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welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore. i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines: will you take responsibility, prime minister? has your leadership failed? the initial report into parties at downing street during covid lockdowns finds �*failures of leadership and judgement�* at number 10, putting prime ministerjohnson under renewed pressure. i wanted to say sorry. and i'm sorry for the things we simply didn't get right. i gets and i will fix it. by by routinely breaking the rules he said. — by routinely breaking the rules he said, the prime minister took— he said, the prime minister took us _ he said, the prime minister took us all for full. he held
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people's_ took us all for full. he held people's sacrifice in contempt. he showed himself unfit for office — he showed himself unfit for office -- _ he showed himself unfit for office —— all for falls. police investigating the parties say they've received hundreds of photographs and documents. also in the programme: it's a year since the military seized power in myanmar. un investigators say more than 1,000 people might have been killed in war crimes since the coup. translation: i took up arms in the hoe translation: i took up arms in the hepe our _ translation: i took up arms in the hope our weapons _ translation: i took up arms in the hope our weapons would - the hope our weapons would bring justice for the whole society. i'll be fighting for that as long as they live. and more than a billion people around the world are celebrating lunar new year. we'll tell you all you need to know about one of the world's biggest festivals. live from our studio in singapore, this is bbc news — it's newsday.
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it's 9:00 in the morning in singapore, and 1:00am in london, where borisjohnson has been addressing his mps in a private meeting, trying to fend off more calls for him to step down. it comes after he again apologised to parliament, following a report by a senior civil servant into downing street parties during lockdowns. though limited in scope due to an ongoing police inquiry, the report was nevertheless greeted with anger by many mps, including those in his own party. police say they are reviewing more than 300 photos passed to officers in relation to 12 events across government on eight different dates. 0ur political editor laura kuenssberg reports on the day's events. it has been a long, uncomfortable wait for number 10 — an official verdict into the government itself breaking the rules. part one, at least,
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has now arrived. will you take responsibility, prime minister? there may be no easy downing street escape. the blond head and red box you can spot from the sky arriving for a moment borisjohnson�*s enemies believed could be a reckoning. prime minister. he started with another apology. firstly, i want to say sorry, and i'm sorry for the things we simply didn't get right and also sorry for the way that this matter has been handled. and it's no use saying that this or that was within the rules, and it's no use saying that people were working hard. this pandemic was hard for everyone. his penance, though — not changing his own address, but shifting others around. mr speaker, it isn't enough to say sorry. this is a moment when we must look at ourselves in the mirror and we must learn.
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we are making changes now to the way downing street and the cabinet office run, so that we can get on with the job that i was elected to do, mr speaker, and thejob that this government was elected to do. mr speaker, i get it and i will fix it. the findings are grim for downing street. ms gray found a serious failure to observe the high standards expected, with too little thought given to what was happening across the country. there were failures of leadership and judgement by different parts of number 10 and the cabinet office. she found excessive consumption of alcohol that is not appropriate in a professional workplace at any time, and some staff who had wanted to raise concerns about behaviours felt unable to do so. this may not be the full and final version, but the conclusion is clear — a number of these gatherings should not have been allowed
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to take place or to develop in the way that they did. and, remember, this is only the initial report into what has emerged week by grisly week about what was going on behind the closed door of number 10. jokes about explaining away the rules. this fictional party was a business meeting! cheese and wine in the garden, claims of loud music and parties in the flat upstairs. birthday cake in the cabinet room. the rule—setters alleged to be rule—breakers while the rest of the country was locked down. in contrast to the prime minister's seeming hope to rush through the statement this afternoon, the leader of the opposition was brutal and took his time. by routinely breaking the rules he set, the prime minister took us all for fools. he held people's sacrifice in contempt, he showed himself unfit for office. prime minister, the british public aren't fools. they never believed a word of it. they think the prime minister should do the decent
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thing and resign. of course, he won't, because he is a man without shame. some ministers hung their heads as the labour leader appealed to them, to their tory colleagues, to call time on the prime minister labour claims is now simply not fit to govern. they can heap their reputations, the reputation of their party, the reputation of this country, on the bonfire that is his leadership, or they can spare the country from a prime minister totally unworthy of his responsibilities. the eyes of the country are upon them. they will be judged by the decisions they take now. in all the sound and fury at borisjohnson, the snp breaking commons manners... he misled the house, he must now resign. ..branding him a liar. that man has misled the house.
