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this is bbc news with me alice baxter, with the latest headlines in the uk and around the world. pre—departure tests will be required for all uk arrivals from tuesday to stop the spread of the omicron variant, as nigeria is added to the travel red list. the parents of a teenager accused of shooting dead four us high school students using a gun bought by his father appears in court. and, president biden and president putin will hold talks on tuesday as russia's military build up on the ukrainian border sends tensions soaring.
the uk's health secretary sajid javid has announced a further tightening of travel restrictions in response to the omicron variant of covid. anyone arriving into the uk will require proof of a negative test taken before departure and nigeria will also be added to the travel red list of countries. there are 27 cases already in england and that is growing, and nigeria is now second only to south africa in terms of linked cases to omicron. today, the government has decided to add nigeria to the travel red list and that will be effective from 4am on monday, meaning that only uk citizens and residents of the uk can enter the uk from nigeria from that point onwards, and they will have to quarantine in one of the relevant hotels. we have also decided to require predeparture tests
for all inward travellers, that will be effective from 4am on tuesday, and they will be required a maximum of 48 hours before the departure time. the parents of an american teenager, accused of killing four students at his school in michigan, have appeared in court to face charges of involuntary manslaughter. james and jennifer crumbley were arrested after being found hiding in a warehouse in detroit. their son ethan, who's 15, is suspected of using a semi—automatic pistol bought by his father as a christmas present. peter bowes reports. taken into custody in the middle of the night, james and jennifer crumbley were found hiding in a warehouse after a tip—off from someone who saw their car. they'd missed an earlier court appearance, prompting a huge search by the authorities. they were in a commercial building, in a room. we were able to take them into custody without incident, however, they were very distressed as they were walking out.
prosecutors say the couple are culpable in the alleged crime of their teenage son because they ignored a sequence of events, including the concerns of teachers that ethan crumbley might be about to use a gun recently purchased by his father and made available to the boy. a teacher spotted the 15—year—old searching online for ammunition during class and alerted his mother. prosecutors say she later exchanged text messages with her son saying, "lol, i'm not mad at you, "you have to learn not to get caught." and then, hours before the shooting, the parents were called to the school when teachers found an alarming sketch by their son that included a drawing of a semiautomatic handgun and a person who appeared to have been shot and is bleeding. it has the words, "the thoughts won't stop, help me." during a video conference court appearance, james and jennifer crumbley, seen here at the top left of the screen, both wept as the charges were read.
they pleaded not guilty to four counts of involuntary manslaughter. this is an unusual case in a country that has wrestled with the scourge of school shootings for decades. ethan crumbley is accused of murdering four classmates. hana st juliana was 1a. tate myre, 16. madisyn baldwin and justin shilling, both 17. if found guilty, he faces a maximum sentence of life without parole. his parents could be sent to prison for up to 15 years. president biden is due to hold a video call next week with vladimir putin amid growing fears that russia may be preparing to launch a full scale invasion of ukraine. tensions between russia and ukraine have been building for some time in the wake of russia's annexation of crimea. these are ukrainian troops stationed in the donietsk region on the russian border.
on friday, ukraine warned that russia is amassing more than 90,000 troops on the other side, it's saying its intelligence analysis points to a possible invasion by next january. more now on those new travel restrictions announced by the health secretary, sajid javid. everyone travelling to the uk will once again have to take a pre—departure test, either a pcr or lateral flow. earlier our political correspondent, ben wright gave me more details. i think labour will characterise this as a u—turn by the government. this is not something ministers gave any indication of wanting to do just a few days ago, they thought for the restrictions would be harmful to the travel industry and will be bad for passengers. and yet here we are, and they have decided to put this blanket restriction in place. this means anyone arriving in the uk from tuesday will need to show proof
of a negative pcr or lateral flow test before they're allowed in. at the moment, this has been the case for a few days, you have to take a pcr test within two days of arriving in the uk, so this is a big change. the second thing the government has done is to say that any british citizen arriving to the uk from nigeria will have to quarantine in a government run hotel for two weeks. so, non—british citizens won't be able to come in, criticisms well, but they will have to quarantine. ministers had been under pressure from labour to do this, we also know government scientists met last monday and said this sort of change would be valuable in terms of stopping the omicron variant. it is interesting you use that term, blanket restriction, because it is one we have had in a statement from airlines very recently, they are not happy. no, the travel industry will be hopping mad about this, they feel the goal posts have changed again. airlines uk issued a statement saying that it is premature to hit millions of passengers.
