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welcome to newsday. reporting live from singapore, i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines... tensions and covid cases are rising in europe. as countries reimpose restrictions, there's anger over the handling of the pandemic. authorities in wisconsin will bring homicide charges against a man accused of driving his car through a holiday parade, killing five people. police say the man acted alone, and it wasn't a terrorist attack. britain's parliament votes through controversial plans for the future funding of social care in england. and we hear from the malaysian rapper whose music has been banned in mainland china.
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live from our studio in singapore. this is bbc news. it's newsday. it's 7am in singapore and midnight in brussels — where european ministers will meet early in the morning to discuss a coordinated response to the covid crisis. the continent has seen the number of cases spiral in recent weeks, forcing governments to reintroduce some restrictions and urge more people to get vaccinated. austria is the first eu country to re—introduce a nationwide lockdown. and germany's health minister predicts that by the end of the winter, most germans will be vaccinated, recovered, or dead. our europe editor katya adler has the latest. economic prosperity has not been shared equally spiralling case numbers are spooking
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some. others, like this massive crowd in vienna, reject democrat objective covert macro today austria became the first eu country to reimpose a full — if brief — lockdown. vaccinations will be compulsory here from february. in berlin, germany's health minister said his country faced a national emergency. his choice of words caused some controversy. translation: probably | by the end of this winter, as it's sometimes said, pretty much everyone in germany will be vaccinated, cured or dead. that's how it is. so what's gone wrong? the eu's huge headache at the beginning of the year was securing enough vaccines. now it worries too few people have used them. what we're seeing now, i think, is mostly driven by a lot of contacts between people coinciding with colder weather, a lot of indoor activities.
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the uk is following a different course. in the uk, you see that the numbers have been high for several months now, but they seem to be relatively stable, whereas in many other countries in western europe and northern europe we've seen a steep increase in cases since october, which doesn't seem to happen in the uk. an average of 60% of europe is now fully vaccinated, but each country is different. the rate in eastern europe, for example, is far lower. the eu is now considering vaccinations for children over the age of five. it approved jabs for the over—12s in may. the economic effects of covid, those rising gas prices, people here in europe say they're in need of some seasonal cheer, so no government wants to be seen to be cancelling christmas — and that, they say, is why they're taking these covid measures now. but what measures? well, that varies from country to country and region to region. bavaria has cancelled
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its christmas market. brussels is giving it a good go. the european commission has nothing to say here because, when it comes to health, each eu member state decides for themselves. this weekend there were protests, some violent, against new covid restrictions in austria, italy, the netherlands, croatia and belgium. pressure is mounting in europe on the health services as well as the streets. the world health organization warns there could be half a million more deaths here by springtime unless effective action is taken. katya adler, bbc news, brussels. and you can get much more on our website, on this topic, including the latest data on vaccinations across the world. lots more analysis and news on the site, or download the bbc news app. people in the american state of wisconsin are due to hold a vigil for the five people killed
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after a man drove his vehicle into a christmas parade in the city of waukesha. police have now detained the driver who's been named as 39—year—old darrell brooks. the vehicle hit members of a marching band, and the local hospital says it's treated 18 children among the wounded. our correspondent barbara plett usher reports. this little girl narrowly escaped with her life. she had no idea what was hurtling towards her. and here the moment when the joy and festivity of the christmas parade turned to horror and tragedy. a vehicle travelling at full speed struck members of a marching band. the driver continued forward, hitting and running over others in his path. these young dancers perfectly in step one moment, the next brutally disrupted. people, families and children ran for their lives. chelsea! others tried to save those crumpled on the pavement. it wasjust carnage, likening it to a war zone.
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there were adults, children that were injured. some of our first responders were there with their families. they left their families to treat people, helped with incident command, helped transport... the suspect is a local man, darrell brooks, an aspiring rapper. he posted this video on his youtube channel, including what looks like the red vehicle used in the hit—and—run. court documents show he has a lengthy criminal record. police said he had fled a domestic disturbance and that he had acted alone. but the result was devastating. this was the president's message to a community in mourning. last night, the people of waukesha were gathered to celebrate the start of a season of hope and togetherness, and thanksgiving. this morning, jill and i and the entire biden family, and i'm sure all of us, pray that that same spirit�*s going to embrace and lift up all the victims of this tragedy.
