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good afternoon. british tourists who've been on holiday to croatia, austria and trinidad and tobago now have to isolate for m days when they get back. that's because new quarantine restrictions came into force overnight. many people on holiday in these countries — which have seen a spike in coronavirus cases, tried to change their flights to beat the deadline. here's simonjones. it was a frantic race for thousands of people to get back to the uk before the new rules kicked in. some spent a fortune on new flights.
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but from today, anyone returning from croatia, austria and trinidad and tobago must quarantine for two weeks, like these holiday—makers arriving at gatwick. looked for alternative ways of getting back before the deadline, but being in croatia there was, there were only a few options, which were to get to slovenia or to italy, and neither were possible. after france and now croatia, that no holiday can be guaranteed as being safe, and if you go outside the uk this summer, or this year even, you can expect something like this to happen. that poses problems for families in england, wales and northern ireland, whose children will miss the start of school. almere from manchester was unable to get back from croatia in time. our kids will definitely miss their first week in school, and our question is whether that absence will be treated as unauthorised or authorised absence. despite the busy beaches in croatia, it is the rise in coronavirus cases there that has prompted the british
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government to act. some holiday—makers who didn't leave on time are resigned to a fortnight at home on their return. we are going to stay and see what happens, but we are planning to go back monday so we will stick to that, i think. carry on drinking! the croatian government will lobby their british counterparts for their country to be removed from the quarantine list next week, but it is another warning to holiday—makers that they need to be prepared for all eventualities. simon jones, bbc news. our correspondent frankie mccamley is at gatwick airport. what are returning holiday—makers telling you? well, in the past couple of hours we have had two flights from croatia land here, and i would say there is a mixed bag of feelings from passenger, one family came through who said they were upset and angry they weren't given enough time to make arrangements to try to fly home, they say their three children are all going to miss a few days of school, on top of the
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school they have already missed. i spoke to another group of travellers who said they were in fact due to fly back yesterday, but they were forced to fly back today because theirflight forced to fly back today because their flight was overbooked and this now means they will have to carry out 14 days of quarantine, they say they will try to seek some compensation but other travellers have said this was a risk they took, and this time, the risk didn't pay off. of course, as these restrictions are being put in place, in croatia, austria, trinidad and tobago, the restrictions in portugal are being lifted and we do have two flights going to faro later this afternoon, so what a lot of families and people across the country are going to be asking themselves today, next week, should we risk coming to the airport and travelling abroad and heading away to sunnier climbs oi’ and heading away to sunnier climbs or should we stay at home, and risk the british weather instead? thank you.
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tougher coronavirus restrictions came into force in some areas in north—west england overnight. the measures ban people in oldham, blackburn and parts of pendle in lancashire from socialising indoors and outdoors. however, workplaces, childcare facilities and businesses, including pubs and restaurants, will remain open. the manchester united captain, harry maguire, has appeared before a state prosecutor in connection with a disturbance at a bar on the greek island of mykonos. the england defender was one of three men arrested on thursday. his lawyer says he denies the allegations against him. our sports correspondent olly foster is at the bbc sport centre for us. olly, what's the latest? after two nightses in police custody, harry maguire and those two other men appeared before the regional prosecutor to face these charges that have been, allegations that are been laid against them. worth reminding ousts, just what has
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happened over the last 48—hours or so, police in mykonos, arrested the three men after they had been called to break up a disturbance outside a bar, round midnight on thursday, it was then they claim that one of their officers was verbally abused and also assaulted and then there was a further altercation with their officers back at the local police station, with these three british men. it is then they opened a file on this case, the accusations of violence against official, bodily harm, insult and attempted bribery as well, of an official. we do not know still the exact specifics of what harry maguire, the world's most expensive defender is accused of, but we do know his greek lawyer yesterday said he denied all the allegation, we understand that manchester united's thrum is now in position, and they have requested a court date should be set in the future, we understand that that has been set for tuesday. what we don't
