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welcome to bbc news — i'm maryam moshiri. our top stories: searching for survivors — armenia and azerbaijan are urged to heed a ceasefire after another deadly attack in the disputed region of nagorno—karabakh. the top us government scientist, anthony fauci, says an edited clip of him used in a trump campaign tv ad is misleading. security forces in belarus use water cannon and stun grenades to break up mass protests over the re—election of president alexander lukashenko. nigerian police say they'll disband a controversial anti—robbery brigade following days of nationwide protests.
hello and welcome. the ceasefire brokered by russia between armenia and azerbaijan — to try and end a flare up in fighting over the last two weeks — has been breached within its first 2a hours. a bbc team in the disputed region of nagorno—karabakh says it's heard regular shelling from the direction of the front line, despite a ceasefire being in place. the region is officially part of azerbaijan, but it's been controlled by ethnic armenians since the collapse of the soviet union. in azerbaijan's second city, ganja, which is outside the region — at least seven civilians in a residential area have been killed by rocket fire. in nagorno—karabakh, damage to the main city, stepa na kert, continues, with air raid sirens sounding — this video is running
on armenian state media. our international correspondent orla guerin sent this report from azerbaijan. "let me see his face," she begs. "one last time." she is not alone in this desperate search. "let me see," says this woman. "is he from my family?" "may the armenians die", she cries. here is what's left of her neighbourhood in ganja — azerbaijan's second largest city. far from the front line, but not far enough. this is just off the main street. no sign of military targets. we saw remnants of what baku says was a ballistic missile.
it's accusing armenia of a war crime. this was clearly a civilian target — apartment blocks, flats where people were living. there's bedding and blankets and mattresses strewn among the rubble here. the attack happened at about 2am. now, this is supposed to be a ceasefire, but it looks more like all—out war. and what happens next? is there worse to come on both sides? standing here now, in the rubble, is the ceasefire dead? actually, it's hard to assess the situation. therefore, currently we are considering the situation. if armenia continues to attack azerbaijani civilians, then azerbaijan will be obliged to take necessary measures against legitimate military targets.
you are saying that they have fired at you, and you are also saying that you reserve the right to retaliate. so which is it? are you sticking to the ceasefire or are you going to retaliate for this attack? at this stage we are trying to stick to the ceasefire regime, but of course, if they continue to do so, attacking azerbaijani civilians, as every nation, we also have a right to self—defence. as azerbaijan recovered more of its dead, it, too, was accused of breaching the ceasefire by shelling civilians on the other side. though the truce looked shattered today, it did not collapse. but ganja was hit hard. this woman's grandchildren were asleep in these beds, and were lucky to survive. but she acknowledges the pain in nagorno—karabakh. "we are all mothers," she told me. "there and here — and our hearts are aching." orla guerin, bbc news, ganja, azerbaijan.
the us government's top infectious disease expert has criticised donald trump's re—election campaign team. doctor anthony fauci says comments made by him have been taken out of context and used without his permission in a republican party tv ad. joining me now is our north america correspondent peter bowes. tell me what it was used, how it was used and how doctor anthony fauci has criticised its use. it included words of dr fauci who were very positive. seemingly in the context of the ad about the trump administration's response to the coronavirus the reason he is angry is he says his words have been taken out of context words have been taken out of co ntext a nd words have been taken out of context and he did not give his permission. in fact, the words
that were used were from an interview that he gave about six months ago when he says he was talking in a broader context in terms of the us response and more specifically about the white house coronavirus task force. so he says, and he goes on to add, that in his five decades of public service, he has never endorsed a political candidate. it seems to have been the issue that has so angered him, that asa that has so angered him, that as a public servant, as a civil servant, he has been used and his words have been used to endorse a political candidate, donald trump. it has always been quite awkward, hasn't it, especially in those days when we used to get daily press briefings from the president, seeing doctor anthony fauci there to hide him. —— behind him. yes and the uncomfortable nature of that relationship has continued and perhaps even worsened over the months with dr fauci often saying things
that don't gel necessarily with the image that the president is trying to portray in terms of the government's response to the government's response to the virus is concerned and even up the virus is concerned and even up to the present day with the president talking about "immunity", this is something that again dr fauci has not endorsed and has taken a much more reserved approach to. absolutely, peter bowes, thank you very much indeed. twitter has flagged up another tweet by president trump as containing misleading and potentially harmful information related to coronavirus after he tweeted he was immune from the infection. scientists say the virus hasn't been around long enough to understand a immune response. earlier mr trump made the same claim on fox news, after his doctor said he was no longer a transmission risk. it seems like i'm immune so i can go way out of a basement which i would have done anyway, and which i did, ‘cause you have to run a country,