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this afternoon, the police cordon came down and the road reopened. but nothing feels back to normal. in the coming days, there will be opportunities to grieve and remember the victims together. but right now, the town is onlyjust beginning to absorb the shock and loss. barbara plett usher, bbc news, waukesha, wisconsin. politicians in the uk have backed government plans to reform social care in england. members of parliament approved the plans by 272 to 246 — which will see the basic plan for someone's personal care capped at at £86,000 — around $115,000 us — over a person's lifetime. the late changes to the reforms drew uproar from the opposition and upset some conservative mps. our political correspondent helen catt has more on what the vote means for boris johnson. this was a vote on a specific new clause that the government had
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inserted into this bill, and it was to do, as you said, with this lifetime cap on care cost the government wants to introduce. it says nobody will pay more than £86,000 towards the cost of their personal care, things like washing and dressing — it doesn't include things like the cost of food, if you are in a care home, or rent or utilities. but it would cap this at 86,000 town democrat dutch £86,000. the clause which the government had introduced was about what happened to people who have assets of less than £100,000. if you have that, then you can qualify for government support to help you with the costs of care — but the government because my claws said that whatever the state pays to help you with that wouldn't count towards that £86,000. so eventually you would still potentially have to pay £86,000— and what mps have been saying is, "hang on a minute, someone with lower assets overall would lose a bigger proportion of their assets than
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someone with perhaps a more expensive house," and the example that keeps getting brought up, a house in northern england of a lower value than one in southern england, you lose a lot more of that. so that's what the controversy was about, and some conservative mps were quite unhappy about this too, saying in the commons that they felt they had dashed an impact assessment had not been introduced, so they were voting on without knowing what the impact was. they didn't feel they had proper fair, look at the issue with fairness. and that is reflected in the vote, as you said there, 272-246. that the vote, as you said there, 272—246. that means the government only one that by 26 votes, and it has been democrat a majority of 80 — it means a number of conservatives voted against the government or didn't vote at all. we won't knows for certain until we get the breakdown. another example of
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conservative mps not feeling that they need to tow the line on this, you know, when it comes to voting, and we've seen this quite a few times over recent weeks. and there is unhappiness within the conservative party over the way a number of things have been dealt with by downing street, by the leadership of the conservative party in recent weeks. so i think this will feed into that, as well. let's take a look at some of the stories in the headlines in the uk. borisjohnson has been criticised for a key speech to business leaders. addressing the confederation of british industry, the british prime minister lost his place and had to stop for 21 seconds. he also impersonated a car and made reference to the children's cartoon peppa pig. afterwards, he was criticised by the opposition labour party. an investigation by bbc news has found that two women who died of herpes could have been infected by the same surgeon working in kent. the women died six weeks apart, within days of giving birth, of what is usually a mild infection.
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east kent hospitals trust said they could not identify the source of the infection. the energy company, bulb, is to be put into administration. the company which has which has 1.7 million customers, struggled to make a profit after a sharp rise in wholesale gas prices this year. still to come a bit later in the programme: we'll tell you about a rapper whose popular song has been banned in mainland china — and why he says he has no regrets. but first, a private investigator has been describing the lengths he says he went to around 15 years ago to get information about prince harry and his then—girlfriend, chelsy davy. speaking for the first time, gavin burrows has told the bbc that he targeted her voicemails for a newspaper. prince harry is part of a group involved in on—going legal action against the news of the world and the sun that could culminate in a trial.
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the private investigator is a witness in the legal case. his claims have yet to be heard in court and are strongly disputed by the publisher of both papers. news group newspapers has though previously accepted that some unlawful activity did occur at the news of the world but denies wrongdoing at the sun. here's our media editor amol rajan — and a warning, his report contains some flashing images. what's interminably referred to as the "invisible contract", behind closed doors, between the institution and the tabloids. the duke of sussex regularly speaks out about what he sees as the ills of modern media. his difficult relationship with the press goes back to his youth and the culture of tabloids in the mid—2000s, when subjects of interest to them included his then—girlfriend, chelsy davy. harry had basically become the new diana. this private investigator is a witness in legal cases against the news of the world and the sun — brought by prince harry and others — which claim harry became a victim of media intrusion from his teens.
