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this is bbc news. i'm reged ahmad. our top stories: a race against time: the search continues for hundreds of people still missing following devastating floods in germany and other european countries. the task of rebuilding this region seems overwhelming. so much of its vital infrastructure — bridges, roads, railways — is completely gone. back behind the mask: people in la are once more required to wear them indoors, due to a rise in covid cases. cuba's president miguel diaz—canel dismisses last week's historic demonstrations in havana, calling them a lie. film that won the time door...
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—— film that won the palme d'or... wait, wait, wait! and nervous laughter in cannes as the director spike lee accidentally lets slip the name of the winner of the palme d'or. hello and welcome. rescue workers searching for victims of the devastating floods across western europe have warned that more bodies may be found in submerged cars, cellars and collapsed buildings. at least 170 people are known have died, most of them in western germany. chancellor angela merkel is due to visit affected areas on sunday. with more, here's our berlin correspondentjenny hill. in ahrweiler, everything, everyone, is covered in a thick, sticky mud. there's no power, nowhere to buy food, not much mobile reception.
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but they're doing what they can. willie told us they've never seen anything like it here, not even in his parents�* grandparents�* time. "the water rose two metres in 15 or 20 minutes," he told us. "people tried to save their things, went into their basements and, unfortunately, got trapped. i was lucky," he said, "i could get out the back of my basement." around 100 people have died in this district alone. many more are still missing. there was so little time to run, people tell us. look at the force of this flood. and the damage it left behind. the water's receding, but the number of dead is expected to continue to rise. search and rescue, it's feared, will soon be a recovery operation. today, the german president described the loss as heartbreaking. es ist eine zeit...
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translation: it's a time of misery, and in times i of misery, our country sticks together. i'm glad that people, notjust here in the region, but from all over germany, send messages of sympathy and solidarity. so many people just want to help, donations piling up, overwhelming the volunteers at this makeshift warehouse. translation: ican't. imagine what it must be like to be affected. that's why i'm here — to help people. in ahrweiler, across the region, lives turned upside down. also, das wasser ist... this is amelie. "the water," she told us, "came from the playground to our house, but luckily just the ground floor. my gran and granddad were affected, though. they are staying with us now." as the waters slowly subside, they reveal the extent of the damage done. the task of rebuilding this region seems overwhelming. so much of its vital infrastructure — bridges, roads, railways —
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has completely gone. hard to imagine the time, the money it'll take to get this region back on its feet. jenny hill, bbc news, ahrweiler. the flooding has stunned a continent unfamiliar with such widespread weather induced destruction. neighbourhoods have been ripped apart by the rain. the bbc�*s anna holligan has been to meet people on one street in the dutch village of gelle close to both the german and belgian borders. clayfield street lies deep inside the dutch disaster zone. bridget and her husband peter came home to this. 0thers bridget and her husband peter came home to this. others are still cautiously navigating their way back. this is cecile. cecile runs a fishing lake which is just cecile runs a fishing lake which isjust behind cecile runs a fishing lake which is just behind these trees but you can see here the
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water is everywhere. everywhere, yes. water is everywhere. eve here, es. . everywhere, yes. where are the fish? all over _ everywhere, yes. where are the fish? all over the _ everywhere, yes. where are the fish? all over the place. - everywhere, yes. where are the fish? all over the place. it's - fish? all over the place. it's terrible- _ fish? all over the place. it's terrible. do _ fish? all over the place. it's terrible. do you _ fish? all over the place. it's terrible. do you think- fish? all over the place. it's terrible. do you think you . fish? all over the place. it's i terrible. do you think you will still have _ terrible. do you think you will still have a — terrible. do you think you will still have a business - terrible. do you think you will still have a business after- still have a business after this? �* ., ., ., ., this? after corona was all terrible. _ this? after corona was all terrible, we... _ this? after corona was all terrible, we... difficult. l terrible, we... difficult. difficult. _ terrible, we... difficult. difficult, more, - terrible, we... difficult. difficult, more, more . terrible, we... difficult. - difficult, more, more difficult and corona. difficult, more, more difficult and corona-— difficult, more, more difficult and corona. but you are here in our and corona. but you are here in your sandals- — and corona. but you are here in your sandals. do _ and corona. but you are here in your sandals. do you _ and corona. but you are here in your sandals. do you have - your sandals. do you have people coming to help you? yes, but water goes _ people coming to help you? yes, but water goes down. _ people coming to help you? 133 but water goes down. yeah. it's hard to know how to help. but while covid people apart, alone, this catastrophe has united communities. peter's neighbours were too afraid to set foot in the floodwater so he waited into film some
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footage so they could see the scale of the damage inside. the water came _ scale of the damage inside. the water came very _ scale of the damage inside. tue: water came very quick, scale of the damage inside. tte: water came very quick, higher, so in the house up to my middle and we have saved our goats, our chickens and our dog. this record rainfall _ our chickens and our dog. this record rainfall has _ our chickens and our dog. this record rainfall has been an awakening for a low—lying nation that thought it had sufficient flood defences. at last, friends have arrived to help rescue cecile's livelihood. like so many, she was hoping, as the covid rules eased, this summer season would be a chance to catch a break. but once again, they are surrounded by uncertainty. anna holligan, bbc news, gelle.
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los angeles residents are once again being required to wear face masks indoors, following an increase in coronavirus cases amongst the non—vaccinated. the city is the first area of its kind to restore such requirements in the us. john swartzberg is clinical professor emeritus at —— dr. mati hlatshwayo davis is a clinical instructor of infectious diseases at washington university school of medicine and a physician in st louis, missouri. thank you so much forjoining us. i wonder, thank you so much forjoining us. iwonder, this thank you so much forjoining us. i wonder, this uptick in cases that la is seeing, is it because of younger people not wearing masks or is the delta variant actually making people more sick than perhaps other variants? , , more sick than perhaps other variants?— variants? this is absolutely beinu variants? this is absolutely being driven _ variants? this is absolutely being driven by _ variants? this is absolutely being driven by the - variants? this is absolutely being driven by the delta i being driven by the delta variant. now it counts for 58% of new cases. this is up from
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43% last month. in this region. and we know that that is where this is coming from. we know also that over 99% of new cases— of new cases are in those who are unvaccinated, over 98% of hospitalisations and again over 99% of deaths so this tells us that the delta variant is incredibly more transmissible, 50% more than the b117 variant, but also that vaccines work. the 3117 variant, but also that vaccines work.— the 3117 variant, but also that vaccines work. and in terms of the peeple _ vaccines work. and in terms of the people that _ vaccines work. and in terms of the people that are _ vaccines work. and in terms of the people that are ending - vaccines work. and in terms of the people that are ending up| the people that are ending up in hospital, we are seeing younger people taking up hospital spaces when perhaps with the other variants, we did not see younger people getting as sick. is this purely because they are unvaccinated or are there other reasons? t they are unvaccinated or are there other reasons?- they are unvaccinated or are there other reasons? i think it does reflect — there other reasons? i think it does reflect these _ there other reasons? i think it does reflect these two - there other reasons? i think it does reflect these two things. j does reflect these two things. number one, obviously the
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rollout in the beginning predominantly focused on older people so across the country we know that our predominantly vaccine and i can —— vaccinated folks are in the older age group, as they should be because of the higher risk burden on the population. so it is then obvious that younger people may not be as activated at higher levels. but we also know that the delta variant again is 50% more transmissible than any other variant in play so we are seeing higher rates of transmission and this is reflected on what before in more cases in younger people. our younger people seeing their 0ur younger people seeing their friends, you know, being hospitalised, getting more sick, and is perhaps changing their behaviour? are they now finding they want to go and get vaccinated because this happening? t vaccinated because this happening?— vaccinated because this happening? vaccinated because this haueninu? ., , happening? i would hope so but unfortunately _ happening? i would hope so but unfortunately we _ happening? i would hope so but unfortunately we are _ happening? i would hope so but unfortunately we are also - unfortunately we are also seeing, you know, in the midst of another phenomenon on which is we are naturally now, towards the more resistant portion of the population, as
