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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. i'm maryam moshiri. a third night of tension injerusalem, where unrest simmers over the possible evictions of palestinians. funerals have taken place in afghanistan for more than 60 people — mainly young girls — killed in a militant attack outside a school. uk labour's top team is reshuffled as leader keir starmer acts in the wake of the english election results. we bring you who's in and who's out. scotland's first minister tells uk leader borisjohnson that a second independence referendum is "a matter of when — not if". and potential disqualification at the kentucky derby after the winning horse, medina spirit,
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fails its post—race drug test. his trainer denies foul play. i got the biggest gut punch in racing for something that i didn't do. and this is really... it's disturbing, it's an injustice to the horse. hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world. welcome to the programme. there's been a third night of skirmishes between palestinians and israeli police injerusalem, as the un security council prepares to meet on monday to discuss the latest round of violence. earlier, israel's prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, defended his goverment�*s handling the situation, warning that
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threats to peace and order would not be tolerated. hundreds of palestinians have been injured in clashes with police around al—aqsa mosque and the old city over the last two days. the unrest has been simmering over possible evictions of palestinians in eastjerusalem, from land claimed byjewish settlers. but despite calls for calm, the streets of the holy city remain tense, as our middle east correspondent yolande knell explains. well, after dark, after the ramadan evening prayers, several of these hot spots around eastjerusalem became inflamed once again. we saw that close to the al—aqsa mosque, also by the damascus gate, one of the entrances to the old city, and also, importantly, in sheikh jarrah. this is the neighbourhood where palestinian families have been fighting against their eviction, to make way forjewish settlers. and there have been clashes there, quite heavy clashes, involving local people and also
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israeli police and jewish settlers. and that despite the fact that a key court ruling in their case was delayed earlier in the day, in an effort to try to lower the temperature. as well as all of that, we have had at least three rockets fired from gaza into southern israel through the course of the evening. and it is nowjerusalem day. that's a time when israelis celebrate the capture of eastjerusalem in the 1967 middle east war. what we're going to have on monday is a flag march around the walls of the old city. that is always seen, with right—wing nationalist israelis involved, as a big provocation by palestinians, and that could well lead to more violence. ohad zemet is the spokesperson for the israeli embassy in london. he told us more about what action his government is taking to deescalate violence. jerusalem is a sacred place for everyone in israel, all through the years, maintaining freedom of worship,
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freedom of religion. and the government — and the police, of course — everyone wants to de—escalate the situation, to keep calm and allow, like every year, allow this worship to continue. unfortunately, we see some people — we see hamas, a terrorist organisation, incite violence, we see people using this holy type of violence, and we hope that the police will maintain law and order. everyone should respect the law, and if marches or any other protests are being done in an orderly and quiet fashion, they could, of course, go ahead. nour odeh is a political analyst and a former spokesperson for the palestinian government. she told us what she thinks is behind the violence. the situation in jerusalem is explosive. and it is explosive because it has been allowed to fester for many, many years.
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with international actors watching on as settler colonialism increases, home evictions and demolitions increase, more palestinians displaced — and the israeli right—wing and extreme right—wing, you know, given more leeway to get away with more infractions of international law, more violations of palestinian rights without any consequence. and this has reached a peak, if you will, during ramadan, with marches of "death to arabs" and "death to palestinians" in the jerusalem streets by israeli settlers. and along with the evictions and the court cases, and along with attacks on the al—aqsa mosque and worshipers there. so a very delicate, very explosive situation. funerals have been taking place in the afghan capital, kabul, after a series of bomb attacks on a school yesterday. more than 60 people died — most were young girls. many of them were from
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afghanistan's hazara community — it's a shia muslim ethnic minority, often targeted by sunni islamist militants. secunder kermani reports from islamabad. the coffins kept coming throughout the day. most of the dead, teenage girls. their hopes and dreams buried with them. "she was very intelligent, never missed a day of school," says the uncle of one 15—year—old. "we buried her here today." the attack took place as pupils were making their way home. it began with a car bomb outside the school gate. two more explosions followed. there's still been no claim of responsibility, but many suspect the islamic state group is behind the bloodshed.
