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in the far south—east. highs on tuesday between about 8 to 11 degrees for most of us. feeling cooler when exposed to the north—easterly breeze typically east anglia and the south—east. as we head to the middle of the week you will notice things turn colder once again because a second cold front this is bbc world news. our top stories... the women's tennis association says videos released by chinese media showing missing player pung shuai, including one at a tennis tournament, don't prove she's genuinely free. fires and fighting on the streets of the hague — lockdown protesters clash with dutch police in a second night of violence. in the uk, an investigation is being launched into whether there is racial bias in the design of some medical devices used by the national health service. the health secretary said people may have died as a result of the issue. i think possibly, yes, yes. ithink possibly, yes, yes. i i think possibly, yes, yes. i don't have the full facts. these oximeters are being used in every country and they have the same problem.
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in sport, speculation that ole gunnar solskjaer is set to leave manchester united after senior figures at the club met last night. hello and welcome to bbc news. the mystery surrounding the whereabouts of the missing chinese tennis star peng shuai has taken another twist. a new video has been posted online which appears to show the 35—year—old at a youth tennis tournament in beijing. the women's tennis association says the footage — released on sunday by state media — is insufficient and does not address their concerns over her safety. the former doubles world number one had not been seen or heard from publicly since she posted online accusing the former vice—premier zhang gaoli of coercing her into sex. so let's show you those
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pictures of her at this tournament in beijing. the video was shared on social media site twitter by a reporter from the global times in china. peng is seen signing oversized tennis balls for children at the at the fila kidsjunior tennis challenger finals — a tournment organized by china open. but the authenticity of these images has not been independently verified. james reynolds has the latest. this unverified video was posted by the editor of a state—run newspaper. the footage claims to show peng shuai, in the white top, having dinner last night at a beijing restaurant with her coach and friends. the tennis player is shown listening, but not speaking. the video raises many questions. the clip starts with someone off screen saying, "now is the perfect time, ok, now is perfect." then there's a two—second pause, and then the coach goes into this remark in which he hammers home
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that it is november 21st. so it seems incredibly scripted, and even — they didn't cut out the director's cue at the very beginning of the video. so the whole thing is incredibly bizarre, but creepy and sinister. the same editor then posted this video, purporting to show peng shuai, who's second on the left, being introduced this morning at a youth tennis tournament in china's capital. the state media also released these unverified and undated stills on friday, but this rapid accumulation of state—provided material does not convince the increasing numbers who are calling for independent proof. in a statement released last night, the foreign office said:
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peng shuai, a winner of two grand slam doubles tournaments, including wimbledon, is well—known on the tennis circuit. the women's tennis association has threatened to cancel its many events in china unless it can assure itself of her well—being. james reynolds, bbc news. sophie richardson is the china director at human rights watch. she says peng's case may deter athletes from attending the winter olympics in beijing in february. we argued for a long time that china should not... that the chinese government should not be awarded the games. after 2008, made that argument even more strongly because the government failed to fulfil any of the human rights related promises it made to get the games. we can see that the situation inside the country has deteriorated significantly. one really wonders if players now even feel safe to go and compete there. we have argued for a diplomatic boycott. i think this development may
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actually lead to athletes themselves not wanting to go to compete. this is the second most powerful government in the world that sees fit to notjust take an olympic athlete of the grid but is currently but is currently committing crimes against humanity, targeting millions of uighur muslims. it has disappeared everyone from artists to senior tibetan monks. this continues to happen partly because there is never any real consequence for the government officials responsible for it. we are arguing for it especially in the case of crimes against him humanity, holding chinese officials accountable is essential to breaking the cycle of total impunity and hopefully part of what comes out of this experience is notjust peng shuai's well—being and her safety, but also a renewed diplomatic willingness to actually use the mechanisms
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through the united nations, through domestic courts, to produce that kind of accountability and deter future violations. our china correspondent, john sudworth, has been explaining if this new video is independent proof of her freedom or if it raises more questions. the real issue is even if this video, unlike other materials released so far by chinese state media, even if this one has the appearance of authenticity, the fact that photos of peng shuai appeared on the official media account of the tournament, organises this morning, it does indeed suggest you was there in person looking relatively pleased
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to be there, smiling, waving at the crowd. it is proof of her whereabouts for the first time in a month but it is not proof of her freedom. it does not tell us he is not there under duress. it does not tell she is able to be where she wants to be and say what she wants to say. the question of independent proof of her freedom is still unanswered. that is why i think we have the women's tennis association saying it is still not satisfied. the trouble for china is given the sensitivity of peng shuai's allegations, they are in a bind for that the more they try to deliver evidence making everything look normal, the more questions there are. as the netherlands battles record coronavirus infections, there's been a second night of rioting over new restrictions. hundreds of people lit fires and pelted the police with rocks and fireworks in the hague. it follows friday night's violence in rotterdam, when at least fifty people were arrested, and several others received gunshot wounds. our correspondent in the hague, anna holligan, reports.
