welcome to bbc news. i'm rich preston. our top stories: us vice—president kamala harris leads calls for police reform at the funeral in memphis of tyre nichols, who died after being beaten by officers. and as vice—president of the united states, we demand that congress pass the george floyd justice and policing act. joe biden will sign it. influencer andrew tate loses his appeal against detention in romania. he'll spend at least the rest of the month behind bars. in sydney, protesters gather outside the funeral of controversial australian cardinal george pell. american football legend tom brady has announced his retirement for the second
time in a year. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. we begin in the us where the funeral of tyre nichols, the 29—year—old black man who died after being beaten by police in the city of memphis, has taken place. us vice—president kamala harris was among the thousands attending the service at mississippi boulevard christian church, in memphis, in tennessee. following tyre nichol�*s death, five officers, themselves also black, were charged with murder. several other police officers and emergency staff have also been fired in recent days. our north america editor sarah smith was at the service. # you lift me up...
the grief was overlaid with anger, as mourners celebrating the life of tyre nichols also railed against the injustice of his death. i can't speak for everybody in memphis, i can't speak for everybody gathering, but for me, i believe that if that man had been white, you wouldn't have beat him like that that night. applause. america's first black vice—president demanding congress pass police reform legislation. and when we look at this situation, this is a familyi that lost their son and their brother, through an act - of violence, at the hands - and the feet of people who had been charged with. keeping them safe. applause.
tyre nichols�* family want to remember a young man who was a passionate skateboarder. they say he had a beautiful soul, and his mum's name tattooed on his arm. i see the world showing him love, and fighting for his justice, but all i want is my baby brother back. even if the legal reforms being demanded today do come into force, the sad truth is no one here believes that this is the last time a funeral will be held for an unarmed black person killed by the police in america. will this finally bring about change, do you think? bring about the law change? we're going to try to make change happen. change doesn't come, just drops out of the sky, it comes from the ground up. we've got to keep fighting. the five policemen who assaulted tyre nichols, who are all now facing charges of second—degree murder, are all black. amber sherman, who has spent years campaigning for police
reform, says she's not surprised. yeah, i mean the system - of policing is inherently white supremacist, racist and anti—black. - but these were black officers that were involved. the fact that someone - who is blackjoined that system doesn't mean that they're - going to remember that they're black, or they're going to put that first. - they put being j an officer first. the brutal death of tyre nichols has shocked america and reignited the debate about racialjustice, with talk of change and reform, but little hope that anyone can truly say this will never happen again. sarah smith, bbc news, memphis. i'm joined now byjoe watkins, a civil rights advocate and former aide to president george w bush. thank president george w bush. you for being with us. vi had thank you for being with us. we had the vice president talking about congress pushing through this legislation which was written after the murder of george floyd in minneapolis in 2020. is legislation enough? the hope is that it would be, i
don't think it will be enough, after all president biden signed the law last year, last december. a police measure meant to de—escalate these kind of violent confrontations when police arrest people. and just a short time after he signed that bell you have the death of young tyre nichols, something that should never have happened to any human being certainly not anybody�*s son or child full sad, sad thing, it will take more than legislation to change this, it's changing the hearts and minds of people so people actually treat their neighbours like they want to be treated themselves. if we could treat people —— teach people to love their neighbour like they love themselves we would be in much better shape. the themselves we would be in much better shape-— better shape. the name tyre nichols sadly _ better shape. the name tyre nichols sadly one _ better shape. the name tyre nichols sadly one of- better shape. the name tyre nichols sadly one of a - better shape. the name tyre nichols sadly one of a long i nichols sadly one of a long list of of black people have died at the hands of police officers, you talk about
changing hearts and minds, how do you do this in a country which is so diverse and where this has become such a big issue? it this has become such a big issue? . . , this has become such a big issue? . ., , , ., , issue? it certainly starts with our leaders _ issue? it certainly starts with our leaders but _ issue? it certainly starts with our leaders but it _ issue? it certainly starts with our leaders but it doesn't - issue? it certainly starts with i our leaders but it doesn't mean regular people can't have a hand on the change, caring about other people just the way they care about themselves full. i wrote 30 page book about it: the new pc which calls for practical consideration, the whole idea is how we treat people in daily life and politics matters. and so it starts with our leadership, the people elected to lead us, it starts with our religious leaders, many of whom have large congregations, to agree they can teach them to love god with all their heart, mind and souland love god with all their heart, mind and soul and love their neighbours as themselves would be the degree to which you start to see some change in our society. start to see some change in our socie . .,, ., , society. the videos of tyre
