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welcome to bbc news — i'm lewis vaughan james. our top stories: china confirms another 15 deaths from the respiratory coronavirus as the first cases in europe are confirmed. at least 1a people are dead after a powerful earthquake strikes eastern turkey. the search for survivors continues. hello and welcome to bbc news. china is celebrating the lunar new year holiday, but the festive spirit is being dampened by drastic measures to prevent the spread of the virus that has reportedly killed up to 41 people, and infected almost 1300.
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the first cases in europe have been confirmed in france. fergus walsh reports. ten days from now, on this waste ground in wuhan will be a brand—new hospital. the extraordinary pace of building — a sign of how seriously china is taking the threat from the new coronavirus. the prefabricated building will have 1000 beds. it is urgently needed because hospitals in wuhan are overwhelmed with potential cases. the symptoms include cough, fever and breathing problems. a dozen cities have now been quarantined, affecting more than 30 million people. as you see, nobody here, it is absolutely empty. this should be the busiest time of year for travel and for hotels, but this one in wuhan is deserted. in downing street, borisjohnson hosted a reception to mark chinese new year.
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the government's emergency cobra committee also met to discuss the risk to the uk, which is considered low. we think that there's a fair chance we may get some cases over time. of course, this depends on whether this continues for a long time, but i think we should definitely see this as a marathon, not a sprint. there are still some key unknowns about this virus. how contagious is it? early case reports from china suggest people with no symptoms may be able to spread the virus. how deadly is it? so far, around one in four confirmed cases is severe, and most of those recover. it seems less deadly than sars, which killed nearly 800 people worldwide. and what is the source? we're confident the virus jumped from animals to humans,
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but until the source is pinpointed — perhaps bats or snakes — there is a risk of completely new infections. this is the first image of the coronavirus. work is already under way to develop a vaccine. we can, potentially, move from years to up to 16 weeks to get a vaccine developed and for very early clinical testing, as long as all goes well. for now, the world can only wait and see what impact china's control measures will have on the spread of this virus. fergus walsh, bbc news. let's get some of the day's other news. day four of donald trump's impeachment trial in the us senate is well underway. democrat prosecutors argue that the president should be removed from office for abuse of power and for obstructing congress. they say he's used foreign policy for his own personal, political gain.
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mr trump has dismissed the trial as boring. police in germany say they're waiting to question a man who shot dead six members of his own family, including his parents. two other relatives were in injured in the attack, which took place in the town of rot am see in the south west of the country. protesters have been marching again in paris where french unions are striking against the government's pension reforms. they're rallying against president macron‘s plans to replace france's 42 separate pension regimes with a universal points—based system. the unions have threatened to continue protesting for months to come in an attempt to stop the proposed changes. the spanish prime minister, pedro sanchez, has been holding an emergency meeting to discuss the government's response to storm gloria. thirteen people have died and at least four others are still missing after heavy rain, snow and flooding affected the east of the country. at least 1a people have died
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in a powerful earthquake in eastern turkey. emergency workers are searching for dozens of people who are trapped under the rubble. gareth barlow has more details. rescuers carry sui’vivoi’s out from the rubble. the 6.8 magnitude quake sent buildings crashing to the ground and residents rushing into the streets. more than 30 people are feared trapped and more than 500 people have been reported injured. the exact moment the earthquake struck, captured live on turkish tv. amid the inky darkness, among ruined buildings, screams rang out as more than 400 rescue teams rushed to help survivors. dozens of after—shocks followed the main tremor, which was also felt in neighbouring syria, lebanon and iran. the region, 550 kilometres east of the capital ankara, is remote and sparsely populated
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so the true extent of the damage and fatalities could be slow to emerge. turkey lies on major fault lines and is prone to frequent earthquakes — around 17,000 people died in a massive quake in 1999. gareth barlow, bbc news. the newly unveiled logo for us president donald trump's space force appears to have boldly gone where star trek went before. twitter users noted that the emblem, revealed by the president, bears an uncanny likeness to the insignia from the cult sci—fi tv series. plenty sci—fi tv series. more on our website. britain's foreign secretary dominic raab has described america's refusal to extradite a woman charged with causing a british teenager's death as "a denial ofjustice". harry dunn died after his motorbike collided with a car being driven
