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a deal is reached tonight by nearly 200 countries on international rules to tackle climate change. celebrations in poland, where un delegates had to extend crucial talks by 2a hours, to reach agreement. a senior cabinet minister calls for mps to "forge a concensus" over brexit, but admits theresa may's plans, don't have enough backing. more protests in paris against the government, but numbers on the streets are down. and no more fumbling to pay to cross two of the main bridges into south wales, as tolls end after 50 years. good evening. after two weeks of talks and two years of work, consensus was finally reached
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tonight, on international rules to tackle climate change. nearly 200 countries overcame political divisions, to support the implementation of the 2015 paris agreement. that aimed to limit a rise in average global temperatures to "well below" two degrees celsius, above pre—industrial levels. here's our science editor, david shukman. this is what it's all about. gases released into the air that heat the planet. and after some long, difficult arguments, the world has inched towards a deal for how to reduce them. to try to avoid the risks of dangerous levels of warming in future. the talks at katowice in poland saw delegates from nearly 200 countries haggling over rules for how to tackle climate change. a slow process, but eventually a deal was done. the polish official chairing the talks was incredibly relieved. he was urged to take a bow. but there are questions about what has actually been achieved.
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the big challenge is that many countries, including poland, rely on highly polluting fuels like coal. thousands ofjobs depend on them. some campaigners say a few governments drag their feet. but others are pleased to have got this far. we have seen countries come together. they have responded to the science. they haven't done enough but they have done what's possible here. they have lent in, they have agreed some rules and they have set themselves a job to go home and do more and work out what they're going to do — engaging with their citizens, their businesses, their investors, to say, how can we take more climate action? the hope is for a transition to cleaner forms of energy, like solar power. the deal in poland may encourage that. the world is responding to the threat of global warming but not nearly with the speed that scientists say is needed. and david is here now. hgppy happy times in poland but what happens now? this hasjust broken in the last hour, and when the dust
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settles we will see one very significant thing, for the first time the countries of the world have a rule book, a common set of guidelines for how to cut their greenhouse gases, how to declare them and verify them, that is a key point, to check what countries promise to do they actually do, the chinese were worried about that being too intrusive but britain and other countries wanted something robust. that has been agreed. more technical, more complex issues, have actually been kicked into touch to make this deal possible, and the really key thing in the coming yea rs, really key thing in the coming years, the test of this, is to see if greenhouse emissions actually fall if greenhouse emissions actually fa ll over if greenhouse emissions actually fall over the 25 years or so of this whole un process, they have gone up dramatically, so what matters according to climate scientists is to get a turning point to see those gases falling as rapidly as possible. david shukman, thank you. the work and pensions secretary, amber rudd, has appealed to mps across the political divide
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to "forge a consensus" over brexit, acknowledging that the prime minister's deal for leaving the european union might not be approved by parliament. her comments follow another difficult eu summit for theresa may in which she failed to win concessions that might have made her withdrawal deal acceptable to mps. here's our political correspondent, chris mason. parliament stares at gridlock. cobbling together a majority to endorse anything looks incredibly difficult, and downing street has studiously avoided any public discussion of a plan b, what happens if, when, the prime minister's plan is rejected. but writing in the daily mail, amber rudd says that brexit is in danger of getting stuck, and while supporting theresa may's deal, advocates assembling a coalition, potentially reaching out to opposition parties, to avoid what she calls the rocks of no deal. amber rudd proposes in her article a series of commons votes to test
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support for a range of possible outcomes but one conservative brexiteer mp told me you had to be on a mood altering substance to believe persuading labour mps was a viable way forward. and even within theresa may's cabinet there's differing views about what plan b should or should not look like. and others are making the case for plan a still, albeit plan a with tweaks not yet secured. it's very tempting after a week like we've had, which has not been a good week, to try and reach for other radical solutions. i still think if you look at all of this, when the dust has settled, the only way that we're going to get through the house of commons and to give the british people the brexit that they voted for, is to have a version of the deal that the government has negotiated. one former minister who resigned last month to call for another referendum says the government should get a move on and let mps have their say.
