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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. i'm sally bundock. mapping the way out of england's lockdown — details on the government's plans to ease measures as coronavirus cases fall. remembering the victims of the christchurch earthquake a decade on — new zealand's prime minister, jacinda ardern leads a memorial service. afghan president, ashraf ghani sits down with the bbc�*s lyse doucet — saying tough decisions lay ahead with peace talks stalled with the taliban.
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it is the time that the taliban and their supporters show the same will in seeking peace. and, much more than some fun in the snow, meet the polish community rallying for a good cause. hello and welcome. borisjohnson will outline his plans for easing lockdown in enngland later this afternoon when he addresses mps in the houses of parliament. after that he will update the nation with one of the first tasks will be to declare that schools will reopen in two weeks time.
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visitors must wear ppe and be tested beforehand. one—to—one social meetings outdoors will also be allowed. and the next key date is than the 29th of march. from then, the rule of six will return our door meetings. alternatively, two households will be allowed to meet outside even if they are more than six people in total. and all organised sport can return. nonessential shops and retail are expected to open after that. the uk's health secretary says a reduction in coronavirus transmission by people who have been vaccinated but it's unclear how the jabs work
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against the south african mutation. so what are the main factors to be considered? so, what is a safe way out of lockdown? scientists say it relies on a mix of low infection rates, coupled with high levels of vaccinations — that's why the government's so keen to drive up the numbers of people getting the jab. already, more than 17.5 million people have had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine in the uk. by mid—april, everyone aged over 50 and anyone who's younger with underlying health conditions will be offered the jab — that's around 32 million people. and by the end ofjuly, all adults in the uk — that's more than 50 million people — should've had their first dose of the vaccine. whether those who've had the vaccine can still catch and spread the virus is a key question, but there's been some encouraging news from israel.
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it's started opening up again since almost half of the population has received a vaccine, and initial data suggests it may have reduced the spread. we have seen early data that there's a reduction in transmission from those who get the jab — but that is early data and there's more work that's being done. new variants are another concern. brentwood, in essex, is the latest place where residents will undergo testing after a case of the south africa variant was discovered there. scientists say it's vital infection levels are kept low. the more infections there are in the community, then the greater the risk of further mutations occurring. and so, it's certainly a risk if we allow high rates of infection in certain parts of the communities, younger individuals. but the biggest test of all when it comes to lifting
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restrictions is the number of seriously ill people in hospital and those losing their lives to covid—19. ensuring there's no return to rising numbers and a third wave will be key to the safe unlocking of society. sophie hutchinson, bbc news. stay with us for more on that story because in the business briefing i'll be speaking to the chief economist at the institute of directors to find out how the uk can open up its economy again. the us secretary of state antony blinken said he will continue to take �*firm action�* against the myanmar authorities who have launched a crackdown on those protesting against a military coup. two demonstrators were shot dead over the weekend as violence escalated. despite this protesters have returned to the streets. businesses have also shut on monday in a general strike to oppose the coup. and in a sign that international condemnation
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is growing the british foreign secretary, dominic raab, is set to call on the military authorities release the elected leader, aung san suu kyi. a rememberance ceremony has been held in christchurch to mark the tenth anniversary of a powerful earthquake that left the new zealand city in ruins. thousands were injured, and 185 people lost their lives. all were remembered at the anniversary event. prime ministerjacinda ardern was amongst those leading the service at the canterbury earthquake national memorial. ms ardern paid tribute to those
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who died, and those that have lived on with the trauma of that day. the toll could not have been more significant and daily reminders made it harder. a fractured landscape, aftershocks, struggling friends and neighbours, and children with deep and unseen scars. ten years on, there will be people still living their daily lives with the long shadow of that day. today, i want to take the opportunity to say to all those who may still feel overwhelmed, who may still feel uncertain, sad, tired, anxious, you survived an event which, by right, should not occur in anyone�*s lifetime. i hope you find the space to be kind to yourself, as you've no doubt been to others who you knew were carrying the same burden.
