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a very warm welcome to bbc news. i'm mark lobel. thanks forjoining us. a us jury has cleared a teenager who shot dead two men and wounded another during racialjustice protests in the state of wisconsin. kyle rittenhouse, who's now 18, said he was protecting himself during the unrest in the city of kenosha last august. the high—profile trial split opinion in the nation and provoked a heated debate over gun rights and vigilantism. our correspondent nomia iqbal reports from kenosha. the defendant will rise to face
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the jury. a dangerous vigilante or someone acting in self—defence? after 26 hours, thejury decided kyle rittenhouse�*s fate. we, thejury, find the defendant, kyle h rittenhouse, not guilty. the 12 men and women of thejury accepted the teenager's claim that he killed out of fear for his safety. somehow, some way, those 12jurors found that he was innocent. yelling. outside court, the political divisions this case has caused were clear. you attack me, i have the right to defend myself! that's was what kyle was on trial for, that's what he was acquitted for! ok, so you're telling me that if two guys come up to you and accost you, you can't defend yourself? that's what was on trial today! there is no way in a land of law where a person can shoot three people, killed two of them, and be acquitted.
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there'sjust no way. the shooting happened against the backdrop of nationwide protests over racism and police brutality following the murder of george floyd. in kenosha, another black man, named jacob blake, had been shot by police seven times and on the third night of riots, kyle rittenhouse entered the city. he said he came to provide security. in a series of confrontations, he shot dead joseph rosenbaum, who had chased after him into this car park. he then killed another man who ran after rittenhouse, thinking he was an active shooter. a third man survived. police later arrested the teenager and charged him with murder. people... at his trial, there were tears, challenges... when you point the gun at someone else, that's going to make them feel
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like they're about to die, right? that's what you wanted him to feel. no! ..shouting by thejudge... don't get brazen with me! ..and a controversial defence by his team in regards to the shooting of jacob blake. other people in this community have shot somebody seven times and it's been found to be ok. and my client did it four times in three quarters of a second to protect his life from mr rosenbaum. i'm sorry, but that's what happened. this not guilty verdict is seen as a referendum on an issue that polarises americans beyond kenosha, and that's the issue of gun ownership. for many conservative groups, carl rittenhouse is now seen as a hero but for many liberal groups, he is the face of a gun culture out of control and they are worried been cleared of those charges what it may mean now protests —— kyle. can americans turn up with a gun
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but not face any consequences? nomia iqbal, bbc news, kenosha. rachel fiset is a criminal attorney who has been following this case closely. she is in los angeles. thank you very much forjoining us now. coming to start by asking you how the jury came to the conclusion to acquit kyle rittenhouse?— the conclusion to acquit kyle rittenhouse? well, under the law, in wisconsin, _ rittenhouse? well, under the law, in wisconsin, the - law, in wisconsin, the prosecution had the burden to show that kyle rittenhouse did not believe that he was acting in self—defence and that he believed that he would be killed or he was engraved bodily danger, and that's why he shot. so the prosecution did not meet the burden to show what kyle rittenhouse believed at the time that he shot the gun. at the time that he shot the nun. ~ , at the time that he shot the i un, . , ., , , ., gun. why was there some criticism _ gun. why was there some criticism of _ gun. why was there some criticism of the _ gun. why was there some criticism of the judge - gun. why was there some l criticism of the judge during proceedings? the
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criticism of the “udge during proceedings?_ criticism of the “udge during roceedins? , ., proceedings? the 'udge started the trial by h proceedings? the 'udge started the trial by not _ proceedings? the judge started the trial by not allowing - proceedings? the judge started the trial by not allowing the - the trial by not allowing the prosecution to refer to the dead victims as victims. he insisted that the prosecution refer to them as looters or rioters, which in the very beginning sets up a tone as to what was going on the night of the shooting and referring to them as looters or rioters begins the jury's deliberation thoughts at that kyle rittenhouse had to protect himself from these people so little decisions like that along the way throughout the trial really appeared to be biased towards the defence. find biased towards the defence. and can there be _ biased towards the defence. and can there be any more criminal cases after this?— cases after this? there cannot be. that would _ cases after this? there cannot be. that would be _ cases after this? there cannot be. that would be double - be. that would be double jeopardy. once a defendant is acquitted of murder in the united states, they are not allowed to be charged for the same crime again. kyle rittenhouse is free. and do you
