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this is bbc news. i'm james reynolds 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 day of evidence at his trial. you understand that you have a fifth amendment privilege to remain silent? do you understand that? yes. buckingham palace sets out the plans for prince philip's funeral, including the list of those who'll attend the service. we meetjimmy lai — the hong kong billionaire
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risking it all by speaking out. yes, ido yes, i do have fear. you're right. overnight, our lives are put on pause. and david attenborough on what the global lockdown has taught us about humans and our effect on nature. hello and welcome. 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.
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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.
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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 in washington. 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
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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 —
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that is something very attractive for vladimir putin, who believes that the world should respect russia. steve rosenberg reporting from moscow. president biden has made his priority a change of course in foreign policy from his predecessor, president trump. as we've seen, he's taking a much tougher stance on russia and china, he's announced the withdrawal of us troops from afghanistan. earlier, i spoke with the bloomberg columnist in japan, william pesek. i asked him what the us allies in asia make of all this. from the 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 here injapan is very relieved not to be dealing with donald trump any more. certainly president biden and prime minister suga meeting this week. i think that these russian sanctions put japan in an interesting position because japan, for the last eight years now, has been
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trying very, very hard to, in many ways, strike a deal with russia on territorial claims. and i think prime minister abe — suga's predecessor — met with putin countless times to strike some kind of deal. it didn't happen. suga has been trying and it hasn't happened. and this, in many ways, puts japan in a very difficult position, because in some ways, japan again has to choose between the us and a deal with russia, and clearlyjapan is going to pick the us. what is the japanese relationship with russia? well, it's cordial, but it's not very productive. i think, in many ways, if you're vladimir putin, the last thing you're going to do is cede land to the japanese. and the japanese are trying and trying. so i'd say the relationship is cordial, there is an open dialogue, but the japanese are realising more and more that there is really no path for cooperation, genuine cooperation, with russia, be it trade, be it security and certaintly not on territorial claims. so i'd say cordial but unproductive. japan and the us, of course, have been allies for many decades now. what do these two countries need from each other right now?
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what do the two countries need from each other right now? well, they need a heart—to—heart, i think, in many ways. the last four years have been very, very traumatic for these two very important allies. again, i think prime minister suga is very happy to be dealing withjoe biden and not donald trump. i think the big issue, of course, is china. you know, china in the last four years has used the trumpian chaos to great effect to spread its wings around the world, strike the biggest trade deal in world history, so i think biden and suga, their goal number one is to remind china that it doesn't have free reign in asia. and i think for prime minister suga, the big deliverable, if you will, is getting president biden back into the tra ns—pacific partnership. president trump left that i2—nation trade deal. i think prime minister suga wants biden back, or at least the spectre, basically the opportunity for the us to come back. william pesek there.
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the former police officer charged with the murder of george floyd in minneapolis invoked his constitutional right not to take the stand on the final day of evidence at his trial. derek chauvin 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. 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
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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 overfor 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's seen 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
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widespread looting and arson. the city is fortifying itself for the verdict. barbara plett usher, bbc news, minneapolis. let's take you to a developing story in chicago. police there are on alert after they released graphic body—camera video footage showing a policeman shooting and killing a 13—year—old boy in an alley. adam toledo appeared to have his hands raised when he was shot in the early hours of march 29th. the video shows a police officer running after the teenager in a neighbourhood on the city's west side. the policeman orders him to stop and show his hands, but when the boy complies, he is shot in the chest. police say the boy was holding a gun, the family attorney says he would not holding at the moment in which he was shot. those videos speak for themselves. adam, during his last second of life, did not have a gun in his hand. the
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officers don't make officer screamed at him, "shall be her hands. plus what adam complied, turned around. his hands were empty when he was shot in the chest, at the hands of the officer. live to our correspondent larry madowo. larry, you're of course in annapolis, where you are covering the derek chauvin trial into the alleged murder— manslaughter of george floyd —— in minneapolis. there is this news from chicago, please take us through a. it news from chicago, please take us through a-— us through a. it is a fraternity _ us through a. it is a fraternity of - us through a. it is a | fraternity of families us through a. it is a - fraternity of families that exists only in america, families of people whose children, whose fathers, mothers have been killed at the hands of police, and now the family of adam toledo joining that list. adam toledo was only 13 years old and what happened in this chicago neighbourhood of little villages that one
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night, late last month, on march 29, there is this technology called shot sputters that picked up gunshots in this neighbourhood, and so police were called to that seen, and there were a few 911 calls as well. and when they arrived here, adam toledo was fleeing from the police. he gets an orderfrom this officer to from the police. he gets an order from this officer to turn back, to stop, to raise his hand, and he does that. and as he does that, we have seen others video released today. that is when the officer shoots. he realises what has happened, he tries to offer cpr, to call for medical desistance don't make assistance can abet is too late. adam toledo was dead at the scene. there was reports he had a gun on his body for stubby family says he did not have one at the time of his death. today, 17 different body worn camera videos have been released, four more
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surveillance videos from the area, more calls, all of the scene, and more outrage in the chicago community.— chicago community. larry madowo. _ chicago community. larry madowo, thank— chicago community. larry madowo, thank you - chicago community. larry madowo, thank you very l chicago community. larry - madowo, thank you very much. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: could the pandemic be a blessing for the natural world? sir david attenborough's latest documentary explores our relationship with nature during the past year. 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 magazine's officers have been attacked, and its editorial staff have gone into hiding. it was clear that paula's only
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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. the latest headlines: 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 day of evidence at his trial.