nichols were _ society. the videos of tyre nichols were very - society. the videos of tyre i nichols were very distressing when released, will remind people of rodney king and the abuse he suffered at the hands of police officers los angeles, that prompted huge rights back in the 1990s. a surprise the reaction to tyre nichols's death hasn't been more vociferous and angry, it has been quite calm and measured. i been quite calm and measured. i give great credit to the mother and father of tyre nichols, who appealed for car before the video was shown. they said please don't go out on the streets and tear things up in riot and hurt other people, remember our son who wouldn't have wanted that to happen. protest, but do it peacefully, wonderfully, people around the country complied with that, protests were peaceful, but people said something has to change, this has to stop. americans are tired of seeing black men especially and black women, die at the hands of
police officers in these confrontations. especially in the case of young tyre nichols, who was stopped for what they say was reckless driving. that's just an allegation and he hadn't hurt anybody get still lost his life. that's got to stop and that's why those americans protested because they say it's got to stop but they say it's got to stop but they were peaceful. irate they say it's got to stop but they were peaceful. we started talkin: they were peaceful. we started talking about _ they were peaceful. we started talking about the _ they were peaceful. we started talking about the legislation . talking about the legislation which has stalled in congress, do you have hope it will ultimately be passed? i do you have hope it will ultimately be passed? i think it will be a — ultimately be passed? i think it will be a heavy _ ultimately be passed? i think it will be a heavy lift, - ultimately be passed? i think it will be a heavy lift, having | it will be a heavy lift, having worked as a senator and for a us president, the politics is still very difficult. the democratic house when the george floyd act came up a couple of years ago, past that bill, but the senate did not, in the senate was even then pretty evenly split. i'm not sure there is any more support for it, then there was a couple of years ago. i don't have high
hopes for the george floyd act passing anytime soon, although it would be a great help from the standpoint of police accountability and changing the way police do their business. joe watkins, civil rights advocates, thank you for joining us. let's get some of the day's other news. rescue workers in the ukrainian city of kramatorsk are searching through the rubble of a residential building that was destroyed by a russian rocket. authorities say at least two people were killed. but they've warned others might be trapped under the debris. kramatorsk is in the eastern donetsk region — much of which is controlled by moscow's forces. the fbi have searched president biden�*s holiday home in delaware, the latest twist in the investigation into the handling of classified documents at the top of the us government. lawyers for the president said the search was pre—planned and no documents of concern were found, a potentially deadly radioactive capsule, the size of a pea that went
missing in western australia, has been found. the capsule — which was in transit from a mine — fell off the back of a truck in the outback more than two weeks ago. a huge search operation was launched. the incident has led to a debate over how dangerous radioactive material is transported. the funeral of the australian cardinal george pell is under way in sydney. cardinal pell died last month aged 81 after heart complications arising from hip surgery. at one point, he was the third most powerfulfigure in the vatican but was also controversial. he spent 13 months injail for abusing two boys while archbishop of melbourne in the 1990s before the conviction was quashed. and a landmark inquiry found that he knew of child sexual abuse by priests in australia as early as the 1970s but failed to take action. well, some protesters have gathered outside sydney's st mary's cathedral where the cardinal will be laid to rest in a crypt.
we can speak to our correspondent phil mercer. highly controversial character as we said, what have crowds been saying stop?— as we said, what have crowds been saying stop? tyre nichols was an extremely _ been saying stop? tyre nichols was an extremely polarising i was an extremely polarising figure, australia's most senior catholic, archbishop of melbourne and archbishop of sydney, to his detractors a man who ignored child sexual abuse in the church and did nothing about it. cardinal pell always denied those allegations, in 2018, he was convicted of abusing those two boys in melbourne in the mid—19 90s. he spent more than 400 days in prison before his convictions were quashed by the australian high court in 2020. speaking to people at st mary �*s cathedral in sydney on a very warm, humid day in australia's august city,
they believe that the cardinal was unfairly pilloried and persecuted, which led to those initial convictions that were ultimately overturned. too many people gathered today, thousands inside the cathedral and many hundreds more watching on big screens outside, this was a man who was a champion of conservative catholic values. we can cease those live pictures from inside the cathedral as the service is under way, as we touched on there, highly controversial figure, many survivors angry at the way the church treated the cardinal. did they see this as the end of the road in the quest forjustice?- the end of the road in the quest forjustice? quest for 'ustice? no, ithink it, for quest forjustice? no, ithink it. for them _ quest forjustice? no, ithink it, for them will— quest forjustice? no, ithink it, for them will be _ quest forjustice? no, ithink it, for them will be a - quest forjustice? no, ithink it, for them will be a very - it, for them will be a very long struggle to get what they consider to bejustice. what we have seen in recent days, many survivors of the use and their supporters placing ribbons on the metal railings of sydney's
st mary 's cathedral. we understand there was a bit of a skirmish last evening between survivors and their supporters and group of men, who turned up with knives and scissors, trying to remove some of the ribbons. that gives you an indication of how split opinion is in australia and beyond about cardinal george pell. his convictions were mentioned during the funeral mass, one speaker saying despite being cleared, you continue to be demonised but the overarching feeling of mourners and people here at the service in sydney is that this man was a giant of the catholic church. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: beyonce has announced herfirst new tour in nearly seven yea rs. this is the moment that millions in iran have been waiting for.
