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good afternoon. health officials say the first people in the uk have been hospitalised with the omicron variant of coronavirus, with the uk facing an inevitable large wave of infections. ministers say the uk is in a race to get the covid booster to as many eligible people, as quickly as possible, with bookings opening to everyone aged between 30 and 39. it comes as health leaders warn that nhs staff are currently working at full stretch. here's our health
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correspondentjim reed. in southampton this morning, plenty of people were out queueing up for covid vaccination number three. ministers and scientists say these booster vaccinations are the most important defence against omicron this winter. a ~ , important defence against omicron this winter. a, ~ , , ., important defence against omicron this winter. ~ , ., this winter. make sure you are detected as — this winter. make sure you are detected as best _ this winter. make sure you are detected as best you - this winter. make sure you are detected as best you can. - this winter. make sure you are detected as best you can. myl this winter. make sure you are - detected as best you can. my wife is having hers as well today. we will protect as best we can.— having hers as well today. we will protect as best we can. from monday, --eole in protect as best we can. from monday, peeple in their — protect as best we can. from monday, people in their 30s _ protect as best we can. from monday, people in their 30s in _ protect as best we can. from monday, people in their 30s in england - protect as best we can. from monday, people in their 30s in england will - people in their 30s in england will be able to book their booster appointments, three months after that second dose, is the roll—out continues down the h groups with the other ages in the uk likely to follow soon. it other ages in the uk likely to follow soon.— other ages in the uk likely to follow soon. , ., , ., follow soon. it is really important, civen follow soon. it is really important, given what — follow soon. it is really important, given what we _ follow soon. it is really important, given what we are _ follow soon. it is really important, given what we are hearing - follow soon. it is really important, given what we are hearing and - follow soon. it is really important, l given what we are hearing and what we know _ given what we are hearing and what we know about the omicron variant and how _ we know about the omicron variant and how effective the vaccination is particularly after the booster dose, it is really— particularly after the booster dose, it is really important for protecting themselves, the family
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and friends on public at large. government scientists say it is now inevitable we will see a large wave of infections across the country. the new variant already makes up a third of cases in london. it was confirmed today that hospitals are now seeing their first patients with omicron although it is not yet clear how serious those cases are. we have to --reare how serious those cases are. we have to prepare for— how serious those cases are. we have to prepare for the _ how serious those cases are. we have to prepare for the worst _ how serious those cases are. we have to prepare for the worst and - how serious those cases are. we have to prepare for the worst and hope - to prepare for the worst and hope for the _ to prepare for the worst and hope for the best— to prepare for the worst and hope for the best and _ to prepare for the worst and hope for the best and i— to prepare for the worst and hope for the best and i think— to prepare for the worst and hope for the best and i think our- to prepare for the worst and hope for the best and i think ourjob . to prepare for the worst and hope for the best and i think ourjob isi for the best and i think ourjob is to highlight _ for the best and i think ourjob is to highlight that. _ for the best and i think ourjob is to highlight that. this _ for the best and i think ourjob is to highlight that. this is- for the best and i think ourjob is to highlight that. this is a - for the best and i think ourjob is to highlight that. this is a big. to highlight that. this is a big wave — to highlight that. this is a big wave it — to highlight that. this is a big wave it is _ to highlight that. this is a big wave it is coming _ to highlight that. this is a big wave it is coming straight - to highlight that. this is a big wave it is coming straight at. to highlight that. this is a big i wave it is coming straight at us to highlight that. this is a big - wave it is coming straight at us and if we _ wave it is coming straight at us and if we see _ wave it is coming straight at us and if we see even_ wave it is coming straight at us and if we see even half— wave it is coming straight at us and if we see even half the _ if we see even half the severity that we — if we see even half the severity that we saw _ if we see even half the severity that we saw with _ if we see even half the severity that we saw with shelter - if we see even half the severity that we saw with shelter that l if we see even half the severity. that we saw with shelter that we if we see even half the severity- that we saw with shelter that we are facing _ that we saw with shelter that we are facing a _ that we saw with shelter that we are facing a very— that we saw with shelter that we are facing a very large _ that we saw with shelter that we are facing a very large number- that we saw with shelter that we are facing a very large number of- facing a very large number of hospitalisations_ facing a very large number of hospitalisations and - facing a very large number of| hospitalisations and potential deaths — hospitalisations and potential deaths. ., , . deaths. the future of this pandemic thou:h is deaths. the future of this pandemic though is more _ deaths. the future of this pandemic though is more uncertain _ deaths. the future of this pandemic though is more uncertain than - deaths. the future of this pandemic though is more uncertain than it. deaths. the future of this pandemic| though is more uncertain than it has been for 18 months. in south africa there are early tentative signs that infections in some parts of the country may be slowing down without a big surge of hospitalisations. in the uk, more rules are changing, from tuesday those who are fully vaccinated and a contact of someone
