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welcome to bbc news. i'm simon pusey. our top stories: three white men who murdered ahmaud arbery in the us state of georgia are given life sentences. the family said they never lost faith in justice. i knew that we would come out with a victory. i knew that we would come out with a victory-— i knew that we would come out with a victory.- i _ i knew that we would come out with a victory. yes. i never doubted — with a victory. yes. i never doubted it. _ with a victory. yes. i never doubted it. and _ with a victory. yes. i never doubted it. and i- with a victory. yes. i never doubted it. and i knew - with a victory. yes. i never doubted it. and i knew that today would come. the us questions kazakhstan�*s decision to invite in russian troops to quell unrest, saying it might be difficult to get them to leave. india locks down the capital delhi to try and halt a surge of cases fuelled by the omicron variant. you will call me sir or mesdar. and sidney poitier, the first black man to win the academy award for
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best actor, has died at the age of 94. we take a look back at his life's work. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. in the us, three white men who were convicted of chasing and then murdering ahmaud arbery, a black man, in the state of georgia have been sentenced to life in prison. travis mcmichael, his father gregory and their neighbour roddy bryan were convicted of felony murder. they had chased mr arbery while he was jogging, before he was shot to death. their defence had claimed they feared he was planning to commit a crime. the mcmichaels will spend life in prison without the possibility of parole. roddy bryan will serve life, but does have the possibility of parole. here's georgia superior court judge timothy walmsley outlining some of the evidence from the trial.
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there's a frame where i believe ahmaud arbery, it looks to be if he's 20 yards out, that may be close — 30 yards out — it's the frame of travis mcmichael lifting the shotgun to fire at ahmaud arbery. and you watch that with context — and when i say �*context�*, after hearing the evidence in this case and thinking about a young man that had been running at that point for almost five minutes — and it is a chilling, truly disturbing scene. ahmaud's mother gave her reaction to the sentencing outside the court. first, i want to say thank you to god, who made this all possible. yes. my prayer was to get justice for ahmaud. he filed for us in the courts, he gave us a fairjudge, judge walmsley, he heard the testimonies from each witness. he gave us a very good verdict and he gave us
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a very good sentence. our north america correspondent david willisjoins me now. david, what has the reaction been to the sentencing in america?— been to the sentencing in america? ,, ., �*, ., ., america? simon, it's amazing, isn't it, that — america? simon, it's amazing, isn't it, that this _ america? simon, it's amazing, isn't it, that this death - america? simon, it's amazing, isn't it, that this death went i isn't it, that this death went largely unreported for two months after it occurred. it was not until that very harrowing video went viral that local prosecutors actually started to take some action and ten weeks after the death of ahmaud arbery before these three men were arrested. well, today, thejudge three men were arrested. well, today, the judge described three men were arrested. well, today, thejudge described it as a very harrowing and chilling incident and he held one minute's silence in recognition of the terror but he said ahmaud arbery must�*ve endured as he was being chased for five minutes by these three men in pick up trucks. he
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sentenced gregory and travis mcmichael, father and son respectively, to life without the possibility of parole. the other man, william roddy bryan, the man who took the infamous video footage, he was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole but he will be 82 years old before he gets to enjoy that right, if you live that long. that right, if you live that lonu. �* . . that right, if you live that lon, �*, ., ~, that right, if you live that lonu. �*, ., .,y ., . long. it's a really tragic case, david. _ long. it's a really tragic case, david. is- long. it's a really tragic case, david. is there i long. it's a really tragic case, david. is there a| long. it's a really tragic - case, david. is there a case that change is slowly happening in america because obviously we have been seeing many of these cases recently, high—profile cases recently, high—profile cases like that of george floyd, and now this one, so is there a sense of the policing orjudicial system is changing or judicial system is changing for the orjudicial system is changing for the better? it’s orjudicial system is changing for the better?— for the better? it's an interesting _ for the better? it's an interesting question l for the better? it's an i interesting question and for the better? it's an - interesting question and now ahmaud arbery�*s case is different to george floyd. ahmaud arbery was not killed by a police officer, he was killed by people who believed they have the right to act as police officers, if you like, as so—called vigilantes and
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so—called vigila ntes and indeed, so—called vigilantes and indeed, his family described the death as a modern—day lynching. they have since, i might add, expressed their delight at the sentence —— sentences that have been handed out. but ahmaud arbery�*s death was part of a sort of national reckoning, as far as racial injustice is concerned in this country. it really came to a head, of course, a few months later, following the death of george floyd at the hands of a minneapolis police officer. david willis, live from los angeles, thank you indeed for bringing us up to date with the case. the president of kazakhstan has ordered his security forces to use lethal force on protestors after days of unrest following a sudden rise in fuel prices. russian troops have arrived to support his government. the us secretary of state has warned that it may be difficult to get them to leave. our correspondent abdujalil abdurasulov is in kazakhstan�*s largest city almaty with the latest. the army of kazakhstan is standing guard here on the streets of almaty.
