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this is bbc news with me, 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. hundreds of migrants trapped on the belarus border in the middle of a political stand—off.
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singer britney spears regains control of her life and career as a judge overturns a conservatorship imposed 13 years ago. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. 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.
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world leaders are singled out for failing to keep their promises, for allowing the planet to become dangerously overheated. on what is meant to be the last day, demonstrators laid down at the gates of cop26 to ram home the point that lives are being lost because of climate change. 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.
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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 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 degrees celsius and record heatwaves 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
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across vast areas of the planet. so i asked america's veteran climate envoy, john kerry, would any of this slow down global warming? 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 1.5 is notjust a statistic,
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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. all we're asking you to do is to keep your promisess and own your responsibilities on setting this crisis in motion. - nothing less, nothing more. so a long night of negotiations lies ahead. hopes of concluding in time are fading. david shukman, bbc news, in glasgow. earlier, i spoke to david sandalow. he is a professor at colombia university and a former climate change negotiator in the clinton and obama administrations, including the very first cop. he just returned from glasgow on thursday. i asked him if we should be worried that the deadline for a deal has passed. it's no surprise that these negotiations are going past the deadline — that happens in almost
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every one of these meetings. the last one in 2019, i think the friday deadline was missed and the negotiations ended on sunday afternoon. but here's some good news — i think the conference has already produced some important successes. not enough to solve the global warming problem — that's the work of many years — but even during the first week of this conference, we saw important announcements on reducing methane emissions — or methane as we say here in the states — on cutting back coal use, on deforestation, on a number of other topics. so if the standard is whether progress is being made, i think we've already seen it. but we're not going to see a solution to the crisis at this meeting alone. you say that you're energised and positive about some of the progress that's already been made at this cop, but the sticking points still include big issues — subsidies for coals and otherfossilfuels, financial help for poorer nations and, of course, you mentioned that agreement on coal. key coal users and producers
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did not sign up to that agreement, so how useful, really, is it? i think it is a useful start. it isn't nearly enough, not where we need to be. and that statement by the delegate from tuvalu in the past day, incredibly powerful about the importance for his country. the only way that that country survives, and others avoid terrible damage is if we dramatically scale back coal use. that process is only starting. we need to move much faster on that. much more on all the latest on the cop26 summit talks on our the website. just log on to 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, which is investigating
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the storming of the capitol in january. our north america correspondent peter bowes told us more about the charges. well, he has been charged with two counts. so 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 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 — that 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,
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his 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. as you say, peter, this has really brought the whole issue of executive privilege to the forefront. what has donald trump had to 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
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to keep those items secret, so it all goes in to essentially the same issue, as to whether that defence can be used to hinder the work of this committee. 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's 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 union, just 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 2,000 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. near the border, paratroopers from belarus and russia
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held joint exercises, signalling whose side the kremlin�*s on. increasing too is alexander lu kashenko'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 the cold, while governments argue, waiting and hoping to be let through. steve rosenberg,
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bbc news, belarus. much of europe is facing a surge in coronavirus cases and measures are being reimposed across the continent. the netherlands will begin a 3—week partial lockdown on saturday night. non—essential shops, cafes, bars and nightclubs will have to close early. there will be no crowds at football matches and social distancing will be enforced. courtney bembridge reports. all chant: vri'dom! vrijheid! * fury on the streets of the hague after the announcement that restrictions are back for at least three weeks. protesters threw fireworks and smoke bombs and were met with water cannons. others spent the night soaking up the nightlife while they could. cases have been steadily rising
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over the past two months and hospitals are once again under pressure — that's despite the country's relatively high vaccination rate. authorities say more than two—thirds of the patients in intensive care are unvaccinated, but the waning effectiveness of vaccines over time is also playing a part, particularly in the elderly population. the dutch government plans to start booster jabs next month. in the meantime, prime minister mark rutte says urgent action is needed. translation: this is - a hard blow of a few weeks because the virus is everywhere throughout the country, in all sectors and in all ages. the measures will be western europe's first partial lockdown this winter, but other countries may soon follow suit. germany is considering restrictions and austria plans to lock down the unvaccinated with spot checks and hefty fines for those caught flouting the rules. translation: i would very much
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support nationwide regulations. l itjust has to be clear what is meant by a lockdown for the unvaccinated. in my opinion, there are still a number of open questions that need to be clarified, because we must not unsettle the public by making different claims. around one—third of austrians have yet to have their first dose and the country has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the eu. the world health organization has warned that europe is heading towards another 500,000 deaths by february, and it says vaccinations alone will not be enough to bring the outbreak under control. courtney bembridge, bbc news. stay with us on bbc world news. still to come, the youngsters who take on the care of adults. is enough being done to help them? the bombastic establishment outsider donald trump has defied the pollsters to take
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the keys to the oval office. i feel great about the election results. i voted for him because i genuinely believe that he cares about the country. it's keeping - the candidate's name always in the - public eye that counts. success or failure depends not only on public display, j but on the local- campaign headquarters and the heavy routine workj of their women volunteers. berliners from both east and west linked hands and danced around their liberated territory. and with nobody to stop them, it wasn't long before the first attempts were made to destroy the structure itself. yasser arafat, who dominated the palestinian cause for so long, has died. palestinian authority has declared a state of mourning. after 17 years of discussion, the result was greeted with an outburst ofjoy, leaving ministers who long felt only grudgingly accepted among the ranks of clergy suddenly felt welcome.
