this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. president biden calls new sanctions on russia a proportionate and measured response to alleged russian interference in us elections and cyberattacks. the former minneapolis police officer derek chauvin invokes his constitutional right not to testify on the final crucial day of evidence at his trial. you understand that you have a fifth amendment privilege to remain silent? do you understand that? yes. the hong kong billionaire risking it all by speaking out — the bbc meetsjimmy lai, who is facing a sentence after being charged with breaking the territory's new security law. i'm prepared for the worst. if the worst comes, that means the most effective way that i can bring the world's attention
to hong kong. buckingham palace sets out the plans for prince philip's funeral, including the list of those who'll attend the service. hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world — please do stay with us for the latest news and analysis from here and across the globe. president biden has said that the new round of us sanctions imposed on moscow is a proportionate and measured response to alleged russian interference in us elections and cyberattacks. earlier, russia responded angrily to the new measures, summoning the us ambassador to warn that they deal a serious blow to mutual relations. mr biden said he could have gone further but chose not to, stating that any escalation of tensions was in neither country's interests.
i was clear with president putin. that we could have gone further. but i chose not to do so. i chose to be proportionate. the united states is not looking to kick off a cycle of escalation and conflict with russia. we want a stable, predictable relationship. if russia continues to interfere with our democracy, i'm prepared to take further actions to respond. our washington correspondent gary o'donoghue has more on the impact of these sanctions. these are not the first sanctions against russia and they're not likely to be the last. the biden administration has been signalling for some time that it planned to retaliate against what it sees as russian interference in last november's election. it's also been signalling what it calls "costs" for the solarwinds cyber attack, which infiltrated a number of federal agencies. it's blaming that one on the russian foreign intelligence service, the svr. so dozens of companies and entities will be sanctioned, including ten diplomats being expelled from washington right here.
butjoe biden is also holding out a hand. he suggested to vladimir putin they should meet for a summit in a third country in the coming months, to try and de—escalate tensions, because there are some key things where the two countries will have to work together — not least nonproliferation, the iran nuclear deal and the longer—term challenge of climate change. gary o'donoghue there. our moscow correspondent steve rosenberg has more on the reaction from the kremlin to these latest sanctions. well, there's been an angry response in moscow to these sanctions. the russian foreign ministry has accused america of aggressive behaviour and of dangerously raising the temperature of confrontation between the two countries. and there's been reaction, too, from the svr — that's russia's foreign intelligence service, which washington believes was behind the solarwinds hack. the svr described that accusation as "meaningless blather". and what did russian state
television say tonight about the new sanctions? "has america gone bananas? how are the two presidents going to talk after this?" and that is a key question, because talks — or the prospect of a summit — is exactly whatjoe biden offered vladimir putin earlier this week, when the two men spoke on the telephone, the chance to sit down in person and discuss what is a very difficult relationship. and that's especially important now, in the light of east—west tension which has built up over ukraine and concern in the west about a russian troop build—up near ukraine's borders. so will a summit still be possible? well, it's not going to be easy when the russians are furious at the moment — they're huffing and puffing — and almost certainly they will respond with sanctions of their own against america, but is there still room for dialogue? well, i think so. for now, there is, because for moscow, the idea of a summit — the chance for the russian president to rub shoulders with his american
counterpart on the geopolitical stage — that is something very attractive for vladimir putin, who believes that the world should respect russia. steve rosenberg there from moscow. i'm joined now by william pesek. he's a columnist for bloomberg in tokyo. william, thanks so much forjoining us. i would like to broaden this out and look at the biden foreign policy and look at the biden foreign policy and how it relates to asia in particular. we've seen the announcement of the withdrawal from afghanistan, now we have seen the announcement of sanctions on various russian entities. how do you see the biden foreign policy?— biden foreign policy? from the ja anese biden foreign policy? from the japanese standpoint, - biden foreign policy? from the japanese standpoint, i - biden foreign policy? from the japanese standpoint, i think. biden foreign policy? from the i japanese standpoint, i thinkjapan japanese standpoint, i thinkjapan is still trying to take a deep breath and figure out where things are. i think in many ways, in general, i would say that prime minister suga is very relieved not to be dealing with donald trump any more. president biden and prime minister suga meeting this week, i
