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this is bbc news. the headlines: hours after lifting them the government u—turns and reimposes coronavirus restrictions in two parts of manchester. while a same—sex couple competed in last year's version of the show in denmark. they went on to win in the final. i can't understand that this meeting was held with the powers that be yesterday but last night they didn't know what they were doing and suddenly they changed this morning. back to school with a difference — which as in the uk millions of pupils in england return was decided by public vote. the strongest possible after the coronavirus lockdown. message from its viewers. whatever ends up happening here, and for some, it's their strictly following the lead of other shows by including a same—sex couple is being seen by many first time in months. as an unmistakably visible sign of positivity and inclusion on one of the bbc‘s most it isa it is a mixture of emotions and high—profile shows. lizo mzimba, bbc news. stuff. i feel really nervous, it is a mixture of emotions and stuff. ifeel really nervous, but really excited as well. i can't wait time for a look at the weather. to get in and get started. good afternoon. the weather was pretty good for some of us at least
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earlier today. the eastern and south—eastern areas. but today we will see increasing amounts of cloud in the rain is quite heavy across some north—western parts of the uk as well as wales. the man has been piling in from the atlantic and earlier on in northern ireland it was quite heavy. particularly heavy across central and northern wales now but the heaviest of the rain i think in the next 2a hours or so will probably fall across the lake district and south—western parts of scotland. to the south of that bit more patchy here and there. a mild south—westerly wind with bits and pieces of drizzle here and there. certainly not a cold night. tomorrow the high pressure is to the south of us, low pressure to the north so we
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are closer to the low pressure. blustering wind for scotland with a few showers and a gun cloudy with some rain across the best of the weather across this essential swathe of the uk. that is thursday, friday still a bit of a mixed bag because we have cloud and perhaps some spots of rain across the south of the country. still close that low in the north with some blustery showers. temperature is nothing special, around 16, i7 temperature is nothing special, around 16, 17 celsius. but it looks as though it towards the weekend we will see high pressure building in from the south and south—west so the weather is going to settle down across the uk or at least the southern half. saturday looking pretty decent across much of england and wales but in scotland closer to the low again moving to the north of us the low again moving to the north of us still quite breezy with a few
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showers. and temperature is not particularly high and in fact the weather is improving through the course of the week towards the weekend but temperatures not particularly interesting, shall we say. around 17, 18 degrees for most. so feeling a little bit autumnal. a reminder of our top story... back to school — with a difference. millions of pupils in england return after the coronavirus lockdown. that's all from the bbc news at one, so it's goodbye from me and, on bbc one, we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. good afternoon. you're watching bbc news. i'm olly foster at the bbc sport centre. england's rearranged match against the barbarians at twickenham on october 25th could be played in front of 20,000 fans — that's 25% of the stadium's full capacity.
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let's bring in our rugby union correspondent, chrisjones. really encouraging news, this, but it's yet to get government approval. yes, it still needs to get the correct licenses and the various approvals from the health and governmental authorities, but the rfu's plan is to have as many as 20,000 fans in attendance, adhering to strict social distancing guidelines, only households will be able to sit together, they will be mandatory face coverings required from all supporters, and loads of different health and safety regulations in terms of the queueing system, trafficking system, extra people involved in the security and working at the event and working in making sure that it is as sanitised as possible, so lots would have to go into this, but clearly it is part of the rfu's plan to get fans back
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to twickenham, 20,000, they hope, for this game first up they also plan to pilot it before that, and with england are to play a host of internationals in november and december, they would hope to have a blueprint to get more supporters into twickenham for those games. one other rugby union line, chris — there's going to be a new format for the european champions cup next season and it's good news for premiership clubs? its a one off, only for next year, the 2020-21 its a one off, only for next year, the 2020—21 champions cup and challenge cup, and it's because of the impact of the coronavirus, some leagues were halted, like the french the pro 1a didn't get finished, and the pro 1a didn't get finished, and the premiership is getting finished but it's meant they've expanded to 24 but it's meant they've expanded to 2a teams rather than the usual 20, there will be eight from the premiership and eight from the top 14 premiership and eight from the top 1a in france and eight from the pro 14. 1a in france and eight from the pro 1a. they will go into two pools of 12, there will only be four rounds of matches in the pool stages, you will not play anyone from your own
