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this is bbc news. these are the latest headlines in the uk and around the world. borisjohnson promises big changes following his brexit trade deal, as chancellor rishi sunak says the deal brings reassurance to those worried about the impact on businesses. for those who were anxious about the economic implications of leaving, they should be enormously reassured by the comprehensive nature of this free—trade agreement ensuring tariff—free, quota—free access for british businesses to the european market. the rollout of the pfizer—biontech covid vaccine begins for millions of people across the eu — starting with italy and the czech republic. storm bella brings gusts of more than 100mph — with roads in parts of wales, and devon and cornwall blocked by falling trees. and after 80 years working in the same post office in a village in shropshire, postmistress kay white finally retires.
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hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world. borisjohnson has promised that "big" changes are on the way for the uk following his brexit deal with the european union. in an interview with the sunday telegraph, he said he wants to focus on "leveling up the country" and "spreading opportunity" across the uk. mrjohnson said the brexit deal would provide new regulatory freedoms to "deliver for people who felt left behind". but some fishing leaders have accused him of "caving in" to the eu and sacrificing their interests. mps will vote on the deal in parliament on 30th december. our business correspondent vivienne nunis has more. it's now 2a hours since the government published its 1,200—page trade
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deal with brussels. this morning, the chancellor was quick to dispel fears the uk might be economically worse off under this new trading relationship with the eu. for those who were anxious about the economic implications of leaving, they should be enormously reassured. the free trade agreement will cover nearly £670 billion worth of trade every year, making it the largest in history. there will be no added taxes on imports — known as tariffs — and no limits on how much can be bought and sold. but there will be checks, red tape and form—filling when goods move across the border. that could mean delays and added costs for businesses. labour says the deal is better than no deal but it's not happy with what's been agreed. this is a thin deal, it's not the deal the government promised. and there are large areas of our economy, for example financial services, that employs one in 14 people in our country, where there aren't clear elements
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within this deal and where much more work will need to be done. the chancellor says the uk will remain in close dialogue with the eu about how things will work moving forward, for instance with financial services. indeed, many are asking for more clarity on how services will be dealt with under this deal since the service sector makes up 80% of the uk economy. now that we've left the european union we can do things a bit differently and we are embarking on that journey. for example, examining how we make the city of london the most attractive place to list new companies anywhere in the world. mps will vote on the trade deal in parliament on wednesday. despite labour's criticisms, opposition leader keir starmer has confirmed labour mps will support the deal. but as scrutiny of the document continues over the coming days, more questions will inevitably arise about what exactly this new trading relationship will mean. the deal itself comes into force in just five days' time.
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vivienne nunis reporting. meanwhile, the coronavirus vaccine will be given to millions of people across europe from today, as countries including france, spain and italy begin the rollout of their vaccination programmes. more than 14 million people have been infected and strict lockdown measures are currently in place in nearly all the eu member states. damien mcguinness reports now from berlin. the european vaccine roll—out has begun. in berlin, mobile teams are taking the first vaccines from this distribution centre to those who need it most — the elderly in nursing homes. this airport once provided a lifeline for west berlin at the height of the cold war. it was closed down in november to make way for a larger airport and now it has been turned into a mass vaccination centre, providing, yet again, a lifeline for berliners, but this time in the fight against the pandemic. one of the first people in berlin
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to get the vaccine this morning was gertrude haase, 101 years old. in italy, where fatalities among health care workers have been particularly high, doctors and nurses are also among the first to get the jab. translation: it's not the end of the pandemic because there's still a long way to go, but it is the beginning of the end. today is a beautiful day. to boost support, some european leaders have also gone first. the czech prime minister said he wants to set an example and said the vaccine provides hope that we will return to a normal life. across europe, elderly people have been isolated, afraid and vulnerable. now they are the first to be protected. damien mcguinness, bbc news, berlin. a pilot in germany has traced an image of a syringe in the skies to mark the launch of vaccination
