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welcome to bbc news. i'm mike embley. our top stories: floral tributes for victims of the volcano eruption in new zealand. police believe as many as 13 have been killed. the russian and ukrainian presidents agree to try for a ceasefire in eastern ukraine by the end of the year. a justice department report concludes political bias did not drive the fbi's investigation into russian interference in the us presidential election. china claims all the people sent to what it calls "re—education camps" in the western xinjiang province have now been released. and one of the last surviving british pilots who fought in the battle of britain has died at the age of 101.
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hello to you. the volcanic eruption in new zealand may have killed as many as 13 people. five are confirmed dead but eight more are missing and aerial studies of the active volcano on white island suggest no—one is left alive. the prime minister has said she shares the unfathomable grief of those who've been bereaved. this report from shaimaa khalil. the extraordinary few moments after the volcano on white island erupted. it hit briefly and fiercely, filling the air with huge plumes of smoke and smouldering ash. the people on this boat had left just moments before the eruption. the boat operators were not taking any chances. go inside! go inside, go inside! go inside! translation: we were
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on the volcano for about an hour. ten minutes after we left and got on the boat, the volcano started erupting. the boat turned around and went back to the island to try to help the people who were still there. i'm not sure if everyone got out alive. white island is one of new zealand's most active volcanoes, but it's also a popular tourist destination. thousands come here for walks and scenic aeroplane rides. nothing escaped the devastation here, the scale of the damage clearly shown here with this sightseeing helicopter, barely recognisable under the thick, smouldering ash. down the beach, a large group could be seen waiting to be rescued. at this stage, we can confirm that amongst those currently listed as missing or injured are new zealanders who were part of the tour operation, and tourists from australia, the united states, the united kingdom, china and malaysia. that is to the best of our knowledge.
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emergency operations are now in place in many hospitals around the country. 31 people have been taken in for treatment so far. the injured who were brought to shore from the island were all suffering from burns. we now know that three people were treated, then released from whakatane hospital here. those with more severe burns and critical conditions have been transferred to specialist hospitals across the country. we also know that five of those initially rescued died from their injuries. a monitoring camera filmed a group of people at the rim of the volcano moments before the eruption. then it went black, raising questions about why tourists were allowed near the area in such hazardous conditions. about three weeks ago, we raised the alert level to indicate that there were signs of increased unrest, and, therefore, a slightly higher probability of an eruption. but, really, that goes down to the tourist operators who inform the tourists
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and decide whether or not they should go or not. police say the situation on the island is still dangerous and unstable for rescuers to go in. they've confirmed that there is no sign of life there at the moment and that whoever is still on the island has not survived. shaimaa khalil, bbc news. the leaders of ukraine and russia have declared they will try to fully and comprehensively implement a ceasefire in the conflict in eastern ukraine by the end of this year. the joint announcement came at a summit in paris between the two, along with the french and german leaders. but there was no agreement on the withdrawal of russian—backed forces, and ukraine's president said very little was achieved overall. translation: the meeting was long and difficult but the mood of the meeting was rather positive. it is true and i want to make it clear we will have the chance to continue the discussions in four months and see the results of what we have managed
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to achieve. the first thing we agreed on is immediate measures on stabilisation of security in eastern ukraine. it means full, complete and unlimited ceasefire in the east of the country and it must start by the end of 2019. the russian president was equally cautious. translation: the process of achieving a ceasefire needs to be synchronised with the implementation of political reforms in ukraine the agreements. in the first place, this means introducing changes to the country by the constitution, which gives them a permanent special stay. agreement on the special status of certain areas of course needs to be extended and eventually this norm must become permanent. just like it is in them mixed agreements i
