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this is bbc news. our top stories... the women's tennis association says footage of missing player peng shuai at a tennis tournament, released by chinese media, doesn't prove she's genuinely free. fires and fighting on the streets of the hague — lockdown protesters clash with dutch police in a second night of violence. in the uk, an investigation is being launched into whether there is racial bias in the design of some medical devices used by the national health service. in sport, speculation that ole gunnar solskjaer is set to leave manchester united after senior figures at the club met last night. and barcelona's bid to get rid of the wild
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boars besieging the city. hello and welcome to bbc news. the women's tennis association says photos and video footage of the missing chinese tennis star peng shuai — released on sunday by state media — are insufficient and do not address the wta's concerns. the images appear to show the 35—year—old at a youth tennis tournament in beijing. the clip follows two other short videos offered as evidence that peng is not under any form of duress; one claims to show peng having dinner at a beijing restaurant with her coach. james reynolds has the latest. this unverified video was posted by the editor of a state—run newspaper. the footage claims to show peng shuai, in the white top,
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having dinner last night at a beijing restaurant with her coach and friends. the tennis player is shown listening, but not speaking. the video raises many questions. the clip starts with someone off screen saying "now is the perfect time, ok, now is perfect." then there's a two—second pause, and then the coach goes into this remark in which he hammers home that it is november 21st. so it seems incredibly scripted, and even — they didn't cut out the director's cue at the very beginning of the video. so the whole thing is incredibly bizarre, but creepy and sinister. the same editor then posted to this video purporting to show peng shuai, who's second on the left, being introduced this morning at a youth tennis tournament in china's capital. the state media also released these unverified and undated stills on friday, but this rapid accumulation of state—provided material does not convince
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the increasing numbers who are calling for independent proof. in a statement released last night, the foreign office said: peng shuai, a winner of two grand slam doubles tournaments, including wimbledon, is well—known on the tennis circuit. the women's tennis association has threatened to cancel its many events in china unless it can assure itself of her well—being. james reynolds, bbc news. sophie richardson is the china director at human rights watch. she says peng's case may deter athletes from attending the winter olympics in beijing in february. we argued for a long time
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that china should not... that the chinese government should not be awarded the games. after 2008, made that argument even more strongly because the government failed to fulfil any of the human rights related promises it made to get the games. we can see that the situation inside the country has deteriorated significantly. one really wonders if players now even feel safe to go and compete there. we have argued for a diplomatic boycott. i think this development may actually lead to athletes themselves not wanting to go to compete. this is the second most powerful government in the world that sees fit to notjust take an olympic athlete of the grid but is currently but is currently committing crimes against humanity, targeting millions of uighur muslims. it has disappeared everyone from artists to senior tibetan monks. this continues to happen partly
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because there is never any work —— real consequence for the government officials responsible for it. we are arguing for it especially in the case of crimes against him humanity, holding chinese officials accountable is essential to breaking the cycle of total impunity and hopefully part of what comes out of this experience is notjust peng shuai's well—being and her safety, but also a renewed diplomatic willingness to actually use the mechanisms through the united nations, through domestic courts, to produce that kind of accountability and deter future violations. our china correspondent, john sudworth, joins me live now from taipei. what is the latest? there have been photographs and videos are none of thatis photographs and videos are none of that is doing anything to settle concerns around her welfare. i don't think it is at all. we have
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had from the women's tennis association already saying they do not believe this appearance at that eventin not believe this appearance at that event in beijing this morning answered their concerns at all. of course, the real issue here is that evenif course, the real issue here is that even if this video, unlike the other material so far released by chinese state media, even if this one has the appearance of authenticity, the fact that photos of peng shuai appeared on the official media account of the tournament organisers this morning, it does indeed suggest she was there in person looking relatively pleased to be there, smiling, waving at the crowd. it is proof of her whereabouts for the first time in a month but it is not proof of herfreedom. first time in a month but it is not proof of her freedom. it does not tell she is not there under duress. it does not tell she is able to be where she wants to be and say what she wants to disable that question of independent proof of her freedom is still unanswered and so that is
