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this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. dozens of people have died in northern mozambique in an attack by islamist insurgents. a huge rescue effort has brought hundreds more to safety. more than 30 million people in the uk have now received their first covid vaccine dose ahead of a big step in england's lockdown easing. taking to the streets, despite the danger. protests in myanmar continue as security forces open fire at a funeral. the mexican government admits at the true number of coronavirus deaths there is 60% higher than previously reported. and efforts continue to dislodge the ship
blocking the suez canal, preparations are now under way to remove some of the ship's containers. hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world. hundreds of people — including foreign workers fleeing from an islamist rebel advance in north—east mozambique have reached safety in the port of pemba after being rescued by ships and boats. security forces say dozens of people have been killed in the attack on palma further north. an islamist group linked to isis has been fighting the government in northeast of mozambique for three years. the bbc�*s africa correspondent
catherine byaruhanga reports. a desperate journey for many who had been trapped in the far northeastern corner of mozambique. on the gangway you can see some of the people who've finally made it to safety. civilians risk their lives to charter boats and ships for the rescue mission in parma. but many are still missing. she is worried for her brother is safety. and describes this as a horrible in unfair situation. describes this as a horrible in unfairsituation. live describes this as a horrible in unfair situation. live rounds and mortar shells have been let loose in parma since wednesday. local islamist link to isis to have wage a brutal insurgency in this region sense 2017. it's people already terrorised by the violence had to fleet once again. i witnesses
describe seeing dead bodies, some of them beheaded on roadsides and on beaches. south african her son was killed as he tried to escape. her husband and a younger son made it out of parma. but she says they were left to their own defenses. you out of parma. but she says they were left to their own defenses.— left to their own defenses. you can imauine, left to their own defenses. you can imagine. no _ left to their own defenses. you can imagine. no army _ left to their own defenses. you can imagine, no army to _ left to their own defenses. you can imagine, no army to protect - left to their own defenses. you can imagine, no army to protect them. j imagine, no army to protect them. none of them having weapons. so it was a matter of run for your life. this could've been avoided, my son could still alive today. after this could've been avoided, my son could still alive today.— could still alive today. after days of silence the _ could still alive today. after days of silence the mozambique - could still alive today. after days of silence the mozambique army| of silence the mozambique army confirmed the deaths of civilians including foreign nationals. and said it was focused on restoring peace to parma. but the government is criticised for failing to tackle an insurgency that has seen 2000 people killed and over half a
million displays. this latest attack so close to lucrative natural gas projects will put it under even more pressure. more than 30—million people in the uk have now had theirfirst dose of a coronavirus vaccine — ahead of a loosening of england's lockdown restrictions. from tomorrow, groups of up to six people — or two households — will be able to meet outside for the first time since december, and outdoor sports will resume. but the public are being warned not to squander the gains in the battle against the virus. here's our political correspondent chris mason. the green of windy west yorkshire in spring. the strides towards liberty are long — putting the preparations in place for the return of golf in england tomorrow. it's a good three months now. we've had members at home on facebook, posting things
about what they're doing. they're chipping in the garden, putting in the garden, they are putting duvets over the washing line and hitting into it. theyjust want to get up here and start playing golf. they want to get out. as well as outdoor sport returning, from tomorrow in england, six people — or two households — can meet outside, including in private gardens. it'll be another fortnight at least before a haircut can be done by a professional. but. well, of course they could be delayed if the situation deteriorates, but at the moment we are on track. so thanks to the work of the british people and the excellent vaccine roll—out, we are confident both in going ahead with the easings from tomorrow and the next stages. there is, then, the cautious prospect of the streets of hebden bridge and elsewhere slowly looking a little less empty. the hope, too, of normality, or near—normality, by the summer. but alongside hope, jitters from some.
