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this is bbc news with the latest headlines... labour has called for the government to publish full details of how work on borisjohnson�*s official flat was paid for, following allegations by his former chief advisor dominic cummings. if there's nothing to see here, whether it's the refurb of number ten, whether it's the dodgy contracts, whether it's the privileged access, if there's nothing to see, publish everything, have a full inquiry because, you know, sunlight is the best disinfectant. hospitals in india struggle with overwhelming demand for beds, ventilators and oxygen, as it records the world's highest—ever daily rise in coronavirus infections for the third day in a row. once there is no bed here, no physical space, as you can see,
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to put another trolley, what can we do? we can only do that much. indonesian rescue teams recover debris that is believed to be from the submarine that went missing off the coast of bali on wednesday. the public have been told to stay away from the mourne mountains in northern ireland, amid warnings more fires may break out this weekend. medical experts are recommending that people who lose their sense of smell due to covid—i9 are offered smell training rather than being treated with steroids. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. labour is demanding a full investigation into claims that borisjohnson wanted to ask conservative donors to pay
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in secret, to refurbish his downing street flat. the allegations were made by dominic cummings in a blog post, in which he described the idea as foolish, unethical and possibly illegal. number ten says borisjohnson paid for the work himself, and that electoral law and codes of conduct were followed. this report from damian grammaticas contains flashing images from the start. behind borisjohnson�*s greatest political triumphs has been this man. architect of the brexit and election campaigns, but now he has turned on his former boss. most damaging of his claims concerns the downing street flat the prime minister and his fiancee live in. dominic cummings says mrjohnson wanted others to pay for its refurbishment. on his blog, mr cummings wrote... adding, "they almost certainly broke the rules on disclosure of political donations if conducted in the way he intended." the prime minister's office, under scrutiny, said there had
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been a refurbishment, mrjohnson paid for it himself, and ministers had acted in accordance with codes of conduct and electoral law. the electoral commission said it is working to establish whether any money relating to the work needs to be reported and published, but the former conservative attorney general, a long—standing critic of mrjohnson, said the prime minister's integrity was in question. my impression is that there has been a constant wriggling about the source of the money for this refurbishment, and that is just one illustration of the chaos that mrjohnson seems to bring in his wake. and the reason for that is because he is a vacuum of integrity. and that has been apparent for a very long time. labour too says there are serious questions to be answered, how much the refurbishment cost, where the money came from, was it a loan, has it been paid back? and that an enquiry is needed. it matters because it is about integrity, it is about taxpayers�* money. you have the former most senior adviser to the prime minister saying
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he has fallen way below the standards and integrity needed for the office of prime minister, you have the former minister dominic grieve saying there is a vacuum of integrity, and every day there is more evidence of this sleaze. and frankly it stinks. when dominic cummings was sacked last year, he took with him intimate knowledge of the way borisjohnson ran things, now he is threatening to reveal all, opening a potential pandora's box for the prime minister. damian grammaticas, bbc news. india has registered a record number of coronavirus cases for a third consecutive day, adding to the pressures its health care system is facing. in the last three days, it's recorded nearly a million infections. our south asia correspondent rajini vaidyanathan reports. the oxygen metre is reading a zero. as oxygen runs out in the indian capital and across the country, it already feels like time has run out.
