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this is bbc news — i'm sally bundock with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. the british prime minister chairs a taskforce on protecting women — after concerns about vigil footage showing police officers detaining women. thousands of women stage rallies, across australia to protest against gender discrimination and violence. activists in myanmar say security forces have killed nearly a0 protesters in one of the bloodiest 2a hours since last month's military coup. in italy — non—essential businesses, shops and schools lockdown again — in a bid to contain the latest wave of covid—19. and beyonce becomes the most—awarded female artist
in the history of the grammys — while billie eilish wins record of the year, hello and thanks forjoining us. the british prime minister, borisjohnson, will chair a meeting of the uk government's crime taskforce today, following intense criticism of the way police in london handled saturday night's vigil in memory of sarah everard. borisjohnson says he's "deeply concerned" by footage from the event, which showed officers grabbing women and leading them away in handcuffs. simonjones reports. they are scenes that have shocked, and brought shame on the metropolitan police, according to some politicians and protesters.
women who had gathered to mark the life of sarah everard at an unauthorised vigil on clapham common taken away in handcuffs for breaching coronavirus restrictions. it's led to calls from the metropolitan police commissioner to resign, but she says she is going nowhere and has defended her officers. are you considering your position? no, i'm not. they have to make these really difficult calls. i don't think anybody should be sitting back in an armchair and saying well, that was done badly, i would have done it differently. without actually understanding what was going through their minds. but the prime minister has nowjoined the debate. in a statement, borisjohnson says... the metropolitan police commissioner will today attend a meeting of the government's crime and justice task force.
it will be chaired by the prime minister. he said the death of sarah everard must lead to a determination to drive out violence against women and girls, and make every part of the criminaljustice system work to protect them. there have been further protests around westminster. on this occasion, the police did not intervene. but a senior officer accused some of turning up, not to remember sarah everard's life, but simply to hurl abuse at officers. one human rights group, though, said police have yet to explain properly their actions on saturday night. i think that the police, they chose actions that were aggressive, they chose actions that were distressing, they caused chaos, and ultimately, they created the public health risk, and this is all the more sort of disgusting when you consider that people were here to protest the fact that they are unsafe in public space, that women are unsafe. the metropolitan police were already being investigated for events around the sarah everard murder inquiry,
but now those investigations will go further, examining how they have responded to the huge outpouring of public emotion since her death. simon jones, bbc news. to australia now, and tens of thousands of people have turned out to marches across the country, rallying against the sexual abuse and harrassment of women in the country. protesters were spurred by a recent wave of allegations of sexual assault, centred around australia's parliament with organisers of the march 4 justice movement calling for politicians to address issues of sexism, misogyny and a lack of equality. speakers addressed crowds at more than a0 events across the country, including outside parliament house in canberra, where brittany higgins, an ex—political adviser who alleged she was raped in a minister's office in 2019, spoke to a crowd of thousands.
we are here today not because we want to be back because we have to be. we we want to be back because we have to be-_ have to be. we have to recommend _ have to be. we have to recommend that - have to be. we have to recommend that the i have to be. we have to - recommend that the system is broken. — recommend that the system is broken, the glass ceiling is still— broken, the glass ceiling is still in _ broken, the glass ceiling is still in place and there are significant failings in power structures within our institutions. we are here because _ institutions. we are here because of it is unfathomable that we — because of it is unfathomable that we are having to fight the same — that we are having to fight the same style, tired fight. —— the same — same style, tired fight. —— the same stale _ same style, tired fight. —— the same stale fight. our correspondent has been there and spoke about the significance of the events today. it significance of the events toda . . , , significance of the events toda . , ,. , significance of the events toda. ,., today. it has been described as a moment _ today. it has been described as a moment of— today. it has been described as a moment of reckoning - today. it has been described as a moment of reckoning for- a moment of reckoning for australian politics which, time and again has been described as and again has been described as a toxic environment for women.