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i've got absolutely no doubt that if the vote is deferred again when we come back on monday, that very serious conversations will be had by members of the cabinet and members of parliament asking, well, what is the strategy? it's simply unacceptable to run out the clock and face the country with the prospect of being timed out. the country has arrived at a moment of extraordinary jeopardy, with no one in sole control of events and no one who knows precisely what will happen next. chris mason, bbc news. there've been scuffles in paris, between police and so called ‘yellow vest‘ protestors, during a fifth weekend of anti—government demonstrations across france. however, the number of people taking part is said to be significantly lower than before. president macron announced a series of concessions earlier this week, to try to defuse the crisis. lucy williamson reports from paris. the tactics were the same as always but the tension here has waned.
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the number of protesters in paris today less than half that of last weekend. there are far fewer people gathering here in paris today but there are still a few confrontations between protesters and police, like here on the champs—elysees. i think the security forces will be hoping this is the last final stand of the hard—core. this was a test of whether president macron‘s concessions this week have worked. 10 billion euros to help those on the lowest incomes. not enough for some. translation: the president is offering us peanuts. we are not monkeys he can throw nuts at. we're human beings. the violence of previous demonstrations in paris along with the government's concessions and the impact of a terrorist attack in strasbourg this week have all helped dissuade protesters. but protest sites around the country are settling in for christmas and it is notjust the troublemakers left behind.
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at la ciotat tollgate 45 minutes outside marseille, the demands are no longerjust economic — they are also about democracy and access to power. translation: we want a second french revolution. we are going to show all of europe that the people do have power. president macron says long—term solutions to this crisis lie at the local level and that he wants to meet mayors, region by region, to hear their concerns. translation: president macron has ignored us from the moment he came to power. and now all of a sudden he wants us to come to his rescue. can i be honest with you? the idea of a national consultation is absolute rubbish. everything will carry onjust like before. the clashes here seem to be losing some momentum, but the frustration that sparked them hasn't been resolved. there's a part of france that feels precarious and invisible. for the past few weeks
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it was visible to all. lucy williamson, bbc news, paris. tolls on the two main bridges crossing the river severn into south wales will be scrapped from next week. drivers have been charged for more than 50 years. the welsh government says removing tolls will boost the economy by around £100 million a year, but critics say there'll be more traffic congestion. sian lloyd's report contains some flashing images. crossing the river severn into south wales has until now always come at a price. some 25 millionjourneys a year are made. lorry driver craig evans makes more than most. for 17 years, he's been delivering goods from wales across the border. this could be halfway over the bridge, and you're losing time, your driving time, you're late getting the goods delivered. it's just horrific. his firm makes 31,000 crossings every year.
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until recently, lorries were charged £20 a time. it's good for my company. they've got more money in to invest, which will create more jobs, but the side that i'm not looking forward to is the traffic which is going to come into wales, and from my point of view, it's going to cause more congestion. to commemorate the first crossing of the severn bridge, i have great pleasure in unveiling this plaque. in 1966, the completion of the first bridge across the severn caused huge excitement, but the volume of traffic multiplied, and 30 years later, the prince of wales opened a second severn crossing. when this bridge returned to public ownership, the uk government announced that the tolls would go. around 100 staff are affected. among them, darren moore, who said he is sad to be losing hisjob but does have fond memories of his time in the toll booths. you'd get people turning up and going, is this the way to exeter?
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is this the way to scotland? because they've taken a wrong turning, and then you have to break the news that they're actually just about to enter wales. work is now underway to remove the barriers. the aim is to save drivers money and encourage more investment in the south wales economy, but it's predicted that scrapping the tolls will increase traffic on what's already a congested stretch of the motorway. sian lloyd, bbc news, on the m4. now with all the sport, here's lizzie greenwood hughes at the bbc sport centre. thanks, clive. good evening. all the rugby to come but we're starting with football and match of the day follows the news so if you want to wait for the results — you need to avert your attention now. manchester city are back on top of the premier league — for the next 2a hours at least. they beat everton 3—1 in the early kick—off. gabrieljesus scoring twice — to end his long goal drought. afterwards, the brazilian credited his mum for his new—found confidence after she flew in tojoin him in manchester. tottenham followed
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up their good week in europe with a late win over burnley. christian eriksen came off the bench to score in injury time at wembley. spurs are still third in the table — five points behind city and three behind liverpool, who play manchester united tomorrow. elsewhere there were wins for crystal palace, newcastle, watford, wolves and west ham. kilmarnock are back at the top of the scottish premiership after beating an in—form dundee. greg stewart scored their third goal in the 3—1 victory at rugby park. in the day's other games — there were wins for motherwell and aberdeen. celtic and rangers play tomorrow. bath, wasps and cardiff all missed—out on reaching the quarter—finals of rugby union's european champions cup. but saracens won again to all but seal their place in the knockout stages and glasgow could also still go through as patrick gearey reports. cardiff's champions cup chances have been fast disappearing.
