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this is bbc news. i'm tim willcox with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. miracle in pakistan, survivors pulled from the wreckage of a plane crash in karachi —but 80 people are confirmed dead. the british prime minister's chief advisor is reported to have broken lockdown guidelines by travelling to his parents‘ home to self isolate when suffering with coronavirus. president trump demands us state governors reopen all places of worship this weekend. brazil's supreme court releases a video of the president allegedly admitting to interfering with law enforcement to protect his family. while muslims around the world prepare for the end of ramadan — we look at how eid celebrations this year will be
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different under lockdown. hello and welcome to bbc news. the authorities in pakistan say at least 80 people are now confirmed to have died when a passenger plane crashed into a residential area in karachi. the airbus a320 was enroute from lahore in the north of the country when it came down in sight of the runway. at least two passengers survived. secunder kermani reports. these are the moments just before the plane crashed to the ground. at the site, panic and chaos. this residential area is just a short distance
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away from the airport. rescue workers combed through the debris, looking for surviving passengers and injured locals. this man, head of a major bank, was pulled out from the wreckage alive, but other families have been left distraught. translation: we pulled out a small child and his mother. they are both alive. then we found two dead bodies on top of the building. there might be a few more bodies up there, with the rest under the plane, but we just don't know yet. the muslim festival of eid is this weekend, and many of those travelling would have been hoping to celebrate with loved ones. karachi's health workers were already stretched, dealing with coronavirus. the city has been the epicentre of the country's outbreak. now a state of emergency has been declared in all major hospitals. an investigation into the crash is under way. a recording points to technical problems.
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mayday, mayday! there will be questions for airline authorities. the head of the airline said, in the pilot's there have been other crashes in the past, too. but first, for dozens of families, instead of eid festivities there will be funerals. secunder kermani, bbc news. we'll have more later in the programme. we will be speaking to the sister of the survivor, the governor of the bank of punjab that we have seen in the report being pulled from the rake edge —— wreckage. here in the uk it's been reported that the prime minister's chief adviser, dominic cummings, travelled out of london during the lockdown, whilst ill with coronavirus symptoms. mr cummings travelled from london to durham, nearly 420km away in the north of england, when he had coronavirus in march. our political correspondent,
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leila nathoo is at westminster. back on the 30th of march we found out that dominic cummings had come down with coronavirus sometimes. at the time they said he was self isolating at home but tonight they are reporting that subsequently he and fact travelled to his parents home and that police made contact with the family to remind them of the rules around essential travel. guidance at the time was made law a few days before said there were a limited number of reasons why people should be leaving their homes and if you have coronavirus symptoms your self, the guidance was and is that you should be not leaving your home at all for at least seven days. a source close to cummings said he did travell from london to durham and the source said that he and his wife stayed in a separate building and the reason why they travelled there was because they were both ill and needed help with childcare. there have been other
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seniorfigures accused of breaking rules. scotland's former chief medical officer who had to re—sign. professor neil ferguson, a leading scientist had to step down from his role. opposition parties tonight are questioning dominic cummings possession which is offered for number ten who say they are not going to comment. anyone arriving in the uk from abroad could face a £1000 fine, if they fail to self—isolate for m days. the measures will come in from the 8th ofjune, to help prevent a second wave of coronavirus infections. with more, here's our transport correspondent, tom burridge. soon, almost anyone arriving into the uk will have to self—isolate for two weeks. most people on this flight from amsterdam into manchester thought it was a good idea. we've just come off a klm flight. it was absolutely jam—packed full of people. and, erm, who knows
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who's got coronavirus? after some confusion, the government now says only people arriving from the republic of ireland will be exempt. medical workers will too, and people like lorry drivers who transport goods. fruit pickers will not be able to travel away from the place they work. anyone who flouts the new rules could face a £1,000 fine. the home secretary said it was the right time for this measure. as the transmission rate across the uk falls and the number of travellers arriving in the uk begins to increase, imported cases could begin to pose a larger and increased threat. is it fair to assume now that most summer holidays abroad will not happen this year? this is absolutely not about booking holidays. we have to be clear that we want to avoid a second wave, and that is vital. but the travel sector, already battered in the pandemic,
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will be hit even harder. airlines believe mandatory masks, gloves and temperature checks will be enough to get more flights moving safely again. it's like a lot of boris johnson's strategies — it's make it up as you go along... the boss of ryanair says the quarantine is... bonkers, and unimplementable. the real issue here is the people arriving into the uk, for example, heathrow and gatwick, then get on the london underground or gatwick express to get into london to wherever they're supposed to isolate, so the whole purpose of isolation is defeated. and this travel agent in surrey currently has no summer bookings. i think it will be a final nail in the coffin for my and many other businesses, if this continues. i can't realistically see customers necessarily wanting to self—isolate for two weeks after they come back.