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far as vaccinations go because most people who were confident in vaccines, who were eager to get the vaccines operably got them early. and we are now at them early. and we are now at the end of the population, of people who are on the fence, who wanted to wait and see or who wanted to wait and see or who just flat out didn't want them and so, to have that type of resistance at a time where we have this new variant in play is concerning. and it makes it even more of a push for folks like myself, makes it even more of a push forfolks like myself, who have dedicated ourselves not only to the care of people with covid at to educate people, to really understand why these prevention methods are so crucial. just briefl , methods are so crucial. just briefly, what _ methods are so crucial. just briefly, what lessons - methods are so crucial. just briefly, what lessons can be learned than in terms of the rest of the world for what is happening in la, especially other countries that do have high vaccination rates, higher than other parts. is there a lesson to be learned there? t lesson to be learned there? i think the most important lesson to be learned there? t think the most important lesson is covid spares no—one. it
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definitely spares no—one that is unvaccinated. we know there is unvaccinated. we know there is global vaccine in equity at the moment and we need to do a betterjob of closing the gap and in the meantime, masking works, social distancing works. hand hygiene and hand washing works and those need to be implemented aggressively. thank ou, implemented aggressively. thank you. doctor- _ two athletes at the tokyo olympic village have tested positive for coronavirus, five days before the start of the games. an international olympic committee member from south korea also tested positive for the virus when he landed in tokyo. on saturday, organisers of the olympics announced the first case inside the olympic village, adding that the person was not a competitor. the ioc president thomas bach has said he is confident that those who test positive would be dealt with appropriately. police in washington, dc have said four people were wounded in a shooting outside the nationals park baseball stadium in the city. the incident led to the cancellation of a baseball game that had been in progress between the washington nationals and the san diego padres. police said it appeared
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there was no ongoing threat. high—level talks have begun between afghan political leaders and the taliban in the gulf state of qatar. 0ur chief international correspondent lyse doucet is in doha, where she has been speaking to taliban spokesperson suhail shaheen. there have been on and off talks in the gulf state of qatar since last september but they have made very little process which is why there is a push to try to conduct the negotiations at a higher level —— little progress. that's why a more senior delegation has come from kabul to engage in talks with senior taliban members at an absolutely crucial time in this intensifying war. as the taliban continue to make surprisingly rapid gains across the country, many are asking whether they are now bent on a military victory rather than a negotiated way out of this war.
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joining us is a member of the taliban negotiating team and their spokesperson, taliban negotiating team and theirspokesperson, suhail shaheen. the taliban give the impression that you believe that you have all but one and you simply want the afghan government delegation to hand over power criteria to surrender. is that the spirit of these talks? that is a perception of the other side, not our policy. our policy is to have a negotiated settlement of the issue. that is our policy. we want this, because in that circumstance, we can then bring a durable peace to the country. that is our objective. but why overrun so many districts and even more, sees strategic water crossings. —— seize. it does give the impression you are trying to march to victory. tt impression you are trying to march to victory.— impression you are trying to march to victory. if you have taken all _ march to victory. if you have taken all of _ march to victory. if you have taken all of those _ march to victory. if you have taken all of those border - taken all of those border crossings and districts by force, that would have been a
