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this is bbc news. i'm martine croxall. the headlines at 11:00: one of two people being treated for coronavirus in the uk is identified as a chinese student at the university of york. want to reassure our stut staff, i want to reassure our students, staff, and the wider community that we are working closely with the lead agency, public health england, and other agencies to manage this situation. day one outside the european union — now months of negotiations lie ahead to secure a trade deal. president trump looks set to be acquitted in his impeachment trial — after senators vote against calling witnesses. in the opening matches of the six nations, an emphatic victory for wales — but scotland fare less well against ireland. and in half—an—hour we'll be taking an in—depth look at tomorrow morning's papers, with our reviewers mo hussein and dawn foster.
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good evening and welcome to bbc news. one of two people confirmed with coronavirus in the uk is a student at the university of york. nhs officials are trying to trace those who had close contact with the pair, who are both chinese nationals. the patients, who are related, are being treated at a specialist unit in newcastle. elsewhere, 83 british nationals, evacuated from the chinese city of wuhan yesterday, are spending two weeks in quarantine at a hospital on the wirral. our north of england correspondent judith moritz reports. life on campus at york university has carried on as normal today, but amongst the 18,000 students here, some are worried that one of their peers has tested
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positive for coronavirus. can you tell me why you're wearing a mask? are you worried? a little. a little nervous because of this. when did you start wearing it here? today! i'm not totally bothered, because i feel like given the number of students at the university, i feel like it might not even spread. i don't think there are many students here compared to bigger universities. the student was taken ill along with one of their relatives while staying at this hotel in york on wednesday. the university says it doesn't believe they came into contact with anyone on campus while they had symptoms, but investigations into this are ongoing. we understand this development will cause concern and anxiety, but i want to reassure our students, staff, and the wider community that we will be working closely with the lead agency, public health england, and other
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agencies to manage this situation. the university campus is operating as normal, but extra measures have been put in place, like more hand sanitisers in buildings here and a hotline which has been set up so that students can ring in if they have any questions or concerns. the two patients continue to be treated at this hospital in newcastle. today public health england said it was making good progress in tracing people who have been in contact with them and there have been no more confirmed cases of the virus, with 201 people tested negative. we're being looked after to the absolute maximum... meanwhile, at arrowe park hospital in wirral, 83 people have spent their first day of 1a in quarantine in apartments normally used to house nurses, who have been moved to local hotels. as far as we know, we're all both tickety and boo, in that order.
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12,000 cases of the virus have been confirmed in china and around 100 elsewhere. public health officials say the threat in the uk is moderate. judith moritz, bbc news, york. earlier, i spoke to paul hunter, a professor in medicine at the university of east anglia. he said cases of the virus were always likely to emerge in the uk. i think it was almost inevitable certainly, nothing in life is ever totally inevitable, but this was pretty much certain going to happen. you know, we were certainly not one of the first western countries to have cases, so, yeah, it was going to happen and it did. could you explain to us a little bit about what the public health england is doing, in terms of its approach with regard to containment? yes, as it stands at the moment, with just two cases, the important thing is to make sure that the current cases are nursed in the environment where they will not be any risk to others, and the unit they are based this
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is very capable of dealing with patients with this sort of disease. we've, certainly within the uk, we've dealt with cases of sars and middle eastern respiratory syndrome going back over 20 years, so the uk is very able to nurse these people, effectively and safely. there is the issue about more community contacts is difficult. ideally, i think public health england's criteria of 15 minutes, within two minutes, within two metres, is correct, it's right, and that will, undoubtedly, capture most of the people who would need to be
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concerned. the issue is how do you actually go about finding them? they will have been doing extended interviews with the two cases to find out what they were doing since they became ill and in the day or so before they became ill and trying to identify those people. it's never a 100% exact science, so people need to actually still ensure the following good advice about washing their hands properly and if they think they might have been in contact. professor paul hunter from the university of east anglia. and we'll find out how this story, and many others, are covered in tomorrow's front pages this evening in the papers. 0ur guestsjoining me tonight are dawn foster, a journalist for the guardian, and mo hussein, former chief press officer at downing street. the prime minister is to address foreign diplomats and business leaders on monday in a speech on his plans for international trade after brexit. in what will be his first speech
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since the uk left the eu, borisjohnson will confirm that he wants to negotiate a free trade deal with brussels, while also seeking similar deals with other countries around the world. 0ur political correspondent chris mason reports. a winter's day like any other, and yet symbolically, legally, psychologically, everything has changed. for the first full day in 47 years, the uk isn't part of the club of our nearest neighbours, a triumph for those who partied here last night... we should celebrate the fact that, freed from the constraints of the european union, we once again will be able to find our place in the world! on monday, the prime minister will set out how he plans to do this. he wants a relatively loose arrangement with the eu, similar to the one canada has, and he wants to negotiate deals with countries such as the united states and japan at the same time.