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bilateral deals with countries with low infection rates, known as air bridges, are possible in the future but, when it takes effect onjune the 8th, the quarantine will be a blanket measure. it will be reviewed every three weeks. tom burridge, bbc news. the us president donald trump has commanded state governors to allow houses of worship that were closed because of the coronavirus to reopen this weekend. the us president criticized some state administrations for allowing bars and restaurants to reopen, while continuing to limit places of worship. mr trump threatened to intervene against any governers who refused to role back restrictions. the governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important, essential play sets of faith to open, right now. for it this weekend. if
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they did not do it, i will override the governors. in america we need more prayer and not last. let's get more of this from our north america correspondent david willis. this will please some of his days. it would, wide evangelical christians will be delighted to hear his words today and they have find a loyal pa rt today and they have find a loyal part of his base. the president saying that churches, houses of worship should be deemed essential services and they should reopen as early as this weekend, it is not clear whether he has the constitutional authority to command governors as he said he would do if they refuse to do this to reopen churches that certainly this is a constitutional argument and over a right to freedom to religion and someone. a lot of
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contention on the part of health workers particularly the white house coronavirus response coordinator who was put on the spot about this today and she said may be an areas where there has been a lot of cases of coronavirus may be church as well hold off from opening their doors for another week or so but because these are places where people traditionally come together it does make enforcing social distancing guidelines very difficult. all of this coming of christ as flags at the white house and i there is no way to half—mast to respect those who have died because of coronavirus in the united states. that total is expected to exceed 100,000 people. thank you. brazil's supreme court has authorised the release of a video, that reportedly shows brazil's president bolsonaro confessing to interfering with the federal police to help his family.
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mr bolsonaro sacked the national police chief, mauricio valeixo last month, while police have been investigating his son, carlos bolsonaro. the video shows the president saying, "if one cannot change the law enforcement official, one changes his boss; if not his boss, one changes the minister. we're not kidding around". before going on to say "i will not wait for my family or friends to get screwed because i cannot change one of our law enforcement officials." he used ) he used) language in that as well. our correspondent katy watson is in sao paulo and has been watching the video. the language used and the press asa the language used and the press as a team version of this video. it was privately shown as part of this investigation of the supreme court but this video is more dramatic than brazil's telenovelas. brazilians went crazy for
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watching this and it took down the supreme court website. it is two hours of shocking comments notjust is two hours of shocking comments not just from bolsonaro but also from his ministers about pretty much every topic. the damage it is going to do, you wonder how long bolsonaro can last and the job as president. really? and the allegations against his son have been around for some time. talk us through those. this is, it comes back to when the justice minister and he is more popular by far, resigned, calling that bolsonaro had politically been interfering and it is down to several signs under investigation for alleged wrongdoing, corruption and money laundering. we have seen in this video and talk on how he does not want to screw his
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family over. and he pointed out when he resigned asjustice minister that bolsonaro was wanting to have a police chief more on his side to have access to intelligence and he said thatis to intelligence and he said that is not how it works and that is not how it works and thatis that is not how it works and that is why he left. this is just damning and every possible way for bolsonaro. stay with us on bbc news, still to come... could we be seeing a return of professional football in england anytime soon? the bbc speaks exclusively to the english premier league's boss. this morning an indian air force plane carrying mr gandhi's body landed in delhi. the president of india walked to the plane to solemnly witness mr gandhi's final return from the political battlefield. ireland voted overwhelmingly in favour of gay marriage. in doing so it has become the first country in the world to approve the change of a national referendum.
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it was a remarkable climax to what was surely the most extraordinary funeral ever given to a pop singer. it has been a peaceful funeral demonstration so far but suddenly police are here gassing the crowd and we do not yet know why. the prelaunch ritual is well established here. helen was said to be in good spirits butjust a little apprehensive. in the last hour, east timor has become the world's newest nation. it was a bloodied battle for a poor country and the challenges ahead are daunting but for now at least, it is time to celebrate. this is bbc news, the latest headlines a pakistani passenger plane has crashed into homes in the city of karachi. at least 80 people have been killed.
