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tonight at 10:00pm, in a surprise move, the world's biggest economies — china and the us — agree a joint approach to climate change. they will work together on key areas, such as cutting methane 7 a powerful greenhouse gas 7 promoting clean energy, as well as emissions from industry and transport. the united states and china have no shortage of differences, but on climate — on climate — cooperation is the only way to get this job done. earlier in the day, borisjohnson — the summit host — had appealed for "a determined push" to make progress in the closing days. we'll be asking what the china—us deal means for the overall outcome of the summit. also tonight... sir geoffrey cox, the conservative mp, denies any wrongdoing by using his parliamentary office to do outside work.
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as migrants in belarus continue to suffer as they try to enter poland, russia is accused of manipulating the situation for its own ends. and a report on the wartime sinking of hms dasher, and the families still looking for answers. and coming up in the sport, on the bbc news channel... england are out of the men's t20 world cup after new zealand won their semi—final by five wickets in abu dhabi. good evening. delegates at the climate summit in glasgow were taken by surprise tonight when china and the us issued a joint statement, agreeing to improve cooperation over the next decade. john kerry, the us climate envoy, said the us and china had "no shortage of differences",
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but on climate, co—operation was the only way to get the job done. there were joint steps agreed on a range of issues including methane emissions, the transition to clean energy, and decarbonisation. the climate summit is now in its final few days — dozens of countries have promised to phase out petrol and diesel—powered cars, but on this the us and china didn't sign up. our science editor david shukman has the latest. can the world agree to slow down the release of the gases heating the planet? can it do what it takes to reduce the melting of the polar ice? and will this be enough to limit the rise of the sea? with the conference now entering its final days, delegates are trying to find common ground, and the uk, as host, has come up with a draft of a possible agreement. seven pages of text, welcomed as a first step by some
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but criticised by many. the words are almost meek and mild in many places, and the world is on fire. we've seen the australian wildfires, koalas being burnt alive. we need to make sure that we have got power and proactive commitments on the table. any document like this is bound to be a compromise, so it calls for the first time for coal to be phased out — the dirtiest fossil fuel — but it doesn't give a date. it pushes for 1.5 celsius to be the limit of global warming, but currently, no one is on course to achieve that, and it urges countries to update their climate plans not in 2025, but far sooner, in fact next year, but there is no obligation. it needs to be really clear. there is no room for ambiguity and fudges. i see in this latest text, there's a lot of "urging" and "calling for", that kind of soft language, and it will need to be sharpened up,
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otherwise it will be very difficult to claim that this summit has succeeded. so the prime minister has stepped in, briefly, but, faced with an uphill struggle, he is now trying to manage expectations. the cop 26 summit here in glasgow is not going to fix it in one go. we're not going to arrest climate change right here, right now, that is just impossible, and i think everybody has got to be realistic about that, but there is the possibility that we will come away from this with the first genuine road map for a solution to anthropogenic climate change. and that possibility was given a boost when china's top negotiator made a surprise announcement of a joint climate plan with the united states. the world's two biggest polluters agreed to reduce methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas, a positive signal of cooperation.
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the united states and china have no shortage of differences, but on climate — on climate — cooperation is the only way to get this job done. we will soon see what that adds up to in this last phase of the talks, where china is among industrial giants worried about brakes on its development. and others, like madagascar, victims of climate change, are desperate for this conference to get them help. our science editor david shukman joins us from glasgow. lets talk more about that surprise announcement by china and the us. what's the likely impact of this statement on the outcome, do you think? �* , ., statement on the outcome, do you think? 2 ., , ., think? it's worth bearing in mind that if you _ think? it's worth bearing in mind that if you add _ think? it's worth bearing in mind that if you add together - think? it's worth bearing in mind that if you add together the - think? it's worth bearing in mind l that if you add together the carbon emissions of america and china you get to pretty well half the global total, so when these two giants act
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together it tends to make a difference. it certainly did six years ago when the paris agreement was ushered in. but, and there is a big but here, we are now in the endgame of these talks. we are in the diplomatic trench warfare, where there are line by line arguments over what will be in the final agreement. we do not yet know whether the big coal producing companies will reject the idea in the agreement of phasing out coal. we definitely know the poorest nations feel extremely disappointed that more is not being made of the fact they were promised aid 12 years ago and it still hasn't been delivered. an overarching everything is still the fundamental question about whether we can bridge the gap between what the science says is needed, which is basically half global emissions in the next nine years to avoid the worst of global warming, and what is actually happening in the real world, which is that emissions are still rising.
