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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: trouble for chinese tech giant huawei. its chief financial officer is arrested in canada and faces extradition to the us. a state funeral in washington for former president george hw bush. the world war ii pilot who helped end the cold war is remembered as statesman and loving father. he valued character over pedigree, and he was no cynic. he looked for the good in each person, and he usually found it. mass protests across spain, as appealjudges uphold a decision to clear five men known as the wolf pack of gang rape. and a blueprint for better health. british scientists complete the biggest gene—sequencing project in healthcare, in the hope of beating more diseases. the global chief financial officer
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of huawei, one of china's leading tech companies, has been arrested in canada. meng wanzhou now faces extradition to the united states on suspicion she has violated american sanctions on iran. the company has said it is not aware of any wrongdoing. our business reporter mariko oi is in singapore. tell us more on this. well, mike, i think it's firstly very important to emphasise that she is notjust any executive of huawei. she's the daughter of the compa ny‘s executive of huawei. she's the daughter of the company's founder, who was arrested in canada on one december, so that is saturday. so it is interesting it took us this long
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to actually find out about her arrest. her arrest has been confirmed by the canadian authorities as well as huawei. as you mentioned, huawei has said it has very little knowledge about what she has been charged with, but she... the company said it is not aware of any wrongdoing. as you mentioned, she faces extradition, because what we understand is her arrest was requested by the united states on allegations that she violated us sanctions against iran. and huawei itself has faced scrutiny, hasn't it, in several countries over its links to china's ruling communist party? that's right, just yesterday the uk's bt has said it will not be using huawei equipment in its new 56 network as well as its existing sg equipment in its new 56 network as well as its existing 36 and ag well as its existing 3g and 4g networks. it is notjust the uk. huawei has come under scrutiny around the world, including the us, australia and new zealand, all blocking the use of huawei at
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equipment because of its ties to the communist party. so what is likely to happen most immediately, next, on this? well, her bail hearing is on friday, so that is tomorrow in canada. but as you mentioned, she faces extradition to the united states. we have now heard from the chinese embassy in canada, very strongly worded statement from them saying that they strongly protest her arrest, which seriously harms the human rights of the victim. they also said that they are demanding them to correct the wrongdoing and restore the personal freedom of ms meng wanzhou. restore the personal freedom of ms meng wa nzhou. so restore the personal freedom of ms meng wanzhou. so definitely a strong statement from beijing, and of course it comes at a time when the two countries, the us and china, are locked in a trade war. clearly more to come on this. for the moment, thank you very much. six personnel from the us marine corps are missing in the seas off japan, where two aircraft collided while trying to refuel. a statement from the corps talks of a mishap during a regular training operation.
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one of the missing marines has been recovered from the sea alive. rupert wingfield—hayes, our tokyo correspondent, joins us now. rupert, what can you confirm he? what is the latest? that's right, mike. as you said, six personnel still missing, and ongoing search and rescue operation taking place 200 miles off the south—west coast of japan 200 miles off the south—west coast ofjapan in the pacific ocean. the us marine corps is stilljust calling this a mishap, but off the record we understand that it happened while this f—18 fighter record we understand that it happened while this f—18fighterjet with two crew on board was attempting a refuelling exercise with a hercules aircraft in the skies over the pacific at 2am this morning when the mishap occurred. in both plans apparently went down. now, that suggests that the planes may have collided, because both aircraft have been lost. and as you
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say, the latest update is that one person, one aircrew, has been recovered from the sea and is currently undergoing hospital checks at the us marine corps base near hiroshima in western japan. and rupert, i think betterware refuelling is notorious, isn't it, as difficult, possibly dangerous operation, especially at night. yes, i have done the air to air refuelling with the us air force during the daytime and clear skies. now, the us marine corps do a slightly different operation, are technically more challenging operation. the f/a—18 is a fastjet, and it's taking fuel from a c—130, which is a slow, propeller driven aircraft. so this is a very challenging flight manoeuvre at the best of times. they were doing it at night, and i can tell you, mike there have been rainstorms across there have been rainstorms across the japanese archipelago all night and into today, so they may have been encountering bad weather at the same time. thank you very much indeed. world leaders including all four living american presidents have paid their respects at the state
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funeral of george hw bush, the 41st president. he was in office from 1989 until 1993, and died last week aged 94. he will be buried on thursday in his home state of texas. his son george w, the 43rd president, broke down as he paid tribute at the service in the national cathedral in washington, dc. this report from our north america editorjon sopel. a nation prepares to bid farewell to the last of the greatest generation, those political leaders who had fought in the second world war, and then served their country with distinction. the extended bush family looked on as his flag—draped coffin was moved to the national cathedral. among the mourners — prince charles, representing the queen, and sirjohn major, prime minister during the first gulf war and close friend of george hw bush. the german chancellor, angela merkel, had come, ever grateful for the role that president bush had played
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in the reunification of her country. and, in the front pew, all the living former us presidents were there. and of course, the serving president, donald trump, too, who until george hw bush's death had been so disdainful of the bush family. but, on this day of national mourning, it was also a rare day of national unity for a divided country. unity there may have been, warmth there wasn't, the body language as chilly as the december day outside. the eulogy was delivered by his son, the former president george w bush. it was pitch—perfect, mixing humour and pathos. i said, "dad, i love you, and you've been a wonderful father". and the last words he would ever say on earth were, "i love you, too". to us, he was close to perfect. but not totally perfect. his short game was lousy. chuckles
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he wasn't exactly fred astaire on the dance floor. the man couldn't stomach vegetables. chuckles especially broccoli. and, by the way, he passed these genetic defects along to us. and finally, an emotional farewell from a son to his father. so, through our tears, let us know the blessings of knowing and loving you, a great and noble man, the best father a son or daughter could have. and in our grief, let us smile, knowing that dad is hugging robin and holding mum's hand again. as president, george hw bush had said he wanted to see a kinder, gentler nation, something not at the forefront in 2018. the end of an era indeed. jon sopel, bbc news, washington.
