tv Outside Source BBC News February 24, 2020 9:00pm-10:01pm GMT
hello, i'm ros atkins, this is outside source. first to new york, harvey weinstein's trial has ended, thejury, has reached its verdict. harvey weinstein is guilty of sexual assault and rape. my clients bravely stood in their truth and refused to be intimidated, bullied or shamed. the film producer was aquitted on three other charges against women. he's likely to face up to 25 years in prison. a car has driven into a carnival parade in germany, injuring more than 30 people. it's said the driver may have been deliberately targetting children. there are fears it might not be possible to stop the spread of coronavirus across the world — in italy there's been
we'll take you to los angeles where thousands of basketball fans have been paying tribute to kobe bryant. harvey weinstein has been found guilty of two counts in his sexual assault trial. he's been convicted of third—degree rape — and of a criminal sexual act, in the first degree. he was acquitted of the most serious charge against him — of predatory sexual assault and first—degree rape. the charges rested on the allegations of miriam haley, a former television production assistant who testified that mr weinstein forced oral sex on her at his manhattan apartment in 2006 and jessica mann, a former aspiring actress, who says he raped her in a hotel room in 2013. he'd pleaded not guilty to all charges. the manhattan district attorney who led the prosecution spoke shortly after the verdict. i believe a b felony
conviction with a maximum of up to 25 years is... it is not the top counts in the indictment but by no means am i disappointed with the jury's unanimous statement that harvey weinstein is guilty of sexual assault and rape. dozens of accusations against harvey weinstein helped drive the #metoo movement. the anti—sexual harassment advocacy group time's up, said in a statement — "this trial — and the jury's decision today — marks a new era ofjustice, not just for the silence breakers, who spoke out at great personal risk, but for all survivors of harassment, abuse, and assault at work." mr weinstein is still to face a separate sex crimes investigation in los angeles, as well as several civil complaints. said tina tchen, the president and ceo of time's up. the lawyer gloria allred represents several other women who've made allegations against harvey weinstein — and has worked on many cases
involving womens‘ rights. she spoke outside the court. my clients bravely stood in their truth and refused to be intimidated, bullied, ashamed into substantially or shamed into changing their testimony about what the defendant did to them. i'm very proud of them, i am very happy the jury delivered the verdict that was read in court today as to mimi and as tojessica whom i do not represent. one of the first people to publically accuse weinstein of rape was the actor rose mcgowan, who has been the most vocal about seeking justice. speaking to the bbc, she pointed out how difficult it is for women to get heard. "the fact that we are white women and attractive and of some means and it still took this many of us to even get him to have one day in courtjust sends you the message very clearly how almost impossible it is to even be heard, period, let alone any kind of conviction." italian model, ambra battilana gutierrez,
was one of several women who came forward to report harvey weinstein to the police but a decision was made not to press charges in her case. she also appeared outside court with a message to other women who may be considering whether to speak up. this can happen to everyone. everyone could be in the situation so don't think in a selfish way when you speak about what happened to you, it could help other people and so do it. someone who is not happy with the outcome is one of weinstein‘s lawyers, who has been describing why he's confident an appeal will be successful. the verdict sheet was flawed and everything in the middle, to have two complainants and three prior witnesses isjust beyond the pale and then for the judge to allow other witnesses to testify to corroborate the prior witnesses is just unheard—of.
there are several issues on appeal. witnesses is just unheard—of. it's notjust like one little thing, there are multiple issues. this is the opinion of people much smarter than i am who read the transcript and they said you basically get a free ride here, the appellate court is going to throw it out. for more on the broader consequences of weinstein‘s conviction, here's our correspondent nick bryant. this verdict will reverberate around the world because what was at test here was whether the #metoo movement could find an ally in the us criminal system. very few of the allegations against the powerful men that face female accusers have actually gone to trial. partly in some instances because many of the accusations were outside what is called the statute of limitations,
that is to say they happen too long ago to actually bring criminal charges so this really was a test of whether the #metoo movement could look to the courts in america and managed to get convictions with the help of prosecutors. that has happened today and it is worth pointing out as well that this isn't the end of the legal saga of hardy weinstein. he faces additional sexual charges over on the other coast of america in california. germany. a car has driven into a carnival parade in germany. this happened in the western town of volkmarsen. according to bild newspaper, more than 30 people were injured. we have these pictures... eyewitnesses say the driver drove the silver mercedes through plastic barricades that had been set up for the parade and accelerated towards the crowd. the driver appeared to target children. he's now been arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide. police in germany have given this update. @polizei—nh "there are currently several people, some of whom are seriously injured. there are also children among them. "not much is known about the motive.
