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welcome to bbc news — i'm david eades. our top stories... the russian and french presidents say their talks in moscow on the tensions over ukraine have been constructive. protestors in london harass opposition leader sir keir starmer. as the prime minister boris johnson faces more calls to withdraw a false accusation he made against him in parliament. israeli police face allegations of using spyware against public figures, including aides of the former prime minister benjamin netanyahu. we are going to the pictures. he is taking us to titty titty bang. what in the name of god is that? and the nominations are about to roll in. hollywood waits to hear which films are in the running for this year's oscars.
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welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe �*there is no security for europeans if there's no security for russia' — that was the tack taken by president macron of france as he spent five hours in the company of president putin in moscow. his search for a diplomatic breakthrough in the tensions between russia, ukraine and the west pointed to an appreciation on both sides of the need to compromise. but still there was no indication of an imminent that a solution to the current crisis. the efforts by the french president come after russia amassed more than one hundred thousand troops on the border with ukraine. mr macron said he hoped the talks would help reduce �*the risk of conflict�*. moscow has been clear that it won't allow any more expansion of nato
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as it seeks to minimise what it perceives as threats to its borders. at the same time, president biden has been hosting the new german chancellor, olaf scholz inside the white house. our moscow correspondent, steve rosenberg has the latest. from one president to another, warm words. how are you? fine, just fine. how are you? but there'd be no cosy chat. socially—distanced summits is how the kremlin likes it. "emmanuel, i'm so pleased to see you," said vladimir putin. from one president to another, warm words. behind the smiles, though, serious concerns. what worries the west is moscow's muscle flexing near ukraine — like these war games involving russia and belarus, and the russian troops massed near ukraine's border. what worries moscow is nato. it's demanding an end to nato
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enlargement to the east. signs of de—escalation? not yet, but vladimir putin said he would keep talking to president macron. g would keep talking to president macron. �* , ., , macron. a number of his ideas and preposals. _ macron. a number of his ideas and proposals, which - macron. a number of his ideas and proposals, which are - and proposals, which are properly still early to talk about, i think it is quite possible to make these the basis of our furtherjoint steps. basis of our further “oint ste s. ~ . basis of our further “oint stes, . ., ., ., basis of our further “oint stes. ~ . ., ., ., basis of our further “oint stes. . ., ., ., ., steps. we are aware today, both of us, of steps. we are aware today, both of us. of the _ steps. we are aware today, both of us, of the gravity _ steps. we are aware today, both of us, of the gravity of _ steps. we are aware today, both of us, of the gravity of the - of us, of the gravity of the situation _ of us, of the gravity of the situation and of the urgent and imperative necessity in the interests of everyone to find a path _ interests of everyone to find a path of — interests of everyone to find a path of peace and stability in europe _ path of peace and stability in euro e. g , . . europe. just having the french resident europe. just having the french president in — europe. just having the french president in town _ europe. just having the french president in town is _ europe. just having the french president in town is being - europe. just having the french | president in town is being seen as a success for the kremlin. there's a very long but very colourful russian word, "nyeroka pazatny". it means quite literally, "no one wants to shake your hand." you're like a pariah.
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after russia's annexation of crimea eight years ago, vladimir putin was nyerokapazatny. world leaders avoided him like the plague. now, they're queuing up to meet him — today, it was president macron, in a week or so, it'll be the german chancellor — and the west is willing to discuss russia's security concerns. that's why moscow believes that coercive diplomacy is working. but what if diplomacy fails? america has sent these troops to poland to protect nato's eastern flank in case of a russian military escalation in ukraine. and to signal transatlantic solidarity, german chancellor olaf scholz flew to washington for talks on the crisis with president biden. if russia makes a choice i to further invade ukraine, we are jointly ready- and all of nato is ready. moscow insists that it is the victim here, that russia is a besieged fortress, threatened by america, by nato, by a ukraine hostile to moscow.
