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welcome to bbc news. i'm david eades. our top stories: clashes on the border between poland and belarus as the polish authorities use water cannon and tear gas to push back migrants. chaos has broken out. the government has accused belarus of trying to push them —— the polish forces have responded with water, but also with gas. it is difficult to breathe. government look at reducing restrictions for the unvaccinated as the continent once again become the epicentre of the pandemic. former england cricketer azeem rafiq gives shocking details of the racism he faced, saying he was constantly subjected to offensive language at yorkshire cricket club.
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pollution crisis in india. schools and colleges are staying shut until further notice, and there is a partial lockdown being extended. there we go. just feel it. i join sophie ellis—bextor 2a hours non—stop for charity. hello, and a very warm welcome to our view was on pbs in america and around the globe. tensions are escalating on the border of poland and belarus. polish security forces have turned to water cannon and tear gas to push back migrants.
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the polish government has accused belarus of trying to force the migrants cross the border in order to destabilise the european union. the polish government is accusing belarus forcing the migrants across the border in order to the european union. our correspondent steve rosenberg is there. first, they'd asked to be let in. now, they were demanding. in belarus, the migrants have run out of patience. these are polish water cannon being employed, and that is because, around midday, migrants on the belarusian side of the border started throwing stones and rocks and branches. and all chaos has broken out. the polish forces have responded with water, but also with gas — it's quite difficult to breathe. we don't have life here! four nights and five nights,
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and don't sleeping. my eyes... for two hours, the border crossing was like a battleground. the european union says belarus is using migrants as weapons to destabilise europe. the belarusian soldiers stood and watched. they did nothing to stop the migrants who were storming the border. "why not?" i asked this officer. his reply, "no comment." and while water cannon fought off the attack on the eu's border, the young and the vulnerable took shelter. belarus may have engineered this crisis, but that doesn't change the fact that it's people who are suffering. this man is an actor from kurdistan. his brother sold his house so they could afford their
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tickets and visas to belarus. where do you go now? i don't know. to iraq, to europe, to the camp, to minsk... we don't know where we're going. we are like a ball, like a ball in the stadium. belarus and poland, they kick us. when the violence was over, some of the migrants packed up and moved on. they'd come to belarus to try to get into the european union. now, it's destination unknown. steve rosenberg, bbc news, belarus. politicians are weighing up how best to battle a surge in coronavirus cases. it has become the epicentre of the pandemic. austria already introduced restrictions for those who are not vaccinated, and governments elsewhere, including germany,
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are considering reintroducing certain rules in the run—up to christmas and also debating whether vaccines alone are going to be enough to stop the spread of the virus. mark lobel has this report. coronavirus is catching hospital staff as well as politicians off guard in germany. emergency wards like this one close to munich are filling up so fast, a patient was sent to italy for treatment. translation: the situation was foreseeable _ and could have been avoided. the right measures that would have prevented this health system from being put in such a situation again were not taken. lower—than—expected vaccination rates may steal christmas for many. christmas markets that do open may only welcome the vaccinated or recently recovered. translation: we can't do anything _ but follow these rules. it is a way to protect everyone.
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but politicians here are in the market for much more. many keen to unwrap restrictions for the unvaccinated on public transport for a return to homeworking and vaccine mandates for certain professions. the incoming coalition government will consult state leaders on thursday. also from thursday, in ireland, pu bs, restau ra nts and nightclubs will have to close at midnight and people will be advised to work from home. all to combat rising covid cases despite one of the highest vaccination rates in the world. all across europe and across our country, it is increasingly clear that we are experiencing another surge of covid infection. in the last week alone, we have seen the second highest rate of hospital admission in all of 2021. but in holland, there is political division over plans that unvaccinated people will no longer be able to go
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to cafes and restaurants with a negative test. with entry only for the vaccinated or those who have just recovered from covid. with austria's lockdown for the unvaccinated in full swing, there are some questioning the wisdom of policies requiring mandatory vaccines or locking down the unvaccinated. this raises real issues of civil liberties. this raises real issues around human rights and it's something that governments should consider extremely carefully. but there are few easy solutions for europe's governments as cases surge. mark lobel, bbc news. let's get some of the other main news for you. armenia says it has reached a ceasefire with azerbaijan following deadly new clashes along their shared border early on tuesday. the russian defence minister brokered the ceasefire during separate talks with his
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counterpart of the two countries. armenia is at 15 of its soldiers died and two security posts were destroyed. the chinese communist party has released an important document that promotes president xi jinping as one of the country was great as modern leaders. the majority of the text is devoted to him and his achievements. the resolution is just the third to be issued in the party was in history. gas prices across europe have decided after the german authorities suspended the approval process for the controversial pipeline under the baltic sea. they say certification of the project will only be considered once its operator has formed a company under german law. the philippine president's daughter will be the running mate of ferdinand marcosjunior in the next year's election, compelling weeks of speculation of an alliance between these two powerfulfamilies. the two powerful families. the person two powerfulfamilies. the person seeking advice
