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officials in the us, canada and britain have indicated iran mistakenly fired missiles at the ukranian plane that crashed outside tehran on wednesday. president trump says the strike may have been a mistake. iran denies the claims. everyone on board was killed, including dozens of canadians. authorities in australia have warned nearly a quarter of a million people to evacuate their homes — or risk being trapped. temperatures are expected to shoot well above a0 degrees celsius and accompanied by strong winds, are expected to fan bushfires across the east coast. it's been confirmed to the bbc that meghan, the duchess of sussex has left the uk for canada. the news came as the queen summoned an urgent family conference to find a way to accommodate prince harry and meghan‘s wish to go it alone. the queen, prince charles and prince william have instructed their staff to find
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a solution within days. a young singerfrom brighton has topped the bbc‘s sound of 2020 — which aims to predict the biggest and brightest new stars in music. celeste, who's 25, follows in the footsteps of previous winners like adele, sam smith and ellie goulding. she was chosen by a panel of one hundred and seventy figures from the music industry. here's our entertainment correspondent, lizo mzimba. # it wouldn't move # what could i do...# the soulful sound of celeste. # i touch your head...# the young singer, raised in brighton, who's been named the bbc‘s sound of 2020. well, i can't wait now to see what the rest of the year looks like. i think you can never predict, even though sometimes you really want to, like look into a glass ball and see what's going to happen.
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but, no, i'm just like so thrilled and excited and, yeah, i can't wait. # i don't want to put on pressure when i'm talking to you...# she's already made appearances on shows like later with jools holland and now she's following in the footsteps of previous sound of winners, the likes of whom include ellie goulding, sam smith and adele. one of the most important things for me is that it will hopefully mean that more people hear my music and are aware that i'm making music. a confident live performer who played glastonbury‘s introducing stage in 2019, 2020 will bring different pressures. there's an element that, like, now there's a heightened expectation, potentially, that you really want to make sure you live up to it. but ultimately, like i said, it is encouraging. so, yeah, it's cool! the new year will bring new music,
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which she hopes willjustify the industry's faith in her. lizo mzimba, bbc news. # from strangers to friends, friends and lovers...# now it's time for the travel show. i'm paul carter, i'm a journalist and i have come here to tokyo to experience its culture, its sights and smells. like a lego cityscape, it doesn't look real. it's much bigger than i was expecting. a lot more, for want of a better word, gold. i have come as any other western tourist could come and do, but i have also come here as a disabled person, to experience all of those things through the eyes of someone who might have some difficulties getting over some of those problems, getting around. ifeel like i'm... ifeel like i'm done for the day already and i haven't even
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got anywhere yet. tokyo is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. and next year, it will play host to the olympics and paralympics. japan expects a record a0 million visitors in 2020, including many disabled travellers. so i want to find out how prepared its capital is to welcome an influx of foreign visitors, especially people like me. i was born without any lower arms or legs, as you can probably see i use short prosthetics to get around. so i'm just off to try and find something to eat. obviously it does pose some
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challenges, particularly with my height, and in terms of fatigue i can't walk very long distances. there is quite a big bar culture here in tokyo so it means that anywhere with high stools like this is actually out of bounds to me, as it would be to wheelchair users for example. i do have to be a little bit more picky. sometimes people see me and have a perception of who i am, and what i might be able to do and what my limitations are. and i don't always think that their perceptions necessarily meet my reality. can i have this one? 0h! 0k. is that 0k? success. we have a table. arigato. cutlery—wise, there is a selection of chopsticks, which for obvious reasons aren't much use to me, and some spoons. no forks, so i planned ahead and i have the japanese word
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forfork on my phone... so when my food comes i will see if they have any. otherwise it will be a job of improvising. ah, thank you, arigato. success! i have a fork. looks good! there are around 6 million people with disabilities in japan, and my goal over the next few days is to see what it is like for us to visit this city. we're off to the skytree. not really sure what to expect, looking forward to the view.
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it's a reasonably clear day so hopefully we'll be able to see something at least. i guess we'll find out when we get to the top. it is already looking busy inside. there are quite a few escalators to get up but that's not too bad. i'm quite lucky that i can use escalators all right, there are lifts here as well. the skytree is the world's tallest tower, and one of the country's most popular attractions. this is the mostjapanese thing i've seen since i've been here. hello kitty over here, people dressed up in all kinds of slightly weird outfits. hi, thank you very much. thank you. which way... this way. thank you. built in 2012, this modern icon stands at a whopping 634 metres high. announcer: the tokyo skytree
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temple deck, floor 350. oh, my earsjust popped. i am told it can withstand earthquakes up to 7.0 magnitude as well as handle some 10,000 visitors a day. whoa! that's amazing! looks like a lego cityscape, it doesn't look real. i think when you get up here it is just a sense of not only scale, of how massive this place is, but how densely populated it is, how everything is so tightly packed together. looks like a lego cityscape, it doesn't look real. i think when you get up here it is just a sense of not only scale, of how massive this place is, but how densely populated it is, how everything is so tightly packed together. i think usually on a clear day you are supposed to be able to see mount fuji in the distance, but i think the weather gods haven't smiled on us today.