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on the wrong side of the road by anne sacoolas last august. duncan kennedy's report contains some flash photography. it was last august harry dunn died here and today, the scene was still framed by the caring tributes of those who loved him. anne sacoolas, pictured on her wedding day, is the american woman who's been charged with causing harry's death by dangerous driving. she had left this nearby american intelligence base moments before the collision, but two weeks later, left britain, claiming diplomatic immunity. now the united states has refused to send her back, something harry's mum says is difficult to accept. itjust gives us more determination to carry on. it's just another hurdle. we've come across lots of them since the 11th of october and it's just another one that we will get over, eventually. this is just a setback, not the end? absolutely. the decision to block the extradition of anne sacoolas was taken by mike pompeo, the american secretary of state, who insisted mrs sacoolas
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was covered by diplomatic immunity at the time of the accident. it's now nearly five months since harry died here and his parents had been expecting that it would be for the american courts to decide whether to extradite anne sacoolas. now that the american government has stepped in, they do see that as a setback, but say their fight will go on. tonight, the dunns‘ local mp, the business secretary andrea leadsom, said the family had the full support of borisjohnson in theircampaign. the prime minister is very much on the side of the family in their desire to see justice done for harry and all of us in government are working towards that end. harry's family say they have had to set aside their grieving to pursue this cause and insist they won't be silenced. duncan kennedy, bbc news.
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a coronor has ruled that the death of a baby boy a week after he was delivered at a hospital in kent was wholly avoidable. harry richford died at the queen elizabeth the queen mother hospital in margate in 2017. the trust say they wholeheartedly apologise for the failings in harry's care. it comes after the bbc revealed on thursday that there have been at least seven preventable baby deaths at the east kent nhs trust. with more, here's our social affairs correspondent michael buchanan. a warning — his report contains flashing images. we didn't get to hold harry until the day that he died. i'm so glad we got to spend those seven days with him and see him. it means he was a real, living human being for those seven days and that means everything to us. tom and sarah should have their toddler son buzzing around them on their seaside walk. but a catalogue of maternity failures robbed the young couple of harry within days of his birth.
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if harry had brain damage similar to what he had when he died and he was under my care during those seven days, i would be held accountable for that. but nobody has at the hospital. it all went wrong on this maternity unit over a two—hour period one november night. first, a locum doctor, described as out of his depth, delayed delivering the baby. the coroner said he should never have been in charge that evening. he never had his cv checked by a consultant, as was the process. it doesn't feel like a very safe culture or a safe environment, if that's the case. harry was born pale and floppy, but he would have survived and been healthy if a paediatrician hadn't failed for 28 minutes to properly resuscitate him. everyone in theatre was panicking. the anaesthetist came up to me and said to me, "i'm going to put you under general anaesthetic," and i was glad that he was going to do that because i didn't want to be in that
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room any more. i've had to live with that for a long time because it meant that tom had to leave the room having seen harry being resuscitated because it was not a nice atmosphere to be in and it was panicked. it didn't feel like anybody was really in control. gravely ill, harry was transferred to a nearby intensive care unit, but he never recovered, and his parents were advised to turn off his life—support system. it was the worst week in our life in some respects, because you don't want to make that decision for your baby, but at the same time, you don't want your baby to grow up not having a good quality of life. east kent hospitals trust today apologised for the care it provided. they didn't address, however, why they'd initially recorded harry's death as "expected" and had refused for months to tell the coroner of his case. both decisions would have meant they faced less scrutiny over the care they had provided. but they didn't account for the determination of harry's family to get to the truth.
