this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. a0 arrests in belgium, after clashes erupt in brussels between police and crowds protesting against coronavirus restrictions. missing chinese tennis star peng shuai holds a video call with the president of the international olympic committee telling him she's safe and well. mass protests in sudan against the military — even after the civilian prime minister abdalla hamdok reappears from house arrest and is reinstated. and in sport, ole gunnar solskjaer is sacked as manchester united's manager after three years, following a had run of results.
so honoured and privileged to have been trusted to take the club forward and i really hope i leave it in a better state than when i came. hello and welcome if you re watching in the uk or around the world. belgian police have made a0 arrests after disorder erupted following a brussels march by tens of thousands of protesters angered by coronavirus restrictions. some threw fireworks at police officers, who responded with tear gas and water cannon. the disturbances in belgium came as a number of dutch cities cleared up following a second night of violent protests there, also against further lockdown measures. anna holligan reports. another demonstration of the discontent seeping through dutch society.
galvanised by calls on social media, groups gathered in the hague, young men hurled rocks and fireworks at police, they torched bikes and targeted an ambulance. at police, they torched bikes an emergency order was issued by the mayor. it took hours to restore calm. at least 19 people were detained and similar scenes erupted elsewhere. these small explosive demos are being held in the context of rumbling frustrations about the current and possible future restrictions considered essential to fight record high of covid cases. this week a far worse than expected almost 150,000 new infections were detected. earlier the dutchjustice minister said he believes the virus being used as a cover, an excuse to use extreme violence, and made the distinction between the mostly peaceful protests and purely criminal behaviour.
translation: these i are not demonstrations. these are attacks on police and firefighters. more than 50 arrests have been made and many more will follow. among the rules implement it here last weekend, cafes, bars, restaurants and supermarkets have to close by 8pm. but the country's top virologist has warned these rules are not yet having an impact on the infection rate here in the netherlands and beyond in other countries with competing visions on how best to fight this virus. and there was more evidence of this in brussels today. at least 35,000 people turned out to protest in the belgian capital. more trouble and turmoil. police used water cannon and tear gas against part of the crowd. the world health organization has called for an intensification of covid measures. with varying vaccine rates and stubbornly high degrees of hesitancy,
getting the shots in may be part of the solution but won't cure the wider distrust and division exacerbated by the health crisis. anna holligan, bbc news, in the hague. the international olympic committee has said its president has held a video call with the chinese tennis star, peng shuai, who disappeared earlier this month. in a statement, the ioc says that �*peng shuai thanked the ioc for its concern about her well—being. she explained that she is safe and well, living at her home in beijing, but would like to have her privacy respected at this time.�* the statement goes on to say that peng shuai �*prefers to spend her time with friends and family right now. nevertheless, she will continue to be involved in tennis, the sport she loves so much.�* here's our china correspondentjohn sudworth. this appears to be the first solid
evidence of peng shuai's whereabouts and she made her allegation. released by chinese state media operatives, you can hear her name being announced. and then a smile and a wave, seemingly meant to send and a wave, seemingly meant to send a message, all is well. but there are few allegations more sensitive in china than one of sexual assault levelled against a man a senior is the former vice premier. and previous material released by state media meant to show that peng shuai is not being held under duress has only fuelled further speculation. peng shuai is also reported to have held a video conference with the president of the international olympic committee saying she is safe and well but once our privacy respected. just a few weeks before china hosts the winter olympics, that conversation is unlikely to end the criticism. the that conversation is unlikely to end the criticism.— that conversation is unlikely to end the criticism. the government failed to fulfil any of—
the criticism. the government failed to fulfil any of the _ the criticism. the government failed to fulfil any of the human _ the criticism. the government failed to fulfil any of the human rights - to fulfil any of the human rights promises — to fulfil any of the human rights promises made to get the games and we can_ promises made to get the games and we can see _ promises made to get the games and we can see that the situation inside the country— we can see that the situation inside the country has deteriorated significantly. one wonders if players _ significantly. one wonders if players now even feel safe to go and compete _ players now even feel safe to go and compete. the players now even feel safe to go and com ete. ., , ., ., , compete. the trouble for china is these allegations _ compete. the trouble for china is these allegations are _ compete. the trouble for china is these allegations are of- compete. the trouble for china is these allegations are of such - compete. the trouble for china is these allegations are of such a i these allegations are of such a sensitive nature that it finds itself in a bit of a bind. the more itself in a bit of a bind. the more it tries to prove that everything is normal, the more questions there are, and the greater the gap is exposed between the propaganda value of an olympics meant to be all about openness and a political system all about control. olympics officials insist politics should be kept out of sport. peng shuai has put them front and centre of court. cindy yu is a broadcast editor at the spectator and host of the podcast chinese whispers — she says the chinese government seems to be responding to the international pressure.
