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this is bbc news. i'm lewis vaughan jones. our top stories: # sweet [and of liberty... us politicians hold a vigil on the steps of the capitol building to mark one year since the attack asjoe biden blames donald trump for the riot. the former president of the united states of america has created and spread a web of lies about the 2020 election. russian soldiers arrive in kazakhstan to help crush anti—government protests. reports say security forces have taken control of central almaty. the clashes are taking place just a few hundred metres away from where i'm standing now. you can hear the sound
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of shooting and explosions. the family of novak djokovic launch a scathing attack on australia as the tennis player is held in quarantine, fighting deportation from the country. # a kiss is still a kiss... and the award—winning american filmmaker peter bogdanovich has died at the age of 82. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. a candlelit vigil on the steps of the capitol building in washington has marked the end of a day of remembering the first anniversary of the invasion of the us capitol. # god bless america, land that i love # stand beside her
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and guide her # through the night with a light from above... members of congress, including house speaker nancy pelosi and senate majority leader chuck schumer, paid tribute to police officers and officials who had defended the us capitol. they held candles and observed a moment of silence as a band played patriotic music at the steps of the capitol building. # my home, sweet home... earlier, president biden said the rioters "held a dagger to the throat of american democracy" and accused them of acting after donald trump spun a web of lies. our north america correspondent aleem maqbool has the story. you'll never take back our country with weakness, you have to show strength.
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chant: stop the steal! these still staggering scenes were a last—ditch attempt to overturn the election loss of donald trump. chant: fight for trump! his supporters marched the short distance from a rally he'd been holding, to the capitol building, where congress was in session to confirm joe biden�*s win. a protester was shot dead at the doors of the speaker's lobby and the attack went on for hours. four others died, including a police officer. nearly 140 of his security colleagues were injured. a year on, inside the very building that was attacked, a minute's silence was held in remembrance. reporter: mr president, how are you feeling - about the day, sir? joe biden delivered an impassioned speech to mark a day when he said a dagger had been held at the throat of democracy because of lies about the election spread by donald trump.
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because he sees his own interests as more important than his country's interests, than america's interests, and because his bruised ego matters more to him than our democracy or our constitution. he can't accept he lost. in the weeks that followed the storming of the capitol, hundreds of people were rounded up and charged for their involvement. it's banana republic stuff when political prisoners are arrested and denied due process. fast forward, and some republicans now refer to those arrested as political prisoners. joe kent's running for congress this year on a platform that the election was stolen. he's been endorsed by donald trump in a battle against the party establishment. make no mistake, there is a civil war going on right now in the republican party for the direction of the republican party. i guess i believe the america first, the president trump movement, that we have the
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vast majority of the country and of the republican party. you don't think that some people would have looked to the events of january 6 and thought, "actually, i don't want to be a part of that"? i think initially, there was a lot of people that did, and i think a lot of those folks now regret that. the mob was fed lies. they were provoked by the president and other powerful people. and in the days after the storming of the capitol, senior republicans condemned the attack. but when it came to action, the vast majority of republicans voted not to impeach and convict donald trump for incitement. he is not guilty as charged, the article of impeachment. for all the condemnation he's received in the last year over his involvement in those violent events, donald trump still enjoys the support of millions of americans, and in his party, it is those voices that continue to drown out the criticism. aleem maqbool, bbc news, in washington. let's get some of the day's other news. thousands of people have taken to the streets in the sudanese
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capital, khartoum, to protest against military rule. security services have fired tear gas at demonstrators near the presidential palace. it's the first organised protest since the resignation of the prime minister on sunday. doctors aligned with the protest movement say three people were shot dead. britain's ministry of defence has confirmed that a russian submarine collided with the sonar trailed by a royal navy warship while it was on patrol in the north atlantic. the incident occurred in the winter of 2020 and has only come to light now because a tv crew captured the moment the collision happened. a study has found that the number of adults suffering from dementia worldwide could nearly triple by the middle of the century. the research, published in the british medicaljournal, the lancet, says older and growing populations are the main drivers behind the increase. but higher rates of obesity, smoking and diabetes are also majorfactors. there've been more violent