you have to get out of the basement, and it looks like i'm immune for, i don't know, maybe a long time or maybe a short time, it could be a lifetime, nobody really knows, but i'm immune, so... so the president is in very good shape. for his take on the president's claims of immunity, i spoke with professor peter hotez — dean of the us national school of tropical medicine at the baylor college of medicine. the president tends to be very imprecise with his language around disease and illness in general, he tends to veer towards very simplistic terms, talking about cures or in this case, he says he's immune. what we know is that he's had the virus for ten days and he's been symptom—free for 2h hours and by some criteria, therefore, he has a green light to go ahead and be with the public. but if you look actually look at the world health organisation criteria, when you dig a little deeper, you find that someone like the president who's interacting with large numbers of people, probably should have two what are called pcr tests 2a hours apart that
are negative and the white house physician statement never actually says that. so we don't know what is happening with the president. the hope is that he is no longer transmitting the virus. whether or not he's immune, in terms of whether he has antibodies to the virus and has an immune response, possibly that's what he means, but this has been the constant story around the coronavirus task force in general, is the lack of position in language and what exactly the president means and what his white house physician is trying to say with the letters — that's tries to finesse things a bit, is a bit unclear. that lack of precision, that language you're talking about, how dangerous is that in terms of the message it gets across to the us public? well, this is it, right? we've never really had clear language
and communication coming out of the white house around anything this year with covid—i9. if you ever listen to the briefings from the coronavirus task force, you would say, well, what you would expect is for them to come out and say look, these are the three or four problems that concern us, this is what could happen if we don't address it, this is how we're to address it. just like i tell my first year graduate or medical students to do in a presentation, we've never had that from the coronavirus task force. it's kind of this odd collection of facts and factoids strung together in a strange narrative that leaves the public lacking confidence in what's going on, and in fact, we've never really had a national response to covid—i9, it's always been about manufacturing support and letting the states lead. this is why we have our terrible tragedy of more than 200,000 american deaths with some projection of it going to 300,000 by the end of the year. professor, thank you.
two prominent opponents of the belarusian president, alexander lu kashenko, have been released from jail on the same day that hundreds of activists were detained. security forces used force to break up crowds who are demanding a new presidential election. this report from aruna iyengar. chanting. still the protesters come onto the streets of minsk. they have taken to the streets every week to demand president lukashenko steps down to allow for new elections to be held. they're fired on with tear gas, water cannon and there's a heavy policing. screams. police officers wearing black balaclavas drag protesters into unmarked vans. president lukashenko has been in power since 1994. he denies his electoral win in august came as a result of cheating. he defeated the opposition candidate
sviatla na tsikhanouskaya who claims to have been the true winner. and most recent violence followed a meeting between lukashenko and the detained opposition leaders in a minskjail — an unusual event leading to some hope that he was going to make some concessions. tsikhanouskaya has been forced into exile in lithuania. she said on social media that she was pleased that lukashenko acknowledged the existence of political prisoners whom he used to call criminals but added that you can't have a dialogue in a prison cell. meanwhile, the president's ally, russia, has put her on its wanted list for an unspecified criminal charge. the eu and the us have refused to recognise lukashenko's inauguration for a sixth term and condemns the alleged abuse of detained protesters. they've also hit belarus with sanctions. out of the latest protests,
police in minsk said they've detained several dozen people but the rights group vesna says the number was closer to 330 arrests. there have been nearly 1,300 detentions since the elections. aruna iyengar, bbc news. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: as developers prepare for major new console launches, we ask if gaming has become the world's most popular form of entertainment? parts of san francisco least affected by the earthquake are returning to life, but in the marina area where most of the damage was done, they are more conscious than ever of how much has been destroyed. in the 19 years since he was last here, he has gone from being a little—known revolutionary to an experienced and successful diplomatic operator.
it was a 20—pound bomb which exploded on the fifth floor of the grand hotel, ripping a hole in the front of the building. this government will not weaken, democracy will prevail. it fills me with humility and gratitude to know that i have been chosen as the recipient of this foremost of earthly honours. this catholic nation held its breath for the men they called the 33. and then... bell tolls. ..bells tolled nationwide to announce the first rescue and chile let out an almighty roar. this is bbc news, the latest headlines: russia and the eu have led calls for armenia and azerbaijan to respect a ceasefire in nagorno—karabakh as rescuers search for survivors after shelling in the region's main city. the us government's top infectious disease expert, dr anthony fauci, has complained that his comments were misused in a trump
campaign ad, suggesting he'd praised the president's covid—i9 response. campaigners in nigeria have responded with scepticism to the announcement that a police unit — widely accused of brutality — has been disbanded. protesters had called for the special anti—robbery squad — or sars — to be broken up. but they're unhappy that its officers are being redeployed to other units rather than being disciplined. the bbc‘s tim allman reports. end sars! for days, the pressure had been building. protest following protest, demonstrators with one clear message. end sars now! today, not tomorrow! end sars now! stop killing our boyfriends, stop killing our children! stop! murder's a crime, stop killing them! the response from the authorities was similarly direct. regular police deploying water cannon, but then almost out of the blue, an announcement.