think these positions putjapan engine position for somejapan has been trying very hard to in many ways strike a deal with pressure on territorial claims, and i think prime minister suga abe met with putin several times to try and meet dominic make a deal, —— try and make a deal, did not happen. in some ways japan has to choose between the us and a deal with russia, and clearly japan is going to pick the us. what japan is going to pick the us. what is the japanese _ japan is going to pick the us. what is the japanese relationship with russia? it is the japanese relationship with russia? , _, ., is the japanese relationship with russia? , ., , , is the japanese relationship with russia? ., , , ., russia? it is cordial, but is not very productive. _ russia? it is cordial, but is not very productive. i— russia? it is cordial, but is not very productive. i think - russia? it is cordial, but is not very productive. i think in - russia? it is cordial, but is not| very productive. i think in many ways, if you are vladimir putin, the last thing you are going to do is seed land to the japanese, and the japanese are trying and trying, so it's a the religion is cordial, there is an open dialogue, but the japanese are realising more and more that there is really no past for cooperation, genuine cooperation, with russia, beat with trade,
security and surly not on territorial claims. cordial but not productive. territorial claims. cordial but not productive-— territorial claims. cordial but not roductive. �* . . ,, . productive. japan and the us have been allies — productive. japan and the us have been allies for _ productive. japan and the us have been allies for many _ productive. japan and the us have been allies for many decades - productive. japan and the us have been allies for many decades now| been allies for many decades now possible to the two countries need from each other right now? thea;a possible to the two countries need from each other right now? they need a heart to heart. _ from each other right now? they need a heart to heart. the _ from each other right now? they need a heart to heart. the last— from each other right now? they need a heart to heart. the last four - a heart to heart. the last four years have been very traumatic for these very import allies. i think prime minister suga is very happy to begin withjoe biden now donald trump. the big issue of course is china. china in the last four years has used the trump chaos to spread his wings around the world, strike the biggest trade deal in world history, so i think biden and prime minister suga, there one him is to make sure... for prime minister suga, the one him is getting president biden back in the transpacific partnership for president trump got out of it. prime
minister suga once the spectre of america coming back.— minister suga once the spectre of america coming back. william pesek thank ou america coming back. william pesek thank you very _ america coming back. william pesek thank you very much. _ america coming back. william pesek thank you very much. -- _ america coming back. william pesek thank you very much. -- wants - america coming back. william pesek thank you very much. -- wants the l thank you very much. —— wants the spectre. the former police officer charged with the murder of george floyd in minneapolis won't be taking the stand on the final day of evidence at his trial. derek chauvin said he would use his right to decline to answer questions that could incriminate him. he denies killing mr floyd by kneeling on his neck. our correspondent barbara plett usher is in minneapolis. this was the first time in nearly three weeks of evidence that derek chauvin spoke in the courtroom. up to the last minute, there was speculation about whether he would testify. have you made a decision today whether you intend to testify or whether you intend to invoke your fifth amendment privilege? i will invoke my fifth amendment privilege today. the decision whether or not to testify... i let me take this off. ..is entirely yours. is this your decision not to testify? - it is, your honour. all right. taking the stand would have been
the only way for mr chauvin to tell his side of the story about this video. the defence argue that his knee was not the main cause of george floyd's death. but it would have opened him up to cross—examination by the prosecution, and he decided that the risk was too great. just a few miles away, another former police officer, kim potter, appeared in court — charged with manslaughter for shooting a young black man at the weekend. that sparked an explosion of anger in a city already on edge. there've been four nights now of unrest. the claim that she confused her gun for her taser has not calmed the protesters. what they see is a black man pulled over for a minor offence who ended up dead. they're demanding more serious charges. these protests are about one police shooting, about the killing of a person, an unarmed black man. but like all the others we've seen over the past year, they're just as much about a justice system that seemed to be tilted against black people.
