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this is bbc news. i'm celia hatton with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. confrontations in london as police break up an unauthorised vigilfor sarah everard, who was kidnapped and killed. a serving policeman is charged with her murder. ijust wanted to be here today to stand in solidarity with all women. i just... it's really, really upset me, what's happened. exactly one year since a young black woman, breonna taylor, was fatally shot by police officers — us federal investigators say they've made significant progress in their probe into the killing. her boyfriend says he needs justice. breonna taylor was murdered. so, i mean somebody is
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responsible. the only question i have now is what's next? eight more anti—coup protesters are killed by security forces in myanmar, with more violence reported in several cities. coronavirus cases increase in many european union countries as a third wave of the pandemic gathers speed. so, it's ready. it... ..is... ..go, go, go, go! and, the voice of formula 1, murray walker, has died, at the age of 97. hello and thanks forjoining us. police in london have been heavily criticised for breaking up an unauthorised vigil for a woman who was kidnapped and murdered. sarah everard's death has
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become the focus of widespread anger in the uk about sexual violence against women. it's all the more sensitive because a serving policeman has been charged with the killing. groups of women gathered on clapham common in south london, near to where sarah everard was last seen. they held the memorial, despite the official cancellation of the event because of coronavirus rules. the police said the gathering breached restrictions. images on social media show the police forcibly removing people and pinning a woman to the ground. the mayor of london, sadiq khan, said the scenes were unacceptable. helena wilkinson reports. not far from where sarah everard went missing 11 days ago, a visible outpouring of grief. hundreds gathered at the bandstand to remember the 33—year—old. they came, they stood in silence, they comforted each other they left flowers for
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sarah, for herfamily. i feel really sad for the family so i just want to tell them that in this time where we can't meet each other and hug each other, the community is behind them. ijust wanted to be here to stand in solidarity with all women. it'sjust really upset me, what's happened. the vigil here tonight had been cancelled, police had told people not to turn up because of the current lockdown, but many still did. tonight, as some tensions escalated, police called on all those there to go home, saying that the gathering was unsafe. these scenes adding to what has been an already extremely difficult week. it would have been a lot safer if we had the 50 stewards we had trained and ready to go to keep the crowds silent and distanced. we told the met it was going to be worse if we didn't have the organisation that we already had planned
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that was covid safe. earlier, met police officer pc wayne couzens, believed to be in this police van, was brought before westminster magistrates�* court. the 48—year—old joined the force two years ago. today, he appeared in the dock, charges of kidnap and murder were formally put to him. he will next appear at the old bailey on tuesday. it's 11 days since sarah everard disappeared in south london. her body was found here in woodland, near ashford, in kent, inside a builder's bag and identified through her dental records. extensive searches are continuing close to where she was found. 30 miles away, the police officer's house in deal, in kent, is also a focus. and an old garage, in dover, where he used to work is being searched. as the searches continue, tributes were paid in towns and cities up and down the country, reigniting a national conversation about women's safety.
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it's become a political issue. the government is seeking further views on how to tackle violence against women and girls. certainly the messages that i've been having from women have been really powerful and important. the message i'm giving back to government is do something, do something meaningful, or my committee will be holding your feet to the fire over why not. for sarah everard's family, they are dealing with the unimaginable. they will be wanting answers as to what happened to sarah, who they said was bright and beautiful and a shining example. helena wilkinson, bbc news. jamie klinger is one of the organisers of the event, who founded the "reclaim the streets" movement as a response to sarah everard's murder. earlier today, she told the bbc that it would have been a lot safer if the metropolitan police had authorised the vigil, enabling them to conduct it in a covid—secure way.
