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this is bbc news. i'm lewis vaughan jones with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. two people survive as a passenger plane crashes into homes in the pakistani city of karachi — at least 80 are confirmed dead. brazil's supreme court releases a video of the president allegedly admitting to interfering with law enforcement to protect his family. the british prime minister's chief advisor is reported to have broken lockdown guidelines by travelling to his parents‘ home when suffering with coronavirus. president trump demands us state governors reopen all places of worship this weekend.
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welcome to bbc news. authorities in pakistan say at 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 near 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 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.
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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. siren wails. karachi's health workers were already stretched, dealing with coronavirus. the city has been the epicentre of the country's outbreak. a state of emergency has now been declared in all major hospitals. an investigation into the crash is under way. a recording apparently of the pilot's last communications, points to technical problems. there will be questions for airline authorities.
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there have been other crashes in the past two. but first, for dozens of families, instead of eid festivities there will be funerals. secunder kermani, bbc news. brazil's supreme court has authorised the release of a video that reportedly shows brazil's president confessing to interfering with the federal police to help his family. jair bolsonaro sacked the national police chief, mauricio valeixo last month, while police have been investigating his son, carlos bolsonaro. i have tried to change our security people in rio de janeiro officially and i wasn't able to. that is over. i won't wait for my family or friends to get screwed and because i can't chase someone from security, but as part of the tea m security, but as part of the team structure. but i am, if i can't change them, then i will change their boss. and if i can't change the boss that i'm going to change the minister.
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katie watson has been following the story. this is a tame version of what was in the video. the video was shown as part of the investigation of the supreme court but this video and it is more dramatic than brazil's teller novellas, brazilians went crazy for watching this, it took down the supreme court website, it is two hours of shocking comments, not just from bolsonaro but also from his ministers about pretty much every topic. —— telenovelas. and the damage it is going to do, you wonder how long bolsonaro can last for in the job as president. we have heard and seen in this video, the talk on how he doesn't want to get his family, he doesn't want to screw his family over, and it was pointed out that when the justice minister resigned,
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that jair bolsonaro was wanting to have a police chiefs more on his side, who could 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 in every possible way forjair bolsonaro. and we'll return to brazil a little later in the bulletin as the coronavirus death toll jumps above 20,000. i'll be speaking to a professor of medicine specialising in epidemiology at the university of sao paulo, so do stay with us for that. let's bring you some of the latest developments on the coronavirus outbreak in the uk, and around the world. global health officials say 80 million children are at risk of catching preventable diseases because of the disruptions of vaccination programmes caused by the pandemic. a study has found that the anti—malarial drug that donald trump is taking to prevent covid—i9 has no benefits. hydroxychloroquine is being prescribed by doctors without evidence — scientists say using it may be ill—advised. brazil has become the sixth country to record more than 20,000 deaths, but experts
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warn the true figure could be much higher. fears are growing that latin america could become the pandemic‘s next epicentre. the spanish government says lockdown restrictions will be eased in madrid and barcelona from monday. it means restaurants will be able to serve outdoors and gatherings of up to ten people. muslims around the world are preparing to celebrate eid this weekend, marking the end of ramadan. but with social distancing restrictions in place, not every country is able to celebrate as usual. here in the uk it's been reported that the prime minister's chief advisor, dominic cummings, travelled out of london during the lockdown, while 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. 0ur political correspondent, leila nathoo, gave us this update. it was back on the 30th of
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march that we found out dominic cummings had come down with coronavirus symptoms, downing street said at the time he was self isolating at home but tonight guardian and the mirror newspapers reporting that subsequently he in fact travelled to his family's home in durham and police made contact with the family to provide them with a reminder of the rules around travel. it was made lawjust a few days before so made lawjust a few days before so there were only a limited number of reasons why people should be living their homes. and if you had coronavirus symptoms yourself the guidance was and is that you shouldn't be leaving your home at all for at least seven days. now a source close to dominic cummings has confirmed that he did travel from london to durham when he had coronavirus, but says he wasn't spoken to by police, the source as he and his wife stayed in a separate building and the reason they travelled there was because they were both ill and needed help with childcare. remember there have been other senior thinkers who have —— figures who have been accused of
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breaking the rules. scotland's format chief medical officer catherine calderwood had to resign, professor niall ferguson also had to step down from his role. 0pposition parties night are questioning dominic cummings‘ position, it is awkward when number ten who say they will not comment. anyone arriving in the uk from abroad could face a £1000 fine if they fail to self—isolate for 14 days. the measures will come in from 8june, 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, um, who knows who‘s got coronavirus? after some confusion,
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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 about, we want to avoid a second wave, and that is vital. but the travel sector, already battered in the pandemic, will be hit even harder. airlines believe mandatory masks, gloves and temperature
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checks will be enough to get more flights moving safely again. sadly it‘s like a lot of borisjohnson‘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, take 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. bilateral deals with countries
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with low infection rates, known as air bridges, are possible in the future, but when it takes effect on 8 june, the quarantine will be a blanket measure. it will be reviewed every three weeks. to the us, 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 criticised 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. ——to roll back restrictions. the governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important essential places of faith to open right now. for this weekend. if they don‘t do iti this weekend. if they don‘t do it i will override the governors. in america we need more prayer, not less.
