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this is bbc news, with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. india is suffering a second wave of covid, with record numbers of daily deaths and infections. once the first wave subsided, the government almost declared victory over covid—19. the country has been caught unprepared. as america digests the conviction of derek chauvin, the usjustice announces a federal probe into the minneapolis police force. thousands of supporters of russia's jailed opposition leader, alexei navalny, have rallied in cities across the country. hundreds have been arrested. vladimir putin always says that everything is ok. every single ward, he says, is alive.
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and i'm not ok with that, that's why i'm here. it looks like it's all over for the european super league as many clubs pull out and apologise to fans. hello, welcome to the programme. india is being devastated by a second wave of covid — a "coronavirus storm", as the country's prime minister called it. india is now at the epicentre of the pandemic, with cases accelerating faster than anywhere else in the world. in the last day, india reported more than 2000 deaths — a record daily spike. the number of fatalities from covid is doubling, roughly every seven days. there were nearly 300,000 new infections in the last 2a hours. but the true figures are thought to be much higher. hospitals in many parts of india, including the capital delhi,
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are already overwhelmed. 0n social media, there are desperate pleas for help and disturbing reports of people dying without getting treatment. the situation is even more dire when it comes to intensive care beds. several cities have, just a few dozen icu beds left and they are now frantically trying to build extra capacity in hotels and stadiums. this report by our correspondent yogita limaye contains some distressing material. a capital on its knees. at its biggest hospitals, people being pushed to the limit of human endurance. "my husband's in a very bad state, let me get through", this woman says. she's been carrying him around for ten hours. many of these people won't survive the night.
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"sir, for one minute, come and look at my mother," a man pleads. a doctor follows him to the ambulance and prepares to say the words he's had to say over and overagain in the past day alone. "she's no more." herfamily among hundreds in india denied even the chance of saving a loved one. covid—i9 has hit this country with a ferocity not seen before, but not unexpected either. she shouts this woman tries to revive her brother who was losing consciousness. balaji! balaji thirupathi, the father of two children, died minutes later. his family wanted their
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story to be heard. there is an acute shortage of oxygen, too. sima died because the ambulance ran out of it. some hospitals have just a few hours of supply left. and this is delhi, which has among the best health care facilities in the country. it's what's been feared would happen since the pandemic began. but, once the first wave subsided, the government almost declared victory over covid—i9. the country has been caught unprepared. and now, it's stunned by fear and grief. at this crematorium, new funeral platforms have had to be built overnight because of numbers they've never had to handle before. in a protective suit, rohit sharma builds a pyre for his mother, deepika, with crematorium workers. it's a ritual normally performed together by families.
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we were not prepared. as a country, we were not prepared. and it's really sad to see my mother go, because she was just 59. and she recently retired. she wanted to spend some quality time with us, but all i could see was her lying down on the... that's all i... holding on to his mother's bangles, a broken man. so many more will lose as the virus rips through india. yogita limaye, bbc news, delhi. in the wake of the guilty verdicts in the george floyd murder trial, the us attorney general has announced a federal investigation into minneapolis police practices. merrick garland says building trust between community and law enforcement will take time and effort, but change cannot wait. a jury found the former police
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officer derek chauvin guilty of three charges — second degree murder, third degree murder and manslaughter. from minneapolis, nick bryant reports. guilty! cheering guilty! there was joy in the moment ofjustice, a verdict heard around the world. unintentional second—degree murder while committing a felony, find the defendant guilty. so now it was derek chauvin who was put in cuffs, a one—time police officer leaving the court a convicted murderer, who's since swapped his suit for prison clothing. it was the verdict the floyd family had yearned for, and their response became an act of remembrance. i'm gonna miss him, but now i know he's in history. what a day to be a floyd, man. wow! applause at the white house, it was kamala harris, america's first black vice
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president, who addressed the nation. —— who stepped before the microphones. here's the truth about racial injustice. it is notjust a black america problem, or a people of colour problem. it is a problem for every american. it is keeping us from fulfilling the promise of liberty and justice for all. thenjoe biden said the verdict could be a giant step in that quest forjustice. "i can't breathe. i can't breathe. " those were george floyd's last words. we can't let those words die with him. but there was a sense of celebration and relief. relief, relief, absolutely relief. i can exhale now and breathe. overwhelmed, overwhelmed. the site where george floyd was murdered has become a landmark of racial injustice, and last night it became a focal point for a swirl of emotions. at times, it felt
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like a street party. at times, it felt like a vigil. and amidst it all, the haunting iconography of george floyd, whose violent death and desperate final words personified america's systemic racism. this is a milestone moment in the ongoing struggle for black equality. but it's farfrom being an end point. and, while the murder of george floyd has brought about something of a racial reckoning, that's a very different thing from saying it's brought about racial reconciliation. there's no point talking of a new dawn in america. the history of hundreds of years will never be eradicated in a single moment. and we can finally say that we sent that killer cop to jail. but maybe there will be a new sense of police accountability, and maybe a new acknowledgement that black lives truly matter. nick bryant, bbc news, minneapolis.
