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this is bbc news, i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 6: donald trump's lawyers have begun their defence of the president in his impeachment trial in the senate — they say he's done nothing wrong. they're asking you to do something that no senate has ever done and they're asking you to do it with no evidence — and that's wrong, and i ask you to keep that in mind. the death toll from the coronavirus rises to 41 — with authorities in china struggling to contain the outbreak, as millions travel for the lunar new year. there are now known cases of the virus in france and australia, and a state of emergency has been declared in hong kong. the search for survivors continues after a powerful earthquake hit turkey —
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at least 22 people have been killed and more than 1200 injured. a charity offering mental health support to military veterans says it can't take on any new cases, due to a funding crisis. in sport, south africa end the second day of the 4th test on 88—6, after england posted a commanding total of 400. good evening and welcome to bbc news. lawyers representing us president donald trump have begun outlining their defence in his impeachment trial in the us senate in washington. democrats — acting as prosecutors — have accused mr trump of abusing his power
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and of obstructing congress. in his opening remarks. the president's lead defence attorney, pat cipollone, said there was no evidence for the charges. he said the democrats were trying to overturn the result of the last election — and prevent mr trump from standing again later this year. they're asking you, not only to overturn the results of the last election, but, as i've said before, they're asking you to remove president trump from the ballot in an election that's occurring in approximately nine months. they're asking you to tear up all of the ballots across this country, on your own initiative. take that decision away from the american people. and i don't think they spent one minute of their 2a hours talking
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to you about the consequences of that for our country. the democrat's house impeachment manager adam schiff has been responding to the president's lawyers‘ evidence in the last few minutes. they do not contest the president solicited a foreign nation to interfere in our election to help him cheat. i think they acknowledge by not even contesting this that the fa cts by not even contesting this that the facts a re by not even contesting this that the facts are overwhelming. the president invited ukraine to get involved in our election to help him cheat againstjoe biden. that is u nco ntested. u nco ntested cheat againstjoe biden. that is uncontested. uncontested in our presentation and uncontested in theirs. adam schiff there. 0ur north america correspondent, chris buckler, has been keeping across the senate events as they unfold in washington.
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just two hours for president trump's defence team to essentially make their case this morning. but they will continue on monday and tuesday. they've been allocated up to 24—hours to basically defend their client and the same amount of time that was given to the prosecution, the democrats. but actually, they have already said they don't think they are going to need it. you got a sense from that clip of what their argument is going to be. they will say that this isn't about the president's conducting office. the democrats are really concerned with the votes that put him there in the first place, and the election that is to come in november, when president trump stands for re—election. and, to some extent, you actually did get this methodical attack on all of the arguments that had been made by the democrats up to this point. it was pretty forensic in detail. we had documents, we had clips of interviews, it was a forensic legal argument being played out. but at the same time,
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you also get the impression that they are going to attack the democrats and raise concerns during some of this about potential corruption, essentially put president trump as the good guy in all of this argument. it's worth just reminding people exactly what the allegations against him are. they essentially are accusing president trump of abusing his position as president by trying to force ukraine into forcing investigations into his political opponent and they said he did that by threatening to withhold vital military aid to the country. that was chris buckler. china's leader, xijinping, has said the spread of a new strain of respiratory virus is accelerating, putting the country in a "grave situation". at least 41 people are now known to have died from coronavirus, including a doctor who was treating infected patients. more than 1300 cases have been confirmed. hong kong has declared an emergency and has restricted links to mainland china. cases have now been confirmed
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in australia, malaysia and france. rescue workers in eastern turkey are continuing to search for survivors, after an earthquake killed at least 22 people and left more than 1200 injured. the 6.8 magnitude quake centred on the town of sivrice in elazig province, which is over 300 miles east of turkey's capital, ankara. footage is emerging showing emergency services frantically searching for survivors, including a woman being recovered from a collapsed building after 17 hours under rubble. officials say about a0 people have been rescued so far, with more than 20 feared to remain trapped. in a few minutes' time, we'll be joined by viewers on bbc one, but first the uk's leading mental health charity for military vetera ns, com bat stress, has said it is unable to deal with new cases, because of cuts in funding. from monday, former service personnel in england and wales will be re—directed
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to the nhs for treatment. well, paul smith is a former royal navy engineer who served in the falklands war. he's been telling me about his experience and how combat stress had provided with the help he needed. when i retired, i had more time to think about what was going on. and i didn't know i was that ill. i didn't realise i was that ill, although my wife says that she felt that i needed help. but it wasn't until i'd actually retired that it came to a crescendo, and my wife said, "you've got to get help", and she actually took me to my own gp. my wife spoke for me most of the time because i was in the corner, crying my eyes out. i was a mess. i was then referred by my gp to a local mental health authority, who then referred me to a specialist
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for ptsd, post—traumatic stress disorder, and he, over a ten week period, diagnosed me with severe post—traumatic stress disorder from serving in the falklands in 1982, as a 17—year—old boy. i wanted to go to the falklands, i think every boy does. every boy wants to stand up and say, "i fought for my country", but it's a whole different ball game when you actually get there, and the fear sets in, and the sights you see. i was then put forward to go to combat stress, and combat stress saved my life. i would be drinking now, i would be lying in a ditch, or i may have committed suicide. now, i'm happy, i've got lots of friends, i help other veterans.