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what the west is struggling to work out is if diplomacy ends, what will russia do next? steve rosenberg, bbc news, moscow. just tojoin the just to join the dots, we will go over to the us a bit later in the bulletin to get the latest on those biden and olaf scholz talks. britain's prime minister borisjohnson has condemned the harassment on monday of the labour leader sir keir starmer, near the houses of parliament. he was escorted to safety by police after shouts of �*traitor�* hurled at him, and someone can be heard shouting �*jimmy savile�* — taken to be a reference to the false accusation made by borisjohnson that sir keir had failed to prosecute the late tv personality savile for child sex offences when he was director of public prosecutions. in his statement mrjohnson made no reference to the accusation despite calls
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from senior aides and party colleagues for him to withdraw it in full. our political editor laura kuenssberg reports. this is not normal rough—and—tumble, but abuse and untrue accusations being hurled at the leader of the accusation — one false claim that he protected the paedophile jimmy savile. all shouting. keir starmer bundled to a police car. two arrests were made. it happened outside parliament, where, seven days ago, the prime minister made a false link between the two. look, i�*m sure there were some people out there who already had conspiracy theories in their head, but the prime minister�*s given them a platform and permission, and that is tantamount to inciting them to these kind of horrific mobster activities. the prime minister wrongly suggested the labour leader had been involved in the decisions not to prosecute jimmy savile when he was the boss of public prosecutions. boris johnson clarified
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after an outcry, but he did not say sorry. a lot of people have got hot under the collar and i understand why. let's be absolutely clear, i'm talking not about the leader of the opposition's personal record when he was dpp and i totally understand he had nothing to do personally with those decisions. the prime minister wrote online... but others in his own party want him to say much more. the former tory cabinet member julian smith said... there�*s no sign of that. borisjohnson�*s failure to apologise has already
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cost him one of his closest political confidants. munira mirza, who worked for the pm for more than a decade, quit last week in disgust. protests around here are nothing new — for or against brexit, anti—lockdown, pro—public anger. but the prime minister may find himself accused of stirring up unacceptable behaviour, just when number ten hoped to calm things down. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. let�*s get some of the day�*s other news truckers in the canadian capital ottawa have been ordered to stop sounding their horns in an ongoing protest that has snarled up the city. the loud constant blare of truck horns has become one of the defining features of the movement — pushing back against covid restrictions. a state of emergency has been declared in the city. mourners in morocco have attended the funeral of a five year old boy who died after falling 32 meters into a well. rayan oram was trapped underground for four days, before being pulled out
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on saturday evening. the funeral ceremony was held at a cemetery near the boy�*s home village in northern morocco. campaigning for presidential elections in the philippines is officially getting under way. the country�*s millions of voters will have three months to ponder which candidates to go for when election day finally arrives on the 9th of may. among the main candidates are the daughter of the country�*s notorious outgoing president, the son of a former dictator and a world—famous boxer. the us have offered a reward of up to 10 million dollars for information leading to the identification or location of the leader of the islamic state militant group in afghanistan — san—ull—ah gaf—ari. washington believes he was behind the bomb attack on kabul airport last august. the sportswear giant nike has dropped the manchester united forward mason greenwood after his arrest on suspicion of rape. the 20—year—old was also held on suspicion of assault and making threats to kill,
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but later released on bail. the israeli government has anounced an independent inquiry into reports that police illicitly used spyware against its own citizens, including aides of the former prime minister benjamin netanyahu. the reporting by israeli newspaper calcalist alleges that police had used the controversial pegasus spyware made by israel�*s nso group. pegasus has been sold to numerous authoritarian regimes and has been linked to numerous acts of repression, including the assassination of saudi dissidentjamal khassoggi. following the report judges have cancelled a scheduled hearing in mr netanyahu�*s corruption trial to allow israel�*s state prosecutor to respond to the phone spying allegations. israel�*s current prime minister neaftali bennet said the public would get answer quickly. translation: regarding - the pegasus affair, the reports allegedly describe a very grave
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|situation, that is unacceptablej in a democratic state. these cyber tools were - designed to fight terrorism and serious crime, not to be used against citizens. - we will see to a transparent, quick and in—depth inquiry i because, all of us, citizens of the state of israel, - government ministers, - all establishments, deserve answers. john scott—railton is a senior researcher at the university of toronto�*s citizen labs whose team has exposed numerous uses of the pegasus spyware by autocratic regimes around the world. thanks very much forjoining us. this is not what you would call an autocratic regime per se. how widespread is this, do you think? i se. how widespread is this, do you think?— you think? i think from our exoerience _ you think? i think from our experience of— you think? i think from our experience of eight - you think? i think from our experience of eight years | you think? i think from our| experience of eight years of tracking pegasus it�*s mostly used in autocratic regimes and i think this is the tip of an iceberg and in the first weeks
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of the scandal we saw a lot of pushback from the israeli government in terms of minimising the revelations and more recently today these scandals have taken a strong turn toward something every israeli wants to know about carabao we saw it with the language coming out but i have to point out a remarkable thing about that language. i feel like an advocate could have written the language years ago talking about pegasus abuses more than any other countries in the world and it�*s just interesting that the medicine has not been tasted at home. is has not been tasted at home. is there a suggestion it's there a suggestion it�*s directed in one political direction or another or is it pretty much across the board? this is an interesting question and we are trying to figure out what the full political import of these revelations but it does show one thing clearly which is police forces around the world love to be being unable to get people into —— deep into peoples lives and if you don�*t give them sufficient oversight and they think they
