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this is bbc news. the headlines at four: at least 12 people are killed, after a plane crashes in kazakhstan — dozens of survivors, including children, are being treated in hospital. everyone started screaming, kids are crying. and the lights were on in the plane, but there was no, like, sound. lady hale, who is about to retire as the president of the uk supreme court, voices concern about the effect of the reduction in resources on the justice system in england and wales. says she's concerned about the lack of resources for legal advice in england and wales. free hospital parking in england for some patients and visitors from april — but questions are raised over how it will be funded. 2019 saw the hottest month on record — in half an hour on bbc news, weather world looks back at some of the most significant
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meteorological events of the year. good afternoon. a passenger plane has crashed in kazakhstan, killing at least 12 people. the aircraft from bek air — a kazakh airline — crashed into a building shortly after take—off from almaty airport early this morning. survivors described walking from the wreckage into the dark and snow. at least 60 people have been injured. our correspondent, sarah rainsford, reports. this is all that's left of flight 2100 from almaty. moments after take—off, the plane crash landed, slamming first through a concrete barrier and then into a house. much of the plane disintegrated on impact. but amazingly, there were survivors, and some even walked out
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of this wreckage unharmed. hi, how are you? i am very well, how are you? better. just hours later, aslam managed to tell me what happened. he posted this photo on social media, showing his seat on the flight. he thinks most in front of him were badly hurt or killed. the plane starts swaying like a boat, very intensively. people started screaming and kids were crying and the lights were on in the plane but there was no sound, there was no instructions from the crew. it was only the sound of people panicking. the businessman says it took at least 15 minutes for rescuers to arrive, so he and other survivors began pulling people to safety.
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it was dark, and at the same time we were lighting cellphone lights, so helping out each other. all the guys trying to take out people, but there was a high risk of fire. what were you thinking when this was happening? thinking of my family, yeah. that's only what i was thinking. and helping people that the fire should not kill, who survived. all flights of the low—cost carrier bek air, have been suspended as an investigation is launched. today, kazakhstan‘s deputy prime minister revealed that the plane's tail hit the runway twice before take—off. the flight had barely got off the ground before it came crashing back down, with terrible consequences that could have even been worse.
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sarah told us more about the investigation earlier. they are not excluding anything, for the moment. they're looking into possible pilot error, the pilot himself died in this crash. they are also looking at technical problems, also, of ocurse, looking at the weather. certainly speaking to that survivor, the kazakh businessmen who walked away from this crash. he told me he remembers when he got on board the plane, it was extremely cold inside. when they climbed out out over the wings to safety, he said it was very icy, very slippy. although he said he's no expert, he questioned whether or not the de—icing work had been done properly before the plane took off. certainly, though, there is a day of mourning announced in kazakhstan tomorrow for all those killed in the crash. as for all the survivors, they are just reeling, really, at the fact that they have come out
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of this alive. sarah rainsford reporting. the retiring president of the supreme court, lady hale, has criticised the lack of resources for legal advice. lady hale has been speaking to our correspondent, clive coleman, and also reflecting on the court's historic ruling that the prime minister had unlawfully advised the queen to suspend parliament. it was a case of massive legal, constitutional and political significance. the prime minister's advice to her majesty was unlawful, void and of no effect. the supreme court ruling that the prime minister's advice to the queen to suspend parliament in the weeks leading up to the brexit deadline, was unlawful. now, the president of the court is retiring, a time to look back on that momentous day. there was a gasp in the courtroom, which was packed, when i said that it was the unanimous decision of us all, that's all 11 justices. a time also for lady hale to reflect on the removal of legal aid in 2013 from a raft of areas — including debt, housing
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and most family cases. most people need legal services at the beginning of a difficulty and if they have them then, it will be sorted out and they won't have to go anywhere near a court, or they won't have their house repossessed or whatever, because somebody has managed to find a solution to the problem at an earlier stage. and it's that lack of initial advice and help which is a serious difficulty. and when you're separating, as a couple, you know, you're being taken apart emotionally and financially, many people would think that actually it's at that point the state should be there. it's unreasonable to expect a husband and wife or a mother and father, who are in crisis in their personal relationship, to make their own arrangements without help. the government says it is improving early legal support to reduce the number of people going to court unnecessarily. the prorogation was also void...