if you think it makes sense to have put nigeria on the red list but since it's clear that the omicron variant authority seated in the uk into spreading, 130 cases in england as we know of, probably many more, but they say a blanket restriction does not stop the import of variants and this simply makes it impossible to plan. it means anyone coming back early next week into the uk suddenly has to find the money and work out how to get a test before they get on their flights. joining me now is paul charles, ceo of the pc agency, a pr firm that works with airlines and travel companies. paul, with airlines and travel companies. what is your re: announcement? paul, what is your response to this announcement? i think it is a step too far. i think it will damage communicable —— consumer confidence because there is another layer of complexity being added to travel, notjust complexity being added to travel, not just with these complexity being added to travel, notjust with these new complexity being added to travel, not just with these new tests complexity being added to travel, notjust with these new tests coming
in from tuesday, and it can be a pcr oran in from tuesday, and it can be a pcr or an antigen test but also adding to the restriction already put in place recently, which of course were the arrival tests before des two, when you get back to the uk, as well as self isolation until you get your negative results, hopefully. when you combine all these measures, they are very damaging for consumer confidence and consumers will say, i can't really be bothered with booking the trip at the moment. but in this instance, in these uncertain times when scientists are still unclear as to what exactly the omicron variant is, doesn't health trump consumer confidence? it is really important _ trump consumer confidence? it 3 really important to put health as a priority, obviously, but you have to balance it with economic priorities and not damaging job prospects, the whole sector, which itself has been in trouble for so long, and is only just getting back to normal. you can
find a balance, as the world health organization said this week, you have to balance the response by governments. testing with arrivals testing, but actually it didn't force people to quarantine, that might be more palatable for many people but when you've got all three measures together, that is a very, very nasty mix indeed for confidence, and it is going to hit the industry hard. irate confidence, and it is going to hit the industry hard.— confidence, and it is going to hit the industry hard. we are suffering from a few technical— the industry hard. we are suffering from a few technical glitches - the industry hard. we are suffering from a few technical glitches but i from a few technical glitches but let's keep going. unsurprisingly, the response from the travelling entity has been coming thick and fast and angry. appetite saying the reintroduction of predeparture test will be a huge blow to travellers and an already devastated... virgin atlantic say it is turning back the clock on progress made and they should be a focus on booster shots and vaccinations. airline uk say it is premature before we see the full
data, blanket restrictions do not stop the importation of variance. they are making their views clear but what is this middle ground, this balance that everyone is trying to achieve? ~ . , balance that everyone is trying to achieve? ~ ., , ., , ~ , achieve? what is the answer? as we had seen in — achieve? what is the answer? as we had seen in australia _ achieve? what is the answer? as we had seen in australia and _ achieve? what is the answer? as we had seen in australia and new- had seen in australia and new zealand, when you put own place all these measures together, they really don't stop or infections, and common in country, and we do have to learn to live with variance, as we do with flow. they will be more variance, they are not going to disappear, and governments really have to put in place individual measures. better testing, better quality of testing measures rather than his blanket restrictions for lots of countries. they don't work, we know they don't work. i think what is really interesting is that back in may when these restrictions were last in place in totality, there were furlough schemes, they were government loan scheme is available for the industry, yet this time, we have heard nothing from the government about what support measures they might put in place,
whether they will bring back a fellow option for those in the travel industry. there was complete silence coming out of the government on this. you can't simply roll back progress in the sector, you can't really frustrate a sector like this were so many measures are not have any support package at all. so, i think the government need to announce something pretty quickly if they are to prevent serious longer term scarring and damage of the travel economy.— gps in england have been told they can defer some of the services they provide to patients, in order to allow doctors to deliver covid booster jabs instead. routine health checks for the over—75s and minor surgery could be affected. the move by nhs england comes as the government launched a new campaign urging all unvaccinated pregnant women to come forward and receive theirjab. megan paterson reports.