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mentioned in the beginning. the chairman of the housejudiciary committee has said mr trump's conduct is a threat to the united states and clearly impeachable. concluding his panel's hearing on monday, jerrold nadler said his committee would proceed with impeachment. the watchdog that oversees the united statesjustice department has concluded political bias played no part in the fbi inquiry into possible collusion between russia and donald trump's 2016 election campaign. raise your right hand. the impeachment enquiry is hurtling forward , impeachment enquiry is hurtling forward, today, thejudiciary enquiry was centre stage. lawyers we re enquiry was centre stage. lawyers were sworn in and immediately the arguments began. i will not recognise the parliamentary enquiry at this time. it is when we just hear staff asked questions about the staff and the members get dealt out this whole hearing? the gentlemen we re this whole hearing? the gentlemen were not yell out and you will not interrupt proceedings. it is a chance for democrats to present evidence they have gathered before they formally produce their articles of impeachment against president trump. the evidence shows that donaldj trump. the evidence shows that donald j trump, the trump. the evidence shows that donaldj trump, the president of the
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united states, has put himself before his country. has violated his most basic responsibilities to the people, he has broken his oath. democrats are facing criticism from rushing to impeach the president without trying to subpoena key witnesses from the white house. the response is they cannot wait. president trump ‘s most persistent and continuing effort to coerce a foreign country to help him cheat to win an election is a clear and present danger to our free and fair elections. and to our national security. they say they are just trying to rerun the 2016 election in the case against mr trump is non—existent. the case against mr trump is non-existent. to impeach a president who 63 million people voted for over eight lines ina who 63 million people voted for over eight lines in a call transcript is baloney. this argument was raging, long—awaited report into the origins of the russia investigation against mrtrump was of the russia investigation against mr trump was released. the inspector
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general did not find evidence that political bias affected how the fbi conducted that investigation. he said officials had official evidence to open their enquiry. but there was a sharp criticism of how the gi out ofan a sharp criticism of how the gi out of an application for a wiretap targeting a former trump advisor. something the president seized on —— fbi. this was an attempt at overthrow and a lot of people were in on it. and they got caught. they got caught red—handed. in on it. and they got caught. they got caught red-handed. democrats say there could be a vote on articles of impeachment against the president later this week. the stage is set for a partisan battle royale. let's round up more of the main news for you. a landslide in peru after heavy rain has demolished homes and bridges, sweeping away several vehicles. no deaths are reported, but many injured are receiving medical attention in the northern province of huanca bamba. authorities report around 300 people have been left marooned by swollen rivers.
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this is finland's new prime minister, sunna murrin, who at the age of 3a, this week becomes the world's youngest serving premier. she was picked by her social democratic party after its leader, unti rinner, quit as prime minister over his handling of a postal strike. sunna murrin will lead a centre—left coalition with four other parties, all of them headed by women. a senior chinese official has claimed that all the people held in detention centres in the western region of xinjiang have now been released. a mounting body of independent evidence, including reporting here on the bbc, suggests more than a million uighur muslims have been sent to the centres in the past few years. 0ur correspondentjohn sudworth is one of the few western journalists to get access inside the camps. with international outrage still growing over the mass internment of muslims, xinjiang's camps, china says, are no more. translation: all the students who took the classes have graduated.