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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. a few hours ago, the prince of wales and duchess of cornwall have taken a look at some of the thousands of floral tributes. our 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 —
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all the royals will wear civilian dress. walking in the front rank of the procession, 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 a 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.
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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. the media tycoonjimmy lai, who's one of hong kong's most prominent pro—democracy
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activists, will go on trial on friday under the territory's new beijing—imposed 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
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experienced dramatic changes. 0utspoken critics, street protesters and even journalists like me are under increased pressure. i'm a journalist! come here, come here! after his release on bail, we metjimmy 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 your family, for hong kong, for your loved ones? yes, i do have fear. you're right.
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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.
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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.
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mr blank in... 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. while the coronavirus pandemic has kept most of us locked down, its impact on the natural world has been more positive. sir david attenborough has made a documentary exploring how our relationship with wildlife and nature has changed during covid. sir david has been speaking to our science editor david shukman. david attenborough: march 2020. 0vernight, our lives are put on pause. boris johnson: you must stay at home. i but as we stop, remarkable things start to change. the lockdowns have been tough for people, but great for wildlife, as we see in a spectacular new documentary with david attenborough. this is the year earth changed. david, it's great
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to talk to you. i'm sorry we can't meet in person, but we've transported you electronically to the wonderful setting of chartwell. for people watching your programme, that's going to be shown on apple+ tv from friday, what message would you want them to take from it? that human beings, even with the best will in the world, cannot restrict the natural world. that's what we're doing, we're pushing it aside. even the most considerate of us are pushing aside the natural world and denying space to other creatures which live on this planet. i mean, we've thought that animals, for example penguins in south africa, have survived perfectly well, we think, but in fact when we retreated we discovered that the penguins actually normally would be doing very much better than they have been doing for decades, so the lessons to us are saying you should not be so domineering. but let us suddenly realise that we are intruders, that we are latecomers, and that the natural world actually by and large would do much better if we weren't there at all.
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to what extent is it important or not, or in what form, that the great climate summit takes place at the end of this year? well, it's our last chance, and young people understand the science pretty clearly, and they cannot understand what it is that prevents grown—ups, adults, taking sensible action, because they know what the action should be. we know what the problems are, we know how to solve it. why aren't they doing it? and, of course, the answer is, that to do it you've got to get the agreement of the entire human race. no one, at no time in the history have the nations of the world until now, said, ok, well, we're taking rather more of our share and we will retreat a bit and let you have a share, and that kind of unselfishness is not an attitude that has been present in human politics ever, in a worldwide sense. and it's got to come, because if it doesn't we will lose the lot.
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sir david attenborough speaking to our science editor, david shukman. let's remind you of the braking news this hourfrom chicago. police there are on alert after they released graphic body camera footage showing a policeman shooting and killing a 13—year—old boy in an alleyway. adam toledo appeared to have his hands raised and he was shot in the early hours of march 29. the video, portion of what you're seeing here, shows the police officer running after the teenager in a neighbourhood on the city's westside. the policemen orders the boy to stop and show his hands, but when the boy complies, the picture show he is shot in the chest. lee said the boy was holding a gun, but the family attorney says that the 13—year—old was not holding it at the moment he was shot. plenty more on this story in
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chicago, this developing story, over the next couple of hours on bbc news. do stay with us. 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
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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
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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.
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this is bbc news,
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the headlines. president biden has struck a moderate tone in defending a new raft of sanctions on russia, describing the measures as a proportionate and measured response to russian interference in us affairs. earlier, moscow warned the us ambassador that the sanctions were "raising the temperature of confrontation". derek chauvin has waived his right to testify jurors are to begin deliberating their verdict on monday morning. for kneeling on his neck for more than nine minutes lead to protest against racism and policing. lead to protest against racism and policing. buckingham palace has sets out the plans for prince philip's funeral — including the list of those who'll attend the service. it's been revealed that princes william and harry will not walk shoulder to shoulder when theyjoin senior royals in the duke of edinburgh's funeral procession. now on bbc news...


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