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after days of violence and many protesters killed, the state security forces seem to be back in control and when we came close to them, the warning not to approach is very clear. gunshot. today, the president was clear, too — any more unrest will be met with lethal force. translation: terrorists| continue to damage state and private property and use weapons against civilians. i have given the order to shoot to kill without warning. president tokayev portrays the protesters as terrorists who are sowing chaos. they say that their movement is peaceful and blame the authorities for provoking the violence. the unrest was triggered by a sharp rise in fuel prices, but this country's corrupt authoritarian regime is unpopular. some of the biggest clashes took place here at the former presidential residence and the mayor's office. the buildings were burned out,
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and you can see here all these cars were also set on fire. you can hear, again, the shots, but maybe it's the military and police officers are firing into the air to warn people not to approach the square because they closed the square in order to prevent people from gathering. many people fear that the violence will drag on. along with protests, many shops were looted. this 22—year—old man said that while he supports the demands of the protesters, he wants looters to be stopped. "it's really scary, and we feel we have no protection," this woman says. this is one of the electronics shops that was looted in almaty, and i think the looters tried to burn this place as well because it still smells of smoke. this mass unrest is a huge blow for almaty, which is the financial capital of kazakhstan. it's not clear yet if the violence is over or how
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much damage has been done to the authority of kazakhstan�*s hardline leader. abdujalil abdurasulov, bbc news, almaty. as coronavirus cases continue to rise across india, new movement restrictions have come into effect for people in the capital delhi over the weekend. restaurants, markets and most shops will be closed until monday morning. russell trott reports. bharat�*s shop sells everything for the kitchen and more. but with fewer customers and takings down, he has been badly hit by the pandemic. yet, despite india's capital delhi locking down over the weekend, he remains upbeat. translation: the way corona cases are on the rise this - lockdown, the weekend curfew is a must. for the past two years, we have faced losses and we will face the same in the future. i will be happy when the amount of cases are lower and there is no lockdown.
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as the authorities grapple with a fresh surge in cases, partly fuelled by the fast—spreading omicron variant, most businesses here are still recovering from last year's outbreak that overwhelmed hospitals and crematoriums. but daily case numbers had since then stayed reasonably low, until last week. all residents besides essential workers will now be asked to stay home from friday night to monday morning. this is a big concern, big challenge. we have seen that over the last eight days, the figure has gone very high — from 10,000 cases to more than one lakh, injust eight days. so with this period, the number will be much higher in the previous days. more than 200,000 people died across india last spring, after a wave of delta variant infections that brought the healthcare systems to its knees. india's a8i,000 known covid
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deaths is the world's third highest toll behind the us and brazil, but under—reporting is widespread and some studies have estimated its actual toll could be up to ten times higher. the omicron variant is expected to hit hard but with fewer cases expected to need hospital treatment, some experts warn another lockdown and its economic impact is just not worth it. russell trott, bbc news. novak djokovic has thanked people around the world for their support as he awaits a decision on his deportation from australia. the world number one men's tennis player remains in immigration detention in melbourne ahead of the australian open after being denied entry to the country on wednesday. government officials say he isn't being held captive and is free to leave any time. shaimaa khalil reports from melbourne. this is the immigration detention hotel where novak djokovic is being kept. adnan choopani has been here for five months now after being moved
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from another facility. i live in level two and djokovic lives in level one. that is the food we've been served every day in containers. we found a maggot and mould on the bread and we've been reporting it but unfortunately, there has no action been taken. outside the hotel, there was dancing and music, but also anger and frustration among novak djokovic's supporters. it's unclear if the tennis star will remain here until monday, when his legal team will challenge the cancellation of his visa. novak djokovic is waiting for a court decision on whether he'll be able to stay and compete in the australian open or be deported. whatever happens, this has gone way beyond tennis. the world number one is now at the centre of a political and a diplomatic storm. djokovic arrived on wednesday with an exemption, granted by tennis australia and the state of victoria. but the border force has revoked his visa,