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a wild ride in the commons. shut up. downing street had hoped the danger was passing. borisjohnson�*s lieutenants tried to grab control and shore up angry mps, but attacks on number 10 from the tory side were opened by none other than a withering former prime minister. either my right honourable friend had not read the rules or didn't understand what they meant, and others around him, orthey didn't think the rules applied to number10. which was it? i am deeply concerned by these events and very concerned indeed by some of the things that he has said from that dispatch box and i have to tell him, he no longer enjoys my support. it seems a lot of people - attended events in may 2020. the one i recall attending - was my grandmother's funeral. i didn't hug my siblings, i didn't hug my parents. j i gave a eulogy and then. afterwards, i didn't even go to her house for a cup of tea.
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i drove back three hours i to kent from staffordshire. does the prime minister think i'm a fool? - no, mr speaker, i want to thank my honourable friend and i want to say how deeply i sympathise with him and his family for their loss. disbelief on the faces of some of borisjohnson�*s own side. despair across much of the tory party and fatigue at weeks and weeks of this mess, but there is not yet a resolve to see the back of the man who won an historic majority with a promise of change. not tonight, not yet. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. the conflict in myanmar is becoming increasingly violent and widespread, so much so that one year after the coup that took aung san suu kyi from power it is now considered a civil war. battles between the military and organised groups of armed civilians are not only becoming more deadly, but also more widespread, according to data analysed by the bbc. this report from rebecca henshke is distressing from the start.
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this is the aftermath of a brutal raid by the military on a village in central myanmar. the bodies of six men were found. they were the ones who couldn't run. three were elderly, two had a mental health condition. some had their hands tied, as well as ropes around their neck. this man's body showed signs of torture. his widow says he stayed to look after their animals. translation: he had a limp| after falling from a palm tree. they must have seen he was disabled. he was old enough to be their father or grandfather, but they killed him. i'm heartbroken.
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this man was rounded up in the same group, but managed to escape by pretending to be dead. he says soldiers were looking for resistance fighters — members of the civilian militia network — called the people's defence forces, or pdf. translation: they wanted our names and our mobile phones. | they asked, "are you the pdf?" everyone said they weren't. after a while, a short man with smallpox scars walked in. he started killing people, saying, "you are pdf fighters." the military is now under attack across the country from the people's defence forces. what started a year ago as peaceful protests against the military coup is now a guerrilla war. translation: there is no country we can rely on. - there is no international organisation we can rely on.
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this man, whose name means dragon, has emerged as one of the prominent leaders of the armed resistance. before the coup, he was a businessman. now he controls pdf units fighting with whatever weapons they can find. translation: i took up arms in the hope our weapons - would bring justice for the whole of society. i keep fighting for that as long as i live. the pdf are being backed by ethnic armies who have been fighting that as long as i live. —— the pdf are being backed by ethnic armies who had been fighting the military for decades in the border areas. theirjungle camps, thousands of young protesters have been trained in weapons of war. translation: i never dreamt of handling a real gun - or any other weapon. this person isjust 18. before the coup, she was planning to study economics. now she is in a pdf unit in central me and mark, attacking military.