more than 90 million covid booster jabs or third doses have been given in the uk so far. as the roll—out continues, demand on gp surgeries grows. we were doing over 30,000 booster vaccinations in september. we get about 800 people come in as walk—ins in addition to people coming as appointments. to meet the growth in uptake, new measures mean gps across england will now be allowed to defer some of the services they provide to patients, like routine health checks for the over 75s, to allow doctors to focus on covid boosterjabs. we are struggling to meet the increased demand of day—to—day work, our own backlog and also the backlog from the hospitals, but at the same time, we do understand the importance of trying to vaccinate the population. but there is concern from some patient groups. they warn the measure will disadvantage older people and lead to early warning signs of illness being missed. this is a clear case of age discrimination.
it's another example of, when people reach a certain age, their health is not valued as much as the health of younger people and it feeds into this narrative of care homes not being protected. the british medical association insists all patients will still receive the care they need. these measures aim to relieve pressure on gps and increase the capacity of the vaccination programme, keeping people well and out of hospital beds. it comes as the government starts a new campaign encouraging expectant mums to take the jab. 98% of pregnant women seriously ill in hospital with covid are unvaccinated. one in five women need to be delivered preterm. one in five babies need to go to the neonatal unit. so it's really clear that covid—19 infection has got serious implications for the woman and the baby. but we now have evermore data to say the vaccines are safe in pregnancy and are very strongly recommended by everyone.
as all nations push to encourage jab and booster uptake, nicola sturgeon added her arm to the fully dosed total. another case of the omicron variant has been discovered in scotland today, once again renewing the significance of vaccination programmes across the country. let's look at some of the day's developments as the omicron strain of coronavirus continues to spread. scientists in botswana say the omicron strain, which was first detected in southern african more than a week ago, had probably been in circulation since september. health officials there say it could already have spread widely around the world, before other countries started to impose travel bans. there have been protests in austria against the coronavirus lockdown which has been extended until at least the 11th of december. unvaccinated people who break those rules now also face fines of up to 500 euros. protests also in the netherlands —
here in the city of utrecht — against the coronavirus restrictions which came into force last weekend. the country saw violent protests two weeks ago after the government announced plans to ban most people who have not been vaccinated from bars, restaurants and other public places. nightclubs in ireland are preparing for their last saturday of being allowed to open, as the country enforces new rules to stop the spread of covid. they were only allowed to re—open fully in october. indoor events, including concerts and sporting events, will be restricted to 50% audience capacity. one person has died and dozens have been injured on indonesia's java island, as an active volcano, mount semeru, erupted for the second time in months. the bbc�*s astudestra ajengrastri reports. videos circulating on social media show people are running away from thick, giant volcanic ash.