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with covid should take a lateral flow test at home for seven days rather than self isolating. ministers say extra testing and more booster vaccinations are the best way to protect the whole country this christmas. jim reed, bbc news. the labour leader, sir keir starmer, has said borisjohnson appears to have broken the law when he took part in a christmas quiz at downing street last year — at a time when social mixing between households was banned. the sunday mirror has obtained a photo of the quiz — showing the prime minister with two people sat next to him. downing street has described the quiz as a "virtual" event. our political correspondent, helen catt, reports. it's the christmas quiz that downing street says was virtual, but is now posing very real questions for the prime minister. pictured here with two aides, hosting a round on the 15th of december last year. on the video call, number 10 staff, some dialling in from home, others apparently gathered in groups elsewhere in the building. at the time indoor socialising with others was banned in london.
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so, question one... given that, was he breaking the law? well, it looks as though he was. and he must have known those other groups were in other rooms in his own building. and, you know, this is very important because he's damaged his authority, he is now so weakened, his party are so divided, he can't deliver the leadership that this country needs. he's the worst possible leader at the worst possible time. no person may participate... that's not the answer given by the government. what do we see? we see a prime minister, in his office, with two of his staff next to him, there's no drinks. my e—mail box is full of people thinking that he's sort of, you know, parties with guests and all sorts of things happening. actually, they can now make their mind up when they see this picture of the prime minister on a virtual screen, on a zoom call, thanking his team who are in the building because they have to be to respond to a national emergency. then they can make their mind up. he said it was right, though, that the cabinet secretary was investigating three gatherings,
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including an alleged party at number 10 on december 18. downing street said staff already in the building may have attended the quiz virtually from their desks. the photo is the latest in a series of damaging leaks, though, to the frustration of tory mps including the party's leader in scotland. we need clarity, we need to be honest with the public about what happened, why it happened, and what has been said since then. because the public are rightly angry. i am angry, my family didn't have the christmas we expected last year, it looks like there's a possibility that we won't have the christmas we expected this year. and the public rightly expect those at the top of government and their advisers to follow the rules that they themselves wrote. for number 10, the timing could hardly be worse. more than 60 tories have already said they won't back the government's covid plan b measures in a vote on tuesday. after the emergence of this picture, backbench goodwill could be in even shorter supply. helen is here.
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the prime ministerfacing challenges from within his party on a number of coronavirus votes this week too. yes, it is going to be another difficult week for the government. top of the agenda for ministers is trying to tackle that omicron variant. they want to get the public health message out to encourage people to get boosters. this constant drip of details of accusations of rule breaking in number ten does not help, you potentially makes that more difficult. then on tuesday they have got this vote in the commons on those plan b measures. they are almost certain to pass, because labour is backing them, but more than 60 conservative mps have said they will not vote for these measures, in particular the covid passports and if that happens, that will be the biggest rebellion since borisjohnson became prime minister and leave him relying on labour to get his policy through and that is a major political headache and on thursday there is the north
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shropshire by—election and voters will pick their new mp. it has historically been a safe seat for the conservatives but by—elections are unpredictable and depending on the outcome, there could be a major political fallout. the outcome, there could be a ma'or political fallout.�* politicalfallout. helen catt, thank ou. a rescue operation has continued for a second night, after powerful tornadoes killed at least least 83 people across six us states. dozens remain missing, with the death toll experted to reach at least 100. entire towns were destroyed by around 30 tornadoes on friday. president biden has declared a disaster in kentucky, where more than 70 people have died. the foreign secretary, liz truss, has warned russia will face �*massive consequences' and a �*severe cost�* if it were to invade ukraine. speaking at the g7 ministerial meeting in liverpool, ms truss said the uk, the united states and other allies are considering �*all options' if russia were to launch an incursion across the border, amid rising tensions in the region.
