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this is bbc news. our top stories: palestinian officials say at least seven people, including four children, have been killed in the latest israeli air strike on gaza. and, china makes space history, becoming only the second country to land a rover on mars. a deadlyjourney — more migrants die as they try to reach europe by sea. we have an exclusive report on a dramatic rescue mission. as the countdown continues to the tokyo olympics, fresh concerns over whether the games will actually go ahead.
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welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. the palestinian health ministry says an israeli air strike on a refugee camp in gaza has killed at least seven people. an official said the dead included a woman and four children, who were inside their home in the al—shati camp, west of gaza city. palestinian militants have responded by firing rockets towards the israeli city of beersheba, hitting the city of ashdod. the israeli defence force says it will retaliate. around 140 people have been killed in gaza since the conflict began on monday. palestinian rockets have killed eight people in israel. from jerusalem here's our middle east editor, jeremy bowen. the sectarian crisis that nobody expected is deepening. arab protesters are on the streets of northern israel. this was nazareth. israel's arab citizens have forced themselves back into the wider conflict that includes gaza and jerusalem. it's ugly and angry in towns shared byjews and arabs. violence between citizens could be a bigger crisis for israel than gaza. this was a burnt—out
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jewish school. yelling. police broke down the door of this family in haifa. they deny accusations their sons were attacking jews. the police say their officers behaved correctly. child screams. the father, the imam of a mosque, and his two sons were arrested for attacking police officers. the woman who filmed this said they're scared not ofjews, but of racist police. a local rabbi visited, she said, to apologise. child cries. in gaza, they buried 13—year—old mahmoud tolba. he was hit during an israeli air strike while he waited for a new haircut to celebrate the end of ramadan.
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half of gaza's 2 million palestinians are children. this is mahmoud's brother. in the occupied territories and in israel, events this week have exposed once again the mutual hatred and fear that are the essence of this conflict. this was hebron during a day of protests on the occupied west bank. more palestinians were killed. fireworks pop. injerusalem, palestinians pelted jewish settlers with stones and fireworks. the settlers hit back with live bullets. this was sheikh jarrah, where attempts to evict palestinians from their homes helped start the escalation to war. the conflict crosses borders.
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injordan, the country next door, security forces kept protesters back from the frontier. palestinians make up more than half thejordanian population — mostly refugees from past wars not permitted to return by israel. history never dies in this conflict. people do. jeremy bowen, bbc news, jerusalem. well, earlier i spoke to the bbc�*s internet producer in gaza, rushdi abualouf and asked him to update us on the latest israeli air strike in gaza. it has been a very long night involving killing ten people according to palestinian health ministry officials. the recent israeli air strike struck a three—storey building. it's in the middle of a refuge decamp in the middle of gaza city, the biggest city in the whole of gaza strip. as a result of the attack, seven people were killed including four children and a woman, and that's according to dr yousef al—rish who is the director of the palestinian health ministry, who described to the bbc what happened as an ugly massacre, as he said.
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that is our correspondent in gaza city. well, what's the situation like in gaza? we got through to the author and journalist refaat alareer in gaza — he's been writing about the devastation in the city. the situation in gaza is utter devastation. we are speaking about 140 palestinians slaughtered in just four or five days by israeli occupation forces, we are speaking about almost total destruction to infrastructure, to roads, in large areas around the gaza strip, mainly in gaza city, where the roads to the hospitals were cut off, electricity was lost for hours and hours, even water and sewage. internet connection is still lost in the area in many places.
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schools were damaged, huge buildings were destroyed, homes were destroyed up on the heads of the residents while they slept. we speak about the destruction that israel is deliberately systematically bringing against palestinians, we are speaking about 50% of those victims massacred by israel being children and women and invalid people. we are speaking about israel targeting clinics where covid—i9 services are provided to palestinians who are plagued by the pandemic. israel is doing this and israel is doing this because the uk supports israel, because it gives israel the green light because america is giving israel the green light. the people here are living in fear. the children in particular are terrorised. the kind of missiles the israeli f—i6s use are ones that shake the whole area, even if the strike is two or three or five kilometres away. refaat, israel says that
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it's targeting hamas, israel says that it's retaliation for hundreds of rockets fired into israel. what do you say to that? of course israel is going to say that, and i'm sorry to say this, but the bbc itself is helping the israeli narrative. the way the reporting is being just framed, the discourse used as sectarian, the way your report has been about hate and how usually the israelis retaliate, the way israel retaliates — this is totally wrong.
