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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. millions of people across the uk face tighter covid—19 restrictions, as residents in wales begin a 17—day lockdown and south yorkshire comes under tier 3 rules. countries across europe take action as infections surge, with some imposing more social limitations than during the first wave of the pandemic. as us coronavirus cases hit a new daily record — democratic presidential candidate joe biden makes his pledge to provide free vaccine for all — but president trump accuses him of overstating the crisis. sudan is to normalize diplomatic relations with israel — the third arab state to do so in two months — with the help of washington. and dozens of businesses and community groups come forward
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to back footballer marcus rashford's campaign to feed disadvantaged children in england during the school holidays. hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world — and stay with us for the latest news and analysis from here and across the globe. millions of people across the uk are beginning their first full day of tighter coronavirus restrictions. people across wales are now in a so—called ‘firebrea k‘ lockdown — which will last for 17 days. they'll now only be able to go out for a few reasons such as to buy food and exercise. meanwhile more than 1.3 million
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people in south yorkshire are now having to follow england's strictest coronavirus measures. the change means that about seven million people, all in northern england, are living with the very highest alert level. elsewhere in europe — tens of thousands of new cases have been reported in the last 2a hours. france has now passed a million infections — the second european country to do so. and in the united states, more than 80,000 new cases were recorded on friday — the highest daily figure so far. with a week and a half until the country goes to the polls — the handling of the pandemic has remained a central issue in the electoral campaign. much more on those stories to come — but first — our reporter john mcmanus takes us through the details across the uk. pulling down the shutters and hanging up the closed sign. wales has begun its first full today of a national lockdown which the cardiff government hopes will slow the spread of covid—19. all but essential businesses have closed — that means no more indoor exercise for a while.
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people can no longer meet others they don't live with, either indoors or out, and they are discouraged from leaving home, except to buy food and medication, provide care or go to work. yesterday afternoon in cardiff, people made the most of the chance to grab a drink at a bar. though it wasn't long before the streets began to clear. and although supermarkets remain open, they have been told not to sell nonessential items. there is a bigger prize at stake here than whether you need to buy a candle or not. it is a straightforward matter of fairness. we are in this together here in wales. no individual and no organisation is above the effort that we are all required to make. over the border, police in gloucestershire say they're going to check that drivers heading out of wales have a good reason to be travelling. elsewhere, in england, 1.4 million people in south yorkshire have moved into the highest tier 3 restriction, with households barred
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from meeting in venues, and pubs not serving food forced to close. absolutely everything that we've done complies with covid, and we are "covid—safe", as people are saying. the general consensus from the public is that they feel safer in a pub rather than going to a supermarket. warrington will follow south yorkshire from thursday, and coventry, stoke and slough are now under tier 2 rules. nottinghamshire, which is also in tier 2, is in talks about whether it should move to the very highest alert level. meanwhile, the scottish government has unveiled its own five tier alert system — restrictions will vary across the country. and all parts of the uk are now watching closel, to see if any one nation has discovered the magic formula to stop covid—19 in its tracks, or at the very least, find a way to live with it.
