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hello, this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. us president—electjoe biden says he will ask americans to wear masks for his first 100 days in office to limit the spread of coronavirus. talks are set to continue in london about a post brexit ready with very side is urgently seeking compromises —— post exit trade deal with both sides urgently seeking compromises —— brexit. warner brothers is to stream all its films next year
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at the same time as they are showing in cinemas. and the million dollar teacher. an indian teacher wins this year's global teacher prize. hello there and welcome. president—electjoe biden says he will issue a standing order for masks to be worn in all us government buildings and on public transport to limit the spread of coronavirus. he also said he would ask americans to wear face masks for his first 100 days in office. my inclination is on the first day iam inclination is on the first day i am inaugurated to say i am going to ask the public for 100 days to mask just going to ask the public for 100 days to maskjust100 days, not forever, 100 days. and i think we will see a significant reduction that occurs with vaccinations and masking, to
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drive down the numbers considerably. the united states has recorded its highest ever daily death toll from coronavirus, more than 2800 people in a single day stop 100,000 people are in hospital being treated for the disease ina being treated for the disease in a country which already has the highest level death toll. the governor of california has announced a statewide stay—at—home order which will ta ke stay—at—home order which will take effect once the number of available beds in intensive ca re available beds in intensive care units falls below a certain threshold. the state's social distancing rules will be the strictest in the us. our washington correspondent lebo disekojoins me now. it's great to see you. it looks likejoe biden wants to charge a different path when it comes to tackling coronavirus in the united states? yeah, how more different could it be, nancy, two donald trump a's approach? certainly. i think this is a
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surprise, given what donald trump said would be his approach. biden said he would be led by the science, doing what medics told him to do. but it certainly is a big departure from donald trump's approach, which has at best been inconsistent, particularly when it comes to mask wearing. i was interested to see he really seemed to be bringing doctor fauci in from the cold. we have seen him sidelined quite a bit by donald trump over the last few weeks, really. and in this interview on cnn, joe biden said if doctor fauci said that a vaccine was safe, only if doctor fauci said that, he would be one of the first to get a vaccine, and also saying that he was going to as well, keep him in his currentjob, make him a chief medical advisor for make him a chief medical advisorfor him. that make him a chief medical advisor for him. that is really quite something in his different approach, too.
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quite something in his different approach, tool quite something in his different approach, too. i am just wondering, lebo diseko, how americans are responding to this stop in the past, the wearing of masks has been a pretty divisive issue.|j wearing of masks has been a pretty divisive issue. i think it is still fairly divisive. it depends on where you are in the country, somewhere like washington, dc, pretty much eve ryo ne wears washington, dc, pretty much everyone wears a mask wherever you go, but in other parts of the country it really is still an issue about people's freedom, many people do take exception to being asked to wear a mask. but the figures, the rates of infection, hospitalisation and death are really, really shocking. just a stunning statistic i heard earlier today that, you know, you've got one person dying every 30 seconds in the united states, at the moment. that is a very grim reality. lebo diseko, thank you very much for coming. let's speak now to doctor davis, an infectious disease physician at washington university school of medicine,
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when we know from san luis, missouri. thank you for coming on to talk to us, doctor. we we re on to talk to us, doctor. we were just talking to our correspondent lebo diseko, talking about bringing in dr fauci from the cold. does this signal some kind of continuity, or change? absolutely. for those of us in the scientific community, i think a global sigh of relief, dr fauci is a well—respected, world—renowned leader in the infectious diseases community who has a record of leadership, of scientific progress that this country has needed. his record with a boulder is well—known, and what he brought to the table with this pandemic is one of the few areas of consistent messaging from leadership that we needed —— his record with ebola. it was disconcerting when there were periods where
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he was not available in the way that we were accustomed. this signals that the biden harris administration plan to bring science back to the fore what we should be doing around this pandemic. and as you say there, this intersection between politics and science has been sober announced during this pandemic. but we did also, not a long while ago, here from dr faucl a long while ago, here from dr fauci, apologising over some state m e nts fauci, apologising over some statements with regard to the uk's vaccine approval process and how quick that was. and with the uk obviously having made that big play to gain first approval and the source of vaccine nationalism we are seeing coming up, is there a concern among the rest of the us population about how quickly or slowly the vaccine is being approved —— sort of vaccine nationalism? yes. unfortunately
