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this is bbc news. i'm ben boulos with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. george floyd's former girlfriend reflects on his life and their battle with addiction on day four of ex—police officer derek chauvin�*s trial. the bbc has obtained disturbing videos which appear to show the massacre of unarmed civilians in northern ethiopia. police in belgium clash with thousands of people attending a hoax concert in brussels. and a judge bans the sale of trainers made by the rapper lil nas x after sportswear giant nike launches a legal fight.
hello and welcome. the girlfriend of george floyd, the black american whose death sparked protests across the world, has given evidence in the trial of derek chauvin, the white police officer accused of murdering him. courtney ross cried as she talked about how she first met mr floyd and described their struggle with opioid addiction. both floyd and i, our story, it is... it is a classic story of how many people get addicted to opioids. we both suffered from chronic pain. mine was in my neck and his was on one of the paramedics who treated george floyd testified that they thought he was already dead when they arrived at the scene.
we gauged what was going on. i walked up to the individual. obviously he was not moving. i did not see the chest rise or fall. our coreresponent, lebo diseko was at the court throught the fourth day of testimonies. she told us the court paid particular attention to one. ﬁx, particular attention to one. dispatcher who had been watching what had been at the dispatch centre she was so alarmed that she called derek chauvin�*s supervisor. he called at the scene and was not told that they had restrained him in such a way that derek chauvin had put annie on george floyd's neck. —— a knee. that was only told once in hospital. very notable that at the end of the day he was asked at what point
the restraint should have stopped and he said when it was clear george floyd was no longer resisting. videos obtained by the bbc from northern ethiopia appear to show people in ethiopian army uniforms killing unarmed civilians. in november the government launched a military campaign in the region of tigray. this was after an attack on an army base there thought to have been carried out by the rebel tigray people's liberation front. there have been accusations of serious abuses, by all sides in the conflict. our africa correspondent leila nathoo's report contains images that some will find very disturbing. gunfire. armed men in uniform leading a group towards a cliff edge. gunfire. bodies appear strewn across the ground. a man is urged to throw one off the cliff.
these graphic videos, and others like it, were passed to the bbc and began circulating on social media last month. we have been able to match elements of the landscape shown to features visible on satellite images to identify the location — mahbere dego in ethiopian�*s northern tigray region. in november 2020, following an attack on a military base, the ethiopian army began an offensive in the region against the tigray people's liberation front, or tplf, who are challenging central government rule. troops from eritrea are also involved, backing the ethiopian government. the conflict has largely been hidden from view as access has been severely limited. the un is currently investigating numerous allegations of atrocities committed by all sides. we can't say for sure when these videos were filmed, but the armed men are wearing uniforms that match those used by the ethiopian national defence force, or endf.
they are heard speaking amharic, one of ethiopia's official languages. the victims are dressed in civilian clothing and are heard speaking the language of the tigray region. for those trying to piece together what is happening on the ground, this is more evidence of shocking violence. i mean, since the beginning of the conflict in the tigray region, we've documented a whole magnitude of very serious abuses, including extrajudicial executions by ethiopian government forces and their allies, and this is absolutely an incident which will require further investigation because what we are seeing here in the video could amount to war crimes. we put the videos and claims to the ethiopian government, who said they were open to independent investigations in the tigray region and said social media posts and claims could not be taken as evidence. they added that investigations into allegations were welcome for remedial action
and accountability. after months of darkness, slowly, a horrifying picture is beginning to emerge of the bloody events that have occurred there over the past five months. leila nathoo, bbc news, in nairobi. the un security council has strongly condemned the use of violence by the military against peaceful protesters in myanmar. the armed forces took over the country in a coup in february. a local monitoring group says more than five hundred people have been killed in total; save the children says at least 43 of the victims were children. it's been 2 months since the military takeover myanmar. in the past 24—hours the un and the us have evacuated family members of staff because of the worsening security situation. we're also hearing it's become difficult and dangerous for foreign embassy staff, journalists and medical workers there. myanmar authorities have ordered an internet shutdown until further notice.
