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this is bbc news. i'm geeta guru—murthy with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. a third night of tension injerusalem, as unrest simmers over the possible eviction of palestinian families. funerals take place in afghanistan for more than 60 people — mainly young girls — killed in a militant attack outside a school. britain's opposition labour party reshuffles its top team. leader keir starmer acts after his party's disappointing election results. a potential disqualification at the kentucky derby, after the winning horse in america's most prestigious race fails a drugs test. his trainer denies foul play. i got the biggest gut punch in racing for something that i didn't do.
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and this is really... it's disturbing, it's an injustice to the horse. and hugging is to be officially 0k again in england, with an announcement due on the next stage of lockdown easing. hello. there's been a third night of skirmishes between palestinians and israeli police in jerusalem, 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 of the situation, warning that 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.
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the unrest has been simmering over possible evictions of palestinians in wastjerusalem, from land claimed byjewish settlers. —— eastjerusalem. 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 near to 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 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.
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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. any moves, given the international pressure, on trying to de—escalate all this? well, there have been calls from the international community for calm, for restraint, some specific calls from jordan — which, of course, is the custodian of the islamic and christian holy sites in the old city ofjerusalem. there have been tensions raised injordan, and indeed in some
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other arab countries, because of the scenes the people have seen in the past few days, during these last few days of the islamic holy month of ramadan. that has been taken very badly. it's led to a lot of criticism of israel. but we saw from the israeli prime minister earlier quite a robust statement in defence of both the security forces, saying that they were trying to maintain law and order, that israel would make sure that there was freedom to worship, but also, of course, he is speaking to israelis onjerusalem day. most israelis seejerusalem as their eternal undivided capital, and what he said, talking about continuing to build injerusalem, is something the people would expect. i mean, jerusalem is at the heart of the israel—palestinian conflict. palestinian want eastjerusalem to be the capital of their hope for a future state. that is really what leads to so much of the tension right here that can quickly escalate across the palestinian territories.
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yolande knell. 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 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.
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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. 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.
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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. the uk labour party leader sir keir starmer has reshuffled his top team after a poor set of results in the english local elections. the bbc�*s damian grammaticas has been explaining the moves. the labour leader, the leader of the opposition, sir keir starmer, has shifted a couple of people in his top team. basically, the shadow chancellor — that's the opposition finance spokesperson — has been moved out, she's been demoted and replaced by rachel reeves, who's a current mp. that's anneliese dodds who's lost that position. at the same time, the party chair position, who was also the election campaign
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coordinator, angela rayner, she has been shifted. but it seems that she has actually dug her heels in and ended up with quite a powerful position, overseeing the opposition�*s approach to what they say is called the leveling up agenda. that's what the government here calls its efforts to redistribute economic opportunities toward more deprived areas that have fallen behind, and that particularly goes to the heart of some the election losses, the labour party seeing their loss in a crucial 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
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with those sorts of areas. and also a couple of other posts. there will be a post with particular focus for wes streeting, an mp who will be in the shadow cabinet, looking at child poverty. and all of these, i think, are an attempt by the labour leader to try to refocus his agenda and look at ways in which he can try to reconnect with some of those voters in what were the opposition�*s old heartland, where they have seen those seats falling to the conservative party, and try to find ways to reconnect with those voters. 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 on sunday afternoon. here's our scotland editor sarah smith.
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nicola sturgeon congratulating some of her brand—new msps who will bolster the increased pro—independence majority in the next scottish parliament. confident she has a strong electoral mandate for an independence referendum, she still might eventually face the hurdle of a legal challenge from the uk government. will you see them in court if you have to, to have a referendum? well, i think we should probablyjust all respect democracy. and the snp won the election on a commitment for a referendum. when we're through the crisis — we've won that election overwhelmingly, and i think in any normal democracy, that would be expected. —— that would be respected. for now, she's clear, her priority is dealing with the pandemic. and she's agreed to meet the prime minister for a covid summit. nicola sturgeon clearly doesn't intend to take any steps towards a referendum in the near future. eventually, though, she does plan to pass legislation through the scottish parliament to authorise another vote on independence. if the uk government want to stop that from happening, they may have to challenge in court whether the scottish parliament has the legal authority to authorise that referendum.