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think as some _ rittenhouse is free. and do you think as some people _ rittenhouse is free. and do you think as some people have - rittenhouse is free. and do you | think as some people have said, the result could have been different if this trial had been held in another state to new york or california, for example?— new york or california, for example? new york or california, for examle? , . ., , example? the self defence laws are a little _ example? the self defence laws are a little bit _ example? the self defence laws are a little bit different - example? the self defence laws are a little bit different in - are a little bit different in each state. and in wisconsin, the law was a bit less clear as it relates to what has to happen in orderfor it relates to what has to happen in order for someone to feel they have to defend themselves. that is one issue. the other issue would be your jury the other issue would be your jury pool. and as the judge appeared to be sympathetic to the defendant in this case, the jury the defendant in this case, the jury pool is more likely in kenosha, wisconsin, than in a more liberal state like california or new york, where there is more gun control, to acquit the defendant. so yes, the jury pool and slight differences in state laws would make a very big difference as to what happened here. as you
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can tell by the jury's deliberating for over 2a hours, this was certainly not an easy decision for them to make. find decision for them to make. and do ou decision for them to make. and do you think — decision for them to make. and do you think this _ decision for them to make. and do you think this could affect live tv trials going forward? thejudge did not live tv trials going forward? the judge did not seem to live tv trials going forward? thejudge did not seem to be a fan by the end of it. h0! the judge did not seem to be a fan by the end of it.— fan by the end of it. no! i thinkthat — fan by the end of it. no! i think that it _ fan by the end of it. no! i think that it was - fan by the end of it. no! i think that it was an - fan by the end of it. no! i - think that it was an important thing to show what happened inside of the courtroom. it could, in cases like this, judges may be more inclined to be stricter as it relates to media in the courtroom but there is always — this has been going on for a long time here and i think they will continue to be broadcast in certain instances. rachel fiset. thank you so much for explaining that so clearly to us. . ~' explaining that so clearly to us. . ~ , ., and you can keep up to date with the developments in the kyle rittenhouse case on the bbc website. you'll also find detailed analysis of the latest news, business and sport. that's all at bbc.com/news,
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or download the bbc news app. police in the netherlands have fired warning shots during a violent protest against covid—i9 restrictions. hundreds of demonstrators clashed with police in the city of rotterdam, torching cars and throwing rocks. police fired warning shots and used water cannon, shutting down public transport and ordering protesters to go home. in a statement, police confirmed: "there are injuries related to the fired shots". it comes after the netherlands reimposed restrictions for three weeks in an attempt to curb rising coronavirus infections. in a sign of how serious central europe's covid surge has become, austria is to make it a legal requirement to get vaccinated from february. it's also becoming the first european union country to reimpose a nationwide
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lockdown, starting on monday. in the uk, infection rates are still high but falling, according to the latest data, as our health editor hugh pym reports. looking ahead to christmas. but before then, the austrian people are facing bleak winter weeks with a 20—day lockdown from monday. they will only be allowed to leave home for work, exercise or shopping for essentials and vaccination against covid will become compulsory in february. translation: despite months of persuasive efforts, - despite media campaigns, despite all discussions, we did not manage to convince enough people to get vaccinated. at the start of the week, austria planned restrictions on those who hadn't been jabbed, but infections carried on rising and now, a tougher set of measures. translation: i don't actually mind being at home - - i have a job which i can do from home, doesn't bother me
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much — but i will miss the cafe, of course. translation: there is no other way, even though i i don't like it. in literature, you can read that pandemics last at least three years, and we should avoid that. so, will germany follow austria with lockdown restrictions? ministers said nothing was being ruled out and rising case numbers had created a national emergency. while uk daily cases relative to the population haven't surged, germany's have accelerated and are now not far behind. the netherlands and austria have imposed different forms of lockdown as their infection rates soared. so, what does this meanforthe uk? some argue that more immunity is being built up after previous infections and the rest of europe is now following. maybe they are actually experiencing what some parts of the uk experienced a little bit earlier in the autumn with delta, with things opening up and with the vaccines not fully kicking in, particularly