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explosion. another dutch city rocked by discontent. in the hague, protesters burned bicycles and pelted police with stones and fireworks. officers used horses, dogs, batons and bikes to chase them away. earlier, anti—vaxxer demonstrators brought their beats to the southern city of breda. while most dutch people accept the need for tighter rules, the distrust is spreading. we have to live with corona, because it's not — people want to live, right? that's my opinion and that's why we're here with all the people. the night before, there were rampages in rotterdam. riot police fired live rounds. three demonstrators were hit and taken to hospital. it's still unclear if their injuries were caused by police gunfire. restrictions in the netherlands began last saturday and will remain until at least
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the start of december. the streets here are peaceful right now, but pockets of discontent exist across the country, and the atmosphere remains volatile. the netherlands is among several european countries battling record infection rates, and many governments are considering or implementing tougher measures targeting the unvaccinated. in austria, supporters of the far right freedom party marched against mandatory coronavirus vaccinations. a 20—day lockdown will begin next week. denmark's capital copenhagen witnessed discord, too. germany fears a national healthcare emergency. new rules are expected for those who haven't had theirjabs. the world health organization has again sounded the alarm, calling for anti—coronavirus measures to be stepped up as a matter of urgency. implementing the basic measures like masks —
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average 48% of the european population is wearing a mask indoors. any percentage above that will have an immediate effect, much more attention to be paid to ventilation, and finally, to new treatment protocols which have to be standardised. as the fourth wave crushes across the continent, countries are struggling to ease pressure on the health services and the streets. anna holligan, bbc news, in the hague. joining me now is professor anthony costello who was the former director at the world health organisation and is currently the professor of global health at ucl. welcome. thank you very much for joining us. we can see the controversy around new restrictions coming in, vaccine passports and in austria, vaccines being made
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mandatory i wonder festival what you think about that particular point. well, i am like many people in the uk, we had never had mandatory vaccines and passports might play a role in certain things like aviation and the like. the problem with both is that if you mandate things, you may attract in different people initially but you are really going to repel people that simply do not trust you or have been influenced by misinformation and you end up with riots on the streets. i do not think we want that and i think there are alternatives to mandating. there are better ways of trying to attract the hesitant without alienating people who simply do not trust government. that accessibility to vaccines, which we are doing reasonably well on, better community engagement, better support and a better example from politicians about the less interested things we need to do like
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masks, for example. they have a 10% to 15% effect which is very significant. in the netherlands, mask wearing has been very poor. in austria, it has been good in vienna but in rural conservative states where they have lived with restrictions you are seeing a huge surge in infections. i do not think mandating that single uniform vaccine passports would be tolerated well and they have a perverse effect stop the world health organisation is warning of half a million more deaths across europe by the spring if stronger measures are not brought in. ~ . , , ., ., in. what is your view of where thins in. what is your view of where things are _ in. what is your view of where things are headed _ in. what is your view of where things are headed currently? l in. what is your view of where - things are headed currently? well, first of all, the _ things are headed currently? well, first of all, the uk _ things are headed currently? well, first of all, the uk has _ things are headed currently? well, first of all, the uk has been - first of all, the uk has been consistently the highest number of cases and deaths in europe over the past three to four months and highest outside of the united states, which has had higher rates.
