this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. senior democrats urged republicans to accept reality over the us presidential election as president trump continues to refuse to concede. china condemns the mass resignation of opposition politicians in hong kong. britain says new rules disqualifying lawmakers violate the treaty between the two countries. amnesty international says probably hundreds of civilians have been massacred in northern ethiopia. volkswagen defends operating a car park in china's shin jane, a defends operating a car park in china's shinjane, a province where more thani china's shinjane, a province where more than i billion china's shinjane, a province where more thani billion people china's shinjane, a province where more than i billion people from the
uighur minority have been forced into detention camps. hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world. i'm cash on the djere. do stay with us for the latest news. —— kasia madera. the us president electjoe biden is pressing ahead with transition plans in support of donald trump's refusal to concede over his loss of the election. democratic leaders in congress at the election was settled and was now distracting from more major issues like coronavirus. the country urgently needs to address. we just had a divisive and hard—fought presidential election, but instead of working to pull the country back together so that we can fight our
common enemy, covid—i9, republicans in congress are spreading conspiracy theories, denying reality and poisoning the well of our democracy. the republicans should stop their shenanigans about an election that president trump has already lost. and focus their attention on the immediate issue at hand, providing relief to a country living through the covid health and economic crises. chuck schumer there. let's ci’oss crises. chuck schumer there. let's cross over crises. chuck schumer there. let's cross over to washington. it's not just the democrats. republicans as well, a growing number are becoming disgruntled. they are not quite saying the president should concede, but they have said they should allow joe biden access to the daily intelligence classified briefings. one of them was lindsey graham, the key ally of donald trump. he is also
telling donald trump that he needs to fight on and keep fighting to change the results of the election. it's a bit of a mixed bag. you might wonder why they are still pitching their wagon so tightly to donald trump, andi their wagon so tightly to donald trump, and i think you have to bear in mind that there is this a senate runoff in georgia coming off in january. we're barely clear this election, but there are midterms to consider and donald trump still has a huge amount of support. he got the second highest number ever of presidential candidates. i think they're weighing all of that up. meanwhile, president electjoe biden is increasingly looking at even more presidential with very high profile congratulations from pope francis himself. i think that's been his strategy, that he's going to be
above the frame and behave in a presidentialfashion. he's been receiving calls from all sorts of world leaders, including pope francis. joe biden himself as a catholic as well. so, it will have had a residence for him. they spoke about issues that are concerns for them both like climate change and ways of uplifting or people and refugees, the disenfranchised in the world too. pope francis and donald trump faced a testy relationship, so this is going to be quite a change in the relationship between the pope and the leader of the united states. testy, i like that. thank you so much. china has condemned the mass resignation of pro—democracy law makers and hong kong is a blatant challenge to its authority. this was triggered by the expulsion of four other lawmakers under new rules imposed by beijing. for the first
time since the handover, the council is now without any effective opposition. the us has warned it will impose further sanctions against china with national security adviser robert o'brien accusing beijing of frequently violating his international commitments. steve mcdonald reports from beijing. there we re mcdonald reports from beijing. there were some final acts of defiance on their last day inside hong kong's mini parliament. the entire pro—democracy block tendered their resignations in the protest of the dismissal of four of their colleagues. the communist party leadership has now empowered the city government to dismiss any opposition politician at will if they're deemed to show insufficient loyalty. for many, the autonomy hong kong has promised for decades to come is now all but disappeared.
powers and hong kong are all rested and we all know that because of arrangements coming from the central government. it is... internationally, the move has been condemned as a clear sign that freedoms and hong kong have been eroded at an alarming rate. britain's foreign secretary dominic robson a new rules allowing hong kong's chief executive were a clear breach of british declaration —— dominic robb. beijing has warned that the country is not to interfere in china's affairs. we urge the releva nt in china's affairs. we urge the relevant individuals to go back to international law. any of the
attempt to pressure china undermine china's sovereignty will not succeed. from tomorrow, the first time since hong kong was returned to china its legislative council had been without any effective opposition. it's unclear whether they will ever have one again. the most crucial thing here hasn't really been the dismissal or even the mass walk—out by the entire pro—democracy block. but rather a permanent change of the rules which from now on means that the communist party surrogates canal remove any undesirable opposition, even though they have been directly elected by they have been directly elected by the people —— can now remove. stephen mcdonell, bbc news, beijing. let's talk to a former chair of the democratic party and a former member
of the hong kong legislative council. emily, telus, was there a better way for these people rather than resign. is there anything else they could have done? as we heard and stephen's report, it is now without any effective opposition, which is arguably detrimental to what they are trying to achieve. well, of course there is another way. it's engagement, dialogue. in my whole political life, i advocated engagement. but unfortunately, she jim payne and carrie lam refused to have any dialogue —— xi jinping, jim payne and carrie lam refused to have any dialogue —— xijinping, so what can they do? so, what can they do? the hong kong people have been
disenfranchised. but the struggle will go on and of course the uk government, the former colonial power, and must do more to help hong kong and to call on its allies to help hong kong. we are not fighting for independence or a revolution. we arejust asking xi for independence or a revolution. we are just asking xi jinping for independence or a revolution. we arejust asking xijinping and the chinese communist party to honour. it's very reasonable. but we are losing our free lifestyle very rapidly and may be more and more people will be arrested, put into jail or even sent to mainland china under the national security law. how terrible. but the fight must go on.