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diversion. we say it is our problem of policy for a peaceful solution, that is the policy but right now, we are initiating that and also, we had urged that the high—level delegation should be here in kohama in order to speed up the process. kohama in order to speed up the rocess. ., ., , process. the taliban have been clari in: process. the taliban have been clarifying their _ process. the taliban have been clarifying their political - clarifying their political views, your ideas, which include opposition to elections, a political structure within tomic mer like you have now, changed constitution, which underlines that your vision is dramatically different from the sonic republic of afghanistan ——an islamic emir. mt sonic republic of afghanistan --an islamic emir._ --an islamic emir. all those issues. --an islamic emir. all those issues- we _ --an islamic emir. all those issues. we have _ --an islamic emir. all those issues. we have looked - --an islamic emir. all those issues. we have looked to l --an islamic emir. all those l issues. we have looked to the table of negotiation.— issues. we have looked to the table of negotiation. those are our table of negotiation. those are your views. — table of negotiation. those are your views. you _ table of negotiation. those are your views, you have _ table of negotiation. those are | your views, you have presented them in recent talks.— them in recent talks. yes, of course we — them in recent talks. yes, of course we have _ them in recent talks. yes, of course we have an _ them in recent talks. yes, of course we have an agenda. l them in recent talks. yes, of. course we have an agenda. we present our agenda to the negotiating team and they bring their own agenda and then the two teams discuss this, negotiate through the topics
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and come with a decision with a conclusion so that conclusion would be acceptable. we do not want to impose, then what is the negotiation for? the ideas from the republic _ the negotiation for? the ideas from the republic of - from the republic of afghanistan can also be acceptable to your future vision? , ., , , ., ~ vision? they are speaking alwa s vision? they are speaking always about _ vision? they are speaking always about the - vision? they are speaking | always about the republic. elections... president... they are speaking _ elections... president... they are speaking of— elections... president... they are speaking of the _ elections... president... they are speaking of the republic. are speaking of the republic and election and those things which means that they want to impose something on us before any negotiations take place. t any negotiations take place. i accuse you of trying to impose... accuse you of trying to impose- - -_ accuse you of trying to imose... �* ., ., impose... 3ut we are always sa in: impose... 3ut we are always saying leave _ impose... 3ut we are always saying leave these _ impose... 3ut we are always saying leave these two - impose... 3ut we are always| saying leave these two things to the negotiation teams, why we are here in doha, the negotiation is about both teams to reach a peaceful solution, but could not be reached if one side imposes its views on
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another. side imposes its views on another-— side imposes its views on another. , , ., another. 3ut was list is that speaking — another. 3ut was list is that speaking to _ another. 3ut was list is that speaking to taliban - speaking to taliban spokesperson suhail shaheen. --at spokesperson suhail shaheen. ——at least reset. you are watching bbc news, the headlines: a race against time — the search continues for hundreds of people still missing — following devastating floods in germany and other european countries. cuba's president miguel diaz—canel has denounced what he says is a false narrative about unrest on the communist—run caribbean island. he's blaming social media, and the united states, for unprecedented anti—government protests last weekend. thousands rallied in cities across cuba over food shortages, curbs on civil liberties and the authorities�* handling of the pandemic. courtney bembridge reports. for the second time in a week, large crowds took to the streets of havana. this time it was in support of the government. translation: we have j to defend our revolution
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by our own right. the words of the president, he made it clear that this revolution will not be overthrown by anyone. reiwa castro, the 90—year—old brother of the delta, attended the rally but left the president, miguel diaz—canel, to address the crowd. translation: the enemy has once again gone all out to destroy - the sacred unity and peace of the citizens. they are encouraging and glorifying disrespect and the destruction of property. right now, what the world is seeing from cuba is a lie. this is what he was referring to, last weekend, thousands of people rallied against the government in havana and other cities. they were calling for freedom, food and medicines as well as vaccines. the demonstrations were the biggest in decades, a rare show of dissent where in a country un— authorised public gatherings are illegal.
