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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. i'm geeta guru—murthy. all covid rules in england could go if lockdown restrictions are eased as planned later this month — including the use of face coverings. south africa's former president jacob zuma says he'll defy a court order to hand himself in to start a 15 month jail sentence. at least 45 people have died after a military plane crashed in the southern philippines — up to 50 survivors have been taken to hospital. nations send help to cyprus as it tackles a huge wildfire. its president describes as the worst in decades. and mesmerising aerialfootage of sheep goes viral — we'll have more on that.
hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world. i'm geeta guru—murthy. the uk government is signalling that all legal restrictions relating to covid will end on the 19thjuly in england, including the wearing of facemasks. the housing secretary, robertjenrick, said the public must learn to live with the virus and use their personaljudgment. labour said they're keen for the economy to open up — but they want to see the science guiding government decisions. our political correspondent chris mason reports. from the cobbles of york... ..to the minster, a portrait of england, wandering back to normal, as the government suggests that legal rules around checking into cafes, wearing facemasks and such like are likely
to go in a fortnight. i think it is fantastic. i'm not sure that masks have been such a great idea in the first place. personally i won't wear outside but i will continue to wear them in shops and enclosed spaces. i think there is a risk of another spike. - from a cabinet minister today, another message about the next stage. it does look as if, thanks to the success of the vaccine programme, that we now have the scope to roll back those restrictions and return to normality as far as possible. we should all be prepared, though, that cases may continue to rise. they may continue to rise significantly, but we now have to move into a different period, where we learn to live with the virus, take precautions, and we, as individuals, take personal responsibility. for the best part of 18 months, we've had to get used to an unprecedented squeeze on our
liberties and the imposition of all sorts of rules — like wearing facemask in shops — which would have seemed bizarre a couple of years ago. what we saw from the minister was the strongest indication yet that many of these rules are about to be swept away in england. why is the government sounding confident? take a look at this graph. the number of coronavirus cases is going up, but look at this line, too. the number of people ending up in hospital isn't rising anywhere near as quickly. the link is not totally broken. there are people in hospital who have been vaccinated, but it is severely weakened. the link is not completely broken, so the key aim is to get as many people as possible vaccinated before july the 19th. labour wants to get rid of the rules, too, but... it is important that if the qr codes are going to stop and masks are going to come off, that we are absolutely confident that that is the right thing to do. at the moment we are hearing from the ministers rather than the science behind it, and we need
to see that science. the prime minister will explain the government's thinking and direction of travel within the next couple of days. separate decisions will be made for scotland, wales and northern ireland. chris mason, bbc news. earlier martin mckee, a professor of european public health at the london school of hygiene and tropical medicine gave his thoughts on the idea of allowing the public to make their own decisions, when it comes to wearing a mask. it is quite difficult. of course, personal responsibility works very well in some areas, bungeejumping would be a good example, but not so well in others like, for example, drunk driving or speed limits. what we know with the pandemic is the one thing that has really worked has been collective action, everybody looking out for each other. so in wearing face coverings we are wearing that to protect ourselves but much more to protect other people, so how people will work out what decision they are to make when they are protecting other people
and they do not know if they are coming into contact with people who are vulnerable, who have been vaccinated or not, i am struggling to understand the logic, but as your reporter said, we need to wait to hear the details because we are just going on the basis now of some briefings, we do not have the data. a military transport plane has crashed in the southern philippines as it tried to land on the island ofjolo. at least 45 people were killed in the crash and as many as 50 survivors are in hospital. most of those aboard the hercules plane were soldiers who'd just finished their basic training. they were being deployed to fight militants who operate in the southern philippines. david campa nale reports. a large ball of black smoke was seen above the wreckage of the transport plane, a lockheed c130 hercules supplied to the philippines by the united states. the head of the armed forces said it had missed the runway — it is not clear why —
and then tried to regain power, but had failed and hit the ground. many of those on board were soldiers. they were flying from mindanao to the provincial airport ofjolo when the plane came down in patikul. remarkably, a number of soldiers were seenjumping out of the aircraft before it hits the ground, inspiring them from the explosion caused by the crash, according to an army statement. dozens of soldiers were pulled from the site of the burning wreckage. they are now receiving hospital treatment. the soldiers were part of the military�*s stepped up presence in the southern philippines to combat islamist militants such as the abu sayyaf group. officials there said there was no sign that the aircraft had been attacked and an investigation would start once the rescue operation was complete. many of those on board had only recently completed basic military training. david campanale, bbc news. at least four people have been killed in a wildfire in cyprus. the blaze has been spreading
through an area north of the cities of limassol and larnaca and has forced the evacuation of several villages. a 67 year—old farmer has been remanded in custody for eight days on suspicion of starting the blaze, which he denies. sodaba haidare reports. flames raging out of control in the southern coast of cyprus. wild fires broke out in limassol district around two in the afternoon local time, and raced through the village, swiftlyjumping district boundaries, into larnaca. visiting an effort coordination centre, the cypriot president said it was the worst tragedy the country had seen in decades. translation: the services responded immediately - and did everything possible in order to prevent deaths. unfortunately, this was not avoided, as we now know that a deadly incident has been reported. the fires ravaged homes and cars and destroyed a large
forested area. it also forced evacuation of several nearby villages. translation: civil defence - volunteers found four burnt bodies in a mountain area on the outskirts of a village. according to information, it seems the bodice belonged to the four egyptians we were searching for since yesterday afternoon. as various rescue teams attempted numerous efforts, the scene has been secured, and coroners are on site for an autopsy. helicopters tried to douse the wildfire, fanned by strong winds and high temperatures. cyprus has been experiencing a week—long heatwave, and temperatures rising to a0 celsius, posing a challenge for firefighters trying to tackle the blaze. planes assisted by british troops and equipment stationed on the mediterranean island are fighting the flames, but cyprus has called for more help.
