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this is the briefing, i'm sally bundock. our top story: many fled war and disaster — now increasing numbers of children are self—harming and attempting suicide in a greek refugee camp. we have a spoecial report. the greek government recently announced plans to move 20,000 people of this island, and neighbouring ireland by 2020. movement on that has been extremely slow. —— neighbouring island. britain's prime minister plans a new law to prevent any extension of the brexit transition process beyond the end of 2020. the floodgates that should have saved venice — are they a billion—euro lifeline? or will they sink into the adriatic?
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ground to a halt — production of boeing's 737 max planes — a move that deepens the crisis at the plane maker. a warm welcome to the programme, briefing you on all you need to know in global news, business and sport. also in the programme: a popular london street will become britain's first zero—emissions road, all petrol and diesel cars will be banned from the spring of 2020. cars that breach the ban will be fined £130. we would like to know from you — is it a good idea? is zero tolerance needed to make a significant change? tell us what you think.
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just use the hashtag #bbcthebriefing. let's get started. psychologists working with refugees and migrants on the greek island of lesbos have told the bbc they are seeing an increasing number of children self—harming and attempting suicide. there's been a spike in refugees arriving on the aegean islands in recent months, the vast majority are fleeing countries of conflict. almost 18,000 people are living at the moria camp on lesbos, which was made forjust 2,000. our global health correspondent tulip mazumdar reports from there. you may find some of the details upsetting. this is no place for a child, and yet moria camp is home to more than 7000 of them. the vast majority of these children have fled war—torn countries, and arrived here in
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europe, a place supposedly of humanity, safety and security. 0k, let's go together. at the nearby children's clinic, a mental health emergency is unfolding. ai7 old boy slashed himself across his chest and arms overnight. his friend has brought him in. just asked him if we can talk to him. this is a sadly common scene here. |s can talk to him. this is a sadly common scene here. is not well. he doesn't want to talk about it, he wa nt doesn't want to talk about it, he want to... to do this again. more than 150 children have been referred to msf psychologists in the last two months alone, that is double the numberfrom months alone, that is double the number from the summer. two of those children attempted suicide, the youngest was just 13 years old. normally a child, when experiencing something dramatic, has to have the
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time and space to recover, but moria does not allow the children to recover. at this stage, you can see children banging their head against a wall, for instance, pulling their hair is of —— hairs off, and in between the age 12—17, we see them cut themselves. they strongly start to talk about the desire of dying. father in desperate search of help for his family, his daughter zaynab has autism and epilepsy. they arrived a few days ago and it took them two months to get here from afghanistan. they met us at a makeshift community centre at the camp. he described how they almost died when they were flung into the sea as they crossed from turkey.
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their bag with money and they now‘s medication was lost. translation: the children were just screaming. they had so much fear. and the darkness, we always remember the darkness. both children, he tells me, are utterly traumatised. translation: at night then screams. she does not sleep, she hardly eats. we were refused permission to film inside the main, government run part of the camp. but the overspill into the neighbouring olive grove holds almost half of the 18,000 population of moria. some families are getting stuck here for months awaiting news on their asylum claims. the greek government recently announced plans to move 20,000 people off this island and neighbouring island by
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2020 but that has been slow. people keep arriving on this island every week. children are resilient. my name is mustapha! here in a tented shack used as a community centre, staff are trying to help them remember simply how to be children. but there is only so much these young minds can take. tulip mazumdar, bbc news, moria camp, lesbos. the british prime minister is considering a firm legal guarantee that the uk will part ways with the european union by the end of next year, with or without a trade deal. under current plans, the uk ceases to be an eu member on january the 31st and there'll be a transition period until the end of 2020, while the two sides negotiate a new relationship. this report from gareth barlow contains some flashing images. downing street says that when boris johnson's eu
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withdrawal agreement is put before mps on friday, it will include a new clause to stop the transition period extending beyond december 2020. the transition period is designed to allow the eu and uk to maintain their current trading agreements, while providing time to agree a new trade deal. currently that period, due to run at the end of next year, can be extended by two years, if both sides agree. but borisjohnson is determined to deliver brexit, and wants to remove any potential of any extension. government sources say a hard deadline will focus the mind of both sides and negotiators on achieving a deal. but critics say it raises the possibility of the uk leaving the eu without a trade deal if an agreement isn't made within 12 months. it means the uk will have to agree one of the quickest deals in history, and the eu has previously expressed scepticism
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a deal can be done in such a short period of time. and the eu isn't the only trading partner on westminster‘s mind. diplomats in the united states have also expressed their hopes of achieving an agreement as soon as possible. gareth barlow, bbc news. boeing has announced it is temporarily halting production of its 737 max aircraft. the planes have been grounded since march — a response to crashes in indonesia and ethiopia that killed 346 people. regulators in the united states, criticised for earlier decisions on the 737 max, are now saying they will not approve any return to service before next year. here's our north america correspondent, peter bowes. grounded and now pulled from production. boeing's problems have gone from bad to worse, with the aviation giant forced to admit it can no longer continue to make the 737 max. the temporary halt in production is because the regulatory authority
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— the federal aviation administration — has still not cleared the jet to return to commercial service. it was grounded globally in march following crashes in ethiopian and indonesia, which left a total of 346 people dead. it was grounded globally in march following crashes in ethiopia in a statement, boeing insists... "safely returning the 737 max to service is our top priority. it is our duty to ensure that every requirement is fulfilled, and every question from our regulators answered." "we have decided to prioritise the delivery of stored aircraft and temporarily suspend production on the 737 programme beginning next month." but the company acknowledges the approval process must be extraordinarily thorough and robust to ensure that regulators, customers and the flying public have confidence in the aircraft. with 400 planes in storage, boeing says it will focus its efforts on delivering those aircraft to customers.