after his long years in exile, the first hesitant steps of ayatollah khomeini on iranian soil. south africa's white government has offered its black opponents concessions unparalleled in the history of apartheid, and the anc leader nelson mandela is to be set free unconditionally. mission control: three, two, one. a countdown to a critical moment. the world's most powerful rocket ignited all 27 of its engines at once. and apart from its power, it's this recycling of the rocket, slashing the cost of a launch, that makes this a breakthrough in the business of space travel. two americans have become the first humans to walk in space without any lifeline to their spaceship. one of them called it, "a piece of cake." thousands of people have given l the yachtswoman ellen macarthur a spectacular homecoming - in the cornish port of falmouth after she smashed the world record . for sailing solo _ around the world, non—stop.
this is bbc world news, the latest headlines. national and local leaders pay tribute to tyre nichols, the 29—year—old black man, who died after a beating by police in memphis. the controversial influencer andrew tate will remain in custody in romania for at least another month after an appeal against his detention was rejected. mr tate and his brother tristan were arrested last month on suspicion of human trafficking, rape and forming an organised crime group. they've denied any wrongdoing. 0ur correspondent in bucharest, lucy williamson, has more. the court behind me had a short statement today saying it rejected the request by the tate brothers to overturn their continued detention. the two men have been in custody for more than 30 days and are due to remain until the end of february.
their lawyers say that they have not seen any convincing evidence against the two men and a new legal advisor has been brought in by the brothers from a us law firm. she was in court today and she has been arguing that their continued detention without charges and without any previous criminal record is a violation of the international human rights law. that has been rejected by the courts here today. the two brothers will now stay in custody until february 27 and prosecutors will have until then to bring charges against them or to ask the judge to extend their detention once again. pope francis is on an official visit in the drc — the first leg of a six—day trip to africa. on wednesday, he met victims of violence in the capital kinshasa. he appealed for peace and reconciliation in the country. sofia bettiza reports.
an ecstatic welcome from africa's most catholic country. more than 1 million worshippers turned out for a mass held by pope francis in kinshasa. later the pope met victims of violence and listened to harrowing testimonies of rape, murder and other atrocities at the hands of armed groups that have plagued the eastern regions of the drc for decades. i was 16 years old when i was held as a sex slave and used for three months. every day, five to ten men abused us. ﬁx, five to ten men abused us. a prayer and a blessing.
