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this is bbc news. the headlines: theresa may defends the government's record on the nhs, insisting it is properly funded for coping with the winter pressures. we've put some extra money in for coping with the winter pressures. we've also of course, in the budget in november, announced for the next couple of years, there will be extra money, further money going into the national health service. she hasn't got a plan to get those people off the trolleys in corridors. those elderly people, this freezing january being treated in ambulances. the prime minister will carry out a cabinet reshuffle tomorrow, there are reports that several ministers could either lose theirjobs or be moved. 32 people are missing after a collision between an oil tanker and a cargo ship in the east china sea. the damage and volume of oil spilled are not yet known. also in the next hour, plans to plant 50 million trees to create a northern forest between liverpool and hull.
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the government is providing nearly £6 millions, with planting planned over the next 25 years. the final preparations are made for the golden globes, the first major ceremony since hollywood was hit by sexual harassment scandals. good evening and welcome to bbc news. i promised the lights will come on injusta i promised the lights will come on injust a second. i promised the lights will come on in just a second. shall i start? good evening. theresa may has been setting out her plans for the year ahead, and she's confirmed there'll be a cabinet reshuffle. it's expected tomorrow, in what's seen as an attempt to reassert her authority. in a bbc interview, she defended the government's record on the nhs, saying the current problems in the health service, weren't
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simply due to a lack of funding. labour has called the planned reshuffle "little more than a desperate pr exercise." here's our political correspondent, eleanor garnier. new year, perhaps a fresh start after a torrid 2017, in which theresa may lost her majority in the general election, faced a rebellion from some of her own mps, was forced to deal with cabinet resignations and even had to sack her second—in—command. it means she starts the year with a reshuffle. well, no prizes for guessing, andrew, obviously damian green's departure before christmas means some changes do have to be made. speaking exclusively to the bbc, the prime minister has made clear, she wants her government to be about more than just brexit, it insisting she is in listening mode. one of the clear messages we got was a number of areas which people were concerned about, what we were proposing. just as we have looked at issues on school funding, tuition fees, on housing and we are taking forward
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approaches in relation to that. on this issue of fox hunting, what i can say is there won't be a vote during this parliament. and on the environment, plans for 50 million more trees, a push to win over new voters and those who drifted away. but the new year has already brought in old problems. under pressure on rising train fares, and claims this winter crisis is the toughest yet for the nhs. the nhs has actually been better prepared for this winter pressure than it has been before. you mentioned operations being postponed. that was part of the plan. of course, we want to ensure those operations can be reinstated as soon as possible, but it's about making sure those who most urgently need care are able to get that treatment when they need it. labour's blamed government cuts for the problems in the nhs and warned the prime minister against promoting the health secretary in this week's reshuffle.
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she hasn't got a plan to get those people off the trolleys in corridors. those elderly people, this freezing january being treated in ambulances. she's got no plan for them. her only plan, apparently, is to promote this health secretary. she should be demoting this health secretary. if she promotes this health secretary tomorrow, it is a betrayal of the 75,000 people in the back of ambulances. the prime minister said today, she's not a quitter and she'll want and need the best possible team around her to get her through what many predict will be a tough year ahead. eleanor garnier, bbc news, westminster. well as we've been hearing, funding is at the heart of the debate over the problems facing the health service. labour insists it needs more money, but the government says the nhs is now better prepared for winter pressures. our health editor hugh pym reports. there are 73 outstanding ambulances right now. it was a striking image from a week of intense pressure. leah butler—smith's video of ambulances at a hospital with her mother waiting,
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even though she was having a stroke. big questions are now being asked about the nhs and its funding. health spending needs to keep rising to pay for new medicines and meet the sometimes complex needs of a population which is living longer. the percentage of the population aged over 65 in the uk was under 15% in the 1970s and is projected to get close to 25% by 201m. health spending across the uk has grown a lot since the 1950s, shown here after adjusting for inflation, and has now reached more than £140 billion per year. average annual government spending on health since the 1950s has gone up around 4% a year in real terms. but under the coalition government from 2010, the average increase in england was onlyjust over 1% a year. under the conservatives in the last couple of years, the average increases have been over 2%, but most in the health world argue it hasn't been enough to keep up with patient demand.
