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this is bbc news i'm tim willcox with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. with time running out — boris johnson will travel to brussels this week, in a bid to salvage a post—brexit trade deal. most parts of california are under a strict, new coronaviorus lockdown — as america's leading infectious diseases expert warns, christmas will be a greater challenge than thanksgiving. arms at the ready — the first coronavirus vaccines are due to be administered, within hours — at hospitals around the uk. and — bob dylan sells the publishing rights to his entire music back catalogue — in a deal worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
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four and a half years after britain voted hello, and welcome to bbc news. four and a half years after britain voted to leave the europen union, boris johnson will travel to brussels this week to meet european commission president ursula von der leyen, in a last ditch effort to salvage a post—brexit trade deal. it comes after a 90 minute phone call between the two leaders failed to produce a breakthrough. a senior uk government source warned that a deal may not be possible. our political editor, laura kuenssberg has this report. 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 on. a statement from both of them said...
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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 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 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 often been a feature of these talks. have you made progress? the eu's chief negotiator was up early to greet a crowd of diplomats, and the looks on their faces were not just
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because of the early hour. the chances of a deal just aren't good now. lord frost, is a deal is still possible? we're still working very hard. that is why there's clamour around the uk's chief negotiator, lord frost. are you optimist a deal can be achieved? 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 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
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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 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 — the one that's left the 27 just can't call the shots. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. our europe editor, katya adler, looks at where the proposed face—to—face meeting between the european commission president, ursula von der leyen, and the british prime minister, boris johnson could lead. well, it does change the mood music. you know, for those around the eu negotiating team, for example, there's a bit of a sigh of relief because, for eu and uk negotiators, they feel they've been round and round and round the same three main sticking
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points for absolutely months now, with each repeating their arguments, and frustration on both sides getting very high indeed. so haven't we been saying for quite a long time, what you need is political involvement at the highest level — either to have a whisper in the ear of those negotiators to say, "look, now is time for those difficult compromises that need to be made by both sides to reach a deal," or to have, you know, personal involvement. so the fact that boris johnson is coming here — even though the eu says they don't know what he'll say — makes those who want a deal, compared to the real gloom that was felt here this morning, that hope hasn't quite entirely gone away. i've been watching eu politics for many years, and you'd be hard—pushed to find an eu deadline that isn't designed to be, shall we say, flexible, and we've seen a lot of those brexit deadlines come and go. but we do have that very definite legal deadline of the end of the transition period, on 31 december. if a deal is reached, it has to be done with enough time for both sides to sign off
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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 talking about trades 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. the united states's top diseases expert dr anthony fauci has warned of another surge in covid cases after christmas. dr fauci gave the warning in an interview with new york governor andrew cuomo. he said the christmas and new year period may be even more of a challenge than the spike in cases which followed last month's thanksgiving holiday. we don't mitigate well. we don't listen to the public health measures that we need to follow. and we could start to see things really get bad in the middle ofjanuary. without substantial mitigation, the middle ofjanuary can be a really dark time for us.
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a strict new lockdown has begun in the most populous us state, california, as covid—19 cases continue to surge across the country. more than half of california's — a0 million residents are subject to a stay—at—home order. people are banned from meeting anyone from outside their household. the order was triggered, by growing pressure on intensive care capacity in hospitals. earlier, i spoke to the bbc‘s sophie long in los angeles and i said it seems there is no sign of it slowing down. figures are really dier. nearly 30,000 new cases in california alone yesterday, and at midnight, the latest lockdown came into effect. this is a regional lockdown that was triggered by the number of intensive care beds reaching more than 85% capacity. governor newsom announced that this would take place last
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weekend california, the first region for that to kick in. i should say that in the north of california from around san francisco bay area, they have voluntarily already implemented this stay—at—home order as well. the capacity and intensive care units that are hovering around 20%. so, yes, the latest lockdown order has now come into effect. in terms of the difference it will make two people here in los angeles, that i have to say is limited. you've got to remember that there has been some storm dug next form of stay—at—home order since the first state wide order was issued back march. but these are certainly the most aggressive restrictions to be put in place since then. and what about compliance? are people fatigued with covid after so many months? yeah, i mean, fatigued is the word. many people that you speak to hear him of the kids have been it's going on for nearly ten months. in terms of compliance, that will be interesting, because we've already had pushback from local sheriffs.