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campaigns across the european union. flight tracking data showed the small plane — a diamond da20 single—propeller piloted by samy kramer — tracing an image of a syringe above friedrichshafen, a town in southern germany known for its importance in aviation history. mr kramer said he thought it was a fun way to raise awareness on such an historic day. health officials in south wales have thanked medical students who've responded to an appeal for volunteers to help in intensive care departments. the cardiff and vale university health board had tweeted that it was urgently looking for medical students for its critical care department. the health board said while staffing was still challenging, the situation had improved and it had now withdrawn its appeal. the scottish government has pledged an extra £41 million to support businesses which were forced to close as they entered the country's top tier of coronavirus measures yesterday. the holyrood government says it's now allocated more than 5.5 billion to support businesses and help the economy recover
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from the pandemic. lots of different coronavirus restrictions remain in place across the world as countries try to keep the pandemic under control. cases are rising in russia, but president vladimir putin says he won't impose a new national lockdown as he tries to protect the economy. our moscow correspondent sarah rainsford reports. red square is at its picture—postcard best. no sign here of covid—i9 cancelling christmas, despite the spiralling infection rate. there are precautions and many things have been scaled back this year, but there's no lockdown, and people told me they are fine with that. translation: i think there is enough restrictions. lots of people wear masks and gloves. i don't think we need anything stricter. translation: we don't need a lockdown, that would stop
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people earning wages and feeding their families. that happened in spring, and it was really bad. meanwhile, on another ice rink not far away, this is how moscow is dealing with covid. in october, we visited one of multiple giant temporary hospitals. there were free beds back then, but hospitals now across the country are close to capacity, and the death rate from covid is rising. vladimir putin is taking his own precautions. this year's press conference was by video link. the chosen few allowed close to him had to quarantine for two weeks first. but even loyal reporters told him things had never been this tough in russia. and mr putin promised he wouldn't make things worse with another lockdown. russia's doing its best to look festive, to lift people's moods despite the covid pandemic, but this crisis hasn't only pushed
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russia's health care system to the very limit, it's hurting the economy, too, and that's an issue for vladimir putin, who has always presented himself as the president of stability. this club was closed for months after the pandemic first hit. the dancers are back on stage now, but their clients have far less money to spend. and covid rules mean closing at 11pm — not ideal for a striptease show. all in all, this man tells me business is down 60%. translation: we are hardly making ends meet. i had to get a bank loan to pay wages. if there is another lockdown and we have to shut, then that's it — we'll go bankrupt and people will lose theirjobs. so russians are bracing for another tough year once the festive lights go out. the covid vaccine has brought a flicker of hope, but this virus is one thing
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the kremlin is struggling to control. sarah rainsford, bbc news, moscow. now time for a full sport's round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's chetan pathak. good afternoon. we're going to start in the english premier league where there are four matches on sunday. leeds united have beaten burnely in the early kick off by a goal to nil at elland road — a good win for marcelo bielsa but burnley boss sean dyche aggrieved his side were denied an equaliser when ashley barnes‘ goal was disallowed despite ben mee's challenge on the goal keeper looking fair. in the end patrick bamford's fifth minute penalty was enough to give the home side all three points, leeds up to 11th, burnley are just outside the relegation places, two points from safety bambi ba m bi clearly bambi clearly only has eyes for the ball, he has not looked at the keeper or try to put him off, anything. the cobra comes through, but his knee into his back, if you
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do that in the middle of the patch you would get booked and nowadays it could be violent conduct. and he spills it. not only is that a penalty but also we put it into the goal and we did not get given one second for it to operate. i am grieved with that. at half time, brighton lead 1—0 at west ham, maupay with the goaljust before the break. champions liverpool can go five points clear at the top if they beat west brom in the ii.30pm kick off, the late game sees wolves take on tottenham. next to one of the great test innings. a magnificent unbeaten century from india's stand—in captain ajinkya rahane has put them in a strong position after two days of the second test against australia in melbourne. the hosts looked to have the upper hand after pat cummins removed opener shubman gill and cheteshwar pujara, leaving india on 64 for three. but rahane rebuilt the tourists response, by taking them past australia's first innings total and then bringing up his century, as india's lead grew and grew.