although german tv, hessenchau says @hessenschau " according to the ministry of the interior, based on current knowledge, it does not look like a political or extremist act." which of course begs the question, well what is this? here's damian mcguinness in berlin. police quite clearly said this could have been an accident. it could have been either a medical emergency, is how they put it, where the driver was suddenly unable to drive properly or technical problem with the car or indeed it could have been deliberate. that is the most worrying thing because of course germany is in a state of alert since last week because security has been heightened at airports and stations since a far right attack in which nine people of foreign heritage were killed and another two fatalities including the perpetrator himself.
so that is the cause of a lot of shock in germany which is why this incident, even though we're not sure whether it is deliberate or not is creating a lot of tension because the question is whether it is another attack or it is just a dreadful accident. donald trump's enjoying a first state visit to india. the president and first lady melania trump began their visit in narendra modi's home town — ahmedabahd. president trump got a trademark bear hug from prime minister modi. and thousands of others were there to offer a welcome too. and this is how the city has been preparing. this is a wall being built last week as a beautification drive. hidden from view is an urban slum, home to 800 families. many of them are oppose to its construction and to donald trump's visit. the first stop was the home of mahatma gandhia where they learned
about traditional cloth making. gandhi used this skill as a form of protest against foreign—made cloth during india's struggle for self—rule from britain. the main event though was a rally to inaugurate the world's largest cricket stadium. more than 100,000 people showed out. and both leaders spoke of their special relationship when they addressed the crowd. india—usa relations are no longer just another fantasy. it is a far greater and closer relationship. america loves india. america respects india and america will always be faithful and loyal friends to the indian people.
even though the president boasted about the huge turnout — not everyone stayed to hear all of his speech. this video was posted by bbc‘s aleem maqboul — showing crowds streaming out of the stadium while donald trump spoke. the new york times estimated up to a third of people left. there's been a lot of attention on indian social at the president's efforts to pronounce indian names including the city he was speaking in. five months ago the united states welcomed your great prime minister at a giant football stadium in texas and today india welcomes us at the world's largest cricket stadium right here in "abebad". you might forgive him for his next one to be honest — as he went to talk about the indian philosopher swami vivekananda. as the great religious teacher "swah—mee
vee—veck—ahnan—da" once said... a laugh from the president there and even a few laughs in the crowd. sympathy there — but then the president turned to cricket legends sachin tendulkar and virat kohli. this is the country where your people cheer on some of the world's greatest cricket players from sachin tendulkar to virat kohli. in the end though, this trip‘s not about pronunciation — it's about the chemistry between these two men — and about trade. next stop in mr trump's 36—hour visit was the city of agra. and a visit to the taj mahal. donald trump described it as truly incredible. this is interesting.
@michaelkugelman — the think—tank the wilson centre. it's a sign of the times in india, and it's a big deal. indian media outlets are breaking away from trump/modi coverage to focus on it." this is all connected to a new citizenship law which gives amnesty to non—muslim immigrants from nearby countries — but not muslims. mass protests began in december — they continued today. this was in delhi hours before president trump arrived in india. 0ne policeman died in the clashes. critics accuse the government of marginalising india's 200 million muslims. the government rejects this. this time article by calcutta author suketu mehta draws comparisons between narendra modi and donald trump and what he calls their mistreatment of muslims and tough immigration policies. both would reject the first, and acknowledge the second. donald trump is proud of his immigration policies —
and on his stance on trade. he's previously described india as the ‘king' of tariffs — and called the tariffs ‘unacceptable‘. and these two have a huge trade relationship with a value of over $140 billion dollars in 2018. but mr trump wants a reset — will he get one? here's yogita limaye in delhi. tomorrow is actually when they get down to business, today really was about a display of the chemistry between these two leaders. tomorrow is when they will hold their bilateral agreement and we got a teaser of what we might expect tomorrow president trump's speech today, which is a deal possibly being signed between the two countries. for india to purchase $3 billion worth of military helicopters from the us. but the much touted bigger trade deal, that is not expected to happen during this visit. expectations were watered down a week ago. lesotho is a tiny landlocked kingdom surrounded by south africa. and today its prime minister appeared in court today —
accused of murdering his former wife. here's thomas thabane — there in the dark blue suit. he sat in the public gallery — of course an extraordinary sight to see a head of government in this situation. his defence team argues it's so unusual, that the matter raised legal questions that this court couldn't answer. well — here's the judge. the question the defence seeks to refer to the high court, sitting as a constitutional court, is whether a sitting prime minister can be criminally charged. i must at the outset admit that this is indeed a novel case in our country. well the judge did though agree to the defence‘s request to adjourn the case. the question of whether a sitting head of government can be tried on criminal charges will now be dealt with by the high court. and the prime minister is accused of involvement in the murder of lipolelo thabane.
