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this is bbc news — welcome if you're watching here in the uk or around the globe. i'm lucy grey. our top stories: investigators seize more classified documents from president biden�*s home in the us state of delaware. thousands of israelis take to the streets against benjamin netanyahu's right wing coalition in what could be the biggest anti—government protests in a decade. the british prime minister says he has confidence in nadhim zahawi, after the conservative chairman admitted to what he called a "careless" error with his taxes. turkey condemns the burning of a copy of the quran during a protest in sweden, describing it as a "vile act".
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six more classified documents have been found in the us justice department's search of president biden�*s home in wilmington, delaware. mr biden�*s attorney, bob bauer, said in a statement that the president offered access to his home, and neither he, nor his wife, were there during the search. our north america correspondent peter bowes has the details. this search took place on friday. news of it has only just emerged. we know that according to mr biden�*s lawyer, access was given to this private residence for the department ofjustice to carry out what sounds like a very exhaustive search of the entire property. officials were there for more than 12 hours, looking through private areas of the property, looking through documents and they did find six that were marked as classified. we understand some of those documents date back to mr biden�*s time as senator. he represented delaware for more than 30 years, others date back to his
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time as vice—president in the obama administration. the nature of the documents we don't know that, just like we don't know the nature of the documents that were discovered previously at a private office that he used to use in washington and also it emerged a week or so ago that some documents were found in his garage, also at his private home. as you said, he wasn't there at the time, the first lady wasn't there either, but full access was given, according to the lawyer, to allow them to as expeditiously as possible continue this investigation. they must be keen to try and draw a line under this. the republicans must be enjoying it. it's been going
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on for a while now. the comparisons are drawn, aren't they, between president biden and donald trump's find of classified documents. the differences is there had to be an fbi search of donald trump's residence rather than a sort of opening of the door, as president biden would see it. exactly. that is the key difference, at least according to mr biden, and those close to him, he is fully cooperating with this investigation. the allegation was there was resistance from donald trump and his team. that is a criminal investigation that donald trump is facing, special counsels have been appointed in both cases so there is an investigation into these documents that are related to mr biden�*s time in office as vice president and as we know, much earlier when he was a senator. protests in israel against plans by the new right—wing government to overhaul the judicial system have gone on into the night. there were more than 100,000
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protesters in tel aviv and thousands more took to the streets in other cities. it's the largest demonstration since benjamin netanyahu's return to power last month. from tel aviv, tom bateman reports. they came in their tens of thousands and brought central tel aviv to a standstill, accusing israel's coalition of a coup against democracy. i am a student, a law student and once i heard about the reform in the legal system, i was shocked. we, as a student protest, are against it and want to save our democracy. protesters railed against mr netanyahu, back in power with the country's most religious nationalist coalition ever. lawyersjoined in, slamming plans for changes to weaken the power of the courts, with the prime minister himself
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on trialfor corruption. 0pposition leader yair lapid was there, calling for people to keep fighting until they win. translation: this is a - demonstration for the country. people have come here today to defend its democracy, defend its courts and defend the idea of coexistence with the common good. mr netanyahu dismisses these protests as inflammatory, saying they ignore the will of the voters. he says israelis elected a full right—wing government and voted for security. others here highlighted israel's decades—old occupation of the palestinian territories. they are deeply worried about a government that is committed to what they call exclusive jewish rights to all the land. police are estimating numbers were greater than last week when they said there were at least 80,000 people protesting. that would make this certainly the biggest anti—government demonstration in israel in recent years. this drumbeat of protesters is putting israel's old divisions back on show.
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but the liberals and the secular of tel aviv know theirs are the views that have long been moving to the margins in israel. tom bateman, bbc news, tel aviv. they came in their tens of thousands and brought central tel aviv to a standstill, accusing israel's coalition of a coup against democracy. dr sara hirschhorn, an historian and political analyst, told us more about the judicial reforms protesters are angry about. israel has been rocked by debate about reform with thejudiciary, the israeli high court, which is equivalent to what might be considered a supreme court in the united states, which provides a check and balance on the legislature, or the israeli knesset, especially since israel does not have a formal written constitution and is governed by a set of basic laws. so the judiciary provides interpretation and will opine on the legitimacy of the knesset�*s legislation. that is sort of based on precedent, presumably? yes, in addition to the basic
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laws, thejudiciary also considers judicial precedent. and people are worried they are trying to make these changes and a lot of the criticism is about in relation to mr netanyahu's court case, which is currently still going on, isn't it? tell us where we are with that. sure, mr netanyahu has been on trial for quite some time, he is facing three charges of corruption and other issues of malfeasance that would make him unfit for government on the grounds of moral turpitude. he has written into coalitional agreements with his partners in this new government that was formed about a month ago to pass these reforms of the judiciary that he expects will also assist in his court case and perhaps even have his charges dismissed. so he has a very vested interest in these reforms, but only out of theory or principle but also direct relation to his
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political future. nobody in the coalition has said that that's w hat they are intending, though. what have they said? the coalition is certainly intending to pass these reforms. there has been quite a lot of active consultation over the last few weeks to try to put together a package... i meant that it is not their intention to try and influence his court case in any way? he himself may be found unfit to govern and forced to take a kind of leave of absence as the attorney general of israel announced today because of perceived conflict of interest between netanyahu's court case and the judicial reform. and in terms of this judicial reform, mr netanyahu has said that, "actually, people voted for us, the main demonstration was in the election last month, and that's when people got their voices heard." and that actuallyjudicial reform was one of the things people voted on.