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protests have reignited across spain, where appealjudges have upheld a lower court's decision to clear five men of gang—raping a woman. the group, who have become known as the wolf pack, were convicted of sexual abuse rather than rape. the verdict has prompted widespread condemnation and calls for legal reform. georgina smyth has the story. they chant, it is not abuse, it is rape, but a court in northern spain disagreed again, upholding a decision to send the five men known as wolf pack to prison for abusing but not gang raping an 18—year—old woman during the 2016 running of the bulls. the men were found guilty of the lesser crime of abuse in april, sparking nationwide protest. and the latest court decision brought protesters back onto the streets,
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voicing disbelief in barcelona. translation: we are so angry because we believe that justice translation: we are so angry because we believe thatjustice is in favour ofa we believe thatjustice is in favour of a patriarchal system, and there is no justice of a patriarchal system, and there is nojustice in relation with of a patriarchal system, and there is no justice in relation with what really happened. slamming the verdict in severely. translation: it is clearly rape. and calling for an overhaul of the legal system from madrid. we need elections and change, with need judicial action. the case is far from finished. the government has pledged to review its laws around sexual violence, and a lawyer for four of the laws around sexual violence, and a lawyerforfour of the men laws around sexual violence, and a lawyer for four of the men says they will appeal again. it will be in spain's highest court. global carbon emissions have hit an all—time high. the projected rise of more than 2% has been driven by
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growth in coal use for the second yearin growth in coal use for the second year ina growth in coal use for the second year in a row. a booming global market for cars has also helped drive co2 emissions to a new high. all this as leaders are in poland trying to figure out the new set of rules to meet the targets agreed in paris. our environment correspondent is there. this question of transport is becoming really, really interesting and emissions. people are using more oil to power their cars, trucks and on planes. and it is interesting evenin on planes. and it is interesting even ina on planes. and it is interesting even in a country like the uk, which has lowered its emissions in the last five years, except for transport, they have continued to go up. so how does that relate to what is going on here at the climate talks? well, people will be disappointed to see the emissions rise. they will be looking to put the rules of the paris agreement into place. at the sad truth from the atmosphere is that the countries who signed up to the paris agreement three years ago are not living up to the promises they made back then. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: we meet the vet using fish skins to heal animals caught in california's wildfires.
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it's quite clear that the worst victims of this disaster are the poor people living in the slums which have sprung up around the factory. i am feeling so helpless that the children are dying in front of me and i can't do anything. charles manson is the mystical leader of the hippie cult suspected of killing sharon tate and at least six other people in los angeles. at 11am this morning, just half a metre of rock separated britain from continental europe. it took the drills just a few moments to cut through the final obstacle. then philippe cozette, a minerfrom calais, was shaking hands and exchanging flags with robert fagg, his opposite number from dover. this is bbc news.
