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you will welcome to bbc news. you will i'm nancy kacungira. our top stories: britain's prime minister and his chancellor found to have broken the law after breaching the lockdown rules they imposed on the country. in all frankness, at that time, it did not occur to me that this might have been a breach of the rules. but, of course, the police have found otherwise and i fully respect the outcome of their investigations. president biden has for the first time referred you to russia's actions in ukraine as genocide. is next the family budget, the ability to fill up your tank — none of it should not impinge on whether a dictator
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declares war and commits genocide a half a world away. we have a special report from the frontline in eastern ukraine as forces prepare for a major russian onslaught. police in new york say they're still hunting for a gunman after 17 people were injured in a shooting at a subway station. after two weeks�* covid lockdown in shanghai, officials admit they're struggling to feed the city's 25 million people. the two most senior members of the british government, prime minister borisjohnson, and his chancellor of the exchequer have been fined for breaking covid lockdown laws by attending a party
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in downing street in 2020. it makes borisjohnson the first ever sitting prime minister to have broken the law. he's apologised but that hasn't stopped calls for his resignation. here's our deputy political editor, vicki young. we all have images we rememberfrom lockdown — the queen forced to sit alone at her husband's funeral. but for many in downing street, it was different. drinks in the office and garden, dancing in the basement — and now, police have decided that the wrongdoing went right to the top. today, the prime minister apologised but said he wouldn't resign. i understand the anger that many will feel, that i myself fell short when it came to observing the very rules which the government i lead had introduced to protect the public. and i accept, in all sincerity, that people had the right to expect better. and now, ifeel an even greater sense of obligation to deliver on the priorities of
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the british people. but you did repeatedly say that all the guidelines were followed in downing street. that was a lie, wasn't it? when i said that, i spoke in completely good faith — because, as i've said to you just now, at the time that i was standing up for nine minutes in the cabinet room where i work every day, it didn't occur to me that iwas... you didn't understand your own rules, and everyone else had to follow them? it didn't occur to me that, as i say, i was in breach of the rules. i now humbly accept that i was. # happy birthday to you. this was the day borisjohnson broke his own rules — june 2020, his birthday. it started with a school visit — that was allowed. but later, there was a gathering in the cabinet room in downing street. carriejohnson turned up — she's also been fined. today, the prime minister explained that he'd had a busy day, the occasion lasted less than ten minutes, and it didn't occur to him at the time that he'd
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done anything wrong. the chancellor, rishi sunak, was also there for a meeting, and tonight offered an unreserved apology. in a statement, he said... this is an extraordinary moment — a prime minister standing here in chequers, admitting he's broken the law. and this wasn't some insignificant rule, these were rules that kept families and friends apart for months, stopped people going to funerals. but in the darkest hours for some people, the atmosphere in downing street was very different, where people time and again broke the laws that they drew up. and for many, this is unforgivable hypocrisy. labour's leader says for the prime minister and chancellor, the game is up. this is the first time in the history of our country that a prime minister has found
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to be in breach of the law — and then he lied repeatedly to the public about it. britain deserves better. they have to go. the police investigation isn't over yet — they're looking into a long list of events in downing street and other government buildings. more than 50 fines have now been issued, and there could be more. and these words could come back to haunt the prime minister. i have been repeatedly assured since these allegations emerged that there was no party, and that— no covid rules were broken, and that is what i have been repeatedly assured. political opponents say it's damning. if you mislead parliament, if you lie to parliament, then you resign. there's no ifs, there's no buts. we know that this prime minister has lied to parliament. he should be offering his resignation. i am absolutely clear now they must go, they must go immediately so we can
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get fresh leadership. and if conservative mps won't do that, i feel they are directly associated with this wrongdoing. tonight, borisjohnson has received backing from his cabinet and, more importantly, tory mps, who just a few weeks ago were trying to oust him after months of damaging lockdown allegations. vicki young, bbc news. president biden has used the word genocide to describe russia's war in ukraine in an apparent escalati on of his criticism of president vladimir putin. he made the seemingly unscripted comment during a speech in iowa announcing measures to tackle rapidly rising fuel prices.
