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hello and welcome to bbc news. india is struggling to source enough oxygen for the thousands of covid patients in desperate need of treatment. nearly a million new infections have been confirmed in the past 72 hours alone. the government has dropped customs duties on imports to try to boost supplies, but it may come too late for many. at one hospital in the capital, delhi, officials say at least 20 patients have died
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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. 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.
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"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 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
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gets a canister, there are countless others who won't. rajini vaidyanathan, bbc news. dr tripti gilada is an infectious disease specialist in india's second largest city, mumbai. she made this emotional appeal in a video to family and friends. 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 a few things that i really am requesting you to follow. let's get some of the day's other news. at least 23 people have died in a fire at a hospital treating coronavirus patients in the iraqi capital, baghdad. reports said an accident had caused an oxygen to tank explode, sparking the blaze. dozens of others were injured.
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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. turkey has summoned the us ambassador to ankara following president biden�*s recognition of the massacre of amenians during the first world war as genocide. turkey has always fiercely denied that the deaths were systematically orchestrated by the ottoman empire. people across australia and new zealand have stopped to remember the 106th anniversary of the first world
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war 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 that public commemorations have been possible. 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. trumpet plays the last post. 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.
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don't forget you can keep up to date with the latest news, business, and sport from around the world on the bbc website. 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 advisor. dominic cummings 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
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against his former boss. the most serious is that the funding of last year's renovation of the downing 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.
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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 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 io, 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.
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and dominic cummings has a means of communicating what he knows. next month, he'll be able to give evidence publicly 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 uk is racing ahead with its vaccination rollout. more than half the population have had a firstjab. but other countries in europe are finding new ways of getting the vaccine to the people. aru na iyengar reports. this is disneyland paris but not as you may know it. its
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convention centre is now a mass vaccination site seeks to speed up its covid injections. open at weekends only, the aim is to inoculate 1000 people per day as france tries to reach a target of jabbing 20 million people by mid—may. jabbing 20 million people by mid-mem— jabbing 20 million people by mid-ma . ~ ,, ~ ., jabbing 20 million people by mid-ma . �* ,, �* ., , mid-may. translation: i told my friends, i texted _ mid-may. translation: i told my friends, i texted them _ mid-may. translation: i told my friends, i texted them and - mid-may. translation: i told my friends, i texted them and said - friends, i texted them and said i'm going to get vaccinated at disneyland and i think it's amazing, it's great, i'm going to get the vaccine, everything is perfect. to get the vaccine, everything is perfect-— to get the vaccine, everything is erfect. ., ., ., is perfect. romania has opened its first drive-through _ its first drive—through vaccination centre, no appointment required, people here vaccinated with pfizer doses receiving them inside their cars in a city centre car part. 600 were vaccinated today, and more drive—through is upland in other regions. translation: after seeing the huge queues of cars, we realised we should have initiated this action earlier. there were hundreds of people at 6am today. it
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there were hundreds of people at 6am today-— at 6am today. it has been difficult to _ at 6am today. it has been difficult to get _ at 6am today. it has been difficult to get a _ at 6am today. it has been difficult to get a vaccine i at 6am today. it has been difficult to get a vaccine ifj difficult to get a vaccine if you live in a rural area or don't have access to the internet. the drive—ins may provide a solution. but even as the rollout gathers pace, there are some who are angry at ongoing lockdown measures. in the uk, thousands demonstrated in london against covid restrictions on the possible introduction of so—called vaccine passports. marches also in germany against stricter rules brought in last week including overnight curfews in some areas. in switzerland as well, protesters took to the streets. these people, the return to normality is taking too long. england's professional football teams are uniting for a four—day boycott of social media platforms in protest against abuse and discrimination. from next friday, all clubs across the top men's and women's leagues will stop posting on twitter, facebook and instagram.