it is mostly women but also men supporting the protesters, they are taking advantage of the moment and saying that, yes, this started with politics at the heart of it, but really, this is to address misogyny, sexism, inequality for women across the board. they are demanding action. i asked that very question to the organiser and she said, look, we have had enough of inquiries and reports, we now want the government, the prime minister to a to acknowledge women, but also acknowledge that change needs to happen. she told me she wants women and men to go into their workplaces and feel safe. it is about safety in the workplace, about women feeling they are able to speak out and when they do, they are heard and believed. let's get some of the day's other news. doctors in france say the emergency situation in hospitals because of coronavirus is the same as they experienced in march last year when the pandemic started. france's prime minister jean castex says the country must do whatever it can
to avoid the health service being overwhelmed and a possible third lockdown. the netherlands has become the latest eu country to suspend its rollout of the oxford astrazeneca vaccine. officials said the decision was based on reports from denmark and norway about side affects, including blood clots. but they emphasised the move was precautionary. it follows a similar move by ireland earlier on sunday. staying in the netherlands, where three days of voting are beginning in nationwide elections. incumbent prime minister mark rutte is expected to win another term in office and form his fourth coalition government, largely thanks to his steady handling of the pandemic. support for rutte — who could become one of europe's longest—serving leaders — remains high exit polls in germany suggest that chancellor angela merkel�*s christian democrats have performed poorly in two regional elections seen
as bellwether results ahead of a general election in september. the results appear to be a rebuke to the german government's handling of the pandemic. all non—essential businesses, shops and schools have been closed in much of italy in a bid to contain another spread of coronavirus. more than half of the country is affected, including the regions around rome and milan where our correspondent mark lowen has been speaking to covid—weary italians, many of who say they will really struggle through a third national lockdown. the beautiful blue skies of milan belie the dark clouds of covid gathering it again, because, just over a year since italy became the first country in the world to impose a national lockdown, it is shutting its doors once again. this region, lombardy, the original epicentre of the first wave, is now one of 11 regions in italy, over half the country, in which schools, shops, restaurants are closing as part of a red zone, and for three
days across the easter holiday, the whole of italy will become a red zone, so there will be closures right across the country. italy is now in a third wave of the virus, with infections likely to peak in six or seven days, and while some here support the tightening of the measures, for many, well, they feel at the end of their tether. we know that it is necessary but we are very tired, so i hope that this is the last one. we feel pretty dreadful. it is like back to square one after a year. it is incredible that the schools haven't had a chance to think about an alternative. we look at israel, we look at the us, and we look at the uk thinking, well, things are working there, yeah. and here? not really. italy's vaccinations have indeed been sluggish, partly due to supply problems, but from today they have pledged almost double daily shots in a massive national mobilisation, a gradual
relief to a nation that has suffered so much. i was worried about her, yes, because a lot of people died, especially in lombardy so now i am happy to receive the vaccine. this hospital alone has gone from administering 200 vaccines a day injanuary, up to 1300 a day now. and with a slow start and with cases still rising here, italy is racing to get to the point at which daily vaccines outweigh new infections. it has got some catching up to do. in our business coverage are be talking to an italian economist about the fallout from the third lockdown in italy. that is in about 20 minutes' time. activists in myanmar say the security forces have killed almost a0 people — in one of the deadliest days since last
month's military coup. myanmar�*s ousted elected leader, aung san suu kyi, is due to appear in court on monday to face charges of accepting gold and cash gifts which her supporters say are fabricated. joining me to discuss is dr sasa, who is the special envoy to the un representing the disbanded parliament in myanmar. good to speak to you again. if we start with aung san suu kyi, she is due to appear in court today, do you know anything more about that? she today, do you know anything more about that?— today, do you know anything more about that? she will not be having _ more about that? she will not be having any _ more about that? she will not be having any lawyer - more about that? she will notl be having any lawyer represent her again, be having any lawyer represent heragain, and she be having any lawyer represent her again, and she is suffering again and again, human rights violations at the moment, and these military elite regime has built up, has make up, all kind