but that opinion will continue to be divided. it but that opinion will continue to be divided. , , ., divided. it is interesting how in the last few — divided. it is interesting how in the last few days _ divided. it is interesting how in the last few days the _ divided. it is interesting how in the last few days the chinese l the last few days the chinese government has essentially allowed her to come out, although that is presumptuous of me to say. chinese state media has reported her whereabouts more because since a expose communist cadbury of sexual assault she had not been heard from for two weeks and this week everything started ramping up with the international pressure, the hashtag picking up speed across the world and the women's tennis association saying they might even cancel all china events next year. so a lot has happened in the next few days and it shows the chinese side responding to this pressure to say, she is fine, but whether or not people believe it is another question. people believe it is another question-— people believe it is another cuestion. . , , question. that is my next question, i question. that is my next question, i appreciate — question. that is my next question, i appreciate this _ question. that is my next question, i appreciate this is _ question. that is my next question, i appreciate this is a _ question. that is my next question, i appreciate this is a personal- i appreciate this is a personal view, but do you think this will draw a line under this, that it. the
questions being asked to the video being released to british government said it was extremely concerned and following the case closely. d0 said it was extremely concerned and following the case closely.— following the case closely. do you think international _ following the case closely. do you think international pressure - following the case closely. do you think international pressure will i think international pressure will continue? i think it should since the account is reinstated after it was censored following the initial statement so peng shuai has no independent means of communicating with the world currently. she seems to be cooperating in these videos and then the video call with the ioc today. clearly she is also cooperating with what the chinese state media wants her to say and so the question is, from now on, to what extent can outsiders know about her safety given the increasing presence she has and today she was supposedly at this tennis tournament for teenagers. what we are going to see now is this bifurcated and of opinions on this. in china there
will be a narrative that starts saying, no matter what you say to western media as they still think she has gone missing but look at these videos, any sane video with think she is safe, and the west finds the whole thing incredibly fishy and suspicious and i think thatis fishy and suspicious and i think that is a very dangerous place to be because it is a bridge between the two sides. just because it is a bridge between the two sides. , , , , ,, . two sides. just briefly the us and uk are considering _ two sides. just briefly the us and uk are considering a _ two sides. just briefly the us and uk are considering a boycott - two sides. just briefly the us and uk are considering a boycott of i two sides. just briefly the us and i uk are considering a boycott of the beige and winter olympics because of the chinese human rights record and this plays into that narrative. hope this plays into that narrative. how concerned for _ this plays into that narrative. how concerned for the _ this plays into that narrative. help concerned for the chinese authorities be? it is an interesting question because i get the feeling that because of covid it has quite a good excuse to say political representatives don't have to come to the olympics in any case thereby saving themselves face, saying athletes and domestic audiences can be there but because china itself is not opened up and the visas are hard to come by and quarantine up to four
weeks, they can probably get away with it by saying it is because of covid. whether or not people in the west want to boycott it, it is up to them. the opposition in sudan has rejected a deal between the leaders of last month's military coup and civilian politicians to reinstate the deposed prime minister abdalla hamdok. protests against the military have continued across the country, with thousands marching on the presidential palace in the capital khartoum. at least one person was shot dead during violent clashes with the security forces. andrew harding reports. this is supposed to be a breakthrough moment for sudan, a time to celebrate. but breakthrough moment for sudan, a time to celebrate.— time to celebrate. but it is not lookin: time to celebrate. but it is not looking that — time to celebrate. but it is not looking that way _ time to celebrate. but it is not looking that way right - time to celebrate. but it is not looking that way right now. . time to celebrate. but it is not - looking that way right now. instead civilians have taken to the streets of the capital khartoum, risking their lives once again to protest. they say they have been betrayed. here is why. earlier today, sedan�*s
