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this is bbc news. our top stories: george floyd's family will receive $27 million after he died while in police custody. their lawyer says it's just a starting point. it is the policy reforms that affects all of us. the governor of new york andrew cuomo is resisting growing pressure to resign, following allegations of sexual misconduct. in new zealand, a national service is held to remember the 51 people killed in 2019 when a gunman opened fire at two mosques in christchurch.
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welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. we start in the american city of minneapolis and what's thought to be one of the largest pre—trial settlements in us history. lawyers for george floyd, the african american man who died while being restrained by police officers in may last year, say the city has agreed a settlement of 27 million dollars in their civil case for damages. the money will be paid to mr floyd's family. separately, a former minneapolis police officer, derek chauvin, is standing trial on criminal charges, including third degree murder, following the incident. here's the floyd family lawyer, ben crump. the financial compensation most directly impacts george floyd and his family, the future of their family, but it is the policy reforms that affects all of us.
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our north america correspondent david willis told me more about why this settlement is so significant. the death of george floyd sparked protests in major cities here and across the world, it gave rise of course to the black lives matter movement, one of the largest protest movements in american history. while the fact that a black man, mr floyd, has been the subject of this massive pay—out, $27 million, is seen by lawyers for his family as a sign that the family lawyer, said today that police brutality — this settlement sent a message that police brutality against people of colour must now come to an end in the united states. and of course, this is the end of the civil proceedings. separately, there are criminal proceedings? they are, and they involve
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the man who was pictured on that videotape with his knee on george floyd's neck. his name is derek chauvin and his trial, proceedings in his trial got under way this week. they are trying to swear in a jury but, of course, it's difficult to find anybody who is not familiar with this case or, indeed, that quite horrific video. now, if convicted of murder and manslaughter, derek chauvin faces up to 65 years in jail. he's claiming he was simply following police procedure. the other three police officers who were involved in that incident with george floyd are due to go on trial later this year. our thanks to david there. new york's governor andrew cuomo says he will not bow to what he calls cancel culture, and resign. there are growing calls for him to step down after allegations of sexual misconduct. us democratic senators chuck
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schumer and kirsten gillibrand have joined the list of politicians saying he should go. paul hawkins reports. andrew cuomo, new york governor, but for how much longer? once widely praised for his leadership during the first wave of coronavirus, he's now fighting for his political life. i did not do what has been alleged. period. there are often many motivations for making an allegation. seven women have now come forward making allegations against him, including sexual misconduct and assault. politicians who don't know a single fact but yet form a conclusion and an opinion are, in my opinion, reckless and dangerous. the latest of those politicians includes chuck schumer,
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one of the most senior democrats in congress and the senate majority leader. along with fellow new york senator kirsten gillibrand, they released a statement, saying: but, they add: already, more than 55 democratic legislators in new york have signed a letter calling on him to step down. the city's mayor bill de blasio says he should go. so too some democrats in congress, including alexandra ocasio—cortez. and as for the white house... the president believes that every woman who has come forward deserves to have her voice heard, should be treated with respect, and should be able to tell her story. there also is an independent investigation that is ongoing, of course, in the state, with subpoena power overseen by the attorney—general and he certainly supports that moving forward.
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andrew cuomo says he will wait for the outcome of that investigation before deciding whether to step down. people know the difference between playing politics, bowing to cancel culture, and the truth. i'm not going to resign. but there is also another investigation, a federal one, into claims the state undercounted the true covid death toll in care homes. the pressure for him to go now could be too much. paul hawkins, bbc news. a remembrance service has been held in new zealand to mark the second anniversary of the christchurch mosque attacks. 51 people lost their lives after a gunman opened fire at the al noor and linwood mosques on march 15, 2019. bereaved families were joined by islamic and political leaders including prime minister, jacinda ardern, to honour the memory of those who died in the horrific attack. unity, the overarching theme
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at the �*we are one' service at christchurch arena, with tributes to loved ones lost along with moving performances. take a listen. choir singing in maori. while words cannot — choir singing in maori. while words cannot perform _ choir singing in maori. if” i? words cannot perform miracles, they do have the power to heal. that means we must use them wisely. to our muslim community, that means using our voices and words to acknowledge the loss that was yours. the fathers, the brothers, the husbands and sons, the mothers and wives, the children who are lost in all those so gravely injured. our duty is to not only remember what has been taken but who your loved ones
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were and what they gave to you, your community and this place they called home. jacinda ardern there. mexico has returned the bodies of 16 guatemalan migrants killed trying to cross the us border injanuary. some of the bodies were found heavily burned, delaying their identification and return. families stood by with framed pictures of their loved ones, as the caskets approached draped in the nationalflag. guatemala's president has declared three days of mourning and vowed to find the killers. officials in north—west nigeria say around 30 male and female students are still missing after being abducted from a college outside kaduna city. it's the latest in a series of kidnappings in the country over the past few months. our correspondent in abuja, ishaq khalid, told us more about the rescue effort which is underway. well, basically at the moment, the nigerian authorities are saying that troops are trying to rescue the dozens