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translation: i feel nothing about killing soldiers - for military dictators. our people are in deep trouble because of them. the well armed military has labelled anyone opposing them as terrorists, vowing to hold onto power. this is now a civil war. a conflict that is intensifying and largely hidden from the outside world. rebecca henschke, bbc news. 0ur south—east asia correspondent jonathan head joins us from the border between thailand and myanmar. it is wonderful to have you on the programme. i know that you have covered this extensively over the course of the last year. just from that report we have seen from rebecca,
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resistance does seem to be growing. from your experience how widespread is that resistance now in myanmar? it is remarkably widespread. it is also remarkably persistent. a lot of these volunteer fighters data with just a few scrappy home—made guns. many of them was city—folk, as you heard from that report, and i spoke to many others who left the city, comfortablejobs, they city, comfortable jobs, they may city, comfortablejobs, they may have been low—grade jobs city, comfortablejobs, they may have been low—gradejobs in cafes or they may have been involved in business, and had to learn to be fighters. and it has been pretty rough. if you look at the hills behind me, over the past month there have been ellie carpenter gunships going up and down there, sleeping positions, there are a lot of volunteer pdf members who have come here. this is one of the closest members they can come to, notionally liberated, close to young—gwon. the people who have been fighting you have found it very rough indeed. it has been a tough learning process for them and a lot of people have been killed in these encounters. yet you don't get a sense that people are giving up yet. there really is
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still extraordinary outrage about what the military did last year in seizing power, entrusting a democratic experiment that meant he —— greyfields juncker experiment that meant he —— greyfieldsjuncker burmese greyfields juncker burmese people, greyfieldsjuncker burmese people, they really saw a possibility, all its flaws, the country moving forward, and the dreadfully violent response of the military against the civil disobedience movement, simply opening fire on groups of arnhem civilians and i think people feel they have no choice. in that report the people are saying the international community isn't going to help us. if you remember those early protest, there was enormous optimism that they would get international support. they assumed that as a clearly elected government had been ousted there would be support, meaningful support from other countries and the chronic failure of diplomacy on myanmar, men, chronic even by the postans of diplomatic interventions in other places, and syria, has left people feeling very bitter and that they have no choice but to fight. how long ago that is hard to say. up against a very
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well armed military. it is an uneven fight, but huge numbers of people havejoined uneven fight, but huge numbers of people have joined these defence forces and the army is now fighting on many, many fronts. it has probably stretched pretty then. i think this year at least we will see a continuation of a really grim stalemate that is, sadly, going to cost a lot of lives, until one side or the other feels they can't go on. they can't see that happening in a year. and what we are all waiting for is is there still a possibility of some kind of meaningful international intervention that could seek a way out of it. again, no sign of that. indeed. jonathan. _ again, no sign of that. indeed. jonathan, always _ again, no sign of that. indeed. jonathan, always fantastic - again, no sign of that. indeed. jonathan, always fantastic to i jonathan, always fantastic to get you on newsday with your analysis there on the current situation at the thai— myanmar border. thank you forjoining us. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: a festival of light, luck, and colour. hundreds of millions of people celebrate the lunar new year.