she was shot dead in 2017, two days before the prime minister was due to begin his second term in office. the couple were estranged — though still married — when she was killed. now bear in mind the prime minister's second wife maesaia thabane has already been charged with the murder. indeed for weeks she was on the run — wanted posters posted by police. but she turned herself in recently. so the leader and first lady of this tiny kingdom in southern africa are now accused of murder. pumza fihlani is following the case . this becomes a taste of the legal system. ijudge needs to be appointed along with three other judges and they need to decide which direction this case goes on. this is an awful case as you heard the
magistrate explaining. so the judges need to apply the law as they understand it and try to interpret it but of course this is a very serious case, a serious murder case so serious case, a serious murder case so the court will be considering the implication of not prosecuting mr thabane implication of not prosecuting mr tha bane and implication of not prosecuting mr thabane and weigh this against what happen if the court proceeds. he failed to appear on friday, claiming he had travelled to south africa for medical treatment. also, last week mr thabane said he would stand down as leader because of his age — but not untiljuly. perhaps unsurprisingly, not everyone is willing to wait — his own party said he should go — now. but for the time being, he remains the prime minister. stay with us on 0utside source — still to come... we'll have the latest on the coronavirus as fears grow that it might not be possible to stop its spread across the world
— in italy there's been a big spike in cases — and 11 towns are put into quarantine. two severe flood warnings — meaning there's a danger to life — are in place along the river severn in shropshire. sian lloyd reports. shrewsbury hasn't seen the river severn at this level for 20 years. but it's staying open for business. people trying to go about their daily lives, keeping a guest house open when half of the bedrooms are underwater. it was like a horror film. the water just started to pour through the walls. flood defences have held in some parts of the town, but they are not to be found everywhere. and those who took a chance on leaving their cars here have been caught out. i've come down here today to move my girlfriend's car, because i told her it would be safe
to park it in the car park. it's the red one over there. are you going to be in trouble? yeah, i'm not moving it! but others are getting around anyway they can. navigating their way through the floods. this is 0utside source live from the bbc newsroom. 0ur lead story is... harvey weinstein has been found guilty of sexual assault and rape in a trial in new york. he faces up to 25 years in prison. wikileaks founderjulian assange has appeared in court in london on the first day of his hearing over extradition to the us. a lawyer for the us government told woolwich crown court that mr assange was guilty of "straightforward criminal" activity for hacking into and publishing us military databases. mr assange‘s lawyer said the charges were politically motivated malaysia is facing political instability following the resignation of its prime minister. 94—year—old mahathir mohamad took office two years ago after a historic election
in which he defeated then—prime minister najib razak. talks are taking place to form a new government. the nasa mathematician katherinejohnson — whose work helped put the first manned missions into space — has died, aged 101. her role in the us space programme was highlighted in the 2016 film hidden figures which told the story of african—american women at nasa. the space agency said she was among their most inspirational figures. sir mo farah repeatedly denied to us anti—doping investigators that he received injections of a controversial legal supplement to try to boost his performance ahead of the 2014 london marathon. but interview transcripts obtained by the bbc‘s panorama programme reveal that farah later changed his account to investigators, saying he'd forgotten. the programme also reveals new allegations about mo farah‘s former coach, alberto salazar, who is now banned from the sport for doping violations.
mo farah‘s first—ever marathon. two days earlier he had been given injections of a supplement which was not recorded on his medical notes. a year later, mo farah‘s coach was under investigation for doping violations. mo farah was interviewed by american investigators at this hotel for five hours and she repeatedly denied having had injections before the marathon.“ someone injections before the marathon.“ someone said you were taking injections, are they not telling the truth? definitely not, 100%.
after the interview, mo farah met a uk official who had also spoken to the investigators. mo farah then rushed back in and changed his account to investigators and told them he had received an invest —— and injection ahead of the marathon. he would ask why? if he is taking medicine to enhance performance there is ethical questions that raises and they should be looked at in some seriousness. lawyers for mo farah said injections were aware within the legal limit. his lawyers added that she understood the question one way but immediately returned to clarify. before the
injections were given, the e—mails show uk athletics officials were worried whether it be busy and within the spirit of the sport. despite this, but fudge flew to switzerland to collect a supplement from a contact on salazar.|j switzerland to collect a supplement from a contact on salazar. i am shocked because you are saying, what is that all about? so uk athletics, why would you allow yourself to do that? uk athletics said a small number of athletes had used the injection filling accordance with anti—doping protocol. mo farah split from sala by 2017 by questions about his influence processed. —— from salazar. 0utside source businees — and let's start with the intense market reaction to the latest coronavirus developments. as the virus has taken hold
in italy and south korea — the dow jones industrial average — an index of some of the biggest us companies — fell 3.5% — closing down more than one thousand points. that's a big fall. what is driving this? it is clear investors are spooked and one of the big reasons is the number of cases in china. it was revealed there are 77,000 confirmed cases in china. we are also seeing confirmed cases spreading a lot outside of china so really investors are worried this could spark a really prolonged global, could have a big impact on the global economy. if china is not able to get back to production levels that we have seen before this outbreak or how long it takes to get back there, that has a ripple effect
right across the world because so many companies depend on china either to buy the goods they make or they make the goods that other companies sell. i don't mean to be flippant but companies sell. i don't mean to be flippa nt but markets companies sell. i don't mean to be flippant but markets go up and down so flippant but markets go up and down so how significant is the job today? yes, they do go up and down but we talk about markets a lot and we have not talked about a drop of more than 1000 points on the dowjones industrial average, that is 3.5%, it isa industrial average, that is 3.5%, it is a significant drop in a clear sign investors are worried. thank you very much indeed. huwaei has launched its newest phone today — we talk about it a lot in terms of the controversy around whether it's too close to the chinese state.