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now is whether he will have to wrurn return to the uk or will have to stay on the island and let his lawyers represent him on tuesday. thank you. the russian opposition leader and one of president putin's fiercest critics, alexei navalny, is being treated in hospital in germany after a suspected poisoning. mr navalny collapsed on board a plane after drinking a cup of tea his supporters believe was laced with poison. russian doctors said they found no trace of any poison. damian mcguiness reports from berlin. after days of stalemate, kremlin critic alexei navalny has arrived here, at the charite hospital in berlin. on thursday, he collapsed into a coma on an internal flight to moscow. russian doctors say they found no evidence that mr navalny had been poisoned. but his family and supporters believe he was. they hope he will recover, now that he's in
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germany. i'm sure that they can treat him and do everything to eliminate this toxic agent from his body. and i hope that in germany they have such a high level of medicine, we have no such opportunities in russia as german doctors have. the flight to germany was organised by a berlin based ngo, that has also helped other russian activists in the past. he is in critical condition. the most important thing is that he is stable after the flight. but this doesn't mean anything for the future. this hospital is very used to dealing with controversial political figures. just two years ago, another russian political activist was also treated here, also for suspected poisoning. now, we don't know for definite if alexei navalny was in fact poisoned or not. that's what german doctors here are going to have to try to find out. alexei navalny is russia's highest profile opposition leader
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and he is a ferocious critic of vladimir putin, who he accuses of corruption. mr navalny‘s supporters say he has been targeted before. last year, he fell ill after an acute allergic reaction. he said he was poisoned. but whatever german doctors here discover, germany's government will be keen to avoid this turning into a diplomatic row between berlin and moscow. damien mcguinness, bbc news, berlin. in the us, california is struggling to contain huge wildfires burning homes and forests. more than 12,000 firefighters have been tackling the blazes that have killed six people so far. the fires were caused by thousands of lightning strikes during a heat wave, with some of the highest ever temperatures recorded. it's been a difficult summer for couples wanting to get married who have had to cancel their wedding plans. it's also hit those who work to make the big day happen.
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many claim that the wedding sector is a "forgotten industry" and the government should act fast to prevent thousands of jobs being lost. our consumer affairs correspondent sarah corker reports. the big fairy tale wedding at a castle or country house is now on hold for thousands of couples. we do a lot of weddings from all over the world, and people come here because they can do larger numbers. coronavirus has forced the boutique hotel group to cancel or postpone 250 weddings across three venues in cheshire. rules in england restrict the number of guests to 30. in scotland, it's 20. in northern ireland and wales it depends on the size of the venue. so this is the drawing room. it seats 165. here at peckforton castle, smaller weddings are just not financially viable. it is frustrating that pubs can be jam—packed but, unfortunately we've got, i think our sales, which we've probably to date lost 8 million in sales.
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just a huge figure. business owners like chris say this multi—billion pound industry is one of the last to emerge from lockdown, and the sector needs help if it is to recover. venues want the government to give them a time frame for when restrictions will ease, so they can plan ahead. between april and august, an estimated 123,000 weddings were postponed or cancelled. and it's notjust venues that are losing huge sums of money, it's sent a ripple effect through the entire industry, affecting photographers, caterers and florists too. helen's work as a wedding photographer disappeared overnight. to pay the bills, she's been doing lockdown family shoots. she is also taking advantage of a mortgage holiday to ease the financial strain. what impact have these cancellations and postponements had on you? it is peak season right now, so it's the worst time for us
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to all lose a year's income, because that's when you get the main bulk of it. and this is what a covid secure wedding looks like. masks, social distancing, singing should be avoided and dancing at the reception isn't allowed. hayley and jordan from southport were due to get married next weekend, but whittling down the guest list proved tricky. just keep postponing until we cannot postpone any more and we can walk down the aisle together. and the race for 2021 dates is already fierce — nearly 500,000 weddings are expected to take place next year. sarah corker, bbc news in cheshire. cricket, and rain has affected the second day's play in the third and final test between england and pakistan. england resumed in a strong position in southampton, with batsman zak crawley closing in on a double century, but then the weather intervened. play did briefly resume before a second rain interruption,
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with england on 336—4. that's all for now. the next news on bbc one is at six o'clock, bye for now. you're watching bbc news. let's get more on the extra restrictions that have been put in place in parts of north west england. council leaders in the region are calling for more clarity on new coronavirus restrictions which came into force in some areas at midnight. the measures ban people in oldham, blackburn and parts of pendle in lancashire from socialising, but have stopped short of a full economic lockdown. earlier i spoke to the labour leader of pendle borough council — mohammed iqbal — who told me there is a lot of frustration locally. i am extremely concerned and confused by these restrictions because what the government have done yesterday is split pendle.