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let‘s get more of this from our north america correspondent david willis. he is threatening to overrule governors, but there is some debate about whether he actually has that power? yes, it is difficult to imagine he does have that power under the constitution. and this is the president siding with religious leaders and white evangelical christians who form a very loyal pa rt christians who form a very loyal part of his base of course, overstate governors by demanding that they reopen judges and places of worship, synagogues and mosques, this weekend. in orderfor synagogues and mosques, this weekend. in order for people to go and carry out those acts of worship. he is saying as well but if they don‘t, if state governors don‘t adhere to this edict, he will overrule them, but very difficult to know where he is getting the idea that he is able to do that from. the federal authorities here have now issued a string
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of guidelines to places of worship regarding opening their doors again this weekend, and they include limiting the size of congregations, holding services outdoors if possible, and again, omitting the amount of chanting, singing and reciting and so on —— limiting, to prevent the risk of the coronavirus spreading within congregations. it is a very real risk, because various places, it is being seen, churches have been seen as the centre of an outbreak of the coronavirus, including in the state of arkansas where one particular religious congregation was affected by the coronavirus rather badly and three people there died. and david, this is part of obviously donald trump was mac mission now to reopen the us as much as possible, and we had more bad news on the unemployment data just this week. absolutely, the president
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very anxious to reopen the economy, this is all part of that drive, even though there are people like the white house coronavirus response co—ordinator, doctor deborah birx who are somewhat sanguine about all this, she is urging caution, she was put on the spot about this church thing today at the white house, and she said maybe those areas that have seen a lot of cases of coronavirus might wait a week or two before they actually go ahead and comply with president trump‘s edict. all of this coming of course at a time when flags at the white house and other federal flags at the white house and otherfederal buildings flags at the white house and other federal buildings around the country have been lowered to half staff in memory of those who have died from coronavirus here in the united states. in the next few days, that total is expected to go above 100,000 people. thank you
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david. still in the us, democratic candidate and former vice—president joe biden has said in an interview african americans "ain‘t black" if they vote for president donald trump over him. the controversial exchange happened as radio host charlamagne tha god pressed him about his outreach to black voters. listen, you got to come see us and you have to come to new york. it is a long way until november, we have got more questions. you've got more questions, if you have a problem, figure it out, famille trump, then you ain't black. it isn‘t anything to do with trump, iwant isn‘t anything to do with trump, i want something for my community. look at my record, man, i extended the voting rights 25 years, i have a re cord rights 25 years, i have a record that is second to none. the naacp has endorsed me every timel the naacp has endorsed me every time i have run. i mean, come on. take a look at the record. mr biden has since apologised for the comment, insisting he had never taken african american support for granted. this is bbc news. the headlines:
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a pakistani passenger plane carrying nearly 100 people has crashed into homes in the city of karachi. at least 80 people have been killed. brazil‘s supreme court has released a video of the president allegedly admitting to interfering with law enforcement to protect his family. let‘s return to brazil now, and while many nations are looking to reopen their economies, the death toll in brazil has jumped above 20,000, and there are warnings that the outbreak hasn‘t yet reached its peak. more than 310,000 infections have been confirmed, that‘s the third—highest number worldwide after the us and russia. dr paulo lotufo is a professor of medicine specialising in epidemiology at the university of sao paulo. very good to speech to you. this is obviously an unwonted climb in the number of
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infections and second only to the us, and fears that the peak hasn‘t yet been reached. why do people feel that? so, the situation in brazil is very bad because you are fighting against the virus, and the federal government that isn‘t doing enough for playing against the authoritarian measures to control the pandemic. it is shameful to watch the results of the notes from the supreme court about the meeting. the supreme court discussed more than three hours about everything, and absolutely nothing about the pandemic. so you‘re saying his leadership is running counter to the measures that you would like to see to try and reduce the spread? yes.
