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this is bbc news with me, alice baxter. the latest headlines in the uk and around the world: predeparture tests will be required for all uk arrivals from tuesday to stop the spread of the omicron variant, as nigeria is added to the travel red list. we're see an increasing number of cases linked to travel and again, we've always said we would act swiftly if we need to, if the changing data required that, and that's why we have decided to bring in this change on predeparture tests. the parents of a teenager accused of the fatal shooting of four us high school students using a gun bought by his father appear in court, where they have pleaded not guilty to manslaughter charges. at least one person has been killed and dozens injured on the indonesian island ofjava as a volcano erupts,
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sending up a huge ash cloud. and advantage lewis hamilton as he sits on pole position for tomorrow's saudi arabia grand prix. in the past hour, the uk's health secretary sajid javid has announced a further tightening of travel restrictions in response to the omicron variant of covid. anyone arriving into the uk will require proof of a negative test taken before departure, in an effort to limit the spread of the virus. nigeria will also be added to the travel red list of countries from where people arriving must quarantine in a hotel for ten days since we learned of this
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new variant, our strategy has been to buy time to assess it but also to put in place protective measures. we've always said we would act swiftly should new data require it. in recent days, we have learned of a significant number of growing cases linked to travel with nigeria. there are 27 cases already in england and that is growing, and nigeria is now second only to south africa in terms of linked cases to omicron. today, the government has decided to add nigeria to the travel red list and that will be effective from 4am on monday, meaning that only uk citizens and residents of the uk can enter the uk from nigeria from that point onwards, and they will have to quarantine in one of the relevant hotels. we have also decided to require predeparture tests for all inward travellers, that will be effective from 4am on tuesday, and they will be required a maximum of 48 hours before
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the departure time. we have been clear that we will take action if it is necessary but it is important that while we are introducing these new border measures today, to remember that vaccinations are our first line of defence and the booster programme is hugely important. and can ijust please remind everybody, if they do get their call from the nhs, please do step up, roll up your sleeve and get protected. we speak now to our political we speak now to our political correspondent, ben writes. i think labour will characterise this is a u—turn by the government. this is not something ministers gave any indication of wanting to do justice few days ago, they thought for the restrictions would be harmful to the travel industry and will be bad for passengers. and yet here we are, and they have decided to put the spiky restriction in place. this means
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anyone arriving in the uk from tuesday will need to show proof of a negative pcr or lateral flow test before they're negative pcr or lateral flow test before they�* re allowed negative pcr or lateral flow test before they're allowed in. at the moment, this has been the case for a few days, you have to take a pcr test of a few days from arriving in the uk, so this is a big change. of the uk, so this is a big change. of the second thing the government has done is to say that any british citizen arriving to the uk from nigeria will have to quarantine in a government run hotel for two weeks. so, non—british citizens won't be able to come in, criticisms well, but they will have to quarantine. ministers had been under pressure from labour to do this, we also know government scientist met last monday and said this sort of change would be valuable in terms of stopping the omicron variant. it is be valuable in terms of stopping the omicron variant.— omicron variant. it is interesting ou use omicron variant. it is interesting you use that _ omicron variant. it is interesting you use that term, _ omicron variant. it is interesting you use that term, blanket - you use that term, blanket restriction, because it is one we have had in a statement from airlines very recently, they are not happy. airlines very recently, they are not ha . _ ., airlines very recently, they are not ha - . ., ., , , happy. no, the travel industry will be ho -|n~
