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this is the briefing, i'm sally bundock. our top story: as weather conditions worsen in australia's new south wales, the fire service warns it is now too late to leave in some areas. activists in hong kong block roads and clash with police, a day after some of the most violent unrest during five months of pro—democracy protests. this is the scene live. hillary clinton tells the bbc she is dumbfounded that the uk government won't release a report into russian covert actions in the uk.
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an unexpected polluter. shipping is responsible for 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions. what can be done? a warm welcome to the programme, briefing you on all you need to know in global news, business and sport. also in the programme: are you dreaming of a woke christmas? eco campaigners are urging us to reduce waste this year, consider renting a tree that is then replanted, not send cards, and reuse decorations. so what do you think? are you on board?
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are you keeping christmas waste to a minimum? get in touch. just use the hashtag #bbcthebriefing. as predicted, more than 50 bushfires in new south wales in australia are burning, about half of them out of control. they have spread so quickly that emergency warnings are in place in 11 areas, with fire services warning that it is now too late to leave for any one still remaining there. temperatures have been rising towards a0 degrees, and a strong southerly wind is due to sweep up the coast, making the situation even more dangerous. we still have 52 fires burning across new south wales. 30 of those are uncontained, and we've got 13 at watch—and—act alert level. we are certainly starting to see an increase in fire activity, and therefore the fire danger is increasing accordingly.
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the reality is conditions will simply continue to get worse and deteriorate over the coming hours, and particularly into this afternoon, when the combination of the hotter temperatures, the drier atmosphere and the strengthening winds all come together to drive fire behaviour. shane fitzsimmons is new south wales‘s rural fire chief. our correspondent shaima khalil joins us from sydney. what more can you tell us? you know, it was quite an ominous start to the day. we woke up to this big haze in the sky from smoke coming in from areas around sydney that have been affected by the fires. we could smell it quite strongly, and it was kind ofan smell it quite strongly, and it was kind of an indication of what we should expect for the rest of the day. it was a very hot morning, it got even into a hotter afternoon, and we are expecting these
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temperatures to rise even more. as you heard there from mr fitzsimmons, but also ultimately it is the speed of the wind. the stronger the wind gets, the more uncontrollable these fires are. we're getting updates now almost on an hourly if you look at the map that fire officials have put on their website, itjust shows you all of these areas turning red, which means they are turning into an emergency situation that are uncontrollable fires. it is very, very fluid, and i think the most important thing to realise is the fa ct important thing to realise is the fact that this is at an unprecedented scale for so many people, even though they will tell you they have seen fires before, nothing at this scale, and also quite unpredictable about how the day is going to turn out, with the weather conditions becoming even worse. as you said, the authorities are saying that this is the most dangerous bushfire the nation has ever seen. dangerous bushfire the nation has ever seen. three people have died, 150 properties have been destroyed. is that a tribute to how well this is being handled, that those figures
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aren't worse? absolutely, and i think the idea, and this has been kind of said time and time again by the prime minister, by the premier of new south wales, that this is really about saving lives. it is about keeping people as safe as possible. the alerts are out almost ona minute possible. the alerts are out almost on a minute by minute basis for people to tell them that they need to evacuate. people have been urged to evacuate. people have been urged to evacuate. people have been urged to evacuate. we have seen thousands of people spend the night in evacuation centres. this is not to ta ke evacuation centres. this is not to take away from the fact that this has actually been on a completely different level. many will tell you that bushfires are the story of the australian summer, but really this story is changing in a very dramatic way. this is the new normal. the fa ct way. this is the new normal. the fact that the drought has actually left the earth bone dry, itjust makes it that much more vulnerable to fires that could get out of
