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this is bbc news our top stories: europe's flooding disaster — with the deathtoll at 120, rescue teams in germany, belgium and the netherlands search for hundreds of people still missing. president biden slams social media companies for not doing enough to tackle vaccine misinformation. they're killing people. i mean, look, the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated. and they're killing people. a policy change in the uk — double vaccinated passengers arriving from france will still have to self—isolate because of a surge in cases of the beta variant. after days of rioting
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and looting — south africa's president says efforts to overthrow democracy have failed. using a pretext of the political grievance, those behind these acts have sought to provoke a popular insurrection amongst our people. and diving for world records. we speak to the free diver who has done just that, 7a metres under with no fins and without taking a breath. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. i'm mark lobel. we start in western europe where hundreds of people remain
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unaccounted for after some of the worst flooding in decades. 120 people are so far known to have died as record rainfall caused rivers to burst their banks. in germany, chancellor angela merkel described the floods there as a catastrophe. torrential rain has also devastated parts of belgium, the netherlands and luxembourg. swollen rivers, including the rhine, and the aar, have filled towns and villages, destroying homes and leaving many stranded. in the town of erftstadt in germany, whole houses have been submerged and a landslide has demolished parts of the town. our correspondent, jenny hill, spent the day there. the ground just fell away. this is the town of erftstadt, where overnight houses collapsed as the water gushed in. another shock for a country reeling from the enormity of its loss. it happened so fast, one official said, there was no time for a warning. rescuers rushed in, but this morning, the authorities here said people trapped
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in their homes were calling them for help, and in many cases they just couldn't reach them. those who did make it out came to shelters like this. we metjohannes here. he and his wife were winched to safety last night. he arrived barefoot and soaking wet. "what were you thinking as they winched you up?", i asked. "i had to leave my cat behind," he says. johannes has lived here more than 70 years. there have been floods, he told us, but not like this. translation: you can run i from fire, but not from water. tens of thousands of people still don't have power. and they're on alert. water levels have dropped in some areas, but few here feel safe. you can see how powerful the water is here still, and what's worrying people in this area is that just upstream there's a dam. experts say it's unstable. they're still inspecting it,
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but people think if that dam breaks, the water is heading in this direction. and with every hour, news of more deaths. people are still missing. with mobile networks down, it's hard to know how many made it to safety. they're desperate for help here. this was a caravan park. how to even begin clearing up? we met the owners, still visibly in shock. translation: indescribable. we've been here since 1979. we've never seen anything like this. if we don't get any help, we'll have to go on benefits. bankrupt. germany, a country famed for its strength, its security, feels vulnerable now. jenny hill, bbc news, erftstadt. beyond germany, the extreme weather has touched parts of the netherlands, luxembourg, switzerland and belgium. our correspondent anna holligan assesses the scene for us, beginning in belgium.
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homes engulfed, whole villages submerged. parts of liege annihilated by the elements. rescuers are still navigating areas to the west, in the town of pepinster. the military was drafted in to assist the stranded on land and by air, and for some it's a desperate wait to find out whether their loved ones made it. translation: my wife is looking for her mother who lives - in a town nearby. we have no means of communication. we don't know where she is or how she's doing. in nearby verviers, the waters have receded, but they're still stunned by the extent of the destruction. translation: this shop has been open for three years. _ we had to go through renovations. we had to live through covid. we were hoping to get back on ourfeet. and now this. in the netherlands, this was roermond. swathes of the city
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have disappeared. this region has been declared a disaster zone. these are the remnants of businesses in the spa town of valkenburg. while the emergency services are busy trying to restore power and secure pavements, the people have come together to try to bring some form of order to these devastated streets. while covid kept them isolated and apart, this crisis has caused a community to come out in solidarity. we need to stay positive. we can cry all day, but this will not help anything, so better smiling, and keep working! the rain has paused, but the threat, here and in towns and cities across europe, isn't over yet. anna holligan, bbc news, valkenburg. for more on the devastating
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floods in europe, including italy and the balkans. for more, go to the bbc news website. there are maps to show you the worst—hit areas and background analysis on why these floods caught everyone by surprise. go to bbc.com/news and follow the links. let's turn away from the flooding now and in the united states there's a resurgence of coronavirus, with infections rising 70% in the past week. the center for disease control has warned of a pandemic of the unvaccinated. the cdc has shown where there are high infection rates in states with low vaccination levels, pointing to nevada, arkansas, missouri and florida in particular. florida itself now accounts for a quarter of new infections in the whole of the us. well, president biden has been speaking to reporters and said this about people spreading covid misinformation on social media platforms. they're killing people. i mean really, look, the only pandemic