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three have said that they want to enforce this latest lockdown. they've said that everyjob is lockdown. they've said that every job is essential to someone. every job is essential to someone. so that's the situation at the moment, in terms of what difference it's made, i'm standing on the whole onedrive committee can probably see los angeles behind me, over the last couple of hours, we've seen unknown to get a number of tour buses come up here, they are not full, people on them are not full, people on them are socially distanced, but they are still taking place. it's interesting to see just much of an effect this will have. film sets are still working, and there has been some upset among restaurants workers of course who have had a really tough time, they have just started to reopen and were shut down once more, that feeling is why? why are film sets lodge operates 12 hour shifts and sit down and eat outside when they are not. so we will see just outside when they are not. so we will seejust in outside when they are not. so we will see just in terms how much compliance there will be, but certainly huge amount of fatigue now. many people, of course, understand the reason behind it. they want coronavirus to stop spreading, but it's really tough. what is
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the timeframe? we are only a few weeks away from christmas. exactly. this latest lockdown, the third in a week that we have heard here in los angeles came in effect at midnight. it will be in effect for at least three weeks, so that takes us beyond christmas. we've already heard from anthony faucher, the country's leading infectious disease expert today, that we are not even seen disease expert today, that we are not even seen the effects of the impact of the things giving gatherings —— anthony faucl giving gatherings —— anthony fauci. thanks giving to no one of the most import holidays in the united states, and now, of course, people are looking forward to christmas gatherings with family is welcome of the fear is that while people ignore the warnings to stay home during thanks giving him the same will happen again with christmas and we could see the darkest times yet to come over christmas and into january of 2021. from first thing on tuesday morning, people across the uk will start to be given their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine. those over 80, front—line health service workers and care home staff will be prioritised as the roll—out of the first immunisation programme
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begins in hospitals. military personnel and planners are on hand to help when the programme is expanded. 0ur health editor hugh pym reports on what the health service 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 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
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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 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
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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. let's get some of the day's other news... officials in the indian state of andhra pradesh say more than four— hundred people have now needed
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say more than 400 people have now needed hospital treatment — and one man has died — because of an unidentified illness. residents in one town reported a range of symptoms in the last two days, including seizures, dizziness and vomiting. so far, samples of blood and spinal fluid have appeared normal. 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. the former french president nicolas sarkozy has said he'll go "all the way" to clear his name of corruption charges — as he defended himself in court for the first time. in one of several cases against him, he is accused of trying to bribe a judge with a plum job in exchange for information on a campaign finances inquiry. mr sarkozy denies all the charges. ghanaians have been voting for a new president and parliament in a country seen as one of the most
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democratic in west africa. eleven candidates are in the race to unseat president nana akufo—addo, who is running for his second term. his main challenger is his predecessor, john mahama. youth unemployment and the effects of the pandemic were among the top issues. stay with us on bbc news, still to come... bob dylan sells his entire catalogue of 600 songs, including "the times they are a changing" and "blowin' in the wind" — to universal music. john lennon was shot at the entrance to the dakota building in the centre of new york. there's been a crowd here standing in more or less silent vigil and the flowers have been piling up. the 14th cease—fire of this
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war ended at the walls of the old city of dubrovnik. this morning, witnesses said shells were landing every 20 seconds. people are celebrating the passing of a man they hold responsible for hundreds of deaths and oppression. elsewhere, people have been gathering tomorrow elsewhere, people have been gathering to mourn his passing. imelda marcos, the widow of the former president of the philippines, has gone on trial in manila. she's facing seven charges of tax evasion, estimated at £120 million. she pleaded not guilty. the prince and princess of wales are to separate. a statement from buckingham palace said the decision had been reached amicably. this is bbc news, the latest headlines with time running out — boris johnson will travel to brussels this week, in a bid to salvage a post—brexit trade deal.