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the pressures, as we have seen over the last few weeks, are becoming intolerable. so it is now time to have an objective assessment about what we need over the next ten or 15 years and for us a society to decide whether we are willing or not willing to put in the funds that are required. there are now growing calls for a cross—party approach to working out what the nhs needs and how it should be paid for. hugh pym, bbc news. more than 30 people are missing after a collision between an oil tanker and a cargo ship off the east coast of china. worth around $60 million is either burning or spilling into the sea. the collision happened 160 miles from shanghai, as the tanker was en route to south korea from iran.
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andy moore reports. still burning fiercely many hours later and no confirmed news about the fate of its 32 crew. 30 were iranian and two were from bangladesh. it is more than 270 metres long and carrying just under 1 million barrels of oil. that will effectively be in the top ten oil spills worldwide. it has a huge potential for environmental damage. the tanker set off from the persian gulf on itsjourney the tanker set off from the persian gulf on its journey to south korea. it sailed through the malacca strait before colliding with a chinese freight ship in the east china sea off the port city of shanghai. major oil spills from tankers are becoming less common. 0ne oil spills from tankers are becoming less common. one of the most serious in recent years was the sinking of the prestige off the coast of spain in 2002. more than 60,000 tonnes of
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oil came ashore over a long stretch of coastline. specialist clean—up vassals have been sent to the scene of the tanker fire. chinese authorities have confirmed there is an oil slick but they cannot confirm how big it is. the german chancellor, angela merkel, says she's optimistic she'll be able to form a new coalition government, but admits there is still a lot of work ahead. she's entering a new round of talks in a bid to end months of political stalemate. no new government has been formed since the election in september. damien mcguinness reports from berlin. a key moment for the leader of europe's most powerful country. these talks could be angela merkel‘s last chance to form a stable governing coalition. but angela merkel is optimistic deal
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can be reached. translation: i think we can succeed. we intend to work swiftly and intensively, always keeping in mind but the people of germany expect from their politicians. to solve their problems and create the condition that people can really get involved in our country. i am entering these talks optimistically. though it is clear to me we have a lot of work to do in the coming days, but we are willing to take on this work to get a good result. days, but we are willing to take on this work to get a good resultm november, talks with the greens and the liberals unexpectedly collapsed, leaving angela merkel‘s centre—right bloc no option but to try to form a government with the centre—left social democrats. but left—wing voters are social democrats. but left—wing voters a re not social democrats. but left—wing voters are not keen. they feel badly burned as angela merkel‘s junior coalition partners and they say they
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have lost their left—wing identity. so the party's leader has to somehow reach a compromise with the conservatives, while at the same time convincing grassroots supporters that he is sticking to the party's core values. translation: whatever the new german government might look like, however it might be structured, my challenge is finding new policies for the new time we are living in. we can all agree on that. we will be conducting negotiations constructively and with an open mind. social democrats we are happy to host the cdu and the csu here today but one thing is clear for the social democratic party, we won't be drawing any red lines, but we want to push through as many politics as possible in germany. this is the longest period of coalition building germany has known. it is not a crisis, the economy is strong and the caretaker
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government can keep things ticking over but no long—term decisions can be made, whether about the future of germany or of europe. so, pressure is growing on angela merkel to form a government. if talks succeed, and new administration could be in place by easter. if they fail, angela merkel will be voters and voters might be asked to go back to the polls. a 60 year—old man in sweden has died in an explosion outside an underground station. the incident happened at the varby gard metro station in stockholm. a woman nearby was also hurt. a police spokesman said an object exploded when he picked it up. the incident is not believed to be terrorism—related. some of the uk's biggest retailers including b&q, wickes, morrisons and the co—op, have agreed to stop selling acids and corrosive substances, to people under 18. the aim is to cut the number of acid attacks, until legislation is introduced to officially ban such sales.
