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The leader of the Palestinian group

Hamas calls for an uprising

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after President Trump's recognition

of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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Tear gas and water cannons are used

as violence breaks out

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in Palestinian areas of the West

Bank.

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We will be asking what further

fallout there is likely to be from

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President Trump's controversial

announcement.

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President Trump's

controversial announcement.

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Also this lunchtime:

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Missed targets in A&E -

the number of people waiting more

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than four hours in UK has more

than doubled since 2013.

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A final report into a tram crash

in Croydon in south east London

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which killed seven passengers has

concluded that the driver

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probably fell asleep.

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Under fire - a university

is criticised for giving

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its outgoing vice-chancellor more

than £800,000 in pay and benefits.

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It cost £3 billion to build

and weighs 65,000 tonnes -

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the Queen welcomes HMS

Queen Elizabeth into the fleet.

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And pizza goes posh, the Neapolitan

pizza gains world Heritage status.

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world Heritage status.

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And coming up in the sport on BBC

News: Premier League clubs make

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history in the Champions League -

with 5 teams from England

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reaching the knockout

stages for the first time.

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Good afternoon and welcome

to the BBC News at One.

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The leader of Hamas,

the Palestinian Islamist group,

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has called for an uprising

or intifada in response

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to President Trump's decision

to recognise Jerusalem

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as the capital of Israel.

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Palestinians in the West Bank

and Gaza Strip are today holding

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a day of strikes and protests

and Israel's military

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has used water cannon

against protesters in Bethlehem.

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Traditional allies

of the United States,

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including Saudi Arabia and France,

have condemned President Trump's

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decision, but Israel has hailed it

as "historic," and Mr Trump himself

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insists his plan will help to

promote peace in the Middle East.

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Here's our correspondent

Tom Burridge.

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Tension is again simmering here in

the Israeli occupied West Bank.

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Israeli soldiers confronting pockets

of Palestinians, protesting after a

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landmark shift in US policy. In

Jerusalem's all city where security

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is always tight shops shut in the

Muslim quarter reflect anger. But

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for many Israeli dues, their key

ally recognising this as their

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capital, is long overdue.

Definitely

historic. We have been waiting for

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it for a long time. I hope it does

not get stuck in endless

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bureaucracy. The proof is in the

pudding and we are very excited

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about it.

But for many Palestinians

the mood disqualifies Washington as

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an honest broker, the noise now not

about peace but resistance. In Gaza

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Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist

group, called for another uprising.

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In Arabic it is intifada, a word

synonymous with more troubled times.

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TRANSLATION: Tomorrow will be a day

of rage and the beginning of a wider

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move towards an uprising which we

will call the intifada of Jerusalem

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and freedom in the West Bank.

Donald

Trump said he was merely recognising

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the reality. Israel's Prime Minister

is now claiming others will follow

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suit.

TRANSLATION: I have no doubt

that once the American embassy moves

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to Jerusalem or even before, there

will be a movement of other

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embassies to Jerusalem. The time has

come.

But the international reaction

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so far suggests otherwise. In

Istanbul anger directed at

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Washington outside the US consulate

last night. And America's allies

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like France also disagree. President

Macron was today at an airbase in

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Qatar will stop a piece del between

the Palestinians and Israelis he

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says is only possible if Jerusalem

has an international status.

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TRANSLATION: The status of Jerusalem

is a question of international

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security which concerns the entire

international community.

So as

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tensions rise, France and Britain

will express their opposition

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directly to the Americans at a

special UN Security Council meeting

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tomorrow. The fear that a

decades-old conflict could lead to

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widespread violence once again.

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widespread violence once again.

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Our diplomatic Correspondent

James Robbins joins me.

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James, taking up on what Tom was

saying, this violence we have seen

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is what was feared the most?

It was

predicted widely predicted by

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President Trump's State Department

who issued instructions to that

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effect to its own diplomats, to

avoid all but essential travel to

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the region. What is really

remarkable that was in Tom's report

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was the scale of international unity

against the position taken by

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President Trump. It is advocating

completely different tactics, Hamas

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and the government of the major

Western powers, including Britain

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and France, who are calling for a

discussion of the United States

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Brahma decisions in the security

council. It is very unusual for the

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Europeans to be seen orchestrating a

meeting in the UN which is bound to

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be highly critical of Washington. It

is a remarkable moment but the hope

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is that such protests as there is

maybe largely peaceful, not

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exclusively peaceful, and the

pressure now on President Trump,

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including from Boris Trout the

Foreign Secretary, is to back up his

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decision with definite American

proposals to try to advance the

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peace process. Boris Johnson echoing

what other people have said, you

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have taken this provocative

decision, now you have to follow it

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up with ideas about how you really

are going to advance the peace

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process.