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with the help of the government, they have achieved a stable employment and live a happy life. china has long insisted that these places are schools for tackling extremism. on our tour, we were shown supposedly grateful muslims being taught to be loyal communist citizens. but away from the show camps the guards, the queueing visitors, the barbed wire and the watchtowers make clear that enrolment is anything but voluntary. information and access are so limited in xinjiang, beijing's claim that the camps have closed is impossible to verify. but while aspects of the system may well be changing, it is highly unlikely that this massive system of coercion and control has been dismantled. state media has been
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showing new factories, some built next to the camps, in which graduates are being put to work for meagre wages and, reports suggest, little choice. and separate to the camps, xinjiang's prisons have also been filling up at an extraordinary pace. while for china as a whole, the arrest rate per head of population has remained stable, in xinjiang, it has skyrocketed. 0ur reporting has highlighted the human cost of china's policies. if xinjiang's disappeared masses really are being released, then many will ask, "where is the proof?" john sudworth, bbc news, beijing. let's talk to one week activist in canada. his grandfather died in may
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shortly after being released from one of the camps. thank you very much indeed for your time. your grandfather is a very well—known writer. have you heard anything about people being released? thank you very much for having me here. no, i have heard nothing and neither have any other uighers that i know. the information has come out about these camps or inmates being released. what does that say to you? do you believe the official announcement? i definitely don't. i think there is zero trustworthiness in the statement and that is because they keep trying to change the narrative, keep trying to spin it so it makes them look very doesn't have an favourable. they denied these camps at the beginning, then they call them vocational camps. early in july they claim they release the inmates and that was proven to be false and now they are claiming the same things again. i am told there are observers on the ground to
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confirm these claims. i don't think you can trust anything the chinese government says. can you tell us more about your grandfather's experience? we know very little other than he was interned or detained for religious extremism, which we believe is a complete lie made up to justify his imprisonment. he was denied medical treatment, he had heart disease and diabetes, and shortly after being released he died and we didn't know about it until 11 days later when we found out through facebook stop what else have you heard more generally about conditions in the centres? what we have found is that even though these inmates may have been released even though they are not being mass released, they are still put under house arrest or forced labour in factories or farms house arrest or forced labour in factories orfarms or house arrest or forced labour in factories or farms or finding that the conditions in the area are horrific. even if you are released, you are facing oppression. do you expect this system to continue for
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now? we don't see any signs of it stopping through the chinese government was metal will alone. we think it will take external force or external pressure from various governments putting pressure on these human rights violations that china is committing. thank you very much for talking to us. thank you very much for having me. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: we'll find out why these christmas trees in the netherlands are facing the chop. john lennon was shot at the entrance to the dakota building in the centre of new york. there's been a crowd here standing in more or less silent vigil and the flowers have been piling up. the 14th ceasefire of this war ended at the walls of the old city of dubrovnik.
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this morning, witnesses said shells were landing every 20 seconds. people are celebrating the passing of a man they hold responsible for hundreds of deaths and oppression. elsewhere, people have been gathering to mourn his passing. imelda marcos, the widow of the former president of the philippines, has gone on trial in manila. she's facing seven charges of tax evasion, estimated at £120 million. she pleaded not guilty. the prince and princess of wales are to separate. a statement from buckingham palace said the decision had been reached amicably. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: as many as 13 people are now believed to have died in new zealand after a volcanic eruption on white island. the presidents of ukraine and russia agree to implement a full ceasefire in eastern ukraine by the end of the year, but fail to produce a political breakthrough.
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just days before the general election in the uk, the government's handling of the national health service, and the prime minister's response to criticism of it, has taken centre stage. borisjohnson has come underfire for an incident in which he at first declined to look at a photo of an ill young boy, who'd had to sleep temporarily on a hospitalfloor, because of a lack of beds. 0ur political editor laura kuenssberg has been watching the prime minister on the campaign trail. not long left to roll. borisjohnson wants to win and hopes he can do so by taking territory that's been labour forever but where the majority voted leave. people in this part of the country, people across this country spoke and said that they wanted to leave the eu. now is the moment for us to get on and do it. beyond that familiar mantra, though, is he really in tune with millions of people who rely on public services and worry about them? like four—year—old jack's parents whose son had to wait on the floor in a leeds hospital,
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pictured on the front page of the mirror newspaper today. i'm talking about this boy, prime minister. i know, i know. how do you feel looking at that photo? of course, and let me tell you, let me tell you that i haven't had a chance to look at that but i'll look at it. why don't you look at it now, prime minister? borisjohnson, awkward, when an itv reporter asked him to respond directly to the photograph. you've refused to look at the photo, you've taken my phone and put it in your pocket, prime minister. his mother says the nhs is in crisis. what's your response? i'm sorry. look, it's a terrible, terrible photo and i apologise, obviously, to the family and all those who have had terrible experiences in the nhs. although he was flanked by a former labour mp today, this is not safe ground for borisjohnson. not at all. why was a fake website set up? there were tricky questions from the audience on the tories' behaviour online, brexit and the tv licence fee. it certainly wasn't his home crowd. do you really think, after nearly a decade of a very significant squeeze on public
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spending, that you as a party understand the concerns of people in the north of england? especially since today you struggled to look at a picture of a four—year—old boy on the floor of an emergency department in a hospital in leeds? well, i'm very proud of what we are doing to rebuild leeds general infirmary, and it's one of the hospitals that we will rebuild from the beginning. it will be a fantastic project. and we are putting, as i say, the biggest ever investment into our nhs. borisjohnson's here trying to get people to vote tory in this part of the country. do you think that's going to happen? i hope not. why? we've had nine years of awfulness. but others are for turning. we're changing to tory. yeah, yeah. how will you vote this time? tory. and will it be the first time? just to keepjessa out. at this late stage, though, today labour was given a big chance in front of a big crowd in bristol to push on the bruise.