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we went to high court yesterday and basically the police were allowed to think it's a protest were not allowed but had to give us parameters where we could do it safely and legally in covid standards and we met with them for two hours last night and we got nothing and we didn't get anything, we had nothing given to us to say how we could tell people to do it safely and we were allowed stewards. so that we could be fined and all the women that were up and down the country during individual satellite visuals could be fined so we decided that rather that money go to it when she shared it —— when the stairs. he would do crowdfunding for 20 £500,000 which would be what we would have to fines if we all got fine. we are very sad not to be together and we think it is a human right to protest but because we can't do, we figure it is better to keep it about sarah and all of the women and violence against women and reclaiming our streets. so a
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doorstep with candles, and a moment of silence we will try later, just to really refocus it on women rather than our disagreement with the met police. federal investigators in the united states say they've made significant progress in their probe into the killing by police of a young black woman, breonna taylor exactly one year since the 26—year—old was fatally shot in her home by police officers. ms taylor was shot by police when they forced their way into her apartment during a botched drug raid. the officers made use of a so—called "no—knock" arrest warrant that did not require them to announce themselves. ms taylor's death helped spark black lives matter protests in louisville and across the country over the excessive use of force used by officers. breonna taylor's boyfriend kenneth walker has spoken to the bbc for the first time about what he witnesed on the night she died. 0ur correspondent larry madowo began by asking kenneth how he feels about the support he's received. honestly, i'm a bit overwhelmed, but, i mean... it's bittersweet because as i
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look around and see all the love and support and all the people who's here to admire breonna and embrace our situation, i also have to think about how she's not here. so, it's... it's been a tough day, but i'm out here and ijust really love and appreciate everybody who loves breonna. you're wearing a t—shirt with a picture of you and her. what do people not know about her? what kind of person was breonna? man, breonna was just loving and caring, like, for sure. those are two really big words i like to say about her. she deserves everything that these people are trying to do for her. this is a nice start
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towards justice. even you were tried for having shot at the police that day, but the charges have now been dropped. do you feel like now you can go on with the rest of your life? i mean, i have to go on with the rest of my life regardless. i don't have a choice, but, i mean, the charges being dropped, itjust does nothing but say to me that... they're saying that i'm not wrong, you know what i'm saying? but breonna taylor was murdered, so somebody�*s responsible. so, the only question i have now is what's next? the only officer who was charged, brett hankison, is for endangering the lives of your neighbours, but not for the death of breonna taylor. how does that make you feel? well, i think it makes me feel how it makes everybody else feel. it's crazy that they thought walls or objects with no life were worth
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more than breonna taylor. yeah. in the year since, this park behind us has become a place to remember her, to honour her memory, and when you see all this activity, what's been your reaction? i love it here and i love all the people out here because they all love her. you know, this place encourages, symbolises hope and change. so, all this, these people are part of the process as far as getting herjustice. as a black man in america, her name and george floyd were the rallying calls for the black lives matter movement last summer and into this year. do you think something has changed in this country? things have definitely changed.
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laws have been made because of these situations. and my heart goes out to george floyd's family, too. we've grown to be really close to them, and also jacob bla ke's family, too. so, yeah, some change has definitely been made and justice is going to come for everybody. how do you process the grief? how do you cope with living through this tragedy? how have you been dealing with that? i've just... ijust listen to people say her name, i guess. that was breonna taylor's boyfriend, kenneth walker speaking to larry madowo. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news... a huge car bomb in herat in western afghanistan has killed at least eight people and injured around 50 more. dozens of houses have been destroyed. the united nations has condemned what it called
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an alarming increase in attacks deliberately targeting civilians, despite peace talks taking place between the taliban and the afghan government. russian police have arrested dozens of opposition politicians and activists at a meeting taking place in a moscow hotel. police confirmed that they detained almost 200 people. they say the people they rounded up were attending a gathering organised by a banned group to discuss municipal elections. bolivia's former interim president, jeanine anez, has been arrested on charges of sedition and conspiracy. prosecutors accuse ms anez and several former government ministers of taking part in a coup against the left—wing leader, evo morales. ms anez has tweeted that she's been the victim of political persecution and a coup never took place. at least eight protesters have been killed by security forces in myanmar as demonstrations continue across the
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country against last month's military coup. international pressure is building on the authorities to stop using deadly force against unarmed demonstrators. the worst of the violence on saturday took place in the city of mandalay, where once again, police opened fire on peaceful protestors. jonathan head reports. the days in myanmar�*s towns and cities are punctuated by protests... gunfire ..by lethal volleys of gunfire from the army and police... ..and by the funerals of those who've been killed. the death toll in this elemental battle between unarmed people and the military regime, whose authority they still refuse to accept, keeps climbing. today was another terrible day in mandalay, where opposition to the military coup runs very high. the police showed up at 10am.
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by then, the rally was already over. as i said, they were there to kill. they didn't have to kill, they didn't have to shoot a single shot. people were about to go back. people were about to disperse. but they did anyway. this woman has just lost her husband. he'd volunteered as a neighbourhood guard and joined a protest at a police station near his home in cannon last night, demanding the release of detainees. -- his —— his home in yangong. the police responded by opening fire. after five weeks of this, and around 80 deaths, people have still not given up. every day, they rebuild the barricades that shout their defiance at the soldiers. every day, the soldiers pull them down, firing abuse, and shots, back at the people. jonathan head, bbc news, bangkok.
