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a this is bbc news with the latest a headlines international outrage as belarus forces a passenger plane to land, and then detains an opposition activist on board. roman protasevich is now in custody. the plane was allowed to fly on to lithuania, where passengers described their ordeal. we all were being checked and they were standing in front of us with guns. brazil's president leads more than a thousand of his supporters in a rio motorcade despite coronavirus restrictions. a rally is held in minneapolis to mark nearly one year since the death of george floyd. and the eurovision winner's lead singer agrees to a drugs test —
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after speculation over this competition footage. hello. the united states and eu have condemned the forced diversion of a passenger plane carrying a dissident belarus journalist. it follows a chorus of condemnation across europe after the ryanair plane flying from greece to lithuania was diverted to minsk in belarus. in a statement, the us secretary of state antony blinken said it was s shocking act. ursula von der leyen described
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it as an illegal hijacking and said belarus would be punished. this is not where flight fr4978 was supposed to be this afternoon, on the ground at minsk airport. the ryanair flight with about 170 people on board left athens this morning bound for vilnius. butjust before the aircraft entered lithuanian airspace, it suddenly headed east. according to ryanair, the crew were warned of a potential security threat and ordered to land at minsk. for good measure, a belarusian warplane armed to the teeth was dispatched to escort the aircraft in. but no bombs were found on board. instead, this man was taken off the plane and arrested. roman protasevich is a well—known belarusian opposition journalist and is wanted by the authorities for organising protests last year. according to the belarus state news agency, the operation was ordered personally by the country's authoritarian president alexander lukashenko, who has faced growing opposition since disputed elections last year.
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belarus's exiled opposition leader said mr protasevich�*s life was in danger. translation: today, - lukashenko personally caused an international scandal, using military aircraft against civilians in belarus and european countries to arrest a single person — no—one else is safe. anyone can be in roman protasevich�*s place. after several hours on the ground, the plane and remaining passengers were allowed to leave and arrived this evening in vilnius, as outrage spread across europe, with several countries accusing belarus of an act of state terrorism. in a tweet, the foreign secretary dominic raab said he was coordinating with allies and warned: at vilnius airport, supporters of roman protasevich waited in vain for his arrival as they contemplated just how far president lukashenko
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will go to suppress opposition. they just take him, theyjust take him, with no violence. he didn't look scared, something like that. tomorrow, eu leaders will meet to discuss what price he should pay. valery kovalewski is the foreign affairs representative for the exiled belarus opposition leader svetla na ti kha novs kaya. i asked if he was satisfied by the international valery kovalewski is the foreign affairs absolutely, yes, we have been waiting for the reaction from the united states on top of the reaction from european states which has been very strong and powerful. and actually, determined to be practical this time around, notjust condemnation and concerns, but doing something practical to address the dismal situation in belarus. what are the practical steps
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you'd like to see happen now? it is to address the aviation industry regulations being violated by the belarus government, to close the airspace of belarus to international flights but also to probably ban the flights from belarus to european union... but at the same time recognise that all these measures are targeting just a very narrow aspect of the situation in belarus, while the problem now is more comprehensive. 0k, we will get onto the wider situation in a moment. because i know there are pressing issues, but on the issue of the flight, i hear you when you say, close the airspace... what specifically would you like to see happen with the journalist involved? in the first case, we want to see the investigation, a full—scale investigation
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by the aviation industry regulators to see what actually happened. the ryanair statement has not been very detailed. we have not seen much information about what happened between the pilots and the authorities on the ground. it seems the plane has been diverted not because they were asked to, the crew was not asked to, but because the fighterjets were scrambled in belarus and they forced the plane to divert from vilnius to minsk international airport... on the wider point, because we are almost out of time, there was widespread international criticism after the elections last year. have you been satisfied that the international community has done enough since then?
