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glass this is bbc news. 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.
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welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. 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
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to verbalise that, that 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.
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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
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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 jeb—ree—ul 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 saudi arabia and jamal khashoggi, killing someone in a foreign country, now we've seen the government model however we are in a region where there is mass desperation. the covid—i9 pandemic
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underscored issues 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
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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, if there is also a rift within a family, and a major challenge to the image ofjordan as a moderate force over the region.
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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
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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, 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. 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.
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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. 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. 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.
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this puts an end to south korea's hopes that the postponed games could lead to progress in deadlocked peace talks. joining me now to discuss what led to this decision is simon denyer, who is the washington post's bureau chief for the koreas and japan. this is a very significant mbbamwflmmmm event this is a very significant event for north korea diplomatically, what do you think is going on?— diplomatically, what do you think is going on? north korea has been absolutely _ think is going on? north korea has been absolutely paranoid i has been absolutely paranoid about coronavirus, addict extraordinary measures at the outbreak to close its economic lifeline, international border with try now, shutting off trade and telling border guards to shoot on—site people who tried to cross illegally so we don't know if there have been cases of coronavirus in north korea but we do know that public events have started
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again, the coronavirus pandemic there seems to be broadly under control but they are very, very worried that any other cause a collapse of the health system so is not entirely a surprise that they've taken this measure.— that they've taken this measure. �* , , measure. i'm sure your contacts are better — measure. i'm sure your contacts are better than _ measure. i'm sure your contacts are better than antibodies. - measure. i'm sure your contacts are better than antibodies. i- are betterthan antibodies. i don't get is credible that they have no cases. we know very little about what's happening in north korea. most of the western diplomats have left. all of the international ngo and un workers, the final one is left last month. and those that were there were basically in the town in their old offices and homes but we do see events taking place, we do think they have had some success but as i say, success at great economic cost because we've seen a massive economic slump in north korea because of
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these extraordinary measures they've taken close their own border. it they've taken close their own border. . , . , they've taken close their own border. ., , ., , ., . ~ border. it was a big deal back in 2018 when _ border. it was a big deal back in 2018 when north _ border. it was a big deal back in 2018 when north and - border. it was a big deal back| in 2018 when north and south korea entered a joint team, led to a number of summits. this announcement is crushing for the hopes of the government in seoul. does it also have impact for the olympics in general? you are right, it's disappointing for seoul because they hoped this would lead to a new opportunity to talk to north korea. it is not talking to seoul at the moment or washington, they were hoping for a breakthrough so they will be disappointed and for the olympics, this is the first country to withdraw because of coronavirus concerns but it's not impossible that it will be the last one because we do have an increasingly worrying situation with the pandemic here injapan, extremely slow vaccination rates and growing cases of coronavirus variants,
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the variants first spotted in south africa, brazil and the uk, they are really expanding fast injapan so north korea, yes it's a special case but it may not be the only country which grows increasingly concerned about the health and safety of their athletes coming to japan. safety of their athletes coming to ja an. . ~ safety of their athletes coming to jaan. . ~' ,, ,., safety of their athletes coming tojaan. ., ~ i. . 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
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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't| 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.
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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. stay with us on bbc world news, still to come: everyone's a critic — the russian journalist whose live reporting almost turned into a doggy disaster. 25 years of hatred and rage as theyjump upon the statue. this funeral became a massive demonstration of black power, the power to influence.
