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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. i'm tim willcox. spain's former king, juan carlos — at the centre of multi million dollar corruption allegations — announces he's leaving the country. 1 million workers are asked to stay at home in australia's second city, melbourne, as it fights a rise in new coronavirus infections. new 90—minute tests for coronavirus and flu are to be rolled out next week, mostly in hospitals in england. and tributes tojohn hume, the nobel peace prize winner who helped end the troubles in northern ireland, who has died at the age of 83.
hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world. juan carlos, the former king of spain, says he's leaving the country, weeks after being linked to an investigation into alleged corruption. in a letter to his son, king felipe, juan carlos said he'd taken the decision to help his heir carry out his duties as monarch, as our correspondent nick beake explains. it's interesting trying to interpret this. it is, on the face of it, a letter from a father to a son, making clear that the allegations at a time when he, of course, was the king himself, juan carlos, are detracting from the current institution and the way they are trying to rebuild and salvage reputation. he makes it clear that the allegations against him are very public and they are damaging and he says the best thing
is for him to go to somewhere else, to leave the country, so that his son is able to govern, to reign in a way that he describes as being tranquil, so that is his intention, that is his hope, whether or not that is the case we shall see. even though he is leaving the country, the various investigations will continue and, remember, they are on two fronts, both domestically, you have, back injune, the spanish supreme court saying it will look into the allegations against him which, of course, came to light after a swiss publication said that this money had been received as a result of this contract involving saudi arabia. that cash had come from the late saudi king, but also you have the swiss financial authorities there as well, of course they are well versed in looking into quite detailed, prolonged investigations. you would think that both that continues as well and interestingly, there has been a statement from the royal household tonight saying that, yes, it wants to underscore the role that king juan carlos
played but also how democracy and the rule of law, making sure thatjustice prevails, they are also important qualities that spain wants to uphold now and in the future. nick beake with that report. at least 29 people have been killed and around 300 prisoners have escaped after islamic state fighters attacked a jail in the afghan city of jalala bad. it began with a car bomb on sunday and lasted 20 hours. the authorities say prisoners, government personnel and ten militants were among the dead. the bbc‘s secunder kermani has more. it began with a car bomb outside the prison gates yesterday. some entered the compound and others began firing from across the road. there were around 1700 inmates in the prison at the time. officials say around 1,000 of them who managed
to escape have now been recaptured but that around 300 remain unaccounted for. this attack came on the last day of a three day cease—fire between the taliban and the afghan government. which it passed off largely peacefully but this attack was claimed by the islamic state group which was not part of that agreement. yet more restrictions, this time on businesses, have been announced in the australian city of melbourne as the state of victoria grabbles with the rising tide of coronavirus. the streets are already empty and curfew measures in place as parts of australia experience their strictest lockdown so far. compared to other countries the outbreak in australia is still relatively small — but the world has been watching a country which had been doing so well — now seemingly slide into a so called "state of disaster". professor nancy baxter is an epidemiologist and head of the melbourne school of population and global health. i asked her why things had started to go so badly wrong.
well, it's an example of how things can move very quickly with this virus. so, there were a few errors that happened at the quarantine hotel, a few breaches in quarantine and it was able to infiltrate into the community and spread very widely before we really recognised how much of a risk, a threat it was with the resurgence. these incidents occurred just when we were starting to reopen more and because there is more social contact, more interactions particularly amongst young people, this was able to spread very widely... is that the key factor here is meant that perhaps the authorities lost that sense of fear and goodwill among the population who thought
"we had been to the worse, "things can now get back to normal," and of course that was not the case? at the time when people were getting back to normal there were no cases in australia. we had basically collapsed the waves so that there were no circulating cases, they came from the quarantine hotel. it's just that we were interacting too much, too much social interaction. it's similar to what's happening in europe with opening up. there are definitely going to be resurgence is and what we are going to find as they get out of control because they are not recognise soon enough. and it is the same areas, isn't it? looking at the cases, elderly care homes, abattoirs, has australia protected those more now in light of what they've been through already? they certainly think that if we had a bad first wave, we would have had as many problems in those settings as everyone else. we have learned from example from others. what we are implementing
in the abattoirs is very firm, very fast, and related to a decrease in production. in manyjurisdictions they are worried about decreased production send decreased... they are worrying about decreasing the capacity of the four places but that is happening here, a bit too late but it is nevertheless happening now. is it helpful that we are coming, or you are coming out of winter and you have got spring approaching soon injust in terms of the temperatures and how the first survives in different temperatures? i am from toronto so it is less of a seasonal variation in terms of how much australians are able to get outdoors. we can get outdoors and eat outdoors all year but certainly it is much betterfor us to be loosening social restrictions when the summer is here. so i think we will have a better chance of keeping things under control as we open up when the spring and summer hit. professor nancy baxter there. two different tests which can detect coronavirus
