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tonight at ten, the pressure mounts — still no breakthrough in the talks to get a post—brexit trade deal with the eu. the prime minister paused his telephone talks today. he'll travel to brussels later this week to try to find a breakthrough. after today's conversation with the european commission president, the two leaders said the conditions for finalising an agreement were not there, and eu leaders sounded increasingly pessimistic. i'd like to be giving more positive news but at the moment, these negotiations seem stalled, and the barriers to progress are still very much in place. with the talks essentially exhausted, what can the prime minister hope to achieve in person that has eluded the negotiators for months?
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we'll have the latest from both westminster and brussels on the 11th hour rush to find common ground. also tonight... from tomorrow morning, people in different parts of the uk will start to be given their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine. the brother of the manchester arena bomber has admitted for the first time that he played a "full and knowing part" in planning the attack. a coroner is being asked to rule that air pollution caused the death of a nine—year—old girl in south london — a finding that would make legal history. and seven marathons in seven days — a remarkable feat as rugby league's kevin sinfield raises money for his former england team mate, rob burrow. and coming up in sport on bbc news, the qualifying draw for the 2022 world cup has been made. we'll tell you which european sides the home nations will face in their groups. good evening.
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after days of exhaustive, detailed negotiations, there is still no agreement on the terms of the uk's relationship with the eu from january 1st. the latest talks have stalled, so borisjohnson has decided to travel to brussels later this week to meet the european commission president ursula von der leyen to try to break the deadlock. in a joint statement, the leaders said today that the conditions for agreement were not there, with differences remaining on critical issues. there were indications from both sides that optimism was in short supply and that the process could go either way. live to westminster and our political editor laura kuenssberg. we left the eu, of course, at the end of january, but we left the eu, of course, at the end ofjanuary, but the we left the eu, of course, at the end of january, but the details of how we trade, how we live with each other on either side of the channel are yet to be hammered out. these are yet to be hammered out. these are the arrangements that will set so are the arrangements that will set so much that affects things for yea rs so much that affects things for years to come. whether or not there
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isa years to come. whether or not there is a deal matters for our economy, four hour security, for northern ireland and so much else. and yet despite two sets of talks between the eu chief and the prime minister in the last 48 hours, after another bout between them tonight, no further progress has been achieved. so the talks have essentially been exhausted at this moment, but a face—to—face meeting is planned for the coming days. but there is very much a dark mood about the prospect of much changing in the week to come. clearly, there is perhaps one more chance, but there is a real mood around government tonight that a brexit deal that has been talked about for so long may simply never happened. it's not always good to talk. the prime minister tonight spent more than an hour in conversation with the eu chief, but they seem only to have agreed on what they disagree
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on. a statement from both of them said "we agree that the conditions for finalising said "we agree that the conditions forfinalising an said "we agree that the conditions for finalising an agreement are not there, due to the remaining significant differences. we asked oui’ significant differences. we asked our chief negotiators and their teams to prepare an overview to be discussed in a physical meeting in brussels in the coming days". in other words, months of technical negotiations have hit the wall. so instead, the prime minister will leave westminster to go to brussels for the first time in months, his tea m for the first time in months, his team warning that a deal may not happen at all. we are at a critical moment in the negotiations. we are all working to get a deal, but the only deal that is possible is one thatis only deal that is possible is one that is compatible with our sovereignty. while an agreement is preferable, we are prepared to leave on so—called australian—style terms. what that really means is no deal at all, with the possibility of taxes and tariffs. being in the dark has
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often been a feature of the talks. the eu's chief negotiator was up early to greet a crowd of diplomats, and the looks on their faces were not just because of and the looks on their faces were notjust because of the early hour. the chances of a dealjust aren't good now. lord frost, is a deal is still possible? that is why there is clamour around the uk's chief negotiator lord frost. in brussels, the talks have been going round and round. both sides have worked hard to try to do a deal to keep business going for the next month without much disruption. the current rules will disappear at new year. but as deadlines have approached, the moods have turned dark. having heard from michel barnier this morning, the news is very downbeat. i would say he was very gloomy and obviously very cautious about the ability to make progress today. of course, there are huge complications in