more than 520 people have died in the crackdown since february 1st. according to the charity, save the children, 43 of them were children. the youngest being a 7—year—old girl who was shot at her home during protests in mandalay. and this was the funeral for a 13—year—old boy who was reportedly shot in the head as he ran away from the security forces. save the children has called it a "nightmare situation." the charity said "children have witnessed violence and horror. it is clear that myanmar is no longer a safe place for children." dr sasa is the envoy to the un for myanmar�*s now overthrown civilian government. hejoins me now. these figures are very
worrying, especially the direction the violence seems to be going in?— be going in? these are work crimes at — be going in? these are work crimes at the _ be going in? these are work crimes at the highest - be going in? these are work crimes at the highest level. | crimes at the highest level. this is what they have been planning for many, many months and they will have so many planes they want to execute. what is happening here right now is that massacres across the country. —— war crimes. they are bombing villages, killing people, if you stay at home or protesting. they have become the killer of the people of myanmar and the international community must see them as a global terrorist organisation before it is too late and take every possible action to stop this bloodshed.
what would you say to your fellow burmese citizens out on the street protesting against the street protesting against the coup but increasingly putting their lives at risk in doing so?— doing so? our peaceful movement is struggling- _ doing so? our peaceful movement is struggling- at — doing so? our peaceful movement is struggling. at the _ doing so? our peaceful movement is struggling. at the hands - doing so? our peaceful movement is struggling. at the hands of- is struggling. at the hands of terrorism. our nonviolent movement is struggling. the people of myanmar, my people, will continue to resist these military generals until it is defeated because we all saw that we have no future with military generals that is why an elected parliament has now declared that we have now got brand—new federal democratic
charters and we are going to form national unity government under those two charters and our country will be defeating these military generals once and for all.— and for all. thank you very much. thank— and for all. thank you very much. thank you - and for all. thank you very much. thank you for - and for all. thank you very| much. thank you for having and for all. thank you very - much. thank you for having me. in mozambique, a ship carrying more than a thousand survivors of a deadly insurgent attack has arrived at the port of pemba. armed isis—linked militants raided the coastal town of palma last week — a hub for the country's natural gas industry. islamist insurgents have been increasingly active in the northern province of cabo del—gado since 2017, in the northern province of cabo delgado since 2017, they are fighting for. mark lobel has this report, which contains distressing stories. crying. finally safe, 250km south of where the attacks began over one week ago, escapees consoled one another but their pain is far from over.
translation: i'm so tired. it was seven days in the bushes. i'm so tired. we crossed paths several times with evildoers. the situation is really bad. many dead, many dead. still in shock and searching for her son, this survivor says she heard the attackers were targeting the military. translation: some of them were cutting the throats - of people from there. it's been a traumaticjourney for many of the over 8000 the un estimates are displaced, including thousands of children, fleeing an enemy with unclear intentions, as yet undefeated by the army. gunfire. journalists visited the town of 75,000 people with operations still under way, witnessing troops battle to secure it.
