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welcome to bbc news. i'm lucy grey, ourtop welcome to bbc news. i'm lucy grey, our top stories. tributes to colin powell, the first african—american to be appointed us secretary of state who has died at the age of 8a. he gave the state department the very best of his leadership. has experience, his patriotism. he gave us his decency. and the state department loved him for it. let us keep silence. fix, department loved him for it. let us keep silence. a minute's silence as _ let us keep silence. a minute's silence as members _ let us keep silence. a minute's silence as members of - let us keep silence. a minute's silence as members of the - silence as members of the british parliament remember one of their own, paying tribute to sir david amess who was killed in a knife attack on friday. donald trump files a lawsuit against the select committee investigating the attack on congress as he tries to keep a
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record from his presidency secret. and see it at the cinema. timothy salome urges people not to urge his new sci—fi epic on the small screen. —— timothee chalamet. colin powell, the first african—american to serve as us secretary of state has died at the age of 84, following a distinguished military career which culminated in his appointment as chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, he served as secretary of state in the first term of president george w bush where he sparked controversy for helping build support for the i write white. —— the iraq war. general colin powell,
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the very embodiment of the american dream. the first black secretary of state, the first black leader of the us military. yet he was born to jamaican immigrants in harlem and was lost as a teenager. today, flags were lowered to half staff and the tributes have been lavish. he broke so many barriers and those barriers were not easy to break by any stretch. but he did it with dignity, he did it with grace. until saddam hussain�*s invasion of kuwait in 1990, colin powell was relatively unknown. after it, he became a household name, as america's first black commander of the us military. he developed the powell doctrine — don't start a war unless you know how you are going to end it. in many ways, he was a reluctant warrior, having been injured during the vietnam war, but if force is to be used, then let it be overwhelming. our strategy to go after this army is very, very simple. first we're going to cut it off and then
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we're going to kill it. having reached the top of the military, he'd now blaze a new trial, becoming america's most senior diplomatjust before 9/11. it's a great honour for me to submit the name to the united states senate of colin l powell, as secretary of state. and at the un, he made a case for the invasion of iraq that he would later ruefully admit was based on incorrect information. there can be no doubt that saddam hussein has biological weapons and the capability to rapidly produce more, many more, and he has the ability to dispense these lethal poisons and diseases in ways that can cause massive death and destruction. but for all that, this moderate republican was being courted by both parties to run to become the country's first african—american president. powell decided against, instead throwing his weight behind democrat barack obama's bid for that place in history. this morning a great soldier, a great statesman,
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a great american, has endorsed our campaign for change. i am so proud that i have had this chance to serve my nation. this venerated soldier in later life used his ammunition sparingly, only intervening when he felt something needed saying, like earlier this year after the attempted insurrection at the capitol, when he called for donald trump to stand down immediately. i wish he would just do what nixon did and that's step down. somebody ought to go up there and tell him it's over. the plane is waiting for you, you're out. colin powell preached tolerance and moderation. he was a leader, warrior and statesman. and, according to many of the tributes today, a genuine american hero. the former us secretary of state. a key adviser to several presidents who died at the age of 84. now let's speak to a senior
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national security correspondent at the washington post, she wrote a biography of colin powell called soldier. thank you forjoining us you wrote a lot about his background and his roots, what was it that drove him? i his roots, what was it that drove him?— his roots, what was it that drove him? ~ ., , ., drove him? i think that he, you know, drove him? i think that he, you know. was— drove him? i think that he, you know, was not _ drove him? i think that he, you know, was not a, _ drove him? i think that he, you know, was not a, excuse - drove him? i think that he, you know, was not a, excuse me, | drove him? i think that he, you i know, was not a, excuse me, was not a stellar student, was not a person of great ambition, when he was in school, and when he went to college at city couegein he went to college at city college in new york which was where a lot of immigrants and the children of immigrants went, the public school there, he fell in with the rotc, the military training school at a couege military training school at a college level and he found himself. he found that he liked the institution, he liked the