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but have been killed. there were at least two survivors. the british prime minister's chief advisor comes under pressure following claims he broke the rules around lockdown by leaving his home to travel to visit his parents let's return to our top story... the crash of the plane and pakistan. the authorities in pakistan say at least 80 people are now confirmed to have died when a passenger plane crashed into a residential area in karachi. at least two passengers survived. one of them was zafar masood — the ceo of the bank of punjab. his sister, zainab imam, has been in contact with him. the where all, we are just in a state of shock and we are so blessed and so grateful, he is well, he is in hospital and he is injured but these are not
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major injuries, so we are hopeful that he will recover fully very soon. that is amazing. what did he tell you about what had happened in those moments before the plane came down? because it was almost at the end of the journey, wasn't it? it was. i have not been able to talk to him very much about it, of course and our family we have alljust been course and our family we have all just been focused course and our family we have alljust been focused on being lucky and being so thankful and grateful that we are one of the lucky ones, that our loved one survived this horrible crash. and he talked about his rescue and talks about how some people came in and immediately his rescue, he was able to figure out that his arm had been hurt and his leg had been hurt and
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they were just exceedingly kind and he was able to get to the hospital, soon after the crash. and he is a brave man. in his sister so i would say something like that but he had the presence of mind to call our pa rents presence of mind to call our parents immediately and we are just so grateful and blessed we did not go to the pain of not knowing where our loved one was as so many other families have. that is amazing so when he realised that he was reasonably 0k, he immediately made a phone call, you are saying? he got to the hospital and he was able to borrow the phone of a staff member over there and call home and let us know that he
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survived and was in the hospital. the muslim holy celebration of eid is this weekend. it marks the end of a month of fasting for ramadan — the biggest celebration in the muslim calendar. normally people gather in mosques and parks in huge numbers to celebrate but it will be very different this year. zainab gulamali is a spokeswoman for muslim council of britain. she has come up with a dos and don'ts guideline list for muslims celebrating eid this year. we have managed to adapt and we survived a whole month and now we are looking at a very similar looking eid. it is a time of celebration and the end of the month of fasting. how do people get around that? suites or immediate delivery in many countries as well? yes, of course and eid is centred around the mosque and families
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as well. there is the congregational eid prayer that ta kes pla ce congregational eid prayer that takes place on the morning of eid and with mosques close that is not possible. we are encouraging people to pray and congregation within their own homes and in their households and in little of meeting their friends and families and going around to their friends and families, have a lovely meal at home and i'll friends and family and using conferencing facilities to connect and that way. we have viewers from around the world watching at the moment. talk us through what is happening at the moment with the lockdown rules because there are suggestions that places of worship may be able to open at some stage and are you actively planning for that and self distancing measures being put in place. absolutely. and england we have been told by the uk governing the earliest they can help them will be the 11th ofjuly. i had a fat will be the 11th ofjuly. i had afata will be the 11th ofjuly. i had a fat a lot of prep work needs to go and buy mosques and
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muslim institutions and committees and traced to make sure they are covid—19 safe and putting measures in place to protect their communities. we have been consulting with over 300 mosques and recent weeks and we are looking at nature is to require members to wear a face mask and not allowing those who are 65 for high—risk and and those who are able to visit the masks that mosques but adhering to social distancing while attending. previous times where it eid or ramadan has been affected by plague several hundred years ago or is this unprecedented for islam? particularly this generation and this last decade this is unprecedented but what is great to see is how well communities have adapted. ahead of ramadan there has been a concerted effort for mosques to ta ke concerted effort for mosques to take their services online said they are able to connect with
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they are able to connect with the kennedys and provide services that they would bring the services into people's homes. they have also set up the food banks or initiatives to help members of their community and wider society you are in need. and wider society you are in need. it is about getting back and still able to give back which is really great. the boss of the english premier league says it has done everything possible to persuade players it's safe to resume training. richard masters told the bbc that the resumption of germany's bundesliga gave him hope the same could happen for the premier league. our sports editor dan roan reports. it may be hard to believe, but this was the last time the premier league was in action. two and a half months after leicester city's win over aston villa, players have had to wait until this week to start an initial phase of non—contact training, and today, in his first interview since the start of this crisis, the man in charge told me about his hopes for a resumption
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of the season next month. i sense there is some momentum and positivity behind it. we've gone back to training but it's only a first step. it's step by step. all of the clubs' work in the communities, the 100,000 jobs the premier league supports, all of those are potentially at risk, as with other industry sectors, and i believe ultimately we have a responsibility to try to get back to business to protect jobs and to move forward. but, with unresolved rows among clubs over the safety of players, the use of neutral stadia and whether relegation should be scrapped, plenty of hurdles remain. you have to have contingency plans. curtailment is still a possibility, so what would happen in that environment is something we are yet to discuss with our clubs. contact training could start next week but, with six cases of the virus among premier league clubs revealed, some players have refused to train over their concerns. today the premier league held a meeting with the footballers union to discuss the increased risk to black, asian and minority ethnic players. we have done everything