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today, one hospital in the city confirmed that 25 of its patients had died due to shortages. "we are literally gasping for breath," its medical director said. other doctors in the city also say they are struggling. it is total panic and total emergency in the hospital. and we are not able to sustain it. and we are requesting our patients, please take your patients wherever there is oxygen available. and every day as cases rise, more families face a never ending search and a terrifying wait. the situation here is really the worst and out—of—control. the staff are really cooperative, but due to the overcrowding in the main hall of the walk—in casualty, it is difficult to provide equal treatment to all patients. that is why there is a high casualty rate inside. as the situation remains perilous, trains carrying medical oxygen have been making their way
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across the country. but the sad reality remains — for many patients in india, it won't get there fast enough. rajini vaidyanathan, bbc news. nikhil inamdar has given us this update from miraj in maharashtra state. a very, very grim picture across the country. if you look at the tally for the last three days, india is now atjust under a million fresh new infections that we've been seeing. 340,000 plus in the last 2a hours, with more than 2,600 people dying. this is the third straight day, like you said, of a global record of sorts that india has set. the oxygen situation in the country is particularly worrying. i mean, we've heard from a hospital in delhi which lost about 20 patients overnight. and they've said that they have 215 patients currently being operated
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with oxygen supplies at least in the morning, ofjust about half an hour left. so that gives you a sense, really, of the kind of situation that most hospitals in the country are battling. we have seen the prime minister, in fact, take stock of the oxygen supply situation yesterday, and he has set in motion certain things, including, for instance, supply lorries and supply trains, as well as roping in the indian air force to try and mitigate the situation. india has also been airlifting oxygen supplies from countries such as singapore and germany. and the prime minister has warned the states of not hoarding oxygen and letting it pass freely through borders. so, hopefully, in the next few days, the supply situation would ease, but, for now, it looks dangerously precarious. the indonesian navy says a submarine that went missing with 53 sailors on board has sunk, and debris has
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been found from the vessel. it follows an extensive search of an area north of bali, where the vessel went missing earlier this week. here's richard galpin with the latest. this submarine, the nanggala 402, disappeared four days ago. on board, 53 crew members taking part in a torpedo exercise off the coast of bali. contact was lost after the crew asked for permission to dive. a major operation to find the stricken submarine was launched, with malaysian and australian ships amongst those helping. today it became clear all was lost. at a news conference this morning, the indonesian navy chief announced the submarine had sunk and fragments of it had been recovered, including a piece of torpedo. a prayer mat was also found. the submarine, which had recently been refitted, was a0 years old.
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richard galpin, bbc news. firefighters are battling a major blaze spreading across the mourne mountains in northern ireland. irish air corp helicopters and personnel have been deployed to assist fire crews, and police have urged the public to stay away from the area. the first minister arlene foster said �*the impact on wildlife and flora is unimaginable�*. kevin sharkey reports. in one of the most scenic parts of northern ireland, devastation. the scale of the destruction, visible from ground level, brought into sharp focus from the air. as you would imagine with the mourne mountains, the terrain is very difficult for the crews to get up to. so we are at this point where it's probably an hour's walk for the crews to get up before they commence firefighting. the constant movement of the fire has challenged the firefighting efforts on the ground. the fire service is now asking anyone who had planned to come to the mournes this weekend to stay away from the newcastle side. we would particularly discourage any wildfire camping over this weekend
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in and around that area, just for the risk of those individuals going up there. as night began to fall, the fire crews left the mountainside. rest before the battle against this fire resumes. kevin sharkey, bbc news, in the mourne mountains in county down. israeli aircraft have carried out overnight raids on the gaza strip in response to repeated barrages of rockets fired by palestinian militants. more than 30 rockets were directed at towns and cities in southern israel. it's the most serious exchange of fire between the two sides in months. the escalation comes after two nights of clashes in the city ofjerusalem between palestinians, far—right jewish activists, and the police. from jerusalem, tom bateman reports. this has amounted to the most significant bout of fighting between these two sides in well over a year. it began when militants in the gaza strip fired a rocket barrage shortly before midnight, localtime. there were then further bursts of rocket fire during the night. israel responded with air strikes.