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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's not independence legislation, it is recovery from the pandemic. and to be fair to the first minister, to be fair to nicola sturgeon, during the course of this election campaign, she said that was the single most important thing that we should all be concentrating on. and 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. it is? how? well, through a legal referendum which would allow people to make that choice. votes cast on thursday appear to show that voters in scotland are split roughly 50—50 on the question of independence. anyone eagerfor another referendum will find they 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.
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it's changed since 2014 — everything's changed with the eu, with us being taken out of the eu — so i'd like to see another independence referendum personally. i think that people voted for that. maybe it's a case of hanging on, get ourselves sorted, i and then when we're in- a good place — economically, financially, sociologically, all of that kind of stuff — i then yeah. but right now, _ we're in a pandemic, no. on that, there's 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. a russian doctor who treated the opposition activist alexei navalny after he nearly died on a domestic flight last year has been reported missing on a hunting trip. police said alexander murakhovsky had not reported in from a siberian forest since friday. two other doctors at the hospital where mr navalny was treated have since died prematurely.
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stay with us on bbc news. still to come: heading for a hug — the uk government is due to announce it'll be ok again, with the next stage of lockdown easing. i, nelson rolihlahla mandela, do hereby serve to the faithful of the republic of south africa. after six years of construction and numerous delays, the channel tunnel has been formally opened by the queen and president mitterrand. the tunnel is still not yet ready for passengers and freight services to begin. for centuries, christianity and islam struggled for supremacy. now, the pope's visit symbolises their willingness to coexist. roger bannister becamel the first man in the world to run a mile in- underfour minutes. memories of victory as the ve celebrations reach their climax.
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this night is dedicated to everyone who believes in the future of peace and freedom. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: a third night of tension injerusalem, as unrest simmers over the possible eviction of palestinian families. funerals take place in afghanistan for more than 60 people — mainly young girls — killed in a militant attack outside a school. 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. here's our science
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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 risks 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 we've had, and so i think it is time — based on the very careful modelling 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, _
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but i really am looking forward to hugging the parents and the in—laws and i stuff that we haven'tl 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 ourfriends every time we meet them again, because i think that's going to perpetuate an awful lot of additional close contact that could still spread the virus. the pandemic has meant new ways of behaving —
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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. 0ur 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. now, in the west, we talk about world war ii, but russians speak about the great patriotic war, 1941-45.
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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, ithink, 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 l international law. at the same time, we will firmly 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
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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. true, and western governments have accused russia 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. steve rosenberg. 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. earlier, i spoke to
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our reporter nada tawfik in washington and asked 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 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.
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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 winning purse — $1.86 million for first place there in that — so certainly a big damper on the sport at the moment, this news. you know, it's really interesting because this is a trainer that has faced many questions in the past. many of his rivals have accused him of cheating. he has said that he is going to fight this tooth and nail, because he has no wrongdoing, that neither he or any of his trainers gave the drug to the horse. but this has really raised wider questions about sports and medications used in horses. we've seen deaths in the past of horses and the sport, in the kentucky derby this time, had even limited further the amounts of medications that could be used, so all of this will again raise questions about the treatment of horses in racing. nada tawfik there in washington.
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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 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
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that comes with my activism. the smiley face was a show of support for minh nguyen. 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. minh 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
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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 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.
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the government mantra here is to be careful what you wish for. peaceful streets, they say, is the sign of a happy majority. 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 duchess of sussex has made her first tv appearance since her 0prah 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." 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—i9 vaccines worldwide. there is much more on that story on the website and you can reach me on twitter.
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i'm @geetagurumurthy. this is bbc world news. thanks for being with us. i am back with the headlines in a few minutes. 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 england to begin with. that moves off and may well towards the northern isles of scotland later in the day.
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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—45 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. and a weather front close to northwest scotland will bring cloud and some
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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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the headlines — there has been a third night of heavy skirmishes in eastjerusalem between israeli police, jewish settlers and palestinians. the confrontations are over the possible eviction of palestinian families from their homes to make way forjewish settlers. the un security council is due to meet to discuss the violence. the taliban in afghanistan have announced a three—day ceasefire to mark the muslim festival of eid. this comes as the funerals take place of more than 60 people, mostly schoolgirls, who were killed in a militant attack outside a school in kabul. the leader of britain's opposition labour party has reshuffleed his shadow cabinet after the party's disappointing election results. among the changes made by sir keir starmer — rachel reeves has replaced anneliese dodds as the shadow chancellor and angela rayner has been sacked as the party's campaigns coordinator. now on bbc news, it's hardtalk with zeinab badawi.
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