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there is everything to play for and the next 48 hours are really crucial. ,, ~ ., ., ~ , ., crucial. david shukman, thank you for the latest _ crucial. david shukman, thank you for the latest from _ crucial. david shukman, thank you for the latest from the _ crucial. david shukman, thank you for the latest from the cop26 - crucial. david shukman, thank you i for the latest from the cop26 summit in glasgow. the prime minister says mps who don't abide by parliamentary rules should be investigated and punished but he defended the principle of politicians having second jobs and said he did not believe that the united kingdom was a corrupt state. the conservative mp and former minister sir geoffrey cox has denied breaching rules on mps' behaviour after he was filmed apparently using his parliamentary office to carry out paid work advising the government of the british virgin islands. our political editor laura kuenssberg reports. not always pretty from the outside. nor, perhaps, on the inside either. here's a former cabinet minister working as a lawyer from what seems to be his commons office. forgive my absence during some of the morning. i'm afraid the bell went off. "the bell went off," he says.
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in other words, he had to leave this lucrative session to go and vote. and here he was again, working in the caribbean, whilst travel restrictions were tight. there are real drawbacks to open registers. it becomes a political tool... pondering that while declaring outside work was the right thing, it could cause some problems. mps are allowed to do other jobs, but sir geoffrey, the booming brexiteer, has been the top outside earner in the commons and using premises funded by the taxpayer for other work is not allowed. after a couple of days of silence, a statement appeared on sir geoffrey's website, saying he is...
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prime minister, are you running from the sleaze allegations? . borisjohnson might have boarded an early train to glasgow but 400 miles didn't give him much political distance. should mps have second jobs, prime minister? i there are plenty in his own party, as well as the odd person greeting him in glasgow, deeply unimpressed. but pressed for answers at the climate conference, he wouldn't say sorry for how he's handled mps with second jobs. those who break the rules must be investigated and should be punished. i genuinely believe that the uk is not, remotely, a corrupt country, nor do i believe that our institutions are corrupt. labour won't let up because it thinks the prime minister is vulnerable. although, as an mp before he became leader, keir starmer earned more than £100,000 part—time, doing legal work.
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there are many different strands and claims of sleaze, that toxic mixture of money and politics that creates such suspicion. it's the behaviour of a few dozen, mainly conservative mps, that's being called into question, but the whole of this place and the prime minister'sjudgment have been mired in the mess. the prime minister must know all�*s not well, feeling the need to say to the world that our parliament, our politics, are not corrupt, but allegations, day after day, do lap at the edges. faith, if lost, is hard to restore. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. the german chancellor angela merkel has told president putin that russia must stop what she called
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the "inhumane" exploitation of the migrant crisis on the border between poland and belarus. thousands of people have massed in the area, wanting to cross into poland and enter the european union. poland's prime minister has accused belarus of "state terrorism" in its handling of the crisis. 0ur europe correspondent nick beake sent this report. for those who'd hoped to find a new life safe in the european union, there is a grim realisation that this could now be home. trapped between belarus and poland. the bbc was sent these pictures, as journalists and, crucially, aid agencies are being kept away. it is very, very bad. we managed to contact ilias, who was a scientist in iraq. he wants eu member poland to let them through. my message is, i want open the border to poland. why should poland open
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the border to you? one day, two day, three day, after, have died. you fear that people will die? yes. poland has been accused of pushing back migrants illegally. but it wants to highlight this — belarussian troops appearing to force migrants along the border. the polish accusing belarus of terrorism, masterminded by russia. and tonight, angela merkel appealed directly to moscow. translation: you are all - following these disturbing images. i had russian president vladimir putin on the phone today and i asked him to take action with president lukashenko because people are being used here. but, russia has hit back, claiming the eu is provoking belarus. moscow released this footage which, it said, showed two bombers being sent to patrol its ally�*s airspace in a demonstration of solidarity and strength, as international tensions rise
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from this border chaos. this huge forest, called bialowieza, is one of europe's oldest woodlands, but it's now the epicentre of the continent's newest migrant crisis. thousands have been trying to make their way from belarus, through these trees, to here in poland. and many more are set to follow, determined to take their chances in this wilderness, if it means reaching eu soil. because, in belarus's capital, minsk, more families were preparing to head to the border after being welcomed by president lukashenko's regime. undeterred by the spiralling misery tonight in the makeshift camps that soon awaits them. nick beake, bbc news, on the poland—belarus border. from midnight tonight, anyone working in a care home
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in england will have to be fully vaccinated against covid unless they have a medical exemption. care home managers in england, already struggling with staff shortages, fear they could eventually lose many workers as a direct result of the vaccination rule. the health secretary, sajid javid, says the new arrangement will make care homes much safer. 0ur social affairs editor alison holt has more details. the end of a breakfast shift for daniela bell, and the end of a job that she loved. she's worked in a care home with people with dementia for nearly four years but because she won't have the covid jab she had to leave before tonight's deadline. she's worried about potential vaccine side effects. it was difficult this morning and it was a bit heartbreaking, because i love what i do, and i love the people, i love the staff, and it's been hard to break from that, because i can't see myself doing something else.
