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this is bbc news, i'm philippa thomas, with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. the former crown prince ofjordan says he's been placed under house arrest as part of a crackdown on government critics. in a video passed to the bbc, prince hamzah denies any wrongdoing. i am not the person responsible for the breakdown in governance, for the corruption and for the incompetence that has been prevalent in our governing structure for the last 15—20 years. street protests in germany against strict covid measures, as the country's president appeals for national unity. ten ethnic rebel groups in myanmar throw their support behind people protesting against the military�*s power grab.
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and a procession of the dead — the mummies of 22 ancient egyptian rulers transported to a new resting place in cairo. hello and welcome to audiences in the uk and around the world. the half brother of king abdullah ofjordan says he has been placed under house arrest as a number of top officials have been detained in a security operation. prince hamza, who was removed as crown prince in 2004, has accused jordan's leaders of incompetence, corruption and harassment. thejordanian military has denied that he's been detained, but says he was told to stop any action that could undermine the country's security and stability.
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this is prince hamza, the half brother of king abdullah. a statement from the chairman of thejoint chiefs of staff confirms that a number of other seniorfigures are under arrest, including a member of the royal family and former envoy to saudi arabia. prince hamzah has denied any wrongdoing in a video passed to the bbc via his lawyer. here's some of what he had to say. i had ihada i had a visit from the chief of the general staff of the jordanian armed forces this morning, in which he informed me i was not allowed to go out, to communicate with people or to communicate with people or to meet with them. because in the meetings i had been present in, and social media relating to visits i have made, there has been criticism of the government and the king. i asked him if i was the one criticising, he said no. he
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said this was a warning from him, from the chief of police, and from the chief of the security services. that i should not leave my house, that i could only visit family, that i could only visit family, that i could only visit family, that i could not... and that i could not communicate with people. since then, a number of people i know, my friends, have been arrested. my security has been removed. and the internet and phone lines have been cut. this is my last form of communication, satellite internet, that i have. i've been informed by the company... so it may be the last time i am able to communicate. was a coup attempt. earlier the bbc�*s chief international correspondent, lyse doucet, was asked if this was a coup attempt. a few hours ago when these reports first started emerging, it was the washington post
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quoting senior intelligence officials in the region, spoke of a thwarted coup attempt — that has stunned observers, jordan is a close strategic ally of the us and britain, long regarded as this oasis of stability in the middle east, and this has led now to a wave of reports, you have mentioned some of them, we are still trying to get clarity, but the state news agency were the first to say, no, it is not true that the former crown prince hamza has been placed under house arrest, but they did confirm a number of other senior officials had been arrested. it seems a long stretch to talk about this as a reported coup attempt, but it does seem as though the powerful intelligence agencies injordan have been rattled by what seemed to have been meetings between prince hamza and members of thejordanian society, including prominent tribes, and in his video, prince hamza said he wasn't the person expressing criticism but he spoke about corruption, nepotism, incompetence, he said that even the slightest
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of criticism in the kingdom was met with arrest and abuse. this is a really, really shocking unveiling of some of the strains in the royal hashemite kingdom, and i think we haven't seen the end of this royal crisis. as a new surge in coronavirus infections continues across mainland europe, germany's president frank—walter steinmeier has given a televised address warning of a crisis of trust in politics linked to the pandemic. the president spoke during protests across germany about the government's handling of the crisis. these pictures are from stuttgart. our correspondent damien mcguinness has more. so he had a couple of messages. one message was to germany's political leaders, effectively bashing heads together and admitting that germany had made numerous mistakes when it comes to the vaccine roll—out, testing.
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but then his other message was to people themselves, to voters, and really tapping into this mood of frustration that we are seeing here in germany, and the mood is pretty poor, i think, among many people. when it comes to the pandemic, people have had enough after a year of various sorts of restrictions. but his message was quite a stark one, saying, "well, it's no good complaining about other people or about those in charge. it's for all of us to act together, really, that's what he said. and so it was quite a blunt message, saying, "we have to decide what we can do together," effectively, as a country, and just pointing to other people and saying what they should do. and he also tried to point out some of the positives and said that, and really hoped and predicted, that over the next few weeks, in april, the vaccine roll—out should speed up. because the main problem here has been the number of doses coming to germany. he pledged that germany would get a lot more doses over the next few weeks. if that does indeed happen,
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that will really be a boost for the country, because it will mean that the whole roll—out will start speeding up, because that is one of the main issues that people are unhappy about here. in italy meanwhile, a three—day national lockdown has come into force, with the whole of the country becoming a covid—i9 "red zone" until monday. non—essential shops are shut, restaurants and bars cannot serve customers, and italians must stay at home except for work, health or other essential reasons. here's our rome correspondent, mark lowen. well, when pope francis gave his urbi et orbi message on easter sunday to the city and the world a year ago to a deserted, locked—down st peter's square, few would have imagined that 12 months on, here we would be again, but yes, indeed, we are. italy is in the grip of a third wave with about 20,000 coronavirus cases a day, and so the whole of italy is now in a red zone for this easter weekend. and of course, the vatican, too, is in lockdown. what does that mean?
