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welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore. i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines... brazil's president should face criminal charges over his handling of the pandemic — so says a parliamentary inquiry — jair bolsonaro dismisses the findings. britain's health secretary rejects calls to reintroduce covid restrictions in england — even though he admits covid cases could reach 100,000 a day in the uk. we've been in a race, a race between the vaccine and the virus. and although we are ahead in that race, the gap is narrowing. joe biden�*s nominee to be u.s.
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ambassador in beijing takes a tough line on china at his senate confirmation hearing. prc's genocide, its abuses in tibet, its smothering of hong kong's autonomy and freedoms and its bullying of taiwan are unjust and must stop. plus, a mission is under way to save dogs trapped by lava on the spanish island of la palma. live from our studio in singapore — this is bbc news. it's newsday. it's 6am here in singapore and 7pm in brasilia, where presidentjair bolsonaro blasted a parliamentary report saying he should be charged with crimes for his handling of brazil's covid pandemic. mr bolsonaro said the results of the six—month inquiry produced
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"nothing but hatred and rancour". he's been accused of failing to control the virus that has killed more than 600,000 brazilians. the panel wants the president to face a number of criminal charges, including crimes against humanity. the bbc�*s katy watson is in brasilia and sent this report. but despite president bolsonaro's bold predictions, covid—19 wreaked havoc in brazil. there is no normalfor the hundreds of thousands of families who lost loved ones. and as each new grave was dug, denial at the top continued. today was a combination of nearly six months of hearings, picking apart all that bolsonaro did and and didn't do. the government was accused of underplaying the crisis from the very start.
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senators pointing to our report in the amazon — where hospitals collapsed earlier this year — as proof the situation was worse than claimed. ahead of the report's final reading, crimes, including indigenous genocide and mass homicide, were removed. that, though, doesn't mean bolsonaro has been let off. translation: no, absolutely not. the combined charges against president bolsonaro amount to more than 84 years in prison. this man spent four months in icu. the scars from being intubated still very visible. his family refused to believe the doctor is when they said his the doctors when they said his only option was palliative care. thanks to them, he is here today. "families were betrayed," he says, "they feel a weight on their conscience that they could have done something like my family did. it was an ideological choice made, not a medical one with my treatment."
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the inquiry has its critics. bolsonaro supporters say it's vindictive, and he remains resolute. 600,000 deaths and counting, while brazil buries the dead, crimes are still being unearthed. but willjair bolsonaro have to answer to them? katy watson reporting from brasila. to look into the impact of the inquiry, i'm joined now by professor lorena barberia, who works with the department of political science, at the university of sao paulo. great to have you on newsday with
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us, professor. just want to start by asking, as we saw in that report from my colleague, a lot of anticipation about this inquiry. how significant has it been? it’s anticipation about this inquiry. how significant has it been?— significant has it been? it's been since the inquiry _ significant has it been? it's been since the inquiry started - significant has it been? it's been since the inquiry started in - significant has it been? it's been since the inquiry started in april| since the inquiry started in april it's been very important, it's produced evidence and data that we didn't have access to and wasn't in discussion, and the testimonies, the data, the evidence that has been brought forward throughout the hearings have been fundamentally important. there has been critical weeks where it has completely shaped the debate in society about the response to the pandemic and help to understand better why we have 600,000 deaths.— understand better why we have 600,000 deaths. , , ., ~ ., 600,000 deaths. yes, you know, there is no guarantee — 600,000 deaths. yes, you know, there is no guarantee that _ 600,000 deaths. yes, you know, there is no guarantee that the _ 600,000 deaths. yes, you know, there is no guarantee that the inquiry - is no guarantee that the inquiry will lead necessarily to a criminal charge. i think that is the understanding at this point in time,
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but could he go to jail because macbeth happened before in brazil. so, yes, that's correct. this is the beginning of a long process, and that's important to understand, but it's important to understand that the evidence that was produced in the evidence that was produced in the report is over 1,000 pages, including allegations and details about crimes including corruption charges, including charges about crimes against humanity. there is numerous possible crimes which the president can be prosecuted by the federal prosecutor if he chooses to act on the report. that is one of the goals. i think the second goal is in terms of society and the terms of voters, this report and the evidence it brings forward helps to really document and uphold the president accountable for this situation that we live in brazil and we continue to see transpire currently, which we still continue to have very high infection rates