what you got these guns for? as the trial winds down, tensions are growing. security has been tightened. protests that followed george floyd's death led to widespread looting and arson. the city is fortifying itself for the verdict. barbara plett usher, bbc news, minneapolis. live to our correspondent larry madowo. he's in minneapolis. larry, of course you're covering both of those big stories. let's start first of all with the chauvin trial out of the last day of witnesses, mr chauvin invoked that constitutional right not to testify. many other defendants in their own trials do that. what is the legal significance of his decision? the main reason _ significance of his decision? tue: main reason here significance of his decision? tte: main reason here is significance of his decision? tt2 main reason here is that he is trying not to incriminate himself, one, and two, to avoid getting cross—examined by the prosecution. a floyd family remember told court reporters that if he had taken the stand, he things the prosecution would have destroyed the defence's
case, and there is a possibility that if you took the stand and testified, it works as an advantage, because the juries to see him as a human and not a caricature for sub however, because there are things the defence hinted at in the course of their defence of derek chauvin, the prosecution with asked him directly, for instance, why did you continue to kneel on george floyd's body when you stop resisting and he was no longer responsive? and some of those would have been devastating to him. ﬁnd of those would have been devastating to him. �* ., , of those would have been devastating tohim.�* ., , , to him. and of course there is the other big story. — to him. and of course there is the other big story, the _ to him. and of course there is the other big story, the killing - to him. and of course there is the other big story, the killing of- other big story, the killing of daunte wright on sunday in that suburb of minneapolis. barbara plett usher refer to it in her reports of the officer has made her first appearance in court. tim the officer has made her first appearance in court. tim potter has a- eared appearance in court. tim potter has appeared in — appearance in court. tim potter has appeared in court. _ appearance in court. tim potter has appeared in court. she _ appearance in court. tim potter has appeared in court. she is _ appearance in court. tim potter has appeared in court. she is expected | appeared in court. she is expected to make her second appearance in mid—may. she is going to be charged with secondary manslaughter, which those protesting here in the city do not think is a strong enough charge
—— secondary manslaughter for the because it seems to be a slap on the wrist for them. they do not understand how an officer who was with the police service for 26 years can confuse her run and her taser. a taser is yellow, her gun is black, they have different mechanisms for how they work, they way different. and the big picture here, the attorneys represent both the george floyd family and the daunte wright family think it is emblematic of the problems of policing in america, been marginalised minority communities get over policed, and sometimes it ends up in violence or in death, but the most heartbreaking part of the story is the mother of a 20—year—old, katie wright, saint justice is not enough for her. listen to what she said to her —— saintjustice is not enough. but unfortunately, there's never going to be justice for us. justice would bring our son home to us, knocking on the door with his smile, coming in the house, sitting down, eating dinner with us, going out to lunch,
playing with his one—year—old, almost two—year—old son, giving him a kiss before he walks out the door. justice isn't even a word to me. dau nte daunte wright's funeral will be held here at a church on thursday. that is the same week we are expecting a verdict in the george floyd case, which will be a charged week here. there have already been four days of protests in rocklin centre, the minneapolis suburb north of here where he lived, and if there is no conviction in the george floyd case, if derek chauvin is acquitted, there is likely to be a lot of protests and riots, notjust here in the city but across america. keep in mind the jury but across america. keep in mind the jury has to return an anonymous verdict on each of the three counts, so can be some, none or all of them —— a unanimous verdict. so can be some, none or all of them -- a unanimous verdict.— -- a unanimous verdict. larry madowo. _ -- a unanimous verdict. larry madowo, thank— -- a unanimous verdict. larry madowo, thank you _ -- a unanimous verdict. larry madowo, thank you very - -- a unanimous verdict. larry i madowo, thank you very much. the media tycoonjimmy lai who's one
of hong kong's most prominent pro—democracy activists will go on trial on saturday under the territory's new national security law, which critics say erodes the city's rights and freedoms. in a separate case, mr lai is also expected to receive a jail sentence for another crime — organising and participating in an illegal march during mass anti—government protests. the bbc�*s danny vincent has had exclusive access to mr lai over the past nine months since his arrest and has filed this report. billionaire, activist and a staunch critic of beijing. jimmy lai is also the owner of hong kong's last remaining opposition newspaper. he now faces possible life in prison, in a trial that has come to symbolise china's tightening grip on the city. we've followed jimmy lai and his newspaper since he was first arrested nine months ago, as his supporters gathered outside a police station awaiting his release.
since the introduction of the new law, hong kong has experienced dramatic changes. outspoken critics, street protesters and evenjournalists like me are under increased pressure. i'm a journalist! come here, come here! after his release on bail, we met jimmy lai in his mansion home. do you think about the contrast between this and the prospect of living... ? in prison? this is just living my life peacefully. but if i'm injail, i'm living my life meaningfully. because you must fear some things, for yourfamily, for hong kong, for your loved ones? yes, i do have fear. you're right. hey, good morning, everybody. this is a very nice day
in hong kong today... despite the fear, jimmy lai continued his criticism of beijing. live—streaming from his newspaper headquarters, he'd broadcast his talks with prominent western political figures on a weekly basis. yeah, i think the freedom of speech is in danger here in hong kong. beijing says the new laws were needed to restore stability and end violent protest in the city. and the laws also makejimmy lai's broadcasts a risky move. given their vague wording, it's unclear if the discussions could land him with even more charges. his every word spoken could be used against him. beforejimmy is finally detained, we meet him one last time. i'm prepared for the worst. if the worst comes, that means the most effective way that i can
bring the world's attention to hong kong. tomorrow, jimmy lai is expected to begin serving jail time for an earlier crime, protesting against the government. and his trial, under the new law, begins. according to beijing, the charges against him are equal to treason. they've compared the seriousness of his alleged crimes to murder. the fate of activists likejimmy lai will set a new precedent for hong kong. the space for dissent is shrinking. danny vincent, bbc news, hong kong. do stay with us here on bbc news. still to come: how a brooklyn church in new york is a place of safety and trust, where undocumented workers go to get vaccinated. pol pot, one of the century's greatest mass murderers, is reported to have died of natural causes.