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domestic competitions, there will be four rounds, two home, two away from the pool stage, the top former coach go through to the quarterfinals. a home and away quarterfinal, so a two legged quarterfinal before the semifinals and final next may in marseille. it's all change, a slightly competitive format, but some of those quarterfinals could exciting. it's just for some of those quarterfinals could exciting. it'sjust for one some of those quarterfinals could exciting. it's just for one season because of the coronavirus impact. exciting. it's just for one season because of the coronavirus impactlj am sure it will all make sense! chrisjones, am sure it will all make sense! chris jones, thank you. another super league match has been postponed following positive covid—19 tests. two wakefield players returned positive results for the virus. they were due to play leeds on friday at headingley. that has been moved. it's the fifth match that has had to be called off since the start of the super league season at the beginning of last month. arsenal hope to have fans back in their emirates stadium for league games from next month. the club say, while their first
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home game on the 20th of september will be behind closed doors, they're planning on letting a reduced crowd in for games from october 3rd, when they host sheffield united. tickets will be prioritised for season ticket holders and premium members. lionel messi's father, jorge, who is also his son's agent, is in spain for talks with the barcelona board. after 20 years at the club, messi has handed in a transfer request and failed to turn up to training this week. messi has also spoken to pep guardiola, with manchester city his most likely destination. messi in the premier league is an exciting prospect, but perhaps not for opposition defenders. how would they look forward to facing him? probably panic, i'll be honest with you. probably have a lot of panic before the game to try and get my head around playing him. you can watch all the videos in the world to try and prepare for somebody like
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him and you'd struggle. be amazing for the league, and we all know how big the premier league is, but he is his own man and he will decide his own future but, in terms of something like that in the premier league, it would be incredible, but see what happens. horse, cody speaking on england duty. desperate wolves. there's more british interest at the us open later as the second round gets under way in new york. british number three cameron norrie faces federico coria of argentina, while kyle edmund will be up against the world number one, novak djokovic. i have a lot of respect for him. he isa i have a lot of respect for him. he is a really hard worker, he puts in a lot of hours on and off the court into perfecting his game, and his results were kind of up—and—down little bit, but i think he does have the game and the potential to be in the game and the potential to be in the top 20, without a doubt. there isa the top 20, without a doubt. there is a full order of play on the bbc sport website and a lot more
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besides. you can keep on top of that lionel messi story, and we expect things to possibly develop. that's see you in the next hour. in the past hour, the government's announced that coronavirus restrictions which were due to be lifted in parts of greater manchester today will now remain in place. the health secretary, matt hancock, said this was because of a significant change in the level of infection rates in bolton and trafford. he said the decision was taken in collaboration with local leaders. let's speak to catalina sastre, who runs the party and play fun house in bolton. some people are quite confused by this. what is your reaction? is utter devastation, frustration. i got a phone call at 1pm advising me that the lockdown had gone back into place, and as you can imagine it's very confusing when you are trying to get your business to start up, which we were aiming for on monday
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the seventh, to now be told that can't go ahead, so it's very difficult to plan anything. do you agree with the decision, which is that we have to keep an eye on what is happening locally and, if the rate increases, it has to be stopped. i totally agree, rate increases, it has to be stopped. itotally agree, but! don't believe it is being managed correctly. i think, don't believe it is being managed correctly. ithink, when don't believe it is being managed correctly. i think, when you go out into the real world and you look at certain restaurants and pubs etc, it is very clear that guidelines are not being adhered to, so it's understandable why the rates are increasing. so it's an issue of enforcement. yes, there is no enforcement. yes, there is no enforcement at all. it's utterly up to the business owners, but soft play centres, it's clear they seem to give one set of rules for some and others are just blatantly ignoring them and allowing the