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presidency announced in a video message her intent to run on the same ticket. meanwhile, the president himself will be seeking election as a senator next year when his term in office comes to an end. here in the uk, the former yorkshire county cricketer has given an emotional account of the racist abuse that he says he experienced at the club. he told mps that the way he was treated was inhuman and he said he felt isolated, humiliated at times. more than a year after he first spoke publicly about racism, the former off—spin bowler accused seniorfigures at the club of turning a blind eye to what was happening. a subsequent report by the club confirmed he had suffered harassment, yet no—one faced disciplinary action. our sports editor's report does contain some details you may find offensive. how are you feeling, azeem? all right. his allegations have already plunged yorkshire cricket into crisis. today, azeem rafiq brought them to westminster, laying bare the ordeal he says
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he and other asian players were subjected to at his former club, including a racist term aimed at his pakistani heritage. there were comments such as, "you lot sit over there, near the toilets." "elephant washers." the word expletive was used constantly. and there just seemed to be an acceptance in the institution from the leaders and no—one...no—one ever stamped it out. i felt isolated, humiliated at times. struggling to contain his emotions, rafiq went on to describe his experience at headingley after his son was stillborn in 2017. through that time, the treatment that i received from some of the club officials was inhuman. they weren't really bothered about the fact that i was at training one day and i get a phone call to say there's no heartbeat... rafiq claimed former team—mate gary ballance used the name "kevin" as a derogatory term to refer to any player
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of colour and that this was an open secret in the england dressing room. that another england star, alex hales, called his dog kevin because he was black. "a disgusting joke," rafiq called it. and what of yorkshire's england captain, joe root, who last week said he couldn't recall any racist behaviour at the club? he's never engaged in racist language. i do...i found it hurtful. rooty was involved, before he started playing for england, he was involved in a lot of the socialising nights out where i'm being called a expletive. but, again, itjust shows, and he might not remember it, but itjust shows how normal it was in that environment, in that institution. rafiq also asked about former england captain michael vaughan, who strongly denied the whistle—blower�*s claims, since corroborated by two other cricketers, that he made a racist remark to a group of asian players. he said this yesterday, actually, that his reputation is being "trashed unfairly." what's your reaction to that? i think it's important,
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on michael, that we don't make it all about michael. the simple... look, it was a long time ago, michael might not remember it, as i said about earlier, because it doesn't mean anything to him. rafiq also describing, in harrowing detail, an incident that occurred away from headingley early on in his career. my first instance of drinking, i actually got pinned down at my local cricket club and red wine got poured down my throat. how old were you? 15~ _ 15 and a muslim? 15 years old. the racial harassment rafiq suffered at headingley has sparked a growing number of further allegations in cricket at yorkshire and beyond. do you think it's institutional in cricket more widely? yes, i do. there's a real problem here, notjust yorkshire, throughout the country. and i'm going to be the one that's going to speak about this. former yorkshire chairman roger hutton, who resigned in the wake of the scandal, conceded he feared the club was indeed
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institutionally racist, before cricket's governing body, the ecb, admitted their attempts to improve diversity in the game had some way to go. what we have struggled with is... ..is getting our first—class game to wake up to the same extent, and that is the point, we are at that stage now, and i think we are, if not already in an emergency, then we are approaching one. the ecb have been criticised for not doing more to support rafiq, and the man who runs the game had this message. we know we've let you down and we are going to fix this and we're going to fix it quickly and we're going to fix it fast, because the survival of our sport depends on it. but for the man at the centre of one of cricket's gravest ever scandals, the damage has already been done. can't even imagine, as a parent, hearing me speaking out, why i would ever want my kids to go anywhere near the game? and i don't, i don't want my son to go anywhere near cricket. do i believe i lost my career to racism? yes, i do. that must be
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a terrible feeling. horrible. yeah, horrible. stay with us here on bbc world news. coming up injust a moment... it is sophie ellis—bexter, disco queen. she is dancing 2a hours non—stop all in the name of the bbc�*s app children in need. benazir bhutto has claimed victory in pakistan's general election, and she's asked pakistan's president to name her as prime minister. jackson's been released on bail of $3 million after turning himself in to police in santa barbara. it was the biggest i demonstration so far of the fast—growing _ european anti—nuclear movement. the south african government has announced that it's opening
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the country's remaining whites—only beaches to people of all races. this will lead to a black majority government in this country and the destruction of the white civilisation. part of the centuries—old windsor castle, - one of the queen's residences, has been consumed by fire for much of the day. - 150 firemen have been battling the blaze, - which has caused millions. of pounds worth of damage. this is bbc news. i'm david eades. these are the latest headlines: clashes on the border between poland and belarus as the polish authorities use water cannon and tear gas to push back migrants. governments across europe are looking at introducing restrictions for the
