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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. a us teenager who shot dead two people and injured another during racialjustice protests last year has been found not guilty of murder in a trial that polarised america. police in the netherlands fire warning shots as people take to the streets, protesting against the partial lockdown imposed to curb rising covid cases. belarus�*s authoritarian leader, alexander lukashenko, speaks exclusively to the bbc. he admits that his forces may have helped migrants cross into the european union. translation: i told the eu i'm not going to detain - migrants on the border, hold them at the border, and if they keep coming from now on, i still won't stop them. the women's tennis association threatens to pull out of china
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as the outcry intensifies over missing chinese tennis star peng shuai. and kamala harris becomes the first woman ever to hold us presidential powers whilejoe biden had a medical procedure. hello and welcome to audiences in the uk and around the world. thank you forjoining us. a us teenager who shot dead two people and injured another during racialjustice protests in wisconsin last year has been found not guilty of murder. kyle rittenhouse had argued that he was repeatedly attacked and had acted in self—defence. the protests in the city of kenosha came after a black man, jacob blake, was shot by police. mr rittenhouse and the men he shot are all white.
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prosecutors said that the teenager had behaved like an armed vigilante who provoked several violent encounters. our correspondent nomia iqbal reports from kenosha. the defendant will rise and face — the defendant will rise and face the _ the defendant will rise and face the jury _ the defendant will rise and face the jury. fi— the defendant will rise and face the jury-— face the jury. a dangerous vigilante _ face the jury. a dangerous vigilante or— face the jury. a dangerous vigilante or someone - face the jury. a dangerous i vigilante or someone answer asking and self—defense? the 12 men and women of thejury accepted the teenager's claim that he killed out of fear for his safety. cheering outside court, the political divisions this case has caused were clear. you attack me, i have the right to defend myself, that's was what kyle was on trial for,
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that was he was acquitted for. are you telling me that if two guys come up to you and accost you, you can't defend yourself? that's what was on trial today. there is no way in a land of law where a person can shoot three people, killed two of them the shooting happened against the backdrop of nationwide protests over racism and police brutality, following the murder of george floyd. in kenosha, another black man, named jacob blake, had been shot by police seven times and on the third night of riots, kyle rittenhouse entered the city. he said he came to provide security. in a series of confrontations, he shot dead joseph rosenbaum, who chased after him into this car park. he then killed another man, who ran after rittenhouse, thinking he was an active shooter. a third man survived.
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police later arrested the teenager and charged him with murder. at his trial, there were tears, challenges... when you point the gun at someone else, that's going to make them feel like they're about to die, right? that's what you wanted him to feel. no! ..shouting by thejudge... don't get brazen with me! ..and a controversial defence by his team, in regards to the shooting ofjacob blake. other people in this community have shot somebody seven times and it's been found to be ok. my client did it four times in three quarters of the second to protect his life from mr rosenbaum. i'm sorry, that's what happened. this case has become a big flash point on gun rights. some see kyle rittenhouse as a hero, for others
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that is the issue of gun ownership. for many conservative groups, kyle rittenhouse is seen as a hero, but for many liberal groups, he is the face of a gun culture out of control and they're worried what it might be now for future protests. can for future protests. ca n americans for future protests. can americans are not with a gun but not face any consequences? kamala harris gave her reaction to the verdict. the verdict really speaks to itself. as many of you know, i've spent a majority of my career to make the criminal justice system more equitable. clearly, there's a lot more work to do.— clearly, there's a lot more work to do. clearly, there's a lot more workto do. �* , work to do. lisa bloom has been followin: work to do. lisa bloom has been following the _ work to do. lisa bloom has been following the case _ work to do. lisa bloom has been following the case and _ work to do. lisa bloom has been following the case and she - work to do. lisa bloom has been following the case and she gavel following the case and she gave me her take on the verdict. i think it's very dangerous to take what happened in a trial on a very specific set of facts and enlarge it to a political
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message. the law of self—defense protects anyone if they feel that they are threatened, if their life or bodily integrity is being threatened, you can shoot and even kill in that situation. this was a case where almost the entirety of the incidents were caught on video, and so thejury could look were caught on video, and so the jury could look at the video and deliberate for 25 hours, and they determined that in each of the three people who kyle rittenhouse shot, he shot in self—defense. he was being threatened with rocks, he was being swung out with a skateboard like a bat. a gun was brandished on him so the jury was brandished on him so the jury determined that self—defense applied. that does not mean that people are now free to take guns and run around and beat vigilantes because if they do and if they shoot, thejury is going because if they do and if they shoot, the jury is going to look very carefully moment by moment at what they did. it's much easier to win a self—defense case, as kyle rittenhouse did in this case. it would be in many other
