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this is bbc news. i'm nancy kacungira with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. the hollywood actor alec baldwin says his "heart is broken" after fatally shooting a cinematographer on a film set in new mexico. the european union accuses belarus of state sponsored people smuggling. we follow one group of migrants, on their way to europe. abortion in mexico — we hearfrom women a month after a landmark ruling which decriminalised it. as european football is expanded, is the global game doing enough to counter climate change?
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the hollywood actor, alec baldwin, says there are no words to convey his shock and sadness after fatally shooting a crew member on the set of his latest film — with a gun being used as a prop. halyna hutchins, the movie's director of photography, died from her injuries, a second person, the director, joel souza, was wounded. detectives have questioned the actor, but say no—one has been arrested. sophie long reports from los angeles. halyna hutchins described herself as a restless dreamer and adrenaline junkie. the 42—year—old was considered by her peers to be an exceptionally talented cinematographer. i met her at a film festival, and within just a few moments of talking to her, i felt like she had such a strong vibe, such a sense of commitment to art, and like the sort of integrity of wanting to make cinema, that i wanted to work with her.
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she was on set at the bonanza creek ranch in new mexico when the shootings and deaths depicted on the 19th century western they were filming became all too real. police said that alec baldwin, the star and co—producer of the movie rust, discharged a prop gun carrying blanks. halyna hutchins was airlifted to hospital, but she died from her injuries. directorjoel souza was also seriously hurt. in a statement, alec baldwin said... the incident has rocked hollywood, with many of those in the film industry now mourning one of their rising stars and infuriated this
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could happen on set. and it comes just days after a nationwide strike was averted after a tentative deal between producers and set workers that included an upgrading of safety standards. this isn't the first time someone�*s been fatally shot during filming. nearly 20 years ago, brandon lee died after being shot by a prop gun on the set of the crow. now people are demanding to know how it could have happened again. there are instances when you do shoot a blank that you can be injured. often, what comes out of the muzzle after you've discharged the weapon that has blank ammunition is sometimes a cotton wad, and that coming out at a very high velocity to an individual that's really close by can cause significant damage, and in some cases can cause death. an investigation into what happened here is still in its early stages. what we do know is something went terribly, tragically wrong. tessa mentus is managing editor
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and an anchor at new mexico tv news station kob four. she told me about the local impact of this incident. i hate to make it sound clich , but it really is a tragedy on all levels because, as you pointed out, ourfilm industry has really started to take off in the past few years, and we have so many celebrities and crewmembers from la, hollywood, really making new mexico their second home for weeks, months on end, so it's kind of like an adopted family for us, they come here, they immediately fell in love with our landscape, that's half the reason why new mexico has really exploded in the film industry. they fall in love with our culture, our people, and we have so many
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new mexicans who are part of the crews on these productions, and to see halyna's instagram post two days before she died, just enjoying a horseback ride on the beautiful foothills of the mountains there in santa fe, it is like losing someone from an extended family for us. it's incredibly sad, and everyone who hears this news is wondering how this happened. what more do we know about the investigation, and what are you able to see about what's happening with the investigation there so far? yes, so we do know there is still quite a heavy law enforcement presence at that movie set. there at the bonanza creek ranch, we went back up there today. of course, that set is still on lockdown, production has been halted for the foreseeable future. we can tell you that they are still working that scene. we did hear from the santa fe county district attorney,
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mary carmack altweiss today saying at her office is fully cooperating with investigators at this point. they are in the very early stages of the investigation because a lot of people are wondering if we could see charges in any realm, because of this death and also the serious injury to the director. she says, obviously, anything is possible based on whatever they learn as to how that prop gun turned into a deadly weapon, which is never supposed to happen on a movie set. eu leaders have threatened further action against belarus over migration at an eu summit in brussels. the european commission president, ursula von der leyen, accused belarus of state—sponsored people—smuggling. we will keep up the pressure on the lukashenko regime. we have already proposed targeted measures to be
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targeted measures to reverse visa facilitation for the regime and its proxies, and we are ready to explore options for further sanctions, not only for individuals but also for entities or companies. second, we agreed that we need concerted action. belarus, as we are observing now, is looking at opening new rules. ——at opening new routes. it has offered further visa waiver is two additional third countries, and we will continue our engagement with these countries to limit the state—sponsored smuggling. the row with belarus stems from the european union's decision to introduce sanctions against the country, after its contested presidential election last year. the eu says minsk has retaliated by issuing tourist visas to people who in fact want to claim asylum in the eu, allowing them to cross into one of the three eu countries on its borders. our correspondent paul adams has been to meet one group of people trying to make the journey. trapped in the forest in poland