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its military said it targeted rocket launch sites and also underground infrastructure, as it described it, belonging to hamas, the group that controls gaza. and shortly before the rocket barrage began, the izz ad—din al-qassam brigades — the armed wing of hamas — had called for resistance and said it was ready to fight following what has been weeks of tension in jerusalem. all of that has been triggered over several days during the holy month of ramadan as that has coincided with the easing of covid restrictions and a dispute about access arrangements around a popular gathering spot outside damascus gate in the old city ofjerusalem. we've seen nights of pretty heavy clashes, culminating in thursday, when a far—right ultranationalist jewish group marched towards that area. we saw tensions rise significantly. that had also been fuelled by palestinians in that area carrying out assaults,
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race hate attacks on some ultraorthodoxjews in the preceding days, posting that on the social media site tiktok. there is a lot of pretty fiery rhetoric around. a lot of tension in the air. and as it gets to saturday night, once again, after evening prayers, there are more concerns about protests and further clashes. tom bateman in jerusalem. regulators in the us have cleared the way for the immediate resumption of the use of the johnson and johnson coronavirus vaccine. distribution of the single—dose jab was suspended ten days ago after reports of rare blood clots. our north america correspondent, david willis, has more. so the vote is ten in favour, four opposed, and one abstention. the motion carries. having weighed the evidence, an advisory panel voted to give
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johnson &johnson a shot in the arm. today, after an extensive review of the available data, the fda and cdc are lifting the recommended pause on the johnson &johnson, orjanssen, covid—19 vaccine. the pause was recommended due to a number of adverse events recorded after the janssen covid—19 vaccine was administered. those adverse events amount to blood clots, reported by a total of 15 women who'd received thejohnson & johnson vaccine, three of whom subsequently died. but more than seven million doses of the vaccine had been administered before distribution was suspended 11 days ago, and health officials believe the benefits outweigh the risks. they've declared the single—shot vaccine safe and effective in combating covid—i9. as of this past sunday, more than 50% of adult americans have had at least one vaccine shot. we still have a long way to go,
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but that's an important marker of progress. president biden had set the 4th ofjuly, america's birthday, as a goal for getting this country back to normal, and although the pfizer and moderna vaccines have been the mainstay here, the single—shotjohnson &johnson jab is seen as vital in expanding the vaccination programme to rural areas. in their quest to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible, the administration could do without fears about side—effects. thejohnson &johnson vaccine will now carry a label, warning about the risk of blood clots. distribution could resume as early as this weekend. david willis, bbc news, los angeles. a teenager who died after being stabbed in east london has been named by police as 14—year—old fares maatou. the met says he was found seriously injured in barking road in newham, shortly before four o'clock yesterday afternoon. despite treatment from paramedics
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at the scene, he was pronounced dead shortly after 1l30pm. the force says two boys, aged 14 and 15, have been arrested on suspicion of murder, while another 15—year—old boy has also been arrested in connection with the incident. the headlines on bbc news... labour has called for the government to publish full details of how work on borisjohnson�*s official flat was paid for, following allegations by his former chief advisor dominic cummings. hospitals in india struggle with overwhelming demand for beds, ventilators and oxygen, as it records the world's highest—ever daily rise in coronavirus infections for the third day in a row. the indonesian navy says a submarine missing since wednesday off the coast of bali with 53 sailors on board has sunk. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here'sjohn. good afternoon. it's winner takes all in the women's
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six nations between england and france, with the new—look tournament settled by a final for the first time in its history. so far the only score has come through poppy cleal with the last shejust she just found a space to touch the ball down. the extras. second half there at the twickenham stoop. meanwhile, amee—leigh murphy crowe made a fantastic first start for ireland, scoring two tries as they beat italy by 25—5 in dublin, to finish third. wales and scotland meet in the fifth and sixth placed play off later. champions liverpool have missed the chance to move into the premier league's top four as a late newcastle goal saw them held to a 1—1 draw at anfield. mo salah had given them the lead
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inside three minutes. but after steve bruce's side had a goal ruled out for offside, joe willock scored with virtually the last kick of the game to snatch a crucial point to boost their own survival hopes. for liverpool, it's a huge dent in their pursuit of champions league football in what's been a disappointing season. it is so hard to take. losing a game like this is really hard, because thatis like this is really hard, because that is how it feels. we created sensational chances, we played some really good stuff, should have scored with these moments against a deep defending side. and it wasn't enough, so newcastle deserved a point, and we deserve the sure no more than one point. i always thought we were a threat, nestled _ i always thought we were a threat, nestled in— i always thought we were a threat, nestled in the first half we had some — nestled in the first half we had some good opportunities. missed a number— some good opportunities. missed a number of— some good opportunities. missed a number of times we didn't take the film number of times we didn't take the right option. but i always thought we were — right option. but i always thought we were a — right option. but i always thought we were a threat. and if you have alan _ we were a threat. and if you have
