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this is bbc news, with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. i'm philippa thomas. israeli warplanes destroy a tower in gaza housing international media. president biden calls leaders on both sides, expressing grave concern about the escalating violence. extra testing across the uk for the variant of the coronavirus first detected in india, as doctors raise concerns about the easing of restrictions. fa cup winners for. the very first time... leicester celebrate beating chelsea in front of the uk's biggest football crowd since the pandemic began. and china successfully
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lands its first rover on mars. president biden has expressed "grave concern" about mounting civilian casualties in the middle east, in phone calls to the israeli and palestinian leaders. he urged prime minister benjamin netanyahu and the palestinian president mahmoud abbas to end the escalation between the two sides. on saturday, after a warning, the israeli military destroyed from jerusalem, here's our middle east editorjeremy bowen. they made desperate attempt to find survivors in the remains of a flattened three—story house in this camp in gaza. but ten civilians were killed. "oh god," he's saying, "take your revenge." this man lost his wife
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and four small sons. only his five—month—old son survived with a broken thigh. his mother was buried with herfour dead boys, with her sister—in—law and four of her children. she had been visiting them for the end of ramadan holiday. a journalist from the american news agency, the ap, pleaded with the israeli military for time to get equipment from their gaza office. but after a warning to evacuate, the building, also used by aljazeera tv, was destroyed. israel said its other tenants included hamas. both news organisations condemned the attack. a hamas missile killed an israeli man in his 50s near tel aviv. he didn't get to the shelter like his neighbours. we waited inside the safe
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room, then we went out, and the living room, the bedroom — everything was shattered. hamas said the attacks on israel would continue. palestinians injerusalem commemorated what they call al nakba — israel's independence in 1948. in that war, more than 740,000 palestinians fled or were expelled — which, for these people, is considered the original sin in this conflict. you can't blame hamas for attacking or throwing some small rockets. israel has a... small rockets? they killed someone today. how many are killed now in gaza? this is sheikh jarrah, still simmering with anger after israeli settler groups and their lawyers tried to evict palestinians from their homes, which helped ignite this crisis. there was an assumption amongst some in israel
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that the conflict was more or less over and simply had to be managed. now, the tension here and the events of the last week or so have shown that that is not the case. the truth is that all the hatred, challenges and dangers that have blighted the lives of generations never went away. jeremy bowen, bbc news, jerusalem. after he filed that piece, i spoke tojeremy injerusalem, hearing more about the bombing of the media centre tower in gaza, after a very short notice warning for journalists to vacate. israel said they did it for a very specific reason, because hamas intelligence had their offices there. it was quite a substantial building, and it was also used by two very prominent news organisations, aljazeera tv, which is the qatari broadcaster, and the
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associated press, which is the most prominent, biggest worldwide american news agency. and there were pictures of one of the cameramen for the ap pleading with the israelis who called in, as usual, to give a warning that they were going to knock over there blocking everyone should get out. he said, "please let us get our equipment out." no dice, they destroyed it shortly afterwards. both news organisations, aljazeera and organisations, al jazeera and the organisations, aljazeera and the ap, have condemned it. they're not the only ones who've called an assault on freedom too. maybe that is because civilian casualties give bad headlines all around the world. but they
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weren't very trying very effectively and cause a when they put a missile into a house, a 3—story house, flattened it, killed ten civilians, despite mothers and their children. 0ther civilians were killed in the locality, as well. i've been to that camp many times, it's very, very crowded. the alleyways between it are so narrow in some places, you could reach out with both hands and touch either side — and two people struggle to pass each other in those alleyways, so they found it difficult to get mechanical equipment in to lift it out, to try and rescue survivors. but, you know, the thing about these weapons is they are very accurate and very powerful. so, i don't know if they were trying not to kill civilians — but the point is, they succeed in doing it, and it happens every time that these military operations take place. so, the israelis say — and mr netanyahu repeated this line — that it's a moral operation, they always
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call their army the most moral army in the world, and that is something which palestinians reject 100% when they look at the levels of civilian casualties that occur when israel mounts its operations. when we look at how this is being seen from the white house, benjamin netanyahu again thanked joe biden for his clear and unequivocal support for the israelis — i'm not sure that's how it would be seen in washington.— how it would be seen in washinuton. ~ ~ �* ., washington. well, mr biden also said they were _ washington. well, mr biden also said they were very _ washington. well, mr biden also said they were very concerned i said they were very concerned about the loss of life. the americans always say, and they also use this formula, "we support israel's right to defend itself," and of course they are israel's most steadfast ally and supply them with the most up—to—date military equipment to israelis,
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they are committed to keeping israel's qualitative edge. 0verall, it's neighbours and enemies. now i think that mr netanyahu is struggling a bit diplomatically with president biden and the white house because i think we can be absolutely certain that if donald trump had still been there, the chorus of support coming from the white house would've been loud and long from the outset — and they're not getting that from the biden administration. however, they have to politically move carefully because of constraints that they themselves have in washington, and of course because of their own deep and instinctive support for what israel does. here, thousands of people gathered in central london to march in solidarity with the palestinian people. a large crowd moved through hyde park to the israeli embassy. similar rallies have been held in other cities in the uk meanwhile in paris, more than