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possibly can to make return to training as safe as possible for you and therefore for you and your family. we put in place testing programmes and all the different protocols in order to protect you and your livelihood. we think it is safe to return, the decision ultimately, we have to respect those players who make the decision not to return to training, that is their prerogative. if you were a footballer, would you play? i think i would. i've listened to the arguments. i've been in the meetings, talked to the medical advisers and i would be comfortable to do so. last weekend, the bundesliga became the world's first major league to resume. as in germany, football here will have to get used to playing without fans, but for how long? nobody knows the answer to that. i just think we have to plan accordingly. we have to take it step by step. at the moment, there is still optimism we will see fans back in grounds next season. the premier league will not be back to being itself, at its best, until we get fans back through the turnstiles. with an unprecedented financial crisis facing cash—strapped clubs in the football league,
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could the top flight do more to bail out the rest of the football family? our clubs are suffering significant financial losses. our support for the rest of the game is unprecedented across european football, and we are very committed to that. like all sporting competitions, the premier league is waiting to re—emerge from its enforced shutdown. when and whether the action will resume remains unclear. dan roan, bbc news. one of italy's top tourist attractions is reopening— the duomo in florence is going to use technology to help visitors maintain social distancing. a stunning ancient building of course. people will be given a device which will bleep if they get too close to other people. the director of the cathedral and the museum there says they are the first to use these devices in the world. initially, visits to the cathedral will be free — in a gesture to welcome people
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back. makes such a change to the huge queues that usually surrounded there. the measure is intended to help italy's tourism industry which has been shut since mid—march. before we go, rolling thunders was an annual event in the us on memorial day weekend. thousands of bikers would descend on washington dc to bring attention to service members who went missing in action. this year's event is scaled down, and renamed. but still loud. music. president trump held a ‘rolling to remember‘ event at the white house today. motorcyclists got the chance to cruise around the south lawn, and rattle the windows a bit. bikers are urged to ride 22 miles in their home communities to raise awareness about veteran suicide. about 20 veterans take their lives each day. so that message is
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heard loud and clear. that is all from me. more from the team leader. hello there, we have seen and windy weather for the time of year affecting the northwest of the uk in particular and the strongest gust of wind could reach 60 mph on the north coast of ireland and northwest wells we have guests and northwest wells we have gu ests into and northwest wells we have guests into the low 70s and they bring large battering waves to the coast lane and many of the beaches are and patrolled for understandable reasons and it is probably best to stay well away. by the weekend we have more rain and strong winds thanks to this slow living area of low pressure and strongest winds a lwa ys pressure and strongest winds always close to the centre of the low passing to the north of scotla nd the low passing to the north of scotland enter the day on saturday and although we start off very windy indeed across the northwest. isobars began to
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slowly s pa ce the northwest. isobars began to slowly space out and low pressure gets less intense after the afternoon and winds start to lose their strength. starting the day on saturday, westerly winds first thing first scotland and guests they are still reaching 60 mph and only slowly eased down after that. looking pretty wet for most of the day and quite cool as well. england and wales, some sunshine and an odd shower just about anywhere but will not last long given the windy conditions into the afternoon. 30-40 conditions into the afternoon. 30—40 mph and still around 50 mph and northern scotland. cool and scotland just 11 degrees. 819 and sunshine in london and even the winds are not feeling too bad at all. we do have at that more rain to come through and the rain tends to ease down as we got through sunday with brighter condition spreading and from the last. sun shines upon and across these western areas and 17 degrees in belfast
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but a warming trend to our weather is set to continue into next week as well. this area of high pressure builds towards south. it will always be across england and wales and the weak weather front will move and off the atlantic bringing some more rain that dominic and weston scotla nd rain that dominic and weston scotland but probably not to have a. it gets quite a bit warmer and temperatures reaching mid—20s and we could see mid to high 20s. at the new way to certainly quite a bit warmer. that is your latest weather. this is bbc news. the headlines: a pakistani passenger plane carrying 99 people has crashed into homes in the city of karachi. officials have so far confirmed 80 deaths, but at least two passengers have survived. the airbus a320 was enroute from lahore when it came down
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in sight of the runway. dominic cummings — a key adviser to the prime minister boris johnson — has been criticisced for breaking locjdown advice to "stay at home" by travelling to his parents' home while suffering with coronavirus. it's reported he needed help with child care and went into self isolation in a separate building. the us president donald trump has commanded state governors to allow houses of worship that were closed because of the pandemic to reopen this weekend. the us president criticised some state administrations for allowing bars and restaurants to reopen, while continuing to limit places of worship. now on bbc news — coronavirus newscast. tonight, welcome to... 0h, am i going to say this right? acropolis now, because...
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you never told me you were going to start the programme with a pun. you've got to continue now you've started. the reason i've done it is because we're going to cross now to our colleague, foreign correspondent quentin sommerville, who almost seems to be on holiday in greece. how have you managed that? it does feel like a bit of a holiday, actually. normally, i'm a middle east correspondent, but i've been sat on hold for so long they said, how about going to athens, and ijumped at the chance to get on a plane again, and this is one of the few places where you can get on a plane, because the greeks are beginning to try and open up their tourism industry again. the acropolis opened this week to tourists. foreign tourists can't come here yet. if you arrive, as we did today, at athens airport, you get a swab stuck down your throat. perhaps that's why i'm a bit hoarse.

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