so, does the fight, when you talk about the fight, you heard the british government talk about this being a breach of the british joint declaration, but it falls on deaf ears when it comes to beijing. does the fight need to go onto the streets once again and at this point, that's illegal, and you are endangering the people of hong kong? yes, of course, because of the virus pandemic and social distancing rules, we cannot go out and people of course are concerned about their own health. but once this is lifted, when the pandemic is over, i can assure you , we when the pandemic is over, i can assure you, we are going to have more than a million people demonstrating. but i'm sure they will demonstrate in the peaceful and nonviolent way, and likely seen many times —— likely seen. nonviolent way, and likely seen many times -- likely seen. a former member of the hong kong legislative council. thank you so much for your time. thank you. the world health
organisation has warned we may be tired of covid—i9, but it is not tired of covid—i9, but it is not tired of covid—i9, but it is not tired of us. europe has seen an explosion of cases, according to the who. the us has added i million new cases in just ten days. for who. the us has added i million new cases injust ten days. for a who. the us has added i million new cases in just ten days. for a second day ina cases in just ten days. for a second day in a row, there's been a wreck ofa number of day in a row, there's been a wreck of a number of new cases in the united states, more than 142,000 —— record number. a second day where debts exceeded 500 people. daily numbers continue to surge in france, which is now recorded nearly 1.9 million confirmed cases of covid—19. the french prime minister says that evenif the french prime minister says that even if the r rate is below one, the number of covid patients and hospital is higher than it was in april. translation: last week, between 400 and 500 people died every day of covid. this means that today in france, one
death out of four is because of covid. we have also seen the last few days one hospitalization every 30 seconds and one admission to intensive care 30 seconds and one admission to intensive ca re every 30 seconds and one admission to intensive care every three minutes. as we just intensive care every three minutes. as wejust seen, intensive care every three minutes. as we just seen, the us intensive care every three minutes. as wejust seen, the us is of intensive care every three minutes. as we just seen, the us is of course seeing its own surge in the virus with a record number of americans in hospital. doctor crede spencer ‘s director of global health and emergency medicine at columbia university. we've already seen a numberof university. we've already seen a number of deaths increased dramatically over the past few weeks and we will likely be seeing 2000 2500 deaths a day in this country in the coming weeks, and then you add in the holidays. people indoors for the colder weather are more likely to have the virus spread. there is unfortunately no good reason to be optimistic that we're going to get this virus under control, especially since it doesn't appear that the outgoing leadership seems very serious or really concerned about getting this virus under control in the coming months. let's bring you
up—to—date with some of the day's other news. the government will not be enforcing its ban on tiktok following a court order. it has been ordered by the white house based on claims that the app pose a security threat due to the company's links to beijing. prosecutors office in peru has requested that the former president be banned from leaving the country for the next 18 months. it falls his impeachment over corruption allegations. the outcome of the vote has led to protests from his supporters, a clash with riot police outside the congress building on wednesday. more protests are expected later. barcelona is planning a major expansion of low traffic zones, giving priority to pedestrians and cyclists to prepare reduce pollution. the work is part ofa reduce pollution. the work is part of a tenure plan. —— ten year plan.
do stay with us here on bbc news. we have breaking news regarding british politics coming up. the bombastic a task establishment outside of donald trump has defied the posters to take the keys to the oval office. i feel great about the results. i generally believe he ca res results. i generally believe he cares about the country. it's keeping the candidate 's name always in the public eye that counts. success or failure depends not only on public display, but on the local campaign headquarters and the heavy routine work of their women volunteers. berliners from both east and west link hands and danced around the libertarian —— liberated territory. when nobody stopped them, it wasn't long before the first attempts were made to destroy...