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it says its decision will not result in anyjob losses, with affected employees continuing to do 737—related work, or reassigned to other projects. but this is a major blow for the company, one of america's biggest exporters. the us economy is bound to feel the ripple effects, with firms supplying parts left in limbo while production is on hold. suspending production of a commercial aircraft is something that has been very rarely done. it truly is an unprecedented decision and it is one that has massive impact to boeing and its suppliers and the airlines. even before the decision was announced, boeing's share price took another hit on monday. pulling its most profitable plane from the skies has cost the company more than $9 billion, and with continuing uncertainty over its future, that figure will inevitably rise. peter bowes, bbc news.
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and in the business briefing in 20 minutes we will go live to seattle to speak to a former boeing engineer for more on that story. a group of former senior fire and emergency chiefs have been meeting in sydney, calling for the federal government to better prepare australia for worsening extreme weather events. since september, six people have died in bushfires that have engulfed the states of new south wales and queensland. speaking to the media in sydney, the former chiefs had strong words for prime minister scott morrison, especially after the recent un climate talks in madrid. we have no moral leadership as we saw in madrid. the bushfires won't even mention. 0ther saw in madrid. the bushfires won't even mention. other countries were aghast that while australia burns, oui’ aghast that while australia burns, our government went over there and argued against software emissions standards. this has to change stop so standards. this has to change stop so the summit that we call will deal with natural bushfires, disasters and other emergencies but also the underlying issue of climate change.
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let's get more from our correspondent, phil mercer, in sydney. feel feel, has scott morrison responded to these goals for stronger climate action? no. we understand he is on holiday in hawaii and there has been criticism of australia's centre—right prime minister for going on vacation at a time of national crisis. his colleagues say he has worked very hard this year after winning an election in may and deserves a break with his young family. those former fire and emergencyjeeves have family. those former fire and emergency jeeves have had family. those former fire and emergencyjeeves have had some very strong words or scott morrison and they say he is missing in action while the country burns as we head there —— chiefs, lacking any moral leadership in the whole issue of climate change. the prime minister scott morrison has recently acknowledged the link between global warming and australia's intense
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bushfire crisis. the country is heavily reliant on call, it generates most of the country's electricity and pumps billions of dollars into the australian economy. famously, when he was the federal treasurer, scott morrison turned up in parliament with a giant lump of coal to promote the industry, using that as a problem. australia's reliance on coal is really what is setting it apart from conservationists who believe that australia should move to renewable energy. and in the meantime, the authorities are launching present warnings about a mega blaze? there has been this mega blaze burnings of the north—west of sydney, it's about one hour's drive out of australia's bigger city. it was the combination of five fires that came together about 2—3 weeks ago, and it is as we understand potentially threatening a power station that provides 10% of the electricity here in new south wales. across the state, 110 fires
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burn, 59 of them are not contained. later in the week we are expecting heatwave conditions in much of the fire zone, and parts of south australia could well reach 50 celsius. so a red alert has been issued for vulnerable people in southern australia. as for eastern australia, more hot and windy weather is expected in the next few days. 0k, thank you. phil mercer in sydney. as we've been hearing, britain's prime minister will bring back his eu withdrawal agreement bill to parliament on friday, but with a new clause that will make it illegal for mps to extend the post—brexit transition period beyond the end of next year. critics have accused him of putting a no—deal brexit back on the table. 0liver cornock, editor—in—chief at the oxford business group joins me now. good morning. are you surprised to hear about this tweak to the withdrawal agreement bill?|j hear about this tweak to the withdrawal agreement bill? i don't think it should really be a surprise
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in the sense that borisjohnson now has a much stronger mandate and a much stronger argument, a much stronger negotiating position. therefore, to have a edger on the table is arguably part of that process. he has critics will say that it process. he has critics will say thatitis process. he has critics will say that it is just going back to where we we re that it is just going back to where we were before, and anybody who felt that with a big mandate he might try to appease some of the more remain elements but that doesn't seem to be happening, doesn't it? we are back toa happening, doesn't it? we are back to a proper hardball negotiation, but he does have that strong mandate. how wise is that, given that most that you speak to say that it will take longer than the timetable we have before us because it is not until march that trade negotiations can really begin in reality, because that is when the 27 member states in the eu have got their ducks in a row in terms of their ducks in a row in terms of their negotiation position.