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the crucial formula 1 showdown between lewis hamilton and max verstappen is underway in abu dhabi. the mercedes and red bull drivers are locked on the same points in the title race, at the end of one of the greatest seasons in the sport's history. our correspondent nesta mcgregor is with fans at silverstone. it is pretty difficult, how is it going? it is pretty difficult, how is it oiiin? it is pretty difficult, how is it uroin? ., it is pretty difficult, how is it ioini? ., ., it is pretty difficult, how is it oiiin? ., ., it is pretty difficult, how is it oiiin ? ., ., _, ., going? good afternoon and welcome to silverstone, home _ going? good afternoon and welcome to silverstone, home of— going? good afternoon and welcome to silverstone, home of the _ going? good afternoon and welcome to silverstone, home of the british - silverstone, home of the british grand prix of course. this is a special f1 race that no one will want to miss. here at silverstone they have put on a special big screen for fans. the they have put on a special big screen forfans. the race is a they have put on a special big screen for fans. the race is a few minutes old and there was a huge round of applause and screaming as lewis hamilton passed max verstappen on the first corner of the abu dhabi grand prix. like you said, lots of
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excitement and for the first time in years both men arejoined on a points at the top of the leadership, simply put this race decides it all. max verstappen in the red bull going for his first grand prix title and lewis hamilton are chasing number eight, he isjoint on lewis hamilton are chasing number eight, he is joint on seven at the moment with michael schumacher. lots of people are talking about tension on the track, there is tension in this room. the two men came close together, they did touch but that incident will not be reviewed by race officials. listen, i am wearing one of those watches that test your heart rate and it has already tried to call the emergency services twice and the next two hours are going to be frantic. at the moment, hamilton is in front, will it stay that way? nesta mcgregor, thank you very much. what's your heart! you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel. the next news on bbc one is at five to six. bye for now.
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hello. you're watching the bbc news channel. let's get more now on our top story, and the problems facing the prime minister, a picture of borisjohnson hosting a christmas quiz last year has raised "serious questions" that need answered, according to the leader of the scottish conservatives. speaking to bbc scotland, douglas ross said the picture, obtained by the sunday mirror, was just one still image, but that downing street must clarify what happened. he added would not defend the prime minister if it transpired a party was held in breach
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of covid restrictions. this causes me no difficulty at all to comb out irresponsible behaviour. it potentially causes a huge impact in terms of compliance by the rest of the public to follow government advice that is one still picture. we need to get more information but if, as it betrays, there was a party in downing street and the prime minister tended then i'm not going to defend that. it is absolutely the wrong thing to do when everyone else here in scotland and across the uk were not having these parties. they were not having these parties. they were following the guidance to the letter of the law to suppress this virus. the test many within the article said they were four teams of six and a boozy event. staff huddled around computers. it was an online zoom christmas quiz. the prime minister was only interposed one man but he would have seen the other teams there. you would have known what was going on. purely social,
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very busy event. a total breach of the rules said people who were there. should he go? it is the rules said people who were there. should he go?— the rules said people who were there. should he go? it is a big if because we _ there. should he go? it is a big if because we don't _ there. should he go? it is a big if because we don't know _ there. should he go? it is a big if because we don't know what - there. should he go? it is a big if because we don't know what he l there. should he go? it is a big if. because we don't know what he saw. we have not seen the pictures of groups of six or seven or alcohol. we've only seen one still picture but that picture raises serious questions that we need answers to. is still a person to lead your party? i is still a person to lead your .a ? , , party? i believe he is the right ierson party? i believe he is the right person to _ party? i believe he is the right person to lead _ party? i believe he is the right person to lead the _ party? i believe he is the right person to lead the country - party? i believe he is the right person to lead the country at l party? i believe he is the right| person to lead the country at a party? i believe he is the right- person to lead the country at a time a very difficult circumstances and we are dealing with this new variant but that does not dismiss my serious concern that there are questions that must be answered and a number of questions that need serious answers and that is what i am looking for and i have been calling for that all week. we need clarity and me to be honest with the public about what happened, why it happened and what has been said since then because the public are rightly angry, i am angry, because the public are rightly angry, iam angry, my because the public are rightly angry, i am angry, my family did not havea angry, i am angry, my family did not have a christmas we expected last year. it looks like there is a possibility that we won't have a christmas we expected this year and the public rightly expect those at
