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this is the briefing. i'm david eades. our top story: europe wakes up to a big freeze: with parts of the continent struggling to cope with heavy snowfalls. hundreds of flights are cancelled. venezuela's three main opposition parties are told they can't field candidates at next year's presidential election. the children at risk online — a warning that too little is being done to protect young people from digital dangers. a new era for bitcoin — as futures trading in the digital currency opens in chicago, following a wild week in the value of the crypto currency. i'll be speaking to one expert who says the move is a step to legitimising the currency. a warm welcome to the programme — briefing you on all you need to know
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in global news, business and sport. and you can be part of the conversation. as we get the first big freeze this winter in europe, should we be marvelling at our winter wonderland, or raging at how the weather make our lives and our travel such a misery? tell us what you think — just use the hashtag bbc—the—briefing. will you get to work today? well, much of northern europe has been paying the price of snow blizzards, freezing temperatures as low as —10 celsius, and winds gusting up to 140 kilometres an hour, nearly 90 miles an hour. tens of thousands of air passengers were stranded over the weekend as airports were closed or flights diverted. sarah corker has the latest.
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heavy snow and seriously low temperatures have grounded hundreds of flight across northern europe. germany's busiest airport, frankfurt, was one of the worst affected. despite efforts to clear the runways and de—ice aircraft, 330 flights were cancelled, stranding hundreds of passengers. in france, 75 mph winds were the problem. this ferry ran aground in calais with 300 passengers on board. no one was hurt but it took many hours to get it floated and docked in blustery conditions. the small tugboats couldn't get it off. they were not powerful enough. and they sent a larger thai —— tugboat.
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powerful enough. and they sent a larger thai -- tugboat. the heaviest snowfall in four years, picture postcard views, but slow going on the road. in wales, up to 12 inches of snow. smaller communities were com pletely of snow. smaller communities were completely cut off and thousands of homes without power. there is a huge network, community feeling, a network, community feeling, a network of people willing to help. the main difficulty is getting to the main road. it is impossible. i think we will rely on tractors. this is by far the worst i have ever seen. it is probably the worst snow i have ever seen, to be honest. it is certainly about a foot deep and still coming in. and the gritters have been out in force, a round—the—clock operation to keep routes clear. hundreds of schools are closed and for some that means a day of snowmen and sledging. and the snowy scenes were repeated on the
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continent. this is utrecth in the netherlands, pointed by ethics layoffs know. it meant disruption on the roads and well raise. some services suspended. even in switzerland, a country used to heavy snow in the mountains, it was bumper—to—bumper. it made for perfect skiing conditions in northern italy. thousands hit the slopes with more snow than usual for this time of year. forecasters have warned temperatures are set to plummet, dropping to as low as —12 in some parts of europe. ice is a major risk. it is a winter wonderland for some. travel chaos for others. and good luck if you have to find your way to work. three main opposition parties in venezuela have been told they can't field presidential candidates at next year's election. president nicolas maduro said only the minor opposition parties that took part in sunday's local elections would be allowed to nominate candidates to be head of state. the ruling socialist party
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are on track to win more than 300 of the 335 mayorships. 0ur correspondent katy watson reports. mr maduro was defiant. the parties that had boycotted the elections could no longer participate in future votes. "they disappeared from the political map," he said. and today they have disappeared completely. party that has not participated today and called for the boycott of elections cannot participate any more. that is the criteria that the national constituent assembly has constitutionally and legally ruled andi constitutionally and legally ruled and i as head of state of constituted powers support them. the three biggest parties refused to participate in this weekend's elections because they said the electoral system was biased. this is mr maduro's way of retaliating. in this city, the government candidates looked
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confident. meeting supporters while former leader hugo chavez watched on. the government came out a winner this weekend, help of course by the opposition‘s boycott. but turnout across the country was low. people are disillusioned with politics here, those who did vote were divided. the day before the elections, we came across far bigger queues than we saw at the voting centre. this is a part of life that has become all too common for the people of venezuelans. these people are waiting for cooking gas, they have been here since 6am this morning, seven hours in the heat, and they are fed up. they haven't had any cooking gas for two months. for people here, politics is of little consequence. people start to block the road in protest. they will not let any traffic through until a gas van turns up. desperation gets the better of one man. but queue—jumpers
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are not welcome here. he is sent away. translation: we don't have cooking gas. is that fair, in an oil—rich country? we are the richest country in latin america. translation: for months, we have not had any food from the government. i will get in trouble for saying this, but i am venezuelan and i have needs like everybody else. the van arrives and the tension rises. with deliveries becoming more and more sporadic, there is too much at stake miss out. one by one the canisters are given out to relieve the families. venezuelans are fed up with politics. herded like cattle for hours on end just to get their hands on affordable food. these people wa nt on affordable food. these people want their lives back. the israeli prime minister will be in brussels today as he faces