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well, that restaurants are only offering takeaway service across the whole of the country and that non—essential businesses right across italy have had to close. there are movement restrictions as well. all arrivals into italy from european union countries are subject to a five—day quarantine as well. but in one concession to italians, who will be sitting down for their easter lunch or dinner at home, they are allowed to invite up to two people from the same family to join them for this, which is an extremely important weekend and celebration for many italians. pope francis has delieverd his easter vigil service, albeit scaled down because of coronavirus. he said he hoped the dark times of the pandemic would end and that people could rediscover "the grace of everyday life". this year has been the second consecutive easter that all papal services are being attended by only about 200 people in a secondary altar of st peter's basilica instead of the usual
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10,000—strong congregation. the service began two hours earlier than usual so that participants could get home before a 10pm curfew in rome, france has also entered a third national lockdown following a dramatic rise in coronavirus cases that has overwhelmed hospitals in paris. non—essential shops and schools will remain shut for three or four weeks over the easter break. french president macron had prioritized regional restrictions so far this year. up until this weekend, measures were concentrated in paris, the north of france and a few other regional hotspots such as lyon. those restrictions have now been expanded nationwide, with travel limited to within10km from people's homes. there are greater exceptions than previous national lockdowns, with retailers like book shops now considered essential and citizens have been
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given easter weekend to relocate, before an internal travel ban begins. covid certificates look set to be trialled by the british government in plans to try to restart mass events and foreign travel. it's expected the pilots could start from mid—april. 0ur political correspondent nick eardley has been looking at the details. 0n on monday we will get a fairly major update from the prime minister about some of his plans for unlocking different parts of the economy. international travel. there is going to be a traffic light system to allow people to go to certain countries. it will be green, amberand red. if you go toa green, amberand red. if you go to a green listed country, when you return to the uk you won't have to quarantine or self—isolate. and ballistic country, you have to quarantine but you can do it at home. on a red listed country, you will have to quarantine in a hotel
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approved by the government. —— in a red listed country. exactly when this happens, we don't know for sure. made a 17th is the earliest, but speaking to people in government, no decision has been made on whether that will happen. —— may 17th. we don't know which countries are on which list, the government say they are not ready to make the decision yet. they are urging people in the uk not to book holidays yet. prime minister boyko borisov and his centre—right party are hoping to secure a fourth term in office when people vote today in elections in bulgaria. the poll is going ahead despite the pandemic, in which 10,000 people have been hospitalised, and with one of the highest mortality rates in europe. people in lebanon are experiencing up to 22 hours a day of power cuts this weekend, after two of the country's plants ran out of fuel. lebanon is going through an economic crisis, political instability, the pandemic, as well as the struggle to rebuild
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after last year's explosion in the port of beirut. and the trafficjam that captured the world's attention is now officially over. the suez canal authority says the last ships stranded by the grounding of a giant container vessel have now passed through the waterway. the suez canal authority says its investigation into the incident should be completed early next week. the governor of the us state of georgia, brian kemp, has said he will not back down after an all star baseball game was moved out of atlanta in protest over georgia's new voting restrictions. the 2021 all star game was moved from the atlanta braves�* home stadium after the state strengthened identification requirements for absentee ballots, shortened early voting periods for runoffs, and made it a crime to offer food and water to voters waiting in line. the governor had this to say about the all star decision. i want to be clear.