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because of how politics has taken centre stage with this, there are concerns among a lot of the population here that this has been a rushed process. it doesn't help when you use terms like 0peration warp speed, and i believe that has caused a lot of people do have concerns. a recent survey showed that almost half of americans do not plan to take the vaccine, and certainly the african—american community had numbers of up to 67%. this is a community already disproportionately affected in cases and deaths. so the barrier that we have to ove rco m e barrier that we have to overcome here is great. as a scientist, as a scientist, how much correlation do you see between the severity and the number of cases, covid cases in the us, and the approach the federal government has taken? let's be honest. we have clear
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cases across the world, of what has worked and what has not. countries that dedicated themselves to clear and consistent messaging from the outset, and to put in place restrictions that although were difficult, and understand me when i say my heart goes out to people with small businesses who have been impacted so devastatingly by how long this has continued, in the us, but again, in those countries, where these measures happened, it was short—term difficulty for long—term gain. and u nfortu nately, for long—term gain. and unfortunately, that's not a model that was adopted here in the us and now has resulted in folks being able to dig in, in some of their disbelieve is around what should or should not be done. so us in the public health arena have a difficult battle to overcome with behaviour change, with people who have had to deal with this for months and months on end and pandemic fatigue setting in. it is not
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insurmountable, however, and again, iam hopefulthat insurmountable, however, and again, i am hopeful that a biden — harris administration will give us the much—needed support and leadership that we need to see this through. doctor mati, thank you very much for your time today. well, posed brexit trade talks are to continue later today, despite a warning that the prospect of a breakthrough is receding. the uk government is making fresh demands at the 11th hour. here is 11 cut —— helen catt. demands at the 11th hour. here is 11 cut -- helen catt. it was a late dinnerfor the negotiating teams, but the chance of dealing a deal in the next few days is receding, according to a senior government source last night who accuse the eu are bringing in new elements at the 11th hour. you has hardened its sta nce hour. you has hardened its stance on common rules, in particular, how to enforce them. —— the eu.
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particular, how to enforce them. -- the eu. an eu source denied there had been any surprises or new demands from them. discussions on fishing had also gone back 2a hours, according to the uk's side, there are claims that france is taking a firm approach michel barnier is expected to go back to brussels later, as planned. talks do continue, what is going on inside the building he has left behind, we cannot know for sure. they turn for the worse, or theatrics nearing the end? we shall find out soon. helen catt, bbc news, westminster. let's take a look at some of the day's other news. an investigation will continue later into the cause ofan continue later into the cause of an explosion at a wastewater treatment works near bristol in south—west england, which left four people died. a fifth president was also heard but the injuries were not believed to be life—threatening —— fifth person was also hurt. new restrictions in wales are to
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come into force today as ministers try to slow a rise in covert infections. —— covid infections. funds and cafes will close and be banned from selling alcohol. people in italy are being advised not to travel to other parts of the country over the christmas holidays as part of strict new universe restrictions. the italian prime minister, giuseppe conte, urged people not to invite guests to their homes during the festive period. well, boris johnson homes during the festive period. well, borisjohnson is urging world leaders to set ambitious environmental targets for reducing carbon emissions ahead of a virtual climate summit next weekend. the british prime minister has vowed to reduce emissions by 68% by the end of the decade. here is our environment a nalyst. here is our environment analyst. as wildfires swept the globe this year, politicians have started to tackle climate change with increasing urgency. they need to radically cut
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planet eating emissions this decade, so boris johnson planet eating emissions this decade, so borisjohnson says the uk will reduce its emissions by 68%, that is based on 1990 levels. it won't be enough to stop widespread ice flooring in the arctic and antarctic, but it does pose a challenge to world leaders joining a virtual climate summit he is roasting next week. scientists say mr johnson's targets are achievable, but they wonder about his policies. the uk is doing very well on deploying renewable energy, wind energy, but we haven't seen a level of action entrance, for example —— level of action in transport. so we still have work to do. what is more common in some ways the uk is actually increasing emissions. take roadbuilding — the chancellor gave £27 billion to new roads, even though they will increase emissions. home insulation
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reduces emissions, but only £1 billion from the chancellor. 0ne scientist that all politicians now need to wear climate change glasses when they form policy, and they are not doing that yet roger harriman, bbc news. do stay with us here on bbc news. still to come: from belarus to georgia and onto armenia, by the seismic changes sweeping of the seismic changes sweeping of the old russian empire spell trust —— trouble in russia's backyard. it's quite clear that the worst victims of this disaster are the poor people living in the slums which have sprung up around the factory. i am feeling so helpless that the children are dying in front of me and i can't do anything. charles manson is the mystical leader of the hippie cult suspected of killing sharon tate and at least six other people in los angeles.