translation: we are in a stage of exploration . and consolidating the main areas. we are setting up our troops to control the perimeter of palma village. meanwhile, back at the port, the nervous wait for relatives continues. mark lobel, bbc news. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: find out how an april fool's day hoax turned into a mass riot in belgium. the accident that happened here was of the sort that can, at worst, produce a meltdown. in this case, the precautions worked but they didn't work quite well enough to prevent some old fears about the safety features of these stations
from resurfacing. the republic of ireland has become the first country in the world to ban smoking in the workplace. from today, anyone lighting up in offices, businesses, pubs and restaurants will face a heavy fine. the president was on his way out of the washington hilton hotel, where he had been addressing a trade union conference. the small crowd outside included his assailant. it has become a symbol of paris. 100 years ago, many parisians wished it had never been built. the eiffel tower's birthday is being marked this is bbc news, the latest headlines: george floyd's former girlfriend reflects on his life and their battle with addiction on day four of ex—police
officer derek chauvin's trial. a series of disturbing videos have been obtained by the bbc which appear to show the killing of unarmed civilians in ethiopia's northern tigray region, by people wearing ethiopian army uniforms. ajudge in new york has ordered a brooklyn—based company to temporarily stop selling satan shoes which it produced in collaboration with the rapper lil nas x. earlier this week, nike sued the company mschf product studio claiming that the black—and—red, devil—themed sneakers, which carry the nike swoosh logo, infringed its trademarks. the sports shoes are customized versions of the nike air max 97 sneakers that have been modified to contain one drop of human blood in the soles. they were priced at more than $1,000 and reportedly sold out within minutes. we can no speak to melissa
dagodag, who is a trademark and copyright attorney. shejoins us now from los angeles. what is the law on this. if someone buys a pair of sneakers with the company logo, i they three to customise them and sell them on?— three to customise them and sell them on? not exactly. part ofthe sell them on? not exactly. part of the problem _ sell them on? not exactly. part of the problem is _ sell them on? not exactly. part of the problem is that - sell them on? not exactly. part of the problem is that they - sell them on? not exactly. part of the problem is that they are | of the problem is that they are really dilating the trademark by using it on the shoe. it is called a solution by tarnish meant and that really means that the use by lil nas x on the sneakers that reportedly have blood on them is really unsavoury and making the nike not as appealing to consumers. people claiming on social media they. buying nike forever
because of the association with these sneakers. so, there is the law which prevents them from continuing to sell and make these sneakers, these trainers, in terms of what they can do to recover losses, say, if people are claiming they were not by nike anymore, how much could mschf product studio and rappler lil nas x be liable for? , . ., , rappler lil nas x be liable for? , , ., , rappler lil nas x be liable for? , , ., for? they could be liable for trademark _ for? they could be liable for trademark infringement - for? they could be liable for. trademark infringement which could be trademark damages and sometimes statuary damages, and it can be substantial, including lawyers fees and they can also prove if there are losses and lots of company orders, they can also be added to damages. i orders, they can also be added to damages-— to damages. i guess it comes down to a _ to damages. i guess it comes down to a calculation, - to damages. i guess it comes. down to a calculation, because if they are selling these trainers for $1000 each and they can make and sell enough
of them, surely all the publicity around it will drive up publicity around it will drive up sales and they will more than be able to pay the infringement of trademark legal bill and still make money on top? bill and still make money on to? . bill and still make money on to . ? ., , bill and still make money on to? ., ,, bill and still make money on to? ., �* top? that is possible. but you know, top? that is possible. but you know. nike — top? that is possible. but you know, nike was _ top? that is possible. but you know, nike was quite - top? that is possible. but you know, nike was quite a - top? that is possible. but you know, nike was quite a big . know, nike was quite a big beast, obviously, so i'm sure they have millions and millions of dollars a year that they spend on their legal budget so i wouldn't count on it. they would have to sell an awful lot of these sneakers and i know that lil nas x and his people are trying to argue that they are trying to argue that they are works of art are notjust sneakers and part of the reason they are doing that is that they are doing that is that they don't want to be seen as causing confusion about being the manufacturer of these sneakers, so they want to be seen as artists, making these unique blood containing art as opposed to manufacturers of sneakers. let's get some of the day's other news. the dutch prime minister, mark rutte, has narrowly survived a vote of no confidence over his conduct during talks to build
a governing coalition. the dutch parliament adopted a motion of disapproval, which notes that mr rutte had not told the truth about a move to sideline a troublesome mp. mr rutte says he will not resign following the vote. chile has closed its borders for the whole of april as it seeks to slow the spread of coronavirus. health officials said a second wave of the pandemic had left hospitals close to collapse. chile has one of the world's fastest rates of vaccination but has seen cases spike following the southern hemisphere summer holidays. major oil producing countries are increasing output in an attempt to stop fuel prices rising. the group opec plus said there had been improvements in the market because of global vaccination programmes and stimulus packages levels.