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the public rightly expect those at the top of government and their advisers to follow the rules that they themselves raid. you advisers to follow the rules that they themselves raid.— advisers to follow the rules that they themselves raid. you are angry with him? i— they themselves raid. you are angry with him? i am _ they themselves raid. you are angry with him? i am angry _ they themselves raid. you are angry with him? i am angry with _ they themselves raid. you are angry| with him? i am angry with everyone. look at these _ with him? i am angry with everyone. look at these pictures _ with him? i am angry with everyone. look at these pictures are _ with him? i am angry with everyone. look at these pictures are people . look at these pictures are people laughing about parties in downing street and how they would cover it up. the whole thing does make me angry and it makes me angry because i know the people i represent here and across the highlands and islands follow that guidance to the letter of the law because they were told to do it in the national interest and of the people telling them to do that could not follow that guidance and we are right to be angry at them. ., , , them. you said is the right person to lead the — them. you said is the right person to lead the country _ them. you said is the right person to lead the country at _ them. you said is the right person to lead the country at this - them. you said is the right person to lead the country at this very - to lead the country at this very difficult time, can you just listed attributes. he the prime minister the united kingdom and the united kingdom as other countries across the world are facing very difficult times. but i'm trying to explain, we're going to a very difficult but i'm saying all that along with saying that he needs to answer very serious questions notjust about what is in the papers today. ijust
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want you to listed attributes. i just want you to tell us what you think is attributes are. i5 just want you to tell us what you think is attributes are. is a leader ofthe think is attributes are. is a leader of the main _ think is attributes are. is a leader of the main party _ think is attributes are. is a leader of the main party in _ think is attributes are. is a leader of the main party in the _ think is attributes are. is a leader of the main party in the united i of the main party in the united kingdom parliament and he is the prime minister who's been elected to lead the country but that does not mean he or his officials are allowed to do whatever they want and that scrutiny will come from all side including myself here in scotland. i'm trying to encourage you to tell us his good qualities and you don't seem able to find any. that is telling in itself, isn't it? you ask me about _ telling in itself, isn't it? you ask me about what _ telling in itself, isn't it? you ask me about what he's _ telling in itself, isn't it? you ask me about what he's doing - telling in itself, isn't it? you ask me about what he's doing as - telling in itself, isn't it? you ask i me about what he's doing as prime minister and i'm saying is leading the country. minister and i'm saying is leading the country-— minister and i'm saying is leading thecount. ., �* ., the country. no, i'm asking you what is iood the country. no, i'm asking you what is good quality _ the country. no, i'm asking you what is good quality czar. _ the country. no, i'm asking you what is good quality czar. it _ the country. no, i'm asking you what is good quality czar. it should - the country. no, i'm asking you what is good quality czar. it should be - is good quality czar. it should be an easy question.— is good quality czar. it should be an easy question. obviously good enouih an easy question. obviously good enough quality — an easy question. obviously good enough quality to _ an easy question. obviously good enough quality to have _ an easy question. obviously good enough quality to have an - an easy question. obviously good enough quality to have an 80 - an easy question. obviously good | enough quality to have an 80 seat majority but that majority does not allow you do whatever you want with your officials in number ten. peter cardwell is a former special adviser to four senior conservative cabinet ministers, he is now a presenter on talkradio and he said after a couple of weeks of damning headlines, there has been a noticeable
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change in attitude towards the prime minister. there is been an astonishing change in mood and the language that labour had been using over the past five or six weeks, since the start of the problems with the sleaze scandal. the language labour are using, in particular who is the best poser. she makes a point very well. that limeyjust one rule for them and one rule for the rest of us and they have been taking us for fools, for example, thejoke is over in regard to borisjohnson. you hear that line reflected back a lot in terms of interviews with people who are not interviews with people who are not in the westminster bubble. this is serious cut through. when you have an ten deck criticising you two nights in a row. this is something that people on trains and buses
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across the country are talking about in workplaces. this is very serious for the prime minister and that is reflected in the polls. another one today that shows his personal polling rating is very low in the negative double figures and of course the fact that labour taken a substantial lead of six points in a couple of the polls as well. a serious incident and it does seem to go on in terms of what is in the sunday mirror today, great story and a greatjob on getting that story out there but i don't think that particular one story will be the game changer. i think that is a succession of these stories, the pressure is unrelenting on the prime minister. i’m pressure is unrelenting on the prime minister. �* ., ., _, ., pressure is unrelenting on the prime minister. �* ., ., ., , minister. i'm going to come to why ou think minister. i'm going to come to why you think this _ minister. i'm going to come to why you think this is _ minister. i'm going to come to why you think this is happening - minister. i'm going to come to why you think this is happening now - minister. i'm going to come to why you think this is happening now in l you think this is happening now in writers coming from within the party, the pressure. but first of steve baker is relaunching conservative way forward and said, i'm not calling for the prime minister to resign. i'm not calling for the prime ministerto resign. i'm i'm not calling for the prime minister to resign. i'm calling for him to rescue his position. you are