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the latest headlines: the global chief financial officer of chinese tech giant huawei has been arrested in canada and is facing extradition to the us. a state funeral has been held in washington for former president george bush senior. he was remembered as a patriot, a statesman, and a loving father. in his first broadcast interview, the british academic who was jailed in the united arab emirates for spying has told the bbc he contemplated suicide while suffering "psychological torture" during his detention. matthew hedges says he was forced to sign a confession under duress. he was given a life sentence but was later pardoned and returned to the uk last week. there were no lights. i wasn't
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allowed to do anything to try to distract myself. you could not listen to a radio or anything of that sort? no, not untili started the court case and my mental health that deteriorated quite substantially that i was allowed some form of distraction. where you shackled? yes, some form of distraction. where you shackled ? yes, i some form of distraction. where you shackled? yes, iwas. whenever some form of distraction. where you shackled? yes, i was. whenever i had to go to the bathroom or occasionally use of the shower, i was escorted by four guards and would wear ankle. did you feel you had been tortured, psychologically, yes. and now, fish mittens for kittens! cats and dogs burned in californa wildfires are getting an unusual treatment to help heal their injuries — fish skins. for the first time sterilised tilapia skins have been used to treat burns on dogs and cats with astounding results thanks to vets at the university of california veterinary medical
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teaching hospital. well for more on that story we can go live to california and speak to drjamie peyton chief of the integrative medicine service at the university of california and the pioneer of this proceedure. tell us more. thank you so much for telling our story because of the wildfires have telling our story because of the wildfi res have affected telling our story because of the wildfires have affected so many people are also animals. really what we have been trying to do is improve animal care to treat burns on animals by using a treatment, dermal substitute or fake scheme and one way we have done that is creating these tilapia biological bandages to help with the pain, to protect them
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and help the healing. we have received great results and the most rewarding is the patient‘s are feeling better. we have been seeing on our screens a whole is being treated. the pause a badly burnt and in many cases their noses and much of their body. it is so difficult to see because it has been devastating. they have birds on their feet, legs, face, body is. —— bodies. one animal put himself out on a creek. we are currently treating him to get him a better because they deserve the best ca re better because they deserve the best care and they have been through so much trauma and so have the families. they have lost a lot. this
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sounds pretty adventurous but did you try this first on bears and a mountain lion was back yes, while it sounds a little weird, we have treated eight different species are so far. it started a year ago, treating them as burnt in the wildfires in southern california. we have treated mountain lions and in the uk we have treated one of the horses that had chemical birds. we have treated all kind of animals, including owls and now all dogs and cats. right now we are treating a bobcat with severe burns. you are planning to teach this technique to other vets, thank you very much. planning to teach this technique to other vets, thank you very muchlj appreciate it. in a world first, british scientists have completed the largest gene sequencing project in healthcare. errors in the genome can trigger a vast range of disorders. it contains all a person's dna
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and is the blueprint for life. 85,000 took part — people with rare diseases, family members, and patients with cancer. our medical correspondent fergus walsh reports. the faces behind the numbers. these are some of the people who volunteered to have their entire genetic codes sequenced visiting the laboratories near cambridge where it was done. some are affected by cancer, others by rare diseases. sometimes, what we have to do is go back to the dna sample and do another library preparation... all are helping to improve our understanding of how genes influence our health from cradle to grave. inside, nearly every one of our cells is a copy of our genome. made up of three billion pairs of dna code and 20,000 genes, it is the instruction manual for how our bodies work. sequencing the first human
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genome took 13 years. now, a genome's worth of dna can be done in 30 minutes. that dramatic acceleration has enabled scientists here to sequence 100,000 gemones of people affected by rare diseases or cancer. every genome mapped by these machines yields vast amounts of data. so, how is that helping individuals and society? karen carter has contributed two gemones. first, the gene she was born with, then, the dna from her breast tumour, containing the faulty genes that triggered her cancer. by comparing her dna with that of other cancer patients, it may explain why she and several members of her family have developed cancer at a young age. knowledge is power, and we need to find ways forward because once you've had cancer,
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the worry is always there. good girl. mummy's turn. six—year—old tilly has a rare brain and muscle disorder that used to cause seizures, meant she lost the ability to walk and made her aggressive around other children, like her brother, arlo. it was not until tilly and mum hannah joined the 100,000 genome project that scientists were able to compare their dna and finally found the cause of her condition, and an effective medicine. she has been treated now since march and the difference is amazing. her epilepsy is gone. she's developing every day, she's communicating. it she's just full of life and she's not violent any more. she can be around her brother without attacking him. the 100,000 genomes project is just the start. the ambition is to sequence a further one million genomes over the next five years, as genomics rapidly becomes embedded