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the relationship between the police in minneapolis and the african—american community remains fraught. on thursday, the funeral will take place for another african—american man, daunte wright, who was killed by the police just over a week ago. 20—year—old daunte wright was fatally shot by a police officer during a traffic stop. police said they had stopped mr wright for having an expired tag on his car licence plate, but then tried to arrest him on an outstanding warrant. the officer who killed daunte wright has been charged with second—degree manslaughter. let's go to our correspondent larry madowo, who is live in minneapolis for us. larry, i know you are at the week for daunte wright. but first, let's just get the reaction — the police community reaction to this federal investigation police practices? this
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move by the _ investigation police practices? ti 3 move by the attorney general of the us, merrick garland, has been largely welcomed here by the community. it's called a pardons and practice investigation, and during the case of derek chauvin, the prosecution made a big show of saying this was not about policing in the city, it was about one man, derek chauvin. at the people i speak to hear tell me it should have been, because one person told me the problems in the minneapolis police department are bone deep. what the investigation will uncover is whether there are systemic problems, if the police department uses unconstitutional means, they will review the response to protests, how it targets minorities or its reaction and response to the people with behavioural health problems, and recommend what to do about it. and there will be a report about that because the people i've been speaking to in the community say this lawyer life training, where the police come into their communities and see if they are in emily, —— an
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enemy, is what leads to over policing in black and brown communities.— policing in black and brown communities. ., ~ ., communities. the wake of daunte wri . ht is communities. the wake of daunte wright is taking _ communities. the wake of daunte wright is taking place _ communities. the wake of daunte wright is taking place in _ communities. the wake of daunte wright is taking place in the - communities. the wake of daunte| wright is taking place in the church behind you. how are people feeling? it is a sombre, heartbreaking moment because you see an open casket, and daunte wright is lying there peacefully — a far cry from the violent way he met his death. he is surrounded by roses, even a flower plucked from his family's garden. and to see the family up close is to glimpse an unspoken amount of grief and pain. every time i have seen daunte wright's mother, katie, she has been in tears. it has been 8—9 days and she still cannot come to terms with how her 20—year—old who had a son of his own had died. this is the never ending cycle that african—americans talk about, that a routine traffic stop can end in
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death. in the aftermath of the reaction to the derek sharp and ks, they say that the police system needs to be overhauled so that african—americans coming into contact with police means it is a death sentence. —— derek chauvin case. death sentence. -- derek chauvin case. . , . ~' death sentence. -- derek chauvin case. . , ., ~ let's get some of the day's other news. an explosion in the pakistani city of quetta has left three people dead and 11 others wounded. the blast took place in the car park of the serena luxury hotel, which is often frequented by officials. a bbc correspondent in pakistan says the chinese ambassador is suspected to have been the target of the explosion. the pakistani taliban say they were behind the blast, but did not mention any target. rescue workers searching for a missing submarine in indonesia have found an oil spill near its last dive location. the 44—year—old submarine with 53
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people on board was last reported carrying out a torpedo drill off the coast of bali. the indonesian navy has appealed for international help with several countries aiding in the search for the missing vessel. dozens of people who've fled a volcanic eruption on the caribbean island of st vincent have tested positive for coronavirus. the country had managed to control the pandemic before 20,000 people were forced to leave their homes. president putin has warned the west not to cross what he called a "red line" with russia, stating that it would trigger an "asymmetrical, rapid and harsh" response. mr putin's comments during his state of the nation address came at a time of increased tensions with the west, and as supporters of the jailed opposition figure, alexei navalny, staged protests against mr putin's rule. 0ur moscow correspondent
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steve rosenberg has the latest. a touch of pomp. then cue the president. this was vladimir putin's 17th state of the nation address. he used it to portray this country is a besieged fortress, threatened by the west. and he warned, "don't mess with russia." translation: i hope no one will cross russia's red line i but each case, we are the ones who will decide where the red line is. organisers of any provocation threatening our security will regret it, like they have regretted anything for a long time. —— like they haven't regretted anything. but is it moscow that's the threat? the us and nato say they are concerned by recent troop movements and a military build—up near ukraine.