of positions to accusing her of bribery. so it is all of that and it is all made up. we haven't _ and it is all made up. we haven't heard _ and it is all made up. we haven't heard yet - and it is all made up. we haven't heard yet whether she has appeared by video conference or not. we will wait to hear on that. when it comes to hear on that. when it comes to what has been described as the deadliest day so far, nearly a0 protesters killed, your reaction to that? it appears to the world and the people of myanmar, that these elites has declared war on the people of myanmar. it has mastercard, we give the money from the public in myanmar, taxpayer, they bought weapons and they attack the people now. so the protector becomes attackers, so there are nearly
5a million people in myanmar, and the world is watching without reacting. what we need now is actions not statements. because we need to take actions on these traitors because what they are doing is from one city to one city in myanmar, and after one village to one village, this military regime has been behaving like this for the last seven decades.- the last seven decades. when ou sa the last seven decades. when you say you — the last seven decades. when you say you want _ the last seven decades. when you say you want to _ the last seven decades. when you say you want to see - the last seven decades. when | you say you want to see action from the international community, specifically, what are you looking for? they had spoken about sanctions in the united states and europe. what other action do you think is necessary? it other action do you think is necessary?— necessary? it has to be coordinated _ necessary? it has to be coordinated sanction, l necessary? it has to be - coordinated sanction, targeted
sanction, it has to be tougher sanctions. there is no coordination, there is no targeting. it has to be international provisions on myanmar. it has to be done as soon as possible. and we need stronger voices, stronger message from london, from brussels, from washington, dc, from beijing and from delhi. this is unacceptable. the people of myanmar are being allowed to be slaughtered again and again. it happened in 1988, 1997, 2007, 2017 and now again, 2021, and the world is just watching, watching, no action, no proper actions, so we need proper, coordinated and targeted sanctions from the international community, and at the same time we need strong and unified message to these
elite, this military regime. we appreciate _ elite, this military regime. we appreciate you speaking to us on bbc news and we will keep a close eye on the latest developments in myanmar. stay with us on bbc news, still to come... beyonce becomes the most awarded female artist in the history of the grammys. and billy eilish wins record of the year. today, we have closed the book on apartheid, and that chapter. more than 3000 subway passengers were affected. nausea, bleeding, headaches and a dimming of vision. all of this caused by an apparently organised attack.
the trophy itself was on a pedestal in the middle of the cabinet here. now, this was an international trophy, and we understand that the search for it has become an international search. above all, this was a triumph for the christian democrats of the west, offering reunification as quickly as possible, and that's what the voters wanted. this is bbc world news, the latest headlines. johnson expresses deep concerns about footage showing police officers detaining women at a village —— a vigil in memory of sarah everard. and thousands of women have been staging rallies
across australia to protest against gender discrimination and violence. the pope has called the war and crisis one of the worst humanitarian crises of current times. as they rope prepares to mark the decades as the deadly conflict began the pontiff made what he called a heartfelt appeal for all sides to come together and end the fighting. the bloodshed in the country, that has sucked in several world powers, has led —— left hundreds of thousands dead and millions displaced. two people have been killed in a shooting at a party in chicago. police said that at least 15 other people were injured. the pop—up party was being held at a converted garage. the victims are aged between 20 and aa years old. no one's been arrested and police say they're still investigating the motives for the shooting. a british—iranian woman,
nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe, who has just completed a five—year prison sentence in tehran, has appeared in court to face new charges. she's accused of propaganda against iran, including taking part in a demonstration in london 12 years ago. the british government has demanded her release. amateur historians in france have made one of the biggest ever archaeological discoveries from the first world war. it's the site of a german tunnel on the western front near the city of reims. in may 1917, nearly 300 german soldiers were trapped inside the tunnel during a french offensive and died appalling deaths by suffocation or suicide. only three survived. our correspondent, hugh schofield, has been taken to the place. these words hide a terrible secret and pierre malinowski has found it. he's taking me along what was once a busy german line to the long lost entrance
to the tunnel of death. but as we arrive it's clear something is wrong. there's been visited by bounty hunters. they've tried to dig into the tunnel from above in search of stuff to sell. already the looters have been here and it's a great, great shame. it's very important that this place gets police protection as soon as possible because it's a very special place here. one of the last unexplored, untold secrets of the first world war. in the tunnel that stretches for 300 metres are the remains of more than 270 german soldiers who died in horrific circumstances. in may 1917, the french launched a doomed offensive to take these hills. the winterberg tunnel was part of the german defences at the crest. there was massive french shelling and on the 5th of may, guns targeted the two ends of the tunnel.