and flu within 90 minutes are to be rolled out mostly in hospitals in england from next week. the labs which have devised the tests say they are more reliable than current swab tests, with almost 100% accuracy. 0ur health editor hugh pym has more. tip your head up. pressing back. katy, a hospital pharmacist, is being tested for covid—i9. she'll only have to wait 90 minutes for the results. itjust needs one nasal swab, and then this machine detects any genetic material from the virus. it can reject the sample if it hasn't been gathered properly. she tested negative. during a trial period, it's helped the hospital manage patients coming in for treatment. previously we were having to wait 2a hours or longer to get our swab results back, and this meant that we were needing to use lots of side rooms to isolate patients. and this means that we can actually cohort the right patients in the right places really rapidly. at a high—tech factory near 0xford, another rapid testing system for covid—i9
is being produced, initially for use in hospitals, but in due course available for care homes and other health locations. what's more, it will in time be capable of detecting flu viruses as well, an important asset in winter. when you add those two together, it will result in people wanting to test more, and the more we test, the more people get confident, the more people will test. it's a self—fulfilling upward spiral. the government has signed contracts with the two companies 0xford nanopore and dnanudge. more people are going to be able to get tested more quickly so we can find out where the virus is and tackle it and keep those rates of infection down. and the two british innovations, along with others producing fast test results, have been praised by the world health organization. it is really again incredible the amount of tests that are being developed and the fact that we have rapid tests that are being developed. this is a positive thing, and this will help control efforts.
some experts, though, have called for more detail on the performance of the different testing systems. it's really important that we get good data to understand are there compromises in accuracy with having a higher speed test. at this stage, these technologies will be focused on hospitals and the testing of patients and staff. but the big question is, can they, with others, be extended to help with the mass community testing in different settings which is seen as vital if the virus is to be kept in check? some social care organisations have complained of problems getting any virus tests. this care home looks after adults with learning disabilities, and has had no supplies of kits for nine weeks, so there is a little scepticism about the latest announcement. i worry that actually is there going to be enough tests to roll this out across the whole of social care, for staff and residents, and i think we have been told so many things that are then u—turned on,
that whether this is actually going to materialise into something or not. walk—in and drive—through testing sites have expanded rapidly, but there is a 24—hour wait for results. the new systems are just a start in the move to something quicker and more convenient. hugh pym, bbc news. key figures in the northern ireland peace process are paying tribute tojohn hume — the nobel prize winning politician who has died at the age of 83. mr hume played a key part in ending the violence in northern ireland in the 1990s. chris page looks back at his life. you shot them with rubber bullets and gas. the protesters are marching over there and the leaders are going to speak to you. before we've even got there, you'll be fired. john hume stood against violence for all with his life but he was never far from confrontation. john hume stood against violence for all of his life but he was never far from confrontation. he took on the army, the police... ..and the ira in his quest for a fair and peaceful northern ireland. there is not a single injustice
in northern ireland today that justifies the taking of a single human life. if i were to lead a civil rights campaign in northern ireland today, the major target of that campaign would be the ira. 0riginally, he hadn't intended to be a politician. mr hume trained for the priesthood and then became a teacher. but his social conscience led him to campaign for housing and employment rights for catholics in the 1960s. after the troubles broke out, he and several others founded a new nationalist political force, the social democratic and labour party. as sdlp leader, mr hume forged links around the world with the aim of ending the conflict at home. the sdlp have failed to do that. sorry, that is a very false point... in the late 1980s, he began talks with the sinn fein leader gerry adams. having a dialogue with the political wing of the ira was a huge risk and drew
much angry criticism. but mr hume helped to persuade republicans to call a cease—fire, the pathway he carved out lead to the good friday agreement in 1998. today we can take a collective breath and begin to blow away, let's hope, the cobwebs of the past. # all we are saying is give peace a chance...#. the peace deal was a defining moment for northern ireland and forjohn hume. he was lauded as a visionary and heralded as a hero by pop stars and by presidents. mr president and mrs clinton, as you can see from the people of derry, you are very, very welcome here today. after he was awarded the nobel prize, mr hume maintained his international friendships and statesman—like reputation but he gradually stepped down from his elected
roles at stormont, westminster, and brussels as his health declined. in his later years he was always greeted with admiration when he appeared at events in his home city of derry. perhaps more than anyone else, john hume was recognised as the father of the peace process. john hume who has died at the age of 83. stay with us on bbc news, still to come — joe biden is expected to announce his vice presidential pick soon. we'll look at the runners and riders. the question was whether we wanted to save our people and japanese as well and win the war or whether we wanted to take a chance on being able to win the war by killing all our young men. the invasion began at 2am this morning. mr bush like most other people was clearly caught by surprise.