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and the number of staff leaving remains a real worry according to the national care forum, which represent services employing 14,000 people, looking after 11,000 residents. in a snapshot survey, its members believe they will have lost 3.5% of their workers by midnight tonight, and another group will leave when they can no longer self certify that they have a medical exemption. in these services alone that adds up to more than 1,000 staff going. care homes feel that they've been guinea pigs in terms of the implementation of this policy. it means that the work force that we need, to be able to take in new people who require care, particularly, whether they're coming from hospitals or the community, arejust not there. at this croydon nursing home they expect to lose three staff before christmas, when self—certified medical exemptions end. here, like many places in the care sector, they struggle to find nurses. there just aren't the nurses out there, or the nurses that
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want to come and work in care homes. we've interviewed several nurses and when we've asked them the question, are they vaccinated? they've said, "no." they don't want be vaccinated. but information sessions run with their local council and nhs have persuaded most of their staff to have jabs. some had been put off by what they read on social media. i think the information is the key. i think that people shouldn'tjust busy themselves with what happens on social media because 90% of what they write there, or they say there, is lies. what did you think when you had it? were you nervous? well, when i was going there i was a bit worried, but when i went there, they talked to me about the vaccine, so i had it and there was nothing. compulsory vaccination is there to protect residents and staff after so many care home deaths during the pandemic.
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and despite existing staff shortages, council bosses believe homes will cope with support. many of them have been recruiting, of course, to replace staff that they've known will be leaving so you cannot rule out that there will not be a problem in a small number of places but overall this has been well managed and the sector will come through it. but whether homes will be able to find enough new staff to replace those who are going is still uncertain. alison holt, bbc news. the government's latest coronavirus figures for the uk show there were almost 40,000 new infections recorded in the latest 24—hour period, which means, on average, there were 33,866 new cases reported per day in the last week. 214 deaths were recorded, that's of people who died within 28 days of a positive covid—19 test. on average in the past week 165 related deaths were recorded every day. and more than 10.9 million people
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have received their boosterjab. the duchess of sussex has apologised for misleading a court about information given by her aides to the authors of a biography. meghan sued the publisher of the mail on sunday over five articles. in her witness statement, published today, meghan apologised and said that she did not intend to mislead the court about the role of an aide in providing information to the authors of the unauthorised biography. for the past seven years, south africa has suffered drought and water shortages, much of which is being blamed on climate change. in 2017, the city of cape town came very close to becoming the first major city in the world to run out of water. 0ur africa correspondent, andrew harding, reports on the unusual methods now being deployed to save as much water as possible. high in the mountains around cape town, a bold and frantic
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fight to save rain water. teams here are scaling the wilderness to remove alien trees, armies of foreign invaders, like the pine. that's because pine trees are thirsty, sucking up a quarter of the water that might otherwise end up in cape town's reservoirs. every stump here means more waterfor humans. and these days, africa's big, growing cities need every raindrop. girls in a makeshift settlement near cape town gather at a communal tap. drought, the calling card of climate change, has become part of their childhood. it's not something that will happen in the future, it's something that is happening right now, so it makes me worried, frustrated, it makes me want to take a stand and bring up change.
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it's three years now since cape town came terrifyingly close to running out of water completely. we were here then to report on the world's first big modern city to face that threat. back then, a devastating drought turned the city's reservoirs into dust bowls. the good news is that it shocked the authorities and the public into taking drastic action to slash their water usage. the thought of running out of water in the city was quite tragic and very scary, and the city did quite well in preaching the message of saving water and we halved our water use. but cape town's successes are the exception here in south africa. not far from the city, the worst drought in more than a century is in full fury. man—made climate change
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blamed for these scenes in the eastern cape. in desperation, wild animals are coming to farms in search of food. but it's been seven years with almost no rainfall. farmers here now trudge across their bone—dry pasture land and wonder if the game is up. sometimes i don't want to think about the future. if you see our animals now, i'm not thinking about tomorrow. i'm just struggling to see, how can i survive today? and in the towns and even cities here, the mood is not much cheerier. frantic scenes when a charity brings a water truck to a settlement where the taps have been dry for months. but there is more to this than drought. it is easy and very tempting
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to blame the drought for the desperate conditions facing these families, but the truth is that this is about a failure of planning, of maintaining the infrastructure here. it's about a lack of investment. across this region, some 40% of water reserves are being lost to leaking pipes. that's down to mismanagement and corruption. i'm worried about the future. why do you think it's going to get worse? because they don't look after us. the government? yeah, they don't look after us. this is now a continent's challenge to manage water better and to manage it more fairly. because the droughts are queueing up ominously and there is no time to spare. andrew harding, bbc news, south africa. a woman has been arrested following a dog attack in which a ten—year—old boy died.
