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good afternoon. parts of the uk are facing a second day of travel disruption with 30 flood warnings currently in place, including two in scotland, as storm callum continues to bring heavy rain and strong winds. 2,000 homes and businesses in england are without power, with some flood defences breached. people in one village in south wales spent the night on evacuation alert because of rising water levels — and passengers had to be rescued from a train stranded by flood water. tomos morgan reports. yeah, so it's streaming through the middle of the house at the moment. and you've made a drainage way by taking out all of the... yeah, try to keep it as central as boss. vicki's home has been ruined by storm callum. 0vernight the torrential rain that caused havoc across south wales has decimated herfamily home. i don't know how long it is going to take for it to go down. it is just waiting for everything to dry out, i guess, and see what happens from there.
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but a lot of people on the street don't have insurance or anything so i don't know what they will do. i'm not sure. the 29 houses on canalside where vicky lives were offered a voluntary evacuation last night but all the residents refused and stayed with their belongings and homes. it is south wales that has borne the brunt of the storm. travel has been severely affected, with several roads remaining closed. here on the a470 between merthyr tydfil and the brecon beacons, ajcb has been called in to create extra drainage as water pouring down the mountain has been bringing debris with it, creating a huge risk for vehicles trying to pass on the road. train services have also been affected. a revised service is in place today. last night, these passengers had to be rescued from this train as the river burst its banks near aberdare. very dangerous for the train to move forwards or backwards at that point in time. the rail incident
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officer from network rail quickly assess the validity of the line and made a decision at that point that it was wiser to evacuate the passengers rather than attempt to drive the train through the flood water. in carmarthen, thousands of homes have been without power and almost 80 flood alert and warnings remain in place with the met office issuing an amber warning for heavy rain until this evening. for vicky and her neighbours, they are boxed in. water flowing from the back of the houses and at risk of the canal overflowing from the front. their clean—up operation won't be able to begin until this latest storm has run its course. tomos morgan, bbc news, the vale of neath. problems are being experienced all over the west and north—west coast. 0ur correspondent linsey smith is in blackpool. welcome to blackpool. the weather is pretty grim, it's been raining in the north—west heavily and there
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we re the north—west heavily and there were some pretty strong winds here too. there have already been some trouble disruptions, ferries cancelled from fishguard and holyhead to ireland already. 0n the rail there are disruptions in services between preston and scotland. on the motorways there are speed restrictions in place, as motorists are reporting tricky driving conditions. some police forces have reported accidents overnight due to the weather. the environment agency have issued flood warnings on the dorset coast. there we re warnings on the dorset coast. there were 58 warnings in place across england and people are being advised to check their local information. thank you. the united nations secretary general hasjoined growing international calls to reveal the truth about the disappearance of the saudi journalist, jamal khashoggi. turkey says it has audio and video evidence that he was murdered inside saudi arabia's consulate in istanbul. but the saudi interior minister described allegations that his
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country was responsible as lies. bill hayton reports. jamal khashoggi walked through this door 11 days ago — and was never seen again. leaks to localjournalists suggest turkish police have documented evidence that he was interrogated, tortured and murdered within these walls. translation: government officials say they are going to publish the evidence soon. the police have all the evidence, except for one thing — where is the body? that is what they are investigating. as investigations continue into what happened in these buildings, senior saudis have denied the claims. but the head of the united nations says that he's concerned about a breakdown in international law and order. i'm feeling worried with this apparent new normal, because these kind of incidents are multiplying, and it's absolutely essential to make sure
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that the international community says clearly that this is not something that can happen. and the fact that khashoggi was an american resident has also put the us government in a difficult position. donald trump has said he won't cancel a $110 billion arms deal with saudi arabia, despite the allegations. the country is an important partner for western governments — many will attend a big investment summit there later this month. however, as several major media organisations and business leaders have already pulled out, more may follow — depending on the news from istanbul. bill hayton, bbc news. let's take a look at other stories making the news this lunchtime. thousands of patients with incurable breast cancer are being denied a dedicated specialist nurse, according to a leading charity. the government promised all cancer patients would have access to their own nurse by 2020. but according to figures gathered by breast cancer care, almost three—quarters of nhs trusts
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across the uk are not providing them. the department of health said it's "committed to increasing the capacity". small demonstrations have been taking place near a site in blackpool where fracking was scheduled to begin today. on friday, the high court rejected a last—minute challenge by environmental campaigners. the energy firm, cuadrilla, says bad weather has forced it to postpone drilling. it hopes to begin extracting gas from shale rock at the site on monday. at least eight climbers have died on a mountain in nepal after their camp was devastated by a violent snowstorm. it happened on mount gurja in the west of the country. some of the victims were members of a south korean expedition team. pressure is mounting on the chancellor, philip hammond, to find extra money in the budget to support universal credit. the new system involves merging existing benefits into a single payment. this morning, one conservative suggested around 30 of her colleagues are concerned about how universal credit is working. the work and pensions secretary has admitted that some claimants will be worse off.