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i will not be backing down from this fight. and neither are the people who are here with me today. we will not be intimidated and we will also not be silenced. major league baseball, coca—cola and delta may be scared of stacey abrams and joe biden and the left, but i am not, and we are not. the former crown prince ofjordan says he's been placed under house arrest as part of a crackdown on critics of the government. street protests in germany against strict covid measures — as the country's president appeals for national unity. to myanmar now, where ten ethnic rebel groups have thrown their support behind people protesting against the
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military coup. this comes as the military launched further air strikes in myanmar�*s eastern karen state, killing 12 civilians according to the karen national union which controls large parts of the state. it accused the ruling military junta of pushing myanmar towards all—out civil war. another armed group, the kachin independence army, has urged disaffected soldiers to join them. we spoke to poppy mcpherson, reuter�*s myanmar bureau chief, who gave us an update on the refugee situation there. a lot of them tried to go to thailand, to cross the border, they have been stopped and are living on the few supplies they managed to take with them. the thai leader said he would welcome refugees but that didn't happen on the border. refugees were not allowed in by
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and large. some were allowed in, but a larger group was told to go back to myanmar. they are now living in a very precarious situation on the border, where the karen groups, community groups, have been trying to deliver aid, trying to ensure that some humanitarian supplies get through to them. they are living in an area... inaudible. they say thai authorities have been blocking the delivery of the aid. they say they have been advising the military for many decades and the army has never managed to get the upper hand over them. it is an unbalanced situation with the military, which has fighter jets, and they are fighting mostly guerrilla tactics.
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inaudible. they have a lot of differences between them, not all of them have come out against the coup, the military would be stretched on the ground, but it still possesses superiority in the air. campaigners in belgium are calling for urgent reform of the police after a series of high—profile deaths. most were from black or from minority ethnic backgrounds and died in custody. nick beake sent this special report. 23—year—old ibrahima barrie died in a police station in january. the belgian authorities won't confirm how he lost his life. it is thought he suffered cardiac arrest, but his sister has been told after he fell on the floor officers did nothing to help him for at least six minutes.
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ibrahima barrie�*s death sparked this explosive reaction on the streets of brussels. a police station was attacked and firearms officers replied with non—lethal bullets. this anger had been brewing for years. it was just the latest case of a person of colour dying after contact with the police. 29—year—old akram died last summer, after being arrested and restrained in the street. an investigation is ongoing. 27—year—old lamine bangoura died after he resisted officers trying to evict him from his house. he was held down on his stomach for several minutes. all the police officers are white and he is black and they say he is crying like an animal. if the person would have been white, they would never have said that. maybe they would have
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understood that his cries were because he was dying, he was suffocating. a court ruled that this use of force was justified. all these cases, one after another, have fuelled the feeling that some people have that the police here in belgium are untouchable. and there was one case that was about to be closed, but then this video emerged. jozef chovanec was restrained for his own safety at charleroi airport. but some officers were seen laughing. 0ne appears to make a nazi salute. mr chovanec went into cardiac arrest and died in hospital. several officers have now been suspended. despite covid restrictions, there have been protests against the police, with hundreds detained. trust seems to be evaporating.
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police unions concede there may be individual racists in their ranks, but say the accusations against them are unfair. ibrahima barrie�*s sister has faith in the belgianjustice system to deliverjustice for her brother, but no faith in the police to investigate itself. belgium's federal police told us they were unable to talk about the deaths we raised because they were ongoing enquiries. they deny they are a racist force. nick beake, bbc news, brussels.
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workers are reinstalling razor wire fencing and concrete barriers around parts of the capitol building precinct in washington dc, after friday's attack in which a car ran over two police officers, killing one and injuring the other. william evans was killed when a car crashed into a security barrier before the driver approached officers with a knife. police then shot and killed the suspect. authorities said the attack did not appear to be terrorism—related. president biden has expressed his sorrow and the flag at the white house has been lowered to half mast, in the second attack on the us capitol in three months. officials in the state of florida fear that as much as 600 million gallons of toxic waste water could suddenly flood into tampa bay area. there's been a partial breach of the retention pond holding the water at bay. they've called for an evacuation of the area. used to walking alongside
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thousands of others, residents in a southern mexico city continued an easter tradition despite the pandemic. they carried a giant cross on their shoulders and walked up and down local streets — this year, to no crowds. mexico has recently published figures indicating that the number of deaths caused by coronavirus is 60% higher than previously reported. here in the uk, lockdown restrictions are easing and people who live in care homes in england will be allowed to have a second regular visitor indoors from the 12th of april. babies and young children won't be counted in the limit, meaning some people will be allowed to see small groups of loved ones for the first time in months. daniela relph reports. kept apart from the people he loves, the family that offer him security and reassurance. alan smith moved to a care home in west sussex,