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but on the eve of her departure from the highest court in the land, the question everyone wants answered, was there any significance behind the spider brooch she wore on that day? even an ‘incy wincy‘ bit? i regret to have to tell you there was nothing behind it. i do almost always wear a brooch if i'm wearing a dress, or even if i'm wearing a suit. it's a way of livening up what is otherwise quite dull, and the particular dress that i was wearing has a spider on it. and i chose the dress, i didn't choose the spider. as she leaves office, the first female president of the supreme court knows she has her critics... the court will now adjourn. ..but also an army of admirers. clive coleman, bbc news. melanie panayiotou, the sister of george michael, has died at the age of 55 — exactly three years
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after the singer's death. the family said that melanie panayiotou had "passed away suddenly" at her north london home on christmas day following a short illness. melanie had followed her brother around the world at the height of his fame, and inherited much of his estate after the singer's death on christmas day in 2016. the school of a nine—year—old girl who drowned in a spanish swimming pool on christmas eve has paid tribute to a "wonderfully kind, caring pupil." comfort diya died, along with herfather and older brother, who tried to come to her aid, at the club la costa world resort near fuengirola. in a statement, the windrush charlton school, in south—east london, said comfort would be greatly missed. the government has announced that, from april, thousands of nhs patients, visitors and staff will benefit from free parking at hospitals in england. most visitors to hospitals in scotland, wales and northern ireland are already exempt from charges. 0ur health correspondent,
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dominic hughes, reports. paying for parking at hospitals has been a long—running source of complaint for many nhs patients and their visitors. during the election campaign, the conservative manifesto promised free hospital parking for specific groups, so, from april, all 206 hospital trusts in england will be expected to provide free parking for those described as being "in the greatest need." this will include: but there have been some concerns from nhs managers who fear trusts may lose out financially. we will be looking for assurances that the costs of these measures will be fully covered because, otherwise, there's a risk that funding intended to run front—line services could be diverted into running car parks. hospitals make a lot of money
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out of parking fees. the conservative manifesto promised £78 million to help trusts make the changes. the department of health and social care says the plans will be fully funded but the exact cost has yet to be calculated. dominic hughes, bbc news. an investigation has been launched after a person died in a house fire in merseyside. the victim was pronounced dead at the scene of the fire in the litherland area yesterday afternoon. a second person has been taken to hospital. another person has died in a house fire in derby. fire crews were called to the property in the normanton area yesterday afternoon. a joint police and fire investigation to establish the cause of the fire has begun. carol hinds reports. derbyshire fire and rescue service were called to the fire on rose hill street, in the normanton area of derby, at quarter to two yesterday afternoon.
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crews arrived to find a well—developed fire on the first floor of the 2—storey mid—terrace property. the children went into the garden, they were playing and seeing the smoke, and they came inside to tell us, and we found the fire brigade. ——phoned. we started knocking on neighbours‘ doors to see if anyone was in there, but no one opened their door. the body of a man was found inside the house. a joint police and fire service investigation to establish the cause of the blaze is now under way. derbyshire police say that local residents can expect to see officers in the area as they continue to carry out inquiries. they are urging anyone who may have cctv or dashcam footage, and hasn't already come forward, to contact them — either by phone or by social media or to call crimestoppers. no further details about the man have been released, as formal identification of the victim has yet to take place. carol hinds, bbc east midlands today.