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the president of real madrid football club has said the twelve 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. real madrid, barcelona and juventus are the only clubs not to have pulled out despite a public backlash. firefighters have stepped up their attempts to tackle a major blaze spreading across the mourne mountains in northern ireland. people are being urged to stay away from the area, amid warnings that further fires could break out this weekend. catherine morrison reports. halfway up the mountain, the ground is still alight. flames fanned by a steady easterly wind spread quickly across the tinder dry mountain. it is more than 2a hours after the fire started and the battle continues
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to put it out. these flames were pushed right round the quarry by strong winds last night. but the firefighters i spoke to said they are not too worried about this fire, it will burn itself out but what they are trying to do is create fire breaks to stop the flames spreading into the forest. last night a ring of fire encircling the mountain could be seen 20 miles away. a sight usually associated with a california mountainside, not county down. at one point the fire came close to some properties. one o'clock this morning there was a change in the wind and we saw it develop very quickly. we came down into the forest, the ymca centre and one propertyjust down the road, we knocked the doors, we just wanted to prepare them get them readyjust in case but thankfully the wind died down, took a change in direction and we didn't have to evacuate them. this is a designated special
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area of conservation. hundreds of hectares have been burnt and there are fears for the flora and fauna and wildlife that live here. we will save the forest, we are confident of that but you can see the scale of the fire, burning a ring round the mountain. so whatever ground nesting birds are there will be affected, this is the time of the year when they lay their eggs, they are going to be hatching very soon. it is still unclear if the fire was started accidentally or deliberately. for those fighting it, conditions are challenging. you are travelling an hour and an hour and a half up, in ppe, you are carrying equipment. you can't get water out there so you're taking that with you. we are using pumps, trying to find small pockets of water. predominantly, it is a physically hard job up there. members of the public
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were asked to stay away from mourne mountains today, a warning most seem to have heeded but the fire is not out yet. the fire service expects to be here into tonight and tomorrow. 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. let's stay with that story. earlier i spoke to professor ashistha, the dean of brown university school of public health. i asked him if the us should be doing more to help india. hair india is in difficult situation and there is a lot that the whole world can be doing and focusing on the united states, there is a lot we can do on shoring up the public health response,
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improving testing, high—quality masks, a lot on the healthcare response, improving access to medicine and oxygen and then, of course, vaccination and the us has an ample supply of vaccinations right now and could be giving away some to india without compromising vaccination here at home. how likely do you think that is to happen? if the administration... they are certainly aware there is a crisis and i think they are feeling pressure to act. the good news right now is that there is plenty of vaccine so they can make decisions without worrying about cutting off supply to americans. and could be giving away some to india without compromising vaccination here at home. how likely do you think that is to happen? if the administration... they are certainly aware there is a crisis and i think they are feeling pressure to act. the good news right now is that there is plenty of vaccine so they can make decisions without worrying about cutting off supply to americans. i believe the administration is going to act. and if it does it will
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be a significant move but you mention other things that will help with testing, supporting the infrastructure. sounds like difficult and intrusive things for the us when it has to concentrate on its own country and situation. it is intrusive and you will not do this without the full cooperation and hopefully the enthusiasm of the indian government. india and america have a long—standing relationship, same way that india and the uk does. here's a place the uk can also be helpful. and if we work closely with the indian government to do these things, i think it will be helpful for india — and america and the uk have plenty of capacity to both do this in india and manage the situation at home. i don't think you need to make a trade—off here. so, no trade—off and you are optimistic that there could be help being sent to india. one of the interesting things is india itself is a centre for vaccine production. so people will be surprised, why does it need much help in that area? can you explain some of the bottlenecks or problems? absolutely. we hearfrom the indian producers they are running into shortages of raw materials and other key supplies that are actually
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being prevented from being exported to india because of export bans that the united states has. this is a huge problem. right now, we're trying to do global production countries are thinking narrowly about their own nation and are preventing raw material from getting out. this will prevent india from making all the vaccines it can. so america needs to lift the ban and send the excess supply of vaccine. they need to do both. more on armenia. the turkish government has reacted angrily to president biden�*s declaration that the ottoman empire committed "genocide" against armenians during the first world war. turkey has always strongly denied that the deaths were systematically orchestrated. orla guerin reports from istanbul — there are images you may find upsetting. a solemn ceremony of remembrance in the armenian capital, yerevan. people here see the past as a burning injustice.