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happy. no, the travel industry will be happing mad — happy. no, the travel industry will be hopping mad about _ happy. no, the travel industry will be hopping mad about this, - happy. no, the travel industry will be hopping mad about this, they l happy. no, the travel industry will. be hopping mad about this, they feel the goal posts have changed again. airlines uk issued a statement saying that it is premature to hit millions of passengers. if you think it makes sense to have put niger on the right place but since it's clear that the omicron variant authority seated in the uk into spreading, 130 cases in england as we know of, probably many more, but they say a blanket restriction does not stop the import of variants and this simply makes it impossible to plan. it means anyone coming back early next week into the uk suddenly has to find the money and work out how to find the money and work out how to get a test before they get on their flights.— to get a test before they get on their fliuhts. , ., ., ., , _ their flights. they are not happy, as ou their flights. they are not happy, as you say. _ their flights. they are not happy, as you say. they _ their flights. they are not happy, as you say, they say _ their flights. they are not happy, as you say, they say these - their flights. they are not happy, - as you say, they say these measures must be removed as quickly as possible, in line with the speed of the booster programme. ben white, thank you. the parents of an american teenager accused of killing four students at his school in michigan have
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appeared in court to face charges of involuntary manslaughter. james and jennifer crumbley were arrested after being found hiding in a warehouse in detroit. their son ethan, who's 15, is suspected of using a semi—automatic pistol bought by his father as a christmas present. it's an unusual move for prosecutors to implicate the parents for a child's alleged crime. peter bowes reports. taken into ta ken into custody taken into custody in the middle of the night, james and jennifer crumble were found hiding in a warehouse after a tip—off from someone who saw their car. missed an earlier court appearance, prompting a huge search by the authorities. it to rannoch commercial property, in a room, wearable to take them into custody without incident however, they were very distressed as they were walking out.— they were very distressed as they were walking out. prosecutor said the couple — were walking out. prosecutor said the couple are _ were walking out. prosecutor said the couple are culpable _ were walking out. prosecutor said the couple are culpable in - were walking out. prosecutor said the couple are culpable in the - were walking out. prosecutor said l the couple are culpable in the crime of their teenage son because ignored series of events, including the concerns of teachers come out that
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ethan crumbley might be about to use a gun recently purchased by his father and made available to the boy. a teacher spotted the 15—year—old searching online for ammunition during class and alerted his mother. prosecutor says she later exchanged text messages with her son saying, lol, later exchanged text messages with herson saying, lol, i'm not mad later exchanged text messages 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 sketch by their son that included a drawing of a semiautomatic handgun and a person who appeared to have been short and was bleeding. it has the words, " the thoughts won't stop, help me." during a televised court appearance, james and jennifer crumbley, seen here at the top of the screen, both wept as the charges were read. depleted not guilty to four counts of known voluntary manslaughter. this is an unusual case in a country that has wrestled with the scourge of school shootings for decades.
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ethan crumbley is accused of murdering four classmates. one was 14, murdering four classmates. one was 1a, another 16, another two both 17. if found guilty, he faces a maximum sentence of life without parole. his parents could be sent to prison for “p parents could be sent to prison for up to 15 years. to detroit now and i'm joined by oralandar brand—williams, reporter at the detroit news. many thanks for joining many thanks forjoining us. this is a story that's shocked the world, reverberating far beyond the detroit. hejust reverberating far beyond the detroit. he just talk us through the proceedings today, what happened? the judge proceedings today, what happened? thejudge basically proceedings today, what happened? the judge basically heard the charges againstjennifer and james crumbley. she also set a cash bond of 500,000 combined for the couple.