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renewed pressure from european leaders. he's due at an informal breakfast with eu foreign ministers shortly. the talks come after mr neta nyahu's meeting with the french president on sunday. emmanuel macron called on him to freeze settlement building and to re—engage with the palestinians. thousands of firefighters in california are trying to halt wildfires which are moving nearer to santa barbara and other settlements along the coast. the thomas fire, as it's known, has become one of the largest in the state's history. it has destroyed nearly 800 houses and damaged an area greater than that of new york city. thousands of romanians have joined protests against reforms to the country's justice system. demonstrations have taken place every sunday for the past six weeks in bucharest and other cities. the governing social democrats hope to pass the changes by the end of the year. their critics say the plans will undermine romania's progress against corruption. france's conservative party, the republicans, have elected
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a new leader who's expected to take them further to the right. laurent wauquiez, who's 42, is a staunch roman catholic who sees himself as a champion of rural france and its traditional values. he won three quarters of the votes in a ballot of party members. six months after the grenfell tower disaster in london, survivors of that catastrophic fire are still calling for a more central role in the public inquiry. 71 people died in the disaster and the chairman of the inquiry sir martin moore—bick is preparing to begin two days of hearings to discuss how the inquiry will work. 0ur correspondent elaine dunkley has been spending time with the local community, to find out about the issues affecting them. grenfell tower is rarely out of sight or out of mind for the people of this community. families are in such a bad place.
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karim mussilhy lost his uncle, hesham rahman, who lived on the 23rd floor. uncle hesham was kind and generous. in my eyes and in my family's eyes, he was a hero. this should never have happened. these people never should have lost their lives that night in the way they did. so we are extremely determined. we will fight for as long as it takes to make sure that this never happens again, our loved ones are never forgotten, and, you know, the right changes are made. there have been funerals, inquests and now a public inquiry, people here demanding that they are on the panel. the time for reflection has been short. you know, the people that were out here helping have witnessed a lot. this group met for the first time on the night of the fire as they helped organise donations. they've remained friends, a bond formed in the most tragic of circumstances. this is the harrow club.
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for many children in the area, this place is at the centre of their lives. since the fire, it has become even more important. it's different when it's in your area and it actually affects you. many of the children here lost friends and their homes. we've been staying in a hotel for six months. before, i used to have a space where i could do my homework and everything could be nice and quiet. and i could have my own time. but now in the hotel, because i've got a lot of siblings and they are all young, they run around and you don't have your own personal space. 118 families are still in emergency accommodation. the royal borough of kensington and chelsea council says the process has been slow, but they are beginning to make progress. alison moses has been rehoused. here is where i have all my grandchildren and my baby stuff. and has also been reunited with a memory box found amongst the ashes of her flat in grenfell tower. she says families desperately need stability in order to rebuild their lives. they cannot grieve normally.
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that grieving probably won't even take place now until they have a home and they are somewhat settled. then grieving can start. people here fear that the world will move on and forget what happened. but this community is defiant and say they will continue to show strength in the shadow of this tragedy. elaine dunkley, bbc news. over the weekend, britain's brexit secretary david davis says the uk wants to secure a free—trade deal with no tariffs when it leaves the eu. he described it as "canada plus plus plus". what might that mean? it's a reference to the free trade deal struck between canada and the eu, but he also wants financial services included in the tariff—free area. jonathan charles is managing director for communication at the european bank for recononstruction and development. and joint fellow in crime in
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brussels, apart from working here, plus, plus, plus, what are all of these? these things are immensely difficult to negotiate. let's go back to remembering for seven years, that was the length of time it took to negotiate the agreement between canada and the eu, which we will —— will focus primarily on goods with some extras on top. that will make ita some extras on top. that will make it a little easier for professionals to move between countries. canada plus plus plus, many say it is dreaming the impossible dream, will also include everything in the single market or customs union, so he would like financial services involved in that in this search for close regulatory alignment, which the fullest possible alignment the government seems to have committed it to. committed itself to as part of leaving the eu, staying as close
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as possible to the current system. the difficulty with plus plus plus is the closer you get to the existing single market of customs union you will have other people on the other side, the eu to say that is for eu members, you can't have everything the eu members have, and that will be one big issue. we will get more on this with you as we review the weekend's views on brexit and the other stories. thank you very much for the moment. stay with us on the briefing. also on the programme: a day of big city derbys. if you don't already know, we will be telling you. john lennon was shot at the entrance to the dakota building, in the centre of new york. there's been a crowd here standing in more or less silent vigil. and the flowers have been piling up. the 14th ceasefire of this war ended at the walls of the old city of dubrovnik. this morning, witnesses said shells were landing every 20 seconds. people are celebrating the passing
