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this is bbc news — i'm philippa thomas with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. patients cram into hospitals in india as nearly a million new coronavirus infections are registered in just over 72 hours. calls for borisjohnson to explain how the refurbishment of his downing street flat was paid for, following allegations from his former chief adviser. the indonesian navy says debris including personal belongings are found after a submarine sinks with 53 crew members on board. turkey reacts angrily after president biden breaks with us policy and calls the massacre of armenians during the first world war genocide. a warm welcome — spacex delivers new crew to the international space station — propelled on a recycled rocket.
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welcome to the programme. india is axing customs duties on imports of medical—grade oxygen, to try to boost supplies — as the country grapples with record—breaking numbers of coronavirus cases. nearly a million infections have been confirmed in the past 72 hours. doctors at a hospital in the capital, delhi, say at least 25 patients have died because of a lack of oxygen. this report from our south asia correspondent, rajini vaidyanathan, contains images you may find upsetting. patients as far as the eye can see but oxygen remains scarce. the situation right now here is really, really worse, critical and out of control.
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tushar maurya filmed this video inside a crowded delhi hospital, as he took a family member with covid to casualty. it is difficult to provide equal treatment to all the patients. that's why there is a high casualty rate inside, and there's a very negative environment inside. it's the same outside. every day as cases rise, families face a never—ending search and a terrifying wait. this 17—year—old is taking care of his grandfather as they queue for help at a hospital. he's been here before. his father died while he waited here just a day earlier. "i brought him here in a rickshaw because we couldn't "find an ambulance", he said. "my father was gasping for air. "he was crying, saying �*save me, please, save me, "�*please�*, "but i could do nothing. "i just watched him die." and many have now died
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because of the supply shortage. doctors have been left in a desperate situation. patients and many people are every time coming in emergency. they want only beds. we have no beds or oxygen and there's a deficiency of a huge amount of oxygen. as the crisis unfolds, a prime minister under pressure. narendra modi chaired an emergency meeting today, to look at ways to boost supplies of oxygen. but many say it's too little, too late. relatives continue to queue for supplies across india, as thousands continue to die. for every family who gets a canister, there are countless others who won't. rajini vaidyanathan, bbc news. dr trupti gilada is an infectious disease specialist in india's second largest city, mumbai. she made an emotional appeal in a video to family and friends.
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it's very, very helpless in that... we have to literally manage patients at home with oxygen, and this is not something we are enjoying. so, i really, really want all of you to follow things that i really am requesting you to follow. speaking to us from mumbai, dr gilada — who works at two hospitals in the south of the city — told us why she felt she had to make that video. there was this mixture of emotions that we all doctors face right now in india. it's an emotion of fear, of frustration, and a fear of helplessness because how much ever we try at some point, we just cannot do our best because there is a lack, shortage of oxygen, shortage of icu beds, and shortage of medicines. and this video was actually made for families and friends
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to warn them that this is what the scenario is, and it will not take too many things for you to protect yourself from falling prey to this disease. and it had a very clear, simple message and i think it did strike a chord with a lot of people and that's the reason why it went viral because i think in the background of this second wave, people are all trying to think what can they do to not fall to this entire disease. the most important thing was to mask up because we know that masking works, it works like magic. and the second most important thing was the vaccine hesitancy that we've seen over the last three months and now that india opened up the vaccination drive to people above the age of 18, it was a plea to everyone to go and get themselves a vaccine because we've seen in the second wave that those who've been vaccinated have not had severe illness, not have to reach the hospital or died. so even though people might get covid after taking the vaccine, the fact is they will not die
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of covid nor will they be sick of covid to be in the hospital, and i think that is one message that we really want to let people know about. let's get some of the day's other news. presidentjair bolsonaro has threatened to deploy the armed forces on the streets of brazilian cities if lockdown measures imposed by state governors generate chaos in the country. he described the restrictions as cruelty against those who need to earn a living, saying they could cause widespread hunger and riots. a third coronavirus state of emergency has come into effect in the japanese capital, tokyo, and some western areas, three months ahead of the scheduled start of the olympic games. for two weeks residents will be asked to stay at home. large stores and businesses selling alcohol have been told to close. at least ten people have died in a fire at a hospital treating covid patients in the iraqi capital, baghdad. reports said an accident had caused an oxygen tank to explode.
