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hello and welcome to bbc news — i'm reged ahmad. firefighters in california are using a short window of calmer weather to increase efforts to tackle the devastating wildfires. the blazes have marched a path of destruction through the us state, killing at least eleven people. 250,000 people have been forced to flee their homes, while thousands of properties have already been destroyed. james cook has the latest from northern california. living in malibu means you have made it, but no amount of wealth or fame can stop a fire like this. the blaze was propelled to the pacific ocean by strong desert winds, forcing thousands to flee. i saw the flames coming over the mountain right next to our house and ifelt the burning embers and i knew that i had to get out. so, we heard this was coming, so we set up the sprinklers and we hosed the whole house down and we pretty muchjust had enough time to get the dogs into the truck. kim kardashian and lady gaga were among 250,000 californians who had to leave their homes.
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but nowhere was the pain more acute than in thousand oaks, where michelle mussetter lost her home. there is a house where they took all the motorcycles out, but the house made it. so i was just coming up the street to see my neighbours and i ddin‘t realise that my house had gone too! 500 miles north, paradise is suffering, too. these abandoned cars give just a hint of the terror as people fled. for block after block, this is all that remains of paradise and you can tell that the fire burned with an intense ferocity because very little of what lies in these charred remains is recognisable. james cook, bbc news, paradise in california. events continue to take place across the globe to mark 100 years
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since the signing of the armistice which ended the first world war. the french president, emmanuel macron, and the german chancellor, angela merkel, marked the centenary with a gesture of reconciliation — as james landale reports. 100 years ago, their nations were still at war. today, under a damp, grey sky, president macron of france and chancellor merkel of germany came to a forest clearing north of paris, where the great war finally came to an end. it was here, in a secluded train carriage, that the armistice was agreed, ending hostilities across europe. in a replica of that carriage, the two leaders sat where the allied and german delegations had negotiated the agreement, committing their nations once again to peace. these images are all the more poignant because the last german chancellor to walk these paths was adolf hitler, who came here to accept the surrender of france
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in world war ii, hoping to avenge the deal agreed here two decades before. after the armistice was signed, the allied delegation came back here to the elysee palace, and according to one account, theyjoined hands and danced ring a ring 0' roses with the french prime minister. it was not quite so cheerful there today. president trump arrived in paris saying it had been insulting of mr macron to say europe needed protecting from the united states. but today, they put on smiles for the cameras and agreed europe should do more to share the burden of its defence. it's unfair to have the european security today being assured just by the united states, and we need a much better burden sharing. i appreciate what you're saying about burden sharing. you know what my attitude's been. and we want a strong europe. it's very important to us to have a strong europe. after leaving the elysee,
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mr trump pulled out of a visit to a cemetery for american servicemen and faced criticism when his officials blamed the rain. tonight, world leaders attended a dinner in paris ahead of tomorrow's armistice centenary. president macron wants to use the ceremony notjust to remember the dead but also to shine a light on the dangers that he believes nationalism can pose today. let's get some of the day's other news. the number of people now known to have died in the latest outbreak of ebola in eastern congo has passed 200. a vaccination programme is underway, and 25—thousand people have been innoculated. —— 25,000 but the health minister says armed groups are harrassing the response teams. two medical workers have been killed. indonesia has called off the search for bodies from a plane that crashed nearly two weeks ago, killing all 189 people on board. the lion air flight plunged into the sea, just minutes after taking off from jakarta.
