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welcome to bbc news, i'm alice baxter. our top stories: 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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welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. the hollywood actor, alec baldwin says there are no words to convey his shock and sadness, after he shot two people with a gun being used as a prop on the set of his latest film. halyna hutchins, who was the film's director of photography, died, and the director, joel souza, was injured in the incident. our correspondent sophie long reports. halyna hutchins described herself as a restless dreamer and adrenalinejunkie. 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
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stars and infuriated this 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.
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eu leaders have threatened further action against belarus, as a row over migration intensifies. poland, lithuania and latvia have all declared a state of emergency in response to what they say is president lukashenko�*s policy of issuing tourist visas to thousands of people who want to claim asylum in the eu, effectively allowing them to pass through belarus into the eu countries on its borders. on the second day of a summit in brussels, european commission president, ursula von der leyen, accused minsk of state—sponsored people—smuggling. we will keep up the pressure on the lukashenko regime. we have already proposed 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 for entities or
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companies. individuals but for entities or companies-— individuals but for entities or com anies. ,, u, ., companies. second, we agreed that we need — companies. second, we agreed that we need concerted - companies. second, we agreed that we need concerted action. | that we need concerted action. belarus as we observing now is now looking at opening new routes. it has offered further visa waivers to additional countries and we will continue our engagement with these countries to limit the state sponsored smuggling. our international affairs correspondent, paul adams has been to meet one of the groups trying to reach europe — this is his special report. trapped in the forest in poland, on the eu's eastern frontier, a group of syrians, exhausted and afraid. they are absolutely shattered, the voice says, we have been walking since four in the morning. how did they get here? two weeks earlier, theirjourney starts with a tearful farewell in northern iraq. and optimistic selfie at the airport here, we
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are leaving for belarus. we went to opl ourselves the city is full of travel agents, catering for would—be migrants. the first step, a visa. he is not doing anything illegal, but he still does not want to be identified. iii he still does not want to be identified.— identified. if you have passraorts. _ identified. if you have passports, and - identified. if you have passports, and you i identified. if you have i passports, and you send identified. if you have - passports, and you send them identified. if you have _ passports, and you send them to the belarus tourism companies, and they send out invitations, so when people come to you, you know they are not going to belarus for a holiday? of course. ., ~ ., y belarus for a holiday? of course. ., ~ ., , ., ., course. you know they are going to eumpe- _ course. you know they are going to europe. yeah. _ course. you know they are going to europe. yeah. by _ course. you know they are going to europe. yeah. by now, - course. you know they are going to europe. yeah. by now, idris l to europe. yeah. by now, idris and his friends _ to europe. yeah. by now, idris and his friends have _ to europe. yeah. by now, idris and his friends have reached . and his friends have reached the airport. it 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
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about the journey? {iii instructions. are you worried about the journey? about the “ourney? of course we us. we about the journey? of course we us- we are _ about the journey? of course we us. we are crossing _ about the journey? of course we us. we are crossing the - about the journey? of course we us. we are crossing the border l us. we are crossing the border illegally, we don't know what will happen. we don't trust anyone, not even our smuggler. in may the president of belarus, alexander lukashenko belarus, alexander lu kashenko threatened 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 to cross illegally. in some cases 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 regular communication between the two sides but after president lukashenko threatened to allow migrants into the eu, all of that cooperation stopped and
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people started to flood across this border. but thousands of migrants are now in detention. this, for some, migrants are now in detention. this, forsome, is migrants are now in detention. this, for some, is where hopes and dreams come to an abrupt end. they can apply for asylum but most will not get it. 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 belarus and salters loaded 50 migrants into a truck, took 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 the cost of $7,000 each, idris and his friends have made it. they will apply for asylum and see what happens next. paul adams, apply for asylum and see what happens next. pauladams, bbc news. the us supreme court has agreed to hear a challenge to the abortion law in texas —
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one of the most restrictive in the country. the challenge by the biden administration comes as mexico, just across the border, moves to decriminalise the practice. it's a major step for the second largest catholic nation in the americas — the result of many years of campaigning by women's groups, but it's not supported by all. will grant reports from northern mexico. educating her children alone and on a budget 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.
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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 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.
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"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 the judges unanimously ruled it was unconstitutional for the state 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.