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clashes between security forces and anti—government protesters in kazakhstan�*s largest city, almaty, which have continued into the night. it isn't clear how many demonstrators have been killed or injured in the latest disturbances. but government officials say 18 members of the security forces have died and more than 2,000 people have been detained. russian troops have arrived in the country after a request for help from kazakhstan�*s president. 0ur correspondent, abdujalil abdurasulov, sent this report from almaty. this is the aftermath of the mass unrest — violent clashes between riot police and protesters turned what used to be almaty�*s bustling square into a war zone. sparked by a hike of fuel prices, the roots of the protest movement go deep into the corrupt authoritarian system. and the turmoil continues. the armyjoined riot police to disperse the crowd. the number of casualties
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is rising. at night, the stand—off grows particularly violent. stun grenades, rubber bullets and reportedly live rounds have been used to crack down on the protest. the clashes are taking place just a few hundred metres away from where i'm standing now. you can hear the sound of shooting and explosions, and judging by that sound, a real battle is going on the main square of almaty. we saw several armoured personnel carriers moving towards the square where a small group of protesters had gathered. in response to the violence, the kazakh authorities have appealed to russia—led regional security organisation, csto, to send troops to restore order. according to kazakhstan�*s president, the country is facing an external aggression. translation: given that these terrorist gangs - are international and have received extensive training abroad, their attack on kazakhstan
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can and should be considered an act of aggression. protesters claim that their movement was peaceful and blamed the authorities for provoking the violence. translation: when the president said i he's at war with thugs, he called us thugs, terrorists. we're neither thugs, nor terrorists — we participate in rallies. when he said that, i was deeply disappointed. the events in kazakhstan are now quickly turning into a geopolitical crisis as russia has sent its peacekeeping forces. these can help to stop the violence, but the public discontent that fuelled the protests is likely to remain. abdujalil abdurasulov, bbc news, almaty. i spoke to gaven helf from the us insititue of peace —— institute of peace to find out how he sees the situation in kazhakstan developing. in many ways, up to now,
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kazakhstan has been something of a poster child for successful techno—authoritarianism and a model of a successful petrostate. in the past, they've been able to take protests that are local in origin or very specific and kind of buy them off. what's really been different this time is just how widespread in geography they are and kind of the lack of focus. up until wednesday, these very much looked like the kinds of protests that you would expect in a post—covid environment where people are dissatisfied with corruption and price hikes and the government sort of treated them that way. they were trying to buy off or find scapegoats for these things. it really changed on wednesday. suddenly we saw both in the crowds a focus really on nursultan nazarbayev, the first president, we saw the current president, tokayev, make an effort to sort of put the blame on nazarbayev, started a purge of those. so i think, you know, the russians are in media
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and some politicians are blaming this on outside islamists and well—trained islamic terrorists. some will blame it on opposition forces abroad, but i think what we might be looking at is, in addition to a people power revolt, different kinds of forces trying to exploit what's going on, and i think we may also be seeing a real collapse of the planned transition that mr nazarbayev had in place, and seeing that falling apart in real time as well. a group of doctors in the tigray region of ethiopia has issued a desperate plea for help, claiming that a blockade by the government is causing many deaths. government forces and rebels have been fighting in the area for more than a year. but the government denies blocking aid supplies. the bbc has been shown evidence of terrible conditions
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at tigray�*s biggest hospital in mekelle, where medical supplies are dangerously low. 0ur africa correspondent catherine byaru hanga sent this report, and a warning — you may find some of the images distressing. ayder referral hospital — the biggest in war—hit tigray, where doctors say 40% of all children arriving here are starving. swollen feet another symptom of severe malnutrition. the bbc filmed this exclusive footage from the same hospital in november. we've protected the identity of staff for their own safety. some of the images you're about to see are very distressing. surafeal is three months old, but weighs less than he did at birth. his mother's breast milk dried up and his parents can't afford to buy him formula. medhaniye is four years old. this is the second time he's been hospitalised in two months because of severe acute malnutrition.
