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welcome to bbc news, i'm alice baxter. our top stories: more details on how the actor alec baldwin accidentally shot dead a crew member on the set of his latest film — court documents suggest he was told the gun was safe. he 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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more details have emerged about the series of events which led to the actor alec baldwin accidentally shooting get a crew member on the set of his latest film. court documents suggest mr baldwin was told the gun was safe in the moments before director of photography halyna hutchins was killed. the director, joel souza, was injured in the incident. our correspondent sophie long reports. 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
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mourning one of their rising 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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here's our north america correspondent, david willis, who gave me an update to the story. a search 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 shouted �*cold gun�* 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 baldwin'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,
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this search warrant, 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 baldwin. 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
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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 companies. second, we agreed 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. we are absolutely shattered, the voice says, we have been walking
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since four in the morning. but how did they get here? two weeks earlier, their journey starts with a tearful farewell in northern iraq. and optimistic selfie at the airport in urbiel, we are leaving for belarus. we went to urbiel ourselves. the city is full of travel agents, catering for would—be migrants. the first step, a visa. murad is not doing anything illegal, but he still does not want to be identified. if you have passports, and you send them to the belarus tourism companies, and they send us invitations. so when people come to you, you know they are not going to belarus for a holiday? of course. you know they are going to europe. yeah. by now, idris and his
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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 don't trust anyone, not even our smuggler. 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 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.
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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 people started to flood across this border. but thousands of 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 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
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and his friends have made it. they will apply for asylum and see what happens next. paul adams, bbc news. the us supreme court has agreed to hear a challenge to the abortion law in texas. one of the most restrictive in the country. the challenge by the baited administration comes as mexico, just across the border, moves to decriminalise the practice. is a major step for the second—largest catholic nation in the americas. the result is many years of campaigning by women's groups but it is not supported by all. 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,
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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 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
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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 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.
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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 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 clinics 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.
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will grant, bbc news. this is bbc news. our main story: more details emerge on how the actor alec baldwin accidentally shot dead a crew member on the set of his latest film. court documents suggest he was told the gun was safe. let's have more on that. earlier, i spoke to firearms and film set safety expert clark aposhian and asked how such an accident could ever happen. well, a prop gun doesn't, quite honestly. an actual firearm well, a prop gun doesn't, quite honestly. an actualfirearm but his firing blanks will do that. you can have a proper— i think proper guns, if they literally are, they are made out of rubber sometimes and sometimes they have few moving parts that they have few moving parts that they add a flash and some smoke
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in postproduction and sometimes they will have a little propane burst that will come out of them but they are incapable of firing actual ammunition. but on some of the lower budget films they will use actual firearms because then they can find period firearms that much exactly what they want that fire live ammunition but they just use blanks instead. and with that comes an extra degree of caution that must be exerted, you know, everything from muzzle direction to a constant state of inspection of that firearm and the ammunition, the blank ammunition, the blank ammunition that it is using. 50 what do ammunition that it is using. so what do you think happened in this instance and what safety procedures did not happen that allowed such a tragic accident to happen?— to happen? well, i can only speculate — to happen? well, i can only speculate as _ to happen? well, i can only speculate as to _ to happen? well, i can only speculate as to what - to happen? well, i can only i speculate as to what happened but somehow, a live round got into that firearm. if we are to believe what happened that a projectile, you know, struck one person and perhaps over
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penetrated and went into another, then that sounds like another, then that sounds like a live round, it does not sound like a cotton white coming out of a blank in any way. and anotherfailure, if we of a blank in any way. and another failure, if we are to speculate, would be muzzle direction. even in the stage where one actor is pointing a gun seemingly at another actor and they are having a shootout, those guns actually are not pointed — they checked the camera angles on those and it looks like it but they fudge on those you are not pointing at them. we don't allow actual firearms to be appointed on the set without any excuses, no apology. top gun, yes, you can do that but not actual firearms, not even using blanks. , ., , , firearms, not even using blanks. , , ., ., blanks. -- prop guns. you have worked on _ blanks. -- prop guns. you have worked on numerous _ blanks. -- prop guns. you have i worked on numerous productions during your career. have you beenin during your career. have you been in a situation where there has been an accident akin to that all and situation where you could see something happening? anything at all?