it's also a major tech player in terms of product development. here's chris fox trying out its new foldable phone — — and this will cost you $2,700. it is our first hands with folding youth on. there are a changes from the original, this time the screen is more robust. that will be important because competing devices have a screen which wraps all round the outside of the phone rather than inside. 0ne the outside of the phone rather than inside. one of the concerns with folding phones as the screens could get damaged. 0n folding phones as the screens could get damaged. on one of the display medals here, there is a scratch on the screen already. someone said there was an accident during filming. there will be cases available to protect the screen. apps will respond to how you use the screen. here we have the bbc news app and if i press the button, it will automatically stretch to fill the space.
we will have a rundown on the coronavirus in five minutes' time. hello there, a cyclone is impacting in australia, more in a moment. let us in australia, more in a moment. let us head to the canary islands where we had seen an incredible sandstorm over the weekend. 0n we had seen an incredible sandstorm over the weekend. on sunday, the sand stretched right across the ca nary islands. these sand stretched right across the canary islands. these sandstorms do occui’ every canary islands. these sandstorms do occur every couple of years but this was particularly intense and aeroplanes were grounded at all the airports and there were respiratory issues because of the density of the dust. it has been very intense, when gas in excess of 70 miles an hour, the dust has travelled from the western sahara, bringing hot and i
condition is, temperatures around 30 degrees which has also led to wildfires. this pressure across the sahara, this low pressure has been pushing up against a high pressure, squeezing the isobars together so we see quite a strong south—easterly wind which has driven the sand and dust out of mauritania and western sa ha ra dust out of mauritania and western sahara and southern morocco in the direction of the canary islands. this sand has travelled for hundreds of miles. the good news is as we move out of money into tuesday, we will see a wind changed direction, getting more from the north or north—east which means it will be fresher and cooler and offers the means it will be dust and sand three, saw improvement there. on two australian, this is a cyclone which made landfall on monday across the
gulf of carpinteria bringing damaging when and heavy rains. this will continue to move inland across the northern territory heading west in the next few days, it will weaken into a tropical depression but will bring phenomenal amounts of rain here with the risk of flooding. this area of low pressure is what brought the disruptive snow across the north of the uk for monday morning. that will create off to scandinavia and we are in a run of fairly cold north—westerly when, dry winter dish across the british isles and ireland and pushing rain and snow into central europe weather could be significant snowfall inches and wednesday across the alps. it remains cold because of this north—westerly wind, these fronts enhancing shower activity so we will see bands of when she showers in the north—east to south—east. it will certainly feel cold and 20, sunshine
hello, i'm ros atkins, this is 0utside source. first to new york, harvey weinstein's trial has ended, thejury, has reached its verdict harvey weinstein is guilty of sexual assault and rape. my client pounds mcbride listed in their truth and refuse to be intimidated the either shine forth up —— my client's proudly stood in their truth. the film producer was aquitted on three other charges against women. he's likely to face up to twenty five years in prison. there are fears it might not be possible to stop the spread of coronavirus across the world — in italy there's been a big spike in cases — and 11 towns are put into quarantine. shares on the new york stock exchange have fallen sharply as the virus outbreak disrupts global trade. the dowjones index fell more than 1,000 points. and we'll take you to los angeles
where thousands of basketball fans have been paying tribute to kobe bryant. harvey weinstein has been found guilty of two counts in his sexual assault trial. he's been convicted of third—degree rape — and of a criminal sexual act, in the first degree. he was acquitted of the most serious charge against him — of predatory sexual assault and first—degree rape. the charges rested on the allegations of miriam haley, a former television production assistant who testified that mr. weinstein forced oral sex on her at his manhattan apartment in 2006 and jessica mann, a former aspiring actress, who says he raped her in a hotel room in 2013. he'd pleaded not guilty to all charges. it's been a right is outside the courthouse in new york. —— ben wright. a huge amount of media and people wanting to speak to the media, tell us more about the reactions you have been hearing.