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the daily mirror today shows this picture of a four—year—old boy suffering from pneumonia being treated on the floor of a hospital. and... all the way through, they've attacked the tories on how they've dealt with the health service. the tories have had nine years to fund our nhs properly. cheering it's time to bring their regime to an end and elect a labour government that is determined to fund our nhs properly. the health secretary was dispatched to leeds general to try to calm things down. it's not good enough and i've apologised. i've got three small children myself, i've spent too many evenings in a&e and i know what it feels like. shouting the health secretary, though, was harangued by a small group of labour protesters on his way out. the two sides in this election are miles apart.
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with only three days to go, tensions are on the rise. get out of here! you are not welcome... a tropical cyclone has had northwest madagascar. much of africa has been affected by torrential storms in recent weeks, unusually severe. people and livestock have been killed in can rwanda, and somalia. in all, more than 3 million people have been affected. the head of russia's anti— doping agency has said it is important that they overhauled the way they deal with doping. an investigation found that testing data had been tampered with. russia is expected to appeal against the ban. one of the last surviving raf pilots who fought in the battle of britain during the second world war has died at the age 101. maurice mounsdon was one of only four remaining members of what churchill called the few, the 3,000 airmen who defended
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the skies above southern england from the nazi luftwaffe in 1940. 0ur correspondent robert hall looks back at his life. their story has gripped us for over 75 years — the young men who defended their skies against waves of german bombers in 1940. archive: hurricanes and spitfires roar into action... now, one by one, those men are passing into raf history. maurice mounsdon was just 21 when hejoined up. less than a year after completing his training, he was in combat over kent. through july and august, he flew relentless and exhausting missions, shooting down at least seven enemy aircraft. but his luck ran out, and at 111,000 feet, he was forced to bail out of his blazing hurricane. i'd had a shot at one of the bombers, and i was overtaking the squadron. so i turned to come back and have another go, when i was hit.
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maurice landed in these essex fields. his hands and legs were badly burned, and he endured months of treatment in hospital. the pain comes later. oh, yes. burns are rather uncomfortable. hmm. maurice mounsdon never flew again, but he did serve until the end of the war. now, just three of his fellow pilots remain, all of them over 100. but the courage shown in that long and costly summer will outlive all of them. he died at the age of 101. christmas trees can be a controversial topic at this time of year — whether to get one or not, real or fake, or the decision to chop one down versus getting one in a pot that can be re—planted, all in the name of sustainability.