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states such as california or new york, which are tougher on cases like this. but the bottom line is the jury did not believe that kyle rittenhouse, then 17, walking around with a large automatic weapon, ar 15, was the one who incited violence. the prosecution argued that people thought he was an active shooter, especially after the first and second shootings. but the jury did not agree with that. terrance warthen is a local activist and organiser in kenosha. he gave the bbc his take on the verdict. the verdict was for me in no way— the verdict was for me in no way a — the verdict was for me in no way a surprise and i don't think— way a surprise and i don't think it _ way a surprise and i don't think it was for a majority of people — think it was for a majority of penale in— think it was for a majority of people in this community. it was — people in this community. it was predictable from the actions _ was predictable from the actions overtaken by law enforcement that night, and to be blunt. — enforcement that night, and to be blunt, what was a poor case that— be blunt, what was a poor case that was— be blunt, what was a poor case that was put on by the prosecutors office. you know,
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guilt— prosecutors office. you know, guilt really has nothing to do with— guilt really has nothing to do with whether or not you're convicted in this country. it's a matter— convicted in this country. it's a matter of establishing a reasonable doubt, having a favourable environment, a sympatheticjury, and that's sympathetic jury, and that's how— sympathetic jury, and that's how our— sympatheticjury, and that's how our system works. that's what — how our system works. that's what happened, and i think anyone _ what happened, and i think anyone that claims to be shocked is either not paying attention or not being honest with— attention or not being honest with themselves. this was predictable. kenosha is exhausted. forthe most predictable. kenosha is exhausted. for the most part, predictable. kenosha is exhausted. forthe most part, i think— exhausted. forthe most part, i think people have retreated into their camps and have their perceptions of what happened last year. i don't think the trial— last year. i don't think the trial changed any of that. i think— trial changed any of that. i think for— trial changed any of that. i think for a trial changed any of that. i think fora number of trial changed any of that. i think for a number of people that— think for a number of people thatjustify the actions think for a number of people that justify the actions of mr rittenhouse that night, they are harkening back to their feelings— are harkening back to their feelings during these riots. there — feelings during these riots. there was a lot of apprehension and anger— there was a lot of apprehension and anger and there was a lot of apprehension and angerand fear there was a lot of apprehension and anger and fear in the city, and— and anger and fear in the city, and i— and anger and fear in the city, and i think— and anger and fear in the city, and i think people may relate this decision to those feelings. but for the most
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part. _ feelings. but for the most part, kenosha is a tight—knit community and overwhelmingly, we'd _ community and overwhelmingly, we'd like — community and overwhelmingly, we'd like to get onto fixing what's _ we'd like to get onto fixing what's broken here ourselves. i think— what's broken here ourselves. i think the — what's broken here ourselves. i think the outside influence has not been — think the outside influence has not been welcome. you have these — not been welcome. you have these people with no intention other— these people with no intention other than getting attention, and we — other than getting attention, and we have this cosplay that takes — and we have this cosplay that takes place, this macabre for theatre — takes place, this macabre for theatre where people are killed in this— theatre where people are killed in this country. we'd like for them — in this country. we'd like for them to— in this country. we'd like for them to leave. we have local officials — them to leave. we have local officials would like to move forward _ officials would like to move forward with. the primary issue as far— forward with. the primary issue as far as— forward with. the primary issue as far as your right to own a weapon, _ as far as your right to own a weapon, in— as far as your right to own a weapon, in this case, was complicated by the idea that you had _ complicated by the idea that you had a minor who crossed state — you had a minor who crossed state lines with someone else's weapon — state lines with someone else's weapon. this was not a homeowner protecting their property or an adult that was a legal— property or an adult that was a legal gun— property or an adult that was a legal gun owner, this was someone who many perceived to be breaking the law simply by