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of a man they hold responsible for hundreds of deaths and oppression. elsewhere, people have been gathering to mourn his passing. imelda marcos, the widow of the former president of the philippines, has gone on trial in manila. she's facing seven charges of tax evasion. she pleaded not guilty. the prince and princess of wales are to separate. a statement from buckingham palace said the decision had been reached amicably. you're watching the briefing. 0ur headlines: venezuela's three main opposition parties are told they can't field candidates, at next year's presidential election. europe faces up to a big freeze: parts of the continent are struggling to cope
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with heavy snowfalls — hundreds of flights have been cancelled. the united nations‘ children's agency is urging global tech firms to implement further measures to protect young internet users. as the numbers of child web—users increase, unicef says efforts to secure their data and online identities need to be stepped up. every day 176,000 children go online for the first time — with 15— to 2a year—olds the most connected age group. worldwide, 71% of youngsters are online — compared with 48% of the total population. african youth are the least connected, with around three out of five youth offline — compared to just one in 25 in europe. the online world is dominated by english language websites — approximately 56% are in english. sexual abuse is a big concern. more than nine in ten child sexual abuse urls — or online addresses — identified globally are hosted
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in five countries — canada, france, the netherlands, the russian federation and the united states. here's laurence chandy, unicef‘s director of data, research and policy. well, unfortunately, the internet has become a one—stop shop for the sexual abuse of children. it's a place where children and customers of sexually explicit material can be recruited. it is where businesses can be organised. it's whether material can ultimately be advertised and distributed, and all with a high degree of anonymity. and all that means that the whole business of sexual exploitation of children has become more profitable and children are therefore increasingly at risk. there are some aspects of the web that support this, including the anonymous payment platforms and encrypted platforms by which the material can be spread. i believe that your viewers may be seeing some footage a former member of us
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military intelligence is helping fight one of the deadliest terror groups in africa. he's a pioneer in the us military‘s use of drones and now that expertise is now being used in somalia's fight against al shabaab, the al qaeda linked terror group. debora patta is in the somali capital of mogadishu with a look at the anti—terror strategy. the threat of an critic of all violence is ever present here. their reach is fast and they are one of the most organised and dangerous of the most organised and dangerous of the militant groups in africa. al shabaab no longer the militant groups in africa. al sha baab no longer controls the militant groups in africa. al shabaab no longer controls mogadishu that it has been able to wreak havoc with its relentless bombing campaigns. the vehicle bomb is their weapon of choice, like the one used with devastating effect on october
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14 with devastating effect on october 1a killing over 500 people in the capital. we have repeatedly been told that al—sha baab capital. we have repeatedly been told that al—shabaab has eyes and ea rs everywhere told that al—shabaab has eyes and ears everywhere and blend easily into local communities. a quiet street like this may not look menacing that it can turn nasty in an instant. a former military intelligence officer wants to change that. he has donated commercial drains to the somali police force and is using the in the fight against al—shabaab. and is using the in the fight against al-shabaab. when they go into different areas to clear they will fly the drones low—end in front to search for roadside bombs. another tactic is to plant one bomb and then as the first responders arrive, detonator second, and then as the first responders arrive, detonatorsecond, killing eve ryo ne arrive, detonatorsecond, killing everyone who has rushed to help. investigators will go out and fly our brains and make sure the area is safe for a first responder. —— fly the drones. al-shabaab continues to
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practise its bomb—making skills over and over again until they get it right. and in this footage, they test one of their bombs on an african peacekeeping convoy. drone technology could help thwart attacks like these. it is significant for counterterrorism, isn't it? imagine walking into a situation where you do not know with the people in a house or compound have weapons or explosives. if you can see from the air what you are walking into, that changes the game. al-shabaab's bombs are increasingly powerful and complex. this simple technology could provide a much—needed boost for the somali counterterrorism units. time now to catch up on all the sport. hello there — and welcome your monday sport briefing. i'm gavin ramjaun. and coming up today. the anticipation builds ahead of the champions league draw for the last 16.
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can anyone catch the unstoppable manchester city in the english premier league? and snow causes mayhem in the nfl! we're looking ahead — to the draw for the last 16 of the champions league which takes place in switzerland on monday. holders real madrid could face a tricky tie, after only finishing second in their group. they could face the likes of manchester united, paris st germain or roma. other european heavyweight likes juventus and bayern munich will also be sweating on potentially hazardous opponents. and we weren't expecting it, but this guy — shubankar sharma — will try to defend his lead at thejoburg open on monday. he's 22 under par, seven holes into his final round. play on sunday was called off with thunderstorms and heavy rain hitting south africa. sharma is four shots clear of his nearest rival. now — is the english premier league title race over? jose mourinho thinks it is after his manchester united side fell 11 points behind manchester city in december!