i have to say, i'm a little bit nervous about a full relaxation in june. obviously, we all want to relax as far as it is safe to do so, and it will be important that the government continues to be guided by the data in that respect to see — and this is the particularly important thing — exactly how well are the vaccines performing? if they go on at this rate, i think we can get quite close to a full release. and huge questions spring forth about the tools to help normality return, as governments around the uk ponder whether it's possible — whether it's practical — to have some sort of passport that says we've been vaccinated, tested or had covid. i think there are definitely prizes to be won through domestic vaccine certification, but there are some very big practical and ethical challenges to face as well. the speed and specifics of unlocking vary around the uk. the stay local rule was scrapped
here in wales yesterday. from friday, the instruction to stay local will begin in scotland, replacing the edict to stay at home. in northern ireland, six people from two households will be able to meet in private gardens from thursday. chris mason, bbc news. the mexican government says that the actual figure of covid19—related deaths in the country is far higher than previously acknowledged. according to data on excess deaths from covid — that is the number of people to have died over the expected number in any given year — the virus has killed more than 320—thousand people in mexico. our correspondent will grant in mexico city is following the story. well, testing in mexico from the very get—go of the pandemic has been very, very poor, and the president, andres manuel lopez obrador, has been roundly criticised
by his opponents for the lack of testing. i think that contributes to this big discrepancy you've just described there. on friday, we had the government come out and say that unfortunately the country had reached this terrible mark of 200,000 official deaths, and then over the weekend, mexicans are reading these headlines that say, in fact, when excess deaths are properly measured and included, it looks more like 60% higher, over 320,000 deaths, which would push mexico above brazil and only behind the united states in the number of covid—related deaths, which is an extraordinarily worrying idea if you're mexican or living in this country. of course, brazil's numbers are very questionable too, so it may not in fact push mexico above brazi. but still, it is an extremely timely wake—up call, i would say, for people in mexico who thought the worst was over. it's a reminder that this is an extremely serious situation still in the country.
let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. angela merkel says she's not convinced that current restrictions in germany will stop a third wave of coronavirus. she warned state leaders to implement the so—called "emergency brake" or risk tougher measures being introduced. her comments come a day after the country's health minister said he'd like to see a full lockdown brought in. two suspected suicide bombers have targeted roman catholic worshippers coming out of church in the indonesian city of makassar. at least 1a people were wounded in the explosion at the main gate to the church, including church officials who prevented the militants from entering the compound. there've been more deaths in bangladesh during a third day of protest sparked by a visit from the indian prime minister, narendra modi. security forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets at hardline islamists in brahmanbaria.
hindu temples have been attacked and government offices set alight. myanmar security forces are reported to have opened fire on people gathered at a funeral on sunday. it was being held for some of the 114 people killed the previous day — the bloodiest since february's military coup. the united nations has led international condemnation of myanmar�*s military rulers. the us secretary of state antony blinken said washington was horrified by what he called the "reign of terror" while president biden said the bloodshed unleashed against the protesters was "absolutely outrageous". laura bicker reports. "my son, my son, why can't you hear me," she cries. the 13—year—old boy was playing in the street
when he was shot and killed. witnesses say troops opened fire, even though no protests were nearby. his family are now adding their voices to a chorus calling for revolution. these children, in this time of crisis, they are kept in the safest place, by their family. these children are not on the street, not on the front, not even in the living rooms. they are hiding. even children are not safe, so that means no one is safe in burma. over 400 people have now died in myanmar since the military seized power last month. some protesters have started to fight back using home—made weapons. but they are no match against trained fighters and live rounds. the us has accused general min aung hlaing of presiding
over a reign of terror. his regime has already been hit by some sanctions, but he still has powerful friends. russia's deputy defence minister was given a front row seat for yesterday's armed forces day. other diplomats were also in the crowd, including from china. but 12 military leaders from around the world issued a rare joint statement reminding the general that an army is supposed to protect its people. gunshot. not turn their guns on them. and yet the protests continue undeterred. the will of a defiant people determined to restore democracy has so far refused to bend, even under relentless fire. laura bicker, bbc news, bangkok. we can now speak to greg poling, senior fellow for southeast asia at the center for strategic
and international studies. he joins me from washington. hello, thank you forjoining us here on bbc news. hello, thank you for “oining us here on sac "nah hello, thank you for “oining us here on bbc news. amnesty international has described _ on bbc news. amnesty international has described what's _ on bbc news. amnesty international has described what's happening - on bbc news. amnesty international has described what's happening as l has described what's happening as the myanmar security forces attempting to kill their way out of attempting to kill their way out of a crisis. it is that how you describe it? i a crisis. it is that how you describe it?— describe it? i think that's absolutely _ describe it? i think that's absolutely right. - describe it? i think that's absolutely right. this - describe it? i think that's l absolutely right. this week describe it? i think that's - absolutely right. this week the violence has gone beyond the pale. especially yesterday where seemingly because of the military being offended that the protest continued during the armed forces annual parade, they killed over 100 people. including children. parade, they killed over100 people. including children.— parade, they killed over 100 people. including children. okay. we've seen those images — including children. okay. we've seen those images of _ including children. okay. we've seen those images of children, _ including children. okay. we've seen those images of children, shocking. l those images of children, shocking. they've gone around the world, we had international condemnation, do the military rulers care? ha. the military rulers care? no. obviously — the military rulers care? no. obviously not. _ the military rulers care? no.
