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good afternoon. health officials have renewed their call for everyone eligible to come forward for a covid boosterjab as new modelling suggests that without further restrictions, the uk is facing a bigger wave of infections than injanuary. the omicron variant is thought to be spreading quickly, however scientists say there is huge uncertainty about how many people may need hospital care, and how much pressure will be put on the nhs. here's our health correspondent katharine da costa. the race is on to get even more jabs into arms, to boost our defences against what may be the biggest wave of covid infections we've seen so far. new analysis shows having a two vaccine doses is unlikely to stop omicron infection however booster
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jabs will give around 75% protection against a mild infection. both two and three doses should give significant protection against severe disease but to what extent is still unclear. we severe disease but to what extent is still unclear-— still unclear. we know that the booster doses _ still unclear. we know that the booster doses do _ still unclear. we know that the booster doses do give - still unclear. we know that the booster doses do give very - still unclear. we know that the - booster doses do give very effective protection, we don't know how long it's going to last. it may not be very long lasting, but those booster doses are going to be critical but we can'tjust rely on the vaccine campaign to control this. we have to also wear masks and do all of those other things we've learned to do. so far, london is seeing a higher concentration of confirmed omicron cases, but it's spreading fast across much of the uk. greater use of masks, testing and the advice to work from home has been stepped up to try to slow the spread. in scotland, close contacts of positive cases now need to isolate for ten days regardless of whether they have been vaccinated. essen
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days regardless of whether they have been vaccinated.— been vaccinated. even if this variant produces _ been vaccinated. even if this variant produces slightly - been vaccinated. even if this i variant produces slightly milder diseases, there is an open question that, _ diseases, there is an open question that, what— diseases, there is an open question that, what politicians are worried about _ that, what politicians are worried about is — that, what politicians are worried about is the strain on the health service~ — about is the strain on the health service~ i— about is the strain on the health service. i think what they will be discussing — service. i think what they will be discussing this weekend and cabinet meets— discussing this weekend and cabinet meets on_ discussing this weekend and cabinet meets on tuesday is have we gone far enough _ meets on tuesday is have we gone far enough or— meets on tuesday is have we gone far enough or do more, particularly over the next _ enough or do more, particularly over the next few— enough or do more, particularly over the next few weeks, to restrict people — the next few weeks, to restrict people mixing so the health service doesn't _ people mixing so the health service doesn't become overwhelmed and that's— doesn't become overwhelmed and that's the — doesn't become overwhelmed and that's the main concern. early modelling _ that's the main concern. early modelling suggests _ that's the main concern. early modelling suggests the - that's the main concern. eat; modelling suggests the omicron variant has the potential to cause a bigger wave of infections than last winter but there is uncertainty over just how many people may end up in hospital in the new year. a lot depends on how much indoor mixing takes place or how well boosters prevent people falling seriously ill. researchers say to protect the nhs this winter further restrictions may be needed. katharine da costa, bbc news. new guidance has been issued for care home visits in england as a result of the surge in omicron infections. from wednesday, residents will be limited to three visitors as well as a friend or relative nominated as their essential care giver.