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israel is targeting everybody, everybody of us is a target. it's not something we feel, it's not something we have in mind. you can see this in the pictures and in the videos. this is not an israeli war on hamas or hamas members. this is a total war on each and every single child and woman and sick person here in the gaza strip. china has successfully landed a rover on mars. the zhurong had been circling the planet since february, while its carrier craft mapped out a safe landing site to avoid boulders and craters. this is the second ever successive landing after the united states. dean cheng is a senior analyst at the heritage foundation think tank focussing on china's space programme. he told me just how significant this was for china.
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if you are chinese scientists, you have every reason to be absolutely delighted and proud. your nation has now successfully landed a probe on mars. hasn't quite deployed the rover yet — that will come in the next few hours or day or so probably — but it's a huge achievement and it makes china only the second nation to successfully land on the red planet. and the space programme in china, it's advanced pretty quickly, hasn't it, in recent years? what is china's goal in space? china's goal, broadly speaking, is to use space to improve all of the aspects of what they term comprehensive national power. from the chinese perspective, space benefit chinese diplomacy, chinese technology, it is a great advertisement — it reinforces the legitimacy of the chinese communist party to its own people. space always has military implications. and conversely, by going to mars, it demonstrates that china can contribute to what they term the global pool of human knowledge.
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china is the second successful country to land a rover on mars. why is it the russians, the europeans, the japanese have not tried to do it — or have they? various people have tried. the joke is that martian air defence is actually pretty good. chuckles. but realistically speaking... don't scare me, dean! chuckles. no, but in all seriousness, the reality is it is rocket science. it is a matter of getting everything to go right. human error has been a factor. one of the probes that failed, the beagle, people used the wrong units — some people apparently used feet and some people used metres. we're not quite sure why the european schiaparelli probe failed. russian and soviet probes — in many cases, this was in the early days of the space age — simply weren't ready for it. the russians, to their distinction, are the only other country to have landed but their probe mars 3, in 1971, only lasted about two minutes and took about 70 lines of one image.
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dean chen. japan has declared a state of emergency in three more regions hit hard by the pandemic, casting further doubt over whether the tokyo olympic games should go ahead. 70% of japan's population is now under coronavirus restrictions. courtney bembridge has the details. the countdown to the olympic games continues, with the opening ceremony less than 70 days away. but as infections continue to rise injapan, the government has declared a state of emergency in three more regions. translation: by implementing such measures, we will protect i people's health and lives and i think it is more possible to hold a safe and secure games, and i wish to push forward with preparations. all chant: no, no olympics! many people injapan aren't convinced. this week, there have been protests and a petition with more than 350,000 signatures calling for the games to be scrapped. recent polling shows 37%
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of respondents want the games cancelled, and another 28% want them postponed. the union representing hospital doctors agrees. it has warned the games could become a superspreader event for global coronavirus variants. translation: it is a tough - story for athletes, but someone has to say that the games need to be cancelled. we think medical workers are required to speak up. sponsors, too, are nervous. one major olympic partner, toyota, said this week "we are conflicted every day over what the best course of action is". test events are already under way. on friday, it was skateboarding. the sport is due to make its olympic debut at tokyo. the world athletics president says we must move forward. it is important to reflect on one statistic, and it is a sobering one — 70% of olympians only make it to one games.
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so, you know, to lightly, you know, to lightly, as some are suggesting, move it a year down the line, pull stumps on this, is effectively saying for three quarters of olympians, "that's it. that's your chance." and i think we should make every effort, if we can do it safely and securely — which i believe we can — i think we really should go that extra mile. elsewhere in the world, they are getting ready. this is brazil's government vaccinating its athletes, coaches, referees and accredited media. overseas spectators have been banned, and a decision on whether the japanese public can attend is due injune. if it does go ahead, this is sure to be a very different olympics. stay with us on bbc world news, still to come: sweet revenge — how one cookie store owner got their revenge after being burgled.
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"the pope was shot, the pope will live" — that is the essence of the appalling news from rome this afternoon that, as an italian television commentator put it, terrorism has come to the vatican. the man they called the butcher of lyon, klaus barbie, went on trial today in the french town where he was the gestapo chief in the second world war. winnie mandela never looked like a woman just sentenced to six years injail. the judge told mrs mandela there was no indication she felt even the slightest remorse. the chinese government has called for an all—out effort. to help the victims - of a powerful earthquake — the worst to hit the i country for 30 years. the computer deep blue has tonight triumphed over the world chess champion gary kasparov. it is the first time a machine has defeated a reigning world champion in a classical chess match.