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business to thrive and to make well of the opportunity that's there. anybody seeing you now can understand the frustration and i can see it as well, but what will this mean for your business? how much longer can this go on? soft play, as the government has admitted, is a sector that has slipped through the net. we have had no support from our local authority through means of grants, our savings are depleting, and these savings have taken me in excess of ten years to accumulate, so again it's difficult to make any financial decisions, you don't know what you're telling your customers, tell them one thing yesterday... i understand that this meeting was held with the powers that be yesterday and that last night they didn't know what they were doing and
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then suddenly there was a change this morning. is the track and trace system working? are they analysing the data on a daily basis? questions need to be asked, but equally the government needs to provide answers and evidence of how they are making these decisions. i believe you have children. are they going back to school? my children are still estimated to go back to school next wednesday. are you happy that they do? children need an education. it's important that they go there, so trying to run a business, the children have to take priority. and they still do. but education is very important, and they definitely need to go back. the difficulty for
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everybody as we are still in the middle of this pandemic. it's so confusing. we are drip fed information, and we are intelligent human beings and we should be treated as such. again, the figures are so skewed. you look at one set of figures one week and you look at them again and it's very difficult to compare, because the goal posts keep being changed. it's good of you tojoin us. we will keep being changed. it's good of you to join us. we will keep keep being changed. it's good of you tojoin us. we will keep our keep being changed. it's good of you to join us. we will keep our fingers crossed for you. thank you. thank you. in 2015, in one extraordinary week, europe experienced a series of events which continue to reverberate today. more than 1 million migrants were on the move. from germany's open door policy to hungary stopping trains to the border, each day revealed new tensions that tested european solidarity to its limits. and it was exactly five years ago today that one of the most shocking
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images emerged — the body of a syrian toddler, alan kurdi, washed up on a beach in turkey. he had drowned, along with his mother and 5—year—old brother, in a desperate attempt to reach greece and safety in europe. his death became a symbol of the suffering of migrant families and the dangers they faced. his father survived, and he's been speaking to our correspondent, hanan razek. a warning that his report contains upsetting images. he would have been seven years old this year. alan kurdi, the syrian toddler whose body washed ashore at a turkish beach, after the boat that was carrying him and his family capsized in the mediterranean sea. his mum and older brother also died. only the father survived. five years on, abdullah kurdi is trying to rebuild his life. he's had another son,
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whose name is alan. translation: i named him after his brother alan so i remembered him. god sent me a child who looks like alan and has the same character. i can't wait to go home to see him. i feel that he's a godsend. but the shadows of the past are still alive. translation: it's impossible to forget what happened. i only blame myself, but i was forced to as a father because i could picture them in a school and i wanted a better life for them. but it didn't go as i planned. i regret it. alan's death shook the world. it led to europe opening its doors and hearts to refugees and taking in over1 million of them in 2015. last year, a german charity named
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one of its rescue ships alan kurdi. the ship has helped rescue almost 700 migrants in the mediterranean waters between libya and southern europe, but its team says the picture has got more grim recently. it's not that we cannot handle this financially or otherwise, as the european union, so we have the means to make a change and to help those people and take care of them. but we don't do it, we choose not to and i think that's the most frustrating part to me. it's estimated that nearly 17,000 people have died in the mediterranean sea since alan kurdi's death. in recent years, europe has made deals with countries like turkey and libya to help curb the flow of migrants to the continent. measures that have helped slow down the flow of migrants but didn't stop tragedies from taking place.