a number of people are feared dead after a train derailed in taiwan, in a statement it was that the train came off in a tunnel with some courage and smashing into the tunnel wall. at least four people are feared dead and more than 20 injured and several hundred passengers are thought to have been on board. the rescue effort continues. a concert for thousands — a dream? a distant memory? no, it was an april fools' hoax. but la boum still drew a crowd in brussels and police ended up using tear gas and water cannon to break up the group of faux festival goers. tanya dendrinos reports. it started as a joke on social media but this april fools' crowd demanding freedom. all chant. translation: too many rules are imposed on us that really l deprive us of our freedom, even though we are aware
of the problem. we don't deny the existence of covid, we are careful, but we just need to be allowed to live a little. around 2,000 people attended the event in the belgian capital, ignoring warnings from police and prosecutors. those who showed up and violated health measures could face charges with outdoor gatherings limited to four people. police arrived on foot and on horseback. translation: | wasn't - here to protest or anything. i came here to say that we have the right to be here in a public place and we get gassed for absolutely no reason. we stayed in front, we made a chain. there were people behind who threw beer bottles. ok, we said "stop doing it" but "police, you are with us. protect, serve. you're not here to punish us. stop." but scenes quickly descended into chaos. water cannons and tear gas were used to disperse the crowd. arrests were made and people
injured, including a number of police officers. investigations are under way to uncover those behind the event — a hoax invitation turned defiant mass gathering. tanya dendrinos, bbc news. the eurovision song contest has been given permission to let 3,500 fans watch the event in person as part of a trial by the dutch government. it will be staged at an arena in rotterdam in mid may and everyone attending will need a negative covid test. however, this event could be scaled down if there is a surge in coronavirus infections. the announcement follows a similar trial involving 1,500 fans at a music festival near amsterdam in march. joining me now is eurovision fan kurtis carter, who is the secretary for the eurovision song contest fans of australia network. were you planning to go, does
this mean you'll be able to make it, do you think? i always want to go _ make it, do you think? i always want to go to — make it, do you think? i always want to go to and _ make it, do you think? i always want to go to and i _ make it, do you think? i always want to go to and i planned - want to go to and i planned last year and i bought tickets, plane tickets, accommodation ready but unfortunately, australia still has flights and two banned by travellers going to europe, you can only go for diplomatic reasons or if you have to go for work or something that can be approved. this is great news that they are letting fans into the stadium to watch eurovision but i do not think australians are confident enough to travel all the way to europe.— the way to europe. there are travel restrictions _ the way to europe. there are travel restrictions even - the way to europe. there are| travel restrictions even within europe so it may be a situation where the only fans who are actually there in person are fans from the host country, the netherlands, will that affect the atmosphere and enjoyment of the atmosphere and enjoyment of the event? the atmosphere and en'oyment of the event? , , the event? definitely not, no. it is a televised event and made for television so fans will still get the full experience of eurovision and if they get local dutch fans in
there, it will make the event more lively. in there, it will make the event more lively-— more lively. in terms of the event itself, _ more lively. in terms of the event itself, i— more lively. in terms of the event itself, i mean, - more lively. in terms of the | event itself, i mean, people more lively. in terms of the - event itself, i mean, people do throw parties to celebrate eurovision. for most people do you think it would seem like it has done every other year? i hope so. certainly in australia, we are aiming to do so is that with the eurovision fan club we are holding a pencil across australia and all the major capital cities, sydney, melbourne, adelaide, canberra and perth and brisbane where fans will get together and watch the live contest. i've been there twice and what struck me was a community, and many go year after year after year and i suppose one of the difficulties is frenzy may not see each other at any other time except it eurovision now have gone, maybe three years before they next meet up? definitely, definitely, i have friends in the uk and belgium