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now personally vindicated, their focus today was to ensure other families don't suffer as they have. we don't want this to be like all of the prior cases which we heard about yesterday when the news broke. there were a number of cases which the bbc investigated and they found out all of those cases, had they learned from those cases, we wouldn't be stood here today because harry would still be alive and well. the prince of wales has called for ‘unity and tolerance‘ among different faiths on his first formal visit to the occupied palestinian territories. during a speech in bethlehem, prince charles said he would pray for "a just and lasting peace" in the middle east. he has also held talks with the palestinian president mahmood abbas. 0ur royal correspondentjonny dymond has this report. a palestinian welcome for the prince. this is his first time he's set
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foot in the occupied palestinian territories. charles, he wrote, first in english and then in arabic. a diplomatically delicate day started at the only mosque in the old city. a short and somewhat chaotic walk through the old city. after the mosque will come the church of the nativity, and it's the proximity of the two that brings charles here — part of his decades—long effort to bring faiths together. inside one of christianity‘s holiest places, a chance to see the spot where christians believejesus was born, and to hear first—hand of the struggle of christians in the middle east. we are doing our best to survive, to fight against every difficulty at this situation. more meetings, more greetings, and a time to express his concern for the challenges palestinians face. the prince and the palestinian president spoke for 45 minutes and he spoke directly to the situation of the palestinians under israeli
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occupation. it is my wish for the future that there will be freedom, justice and equality for palestinians, enabling you to thrive and prosper. and on this first official visit to the region, a personal moment. a visit to his grandmother's gray. princess al—assad asked to be buried on the mount of olives overlooking the holy city. and today, prince charles paid his respects. jonny dymond, bbc news, bethlehem. this is bbc news, the headlines... a massive campaign is under way to try to stop the spread of a new virus in china, as the first cases in europe are confirmed. and on day four of donald trump's impeachment trial democrat prosecutors are wrapping up their case against the president. joseph mccann, one of the country's most dangerous sex offenders, was jailed last month for at least 30 years for kidnapping and raping women and children last summer.
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after he was caught, it emerged that he should have still been in prison for previous violent offences. now, the first of his victims to speak publicly has told the bbc that she's never received an official apology, and that senior figures should be held to account for probation failings. she's been speaking to our home affairs correspondent, june kelly. held captive in this car is the first of the women joseph mccann kidnapped and raped. in the fortnight that followed, he targeted another ten victims. the youngest, boy of 11. the eldest, a woman of 71 who has now spoken to us. he said, "i've got a knife. "i've killed somebody this morning". like all rape victims, she has anonymity, but in this first interview by any of mccann‘s victims, she describes how he abducted her as she got into her car. i shouted "get out of my car!",
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and he punched me in the face and he said "i'm sorry, i'm sorry", and he shouted at me, "i wouldn't want to do that, i've got a grandma." mccann was already wanted for attacks in watford, london in lancashire when he turned up at this supermarket in greater manchester, hunting for his next victim. and it was in the car park that he punched and abducted the grandmother. he forced her to drive onto the motorway. she was kept a prisoner in her own car for four and half hours. mccann stopped the car and raped her. he also kidnapped a 13—year—old girl off the street, forced her into the car with them and sexually assaulted her. the older victim took her chance when mccann fell asleep. she pulled off into a service station. i was working out all the time i was driving, how am i going to get out of this situation? and i knew i wouldn't outrun him, and i knew i had to get to where there would be
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a lot of people. so i drove right up to a group of people, just got out and ran towards them and said i've been abducted. the little girl got out as well, and he ran after me and wrenched the keys out of my hand and drove off in the car. joseph mccann was eventually found hours later, hiding up a tree. it emerged, that at the time he was roaming around the country raping women and children, he should've been in prison. a man with a history of violence, he had wrongly released. joseph mccann‘s case represents a catastrophic failure by the criminaljustice system. but this victim says there's one thing she hasn't received. have you ever had an apology? i've never had an apology. it would've been nice to have had something a bit more personal, i think. for somebody to come and see me or send a letter or something, just something that recognises the victims, really, i suppose, yeah. hello? following mccann‘s mistaken release,
