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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 97 are confirmed dead. the british prime minister's chief advisor is reported to have broken lockdown guidelines by travelling to his parents‘ home when suffering with coronavirus. a new study says an anti—malarial drug promoted by the us president to treat covid—19 may increase the risk of death among infected patients. us democratic candidate joe biden apologises for his comments about african americans who choose to vote for president donald trump. you got more questions. but i tell you, if you got a problem figuring out
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whether you're for me or trump, then you ain't black. hello and welcome to bbc news. health officials are trying to identify victims of friday's plane crash in the pakistani city of karachi, in which at least 97 people died. the airbus a320 was enroute from lahore in the north of the country when it came down near the runway — remarkably 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 isjust a short distance away from the airport. rescue workers combed through the debris, looking for surviving passengers
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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. 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.
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there will be questions for airline authorities. 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. and there's lot‘s more coverage on our website — including this article about one of the survivors of friday's crash — that's muhammad zubair who you saw in secunder‘s report. just head to bbc.com/news — or dowmload the bbc news app. here, the prime minister's senior adviser, dominic cummings, is facing calls to resign after travelling hundreds of miles from london to county durham in the north of england, during the lockdown when he had coronavirus symptoms. a source close to mr cummings told the bbc he and his wife went to his parents‘ home to self—isolate, but insists he did not break official guidance because the couple stayed in a separate building. our political correspondent jessica parker has more.
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dominic cummings dashing out of number 10 dominic cummings dashing out of number10 in dominic cummings dashing out of number 10 in late march. a few days later, it was confirmed he developed coronavirus symptoms and was self isolating. now it's emerged that around that time, he travelled from his london property to his parents home in durham, 250 miles away. it's clearly, there is going to be questions that ltd is going to have to address. not least because of the readiness of the public to follow government guidance more generally, is going to be affected by this sort of story. but i don't want to rush to condemn without hearing the full story. its prompted calls from opposition parties for the prime minister's chief aid to resign 01’ minister's chief aid to resign orface the minister's chief aid to resign or face the sack. the reality is that borisjohnson‘s most senior adviser blatantly breached the rules that millions of people have been trying so hard to keep. it is
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the case that his position is totally u nte na ble the case that his position is totally untenable and he needs totally untenable and he needs to resign or borisjohnson needs to step up to the plate and sack him. labour is demanding a swift clinician from downing street. the explanation from a source close to mrcummings is explanation from a source close to mr cummings is that the journey was so his parents could help with childcare while he and his wife, unwell with coronavirus symptoms, stayed in a separate building. the source denied that mr cummings had broken lockdown rules or that police spoke to him. in a statement, the durham co nsta bula ry statement, the durham constabulary said that officers explained to the family the guidance of self isolation and a central trouble. earlier this month, professor niall ferguson quit his role on the government's scientific advisory committee stage, after the telegraph reported he had been visited by his married lover during lockdown. doctor catherine calderwood resigned as scotland's chief medical 0fficer last month after making two trips to her second home. jessica parker, bbc news. president trump has commanded state governors to allow houses of worship that
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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. 0ur north america correspondent david willis reports. since the advent of the coronavirus, churches here have taken on a variety of roles. this one in new york was turned into a testing centre. but there's been little in the way of worship. and as shops and other businesses have gradually started to reopen, some of america's religious leaders have grown impatient. now, president trump counts white evangelical christians among his most loyal supporters, is giving the religious leaders his backing. today, i'm identifying houses of worship, churches, synagogues, mosques,
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as essential places that provide essential services. some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential but have left out churches and other houses of worship. that's not right. so i'm correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship essential. mr trump also said he would overrule state governors who refused to reopen places of worship, even though he doesn't have the constitutional authority to do so. constitutional authority to do so. after he spoke, the us centres for the issued reopening guidelines for houses of worship that include limiting the size of obligations, holding services outdoors if possible, and cutting down on the amount of singing, chanting or reciting, in order to lessen the risk of spreading the virus through saliva. religious services are traditionally places where people come together, of