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why adding we have the women's tennis association saying it is still not satisfied that the problem for china is given the sensitive liberty of peng shuai's allegations, they are in a mind that the more they are in a mind that the more they try to deliver evidence making everything look normal, the more questions they are —— that are. how questions they are -- that are. how uncomfortable _ questions they are -- that are. how uncomfortable is _ questions they are -- that are. how uncomfortable is the _ questions they are —— that are. how uncomfortable is the international scrutiny probation and make it need to change going forward? i scrutiny probation and make it need to change going forward?— to change going forward? i think it is deel to change going forward? i think it is deeply uncomfortable. - to change going forward? i think it is deeply uncomfortable. the - to change going forward? i think it i is deeply uncomfortable. the foreign ministry has been denying knowledge of the story. we know from the heavy censorship, which is what you might expect from this level of sensitivity, is in overdrive. even the tournament events this morning my pictures were published by some state media outlets, most of them not even mentioning her by name. searches on the chinese internet will tell a chinese audience nothing
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about the story about her disappearance or about her allegations. censorship is in overdrive, we know it is sensitive. is it different from the other elements of pressure that china feels itself under over the olympic games with concerns over hong kong's and the uighurs, i think perhaps it is. china cannot bat this away. this one is coming from respectable sporting bodies and very, very high profile sporting stars and it comes just a few weeks ahead of an olympic games, which is meant to be about celebrating the value of openness but instead is highlighting the values of a closed political system thatis values of a closed political system that is the hallmark of chinese political life.— the government is launching a review
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of potential racial bias in the design and use of some medical devices. it's responding to research suggesting that during the pandemic patients from some ethnic minorities have been at greater risk of receiving inaccurate results from oximeters, which measure oxygen in the blood. ministers want to know whether this prevented people from being given the most appropriate treatment for covid—i9. our political corresponent, nick eardley, is with me. nick, the health secretary taking this very seriously.— this very seriously. absolutely. a lot of this is _ this very seriously. absolutely. a lot of this is based _ this very seriously. absolutely. a lot of this is based on _ this very seriously. absolutely. a lot of this is based on some - this very seriously. absolutely. a lot of this is based on some of. this very seriously. absolutely. al lot of this is based on some of the stats from last winter when 28% of people who were in critical care in england were from ethnic minorities, considerably higher than the wider population. one of the things that sajid javid is worried about is when it comes to developing technology, deciding what energy is used in hospitals, there is some sort of systematic racial bias. one thing in
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particular he is talking about our oximeters. you might remember me put them in the end of your finger oximeters. you might remember me put them in the end of yourfinger and measure how much oxygen is in your blood. they were really important during the pandemic. evidence seems to suggest they don't work as well if you had darker skin. that is one example he is using. we need to figure out if this is a wider problem. there will be this review was not a great deal of detail on what that will entail or who will oversee it but the idea is it comes up oversee it but the idea is it comes up with some solutions by the end of january. up with some solutions by the end of janua . . ~' ,, , . as the netherlands battles record coronavirus infections, there's been a second night of rioting over new restrictions. hundreds of people lit fires and pelted the police with rocks and fireworks in the hague. it follows friday night's violence in rotterdam, when at least 50 people were arrested, and several others received gunshot wounds. our correspondent in the hague, anna holligan, reports. explosion. another dutch city rocked by discontent.
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in the hague, protesters burned bicycles and pelted police with stones and fireworks. officers used horses, dogs, batons and bikes to chase them away. earlier, anti—vaxxer demonstrators brought their beats to the southern city of breda. while most dutch people accept the need for tighter rules, the distrust is spreading. we have to live with corona, because it's not — people want to live, right? that's my opinion and that's why we're here with all the people. the night before, there were rampages in rotterdam. riot police fired live rounds. three demonstrators were hit and taken to hospital. it's still unclear if their injuries were caused by police gunfire. restrictions in the netherlands began last saturday and will remain until at least the start of december. the streets here are peaceful right now, but pockets of discontent exist
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across the country, and the atmosphere remains volatile. the netherlands is among several european countries battling record infection rates, and many governments are considering or implementing tougher measures targeting the unvaccinated. in austria, supporters of the far right freedom party marched against mandatory coronavirus vaccinations. a 20—day lockdown will begin next week. denmark's capital copenhagen witnessed discord, too. germany fears a national healthcare emergency. new rules are expected for those who haven't had theirjabs. the world health organization has again sounded the alarm, calling for anti—coronavirus measures to be stepped up as a matter of urgency. implementing the basic measures like masks — average 48% of the european population is wearing