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most parts of california are under a strict new coronaviorus lockdown — as america's leading infectious diseases expert warns christmas will be a greater challenge than thanksgiving. nearly one month after gunmen attacked kabul university, killing 22 people, students are returning to study there. but many are concerned about the impact it's had on their mental health. although the islamic state group said it carried out the attack, security officials say the alleged mastermind, who they have arrested, has links to the taliban. 0livia lepoidevin has spoken to some of the students caught up in the violence. there were sounds of shooting and screams inside the university. i saw crowds of students running out of the campus. there was breaking news on the tv saying that three gunmen stormed into kabul university campus, killing and shooting everyone coming their way. there is no place
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you can feel secure. in the morning, you wake up, and at the end of the day, you don't know — will you come back alive to your home, or will they bring your dead body to your family? nowhere is safe. streets, bus stops, the highways. 0n the day of it, i was near the university when. .. translation: suddenly, we heard the sound of an explosion. we heard fires. there were sounds of shooting and screams inside the university. the students were desperate and worried. i saw crowds of students running out of the campus. aisha is a law student at kabul university. nematullah studies
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political science. and sadia is a computer scientist. all of us were shocked. translation: 22-year-old muhammad rahid was one of the talented students of kabul university who died in this attack. he was first in his class, but his world of dreams and desires went under the earth, which is extremely sad news. this was the safest and most peaceful corner of the city i knew. but now, when i enter, i think every moment, again they will attack. when i saw the pictures of my fellow students' dead bodies and the blood—streaked walls of my faculty and the blood—washed books, i was traumatised for a week. i'm still reminded of them when i'm walking in the hallways of my faculty.
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translation: it had a very bad effect on our mental health. i couldn't sleep after the attack for 3—4 nights. we are tired of war. by fighting with our pen against the gun, we continue — and they won't stop us. the islamic state group says it carried out the attack. however, the afghan government has accused the taliban of being behind it. in the meantime, these young students are determined to continue studying and imagining a better future for their country. 0livia le poidevan, bbc news. bob dylan has sold the rights to his entire back catalogue of songs in a deal rumoured to be worth 300 million dollars. universal music made the announcement with a video. # and admit that the waters...#
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the times they are a changing is one of 600 songs — along with like a rolling stone, knocking 0n heavens door, a raft of classics standards like make you feel my love. the label is believed to have spent years trying to close the deal. lucian grange, universal‘s ceo said today... he went on... for bob dylan, this cements his position as one of the most successful and respected musicians. the man himself almost never gives interviews. today, through a spokesperson, bob dylan said... dan runcie is a music industry journalist whose website trapital analyses these new mega money publishing deals. now has been such a hot time for publishing deals, we've seen many of the biggest
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investment funds buying up these catalogues, many of the biggest musicians selling their catalogues. and it really boils down to three big things — one, in the streaming era, it's now easier than ever to figure out which songs are the most valuable, which songs have the highest value over time, and bob dylan has one of the most historic catalogues that can redeem its value and makeup that value time and time again. the second reason is that music itself, especially royalties that come from the payments of these catalogues, are a consistent payment that is predictable and that comes time and time again. and it's something that's not correlated, so whether the economy is booming or struggling, people will want to stream tangled up in blue or like a rolling stone. and the third reason is because it's a hot market right now to be able to sell these catalogues, given the interest rates.