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0ur political correspondent, matt cole, is here. matt, tough choices, potentially, for mr hammond? absolutely. all existing benefit claimants are due to move on to the universal credit benefit system next year. despite government promises of cash to ease the transition, there are fears some families could miss out on hundreds of pounds. it is estimated it could take £2 billion to fix. the conservative member of the work and pensions committee heidi allen said she and 30 the tories think more money needs to be put into the system. that i suppose good spurred the chancellor to act, not least as next month there are votes a nd not least as next month there are votes and moving people onto the new system which could offer an opportunity for unhappy mps to rebel. so, if the chancellor decides to put some money in he might choose to put some money in he might choose to do it by raising taxes. but could therefore upset other backbench
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tories. for instance, there has already been some hostility to him floating the idea of reducing the tax breaks for pensions savings. yes, two weeks to the budget and some fine balancing to do. thank you. a man has died and another is seriously injured after a stabbing in hainault last night. one man was pronounced dead on the scene, and another was taken to hospital in a critical condition after the incident in north—east london. meanwhile, in a separate incident in hackney, a man suffered gunshot injuries and was taken to hospital. police said it is believed he was shot at by two people on a moped. so far this year, the total number of murders in london has reached 100. patients are being urged to return crutches, walking frames and wheelchairs to the nhs so they can be reused, recycled or donated to charity. hospital bosses say it would save money and reduce the impact on the environment. jo black reports. crutches, walking frames, wheelchairs. if you're injured or struggling to walk, they're invaluable, but many of us are hanging
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onto these devices and cluttering up our homes. now, we're being encouraged to give them back. health bosses say returning equipment like this not only saves the nhs money but also helps to reduce waste. within our budget, that's £125 billion. to date, this perhaps has been seen as a small value item, that the cost of things like crutches is relatively low compared to many of the other things that the nhs is dealing with, so i don't think it's had sufficient priority within the nhs. a set of crutches costs approximately £7. a walking frame, around £18. figures provided by the department of health show that last year, 212 trusts spent £6.4 million on walking aids, and half of that was on crutches. here at the mid essex hospital trust, reusing and recycling equipment is a big thing. around 2,000 pieces have been returned this year — that's a saving of £25,000.
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but returning nhs equipment can be confusing. there's no national policy. some hospitals tell people they don't need the items brought back, and quite often, patients forget they have even got them. yes, they are some of the cheaper and smaller items used by the nhs but if returned, they could make a big difference. jo black, bbc news. goody bags filled with commemorative fridge magnets, ponchos and chocolate coins from yesterday's royal wedding have been put up sale on auction site ebay forup to £1,000. the bags were gifted to 1,200 members of the public who were in the grounds of windsor castle to follow the marriage of princess eugenie the queen's granddaughter and ninth in line to the throne, to jack brooksbank. now, it's an awfully long time since he left aunt lucy back in peru. paddington bear is 60 years old. to celebrate, the royal mint has released two new 50p pieces.
