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judges say the decision to expand didnt take climate commitments into account in a major victory for campaigners. this is a great day for anybody who is concerned about climate change. this is game changing, notjust for aviation in the uk but everybody. the paris agreement has teeth. heathrow says it will appeal, and believes the third runway will be built. we're confident we can win on that case and get on and deliver the expanded heathrow that britain is so desperately needs. we'll be asking whether the decision will affect other big projects, and what the government wants. also on the programme: i'll be taking two swabs, one from your nose and one from your throat. new ways of
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testing for coronavirus — as two more uk cases are confirmed trade talks with the eu are set to begin in days, as ministers warn they could walk out by the summer unless a deal is looking likely. flood hit communitites on the river severn are told to brace for ten more days of disruption and difficulty. the pull of having a great team in a great city? i mean, that's tempting for most people. from on the pitch to owning the club — david beckham on his new football venture. and coming up on bbc news... we'll look ahead to england's third game at the women's t20 world cup. they play pakistan in canberra tomorrow morning.
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good evening, and welcome to the bbc news at six. plans to build a third runway at heathrow airport have been thrown into doubt, after the court of appeal ruled that they were unlawful. in a decision that's delighted environmental campaigners, it said ministers had failed to take the uk's climate change commitments into account. the government says it won't appeal the ruling but heathrow says it will take the case to the supreme court. our science editor david shukman is live at heathrow now. david. yes, there have been so many ups and downs in the battle over heathrow and even tonight, it's not totally clear that the plan for the new runway is completely dead. but whatever happens, today's ruling marks a profound shift in thinking, that for the first time climate change must be considered as a key factor in all major decisions. it isn't something to be talked about
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vaguely as a problem for the future but it is a real question that the country is legally bound to consider right now. the struggle over a new runway at heathrow has dragged on for more than a decade. would it cause extra pollution or benefit the economy? the government had supported expanding the airport. but now, the courts have intervened because of climate change. in a landmark decision, the appeal court has ruled that ministers should have considered that they'd signed the paris agreement — a treaty meant to tackle global warming. the secretary of state acted unlawfully in failing to take into account the paris agreement on climate change when deciding to designate the airport's national policy statement in support of the expansion of heathrow airport. cheering. this led to jubilant scenes outside the court — campaigners delighted that the judge recognised the legal obligations on climate change. this is game changing not just for aviation,
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not just for the uk, but for everybody. the paris agreement has teeth. not everybody believed it, but today they know that's true. what next for heathrow? the judges didn't say that the airport could never expand, but the government has signalled that it will not appeal. that may suit the prime minister, borisjohnson — he's long opposed the third runway. i will lie down with you in front of those bulldozers and stop the building — stop the construction of that third runway. and his ministers are now saying that it's not up to them. we do, as a government, want to see overall airport expansion. but i have to say we are also absolutely determined to live up to our commitments on behalf of this country and the future generations, to have net zero by 2050. and we can do that by having aircraft which fly much more sustainably in the future. and that's why we are investing in them. so, where does this leave the vision for a bigger heathrow?
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airlines say they are extremely disappointed, and it is a huge blow for the company running the airport. it will now appeal. well, we will probably see a delay of around six months to go through the supreme court process. i don't know how long the review will take, we will work with the government on that. but what is clear is that this is urgent that we get on with it. we've just started negotiations with the european union. we are pitching ourfuture on becoming a global trading nation, but without heathrow expansion, there will be no global britain. meanwhile, in homes near heathrow — set to be demolished to make way for the new runway — there is relief. we won ten years ago, and then it came back. and we've won again today, and it better not come back next time. i feel very positive — so far. i think it is a great day for the environment, and a great day for villagers. this ruling has implications that reach far beyond heathrow, potentially affecting any major project that could make climate change worse.
