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welcome to bbc news. our top stories... a vigil in wisconsin for the people killed and injured when a car drove into a holiday parade — police are to charge the driver with five counts of intentional homicide. bang. tensions and covid—19 cases rise in europe: anger too, as countries reimpose restrictions. stolen from their parents 70 years ago, the inuit group seeking compensation from denmark. the awards for a modern music scene? the brits scrap their best male and best female artist accolades. and settle for a single artist of the year.
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hello and thank you forjoining us. people in the american state of wisconsin have held a vigil for the five people killed after a man drove his vehicle into a christmas parade in the city of waukesha. police say they've charged a suspect with intentional homicide but don't believe it was terrorism related. our correspondent barbara plett—usher reports. this little girl narrowly escaped with her life. she had no idea what was hurtling towards her. and here, the moment when the joy and festivity of the christmas parade turned to horror and tragedy. a vehicle travelling at full speed struck members of a marching band. the driver continued forward, hitting and running over others in his path.
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these young dancers perfectly in step one moment, the next, brutally disrupted. people, families and children ran for their lives. chelsea! others tried to save those crumpled on the pavement. it wasjust carnage, likening it to a war zone. there were adults, children that were injured. some of our first responders were there with their families. they left their families to treat people, helped with incident command, helped transport. the suspect is a local man, darrell brooks, an aspiring rapper. he posted this video on his youtube channel, including what looks like the red vehicle used in the hit—and—run. court documents show he has a lengthy criminal record. police said he had fled a domestic disturbance and that he had acted alone. but the result was devastating. this was the president's message to a community in mourning. last night, the people of waukesha were gathered
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to celebrate the start of a season of hope and togetherness, and thanksgiving. this morning, jill and i and the entire biden family, and i'm sure all of us, pray that that same spirit�*s going to embrace and lift up all the victims of this tragedy. this afternoon, the police cordon came down and the road reopened. but nothing feels back to normal. in the coming days, there will be opportunities to grieve and remember the victims together. but right now, the town is onlyjust beginning to absorb the shock and loss. barbara plett usher, bbc news, waukesha, wisconsin. some of that one out in the first vigils as we said a few moments ago. reverand david simmons helped organised the vigil and told us how it went. there was somewhere between 7000 and 10,000 people. that is a huge turnout
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for this interfaith vigil. american politics is a very divided time. but this was a time we were all able to be together and all united around beginning the healing process. that coming together clearly is going to mean a lot for the community. i imagine you had parishioners, you say you were at the parade but you probably have parishioners who have been directly affected 7 everybody that i know, waukesha is a small enough city that everybody is within two degrees of somebody who has been affected. what is it going to be like for you perhaps in particular, in terms of dealing with the days ahead? because the truth is, with awful stories like this, a lot of us move on and focus on other things. this is going to affect the lives of many of your close friends and community forever? uh-huh.
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it will take a very long time for us to get through the stages of grieving, i think. i think we are still largely in a state of shock. the fact that we now have more facts about what actually happened and the fact that in some ways the vigil was not the intention to bring anything to a close, in some ways it was the very beginning of the grieving and healing process. i mean, as we have said already, you were at the parade. what was your experience? what did you see and hear? our church is near the beginning of the parade route. it is right near where everybody queues up in order to get ready to get on the parade route and so, you know, the first thing we really saw was that red suv coming from the far right down main street. apparently, you know, we found out later he had broken through a police barricade a couple of blocks down and when it was in front of the church, the driver had actually moved all the way over
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to the far right side of the road and was honking his horn really incessantly, it seemed very clear that he was not wanting to hit people. and so i think most of us at that time assumed this was either a local resident who had somewhere to go and was really upset that the parade was going on or that it was somebody who just accidentally had come into the parade route. and it appears that second option is what actually did happen. it was just under different circumstances than one would normally assume. it is an awful lot for the residents to digest, i guess, and i suspect an awful lot of burden on your shoulders as well, actually, over the days and weeks ahead. but thank you so much for giving us a bit of your time. you are welcome. thank you very much. european ministers will meet later in brussels to discuss a coordinated response to the latest covid crisis. the continent has seen the number of cases spiral
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in recent weeks prompting governments to reintroduce some restrictions and urge more people to get vaccinated. germany's health minister went so far as to declare that by the end of winter most germans will be as he put it, vaccinated, recovered or dead. and austria is the first eu country to re—introduce a nationwide lockdown. 0ur europe editor katya adler has the latest. chanting: freiheit! covid concerns are spreading across europe. spiralling case numbers are spooking some. others, like this massive crowd in vienna, object to covid restrictions being reintroduced. i'm a free austrian who wants to be free and live free in this country. liberte! today, austria became the first eu country to reimpose a full — if brief — lockdown. vaccinations will be