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the coins depict the peruvian bear in two locations from his adventures, sitting on his suitcase at paddington station and on a day out at buckingham palace. time for a marmalade sandwich! you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel. the next news on bbc one is at 5.30pm. bye for now. hello. let's get more on the disruption caused by storm callum. 0ur correspondent tomos morgan has spent the day in south wales, which has been badly affected by heavy rain and strong winds. storm callum has had a huge effect on south wales. as you can see
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behind me, flooding roads in the neath valley. it has really caused a huge issue. vehicles flooded, businesses flooded as well. the river is still hugely higher than it usually is. usually you can see a 12 foot drop down to the river but at the moment it's almost reaching the top of the bridge. and the fear is that as more rain that has been falling over the past 2a hours pours down from the brecon beacons, this river could rise again and come onto this bridge as well and flood the place even further. and on the other side of the river, the floodwater from the rain has actually trapped a number of residents who are stuck 110w. number of residents who are stuck now. there is a row of houses over there, they can't get in and out. underneath the railway tracks, there is about a foot and a half of water, which means no vehicles can come in and out. the residents there, they
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can't get in and out or anywhere really. although it has stopped raining, there is an amber warning in place until around 6pm this evening. this water is not going to go anywhere for some time to come. the flood warnings remain in place for quite a while. for trains, there is an issue there as well and people are being told not to travel unless really necessary. there will be a reduced service. but as you can see, the effects of storm callum having a huge impact on the residents of the south wales valleys. let me bring you some news on the case of jamal khashoggi. the chairman of the commons foreign affairs committee, tom tugendhat mp, has added his voice to those demanding to know the truth about mr khashoggi's whereabouts. president trump has said there is
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much at stake in this case. he was last seen eleven days ago, entering the saudi consulate in istanbul. turkish officials say they have audio and video evidence that he was murdered inside the building. but saudi arabia denies the allegations. so how might this incident impact relations between saudi arabia and the west? i'm joined by armida van rij from the policy institute at king's college london. thank you very much for being with us. thank you very much for being with us. let's start in basic terms, what is the state of the relationship between saudi arabia and countries like the united states and indeed members of the european union,
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including the uk? i think we need to start by saying that every bilateral relationship is different, and every country will have different considerations that will play out in this case. saudi arabia is an absolutely crucial ally for the us and the uk. in terms of security cooperation and intelligence staring —— intelligence sharing. it is significant for the us and uk in terms of arms exports. how much has been riding on the impact of the new crown and is who has been a whirlwind through saudi politics in terms of his impact on domestic reform and his intervention in countries like yemen? when he first came to power, he was very much hailed as this great reformer and with that it would signal a new saudi arabia, but during his time as defence minister and now crown
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prince, we have seen a more aggressive foreign policy. as suggested with the war in yemen, the blockade in qatar, the argument with canada, so while he has opened cinemas and allowed women to drive, there has been quite strong insta nces there has been quite strong instances ofjournalists there has been quite strong instances of journalists being repressed and any form of dissidents being crushed. the suggestion in turkish media is thatjamal khashoggi was a target because he had been critical of the way that reform programme was being carried out. and yet this seems an extraordinary response to criticism if there is any truth in this allegation, it is still unproven, but made by the turkish authorities, that he was murdered by his own country. it is yet to be proven, even though there have been a number of reports, quite a few reports. but
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it is also important to remember that jamal khashoggi was not necessarily working from outside of the saudi establishment, he was quite close to power, he was a very close aide, and he was in and out of government for quite some time, so it is not like he is any other dissident. it would suggest this is a new era in terms of repressing any sort of dissent or criticism of the saudi state. if he has died, if he has been murdered and if he was a victim of the saudi regime or some pa rt victim of the saudi regime or some part of the saudi regime, it does seem part of the saudi regime, it does seem to have spectacularly backfired. yes, it might seem that way. i don't want to go into hypotheses over what that might mean. i do think that there are huge implications for the uk and saudi arabia relationship, particularly as saudi arabia has now been acting on numerous occasions in ways that are