israel has come to the rescue, and eu neighbours are sending more planes to help put out the fires. in canada, the military is on standby to help evacuate towns and fight more than 170 wildfires. record breaking high temperatures mean the government is warning of a "long and challenging summer" ahead. the province of british columbia has been especially hard hit with many fires caused by intense lightning storms. professor of climatology simon donner explained how climate change has put western canada at the centre of such an extreme weather event. absolutely climate change has a clear fingerprint on this event. as the climate gets warmer, we shift the distribution of the weather and we should see more heatwaves, but also this particular type of event, this type of heat dome that became locked in place and stayed, causing this long duration heatwave, nearly a week long of record temperatures, that type of blocked event is actually type of weather
event that a lot of climate models are saying should become more common in the future. but heatwaves like this deadly canadian event, hundreds of people have likely died as a result of this heatwave, they are becoming more common because of climate change, and it is going to keep happening until the world stops emitting greenhouse gases. what is so disturbing out west here is it is notjust... you know, the heatwave passes but its legacy continues, and so the heatwave led to the forest fires breaking out, and the forest fires themselves led to a feedback effect, causing more lightning, and that led to more forest fires and so british columbia is probably going to be dealing with some serious forest fires for much of the summer, and with the smoke from those fires, which can be really hard on people within our province and in neighbouring provinces and across the border in the united states. cuba is preparing to evacuate residents along its southern coast amid fears that tropical storm elsa could wreak havoc on the island. the storm has already left a trail
of destruction through the eastern caribbean, killing a young boy and his grandmother in the dominican republic, and a man in st lucia whose house collapsed on top of him. the government in cuba has opened shelters and moved to protect crucial sugar cane and cocoa crops. israel is in talks with other countries about a deal to unload its surplus of pfizer coronavirus vaccines which are due to expire at the end of this month. more than a million doses may have to be thrown away after attempts to broker a swap deal with the uk failed. last month, palestinian leaders rejected about a million of the vaccines from israel, saying they were too close to their expiry date. israel's health ministry says any deal will have to be approved by pfizer. professor adam finn is a member of thejoint committee on vaccination and immunisation — thejcvi. there is an absolute humanitarian imperative that these vaccines end up in somebody�*s arms, preferably some people who are at high risk of being exposed to or dying of covid.
there is a desperate need to sort this. i do not know the risks of it not being sorted but my experience working within the uk in a research environment during the last 18 months is things can happen much more quickly than was the case in the pre—covid era, so one would hope that on the international stage, similarly the right people will make decisions swiftly to make sure vaccines do not go to waste. i think ithink in i think in cheese with the financial muscle have ordered more vaccines than they need and there needs to be a mechanism to make sure they do not go to waste —— i think countries with the financial muscle. the un
has been calling out for donations to the covax programme, which would be one way of making sure the vaccines are equally distributed. there are other bilateral deals that might be able to be done. in terms of what you asked about the extension, the duration of the safe use of the vaccine has to be evidence—based, not arbitrarily decided to keep the vaccine for longer. as we go forward we learn more about the stability and that is why we are seeing extensions happening. former south african presidentjacob zuma has said he won't turn himself into the south african authorities. he's been sentenced to jail for failing to attend a corruption enquiry while he was president. hundreds of zuma's supporters have formed what they are calling a human shield outside his house to try to prevent his arrest. they're demanding that his successor, president cyril ramaphosa, step down. mr zuma was ordered to present himself to a judge by today after he was given a 15 month sentence for contempt of court. he's been allowed a short reprieve while the constitutional court hears his application
to have the judgment rescinded. jacob zuma has been speaking in the last few hours and claims he is not asking for sympathy, butjustice. the fact that i was lambasted with a punitive jail sentence without trial is something which should induce a sense of shock. the headlines on bbc news... all covid rules in england could go if lockdown restrictions are eased as planned later this month — including the use of face coverings. south africa's former president jacob zuma days he'll defy a court order to hand himself in to start a 15 month jail sentence. at least 45 people have died after a military plane crashed in the southern philippines — up to 50 survivors have been taken to hospital.