the special anti—robbery squad of the nigerian police, otherwise known as sars, is hereby dissolved across all formations that assist police commands in the federal capital territory where they currently exist. (yelling) sars has a fierce reputation. this video posted on youtube appears to show an officer violently attacking a suspect. the squad's been accused of corruption, taking bribes, making unlawful arrests, torture, and even carrying out extrajudicial killings — allegations that have been denied. but the protesters say this announcement may seem like good news but many say they
have been here before. this isn't the first time the government has banned sars. they have banned it — this is the fourth time now. and it will soon come up again. for me, it's not acceptable. so everything that is trending on twitter right now has to do with the end sars movement. so it is really exciting to see that nigerians are gathering together for a good cause. nigeria's inspector general of police says allegations of abuse will be investigated. most importantly, he insists, the force will be professional and accountable to the people. tim allman, bbc news. let's get some of the day's other news. borisjohnson is set to announce communities across england will be classed as "medium", "high" or "very high" risk under a new tiered coronavirus alert system. the north—west city of liverpool is expected to be the first area to face the toughest measures, but officials in the city want extra financial support for businesses asked to close. the french interior minister has called for some types of fireworks to be banned after they were used to attack a police station on the outskirts of paris in the early
hours of sunday morning. around a0 people are said to have taken part, which saw police having to barricade themselves inside the station as a crowd, armed with metal bars, tried to force their way inside. support for the far—right freedom party has sharply fallen in municipal elections in vienna. heinz—christian strache's party gained 7% — a loss of more than 20% since the last elections in the city. it's a humiliation for the former austrian chancellor who was attempting a comeback after a corruption scandal last year. now, of all the sectors affected by coronavirus, few have been hit harder than international travel. thailand faces a particular dilemma. their tourism industry accounted for roughly one fifth of their economy before the pandemic. 0ur south—east asia correspondentjonathan head reports from the popular tourist island of koh pha ngan, to see how it has been affected.
this was one of the world's most famous beaches, with an equally famous party. hat rin on thailand's koh pha ngan used to be an essential stop on every backpacker‘s itinerary. but something so wild, so crowded, so dependent on mass travel, was never going to survive covid—i9. "like a tsunami, it crashed and everything fell with it," says this man who rents out motorbikes. "look around you, there's no income here anymore." right now, it's full moon again and until covid—i9 kept all the tourists away, by this time, the beach would have been filling up, the djs cranking up their music and hundreds of
businesses doing well. there were plenty ofjobs and profits — nearly all of them now gone. but the people who live on this lovely island are now wondering whenever international travel starts up again, whether they might not do it differently next time. there's a lot less pollution now — though these rubbish volunteers still find plenty left on the beach even six months after the party's stopped. it's a chance for koh pha ngan's natural environment to recover. we live here, we have ourfamily here. and businesses, foreign and locally owned, are now discussing a greener future for the island economy. but there are also many other things that people can see on the island, and we want to promote that... 0ne that's focused on longer stays, on a greater sense of community.
and we can do it in an ecologically conscious way as well. some of the island's residents have now started a community garden to showcase this new, less material spirit. the vegetables grown here are to help those who have lost theirjobs to the covid crisis. at the hat rin resort his family has owned for a0 years, mark pa nya wienands is also having a rethink. from my opinion, we still want to do have the full moon party and hat rin. if it is possible, i wanted to be like, if you come here and have, i don't know, enjoy if the people and have a really local coffee, super sweet. pick something organic. at the hat rin resort his family has owned for a0 years, mark pa nya wienands is also having a rethink. covid is really sort of a reset button right now. at some point, the full moon
party's going to fail anyway, and itjust so happens that covid really pushed that hard reset button. like other resorts, mark is now relying on a smaller number of long—staying visitors who value a slower lifestyle. so today, where once young revellers from across the globe partied hard until dawn, there are families, eating and playing around a campfire. it's a less profitable but surely more sustainable way of exploiting this very special island. jonathan head, bbc news, koh pha ngan thailand. more time indoors and online has been the reality for many of us through the pandemic — and that has meant a huge surge in gaming. next month new xbox and playstation consoles will be released — and gaming looks like it
could become the world's most popular form of entertainment. as the bbc‘s media editor, amol rajan reports. he doesn't know where he is. he doesn't know what to do. he's his head. he's in his head! call of duty, the first—person shooter video game, isn't merely an experience these days. for a growing army of players, it's the pinnacle of a career. that includes 21—year—old sean 0'connor from glasgow. a bit like a top footballer, he plays for the london royal ravens — one of the best teams in the international league. he's just signed a six—figure deal through his manager and often trains for eight hours a day. i feel like gaming has a thing for everyone. there is streaming, there is youtube, there's competing, there is just casual gaming. i think there's a lot that even the casual or even older or younger can all play and have a good time. you can do it from the comfort of your own room. don't eat the food! gaming today is more a global social network than a digital version of monopoly or snakes and ladders.
