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this is bbc news. the headlines at five: police will meet a conservative mp who's accused government whips of trying to "blackmail" politicians who've tried to oust borisjohnson. the first shipment of american military aid to ukraine arrives there after talks over russia's troop build—up on the border. the un has condemned an air strike on a yemen detention centre that has killed more than 80 people. a week after tonga was devastated by a volcanic eruption and tsunami, humanitarian aid begins to reach the tens of thousands of people affected. the actor arnold schwarzenegger is involved in a multi—vehicle crash in los angeles — one person is in hospital, but it's not thought their injuries are life threatening.
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good afternoon. a conservative backbencher who has accused government whips of trying to blackmail some mps seeking to oust borisjohnson is to meet the police to discuss his allegations. william wragg said he'd be speaking to a scotland yard detective in the commons early next week. the prime minister has said he's seen no evidence to support the claims, but mr wragg said he wanted any inquiry to be carried out by "experts". our political correspondent helen catt reports. some of the methods used to persuade mps to follow their party line have always been a bit murky. these extraordinarily public allegations levelled at the government and its whips are serious. that some conservative mps suspected of wanting borisjohnson out have
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been in the end of attempts to intimidate them with embarrassing stories in the press and threats to take away public money from their constituencies. the intimidation of a member of parliament is a serious matter. moreover, the reports of which i am aware would seem to constitute blackmail. now mr wragg has arranged to meet the met police to discuss his allegations. earlier this week the former tory mp cristian wakeford defected to labour. he later said he had been told he wouldn't get a new high school in his constituency if he voted against the government on free school meals. some have suggested there may be more claims to come. i must have spoken to about a dozen tory mps in the lastfew days who have made similar allegations about whips, either offering to withdraw financial support for their constituencies either from the political party, so for campaigning, or for their constituents.
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downing street has said if it is passed evidence to support any allegations, it would look at it carefully but it hasn't seen any yet. other tories have said they have not experienced any such behaviour. i have voted against the government on occasions when i thought it right and i have always had a very close relationship with the chief whip and a productive relationship with whips, so i am waiting to hear more about this because it is not something i have seen or been told about. meanwhile, the prime minister is expected to spend his weekend calling potential rebels. the senior official sue gray is expected to publish her report on downing street parties next week. it is being seen as a possible crunch moment for boris johnson's leadership. helen catt, bbc news. the chairman of the commons defence committee says the uk must do more to support ukraine as russian troops gather at its border. the conservative mp tobias ellwood said he thinks an invasion is now "imminent" and that president vladimir putin is "taking full advantage of a weakened west".
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it comes as the united states has delivered its first shipment of military cargo to ukraine, for use in the event of a conflict. here's mark lobel. the threat of conflict persists as president putin continues his apparent drive for a new post—cold war settlement. ukraine is proving the biggest foreign policy test for president biden since us troops left afghanistan. he's left the white house for camp david this weekend to meet his national security team and secretary of state antony blinken, who himself is returning from three days of crisis diplomacy. those ended in talks with his russian counterpart in geneva, which didn't get very far. what i think is possible is a negotiation with russia on some new security architecture from your model eras —
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the inf agreement of the �*80s, under which intermediate and short—range missiles were banned. if the russian issue is the risk in the future of nato missiles on the russian border sitting in ukraine, that would take that away. but, of course, it would mean the russians, too, had to withdraw weapons. in the meantime, ukraine hasjust received from the us 90 tonnes of what america calls lethal aid, including ammunition for ukraine's front—line forces. washington says it's helping ukraine bolster its defences in the face of growing russian aggression. russia denies an invasion is on the cards, but has 100,000 russian troops near ukraine's border in potentially threatening positions, as this map shows. what we have seen over the last few
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months with diplomatic talks failing, putin's ultimatum demanding nato push back. of course, that was dismissed. but that has given him the pretext to actually say there is an aggressor and that he must act. he has actually boxed himself into a corner, because so much effort has been put into this. but he also recognised that he will never again be as strong as this to take advantage of the west's weakness. i suspect an invasion is now imminent. russia sparked this diplomatic conflict. this week, the us showed it's keen to resolve it peacefully. but it remains unclear how far both sides are prepared to go to placate the other. mark lobel, bbc news. i've been speaking to the uk's former ambassador to russia, sir andrew wood. russia has sent a huge amount of equipment and a considerable
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amount of men to ukraine's borders. there has been a war with ukraine since 2014, and it appears that it has got enough by way of accusations against the west to get away with it. i think those accusations are quite easily shown as being falsified. for example, the expansion of nato has been entirely because so many countries have been afraid of what russia is intending or does that they have wanted to join nato. so i think that is a false accusation. what is putin's strategy here, do you think? what does he really want? ideally what he wants is what he has demanded in the ultimatum he has sent to nato and the united states, which is effectively to draw nato forces back to the position
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they were in in 1997. he also has the advantage, but also in another way a warning, of having had a revolution in both kazakhstan — not failed as a revolution, it was a big uprising — and huge protests in belarus, which has enabled him to begin to build up a russian military status in belarus. so if you could get ukraine along with that, and also have made us withdraw entirely from romania and bulgaria, he will have a belt of countries whose governments are in effect compelled to accept his demands. which would be a great shift in the position in europe, european security.