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a0 people have been arrested following an unauthorised pro—palestinian demonstration with police using water cannon and tear gas to disperse crowds. 0ne officer was injured in the scuffles as missiles and stones were thrown. let's get some of the day's other news. the self—styled islamic state group says it carried out friday's attack on a mosque in the afghan capital, kabul, in which at least 12 people were killed. the explosion, inside the mosque during friday prayers, also killed the imam. the attack happened during a three—day ceasefire between the taliban and the government over the eid holiday. the taliban had condemned the attack. the united states has condemned the blocking of aid by military forces operating in ethiopia's northern tigray region. a statement from secretary of state antony blinken called on the governments of eritrea and ethiopia to ensure aid was allowed to reach the more than five million people who needed it. it also said there were many credible reports
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of armed forces attacking civilians including gender based violence. people in chile are voting to choose the 150 delegates who will redraft the country's constitution, which dates back to the military era of general pinochet�*s rule. the new assembly will have equal numbers of men and women and, for the first time, places are being reserved for citizens from chile's indigenous people. chinese media say two tornadoes have struck central and eastern china, killing at least 12 people including four in the town of shengze, in the eastern province ofjiangsu. china's commercial hub, shanghai, was put on alert after powerful thunderstorms rolled through. brazil has banned the entry of individuals arriving from india to try to contain a new variant of coronavirus which has developed in south asia. however, brazilian citizens or indian nationals with a visa to work in brazil will still be allowed to travel.
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brazil has the world's second highest death toll for covid, followed by india which has seen a surge in the number of cases and deaths in recent weeks. the uk doctors' union, the british medical association, has voiced concern that the easing of coronavirus restrictions in england is going ahead on monday, while the indian variant is spreading rapidly and many people are still waiting for a vaccine. ministers insist they're acting "coolly and calmly," and there's no evidence that the new strain poses a greater risk to health. however, their scientific advisers have warned that the indian variant is more contagious than previous types and, after monday's unlocking, could trigger the biggest wave of infections so far. 0ur health correspondent katharine da costa reports. out on the streets of bolton in greater manchester, this rapid response team is going door—to—door, handing out test kits as authorities here and in other hotspots race
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to contain the more contagious indian variant. we're asking people to please take a test if you don't have any symptoms so we can identify people who may be positive and then support them through the isolation period. excuse me, keep walking. this vaccination site in the town has wrapped up to 4000 shots a day. while vaccines are expected to protect against serious illness from this variant, it's thought they may not completely stop transmission so the advice now is to shorten the gap between doses to eight weeks for the most vulnerable, to boost short—term immunity. there is a bit of a trade—off here because we know 12 weeks is better in terms of long term protection but we think there is enough of a crisis with this particular virus in the country at the moment to make sure that we get those individuals that have only had their first dose fully protected as
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quickly as possible. this 5k run at kempton park in surrey is a test event to see whether mass outdoor events without social distancing could be brought back safely again. some health experts are concerned allowing indoor mixing from monday and a more transmissible variant risks the variant taking off again, but ministers say it's too soon people are being urged to be cautious, and to get a job when offered one. in scotland, enhanced testing is under way after spiking cases in the indian variant. the city will have to stay in level three restrictions for at least another week. but anglin�*s health minister insists his government's right to move ahead with using measures for monday. fist ahead with using measures for monda . �* ., ., monday. at the moment, doing the riaht monday. at the moment, doing
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the right thing. _ monday. at the moment, doing the right thing, coolly - monday. at the moment, doing the right thing, coolly and - the right thing, coolly and calmly continuing with monday but keeping everything under review. ., ., ., review. there are no fewer than 1000 cases _ review. there are no fewer than 1000 cases in — review. there are no fewer than 1000 cases in the _ review. there are no fewer than 1000 cases in the uk, - review. there are no fewer than 1000 cases in the uk, the - 1000 cases in the uk, the lowest level since september. ministers and advisers will be keeping a close eye on the data to ensure we don't see another surge in admissions. katharine da costa, bbc news. this is bbc news. our main headlines... israeli warplanes destroy a tower in gaza housing international media. president biden calls leaders on both sides, expressing grave concern about the escalating violence. extra testing across the uk for the variant of the coronavirus first detected in india — as doctors' raise concerns about the easing of restrictions. the national unity government in myanmar, which represents those opposing the military government, has appealed for international intervention to save the population of a small town under siege byjunta forces. it says government forces are using heavy artillery and helicopter gunships on the town of mindat,
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in northwestern chin state, a town that's been besieged for three weeks. its residents took up arms against the ruling military junta last month. soe win than is the editor of bbc burmese, and says the town's people have been doing what they can to resist the country's military. we saw over the past two days very intense battle. so, the local population armed themselves with hunting rifles and whatever homemade weapons they have hoarded, and they interceded, intercepted the military compound, then they set fire on six military trucks yesterday. so the military retaliated by using aerial attacks, helicopter gunships. and we heard the latest that the military has entered the town and seized the town. thousands of people have fled the city. wreaths have been laid to mark the centenary of the royal british legion. in a message marking the occasion, prince charles
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said the charity ensured the sacrifices of veterans would never be forgotten. 0ur correspondentjon donnison reports from the cenotaph in central london. in whitehall this morning, a lone bugler and the last post. to remember those who have been lost but also to mark 100 years of the royal british legion. representatives of the army, the royal navy and royal air force were among those who laid wreaths at the cenotaph, after earlier prince charles had offered his thanks. i wanted, above all, to offer my sincere and heartfelt gratitude to all those who have helped build this wonderful organisation we know today, and all those who will be part of its future. the british legion was set up in 1921, in the aftermath of the first world war.