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in this case he may be right, that he was able to assemble a coalition based upon voters who in part agreed or perceived to agree with these judicial reforms but the margin between the israeli opposition and the israeli coalition remains rather narrow, a matter of four seats so we could also make the argument that many, if not most israelis, also oppose these measures, including some of the right—wing religious voters who did indeed vote for the coalition, for a variety of reasons beyond the judicial reform package. turkey has condemned the burning of a copy of the quran during a protest in sweden, describing it as a "vile act". in the build—up to the protest, ankara cancelled a planned visit by the swedish defence minister. the anti—muslim demonstration in stockholm was organised by a far—right politician,
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and took place in front of the turkish embassy. earlier our news reporter azadeh moshiri gave me more details on the protest. they appealed to sweden asking them to not grasp that might grant permissions for this to go ahead. even before the protest took place and even before the koran was actually burnt, turkey called off an important base within�*s defence ministered to and kara. —— ankara. any insult or damage to the koran is deeply offensive so it is worth reading out what the turkish prime minister statement said. they said permitting this anti—islam act which targets our sacred values under the guise of freedom of expression is completely unacceptable. it also went on to condemn in its view alarming
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extent of islamophobia and racism which is, in their opinion, growing across europe. in their response, sweden tried to distance itself from the protest. it is worth also reading out their response by their foreign minister who said sweden has a far—reaching read of expression but does not imply that the swedish government or myself support opinions. they did also say the event was appalling. all of this complicates what is a very complicated relationship between the two countries. the? between the two countries. they cancelled the _ between the two countries. they cancelled the defence _ cancelled the defence minister's visit but how will this more generally impact the relations? . . , this more generally impact the relations? . , relations? that was very important _ relations? that was very important to _ relations? that was very important to sweden - relations? that was very| important to sweden and relations? that was very - important to sweden and that is because sweden are trying to come have announced their intention tojoin nato come have announced their intention to join nato and have put in their bid but the catch there is that turkey is already a member of this western military alliance and therefore can block any other country from joining and yet this is
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very important to sweden ever since russia invaded ukraine it prompted them tojoin since russia invaded ukraine it prompted them to join an alliance that they were hesitant to join before and so they really want to repair this relationship with president erdogan and this damages it and on top of it president erdogan has already been calling from concessions from sweden in order to accept this. the things like expelling critics that resident erdogan says are in sweden as well as kurds which they insist are terrorists. damage had already been done last week when an effigy of resident erdogan was hanged in sweden. given that this is such an important relationship to sweden right now, they have a long way to go to repair it. this is bbc news, the headlines: investigators have seized more classified documents from presidentjoe biden�*s home in the us state of delaware. more than 100,000 people in israel have protested against what they say are the anti—democratic policies of benjamin netanyahu's new government.