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process.

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The number of patients waiting

for over four hours to be seen

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in Accident and Emergency units

across the UK has more than doubled

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in the past four years,

according to research done

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by the BBC.

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Northern Ireland has the worst

performance, England has seen

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the fastest deterioration.

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The government says more money

is being made available in England

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to help hospitals cope this winter,

as our Health Correspondent

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Dominic Hughes reports.

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Right across the UK,

accident and emergency departments

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have been working at full capacity.

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Now BBC analysis shows how

an already busy system

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is struggling to cope.

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The waiting time target to treat

or deal with 95% patients

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within four hours is being missed

across the country.

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In the past year, more

than 3 million patients waited

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longer than four hours,

an increase of 120%

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on four years ago.

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But visits to A&E are up by only 7%,

to nearly 27 million.

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To ensure the target is met,

the NHS would need to build

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an additional 20 A&E departments.

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There is no more

capacity in the system.

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Staff are working really hard,

our nurses, our doctors,

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and we've reached a point

where we unfortunately

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cannot meet that demand.

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It's clear that, over

the last four years,

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more and more people have been

attending accident and emergency

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departments, but it's the complexity

of many of those cases that has

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contributed to longer

and longer waits for patients,

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and the picture right across the UK

is extremely mixed.

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Scotland has come closest

to hitting the target,

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while England has seen the biggest

increase in those facing the long

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wait, but performance

is even worse in Wales.

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Northern Ireland manages

to see just three quarters

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of patients within four hours.

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The Luton and Dunstable Hospital

is one of the best performing

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in the UK, but that's taken

an intense effort.

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We can only meet the four-hour

target if we can move patients out

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of the emergency department and,

to be able to do that,

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we need to have beds available

within the hospital to move those

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patients from the emergency

department, and that's

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where everybody working

within the hospital system

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has a role to play.

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Across the UK, there are efforts

to control the numbers arriving

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at A&E while also moving patients

through hospitals more

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quickly to free up beds,

but the coming winter months

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will be a challenge.

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We know the NHS is under more

pressure, because we've got more

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people coming to A&E.

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We also know that money is tight.

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We also know there are

workforce shortages.

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But what I can assure everybody

is that both trusts and the national

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NHS have prepared better

for this winter than they have

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ever prepared before,

but we'll have to see what happens.

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A busy NHS means longer

waiting times and, so far,

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there is little sign of respite

for staff or patients.

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Dominic Hughes, BBC News.

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With me now is our

Health Editor Hugh Pym.

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Are the pressures on A&E even more

intense this winter the last?

It

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does seem like that. We had new

figures today from NHS England stay

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in bed occupancy in hospitals in the

most recent week was 94.5% above

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where it was a year ago. The issue

of bed availability is key to all of

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this because if beds cannot be freed

up for new patients coming in, you

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get a backlog going back into A&E

and these long wait there.

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Discharging patients is a problem as

we have heard so many times because

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of social care issues. If an elderly

patient is medically fit but cannot

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be found somewhere to go because

something has not been set up at

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home, that causes problems. Yes,

more money has been invested in

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social care by the government in

England and, yes, the government has

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made more money available in the

budget for the NHS to deal with

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winter pressures. But there is a

feeling that is too little, too

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late. Looking back with this BBC

research it shows the relentless

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rise in patient numbers coming

through the door, but even more of

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them waiting longer than four hours.

It has gone down a bit in Scotland

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but rapidly up in England.

And how

much is this down to people going to

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A&E when they do not need to?

There

is an element of that. The way best

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hospitals deal with it, including

Luton and Dunstable, is to have

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senior doctors near the front door

of the hospital, and GPs, so you can

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take people out of the equation and

send them back into the community

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because they do not need to be

there. But there are people who feel

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they are not getting what they need

from their local GP, they are not

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getting the cover they want outside

hospital and they want to be there.

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The NHS in England feels there is a

big education robo people here who

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are going to see a pharmacist and

not coming to A&E, are going to a

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GP, and they think that is the best

way of taking pressure off this

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winter.