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terms of getting the guts of a deal just right, and the uk has extended something of an olive branch to the eu this afternoon by promising to ditch controversial bits of a draft law if everything can be sorted out. but in the end, in the next couple of days, the question for downing street may be quite a simple one — is borisjohnson willing to take the serious practical risks of no agreement to preserve a political principle that leaving the eu was meant to be about the uk being com pletely meant to be about the uk being completely in charge? the fear on this side of the channel is that the eu is still loath to accept that. the concern over there is the one that has left the 27 just can't call the shots. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. it's under four weeks until the transition period ends — that's the uk's temporary relationship with the eu since brexit happened. so whether there's a deal or not, there will in any case be an impact
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on many aspects of people's lives. our deputy political editor vicki young looks at some of the changes ahead. the uk and eu need a new set of rules for how we live, work and do business together. things are about to change, whether there is a trade deal or not. you will no longer be allowed to move freely between the uk and the eu to live or work. when it comes to holidays, visas will not be required but visits will be limited to 90 days in any six—month period. you'll have to make sure your passport has at least six months left on it and free health care will not be guaranteed. you will need extra driving documents for some countries and extra paperwork for any pets. now, what about trade? whatever happens, businesses that import and export goods will need to fill out more forms and there will be added checks which could cause delays on key routes like the channel crossing. but if there is no deal,
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the disruption will be greater. while the uk was in the eu, companies did not have to pay taxes — known as tariffs — on the food and manufactured goods being bought and sold across the border. the trade deal the two are trying to thrash out would keep things that way but with no deal, then many imports would be taxed. for example, there would be a 10% tariff on cars, 8% on imported fresh flowers, and 20% on apricots. some worry that food supplies could be disrupted. some goods will not come at all and that will mean shortages of certain products and some goods, if they come, will cost a lot more and that will mean that some shoppers will decide they are not within their price range. so what you will see is a mix of less choice, or fewer choices on the shelves, and more expensive products. but the uk government says it will cut taxes on other things, like dishwashers, making those cheaper. there are many other aspects of our relationship,
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including financial services, that also need to be ironed out. this will not necessarily involve a negotiation. the uk and the eu will make their own decisions. that is probably what we would see in areas like aviation and road haulage and on areas like data and financial services. really, the ball is in the eu's court to make its own decisions there and the consequences of those decisions are quite important in terms of how easy it is to transfer data, how much access to financial services markets uk firms will have. some aspects of our relationship with the eu will be more complicated, but brexit enthusiasts say the uk will be free to make its own decisions. vicki young, bbc news, westminster. let's talk to our europe editor, katya adler. the statement from both leaders today was clear that conditions for agreement are not there. how does borisjohnson, coming agreement are not there. how does boris johnson, coming to agreement are not there. how does borisjohnson, coming to brussels, in your view change that later in the week, or does it not? it does
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change the mood music. for those around the eu negotiating team, for example, there is a bit of a sigh of relief because for eu and uk negotiators, they feel they have been round and round the same three main sticking points for absolute months now, with each repeating their arguments and frustration on both sides getting very high indeed. so as we have been saying for a long time, huw, you need political involvement at the highest level, either to have a whisper in the ear of theirs negotiators to say look, now is the time for those difficult compromises that need to be made by both sides to reach a deal, or to have personal involvement. so the fa ct have personal involvement. so the fact that boris johnson is have personal involvement. so the fact that borisjohnson is coming here, even though the eu says they don't know what he is going to say, makes those who want a deal compared to the real gloom that was felt here this morning, hope that hope hasn't entirely gone away. can we talk about that very difficult word, deadline? that has been used again today, with the barnier saying that wednesday was the deadline for him
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for these talks. but are we still in this area flexible deadlines, where these are concerned? well, i have been watching eu politics for many yea rs been watching eu politics for many years and he would be hard pushed to find an eu deadline that isn't designed to be, shall we say, flexible and we have seen a lot of brexit deadlines come and go. but we do have that definite legal deadline of the end of the transition period on the 31st of december. if a deal is reached, it has to be done with enough time for both sides to sign off on it, even though individual member states' parliaments don't need to sign off on this one. if not and it comes to no deal, these two sides can keep on talking about trade and other relations afterwards. but the risk of no deal acrimony is so high that again, those who want a deal say they would rather have a good deal now. katya, iam sure rather have a good deal now. katya, i am sure we will talk again tomorrow. katya adler, our europe editor. now to today's other main