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saying he did not meet the rules of entry. his mother dijana said on thursday that he was being kept like a prisoner. australia's home affairs minister karen andrews hit back, saying there was nothing stopping him from leaving. mr djokovic is not being held captive in australia. he is free to leave at any time that he chooses to do so, and border force will actually facilitate that. the tennis star posted on instagram, thanking his fans around the world. another player has now had her visa cancelled. renata voracova from the czech republic is understood to be detained in the same hotel as djokovic. the australian open is one of the biggest sporting events here but it's turning into a big international embarrassment for the government. shaimaa khalil, bbc news, melbourne. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: it's a letter with no surname
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or address on the envelope, but a short biography instead. and it actually got delivered to the right person. the japanese people are in mourning following the death of emperor hirohito. thousands converged on the imperial palace to pay their respects when it was announced he was dead. good grief! after half a century of delighting fans around the world, charlie brown and the rest of the gang are calling it quits. the singer paul simon starts his tour of- south africa tomorrow, in spite of protests and violence - from some black activist groups. they say international artists should continue to boycott south africa _ until majority rule is established. . around the world, people have been paying tribute to the iconic rock star david bowie, who sold 140 million albums in a career that spanned half a century. his family announced overnight that he died of cancer at the age of 69.
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the world's tallest skyscraper opens later today. the burj dubai has easily overtaken its nearest rivals. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: a court in the us state of georgia has given life sentences to three white men who murdered the young black man ahmaud arbery while he was outjogging. the us questions kazakhstan�*s decision to invite in russian troops to quell unrest — saying it might be difficult to get them to leave. as kazakhstan�*s government seeks to tighten its control of the country, friday also saw the arrival of troops from neighbouring kyrgyzstan as part of the russia—led alliance. the intervention marks
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the first deployment by the post—soviet collective security treaty organization to a member state since its creation. ahead of crucial talks with russia next week over ukraine's border, us secretary of state antony blinken warned the kazakh regime over its reliance on moscow. there are very particular drivers of what is happening in kazakhstan right now, as i said, but go to economic and political matters, and what is happening there is different from what is happening on ukraine's borders. having said that, i think one lesson of recent history is that once russians are in your house, it is sometimes very difficult to get them to leave. eugene chausovsky is an analyst with the new lines institute, a foreign policy think tank. eugene, do you think moscow felt like they had to react to this? it is fairly significant that this is the csto force has
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been used. that this is the csto force has been used-— that this is the csto force has been used. absolutely, i think from russia's _ been used. absolutely, i think from russia's perspective - been used. absolutely, i think| from russia's perspective they couldn't afford not to act. having seen these projects get out of hand quite quickly and then paired with what has happened around the region from ukraine to belarus, i think russia made the calculus that it needed to send in its troops, especially once the kazakhstan government officially requested them via the csto. officially requested them via the cst0-— officially requested them via the csto. �* , ., the csto. and in the short term at least, the csto. and in the short term at least. has — the csto. and in the short term at least, has the _ the csto. and in the short term at least, has the deployment. at least, has the deployment what do you think? it is at least, has the deployment what do you think?— what do you think? it is hard to say exactly _ what do you think? it is hard to say exactly right - what do you think? it is hard to say exactly right now- to say exactly right now because a lot of the communications and internet is cut off, but i think over the past 2a hours or so it does seem like the primary objective of that deployment, which is to basically secure the strategic sites of the country which includes military bases, government buildings and even airports in the biggest city of almaty, that was the primary reason for russia to go in, so kazakhstan could basically address the protesters head—on, and it seems to be that they have more or less those sites under control. we will see how
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that unfold in the coming days but for now it appears to be successful.— but for now it appears to be successful. ~ ., , ,., successful. we have seen some re successful. we have seen some pretty dramatic _ successful. we have seen some pretty dramatic pictures - successful. we have seen some pretty dramatic pictures of - successful. we have seen some pretty dramatic pictures of the l pretty dramatic pictures of the rioting and some very scary reports from our correspondence there of, especially overnight, machine—guns and gunfire sounding, do you think things will stabilise now or do you think protest could get even worse? ~ . , worse? like i said, it is very difficult at— worse? like i said, it is very difficult at this _ worse? like i said, it is very difficult at this point - worse? like i said, it is very| difficult at this point because we are still early on in this crisis, and things are fast moving. but essentially, the goal of securing those sites like i mentioned has been more or less achieved, and now it is a matter of targeting what the government perceives as the most radical elements. so i think there will continue to be some demonstrations, but i think the peaceful demonstrations and things that don't truly threaten the security of the government, those could go on for quite some time, but for the more radical elements, at least as moscow and kazakhstan call
