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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. what more do you have on this? well, mike, ithink what more do you have on this? well, mike, i think it is firstly important to emphasise that she is not just any executive of important to emphasise that she is notjust any executive of huawei. she is the daughter of the company's founder. her arrest was confirmed to us founder. her arrest was confirmed to us by the canadian authorities as well as the company. she was arrested on saturday so it is interesting it this long to find out about it, but there is a publication
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ban sought by ms meng herself, that is why the canadian authorities could not give us many details, but huawei said it also has very limited information about what she has been charged on but as you say, what we understand as her arrest was requested by the us authorities on allegations that she violated us sanctions against iran. we have heard from the chinese embassy in canada strongly protest in her arrest. and the company itself has faced scrutiny, hasn't it, in several countries over its ties to the ruling communist party in china. that's right, the us authorities have been looking into huawei, and it's not just have been looking into huawei, and it's notjust the us. actually, just yesterday in the uk, bt has announced it is not going to be using any huawei equipment in the new 56 networks as well as the existing sg new 56 networks as well as the existing 36 and ag new 5g networks as well as the existing 3g and 4g networks as well, and huawei has been blocked by governments in australia as well as new zealand on concerns, as you mentioned, because of its ties with the communist party. thank you very much for that. let's get some of the day's other news: the french government has abandoned
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plans to increase fuel taxes in 2019, after weeks of violent demonstrations. a government minister said the increase, scheduled to come into effect from 1january, was being scrapped for the year. four people died and several hundred were injured during the unrest, which included some of the most violent demonstrations seen in paris for decades. a new global climate study says carbon dioxide emissions will reach a record high this year, much of it caused by the burning of coal in china and the increasing use of cars. the research says worldwide c02 output is projected to rise by 2.7% this year compared to 2017. a series of confidential emails between senior figures at facebook, released by a committee of british mps, has revealed the company gave some companies preferential access to users' data. those firms could see information about users' friends, even after facebook announced it was limiting how much data was available to developers. facebook says the messages had been published out of context. six personnel from the us marine corps are missing in the seas off
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japan, where two aircraft collided while trying to refuel. a statement from the corps talks of a mishap during a regular training operation. one of the missing marines has been recovered from the sea alive. here is our tokyo correspondent rupert wingfield—hayes. six personnel still missing, an ongoing search—and—rescue operation taking place right now about 200 miles off the south—west coast of japan, 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/a—18 fighterjet with two crew on board was attempting a refuelling exercise with a kc—130 hercules aircraft in the skies over the pacific at 2:00am this morning, when the mishap occurred. and both planes apparently went down. now, that suggests that the planes may have collided, because both aircraft have been lost. and, as you say, the latest
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update is that one person, one aircrew, has been recovered from the sea and is currently undergoing hospital checks at the base — us marine corps base at iwakuni, near hiroshima, in western japan. and rupert, i think air—to—air refuelling is notorious, isn't it, as a difficult, possibly dangerous operation, especially at night. yeah, i've done air—to—air refuelling with the us air force during the daytime in clear skies. now, the us marine corps do a slightly different operation, a technically more challenging operation. the f/a—18 is a fastjet. it is 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's been rainstorms across the japanese archipelago all night and into today, so they may have been encountering bad weather at the same time. world leaders including all four living american presidents have paid their respects at the state funeral of george hw bush,
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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 in the reunification of her country.
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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 he wasn't exactly
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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.
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jon sopel, bbc news, washington. let's briefly take you to houston where his body is lying in repose. he will be buried on thursday at his presidential library in texas alongside his wife, barbara bush, who died almost seven months ago. and, if that wasn't enough, we want to share one sweet moment with you from the funeral that has been making the rounds on social media. and that was former president george w bush apparently handing a sweet, or mint, or gum to michelle 0bama before the service. he made a similar gesture to the former first lady at senatorjohn mccain's funeral earlier this year. the two couples have become quite close since their white house days, and often describe each other in affectionate terms. protests have reignited across spain, where appealjudges have upheld the decision of a lower court to clear five men
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of gang—raping an 18—year—old woman. the five, who have become known as the wolf pack, will now go to jail for the lesser offence of sexual abuse. the case 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 la manada, or the 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, voicing disbelief in barcelona... translation: we're so angry because we believe thatjustice is in favour of a patriarchal system, and there is nojustice in relation with what really happened.