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35 of the uk's leading cultural organisations and venues will be the first to receive grants between one and three million pounds from the government's £1.57 billion coronavirus culture recovery fund. £75 million will protect some of the nation's most significant stages including shakespeare's globe, sadler‘s wells and the old vic. we can speak now to dan bates, chief executive of sheffield theatres which includes the sheffield crucible and is one of the organisations to have been awarded funding. as we've been also saying south yorkshire is in the highest tier 3 restrictions. good to speak to you today but it is a strange day to be talking to you about hopefully your theatre is reopening in the early parts of next year but you're the opening scene of the night, and you can in the ape at the night, and you can in the ape at the next year. how much difference will this money may? i think it is
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great to tell everybody the news today, to wake up to knowing that we have got just today, to wake up to knowing that we have gotjust over £2.2 million in the government's culture recovery fund is absolutely fantastic news. we have started to reopen very slowly and this will enable us to kind of grow and sustain us out of the tour match, the end of march. but does it mean in terms of people are needed at the opportunity to come into your venues, how different that experience has been for those who have been coming back, as you say, to some of the event you have been holding already? we have been working really hard with sheffield city council and public health england and the dc ms and trying to work as a safe way of opening theatres and we have been doing this 110w theatres and we have been doing this now for a few weeks now sheffield and we feel confident that we can keep people safe. the auditorium capacity is reduced from just over a thousand seats to 230. people are satin bubbles of four, three, two is one and there are lots of kind of measures put in like wearing masks as well when you're watching a
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performance, really, so we felt it was really important that theatres, oui’ was really important that theatres, our theatre particularly should do something and not ride this out but to make sure that people are getting some kind of live entertainment, really, and i think people need to... you know, we all need a little bit ofjoy in our lives, particularly at the moment. bit ofjoy in our lives, particularly at the momentlj bit ofjoy in our lives, particularly at the moment. i think everybody would say you can say that again. in terms of being inside the auditorium, people having to wear face masks, sitting in groups depending on who they come in with. how has that affected the atmosphere of performances? everyday we're kind of performances? everyday we're kind of learning and kind of refining the kind of experience really and it is different. we set some kind of para meters different. we set some kind of parameters for ourselves to make sure that the shows were quite short, but there wasn't an interval as well, but we are, the events that i have been at, people have been so excited about coming back into the theatre, really. yes, you've got to
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have your temperature ta ken, theatre, really. yes, you've got to have your temperature taken, where mass, sanitise your hands and all that kind of stuff, but i think all of that makes people feel more confident about coming into a theatre which is essential. —— temperature taken, wear a mask. and thatis temperature taken, wear a mask. and that is important because presumably not withstanding this welcome additional support from the taxpayer, from government money, you still must have seen a phenomenal reduction in your income. yeah, i mean, it's not... it's been a challenge is an understatement, really. it was not a terrifying time for everyone. well, covid's been a terrifying time for the world. let's think about the industry as you're talking to is now. 85% of our income comes from our audience a one match the 16 that was turned off so we have had a huge challenge really. —— so on march the 16th that was ten. i really welcome the funding from the furlough scheme, the emergency funding and the culture funding as
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well because that has really kept us going. 0ur well because that has really kept us going. our business model has dramatically changed and we are only opening one theatre at the moment. we have the lyceum and our studio theatre sat kind of empty and this money gives us theatre sat kind of empty and this money gives us some theatre sat kind of empty and this money gives us some time and some space to start to develop and to start to look at practices about how those theatres could open under social distancing as well, but, yeah, it's been a terrifying time but people have also been missed in our industry. we know our freelancers, we employ hundreds and hundreds of freelances every year, we haven't been able to do that for some time. that is why we're really excited with the season of work that we have started here in sheffield, they together season, has enabled us to at least start working with freelancers again so it's small steps, not huge, it's small steps to kind of get is open again and, you know, it is of enabling us to see a future and beyond march which, some weeks ago, if you asked me that you might have got a different opinion. that's encouraging news. i suppose everybody in south yorkshire is
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really hoping that the 80th three restrictions are temporary and that you can move back into more opening again sooner rather than later, and one high spot that you have held out asa one high spot that you have held out as a source of hope for people in south yorkshire is that there will be pa ntos south yorkshire is that there will be pantos at christmas. yes. we were really, really keen to make sure that our panto wasn't cancelled this year and christmas wasn't cancelled as well so we have worked with our pa nto com pa ny as well so we have worked with our pa nto company that as well so we have worked with our panto company that we produce the show with an hour panto dame damian williams so, yes, moving into the crucible this year, he's been dying to do that, to be honest, so it is moving into the crucible. it's sort ofa moving into the crucible. it's sort of a pop—up panto. it will be an hour and ten minutes for 230 people. we're going to do it three times a day and we've had a real great response to that kind of news and just last week i was talking to two schools in sheffield were saying we really don't want to leave the kind of winter term when they break up the christmas. they don't want any
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of their children to feel that christmas has been cancelled and i just... wedding everything that we can to make sure we can get that school in here at the theatre as well. but, yes, it's created a little bit of a... the comments were having from our audiences have been here and feel safe, giving them some hope and thinking about the future, which is important. yes they do from all over the country hope to those words. dan bates from sheffield theatres, thank you very much for being with us. well elsewhere in europe, several countries have reported coronavirus infection rates higher than during the first wave of the pandemic. in france, the government has imposed a six—week overnight curfew on two—thirds of the country. paul hawkins reports. another patient arriving at a hospital in paris. nearly half of france's intensive care beds are now
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occupied by covid patients, with the number of cases now passing 1 million. the french president says his country will be fighting the virus until at least next summer. in the meantime, new restrictions have come into force, covering two thirds of the country, that is 46 million people. translation: at this stage, we have no other choice but to slow down. meaning reduce social life as much as possible, to limit contacts, to break the spread. if we really want to preserve our health system, and our fellow citizens, we are forced to do this. in athens it is a similar story. greece will impose a night—time curfew in covid hotspots, from saturday, with restrictions on movement in several areas including the capital. coronavirus cases are increasing exponentially across europe. in belgium, staff at this hospital in brussels are under relentless pressure, with new covid admissions every day. there are real fears the hospital's intensive care unit could be overwhelmed, leaving doctors and nurses unable to give the level of care they want to.