and always wonderful to catch up and always wonderful to catch up with them every year at eurovision without eurovision family but it is tough but it's a situation we are in and we do with it best we can and, yes. cannot clarify, the flag over your shoulder, cannot clarify, the flag over yourshoulder, is cannot clarify, the flag over your shoulder, is that the unionjack? are you going for britain or as a part of the australian flag?— britain or as a part of the australian flag? it's part of the australian _ australian flag? it's part of the australian flag - australian flag? it's part of the australian flag but - australian flag? it's part of the australian flag but the | australian flag? it's part of i the australian flag but the uk will always have a special place in my heart.- will always have a special place in my heart. thank you, forjoining _ place in my heart. thank you, forjoining us— place in my heart. thank you, forjoining us and _ place in my heart. thank you, forjoining us and we - place in my heart. thank you, forjoining us and we wish - forjoining us and we wish australia well, as we do to all the entrants in eurovision. thank you very much indeed. thank you very much indeed. thank you, have a lovely day. and finally before we go it seems easter has come early for a couple of on monkeys and meerkats here in london. the zoo animals rushed to find treats hidden for them in easter eggs hanging from branches in their enclosures. it's part of an annual easter tradition at london zoo, although no guests were there
to see it. zoos in the uk have been closed to visitors due to lockdown restrictions, but are currently scheduled to reopen on april 12, when many outdoor attractions are set to reopen. a reminder of the top story, the girlfriend of george floyd, the girlfriend of george floyd, the black american his death sparked protests across the world have given evidence at the trial of derek shoaf and, the trial of derek shoaf and, the white former police officer accused of murdering him. —— derek chauvin. details of the child updated throughout the bbc news website and you can follow proceedings there. details of the trial.
you can reach me on twitter — i'm @ ben m boulos. see you soon. hello there. temperatures have been coming down day by day and it's going to stay chilly now into the easter period but with high pressure nearby, we should see quite a bit of sunshine around, though it'll be cold with overnight frost so gardeners and growers, beware. and then as we head on into easter monday, a significant cold, arctic blast will bring us a mixture of sunshine and also wintry showers. so for good friday, we've got high pressure building in, some slightly cooler air around it, and it will be breezier across northern and eastern areas. here's where we'll see most of the cloud — northern—eastern scotland, eastern england, maybe the odd light shower around through the morning. through the day, it looks like eastern air in parts of england will stay rather cloudy and breezy and cool. further west, the best
of the sunshine, and it's here from northern ireland down through wales and the south west where we could make 13 or 1a degrees, otherwise, a lot cooler across northern and eastern areas. as we head through good friday night and into saturday morning, it'll stay quite breezy and cloudy across the eastern half of the country. clearer skies and lighter winds further north and west so here, we'll see a widespread frost versus lows of 3—5 degrees further east. our area of high pressure still with us then as we head through saturday and, indeed, into sunday but it starts to retreat away and that's where we start to see the floodgates open to the arctic through sunday night into easter monday. saturday then, another dry day, thanks to high pressure. best of the sunshine across northern and western areas with lighter winds. more cloud, though, for central and eastern england, more of a breeze, so quite chilly here. temperatures reaching highs of around 12 or 13 degrees in the sunnier spots, so not too bad — pretty much temperatures what we should be looking at for early april. for easter sunday, it looks like we'll have another fine day but as our area of high pressure retreats away, it'll allow wetter and windier weather and colder weather
to arrive across the north of the uk. but further south, england and wales dry with some sunshine but quite mild with highs of 1a or 15 degrees. then it's all change through sunday into easter we open the floodgates to the arctic, weather front sinks southwards, lots of isobars on the charts, so it's going to be very windy. a cold and strong northerly wind feeding in plenty of hail, sleet and snow showers pretty much anywhere. there will be some sunshine in between but we could see some significant accumulations of snow over the hills across northern scotland. so with that cold arctic wind, it's going to feel much colder than what we expect at 4—8 degrees.