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their only path back through the fog was guarded by saracens' red giants. a formidable bunch, top of the premiership, top of their group. the likes of sean maitland, a streak of scarlet through ca rd iff's defence. faced with a rocky road, the blues got inventive, first the chip and then eventually the fish, dan fish's try once converted gave the welsh side the half—time lead. but then they were winning at the break against sarries last week and lost by 26 points. with the likes of owen farrell around, you're never really safe. he kicked 16 points in all as saracens muscled their way through the blues. england hookerjamie george judged to be over. cardiff most definitely out. saracens are now 22 matches unbeaten. a watershed game in glasgow, this was weather for warriors — glasgow needed a win to keep alive their chances of reaching the next stage. this was some start. within 45 seconds, matawalu onto the water slide. lyon are bottom of the group, so the warriors would have had hopes of scoring the four tries needed for a bonus point.
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especially when matawalu went snorkelling once more. but they couldn't keep up the momentum. glasgow are comfortably second in their pool. in this weather they must feel like they've just climbed out of one. patrick gearey, bbc news. it's been another good day for britain at the track cycling world cup in london. fred white and matthew walls took silver in the madison, finishing second to denmark in the long—distance points race. it follows—up on the women's team pursuit gold medal on the opening day and kadeena cox's victory over paralympic champion dame sarah storey. there was heartbreak for england's men's hockey team, who missed out on a place in the world cup final. they were beaten by belgium 6—0 in their semi—final in india. england will now play off against australia in the bronze medal match tomorrow. and the new formula e season is underway. portugal's antonio felix da costa won the opening race of the electric car series in saudi arabia. battery improvements mean the cars can now reach speeds of 170mph and last the full 45 minute race.
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that's it from me, but there's more on the bbc sport website, including justin rose — on course to finish the season as the world's number one golfer. goodnight. that's it. you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel. but from me and the rest of the team, have a very good night. hello. this is bbc news. a woman aged 33 and her eight—year—old daughter have died in a house fire in nottinghamshire. a 34—year—old man and a young boy were taken to hospital with serious injuries and a woman aged 53 escaped unhurt. police believe they were members of the same family. our reporterjake zuckerman sent this update. well sent this update. the firefighters were called here
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well the firefighters were called here at about seven o'clock in the morning by neighbours, who had spotted a fire in the conservatory of the house and told me they tried to break into the house to break down the door and rescue people but u nfortu nately down the door and rescue people but unfortunately they were unable to. when firefighters arrived at the 25 people from the house, or believed to be from same family. a34—year—old man and his five—year—old son are both still in hospital with serious injuries and a 33 year woman and her eight—year—old daughter have sadly died asa eight—year—old daughter have sadly died as a result of this house fire. another occupant, a 53—year—old woman, was led to safety and looked after at the scene. police and fire officers are still here, examining the scene of the fire in an attempt to discover how it started in the first place. the road is cordoned off and police say it's likely to remain cordoned off until tomorrow while those investigations continue.