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winter.

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And if you want to find

out what waiting times

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are like at your hospital service,

go to the BBC's NHS Tracker

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page on the website.

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You just need to put

in your postcode.

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Accident investigators have

concluded that the driver

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of the tram which crashed in Croydon

last year killing seven passengers

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and injuring dozens more had

probably dozed off as the tram

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approached a sharp

bend at high speed.

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Investigators made a number of

investigations, including

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introducing automatic braking

systems and putting in tougher

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windows and doors.

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Going far too fast around a tight

bend that killed seven people and

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injured more than 60. Now the

official report suggests the driver

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may have temporarily nodded off. You

can see just how tight this band is.

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The tram was meant to be going

around it at 13 miles an hour, a

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snail's pace, like we are now. It

actually went around the bend at

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nearer 45 miles an hour. One of the

survivors was standing exactly where

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I am standing now checking his

phone.

The injury I sustained on the

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tram that they just changed my life.

It is more than a year ago, but the

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memories are fresh.

I pulled my foot

away and I held into the pole in

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front of me and I said, God, please

save my life. There were people

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screaming and shouting underneath

the tram because they were trapped.

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Please do not serve on me, I am

still alive.

He thinks passengers

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tried to warn the driver.

Normally

when they approach that corner it

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normally slows down. But that date

everybody knew, everybody was

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screaming and shouting back down the

door, but we did not get any

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correspondence from the driver.

Investigators found other worrying

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facts. Another tram nearly derailed

on the same corner just nine days

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before but it was not investigated

properly. Nine drivers admitted they

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had used emergency or heavy braking

on the same bend but were worried

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about reporting near misses. There

was talk about inadequate speed

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signs. Half of the passengers were

thrown out through smashed windows

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and doors, the main cause of

injuries and deaths. Investigators

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say trams should have tougher doors

and glass in the future. Marilyn

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Logan lost her husband Philip in the

accident. She is furious at the tram

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operator did not act on previous

speeding events.

Very angry because

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these procedures should be there to

protect the public. That is not

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protecting the public.

The driver is

still being investigated on

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suspicion of manslaughter. Since the

accident Newsbeat signs have gone up

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and there is a new system that

vibrates the seat if the driver

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closes their eyes for more than a

second. Survivors are living with

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this accident every day.

I don't

know what to say. It changed my life

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completely.

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It changed my life completely.

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Downing Street says the government

is "close to an agreement"

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on the status of the Irish border

after Brexit, although there

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is more work to be done.

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The EU says a proposal from the UK

is needed by Sunday at the latest,

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in advance of a summit next week.

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Let's speak to our Political

Correspondent Chris

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Mason at Westminster.

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The clock is ticking,

and the government's under a lot

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of pressure to come up

with a solution that

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will satisfy all sides?

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Yes. To describe this as rather

tricky would be the mild

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understatement of the morning. As

things stand there is no

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breakthrough, said the European

Commission said this morning there

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was no white smoke yet, in their

words. Downing Street is saying that

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they are close but there is still

more work to be done. We now know of

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a new deadline, a redefinition of

when the end of this week is. The

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European Commission are saying as

far as they are concerned there is

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an till the end of Sunday for the UK

to come forward with a new plan.

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Why? On Monday morning civil

servants, known as Sherpas because

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they are meant to guide the way to

the summit, that European summit

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started a week today that will

decide whether or not sufficient

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progress has been made to talk about

the next stage, to talk about the

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future relationship. Meanwhile, back

here criticism from 19 remain

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supporting Conservative MPs in the

direction of their Brexit supporting

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colleagues saying they have acted

irresponsibly in restricting the

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Prime Minister, making it harder for

her to negotiate. A reminder of the

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multidimensional, multinational,

mighty complicated nature of these

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negotiations. There are critics and

different compromises to consider.

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Our top story this lunchtime:

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Tear gas and water cannons are used

as violence breaks out

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in the Palestinian West Bank,

following President Trump's

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recognition of Jerusalem

as Israel's capital.

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Coming up:

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'Tis the season to be jolly,

and this group of actors is gearing

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up for The Great Muslim Panto.

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Coming up in sport:

Russian Sports Federations

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are to decide next week

whether they will accept

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an invitation from the IOC

for athletes who prove themselves

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"clean" to compete at

the Winter Games in Pyeongchang.