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and with the dangerous ravindra jadeja at the crease, the tourists, who trail the four test series 1—0, will aim to turn their overnight total of 277 forfive into something even more substatntial on day three. they currently lead by 82 runs. we were so patient. this was all about patient. when you have such a high quality ball on the bat, sometimes you pull, and when not you must ball well and ra hane, sometimes you pull, and when not you must ball well and rahane, it was such a magnificent knock to watch from outside. the loose balls he was getting, he was making sure he could hit all of them. andy murray will make a playing return to the australian open in february, two years
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on from his emotional announcement there that he may have to finish his career due to injury. murray's been handed a wildcard for the tournament in melbourne, where in 2019 he held a tearful press conference outlining his plans to end his career after wimbledon that year. he subsequently underwent hip resurfacing surgery and won the antwerp open seven months later. there was never any doubt murray would be awarded a wildcard, a former world number one, a five time runner—up here, and two years ago, talked about retiring in melbourne. he played an amazing first—round match with roberto bautista agut, he lost in five sets and he thought his chronic hip pain would end his career, the retirement video played on court after that match. the tournament director said today, we welcome andy murray back with open arms. he will play as a wild card in an event in the first week of january in delray beach in florida. after a miserable 2020,
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he couldn't play much because of the suspension of the tours and his injury, he hopes this longer period of preseason will get him into the shape you need to be in, to be truly competitive once again. russell fuller, there. that's all the sport for now. thank you. gusts of more than 100mph have been recorded as storm bella continues to bring heavy rain to large parts of the uk. the needles on the isle of wight saw winds that reached 106mph with a number of train operators reporting delays across the south of england. the met office has also issued yellow warnings for snow and ice — meaning disruption is likely for parts of wales, north—west england, scotland and the whole of northern ireland. chi chi izundu reports. storm bella making her presence known on british shores. winds of up to 106 miles an hour have been recorded on the isle of wight,
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bringing down trees, including on this car, and huts alongside brighton beachfront. train operators have issued warnings about delays and cancellations because of debris and flooding on the railway lines. but parts of the uk are still reeling from heavy rains over christmas, like cirencester in gloucestershire. residents trying to adapt. more than 70 homes were without power and the environment agency has warned some river levels are still rising. this is ducklington farm in oxfordshire, where farmer helen's priority has been the safety of her animals. the amount of rain we've had in the last few days has made it very difficult for us. we have over 3000 sheep and we've had to move 1200 of them in the last three days, so the whole of christmas we've been moving sheep. they‘ re all pregnant, and their welfare is our priority at the moment, but finding dry ground is almost impossible because it's just completely saturated. the met office has issued three
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yellow weather warnings about snow and ice in parts of scotland in particular and the north—east. officials say they're working hard to help those in need but have added there may be at least another day of harsh weather to come. chi chi izundu, bbc news. authorities in the us are investigating whether a campervan explosion in the city of nashville on christmas day was a suicide bombing. three people were injured in the blast, and dna tests are now being carried out after human remains were found near the site of the explosion. no motive has been established and no—one has claimed responsibility. the search is resuming for missing walkers and climbers in the mountains on the edge of the iranian capital, tehran. at least seven people are unaccounted for after heavy snowfalls and strong winds caused avalanches. the bodies of at least eight people have been found in the alborz range, which is popular with residents of tehran. the rescue operation is being led by the red crescent,
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who on saturday sent 20 teams to try to assist those in difficulties. helicopters were also used to bring people down from the heights. among those who died are a political activist, an academic, a doctor and a mountaineering instructor. since the introduction of a wide—ranging national security law, hong kong has seen a growing number of young activists seeking asylum abroad. china has warned foreign governments against supporting their claims for political refuge. the bbc has spoken to several young protesters who attempted to flee to the us consulate inside hong kong. danny vincent reports. this is the unprecedented moment four young pro—democracy protesters attempted to flee to the us consulate in hong kong. these scenes are rare in the territory. they said they were seeking asylum from political persecution. the us government says asylum can only be sought inside the country. they entered the building only to be turned away. a new national security law has led
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to a growing number of young people fleeing the city. they spoke to the bbc under the condition of anonymity. one is a us citizen facing protest—related charges. he showed us his birth certificate, a hong konger born in the usa. i feel helpless, hopeless and fear. i feel fear. i fear for my personal security and my life is under threat. there are agents around us, monitoring us. now every day our situation is getting worse and worse. activists say protesters are attempting to leave hong kong by land, by air, by sea. tony chung, a student leader, was the first political figure arrested under the national security law. he was detained outside the us consulate by plainclothes police officers. the teenager could now face life in prison. these protesters say they were turned away from the us and the uk consulates.