palestinian authority has declared a state of morning. after 17 years of discussion, the result was greeted with an outburst ofjoy would ministers who long fell only grudgingly accepted among the ranks of clergy suddenly felt welcome. welcome you are watching bbc news. senior democrats are urging republicans to accept reality over the presidential election as president trump continues to refuse to concede. china condemns the mass resignation of opposition politicians and hong kong. britain says new rules of qualifying lawmakers violate the treaty between the two countries. just an update on a developing story here in the uk. the uk prime minister's senior aide dominic cummings is expected to
leave the government by the end of the year. this is breaking news coming to us here. he told us tonight his position hasn't changed since the start of the year when he wrote that he wanted to make himself largely redundant by the end of 2020. jessica parkerjoins us live from westminster. just bring us up—to—date because there's been an awful lot of speculation throughout the day from last night's resignation by lee cain. what is dominic coming up to. a bit of a turbulent time for downing street. seems to be something about a power struggle going on behind the door of number ten. tensions are surfacing and then you have the announcement that lee cain the sort of director of communications will be leaving downing street at the end of the year. lee cain, a close ally of dominic cummings, and while lee cain
is an important figure in downing street, dominic cummings is a very centralfigure in downing street. the prime minister's chief aide, a man who really has the era boris johnson. if you remember, there a huge controversy earlier in the year when mrcummings huge controversy earlier in the year when mr cummings travelled from london to county durham during the highlight of lockdown. boris johnson refused to sack him, displaying his importance to the prime minister. after the departure of lee cain, a lot has been said about the future of cummings. he's been speaking to laura kuenssberg tonight and he was asked about these rumours. he has a blog in which he said he planned to make himself redundant by the end of 2020 a source said mr cumming will be out of government by christmas.
why this is important, there is clearly been quite a lot of turbulence in downing street over the past couple of days about who has the ear of the prime minister. does government that is trying to tackle a pandemic and the other thing is both of them worked on the vote leave, the brexit campaign, along with boris johnson. vote leave, the brexit campaign, along with borisjohnson. they were forged in that fire together. really influence the way the... if both those men leave at the end of this year, it will mean a major changing of the guard and heart of government and not possible significant change of approach. jessica, thanks so much. much more for viewers in the uk.
this comes as a conflict between the federal army... the agency said the victim was stabbed to death. ethiopia on the cusp of civil war. these were for forces in the region of tigray. federal the national government says it's past that point. translation: we have come here with high morale since we heard about this. we are determined that this force has to surrender or be destroyed. whatever it is. italy has known about the
welfare of civilians in tigray. internet has been cut off. aid agencies say the situation is dire. we need to have food and other basic amenities brought into the region because they're running low already on sugar and oil and all the basic needs, including banking services. there is no cash. the region of tigray is home to over 5 million people. the region's futures order them to mobilise to have defend themselves in a report on tigray media. thousands of civilian are fleeting across the border into the neighbouring countries. we are very concerned that with the continued attacks in the fighting, more people
may flee, including refugees in the camps. and other members of the population. in the capital, hundreds turn up to donate blood. a stark reminder of how bad wings could be on the war front. opinion about the fighting is mixed. translation mike oui’ fighting is mixed. translation mike our forces are fighting is mixed. translation mike ourforces are a fighting is mixed. translation mike our forces are a guardian of our nation. i'm so glad people come here en masse to donate their blood for oui’ en masse to donate their blood for our muted tree —— our military. translation: war has no benefit for us. it hurts out war has no benefit for us. it hurts our economy. war has no benefit for us. it hurts our economy. we need to work together to develop our country rather than going to war. when there isa war, rather than going to war. when there is a war, the people who will die would have contributed a lot to the country. government
there are fear this could morph into civil war. anne soy, bbc news. a senior volkswagen executive has defended the compa ny‘s senior volkswagen executive has defended the company's decision to continue operating a car plant. due to the treatment of the uighur ethnic minority there. international concern has led to some companies to cut ties with the region. volkswagen has told the bbc there is so far no evidence that any of their employees have been through the camps, as are china correspondentjohn side worked reports. volkswagen makes more than 4 million cars a year in china. its many factories here now a vital part of its global success story. except for one. opened seven years ago in xinjiang, this plant has found