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more than a century on, it has now been recognised by america as a genocide. president biden, seen here 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... "1.5 million armenians were deported, massacred or marched to their deaths in a campaign of extermination." these painful images from 1915 show some of the horrors. skulls on public display. 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
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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 grandfather and he was the only survivor —— declaring this as an act of genocide is going to create a lot of complications. this is my grandfather and he was the only survivor of the armenian genocide. the lone armenian mp 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
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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. orla guerin, bbc news, istanbul. earlier i spoke armen sahakyan. he was at the armenian genocide memorial and i asked him what was happening there
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i am in montebello, california, home to the first and largest armenian genocide memorial monument in all of the united states and is the first such memorial on a public ground ground for the armenians and our allies. since 1968 when it was erected, every year we come here to commemorate the innocent lives lost, over 1.5 million during the genocide at the hands of the ottomans. thank you for painting the picture of what it is that you have been doing commemorating there today. on to president biden�*s comments, are they so significant? president biden first and foremostjoins 49 constituent states as well as the united states congress that passed a resolution in 2019 confirming the genocide. it is important that president biden recognises the shameful chapter in american history where a foreign government got to get away and observe a gag rule on the united states government. this is a milestone in a collective march for truth and justice. the atrocities themselves have been acknowledged for a long time,
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so what difference in practice will this make? essentially president biden called these atrocities for what they are, a genocide, and when the person who coined the term genocide was discussing his rationale behind it, he specifically mentioned the case of the armenians and thejews during the holocaust. something bigger, something of a higher magnitude than a simple magnitude. it carries a lot of political historical and legal ramifications because the united nations accords on the prevention and punishment of the crime of genocide. this will obviously
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open up a whole realm of new possibilities and action for the armenian american and global armenian nation to take in order to restore truths as well as justice. and what do you make of the turkish objections? for the longest time turkey has denied the genocide and they are the beneficiaries of this international crime against humanity because they got to confiscate trillions worth of armenian, greek and assyrian properties, communal, life insurances and whatnot. certainly the country does stand to lose not only its image and credibility and in the international arena but there will be other financial ramifications. i am sure that is what they are mostly concerned about and that is why they have concealed this from their own people as well as trying to exert a gag rule on the entire world astronauts on board elon musk�*s spacex crew dragon
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spacecraft have successfully docked at the international space station. 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. the first to use a rocket booster recycled from a previous flight. checks complete between space station and capsule, this time to meet their crewmates for the next six months. 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. i have never seen so many different spacecrafts on board. i think it is a tribute to how strong our programme is going. a new era in space, then.
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thanks in part to a recycled rocket. station, this is houston, are you ready for the event? angus crawford, bbc news. this is bbc news. 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,
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—3 possible in the coldest parts of eastern scotland. there will be some areas of patchy cloud around to begin with. 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 isolted 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. monday morning is looking cloudier. 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
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picture on monday. high pressure being squeezed away as we see this area of low pressure begin a rather slow journey southwards throughout monday and tuesday, bringing at least the chance for rain. there will be some falling in scotland on monday, just edging its way slowly south. later in the day, you could see a little bit feeding into parts of northern ireland and england whereas 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, though, 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
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coronavirus. almost a million new cases have been confirmed by the county's health ministry in the last three days alone. 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 orchestrated by the ottoman empire. borisjohnson is being asked to explain how the refurbishment of his official downing street flat was paid for following allegations from his ex chief advisor. now on bbc news: our world. under cover of covid, the amazon rainforest, the greatest ecosystem on earth, is under attack.


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