weekly show on teachers talk radio. you've got school websites, and we've got all of our photographs online... but teachers say they don'tjust want words, they want action from social
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media sites like tiktok. elaine dunkley, bbc news. brazilian palaeontologists are piecing together fragments of ancient bones, which could shed light on a new species of dinosaur. work began injune after a fossil was found during the construction of a railway in north—eastern brazil. the team found the remains of what they believe to be a group of large dinosaurs known as the titanosauria. you can reach me on twitter. i'm @bbcbaxter. we always love to hear from you. in the meantime, do stay with us. hello. well, the weather's quiet out there right now, and that's how it's going to stay through the course of the weekend. we have some sunny spells in the forecast, but generally speaking, i think a fair amount of cloud on the way. and it is going to be mild and a particularly mild morning, way above the average for the time of the year. now, this cloud is a low pressure which swept across the country during the course of friday. here is early hours of saturday out in the north sea.
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and in its legacy, this high pressure here, this ridge of high pressure, builds in. but it's also a fairly cloudy area of high pressure. some breaks in the cloud through the night, around scotland, maybe the lake district, into lancashire, but further south, pretty overcast. and look at those temperatures — 11 degrees in the south, seven degrees in the north. it should be closer to between three and six degrees, really, this time of the year. so here's the weather for saturday, sunshine developing across central areas of the uk. in fact, some areas could end up being quite sunny, but either side of that, in the east and the west, i think a fair bit of cloud. really mild, 1a degrees in the south, around 12 or 13 in the north. so high pressure stays in charge of the weather through the course of the weekend, but this weather front starts to nudge in during the course of sunday, so there will be some rain around in the western isles, but the vast majority of us, a dry day. and again, sunny spells possible almost anywhere on remembrance sunday. and again, look at the
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temperatures, 1a in london, 1a in belfast, a little bit fresher there in scotland, 11 degrees. the average is closer to around ten, 12 this time of the year, so we're not massively above the average during the day. again, it's the nights that are really, really mild. here's monday's weather forecast. bit of a change. some rain getting in, light, though, into perhaps northern parts of england, maybe wales too, but generally speaking, it stays on the mild side and dry for most of us, at least. so i think a cloudier day at least on the way for monday. and then tuesday, perhaps a little bit of rain getting into scotland as well, but from around wednesday onwards, that's when the weather is expected to turn a little bit more unsettled. but on the whole, looking at the picture, it could be a lot worse this time of the year. it is a spell of relatively quiet weather upon us right now. bye— bye.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: as the un climate summit in glasgow runs into extra time, delegates are considering a third draft of an agreement to try to put a limit on global warming. the conference president alok sharma has called for a final injection of "can—do spirit". more than 1,000 migrants are spending what for many is a fifth night trapped at the border between belarus and poland amid a continuing stand—off between the two countries. us presidentjoe biden has expressed his concern about the situation on the border. an ally of former president trump, steve bannon has been indicted by a federal grand jury, charged with two counts of contempt of congress. mr bannon refused to give a deposition or supply documents to the committee investigating the attack on the us capitol last january.


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