well, a lot of reaction as you would expect from many other women who over the last years have come forward with their stories of sexual harassment and assault by harvey weinstein. just one for instance, the actress ashleyjudd tweeted a few hours ago for the woman who testified in this case and walked through traumatic health, you did a public service to girls and women everywhere, thank you. that sentiment echoed by many women on social media for subgroups speaking on behalf of women and that meat to movement because it was harvey weinstein so is that the focus of the allegations the new york times first reported in october. that opened the floodgates to women coming forward with their experience. —— #me too movement. but an industry is far more widely and across the world. this was a hugely symbolic trial, the judge at the beginning told jurors this was not a
referendum on the #me too movement. tonight certainly i think a huge number of women are absolutely delighted if feel vindicated to harvey weinstein is looking at spending a long time in prison.|j was going to ask you about that. what is the process from this point onwards? such as the seriousness of these convictions that harvey weinstein was immediately taken from the court behind me to prison, he is in custody until march the 11th, when there will be formal sentencing to him and he is looking at a long time behind bars. the conviction for criminal sexual act in the first degree carries a maximum sentence of 25 years injail, the degree carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in jail, the second conviction of rape in the third degree that relates to just a command, that carries a sentence of up command, that carries a sentence of up to four years. the 67—year—old is facing a very long time in prison. -- it facing a very long time in prison. —— itjusta facing a very long time in prison. —— itjust a command. sentencing is
on march the 11th. he faces a further set of criminal charges in california and prosecutors say they will be pursuing that case as well. thank you. there are fears the coronavirus outbreak could become a pandemic. there are confirmed cases in 35 countries. and it's already classed as an epidemic — but here's bbc medical correspondent fergus walsh explaining that... a pandemic is a disease that has spread worldwide. here's the world health 0rganization earlier. this is not the time to focus on what word we use. that will not prevent a single infection today. 0r save a single life today. this is a time for all countries, communities, families, and individuals to focus on preparing.
we do not live in a binary, black—and—white world. it is not either or. we must focus on containment, while doing everything that we can to prepare for a potential pandemic. the coronavirus has overtaken the 2003 sars epidemic and the middle eastern respiratory syndrome in both confirmed cases and deaths. the sars outbreak lasted around eight months. here's the who again on why it's difficult to put a timeframe on this virus. what we don't know is what the reality will be in two months or in six months‘ time. there is still a possibility we can contain the virus and interrupt its transmission. but the virus may settle down into an endemic pattern pattern of transmission, into a seasonal pattern of transmission or could accelerate
into a full—blown global pandemic. and at this point, it is not possible to say which of those realities will happen. italy is one of the countries where numbers are escalating — there's been a fifth death today — and more than 200 new cases since friday. several towns in lombardy and veneto are on lockdown — that means 50,000 people cannot leave without permission. as you can see here... that means police have set up roadblocks to stop people moving in and out — this a town called — casalpusterlengo. in the alps, this train was stopped from crossing from italy into austria because two passengers were suspected of having the virus. hours later, they had tested negative and the train was able to continue. next milan — shelves have been emptied as people stock up on food and supplies. they want to be ready in case a lockdown is imposed here too.box a lockdown is imposed here too.
and the city's catherdral has been closed — as have some schools and universities. let's focus on one town that is on lockdown. mark lowen is near the town of codogno — south—east of milan. this is the exclusion zone now on the road to codogno, the centre of the outbreak and you can see there they are stopping all of the cars trying to enter here and those trying to leave. it depends whether they got the authorisation as to whether they can pass through. and the military are deciding whether or not to widen this exclusion zone in an attempt to control the coronavirus spread. and mark lowen has been speaking to residents inside the so—called red zone. translation: we feel a little bit abandoned. the news we get comes through whatsapp or facebook. there is a lot of false rumours around.
are people panicked? translation: yes, people are panicking. some convince themselves that it will blow over. others are worried and cannot sleep. and here's the perspective of a schoolteacher on lockdown in san fiorano. translation: we can take walks, we can walk our dogs, we can gojogging, we can ride bikes but authorities suggested us to avoid contact with other people. we know that we may be infected and that we may already have contracted the coronavirus and we wait for these days to pass by living day by day. if these symptoms appear, we know what we have to do, hoping that the emergency numbers are free to call because from what i know it is really difficult to contact the health professionals.