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they have repeatedly targeted this minority community of shia hazaras in the past, too. in hospital corridors, anxious families wait. many of the victims remain in a critical condition. tahira described the terror she witnessed. translation: i saw injured people being carried away. l some of them had lost their legs, some had lost their arms. the street was covered in blood. people were crying. the situation was very bad. parents were searching for their children. at the scene of the attack, bloodied textbooks and abandoned schoolbags. violence in afghanistan is getting worse, just as the last international troops begin to leave. and many more lives are likely to be lost. secunder kermani, bbc news.
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the uk labour party leader sir keir starmer has reshuffled his top team after a poor set of results in the english local elections. let's speak to our political correspondent damian grammaticas for more. what are the highlights of this cabinet reshuffle? this what are the highlights of this cabinet reshuffle?— what are the highlights of this cabinet reshuffle? , , . ., cabinet reshuffle? this is coming in the last hour— cabinet reshuffle? this is coming in the last hour or— cabinet reshuffle? this is coming in the last hour or so, _ cabinet reshuffle? this is coming in the last hour or so, so _ cabinet reshuffle? this is coming in the last hour or so, so the - cabinet reshuffle? this is coming in the last hour or so, so the labour. the last hour or so, so the labour leader, the leader of the opposition keir starmer has shifted a couple of top people in his team. isn't he the shadow chancellor, the opposition finance spokesperson, has been moved out. she has been demoted. she has been replaced by rachel reeves, a current np. that is anneliese dodds who has lost that position for tibet the same time, the party chair position, who was also the election campaign coordinator, angela rayner, she has been shifted, but it seems
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that she is actually digging harriet was in it up with quite a powerful position, overseeing the opposition�*s approach to what they say is called the leveling up agenda, that is what the government here because it's efforts to redistribute economic opportunities toward deprived areas or areas that are followed behind, and that particularly goes to the heart of some the election losses, the labour party seeing their loss in a by election in hartlepool last week. that was one of their heartland, going to the government, seizing that constituency, so we have this new responsibility for angela rayner, looking at that agenda, for how the party reconnects with those sorts of areas and also a couple of
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other posts, particular focus, sorts of areas and also a couple of other posts, particularfocus, a post with particular focus for west street, and np, looking at child poverty. and all of these are an attempt by the labour leader to try to refocus his agenda and look at ways in which she can try to reconnect with some of those motors and what were the opposition�*s order heartland where they have seen those seeds falling to the conservative party and try to find ways to reconnect with those motors —— wes streeting. reconnect with those motors -- wes streetinu. . reconnect with those motors -- wes streetin. ., , ., ., reconnect with those motors -- wes streetin. ., ., ., ~ streeting. damian grammaticas, thank ou ve streeting. damian grammaticas, thank you very much- — nicola sturgeon has told borisjohnson it's a matter of when, not if the scottish people get a chance to choose if they want independence. she made the comments in a phone call to the prime minister this afternoon. the cabinet office minister, michael gove, says the first minister, nicola sturgeon, should focus on economic recovery from the pandemic. she says she will do that, but there is a clear mandate
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for another vote with a majority in the scottish parliament for pro—independence parties. here's our scotland editor, sarah smith. nicola sturgeon congratulating some of her brand—new msps who will bolster the pro—independence majority in the next scottish parliament. confident she has a strong mandate for an independence referendum, she still might eventually face the hurdle of a legal challenge from a uk government. will you see them in court if you have to? to have a referendum? i think we should probably all respect democracy. the snp won the election on a commitment for a referendum. when we are through the crisis — we've won that election overwhelmingly and in any normal democracy, that would be expected. for now, she is clear, her priority is dealing with the pandemic and she's agreed to meet the prime minister for a covid summit. nicola sturgeon doesn't intend to take any steps towards a referendum in the near future. eventually, she does
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plan to pass legislation through the scottish parliament to authorise another vote on independence. if the uk want to stop that happening, they may have to challenge in court whether the scottish parliament has the legal authority to authorise that referendum. the uk minister charged with keeping the kingdom united is in scotland swerving questions on a legal challenge to any referendum. the priority at the moment is not court cases, it is not independence legislation, it is recovery from the pandemic. and to be fair to the first minister, during the course of this election campaign, she said that was the single most important thing that we should all be concentrating on. we should work together as team uk in order to deal with the pandemic. is scotland allowed to leave the uk? of course it is. how? through a legal referendum which would allow people to make that choice. votes cast on thursday appeared to show voters in scotland are split roughly 50—50 on the question of independence.