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this is bbc news, the headlines... confrontations in london as police break up an unauthorised vigilfor sarah everard, who was kidnapped and killed. a serving policeman is charged with her murder. exactly one year since a young black woman, breonna taylor, was fatally shot by police officers, us investigators say they've made significant progress in their probe into the killing. the number of new coronavirus cases is increasing in many european countries as a third wave of the pandemic gathers momentum. this, as many argue the continent isn't vaccinating its population quickly enough. in the last few hours, italy has reported 26,000 new coronavirus cases, and it's not the only european country seeing high numbers of infections. poland's 21,000 new coronavirus cases reported on saturday, is the highest figure since november. germany too has seen a big daily rise, the number
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there is up by more than 12,500 in the past 2a hours. new coronavirus cases in the netherlands have reached their highest level since mid—january, with nearly 7000 on saturday. france is also seeing a resurgence of covid cases. in the capital paris, intensive care wards are almost full and the government says it's considering stricter restrictions. but, any move could meet some resistance. 25 theatres across france are currently being occupied by protesting artists who are demanding that the venues reopen. the protests started ten days ago from the historical 0deon theatre, in paris. it and other art venues have been closed for months due to the pandemic. baptiste chevalier duflot is among the protesters occupying the 0deon theatre. iam here i am here from the beginning. it has been ten days for now.
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and yet we are occupying. we are in a way reoccupying these places because we used to be there, we use to work there, we used to show to people theatres theatres and arts. this is what we are doing right now, we are doing a daily agoura, we call it that because it is the function of theatre to open minds and to show music, arts and this is what we are doing every day and people are really, really happy to see that. �* . , really, really happy to see that. . , really, really happy to see that. �* . , ., that. but are people happy to return to theatres _ that. but are people happy to return to theatres at - that. but are people happy to return to theatres at the - return to theatres at the moment? as we set, intensive care wards are full, and 90,000 people have died. is this really the time that theatre should be reopening? you know,
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it it is government _ should be reopening? you know, it it is government choices. - it it is government choices. they chose to open the supermarkets, the trains, the national embassies, they are packed with people. they choose to let the people not going out, not go into theatres. we know that we can open safely. and how would you go about doing that? how would you open safely? is there not something else to consider, outdoor theatre or online performances, how would you open indoor theatres safely? we how would you open indoor theatres safely?— theatres safely? we have protocols- _ theatres safely? we have protocols. we _ theatres safely? we have protocols. we know - theatres safely? we have protocols. we know that l theatres safely? we have i protocols. we know that we theatres safely? we have - protocols. we know that we can open safely. we did it, we didn't have any... we did not have any problem with coronavirus spreading in theatres. we asked the minister of culture to show us a plan to
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reopen. if the vaccination is the solution, we need to know when we will be able to open. and some unfortunate news into the ppc newsroom for years now, the former undisputed middleweight world champion marvin hagler has died at the age of 66. his wife and us today. hagler had ruled the division from 1979 but was dethroned following a controversial defeat by sugar ray leonard in april 1987. his wife wrote, "i am sorry to make a very sad announcement today unfortunately my beloved husband, marvellous marvin, died at his home in new hampshire." it's one of the busiest times of the year for british florists — mother's day in the uk takes place tomorrow, this sunday. demand for bouquets has surged over the past year, but producers have struggled to keep up and have been hit by new costs because of brexit.
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and now there's a warning the uk will have to pay even more for flowers in the future. 0ur europe correspondent nick beake reports. so, beautiful hyacinths — these have increased by about 50—60% right about now. the skill of arranging flowers comes easily to morgan, but arranging his company's finances is proving a nightmare. covid supply problems from holland and brexit have driven up costs. prices to wholesale have increased. therefore we are buying at a higher price and we have to... in some cases we are adding pennies and in some cases we are adding pounds. some we can absorb, some we can't, so the increase to the consumer has definitely risen over the past three months. there is not a country in the world that likes lilies so much as england. if you are sending lilies this weekend, there is a good chance they began theirjourney in this corner of the netherlands. extra post—brexit checks on these sorts of flowers have just been pushed back eight months by the british government, but when they do
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kick in, this grower will have to pay more than 100 euros every day for an inspector to come and issue the so—called phytosanitary certificate, to allow him to export to the uk. after two years of worrying about brexit, we thought... the first week it was a bit of a panic and we thought, you know, where is this going with all this paperwork and with all the costs? then we thought, ah, it was just a sort of millennium bug thing. in the end it is not too bad. but now with the whole phytosanitary things, we still think, yes, it is going to be an increase of cost again. business may be doing really well here, but sending flowers to the uk has become more complicated and more expensive since brexit and in the coming months there will be more paperwork and more checks, which will drive up costs further. the question is who pays for this? auctioneer speaks dutch it looks like they are shifting stocks and shares, but actually it is all about seeds and stems.