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i have released i million barrels of oil a day. of mariupol says he estimates that 21,000 civilians there have been killed. ukraine and russia continue to build up their forces in the east of the country, ahead of a new russian offensive. moscow says its war aim, is the complete liberation, of the donbas region. 0ur defence correspondent, jonathan beale, is in the city of kramatorsk in the donbas, travelling with ukrainian forces he sent this report. this is where the war in ukraine will be won or lost. the wide open landscape of the east. we went with ukraine's army to see artillery already firing on russian forces. nervously watching for signs of russian aircraft. explosions crack. at their position,
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american—made stinger anti—aircraft missiles were ready to fire. the continuing supply of western weapons will be crucial to their success. ukraine's military might be smaller, but they have been more mobile. translation: if we stay in one position for more than a couple| of days, we usually become the target. but if we fire one or two shells, nothing will happen. well, these artillery pieces are well hidden, just hearing some artillery in the distance there. but they are targeting russian military positions through here. unlike the russian artillery, which seems to be often targeting ukrainian towns and cities. columns of russian armour have already been spotted moving from the north. western officials believe russia is trying to double, even treble, the strength
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of its military forces here in the east. ukraine is also having to keep an eye on its own population. there is pro—russian sentiment in this region, those who they fear may be passing on information to the russians. this shows they are notjust having to worry about russian armour, a russian offensive coming in this direction, but they are also having to worry about the enemy within. it's a job made all the more difficult by the regular threat of russian air strikes and artillery. air siren wails. we have to head to a bunkerfor shelter. there, viktor tells me they are arresting people nearly every day. "we look for bad people who help the enemy. we find them and then hand them over to the intelligence
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services." mournful singing. ukraine is already taking casualties. among the most recent, tatiana's only child, alexander, who was killed on the front line. there will be many more grieving families in the weeks to come. this next phase of the war could be decisive, but it will also be bloody. jonathan beale, bbc news, kramatorsk. the organisation for the prohibition of chemical weapons says it is concerned about unconfirmed reports of chemical agents being used in the besieged ukrainian city of mariupol. the international watchdog said it was monitoring the situation closely. the us secretary of state, anthony blinken has also expressed his concern. the reports you are referring to, we aren't in a position to confirm any either. let me say this —
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we had credible information that russian forces may use a variety of riot control agents, including teargas mixed with chemical agents, that would cause stronger symptoms to weaken and incapacitate entrenched ukrainian fighters and civilians, as part of the aggressive campaign to take mariupol. a huge manhunt is underway for a gunman opened fire on a new york subway train during rush hour. the gunman flooded a train carriage with smoke from two gas canisters before shooting, injuring ten people. police say they've recovered a handgun and a range of potential incendiary devices. 0ur north america correspondent, david willis, is following the story.
