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it's amazing. they lost zero game. they are easy. when you watch, you think everything is easy, but that's not easy. they play and they win, they win, they win. they are like a machine. takes one to know one. natalie pirks, bbc news, paris. wow, only 21! shame on, isn't it?! what were we doing at that age, darren bett?! i can't remember that far back! good point, well made! it will be turning milder and cloudier, but this morning it was —5 in gloucestershire, worcestershire and oxfordshire and 9 degrees in highland scotland. those contrasts continue through the rest of today. high—pressure is in charge, around the top we are drawing in mild
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atla ntic the top we are drawing in mild atlantic air, but that area of high pressure it has been pretty cold and frosty but at least we have the sunshine more widely across much of england and wales. further north of the milder air it is much more cloudy, we are not seen as much sunshine, but temperatures are higher. we will see lots of the insta nt fog higher. we will see lots of the instant fog lifting, we keep sunshine across much of southern england, south wales, the midlands, the east of the pennines. further north—west that will be cloud, drizzle for western scotland, sunshine and north—east scotland, 11 01’ sunshine and north—east scotland, 11 or 12 degrees, colder further south across england and wales. where we have clear skies that temperatures will drop quickly this evening, there may be an early first before temperatures rise later as the cloud pushes across the uk. the lowest temperatures are in the far south of england, some instant fog patches, it will be milder as you head north. tomorrow's weather across england and wales may look very different from today, much more cloud, may be
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some brightness and sunshine, the best of the sunshine to the east of the high ground, maybe to the east of the pennines and eastern scotland, drizzle over the hills further west and misty too, temperatures widely in double figures. although it is more gladly —— cloudy across england and wales, temperatures should be higher. we have a weakening weather front approaching from the north—west which will impact the far north of scotla nd which will impact the far north of scotland with rain and drizzle on wednesday. probably try elsewhere, a further 12 pledge, the best of the brea ks further 12 pledge, the best of the breaks likely to the east of high ground, not much of a breeze. —— probably dry elsewhere. on thursday temperatures could be a shade lower, eight or 9 degrees. not bad for the time of year. towards the weekend, another weather front arrives from the atlantic. pressure will be dropping and we will start to see the weather changing. gradually
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turns more unsettled, the breeze picks up as well, the best chance of rain will be across the north—west of the uk but the weather next week will be very different to what we this week. thanks very much, darren bett. a reminder of our top story: president trump launches a stinging attack on environmentalists, saying they are alarmists and it is time for optimism. hello. the time is 1:33 and i'm ben croucher with a sports update for you. we'll start at the australian open with five brits in action today. four are out. the only success coming from harriet dart. the british number three failed to win a single game in the first round last year, but came through a dramatic final set
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to beatjapan‘s misaki doi. a tough task awaits in round two though, the current wimbledon champion simona halep. meanwhile, two former semi finalists are both out in 12th seed johanna konta and kyle edmund. john watson was watching on in melbourne park. it should look like an upset on the face of it forjohanna konta but when you consider the way her preparations have been hampered coming into the tournament this year, she only played one tournament in the lead up since she lost in the last 16 of the us open because of that troublesome knee injury. arguably it was always going to be tough forjohanna konta coming into the australian open and so it proved as she lost to a player ranked considerably lower than her in the women's rankings. i knew going into the match that i was going to not feel my best or not see the ball my best, not have the match tightness we love to have as competitors, but it definitely didn't discourage me from doing the best i could out
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there today. it definitely wasn't enough. huge disappointment as well for kyle edmund. he was up in his match reading in the first set yesterday before rain stopped play. it meant he had to come back and had no answer as he looked troubled out on court losing in straight sets, so big disappointments for both of those british hopefuls on day two. after a 2019 in which she struggled with a back injury, katie boulter made an impressive return to grand slam tennis pushing fifth seed elina svitolina close in her first round match before losing 6—4, 7—5. cameron norrie is also out, while heather watson's first round match will be played tomorrow. after confronting the referee during their defeat to liverpool on sunday, manchester united have been charged with failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion. the loss also led to former captain gary neville criticing executive vice chairman ed woodward and their club's recruitment policy. this was put to manager
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ole gunnar solskjaer today but he wanted to concentrate on tomorrow's match against burnley. we lost to liverpool, a team that are fantastic, and we have been in the game until the last kick of the ball. of course we are disappointed losing the game behind them in the league. but there are signs we are on the right track definitely, and for me now i think we are looking towards the next game against burnley. we are always looking to improve the squad and the club. but from my mind now is not the time to start that discussion. south africa
