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this is bbc news. the headlines at four... the uk's chief negotiator is back in brussels to resume brexit talks, with time running out to do a deal. we're going to see what happens in negotiations today and we will be looking forward to meeting our european colleagues later on this afternoon. hospitals across the uk get ready to take delivery of the coronavirus vaccine — with the first jabs set to be given on tuesday. he's played it boldly up there. that could be, that could be magical. thank you. peter alliss there, the voice of golf, who's died aged 89. and — coronavirus stops play — as positive tests in england's hotel mean the one—day series in south africa will face further delays.
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and coming up — lucy hockings is joined by activists from around the world for a discussion about the climate challenges ahead, and how to resolve them. that's in state of the planet in half an hour. the uk's chief brexit negotiator is in brussels for talks with his eu counterpart to find a last—minute breakthrough on a trade deal. significant differences remain on fishing rights, competition rules and how a deal would be enforced. this morning the environment secretary, george eustice, said there was still a deal to be done, but admitted that the talks were in a "very difficult position". our political correspondent jonathan blake reports. back in brussels, the uk's chief negotiator, lord frost,
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arriving for what's being described as the last roll of the dice in trade talks with the eu. we've worked very hard to try and get a deal. we're going to see what happens in negotiations today, and we will be looking forward to meeting our european colleagues later on this afternoon, thank you very much. the government says there is still a deal to be done in what a cabinet minister said this morning were the final days of negotiations, but only if the eu accepts the uk has to make its own decisions. we want to be doing a free trade agreement as a sovereign equal with the european union and, so, anything that undermines our ability to control our own waters, for instance, or undermines our ability to make our own laws isn't something we can accept. after an hour on the phone together last night, borisjohnson and the president of the european commission, ursula von der leyen, said there were still serious differences, but agreed their teams should keep talking. those differences are over fishing
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rights for eu boats in uk waters, competition rules or the so—called level playing field, and the governance and enforcement of any deal. ireland's foreign minister, simon coveney, is among those talking up the prospect of an agreement. he said, "we are more likely to get a deal than not because i think it's in everybody‘s interest." "it was" he said "97% or 98% done". any deal would need approval from parliament. with borisjohnson‘s majority that won't be a problem. but will labour give it their backing? we'll have to look of course at the content of a deal but also any legislation that comes to parliament. we're not going to give them a blank cheque but i think i have been very clear both today and on previous programmes with you, andrew, that the most important thing... a deal. that the government get a deal. we want that deal to be delivered, we will look at any legislation that
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comes to parliament. eu countries would need to ratify the agreement, too. one french politician said it needs to be in all their interests. this is the framing of the relationship between the uk and the eu for years, decades to come. and, so, we have to be absolutely convinced on both sides of the channel that it is the right framing for this relationship. and if it is not we shouldn't sign it. behind these walls in brussels, talks now to determine at last the uk's future relationship with the eu. jonathan blake, bbc news. so talks are starting this afternoon — and we know there a number of sticking points in the negotiations which are proving to be hard to reconcile. the first is fishing. it's just a small part of the uk's economic activity, but a symbolic one, a totemic one, with disagreement over the level of access the eu will get to fish in uk waters. perhaps the biggest issue is fair competition, also known as the ‘level playing field'.