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a former special adviser to four senior conservative cabinet ministers. steve is questioning the team around the prime minister. what do you take from that?— do you take from that? there are definitely some _ do you take from that? there are definitely some questions - do you take from that? there are definitely some questions in - do you take from that? there are l definitely some questions in terms of why the prime minister is being advised. every politician takes advice from all sorts of quarters, notjust people who are paid to advise them but the buck has to stop somewhere and i think there are people who, like allegra stratton, and we both worked as bbc journalists, believe it or not, long time ago. some people feel she has been thrown under the bus. i'm not entirely sure what i think of that but i know right to resign. i know there have been resignations offered from other senior aides as well and of course the prime minister must have the best people around him who are serving him and i think there are serving him and i think there are some very, very good people in downing street to work very hard, who work long hours making sure the prime minister has all the advice
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and information that he needs to do its job but there are certainly, i don't think it is anybody, even the most loyal person to borisjohnson could say there is not a problem within downing street at the moment. some people think he is part of that problem of course. it is fascinating that he is launching the way forward, i should say. it because so many problems for theresa may when i was in government between have years. he is a lovely man. some of you created huge problems for the government and is certainly someone who will continue to do that for borisjohnson but he is certainly feeling that the brand of conservatism that borisjohnson is providing over is not his brand of conservatism and there is no suggestion he will lead the conservative party or suggestion you would challenge borisjohnson. he said he tried that before with theresa may and got there in the end but it is something that is very worrying for borisjohnson and people around him the fact that you can argue some of what has happened
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in the last few weeks is a form of tittle tattle but at the heart of it there are those major and very very important trust issues. what i think is even more important is the fact that 60 conservative mps are on the record saying we're going against these measures on tuesday. it is two years today since boris johnson these measures on tuesday. it is two years today since borisjohnson got an 80 strong majority and it was unthinkable that day two years ago. i was working at the time. it was unthinking that he would be in this position and a really short period of time. a difficult one for the prime minister. a difficult one for the prime minister. the g7 summit in liverpool is into its second day — with iran the main issue on the agenda. negotiators are trying to revive the international agreement signed in 2015, which lifted sanctions on iran, in return for limits on tehran's nuclear ambitions. the foreign secretary, liz truss, who's chairing the g7 meeting, had this warning for iran.
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this is the last chance for iran to come to the negotiating table with a serious resolution to this issue which has to be agreeing the terms of theirjc poa. this is the last chance and it is vital that they do so. we will not allow iran to acquire a nuclear weapon and it is vital that they come to the table and are serious about the negotiations. our diplomatic correspondent james landale has more. her remarks are just the latest stage of western leaders and ministers trying to put a little bit more pressure on iran just to say, look, the situation as it is currently cannot continue forever. there are talks taking place in vienna with negotiators on both sides still talking, still holding lots of meetings but they are not
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negotiating over detailed texts yet and that is because there is a disagreement over where they should start. essentially, the west, britain, france, germany, the other signatories to the initial agreement, china and russia, are all saying these negotiations should pick up where they left off injune where they were suspended after elections were held, and the new government said it wanted time to be assessed. iran says it is serious about having a deal and negotiating a deal but iranian negotiators have come back saying we are happy to talk about the june text but we want to make our own additions to them. they say it is impossible because if you're going to make substantive changes you have been negotiating from the start of that would take months and months and there simply isn't the time because the rate at which iran is currently developing into nuclear
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capabilities so there is a sort of impasse in vienna, and what she is doing here in liverpool is trying to inject a degree of urgency, and send that message to tehran to say, look, this situation cannot continue forever. afghanistan is responsible for the vast majority of the world's heroin supply — and now it's also emerged as a major manufacturer of crystal meth. as the country faces economic collapse since the taliban's rise to power, the drug trade there is booming. a warning, there is distressing content in this report by our afghanistan correspondent, secunder kermani. they are one of afghanistan's most lucrative exports. but these drugs are destroying lives here and abroad. first heroin, and increasingly now, crystal meth.