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anyone eager for another referendum will have to be patient. this election result makes it more likely, but not imminent. i would like it to happen soon, but i'm prepared to wait a few more years. it's changed since 2014, with us being taken out of the eu, so i would like to see another independence referendum. i think that people voted for that. maybe it's a case of hanging - on and getting ourselves sorted and then when we're - in a good place, then yes. but right now, _ we're in a pandemic, no. on that, there is widespread agreement — no referendum during a covid crisis. but in the months and years to come, a political and possibly legal battle over the future of the united kingdom is looming. sarah smith, bbc news. around 1,200 migrants in several boats have landed on the italian island of lampedusa within the space of a few hours. a sea rescue charity said many more
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were in difficulty off malta. the populist politician and former interior minister matteo salvini has demanded a meeting with the caretaker prime minister, mario draghi. he said the country can't take any more migrants when millions of italians are in difficulty. the headlines on bbc news: a third night of tension injerusalem, where unrest simmers over possible evictions of palestinians. funerals have taken place in afghanistan for more than 60 people — mainly young girls — killed in a militant attack outside a school. uk labour's top team is reshuffled, as leader keir starmer acts in the wake of the english election results. here in the uk, hugging is likely to be officially allowed in england again when the british government makes an announcement tomorrow on the next stage of lockdown easing. the changes on household mixing will be most significant since the rules were introduced in england last year.
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here's our science editor david shukman. remember this, the comfort of a hug? well, for more than a year, we've been warned against it because of the risk of transmitting the virus. but now, with fewer infections and many more people vaccinated, it seems to be the moment for a cautious return. we've seen an absolutely extraordinary success of both the vaccine programme and also the suppression of cases as a result of this very prolonged lockdown which we've had, and so i think it is time — based on the very careful modeling that's been done — to start relaxing some of those restrictions. so will people rush to hug again or might they hold back? in newcastle this afternoon, we found a range of views. it's brilliant. yeah, really looking forward to that. couldn't help but wanting to hug my friends here at the table. i've never been a big hugger myself. people know that about me, so i think it won't change much. i will be cautious, but i really am looking forward to hugging -
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the parents and the in—laws and stuff that we haven't i done for a long time. they need it as well, so, yeah, it'll be really nice. _ the prime minister is reported as saying that we need to use our common sense when it comes to hugging, so what exactly does that mean? well, an infected person can release the virus through their breath, so here's the scientific advice. limit the number of people you hug — just those who mean most to you, not everyone you meet — keep it short — that'll reduce the chances of the virus being passed on — and try to avoid being directly face—to—face. in any event, scientists say a lot depends on exactly who it is you're hugging. if you're a grandparent hugging a grandchild, and the grandparents are fully vaccinated, that's probably quite a low—risk activity most of the time. but it would worry me if we were advocating we can hug all of our friends every time we meet again, because i think that's going to perpetuate an awful lot of additional close contact that could still spread the virus.
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the pandemic has meant new ways of behaving — elbow bumps, for example. but while life in the uk is now set to become a bit more normal, it's far too early for that in much of the rest of the world. david shukman, bbc news. russian president vladimir putin says his country will firmly defend its national interests, denouncing the return of what he calls "russophobia", as the country marks the 76th anniversary of victory in world war ii. he was overseeing the traditional victory day parade in moscow's red square, involving more than 12,000 troops and weaponry. our moscow correspondent steve rosenberg has this report. well, here in moscow, they're marking the 76th anniversary of the defeat of nazi germany with a fly—past. 76 military planes and helicopters. and just down the road, on red square, the traditional massive military parade.