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control really, really quickly. so really, even though the country has seen really, even though the country has seen bushfires before, everybody is coming to terms with this new reality of the scale of it, of the timing of it, which is a lot earlier. because remember, we're still in the beginning of the fact that it still in the beginning of the fact thatitis still in the beginning of the fact that it is hitting areas it hasn't hit the floor. activists in hong kong have again blocked roads and clashed with police, a day after some of the most violent unrest during five months of pro—democracy protests. riot police fired tear gas on a university campus, and commuters were forced to abandon a train after objects were found on the line. hong kong's leader, carrie lam, said she hoped universities and schools would urge students not to take part in violence. we can speak to our correspondent in hong kong martin yip. so carrie lam calling on students
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not to take part, and yet most schools, many, many schools and universities are closed. yes, sally, but it is mainly the universities, the institutions, so to speak, are closing today. and what is known as the international schools in hong kong are closed. most of the local schools, primary schools all the way to secondary schools, they are still opening and still having classes as normal. and actually, carrie lam even said this morning that the government would call for this kind of class suspension in a hurry. she believes the government will be falling into the trap set up by the protesters. so it kind of shows you how the government would not give into any of the demands from protesters. and talk us through what might be happening next. these protesters looked extremely determined, and the authorities are fighting back, one protest that shot
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yesterday. to be absolutely honest, it is really hard to predict what will happen next. just as i am talking to you now, you talked about the clashes at the universities. now, in the main business district of central, there are renewed clashes between protesters and police just now, as a few rounds has happened already. some rocks being thrown, teargas deployed, that sort of stuff. and you also have office workers, thousands of them, walking out from their office building during lunch hours to show their support to these protesters. so with this gun shooting incident yesterday, as well as, at the same time, a man being burntand yesterday, as well as, at the same time, a man being burnt and wounded that way by protesters is really adding to the woes in the city. so where is the way out insight is
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quite hard to tell. i wasjust going to ask you, martin, because this has been going forfive to ask you, martin, because this has been going for five months to ask you, martin, because this has been going forfive months now, and carrie lam calls the demonstrators enemies of the people. are the wider public generally speaking still supporting these protesters? that's another thing you will find hard to judge. there's plenty of people showing support, like ijust said, those office workers just walking out from their office buildings during lunch hours, standing with these protesters in the middle—of—the—road in the central district. but you can also hear quite easily people showing their discontent, like this morning, when i myself travelled into the city for work. i had to spend another 30 minutes on my usual bus journey, and you could hear some fellow passengers grumbling on the phone, saying these protesters are just disrupting their livelihood. and even carrie lam is somehow playing into it, i have to suspect, that she
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praised those people who try their best to commit to work in a situation like this today. just a year ago after typhoon mangkhut, the whole city was paralysed. no transport was actually working. still millions of people turned up to work as normal. and that was certainly showing the kind of fear in the city. many employees are not feeling safe, with this kind of situation, not turning up to work. they have a fear of being fired, from their boss, being disciplined. so people are more worried about their own livelihood and democracy, and that really shows just more cracks being found in the city. thank you. let's brief you on some of the other stories making the news: the former bolivian president evo morales, who resigned on sunday, is on his way to mexico, which has granted him asylum. mr morales tweeted that it pained him to leave,
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but he would return with more strength and energy. bolivia's military chief has ordered troops to back police, who have been involved in clashes with supporters of mr morales. the former american president jimmy carter has been admitted to hospital in atlanta. an official statement said he would undergo an operation on tuesday to relieve pressure on his brain caused by recent falls. mr carter is 95. he has remained in the public eye through his humanitarian work. boeing says it expects its 737 max aircraft to resume commercial flights in january. the planes were grounded earlier this year after two of them were involved in crashes off indonesia and ethiopia in which nearly 350 people died. four people have been injured after an earthquake hit south—eastern france. the quake, with a magnitude of 5.4, was felt in the city of lyon and in much of the ardeche region. scientists said such a strong tremor was extremely unusual in that area of france.