a huge explosion here trapped the men inside and over the next few days as oxygen ran out, one by one, they died. many asked comrades to shoot them. the struggle for life or death was slow and dreadful. everyone was calling for water, but in vain. death laughed at its harvest. the bodies will be with the skin, the hair, everything. uniform will be complete. and if inside, because the fresh air was broke, it will be crazy conservations, we will find maybe old documents, ring, everything, photos and they will find that. inside, it's the biggest reserve of human materials of the first world war warriors. finding the tunnel took years of research by pierre's father but no one was interested, so last year pierre decided to act alone. risking criminal charges, he came one night with a digger and what he found proved that this was the site. he then covered the hole and alerted the authorities. in germany, some of those
who could be in the tunnel have been identified. the big question now is what's to happen to their remains? i hope that some of the comrades that are in the tunnel will be identified and will be reunited with possible descendants. i think it is important they are taken away from their dark and eerie tomb and that all the comrades will be buried together as comrades. back at the scene, pierre calls the police to urge action to stop the looters. from an amateur discovery, the winterberg tunnel is said to be an important place of memory. official decisions about its future are needed soon. hugh schofield, bbc news, in northern france. beyonce has made history by becoming the most—awarded female artist in the history of the grammys. she won her 28th grammy
for best r&b performance for her song, black parade — which was released following worldwide anti—racism protests sparked by the death of george floyd. our north america correspondent, peter bowes is in los angeles. that is the headline out of these grammys, beyonce? it certainly is the headline. a triumphant night for women across the board but especially for beyonce, reaching 28 wins, more than any other female artist in the history of the grammys. as you say, two of those went to this song, black parade, the civil rights anthem that came out of the events of last summer following the killing of george floyd and the uprising against police brutality that we saw across the united states, and that was to some extent the theme of the evening at the grammys, with the song of the year, i can't
breathe, by her, which came out of the events of last year as well. that song was actually written using the across the internet, it was written in the bedroom of her mother, and it was something she said that she never expected that the time, that the anger that she felt would turn into this anthem thatis would turn into this anthem that is quite poignant for so many people, and it is a symbol of so much change that is happening in this country. by, happening in this country. a symbol of change and important for the grammys to recognise that. because it too has been criticised for lack of diversity, especially those who make decisions on the winner, and the brits did well, harry styles performing but also a winner. , . , styles performing but also a winner. , ., , ,, , , ., winner. yes, harry styles and dua lipa. _ winner. yes, harry styles and dua lipa. harry _ winner. yes, harry styles and dua lipa, harry styles - winner. yes, harry styles and| dua lipa, harry styles winning in one of the pop categories. he opened the show. and it was a great performance, a very
stylish performance. he didn't have much from the grammys in one direction the boy band that he became famous through, but it looks like, as a solo artist, he is catapulted to stardom so it was a good night for him. ., .,, for him. how was the event overall. _ for him. how was the event overall, given _ for him. how was the event overall, given that - for him. how was the event overall, given that this - for him. how was the event overall, given that this was | for him. how was the event. overall, given that this was a covid—19 grammys and, of course, all of those challenges, did they overcome that, and what was the audience response like? i that, and what was the audience response like?— response like? i think they overcame _ response like? i think they overcame this _ response like? i think they overcame this problem - response like? i think they overcame this problem is i response like? i think they - overcame this problem is better than any of the other award ceremonies we have seen over the last few weeks. it was not a virtual event. the artists were there in person in downtown los angeles, socially distance at an auditorium without an audience there was no reaction at the venue itself, but it has been a positive reaction online. what they did was essentially have several stages, all across the