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strap, he liked the order, he liked the training and he liked that, and that is where he saw the rest of his life being. but he wasn't — the rest of his life being. but he wasn't massively ambitious from an early age, was he? ida. from an early age, was he? no, i don't think— from an early age, was he? no, i don't think so. _ from an early age, was he? no, i don't think so. in _ from an early age, was he? no, i don't think so. in fact - from an early age, was he? iirr, i don't think so. in fact when he went to college i think he majored in geology, because he couldn't think of anything else to do. so again, i think that that was, he, he actually was walking campus and saw a rifle group doing drills with the rifle and was so impressed he just immediatelyjoined up, put on the uniform, looked at himself in the mirror and said this is it, i'm a soldier. find this is it, i'm a soldier. and eventually _ this is it, i'm a soldier. and eventually rose _ this is it, i'm a soldier. and eventually rose to - this is it, i'm a soldier. and eventually rose to become | this is it, i'm a soldier. and | eventually rose to become a 4—star general. was an important to him to be the first black person to be doing things, the first black secretary of state? i
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things, the first black secretary of state? i think he was very proud _ secretary of state? i think he was very proud of _ secretary of state? i think he was very proud of his - secretary of state? i think he i was very proud of his heritage, he was very proud to be a black man but i think that he didn't want to be considered the, you know, the black chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, the black secretary of state, he wanted to be considered the best, and again although that was, being a black man was a large part of his identity, i almost think being the child of immigrants wasjust as almost think being the child of immigrants was just as big a part of his identity, and he, again, wanted to be recognised for his achievement and not necessarily for his colour. find necessarily for his colour. and of course _ necessarily for his colour. and of course his _ necessarily for his colour. and of course his career— necessarily for his colour. and of course his career and his reputation was tarnished by his making the case for the us invasion of iraq based on flawed intelligence, how did that affect him?— that affect him? well, you know, that affect him? well, you know. he _ that affect him? well, you know, he always - that affect him? well, you know, he always said - that affect him? well, you know, he always said that| that affect him? well, you - know, he always said that that was going to be in the first paragraph of his obituary and as i've looked at them today, he was right. i think that he
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regretted it, he was sorry that it happened, he was angry that it happened, he was angry that it happened, he was angry that it happened, because he blamed the intelligence community and other people in the us government for coming out and swearing by this information that turned out not to be true. but at the same time he wasn't a man to live in the past. he said it was wrong, he said he did it, and he wanted to move forward and in fact he spent the last about two decades of his life really moving forward. he gave speeches all around the world, he was very involved in organisations to help troubled youth, he started a public policy centre at his alma mater, the college he went to in new york, he was very, very active and inevitably he was always asked about it, and he
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didn't shy away from answering, but i don't think he dwelt on it himself.— it himself. 0k, thank you so much for — it himself. 0k, thank you so much forjoining _ it himself. 0k, thank you so much forjoining us, - it himself. 0k, thank you so much forjoining us, i'd - much forjoining us, i'd appreciate it. let's get some of the day's other news now. the top us envoy to afghanistan is stepping down less than two months after the united states chaotic withdrawal. he had left the us dialogue with the taliban but months of diplomacy failed to stop the militants from sweeping through the country and seizing power. his deputy thomas west will be taking over the post. the us justice department has asked the supreme court to reinstate a block on a texas law banning nearly all abortions. the biden administration described the band which outlines the procedure after six weeks of tenancy as clearly unconstitutional. iraqi authorities say they have arrested a suspect and one of
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the worst bombings claimed by the worst bombings claimed by the islamic state group. more than 300 people died in a car bombing in baghdad five years ago. russia's foreign minister says it is suspending its diplomatic mission to nato. he also said staff at nato's office in moscow would be stripped of their accreditation. nato expelled eight members of russia's mission saying they were undeclared intelligence officers. british mps have paid their respects to their murdered colleague sir david amess at a special sitting of the house of commons. he was stabbed to death on friday while meeting members of the public. boris johnson told mps that sir david's death left a vacuum that would never be filled stopping the parameter also announced that his local area of south and would be granted city status, a cause long championed by sir david. holding on... ..at a church that should be