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captain faf du plessis has been left out of the squad next month. quinton de kok will lead. england lead to the test series between the two sides to— one with one game left to play following victory in port elizabeth yesterday. that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website including preview of tonight's six premier league games. sarah will have more after two in afternoon live. i'll have more for you in the next hour. thank you, let's take a look at some of the main stories this lunchtime. we start at that world leaders summit in davos where president trump has been referring to climate activists and the environmentalists as the prophets of doom. he said their predictions have been wrong for decades. the president told illogical leaders in the swiss ski
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resort that it is time for optimism, and announced the united states will join the1 and announced the united states will join the 1 trillion trees initiative, which is being launched at that meeting. the united states is now by far the number one producer of oil and natural gas anywhere in the world, by far, it is not even close. while many european countries struggle with crippling energy costs, the american energy revolution is saving american families $2500 every year. and lowering electric bills and numbers that people said couldn't happen. and also, very importantly, prices at the pump. we have been so successful that the united states no longer needs to import energy from hostile nations. with an abundance of american natural gas now available, our european allies no longer need to be vulnerable to unfriendly energy suppliers either. we urge our friends in europe to use america's vast supply and achieve
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true energy security. with us companies and researchers leading the way, we are on the threshold of virtually unlimited reserves of energy, including from traditional fuels, clean coal, next—generation nuclear power and gas technologies. at the same time, i'm proud to report the united states has amongst the clearest air and drinking water on earth and we are going to keep it that way and we just came out with the report that at this moment it's the cleanest it's been in the last a0 years. we are committed to conserving the majesty of god's creation and the natural beauty of our world. today, i am pleased to announce the united states willjoin 1 trillion trees initiative being launched here at the world economic forum. 1 trillion trees.
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applause. and in doing so we will continue to show strong leadership in restoring, growing and better managing our trees and forests. this is not the time for... this is a time for optimism. fear and doubt is not a good thought process because this is a time for tremendous hope and joy and optimism and action. but to embrace the possibilities of tomorrow we must reject the perennial prophets of doom and their predictions of the apocalypse. they are the heirs of yesterday's foolish fortune tellers, and i have them and you have them and we all have them. and they want to see us do badly, but we don't let that happen. they predicted an overpopulation crisis in the 1960s, mass starvation in the 70s. and an end to oil in the 1990s.
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these alarmists always demand the same things, absolute power to dominate, transform every aspect of our lives. we will never let radical socialists destroy our economy, wreck our country or our liberty. america will always be the proud, strong and unyielding bastion of freedom. in america, we understand what the pessimists refused to see. that a growing and vibrant market economy focused on the future lifts the human spirit and excites creativity, strong enough to overcome any challenge by far. shortly after that speech the swedish activist greta thunberg spoke, and said planting trees isn't nearly enough. she urged leaders not
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to rely on help from future technologies that might never exist but instead make immediate changes. we are not telling you to keep talking about reaching net zero emissions or carbon neutrality by cheating and fiddling around with numbers. we are not telling you to offset your omissions byjust paying someone else to plant trees in places like africa while, at the same time, forests like the amazon are being slaughtered at an infinitely higher rate. planting trees is good, of course, but it is nowhere near enough what is needed and it cannot replace real litigations and re—wilding nature. let us be clear, we do not need a
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low carbon economy. we do not need to lower emissions. our emissions have to stop if you want to get below the target. until we have the technology that can put our emissions to minus at that scale, we must forget about net zero. we need real zero. greta thunberg speaking there. representatives of australia's tourism industries say the country's recent bushfires have already cost them almost 700 million dollars with that number likely to increase further in the coming months. many international visitors are expected to stay away even though most of the fires are now out or under control. tourism is estimated to account for more than 3% of australia's annual economic output, and one in every 13 of itsjobs. the bbc‘s phil mercer reports from kangaroo valley in new south wales. tourism has been badly affected by the bushfire crisis.
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this is kangaroo valley, with its famous bridge, about two hours to the south of sydney. now this is a place that this time of the year that should be full of visitors, but it's not because people are staying away because of the fires. and this is the story that's been repeated in many other parts of the country. everyone's devastated, you know. their livelihoods are at risk at the moment and people are being laid off and, you know, people are closing their businesses. we have heard of one today that's had to close because they can't afford to pay their rent. yeah, so it's pretty devastating and we are trying to scramble to get help from the government, welfare, and whatever we can, but that's proving very difficult and a long process and frustrating for people. you know, people coming in in tears and it's been devastating. the trade minister simon birmingham says the bushfires have inflicted enormous damage on australia's international tourism reputation.