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course, thereby posing a unique challenge to the concept of social distancing. there were insta nces social distancing. there were instances earlier in the pandemic where religious gatherings here were implicated in the spread of the virus. asked about the president's called for services to resume across the country this weekend, the co—ordinator of the white house coronavirus response effort was circumspect. i have checked all 50 states have it on their website what their new cases we re over website what their new cases were over the last 2a, 48 hours. were over the last 24, 48 hours. when trying to get every state to do that by community, by zip code, because i really firmly believe a knowledgeable community can really make judgements for themselves. community can really make judgements forthemselves. i think each one of the leaders in the faith community should be in touch with their local health department so that they can communicate to their congregants. all this as flags at the white house and other federal buildings have been lowered to half staff in honour of all of those americans who
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have died from covid—19. and in the next few days, that total is expected to reach 100,000. david willis, bbc news. a new study suggests that an anti—malarial drug promoted by president trump to treat covid—19 may increase the risk of death among infected patients. the paper — published by the medicaljournal, the lancet — shows those who were treated with hydroxychloroquine had a higher risk of death and heart problems than those who weren't. 0ur news reporter, gareth barlow says the study looked at 96,000 people in hospitals around the world who had the coronavirus. of those 96,000, 15,000 were given hydroxychloroquine or a similar drug chloroquine, either by itself or with an antibiotic. and what the study found was that those given hydroxychloroquine had a higher risk of dying in hospital and of developing heart rhythm issues than those who weren't given the drug. and it's really quite
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a stark difference. the death rate for those given hydroxychloroquine, 18%. for those not given hydroxychloroquine, 9%, and for those given a combination of the drugs, it was even higher. and so, in the words of the study‘s authors, they say that either combination or the drug by itself is associated with a decrease in in—hospital survival for those patients with coronavirus. and people may remember donald trump talking about it and taking it, and saying, "what harm can it do?" he was talking about taking it as a preventative cure, and there is a global trial taking place. 40,000 medical workers in europe, asia, south america, and africa as well who are being given hydroxychloroquine or a placebo, to see what impact that might have, whether it would prevent them from having and developing coronavirus, but the study leader, professor nicholas wight at the university of oxford here in the uk said that they really don't know if the drug is beneficial or harmful, and there are great concerns that it is being promoted by some world leaders,
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president trump, for example. jair bolsonaro, the brazilian president as well, promoting its use, that some people might go and consider self—medicating, but there are real risks of overdose with hydroxychloroquine, it is very difficult to treat if you overdose and there can be fatal side—effects as well. and just remind us, why is this drug even being considered in the first place? it has long been used to treat malaria, arthritis, lupus, for example. it reduces fever and inflammation and we have seen some patients inflammation of the lungs if the have coronavirus, so it does have a proven pedigree and other instances but the side—effects are severe if it is used in the wrong instance, and so researchers and doctors are obviously approaching coronavirus blind. it's a new infection, it's a new virus. it only really popped up at the beginning of the year so they are trying it because it's had previous success but they are warning that a lot more work needs to be done and as yet the world health organization doesn't recommend it
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for treating covid—19. gareth barlow there. 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. charlamagne tha god: listen, you gotta come see us when you come to new york, vp biden. biden: i will. it's a long way until november, we got more questions. you got more questions. but i tell you, if you got a problem figuring out whether you're for me or trump, then you ain't black. it don't have nothin‘ to do with trump, it has to do with the fact i want something for my community. i would love to see you... look at my record, man! i extended the voting rights act 25 years, i have a record that is second to none. the naacp's endorsed me every time i've 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.
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andre perry is a fellow at the brookings institution and author of know your price: valuing black lives and property in america's black cities. this was his reaction. i was not surprised by the comments. first of all, joe biden has made several gaffes in the past. in addition, many democrats have taken the black electorate for granted, black voters for granted. you can argue easily that the 2016 election was decided because hillary clinton did not take black voters seriously, and so this loose language does not bode well when it comes to an election. you want a candidate to offer a policy not a lot of rhetoric. what difference do you think it will make come election time? i still think that black voters will vote for biden given the alternative. president trump has introduced policies or rescinded policies that black americans favour,
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but what i think it may do is excite black republicans that, there are not a large number of them, probably about1 million, a million and a half strong, but when the margin of error is so slim, you need every vote you can get, and so i don't think black voters will necessarily be moved. we are certainly disappointed by the comments, but that's a problem. you want to excite a base, and so those kind of comments are disappointing. they are not in the area of policy that really gets the electorate up. 0ur our thanks to andre perry there. this is bbc news. our top story: a pakistani passenger plane carrying 99 people has crashed into homes in the city of karachi.