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the eu says the uk must stick to agreed rules on government aid to british firms, so that there's no unfair advantage. and then there's what's known as the governance of the deal, if an agreement is reached who will police it? let's get the thoughts now of eric albert — le monde‘s city correspondent based here in london. no, based here in london. it is not new conditions. fra is no, it is not new conditions. france is playing bad cop as they have been playing for very long time. germany is playing good cop. the years we have been hearing about the divergence of france and germany inside the eu, it is not always been the case and it is not the case now. france if you listen to what the french european minister said there is nothing you have substance but yes it is tough, it is tough i ee, yes it is tough, it is tough i agree, it is part of the theatrics come because it plays well domestically in france and it is also partially because france is a country that has more to use them,
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say, some eastern european countries, because we are neighbours, because we are trading directly, cut because there are more french fishermen who have access to british waters then say, italy of course and i still believe in no deal is more likely. we have all said for years now, for her role and a half yea rs said for years now, for her role and a half years that —— for four and a half years, that a deal is better than no deal because everybody has to lose. yes say is political grandstanding and it makes it even more problematic, doesn't it, because the political dimension? we have got french presidential elections are oblivious time in the early stages of it. i was once going to get on the issue i think when it comes to channel cod, britain has about a 9% share, france has 84%. now, they're going to have to give ground on that. they have only offered 18% back, i think, at the moment. nothing like the british are
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demanding. that is right, it is a streaking point and it has been for very long time. but course we you are rightand very long time. but course we you are right and that specific access to water is the brits will not quite agree but on the other hand most of the fishes of the fish into british seas are then sold to the european union. for some reason british people don't eat british fish, they tend to eat imported fish. therefore, if no deal is being given on therefore, if no deal is being given 0 n a ccess therefore, if no deal is being given on access to waters and then no deal will be given to exports and tariff to face in the british fishermen losing as well. it is an everybody‘s interest to find some compromise. it is for the negotiators to find a it has been the same equation for years now and, can i say, it is important, fishing is an important industry for france, for britain, and for coastal cities but it is a tiny part both
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offence and for the uk's economy and therefore, you know, we have to agree that the whole economy has also to be taken into account for brexit has won easily, completely now, so it is time to compromise on your site. compromise, though, could that be financial? you point out that be financial? you point out that western french fishing communities there, could they be paid off? i don't know if it is part of the deal, if it is a possibility... ? everything is up for negotiation but at the end it is more down to how many years will french and european people have access to british waters. will it be ten years, will be shorter, and it is more about how many years will be cheaper closures in place, that is really being negotiated. but yes, you're right, french fishermen will lose some access and to lose some
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access the ist of january they lose the whole access and so that is why some compromise makes sense on the british side as well there is a lot to lose can i remind you the british economy has most to lose in the european economy, it is 45% of trade of british exports and therefore ta riffs of british exports and therefore tariffs on britain will be very, very... . it is in everybody‘s interest. it is fairly retiring, we have been saying it for 4.5 years, and it is always a last minute some deals can be made. how would it be made, i'm not too sure, but i'm so optimistic, just about. c, c. thank you very much forjoining us. the medical director of nhs england says the mass vaccination programme for covid—i9 starting this week marks "the beginning of the end" of the pandemic. but professor stephen powis warned the roll—out will be a "marathon not a sprint". around 800,000 doses are expected to be available this
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coming week, with jabs being given across the uk from tuesday. 0ur health correspondent jim reed reports. it is an historic week in the 72—year history of the nhs. these first covid vaccines are made by the drugs companies pfizer and biontech. very soon, they will start arriving at hospitals like this one, in south london. in total, 50 sites have been chosen as the first vaccine hubs in england. 800,000 doses should be available to members of the public across the whole uk from tuesday. nhs staff are spending the weekend preparing sites to accept the first deliveries. nhs staff around the country at vaccination hubs such as this one we're here at today have been working tirelessly to make sure we are prepared to commence vaccination on tuesday. this feels like the beginning of the end, but of course it is a marathon, not a sprint, and it will take many months for us to vaccinate everybody who needs vaccination.