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the buyers at this very early morning auction now factor in an 8% tax on flowers grown outside the eu, like roses from kenya that are sorted and sent on to the uk. but experts say it is not a simple case of brexit driving up prices. i suspect everybody is going to be reviewing their prices, simply because, for example, this week alone the flower prices on the dutch auction went up 41%. that is nothing to do with brexit or anything. that is just supply and demand. and no business, whether they are gigantic or tiny, can absorb a a1% increase. it has been a chaotic year for the flower world, but this dutch distribution centre still runs like clockwork. a conveyor belt of celebration, but also of condolence. the ultimate symbol of how we are feeling at so many moments in the circle of life. nick beake, bbc news,
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in the netherlands. the broadcaster murray walker, described as "the voice "of formula 1," has died. he was 97. in a career spanning six decades, his distinctive commentary style and passion for motor sport, won him fans around the world. andy swiss looks back at his life. so, it's ready. it... ..is... ..go, go, go, go! and schumacher leads, brilliant start... exuberance, excitable and utterly unmistakable. by the austrian driver in the back... murray walker was the high octane voice behind a high—octane sport. it was once said that even in his quieter moments, he sounded like his trousers were on fire. that's it. bang bang, and off! his passion came from his father graham walker, who raced motorcycles and was himself a commentator often sharing the duties with young murray.
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the sensation is that tommy wood went through not on—time, not after time, but ahead of time. and after commentating on his first british grand prix in 1919, murray walker became an integral part of formula 1. but in a sport of inevitable risk, he was faced with tragedy, too. world motor racing champion ayrton senna has been pronounced clinically dead. when the great ayrton senna died in a crash in 1994, walker's shock was only to clear. walker's shock was only too clear. this is the blackest day for grand prix racing that i can remember in the many, many years that i've been covering the sport. walker never hid his emotions, most famously when his friend damon hill won the world title in 1996. damon hill exits the chicane and wins the japanese grand prix, and i've got to stop because i've got a lump in my throat! because he really genuinely loved motorsport and was
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fascinated by formula! and all things with an engine, he communicated that enthusiasm and people were drawn in by that and they recognised that as well. real spectacular driving, watch this. his frenetic style wasn't without its gaffes. looks through a completely clean windscreen, and that's the big advantage of course of being in front. his energy and enthusiasm endeared him to millions, and when he covered his final british grand prix in 2001, the affection was plain to see. one of sport's most imitated voices, but there were only ever be one murray walker. the motor racing commentator and broadcaster, murray walker, who's died at the age of 97. you can reach me on twitter — i'm @celia hatton.
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hello. well, the weather on sunday morning isn't looking too bad for some of us — bright, even sunny skies on the way but it's not going to last. clouds are expected to increase and rain is in the forecast. in fact quite early in the morning it will already start to rain across some western areas of the uk. and as one weather system pulls away, a bit of a gap here through the early hours and then this next weather front pushes in and that's going to bring the rainfall on sunday. so, the forecast through the early hours shows the clear skies there across most of the uk. a few scattered showers here and there, the winds are light as well and by early on sunday morning, temperatures are close to freezing in some of the northern towns and cities. in the south of the country, it's closer to 4 celsius for example in plymouth
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and in cardiff. so here is that bright or even sunny morning across many parts of the country with the clouds quickly increasing from the west, so rain for belfast, rain reaching the north—west of england, certainly the lake district. liverpool in for some rain. probably rain reaching birmingham sometime early in the afternoon. but not the extreme south—east of england or the north or east of scotland. in fact in aberdeen, it may well stay sunny all through the day. but i think as far as southern england's concerned and east anglia, you will get rain later on on sunday. now, the forecast into monday shows high pressure building very close to the uk. there are weather fronts approaching us and they will be brushing the far north—west of the country but i think that high pressure is eventually going to win. so, here's monday morning and we've got lots of fine, again bright or sunny weather,
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but clouds increasing here in the north west. so, skies i think are a little hazy both in the morning and the afternoon for places like belfast and glasgow but sunshine for norwich and london. and the temperatures, 13 celsius with lighter winds and sunshine, shouldn't feel too bad at all. tuesday into wednesday, that high pressure establishes itself across the uk but notice there's a weather front riding around its edge. so at times, it may be cloudy. but on balance, i think it's the high pressure that will win and the weather will be settled. so, here's the outlook for the week ahead. you can see mostly settled weather across the majority of the uk. temperatures rising a little bit but then it looks as though it's going to turn a little bit colder again towards the end of the week.
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this is bbc news. the headlines... police in london have been heavily criticised for breaking up an unauthorised vigil for a woman who was kidnapped and murdered. sarah everard's death has become the focus of widespread anger in the uk about sexual violence against women. a serving policeman has been
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charged with the killing. exactly one year since a young black woman, breonna taylor, was fatally shot by police officers, us investigators say they've made significant progress in their probe into the killing. ms taylor's death helped spark black lives matter protests across the country. at least eight protesters have been killed by security forces in myanmar, as demonstrations continue across the country against last month's military coup. international pressure is building on the authorities to stop using deadly force against unarmed demonstrators. the worst of the violence has taken place in the city of mandalay. now on bbc news, hardtalk. welcome to hardtalk. i'm stephen sackur. the idea of a social contract is a staple of political philosophy. put crudely, it's the ties and obligations that bind

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