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on the eu's eastern frontier, a group of syrians, exhausted and afraid. "we're absolutely shattered," the voice says. "we've been walking since four in the morning." but how do they get here? two weeks earlier, their journey starts with a tearful farewell in northern iraq. an optimistic selfie at the airport in irbil. "we're leaving for belarus," says idris. we went to irbil ourselves. the city is full of travel agents catering for would—be migrants. the first step — a visa. murat isn't doing anything illegal, but he still doesn't want to be identified. if you have passports, i will send it to the belarus tourism companies, and they send us invitations. so when people come to you,
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you know they're not going to belarus for a holiday. of course. you know they're going to europe. yeah. by now, idris and his friends have reached the bela rusian capital, minsk. the airport is jammed with people making the same journey. the group has been told to go to a hotel and wait for instructions. are you worried about the journey? translation: of course we are. we are crossing the border illegally. we don't know what will happen. we can't trust anyone — not even our smugglers. in may, the president of belarus, alexander lukashenko, threatened to flood the eu with drugs and migrants — revenge, it seems, for eu sanctions. soon, thousands were crossing into lithuania. we went there to see the border. the guards here still catching dozens of migrants every day. lithuania says belarus is actively helping them
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to cross illegally. in some places, the border is little more than a gap in the forest. we can see some belarusian border guards coming right now. until the crisis began, there was a regular communication between the two sides, but after president lukashenko threatened to allow migrants into the eu, all of that cooperation stopped, and people started to flood across this border. but thousands of migrants are now in detention. this, forsome, is where hopes and dreams come to an abrupt end. they can apply for asylum, but most won't get it. poland... after several days of silence, idris and his friends are back in touch, heading further into poland. he couldn't film the moment but says belarusian soldiers loaded 50 migrants into a truck, took
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them to the border, and showed them the way. out of the forest and into the eu, in cars arranged by smugglers. with the help of belarus and at a cost of $7,000 each, idris and his friends have made it. they'll apply for asylum and see what happens next. paul adams, bbc news. the us supreme court has agreed to hear a challenge to texas s abortion law that is one of the most restrictive in the country. as access to abortion becomes more limited there ? across the border in mexico, the opposite is happening. last month, mexico s supreme court ruled to decriminalise abortion in the country, a huge step in the second largest catholic nation in the americas. it comes after many years of campaigning by women s rights groups in mexico. but the change is opposed by a powerful conservative lobby. will grant reports from northern mexico.
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for this single mother of three, feeding and educating her children alone and on a budget is enough of a struggle. so when she became pregnant a fourth time, she opted to abort. abortion was illegal in her home state, so it wasn't an easy decision, but not when she regrets. translation: it wasn't easy, at that time, there was no - legal protection for women, no places of an adequate health standard to attend such cases, and there is really a lot of social stigma. few know that stigma better than paulina ramirez, a taxi driver whose story once made national headlines. in 1999, age 13, she was raped and left pregnant by a man who broke into the family home. abortion is legal in mexico in cases of rape, but paolino —— abortion is legal in mexico
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in cases of rape, but paulina was so harassed by conservative doctors, bureaucrats and priests, they managed to stop herfrom getting one. she carried the baby to full term, still only a child herself. translation: everyone decided for me except me myself. - i only wanted to exercise my rights, and they didn't let me. they did basically whatever they wanted. now the supreme court is decriminalised abortion in mexico, a major victory for groups like the safe abortion network. via flyers, posters and word—of—mouth, they offer support to women looking for abortions but still operate outside the law. "we helped nearly 300 women obtain abortions last year," said the group's founder. with abortion law in neighbouring texas getting stricter, she thinks that americans will soon come south for abortions, just as mexicans once went north. mexico's supreme court has undoubtedly taking huge strides towards full decriminalisation, however, even though thejudges unanimously ruled it was unconstitutional for the state
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to penalise abortion, there are many obstacles to overcome before it is safely and legally available across the country. and some very powerful forces oppose the law. mexico is latin america's second biggest catholic nation, and anti—abortion campaigners are determined to block the court's decision. the supreme court has failed against the fundamental freedom of life. today, they want to proceed against the fundamental freedom of the health sector. all the doctors, nurses, they want to take out the freedom of the objection of conscience, and that it's very, very dangerous for a democratic country. across latin america, attitudes on abortion are shifting. in argentina, chile and mexico, younger generations are knocking down laws billed by their parents and grandparents.
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translation: this isjust the start. - there are still mountains to overcome before this is fully legal. we need proper health slinics which carry out abortions and doctors that are prepared to do that. clearly forced teenaged pregnancies or unwanted children born into violence and poverty won't end overnight in mexico, but without the risk ofjail, mexican women can now choose if and when to become mothers. will grant, bbc news. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: more flights for clubs and fans and more emissions, as european football is expanded. is the global game doing enough to counter climate change? a historic moment that many of his victims have waited forfor decades. the former dictator in the dock older, slimmer.