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a place of sanctuary, instead — for their father and husband — a place of violence. this family shattered, left reading messages from others. "thank you for all you have done." a simple note among the blanket of flowers. a way to express sorrow and support at parliament too. then the ultimate mark of respect... ..to still the commons' usual clamour. on so many of their minds, perhaps, a phrase sir david himself wrote, "when mps are doing theirjobs, it could happen to any one of us." sir david was taken from us in a contemptible act of violence, striking at the core of what it is to be a member of this house and violating the sanctity both of the church in which he was killed and the constituency
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surgery that is so essential to our representative democracy. granting his dearest political wish. her majesty has agreed that southend will be accorded the city status it so clearly deserves. hear, hear! but mps on all sides have fears about their and their staffs safety. this place can be the scene of tantrums and torment — not today. i want to lean across, to reach across, and to acknowledge the pain that's felt on the opposite benches, and i do. hear, hear! of course our differences matter. after all, that is what democracy is about. but today we are reminded that what we have in common matters far more. in a packed commons, the only empty spot, sir david's old seat.
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his close friend furious at how mps are treated, urging a crackdown on online abuse. we are now systematically vilified day after day, and i simply say to you, ladies and gentlemen, that enough is enough. i'd like to drag mark zuckerberg of facebook and jack dorsey of twitter to the bar of the house. the survivor of a similar attack urged them to stand firm. we must not give up on the accessibility of members of parliament. if we do, the sponsors for those who attacked david and who attacked me will have succeeded. isn't it fitting that his last acts were acts of service to his constituents? there are tears on all sidesl of the house this afternoon. but an argument about civility in politics doesn't explain why, like five years ago, a family is in pain.
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it brought it back very physically. i was sort of shaking and unable to process it, really. that moment when you are told that they haven't made it and the weeks and months of despair and anguish that follow, i guess. if you were a young couple now, when she first said, "i think i want to go into parliament," would you try to persuade her not to do it? she had a vision for a society she wanted to see, and she would have taken personal risk to see it. so, i wouldn't have either tried or succeeded in trying to convince her to do anything differently, but i do think that there will be people that will be put off. this place is normally fuelled by difference, by argument, but tonight, they walked together across the road together... ..sang and listened together. the noble calling of politicians in a democracy
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is to make all manner of sacrifices — seen and unseen. a moment to remember a man who believed in that, their common cause. laura kuenssberg, bbc news. stay with us on bbc news, still to come... the hollywood star timothy urges fans to head to the cinema. a historic moment that many of his victims have waited for for decades. the former dictator in the dock older, slimmer. and as he sat down, obedient enough. dawn, and as the sun breaks through the piercing chill of night on a plane outside, it lights up a biblicalfamine now in the 20th century. the depressing conclusion, in argentina today
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it is actually cheaper to paper your walls with money. we've had controversies in the past with great britain, but as good friends we have always found a good and lasting solution. concorde bows out in style after almost three decades in service. an aircraft that has enthralled its many admirers for so long taxis home one last time. this is bbc news, the latest headlines. the world remembers a general and statesman colin powell, who has died at the age of 80284. british members of parliament have been paying their respects to their colleagues are david david amess who was killed in a knife
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attack on friday. rescue teams in chorale are trying to find survivors after severe flooding killed at least 26 people. homes were swept away by the raising two rising floodwaters and landslides. here is our south asia correspondence. the forces of nature have shown no mercy to the people of kerala. every year they brace themselves for monsoon season, but nothing can prepare you for this. heavy rainfall and landslides have left a devastating and deadly mark across the state in south india. one of india's most beautiful, now submerged and struggling. in this town, terrified passengers on this bus were saved as the waters rose. this clothes stall, now was one, is one of many businesses destroyed by the fears whether. it was my
