of young protesters through the streets of glasgow, demanding world leaders take stronger action at the cop26 climate summit. we are tired of their blah, blah, blah. our leaders are not leading. this is what leadership looks like. marilia mendonca, one of brazil's most popular singers, dies in a plane crash at the age of 26. prosecutors in georgia allege that ahmaud arbery, an unarmed black man killed last year, came under attack from three white men who are on trial charged with his murder. archaeologists in chile get their teeth into a massive find of fossils, including the jaws of a giant fish that could be 20 million years old.
hello and welcome to bbc news. the us house of representatives has approved president biden�*s $1 trillion infrastructure bill, a key part of his programme to rebuild the united states following the coronavirus pandemic. it's the final stage in its legislative progress before it's signed into law. a vote on a second bill, on social policy and climate change, has been delayed. the bbc�*s david willis has more. it's a major victory this, for president biden. it is the centrepiece of his legislative agenda but it has been bogged down because of wrangling between members of
his party, progressive and moderate. the progressive wing wanted to tie the legislation to the passage of a larger social spending climate control built but, in the end, house speaker nancy pelosi decided to press ahead with a vote on the infrastructure package alone, which has already been passed in the upper house, the senate, as she succeeded in pulling the vote off with the help of some republican to support as well. what this does is it provides billions of dollars to repair roads, ports, bridges and expand this country's about internet service. there is also money therefore network of electric charging stations and funds for the other people of the road and public transport networks stop it is the biggest spending on infrastructure in this country in the decades and president biden has also said it will lead to the creation of thousands ofjobs.
much more on that in the bbc website. the swedish climate activist greta thunberg has accused world leaders of deliberately postponing much needed drastic action against global warming, and says they are fighting instead to keep the status quo. addressing thousands of young people at a rally in glasgow, she called the cop26 climate summit a failure and little more than a celebration of business as usual. the bbc�*s sarah smith sent this report from glasgow. a rare opportunity for protesters to loudly deliver a message almost within earshot of the global decision makers gathered in glasgow. greta thunberg, who inspired the fridays for future movement, says those leaders have so far failed to deliver. young kids, inspired by greta, have drawn their own pictures of her. i know that she put out a sign and then everybody else started following her, just like this.
how do you talk to children this age about climate change without scaring them too much? i don't have to — they themselves are aware. they know about plastic, about pollution, about air pollution. chant: what do we need? climate justice! as the government announced measures to put climate at the heart of education, kids — mostly with their parents�* permission — were skipping school to take part in this youth protest. your sign says "now means now, not later". why did you write that? i wrote that because they're saying "we need to do this now. "we need to get this now. "we're going to sort this now." but they are not sorting it. they're just going to make promises they can't keep. do you think that's what the world leaders at cop are doing? making promises that you don't think they're going to keep? yes, this has happened a lot of times before. people say they're going to do things and they don't make enough change to actually have an impact. i'm really hoping that the folk in cop, sitting there, drinking theirtea, are listening, and they're listening to what we have to say and trying to make a change. do you not think they're trying
to achieve the same thing as you, to lower carbon emissions and trying to save the planet? yeah. . .i don't know. i think they are trying, but we're trying harder. so far at this cop, there have already been commitments to reverse deforestation, cut methane emissions and promise more money than ever before to tackle climate change. greta thunberg, who's at the front, doesn't seem very impressed with the progress of cop so far. what do you think? i think it's fair enough. you know, it's cop26. i'm 26 years old, it's been 26 years, no progress has been made and our carbon emission keeps increasing. we need action. on stage, ms thunberg dismissed cop26 as a pr exercise. this is no longer a climate conference. this is now a global north greenwash festival. a two—week—long celebration of business as usual and blah, blah, blah. they cannot ignore the scientific consensus. and, above all, they cannot ignore us, the people — including their own children. tomorrow, even larger crowds are expected, hoping to keep up the pressure
before the final week of climate negotiations. sarah smith, bbc news, glasgow. and the first demonstrations have begun in australia, in what's being billed as a global day of action for climate justice. sydney is one of nearly 200 cities where protests are being held. the day is aimed at encouraging political leaders to make stronger commitments to limit climate change. organisers say the people that have done least to cause the climate crisis are bearing the brunt of its effects. brazil is mourning the loss of one of its most popular singers, marilia mendonca, who was killed in a plane crash on her way to a concert. the 26—year—old country music singer was a feminist icon in the country, and won a latin american grammy in 2019. courtney bembridge has this report.