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story. from first thing tomorrow morning, people in different parts of the uk will start to be given their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine. those over 80, care home staff and front—line nhs workers will be prioritised as the rollout of the first immunisation programme begins in hospitals. military personnel and planners are on hand to help when the programme is expanded. our health editor hugh pym reports on what the nhs says is the biggest vaccination programme in its history. tomorrow, they'll be part of history, among the very first to get the coronavirus jabs. hari and ranjan are in their eighties, so are in the top priority groups, and they'll go in together to be vaccinated at newcastle's royal infirmary. i'm really excited about it. i feel that it's good that i've got the opportunity of doing it, and so i'm not nervous or anything like that. i'm looking forward to it. the hopes of a nation are on your shoulders! the head of nhs england visited
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the royal free hospital in london to see their preparations for the start of vaccinations. we're going to have to continue to be very careful, but, if we do that, i think there's every chance that we will look back on tomorrow as marking a decisive turning point in the battle against coronavirus. relax your arm and roll your sleeve right up. here, they're demonstrating how it will be done as they draw up plans to vaccinate 80 patients over the age of 80 tomorrow and, as the week goes on, care home workers and some nhs staff. and, of course, the vaccine needs to be stored at ultra—low temperatures in special fridge units. the pace of it over the last three days or so has been particularly challenging and there's so many bits to get ready, particularly because this vaccine, it's not like any other vaccine and the handling of it, so we've had to make sure we've had the right people to be able to support it. everything ready for tomorrow? yes, we're all there. staff say they are ready for what is being billed
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as the biggest vaccination programme in the history of the nhs. it will undoubtedly be a hugely significant moment when hospitals like this one start delivering the vaccine tomorrow, but then comes the challenge for the nhs of getting it out into local communities. gps in england have been told they can start vaccinating from next week. plans for getting the vaccine to care home residents are being worked out. officials in northern ireland and england said today that it will start before christmas. scotland's first minister, meanwhile, was being briefed on preparations at edinburgh's western general hospital. this is day one of perhaps the final stage of this pandemic for scotland, and i think it's a moment for us to feel more optimistic than we have in the past nine months. and, as the vaccine arrived at this centre in north wales, health chiefs around the uk were saying although there was cause for optimism, the rules on social distancing were no less important. hugh pym, bbc news.
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in wales, the government has warned there could be further restrictions after christmas, as the number of covid cases continues to rise. the health minister said wales was the only nation of the uk where figures were not falling at the end of november. latest data suggests there are more than 600 cases per 100,000 in some areas. 0ur wales correspondent hywel griffith is at the senedd in cardiff bay. there was a fire break, wales did lock down, where is this increase in cases coming from? you are right, wales had its own firebreak lockdown that finished four weeks ago and for the first two weeks following that of the case numbers fell but we came out of the fire break with no new restrictions, no easing measures and therefore over the last two weeks there has been a real pick—up in terms of coronavirus cases right across wales
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and impact by now the case numbers are as bad as they were before the lockdown —— and in fact. it seems a lot of household mixing is happening and that is the message coming from the director of public health in one area of wales, neath port talbot, where they have seen over 600 cases per hundred thousand and he has warned there could be a catastrophe for the local nhs with already 700 staff member is ill and a deluge, a record number of covid patients. it does not seem to be a case of if but when wales may be facing tougher restrictions, potentially another firebreak. you will remember that new restrictions came in last friday, a ban on alcohol sales, early closing of pubs and restau ra nts a nd early closing of pubs and restaurants and the closure of indoor entertainment venues and it might be another ten days before we see the effect of that filter through to the numbers. that will ta ke through to the numbers. that will take us quite close to christmas but thenit take us quite close to christmas but then it does seem highly likely i would suggest that after the christmas period and those five days of freedom is across the four
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nations, that wales and potentially other parts of the uk might have to go into further measures. it could be that new year's eve is a bit of a damp squib here and people in wales at least a start 2021 with yet another lockdown. thank you for the update, hywel griffith at the senedd in cardiff bay. the latest official figures show there were 14,718 new coronavirus infections recorded in the latest 24—hour period. that means that the average number of new cases reported per day in the last week is now 15,472. 1,354 people have been admitted to hospital on average each day over the week to last thursday. and 189 deaths were reported — that's people who died within 28 days of a positive covid—19 test. that number is always a little lower after the weekend. it means on average in the past week 427 deaths were announced every day. it takes the total number of deaths so far across the uk to 61,434.