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at least 30 other people are thought to have been injured. some reports put the number of dead much higher. the british prime minister is under pressure to explain how the refurbishment of his downing street flat was paid for, following allegations by his former chief adviser. dominic cummings has claimed borisjohnson considered what he called "possibly illegal" plans to have party donors fund the work. downing street says mrjohnson paid for the work himself, and that nothing improper took place — but the opposition has demanded an inquiry. this report from iain watson contains flashing images from the start. out but not down. boris johnson's closest adviser left downing street in november, but now, dominic cummings has not only denied that he leaked some of the prime minister's text messages, he also opened a pandora's box of accusations against his former boss. the most serious is that the funding of last year's renovation of the downing
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street flat where the prime minister lives with his fiancee, carrie symonds, wasn't above board, amid reports that costs were spiralling out of control. in a blog, dominic cummings says... and this former conservative law officer, and long—standing critic of borisjohnson, has now entered the fray. my impression is that there has been a constant wriggling about the source of the money for this refurbishment, and that's just one illustration of the chaos mrjohnson seems to bring in his wake. and the reason for that is because he is a vacuum of integrity. the government says the prime minister has paid for the work himself, and that no codes of conduct or electoral law were broken. the electoral commission is looking into whether there were any undeclared donations. number 10 says that all donations that need to be
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reported, have been. but labour is accusing the government of not playing fair. they want to know if any conservative donor was initially involved in the funding, and are calling for more transparency and an inquiry. publish the details. have the full inquiry. if there is nothing to see here, whether it's the refurb of number 10, whether it's the dodgy contracts, whether it's the privileged access, if there's nothing to see, publish everything, have a full inquiry, because you know, sunlight is the best disinfectant. but a former adviser on standards in government thinks that more information rather than a new inquiry is what is needed. we have probably got enough inquiries going on. it's actual concrete, hard evidence, which demonstrates where things have gone wrong, that is critical now and cummings mightjust be able to provide some of that. and dominic cummings has a means of communicating what he knows. next month, he'll be able to give evidence publicly
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to a joint committee of mps on the government's handling of the pandemic. the prime minister's former adviser clearly believes that the best form of defence is attack. he is now questioning borisjohnson�*s competence and his integrity, and dominic cummings says he is happy to have every e—mail that he sent and received during his time here at number 10 published. dominic cummings is showing no signs of getting back in his box, and that could be bad news for his former boss. iain watson, bbc news. the indonesian military has announced that a navy submarine missing since wednesday has sunk, with 53 sailors on board. search teams have discovered debris including items from inside such as prayer mats. what remains of the submarine is believed to be at a depth of 850 metres, below the level at which it could safely operate. here's richard galpin with the latest. this submarine, the nanggala 402, disappeared four days ago. on board, 53 crew members
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taking part in a torpedo exercise off the coast of bali. contact was lost after the crew asked for permission to dive. a major operation to find the stricken submarine was launched, with malaysian and australian ships amongst those helping. today, it became clear all was lost. the indonesian naval chief, yudo margono, told a news conference the submarine had sunk 850 metres down from the surface. but the hull could only withstand the pressure at 500 metres. as a result, he said, the hull cracked. he also announced that some items from the stricken submarine had been recovered, including a piece of the torpedo system and a prayer mat. the navy insists the submarine was seaworthy but it was a0 years old. the search continues to find the bodies
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of the 53 submariners. richard galpin, bbc news. this is bbc news — the headlines. hospitals in india are warning of dire shortages in the face of a huge surge of patients needing treatment for coronavirus as almost a million new cases are confirmed in the last three days alone. borisjohnson is called on to explain how the refurbishment of his downing street flat was paid for, following allegations from his former chief adviser. president biden has broken with his predecessors and declared the massacre over a century ago of up to 1.5 million armenians by the ottoman empire an act of genocide. the move risks damaging us relations with turkey, which is an important nato ally. its foreign minister has already said that the move opens a "deep wound" between the two countries. 0rla guerin reports from istanbul — it contains images you may find upsetting.