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livelihood, this shopkeeper says, everything is gone. rescuers have been retrieving the bodies of the dozens who have died. many of the victims were young. officials say they found three children who had been buried under the mud as they were holding each other. translation: the hell broke off near us. there has been a lot of damage and loss. the house is gone, children have gone. for many, in david amess, these scenes evoke painful memories of 2018 when the state experienced the worst floods in the sensory. 400 people died back then, and more than 1 million were displaced. a study by indian scientists said the number of cyclones over the arabian sea has doubled in the last two decades due to rising sea temperatures. more storms are forecast in the coming days. in kerala, known as gods
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in paradise, they are praying it doesn't get worse. former us president donald trump has filed a lawsuit seeking to block the release of white house documents to a congressional committee investigating the january sex assault on the capital. mr trump called the committee's respect dummett request for records illegal, unfounded and overbroad. he says the material is covered by executive privilege which protects the confidentiality of some white house records are. richard painter was the chief white house records lawyer and is now a law professor at the university of minnesota and told me more about executive privilege. the executive privilege. the executive privilege are unclear as to what the court said.- what the court said. that president _ what the court said. that president nixon - what the court said. that president nixon could i what the court said. that| president nixon could not what the court said. t�*isgt president nixon could not exert executive privilege over the white house tapes recording his
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phone calls in which he had instructed others to obstruct the watergate investigation. sometimes executive privilege is upheld. but one thing is very clear, that the executive privilege belongs to the president of the united states, the current, sitting president of the united states, and that isjoe biden. joe biden has the right to assert the executive privilege with respect to communications of any president because he holds the presidency, and the courts would decide whether the executive privilege stands or does not. unlike richard nixon backin does not. unlike richard nixon back in 1973, donald trump is no longer president. there is no longer president. there is no way that he could assert the privilege sitting on a golf cart in florida as a former president. he has no standing to assert privilege. i don't believe the federal courts will
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pay any attention to this. his case claimed _ pay any attention to this. his case claimed that the committee's requests are unprecedented in their breadth and scope and have no legitimate purpose. and scope and have no lecitimate --urose. , . . , legitimate purpose. the january sex insurrection _ legitimate purpose. the january sex insurrection was _ sex insurrection was unprecedented, at least since the civil war, and we had the capital building of the united states. this is a very serious matter, and congress rightfully is conducting an investigation of what happened on january sex and they want to know whether anyone in the white house, including former president trump was involved in that, and incited the insurrection which clearly appeared to incite insurrection and congress has the right to find out what happened, and indeed i call upon the department ofjustice to appoint a specialist
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prosecutor to investigate the events of january sex, and there has not yet happen and there has not yet happen and the justice department president thejustice department president biden needs to make that decision, but at least congress has decided to move forward with an investigation. this was a very serious matter, it could have resulted in a coup and overthrown united states government and the establishment of a dictatorship in the united states, a very dangerous situation injanuary sex and congress has every right responsibility to investigate. european football's governing body has ordered england to play the next uefa match without spectators because of disorderly fans of the euro 2020 final injuly. england will also find more than $100,000. uefa said there had been a lack of order and discipline in and around wembley stadium during the final against italy. fans had invaded the field of play, throwing objects and disturbed the playing of national anthems. in the wake ofjames bond's returned to the big screen the hollywood sci—fi