room. one artist would perform, and then stay on their individual stage and act as the audience for the next audience, so it was a very different feel, but they managed to pull it off rather well. it was quite a stylish show. the awards were dished out outside of the venue, so you had the night—time sounds of los angeles, police sirens and traffic on the freeways, as the backdrop to the acceptance speeches. backdrop to the acceptance southea— backdrop to the acceptance seeches. ~ , , ., speeches. will this give us a sense of— speeches. will this give us a sense of what _ speeches. will this give us a sense of what we _ speeches. will this give us a sense of what we can - speeches. will this give us aj sense of what we can expect speeches. will this give us a i sense of what we can expect in april, for the oscars? the oscar's — april, for the oscars? the oscar's organisers - april, for the oscars? the oscar's organisers say - april, for the oscars? tue: oscar's organisers say they april, for the oscars? tt;e: oscar's organisers say they are planning something a little bit different, not a virtual server, but they say that they will have bases around the world. they haven't been specific as to where those venues will be but we can guess, probably here in los angeles, perhaps new york, perhaps in seoul, south korea, because there's lots of international interest in the oscars, and they are not taking place now for a few weeks. we
will be in _ place now for a few weeks. we will be in touch for sure. thank you, peter. we will have all of the business stories coming up next. see you soon. hello. last week, the uk took quite a battering from strong winds. there was some heavy rain at times, too, and we spent a lot of time talking about low pressure. for the week ahead, the biggest difference will be lighter winds. we're going to be focusing on high pressure, trying to build in. this high here, pushing up from the south—west. it's not an entirely straightforward story, though. we will see some weak weather fronts running into the north of our high. that will mean some showery rain perhaps across the south—east of england first thing on monday, and then some more clouds generally pushing in to the west as the day goes on. some rain across northern ireland, a little bit for western scotland, wales and the south—west on monday afternoon. the winds, much lighter than we've been used to. the sunshine in the east should just about cling on until the evening.
temperatures about where we'd expect for the time of year, perhaps a degree or so above. through monday evening, overnight into tuesday, the warm weather front continues to push its way eastwards across the uk. this cold front pushes down from the north, but the air around it has actually come from the atlantic. so don't be too concerned about the temperatures falling behind this front as it slides south during tuesday. some cloud, some light rain across england and wales first thing, but a lot of sunshine come the afternoon and temperatures looking pretty healthy, perhaps up to 1a degrees. mayjust get a bit of cloud lingering across the south—east of england. could turn a little chilly overnight tuesday into wednesday, with clear skies under the high. but for wednesday, the high well established, a lot of sunshine on the way, perhaps a little bit more cloud at times coming into the far east of england. more cloud for scotland could give us the odd light shower here. but with plenty of sunshine, a fine day with temperatures up to maybe 12 or 13 degrees again. from midweek onwards, though, particularly wednesday night,
quite a significant change to come. the high's still there, but this low runs down into scandinavia and it switches our wind direction to a northerly or northeasterly. and as it does so, we not only see the wind strengthening, but we see much colder airflooding in. we lose that mild air that came from the atlantic, and it's replaced by pretty cold arctic air for thursday and friday. so here's your week. we start off feeling pretty spring—like — a lot of fine weather and some sunshine. by the end of the week, though, it could start to feel quite chilly, potentially with rather raw northeasterly wind.
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