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but look at this... the european flag still flying on the flagpole outside the scottish parliament. plenty are deeply upset at what's happened. those wanting scottish independence claim brexit proves why breaking away from the uk is necessary. we can look the people of scotland in the eye and say, "look, we really did try to turn this around, but because the people of scotland aren't in charge of events, we're suffering the loss of our european status." what comes next is going to be the challenge, but today is just a sad day. in bristol, those hoping to be labour's next leader also expressed their regret, but the shadow brexit secretary said brexit had taught him that... we need to bring about fundamental change in this country, a shift in power, in wealth and resources, so we need to look forward, the leave/remain divide is over. from paris today, a letter... "dear british friends", wrote the french president on facebook. "the channel has never managed
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to separate our destinies, "brexit will not do so either." but, he added, ease of access to the eu's markets would depend on how many of its rules the uk accepted. i think in a way, none of us are able to take on board the enormity of what has happened, and the words can't describe the uncertainty of the future for both ourselves and the european union, and indeed in the united kingdom. and for that reason, the scaffolding needed to create that new long—term relationship will soon be as visible as the real thing here. chris mason, bbc news. president trump is set to be acquitted next week at his impeachment trial, after the senate, which has a republican majority, voted against calling witnesses. 0ne senior democrat accused republicans of being accomplices to a presidential cover—up. mr trump is accused of abuse of power and obstruction of congress. from washington, ben wright reports. are there any senators in the chamber wishing to change his or her vote?
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if not, the yeas are a9, the nays are 51. and with that vote, the beginning of the end of president trump's impeachment trial. just two republican senators broke ranks with their party, and joined democrats demanding more evidence. it was their last chance to try and trip up a president who left the white house for florida last night more confident than ever that the senate will acquit him of obstructing congress and abusing his power. democrats had been desperate to hear testimony from this man. donald trump's former national security advisor, john bolton. according to the new york times, mr bolton writes in a forthcoming book that president trump instructed him to withhold military aid from ukraine, in exchange for dirt on democratic rivals. if the president is acquitted with no witnesses, no documents, the acquittal will have no value. but white house lawyers insist their transcript of phone calls between the president
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and ukraine's leader, president zelensky, show the president did nothing wrong. let me read you what our ukrainian ally said. "it was normal. we spoke about many things. "i think, and you read it, that nobody pushed me." only the third presidential impeachment trial in us history will wrap up next week, with closing arguments starting on monday and a final vote on wednesday. the republican—led senate is virtually certain to acquit president trump, who will try and frame this bitterly partisan saga as a washington witch hunt, as he revs up his re—election campaign. this is our moment in history. but democrats campaigning in iowa ahead of monday's caucus, the first poll in this election season, hope voters will pass a different verdict on president trump's fitness for office, come november. ben wright, bbc news, washington. i also spoke to frank bowman,
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professor of law at the university of missouri, who said the decision not to allow evidence to be brought against the president was predictable. there was a glimmer of doubt for a while because, from a point of view of logic, from the point of view of ordinary process, from the point of view of simple fairness it was a lwa ys view of simple fairness it was always clear that the witness that the democrats were asking for should have been called, after all, part of the president's defence was you guys can't prove that i directly ordered aid to be withheld from the ukraine. and, of course, the reason there wasn't actual prove him saying that is because the people will to whom he has said it had been withheld by the white house was not always made no logical sense to allow him to prevent that testimony. 0n the other hand, from a political point of view, republican senators, who knew
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all along that they were going to vote to acquit him, didn't want to be in vote to acquit him, didn't want to beina vote to acquit him, didn't want to be in a situation of having to hear even more evidence that made the ultimate vote nearly incomprehensible from a logical point of view. so it made perfect political sense, even if it was deeply cynical. and, even more importantly, what we see here, with the impeachment proceedings, and a sub— trial in the senate, demonstrated real danger for the american system of government going forward , american system of government going forward, one of the great american parties, the republicans, has bound itself to a single man and, in his service, they have repeatedly declared that they're simply not interested in the discovery of that. not merely that they will, once the fa cts not merely that they will, once the facts a re not merely that they will, once the facts are known, perhaps construe them differently than democrats, but they simply don't want to hear the fa ct. they simply don't want to hear the fact. why would anybody be surprised by that and if they were intent on keeping him in power on the next presidential elections? i'm a little