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of students who were kidnapped by the gunmen. troops with tanks and helicopters have been deployed. and initially, the authorities said that 180 people have been rescued at the initial stage of the abduction, following gunfire with the military, but some sources are saying that those people were actually students and staff who escaped during that time, but the authorities are saying they were rescued by the military. and now, about 30 people are missing — students, males and females — and the authorities are saying they have launched a search operation. basically, what happened — the gunmen, in large numbers, stormed the college on the outskirts of the nigerian city of kaduna overnight. they broke the fence and then opened fire within the premises, moved into the dormitories of the students and kidnapped a number of people there. so this is the latest abduction in a series of such mass kidnappings across nigeria since december. around 700 or so students have been abducted, and all of them have been released
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after negotiations with their kidnappers. for the moment, there is no clarity as to who carried out the latest attack, but it's believed to be criminal gangs there's no clarity whether negotiations are going on. a serving british police officer has been charged with the kidnap and murder of sarah everard, whose disappearance in london last week sparked an outcry about violence against women. the 33—year—old marketing executive's body was found in woodland on wednesday, after she'd disappeared while walking home from a friend's house, in south london last week. wayne couzens, who's a8, will appear in court tomorrow. the police watchdog is investigating how the met police responded to two allegations of indecent exposure involving the suspect, three days before ms everard went missing. a short time ago, the the metropolitan police
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assistant commissioner nick ephgrave gave this statement. a serving police constable has denied and charged with the kidnap and murder of sarah everard. wayne couzens, aged 48, everard. wayne couzens, aged a8, has been remanded in custody and will appear in westminster magistrate's court tomorrow. sarah's family has been informed of this development and remain in touch with specialist officers. i would like this stage to pay tribute to sarah's family for their fortitude and forbearance through what could only be the most intensely difficult few daysis most intensely difficult few days is not our thoughts remain with them as this matter progresses. stay with us on bbc world news, still to come: the queen makes a virtual appearance to mark british science week — in an outer space zoom meeting.
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this is bbc world news, the latest headlines: the us city of minneapolis is to pay $27 million to the family of george floyd, in one of the biggest pre—trial settlements ever in a civil rights case. the governor of new york, andrew cuomo, is resisting growing pressure to resign, following allegations of sexual misconduct. saturday, march 13th, marks one year since breonna taylor was killed in her apartment by police officers. the police shot ms taylor eight times, and no criminal charges have ever been brought over her death. her death sparked protests in her home city of louisville, kentucky, and across the country, and it became part of the wider black lives matter movement. our correspondent larry madowo is in louisville'sjefferson square park where
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a rally is expected. this place has been a centre for memorials, a place to remind people to say her name and to honour her memory, the family have been here doing a food drive for the community around, and they are still saying they demand justice, even though the city of louisville... her mother has been talking to reporters this week and said that the officers who shot her committed a crime and they should be prosecuted for it. however, the state of kentucky disagrees. attorney general daniel cameron, the special prosecutor in this case, says that the officers that shot into breonna taylor's house that night, exactly a year ago today, were justified because breonna taylor's boyfriend kenneth walker shot at them first. he did do that, but it is because he believed they were intruders. today he has filed a federal lawsuit against the city and against the police. against the city and against the police-— against the city and against the police. given what we've seen with — the police. given what we've seen with the _ the police. given what we've
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seen with the 27 _ the police. given what we've seen with the 27 -- - the police. given what we've seen with the 27 -- $27 - seen with the 27 —— $27 million to be received by george floyd's family, how has that been received where you are? the interesting thing here is that there is a connection between the george floyd family and the breonna taylor family. they are both represented by the attorney ben crump who negotiated the $27 million settlement in the city of minneapolis and the settlement here, and he made the connection today that the two names will be forever interlinked because in the middle of a pandemic where everything else shut down he says implicit bias and police use of excessive force did not. and they were the two names that were the rallying call for the black lives matter movement and the protest across the summer here across the country. the names of breonna taylor and george floyd, where there is the anniversary here are at the top of people's mines again this week. —— minds. our thanks to larry there. italy is tightening coronavirus restrictions from monday,
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after a surge in infections. schools, shops and restaurants are closing in most of the country. the prime minister says italy is experiencing a third wave of the virus, and has pledged to accelerate its vaccination programme. the former british cycling and team sky chief doctor, richard freeman, has been found guilty of ordering the banned drug testosterone in 2011, "knowing or believing" it was to help to dope a rider. the verdict will cast a shadow over a glorious period for british cycling, when riders from the uk dominated the sport. a period of unprecedented success, dominating on both the road and track. for much of that time, richard freeman was the sport's top doctor. but two years after his medical tribunal began, today came the verdict cycling had feared. the panel said he had ordered a doping drug of choice for the sport, and found his conduct incapable of innocent explanation.
