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welcome to bbc news. i'm lewis vaughan jones. our top stories: anti-bolsonaro chanting protests in brazil against the president's handling of the pandemic, as the country passes half a million covid deaths. the us says it will continue nuclear talks with iran, following the election of the hardline cleric, ebrahim raisi, as president. thousands take part in a gay pride rally in warsaw, despite a clampdown on lgbt rights in poland. president biden announces the death of his dog, a german shepherd called champ, calling him a "constant, cherished companion". and the defending european champions, portugal, are beaten in a six—goal thriller in the euros.
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hello and welcome to the programme. we start in brazil where the number of deaths related to covid—19 has passed half a million — the second highest toll in the world. the virus continues to spread as presidentjair bolsonaro refuses to back measures such as social distancing. experts say the outbreak could worsen with slow vaccination rates and the beginning of winter. mark lobel reports. as covid deaths reach half a million here, the painful goodbyes continue. translation: the death rate has been _ much higher lately, despite all the precautions. i lost members of my family.
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brazil's health minister tweeted the grim news of the 500,000 lives lost, saying that he is working tirelessly to vaccinate all brazilians in the shortest time possible and to change this scenario that has plagued brazilfor over a year. but some blame the government for that, accusing them of initially letting the virus spread, to build up heard purity, to build up herd purity, to build up herd immunity, and for rejecting masks and social distancing, leading to visible anger at this unenviable milestone. translation: maybe this year will also be difficult, _ because we depend on the delivery of vaccines, which have been purchased very late. at these protests, replicated in dozens of cities across brazil, there is particular fury aimed at one man, brazil's president, jair bolsonaro, for his handling of this health emergency.
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translation: the feeling here is one of indignation. | we can't stand it any more. the government is worse than the virus. translation: he took too long to buy the vaccine. - herd immunity won't do any good. the only immunity you can get is with the vaccine. there's no other way. i've lost many friends, almost lost a cousin. millions of people are orphans, fatherless, motherless and childless. reducing hospitalizations remains a challenge here, as in many parts of the world. with only 11% of the population fully vaccinated, and 29% having had their first dose and with winter on its way, brazil's covid fight remains fraught. mark lobel, bbc news. the united states has said it will continue negotiations with iran over its nuclear programme, after the election of a hard—line cleric ebrahim raisi
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as iranian president. a state department spokesperson said it regretted that iranians were denied a free and fair election. the new president, ebrahim raisi, won with a landslide, but voter turnout was the lowest ever, with many candidates barred from standing. this report from kasra naji of bbc persian. for many iranians, it's been a dark day. the hardline head of thejudiciary, ebrahim raisi, has won, in elections that offered no real choice for the electors and no serious challenges for him. the interior minister says he won just over 18 million votes, with the lowest turnout in 42 years, since the islamic revolution in 1979. a good number of iranians have been alienated from the political process, particularly the young,
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many of whom are tired of living in fear. mr raisi is best known for his role in signing off on the execution of thousands of political prisoners in the 1980s. now, many iranians are dreading what might be in store for them. more restrictions on freedoms, tighter controls on social media, internet and the press, more than before, and fewer rights and jobs for women. translation: i want to say to others, be yourself. - don't be afraid, even if they put you in a police van, like me. tensions will continue in iran's relations with the west. iran may turn more towards china and russia, to bail it out of the current desperate economic mess. kasra naji, bbc news. behnam ben taleblu is a senior fellow at the foundation for