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lets speak to our correspondent phil mercer. it's hard to believe for some, ten years, a long decade for christchurch. talk through how important today's memorial was. todayis important today's memorial was. today is all about pain and optimism. we heard from jacinda ardern saying the hope, energy and optimism displayed by the city of christchurch was making it into one of the country's brightest and best cities. we also heard the pain, the pain of loss, and as we've heard in the last few moments, that list of 185 the terms that was read out and was very long and painful, they are inscribed on the national earthquake memorial in christchurch new zealand �*s south island, among
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five week old baby, among a number of young children who died, and about 87 foreign nationals died in the christchurch earthquake along with many new zealanders and those of the hymns came from a range of countries, japan, china, thailand, the united kingdom and the united states so the ripples of the disaster ten years ago did spread far beyond the shores of new zealand. figs beyond the shores of new zealand-— zealand. as you say, christchurch - zealand. as you say, christchurch has - zealand. as you say, - christchurch has emerged as a vibrant city. to what extent is the rebuilds been completed ten years on? it’s the rebuilds been completed ten ears on? �* , ., years on? it's not finished, and it probably _ years on? it's not finished, and it probably hasn't - years on? it's not finished, i and it probably hasn't been finished for a long time to come. this is a city that is gradually being rebuilt and reborn, and the aim is to make it a safer and better place to live and work for those people who are slowly going back into the city centre. much, much
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work has been done but before all that the building could take place, there was a huge demolitionjob as well. take place, there was a huge demolition job as well. the damage we've seen time and time again from those horrible pictures from the 22nd of every 2011, all of that rubble had to be cleared of course but lots of damage underground to sewers, electricity services. the rebuilding effort is ongoing but it's safe to say, is from queen elizabeth, she's sent a message to the people of christchurch and has praised their great fortitude in the face of southern loss. ——'s sudden loss. the city is being rebuilt and reborn but it is taking time. let's get some of the day's other news. israel is trying to find the ship responsible for an oil spill that has covered much of its mediterranean shoreline with tar. environmental officials describe it as the country's most serious ecological disaster in recent years. the government says it's identified nine possible ships
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possibly responsible for the spill. boeing has recommended suspending operations of all 777s using pratt and whitney 4000 engines until the faa identifies an inspection protocol. an engine of the same type came off a united airlines plane on saturday, leaving debris near denver, colorado. iran and the un's nuclear watchdog, the iaea, say they have reached a deal which will allow un inspectors to carry on essential monitoring of iran's nuclear work, despite iran's threat to stop snap inspections from tuesday. the move buys time for efforts to try to revive the 2015 nuclear deal. bethany bell reports from vienna where the international atomic energy agency is based. talks in iran to shore up access for un nuclear
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inspectors have ended with a temporary agreement. the head of the iaea, rafael grossi, flew there this weekend after tehran said it would significantly reduce cooperation with the agency unless the united states lifts sanctions. iran has been gradually breaching the terms of the nuclear deal since former us president donald trump pulled out of the accord in 2018 and imposed crippling sanctions. in the latest move, tehran is planning to suspend the iaea's additional protocol, which allows the agency to carry out snap inspections. speaking on his return to vienna, mr grossi said the deal he had struck with iran was viable and salvaged the situation, for now. there is less access, let's face it. let's face it, there is less access.
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but still, we were able to retain the necessary degree of monitoring and verification work for what it is as it's been defined, as you will see, as you read it again, as a temporary technical understanding. he gave few details about the changes, but said this was a solution that would be in place for up to three months. the deal gives more time for diplomatic efforts to try to resolve the stand—off between iran and the us. under president biden, the us seems keen to return to the 2015 nuclear accord but it says iran must return to compliance first. iran says the us must lift sanctions first.