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compulsory here from february. in berlin, germany's health minister said his country faced a national emergency. his choice of words caused some controversy. translation: probably | by the end of this winter, as it's sometimes cynically said, pretty much everyone in germany will be vaccinated, cured or dead. that's how it is. so what's gone wrong? the eu's huge headache at the beginning of the year was securing enough vaccines. now it worries too few people have used them. what we're seeing now, i think, is mostly driven by a lot of contacts between people coinciding with colder weather, a lot of indoor activities. the uk is following a different course. in the uk, you see that the numbers have been high for several months now, but they seem to be relatively stable, whereas in many other countries in western europe and northern europe we've seen a steep increase in cases since october, which doesn't seem to happen in the uk. an average of 60% of europe
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is now fully vaccinated, but each country is different. the rate in eastern europe, for example, is far lower. the eu is now considering vaccinations for children over the age of five. it approved jabs for the over—12s in may. the economic effects of covid, those rising gas prices, people here in europe say they're in need of some seasonal cheer, so no government wants to be seen to be cancelling christmas — and that, they say, is why they're taking these covid measures now. but what measures? well, that varies from country to country and region to region. bavaria has cancelled its christmas market. brussels is giving it a good go. the european commission has nothing to say here because, when it comes to health, each eu member state decides for themselves. this weekend there were protests, some violent, against new covid restrictions in austria, italy, the netherlands,
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croatia and belgium. pressure is mounting in europe on the health services as well as the streets. the world health organization warns there could be half a million more deaths here by springtime unless effective action is taken. katya adler, bbc news, brussels. south korea's former president chun doo—hwan has died at the age of 90, that's according to the yonhap news agency. he'd been suffering from blood cancer. he took office following a military coup in 1979. he then led the country for around eight years. let's get more on this with our south korea correspondent laura bicker who's in seoul. i think the word notorious was made for people like chun doo—hwan. made for people like chun doo-hwan-_ made for people like chun doo-hwan. ., ., , , doo-hwan. chun doo-hwan set up almost like — doo-hwan. chun doo-hwan set up almost like a — doo-hwan. chun doo-hwan set up almost like a military _ doo-hwan. chun doo-hwan set up almost like a military club - doo-hwan. chun doo-hwan set up almost like a military club and - almost like a military club and he used that to gain power. before he actually took hold of
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the presidency, he put in a military rule throughout south korea and when it came to the people here, especially south of the capital seoul, he decided to crack down and when he did so, it's a thought at least a900 students were murdered. during those protests. he became known as the butcher. he continued to rule all the way up until 1987 and during 1987 there were more uprisings by students, again he tried to crack it down but he could not get it under control and eventually, he agreed to run democratic elections. these were the first, seen as the first democratic elections ever held in south korea and it also meant it was the first peaceful handover of power however he handed over power to someone who had been his comrade for
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many years. he was sentenced to death for his crimes but that sentence was negated after a certain late the seoul high court took into account that he had allowed south korea to prosper financially and he had allowed south korea to prosperfinancially and he had allowed the peaceful transfer of power but it's fair to say that his death today at the age of 90 is controversial, it comes in the middle of another presidential election here in south korea and i think many people are watching the candidates carefully to see exactly what they will do. will they go to the grave site? there is already because for no state funeral despite the fact he is a former leader of south korea. �* , ., ., he is a former leader of south korea. �* , . . ~ korea. briefly, laura, ithink i am korea. briefly, laura, ithink lam right— korea. briefly, laura, ithink lam right in— korea. briefly, laura, ithink i am right in saying - korea. briefly, laura, ithink i am right in saying he - korea. briefly, laura, ithink. i am right in saying he showed no remorse in the course of his trial so presumably never quite reconciled with the modern democratic south korea? he has never shown _ democratic south korea? he has never shown any _ democratic south korea? he has never shown any remorse - democratic south korea? he has never shown any remorse for. democratic south korea? he has
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never shown any remorse for his crimes and certainly not through his trial or in later life. ithink through his trial or in later life. i think when it comes to a legacy that he leaves, if there is one, is that the south korean people hold their democratic rights extremely dear. when they feel that the government needs to be held to account, they will take to the streets, they did so with the former president in huge numbers in a protest that lasted weeks. they take their democratic rights very, very seriously and i think when it comes to this presidential election you will see them hold the candidates once again to account. . . the candidates once again to account. ., ., ., ~ , ., the candidates once again to account. ., ., ., ~ ~ account. laura, thank you. and thank you _ account. laura, thank you. and thank you for— account. laura, thank you. and thank you for being _ account. laura, thank you. and thank you for being with - account. laura, thank you. and thank you for being with us. . stay with us on bbc news, still to come: stolen from their parents for a �*social experiment�* 70 years ago — the inuit group from greenland seeking compensation from denmark. president kennedy was shot down and died almost immediately. the murder ofjohn kennedy is a disaster
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for the whole free world. he caught the imagination of the world — the first of a new generation of leaders. margaret thatcher is resigning as leader of the conservative party and prime minister. before leaving number ten to see the queen, she told her cabinet, "it's a funny old world." angela merkel is germany's first woman chancellor, easily securing the majority she needed. attempts to fly a hot air - balloon had to be abandoned after a few minutes, but nobody seemed i to mind very much. as one local comic put it, "it's not hot air- we need, it's hard cash." cuba has declared nine days of mourning following the death of fidel castro at the age of 90. castro developed close ties with the soviet union in the 1960s — it was an alliance that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war with the cuban missile crisis.