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defense of democracies. a research institute. he's in washington. what do you think this all means the relations between iran and the west particularly the us? , ., iran and the west particularly the us? , . ., , , the us? ebrahim raisi is the ultimate proxy _ the us? ebrahim raisi is the ultimate proxy for _ the us? ebrahim raisi is the ultimate proxy for ayatollah | ultimate proxy for ayatollah ali khamenei ali khamenei's revolutionary vision. if there was an escalation glide path, ebrahim raisi will continue it. he does not set policy but implements them. tension regardless _ implements them. tension regardless but _ implements them. tension regardless but on - implements them. tension regardless but on the - implements them. tension i regardless but on the nuclear deal, where do you see things going? deal, where do you see things auoin ? ,, deal, where do you see things oiiin ? ,, ., , deal, where do you see things ioini? ,, ., ~ deal, where do you see things oiiin? ,, ., ~' going? the us has talked about t ini going? the us has talked about t fin to going? the us has talked about trying to seek — going? the us has talked about trying to seek a _ going? the us has talked about trying to seek a deal _ going? the us has talked about trying to seek a deal through i
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trying to seek a deal through the permanent five members of the permanent five members of the security council to resurrect the nuclear deal prior to ebrahim raisi taking office, taking advantage of the lame—duck period. this could give ayatollah ali khamenei ali khamenei everything he wants. then pinning everything on the oncoming hardliner. you then pinning everything on the oncoming hardliner.— oncoming hardliner. you are sensini oncoming hardliner. you are sensing enthusiasm? - oncoming hardliner. you are sensing enthusiasm? not i sensing enthusiasm? not necessarily _ sensing enthusiasm? iirrt necessarily enthusiasm but noticing hardliners protect the deal are now talking about wanting to implement more recently and that is something ebrahim raisi said in televised debates. 0ne ebrahim raisi said in televised debates. one reason for the shift the biden administration is internalised is the sanctions and pressure bringing iran to the table. that seems to be easing up. and even
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moving sanctions off to irani and oil executives. so pulling out the deal _ and oil executives. so pulling out the deal was _ and oil executives. so pulling out the deal was actually - out the deal was actually correct?— correct? the former us president _ correct? the former us president president - correct? the former us i president president trump correct? the former us - president president trump left the deal in a belated fashion. it was about to fix the deal period for 1.5 years with the us and its partners, including the uk. but the result was correct because iran seldom changes their policy and when we look at the islamic republic's history, periods of change are preceded by maximum pressure. change are preceded by maximum iressure. ., pressure. looking to the future. _ pressure. looking to the future. you _ pressure. looking to the future, you mentioned l pressure. looking to the - future, you mentioned where the real seat of power lies in iran, not with the president. what does it mean for the future of the regime? the
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selection _ future of the regime? the selection of _ future of the regime? the selection of ebrahim - future of the regime? tue: selection of ebrahim raisi future of the regime? tte: selection of ebrahim raisi is about cementing his legacy. the supreme leader is in the fourth decade of experience the islamic republic and picking someone like ebrahim raisi make sure it remains of the trajectory long after he passes. the president can influence things in a post ayatollah ali khamenei ali khamenei republic but only likely to be worse. let's get some of the day's other news: yemeni government sources say 50 people have been killed in fighting between their troops and houthi rebels, around the northern city of marib. the sources said the government had lost 16 men, including six officers. the head of the world health organisation has congratulated the people of guinea, after the country's latest outbreak of the ebola virus was declared over. the who chief said that a coordinated response, community engagement and the use of a vaccine meant that guinea had managed
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to control the disease. six people have been left in a critical condition after a truck driver ploughed into cyclists taking part in a charity bike ride in arizona. police say the suspect fled the scene in show—low and was pursued by officers, who later shot him. he's now in a critical, but stable condition. police in istanbul have arrested six women after a protest against turkey's withdrawal from a un convention designed to protect women. the convention commits governments to passing laws against domestic violence, marital rape and female genital mutilation. thousands of people waving rainbow flags have taken part in poland's biggest gay pride march, calling for an end to rising discrimination against the lgbt community. the equality parade was held in warsaw, despite coronavirus restrictions.