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both governments say they do not comment on specific cases. i have a sense of feeling of being abandoned. and they are not concerned for our safety. amongst us, some of us have taken high risk to seek assistance. finally, we were rejected. china has labelled fleeing pro—democracy protesters as violent criminals. it has warned nations like canada against granting asylum. it says foreign nations mustn't interfere in china's internal affairs. but young activists fear they will no longer face a fair trial. danny vincent, bbc news, hong kong. it's been an exceptionally unsettling time for many this year living through the coronavirus pandemic. in these challenging times, what steps can you take to look after your overall wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around you? i put these questions to paul farmer, the ceo of the mental health charity mind.
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it's been a hugely challenging year for everyone. we have all had to realise how important looking after our mental health is. no matter what situation we are facing. many people have lost some protective factors that are good for our mental health, like hugging our grandchild, spending time with loved ones. if you are living in a household with domestic abuse or worrying about financial concerns. all of those things adding to the overall risk factors. so this has been a really challenging time for the whole country's mental health and particularly for people with existing mental health problems or people at risk of developing mental health problems. so what is the advice, what can we do to look after other people and also look after ourselves? absolutely, over the last few months we have started to think about two or three things we all need to do to look after our mental
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health. it will vary from person to person, but on the whole, those things include thinking about activities you know are good for your mental health. it might be taking physical activity, sitting and reading, it might be getting away from social media or using technology to contact and stay in touch with people. there are things we can all choose to do and identify, things that will help us drive during this very difficult period. —— thrive. then we also need to think what extra help might we need if we are struggling? times when maybe those tough days we are facing because of the news or because of something that might be happening our lives becomes a bad week, a bad month. loss or bereavement, coping with the loss of a job perhaps, the break—up of a relationship during a difficult time.
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that is the moment to reach out to friends and family, and to mental health organisations as well, for help and support. can you imagine working in the same job for almost 80 years? well, postmistress kay white has done just that. now she's set to retire from her post office in shropshire, and in that time she's seen it all. from world war ii to the transformation of the postal service, she's been honoured by the queen as well. as geeta pendse has been finding out. put your letter through because i've got to put it on. thank you. a life behind the counter. at 93, kay white is the oldest postmistress in the country, assisted by ann, her spritely 75—year—old niece. kay started working at her village post office in claverley at the age 01:14. there we are. mrs drew, that was postmistress,
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asked mother if i'd come and help in the office. and in those days, if your mother says you're going to do something, you do it. and so, that's how i came to be here. kay became postmistress in 1960, and whilst technology has changed, she still remembers doing the accounts by herself. mother used to say to me, "kay, isn't there anybody who could help you?" i used to say, "nobody would understand this lot!" laughter. now, after almost 80 years, kay has decided to retire, leaving a big hole in the community. bells chime. how important is kay to the village? she's very important. it's about being the heart of the village, where people come to share their news. reverend garry ward says when the post office closed temporarily this year during the first lockdown, people really felt the loss then.