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their ducks in a row in terms of their negotiation positionm their ducks in a row in terms of their negotiation position. it is very difficult to argue against that, isn't it? a lot of people say it is going to take much longer, also services haven't really come into the discussions either. most of this, remember, is still on industry stop a huge amount ahead of us, but i think when it comes back to investors, when it comes back to the actual metrics of the uk economy, there has been a pickup. 0vernight trading is done by .5%. wonder if thatis trading is done by .5%. wonder if that is a reflection that we are getting to the nitty—gritty of very torturous next year. all right, we will fasten our seatbelt. is back later for the news will fasten our seatbelt. is back laterfor the news briefing. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: italian football's racism row — the top league is heavily criticised for using a painting of three monkeys to illustrate its latest anti—racism campaign.
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saddam hussein is finished because he killed our people, our women, our children. the signatures took only a few minutes, but they brought a formal end to 3.5 years of conflict, a conflict that has claimed more than 200,000 lives. before an audience of world leaders, the presidents of bosnia, serbia and croatia put their names to the peace agreement. the romanian border was sealed and silent today. romania has cut itself off from the outside world in order to prevent the details of the presumed massacre in timisoara from leaking out. from sex at the white house to a trial for his political life, the lewinsky affair tonight guaranteed bill clinton his place in history as only the second president ever to be impeached.
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you're watching the briefing. 0ur headlines: a crisis on lesbos, as increasing numbers of children are self—harming and attempting suicide, in the greek island's refugee camps. britain's prime minister plans a new law to prevent any extension of the brexit transition process beyond the end of 2020. it's a month since high tides struck venice, causing devastating flooding. the city's mayor estimated the damage at more than a billion euros. a system of floodgates should have prevented the disaster. the project is called mosay and its barriers are designed to close off the venice lagoon at 3 points, to protect it from the high tides of the adriatic. but the project has been delayed and mired in corruption.
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from venice, our italy correspondent, mark lowen, reports. last month, venus lived its nightmare. the worst flooding in half a century. a hellish vision of its future. will an ambitious controversial engineering project be venice's salvation or its curse? welcome to mosay. we have installed 78 floodgates to protect venice against the high tide. mosay means experimental electromechanical model. it also refers to moses? yes, because venice needs to be saved from the sea. when we have two raise up from the sea. when we have two raise up the gates, we pump air through this pipe, so they raise up, floating. then, when it's finished,
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the event of high tide, we extract the event of high tide, we extract the air through that pipe so they lower down in their initial position. the reality is that mosay has been a catalogue of delay, corruption, and overspend. construction began 16 years ago, it was due to be completed in 2014 and could have saved venice from these floods if so. that has now been pushed back to 2022. as for the cost, it should have been 1.6 billion euros but it has risen to 5.5 billion euros, and it has been full of problems. mosay has often been drowned out by protests. critics say a rise in sea levels could make the system obsolete.
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mosay's delay failed some of venice's famous artisans stopping the glass blowers, this man filmed while the tides reached just below flooding. translation: we really hope mosay is what saves us from the flooding. the water keeps ruining the raw components that we use. we can't go on like this. the st mark's basilica wasn't spared either. mediaeval mosaic floors lifted as the water flowed and. priceless tails now held together by gauze. mosay could be just a temporary fix for a city that scientists predict could now think by the next century. at sta ke, could now think by the next century. at stake, whether venice survives or becomes just at stake, whether venice survives or becomesjust an at stake, whether venice survives or becomes just an underwater
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themepark. now it's time to get all the latest from the bbc sports centre. hello, i'm gavin ramjaun, and this is your tuesday sport briefing. let's kick off with a dramatic finish in serie a. lazio scored two goals in stoppage time, to beat cagliari 2—1. a 93rd minute luis alberto equaliser for lazio, cancelled out the home side's early lead, then 8 minutes into stoppage time, felipe caicedo's header sealed the incredible comeback. the victory ends cagliari's 15 match unbeaten run. they stay 5th. lazio are 3rd, just three points off the top. staying in italy, there's been plenty of controversy over the way serie a has been dealing with racist incidents, and now, the league has been criticised over the images for their latest anti—racism posters. an italian artist has produced three images of a monkey, each painted in different colours. it comes after the italian newspaper corriere dello sport was criticised for the headline ‘black friday‘ alongside images of roma defender
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chris smalling and inter striker lukaku prior to a match between the sides. critics say these pictures simply reaffirm a racial stereotype. arsenal and the english premier league are battling a fallout with china, over comments made by their player most 0zil on social media. 0zil hit out over the country's treatment of muslim minorities, which prompted a chinese broadcaster to drop arsenal's match with manchester city from its schedule. china's foreign ministry says the german has been "influenced by untruthful remarks". the issue could damage arsenal's, and the league's, profile in the chinese market. semi—final one at the club world cup in qatar takes place later, the asian champions, the saudi club al hilal will meet flamengo, the south american champions. the brazilians won the competition when it was just between europe and south america back in 1981. al hilal's boss razvan lucescu, knows that there's a whole load of support at home for his side.