translation: i prayer and a blessing. tuna/mom- prayer and a blessing. translation: i am close to you. your tears _ translation: i am close to you. your tears are — translation: i am close to you. your tears are my _ translation: i am close to you. your tears are my tears. - translation: i am close to you. your tears are my tears. your - your tears are my tears. your pain is my pain. to every family that grieves or is displaced either burning of villages and other war crimes, to the survivors of sexual violence and to every injured child and adult i say i am with you. child and adult i say i am with ou. . , ~ ., child and adult i say i am with ou. . ., , you. nearly 6 million people have been — you. nearly 6 million people have been terminally - have been terminally displaced in congo and 26 million face severe hunger. largely because of armed conflict. a conflict that pope francis condemned. translation:— translation: hands of the democratic _ translation: hands of the democratic republic - translation: hands of the democratic republic of - translation: hands of the | democratic republic of congo. hands off africa. stop choking africa. it is not a mine to be stripped or a terrain to be plundered. stripped or a terrain to be plundered-— stripped or a terrain to be lundered. �* ., , ., plundered. but the pope did not mention the _ plundered. but the pope did not mention the role _ plundered. but the pope did not mention the role played - plundered. but the pope did not mention the role played by - mention the role played by catholic colonisers supported by the vatican and the
atrocities they committed there. laterthis atrocities they committed there. later this week he will travel to neighbouring south sudan, another country that faces conflict and hunger. there he is likely to urge political leaders to do much more to bring about peace. the american football player tom brady, thought by many to be the greatest quarterback ever to play the game, has announced his retirement — again. the 45—year—old, who's won the super bowl seven times, retired last year too, only to come back and take the tampa bay buccaneers to the playoffs. here's how he broke the news on twitter. joining me is melissa jacobs, an nfljournalist and founder of thefootballgirl.com — a sports community for women is he the greatest quarterback player of all time? yes. with no question. we throw the term goat around in so many facets now but he truly is based on super bowl wins, seven, every
passing record, when record and ultimate success and longevity. give us a potted history of his career. how did you get to be so good, where did he come from? .., so good, where did he come from? ., from? he came from the university _ from? he came from the university of— from? he came from the university of michigan i from? he came from the | university of michigan and from? he came from the i university of michigan and i think one of the defining factors of his career is always having a chip on our shoulder because he was a sixth round pick. star quarterbacks are normally number one overall but he was 199 and he believed in himself but obviously not many other teams did and even when he came in and took over for an injured quarterback they thought it was temporary and there were so many doubters along the way and he has carried that all through his career and excelled more than anyone who has played the game. than anyone who has played the name. , , , ..,
game. this is the second time he has announced _ game. this is the second time he has announced a _ game. this is the second time | he has announced a retirement in less than one year. i'll have the fans reacted? we knew this was coming. there is a lot of groundhog day and is this really it? he posted a video on instagram and he was short and sweet and sincere and emotional but not overly produced. in this seems like it will actually happen. based on the last season not having as much success, he never looks his age, his 45, he looks more like 40 than in previous years where he looked like he was 22. we will leave it there, thank you very much. and finally — for all the beyonce fans out there — she has announced her first new tour in nearly seven yea rs. the "renaissance world tour" will kick off in stockholm on may 10, across europe and north america until the end ofjune. it will then resume in toronto
injuly before wrapping in new orleans in september. the album is inspired by black and queer dance music culture and pioneers, talking about how big of a deal this is for fans worldwide, i'm joined now by entertainment journalist and music producer angel lenise from la. set is since her last tour. how bi a set is since her last tour. how big a deal _ set is since her last tour. how big a deal is — set is since her last tour. how big a deal is this? _ set is since her last tour. how big a deal is this? this - set is since her last tour. how big a deal is this? this is - set is since her last tour. how big a deal is this? this is a - big a deal is this? this is a huge deal because the last time any of us saw beyonce live was during the formation world tour or the on the run two tour where it the music was about love and reconciliation primarily about her marriage. this time it is about celebration and dance and freedom and to be able to experience that after the few years we have had collectively as a world and a society's just going to be an amazing experience.— going to be an amazing experience. we have seen incredible _ experience. we have seen incredible excitement -
experience. we have seen incredible excitement on i experience. we have seen - incredible excitement on social media but also recently we have seen problems with taylor swift 's tour and people trying to get tickets for that and debark all there. will there be issues with tickets for this show? it is stressful and you can look at twitter and the internet and seed people already making memes about what it will be like to get these tickets. there is registration for a pre— sale code and various other sales and it will be competitive but hopefully we will all be able to get a seat and hopefully the biden administration in the states he will prevent legislation to prevent ticketmaster from having junk fees on every transaction.— having junk fees on every transaction. ., ,, , transaction. local artists, she has changed _ transaction. local artists, she has changed and _ transaction. local artists, she has changed and evolved - transaction. local artists, she j has changed and evolved over the past few years, what can we expect? the past few years, what can we exect? , ., ., the past few years, what can we exect? y., ., ., , expect? everyone who loves be once expect? everyone who loves beyonce and _ expect? everyone who loves beyonce and the _ expect? everyone who loves beyonce and the renasant's| beyonce and the renasant's album though you have to listen to it from track one to track 13, straight through with no skips. this will be a novel