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their— be breaking the law simply by their presence, let alone their presence _ their presence, let alone their presence while harmed. and contorting yourself to find a justification for that is a little _ justification for that is a little unbelievable for most people. if this child had simply— people. if this child had simply stayed home and been monitored properly by his parents, and we might have had people _ parents, and we might have had people who were alive and with us today— people who were alive and with us today as opposed to mourning thern _ us today as opposed to mourning them and — us today as opposed to mourning them and having this trial. i might— them and having this trial. i might add, this isn't over for mr rittenhouse either. this is an 18—year—old why don't they understand this will follow him the rest — understand this will follow him the rest of his like, but as far as _ the rest of his like, but as far as the _ the rest of his like, but as far as the gun rights, everyone played — far as the gun rights, everyone played their parts. the lights io played their parts. the lights go out — played their parts. the lights go out and they move on to the next _ go out and they move on to the next show _ go out and they move on to the next show. it's going to be very— next show. it's going to be very difficult to effect change as far — very difficult to effect change as far as— very difficult to effect change as far as gun laws when you don't — as far as gun laws when you don't have a guilty verdict in a case _ that reaction from a local activist in kenosha. take a look at these pictures from the dutch
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city of rotterdam. police have fired warning shots during a demonstration by people opposed to the partial lockdown in the netherlands. local media said water cannon was also used to disperse a crowd of several hundred which had set fire to police vehicles. these are live pictures now as police assess the damage. in a sign of how serious europe's covid surge has become, austria is to make it a legal requirement to get vaccinated from february. it's also becoming the first european union country to reimpose a nationwide lockdown. the austrian chancellor, alexander schallenberg, told a news conference that the lockdown would begin on monday, and last a maximum of 20 days. in the uk, infection rates are still high, but falling, according to the latest data, as our health editor hugh pym reports. looking ahead to christmas, but before then, the austrian people are facing bleak winter weeks with a 20—day lockdown from monday. they will only be allowed
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to leave home for work, exercise or shopping for essentials. and vaccination against covid will become compulsory in february. translation: despite months of persuasive efforts, - despite media campaigns, despite all discussions, we did not manage to convince enough people to get vaccinated. at the start of the week, austria planned restrictions on those who hadn't been jabbed, but infections carried on rising, and now a tougher set of measures. translation: idon't- actually mind being at home, i have a job which i can do from home, doesn't bother me much, but i will miss the cafe, of course. translation: there is no other way, even though i i don't like it. in literature, you can - read that pandemics last at least three years, - and we should avoid that. so, will germany follow austria with lockdown restrictions? ministers said nothing was being ruled out and rising case numbers had created a national emergency.
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while uk daily cases relative to the population haven't surged, germany's have accelerated and are now not far behind. the netherlands and austria have imposed different forms of lockdown as their infection rates soared. so, what does this meanforthe uk? some argue that more immunity is being built up after previous infections and the rest of europe is now following. maybe they are actually experiencing what some parts of the uk experienced a little bit earlier in the autumn with delta, with things opening up, and with the vaccines not fully kicking in, particularly for people in mid—life, that may be the pattern. i wouldn't assume we are going to follow the same trajectory as europe or watch it very closely, and obviously there is concern. the latest infection surveyed from the office of national statistics suggests that in england last week, one in 65 people had the virus, lower than the previous week. in wales, it was one in 55, also down.
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in scotland, with one in 95 people, case rates were said to be broadly level. in northern ireland, with one in 65 people, the trend was said to be uncertain. experts say the future path of coal that is hard to predict, much will depend on the vaccine roll—out. the scottish government says its certificate scheme has contributed to a small rise and take—up among young people, and it may be extended. as in all the uk's nations, case data will be watched let's get some of the day's other news. a large study carried out in the united states has found that pregnant women infected with the coronavirus are twice as likely to have a stillborn child, although the risk is still very small. the us centers for disease control and prevention examined data from more than a million deliveries from the first 18 months of the pandemic. counter—terrorism detectives investigating the explosion
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outside liverpool women's hospital in england last weekend have revealed that the bomb contained ball bearings as shrapnel and could have caused significant injury or death if it had detonated properly. it's still not clear why the device exploded, killing the bomber, emad al swealmeen, in the back of a taxi. deforestation in brazil's amazon rainforest is at the highest level in over 15 years. a report by the country's space research agency found that deforestation increased by 22% in a year. during the recent cop26 climate conference, brazil was one of the countries promising to end deforestation by 2030. belarus's leader, alexander lu kashenko, has said that he will not stop the flow of thousands of migrants through his country as they try to enter the european union. in an exclusive interview with the bbc, mr lukashenko admitted that his armed forces
