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welcome to bbc news — my name is mike embley. our top stories: the minneapolis police chief testifies that the white officer on trial for the murder of george floyd violated the department's policy on the use of force. it is not part of our training and it is certainly not part of our ethics or our values. first a cyclone — now flooding and landslides have killed at least a hundred people in the east of indonesia. jailbreak — gunmen attack a prison and police headquarters in southern nigeria — more than 1,800 inmates escape. google is spared having to pay billions of dollars of damages to rival oracle — the supreme court rules google did fairly copy code for its android operating system.
the chief of the minneapolis police department took the stand today in the trial of derek chauvin — the white former police officer charged with the murder of george floyd. thejury also heard from the emergency room doctor who treated mr. floyd and pronounced him dead. the bbc�*s gary o'donoghue reports from minneapolis. week two of the most significant trial in recent years, and one which has reignited america's unresolved history of racial tension. derek chauvin is the latest police officer to stand accused of killing a black man — an event that reverberated around the world. do you swear or affirm on the penalty of perjury that the testimony you are about to give will be the truth and nothing but the truth? i do.
it is rare for a police chief to testify against one of his own, but this one did not mince his words when it came to derek chauvin�*s actions. once mr floyd had stopped resisting, and certainly once he was in distress and trying to verbalise that, that should have stopped. derek chauvin�*s defence argues that george floyd died of drug use and pre—existing health conditions, not the more than nine minutes the defendant spent kneeling on him. but that account suffered a blow when the emergency doctor who treated george floyd in hospital said he believed the most likely cause of the cardiac arrest was asphyxiation. based on the history that was available to me, i felt that hypoxia was one of the more likely possibilities. and hypoxia as an explanation for his cardiac arrest, meaning oxygen insufficiency? correct.
the beginning of this trialfocused heavily on the emotional and often tearful testimony of the bystanders that witnessed george floyd's last moments alive. it now turns to the battle of the experts and the central question: what was the substantial cause of his death? gary o'donoghue, bbc news, minneapolis. the kingdom ofjordan is often seen as a stabilizing force in an otherwise unsteady region. jordan has been an american ally for years, it helped fight the extremists of the so—called islamic state group, and it's been a safe—haven for refugees fleeing civil war in syria. but a rift within jordan's royal family has revealed the undercurrents beneath an apparently calm surface. this is prince hamzah. he's the half—brother of the country's ruler king abdullah. the government says hamzah was involved in a plot to destabilise jordan. he's dismissed those allegations.0ver
the weekend, prince hamzah leaked videos to the bbc saying he's under house arrest. and now, he has released an audio message on twitter saying he will defy orders to stay silent. in the latest turn of this saga, the royal court now says prince hamza has signed a letter, affirming his loyalty to the constitution and declaring support for the king. rula jebreal is a visiting professor of the international relations and global politics program at the university of miami. i asked her what she thought was really going on. it's a major trend that is happening all over the region, notjust injordan but saudi arabia and iran and other places, criticism under authoritarian rule is not allowed, we saw this under
the crown prince of in a foreign country, now we've seen another king arresting his brother criticising the government model however we are in a region where there is mass desperation. in the region. especially injordan, it is one of the poorest countries, it has millions of properties from syria to iraq, so those are stabilising jordan. the king himself cannot tolerate criticism. he needs to address the real threats to his reign and those are from unemployment, poverty, mass radicalisation and a youth that aspires to live a better life, a more dignified life. with those kind of factors in play, how destabilising could this be? prince hamzah is pretty popular in the country.