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elderly patients who are already in hospital or have an existing appointment will be among the first to receive the jab. 0thers over the age of 80 will be called up and asked to attend, and care homes will be able to book their staff into vaccination clinics. everyone will need a booster shot 21 days after the first injection. speaking on the andrew marr programme this morning, the woman in charge of the regulator which approved the vaccine said it was safe to use. i would really like to emphasise that the highest standards of scrutiny, of safety and of effectiveness and quality have been met, international standards, and so there should be real confidence in the rigour of our approval. but the first vaccine to be approved needs to be stored at minus 70 degrees celsius, and moved carefully. nhs england says as more doses of the vaccine arrive, more central hubs will be set up. thousands of gps are on standby to deliver vaccinations in weeks, followed by a plan for mass
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distribution in pharmacies, sporting venues and conference centres. jim reed, bbc news. at least six coronavirus patients at a hospital in north western pakistan have died after the oxygen supply ran out. the tragedy occured when the daily delivery of cylinders from the city of rawalpindi failed to arrive on time to the khyber teaching hospital in the city of peshawar. it comes as pakistan is dealing with a second wave of coronavirus cases during the colder winter months, with increased demand forcing the hospital only recently to double their oxygen supply. let's speak now to our correspondent in islamabad, secunder kermani. secunder, were also looking at here? the country running out of oxygen of a logistic problem that the oxygen just hasn't been delivered? this seems a very tragic case but quite a specific case and there are a lot of questions as to how exactly this
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could happen and what is the second largest hospital in one of pakistan's in major cities. hospital staff say it was late on saturday night when they began realising they we re night when they began realising they were running out of oxygen because, as you say, this daily delivery of cylinders had not arrived on time, it was meant to be coming from the city of rawalpindi, which is only, actually, around two hours drive away. we have been speaking at the bbc to some of the relatives of some of the patients who were there in the hospital at the time and they've been describing the panic as families who were there and realised what was going on and could see the condition of their loved ones deteriorating in front of their eyes. we know that at least six coronavirus patients who are at the hospital have died. they would have, of course, been of the patients, non—coronavirus patients who would have been receiving some form of oxygen supports who but we don't yet know whether any of them died as a result of this lack of oxygen. the
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oxygen delivery made in the hours of early hours of sunday morning. the government has promised to conduct an enquiry into this. the hospital, she had say, say they recently doubled the oxygen supply because of the increased demand. pakistan has been seeing a second wave of coronavirus infections as so many other countries around the world have as well. 0verall other countries around the world have as well. overall in pakistan there has been around 8500 coronavirus deaths, which, for a country of 230 million is not as bad as many had feared it would be but the health care system is weak and it is being stretched by the second wave of infections with coronavirus cases and hospital admissions both rising again. secunder with the latest in a slammer that, thank you. —— latest in islamabad.
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the headlines on bbc news... the uk's chief negotiator is back in brussels to resume brexit talks, with time running out to do a deal. hospitals across the uk get ready to take delivery of the coronavirus vaccine — with the first jabs set to be given on tuesday. donald trump makes his first rally since losing the us presidential election, urging crowds in georgia to vote republican in crucial senate run—off elections. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre... known as "the voice of golf" — broadcaster peter alliss has died this morning at the age of 89. his family said his death was unexpected but peaceful. 0nly last month he had been part of the bbc‘s coverage of the masters — a tournament he played in twice during his professional career... andy swiss looks back at his life..
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at his witty, whimsical best, there was no—one quite like peter alliss. 0h—ho! think he enjoyed that one? for more than 50 years, he painted golf in all its quirks in his own inimitable style. built for comfort, not speed. a bit like myself. golf was in his blood. his father, percy, had been a professional. under his watch, the young peter soon flourished and became a ryder cup regular. but even when he was still playing, his poise in front of the microphone was becoming obvious. well, i think this course is in wonderful condition at this time of the year. his relaxed style made him a regular on talk shows, where he said the key to commentating was never to take the game too seriously. it has enormous rewards, great sadness, great joy, great stupidity. great nonsense, you know? and it's really not all that serious. but behind that light—heartedness, there was no doubting his expertise. he's played it boldly, that could be magical.
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when the world's greatest golfers conjured their greatest moments, alliss was the perfect guide. thank you. for all of his supporters, though, he had his critics, too. to some, he was the epitome of golf‘s often stuffy image. they look as if they might be a handful, those three. but alliss he was never afraid to speak his mind. i try to be an observer. you get into trouble for that sometimes, if you don't say the right things for the right people. i look at it and think, is that right, is it fair, is it ok, does it work? and i'm not afraid to say so. to his fans, peter alliss was one of sport's most distinctive and endearing voices. and they say that the meek will inherit the earth. the man who captured the drama and humour... i wonder if mum's put a bit of best butter there before he left. no—one else. couple of minutes' time, there won't be a dry eye in the house, including mine.