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we are running, if we carry on at 150 plus deaths a day, that is over 50,000 deaths a year. we mustn't look at europe and say, we are going to be affected by this said, we may well be that we may have our own surge of seasonality kicks in. the only advantage we have, we did start vaccines earlier. we have had a reasonably good booster programme but there is still a way to go. because we had more cases, there may be higher natural immunity. there is still a lot of hesitancy, a third of our population have not been fully vaccinated. we have a long way to go. if we added in the kind of plan b measures the government spoke about now, there is a chance that we can avoid the kind of surges we are seeing in europe. that europe is lurching from, not all of europe. if
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you look at france, spain and italy, they have higher vaccination rates than ours are much slower pace rates. the real worry in europe is countries like romania, bulgaria, serbia in eastern europe had very low vaccination population immunity rates are never going to be much more vulnerable to seeing soaring death rates. we cannot absolutely guarantee here there will not be a surge to put really big pressure on the nhs in the cold months, from december to february.— the nhs in the cold months, from december to february. the uk health secretary sajid javid has said some people may have died as a result of potential racial bias in the design and use of some medical devices. the government has launched a review into the issue following research suggesting that — during the pandemic — patients from some ethnic minorities have been at greater risk of receiving inaccurate results from oximeters, which measure oxygen in the blood. ministers want to know whether this also prevented people
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from being given the most appropriate treatment for covid—i9. our political corresponent, nick eardley is with me. nick, this is something obviously the health secretary is taking very seriously. the health secretary is taking very seriousl . ~ , . seriously. absolutely. the argument that said seriously. absolutely. the argument that sajid javid _ seriously. absolutely. the argument that sajid javid uses _ seriously. absolutely. the argument that sajid javid uses for _ seriously. absolutely. the argument that sajid javid uses for bringing - that sajid javid uses for bringing this issue at now, the height of the pandemic last winter in england, 28% of people who needed urgent care were from ethnic minorities, double the portion of the overall population in england. one thing he wants to figure out is whether some of that is down to some sort of systemic bias in the system when it comes to developing technology, what technology is used, etc. as you say the example that is being used is oximeters. the devices you put on yourfinger and oximeters. the devices you put on your finger and they figure out how much oxygen you using —— you have in
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your blood, really important when people were being tested for covid. said to be a lot less efficient with darker skins. said to be a lot less efficient with darkerskins. one said to be a lot less efficient with darker skins. one man was asked about whether this potentially lead to people losing their lives. i think potentially yes. these oximeters are being used in every country _ oximeters are being used in every country. the reason is a lot of the medical_ country. the reason is a lot of the medical devices, even drugs, procedures, textbooks, most of them are put— procedures, textbooks, most of them are put together in the majority white _ are put together in the majority white countries and i think there is a systemic— white countries and i think there is a systemic issue around this. the health a systemic issue around this. tie: health secretary has ordered this review. not a huge amount of detail on who is going to ever sip at the idea is it will come back with some findings by the end of january. idea is it will come back with some findings by the end ofjanuary. more broadl on findings by the end ofjanuary. more broadly on covid, _ findings by the end ofjanuary. more broadly on covid, we _ findings by the end ofjanuary. more broadly on covid, we are _ findings by the end ofjanuary. more broadly on covid, we are seeing protests in several european
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countries at new restrictions. the government is not introducing new restrictions here currently. what is the mood music this morning? there is still optimism _ the mood music this morning? there is still optimism in _ the mood music this morning? there is still optimism in the _ the mood music this morning? there is still optimism in the uk _ the mood music this morning? ti” is still optimism in the uk about the way that this programme is working. there are different restrictions in different parts of the uk. in scotland you have vaccine passports potentially being extended next week. in england you do not have vaccine passports at all on the government wants to avoid doing that. the argument from the health secretary was the bicester programme was working. the fact society opens up was working. the fact society opens up in the summer may have prevented a big spike coming in the winter when the health services under the most pressure. similar messages from government scientists this morning. andrew pollard from the vaccine body saying he does not think the uk will see a similar spike as that which has been seen in europe in part because cases are already fairly