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on one side of the road you are under the old restrictions and on the other side of the road you are under the new restrictions but the confusing thing is they made the announcement yesterday morning and 2a hours later we are still waiting for the detailed guidance in terms of what people can and cannot do. they have said you cannot socialise with anybody outside your own home but you can still go to pubs, places of faith, childcare facilities, so the rules are very vague if not nonexistent. have you tried to get clarity? we have tried to get clarity. we have had discussions with officials all week about what they want to do and we believed in pendle any further restrictions was not the right way because the community volunteers who have been out on the doorstep persuading people to go and get tested has been a fantastic response in return but we asked the government where people were tested last weekend they have
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still not had their results and we have said now is too soon to do further restrictions. we asked for additional resources to do more testing in pendle and over the last few weeks we have been the highest testers in the north—east of england. for those who test positive, one of the big things i was getting feedback on was if somebody tests positive they were having to go into self isolation for 1h days at the risk of having no income into their household and for many people living in deprived areas that is a big concern because are they going to self—isolate for 1h days, or go out and get money to put food on the table? yesterday against local approval they have gone ahead with these extra restrictions only in parts of pendle which is not right. i hear your objections but i guess your duty is now to enforce those restrictions.
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how does it work? my duty is to enforce the restrictions but the reality is i do not know what the restrictions are because 2a hours ago the government made this announcement. i had people ringing me all day yesterday and this morning asking what they can do and i am having to be honest that i do not have the answers because government have not issued a guidance. this is very short—sighted that instead of talking to the local authority about what restrictions are in place and how they are going to enforce those restrictions they make the announcement and people are left in limbo. that is not fair on local people. presumably the other people who are in a difficult spot here are your local police force because if they are involved in enforcement it sounds like they might have difficulty knowing what they are supposed to be enforcing. the police were notified yesterday by the same release i received and the police through the cuts do not have the resources to police
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and enforce whatever rules the government have put out so what should have happened is there should have been serious dialogue with the relevant authorities before they made the announcement but instead they have made it and that is penalising local people and putting additional pressure on local services including the police. it's been almost three weeks since the explosion in beirut‘s port, which killed around 180 people and caused enormous damage to the city. it's emerged that large numbers of syrian refugees were among the casualties. lebanon is home to around one and a half million syrians who fled the war, which began in 2011. away from home, working in menialjobs and subject to discrimination, their lives are already difficult enough. our correspondent paul adams, just back from beirut, met one syrian family near the port whose lives have been completely torn apart by the explosion. there's not a lot to pick up, but syrian refugees don't have very much. so mahmoud and his brother—in—law fawaz salvage what they can
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from what used to be the family home. no—one was living closer to the blast. beirut‘s shattered grain silo is just a few hundred metres away. mahmoud's father worked here as concierge. these were once luxury apartments. it will be a long time before anyone moves back in. as mahmoud raced here on august 4th, fawazhad already pulled 16—year—old sidra's lifeless body from the rubble. he's struggling with the memory. the rest of the family survived, but only just. translation: my father was here on this wall. my sisters and my mother were standing right behind him. my mother said, please, come in. there's smoke over there, let's go inside. he said, it's fine, it's only smoke. and then the explosion happened.
