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this is bbc news. these are the latest headlines in the uk and around the world... the parents of a us teenager accused of killing four students, have been arrested after going on the run. south african scientists say the new coronavirus variant omicron appears to be spreading more than twice as fast as the delta variant. unvaccinated british mums who were severely ill with coronavirus, encourage pregnant women to get their covid jab in the uk. president biden says he does not accept moscow's demands over ukraine, as russian troops mass on the border. britain is witnessing a record spike in anti—semitism — we have a special report on what's behind the rise in attacks on the jewish community.
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hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world. police in the us say they've arrested the parents of a teenager accused of killing four of his fellow students in a school shooting in the state of michigan earlier this week. james and jennifer crumbley themselves face charges of involuntary manslaughter. they went into hiding following the shooting — their lawyer says they did so for their own safety. they were found in a building in detroit. prosecutors say their fifteen—year old son ethan carried out the mass shooting on tuesday with a semi—automatic pistol bought by his father. peter bowes reports. james and jennifer crumbley, accused of sharing the blame for a mass shooting allegedly carried out by their 15—year—old son. ethan crumbley has pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges and first—degree murder after prosecutors say he shot and killed four
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classmates on tuesday. but prosecutors also say his parents are culpable for ignoring several warning signs. i have shared previously and i will reiterate today that gun ownership is a right and with that right comes great responsibility. based on the information and evidence i have received, today i am announcing charges against the shooter's parents, jennifer and james crumbley. it is a highly unusual move. both parents are facing four counts of involuntary manslaughter. the charges follow a dramatic sequence of events during which prosecutors say the couple committed egregious acts leading up to the shooting. these included buying a gun and making it available to their son. a teacher spotted ethan searching online for ammunition during class and alerted his mother. prosecutors say she later exchanged text messages
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with her son saying, "lol, i'm not mad at you. you have to learn not to get caught." and then, hours before the shooting, the parents were called to the school when teachers found an alarming note that the 15—year—old had drawn. the note contained the following — a drawing of a semiautomatic handgun pointing at the words, "the thoughts won't stop, help me." in another section of the note was a drawing of a bullet with the following words above that bullet, "blood everywhere." between the drawing of the gun and the bullet is a drawing of a person who appears to have been shot twice and bleeding. below that figure is a drawing of a laughing emoji. the prosecutors say the teenager's parents resisted his removal from the classroom and did not check whether he had the gun. the notion that a parent could read those words and also know that their son had access a deadly weapon that they gave him is unconscionable
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and i think it is criminal. if found guilty, ethan crumbley faces a maximum sentence of life without parole. his parents could be sent to prison for up to 15 years. peter bowes, bbc news, los angeles. scientists in south africa say the new omicron variant of the coronavirus appears to spread more than twice as fast as delta, which has so far been the most contagious variant. the analysis has not been peer—reviewed and the researchers say there's a lot of uncertainty. cases are being reported all over the world, including among fully vaccinated people. the imf is warning that the variant�*s emergence is likely to hinder the global economic recovery. mark lobel has the latest. it is spreading right around the world. in south africa's province most affected by omicron, officials now say it is the dominant variant, appearing to spread more than twice as fast as the delta variant.