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the hunt for the missing cockpit voice recorder will continue. a balcony has collapsed during a demonstration in the southern french city of marseille, injuring three people. the incident occurred as protesters marched against the deaths of eight people who died when three adjacent buildings fell down. four days after the us mid—term elections, the state of florida has announced there will be a recount of votes in the race for both the senate, and for governor, with the results too close to call. president trump was quick to react to the news, tweeting his opinion that it was an attempt to "steal" the elections — something the florida state authorities deny. the republican candidate rick scott has already claimed victory in the senate race. but florida's would—be democratic governor, andrew gillum, said he fully supports the recount. let me say clearly, i am replacing my words of concession with an uncompromised and unapologetic call that we count
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every single vote. that we count every single vote. that we count every vote. and i say this recognising that my fate in this may or may not change. what i do know is that every single floridian who took time to go out to cast their vote, to participate in this process, deserve the comfort of knowing that in a democratic society and in this process, every vote will be counted. there's plenty more on all the stories we're covering on our website. that's at — or download the bbc news app. let's get more on the story that we've been following. at least 11 have died
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in californian wildfires. more than 250,000 have been forced to flee their homes. a martinez is an actor and resident of malibu. hejoins us from ventura, california. thank you very much field time. i wa nt to thank you very much field time. i want to with what happened when you first decided you needed to evacuate. i was really tired. we had known the fire was burning north of us known the fire was burning north of us the night before. known the fire was burning north of us the night before. but known the fire was burning north of us the night before. but had known the fire was burning north of us the night before. but had not actually taken a lot of precautions to deal with it. my wife woke me up in the morning saying, we need to get out of here. so we packed our stuff u p get out of here. so we packed our
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stuff up and decided which way we had to go. malibu is like a long strip of land, there is only one highway which services it so you have to choose if you are going to go west or east. most people were going east into santa monica and it was bumper—to—bumper, it was literally gridlocked so we decided to go west towards ventura, where there wasn't so much traffic but problematic we, the wind was blowing all the smoke over ourjourney so we basically had to breathe a tremendous amount of smoke to get out of town, it took a long time. were you ever fearful that you actually wouldn't be able to escape to safety? i was fearful of going towards town where the trafficjam was because all of us are mindful now, given the way things have
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changed, the fires that repeatedly come to california tend to be much more volatile and unpredictable than they used to be. the topography hasn't changed, the wind is coming from the same places but it comes with a velocity and the violence that never used to be the case so you are mindful of the people who have died, thinking they had time in centre rose last year, more than 2000 people died, in short order, in a place where they were considering themselves safe considering historical patterns. —— santa rosa. if you are aware of that, you start to have a lot of primal emotion when the smoke is over your house. i was quite concerned about not getting stuck in a trafficjam which is why we ended up driving through the smoke, basically. listening to your description of how you had to figure out how to evacuate, do you feel like authorities are doing enough to get information to people, to
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escape? i think it's a pretty simple occasion. the authorities by and large do a good job. the problem we all face here is our reluctance to understand things are changing. and a lot of the old protocols that we could depend on simply don't work and if you are —— and if you are aware of that, the latest massacre that happen the day before writing the same place where the fire began, right on the heels of the election and the contention and the difficulty and the firing of the attorney general, everybody starts to feel like reality is bending and then something like this happens and you find yourself struggling to remain coherent. i really can't blame it on the authorities and they're doling out of the information. it's just a symptom of the times we are living in in america and especially places in
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california where fire is just a regular occurrence. briefly, you are from malibu. do you know about your home, your neighbours homes and how they fared? yeah, we've been having a difficult time communicating because we came to ventura and the cell tower broke down and we couldn't be in contact. i have a daughter in london this been telling me what's going on because she knows things i haven't known but basically, we are aware that many people we love and are close to have lost their homes but many more people who are worried about it have not lost their homes. that is a tremendous blessing, even though there is a wound in the community. we found out this afternoon that our home, miraculously, because things burned up all around it, but our home is standing. that's very good
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news and we are glad you are safe as well. thank you so much, a martinez, an actor who been evacuated from malibu and he is currently in the netflix syria's longmire and experiencing those terrible fires. —— series. a i—year—old boy and three adults have been killed in a collision, after a car being chased by police, crashed into their vehicle. the dead were in a people carrier, when it collided with a black vw golf in sheffield yesterday evening. three men have been arrested, and the independent 0ffice of police conduct, has begun an inquiry. here's alison freeman. as they simply waited to turn right, their car was struck at speed. police had been pursuing the black volkswagen golf when it hit the people carrier, containing two families. four of the seven people inside were killed. two men and a woman died at the scene and a i—year—old boy was pronounced dead
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in hospital later. another child, a girl aged three, remains in hospital with life—threatening injuries. two other women were also seriously hurt. i think anybody who has seen the pictures of the incident itself will see how horrific the accident has been. they are innocent people. they were driving down the street. they collided with a vehicle and what i can tell you, we currently have three people in custody, arrested for death by dangerous driving. the three men who have been arrested, aged 17, 18 and 23, were all travelling in the golf. because the crash happened while police were pursuing the car, the independent 0ffice for police conduct has launched an investigation. south yorkshire police says it wants to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident, which they have described as an incredibly tragic accident. alison freeman, bbc news. the former transport minister, jojohnson, who's resigned from the cabinet over theresa may's brexit plans, has suggested other ministers might quit too.