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a mask indoors. any percentage above that will have an immediate effect, much more attention to be paid to ventilation, and finally, to new treatment protocols which have to be standardised. as the fourth wave crushes across the continent, countries are struggling to ease pressure on the health services and the streets. anna holligan, bbc news, in the hague. our correspondent anna holligan is in the hague. you are exactly where the protests were last night. obviously very different this morning. tell us more about what it was like last night. actually i was here last night. protesters were pulsing police with fireworks and rocks. all of the streets were locked down. the mayor
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imposed an emergency order allowing the police to arrest, and move people on. they were trying to avoid a repeat of what we saw in rotterdam the night before. as you saw, the running battles, police opened fire using live rounds with people still in hospital. here it is relatively calm, it is sunday morning for that we are seeing these pockets of uprising, very small groups of people. there were maybe 100 involved here last night but they are having a big impact because those images are so powerful, the bicycle is being set on fire but at these groups are different from the ones who are taking part in protest, carrying banners, the anti—vax movement. these are mostly young people, according to police, who are simply involved in criminal behaviour, rioters, ratherthan behaviour, rioters, rather than those behaviour, rioters, ratherthan those who are protesting on principle to the tighter lockdown which was imposed last weekend but
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many would argue there is no lockdown at the moment. catalase, bars and restaurants have to close by apm are encouraged to work from home but there is absolutely a theatre that there will be a full—blown lockdown, just as people are craving togetherness in the winter and i will be a mandatory vaccination policy. you winter and i will be a mandatory vaccination policy.— vaccination policy. you said protesters _ vaccination policy. you said protesters are _ vaccination policy. you said protesters are very - vaccination policy. you said protesters are very small. vaccination policy. you said - protesters are very small groups. how representative are they applied a sentiment? == how representative are they applied a sentiment?— how representative are they applied a sentiment? -- of wider sentiment. it is a a sentiment? -- of wider sentiment. it is a very — a sentiment? -- of wider sentiment. it is a very good _ a sentiment? -- of wider sentiment. it is a very good question _ a sentiment? -- of wider sentiment. it is a very good question for - a sentiment? -- of wider sentiment. it is a very good question for that - it is a very good question for that there are so many layers and factions involved. when i was here last night i could see people gathering. i was surrounded by drivers beeping their horns in solidarity. while there are only 100 people involved in actually throwing fireworks, setting bikes on fire, i would say there is widespread
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sentiment in dutch society. people feel as though they have had enough now. they followed the rules when they wore masks, they did everything they wore masks, they did everything they were asked to do and yet here we are again coming into the fourth way. once again freedoms are being restricted. there have been inflammatory comments in parliament as a which had helped to ignite tensions on the streets. this week one member of the bar right democracy particle for a tribunal for members of the government to face a tribunal over the covid policy, saying that about 84% of dutch adults had been vaccinated, much higher than some other european neighbours. there is a very small minority of people who are against vaccines, against any change in the covid pass rules. at the moment when anyone can get a covid pass qr code, if they had been vaccinated by
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recently recovered or tested negative. there is talk after the three—week partial lockdown of changing the rules so you will have to have had your vaccine or recovered from the virus to get a qr code for the people who are vaccine had a ten, anti—vaccination, they are worried restrictions will be further restricted in the future. —— people who are vaccine hesitant. people in their 40s in england will be able to book a covid boosterjab from tomorrow. health officials suggest half a million people will be immediately eligible for the shot, having had their last dose six months ago; others can pre—book. 16 and 17—year—olds will also be invited to sign up for a second jab. louisa pilbeam reports. if you just want to take a seat, we can get your vaccine ready for you. now the government is ready for the over 40s to book their boosters. almost 15 million doses have been given so far.
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as vaccine effectiveness declines over time, the covid booster programme is the government's answer to keeping people safe this winter. new data shows top up jabs based protection back—up to over 90% in the over—50s. the booster is really important in giving extra protection over and beyond the two doses that people have already had. and of course it is very effective that boosting that long—term protection against severe disease from covid. if you are invited in to get the booster, it is really important to make that appointment to get it as soon as possible. 16 and 17—year—olds can now book the second jab using the national booking service. the next stage in the vaccination programme comes as covid cases soar across parts of europe. police in lancashire have arrested a man on suspicion of murder after two people were found dead at a house near preston. officers discovered the bodies of a man and a woman at a property in the village of higher walton yesterday afternoon.
