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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. i'm rich preston. the queen celebrates the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne — and says she'd like her daughter—in law, camilla, to become queen consort. it indicates not least that the queen is now thinking about what happens after the end of her reign and it settles one of the big unresolved issues about charles�*s reign. what will camilla be known as? moroccan officials say a five year old boy who spent four days trapped down a well, has died.
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hello and welcome to audiences in the uk and around the world. the queen has said she wants camilla, the duchess of cornwall, to be known as queen consort when prince charles becomes king. in a message marking the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne, the queen said it was her "sincere wish" that camilla would have that title. it paves the way for camilla to be crowned at her husband's side on his coronation day. our royal correspondent, nicholas witchell reports from sandringham. she's preparing to mark the 70th anniversary of the day she came to the throne. this morning, the queen greeted guests in the ballroom at sandringham, walking slowly and carefully, steadied with a stick. but alert and fully engaged.
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i was told it had to be upside—down for the press. 0h, they can see it. laughter. i don't matter. the queen seemed quite fit and well today, yes. she has actually had that little sparkle in her eye and, you know, her sense of humour was there, so, yeah, i'd say she was fine. a little frail, but terrific sense of humour she'sl got, which, you know, really stands out. - and very bright, and her. memory must be fantastic! and it's clear for the first time how actively the queen is contemplating the arrangements for the future. probably be quite different because nowadays when we do things quite differently? in a statement tonight she recalled the pledge she made at the time of her 21st birthday. archive: i declare before| you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted your service. the queen made it clear there is no question of her stepping back
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from her role. she said... and then she turns to the transition to the reign of her eldest son, and says this. cheering. until now, mindful of the sensitivities around camilla's role in the breakdown of charles�*s first marriage, it had been intended that she would become princess consort. now, the queen has made clear her wish that camilla should have the full status as the wife of a king and be known as queen. tonight, clarence house
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said charles and camilla were "touched and honoured". nicholas witchell, bbc news, sandringham. the operation to rescue a five—year—old boy, trapped in a well in morocco since tuesday, has ended in tragedy. rescue workers managed to reach rayan awram after digging a 30 metre tunnel — but officials say he'd already died before they brought him back up to the surface. his death was confirmed in a statement by the king of morocco. duncan kennedy reports. voices clamour. for a few moments, the crowd who'd gathered to witness this difficult national spectacle cheered. apparently in the belief that five—year—old rayan was being brought out alive. but as an ambulance left the scene, it later became evident that rayan had not survived. a message from morocco's royal court confirmed that the five—year—old boy had died. it said king mohammed vi had
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contacted rayan�*s parents to tell them the news. rayan�*s ordeal began on tuesday. these ghostly images of the five—year—old with a blooded face captured by the rescue teams who'd lowered a camera to him. they'd also fed in systems to provide oxygen and water though it's unclear if he was able to use them. rayan had slipped down the well while out with his father. the hole was the depth of a ten—storey buidling but the width of a newspaper. that meant the rescuers could not go down the hole and had instead to gouge out a new trench at the side. hundreds of construction workers, engineers, and volunteers, burrowed forfive days, removing tonnes of rock and sand. for the final few delicate metres, they had held up the brittle, collapse—prone strata with plastic and metal tunnels. the story of the little trapped boy brought moroccans out to witness this unfolding drama
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in the hills near one of their northern towns. rayan�*s story was told around the world. but it seems the rescue teams could not get to him in time. and the prayers of a nation went unanswered. a country hoping for a child's salvation has been left bereft, and rayan�*s parents can only mourn their son. duncan kennedy, bbc news. journalist aida alami has been following the story. she explained how the rescue efforts gripped the nation. i'm still trying to make sense of what happened. the boy fell down the well on tuesday. at first, the villagers scrambled to get him out and then there was an actual rescue operation put into place. at first, we were given images of the boy, seemingly breathing, and there was some hope.