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what is the latest you have been hearing?— what is the latest you have been hearin: ? ., , been hearing? there was indeed an olice been hearing? there was indeed an police and — been hearing? there was indeed an police and identified - been hearing? there was indeed an police and identified what - an police and identified what they called a person of interest. he is a 62—year—old, frankjames, and they posted two pictures of him online. he thought to be the person who rented a u—haul truck and left it abandoned about five miles from the scene of the on monday. they linked it to him by virtue of a key that was found at the scene of the shooting and a credit card that is thought was used to pay for that higher of the van. police are not saying that frankjames is a suspect in the case but they are appealing to the public for its help in locating him. this is what the new york police commissioner told reporters a short while ago. the suspect is a dark—skinned male, and was wearing a green neon vest and a grey
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college sweatshirt. we do have a person of interest in this investigation but we need the public's assistance with additional information. david, the investigation continues but already it has sparked another conversation, an ongoing conversation about gun laws?— an ongoing conversation about nun laws? ~ , ., ~ gun laws? absolutely. new york has seen a _ gun laws? absolutely. new york has seen a sharp _ gun laws? absolutely. new york has seen a sharp rise _ gun laws? absolutely. new york has seen a sharp rise in - gun laws? absolutely. new york has seen a sharp rise in gun - has seen a sharp rise in gun violence and violence of other kinds in the last year or so. indeed, over the last 12 months, subway crime has risen 60%, year—on—year. today, the mayor of new york, eric adams, quarantine at the moment after suffering covid—i9, issued a video appeal and said this was notjust a new video appeal and said this was not just a new york video appeal and said this was notjust a new york problem. the rise in violence was in his words an american problem as well. , . ,
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words an american problem as well. , ., , ., . well. this rate, this violence, these guns. _ well. this rate, this violence, these guns, these _ well. this rate, this violence, these guns, these shootingsl well. this rate, this violence, i these guns, these shootings are an american problem and it has to take — an american problem and it has to take all— an american problem and it has to take all levels of government to solve it. it is going to take the entire nation to speak out and push back against the cult of death that is taking hold in this nation. that was new york mayor, eric adams. the police commissioner said today it was not being investigated as an act of terrorism but she went on to say that officials, detectives, have found a number of rather disturbing social media posts relating to a potential suspect in this case and those social media posts apparently addressed the questions of homelessness in new york. the city in general, and the role of the new mayor, eric adams, as a result of that, security around eric adams has been heightened tonight. david, thank you for keeping an eye on that. david willis reporting there. stay with us on bbc news, still to come:
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lawyers forjohnny depp brand amber heard a liar in opening arguments of the defamation trial between the former spouses. pol pot, one of the century's greatest mass murderers, is reported to have died of natural causes. he, and the khmer rouge movement he led, were responsible for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million cambodians. there have been violent protests in indonesia, where playboy has gone on sale for the first time. traditionalist muslim leaders have expressed disgust. the magazine's offices have been attacked and its editorial staff have gone into hiding. it was clear that paula's only contest was with the clock, and as for her sporting legacy, paula radcliffe's competitors will be chasing her new world—best time for years to come. quite quietly, but quicker
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and quicker, she seemed just to slide away under the surface and disappear. this is bbc news, the latest headlines: britain's prime minister and his chancellor of the exchequer are fined for breaching the lockdown laws they imposed on the uk. president biden has for the first time referred to russia's actions in ukraine as genocide. there's been a slight easing of strict covid restrictions in the chinese financial capital, shanghai, after the first dip in infections since the beginning of april. the move is in response to complaints of widespread food shortages among the 25 million residents.
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here's our correspondent robin brant, who's one of people dealing with lockdown. protestors chant. more than two years after covid first emerged here, china is still trying to keep it out. and this is how it's doing it. tens of thousands of people forced into government—run quarantine. in one of china's most advanced cities, the conditions, for some, are awful. translation: the moment i really broke down - was when i entered the cabin hospital. we spoke to this 26—year—old — she tested positive a few days ago. in china, symptoms or no symptoms, you are forced to quarantine. we were first assigned to the shared area. the condition was terrible. my roommate and i found two camp beds. there was only one rest room and one washbasin on each floor. forced quarantine is one of two often brutal measures that