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the government is to spend millions of dollars trying to rehabilitate australia's image both overseas and also with travellers from australia. many visitors are deciding not to come. this is a country that has paid an enormous price during this bushfire crisis. vast areas of bushland have been scorched, many properties have been destroyed, and lives and livelihoods have been lost. phil mercer, bbc news, in kangaroo valley. you are watching bbc news. president trump has launched a stinging attack on environmentalists. he says they are alarmists and it is time for optimism. in washington donald trump will this evening become only the third us president to be tried in the senate accused of abusing his powers.
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after the london bridge terrorist attack in november, there are plans to introduce a lie detector test to try to improve how probation officers release suspected terrorists. an investigation by the bbc has discovered that school children can buy class a drugs in the same time it takes to get a pizza delivered. a 14—year—old acting as a decoy for bbc inside out programme used the social media platform snapchat to buy cocaine and ecstasy in middlesbrough. chris jackson reports. this is a 14—year—old boy negotiating to buy a class a drugs. a drop point is agreed in the centre of middlesbrough. we sent a young aduu of middlesbrough. we sent a young adult to pick up the drugs.
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and this is what can happen when dangerous drugs get into the hands of children. 13—year—old carson price from south wales died after buying ecstasy on snapchat last year. after 13 years you have nothing to show for it. i blame snapchat. i know people supplied those drugs but if they were unable to advertise on snapchat carson would have not been able to get those drugs because he didn't know the boy who supplied the drugs so i don't think carson would have been able to get hold of them to be honest with you. i am completely shocked by what you have discovered. what is happening on the internet is
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secret and out of sight until it is too late. snapchat‘s european operation is based on these nondescript offices behind me in london's west end. despite numerous requests, no one would answer our questions about whether changes would be made to prevent further deaths like that of carson price. in a statement, snapchat said... i would say to snapchat, it is quite clear that you created this service to provide entertainment and fun. you don't want to kill children and yet if it is misused that will be the effect. you've got to do something to protect young people and stop this hideous, murderous trade. there have been calls on the government to set up a digital
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regulated to ensure social media platforms are better policed. but whatever plans are made for the future, that will be too late for some. i know i won't stop them com pletely some. i know i won't stop them completely but if i can get parents and children talking and aware of the dangers, and obviously snapchat playing a vital role, then i think i have done carson proud. chris jackson, bbc news, teesside. the number of those killed by the new coronavirus in china has risen to ten. the official number of people infected is almost 300, and the authorities are taking more drastic measures to try and limit the spread of a the disease, which causes pneumonia. the world health organization has also warned that it's disease is likely to spread to other cities and countries. a cbs correspondent sent this from where the outbreak began. in an effort to contain the virus,
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officials in wuhan have designated nine hospitals as emergency treatment centres, including the one behind me, on top of 61 fever clinics and an expert medical team. chinese scientists say if they figured out the dna sequence of this virus, that opens up potentially a vaccine. that's as hundreds of millions of chinese residents migrate across the country to ringing the lunar new year. confirmation the virus can be spread between humans, raising the possibility it can be transmitted more quickly and broadly, posing an even greater challenge for china and nearby nations to contain this outbreak. travellers with masks, quarantine stations and checkpoints are becoming common sights at airports across asia. the number of known infections has risen sharply since yesterday, topping 300 cases in china alone. at least 15 hospital workers in wuhan have been diagnosed with the virus. the world health organization says it will assemble
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an emergency committee of experts who will meet on wednesday to decide whether this constitutes a global crisis and how best to deal with it. prince william has been talking about conservation in his role with a charity aimed at preserving animals from being hunted to extinction. the duke of cambridge was speaking at an event at stjames' palace, at an event chaired by the former prime minister, lord hague, for the chairty united for wildlife. we start this year in a very strong position. it has now become usual for banks to investigate and report suspicious transactions related to illegal wildlife crime. sadly the demand for wildlife products has not
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diminished. there are still too many criminals who know they can find a market and believe they can act with impunity. everything that you do to improve your processes and techniques, and flag suspicious activity to law enforcement helps make this trade too risky for criminals to stomach. prince william speaking at saint james criminals to stomach. prince william speaking at saintjames palace. the pound has risen after the latest official figures showed of people in work in the uk hitting a record high. unemployment dropped by 7,000, while the average pay rise fell slightly. the number of people out of work now stands at a record now stands at a record low of 3.8%. that's the lowest since 197a. and employment is at a record high of 76.3%. the increase is in part because of the change in women's retirement age. the data may affect the bank of england's decision over whether to cut interest rates next week. here's the minister for employment,