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there are over 100 recorded cases in the uk, dozens in over 20 other countries, as day by day it emerges in more. with doubt about how vaccines will be react to it, stock markets around the world fell days after it was outed. they have rebounded, but now comes this warning from the imf. we are likely to see some downgrades of our october projections for global growth. scientists who first identified it decided... it is kind of like a bank robber who have the fbi has a picture of, maybe they grew out a moustache, died their hair, they're always wearing sunglasses and a beard, it will be a bit harder for your immune system to recognise. because of changes to the virus�*
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spike protein, which is the part of the virus that vaccines train our immune response to defend us from, plus the fact that... it is spreading like wildfire around the world. with its spread said to be unwittingly helped by, amongst others, foreign diplomats who entered botswana on the second week of november, crowds at the pop band steps�* concert two weeks later and a renewable energy company's christmas party at this restaurant in norway last week. but... again, no reason to panic. because scientists say the good news is how quickly omicron was declared a variant of concern after it was discovered. according to the medicaljournal the lancet, the earliest known case is a patient in south africa who was diagnosed with covid on the 9th of november. less than four weeks on from that, pharmaceutical companies
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are already working on multiple contingency plans. one is to ramp up the production of vaccines they already have, the next is to make for example a bivalent where you have the vaccine against both the ancestral strain and the new variant, and the other is to make a variant—specific boost. but ten days since it was reported to the world health organization, big questions remain such as... could that spell the beginning of the end of the pandemic? and on a lighter note... mark lobel, bbc news. good question by mark fair. doctors in england have been told
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they can defer some of the services they provide to patients — so they can concentrate on delivering covid boosterjabs instead. routine health checks for the over—75s and minor surgery could be affected. 75 new cases of the �*omicron�* variant have been identified in england, bringing the total number in the uk to 134. ministers have also launched a new campaign urging all unvaccinated pregnant women to come forward and receive their jab. lebo diseko reports. a new life amid the heartache of covid. this little boy born with the illness, and rushed to icu. his mother had to be intubated. now she's part of a government campaign encouraging pregnant women to getjabbed. i was about 32 to 33 weeks pregnant at that stage, when we both got covid. i had a conversation with one of the consultants in icu that it would be best to ventilate me just to give my lungs a rest. but, you know, my family lived through every day. they lived through the phone calls, of being told that — excuse me, sorry —
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that i may not survive. when danvia got ill in february, vaccines weren't available to her. now that they are, the government wants all expectant women to get immunised. nearly one in five covid patients in england who are the most critically ill are unvaccinated pregnant women. of those pregnant women in hospital with symptomatic covid—i9, nearly all are unvaccinated. and crucially, no vaccinated pregnant women were admitted into intensive care with covid—i9 in england between february and the end of september. meanwhile, nhs england says all adults should become eligible for boosters by the middle of this month, as it tries to protect against the new variant. i got it at the first opportunity i could. i think it's important everyone gets their vaccine, important that everyone tries to get it as quickly as possible. nobody is confident because we don't know after omicron what is going to come next,
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so we just hope and pray that everybody will be well. it's that concern about the unknown which is driving the push to get as many boosters done as possible. and in england and scotland, the aim is for all eligible adults to be offered one by the end of january. lebo diseko, bbc news. joining me now is dr david wrigley who is the british medical association council deputy chair and a gp in lancashire. thank you so much forjoining us. protecting people with goal from covid—i9 with maintaining your care for other people but also needs your attention. i5 for other people but also needs your attention. is a for other people but also needs your attention. , ., , ., �* ., attention. is a good question. i'm a gp m self attention. is a good question. i'm a gp myself and _ attention. is a good question. i'm a gp myself and i _ attention. is a good question. i'm a gp myself and i work _ attention. is a good question. i'm a gp myself and i work through - attention. is a good question. i'm a gp myself and i work through the i gp myself and i work through the week. in our vaccine clinic today, week. in our vaccine clinic today, we are vaccinating over 1000 patients in our community and this is what most gps and colleagues are
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doing. they are doing their work on weekends, so we can focus on that day to day care for all of our patients from monday to friday, as we have been doing throughout the pandemic, and of course, seeing patients face—to—face if we need to. you're saying that you're working on weekends but do you fear the day that you might have to tell an older or a more vulnerable patient but you can't see them properly because you have to get involved with the booster programme. h0. have to get involved with the booster programme.- have to get involved with the booster programme. no, i don't. i was in surgery _ booster programme. no, i don't. i was in surgery yesterday - booster programme. no, i don't. i was in surgery yesterday and - booster programme. no, i don't. i was in surgery yesterday and i - booster programme. no, i don't. ij was in surgery yesterday and i saw dozens of patients, many of whom were over 75. that care isn't compromised. we are still caring for our patients as best as we can. we are stepping up like everyone else's and working on weekends to make sure that we roll out this really important booster dose to everyone in the community and i urge everyone watching that when you get called for your booster, come forward and get it. it's a safe vaccine and it's really important to protect us through the winter in the coming