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surprised because, in fact, we here in the united states have some history on this. we have some president, for example, the nixon impeachment case and the clinton impeachment case and the clinton impeachment case. members of the president's party were at the least insistent on hearing the facts. 0nce the facts were out they often disagree about the meaning of those fa cts disagree about the meaning of those facts and whether or not they were at the level of impeachable high crimes and misdemeanours. at the republicans have ta ken crimes and misdemeanours. at the republicans have taken this to an entirely new and frightening level. they simply don't want to know facts that are politically inconvenient and, frankly, and while one hates to say this, they, not all republicans, not a republicans in congress, but a great many of them quite simply be prepared to stand up in public forums and lie about what the facts show. that really is unprecedented in american history and its deeply frightening. because no democratic governments can function if one of its great political parties is essentially declared that their allegiance to one man, not even to
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an ideology, but to one man is more important than knowing the facts upon which sensible governmental choices have to be made. professor frank bowman from the university of missouri. the headlines on bbc news: the university of york says risk of infection is low, after it revealed one of its students is one of two people in the uk to test positive for coronavirus. it's day 1 outside the european union — now months of negotiations lie ahead to secure a trade deal. us president donald trump looks set to be acquitted in his impeachment trial after senators vote against calling witnesses or admitting new evidence. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's 0lly foster. good evening. it's the opening weekend of rugby union's six nations championship. wales title defence got off to a flying start, with a 42—0 thrashing of italy in cardiff and ireland were slightly
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fortunate to beat scotland 19—12. here's sports correspondent andy swiss please welcome scotland and ireland! two new old rivals with two new captains. they would have two very different days. ireland hadn't lost to scotland in the decade. they were confident after this, skipperjohnny sexton putting the hosts ahead. but scotland stayed in touch and after the break, it was their ca ptain's chance. shirley stuart hogg had scored? but just watch this. replays showed he dropped it on the line and as the ball agonisingly slipped from his grasp, had his team's chances. sexton certainly didn't help as he booted ireland's19—12 ahead, but scotland weren't done. in the closing minutes, within inches of the line, but ireland's defence clung on to claim a hard—fought victory. everything was about the result. i am happy with how we stuck in and fought back. we just couldn't get that lead.
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we could have really opened up, but we couldn't get it and scotland put it up to us. earlier, wales began their title defence amid passion and an awful lot of points, 42, to be precise, as italy were left chasing shadows. two early tries forjosh adams, the second courtesy of some outrageous skill. how often do you see this? through the legs from dan biggar and wales were out of sight by the break. there was no way back for italy, especially after nick tompkins went charging through for a dazzling debut try. not a bad start for him over wales' new coach wayne pivac, and adams provided the perfect finale. a hat—trick and a huge win for wales, the champions off to a flying start. andy swiss, bbc news. play france in paris tomorrow. ——
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england play france. liverpool have opened up a 22 point lead in the premier league, that's a record for the english top—flight. they beat southampton 4—0 at anfield. all the goals came in the second half, alex 0xlade—chamberlain and captain jordan henderson on target before mo salah struck twice, that takes their unbeaten league run to 42 games across two seasons, arsenal hold the record with 49. in the day's other games, chelsea in fourth drew 2—2 at third placed leicester. bournemouth are out of the relegation zone with a 1—nil win against fellow strugglers aston villa. sheffield united are up to fifth, winning1—0 at palace. watford let a two goal lead slip, to lose at home to everton. and west ham have dropped into the relegation zone, they drew 3—3 with brighton, having led 3—1, manchester united and wolves was goalless. rangers dropped points as they try to close the gap to celtic at the top of the scottish premiership — held to a goalless draw by aberdeen.