generals, soldiers who seized power in the military coup last month have struck a deal. the coup leader said a new transitional government would put sudan back on the road to democracy. this man agreed. he is the prime minister, seen in public here for the first time since he was placed under house arrest. now he is arguing that a compromise deal is better than more bloodshed. we are t in: to better than more bloodshed. we are trying to preserve — better than more bloodshed. we are trying to preserve the _ better than more bloodshed. we are trying to preserve the blood - better than more bloodshed. we are trying to preserve the blood of- trying to preserve the blood of sudanese youths. i know our youth has the _ sudanese youths. i know our youth has the capacity for sacrifice and giving _ has the capacity for sacrifice and giving up — has the capacity for sacrifice and giving up all that is precious but sudanese — giving up all that is precious but sudanese blood is precious. let us stop the _ sudanese blood is precious. let us stop the bloodshed and redirect energy— stop the bloodshed and redirect energy into construction and development.— energy into construction and develoment. , , development. the past few days in khartoum have _ development. the past few days in khartoum have been _ development. the past few days in khartoum have been brutal. - development. the past few days in i khartoum have been brutal. security forces have killed dozens of unarmed
protesters. we were in the city during the military crackdown and so the defiance of civilians who had been fighting for democracy for two years now. ever since a popular revolution ousted one of africa's most ruthless dictatorships. today, many sudanese want the generals to be held to account but fear the military are manoeuvring to stay in power. this man called the prime minister a sell—out, his deal with the generals treason. the deal doesn't represent the sudanese people in the blood that has been spilled, says this man. so now the street protests are likely to continue but a political compromise with the military may be appealing to some in sudan. the deal has foreign backing and could nudge a chaotic nation away from even greater instability.
the taxi driver who survived the liverpool terror attack has said it's a miracle he's alive and that no one else was injured in the terror attack. david perry and his wife rachel have issued a statement through police thanking the public for their "amazing generosity" and thanking hosital staff. the explosion outside liverpool women's hospital killed emad al swealmeen. venezuelans have been voting in regional and local elections, in which the opposition is fielding candidates for the first time in nearly four years. the main parties boycotted the last legislative and presidential votes because they didn't think president nicolas maduro would allow them to be free and fair. the bbc�*s katie watson has been to a polling station in maracaibo. for the first time in several years the opposition parties are taking part in these elections. they boycotted the vote for a long time because they didn't circumstances were right to be a part of it. most
don't feel the elections will be free and fair but there is a growing fear that to change the political system they need to be part of the process. there are still a great deal of disillusionment. nearly three years ago the opposition leader declared himself interim president and it was a decision backed by most of the international community. three years on nicolas maduro is still in the presidential palace. the government may not be that pop but many feel the opposition is divided and very much out of touch with the reality of people here in venezuela. some concessions have been made for these elections. opposition members have been invited on the electoral board and the eu has been invited to observe these elections. they have been on the ground for one month and will issue a report in the coming days. but few expect these elections to change much. venezuelans struggle to change much. venezuelans struggle to eat and work and access to decent
health care and education. plenty of people here don't feel like voting at all. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. polls have just closed in chile in what's widely seen as the most divisive presidential election in decades. seven hopefuls are vying to replace outgoing sebastian pinera. among the frontrunners, right—wing jose antonio kast, who's praised the "economic legacy" of former dictator augusto pinochet. another favourite is 35—year—old gabriel boric of the left—wing approve dignity alliance. a member of the palestinian political organisation hamas has opened fire injerusalem's old city, killing an israeli and wounding three others, before being shot dead by police. the attack happened near one of the gates to the al—aqsa compound, a frequent flashpoint. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, hello and thanks forjoining us. ole gunnar solskjaer has said he leaves manchester united with a "better squad" than he inherited and believes the side is ready to "kick on" in the challenge for major honours.