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are acting secretly, they will have an incredible temptation to abuse the technology and i think what we see in these revelations is that police forces clearly appease the technology among the list of targets that we saw from reporting on israel which is a disability rights group. not exactly a state threat. good oint. exactly a state threat. good point- one _ exactly a state threat. good point. one nso _ exactly a state threat. good point. one nso group- exactly a state threat. good| point. one nso group would exactly a state threat. good point. one nso group would look on pegasus as a great commercial success stories and they�*ve done extremely well, but what are they saying? anything about the allegations? like so many big tech stories it�*s risen high and then comes crashing down and is wrecking democracy along the way. i think we�*ve seen it before and so for years this has pitched itself as selling stuff to combat terrorists or go after paedophiles but in truth what we�*ve learned year after year is the technology gets used for human rights abuses in what�*s been interesting is four years it�*s been regarded if anything is a kind of a bit of a foreign
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policy complexity within israel but suddenly israelis are learning more and more about this technology and coming to terms with the fact that this is pointed at themselves and it�*s a terrifying thing. think about how breathtakingly invasive the spyware is. every time a story _ invasive the spyware is. every time a story comes _ invasive the spyware is. every time a story comes up - invasive the spyware is. every time a story comes up about. time a story comes up about this we learn more about the spyware potential. thank you very much. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: hollywood waits to hear which films are in the running for this year�*s oscars. there�*s mr mandela, mr nelson mandela, a free man taking his first steps into a new south africa. iran�*s spiritual leader, ayatollah khamenei, has said he�*s passed a death sentence
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on salman rushdie, the british author of a book which many muslims say is blasphemous. the people of haiti have flocked to church to give thanks for the ousting of their former president, ba by doc duvalier. because of his considerable value as a stallion, - shergar was kept in a special secure box in the stud - farm's central block. shergar was driven away. in a horse box the thieves had brought with them. there stepped down from the plane a figure in mourning — elizabeth ii, queen of this realm and all her other realms and territories, head of the commonwealth, defender of the faith. this is bbc world news. the latest headlines. the russian and french
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presidents say their talks in moscow on defusing the military crisis surrounding ukraine have been constructive. let�*s get more on those talks in washington between biden and scholz. let�*s talk to our north america correspondent, david willis. it's it�*s interesting when you look at the joe biden it�*s interesting when you look at thejoe biden and olaf scholz axis they are pretty much to extremes of the west�*s perspective on how harsh to go on russia. what was their meeting like?— on russia. what was their meeting like? there are a lot of lawmakers _ meeting like? there are a lot of lawmakers who _ meeting like? there are a lot of lawmakers who have - meeting like? there are a lot - of lawmakers who have expressed concerns over germany�*s position in regards to the russian aggression as far as ukraine is concerned. and some have criticised germany for been missing in action with their refusal to reveal what sort of sanctions they might be
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willing and that sort of thing and of course the nord stream to pipeline is a means of conveying energy from russia to germany which the germans believe is crucial for fulfilling energy needs going forward and america has always been dead set against it, not least president biden and it emerged from this meeting that president biden has said he believes it will be a switched off immediately, not that it�*s not operational at the moment and were there to be a russian incursion into ukraine and olaf scholz did not go that far and did not mention the controversial pipeline by name at all, but he did say germany was reviewing a variety of options but certainly the praise thatjoe biden heaped upon the alliance between germany and the us after this meeting will have assuaged the
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fears of quite a few people here, i think. fears of quite a few people here, ithink. it fears of quite a few people here, ithink.— here, i think. it feels as though _ here, i think. it feels as though we _ here, i think. it feels as though we do _ here, i think. it feels as though we do have - here, i think. it feels as | though we do have some here, i think. it feels as - though we do have some good cops and bad cops playing out a bit here. president macron seeking compromise and talking about the importance of russia�*s security concerns and the joe biden russia�*s security concerns and thejoe biden line and perhaps thejoe biden line and perhaps the british line which is much more hard—core. the british line which is much more hard-core.— the british line which is much more hard-core. very much so and the point _ more hard-core. very much so and the point was _ more hard-core. very much so and the point was made - more hard-core. very much so and the point was made over. more hard-core. very much so l and the point was made over the weekend that the us believes that russia has a 70% of troops in place that it needs in order to mount a full—scale invasion of ukraine and the point was also made by the national intelligence adviser, jake sullivan that an attack, as he put it, could be days away potentially so the us remains very much more bullish on the response to this and joe biden has been very much at pains to
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make sure there is a unified european response of what is taking place in eastern europe and i think he will have been pleased by the sort of feedback from olaf scholz today given their misgivings in certain quarters about germany�*s level of commitment to this. the diplomacy _ of commitment to this. the diplomacy that _ of commitment to this. the diplomacy that it's - of commitment to this. the diplomacy that it's a - of commitment to this. the diplomacy that it's a good diplomacy that it�*s a good thing with the diplomacy. thank you forjoining us, david willis. the queen�*s platinum jubilee celebrations have continued with gun salutes fired around the uk to mark her 70—year reign. at noon the king�*s troop royal horse artillery fired a iii—gun salute at green park in london. there were also gun salutes at edinburgh castle and the tower of london. you can see tower bridge in the background, all taking place in the courts of the day.