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and death rates, so nothing unfortunately has changed in terms of the government's approach to this pandemic. just of the government's approach to this andemic, , , , ., of the government's approach to this andemic. , , , ., ~ , pandemic. just briefly, how likely is it that we _ pandemic. just briefly, how likely is it that we get _ pandemic. just briefly, how likely is it that we get to _ pandemic. just briefly, how likely is it that we get to the _ pandemic. just briefly, how likely is it that we get to the point - pandemic. just briefly, how likely. is it that we get to the point where there are formal charges levelled against him?— against him? while, i think it's likel , against him? while, i think it's likely. it's _ against him? while, i think it's likely, it's also _ against him? while, i think it's likely, it's also important - against him? while, i think it's likely, it's also important to i against him? while, i think it's l likely, it's also important to note that the report indicts 66 of their government officials, including ministers, the ministers of health who served under his administration, two companies with questions about the procurements and the way that they the different parts of the contracts that were awarded by the government. so i think they is likely that there will be several cases that will be litigated against these individuals. in the short term, obviously, we are not going to see something publicly happen, it will go through the courts. iliai’rite will go through the courts. write
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from thank _ will go through the courts. write from thank you _ will go through the courts. write from thank you very _ will go through the courts. write from thank you veryjoining - will go through the courts. write from thank you veryjoining us from the university of sao paulo.- the university of sao paulo. thank ou ve the university of sao paulo. thank you very much- — britain's health secretary has warned that there could be up to 100,000 new covid cases a day this winter. sajid javid urged those who are unvaccinated to getjabbed. and he advised everyone to start wearing face masks in crowded settings. but he came short of calling for mandatory face coverings, and a return to working from home — the so—called plan b. more from our health editor hugh pym. queues of ambulances waiting to hand over patients at some hospitals tell their own story — the nhs under intensifying pressure, coping with a range of health conditions, and all that before winter has started to bite. and today, the health secretary struck a more downbeat note, with a warning about the outlook for covid cases. they could go yet as high as 100,000 a day. we are also seeing greater pressure on the nhs. across the uk, we are now approaching 1,000
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hospitalisations per day. health leaders say, with those covid numbers adding to the existing strain on hospitals, intervention is needed now, in the shape of the government's plan b, setting out tougher measures which could be implemented. when you have the combination of winter pressures, covid pressures and the backlog, put all of that together, you've got a perfect storm, and that's why we need to do everything we can to reduce the pressure, and that's why we need plan b now. the government says it will introduce plan b if there is unsustainable pressure on the nhs in england, with steps like making face coverings mandatory in some settings, asking people to work from home and introducing vaccine passports. in northern ireland, face coverings remain a legal requirement in crowded indoor spaces. it's the same for masks in wales. proof of vaccination at nightclubs is needed and people are encouraged to work from home. scotland's strategy, similarly,
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includes vaccine passports and facemasks in schools and some other settings. ministers say the strategy in england for now is to focus on the continued roll—out of vaccines, boosterjabs and first and second doses for those who haven't already had them. but the big unknown is whether that can happen fast enough to help slow any future spread of the virus. here, gareth is getting a third dose. he's eligible because he is undergoing treatment for cancer and his immune system has been compromised. i feel great, actually. ifeel a lot more confident going forward. i am a great believer in the vaccination programme. sajid javid ruled out plan b for now, but he warned that, if people didn't come forward forjabs, the government might have to step in. am i saying that, if we don't do our bit, get vaccinated, you know, all those behavioural changes that we can make, that we are more likely to face restrictions as we head into winter?
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i am saying that. i think we've been really clear that we've all got a role to play. he also announced deals to secure two new treatments for covid patients, which would be available for the nhs if approved by regulators, but that could be a few months away. in the meantime, the virus threat is still looming. hugh pym, bbc news. russian president vladmir putin is ordering his country to stay at home for a week — with pay — in a bid to try to bring the covid pandemic under control. the measure comes as covid infections and fatalities continue to rise. the bbc�*s steve rosenberg has more from moscow. well, in russia, the numbers keep going up. related deaths in the last 2a hours, 1,028.