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our home affairs correspondent dominic casciani has more. arthur collins, jailed for 20 years, for an appalling nightclub attack. watch this cctv. you can see him throwing acid on his victims. 22 people left with burns. a crime involving a household product that has been growing, year—on—year. police recorded more than 500 attacks involving corrosive substances in england and wales in the year to last april. officials think the true figure could be twice as high, ministers have launched an action plan to cut attacks. today the first part of that plan, voluntary ban by diy chains including b&q on selling harmful chemicals to underrate teams. supermarkets are also involves, agreeing to challenge underage customers, just like they would if they were buying alcohol. acid attacks are just the most horrific crimes and what we want to do is to make sure that we restrict access, that we support victims,
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that we police these attacks really effectively. jabad hussain was attacked last year. police officers poured water into his eyes to save his sight. so, what does he think of the plan. i would like to give welcome and thanks to the government, for what they are trying to do. but it is not the right way to do that and handle this problem. there is not enough police on the streets to chase them. this is my home city. i should not tolerate that. you should not tolerate that. no one should tolerate that. thousands of independent hardware shops selling household chemicals are also being asked to sign up to the ban. but it's not clear how online sales will be controlled. this former senior prosecutor is sceptical. only one in five attacks are carried out by under 18s, so four in five adults will still be able to get hold of acid and use it able to get hold of acid and use them as they have been doing over the last year or two. these voluntary measures can only go so far. ministers want to ultimately create a new offence of carrying over—the—counter chemicals in public without good reason. but so much of this type
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of crime remains unknown. some academics are now looking at what motivates a criminal to turn a household product like drain cleaner into a weapon, one that has lifelong consequences. dominic casciani, bbc news at the home office in central london. mr liddington said it was right per boards remained independent but want to consider how to allow greater openness about the decision—making process. he added arrangements could be made to ensure victims are both heard and, if they wish, kept informed about their case. mr liddington said he had spoken to the victim's commissioner and the chair of the parole board. victims groups will also be consulted. the headlines on bbc news: theresa may defends the government's record on the nhs, insisting it is properly funded for coping with the winter pressures. the prime minister will carry out a cabinet reshuffle tomorrow,
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there are reports that several minister could either lose theirjobs or be moved. 32 people are missing after a collision between an oil tanker and a cargo ship in the east china sea. the missing sailors, mostly iranians, are all from the tanker. the 21 crew of the freighter have all been rescued. plans to create a new northern forest have been announced. the government is providing £5.7 million to cover woodland spanning over manchester, leeds and bradford. the bare hills of the north, one of the
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most denuded parts of the country, that itself has less woodland than almost anywhere else in europe. the land, stripped over centuries for timberand farming, land, stripped over centuries for timber and farming, scarred by industry, overgrazed by sheep farming. near manchester, things will be different. planting has begun for what will be known as the northern forest. we think the northern forest. we think the northern forest. we think the northern forest will be a kind of pathfinder for extending forests and woodlands across the country. we think trees and words can add value in many different landscapes, we wa nt to in many different landscapes, we want to do it here first and do it big. it's not really a forest, the project will create new woods near towns and plant near valley is prone towns and plant near valley is prone to flooding. but money is tight and hills like this will lookjust as bleak and 25 years. but the woodland trust expect some of their cash to come from environmental funds linked to the hs2 rail line. come from environmental funds linked
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to the h52 rail line. that infuriates environmentalists. the supreme infuriates environmentalists. the supreme irony is the government is giving with one hand on taking with the other. i am referring to the routing of hs2 from birmingham to leeds. why can't the government give with both hands on stop threatening oui’ with both hands on stop threatening our ancient forests? here is what some ambitious planting can do. this is the national forest in the midlands, begun in the 1990s, now delighting local people. acorns grow. it was one of the most scientific breakthroughs. it is hoped this gene and can help thousands of nhs patients. we would have been impossible without families taking part. this is you in your incubator.