obviously not. the _ the military rulers care? iirm obviously not. the military the military rulers care? iiru obviously not. the military myanmar has always been extremely insular. to the point that i think that we really have difficulty understanding just how little influence outside players can have. this is not similar to thailand next door or elsewhere. similar to thailand next door or elsewhere-— similar to thailand next door or elsewhere. ., ., ., , ., ~ , elsewhere. how far do you think this crackdown is — elsewhere. how far do you think this crackdown is going _ elsewhere. how far do you think this crackdown is going to _ elsewhere. how far do you think this crackdown is going to go? _ elsewhere. how far do you think this crackdown is going to go? it's - crackdown is going to go? it's clearly ramped up. they will now shoot to kill. what does that say to you? it shoot to kill. what does that say to ou? ., , , ., ., shoot to kill. what does that say to ou? ., ,, ., ., ., you? it does show that the space for compromise. _ you? it does show that the space for compromise. if _ you? it does show that the space for compromise, if there _ you? it does show that the space for compromise, if there ever _ you? it does show that the space for compromise, if there ever was - you? it does show that the space for compromise, if there ever was one | you? it does show that the space for. compromise, if there ever was one -- compromise, if there ever was one —— is now basically gone. the idea of the military looking for in off ramps seems a fantasy at this point. the question is i think folks still hopeifs the question is i think folks still hope it's possible to find some kind of faction within the military that can be exploited. i think that that's unlikely. and so more than likely i think we are going to see this violence continue to escalate for the foreseeable future. i want
to come to _ for the foreseeable future. i want to come to the _ for the foreseeable future. i want to come to the section _ for the foreseeable future. i want to come to the section but - for the foreseeable future. i want to come to the section but on - for the foreseeable future. i want to come to the section but on the ethnic side for the national union, before that, how do these protests differ from those in the past in myanmar?— differ from those in the past in manmar? , , , , myanmar? mostly because these rotest, myanmar? mostly because these protest. after — myanmar? mostly because these protest. after a _ myanmar? mostly because these protest, after a decade _ myanmar? mostly because these protest, after a decade of - protest, after a decade of democratisation and opening, smoking most of the protesters in the street are young. most of them don't remember. irate are young. most of them don't remember. ...— are young. most of them don't remember. we 'ust lost your sound for— remember. we 'ust lost your sound huh remember. wejust lost your sound for a minute. _ remember. wejust lost your sound for a minute. i _ remember. wejust lost your sound for a minute. i will - remember. we just lost your i sound for a minute. i will continue. let's talk about the fact that a lot of these protesters, instead of retreating after what we've seen recently are almost ramping up their efforts. there are reports now that some of them are retreating to territory held by the national union. just tell us why that is significant.
union. just tell us why that is significant-— union. just tell us why that is significant. union. just tell us why that is siunificant. ., ., ., ., , significant. the national union is the oldest _ significant. the national union is the oldest of _ significant. the national union is the oldest of the _ significant. the national union is the oldest of the ethnic - significant. the national union is the oldest of the ethnic ongoing | the oldest of the ethnic ongoing organisations and myanmar. they did sign a cease—fire with the government several years ago which is now apparently broken down. they have publicly backed the movement, rejected the military launched, launched new offences over the weekend and in that they were joined by another armed organisation in the north. it does seem like the ethnic organisations are now more or less in support of the protest movement. myanmar has got the support or the military rulers have got the support of russia and china. the reports say that's where a lot of the weapons are being supplied from. should they be worried about what the international community can or would do? , . ., , international community can or would do? ,~ ., i, ., �* international community can or would do? �*, do? they certainly shouldn't be worried that _ do? they certainly shouldn't be worried that the _ do? they certainly shouldn't be worried that the un _ do? they certainly shouldn't be worried that the un is - do? they certainly shouldn't be worried that the un is going . do? they certainly shouldn't be worried that the un is going to | worried that the un is going to sanction them. beijing and moscow will veto any move by the un security council. they should be
worried about the economy though. russia is not a major investor in the burmese economy, china is. but it's about the only investor that they don't have to worry about. with sanctions broadening from the west, with japanese companies looking for the exit, potentially tie looking for the exit. the burmese economy is grinding to a halt. and that matters. ., , ., , , grinding to a halt. and that matters. ., , , ., matters. could you see this going as far as a civil— matters. could you see this going as far as a civil war? _ matters. could you see this going as far as a civil war? yes. _ matters. could you see this going as far as a civil war? yes. myanmar - matters. could you see this going as| far as a civil war? yes. myanmar has been in some — far as a civil war? yes. myanmar has been in some form _ far as a civil war? yes. myanmar has been in some form of— far as a civil war? yes. myanmar has been in some form of civil _ far as a civil war? yes. myanmar has been in some form of civil war- far as a civil war? yes. myanmar has been in some form of civil war for. been in some form of civil war for most of its post—independent history. most of its post-independent histo . ., ., most of its post-independent histo . ., very much indeed. the headlines on bbc news. hundreds of people, including foreign workers, fleeing from an islamist rebel advance in north—east mozambique have reached safety. more than 30 million people in the uk have now received their first covid vaccine dose, according to the latest government figures.