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we have is among the unvaccinated. and they're unvaccinated. and they�* re killing unvaccinated. and they're killing people. well, earlier i spoke to ashley kirzinger who's associate director of public opinion and survey research at the kaiser family foundation. i asked why for many deciding whether to be vaccinated, it depends on your political persuasion. we have two—thirds of us adults who have now received at least one dose of a covid—i9 vaccine that still leaves a substantial share that haven't gotten vaccinated, and i do find that partisanship, whether you are republican or democrat, it really drives your vaccine intentions with larger shares of republicans are saying they either will not get vaccinated or only will do so if required. i guess this is something president biden will want to know in red —— in wanting to get all shades of americans vaccinated. what is putting republicans off? it vaccinated. what is putting republicans off?— republicans off? it is a variety _ republicans off? it is a variety of _ republicans off? it is a variety of different - republicans off? it is a i
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variety of different things. they are worried about the immediate side effects of a vaccine and they also don't think they are quite at high risk of catching the coronavirus. so they think the dangers of the vaccines are larger to them than the dangers of the virus itself. i5 larger to them than the dangers of the virus itself.— of the virus itself. is that from what _ of the virus itself. is that from what they're - of the virus itself. is that| from what they're hearing of the virus itself. is that - from what they're hearing on stations that they're watching? or distrust of president biden? what is causing that? we or distrust of president biden? what is causing that?— what is causing that? we do know that — what is causing that? we do know that vaccine _ know that vaccine misinformation is really prevalent across the us. we have two—thirds of unvaccinated adults say they have either heard and believe one of these covid—i9 vaccine myths or are unsure if it is true or not, so there is definitely a relationship between this misinformation and your intent to get vaccinated. find misinformation and your intent to get vaccinated.— to get vaccinated. and away from the — to get vaccinated. and away from the politics _ to get vaccinated. and away from the politics of- to get vaccinated. and away from the politics of this, - to get vaccinated. and away i from the politics of this, what have you found beyond the white house that works in changing people's attitudes and getting people's attitudes and getting people to come forward and get vaccinated?— vaccinated? yeah,, so we have conducted _ vaccinated? yeah,, so we have conducted nearly _ vaccinated? yeah,, so we have conducted nearly 20,000 -
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conducted nearly 20,000 interviews with people. in doing this, we get to really talk to people and we went back to some of these people we interviewed early in 2021 ended up interviewed early in 2021 ended up getting vaccinated even though they initially said they were hesitant, and we asked them, you know, what was the determining factor, what persuaded you? and it was really conversations with their friends and family members. seeing theirfriends and friends and family members. seeing their friends and family members get vaccinated with very few or really minor side effects really was the biggest dissuasive argument for them themselves deciding to get vaccinated. in addition, conversations with their physicians seems to be a driving factor of this as well. so word—of—mouth and personal conversations. but we are hearing a lot about misinformation through social media platforms. do you think president biden is taking the right approach by attacking these platforms? i right approach by attacking these platforms?— right approach by attacking these platforms? i think what's really important _ these platforms? i think what's really important is _ these platforms? i think what's really important is that - these platforms? i think what's really important is that for - really important is that for people in the us to have those conversations with their family members, not only talking about their experience of getting
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vaccinated but the truth about the vaccines, the technology behind them that have been around for decades, it is not impacting fertility stop so counteracting those messages is really going to be important. ashley kirzinger there. well, sticking with coronavirus. here in the uk, the government is scrapping plans to ease quarantine restrictions for travellers returning from france. it comes as the uk recorded more than 50,000 new coronavirus cases in a single day, for the first time since january. on monday, the majority of covid restrictions in england are due to be lifted, but fullyjabbed travellers returning to england and wales from france will still have to self—isolate. simon calder explains. just in the past few hours the government has said it is worried about the beta variant coming in from france. therefore, effectively, if you thought you would be coming in from france, from 4am local time
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next monday morning without quarantine, well, you're out of luck. you have to quarantine. and this has caused utter dismay — many thousands of travellers had actually delayed their trips back because they thought they would avoid quarantine. they're effectively being told, no, as you were, ten days of self isolation when you come back. and it's even going to affect people coming back from other countries, if you're in belgium, luxembourg or germany, and you're driving, you go through france along the way, without stopping, or even opening a window, well, you'll still be in line for self isolation. tributes have been paid to the award winning reuters journalist, danish siddiqui, who was killed reporting on the conflict in southern afghanistan. he'd been embedded with special forces in kandahar. reuters said he was an outstanding journalist and will be remembered as a much loved colleague. the bbc�*s tim allman has more.
