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america reflects on the trial of derek chauvin and an investigation is launched into the minneapolis police force. thousands of supporters of russia's jailed opposition leader, alexei navalny, take to the streets — hundreds are arrested. vladimir putin always says that everything is ok, every single word he says is a lie and i am not ok with that. that is why i am here.
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message in a bottle, the message is written in the titanic that drifted in the ocean for more than a century. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. we start in india which is being devastated by a second wave of covid. the prime minister is calling it a coronavirus storm. it's now at the epicentre of the pandemic , with cases accelerating faster than anywhere else in the world. in the past 2a hours more than 2,000 people have died. but the true figure is thought to be higher. hospitals in many parts of india, including the capital delhi, are already overwhelmed. 0ur correspondent yogita limaye is there. some may find her report upsetting. 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.
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she's been carrying him around for ten hours. many of these people won't survive the night. "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 over again in the past day alone. (cries) "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. balaji! hey!
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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 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
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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. we were not prepared. as a country, we were not prepared. and it's really sad to see my mother go away, because she was just 59. 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.
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a really desperate situation there in india. several state governments are trying to build new medical facilities but are finding it difficult to keep with the rising number of infections there. there's a rather different picture in the us. president biden says more than 200 million shots of a coronavirus vaccine have now been given out, meaning he's hit his target of achieving the number within the first 100 days of his administration. speaking on his 92nd day in the job, he said everyone over the age of 16 will be eligible for a vaccine from monday and announced funding to reimburse businesses who give their staff paid time off to get the jab. i'm calling on every employer, large and small, in every state, to give employees the time off they need with pay to get vaccinated. and anytime they need with pay to recover if they are feeling under the weather after the shot. no working americans should lose a single dollar from their paycheck because they chose to fulfil their patriotic duty of getting vaccinated.
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argentina's health minister says the country is going through the worst period of the pandemic since the first cases were reported there just over a year ago. she said the public health system was facing the prospect of collapse because of a sharp rise in infections in the past two months. more than 60,000 people have died of covid—i9 in argentina. two vets in chile have been fined around $10,000 each for using a vaccine meant for dogs on humans in a bid to protect them from covid—i9. dozens of people were given the eight in one jab including coronavirus injections. many of the people who received the vaccines late last year worked at vetenary surgeries,
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there've been no reports of adverse reactions. the israeli military says a missile fired from syria has exploded in southern israel. it happened near the dimona nuclear reactor triggering warning sirens in the area, there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. israel says it has retaliated with attacks on several military targets around the syrian capital damascus. missile exploded in southern israel on thursday, the israelimilitary said, in an incident that triggered warning sirens inan area near the secretive dimona nuclear reactor. in the wake of the guilty verdicts in the trial into the murder of george floyd, the government's top lawyer, the attorney general has announced, a federal investigation into minneapolis police practices. let's have a listen to what merrick garland had to say on this. the investigation i am announcing today will assess whether the minneapolis police department engages in a pattern or practice of using excessive force, including during protests. the investigation will also assess whether the police force engages in discriminatory conduct and whether its treatment of those
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with behavioural health disabilities is unlawful. it will include a comprehensive review of the minneapolis police department's policies, training, supervision and use of force investigations. it will assess the effectiveness of the mpd�*s current systems of accountability and whether other mechanisms are needed to ensure constitutional and lawful policing. diane goldstein is a retired lieutenant, and the executive director of the law enforcement action partnership. what we know about the trial which is so important is accountability is just a small part of it attaining justice,
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criminal responsibility is just one piece to reform, that really needs to be a national movement that shifts both policy and law, and i welcome the investigation into mpd because every agency can learn from that, but we have to focus on many different things, both at the local state and national level relative to transforming the criminaljustice system and policing and in particular completely. we have to look at what we want our police to do. for so many years in america, we use the police to cover issues of socio—economic poverty and mental health issues and substance abuse issues, and we have a lot of criminalisation in that doesn't work, so we have to look at the inequities in the structural racism that in many aspects
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have been built and because we over police people in the united states.— over police people in the united states. . , ., united states. that phrase over olicin: is united states. that phrase over policing is interesting. - united states. that phrase over policing is interesting. we - policing is interesting. we have been hearing people on the ground, many activists in minneapolis, and one of the phrases that comes up is warrior policing, this idea that during police training, you are taught that effectively you are taught that effectively you are taught that effectively you are going into enemy territory, and that culture and mindset is something that they want to change. what you make of that? i want to change. what you make of that? ., of that? i would agree, there are times. — of that? i would agree, there are times, please _ are times, please don't get me wrong, there are times that law enforcement requires the use of force, if someone is about to get assaulted or murdered, it needs to be reasonable and necessary, but when we start looking at cultural shifts and policing, we have to start at who we recruit, who we retain, the systems of supervision and accountability in place that at the very ground level, we have