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it's reached the point where the kremlin has decided it has to do something to try to slow the spread of the virus, so today, president putin approved a workplace shut down across the country for about a week or so, so from october the 30th to november the seventh. basically businesses will close, and those regions in russia where the situation is particularly bad, they will be allowed to shut down sooner and for longer. the kremlin leader also called on russians to go and get vaccinated. he said we could see dangerous consequences from the slow pace of vaccination. but up until now, many russians have simply ignored official calls to go and get the jabs, only about a third of the population have been fully vaccinated. president putin actually referred to russian's reluctance to protect themselves and their loved ones today. he said, "i simply don't understand it. "0ur vaccines," he said, "are reliable and they are affected." the problem is that vaccine scepticism is widespread in russia and so is mistrust of the authorities. many people here simply don't believe what those in power tell them.
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so even if the prime minister, or in this case the president, goes on television and tells russians the vaccine is safe, go and get the vaccine, many here pay no attention. presidentjoe biden's nominee to be us ambassador to china, nicholas burns, has taken a tough line on china at his senate confirmation hearing in washington, saying "genocide in xinjiang," abuses in tibet and bullying of taiwan must stop. mr burns is a long—time diplomat who previously served as us ambassador to nato and greece. here's some of what he had to say. prc�*s genocide, its abuses in tibet, its smothering of hong kong's autonomy and freedoms and its bullying of taiwan are unjust and must stop. beijing's recent actions against taiwan are especially objectionable.
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joining me now from washington dc, is alex ward, the national security reporter for politico. he's been listening to nicholas burns senate confirmation hearing on wednesday. great to have you on newsday. ijust want to start by picking up on some of the things that mister burns said in that senate confirmation hearing. he called the relationship between the us and china a strategy of competition and cooperation. that's how he sees that relationship playing out. how do you think that reflects the biden administration's stance on china? it’s reflects the biden administration's stance on china?— stance on china? it's identical. they want _ stance on china? it's identical. they want to — stance on china? it's identical. they want to compete - stance on china? it's identical. they want to compete with - stance on china? it's identical. i they want to compete with china, they want to win on technology, but they want to win on technology, but they also want to co—operate on things like climate change, making
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sure there isn't as much aggression in the south china sea and international waters. it's basically the biden administration line and he walked to quite beautifully. yes. walked to quite beautifully. yes, alex, walked to quite beautifully. yes, alex. mister _ walked to quite beautifully. yes, alex, mister burns _ walked to quite beautifully. yes, alex, mister burns also - walked to quite beautifully. yes, alex, mister burns also called rising or a bad idea of a rising china as the biggest geopolitical test of the 21st century, but at the same time, american businesses have huge financial interests in china, so how does the us navigate that balance? ~ ., , balance? well, that is the multibillion-dollar - balance? well, that is the i multibillion-dollar question, balance? well, that is the - multibillion-dollar question, and a multibillion—dollar question, and a sense, the biden administration is trying to do is make it better for american companies to dl around the world and not have to compete too much with chinese firms to upgrade our access to the chinese market to ensure that both mega countries can coexist as much as possible, but the us is not going to give up on key industries to security interests, it's going to push for what it
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wants. the hope from this administration as it can find a way to kind of make china fine with that. where china win some, america wins some, where there isn't a 0—sum belief between the two nations kind i think that's what burns was trying to get across. he was being reflective of what's president biden would like to see. he wants to see a us china relationship that both sides understand that we don't agree on everything, in fact we don't agree on much, but hopefully they can at least talk it out as opposed to fighting it out. find can at least talk it out as opposed to fighting it out.— to fighting it out. and briefly, alex, to fighting it out. and briefly, alex. you _ to fighting it out. and briefly, alex, you cannot _ to fighting it out. and briefly, alex, you cannot speak- to fighting it out. and briefly, alex, you cannot speak for. to fighting it out. and briefly, - alex, you cannot speak for beijing, but, you know, what do you think the sentiment is going to be from china what he dashed from what he has said? i what he dashed from what he has said? , . ., �* , ., said? i expect it won't be that terrible. you _ said? i expect it won't be that terrible. you have _ said? i expect it won't be that terrible. you have already - said? i expect it won't be that l terrible. you have already seen said? i expect it won't be that - terrible. you have already seen the mouthpiece global times basically say that burns is a part of, is now mike pompeo, the former secretary of state, that he is somewhat nuanced on china. they might change their tune now based on this again because