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critics of poland's conservative government have accused it promoting homophobia. 0ur correspondent adam easton reports. there were thousands of people on the streets of warsaw, it became a sea of colour, many people draped in the rainbow flag, and it was pretty noisy, too, because there was a loud pop music playing in a truck as well. so, this is, as you mentioned, all taking place at the time of a backlash against lgbt+ rights, and the organisers were saying that, basically, we want equality. as you mentioned, in poland, same—sex relationships are not legally recognised. 0ften same—sex couples are unable to, or at least have major problems, seeing their partners in hospital if either of them should fall ill. one of the organisers of today's parades said today is the only
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day where he feels safe enough to walk in the streets of warsaw, holding his partner's hand. us presidents are well known for their canine companions who are seen bounding across the white house lawn. the 0bamas had bo the portuguese water dog — the bushes a scottish terrier called barney. donald trump wasn't keen. now the bidens are mourning the death of one of two family dogs — a german shepherd called champ, whojill biden said was a �*constant, cherished companion�*. i've been speaking to andrew hager, the historian—in—residence at the presidential pet museum in virginia. the bidens have been very upfront about how much they love their dogs. and they really kind of made the dogs a mascot unofficially of their administration, so this is really a sad day for everyone. it is fascinating the kind of politics — without taking it kind of too highbrow — but the politics of projecting
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a certain image of a family and family life, and animals been part of that and we have seen presidents throughout the years with their pets, as part of what they project to their country. oh, it's true. it is very humanising. it allows the people of the country to connect to the politician and i think that is why you see so many candidates when they are running for office, they bring their pets on the campaign trail, let people take selfies with their dogs. it is just a way of allowing the average person to have that sort of feeling that this person is like me. is itjust a recent thing or is there a long history of presidents having pets in the white house? it goes all the way back to the beginning. george washington liked to breed foxhounds for hunting. john adams had two
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dogs, juno and satan. i do not know why his dog was named satan. president trump did not have any pets but that was a rarity. what does it mean? what does it represent, these pets, usually dogs, in the white house? i think it is just the fact that americans are very dog—loving people. two—thirds of american homes have dogs and i think, you know, it is a way to connect with the voters but also partially because our presidents come from our society and they are just common people — to a certain extent — like the rest of us so if two—thirds of american homes have dogs, it makes sense that the majority of american presidents would have dogs. this is bbc news.
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our main headlines.. protests have been taking place in brazil against the president's handling of the pandemic, as the country passes half a million covid deaths. the us says it will continue negotiating with iran to revive the international nuclear deal, following the election of the hardline cleric ebrahim raisi as the next iranian president. here in the uk, pop—up vaccination centres have opened across england this weekend, in a major push to offer coronavirus jabs to all remaining adults. as cases of the delta variant continue to rise, stadiums, football grounds and parks have been transformed into giant clinics. here's our health correspondent, katharine da costa. chelsea football stadium's used to hosting large crowds. now a pop—up vaccination centre, people packed in, ready to roll up their sleeves. for the first time, those aged 18—20 were eligible.
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for many, their turn couldn't come soon enough. my my entire family is vaccinated so it is nice to be able to finallyjoin them. i feel quite safe, being able to see my grandparents and not feel kind of like i'm going to potentially infect her. i'm really happy. i feel a lot safer— i'm really happy. i feel a lot safer and _ i'm really happy. i feel a lot safer and better. elsewhere in the capital, london's olympic park welcomed 10,000 people who'd booked, as well as those who turned up on the day. it's a fantastic effort by the nhs, working with all our organisations. this is about getting all our residents vaccinated, so pop—up campaigns like this are crucial tojust get more people vaccinated. this hospital in manchester is one of more than 30 walk—in sites across the north west. all adults are being urged to come forward as the region tackles