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i would say the response was principled but very weak. it has not managed to influence the behaviour of lukashenko and his regime. the regime has escalated repression over time. given that, if you say it has escalated repression and the response has been weak, what would you like to see happen? in the first case, it has to be sanctions on the regime that would be strong and powerful, that would be directed against the sensitive points in the system of lukashenko, economic sanctions and the oligarchs who support lu kashenko financially. but also benefit from this support. also we need to target the elites of lukashenko, thejudges, prosecutors, investigators, propagandists,
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all the people who implement the repressions against people from a to z. the president of brazil has led a motorcade of more than 1,000 supporters through rio dejaneiro, despite strict coronavirus restrictions against large gatherings. roaring engines and a sea of green and yellow. the colours of brazil's national flag. green and yellow. the colours of brazil's nationalflag. more than 1000 supporters of president bolsonaro snaking through the streets of rio de janeiro. leading the pack, the president himself. it'sjust his latest show of defiance against coronavirus restrictions, which the brazilian leader has steadily criticised. translation: ., ., ., translation: bolsonaro for me is the return _
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translation: bolsonaro for me is the return of _ translation: bolsonaro for me is the return of freedom, - translation: bolsonaro for me is the return of freedom, of - translation: bolsonaro for me is the return of freedom, of my l is the return of freedom, of my country. i'm a patriot and with him ifeel we country. i'm a patriot and with him i feel we are country. i'm a patriot and with him ifeel we are proud to be patriots, proud of the green and yellow colours. bolsonaro 2022! but _ and yellow colours. bolsonaro 2022! but not _ and yellow colours. bolsonaro 2022! but not everyone - and yellow colours. bolsonaro l 2022! but not everyone agrees, a senate committee _ 2022! but not everyone agrees, a senate committee has - 2022! but not everyone agrees, a senate committee has started investigating the president's handling of the pandemic, and the slow roll—out of the vaccine programme in the country. because in brazil, the situation is dire. the country has recorded 16 million cases since the pandemic began. as well as almost 450,000 deaths. that means brazil has the second—highest death toll the world. with these kinds of figures, despite the big show of support on wheels, mr bolsonaro's approval ratings have declined sharply. while his supporters may be a smaller pack as of late, they are certainly loud.
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let's bring you some live pictures now from minneapolis, where a rally is under way to mark the first anniversary of the killing of george floyd. family members and supporters have gathered outside the county buildings where mr floyd s killer, derek chauvin, will learn how long he ll have to spend in prison. the death of george floyd triggered a wave of protests across the us and elsewhere about racial injustice, in particular the treatment of black americans by police in the us. ck hoffler is chair of the board of reverend jesse jackson's rainbow push coalition, and president of the national bar association. she says new legislation is needed for real change to happen. quite frankly, i would like to see the passage of the george floyd justice in policing act.
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because while so much has changed on the one hand insofar as there has been public, national and international recognition and sensitivity and solidarity surrounding police brutality against african—americans, black and brown people, we still have numbers of cases on a regular basis of police brutality. so the numbers have not slowed down, and that needs to change. the only way i believe there could be real change is the passage of a federal law which right now would be the george floyd justice in policing act, being negotiated as we speak among senators in the senate. that would be critical for real significant change surrounding police reform and excessive use of force. could you give us one or two details in that act which as you say is not law yet, but if it became law, what practical details and changes do you think could be implemented? qualified immunity. right now it is difficult
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to bring these cases to trial because there is qualified immunity against the police department and police officers. that would be out. mandatory cameras and no—knock warrants. the things that lead to a case like george floyd, breonna taylor, would be knocked out. that would be very important. what do you think the chances are of that passing? i think there is a strong likelihood, maybe not in its existing form but a strong likelihood it will pass. i will be in washington tomorrow hoping to meet with senators to encourage the passage of the act. we will have coverage of that on bbc world news. i just want to end on a more personal note. this of course is a very deeply emotional moment for the family. yes, it is deeply emotional for the family and the
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country, quite frankly. for them, the passage of this act would somehow vindicate their loss. they are never going to have closure because it is so devastating, they saw the video over and over, but it would mean he did not die in vain if there was a federal statute that is passed. that would mean across the united states there would be measures designed to minimize or eliminate some of the racial profiling, and excessive use of force that black and brown people encounter on a regular basis. stay with us on bbc news. assessing the damage — people return to their homes in the democratic republic of congo after a huge volcanic eruption.
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this is bbc news, the latest headlines: international outrage as belarus forces a passenger plane to land and then detains an opposition activist on board. the us state department described it as a shocking act. brazil's president, jair bolsonaro, leads a motorcade of supporters — despite coronavirus restrictions. a cable car has plunged to the ground near lake maggiore in northern italy, killing 14 people and seriously injuring others. the service was taking passengers up into the mountains from the resort town of stresa at the time of the accident. the resort had only recently reopened as covid restrictions were eased. our italy correspondent mark lowen reports. a climb to admire alpine beauty ending in tragedy.