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and as he sat down, obedient enough. dawn, and as the sun breaks through the piercing chill of night on a plane outside, it lights up a biblicalfamine now in the 20th century. the depressing conclusion, in argentina today it is actually cheaper to paper your walls with money. we've had controversies - in the past with great britain, but as good friends we have always found a good - and lasting solution. concorde bows out in style after almost three decades in service. an aircraft that has enthralled its many admirers for so long taxis home one last time. this is bbc news, the latest headlines...
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the hollywood actor alec baldwin says he's heartbroken after he shot and killed a cinematographer with a prop gun on a film set in new mexico. eu leaders have threatened further action against belarus over migration at a summit in brussels. the number of palestinians killed in confrontations with israelis in the occupied west bank this year is already more than 70 — the highest figure in five years. the worst hot spot for violence has been in the palestinian village of beita. eight people have been killed there and many hundreds injured. locals began organising protests after hard—line jewish settlers set up a new outpost on land claimed by palestinian olive farmers. 0ur middle east correspondent, yolande knell reports confrontations in the olive groves. this year these hillsides have seen the most deadly violence in the west bank.
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armed israeli soldiers facing palestinian protesters using slingshots, week after week. shouting. these young palestinians are hurling stones at israeli soldiers — who are up ahead of us — and the israeli soldiers have been firing back sponge—tipped bullets like this one, ijust picked it up. the real target of the palestinian anger is those caravans up there on the hilltop. this jewish settler outpost, eviatar, was set up in may. all settlements are seen as illegal under international law. but this one didn't even have official israeli approval. three months ago, the settlers agreed to leave, on the condition that they could come back if a government survey found israeli state land here. singing. now it has. and a founder of the outpost tells me he hopes to return within weeks.
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translation: god willing, it will be a large city. - eviatar will be a large city with many, many jews, with agriculture, with kindergarten, schools, a large community ofjews. but palestinians from beita say this land belongs to them. in recent days, they have been allowed back to pick their olives, with israeli soldiers watching on. 0ne landowner tells me about his cousin, who was shot dead in the demonstrations. he feels abandoned by the international community. translation: we are confused. community. translation: we are confused- if— community. translation: we are confused. if we _ community. translation: we are confused. if we protest _ confused. if we protest peacefully against occupation, we are detailed and our protest is ignored. if we carry guns, they say we are terrorists. but if we sit quietly, our land gets stolen.— if we sit quietly, our land gets stolen. if we sit quietly, our land nets stolen. ~ . gets stolen. with renewed fear is that this _ gets stolen. with renewed fear is that this hail _ gets stolen. with renewed fear is that this hail and _ gets stolen. with renewed fear is that this hail and its - gets stolen. with renewed fear is that this hail and its trees i is that this hail and its trees could be lost, there is growing
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desperation among the palestinian villages. they say they want to give up their struggle, but the settlers aren't giving up either. health officials in the uk say a new, mutated, form of coronavirus that some are calling "delta plus" may spread more easily than regular delta. the uk health security agency has declared it a "variant under investigation". there is no evidence that it causes more serious illness, and scientists are confident that existing vaccines should still work against it. although regular delta still accounts for most covid infections in the uk, cases of "delta plus" or ay.4.2 have been increasing. a little earlier i spoke with professorjames naismith, the director of the rosalind franklin institute, which conducts research into new health technologies. it's not good news, but it's not something we should overly worry about.