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the highest infection rates in the country. iam,i i am, i suppose, at the moment cautiously hopeful that while we will probably expect some sort of wave over the next few weeks, it won't be the same scale we saw back and january. every jab and scale we saw back and january. everyjab and every arm brings us closer to the so—called freedom day. hundreds of thousands of people across the country are expected to turn out for another super saturday. japan is cancelling plans to open six live viewing areas in tokyo, where spectators could have watched the olympics next month. the venues, three of them in parks, will now be used as vaccination centres. japan has yet to decide whether to allow spectators into stadiums. cheetahs are to return to india more than half a century after they became extinct in the country. the first eight animals
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will be make the journey from south africa to an indian national park in november. the team of experts behind the plan says it's the first time that a large carnivore will be relocated from one continent to another for conservation. i spoke to yadvendradev jhala, the dean of the wildlife institute of india. i asked him if the ambitious plan will work. it's the first time that something like this has been attempted, a large carnivore being transported from one continent to another. i hope it will work, yes, why not? some people have been a bit critical, sceptical, saying actually there is just not enough room for the cheetahs to live properly in the area where you are proposing to put them. no, we've got sufficient space, we've got good trade. cheetahs require large spaces and the parks that we have prepared for them in uttar pradesh, a wildlife sanctuary, a national park, is about 750 square kilometres, with a habitat patch of around 5000 square kilometres. i don't see why cheetahs will
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not be able to do well there. what is the plan for expansion, then? with it two are going on initially in the plan is for them to breathe naturally or introduce more or what is the plan? we hope to get about 35 to 40 individuals in the span of the next three years and you need a large genetic base and a good number of animals to start a reintroduction plan and for that the south african nations are the best source of cheetah available today. ideally it would have been a cheetah from iran but there is unfortunately only 30 or 40 individuals and it's not possible to source animals from there anymore, so south africa is the source
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of animals that is lucrative enough so that we have sufficient number of animals for a reintroduction programme. first step, the animals we are going to get will be from namibia and south africa. i see, and just one last question, i'm presuming there's not gonna too many humans too nearby. is this land completely cleared of anyone actually living there? so we've got about 750 square kilometres, which is devoid of any human habitation. however cheetahs are one of the most conducive animal to live nearby humans because there has not been a single attack on a human, so i think the conflict levels with a cheetah will be less. people in this area have been used to living with large carnivores, there have been tigers, historically even lions a century ago and leopards, so cheetah are the most conducive animal to have in the neighbourhood but there are no people and 750
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square kilometres. robert schuman, the late french politician who played a central role in the founding of the european union, has been declared venerable by pope francis, putting him on the path to sainthood. mr schuman served as prime minister of france after the second world war. the roman catholic church praised his dedication to seeking reconciliation with germany and to creating a community of european states. the legendary indian athlete milkha singh, has died from covid—19. he was 91. popularly known as the flying sikh, because of how fast he ran, mr singh had a remarkable life, from being a refugee after the partition of india to being an olympic sprinter. from mumbai, the bbc�*s india correspondent yogita limaye reports. with each run, milkha singh pushed a newborn india to dream bigger. his ownjourney, rooted
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in his nation's tragedy. his family was killed in religious violence, during the partition of british india in 19117. he escaped on a train, hiding in the women's compartment. a refugee, an orphan. and in 1958, at the commonwealth games in cardiff, a sprinter — seen here as he stunned record holders. commentator: and milkha singh, milkha singh of india. _ "i could feel the closest runner was right behind me so i pushed as hard as i could. after that, the indian anthem played and 100,000 people in the uk stood up for it. i was told i had made india shine in the world," milkha singh said a few years ago. he narrowly lost out on an olympic medal. that he even reached the games was an unimaginable feat
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at the time. he's inspired generations of athletes. indian icon anju bobby george is one of them. a real legend, a real motivating factor. if he could hear you right now, what would you say to milkha? milkha, thank you very much for giving us, showing us the path to success. and india is really missing you and we respect and we salute all your victories. milkha singh was given state honours. india has lost so many to covid. today, a national hero. yogita limaye, bbc news, mumbai.