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months. , ., ., ,., months. tell us more about the effort to persuade _ months. tell us more about the effort to persuade pregnant - months. tell us more about the - effort to persuade pregnant women to come forward and get the job? effort to persuade pregnant women to come forward and get thejob? —— jab. i5 come forward and get the “ob? -- 'ab. , . , come forward and get the “ob? -- 'ab. , ., , ., come forward and get the “ob? -- jab. is vitally important. ispoke to a patient— jab. is vitally important. ispoke to a patient who _ jab. is vitally important. ispoke to a patient who was _ jab. is vitally important. i spoke to a patient who was asking - to a patient who was asking questions this morning. i would urge all of those watching, who are pregnant, to come forward. it's worth reminding your view is that 90% of pregnant women in hospital are unvaccinated. those of the patients with covid stopped no fully vaccinated women has been in intensive care between september... the vaccine is safe but in if you're unsure, talk to your gp. no one is going to force it but we really do urge pregnant women to come forward and have a vaccine because it will protect you and your baby and i would recommend it. find protect you and your baby and i would recommend it.— protect you and your baby and i would recommend it. and 'ust out of interest, would recommend it. and 'ust out of interest. how — would recommend it. and 'ust out of
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interest, how are things _ would recommend it. and just out of interest, how are things going - would recommend it. and just out of interest, how are things going this i interest, how are things going this morning with the vaccination effect? it's really busy. it's going very well. gps, we are expert at vaccine campaigns and we have been doing this for a year now and we know how to get through them. it's been a huge effort across the nhs and we've got fantastic volunteers from all over the community helping out. the atmosphere is very positive and we are seeing good numbers coming forward but i would urge everyone watching to come forward and get your booster. watching to come forward and get your booster-— watching to come forward and get our booster. ., ,, , ., . ., your booster. thank you so much for “oininr your booster. thank you so much for joining us- — further measures aimed at stopping the spread of coronavirus are being re—introduced across ireland. the rules, which come into effect on tuesday, will see the closure of all nightclubs, and limits on the number of people able to socialise indoors, including in private homes. president biden has said he does not accept moscow's demands over ukraine. a video conference is expected to take place between mr biden and president putin in the next few
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days to discuss the build up of more than 94,000 russian troops near ukraine's border. mr putin wants guarantees that nato won't expand any further to the east or deploy weapons systems near russian territory. earlier i spoke to james nixey, director of chatham house's russia, eurasia and europe programmes. i asked him just why russia troops were at the border? they are making a statement. the fact of the matter is that although president biden and putin met in junein president biden and putin met in june in geneva, it was cordial and useful, perhaps, it couldn't overcome the fact that the two sides have fundamental differences about how the world should work and specifically about whether there should be this buffer state between russia and nato countries, if you like. there's no real getting over that and the russians have decided to up the anti with a specific proposal that nato should not be expanded to any further. obviously,
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the west disagrees.— the west disagrees. would rush seriously invaded _ the west disagrees. would rush seriously invaded eastern - the west disagrees. would rush i seriously invaded eastern ukraine, where there are russian speakers or would it invade other parts of ukraine, where there is deep hostility towards russia? first of all, hostility towards russia? first of all. russians _ hostility towards russia? first of all, russians are _ hostility towards russia? first of all, russians are already - hostility towards russia? first of all, russians are already in - all, russians are already in ukraine. apart from that, going on further with 94,000 troops, it's a possibility. it could be made to do so. given the right provocations, either antagonised provocations, that's how the 2008 was started. it's not totally inconceivable. at the same time, russia has decided that if it gets what it once with muscularity then with diplomacy, so it is trying is muscularity now. biden does have a weaker hands at the end of the day. forces are
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outnumbered and russia is more committed to muscular action then the westies. the west doesn't want to escalate but russia is happy to do so. we don't have in empty hand. we quite clearly want to ramp up sanctions. we can start functioning russian sovereign debt stock we can remove them from international payments and target certain sectors, notably the energy sector. broadly of course, one can make sure that the defences and the resilience of these states like ukraine are reinforced with western training, money and weaponry. is reinforced with western training, money and weaponry.— reinforced with western training, money and weaponry. is that the dancer of money and weaponry. is that the danger of inadvertent _ money and weaponry. is that the danger of inadvertent or - money and weaponry. is that the l danger of inadvertent or accidental conflict? ., , ., ., conflict? certainly would have started that _ conflict? certainly would have started that way _ conflict? certainly would have started that way in _ conflict? certainly would have started that way in the - conflict? certainly would have started that way in the past. i j started that way in the past. i think we're quite a long way from that in the sense that these countries does not get a moment, it is still a spat. we have seen so
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many of these over the years. putin himself�*s statements has changed in recent weeks and in recent months. we have to be wary of that but i think we are a long way from even accidental shooting and there's a lot more that can be done on the diplomatic scale and on the reinforcement scale before we get to that point. the headlines on bbc news... the parents of a us teenager accused of killing four students, have been arrested after going on the run. south african scientists say the new coronavirus variant omicron appears to be spreading more than twice as fast as the delta variant. unvaccinated british mums, who were severely ill with coronavirus, encourage pregnant women to get their covid jab in the uk. football fans in england will unite this weekend to pay tribute to six—year—old arthur labinjo—hughes, who died after months of abuse by his father and step—mother. the pair were jailed earlier this week for their parts in his death. birmingham city, the club
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he supported, will remember the youngster at today's game. simonjones reports. arthur, are you going to play for england? a football mad six—year—old. after i play for liverpool! subjected to cruel, manipulative and pitiless treatment by his father and his partner. arthur's short life will be remembered by birmingham city, the team he supported. they previously held tributes to him. today, away at millwall, there will be applause in the sixth minute of the game. midlands clubs wolves and aston villa will do the same this weekend. they say, "our thoughts are with all who loved arthur." and next week, birmingham city fans will unveil a flag of remembrance. the whole situation is horrible and i wanted to just try to do my bit for him just to show that he was loved and he will be remembered by people, even if people did not know him. these are arthur's killers, branded spiteful and sadistic in court.