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more than 100 people were arrested and the government shut off internet access for days afterwards. mobile internet was only introduced in cuba two years ago and since then, independent and social media platforms have been a thorn in the government's side. translation: it is our duty to tell the other side - of the story, and it doesn't with the official version. what drives us is that people are reading our work and recognise it and are asking for information. in washington, crowds gathered outside the cuban embassy to show their support for the anti—government protesters. my grandmother left in 1970, and because of the dictatorship, we have not been able to go back. 0urfamily is our family is dying 0urfamily is dying and record numbers because of covid—19. they made their way to the white house next. presidentjoe biden has
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expressed solidarity with the cuban people and called the country a failed state, but did not make any firm commitments. courtney bembridge, bbc news. tens of thousands of pilgrims have arrived in the saudi arabian city of mecca for a downsized hajj — which formally starts on sunday. as sophia tran—thomson reports, restrictions are tight. the annual hajj pilgrimage, one of the five pillars of islam. all muslims are expected to retrace the prophet mohammed's final pilgrimage at least once in their lives if they have the means to do so. the event is usually one of the world's largest annual gatherings and would normally see 2.5 million muslims from around the world converge on mecca. this year, just 60,000 healthy and vaccinated saudi residents, chosen through a lottery from almost 600,000 applicants, will take part. strict social distancing measures are in place and a hajj smart pass
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is being used to allow contact—free access and transportation to the various religious sites and accommodation. technology will also play a part, with the deployment of robots to dispense bottles of sacred water from the grand mosque and others to dispense disinfectant. while a large proportion of security will take place remotely, and most of the marshals who would normally be on site will be in a call centre instead. translation: we help them| if they are lost or need urgent medical help or can't find a toll operator. it's taken complicated and costly planning, but hosting the hajj is a matter of prestige for saudi rulers. barring overseas pilgrims will cost the kingdom around $12 billion this year and impact hundreds of thousands of jobs in the holy city.
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but the hajj is a gathering which could easily become a coronavirus super spreader event and with around 1a out of 3a million saudis still unvaccinated, it's a risk the kingdom isn't willing to take. sophia tran—thompson, bbc news. the french director, julia ducourneau, has won the palme d'0r at the cannes film festival for her movie about a serial killer, titane. she's only the second female director to win one of the film world's most prestigious awards. but the announcement didn't quite go according to plan, as tim allman explains. can you tell me which film is the first prize? yes, ican. a big night and a big moment, that came just a bit earlier than intended. the film that won the palme d'0r is titane. wait, wait, no! spike lee announcing the winner of the palme d'0r a little ahead of schedule... cue a fair dose of confusion
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and a few red faces. fast forward a couple of hours, throw in a hollywood sex symbol, and try again. are you ready? i am ready. it is now? 0k. the palme d'0r — titane. directorjulia ducourneau still looks a little overwhelmed, even if she knew she was going to win ahead of time. and why not? she is on the second woman to ever be awarded the palme d'0r. titane has been described as outlandish, grizzly, yet comic. it is the story of a female serial killer, set to be one of the most shocking films ever shown at the festival. there was this moment where i felt i was in the twilight zone, so i did not believe it at all. somehow, there was the same attention if nothing had been said. —— same tension as if he hadn't said anything. elsewhere, the award for the best actress went to a norwegian actor for her
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part in the worst person in the world. and america's caleb landry jones was named best actor for the film nitram. the big winner wasjulia ducourneau, who said her evening had been perfect because it was imperfect. tim allman, bbc news. earlier, i spoke to the entertainmentjournalist kj matthews and asked her about spike lee's premature award announcement. oh my god, it was echoes of the oscars back in 2017. do you remember when warren beatty announced the award for best picture and it was the wrong one? oh my god, it was just cringeworthy. but many people asked spike lee, what happened, how did you get the name, or did you get the wrong title which you were supposed to announce? he was supposed to announce the best actress and he announced the palme d'0r before it was supposed to be announced. afterwards, spike lee says he has no reason, he is sorry, he knows he messed up, it's as simple as that. i guess we will never really
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know, but he knows he messed up, he feels horrible and says it is just as simple as that. didn't ruin the ceremony, did it? it did not, it was history making. julia ducournau won for herfilm, titane — do you know she is only the second woman to win in the cannes film festival's 7a—year history? 7a years and only two women have walked away with the big prize, so definitely history—making, and also remember, spike lee is the first african—american to helm and be the jurist, the lead of the cannes film festival this year, so first black person to be on the jury and the first person to win the palme d'0r a female, so wonderful to have history making at the cannes film festival right after the pandemic. as you say, barriers being broken. tell us more aboutjulia ducournau and her win, and how significant it is.