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this, an exclusive look at where the met is coming from. these drugs in southern afghanistan will be smuggled to countries as far away as australia. the amount in this room alone would sell there for around £2 million. this is how it is made. makeshift open—air labs in the desert under the noses of the taliban. these trucks are full of a key ingredient. traffickers here have discovered a common wild plant can be used to produce meth cheaply. last week the taliban banned farmers from picking it but they are not shutting down the meth labs. this man has links to the trade. when the taliban announced their ban on this plant, they tell me, the wholesale price of meth
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doubled and there are still warehouses full of it. it is another dangerous drug, heroin, from opium poppies like these most commonly associated with afghanistan. before the taliban takeover, opium tradeers paid off corrupt officials and sold would the black paced secretly. now, they have been allowed to open up stalls and markets. we are driving through a bazaar where opium is being sold openly. much of it is then going to be processed into heroin. the taliban are not stopping drug production — in fact, they've been taxing it for years. they don't want journalists to see it being traded. that is why we are filming from inside the car. you call yourselves an islamic government but you are allowing drug production. isn't that hypocritical? translation: under the islamic emirate, before 2001,
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the growing and selling of opium dropped to zero. right now we're to find alternatives. we cannot take this away from people without offering them something else. for years, poorfarmers have relied on opium to provide for theirfamilies. now, as afghanistan's economy collapses without international support, and water levels continue to drop, many see it has the safest crop to grow. opium destroys a lot of people's lives. the taliban regularly haul these addicts off to rehab centres. but many end up straight back here. for now, more drugs look set to hit the streets, both in afghanistan and across the world. secunder kermani, bbc
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news, afghanistan. residents of a seaside village in norfolk have been told to avoid the beach, after a substantial landslide earlier this week. it's the third cliff—fall of its kind on the same stretch of coastline, in just two years. our reporter ian barmer has the story. if you needed reminding how vulnerable parts of our coast are becoming, this is the example. people woke to find the sea defences and much of the beach covered. in 2019, a huge cliff fall was filmed as it happened. last year, it happened again. very tired, you know, thinking about it all. going to have to move, i reckon, now. it was under two years ago, i think.
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that could happen here. it has already started and it is the start of the season for this weather and am now very nervous and agitated about it any further. lives along much of the coast are vulnerable for one important reason. they are made up largely of sand and soil which soaks up rainfall and can then sheer away. you've just gotta be careful with our cliffs, you know. in other parts of the country you get rock whether clubs are very careful but because of how hours are made up of sand and soil, they are always vulnerable. but this time of year, lots of rain, it makes it worse. the coastguards want people to stay away from the beach, and say the landslide is so big it could leave people cut off at high tide — and the top of the cliff is still potentially very unstable. space — it's the final frontier. but now, it's also a family business. the daughter of the first american astronaut has followed in her father's footsteps — blasting off to the edge of space
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sixty years after he made history. laura shepard churchley took off on board a commercial aircraft — named after her dad — alan shepard. mark lobel reports. three, two, one. from rural texas to the edge of space. laura shepard—churchley following in her father's footsteps 60 years after his pioneering flight is the first american to make the journey. in a spacecraft named after him. mission control has confirmed new shepard has cleared the tower and is on its way to space. it was a once—in—a—lifetime ride on board this fully autonomous six—storey tall commercial flight reaching an altitude of over 100 kilometres during a thrilling 10—minute trip. long enough to experience zero gravity, though. whoa! never seen anything like this.
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this tops an unforgettable year for human space flight, with private space companies aplenty, including space x and virgin galactic. blue origin launched its first crewed space flight injuly, carrying its founder, amazon's jeff bezos. captain kirk himself! star trek�*s william shatner, the oldest person to make it into space, followed in october. this third flight is blue origin's first full capacity one with six people on board which descended safely back to earth. the 74—year—old's verdict? awesome! awesome, she says. and following in her father's footsteps? i thought about daddy coming down, and gosh, he didn't even get to enjoy anything i enjoyed.
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he was working. he was all business.

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