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to 18 degrees. this is bbc world 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. 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. eu leaders pay tribute to germany's outgoing chancellor merkel as a �*great european�* influential in shaping the continent. as european football is expanded, is the global game doing enough to
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counter climate change? hello. a very warm welcome to you. more details have emerged about the series of events which led to the actor, alec baldwin, accidentally shooting dead 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 the 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 adrenalinejunkie. the 42—year—old was considered by her peers to be an exceptionally talented cinematographer. i met her at a film festival,
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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, sort of the integrity of wanting to make cinema, that i wanted to work with her. 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:
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the incident has rocked hollywood, with many of those in the film industry now 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
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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. sophie long, bbc news, hollywood. 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. now, as part of this search warrant, which is being conducted over the weekend at the ranch where the film was being made,
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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, 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.
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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 also for entities or companies. second, we agreed that we need concerted action. belarus, as we observing now, is 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,
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exhausted and afraid. "we are absolutely shattered," the voice says, "we have been walking since 4:00 in the morning." but how did they get here? two weeks earlier, their journey starts with a tearful farewell in northern iraq. and an optimistic selfie at the airport in urbiel, "we are leaving for belarus," he says. 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.
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you know they are going to europe. yeah. by now, idris and his friends have reached the belarusian 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 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.
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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 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 belarusian soldiers loaded 50 migrants
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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, bbc news. 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 never found. 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. 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
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used by tigrayan rebels. hospital sources said 11 civilians were injured. 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 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. 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,
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so it wasn't an easy decision, but not one 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 attempt such cases, and there is really a lot of social stigma. few know that stigma better than paulina ramirez, a taxidriver 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 has
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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 may 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 this 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
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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. but 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 teenage pregnancies
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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, northern mexico. this is bbc news. our main story: 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 he was told the gun was safe. eu leaders have threatened further action against belarus over migration at a summit in brussels. as european leaders gathered for the final day of the eu summit in brussels, migrants, energy prices and poland's ongoing row with the european union were all under discussion. but it was also a day to pay tribute to the woman who's been a pillar, holding the eu together for so long. german chancellor, angela merkel, taking her seat at the table for what's likely
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to be the last time. tanya dendrinos reports. guten tag. a trip down memory lane, winding the clock down to 2005 and angela merkel�*s first eu summit as german chancellor. then she marched the familiar path for its likely final time. translation: this is probably my last european council. - in this respect i would also like to thank you for the good cooperation at all times of the day and night. after all, that is what europe offers. and it is always been a pleasure for me, as it is for me now, to answer your questions. the full agenda was business as usual in terms of deliberations but there was still time to pay tribute to the woman who has
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helped steer the eu through economic and migration crises to the covid—19 pandemic. while her legacy will be mixed, known as a pragmatist rather than a visionary, she is still by far the longest serving among current eu leaders. translation: she is someone who, for 16 years, has really i left her mark on europe. she has helped all 27 of us to make good decisions with a lot of humanity at times but were difficult. i recalled in 2020 july, very prompt the discussion on the financial framework, resilience fund, and in critical moments, angela was that lady, that madam who intervened and helped us to find a solution. her influence spanning far beyond europe. so many people, girls and boys, men and women, have had a role model who they could look up to three challenging times. i know, because i am
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one of them. the next european council is in december. it is likely to paint a picture of what the next chapter in european history might look like. as this leader once dubbed queen of europe departs from her throne. tanya dendrinos, bbc news. 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 hotspot 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. our middle east correspondent, yolande knell reports
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confrontations in the olive groves. this year, these hillsides have seen the most deadly violence in the west bank. armed israeli soldiers facing palestinian protesters using slingshots week after week. these young palestinians are hurling stones at israeli soldiers ahead of us in the israeli soldiers have been firing back sponge tipped bullets. the target of the palestinian anger are those caravans up there on the hilltop. thisjewish settler out post was set up in may. all settlements are seen as illegal under international law but this one did not 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.
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now it has and a founder of the outpost tells me he hopes to return within weeks. translation: return within weeks. tuna/mom- return within weeks. translation: a, translation: god willing it will be a large _ translation: god willing it will be a large city. - translation: god willing it will be a large city. it - translation: god willing it will be a large city. it will. will be a large city. it will be a large city with manyjews with agriculture, kindergartens, schools, a large community ofjew with an std 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.— olives with israeli soldiers watching on. one landowner tells me about _ watching on. one landowner tells me about his _ watching on. one landowner tells me about his cousin . watching on. one landowner. tells me about his cousin who was shot dead in the demonstrations. he feels abandoned 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 killed and our protesters ignored. if we carry guns they say we are terrorists. that if we sit quietly, our land is stolen.
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with renewed fears that this hill and its trees could be lost there is growing desperation among the palestinian villages. they say they will not give up their struggle to settlers are not giving up either. 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
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championship history. now, the wales striker runs a vegan drinks company. he 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 �*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 to link also our impact in civil
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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, the small clubs, like mura, they can only win. it can show the world we are 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 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.
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his career spanned 60 years, as tim allman explains. bernard haitink always commanded the stage, 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. you 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
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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 concertgebouw orchestra in his native netherlands, but he also worked in london, chicago and boston, never forgetting that he was part ofa 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 had insisted on working into his 905. 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 —
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i'm @bbcbaxter. you can find more on all of our stories on the bbc website. 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 higher 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. that is, though, where we will see some of the best 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 wherever you are but particularly windy in the west
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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 with temperatures getting to 1a
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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 one 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, well, 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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