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sir andrew wood, the former british ambassador to moscow. two women have been taken to hospital after a knife attack in north west london. it happened in station road, harrow. police say the injured women were slashed and a third woman was punched by the suspect. a woman has been detained and taken to hospital for mental health assessment. a man has appeared in court charged with the murder of an 86—year—old woman and the attempted murder of her 88—year—old husband. freda walker was found dead at her home in langwithjunction, derbyshire, a week ago. ken walker was found severely injured and remains in hospital in a critical condition. 0ur reporter heidi booth has more. dressed in greyjoggers and a grey jumper, vasile culea appeared for a matter of minutes before magistrates today. he spoke in romanian only to confirm his name and address, and the charges were read to him
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via a romanian court translator. he is charged with the murder of 86—year—old freda walker and the attempted murder of 88—year—old kenneth walker. freda was found dead at her home address a week ago today by a concerned neighbour. her husband ken was found with serious injuries and is still in hospital in critical condition. mr culea was arrested at his home address on grove road in church warsop on thursday. he has been remanded in custody and will next appear in court at derby crown court on tuesday next week, the 25th of january. derbyshire police have said they are still investigating this incident and would like to hear from anybody who has any information. they ask that you come forward as soon as possible. heidi booth, bbc news, nottingham.
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good afternoon.
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a senior conservative mp says the uk must do more to support ukraine as russian troops gather at its border. tobias ellwood, who chairs the commons defence committee, said he thought an invasion was now "imminent" — and that president putin was "taking full advantage of a weakened west". russia has denied it's planning an invasion. but the us has delivered 90 tonnes of what it calls �*lethal aid' to ukraine, the first shipment since a fresh promise of assistance from president biden. james waterhouse reports now from the ukrainian capital, kyiv. the friendship of nations arch built by the soviets to celebrate the closeness between russians and ukrainians. that crack was painted on by activists a few years ago as relations between the countries deteriorated. and as talks to intensify about a possible invasion the hope is things do not break down completely. tensions are still
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rising on the border and to date russian jets rising on the border and to date russianjets made their rising on the border and to date russian jets made their way to joint military drills with neighbouring belarus. ukrainian ministers have welcomed the delivery of american military equipment and now there's a call for the uk to step up its own support. the british government has delivered 2000 anti—tank missiles this week and says it is open to sending more weapons. an sending more weapons. an ultimatum and demanding _ sending more weapons. an ultimatum and demanding that _ sending more weapons. an ultimatum and demanding that nato _ sending more weapons. an ultimatum and demanding that nato pushback. sending more weapons. an ultimatum. and demanding that nato pushback was dismissed but that gave them the pretext to say that there is an aggressor and he must act but he also recognised he will never again be as strong as there is to take advantage of the west. i suspect invasion is now imminent. so does k iv feel invasion is now imminent. so does kyiv feel like _ invasion is now imminent. so does kyiv feel like a _ invasion is now imminent. so does kyiv feel like a city _ invasion is now imminent. so does kyiv feel like a city preparing - invasion is now imminent. so does kyiv feel like a city preparing for i kyiv feel like a city preparing for invasion? evelyn and lillian are too small to appreciate the power struggles but the parents obviously aren't not. it struggles but the parents obviously aren't not. , , aren't not. it is definitely concerning _ aren't not. it is definitely concerning and _ aren't not. it is definitely concerning and seems i aren't not. it is definitely i concerning and seems more aren't not. it is definitely - concerning and seems more tense aren't not. it is definitely _ concerning and seems more tense than in past times. i am concerned about
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this and i would say it is definitely increasing the anxiety for sure. £31 definitely increasing the anxiety for sure. u, , definitely increasing the anxiety forsure. , ., ., ., for sure. of course i am afraid, i do not want _ for sure. of course i am afraid, i do not want ukraine _ for sure. of course i am afraid, i do not want ukraine to - for sure. of course i am afraid, i do not want ukraine to be - for sure. of course i am afraid, i do not want ukraine to be just . for sure. of course i am afraid, i l do not want ukraine to be just like dombas _ do not want ukraine to be just like dombas right now. it is a nightmare for me _ dombas right now. it is a nightmare for me. �* . , dombas right now. it is a nightmare for me. �* ., , ., , for me. i'm ready to defend my country says — for me. i'm ready to defend my country says ivan, _ for me. i'm ready to defend my country says ivan, i— for me. i'm ready to defend my country says ivan, i will- for me. i'm ready to defend my country says ivan, i will not - for me. i'm ready to defend my country says ivan, i will not runj country says ivan, i will not run away but then again they may not be anywhere to run away too. moscow denies it is planning an invasion. but it is easy to forget ukraine has already enjoyed eight years of russian aggression. fighting cyber attacks, misinformation and constant uncertainty. next week america will continue to discuss russian demands that nato will scale back its military presence and rule out ever letting ukrainejoin. forthe letting ukraine join. for the country letting ukrainejoin. forthe country at the heart of it that uncertainty goes on. james waterhouse, bbc news.