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man and woman speaking injapanese this is actually like heaven for me, i have this game at home. i have seen all these original sketches, i was not expecting to see something like this here. oh my god, there's merchandise as well. take me away, before i spend all my money. me and tall things don't usually go together, to be honest with you, but it's actually nice to feel like i'm looking down on something for once. you can't come to the skytree tower and not have your photo taken. oh my god! laughs i've just realised there is a glass floor. 0h... that makes me feel a little bit sick. 0h... laughs i really don't like it! i love it! got my best side.
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sayonara! that was so cool. but you know, if you can cope with the crowds it is fairly easy to get around. could have done without the glass floor, to be honest with you, not the biggest fan of heights, didn't realise that was there, but no, absolutely cracking fun, really good place to come. but to be honest, i only had high expectations of tokyo, one of the most high—tech and futuristic capitals in the world. and uniquely, this city has been down this road before. newsreel: the world's biggest city, more than ten million population and still growing, tokyo prepares for the first olympic games to be held in the orient.
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a massive facelifting is but one part of the feverish activity in the japanese capital. back in 1964japan‘s capital became the first asian city to host the games, and the first city outside of europe to hold the paralympics. newsreel: speaks japanese. 378 paralympians representing 21 countries were greeted with an enthusiastic and heartfelt welcome to tokyo. helped by the star power of japan's then crown prince and princess, who were committed to raising awareness of disability in sport, the 1964 paralympics were hugely popular. some 5,000 spectators turned up to cheer on the athletes over the five—day competition. the 1964 championships and subsequent paralympic games put disabled people in the spotlight.
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but what is it like for people living here from day—to—day? i'm in the lively harajuku area, to meet an award—winning disability vlogger who has been documenting her journeys around japan. ah, yuriko, hi! i'm paul, nice to meet you! hi, nice to meet you! how are you? hi, i'm good! this is pretty busy. yes, so crowded. what is this place? i could tell. so you've made videos and provide information for disabled people, how did you start doing that, and why?
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200? wow! yuriko thinks the momentum of the paralympics here will change how japanese people interact with disabled people. what is it about the culture here around disability that makes things a bit difficult? why do you think that is, that people are shy to help?
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part of the success of the paralympics will hinge on people's experience of tokyo. with that in mind, the city has spent billions preparing for the event, which includes updating the infrastructure with lifts and escalators. i'm trying to find the entrance to shibuya station, which i'm told should be just up ahead. i'm told that the metro system is about 90% accessible. but... is this the entrance? is there a way to get in with an elevator? no elevator? there's no signs to say where the accessible route is. so i'm just going to have to brave the stairs, because i don't know where the elevator is.
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exit, toilets, information... i can find a lift. downstairs? ok, thank you. so, there isn't an elevator on this floor. so it's stairs again. shibuya station underwent a huge makeover in 2013. now sprawling over three levels, it's a bit of a struggle to navigate, especially with so many steps. there are lifts and escalators here but it takes me more than 20 minutes to actually find them. ok, this looks more like it. right, the first challenge is...
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the button which says international languages is too high for me to reach. could i buy a ticket? he's going to help me. at least, i think so. 0k. thank you! by the time i reached the platform on the lowest level, i was pretty tired. i have no idea if i'm actually in the right place but we'll soon find out. and it seems i'm not the only one. even locals are confused by the signage. how do you find it
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access—wise, the subway? but eventually, i reach my destination. ifeel like i'm done for the day already and i haven't even got anywhere yet. we made it. to a side street. oh well, we sort of got there.
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it's just over 500 days in the countdown to the paralympics. but post—games, japan wants to show the world a society that is inclusive for all. i was curious to find out how tokyo's historic monuments measure up for accessibility. sensoji is tokyo's oldest and most famous temple, originally built in the 7th century. hey, josh. hello. good to meet you. good to meet you too. so this is sensoji temple? it is, yeah. want to show me the sights? let's go. canadian—born josh has lived here for a decade and runs a website offering advice to disabled visitors. i don't know where to look first. sights everywhere. yeah, there is. the building's not original. i was going to say, it doesn't look 1,400 years old. i think one of the things that's most impressive about this place is that they've done it a lot
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to make it wheelchair accessible, but they have done it in a way that doesn't affect the feeling of the place. that is the lift, the elevator? yeah, it's well hidden, a lot of people didn't know where it was. they had to put a sign on it. as we enter the main pagoda, i begin to absorb some of the ancient traditions of japanese buddhist culture. so, what's happening over here? they‘ re making prayers. the first thing that strikes me about this is the scale of it. it's much bigger than i was expecting and it's a lot more, for want of a better word, gold. yes, it is! everyone here seems very deferential. there is quite a sense of reverence here. yeah, it is very important to people in japan. in the past 10 years, 11 years, since you have been here, have you seen things change? yeah, for sure. for example, along with the infrastructure improvements, i think people's attitudes have begun to change a lot more. before, there would be barely anybody else out in a wheelchair.