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in the other games there were wins for kilmarnock and livingston. a russian—born american tennis prodigy is the latest first—time winner of a women's grand slam. sophia kenin beat garbine muguruza in the australian open final. the 21—year—old took advantage of a series of errors by muguruza — fighting back from a set down to take the title. kenin said afterwards that — "her dream had officially come true." graeme mcdowell could be about to win his first european tour event for 6 years. the northern irishman has a one shot lead going into the final round of the saudi international thanks to some extraordinary putting. this one of two monster putts — on his five birdie round of 66 at royal greens. that's all the sport for now.
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a 19—year—old man has died and a woman is seriously ill in hospital, after they are believed to have taken the drug mdma. a number of others have also been admitted to hospital, after suffering ‘adverse effects' at a nightclub in leamington spa. lindsay doyle has been there today. we are working with our partners at the moment to try and identify if there has been any other use of this drug and if anyone has purchased the drug and if anyone has purchased the drug and if anyone has purchased the drug and they have not taken in, please destroy it as soon as possible. you do not know what we're with at the moment. precautions in regards —— investigations in regards to toxicology are taking place but they are not completed yet so please keepin they are not completed yet so please keep in mind what you have in possession. emergency crews dealing with a major fire at a bakery in west yorkshire have told people living nearby to keep their doors and windows closed — in case asbestos is escaping. around 140 firefighters have been tackling the blaze in wakefield, which broke out early
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this afternoon. a mother and her son have appeared in court charged in relation to the burglary of entrepreneur and heiress tamara ecclestone. jewellery believed to be valued at around 50 million was stolen from the daugher of bernie ecclestone at her london home in december. 47—year—old maria mester and 29—year—old emil—bogdan savastru will appear in court again later this month. residents to the south of australia's capital, canberra, have been put on alert over fears that bushfires may spread. a state of emergency was declared yesterday, the first in the area since deadly fires there in 2003. shaimaa khalil reports. the bush fire south of canberra in the national park behind me has been burning for more than a week now. today was meant to be the worst day. it has already ravaged through 115,000 hectares, about 15% or more of the australian capital territory, or the act. the head of the emergency services
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here has said there is no immediate danger to suburbs in canberra, but said the situation could change for areas south of the capital. so in the suburb here, people have been told to keep a close eye on fire activity. you have the combination of sweltering heat — today has been a really hot day — the wind picking up, and tinder—dry landscape. that is how things can get worse. the fire itself has been behaving erratically, spreading in all directions. then of course there are the embers. theyjump way ahead of the main front, causing their own fires. we understand that embers from this blaze have caused spot fires in new south wales. that is really what worries people, in the southern suburbs, the damage that embers can cause. something else has been weighing heavily on people here and that is the memory of a devastating fire in 2003, when four people were killed, and 500 homes were destroyed. that is why the authorities are not taking any chances. a state of emergency has been called, there are constant
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warnings on the radio, we have seen aircraft fly over the blaze, dumping water and fire retardant. the military has been knocking on some doors, advising them on what to do in the case of evacuation. everybody now is watching closely and waiting to see how the fire is going to behave. 2019 brought another year of record—breaking temperatures, rising sea levels and melting ice caps. to know the true extent of the climate crisis, scientists have to put up with some pretty extreme conditions. 0ur chief environment correspondent, justin rowlatt, has been on a tour of the most remote campsite on earth. right, so up here we have the massive thwaites glacier. the work these scientists are doing should help us all, giving us a much clearer understanding of how sea level could rise worldwide and that is why we are camping here. this is the residential area, this is where we sleep. these are scott tents, after captain scott. james.