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the big question is, who was the testosterone, which rider was it ordered for? it's seriously damaging. i'm not sure how british cycling and the sport can recover. the reputation of the sport in terms of management and governance is in tatters. the saga began in 2011 when freeman ordered 30 sachets of testogel to the sport's ho. six years later, having already left team sky, the medic resigned from british cycling. in 2019, he admitted to 18 general medical counsel charges, including initially lying to uk anti—doping, and last month he was charged by the agency with two anti—doping rule violations. freeman, who has been at the centre of a number of controversies in recent years, told the tribunal he ordered the testosterone to treat the erectile dysfunction of this man, former british cycling technical director shane sutton, who denied the claim.
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i got myself into an emotional state because when you know you're not lying and you're accused of lying, you get yourself worked up. pretty disappointing the way i've been singled out and feel like i'm on trial. back in 2018, freeman told me he would clear his name. i can clear everything up but at the moment, i am under investigation about my medicines management policy by the general medical council, and therefore, i am not at liberty, at the present time, due to respect for them, not to talk about it. but no wrongdoing? no wrongdoing. but today he learned the tribunal panel had ruled against him. the controversy sparked by the delivery of a banned performance enhancing drug here to the national velodrome, known as the metal factory almost a decade ago, has another british cycling for years. and the fear will be that today's ruling does
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lasting damage to the reputation of one of the country's most successful and best funded sports. two years ago, amid mounting scrutiny, team sky became team ineos, and it was seen as a fresh start. but british cycling's bid to move on from the past has just become harder. dan roan, bbc news. the international olympic committee says it's not a "super world government" that can resolve political issues in china, following growing calls for a boycott of the 2022 winter olympic games in beijing. concerns have been raised by activits in relation to tibetan and uighur claims of human rights violations, an issue the ioc says it's taking "very seriously." beijing will become the first city to host summer and winter games, but the ioc has been criticised for awarding the winter olympics to china given its human rights record. it says a boycott has no logic and would only punish athletes. here's some of what ioc president thomas bach had to say in a press conference on friday.
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we are not a super world government. you know, if the ioc could solve or address issues for which... not as un security council, no g7, no g20, has solutions. this is the remits of politics. we have to fulfil and to live up to our own responsibilities within our area of responsibility and the government's efforts to live up to their responsibilities. the killing of george floyd sparked black lives matter protests in the us and around the globe. now the authors of a new graphic novel about the black panther movement, active nearly 60 years ago, suggest there are lessons from the past which apply to the present.
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when i went into writing this book, one of the things i felt was really important was i wanted readers to understand what it was like in america for black people. things like the murder of emmett till, the bombing of the 16th st baptist church — these are things people saw in the news every day. this was part of the black experience in america. the panthers were formed in 1966 during the height of the civil rights movement, and were formed in response to police brutality that was going on in the bay area. they walked around with shotguns and tried to keep incidents of police brutality from happening. they policed the police. you know, the black panther party, when they first formed, had the 10 point program. it was divided into two sections, what we want and what we believe.
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they wanted an end to police brutality, better pay and an end to poverty. and they expanded, started a free breakfast program for children, education program, medicalservices, so they really grew into this multi—faceted organisation, all of which was dedicated to serving the poor black community. unfortunately, they are remembered mostly for carrying guns and scaring people, and there is so much more the general impression that most people have about the black panther party in this country is really distorted and a lot of that is distorted because the fbi had launched what they called the counterintelligence program. and the false stories that the fbi had spread were picked up by the mass media and reported as being truthful.