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the northern powerhouse partnership — which speaks for business and civic leaders across the north of england — has welcomed reports that the treasury is to change its spending rules to promote growth in the north and the midlands. it's being reported that the rules for investing in transport and other infrastructure projects will be relaxed. earlier, my colleaguejoanna gosling spoke to professor richard jones from the university of sheffield — who wrote a paper about investment and innovation called ‘a resurgence of the regions‘ which was picked up by boris johnson's chief adviser dominic cummings. i think there has been quite a lot of pick—up of this idea that the uk, the productivity in london in the south—east, converted a result the country is much slower. i think that iand country is much slower. i think that i and others have been writing about this for a few years. the point we are trying to make is that it has a question of letting it north and the
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rest of the country to have the investment that will allow it to pay its own way. so i'm pleased that some of the stuff that i and others have been writing about has got the attention of number 10. so the criteria of deciding which projects getfunding, criteria of deciding which projects get funding, reportedly, is going to change to introduce elements, like improving the well—being of people in certain areas, or reducing regional productivity gaps. the productivity gap is something that can be easily measured, but what about the well—being of people?” think that is harder. i think that productivity leads to wages, so i think starting productivity is a really good plan, because of that gets higher, then wage growth will gets higher, then wage growth will get back on track again. i think that just having more get back on track again. i think thatjust having more money is generally a good thing. i think the way that the rows have been set up up way that the rows have been set up up until now, it is kind of assumed
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that poor places will always be poon that poor places will always be poor, essentially, there is no point putting any more money in because of the return will not be so high. i think the proposed rule changes, what's important about them, is this idea that we can actually be a bit ambitious about what can happen to prosperity in regions whose productivity is not very high. we can make the investments on the assumption that those investments will lead to more prosperity. i think that is really the difference. do you believe that more prosperity inevitably will follow?” do you believe that more prosperity inevitably will follow? i think nothing is inevitable. i think it is quite hard. it is clear if you look at transport, the kind of ability let people have to get to work or to commute, that is very hard in places where there has been systematic on their investment, as has happened in many places outside of london and the south—east. —— underinvestment. i think investing in innovation,
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research and development, as a physicist, that is what i am politically interested in for stop at the moment, a1% of our in the investment happens in london, oxford and cambridge. we like to see more money invested, specifically invested to attract private sector investment, or a business, invested to attract private sector investment, ora business, it will allow local businesses to improve their productivity. i think that is their productivity. i think that is the kind of investment we are looking for, the type that will allow places that have not been in so allow places that have not been in so well economically to be able to be more productive, to contribute more economically to the country. the headlines on bbc news: at least 12 people are killed, after a plane crashes in kazakhstan. dozens of survivors, including children, are being treated in hospital. lady hale, who is about to retire as the president of the uk supreme court, says she's concerned about the lack of resources for legal advice in england and wales. free hospital parking in england for some patients and visitors from april — but questions are raised over how it will be funded.
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sport — and for a full round up from the bbc sport centre — here's chetan. good afternoon. there was another england batting colla pse there was another england batting collapse on the two of the first test. south africa reduced to seven four at stumps. james anderson struck again, it was the first time in his career that he has taken a wicket at the first over in both winning. earlier, joe denly hit a half—ce ntu ry winning. earlier, joe denly hit a half—century as england found them several hundred 42—3 in reply to south africa a's the setting fire to an 84, but they collapse after denly was gone for stop jonny an 84, but they collapse after denly was gone for stopjonny bairstow out for one for 39 runs, they tell by 135 runs going into day three. liverpool might have moved 13 points clear at the top
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of the premier league, but manager jurgen klopp insists they're not even talking about winning a first league title in 30 years. they moved well clear of second placed leicester with a game in hand after an emphatic 4—0 win at the king power stadium. roberto firmino scored twice, trent alexander arnold set up both his goals, before scoring himself. no team's been this far ahead after boxing day and not won the title. we don't think about it. we didn't mention it once before the game, because it is just not interesting. look, i can write the stories by myself, . .. never before in the history of football, british football at least, a team had a bigger lead and lost the lead. that sounds, in my ear, negative. so, why should we think about something like that? if catching liverpool seems virtually impossible, manchester city have the chance to at least leapfrog leicester and move into second place if they beat wolves tonight
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at molineux. meanwhile, city manager pep guardiola says finding a striker to replace club record scorer sergio aguero will be one of his "biggest challenges". aguero's contract runs out in 2021 and it's expected that he'll return to argentina whenever he leaves city. but guardiola hopes the 31—year—old will choose to remain at the club — and says he'll forever have a special place after scoring that title winning goal in 2012. i think the most important moment of this club, i think will be more important than one day this club winning the champions league, was at the moment he scored that the first premier league, after i don't know how many years. that it is much better than four titles in one season or whatever, and he was the guy. more than that, the goals and everything he has done,