he and the khmer rouge movement he led were responsible for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million cambodians. there have been violent protests in indonesia, where playboy has gone on sale for the first time. traditionalist muslim leaders have expressed disgust. the magazines officers have been attacked, and its editorial staff have gone into hiding. it was clear that paula's only contest was with the clock. and as for a sporting legacy, paula radcliffe's competitors will be chasing her new world best time for years to come. quite quietly but quicker. and quicker, she assumed to just slide away under i the surface and disappear. this is bbc news.
our main story this hour: president biden has said new sanctions on russia are a proportionate and measured response to alleged russian interference in us elections. the goal of america's coronavirus vaccination effort is to innoculate everyone — including those who are undocumented. including those but reaching this group isn't easy — because of a fear of authority and worries about being deported. yet it's the undocumented who are so often the essential workers in america's economy — and they were hit hardest by the virus. the bbc�*s laura trevelyan went to a church in brooklyn, new york, where a drive is under way to vaccinate the undocumented. sunday morning in church, and instead of worship, it's time for vaccinations. the people here are mostly undocumented, doing the essential work of new york city — on construction sites, cleaning homes. many lost income in the pandemic. the church set up a food bank for more than 2,000 families.
reverend ruiz told me when he asked people online for food if they were getting vaccinated, the answer was no. then i said, "what do you mean?" "well, i do not trust the hospital. the clinic is too far." and then my follow—up question was, "would you get vaccinated if we have the vaccines here at church?" and then i heard a resounding yes. hundreds have been vaccinated here over the last three weeks. most are undocumented. people with visas or health insurance worry about coming forward — fearing that, without the proper id, they could be deported. the church staff are reassuring. when they come, we explain, "it's not important, that part. you have a right, so you can get it, no matter what." the impact on the pandemic of the hispanic community of new york has been overwhelming. people have lost loved ones and jobs in disproportionate numbers.
in this small brooklyn community alone, 150 families are mourning those killed by covid—i9. reverend ruiz has had to deal with so many mourning families in this past year. and as he conducts zoom worship on sunday, he has a new enemy to deal with — the disinformation and fear of the vaccine that he's seeing in his congregation. the former administration did a good job in terms of injecting fear in people's minds and hearts. we're still dealing with that. we're still dealing with the misinformation that came from those elements of power. the city needs to invest locally on education and proper outreach. there's much work for the church in this pandemic. it's a place of trust for those who live in the shadows, a vital location where those most at risk for the virus feel safe enough to get a vaccine.