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the two changes that we see in this variant have been seen before. theyjust haven't been seen before in the delta variant. so they appear to make the virus spread a little better by maybe 10—15%, but they shouldn't cause any immune evasion and they don't seem to cause the virus to be more deadly. so it is not terrible news, but it's not great news either. could you just explain to us what it means that it's been moved to be a variant under investigation? that means it's having and eye kept on, because it started to grow in prevalence, and that's a sign that it is more transmissible. excuse me. so, it's been detected and watched is what it means, a variant under investigation, so clearly, we want to be sure that it doesn't cause immune evasion cause more illness. i was looking on the bbc website earlier reading this story, and it did mention that, of course, there
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are thousands of covid variants swirling around the world. why is this particular one and one that we want to look at more closely? so, the issue is as the virus changes, you are correct, there are thousands and thousands of variants, most of them go nowhere because they are not better than the parent. evolution means that only those that are better means they start to appear in the population at significant numbers. that's why it's a variant of investigation because it has started to appear in significant numbers that would suggest that it's slightly better at spreading than the parent. and does this virus have different symptoms? this variant, does it have different symptoms from the regular one or will you not be able to tell, really? that's what's being studied right now. it's important to understand that evolution will always make the virus better at spreading. so this always going to happen. it usually also comes with a virus over time becoming less deadly, but the virus only ever gets better at spreading. speaking to professor james
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mason speaking to professorjames nason met there. it's been a busy week of action in european football — including the new europa conference league. and the game's expansion with more competitions is set to continue — with plans for a bigger champions league announced earlier this year. it all means more flights for clubs and fans and more emissions. is the global game doing enough to counter climate change? katie gornall reports. football is a global game, and it's growing all the time. in europe, new tournaments are popping up, existing ones expanding, while big games are being held further and further afield. but, at a time when everyone is being urged to help tackle climate change, is football playing its part? thomas hal robson—kanu scored one of the greatest goals in european championship history. now, the wales striker runs a vegan drinks company — and has strong views on where he thinks football is failing. that desire for growth is beginning to spill over into greed. it's an interesting position
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for them to take, and probably not one which is aligned with, you know, fans—first, planet—first, climate—first approach. this season, uefa introduced a new third—tier competition, the europa conference league, increasing the number of group games across all three of their club competitions by 20%. and that's not all — in the �*24—25 season, the champions league is expanding from 96 group matches to 180. more games means more air travel. we are on this journey. but, of course, our plan is to increase our commitment. we cannot have only the climate focus in our area, because we also need to link our impact in civil society, and impact in economic relativities. here in london, tottenham hotspur are about to play ns mura in the europa conference
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league. for this tiny slovenian club, it's a whole new experience. so, for the small clubs, like maura — it shows we're here. it's huge. from a financial dutch it's huge for us on a financiall scale, but also emotionally, for me, it's massive. - combating climate change is not a fight that can be fought alone. football's authority say they'll do more to expand their expanding carbon footprint — but that won't involve playing less. katie cornell, bbc news. for weeks now we've been showing you images of the ongoing volcanic eruption on the spanish island of la palma. lava and ash have caused chaos — but let's take a look at the impact it's having in the surrounding waters. (tx at the impact it's having in the surrounding waters. these pictures — from the spanish national research council — show marine life struggling to cope. volcanic ash has fallen to depths of 400 metres.
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we continue to watch that, the 33rd day of that volcanic activity. stay with us here in bbc news. thank you. hello. the weather has thrown just about everything at us over the last week or so. heavy rain, squally winds, a bit of snow over high ground in scotland. so, what does the weekend have in store? well actually, a return to milder conditions, some brisk winds, and some rain at times courtesy of this frontal system that you can see pushing in from the west. but it is moving quite slowly, it's running up against high pressure. so there will sstill be a fair amount of dry weather around through saturday and, where skies have been clear, a really chilly start across parts of eastern scotland and eastern england. but that is where we will see the rest of the sunshine, more cloud further west, the odd spot of drizzle, and then, our weather front bringing persistent rain quite slowly eastward across northern ireland and into western scotland. it'll be breezy or windy wherever you are, but particularly windy in the west of scotland, with wind
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gusts in excess of 50 mph in exposed places. but feeling relatively mild, 12—14 celsius. as we head through saturday night, there will be a lot of cloud, we'll see outbreaks of rain moving very slowly eastward through scotland, hanging on across parts of northern ireland and getting into northwest england, parts of wales and the southwest, as well, but a much milder start to sunday morning. and our frontal system will continue to trudge its way eastwards through the day. and really, i think this weather front is going to break up into showers, so it won't be raining all the time. but we are going to see some even milder weather, if anything, spreading northwards across the uk. so, this is sunday's forecast — we will see a lot of cloud to start off, some outbreaks of rain tending to break up into showers with some sunny spells developing, too. a brisk wind once again but, because that wind is coming from the south, it is going to feel really quite mild with temperatures getting to 14—15, maybe 16 celsius in 1—2 places.
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but what about the coming week? we are going to see further frontal systems pushing in from the west. a potential warm weather front could become quite slow moving out towards the north and west of the uk. a bit of uncertainty about that, but we can certainly see quite a lot of rain in some northern and western areas. but there is some mild weather to come, as well, with brisk south—westerly winds. and the further south you are, the better chance of staying dry at least for a few days. and here, temperatures could climb all the way to 18 celsius.
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this is bbc news, the headlines... the actor alec baldwin has expressed his shock and sadness after he accidentally shot two people on the set of his new film. the cinematographer, halyna hutchins, was killed and the director, joel souza, was injured when a gun being used as a prop went off. the eu has accused belarus of recruiting migrants in the middle east and pushing them into europe, and said the government there is planning to issue visa waivers to even more countries. eu leaders said the matter will lead to them taking further action against minsk. health officials in the uk say a new, mutated form of coronavirus that some are calling "delta plus" may spread more easily than regular delta. the uk health security agency has declared it a "variant under investigation". there is no evidence that it causes more serious illness.
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