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may actually be helping migrants cross the heavily—guarded border into poland. steve rosenberg spoke to him at the presidential palace in minsk. it's not often you get the chance to meet the man who's been labelled europe's last dictator. the west says alexander lukashenko is using migrants as a political weapon. we confronted him with claims his troops have been cutting borderfences to help migrants into the eu. translation: our guys - are helping the migrants get into polish territory? it's perfectly possible. i think that's absolutely possible. maybe somebody help them. i won't even look into this. thousands of migrants have been coming to belarus to try to slip into europe. alexander lukashenko denies bringing them here, but he warned the eu six months ago. you told the eu that belarus had been stopping migrants and but now they would have
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to catch them themselves. the migrants took that to mean belarus is open to them. translation: i told the eu i'm not going to detain - migrants on the border, hold them at the border and if they keep coming from now on, i still won't stop them, because they're not coming to my country, they're going to yours. the west stopped talking to us and working with us. if you don't want to, then fine, we will sort this problem out ourselves as best we can. this was belarus last year. alexander lukashenko under intense pressure, accused of rigging and election and stealing the presidency. translation: if, as you claim, you won 80% of the vote, alexander lukashenko launched a brutal post—election crackdown on his critics and in civil society. we saw protesters been beaten and we saw young people coming out of detention centres with injuries on the bodies. translation: 0k, ok, | admit it. _ you admit it? people were beaten at
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the detention centre, but there were police beaten up, too, and you didn't show this. anyone who speaks out against you, who opposes you, you call a traitor or an enemy, why? sincejuly, 270 ngos have been shut down in belarus. i'll answer your question with no bother. we will massacre all the scum that you, the west, have been financing. oh, you're upset that we have destroyed all your structures, your ngos and all those that you've been paying for? europe doesn't see alexander lukashenko as a legitimate president. he claims not to care. a pariah in the west, he knows there's always president putin's russia to fall back on. steve rosenberg, bbc news, minsk. a reminder of our top stories... the us teenager who shot dead
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two people and injured another last year has been found not guilty of murder in the trial that polarised america. police in the netherlands fire warning shots of people stick to the streets against the partial lockdown imposed to curb rising covid cases. the united nations hasjoined calls for china to give proof that missing tennis star peng shuai is safe and well. she hasn't been heard of since alleging was sexually assaulted by a former senior minister in the chinese government. tennis officials have dismissed an e—mail supposedly sent by her saying the allegations were untrue and that she is all right. our sports correspondent, natalie pirks, has the story. she is a tennis star in china, a former doubles world number—one who won wimbledon. but now, the united nations has added its voice to the clamour of bodies all wanting to know the same thing — where is peng shuai? two weeks ago in a social media post, peng shuai made serious sexual assault allegations
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against former vice premier zhang gaoli. "like an egg hitting a rock, or a moth to the flame caught in self—destruction, i'll tell the truth about you," she said. within half an hour, the post had gone — and so had she. then an e—mail surfaced, addressed to the chairman of the women's tennis association, claiming to be from her, saying she hadn't meant the allegations and was just "resting at home". but they're not buying it and are prepared to pull lucrative matches from china if they don't get proof she's safe. i don't want to see this get pushed under the rug or on the side, because at the end, there's bigger issues in some people's minds as to what's going on. i think the focus has to be on peng in this situation. 23—time grand slam singles champion serena williams has tweeted she is "devastated and shocked", adding, "this must be investigated and we must not stay silent." she's not alone.
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we would like, actually, to hear, like, a video from her, or something. like real proof that, yes, she's all right. the eyes of the world will be on beijing in february for the winter olympics. but so far, the international olympic committee is only saying this requires quiet diplomacy. the ioc must fulfil its claims and responsibilities in this i case, and demonstrate that athletes really are at - the heart of sport. it has significant leverage and influence to exert - in this case, especially- with the beijing olympicsjust around the corner now. in a country where few are allowed to challenge senior authorities without paying the price, concern grows by the hour for peng shuai's safety. natalie pirks, bbc news. former georgian president, mikheil saakashvili, has agreed to end a 50—day hunger strike. this footage shows a convoy leaving the prison where saakashvili was being held late on friday. the former president agreed to end his hunger strike after authorities offered
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to move him from the prison hospital to a military hospital. he was arrested in october, after returning from exile to rally the opposition on the eve of local elections, wanted for his conviction in absentia of abuses of power. kamala harris has become the first woman in american history to become acting president of the united states. she took over briefly as head of state and commander—in chief while president biden had a medical procedure under anaesthetic. the president's press secretary, jen psaki, said ms harris was in the white house during mr biden's colonoscopy, which was carried out as part of an annual physical check—up. earlier, president biden departed walter reed national military medical center en route to the white house and has now resumed his presidential duties. our senior north america reporter anthony zurcher has the latest. a little bit of history.