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united lost 2—1 in the manchester derby at old trafford as the top two met for the first time this season. so — we asked city's boss pep guardiola, if the trophy was signed, sealed and delivered already. impossible. of course you have 11 points. you are so happy. is just in december. we have a lot of things. it is important for our confidence, of course. probably yes, but, you know, i think every one of us, chelsea, tottenham, liverpool, arsenal, of us with the ambition that probably you feel it a bit damaged because of the distance to manchester city, but i think everyone is going to fight for the points every match until mathematically it is possible. that wasn't the only hotly contested derby in the premier league.
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the liverpool defenders and manager weren't too chuffed. after the referee awarded a late penalty to everton, in the merseyside derby. wayne rooney converted it for his first ever goal in the fixture as the match finished 1—all. and in spain's la liga — barcelona regained theirfive point lead at the top of the table — with two goals in the last 20 minutes at villarreal. luis suarez opened the scoring — after the home side were reduced to ten men. lionel messi doubled the advantage. the goal, messi's 525th for barca, putting him level with gerd muller, as the top scorer with one club in europe. barca's victory ends a third successive league game, without a win. and ronnie 0'sullivan has won the uk snooker championship. he beat shaun murphy in the final in york and made three centuries during the match. 10—5 the score, in what was a dominant performance from the man known as ‘the rocket'. the win equals the record of six uk titles — set by steve davis — and equals another one. 0'sullivan is also level with stephen hendry‘s 18
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‘triple crown' titles, of world, uk and masters events. spare a thought for all concerned in the nfl game between the buffalo bills and the indianapolis colts game. it was snowing so hard in buffalo, the crowd couldn't see the posts and the officials couldn't see the markings! but the home fans went home happy — if a little freezing cold — after the bills won 13—7 in overtime! the winner of the 2017 african footballer of the year — will be revealed live on bbc world news on monday. pierre emerick aubaumayang, mohammed salah, sadio mane, victor moses and naby kieta are all in the running. you can see our special results show live at 5:30 gmt on bbc world news — to find our who succeeds algeria's riyad mahrez as the winner. you can get all the latest sports news at our website — that's bbc.com/sport. but from me — gavin ramjaun — that's your monday sport briefing. now, whether you are enjoying the
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wintry weather or dreading the commute, that has been our conversation today we have had a few responses. 0ne respondent says it will definitely be a nightmare on the roads across herefordshire today as it has snowed for 2h hours. 30 plus centimetres of snow. andy says to let it snow, let it snow. a villa from mumbai says that they hardly see snow in their lifetime, this is a wonderland. canada send hugs um that was very nice as well. we will have more injust a moment. hello there.
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snow caused a lot of disruption. this is how things were looking in shropshire, captured by a weather watcher on a sunny afternoon. here are some of the snow depths we have seen. over a foot of snow. it has caused disruption and will continue to do so through monday morning. the main hazard will be ice. then the attention turns to this area of low pressure causing disruption over france. the northern edge of that will bring heavy rain, perhaps sleet and snow across the south—east of england as well. the winds also picking up. the south—east of england, there will be ice causing trouble first thing. during monday morning, for the rush hour, we are likely to see cold conditions without rain heading in to as the south—east of england, perhaps sleet and snow. away from this region, a dry start to the day. watch out for icy stretches on any untreated surfaces. plenty of sunshine, but very cold. minus double digits across parts of northern england, scotland.
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sunshine for southern scotland, into northern england. through the day on monday, there is rain, sleet, and so in the south—east will slowly ease towards the east. the wind easing as well. elsewhere it is dry out, but that temperatures will struggle to get much above freezing and freezing showers on exposed coasts and northern scotland and ireland. early hours of tuesday, and other cold night with a sharp frost. a lot of ice around. then temperatures could be as low as —12 degrees. freezing fog likely to cause some problems during tuesday morning. it could linger for much of the day. if you don't see the fog you will see sunshine. a fine, bright day, less windy by the time we get to tuesday. turning milder in the west later it in the evening. moving eastwards across the country into wednesday. things will turn a bit milder. bringing you spell of
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wet and windy weather followed by a sunny spells and scattered showers of rain would bat is rain and under mixed in. turning milder to 11 degrees. goodbye. this is business briefing. i'm david eades. a new era for bitcoin, as futures trading in the digital currency debuts in chicago following a wild week in the value of the crypto currency. talking tough over trade — the world trade organization calls for the international trade system to be strengthened in what's being seen a response to president trump's protectionist trade policies. and on the markets: let's have a quick look. they are not exactly buzzing. nonetheless, some signs from asia that they are still warming to indications of
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further global economic growth.
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