itself at the centre of a major controversy. sharing the vast desert landscape with a network of detention camps that china has built in recent years. images said to show the mass incarceration of xinjiang's uighurs and other minorities, and their mass transport, have helped make this one of the most pressing human rights issues of our time. and now vw is having to defend itself. we know about the allegation and it certainly very much concerns us and we have checked whether any of our supply chains are affected or any of our people are affected, and so far we haven't found evidence. can you be absolutely certain that none of your employees in that xinjiang plant has been through a camp? i would say no company could ever make sure. the only thing that we do, we apply the procedures. if you can't be sure,
shouldn't you just not be there? i'm not sure. i guess we have a footprint all over the world in different countries. the situation is not always how we would like to have it in volkswagen. but xinjiang is notjust any other place, and the re—education camps and work camps, however much they are denied by china, raise tough questions for a company founded by the nazis and one which relied heavily on forced labour during the war. one prominent german politician described your company as a company without a conscience, complicit in upholding a totalitarian hell in xinjiang. with comments like that, isn't it time to close that plant and leave? i would say leaving a plant is a serious decision and i guess our history here also in china has proven that for the benefit of people
and the society, not only for the benefit of the company, we can mutually develop. and whatever the reputational damage from keeping the plant, volkswagen knows there would be a cost to closing it too — the anger of a government on which it is now so dependent. john sudworth, bbc news, beijing. just to remind you of the breaking news we brought you earlier, dominic cummings, the prime minister's chief adviser, has told our political editor laura kuenssberg that he will be leaving government by the end of the year. there has been a tremendous amount of speculation about whether mr cummings will roll about whether mr cummings will roll a dying or not. this although yesterday's resignation of lee cain. —— cummings will resign or not. he has confirmed he will be leaving downing street. he says apparently he was always planning to be made
redundant by the end of 2020, but just to confirm that he will be stepping down as he told our political editor. we have much more coming up. hello there. today is shaping up to be not too bad a day. we should see ita be not too bad a day. we should see it a bit of sunshine once we lose the morning rain. that rain has been spreading eastward slowly during the overnight period, and has been followed by blustery showers, running into scotland and northern ireland. this is the rain i'm talking about lying on this cold front. slightly fresher air behind it. it'll be working its way eastwards, ahead of it cloudy breeze and mild. lots of showers across the northwest, sometime behind the screen demand which will continue to journey eastwards through this morning. eventually clearing the southeast around lunchtime, and those showers will continue in the northwest, some heavy and perhaps under you. i blustery day to come
for —— for the temperatures are, it's going to feel on the cooler side. 9—11 , 12 to it's going to feel on the cooler side. 9-11 , 12 to 14 it's going to feel on the cooler side. 9—11 , 12 to 14 forfurther south. it looks like we will stay dry overnight within the next day with low pressure sleeping in, bringing increasing cloud —— sweeping and. signs of milder air getting into the south by the end of the night, but for most, single digits. as we head into the weekend, it's going to stay unsettled because we'll have low pressure nearby. windy with gales and heavy rain and places too. low pressure will be moving in right across the country if, lots of isobars. it's going to be largely cloudy for most, outbreaks of fairly heavy rain at times. it will be raining all the times. it will be raining all the time and it's going to be windy with gales around either seacoast, gust
40-50 gales around either seacoast, gust 40—50 mph. the mild data come, 14-16 in 40—50 mph. the mild data come, 14—16 in england and wales, 10—12 further north. it states cloudy through saturday night into sunday, low pressure still with us. we will squeeze in the isobars across southern britain and lots of weather fronts indicating outbreaks of rain. could be southern britain to see the gales, gusts to 50—60 miles an hour through the day. spells, showers and places, but some sunshine around as well. not a complete wash—out. a slightly cooler day on sunday, with highs 10—14.
this is bbc world news, the headlines the french prime minister says there's now more covid— top democrats in the us have refusing to recognisejoe biden as the last week's winner of the presidential election. hong kong's opposition have walked out of the legislature after four of its colleagues were expelled — britain says china has clearly breached its joint declaration. beijing has condemned the mass resignation describing it as a challenge to its authority. the french prime minister says there's now more covid— nineteen patients in hospitals than in april, with a new admission every 30 seconds. in the uk there's been a fifty per cent jump in cases in the previous twenty—four hour period amnesty international says it has evidence that schools and possibly civilians have been killed in what is called a massacre in ethiopia is to great