the royal court injordan has said is made a commitment to remain loyal to the constitution, he says he will not escalate but also will defy orders to stay silent. these two things cannot be reconciled. if the king wants him to be silent, now we know that the brother, uncle, basically the brother of the father of both the king and the prince, is trying to lead some kind of reconciliation effort. what the king needs to do actually more than effort, rewrite a social contract with his people, not only with his family but his people because there is a lot of people injordan have been demanding, and addressed all the major issues, and number one is corruption, jordan suffers from corruption, unemployment, mass poverty. on top of having a refugee and political crisis and health crisis and in this moment, it is really, all over the region, we have all of these factors. in this moment, there is also
a live rift within a family, and a major challenge to the image ofjordan as a moderate force over the region. in this moment, if there is also a rift within a family, and a major challenge to the image ofjordan as a moderate force over the region. this is a country that receives billions of dollars in foreign aid. if foreign aid has gone to the king to basically stabilise only the family and not the country, we will see these challenges happening over and again, not only with the family themselves but all over the country. on that point, professor, is there much the rest of the world can do to help without making things worse? absolutely. jordan is an important ally to the uk and us and europe. a lot of their foreign backers are also responsible for the foreign aid they receive, billions of dollars. under donald trump, the former administration, he basically dismissed all human rights issues, the killing ofjamal khashoggi, the bombing of yemen, the crisis in syria,
across the region, all those of yemen, the crisis in syria, across the region, a lot of those issues came tojordan�*s shores. today we have a new us administration and the biden administration need to invest in rulers but also what people need in the regions. as i've said before, 60% are under 30. a lot of them want to live a dignified life, and a free a lot of them want to live a dignified life, in a free society where they can express their thoughts and opinions, they don't have to be jailed for a tweet or an opinion or criticism. they also want to and aspire to have social justice and no corruption. we see it all over the region. that is the reason why we had an arab spring, why we had mass wars and conflicts all over the region. we need a social contract between the west and the middle east but above all we need to middle east to understand that it's time to change the kind of oppressive rule. our model is dead and we need
to invest in new model. let's get some of the day's other news. the russian president vladimir putin has signed a law that will allow him to serve for two more terms. the legislation could see him stay in office until 2036. it limits future presidents to two terms but discounts the time that president putin has already served. chinese authorities are saying they will for the first time vaccinate an entire local population, because of an outbreak of coronavirus near the border with myanmar. residents of the city of ruili have also been placed under home quarantine. officials are monitoring the border with myanmar, where most of the new cases in the region seem to have originated. saudi arabia has announced only "immunised people" will be granted permits to perform the hajj pilgrimage in the holy city of mecca. it's considered the world's largest human gathering, with normally about two million visitors. the ministry of hajj and umrah
says worshippers must have received either one or both doses of a covid vaccine, or have recovered from covid. bangladesh has imposed a seven day coronavirus lockdown, because of a recent surge. all domestic travel services are suspended, malls and shops are shut, and banks will be allowed to open for just two and a half hours a day. at least 113 people have died in flash floods and landslides that have hit indonesia and east timor. torrential rain brought widespread destruction — dams overflowing, submerging thousands of homes. it's still unclear exactly how many people are missing. tanya dendrinos reports. panoramic views of a stunning indonesian coastline but this village has been reduced to mud and rubble. officials say that no—one will ever call it home again. translation: once we realised there had been a flash flood, - the houses were already gone, covered by debris. we managed to help some survivors. rescue crews have been left with a grim task of searching through the debris for those unable to escape the torrent of water and mud. translation: we still can'tl determine the actual number
of missing people because we don't know how many people were in the houses when the flash floods swept through the area. there could have been some family members visiting nearby villages. the urgent priority is to evacuate survivors — guests, but efforts have been hampered with villagers cut off and roads damaged. translation: | would - like to express my deep sorry for the victims who died in this incident and i also understand the sadness experienced by our brothers and sisters due to the impact of this disaster. in neighbouring east timor, floodwaters were lapping at the gates of the presidential palace. landslides and floods are relatively common in the region during the wet season and the toll from this disaster has been significant. tanya dendrinos, bbc news.
a new study has found evidence of climate change directly shrinking the richness of marine life near the equator. the study — published in the proceedings of the national academy of sciences research — finds that the total number of open—water species declined by about half in the a0 years up to 2010 in tropical marine zones worldwide. during that time, sea surface temperatures in the tropics rose nearly 0.2 of a degree celsius. let's get more on what this means — live from durham, north carolina. stuart pimm is the doris duke professor of conservation ecology at duke university — and i know you are considered a world leader in the study of present day extinctions and what can be done to prevent them. i to prevent them. think so as well. i to revent them. think so as well. ~ �* ~ .,
for i think so as well. we've known for a long _ i think so as well. we've known for a long time _ i think so as well. we've known for a long time that _ i think so as well. we've known for a long time that species - i think so as well. we've known for a long time that species on | for a long time that species on land are changing because of global heating, there are butterflies in my native derbyshire that are quite common and i won't have seen them when i was a teenager there so we know and learn things are changing but this study does this very comprehensively show that species distributions are changing in the oceans as well. generally the warmer the ocean, the more species you would see, which is why people want to go to the florida keys to snorkel and dive and see the variety of life there but the water can get too hot and what this study shows that there are people —— there are locations where heating is causing species to decline. ., ., ., _ decline. how worried are you by these large _ decline. how worried are you by these large systemic— decline. how worried are you by these large systemic changes? | these large systemic changes? it's just another measure of what mess we are making to the planet with our use of fossil
fuels, putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, destroying forests that does the same thing. it's also important to remember that hundreds of millions of poor people around the world depend on the fish they catch. it's a very significant portion of their protein. as we mess with the oceans and the species within them, we are jeopardising the livelihoods of a lot of people. so the real impact on creatures themselves, on the habitat and human beings, do you see a practical chance of stopping this or at least limiting it? i think the nations of the world have finally got the message, that we have to do something to stop this unfettered growth and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, with the destruction of forests. a lot of things we have to do and we must do, or else we are increasingly going to do more
damage across the world's ecosystems, both on land and in this case in the ocean. just briefly if — this case in the ocean. just briefly if you _ this case in the ocean. just briefly if you don't - this case in the ocean. just briefly if you don't mind, systemic changes like this can take a while to change, can't they? if they can't all? imilli they? if they can't all? will take a long _ they? if they can't all? will take a long time _ they? if they can't all? will take a long time to - they? if they can't all? ii take a long time to make those changes but now is the time to start. stay with us on bbc news — still to come: everyone's a critic — the russian journalist whose live reporting almost turned into a doggy disaster. 55 years of hatred and rage as theyjump upon the statue. this funeral became a massive demonstration of black power, the power to influence. today is about the promise
of a bright future, a day when we hope a line can be drawn under the bloody past. i think that picasso's i works were beautiful, they were intelligent and it's a sad loss to everybody - who loves art. this is bbc news, the latest headlines: the minneapolis police chief has testified that the white officer on trial for the murder of george floyd violated the department's policy on the use of force.