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the former us secretary of state hillary clinton has told the bbc she is dumbfounded that the uk government won't release an intelligence and security committee report into russian covert actions in the uk. the 2016 us presidential candidate is in london with her daughter chelsea to promote their co—authored work the book of gutsy women. she spoke to the bbc‘s mishal husain. i'm dumbfounded that this government won't release the report about russian influence, because everyone who votes in this country deserves to see that report before your election happens. why do you think they're not releasing it? i don't know the answer that. i would think a reporter like you and others should be absolutely relentless in trying to get to the bottom of it. because, look, we know from even
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this current trump administration's intelligence officials that the russians are still in our electoral system. there's no doubt of the role that russia played in our 2016 election, and is continuing to play. there's a lot of evidence that russia played in the brexit election. now, i'm not in your country. i don't have a say about any of that. but the fact that the current government won't release this report by your own government should raise some questions. hillary clinton, of course, who has co—authored the book of gutsy women with her daughter chelsea. one of the business stories we are covering today is that formula i has launched a plan to become carbon—neutral by 2030. the intention is to wipe out the carbon footprint of activity at race tracks, including road and air transport of staff and equipment to the events. next year, there are a record—breaking 22 races, including a new grand prix in vietnam. with me is 0liver cornock, editor
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in chief of the oxford business group. good morning, 0liver. now, you live near silverstone, so formula one is in your backyard whether you like it or not. what do you think? is this an ambitious target or not? or not. what do you think? is this an ambitious target or nowm or not. what do you think? is this an ambitious target or not? it is clearly a nd an ambitious target or not? it is clearly and ambitious target from an industry, and let's call it what it is, it is a very big deal. silverstone, the home of uk racing and lots of ways, motor sport. mercedes around their employers a lot of people. but also i see, just locally, the amount of traffic, the transport that goes into putting the f1 transport that goes into putting the fi there. when you count 22 times that around the world, the footprint is vast. and a business angle, it is worth about $30 billion in sponsorship. and every business, every investor around the world these days, big business, is conscious of their sustainability. i think this is all part and parcel of a much broader narrative at the
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moment. and i wasjust going to say, it's great, isn't it, that formula 0ne it's great, isn't it, that formula one is saying right, we're going to aim for this. we are going to try and hit carbon neutral by 2030, despite that we all see this as a hugely ambitious target. despite that we all see this as a hugely ambitious targetlj despite that we all see this as a hugely ambitious target. i think it isa hugely ambitious target. i think it is a hugely popular sport, it has a huge carbon footprint. it has a huge sponsorship, the likes of red bull and aston martin, and business want to be associated with positive stories. i think it is very positive. and the fact also, sally, that it positive. and the fact also, sally, thatitis positive. and the fact also, sally, that it is notjust about the cars themselves. red bull have been keen to point out their engine is 50% efficient where is the one on the street is 30%. let's hope this is pa rt street is 30%. let's hope this is part of something much broader and will encourage fans to pursue more sustainable practices at home themselves. thank you for now. we have our news briefing coming up later in this programme, including
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this. feeling stressed? meet lilou, the world's first airport therapy pig. she is hogging the limelight at san francisco airport. the bombastic establishment outsider, donald trump, has defied the pollsters to take the keys to the oval office. i feel great about the election result. i voted for him because i genuinely believe that he cares about the country. it's keeping the candidate's name always in the public eye that counts. success or failure depends not only on public display, but on the local campaign headquarters and the heavy routine work of their women volunteers. berliners from both east and west linked hands and danced around their liberated territory. and with nobody to stop them, it wasn't long before the first attempts were made to destroy the structure itself. yasser arafat, who dominated the palestinian cause for so long, has died. palestinian authority has declared a state of mourning.
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after 17 years of discussion, the result was greeted with an outburst ofjoy. women ministers who'd long felt only grudgingly accepted in the ranks of clergy suddenly felt welcomed. you're watching the briefing. 0ur headlines: as weather conditions worsen in australia's new south wales, the fire service has warned it is now too late to leave in some areas. there's been a second day of disruption in hong kong as protestors block roads. schools and universities have suspended classes. first it was flint, michigan and now in newark, newjersey, americans are finding higher than normal amounts of lead in their drinking water and people are outraged. the mayor has a plan to speed up the replacement of lead service pipes to remove the toxic threat.