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there is also concern about alexei navalny. the jailed opposition leader, is on hunger strike and in poor health. america has one russia of consequences if he dies. today, police detained more than 1,000 supporters of mr navalny. there were protests across russia. this was the scene in moscow, close to the kremlin. people marched through the city, defying the authorities, who called the protests illegal. russia will be free, they chanted. and "we're the power here". vladimir putin always says everything is ok, every single ward, he says, is alive. and i'm not ok with that. that's why i'm here. in his speech, vladimir putin made no mention of alexei navalny or protests. but, in many ways, what's been happening to mr navalny is a reflection of the state of this nation. the kremlin�*s most ferocious
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critic first poisoned and then put in prison. in one day, we saw two very different russias. to the kremlin, unsanctioned protest means chaos, disorder. president putin wants russians to believe that only he can guarantee them stability. steve rosenberg, bbc news, moscow. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: we hear from international athletes about how they've dealt with their long olympics lead up — in the age of covid—i9. the stars and stripes at half—mast outside columbine high — the school sealed off, the bodies of the dead still inside. i never thought that they would
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actually go through with it. one of the most successful singer—songwriters of all time, the american pop star prince, has died at the age of 57. ijust couldn't believe it. i didn't believe it. he wasjust here saturday. for millions of americans, the death of richard nixon in a new york hospital has meant conflicting emotions — a national day of mourning next wednesday sitting somehow uneasily with the abiding memories at the shame of watergate. and lift—off of the space shuttle discovery, with the hubble space telescope, our window to the universe. this is bbc news, the latest headlines... scenes of desperation repeated across india, as it grapples with a ferocious
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second wave of covid—i9. the country has again reported its highest numbers of daily cases and deaths. the us attorney general has announced a new investigation into the minneapolis police department, after a white former police officer is found guilty of the murder of george floyd. several of the world's biggest economies have announced new commitments to cut carbon emissions, including the european union, which is planning reductions of at least 55% by 2030. tomorrow, president biden is hosting a key climate conference in washington, where he's expected to announce a 50% cut in us emission levels. however, the international energy authority is predicting — despite all this — global carbon emissions willjump by 1.5 billion tonnes this year, driven by the resurgence of coal use mostly in china.
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our europe correspondent, jean mackenzie has the latest from brussels. this has been a long and hard—fought deal, after disagreements between european leaders and the european parliament over what the eu's targets should be. but two clear targets have now been agreed. the first is the eu will become carbon neutral by 2050. the second is the block will cut its carbon emissions by least 55% by 2030. that is compared to its levels in 1990. and it is this second target that was the contentious one because the european parliament wanted to go further than european leaders and wanted to see emissions cut by 60%. but after months of negotiations and a full night of wrangling, a deal was finally reached at 5am this morning. these targets will now be incorporated in the eu's new climate law. so these become much more than a political obligation. they are now a legal obligation as well.
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and of course they make up the global picture, this attempt to keep the world's temperatures rising below two degrees, that commitment made in the paris climate agreement in 2016, which us presidentjoe biden rejoined on his first day in office, after donald trump withdrew the us. mr biden tomorrow is hosting a global climate change conference and in this he is going to set out which targets the us plans to meet. plans to create a european super league for many of the continent's biggest teams appear to have collapsed, following the withdrawal of most of the clubs which signed up to the initiative. in spain, atletico de madrid has pulled out, leaving real madrid and barcelona still apparently committed. the spanish clubs saw the breakaway league as a potential solution guy hedgecoe reports from madrid. "super ridiculous" — that's the verdict of spain's leading sports daily on the so—called european super league — a project which seems to have failed before it's even begun.
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spain has been right at the heart of this controversial initiative, with three clubs initially signing up to it. and the figurehead of all this has been none other than real madrid chairman florentino perez. speaking on spanish television on monday, the real madrid boss said the super league sought to save football, which he said was in a state of economic crisis. on an institutional level, there has been a backlash against the proposal since it was unveiled, with spain's football league and its prime minister among those condemning the move. but the idea of a super league still has advocates in spain, particularly among fans. antonio is a member of a real madrid supporters association. his club was one of the three spanish teams which joined the venture, along with atletico madrid and barcelona.
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translation: it's a very exciting project for fans, | because it means watching the best teams play each other every week. but uefa's recent proposal for european competition had little value. like so many industries, football has been hit hard by covid. over the last year, spanish sports stadiums have been empty of fans. some of them, like atletico's wanda metropolitano, being used instead to administer vaccines. this follows years when spain's biggest club spent lavishly each summer on star players. real madrid meanwhile is carrying out an overhaul of its bernabeu stadium, estimated to cost around 800 million euros. translation: revenue | can come from sponsors, from sales of shirts and merchandising, from ticket sales and television. there's nothing else. the bigger the game, the bigger the revenues — and that was the idea that these clubs had.