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william wragg, the conservative mp who accused downing street of trying to �*blackmail�* some mps trying to oust borisjohnson, says he's due to meet the police next week to discuss his claims. he's been backed by the labour mp chris bryant, who says any such behaviour would be illegal. downing street says it's not seen any evidence to support the allegations, but would look closely if proof were presented. here's our political correspondent damian grammaticas. already under pressure the coming days could prove decisive for boris johnson. now there is a new concern that one of the main rebel mps who already have written letters of no confidence in him is due to talk to the police possibly on monday. william wragg this week alleged he had been told others had faced threats that they might lose funding for their constituencies if they did not back the prime minister. the intimidation _ not back the prime minister. tue: intimidation of not back the prime minister. tte: intimidation of a not back the prime minister. tt2 intimidation of a member of parliament is a serious matter. more over reports of which i am aware would seem to constitute blackmail.
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0n would seem to constitute blackmail. on wednesday mrjohnson was there another of the rebels christian wakeford defected to labour. he claims he was told some time ago that funding for a school might not happen if you did not support the government on free school meals. today a senior labour mp said he had heard more claims. t today a senior labour mp said he had heard more claims.— heard more claims. i must have soken heard more claims. i must have spoken to _ heard more claims. i must have spoken to about _ heard more claims. i must have spoken to about a _ heard more claims. i must have spoken to about a dozen - heard more claims. i must have spoken to about a dozen tory i heard more claims. i must have i spoken to about a dozen tory mps heard more claims. i must have - spoken to about a dozen tory mps in the last few days who have made similar allegations about quips either offering to withdraw financial support for their constituencies either from the political party, so for complaining orfor their political party, so for complaining or for their constituents. downing street says _ or for their constituents. downing street says if _ or for their constituents. downing street says if evidence _ or for their constituents. downing street says if evidence emerges l or for their constituents. downing j street says if evidence emerges it will be looked at seriously but it is not investigating as it is not aware of anything to back up the claims and tory mps are waiting to see if there is more substance to them. t see if there is more substance to them. ., see if there is more substance to them. . ., ., ., , them. i have moved against the government _ them. i have moved against the government on _ them. i have moved against the government on occasions - them. i have moved against the government on occasions when | them. i have moved against the | government on occasions when i thought it right and i have always had a close relationship with the chief whip and a very productive
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relationship so i'm waiting to hear more about this because it is not something that i have seen or been told about. �* ., , ,., ., ., ~' told about. another person looking for evidence _ told about. another person looking for evidence is _ told about. another person looking for evidence is sue _ told about. another person looking for evidence is sue gray _ told about. another person looking for evidence is sue gray the - told about. another person looking for evidence is sue gray the civil. for evidence is sue gray the civil servant investigating the downing street parties. her report should come this week. the question for borisjohnson is can he survive unscathed. he is thought to be busy plotting a strategy and calling his mps to try to secure their support. damian grammaticas, bbc news. let's take a look at the latest government figures — there were over 76,800 new coronavirus infections recorded in the latest 24—hour period — but that figure does not include scotland. on average just over 91,700 new cases were reported per day in the last week. the latest figures show there were just under 18,000 people in hospital being treated for coronavirus on thursday. 297 deaths were reported in the latest 2a hour period — that's of people who died within 28 days of a positive test — though there will be some amongst this number who won't have
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died from covid. on average in the past week — 270 deaths were announced every day. 0n vaccinations, over 36.8 million people have had a boosterjab, which means 64% of people aged 12 and over, have now had three vaccine doses. former olympic champion cyclist chris boardman is to head up a new organisation to encourage cycling and walking in england. active travel england wants to improve infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians, and also fund projects to enhance air quality. 0ur north of england correspondent fiona trott reports from york. angry shouting. it's meant to be healthy but cycling can be hazardous. that's because not all towns and cities have dedicated routes. 0ne aim of active travel england is to make sure cyclists and walkers are considered in future planning applications.