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china is using to try to beat covid — the other is citywide lockdowns. i'm two weeks into the one here, along with the other 25 million people that live in shanghai. now, for many, that means you can't step out of your gate. for some, it means you can't even go beyond your front door. and also, daily worries about food — for some, even about water. for some, the plight is now desperate — a battle to place an order on your phone, or a fight with the authorities, alljust to get food in. seeing video of communist party officials berated like this is rare here, but the party is digging in. everyone's being repeatedly tested — but this has become less about science. it's now a battle between a resurgent virus and communist party credibility. no one has officially died here from covid,
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and zero—covid remains the goal. china is still determined to prove it can beat nature. robin brant, bbc news, locked down in shanghai. alessandro pavanello is currently in an isolation facility after testing positive for covid in shanghai. hejoins me now. thank you for talking to us. walkers through a little bit of a timeline, how did you end up in isolation?— in isolation? good morning, everyone. — in isolation? good morning, everyone. yes. _ in isolation? good morning, everyone, yes, the - in isolation? good morning, everyone, yes, the first - in isolation? good morning, | everyone, yes, the first time in isolation? good morning, l everyone, yes, the first time i tested positive with an antigen tested positive with an antigen test was on 26 march. then i received my first positive swab on 29 march. basically, since the 29th i have been waiting and lockdown at home to be taken to one of these isolation centres. i was taken from my home on 9 april and eventually managed to reach this current centre where i am out on 10
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april at 2am in the morning. how long will you be there? that is unclear at the moment. first of all, i should have two negative tests, so i shouldn't have a swab then. we have swabs here every two days. when i get two negative results, then we start the process of putting me on a list of people that are going to be released, which has to be approved by another person that i don't know who he is aware he is at, he is definitely not in this place. then they have to arrange transport for me. so, this process after receiving the two negative tests, it is really not clear how long it will last and i really don't know how much time they will have to be here. my girlfriend is in a separate isolation centre and she has been inside for 17 days. she has received her second last negative test on 18 april. it shows a lot of disorganisation and bad
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management for this, and we just have to wait, we have to wait. ., ., wait. tell me more about the conditions? _ wait. tell me more about the conditions? what _ wait. tell me more about the conditions? what is - wait. tell me more about the conditions? what is a - wait. tell me more about the conditions? what is a typical| conditions? what is a typical day like in the facilities? i notice you have your mask on, either lots of rules you have to follow as well?— to follow as well? there are rules, there _ to follow as well? there are rules, there are _ to follow as well? there are rules, there are a _ to follow as well? there are rules, there are a few - to follow as well? there are | rules, there are a few rules, there is a big area outside we are not allowed to go to ad every time. there are specific moments in the day. the rest, like, there are no specific rules but the conditions here are borderline terrible. you cannot see it, and i am supposed... isuppose cannot see it, and i am supposed... i suppose i should move the camera but i have another person i don't know sleeping at one metre from my bed. i am sleeping on my bed now. there are thousands of people around me. the bathrooms, obviously... luckily, we are one of the centres that has men and women bathrooms separated, but you can imagine thousands of people
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going to want bathrooms which are not cleaned on a regular basis. we don't have showers, so we have a little... this to clean ourselves with, we put some water inside and we use a towel to, you know, just wash ourselves off a little. it really feels like i have lost all my dignity and i am somehow being mistreated. as a westerner, i am being mistreated. as a westerner, iam not being mistreated. as a westerner, i am not really enjoying being here, of course, but i need to go through this process, i will go through it and just hope it ends as soon as possible. thank you, alessandro, i do hope that ends for you soon. that was alessandro pavanello in an isolation facility in shanghai after testing positive. scientists in the us have warned about the possibility of a new outbreak of the mosquito—borne virus, zika. researchers say a single mutation in the virus
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would have the potential to trigger a rapidly spreading variant. in 2016, the virus sparked a global medical emergency. thousands of babies were born with brain damage after their mothers became infected while pregnant. lawyers for the actor, johnny depp, and his former wife amber heard have given their opening statements in his defamation case in the united states. mr depp is suing ms heard for $50 million over an article she wrote about being a survivor of domestic violence, that didn't mention him by name. david sillito reports from virginia, where the trial is taking place. fairfax, virginia, and in court today, a hollywood star — johnny depp, who was here to sue his ex—wife, amber heard, for libel. this is a defamation case. it's a case about how devastating words can be when they are false and uttered publicly. in court, both barely even glanced at one another as this $50 million libel suit began, a case about an article in the washington post, in which amber heard talked