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alan and — we were a threat. and if you have alan and callum and others on the pitch. _ alan and callum and others on the pitch. then — alan and callum and others on the pitch, then you know you have a chance — pitch, then you know you have a chance and _ pitch, then you know you have a chance. and so be it, i didn't think we would — chance. and so be it, i didn't think we would score twice in the last minute, — we would score twice in the last minute, but to do it was incredible. it's a big day for ups and downs in the english football league. three teams could be promoted today depending on results this afternoon, while any of seven teams could be relegated. one issue has already been settled. in the championship, brentford have secured a play—off spot after beating bournemouth 1—0 in the lunchtime kick—off. they were down to ten men after pontus jansson was sent off, but bryan mbeumo scored just two minutes after coming on a substitutue. brentford made it to the play—off final last season, when they were beaten by fulham. bristol city fought back from 2—0 down against aston villa to earn a precious point in their battle to avoid relegation from the women's super league. ella mastrantonio scored deep into injury
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city remain bottom, with villa just above them on goal difference. at the world snooker championship we have one game to be played to a finish. live pictures here of kyren wilson up against barry hawkins in the second round, in the best of 25. you can watch it all via the bb sport— you can watch it all via the bb sport -- — you can watch it all via the bb sport —— bbc sport website. in the early stages between mark selby, the three—time world champion and mark allen. also a best of 25. you can watch live on the bbc sport website. there's been more success for great britain at the european gymnastics championships in switzerland. 16—year—old jessica gadirova has won silver in the vault, going one better than the bronze she took in the all—around
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event yesterday. a brilliant performance from her. home favourite guila steingruber claimed the gold medal in basel. amelie morgan has won bronze in the uneven bars, with russia's angelina melnikova taking gold. and there was also bronze forjoe fraser in the pommel, with gold going to artur davtyan of armenia. some good stories are there for great britain in the gymnastics. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. i will be back with another update a little later on this afternoon. medical experts are recommending that people who lose their sense of smell due to covid—i9 are offered smell training, rather than being treated with steroids. they suggest patients sniff different odours over a period of months to retrain the brain to recognise smells. professor carl philpott is a smell loss expert from the university of east anglia's norwich
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medical school, and director of the smell and taste clinic atjames paget hospital in gorleston. he told us about the impact of coronavirus on people's sense of smell. we think about 10% of people are getting persistent problems that last for, sort of, many months. and if you go by the number of infections in the uk today, we estimate that that may now be around 300,000 people in the uk that have persistent problems with smell loss or distortion. as a group of experts, we looked at the evidence for steroid usage — and that's really steroid tablets specifically — and we couldn't see that there was any evidence of good benefit, and, of course, steroids have side—effects. probably, in reality, if steroids are going to work, they're probably going to be at the very onset of the problem. but, of course, as most people recover, it would be unrealistic to give everybody steroids. and so what we're saying is, for those people who appear to have a persistent problem, the safest option — and the simplest option, actually — is to go through this process called smell training. very simply, it's about twice a day picking at least four things to put
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under your nose and to train with. and they should be smells that you were familiar with before the problem started. so don't try anything fancy that's new — just go with things that you understood what they smelt like before the problem started. smell loss expert professor carl philpott there. we've become used to quiet football grounds over the past year, but this week a special tournament took place where players also remained silent. the idea was to show the importance of talking for our mental health, and the event was supported by the former arsenal and england midfielder paul merson, who has been open about his own struggles. graham satchell went to see the teams in action. whistle blows kicks of the ball echo football in silence. it's unnerving, unnatural. these five—a—side games organised by power league and the mental health charity calm. in goal, former arsenal and england legend paul merson, who was always vocal when he played.
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players used to get upset with me because i would always constantly call for the ball, even if i shouldn't be getting it, because i wanted to play football — ijust loved playing. commentator: pass is flicked on. teed up nicely for merson to shoot! cheering and applause that goal for arsenal coming just when they needed it! _ success on the pitch hid a dark secret — merson was addicted to drink, drugs, gambling. at one point in the �*90s, he contemplated taking his own life. you know, i'm playing for arsenal and playing for england and i'm having these thoughts in my head. i'm thinking if "i go and tell someone this, i'm finished. i'm going to be locked up, i'll be put in a straitjacket. this is not normal." so for years, paul merson stayed silent and suffered. on another pitch, matt legg, who became seriously depressed when he was at university. it completely absorbed my mind in terms of depression.