(music playing). marilia mendonca was one of brazil's most popular singers. for the past two years has songs had the highest number of listeners on any brazilian artists on spot five. she started her career as a teenager and quickly found nationalfame, quickly found national fame, becoming quickly found nationalfame, becoming known as the queen of suffering because she sang about heart rate but her songs also focused on female empowerment and won her legions of fans. she was on her way to performing a concert under the south—east of brazil and posted this video, showing her on board the private plane less than 50 kilometres from the destination, the plane crashed into the mountains. her uncle, producer and two crew members were also killed. an investigation is under way but it is believed the plane may have hit a nearby electricity
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was just 26 years old. the trial of three men accused of murdering a black man while he was outjogging, has begun in the us state of georgia. the death in february last year of 25—year—old ahmaud arbery sparked protests across the us. further controversy has followed after a nearly—all white jury was selected for the trial, in which the defendants have pleaded not guilty. our north america correspondent aleem maqbool is in brunswick, georgia, and sent this report. as the trial opened, video of ahmaud arbery�*s final moments was played. all too much for his mother, who let out a cry. sitting in front of her in the foreground here, the man who pulled the trigger. this was the video they were watching — three armed white men had pursued ahmaud, saying he resembled a burglary suspect. they cornered him and
shot and killed him. ahmaud arbery, an avid runner, had been jogging through this area just a short distance from his own home when the men decided tojump into their trucks and give chase. their own statements show one of the men involved in the killing of this 25—year—old used a racial slur as he lay dying. well, sadly, murals of unarmed black men who have been shot and killed are now dotted in towns and cities right across this country. but in ahmaud arbery�*s case, he didn't die at the hands of the police, but at the hands of people who believed they could act as an extension of law enforcement and do what they like — and that, after his death, appears to be precisely how the police treated them. policewoman: that's fine, that's fine. there's body—cam footage that's too distressing to show, where we see ahmaud arbery writhing on the ground, dying, not being given attention. throughout the encounter, police provide comfort to the men who killed him. do what you need to do, man. that's... i — i can only imagine.
they certainly don't appear to be treated as murder suspects. you're not putting me in cuffs, are you? no, no, no. why would you be in cuffs? well... in fact, it was only ten weeks later, after protests when the video of the killing taken by one of the men went viral, that travis mcmichael and his father greg and roddie bryan were even arrested. they were eventually charged and now go to trial. you can intentionally and deliberately kill another person in self—defence and not have committed murder. you would be not guilty. and it's still self—defence if they chased him? that's because they were attempting to execute a citizen's arrest. ahmaud's case has already led to the scrapping of a civil war—era citizen's arrest law in georgia. before the trial started, his mother told me she hoped somehow, good would come out of this tragedy. i hope that in losing ahmaud, that people that look like ahmaud would be able tojog, they'd be able to run,
they'd be able to do whatever and be free and not to be worried about being chased with guns and killed. for the trial, taking place in a city that's majority black, there will be only one african—americanjuror. and here, it appears easier to overturn laws than to change the attitudes that undoubtedly contributed to ahmaud's death. aleem maqbool, bbc news, brunswick, georgia. the un security council has expressed deep concern about the intensifying conflict in ethiopia. it comes as nine rebel groups formed a new alliance, aimed at removing the current government of prime minister abiy ahmed. the year—long war has left over 400,000 people facing famine—like conditions. our africa correspondent, catherine byaru hanga has this report.
in washington, dc, a coalition of armed groups and political movements announce they want to remove ethiopia's government. many of them come from historically marginalised ethnic groups. now they've partnered with the stronger tigray people's liberation front, which has been fighting federal forces for a year. the next step would be to organise ourselves and totally dismantle the existing government, either by force or by negotiation, whatever they wish. and then set up a transitional government as soon as possible. but back home, the government they oppose, led by prime minister abiy ahmed, is defiant and dismissed the alliance as a publicity stunt, pushing back its claims as undemocratic. it's quite worrisome that many allegations being lodged against the ethiopian government are being done so in a matter to discredit a democratically elected government that has
majority support. this majority support was demonstrated in a landslide victory obtained following the 2021 elections. ethiopia's government continues to be tested. it's lost significant towns and cities to tigrayan rebel forces who are advancing towards the capital, addis ababa. they claim to hold territory 3km north of one of africa's biggest cities. on tuesday, the government declared a state of emergency and urged citizens to arm themselves against its opponents. but there are fears the tough measures are being used to detain ethic tigrayans because of claims they support the tplf rebels. translation: police took my brother with his friends - while they were having dinner in a restaurant. all of them were from tigray. they usually ask you to show id and if your name and other details on it indicate that you are from tigray, they immediately take you to prison. it's hard to speak at any place in the city
because we don't feel safe. the government says arrests were only made after obtaining evidence of illegal activities. ethiopia's year—long war has created one of the world's worst humanitarian crises. over 7 million people need emergency aid and 400,000 are on the brink of famine. yet the warring sides are not listening to international calls to end the war. catherine byaruhanga, bbc news. a reminder of the headlines: a breakthrough for biden — the us house of representatives approves the president's $1 trillion infrastructure bill. swedish activist greta thunberg has branded the cop26 climate conference a "failure", describing it as a "global greenwashing festival".