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in southern afghanistan, special forces come under attack. you can hear the exchange of gunfire and see damage to their vehicle. they're trying to rescue a police officer trapped at a border post. travelling with them, and taking this footage, a photojournalist armed only with his camera. danish siddiqui was chief photographer for the reuters news agency in india. he was on assignment, embedded with afghan troops when he was killed in an ambush. earlier this year, he could be found in the hospitals of delhi, chronicling the covid pandemic in his own country. these images of mass funeral pyres went viral, earning him global recognition. there are technical challenges and then there are emotional challenges. technical challenges as to how to showcase this story
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in a dignified way, you know, and in a way that people are, you don't go too close to it, so that the dignity of the victim or his family is maintained. he was also part of the reuters team that won the pulitzer prize in 2018 for its coverage of the rohingya refugee crisis. danish siddiqui understood the power of images, of lives lived and lost. moments of celebration, protest, and sometimes despair. he said he enjoyed most capturing the human face of the breaking story. but in that desire to uncover truth, he's paid the ultimate price. tim allman, bbc news. danish siddiqui — the journalist who was killed in an ambush in afghanistan. stay with us on bbc news. still to come:
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a movie about the holocaust aimed at children. an animation about anne frank premiers in cannes. after months of talks and missed deadlines, a deal has been struck to keep greece within the eurozone. the immediate prospect of greece going bust in the worst crisis to hit the eurozone has been averted. emergency services across central europe are stepping up their efforts to contain the worst floods this century. nearly 100 people have been killed. broadway is traditionally. called the great white way by americans but tonight. — it's completely blacked out. it's a timely reminder to all americans - of the problems that the energy crisisj has brought to them. leaders meet in paris for a summit on pollution, inflation and third world debt. this morning, theyjoined the revolution celebrations for a show of military might on the champs—elysees. wildlife officials in australia have been coping with a penguin problem. fairy penguins have been staggering ashore and collapsing
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after gorging themselves on a huge shoal of their favourite food, pilchards. some had eaten so much, they could barely stand. thanks so much forjoining us. this is bbc world news, our main headline: with 120 deaths so far, the search is on across western europe for hundreds still missing or stranded from floods. let's get some of the day's other news. a federaljudge has ruled that a programme which protects migrants from deportation if they came to the united states as children was illegal. judge andrew hanen said the government should not enrol new applicants in the programme, but that people already covered by it won't be affected until further court rulings.
