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viewers like you. thank you. announcer: and now, "bbc world news". >> this is bbcs america. the kremlin critic election of all the appears in court for his first appearance since his hunger strike as mosc tries to ban his anticorruption groups. >> it is the same story across the country as the opposition movement, the most prominent in russia, has vanished from sight. >> president biden takes his sweeping economic plans on the road, trying to sell the policies to the american people. first, georgia, a state narrowly flipped in november. millions lined up to vote in the indian state of west bengal
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despite record numbers of covid infections and deaths. plus, a royal anniversary, william and kate celebrate 10 years of married life, we look at britain's big day. ♪ welcome to world news america. the world was given a glimpse of the jailed russian opposition activist alexei navalny earlier today, the first time since he ended his hunger strike. he appeared in court via video link appealing against his conviction in a separate case. he launched an attack on president putin saying his ground was slipping, accusing him of turning russians into slaves. our correspondent reports now from st. petersburg. >>'s head shaven and face gaunt,
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this is the first glimpse of alexey navalny since his three we congress trike. the opposition politician transformed as a prisoner. this video now his only platform. the one official camera will not film his speech but audio does get out. today, he denounced let mere putin as a president whose only care is clinging to power internally. -- eternally. pressure on navalny's supporters intensified. they have cleared out because the prosecutor wants the whole navalny network band as extremists. -- banned as extremists. >> we don't know how this law will be applied. how hard they want to crack down. destroying our movement is already a huge thing but they can still come over -- come
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after whoevethey want. >> the door is shuttered, the office is empty. it is as if the team were never here. it is the same story across the country as the opposition movement, the most prominent in russia, has vanished from sight. >> last august, alexi navalny nearly died on a flight from siberia, poisoned with a nerve agent. when he recovered and returned to russia, he was arrested on arrival. since then, his offices have been rated -- raided, team members targeted with searches interests. despite everything, crowds took to the streets throughout russia again last week, demanding his release. but the price of such dissent is rising all the time. this is the man the kremlin wants silenced and forgotten. any attempt to challenge that is
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of liberated. -- is obliterated. >> russia's treatment of mr. navalny has drawn widespread criticism by many in the west. president biden stopped short of mentioning the opposition leader by name but did say that america would not back away from its commitment to fuamental freedoms. mr. biden said no responsible american president can remain silent when basic human rights are violated. let's bring in the chief international correspondent. president biden was silent on the case of alexi navalny when he made this set piece address. is that is -- is that because he is hoping not to upset president putin ahead of a planned summit? >> he did not have many details when it cameo foreign policy. when it came to ambitions like joining the iran nuclear deal, he did not mention it, did not
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go into detail on afghanistan. maybe he was giving the broad brush strokes and pride a minute late -- and predominately a domestic policy speech. members of the bide team have made it clear to the russian authorities that there was a price to pay if alexi navalny should pass away in prison, the same message has gone from the european union. europe has already imposed sanctions connected to the attempted assassination of alexi navalny. his arrest and prosecution. the sanctions from the united states imposed during the biden administration have had to do with election meddling, cyber attacks, and there are many who are saying, don't ascension russia after alexi navalny dies, do it before to stop it. pressure is mounting but so far, there is just strong words and not even a mention last night. >> one thing president biden did
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mention last night, he said that u.s. is in competition with china and other countries do win -- to win the 21st-century. is this competition at the center a big power relations? >> interesting, he said this at least twice about, in his words, winning the 21st century. although he did not use the phrase, chinese leaders and southeast asian leaders talk about this being the asian century and the talk about how asian leaders, parcularly southeast asia, have looked at the united states and western countries during the pandemic, they have looked at the division in the united states and have said not only that these individual governments and countries are to blame, but the system of democracy is to blame. joe biden took this on last night, saying that people expect
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democracy, expect the united states to fail and he came with that great american language that america is an idea, america is unique, america will fight back tomorrow america will prove that democracy is much better at meeting the needs of its people and solving global problems. so it was about ideas, but in detail, it was also about technology, it was about jobs, it was about progress. even though he talked about this competition, he also had that message that america was back and it was back to work with allies to solve global problems which cannot be solved by one country alone, not even the united states. >> president biden is ending america's longest war in afghanistan and plans to pull out the american troops by 9/11, the 20th anniversary. he did say last night that the
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terror threat has evolved beyond afghanistan. what does that mean to you as someone who has covered afghanistan? >> he also mentioned this when he first made it clear that he wanted all of the remaining united states american troops and nato forces to leave before september 11, he said justice had been done when it came to osama bin laden but that the terrorism threat evolved, it was not now as it was in 2001, concentrated in afghanistan in terms of al qaeda and the rise of the islamic state. he talked about somalia, syria, yemen, so therefore, to take this problem on, they did not need troops on the ground anymore in afghanistan. >> thank you so much for joining us. president biden is now ting his multitrillion dollar plans to create jobs and invest in