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two people survived. 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. brazil's president jair bolsonaro faces a growing political crisis after the supreme court ordered the release of a video in which he says he will replace law enforcement officials for messing with his family. mr bolsonaro's sons are under investigation for wrongdoing, including corruption. he denies trying to interfere with the federal police. katy watson, reports from sao paulo. —— katy watson reports from sao paulo. it might not look much, but its content is more explosive than brazil's famed soap operas. a video so widely anticipated by brazilians, it broke the internet when it was released. this cabinet meeting was filmed last month. it forms part of evidence in a supreme court investigation into claims by the former justice minister that mr bolsonaro wanted
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to replace the police chief with a friendlierface who could help him out, and it's filled with foul—mouthed rants and accusations like this. translation: i've tried to change our security people in rio dejaneiro, officially. and i wasn't able to. that's over! i won't wait for my family or my friends to get screwed! and because i can't change someone from security, that is 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, then i'm going to change the minister. bolsonaro's sons are currently being investigated over alleged wrongdoing, including corruption. and several times, jair bolsonaro made clear his position. translation: i have power and i will interfere in all ministries, without exception! but the video also revealed attitudes within the wider cabinet, like the environment minister ricardo salles suggesting that coronavirus was a good opportunity, with the press looking the other way, to simplify
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regulations in the amazon. the first three months of this year saw deforestation rise more than 50%, so this video is evidence for many that the government is doing little to stop it. the allegations are explosive but they're also likely to bring out the deep political divisions in the country, with bolsonaro's fans remaining loyal. but the crisis within the government comes at the worst possible time. with a death toll soaring, gravediggers in sao paulo, brazil's largest and worst—affected city, are working harder than ever to bury the dead. yet more grim milestones were reached on friday — the death toll rose to 21,000 and there were a further 20,000 new infections. brazil is now the second worst—affected country after the us in terms of confirmed cases. health systems across the country are struggling but experts don't expect brazil to reach the peak for a few weeks yet. katy watson, bbc
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news, in sao paulo. as countries around the world try to come to terms with the number of lives lost to the coronavirus, attention is already focused on the best ways to avoid second or even third waves of infections. what are the prospects for doing that? 0ur reality check correspondent chris morris reports. will there be a second wave of covid—19 infections? well, history certainly warns us to be on our guard. as far back as the middle ages, the black death came in waves. so, too, did later outbreaks of bubonic plague. a century ago, it was spanish flu that devastated populations. and while exact numbers are hard to come by, it's generally agreed that the second wave of the pandemic killed substantially more people than the first. healthcare systems were, of course, not nearly as good as they are now, nor was medical or information technology. more recently, second outbreaks of dangerous viruses like sars or mers have by and large
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been avoided, partly because they were less infectious than covid—19. but other big flu pandemics, like the swine flu, have had second waves. so what does that mean for us now? for starters, no two viruses are exactly the same and no epidemics of infectious diseases behave in precisely the same way. but we know infectious diseases spread when people who have the infection come into contact with people who don't. an outbreak will continue to grow as long as the average number of people infected by a person with the virus is greater than one — that's what's known as the reproductive or r number — and keeping it below one is critically important, which is why measures such as social distancing and contact tracing will be part of all of all our lives for some time to come. we also need to know more about how long any immunity for covid—19 might last amongst people who've already had it
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once and we need to find out whether there's any significant seasonal variation in the way the virus spreads. experts have warned of the danger of coronavirus re—emerging during the winter flu season in europe and in the united states when health systems are already under huge pressure. they're also watching closely to see if the virus mutates to become more or less lethal, so there are a host of factors to take into account when trying to plan for a potential second wave. it's not certain that one will happen, and the early development of a reliable vaccine would be a game—changing moment. but until than, if mistakes are made when changing control measures, the virus could spread rapidly all over again. this weekend, muslims around the world will be marking the end of the holy month of ramadan. normally it's a busy time for mosques, there's usual large community gatherings but this year, many will be confined to their homes.
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0ur correspondent shabnam mahmood has that story. this ramadan... i am praying for the world... i'm praying for the world... ..but from home. ..from home. a public information message for britain's 3 million muslims during ramadan. to save lives. places of worship, including mecca, one of the holiest sites for muslims, are virtually empty. britain's mosques, usually packed with worshippers, are closed. allahu akbar. in bradford, the kaderfamily, like many others, are observing ramadan from their home. it's the whole togetherness that you get in ramadan. it really brings the whole community much closer together, which this year, due to social distancing regulations and coronavirus lockdown measures, we are missing, u nfortu nately. these are samosas ‘ our favourite of the family.