bethany bell is just outside the lockdown area — in a town called piacenza. certainly there is a lot of concern. we have been wandering around today, people concerned about the possible spread of this. they don't know how long quarantine in neighbouring towns will last for. we are just a few kilometres away from the exclusion zone here. a lot of the cafes and restaurant owners that we have spoken to here say they are worried about the impact on their business. very few people out and about, and in some areas come a bit closer to the exclusion zone, the cafes and restaurants are completely shut. from italy, to south korea which has the largest number of infections outside of china — more than 830. most of those cases are linked to a religious group in the city of daegu. this was the scene on monday morning outside a supermarket there. hundreds of people linining up
to buy surgical masks and supplies. laura bicker has been in daegu over the weekend — here she explains how technology's been used to restrict the virus. alarm blares. they are using your phone to locate where you are coming then where you are and then they will send you an emergency alert if you're anywhere near where a confirmed coronavirus patient has been. let's shift to the middle east. there are also new infections and deaths in the middle east. oman, afghanistan, iraq, kuwait and bahrain have all reported their first cases — those are linked to the cases in iran. they have centred around religious city of qom, south of tehran. it's visited by millions of shia muslim pilgrims every year. here's rana rahimpour from bbc persian.
they are introducing some measures about the security in the shrine. the shia shrine. and they say that there will not be any public prayers any more for a while. and they put some fences between the shrine. so people do not touch it. but the problem is that they are lacking the infrastructure and lacking accurate reporting. let's look at that last point more closely. the official death toll in iran currently stands at 13 but a parliamentarian for qom is claiming that the true figure is at least 50 in the city alone and has accused the authorities of lying about the full extent of the problem. the deputy health minister has hit back at this, telling a news conference that "if the number of deaths in qom reaches half or a quarter of this figure, i will resign.". however, ahmad amirabadi—farahani hasn't backed down, responding "i have given the names of a0 dead people to the deputy minister. now, we await his resignation." here's rana rahimpour again. at least in seven provinces in iran, they have been confirmed there have been confirmed
cases of coronavirus. many of them are religious hotbeds. so the foreign city which hosts one of the shrines of the shias is open. the authorities haven't even confirmed any cases but we know in kuwait they had to evacuate 700 of its people, confirming there were three cases. they came from iran, but the shrine is open tonight and thousands of people are celebrating tonight a shia celebration. they are next to each other celebrating the shia. celebrating the event. unbelievable how many people are there while we know that there is coronavirus. how have you and your colleagues at bbc persian been getting good information of the virus inside of iran given that it is hard to get good information on anything connected to the government? it's very difficult. the numbers that we hear from our viewers is far more than what the iranian authorities are confirming. it is a serious concern because they say 61 confirmed cases and 13 people have died. but what people are telling me is far more than that.
when the ratio between the confirmed cases and death is much higher than the rest of the world, so it is about nearly 20% of people have been killed, so this shows that there is a lack of transparency as a result and people are very worried and they cannot trust anything the authorities are saying. we have other cases elsewhere in the middle east. we think connected to the outbreak in iran. are there any restrictions on movement between iran and other neighbouring countries? most neighbours have closed their borders. and they have suspended their flights to several cities in iran. remember, because the city is a religious city, they have many foreign pilgrims there. in the city, there is a a seminary there, one of the most important ones, so many shia students are there who have been travelling back to the countries, that's why it is quickly spreading in many of the muslim countries in the region. while this is a matter of global concern — china remains the centre of this outbreak.
