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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. the gatekeeper to the internet. the us government launches a massive anti—monopoly case against google. reports of fatal shootings in nigeria as police try and clear anti—government protests. the uk prime minister imposes the toughest coronavirus restrictions on greater manchester after talks with local leaders over money collapse. we tried to get an approach with local leaders in greater manchester, a joint approach. unfortunately, agreement wasn't reached. the nasa spacecraft nudging an asteroid 200 million miles away. it could give us a clue to how life on earth began. we'll be bringing you live pictures.
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hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world, and stay with us for the latest news and analysis from here and across the globe. for billions of people around the world, it's the gatekeeper to the internet. now the search giant google is on the receiving end of massive anti monopoly lawsuit from the us government. it claims the company accounts "for nearly 90% of all general—search—engine queries in the united states, and almost 95% on mobile devices." the lawsuit adds, "general search engine competitors are denied vital distribution, scale, and product recognition—ensuring they have no real chance to challenge google." google, though, has hit back. it says, "today's lawsuit by the department of justice is deeply flawed.
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joining me now from san francisco is our north american technology reporter james clayton. james, this is a pretty dramatic move. what prompted it was the department ofjustice things google is monopolistic. the lawsuit strikes at the heart of google because my grip over the internet for millions of businesses and advertisers, into an unlawful monopoly. it sang clearly, google is a monopolist. the key thing is 90% of all the searches in america are google searches —— it said clearly. if they get there fairly, and this is what the lawsuit says, it says on android phone, google search is something that is preinstalled. google had a deal with apple where it was preinstalled. it's saying it's not fair,
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essentially. it actually concludes, google‘s practices have had harmful effect on consumers, and this is where it gets difficult because google says how can this possibly be anti—consumer when google search is free? and you don't need to pay to use it. so i think this is going to be very difficult for the doj, because they have to prove that its anti—consumer while at the same time, acknowledging its free for consumer. there's a break—up of google, given the department ofjustice is usually... is a break—up possible? let's be really clear. they haven't said they are going to break up, but i think what is interesting is three weeks ago, there was a congressional hearing on antitrust that was democrat lead. some of the things they said were suggesting google shall be broken up. they also said
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apple was the gatekeeper, amazon was monopolistic. today, this is republican the big issue now is those bipartisan support for that action against big tech is going to really worry these silicon valley bigwigs. it doesn't matter who wins the election that this campaign will continue. how long might this take to resolve before we know of a ruling? i think it's a -- really important to say it's going to take yea rs. investors important to say it's going to take years. investors weren't particularly perturbed by what happened here. the other big thing to remember here is that google is fabulously wealthy. it's worth over $1 trillion, and has over $100 billion in cash. it can fight this. if you look at all the other competitors, the eu has been through this process as well. it takes
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yea rs. this process as well. it takes years. don't expect google search to suddenly disappear tomorrow morning. thank you. it's dilemma for countries around the world fighting the coronavirus pandemic. how do you balance restrictions to safeguard people's health on one hand and keeping the economy open on the other? the english city of manchester has been demanding more financial help to offset tough new measures, but there's been no agreement with central government. now prime minister borisjohnson has gone ahead and imposed england's toughest coronavirus regime. here's vicki young. for more than a week, the politicians have argued. for businesses, that's meant uncertainty and anxiety. today, chris's worst fears became reality. his pub in wigan has to close. we sort of knew it was coming, so it's going to be bad news for the business and we will struggle, but it's good news to finally get some information. to finally know, 0k, now we can start planning, making plans for the staff and business and staff and start
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figuring out what to do. we've been waiting in limbo for ten days, feels like a month. greater manchester's leaders have been demanding more money to help workers whose income will fall because of closures. they were given until midday today to accept a final offer from the government, but there was no agreement and ministers in london said they would impose tougher restrictions. we made a generous and extensive offer to support manchester's businesses. i want to stress, this offer was proportionate to the support we have given merseyside and lancashire. the mayor didn't accept this unfortunately and given the public health situation, i must now proceed with moving greater manchester, as i say, to the very high alert level. and here is the mayor, finding out scraps of information during his own press conference. . . £20 million only, and they are going to try and pick off the individual councils. disgraceful!