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translation: i remember it from the previous time, it eats you up inside. because you want to do it right and when you can't do that, because of lack of time, or physical problems, you take that with you as a doctor and as a nurse. let's talk about our next section. in the us with ten days to go until america votes, polling shows coronavirus remains the most important election issue. we're fighting it and fighting it hard. there is a spike and... more than 80,000 new cases were recorded on friday, the highest daily number since the pandemic began. the grim milestone comes as pharmaceutical giant astrazeneca says it is resuming vaccine trials after they were stopped for seven weeks because one of the participants became ill. president trump has said he wants any potential vaccine to be freely available, and now, his challenger has matched that promise. once we have a safe
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and effective vaccine it has to be free to everyone. whether or not you are insured. but the two differ on when a vaccine might be available. the president says weeks. joe biden and most scientists say months. paul hawkins, bbc news. protesters in the italian city of naples opposed to stricter coronavirus measures have clashed with police overnight. police responded with tear gas after some demonstrators threw smoke bombs and firecrackers. the crowd defied a night—time curfew imposed late on friday in the campania region after cases rose. the regional president has called for a national lockdown to avoid casualties seen in the first wave earlier this year. other news — and donald trump has boasted of a foreign policy win, after sudan agreed to normalise relations with israel. it's the third arab league nation to do so in two months. the palestinians have condemned the deal, describing it
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as a further betrayal. nomia iqbal reports from washington. the state of israel and the republic of sudan have agreed to make peace. president trump invited reporters into the oval office to witness his exchange with the leader of israel and sudan on the phone. and he couldn't help but take a swipe at his democrat presidential rivaljoe biden, as he spoke to the israeli leader binyamin netanyahu. you think sleepyjoe could've made this deal, baby? sleepyjoe. ithink... do you think he would have made this deal? somehow i don't think so. well, mr president, one thing i can tell you is we appreciate the help for peace from anyone in america, and we appreciate what you have done enormously. in return, sudan has been removed from a us list of state sponsors of terrorism, which now allows the north african
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nation to receive much—needed economic aid and investment. mike pompeo visited sudan's capital in august. he was the first us secretary of state to do so in more arab league country to formally recognise israel this year, after the uae and bahrain. this gives credibility to donald trump's reputation as a deal maker, and is a huge foreign policy win for him. he's trying to push this as steps towards getting what he considers the deal of the century, peace between the israelis and the palestinians. but palestinian officials have called this latest move a further betrayal. we are totally denouncing this deal, and we are sure that the sudanese people intellectuals, sudanese national parties, the people of sudan, also will reject this deal because sudan and the people of sudan,
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they have firmly stand with the palestinian cause. it was in khartoum back in the 60s when arab nations agreed to never negotiate with israel until an independent palestinian state was established. priorities are changing for some countries who now see the benefit of working with a us president who is open to making deals. and that is increasingly leaving palestinians sidelined. nomia iqbal, bbc news, washington. dozens of businesses and community groups have given their support to the england and manchester united footballer marcus rashford's campaign to feed disadvantaged children during the school holidays. the footballer has called them the "superheroes of the nation", after a labour proposal to extend the meals beyond term time in england was voted down. the government says they have provided substantial support to families facing difficulties. let's speak to our political correspondentjessica parker.