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he has done in this club. sooner or later, it will happen, he has to decide when. with paul pogba just returning from injury, manchester united look like losing another central midfielder after scott mctominay damaged knee ligaments in their 4—1 win over newcastle. he left old trafford last night on crutches after being substituted at half time. he's expected to miss tomorrow's game at burnley. next, to the rootsy world darts championship. fallon sherrock is backin championship. fallon sherrock is back in action and the third round. she is currently 2—1 up. earlier, glenn darren booked his place in the fourth round at his debut year at alexandra palace. also a win for simon whitlock you beat mervyn king. the welsh grand national has been one white hotspot owned by welsh by one white hotspot owned by welsh rugby player, jonathan davies. it took the lead three fences out and stormed to victory for stop it in
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the 54 year wait for a welsh winner. and cristiano ronaldo received plenty of praise recently for a towering header he scored forjuventus — and thatjump didn't go unnoticed by 16—time grand slam champion novak djokovic, who decided to get some tips as the pair trained together in the gym. looks like ronaldo just won that one. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more for you in the next hour. the competition watchdog has begun a full—scale investigation into amazon's bid to buy a stake in the food delivery firm, deliveroo. the competition and markets authority said amazon had failed to address concerns that the deal "could be bad for customers, restaurants and grocers. " israel's prime minister benjamin netanyahu has fought off a challenge to his leadership of the governing likud party.
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it means that in march, mr netanyahu will lead israel into its third national election within a year. but he is still facing bribery and corruption charges— which he denies. barbara plett—usher reports from jerusalem. benjamin netanyahu has grown accustomed to victory, and he's won again. cementing his control of the governing likud party, despite the most serious internal challenge in a decade. no one had expected him to lose, but the master politician was out working the crowds to the last minute. aiming for a resounding triumph, he has proven once again that he has strong and emotional support in the party, giving him fresh energy to tackle the next general election — the third in less than a year. translation: the majority of the people support the right and support me as prime minister.
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the final and decisive vote of the primaries was a huge show of confidence in my way, and in ourway. the future is in our hand if we just go out and vote in the upcoming elections. yesterday, it was proven that we can win big time, and we will win. his opponent, gideon saar, has said that he will back the prime minister in the election campaign. but mr netanyahu's legal challenges will continue. he's been indicted on corruption charges, which he strongly denies, but the court still have to decide wether a candidate facing criminal prosecution could be asked to form a new government. and there is no guarantee that mr netanyahu's clear party victory will resolve the country's political stand—off. in the past two elections, he has been one of the most polarising issues on the ballot, largely because of his legal troubles, twice failing to forge a coalition. the primary vote may have restored the united front in likud, but it's likely to prolong
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israel's political uncertainty. astronomers are warning that their view of the universe is under threat. next week, a campaign to launch thousands of new communications satellites will begin in earnest. they will create broadband networks that can reach every corner of the globe. but scientists say there's evidence that these groups of small satellites, known as constellations, are already causing problems for astronomical research. rebecca morelle reports. ground control: ignition, lift off. blasting off, a spacex rocket carrying 60 new satellites into orbit and soon there will be hundreds more. this is for a project called starlink, one of several companies promising global internet access from space. this was the view that stargazers got. these white lines are the satellites streaking across the sky, so bright they're competing with the stars. scientists are concerned that this could have major
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consequences for astronomy. they present a foreground between where we are observing on the earth and the rest of the universe. so they get in the way of everything, and you will miss things, whatever is behind them, whether that is a potentially hazardous asteroid or the most distant quasar in the universe. they will get in the way. but the benefits could be a new era of cheap, high—speed internet, beamed down from the spacecraft to the ground, even to the most remote parts of the planet. but to do this, you need a vast number of satellites. 0ur skies are about to change dramatically. right now, there are just 2200 working satellites in orbit. but starlink plan to launch 1500 by the end of next year, which will increase gradually to 12,000 by the mid—2020s. and they are not the only ones — amazon and the uk company, 0neweb,
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are also planning mega constellations, meaning there could be 20,000 satellites orbiting around the earth in the next few years. the companies involved say they're talking to astronomers. starlink are also about to try a special coating to make the satellites less reflective. while 0neweb say their spacecraft will be at much higher orbits so they do not interfere with observations. it is going to happen, probably three or four of these systems will happen. the question will be working with the other stakeholders to make sure we are not interfering with existing satellite technologies or the mobile phones on the ground or the astronomy community. we are going to work it out with everybody. space is difficult to regulate, it belongs to everyone and no one. stargazers will be watching the skies to see if a compromise can be found. rebecca morelle, bbc news. floor plans of mi6's central london headquarters were lost by building contractors during a refurbishment.