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this is bbc news, the latest headlines... a vigil has taken place in wisconsin for the five people killed when a car drove into a holiday parade in waukesha. austria introduces a full national lockdown as european ministers prepare to meet to discuss a response to rising covid cases. in venezuela, nicolas maduro's ruling socialist party has won a sweeping victory in regional elections. it won 20 state governorships, against three for the opposition. it's the first vote in four years which the main opposition parties actually contested. we can now speak guillermo zubillaga who is a senior director of public policy programs and corporate relations at the americas society/council of the americas, where he heads the organization s venezuela working group. thank you forjoining us. the opposition have hardly put a
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dent, it would seem, in the position of nicolas maduro, would they see it as a worthwhile decision to actually stand in these elections? i think, yes and no. yes because now we are closer and we have a better understanding of what drives venezuelans to vote and it seems like an election might be one. we saw the turnout was very low not only from people who identify as the opposition but also it was even lower for people who identify with the ruling party. and at the same time, we also learnt we need an election that guarantees change, that has more than a small international, that has free press leading to the election, candidates that are free to participate in order to incentivise and as well and so i think it was positive in that way we a better understanding of the route we have to follow
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to eventually get to a political and electoral solution for this crisis. what do ou solution for this crisis. what do you think _ solution for this crisis. what do you think is _ solution for this crisis. what do you think is the - solution for this crisis. what do you think is the next - solution for this crisis. what | do you think is the next step for opposition parties in terms of their own relationship with the government, with nicolas maduro? i the government, with nicolas maduro? ~ ., , maduro? i think that they need to first of all _ maduro? i think that they need to first of all understand - maduro? i think that they need to first of all understand that i to first of all understand that united is the only way forward if they are going to continue to achieve for an electoral solution in venezuela. secondly, they need guarantees and an election that is more free and more fair than what we saw yesterday and for that they need the support of the international community so i think their main goal going forward is going to be to strike some unity and be able to deliver in the governorships that came on and then to be able to articulate to the international community in order to eventually get a free and fair presidential election. president nicolas maduro has already described this as the finest democratic process in the world. what will and what
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do you think external observers are going to make of this? i think ups external observers will not call it that, i think they are going to see leading up they are going to see leading up to the election, there is no free press, practically. many candidates were banned from running, many are in exile. a million venezuelans were registered to vote, they could not vote abroad. so i do not think they will call at that however, i think the eu observing the election, we have a better understanding of what needs to happen in order to have a free and fair election but the question is, given the poor results in terms of the turnout of those who identify with the government project, will nicolas maduro want a free and fair election that could challenge his place in power? briefly, the opposition parties have stepped over the line, they have gone along with the selection process. can they afford to step away? i selection process. can they afford to step away?- selection process. can they afford to step away? i do not think so- _ afford to step away? i do not think so. at _ afford to step away? i do not think so. at the _ afford to step away? i do not think so. at the same - afford to step away? i do not think so. at the same time, | afford to step away? i do notj think so. at the same time, i do not think they can afford to
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enter an election that does not meet the minimum requirements. so i think there was a learning process. i think this regime is beatable in terms of voting but it requires a free and fair election for that to happen and thatis election for that to happen and that is to be seen, if the world will allow for that free competition to take place. thank you. let s get some of the day s other news. it's nearly 100 days since the taliban took control of kabul. the rapid advance followed a decision by presidentjoe biden to withdrawal us troops from the country. the taliban has already moved to restrict media freedom and the education rights of girls. thousands of people, including female judges, have fled the country and are now living abroad. meanwhile, the international committee of the red cross has warned of severe malnutrition in afghanistan this winter. a lot of development aid has been frozen since the taliban takeover in august. the red cross is currently