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a nurse showed us the last remaining stocks of formula milk back then — just seven packs that couldn't last more than three weeks. "the children are coming to seek treatment," he says. "but we're not able to help them. "this is stressful." tigray in northern ethiopia has been at the centre of the country's civil war for over a year now. air strikes have hit the regional capital, mekelle, and other cities. now, the doctors' reports from ayder hospital accuses the central government of blocking aid supplies sincejune, leading to severe shortages and deaths. in a statement, a government spokesperson told the bbc there is no deliberate embargo in tigray, any reports that continually focus on one location or group of individuals
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are totally rejected. the un's world food programme is struggling to deliver supplies to northern ethiopia and says its stocks are running out. wfp and our humanitarian partners need all parties to the conflict to agree to open up humanitarian corridors, so that we can have supplies flowing in through all routes into the tigray region, and then we will be able to access the communities at scale. but ethiopia's warring sides seem unlikely to come to the negotiating table, and it's children like these that continue to pay the price. catherine byaruhanga, bbc news. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: the us film director known for the last picture show and paper moon has died aged 82.
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the japanese people are in mourning following the death of emperor hirohito. thousands converged on the imperial palace to pay their respects when it was announced he was dead. good grief. after half a century of delighting fans around the world, charlie brown and the rest of the gang are calling it quits. the singer paul simon starts his tour of- south africa tomorrow in spite of protests and violence - from some black activist groups. i they say international artists should continue to boycott south africa _ until majority rule is established. . around the world, people have been paying tribute to the iconic rock star david bowie, who sold 140 million albums in a career that spanned half a century. his family announced overnight that he died of cancer at the age of 69. the world's tallest skyscraper opens later today. the burj dubai has easily overtaken its nearest rivals.
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this is bbc world news. i'm lewis vaughan jones. the latest headlines: us members of congress have held a vigil on the steps of the capitol building, to mark one year since the attack, asjoe biden blames donald trump for the riot. russian soldiers have arrived in kazakhstan to help crush anti—government protests — reports say security forces have taken control of central almaty. the men's tennis world number one novak djokovic remains under detention in a hotel in melbourne, after his visa was revoked in a row over covid precautions. his treatment has drawn criticism from the serbian government and his fans. this was his mum's reaction a little earlier. as a mother, what can i say? if you are a mother, you canjust imagine how i can feel. i feel terrible. since yesterday, last 2a hours, they are keeping him
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as a prisoner. it's just not fair, it's not human. so ijust hope that he will be strong, as we are trying also to be very strong to give him some energy to keep on going. meanwhile, the australian government has rejected claims the world number one is being held captive. mr djokovic is not being held captive in australia. he is free to leave at any time he chooses to do so and border force will actually facilitate that. paul sakkal is the victorian political reporter for the age and gave us a insight into the technicalities surrounding the situation. it is a confusing situation and i can understand, particularly for people in britain how it may be even
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more confusing given that a country like england does not have a state government. we, similar to america, we have a federation where there is a national government, the australian commonwealth government who manages the borders and then there are states and some governments like victoria, which also has its own public health rules and public health responsibility. and a level of control over pandemic management. so the victorian government along with tennis australia set up two channels to assess medical exemptions for unvaccinated australian open players and officials who wanted to play in the tournament who are not vaccinated. those two panels approved an exemption for novak djokovic to play in the australian open on the basis that he had sufficient evidence to prove that he had had covid in the last six months and therefore did not need to be vaccinated because he was, to a level, immune. now where the issue cropped up was that when he wanted to enter australia at melbourne airport, the federal border force officials applied their own tests as to whether he sufficed
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the criteria for exemption and that process is separate to the two victorian panels which allowed him to play tennis tournament. those processes and applications and those successful applications did not allow him entry into the country. so when the federal border force officials applied their own test to these exemptions once he arrived with the documentation he provided, they reached a different outcome. a, he did not have enough documentation to prove he had a covid infection but, separate to that, there was also a view that having covid in the past six months was not a sufficient reason to actually grant an exemption, even if the documentation did sufficed. that was such a thorough and clear explanation. thank you so much. i think i have it now and i have all the details. away from the technicalities, politics and politicians, some have been accused in australia now of grandstanding
