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this is bbc news, i'm ben brown. the headlines... leaders of the arts in britain welcome a government rescue package worth one and a half billion pounds — aimed at saving theatres, galleries and museums, ravaged by the lockdown. the team gb sprinter, bianca williams, considers legal action against the metropolitan police after accusing officers who stopped and searched her and her partner of "racial profiling". i've never been in that situation before, and to be in that front line along with my son, it wasjust... it wasjust awful. ricardo has kind of beenin wasjust awful. ricardo has kind of been in the situation before and is sadly use to it. china warns the uk not to treat it as an enemy — it comes as the british government re—considers a decision to let huawei be part of the sg roll—out.
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the uk is to put sanctions on dozens of individuals and groups accused of human rights abuses around the world — including those involved in the murders of russian lawyer sergei magnitsky and saudi journalist jamal khashoggi. and i hope this house, and this country makes it crystal clear to those that abuse their power to inflict unimaginable suffering, we will not look the other way, you cannot set foot in this country, and we will seize your blood drenched ill—gotten gains if you try. lockdown restrictions continue to be eased around the uk — beer gardens reopen in scotland, in wales the five mile travel restriction is lifted — and in northern ireland nail bars and tattoo parlours can reopen. good, bad, ugly theme and ennio morricone — one of hollywood's greatest film score composers — dies at the age of 91.
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leaders of the arts have given a warm welcome to a government rescue package worth more than one and a half billion pounds. british theatres, galleries and museums have been ravaged by the coronavirus lockdown. the money will come in the form of grants and loans, and will also go to independent cinemas, heritage sites and music venuues. but the culture secretary oliver dowden has already admitted not everyjob can be saved. here's our arts editor will gompertz. theatres, music venues, cinemas and museums across the country have been brought to their knees by the covid—19 pandemic, with many saying they will be bankrupt within weeks
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without emergency government support. that arrived today with oliver dowden, the culture secretary, announcing a £1.57 billion rescue package for the culture and heritage sector. we had set out these clear criteria to protect the so—called crown jewels, the things that really define us as a nation nationally and internationally, but secondly, and just as important to me and the government, protecting there was little local venues, whether that is the theatre or the gallery which is often the only place people can go to to access culture, it is just as important to protect that. the announcement has been warmly welcomed by many arts leaders, who say they can now see a way for their organisations to survive — at least until the spring. of the total amount, £270 million will be made available as loans, with the rest, the vast majority, coming in the form of grants. watching over the last few months
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the industry crumble, at the point we didn't think we were going to get any funding, it was really very, very frightening for me, for everybody in the industry, because you don't know where to go next, and if you think, oh, this is the career i love, this is what i am passionate about, if it is going to stop, completely out of your control, you know, it is a horrible thing, so the news last night is just extremely amazing. as ever, the devil is likely to be in the detail. the government has not specified how the money will be divided, nor how the application process will work. there are likely to be many winners, but the money has come too late for some venues that have already been forced to close, while others only just clinging on to the hope of a post—pandemic return.