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hanan razek, bbc news. you can find more on this story on our website. go to and look for stories with the title "europe's migrant crisis". in them, bbc correspondents, experts and those who made the journey talk about how that dramatic time changed europe and the lives of those involved. let's get reaction now to the first prime minister's questions after the summer break. with me now is our political correspondent, jessica parker. it's a summer that some tory mps have even described as being something of a turbulent one for the government. the first prime minister's questions after that summer break, sir keir starmer and borisjohnson summer break, sir keir starmer and boris johnson involved summer break, sir keir starmer and borisjohnson involved in something ofan ill borisjohnson involved in something of an ill tempered exchange at times. we will discuss what happened this afternoon very shortly, with stephen doughty for the labour party and andrew parry for the
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conservatives and pete wishart from the snp. it's interesting, because sir keir starmer picked boris johnson up on a series of government u—turns over the summer and, as they we re u—turns over the summer and, as they were discussing that, a further u—turn dropped in our inbox, regarding restrictions that were being eased in bolton and trafford, the plan to ease those restrictions was reversed. we heard that during prime minister's questions. let's get reaction from andrew parry from the conservative party. a u—turn dropping while the prime minister was being grilled on the issue of u—turns, not a great look, is it? well, i think people out there are sensible enough to understand, when the medical and scientific advice changes, the couple tapped out accordingly, and that is what we are doing, putting people's health first, and that is why the governor decided not to ease the restrictions which were planned. it's essential, and we have to remember we are still living through a global pandemic, something which has killed loads of
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people the world over, and this government will stop at nothing to protect the lives of british people, and that is why we took the decision we have regarding the easing of restrictions for certain places today. andy burnham, the mayor of greater manchester, earlier spoke out against the idea of eating these restrictions, so labour surely welcoming this government change of heart. we do, and keir starmer was right to put the prime minister on the spot about his incompetence... problems with sound. it was one of the most embarrassing and shambolic performances by the prime minister i have seen to date, and that has put the conservatives... a lot regarded the prime minister possible could tone in responding to those families who have been bereaved i was a result of covid and his attitude to a series of other issues, and some fairly ill
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judged comments about the ira, which saw him being chastised not only by keir starmer bye—bye the speaker. it exemplifies the kind of incompetence we have seen this autumn, and we need more competence on health, schools, the economy and jobs and thatis schools, the economy and jobs and that is not what we are getting from this prime minister. we will speak to pete wishart from the snp in a moment, but let's pick up on prime minister's questions, and one the first thing that came up was what had happened over schools, the u—turn on the exams grading, reverting to teacher assessments, getting children back into school, as they are now doing across the country, but borisjohnson, the prime minister, really suggesting labour's position on the issue throughout the summer had not been good enough. all summer long, mr speaker, he has been going around undermining confidence, spreading doubts, and in particular about the return to school
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in safe conditions and... today is a great day because the parents of pupils of this country, the teachers of this country are overwhelmingly proving him wrong. and proving the doubters wrong, mr speaker, because they are going back to school in record numbers, in spite of all the gloom and dubitation that he tried to spread. i think it would be a fine thing if today, after three months of refusing to do so, as pupils go back to school, if today finally he said that school was safe to go back to. come on! keir starmer. the prime minister is just tin—eared and making it up as he goes along. iam surprised... jeering the education secretary stood at that dispatch box yesterday and said and acknowledged that labour's first priority has been getting children back to school. that has been our first priority, i have said it numerous times from this dispatch box, he knows it very well and he isjust playing games. mr speaker, and he is fooling nobody. even his own mps have run out of patience.
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the vice chair of the 1922 committee, the mp for broxbourne, has said the government says one thing on monday, changes its mind on tuesday, something different is presented on wednesday. that sounds familiar, doesn't it? another of his mps, who wisely wants to remain anonymous perhaps in the chamber today... i am speaking for you because this is what was said. he or she said, it is mess after mess. his own mps, u—turn after u—turn, a fundamental issue ofincompetence. god knows what is going on! there is no grit. his mps are right, aren't they? studio: that was a flavour of the discussion between sir keir starmer and boris johnson earlier today for ill tempered at times, and i think keir starmer suggesting there had been around a dozen u—turns, he said. i haven't seen a breakdown of that calculation. the snp's westminster leader, ian blackford, suggested there had been around eight. let's bring in pete wishart. on the issue of u—turns around exams