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emma tustin, described as his wicked stepmother, given a life sentence with a minimum term of 29 years for murder. and arthur's father, thomas hughes, given a 21—year sentence for manslaughter. arthur was told to sit on the thinking step. arthur's put himself all over the floor, he's banged his head on the radiator, he has hit me, kicked me in the process of me trying to get him back on the thinking step. the pair lied to police after arthur suffered injuries so severe they were said to be the equivalent of a high—speed road crash. a serious case review is under way. social workers visited the family home in the months before he died but found no cause for concern. what we have got to make sure now is that we learn the lessons about that case, we look at exactly what happened, what else could have been done to protect that child and it is early days, but i can tell you this, we will leave absolutely no stone unturned to find out exactly what went wrong
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in that appalling case. tustin made recordings of arthur in which he said nobody loved him. today, football fans will come together to say he will not be forgotten. simon jones, bbc news. people living in around nine thousand homes affected by storm arwen are without power for an eighth day. there are still outages in parts of scotland and the electricity supplierfor the north east has warned that repair work won't be completed until wednesday. the regulator, ofgem is carrying out an urgent review of the response by energy companies. a senior officer who leads police scotland's efforts to counter terrorism and organised crime has been suspended from duty following a "criminal allegation". the officer, understood to be temporary assistant chief constable pat campbell, was suspended from wednesday, according to the scottish police authority. the police watchdog will now investigate the allegation. here in the uk, there's been a record rise in anti—semitism during the first six months of this year.
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the community security trust, the charity which monitors anti—jewish incidents in the uk, says that 2021 is likely to be �*the worst year on record' for incidents of anti—semitism. our reporter tom brada has more. i'm tom and i am a bbc journalist who also happens to be british and jewish. i'm proud of who i am, but the past year has been complicated and sometimes frightening. let's break that. he's bleep jewish. in the first six months of 2021, there was a record spike in anti—semitism. from controversy around the middle east, to conspiracy theories and the toxic environment of social media, manyjewish people are questioning how safe it is to express who they are. i want to find out what is going on and i'm starting in burnley where ashley was the victim of an extreme example of anti—semitism. in march 2020, ashley was attacked by three menjust outside his home.
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the assault took place in front of his mum. they were going where that blue car is now, but it was a different coloured car then, and started shouting, "dirtyjew, look at that dirtyjew," and then one of them came onto the driveway and started attacking me and i was full of blood and i was still with the adrenaline pumping. how long were you dealing with the physical injuries? about three or four weeks. and any mental injuries of the back of it? ptsd. it took me a while to go back outside again. quite a lot of people in burnley actually came to me and said are you ok? do you need anything? stuff like that. it was really heart—warming. what does yourjewish identity mean to you? everything, absolutely everything. it is my life, really. and how does it make you feel that something you hold clearly so dear to you, something you love about yourself, is something that other people use as a target? it hurts me a lot, because at the end of the day, what we all want is to just live our lives in peace. never gonna happen, though.
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one harmful stereotype people hold aboutjews is that we are a monolithic group who think, feel and even look the same way, but that is far from the truth. i'm meeting up with the nadine, a blackjewish woman who last year confronted the grime artist wiley after he posted an anti—semitic rant on twitter. ijust think it just demonstrated the complexity of what it can be like being a jewish black person. it is a lot easier to recognise if someone calls me the n word or someone says something derogatory about my skin colour to know that it is racist versus if someone makes a comment like, "oh, you know, jews run the media," it is not as overt in some ways, but i also think they manifest themselves differently and i think in the 215t century. you do not have the structural socioeconomic intergenerational inequality that you see within black communities, as in the same in the jewish community, but that does not mean that, you know, the threat levels are not serious.