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unvaccinated as the continent once again becomes the epicentre of the pandemic. india's pollution control authority has extended a partial lockdown as it attempts to tackle the heavy smog enveloping the region. that report by our sports editor. all schools and colleges closed for a week are to stay shut until further notice. all non—essential construction work has been halted and office workers have been asked to spend half the week working from home. our south asia editor explains the people are now looking for a longer term solution. they have been suggesting the word �*lockdown�* to contain pollution in the capital delhi, which is a city of nearly 20 million people. the emergency measures, announced by the government authority, came after the supreme court expressed a displeasure over the way authorities have been tackling the air pollution, because, in the last few days, a thick blanket of smog has engulfed the city, people are complaining of respiratory problems,
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hospitals talking about patients coming in with problems of respiratory problems and congestion, so the court is now reconvening in a few hours' time, on wednesday morning, and the government authorities have to go back to the court and tell them what actions they have taken, for example. around delhi, there are about 11 coal—powered fire plants, and only five of them will be allowed to operate. and non—essential road tracks will not be allowed to come into the city. so these are very desperate, last—minute measures, but what the people want is any long—term solution, because this has become very seasonal. in fact, just a few minutes before i'm on air, i checked the air quality. in some places, it was showing 455 on the air quality index, and sometimes it's 20 times more than what the world health 0rganization deems as healthy.
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in uganda, at least six people have been killed and more than 30 have been injured and bombings. this is in kampala. three attackers are among the dead. explosions went off within minutes of each other around parliament and police headquarters. a normal day turn to tragedy in moments. the blasts went off within minutes of each other, one very close to the parliament building, and the otherjust across the road from the central police station. it is extremely rare to find this part of the city this empty and quiet. the explosions went off about one kilometre apart in one of the busiest sections of kampala, and most people left
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town as fast as they could. several of the injured were police officers. one of the blasts went off in an area where a high profile office buildings and offices are, and with a high security presence. the explosions come less than one month after two separate blasts in kampala killed two people and injured several others. i have lost one of my friends, a police officer, and the rest, the police will come and get more information about that but it is unfortunate. it is happening at a time when we are trying to go back to our normal livelihoods. these events are deeply troubling for ugandans. the country has not seen attacks like this for at least a decade. search team diggers and dogs have started looking for people trapped in their cars after a violent storm caused floods and mudslides across british columbia, canada. there are reports one is dead and several more are missing near vancouver.
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access to the city has been restricted and the country's two biggest railways reported serious damage to their networks. the extreme weather comes after british columbia suffered a record high temperatures over the summer, sparking wildfires. that is climate critical for you. this report from cbc. on sunday and monday, this region got as much rain in one day as it usually gets in about a month, and this is a pretty rainy part of the world, and so it created mudslides, flooding and a huge area of about 100 km wide each way, and that's displaced about 10,000 people, it's caused serious damage to several highways and it's meant that many people were stuck in their cars overnight. we're hearing word of fatalities in a couple places right now. it's the biggest weather event that we've seen in this area for a flood in many decades, but it's just five months past an entire town burning down
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about 100 km from vancouver due to a heat dome that happened, so certainly a lot of tension at this point in time. yes, an extremely worrying time. search and rescue crews and helicopters managed to get between two mudslides that trapped about 300 people in their cars overnight yesterday. however, there are reports now of fatalities in a different area, were mudslides happened on a different highway. and so far, we're awaiting more news there. but british columbia is full of mountain ranges and little valleys where roads go in and out, and so we're particularly vulnerable to these sort of mudslides. the pop star sophie ellis—bextor has sold millions of records around the world and over the pandemic she won a new legion of fans with a very infectious kitchen disco, as she swapped dancing in the club for dancing around the breakfast table. now she is going all out for the children in need charity, dancing her way through a 24—hour kitchen disco. she is currently on hour 19, and a short while ago i popped by to the radio theatre here at new broadcasting house to see how she was getting on. hello. hello, sophie. it never stops
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for you, does it? i present the news through the night so this is my time. i am the one out of my comfort zone here. am i going to be dancing to the news? 16 hours gone. something like that. eight to go. who is counting? i am feeling all right. whenever i need it there is a tune that gives me a pep up. thank you so much. ana, thank you so much. i didn't get to say goodbye to ana. i have africa by toto, what more could i need? are there guests to keep you occupied, does that help? what really helps is when they bring their signature moves, i want to see yours. we'll keep the interview going. you'll be nibbling away on what? everything i have been told to eat. sweets, gherkins. my mum brought those for me. you know, just the
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regular disco snacks. and the music is your playlist? yes, i've gone through a lot of it. sometimes it is things that people have brought in for me but, yeah. i chose a lot of it. like this one. we will enjoy this for a moment but your kitchen disco was a huge hit and i suppose the message of that was bringing people together in a time of lockdown. children in need is about inclusivity and doing things for people who need help. how important is this for you? honestly it is an amazing privilege. i have been to four of the projects that children in need donate money to and i have seen first hand some of the places that will receive the money and it'sjust incredible what these people are out there doing. so to support that in this way is an amazing opportunity and i am really enjoying myself. you have already clocked some several hundred thousand pounds. and that is amazing. do you have a target? no i don't, actually. for me, it has been about the experience, really.