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tom kiehl is the acting ceo of uk music — an british umbrella organisation which represents the collective interests of the production side of uk's commercial music industry. in a joint letter to the uk government, which was signed by 1,500 artists — including ed sheeran, the rolling stones, dua lipa and sir paul mccartney — uk music called for urgent action. good afternoon. this is an incredibly welcome breakthrough, 1.5 billion is an unprecedented package of support. what we need now is to ensure that the entirety of the music industry stands to benefit from these measures. music venues have been under threat, the first bits of the economy to get impacted by this and could be one of the last out. we need to ensure as broad as possible the individual creators can
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be supported. although this is a lot of money it's already too late for some venues? it will be a step in the right direction certainly. we've been talking about this for a number of weeks about the a poor initials coming in time for some, and we need to ensure that for large and small venues can have the necessary measures to function into the new year. do you know how the scheme will work, if you are a music venue do you have to apply for this money and just hope you will get it?|j think the details are still being delivered on that. there's concern in the music industry and sector that does not normally going to cultural or public funding for that matter and is concerned about making sure that were not discriminating or going against the disadvantaged by the application process or anything like that. give us an idea of what it's like in the music industry at
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the moment, it's pretty much all on its knees? the festivals have been cancelled, can't go to concerts or we have no idea when counsellors will resume. we estimate around 900 million will be lost for the music industry. we are entering a period 110w industry. we are entering a period now where it's the festival season, busiest time for the air for the sector in many respects, but that's not happening. very bleak situation and also we don't have a day when we can reactivate unlike other elements of the economy. other elements last week opening we don't have that security yet, so this package is very well—timed in order to support us very well—timed in order to support us at the moment. we had this letter let people like liam gallagher and sir paul mccartney, quite a roll call of stars. issues were industry can do when they come together. that's the individual creators voices. they need to stand to benefit from this. music venues provide an important means for
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people to nurture their talent and grow audiences, and if they can't do that there is not the infrastructure there in place, and their support has been announced and they should support that greatly. is a big stars obviously and she was saying that she worked her way up through the industry through very small venues. and that is crucial. because music is such an important british export financially this country needs music. that's right. we definitely wa nt to music. that's right. we definitely want to continue to develop the talent pipeline for there were sector. at music venues close down, if companies start to go bust and they won't have those opportunities, we will be able to not create the new ed a sheerin of tomorrow. we need to have that in the context. it's been devastating for the industry, but are you optimistic that it can bounce back cover of the
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british music industry?” that it can bounce back cover of the british music industry? i think the appetite and passion for music is going undiminished. people love music and like they experience. you are desperate to go back to concerts, but we need to work with public health england and the government to come up with that kind of concrete measures and putting in place the steps necessary to ensure that we can get back to work as quickly and practically as possible. it is hard, isn't it? a rock concert you've got of course by definition people very close together. if it's going to be any fun. and with social distancing that's pretty much impossible. there's some interesting ideas discussed in the industry at the moment. things like test and trace up and running in a way that will work for the sector, there are some actually very creative solutions that can be developed. that we are talking to the government about that and how that can be taken forward. it's possible to get to a point where the two can kind of coexist. let's hope so.
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really good to talk to you. thank you. the department for health and social care has released the latest covid—19 figures for the uk. in the last 2a hour period — a further 16 people have died across all settings. and as of 9am this morning a further 352 people have tested positive for covid—19 after nearly 140,000 new tests were either processed or sent out. the leading british athlete, bianca williams, has accused the metropolitan police of "racial profiling" after she and her partner were stopped, ordered out of their car — and searched in north—west london. the force has defended the actions of its officers. our sports news correspondent laura scott reports. british sprinter bianca williams and her partner, ricardo dos santos, are preparing for the tokyo 2020 olympics and were driving home from training on saturday afternoon with their
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three—month—old son in the car. what? but they were flagged down police, and when they stopped outside the home, they were handcuffed. wait, wait, wait, he didn't do anything. officers said they were searching the car for weapons and drugs. they let them go after 45 minutes after finding nothing. the incident has left them angry unshaken. i've never been in that situation before, and to be on that front line along with my son, it was just awful. ricardo has kind of been in the situation before and is sadly used to it, which is such a shame. it is unfortunate. i would say it is my normal. it's horrible to say, but it's normal. in 2017, the couple bought a mercedes and bmw and say there has been a rise in the number of times they have been stopped since. because it fits the criteria of the cars that are normally involved with certain activities, a drug user, a drug