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megan paterson reports. in care homes around the country, festive celebrations are well under way. but as well as the usual trimmings, for some families, fears about covid guidelines on separation from loved ones are making an unwelcome return. iruna i run a family of seven and a limit three, so i'm very worried about how this is going to impact on them. the department of health say people living in care homes in england will only be allowed to receive visits from three people plus one essential care worker. staff will have to take three lateral flow tests and one pcr test every week. and there will be a £300,000,000 fund to recruit and retain care workers. further clarity is expected on the guidance next week but for now it's up to care home staff to plan how they will implement the measures and to reassure the people they will affect. it reassure the people they will affect. , , ., affect. it will be disappointing for relatives, affect. it will be disappointing for relatives. it _ affect. it will be disappointing for relatives, it will _ affect. it will be disappointing for relatives, it will be _ affect. it will be disappointing for
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relatives, it will be extremely - relatives, it will be extremely disappointing for the residents, but it's the world that we live in. we can't risk getting this virus back into our care services. the vaccination _ into our care services. the vaccination programme i into our care services. the vaccination programme remains key to controlling the spread of omicron. extra resources will be sent to poster protection but in care homes like this one in norwich, another change to visiting rules hasn't brought much cheer. i change to visiting rules hasn't brought much cheer. i wouldn't like that. brought much cheer. i wouldn't like that- i'd have _ brought much cheer. i wouldn't like that. i'd have to _ brought much cheer. i wouldn't like that. i'd have to put _ brought much cheer. i wouldn't like that. i'd have to put up _ brought much cheer. i wouldn't like that. i'd have to put up with - brought much cheer. i wouldn't like that. i'd have to put up with it. - that. i'd have to put up with it. once _ that. i'd have to put up with it. once again. _ that. i'd have to put up with it. once again, the delicate balance between offering covid protection but maintaining vital family contact comes into focus. the government insistent these guidelines will help manage growing risk. megan paterson, bbc news. our political correspondent helen catt is here. helen, some calls for further measures, but also strong resistance within the conservative party? yes, there is, and that is to the current plan b proposed restrictions, not even further
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restrictions, not even further restrictions beyond that, the number of conservative mps are saying that they won't vote for at least part of plan b in the commons on tuesday is growing all the time. it's currently sitting around the high �*50s, low �*605 sitting around the high �*50s, low �*60s mark. if that happens, that would be the biggest rebellion since borisjohnson became prime minister and it's driven by a real opposition to the idea, the principle of vaccine passports, and also by concerns about the economic impact potentially of restrictions. frankly, though, it's also because a lot of the openness that mps have towards being convinced perhaps to vote for something they don't like or don't agree with by number ten, hasjust or don't agree with by number ten, has just evaporated because of the way downing street has handled things like the christmas party claims recently. in terms of plan b becoming law, though, labour has said it will back the measures and so it should passjust said it will back the measures and so it should pass just with a lot of pain for the government to look away. pain for the government to look awa . . ~' pain for the government to look awa . ., ~ , ., , . away. 0k, thank you very much indeed. away. ok, thank you very much indeed. thank— away. 0k, thank you very much indeed. thank you. _ officials in the us say more than 50 people are likely to have been
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killed after a series of tornados hit kentucky and other nearby states. the governor of kentucky said the tornadoes were the most severe in the area's history and declared a state of emergency. james reynolds reports. this amazon warehouse in edwardsville in the state of illinois was ripped apart by the storm. up to 100 people may have been inside the building. they were working on the night shift in the run up to christmas. their family members have gathered. he was on the phone with me while it was happening. the tornado was hitting the back of the building. the trucks was coming in. i told him tojump out the truck and duck. i decided to come down here to see what was going on. i had no idea the building looked that bad and i'm worried sick. ijust want to know if he's 0k. in kentucky, tornadoes tore a path through 200 miles, hitting this, the town of mayfield. the governor fears dozens may have been killed at a candle factory. it has been one of the toughest-