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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 built by their parents and grandparents. translation: this is just 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 of jail, mexican women can now choose if and when to become mothers. will grant, bbc news. stay with us on bbc news, still to come:
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farewell news, still to come: to the enigmatic maestro, farewell to the enigmatic maestro, the music world pays tribute to renowned conductor bernard hyden. he has died at the age of 92. a historic moment that many of his victims have waited for for decades. the former dictator in the dock, older, slimmer. and as he sat down, obedient enough. dawn, and as the sun breaks through the piercing chill of night on the plane outside, it lights up a biblical famine 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
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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: the hollywood actor alec called one says he is heartbroken after he shot and killed a cinematographer with a crop gun on a film set in new mexico. let's stay with that top story now. lets speak to david willis in los angeles. there has been a
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development?— development? yes. a search warrantjust_ development? yes. a search warrant just released - development? yes. a search | warrantjust released contains warrant just released contains the warrantjust released contains the first warrantjust released contains the first indications warrantjust released contains the first indications of warrantjust released contains the first indications of a sequence of events in this tragedy and those court documents say that alec baldwin was handed a prop gun by the assistant director on this film and told that it was safe to use. apparently the assistant director the shouted cold gone without knowing that it was loaded with a live round. as part of this search warrant which was conducted over the weekend at the ranch where the film was being made, officials have also taken away alec oldman�*s costume, the bloodstained costume, the gun itself, other ammunition and also memory cards from cameras, video recorders that were rolling at the time of this tragedy. what this court filing, this search warrant
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does not provide, of course, is any indication of how it was that a live round ended up in a gun being fired by alec old one. ., ,., gun being fired by alec old one. ., ., , one. there are so many questions _ one. there are so many questions left _ one. there are so many questions left to - one. there are so many| questions left to answer one. there are so many . questions left to answer on this. thank you for that update. bringing us the latest on this tragic story. we can speak to kevin williams, the prop department supervisor at the ucla school of theater, film and television. he joins us from los angeles. really good to talk to you. how rare is it that an accident of this nature happens on a film set of this calibre?— set of this calibre? what i have been _ set of this calibre? what i have been saying - set of this calibre? what i have been saying all - set of this calibre? what i have been saying all day i set of this calibre? what i l have been saying all day is that if you quantify that question by looking at how many projects utilise blank firing weapons to how many incident listeners been recorded, it is minuscule comparatively and thatis minuscule comparatively and that is because our industry does operate with a high level of safety standard. it is hard
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to say but you must also look at the notion that it could have been onset pressure and long untenable working hours which is a hot topic of discussion right now with the unions but, you know, fatigue can contribute to a poor judgement call or a mistake like this happening. can you walk us through _ like this happening. can you walk us through what - like this happening. can you walk us through what the i like this happening. can you i walk us through what the normal set of safety procedures on the film set of this scale that would stop something like this from ever happening? normally ou would from ever happening? normally you would have _ from ever happening? normally you would have a _ from ever happening? normally you would have a licensed i you would have a licensed armour onset who would oversee and be in charge of the chain of control is the weapons are unloaded from the truck and brought to set and demonstrations performed with the crew and the actors so they understand how the weapons work, how they are loaded, what rounds are loaded into the weapons and then there is a demonstration of live fire so that everyone is on the same page. in terms of the active
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part of shooting when you are capturing these images in these moments, you will be shading off axis away from any crewmembers or any fellow actor and additionally if you do need to shoot in close proximity, ballistic shields are usually employed. figs ballistic shields are usually employed-— ballistic shields are usually emloed. , employed. as you say, accidents like this are _ employed. as you say, accidents like this are incredibly _ employed. as you say, accidents like this are incredibly rare i like this are incredibly rare but they have happened. what can the film industry learn from this? how can it move forward and stop it ever happening again? in my personal opinion i know that here in california we have policies in place to obtain permits for p"°p place to obtain permits for prop artisans and people to obtain proper weapons from rental companies. that being said you do need a clearance or background check but there are no training programmes i am
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currently aware of that would get everybody up to speed on the same page in terms of education and safe this. that bein: education and safe this. that being said — education and safe this. that being said there _ education and safe this. that being said there are - education and safe this. twat being said there are plenty of companies out there who offer their services, usually retired law enforcement or military work transitioning into the movie industry who offer training. more of that would be prudent. training. more of that would be rudent. . , ., prudent. have you ever felt in dancer prudent. have you ever felt in danger while _ prudent. have you ever felt in danger while onset? - prudent. have you ever felt in danger while onset? no i prudent. have you ever felt in danger while onset? no and l prudent. have you ever felt in i danger while onset? no and that is because _ danger while onset? no and that is because i _ danger while onset? no and that is because i think _ danger while onset? no and that is because i think i _ danger while onset? no and that is because i think i speak- is because i think i speak loudly. i speak up for myself and my crew and i make sure that all safe practices are put in place as often as we can. thankfully i've never put into a situation where i felt i was being back into the corner and made a dangerous choice. thank ou for made a dangerous choice. thank you for sharing _ made a dangerous choice. thank you for sharing those _ made a dangerous choice. thank you for sharing those thoughts i you for sharing those thoughts with us. that was kevin williams at the ucla school of theatre, film and television.