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the duke is also taking legal action against mirror group newspapers. gavin burrows says he targeted davy for the news of the world. there was a lot of voicemail hacking going on. there was a lot of surveillance went on on chelsy davy. on her phones, on her comms. chelsy would brag to her friends when she was going to see him. and so, her life became an object of obsession for you guys as well? yeah. medical records. had she had an abortion? sexual diseases. ex—boyfriends. vet 'em, check 'em. i basically was part of a group of people that robbed him of his normal teenage years. good to meet you, how are you? the lawyer representing the group of litigants which include prince harry says that while most victims of hacking have settled, some have not. certain claimants want to have their day in court and want to see there be a trial, so that newspapers are held
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to account for what they did. meghan markle's privacy case against the mail on sunday has generated plenty of recent headlines, but her husband's ongoing legal battle could be an even bigger moment. how big a moment in british public life do you think it could be, if prince harry gets his day in court, as he seems to want? i think it will be massive. because it's very striking, i isn't it, that he keeps going? all the other people, - up until now, have settled, a financial settlement, with no admission - of guilt on any side. over 1,000 people have settled, and there's a few who haven't, and prince harry's one of those. yeah, he doesn't want to be 1,001. prince harry says he wants reform of the media. this ongoing case, which could culminate in a trial, shows he intends to use the law as one tool to achieve his ends. amol rajan, bbc news. if you want to get in touch with me, i'm on twitter — @bbckarishma.
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i'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: venezuela's election leads to a strong showing for president maduro's ruling party — and renewed worries over democracy in south america. president kennedy was shot down and died almost immediately. the murder ofjohn kennedy is a disaster for the whole free world. he caught the imagination of the world — the first of a new generation of leaders. margaret thatcher is resigning as leader of the conservative party and prime minister. before leaving number ten to see the queen, she told her cabinet, "it's a funny old world."
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angela merkel is germany's first woman chancellor, easily securing the majority she needed. attempts to fly a hot air - balloon had to be abandoned after a few minutes, _ but nobody seemed to mind very much. as one local comic put it, "it's not hot air- that we need, it's hard cash." cuba has declared nine days of mourning following the death of fidel castro at the age of 90. castro developed close ties with the soviet union in the 19605 — it was an alliance that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war with the cuban missile crisis. this is newsday on the bbc, i'm karishma vaswani in singapore. our headlines... covid infections rise in several european countries prompting a full national lockdown in austria. police in wisconsin name the man they've detained after a vehicle drove through a parade, causing five deaths and many injuries.
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in venezuela, nicolas maduro's ruling socialist party has won a sweeping victory in regional elections. it won 20 state governorships, against three for the opposition. it's the first vote in four years which the main opposition parties actually contested. our corespondent katy watson is in western venezuela and following developments. i don't think anybody was under the illusion that these elections were free and fair completely. i think what's different about these is the opposition is coming back to participate after several years of boycotting the vote because it didn't think the conditions to participate. the general feeling was that the only way to change the direction of the country was to get involved in the political process. so that is what the agreement was among the parties. but there still a of division between them — i think that's what we've seen in these
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elections, is that the government is in a very strong position, these results were no surprise. but at the same time, the opposition is united in the fact that they want to unseat and loosen the grip of power of nicholas maduro. i they don't have any real cohesive plan or agreement on how to do that, that's been the problem that we've seen is the two sides — when you speak to people here in venezuela, certainly so many people feel despondent, the turnout was just over a0%, and there a real lack of hope in the political system. but no matter the politician, very few people think they're going to be able to make their lives easier here. katie watson there with that story. let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines. it's nearly 100 days since the taliban took control of kabul. the rapid advance followed a decision by presidentjoe biden to withdrawal us troops from the country. the taliban has already moved
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to restrict media freedom and the education rights of girls. thousands of people, including female judges, have fled the country and are now living abroad. meanwhile, the international committee of the red cross has warned of severe malnutrition in afghanistan this winter. a lot of development aid has been frozen since the taliban takeover in august. the red cross is currently supporting 18 afghan hospitals. the women's tennis association says it's still concerned about chinese tennis player peng shuai. social media pictures of the star have now emerged as well as images from a video call with the ioc president. the player disappeared from public view after accusing a senior chinese politician of sexual assault. i want to bring you a special report now. a rapper whose popular song has been banned in mainland china says he has no regrets about being blacklisted. namewee's social media accounts were blocked after the song, which makes fun of beijing and young
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chinese nationalists on social media, went viral. the bbc spoke to the malaysian singer—songwriter.
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fascinating stuff there from that singer—songwriter. now a very very bad day in the office for one australian journalist. you've got a big interview with adele — for her new album, and you've been sent from sydney to london to do it.