we call for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all the iraqi forces. 100 years old and still full of vigour, vitality, and enjoyment of life. no other king or queen in british history has lived so long and the queen mother is said to be quietly very pleased indeed that she has achieved this landmark anniversary. this is a pivotal moment for the church as an international movement. the question now is whether the american vote will lead to a split in the anglican community. this is bbc news. the latest headlines. spain's former king, juan carlos — at the centre of multi million dollar corruption allegations
— announces he's leaving the country. more than 300 prisoners escape a jail in the afghan city of jalalabad after a gunbattle between security forces and islamic state militants. former vice president joe biden is expected to announce his own vice presidential pick this week and washington is waiting for the veep—stakes with bated breath. who the de facto democratic nominee will choose as his running mate is anyone's guess but there are some top contenders. senator kamala harris is the name on most pundits lips but many remember her attacks on biden during a primary debate last year. america s former un ambassador certainly has the foreign policy experience but the fact susan rice has never run for elected office may be a problem. florida congresswoman val demings
is the former chief of the orlando police department so she has strong law enforcement credentials, california congresswoman and chair of the congressional black caucus karen bass is reportedly being considered but her comments about fidel castro and scientology might hurt her chances, illinois senator tammy duckworth has served in the house and the senate. a recipient of the purple heart she could have appeal across the political spectrum. and the massachusetts senator elizabeth warren who would be popular with the progressives but may pundits suspect she not be his final choice. for more, i've been speaking to amanda renteria who worked for hillary clinton during her 2016 presidential run. it is really about the campaign deciding when is the right time
to do it. there is a bunch of logistics behind the scenes that go into these decisions, i remember it well in 2016 and you really do need a line as campaign teams but when will this be a great time to do it? and this election cycle's announcements are difficult with all the news surfacing and with the very intense and election cycle right now. he said he wanted a woman but the big question is will it be a black woman and critics are saying that by delaying this, it has all become quite messy and you have got some candidates being pitted against each other. that's a short—term view of it. as we go into the convention, it is a very exciting time to bring it altogether and that's what the convention is all about. if this was after the convention we could all say it is a little bit late but it a very practical thing to be announcing this now as you go into the convention and that is the real coming together of everyone in the party. it's not too late. i suppose they all have to show energy and youth as well bearing in mind his age and the fact he said he would not run for a second term anyway.
there is a practical experience to each of the candidates that are being talked about right now that are really embedded. there is also an energy around them, whether it is around community organising, their experience they have had their geography, all of them bring a certain sense of how are you broadening the base in conversation and overall what kind of energy are you injecting into the campaign cycle? can he trust them all? yes. there is one thing i don't worry about with vice president biden and that is his ability to build relationships were not only does he engender trust but really builds trust trust with a broad set of whether that is elected members or whether that is really connecting to the community. in that same way he is a relationship builder, that is what he has done throughout his entire career and i suspect he would not select someone he couldn't trust or that the country couldn't trust. who would be the toughest one for trump?
all of them have a different way of attacking them. what you have seen over the last several weeks is as these names get vetted, it's almost as though they get vetted publicly and you see each of the candidates really wrestle with that in real time. how do you address the cuba issue? the lack of let's say expansive federal express or elected experience? one of the things i think about when you look at trump is there is no doubt that a woman with a lot of credibility and credentials who is able to take on the attacks and answer right back, that is a very we have seen elizabeth warren do it, we have seen harris do it and i think if you look at these women, they all do it well and differently. amanda renteria speaking to me a little bit earlier. the video—sharing app tik tok is the fastest—growing social media platform in the world with hundreds of millions of users. but the chinese—owned company has run into
political hot water — it's been banned in india and president trump has threatened to do the same in the us — forfear that its data could be used by the chinese government. tik tok denies it is doing anything wrong and says its looking for a new location for its main office — with london a strong contender, as james clayton reports. these are the kinds of viral dances that have made tiktok a hit. the whole platform is designed to bring out your creative side. you can digitally aid yourself or have fabulous eye make up. —— digitally age yourself. there is a green screen option so you can be your own presenter, pointing to different facts and figures on the screen. the other thing you can do on tiktok is sing along with your mates by duetting with them, by splitting the screen. and young people in particular have fallen in love with the app. tiktok is pretty secretive about its user figures but one
company estimates the app has been downloaded more... that includes 600 million in india, 165 million times in the us, and an estimated 30 million times in the uk. but look beyond the laughter and its detractors believe that tiktok has a far darker side — that far from it being a sweet innocent social media platform, that it might be being used by the chinese government to spy on people. china dismisses these claims. however, it has already been banned by india and today trump set an ultimatum to the american arm of the business. i set a date of around september 15th at which point it will be out of business in the united states. but if somebody, whether it is microsoft or somebody else buys it, that will be interesting. the main fear that parliamentarians and governments around the world have about tiktok is that the company will be forced by the chinese communist party to share data with the chinese government and that happens without necessarily having the consent
of the users that are using the app around the world. tiktok says it would never share any data with beijing. trump's actions though give london an opportunity. tiktok is looking for an hq outside of the us and london is tiktok‘s biggest global office employing 800 people. if it were to move its home to the uk, it would cement london's place as a tech heavy weight — but some mps have their concerns. i would personally welcome a deep dive by government into whether the app is secure, whether we should be doing some of the things that other countries like india are doing, australia is considering doing or whether we should decide that in the end it is safe. there will be concerns too for tiktok after the british government changed tack on huawei's involvement in the uk's 5g network after pressure from the us. but the uk could be the future home of the world's fastest growing social media platform. that's certainly a prize but not without risk. james clayton, bbc news.