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the cable car was in the last part of its journey, nearly 1500 metres high, when it plunged to the ground, killing most on board. it seems a cable near the final pylon broke away, but the cause isn't yet clear. rescuers struggled to reach the densely wooded site. one fire vehicle even overturned en route. no teams were injured. heading up the mountain from lake maggiore in north—west italy, it's a stunning spot. the cable car, along with other attractions, is one of the reasons tourists come to stresa and the lake, and just before the pandemic, it used to transport 100,000 passengers every year. for those in the area, and even planning to have taken the trip themselves, deep shock. translation: we got. on the cable car an hour before the tragedy. when we got on, the cable car didn't give any strange signals.
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everything was fine. translation: | think - it was an accident because the system is in good order. the maintenance companies are leaders in italy. - the cable car had reopened from covid lockdown just last month. it underwent a two—year, 4 million euro repair in 2014. an investigation will try to discover how and why a trip through this tourist idyll collapsed in disaster. mark lowen, bbc news, rome. as the pandemic continues to ravage india, more than 8,800 cases of a rare infection known he as "black fungus" have been reported amongst covid patients. knows the mortality rate is high, and those who survive may need extensive surgery. doctors believe the infection could be triggered by the use of steroids.
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priya sampathkumar is the chair of infection prevention and control at the mayo clinic. she explained more about the infection. so, essentially, it refers to a type of fungal infection that happens very, very rarely, and affects primarily the lung and the sinuses. it is very uncommon in most parts of the western world because this fungus isn't very prevalent. in warm humid climates, the fungus tends to be in the air, but even then, infections are very rare. covid has created a perfect storm with inflammation from covid, the treatment from covid will be used to suppress the immune system and allowed much of us to led to this really epidemic of the black fungus infections. it starts out initially with some facial pain, feeling like one side of your nose is blocked and sometimes double vision. and if they don't seek medical attention earlier on, it can progress very quickly to become so destructive
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that it starts eating away the tissue of the face, the eyes, the brain, and that's why treatment with both surgery and antifungals early on is so critical. while other parts of the world have suffered lengthy lockdowns, for most of the past year, east asia has remained relatively unscathed by the virus. now though, cases in the region are rising again in spite of strict measures and tight border controls. even places considered success stories such as singapore and taiwan are returning to partial lockdowns. from singapore, nick marsh reports. this is now sharifa's office. it's also a classroom for her daughter, hazira. just when everything seemed fine in singapore, highly infectious variants entered the country. the government says they're spreading fast, with children being infected much more this time around.
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now schools are shut, and the message is to stay at home. i really didn't expect that the number of cases can increase like that and we again come back to square one here. what i'm looking for now is my family to be safe, to be at home, don't always go out, and for myself, the opportunity right now to work from home. i already work from home, and for the children, i think it's better for them to be at home. it's almost certain that the variants came in through the airport. cracks in the supposedly watertight quarantine system saw some airport workers infected, then mixing with the general public. now, dining in at food courts and restaurants is banned and you can only meet in groups of two. here we are again, tightening up once more. and the question being asked by a lot of people here and in other parts of asia, is if this can happen even in a safe place like singapore, what hope is there of going back to normal life anytime soon?
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having done so well against the virus until now, some places have pursued a zero—covid approach. the experts say this is not realistic. many countries did use their borders to effectively keep the virus out. now, that's not sustainable. you can't keep locking down and doing mass testing forever. eventually, you have to live with this virus. the hope is in the vaccine, obviously. that's clearly the most important tool we've got to preventing serious infection. singapore does look to be on course to vaccinate everyone by the end of the year, but most other countries in the region don't have enough supplies. taiwan and japan will probably have to wait until the middle of 2022. poorer countries, for much longer than that. for them, the road to a post—covid world will be a long one. nick marsh, bbc news, singapore.
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residents of goma, in eastern congo, have been returning home after the lava flow from a volcanic eruption stopped just short of the city. 15 people died as thousands fled in panic late on saturday when mount nyiragongo erupted. here's our africa correspondent reha kansara. this is one of the world's deadliest volcanoes. mount nyiragongo erupted late saturday night, setting homes and roads on fire. the first warning came when a thick orange cloud illuminated the night sky. locals fled in desperation. some of them to neighbouring rwanda, others to a nearby town. translation: it's something we've never seen before. - we're all together, shaken. translation: we watched the whole neighbourhood i go up in smoke. the fire came right down to here. even now, we can still see lava.