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not compatible with the uk's norms and values, at a time when the uk is trying to redefine what kind of place it wants to take in the world, what sort of country it wants to be post—brexit. theresa may keeps saying, and jeremy hunt, that they wa nt to saying, and jeremy hunt, that they want to be an upholder of the world order, but being associated with saudi arabia would put you in breach of that at the moment. it is very striking to hear the un secretary—general last night saying that he's worried there's a new normal imaging, effectively sending a warning signal to countries like britain and the united states, because they are un security council permanent members, they are the people he is referring to, that someone people he is referring to, that someone has to step in and say this is not acceptable. there is this big question of, if these allegations we re question of, if these allegations were to be proven true and countries like the uk and the us do not step up like the uk and the us do not step up and stand up to saudi arabia,
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where will that lead to? it would essentially be giving a carte blanche to authoritarian regimes to do anything they like, especially considering the uk's response to the norwich attack against russia. because effectively, the allegation is that somebody has been killed on the territory of another nation, although i know technically under diplomatic law a consulate is sovereign territory to whom the consulate belongs, but nonetheless the suggestion that people had been flown in to carry out this act against this man, and these are all allegations. how much pressure will there be on tricky to substantiate these allegations? there is a lot of pressure. there is a lot being leaked. part of that is because they are trained to put pressure on saudi arabia to be more forthcoming but
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pa rt arabia to be more forthcoming but part of that is also because they have some leveraged to play. it is also interesting to note that when it comes to turkish relations with the us, for example, those have been at quite a low point, so they might wa nt to at quite a low point, so they might want to see whether they can use this as a way to build that up again. and they both need each other for so many again. and they both need each other for so many reasons, again. and they both need each other for so many reasons, including syria. thank you very much. as you've been hearing a charity is claiming that thousands of incurable breast cancer patients are being denied a dedicated specialist nurse. breast cancer care says almost three quarters of nhs trusts are not providing patients with their own designated nurse despite a government promise to do so by 2020. the department of health said it is "committed to increasing the capacity" of specialist cancer nurses. earlier i spoke to gunes kalkan, breast cancer care's head of policy and campaigns, who told me about their research and what they found. we did this research which has shown
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that almost three quarters of health boards and hospital trusts across great britain aren't providing a dedicated specialist nurse for people with incurable breast cancer. what this means in practice is that thousands of people are being denied access to crucial kit that will help them to feel supported and live well for as long as possible, and as a result we are calling on the government to provide funding to train and recruit more specialist nurses. what is the problem? is it a lack of will on the part of trusts ora lack of will on the part of trusts or a lack of the qualified people to do thisjob? or a lack of the qualified people to do this job? what we found is that with the nhs being overstretched at the moment, there is a lack of funding and that means there is a lack of nursing and a lack of specialist nursing for the group we are talking about. at the same time, at the hospital level, that doors also need to be more priority given to people with incurable breast cancer and we want to work with
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those hospitals to try and help train at their nurses. why does this dedicated nurse contact matter so much for people with an endurable disease? we know it is absolutely vital. we hear that having access to this dedicated nurse is the single most important factor in improving people's experience of having castor —— cancer. they are the single point of co nta ct —— cancer. they are the single point of contact as people with incurable cancer are being passed from pillar to post having treatment with different departments, that dedicated nurse is the person they can get to know, they can provide that care and be someone you can call out of hours to provide that care. the government made this commitment and put a date on it of 2020, so still 18 months off, assuming it is the start of the financial year in 2020, is there time to close the gap or does it now had to acknowledge it can't meet this particular target ad might need