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to go back and emphasise that policing is by consent. we serve our constituents, and if they don't approve of how we are policing them, we need to change, and i think that's where we're at right now. we need to go back to being peace officers and not simply looking at policing people is the solution to our problems. i see that we _ solution to our problems. i see that. we hear _ solution to our problems. i see that. we hear that _ solution to our problems. i see that. we hear that loud - solution to our problems. i see that. we hear that loud and - that. we hear that loud and clear. again on the specifics, one of the other ideas, and your national database, if you get police officers that are facing disciplinary action, it makes it harderfor them facing disciplinary action, it makes it harder for them to just move to a different police force and be held accountable in the right way. do you think we are likely to see measures like that actually come in? you know what? — like that actually come in? you know what? i _ like that actually come in? you know what? i know _ like that actually come in? you know what? i know at - like that actually come in? 7m, know what? i know at the state level our organisation is working with many legislators and staffers right now on state—level decertification processes, but the federal
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government needs to step in and take a role that includes the development of a database that has every police officer that has every police officer that has been decertified or has lost their license to be a police officer. if you look at it, if you are a lawyer or a medical doctor, and you practise in a way that is harmful to people, you can lose your license to be a a professional. we don't necessarily have that in policing, and if we want to be treated as true professionals, we need to be held to same type of standards, which includes being held accountable if we are incompetent. stay with us on bbc news — still to come: thousands of supporters of russia's jailed opposition leader, alexei navalny, take to the streets — hundreds are arrested.
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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 actually go through with it. choir singing one of the most successful singer—song writers of all time, the american pop star prince has died at the age of 57. i was — it's hard to believe it. i didn't believe it. we just — he was just here saturday. for millions of americans, j the death of richard nixon in a new york hospital has i meant conflicting emotions. a national day of— mourning next wednesday, sitting somehow uneasily with the abiding - memories of the shame of watergate. _ and lift off of the space shuttle discovery with the hubble space telescope,
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our window on the universe. this is bbc news, the latest headlines: scenes of desperation repeated across india — as it grapples with a ferocious second wave of covid—i9. the country has again reported it's 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. to moscow now. president putin is warning any attempts to contain russia will be met with a "tough" and "asymmetrical" response. in his annual state of the nation address, he said anyone who crossed a red line would seriously regret it. at the same time there have been demonstrations across the country. supporters of the jailed kremlin critic, alexei navalny, demanding he be released.
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hundreds of protesters have been arrested. 0ur moscow correspondent 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 his 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 in each case, we are the ones who will decide where the red line is. 0rganisers of any provocation threatening our security will regret it like they haven't regretted anything for a long time. but is it moscow that's the threat? the us and nato say they're concerned by russian troop movements and a military build—up near ukraine. there is concern too about alexei navalny. the jailed opposition
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leader is on hunger strike and in poor health. america has warned 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'd called the protests illegal. "russia will be free," they chanted, and "we're the power here". vladimir putin always says that everything is ok. every single word, he says, is a lie. 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
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state of this nation. the kremlin�*s most ferocious 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. we can now speak to daniel treisman who's ucla professor of political science who's work focusses on russian politics. thanks for coming on the programme. let's start with alexei navalny. how big a problem do you think he poses for president putin?— for president putin? well, of course he — for president putin? well, of course he is _ for president putin? well, of course he is in _ for president putin? well, of course he is injail_ for president putin? well, of course he is in jail now - for president putin? well, of course he is in jail now and l for president putin? well, ofl course he is in jail now and on course he is injail now and on his last legs, potentially. it
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is a shocking situation in which his life hangs in the balance, so he is not in a position to threaten putin directly, but the demonstrations today which really crossed the whole of russia, all 11 time zones, demonstrates that's the way he is being treated doesn't strike a chord and does anger many russians including many who don't generally support his political positions. there is just a huge sense among part of the population that the state deals with its opponents in a very uncivilised and inhumane way. very uncivilised and inhumane wa . ~ ., , ., way. well, if the worst were to ha en, way. well, if the worst were to happen. they _ way. well, if the worst were to happen, they have _ happen, they have been warnings from the west, but what in actual fact is the united nations, the us, in a position to actually do with russia at the moment?— to actually do with russia at the moment? well, of course, that is the _ the moment? well, of course, that is the possibility - the moment? well, of course, that is the possibility of - the moment? well, of course, that is the possibility of even l that is the possibility of even harsher sanctions including