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so, plans to build new roads or expand other airports will now all be scrutinised to check if they are compatible with the country's plans to go zero—carbon. in theory, there is still a chance that the expansion could happen. this saga has had many surprising twists. but without the government fully behind the project, that looks a lot less likely. david shukman, bbc news, at heathrow. before we look at the politics of this, dharshini david, our global trade correspondent, is here. and the airport seems determined not to give up on its plans? we heard the boss of heathrow saying basically no heathrow expansion, no global britain. really? an extra 700 flights a day will increase heathrow‘s revenues of the extra ru nway we nt heathrow‘s revenues of the extra runway went ahead but we have to rememberfrom precious runway went ahead but we have to remember from precious metals runway went ahead but we have to rememberfrom precious metals to turbines, about a fifth of our exports go through heathrow every
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day, dad going to non—eu countries. it isa day, dad going to non—eu countries. it is a vital hub in that sense and it is operating at capacity. business groups say if we don't see expansion, it could hinderjobs growth and also access to overseas markets, competitiveness and curb oui’ markets, competitiveness and curb our prosperity. but on the other hand, when you look at the wider studies of economic benefits, they va ry studies of economic benefits, they vary in what they say. the department for transport‘s own figures say could divert flights from airports such as in manchester and birmingham and disadvantaged businesses in that area. so actually, in that sense, not backing actually, in that sense, not backing a third runway at heathrow does tally somewhat with the government's idea of levelling up investment and highlights you can't just look idea of levelling up investment and highlights you can'tjust look at financial returns thank you. and our chief political correspondent, vicki young, is live in westminster. what is the government's position on this? today it didn't sound like they wanted it to go ahead. they are not joining they wanted it to go ahead. they are notjoining that they wanted it to go ahead. they are
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not joining that appeal and they wanted it to go ahead. they are notjoining that appeal and grant shapps asked time and time again as the government still in favour of the government still in favour of the third runway? he simply talked about overall airport expansion. there could be another reason for sounding reticent. that reason being one borisjohnson. sounding reticent. that reason being one boris johnson. he sounding reticent. that reason being one borisjohnson. he has campaigned for yea rs one borisjohnson. he has campaigned for years against the expansion. if he nowjoined for years against the expansion. if he now joined with for years against the expansion. if he nowjoined with the government in this appeal to force it to go ahead, it risks making him look hypocritical. i certainly have not got the impression from talking to senior ministers today that they are about to can the whole project. but if heathrow were to lose that appeal, things could change quite rapidly. that would be a love real political headache for the government not least because many businesses and dozens of conservative mps would very much like it to go ahead. vicki young in westminster, thank you. two more patients in england have tested positive for coronavirus — caught while they were in italy and tenerife — and transferred specialist nhs infection centres. to date, more than 7,500 people in the uk have been tested for the virus with 15 positive results. eight of those people have now been discharged from hospital.
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but with more cases expected to emerge, the government are set to launch a new public health campaign. our health editor hugh pym reports. an empty school in derbyshire closed for a deep clean because a parent had returned from tenerife having caught the coronavirus. a local gp practice also asked patients to stay away because of the case, one of two newly diagnosed in the uk today. all this with the public keen to know more about the virus and getting tested. the nhs is expanding the options, including this drive—through facility. we were given the first look at how it works. laura here is a member of nhs staff. she is going to demonstrate what actually happens. she stays in the car, she winds down the window and then two members of the nursing tea m and then two members of the nursing team will come out to meet her. one of them has got the full protective equipment on, her colleague stands back at a safe distance. erica, the senior nurse, shows information
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about the procedure. hold your head back for me, laura. and then carries out nasal and throat swabs. they are sent off for testing. people are referred to by nhs iii sent off for testing. people are referred to by nhs 111 if they don't have symptoms but need to self—isolate. they get through 12 tests a day. the aim is to roll out facilities like this across the country. one key question, how to the message from health leaders is that masks don't necessarily help much. they say that careful hand hygiene is the best way to slow any spread of the virus. a new public information campaign like this is set to be launched soon. washing your hands with soap and hands with soap and hot water or using alcohol and sanitiser gel. if you want to sneeze oi’ and sanitiser gel. if you want to sneeze or cough, and sanitiser gel. if you want to sneeze oi’ cough, use a and sanitiser gel. if you want to sneeze or cough, use a tissue and then bid on it. all of these things will keep you and your family safe. so how prepared is have been created at leading hospitals to allow safe testing. the nhs iii helpline will