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This is the the largest and most

expensive warship ever

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built for the Royal Navy.

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The Queen commissioned HMS

Queen Elizabeth at a ceremony

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in Portsmouth attended

by 4,000 people.

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The ship, which won't take part

in military operations until 2021,

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cost more than £3 billion and has

become the flagship of the fleet.

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Our defence correspondent Jonathan

Beale has been watching it all.

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Well, despite the weather, this is a

bright day for the Royal Navy. This

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ship will be in service for the next

50 years. As you say, the largest,

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most expensive warship now being

commissioned by Her Majesty the

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Queen into service, and the white

ensign raised for the first time.

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A day of pride for the Royal Navy,

and a chance to look to the future

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and, for now, forget about recent

defence cuts and fears of even more.

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This, the day the nation's largest

ever warship is commissioned into

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service.

It's been a long,

complicated but committed journey to

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get to this point, and commissioning

the ship is a key milestone in that.

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It's been one of the biggest

engineering projects ever

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undertaken, a national endeavour

involving more than 10,000 people

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across the UK, helping build this,

the first of two massive new

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carriers, all assembled in Rosyth.

Over the past few months, HMS Queen

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Elizabeth and her 700 strong crew

have been testing her at Stephen

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Dodd Russia has already described

her as a large convenient target.

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But the government says she will be

a potent weapon and a symbol of

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British military power. Two years

ago, the queen named her. Today, she

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made her first visit on board, in

front of 4000 guests in the ship's

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cavernous hangar that will

eventually hold the carrier's

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aircraft.

May God's blessing be an

this ship and your endeavours to

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uphold the endeavours of the Royal

Navy in the service hopper Majesty

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the Queen be crowned with success

and happiness.

And the raising of

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the white ensign for the first time,

meaning she is now legally

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recognised as a Royal Navy warship.

The nation's future flagship saluted

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with a fly past.

A true flagship for

the 21st century, the most powerful

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and capable ship ever to raise the

white ensign, she will in the years

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and decades ahead represent this

country's resolve on the global

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stage.

She will be a giant of the

sea, but at a price of more than £3

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billion. The jet that will fly off

her will cost millions more. And,

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despite the cheering, this at a time

when there is talk of further

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defence cuts.

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This is another milestone, not the

end of the journey. Next year, Queen

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Elizabeth will be conducting flight

trials, first with helicopters and

0:20:420:20:46

then with those US 35 jets, each

costing about £100 million, and then

0:20:460:20:54

she will go on her first military

deployments in 2021.

0:20:540:20:58

Bath Spa University has

defended its decision

0:20:580:21:00

to give its departing

Vice Chancellor £808,000

0:21:000:21:02

in pay and benefits.

0:21:020:21:04

It comes a week after

the vice-chancellor at neighbouring

0:21:040:21:08

Bath University announced

she was resigning,

0:21:080:21:10

following controversy over her pay.

0:21:100:21:13

Adina Campbell reports.

0:21:130:21:19

Known for its popular teacher

training courses, Bath Spa

0:21:190:21:24

University prides itself as one of

the UK's leading creative

0:21:240:21:28

institutions. It's also one of the

country's smallest universities, but

0:21:280:21:34

it's now been revealed that payments

to its departing Vice Chancellor,

0:21:340:21:39

Professor Christina Slade, are

thought to be the highest in the

0:21:390:21:44

university sector, reigniting anger

about excessive Vice Chancellor

0:21:440:21:46

play.

£800,000 for a former vice

Chancellor is outrageous, and for

0:21:460:21:53

Bath Spa University to be paying

this shows they are accountable to

0:21:530:21:57

nobody in effect. We need an

independent enquiry into vice

0:21:570:22:01

chancellors' pay and, until that's

done, I think the government should

0:22:010:22:05

impose a cap of no more than

£200,000 for any Vice Chancellor per

0:22:050:22:09

year.

Bath Spa University said it

paid Professor Slade a sum which

0:22:090:22:18

reflected her contractual and

statutory entitlements and was

0:22:180:22:20

considered to represent value for

money. On top of her quarter of £1

0:22:200:22:24

million salary, Professor Christina

Slade was also paid £429,000 for

0:22:240:22:31

loss of salary, £89,000 of pension

contributions, plus a housing

0:22:310:22:38

allowance and other benefits

amounting to £40,000. A total of

0:22:380:22:44

£808,000.

