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this is the briefing. i'm sally bundock. our top story: europe's biggest regional airline goes bust — troubled flybe says coronavirus was the final straw. california's governor declares a state of emergency over the virus. california has confirmed at least 50 cases and its first death. on the greek island of lesbos, more violence as locals clash with refugees and migrants coming from turkey. out of service, the james bond movie releases delayed over concerns of the coronavirus.
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a warm welcome to the programme, briefing you on all you need to know in global news, business and sport. and you can be a part of the conversation as the release of latest james bond movie is delayed. tell us if you are changing your behaviour. are you avoiding places like the cinema? get in touch just use the hashtag bbcthebriefing. one of europe's biggest regional airlines, the british carrier flybe, has collapsed, threatening thousands of jobs. flybe was taken over by a consortium, including virgin atlantic, last year and was saved earlier this year but it's again in trouble because bookings have slumped as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. here's our business
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editor, simonjack. flybe has been surviving on a wing and a prayerfor a decade. they may be europe's largest regional airline but has made losses in eight of the last ten yea rs, losses in eight of the last ten years, and it carries 8 million people to and through the eu and within the uk. flybe almost collapsed in january and within the uk. flybe almost collapsed injanuary but and within the uk. flybe almost collapsed in january but was handed a reprieve when its owners, including virgin atlantic, decided to put in over £30 million of its own money and in return, the government promised to return or lower air passenger duty, £13 per person on shorthaul flights and for domestic routes that means it is paid twice on internal flights. flybe hopes to see it cut in half but it emerged the government cannot do that until eu rules cease to apply in january 2021, do that until eu rules cease to apply injanuary 2021, meaning any talk of a potential government loan of up to £100 million to tie the airline over
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would be seen as throwing good money after bad. even healthy, profitable airlines are struggling to cope with the impact of coronavirus. british airways has slashed hundreds of airways and virgin atlantic have asked staff to take unpaid leave and an airline like flybe, already in poor financial health, has been finished off by a virus whose economic impacts continue to spread. ina in a moment we would discuss that in more detail and also in business briefing and i have tweeted and if you have bookings with flybe. california has declared a state of emergency following its first death connected to the coronavirus. the 71—year—old man is believed to have become infected on board a cruise ship. the authorities have confirmed more than 92,000 cases of the
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virus worldwide, of which more than 80,000 are in china. hearing more on that now. we've had a number of incidences throughout the state of california — no longer north, now in southern california. we have accordingly, with this new icu patient that passed away, entered into this next phase that has required me under the circumstances to advance a proclamation of a state of emergency in the state of california. let's get the latest from our correspondent, robin brant in hong kong. what can you tell us? in terms of where the outbreak began, mainland china and the country where it is hardest hit, outside of here, south korea, there is a mixture of news today. in mainland china we have a slight uptick in numbers
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in terms of confirmed new cases and people who have died because of the outbreak because of coronavirus. 31 new deaths, all of those, all of those in the province of ub and a slight increase in the number of confirmed uk cases and the vast majority are in hubei province and it again fresh evidence that overall, these efforts to try to contain the virus in hubei and stop them from spreading anywhere else in mainland china do seem to be working. we had late last night in terms of new ideas from the government in china to try to essentially still get tens and tens of millions of people back to work. they are relaxing some of the rules on quarantine for migrant workers. there are many workers who have not returned to the eastern cities in china and for anyone outside of hubei in beijing they are relaxing quarantine rule that some have to face. south korea, a country
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110w to face. south korea, a country now on a war footing according to its president in terms of its approach to coronavirus, reports of cues, extensive cues over 90 people trying to get hold of face masks and medical equipment and that country forced to prevent the export because the need is so huge. thank you very. and we have lots of information for you on bbc news app including what you can do to help yourself in terms of the latest advice but also to mention what is happening in italy. schools and universities have closed as they try to contain the spread of coronavirus in italy. that is the most at risk country in europe with the most cases and most deaths within europe and many cases that have been found
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elsewhere in europe, it was people who have been to the north of italy or travelled from there or have been with people who have been in northern italy. so, as i mentioned, plenty more detail online at the bbc news website and then news app. let's brief you on some of the other stories making the news: the russian president will meet his turkish counterpart in moscow later for talks on the escalating crisis in syria's last major rebel stronghold. last week, more than 30 turkish soldiers were killed in idlib in an airstrike that's believed to have been carried out by the russians. since then, turkey has been on the offensive. the aid agency save the children has been accused of mismanagement in its handling of sexual misconduct allegations against staff at its london head office. a report by the regulator for charities in england and wales questions the accuracy and integrity of the charity's public statements after the allegations were made public. scientists have published
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their first assessment of the part climate change played in australia's most recent wildfires. researchers say global warming boosted the risk of hot, dry weather that's likely to cause bushfires by at least 30%. tax investigators in portugal have mounted dozens of raids on top football clubs and the premises of their directors and lawyers. one player, iker casillas, who later joined porto, confirmed that his home had been raided. twitter is testing a feature that will allow some tweets to disappear after 2a hours. the new feature called "fleets" is similar to vanishing posts on snapchat and instagram stories. the changes prompted the hashtag rip twitter to trend as users complained the new feature would make service too similar to other platforms. the greek island of lesbos is the latest flashpoint in the migrant crisis. aid agencies have complained
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their staff have been assaulted and intimidated as they try to cope with people coming by boat from turkey. the governor of lesbos has apologised for the violent actions of some local residents. hundreds of migrants and refugees have arrived on the island since friday when turkey opened its borders. jean mackenzie reports from lesbos. where are you from? congo. how old are you? ten. ten? these are lesbos's newest arrivals, trapped on the island, now behind bars. i've been here for three days. three days? yeah. what's it like in here? not enough food, no sleeping. we want to go to a better place, not here. hundreds of migrants from afghanistan, syria and the congo have made it across the sea since turkey opened its borders last week. most have been kept in this holding pen. can they leave or are they detained? they can leave?