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in the fabric of healthcare. well, it's transformational in terms of what it means to society and humanity. the vision is that your health record will eventually have a genomic backbone to it and therefore a more accurate diagnosis or more accurate treatment will be available to you. olivia is three weeks old. it is her generation that has the most to benefit from genomic medicine, as the growth of dna data gives more insights to enable us all to stay healthier longer. fergus walsh, bbc news, cambridge. it's a christmas tradition enjoyed by many around the world but here in london the humble gingerbread is being used for more than just eating. the museum of architecture's annual gingerbread city is about to go on show, featuring everything from office blocks to a cinema and city farm. it's hoped the display will show
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the public that urban planning can be fun and tasty too. kathryn armstrong reports. when you think of gingerbread at christmas time, chances are urban planning does not spring to mind but here at the albert museum, the suite is used by a group of architects, engineers and designers to create an edible city. the brief to combine fun with a vision of what a sustainable future would look like. this is one of 60 structures created, the sugarland, including licorice and sugar. making the world a better place is this bridge while the pub has a macro brewery promoting sustainable crops. the shop, a committee cafe. the company is currently in the process of
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designing a real—life version for a british charity. the charities, the clients, the lack of understanding are based around homelessness so we wa nt to are based around homelessness so we want to engage people in the fun ways and it is a powerful way to break down this. if all this. futuristic enough, this was created bya futuristic enough, this was created by a robot. all those involved say it gingerbread is thought too unusual as the material, it has had teething problems. we had to be careful, suddenly you might wonder where a piece went and the had eaten it. the challenge of working with edible materials. the exhibition opens this weekend and runs until early january. chances are, opens this weekend and runs until earlyjanuary. chances are, the gingerbread will be a bit hard way then. and before we go,
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we'd like to bring you some more sights and sounds from the national cathedral, in what was a memorable send—off for america's 41st president. present arms! with faith in jesus christ, we receive our brother george for burial. his life code, has he said, was tell the truth, don't blame people, be strong, do your best, try hard, forgive, stay the course. one of nature 's noblemen. his epitaph perhapsjust a
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single letter, the letter l, for loyalty. it went through his blood. one moment from that service that wasn't in the clip, a sweet handed to michelle obama, this has become a bit of a theme. a similar gesture at senator mccain's funeral. the offer to describe each other in affectionate terms. much more on the bbc website. these shots from houston, texas, there former us
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president lying in state for burial tomorrow. hello. whilst wednesday brought a mild day to the southern half of the uk, across scotland it did remain very chilly. today we're going to even out the temperatures somewhat, but along with that change we will bring in quite a few showers for a time and a blustery wind to boot. the reason for the change, this area of low pressure approaching from the atlantic. and by the end of the night it will already be starting to try and push some milder airfurther north into scotland. there mayjust be a few icy patches in the far north—east. so for first thing, out temperatures to the south in double figures already and the milder air will continue to work its way further north as the morning goes on. it will though be a blustery rush hour. and as you can see, underneath this rain here behind me is scotland. many areas seeing a pretty wet picture at 8am. some heavier downpours pushing through the borders. quite a wet story across northern ireland too. ahead of that rain, well, a dry but cloudy picture for northern england, the midlands, east anglia and the south—east. but the showers already starting
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to approach the south—west of england and wales. in the white arrows there we saw your sustained windspeed but the gusts will be higher and overall we're shaping up for a blustery day from top to tail across the uk. scotland should see skies clearing for the afternoon. some sunshine possible here. and certainly a milder day than we had on wednesday, temperatures into double figures for glasgow and edingburgh. to the south more clouds and showers and highs of 13 or 1a degrees. so very much on the mild side once again. through thursday evening, most of the rain subsides but then we tip over into the early hours of friday and things start to get very lively once again. overnight thursday into friday, this beast starts to swing in from the atlantic. it wil bring a spell of heavy rain. but that is not the biggest problem. the rain actually for many will clip out of the way very quickly first thing friday. aside from scotland, where you, unfortunately, get the worst of both worlds. you will still have the heavy rain first thing on friday but you will also though have some very strong winds, gusting 60 to 70 miles per hour.
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perhaps in the odd spot of exposure up to 80 miles per hour. that will be enough to cause some disruption. and the rian keeps pushing in here during the day and, yes, white on the chart across the mountains, we are likely to see some snow. further south, some scattered showers towards the west, but many eastern areas windy, yes, but mild and perhaps more in the way of sunshine than we will do on thursday. onto the weekend, and the prospects are for things to gradually become drier for all. the winds will start to ease a little too and change direction. thing turning chillier by the time we get into next week. this is bbc news. the headlines: a full state funeral has been held in washington for former president george bush sr. he was remembered as a patriot, a statesman, and a loving father, in a service attended by all surviving us presidents. he will be buried on thursday in his home state of texas, alongside his wife, barbara. the chief financial officer of the chinese tech giant huawei has been arrested in canada at the request of the us. the canadian justice department said wanzhou meng would face
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an extradition hearing on friday. there are unconfirmed reports that her arrest is related to violations of us sanctions. protests have reignited across spain after a court upheld a controversial verdict against five men accused of gang—raping a woman. the group known as the wolf pack were convicted of sexual abuse rather than rape. now on bbc news, wednesday in parliament.
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