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sanctions that would effectively cut off the russian economy from the western financial system. economy from the western financialsystem. i'm economy from the western financial system. i'm not saying that is a likely next step, if, god forbid, navalny doesn't recover. that's one possibility. 0ther doesn't recover. that's one possibility. other are the magic isolation, un resolution —— diplomatic isolation. un resolution, condemning russian actions in the parliamentary assembly of the european union. european union sanctions in addition to american ones. so there is a range of possible steps that could be taken. it is not clear that putin will respond to those anymore than he has responded the sanctions and condemnation in the past. that is interesting because we have been speaking to various different voices over the last couple of hours. and basically very pessimistic about any kind of reset or any kind of
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improving relations with russia so long as there are still problems with alexei navalny, with what's happening in ukraine. 0ur with what's happening in ukraine. our last guests are saying actually apart from a couple of areas of corporations around things like climate change, there is nothing else, there is no other real help —— hopeful —— hopeful optimism. are you pessimistic? i’m hopeful -- hopeful optimism. are you pessimistic? i'm pretty pessimistic _ are you pessimistic? i'm pretty pessimistic about _ are you pessimistic? i'm pretty pessimistic about any - are you pessimistic? i'm pretty pessimistic about any major - pessimistic about any major improvement in relations. there is likely to be some negotiation on nuclear arms reductions. they seem to be interested, both the us and the russian side, on that. but in terms of other aspects of political relations, i think it is going to be very pragmatic and very chilly.— is going to be very pragmatic and very chilly. thank you for cominu and very chilly. thank you for coming on — and very chilly. thank you for coming on and _ and very chilly. thank you for coming on and lending - and very chilly. thank you for coming on and lending is - coming on and lending is your expertise, we appreciate it, thank you. an explosion in the pakistani city of quetta has killed three people and injured 11 others. the blast took place in the car park of the serena luxury hotel, which is often
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visited 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. 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 0lympians share their fears, frustrations and hopes during a most improbable preparation 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. i feel like how much
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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?" not being able to train and 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 in regards to health. and in that side of things i'm very lucky. but in the side of my livelihood and being an athlete and being able to do what i need to and want to do, 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. good luck to them.
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a bottle that drifted in the atlantic ocean for more than 100 years has been found. inside was a letter written on board the titanic the day before it sank in 1912. courtney bembridge has the story. a simple letter written by 13—year—old girl, undiscovered for more than 100 years. translation: "i throw this bottle into the seal in the middle of the atlantic. we are due to arrive in new york for a few days. if anyone finds it, let the lefebvre family in lievin know." it is signed by mathilde lefebvre, and dated the 13th of april, 1912. but mathilde never made it to new york. the following day, disaster struck. she was killed along with her mother, three siblings and more than 1,500 others. the ship sunk in the atlantic ocean. the wreckage lies about 600 kilometres south of canada's newfoundland. for more than a century, the little bottle drifted in the ocean until it eventually washed up on a beach in the bay of fundy. translation: it was a canadian family who discovered this - bottle while walking around. intrigued by two small rolls inside, the family broke
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the bottle and found the letter. when the discover was reported in canadian media, it was the final piece of the puzzle forjacques lefebvre and his wife helena, who had been looking into his family's past. translation: one day | i found that five members of the lefebvre family had died at the same time in 1912, so i called my husband and told him that a catastrophe must have occurred around that time. i immediately thought about the titanic. now he knows for sure, but he's yet to see the letter penned by his great aunt with his own eyes. it's still in the hands of researchers at the university of quebec. jacques hopes one day it will be on display in a museum. courtney bembridge, bbc news. a quick reminder of our top story. india is being devastated by a second wave of covid. a coronavirus storm, as the country's prime minister has called it. that's it from
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me. i'll be back with headlines on a couple of minutes was up in the meantime, get me on twitter. i'm lewis vaughan jones and is news, bye—bye. 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 while most will see sunshine from dawn to dusk, they will be a bit more clout in northern scotland through thursday compared with wednesday, and the sunshine in central parts of scotland that little bit hazier. but with much more sunshine
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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 barely 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
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of scotland mayjust produce the odd isolated shower, but for most, again, it's another 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 change 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 cloud developing through saturday and sunday, and by sunday, temperatures dropping just a little bit. bye for now.
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this is bbc news —
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the headlines: india is being devastated by a second wave of covid — �*a coronavirus storm', as the country's prime minister called it. cases are accelerating faster than anywhere else in the world. in the past 2a hours there have been more than 2,000 deaths and nearly 300,000 new cases. the attorney general of the united states has announced an investigation into the minneapolis police department to see whether there has been a pattern of unconstitutional policing. it follows the conviction of a former officer for the murder of george floyd. russian police are reported to have arrested almost 1,500 supporters of the jailed opposition activis, alexei navalny, on a day of protests across the country. independent monitors say more than a third of them were detained in st petersburg. they want mr navalny to be released.
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