there have now been more than 77,000 confirmed cases — and more than 2500 deaths. and china's government has has now taken the hugely symbolic decision of postponing its annual parliamentary gathering — the national people's congress — which was due to take place beijing next month. here's stephen mcdonell. this is the most important political gathering of the year. and to be putting it off, it really will make everybody pay attention and china, certainly, it would've... you have to go back to probably the cultural revolution for the last time the national people's congress didn't go ahead as planned at the right time. but you can understand why — imagine 3000 delegates all coming to beijing from across the country, including from the hubei province, which is at the heart of the problem, apart from potentially getting affected themselves,
some of them could be carrying the coronavirus into the great hall of the people, where china's senior leadership are and where the heads of military, business leaders and the like are all at the gathering. nnow imagine potentially affecting all of those people with this disease which can be deadly. and john sudworth has this update on what china is doing to combat the spread of the virus. china is going all out to contain the virus. this is an infection control squad in training. but there are still questions over its early response and the silencing of medics who tried to raise the alarm. today, though, the world health organisation was full of praise. china has rolled out probably
the most ambitious and i would say agile and aggressive disease containment effort in history. to what extent do you think cover up and censorship played a role in allowing this virus to accelerate at the rate it did? frankly, didn't look at that to be completely honest. i don't know. but what worries me most is as the rest of the world and learned the lesson of speed? once china woke up to the danger, it did move fast. quarantining cities and effectively shutting down its economy. as the virus was allowed to spiral out of control in the province of hubei, it spread in smaller but significant pockets to every province in china. this is the picture of a disaster. it forced the government to act and here is what happened. the official figures showed that in hubei, although the numbers are still high, they are stabilising. and for the rest of china, even better news. the numbers kept low by those containment measures and if we have a closer look,
for more than a week now, they have been falling. china has been so effective, the world health organisation says it is now safe to get the economy going again. welcome news on this farm. "with the roads all blocked, of course it is brought sales down," he tells me. if china's control of information helped start the crisis, its control over its people might help solve it. we do these conference of round ups every day on the coronavirus and if you want to watch any of them back, you want to watch any of them back, you can get it on the uk by the iplayer but wherever you are, the bbc youtube channel. —— we do these comprehensive round—ups. stay with us on outside source — still to come... twenty thousand basketball fans have gathered to pay tribute to kobe bryant at the basketball arena where he played, in los angeles. young football players in england, scotland and northern ireland
will be banned from heading the ball in training sessions, after studies showing it increases the risk of developing dementia. andy swiss reports. it is a skill that has given football some of its most famous moments. mcqueen! but could heading carry a cause of dementia? at primary schools, heading a steel ban and training sessions. at primary schools, heading is banned in training sessions. it is still allowed in matches because the authorities say it is relatively rare but, from those affected, there is a mixed response. i don't really like to do it because it hurts my head sometimes. i love heading the ball while training. if a cross is coming in and it's going over your head, you can't really do anything else
other than heading the ball, which makes it more useful. in 2002, a coroner ruled that former west brom strikerjeff astle died from a brain condition partly caused by adding football. and a recent study in scotland showed former players are three and a half more times likely to die from dementia. while we don't know exactly the reasons for the study detail whether it is heading or head injury, we can certainly assume it is head impact, so this is a sensible pragmatic approach to try and reduce the overall burden. former leicester player steve walsh now runs a youth academy and he says that things had to change. i scored all my goals with headers and you just think back, all those days of doing that, what could it do. and we have a duty of care for the kids we look after. the authorities say there will be a phased introduction of heading training for children between age 12 and 16 as research continues into whether one of the key skills in football comes at a risk. andy swiss, bbc news.
this is outside source live from the bbc newsroom. our lead story is: harvey weinstein has been found guilty of sexual assault and rape in a trial in new york. he faces up to 25 years in prison. a memorial event has taken place in los angeles for kobe bryant. he died last month in a helicopter crash along with his 13—year—old daughter gianna, and seven others. 20,000 fans and invited guests gathered inside the staples arena in los angeles where he played basketball for so many years for the lakers. the singer beyonce opened the memorial singing one of kobe brya nt‘s favourite songs, "x0". # you love me like an x0. i love you like an x0. #just like an x0. # just kiss me, like an x0. #just kiss me, boy like an x0.
# just kiss me, boy x0. like an x0. #just kiss me, boy x0. you love me like an x0. # all like an x0. #alll like an x0. # all i ever see... beyonce said "i'm here because i love kobe" — she performked with a choir, and wore a gold suit, the colour of the los angeles lakers, bryant's team for two decades. among the speakers was kobe's wife vanessa who spoke of losing two of the people most dear to her. god knew they couldn't be on this earth without each other. he had to bring them home together. babe, you ta ke bring them home together. babe, you take care of our gianna. david willis is there. by by the staples centre. i guess we hearin by the staples centre. i guess we hear in many different ways once again of the extraordinary connection between this man and the city. absolutely. this is a man who was a hero to sports fans across the
united states but particularly here in los angeles. his adopted home he served his entire 20 year basketball career. they came out in large numbers today and emerged a fairly short while ago in many cases sobbing and hugging each other and sobbing and hugging each other and so after a very moving ceremony what speech is the limit feature speakers from basketball legends michael jordan and shakeel o'neil, from female basketball players as well whom kobe bryant has meant tort over the years come and their physical attributes you mentioned beyonce. —— has been tort over the years. —— alicia keys and christina aguilera for supper the most moving tribute from vanessa bryant, widow, it was announced just before the celebration got under way that she is so willing the company that supplied a helicopter on which her husband and 13—year—old daughter died a wrongful death lawsuit