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a solemn ceremony of remembrance in the armenian capital, yerevan. people here see the past as a burning injustice. more than a century on, it has now been recognised by america as a genocide. president biden, seen here today leaving the white house, has taken a historic step, a reckoning with history, and has given his verdict. the statement issued by the white house is damning. the president refers to the ottoman era armenian genocide and says... these painful images from 1915 show some of the horrors. skulls on public display.
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armenians hanging in full view. for decades, turkey has denied this was a genocide and said innocent turks died too in the turmoil of war. it has reacted angrily to president biden�*s move. i reached the senior adviser to the turkish leader, who said president erdogan had tried to talk him out of it and there would be consequences. we could not dissuade him. it's very sad because once the cat is out of the bag, you can't put it back in. we feel that this is that situation. declaring this as an act of genocide is going to create a lot of complications. this is my grand—grandfather and he was the only survivor of the armenian genocide. the lone armenian mp
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in the turkish parliament told us it would mean far more if turkey acknowledged the genocide. i want to believe in turkey and i believe in turkey. turkey is going to face this genocide one day, and we will have thatjustice one day, i'm sure about it. will you see it in your lifetime? i hope to see it. but two generations have passed without seeing that justice. this will cause fresh tension between america and turkey, two nato allies, but the reality is, relations are already deeply strained over a range of issues — including turkey's human rights record, and president biden is making it clear he's not too worried about keeping the turkish leader happy. 0rla guerin, bbc news, istanbul.
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the former us ambassador to turkey, jamesjeffrey, told me why this move from president biden has caused such a strong reaction on the turkish side. many of us who are concerned about the important turkish—american relationship of course cautioned against it but in the end, biden had made this commitment to his voters and he carried it out. it also has a lot of support in congress and we have to remember that many, many countries including many in western europe and russia have done this already but the us plays a special role in turkey's national security, so it has a bigger sting than anybody else to be honest. the turks feel sensitive about this not because they deny what happened to the armenians in 1915 but the use of the term "genocide", they see this associated only with nazi crimes and it's an effort to make turkey the "other" in the west even though it's a nato member. so that's the sensitivity to turks including erdogan, it's much bigger than erdogan. israel's prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, has called for "calm on all sides" after several nights of violence in and around occupied eastjerusalem.
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more than 100 people were hurt on thursday night in clashes that involved the police, palestinians and far—right jewish demonstrators. militants in gaza launched missiles into southern israel. the israelis responded with air strikes on gaza. there were no casualties on either side. from jerusalem, tom bateman reports. the israeli security forces are on horseback. they're now pushing back the crowd, the palestinians here who had been gathering. there was something of a stand—off for quite a while and the israelis have moved in trying to get this crowd back. we saw some objects and some stones being thrown towards the israelis — there are firecrackers there from the palestinians. and this has really all been about the israelis trying to disperse the palestinians here and the significance of this spot, this is damascus gate. it is the entrance to the muslim quarter of the old city and you can see here why this place matters. these are steps that on these ramadan nights after the evening prayers,
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after the iftar meal, palestinians would come and sit here. now the israelis have put up barriers erected here. this had been over the nights the thing that was creating this sense of tension here. certainly here at the moment it feels a bit quieter than it has been in previous nights. but certainly the east jerusalemite palestinians have been trying to make their way back to the steps here. they've been showing determination. tom bateman. people across australia and new zealand have stopped to remember the 106th anniversary of the landing of anzac troops at gallipoli. thousands gathered for the dawn service at the australian war memorial in canberra, marking the first time in two years public commemorations have been able to proceed. while the century—old tradition won't be quite the same as pre—pandemic times, services and marches are being held across both nations to honour the sacrifices of military forces. here's a closer look at the dawn service in the australian capital,
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including part of prime minister, scott morrison's address... trumpet plays when we are threatened, when our peace and our safety and our security are imperiled, in these moments, our differences fade away. on this anzac dawn, we remind ourselves of the sacrifices, the courage, the selflessness which helped make our country what it is today. scott morrison. the president of real madrid football club has said the 12 sides who attempted to form a european super league cannot walk away as they have binding contracts. florentino perez insisted the project, or one similar to it, would be launched soon.