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this campaign has had a lot of impact notjust this campaign has had a lot of impact not just a this campaign has had a lot of impact notjust a marcus rashford but on the parliamentary setback this week. yes, marcus rashford has been campaigning but then labour brought this motion in saying they wa nted brought this motion in saying they wanted to bring free school meals and vouchers in over the holidays and vouchers in over the holidays and that was voted down opposed by mostly but not all conservative mps. the government says it is provided targeted support to the rubble families and increasing the amount available in welfare as well but undoubtedly there is political pressure on ministers, and mp5, among them ben bradley, the conservative mp for the mansfield, who has come under particular criticism after on social media he appeared to suggest free school meal vouchers meant money going to in his words crack dens and brothels. he
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said his words have been taken out of context. there are kids who live in really chaotic situations, really difficult lives, where actually giving them an unrestricted voucher to spend on whatever isn't helpful. the point i am making is we need to wrap our arms as a society around those families. that is why government has given that money to local government because they are best placed working with social services, working with schools to be able to find those families, to target them to help them in a kind of more holistic way than meal vouchers. all the labour party have called on him to apologise. meanwhile, the conservative party are calling on keir starmer to make an apology for something that is deputy angela rayner said in the house of commons this week during the debate about the financial support on of the two areas in tier3, the financial support on of the two areas in tier 3, the highest tier of restrictions. she has already apologised for using the words come during a parliamentary debate whilst a conservative mp was speaking but overnight we have seen a letter from the co—chair of the conservative party and a 100 conservative
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backbenchers who are saying the comment made by angela rayner resulted in widespread abuse towards members of the parliamentary party and their calling on keir starmer to also apologise for what has happened. i have asked the labour party for a response and i will bring you that when i have it but i think it does show you it has been a pretty fraught week in parliament. jessica parker, thank you. a pakistani television channel says that one of its reporters has gone missing in karachi. ali imran syed, who works for geo news, did not return home on friday evening after going out to a nearby bakery. amnesty international said it feared he had been subjected to an "enforced disappearance for his reporting" and called on the authorities to establish his whereabouts immediately. is this the moment for wholesale change in chile? that may seem odd for a country recently praised as being one of the most stable countries in the region, with dramatic falls in rates of poverty too. but many inequalities remain, and the past 12 months has seen a stream of protests and demonstrations, prompting a referendum this sunday on rewriting chile's 50—year old constitution. 0ur south america correspondent
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katy watson has more. chile is a country used earthquakes, but few people expected the shake—up that we seen this past year. in just 12 months, chile went from being in a way to stability, as its president described it, to a country wanting to the right to the rules. —— oasis of stability. it all started when santiago hiked its metro ticket prices by just santiago hiked its metro ticket prices byjust 4 cents. it represented the ticking points, emitting anger and resentment among millions struggling to make ends meet among a country that on the surface look like it was succeeding. in the weeks afterwards, hundreds of thousands took to the streets to call for change. among the demands, better education, more quality, and for many, the president's
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resignation. the demonstrations were largely but clashes with protesters and heavy—handed responses by the authorities have marked this past year too. jenny's current constitution was drawn up and 1980 underformer dictator constitution was drawn up and 1980 under former dictator augusto pinochet. in a modern democracy, there is no place for it, critics argue, and they say access to basic services shouldn't be in the hands of private businesses. you'll system needs to change. after a pause in protesting because of covid—19, people have returned to the streets. peaceful protests like this and more troubling ones like this. tension is high in chile and so our expectations. the problem that chile has in the social movement has shown is that it's a system made just for a few people. it guarantees immunity, impunity, and a dignified life for the privileged few. what we
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wa nt to life for the privileged few. what we want to have as a constitution which guarantees equality and rights for any damage everyone, with dignified conditions where there is no such thing as first and second class citizens. chileans and expected to approve a new constitution but there are critics. those who say the current set of rules help this country to prosper and tearing it up could bring economic instability at the worst possible time. chile needs to be firm and needs to build a better country but it seems to be what many people want to do is rewrite history and deny the existence and the presence of pinna shirt and the importance pinochet it had in implementing the economic model. is it rewriting the pastor wanting to be followed with a clean slate? however you look at it, sunday's vote will define chile's future. katie watson, bbc news.