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he was a bit more forceful and stern in his language, and one can imagine thatis in his language, and one can imagine that is because he still needs republicans to vote for him in congress, and i'm sure that is what he fails, but i would expect that beijing would say, ok, this is about what we expected to hear from burns, let's see if we can work with him while he is in town.— let's see if we can work with him while he is in town. alex, national security reporter with _ while he is in town. alex, national security reporter with politico. - security reporter with politico. thank you so much forjoining us on newsday. if you want to get in touch with me, i'm on twitter — @bbckarishma. the relationship between the us and china, for instance. i'm looking forward to hearing from you. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme... we meet the crew preparing for a mission to rescue four dogs stranded by lava on the spanish island of la palma. a historic moment that
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this is newsday on the bbc. i'm karishma vaswani in singapore. the headlines... a senate inquiry in brazil says presidentjair bolsonaro should be charged with crimes against humanity over his handling of the covid pandemic. mr bolsonaro has dismissed the findings. the uk health secretary says he will not bring in mandatory measures to stop the spread of covid—19 — despite saying cases could rise to 100,000 a day. nikolas cruz, the man who shot dead 17 people at a school in parkland, florida, three years ago, has pleaded guilty to murder — and the attempted murder of 17 others who were injured. the 23—year—old apologised to the victims and their families in court. prosecutors have described
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the killings — one of the deadliest school shootings in us history — as cold, calculated and premeditated. they are seeking the death penalty. the parents of luke hoyer — who was killed in the shooting — agree he should be given a death sentence. he does not deserve life in prison. life in prison is a life. he deserves nothing more than the death penalty. i'm just looking forjustice here, and justice for us is, you know, we want him dead, we went him forgotten. i don't ever want to hear this kid's name again. miami herald crime reporter david 0valle explained the process involved to get to a potential death penalty in the state of florida. the likelihood that nikolas was ever going to be acquitted or found not guilty by reason of
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insanity was pretty much non—existent. so —— ——non—existent, so, really, him pleading guilty todayjust buys him a little bit of an edge so that when he is at the penalty phase of the trial, defendant neck sentencing phase, his lawyers can argue, you know, that he had remorse coming at contrition, you know, love, he went ahead and pleaded guilty and accepted responsibility for this act. but, yes, absolutely, the thrust of the penalty phase next year will be his story, right? all the mitigating factors, he was born to a crack cocaine addicted mother, he was adopted, he had all these mental health issues and all this tumultuous life and upbringing as a youth, so that will be laid out for thejurors in hopes that at least one, that's all you need is just one to stand fast and go for a life, and if it's not unanimous, then he will get life in prison, and if not, if they agree unanimously, you know, 12—0, he will be sentenced to death.
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let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines. at least 46 people have died and several are missing after floods caused by unseasonal heavy rain hit the northern indian state of uttarakhand. the impact has been devastating; fields of crops have been destroyed, roads blocked, and bridges have been washed away. the indian airforce has been called in to help the rescue effort. across the border in nepal, rescuers have been making desperate attempts to reach a village in the west of the country, where around 60 people have been marooned by flood waters for two days. 31 people have been reported dead after days of heavy rains across the country. the son of shah rukh khan, one of bollywood's biggest starts, is appealing to the high courts after his plea for bail was rejected. —— the son of shah rukh khan, one of bollywood's biggest stars, aryan khan was arrested by the narcotics control bureau earlier this month after being
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caught with illegal drugs on a rave cruise ship off the coast of mumbai. he has denied the allegations against him. alexei navalny — the kremlin's biggest critic —has recieved the european parliament's top human right�*s award. the sakharov prize was awarded to navalnvy in recognition of of his immense personal bravery in the fight against corruption. alexei navalny is currently being held in prison in russia after he survived being poised with the banned nerve agent novichok. last night on this programme we had a report on the volcano that's been erupting on the island of la palma, in the canary islands. at the end of that piece we heard about an ongoing mission to feed three dogs who had been stranded by the lava, using drones. well, a rescue mission was planned, but now the canines are nowhere to be seen. danjohnson has been following the story, and has the latest. all life has been caught in this eruption and these three got left behind,