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awards season is upon us and in a matter of hours we�*ll find out which actors and filmmakers are nominated for this year�*s oscars. lady gaga could see a nomination in the best actress category for her role in �*house of gucci�*. while will smith is predicted to be in the line—up for the best actor award for �*king richard�*. this year, 10 films will be nominated for the academy�*s top category — best picture. among the favourites is sir kenneth branagh�*s powerful memoir of childhood �*belfast�*. he said it would get decided by christmas. he said it would get decided by christmas-_ he said it would get decided by christmas. ~ , . ., christmas. when his he coming back? at the — christmas. when his he coming back? at the weekend. - christmas. when his he coming back? at the weekend. he - christmas. when his he coming back? at the weekend. he is i back? at the weekend. he is auoin to back? at the weekend. he is going to the _ back? at the weekend. he is going to the pictures, - back? at the weekend. he is going to the pictures, he - back? at the weekend. he is going to the pictures, he is l going to the pictures, he is taking us to titty titty bang bang. taking us to titty titty bang bana. ~ . , ., taking us to titty titty bang ban. ~ . , ., ., taking us to titty titty bang ban... . , . ., bang. what is the name of god is that question _ bang. what is the name of god is that question what _ bang. what is the name of god is that question what it - bang. what is the name of god is that question what it is - bang. what is the name of god is that question what it is a - is that question what it is a flying — is that question what it is a flying car. it goes over a cliff— flying car. it goes over a cliff and _ flying car. it goes over a cliff and you nearly fall out of your _ cliff and you nearly fall out of your seat. do you want to come? — of your seat. do you want to come? it — of your seat. do you want to come? it will be company for you — come? it will be company for you if— come? it will be company for ou. ,., come? it will be company for ou. , ., .,
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come? it will be company for ou. ., ., ., you. if god wanted had wanted me to seek _ you. if god wanted had wanted me to seek flying _ you. if god wanted had wanted me to seek flying cars - you. if god wanted had wanted me to seek flying cars he - you. if god wanted had wanted | me to seek flying cars he would have given me blinking wings. aha, have given me blinking wings. a sweet, rathertwee have given me blinking wings. a sweet, rather twee film. sandro monetti is editor in chief of the hollywood international filmmaker magazine. hejoins me live now from los angeles. good to see you. it feels like a few years since we have focused on the movies rather than the mayhem of the academy and sell. have we got beyond discussion of diversity and relevance or is that still front and centre, do you think?— you think? met with take the opportunity _ you think? met with take the opportunity to _ you think? met with take the opportunity to applaud - you think? met with take the opportunity to applaud the i opportunity to applaud the academy. it was only a few years ago that the very future of the oscars was in doubt with the oscars are to white controversy. they�*ve moved swiftly and i was believe if you change the numbers, you change the game and so did the academy and five years ago there were 6000 voters for the oscars and now there are nearly 10,000 and the majority of those new members are women and
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minorities, it�*s a much more diverse group voting for the oscars and this makes the oscar race much more wide open than before and it�*s not the usual predictable context, since the 94th oscars but with a wider voting field and we could be seeing some surprises in a few hours. so do you think it does become a bit more popular and box office orientated than perhaps has been traditionally? this is the academy�*s next great challenge, the idea of having ten best picture nominees and it�*s normally five in the other categories is to give the opportunity for more of the club crowd pleasing favourites to find their way in. and i think this really needs to happen if the academy awards is to have a future. for example, spider—man is notjust the biggest hit of the pandemic comments one of the biggest box office hits of all time but is a rank outsider in the oscars
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race. the favourites for the academy awards are belfast, liquorice pizza, the power of the dog but they did not set the dog but they did not set the box office alight so it will be interesting to see when the nominations come out if this larger membership has continued to reward just arthouse favourites or has been able to close the gap to in the movies the critics liken the movies the critics liken the movie is that the public alike. that�*s a really interesting point and we will see how it pans out. of those that looked to be in line for best picture and maybe we can look at the actors as well, what is your personal feeling? actors as well, what is your personalfeeling? where actors as well, what is your personal feeling? where does your favouritism lie this year? i�*ve been lucky enough to interview most of the main contenders and i don�*t think i�*ve ever anyone more dedicated and focused to their craft than lady gaga. she is a force of nature and hearing how hard she worked to pull off the performance in house of gucci