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fasting is a religious obligation in islam, with no eating or drinking from dawn until sunset every day for a month. breaking the fast usually extends beyond the family. normally, my daughter comes over, who lives only two streets away, or we go over, but unfortunately, we can't do that. we can't meet our family and we can't see them and we can't have iftar parties at each other's houses. ramadan is a very spiritual time for muslims. it's a very sociable one, too. every night, 3,000 to 4,000 people would normally be here at this mosque in central london for special ramadan prayers. but with lockdown measures in place, many are now using technology to help fill the vacuum. so it's a time where we believe that our prayers are answered. imams have had to reconfigure the whole concept of community and transform the way the mosque provides services. teaching, preaching and pastoral care are all
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being provided online. as we enter the final days of ramadan and, with the festival of eid approaching, a new appeal, urging muslims to celebrate at a safe social distance. eid mubarak. shabnam mahmood, bbc news. the singer mory kante, who helped bring african music to world audiences, has died in guinea. his family say his death was the result of an underlying health condition which had gone untreated, due to coronavirus travel restrictions. freya cole reports. mory kante had a lot of energy on stage, and leaves behind a lasting legacy. he's credited with introducing african music to the world by blending traditional beats
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with modern electronic. translation: he valued guinean culture. he likes the tradition but mixed it with other rhythms, which was so different. his 1987 song ye ke ye ke was a huge hit in africa before it found international success, particularly in europe. 0utside his home in guinea, dozens of fans have gathered to pay tribute to a national legend. his son balla said his father suffered chronic illnesses but could no longer travel to france for vital treatment. his condition deteriorated quickly and his death has been a shock. translation: mory kante will never truly die. his works remain. and we're going to continue to spread african culture all over the world. his fight is still alive. mory kante dedicated his life to helping others.
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he joined the fight against ebola and was a goodwill ambassadorfor several international organisations. he dared to be different and his music broke barriers for an entire generation, who have vowed to continue his hard work. thank you! thank you very much! freya cole, 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. 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 back. the measure is intended to help italy's tourism industry, which has been shut since mid march. you can reach me on twitter. i'm @lvaughanjones.
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iam i am lewis vaughanjones and this is bbc news. goodbye. hello there. we've seen some unusually windy weather for the time of year affecting the north—west of uk in particular. now, on friday, the strongest gust of wind reached a good 60mph across the north coast of northern ireland, into parts of scotland. and in north—west wales, we had a gust into the low 70s of miles an hour. these strong winds have been bringing large and battering waves to the coastline. many of our beaches are unpatrolled, for understandable reasons, and with similar rough seas expected this weekend, it's probably best to stay well away. 0n the weekend, we have more rain and strong winds, thanks to this slow—moving area of low pressure. the strongest wind's always closest to the centre of the low, passing just toward scotland, and through the day on saturday, although we start off very windy across the north—west, the isobars begin to slowly space out, the low pressure starts to get
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a bit less intense through the afternoon, and the winds will start to lose some of their strength. here are the temperatures as you start the day on saturday, but blustery winds first thing in western scotland — gusts here still reaching a good 60mph and only slowly ease down after that. northern ireland and scotland — scotland, looking wet for most of the day, and quite cool too. 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 40mph for england and wales but still up ataround 50mph in northern scotland. cool in scotland — just 11 degrees in glasgow saturday afternoon. 19 in the sunshine in london. even in the winds, not feeling too bad at all. now, during saturday night, we do have a bit more rain to come through. that rain tends to ease down as we go through sunday with brighter conditions spreading in from the west. a bit more sunshine to come across these western areas. 17 degrees in belfast, but 22 towards the london area. this warming trend to our weather is set to continue into next week as well as this
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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. the weak weather front will move in off the atlantic, bringing some rain into western scotland and northern ireland, probably not too heavy. it gets quite a bit warmer across 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: health officials are trying to identify victims of friday's plane crash in the pakistani city of karachi, in which at least 97 people died. the aircraft crashed into homes in the city of karachi. at least two passengers survived. the airbus a320 was enroute from lahore when it came down in sight of the runway. dominic cummings — a key adviser to the uk prime minister borisjohnson — has been criticisced for breaking lockdown advice to stay at home by travelling to his parents' home while suffering with coronavirus. it's reported he needed help with child care while he and his wife were ill with coronavirus symptoms. donald trump has commanded state governors to allow houses of worship that were closed because of the pandemic to reopen this weekend. he criticized some state administrations for allowing bars and restaurants to reopen, while continuing to limit places of worship.

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