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tributes to the legendary indian athlete milkha singh. to euro 2020 now, and it's been a busy day, with all the group f teams in action. hungary held the world champions, france, to a draw, while the defending european champions, portugal, were beaten by germany in a 6—goal thriller in munich. joe lynskey wraps up the action. this was euro 2020 heavyweight saturday, four previous winners with superstar players and portugal have one man who thrives on this stage. there is ronaldo. this is cristiano ronaldo's 12th goal at a euros, his first 17 years ago. germany have started slow but in four first half minutes their tournament came to life, through two own goals,
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suddenly they led and by the second half then they look like their old selves, with this 11—2 win in munich hopes will rise that germany are contenders. few gave hungary a chance against france but they had the crowd behind them in budapest. viola's gold stirred 60,000 fans and nearly broke a table. it would have been the euros' biggest shot but france came back. griezmann,1—1. this is what a draw means to hungary, they are group f's outsiders. 1—1 between spain and poland, both teen�*s euro hopes are in the balance. football has waited a year for days like today. police are appealing for information after two valuable seventeenth century paintings were discovered dumped in a road—side skip in central germany. art experts say the framed pieces are originals. one is a portrait of a boy by the dutch artist samuel van hoogstraten, who studied under rembrandt in amsterdam.
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the second is a self portrait by the lesser—known italian painter pietro bellotti, who worked for important venetian families. no one has yet claimed the paintings. that's it from me, i'm lewis vaughanjones, the is bbc news. goodbye. hello, on sunday we saw temperatures in the mid to high 20s, this sunday some of you will be lucky to get into the midteens, and that's after a spell of yet more rain overnight clearing its way off into the north sea as we get through the day and leaving a legacy of cloud and developing easterly breeze. so, into the morning, luckily not too chilly at this stage, and certainly across scotland, northern ireland, not as chilly as it was saturday morning but england and wales lots of cloud around, heavy bursts still towards the east of england in particular. that will gradually ease away, rain and drizzle light and patchy and showers will develop and around southern counties of england and south wales.
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at the same time after some sunny spells in scotland, northern ireland we see cloud and showery rain, some of which will be heavy pushing its way southwards and eastwards. a developing easterly breeze tomorrow across eastern parts of the country and that is what is going to limit the temperatures to 1a or 15 degrees for some but in some sunny spells there will be some around the english channel, 20, 21, maybe similarsort of temperatures in scotland and north—west england. through sunday night then and the showers across scotland and northern ireland pushing their way further southwards. at the same time another batch of rain works its way out of france, across the channel islands and towards southern counties of england. a cooler night takes us into the summer solstice. high—pressure building in, it's the azores high, that same one we had the other week but it's to the north of us, bringing in cool air interacting with that rain we will see through the english channel. the big uncertainty is how far north this rain band gets, looks mainly across southern asked counties but it could get into the midlands, maybe east anglia at times too. away from that it should be a dry and bright day but with a northerly breeze
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for the stage in latejune, it is going to be a cool one, temperatures for some only around 13—16 degrees. and what will follow will be a distinctly chilly night. we finish the summer solstice and go into a night which could bring a touch of frost across some sheltered valleys in the grampians and also the highlands, single figure temperatures quite widely into tuesday morning, but tuesday compared to monday, much, much brighter, a lot more sunshine around, still that notable breeze down eastern coast, gradually becoming a little less chilly here and temperatures in one or two spots climbing back up to around 20 or 21 degrees. and then into the end of the week it looks like a bit of a flip around. northern areas most likely to see some rain at times, southern areas, that bit drier. bye for now.
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this is bbc news, the headlines:
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thousands of people in cities across brazil have been protesting against the government of president jair bolsonaro, demanding that the covid vaccination programme be speeded up. it comes as brazil passes the mark of half a million covid deaths, with the country entering a third wave of the pandemic. the us says it will continue negotiating with iran to revive the international nuclear deal, following the election of the hardline cleric ebrahim raisi as the next iranian president. his victory following a tightly controlled election in which reformists were barred from standing. a gay pride rally has taken place in poland's capital warsaw, with thousands of people taking to the streets. the march took place despite a clampdown on lgbt rights in poland, where same sex marriage is illegal and the government backs conservative catholic teaching. now on bbc news, dateline london, with shuan ley.


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