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boo! that didn't go down well here. it's brutal, to be honest, isn't it? this isn't a way, this is no way to run the country in a national crisis, it isn't. this is not right. they should not be doing this, grinding people down, trying to accept the least that they can get away with. his team calculated that £90 million was needed until the end of march. eventually, he said he'd accept 65 million. the government offered 60. is this a game of poker? are they playing poker with places and people's lives through a pandemic? is that what this is about? the people who drive those taxes, who work in the pubs, many of them who may have voted for them. they said to them they would level up. what we've seen today is a deliberate act of leveling down. so, what help is there for areas in the very high alert level tier 3? the government offers financial support amounting to £8 per head of the local population, so for greater
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manchester, that would need £22 million. this is just to fund contact tracing enforcement and helping the clinically vulnerable. on top of that, lancashire and liverpool city region also agreed extra economic packages worth millions, but talks on similar funding for greater manchester have stalled. are you withdrawing the extra what you called generous offer? is that now off the table? and what do you say to the mayor of greater manchester, who has accused you of grinding down communities through these negotiations? i bitterly regret any restrictions that lead to damage to businesses and to people's lives, of course i do. the funds there, they're massive, and what we couldn't do, i hope people understand, was do a deal with greater manchester that really would have been out of kilter with the agreements we'd already reached with merseyside
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and with lancashire. later, downing street clarified that the offer of 16 million was still on the table. other areas including teesside and south yorkshire are locked in their own battle with the government over money. it's an urgent situation, but progress is slow. vicki young, bbc news, westminster. there are two weeks to go till main voting day in the us election. this week, the bbc is looking at how president trump's "america first" strategy has changed the world. over the course of our series, we will be talking to correspondents based across the world to find out more about the situation in their region. part of that process is to bring us troops back home from countries like afghanistan, where they've been embroiled for nearly 20 years. that comes as the afghan government and taliban insurgents attempt to broker a peace deal. 0ur chief international correspondent, lyse doucet, has been speaking exclusively to the top us commander in afghanistan, general scott miller. from kabul, she sent
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this report. 0ut out of the heavily fortified covid quarters to an intensified fight in the province is beyond. today, the us‘s top soldier is heading west, dropping in on afghan forces in the province. general miller knows the details of every district, but afg ha ns details of every district, but afghans in charge here raise the alarm. armed forces are still closing in on the city. it's the same across the country. a looming us pull—out was on everyone's mine. i would say not only the violence but the rhetoric needs to go down. it's not be threatening and inviting more violence, what everyone should be doing is finding ways to bring this down. but we will defend the afg ha n forces this down. but we will defend the afghan forces and we've shown a great deal of restraint, because we're trying to make this process work. going home is on
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their minds, too. they've all seen the tweets from president trump, their commander—in—chief, declaring they should be home by christmas. but the february deal between the united states and the taliban says the final pull—out is next spring. if it continues like this can you? those are political decisions. we make military recommendations, and i'll leave that for policy guidance. and the view on how the peace process is going. the forces have to be ready, so going. the forces have to be ready, so it's not a question of are they ready, they have to be ready. the commitment i see from them, they are the security forces that must secure the security forces that must secure the afghan people. afghan's ready for the fight. these menjust the afghan people. afghan's ready for the fight. these men just signed up. thousands of young recruits, they're put through the paces at calla ble they're put through the paces at callable was my biggest training sister —— at kabul‘s. for
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now, they are keen. translation: i lived in holland for seven years and came back for my country. my country needs me. but caliban are training to. slick videos or propaganda weapons —— the caliban are training too. both sides are preparing for war now will they talk about peace. the taliban could place more politics in negotiating and goodwill. they may be good at the kind of war that instills fear into people. it's a different ball game once they get into the more conventional warfare. what your top worry now? my personal worry is our owfi worry now? my personal worry is our own failure. if we are not able to
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secure a own failure. if we are not able to secure a safe and afghanistan. how likely is that? it's very likely, but we're doing what we can to mitigate it. north of kabul, the largest us base and bog rum, or getting ready to go. day by day, they're only signs that american troops are packing up. this used to be part of its biggest military base. it's shrinking by the day. but this pull—out isn't just base. it's shrinking by the day. but this pull—out isn'tjust a question of military hardware. afghans say they feel it's growing impact in their own lives. years ago, when us forces surged, so too did life here. now the lifeblood in this town is draining too. jobs are drying up. you can feel the uncertainty on the streets.