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be expanded and if there are a lot more cases, nhs leaders say hospitals will be able to cope. more cases, nhs leaders say hospitals will be able to copelj know the nhs is busy and we are coming out of winter but we are well prepared to manage the sort of circumstance. we do it every winter when we know we will see high rates of influenza, for instance. so we have a blueprint to work on. but what no one knows is how rapidly the virus will spread globally and how much more pressure will be imposed on the uk's health system another key public health services. hugh pym, bbc news. meanwhile, british tourists who were among those quarantined in a tenerife hotel where cases of the virus were detected have been cleared to leave the canary islands. coronavirus has spread to 50 countries and reached every continent except antarctica. worldwide, there have been more than 82,000 cases and 2,800 deaths. injapan, all state schools are to close for a month in a bid to stop the further spread of the virus. in china, the vast majority of the deaths have been
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in hubei, the province where the outbreak began. our china correspondent, john sudworth, has been speaking to one doctor who was on the front line in wuhan. at the end of a tough shift fighting the virus, a doctor steps out onto the streets of a deserted city. wuhan is still in total lockdown. ringing hello, doctor. hey. in a rare officially approved interview with this doctor... as well as videos provided to us, the bbc has been given unique access to a man on the front line of a war. one he says is being won. the patients were pouring to the hospital. we do not have enough beds
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that are available for everyone. i think things are holding up better right now. wuhan shows what the virus can do to a health system. the thousands of extra beds have begun to make a difference, but there are still major challenges. i'm not satisfied with the mortality, it's too high, for patients with severe symptoms, the mortality is even higher than sars that is what we should address right now. this is dr xiejiang should address right now. this is dr xie jiang dealing with should address right now. this is dr xiejiang dealing with one of those cases. with the virus attacking the lungs, no city in the world he says would have enough specialist ventilators to keep thousands of such patients alive. even doctors have died, including this man, one of the first to try to warn about the dangers of the virus, only to be silenced by the police. the dangers of the virus, only to be silenced by the policelj the dangers of the virus, only to be silenced by the police. i was very sad when i heard this kind of news.
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it was really a big blow for us, for the whole medical staff. do you think china should learn lessons as a result of his death? absolutely. information disclosure is really important. i lost five patients in one night, can you imagine that? i should warn the rest of the world that you guys should take care. don't neglect this disease. at the end of another night shift, this time dr xie jiang at the end of another night shift, this time dr xiejiang things a patriotic song. he believes china will win this fight but it is when the rest of the world may have only just begun. john sudworth, bbc news, beijing. the government revealed its negotiating position today for trade talks with the eu,warning thats its prepared to walk away from the process injune, unless there's significant progress towards a deal. ministers say they won't accept uk laws having to keep in step with eu ones. it means the uk could find itself out of the single market at the end of the year —
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without a trade deal in place. our economics editor faisal islam reports. for decades, a car or anything made in the uk — and all the parts in it — have had full, unimpeded access to the european union, and the same for a carfrom, say, germany coming into the uk. all of that underpinned by common standards, regulations and laws, and once brexit takes full effect at the end of the year, this is going to change. just how much depends on the trade negotiations with the eu starting next week, and today the uk published its strategy. there is some broad agreement. both the eu and the uk want to do a deal which would continue trade without taxes on their exports, known as tariffs, but detailed disagreement on some key areas. today's document rejects the continuation of eu rules on support for industry. the eu has rejected the uk's demand for the same so—called level playing field arrangements as the eu has
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with canada, which aren't binding. and the document makes clear that the uk expects quick wins on easier issues such as the recognition of uk financial services equivalent standards by june. the government is trying to play hardball with this document, saying to the eu if the city's access to the european union is not guaranteed byjune — one of the least controversial issues, it says — then the uk could walk away from negotiations then, and focus solely on domestic preparations for leaving with no trade deal. we want to make sure that we get a good deal, in fact a series of agreements with the european union. we're confident that we will be able to make progress, but of course both sides will take stock in june and that will be an opportunity for both sides to see if appropriate progress has been made. this chemicals company in the west midlands explained to us last year how it needed to continue testing everything to eu standards. the boss here now accepts
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that things will change, but is still concerned about not having a trade deal with the eu. having read the document, i see some very positive sights in that document and there is certainly a degree of regulatory cooperation, as i would see it, which is excellent. however, the idea of not having a deal at the end of 2020 really does frighten me. a brief response from the eu's chief negotiator, michel barnier, saying it would stick to all prior commitments. both sides accusing each other of rowing back from last year's deal. the government prioritising sovereignty and full control over demands of industry, which is being told to prepare for changes that will come to its business with the rest of europe. faisal islam, bbc news. the time is 17 minutes past six. our top story this evening: plans for another runway at heathrow airport are in disarray after a court says they are unlawful.