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a rift began to develop between members of the party and that rift was largely influenced by misinformation that law enforcement was bombarding them with. and all of that misinformation has sort of seeped into the public consciousness and created this method, this very dangerous method. —— dangerous myth. and that is part of what this work is about. it is getting to the truth beyond the myth. in some ways, working on this book was very, very heartbreaking for me. and because i was seeing all of these parallels to what happened 50, 60 years ago, to what has happened today. literally the day after i wrote the initial afterword for this book was when george floyd was killed. and i remember watching as cities started erupting in protests and violence, thinking to myself, "nothing has changed." this book had to be about the story of people and what they did, what they sacrificed, the victories they had and the defeats, and how they helped change the world. britain's queen elizabeth has made an appearance at a viritual event to mark british science week. speaking via zoom, she joined scientists and schoolchildren. our royal correspondent
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nick witchell reports. good morning. her husband remains in hospital, herfamily is in turmoil over the sussexes, but two days ago the queen was on a video call talking about other worlds — space travel to be precise, all part of british science week. so, it is a true honour to be speaking with you just now. they started with yuri gagarin — the first person into space way back in 1961. had the queen come across him? well, what do you think? it was very interesting to meet him. what was he like? russian. he didn't speak english. he didn't speak english? no, he was fascinating. they talked about things raining down on you, apt in a week such as this — though theirfocus was the meteorite, chunks of which landed in gloucestershire. because it looks very mixed rock. then they were off to
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mars and the pictures of the four—billion—year—old martian landscape sent back to earth from the mars perseverance probe. it is pretty rock—strewn, isn't it? i think it's fascinating to see the pictures of mars. unbelievable, really, to think one can actually see its surface. school children demonstrated their idea of a rocket blasting off. like this. very successful. for a few moments, a monarch with much to think about was able to escape. bye! nicholas witchell, bbc news. and it is nearly goodbye from me. , , and it is nearly goodbye from me. �* , ., and it is nearly goodbye from me, �* , ., . " and it is nearly goodbye from me. , ., ., me. just a quick recap of our main headline. _ me. just a quick recap of our main headline. lawyers - me. just a quick recap of our| main headline. lawyers from george floyd, the african—american man who died while being restrained by police officers in may of last year, the city has agreed a settlement of $27 million for the civil case the damages. the money will be paid to mr
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floyd's family. i'm @lvaughanjones. you can reach me on twitter. hello there. the weather has been in a particularly energetic mood over the last few days, with some very strong and blustery winds. and i think it's going to take a while for things to calm down. so, still windy through this weekend. there will be some sunny spells but also some heavy showers. you can see the cloud on the satellite picture. it has been blown quite briskly across the atlantic on those strong winds. speckled shower clouds, and this band of cloud here, which has been bringing some more persistent rain eastwards. that clearing away through the first part of the morning, and then you can see plenty more showers following on behind. some of those showers through the day will be some with some sleet and some snow mixing in over high ground in the north, and the potential for some hail as well. but at least for a time, eastern scotland, central and eastern parts of england, will see fewer showers and more
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in the way of sunshine. but it does stay windy, particularly across england and wales. these are the winds gusts you can expect, 50 mph or more in exposed places. so, when you factor in the strength of the wind, it is going to feel really chilly out there. top temperatures between 7—10 degrees. through saturday night, we'll see one clump of showers pushing south—eastwards across england and wales. more feeding into northern ireland and scotland for a time, but you can see the showers become fewer and further between by the end of the night. more dry weather to start sunday morning. it stays windy enough, i think, to avoid a frost in most places, but it will be quite a chilly start to the day. and then through sunday, high pressure fairly close by, but low pressure still in charge. a frontal system approaching from the west, so while many places will start off the day dry with some spells of sunshine, we'll see more in the way of cloud spinning across northern ireland and scotland. outbreaks of rain with that,
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which will then get down into northern england, wales and the midlands. but for southern and eastern areas, it's likely to stay dry for a good part of the day. still windy but not as windy, and temperatures ranging from seven degrees in northern scotland to 11 in eastern and southern parts of england and south wales. now, if you are looking for things to calm down, it looks like that will happen during next week as this area of high pressure slowly but surely establishes itself. a little bit of rain around at the start of the week but it should then turn drier. there'll be some sunshine and the winds should fall quite a lot lighter.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: the family of george floyd — the unarmed black man killed when restrained by a white police officer — is to receive $27 million in compensation from the city of minneapolis. it's thought to be one of the largest pre—trial settlements in us history. new york's governor andrew cuomo says he will not bow to quote, "cancel culture" and resign. there are growing calls for him to step down after allegations of sexual misconduct. us democratic senators chuck schumer and kirsten gillibrand have joined the list of politicians saying he should go. a remembrance service to mark the second anniversary of the christchurch mosque attacks has been held in new zealand. 51 people lost their lives when a gunman opened fire at the al noor and linwood mosques on march 15, 2019.
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