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you want places where your kids can walk or ride to school and you can travel to work on a bike, and to do that, you won't do it unless you feel safe and you can look out a car window and go, "oh, that looks quite nice." that's what this agency will do. active travel england will be based in york, and campaigners here welcome it. i think it's brilliant, really, because we have got lots of good little bits but they are always let down by a busyjunction or some scary bit where traffic goes. secure cycle parking is another part of the strategy, to link up with rail services, and there will be subsidies for businesses to use bikes to carry cargo as well. but above all else it's just about making our towns and cities feel safer and less polluted so we want to walk or cycle, but will it work? york is so small as it is, so it's more connecting outside city centre to other places, like the university, getting those connections going, where people are actually cycling. you've got to start somewhere. you've got to invest in things.
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the more people you get cycling, and walking, the more people are likely to look at those people cycling and walking and start cycling themselves. the strategy is part of a £2 billion package already announced for walking and cycling schemes over a five year period. but some campaigners say its success will depend on drivers changing their behaviour, too. fiona trott, bbc news, york. tennis — and british men's number one dan evans was beaten by the canadian ninth seed felix auger—aliassime in straight sets at the australian open. his defeat means there are no british players left in the singles competitions. here's our sports correspondent, adam wild. daniel evans! as singles go in melbourne, dan evans was now the single brit left. ahead, the considerable talent of canadian felix auger—aliassime. evans immediately forced to face the music. although for him perhaps, rather too literally.
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the sound of a singer entertaining crowds outside the arena seemingly hitting more raw nerves than right notes. it's not like it's a little bit loud. it's on the court. i agree with you. is it normal, asked evans? well, plenty about this tournament hasn't felt that way so far. still, the band played on a little longer, and so did evans. 0ther brits now keeping him company. competitive for much of the first set, until an error let it all slip away. a change of shirt offering little change in fortune. auger—aliassime taking control. evans at times losing it completely. a straight sets defeat and evans' tournament comes to an end. after such high hopes for british tennis of late, the second week of singles in melbourne will have no brits at all. adam wild, bbc news. that's it for now. we're back with the late news at ten past ten. now on bbc one it's time for the news where you are.
