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this is bbc news, with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. i'm lukwesa burak. president biden and president putin agree to hold talks, as russia's military build—up on the ukrainian border sends tensions soaring. the uk becomes the latest country to tighten its travel rules as the omicron variant spreads. from tuesday, all arrivals will need a pre—departure covid test. we're seeing an increasing number of cases linked with travel. and, again, we have always said we would act swiftly if we need to, if the changing data requires that, and that's why we have decided to bring in this change on predeparture tests. the parents of a teenager suspected of a deadly school shooting have pleaded "not guilty" to involuntary manslaughter after they were
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found hiding in a basement. and the us network cnn fires its leading anchor, chris cuomo, the brother of the former governor of new york. hello, and welcome to audiences in the uk and around the world. 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
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russia is massing more than 90,000 troops on the other side — it's saying its intelligence analysis points to a possible invasion at the end of january next year. bbc russian senior correspondent 0lga ivshina gave us an impression of what to expect from these talks. ukraine is the heart of this matter, and what's interesting is that recently, mr putin, during one of his public speeches, actually gave a hint that in a way he's enjoying this tension, enjoying this build—up of pressure and he said, you know, "yes, we've seen that." there are a lot of intelligent reports from the western side, "yes, we've seen that." "there is lots of harsh rhetoric on the other side, but they should be worried. that's actually what we need." so, in a way, you know, he's enjoying this nervous situation in the west, but also, he needs it from an internal point of view, from the internal political point of view, because russia's economy is struggling, coronavirus cases are
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on the rise, so in order to distract attention from things which are going wrong inside the country, he definitely needs this international arena, these challenges on the just to show that, listen, we have enemies outside. let's concentrate on that." it actually mirrors, in a way, russia's strategy back in 2007—08 in the russian—georgian war. back then, russia gave a lot of passports to people who need them in georgian regions, and then when the tension started, they said, "we'rejust defending russian citizens. you know, we must do that." so russia is, in a way, repeating that trick currently in eastern ukraine, in the regions which are not controlled by kyiv at the moment. this gives them some changes economically because they need to pay them a pension, some social guarantees, but it gives them a lot of trumps on their sleeves in terms of foreign policy.
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the uk's health secretary, sajid javid, has announced a further tightening of travel restrictions in response to the 0micron variant of covid. anyone arriving in the uk, will require proof of a negative test taken before departure. it means britain isjoining a long list of countries who are tightening restrictions, including the us, which announced similiar rules last week. like the uk, all travellers — even if you're vaccinated — will need to take a pre—departure test. 0ur political correspondent ben wright reports. travellers arriving into london on eurostar trains this evening did not need to take a covid test before boarding. but from 4am on tuesday morning, the rules change. everyone entering the uk will have to show proof of a negative test, whether they've been
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vaccinated or not. we're seeing an increasing number of cases linked to travel and we've always said we will act swiftly if we need to, if the changing data requires that — and that's why i've decided to bring in this change on predeparture tests. now i will stress these are temporary measures. we want to remove them as soon as we possibly can, but before we learn more about 0micron, it's right that we have these measures in place. passengers will have to take a pcr or lateral flow test within 48 hours of getting on a train, boat, or plane. it's an abrupt change of tack by the government. earlier this week, downing street said any further restrictions would have a detrimental effect on the travel industry and passengers. labour had called for predeparture tests since tuesday. well, we know from the first wave and from the delta wave that the pandemic accelerates when you have lots and lots of different, new cases seeding here from abroad. and that's why we just need this basic, simple thing
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of a test before people get onto the aeroplane — and that's why it's really just so disappointing that the government has left it until nearly two weeks after 0micron was first identified. i'm glad they have now u—turned, but they should move much faster on these covid border measures. the arrival of the 0micron variant had already prompted a change to travel rules, with passengers required to take a pcr test within two days of landing in the uk. the latest move has caused dismay within the industry. i think it's a step too far. i think it will damage consumer confidence because, yet again, you've got another layer of complexity being added to travel. government approved quarantine hotels are set to get busier, too. nigeria becomes the 11th country to be added to the growing travel red list. from early monday, uk and irish citizens arriving from nigeria must self—isolate for ten days at their own expense.