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has convinced many oscar voters that maybe she should be the name on the ballot. interesting that the actress wace is ride open. lady gaga is the only one to have been damp —— nominated in all the award so it�*s a huge surprise if she�*s not there in the morning. on the act aside, will smith who has been nominated twice before but has never won an oscar but i think he gets his big chance, his best chance so far with king richard where he plays the parent of serena williams and venus williams and has strong competition from benedict cumberbatch, the edge but beyond those two, the field is pretty wide open. this beyond those two, the field is pretty wide open.— beyond those two, the field is pretty wide open. as ever, we will hold you _ pretty wide open. as ever, we will hold you to _ pretty wide open. as ever, we will hold you to account. - pretty wide open. as ever, we | will hold you to account. thank you very much and good to see you. thanks for giving us such a rundown. and jane hill will present a special programme —
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as the oscar nominations are announced — on the bbc news channel in the uk and bbc world news at 1:10pm gmt on tuesday. in senegal, the victorious national football team have been given a heroes�* welcome on their arrival home after winning their first— ever africa cup of nations title on sunday. as you can see, tens of thousands of fans packed the streets of the capital dakar to show their support. monday was declared a public holiday and the president cut short a foriegn trip to host a reception for the team. nicknamed the lions of teranga, senegal beat egypt on penalties in a nail—biting final. you can reach me on twitter — i�*m @bbcdavideades
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hello there. we�*ve got the battle of the air masses taking place this week, certainly for the next few days, we will have a north—south divide, much colder air across northern areas with some wintry showers. further south, it�*ll be very mild indeed for the time of year, and there will be some sunshine around. so, the dividing line between the cold air to the north and the mild air to the south is this weather front, which will be hanging around through central parts of the country throughout tuesday, so thicker cloud for northern ireland, southern scotland, northern england, outbreaks of rain on this weather front. to the north of it, it�*s brighter with sunshine and blustery showers. these are wintry on the hills of scotland, and it will be windy here. further south, also quite breezy, but dry with sunny spells, a bit more cloud for wales and southwest england. a blustery day, as you can see across the board,
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but gusts will be reaching in excess of 50 mph across northern scotland into the northern isles. temperatures in single digits, to the north of the weather front, to the south of it, 11 to maybe ia celsius, so very mild indeed, particularly where you get the sunny spells. through tuesday night, that weather front hangs around through central areas, outbreaks of rain on it, slowly pushing southwards into england and wales, to the north of it, again, further snow showers. and these will be blustery, accumulating snow on the hills of scotland. very windy here, breezy in the south where it�*ll stay mild. so, into wednesday, then, that weather front slowly pushing its way southwards across england and wales. again, the mild air to the south of it, but more areas will be in the colder air on wednesday. so, that�*ll be scotland, northern ireland, northern england, perhaps north wales later in the day, plenty of snow showers across scotland. significant accumulations across the scottish hills, and it�*ll be very windy, gusts of 60 mph
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in northern scotland. a breezy day to come for all, but our weather front will be bringing more cloud across southern england, south wales, where it�*ll remain very mild. the mild air eventually gets pushed out of the way as that weather front slips into the near continent. keeping an eye on this feature, this little low pressure which could bring severe gales and some snow to northern scotland on thursday, but then for friday, there is a ridge of high pressure building in to settle things down. so, it is turning colder for all into thursday. you can see single figure values there. it�*s chilly on friday, but light winds with some sunny spells and the return of overnight frost.
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this is bbc news, the headlines: president putin has said talks with france�*s president macron to de—escalate tensions surrounding ukraine have been useful and substantive. at a joint news conference in the kremlin, mr putin said some of mr macron�*s ideas for security in europe were realistic. president macron said the coming days would be decisive. uk opposition labour leader, sir keir starmer, has been escorted to safety by police, after he was targeted by a crowd near parliament. prime minister boris johnson has prime minister borisjohnson has been facing more pressure to go through a false accusation he made against keir starmer in parliament. israel is conducting an inquiry into claims that spyware was used against public figures. the allegations relate to the israeli made pegasus hacking
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