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real madrid, barcelona and juventus are the only clubs not to have pulled out despite a public backlash. english football clubs will stage a three—day social four astronauts on board elon musk�*s spacex crew dragon spacecraft have successfully docked at the international space station for a six—month mission. it is the third launch in less than a year for nasa's commercial crew programme, which relies on private sector companies operating from the us. angus crawford reports. we start to see the detail on dragon there as it is closing in. docking just moments away. but endeavour�*s been here before. this its second mission to the international space station. metre by metre, the gap closes. until... dragon spacex on the big loop, soft capture confirmed. the four astronauts blasted off on friday from the kennedy space center in florida.
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the first to use a rocket booster recycled from a previous flight. checks complete between space station and capsule, time to meet their crewmates for the next six months. confirmation that the crew is go... making a total of 11 astronauts now on the station. it has not been this busy for years. it is really unbelievable to be here on the space station. the space station has changed quite a bit since last time i was here. i have never seen so many astronauts on board. different spacecraft on board. i think it is a tribute to how strong our programme is going. a new era in space, then. thanks in part to a recycled rocket. station, this is houston, are you ready for the event? angus crawford, bbc news. steve swanson is a former nasa astronaut who flew three flights to the international space station. i would like to be there
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but also it's a great moment for them, for the crews about to leave, the crews getting there, they've accomplished a lotjust to get to that point. and so, it's a really, really happy moment. all of it must be filled with adrenaline, of course, but what about that moment when you're just moving in to dock? you know that's potentially perilous i suppose, so what did it feel like for you? well, really compared to the launch, that's a pretty benign part of the mission honestly. it's pretty well controlled, it's slow, and it's easy to change if there's any kind of issues that pop up. that to me is not that difficult of a part of the mission now but it is a wonderful part when you get to actually dock to the space station and get to go in and see your new home for the next six months. and then if they are there for six months, does the matter kind of keeping yourself going even when you get the homesick whatever happens?