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america's first legal same—sex marriages have been taking place in massachusetts. god bless america! this is bbc world news. the latest headlines: palestinian officials say at least seven people, including four children, have been killed in the latest israeli air strike on gaza. china says it has successfully landed its probe on the surface of mars. it will collect rocks and scan the surface over the next three months. the united nations is warning of a sharp rise in the number of people dying as they try to reach europe by sea. with warmer weather and falling covid rates, more migrants are attempting the journey. our europe correspondent nick beake and video journalist bruno boelpaep have this exclusive report on a dramatic rescue. stranded in the middle of the atlantic, a helpless migrant boat. the spanish military helicopters overhead have never
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spotted anything like this here. it's 300 miles from shore. they realise there are many bodies. translation: this was a mass grave in the middle _ of the water — or, really, in the middle of nowhere. i believe their hopes had vanished into the ocean. but incredibly, there are survivors. including a 17—year—old girl called aisha, here in the red jacket. it's now a race to save them. it's the end of april and they've been drifting for three weeks. speaks french translation: there were men who could no longer stand up i and who screamed from thirst. "please, i need to drink water. can someone please give me water?" we used a shoe to give them some sea water.
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aisha, a teenagerfrom ivory coast, thought europe would offer a brighter future. she saw 56 people die in front of her. translation: after two days, we had no more water - left, no food. on the fourth day, no more petrol. at the beginning when somebody died, we'd say a prayer. by the end, there was no prayer. we didn't have the strength to throw any more bodies in the water. with summer on the horizon, thousands of mostly young men from north and west africa are trying to get to europe. some are fleeing war. others, the economic hand that life has dealt them. populist parties say tougher action is needed to stop this. it's a crisis that was masked momentarily by covid, but never solved. aisha has been welcomed with open arms in tenerife and now, a reunion — corporal serrano, who lifted her from the boat. he's brought his family to meet her.
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for so many others on her boat, there was no new beginning — it was the end. aisha was one of only three survivors. this was the greatest loss of life in any single known attempt to reach the canary islands. the 2a bodies that were recovered will now be laid to rest here. for the others lost at sea, there is no such dignity in death. aisha never thought she'd be able to speak to her family again, but made a good recovery during her ten days in hospital. she hopes to stay in europe, study and work here, and send money back to her parents. corporal serrano and his team head off on their next training
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mission, knowing full well that even the might of the atlantic ocean is not enough to stop those prepared to risk death if there is the slightest chance of a better life. nick beake, bbc news, in the canary islands. prince harry has spoken publicly again about his life as a member of the royal family, saying he wants to "break the cycle" of "pain and suffering" he experienced while growing up, to spare his own children. speaking on a podcast, prince harry compared his life as a royal to being in a zoo. buckingham palace and clarence house have declined to comment. our royal correspondent nicholas whitchell has more. they did their best to walk in step for the duke of edinburgh's funeral, but this is a family which has been shaken and hurt by recent comments by harry and his wife. and now, there are more — harry's reflections from his california home on the theme of parenting and the pain and suffering handed down to him. there's no blame.
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yeah. i don't think we should be pointing the finger or blaming anybody but certainly, when it comes to parenting, if i've experienced some form of pain or suffering because of the pain or suffering that perhaps my father or my parents had suffered, i'm going to make sure that i break that cycle so i don't pass it on, basically. there's a lot of genetic pain and suffering that gets passed on anyway. we, as parents, we should be doing the most we can to try and say, "you know what? that happened to me. i'm going to make sure that doesn't happen to you." we're going to have a family tea party. harry's family isn't showing it. sir, do you agree with prince harry, about the suffering and pain in the family? nice try, but to no avail. but it's the questions implicit in harry's latest musings which will trouble the family. they've accepted that he needed to get away from royal life for the sake of his mental health. what they didn't expect was for him to go public on such private matters.
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here he is on his father's upbringing. this is where he went to school. this is what happened. i know this bit about his life. i also know that's connected to his parents. yeah. so, that means that he's treating me the way that he was treated. exactly. which means how can i change that for my own kids? and, well, here i am. harry says he feels a little more free in his new life in california. his family may wonder how many more reflections he and his wife will feel obliged to share. nicholas witchell, bbc news. how do you catch a thief with his hand in the cookiejar? well, a bakery in the us state of wisconsin has managed to do just that, using a rather unusual method. when man broke into the canfora bakery in milwaukee, and stole cash from the register, the bakery�*s owner decided to try find the thief by putting his picture, captured on cctv, on batches of cookies! well, karen krieg is the owner
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of the bakery and talked me through how it all kicked off. the robbery actually occurred shortly after midnight on monday, 19 april, and it was actually a fairly clean robbery. in fact, my staff didn't actually realise that we had been robbed until about... an hour into their shift and they were like, wait a minute, where did the register go? let me back up a minute. we bake bread fresh every night, our night crew starts at eight o'clock, and since the robbery had happened early monday morning, on the day we we're actually closed, the staff didn't realise that there had been a break—in until they realised the register was missing. and then they gave me a call and they said "hey, what happened to the register?" i said, "what do you mean what happened to the register?" and they sent me some pictures and sure enough, the register was missing.