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two probation staff were sacked, one demoted. but all those who suffered at the hands of mccann have paid the price for a system in crisis, according to this victim. it's always the front—line workers who get disciplined, and that probation office was understaffed, it had low morale, and that was because of the changes that have been brought in by grayling. that's chris grayling ? chris grayling. who brought... who privatised part of the probation service, and i think people who made those decisions at high levels should be brought to account. in response, chris grayling, the formerjustice secretary, who was responsible for the part privatisation stressed that mccann was under the supervision of the national probation service, which remained in the public sector, and wasn't part of any privatisation programme. he said the problems in this case were down to the operational failure of a small number of staff. when it comes to the lack of an apology, the ministry ofjustice says it recently began
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making contact with the victims. i'm doing this interview because i know a lot of the victims are not in any state to do it. fortunately, i am. i'm older. i've had a good life, and i'm not letting it ruin my life. they are all young women and children, they have got that for the rest of their lives. 0ne ofjoseph mccann‘s victims ending that report by our home affairs correspondentjune kelly. just want to bring you some breaking news on our top story, the corona virus spreading from china out through the rest of the world and we are saying details are coming to all the time and we have details from australia and they are confirming their first case of the virus, that coming from health officials in victoria in the last few hours, france has confirmed two cases and in china itself, the latest details from their have confirmed 41 people
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are dead and confirmed cases, according to the state media, now 1287. as these details continue to come in, we will bring them to you. the former deputy first minister of northern ireland, seamus mallon, has died at the age of 83. he was one of the most influential figures in the peace process and was the first person to hold the post of deputy first minister in the power—sharing devolved government set up after the good friday agreement. 0ur ireland correspondent chris page looks back at his life. i congratulate both of you on being elected. first, first minister in northern ireland and first deputy first minister for northern ireland. applause. seamus mallon‘s place in history is assured, as the first irish nationalist to be joint head of the power—sharing devolved government at stormont. he became deputy first minister weeks after he helped to negotiate the good friday peace agreement, along with his party leader, john hume. the teacher from county armagh
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became involved in politics during a campaign for civil rights in the late 1960s. in 1986, he won a seat in the house of commons, which he held for almost two decades. but it was his work back at home which he most valued. his consistent condemnation of violence and his persistence in persuading people away from it, earned him international respect. 0nly last year he was still speaking out to encourage reconciliation. if we have the courage and the desire for two communities to live together in a palatable way, if we want that, we can we can get it. it's going to be tough, it's going to require a lot of goodwill and hope. but if we haven't got hope, you've nothing. tony blair's described seamus mallon
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as one of the most important architects of peace. 0ccasionally fierce, but always wise. there have been tributes from politicians across the island of ireland to a man who was massively influential in ending the most complex of conflicts. chris page, bbc news, belfast. huge swarms of locusts, like something out of the old testament, have been sweeping through large parts of east africa, destroying crops, and threatening the food security of the region. one of the worst affected countries is kenya, which last dealt with a plague of locusts on this scale half a century ago. 0ur senior africa correspondent anne soy reports. from a distance, it looks like northern kenyan is burning. but these are swarms of desert locusts, spreading like wildfire across the horn of africa. just one swarm can have more than 200 million insects. these are tiny creatures
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flying above me. they look harmless, but if you can see, hundreds of millions of them are flying at the same time, the amount of destruction they can cause is unimaginable. this man tells me this is the second invasion of locusts he has witnessed in about 60 years. this time, he has lost nearly all his maize and bean crops. translation: it is painful, we had no rain for several years. when it did finally rain last year, we were so happy. but then these insects have come and destroyed our crop. we have incurred large losses. he says he brought dozens of people here to help ward off the invasion. elsewhere, gunshots, tear gas and whistles. people and governments across the region are desperate to save plants from being devoured.
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conservation groups are helping track the movement of the swarms. the kenyan and ethiopian governments are using aerial spraying to try to kill the insects, but with little success. a region devastated by years of drought, seem to have recovered when it received unusually heavy rains. but that has now brought this misery, leaving communities on the edge. anne soy, bbc news. millions around the world will tune in to the grammy awards this sunday. as the recording academy grapples with how to reflect the diversity of the music industry — we turn to the relationship between race and country music. in 2018, rapper lil nas x released his hit single, old town road. billboard removed the song from its country charts, at first, saying it wasn't "country enough". some critics said race was a factor.