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you did get strange looks and stuff like that. people are able to go out more often so they're going out more often, and because about people around them are getting more used to, you know, different colours of society. and with the olympics coming up soon, i think it's getting even better. tokyo 2020 will be the first games where sponsors are mandated to acquire rights for both the olympics and paralympics. advertisers have been asked to feature paralympic athletes just as prominently as olympians in their advertising campaigns. i meet one of the paralympics‘ organising committee, who has been taking part in the drive to raise awareness, including talks and demonstrations at hundreds of schools and businesses.
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and organisation of the paralympics has highlighted another important reason why it is vital that the games provide a long—lasting legacy.
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around 5% of the population of japan is registered disabled, and this figure is set to rise. yet i've not seen or noticed as many people with disabilities here as i have another major cities around the world. i'm off to an event when nondisabled people actually get to experience a bit of what life is like for people like us. so, tell me a little bit about what's going on here? we have our para—sports awareness event, we have a lot of different para—sports.
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you can try out anything you want. it's hoped that events like this will not only educate the public on how to behave around people with disabilities, but actually change society. i have a physical impairment, but i'm not a special person. para—sports as a whole, they can change society. the pa ralympics has the power to change society. it has been changing little by little, and in the next three years, we are going to change our society very fast. it all looks very great. i can see the wheelchair basketball happening over there. would you like to try some? go on, then. let's give it a crack. this is the worst thing i've ever done in my life. take it easy on me. are you ready? 0k! i don't think so, but ok. be nice to me, please.
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nice! thank you. that was genuinely terrifying. how was it? you're sweating a lot. that was really scary! look at it, it's quite refreshing to see so many people engaging with the events, with the trials. i was a little bit cynical about this, coming into it, people doing para—sports, sometimes it's a bit naff. actually, you know what? people were really engaging with it. and if that is what it takes to expose people to this kind of sport and engage with people with disability i guess it's only a good thing.
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i think coming here and surviving for as long as i have in finding my way around has been an achievement for me. disability—wise i've found that maybe people were perhaps a little bit reticent to offer assistance, but perhaps it was a shyness in offering to want to help, i think is the issue. everyone connected with disability is really super—aware of the fact that they still can improve and want to get better, and they are really trying to get better, and with the paralympics coming here it has almost given them a catalyst to sort of make that change sooner, and greater than perhaps they would have done otherwise.
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hello there. it looks dry, with sunshine across much of the country on friday. we have seen some heavier rain for central and eastern england earlier on, but that's continuing to push away, together with that weather front. before this one arrives in from the atlantic, that ridge of high pressure means skies are clearing. it will be chilly start to friday, noticeably colder than we've seen for a while across much of england and wales, with a frost more likely further north. but some sunshine to start the day. one or two early showers in western parts of wales, into western scotland, maybe into east anglia, but those won't last long, and we'll see plenty of sunshine. it will tend to cloud over more in the north—west as the winds pick up through the day, that rain holding off until hopefully after dark. ahead of that 6—9 degrees —
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cooler than of late in southern england and wales — but a pleasant day in the sunshine. as we head into the night, we see that weather front making further inroads into scotland and northern ireland, bringing with it some outbreaks of rain. at the same time, the winds will pick up in many areas and we will draw our air all the way from the azores again, so turning milder, i think, for the start of the weekend. windy, strong to maybe gale force winds. still rain in scotland, northern ireland, maybe cumbria. wettest over the hills, drier to the east of high ground. eastern parts of england seeing the best of the sunshine here. strong and gusty winds quite widely, perhaps easing off in the north—west later on as the rain starts to clear and temperatures drop away. ahead of that, we're looking at 11—13 degrees. very mild once again. now, that weather front will eventually take that rain across the whole of the country
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on saturday night, and then we'll introduce this showery air stream coming in from the atlantic, and that will bring in with it some cooler air as well. not too cold to start the second half of the weekend because there'll be a fair bit of around. we've still got temperatures perhaps in double figures across the south—east. colder air in scotland certainly. we've still rain to clear from south—eastern england first thing on sunday, and then a fair bit of and showers coming in, even pushing eastwards across england and wales. that's the morning. in the afternoon, most of those have gone. the showers restricted more towards the north—west of scotland, where it is quite a bit colder. temperatures 5—6 again and potentially double figures in the south—east in the sunshine. as we head into next week, well, we've still got a strong jetstream pushing right away across the atlantic, picking up these areas of low pressure. you can see a lot of isobars on the chart as well. it is going to windy still into next week, which means it's likely to be mild, although there will be rain at times.
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