nearby villages are covered in debris. according to witnesses, it's pitch dark due to the ashes from the volcano. a bridge which connects two regencies in east of java has been completely cut off due to the flow of hot lava from mount semeru. this 100 metre long bridge was destroyed by hot clouds flowing through a river. the event prompted the disaster management agency to warn residents to stay away from river channels or valleys that originate from mount semeru, given the large numbers of volcanic materials that flow through the river. this is the first eruption of semeru in almost a decade. the last eruption was in 2002 and the volcanic material travelled
as far as 2000 metres. the uk's attorney general has confirmed it will review the sentences handed to the couple who killed six—year—old arthur labinjo—hughes. 32—year—old emma tustin was jailed for life after being convicted of murder after assaulting the child injune last year. tustin�*s life sentence carries a minimum term of 29 years, while arthur's father thomas hughes was sentenced to 21 years for manslaughter. the attorney general confirmed the sentences are to be looked at to determine whether they were too low. hundreds of people have attended a vigil for 12—year—old ava white, who was fatally stabbed in liverpool city centre last month. balloons, some in the shape of the letter a, were released at the start of the vigil. family and friends were among those
who gathered near the scene of the attack, to pay tribute to her. a 14—year—old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with ava's murder and possession of a bladed article. the sri lankan prime minister has issued a statement saying he is shocked at the brutality shown by what he called an "extremist mob", following the lynching of a sri lankan man on friday. he had been accused of blasphemy by an angry crowd. this is not the first such attack in pakistan, a week ago a crowd set a police station ablaze when they refused to hand over a man accused of blasphemy. but this is the first one involving a foreign national. more than 100 people have been arrested in connection with the attack. the bbc�*s farhat javed is in the pakistani city of sel kot outside the factory where this man was killed. this is the factory he was working in for several years. he is identified as priyantha kumara, a sri lankan national who was accused of committing
blasphemy, a deeply emotional issue encircled by highly controversial legislation. but this is not the first such incident and many fear it won't be the last. pakistan's prime minister called it a day of shame for pakistan yesterday, and today, the sri lankan prime minister has also issued a statement saying that he is shocked to see the brutality by an extremist mob. but he also added that he and the sri lankan nation expected the prime minister of pakistan to ensure a speedy justice for the victim here. initial investigation reports have already been submitted to the prime minister and authorities say that they have arrested more than 100 people. out of them, 13 are said to be key culprits here, who not only accused him of committing blasphemy but also encouraged the mob to attack him. police also say that they are doing further investigations in this case, but at the same time, people are angry. many in pakistan are protesting, people are frustrated in pakistan.
there are trends on social media since yesterday and especially in civil society, they are blaming all those in power for giving space to extremists groups, their narratives and their politics. people in around nine thousand homes are facing a second weekend without power in parts of scotland and northern england, following storm arwen. those affected are now bracing themselves for almost freezing temperatures forecast in some areas over the next 2a hours. meanwhile the energy regulator, ofgem, says the cap on the maximum amount of compensation customers can claim from suppliers has been lifted. our correspondent peter harris sent us this update on the situation from rothbury in northumberland. this is a slowly improving situation. across scotland and northern england, you are now down to about 5000 houses in all that don't have power at the moment. what we see here in northumberland today is the army out in rural communities,
this is in response to yesterday's announcement that northumberland county council had declared storm arwen a major incident. it has become quite sporadic now, so they are going up ruralfarm tracks, looking for the odd house without power, even when the wider area around it is much improved. they are offering supplies as well asjust simple moral support. we're not out of the woods here yet, certainly in northeast england, northern power grid say it could be the middle of next week before they get everyone connected again, simply because of the number of repairs still needed. there is that warning for the power companies from ofgem that it may take enforcement action if it is deemed they did not restore power quickly enough. the pope has arrived in athens at the start of his two day visit to greece. speaking in athens — the birthplace of democracy — he warned that the political idea
is in retreat across much of the world, in the face of authoritarian and populist movements. his holiness said parts of europe had fallen prey to nationalist self—interest. it's the first papal visit to the greek capital in twenty years. on sunday, he's due to travel to the greek island of lesbos, which hosts a large number of migrants. when he travelled there five years ago, pope francis returned to italy with three families of syrian asylum seekers. pope francis has warned that democracy is in retreat across much to formula one now, and lewis hamilton has taken pole for tomorrow's saudi arabian grand prix following a dramatic end to qualifying which saw title rival max verstappen crash out. reginaldo rosario reports another week, another new location for formula 1, this time saudi arabia, and the extremes of a brand—new circuit on the streets of jeddah. but drama before qualifying. lewis hamilton so much to the stuarts for this incident and not