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trapped by lava. they have been fed by a drone and are now looking to the skies for rescue. and here it is — the flying retriever, a snare from the air coming to lower the pups in and lift them up, up and away. very, very, very good. we are positive. we are motivated and we are going to try, we're going try, 0k? this sort of rescue mission can only be considered because of the fact human life has been so successfully protected here so far, but that doesn't mean that this eruption is without any risk. so, scientific teams are busy monitoring every aspect of the volcano, its lava and its gases, the silent, unseen, airborne threat. anna is here from manchester. i am starting my second year
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of my phd, so i never imagined i would be able to come here and see a live volcano. so, it's incredible experience for me. really bad for people, of course. i'm really sad about all the loss, but for me, an amazing experience. pulling off this daring dog rescue is not easy and the canine airlift is currently on pause because they can't actually find them. i think we can do it, we can do it, ok? but like so many people here, this team is dedicated and determined. danjohnson, bbc news, la palma. and before we go, we leave you with a sculpture shushing the city that never sleeps. the 80 foot collusus, that's just under 25 metres titled "a water's soul", depicts a woman holding her fingers to her lips. the statue overlooks manhattan and seems to be telling the busy city to �*quiet down.�* the artist,
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that's all for now — stay with bbc world news. thanks so much forjoining us. they thanks so much for “oining us. they sta with thanks so much for “oining us. they stay with sac— thanks so much forjoining us. they stay with bbc news _ thanks so much forjoining us. they stay with bbc news for _ thanks so much forjoining us. they stay with bbc news for much more up ahead. hello. thursday is going to feel chilly — especially when we contrast it with the temperatures we had at the start of the week, when we were getting daytime highs in the high teens, even the low—20s. and it will feel all the more cold because we'll pick up a keen northerly wind. the cold air plunging in behind this weather front, sinking south overnight. ahead of it, some heavy rain which pull off into the continent. and then, through thursday daytime, we open the floodgates for cold air to sweep all the way south through the uk. we'll start the day with some cloud and rain to the south, the weather front pulling away, making way for lots of sunshine come the afternoon — but there will be some showers to the northwest, and they will be wintry across the hills and mountains of scotland. the wind a notable feature, gales possible down the north sea coast. these are the temperatures that you'd see on the thermometer —
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but, factor in the wind, those temperatures along the north sea coast will feel more like 11—5 celsius. we continue with showers streaming into the north and west as we move overnight thursday and into friday. quite a chilly night, as well — in sheltered eastern spots, there could be a patchy frost with sitting in quite cold air, but the strength of the wind will protect many from actually seeing bits of frost. through thursday daytime — sorry, friday daytime, though, the winds will start to ease back a little as a ridge of high pressure builds in from the atlantic. still some showers just managing to sneak into the top of that ridge, a bit of cloud under it, as well — perhaps not the faultless blue skies of thursday, but it should just feel a little bit milder because the wind won't be quite as cutting. but, for things to really become milder, we need to get to the weekend, and it's all about the change in wind direction. as we say goodbye to this ridge of high pressure, it pushes away to the east and we start to pick up a south—westerly.
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for saturday, ithink, actually, a lot of fine weather across the uk. there'll be some cloud closing in to the west, and we will see some rain for northern ireland by the end of the day. but the temperatures lifting up, we should hit the mid—teens, but it will feel so much warmer because we're moving back into a more atlantic airstream. sunday, greater chance of some showers just about anywhere across the uk — sheltered eastern areas favoured for the driest and brightest weather. temperatures possibly up to 15—16 to the south.
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this is bbc news, the headlines... a brazilian senate committee has recommend charging president bolsanaro for crimes against humanity over his handling of the covid crisis. mr bolsonaro has dismissed the findings saying he's guilty of nothing. the uk health secretary has warned that covid restrictions might be reintroduced in england if not enough people get vaccinated. sajid javid said infections might rise to 100,000 a day, but rejected calls for immediate contingency measures — the so—called plan b. russia is trying to combat a steep rise in the number of coronavirus cases by ordering people to go on one week's paid leave. the country earlier announced yet another record number of covid deaths. and in a statement to the house of commons on wednesday evening, the uk home secretary has said the security threat level to mps is now deemed substantial. it follows the killing of an mp last fridax _

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