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it's emerged the documents, most of which were recovered inside the building, held sensitive information on the layout — including entry and exit points. balfour beatty, the company working on the refurbishment, is said to have had its contract for the project terminated. the foreign office says does not comment on intelligence matters. the national trust says the unseasonable weather this year led to an increase in migrant butterflies, moths and dragonflies. but it also says heavy rainfall harmed some native species such as water voles and hares in north yorkshire. fiona lamdin reports. there's some teal. a few shoveler. so what, are they mallards? there's mallard down there, yeah. wicken fen in cambridge is thought to be the oldest nature reserve in the uk. back in the day, we would get 100 or 200 individuals. now, upwards of 1000. over the last two decades,
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they've doubled the size of the reserve which is now home to 9820 species. but how have done this? turn the valve on and let the water in. by flooding the fields. probably the most important is the fact that in rewetting the peat, the soil, that locks the carbon away, looks the carbon that is already in the soil, locks it back into the soil and prevents it disappearing into the atmosphere. that is the biggest benefit. from turning farmlands to flood plains, they've reduced the greenhouse gas emissions year by 80%. the greenhouse gas emissions here by 80%. we are as hands—off as possible, and by introducing animals and by putting water back into the landscape which has formerly been drained, it allows mother nature to take its course and the wildlife comes back with it, as well. and the national trust have found that the topsy—turvy weather this year, with the warm start coupled with the wet autumn, is disrupting
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much of our wildlife across the uk. winners, we have had some of our migrant species flying across here to the country are things like the butterfly, the painted lady, which comes from africa and ends up on our shores, and this year we have had really good numbers. nearly half a million in a count on one day. the losers could be the puffins, on the farne islands, which were suffering from a very great day in june when their chicks were at their most vulnerable. go to the left, you canjust see a pair of gadwall with their heads down, feeding. this year saw the first pair of breeding cranes here in a century. this mosaic of wildlife landscapes is now one of the most prolific and diverse nature reserves in the country. now it's time for a look at the weather with chris fawkes. for most of us, you will be doing
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very well if you see any sunshine at all over the next few days, we are looking at a cloudy spell of weather. the cloud is low, particularly across western areas, for patches and drizzle also. i'll reserve rain easing across scotland for a reserve rain easing across scotland fora time, reserve rain easing across scotland for a time, but during this evening, more which well it goes on here. it will stay quite murky around our western coast and hills, for patches developing across the pennines at the hills of southern england later on. it will be a mother night, temperatures in a range of 8 to 11 celsius first thing saturday. 8 mile to start saturday, but another cloudy day coming up for most of us we re cloudy day coming up for most of us were flu ha rd cloudy day coming up for most of us were flu hard breaks. 0utbreaks cloudy day coming up for most of us were flu hard breaks. outbreaks of rain across the west of scotland, rainfall totals this week starting to build up across the western isles and the highland dress up otherwise, there could be an odd spittle across western areas, hill for patches around. for most, cloudy and mild.
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hello. this is bbc news. the headlines... at least 12 people are killed after a plane crashes in kazakhstan. dozens of survivors, including children, are being treated in hospital. everyone started screaming, kids are crying. and the lights were on in the plane, but there was no, like, sound. lady hale — who is about to retire as the president

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