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nights in kentucky history and some areas have been hit in ways that are hard to put into words. - in arkansas, the storm hit a nursing home, killing at least one person and trapping more than a dozen others. one official called it heartbreaking. james reynolds, bbc news. foreign ministers from the g7 group of wealthy countries are meeting in liverpool today, with discussions focused on how to counter challenges posed by russia and china. our diplomatic correspondent james landale is there. james, particular concern about the build up of russian troops on the border with ukraine. yeah, that's right, it's yeah, that's right, its estimated that about 100,000 russian troops on the border with ukraine now which is why western powers including foreign ministers here in liverpool arejust meant to do what they can to try to deter russia from taking that military action, which is why they
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are constantly threatening what they call severe economic consequences if that were to take place. liz truss the foreign secretary says she weekend to be a show of unity by the west against that, and how do i know that? she has tweeted is already saying at this meeting will be a show of unity against global addresses. she will probably get that. where it will be harder is over the detail. well that's right include for example a threat to block a new pipeline, gas pipeline between russia and germany? if that were to be blocked, that would certainly have a negative impact, damaging impact on russia but also have a negative impact on the west, because it means gas prices would go up, notjust there butt elsewhere and this also concerns about how much of an extent can russia be squeezed out of the international banking system? it would have an impact on the city of london is a lot of conversations about things like that, the sticks. also the carrot, what can be offered to rush to get vladimir putin to step back from the brink? russian say let's have nato membership from ukraine
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ruled out that's being opposed by the alliance but that sort of debate is being had in the margins here and we'll see what they agree a bit later. , . , ., we'll see what they agree a bit later. �* ., , ., , we'll see what they agree a bit later. , ., , . later. james, thanks very much indeed. qualifying is under way for the final formula 1 grand prix of the year with lewis hamilton and max verstappen going head to head for the championship. hamilton was fastest in final practice, with both drivers vying to be at the front of the grid for tomorrow's race in abu dhabi. cricket, and england have lost the first test against australia in brisbane. after a fightback on day three, they were all out for 297, setting australia a target of just 20. our sports correspondent joe wilson reports. this is only fancy dress, just a humorous excursion to the cricket ground in brisbane, but who strikes back? look what happened next. edged and gone! england's captain only added 3 runs on saturday. root and malan both fell quickly.
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ollie pope did this. build a winning position? well, england crumbled. the tv pictures disappear for a bit and then ben stokes, where has that gone? caught. jos buttler got to 23 and then edged faintly. remember english hope? just a cruel illusion. ollie robinson departed like this. nathan lyon went past 400 career test wickets during the day's play. all dressed up, with the match running out, quick, you had better dance or something? 0k. when chris woakes fell, well england were done. after all that promise, they were all out by lunch. australia just needed 20 to win in their second innings and this reached the boundary. normal service resumed. england down under outplayed. we had put a lot of good work in last night. we worked on that big partnership. it was really only myself and dawid
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who could make the most of that opportunity this morning. credit to australia, they put the ball in good areas. well, at least england have had four days of cricket to acclimatise. four test matches to come, four opportunities, they must still try to see it that way. joe wilson, bbc news. you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel. the next news on bbc one is at 5.15. bye for now.
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hello. you're watching the bbc news channel. more now on the top story this hour — health officials in the uk have renewed their appeal for everyone eligible, to come forward for a coronavirus boosterjab — after research showed it significantly reduced the chance of developing symptoms, from the omicron variant. earlier professor peter openshaw from imperial college london explained how vaccines work with a person's immune response. the immune response that you get to vaccinations is not an all or none thing, it is a bit of a sort of sliding scale, you know, the more of a response you get, the more protection you get. it is relatively easy to protect against the very serious forms of disease and i think that is an important message, that even if you do not have enough immunity to stop you getting infected, these vaccinations are probably going to be very effective at preventing you from getting serious disease and ending up in hospital and, very sadly, dying. yeah, that is the big unknown,