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see, ijust don't think people have a very solid understanding of what anti—semitism is, because i don't think we are taught about it very well. there are many elements behind what drives racism and specifically anti—semitism, but there is also a familiar pattern that whenever israel is in the news, there is a spike in anti—semitism here in the uk. it all happened very quickly. obviously, it is petrifying. i do not think that whatever is going on in the world in terms of the fighting and the, you know, do you believe in this side, do you believe in that side, should affect anyone's medical care that is happening, and i would never use someone's beliefs or religion or ethnicity or anything to decide how i am going to treat them. tom brada reporting there. the pope has arrived in athens at the start of his two day visit to greece. it's the first papal visit to the greek capital for twenty years.
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athens is under high security for the visit. pope francis says he wants to improve relations with the orthodox church in greece and the catholic church. tomorrow pope francis will head to the island of lesbos, which he last visited during the 2016 migration crisis. one of the world's rarest turtles is beginning to show signs of recovery after washing up on the welsh coast — 4,000 miles away from its usual home in the gulf of mexico. "tally" the kemp's ridley sea turtle was found on a beach in flintshire on sunday and is being nursed back to health by staff at anglesey sea zoo. as we get closer to christmas, you may have noticed santa popping up in a lot of places — shopping centres, parades... ..and even in this aquarium in budapest! these seasonal divers are there to feed the fish, avoid the sharks, and spread some christmas cheer to visitors. there's even a small tree decorated with shells at the bottom of the tank.
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it's the first saturday in december so retailers will be hoping for a busy weekend but will the new rules around masks in england and concerns about the omicron variant affect footfall? our business correspondent katie prescott is in romford, in essex. well, the christmas tree is up here in the centre of romford and stores are selling everything from christmas trees to stockings branded with west ham and tottenham and christmas wreaths. the hope is that shoppers will also be getting into the christmas spirit today and willing to come and spend money on the high street at this crucial time for retail in the run—up to christmas. it has been such a difficult time for retail through the pandemic and there is a concern that the omicron variant will make people more nervous. having said that though,
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stall holders that i've spoken to here said that actually people are coming out and doing their shopping early, doing their christmas shopping early, because they are worried about the potential introduction of more restrictions, and so they have noticed it getting quite busy here over the last few weeks. so there is optimism for a busy saturday, especially now the rain has cleared but tinged with a little bit of trepidation, certainly those memories of previous lockdowns hanging over the market. well, the christmas tree is up here in the centre of romford and stores are selling everything from christmas trees to stockings branded with west ham and tottenham and christmas wreaths. the hope is that shoppers will also be getting into the christmas spirit well, the christmas tree is up here in the centre of romford and stores are selling everything from christmas trees to stockings branded with west ham and tottenham
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and christmas wreaths. the hope is that shoppers will also be getting into the christmas spirit now it's time for a look at the weather with chris fawkes. hello, again. we have got quite a mixture of weather around today. for some of us it will stay quite cloudy with outbreaks of rain, but others will see some sunshine. we have seen some of that earlier in the day in east scotland. however, cloud and rain will return here as actually this area of rain is going to be quite slow—moving in scotland and northern england, north wales and north midlands also turning increasingly wet through the day. it's cold enough for some snow across the higher ground, particularly so in the highlands, cairngorms and southern uplands, could see a few centimetres but quite high up, above around 200 or 300 metres elevation or so. overnight, rain returns to east anglia and south—east england. clearer skies for scotland and northern england allows a touch of frost and a risk of some icy stretches to take us into sunday. sunday stays quite cloudy for east scotland, eastern areas of england with outbreaks of rain on and off. the best of the bright weather will be further west,
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although theew could be a few scattered showers here and there. genereally pretty chilly for most but turning a tad milder for southern wales and south—west england.
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hello, this is bbc news. the headlines: the parents of a us teenager accused of killing four students, have been arrested after going on the run. south african scientists say the new coronavirus variant omicron appears to be spreading more than twice as fast as the delta variant. unvaccinated british mums who were severely ill with coronavirus, encourage pregnant women to get their covid jab in the uk. president biden says he does not accept moscow's demands over ukraine — as russian troops mass on the border. britain is witnessing a record spike in anti—semitism — we have a special report on what's behind the rise in attacks on the jewish community.
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