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epic dune joins 007 screen the hollywood sci—fi epic dunejoins 007 in the campaign to entice people back to cinemas after the pandemic. the star—studded remake of the cult it goes on wide theatrical release this week, with timothy chalemet from the claim canadian director, and has urged audiences not to delude their experience by watching it from home. thomas mcgill was on hand to speak to some of the film's stars. the crowds are backin back in leicester square, despite the rain, and we are hosting a gala screening of a pretty epic movie and the screens you were hearing earlier, orforthe earlier, orfor the star—studded earlier, or for the star—studded cast earlier, orforthe star—studded cast and tonight we have timothy dune and our very own londoner sharon duncan as well. sorry about the weather. as well. sorry about the weather-— as well. sorry about the weather. , , ., ,
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is now legally as ye. a judge in la gave the go—ahead for the start to officially change his name with no middle or last name, and you may ask why but his diehard fans are not surprised by the change. in 2018 the rapper called his eighth studio album ye after being inspired by the bible. north korea has fired a ballistic missile of its east coast, according to south korea's g8 demojoint chiefs of staff. they say that this is happening as soul opens a major arms fair and happening as soul opens a major arms fairand spy happening as soul opens a major arms fair and spy chiefs are meeting to discuss the nuclear stand—off. the launch was happening on tuesday, with the latest weapons test by north korea but which has pressed ahead with military development in the face of international sanctions imposed over its nuclear weapons and missile
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programme. that latest news that north korea has fired a ballistic missile of its east coast. hello, good evening, quite a few parts of the country had temperatures of 18 degrees today and it is likely to get warmer tomorrow, today and it is likely to get warmertomorrow, if today and it is likely to get warmer tomorrow, if and when the sunshine does come out. the warmer areas coming our way thanks to the winds from the south or south—west but as we have seen already, that has brought with it a lot of cloud, the cloud still around at the moment in this cloud here coming in from the atlantic is going to bring the next area of rain later in the night. the earlier rain and drizzle is moving away and for a while they could be a few breaks in they could be a few breaks in the cloud, that will lead to the cloud, that will lead to the odd mist and fog patch, and then the thick cloud arrives merely across the western side of the uk to bring rain for these areas, so for the warmth we had during the day, the temperatures will not for very low overnight. we start with a
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lot of cloud, some outbreaks of rain around that could be happy for a while over some of these western hills, mostly as we head into the afternoon the rain is on the north and west and it could cheer up again later across parts of northern ireland but ahead of the rain in the afternoon we should get some sunshine in east anglia and the south—east and it is here temperatures could reach 20 or 21 degrees more typical of early summer. we have clad in outbreaks of rain around 17— 19 celsius, so a very mild day. more rain in the forecast on wednesday, moving northwards across england and wales, something to be downpours possible, and either side of that there will be some sunshine. stilla that there will be some sunshine. still a mild day on wednesday, just as that is mild as tuesday. rain arriving in the north—west of scotland because in the north of that there was colder air and that will push across the country for the rest of the week the weather will feel very different. we still have a tangle of weather fronts on the scene during wednesday as we headed to thursday, these are the main one is drifting down across the uk, bringing with us
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sourly outbreaks of rain and the northerly winds come in and those northerly winds will drop the temperatures as well. we still have some outbreaks of rain to clear away from some eastern parts of england on thursday, otherwise they will be some sunshine, a rash of showers, showers in the far north over the higher ground, memory of a wintry flavour as well. the winds generally from the north, possibly touching gale force around the north sea coast and that will of course make it feel colder, very different from what we feel at the moment so eight degrees the best in northern scotland, 13 in southern england and wales.
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welcome to bbc news.
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i'm lucy grey. the headlines: president biden has paid tribute to colin powell, the first african—american to be appointed us secretary of state. mr powell has died from covid complications at the age of 84. mr biden described him as a warrior and a diplomat who repeatedly broke racial barriers. british members of parliament have paid their respects to the mp sir david amess who was killed in a knife attack on friday. a minute's silence was observed before the archbishop of canterbury conducted a memorial service at saint margarets church in westminster. and donald trump has filed a lawsuit against the us house select committee investigating the attack on congress on january six. the former president is hoping to keep the records secret by claiming the material is covered under executive privilege. now on bbc news, it's time
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