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finding a compromise will be difficult, but this agreement with the iaea creates a window of opportunity. bethany bell, bbc news, vienna. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: inter win the milan derby as the move four points clear at the top of italy's serie a. prince charles has chosen his bride. the prince proposed to lady diana spencer three weeks ago. she accepted, she says, without hesitation. as revolutions go, this had its fair share of bullets. a climax in the night outside the gates of mr marcos�* sanctuary malaca nang — the name itself symbolising one of the cruellest regimes of modern asia. the world's first clone has been produced of an adult mammal. scientists in scotland have produced a sheep called dolly using a cell from another sheep. warren beatty and faye dunaway announced to the world - that the winner of best film was la la land. . the only trouble was it wasn't. the mistake was only put right in the middle of gushing - speeches by the team - behind the modern musical. not for 20 years have locusts been seen in such numbers
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in this part of africa. some of the swarms have been ten miles long. this is the last time the public will see this pope. very soon, for the sake of the credibility and authority of the next pope, benedict xvi will, in his own words, be hidden from the world for the rest of his life. this is bbc news, the latest headlines: british prime minister boris johnson to outline how and when restrictions in england will be relaxed as coronavirus cases continue to fall. it�*s believed schools will reopen on the 8th of march. and, new zealand prime minister, jacinda ardern, honours the memory of the 185 victims of the christchurch earthquake, ten years on. with peace talks between the afghan government and taliban stalled, president ashraf ghani has told the bbc hard decisions and sacrifices lie ahead on all sides. violence has surged in the country in recent months and nato has already said that foreign troops may not leave
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by the end of april — a deadline set in a us agreement with the taliban last year but now under review by the biden administration. 0ur chief international correspondent, lyse doucet, reports from kabul. a front line of this forever wall. —— war. afghan soldiers in brutal battle against the taliban, a time of blistering violence. the time of the commander—in—chief in kabul. president ashraf ghani calls his men in the field, just days after his nato allies confirmed they are not pulling out yet. the nato decision provides a window of opportunity to accelerate the peace process. to shape an enduring, just, and
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lasting peace. i5 to shape an enduring, 'ust, and testing p_ to shape an enduring, 'ust, and testing peeh lasting peace. is it a question of months — lasting peace. is it a question of months or _ lasting peace. is it a question of months or years _ lasting peace. is it a question of months or years before - lasting peace. is it a question| of months or years before the last of the nato forces and the crucial assets like air support? it crucial assets like air summ— crucial assets like air su . port? , , ., support? it depends on the intensity of _ support? it depends on the intensity of the _ support? it depends on the intensity of the war. - support? it depends on the intensity of the war. my - intensity of the war. my message is those who provide sanctity to the taliban should be talked to very strict. we met a president _ be talked to very strict. we met a president clearly pleased there is a new partner in the white house. biden�*s team is now reviewing last year�*s us taliban deal which shut out the afghan leader. i taliban deal which shut out the afghan leader.— afghan leader. i am delighted with the nature _ afghan leader. i am delighted with the nature of _ afghan leader. i am delighted l with the nature of conversation thatis with the nature of conversation that is taking place between us. it is a conversation about mutual interests, mutual respect, and mutual trust. there are going to be hard decisions and one has to expect that. the american war is over.
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this deal was meant to pave the way forforeign this deal was meant to pave the way for foreign forces to leave by may. but the us is the taliban haven�*t kept their word including cutting ties with al-qaeda and pursuing peace talks. it al-qaeda and pursuing peace talks. , ., ., talks. it is time that taliban and their— talks. it is time that taliban and their supporters - talks. it is time that taliban and their supporters show l talks. it is time that taliban l and their supporters show the same will for seeking peace as they have demonstrated in seeking conflict. the taliban sa that seeking conflict. the taliban say that your _ seeking conflict. the taliban say that your insistence - seeking conflict. the taliban say that your insistence on l say that your insistence on completing your five year term is an obstacle in this peace process. is an obstacle in this peace process-— process. what is there alternative? i - process. what is there alternative? i have - process. what is there alternative? i have on| alternative? i have on criteria, the holding of elections.— criteria, the holding of elections. . , . ., , elections. early elections. elections- _ elections. early elections. elections. the _ elections. early elections. elections. the republic i elections. early elections. elections. the republic is| elections. early elections. | elections. the republic is a system that runs by the will of the people. the source of legitimacy of the next government has to be absolutely clear. it has to be the will of the people of afghanistan. does that have to _ the people of afghanistan. does that have to come _ the people of afghanistan. does that have to come at _ the people of afghanistan. does that have to come at the - the people of afghanistan. does