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infrastructure on the road. first, georgia, one of the states he flipped in november. our correspondent, the white house is busy issuing these memos showing how georgia is gog to benefit from the variouplans president biden is proposing. does that suggest that he knows he has a big sales job on his hands? >> selling that pitch is an uphill climb for those who did not vote for him. president trump supporters, some of their science essay -- some of their signs say we are still talking about 2020. president biden said yesterday, his american jobs plan will create high-paying jobs and bring in trillions of dollars back into the economy but after senator tim scott said this is a radical left wishlist plan that will killed jobs and raise taxes -- that will kill jobs and raise
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taxes and that is the message for people here who did not recognize president biden as a legitimate president and are worried about these radical liberal ideas, as they see it, that will further a road, erase gains they e as under president trump. >> what is the political calculation between -- behind president biden going to georgia to sell this plan? >> georgia is critical to his political map because he did flip this state blue for the first time in 28 years for a democrat and with senators rafael warnock and jon ossoff that delivered the thinnest of margins for democrats in the senate, those two are critical and he met with them today before he is expected to speak here. the state also has other political issues in the news nationally, the recently passed
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voting legislation, president biden has said it is un-american. coming here is an attempt to reach out to the wider american public. this is popular with democrats, the white house thinks everything he is proposing is popular with americans beyond the republicans in washington and if he can make that pitch here, he consented to the rest of the country. yeah starting here and is going to be going to other parts of the country to make this pitch to the american people. >> thank you for being with us. india has again reported record numbers of new coronavirus cases and deaths. emergency supplies of oxygen and ventilators are starting to arrive from countries all over the world, but a political election is going ahead in west bengal. millions are lining up to cast their votes. >> it was too late.
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this woman lost her mother while standing in a queue for hours waiting for medical oxygen. the only thing that could have given her a fighting chance to beat the virus. basic facilities like access to hospital beds and oxygen cylinders have not become -- have now become a luxury. >> we have been out of our house since 2:00 last night. there is no oxygen available in all of delhi and after running around, we finally got here at 4:00. >> delhi is in its second week of lockdown but in the last 10 days, the city has seen 20,000 cases every day. more than 300 have died daily for the last one week. cases are surging in other parts of the country as well. it is not just the hospitals, which are inundated. so our barrier grounds.
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this 52-year-old has been working for days digging graves. experts say the number of actual deaths are much higher than what is being reported. >> is ramadan but i'm not able to fast. we were 24 hours able day. how can i keep my fast, it is so hot. but i need to dig graves, i need to cover them with mud and carry dead bodies. how can i fast? >> contrast these images with brengle. citizens blame to the virus to come out to vote. many have questioned why political rallies led by leaders across party lines were allowed to go on for the last month even as cases continue to spike. >> charting is a fact that until a month ago, and yet was protecting itself as a pharmacy of theorld, sending vaccine doses to countries around the globe. it is hard to imagine that its citizens are struggling for something as basic as finding a
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hospital bed. it is india that now needs help. >> the u.s. has promised to send supplies worth $100 million. countries like the u.k., singapore, and russia have sent ventilators to support india's crumbling medical infrastructure. admit the despair, there are encouraging stories like that of this 105-year-old man and his wife who successfully beat the virus. it is stories like these that inspire and -- inspire and exhausted country -- an exhausted country. >> in other news from around the world, turkey's first coronavirus lockdown came into effect earlier, imposed to curve a surge in infections and deaths. people will have to stay hom except for essential shopping trips and urgent medical treatment. alcohol sales will be limited and travel between cities will
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require official approval. workers say shortages of oxygen and test kits in northeastern syria are jeopardizing the fight against coronavirus as cases begin to surge. a rescue committee statement said the only testing facility in the kurdish-controlled area could run out of kits within a week. seven centers treating patients have been forth to close. -- forceto close. in bmr, the military -- in bmr -- myamar, the military takeover revived a decades-old war between the military and the regional, ethnic armies. notable is a group called the national union which is a supporter of the protesters and their civil disobedience. the fighting between the knu and
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military has escalated. our correspondent has traveled to one village on the thai side of the river after stray bullets made their way across. >> we are on the thai side of the river. if you can see that shoulder, that is the output taken by the national union within the last few days. we understand number of military soldiers have been killed and some are on the run. since then, the military has fought back, they have dropped a number of stripes, some by helicopter or drone. when it comes to what the knu have been doing, they have been patrolling, clearing out the outpost and taking it for themselves. on this side of the border, they had to evacuate this village because a stray bullet hit here. you can see how close it has come to the fighting.