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to shift the timetable at it? this particular target ad might need to shift the timetable at mm this particular target ad might need to shift the timetable at it? it is unlikely it will be met. we did a similar piece of research two years ago and there has been very little movement so i think it will be very difficult in 18 months to meet that pledge. at the same time there is an nhs long—term plan that is being developed and there is an opportunity through that to make sure there is funding for these specialist posts. and what about the desire among nurses themselves to do this work? it is obvious to see what the value is for the patient, but do you detect a desire from nurses to wa nt to you detect a desire from nurses to want to undertake this work? absolutely. we support a number of nurses across different hospital trusts who tell us they want to do more of this work but they said we don't have the time or they haven't been given this training, and that means they are not, people with the disease are not being given the support they need. a man in his 20s has been stabed to death in a car park in dudley. he died in the early hours of this morning. three men aged 30, 27, and 25 are being questioned
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on suspicion of murder. thousands of people are taking part in an anti far right demonstration in the german capital of berlin. it's been organised by an alliance of political parties, trade unions and organisations all calling for solidarity and an open and free society. it comes after a number of far right protests were held in cities across the country in recent weeks. let's speak to our correspondent, jenny hill, who's at the demonstration in berlin. what sort of numbers are they expecting this afternoon? the police we re expecting this afternoon? the police were expecting 40,000. there are easily tens of thousands here. it is pretty difficult to tell from where we are standing. but really this is a mass protest. it is great to see so a mass protest. it is great to see so many people coming out for one demonstration like this. the people i have spoken to say they are here because they are concerned that german society and german politics is shifting too far to the right. this has been organised by many different groups, many different
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individuals, but everyone is marching under the, indivisible, and they want an open and fair society. they are really concerned that the world is seeing germany through the prism of some of those pictures you probably saw on your screens in the early autumn, where the far right we re early autumn, where the far right were protesting, sometimes very violently, against migration policy. that is really concerning people here. they say germany is not like that. it is certainly not the country these people want to live in. that is why they are taking to the streets to make their point. thank you very much. an outbreak of the disease myxomatosis is being reported in british hares for the first time. scientists fear it could infect hares in a similar way to rabbits, killing huge swathes of the population. countryfile's tom heap reports. myxomatosis is a viral disease
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causing inflammation of the eyes, ears and lungs with death following extensive convulsions. it's been present in uk rabbits since the 19505, often killing 99% of the population in an infected area. but now, similar symptoms have been seen in brown hares in different areas across east anglia with hares in distress, dying and unable to run from humans. britain's leading authority on hares and rabbits, dr diana bell from the university of east anglia is leading the investigations. i wasn't expecting myxomatosis in hares. and i really hope that... hares have no protection in this country. 0n the continent, there is a closed season for shooting hares, not in the uk, so what i would hope for is an immediate ban on hunting. the scientists are awaiting postmortem confirmation of the virus. that could tell them how itjumped
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from one species to another and, most importantly, how virulent it could prove. tom heap, bbc news. it's time for a look at the weather. thank you. western parts of the uk not faring too well at the moment. we are expecting further heavy rain. it is raining particularly heavy at the moment in temperature and western parts of wales. the north—west of england too. tonight we will continue to see heavy rain pushing into other parts of the country but for the time being we still have a warning from the met office, for south wales, and amber warning. storm callum is now weighed
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to the north of us. this is a weather front streaming across the uk. look what happens, by the early hours of sunday morning, more rain coming into wales and the midlands. very mild out there. 16 degrees overnight. last night it was 20 degrees so we overnight. last night it was 20 degrees so we are overnight. last night it was 20 degrees so we are getting some exceptionally mild nights. tomorrow, by the afternoon, the heavy rain should clear the way. but look at that, glasgow, belfast, the lake district, wales doing fine tomorrow afternoon. they all get some sunshine. the weather is improving, i promise you. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines: forecasters are warning more strong winds and torrential rain are on the way in northern ireland and western parts of britain, from storm callum. the un secretary general demands "the truth" over the disappearance
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of the saudi arabian journalist jamal khashoggi. patients are urged to return crutches, walking frames and wheelchairs to the nhs so they can be reused or recycled. new figures reveal thousands of incurable breast cancer patients are being denied a dedicated specialist nurse. the fracking firm cuadrilla has confirmed it won't carry out fracking today at its site near blackpool, citing bad weather as the cause of the delay. more years at the top of the hour but first, our colleague is presenting inside out.
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