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hello. this is bbc news. let's bring you the latest on the situation in yemen where 82 people have been killed in an attack on a detention centre. earlier i spoke to jacob burns,
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communcations adviser for medecins sans frontieres. he told me more about what the aid agencies are doing in response to that attack. i have been speaking to colleagues inside the city this morning. they describe that in the early hours of friday morning, they were at home, they have the sound ofjets flying over the city and then three explosions. we know that the air strike hit the city prison where there are reported to have been upwards of 1500 people detained at the time. the air strike has caused hundreds of deaths and injuries, the latest numbers that we have been given by the ministry of health in yemen is that there have been 82 people killed in this strike and 266 people wounded. one of my colleagues inside the city was in a hospital this morning and he said the hospital was facing a very difficult situation with so many wounded that some
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of the casualties were lying on the floor in the hospital because there were no more beds for them. what is msf able to do in the aftermath of this tragedy and also to help the general humanitarian disaster that is afflicting this country? we are present inside the city, we made immediately some donations to this hospital. we sent a truck full of medical supplies from the capital to the city last night and are working with the ministry of health to see how we can respond as quickly as possible to these huge needs that have been caused by this air strike. and we are working across the country in yemen, across front lines and what we see is while there are these moments of intense violence, after seven years of the civil war, we see every day the effects of these less dramatic but no less serious long—term crises which are caused by the war such
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as the economic crises and the almost total collapse of the health care system in the country. it is seven years, it began in 2015, do you see any way out of this? is this horror going to keep continuing? it is definitely a moment where the conflict has intensified again and colleagues in the capital have been reporting to me each night this week of heavy air strikes. there were again air strikes this morning so it feels we are caught in a moment where the conflict is escalating yet again and it is hard to see how that finishes. jacob burns from msf. long queues of lorries building up on the roads approaching the port of dover this week were not down to brexit but an increase in the amount of freight traffic. the port of dover said post—brexit checks have been in place for over a year, but on ten occasions since the start of the year,
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they were forced to rely on a special traffic management system. it was devised as a temporary solution to deal with heavy traffic in 2015. ramzan karmali reports. queues of lorries on the a 20 trying to get into dover. a site that many have got used to at the start of 2022. but the port insists this is business as usual, just with higher volumes. business as usual, 'ust with higher volumes. ,, . , ., volumes. since the beginning of the ear, volumes. since the beginning of the year. there — volumes. since the beginning of the year. there has— volumes. since the beginning of the year, there has been _ volumes. since the beginning of the year, there has been increased - year, there has been increased transaction times at the border due to the carriers having to check customs paperwork at the check—in process. but equally normally for this time of year we have vessels that were out on refit, normal maintenance activities. we also are doing a bit of maintenance in the port, which means that our buffer zone space has got slightly reduced capacity. the zone space has got slightly reduced ca aci . . ., , capacity. the increase in freight traffic has meant _ capacity. the increase in freight traffic has meant the _ capacity. the increase in freight traffic has meant the operation | traffic has meant the operation travel access protocol, a temporary traffic management system, has been
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called on ten times already this year. the port of dover insists this is not brexit related, but is worried about new checks which will come into force in september. what come into force in september. what we're trying — come into force in september. what we're trying to _ come into force in september. what we're trying to do — come into force in september. what we're trying to do is _ come into force in september. mat we're trying to do is make certain the government fully appreciates what the implications are if we do not get an agreement between the uk government and the french government for a of protocols that will work. unless we get that agreement, it will be very difficult to see how it will be very difficult to see how it will not impact the travel through the port of dover.— will not impact the travel through the port of dover. from september, airort the port of dover. from september, airport style — the port of dover. from september, airport style biometric— the port of dover. from september, airport style biometric checks - the port of dover. from september, airport style biometric checks are i airport style biometric checks are due to be implemented, which would mean that drivers being stopped at the port for a round ten minutes each. with around 10,000 trucks passing through the port each day, the warning is clear that he solution needs to be found. the government says it is working with its european counterparts to ensure that border arrangements run as smoothly as possible. time for a look at the weather with ben rich.
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saturday may have been a dry day for most of us but there was a lot of cloud to contend with. we will keep large amounts of cloud in the sky as we go through tonight. where there are some breaks in that cloud, they could fill in with some mist and fog patches down towards the south where the winds are light. this is also where we'll see the lowest temperatures. in the cities, plymouth, cardiff down to freezing, some places in the countryside, if you have let the clear spells, could be down to —3 or minus four. milder further north, we have the brisk south—westerly wind. that continues into tomorrow. 0dd spot of drizzle for high ground in north—west scotland. a lot of cloud generally, lots of dry weather, some sunny spells, may be wells in the south—west. light winds in the south, brisk winds in the north. temperatures in a range between 5—9, may be up to ten in sheltered spots in northern scotland. as we look further ahead, we will see some rain through the coming week, but most of it across the north of the uk. many southern areas are likely to stay mostly dry.
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hello this is bbc news. the headlines... police will meet a conservative mp who's accused government whips of trying to "blackmail" politicians who've tried to oust borisjohnson. the first shipment of american military aid to ukraine arrives there — after talks over russia's troop build—up on the border. the un has condemned an air strike on a yemen detention centre that has killed more than 80 people a week after tonga was devastated by a volcanic eruption and tsunami, humanitarian aid begins to reach the tens of thousands of people affected. the actor arnold schwarzenegger is involved in a multi—vehicle crash in los angeles — one person is in hospital, but it's not thought their injuries are life threatening now on bbc news — with the latest
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