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for people in mid—life — that may be the pattern. i wouldn't assume we are going to follow the same trajectory as europe, but we're watching very closely, and obviously, there is concern. the latest infection surveyed from the office of national statistics suggests that in england last week, one in 65 people had the virus — lower than the previous week. in wales, it was one in 55 — also down. in scotland, with one in 95 people, case rates were said to be broadly level. in northern ireland, with one in 65 people, the trend was said to be uncertain. experts say the future path of covid is hard to predict. much will depend on the vaccine rollout. the scottish government says its certificate scheme has contributed to a small rise and take—up among young people —— contributed to a small rise in take—up among young people and it may be extended. as in all the uk's nations, case data will be watched as closely as ever. hugh pym, bbc news. belarus' leader alexander lukashenko says he won't stop the flow of thousands
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of migrants through his country as they try to enter the european union. in an exclusive interview with the bbc, mr lukashenko admitted that his armed forces may actually be helping migrants cross the heavily guarded border into poland. steve rosenberg spoke to him at the presidential palace in minsk. it's not often you get the chance to meet the man who's been labelled 'europe's last dictator'. the west says alexander lukashenko is using migrants as a political weapon. we confronted him with claims his troops have been cutting borderfences to help migrants into the eu. translation: our guys - are helping the migrants get into polish territory? it's perfectly possible. i think that's absolutely possible. maybe somebody helped them. i won't even look into this. thousands of migrants have been coming to belarus to try to slip into europe. alexander lukashenko denies bringing them here, but he warned the eu
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six months ago. translation: you told the eu that belarus had been stopping migrants but now, they would have to catch them themselves. the migrants took that to mean belarus is open to them. i told the eu i'm not going to detain migrants on the border, hold them at the border, and if they keep coming from now on, i still won't stop them because they're not coming to my country, they're going to yours. the west stopped talking to us and working with us. if you don't want to, then fine, we will sort this problem out ourselves as best we can. this was belarus last year. alexander lukashenko under intense pressure, accused of rigging and election and stealing the presidency. —— accused of rigging an election and stealing the presidency. if, as you claim, you won 80% of the vote, then why is it that crowds of people came
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onto the streets? not to congratulate you on your crushing victory, but to accuse you of stealing their votes. it doesn't make sense! there's no sense in your head, steve, or in the heads of your masters. alexander lukashenko launched a brutal post—election crackdown on his critics and in civil society. we saw protesters being beaten and we saw young people coming out of detention centres with injuries on the bodies. 0k, ok, i admit it. iadmit it. you admit it? people were beaten at the detention centre. but there were police beaten up, too, and you didn't show this. anyone who speaks out against you, who opposes you, you call a traitor or an enemy, why? they haven't betrayed me, steve. they've betrayed belarus.
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sincejuly, 270 ngos have been shut down in belarus. i'll answer your question with no bother — we'll massacre all the scum that you, the west, have been financing. oh, you're upset that we have destroyed all your structures, your ngos and all those that you've been paying for? europe doesn't see alexander lukashenko as a legitimate president. he claims not to care. a pariah in the west, he knows there's always president putin's russia to fall back on. steve rosenberg, bbc news, minsk. this is bbc news. the headlines: a us teenager who shot dead two people and injured another during racialjustice protests last year has been found not guilty of murder, in a trial that polarised america. kyle rittenhouse argued
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that he was repeatedly attacked and had acted in self—defense. let's get more on that. the us vice president, kamala harris, gave her reaction to the verdict. my my impressions about the verdict — the verdict really speaks for itself. as many of you know, i have spent the majority of my career working to make the criminaljustice system more equitable, and clearly there is a lot more work to do. kamala harris has become the first woman in american history to become acting president of the united states. she took over briefly as head of state and commander—in—chief while president biden had a medical procedure under anaesthetic. earlier president biden departed walter reed national military medical center en route to the white house, and has now resumed his presidential duties. let's get more from our reporter suzanne kianpour, who is usually based in washington and has been working the phones on this one.