solskjaer was sacked after saturday's 4—1 defeat at watford and a terrible run of results. first—team coach michael carrick has been placed in temporary charge while united seek an interim manager until the end of the season. i have given everything for this club. it means everything to me and together we had a good match, but unfortunately i couldn't get the results that we needed and it is time for me to step aside. michael is going to be in charge. i have the utmost respect, i love my go to bits. becoming emotional now. they'll be fine. i will watch them and support them. on the pitch, united's neighbours manchester city are back up to second place in the english premier league with a win against everton. raheem sterling marked his 300th top—flight appearance with a goal before half—time.
rodri then made it two with a powerful long—range strike before bernardo silva rounded off the scoring for a comfortable 3—0 win at the etihad. the result means city are three points behind league leaders chelsea whilst everton stay in 11th. sometimes you play manchester city like in _ sometimes you play manchester city like in the _ sometimes you play manchester city like in the last years some people say after— like in the last years some people say after 20 minutes we have to win the 3-0 _ say after 20 minutes we have to win the 3-0 and — say after 20 minutes we have to win the 3—0 and this is a fairy tale, this— the 3—0 and this is a fairy tale, this hot— the 3—0 and this is a fairy tale, this not reality. it doesn't happen. sometimes — this not reality. it doesn't happen. sometimes i see sometimes anxious because _ sometimes i see sometimes anxious because we — sometimes i see sometimes anxious because we do good and score a goal and they— because we do good and score a goal and they do— because we do good and score a goal and they do a counterattack and we lose control so football needs time and when — lose control so football needs time and when one team doesn't want to play and _ and when one team doesn't want to play and just defend and defend and use the _ play and just defend and defend and use the counter attack on set pieces. — use the counter attack on set pieces. it _ use the counter attack on set pieces, it is difficult. in the day's other game, antonio conte secured his first premier league win in charge of tottenham as his team staged a second—half comeback to beat leeds 2—1. pierre—emile hojbjerg and sergio reguilon scored the goals for spurs after danjames had given
leeds the lead. in italy, there was a thrilling game as inter milan beat serie a leaders napoli 3—2. it was 1—1 at half—time, but then ivan perisic gave the defending champions the lead. lautaro martinez made it 3—1 after being set up by his strike partnerjoaquin correa. napoli did pull one back, but inter took the three points. napoli remain at the top of the table but only on goal difference from ac milan who also lost this weekend. inter are third, four points behind. elsewhere, there were wins for venezia and sampdoria. eighth place roma are at home to genoa. latest score there is 0—0 after 75 minutes. real madrid returned to the top of the spanish league as they beat granada 4—1. they scored two in the first half through marco asensio and nacho before viniciusjunior and ferland mendy rounded off the scoring. the win means real madrid climbed above sevilla
and real sociedad to lead la liga. but real sociedad can return to the top of the table if they beat valencia. it's currently 0—0 in the second half. elsewhere, getafe beat cadiz 4—0 and real betis beat elche 3—0. lewis hamilton made it back to back formula one wins at the qatar grand prix to close to within eight points of max verstappen at the top of the drivers�* standings. hamilton has been dominant throughout the weekend on this brand new track — he started from pole and held on to top spot all the way to the chequered flag. verstappen had started in seventh place after a grid penalty, but worked his way back to finish in second behind hamilton and take a point for the fastest lap. hamilton's victory though, means if he can do the same at the last two grand prix races of the season he'll win a record eighth world title. this was the 35th different track that the british driver has won on in f1,