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translation: i'm scared. the caliban are here —— the taliban. how close are they to where we are standing now? they are definitely amongst us. it dragged on for nearly 20 years, a moment now fought with both brisk and resolve. lyse doucet, bbc news, and afghanistan. when the coronavirus pandemic is over, we'll all have our stories to tell. researchers in australia are encouraging children to record their personal stories of living through the crisis under a project launched this week called ‘bear in a window'. let's speak to the lead researcher for this project, the sociolinguist barbara kelly from the university of melbourne. professor kelly, thanks so much for joining us. explain your project. my project is a project where we are
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recording young child ren‘s project is a project where we are recording young children's stories, children from the ages of three to 12, and recording their stories about their experience during the pandemic. we are interested in hearing what things were not so good when they had to say at home all the time, and also what things were good when they have to stay at home all the time. i don't know if you been able to speak to any kid so far. if so, what have they been telling you? one of the things for what was good all the time was that children were able to have cooked meals for lunch. that's fascinating! i know, it's surprising. a number of children mentioned it. children also talked about things that were tough. we expected them to talk about things like missing their friends, expected them to talk about things like missing theirfriends, missing their teachers, missing sport, which many of them have. but we
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also had children talk about things like having to do schooling via zoom and having to do schooling via zoom and having children in class. these are really good details. did younger ones understand what's happening with they do understand they haven't been able to go to days care. children in melbourne which has been in lockdown since march, children haven't been able to go out of the house, and they understand there's something new going on. i can see the bears behind you. what role the bears play in this project? throughout australia, in the early stages of the pandemic in march and april, people started putting bears and rainbows in their windows, and
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children would go out for their one hour a day walk and spot bears. so we had bear hunts going on across australia. it sound like great fun. say they experience to find their lives when they were kids, for the next few decades, i wonder if this pandemic will influence today's children for the rest of their own lives in the same way. yeah, we can assume that it will. just reflecting about what it means not to get to be at school is one that we assume that children will carry with them as pa rt children will carry with them as part of their life. fascinating. professor barbara kelly, thanks so much. thank you for having me. stay with us on bbc news, still to come... it's hardly child's play. we look at the australian project aiming to understand children's experience
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of the coronavirus pandemic. we could get a clue as to how how life on earth began. a historic moment that many of his victims have waited for for decades. former dictator in the dark slimmer as he sat down. don as the sun brea ks as he sat down. don as the sun breaks through the piercing chill of night on the plane outside coram, it lights upa night on the plane outside coram, it lights up a biblicalfamine. now in the 20th century. the depressing conclusion in argentina today, it is cheaper to actually paper your walls with money. we've had cannot know my controversies in the past in great britain. as good friends, we've always come to a solution. concorde bows out in style after almost three decades in service. an
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aircraft that has influenced many for so long. this is bbc news, the latest headlines. google is being sued by the us government in a massive anti—monopoly case against the internet giant, but the company has denied abusing its market dominance. an american spacecraft has touched down on an asteroid the size of the empire state building, some 200 million miles from earth. this is the moment when it happened. the audacious nasa—led expedition aims to collect dust and grit from the surface. researchers believe the rocks could offer clues to the origins of life on earth. there are reports coming from the nigerian city of lagos that several protesters have been shot and killed by armed soldiers, during and killed by armed soldiers during an anti—government demonstration. the reports of shots fired come