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the brother of the manchester arena bomber has admitted for the first time that he played a "full and knowing part" in planning the suicide attack carried out by salman abedi. hashem abedi was jailed for the murder of the 22 people who died at the ariana grande concert in may 2017. during his trial, the 23—year—old had denied helping his brother to plan the bombing, as our correspondent danny savage reports. he is the brother of the suicide bomber who carried out the manchester arena attack. at his trial for being complicit in the atrocity, hashem abedi pleaded not guilty. he told police his brother's actions were a shock to him. but the jury found him guilty of mass murder. now, though, he's changed his story, saying he knew full well what his brother was planning that night. in prison, serving his sentence, hashem abedi was interviewed by
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members of the inquiry legal team... that admission emerged for the first time today, at the ongoing public inquiry into the arena attack, as the lead lawyer interviewed a senior police officer. and on the 22nd of october, during the course of that interview, hashem abedi admitted that he had played a full part and a knowing part in the planning and preparation for the arena attack? yes, i think that's a fair summary. so, there is no doubt now that your team's prosecution of him and the crown prosecution service prosecution of him was entirely well—founded ? it was, and there was no doubt in my mind. for the families caught up in the atrocity, this is a significant development. and there will be some satisfaction among investigators too that the brother of the suicide bomber, who's now serving a minimum sentence of 55 years, has finally admitted to what he was accused of,
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after previously denying it. ismail, bbc news... it also emerged today that a forensic link to ismail abedi, the elder brother of the bomber, was found in a car used to store explosives prior to the attack. he has declined to cooperate with the public inquiry. danny savage, bbc news, manchester. doctors in turkey say the coming weeks will be critical in assessing whether covid infection rates can be reduced. new restrictions have come into effect, including weekend lockdowns and nightly curfews. today the country registered a daily record high of 203 deaths. turkey is now in the top three in the world in terms of new infections. 32,137 cases were reported there today. but the turkish doctors' union has accused the government of hiding the true extent of the spread of the virus. from istanbul, our international correspondent 0rla guerin sent this report.
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she was full of life, but this little girl is one of the latest victims of covid—19, which is now raging across turkey. she had a rare genetic condition, but relatives told us the toddler was doing well until she got the virus last month. they sent us this video of her heartbreaking final days. her aunt sophia says she only got a suitable intensive care bed when someone else died, and the health system failed her at every turn.
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0n the outskirts of istanbul, silent witness to turkey's second wave. critics say until recently the government was burying the truth. after pressure from the opposition, the authorities are now publishing figures for all those who test positive, not just those with symptoms. officially, there are around 32,000 new infections every day. well, two more victims of the covid virus have just been buried here, side by side. now that the government is releasing more complete data, it is clear that turkey is in the grip of a huge new wave of infections, but bad as the official figures are, doctors here believe they don't reveal the full extent of the crisis.
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50,000 new cases per day... that is the real figure, according to the head of the turkish doctors' union, who tells me the government has been putting lives at risk. they didn't reveal the truth. when they don't reveal the truth, people can feel more comfortable and just take risks. they didn't know that they took risks actually because there was no truth shared by the government. you are speaking out very openly here and now. do you have any concerns that the government will take action against you? we know that they have the capacity to intimidate and to start some investigations against our members. every death is an agony. the authorities here deny there has been a cover—up, telling us that is a baseless allegation. but turkey's main opposition party says the death toll — officially around 15,000 —
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is actually two or three times higher. it says the government couldn't manage the pandemic so it managed the figures. 0rla guerin, bbc news, istanbul. let's take a look at some of today's other news. the owner of sports direct has confirmed it's in negotiations with the administrators for debenhams about a rescue deal. frasers group, which is run by mike ashley, says discussions must be concluded swiftly. the department store chain is currently set to shut all its stores by the end of next march, putting 12,000 jobs at risk. the media watchdog, 0fcom, has ruled that itv breached broadcasting rules when tens of thousands of postal entries to competitions on shows such as good morning britain and lorraine had no chance of being selected to win. itv said it was improving its procedures and would donate money to charity as a "mark of its sincere regret".