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but as nada tawfik reports, that's not enough for those who live in fear of the water in their homes. it's dinner time and alika speight is making pasta with her kids. but to boil it, only bottled water will do. she lives in newark, newjersey, the latest american city to grapple with a lead water crisis. 0fficials gave her a filter, but she still doesn't trust the water. i'm always spending money on water. i spent more money on water than on buying food for the house. newark‘s problems began when a corrosion control treatment failed at its pequannock plant, causing lead from pipes to seep into the water. 0fficials switched to a new treatment, but it will take months to be fully effective. now, mayor ras barakahas announced an expedited plan to overhaul the infrastructure. across the city, crews are ripping up the streets in order to replace
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lead pipes with copper ones. under the programme, all 18,000 lead pipes in newark will be removed in under three years at no cost to homeowners. when the lead service lines are replaced then 100%, you know, there will be no lead in the water. if you have a filter, the filters are working and so you should use your filter and if you're using the filter then you'll be perfectly fine. still, some members of the community believe officials were slow to respond to the crisis and warn residents, including those who are now suing the city. i still am unsure about when i am getting lead service line replacement, even though i put in for it over six months ago. so it's all of this that really leaves me frustrated. what happened in flint, michigan, and now here in newark, newjersey, has once again raised questions about the safety of the nation's water infrastructure. decades after lead pipes were banned, many still remain in place in older homes and buildings.
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and part of the fear is that many people simply do not know if they have lead pipes or not. despite assurances, churches and charities continue to hand out bottled water. efforts may be under way to finally rid the city of lead pipes, but rebuilding trust could take much longer. nada tawfik, bbc news, newark, newjersey. here's our briefing on some of the key events happening later. now it's time to get all the latest from the bbc sports centre. hello. thanks for your company. i'm ben croucher with your tuesday sport briefing. alexander zverev picked a pretty decent time to beat rafael nadal for the first time in his career. not that there's a bad time, mind you, but his straight sets victory at the atp tour finals in london is the perfect way to begin his title defence. nadal is competing in his first tournament since september due to fitness problems. zverev took full advantage of any rustiness
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for a 6—2, 6—4 win at the o2 arena. he and stefanos tsitsipas top their round robin pool after one game. everyone knows how much i was struggling this whole season than this means so much pain here again and winning my biggest so far in my career, this means everything to me. and you know, i was looking forward to this match and, you know, thanks a lot for all the support, everybody who came out. to a powerful story from the para athletics world championship next where british athlete kadeena cox revealed the competition has triggered a relapse of an eating disorder. cox won the t38 a00m silver on monday but after the race spoke candidly about her struggles with having so many people watching her in dubai. yeah, it's been a challenge. i wouldn't lie, it's been tricky. just trying to do with managing my eating, kind of, having so many eyes on me is pushing me to do more extreme things which, i mean, it was a bad thing. i had had one bad thing
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and then i had those with and i binged. unfortunately it's part of the battle in my head, so, yeah. rafael nadal will have a day to wait to put right his defeat. roger federer will get back to it on tuesday after he was beaten in his opening match by dominic thiem. he takes on matteo berrettini, who also lost on sunday against novak djokovic. the italian is making his deubt in the season—ending finals. elsewhere, djokovic plays thiem, hoping to keep on course for his bid to end the year as world number one. beaten women's world cup finalists the netherlands are back in action later as they take on slovenia in their latest qualification match for the european championships in 2021, fresh from an 8—0 victory over turkey on friday. netherlands top group a in convincing fashion having won all five of their games so far.