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i am thrilled with what has already happened. this is meant to be the twilight zone now. you are meant to be flagging. it does not look like you are but maybe you will at some point. what will you do when you flag? dance through it, maybe. just dance through? that's all you can do. there is a rumour of performance enhancers, a pick—me—up in your pocket somewhere? oh my word! no, just the gherkins at the moment. i have had one coffee and i do not have any pockets so i guess i... i am taking taking it as it comes, yeah. and just as a message, children in need is a huge deal for the bbc every year. it has an international resonance as well and we are talking to the world tonight. what is your message for them? everybody�*s message, honestly, i cannot tell you what it is a tonic to hear from people. so everyone who hasjoined me, even if only for 30 seconds, i have felt
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the love and felt the energy and i will do this for everyone supporting me in the charity. i am just really excited to start to see the glimpse of the finish line. i am a strictly no dancing sort of person. i can sense that. but there is money on this. so if i could get ten seconds with sophie ellis—bextor here on stage. there we go. just feel it. the music is doing all the work for you. sophie, thank you so much! # i bless the rains down in africa.# there goes some things you may never live down. sophie has five hours to go, good luck to her. a self—portrait by the artist frida carlo has sold for nearly $35 million. that auction at sotheby�*s has made the painting the most valuable work of latin american art ever sold and completed five years after her death in 195a. it is called diego and
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i and offers a window into a turbulent marriage to the mexican muralist diego rivera, her husband previously held the record. that is bbc news, thanks for watching. wednesday morning will be a little bit colder compared to the last couple of mornings. and, indeed, by day, it'll feel a touch fresher, too. but overall, the next 2—3 days will remain above the average for the time of year. i want to show you the jet stream — and there is a dip in thejet stream at the moment across the uk, and you can see the blue colours — so that's the slightly colder atmosphere that's spread across the country into the early hours of wednesday. and, with the clearer skies, that means that, in many towns and cities, temperatures will be around five celsius or so,
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especially out towards the east and in central parts of the uk. even colder than that in aberdeen, barely above freezing. but that means a lot of bright and crisp weather in the morning, especially across central, eastern, and southern areas of the uk. not necessarily in western scotland and northern ireland, always a bit more cloud here and a chance of catching a shower. and you can see those temperatures actually not far off the average, just a fraction above. but look what happens on thursday — another change in the jet stream. now this time, the jet stream's way to the north of us, it's bulging northwards of the uk and allowing for a stream of really mild air to sweep in from the azores. so, mild south—westerlies across the uk, cloudy and damp in western and northern scotland — but where the skies clear, where the sun pops out for any lengthy period of time, temperatures will reach around 15—16, maybe even 17 celsius to the east of the highlands because of something called the foehn effect —
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you'll have to look that up, not enough time to explain it. but look where we are, nine celsius is the average this time of november — we are talking about 17 celsius, eight degrees above the average for the time of year. and the same pattern continues in a friday, as well — east of the highlands, possibly 17, we could get 16 also east of the pennines, and widely around 111—15 celsius. and then, a reversal in the wind direction — you can see this time, rather than from the south—west, it's coming in straight from the north. now this looks pretty cold, doesn't it? well, it won't be that cold — it will be relatively speaking, but actually, we'll be going down from 15 to around nine celsius, which, of course, is about the average for the time of year, give or take.
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welcome to bbc news. i'm david eades. our top stories: there have been clashes on the border between poland and belarus as polish authorities use water cannon and tear gas to push back migrants. the polish government has accused of forcing them across the border in order to destabilise the european union. former england cricketer azeem rafiq gives shocking details of the racism he faced, saying he was constantly subjected to offensive language at yorkshire cricket club. he told british mps that he was treated inhumanely. pollution crisis in india. they have extended a partial lockdown in the capital, delhi, in attempts to tackle the heavy smog enveloping the region. all schools and colleges which have already been closed for more than a week remain shut until further notice.

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