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as demonstrators were defying an indefinite 24—hour curfew that is in force across the nigerian state of lagos and two other states, as the authorities move to end two weeks of increasingly violent protests against police brutality. let's speak now to nnate okorie who was briefly at the demonstration but who left before there were reports of shooting. his niece works in the area and is still there. thank you very much forjoining us. your niece was nearby, is she ok? you're welcome. thank you for joining us, how is your niece? as she ok? joining us, how is your niece? as she 0k? yeah, she's 0k. she's 0k. we're very much in touch with her. she sent out to me... some
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pictures of the killings. just to stress, you are not there but she was there. what did she say happened? yeah, she also, her office is near the grounds. from her office, you see. so, i saw it not long after. i was lucky the shooting had
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not started. luckily, i called to find out. she had to move away from where it was happening. she had some videos to send to me to confirm what i'd heard. i forwarded the videos to wa nt to heard. i forwarded the videos to want to your reporters. thank you. you are at the protest before when it was peaceful, right? yes, it was peaceful. i also have some pictures. thank you very much forjoining us. we really appreciate it. the british guitarist spencer davis, who founded the spencer davis group, has died. he was 81 and had been undergoing treatment for pneumonia in california. the band, named because davis was the only member who enjoyed giving interviews, were best known for their 19605 hits keep on running,
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gimme some lovin‘ and i'm a man. the group split up in 1967, but spencer davis continued touring in later decades, often playing more than 200 shows a year. the uk is set to become the first country in the world to deliberately infect volunteers with coronavirus to speed up the race to get a vaccine. healthy volunteers under the age of 30 will be paid to take part in the human challenge trials and they'll be monitored for side effects for up to a year. our medical editor fergus walsh reports. this woman wants to be delivered early infected by coronavirus in the name of science. she is part of a group that is campaigning for so—called challenge trials. group that is campaigning for so-called challenge trials. for a young, healthy person, the chance of me dying is very low. so, when i think about what society gains by getting a vaccine sooner, i'm not that worried about risk. thousands of people like edward are part of
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covid vaccine trials, but it could be months before we know whether the job protects them against coronavirus. in a challenge trial, volu nteers coronavirus. in a challenge trial, volunteers are immunised and then infected with the virus, so it's clear straightaway if the vaccine works. scientists need to know how much coronavirus is required to ensure that the volunteers get infected. so, the first people on the trials won't get a vaccine, they'll simply get a predetermined dose of coronavirus. amazingly, there are thousands of people ready to sign up for this sort of thing. they will be closely monitored. those taking part will need to be aged between 18 and 30, and are likely to receive around £a000. but what about the potential dangers of getting covid—19? what about the potential dangers of getting covid-19? we've only managed to do people who have been —— the very lowest potential risk. the
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trials have been designed where will have very little disease potentially not even... gary is a challenge trial veteran. he's had malaria as pa rt trial veteran. he's had malaria as part of one study. and this is him drinking a solution laced with typhoid bacteria. the experimental typhoid bacteria. the experimental typhoid vaccine he was trialing work, and he's now saving lives. the confirmation that you really were pa rt of confirmation that you really were part of something, it really made of huge difference. to lyse around the world. hundreds of thousands of people —— lives around the world. that was pretty fantastic. the world owes a debt of gratitude to all medical volunteers, but especially those ready to get a disease. challenge studies don't replace conventional trials, but they might just speed up the process of
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finding out which coronavirus vaccines work best. fergus walsh, bbc news. that's it. hello. tuesday may not have been the sunniest day low pressure certainly dominating the weather through tuesday,
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