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i could not see any future for myself going forward and that was very scary and also very, very tough for — for me and my family. these games of silent football have been put on to showjust how weird it is when people don't talk, don't even celebrate. it was impossible. football is all about communicationj and when you cannot communicate, you feel the strains of that so, like, reflecting on that in- a real—life sense is very important. you're kind of screaming for the ball in your head and waving your arms around. yeah, it's like being tied up a little bit when you are playing, l'd sax _ men feel like they need to suffer in silence, they don't reach out and start that journey to help themselves, get the recovery they deserve. and so, by playing today and showing kind of the power of silence and highlighting how important communication is, i think hopefully it will reach some people and make them realise that it is absolutely ok. and they deserve to get help and they deserve to speak out
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and encourage the conversation amongst their friends and family and help them on their road to living a happy and regular life. yep! watch out for adriano, bruv! applause in the second half, normal service is resumed and there is plenty of shouting. players yell. matt was helped through his depression by talking, firstly to his cousin ian and then getting professional help. together, they have set up a football club called fc not alone to help men with mental health problems. paul merson also eventually got help. applause i have an illness. i know today that i have an illness that i need to keep under control a day at a time. i'm a nice person, i'm a good person. before, i used to feel i was a bad person. and that was not me — that was my illness. when people don't talk and then when people start talking, i think it makes a difference to everything — football and life.
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you know, with life as well, it's — you have to talk. players yell you know, i have it on the back of myjumper. i've got here "a problem shared is a problem halved", and it is so true. it's so true. suicide remains the biggest killer of men under 45 in the uk. the message here is simple but powerful — don't suffer in silence. graham satchell, bbc news. andrea oriana, an italian former olympic swimmer, has set a new record on the high—altitude and chilly lake titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world between bolivia and peru. the 47—year—old swam 20 kilometres across the lake without a wet suit in just over five and a half hours. aruna iyengar has this report. psyching himself up for a record—breaking swim. this is andrea oriana's third attempt to beat the previous record
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of 16km across this highest of lakes — over 3,800m above sea level. lake titicaca is a special swimming challenge. translation: the difficulty is the altitude. _ it's hard to swim well and it slows down your strokes due to the cold. you feel i2 celsius without protection, and it feels very, very cold. the only barrier to the cold is paraffin wax, rubbed onto his skin. 47—year—old oriana swam from near the so—called sleeping dragon mountain peak on the east shore to the island of the moon in the middle of the lake, a distance of 20km. it's a dream to swim in this lake because it's one of the most difficult tests in the world. you cannot compare the english
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channel to lake titicaca. they are the two most difficult tests. the bolivian swimming federation confirmed the new record, previously held by an american woman. having the world record on titicaca takes me feel very happy because this is really a sacred lake. it's whetted his appetite for more. oriana is now planning his next challenge — 43km bolivia to peru across the lake. aruna iyengar, bbc news. nasa's spacex crew—2 mission has docked to the international space station carrying four astronauts on board. these pictures show the old crew giving a warm welcome to the new team. it's the second crewed mission to the space station using a spacex spacecraft. nasa astronauts shane kimbrough and megan mcarthur will serve
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as the mission's spacecraft commander and pilot, respectively. now it's time for a look at the weather. ourdry our dry april weather is continuing, some people will be crossing their fingers for a bit of rainfall for the gardens, but we won't see it through the course of the weekend. it is looking dry, turning a bit cooler tomorrow. more of a chance of rain as we head through the course of next week for some places. for here and now, it is dry this evening. temperatures in the mid teens, so pleasant but once the sunset it will turn white chilly quite quickly. clear skies and light winds. away from the south, we still have breezy conditions through the english channel. under those clear skies with lighter winds, particularly further north, those temperatures down to freezing or a bit below in the countryside. a crisp, cool start to sunday. again plenty of dry and sunny weather on the cards. a bit more cloud drifting in and across eastern counties of england in particular through the day. again breezy for the south east
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of england and along the south coast as well. temperatures down on what we have seen today, somewhere between ten and i7 we have seen today, somewhere between ten and 17 degrees.


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