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now, in the west, we talk about world war ii, but russians speak about the great patriotic war, 1941—45. and the soviet union secured victory in that war at enormous human cost. more than 27 million soviet citizens were killed in that conflict. so on this day, russia remembers the victims, it honours its heroes, it celebrates victory, but also, with this display of military might, the kremlin is sending a very clear message, i think, to the outside world that russia has muscle, that russia today is a military superpower. and in the light of the increasing tension between russia and the west, and all the talk of a new cold war, that is a message that moscow is very keen to get out there. translation: russia consistently defends international law. - at the same time, we will firmly
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defend our national interests to ensure the safety of our people. the valiant russian armed forces, heirs to the soldiers of the victory, are a reliable guarantee for this. undeeradimir putin, victory day has become the central pillar of a new national idea, based around patriotism and around the idea of russia as the besieged fortress, surrounded by enemies and threatened by the west. now, america, the eu, nato all say that is simply not true, and western governments have accused russia of being a threat to international security. that's steve rosenberg reporting there for us. a man in singapore is facing jailfor holding up a placard of a smiley face. police allege the actions ofjolovan wham constituted a one—man public assembly — something that's illegal without a permit. in a country where living standards are high and support
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for the authorities is strong, not many young people speak up, for fear ofjeopardising their comfortable futures. but a few do. nick marsh spoke to them. a smile for the camera. in singapore, doing this could land you injail. the charge, illegal public assembly. attendance, one. jolovan wham's homemade symbol of free speech is the latest in a long list of things to get him in trouble. but to many of his fellow citizens, what he does isn't brave — it's baffling. they say things like, i'm just knocking my head against the wall, what i'm doing is not going to work, it's useless, but i went through a process of thinking through how i want to live my life, what i want to do, so i'm prepared for the consequences that comes with my activism. the smiley face was a show of support for min.
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a year ago, he was detained by police for holding up this greta thunberg—inspired sign in the same place. now, he's completed his mandatory national service and his parents are extremely worried about his future. the idea was that i was nuking my career. min knows that in other parts of the world, what he did is hardly remarkable, but here, it's enough to keep you awake at night. activism in singapore isn't something you can afford to do casually. you definitely reconsider whether it's worth it. do you want the life of an activist? i don't think so. i don't know. the police say both men should have taken their signs here, to the speakers' corner — a heavily monitored patch of grass where, in theory, you can get a permit to assemble. but this place has actually been closed for almost a year now because of covid restrictions. we did ask the police how
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singaporeans could legally assemble now, but we didn't get an answer. this isn't a country where critics are killed or kidnapped, but they can be sued and bankrupted, sometimes by the prime minister personally. for activists like kokila annamalai, simply hoping for change isn't enough. it creates, i think, an extremely particular set of challenges for activists here and a climate that's so lonely. if i want to live in a society where people can speak freely, then i can'tjust keep asking, "can we allow people to speak freely?" i just have to start speaking freely, even when it is not allowed. and she did. shortly after our interview, kokila took part in a protest against transphobia in the education system. she and two others were arrested and investigations are ongoing. the government mantra here is to be careful what you wish for. peaceful streets, they say, is the sign of a happy majority.
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but so long as the cost of speaking out remains so high, we'll never know if that's true. nick marsh, bbc news, singapore. the winning horse in america's most prestigious race, the kentucky derby, has failed a drugs test. medina spirit, ridden byjohn velazquez, won on the 1st of may — giving his trainer, bob baffert, a record seventh victory in the race. baffert revealed today that the horse tested positive for a banned substance after the race. he strongly denied wrongdoing. yesterday, i got the biggest gut punch in racing for something that i didn't do. and this is really... it's disturbing, it's an injustice to the horse. ifeel like, here, you win a race, and you're still not... i don't know what's going on in racing right now, but there's something not right.
