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bit quieter. that's the little bit quieter. that's the latest. this is bbc world news. our top stories... 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've been clear that we will take action if it is necessary. but it is important that, whilst we are introducing these new border measures today, to remember that vaccinations, remember, they are our first line of defence. at least 13 people have been killed — after a volcano erupts on the indonesian island ofjava — for the second time in less than a year. pope francis is visiting a migrant camp on the greek island of lesbos as he seeks to highlight the plight of refugees. translation: migration is not
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a problem of the middle east. | not a problem of north africa not a problem of europe and of greece. it is a problem of the world. and we meet the three friends who have danced their way into a hollywood marvel blockbuster. as a dancer, to get that chance to be a part of something that i love watching so much, like, if someone told me that, "you're going to be in a marvel movie, doing a bollywood "dance scene," i would never believe them. hello and welcome to bbc news. the rules around travelling into the uk have been tightened again — in a bid to control the spread of the new omicron variant of covid. the british government says the move is necessary,
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because of an increase in cases of the strain which are directly linked to foreign travel. anyone arriving into the uk from tuesday morning will need proof of a negative covid test taken within 48 hours prior to depature. they will also need to take a pcr test before the end of their second day in the uk and will have to self—isolate until they receive their negative test result. the travel industry has strongly criticised the move, with one industry executive saying "the introduction of pre—departure "testing with little warning is a hammer blow". nigeria is to be added to the uk government's travel red list from tomorrow morning. anyone arriving into the uk from a red list country will need to pay for — and self—isolate in — a pre—booked government—approved hotel for 10 days. our business correspondent, katie prescott, reports. travel testing is changing. only a few days ago, the transport secretary told the telegraph, "holidaymakers won't be asked "to take pre—departure covid tests."
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now, pre—departure testing has arrived as the new variant of the virus spreads. we have also decided to require pre—departure tests. that's for all inward travellers. that will be affective from 4am on tuesday and they will be required a maximum of 48 hours before the departure time. we've been clear that we will take action if it is necessary. but it is important that, whilst we are introducing these new border measures today, that to remember that vaccinations, remember, they are our first line of defence and the booster programme, the expansion of the booster programme is hugely important. from monday, nigeria will be added to the red list. only uk citizens will be able to enter the country from nigeria and they'll have to pay
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to quarantine on arrival. the problem is there might not be enough quarantine hotels available. the travel industry is furious, saying the changing advice will knock people's willingness and confidence to travel. they say it's another devastating blow. our concern is we know predeparture tests are hugely damaging to confidence. they are a major barrier to travel. we saw that before. we think it is premature to introduce those tests. when we still know so little. we already have the red lists being used and those pcr tests. these are temporary measures and will be looked at again in three weeks' time on december 20th. katie prescott, bbc news. uk government's scientific adviser professor mark woolhouse has been talking about if the travel restrictions are likely to make much of a difference to the spread of the omicron variant.