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and of using this for political motives. what do you make of that? the reason that that view has leaked is because probably about ten hours before djokovic touched down, the victorian government officials announced that he had received an exemption from the victorian government and tennis australia to play in the tournament. the prime minister, the national prime minister scott morrison was asked in a press conference whether that exemption was valid and whether he would enter the country. morrison at that point said it was the victorian government's decision and if they granted him the exemption then it is what it is and he clearly has sufficient proof and that is a matter for the victorian government. just a few hours after the press conference, the home affairs minister, the interior minister i think is the british version of that, the minister put out a statement saying that exemptions will be granted by the commonwealth at the border and if sufficient evidence is not produced they will be happy to turn him back.
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so the line from the federal government changed from putting the ball in the court of the victorian government to just a few hours later a very hard—line stance that the federal government would apply its own tough policies and then later on when djokovic did land it was clear that the border officials did apply that very tough policy. so tennis australia officials, the most senior tennis australia officials are absolutely furious at the federal government and they believe there was a political element to the decision. and these reports that australian border force are now investigating two other individuals who have been issued medical exemptions. can you tell us anything about that? this is another source of tennis australia's deep frustration. there was another player and another official who in the days before djokovic arrived, arrived into australia using the same medical exemption. so tennis australia is wondering how they got in on the same exact exemption that djokovic got blocked on. border force officials now say they
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will review those cases again and i tell you that the border force officials arrived at one of our main hotels in victoria last night, the crown casino hotel, just to search for this player and i am not sure if they actually found him or her. we don't know who it is. it may be the case that those two were allowed into the country erroneously or maybe they had the additional documentation to prove their case the djokovic did not have. the award—winning american filmmaker, peter bogdanovich, has died at the age of 82. he started his career as a film programmer and critic before directing the 1971 hit, the last picture show, which won two 0scars. he later attracted new admirers as an actor playing a therapist in the tv series, the sopranos. mark lobel looks back on his life. heralded a champion of cinema, the young new yorker peter bogdanovich lived and breathed it. his film education fast—tracked during an academic mission
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interviewing his idols alfred hitchcock and orson welles, before making a name for himself, directing his 0scar—winning second film in 1971, the last picture show. the bittersweet story which newsweek told a masterpiece. �*the godfather�* director francis ford coppola remembers that the audience leaping to theirfeet, boasting into applause for 15 minutes. a reaction he has never experienced himself. peter bogdanovich�*s incredible ability to coax nuanced performances was clearly shown in what�*s a what�*s up doc. barbra streisand says remembers peter is someone who always
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made her laugh and will keep making them live up there as well. then came 1973 comedy paper moon, leading to an oscar for the young actress kate 0�*neill who appeared alongside her real—life father. you o'neill who appeared alongside her real-life father.— her real-life father. you know what that _ her real-life father. you know what that is, _ her real-life father. you know what that is, scruples? - her real-life father. you know what that is, scruples? he - her real-life father. you know| what that is, scruples? he was a walking _ what that is, scruples? he was a walking encyclopaedia - what that is, scruples? he was a walking encyclopaedia of - a walking encyclopaedia of cinema _ a walking encyclopaedia of cinema and happy to share that with as — cinema and happy to share that with as many people as possible. with as many people as possible-— with as many people as ossible. �* , ., , ., possible. but his life was far from plain — possible. but his life was far from plain sailing. _ possible. but his life was far from plain sailing. an - possible. but his life was far from plain sailing. an early. from plain sailing. an early accidental death of his baby brother, bankruptcy, addiction to prescription drugs and a tangled love life. peter later reflector, pride goeth before the fall. d0
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reflector, pride goeth before the fall. ., ., reflector, pride goeth before the fall. , ., ., ., , the fall. do you mean that is in professionally? _ the fall. do you mean that is in professionally? 0riginally| in professionally? originally trained as — in professionally? originally trained as a _ in professionally? originally trained as a stage _ in professionally? originally trained as a stage actor, - in professionally? originally| trained as a stage actor, one of his final axe was as a psychiatrist in the sopranos. in his words, i was born and then i liked movies. movies, it seems, very much liked him as well. film director peter bogdanovich who�*s died at the age of 82. let�*s just take you to colombia where the annual black and white carnival has been held. contrary to the name, the parade in the city of pasto is actually very colourful as you can see. the festival stems from the south american country�*s indigenous, spanish and african traditions. despite its name, which invokes the ritual of wearing black and white clothing to symbolise unity and equality, the carnival combines vibrant colours and music to celebrate ethnic and cultural diversity.