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it's a very attractive time to borrow money, which means that a company like universal or some of these new investment funds that have been coming can get nine figures worth of money to be able to pay someone like bob dylan for all of the money and the music that he's put out in his career up to now. the thing is that dylan is known for his sharp business acumen already — he's got his clothes, he does advertisements, he's got his whiskey. will universal be able to squeeze out very much from this? they will, and the reason is that it's been estimated that bob dylan sold his catalogue for about $300— 400 million. that's a lump sum expected from it what will come from the publishing money. so if you think about how often his music is streamed, how often it is featured in movies always been a feature in breaking bad
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and better call saul. there's a generation that's grown up with him and for them to be able to hear that over time and the people that want to hear it, there will be value in that. so while dylan got his lump sum payment, the universal publishing group will get that payment consistently from year to make her here on out. that was on bob dylan's catalogue. some — "breaking" — news for you now. a competitive form of break dancing, known as breaking, has been confirmed as a new sport for the 2024 paris 0lympics. blending artistry and athleticism, competitors isn't an sports? —— is it an
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0lympic sports? blending artistry and athleticism, competitors are judged on their style, strength, rhythm and agility. the president of the international olympic committee says it will make the games "more youthful and urban". i don't know anyone who can do that. a quick reminder of our main story... uk prime minister borisjohnson will travel to brussels this week to meet european commission president ursula von der leyen in a last ditch effort to salvage a post—brexit trade deal. it's not quite clear when he will be travelling. it comes after a 90 minute phone call between the two leaders failed to produce a breakthrough. in a joint statement, they said the conditions for a deal were "not there". a british government source said there was every chance no—deal would be reached.
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significant differences remained on three critical issues — fisheries, common rules and standards, and how to resolve trade disputes. that's it for me. more on the website. hello there. tuesday is set to bring a real mix of weather across the uk and for some, the day will start off with some pretty dense fog, particularly across parts of southern and eastern england and up into the midlands. but further north, it's a different story. this area of low pressure swinging its way in from the east making it too windy for fog. instead, we've got cloud, we've got outbreaks of rain, a little bit of snow over high ground. but that's where we'll have the mildest start to the day, certainly relative to the pretty chilly conditions down towards the south. some spots 2—3 degrees below freezing, so that means we could have some freezing fog patches across parts of the west country, into the midlands, east anglia, up into lincolnshire. a few showers grazing the far south east, a bit of winteriness mixing in with those, and that could give some icy stretches.
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a bit of sunshine through the south west of england, parts of south wales but for north wales, northern england, northern ireland, and scotland, well here, we've got a lot of cloud. we've got some outbreaks of rain. some snow over high ground in northern scotland and some brisk winds with gusts of 50 mph or more for coasts of western scotland. so, as we go on through the day, this area of cloud with outbreaks of rain willjust continue to pivot around across scotland, northern ireland, northern england, parts of wales. further south and east, some of the fog can be quite slow to clear particularly through east anglia and lincolnshire. most places should brighten up with a little bit of sunshine. chilly, though, in eastern parts, 2—3 celsius. further west, we could see highs of 8—9. and then as we go through tuesday night into the early hours of wednesday, we see this cloud with outbreaks of showery rain gradually working southeastwards. a little bit chilly for a time across parts of eastern england, and we could see a frost late in the night across northern ireland as the skies clear. but as we go on into wednesday, we see our cloud and showery
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rain tending to push eastwards. then, a slice of sunshine and then we see rain returning to northern ireland, wales, and the south west of england. but those temperatures just showing signs of creeping upwards a little bit, 5—9 celsius. now that area of rain in the west will tend to dive away southwards. so, a lot of dry weather around on thursday, but then there is another frontal system waiting in the wings. so, thursday, dry for many, but there's the increasing chance of rain for the end of the week, but it will be turning a little bit milder.
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this is bbc news.
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0ur headlines. the british prime minister, borisjohnson, will travel to brussels this week, in a bid to salvage a post—brexit trade deal. he will hold talks with the european commission president, ursula von der leyen after the most recent negotiations on future trade with the eu failed to make progress. millions of people in the us state of california have been placed under a strict new coronavirus lockdown, as cases surge across the country. america's leading infectious diseases expert has issued a stark warning that christmas will be a greater challenge than thanksgiving. the first coronavirus vaccines are due to be administered, at hospitals around the uk within hours. military personnel have been drafted in to help set up special centres where mass coronavirus vaccinations will begin. the jab will be offered to the most vulnerable initially. now on bbc news, it's hardtalk.


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