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the brother of the former foreign secretary, boris johnson, is a remain supporter, and says it would be a "democratic travesty", not to hold another referendum on any deal agreed with brussels. downing street has ruled that out. 0ur political correspondent ben wright reports. the governmentjo johnson quit yesterday insists it will get a good brexit deal and there will not be another referendum, but the former minister today said voters should have another say. the prime minister has been negotiating the terms of our exit from the european union. they are, in my view, and in the view of others, so radically different from the brexit that was billed during the referendum that i think it would be a democratic travesty if we did not go back to the people and seek their consent for our departure from the eu on this basis. tory brexiteers are dead set against another vote but have also criticised the deal theresa may is hoping to sign off with eu leaders very soon. that matters because the prime minister needs to get any deal through parliament, and is now facing two clear flanks
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of opposition within her own party. the role of labour will be crucial. the leadership has said it is likely to oppose the brexit deal, but todayjeremy corbyn seemed to rule out another referendum, too. the referendum took place — the issue now has to be how we bring people together, bring people together around the principles of our economy, our rights. as jo johnson's resignation shows again, the politicalfallout from brexit is stretching party loyalties to the limit and the next few weeks are going to put huge pressure on ministers and mps. in the end, without a government majority, the numbers in the commons are going to be critical and if theresa may's deal is defeated, then parliament will have a vital role, figuring out what happens next. ben wright, bbc news, westminster. this is bbc news. the headlines: wildfires in california have killed 11 people as they burn out of control. 250,000 residents have been forced to leave their homes. the former transport minister jojohnson says more ministers may
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resign over the prime minister's brexit plans and voters were sold a false prospectus in the referendum. turkey says it has given saudi arabia and the western powers recordings relating to the murder of the saudi journalist, jamal khashoggi. president erdogan said the us, british, french and german authorities have all had a chance to listen to the tapes. alan johnston reports. the last moments of his life — jamal khashoggi entering the saudi consulate in istanbul. he would never re—emerge. the turkish media always said there were audio recordings of what the journalist went through, revealing how he was killed. now turkey's president has confirmed that such potentially crucial evidence does indeed exist. and he's made it available to the world powers. translation: we gave
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the transcripts to saudi arabia, to americans, to germans, to french, to english, to all of them. all of them listened to these conversations. they know about it. there's no need to augment the reality of what happened here. the turks allege these were members of a saudi hit squad arriving in istanbul, preparing to carry out the murder. the saudis insist that the killing was done without the knowledge of crown prince mohammad bin salman. but the turks want more answers from him, like, where's the body? and exactly who ordered the killing? by circulating the evidence in those audio recordings among the americans and europeans, the turks have worked to keep up the pressure on the saudis. and at their meeting in paris, president trump and president macron agreed that the kingdom needed to fully explain mr khashoggi's murder.
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alan johnston, bbc news. a petition to overturn a ban on a television advert by a british supermarket has now reached over 500,000 signatures. the advert for the chain, iceland, features a cartoon orangutan and highlights the plight of their rainforest habitat. advertising authorities said it breached rules on political content, as david campanale reports. the iceland christmas advertise mint features a orangutan into a young child's bedroom. he grabs hold of a bottle of shampoo saying contains palm oil. narrated by emma thompson, the actress tells the story of the
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journey from forest to the little girls bedroom as palm oilfarmers ravage her habitat. the images from greenpeace are bleak but grab attention for iceland in a crowded christmas advertising season. they tell the story of how palm oil demand threatens the habitat of orangutans and iceland ‘s commitment to no longer use palm oil in their own products. environmentalists point out that tv screens at christmas will be filled with adverts for products containing palm oil such as cosmetics, mince pies and chocolate. palm oil production isa and chocolate. palm oil production is a $40 billion global industry and provides employment for thousands of workers and small—scale producers. however it is production has been one of the biggest causes of deforestation in borneo in indonesia, the natural habitat of the orangutan. nowl don't indonesia, the natural habitat of the orangutan. now i don't know what to do to do iti the orangutan. now i don't know what to do to do it i will fight to save your home. in promoting the issue,
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the advertise mint has been banned from television due to its potentially politicised menace, in message. iceland told the bbc they we re message. iceland told the bbc they were disappointed and surprised by the decision and there company elected to share the video via social media. they said they wanted to share the story with us. help us share this story. since then it has received hundreds of thousands of views on social media, and arguably will one attention for its own brand and the fact that palm oil is used in half of all goods found on supermarket shelves. back now to the commemorations marking the centenary of the end of the first world war. and the queen has led members of the royal family, in a special festival of remembrance, at the royal albert hall. here's sarah campbell. music. 0n the eve of the 100th anniversary of the 1918 armistice,
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the audience stood to give thanks to all of those who fought and died in the great war. the sounds and stories from conflicts past were played out. 100 years of the royal air force celebrated. watching, as she does every year, the queen, surrounded by members of her family. applause. they came because country called. because they knew it had to be done. that unless they went to fight, there could be no peace. trumpet plays. thousands of poppy petals, a silent tribute to all those who served and made the ultimate sacrifice.