first a cyclone — now flooding and landslides have killed at least a hundred people in the east of indonesia. israel's prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, has appeared in court, as his corruption trial resumed. the veteran political leader faces charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery. he denies them all. as he appeared in court, his party likud was meeting israel's president, asking for a mandate to form a new government. our correspondent yolande knell has this report. it has been called israel's split screen moment. at thisjerusalem court, benjamin netanyahu beginning his corruption trial in earnest. the prosecution accuses him of accepting expensive gifts from businessmen and offering favours for more positive news coverage. charges he denies. meanwhile, across the city at the president's office, talks start on who should be given the first chance to form a new coalition government after last month's election, israel's fourth in two years.
he is known as the great survivor, but this is another day when benjamin netanyahu's personal and political fate lies in the balance. simply put, israel is divided into two camps, those for and against the prime minister. and you've got small groups of both here outside the court. anti—netanyahu protesters accuse mr netanyahu of putting his personal interests before those of the country. they want him to resign. the last year has proved he's doing everything that he can, everything that he can to escape justice, actually. and he will take nine million citizens, israeli citizens, down the drain, only to escape justice. a political witch—hunt. now they're trying to do a governmental coup, and we are against it because benjamin netanyahu is the one and only leader. he has no faults, maybe, he's not perfect, but he didn't do anything.
leaving court, mr netanyahu, the defendant, is quick to return to business as prime minister but it won't be easy to keep public attention where he wants it. his trial could last for years and looks set to decide his legacy. yolande knell, bbc news, jerusalem. nigerian authorities say at least 1,800 inmates have escaped from a prison in the town of owerri. prison authorities say heavily armed attackers stormed the facility in the middle of the night and used explosives to breach walls and doors. six prisoners have returned to the jail — 35 apparently refused to escape. here's our nigeria correspondent, mayenijones. nigerian correctional service released a statement not too long ago, saying with more detail on what happened in this easter monday morning that a lot of people around owerri
in nigeria were resting after easter sunday. they say that gunmen stormed this correctional facility in owerri, that they use explosives to open the front gates to blast the administrative block, and they were able to release over 1,800 prisoners, so it's a significant attack by any stretch. the police say they believe the attack was carried out by the indigenous people of the area. a separatist organisation which is banned in nigeria, but they have reportedly denied this according to local media reports. prison breaks are fairly regular in nigeria. they happened, your listeners might remember, during the protests back in october. what was significant about this attack is over the last few months, there's been a wave of attacks against the police, all across southeastern nigeria, and it's a worrying developing because security is rife right across the country and forces are frankly stretch.