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because they are unlawful. they failed to take climate commitments because they failed to take climate commitments into account. and still to come: training under the watchful eye of the club's owner, as david beckham's latest venture inter miami has their first match this weekend. on sportsday in the next 15 minutes: four british sides aiming to join rangers in the last 16 of the europa league. we'll have the latest on wolves and preview celtic, arsenal and manchester united's matches. flood—hit communities along the river severn in shopshire and worcestershire have been warned to expect another ten days of difficult conditions. some have been evacuated as flood defences were either breached or feared to be vulnerable. claire marshall reports from worcester. almost two weeks after the waters rose, severn stoke is still an island village — entirely cut off by road. this is the fettered, persistent
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legacy of storms ciara and dennis. further up the severn, the flood barriers protecting ironbridge — warped by the force of the water — are stilljust holding. locals have been angry that no government minister had come to the region. this afternoon, the environment secretary visited shropshire. these events sadly are becoming more frequent. we're seeing more extreme weather events, and that is why we need to invest even more in flood defences. what's happening in the west midlands is described as a "once—in—ioo—year" event, but it's the fourth time it's happened since the year 2000. i'm standing on the balcony of a hotel in central worcester. and normally i'd be looking down at the footpath about eight feet below that then leads on to the river. and now, this is all buried beneath a mass of water. this is what saved this hotel — these pumps were put in after the last floods. for people living beside this river, it's now about taking the initiative to adapt. this is where, in 2014, the water
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levels literally filled the cellar. i was here in waders, and it was up to my stomach. it's ridiculous, because it's getting worse. the misery is mirrored in sneath in yorkshire. the river aire burst its banks on tuesday. waters are still rising, and pets and their people were still being rescued today. here in worcestershire, there's been a welcome window of calm. but a lot more rain is forecast for the weekend. it is eerily serene. you might be able to make out the bin behind me and what the river levels should be. this should be a road going through this area, and that is one tiny example. this calm will not last. the weather forecast just for this area, up to 30 millimetres of rain predicted. further upstream in the welsh hills, that is key because the water rushes from there and ends up
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here a day or so later. the prediction for rain there is about 50 millimetres upstream. it seems like this is evidence of the climate changing. as the climate heats up, the weather is becoming more unstable. people here are having to dread at least another five days of difficult conditions. clare marshall in worcester, thank you. funerals took place in delhi today for some of the 37 people killed in three days of violence amid protests over new citizenship laws in india that have been seen as anti—muslim. both muslims and hindus have died in the violence. the un human rights chief has expressed concern about accusations that police failed to protect muslims and their homes and businesses from mobs. from delhi, our correspondent rajini vaidya nathan reports. you may find some of her report upsetting. "open your eyes one last time," a mother screams to her son. the panic of riots has turned into the misery of grief.
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the last rites for this man — a muslim, just 27, a father of two. today, mourners thronged outside his home. earlier in the week, there were mobs. witnesses say he was shot in broad daylight as he went to buy food for his children. translation: we don't know where the bullet hit him. there was a lot of firing. the police were not helping us. they were with the mob. the death toll is rising, after days of riots between hindus and muslims. the pain is all around. it began with protests over the government's citizenship act escalated. the law which offers amnesty to illegal immigrants from nearby countries excludes muslims. for the families of those who lost their lives, the horror continues. as relatives gather here at the mortuary, they say they still don't know when the bodies of their loved
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ones will be released. 85—year—old akbari's family are still waiting to bury her. a mob torched her home — herfamily were trapped on the rooftop. she couldn't escape. translation: they have burned the entire house. i've got nothing left. i don't know what to do any more. her house still smolders. and while there's an uneasy calm across the city, the fear of more violence lingers. rajini vaidyanathan, bbc news, delhi. canada will no longer provide security for the duke and duchess of sussex once the couple stop becoming working members of the royal family. the royal canadian mounted police have been providing assistance to the couple since their arrival in canada in november. prince harry and meghan markle will formally step down as senior royals from the end of march.