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seller, doing whatever, and ifit the profile, i guess. their coach, former olympic champion linford christie, has accused the police of institutional racism and an abuse of power. the metropolitan police say they are satisfied by the conduct of their officers and that the director for professional standards has reviewed body can footage one by the officers, and the video of the incident posted on social media by williams. helen harper said: the independent office for police conduct say they are looking into the matter, but the couple are considering legal action. bianca williams... next summer, bianca williams hopes to be in tokyo, competing for team gb, but what she experienced this weekend outside
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her home has left her feeling scared for her family. laura scott, bbc news, london. the mayor of london sadiq khan has responded to allegation of racial profiling by the met police and said the following i take any allegation
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the prime minister has been speaking about the controversy over 5g and the uk's decision to grant a role to the chinese firm huawei. the chinese ambassador to the united kingdom earlier warned britain it would face the consequences if it decides to treat china as an enemy — and downing street confirmed it's reconsidering huawei's involvement. let's just hear what mrjohnson had to say this lunchtime. i'm very, very determined to get broadband into every part of this country, you know, reaching out across the whole of the uk, and we're convinced that we can do that, but i'm also determined that the uk should not be vulnerable to high—risk state vendors so we shall have to think carefully about how we handle that. we will have to come up with the right technological solutions, but we also need to make sure that we can deliver the broadband that the uk needs. in a press conference earlier today
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— the chinese ambassador accused some british politicians of regarding china as a "hostile country and warned that britain will face consequences if it decides to treat china as an enemy. to treat china as an enemy is completely wrong. it's not in your interest. that reminds... brezinski, the american strategist, who had to normalise relationships between china and the united states, and he himself, a participator, happened to participate in this process of normalisation between china and the united states. brezinski had a very fine line by saying, if we make china an enemy, china will become an enemy. so we want to be your friend. we want to be your partner, but if you want to make china a hostile country, you have to
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bare the consequences. our political correspondent helen catt is at westminster for us. so is the government preparing for a u turn on huawei? certainly not pulling any punches there. this controversy of huawei and the involvement in the 5g networks and building those has been running for some time. earlier this year the government concluded that it could be involved in a limited way in building the 5g networks. those go to be a cap on how much of the cake to be used and restrictions on which bits of it could be involved, and no involvement in what is involved and known as the core. isa is involved and known as the core. is a lot of conservative mps still unhappy about huawei having any involvement at all. even though borisjohnson has that majority there's been no vote as to whether 01’ there's been no vote as to whether or not this could get through. that
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controversy has been going on for some time but what has changed recently is that the us has decided to impose sanctions on huawei which is taking a it can manufacture it chips and get a hold of the chips, which potentially may have a security knock on. that was being considered here. internationally in a slightly different position that we woi’i’y a slightly different position that we worry when this was made a few months ago. they've been made since then with the issues around coronavirus, rising tensions around hong kong into the international picture is a bit different. that again isa picture is a bit different. that again is a lot to consider here because as you heard borisjohnson referencing just there with his interview he was talking about wanting to get broadband rolled out. that was a pledge from the conservatives last year. the wanted full broadband by 2025 to all businesses and homes. just saying you were going to stop any involvement from a firm like huawei they could have an impact on the
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speed which which you could do that. there's quite a lot to consider here. britain has announced its first sanctions against dozens of people around the world accused of human rights abuses. in the past, the government has taken action collectively through the european union or the united nations. but following brexit, the uk is putting in place its own sanctions regime. this afternoon the foreign secretary dominic raab gave details to the house of commons of the first indivuduals whose uk assets will now be frozen. regime, today we are also proceeding directly to make the first designations under those regulations, and we are imposing sanctions on individuals involved in some of the most notorious human rights violations in recent years. the first designations will cover those individuals involved in the torture and murder of sergei magnitsky, the lawyer who disclosed the biggest known tax fraud in russian history. the designations will also include those responsible for the brutal murder of the writer and journalist jamal kashoggi. they will include those who perpetrated the systematic and brutal violence against the rohingya population in myanmar and they also include two