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and i don't feel embarrassed, i feel like i was wronged. earlier, we spoke to our reporter nada tawfik in washington and asked her how serious this was. well, it certainly puts a big damper in the triple crown series for the sport. and it is very serious. here, you have bob baffert, who is one of the premier trainers in the sport. he had received his seventh victory, a new record, but he has been plagued by allegations of doping in the past. so churchill downs, the track, has responded by saying they'll have a zero tolerance policy, that this harms the sport, it harms the jockeys, and so what they've said is that they are suspending mr baffert from entering horses
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into the race, and they're going to see in a second test whether medina spirit does indeed have that unallowable limit of the steroid they found in that first test. they found double the amount of the allowable limit in their rules, and that's a steroid that's used as an anti—inflammatory to treat joints for pain and swelling. and they say that if there is a second test that shows the drug, that they will disqualify medina spirit's win. so not only the title, but also the purse. $1.68 million forfirst $1.68 million for first place $1.68 million forfirst place in that. certainly a big damper on the sport with this news. that's nada tawfik there. a whale has become stranded in the river thames in london. rescuers and marine divers are on the scene, trying to move the whale trapped near richmond. it is believed to be a baby. the duchess of sussex has made her first tv appearance since her oprah interview. speaking in a pre—recorded message for the global citizen vax live concert in la, she said, "women and especially women of colour have seen a generation of economic gain wiped out."
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the concert aimed to encourage people to get vaccinated and to secure new commitments from governments and the private sector toward the equitable distribution of covid—19 vaccines worldwide. you're watching bbc news. time for a look at the weather now with nick miller. hello. on sunday, the uk recorded its highest temperatures since the end of march, 22.5 celsius in suffolk. now, nothing that high in the week ahead. temperatures will be close to average for the time of year, and for monday, it is a mix of sunshine and showers. in fact, that pretty much covers it for much of the week ahead, because for much of the week ahead, low pressure will be close by the uk, the source of these showers, and at least for monday, some brisk winds as well, especially in england and wales. and after a cloudy, breezy, showery night, well, this is where temperatures are to start the day. no frost out there. in fact, some spots just around 10—12 degrees celsius. we're not expecting any frost in the week ahead. there mayjust be a bit of rain skirting parts of eastern
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england to begin with. that moves off and may well towards the northern isles of scotland later in the day. some of that could be heavy and thundery. whereas elsewhere, it's sunshine, these showers moving west to east, some heavy and thundery, a risk of hail. and it will be quite blustery, particularly in england and wales. these are average wind speeds. there'll be higher gusts around 40—115 mph or so. and temperatures generally in the range of around 13—17 degrees celsius. and quite a bit of sunshine to end the day across east anglia and south east england as many of the showers will fade away. as ever, some places will avoid the shower. you may get one, just a brief wet moment in an otherwise dry day. and england and wales will be mainly dry on monday night, but a batch of showers will move out of northern ireland and into parts of scotland. and these are tuesday morning's temperatures. again, no frost out there. low pressure still very much close by as we go into tuesday, and from that, we're going to see some further showers. now, maybe notjust popping up, but tending to move through in a zone that will travel from south—west to north—east during the day.
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and a weather front close to northwest scotland will bring cloud and some outbreak of rain. some places may well miss the showers as the system moves its way in. similar sorts of temperatures on tuesday. and for wednesday and thursday, sunshine and showers. it's not going to be as breezy. and then by friday, it becomes mainly dry with a fair amount of cloud out there. and with the air coming down from the north—east, it will turn a bit cooler, but not particularly cold, mind you. so, that's how the week is shaping up. it is sunshine, showers — some of those are going to be quite heavy — and not as cold as it was last week, and mainly frost—free. i don't know whether we're done with frost at the moment, but it's certainly not around this week.
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like hello. this is bbc news with me, maryam moshiri. first, the headlines — a reshuffle for labour's shadow cabinet after the party's disappointing election performance. changes made by sir keir starmer include a new shadow chancellor and chief whip, and a new frontbench role for angela rayner. labour's tracy brabin is elected as the first mayor of west yorkshire. but she'll have to resign
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her westminster seat, triggering a by—election in batley and spen. scotland's first minister, nicola sturgeon, warns it would be "completely outrageous" for the westminster government to block a second independence referendum. hugs are to be officially 0k again in england, with an announcement due tomorrow on the next lockdown easing. the government is calling on the rail industry to fix disruption on some of britain's busiest rail lines after small cracks were found in some high—speed trains. hello, and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. with me are parliamentaryjournalist tony grew and journalist and broadcaster caroline frost.


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