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it's very significant. julia ducournau is only in her 30s so she is not a director who has been around for a long time, and a lot of people outside of france may not really know her. she had some type of fame back in 2016 when she had a really well received film by the name of raw. she really sticks with the horror, thriller, kind of graphic genre, and even this year, with titane, there were people saying the film was so graphic that some people actually walked out. that's her niche, that's what she does, so she is really breaking out and making an international impact which is wonderful. and i think it also sends a message to the rest of the world that people are ready to see all of these large film festivals be much more diverse, with women and with people of colour being participants and winning these awards, so i hope this is the beginning of many more women winning, and hopefully a person of colour in the future.
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entertainment journalist entertainmentjournalist kj matthews there. stay with us on bbc news. hello there. saturday saw the warmest weather of the year so far in all four nations of the uk. and in northern ireland, whereas you can see it was beach weather in county down, temperatures actually broke the all—time record. the highest temperature since records began in northern ireland, ballywatticock 31.2 degrees. but in england, in wales and in scotland, we saw some pretty high temperatures. however, the far north of scotland was much, much cooler, just 13 degrees for parts of shetland, whereas you can see we had a lot of cloud. you can pick that out on the satellite picture through saturday afternoon. and that cloud has been pushing a little further south—westwards, so starting off sunday morning, rather cloudy and murky for parts of northern ireland. quite a lot of cloud for scotland, too, with some patchy rain in the far north.
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the cloud should tend to break up to give some spells of sunshine, although it will stay quite murky for some northern coasts of northern ireland. i think england and wales will see the lion's share of the sunshine, and that's where we'll have the highest temperatures as well. slightly cooler day for scotland and northern ireland. for england and wales, particularly down towards the south, we're looking at highs of 30, possibly 31 degrees in the london area. and the sun very, very strong at the moment, very high uv levels in southern england, parts of wales. the lower levels further north only because we'll have more in the way of cloud. so, as we head through sunday evening and into the early hours of monday, we keep clear spells, especially across england and wales. still more cloud at times across scotland and northern ireland, some mist and murk. and it will be another very warm and muggy night. 0vernight lows between 12—17 degrees. so, we start monday with high pressure still in charge, but notice the centre of the high is slipping a little further westwards. that will allow a very gentle north or north—westerly flow
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of air across the country. and that'll bring just a subtle change in the temperatures, a slightly cooler day for many, a bit more cloud working into north sea coasts as well. some cloud for north—west scotland, parts of northern ireland, and you'll see maybe just the odd shower, the odd sharp shower breaking out across southern areas. those temperatures a little down, still quite warm in the south. a little bit cooler further north. as we look further ahead, there is a lot of dry weather on offer this week. still some relatively high temperatures. it mayjust start to turn a bit more unsettled by friday.
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the headlines: rescue workers searching for victims of the devastating floods which earlier in the week that germany and the benelux countries have warned or bodies may be found in submerged cars, sellers and collapsed buildings. at least 183 people are known to have died, most in western germany —— cellars. residents of los angeles are again being required to wearface angeles are again being required to wear face masks indoors following coronavirus cases among the non—vaccinated. the rule comes to in effect at midnight local time, the rule comes to in effect at midnight localtime, making it midnight local time, making it the midnight localtime, making it the first area of its kind to restore such requirements in the us. and the cuban president has dismissed last week's historic demonstrations as a lie during a pro—government rally in havana. he claimed false images posted online had encouraged and glorified the destruction of property. now on bbc news,
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