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talks are continuing between david frost and michel barnier in london on the uk—eu future relationship. negotiations stalled last week after a summit in brussels where eu leaders called on the uk to "make the necessary moves" towards a deal following a week—long standoff. headteachers in england say they're "bitterly disappointed" that the number of laptops they're given for deprived children has been cut by 80%. the government says the devices will be sent to the areas of greatest need. 0ne school says it will receive 66 computers, rather than the 332 it was promised. indian cricket legend kapil dev is on the road to recovery after undergoing emergency cardiac surgery in new delhi. the 61—year—old was rushed to a hospital in the capital after complaining of chest pain on friday. doctors say he suffered a heart attack but he's now in a stable condition. indian cricket legend kapil dev is on the road to recovery plans to scrap tax—free shopping at airports could cause "wholly unnecessary job losses" in the aviation sector, according to a group of mps.
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from january, shops at airports will no longer be able to sell items like perfumes and electronics to international passengers. the cross—party "future of aviation group", has urged the chancellor to reverse the decision. the treasury said the lower prices were not consistently passed on to consumers. people living in a small fishing village in ireland are worried about the welfare of its resident dolphin after it suddenly disappeared. fungie has lived in dingle harbour for almost a0 years — and has become a main attraction bringing tourists to the town. a full search operation was launched to find him but after two weeks there's been no sign of him. he's more than just a dolphin to all of us. he's actually a member of the community because where we swim and where we have actually kind of congregate and walk he lives there for nearly four decades so for us as swimmers and as townspeople he represents enormous joy and for us as a community we have really felt
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sadness in the last week. we're very hopeful that maybe he's just gone out and he's socialising and maybe he's involved with the covid and gone into isolation, but we'rejust really hopeful that he will return. fingers crossed for that dolphin. you're watching bbc news. hello there. the weather will be typically autumnal this weekend with low pressure nearby, deep area of low pressure will bring windy weather with gales and a band of rain which will move through and then we will see sunshine and showers and there will be quite a bit of sunshine this weekend especially part two of the weekend so it won't be a complete wash—out but you can see the deep area of low pressure anchored to the north—west of the uk out in the atlantic, lots of isobars on the charts and strong winds and also an active band of cloud and rain spreading across the country,
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it will brighten up across scotland and northern ireland as we go into the afternoon, it will lie across western parts of england and wales, very heavy rain as it moves through and gusty winds but it won't reach the south—east until after dark so here it will stay mild and largely dry as temperatures reach 16 or 17 degrees but behind the rain band the low teens celsius but at least you will have sunshine to compensate although there will continue to be lots of blustery showers. that band of heavy rain will continue to spread eastwards into east anglia and the south—east, a bit of a hangback of rain across the east as we go into the first part of the night. don't forget the clocks go back one hour so we are really into that autumnal feel with those nights drawing in. that area of rain will eventually clear away from the south—east, by the end of the night it will be windy across north and west areas with lots of showers, temperatures in single figures for all.
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we have low pressure still close by on sundayjust to the north—west of the uk so another blustery day, maybe not quite as windy as today and we will see sunshine and showers, most of these affecting north and western areas and also the south coast, running through the english channel, affecting the channel islands. some eastern parts of scotland and england could stay dry altogether but it will be windy, these are the mean wind speeds, gusts will be a bit higher than these values suggest and it will be fresh across the board tomorrow including the south—east, temperatures of 10—14 celsius. as we head into the start of next week it remains unsettled, low pressure still with us on monday bringing another fairly blustery day with showers and another waiting in the wings so it looks like a turbulent week weather—wise, very autumnal with spells of strong winds and some rain but some sunshine in between, too.
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hello and welcome to the programme that brings together some of the uk's leading commentators, bbc specialists and the foreign correspondents whose stories are published back home, ‘dateline — london'. we're devoting this week's programme to climate change and the human, political efforts to tackle it. joining me this week, isabel hilton established china dialogue, an independent organisation trying to increase awareness of environmental threats and opportunities. henry chu is london editor for the los angeles times.
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la a city which has experienced its own climate challenge in recent months. with me in the studio, at a suitable distance, the bbc‘s chief environment correspondent, justin rowlatt. whether or not you accept that changes to the climate have been driven by the industry of man or not, you can't be indifferent to the consequences. if crop yields become less predictable, everybody‘s food gets more expensive. if the temperature range grows but the change in heat and cold is more erratic than it once was, everyone's life is affected. yes, if the arctic ice melts it could open up new, faster sea routes, an opportunity for trade; but as ice turns to water so sea levels and coastal communities may have to move or disappear. for half an hour, let's forget covid—19, brexit and all. trying to mitigate the impact of climate change is the biggest challenge us or any of our political leaders will everface.

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