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its mission — to support military veterans and their families. so, 100 years after it was founded on this very spot, the royal british legion has marked its centenary. and for its more than 200,000 members, the organisation is as relevant today as it was a century ago. whilst it's a different era now, the nature of the wounds have changed, but the specialist skills that we can offer are just as relevant. at this afternoon's fa cup final at wembley, between chelsea and leicester city, a special commemorative 50p was used for the coin toss before kick—off. and today's events celebrate an organisation that's been supporting those prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice now for 100 years. john donnison, bbc news, in whitehall.
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for the first time in their history, leicester city are fa cup winners. the club, who had a fairy tale premier league title win in 2016, beat chelsea at wembley on saturday evening in a game that also had more than 20,000 fans — the most at any sporting event in the uk for over a year. natalie pirks was amongst them. it's been a while since leicester city had an fa cup final to savour — 52 years, in fact. so happy to be back! the mere thought of winning it for the first time brought out all the emotions. i've dreamt of it as a kid. it's something i've always wanted to do, come to wembley and watch leicester... we've been waiting for this for all our lives. i it's starting to feel like old times, with fans back in attendance at the fa cup. leicester city supporters are so excited, of course, but chelsea fans are confident too — back in 2012, they sacked their manager and went on to win the fa cup and then the champions league.
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could history be about to repeat itself? we haven't heard a noise like this for a long time... for thomas tuchel, it was a chance to meet the chelsea fans for the first time, including the ones who had forgotten umbrellas. but it was leicester who almost bagged the perfect start. and its over the bar... they needn't despair, though. the match was missing a spark, but youri tielemans would soon provide it. and hit it beautifully! boy did he, and right in front of the leicester faithful who were daring to dream. chelsea needed to commit more players to the cause, but the goalkeeper was having none of it. he was at it again just moments later. brilliant save! absolutely awesome! but there was late, late drama to come. chilwell sparked an eruption ofjoy from chelsea fans, but var was about to intervene in spectacular faction. the verdict is no goal! the ecstasy and agony. and, as the final whistle blew, emotions were raw.
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with a glance to the heavens from the chairman for his late father. it's emotionalfor him and his family because they built this club towards glory, really, after the premier league. and now, to win the fa cup for them is amazing. cheering on a day when wembleyjumped to the sound of supporters once more, leicesterseized the moment and gave fans the ending they deserved. the fa cup — it's magic, you know? natalie pirks, bbc news, wimbley. well, shortly after the final was concluded, i caught up with a couple of leicester city fans — chuck tsay in hong kong and jordan becker in new york, in — understandably — a very noisy sports bar. let's give you a flavour of our conversation. well, no, because i watched the game from 12:30am, midnight in hong kong. i've been thinking about it all day and never thought we could win, especially because chelsea has been performing so well in the previous couple of matches.