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while bolstering the borders might help slow the spread of the new variant, vaccines are the first line of defence. ben wright, bbc news. scientists in botswana say the 0micron strain, which was first detected in a number of southern african countries 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. i've been speaking to jonathan dushoff from the south african centre for epidemiology, modelling and analysis — and he told me about the fourth wave in south africa. the thing we see most clearly — there was some super spreading events probably linked to university campuses, and it's very hard to track the wave because so much changes about how worried
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people are, how much testing is available. the strongest thing we've seen, and i think the thing that's made people take notice, is the incredible speed with which 0micron seems to be replacing other strains. it's remarkable — even compared to what we saw in the beta and delta wave. we've seen a very fast takeover, and that's a very worrying sign. that means for some reason, 0micron is spreading better than delta in this population, and there's reason to fear it'll spread better than delta in many other populations. i know we're waiting for the data to come back from a number of scientific studies but, as far as south africa goes, how is that spread of 0micron being reflected in hospitalisations and severity of disease? and has south africa recorded any deaths from 0micron yet?
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i don't know if there are any deaths. more generally, it's very early to say. i think that, in the counterfactual, we expect to see more hospitalisations and more deaths with 0micron than we would've seen without it. we know that omicron is infecting more people than delta. we know almost nothing about the severity of 0micron compared to delta. but it is a covid—i9 coronavirus and, if it's spreading much more effectively than delta would have, we absolutely expect some of these people who would not otherwise have gotten sick to have severe symptoms and to die. let's get some of the day's other news. there have been protests in austria against the coronavirus lockdown, which has been extended until at least 11 december.
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unvaccinated people who break those rules now also face fines of up to 500 euros. the former queen of the netherlands has tested positive for covid. princess beatrix, who's 83, is at home in isolation, in accordance with dutch coronavirus regulations. the netherlands has been experiencing a record—breaking wave of covid—i9 cases, which is threatening to overwhelm the country's health care system. the authorities in rio de janeiro have called off the city's famous new year celebrations on copacabana beach, after confirmation that the 0micron variant has reached brazil. the fireworks display normally attracts around two million people. but rio's mayor says he's reluctantly following the advice of scientists that it cannot go ahead.
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the parents of a 15—year—old boy accused of killing four fellow students in the us state of michigan have pleaded "not guilty" to charges of involuntary manslaughter. prosecutors say ethan crumbley carried out the shooting at his school on tuesday with a semi—automatic pistol, which had been bought by his father. peter bowes reports. in prison and up to a $7,500 fine and mandatory dna. in court, via video, james and jennifer crumbley wept as the charges were read. four counts of involuntary manslaughter. earlier, the authorities offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to the couple's arrest. they'd missed a scheduled court appearance, prompting a massive search by the authorities. they were found hiding in the basement of a warehouse after a tip—off from someone who saw their car. they were in a commercial building, in a room. we were able to take them into custody without incident, however they were very
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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. hours before the shooting, teachers raised the alarm after they spotted a drawing by the boy depicting a gun and a bloody scene with the words, "the thoughts won't stop, help me". in another section of the note was a drawing of a bullet with the following words, "blood everywhere". 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 — hannah saintjuliana was just 14, take my 16, madison baldwin and justin schilling, both 17.
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if found guilty, he faces a maximum sentence of of life without parole. his parents could be sent to prison for up to 15 years. peter bowes, bbc news, los angeles. 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. priyantha diyawadana had been accused of blasphemy by an angry crowd — his friends have set up this memorial to him outside his workplace. 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 connexion with the attack. the bbc�*s farhat javed is in the pakistani city of sel kot outside the factory where priyantha was killed. this is the factory he was working in for several years. he is identified as priyantha kumara, a sri lankan national
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and 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 speedyjustice 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
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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. one person has died and dozens have been injured on indonesia's java island, as an active volcano — mount seemeru — erupted for the second time in months. the bbc�*s astudestra ajangestri 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
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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. from indonesia, astudestra ajengrastri. this is bbc news, the latest headlines... president biden and president putin agree to hold talks as russia's military build—up on the ukrainian border sends tensions soaring. the uk becomes the latest country to tighten its travel rules as the 0micron variant spreads.
