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‘It’s becoming an issue of survival – people are dying because of climate change’: Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Indigenous rights campaigner

1 hour 30 min ago

Joining me now are Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim – who’s been invited to Davos to talk about her work campaigning on behalf of the indigenous Mbororo people of Chad, and Jane Burston, a scientist who used to work for the business department, and who now runs the Clean Air Fund, a charity tackling air pollution.

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UK warned it must take urgent action to reach net zero carbon by 2050

1 hour 31 min ago

More trees, less meat – the UK has been warned it needs to take urgent action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions if it wants to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.

The government’s official committee on climate change says there must be urgent and radical changes to everything from farming practices to consumer behaviour – saying far more agricultural land must be used to plant trees and woodland.

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Leaders pay tribute to Holocaust victims in Jerusalem

1 hour 36 min ago

Dozens of world leaders – including Russian president Vladimir Putin and Prince Charles, have gathered in Jerusalem at Yad Vashem – the memorial to the Holocaust – declaring that they all bear a responsibility to make sure the terrible tragedies of the past are never repeated.

On the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, where over a million people were murdered at the hands of the Nazis,  there were stark warnings about the rise of modern anti-semitism and xenophobia.

Here are some of their tributes, as well as some searing images from the Holocaust.

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900,000 hours of human sewage and rainwater flow into UK rivers every year – revealed

1 hour 42 min ago

Untreated sewage is being released into rivers across England and Wales – perfectly legally – and campaigners are calling it a ‘dirty little secret’.

his programme has now obtained exclusive figures showing how often and for how long it’s happening.

Water companies are allowed to release a mixture of rainwater and sewage through special overflow pipes during spells of heavy rain – but we’ve discovered that during 2018 – there were 140,000 spills, lasting a total of 900,000 hours.

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Democrats to focus on abuse of power as second day of Trump’ Senate impeachment hearing gets underway

1 hour 47 min ago

The second day of arguments in President Trump’s impeachment case has begun in the US Senate – with the chair of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff continuing his case for the prosecution.

Today the Democrats will focus on President Trump’s alleged abuse of power – and why they believe he should be removed from office.

But with an election looming in November, is any of the drama unfolding in the Senate moving the dial with Trump’s supporters?

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Tensions rise with US over Chancellor’s plans for tax on major tech companies

2 hours 7 min ago

In Davos the Chancellor Sajid Javid has been trying to reassure business leaders that the UK won’t diverge from EU regulations after Brexit “just for the sake of it”.

He insisted the Government would always protect the interests of British companies – but there are tensions with the US over Mr Javid’s plans to press ahead with a tax on major tech companies.

I managed to catch up with Google and Facebook earlier today.

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband tells Boris Johnson to be brave dealing with Iran

2 hours 8 min ago

The husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe – the British-Iranian woman who’s been jailed in Iran – has said there has been no breakthrough in the efforts to get her released.

Richard Ratcliffe met Boris Johnson in Downing Street for talks earlier today, calling on the British government to be tougher in its dealings with Iran.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe has now been held for almost four years, charged with spying allegations which she categorically denies. She’s one of several dual nationals to have been detained.

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Hundreds of airstrikes hit Syria as Assad’s forces seek to take back control

2 hours 9 min ago

Warning: this report contains images some viewers may find distressing.

Just eight days after a ceasefire was brokered between Russia and Turkey, the Syrian regime has intensified its bombardment of rebel-held areas in southern Idlib and Aleppo.  Over the last 48 hours hundreds of deadly air strikes have hit towns and villages along the main highway linking Aleppo with the city of Hama – as President Bashar al Assad’s forces seek to take back control.

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Six tested for Coronavirus in UK – 18 million under lockdown in China

2 hours 13 min ago

Three cities – home to more than 18 million people – are now on an unprecedented lockdown as China scrambles to contain the deadly new coronavirus outbreak that has already left at least 17 people dead, in and around the central city of Wuhan.

As cases spread to more countries – five people are being tested for the virus in Scotland – and one in Belfast – as a precaution.

But in the last hour – the World Health Organisation has said it’s too soon to declare the outbreak a global health emergency.