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on a street nearby, syrian refugees clamour for help. many live or work around the port. dozens died in the explosion. with homes damaged and breadwinners gone, their already precarious existence in lebanon hasjust become a little harder. exhausted and broken, mahmoud's family is nursing its many wounds, and are grieving for sidra. 11—year—old houda has a broken neck. her mother fatima a broken back and leg. and ali, the concierge, a fractured skull. he's still blind in one eye. with beirut‘s hospitals overwhelmed, the family must look after themselves. they have no savings, and now no work either. they're spending what little they have on medicine and this rented apartment, far from the city. ali doubts he will ever make it back to hisjob.
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translation: i don't know. how will i see? how will i recover? i don't know. my head hurts. i lost a daughter. my wife is sick. my other daughter is sick. i can't go back. it's left to mahmoud and fawaz to pick up the pieces. right now they don't know where to start. translation: i hate it when someone calls me a refugee, when i am able to work and make money. i have my dignity. i never put out my hand and ask for help. but now i really need help. my situation is really, really bad. all i am thinking about is how to get out of here. i hate this country. my sister died here. when syrians came to lebanon they thought they were at least safe.
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with that illusion now shattered, some just want to leave. paul adams, bbc news. six years ago, the life of the pakistan schoolboy ahmad nawaz changed forever when his school was targeted by taliban gunmen. the attack left more than 130 children dead. ahmad — then aged 1a — only survived by playing dead. the road to recovery has been long, but ahmad's life is about to change again — he's accepted a place to study at oxford university. bbc asian network's shabnam mahmood reports. that was a horrible day, i will never be able to forget the things that happened that day. december 2014, over 130 children and their teachers died in an attack by the taliban on a school in peshawar, in pakistan. my friends being killed of course in front of my eyes, that is one of the pictures
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i will never be able to forget. ahmad nawaz, who also lost his younger brother in the massacre, was shot in the arm. it shattered the bone and i had to go through 11 surgeries. so severe were his injuries he was flown to a birmingham hospital, which specialises in trauma injuries. i met him shortly after his operation. he explained how he played dead to stay alive. i kept quiet and showed myself dead to them because there was so much blood, my shirt was fully red and my face also was fully red so therefore they think that he has died. having made the uk his home, ahmad is determined to do well. now, he has secured a place at oxford university to study philosophy. ifeel extremely proud having come from such an atrocity a few years ago.
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i feel this is a success notjust for me but all the people who were shot in that attack. like his friend malala yousafzai, who also survived a taliban attack he is no less ambitious. i would also like to help people through my own organisation which i am setting up to try and empower people to eradicate extremism from the world. going to oxford university is a dream come true for the teenager who lived through one of the deadliest terror attacks. i think my survival was a miracle in a sense, and now i am just trying my best to do something in the second chance that i have been given. news coming in on the case of harry
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maguire the england defender and manchester united captain who has been appearing in front of the greek prosecutor in relation to allegations about events on mykonos earlier this week. the statement from manchester united which has just appeared says we note the adjournment of the case to allow the legal team to consider the case file. harry has pleaded not guilty to the charges. it would be inappropriate for the player or the clu b to inappropriate for the player or the club to comment further while the legal process takes its course. the hearing is on tuesday and maguire is leaving greece. this is coming from oui’ leaving greece. this is coming from our sports team. they say that the defender has been cleared to fly home following his appearance in court this morning, that case to resign on tuesday in court. small music venues are being thrown a lifeline this week, with 135 of those most at risk of closing getting
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emergency funding. the troubadour in london, where adele and ed sheeran performed early gigs, and the jacaranda in liverpool, where the beatles held early rehearsals, are among the recipients of the government's culture recovery fund. here's lizo mzimba with more. artists ranging from chrissie hynde to paul young and bands ranging from motorhead to u2 have played here at the horn in st albans. it's one of 135 music venues across england that are receiving emergency grants from the government. the money's been welcomed by hard—hit venues that might otherwise be facing closure over the next few months. after that, though, there's still uncertainty. whether it's going to be enough long—term, i doubt it. because we're never going to get back to 100% normality very quickly, so i would think there would have to be extra funding put in place