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same—sex couples in northern ireland can now convert their civil partnerships into marriages. chris and henry flanagan—kane were the first male couple in the uk to get a civil partnership, and mounted a long legal challenge to allow them to be married today. lord maginnis is to be barred from the house of lords for at least 18 months for the bullying and harassment of three mps and a security guard. fellow peers voted overwhelmingly to back the punishment of the former ulster unionist mp, who sits as an independent, which was recommended by the lords conduct committee. the mother of a girl who died following an asthma attack in south—east london in 2013 has told an inquest that she would have moved house immediately had she known the effects of dangerous levels of air pollution on her daughter's health. the coroner is being asked to rule that air pollution caused the death of ella kissi—debrah, who was nine years old — a finding that would make legal history. it has never been identified as
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a cause of death before in the uk. 0ur environment correspondent claire marshall reports. this picture of ella, two months before she died, is on display in the court room, as details emerge about the story surrounding her death. the coroner's court has already heard how she was exposed to years of dangerous, illegal levels of air pollution. coughing ella suffered for three years before dying. her mother, rosamund adoo—kissi—debrah, has fought hard to be heard. their family home was beside london's busy south circular road. they would walk to school along it. rosamund said, at the time, no connection was made between ella's fatal asthma attack and air pollution. but then a new medical report said there was a direct link. the high court ordered a fresh inquest. in court today, the coroner asked if she'd thought car fumes were having an effect on her. she replied, "no. as her mother, i would have moved. we would have moved straightaway.
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we were desperate for anything that could have helped." this isn't just about whether toxic air helped to kill ella. it goes much wider than that. government officials have been giving evidence. this is about who knew how bad the pollution was, what was being done to reduce it, and how much were the public being told. i'm glad her voice has come out. and it's really important to me, still, to continue to talk about young people now who are still suffering from asthma. government figures say 30,000 people are killed by air pollution each year, but no connection to an individual death has ever been made. will ella make that link? claire marshall, bbc news, southwark coroner's court. the american singer and songwriter bob dylan has sold his entire back catalogue of songs — over six decades of work — to universal music.
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# the times they are changing... the details of the deal have not been made public but it is likely to be one of the most lucrative music publishing sales ever struck, worth hundreds of millions of dollars. it means universal will collect all future income from the songs by bob dylan, who's now 79. doug scott, who was the first englishman to climb everest, has died of cancer at the age of 79. he was one of a team of british climbers to climb the south—west face of everest in 1975, regarded as one of mountaineering's most difficult challenges. scott founded the charity community action nepal to help people in the himalayas and raised thousands of pounds in lockdown by climbing up and down his stairs at home. the former england and leeds rhinos rugby league player kevin sinfield has just run seven marathons in seven days — all of them in under four hours. his remarkable test of endurance was to raise money for his friend and former team—mate,
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38—year—old rob burrow, who suffers from motor neurone disease. kevin raised far more than anyone expected, as our sports correspondent katie gornall reports. cheering it was a challenge powered by friendship and, this morning, that challenge entered its final strides. kevin sinfield had just run seven marathons in seven days to support the motor neurone disease association, and his former team—mate, rob burrow. made up, overwhelmed. that was unbelievable. we never knew it'd turn into anything like this. it was just six mates trying to raise a bit of money for rob. and my wife said to me this morning, "if someone offered to double it, would you do it again?", and in an instant, i said, "yeah, absolutely. " i'd do it because that's what mates do, don't they? probably the best week of my life. and in a couple of years, we'll look back, hopefully with a great deal of pride on being able to help people. as a player for leeds rhinos, burrow constantly defied the odds. this is a sensational try! there aren't many in super league that could do that! small in stature, but with enormous ability, sinfield —


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