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staff at chester zoo say it may take some time to account for all of the creatures being housed in a building partially destroyed by fire. the blaze broke out this morning in the monsoon forest habitat, the largest indoor zoological building in britain. emergency teams were unable to stop most of the building's roof from being destroyed. one person was treated for breathing difficulties. now the winner of strictly come dancing has been decided this evening, so tune away if you're planning to catch up later. this year the glitter ball trophy went to bbc documentary presenter stacey dooley and her professional partner kevin clifton. here's a little look at how the evening went. cheering
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the votes have been counted and independently verified and i can now reveal the strictly come dancing champions are stacey... cheering applause for one final time... applause for one final time. .. a lovely flavour of the evenings proceedings. entertainment journalist emma bullimorejoins us now a surprise or, she was the bookies
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favourite wasn't she? it was always going to be higher orjoe suggs, he is so popular we thought his fan base might see him through but stacey base might see him through but sta cey ha d base might see him through but stacey had the classic to journey, she blossomed and got better, she had an amazing time, i think a lot of people are happy she want four this evening. as people say although it isa this evening. as people say although it is a dance competition it's not a dance competition. exactly, we saw that from ashley who is probably the best in the competition, she was on the bottom to mark the last few weeks and the, they both got perfect scores but you knew they would not win, it was someone like stacey who started getting low scores, then she embraced it. she got better and better and blossomed into a dancer and kevin is one of the most popular professionals, four times in the
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final before tonight so it was his chance also to win. a lot of mention of it being his time, about time he got to hold the trophy. what has been a highlight of the series, do you think it was a classic series? it's a funny one because at the start of the series a lot of talk about the line—up not being very glitzy, not a in of big names but once you get into it it does not matter, the format, thejudges, it's such a special show, such a feel—good place away from any politics or any nonsense. it was a great series for me. loads of highlights, loads of amazing dances. they brought in a couples choice category, theatre dancing and temporary routines, street dancing, mixing it up but it was still classic strictly. we will leave it there, thank you very much, worth watching on catch up if you did not
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see it tonight, some great performances. let's get a look at the weather. the weather this weekend dominated by storm deirdre bringing some of us heavy snow, others have seen some fairly rare but very dangerous falls of freezing rain, instantly turning to ice on any surface it touches. this stuff particularly nasty and we've seen some of that fall particular across northern england and southern scotland, this was earlier in hebden bridge and in cou nty earlier in hebden bridge and in county durham ice completely encasing this windscreen. you can imagine underfoot slick conditions, dangerous stuff. looking at the picture through sunday what storm deirdre is about is a transition to milder conditions. the air moving in from the waist and we will see a significant jump upwards in temperatures. for sunday the last of the rain until snorkelling away from scotland, are bright enough start to the day but further waste at the
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cloud will gather through the day and we will see more wet weather particularly for wales, western areas of england. localised surface water flooding issues given areas of england. localised surface waterflooding issues given her weight it's been recently but look at the temperatures between 68 and ten, it'll be a much milder day. pushing west, so the east, as it clears out of the way we will start to see a ridge moving across wales, south—west england which could bring patches of frost and may be fog. the next weather system racing into the north—west of the uk bringing more wet and windy weather. for monday probably a quiet start to the day for england and wales with fog around and a few patches of frost, bright enough at sunshine, in the north and west winds will pick up and we will see cloud and rain edging. it will be a relatively mild day with temperatures from many areas reaching double figures. looking at the picture for tuesday we've got low pressure to the north—west of the uk, strong
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south—westerly winds bringing milder air across the south—westerly winds bringing milder airacross the uk, south—westerly winds bringing milder air across the uk, that will boost temperatures but unfortunately there will be rain around as well. a slow—moving weather front, rainfall totals building up, localised flooding issues across parts of scotland, wales, western england as well particularly given how wet it's been. it will be a mild day, 10—12 your top temperatures. towards the middle part of the week the weather front slowly pushes its way east, low pressure to the west of the uk driving and more wet weather, this time it's targeting northern ireland, wednesday morning but otherwise are bright enough start to the day, the cloud will move across these western areas with rain arriving through the day, the best of any drier weather across eastern portions. temperatures near normal for the time of year but still the odd degree above. by thursday at the winds coming from a more north—westerly direction, a mixture of sunshine and showers, the wettest weather heading across parts of north—west england and perhaps western areas of scotland,
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temperatures closer to normal, 8—10. looking towards the end of the week and weekend we will keep low pressure to the west of the uk, driving in these west, south—westerly winds which will be quite brisk, windy spell, but those winds are mild,, most of the uk stea m winds are mild,, most of the uk steam quite unsettled, still further showers coming and going, temperatures a couple of degrees above normal, the exception to that, the far north of scotland where we are not far away from the cooler air and the winds will be lighter as well. hello, this is bbc news. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow morning's papers in a moment — but first, the headlines: nearly 200 nations have agreed rules on implementing the 2015 paris agreement, the agreement aims to deliver the goal of limiting global temperature rises to well below 2 degress celcius. the work and pensions secretary, amber rudd, says it's time to build a cross—party consensus on brexit, as the church of england calls
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for national reconciliation. an investigation is under way after a woman and her eight—year—old daughter died in a house fire in nottinghamshire. over 60,000 protestors take to the streets in france, clashing with police, in a fifth weekend of anti—government demonstrations.
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