on monday, the trial begins of derek chauvin, the minneapolis police officer accused of murdering george floyd by kneeling on his neck for more than nine minutes in may last year. the video of mr floyd's death was caught on camera and sparked widespread protests against police brutality, and for racialjustice. our north america correspondent aleem maqbool reports on what's being seen as one the most important trials in us history. it sparked a mobilization of people the likes of which has never been seen. the killing compelled americans to take a look notjust at the issue of police brutality, but systemic racism in all its guises. "my daddy changed the world", said george floyd's daughter. and politicians and corporations promised to deliver. but when the spotlight shifted, what did change? so, a lot of people.
people like to talk about change when things are burning down. and people are breaking into malls and there are protests every night and people are burning down restaurants. when all of that dies down, the call for change dies down too, unfortunately. and black men continued to die at the hands of police. at this site, just two weeks after george floyd was killed. at this site just two weeks after george floyd was killed. i don't want to refuse anything. rayshard brooks was reported sleeping in his vehicle in a restaurant car park. he was shot in the back by police and killed as he ran away. the case against the officer has faltered. for many activists, the focus of frustration became the government of donald trump, as george floyd's nephew told me last year. we demand change. so this is what is going to happen. we need to get out there and vote. vote him out. in the elections in georgia, for example, the turnout of black voters is credited with helping flip the state democratic. the killing of george floyd played a big role in that.
we were all politicised at that moment and many people actually decided that we were going to turn that pain into power. and it started with a vote? for many people, part of it is it starts with a vote. but not a vote because we are asking people to believe in the system, but we're getting people to use their agency to believe in themselves. but what of the police? some states did introduce changes to do with body cameras or banning the use of choke—holds. but this was no root and branch reform. well, many police here feel they have been unfairly targeted since last summer, insisting there aren't systemic issues with racism and excessive use of force. and speak to some of those who represent officers when they've killed — well, they question even the fundamentals of this case. because the central question here is not going to be whether he used a tactic that was not recognised by law enforcement. we've already condemned it. the question is, what caused george floyd's death? but there are very few people who would feel he would have died
without having a knee on his neck? i don't agree with you. a sense, perhaps, of how derek chauvin's defence will play things over the coming weeks. george floyd, as his daughter said, did change things. eliciting emphatic calls for action. but even the trial itself is likely to expose the fact that not everyone has accepted anything needs to change at all. aleem maqbool, bbc news in atlanta. salvage teams trying to free the ship still blocking the suez canal are exploring new options including removing some of its cargo. there are now 12 tugs trying to dislodge the ever given, which has stopped all shipping along the canal. sally nabil reports from suez the ever given container ship is still stuck, refusing to budge. another attempt to dislodge it is expected to take place tonight, making use of the high tide.
navigation is at a standstill in the suez canal and the congestion is building each day. hundreds of vessels are stranded here, causing huge trafficjams. they don't know when they will be able to resume theirjourneys. the authorities hope to resolve the situation as soon as possible. the current deadlock has put under immense pressure, given the big impact it has on the global economy. it is billions of trade held up every single day, so it is a huge effect on the global economy and it is affecting a lot of different supply chains. we do have fuel tankers there, a lot of oil going through suez every single day. and we also have a lot of container vessels and we have bulk cargo, so that will be grains or coal, these sorts of things. so, it does affect us very, very widely. 1a tug boats are operating on site and large amounts of sand have been moved to try to dislodge the vessel.