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cathy mcclay has been to nashville, the heart of country music, to find out more. country music is giving an opportunity for you to tell a story. when you think about country music, you probably don't picture people likejimmie. you probably don't picture people like jimmie. in a room full of country artists, there would be about two or three other people that look like me. i was excited and sad to be the first. number one in country, just because of the year. it is 2020, 2019 at the time and country stemmed from a black chart. 0utside country stemmed from a black chart. outside the country music hall of fame, one of the well‘s extensive music collections, but only two of
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the artists here are black. those inductees were inducted into thousand in the first country black star who was inducted in 2005. while this part of country music history has usually been concealed, now more people are paying attention. country music itself is born in as much african—american history in what we think as white, rural southern history. documentary maker, ken burns looks at the roots of country music. rhiannon is one of the artist featured in the documentary and she has spent her career working to make sure those routes are not forgotten. the banjo became a well— known plantation instruments, 100 years of its existence, it was known as a black instrument. how did it get into the white community? in the 18405, entertainers looked at the
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banjo and they went, that is pretty cool. it is one of the first instruments 100 years before rock and roll. the reason we're not talking about it is because it was for the blackface as part of the minstrel show. the industry still has a long way to go in the area of diversity. for me, it is all about representation. if country is the route you want to take, come on in, there is plenty of room for everybody. that is it for me, get me any time on twitter. i am lewis vaughan—jones and you are watching bbc news. time for the weather. high pressure might have kept the uk drive for the first half of the week but the second half has been misty and murky. changes on the way with
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rain spreading east across the uk on sunday and after that colder, but when she showers in places as well. this is what is happening, high pressure is on the way out during saturday and by sunday, this weather front sweeps east with the rain and it is behind that we pick up the breeze, bring back some sunshine but bring some showers in that will give some snow in places, particularly sunday night into monday morning. for the start of the weekend, on saturday morning, a chilly side towards the far south of england, may be a hint of frost in the cold est may be a hint of frost in the coldest spots, but most are frost free, cloud, damp and drizzly and misty and murky in places. something brighter migrates north woods across england and wales in the day, but behind that thick cloud comes back with patchy rain and drizzle and we could see that towards parts of northern ireland and in the west of scotland. windy towards north—west scotland, rainbow persistent in the western isles to end the day and thatis western isles to end the day and that is the weather front resort
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area. this is the rain pushing into northern ireland overnight and into sunday morning and into western scotla nd sunday morning and into western scotland as well. another frost free start to the day on sunday. sunday is all about the rain moving east, but also the change, colder conditions following on behind. a marked change in colour showing up, thatis marked change in colour showing up, that is the colder air moving in and it is within that there will be brighter skies for early next week but also the showers and a chance of seeing some but also the showers and a chance of seeing some snow but also the showers and a chance of seeing some snow showers in places. as we go on to sunday, we will see the rain pushing east to all areas, clearing quickly from northern ireland, later in the day reaching the far south—east of england. brighten up the time the rain towards western parts of england and wales but the bus of the sunshine will be northern ireland and scotla nd will be northern ireland and scotland but there may be the odd shower behind. the colder feel two things once the rain has moved through. windy day across the board as well. the rain clears overnight, but this system comes in on monday
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morning and there's a chance northern ireland, another ireland and a specially now, seeing snow to relatively low levels on monday. don't get caught out by the ice. 0n monday, for the showers coming in towards the south and west commentary on hills and in the north and another breezy day. it will be a colder start to next week and then by the end of the week it is turning milder again. this is bbc news. the headlines: as the lunar new year begins, china has launched a massive campaign to try to stop the spread of the virus that has reportedly killed up to 41 people. the virus has also spread to europe. three cases have been confirmed in france. a powerful earthquake has struck eastern turkey, killing at least 14 people and damaging buildings near the epicenter of the tremor. at least 30 people are believed to be trapped under the rubble.


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