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no, so they are detained? for years, this island has been overcrowded. more than 20,000 refugees now live in a camp that was meant forfar, far fewer, stuck here while europe struggles to agree on what to do with them. thousands make their way from the camp to the port, desperate to leave. these flare—ups have angered locals and that anger has turned to violence. migrants and journalists have been attacked. and an aid centre has been set on fire. some aid workers are now leaving the island. the medical clinics, which treat hundreds every day, have been closed. why are you locking up? because we have a lot of problems on the island with ngos. we're having a lot of riots with the ngos. it looks like we are dealing
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in a war zone and this unpredictable security situation is something that we never experienced before. recent videos show the greek coastguard firing at people trying to cross the sea. we show these to the island's governor. they have received such orders to shoot, but in the air, not on the people. look, look. that's the migrants being hit on the head by the coastguard. yes. what do you think about that? i reject. i don't like it. i don't like this behaviour. it doesn't represent me. as greece scrambles to secure its borders, european leaders have offered hundreds of millions of pounds to help. we don't want money, we want not to have a problem. the point is not to get money. the point is not to have a problem. let's spare their money. let's send the money back. a navy ship arrives to take the new arrivals to the mainland, but thousands are left behind, on this island that no longer wants them. jean mckenzie, bbc news.
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let's get more on flybe now. the british company has collapsed and we have rebecca harding. good to see you. flybe has been in trouble for quite some time and it would seem that the real drop in passengers because of coronavirus outbreak tipped it over the edge? is important to remember it is a company that had a longer term problem than just the coronavirus. there was a rescue last year and it has been waiting for government money to come in and keep it going but unfortunately, because of the drop in passenger numbers, what has happened is the airline are simply not been able to keep the lights on. and when it comes to government money, according to european union rules, we cannot rescue companies, the state is not allowed to do that anyway, so
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there was much speculation and concern as to how the government could help this company. absolutely. and there is an element we need to stop and think about because this is something that will change over time. the government is probably going to say it could not do it because we are in the european union and we would have to to wait but, equally, there are negotiations, they are tied up with state aid rules, there are rules around world trade organization said this is not specific. and it is conducive of the environment that flybe operates in. it is a regional carrier, shorthaul flights between southampton and other parts of the uk which is a much—needed service but hard to make a profit from that and regional carriers and other parts of europe are having similar challenges, aren't they? i think this is going to bea they? i think this is going to be a problem or regional connectivity and that is the big issue, the levelling up of the uk economy and a big issue for the uk government to start
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thinking about. many of these airline roots are not profitable, birmingham, exeter, it will cut off some of those places creating a big challenge for regional policy. thank you for regional policy. thank you for now. rebecca is back later. plenty to discuss then. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: scientists carry out a bird brained experiment using magic tricks to show how these feathered creatures and humans think the same way. first, the plates slid gently off the restaurant tables. then suddenly, the tables, the chairs and people crashed sideways and downwards, and it was just a matter of seconds as the ferry lurched onto her side. the hydrogen bomb. on a remote pacific atoll, the americans had successfully tested a weapon whose explosive force dwarfed that of the bomb dropped on hiroshima.