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..slamming the verdict in sevilla... translation: it's clearly rape. ..and calling for an overhaul of the legal system from madrid. translation: we need a legislative change. we need judicial actions. the case is far from finished. the government has pledged to review its laws around sexual violence, and a lawyer for four of the men says they will appeal again. next time, it will be in spain's highest court. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: sugar and spice and all things nice. one museum's mission to put the taste into town planning. it's quite clear that the worst victims of this disaster are the poor people living in the slums which have sprung up
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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 hw bush. he was remembered as a patriot, a statesman, and a loving father. theresa may will continue her efforts to garner support for the brexit deal, as mps debate the effect it would have on the economy. there are still a number of uncertainties about. will the prime minister's deal get through? could there eventually be a second referendum, or could the uk leave the eu with no deal at all? our deputy politcial editor, john pienaar, looks at what could happen next. despite all the setbacks and all the defeats, theresa may is battling on, standing by her plan for brexit, maybe against all the odds. but what happens next? well, let's say mrs may wins. that may look unlikelyjust now, but if parliament approves her plan, britain leaves on schedule
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on march the 29th — an unexpected triumph for mrs may. at this stage, it seems more probable that she loses. her conservative critics may then try, again, to force a vote of confidence in her. and either way, labour will look at tabling a vote of confidence in the government. that would be hard to win. tories and the dup would have to vote for it. meanwhile, unless mrs may manages to somehow get a better deal in brussels, the uk would be on course to leave the eu with no deal at all. but the idea of what brexiteers sometimes call a clean brexit is just not that simple any more. mps voted yesterday to give themselves power to decide the country's next steps if mrs may is defeated, and there's no majority in parliament for a no—deal brexit. so, what then? there is support, within both main parties, for negotiating a new deal, outside the eu but close to it — a norway—style brexit, though brexiteers call that brexit in name only, brino, taking eu rules
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without shaping them, continuing free movement of people in and out of britain. in the end, could parliament simply fail to approve any solution and turn back to the people? well, a general election is one way and it's labour's first choice. it's hard to imagine, but even that can't be entirely ruled out. otherwise, the idea that seemed all but impossible until recently may be gaining ground among mps as a potential way to break the deadlock. campaigners call it a people's vote. to most people, it's the idea of a fresh referendum. 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 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.
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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 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
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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, 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
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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. 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 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
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it 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. is the british academicjailed in the ea you contemplated suicide, he told us. he was forced to sign a confession and was given a life sentence but was later pardoned in return to the uk last week. there was no light.
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i wasn't allowed to do anything to try and distract myself. you could not listen to a radio or anything of that sort? no, not until i started the court case, and my mental health that deteriorated quite substantially, then i was allowed some form of distraction. where you shackled at all? yes, i was. whenever i had to go to the bathroom or on occasionally use the shower, whenever i had to go to the bathroom or on occasion use the shower, i would be escorted by four guards and i would wear ankle cuffs. did you feel you were being tortured ? psychologically, correct. 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 teaching hospital. earlier i spoke to drjamie peyton chief of the integrative medicine
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service at the university of california and the pioneer of the proceedure. thank you so much for telling our story because the wildfires have affected so many people but also the animals. really what we have been trying to do is improve veterinary care to treat these burned animals by using treatments that we've used for people called dermal substitutes or fake skin, essentially, for the animals. and one way we have done that to cut cost, because the dermal substitutes for people are so expensive, is creating these tilapia biological bandages that we have been using to help with the pain, help protect the wounds, and to help with healing. they've been working really well and we are seeing great results and the most rewarding is the patients are feeling better and getting better and going back to their families. we have just been seeing on our screens a horse being wrapped in fish skin.
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so you're getting animals coming to you which i guess have been trying to survive in what's left in the area after the wildfires so their paws are very badly burnt and in many cases their noses and much of their body. it is really so difficult to see because it has been devastating. they have burns on their feet, on their legs, on their face, on their bodies. we are treating a dog right now who was at home and escaped, caught on fire and escaped the house and actually put himself out on a creek. he came into us and ee are currently treating him to try to get him better because they deserve the best care and they have been through so much trauma and so have their families. the families have lost a lot and we're hoping this will make them feel better. this sounds pretty adventurous but am i right that you tried this first on bears and a mountain lion? yes, while it sounds a little weird, we have actually treated eight different species so far and quite a few animals. it started about a year ago, treating the bears that had been
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burnt in one of the fires in southern california. and then we have treated mountain lions. we're actually over in the uk treating one of the horses that had a chemical burn. we have treated all kinds of animals, including owls and now all these dogs and cats that need our help. right now we are actually treating a bobcat with severe burns. ido i do you planning to teach this technique to other vets around the world. thank you very much. thank you, i appreciate it. 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.
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when you think of gingerbread at christmas time, chances are urban planning does not spring to mind. well, here at london's victoria and albert museum, the traditional suite is being 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 could look like. this is one of 60 structures created, the sugarloop, a highline that includes a licorice cablecar and cycle pathways made entirely of sugar. baking the world a better place is bakewell bridge, while the nearby hotcross pub has a micro brewery promoting sustainable hops. holland harvey architects contributed this homeless shelter that features a shop, a committee cafe. the company is currently in the process of designing a real—life version for a british charity. i think one thing we've learned engaging with the charities, the client, throughout this project, including the gingerbread city, the lack of understanding and exposure to homelessness generally, so kind of engaging people in fun ways and simple ways is a powerful way to break down these barriers. and if all this wasn't
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futuristic enough for you, this pavilion was created by a robot. while those involved say gingerbread is not too different from usual modelling materials, the project has not been without its teething problems. it certainly was the case that ee had to be very careful when making it certainly was the case that we had to be very careful when making it, suddenly you might be halfway through making something and then be like, "wait, where did that piece go?" oh, we've accidently eaten it. the challenge of working with edible materials. the exhibition opens to the public this weekend and runs until early january. chances are, the gingerbread will be a bit dry by then. kathryn armstrong, bbc news. cycle pathways made of sugar, now you are talking. more news on our website. thank you for watching. hello.
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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.
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but the showers already starting 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 —— 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 an extradition hearing on friday. there are unconfirmed reports that her arrest is related to violations of us sanctions. a full state funeral has been held in washington dc,
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for former president george hw bush. he was remembered as a patriot, a statesman and a loving father in a service attended by all surviving us presidents. he'll be buried on thursday in his home state of texas, alongside his wife barbara. 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, now on bbc news, click.
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