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about enduring sexual assault and how institutions protect violent men. she did not namejohnny depp, but his lawyers say she didn't need to — everyone knew who she was talking about. his legal team said the allegations were all lies. amber heard was the abuser, notjohnny depp. and she has been preparing to give the performance of her life in this trial. but this trial is about the evidence. it's about a man's reputation. his legal team described johnny depp as as a kind soul, who would never raise his hand to a woman. amber heard was characterised as being troubled, manipulative, but it's worth remembering this is not the first time the couple has met in a libel court. at a previous hearing in london, a judge ruled almost overwhelmingly in amber heard's favour. may i approach? yes, sir. and, just as in london, amber heard's lawyers today
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presented a very different picture of the star — a man prone to rages, a hidden side amber heard described as "the monster". you're going to see - who the realjohnny depp is. behind the red carpets, i behind the fame, behind the money, behind the piratel costumes, you're going to see who that man really is. so, two years on from that case in london, a second attempt to clearjohnny depp's name begins, this time with a jury. jurors have been told this could take up to seven weeks. david sillito, bbc news, fairfax, virginia. a global publishing deal has been struck over the king of rock �*n' roll, elvis presley's back catalogue. universal music publishing group said it would approve and collect avenue when his songs are used in media,
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films or television, including hits such as jailhouse rock, love me tender, and viva las vegas. stay with us on bbc news. hello. the easter weekend is just around the corner, and as we move closer to it, things will turn drier and warmer for many. not always sunny, complicated slightly by some mist and low cloud lingering, and here we could see some patchy rain at times, but a lot of dry weather in the forecast. it is looking drier for many, as we head through wednesday. the area of rain we had on tuesday came courtesy of this area of low pressure, and it is pulling away into the north sea through wednesday. still close enough to scotland that it will bring more cloud, still some patchy rain into northern scotland and the northern isles through the morning, that will pull away. some mist and low cloud likely to linger through some northern and western coasts through the day, but elsewhere, some spells of sunshine developing, but also some sharp afternoon showers, perhaps with a rumble of thunder. the winds will be
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a light—to—moderate westerly for many, and that means a warmer day across north—eastern coasts, where we have the best of the sunshine through wednesday afternoon, temperatures quite widely into the mid or high teens. pollen levels, though, will be high for much of england and wales through wednesday, moderate across northern england, and also moderate across southern scotland, and into northern ireland, as well. so through wednesday evening, most of the showers will fade. many of us will see some clearer skies, although mist and low cloud will start pushing back in to wales, south—west england, north—west england, and also more cloud nudging into northern ireland and the western isles. again for many, it is a mild night, with temperatures typically between six and nine celsius. so for thursday, we've got this area of high pressure, which is the dominant feature, and i'm sure you can see these fronts trying to push in from the west, and will bring much more cloud across northern ireland, mainly some patchy rain, particularly for western areas through the afternoon. some of that could just push into the western isles, too. once again, mist and low cloud will be slow to clear for some northern and western areas, but elsewhere, spells
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of sunshine developing through thursday, particularly the further east you are, and here is where we will see the highest temperatures, mid—to—high teens for many, perhaps 19, 20, maybe even 21 celsius in south east anglia and south—east england. frontal systems trying to push in from the atlantic, they will be fairly weak affairs, but particularly as we head into easter sunday, then we could begin to see some more showery outbreaks of rain into the north and the west, but for most, over the easter weekend, it is looking warmer, it is mainly dry — yes, there will be some overnight mist and fog, but also some sunshine, too. goodbye.
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this is bbc news, the headlines: britain's prime minister, borisjohnson, and his finance minister, rishi sunak, have rejected calls for them to resign after they were fined by police for breaking covid lockdown rules by attending a party in twenty -- 2020. mrjohnson's wife, carrie, was also fined. president biden has used the word �*genocide' to describe russia's war in ukraine in an apparent escalation of his criticism of president vladimir putin. he made the unscripted comment during a speech in iowa announcing measures to tackle rapidly rising fuel prices. police in new york say they have recovered a handgun and a range of incendiary devices at the brooklyn station where a man opened fire on commuters on tuesday
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morning. the gunman flooded a train carriage with smoke from two gas canisters before shooting, injuring ten people. a major manhunt is underway. now on bbc news, panorama. the cost of living is rising at its fastest rate for 30 years. £1 .36 left on the gas. it's four days until i get money. and it's freezing. so how is britain coping? i do see my mum skipping meals sometimes. panorama has been following three families through three difficult months. if we are struggling,
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how the hell are other people coping?


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