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this is bbc world news. i'm mark lobel. our top stories: 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. as covid cases rise in europe, police in the netherlands fire warning shots at angry protests against new restrictions. 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.
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the women's tennis association threatens to pull out of china as the outcry intensifies over missing chinese tennis star peng shuai. and hear how this german french horn player who was born with no arms is now on tour with the bournemouth symphony orchestra. hello and welcome to bbc news. 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 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,
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was shot by police. mr rittenhouse and the men he shot are all white. 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 jury and harken to its verdicts. a dangerous vigilante or someone acting in self—defence? after 26 hours, the jury decided kyle rittenhouse�*s fate. we, thejury, find the defendant, kyle h rittenhouse, not guilty. the 12 men and women of thejury accepted the teenager's claim he killed out of fear for his safety. somehow, some way, those 12 jurors found that he was innocent. yelling applause woo! outside court, the political divisions this case has caused were clear. you attack me, i have
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the right to defend myself! that's what kyle was on trial for and that's what kyle is now found acquitted of, 0k? so you're telling me 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 law — in a land of law where a person can shoot three people, kill two of them, and be acquitted. there'sjust no way. 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 had chased after him into this car park. he then killed another man
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who ran after rittenhouse, thinking he was an active shooter. a third man survived. police later arrested the teenager and charged him with murder. people... sobs 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, and my client did it four times in three quarters of a second to protect his life from mr rosenbaum. i'm sorry, but that's what happened. this not guilty verdict is seen as a referendum on an issue that polarises americans
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beyond kenosha, and that's the issue of gun ownership. for many conservative groups, kyle rittenhouse is now seen as a hero. but for many liberal groups, he is the face of a gun culture out of control and they're worried, by being cleared of the charges, what it might mean now for future protests. can americans turn up with a gun but not face any consequences? nomia iqbal, bbc news, kenosha. the republican senator for texas, ted cruz, tweeted his reaction to the verdict. he said: "we're a nation governed by law, and "the rittenhouse verdict reminds us we have the moral "and legal right to self—defence. "for months, the left unjustly tried "to convict mr rittenhouse." the parents of anthony huber, one of the people killed by kyle rittenhouse, released a statement after the verdict was announced, saying they were heartbroken. they also said, that:
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"the verdict sends an unacceptable message that "armed civilians can turn up in any town, incite violence "and then use the danger they've "created to justify shooting people in the street." quinn rallins is a civil rights attorney at loevy & loevy. he's counsel to anthony huber�*s family. speaking earlier to us from chicago, he said the family is heartbroken and still traumatised. we are thinking about anthony's family, karen and john huber. they are heartbroken and angry — heartbroken that they'll never see their son again, but also angry at the verdict. they didn't attend the trial, as many of you all know, because they were traumatised already by the videos of their son's murder, and didn't want to see much of that, and also hurt by public comments, insensitive about their son, so my view is the bottom line is there was no justice today for their son, anthony, or the other victims. and karen and john know that anthony is the one
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who should be remembered as a hero. he tried to disarm rittenhouse. he tried to end the gunfire. he tried to stop the bloodshed. also in the statement released by anthony's parents, they said, "neither mr rittenhouse nor the kenosha police, "who authorised" — their words — "this bloody rampage will escape justice." what does that mean? well, this criminal trial is really about accountability for kyle rittenhouse — that was the intention of that criminal trial. our case is a federal civil rights lawsuit against law enforcement, who allowed this circus to happen. it's about accountability for law enforcement. we believe that they were aware, that they knew that armed individuals planned to patrol the streets and threatened to harm citizens and did nothing to stop it. in fact, we believe that they encouraged it — that they allowed rittenhouse and other armed individuals to play by a different
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set of rules and move freely, to terrorise protesters. but this is — the real caveat is that we also have different legal claims that we are moving on and a different burden to prove, so this criminal case, the burden was on the prosecutors to prove, beyond reasonable doubt, rittenhouse was not reasonably in fear for his safety. our civil suit, our burden is to prove that there were civil rights violations, to prove each element by a preponderance of the evidence, so we believe that this criminal trial has no impact whatsoever, but the real caveat is what does accountability look like for law enforcement that allowed this circus to happen? outside the courthouse, some people argued that if the defendant had been black, it may have been a different result. do you agree with that? well, unfortunately, this is another chapter in an ugly book. the beginning of this
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chapter was a black man who was unjustly killed, shot seven times in front of his children. the middle of that chapter is there was significant protest and outrage, people on the streets — including the victims. and the end of that chapter is the one who did the murdering, a white individual, was acquitted. and the facts are different in some ways, but the larger narrative is far too common in terms of what we see not only in present—day but historically, and that's the beauty of the civil rights lawsuit — it's a tool that has been used as early as the 1800s to bring accountability when people's civil rights had being violated, oftentimes people of colour. this has polarised america. president biden has actually conceded that some people will be very angry with this result. if i may ask you, how has this affected you personally?
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yeah, well, i grew up in black communities, continue to do civil rights work, i have a daughter who's black and she's five years old, she understands who law enforcement are and she knows what guns are and i have to explain to her what happened. but if you talk to anybody in any black community or most progressive communities throughout the country and you ask them, are they surprised by the verdict, and unfortunately, they will say no — and it will be an emphatic no — in any barbershop, any beauty salon — and that is because people know that there is a pattern and practice of violations by law enforcement officers, often in conjunction with private actors who they allow to run wanton, and we see people's lives being taken when they didn't have to be. civil rights attorney quinn rallins.