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you have two situations — in the series where you have the most cases, the number of deaths and cases is skyrocketing. in another site, you have the spreading of the infection for the other towns. at the same time, i think you have the worst things — you have the worst things — you have increased cases and the spreading of the cases through the country. what about the lockdown itself? people not being able to stay away from work to stay at home, because they simply feel they can‘t afford to? the problem of the lockdown of the social restriction is because the poor people did not
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receive the money approved by the house and senate, but the federal government delayed a lot to release the money for these people to keep them at home. so you have a lot of people walking, wandering around their neighbourhoods, looking forjobs and for other things to do. it is so bad because you have a very, very bad example of the inequalities of the disease because in the richest, the wealthiest, neighbourhoods, you have a com plete neighbourhoods, you have a complete lockdown with people staying home, but in the poorest neighbourhoods, it is exactly the opposite. now you have almost twice the rate in
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the poorest neighbourhoods compared to the wealthiest ones. thank you very much was speaking to us, professor paulo lotufo. thank you. thank you. there‘s been widespread international criticism of the chinese government‘s plans to introduce tough new national security legislation for hong kong. the us secretary of state, mike pompeo, called the proposals a death knell for the city‘s freedoms and other critics say beijing would have unlimited scope for arrests and detentions, under laws designed to ban "treason, secession, sedition and subversion." robin brant reports. hong kong has seen a lot of protest in the last year. today, more. this time it was some of the city‘s lawmakers. they fear that wide—ranging new security laws, imposed by their ultimate rulers in beijing, will be fatal to their freedoms. those rulers —
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led by this man, president xijinping — watched as millions in hong kong rebelled last year. now, months later, despite another disaster on their hands, they‘ve moved decisively. translation: we will fully and faithfully implement the policy of one country, two systems, under which the people of hong kong govern hong kong with a high degree of autonomy. we will establish sound legal systems and enforcement mechanisms for safeguarding national security. protesters in the future could face charges of subversion, sedition, terrorism, even aiding foreign interference. and hong kong‘s elected lawmakers will be bypassed if, as expected, this is simply imposed. china has no shortage of great cities. but what sets hong kong apart from the rest isn‘t just its different money, its different police and its different court system,
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it‘s the autonomy it has — the right to pretty much rule itself day—to—day. some people in hong kong say if you lose that, they will lose their hong kong. bejing, though, sees a different sort of ending. china‘s leaders think hong kong‘s autonomy caused this. thousands were arrested last year during months of demonstrations. protesters paralysed parts of the city. they believe their special status is being eroded by an authoritarian regime. hong kong is calmer now. but further protests are very likely. protests that beijing openly regards as a threat to china‘s integrity. robin brant, bbc news, shanghai. 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. sports editor dan roan reports.
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it may be hard to believe but this was the last time the premier league was in action. 2.5 months after leicester city‘s win over aston villa, players have had to wait until this week to start an initial phase of noncontact 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 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.
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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‘ve done everything we possibly can to make return to training as safe as possible for you and therefore for you and your family. we‘ve 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?
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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, could the top flight do more to bail out the rest of the football family? 0ur clubs are suffering significant financial losses. our support for the rest of the game is unprecedented across european football, and we‘re 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. and you can keep up—to—date with the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic, by going to the bbc website. i'll i‘ll be back in a couple of minutes with the headlines. you can reach me on twitter, i‘m @lvaughanjones. this is bbc news. bye—bye.
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hello there. we‘ve seen some unusually windy weather for the time of year affecting the north—west of uk in particular. 0n north—west of uk in particular. on friday, the strongest because of wind reached a good 60 mph across the north coast of northern ireland into parts of northern ireland into parts of scotla nd of northern ireland into parts of scotland and in north—west wales, we had a gust into the low 70s mph. these strong winds have been bringing large and battering waves to the coastline, many of our beaches are an patrol for understandable reasons and with similar rough seas expected this weekend, it‘s probably best tuesday well away. 0n the weekend we have more rain and strong winds next to their slow—moving area of low pressure. the strongest winds a lwa ys pressure. the strongest winds always closest to the centre of the low passing just toward scotland, and through the day on saturday, although we start very windy across the north—west, the isobars begin
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to slowly space out and the low pressure starts to get a bit less intense through the afternoon and the winds will start to lose some of their strength. these are the temperatures to start the day on saturday but blustery winds first thing in western scotland, lasts reaching 60 mph and only slowly ease down after that. northern ireland and scotland, scotland looking wet for most of the day and quite cool for most of the day and quite cool. england and wales, some sunshine, we could see the odd shower just about anywhere but won‘t last long given the windy conditions into the afternoon, 30 or 44 conditions into the afternoon, 30 or“; and conditions into the afternoon, 30 or 44 and wales but still 50 mph in northern scotland. tool in scotland, 19 in the sunshine in london. even in the wind, not feeling too bad at all. during saturday night we had a bit more rain to come through. that rain temperatures to ease down as we go through sunday with brighter conditions are spreading in from the west. a bit more sunshine to come in western areas, 17 in belfast, but 22 towards the london area
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and this warming trend to our weather is set to continue into next week as well as this area of high pressure builds towards our south. the sunniest weather will always be across england and wales, mind you, we could probably do with some rain here. a weak weather front will move off the atlantic bringing rain into western scotland and northern ireland, probably not too heavy. it gets quite a bit warmer in eastern areas of england, temperatures reaching the mid—20s, and we could see mid—to—high 20s as we head into the first part of the new week as the weather certainly gets quite a bit warmer. that‘s your latest weather.
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. ? this is bbc news, the headlines: a pakistani passenger plane carrying
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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 en route from lahore when it came down in sight of the runway. 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. in a message on facebook, mr bolsonaro said the video did not prove any interference. dominic cummings, a key advisor to the prime minister borisjohnson, has been criticised for breaking lockdown advice to "stay at home" by travelling to his parents‘ home while suffering with coronavirus. now on bbc news, it‘s time for click.

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