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and as of yesterday, they stopped communicating about the status of his health or reassuring anybody about what was going on so this is when i started to get a feeling that it was not going to go well. everyone was holding hope and this is, this week, everyone was just waiting, there had been sleepless nights for thousands of people around the world, hoping for a happy ending. and then, i mean, the most likely scenario happened, unfortunately. as we saw in the pictures in the report, hundreds of people gathered around the site, this captured the hearts and minds of people in morocco. yes, definitely. it's a very compelling story on so many levels. one of them, it has taken place in a region that has been neglected for so many decades. that doesn't have access to a lot of services or resources .
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and all of a sudden, is bereft of one of its little boys. just the whole thing is so sad. so cruel. i think everyone felt it very strongly. let's get some of the day's other news hundreds of people in rio dejaneiro have demonstrated next to a seafront kiosk where a congolese migrant was murdered last month. moheez kabagambay, who worked at the kiosk, was tied up and beaten to death after complaining about unpaid wages. his ordeal was captured by a security camera. demonstrators called for a full investigation and the arrests of everyone involved. the authorities in the mexican state of zacatecas are investigating the murder of 16 people whose deaths are thought to be linked to an intensifying struggle between drugs gangs. ten of the bodies were found dumped in a street in the city of frensillo with messages attached to them. authorities in peru have authorised
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the spanish company, repsol, to reopen a refinery that closed after a huge oil spill. operations at the facility — which provides a0 per cent of peru's petrol and diesel — will resume for ten days to ease fuel shortages. the refinery shut after more than 10,000 barrels of oil being unloaded from a tanker leaked into the sea. a powerful storm has struck madagascar — the second in two weeks. cyclone batsirai has winds of about 180 kilometres an hour — and more floods and landslides are expected. aid agencies have set up emergency shelters, where there are fears of significant and widespread damage to homes. lucy grey has more details. cyclone batsirai making landfall, heavy rain and winds of more than 180 kilometres an hour batter madagascar, the island still reeling from a storm less than a fortnight ago. they've been preparing, reinforcing their roofs here, and taking shelter.
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200 people crammed into this one room, bracing themselves for the full force of the cyclone. translation: the probleml is there is no drinking water, there is nothing, we make do with what we have at first but it scares us because of diseases and all that, it makes us anxious. i am a widow, i have no husband. i have difficulty finding food and so do my children. less than two weeks ago, tropical storm anna caused landslides and widespread flooding, leaving at least 55 people dead, and tens of thousands homeless. many are still in the evacuation centres and temporary shelters they had fled then. it's a major concern for aid agencies and the un. madagascar was already hit by tropical storm anna which brought winds, heavy rains, destruction and loss of life. more than 130,000 people were affected across madagascar including over 70,000 people who were displaced.
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storm anna also hit malawi, mozambique and zimbabwe killing dozens of people. the emergency services are already at full stretch and humanitarian agencies warn hundreds of thousands of people will be directly affected by cyclone batsirai with widespread damage to homes. around 4 million people now nervously wait to see what they will have to deal with after the storm has passed. lucy grey, bbc news. military coups were a regular occurrence in africa in the decades that followed independence in the 1960s, and there is concern they are starting to become more frequent again. this year has already seen two attempts: six people were killed in a failed attempt to topple president umaro sissoco embaloa in guinea bissau just last week. and injanuary the military took over in burkina faso. naunihal singh is a professor at the us naval war college, and author of "seizing power: the strategic logic of military coups". hejoins us from rhode island.