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the 28—year—old from caerphilly in south wales was questioned on suspicion of being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control causing injury resulting in death. she was released on bail. marks and spencer reported a surge in half—year profits as its food division helped it bounce back after covid restrictions. pre—tax profits for the six months to october were £187 million, up by almost 18% on the period two years ago before the pandemic. england's cricketers have been eliminated from the t20 world cup, losing to new zealand in their semi—final in abu dhabi. england's hopes of reaching the final were ended when new zealand reached their target of 167 runs with six balls to spare. tomorrow is armistice day, the 11th of november, when people around the globe remember those lost in two world wars. in some cases families are still demanding answers about the relatives they lost.
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one of the worst maritime disasters in british waters involved the sinking of the aircraft carrier hms dasher, off the ayrshire coast in 1943. hundreds of lives were lost. many believe the bodies were washed ashore and then buried in an unmarked mass grave. hugh pym has been talking to one woman who's spent decades searching for the truth. i want to honour him and i want to honour the others. it has been a long journey for mary but it's not over. she is determined to find out what happened to her father and other men who were lost at sea in world war ii not far from this beach in north ayrshire. she thinks the truth has been withheld. the thought of my father, of other men, being totally forgotten, being deliberately hidden, is so wicked that ijust must put it right.
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hms dasher, an aircraft carrier, sank in minutes in the firth of clyde after an explosion on board, thought to have been caused by a petrol leak. mary's father george was one of 379 men who died out of a total of more than 500 on board. i remember the telegram coming and my mother opened it and screamed. barry, who is 96, remembers the day dasher went down. i was walking back from the bus and the next thing i looked back and it was just the flames, smoke. everyone seemed to have been told, "no, don't talk about it," even the survivors. there are just 23 known graves of those who perished on hms dasher and whose bodies were washed ashore, including some here in ardrossan cemetery, but it remains a mystery what happened to the others.
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two local residents, john and noreen steele, have spent the last few decades trying to find out. they have interviewed survivors and eyewitnesses who said there were more bodies than officially recorded. the survivors told us they were taken down to the mortuary to try to recognise them. they said there was about 50 bodies laid out for them. what do you think happened to them? they are in a pit somewhere. ina pit. just dumped. a royal navy spokesperson said the creation of a mass unmarked grave would have gone against official policy on the burial of wartime casualties. it's been suggested that for morale reasons news of the sinking was suppressed and was not confirmed until 1945. documents released in recent years here at the national archives at kew shed some light on the loss of hms dasher. officials did not want to reveal details to relatives.
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the papers refer to bodies being washed ashore more than a week after the loss of the ship. a former head of the royal navy thinks the whole truth has yet to come out. that a large ship like that with a very large ship's company should sink in enclosed waters, relatively enclosed, close to land, that there should be so few bodies that were actually buried, together, i have real concerns that we haven't seen the full truth about what happened to those bodies. for mary, the search for answers continues. she hopes to one day find out where her father's final resting place is. hugh pym, bbc news, north ayrshire. there'll be special coverage of tomorrow's armistice day events and the national silence at 11am on the bbc news channel. now on bbc one, it's time for the news where you are. have a very good night. good evening. we may well have seen some glimpses of sunshine and continue
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across scotland today but for many of us it's been a rather drab afternoon with the cloud thickener for some light patchy rain and drizzle. that's good to be the story across england and wales overnight tonight. quite a lot of cloud, quite a murky night developing. some clearer skies across northern england and northern ireland another weather front pushing into the far northwest of scotland. first thing tomorrow morning across central and southern england fog could be an issue. some of it will linger as well and slowly lift into low cloud. so tune into your bbc local radio station if you're up and off early enough for travel and traffic updates with a great start for england and wales after that chilly start across northern england, know that i would some early sunshine as we go through the day. some light, patchy rain into scotland slowly easing but as we go through the afternoon the cloud will gather into the far northwest, the arrival of another weather front is going to bring some wet and windy weather for friday.
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this is bbc news, the headlines. the us and china have released a rarejoint declaration pledging action on climate change. the us climate envoyjohn kerry said it showed that cooperation was the only way forward. new research suggests conspiracy theories promoting climate change scepticism increased ahead of the glasgow conference. britain's prime minister borisjohnson — who's hosting the cop26 summit — says a deal for the whole conference is in sight. but he said leaders must deliver crucial cuts to carbon emissions. he was speaking after a draught agreement was published. and speaking after talks at the white house, the president of the european commission, ursula von der leyen, condemned belarus as an authoritarian regime which is using migrants to destabilise its democratic neighbours.


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