he did so in a rainbow coloured helmet to raise awareness of human rights issues in qatar. and alexander zverev has won tennis�*s end of season atp finals title for the second time. the world number three beat the us open champion, daniil medvedev in straight sets 6—4 6—4 to win his sixth title of the year. the doubles title was won by the french pair nicola mahut and pierre—hugue herbert. that's all the sport for now. well, as we heard there from karthi, manchester united's manager ole gunnar solskjaer has been sacked — lets speak with bjarte valen — he's a norwegian football journalist for united.no, which is united's scandinavian supporters club. welcome, thanks very much for being with us. so as a lifelong fan of manchester united and a fellow
norwegian how did you feel when the news broke that solskjaer had been sacked? news broke that solsk'aer had been sacked? . , ., ., , sacked? even if the decision was inevitable based _ sacked? even if the decision was inevitable based on _ sacked? even if the decision was inevitable based on the - sacked? even if the decision was inevitable based on the last - sacked? even if the decision was l inevitable based on the last couple of months and the results and problems that united were in, this was a very sad day. you could see his reaction. he was quite visibly upset. he was saddened that hurt him, but i think he leaves with his head held high. he leaves with dignity and integrity and as solskjaer said, dignity and integrity and as solskjaersaid, he dignity and integrity and as solskjaer said, he leaves the club in the far better position than they were in in 2018 when he was put in charge. so it is a sad day but i think when people look back at the time he was in charge, it will be is a good time for manchester united overall. ., ., .. ., , overall. one of the accusations reuularl overall. one of the accusations regularly so — overall. one of the accusations regularly so that _ overall. one of the accusations regularly so that solskjaer - overall. one of the accusations regularly so that solskjaer was | overall. one of the accusations i regularly so that solskjaer was he didn't have a strong enough leadership style. do you think that is fair enough and if so did it impact on the team's performance? i
respectfully disagree with that because i think he came into english football with the very scandinavian mentality. maybe not the kind of authoritative figure like an alex ferguson orjose mourinho, but solskjaer we listen to the players and make his mind up. he is a strong character and would tell the players off if he needed to but he would pick a team based on patting people on the shoulders rather than kicking up on the shoulders rather than kicking up the backside. he is someone that likes to build teams, likes to build squads, and like i said, maybe squeezing that last 5% out of the manchester united team was the problem, he couldn't do that. that cost him the job eventually. so problem, he couldn't do that. that cost him the job eventually. cost him the 'ob eventually. so who do ou cost him the 'ob eventually. so who do you think — cost him the job eventually. so who do you think can? _ cost him the job eventually. so who do you think can? my _ cost him the job eventually. so who do you think can? my personal - do you think can? my personal favourite is _ do you think can? my personal favourite is not _ do you think can? my personal favourite is not available - do you think can? my personal favourite is not available at - do you think can? my personal| favourite is not available at the moment, but he is managing psg at
the moment. i think mauricio pochettino and manchester united would be a really good match and i have said that for a long time. the way that he thinks two or three or four years ahead in the bill is a team in the squad but also looks at results right there and now. you can handle the stars, you see that in psg and you saw it at tottenham. he is a great manager for psg and you saw it at tottenham. he is a great managerfor a club like manchester united but right now is not available so you have to find a solution. , ., solution. they will need to find something _ solution. they will need to find something quickly, _ solution. they will need to find something quickly, thank- solution. they will need to find something quickly, thank you i solution. they will need to find l something quickly, thank you for joining us. spotify has stopped automatically shuffling albums, at the request of adele. the singer says artists "create albums with care and put thought into the track listing for a reason". the streaming service announced its approval by tweeting: "anything for you." it comes days after the release of the london—born singer's album 30 — her first in six years, which was inspired by her divorce. kaylee golding is a music critic and presenter at kiss fm.