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going forward from march, spring next year, going into next year. smaller grassroots venues are seen as an essential part of the industry. places that are receiving the emergency cash include modern venues like camp and furnace in liverpool, and historic bush hall in london, once a rehearsal space for the likes of the who and cliff richard, more recently used for socially distanced gigs which could then be viewed by fans. sites the government has decided need priority funding. it's over £3 million that we are giving to those venues who are right up against the wall now, and need for cash, before the allocation of the full amount, £1.57 billion, a record investment in our culture. that figure of more than £1.5 billion is the total allocated to the government's culture recovery fund, which aims to help areas including the performing arts and theatres, museums, galleries and independent
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cinemas, all coping with the impact of coronavirus. lizo mzimba, bbc news. let's get more now on the wedding industry and the impact that coronavirus has had on it. earlier i spoke to a couple getting married this afternoon and a wedding venue owner — about the decisions they've had to make about their big day. we had originally planned for april and then we put it to next year and then october and now today so we are happy. are you nervous about how it is going to go with all of the social distancing and the extra hygiene or fairly comfortable it is just going to be perfect? it will be fine. we are very comfortable that deborah has got everything in hand for us. one last question about the numbers and the guests. presumably you have had to cut down your numbers of guests. has that been a difficult question of etiquette
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about who is on the final list and who isn't? not really, because we are having a big party next year and we are having our family with us today which will be lovely because the important thing is getting married and we have our family here which is lovely. that is the spirit. deborah, for you it is the first wedding you have held there this year. quite a big day for you as well. absolutely. it has been a very long time coming. our last wedding was new year's eve and that was a huge party which was fantastic but it has been a very strange year as you can imagine and we have been very lucky because we have the potential to be able to move everybody to next year which a lot of venues do not have. so many small businesses like us all over the country struggling at the moment. it is just fantastic to have ray and catherine here.
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it is fantastic to be here and it is a beautiful venue. talking about the importance of what is happening today, beautiful flowers in front of you, and that makes the point as well that it is notjust the venues but the florists and caterers and the photographers and everybody involved. absolutely. i have so many people we deal with normally. mark the photographer, his wife has done most of the flowers, the ones in front of you were done by me, but she has done most of the flowers. both of their incomes have been completely decimated this year. good luck to the happy couple. we could not see the weather. the weather is going to be a bit of a mixed bag for some of us this afternoon, with sunny spells, lengthy sunny spells, and also lighter winds.
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the temperatures today in the sunshine in the south will get up to around 23 in london and norwich, 19 in liverpool and around the high teens also in glasgow and edinburgh. plenty of showers from northern ireland through the lake district and northern england, and other areas as well. tonight most of us will have a dry night. it won't be cold at all, just like last night. temperatures will dip to 1a in london and around 11 in aberdeen and glasgow. on sunday, the wind will be lighter still, again, showers on the cards for northern ireland, for the lake district, perhaps the north west of england, the peak district too and into lincolnshire. the best of the weather will be across the south and the south—east, and here in the sunshine once again up to 23 degrees. goodbye. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines:
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uk tourists who've been on holiday to croatia, austria and trinidad & tobago now have to isolate for 1h days when they get back. hundreds of thousands of people in north—west england are told not to socialise with anyone outside their household to stem coronavirus infections. the manchester united and england footballer, harry maguire, has appeared before prosecutors in ereeee — he was arrested ~ —— , ~~


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