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mims davies, speaking earlier. i actually want to praise our businesses and employers. they are making sure that they are looking at everybody, and i have seen this in the job centres, the employers are making connections with ourjob centres and making partnerships that means that everybody in the community is starting to see an opportunity to progress. we have got over 4 million disabled people in work, that is fantastic news, and i recently went to hackney and hounslow, the outreach we are doing, making sure people with challenged backgrounds and difficult pasts, they are getting opportunities and their cvs checked. they are getting that chance to progress and move onto the next stage. the great forecast that we got from the imf is positive, and as a government, as part of our levelling up agenda, it is absolutely right that we drill down to those sectors and areas where perhaps people aren't seeing the benefit. i am really pleased, of course, that we have kept fuel bills
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down and we have cut tax rates down for low earners and of course we have got the fiscal event of a budget coming up where our chancellor can really start to make sure that nobody gets left behind and people do have more money in their pockets at the end of the month when they are working hard and seeing those benefits. nearly 35 years since the titanic was discovered an agreement has been reached to block efforts to explore its remains. a new deal will grant or deny licenses to enter sections of its sunken hull. the titanic has been underwaterfor of its sunken hull. the titanic has been underwater for more than a century. an attempt to set a world record in sri lanka for the largest gathering of twins seems to have failed because
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too many turned up. organisers wanted to break a record stretching back more than 20 years but the size of the crowd meant strict rules on registration couldn't be met. tim allman's report does contain some flash photography. if you happen to be visiting this sports stadium in columbo, you may have been forgiven for thinking you might be seeing double. this was a venue full of twins — lots and lots of twins. thousands of them, in fact. the call had gone out — a record was there to be broken. when i heard the news, i thought, yes, this is the moment that we as twins should go and participate, and we personality and participate, and we personally have the responsibility to do that, because being a twin is a blessing that can happen to anybody. but setting a new record is easier said than done. the sheer numbers that turned up led to long queues. and that meant registering the twins wasn't straightforward.
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so a new world record was very much in the balance, even if the organisers sounded fairly confident. translation: while the counting is still going on, we have counted 12,492. by that, we have broken the world record. we'll submit the final count and the documentation back to the guinness world record committee, and i'm confident we will be informed in writing that we hold the record. among those turning up was sri lanka's prime minister, the brother — although not the twin — of the president. they should find out in a couple of weeks if a new record has been set. if not, they say they will try all over again. tim allman, bbc news. much more coming up, including the latest from davos with simon but i will leave you with the weather prospects, with darren bett.
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this morning we started with some huge temperature contrasts, minus five in oxfordshire and worcestershire and 9 degrees in highland scotland. those were the differences continue through the afternoon as well. we have still got high pressure in charge, round the top of it this milder air and a weak weather front close to the area of high pressure where we have seen more in the way of sunshine after the frosty start, but it feels chilly as well. the areas of mist and fog we have seen are tending to shrink so we will keep sunshine in the east midlands and to the east of the east midlands and to the east of the pennines. probably some sunshine in the north—east of scotland where it will be very mild at 11 degrees. the clouds thickening up in western scotla nd the clouds thickening up in western scotland and temperatures in double figures in many parts of northern uk, more chilly further south. frost inafew uk, more chilly further south. frost in a few places, but then cloud amount tend to increase from the
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north, if anything lifting the temperatures. the coldest weather by the end of the night likely to be in the end of the night likely to be in the far south of england. much milder as you head further north. wednesday sees less sunshine across england and wales, a lot of cloud around. quite misty as well, especially over the hills. the best of the sunshine to the east of high ground, especially in eastern scotla nd ground, especially in eastern scotland where temperatures could reach 13 degrees. it should be a little bit milder further south across england and wales, but with that cloud which is stuck under the area of high pressure. we have another weak weather front approaching as we head towards the end of thursday which won't make great inroads across the uk, mainly affecting the far north of scotland. to the south of that a lot of cloud, should be frost free in the morning, some breaks in the cloud especially to the east of high ground, north—eastern england, eastern parts of scotland. temperatures of up to 9 degrees. as we head into the weekend
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the first weather front weakened as it runs southwards. more arriving in from the atlantic where our weather will be coming from as we head further into the weekend. probably a breeze tending to pick up, with the weather turning more unsettled gradually. probably more likely to get some rain in the north—west. probably more likely to get some rain in the north—west.
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you're watching afternoon live. today: backing an initiative to plant a trillion tree, president trump attacks activists. it is a time for optimism and action but to embrace the possibilities of tomorrow, we must reject the prophets of doom and their predictions of the apocalypse. we're not telling you to offset your emissions byjust not telling you to offset your emissions by just paying not telling you to offset your emissions byjust paying someone else to plant trees in places like africa, while at the same time forests like the amazon are being slaughtered at a higher rate. planting trees is good of course,
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