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it was a short moment in history, but a moment in history, but a moment in history nonetheless, that lasted just under 1.5 hours. 85 lasted just under 1.5 hours. 35; minutes, to be exact, and one white house source i spoke to said it is a long time, but kind of not. so yes, kamala harris made history today. she was the first female president for 85 minutes. the reason is that president biden needed to get a procedure where he would be required for him to be sedated, and so they sent a letter to congress and got speaker pelosi's approval and the most senior senator, senator leahy�*s approval, to transfer power from president biden to president kamala harris. she worked from her office in the west wing, so nothing really actually changed except she got a bit more secret service. 50
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except she got a bit more secret service.— except she got a bit more secret service. so that is what she did, where _ secret service. so that is what she did, where she _ secret service. so that is what she did, where she was. - secret service. so that is what she did, where she was. yes, | she did, where she was. yes, she did, where she was. yes, she worked. _ she did, where she was. yes, she worked. she _ she did, where she was. yes, she worked. she was - she did, where she was. yes, | she worked. she was president for 85 minutes and she works. and she stuck to her desk, she didn't go flying around. this is not unprecedented, is it? no, it is not unprecedented. president george w bush did this a couple of times where he transferred power to dick cheney. he had to have a couple of colonoscopies, likejoe biden did today. one president who also had a procedure, according to his press secretary stephanie grisham, who wrote in her book that he had a procedure that would have required him to go under, to have anaesthesia, but he refused to, allegedly, according to stephanie grisham... i5 according to stephanie grisham. . .— according to stephanie grisham... , . grisham. .. is this a recent president. _ grisham. .. is this a recent president, perhaps? - grisham. .. is this a recent - president, perhaps? president trum - . president, perhaps? president trump- right. _ president, perhaps? president trump. right, so _ president, perhaps? president trump. right, so this - president, perhaps? president trump. right, so this isn't - president, perhaps? president trump. right, so this isn't the | trump. right, so this isn't the trip where _ trump. right, so this isn't the trip where he _ trump. right, so this isn't the trip where he tested _ trump. right, so this isn't the trip where he tested positive | trip where he tested positive for covert, this is something else. ., ii' ' for covert, this is something else. ., ::' ' , else. no, in 2019 he visited walter reed _ else. no, in 2019 he visited walter reed and _ else. no, in 2019 he visited walter reed and this - else. no, in 2019 he visited walter reed and this was . else. no, in 2019 he visited walter reed and this was a | walter reed and this was a secret trip and it wasn't
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announced why, and grisham announced why, and grisham announced in her book that he didn't want to transfer power to his vice president, mike pence. to his vice president, mike pence, ., , to his vice president, mike pence. ., ., , . pence. so was the anaesthetic involved? _ pence. so was the anaesthetic involved? allegedly _ pence. so was the anaesthetic involved? allegedly there - pence. so was the anaesthetic involved? allegedly there was | involved? allegedly there was not anaesthetic _ involved? allegedly there was not anaesthetic involved. - not anaesthetic involved. because he did not want to let go of power, the idea was it would have been a little bit more painfulfor him, i guess. one would imagine so, yes. find one would imagine so, yes. and for kamala _ one would imagine so, yes. and for kamala harris, _ one would imagine so, yes. and for kamala harris, this comes at a time when she has very low approval ratings.— approval ratings. exactly, she has struggled _ approval ratings. exactly, she has struggled in _ approval ratings. exactly, she has struggled in the - approval ratings. exactly, she has struggled in the approval| has struggled in the approval ratings front. her white house communications advisor also resigned this week, so there is a bit of shakeup in her office, i am told by my contacts. so yes, it has been a big week for kamala harris, and also today isjoe biden's birthday. the whole reason why he had this procedure done was because it is part of a checkup ahead of his 79th birthday. he is officially the oldest president to have ever been president of the united states.— to have ever been president of the united states. moments in histo . the united states. moments in history. thank _ the united states. moments in history. thank you _ the united states. moments in history. thank you for - the united states. moments in history. thank you for bringing j history. thank you for bringing us up to date with that. the white house and the united
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nations have joined demands to find out what's happened to the missing chinese tennis player peng shuai. she hasn't been seen in public since alleging she was sexually assaulted by a high—profile former chinese official. tennis officials have dismissed an e—mail supposedly sent by her, saying the allegations were untrue and that she is all right. our sports correspondent natalie pirks has the story. she is a tennis star in china, a former doubles world number one who won wimbledon. but now the united nations has added its voice to the clamour of bodies all wanting to know the same thing — where is peng shuai? two weeks ago, in this social media post, peng shuai made serious sexual assault allegations against former vice premier zhang gaoli. "like an egg hitting a rock, or a moth to the flame caught in self—destruction, i'll tell the truth about you," she said.