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high. ithink because cases are already fairly high. i think there will still be discussions over whether potentially what is happening in europe will impact on the uk but the message from the government for england certainly seems to be that they are confident about the booster jab, they think it is the answer. sajid javid categorically ruling out this morning you could ever have compulsory vaccines in england like we have seen in austria.— compulsory vaccines in england like we have seen in austria. people in their 40s in england will be able to book a covid boosterjab from tomorrow. health officials suggest half a million people will be immediately eligible for the shot, having had their last dose six months ago; others can pre—book. i6 and i7—year—olds will also be invited to sign up for a second jab. louisa pilbeam reports. if you just want to take a seat, we can get your vaccine ready for you. now the government is ready for the over 40s to book their boosters. almost 15 million doses have been given so far. as vaccine effectiveness declines
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over time, the covid booster programme is the government's answer to keeping people safe this winter. new data shows top up jabs based protection back—up to over boost protection back—up to over 90% in the over—sos. the booster is really important in giving extra protection over and beyond the two doses that people have already had. and of course it is very effective at boosting that long—term protection against severe disease from covid. if you are invited in to get the booster, it is really important to make that appointment to get it as soon as possible. i6 and i7—year—olds can now book the second jab using the national booking service. the next stage in the vaccination programme comes as covid cases soar across parts of europe. black friday is less than a week away, the annual event sees retailers
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slash prices to entice shoppers ahead of the christmas period. this year, technology retailers have warned that they may have insufficient stock to meet black friday demand due to delays in the supply chain. the imrg, the uk's online retail association, said the industry had seen delays to stock arriving. shortages of drivers and warehouse staff to send out purchased goods are also a worry for businesses. andy, insights directed joins us now. welcome. thank you forjoining us. tell us about how serious the shortages potentially are. yes. shortages potentially are. yes, well, christmas _ shortages potentially are. yes, well, christmas trading - shortages potentially are. yes, well, christmas trading is - shortages potentially are. ye: well, christmas trading is always a challenge because it is such a big deal. in the ii challenge because it is such a big deal. in the 11 years i have been working in the industry, this is the most challenging situation we have got. you mentioned a fee things. getting things into the country, delivered to the customer. there are
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also problems with getting staff in place. if you think about people in warehouses and seasonal staff you typically get getting people into those jobs at the moment is challenging. the very genesis of the product'sjenny through to the customer is problematic at the moment. ., , ., , ., ., moment. -- “ourney. how big of a deal is slack— moment. -- journey. how big of a deal is black friday? _ moment. -- journey. how big of a deal is black friday? it _ moment. -- journey. how big of a deal is black friday? it is - moment. -- journey. how big of a deal is black friday? it is a - deal is black friday? it is a relatively recent phenomenon in this country, how much do people tend to spend on that day? the country, how much do people tend to spend on that day?— spend on that day? the week of frida , spend on that day? the week of friday. you _ spend on that day? the week of friday, you would _ spend on that day? the week of friday, you would be _ spend on that day? the week of friday, you would be forgiven i spend on that day? the week of| friday, you would be forgiven to think that black friday has been and gone but this week is the peak week. the amount of money spent in this week is double the amount of the second—largest week of the year. is just a judge a gigantic amount of money. that is why so many retailers get involved when they do not really
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want to. ., , , get involved when they do not really wantto. , , want to. problems with their supply chain auoin want to. problems with their supply chain going on _ want to. problems with their supply chain going on for _ want to. problems with their supply chain going on for some _ want to. problems with their supply chain going on for some time. - want to. problems with their supply chain going on for some time. is . want to. problems with their supply chain going on for some time. is it| chain going on for some time. is it getting better? we are talking about issues around black friday but generally do things seem to be improving?— generally do things seem to be imrovin? , , , . improving? this is the pinch point. the volumes _ improving? this is the pinch point. the volumes are _ improving? this is the pinch point. the volumes are so _ improving? this is the pinch point. the volumes are so high. - improving? this is the pinch point. the volumes are so high. there i improving? this is the pinch point. | the volumes are so high. there are such problems getting into the country where rings are delayed. i do not want to think —— people to think there will be empty shelves. it is more the case you will have less choice. if you have very specific needs. and you want to buy this christmas, you really should get on and get that. it is not that you will not be able to get anything, it is that depth and variety of stock will be impacted. there are seasonality issues as well. because it is something a retailer might have brought in to sell, it might be delayed by four to six weeks or more. if you are trying