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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 world news, the latest headlines: the the latest headlines: minneapolis police chief has the minneapolis police chief has testified that the wide officer on trial for the murder officer on trial for the murder of george floyd violated the department's policy on the use of force. first a cyclone now
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flooding and cyclones have killed at least 100 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
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a new coalition government after last month's election, 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. but his supporters claim legal proceedings are 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,
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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. a new study has found evidence of climate change nigerian authorities say prisoners have escaped from a prison. they say heavily timed —— heavily armed attackers stormed the facility. six have returned to the jail and 35 refused to escape. there is a correspondent.— refused to escape. there is a correspondent. they released a statement _ correspondent. they released a statement not _ correspondent. they released a statement not too _ correspondent. they released a statement not too long - correspondent. they released a statement not too long ago - statement not too long ago saying that describing more detail what happened on easter monday morning when many people
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were resting after easter sunday and they say armed men stormed the correctional facility and used explosives to open the front gates, to blast the administrative block and they were able to relief over 1800 prisoners. a significant attack by any stretch. police say they believe the attack was carried out by the indigenous people of africa, a separate organisation banned in nigeria but they have reportedly denied this according to local media reports. prison breaks are regular in nigeria and they happen during the protests in october but what is significant about this attack is over the last eight months there have been a wave of attacks against the police across south—eastern nigeria and it is a worrying
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development because security and insecurity is right across the country and forces here are stretched. 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. the tropics off the coast of cuba. forthousands the tropics off the coast of cuba. for thousands of years these waters have been one of these waters have been one of the hot spots of life in the ocean. but in seas like this dear the equator, the rednet —— richness of marine life is shrinking due to climate change. a new global study, the largest of its kind has found that since 1955 open water species declined by about half in tropical oceans. sea surface
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temperatures rose by nearly 0.2 celsius. it temperatures rose by nearly 0.2 celsius. , . , , temperatures rose by nearly 0.2 celsius. , ., , , ., , celsius. it is happening faster than expected. _ celsius. it is happening faster than expected. in _ celsius. it is happening faster than expected. in geological. than expected. in geological history this is a wink of an eye, a blimp and to see such rapid changes, such changes happening so rapidly is something that is astonishing, i would say. something that is astonishing, i would say-— i would say. scientists analyse data on more _ i would say. scientists analyse data on more than _ i would say. scientists analyse data on more than 48,000 - i would say. scientists analyse - data on more than 48,000 marine data on more than a8,000 marine species including fish, mollusks, birds and coral. it is the latest research that shows the large systemic changes that global warming has on the biodiversity of the ocean. and it suggests that the tropics are becoming too warm for many species to survive. those species that can move are moving to cool the waters. thetat moving to cool the waters. they found that _ moving to cool the waters. they found that almost _ moving to cool the waters. they found that almost all _ moving to cool the waters. they found that almost all the - found that almost all the million species have moved, are
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moving away from the equator and accumulating in subtropics and accumulating in subtropics and that is where we have a higher peak in the species diversity. higher peak in the species diversity-— diversity. but for fixed species _ diversity. but for fixed species like _ diversity. but for fixed species like coral, - diversity. but for fixed - species like coral, moving is not an option and staying put in warmer temperatures can lead to higher rates of coral bleaching. these shifts could devastate the ecosystem left behind and any fishing or tourism industries that rely on them. it is another stark warning from scientists that unless we act soon to address the urgency of climate change, it will be too late. a second fissure has opened up and begun spraying lava into the air from an icelandic volcano which has been erupting near the capital rejkjavik for the past two weeks. the new fissure, more than a hundred metres long, is a kilometre away from the first eruption. the eruption, spitting flames and smoke, is far from populated areas, but the opening of the new
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fissure meant tourists coming to see the spectacle had to be evacuated. 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. (relaxing music)
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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 to tv reporters. tim allman, bbc news. we just wejust had some we just had some breaking wejust had some breaking news from indonesia and east timor, the death toll in the flood has now topped over 150 according to officials in indonesia and east timor. we will bring you
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more on that as soon as we have it. more at any time on the bbc website and on our twitter feeds. thank you 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.
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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. this in fact, that cold air stream
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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.
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are now this is bbc news — the headlines: (tx 00v)the police chief in the us city of minneapolis —— 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. more than a 150 people have died after flash floods and landslides hit indonesia and east timor. the affected area stretches from flores island in eastern indonesia to east timor. floods are common in indonesia during rainy season but environmentalists have warned they are getting worse because of deforestation. north korea's sports ministry says the country will not participate in the tokyo olympics to protect athletes from coronavirus, the announcement putting to end south korean hopes that the games could be a catalyst in the deadlock peace talks.


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