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that�*s it from me. i�*m lewis vaughanjones, this is bbc news. bye—bye. hello. well, it�*s going to be cold for another day or so, and after that, things will turn a little less cold, but there�*s a big low pressure out there in the atlantic. you can see the cold fronts sweeping across the uk. behind it, that speckled cloud, the shower clouds, some of them wintry, carried by a pretty cold current of air coming off the north atlantic. but i think come the weekend, this next low pressure — this is another one — will come our way and will also warm things up a little bit, but until then, still the risk of snow and ice through the early hours and into friday, mostly but not exclusively northern parts of the uk. so, here�*s the weather map, the forecast early friday. you can see wintry showers across the pennines, the highlands, parts of northern ireland, too. temperatures close to
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freezing early on friday, so icy patches possible. again, mostly across the northern half of the uk and the south, it�*s just a little bit too mild. 0n the whole, not a bad day for many of us across eastern areas of the uk. 0ut towards the west, we�*ll have those showers and a good old breeze at least for the first half of the day. then in the southwest, we�*ll see a spell of rain sweeping through during the afternoon, so cardiff and plymouth, possibly portsmouth, will be wet for a time on friday before it dries out. here�*s the next low pressure. that�*s the one that�*s actually moving through right now, but this is the next one on friday. and here�*s the weather front, the cold front that moves through during the first half of saturday across the uk. rain and wind — a really unpleasant picture early in the day, but notice that it does tend to dry out at least somewhat second half of the day on saturday, although it could stay wet across eastern areas. you can see the temperatures back into double figures, so it�*s not going to be quite so cold, but the wind will make
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it feel pretty nippy. and then, sunday, actually we�*re in between weather systems — one out there in the north sea, this approaching. we�*re in between, so sunday isn�*t looking too bad at all. temperatures will be a little lower, between, say, 5—8 degrees for the most part, maybe a little bit milder in cornwall and devon. but on the whole, out of the two days, i think sunday is looking better. and thereafter, it really does turn just that little bit milder with temperatures perhaps reaching 13 degrees in some southern and southwestern areas. bye— bye.
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this is bbc news.
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the headlines: us members of congress have held a vigil on the steps of the capitol building to mark one year since the attack. president biden said the rioters "held a dagger to the throat of american democracy" and accused them of acting after donald trump spun a web of lies. russian soldiers have arrived in kazakhstan to help crush a wave of anti—government protests that began over rising fuel prices. they were sent after an appeal for help from kazakhstan�*s president. reports say security forces have taken control of central almaty. the men�*s tennis world number one, novak djokovic, remains under detention in a hotel in melbourne after his visa was revoked in a row over covid precautions. his treatment has drawn criticism from the serbian government, as well as his family, who have called him the victim of a political witch—hunt. this is bbc news. now on bbc news, it�*s hardtalk.


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