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this is bbc world news. the main story this hour: negotiations continue into the night at the cop26 summit in glasgow. delegates are now working on a third draft of a climate deal. ajudge in los angeles has terminated britney spears' conservatorship, which means the 39—year—old singer 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. the bbc�*s david willis told me how the free britney movement reacted to the news. three hours ago, outside this courtroom when the decision it was put in place in 2008, following a series of highly
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public meltdowns, some of them involving members of the paparazzi. the conservatorship or date gave her father, jamie, almost complete control of not only her financial but personal affairs. at a hearing only her financial but personal affairs. ata hearing injune this year, pretty speirs broke her silence. this year, pretty speirs broke hersilence. she this year, pretty speirs broke her silence. she called the conservatorship abusive. she said it prevented herfrom having children, and getting married again. she asked for it to be lifted without needing to undergo some sort of psychiatric evaluation. last month, thejudge removed her fatherfrom his role of overseeing herfinances, and overseeing her finances, and today overseeing herfinances, and today granted her for request. she is free now of the bounds of that conservatorship, batted to the jubilation, of that conservatorship, batted to thejubilation, i'm might add, of hundreds of free britney supporters who have been following this case very closely. they believe it is a human rights struggle. britney spears is now free to not only control her own finances but
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also decide when and where she is married to herfiance, and even to decide whether she drives her own car. she is also free now to decide whether she will go back to the recording studio or onto the stage. she has refused to do both in recent years, all the time that her father was in control of her father was in control of her affairs. her father was in control of heraffairs. now her father was in control of her affairs. now that he isn't, there is talk already of some sort of for britney spears. christopher melcher is a family law expert based in los angeles. he gave me his reaction to thejudge's decision. i was there at the courthouse and people did go crazy after this happened. it was so long in the making. and unnecessary, because the conservatorship should —— necessary. never have been placed upon her in the first place. even if she was having mental health issues in 2008, this was not the type of conservatorship that is designed to manage that.
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this probate conservatorship that she was placed on — it's for people at end of life, who have dementia and who can't even for themselves by putting a roof over their head. the court should never have imposed this and then for it go on so long and take away all of her rights when she clearly was able to work was an abuse of her. such an interesting viewpoint. and the judge, he said today, didn't he, that an accountant serving as a temporary conservator should retain some powers, even after today's ruling, so what are these powers and what are the details that we should know about? that's just cleaning up some financial details to move the control of her money that's been handled by herfather for 13 years and then only recently this temporary conservator back to britney, so there's a lot of wealth and assets, some are held in trust, so some technical details that need to be managed so that she can retain control of those in an efficient way. that will happen within the next month and then she,
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with consent, would hire managers and accountants and attorneys to help her manage that — this would not be imposed any more — but although her personal freedoms were restored today, there is a few details that need to occur so that her finances can be restored. do you think it is fair to say that part of the reason why tens of thousands of young carers in england may be missing out on welfare support because councils don't know they exist. local authorities are supposed to identify and support young people under 18 who are caring for a family member with a physical disability or mental health illness. but analysis by bbc news suggests that almost 180,000 young carers are not known to councils. jeremy cooke reports. how many potatoes do you want? two, please. it is a home filled with faith.