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so it's unreal to be here, to be talking to you, to be winning this thing and witnessing all of them celebrating on the pitch. it's unreal. jordan, i know you're holding a beer in one hand — are you pinching yourself and the other? i am, i really can't believe it happened. it wasn't just that we were underdogs, it's the years of history. and it was just the remarkable way the game played out. we almost had some divine intervention, with a couple of good saves and that marginal var decision. it felt special, it felt like that magic day that leicester city had been looking for in the fa cup for so long. it really shows that the magic and the romance of the fa cup is still alive. we just heard there about
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that marginal var call. your heart must have been in your mouth — so with minutes to go, it looked as if the lead was gone? yes. i mean, that's crazy because, especially its the closest call to the goal, and he celebrated very, very excitedly. and i know it's towards the leicester fans the wembley stadium, but it turned out to be a var decision where he was just offside or wasjust a little bit offside. that's the most controversial case i've seen in leicester in var. and to have this happen in the final — that special. —— that's special. i can see both your faces in front of me now, and ijust want to put to you both that thought about you didn't dare dream perhaps that this would happen, but how does it feel now that you have triumphed? i mean, for me, it's quite
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special because i started to follow since 2016. but this is the first real glory that i've followed. we had struggled in 2016, 2017, 2018, and we lost. but now we came back, we have won it. we have a great team, we won the fa cup, and that makes me excited to see what's in the future for leicester, for us. and jordan, you can't keep the smile off your face? it' almost, doesn't feel real. but we did it! we did it! yeah! celebrate, yeah! two ha p py two happy man. china has successfully landed its first rover on mars. the tianwen—i lander touched the planet's surface after surviving the treacherous descent by parachute.
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china's president xi called the landing an "outstanding achievement" and said the scientists had placed china in the advanced ranks of planetary exploration. michael bristow reports. only two other nations have reached the red planet — the united states and russia — so there was understandable apprehension among chinese scientists. the landing craft entered the martian atmosphere in a protective capsule and parachuted towards the surface. earth is too far away to control this delicate process. the rover was on its own. rockets slowed the descent further before the final part of this ten—month journey. touchdown. the six—wheeled landing craft, named zhurong, then opened its solar panels and sent back a signal to earth. back in china, there was relief, joy and celebration. this is the country's first mission to mars.
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translation: it should be said that this was not an easy task. i it is our first time down this path and we have met many difficulties. the rover will spend three months collecting data. china is now undoubtedly one of the world's leading nations in interplanetary exploration. but the chinese are not the only ones interested in mars. in february, the us rover perseverance made a successful landing there. competition between these two leading nations now extends millions of kilometres into space. michael bristow, bbc news. the world's most durable dj, ray cordeiro, has decided to retire after 72 years spent on thejob. the 96—year—old's programme had been running on hong kong's public broadcaster since 1970. in 2000, the guinness book of world records awarded him the title of the world's most durable dj. he got to know some
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of the biggest names in music, including the beatles, cliff richard and tony bennett. what a career. thanks for watching. hello there. if you're trying to make outdoor plans, you can't really rely upon the weather at the moment. it's the kind of weather where one minute, you'll have sunshine overhead, the next, a drenching downpour. some of the showers on sunday will be really very heavy indeed with hail and thunder, but always with some of those sunny spells in between. this is how the first half of the weekend panned out, with showers and longer spells of rain for many, and sunday is set to bring those showers back with a vengeance as this area of low pressure drifts slowly eastwards across the uk. under the influence of that low, the air will be very unstable. big shower clouds will develop quickly and readily. in fact, we'll have showers from the world go across the southwest of england and wales. band of cloud and patchy rain for some areas of northeast
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england and southern scotland, and through the day forjust about all of us, it turns into a sunshine and showers day, but some of the showers really heavy with hail and thunder and some quite squally winds. and it will be generally quite windy for southern coasts of england and the channel islands. now, there will always be some places that avoid the showers and stay dry, and in any sunshine, it won't feel too bad with highs of 15—16 celsius, although these temperatures are below par for this time of year. many of the showers will fade during sunday night into the early hours of monday, but some will continue. there'll be some patches of cloud, some clear spells as well. temperatures could get down to around 4—6 celsius. i think we should just about avoid a frost monday morning. for monday, low pressure will still be in charge. not quite centred on top of us by this stage, but still close enough to bring further showers and thunderstorms. many places will be off to a dry start with some sunny spells, but those showers
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will become increasingly widespread through the morning and into the afternoon. again, some will be heavy with the potential for hail and thunder. it may well be that some western areas start to dry out a little bit with fewer showers by the end of the afternoon. temperatures again between 13—16 celsius. and as we head deeper into the week, the weather remains very fickle, very changeable. there will be spells of sunshine, but more of these heavy, thundery downpours and temperatures will remain below where they should be at this time of year.
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this is bbc news, the headlines.. the israeli military has destroyed a tower block in gaza, where some foreign news operations were based. president biden expressed "grave concern" about mounting civilian casualties, in phone calls to the israeli and palestinian leaders. meanwhile israeli police say one man died in fresh hamas rocket attacks on southern israel. the uk's doctors' union has voiced concern that easing coronavirus restrictions in england is going ahead on monday — whilst the indian variant is spreading rapidly — and many people are still waiting for a vaccine. ministers insist there's no evidence the new strain poses a greater health risk. and leicester city have beaten chelsea 1—0 to win the fa cup for the first time in the clubs' history. it was the biggest attendance at a match in the uk since the start of the pandemic. the teams will play again on tuesday, in a crucial premier league match. now on bbc news — nesta
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