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they wanted to play against each other so that the competition would be more attractive and generate more revenue. but, while the european super league project appears to have come grinding to a halt — on the pitch, play continues. guy hedgecoe, bbc news, madrid. first they trained for tokyo 2020, but a year on, and athletes are still preparing for a games everyone is waiting to see happen. it's been a tough 12 months for international athletes. here, two olympians share theirfears, frustrations and hopes during a most improbable preperation for a games. the year 2020 was a challenging year for everybody due to covid. for us, all the matches were cancelled, and actually we lost our motivation to carry on the tough training.
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ifeel like how much i love rugby is now being tested. it's very in the back of your mind all the time, when you're training. "is this all for nothing? is this all for another wasted year?" you're not being able to train, not being able to do the sport you love and being stuck at home can be very... sorry. we were able to spend the time to work on our weak points, and that created stronger bonding among the team than before.
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i'm not sitting here complaining about the rest of my life. i still have my health, i haven't been affected by covid. and in that sense, i'm very lucky. but inside of my livelihood and being an athlete and being able to do what i need to and want to, that's kind of completely disappeared. i've worked so hard for the past ten years to win a medal in the tokyo olympic games. as long as we can play in the olympics, i am happy. if i can bring any kind of encouragement, happiness, motivation, positive energy for people, i think it would be a great blessing for me as an athlete. really great to hear such incredible positivity given everything that's happened. best of luck to everybody
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taking part. i'll be back at the top of the hour with all the headlines. for the time being, thanks for watching. hello. after slightly cloudy conditions across england and wales on wednesday, the clear blue skies and strong sunshine experienced in scotland, northern ireland, akin to what we can see here from one of our weather watchers during the day, well, they will become a bit more abundant. but those clear skies by day also mean colder nights are back, and a widespread frosty start to the day, temperatures as low as —5—6 through some parts of eastern scotland and northeast england, very few immune to a frost. and that's because we've got high pressure in charge. it's keeping those skies clear. high pressure generally means dry weather as well, stops the rain clouds from going up. and around the centre of it, which is right over us, there will be light winds. a little bit more breeze, most notable across the far south of england. and whilst most will see sunshine from dawn to dusk, they will be a bit more clout in northern scotland through thursday compared
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with wednesday, and the sunshine in central parts of scotland that little bit hazier. but with much more sunshine around on thursday, pollen levels are back up again high in most parts, limited a little bit around this southeast corner and through the english channel because we've got more of a breeze here. that breeze, coming in from an east or northeasterly direction, will also limit the rise in temperatures here to between 10—13 celsius. but with lighter winds further north and west, because the ground is so dry at the moment, it means the air above it warms quite quickly and that's why we could get to around 16—17 celsius in some western areas through the afternoon. but what will follow, again, will be there skies for most away from northern scotland into thursday night, so another frost is likely. notice how that area of high pressure has been changed. the lines on the chart, the isobars, where we see the windy conditions will be out to the south and the west, so more of a breeze potentially for northern ireland, but still that breeze blowing through the english channel and through southern parts of wales. the cloud in the far northeast of scotland mayjust produce the odd isolated shower, but for most, again, it's another
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day of sunshine from dawn to dusk. and with each day being sunny, the ground warms up a bit more. temperatures could reach 19—20 celsius, particularly across parts of north wales, northwest england and southwest scotland. still cooler with that onshore breeze, though, to east anglia and the southeast. now, if you're expecting any changes into this weekend, they'll only be subtle ones. dry, sunny sums it up for most, the nights still chilly with a risk of a frost. there will be a bit more club developing through saturday and sunday, and by sunday, temperatures dropping just a little bit. bye for now.
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hello, welcome. you're watching bbc news. i'm kasia madera. our main headlines: scenes of desperation repeated across india, as it grapples with a ferocious second wave of covid—19. the country has again reported its highest numbers of daily cases and deaths. the us attorney general has launched an investigation into whether the minneapolis police department engages in a pattern of using excessive force — after a white former officer was found guilty of murdering george floyd. thousands of protesters have held an unauthorised evening rally near the kremlin to demand the release of alexei navalny, the russian opposition leader who's on hunger strike. hundreds of arrests have been reported so far. football fans have been celebrating after plans for a european super league collapsed. after a heavy backlash, only two of the 12 clubs — barcelona and real madrid — haven't pulled out.


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