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organisations bearing responsibility for the enslavement, torture and murder that takes place in north korea's wretched gulags, in which it is estimated that hundreds of thousands of prisoners have perished over the last 50 years. and so with these first designations, mr speaker, this government and i hope this house and this country makes it crystal clear to those who abuse their power to inflict unimaginable suffering. we will not look the other way, you cannot set foot in this country, and we'll seize your blood—drenched ill—gotten gains if you try. that was the foreign secretary. bill browder is the ceo and co—founder of hermitage capital management, the investment adviser to the hermitage fund, which at one time was the largest foreign portfolio investor in russia. hejoins me now. thank you so much for being with us. ijust want thank you so much for being with us. i just want to explain to viewers your connection with serge
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magnitsky, and the magnitsky is averaged over the foreign secretary has been talking about. and a surrogate magnitsky, a lawyer who worked with you in russia, just explain briefly to our viewers what happened to him. serge uncovered one of the largest tax fraud schemes in russian history and exposed to any retaliation for exposing it he was arrested, tortured for 358 days and killed a little more than ten years ago at the age of 37. and since then i've been on a mission to get justice for sergei magnitsky which has led us to this announcement today by the foreign secretary. and today by the foreign secretary. and to do you will commit, what you have heard today from the foreign secretary? very much so. this was a long and arduous struggle to get justice, we had to convince a government of that did not normally do this type of thing to start to
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use sanctions, and interestingly, the foreign secretary, i met him eight years ago when he was a backbench mp and he took up this case, he took of the cause of justice for sergei magnitsky and his family. and has one with it for the last eight years from being on the backbench in obscurity right up to being the foreign secretary. and as being the foreign secretary. and as being the foreign secretary. and as being the foreign secretary he made this happen. today is a really great day for justice for sergei magnitsky and justice all around, because it does not just apply to this and justice all around, because it does notjust apply to this case but all other atrocities around the world. it is not and specifically at russia or russian individuals, but globally. and do you think this form of targeting punishment on individuals and human rights cases is actually going to be effective? it's extremely effective. it is effective for several reasons. first of all, by going after the individuals you can tenure to trade with these countries and have diplomatic relations, but express in a very real way your displeasure
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with what they are doing on an individual basis. and we also know that it works because we have seen how angry some of these dictators and torturers and murderers get. vladimir putin and his single largest foreign policy priority to repeal the act and he's been trying for many years and coming after me and others because he angry about it. ina and others because he angry about it. in a certain way his anger is a validation of how important this legislation is. coming after you, do you ever worry about your own personal safety? i'm sure you do. you ever worry about your own personal safety? i'm sure you dolj personal safety? i'm sure you do.” don't spend a lot of time worrying about it but they have threatened me with death, with kidnapping, they tried coming after me with interpol arrest wa rra nts tried coming after me with interpol arrest warrants eight times. they pursued me all over the world. defamed to me, but i have been on a mission forjustice defamed to me, but i have been on a mission for justice and defamed to me, but i have been on a mission forjustice and it's not going to be intimidated by the putin regime no matter how fierce he is.
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we talk about punishing individuals but still working with the government, surely those individuals in the way are just creatures of the government, they'rejust in the way are just creatures of the government, they're just obeying orders from the regime that they serve? while it does break down the whole chain of command. it only works if these regimes have loyalty of their people, and can protect their people. if all of a sudden there is no way to protect those people because they are being sanctioned by foreign countries then those people may not like going to work and doing the torturing the next day when the to because they don't want to find out five years now when the regime no longer exists and they can't travel and their money is frozen. really good to talk to you, thank you so much for your time, thank you for being with us today on bbc news. the sandwich chain pret a manager is closing thirty of its uk outlets as part of a restructure in the wake of the virus. some reports suggest the move could put 1,000 jobs at risk. the company says it will also reduce
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the number of people employed in its remaining shops — to reflect the fall in demand, and enhanced safety measures. southwark crown court has heard that a former conservative mp chased a woman round his kitchen before sexually assaulting her. jurors were told that charlie elphicke, the former mp for dover, chanted "i'm a naughty tory" during the alleged attack in westminster in 2007. mr elphicke denies three charges of sexual assault, including two further counts against a second woman in 2016. two paramedics have been stabbed after responding to a call out in wolverhampton. they were sent to check on the welfare of a man on stephens close at around 12.15 this lunchtime. shortly after arrival the crew reported they'd been stabbed. both have been taken to hospital for further treatment. a man was tasered by police and also treated for injuries. officers confirmed a man has been arrested.