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professor, very good to see you. when general says that coups are back in africa, is that true? it coups are back in africa, is that true?— coups are back in africa, is that true? it is true but it is also probably _ that true? it is true but it is also probably true - that true? it is true but it is also probably true that - that true? it is true but it is l also probably true that coups never fully left. between 2015 and 2020 two successful coups a year and now there have been six successful coups, nine attempts in just the past 12 months alone so there's definitely an upswing. at the same time, these were never countries where the threat of civil military challenges were entirely absent. 0ne civil military challenges were entirely absent. one thing to think about is that some of these countries have had a very large number of coup attempts in their history. for example, sudan has had 17 coup attempts in total, and there are two
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factors that lead to the likelihood that a country will have a coup, one of them is the number of past attempts, the other is the level of economic development. so if you are poor and you have had many coup attempts, you are more likely to have attempts in the future and if you go to these countries, chad, this was the seventh attempt, burkina faso, eight, malley has had eight, these are all countries which have struggled with coup attempts in the past and that means they are likely to have coups now so one of my reservations with the secretary general remarks is that it overstates the degree of change. some of this is a matter of the item noticing patterns or us not noticing or paying attention to coup attempts before and now there are a lot of them but it does not mean that coups are back and are going to necessarily remain here. or that they were
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entirely gone before.— entirely gone before. what are a . encies entirely gone before. what are agencies doing _ entirely gone before. what are agencies doing about - entirely gone before. what are agencies doing about this? - agencies doing about this? unfortunately, they are in a position to do very little and the reason is these are trans— governmental institutions. and they are designed to respect sovereignty to a great deal and sovereignty to a great deal and so they are not institutions that either have the capacity to try to stop crews from occurring nor do they really have the willingness to meddle overly much in the internal affairs of their members. this is particularly true for the african union which treads rather delicately when it comes to its internal affairs of its member states. to its internal affairs of its memberstates. in to its internal affairs of its member states. in the past, the west would try to twist arms a good deal. the imf and world bank would cut funding, the us and the european union would
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withdraw support. but the problem is there has been a geopolitical shift so it's no longer true that african countries are as reliant on america or on the european union as they had been previously. so if you consider a country like sudan, sudan has long felt sanctions from the west and after these recent coups, they have been able to return to gulf nations for support. if we consider for example outside of africa, myanmar, relies very heavily on china for support, china is another important part of this story. china does not like to intervene in internal affairs of other countries, respect what is going on, they are not interested in forcing countries to become democratic. they do interfere if a country does something which affects thai ban, shin chan or to bed but other than that, they do not
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actually care, they are happy to deal with whatever government happens to be empowered. government happens to be empowered-— empowered. professor, unfortunately _ empowered. professor, unfortunately we - empowered. professor, unfortunately we must l empowered. professor, - unfortunately we must leave it there but thank you so much for joining us. we very grateful. this is bbc news — a reminder of the headlines the queen celebrates the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne — and says she'd like her daughter—in law, camilla, to become queen consort. borisjohnson has announced new appointments to his team, saying they will help to improve the way downing street operates. the british prime minister had promised to make changes in response to revelations about parties during lockdown. 0ur political correspondent, iain watson, has more details. after another week of bad headlines, the loss of senior downing street staff and some of his own mps openly calling for him to go, tonight borisjohnson was attempting to get on the front foot. he has appointed the former bbc journalist guto hari as his director of communications. he worked for borisjohnson when he was london mayor
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and here he was just over a week ago setting out what the prime minister had to do. boris has always underestimated how critical it is to have a fantastic team around him and i don't think, even if he can pull this back, he will be allowed to do it unless he promises to his party that he is going to overhaul that machinery. and as part of that overhaul, unusually the new chief of staff in downing street won't be a civil servant but a politician, the former brexit secretary steve barclay. his job will be to ensure that the cabinet and mps feel more involved in decision—making, although tony blair's former chief of staff jonathan powell questioned whether a demanding full—time role as a government official really can be combined with the job of an mp. after so—called partygate, borisjohnson had to promise his mps behind closed doors that he'd make significant changes to the way that downing street was run. and i'm told there will be an even bigger staff shake—up announced in the coming week. but he's also being pressed by seniorfigures in his party to make changes to his cabinet, to look beyond his
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natural allies. and i'm told that those discussions, or perhaps i should say, negotiations, are already under way. it is actually an opportunity for a reset, which i hope the prime minister takes, because it's a very important part of his premiership, that he actually builds bridges, notjust between downing street and the parliamentary party but across the parliamentary party. but will this be enough? more mps are considering submitting letters of no confidence and potential rivals to the prime minister seem to be limbering up. rebuilding trust with mps is one thing, but what voters think is rather more crucial. and here in plymouth, the prime minister still seems to have his work cut out. he's apologised, he's clearing out number ten. maybe he's doing his bit. he might be doing his bit, but he let a lot of people down. well, i don't think- anybody else could take over and do any better. borisjohnson is hoping that the changes in downing street will convince his conservative critics not to change its occupant. iain watson, bbc news.