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around the world, non—stop. this is newsday on the bbc. 0ur headlines: the initial findings of the report into parties at downing street during the covid lockdown have been published — outlining failures of leadership and judgement. let us stay with our top story for you now. as we said, this initial report by the senior civil servant sue gray is a long way from the full document. she was asked by the metropolitan police to keep to a minimum any references to events that detectives were now investigating. that meant severely limiting what sue gray could publish. we now know that scotland yard is investigating 12 events on eight separate dates including an event in the prime minister's flat in downing street. 0ur correspondent daniel sandford has more on the police investigation — and a warning,
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there is some flash photography in this report. the departure of dominic cummings from downing street in november 2020. two gatherings held on the day he left are among those now under investigation by scotland yard, detectives examining whether the prime minister and his staff were breaking the lockdown rules that they themselves had written. borisjohnson has previously told the house of commons that no rules were broken that day. so which events are the police investigating? starting on 20 may, 2020 with the infamous "bring your own booze" event, they're looking at 12 different gatherings on eight different dates. eight of the events were in downing street and four in the neighbouring cabinet office. one was in the prime minister's own flat. the last two events were leaving dos held on the same day in april last year. we had a bundle of material provided to us just friday,
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which is well over 500 pieces of paper, about a ream and a half, and we received over 300 photographs, so we've just received that and my officers are prioritising this week to consider what's been provided in that bundle of material, what further investigations that they need to do and, of course, who they're going to be contacting. and who might get fined? well, that's not yet clear. detectives will be writing to dozens of staff in downing street and the cabinet office, asking for their accounts of the gatherings and whether they had a reasonable excuse for their actions. although the maximum penalty for these alleged offences is only a small fine, detectives here say they will be fast—tracking the investigation and it should be over in a matter of weeks, rather than months. but how damaged are the metropolitan police after being caught in this political storm? they've been accused of not intervening to stop the alleged parties at the time and then getting in the way of the publication of sue gray's full report
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by asking for the details not to be published. i understand the frustrations, i feel frustrated. what's important, though, is that i don't allow my frustrations to interfere with an independent police investigation. the force said today that it understood that its actions around the alleged downing street parties had divided opinion, but it insisted that it had to take difficult decisions, even when they were contentious. daniel sandford, bbc news at new scotland yard. let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines. the us and russia have exchanged bitter accusations over ukraine at a public session of the un security council. the russian ambassador said the united states was provoking escalation by falsely accusing moscow was preparing to invade. his american counterpart said russia was trying to paint western countries as the aggressors to create an excuse to attack.
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police in manchester have been granted more time to question footballer mason greenwood. the 20—year—old was arrested on suspicion of rape and assault on sunday. his club — manchester united — have said the player will not return to training or matches until further notice. nike says it's suspended its relationship with the player. canada has had some of the world's longest lockdowns and tightest covid restrictions, and like many countries has seen its share of covid protests, but a new proposed mandate on vaccinating truck drivers has ignited its fiercest protests yet, at a difficult time for the country's leadership. stephanie prentice reports. 0na on a mission to shutdown canada �*s political hub, 0ttawa, one blockade at a time. they call themselves be freedom convoy.
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they stand against vaccine mandates for truck drivers, and they aren't backing down. proudly bearing backcountry�*s flag while shaming its leader for what they see as criminal abuse of power. the prime minister has left his family home in the capital for safety reasons, while also isolating after testing positive for covid—19 on monday. i after testing positive for covid-19 on monday. i feel well and have no — covid-19 on monday. i feel well and have no symptoms. - covid-19 on monday. i feel well and have no symptoms. i- covid-19 on monday. i feel well and have no symptoms. i want| covid-19 on monday. i feel well. and have no symptoms. i want to be very clear. we are not intimidated by those who held and abuse of small—business workers and steal food from the homeless. we won't give in to those who fly racist flags. he was addressing the actions of some protesters who have been accused of violence, harassment, racism and homophobia over the weekend.