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my family...| get a chance to show my family that that wasn't the real me, that i actually do care for them, and it wasn't me that was there. i can't turn the clock back. i can say sorry, but i can't turn the clock back, but now i can affect the future, and combat stress have basically given me my life back. they've been there, they've understood me. the clinicians there are specialists, to dealing with military veterans. the vetera ns' language at times isn't perfect, but the clinicians at combat stress are aware of that. they are also aware of the way that the military act and react. the clinicians there are dealing with people who have been taught to fight, taught to kill, and they, they understand the way a military veteran likes to be spoken to, the way that they like to be treated. but the whole ethos around combat stress is helping, but also having other veterans with you, to go on thatjourney.
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many people, many members of public are shocked that the military, ie the government, are not giving that post—service care for their veterans, and it's now a charity that is having to pick up the pieces, quite literally, for lives like yourself. what is your message? well, i have two feelings. i'm angry and i'm disappointed. the military, both men and women, serve this country, and they put their — they are willing to die for this country, and they come back and it's as if the government, all the governments are ignoring them.
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china's president has warned that the spread of a potentially deadly new virus is accelerating, with his country facing a "grave situation". coronavirus has killed at least 41 people and infected more than 1,300 since the outbreak began in the city of wuhan. severe travel restrictions have been imposed in many areas. here, the department of health says 31 people tested for the virus have been given the all clear. 0ur china correspondent, stephen mcdonnell, has been
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to the province of hubei, much of which is under strict quarantine, and sent this report. the approach is to hubei province, like scenes from an apocalyptic movie. 0nly like scenes from an apocalyptic movie. only after a temperature scan can we pass these checkpoints. the u nwell can we pass these checkpoints. the unwell are not allowed to travel. what's more, the lockdown is spreading. roads out of the infection zone are being closed. so, basically, that's the border that way. the police have told us that we can drive in but we can't drive out, so can drive in but we can't drive out, so it seems that this whole province, where the coronavirus first broke out, is going to be locked down. across the border, and
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drive through ghost towns. instead of lunar new year celebrations, people are in survival mode. 0n the first day of the year of the rat, all these shops are closed, there is pretty much nobody on the street here. this isjust one of pretty much nobody on the street here. this is just one of the towns you come across when you first enter province, and people just you come across when you first enter province, and peoplejust don't you come across when you first enter province, and people just don't know for how long it's going to be like this, for how long they have to stay indoors or risk being infected with this potentially deadly coronavirus, which causes pneumonia. hospitals here have been flooded with patients. thousands are unwell but are not sure if their symptoms mean it's the coronavirus. 0ne are not sure if their symptoms mean it's the coronavirus. one man in this hospital speaks to us from his bed. he said he hasn't been told if he has contracted the potentially deadly virus, but he is worried he could catch it anyway from others in his ward. i wish him a speedy
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recovery, and the police arrive, as if on cue. plus local officials want us if on cue. plus local officials want us to leave. they will not confirm ifa us to leave. they will not confirm if a provincewide lockdown of 60 million people is about to start. so, as night falls, they escort us across the border. stephen mcdonnell, bbc news, hubei. a man and his ten—year—old daughter have died in a fire at a terraced house on the outskirts of hull. crews were called to the property just before 8am this morning. humberside police said fire investigators are working to establish the cause of the blaze. a royal marine who got into difficulty during a training exercise on the cornish coast earlier this week has died. the recruit — who hasn't been named — had been critically ill in hospital since being found unconscious in the water at tregantle beach near plymouth on tuesday night. an investigation into his death is continuing.