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in terms of the bigger picture, the knu are the biggest supporters of the civil defense moment -- movement. what you are seeing in the cities across myanmar and what the knu have dealt with, the brutal military. when it comes to how this fits into the overall picture, the knu are thought to be protecting members of the civil defense movement. this is a very strong military but it does mean that they are now dispersed on many fronts. they are trying to disperse the protests going on within the cities and towns and they are renewing fighting against ethnic organizations not just here but further in the north. in terms of where this goes, we will have to see. there is a fear that if the temer door take any retail editing -- retail -- retaliating
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action, there have already been stripes within the last few days and there are fears that many of the knu hiding in this area will come to the border as we have seen before. that is something people have to wait and see over the next few days. >> you are watching bbc world news america. still to come, china takes a step closer to having a permanent space station, the first element on their way into orbit. -- first elements on their way into orbit. africa centers for disease control has warned that india has a of covid-19 must serve as a wake-up call to the continent. africa recorded 76,000 cases of the virus last week but it's cdc is warning that countries must not let their guard down. our health reporter has more. >> the executive director of
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uganda's research institute was able to confirm to the bbc that one of the variants was identified in uganda today. the case traveled from india in march and they were able to analyze the virus and able to ascertain that this is the variant that was identified in india last year. this might as well be the first confirmed case in the continent, though there might be other cases that have not been identified because not many countries in the country have the capacity to sequence the virus. >> china has been porting billions of dollars into its increasingly ambitious face program and it just took -- space program and it just took a major leap. china launched the first module
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of its own space station with hopes of having it operational next year. stephen mcdonaldeports. >> china space ambitions have taken another leap. after a rocket carrying the first module of a chinese space station was launched. the country's number two leader congratulated the chinese scientists. he watched from an observation room in beijing. in the minutes leading up to liftoff, there had been the usual tension with fears of a mishap. there was much at stake. china, frozen out of international space station, decided to go alone and put its own lab in orbit. then the moment came. blastoff. the rocket carried the space station module, which will be living quarters with three group. it is expected to take 11
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ssions. two more modules will be attached. chinese officials said the finished station will rely on solar panels and use repairable components, giving it a 10 year lifespan. today, it was about the celebration of putting the first piece in place. >>ccording to beijing flight control center, the rocket has sent the module into orbit. the solar wing boards unfolded and are working. i declare the mission is a complete success. >> this is starting to look like a cold war space race with china talking about trips to mars and a moon station with russia as a partner. next year, this will be the only country with its own space station in orbit around the earth. >> it was 10 years ago today
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that i done british couple had their wedding ceremony but unlike most couples, an estimated 2 billion people tuned in on tv. william and kate are celebrating their anniversary today. ram satchell has been talking to people in the u.k. about their memories of that day. >> april 29, 2011, 10 years ago, and the marriage of prince william to kate middleton. the wedding watched by an estimated 2 billion people worldwide. ♪ across the country, the great british street party. ♪ jack was eight at the time. he helped organize, doing his best not to get stressed.
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>> you are going to hyperventilate. >> everyone was out on the street, we had auctions going on, raffles, cake going out to everyone. everyone wanted to get involved. we were all in the front room in the atmosphere was so happy and everyone was happy for the wedding. >> what is it like for you today? >>antastic. [cheering] >> this is my husband and we got married 10 years ago on the 29th of april. it was pretty magical because there was all the hype of the royal wedding. there had been a big lead up to the day. we watched the wedding. i am so patriotic.
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i love the moment, watching kate, her dress, her hair, her makeup, everything was flawless, she looked beautiful. then we had a wonderful day. >> much has happened to the royal family in the last 10 years but in what was an age of austerity, the royal wedding a decade ago was a moment of escape and celebration. >> i have my wedding t town. before we go, what do you do if you are an orchestra in need of an audience? in paris, they are performing in front of statues. ♪ the orchestra has recorded a concert which will be broadcast this weekend. the audience was made of marble but the music was sublime. what do you play in front of a bunch of statues? a work called pictures at an
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