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within the last few hours, police in the netherlands fired warning shots during a violent protest against covid—i9 restrictions. hundreds of demonstrators clashed with police in the city of rotterdam, torching cars and throwing rocks. warning shots were fired by the police who also used water cannon. they shut down public transport and ordered protesters to go home. police say that there have been injuries related to the fired shots. it comes after the netherlands last week reimposed restrictions to last three weeks in an attempt to curb rising coronavirus infections. austria is to make it a legal requirement to get a covid vaccination from february. it's also becoming the first european union country to reimpose a nationwide lockdown, starting on monday. in the uk, infection rates are still high, but falling — according to the latest data — as our health editor,
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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 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: i don't actually mind being at home - - i have a job which i can do from home, it doesn't bother me much — but i will miss the cafe, of course. translation: there is i no other way, even though i don't like it.
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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. 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 mean for the 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, but we're watching very closely and obviously, there is concern.
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the latest infection survey from the office for 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. 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 covid is hard to predict. much will depend on the vaccine rollout. the scottish government says its certificate scheme has contributed to a small rise in take—up among young people and it may be extended. as in all the uk's nations, case data will be watched as closely as ever. hugh pym, bbc news. a reminder of our top stories: 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
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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' leader, alexander lu kashenko, says he won't 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 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
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into polish territory? it's perfectly possible. i think that's absolutely possible. maybe somebody helped 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. translation: you told the eu that belarus had been stopping migrants, but that now they would have 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'll sort this problem out ourselves, as best we can.
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this was belarus last year — alexander lukashenko under intense pressure, accused of rigging an election and stealing the presidency. if, as you claim, you won 80% of the vote, then why is it that crowds of people came onto the streets — not to congratulate you on your crushing victory, but to accuse you of stealing their votes? it doesn't make sense. there's no sense in your head, steve, or in the heads of your masters. mr lukashenko launched a brutal post—election crackdown on his critics and on civil society. we saw protesters being beaten and we saw young people coming out of detention centres with injuries on the bodies. ok, ok, i admit it, i admit it. you admit it? people were beaten at
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the okrestina 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? they haven't betrayed me, steve. they've betrayed belarus. sincejuly, 270 ngos have been shut down in belarus. i'll answer your question with no bother. we'll massacre all the scum that you, the west, have been financing. oh, you're upset that we've destroyed all your structures, your ngos and all those that you've been paying for. europe doesn't see mr 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,
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bbc news, minsk. let's get some of the day's other 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 to move him from the prison hospital to a military hospital. he was arrested in october. britain's prime minister boris johnson is considering a diplomatic boycott of the winter olympics in beijing next year, in protest at china's record on human rights — that's according to the times newspaper. the report says one option would be that ministers would not attend the games, although the ambassador to china would. nicaragua has begun the process of withdrawing from the organisation of american states, after the regional body said the re—election of president daniel ortega was illegitimate. announcing the decision,
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the nicaraguan foreign minister accused the oas of facilitating us interference in latin america. the founder of a us blood testing company, who's on trial accused of making fraudulent claims about the benefits of her technology, has taken the unusual decision to give evidence in her defence. elizabeth holmes told the court in california she had great belief in what theranos was doing. the silicon valley startup went out of business after it became clear that its diagnostic technology didn't work. there's growing concern over what's happened to the missing chinese tennis player peng shuai. she hasn't been seen in public since alleging she was sexually assaulted by a high profile former chinese official. 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
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of bodies all wanting to know the same thing — where is peng shuai? two weeks ago, in this social media post, peng shuai made serious sexual assault allegations against former vice—premier zhang gaoli. "like an egg hitting a rock, or a moth to the flame courting 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 email 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 is 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
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tweeted she is "devastated and shocked", adding: "this must be investigated and we must not stay silent." she's not alone. we would like actually to hear, like, a video from her orsomething, like, real proof that, yes, that 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 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. pressure growing internationally to find what is
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going on there. a change of tune now, and a story about an extraordinary musician — felix klieser plays the french horn with the bournemouth symphony orchestra, but was born without any arms. andrew plant reports. ready? yeah. mozart horn concerto no 4 plays. to be a world—famous french horn player, 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. where i have seen it and how i get the first time in contact with this instrument, i can't remember.
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27 years later, he is now artist in residence with bournemouth symphony orchestra, a growing reputation worldwide and a technique almost unique among top musicians. everyone thinks, "oh, it should be so difficult to do with your feet", 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 coordination is so difficult. so people are asking you, "is it difficult to play the french horn with feet?" i'm always answering that "i don't know, i've never played with hands, so i can't compare!" i don't know, maybe! this, felix�*s debut on the stage in poole this week. fantastic. the expectation when he came on the stage was terrific,
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see the audience loving the music. they just love the music. the reaction from the audience, from our chief conductor and every member of the orchestra was just — wow. 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 if you go your own way and live your dreams and do what you think, which makes you happy. he will 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, the lighthouse in poole. what a lovely man. knowing what you want to do at the age of
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three and then sticking with it. thank you for sticking with us, that's all for now from me and the rest of the team, goodbye. 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 north—west england and north wales. a very weak affair by then, some scattered sharp showers tucking in behind.
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now, ahead of that weather front, we'll 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 that 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're going to see a touch of frost. but the temperatures are going to fall away further. so on sunday, yes, there will 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
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a little more subdued — 8—10 degrees as a maximum. now, as we move out of sunday into monday and tuesday, we've still got that high pressure with us. still under the blue colours, that cold air circulating around that high pressure with that north—westerly 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—defence. 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. several countries across europe are reimposing restrictions as case numbers rise. belarus's authoritarian leader, alexander lukashenko, says 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 border into poland.


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