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i think that may be a case of shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted. if omicron is here in the uk, and it certainly is, if there's community transmission in the uk, and it certainly looks that way, then it's that community transmission that will drive the next wave. the cases that are being imported are important, we want to detect those and isolate any positive cases that we find, as we would for any case anywhere. but i think it's too late to make a material difference to the course of the omicron wave, if we're going to have one. our political correspondent, ione wells, is here. what is the government are saying about the thinking behind this strategy? fix. about the thinking behind this strate: ? �* , , ., strategy? a mixed response from government _ strategy? a mixed response from government this _ strategy? a mixed response from government this week. _ strategy? a mixed response from government this week. as - strategy? a mixed response from government this week. as we - strategy? a mixed response from| government this week. as we had strategy? a mixed response from i government this week. as we had in katie's report, early this week we saw number ten saying they didn't need any more measures, that the response they introduced so far was proportionate and only a few days ago the transport secretary, grant shapps, saying he didn't want to kill off the travel section by
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introducing by the travel restrictions. they faced political pressure with labour calling for predeparture pressure with labour calling for predepa rtu re tests pressure with labour calling for predeparture tests that have now been introduced. sage, the government's own scientific advisers say that predeparture tests could be valuable. government was feeling pressure to do more. given there is still so much uncertainty about omicron. until we know that ministers are trying to buy some time while all of thatis trying to buy some time while all of that is worked out by scientists, and one of the latest things is this news to introduce predeparture travel testing. that has had a bit of a backlash with the travel sector, particularly saying it is too blanket a measure and so it will put people off trying to book holidays coming up to this christmas period in particular but today the deputy prime minister dominic raab told in our programme but it was better to have an approach like this, study and a sort of incremental, rather than having to
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lurch into much more severe restrictions in weeks to come. this grant is very plugged in to the travel sector. of course he is right to articulate the commercial interests. i think, though, that the worst thing would be to lurch, have not taken incremental steps that can make a difference, even if it's only at the margins in the way your guest are described, i think we want to take those steps earlier precisely to avoid the bigger disruption to travel and the economy. dominic raab making a virtue of the 5mall— dominic raab making a virtue of the small steps. we dominic raab making a virtue of the small stem-— dominic raab making a virtue of the small steps-— small steps. we are told there will be another — small steps. we are told there will be another review— small steps. we are told there will be another review in _ small steps. we are told there will be another review in three - small steps. we are told there will be another review in three weeks. | be another review in three weeks. the small steps in the meantime mean, does that mean we can't guarantee there won't be changes? what we have learned from this pandemic certainly is that ministers have had to act at some point and certainly not always to the timescales they have set out themselves. as you say, where the prime minister announced the latest new restrictions for england on the 27th of november, things like the reintroduction of face coverings in shops and public transport, he said those measures would be reviewed in three weeks' time. we are expecting
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on the 18th of december or perhaps that week to have further updates of what measures may or may not be needed going forward and particularly whether any further changes to travel rules may be needed. we have seen particularly with these variants and travel is that things can change very rapidly. we have seen countries added to that red list or taken away at quite short notice. those planning trips are advised to keep an eye out all the latest rules and regulations may be. but while this uncertainty exists, until scientists come forward with more evidence about the omicron variant, at the moment ministers having to react very quickly. we could see changes sooner than that review if necessary. thank ou. at least 13 people have died and dozens have been injured on indonesia's java island, after an active volcano erupted for the second time in months. indonesia sits on the ring of fire, a region around the pacific ocean that's susceptible to volcanos and earthquakes. the volcano — mount seemeru — has been in a state of near constant
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eruption for decades. sodaba haidare reports. a thick, giant volcanic ash cloud on indonesia's java island sneaking up on nearby villages. the debris and smoke so thick it turns day into tonight, blocking the sun and leaving panic—stricken residents in pitch darkness. the hot lava instantly causes huge destruction, its first casualty, a ioo—meter bridge connecting two areas in east java. the country's disaster mitigation agency says dozens of people have been injured, including two pregnant women. distraught residents return to their homes, now submerged in cold lava. hundreds of other families and children forced to flee their villages, destroyed by the volcano, are taken to nearby shelters. translation: the people behind me who have been evacuated _ are local villagers.