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more than 600,000 people known as dreamers, are currently enrolled. the us state department has condemned raids on at least 25 media and rights organisations in belarus over the past four days, including the us—funded radio liberty. rights groups say the country's leader, alexander lukashenko, is working to eliminate the independent media. now... the diary that ann frank wrote while she was hiding from the nazis in amsterdam during world war ii has inspired many plays and movies. now, the cannes film festival is featuring a new interpretation of her story, and it's generating controversy, as tom brook reports. this secret apartment is going to be our hiding place. much of the new animation is set while anne frank was in hiding in amsterdam, but it also moves between past and the near future with a focus on kitty,
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anne's imaginary friend from her diary. the new film is being hailed as the first international holocaust movie for children. israeli director ari folman has emphasised frank's humanity to make her engaging to a young audience. she's a teenager with all the cliche of the problems of a teenage girl. she has endless issues with her mother, coming—of—age issues about boys. come down, anne, i'm waiting foryou. she is sometimes funny, sometimes mean. and i want to make herjust this kind of person. folman�*s film has certainly won praise at cannes, but at a reception for israeli cinema, there was the prediction that it would be controversial in israel, because the narrative suggests that the plight of refugees in contemporary europe has some characteristics in common with the persecution ofjews during the holocaust. he brings the memory of the holocaust and put it in the current context of what is happening in europe with refugees coming from the middle east and the way that they
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are being treated. the fact that he's putting it like an almost an equal way, that will be a real problematic subject in israel. but ari folman is accustomed to this kind of criticism. nothing can be compared to the holocaust of the jews because i don't think i even can understand it. nothing can be compared from one genocide to another, from one war to another. we take this piece of history and we use it as a tool to teach our audience about what's happening today in the world. not compare, not try to make it parallel, but how do we use it? there is a sense of urgency surrounding ari folman�*s film. to get it out to audiences as quickly as possible at a time when reports of anti—semitism are
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increasing and the holocaust continues to be denied. industry experts here at the cannes film festival think that movie's prospects are good. i see huge potentialfor that film all over the world. every family will want their children to see this film because it will open their eyes to something that they need to know about. do you think it is entertainment that will engage children? yes. and i think it could be a major oscar contender as well. and in cannes, ari folman appears to have also succeeded in reminding audiences through cinema of a young jewish girl's tremendous zest for life. up untila yearago, everyone was in love with me. everyone? tom brook, bbc news, cannes. the president of south africa says the violence of the past week in the country was a deliberate and well—planned attack on democracy. cyril ramaphosa also acknowledged that the authorities had been unprepared and slow to deal with the crisis. gail maclellan reports. under heavy guard, the president visited a shopping centre, a clean—up
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operation is ongoing. cyril ramaphosa has ruled out declaring a state of emergency, he says calm has returned or is returning to most of the affected areas. the events of the past week, he says, a deliberate attack on the country's democracy. these actions are intended to cripple the economy of our country, to cause social instability, and severely weaken or even dislodge the democratic state. the violence sparked by the incarceration of former president zuma spread across kwazulu—natal and the country, killing 212 people and causing millions of dollars in damage. the president says the instigators had been identified and are under surveillance but they have not been named.
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he also announced the introduction of social relief measures which some fear may prove to be inadequate. the domestic environment is the issue here, the poverty levels, unemployment and inequality. the youth unemployment stands close to 50%, that is one in two people unemployed, so the grinding poverty has affected people long before the situation was worsened by the covid pandemic and the continuing lockdown, it's a big part of what we have seen. cyril ramaphosa says the insurrection has failed because south africans stood up in defence of ha rd—won democracy. gail maclellan, bbc news. to the blue waters of the bahamas now, where alessia zecchini of italy, who set a new record for women's constant no fins diving, with a dive time of three minutes and two seconds, to an incredible self—propelled depth of 74m. the previous record was 72 metres, held by herfriend, japanese diver sayuri kinoshita, who passed away two years ago. well, a short time ago, i spoke to alessia, who told me she dedicated her record to sayuri. it was a great moment in a
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special day, the anniversary of sayuri kinoshita. it was amazing, i mean, italked about it all the way. this is one of the hardest disciplines, you are going down without fins and it is amazing, but at the same time it is quite hard. is quite beautiful and when ijust do it, i thought it was well, not perfect technique but faster than training. and i am sure that sayuri kinoshita was with me. it was for her and i was happy when a made it. it was unbelievable. _ happy when a made it. it was unbelievable. you _ happy when a made it. it was unbelievable. you are - unbelievable. you are describing your best friend who was the previous record holder, but passed away a couple of years ago? what do you think she would have made of what happened today? she