what does she make of the singer's request? have a listen. i think the whole purpose is for you to listen to the whole album in full. like, let's take beyonce's lemonade. i couldn't imagine listening to that album and not understanding the story by listening from start to finish. so i think it is very important that adele has spoken up for the industry and said, "look, we work on our albums, we put a lot of effort into it, so please listen to it in full and hear our story, hear our journey." she has poured out so much of her emotion and given so much of her honesty in this album, so i feel like it makes so much sense. listening to it in full is just really beautiful. currently it is for adele's album. but i think... my predictions anyway are that more artists will start to request it. and i hope so because i think it will make artists put more time and effort back into albums and understand the importance of track listing, because i feel like we have started to lose that a little bit within music. so i think that that will bring that back, which will be really nice. adele is always known for talking about love and sharing her love story. the thing is, she is quite private
with her personal life, usually she is very guarded, but within her music, she has really told everything, she has really poured her heart out. i mean, we even hear from her son asking questions about the divorce and all of it. so it is important for us to listen to the story from the beginning, from the heartbreak to how it affects her friendships, how it affected our family, how she thought that she was free, she was ready now she is a divorcee, to going back to realising that she is still heartbroken. it is a whole story. love is a story at the end of the day, and that is why it is important. the queen has attended a private ceremony to celebrate the christenings of two of her great—grandchildren in windsor this evening. mike and zara tindall�*s son lucas was christened alongside the son of princess eugenie and her husband jack brooksbank — august philip. the sighting is four days after her first public appearance since a hospital stay last month, which caused her to miss remembrance sunday just time to take you to paris where the christmas lights on the champs—elysees have just been switched on,
welcoming in the festive period in the french capital. the trees between place de la concorde and the arc de triomphe are reportedly covered with a million — yes, a million — crimson and blue lights. although they'll usually be illuminated from 5pm to 2am, they will stay on all night for christmas eve and new year's eve. you are watching bbc news. we'll take a look at tomorrow's front pages at 10:30 and 11:30 this evening in the papers — our guests tonight are the education editor for the sunday times, sian griffiths, and also the political editor for the liverpool echo, liam thorpe. now it's time for a look at the weather with phil avery. once again, whether you like it or not, we've all made the transition into something a good deal colder and fresher across all parts of the british isles and through the rest of sunday, as was the case earlier on here in great yarmouth and norfolk, there's still that possibility across eastern parts to see a peppering of showers.
now, that's the exception to a fairly dry rule for a two or three days across many parts of the british isles. but it will feel much, much colder. and for that, in the short term, we have to thank this run of northern is flowing along the isobars, the isobars fairly tightly packed. so it's a gusty old wind and it's coming from the north. never a warm direction and certainly not at this time of year. so through the rest of the afternoon, on into the evening, we'll keep plenty of showers going across these eastern areas until they begin to fade away overnight. a little run of showers through the channel areas. the winds just beginning to ease back as well. and with that combination we'll end up say, for the northern parts of scotland, we are going to keep some cloud and rain, quite a widespread frost in inland areas, probably the widest we've seen for a good while. but it does mean a bright and a fresh start to the new day on monday for southern scotland, parts of northern ireland, england and wales. still the run off showers in the southeast, still the cloud there from the weak weather fronts with your bit and pieces of rain passing by. and the temperatures at their very
best might make ten degrees, if you're lucky, but it will feel fairly cool. little bit of frost, perhaps, if the cloud clears east wales overnight monday down into the midlands, central, southern england. but a lot of cloud generally on tuesday. still a lot of dry weather because the high pressure at this stage is still the dominant feature. and that could well be the mildest day of the week that i can find for you. eight, nine, ten, possibly 11 degrees. but it will change again on wednesday and on into thursday we'll bring a weather front down across all parts of the british isles like we did on saturday. and then the isobars flick around to north, to south. and again, that's the vehicle that imports another shot of cold air down and across all parts of the british isles such that we close out the week with no signs of mild air at all. there will be some night—time frost. and with the temperatures beginning to fall away, particularly across the north of britain, expect some wintry mix in some of those showers.
hello, this is bbc news. the headlines: belgian police fire water cannon and tear gas at around 35,000 protesters in brussels marching against coronavirus restrictions. ole gunnar solskjaer has been sacked as manchester united's manager after three years, following a bad run of results. the queen has celebrated the double christening of her two great—grandsons in a private ceremony in windsor. the taxi driver from the liverpool terror attack says it's a "miracle" he is alive, and thanks the public for their "amazing generosity". missing chinese tennis star peng shuai holds a video call with the president of the international olympic committee telling him