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that have to come at the end of your five year tenure? that have to come at the end of yourfive year tenure? ha. that have to come at the end of yourfive yeartenure? ha. so your five year tenure? no. so it could be — yourfive yeartenure? tic. so it could be earlier if the right conditions are in place? this is a premature discussion. but everyone is talking about it. , ., , ., ~ it. everyone is talking, everyone _ it. everyone is talking, everyone is _ it. everyone is talking, everyone is free, - it. everyone is talking, everyone is free, this i it. everyone is talking, | everyone is free, this is it. everyone is talking, i everyone is free, this is a free country. it is being| talked about by regional powers, it is being talked about by opposition politicians.- about by opposition politicians. about by opposition oliticians. . ~ politicians. let them talk. washington _ politicians. let them talk. washington doesn't - politicians. let them talk. washington doesn't want | politicians. let them talk. i washington doesn't want its washington doesn�*t want its forces here a day longer than necessary. it is stepping up better on all sides to end this war. this, the year the afghan president agrees, peace will be won or lost. lyse doucet, bbc news kabul. time now for all the sport. hello, i�*m tulsen tollett and this is your monday sports news, where we start with football and inter milan have opened up a four point gap at the top of serie a following a 3—0 derby win over ac milan. lautaro martinez scored the opening two for antonio conte�*s side as they chase a first league title since 2010.
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while romelu lukaku who was instrumental in the first two goals scored his 17th of the season and he became the first inter player to score in four consecutive milan derbies since benito lorenzi in 1950. in the english premier league manchester city extended their record of wins in all competitions to 18. an early raheem sterling goal was the difference between his side and arsenal in north london. elsewhere, their neighbours manchester united remain second on goal difference, but 10 points further back after a 3—1 win over newcastle. bruno fernandes scoring his 11th penalty for united since moving to the club a year ago. it took us some time. the first half, even though we had most of the possession we didn�*t create enough because of the tempo on the ball and a tempo in our legs probably wasn�*t high enough. maybe because we were in italy during the week.
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it's were in italy during the week. it�*s never easy to get going again also with the season how it is. so we had to step it up and we did in the second defending champions usa beat brazil 2—0 in orlando to make it two wins from two in the shebelieves cup. christen press scored the opener for the world champions before megan rapinoe claimed a second while in the later game canada scored a winner in the second minute of stoppage time to beat argentina. in tennis, novak djokovic secured a record—extending ninth australian open title after a straight sets win over the 33—year—old serb took less than two hours to claim a 7—5 6—2 6—2 victory at melbourne park, which gives him an 18th grand slam title. northern ireland�*sjordan brown has stunned world snooker champion ronnie 0�*sullivan to win the welsh 0pen after taking the deciding frame. the world number 81 was 750 to one with the bookies before the tournament and becomes the first northern irishman, and lowest—ranked player,
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to be crowned champion at this event. juventus continue their bid for a 10th consecutive serie a title later on monday when they host crotone. cristiano ronaldo and his teammates were out of sorts when losing the opening leg of their last champions league tie against porto during the week, and will hope to get back to winning ways and a victory could take them third and eight points off leaders inter. in the nba, the la lakers — third in the western conference but having lost three of their last four games — face the washington wizards in california later. lebronjames and his teammates were beaten by the miami heat on saturday — the team they held off to win a record equalling 17th league title last season. the third test between india and england gets underway in ahmedebad on wednesday. it�*s a day night match with the series curently level at 1—1 after the first two games in chennai. england bowlerjames anderson who was rested for the second test has defended the approach
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of squad rotation. there will be times where we are frustrated we want to play but they are taking the precaution and the medical team are taking the thought process that we want to keep everyone as fit as possible. so we�*ve got... we can sort of pick and choose who can play at certain times, and hopefully it will benefit those players having a rest every now and then. you can get all the latest sports news at our website — that�*s but from me and the rest of the team, that�*s your monday sports news. that is indeed and we thank tolson and the team. much of europe is still recovering from recent severe weather. many countries across the continent were deluged in a blanket of snow. what happens when tons of the white stuff fall from the sky? well — some people make snowmen. but in eastern poland they were making lots of snowmen and all
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for a good cause. tim allman explains. across the fields of korycin, an army gathers its forces but not just any army, mind you, an army of snowmen, proud and true. dozens upon dozens of them, in fact. a lot of carrots, a lot of cold and more than a few scarves. and this is an army that knows exactly what its mission is. translation: a thousand snowmen for bartek. - we have to do something crazy to draw your attention to this little boy who has a heart defect, and needs surgery urgently. we are running out of time. the surgery is planned for april and we still need a lot of money. funds are being raised to try and send a local boy abroad. he desperately needs an operation but poland does not have the right kind of surgeon. the whole community, young and old, is doing its best to help.