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a rescue operation is under way in eastern turkey, where an earthquake has killed at least 22 people with many more missing. more than 1,000 people have been injured in elazig province. teams are working in freezing temperatures to reach survivors buried under collapsed buildings. 0ur correspondent, richard galpin, reports. the powerful earthquake struck this eastern region of the country last night... causing hundreds of casualties. in the darkness, people screaming for help as buildings collapsed. in the light this morning, the scale of destruction revealed — this, just one of 30 buildings to have been brought down. already though, there are many rescue teams on the ground, working frantically to save those trapped under giant slabs of concrete and other rubble. and they are having some success.
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this elderly woman pulled out alive today, amongst a0 to have been saved. but there is much more to be done. this rescuer speaks on the phone to a family trapped under a collapsed building, telling them they must stay awake — don't let anyone sleep, she says. since last night, there have been hundreds of after—shocks, adding to the fear. many people now have no choice but to sleep outside, away from any of these buildings, in temperatures as low as minus eight degrees. richard galpin, bbc news. the uk's leading mental health charity for military veterans, combat stress, has said it is unable to deal with new cases because of cuts in funding. the charity, which helps treat servicemen and women suffering from complex mental health problems, has lost millons of pounds of support from nhs england.
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0ur correspondent, chi chi izundu, reports. they're known as tough and resilient, but years on the front line can take its toll, with some military personnel like paul smith facing battles with their mental health. i was verbally abusive to my wife, my children. i alienated them. i'd walk round and i'd be looking at escape routes, i'd be looking for people carrying weapons. at night, i'd go to our bedroom and hide behind the bed and cry my eyes out. i'd have nightmares. i'd have flashbacks. paul says the leading charity for vetera ns' mental health, combat stress, saved his life when he was referred to it — but now, because of funding cuts, the charity says any new referrals from england and wales won't be taken on. it receives around 2,000 referrals for treatment every year, but its income has fallen from £16 million to £10 million in this current financial year. we have decided that we need to make
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sure we can meet the needs of everyone who is currently in our system, and we are not going to take referrals in england and wales where we have the greatest risks of safety, if you like, for the near future. all new referrals will now be redirected to the nhs. in a statement, the nhs said providing the best care for patients is its number one priority, but veterans ministerjohnny mercer said he would hold an urgent meeting with combat stress to discuss the situation. chi chi izundu, bbc news. president trump's lawers have been setting out his defence at his impeachment trial in the us senate. mr trump is accused of abusing his power and obstructing congress. the president's attorney said his accusers had no evidence and their real motive was to undermine mr trump's re—election campaign. from washington, chris buckler reports. as the future of his presidency has been under debate, president trump has been to davos to meet world leaders, to florida to speak to supporters,
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and ignored other events in washington to attend a pro—life rally. perhaps that's a sign that he's looking past this impeachment trial and already thinking about drumming up votes for this november's presidential election. and certainly, inside congress, his legal team have been making a point of notjust defending their client but also using this deeply political trial to attack his opponents, the democrats. they're asking you to tear up all of the ballots across this country, on your own initiative, take that decision away from the american people. democrats delivered a more than 28,000—page record of evidence and their argument, that donald trump abused his power. but the republican majority inside the senate makes it inconceivable that president trump could be removed from office. what i have learned through all my years in politics, and all my years in life —
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if you're right and you keep fighting for the truth, you will prevail. we would be derelict in our responsibility if we didn't fight for the truth. on twitter, mr trump encouraged people to tune into america's news networks, who have covered every minute of this trial. although the publicity—awa re president is said to be upset that his defence team were given saturday to begin setting out their case. mr trump calls it a death valley for tv ratings in the states. chris buckler, bbc news, washington. cricket, and england have taken control of the fourth test against south africa after an entertaining second day in johannesburg. a last—wicket stand of 82 saw england reach 400 all out, before they reduced the hosts to 88—6 at the close of play. patrick gearey reports. test cricket's a delicate balancing act — important to remember where you are in the wider picture, while keeping your mind clear. 0llie pope has that rare clarity.
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this is only his sixth test but already he seems to be on top of things — 50. he and joe root mopped up the bowling. this was getting away from south africa, fast. then, a fightback. first pope went, then root. this time he's got him! sam curran lasted one ball. three wickets for 11 runs. were things starting to swing? stuart broad certainly was. he batted the attack all around johannesburg. by the order, he's england's worst batsman. partner mark wood, second worst. and yet, watch them go, enjoy the show! england ended up on 400. surely the series now beyond south africa. after all, the local batting's not inspired too much confidence of late and england often bowl quicker. around 90 miles an hour in mark wood's case. pieter malan was the first domino down. the others toppled behind him. these the shots of beaten men and tired minds. six south africans came and went, three to wood. on a ground 6,000 feet above sea level, england's tour must surely finish on a high.