expecting —— respecting yellow flags in the final practice. on both counts, cleared of the offences. uncharacteristic mistakes creeping into his driving. on a fast and unforgiving track, the slightest error could have major consequences. ferrari have already tasted that this weekend with a player finding the rules. callas inches away from replicating his team at�*s fight. and so do the critical period of qualifying, hamilton pushing his mercedes to the time to beat. that looked like it was no problem for title rival max verstappen. he was on course to set the fastest time until the final corner. a disastrous moment for the dutchman. a misjudgment on the brakes spiralling into a broken rear suspension. shock and anger in the garage, hamilton on pole, bashed up and walking away with that. championships can be won by the finest of margins and despite
max verstappen�*s eight point advantage, hamilton may feel history beckoning once again. now there's only three weeks to christmas and if you're already feeling festive, take a look at these pictures. the christmas tree lights were switched on in manger square in bethlehem. the festive season actually began there last weekend, with a christmas market and a service at the church of nativity. three christian denominations — the armenians, roman catholics and greek orthodox — share control of the church in the west bank town. now it's time for a look at the weather with stav. it has been a cold day today, we have had some rain, sleet and snow. some good spells of sunshine across the south of the country. tomorrow looks similar. most of the showers
will be further east. this area of low pressure has brought unsettled weather through today, sitting just at the north—east of the country. this is where we have seen the wettest of the weather and some snow. the blue colour shows the cold air has been much in place right across the uk, strong north—westerly winds have accentuated the cold feel right across the board. through this evening and overnight, it stays quite wet through central, northern and eastern areas, again snow over the hills. further west, and eastern areas, again snow over the hills. furtherwest, dry, clearer spells, lighter winds, quite cold with a touch of frost and some i swear we have had the rain through today. tomorrow, we start to see a difference, low pressure will affect the eastern side of the country, a ridge of high pressure will bring some dry weather to the west, it will kill off most of the showers. still a few showers around, vertically wales and south—west england but increasing sunshine, further east, quite wet in south—east scotland, a few showers in the midlands, the winds will be
strongest here as well, close to the low, further west slightly lighter winds. many parts of scotland and northern ireland will have a better day, quite cold but plenty of sunshine around. further east, it willalso sunshine around. further east, it will also feel cold with the showers and strong north—westerly breeze. through sunday night, the showers fizzle away, turns cold and clear for a while and the next frontal system and a band rain with some snow over the hills of scotland in the pennines. temperatures will come up the pennines. temperatures will come up towards the end of the night so it looks like most of that will revert back to rain. this frontal system crosses the country during monday, behind it we are in another cold air mass, brisk north—west winds and plenty of showers. the rain spreads eastwards, quite heavy and persistent for a time, eventually the snow will clear away from northern hills, then brighter in the afternoon with sunshine and showers, the showers will be blustery, heavy in the north west and turning increasingly wintry once again. still fairly mild across the
hello, this is bbc news with alice baxter. the headlines: pre—departure tests will be required for all arrivals into the uk from tuesday to stop the spread of the omicron variant as nigeria becomes the latest country to be added to the travel red list. we are seeing an increasing number of cases linked to travel and we have always said we will act swiftly if we need to, if the change in data requires and that's why we have decided to bring in this change on predeparture tests. the parents of a teenager accused of the fatal shooting of four us high school students using a gun bought by his father appear in court where they have pleaded not guilty to manslaughter charges. at least one person has been killed and dozens injured
after a volcano erupts on the indonesian island ofjava. dozens of troops have been deployed to northumberland to help people whose homes are still without power, eight days after storm arwen. now on bbc news, it's time for political thinking with nick robinson. we must not let the public think that we are the parliament that licensed cash for questions. that was the warning from my guest on political thinking this week chris bryant who chairs a house of commons standards committee. his words won him the plaudit of being the parliamentary speech of the year. it also secured a government u—turn and also secured a government u—turn and a change into the approach and
standards. chris bryant is a labour mp, he represents one of the poorest constituencies in the country, yet his background doesn't suggest preparation for that. he was a public schoolboy, he trained to be a vicar in the church of england and he was at university student conservative activist. chris bryant, welcome to political thinking. you've now made me seem very odd already ex—mac in the words of stephen sondheim, i've went from career to career. we are going to examine happy and sad. let's start with that speech. i sat next to you and your husband as you got that accolade. you were told it was a speech of the year. at the time you were delivering the speech, where you conscious this may be one
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