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them, that will be the priority at this point.— at this point. and we had a warnin: at this point. and we had a warning there _ at this point. and we had a warning there from - at this point. and we had a warning there from antonyj warning there from antony blinken, do you think there is reason to worry for 2500 troops, many of them russian, going into the country? the troo -s going into the country? the heaps are _ going into the country? the troops are already - going into the country? tue: troops are already there. going into the country? tte: troops are already there. i think the concern that antony blinken had voiced and some others are worried about, is that these troops, primarily the russian led troops, will stay there for the long—term. and here i am not so that will be the case. the mandate for those troops is to secure those sites, i don't think necessarily it is in kazakhstan�*s interest to have this prolonged russian present, because it is quite unpopular for many people. but as long as the security situation is met, i don't think necessarily it is going to be a long—term deployment of russia, but they could always go back in. eugene chausovsky. _ could always go back in. eugene chausovsky, thank _ could always go back in. eugene chausovsky, thank you - could always go back in. eugene chausovsky, thank you so - could always go back in. eugene chausovsky, thank you so much | chausovsky, thank you so much indeed from washington and therefore bring us up—to—date with that story. the former us president barack obama has led tributes
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to the actor sir sidney poitier, who's died at the age of 94. mr obama said the star had "opened doors for a generation of actors". sidney poitier made his name in a series of ground—breaking films which challenged racial stereotypes. he was the first black man to win an oscar for best actor, and his success paved the way for generations of other black artists. our correspondent lizo mzimba looks back on the life of a hollywood icon. # in the heat of the night... sidney poitier�*s virgil tibbs, a man of authority... i'm a police officer. ..intelligence and a steely determination never to back down — the kind of qualities that defined poitier on screen and off. he made his cinema debut playing a doctor, a man of status — something almost unheard of for black performers then. and with roles like an escaped convict in the defiant ones and a struggling husband in a raisin in the sun, he tackled prejudice head on. maybe i'll get down
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on my black knees. all right, mr charlie. all right, mr great white father. you just give us that money! and we won't come out there and dirty up your white folks' neighbourhood. the era, of course, meant he had a burden his white counterparts rarely had to carry — the weight of being a symbol. but he bore it with dignity. in lilies of the field, playing a travelling handyman, helping build a group of nuns a new chapel. # sing it over. the winner is sidney poitier. he won the academy award — the first black performer ever to receive the oscar for a leading role. in the years that followed, he became hollywood's biggest star, redefining how audiences saw black characters with films like to sir, with love. you will call me �*sir�* or �*mr thackeray'. the young ladies will be addressed as �*miss', the boys by their surnames. some of what i am was reflected in those movies.
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it was, in a way, i was saying to an audience, "this is who i am. look at me." more controversial was his role as a highly gifted, hugely successful doctor engaged to a white woman in guess who's coming to dinner. i love your daughter. there is nothing i wouldn't do to try to keep her as happy as she was the day i met her. some criticised it, saying the impression it gave was of an interracial relationship that was only acceptable because his character was so perfect and accomplished. hello! he also directed �*80s comedy stir crazy — the first movie from an african—american film—maker to pass the blockbuster $100 million mark in the united states. what are you doing? i'm getting bad! in his later years, he was awarded the presidential medal of freedom by barack obama, who today said sidney poitier epitomised dignity and grace. oprah winfrey paid tribute, saying:
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while denzel washington said: those words two decades after he celebrated him at the academy awards. 40 years, i've been chasing sidney. they finally give it to me, what they do? they give it to him the same night. i'll always be following in your footsteps. there's nothing i would rather do. applause. that same night, poitier also received an honorary oscar. hollywood recognition for a star who blazed a trail for so many... they call me mr tibbs. ..and who entertained millions more. sidney poitier — one of the greats. sidney poitier, who's died at the age of 94. a letter posted to a man in northern ireland, with no surname or address