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some of the villagers are being evacuated to public areas. at the moment, they need assistance, like daily necessities, food, drinks. we don't know how long they need to stay here. rescuers arrive at a village almost entirely destroyed by lava floods. they search for survivors. java's highest mountain at almost 4,000 meters erupted at 3pm local time on saturday. the volcano has been in a state of near—constant eruption for decades. sitting on the ring of fire, a region around the pacific ocean, indonesia is prone to volcanoes and earthquakes. in 2018, a volcano in the strait betweenjava and sumatra islands killed more than 400 people. sodaba haidare, bbc news. our correspondent, valdya baraputri, is injakarta and joins me now. welcome. what is the latest on the
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impact of that volcano eruption? figs impact of that volcano eruption? is you mentioned, the indonesian disaster mitigation agency has confirmed that 13 people have died and others, dozens of others, are injured and suffered from burns. meanwhile, they'll still looking for one missing person and, according to a local official, ten people are still trapped —— they are still looking. they are trapped in their homes. meanwhile, 900 people from villages in the area are evacuated to mosques, school buildings and village meeting halls. they have now received enough basic needs such as clothing, food, first aid and masks. they cannot take anything with them. their houses that are covered with thick volcanic ash are beyond repair. and their livestock are killed by the eruption will stop the
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eruption of. —— by the eruption. the eruption of. —— by the eruption. the eruption of. —— by the eruption. the eruption of mount seemeru had destroyed a bridge in the area that connected to agencies. at least a couple of villages in that area are isolated. this makes it difficult to deliver aid to people that are isolated in those villages. but local officials hope as long... as soon as the weather permits, the rescue and aid can be carried out by helicopter. rescue and aid can be carried out by helico ter. ., . ., ., ., helicopter. how much of a warning did --eole helicopter. how much of a warning did peeple have — helicopter. how much of a warning did people have of— helicopter. how much of a warning did people have of what _ helicopter. how much of a warning did people have of what was - did people have of what was happening?— did people have of what was hauenina? ., happening? well, according to the indonesian vulcan _ happening? well, according to the indonesian vulcan a _ happening? well, according to the indonesian vulcan a logical - happening? well, according to the | indonesian vulcan a logical survey, they have sent out early warnings on they have sent out early warnings on the 1st of december. to the local government and officials. however, they also sent out the same early warning to other... i mean about 90... 69 other active volcanoes in indonesia. so, they said that they
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have sent out the early warning. and the local official says that, according to the... visibility on the ground, they says that the eruption, the early eruptions shows no danger to the area, at that... at that time time on december one. thank you very much. the killers of six—year old arthur labinjo—hughes are to have their prison sentences reviewed after claims they were not long enough. the attorney general will look again at the punishments given to arthur's father and stepmother. this morning thejustice secretary dominic raab has said "the prime minister made it clear that we want to see how "social services liaise with the criminaljustice agencies, "and what lessons we can learn". the prime minister is expected to announce an inquiry into arthur's death later today. simonjones reports. a little boy subjected to spiteful and sadistic cruelty by the couple who were supposed
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to be caring for him. emma tustin, described in court as a manipulative liar, was given a life sentence with a minimum term of 29 years for murder. arthur's father, thomas hughes, branded pitiless, got 21 years for manslaughter. the judge, mrjustice mark wall, said it had been, "without doubt, "one of the most distressing and disturbing cases "i have had to deal with." i've just laid flowers at the shrine for young arthur... but the solihull mp on social media said the sentences were too lenient. there's a palpable sense of real loss and tragedy over this and also, frankly, a sense of anger and questions as to how this was allowed to happen, how these monsters were allowed to inflict this horrible torture on this young defenseless boy. a spokesperson for the attorney general�*s office said, "the attorney general�*s thoughts are with those who loved arthur. "i can confirm that the sentences given to emma tustin "and thomas hughes have been referred to the attorney general "for a review to determine whether they were too low." the case could now be sent
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to the court of appeal. yesterday, fans of birmingham city, the club arthur supported, remembered him with applause in the sixth minute of their game, love shown for a little boy who thought no—one loved him. applause here, and the grounds around the country to mark the life of arthur labinjo—hughes, the six—year—old whose heartbreaking death has united the nation. a gesture repeated at several matches. today, there will be a vigil in solihull for arthur. the prime minister has said he will leave no stone unturned to find out what went wrong in what he called this appalling case. simon jones, bbc news. there will be a national review into what happened in the case of after blue bingo who is. let me read you the detail we have had through from the detail we have had through from the department for education. a
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major review of the circumstances has been launched to determine what improvements have been necessary in the months before he died. they come and have separately commissioned four inspectorates covering social care, health police and probation to do an urgent inspection of services in solihull. all agencies will be subject to a joint targeted area inspection to consider their effectiveness and advise on where improvements must be made. and, in addition, the independent national review will identify the lessons that must be learned from arthur's case for the benefit of other children elsewhere in england to be led by the national child safeguarding practice review panel. the headlines on bbc news... uk travel restrictions have been tightened as cases of omicron rise. anyone coming to the uk from abroad must now take a test before they leave. at least 13 people
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have been killed — after a volcano erupted on the indonesian island ofjava — for the second time in less than a year. the pope has been meeting refugees on the island of lesbos and touring a temporary reception centre there that was set up after the notorious moria camp burned down last year. it's the second time the pope has visited the island in five years. in the last half an hour, he's been speaking about the plight of migrants and urged people to treat them with compassion. translation: those who are afraid of you have never- looked you in the eye. those who are afraid of you have never seen your faces. never seen your children. those people forget that migration is not a problem of the middle east. not a problem of north africa. not a problem of europe and of grease. it is a problem of the world.