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the last time nyiragongo erupted, its consequences were devastating. 250 people died and hundreds of thousands were left homeless. aid agencies say early warning systems failed. when the volcano team monitoring people are not even aware of the behaviour of the volcano, this can affect the whole, the entire town. while we continue to feel the seismic activity, an eruption, a new eruption cannot be ruled out. now the orange sky has turned a dreary grey and as people return home, at least five tremors have been felt in the aftermath. there have been reports of casualties but the full picture is yet to emerge. reha kansara, bbc news, in nairobi. the american golfer, phil mickelson, who is 50 years old, has become the oldest person ever to win a major tournament. he turned professional in 1992,
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before many of his fellow players in this year's uspga tournament were even born. surrounded by a large crowd on the 18th green at kiawah island, south carolina, mickelson held his nerve to win his second championship — and sixth major overall. this year's eurovision song contest was the usual mix of kitsch, spectacle and music of varying quality. but questions are being asked about the lead singer of the winning band. some suggest he may have snorted drugs during the event and was caught on camera. he's denied it and will now take a drug test. this report from tim allman contains flashing images.
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they lit up the arena in rotterdam and electrified the voting public across europe. what was their lead singer a bit over stimulated himself? this was the moment that raised a few eyebrows on social media. during the interval in the green room, he is seen leaning over. he categorically denies taking drugs and insists he was clearing up some broken glass. he will take a drug test to prove it. he will take a drug test to prove it— he will take a drug test to prove it. he will take a drug test to rove it. ~ ., prove it. we told them we were totally available _ prove it. we told them we were totally available to _ prove it. we told them we were totally available to do _ prove it. we told them we were totally available to do the - totally available to do the test plume up but they told us there was no need because they trusted us. but again, to shut down the rumours, i'm going to down the rumours, i'm going to do that tomorrow morning. in a statement, the european broadcasting union said they had found broken glass on site and were looking carefully at the footage. figs and were looking carefully at the footage-— and were looking carefully at the footage. as for the band, the footage. as for the band,
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they insist — the footage. as for the band, they insist they _ the footage. as for the band, they insist they are _ the footage. as for the band, they insist they are totally i they insist they are totally against cocaine and this is not the message they want to spread. rock and roll never dies! the weather charts are pointing towards something a little drier, more settled toward the end of the week at long last because it has been a very wet may for virtually all parts of the uk. but some areas have had nearly 300% of their average may rainfall. and this week is starting on an unsettled note. the rain moving through on sunday, and showers following for the day ahead. this is the area of low pressure that brought that intense rain and strong winds for a time. it has actually become stuck or slow moving across the north of scotland. that will be with us through monday. we can see clearing in eastern areas by dawn, but showers do follow, but under the clearing skies i think the morning could start on a chilly note, perhaps a touch of frost in rural parts of northern ireland and a bright start.
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a little bit of mist around and that clears. and then sunshine prevails for a time but already the showers in the west are developing more widely, our rain circulating, our area of low pressure moving to the northern isles after a dry start here and after the fine start in northern ireland, chilly albeit, the rain arrives in the afternoon. now, the showers will end up being slow—moving, some torrential downpour with hail and thunder, but the sunshine in between lifts the temperatures to 14 or 15. those showers and thunderstorms continue to go through the evening, only easing slowly overnight, tomorrow night not as chilly and some respite potentially in western areas later but really we have bands of cloudy, showery weather for tuesday, heavy showers particularly in scotland and central and eastern england. we may have something a little wetter as well for the southwest on tuesday. in between, there may be fewer showers, but they will still be intense when they come along. light winds, strong may sunshine, building some really big thunderstorms potentially with hail. come wednesday, just the hint things are starting to settle down.
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we still have weather fronts around but they do look a little bit weaker. a few heavy showers following in behind, not certainly a dry picture but probably fewer of those intense downpours, and therefore temperatures will creep up — 16, 17 in the sunshine. that's because we have that little ridge of high pressure potentiallyjust keeping these weather fronts at bay, or even if they do come in later in the week, they're likely to be weaker. that is, they will not give as much rainfall as we have seen of late in may. just the signs things are starting to settle a little later in the week and perhaps a little warmer too by then.
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this is bbc news, the headlines: the eu has strongly condemned belarus for forcing a plane to land and then arresting an opposition activist. the ryanair flight was diverted to minsk — and roman protasevich was then detained. eu commission president ursula von der leyen said it was an illegal hijack that would face consequences. relatives and supporters of george floyd — the black man killed by a white police officer in minneapolis — are holding a rally to mark the first anniversary of his death on tuesday. the lead singer of the italian band that won the eurovision song contest says he will take a voluntary drugs test on monday. the glam—rock band maneskin denied taking drugs after footage showed their singer leaning over a table. he said he was clearing up a broken glass. now on bbc news,
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