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she would have made of what happened today?— she would have made of what happened today? she could be ha . . l happened today? she could be happy. but _ happened today? she could be happy. but i — happened today? she could be happy, but i mean, _ happened today? she could be happy, but i mean, we - happened today? she could be happy, but i mean, we miss. happened today? she could be l happy, but i mean, we miss her so much. we are upset she is not completely with us. we had an amazing year in 2018 at vertical blue. it was amazing to dive with her because she was so strong. we broke so many records. we miss her so much. watching your dive, it is not just the fact you are holding your breath for over three minutes, but it is all of the hard work you are putting into it and also the pressure that you are going for a world record. what is the secret? how do you hold your breath for so long and do all of that? i started when i was 13, i have been doing this for over 16 years. i have been attempting world records my whole life. so, for most of the day i was quite relaxed. i wasjust
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really focusing on my dave, and ijust think to really focusing on my dave, and i just think to swim well and enjoying may ——my dive as much as they can. enjoying may --my dive as much as they can-— as they can. and you are going to no for as they can. and you are going to go for another— as they can. and you are going to go for another world - as they can. and you are going | to go for another world record? the last one was in 2019. it has been impossible to compete for two years, so i am very excited to dive tomorrow. what is the attraction, _ excited to dive tomorrow. what is the attraction, for _ excited to dive tomorrow. what is the attraction, for someone l is the attraction, for someone who has never done it? where does the adrenaline rush come from? �* , ., , from? it's the hardest discipline _ from? it's the hardest discipline because - from? it's the hardestj discipline because you from? it's the hardest - discipline because you are swimming just with your hands and your legs. you can touch the rope just once when you are at the bottom. so you need good technique and good focus. you need to feel the war to to
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enjoy the dave. it's —— enjoy the dive. enjoy the dave. it's -- en'oy the divafi enjoy the dave. it's -- en'oy the thefi hello. a few places got close to 29 degrees on friday, it's likely over the weekend we will get above 30 for the first time this summer. mostly dry with hot sunshine and it is all because of high pressure which is taking up residence right on top of the uk. but notice there is a frontal system to the north, that will provide more cloud, especially across the north—west of scotland. some cloud to start the day across the irish sea coast, england, north wales, quite a lot of cloud for northern ireland and a little bit across the south of england. that will clear quite quickly but some cloud further north and west will be stubborn, staying quite grey, damp and windy for north west scotland, just 17 degrees for stornaway but in the sunshine in aberdeen, highs of 25. the cloud in northern ireland retreating to the coast, 26 inland through the afternoon, murky for some
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irish sea coast of north—west england and north wales, but inland, temperatures in a few places up to 29 or 30 degrees. always cooler around the coasts with sea breezes. at silverstone, for the british grand prix, it looks hot through saturday and more especially for race day on sunday, lots of sunshine. strong sunshine, very high uv levels for many, especially in the south and west of the uk. make sure you protect yourself if you are out and about for any length of time. heading through saturday night, we see long clear spells, especially down towards england and wales, northern ireland and scotland have more cloud, some of that filtering across the irish sea towards north wales and north—west england, pretty mild and warm night in places, 1a, 15 or 16 degrees. sunday, the further south you are, expect sunshine again, further north, generally more cloud in the mix, and some patchy rain across the north of scotland. temperatures a little bit lower across the northern half of the uk, further south, another very warm or hot day, one or two places in the london area could get up to 30 or even 31 degrees.
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into the start of next week, our area of high pressure will still be with us but tending to slide further west, that will allow something of a northerly wind, knocking the edge off the temperatures, turning less hot, the odd shower in the south on monday and some rain later in the week.
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this is bbc news, the headlines: rescue teams in germany,
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belgium and the netherlands are searching for hundreds of people still missing after some of the worst flooding in western europe in decades. record rainfall caused rivers to burst their banks. more than 120 people lost their lives. president biden�*s accused social media networks like facebook of killing people by allowing users to post misinformation about coronavirus vaccines. with cases rising 70% in the past week, he warned of a pandemic of the unvaccinated. facebook hit back saying two billion people accessed authoritative vaccine information on its site. the south african president has said the deadly unrest that's swept the country was clearly planned and instigated. he said the authorities had been unprepared and slow to deal with the crisis. businesses are warning of looming staff shortages due

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