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but you come back empty—handed. that's what's happened to an australian tv host who's said he is "mortified" over an error, that cost his network, an interview with the superstar singer. matt doran, from channel 7, met adele for her only australian interview. but after admitting that he had not listened to the album, sony withheld the interview footage. doran apologised and said he had missed an email with a preview copy of the songs. it was an oversight, but not a deliberate snub, he told the australian newspaper. "this is the most important email i have ever missed." australian media reported that the trip along with mr doran�*s two colleagues was part of a rights package that had cost the network $1 million australian — that's $700,000 us. a really pricey e—mail indeed, i wouldn't want to be in his shoes. hundreds of people have turned out to pay tribute
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to the late sir david amess, whose funeral service was held in southend today. sir david, who was 69 and the mp for southend west, was stabbed to death at a constituency surgery last month. there was a private family service, after which the funeral procession made its way through the streets of southend — as daniela relph reports. he died working for the people he served. today, they came to say goodbye. sir david amess's coffin was borne by southend firefighters. the streets were filled with his constituents. and local sea scouts lined the path into church. as the place he'd served for almost a0 years said farewell. my son's actually in the 3rd chalkwell bay sea scouts. he's one of the sea scouts outside? that have come to represent. so, yeah, it'sjust a really sad day.
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it's touched a lot of people, whether they're into the same politics or not. took my grandson out of school today, this afternoon, - so that he could also come and pay respects as well. _ everything felt local. the sound of the church service was broadcast on bbc radio essex. and friend and former conservative mp ann widdecombe spoke on behalf of sir david's wife and children. as a family, we are trying to understand why this awful thing has occurred. nobody should die in that way. please let some good come from this tragedy. his final journey through southend took him past his constituency office and the civic centre. the funeral mass will be in the grandeur of westminster cathedral tomorrow. but, as it so often did for sir david amess, essex came first. daniela relph, bbc news, southend. that's all for now —
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stay with bbc world news. hello. after all of monday's sunshine, tuesday will be a cloudier day with the best of any sunny spells across southernmost parts of the uk. despite all the cloud, there'll be a lot of dry weather around, though you may encounter a little light rain or drizzle. it is high pressure, which is why it is mainly dry — it is bringing in the cloudier moist weather from the atlantic with some air which is a little less chilly than it's been — but i'm not sure we'll notice much difference between monday and tuesday because we're exchanging sunshine for so much more cloud — cloud that will have prevented much in the way of frost into scotland and northern ireland overnight. it's england and wales that'll start with the lower temperatures and the greater chance for a frost, but also some early sunny spells. a rather cloudy day, though, in scotland and northern ireland, some patchy rain and drizzle north and west scotland, into northern ireland.
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and northwest england and north wales could see some of that, as well — and see the cloud just increasing further through wales and england. just east anglia across southern england, to parts of south wales having some sunny spells on through the afternoon with temperatures which are close to average for the time of year. the odd shower near the north sea coast and the far southeast of england into the channel islands, a few of those could continue into tuesday night. with a lot of cloud around, so bear the only frost, and a band of rain working into scotland and northern ireland as we start off on wednesday morning. now, some fog patches for tuesday morning, as there could be for wednesday morning, as well — and particularly through parts of wales and england, they mayjust end with a grey and rather misty, murky day, an already cold—feeling day. ahead of this weather front, which takes rain towards northwest england and wales, and out of scotland and northern ireland with sunshine following, but blustery showers, wintry on hills. it is a colder—feeling day for wednesday. and then, for thursday, the colder air has come back — but it's a brighter day again with sunny spells, though cloud
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steadily increasing in scotland and northern ireland. wintry showers in northern scotland, a few coastal showers elsewhere in both the east and west of the uk, but most dry with some sunshine. and then, this at the end of the week that will take us into the weekend, as well, an area of low pressure moves across us — so wet weather pressing south, heavy showers following on behind, and stronger winds with gales in places, as well. and it will feel much colder with a significant wind chill around. and some of these showers may be wintry not necessarilyjust on hills.
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this is bbc news.
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i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines... there you are! austrians are once again living under full national lockdown restrictions. it's the first european union country to reimpose such a measure this autumn, reflecting surging covid infections as winter looms. it will run for between 10—20 days. police in the us say a man who drove into a crowd at a wisconsin christmas parade, killing five people, will be charged with intentional homicide. he's been named as 39—year—old darrell brooks. in venezuela, nicolas maduro's ruling socialist party has won a sweeping victory in regional elections. it won 20 state governorships, against three for the opposition. the women's tennis association says it still has concerns about the well—being of the chinese tennis star peng shuai, despite the international olympic committee having a video call with player.


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