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state television in burkina faso is reporting that the military government has demanded the departure of the 400 french special forces troops stationed in the country. the reports come three days after the regime suspended a five—year—old accord that allowed the presence of french forces. ika ba koyi reports. protesters have been gathering in their hundreds in 0ugadougou chanting anti— france slogans. relations between paris and burkina faso have deteriorated since a military coup in august 2020. many here believe that france's military presence has not improved. translation: yes. not improved. translation: yes, france was — not improved. translation: yes, france was our _ not improved. translation: yes, france was our partner— not improved. translation: 1a: france was our partner and not improved. translation: 13:3 france was our partner and they were supposed to help us fight terrorism but since 2016 there has been no change and we thinks france does not deserve
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the trust of burkina faso. some 400 special _ the trust of burkina faso. some 400 special france _ the trust of burkina faso. some 400 special france forces - the trust of burkina faso. some 400 special france forces are i 400 special france forces are based here to help local forces battle insurgents across the cycle and marley over the decades. and now, according to the country's state media, the military is telling them to go to to get comes just days after the regime suspended a five—year—old accord that allowed the presence of french forces. earlierthis allowed the presence of french forces. earlier this month paris said it would not stop supporting burkina faso in this conflict and wanted to remain involved despite growing anti—french sentiment. burkina faso has an struggling to contain violence by armed groups with links to al qaeda and isil since 2015. the insurgency here has killed thousands and seen over 2 million displaced leading to a
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regional food million displaced leading to a regionalfood insecurity million displaced leading to a regional food insecurity and, worse, no sign of end to this conflict. ikaba koyi, bbc news. the chairman of britain's governing conservative party has issued a statement attempting to clarify his finances after reports that he paid a seven—figure sum to end a dispute with tax officials. the dispute was over shares in the survey company, yougov, which nadhim zahawi set up more than twenty years ago. britain's labour party has called on mr zahawi to resign over the matter. here in the uk, the former british prime minister, borisjohnson, has been reported to the parliamentary standards watchdog by the opposition labour party. it follows allegations reported in the sunday times newspaper — that the chairman of the bbc, richard sharp, helped the former prime minister to arrange a guarantee on a loan of up to £800,000 just weeks before borisjohnson selected mr sharp for his currentjob. gabriel pogrund is the whitehall editor of the sunday times newspaper, and one
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of the authors of this story. he gave my colleague samantha simmonds more details on his investigation. the chairman of the bbc was, unbeknownst to the public, involved in behind—the—scenes talks about borisjohnson�*s finances at the same time that he had a live application for the role he was to go on to receive government support for. in october 2020, applications closed. the following month, sharp dined with a friend of his, a man by the name of sam blyth, a foreign citizen in the distant cousin of borisjohnson who was interested in the idea of helping underwrite the then prime minister's lifestyle. johnson had a lot of difficulty relating to divorce payments and childcare costs and sharpe actually volunteered to help, he introduced the idea to simon case, he actually went
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to see simon case, the cabinet secretary the nation's top official in downing street and they discuss the matter and he brokered the introduction to blyth and briefed the prime minister and it was in november, it was in november 2020 or early december the meeting occurred and the cabinet office propriety and ethics team, the internal watchdog for ministerial conduct in whitehall produced a formal letter to johnson expressly stating that he had to stop discussing and soliciting advice from sharp in respect of his private financial matters. stay with us, we have had reaction in from the former prime minister this evening. i'll read it out: .
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that's the response from the former prime minister and what is the political reaction to your story? briefly the dinner you referred to there, that was a meal featuring johnson and sam blyth, the guarantor on his £800,000 loan and sharp, later the bbc chairman, held at checkers, the prime minister's grace and favour residence. the former prime minister has used the word rubbish and insists it was all properly declared. there are questions for sharp. a job application stated
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that they were not eligible if they failed to disclose conflicts of interest. so you ask what the reaction is tonight? it is inevitably focusing on the former prime minister. lucy powell, the shadow culture secretary, the party was referred to the parliamentary watchdog and she tweeted a few moments ago the revelations undermined public confidence in the bbc and its reputation for neutrality and impartiality. so there are kind of obvious questions, not only for the political establishment, the civil service, the prime minister, also the chairman and again, for the sake of fairness, which i am sure you will in due course read this out anyway, but sharp's position, he has acknowledged he introduced johnson's guarantor, the man who underwrote his 6—figure financialfacility, that's sam blyth, he introduced him
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to simon case, he said that on the record but as for the application process, he says there were no interest to declare and said his activities went no further. so his position is straightforward in that respect. he says there was no conflict of interest. i suppose a question is the act of introducing blyth to the nation's top official not in and of itself, at least, a potential perceived conflict, but his position is emphatic. a bbc spokesman said: "the bbc plays no role in the recruitment of the chair and any questions are a matter for the government." the cabinet office has been contacted but has not commented to the bbc. another day of protests in france against the pension reform plans of emmanuel macron. on friday there were nationwide strikes affecting travel, finance, education and
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other sectors. organisers say they are opposed to raising the state pension age from 60 to 264. new zealand �*s labour party has confirmed chris hipkins as its new leader. the former minister for education and policing emerged as the sole nomination after the surprise and resignation of jacinda ardern on thursday. thousands of people have been gathering in the dutch city of amsterdam — to mark national tulip day. it takes place every january — and always attracts a big crowd — especially since plenty of free tulips are up for grabs. tim allman reports. they have, at times, been as valuable as diamonds, rubies and gold. # when it is spring again i will bring again. # tulips from amsterdam. for many people, people, the tulip is far more than just a flower. # tulips from amsterdam. so, like the man said, where else will you
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go to celebrate tulip day than amsterdam? the netherlands produces around 90% of the world's supply and the business is worth billions of dollars. oh, and they are pretty, too. it is great. a great place to be. happy people, lovely flowers to perfect. it is so nice. and it's for free. if you buy it, it's so expensive. it is worth the wait. you might think it would be difficult to make flowers exciting, but the organisers tried their best. apart from the flamethrowers, there was some reenactment of famous dutch art with added tulips. but the whole event still came as a surprise to some. actually we did not know this was going on here. we were just walking around.