representatives of the owners of the ship that blocked the suez canal in march say they've struck an agreement with the egyptian authorities that will finally allow it to leave. the vessel, the ever given, has been detained in the area during protracted negotiations over compensation. the ship became the focus of world attention after it ran aground in the canal, and swung out across its narrow channel. it blocked the normally very busy waterway for six days, causing significant disruption to global trade. the vatican has said pope francis has undergone scheduled surgery on his colon in rome. unconfirmed reports say the operation went well and that he will be under observation for the next 48 hours. pope francis is 84 years old. nearly 100 leading doctors in france have signed an open letter calling on the government to make it obligatory for health care workers to be vaccinated against covid—19. the letter was published in a sunday newspaper urges the government to ensure the measure
is in force by september. president macron has repeatedly opposed mandatory vaccination. the prime minister of luzembourg, xavier bettel, is in hospital and will be kept under observation as tests are carried out a week after he tested positive for covid—19. mr bettel is to stay in hospital for 2h hours as a precautionary measure. the 48—year—old premier received one dose of the astrazeneca covid vaccine on may 6th. aid agencies have begun distributing a strawberry flavoured tablet for children living with hiv in six african countries. the global health agency unitaid says 100,000 packs of the anti—retroviral drug are to be given to children in nigeria, malawi, uganda, kenya, zimbabwe and benin. by manufacturing a strawberry flavour pill health experts hope they will overcome the problem of children failing to take the correct dose due to the bitter taste of the drugs. around 2.8 million
children worldwide live with hiv, but only half receive any treatment. of the estimated 690,000 who died from aids—related illnesses in 2019, an estimated 110,000 were under the age of 20. well, here to discuss all this is robert matiru, director of programmes at global health agency unitaid. thank you so much forjoining us. we have had these sorts of medicines to try to reach children in particular, why the push now?— why the push now? what is really im ortant why the push now? what is really important about _ why the push now? what is really important about this _ why the push now? what is really important about this milestone i why the push now? what is really important about this milestone is j important about this milestone is that this is the first time that a generic version appropriately formulated of the best treatment has been made available for the youngest infants and toddlers. before now this age group, children as young as four weeks old or three kilograms,
have had to ensure having adult tablets crushed, very bitter tasting and not getting the right amount of active ingredient for the treatment for hiv and they have not received the appropriate treatment. this is the appropriate treatment. this is the recommended first—line treatment for hiv and it is really great that after three years of the adult version being available, we have had a generic formulation available for children, that is a record time. generic means cheaper, is that why it is important?— it is important? what is key is that this was a public-private _ this was a public—private partnership between unitaid, the clinton access vision and the manufacturers. two generic manufacturers. two generic manufacturers in india agreed to receive the patents, the intellectual property, to make this medicine. it is 75% cheaper than the alternative formulation is used up to now that are inferior to theirs,
thatis to now that are inferior to theirs, that is a big breakthrough. haifa that is a big breakthrough. how severe is the _ that is a big breakthrough. how severe is the situation for youngsters at the moment? it remains ve rave, youngsters at the moment? it remains very grave. 80.000 — youngsters at the moment? it remains very grave, 80,000 infants _ youngsters at the moment? it remains very grave, 80,000 infants and - very grave, 80,000 infants and toddlers still die each year from hiv, and having a betterformulation thatis hiv, and having a betterformulation that is easier to administer, more effective and with a higher barrier to resistance will be really key to reducing the number of deaths and getting it as low as possible moving forward, this is a real breakthrough and it will kick—start the formulation in many other countries in its roll—out in the six in sub—saharan africa. why these six? a small handful of reasons, they are early adopters, they expressed a willingness to be pathfinders for the roll—out of this medicine, there is a strong presence of the partners, the clinton health access initiative is present, for example,
and health authorities have been proactive in driving it forward, so we hope the participation will encourage other countries to move forward to introduce this treatment. thank you very much for your time, dr robert matiru from unitaid. paintings from andy warhol are being exhibited for the first time at the tehran museum of contemporary art in iran. the masterpieces had been left for decades in the museum's storage, away from the public�*s eye. sara monetta reports. bright colours, nervous lines, andy warhol's work is unmistakable. but these paintings are even more extraordinary because they've never been seen before. now they're on display for the first time in their home, tehran. translation: when i heard about a new exhibition - on andy warhol, i thought it was happening abroad. but no, it's happening here. it's a real surprise. i didn't know we had
any warhol work. these, like hundreds of other pieces, were bought in the 1960s, by iran's empress, who posed for warhol herself. after the iranian revolution in 1979, these artworks remained locked away from sight in the museum's storage. the empress�* collection is one of the largest in the world, it counts 3,500 masterpieces and has been valued at over three billion euros. the museum's curators think it's time to start sharing their treasure with the public. people are much more up—to—date in iran than — about the west than west — about iran. andy warhol broke down barriers in the art world. the curators hope his work could do the same with some of the barriers between iran and the west. sara monetta, bbc news. chinese astronauts have conducted their first ever double spacewalk. it's only the second time chinese
astronauts have stepped outside their craft while in space. the astronauts are testing next—generation spacesuits and installing equipment forfuture missions. the launch is a matter of huge prestige for china which this month is marking the hundredth anniversary of the ruling communist party. events have been taking place across britain today to say a national thank you, to everyone who's helped during the coronavirus pandemic — including nhs staff and key workers. our home editor, mark easton reports. # don't stop thinking about tomorrow. # don't stop, it will soon be here. at a london vaccination centre health workers joined gospel singers in an impromptu community choir. with the blessing of fleetwood mac, don't stop is the anthem of thank you day, song of hope that future as people give thanks to those who help the country through its past pandemic.