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remembering peter alice who has died at the age of 89. england have beaten france 22—19 in extra—time in a thrilling autumn nations cup final at twickenham. france had fielded a second string side — due to an agreement with clubs not to use their players for the final. what the french players lacked in experience they made up for in effort, defending superbly from the start and lead 13—6 at the break with brice dubin scoring the only try of the half england's cause wasn't helped by the erratic kicking of 0wen farrell but with seconds to go luke cowan dickie scored a try for england and farrell found his feet to force the match into sudden death. the captain had chance to finish the final soon after the restart but he was foiled by the woodwork. having now kicked 4 from 8 farrell stepped up in the second period of extra time, with this penalty to win the cup, and this time he made no mistake. to the premier league now — and crystal palace were run away winners in the early game of the day
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— beating west brom 5—1 at the hawthornes... after matheus pereira was sent off early in the game palace took advantage. wilfried zaha — back from a postivie covid test scored twice... not to be outdone christian benteke also scored two. it's the first time palace have scored five away from home in a top—flight game and takes them to 11th in the table. elsewhere in the premier league, a late goal from jamie vardy gave leicester three points as they beat sheffield united 2—1, while still to come in about 15 minutes — the north london derby as spurs host arsenal, and later liverpool will play wolves. rangers are 14 points clear at the top of the scottish premiership, although celtic will reduce that lead to 11 if they can beat stjohnstone — it's currently goalless in that one with about half an hour to go. rangers won 4—0 away at ross county. three of the goals came in the second half, this was james tavernier‘s 16th of the season. there was also a milestone forjermaine defoe.
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he'd come on as a substitute to make his 800th appearance for club or country, and scored in the last minute. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more for you in the next hour. president trump has again falsely insisted that he won the us presidential election. he was speaking at a rally in georgia — his first campaign event since last month's election, which was won byjoe biden. he was there to support the state's two republican senators, who need to win runoff elections injanuary if republicans are to hang on to control of the senate. peter bowes reports. it is now my pleasure to welcome the president of the united states, donald j trump. a rare appearance by melania trump, marking her husband's return to the campaign trail. speaking for almost two hours, donald trump received a rousing reception from his supporters in georgia, a state that
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he lost tojoe biden. thank you melania, and i want to say, hello, georgia. we did a greatjob. you know we won, georgia, just so you undrstand. "we love you" chanted the crowd as mr trump, without providing evidence, again claimed the election was stolen by the democrats. we love you, we love you! we've never lost an election. we're winning this election. the rally was staged to promote two republican senators standing for re—election injanuary. at stake is the balance of power in the senate and much of donald trump's legacy. the most important run—off election in american history according to the president. the voters of georgia will determine which party runs every committee, writes every piece of legislation, controls every single taxpayer dollar. very simply, you will decide whether your children will grow up in a socialist country or whether they will grow up in a free country. georgia, like many states,
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has seen a huge surge in coronavirus cases in recent days. yet few in the trump crowd were wearing masks. music plays. the democratic candidates for the senate in georgia have also been campaigning. we need to be thinking about the americans over the last several months who have perished, not only from the virus we call covid—19 but more especially from the virus we call indifference. thank you, georgia. get out and vote. the results of the georgia election will shape american politics asjoe biden enters the white house. for now, donald trump remains a polarising force, and, true to form, he's not going quietly. peter bowes, bbc news, los angeles. let mightjust let might just bring let mightjust bring you the coronavirus figures, the daily
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figures now thatjust been published. the uk reporting 17,272 new covid—i9 published. the uk reporting 17,272 new covid—19 cases on sunday. that's compared with 15,539, so just 2000 more a day before. the family of the renowned children's author, roald dahl, who died 30 years ago, has issued an apology for anti—semitic remarks he made during his lifetime. a statement condemning his comments has been published on his official website, although not on the front page. the statement reads... the chief executive of the holocaust educational trust, karen pollock, told the bbc she had been aware of some of his anti—semitic remarks but felt she couldn't draw attention to it
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because of his popularity. i'm a big fan of roald dahl‘s books, like, i would say, the majority of the british population and around the world. they're a defining part of a lot of people's childhoods and made into classic films that we all remember and adore. i think i've always known about the anti—semitic remarks and roald dahl‘s anti—semitism, and actually on a personal level i've often found it uncomfortable to highlight it because it felt a bit like, you know, saying something bad about somebody who is so popular, but the fact is it was blatant anti—semitism. he made a comment that said something to the effect of, you know, there must have been a reason why hitler didn't likejews. i'm not giving you the word—for—word quote. and there are a couple of other interviews that he'd given that similarly point to anti—semitism. why an apology now and why hidden
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away, as you say, in a website? i can't answer for them. i'm finding this interesting, an interesting development. now, could we be we one step closer to discovering how life began? what looked like a shooting star landing in the australian desert was in fact a japanese space capsule carrying the first samples of rock from an asteroid — which could help explain the formation of the solar system as mark lobel reports. coming from right side and it is getting brighter and brighter. entering the earth's atmosphere. that fireball on your screen moving from right to left is a closely—watched space capsule whose contents could help explain the creation of our solar system. applause. there was joy and relief at the japanese aerospace exploration agency's mission control as the soil sample sent from the japanese space craft hayabusa ii, part of a six—year mission, parachuted down safely in the australian desert.