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isn't it, with omicron and it is the severity of the disease. we keep hearing about this time lag before we start to see that aspect of omicron. how long should we wait for that data? i'm afraid this disease tends to have a nasty sort of sting in its tail. the first week or so, it often does not seem to be very severe and then it is only maybe in the second week that it really declares itself and many of the people who die, unfortunately, they are dying in the third or fourth week, so it does take time. the other thing to say is that the people in south africa who have been infected tend to be in a very young age group. i mean, at the moment in the uk, it is also a young age group who have the highest rate of infection, you know, people in their 20s, but also in their 30s and some in their 405, so it is a relatively young age group, where we would not really expect to see very severe disease anyway. so, we have to correct for all those things before we can say
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whether this is less severe than delta or similar to delta. i think, you know, it will take time for that to play out, unfortunately. sport and a full round up, from the bbc sport centre. good afternoon. england have been crushed in the opening ashes test, losing by nine wickets on day four. they'd been looking to continue the momentum they'd built up on the third day but captainjoe root added just three runs to his overnight score. and once he was dismissed, a familiar batting collapse followed and they were bowled out for 297. the bbc�*s cricket correspondent jonathan agnew unpicks it all with henry moeran. after a ll after all the hope and the optimism going into this fourth day england eventually were beaten soundly by australia, losing eight wickets in the morning session and leaving australia with just 20 runs for victory and they got there with just one wicket lost and ultimately take a 1—0 lead in the series. jonathan
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agnew is the bbc cricket correspondent and there was hope of expectation this morning but australia where the heavy victors. it was a bad performance, we have some _ it was a bad performance, we have some optimism based on what happened yesterday— some optimism based on what happened yesterday and i hope the collapse has not _ yesterday and i hope the collapse has not undone the good work. it was always— has not undone the good work. it was always an _ has not undone the good work. it was always an uphill battle today but to lose those eight wickets and to lose so many _ lose those eight wickets and to lose so many before the new ball was taken, _ so many before the new ball was taken, in — so many before the new ball was taken, i'm afraid that with the writing — taken, i'm afraid that with the writing on— taken, i'm afraid that with the writing on the wall. as well as downward milan and joe wrote, there was a _ downward milan and joe wrote, there was a pathway, they had seen it through— was a pathway, they had seen it through to — was a pathway, they had seen it through to the new ball, scene of the new— through to the new ball, scene of the new ball and who knows, there nright— the new ball and who knows, there might have — the new ball and who knows, there might have been a sniff, but as it was: _ might have been a sniff, but as it was, they— might have been a sniff, but as it was, they probably did not deserve to win _ was, they probably did not deserve to win and — was, they probably did not deserve to win and australia were better. history _ to win and australia were better. history tells us that losing at the gabha _ history tells us that losing at the gabba means a tough series. it is difficult to come _ gabba means a tough series. it 3 difficult to come back from here and win the ashes, what hope to england have of coming back? thea;r win the ashes, what hope to england have of coming back?— have of coming back? they have two da niuht have of coming back? they have two day night matches _ have of coming back? they have two day night matches to _ have of coming back? they have two day night matches to come - have of coming back? they have two day night matches to come with - day night matches to come with hobart — day night matches to come with hobart i— day night matches to come with hobart. i hope cricket australia will have —
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hobart. i hope cricket australia will have thought long and hard about _ will have thought long and hard about giving england a date night in hobart _ about giving england a date night in hobart is _ about giving england a date night in hobart is possibly a deciding match, but there _ hobart is possibly a deciding match, but there are those games which england — but there are those games which england would choose to have and that evens — england would choose to have and that evens things up and england has had to— that evens things up and england has had to pick— that evens things up and england has had to pick the best team, which they did — had to pick the best team, which they did not do at the gabba. they have got— they did not do at the gabba. they have got to — they did not do at the gabba. they have got to get stuart broad fit and jimmy— have got to get stuart broad fit and jimmy anderson fit and pick the right— jimmy anderson fit and pick the right players for that match. england _ right players for that match. england will look back 12 months to india coming back from the most dismal defeat against australia early in 2021, they will have to hope they can get back and firing quickly in the day — night test in adelaide which starts on thursday. henry moeran and jonathan agnew there. after all that, captainjoe root reflected on the match and said there was no way back after their dreadful start to the day. we knew how important that first hour was, ten overs leading into that new ball and managing that well initially. we knew it would nip around a bit and there would be that extra bit of bounce and zip, with it being harder. it was really