You are talking an

enormous amount of money, and you

0:22:440:22:51

are talking about this set against

students having high levels of debt,

0:22:510:22:56

staff finding their pensions are

being attacked, knowing that they

0:22:560:23:00

have a system that is under real

pressure.

This isn't the first time

0:23:000:23:06

that Bath has hit the headlines over

Vice Chancellor play. Last week,

0:23:060:23:12

Professor Dame Glynis broke well,

Britain's highest-paid Vice

0:23:120:23:14

Chancellor, announced she was

resigning from Bath University in a

0:23:140:23:20

row over her £468,000 salary. --

Glynis Breakwell. The government has

0:23:200:23:27

told universities from next year

they have to justify paying staff

0:23:270:23:33

more than £155,000, in what

campaigners say is a bloated and out

0:23:330:23:35

of date big bucks system.

0:23:350:23:46

A senior counterterrorism officer

has pleaded guilty to leaving

0:23:470:23:51

confidential documents in a car. He

admitted leaving them in a car for

0:23:510:23:55

45 days before they were stolen in

May. -- for four or five days.

0:23:550:24:01

An investigation has been launched

into whether Momentum,

0:24:010:24:03

which supports Jeremy Corbyn,

broke spending rules

0:24:030:24:05

during the general election.

0:24:050:24:06

The Electoral Commission

is considering if the grassroots

0:24:060:24:08

campaigning organisation spent more

money than is legally allowed,

0:24:080:24:10

and if it accurately

recorded donations.

0:24:100:24:13

There's been yet another outbreak

of wildfire in southern California,

0:24:130:24:16

hitting the state's main costal

highway and reaching

0:24:160:24:18

the Pacific Ocean.

0:24:180:24:21

The homes of more than 150,000

people have been evacuated

0:24:210:24:24

in an area north of Los Angeles,

and hundreds of buildings

0:24:240:24:26

have been damaged.

0:24:260:24:27

James Cook has sent this report.

0:24:270:24:31

No one can escape from nature,

not even in Bel-Air,

0:24:310:24:35

one of the wealthiest

suburbs on earth.

0:24:350:24:37

All day, there's been

a battle to save homes here,

0:24:370:24:40

and the owners have been rushing

to grab what they can as they flee

0:24:400:24:43

from their mansions.

0:24:430:24:45

We built this house 13 years ago.

0:24:450:24:47

Never seen anything like it.

0:24:470:24:48

Do you think the firefighters

are going to save it?

0:24:480:24:50

They are my heroes.

0:24:500:24:51

I'm hoping.

0:24:510:24:53

It's in God's and the

firefighters' hands.

0:24:530:24:55

And those heroes are being helped

by much lighter winds, for now.

0:24:550:24:58

So, with the potential winds, OK,

and the fires developing,

0:24:580:25:02

those embers can fly a distance

away, spark-firing canyons below us.

0:25:020:25:08

And you are worried that that

might be what happens,

0:25:080:25:11

because the winds are forecast

to get up?

0:25:110:25:13

That's correct.

0:25:130:25:14

The media mogul Rupert Murdoch's

vineyard property is one of those

0:25:140:25:17

which is smouldering,

but helicopters have been making

0:25:170:25:19

good use of the lull in the weather.

0:25:190:25:22

Well, these firefighters are now

battling a blaze in one of the most

0:25:220:25:27

exclusive neighbourhoods in Los

Angeles.

0:25:270:25:30

We are surrounded by expensive

homes, and this fire is likely

0:25:300:25:32

to get worse this afternoon,

when the winds pick up.

0:25:320:25:36

It was in the beach-side city

of Ventura where the first wildfire

0:25:360:25:39

exploded with terrifying speed.

0:25:390:25:42

Driven by ferocious desert winds

whipping down the dusty canyons.

0:25:420:25:47

And last night it jumped

the main coastal motorway,

0:25:470:25:51

causing terror for drivers.

0:25:510:25:54

To the left is Bel-Air.

0:25:540:25:55

To the right is, hmm...

0:25:550:25:59

Is that Brentwood?

0:25:590:26:01

Is Brentwood.

0:26:010:26:06

It has barely rained here in LA

for six months, and you can tell.

0:26:060:26:09

Many scientists say climate change

is driving more frequent and more

0:26:090:26:12

destructive wildfires.