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"i was making a snowman by myself," said this boy, "it is not very big, it is not finished yet but it is for bartek from my heart." time is of the essence, if the two—year—old child is to get his lifesaving operation. soon enough these snowmen will melt away and disappear. the commitment these people are showing never will. now there is a lot more to come in this program. we are next going to concentrate on the top business stories, and of course, here in the uk there is a lot of attention on what the prime minister will be announcing later today, and what does that mean for the uk economy, for businesses and sectors such as hospitality, nonessential shops, et cetera. so we will be unpacking that in just a few minutes. also as well we will be discussing the wild swimming. apparently there has been a boom during this
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pandemic and lockdown period, so we will talk about that as well. i will see you soon. hello there. it�*s felt very mild over the weekend, almost springlike. and in fact, the temperatures are going to rise even more as we move through this new week, particularly tuesday and wednesday. this is the temperature anomaly map. you can see the temperatures well above the seasonal average, especially for parts of england and wales. but with this very mild air will come a lot of moisture, and it�*s going to pour down, in fact, across many western areas for tuesday and wednesday. some parts of western scotland, perhaps north—west england could see over 100 mm of rain, with a risk of localised flooding. eastern areas of the uk will actually be drier than average. for the start of the new week, though, it looks mainly dry with plenty of sunshine, but we still have some rain around thanks to this weather front which will be affecting northern and western parts of england, eastern wales, to start the day. it will transfer towards the eastern side of england and tend to fizzle out, leaving a legacy of cloud here,
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with other areas brightening up. so, quite a fine afternoon for many. plenty of sunshine for scotland and northern ireland and mild, 10 to maybe 1a degrees. that front clears away. underneath clear skies, it will turn a little bit cooler, in fact, but then this next area of low pressure will move in to bring wet and windy weather to northern and western areas. and those temperatures will range from around 2 or 3 across eastern areas, 7 or 8 in the west. now, this area of low pressure is here to stick around, i think, for much of tuesday and wednesday, and expecting to bring some very wet weather with this weather front, which will become almost stationary across the north and west of the country. lots of isobars on the charts, so it will be windy as well. dragging this air up, though, from the subtropical regions, which is why it�*s going to be extremely mild. so we start off dry. central, southern and eastern areas, it�*ll stay dry through the day, but lots of rain across scotland, northern ireland, perhaps north—west england, the north and west of wales, and gales up the irish sea coasts and in towards western scotland. despite the wet and windy weather here, it�*s going
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to be mild. double figure values for all, but we could see 1a or 15 across the south and the east given some brightness. it�*ll stay very wet and windy across the north and the west on wednesday, extremely mild across the south east, 17 or 18 celsius. and then there�*s signs of it calming down a little bit as we end the week and head—on into the weekend, as high pressure builds in. so, for this upcoming week, it�*s going to be very mild for a time, but wet and windy across northern and western areas, with the risk of localised flooding, and then signs of it drying up for many of us by the end of the week.
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this is bbc news with the latest business headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. lockdown lite — the uk prime minister will outline the government�*s plans for easing restrictions in england — but what certainty will it bring for business? we hear from the first banker to be jailed for rigging interest rates, who tells the bbc that fresh evidence will prove his conviction was unsafe. and outdoor swimming rides the waves of the pandemic, with 4 million brits taking to the seas to stay in—shape during the lockdown.


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