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mexico has long been one of the most dangerous countries in the world forjournalists. but even by its standards, it's been one of the deadliest months in years. in total, fourjournalists were murdered in the country over the past few weeks — several of those killed were even part of the country's journalist protection scheme when they were murdered, as our mexico correspondent, will grant, reports from tijuana. translation: ifear for my life. tijuana—based radio journalist lourdes maldonado told the president live on television 2019. unfortunately, she was right to be worried. last week, ms maldonado was murdered by a gunman outside her home. the third journalist of four killed in mexico this year, she was embroiled in a legal dispute with the ex governor of her state jaime bonilla who has denied any involvement in her killing. when she was killed, lourdes maldonado had
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a bodyguard and a panic button as part of the state's journalist protection scheme. it made no difference. the thing is journalists like lourdes maldonado are generally covering stories that won't make international headlines or even necessarily gain the attention they deserve here in mexico. they risk their lives daily for pitifully low wages and even worse working conditions amid harassment and intimidation. yet, they do so on a commitment to expose the corruption, abuse and violence that underpins so many people's lives in this country. a large contingent of tijuana's journalists attended her funeral. some to cover it, others to grieve. an entire profession in shock. what happens with lourdes is something that happens often. journalists tell the authorities that they are in trouble, they tell them that they are receiving threats and more often than not, the response by the mexican government is if it's not
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negative, it is simply silence. no, nothing is done about it. 0ne reporter paying his respects was antonio, also in the protection scheme after suspected cartel members appeared at his home in an unmarked vehicle. now, he is accompanied all day by an armed guard shadowing his every move. but antonio knows if the drug cartels want to silence him, there is little we can do. translation: of course, i'm very aware of that. . the person who wants to hurt you is going to hurt you because the person who's going to do it has been paid to do a job. ms maldano was the second journalist to be killed in tijuana within a week after photographer margarito martinez was also gunned down. theiir killings have touched everyjournalist in the city. even advisors to the governments protection scheme say it is not fit for purpose. translation: it has been broken from its very inception. _ it was designed with| no recommendations from journalists. instead, it was put - together under pressure
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from international human rights groups over the high _ rate of attacks and - murders ofjournalists. it was just improvised, they i made it up as they went along. we asked the state government for an interview but none was given. but the president has gone on the offensive. fewjournalists are carrying out the noble work of informing, he said. angering many that accuse him of ignoring the dangers they face. journalists across the country protested to demand greater protection and an end to impunity. the grim reality is that with four voices extinguished already this year, mexico looks to remain the most dangerous country in the world forjournalists outside of a war zone. will grant, bbc news, tijuana. the uk government wants tougher laws forcing global social media companies, to take down illegal content, without having to wait for users to report it. it's an issue politicans across the world have been
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trying to deal with. last year g7 leaders agreed a set of internet safety principles to improve online safety. here in the uk the new legislation, would compel the removal of material under a wide range of categories, including drugs and arms dealing, and forums that encourage suicide. here's katie prescott. frankie was 15 when she took her own life in 2018. afterwards, her parents had her laptop forensically checked. and realised that, back earlier in the year, january, february, march of 2018, she had been accessing sites about self—harm, suicide. just appalling stuff. and we had no idea and the school had absolutely no idea. stories like these are behind plans to toughen up regulations online. tech companies will face fines of up to 10% of their turnover if they don't take down material relating to...