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last november, kamala harris became the first woman vice president in us history. it was only a matter of time before she became the first us president. the first actiing us president. joe biden is the first president to have handed out powers like this. george w bush did in the early 2000s, ronald reagan did it, george h w bush did it. so, with biden undergoing the routine physical and the fact that colonoscopies are routine for someone of his age, it was not surprising that he invoked the 25th amendment, which governs incapacitated presidents can temporary hand overpowers to kamala harris. anthony zurcher there. we have a truly inspiring story next about the musician felix klieser. he plays the french horn in an orchestra in southern england. but felix was born without any arms. the bbc�*s andrew plant reports. ready? yeah. to be a world—famous french horn player,
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you need good lungs. what you don't need, though, are fingers. felix klieser warming up with an instrument he fell in love with when he was just three years old. the thing i can remember, really, is that i wanted to play exactly this instrument and nothing else. 27 years later, he's now artist in residence with bournemouth symphony orchestra, a growing reputation worldwide and a technique most unique among top musicians. it should be so difficult to do, and the funny thing about this is i'm thinking the same with you. so, because i'm seeing your fingers and the fingers are quite long, i can't really understand how you can hold a pencil with these long fingers because the
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coordination is so difficult to people. they're asking you, "is it difficult to play the french horn with one hand?" i was answering that i didn't know, i've never played with one hand, so i can't compare! with hand, so i can't compare! this, felix�*s debut on the stage in poole this week. there were, he says, many times he was told to find an easier hobby. his answer was always to practise even harder. even if people around you are saying it's not possible, it is difficult, but sometimes it could be a wonderful result to go your own way and live your dreams and do what you think which makes you happy. he'll be with the bournemouth symphony orchestra for two years, playing, touring and teaching the next generation to never give up. applause. andrew plant, bbc news,
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the lighthouse in poole. truly amazing. they with us here on bbc news. —— stay with us. now the weather. good morning. it's been a mild november for many of us so far, and once again on friday we were seeing temperatures peaking way above the average for the time of year. in fact, in aberdeen, we saw a high of 17 degrees. and in aberdeenshire, generally, there was a lot of blue sky and sunshine, particularly in the morning. but let's just fast—forward a few days. all is set to change, notjust in aberdeenshire, but a cold northerly wind will bring a dramatic change to the feel of the weather i suspect right across the country. so, get out and enjoy saturday's weather if you can. still under this influence of high pressure, still relatively mild ahead of this frontal system that's going to continue to bring some outbreaks of rain out of scotland into northern ireland, gradually drifting towards northwest england and north wales. a very weak affair by then, some scattered sharp
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showers tucking in behind. now, ahead of that weather front, we will continue to see some well broken cloud with some glimpses of sunshine with highs of 12 degrees, but behind it, those temperatures are starting to fall away, and there will be plenty of frequent showers with that brisk northerly wind. the real cold air, though, is set to arrive during saturday into sunday. as it weather front continues to sink its way steadily southwards, it's going to drive that northerly wind direction right across the country, and you really will notice the difference to the feel of the weather when you wake first thing on sunday morning. in fact, in rural sheltered areas of scotland, we are going to see a touch of frost, but the temperatures are going to fall away further. so, on sunday, yes, there'll be lots of sunshine around, but a brisk northerly wind just taking the edge off the feel of the weather, and it could drive in plenty of coastal showers from time to time, with perhaps some of those showers just filtering a little bit further inland across south east england. top temperatures on sunday, a little more subdued, 8—10 degrees as a maximum.
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now, as we move out of sunday into monday and tuesday, we have still got that high pressure with us, still under the blue colours, that cold air circulating around that high pressure with that northwesterly flow. so, basically, as we go through the week, it does look likely that the colder weather is set to stay with us, perhaps not quite as cold on wednesday and then colder still towards the end of the week. that's when we run the risk potentially of a few wintry showers into the far north.
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this is bbc news, the headlines... a us teenager who shot dead two people and injured another during racialjustice protests last year has been found not guilty of murder in a trial that polarised america. kyle rittenhouse argued that he was repeatedly attacked, and had acted in self—defense. police in the netherlands have fired warning shots during a demonstration by people opposed to the partial lockdown put in place to stop rising covid infections. local media say water cannon was also used to disperse a crowd of several hundred which had set fire to police vehicles. belarus's authoritarian leader, alexander lukashenko, has said that he will not stop the flow of thousands of migrants through his country as they try to enter the eu. speaking to the bbc, mr lukashenko admitted his armed forces may actually be helping migrants cross the heavily—guarded border into poland.
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