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yeah, you are going to run into some issues with that for sure. the first couple of months are always pretty good, kind of like the honeymoon period, and then it starts to wane a little bit as it gets to be kind of old hat but that environment to me was fantastic, living in the micro gravity and thefloating environment, i love that aspect of it, but then you weigh that against being away from home, being away from your family and friends and the food and all the other things you can't do back on earth, and that starts to take its toll a little bit as the time goes on. it's kind of interesting and even to me at the very end though, i got happy because i knew i was going home but i was still up there in this great environment and that was the best time for me was like the last month. are there any times where you wake up and you think "where am i" for second ? 0h, definitely for sure, especially because you are floating. and if you're not used to it, it takes a little while to get used to it, a few weeks, and you're probably back to normal and it becomesjust a normal environment for that aspect of it. but definitely each time you transition to space are back from space,
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you definitely get that when you wake up in the morning like kind of, "where am i, what's different about this feeling?" and of course your chosen for many skill sets including your technical, your scientific skills, but there is also getting on with your fellow humans in a very small environment so farfrom home. that is a true statement. you can go with your best friend. if you're going to spend six months with and working together side by side, you can have conflict at some time. a little bit of things are going to come up, right? so we work on those kinds of skills though to diffuse those situations to make sure we talk about them so that we can do not have those things build up to be anything of significance. and i want to ask you what you think about the future of space exploration. this is going so smoothly but spacex has also been taken on as part of the men to the moon mission, getting boots back on the moon. yes, i mean, ithink it's a great model, nasa and spacex working together is a great model. the thing that i start to worry
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about at this point that we're at is now they've had three successful crewed missions, and i'm worried that they would get a little complacent. they are very busy at spacex, they're launching all sorts of other vehicles, and it's something that you really have to be diligent about and so i'm hoping they keep that focus on the mission when they're doing that. it's easy, it has happened at nasa before. so i know you have to just fight that feeling and always stay focused. so, i suppose you're saying that the danger could be if they are a victim of their own success. exactly, nasa has gone through this multiple times, honestly. and so that's one thing i think everybody has to realise and i think they can do that, nasa will hopefully help them through that phase, but it's something that is natural human behaviour once you have done it a few times to kind of get relaxed and complacent, and you've got to fight that feeling. steve swanson.
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more on that story and others on the bbc website. you can reach me on twitter — i'm @ philippabbc. thank you for watching. hello. the temperature rose to near 20 celsius in the warmest parts of wales and scotland on saturday in a day of virtually unbroken sunshine once again. plenty of sunshine again during sunday. if you are looking for some rain though, there is a bit coming in the forecast. how much? you may be left feeling underwhelmed. high pressure still around on sunday, the flow of air around that, particularly to england and wales will be a stronger easterly. it will feel a bit cooler but especially if you're along that north sea coast it will be a rather chilly day even when you do get to see some sunshine. it's a cold start to sunday with another frost in many areas away from larger towns and city centres, —3 possible in the coldest parts of eastern scotland. there will be some areas of patchy cloud around to begin with.
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a lot of that will clear away though, some areas will stay hazy during the day. some cloud will continue to push in towards eastern parts of england. maybe producing a light shower. it will be cloudy a little on the down side in shetland and there may be an isolated on heavy shower later in the day in the scottish highlands. notice the winds are strongest through england and wales. very gusty through the channel, channel islands and into southwest england, overall it's a bit cooler. especially along that north sea coast but around 17 in the sunniest parts of the west. 0n through sunday night and into monday we do start to bring in more cloud. monday morning is looking cloudier. notjust cloudier but wetter in northwest scotland as the weather system moves in. but still where there are some clear spells overnight and into monday, you could still have a touch of frost. it is a different looking picture on monday. the high pressure being squeezed away as we see this area of low pressure begin a rather slowjourney southwards throughout monday and tuesday. bringing at least
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the chance for rain. there will be some falling in scotland on monday. edging its way slowly south. later in the day, you could see a little bit feeding into its parts of northern ireland and england where as for the rest of england and wales it stays dry. could still be a fair amount of sunshine around here. that continues moving south overnight and into tuesday. again the chance for a little rain, beyond that as the week goes on there will be a few showers around. it will be on the cool side still and there is still overnight, the risk of frost. that's your weather.
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this is bbc news, the headlines. hospitals in india are warning of dire shortages, including of vital oxygen supplies and free beds in the face of a huge surge of patients needing treatment for coronavirus. almost a million new cases have been confirmed by the county's health ministry in the last three days alone. borisjohnson is being asked to explain how the refurbishment of his official downing street flat was paid for, following allegations from his ex—chief adviser. dominic cummings has claimed the prime minister had once had "possibly illegal" plans to get tory donors to fund the interior design work. turkey has summoned the us ambassador in ankara following president biden�*s recognition of the massacre of armenians during the first world war as genocide — in a change to longstanding us foreign policy. turkey has always fiercely denied that the deaths were systematically orchestrated by the ottoman empire.


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