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those sending threatening messages, like the racist abuse of england's footballers last year, will face prosecution, as will people at the companies themselves. the organisations will have - to name individuals who will be responsible within those i organisations for complying with the legislation. if they continue to flout that legislation, those named i individuals will be responsible and could face up to five - years' imprisonment. tech companies say they welcome the clear guidance from government and that they see the need for more regulation. they say that the internet needs to become a safer place, too, but there are concerns that this could stifle people's access to information, if companies were to over moderate and remove too much content in order to comply. experts say the challenge will be putting it into practice. on facebook platforms alone, people are posting more than 100 billion times a day.
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in 2017, facebook and instagram were taking down 35,000 posts a day about self— harm and suicide alone. so, this is regulation not at a minor scale, but at an industrial scale. while there's criticism about whether the plans go far enough, they will mean a revolution in how the online world is policed. katie prescott, bbc news. and finally — a festival of lights is brightening up the dark nordic winter in the danish capital. the majority of the light works are placed along the quay and on the bicycle bridges of copenhagen. following the repeal of covid—19 restrictions, organisers hope to welcome more visitors than last year, when more than half a million people visited over a three—week period. the festival has 50 installations making it the largest in europe. you can reach me on twitter — i'm @ rich preston
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hello there. the rain is pushing southward, the snow is returning to the north. with a real risk of some quite significant snow through the remainder of the night and the start of sunday. 0ur weather front slowly meandering south bringing that milder, wetter and windier weather. quite a contrast as we go towards dawn. the prospect of several centimetres of snow piling up over the hills of scotland and even a few centimetres at lower levels, blowing around in those strong to gale force winds. of course with that, temperatures close to freezing as well. blizzards in places, in contrast, the rain is quite heavy, pushing its way further southwards across england and wales, relatively mild in contrast, in fact, temperatures more akin to what they would be in the daytime at this time of year. so we've got that north/south split during the morning strong winds throughout,
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blowing that rain away we think by the end of the morning for most parts, certainly the heavier rain. it could linger in southern and western areas, that strong wind, potentially gales through the channel, further north and west a lot of wintry showers following behind with hail and thunder as well as sleet and snow. a blustery day throughout which will accentuate the chill. in fact, we've got that cold, arctic air with us. these are temperatures to start the day, they will dip away as the day goes on across the southern half of the country. we are into the cold airagain on sunday but it doesn't last long. i think we will have quite a chilly night here under the starry skies. temperatures will fall away and we are more likely to see a frost quite widely by the time we get to monday morning. this is monday morning. further north and west, we've got the cloud gathering once again and the rain, our next weather front toppling in. doesn't look as if it will give us significant rain because the high—pressure building towards the south. but that weather front here in the northwest at least on monday will give us fairly wet weather. so, let's watch the
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progress of that as it topples into the day. brightness and sunshine further south and east and a relatively mild day in contrast once again a real topsy—turvy with our temperatures as we've seen throughout the week and that continues into the start of next week. high pressure will start to build through. i think we will be having a lot of cloud around through the day on tuesday and indeed into wednesday but still a lot of dry and settled weather to end the week. as ever, the warnings are on the website.
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this is bbc news, the headlines: the queen has announced she wants camilla, the duchess of cornwall, to be known as queen consort when her eldest son, prince charles, becomes king. she expressed what she called her "sincere wish" in a message to mark the 70th anniversary of her reign. a five—year—old boy in morocco who fell down a well on tuesday has died, following a huge rescue effort. he was finally pulled from the 30—metre—deep shaft but his death was later confirmed by king mohammed — who passed on his condolences to the boy's parents. madagascar has been struck by a powerful storm for the second time in weeks. cyclone batsirai has brought heavy rain and sustained winds of one—hundred—and—seventy kilometres an hour. thousands of people have been moved to temporary shelters. last month, storm ana caused devastation and dozens of deaths.
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