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from tuesday, all arrivals will need a pre—departure covid test. the international news network cnn says it's fired its presenter chris cuomo with immediate effect. cnn had hired a law firm to investigate him, over claims that he'd tried to help his brother, the new york governor andrew cuomo, who's facing allegations of sexual misconduct in office. chris cuomo had interviewed his brother on air several times. with me is bbc reporter mark lobel. hi, mark. so first off, who is he and why is he being fired now, why now?— he and why is he being fired now, wh now? ~ , ., ., now, why now? well chris cuomo “oined now, why now? well chris cuomo joined cnn _ now, why now? well chris cuomo joined cnn in _ now, why now? well chris cuomo joined cnn in 2013, _ now, why now? well chris cuomo joined cnn in 2013, one - now, why now? well chris cuomo joined cnn in 2013, one of - joined cnn in 2013, one of presidentjeff zucker�*s big hires. he came to prominence in 2018 when he got that coveted
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9pm slot which was at the time one of —— the highest rated slot on cnn. so a big deal. he's also brother, as you mentioned, of the high—profile governor andrew cuomo, or who was going, or governor. they are part of this cuomo empire, are part of this cuomo empire, a mini dynasty. andrew cuomo became famous for these no—nonsense briefings during the pandemic, many to dust millions tuned in for them. also these bombastic encounters with his brother where they had these competitive, quite friendly encounters on cnn. it's tricky to get right because chris is meant to be holding politicians to account, and some elements left colleagues in cnn feeling uncomfortable, particularly when chris stood aside not from his presenting duties but from covering the story when andrew was facing allegations of sexual harassment with multiple
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women. things came to a head when an inquiry found that andrew had sexually harassed multiple women, and there was lots of pressure from democrats for andrew to step aside, which he resigned four months ago. now chris, his brother, the former cnn host is accused of being an unpaid aid to the embattled governor when he was accused of sexual harassment. cnn suspended him on tuesday after a document dump from letitia james after an investigation into his brother. cnn have issued the statement just a few hours ago... cnn's statement said... so a
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bit more to come on that potentially. bit more to come on that potentially-— bit more to come on that otentiall . �* w ., ., potentially. and reaction from chris himself? _ potentially. and reaction from chris himself? chris _ potentially. and reaction from chris himself? chris also - chris himself? chris also issued a _ chris himself? chris also issued a statement - chris himself? chris also issued a statement on . chris himself? chris also - issued a statement on twitter, he said, "this is not how my time at sea to end." at the time of his brother's resignation, chris said he's not an adviser, he's a brother. he wasn't in control of anything, was there to listen and offer his take. that made some cnn staff feel uncomfortable, but cnn stood by him — but now cnn has said that uncovered a cosy and improper nature between the brothers because of text messages they found of chris and aids of the governor. chris was seeking to use his connexions in the press to help his brother, and when
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the accusers started coming forward in the press. so after viewing thousands of documents and using an independent law firm, cnn and the law firm have both concluded his position at the station is just untenable. mark, i know you are following this story, thank you very much, indeed. in uk, there's been a record rise in anti—semitic incidents during the first six months of this year, according to the community security trust, the charity which monitors anti—jewish hate. it says 2021 is likely to be "the worst year on record" for anti—semitism. 0ur reporter tom brada has more. i'm tom, and i am a bbc journalist who also happens to be british and jewish. i'm proud of who i am, but the past year has been complicated — and sometimes frightening. let's break that. he's bleep jewish. in the first six months of 2021, there was a record spike in anti—semitism. from controversy around the middle east, to conspiracy
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theories and the toxic environment of social media, manyjewish people are questioning how safe it is to express who they are. i want to find out what is going on and i'm starting in burnley where ashley was the victim of an extreme example of anti—semitism. in march 2020, ashley was attacked by three men just outside his home. the assault took place in front of his mum. they were going where that blue car is now, but it was a different—coloured car then, and started shouting, "dirtyjew, look at that dirty jew," and then one of them came onto the driveway and started attacking me. and i was full of blood, and i was still with the adrenaline pumping. how long were you dealing with the physical injuries? about 3—4 weeks. and any mental injuries of the back of it? ptsd. it took me a while to go back outside again. quite a lot of people in burnley actually came to me and said, "are you 0k, do you need anything?"