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to sell something and early autumn, may a certain style of garment, it is not appropriate to sell it in early winter kind of thing. that causes problems as well. the migrant crisis on the eu border with belarus has shown signs of easing, but poland has warned it's far from over. belarus denies orchestrating the situation; it says it has cleared a migrant camp near the border, and that it's started to repatriate some people to iraq. but poland has accused belarus of simply changing tactics, to keep up the pressure on the european union. courtney bembridge reports. video released by the polish police shows the area along the border with belarus has been cleared. around 2,000 migrants have been camped here for weeks in freezing conditions, hoping to get across into the eu. they have now been moved to a nearby warehouse on the belarussian side of the border. the west accuses belarus of artificially creating the crisis
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by bringing in would—be migrants mostly from the middle east and taking them to the border with promises of an easy crossing into the eu. belarus denies the claim. this is an account of one syrian migrant hiding in a polish safe house. translation: we came through the forest. - the belarussian guards tried every day to tell us to go to poland and we couldn't cross so they tried making us cross by force. then they gathered about 500 of us and brought as across at night. they put us in the forest by the fence, brought us to some kind of bridge and then we crossed. in warsaw on saturday, crowds marched in solidarity with the migrants holding signs saying refugees welcome. but poland's nationalist government has taken a more hardline approach. translation: no decent person should accept what is _ happening at the border. we may not want to let
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immigrants in but we cannot allow them to die on this border. another protest was held at a polish border town. human rights are being violated. we shouldn't be using human suffering as a tool of politics and that is exactly what is being done. poland claims belarus has changed its tactics and its guards are now directing smaller groups to cross the border in multiple places. the polish government says europe must be prepared for the crisis to continue for many months. manchester united boss ole gunnar solskjaer is set to leave the club after saturday's 4—1 defeat by watford. there has been no official confirmation but it is understood all the club's senior figures have discussed his future, and it was decided the watford loss would be solskjaer�*s last game in charge
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you are watching bbc news. hello. it is a weekend of two halves, weather—wise. yesterday, many of us were still in the mild air, we had temperatures up at ia degrees, but today it is a colder, fresher—feeling day. this was the picture a bit earlier on as the sun rose above eastbourne. now, through the course of today we are expecting a chillier feel wherever you are. sunnier skies in general but also some showers in the forecast and the bulk of the showers today are going to be towards the east. and that's because higher pressure is sitting out to the west. here you can see the winds are rotating around that area of high pressure, so coming in from a northerly direction, bringing us that cold air mass and that wind—chill you will notice out there particularly close to those east coasts. so the northerly breeze driving some showers in across eastern scotland, wintry over the higher ground. rain showers, perhaps some hail mixed in down across the east coast
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of england in particular, for the likes of yorkshire and northumberland as well right down towards kent and east sussex. but for the west most places are looking largely dry for much of the day. you will notice the wind gusts could be as high as 30 mph a0 mph close to that east coast. so temperatures between 7 degrees to 11 degrees but feeling a bit cooler than that where you do notice that wind—chill around. into this evening and overnight, most of the showers will ease away. we will continue to see some filtering through the english channel here, affecting the likes of kent and east sussex. and a little bit more cloud for the north of scotland but in between these two areas, a cold night with temperatures a few degrees either side of freezing, a touch of frost certainly first thing monday. a mostly dry settled sort of day on monday. we have got more cloud and patchy rain for northern scotland and a few showers in the far south—east as well. most places avoiding the showers with temperatures between 7 and 10. we do it all again on tuesday. another dry, settled sort of day with sunshine for most areas. cloudier in the far north—west. the chance of a few passing showers
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in the far south—east as well. high on tuesday between 8—11. feeling cooler when exposed to the north—easterly breeze typically east anglia and the south—east. as we head to the middle of the week you will notice things turn colder once again because a second cold front works its way south, said that will introduce another northerly blast of winds as we move through into thursday in particular. temperatures not as mild as they have been recently. we are looking at single figures in the middle of the week and turning more unsettled by friday. bye for now.
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this is bbc news. i'm joanna gosling. the headlines: the women's tennis association says videos released by chinese media showing missing player peng shuai, including one at a tennis tournament, don't prove she's genuinely free. fires and fighting on the streets of the hague — lockdown protesters clash with dutch police in a second night of violence. an investigation is being launched into whether there is racial bias in the design of some medical devices used by the national health service. the health secretary says people may have died as a result of the issue.
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i think possibly, yes, yes. i don't have the full facts.

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