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on the envelope, butjust his first name and a 57—word biography, has managed to find its way to the right place. our ireland correspondent emma vardy has the story. "feargal, lives across the road from the spar. "his ma and da used to own it." no house number, no street name, a few things much more personal than that. the first thing i noticed was the amount of detail on the envelope and basically, my biography. "moved to waterford after he got married." despite nothing more than a short story and half a postcode, yesterday this letter found its way straight to feargal lynn. i laughed so much. right through it all, to playing guitar, to, "friends with the fellow who owns the butchers in waterford." feargal had taken to writing letters to people over lockdown as a way to brighten the gloom, but never expected such a strange reply. the letter was from
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an old friend in belfast, who perhaps could have found out his address but thought this way was a little more fun. we were talking about the pandemic, we were talking about mental health and the need to brighten the mood a bit. did she actually expect it to reach you? i think she just took a punt. "plays guitar and used to run discos in the poker hall." it happened to be that feargal�*s local postman was also a childhood friend. we've had some strange addresses over the years, but this is the most bizarre of them all. the first line, "feargal who lived across from the spar." the number of times we played in his front garden as wee boys, i knew right away who it was. this could give other people ideas, if they don't know an address. oh, that would be a nightmare! and inside the letter, just a cheery hello and a recipe for coleslaw that feargal had been asking about, but it meant much more than that. there's so much letters these days that's meaningless, it's financial, it's a rates demand and it's so nice to receive something so personal.
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"friends with the fella who runs the butchers "in waterford too. "bt44, northern ireland." so, could letters make a comeback over email in future, as something a lot more enjoyable? well, we'll keep you posted! emma vardy, bbc news. and you can get details of all of these stories and many more by visiting our website at bbc.com/news. and a reminder of our top story, a court in the us state of georgia has convicted the men convicted of murdering ahmaud arbery to life in prison without parole. ahmaud arbery was jogging when the men chased him in their tracks and shot him. don't forget you can get more on our website, abc.com/ news.
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thanks for watching and i will see you soon. —— bbc.com. hello. well, earlier, the skies were clear and we had a touch of frost, even some icy patches in places after the recent wintry weather. but now, a weather front is approaching, and the first half of saturday at least will be very wet and windy. here's the low pressure that's sweeping into the uk, here's the weather front, and this is rain—bearing cloud, so if the rain hasn't reached you already, it will do very soon. ahead of this weather front, there's some temporary snow falling across the highlands of scotland, but for many of us, it really is rain. and the rain will be heavy, it'll bring also very blustery weather by the end of the night to many western parts of the uk. and look at the temperatures — eight degrees in belfast, double figures in the south—west, just around freezing or above across eastern parts of the country. so here's that low pressure around early saturday.
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within it, we've got milder air. you can see the milder winds coming in from the south. behind the cold front, yes, there's slightly colder weather, but not as cold compared to what we've been having in the last few days. so, here's that wet and windy weather for the first half of saturday. later, notice that the skies clear. there will be frequent blustery showers, some will again be wintry, particularly across the highlands, but for many of us, it is rain. it will feel chilly in the wind, but notice that rain really dragging its heels around east anglia and the south—east. it may not clear the south—east until after dark, so here, it really will be an unpleasant day. come the evening, i think saturday night into sunday, things will start to dry out. here's the good news — saturday night into sunday, the weather will calm down, which means that on sunday, it will be a much better day.
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better — there still will be some showers around, particularly across northern areas, and in fact, we are expecting later on sunday some damp weather to move into south—western parts of england and maybe wales. but on the whole, it's a much better day, much drier and brighter for many of us, with temperatures around the average for the time of the year. so, here's the weekend summary again. you can see that wet weather earlier in the day on saturday, much better by sunday, and thereafter, it is turning milder. bye— bye.
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this is bbc news.
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the headlines: in the us, three white men who were convicted of chasing and then murdering ahmaud arbery, a black man, in the state of georgia, have been sentenced to life in prison. the case became a focus of protests by the black lives matter movement. the us have questioned kazakhstan�*s decision to seek russian military support to deal with a wave of violent unrest. russia says its deployment of troops is temporary. dozens of people have been killed during nationwide protests triggered by a rise in fuel prices. one of the best known black hollywood actors of the past century, sidney poitier, has died. he was 94. mr poitier was the first black man to be awarded best actor at the academy awards in 1964, and paved the way for a new generation of stars. during the pandemic, thousands of dog thefts were reported across
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the uk and ireland. this is the story of molly, one of those stolen dogs,

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