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scientists are expecting about 0.1 of a gram will be returned for examination at their lab near tokyo from the asteroid ryugu, which lies some 300 million kilometres away. they will measure the rock's age, what it is made of and how it is formed, potentially offering vital clues as to how the sun and planets came to be. this one is special because this one is going to an asteroid that we think is really rich in organic material and in water so in the very earliest history of the earth we think it may have been pelted with asteroids like that and that is what gave us the water and the carbon to form our oceans and to enable life to flourish on earth. it's an exciting prospect, after a successful landing following what one member
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of the space agency here described as a perfect mission — with many more to come. translation: i had jotted down the dates when the probe adjusted its orbit. if there is a hayabusa 3 or 4 or even 5, i'd like to be involved in the mission. that next mission on this mothership, having launched its first capsule, will boldly go examining near—earth asteroids where no—one has gone before. mark lobel, bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather with stav danaos. hello, there. it's been a cold day today with very light winds, and we've seen some mist and fog which has been stubborn to clear. the reason for the light winds, as you can see on the pressure chart, barely any isobars and that stagnant air continues into the start of next week as well. now, we start to see those showers fading away and becoming confined to coastal areas. most places will be dry tonight
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and we'll start to see a return to some dense fog around, some frost and also a risk of some ice in places as temperatures for many of us hover around freezing, and a few places below freezing. so it's a cold start to monday, rather grey with some dense fog around which could be slow to clear, and where the fog lingers it going to stay pretty cold. start to see some showers and stronger winds moving into the east coast of scotland and north—east england, a few showers also affecting the channel area. otherwise it's a dry and a chilly day with limited brightness, temperatures three to six degrees. looks like we start to see some unsettled weather across the north of the uk as we move into tuesday, but for most of us, though, it's staying cold.
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hello, this is bbc news. the headlines... the uk's chief negotiator is back in brussels to resume brexit talks, with time running out to do a deal. we're going to see what happens in negotiations today and we will be looking forward to meeting our european colleagues later on this afternoon. hospitals across the uk get ready to take delivery of the coronavirus vaccine, with the first jabs set to be given on tuesday. he's played it boldly up there. that could be, that could be magical. peter alliss there, the voice of golf, who's died aged 89. thank you. and coronavirus stops play as positive tests in england's hotel mean the one—day series in south africa will face further delays.
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now on bbc news, ahead of a crucial year for the global fight against climate change, lucy hockings is joined by activists from around the world and other special guests for a live discussion programme about the challenges ahead and how to resolve them. we are about to be given a warning like we have never heard before. 0ur planet is broken. humanity is waging war on nature, and nature is striking back with growing force in fury. that warning, from the un secretary general antonio guterres. evidence of climate change, we know, is all around us. we are living in a world where apocalyptic fires and floods, choking air pollution and droughts are the new normal. the secretary—general says that now is the time for urgent action if we are to bring the planet back from the point of no return.


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