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and one homeless shelter said a group tried to steal their food supplies. but while the truckers are providing every muscle and deterring law enforcement from trying to shut things down, they are not operating alone. 0ther things down, they are not operating alone. other groups here include those who want an end to covid rules and those who want government leaders to resign. who want government leaders to resi . n. , , ., , who want government leaders to resin. , , ., resign. these people here are aid b resign. these people here are paid by us- — resign. these people here are paid by us. when _ resign. these people here are paid by us. when not - resign. these people here are paid by us. when not paid - resign. these people here are paid by us. when not paid by| paid by us. when not paid by them. so they should be listening to us.— them. so they should be listening to us. there are --eole listening to us. there are peeple from _ listening to us. there are people from every - listening to us. there are people from every walk l listening to us. there are| people from every walk of listening to us. there are - people from every walk of life here — people from every walk of life here. , ., , , ., ., here. the protesters are also backed by — here. the protesters are also backed by senior _ here. the protesters are also backed by senior members . here. the protesters are also| backed by senior members of here. the protesters are also - backed by senior members of the opposition conservative party. but some small businesses and schools here have said the protesters are ruining everyday life and that the protesters do not represent them. i life and that the protesters do not represent them.— not represent them. i am sta in: not represent them. i am staying here _ not represent them. i am staying here for - not represent them. i am staying here for the - not represent them. i am i staying here for the people! the end of all this seemingly not insight. hotels in the area reporting being booked out all of next week and by protesters and the convoy�*s leaders say
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they will stay here until their demands are met. stephanie prentice, bbc news. more than a billion people around the world are celebrating the chinese new year, also known as the spring festival or lunar new year. here's what you need to know about one of the world's biggest festivals from karl riley. chinese new year is the biggest festival in china. it's also known as the spring festival or lunar new year. it marks the first new moon in the chinese lunar solar calendar. which is based on cycles of the moon and the earth. in 2022, the festival falls on1 february. chinese new year has been celebrated for centuries. 0ne legend says it began with the defeat of the beast. it was chased away by villagers with red colours, bright lights... fireworks.
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..and loud sounds. food's an important part of the festivities. and certain ingredients hold special meaning. dumplings symbolise wealth. noodles represent longevity. and fish signifies abundance. red envelopes with money are given for good luck. each year is named after one of the 12 animals of the chinese zodiac. 2022 is the year of the tiger. that's associated with confidence and competitiveness. from all of us here at bbc news to all of those of you who are
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celebrating the lunar new year, happy new year! that's all for now. stay with bbc world news. hello. the week got off to a stormy start thanks to corrie. the winds have become a little lighter out there now, but for the rest of the week, it will still stay relatively windy, not perhaps as windy, though, as it was due monday. here is corrie come tuesday, menacing down in the middle of the mediterranean. another area of the pressure to the north of the uk will keep it windy here, particularly across scotland, but this weather front sinking south won't bring much in the way of rain. it will usher in quite a bit of cloud and perhaps most noticeably, it will pull in some very mild air, particularly in contrast to monday. sunshine probably most widespread, actually, for scotland and northern england. furthersouth, rather more overcast skies, some patchy light rain or drizzle, but gusts of wind across northern most scotland could still hit up to 80 mph,
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but what a difference in those temperatures for tuesday afternoon, 12—13 celsius, it willjust feel so much milder. and the milder air sticks around as we work our way into wednesday as well. further cloud flooding in from the west. 0ur clearest skies likely to the far northeast of the uk, but because the air itself is mild, i think we will stay frost free, even though temperatures slide down into the range of single figures. and there is this big dome, if you like, of mild air sitting across the uk for wednesday. high pressure to the south, quite a lot of cloud, hopefully some breaks perhaps to the east of the brecons across the northeast of england and for eastern scotland. but despite the cloud, it will still feel considerably warmer than it has done
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to start the week, again, temperatures in double figures. quite a contrast then to come for the end of the week. thursday, we've got a weather front set to work its way south. some heavy rain initially for scotland and northern ireland, then the front pushing down into england and wales come the afternoon. looks like it could eventually bring some rain, something we haven't seen much of in a while, into southernmost england overnight, but the keen eyed amongst you will have noticed the white coming in behind that rain band, much colder airflooding in for friday, another quite deep low to the north of the uk. it's looking windy, it should be bright with a lot of sunshine, but there's the chance that we could see some fairly frequent wintry showers pushing into scotland, i think maybe a few sliding south into northern england as well. and feeling so much colder again by friday. temperatures just 5—9 celsius.
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this is bbc news. we will have the headlines and all the main news stories for you at the top of the hour straight after this programme. hello, and welcome to political thinking. will he stay or will he go? that question has hung over westminster, hung over the country pretty much all of this extraordinary week. and one man has been willing to appear before the microphones and the cameras to make the case for boris johnson. he is my guest on political thinking this week,
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jacob rees—mogg, the leader of the house of commons.


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