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i had heard the news earlier, and so my heart went bang, bang, bang! the constitutional rights of these marchers are their rights as citizens of the united states, and they should be protected even in the right to test them out, so that they don't get their heads broken and are sent to hospital. this religious controversy — i know you don't want to say too much about it — but does it worry you that it's going to boil up when you get to the states? well, it worries me, yes, but i hope everything will be all right in the end, as they say. you're watching the briefing. 0ur headlines: europe's biggest regional airline goes bust — troubled flybe says coronavirus was the final straw. california's governor declares a state of emergency over the virus after reporting the state's first death and confirming
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at least 50 cases. one of the few parts of the world yet to suffer a full outbreak of coronavirus is sub—saharan africa. with a look at how the region is preparing — three of our correspondents on the impact covid—19 is having so far. according to the world health 0rganization, let and half of all nigerians have access to water, to soap, to any kind of hand washing facility and that the problem is continent. so as one of the most populated nations there is concern the virus will spread and spread fast stopping the first confirmed coronavirus in sub—saharan africa confirmed coronavirus in sub—sa ha ran africa was confirmed coronavirus in sub—saharan africa was here in lagos. it was an italian man visiting on business. nigeria has a centerfor visiting on business. nigeria has a center for disease control, one of the few countries in africa to have such a facility and they say their method of early prevention, rapid response and early detection is working so
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far, but they do acknowledge that the challenge will come with the fragile healthcare system if this virus spreads. here in south africa the impact of the virus is a really big fault. seafood exporters, tourism and industry is reliant on trade with china are potentially putting thousands ofjobs on the line. potentially putting thousands of jobs on the line. between china and east africa including people stopping following years of strong economic ties there are many chinese people living and working in this part of the continent, but with the outbreak of the coronavirus there have been reports of chinese people being shouted at and restaurants being deserted. however the continent's largest airline, ethiopian airlines, still goes to china. a lot of
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the forecast has been on direct flights from china and the fears that it could be imported from china, however many of the confirmed cases so far have been imported from europe. many are hoping it will remain small—scale, because many health systems on the continent would struggle to cope with a large—scale outbreak that needs many critical care patients, so the advice to them has been detected early, isolate the cases and limit local transmission of covid—19. is a correspondence based in sub—saharan summing up what is being done at. now it's time to get all the latest from the bbc sports centre. hello, i'm marc edwards, here is your thursday sport briefing. in the english fa cup, manchester city and leicester city are through to the quarter finals after wins over championship sides but theres a shock result of sorts, last season's champions league runners up tottenham hotspur are out after losing at home
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to the premier league's bottom side norwich city in the 5th round. tottenham looked to be heading for a routine victory when they took the lead after only 13 minutes — through belgian defenderjan vertongen. spurs held on to that lead until 12 minutes from time whenjosip drmic equalised for norwich, sending the game into extra—time — and then penalties. tim krul keeping his cool the norwich hero in the shoot—out, with two saves, as they won 3—2 on penalties. they'll be at home to derby or manchester united in the quarter—finals. bayer leverkusen are through to the semi—finals of the german cup — but they had to come from a goal down at home against 10—man union berlin. the visitors took the lead just before half—time with a header from their danish striker marcus ingvartsen — and held on to that lead until late in the second half. a minute after berlin had christopher lenz sent off for a second bookable offence, karim bellarabi equalised — to lead the fightback for leverkusen. the match looked to be
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heading for extra—time — but the home side scored twice in the last five minutes — with moussa diaby completing a 3—1victory. the final fa cup fifth round match takes place on thursday with derby county hosting manchester united, derby captain wayne rooney will come up against the team for whom he made. 393 league appearances and scored 183 goals, and it's clear the current united manager sees rooney — who's now 3a — as a threat. he gave absolutely everything for this club, and what he has done and we all appreciate that, but any goal he scored against us will be chopped off his goal tally, so you don't wa nt to his goal tally, so you don't want to score too many of them. got to be on our toes, don't give them any space around the
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box or in midfield, because at the latter end when he plays field you can see in passing range. world number 1 rory mcilroy is among the leading lights at the arnold palmer invitational this week. thirteen of the world's top 25 will tee up at bay hill, a course which mcilroy is a big fan of having won there in 2018 to kickstart his rise to the top of the rankings. i feel like this place ifeel like this place has i feel like this place has a lot of special memories to me, it was definitely the catalyst to sort of do what i've done over the past two years, and back to the top of the world ranking. and finally you'll be seeing this next piece of magic a lot on social media on thursday. world cup winner, global sensation and bona fide superstar kylian mbappe continues to do what he does best. scoring goals in style, the latest addition to his schmorgasboard of top class finishes came during psg's 5—1 semi final triumph over lyon in the french cup on wednesday. sit back and enjoy this golden nugget.