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supporting 18 afghan hospitals. the mayor of the biggest city in the french overseas territory of guadaloupe has said france must restore order on the caribbean archipelago after days of violent protests over coronavirus restrictions. there are fears that organised criminal groups are taking advantage of the unrest. france has sent special forces to beef up security. 70 years ago denmark conducted a �*social experiment�* on children from greenland — taking them away from their parents so they could become �*more danish�*. twenty two inuit children were taken to live in denmark fora year in1951. only six of them are still alive and they�*re now seeking 38,000 dollars each in compesation. the lawyer representing the group says their childhoods were ruined, and they lost theirfamilies, language and culture. courtney bembridge has the details. comrade was a danish colony and
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as you said, this was aimed at trying to create this new danish elite in greenland. 22 children, the families were convinced they could give their children a better life if they send them on a ship off to denmark for a year and they would return to greenland, re—educated and with greater language skills. this was 1951. it was such a prestigious project at the time that the queen of denmark actually visited, there was a double page spread in a magazine touting its success but in reality this was very different. a lot of these children had very difficult times with foster families in denmark and when they were returned to greenland a year later they were placed in orphanages even though many of them had families. they may have come from a single—parent household and they were not able to go back to their families, they were taken to these orphanages, many of them lost touch entirely with their families. i want to talk about one specific case, a lady called helen, she was taken at the time, herfather called helen, she was taken at the time, her father had just died from tuberculosis and she
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was taken from her mother, her mother had three young children at the time and was pressured into sending her daughter away. she spoke to the bbc five years ago about her experience and i think we can have a listen. translation: from the boat i looked at my mum and i - couldn�*t wave at her, i was too upset, ijust kept my arms down. why are you letting me leave? in denmark i was put with two different foster families. the first one was with a doctor outside copenhagen. i didn�*t feel welcome in that family. i just felt like a stranger. the following year in 1952, 16 of us were sent to greenland. when the ship docked, i grabbed my little suitcase and rushed down the bridge into the arms of my mum, and i talked and talked about all that i had seen but she did not answer. i looked up at her in confusion. after a while, she said something but i could not understand what she was saying, not a word. and i thought, this is awful. i cannot speak with my mother any more, we speak two different languages.
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that is heartbreaking. i suppose there must be some question if the families were persuaded to let the children 90, persuaded to let the children go, then who�*s fault is it but they are finally seeking compensation?- they are finally seeking compensation? they are finally seeking com ensation? ., ., , compensation? there are only six surviving — compensation? there are only six surviving of _ compensation? there are only six surviving of those - compensation? there are only six surviving of those children| six surviving of those children and they— six surviving of those children and they are seeking 38,000 us dollars_ and they are seeking 38,000 us dollars each. their lawyer as you — dollars each. their lawyer as you said _ dollars each. their lawyer as you said earlier said they had lost — you said earlier said they had losl their_ you said earlier said they had lost their families, their language, culture and sense of belonging and for that they need — belonging and for that they need to— belonging and for that they need to be compensated so he sent_ need to be compensated so he sent a — need to be compensated so he sent a letter to the danish prime _ sent a letter to the danish prime minister demanding this compensation and says if he has not heard — compensation and says if he has not heard back from her office within— not heard back from her office within two weeks he will launch legal— within two weeks he will launch legal proceedings on behalf of the six — legal proceedings on behalf of the six remaining survivors. she — the six remaining survivors. she did _ the six remaining survivors. she did apologise, the danish prime — she did apologise, the danish prime minister formally last year— prime minister formally last year and _ prime minister formally last year and we prime minister formally last yearand we can prime minister formally last year and we can bring that up, what _ year and we can bring that up, what she — year and we can bring that up, what she said. she said we cannot_ what she said. she said we cannot change what happened but we can _ cannot change what happened but we can assume our responsibilities and apologise to those we should have taken care _ to those we should have taken care of— to those we should have taken care of but failed.— care of but failed. that was our reporter _ care of but failed. that was our reporter courtney - our reporter courtney pembridge. the brit awards — the uk�*s