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yes, it is a problem of the whole world. a humanitarian crisis affecting everyone. 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 denies that it's preparing an attack. mark lobel reports. testing their tanks. russia says these winter drills, already under way, will take place on ukraine's doorstep in the peninsula they annexed from it in 2014, and on russia's border with ukraine. it's there that a build—up of its tanks and over 90,000 troops worries america. they believe a russian invasion is on the cards. last face to face in geneva injune, presidents biden and putin will face off over the issue on tuesday via a secure video call, after us russian differences
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were on show at this security meeting in sweden on thursday. if russia decides to pursue confrontation, there will be serious consequences. translation: everyone is talking i about the escalation of tension l in europe, in particular on the russian—ukrainian border. you know our take on this very well. as president putin stated, we don't want any conflicts. so what could trigger a conflict? the two sides have fundamental differences about how the world j should be ordered and specifically |whether there should be this sort| of set of buffer states _ between russia and nato countries, if you like. and there's no real getting over that. i and the russians havel decided to up the ante. but if moscow's threat is to flex its muscle if nato tries to expand in its direction, the us could take aim at russia's achille's heel — its already—struggling economy.
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one can start sanctioning russian sovereign debt, i one can remove russia from the swift system i of international payments, one can target certain sectors, _ notably the important energy sector, so there's sanctions. | and i think more broadly, - of course, one can make sure that the defences and the resilience of these sandwich states, _ of states like ukraine, are reinforced with - western training, money, and indeed weaponry. - this is a ukrainian military helicopter at the top of your screens, according to russia's ally, belarus, which accuses it of flouting its border on saturday. tensions remain high on all sides. including in eastern ukraine, with more than 500,000 russian passports reportedly issued in the area occupied by russian—backed forces. that's seen by some as a possible excuse for an invasion. add to that the ukrainian president talking of intercepted intelligence, pointing towards an imminent kremlin backed coup d'etat in his country, there is a lot resting
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on tuesday's talks. mark lobel, bbc news. a blast of wintry weather is sweeping across parts of scotland and northern england, where nearly 5,000 homes are still without electricity, nine days after the damage caused by storm arwen. army troops will continue to support residents in remote areas. mark mcalindon sent this report from northumberland. on saturday, royal artillery troops arrived at the west hartford fire station near cramlington to be briefed on battle plans of an unfamiliar kind. we're a very flexible organisation. we're trained and prepared for a range of tasks, um, be it abroad or at home. and, in this case, you know, in this period of goodwill, what better... what more rewarding task could there be than, you know, providing support and comfort to our local towns and villages? here to meet them was the mp for the enormous berwick—on—tweed constituency, where many have endured more than a week without power. these are very unusual events.
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and what we need to make sure is that when and if they do happen, that the ability to look after those most vulnerable who need it whilst the repairs are made is the critical part. in rothbury, small detachments collected supplies to take to remote and single households. from there, it was into the hills that surround the town, going door to door where evidence of the power of last week's storm is still visible. this is just a small part of a deployment of around 80 troops who've fanned out across remote parts of northumberland today, checking on some of the last households without power that people are ok. in the hamlet of yetlington, we find one woman, though, who's struggling to cope. it's terrible. it's awful. have you been told when your power will be restored? wednesday. next wednesday? wednesday coming, hopefully. can you cope until next wednesday? i'll have to.