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it changed everything for him at the age of 91, but the updated guidance means his daughter and his son can now see him in person as well as some newer members of the family. don't have to do anything. it's just being together and just talking about old stuff and old times is really important to him and it makes him more of a whole person, but he's really become a shell where he's not had all this contact. i'm really optimistic that he will actually get to meet his great—granddaughter and be laughing and joking with us all again. hello, mum. | how are you? the anguish of care home residents began to ease last month as restrictions were gradually lifted. now more family members will be reunited with residents allowed a second, regular, indoor visitor from the 12th of april, and children under the age of two will not be included in visitor numbers. visiting is one of the things that makes life worth living if you live in a care home. it's so important, both for the resident in the care
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home but also for their family members and loved ones who want to visit them. we know that in care homes there may be grandparents or great—grandparents who haven't had a chance to see new arrivals to their family during the pandemic, and this will be the chance for that to happen. the government says the changes can go ahead because of a drop in community infection rates as well as the extensive vaccine roll—out. in line with existing rules, visitors must provide a negative test result and wear ppe. the enforced family separations have been agonising for so many. for care homes, it remains a delicate balance between protecting residents and opening up to family visits. the government's full guidance will be published next week. daniela relph, bbc news. there's been a stunning procession in the streets of cairo, to honour the mummified remains of 22 ancient egyptian rulers being transferred to a new home 18 kings and four queens have
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been carried for more than four miles through the city on gold—coloured custom—made vehicles. sally nabil in cairo has been watching. a procession fit for royalty. the mummies of ancient egyptian kings and queens have left the residents in the egyptian museum in the heart of cairo. they have been moved to a new museum south of the capital, where they will reside for good. watching the royal mummies being moved to their new resting place is an impressive moment, a scene to remember. the monarchs making this journey include queen hatshepsut and king ramses ii, two of the most famous rulers in ancient egypt. it's very energetic here, a very vibrant atmosphere. the mummies parade in
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custom—made vehicles, fitted with shock absorbers to avoid damage during the journey. the festival—like ceremony is meant to lure tourists back into egypt and was coupled with tight security measures. arriving in their new residence at the national museum of egyptian civilisation, the royal mummies were saluted with gunshots. they have been received by the egyptian president, who takes pride in such a dazzling event. the mummies will not be put on display straight away. it'll take a team of experts nearly two weeks to further examine them and unpack them. sally nabil, bbc news, cairo.
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you can reach me on twitter — @philippabbc good evening. it's been another gloriously sunny day for some. let's take a look at where we had the best of the sunshine. much of eastern scotland today saw temperatures climb up just shy of 17 degrees. totally different story, unfortunately, across the north norfolk coast. with quite a lot of cloud, temperatures struggled to peak above seven celsius. and you can see that quite clearly on the satellite picture. we did have an improvement through the midlands and down towards dorset, but it's this window of clear skies that's going to just drift a little bit further south overnight, and that's where we'll see the lowest temperatures. so starting to see a change into the far north of temperatures. scotland, as cloud arrives here, and that's going to prevent the temperatures from falling much lower than five or 6 degrees. but maybe across the midlands and parts of wales,
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we could see temperatures around freezing, a touch of light frost not out of the question as well. so the high pressure hangs on in across england and wales, but here's our change with this cold front gradually starting to arrive into scotland as we go through easter sunday. so it's a change of fortunes, really. where we've had the best of the sunshine just recently, we're going to see more cloud and rain arriving by the end of the afternoon. by contrast, over england and wales, dry and sunny. and for eastern england, where we've had that miserable, cold, cloudy storyjust recently, 15 degrees with some sunshine through the day. getting cold in scotland as we go into the afternoon, 8—10 degrees the high. colder still once this weather front continues to push its way steadily south. it will clear the uk by the start of easter monday, but it opens the door to this bitterly cold air arriving. and it will be quite windy with it as well. so not only is the wind direction coming from the north, it's going to be pretty gusty at times as well. sunny spells and scattered showers, but any of those showers, particularly
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across northern scotland, turning increasingly wintry — hail, sleet and snow mixed in there. factor in gusts of wind widely in excess of iamph. your home thermometer or inside your car, it may well say 6, 8 degrees. perhaps it's going to feel well below that because temperatures are going to feel more like close to freezing in places. so a bitterly cold day for easter monday. as we look further ahead, this cooler feel is set to continue through much of the week. gardeners and growers, take note — as the winds fall light, frost quite widespread. take care.
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you're watching bbc news. the headlines: the half brother of king abdullah ofjordan says he's been placed under house arrest as a number of top officials have been detained in a security operation. prince hamza — who was removed as crown prince in 2004 — has accused jordan's leaders of incompetence, corruption and harassment. germany's president, frank—walter steinmeier, has warned of a crisis of trust in politics linked to the coronavirus pandemic. in a televised national address, he's urged political leaders to "get it together" in response to public frustration and feelings of powerlessness. saturday saw large—scale protests in germany. a spectacular parade has been taking place in cairo to transfer the mummified remains of 22 ancient egyptian royals to a new museum in the south of the city. 18 long—dead kings and four queens in golden caskets have been transported on custom—made vehicles designed to


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