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important that we got there and unfortunately... unfortunately losing those three wickets ahead of that was bitterly disappointing because we had put a lot of good work in last night. we built that big partnership and... it was really on me and dawid to make the most of that opportunity this morning and credit to australia, they put balls in good areas. the day's premier league action is under way. no goals yet between manchester city and wolves — and if they don't win this one, they could be overtaken at the top of the table by chelsea or liverpool. and a club legend will be returning to anfield later. steven gerrard spent more than 17 years at the club — and he'll be there for the first time as a manager, after taking over at aston villa — and there'll be no sentimentality this afternoon. going back to a place that i know very well, obviously bringing some things slightly different but for me there is three points at stake and there is three points at stake and there is three points at stake and there is no reason for me to change or thing any different than i have from the previous games. i am someone who comes alive on a match day, that is the way i want to be and i will never change and i am
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very much looking forward to going to anfield to compete and try and get what we can from the game. tottenham's decision to postpone their europa conference league game against rennes could mean they're out of the competition. the clubs couldn't find a new date for the match so it won't be rescheduled and the result will be decided by uefa. it was called off when eight spurs players and five members of staff tested positive for coronavirus. rennes are already through to the last 16 but tottenham needed a win to secure a play—off spot. qualifying is underway for tomorrow's season—ending abu dhabi grand prix — lewis hamilton was just quicker than max verstappen in final practice — you can follow it on the bbc sport website but that's all for now. thank you. and let's return now to the tornadoes in the us as dozens of people are feared dead in the us state of kentucky after a series of tornadoes wreaked havoc across a wide area. the tornadoes tore through the us states arkansas, kentucky, and into part of illinois on friday night. in illinois an amazon warehouse collapsed in the storm.
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a rescue operation is taking place to find survivors. the governor of kentucky says as many as a hundred people could die in the state as a result of a series of tornadoes sweeping across the region. andy beshear described it as the worst in the state's history. so first, just trying to confirm this figure of more than 50 feared dead in kentucky, according to the governor. yes, i fear that there are more than 50 dead in kentucky. the confirmation on each individual is coming in, but we are going to lose over 50 people, a lot closer to somewhere between 70 and 100. it is devastating. jeff piotrowski is a storm chaser and meterologist who is in mayfield, kentucky.
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he gave me this update earlier. we had a moderate risk out for long tracked damage from the satellite this afternoon and this evening, and that occurred. i actually tracked the tornado, the first major tornado that hit monette, arkansas. i was in the city when it hit the nursing home and it was a very large tornado, about three quarters of a mile wide, and then it went north—east of there and it tracked up to litchfield and did massive damage there, which was a fatality to general store at litchfield, arkansas. it continued to track north—east all the way to mayfield, doing major damage along the entire path and it's been on the south—west side, it has been in mayfield now for six hours and i can tell you the scene at the candle factory area is extremely grim. they have been bringing people both out alive, injured and there have been people who have died and it has been nonstop, ambulances coming in and out of the factory for about seven hours now, nonstop.
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and that continues... i've just had two more ambulances just passed me going into the factory. so they dug down there, they found the people and they are digging them out of rubble. there are still a number of people buried in the rubble, it is an active scene. it is going to go probably well into daylight, maybe even into the afternoon. the debris is about 20 feet deep, this building was about 100 yards x 100 yards size commercial building, a factory, and the building took a direct hit from the tornado, which was a major tornado, probably ef3 or higher. the entire building has collapsed with people inside the building. the debris is so deep and so wide it is going to take a period of time to find everyone. i get the sense that people were quite taken by surprise at these tornadoes in terms of when they struck at night, and the force as well.