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sarah campbell, bbc news. a church in northern ireland has had bells specially installed for the centenary — and new bell ringers recruited and trained. 0ur correspondent, chris page, has been to the parish church of kilmood in county down. a century's old tradition brought to this church for the first time to commemorate the events of 100 years ago. never before has this sonic splendour rung through saint mary's parish, and the church hopes it will bring together families, communities and generations. sunday, we will be lighting a beacon here, as there will be many across the uk. we will be having a bugler and we will be ringing the bells as well, because bells were never rung during the great war and the 11th of november is the first time they were rung, so that is what we are going to do with our armistice bells.
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when the bells pealed in 1918, everyone knew the fighting was over. that sound will be recreated worldwide for the centenary. in kilmood, there has been months of planning. six bells have been installed in this tower. but before the bells are rung into action, the ringers have been learning the ropes. according to the teacher at bangor parish, it is far from easy. it's to do with the rhythm and co—ordination, which some people take longer to get to grips with. which is why bell—ringing can take months, years, depending on the individual. however, these parishioners are now fully qualified and are making their debut this weekend. the church wants to look ahead, as well as back. phase two is welcoming schools from right across the community to learn about the great war, and also to learn about the art of bell—ringing. and hopefully, to encourage kids to think about the things that make for peace.
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the hope is the bells will have a lasting legacy, reminding people of the value of reconciliation and the cost of conflict. chris page, bbc news, in county down. and we will have special coverage of those commemorations that take place throughout the day here on bbc news. now it is time for the weather. hello there. the weekend was dominated by some really heavy thunderstorms. halen really heavy thunderstorms. thunder is well couple blue halen thunder is well coupled with blue skies it and some areas did better than others. it will be a very similar picture for the day ahead. we still have a huge area of low pressure driving our weather system. more showers forecast for today which is armistice centenary day so there are likely to be some potentially very wet conditions for
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those out and about through the morning hours. the showers have been clearing from the north. chilly across scotland and northern ireland the look of the showers gathering further south and west as we go through the night. does continue to gather and they will move inland across wales and southern england, heading towards the midlands. some through western england. hopefully few of the northern scotland and northern ireland but it does mean if you are heading to the cenotaph for the first part of the morning it could be quite a downpour and the risk is there for thunder and lightning. it looks as if they should have cleared for 11 o'clock that there will still be with those across the eastern side of england and the devil is within the details so and the devil is within the details so take some waterproofs. where we haven't actually start it looks as if we will see the lion ‘s share of the morning sunshine. many of us will see some sunshine as the day goes on. de facto showers clear out into the north sea and we will
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continue to see the south—westerly wind blowing and for the second part of the day more for northern ireland during the day on saturday they tended to escape. showers typical as they were on friday, a little above average. with fellow precious to close by on monday we will see further showers in the north and west and a spell of rain close by two southern and eastern counties of england. in between, hopefully afforded some drier weather. still, though showers with us and the wind is from the south and west, still relatively mild but chilly spots around first thing as we see this morning with patchy mist, fog and frost. for the remainder of the week, the low pressure moves out of the way and a high—pressure close by does bath to have an influence. not for a while, not certainly through tuesday and wednesday but beyond that it looks as if that high—pressure will settle the weather down and we will see dry days, dry nights, chilly arrived well potentially. the big issue may
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be foggy mornings and we will keep you updated. this is bbc news, the headlines. firefighters in california are stepping up efforts to tackle the devastating wildfires during a short window of calmer weather today. the blazes have marched on a path of destruction through the us state, killing at least eleven people and forcing a quarter of a million people to flee their homes. the leaders of france and germany have attended a ceremony in northern france to mark the end of the first world war one hundred years ago. the main ceremony at the arc de triomphe on sunday will be attended by world leaders including presidents trump and putin. jojohnson — the former transport minister who resigned over theresa may's brexit plans — has suggested that other ministers could be prepared to quit theirjobs. he told the bbc that mps were facing a "momentous" decision and said it would be a "democratic travesty" not to hold another eu referendum. thousands of plug—in hybrid cars bought with government grants
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are burning as much fuel as regular cars, according to new research shown to the bbc. data shows that many drivers never charge their vehicles and rely instead on their petrol or diesel engines. subsidies for new plug—ins were scrapped last month, but drivers still pay less car tax and benefit from free parking. joe miller has more. tech workerjosh hunter member the last time he filled up a tank of petrol. thanks to a subsidised charging point, his hybrid has enough power to do the school run and pick up groceries butjosh might be the exception. the vast majority of plug—ins are sold to commercial fleets whose drivers are not as diligent. when they are regularly charged, plug—in hybrids should be able to do around 130 miles per gallon of fuel. the data compiled
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the bbc shows many such cars bought by large companies with the government grants were doing 40 miles per gallon. buyers of plug—in hybrids were entitled to a subsidy of up to £4500 and this incentive is
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