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you can get free flowers later. nice. good to know. this is only the beginning of tulip season, with the flowers being promoted across the country. because, of course, in the netherlands every day is tulip there. # tulips from amsterdam. tim allman, bbc news. tens of millions of people are on the move in china for new year celebrations. it's the first spring festival since the lifting of covid restrictions. michael bristow reports. there's excitement, and relief, as china begins celebrating its first lunar new year since the lifting of covid restrictions. not surprisingly, there are more travellers than last year. there are expected to be 2 billion individualjourneys in china over the whole holiday — although that's still fewer than before the outbreak began.
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for some, it's a first get—together since the start of the pandemic. translation: i'm very happy to see my son and his family. | this is ourfirst reunion in three years. but covid is casting a shadow over the new year. many are still cautious about travelling. people fear they could be taking disease home with them. translation: although we've opened up, i still have - concerns. everyone needs to take measures to protect themselves. and for parents and the elderly who haven't got covid yet, we still need to be careful for them. in a new year address, china's leader xi jinping promised glories and dreams in the upcoming year of the rabbit. in perhaps a veiled reference to china's current covid crisis, he said this passing year's achievements have not come easy. chinese officials are trying to convince the public that the worst is over, but there are fears that such a huge movement of people across china over the lunar new year could fuel further
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covid infections, and deaths. michael bristow, bbc news. the former us astronaut — and the second person to walk on the moon — buzz aldrin — has got married for the fourth time — coinciding with his 93rd birthday. pictures from the private los angeles ceremony were shared by buzz aldrin on social media. the former pilot said that he and his new wife, 63—year—old dr anca faur were as �*excited as eloping teenagers'. let's hope the honeymoon is out of this world. six more classified documents have been found in the us justice department surge of president biden �*s home in wilmington. his attorney said in a statement that the president offered access to his home to allow the doj to conduct a search of the entire
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premises for potential vice presidential records and potential pacified material. neither mr biden nor his wife were present during the search. —— classified material. hello. we have seen some cloudier, milder conditions moving in from the north—west but many of us further south and east have still got clear skies overhead and some frost and some fog. nearer the ground, this is the picture in sowerby bridge a little bit earlier on. now, we're going to see a real mix through the course of sunday. still sticking with the cloudier, milder theme in the north and west with some rain around, but further south and east, cold, frosty with some lingering fog, too. and that contrast�*s down to the fact that we've still got this cold air mass with us across central and southern areas. but this weather front in the north and the west is bringing milder conditions and some fairly patchy rain through the course of the day, too. so, for the rest of the overnight period, there's that rain, then,
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pushing in across the west of scotland, northern ireland. fog forming through the early hours across many central, eastern and southern parts of england in particular, so to start off our sunday morning, we're going to see temperatures down to about —6, possibly —7 degrees towards the south and east but frost—free in the north—west. so, through the day on sunday, then, there's that early fog in the east, slowly clearing away. some rain for parts of western scotland and through some of these irish sea coasts, pushing into pembrokeshire, perhaps cornwall, for instance, as well. some sunshine develops once that fog slowly lifts away from southern and eastern england but it will feel cold — just two or three degrees in the east, even colder if you see the fog lingering, but perhaps double figures for the likes of belfast, for instance. some clearer skies for a time across the north of scotland. as we move through sunday night now into monday, more of the same — cold and frosty towards the south and east with temperatures down below freezing but frost—free with milder weather holding on across scotland and northern ireland. so, we've got this area of high pressure which is really building across much of the uk as we move through into monday. just weather fronts in the far north there. so, i think there could be some rain in the far north of scotland and northern isles, for instance, and the odd splash around some of
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these irish sea coats. some sunshine again developing for the bulk of england and wales after that fog gradually clears away. so, top temperatures again around 3—5 degrees, on the chilly side, but there'll be some sunshine towards the south and east, milder but cloudier in the north and the west. and then, as we head through the middle of the week, still high pressure around, perhaps just a weak front just making its way south and introducing a few splashes of rain. but in the outlook, generally, a lot of dry weather. it will be turning milder through the week ahead but also rather cloudy at times, too. bye— bye.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: us investigators have found six more classified documents at the home of president biden. his lawyer says the search of the property in delaware took around 13 hours, and some handwritten notes were also seized. the white house says it's continuing to co—operate. massive demonstrations have been held in israel against plans from the new right—wing government to overhaul the judicial system. there were more than 100,000 protesters in tel aviv. it was the largest demonstration since benjamin netanyahu's return to power last month. turkey has condemned the burning of a copy
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of the quran during a protest in sweden, describing it


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