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at 11am this morning, just half a metre of rock separated britain from continental europe. it took the drills just a few moments to cut through the final obstacle. then philippe cozette, a minerfrom calais, was shaking hands and exchanging flags with robert fagg, his opposite number from dover. this is bbc news. the headlines: us president—electjoe biden says he will ask americans to wear masks for his first hundred days in office in order to limit the spread of coronavirus. britain and the eu will resume talks on a post
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brexit trade agreement today amid signs the chances of a deal the next three days are fading. 2020 has been a difficult year for the russian president vladimir putin are not is because of the pandemic. in recent months the kremlin has faced a series of challenges on its own doorstep, including mass protests in belarus, war in the south caucasus and a rise in pro—european sentiment in moldova. 0ur moscow correspondent steve rosenberg assesses what these dramatic events mean for russia's influence in its own back yard. across russia's former empire, we're seeing seismic change. in belarus, people power is challenging a dictator who's being propped up by moscow. to the south, armenia and azerbaijan have been at war. add to that a revolution in kyrgyzstan and the new pro—europe president in moldova,
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and the result is one huge headache for the kremlin. vladimir putin still sees much of this part of the world as moscow's zone of influence, but is that influence ebbing away? well, here in the south caucasus, where russia has been the major power for 200 years, today, it has competition... ..from turkey. in the war over nagorno—karabakh, it was turkish support that helped azerbaijan defeat russia's traditional ally in the region, armenia. i think that what happened in karabakh is truly a geopolitical catastrophe for moscow's influence not only in south caucasus, but across what remains of the post—soviet space. moscow's grip on the region is becoming weaker and weaker. we talked to the russian
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peacekeepers here. they seem wary of turkey's intentions. "traditionally, russia has guaranteed stability here," the peacekeeper says. "while other countries, i mean turkey, try to destabilise the situation, we try to improve things." and for moscow, the geopolitical challenges extend far beyond these hills. in moldova, a pro—western politician, maia sandu, has won the presidency, defeating the pro—russia candidate. moldova is one of the europe's poorest countries, but the kremlin still wants it in russia's orbit. its soviet past and close proximity to romania make it a stage for east—west rivalry. russia has accused america of plotting revolution here. our objective is to
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get closer to the eu, and hopefully one day to become a member of the european union. but would russia let that happen, will russia let your country join the eu? it's our... it's our choice. in the end, it's the sovereign decision of our country. it's the decision of the republic of moldova. moscow can still find ways of slowing down change in its own backyard, and yet russia, too, is changing. it's having to. it's on a journey from empire to nation state. for a country with a superpower past, that is a painful transition. steve rosenberg, bbc news, moscow. there has been a fourth day of protest by farmworkers in peru. 0ne protest by farmworkers in peru. one person was killed in clashes between demonstrators and police trying to clear road
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blocks on the pan—american highway. the workers complained of lowjob highway. the workers complained of low job security and highway. the workers complained of lowjob security and bad treatment. time is the latest sport. hello, i'm katie shanahan sport. hello, i'm katie sha na han with your sport. hello, i'm katie shanahan with your friday sport briefing. it was start with football as they were 2a games played in the europa league on thursday. you can of course find all of the results on the bbc sport website. the winners included ac milan who qualified for the last 32 after beating celtic at the san siro. they had to come from 20 down with tom logic and another player scoring for the scottish champions on the first of the minutes. land burst into life and scored two goals in its path with diaz completing a four — two victory for the italian champions. tottenham also peru to knock out stages of getting the point they needed against lask in austria. they came from behind to lead 2-1 with they came from behind to lead 2—1 with goals from gareth bale and the korean striker to lead
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at the break. lask scored twice. ali getting a third for spares and the draw was enough to sell their place in the last 32. the result, better than the performance, the second half better than the first half. the only positive thing that i take from the game of course is the result and we are qualified and we have the chance to finish first if we beat them. some golf news, and — on the pga tour — scotland's russell knox leads after the first round of the mayakoba classic in mexico. knox — who's looking for his first tour title for two years — opened with a 6—under—par round of 66. he leads by one shot from a group of three players that include wakeem, neman from chile — who are all on 5—under par.