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people of saudi were waiting for 19 yea rs, people of saudi were waiting for 19 years, maybe, short, it was an obsession for the fans, and we were successful this year, and we have the enthusiasm and we play with nothing to lose. liverpool meanwhile play the concacaf winners monterrey on wednesday. the european champions left england for doha despite having a league cup tie to play. a team of youngsters is expected to play against aston villa in their quarter—final later on tuesday. the group of players that will take the pack is the one that a work with co nsta ntly, the pack is the one that a work with constantly, so it's not like we are throwing a team together. so, we will be well prepared. we have got enough time, we know how going to approach the game, and it's important that we don't play like a
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liverpool team. now we've all seen a dog run onto the pitch, in the park, trying to steal the ball! and we've even seen cats on the pitch in stadiums. but what we're seeing now is a rare sighting! it's a stag, using it's antlers to dribble into the net, and celebrate scoring! that's worth a replay! form like that, he could end becoming world player of the deer! you can get all the latest sports news at our website, that's but from me, gavin ramjaun, and the rest of the sport team, that's your tuesday sport briefing. that is indeed, thanks to gavin and the team. lets light up the end of our show with what is billed as north america's largest lantern festival, it's in new york. at least ten million lights have been used, to light up 120 lantern installations. they include a huge 60 foot christmas tree, a light tunnel and jungle animals and dinosaurs. the hello panda festival runs
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in queens until the end ofjanuary. we will leave you with these lovely pictures. i will be back with the business briefing injust a moment. most parts of the uk are pretty chilly at the moment, so we have had some snow across northern scotland and quite a harsh frost, but the main message for the week ahead is quite the opposite. it is going to be mild, wet, and very windy at times as well, but a bit of sunshine from time to time too. it doesn't look like it will be a complete washout. the satellite picture shows a fair bit of cloud across southern parts of the uk, drizzly, northern england is quite misty at the moment at the moment with cold weather across scotland. we have had some snow here, it will continue to remain quite wintry through the early hours here, but temperatures are rising through the night. it was around —6 degrees in parts of scotland. by the end of the night those temperatures will be a little bit higher, but in the far south—east, we are starting
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with around seven degrees. quite a bit of cloud here, mist and murk around the midlands, northern england, and there will be some sunshine around on tuesday. not a gloomy day everywhere. i think the most likely place to stay cloudy and quite damp is east anglia and the south east. it is pretty chilly, around five degrees for many of us. the forecast tuesday night into wednesday, we are in between weather systems. this next one is heading our way but we're just ahead of it, and that means that on wednesday or at least wednesday morning, we start off with a lot of fog around. there could be some real problems with thick fog particularly around the midlands. then the wind starts to pick up, we will see some sunshine briefly before this weather front arrives on our shores and reaches south—western england, wales, and northern ireland. this as a spell of very wet and windy weather. we are talking about severe gales blowing around some of these coasts here, in fact from wednesday and into thursday, gusts could be around 70 miles an hour. not as windy inland, but still windy enough.
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we can see all that bad weather sweeps across the uk through the course of wednesday night and into thursday as well. at the end of the week, this big low pressure is basically dominating a whole chunk of the atlantic, western europe as well. it is notjust us that get bad weather too, there will be some rough, windy weather across parts of europe as well. as we head towards the end of the week, the temperature is going to pick up, we will see mild southerlies for a time — we could heading around 13 degrees in the south. that's it, bye—bye. critics have accused him of putting a no—deal brexit back on the table.
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this is the business briefing. i'm sally bundock. ground to a halt — production of boeings 737 max planes — a move that deepens the crisis at the plane maker. can the us challenge china's dominance in rare earth production? we visit a site in the texas desert. and on the markets, stocks are edging higher across asia with hong kong up around 1.5% but the boris bounce that lifted the pound has been burst by news the uk


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