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the france striker picking up the ball in his own half before embarking on a sensational run, bamboozling two defenders on route to an early contender for goal of the season. he also helped himself to the matchball courtesy of his hattrick in the thumping win which sees psg into the final for the 6th season in a row. you can get all the latest sports news at our website — that's but from me marc edwards and the rest of the sport team, that's your thursday sport briefing. you might not think you have much in common with birds, but scientists at the university of cambridge think that in some unexpected ways, humans and birds think the same way. how do they know? they asked a magician to show somejays a few magic tricks. here's our science correspondent richard westcott. do jays think a bit like? now
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researchers are using magic tricks to see how their brains work. just watch how this young bird learns to find the food. but when a peanut magically reappears, look at her reaction. she doubletake, like a human. research by a unique tea m a human. research by a unique team at cambridge university. a magician and a psychologist. show the bird the worm. then hide it under the cup. and then the bird, thinking it's under this cup, discovers however it isn't. at first we were just thinking about it in terms of human beings but then wondered whether it might work on animals, too. particularly ones like jays who hide food for a living and therefore there is a benefit for them in being able to use trickery to maximise the chance that others won't steal their food. one of the interesting things we are discovering about the birds as
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they are convinced that something strange is happening the first and the second time, but they cotton on like we do. they learn from seeing the world around them and investigating to the point where they can start to see through magic tricks. this magical thinking is rare in the animal world, only seen so far humans, chimps, some birds and maybe cephalopods like octopuses stopping it up to plan how we all evolved. we have hands, they have beaks, there's a number of other differences you get the point, and yet we have seemed to involve similar kinds of intelligent, such as the crows and the jays, chimpanzees and other great apes like bonobos, have probably had similar problems to solve and solve them in similar ways and that is why they have ended up so intelligent. it's a slightly odd collaboration, but a scientist and a magician are conjuring up interesting
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results. many of you have been in touch with us to talk to us about what you are doing with regards to coronavirus, whether your behaviour has changed, whether you are choosing to do things like not go to the cinema right now, where you will be amongst many people, so we have had many people, so we have had many of you. annelise, who watches us in california said, i attended an nhl hockey match last night copy coronavirus is circulating in our community, i took more precautions, a wash my hands on arrival, when leaving used alcohol wipes on surfaces. of course california now has declared a state of emergency. angela thompson in the uk says i am not avoiding the uk says i am not avoiding the cinema, my friend and i went to see dark water on monday. saying i am using common sense and carrying on as normalfor common sense and carrying on as normal for now. thanks for your
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comments, #bbcthebriefing. i will be back with the latest news, more about flybe in a moment. hello. look out for some mist and fog around first thing, it will be a pretty chilly start for most of us as well, but for the majority of the uk, there is sunshine to come, temperatures will struggle but left as the day goes on. just one notable exception and that is the south of the uk, some rain around copy through the early pa rt rain around copy through the early part of the day for sure, just a little bit of a question mark about how quickly this area will pull off into the continent. this heavy rain from torbay all the way across the south coast, it may push as far north as essex and by the time we get into the afternoon system with out of the way. behind it, quite a chilly north—easterly when, a few
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showers for east anglia and then some heavy showers also possible for northern ireland and scotland, just a few isolated ones i suspect further west. temperatures struggling a little, has around seven or eight copy that system finally does clear through thursday evening and into friday, but quite a few showers come packing into the west and the temperatures will come down with clear skies ahead of the shower so there will be quite a significant risk of ice tickly across the western side of the uk first thing on friday. this front, though, not a particularly lively affair, probably the sharpest of the showers early on in the day and then we will see them becoming increasingly scattered and by the time that front left its way eastwards, for some areas it will just be way eastwards, for some areas it willjust be a case of kam mcleod. some heavy showers for the north—west of scotland temperatures on friday quite military today, around seven, eight, maybe nine degrees mark. and this that we can, i no, it's another area of low pressure, but the good news is not as severe an area as last
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weekend in the west of the wet weather should go through overnight saturday. saturday daytime for many, dry, just increasingly cloudy, rain the afternoon for northern ireland, scotland, and eventually the north—west of england. temperatures up a little on friday, around nine or 10 degrees but actually through the evening and overnight they may rise further in some spots as this front paul's warmup ahead of it. sunday, we are plunged back into a north—westerly airstrip, it will feel chillier, but a few sharp showers around images in the face of it looking similar to saturday but it will be colder in that wind.
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this is the business briefing. i'm sally bundock. grounded — struggling airline flybe collapses, leaving passengers all over europe stranded. the company says coronavirus was the last straw. plus — out of service. producers pull the launch of the new james bond film, the latest financial casualty of the coronavirus. and on the markets, they are headed higher today, following another jump on wall street on wednesday as funding rolls in from the us government and the imf to fight the coronavirus.


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