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the film industry has been massively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic of sediments forced to close their doors all around the world. now, warner brothers has announced its entire output for next year will be available on a streaming service at the same time it is released in theatres. tim allman has the story. the first wonder woman film made more than $800 million at the global box office. so there we re the global box office. so there were high hopes for its equal. get used to it. but then along came covid—19 and the movie was delayed. eventually warner brothers announced it would be released on a streaming service, hbo max. now, the company has gone a step further, all of its films due to be released in 2021 will appear both in cinemas and online. had you asked me a month ago is hbo max a much
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catch streaming service, the other was no and you asked me now, is absolutely in the game as one of the best streaming services. a number of movies going there, you would have never seen going there, you would have never seen this on training before, it is just astounding. disney has already tried something similar, releasing its live—action remake of mulan on its disney+ service, although it did charged extra. with hbo max, you will get all of the films for the first month of their release before they revert back to the big screen. potentially a big draw for a fledgling streaming service but likely to be bad news for cinemas. they are already struggling to attract customers. how much harder will bea customers. how much harder will be a people can watch new releases from the comfort and safety of their own homes? warner brothers, this is a gamble stop the hollywood, this may well be the future. tim allman, bbc news. a teacherfrom india,
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ranjit disale, has won this year's global teacher prize for his work transforming the life chances of young girls in a rural village. his win was announced virtually by stephen fry from london's natural history museum in the annual competition which is run by the varkey foundation, in partnership with unesco. mark lobel reports. from over 12,000 teachers nominated from more than 140 countries for this prestigious prize, top of the class went to... ranjit disale, from india. oh, and look, there's your whole extended family now. it's wonderful. oh my dear fellow. i can see how moved you are. thank you, i'm receiving this honour on behalf of millions and millions of students, teachers, those who are working hard in these hard times of covid. ranjit went to incredible
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lengths for over a decade, turning around this girls‘ school in maharashtra state in western india. textbooks were translated into the local language. qr codes were inserted to open up a world of poems, lectures and stories. school attendance among the surrounding tribal community rose from 2% to 100%. 85% achieved a grades in recent exams. his teachings have impacted life beyond the classroom — an end to teenage marriages in the village, desertification in the drought—prone district reduced. ranjit's even built a science lab at home to share experiments with students in over 80 countries. he has also got young people talking between countries in conflict with one another, and has shared his tech skills with other teachers, too. in accepting the million—dollar prize, ranjit disale also made this extraordinary and far—reaching pledge.
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50% of the prize money will be equally shared with the rest of the nine top—ten finalists. together, we can make a difference and we can make this world a better place. that's over $50,000 for each of the other nine finalists, including teachers from brazil, south korea and nigeria. this year's prize has also come at a time when lockdowns have reminded us how important the inspiring and face—to—face role teachers carry out really is. mark lobel, bbc news. that is an inspiring story. a quick reminder of our top story this hour. president—electjoe biden has announced he will ask all americans to wear face masks for his first 100 days in office and will order must to be run in all us government
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buildings and on public transport. you can reach me on twitter. it is it for now, stay with us on bbc news. hello. the weather is giving us a real taste of winter. some places have already seen a bit of snow. there is some more in the forecast for friday. it's a the real mix for rain, sleet and snow that will be falling from the sky. it will be cold, it will be windy, and this big area of low pressure is really dominating the weather across western europe. bands of wet weather spiralling around it and some pretty cold air being sucked down from the north. so that combination of cold air and wet weather, that is why we are still seeing some sleet and some snow. across scotland, snow falling for a time to quite low levels. there could even be a brief covering of snow through the central belt. and over higher ground, 10—20cm of snow is possible. could be some real travel problems for the high—level routes, especially with some
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ice in western scotland. some ice possible in northern ireland as well. a chilly start here but mainly dry. some showers through wales and the southwest, wintry over high ground. this band of rain could contain some sleet and wet snow over high ground across some parts of eastern england. and these various bands of wet weather will just continue to circulate around our area of low pressure. most of the snow becoming confined to the highest ground. rain at lower levels. a lot of rain piling into eastern scotland — that could cause one or two problems. something a little bit brighter down towards the south. it will be windy with gusts around the coast, particularly out west, of 50 mph or more and it will be cold with highs between four and seven degrees. and we will see further areas of wet weather with some sleet and snow mixed in over the hills as we go through friday night. but the weekend is a story of things very, very slowly calming down. it will turn drier
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but it will stay cold. on saturday, there will still be showers around which could, again, contain some sleet and snow over high ground, particularly over the scottish mountains, but more dry weather developing through the day. some spells of sunshine. it is still going to chilly with temperatures of 5, 6 or 7 degrees but the winds will fall a little later. and those winds will continue to fall during saturday night and very light winds by sunday, there could well be some mist and fog around which could be quite slow to clear. it will stay dull in some places. many spots, though, will see some spells of sunshine. just a few showers by this stage. but still feeling cold with highs of 4—7 degrees.
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