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for19 part. this is you in your incubator. for 19 years, doctors treated alex's symptoms without knowing what caused them. medics thought it was one rare condition, but genetic tests proved otherwise. alex has had 28 operations. every time we went to see a doctor, the paediatrician, there was always something else that was wrong. he had a skin condition, then his vision, then it was his hearing. you just need to know the answer. and as a parent, you want to know what is wrong with your child. this is the letter i got in march telling me about your diagnosis. this is the letter i got in march telling me about your diagnosism was only by reading and decoding alex's entire genetic code that finally gave a diagnosis. delivered ina finally gave a diagnosis. delivered in a letter last march. i remember opening it and actually crying, knowing that they had actually got a diagnosis. ijust knowing that they had actually got a diagnosis. i just couldn't knowing that they had actually got a diagnosis. ijust couldn't believe
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that this letter appeared in the post. for mum, relief and some certainty. for alex, a more modest response. it has been a big journey, another part of my life. i don't think about it really. he may not think about it really. he may not think about it much, but alex has helped lead the way for potentially thousands of other patients to solve the mysteries behind their own symptoms. and this is where those mysteries are being solved, the lab near cambridge where scientists sequenced hisjeans. near cambridge where scientists sequenced his jeans. it near cambridge where scientists sequenced hisjeans. it is his unique genetic code which is more than 3 billion letters long which revealed he has leopard syndrome. scientists are almost halfway to their targets of sequencing 100,000 regina rams. they say they will meet that target by the end of the year. and it is hoped thousands of other patients with symptoms, will get the diagnosis they have been hoping for.
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it could help the answer to curing hundreds of illness. it is 16 years since scientists crack the first code. in now helps lead the project. it is an exciting field now. 15 yea rs it is an exciting field now. 15 years after we sequenced the first one, we can apply this in the nhs. as well as diagnosing rare diseases, knowledge is developing personalised medicine, treatments tailored to patients rather than generic diseases. we are all slightly different and a lot of that is encoded in the jeans. different and a lot of that is encoded in thejeans. so in the future we can work out what is the most appropriate treatment for you. allott has leopard syndrome tell—tale freckles as well as a host of other complications affecting his
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heart and other organs. this doesn't mean that your, but now his family are better equipped to manage his condition. president macron of france has led tributes to the 16 people who were killed in islamist attacks in paris three years ago. commemorations were held at the offices of the satirical magazine, charlie hebdo, to remember the 12 people who died when two gunmen burst into an editorial meeting. the president also visited the plaque honouring a policeman who was shot dead outside the charlie hebdo building. he then laid a wreath at a jewish supermarket in the east of the city where four hostages were killed in another attack two days later. at least eight people have drowned and dozens more are feared missing after a dinghy sank off the libyan
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coast. it is to thought being the first migrant shipwreck of 2018. a growing number of men are being targeted by stalkers, according to new research by five live investigator. crime figures suggest around 450,000 men in england and wales experience talking over the course of a year. according to data from 41 police forces, only 1800 stalking offences against men have been recorded by officers over the past three years. the first major awards ceremony in hollywood, since the harvey weinstein scandal, gets under way in los angeles tonight. stars attending the golden globes, are planning to dress in black, in a show of support for women who've suffered sexual harassment in the film industry. from los angeles, james cook reports. this year, the red carpet will host a protest, not a party. the downfall of movie mogul, harvey weinstein, exposed decades of sexual abuse and harassment in hollywood and now scores of stars are wearing black to the golden globes in solidarity. people will be in black but i don't think it will be funereal, i think it will be a celebration
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of all of us saying, it is time to do with this. so much darkness is creating unity and people are standing together. unfortunately tragic times bring unity. the cleansing has already begun. accused of sexual assault, kevin spacey was cut from this film and replaced with christopher plummer. co—star michelle williams told me she shot her scenes again for free. films, because they are larger than life, they glorify people and i could not bear the thought of being in a movie with some who had hurt people. is what is happening a permanent and significant change? everyone is working day and night to create the kind of change
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that will be permanent. are hope is to hand our daughter is a different world. hollywood is gathering to pat itself on the back, but everything has changed. a few months ago the entertainment industry was thrown into turmoil and everyone here is onlyjust beginning to work out what that means for the future. james cook, bbc news, los angeles. some breaking news regarding the bbc‘s china editor, carrie gracie. she has announced she has resigned from her post as china editor because of unequal pay within the corporation. she has written a letter addressed to bbc audiences and that is being reported on buzz feeds. it is all over social media. she claims the bbc is breaking equality law and feels she must speak out on what has become, in her view, a crisis of trust that the bbc. in her letter she says the bbc belongs to the licence fee payer and i believe you have a right to know it is breaking equality law and resisting pressure for a fair and