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and so we went down to the bakery in the middle of the night, we called the milwaukee police department, they came out and investigated, and together we looked at the security footage, the closed circuit tv. we were able to identify the suspect and that was about it. well, the next day, i reached out to the milwaukee police department and i asked them, "can i share this image on social media, or see if we can get the community to identify the individual?" and they asked me to wait for about a week, while they did their process of investigating, and then they did let me know that once they released the picture to the public, that i was free to do with it whatever i liked. and so i was like, i think i will put his picture on some cookies and invite the community to come in, let them know that we had actually been robbed, let them know this had happened to us, and see if anybody could identify him. so, did you sell the cookies
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or give them away? we gave them away. we had no intention of actually profiting from the situation, we just wanted to let our customers know that this had happened, and also, solicit their help to try and identify the individual. and incredibly this works, didn't it, your amazing idea worked. it did. and somebody clearly came forward, because he was arrested, wasn't he, eventually? correct, so the first thing we did was we had the images printed and when those came back and they were finished from the printer i asked my cookie decorator if she would go ahead and put them on some cookies, and then when they were all done, i needed to let the community know that they were there and that we have them. so to invite them to come in and let them know that we needed them to take a look at these cookies, we went ahead and posted a picture of the cookie on our social media page. well, our particular page doesn't have more than 700 followers, and so we went ahead
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and posted it on a community neighbourhood social media page, and within about an hour and 15 minutes, of my submission of that facebook post, to the local community facebook page, the community had identified him, and they went ahead and called the milwaukee police department to plan and identified the suspect, so now we have a name and the next day, peoplejust came into the bakery and enjoyed the cookies and we invited them to take a bite out of crime. a bite out of crime. of those biscuits looked _ a bite out of crime. of those biscuits looked quite - a bite out of crime. of those biscuits looked quite big - a bite out of crime. of those biscuits looked quite big andj biscuits looked quite big and quite tasty. and that is how they caught the burglar. can catch me on twitter. thank you so much for watching. bye—bye for now.
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hello there. if you're waiting for a prolonged spell of dry, warm weather, your wait is set to continue because this weekend looks quite turbulent. now, on the atlantic satellite picture, you can see this big pipeline of cloud just ploughing its way from west to east. you can think of this line of cloud as something of a barrier. it's keeping the warm air away from our shores. that warm air will lift temperatures across parts of southern spain this weekend into the low to mid 30s. but for us, we are stuck in cool air and we are stuck under the influence of low pressure. this will bring showers or longer spells of rain through the weekend. a band of cloud with outbreaks of rain drifting north—eastwards across england and wales, clipping into northern ireland as we
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head through saturday morning. behind that, well, we revert to that mix of sunshine and showers. some of the showers will be heavy with hail and thunder. not too many showers across scotland, certainly across the northern half of scotland as we go through the day, although for shetland, it will stay pretty grey and damp all day long. temperatures struggling for north—eastern areas — just 11 degrees. but even in the best of the sunshine, 15 or 16 — that is it. and then through saturday evening, the showers will try to fade but actually, i think through the early hours of sunday morning, the showers will pep up again down towards the south—west. that is the first sign of what is going to be quite a turbulent day of weather on sunday as this area of low pressure moves right on top of the uk. that means the air will be very, very unstable. so while most places will start with some dry weather and some sunshine, keep an eye on the skies — you will see big thunder clouds developing. some really intense downpours with frequent lightning, some hail, some very squally, gusty wind and some particularly strong winds down towards the channel islands.
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there will be some sunshine between the showers but temperatures below par, 11 to 15 degrees. and as we head in to the start of next week, low pressure will still be close by. that means we will see further showers or longer spells of rain through the week ahead. some of those showers always with the potential to be heavy, possibly thundery. some sunshine in between, but no sign of anything warm on the horizon.
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this is bbc news, the headlines: the palestinian health ministry says an israeli air strike on a refugee camp in gaza has killed at least seven people. an official said the dead included a woman and four children, who were inside their home in the al—shati camp. there was no immediate comment from israel. china's first mission to mars has succeeded in putting a spacecraft safely on the planet's surface. the tianwen—1 lander touched down by parachute after surviving the treacherous descent known as the "seven minutes of terror." the next phase is to deploy a six—wheeled solar powered rover named zhurong. japan has declared a state of emergency in three more regions hit hard by the pandemic — casting further doubt over whether the olympic games in tokyo a petition has been submitted to the capital's governor, calling for the entire event to be cancelled. the democratic unionist party has a new leader —


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