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absolutely not. the closest we got was could not find some inert ammunition that looked like real ammunition for a loading sequence one time and somebody went to their car and actually brought live ammunition on the set. i said that person was an assistant cast member and they had to go or i was going to leave the set. that's as close as it got in. we haven't even had any close calls because you have to understand once the firearm is out, it goes from me or one of my crew directly to the actor and then from the actor, as soon as the director yells cut, we take the gun. from them and it goes directly from us. if we see that actor pulling the gun out of their holster, if they don't need that in the movie, we take it and inspected again and sometimes we physically put it back in their holster for them and say leave it the way it is. we have constant eyes on the weapon the entire time. let's get some of the day's other news. the us real estate heir robert durst has been charged
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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. a team of archaeologists in peru has made a discovery which could rewrite the history of the pre—incan wari civilization. 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 750km 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. european union leaders have given angela merkel a standing ovation at the end of her 107th — and probably last — eu summit. the european council president
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said a summit without angela was like rome without the vatican, or paris without the eiffel tower. the new austrian chancellor said the loss of someone so influential in shaping europe would clearly leave a hole. moldova has declared a state of emergency to secure gas supplies after it failed to agree a new contract with russia, which previously supplied all of its gas. it means the government can buy gas from elsewhere for the first time since the collapse of the soviet union. it's seeking european union help. steve rosenberg has more from moldova. i'm standing outside a fuel station in moldova and looked, there are dozens and dozens of cars here. it goes all around the block, the queue. people have been waiting sometimes three hours to get methane and propane. and look over here, there's another queue, aqf taxi drivers who have also been waiting several hours to get
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fuel. there is a gas shortage right now in moldova, why? this country relies heavily on russian gas. out at the end of last month, the gas contract with russia's does provide expired and new terms of not been agreed and in the meantime, they have reduced supplies to moldova for about one third. it is up to the price of gas to a level that moldova says is unacceptable. many believe that russia is using energy to put political pressure on moldova which for many years this country was in moscow's orbit but in the last year moldova has elected a pro—eu president and parliament and is looking at closer ties with europe. today, the parliament in moldova announced a state of emergency that will free up money to help the government by gas from other sources, from europe, but it will not be cheap either. as
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for russia, it continues to insist it never uses energy as a political weapon. 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. 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
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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 �*2a—�*25 season, the champions league is expanding from 96 group matches to 180. more games means more air travel. we are in 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
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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 mura, it shows we're here. it's huge. 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 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. his career spanned 60 years, as tim allman explains. bernard haitink always commanded the stage,
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and always commanded his orchestra. described as one of the most humane interpreters of classical music, he lived and loved his craft, bringing a unique, almost irreplaceable quality every time he raised his baton. translation: one of | the peculiarities i always found was that at the moment he 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. bernard haitink was born in amsterdam in 1929. he had a natural affinity for music, describing himself as a "little fanatic".
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he made a name for himself in the netherlands but also worked in london, chicago and boston, neverforgetting that he was part of a team. translation: he had enormous confidence in his musicians. - he greatly appreciated them. and that is the best and most beautiful starting point to achieve great things. applause. this was his final performance with the netherlands radio philharmonic orchestra in 2019. he insisted on working into his 90s. for him, a life without music seemed unthinkable. the conductor bernard haitink, who's died at the age of 92. you can reach me on twitter. i'm @bbcbaxter. we love to hear from you.
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please stay with us. 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 still 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 eastwards across northern ireland and into western scotland. it'll be breezy or windy
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wherever you are but particularly windy in the west of scotland with wind gusts in excess of 50 mph in exposed places, but feeling relatively mild —12, 13 or 1a degrees. as we head through saturday night, there will be a lot of cloud. we'll see outbreaks of rain moving very slowly eastwards through scotland, hanging on across parts of northern ireland, getting into northwest england, parts of wales and the south—west 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 up from the south, it is going to feel really quite mild
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with temperatures getting to 1a or 15, maybe 16 degrees in one or two places. now, what about the coming week? well, we are going to see further frontal systems pushing in from the west. a potential that the 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 degrees.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: more details have emerged on how the actor alec baldwin accidentally shot dead a crew member on the set of his latest film. court documents suggest mr baldwin was told the gun was safe just before halyna hutchins was killed. 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. scientists 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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