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we're into eight days and possibly for some heading into nine days. there's a lot of strong people that live round here. quite resilient communities. we experience a lot of harsh winters, and we've had a lot of other disasters. but i think the strain for some is beginning to show. so, the wait for power goes on. but stephen bridgitte says accommodation can be provided for those who want it. mark mcalindon, bbc news. four friends who are also dancers at the nupur arts dance academy in leicester have all won parts in a hollywood blockbuster. they responded to an advert and found themselves in the latest marvel movie, eternals. heidi booth went to meet them. a show—stopping slice of bollywood thanks to some hard work from leicester. shreya, nidi, and sanjay have danced their way into a massive hollywood blockbuster. being on set and being around these people, that's something i hadn't really experienced on that scale ever before.
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so, for me, as a dancer, to get that chance to be a part of something that i love watching so much... like, if someone told me that, "you're going to "be in a marvel movie doing a bollywood dance scene, i would "never have believed it. it's unreal. the friends responded to an advert looking for professional south asian dancers. they had no idea it was for a marvel film until they got to the auditions. once we found out it was marvel, it was just the thrill of knowing "we're going to be in a marvel movie." all four of us that auditioned, got the role, it wasjust insane. an insane feeling, the excitement on the way back, we were all in the carjourney on the way back knowing that this is actually reality now. they are among 51 south asian bollywood dancers who feature in the new eternals movie, alongside lead actor kumail nanjiani. cut! ok, everyone. that was good.
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just have to keep cool. it was amazing, such a good experience. it was nice to be able to share that set and the stage and the experience with so many other dancers. this is the first time this i many south asian dancers this is the first time this - many south asian dancers many south asian dancers, british south asian dancers, - have been in a hollywood movie this big. it's marvel, we made it l in the mcu, we really did make history and this isjust the beginning. | so, i'm really excited to see what comes out of it. - with the film now in cinemas, they can finally shout about being part of such a huge moment. everyone was so excited when that could finally happen. well worth the wait. it was so monumental. and, you know, kumail nanjiani who we were working with, was constantly reminding us that this is such a big step forward for south asians around the world. and, you know, we get to be the ones who represent that culture and bring it to the big screen. heidi botth, bbc news, leicester.
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scientists have discovered marine animals living on plastic rubbish dubbed the great garbage patch in the pacific ocean. plants and animals were found on 90% of the waste between the coast of california and hawaii. you're watching bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather with chris fawkes. hello, again. we've got an east—west split with our weather patterns, today. certainly for eastern england, there's going to be quite a lot of cloud and some pantry outbreaks of rain. the rain tending to break up a little bit later on, so it might turn a bit brighterfor a time. rain easing across eastern scotland. any showers clearing elsewhere to give long spells of sunshine. the best of it across these western areas. quite a range of temperatures, but for the most part it's around 6—8 degrees for our highs, today. overnight tonight, it turns chilly for a time with some patches of frost developing ahead of this weather front that will then move in off the atlantic. and as this front bumps into the colder, well, we may well see a spell of snow, particularly to the north of the central belt in scotland. monday morning could see five centimetres in places. but even across higher parts
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of the southern uplands, the peaks and the pennines, we may see snow for a time. otherwise, it's rain that will push eastwards tomorrow followed by much colder air, a mixture of sunshine and showers, some of those showers wintry, chilly. temperatures just around 3—5 degrees in the north. that's your weather.
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this is bbc news. the headlines... travellers entering england from 4am on tuesday will have to take a covid test before their departure. the health secretary, sajid javid, said the government decided to act after receiving new data
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about the spread of the omicron variant, which emerged in southern africa. travel industry representatives have described the latest changes in uk rules as a "hammer blow". the travel association abta called for the government "to step up to save jobs and businesses" and for the cost of pcr tests to be reduced. at least 13 people have died — when an active volcano erupted on the indonesian island ofjava. the eruption caught locals by surprise sending thousands fleeing its path of destruction and forcing hundreds of families into makeshift shelters. the killers of six—year old arthur labinjo—hughes are to have their prison sentences reviewed — after claims they were not long enough. now on bbc news... it's time for political thinking with nick robinson.
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we must not let the public think that we are the parliament that licensed cash for questions.


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