the communities of london's east end came togetherfor a bangladeshi barbecue today, a chance to reflect and connect. this is a way to actually remember all those that we have lost and to say thank you to the incredible effort that everyone has put in to get us through this pandemic. we want to say thank you for all the support for us. they are tremendous and without those people that came out - in theirsnow suits... the rain, the snow, normality, fora pint, kept the pub going. kept us going. it is a paradox of the pandemic that social distancing and isolation actually brought communities closer together and the hope is that thank you day will become an annual opportunity to renew and strengthen those bonds and friendships. thank you day is supported by community groups, businesses and national leaders. prince charles thanked hospital radio.
its origins are in the thursday evening club for carers. i know that it has been of immeasurable value in connecting people, in providing comfort and companionship. harry kane thanked community volunteers. we thank you on our behalf for everything. thank you. there have been thank you tartan, tea and cakes, river bank litter picks, and street parties. everyone has got behind it, from royalty to harry kane, and that sense of people wanting those moments of connection to celebrate the things that bind us together, that is what driving it. as britain prepares to leave its long covid quarantine, the hope is that the sacrifice and love that kept people going can be distilled into a huge annual thank you, ready for any challenges to come. # don't you look back.
an israeli videographer has captured an unusual view of sheep. just take a look at this. the mesmerising and rather soothing aerial footage was shot by drone above a farm in peace valley in yokne'am in northern israel. iam not i am not sure it is soothing, i think it is slightly unnerving. the photographer is lior patel from haifa and he admits he was really rather shocked when his images went viral on facebook. when you go to nature and you see a random flock of sheep, i always wondered... i started doing research, where can i find a large enough, mega to? 1700 at its peak.
extraordinary. this is bbc news. we'll take a look at tomorrow's front pages at 22:30 and 23:30 this evening in the papers. our guestsjoining me tonight are the parliamentary journalist tony grew and the journalist and broadcaster caroline frost. —— our guestsjoining —— our guests joining lukwesa —— our guestsjoining lukwesa burak. but now the weather first. hello. menacing clouds, showers continuing through the evening. overnight i
think we will see them for scotland, northern ireland, northern england, perhaps the thundery element is in a way but cloudy and mild, field —— file showers by dawn. we will see sunshine tomorrow, but after a jump—start in northern ireland and northern england the rain will eventually pull away and drier and brighter spells come through. more range for the north—east of scotland compared with today and looming large towards the south, unseasonably windy and wet weather into the evening. quite warm in the strong sunshine but through monday evening and overnight, england and wales in particular due for work weather and in the south, particularly wendy. —— due for wetware there. in the south, particularly wendy.
viewers may find upsetting. for months, a threat had been looming over northern mozambique. chuckles. and on the 24th of march, 2021, that threat became real. gunfire. go, go, go, go, go! ijust saw people running and people shooting, mothers dropping their children, people falling. this is the story of the people who became trapped at the centre of mozambique's biggest jihadist attack yet. man: allahu abkar. all: allahu abkar! i'm catherine byaruhanga. i've travelled to hear the extraordinary accounts of those who survived... this was a particular form of brutality that i've never seen anywhere — and i've been in a lot of wars.
..and to find out if these shores are becoming the new frontline in the spread of the islamic state group. in the morning, greg always gave me a morning call. at home in south africa, mum meryl kept in daily contact with her two sons and their dad, who were working in mozambique. i think they all just loved the life in mozambique — beautiful people and beautiful beaches. i love you, bro. love you, my man. that morning, her sons wesley and adrian were at the building site with their dad, greg. we build camps all over africa.
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