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thejudge also read of 500,000 combined for the couple. the judge also read the of 500,000 combined for the couple. thejudge also read the names of 500,000 combined for the couple. the judge also read the names of the dead children, madison baldwin, tietmeyer, harrisonjulia, justin schilling. those are the young people that the people have charges levelled against them for. if they have been charged with involuntary manslaughter in these teens' deaths. another detail, detroit police chief james white said the couple had assistance in getting inside the detroit basements where they were hiding before they were captured. what more do we know on this? we don't what more do we know on this? - don't know how lots, i'm sure that is to come out when they have their next court appearance on december 1a and december 20 seconds, and under a december 22 court appearance is for a preliminary examination, which is what we sometimes call a mini trial. so there may actually be some other victims who survived the shooting
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who might testify. but the couple was captured about 2am, just hours after a $10,000 reward was issued for the arrest or capture of the couple. of for the arrest or capture of the couple- 0— couple. of and put this into context. — couple. of and put this into context, how _ couple. of and put this into context, how unusual- couple. of and put this into context, how unusual is - couple. of and put this into context, how unusual is it i couple. of and put this into l context, how unusual is it for couple. of and put this into - context, how unusual is it for the parents to be implicated in the crimes of a child? and what has then been the reaction to them not pleading guilty to the charge of involuntary manslaughter? it is rare. but we've _ involuntary manslaughter? it is rare. but we've cat _ involuntary manslaughter? it 3 rare. but we've cat cases in wayne county, where detroit is located, where parents have been charged with negligent homicide or child abuse when a child fires a gun, either shoots another child or kill themselves or maims himself with a gun. so it's not as rare as they might expect, there have been some cases where parents have been charged. cases where parents have been charted. , .,
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one person has died and dozens have been injured on indonesia's java island as an active volcano, mount semeru, erupted for the second time in months. the bbc�*s astudestra ajengrastri reports. videos circulating on social media show people are running away from thick, giant volcanic ash. nearby villages are covered in debris. according to witnesses, it's pitch dark due to the ashes from the volcano. a bridge which connects two regencies in east of java has been completely cut off due to the flow of hot lava from mount semeru. this 100 metre long bridge was destroyed by hot clouds flowing through a river. the event prompted the disaster management agency to warn residents to stay away from river channels
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or valleys that originate from mount semeru, given the large numbers of volcanic materials that flow through the river. this is the first eruption of semeru in almost a decade. the last eruption was in 2002 and the volcanic material travelled as far as 2000 metres. gps in england have been told they can defer some of the services they provide to patients in order to allow doctors to deliver covid booster jabs instead. routine health checks for the over—75s and minor surgery could be affected. the move by nhs england comes as the government launched a new campaign urging all unvaccinated pregnant women to come forward and receive theirjab. megan paterson reports.
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more than 90 million covid booster jabs or third doses have been given in the uk so far. as the roll—out continues, demand on gp surgeries grows. we were doing over 30,000 booster vaccinations in september. we get about 800 people come in as walk—ins in addition to people coming as appointments. to meet the growth in uptake, new measures mean gps across england will now be allowed to defer some of the services they provide to patients, like routine health checks for the over 75s, to allow doctors to focus on covid boosterjabs. we are struggling to meet the increased demand of day—to—day work, our own backlog and also the backlog from the hospitals, but at the same time, we do understand the importance of trying to vaccinate the population. but there is concern from some patient groups. they warn the measure will disadvantage older people and lead to early warning signs of illness being missed. this is a clear case
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of age discrimination. it's another example of, when people reach a certain age, their health is not valued as much as the health of younger people and it feeds into this narrative of care homes not being protected. the british medical association insists all patients will still receive the care they need. these measures aim to relieve pressure on gps and increase the capacity of the vaccination programme, keeping people well and out of hospital beds. it comes as the government starts a new campaign encouraging expectant mums to take the jab. 98% of pregnant women seriously ill in hospital with covid are unvaccinated. one in five women need to be delivered preterm. one in five babies need to go to the neonatal unit. so it's really clear that covid—19 infection has got serious implications for the woman and the baby. but we now have evermore data to say the vaccines are safe in pregnancy and are very strongly recommended by everyone.
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as all nations push to encourage jab and booster uptake, nicola sturgeon added her arm to the fully dosed total. another case of the omicron variant has been discovered in scotland today, once again renewing the significance of vaccination programmes across the country. let's look at some of the day's developments as the omicron strain of coronavirus continues to spread. scientists in botswana say the omicron strain, which was first detected in southern african more than a week ago, widely around the world before other countries started to impose travel bans. there have been protests in austria against the coronavirus lockdown, which has been extended until at least the 11th of december. unvaccinated people who break those rules now also face fines of up to 500 euros.