the italian city of genoa has opened its new bridge, almost two years after 43 people were killed when the previous one collapsed. mark lowen was at the inauguration and has more. it has taken just over a year to build the bridge in a country where infrastructure projects are notoriously slow. this is a very beautiful new structure — sleek, steel and concrete construction that sweeps across the valley. designed, as you say, by renzo piano the international world—renowned architect known for, for example, the shard in london, the pompidou centre in paris, the new york times headquarters building, and they have absolutely worked at breakneck speed to get this up in time. they worked through the coronavirus outbreak which really floored italy, and it is now been inaugurated. the president and prime minister of italy are here. the president has met the relatives of the 43 victims of the collapse at the old bridge. it was one of the worst
infrastructure disasters in modern history and i have to say that the families of the victims are boycotting the ceremony, and many of them say that they are simply too anguished to come here today but they have met privately with the president of italy and he has said in a ceremony that the wound does not heal and the pain only gets less. under extraordinary feat for the people of genoa with that bridge. before we go, every new parent wants to share their baby with the world. that can be tricky in these pandemic times. so here's one solution from mexico, where parents can rent a mobile cabin made of glass to present newborns to the neighbourhood. there you go,! parents climb aboard with a baby in tow, as family and friends drive past to take a peek. the country has more than 400,000 reported coronavirus cases — but there's still a way
to celebrate new life. you can reach me on twitter. for me and the team we are back tomorrow, see you then. hello there, we have got mixed fortunes of weather for tuesday. low pressure moving into northern and western parts will bring cloud, wind and also rain, wet for parts of northern ireland and western scotland for the day but it will be drier the further south and east you are with more sunshine and it will feel warmer too. this is the culprit this area of low pressure moving in off the atlantic, brings the rain initially to northern ireland and in scotland. quite a few isobars on the chart so it will be pretty windy. heavy rain with brighter colours for northern ireland pushing across the irish sea into the far north of england but mainly into scotland and it is western scotland, the western highlands which will see the rain really piling up by the end
of the day. a windy day to come as well, 40, maybe 50mph gusts across the north—west. the further south you are, better chance of staying dry and feeling warmer, 23, 2a degrees and disappointing in the mid to upper teens celsius for the north. that rain slips its way south into northern england and north wales as well. further spots of rain further north but drier across southern areas was of we will start to import a milder more humid air masses from the south west, temperatures don't fall much below 15 degrees for tuesday night. into tuesday we still have this area of low pressure and the weather front that will make it a breezy day with cloud and mist and across northern and western areas. we have rain pushing across wales and western parts of england. the further south and east you are, although breezy, it it will be dry with increasing amounts of sunshine
and important warmer air now. 25, 26 degrees is possible, a little bit warmerfurther north. what happens towards the end of the week, these weather fronts become squeezed out and fade away as this area of high pressure builds over the near continent. then we tap in hot air which is across spain and france on a southerly wind and that warmth what advances its way northwards across the whole country through thursday and particularly into friday. a warmer day thursday for all and friday with some good spells of sunshine, it will turn hot again in the south—east, the peak of the heat probably through friday and into the start of the weekend.
this is bbc news, the headlines. the former king of spain,juan carlos, has left the country — weeks after he was linked to an investigation into alleged corruption. his destination is unknown. he made the announcement in an open letter to his son, felipe, who became the monarch, six years ago. at least 29 people were killed — and more than 300 prisoners have escaped from a jail in the afghan city of jalalabad — after a gun—battle between security forces and islamic state militants. the authorities say prisoners, government personnel and ten militants were among the dead. residents and workers have been asked to stay at home in australia's second city, melbourne — as it fights a surge in coronavirus infections. retail and manufacturing businesses are being targetted — as part of a six week lockdown which is expected to hit a quarter of a millionjobs.
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