laura trevelyan reporting from brooklyn, new york. let's get some of the day's other news now. us secretary of state antony blinken has visited afghanistan, to reassure political leaders there of america's "ongoing commitment" to the country. his trip came a day after president biden confirmed the withdrawal of all remaining us troops by september 11th. mr blinken said the us would do everything it could to pursue peace between the afghan government and the taliban. eight egyptian architects have won an international competition to design the reconstruction of the al—nuri mosque, the landmark in the iraqi city of mosul that was destroyed by the islamic state group. the 800—year—old building was famous for its leaning minaret. thejihadis holding the mosque blew it up as the iraqi military closed in on them during the battle for mosul in 2017. buckingham palace has released details of those who'll be able to attend prince philip's funeral on saturday. under covid restrictions, there's a limit of 30 guests. the prince of wales and duchess
of cornwall have been taking a look at some of the thousands of floral tributes to the duke of edinburgh. 0ur royal correspondent nicholas witchell has more. it is the vehicle which will take him on his finaljourney — a classic british land rover, designed to the duke's own specification to carry a coffin, his coffin, to its final resting place. it's a no—nonsense approach to a funeral, which reflects the duke's particular wish for a minimum of fuss. normally, a ceremonial royal funeral — this was the one for queen elizabeth the queen mother in 2002 — would have the coffin borne on a horse—drawn gun carriage, behind which members of the royal family would walk. and those family members who hold military rank would be in military uniform. but for the duke's funeral — notwithstanding his long association with the military — all the royals will wear civilian dress. walking in the front rank, behind the coffin,
will be the princess royal and the prince of wales. behind them, the earl of wessex and the duke of york. and then in the third row, princes harry and william, but not side by side. the princess royal's son, peter phillips, will be between them. so, what lies behind the decision for the royals not to wear uniform? it's certainly highly unusual. the obvious answer is that it's to spare harry embarrassment since he's no longer entitled to wear military uniform. all the palace will say is that all the arrangements have been signed off by the queen. once they get to st george's chapel, the queen will sit on her own. there will be just 30 members of the congregation, all of whom will wear masks. according to the palace, difficult decisions have had to be made about who those 30 should be. they'll include three members of the german branch of the duke's family. and although the funeral will take place in private, behind the castle walls, there will be a ceremonial element to it. the king's troop royal horse
artillery have moved to windsor to be on hand to fire a gun salute. the footguards and other service contingents, including the royal marines, will also be taking part. they'll be responsible for bearing the duke's coffin out of the castle and then into the chapel. everything is being carefully rehearsed. and though the palace has done its best to discourage people from leaving flowers, many have chosen to do so. all the bouquets have been gathered in the grounds of marlborough house, where they've been inspected by the prince of wales and the duchess of cornwall. most are accompanied by messages, paying tribute to the duke and thanking him for his years of service. nicholas witchell, bbc news. and there will be full coverage of the duke of edinburgh's funeral here on bbc news, led by my colleague huw edwards. nicholas witchell will be
reporting on that service which will be held in windsor chapel. more on our website. i'm on twitter — @jamesbbcnews. hello there. under clear, starry skies, temperatures have once again been dropping. it means a cold, frosty start for most on friday morning but a mainly dry day ahead, with some spells of sunshine once any early fog has cleared. high pressure stilljust about in charge, but this frontal system will be trying to change things, with more cloud and some rain eventually into the far northwest, but most of us having a cold, frosty but bright start. fog patches most likely across eastern and southern counties of england. they should lift and clear. sunshine through the morning. more cloud, i think, developing for many inland areas into the afternoon, and certainly thicker cloud as this weather front approaches, western counties of northern ireland and northwest scotland. some rain splashing in here later and a strengthening freeze. but that breeze coming up
from the south, bringing some mild conditions to northern ireland and scotland — 15 likely in northern scotland. compare that with just 8, 9 or 10 for some of these north sea coasts of england, the breeze still coming in off the chilly waters of the sea. now, as we head through friday night into saturday, england and wales will see clear skies again. that means a touch of frost and the odd fog patch, but we will see more cloud into northern ireland and certainly western scotland, and that means a milder start to saturday. and that cloud comes courtesy of this next frontal system trying to work its way in. so thickening cloud for parts of northern ireland and northwest scotland first thing. clearest of the skies across england and wales. that's where we'll see a touch of frost. and the best of the sunshine of the day. although, actually, after that cloudy start, northern ireland and a good part of scotland should brighten up a little with some afternoon spells of sunshine. those temperatures, 11 to 15 degrees. it should feel a little bit less chilly at this stage for those north sea coasts of england. now, through saturday night and into sunday, we see frontal systems
still wriggling around to the northwest of the uk. if anything, the veil of cloud associated with those weather fronts will move a little further southeastwards, so sunday could be a cloudier day for some western parts of england and wales, certainly more cloud into northern ireland and scotland, with some rain into the far northwest. best of the sunshine further south and east and temperatures between 10 and 15 degrees. now, we will see some rain at times in northwestern areas to start next week, but high pressure will build its way back in, so that means plenty of dry weather to come with some spells of sunshine.
the headlines. president biden has said that the new round of us sanctions imposed on moscow is a proportionate and measured response to alleged russian interference in us elections and cyberattacks. russia has promised a strong response. hong kong media tycoonjimmy lai is due to be sentenced for attending an unauthorised protest in 2019. he was convicted alongside seven of hong kong's most prominent pro—democracy campaigners of unlawful assembly relating to huge demonstrations two years ago. a white former policeman charged with the murder of george floyd in the united states has waived his right to testify. derek chauvin accused of killing mr floyd by kneeling on his neck with undue force. india has reported a record 200 thousand new covid—19 cases in a day — as a second wave continues to surge.