the changing tides, as well as the rocky soil, are not helping rescue efforts. the authorities say there is some good news as water has started running under the giant ship. one option being considered, if tonight's efforts fail, is to unload some of the ship's cargo, but with more than 18,000 containers on board, that could take days or even weeks to move. sally nabil, bbc news, suez. a trial concert has taken place in barcelona to test the viability of holding large cultural events during the time of covid. the 5,000 people who bought tickets all had to take a test before the concert — only those who tested negative were allowed inside. sergi forcada reports. it looks almost like a concert from old times, a big crowd
without social distancing, although still wearing facemasks. after a year with most cultural events cancelled due to the pandemic, this sold—out gig by the pop band love of lesbian was a mix of science and music. included in the ticket, a coronavirus test which all audience members had to take a few hours before the concert. three nightclubs in barcelona that have been closed for months were transformed into makeshift test centres. translation: we've screened | all 5,000 attendees with a rapid antigen test for coronavirus, which is cheap and gives you results in ten minutes. out of all of them, we detected six positive cases, and two more people were told to quarantine. so, in total, eight participants weren't able to attend the concert. even if testing negative, partygoers still had their temperature checked when getting in the venue, which had a special ventilation system to make it safer.
playing for the first time in a year, the lead singer of the band said this was one of the most exciting concerts of their career, and hoped it would show those in the music industry that there is a way forward. translation: it has been spectacular, we felt - safe at all times. we were able to be in the front row, that is something we missed a lot. we really wanted to return to a concert. translation: it was quite good. at first i was very nervous, because i was scared to be with so many people. but the antigen test gave me a lot of reassurance, and once inside everything was very well organised. so i'm very happy, and excited. all attendees will now be monitored for two weeks to check if any of them tested positive after the concert. sergi forcada, bbc news. people on the island of madeira were asked
to stay indoors on sunday, after huge storms. there has been flash flooding and exceptionally heavy lightning storms. you're watching bbc news. and we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers. that's coming up after the headlines at 11:30. now it's time for a look at the weather. hello. it is going to feel like spring for the first part of the week for many of us. in fact, in some places you'd be forgiven for thinking summer had arrived early with values up to 22 or it may be 23 degrees. but by the end of the week it will feel more like winter has returned. much colder air digging its way southward just in time for the easter weekend.
and in the shorter term, northwest scotland could see localised flooding over the next couple of days as this wriggling weather front brings heavy and persistent rain. to the south of that weather front that's where we're going to be importing the very warm air but noticed there is something much colder up to the north. that will come into play by the end of the week. a long line of our weather front, heavy rain particular for northern ireland and western scotland. very, very mild to start monday morning. 12 or 13 degrees in places. but it is going to be quite cloudy, misty and murky for many. rain pulling out of northern ireland by continuing across western scotland all day long. heavy rain at that. some brightness for eastern scotland and certainly some brightest guys and certainly some brightest skies developing across england and wales. in the best of the sunshine here across parts of eastern england for example, we could get to 20 or 21 degrees with a little bit cooler for some english channel coast. through monday night and on into tuesday the rain continues across northwest scotland
it's the persistence of the rain that gives the potential for localised flooding. the further south and east you are on tuesday though, any early mist patch as you're clear, there will be lots of sunshine and tuesday is set to be a very warm day indeed. we could get as high as 23 degrees. pretty exceptional for this point in march. not as warm further north where we keep cloud and rain. that cloud and rain on wednesday it will start to journey slowly southwards. the rain fizzling away but behind it some colder air digging in. still some warmth towards the south on wednesday but up to the north, temperatures taking quite the tumble. and as we move out of wednesday towards the end of the week that frontal system in the north will finallyjourney its way southward. high—pressure building in behind was that there will still be a fair amount of dry weather but much colder weather sinking its way southwards for the end of the week. and for the easter weekend it is going to feel decidedly chilly. there could even be
hello. this is bbc news with lukwesa burak. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow morning's papers in a moment, withjohn stevens and benedicte paviot. first, the headlines. more than 30 million people in the uk have now had theirfirst coronavirus vaccination ahead of a loosening of lockdown restrictions in england tomorrow. groups of up to six people, or two households, will be able to meet outside. security forces in myanmar have fired on mourners at the funeral of a person killed in saturday's democracy protests. at least two deaths have been reported at demonstrations. more than 100 protesters were killed on saturday. mexico has revised figures showing the number of deaths from coronavirus is 60% higher than previously reported. more than 320,000 mexicans are now believed to have died. the suez canal authority says
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