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protests also in the netherlands, here in the city of utrecht, against the coronavirus restrictions which came into force last weekend. the country saw violent protests two weeks ago, after the government announced plans to ban most people who have not been vaccinated from bars, restaurants and other public places. nightlubs in ireland are preparing for their last saturday of being allowed to open, as the country enforces new rules to stop the spread of covid. they were only allowed to reopen fully in october. indoor events, including concerts and sporting events, will be restricted to 50% audience capacity. let's get more now on display to the omicron variant. i'm joined now my dr ralf reintjes, professor for epidemiology and public health surveillance at hamburg university. many thanks for joining
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many thanks forjoining me on the programme, professor. we're hearing from our reporter in botswana that scientists who have been mapping at the omicron mutation believe it's been around since september. are you surprised by that? in been around since september. are you surprised by that?— surprised by that? in fact, i am not surrised surprised by that? in fact, i am not surprised at — surprised by that? in fact, i am not surprised at all, _ surprised by that? in fact, i am not surprised at all, because _ surprised by that? in fact, i am not surprised at all, because the - surprised at all, because the coronavirus is mutating constantly and the first few cases were certainly stay undetected and only when a new variant is very effective in spreading after a while, it would be detected, like in this case. hoop be detected, like in this case. how lona do be detected, like in this case. how long do you _ be detected, like in this case. how long do you think— be detected, like in this case. how long do you think it _ be detected, like in this case. how long do you think it will be before scientists, experts such as yourself, will be able to gauge how transmissible this latest variant of the virus is and how effective vaccines can be against it? every what a's working _ vaccines can be against it? every what a's working very _ vaccines can be against it? every what a's working very intensively vaccines can be against it? er what a's working very intensively on this at the moment. everybody�*s
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trying to understand more about this new variant but from an epidemiological point of view, it still will take a few weeks and from week to week we will know more about how it is spreading and how the clinical features are. and how it is spreading and how the clinicalfeatures are. and it how it is spreading and how the clinical features are. and it also depends very much on the different populations you are in. if you are in a young, unvaccinated population in a young, unvaccinated population in south africa, it's different than in south africa, it's different than in a relatively old, very well vaccinated population, like in the uk. ~ �* ., vaccinated population, like in the uk. �* ., , , vaccinated population, like in the uk. ., , vaccinated population, like in the uk. ., uk. we've large protests cities all across germany _ uk. we've large protests cities all across germany today _ uk. we've large protests cities all across germany today against - uk. we've large protests cities all across germany today against the j uk. we've large protests cities all- across germany today against the new covid restrictive measures. what sort of measures do you think should be imposed to protect citizens from the virus and to get that balance right? the virus and to get that balance riuht? �* . ., , the virus and to get that balance riuht? n . , ., ., right? actually, here we are all stru: calin right? actually, here we are all struggling with _ right? actually, here we are all struggling with a _ right? actually, here we are all struggling with a delta - right? actually, here we are all struggling with a delta variantl right? actually, here we are all. struggling with a delta variant at the moment, so we really need to, at
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least in this difficult situation in germany, introduce vaccination rates, we need to reduce contacts, we need to improve our hygiene measures. we need to work on all these areas in order to get to a reasonable rubber bag, preferably before the new variant really plays a bigger role than now. fine before the new variant really plays a bigger role than now.— a bigger role than now. one of the fears from — a bigger role than now. one of the fears from the _ a bigger role than now. one of the fears from the global _ a bigger role than now. one of the fears from the global travel - fears from the global travel industry as it were edging towards the closing of borders again. how effective really is that? this latest right of workers already with us. �* . . , latest right of workers already with us. ~ . . , ., latest right of workers already with us. . . ., , ., ., latest right of workers already with us. �* . ., , . ., , us. actually, we all need to be whether closing _ us. actually, we all need to be whether closing the _ us. actually, we all need to be whether closing the borders i us. actually, we all need to be whether closing the borders is| us. actually, we all need to be . whether closing the borders is not going to stop the spread of the virus in total but it might slow down and might buy us few weeks of time before lots of cases will occur in, for example, europe. but this
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time might be very useful for us in, for example, europe. but this time might be very usefulfor us in order to be better prepared and have better knowledge of the spread and how to act against the spread of this virus. a how to act against the spread of this virus- _ this virus. a good to get your thoughts _ this virus. a good to get your thoughts at _ this virus. a good to get your thoughts at this _ this virus. a good to get your thoughts at this evening, - this virus. a good to get your. thoughts at this evening, many thanks. president biden is due to hold a video call next week with vladimir putin amid growing fears that russia may be preparing to launch a full—scale invasion of ukraine. tensions between russia and ukraine have been building for some time in the wake of russia's annexation of crimea. these are ukrainian troops stationed in the donetsk region, on the russian border. on friday, ukraine warned that russia is massing more than 90,000 troops on the other side. it's saying its intelligence analysis points to a possible invasion at the end of january next year.