new yorkers have rallied outside a courthouse where a man charged with assaulting a 65—year—old asian woman in a hate crime is due to face his first hearing. police identified brandon elliott as the man seen in a video kicking the man seen in a video kicking the woman to the ground last month near times square. the research shows hate crimes reported against asian americans have increased 149% in 16 major american cities. the second fisher has opened up and begun spraying lover into the airfrom an icelandic volcano erupting in the capital reykjavik for the past couple of weeks. — fissure. the new fissure, 100 kilometres long is a few commoners away from the first eruption. spreading flames and smoke, it is far from populated areas but the new opening means tourists coming to see the spectacle have had to be evacuated. the us supreme court has handed google a major win in a long—running copyright battle with oracle. it's ruled that the use of the java programming language for the android
mobile operating system was "fair use." the ruling, 6 to 2, has been closely watched as a key test of copyright in the digital era. it allows google to avoid paying out billions to its tech rival. here's the bbc�*s nada tawfik in new york. this case will have huge implications for silicon valley because it essentially sets a new precedent in how us copyright law applies to computer code. the supreme court ruled 6—2 in favour of google, thejustice stephen breyer who was writing for the majority said allowing enforcement of oracle's copyright would benefit the public. he said it was an issue of the greater good to say that this was a fair use case by google. he said so many programmes use the code that such a move would have turned computer coding into a limbo, really limiting the future creativity of new software development with only oracle holding the key. on the other side, the dissenting opinion, you had thejustice clarence thomas really questioning that judgement, angered by using their reasoning, they were essentially eviscerating copyright
and he wished that the majority on the court had really looked deeper into the question of coding and copyright. nevertheless, both sides really expressed their opinions on this ruling. google says that this is a win for the entire software industry, that this allows for more open source coding, that it will prevent hurdles in the future from other companies having to pay excessive fees for what is really widely used codes in many different developments. on the other hand, oracle says that this just shows again the power of google and the fact that they can tie up an issue like this in litigation for over a decade, and then it will be hard for others to be able to compete with google even more so now after this ruling. the sports ministry in pyongyang has said north korea will not participate in the tokyo summer
olympics, to protect its athletes from coronavirus. it'll be the first summer games north korea will miss since 1968. the north's joint participation at the winter games in south korea helped start talks with the trump administration. the south korean government had hoped this summer's games would give a lift to those talks, now stalled. one of the perils of live broadcasting is you never know what might happen next. the best laid plans and biggest egos can be laid low by breaking news or unexpected events. so, some sympathy, please, for the team at mir tv in moscow. an on—air interview was suddenly interrupted — by a surprise guest. the bbc�*s tim allman takes up the story. this was pretty routine stuff. spring had sprung in moscow, a local television channel sends out its reporter for a live update. yelena in the studio throws to nadesdja in the field, and then this happens.
chaos, as the correspondent tries to get her microphone back, and the slightly stunned yelena quickly cuts to commercials. let's see that again in slow motion... nadesdja is just getting into her stride when a golden retriever leaps into view and grabs hold of her mic. i suppose you could call this a soundbite. a few moments later, yelena is back on the air and nadesdja has a new friend. correspondent and canine, once sworn enemies, now effectively co—presenters. actors are told to never work with children or animals. clearly, the same rule applies the tv reporters.
comprehensive coverage of every available joke there from tim. but is it for now, thank you so much for watching. remember last week? it was nice, warm, and sunny — almost a dose of summer for some of us. a completely different picture — shock this week. we've got cold, northerly winds blowing straight out of the arctic bringing wintry showers, it's already been snowing across some parts of the country, especially in the north. if you look at the satellite picture, you can clearly see the pattern. all that weather, all the clouds are drifting in from the north — not coming off the atlantic, coming in straight out of the arctic and invading so many other parts of europe as well. so, we're not the only ones experiencing the cold weather. it's many parts of the continent. now, you can see where the wintry showers will have been across the north of the country, maybe one or two snaking into
northern ireland and wales, a few icy patches as well, and a widespread frost early on tuesday morning throughout the uk, probably away from the very immediate coast. now, tuesday is going to bring lots of sparkling sunshine at least in the morning. in the afternoon, the clouds will increase in some areas, and those strong northerly winds will bring wintry showers — particularly across scotland, but they will be strong enough to push some of these wintry showers even into northern england, the midlands, and possibly even the south coast. now, they will be gusting 30, 40, even 50 mph in the north of the uk. so, if it's only two celsius in aberdeen and you get a gust of around 50 mph — so that's two on the thermometer but the wind will make it feel, giving you an apparent temperature of —1l celsius. and look at that — barely above freezing the apparent temperatures in the south, as well. now mid week, wednesday, it's going to start frosty. that's because we still have the arctic air over us. so, the arctic air�*s not going away anywhere. but we're starting to see the winds easing. in fact, that cold air stream straight out of the arctic has been pushed into the north sea and instead, we'rejust getting a waft, a suggestion of atlantic air bringing somewhat milder air. so wednesday is not going to be quite as cold and we're not
going to have as many wintry showers if any at all. and in fact, you can see this process happening on the weather map here wednesday and eventually into thursday as well when that milder, slightly milder air — the really mild air is in the south — that slightly milder air arrives, and you can see those temperatures bumping up to around about 12 celsius by the time we get to thursday. bye— bye.
live reporting almost turned into a doggy disaster. this is bbc news — the headlines: the police chief in the us city of minneapolis has testified that the white officer on trial for the murder of george floyd violated the department's policy on the use of force during his arrest. medaria arradondo said derek chauvin's actions were not consistent with his department's policy or values. nigerian authorities say more than eighteen—hundred inmates have escaped from a prison in the south—eastern town of owerri. they say heavily armed attackers stormed the facility in the middle of the night and used explosives to breach google has been spared having to pay potentially huge damages to its tech rival oracle. the us supreme court ruled in its favour in a long running copyright dispute. the justices ruled that it was "fair use" for google to incorporate the java programming language into its android mobile operating system.
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