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transparent pay structure. carrie gracie took up the post as the first china editorfor the bbc about gracie took up the post as the first china editor for the bbc about four yea rs china editor for the bbc about four years ago. we will bring you the bbc‘s response to this story. fairness in pay is vital, says the bbc. a significant number of organisations have published their figures. we are performing better than many and below the national average. alongside that we have already conducted an independent audit of pay for rank and file staff, which showed no to systemic discrimination against women. it goes on to say a separate report for on—air staff will be published in the not too distant future. the bbc saying fairness is vital but carrie gracie making the point that fair pay and equal pay are not the same thing and the gender pay gap is different from ensuring equality of pay across a company. there will be more on that throughout the evening
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no doubt on bbc news. sydney has experienced its hottest weather in 80 years. temperatures reached 47.3 celsius. there have been several major bushfires and athletes have struggled to complete their matches. it is summer in australia but temperatures are soaring to uncomfortable highs. sidnei hasn't been this hot for 79 years. leaving people struggling to stay cool. fans taking in the ashes cricket pitch their shirts and dugout umbrellas to watch the test match in temperatures of 47 celsius. not quite a record, but still hot enough to fry an egg on the pavement. the southern hemisphere are experiencing heat waves. the south african weather service is issuing alerts and warnings for heat waves for much of the country this weekend. australia
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is expecting large parts of australia to be more than 40 celsius this weekend. with a very high risk of fire this weekend. with a very high risk offire in this weekend. with a very high risk of fire in parts of southern australia. that risk is becoming a reality with fire crews stretched to the limit, trying to get brush fires under control. one crew had to take shelter in their truck as the fast—moving fire burned over the top of them. there was minimal damage to the appliance and no injuries to the crew. whilst they were shaken. strong winds are not helping, fanning the flames across 8000 hectares. when i was trying to move out in the south, itjumped in front so out in the south, itjumped in front soi out in the south, itjumped in front so i had to turn back and come back to the house. terrified. surrounding me is smoke, it's very, very thick with smoke and it has gone a bit
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dark, so obviously the smoke is so thick in the sky that it is blocking out the sun. a number of properties we re out the sun. a number of properties were destroyed in victoria and south australia and residents have been warned to prepare for more. the winter of 2017 was one of the driest on record. now, let's get the weather. it has been cold, but many of us saw some sunshine on sunday with clear skies, a cold night ahead. this was taken by one of a viewer in argyll and bute. as we head through monday, it will be cold and frosty. there will be sunshine, especially across the northern half of the country. through the course of two night commie can see the blue colours, thatis commie can see the blue colours, that is showing a sharp frost. during the early hours of monday morning in the towns and cities, below freezing in northern parts of
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the country but we could see minus double digits. less cold around the far south because we have more cloud here. that cloud will head further northwards through the midlands and central parts of wales by lunchtime. northern england and northern ireland hold on to the sparkling winter sunshine. temperatures between two and 6 degrees after the cold and frosty start to the day. monday night will continue to see the cloud in the south moving northwards. as winds for light because he dense fog patches forming in the early hours of tuesday. temperatures not as cold because we have the four keeping temperatures from falling too low. do watch out for some potential disruption on tuesday in the central and southern parts of england and wales in particular. on tuesday, this frontal system tries to move in from the west, but before it gets there, a lot of dry weather and you can see the extent of the mist and fog around. it should eventually lift and clear but we're looking at a
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great day, drizzle and a cloudy day across scotland and northern england. up to 7 degrees, the top temperature. rain arrives in the west late in the afternoon and the weather front will continue to edge further eastwards across the country through tuesday night and into wednesday. a change of weather looking into the middle pa rt of weather looking into the middle part of the week. through the day and wednesday, the rain looks like it will move east to west across many parts of the country, introducing milder air back into double digits in the south. there will be some wet weather and arriving across most parts. do the week, after the cold start, we have the rain arriving to the middle part of the week and things. to feel less cold than they have been. goodbye for now.

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