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stuff like that. it was really heart—warming. what does yourjewish identity mean to you? everything, absolutely everything. it is my life, really. and how does it make you feel that something you hold clearly so dear to you, something you love about yourself, is something that other people use as a target? it hurts me a lot, because at the end of the day, what we all want is to just live our lives in peace. never gonna happen, though. 0ne harmful stereotype people hold aboutjews is that we're a monolithic group who think, feel, and even look the same way. but that is far from the truth. i'm meeting up with the nadine, a blackjewish woman who last year confronted the grime artist wiley after he posted an anti—semitic rant on twitter. ijust think itjust demonstrated the complexity of what it can be like being a jewish black person. it is a lot easier to recognise if someone calls me the n—word, or someone says something derogatory about my skin colour to know that it is racist — versus if someone makes a comment like, "oh, you know,
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jews run the media," it is not as overt in some ways, but i also think they manifest themselves differently, i think in the 21st century, you do not have the structural socioeconomic intergenerational inequality that you see within black communities, as in the same in the jewish community — but that does not mean that, you know, the threat levels are not serious. see, ijust don't think people have a very solid understanding of what anti—semitism is, because i don't think we are taught about it very well. there are many elements behind what drives racism and specifically anti—semitism, but there is also a familiar pattern that whenever israel is in the news, there is a spike in anti—semitism here in the uk. it all happened very quickly. obviously, it's petrifying. i don't think that, whatever is going on in the world in terms of the fighting and the, you know, do you believe in this side,
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do you believe in that side, should affect anyone's medical care that is happening. and i would never use someone's beliefs or religion, or ethnicity or anything to decide how i am going to treat them. tom brada reporting there. lewis hamilton has taken pole for tomorrow's saudi arabian grand prix. it follows a dramatic end to qualifying, which saw title rival, max verstappen, crash out. hamilton had put his mercedes on provisional pole, with his final qualifying lap injeddah, but verstapppen — who has an 8—point advantage in the drivers�* championship — looked set to better that time — until the final corner — where the dutchman hit the wall. so it's hamilton on pole, alongside team—mate valtteri bottas, while verstappen starts third for tomorrow's race.
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sunday's race, i keep doing that, someday�*s race! you can reach me on twitter, i'm @lukwesaburak. plenty more to come on bbc news. hello there. it's been very cold everywhere across the uk on saturday. we've seen increasing amounts of snow across southern southeast scotland and across northern england, mainly over the pennines. sunday is also going to be another cold day, maybe not quite as cold cos the winds won't be as strong as saturday, and there will be further rain. most of the rain towards the eastern side of the country. we've still got that cold air mass across the uk, but like i mentioned, the winds won't be quite as strong across northern and western areas, thanks to this ridge of high pressure. these weather fronts across the east and certainly the northeast will bring further rain. so it could be quite wet again across southeast scotland into the northeast of england. that rain continues through the day to bring localised flooding in places and further winteriness over the high ground. further south, i think most
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of the showers will slowly ease down through the day, but will leave a legacy of cloud. the winds quite strong across the eastern side of the country. but apart from the odd shower further north and west, there should be quite a bit of sunshine around here with light winds, shouldn't feel too bad — top temperatures 9—10 celsius across the far southwest and into the channel islands. looks like that rain will eventually ease away for a time through sunday night, but then we look to the west, a new frontal system will work its way in to bring another band of rain, and again, we will see some sleet and snow over the pennines across the scottish hills as it bumps into the cold air. but the east of england will stay dry until later in the morning. so, this frontal system will work its way eastwards across the country through monday, then it turns colder again with a run of west—north westerly winds, which will be quite strong feeding in plenty of showers. so, quite wet across much of the country through monday morning, that rain eventually clears off into the north sea, taking the mountain snow with it. and then it's a brighter afternoon for many with some blustery showers, some of these will be heavy and frequent across the northwest and turning increasingly
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wintry once again. it's a blustery day, those are mean wind speeds — gusts will be high, particularly around some irish sea coasts. and it will feel chilly again, temperatures of 3—8 celsius. then we look to the atlantic, the potential of this deep area of low pressure to develop and hurdle in towards ireland, and then, the uk as we push through tuesday and wednesday. still some uncertainty with its track, but i'm pretty sure it could bring some wet and very windy weather on tuesday and wednesday, so do stay tuned to the forecast.
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this is bbc news, the headlines... president biden and the russian leader vladimir putin have agreed to hold talks after weeks of rising tension over ukraine. the discussions will take place via video call on tuesday. russia has recently boosted its military presence near ukraine's border but denied that it's preparing an attack. the british health secretary, has announced tighter travel restrictions because of rising cases of the new omicron covid variant. people travelling to the uk will once again have to take a pre—departure, pcr or lateral flow test. the measure will come into force on tuesday. the parents of a teenager accused of killing four fellow students in the us state of michigan have pleaded not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter. their son ethan, is accused of carrying out the high—school shooting, with a semi—automatic pistol bought by his father. people in around 9,000 homes are facing a second weekend

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