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within half an hour the post had gone, and so had she. then an e—mail surfaced addressed to the chairman of the women's tennis association, claiming to be from her, saying she hadn't meant the allegations and was just "resting at home". but they're not buying it and are prepared to pull lucrative matches from china if they don't get proof she is safe. i don't want to see this get pushed under the rug or on the side, because at the end there's bigger issues in some people's minds as to what's going on. i think the focus has to be on peng in this situation. 23—time grand slam singles champion serena williams has tweeted she is "devastated and shocked", adding: "this must be investigated and we must not stay silent." she's not alone. we would like actually to hear, like, a video from her or something, like real proof that, yes, she's all right. the eyes of the world will be on beijing in february for the winter olympics. but so far, the international
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olympic committee is only saying this requires quiet diplomacy. the ioc must fulfil its claims and responsibilities in this case and demonstrate that athletes really are at the heart of sport. it has significant leverage and influence to exert in this case, especially with the beijing olympicsjust around the corner now. in a country where few are allowed to challenge senior authorities without paying the price, concern grows by the hour for peng shuai's safety. natalie pirks, bbc news. we have a truly inspiring story next about the musician felix klieser. he plays the french horn with the bournemouth symphony orchestra, but felix was born without any arms. andrew plant reports on this extraordinary musician. ready? yeah. mozart horn concerto. to be a world—famous french horn player, you need good lungs. what you don't need,
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though, are fingers. felix klieser warming up with an instrument he fell in love with when he was just three years old. the thing i can remember, really, is that i wanted to play exactly this instrument and nothing else. where i have seen it and the first— where i have seen it and the first time _ where i have seen it and the first time i came in contact with— first time i came in contact with this _ first time i came in contact with this instrument, i can't remember. 27 years later, he is now artist in residence with bournemouth symphony orchestra, a growing reputation worldwide and a technique almost unique among top musicians. everyone thinks, oh, it should be so difficult to do— with no fingers, and the funny thing about this is i'm thinking
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the same with you. so, because i'm seeing your fingers and the fingers are quite long, i can't really understand how you can hold a pencil with these long fingers, because the coordination is so difficult to people. people are asking you, "is it difficult to play the french horn with feet?" i'm always answering that i didn't know, i've never played with one hand, so i can't compare! this — felix's debut on the stage in poole this week. the reaction from every member of the orchestra was just — wow. there were, he says, many times he was told to find an easier hobby. his answer was always to practise even harder. even if people around you are saying it's not possible — it is difficult,
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but sometimes it could be a wonderful result if you go your own way and live your dreams and do what you think, which makes you happy. he will be with the bournemouth symphony orchestra for two years, playing, touring and teaching the next generation to never give up. applause. andrew plant, bbc news, the lighthouse in poole. there is even more inspirational news on the bbc website, where the bbc�*s children in need show has raised £39 million. fantastic news. let us bring you a reminder of our main news tonight. a us teenager who shot dead two people and injured another during racialjustice process last year has been found not guilty of murder in a trail that polarised america. kyle rittenhouse argued that he was repeatedly attacked and had acted in self defence. for your thoughts on that or anything
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else, orany thoughts on that or anything else, or any inspiring stories, you can reach me and most of the team on twitter. i'm @marklobel. good morning. it's been a mild november for many of us so far, and once again on friday we were seeing temperatures peaking way above the average for the time of year. in fact, in aberdeen we saw a high of 17 degrees. and in aberdeenshire generally, there was a lot of blue sky and sunshine, particularly in the morning. but let's just fast—forward a few days. all is set to change, notjust in aberdeenshire, but a cold northerly wind will bring a dramatic change to the feel of the weather i suspect right across the country. so get out and enjoy saturday's weather if you can, still under this influence of high pressure, still relatively mild ahead of this frontal system that's going to continue to bring some outbreaks of rain out of scotland into northern
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ireland, gradually drifting towards north—west england and north wales. a very weak affair by then, some scattered sharp showers tucking in behind. now, ahead of that weather front, we'll continue to see some well broken cloud with some glimpses of sunshine, with highs of 12 degrees. but behind it those temperatures are starting to fall away, and there will be plenty of frequent showers with that brisk northerly wind. the real cold air, though, is set to arrive during saturday into sunday. as that weather front continues to sink its way steadily southwards, it's going to drive that northerly wind direction right across the country, and you really will notice the difference to the feel of the weather when you wake first thing on sunday morning. in fact, in rural sheltered areas of scotland, we're going to see a touch of frost. but the temperatures are going to fall away further. so on sunday, yes, there'll be lots of sunshine around. but a brisk northerly wind just taking the edge off the feel of the weather, and it could drive in plenty of coastal showers from time to time, with perhaps some of those showers just filtering
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a little bit further inland across south east england. top temperatures on sunday a little more subdued, 8—10 degrees as a maximum. now, as we move out of sunday into monday and tuesday, we've still got that high pressure with us. still under the blue colours, that cold air circulating around that high pressure with that north—westerly flow. so basically, as we go through the week, it does look likely that the colder weather is set to stay with us. perhaps not quite as cold on wednesday and then colder still towards the end of the week. that's when we run the risk potentially of a few wintry showers into the far north.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: a us teenager who shot dead two people and injured another during racialjustice protests last year has been found not guilty of murder in a trial that polarised america. kyle rittenhouse argued that he was repeatedly attacked, and had acted in self defence. police in the netherlands have fired warning shots during a demonstration by people opposed to the partial lockdown put in place to stop rising covid infections. local media say water cannon was also used to disperse a crowd of several hundred which had set fire to police vehicles. belarus' authoritarian leader alexander lukashenko says he will not stop the flow of thousands of migrants through his country as they try to enter the eu. speaking to the bbc, mr lukashenko admitted his armed forces may actually be helping migrants cross the border into poland.
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