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Why is Trump on trial? – A really simple guide to impeachment

6 hours 51 min ago

Donald Trump’s impeachment trial has just begun – the third of its kind in US history. What has happened to get to this point and could he be removed from office?

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‘Twenty five minutes of the speech was a load of very dubious boasting’ – historian Mary Beard on Trump in Davos

Wed, 2020-01-22 20:26

Historian Mary Beard tells @cathynewman re Trump in Davos: “Twenty five minutes of the speech was a load of very dubious boasting about what he’d done for the American economy and American society.”

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Why Britain’s hedgehogs are in serious trouble

Wed, 2020-01-22 20:17

It’s one of Britain’s favourite and most iconic animals, but our hedgehog is in trouble – down from an estimated 36 million in the 1950s to only around 500,000 today.

A new report from the Mammal Society has analysed data of squashed hedgehogs on our roads, to help show where the most dangerous areas are for the 100,000 killed by traffic each year.

The charity hopes the mapping will inform measures to help hedgehogs cross the road safely and to slow the cars that are so lethal to them.

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Monty Python’s Terry Jones dies

Wed, 2020-01-22 20:14

The actor and comedian Terry Jones has “gently slipped away” after living with dementia for five years. The director of The Life of Brian and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe was fondly remembered for his part in revolutionising British comedy in the 70s. Fellow Python Sir Michael Palin today said he felt “very fortunate to have shared so much of my life with him”.

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Lisa Nandy second Labour MP to make it to final stage of leadership contest

Wed, 2020-01-22 20:10

Lisa Nandy has made it on to the final ballot paper in the Labour leadership contest, after the group “Chinese for Labour” said it would support her bid.

The Wigan MP is the second candidate to go through to the final round, joining the bookmakers’ favourite, Sir Keir Starmer.

Ms Nandy was given a further boost from former rival Jess Phillips, who also backed her.

So could the outsider become a real contender?

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Trump quizzed about Greta as Charles call for climate action

Wed, 2020-01-22 20:05

Although trade has punctuated the focus on the environment today, climate change continues to exercise the minds of business titans and activists alike.

President Trump faced more questions about Greta Thunberg – his climate sparring partner, who is just 17 – as he found out in his departing press conference this lunchtime.

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‘If you do it alone, the US is going to come back hard’ – George Osborne on UK tech tax

Wed, 2020-01-22 20:02

I spoke to the former Chancellor George Osborne. I asked him whether he thought we had seen the shape of things to come with the suggestion from the US that Britain would face tariffs if we proceed with taxes on tech companies like Google.

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US threatens retaliation if UK introduces tech tax

Wed, 2020-01-22 19:56

President Trump is due back in Washington in the next few hours but his deal-maker Steve Mnuchin the Treasury Secretary is staying behind.

He wasted no time in warning Chancellor Sajid Javid that if the UK went ahead with a tax on tech companies, retaliatory tariffs could be slapped on British exports to America in return.

So where does that leave the President’s promise of a great trade deal after Brexit?

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Prosecution case against Trump starts in impeachment trial

Wed, 2020-01-22 19:48

The annual Davos schmoozefest is a little quieter after President Trump left the scene this lunchtime.  As might be expected he declared his visit a great success, but he leaves behind a global establishment disappointed by his rhetoric on climate change and in no doubt that America comes first .  And he’s flying back to rancour and recriminations in Washington where the prosecution case against him starts today in his impeachment trial.

Our Washington Correspondent Siobhan Kennedy has been watching the proceedings.

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Harvey Weinstein faces his accusers in court

Wed, 2020-01-22 19:45

“Not just a titan in Hollywood, but a rapist” – that was the description by the prosecution of film producer Harvey Weinstein as he faced his accusers in a New York court for the first time. Weinstein, who denies the allegations, faces two charges of rape, one of a criminal sex act and a further two counts of predatory sexual assault, which carries a possible life sentence.

Dani Isdale joins us from outside the courtroom.

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‘MBS was very annoyed Jeff Bezos wouldn’t curb Washington Post’ – human rights activist Iyad el-Baghdadi

Wed, 2020-01-22 19:43

I spoke to the Arab human rights activist and writer Iyad el-Baghdadi via the internet from Oslo.

He’s been investigating the hack with the Bezos security team. I began by asking him what they’d discovered

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