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they are the defending european champions. italy, spain, finland, portugal, austria, belgium and ireland will also be hoping to maintain their 100% record in qualifying. finally to argentina, where estudiantes reopened their redeveloped stadium in what was the most eye—catching fashion on friday. the buenos aires club arranged for a hologram of a flaming lion to prowl the roof on top the venue. estudiantes last played at the stadium in august 2005, before it was closed down due to safety concerns. and that's some welcome home, eh? you can get all the latest sports news at our website, that's bbc.com/sport. from the bbc sport centre, enjoy the rest of your day. we will. i'm sure we will. thanks to
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ben and the team. in san francisco, a rather unusual member of staff can be spotted among the corridors and departure gates of one of the city's airports. sporting a pilot's cap and pink toenails, five—year—old lilou is helping stressed travellers have a more enjoyable journey. gareth barlow reports on the world's first airport therapy pig. "pigs might fly", as the old saying goes, but lilou is getting pretty close to taking off. at least, she's certainly taken off with passengers at san francisco's international airport. i've never seen one here, so it's interesting. it's fun. i got really excited. she can do tricks like a dog. you know the nails, the hat, just the — i don't know how to really explain it but it's actually really cool. lilou is part of the wag brigade,
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which uses therapy animals, including the world's first therapy pig, to ease the stress of travellers and flying. it makes them happy and pause for a second. just smiling. it makes them go "oh, it's great" and snap out of the moment. a musician. a style icon. and a social media star. the only thing lilou can't do is visit duty—free. gareth barlow, bbc news. keep her away from duty—free, all right? especially the perfume section. we have had for many of you whether we should have a ‘woke' christmas, in effect a sustainable, environmentally friendly christmas. 0ne user said didn't everyone use their redecoration does make
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decorations? i can't imagine people buying them every year. similar sentiments from samulu who said we have been using the same artificial tree for four years, unpacking, dusting, putting it together, is all pa rt dusting, putting it together, is all part of the tradition. i'll see you soon. hello there. it's been a very unsettled start to november, even indeed before november, we've seen a lot of rainfall around. there a lot of rainfall around. will be some sunshine arol but there will be some sunshine around but also spells of rain which will be quite heavy. it will be quite windy, too, and it will stay on the cold side. and with that we are likely to see further snow of the high ground. would tuesday, low pressure firmly in control. lots of cells across northern areas, quizzing the isobars to the irish sea so it does look like parts of northern western wales, the coastal parts of north—west england could see winds gusting 65 miles an hour.
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plenty of showers, rain spreading across the country, some of them will be happy. there will be some sunshine in between and winter airiness over the high ground. temperatures 7—8d for many. it is going to feel colder than that when the showers come along. the low pressure will put up into the north sea, we will see a brief bump of high pressure before the next weather system arrives on wednesday and into thursday. it could be though, many central, northern and eastern areas will have a fine day thanks to the dump of high pressure. —— bump of. 7— eight further south across the south—west of england. that has signs of our next weather system moving in with some busy conditions and heavy, persistent rain over the high ground. as we head onto the early hours of thursday and certainly throughout
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thursday and certainly throughout thursday that weather front will begin to pivot. it won't move very fast so it could be that some parts of england and could see a lot of rainfall throughout the day. a bit of uncertain see northwards and southwards extent, but that could be affecting the flood affected areas of midlands and northern england. so you have to stay tuned to the forecast and had online to check out the latest flood warnings there. as we head onto friday looks like it will be an improving picture. that weather front will start to weaken and will start eastwards and a ridge of high pressure will move into western areas. friday can be quite cloudy and busy across eastern areas, one or two showers is that front areas, one or two showers is that fro nt m oves areas, one or two showers is that front moves through. further west, and improving picture thanks to that ridge of high pressure increasing sunshine. but it is going to be another cold day but at least you will have the sunshine to compensate across the north and the west.
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this is the business briefing. i'm sally bundock. an unexpected polluter. shipping is responsible for 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions. what can be done? china's pork crisis. how supplies of the country's favourite meat are shrinking as pig pens empty due to african swine fever. and financial markets — as asia are on edge again, keeping a close eye on pro—democracy protests in hong kong, nissan results are due out soon.

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