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how are you? can we see inside? by all means, be my guest. check out his crib. you've got everything you're going to need to be in the tent for a long time. so we've got a light source that also is a heater. we've got a stove... scott himself could have used this. i think he actually used this one. so the idea is that you could get stuck in a tent like this for days and you'd be able to survive for days. we normally have a 20—day food box outside so, if it's a really big blow, you have everything you need to be self—sufficient for a long time. now, we come to the delicate subject of the antarctic toilet. and you have choices here. you've got the pee stick here or the toilet tent. ok so what you've got is a big hole in the snow and then this like throne which for some reason — no—one can explain why — is called a johnson box. one more lunch, do you think? yeah. so this is a water treatment plant. the purest water in the world.
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fresh, glacial water. turn on the furnace. let's get it in. it's pretty basic, we start with a little bit of water to make melting easier and it's fresh antarctic snow, for us to drink. sausages and rapeseed oil. you get them out in the frying pan and, oh, beautiful. spam. this is tinned cheese. slightly processed, slightly plasticky, melt it out, you get a cheese fondu, you get your biscuits in there — oh, it is perfect. special antarctic recipe. the best thing about antarctic camping, the tents? the white and blue colour scheme, i think that's really beautiful. and i decorate my own home with that. the friends you make, while you're out here struggling. also the sun dogs, the bright crystals that you get in the air, sparkling everywhere and what it does to the sky and the ground. it'sjust a sense of quietness and peace and it is absolutely beautiful.
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and we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers mo hussein and dawn foster — that's coming up after the headlines. now it's time for a look at the weather. the second half of the weekend is looking a little changeable with some wet weather in the forecast. sunshine as well and overall sunday will end being a changeable day. for some it will be wet in the morning and then we will get sunshine in the afternoon with a few passing showers. this is what it looks like over the next few hours tick substantial rain from the south—west, never reaching scotland. here it will be clear and cold in some spots right now it has dropped to minus three degrees and by early on sunday it will be zero in aberdeen. you can see whether wet weather is in the south. mild air,
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mild north—westerly is here and noticed that i met morning the weather improves across a large chunk of southern britain through the midlands with sunshine into yorkshire. through the afternoon it will remain quite wet across parts of scotla nd will remain quite wet across parts of scotland in the lowlands of scotla nd of scotland in the lowlands of scotland with some snow across the hills and showers in the forecast as well for the irish sea and for wales, carried on an increasing wind and it really will be quite windy late on sunday through to monday and then monday tuesday the story will be the wind. it will ramp up a notch across scotland, reaching gale force already in the morning as the low pressure zips and we are talking about a spell of stormy weather. this is what it looks like on monday. val force already in the western isles and rain piling in as well. the further south you are the better the weather will be. still breezy but i think you will get sunshine around yorkshire stop the possibility of some rainfall on monday affecting the southern
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counties. the wind will really cause a problem across parts of scotland and even inland with howling girls through the central lowlands and in exposed place, 18 hours —— miles an hour and places. 0n exposed place, 18 hours —— miles an hour and places. on monday night through the early hours of tuesday severe gales will transfer to the eastern parts of scotland, the borders, the north of england with gusts inland reaching 70 mph so nasty weather on the way. this is tuesday now and that low pressure moves towards the east but still strong wind. a lot of isobars with strong wind. a lot of isobars with strong wind. a lot of isobars with strong wind blowing from the north—west and that means that monday into tuesday is still windy andi monday into tuesday is still windy and i think by wednesday the wind will calm down and high pressure will calm down and high pressure will build to give us a spell of temporarily settled weather.
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hello. this is bbc news with martine croxall. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow morning's papers in a moment with mo hussein and dawn foster — first the headlines. one of two people being treated for coronavirus in the uk is identified as a chinese student at the university of york. day one outside the european union. now months of negotiations lie ahead to secure a trade deal. president trump looks set to be acquitted in his impeachment trial after senators vote against calling witnesses. and in the opening matches of the six nations, an emphatic victory for wales against italy — but scotland fare less well against ireland. 00:00:00,000 --> 4294966103:13:29,430 hello and welcome to ogr'loo'k'eheed'e


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