staying with climate, and conferences like cop26 don't talk enough about threats to the species that make up the natural world, according to the director general of wwf international. marco lambertini told our environment reporter navin khadka that because of climate change and how economies have been evolving, the suffering of animal species in all ecosystems is a grave concern, and more attention should be paid to the intrinsic value of animals in all ecosystems. it is true that when we talk about nature, we seldom go down to the level of species and individuals that are making up the natural world of today. and by the way, species and individuals, which are declining sharply. in less than the last 50 years, we have seen two—thirds decline of wildlife population globally. less than 50 years, the blink of an eye compared to species that have been around on the planet for millions of species, and suddenly because of our intervention,
their population has plummeted. one million species are on the brink of extinction. all these are tragic figures that on one hand affect the productivity, the functionality, the resilience of the natural world that provides so many services to us, so that is a utilitarian perspective — but also on the other hand, these creatures have the right to exist, and we have the duty to coexist with life on earth because this is not our planet, this is the planet that we are passengers on, we are not the captains. so you agree that wildlife, flora and fauna are by and large ignored in these meetings? until recently, nature and wildlife conservation was based on a moral duty to coexist, but the new narrative that is emerging, which is actually equally powerful, it's notjust the moral duty but also it is a fundamental necessity, because our economy, oursociety, health
wellbeing depends on nature. but it doesn't mean that looking at nature as a service and all the goods and services it provides to us, should alienate and make us ignore the intrinsic rights and value of nature and the right of all these creatures to exist and share the planet with us. how badly has wildlife been impacted because of climate change, and how has that increased the challenges for you in nature conservation to protect them? climate change has been rising in the number of threats to wildlife steadily over the last few decades. right now, it's considered to be the third biggest threat. the first threat is habitat conversion, so particularly forfood production and feed for farmed animals around the world. that the number one threat. but climate change is already the third, and it is affecting species in mountain levels because they are changing the climate, they cannot move up any more, it is affecting through droughts, wildlife everywhere in the world,
it is affecting wildlife through wildfires, forest fires around the world as well. high—temperature heat waves are becoming an issue as well, particularly in the ocean — half of the great barrier reef has been killed by underwater heatwaves. and the same for wildlife on land. we have the situation of fruit bats in australia that died of heatstroke, things that have never happened before, and unfortunately now are beginning to happen. the row over racism at yorkshire, one of english cricket's most famous clubs, has intensified with the resignation of its chairman. the worst crisis in the club's history has been sparked by a year—long investigation that found former player azeem rafiq had been the victim of racial harrassment and bullying. but no disciplinary action was taken. former england captain michael vaughan was one of those named in the investigation, accused of making a racist comment to a group of asian players — something he strongly denies.
here's our sports editor dan roan. the racism that cricketer azeem rafiq suffered at yorkshire has plunged the county into an unprecedented crisis. today, as the fallout continued, the chairman bowed to intense pressure to step down and, just hours after announcing his resignation, roger hutton told me that the club had let their former player down. i am sorry that he did not have his allegations investigated in 2018. i am sorry that it has taken so long. i am sorry that ultimately, the club has not shown the right contrition. i have not personally met anyone that i would consider a racist at yorkshire county cricket club. what i have seen is a culture that is locked in the past. amid more resignations at headingley today, hutton blamed senior management who, he said, resisted change after a report found rafiq had suffered racial harassment. there was a failure by many within the club to accept its findings or understand them or recognise them, and since then that has been incredibly frustrating.