experience where we see her perhaps perform her complete collection live from top to bottom, no unnecessary transitions or unexpected transitions or unexpected transitions but to hear the album live how she meant us to receive it. album live how she meant us to receive it— receive it. she was criticised recently for _ receive it. she was criticised recently for agreeing - receive it. she was criticised recently for agreeing to - recently for agreeing to perform in dubai which does not have a perfect track record when it comes to human rights and especially the rights of women and lgbt people. do you think that criticism was fair? does it impact on how some people see her? i does it impact on how some people see her?— people see her? i live in the united states _ people see her? i live in the united states of _ people see her? i live in the united states of america . people see her? i live in the| united states of america and there is plenty of legislation or lack thereof here in the states that is not protective of marginalised communities like lgbt oi a+, of marginalised communities like lgbt qi a+, women, people of colour, black people. her artistry goes beyond that and i think that the message in her music, the collaborators and artists she has worked with especially on this project are a huge statement in and of
itself. ,, , ., , , . itself. seven years since her most recent _ itself. seven years since her most recent tour, _ itself. seven years since her most recent tour, could - itself. seven years since her most recent tour, could thisj itself. seven years since her. most recent tour, could this be the last one if she is leaving it so long between? especially with her announcing _ it so long between? especially with her announcing a - it so long between? especially with her announcing a tour- it so long between? especially| with her announcing a tour and going on tour without any music videos i think it is a testament to the type of artist that she is so if this is the last one i think she is dressed well. a newly discovered comet will make its closest approach to our planet tonight. astronomers say its journey towards us has taken around 50,000 years. but if you're expecting to see a brilliant streak of light in the sky, you'll be disappointed. if you're far away from light pollution and under dark skies, you might — at best — be able to make out a small smudge in the sky. and that is it from us now stop more on our website or on the
news app. i can be reached at twitter. from all of us here, thank you for watching. hello there. there's a lot of settled and dry weather to come for many of us over the next few days and indeed even into the weekend. it's going to be very mild as well. certainly on friday it's going to be extremely mild for early february. and that area of high pressure will bring a lot of dry weather, too. these weather fronts will always be flirting with the north of the uk, bringing rain at times, particularly to the northern half of scotland. and it will be a little bit windier here as well. as you can see more isobars on the charts. but we start thursday off on a mild, fairly cloudy note across the south, even into southern scotland, parts of northern ireland as well. a little bit cooler for the northeast of scotland. it's here where we'll start very wet, quite windy for the north and west of scotland. elsewhere, southern scotland, northern ireland, much of england and wales dry quite a bit of cloud around, but there will be some breaks
in the clouds to allow for some sunnier moments. it'll be fairly breezy day come particularly in the north and the west. windy there for the north of scotland. but look at these temperatures were up to 12, maybe 13 degrees across the south, up to 11 degrees as far north as the highlands. as we move through thursday night, it stays fairly breezy, dry for most with variable clouds, some clear spells. we lose the rain as well across the north of scotland for a while. so we start the early part of friday, off on a dry note forallareas, pretty mild night to come, lows of 6 to nine or ten degrees. so we've still got our area of high pressure to the south of the uk, lower pressure towards the north. this new weather front will wriggle in to northern areas through the day on friday. so that will introduce a little bit of rain initially to northern ireland, then push across scotland, perhaps northern england for a time. quite drizzly, in fact, some low cloud mist and murk. best of any brightness later in the day. northern ireland, parts of central southern england and wales, another breezy day to come across more northern and western areas. but lighter winds towards the south, closer to the area of high pressure. very mild on friday, we could be up to 14 celsius in one or two spots across central,
southern and eastern areas. that wedge of milder air continues into the start of the weekend, but then this cold front spreads southwards, introducing much fresher air right across the uk. still high pressure with us though, so it's going to be dry with lots of sunshine as well. the air will be a little bit drier, so a lot of cloud around one or two spots of drizzle on saturday, mild again and then it's colder, much sunnier by sunday.
this is bbc news. the headlines: the us vice—president has addressed the funeral of tyre nichols who died last month after being beaten by police. kamala harris urged congress to pass a police reform bill. her demand was repeated by the veteran civil rights activist al sharpton who delivered the eulogy. protesters have gathered outside the sydney cathedral where the the funeral of the australian cardinal —— where the funeral of the australian cardinal george pell is under way. cardinal pell died last month aged 81 after heart complications arising from hip surgery. at one point, he was the third most powerfulfigure in the vatican. the american football player tom brady — thought by many to be the greatest quarterback ever to play the game — has announced his