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patrick gearey, bbc news. that's all for now. we're back with the late news at 10:10. now on bbc one, it's time for the news where you are. goodbye.
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hello. this is bbc news, with lu kwesa burak. football is too dependent on money from gambling sponsorships, according to the sports minister, nigel adams. his warning comes amid mounting scrutiny of the industry after a deal was struck for some fa cup games to be shown exclusively on betting websites. here's our sports editor, dan roan. his only shown on bookmakers
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websites. there hasn't been a climb—down but the controversy has reignited concern at how much betting companies use football to advertise and having committed to reviewing gambling laws, the government says it now wants see change. there is way too much dependency within football gambling, firms, sponsorship. that's plain to see. we have to look at this very, very carefully because problem gambling, addictive tablet leads to serious social problems. i'm sure the football authorities are aware of that. they do need to look at different sources of income. meanwhile, the government has announced the pa ralympics meanwhile, the government has announced the paralympics have been added to the crown jewels list of protected sports events which must be shown on free to air television coverage. it's absolutely essential that the paralympics have parity with the olympics. and if you look at the viewing figures over the yea rs at the viewing figures over the years at successive games and how interested people are in the
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paralympic games, it's actually worth ensuring we level up. sports like para table tennis have enjoyed free to air coverage of the paralympics on channel 4 since london 2012, but terrestrial tv coverage is now guaranteed. my family are so supportive, my family and friends are very supportive. a lot of them are coming out to tokyo but in the future if they can't, if someone but in the future if they can't, if someone can't afford it or something, it's really nice knowing they'll still be able to watch me back at home. this is the first change to the listed events in 20 yea rs change to the listed events in 20 years and there may be more to come. the government also now considering adding women's events like the world cup and fa cup final in a sign of their growing popularity. now it's time for a look at the weather with ben rich. hello. the first half of the weekend has brought yet more of the cloudy, gloomy weather we've become used to over recent days. having said that, the cloud to break up for a few places to reveal a little bit of sunshine. generally speaking, though, we have
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been underneath this haze of grey, this layer of low cloud with the odd spot of drizzle. things are, though, about to change because this stripe of bright white cloud on the earlier satellite picture is a frontal system which will bring some outbreaks of rain. you can see that weather front starting to move in during this evening and tonight, getting into western scotland and parts of northern ireland. ahead of that, still large areas of cloud, some mist and murk, the odd drizzly shower here and there. it's going to be becoming increasingly breezy through the night, so not especially cold. most places between 3—7 degrees. so, for tomorrow, it's all about this frontal system. it is a cold front. it's going to bring some outbreaks of rain but as the name suggests, behind it, it will introduce some colder air. so, here comes our band of rain, staggering eastwards as we go through tomorrow. ahead of that, perhaps a little bit of brightness and certainly east anglia and the south—east will stay dry until mid—afternoon. behind our rain band, the skies become significantly brighter. we see some sunshine but we will also see some showers, wintry over fairly modest hills in scotland because it's going to be, yes, windy but also
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an increasingly cold day. those temperatures actually coming down through the day across parts of western scotland and northern ireland. stilljust holding on to double digits towards the south and the east. now, as we go through sunday night, we are keeping a close eye on this, a band of showers marching in from the west through northern ireland, northern england and scotland. these showers could give some snow, even to relatively low levels. not necessarily anything too widespread but in some places snow and ice could cause some problems for the monday morning commute. so, that's one worth bearing in mind. through the day on monday, essentially it's a sunshine and showers day. the showers most plentiful in the west, still wintry up towards the north. some more persistent rain perhaps scooting through the english channel, where it will also be windy. quite a windy day generally, actually, on monday and those temperatures a little bit lower. four degrees in aberdeen, maybe up to eight or nine in cardiff and in london. as we look further ahead, we stick with that chilly sunshine and showers theme on tuesday. a drier day for wednesday.
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it turns milder but more unsettled for the end of the week. hello and welcome to sportsday, with jane dougall
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donald trump's lawyers say he has done nothing wrong. the coronavirus told death toll rises to 41 as people struggle to control the outbreak. the search for survivors continues after an earthquake in turkey has killed at least 22 people and injured at least 1200.. the charity offering support to mental health cases, it says it cannot take on any more cases due to a funding crisis. hello and welcome to sportsday, with jane dougall and me gavin ramjaun. the headlines this evening.... england's cricketers have south africa on the ropes,


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