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it's been seven tricky years in the making, but this weekend a football team co—owned by david beckham will take to the pitch. inter miami will play their opening match in major league soccer on sunday in los angeles, and they have big ambitions, as our sports correspondent natalie pirks reports. at times, it's felt like an impossible dream. but on sunday, david beckham's 13—year vision will become a reality. after he surveyed his new kingdom, his mood was one of reflection... ..and relief. it's been such a long journey that i knew would be worth it in the end. i always knew miami was the city, you know? and the fact that we are now a few days away from starting the season is very exciting. commentator: it's beckham, it's a beauty! back in 2007, when beckham joined la galaxy, his contract included the option to buy a club at a bargain price. it was a savvy move, one his whole family have lived with him.
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i think they're just so emotional about the whole thing now. to see what we've gone through over the last seven years, and i think that victoria's witnessed that with me and she is... i think she's so proud and also so excited for us. they're still putting the finishing touches to their stadium, around 30 miles north of miami, but this is only home for two years while they build freedom park — a billion dollar complex. but the miami project has been beset by problems, not least locking down a permanent place to call home. this is the latest venue, a golf course near the airport, but the owners are still wrangling over the lease. they also have no shirt sponsor yet, and are fighting a legal battle with inter milan over their name. but what they do have already is fans. miami is a cultural melting pot and largely hispanic. football fans here have been desperate for a club. nearly 20 years since
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we've had a team. so, i think people are hungry for it. this is our club. like, when we go out, it's like, oh, i'm notjust a football fan, i'm a miami football fan. but, as yet, their club is missing a big—name signing. there's a lot of names that have been thrown into the mix with us. but like i said, you know, if we have the opportunity to bring a big—name player, then we would do that. you could just pick up the phone and call ronaldo, surely? well, i don't know about that but the pull of having a great team in a great city... i mean, that's tempting for most people. yes, sun—drenched miami sells itself, but beyond the showbiz and the selfies, it's results that will ultimately decide whether this dream is successful. natalie pirks, bbc news, miami. time for a look at the weather. here's sarah keith lucas. i suspect it is a very long way from
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miami conditions. we had a real mix out there today, with snow, sleet and rain. that was followed by brighter weather this afternoon but i'm afraid the respite will be short lived because we do have more disruptive weather on the cards. storm jorge will bring more heavy rain, not good news for areas already affected by the flooding. for the here and now, a lot of places are dry to end the day. a lot of showers continuing tonight across parts of scotland. it will be cold est parts of scotland. it will be coldest in the east with the risk of icy stretches. less cold towards the west because we have the cloud and rain arriving early on friday, and this rain will push from west to east across much of the uk, falling as snow over the higher ground of england and scotland to too. not good news, more wet weather for the likes of wales and southern england, and a contrast in temperatures,
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fairly chilly in the north. then another band of rain moving in from the west as we move into saturday morning, all courtesy of storm jorge. lots of isobars on the map showing a windy spell of weather, particularly saturday night into sunday. on saturday heavy, blustery showers with hail and hill snow, and it will be a cold day so we are in single figures and it will feel even colder when you add on the wind—chill. gusts of wind up to 60 mph quite widely, we could see around 70 mph for coasts and hills. into sunday the weather will slowly start to ease with more wet weather in the south—east and hill snow in scotla nd in the south—east and hill snow in scotland too, so it is looking pretty unsettled. keep up—to—date with all the warnings. sarah, thank you very much. plans for another runway at heathrow airport are in disarray after they
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werejudged to be airport are in disarray after they were judged to be unlawful. that's all from the bbc news at six, so it's goodbye from me
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the government's decision to build a third runway at heathrow airport is overruled unlawful by the court of appeal. the mac is a fantastic result for friends of the earth and for the climate. this is a great day for the climate. this is a great day for anybody who's concerned about climate change. we will be appealing to the supreme court. we think the appeals court got it wrong. we will work with government on the review. two more cases of coronavirus are confirmed in england. both have been
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