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answer to the grammy�*s — will scrap gendered categories for the first time at next year�*s ceremony. the male and female awards for best artists will be combined into a single prize from 2022. artists like sam smith and will young had previously called for the change, saying the current system excludes non—binary artists. gennaro castaldo is spokesperson for the brit awards and told the bbc why the organisation has decided to make the change. i mean, the brits continue to try to evolve and remain relevant. we have been aware of that debate, we want to stay in touch with what is happening in the industry and society as a whole, and as markjust said there, this is of course about promoting inclusivity, removing any barriers so that anybody can put their music forward however they identify but ultimately, it is about seeing the artist exactly as that, and sort of defining them, judging them by their work rather than by how they identify, and i think that�*s a more sensible and contemporary way of doing it. if you were starting the brit awards from scratch today or any other awards,
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you would probably think about it in those terms so i think, first and foremost, that is the key reason. but obviously, if it helps to remove barriers so it makes it movable and accessible to all, i think that has to be a very positive thing as well. now, a very very bad day in the office for one australian journalist. you�*ve got a big interview with adele — for her new album, and you�*ve been sent from sydney to london to do it. but you come back empty handed. that�*s what�*s happened to an australian tv host who�*s said he is "mortified" over an error, that cost his network, an interview with the superstar singer. matt doran — from channel 7 — met adele for her only australian interview. but after admitting, that he had not listened to the album, sony withheld the interview footage. doran apologised and said he had missed an email with a preview copy of the songs. it was an oversight but not a deliberate snub, he told the australian newspaper. "this is the most important email i have ever missed." australian media reported
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that the trip along with mr doran�*s two colleagues was part of a rights package that had cost the network $1m australian — that�*s 700,000 us dollars. hello. after all of monday�*s sunshine, tuesday will be a cloudier day with the best of any sunny spells across southernmost parts of the uk. despite all the cloud, there�*ll be a lot of dry weather around, though you may encounter a little light rain or drizzle. it is high pressure, which is why it is mainly dry — it is bringing in the cloudier, moist weather from the atlantic with some air which is a little less chilly than it�*s been — but i�*m not sure we�*ll notice much difference between monday and tuesday because we�*re exchanging sunshine for so much more cloud — cloud will have prevented much in the way of frost into scotland and northern ireland overnight. it�*s england and wales that�*ll start with the lower temperatures and the greater chance for a frost, but also some early sunny spells. a rather cloudy day, though, in scotland and northern ireland, some patchy rain and drizzle north and west scotland, into northern ireland.
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and northwest england and north wales could see some of that, as well — and see the cloud just increasing further through wales and england. just east anglia across southern england, to parts of south wales having some sunny spells on through the afternoon with temperatures which are close to average for the time of year. the odd shower near the north sea coast and the far southeast of england into the channel islands, a few of those could continue into tuesday night. with a lot of cloud around, so bear the only frost, and a band of rain working into scotland and northern ireland as we start off on wednesday morning. now, some fog patches for tuesday morning, as there could be for wednesday morning, as well — and particularly through parts of wales and england, they mayjust end with a grey and rather misty, murky day, an already cold—feeling day. ahead of this weather front, which takes rain towards northwest england and wales, and out of scotland and northern ireland with sunshine following, but blustery showers, wintry on hills. it is a colder—feeling day for wednesday. and then, for thursday, the colder air has come back — but it�*s a brighter day again with sunny spells, though cloud steadily increasing in scotland and northern ireland. wintry showers in northern scotland, a few coastal showers
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elsewhere in both the east and west of the uk, but most dry with some sunshine. and then, this at the end of the week that will take us into the weekend, as well, an area of low pressure moves across us — so wet weather pressing south, heavy showers following on behind, and stronger winds with gales in places, as well. and it will feel much colder with a significant wind chill around. and some of these showers may be wintry not necessarilyjust on hills.
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this is bbc news,
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the headlines: a vigil has been held in waukesha in wisconsin for those killed and injured when a car ploughed into people in a holiday parade. police are to charge a suspect with five counts of intentional homicide. they don�*t believe the incident was related to terrorism. as austria reintroduces a nationwide lockdown, european ministers prepare to meet in brussels to discuss a co—ordinated response to the latest covid crisis. the continent has seen the number of cases spiral in recent weeks, and have introduced more restrictions, sparking protests in several countries. britain�*s version of the grammy awards — the brits — will scrap the categories of best male and best female for next year�*s ceremony. the male and female awards for best artists will be combined into a single prize.

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