the ecb has banned headingley from hosting england matches, but hutton said the governing body should have done more to support the investigation. i heard a statement last night from the ecb that they repeatedly offered to help me and yorkshire county cricket club through this investigation. that couldn't be further from the truth. yorkshire batsman gary ballance had admitted repeatedly using a racial slur towards rafiq about his pakistani heritage, but a panel regarded it as "friendly banter" and no action has been taken against any member of staff, sparking outrage. do you accept that conclusion that they reached? that it was friendly banter? is that how you would deem that expression, that phrase, towards a colleague? no, if you are using that language, it is completely unacceptable... so why was there no action taken? because you have not seen the context of the whole of the report — and the club had legal advice that actually, that was not something that you could take disciplinary action in relation to. is ballance the only current member of staff that there has
been an allegation upheld against? no. former england captain michael vaughan, meanwhile, has become the second player to reveal he is named in the report; rafiq alleging that he had made a racist comment towards a group of asian players in 2009. vaughan denies the claim but today, one of those players said he had heard the alleged comment. a prominent pundit, tonight he was stood down from his radio show next week. in a statement, a bbc spokesman said: this all comes at a time when cricket is desperate to try to engage with the south asian community and become more diverse, and some fear
that this damaging episode may send the game backwards. it is more about trying to get systemic change in a club like yorkshire, which, change has proven to be very difficult, and the club, i think, has failed to evolve quick enough in the way that society is changing in our attitudes towards race and racism. this has been a devastating week for the most successful club in county cricket, but the ramifications of this remarkable saga now extend well beyond headingley. dan roan there. scientists in chile have unveiled dozens of fossils that they've found in the country's atacama desert. tim allman has the story. some call this the desert graveyard — an arid, desolate place. but dig down deep beneath the sand and the topsoil, and it is somewhere rich in hidden knowledge. fossils and bones, an insight into life on this planet from another age.
translation: we found different types of vertebrates. _ without a doubt one of the most striking is a wonderfully large fish, a shark. it is the megalodon. it is famous because of the hollywood movie the meg and this is the place where the largest number of their teeth have been found. and this is what that wonderfully large fish might have looked like. it is believed the megalodon lived somewhere between 23 million and 3.6 million years ago. they could grow up to around 20m in length, a fierce and terrifying predator. quite the discovery, but no surprise to anyone around here. translation: atacama is nature's laboratory. i to understand the origins of the universe, and also how vertebrates have evolved, as well as the lineage of marine animals over the last 8 million years.
after being neglected for decades, around 2,500 hectares of this land are now preserved as a protected site. a place for discovery, and the uncovering of secrets. tim allman, bbc news. and that's it from us for now. you can get much more on those stories on the bbc news website. you can reach me on twitter — i'm @richpreston. hello there. after what was, at times, quite a chilly week of weather the weekend is getting off to a relatively mild but relatively cloudy start. you can see that cloud spilling in from the west on our earlier satellite picture. with that, though this feed of westerly winds and mild air certainly making its presence felt through the day ahead. so we can sum saturday's weather up like this, it will be mild, it will be
turning windy though. increasingly windy, particularly in the north of the uk and for some there will be some outbreaks of rain, courtesy of this area of low pressure and this frontal system pushing in from the north—west. some quite heavy bursts of rain across the western side of scotland, that rain more generally pushing south—eastwards across scotland and northern ireland through the morning. that rain getting down into parts of north—west england and north wales during the afternoon. ahead of that, eastern and southern counties of england will stay predominantly dry, but rather cloudy. limited sunny spells. the skies will brighten in the north—west of the uk, but with some showers and some windy weather later in the afternoon. top temperatures 11 to 14 degrees. it will be mild out there. during saturday night we see this band of cloud and patchy rain pushing across the south. more pushing into the north—west where it'll be turning very windy indeed. exposed spots in northern scotland seeing gusts of wind in excess of 60, perhaps more than 70 mph. that could cause
some disruption. a relatively mild night once again — eight, nine, ten or 11 degrees to take us into sunday morning. as we start sunday, low pressure passing to the north of the uk, all the white lines, the isobars squeezing together. indicative of a windy start to the day, especially in northern scotland, we will keep some showers going through the day. most other areas will be dry and there is a decent chance of seeing some spells of sunshine through sunday afternoon. temperatures may be down a little, but still quite mild. 10—13 degrees. and then as we head through the coming week, high pressure will try to hold on towards the south of the uk. whereas we will see frontal systems from time to time pushing across northern and western areas. so what that means that the driest of the weather will be found towards the south and east, closest to that area of high pressure. more chance of rain at times towards the north—west but for all of us it is going to remain mild.
this is bbc news. the us house this is bbc news. the us house of representatives has approved of representatives has approved the $1 trillion infrastructure the $1 trillion infrastructure deal of president biden, a key deal of president biden, a key part of his programme to part of his programme to rebuild the us following the rebuild the us following the