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i don't think they were surprised by the tornadoes, it was well forecasted by local weather services and the storm prediction centres and the local tv, it was very well forecasted. what made it unusual is that these tornadoes were upwards of half a mile to a mile wide, moving at 55—60 mph, so that is a mile a minute and when you have these very large tornadoes hitting highly populated areas, you're going to have casualties and you are going to have injuries and that is what we have experienced across about a five state region tonight, unfortunately. jeff, did people not seek shelter? because i was following some of this on twitter last night, friday night, did they not seek shelter? yeah, they seek shelter, but in this particular candle factory, i have not been able to speak to any officials at the factory. they knew it was coming and people were going to shelter within the building and i understand some of the people were out
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in their cars when the tornado hit and it actually picked up people in their cars and threw them into the building. i got word of that a few minutes ago from a particular individual who was here, but people do seek shelter. a lot of people went to the bathrooms, to the basement, but again these were very large, very destructive tornadoes, travelling up to 60 mph for hundreds of miles, hitting numerous cities and some very major cities. you are going to have bad things happen and that is what is happening. so what spawned them? first of all, we had record warmth and record heat across the southern plains in oklahoma and texas and in mississippi and arkansas and alabama and tennessee and missouri today. the temperatures were in the low to mid 80s and south winds at about 30—40, which 70 degree...point. this is an unprecedented air mass for december 11th — 10th, 11th, you know, timeframe.
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to have this much moisture and heatand humidity... we have a very strong, powerful jet stream overhead and an upper wave came out of oklahoma and this powerful surface low developed back in south—east colorado, it raced up towards chicago and that powerful storm and jet stream was overhead and conditions were perfect for violent tornadoes underneath the jet stream. the combination of the ingredients was very deadly. now it's time for a look at the weather with owain wyn evans it is not looking pretty at all, a lot of cloud sitting across the uk and many of us will have rain in the next few hours, but actually after we have seen those storms, our
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outlook is for some very quiet weather through the week ahead, but nothing very festive. this is the best i could get in terms of festivities, that lovely image of a reindeer in northumberland but grey skies behind the reindeer. however with the grey skies we are pulling in milder air with the grey skies we are pulling in milderairto the with the grey skies we are pulling in milder air to the south because of low pressure and sunday will feel freakishly warm for many of us despite some quite overcast skies. the milder air is coming into the west even now, so with some rain, yes, but for wales, temperatures are 11 or 12 degrees, northern ireland looking drier behind the rain and could see a bit of brightness in the next few hours, may be a bit for the four west of england, it is grey, gloomy and chilly in the far east, six or 7a whole or norwich. through goes the rain, soggy story if you're heading out later and it will continue with showers across england and wales into the small hours of sunday. it is drier for northern ireland and scotland and also a
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little cooler. this boundary is the mark of that milder air coming up from the south and cooler conditions still clinging on in the north. through sunday, we pull the weather front north and bring warm area north across the uk as well. rain initially for the midlands, north wales and it will end the day pushing into central scotland. temperatures, particularly to the south could get up to 15 degrees. sunday night into monday, this low pressure centre will roll through to the far north—west of the uk, breezy for all areas but potentially quite stormy to the far north—west of scotland and for the western isles, through sunday evening at a sunday night and then for the northern isles as we go into the early part of monday. the wins ease through the day and we will have showers for the north west of scotland, the cooler air across the northern half of the uk, seven, eightand nine by air across the northern half of the uk, seven, eight and nine by the highs here, mild to the south, some rain, but temperatures, 12 or 13 degrees and here goes that battle through the week ahead and from
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tuesday onwards it looks like it will be the milder airfrom tuesday onwards it looks like it will be the milder air from the south that will continue to be the dominant feature across the uk and, as it pushes its way north, we will see an area of high pressure building and quite a quiet weather picture, nothing very dramatic at all through the week ahead. quite a lot of cloud around, at times nothing different in the way of roast before anyone asks me, no sign of it being a white christmas or anything wintry in the days ahead.
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hello, this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines... it is1:30pm. the governor of kentucky says at least 50 people have died there after a powerful storm battered his state and
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four others in the us. the uk renews its appeal for everyone eligible

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