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let's get some of the day's other news. the us real estate heir, robert durst, has been charged in connection with the disappearance of his ex—wife in 1982. kathie mccormack durst�*s body was neverfound — she was legally declared dead in 2017. a new criminal complaint accuses 78—year—old durst of second—degree murder. last week he was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his best friend, to prevent her from talking about his wife's disappearance. the un says its flights to mekelle in ethiopia's tigray region have been suspended after one of its planes had to abandon its landing on the same morning as a military air strike was carried out on the city. the ethiopian government said its planes had been targeting a training centre used by tigrayan rebels. hospital sources said eleven civilians were injured. a team of archeologists in peru has made a discovery which could re—write the history of the pre—incan wari civilization.
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the remains of 29 people — 25 belonging to the mohica era, and four to the wari culture, have been found in an ancient ceremonial centre, 750 kilometers north of lima. according to the lead researcher, it's the first time a discovery linked to the wari civilization has been made this far from its area of influence. 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. so, what is the global game doing 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.
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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 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
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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 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 for us on a financial 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
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they'll do more to expand their expanding carbon footprint — but that won't involve playing less. katie cornell, bbc news. tributes have been paid to the renowned dutch conductor — bernard haitink — who's died at the age of 92. in a career spanning more than sixty years — he was principal conductor for some of the world's great orchestras. the bbc�*s tim allman looks back at his life and career. he always commanded the stage. and always commanded his orchestra.— and always commanded his orchestra. , ,. , ., ., orchestra. described as one of the most _ orchestra. described as one of the most humane _ orchestra. described as one of the most humane interpreters| orchestra. described as one of i the most humane interpreters of classical music he lived and loved his craft. bringing a unique, almost irreplaceable quality every time he raised his bat on. translation: fine quality every time he raised his bat on. translation: one of the peculiarities _ his bat on. translation: one of the peculiarities i _ his bat on. translation: one of the peculiarities i always - the peculiarities i always found was that at the moment he
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started conducting the orchestra immediately sounded different. he often thought in the days before that we had played beautifully and then suddenly it turned out to be deeper and warmer and more beautiful and more real. burner hard haitink— beautiful and more real. burner hard haitink was _ beautiful and more real. burner hard haitink was born _ beautiful and more real. burner hard haitink was born in - hard haitink was born in amsterdam in 1929. he had a natural affinity for music describing himself as a little fanatic. he made a name for himself in the netherlands but also worked in london, chicago and boston. neverforgetting and boston. never forgetting that and boston. neverforgetting that he was part of a team. translation: he that he was part of a team. translation:— that he was part of a team. translation: ., ., ., , translation: he had enormous confidence in _ translation: he had enormous confidence in his _ translation: he had enormous confidence in his musicians. i translation: he had enormous confidence in his musicians. he l confidence in his musicians. he greatly appreciated them. and thatis greatly appreciated them. and that is the best and most dutiful starting point to achieve great things. this was his final performance with the netherlands radio for lamonica orchestra in 2019. he insisted
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on working into his 905. for him and life without music seemed unthinkable. hello. the weather has thrown just about everything at us over the last week or so. heavy rain, squally wind5, 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 5ee pushing in from the west. but it is moving quite 5lowly, it's running up against high pressure. so there will 55till be a fair amount of dry weather around through saturday and, where skies have been clear, a really chilly start acro55 pa rt5 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
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persistent rain quite 5lowly eastward acro55 northern ireland and into we5tern scotland. it'll be breezy or windy wherever you are, but particularly windy in the west of scotland, with wind gu5t5 in excess of 50 mph in expo5ed 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, pa rt5 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 shower5, so it won't be raining all the time. but we are going to see some even milderweather, ifanything, 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 spell5 developing, too.
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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. 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 wind5. 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 hutchin5 was killed, and the directorjoel 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 min5k. scientist5 advising the british government say stricter covid measures should be made ready for �*rapid deployment�*. however, prime minister boris johnson has insisted �*plan b�* for england isn�*t needed yet. the latest estimates suggest 1.1 million people in the uk had the virus last week.

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