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# he has done so much for me #. and with love. thank you. you're welcome. do you cook for your mum every night? yeah. at 13 and 10 years old, amy and kimberly are young carers. do you need help? no, i don't need help. dedicated to their mum, julie, who has severe kidney failure. i can't really cook now. i can't stand up for long. i have pains. by law, because these girls are caring at a high level, they should get help from their council, but they've had no assessment, and get no support. they are missing from the system. bring her up her food. i wash her back. clean her bed. clean the room. i help with finance and the order of business stuff. maybe help out with some medication if she needs to. she sleeps with my mum. if something goes wrong in the night, she's always there. you must be so proud them.
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i'm proud of them. weeping. at the same time, i'm guilty that i've taken their independence away from them. raise your hand if you are a young carer or young adult carer? in hereford, a relaxed gathering of young carers. their young lives touched by adult responsibilities. but who are they caring for? mum. what is that you do for your mum? medication. helping her up the stairs. sometimes you feel like you're not - getting recognised enough. at least these children are getting some help from this charity, but most of them haven't been officially assessed. our research suggests 75% of young carers in england aren't even known to their local council, so they may be missing, unsupported, and unheard. the more awareness we can raise the more young carers we can't reach. there will be children sitting at home tonight who are doing caring roles and don't even have this,
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and that matters, doesn't it? it matters hugely for their future life opportunities. bethany and paige are among those so—called missing young carers, and we estimate that across england there are around 180,000 of them. do you know if you had an assessment, do you know if you are officially regarded as young carers, or don't you know? no. do you even know what that is, an assessment? i've heard of it. i haven't. i don't think we've had an assessment. i feel quite isolated. as a young person and as a young carer. back in bristol, a rare chance for kim and amy to take a break while their mum gets dialysis. i don't think there is any time when i'm not thinking, "is my mum ok?" i can't go out with my friends as much as i would like to. how was dialysis? it was not too bad. julie is exhausted and worried for her girls. i wish it was different. i want them to have a normal life like other children.
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since we filmed them, amy and kim are getting some help from a young carers charity. thank you, kim. welcome. but they are still simply focused on helping their mum. we love her and we want her to stay for as long as possible, so she can see us grow up and she can be happy and live a long life. are you 0k? yeah, i'm all right. the government stresses this is a matter for local councils. the councils say with more money they could give more help, but how can young carers be supported if they aren't being counted? jeremy cooke — bbc news. supported if they aren't being counted? jeremy cooke — 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 northeastern brazil. the team found the remains of what they believe to be a group of large dinosaurs known as the titanosauria.
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you can reach me on twitter — i'm @bbcbaxter. some sunny spells on the forecast, but generally speaking, a fairamount forecast, but generally speaking, a fair amount of cloud is on the way. it will be mild, a particularly mild morning way above the average for the time of the year. this cloud is no pressure, swept across the country during the course on friday. here it is early hours of saturday out in the north sea, and its legacy is this high pressure, the ridge of high pressure built in, but it is also a fairly cloudy area of high pressure. some breaks in the car through the night around scotland, maybe the lake district and
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into lancashire, but look at those damages in the south. it should be closer between three and six degrees this time of the year. here is the weather for saturday. sunshine developing across central areas of the uk. some areas could be quite sunny. on either side in at the east and west, a fair bit of cloud, very mild. around 12 or 13 degrees in the north. high—pressure stays in charge through the course of the weekend but this weather front starts to nudge in during the course of sunday. so there will be rain around the western isles, but the mist majority of us will see a dry day. look at the temperatures for sunday, 1a in london, 1a in belfast, a little fresher in scotland, 11 degrees. the average is closer to ten, 12 for this time of the year, so we aren't massively above the average for the day, it is the nights that are really mild. here is the
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forecast for monday. a bit of a change. some rain getting in, light though, perhaps in two parts of northern england, perhaps wales as well, but generally speaking it stays on the mild side and drive for most of us. it will be a cloudy day at least on the way for monday. perhaps someone getting into scotland but from wednesday onwards, that is when the is expected to turn a little bit more unsettled. on the whole, looking at the picture, it could be a lot worse this time of year. it is a spell of relatively quiet weather upon is real. goodbye.
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this is bbc news,
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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". 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. 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.
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