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some people pop in dailyjust to say hello and just to, you know, speak to kay. so, if the church is the soul, then the post office is definitely the heart of the village and kay is a very important part of that. every week without fail, kay pops over to the only other shop in the village — the hairdresser‘s — for her weekly wash and set. and it's safe to say that her departure has become something of a talking point. she started working at the post office when she was 14. linda has known kay all her life. the impact kay has made on the village is absolutely immense. she is an absolute character. i think the person who will miss the post office the most will be kay herself, because it'sjust been her life. what is your secret, kay, because you've been working here for almost 80 years? i think you've got to like people and helping one another. and how do you think both of you are going to feel on that last day?
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it will be very strange, really. you know, we shall be sorry, you know? i never thought i'd live till now. and i thought i shall die and the place will all be sold, and i shouldn't have had all this! i didn't think i'd be here! laughter. as 2020 draws to an end, kay and ann will lock up for the last time, but there is no doubting the imprint this shropshire postmistress has left on her beloved village. geeta pendse, bbc news, claverley. good luck to her in her retirement. that's all from me, you can reach me on twitter. and there is plenty more on twitter. and there is plenty more on all of the stories on the website. thanks very much for watching. goodbye.
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hello, storm bella has been battering a large swathe of the uk in the last 2a hours. we had wind gusts in excess of 80 mph across the south of england and north—west wales. 106 mph at the needles on the isle of wight, coupled with some torrential rain courtesy of this very active cold front. it's now clear south and eastwards. we are all in this much colder air and we've got plenty of showers feeding in from the west, many of them wintry. we'll come back to those in just a moment but let's talk about the wind. the amber wind warning from the met office has now expired. the winds continue to ease through today. a number of flood warnings remain in place and we have snow and ice warnings in place as well. the best of the sunshine through the rest of sunday, in central and eastern parts of the uk. plenty of showers feeding in from the west. they will continue to be wintry, particularly across scotland and northern england but almost
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anywhere could see some sleet 01’ snow. suddenly feeling very cold. still we are exposed to the brisk wind although the gusts easing down all the while. as we head through this evening and overnight, a more persistent spell of snow over parts of scotland, then sinking south. we may see some sleet and snow moving into the north of england, the midlands. mainly central and southern england by the time we get through the early hours. where we have clear skies, sharp frost and the potential for some fog or freezing fog across the southern part of the uk. temperatures for many close if not below freezing, —6 to —8 across the glens of scotland. certainly a messy picture tomorrow. we have this area of low pressure to deal with and that will continue generating rain, sleet or snow across central and southern england into parts of north wales. some significant snow for a time here across the chilterns. those wintry showers continuing to feed into scotland and later in the day across parts of north—east and eastern england so it's a day of sunshine and wintry showers. temperatures at best, six or seven celsius. for many they will struggle to get
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much above freezing. cold, frosty start on tuesday but for many, a good deal of sunshine around. showers mainly confined to eastern and western coasts. again temperatures not much higher than five or six celsius. heading towards the end of 2020, an area of low pressure to the east of the uk. high pressure trying to build in from the south—west. frontal systems just grazing the south—west and perhaps the far north of the uk. essentially as we end 2020 and move into the new year, cold and dry.
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hello this is bbc news. the headlines. borisjohnson promises big changes following his brexit trade deal, as his chancellor rishi sunak says the deal brings reassurance to those who were worried about the impact on businesses. the rollout of the pfizer biontech covid vaccine begins for millions of people across the eu — starting with italy and the czech republic. the met office issues yellow warnings for snow and ice following storm bella with disruption likely for parts of wales, north—west england, scotland and the whole of northern ireland. now on bbc news, we join the travel show team on theirjourney of discovery as they explore new destinations around the globe and uncover hidden sides to some of the world's favourite holiday hotspots. let's be honest, it hasn't been the best year for travel. but amid the gloom, we've still found moments

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