global revenues have leapt from under $20 billion annually a decade ago to a projected $200 billion within the next three years. the growth in the uk alone was exponential. even before lockdown, it led to a huge surge in playing. smartphones and consoles are driving that growth. and britain is benefiting. these vast buildings are now creative studios, deployed for making films or games. if ever there were evidence of new media supplanting old, it's here. a former printworks site for the daily mail in 0xfordshire — now owned by rebellion, a british media giant that makes games such as the forthcoming evil genius 2, sniper elite and this one — zombie army four. one of the key technologies for us in the games industry is digital distribution across a global population. so the more people that we can connect to with our games, the more people can play them and then itjust becomes
a challenge of discovery. the key component, though, is it's exporting our creativity worldwide. and the audience for our computer games is as broad as we can reach with the internet. it may look like a blank canvas, but sites like this one, 50 miles west of london, will help video gaming dominate the attention economy. new technologies are making even the most complex game universally accessible. multiplayer titles have made gaming a social experience. and whereas books, films, tv shows and podcasts all have a single plot with an ending, it is in the very nature of gaming for the same content to go in countless, attention—grabbing directions. these 3d worlds are a great and growing business. new technology is converting gaming and alternative reality to a way of life. amol rajan, bbc news. you can reach me on twitter.
i'm @ bbc maryam. thank you for your company. headlines in a couple of minutes. hello there. the changing autumn colours looked splendid in the sunshine on sunday. beginning to look a little more muted as we go through monday. lots more cloud around, outbreaks of rain spreading its way eastwards across most parts during the day as well. the cloud and rain, though, from these weather fronts as they push in through the night means the temperature shouldn't drop too much across western areas. in the east though, a little ridge of high pressure, some clearer skies for a time. parts of east anglia and the southeast — could even be a touch of frost in the countryside, with temperatures and lower single figures, away from the city centres. but here, some early brightness before cloud thickens, rain arrives later into the afternoon. a wet start in northern ireland, through much of scotland, and around any western fringes of england and wales.
the rain heavy at times. clearing through northern ireland quite quickly to a blustery wind, sunshine and a few showers later. same too into scotland as we go into the afternoon and maybe some late sunshine into northwest england and north and west wales. winds strongest across the west during the second half of the day. light winds further east, but even though those winds coming in from a south—westerly direction, they won't bring much warmth with them. after a cold start, the cloud and the rain arriving means temperatures not going to lift much — parts of yorkshire through towards the midlands and lincolnshire could be only around nine degrees, same too in aberdeenshire. through monday night, the rain could linger across east anglia and the southeast, and it returns across parts of northern scotland with some heavy showers through northern ireland, wales and the southwest. with the clearest conditions in southwest and northwest england, here, a touch of frost into tuesday morning, but i think all of us see a bit of cloud around and some rain around at times on tuesday. 0ur weather front, well, pressure deepens in around it. so that low pressure spinning around, buckling our weather front back southwards across scotland during the morning — brighter conditions in the afternoon. we will see some brighter weather on tuesday across the heart of england and wales, but outbreaks of rain across many northern—eastern areas, heavy showers towards the southwest as well.
the breeze will be picking up, but it won't feel quite as chilly, i suspect, for the southwest midlands down towards the southwest. then, as we go through into wednesday, still some cloud and showers around, particularly for england and wales. a stiff northeasterly breeze for all, best of the sunshine in the west, driest of all parts of scotland and northern ireland. but a cool feeling day, once again, and that cool feel will continue through the rest of the week, with temperatures down on where they should be for the time of year. the winds, though, will gradually ease and the skies will brighten a little bit more, with more of you spending thursday and friday dry. that's how it's looking. see you soon.
this is bbc news, the headlines: russia and the eu have led calls for armenia and azerbaijan to respect a ceasefire in nagorno—kara bakh, which should have taken effect on saturday. the russian foreign minister, sergei lavrov, said the truce must be strictly enforced. the eu says it's extremely concerned by reports of civilians being targeted. the us infectious diseases expert, anthony fauci, has complained that donald trump's election campaign team has used his comments out of context and without his permission. in a republican tv advert, dr fauci appears to praise mr trump's response to the coronavirus outbreak. two prominent opponents of the belarusian president, alexander lu kashenko, have been released from jail — on the same day that hundreds of activists were detained after mass protests. security forces used water cannon and stun grenades against demonstrators, who are angry about the president's
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