0:26:120:26:14

For California, this is yet

another grim wake-up call.

0:26:140:26:18

James Cook, BBC News, Los Angeles.

0:26:180:26:22

Australia's parliament has

voted overwhelmingly

0:26:240:26:26

to legalise same-sex marriages,

after months of intense

0:26:260:26:29

nationwide debate.

0:26:290:26:31

There was cheering, clapping

and hugging as parliament's lower

0:26:310:26:33

house approved the measure.

0:26:330:26:35

A national poll showed

a majority of Australians

0:26:350:26:37

were in favour of same-sex unions.

0:26:370:26:42

Chart-topping singer-songwriter

Ed Sheeran has been awarded an MBE

0:26:430:26:45

by the Prince of Wales

for his musical achievements

0:26:450:26:48

and his charity work.

0:26:480:26:50

The award-winning celebrity,

0:26:500:26:52

whose latest album Divided spent

more than 15 weeks at the top

0:26:520:26:55

of the charts, received the honour

at Buckingham Palace.

0:26:550:26:59

World heritage status -

conferred by the Unesco -

0:27:050:27:07

is usually awarded to buildings

or to sites of special importance.

0:27:070:27:10

But today the art of Neapolitan

pizza-making has been honoured

0:27:100:27:12

by the cultural body.

0:27:120:27:13

Pizza-makers in Naples say they'll

celebrate by giving out -

0:27:130:27:15

guess what - free pizza

in the streets.

0:27:150:27:17

James Reynolds has been

hoping to get a slice.

0:27:170:27:19

You might not think that

pizza here in Naples

0:27:200:27:22

needs Unesco protection.

0:27:220:27:23

There are plenty of

people queueing up.

0:27:230:27:25

But it's now of the world's

intangible heritage.

0:27:250:27:27

If I can get past here,

I want to show you how it's done.

0:27:270:27:30

This is the pizza maker.

0:27:300:27:34

Unesco decided what

he's doing here...

0:27:340:27:37

Have a look at how he's

kneading the dough.

0:27:370:27:39

What he's doing here

is unique to Naples.

0:27:390:27:41

It may be copied across the world,

but it started here first.

0:27:410:27:45

THEY SPEAK ITALIAN.

0:27:450:27:46

He's very happy.

0:27:460:27:48

Obviously, a leading question.

0:27:480:27:50

Then have a look here

at what happens to the world's

0:27:500:27:52

intangible heritage.

0:27:520:27:55

It goes into the oven

for about two minutes.

0:27:550:27:57

It may be intangible but,

in the end, you can eat it.

0:27:570:28:04

James Reynolds in Naples, hoping to

sample some world heritage pizza.

0:28:130:28:18

What's thought to be Britain's

first-ever Muslim pantomime

0:28:180:28:20

premiers this month.

0:28:200:28:29

It will be touring six cities.

0:28:290:28:32

BBC Asian Network's

Shabnam Mahmood has more.

0:28:320:28:34

Final rehearsals for

the Great Muslim Panto,

0:28:340:28:37

billed as the first of its kind.

0:28:370:28:40

It's not much different

from your average production,

0:28:400:28:42

but this one's been made

with Muslims in mind and includes

0:28:420:28:44

a regular from the BBC hit

comedy Citizen Khan.

0:28:440:28:49

It's a Muslim cast, a full Muslim

cast for the first time,

0:28:490:28:52

and the storyline is a little bit

different as well.

0:28:520:28:55

There's a bit of good teaching Islam

implemented in it as well.

0:28:550:28:58

We get a lot of stick

from certain people who say

0:28:580:29:01

that we don't integrate enough,

but you can't get more integrated

0:29:010:29:04

than a Muslim panto, can you?

0:29:040:29:06

# So the story goes...

0:29:060:29:10

Although it follows the real life

story of an orphan girl,

0:29:100:29:14

the production keeps in mind

the traditional Christmas pantos -

0:29:140:29:18

plenty of songs, costume

changes and comedy.

0:29:180:29:22

It's been created and performed

by a Muslim family cast of seven,

0:29:220:29:26

which includes the baby.

0:29:260:29:28

It's got all the traditional

slapstick, it's got the "He's behind

0:29:280:29:32

you", all of that in it,

but it's just got a bit

0:29:320:29:36

of our history, too.