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a national park in the netherlands is encouraging people to come and help themselves to a free tree — all in the name of the environment. rich preston has the story. the ranges in the eastern park are desperate for you to come and take their trees away. so says the sign, christmas market, cut your own free. and they won't charge you a penny. turn up, grab a saw, and start cutting. that's because the scots plane is an invasive species here and is threatening to take over the natural heathland habitat. for example, in this area, we have several lizards, crickets, lichens, and most of them are quite rare, they are in the european red list, so when this area becomes a forest, then all these rare species disappear. the ranges have been
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struggling to control the spread of the trees. they say transport fumes and over fertilisation of farmland has boosted nitrogen levels. the nitrogen has an effect of the growing of plants, and at the same time, we saw that the total area of the forest becomes bigger, so also the forest becomes bigger, so also the influence from all of the pine trees became much bigger. fortu nately, trees became much bigger. fortunately, at this time of year, there are plenty of people happy to help themselves to a free christmas tree. and it's made all the more easy knowing they are also helping the local habitat. is not a complete free for all however, trees are limited to one per visitor. now let's just briefly meet two baby
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pandas who made their debut on monday at berlin zoo. twins, born august the 31st, but in keeping in chinese tradition, they were not named for the first 100 days of their lives. the names apparently mean long—awaited dream and dream come true. visitors will not be able to see them until early next year, once they have learned to walk. just two weeks until christmas, here is a festive tradition from poland. this gingerbread house hasjust gone on display, bakers have been working for months for this, it covers 80 square metres. much more for you on all the news on the bb bbc website and twitter. at least 13 people are now believed to have died on white island in new zealand. the
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presidents of ukraine and russia have tried to implement a full ceasefire in that conflict by the end of the year. they have failed to achieve any real political breakthrough though. that's it for now. our next batch of wet and windy weather racing in off the atlantic as this stripe of cloud is moving into the west of the british isles. now, earlier in the night we had temperatures down as low as “i! celsius across eastern england. although, over more recent hours the winds have been picking up and the rain has been moving in, we've seen those temperatures continue to actually rise, so by dawn, 9—10 degrees in the west, a mild start to the day for a number of places in the west. mild, but for many of us it is a wet start to the day. eastern england starting off with some early—morning brightness. the cloud and rain spreads and this rain will be heavy for all of us. the winds will be really quite gusty and squally, particularly so across parts of north wales, northern ireland, wales and parts of scotland.
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in exposure, 60—70mph gusts, otherwise 50—60mph, so there is risk of some disruptions. that band will push through, quite mild for a number of places, colder and will be arriving from the west. so temperatures lowering through the afternoon in western scotland. stornoway, 16 degrees. transport disruption is a possibility on account of those very strong winds, heavy rain in the windy conditions also bringing surface water and spray to the roads. 0vernight, it will turn quite a bit colder, a number of towns and cities avoiding a frost on account of the brisk winds but it will be a chilly night nevertheless, temperatures 3—5 degrees celsius. and for wednesday, a colder day on the way. a day of sunshine and showers, a day when the showers will be most frequent and heaviest across the north—west, where there will be hail and thunder moving in, and snow over the high ground as well. temperatures, 6—9 degrees celsius.
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a much colder kind of feeling day. that's wednesday's weather. on thursday, another area of low pressure moves in from the west, this one bringing some less cold air across england and wales in particular. a chilly start to the day, though, in a number of places. as the rain moves in, some snow over the hills of northern england, perhaps to scotland as well, where the slightly—less—cold air never really reaches, so it will be a chilly day in scotland. otherwise as the cloud and rain spreads in, we will see temperatures rising to around 10—11 degrees for the likes of london, cardiff and plymouth. beyond that, temperatures dropping again a little bit as we head into friday and the weekend, a mixture of bright spells and passing showers in the forecast. that's your weather.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: police in new zealand say they now believe 13 people have been killed in a volcano eruption on white island. aerial reconnaissance flights over the area have detected no sign of life. australia's prime minister, scott morrison, says he fears as many as 11 australians are among the victims. the ukrainian and russian presidents have agreed to fully implement a ceasefire in eastern ukraine by the end of the year. the joint announcement came at a summit in paris. but there was no political breakthrough, nor any agreement on the withdrawal of russian—backed forces. the watchdog that oversees the usjustice department has rejected president trump's claim that the fbi inquiry into possible collusion between russia and his election campaign was politically motivated. it did, however, pinpoint what it said were procedural errors in the investigation. the president has frequently claimed it was an attempt to overthrow him.


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