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india has recorded more than 211,000 new cases of covid—19, in the past 2a hours, taking its total above that of russia. the country now has the third—largest number of confirmed cases in the world. one month ago, india reopened shopping centres, places of worship and offices. the surge in numbers has been powered by a rise in cases from a handful of southern states. for the last three days, india's caseload has increased, at an alarming rate. the total number of infections stands at almost 700,000. and the number of deaths is now close to 20,000. our correspondent in mumbai, yogita limaya has more. there's been, particularly, a surge reported from southern india. the death toll there, as he pointed out, was around 20,000, but i think there are serious questions about whether that is an understated number as well. indian authorities have been repeatedly pointing out that even
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though the number of cases on the whole are rising, the mortality rate in india seems to be lower than other countries with a comparable number of cases. but over the past many weeks we have spoke at front—line doctors who say that covid deaths are not being properly counted. sometimes the co—morbidity that a person might have is listed on the death certificate rather than covid—19. in some places they told us that people who were brought in dead, even if they had covid—like symptoms are not tested, therefore they are not counted among covid deaths. and finally, of course, even before coronavirus hit india of the system of recording deaths sometimes is much delayed, and therefore there are worries that the number of deaths could actually be far lower than the actual mortality that we have seen in india because of coronavirus.
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the duke and duchess of sussex have spoken to young leaders to discuss fairness, justice and equal rights. joining a queen's commonwealth trust video call which was set up in response to the black lives matter movement, the duke said past wrongs needed to be acknowledged in order to move forward. when you look across the commonwealth, there is no way that we can move forward unless we acknowledge the past. and i think so many people, they have done such an incredible job of acknowledging the past and trying to right those wrongs. but i think we all acknowledge on here there is so much more to do. it is not going to be easy and, in some cases, it will not be comfortable, but it needs to be done because, guess what? everybody benefits. i think there is a hell of a lot that we together need to acknowledge, but i only see hope and optimism in the fact that we can only do this together. we have to, in this moment of time, say we are going to have to be a bit uncomfortable right now. it is only in pushing through that
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discomfort that we get to the other side of this and find the place. as you are pointing out, a high tide raises all ships. equality does not put anyone on the back foot, it puts us all on the same footing which is a fundamental human right and that is what we are talking about here. now it's time for a look at the weather with chris fawkes. hello there. through the rest of today, the weather's going to be quite cloudy, there'll be some spells of sunshine and some passing showers and on the satellite picture, you can see the extent of today's cloud really bubbling up. the showers continuing across eastern england and northern scotland this evening. then overnight, further showers for northern and western scotland, otherwise largely becoming dry but it will turn much cloudier from the west later in the night, a band of rain eventually spreading into northern ireland right by the end of the night. a mild one for most, ten to 12 celsius, a little bit cooler than that where we see some
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clear spells coming through. now tomorrow, we've got this area of low pressure that's going to be bringing a band of heavy rain across central areas of the uk, so that rain will be with you quickly in northern ireland, before spreading on to northern england, north wales and the north midlands, the rain quite heavy and certainly very persistent so a lengthy spell of rain for these central areas. north of our band of rain it's a day of sunshine and showers for scotland, to the south a rather cloudy day with a few bright spells and feeling a little bit more humid. that's your weather.
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hello, this is bbc news with ben brown. the headlines. leaders of the arts in britain welcome a government rescue package worth £1.5 billion aimed at saving theatres, galleries and museums, ravaged by the lockdown. the team gb sprinter, bianca williams, considers legal action against the metropolitan police after accusing officers who stopped and searched her and her partner
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