0:29:360:29:37

It's actually an opportunity

for people like Muslim women to say,

0:29:370:29:40

you know what, I wear a hijab

but I can still go on stage and act

0:29:400:29:44

and I can still do my dream,

so we're giving a platform for them.

0:29:440:29:47

The performance is not just

restricted to a Muslim audience

0:29:470:29:51

but organisers are hoping for more

people from the Islamic faith

0:29:510:29:55

to come to the show,

proving that pantomime

0:29:550:29:57

is for everyone.

0:29:570:30:00

I told you to poison the red apple!

0:30:000:30:02

I did poison the red apple.

0:30:020:30:05

The Great Muslim Panto will tour six

cities across the country

0:30:050:30:09

and is expected to raise thousands

of pounds for charity.

0:30:090:30:12

Shabnam Mahmood, BBC News.

0:30:120:30:16

Time for a look at the weather.

0:30:170:30:19

Here's Louise Lear.

0:30:190:30:21

As storm Caroline arrived?

Yes, and she is influencing the

0:30:250:30:32

weather story, but not you would

think, because we have storm force

0:30:320:30:36

winds across the north of Scotland

and an amber weather warning in

0:30:360:30:39

force but, once this frontal system

plays away, it's going to open

0:30:390:30:43

floodgates for bitterly cold Arctic

air to push right across the

0:30:430:30:47

country. It will feel pretty

miserable out there for the next

0:30:470:30:51

couple of days, a really wintry

flavour to the weather. For now,

0:30:510:30:55

we've still got some rain in the far

south-east to tearaway. Behind it,

0:30:550:30:59

some brightness and sunshine coming

through before a cluster shells

0:30:590:31:04

develops, some of them heavy and

sundry with some hail and eventually

0:31:040:31:07

smoke as we go through the end of

the day. It will be a miserable end

0:31:070:31:12

to the day across Scotland, blizzard

like conditions here with the snow

0:31:120:31:15

and feeling bitterly cold. We've

seen the warmest of the weather,

0:31:150:31:19

believe it or not, across England

and Wales this morning, but the cold

0:31:190:31:24

air starting to filter down from the

north, and that will continue to

0:31:240:31:29

exacerbate the shower through the

night, falling as snow across

0:31:290:31:33

Scotland, into Northern Ireland,

through the Cheshire gap towards

0:31:330:31:35

Wales as well. A cold start to

Friday, with temperatures hover ring

0:31:350:31:40

either side of freezing. If you are

roads early on with some snow

0:31:400:31:46

showers, lying snow a possibility,

and some ice on the road but it's

0:31:460:31:50

worth tuning in to your BBC local

radio stations for travel and

0:31:500:31:54

traffic updates. Look how widespread

the showers are at 8am, blown in by

0:31:540:32:00

gale force winds. A miserable start

for much of Scotland and Northern

0:32:000:32:03

Ireland, running down through the

Isle of Man, through the Cheshire

0:32:030:32:06

gap and towards the north Midlands

and Wales, which is where we are

0:32:060:32:10

likely to see the most frequent

showers in the early morning. A cold

0:32:100:32:15

start elsewhere, but a dry one, with

some glimpses of sunshine for some,

0:32:150:32:19

particularly eastern England. The

north-westerly wind always driving

0:32:190:32:24

in the showers, chiefly to north and

west facing coasts, but some of

0:32:240:32:29

those will filter inland, so we

could see some accumulations by the

0:32:290:32:33

end of the afternoon, five to ten

centimetres across England and

0:32:330:32:36

Wales, ten to 20 centimetres across

Scotland, and it will feel raw at

0:32:360:32:41

fair. You will need to wrap up warm.

On Friday and Saturday, a cold and

0:32:410:32:47

frosty start, a few showers but not

as frequent and a quieter day, with

0:32:470:32:53

some sunshine, but bitterly cold. On

Sunday, you will need to keep

0:32:530:32:56

abreast of the forecasts if you've

got outdoor plans, because this

0:32:560:32:59

weather system as it comes in is

going to bump into the cold air and

0:32:590:33:03

on the leading edge there will be

some snow, but there is a great deal

0:33:030:33:07

of uncertainty about that.

0:33:070:33:09

A reminder of our main

story this lunchtime:

0:33:090:33:15

Tear gas and water cannons are used

as violence breaks out

0:33:150:33:21