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a 35—year—old man from the local area was detained last night. manchester united boss ole gunnar solskjaer is set to leave the club after saturday's 4—1 defeat by watford. there has been no official confirmation but it is understood all the club's senior figures have discussed his future, and it was decided the watford loss would be solskjaer�*s last game in charge. let's get more from our sports correspondent sarah mulkerrins. what more is known about his future? yes, there has been mounting speculation since that performance on saturday, defour— one loss to to watford. ole gunnar solskjaer had been under pressure. time is manchester united manager. he went to norway to get a better rest and recharge, he had hoped his players which desperate because they had suffered heavy defeats in the
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build—up to that aid does to rivals liverpool 5—0 and lost in the manchester derby. they were hoping there would be a turnaround on saturday afternoon there was not. the performance was really flash. there was a sense from everybody in the football community in genesee media covering it that this would be the moment that ole gunnar solskjaer would leave manchester united. it is looking that way this morning here, this sunday. interesting comments from the players post loss. the goalkeeper said it was embarrassing, a nightmare. there has been a sense that over the last 2a a this would be coming for ole gunnar solskjaer because manchester united at the moment it is one win in 17 league games for them but they are 17th in the premier league. also interesting on the timing. they are in champions league action this week. he was due to hold a press conference on monday ahead of the game on tuesday. they do have to get at least a point in
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that match in order to secure champions league progression. it is interesting the board has made that decision. no official confirmation yet but we do understand he is set to leave manchester united as manager. to leave manchester united as manauer. ., ~' to leave manchester united as manauer. . ~ i. french authorities are sending police and counter—terrorism officers to the caribbean island of guadeloupe to quell street violence. dozens of businesses in two main towns were looted after protests against a covid health pass turned violent. gail maclellan reports. barricades ban after five days a protest in the french overseas territory. trade unions launched an indefinite strike earlier in the week to protest the compulsory vaccination of health workers and covid—19 health pass requirements. despite a curfew being imposed, shops were looted and buildings burned through the night. the french interior minister announced the departure of additional forces sent
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to the island to help restore order. translation: among them are about 50 agents of the counterterrorism unit and the elite police force. we have ascertained that not only is there disorder, but live ammunition was used against law enforcement officers and that looting — which has, i dare say, nothing to do with the protest — is now taking place on the island. in the summer, hospitals on the island became overwhelmed with coronavirus cases. doctors, nurses and firefighters flew to the island to assist and lockdown was imposed and tourists advised to leave. but the vaccination campaign has struggled to find support. unlike on mainland france, where most people have had two doses of the vaccine, in guadeloupe, only 46% of adults have received one jab. gail maclellan, bbc news.
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barcelona is one of a number of european cities in which wild boar have become a common presence. the singer shakira, who lives in the spanish city, recently complained that a boar had attacked her in a park, and encounters between locals and the animals have been on the increase. as a result, the local government is trying to bring the animals under control, as guy hedgecoe reports. late at night on the outskirts of barcelona, two wild boars have been caught in a trap. it was set by a company hired by the local authorities, who are concerned at the number of boars that have been making forays into the city. as the boar population in the forested hills surrounding barcelona has increased, so have incursions by the animals beyond their natural habitat. lack of rain in the summer and autumn sends them hunting for food in the city.
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this summer, over 700 complaints were made in barcelona by people who encountered boars in urban areas. having trapped these two boars, vets administer a lethal injection before taking the corpses away for analysis. when a wild boar is causing problems and attacking people, somewhere in a park, in an urban area, we have to go there to remove it. this is one of the areas of barcelona which has been most affected by wild boar coming into the city. the opinions of local people here tend to be rather mixed when it comes to this issue. it just looks scary. and they are hairy. people get frightened. they are harmless — they are not attacking. they are used to humans. manuela's 85—year—old mother
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was bitten on the arm by a boar in her own garden. she would have breakfast in this bar every day. when she was leaving her house one morning, she dropped her walking stick. when she was picking it up the boar attacked her. the arrival of wet weather in the winter means fewer boars venture into barcelona. this is a long—term challenge for the city and soon enough they will be back in force. if you're planning to walk the dog this morning — perhaps take a few pictures along the way — here's some inspiration for you. the winners of the "dog photography awards" have just been announced. these are from the "action" category — with the winners coming from germany, the usa and canada. you are watching bbc news.
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further west most places are looking largely dry. when gas will be as high as 30, a0 miles an hour close to the east coast of the between seven to 11 degrees, cooler than that when you notice that when you notice the wind—chill around fulton into this evening and overnight most of the show as well as away. we will continue to see some filtering through the english channel, here affecting the likes of kent and east sussex. more clad in the north of scotland put in between that hilarious a cold the temperatures a few degrees either side are freezing. a touch of frost first thing monday morning. a dry and saturday and monday. more clout and patchy rain in the north of scotland and a few showers in the south—east. most places avoiding the shows were temperatures between seven and ten. we do it all again on tuesday. spot the difference. another try and
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settle sort of daily sunshine. claudia in the north—west and the chance of a few showers in far south—east. temperatures between eight and 11 for most of us but feeling cooler where you are exposed to the north—easterly breeze, particularly east anglia and the south—east. in the middle of the week you will noticing things turning colder once again. a second cold front works its way south. that will introduce another northerly blast of winter as we move through into thursday in particular. temperatures not as mothers they have been recently. single figures through the week and turning more unsettled by friday. bye for now.
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this is bbc news. i'm joanna gosling. the headlines. the women's tennis association says footage of missing player pung shuai at a tennis tournament, released by chinese media, doesn't prove she's genuinely free. fires and fighting on the streets of the hague — lockdown protesters clash with dutch police in a second night of violence. in the uk, an investigation is being launched into whether there is racial bias in the design of some medical devices used by the national health service. in sport, speculation that ole gunnar solskjaer is set to leave manchester united after senior
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figures at the club met last night. and barcelona's bid to get rid of the wild

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