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bbc russian senior correspondent olga ivshina gave us an impression of what to expect from these talks. what's interesting is that recently, mr putin, during one of his public speeches, actually gave a hint that in a way he's enjoying this tension, enjoying this build—up of pressure and he said, you know, yes, we've seen that. there are a lot of intelligent reports from the western side, yes, we've seen that. there is lots of harsh rhetoric on the other side, but they should be worried, that's actually what we need. so, in a way, you know, he's enjoying this nervous situation in the west, but also, he needs it from an internal point of view, from the internal political point of view, because russia's economy is struggling, coronavirus cases are on the rise. so, in order to distract attention from things which are going wrong inside the country, he definitely needs this international arena, these challenges on the international arena, just to show that, listen, we have enemies outside,
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let's concentrate on that. people in around 9,000 homes are facing a second weekend without power in parts of scotland and northern england, following storm arwen. those affected are now bracing themselves for almost freezing temperatures forecast in some areas over the next 2a hours. meanwhile, the energy regulator ofgem says the cap on the maximum amount of compensation customers can claim from suppliers has been lifted. our correspondent peter harris sent us this update on the situation from rothbury, in northumberland, in northern england. despite the weather here tonight, it is a slowly improving situation. across scotland and northern england, you are now down to about 5000 houses in all that don't have power at the moment. what we see here in northumberland today is the army out in rural communities, this is in response to yesterday's announcement that northumberland county council had declared storm arwen a major incident.
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it has become quite sporadic now, so they are growing up rural farm tracks, looking for the odd house without power, even when the wider area around it is much improved. they are offering supplies as well asjust simple moral support. we're not out of the woods here yet, certainly in northeast england, northern power grid say it could be the middle of next week before they get everyone connected again, simply because of the number of repairs still needed. there is that warning for the power companies from ofgem that it may take enforcement action if it is deemed they did not restore power quickly enough. the uk's attorney general has confirmed it will review the sentences handed to the couple who killed six—year—old arthur labinjo—hughes. 32—year—old emma tustin was jailed for life after being convicted of murder after assaulting the child injune last year. tustin�*s life sentence carries a minimum term of 29 years,
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while arthur's father thomas hughes was sentenced to 21 years for manslaughter. the attorney general confirmed the sentences are to be looked at to determine whether they were too low. the sri lankan prime minister has issued a statement saying he is shocked at the brutality shown by what he called an extremist mob, following the lynching of a sri lankan man on friday. he had been accused of blasphemy by an angry mob. this is not the first such attack in pakistan — a week ago, a crowd set a police station ablaze when they refused to hand over a man accused of blasphemy — but this is the first one involving a foreign national. more than 100 people have been arrested in connection with the attack. the bbc�*s farhat javed is in the pakistani city of sailkot, outside the factory where this man was killed. this is the factory he was working in for several years. he is identified as priyantha kumara, a sri lankan national who was accused of committing blasphemy, a deeply emotional
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issue encircled by highly controversial legislation. but this is not the first such incident and many fear it won't be the last. pakistan's prime minister called it a day of shame for pakistan yesterday, and today, the sri lankan prime minister has also issued a statement saying that he is shocked to see the brutality by an extremist mob. but he also added that he and the sri lankan nation expected the prime minister of pakistan to ensure a speedy justice for the victim here. initial investigation reports have already been submitted to the prime minister and authorities say that they have arrested more than 100 people. out of them, 13 are said to be key culprits here, who not only accused him of committing blasphemy but also encouraged the mob to attack him. police also say that they are doing further investigations in this case, but at the same time, people are angry. many in pakistan are protesting, people are frustrated in pakistan.