seeking basically damages, unspecified, for a lot of financial income and for the cost of putting on the funeral. i was going to ask her about the circumstance in which they died. while that is going on, there is a formal investigation happening anyway. there is. that got under way immediately after that crash last month, but that will continue for quite some months we are led to believe. the initial suggestion is being that there was no mechanicalfailure suggestion is being that there was no mechanical failure and that leads one to expect a lake that this must be down to pilot error perhaps in some way, it was a very foggy day of course, in that lawsuit that i mentioned filed by vanessa bryant suggest that negligence on the part of the pilot who also died in the helicopter crash. finally, they've had this event today, i wonder if this brings to a close the efforts to mark the loss of kobe bryant or
have the la lakers have other plans? there will be other plans i'm sure announced in the weeks ahead because such was his importance to the city and there will be people who although they feel a sense of closure today, those i spoke to, some of whom have come in from quite a ways away, one gentleman i talked to flew in from canada, riccardi kobe bryant as a mentor only 25 yea rs of kobe bryant as a mentor only 25 years of age. that is the sort of thing the city is applicant, up against ina thing the city is applicant, up against in a sense that they have to mark his legacy and some concrete way. thank you, david. david ends this addition. live with us david ends this addition. live with us from los angeles. if you were watching at the beginning, our lead story is harvey weinstein has been found guilty on two of the counts, he faced in his sex crimes trial and he faced in his sex crimes trial and he has been taken to present and he
a lwa ys he has been taken to present and he always has a sentencing in several weeks' time. see you tomorrow. —— he has been taken to prison. hello. by the end of this forecast will be looking at the start of meteorological spring but before that, similar still stuck in winter. across northern england and northern ireland and scotland we saw disruptive snow through mandate and elsewhere, expel a heavy rain exacerbated the flood risk and while it is not as wet as it has been over the next ten days, many area still very sensitive to small amounts of rain and there are a number of flood warning still in place. here's how to stay shaped up. a cold northwesterly wind, strong winds pushing winter showers across the uk and we are all in this cold air, so most parts of england and wales had a fairly most parts of england and wales had afairly mild most parts of england and wales had a fairly mild weekend we all noticed a fairly mild weekend we all noticed a difference as we go into tuesday. a lot of this winter showers around, imean a lot of this winter showers around, i mean they could could contain sleet, hail, snow, maybe even
thunder and lightning. most frequent in the further west but nowhere immune from the showers. blowing too quickly on the strong and gusty winds, strongest probably across selfless england and a long channel coast. temperatures five to nine celsius come at the strength of the wind it will feel even colder. a similar set wind it will feel even colder. a similarset up as wind it will feel even colder. a similar set up as we go into one state, cold and fairly brisk northwesterly wind, strongest winds southwest england into the channel islands we can see gales for a time, not quite as many showers around on wednesday, mostly focus across northern and western scotland and northern ireland, if you across wales into the millers, further south you are, the better chance of staying dry with sunshine. another cold feeling day especially given the strength of the wind and he just cast your mind back to this time last year to february the 26. we saw a high of 21 celsius. it will feel very different on wednesday. keeping an eye on thursday, looks like this area of rain could possibly come a
little bit further northwards. keeping and i am the exact detail. away from here come a dry day for many and some winter showers. maybe northwest england. a cold feeling they again given the strength of the wind. it is friday the looks like we see our next bail of more persistent rain arriving from these fronts and the electric and gradually pushing their way north and eastwards they will hang around for a couple of days. a really messy picture on friday, spells are persistent and heavy rain across parts of england and wales, we saw winter next to the precipitation across parts of scotla nd precipitation across parts of scotland and northern ireland and the temperatures here perhaps fight at seven celsius started to perk up at seven celsius started to perk up a little bit. they may not feel ten or 11 celsius given the strength of the wind and the rate and more rain to come as we going to set a date and even messier picture as the systems continue. the rain heavy and persistent and translating to snow over the hills of northern england and scotland. further unsettled weather to start the weekend, quite cold across scotland and northern ireland and for england and wales
looking at a high up eight to 10 celsius. outdoor plans this weekend, sunday for many probably the drier day but still the risk of further snow in the higher ground of scotla nd snow in the higher ground of scotland without bricks of rain into northern ireland, colder feeling they again on sunday with highs of five to nine celsius. further ahead looking to into next weekend, low pressure still very much in charge and pushing an off the atlantic but notice the isobars, wider space, not quite as windy as we look ahead to next week but was low pressure nearby, still a risk of showers and some of the will be wintry in the wings not as strong at filling quite chilly and also a risk of overnight france. if you are looking for something dry as we move into spring, no sign of that at the moment. goodbye.
tonight at ten: harvey weinstein, for decades one of hollywood's most powerful men, is injail, convicted of sexual assault and rape. he faces up to 25 years in prison and the lawyer representing some of his victims said their courage had been acknowledged. it is no longer business as usual in the united states. this is the age of empowerment of women and you cannot intimidate them any more. the accusations were at the centre of the #metoo movement that inspired women to go public with allegations against powerful men. the record will now show the history books will read that harvey weinstein isa books will read that harvey weinstein is a convicted rapist. vindication at last for his female