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grading, perhaps proving the point andrew parry was making, that it's very difficult during a pandemic, and the governor is doing the best job it can and it's likely it will have to change tack at points, and that's something the scottish cup and had to do, they also had to u—turn on the issue of exam grading. we have almost got to the stage where we are having u—turns during a u—turn with this prime minister. you mention what is happening in scotland, but prime minister's questions... all you have to do is switch between the channels and see the first minister of scotland approaching her responsibilities with dignity, and with respect. then you put on the house of commons and you put on the house of commons and you watch boris johnson flailing around, and then you have got keir starmer, and i put it to you, ladies and gentlemen of parliament, and we
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just see this undignified spectacle. it's no surprise to find that people in scotland want nothing whatsoever to do with the uk parliament, and the majority of people in scotland 110w the majority of people in scotland now want to see scotland as an independent nation, and that is where we are going. we deserve better than to be governed by the series of incompetence is we are witnessing at westminster and thank goodness we now have majority support for this, and we should be making sure we will be leaving this pantomime soon. just picking up on what you were saying, suggesting the prime minister was flailing around, to bring back in andrew parry, it was interesting that keir starmer kept asking boris johnson was interesting that keir starmer kept asking borisjohnson when he knew there was an issue with the algorithm, and borisjohnson would not directly address that and seem to go off topic to the extent that lindsay hoyle, the speaker, had to tell the prime minister to answer the question. firstly, i'd like to address pete's point about first minister's questions, is obviously
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watching a different broadcast that ido, if watching a different broadcast that i do, if he thinks it is dignified, well—informed and respectful from the first minister of late. but coming back to whether or not the prime minister answered the question, look, this is an incredibly difficult time stop the government at all levels is working can be hard with agencies and bodies across the country to manage our public health and economic response to one of the biggest challenges any government has ever faced. yes, decisions have been changed and we have moved in different ways to may be the original course we may have set out to do but the fact is this government has got the public health of the british people at the forefront of its mind, and every decision that was taken, and we will not hesitate to act accordingly to make sure we protect people's health. to pick up on another point that came up at prime minister's questions, why won't the prime minister meet this group of bereaved families? he suggested that there was litigation under way that prevented him eating them until
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after was concluded. the group are saying, the prime minister has told pals he can't meet us because we are in litigation against the government, we are not, ourfive letters make clear we want to meet to avoid that. why won't boris johnson meet this group of bereaved families? the prime minister made clear he understands that that group is in litigation against the government... they say that is not true. i am not questioning whether it is true or not, but i'm saying what the prime minister made clear was that it was his understanding they are in litigation, and he would be happy to meet them once that process is cleared. to touch on the furlough issue, stephen doughty, if ican bring furlough issue, stephen doughty, if i can bring you back in. dave and the snp saying the furlough scheme should be extended. borisjohnson making the point it is costing billions and it is much better to get people back into the office. isn't he right? people who have already lost jobs there
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isn't he right? people who have already lostjobs there are certain sectors which have been very badly hit. it is simply not acceptable for the prime minister to try and brush this off, and we know the sectors that are badly hit, we know the ones which are staying in restrictive measures for longer, and they are entitled to that support, so there has to be a focus on jobs, jobs and jobs. that is something the welsh labour government is doing in wales, focused on health, education and jobs, not on constitutional questions, as the scottish first minister is trying to divert into, but the uk prime minister, boris johnson, is all over the place to this, and his attitude and tone reflected today the lack of grip the government has on this. 15 seconds, pete wishart, on the furlough scheme. how long should it be extended for? this is a critical issue when it comes to the economy of this country. we need the furlough scheme in place, we need to ensure that people are supported
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through this pandemic. if other european nations can do it, so can the uk. was shot from the snp, andrew parry from the conservatives and stephen doughty from the labour party. —— pete wishart. now it's time for a look at the weather with tomasz. hello. rain is on the way if you haven't had it already and it has been steadily clouding over across the uk over the last few hours. you can see the thick, rain bearing clouds across many western and northern parts of the country. a little bit clearer earlier on in the east. but come this evening, late this afternoon and into this evening that rain is going to spread to other parts of the country and quite heavy across parts of northern ireland, the south—west of scotland and also the lake district. and through this evening and overnight, that heavy rain will spread towards the east and then eventually it should fade by the early hours of thursday morning, at least in the north—west of the uk. further south is actually going to be very cloudy, drizzly, murky, temperatures overnight around 16. so on thursday we have thick cloud and some outbreaks
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of rain from time to time across the south of the country. blustery showers in the north—west of scotland, but much of the country in the middle here actually not a bad 00:29:09,958 --> 4294966103:13:29,430 day with sunny spells.
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