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there are trends on social media since yesterday and especially in civil society, they are blaming all those in power for giving space to extremists groups, their narratives and their politics. cat microchipping is to be made compulsory in the uk under new government rules. owners will have to microchip their cats by the time their pets are 20 weeks old or risk incurring a £500 fine. fiona lamdin reports. seven—year—old scarab went missing in truro just days after his owner moved house. scarab just completely disappeared, so i was quite concerned, and i was really worried for him because, yeah, it was nearly a whole year. if it was not for the microchip, i would never have got him home. but 11 months later, the pair were reunited, as luckily, he had been microchipped as a kitten. with the microchip, they found out i was his owner and got him home to me.
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i burst into tears when i got the call, ijust couldn't believe it. he was so thrilled to come home, he wouldn't leave me alone for 2a hours, he was constantly rubbing his face on me and fussing at me. now there are plans in the coming year to get all pet cats chipped. it is going to be mandatory that all owners chip their cats once they are 20 weeks of age. we really, really welcome the idea. we get a lot of stray or injured cats that are brought in by members of the public. about half the time, they are chipped, which means we can reunite them really quickly with their owners. and for those who don't, they could face a fine. if you are checked by an authorised person and found not to have a microchip, then you will be given 21 days to rectify that, and we would strongly advise for all the good reasons, you know, getting your animal microchipped and we know the average cost of that is about £17, well worth doing, otherwise, after 21 days, it proceeds to become a criminal offence. so, what does the procedure
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which costs about £20 involve? it is really simple, theyjust come in and we can do it in a consultation. it isjust an injection underneath the scruff of their neck. it is done really quickly and often doesn't cause them any discomfort at all and it is over very, very quickly. each chip has a unique serial number which will link to a pet database where owners�* contact details are stored. there are thought to be 10.8 million cats in the uk, and while scarab and jane had a happy reunion, for the other 2.8 million who are currently unchipped, the ending is not always a happy one. now it's time for a look at the weather with stav danaos. good evening. has been a cold day out there, strong, northwesterly winds, some wet weather in central parts of the country. a snow in parts of the country. a snow in parts of the country. a snow in parts of scotland at northeast england. tomorrow summer, a cold day
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but the showers will be in eastern areas. where in this air mass through this evening again and it will last into tomorrow. a very wet for central scotland and parts of northern england at the moment, eastern parts in outbreaks of showery rain, sleet across the hills. it on trial in the evening with clear specs towards the end of the night and a little bit of frost. there is a low pressure to the east of the uk, the high—pressure continuing to build in, killing off most of the showers across north and western areas, but some sunshine around here. sting wet for a time in southey scotland with snow on the hills, so also there will be showers and cloud in eastern areas, it should be a bit drier later in the tight. cold whenever you are.
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hello this is bbc news. the headlines: pre—departure tests will be required for all uk arrivals from tuesday to stop the spread of the omicron variant as nigeria is added to the travel red list. we're see an increasing number of cases linked to travel and again, we've always said we would act swiftly if we need to, if the changing data required that, and that's why we have decided to bring in this change on predeparture tests. the parents of a teenager accused
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of the fatal shooting of four us high school students using a gun bought by his father

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