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this is bbc news the headlines at four: police will meet a conservative mp who's accused government whips of trying to "blackmail" politicians who've tried to oust borisjohnson. the first shipment of american military aid to ukraine arrives there — after talks over russia's troop build—up on the border. the un has condemned an air strike on a yemen detention centre that has killed more than 80 people. a week after tonga was devastated by a volcanic eruption and tsunami, humanitarian aid begins to reach the tens of thousands of people affected. the actor arnold schwarzenegger is involved in a multi—vehicle crash in los angeles — one person is in hospital, but it's not thought their injuries are life—threatening.
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good afternoon. a conservative backbencher who has accused government whips of trying to blackmail some mps seeking to oust borisjohnson is to meet the police to discuss his allegations. william wragg said he'd be speaking to a scotland yard detective in the commons early next week. the prime minister has said he's seen no evidence to support the claims — but mr wragg said he wanted any inquiry to be carried out by "experts". our political correspondent helen catt reports. some of the methods used to persuade mps to follow their party line have always been a bit murky. these extraordinarily public allegations levelled at the government and its whips are serious. that some conservative mps suspected of wanting borisjohnson out have
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been on the end of attempts to intimidate them with embarrassing stories in the press and threats to take away public money from their constituencies. the intimidation of a member of parliament is a serious matter. moreover, the reports of which i am aware would seem to constitute blackmail. now mr wragg has arranged to meet the met police to discuss his allegations. earlier this week the former tory mp cristian wakeford defected to labour. he later said he had been told he wouldn't get a new high school in his constituency if he voted against the government on free school meals. some have suggested there may be more claims to come. i must have spoken to about a dozen tory mps in the last few days who have made similar allegations about whips, either offering to withdraw financial support for their constituencies either from the political party, so for campaigning, or for their constituents. downing street has said
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if it is passed evidence to support any allegations, it would look at it carefully but it hasn't seen any yet. other tories have said they have not experienced any such behaviour. i have voted against the government on occasions when i thought it right and i have always had a very close relationship with the chief whip and a productive relationship with whips, so i am waiting to hear more about this because it is not something i have seen or been told about. meanwhile the prime minister is expected to spend his weekend calling potential rebels. the senior official sue gray is expected to publish her report on downing street parties next week. it is being seen as a possible crunch moment for boris johnson's leadership. helen catt, bbc news. earlier i spoke to helen and asked her ifjohnson loyalists had to be careful with their language when trying to persuade backbench mps to side with the prime minister. i think there's going to be huge scrutiny and you would expect that there may be some efforts
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being made over this weekend, heading into this week. it's seen as a bit of a crunch week for the prime minister. certainly he is going to have allies on the phone trying to persuade the doubters, the waiverers and trying to win them over, but you are right, coming off the back of this and with this context, there is going to be an enormous amount of scrutiny on exactly what methods are being employed to try and do that. what is the latest with the sue gray report? we have been waiting for it for quite a while now, but obviously she's got various different alleged gatherings to investigate and that list has grown somewhat, but there is a feeling we could get it this week. yes, and part of the reason it has taken longer than perhaps was initially anticipated is because that list has been added to significantly over time. but the expectation is that sue gray will report back this week. they are perhaps thinking earlier this week, next week, coming into, so we should get that this week and of course that is the point that many conservative mps have said they have been waiting for to then take stock and decide what they think in terms
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of how long they believe mrjohnson should have at number io quite frankly. so this is a really important moment and it will be the point where a lot of conservative mps will have to make their mind up. and that is the moment of danger for the prime minister, or potential danger, if some tory mps don't like it and they put in letters to the 1922 committee chairman, in terms of a no—confidence vote in borisjohnson. they need 5a letters and we don't know how many have already been sent in. no, we don't. they need 5a letters because that is 15% of the parliamentary conservative party, so that is why it hits that magic number. it is notoriously difficult to know how many letters are in, how many are not. we know of six mps who have said they have put one in so far. talking to mps last week, there was a feeling that if it goes, it goes all at once, if you see what i mean, that there might suddenly be a real flurry of letters after the sue gray report. but then again, you never know with these things, there might not be. if you think back to
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when theresa may was challenged for the leadership, that went on for quite a long time, the sense of people saying, we are nearly there with the letters, and then they weren't and then they were and then they weren't, so it is really difficult to judge. certainly so many conservative mps have pointed to the publication of that sue gray report as being a point of decision that i think it is going to be a really crucial week. let's bring you up—to—date with the latest coronavirus figures for the uk. a number of cases in the latest 24 uk. a number of cases in the latest 2a hour period, 76,807, that is down from 95,000 on friday. in terms of deaths, 297 deaths within 28 days of a positive covid test. comparing to 288 on friday. the latest coronavirus figures for the united
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kingdom. the chairman of the commons defence committee says the uk must do more to support ukraine as russian troops gather at its border. the conservative mp, tobias ellwood, said he thinks an invasion is now "imminent" and that president vladimir putin is "taking full advantage of a weakened west". it comes as the united states has delivered its first shipment of military cargo to ukraine, for use in the event of a conflict. here's mark lobel. for use in the event of a conflict. the threat of conflict persists as president putin continues his apparent drive for a new post—cold war settlement. ukraine is proving the biggest foreign policy test for president biden since us troops left afghanistan. he's left the white house for camp david this weekend to meet his national security team and secretary of state antony blinken, who himself is returning from three days of crisis diplomacy. those ended in talks with his
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russian counterpart in geneva, which didn't get very far. what i think is possible is a negotiation with russia on some new security architecture from your model eras — the inf agreement of the �*80s, under which intermediate and short—range missiles were banned. if the russian issue is the risk in the future of nato missiles on the russian border sitting in ukraine, that would take that away. but, of course, it would mean the russians, too, had to withdraw weapons. in the meantime, ukraine hasjust received from the us 90 tonnes of what america calls lethal aid, including ammunition for ukraine's front—line forces. washington says it's helping ukraine bolster its defences in the face of growing russian aggression. russia denies an invasion
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is on the cards, but has 100,000 russian troops near ukraine's border in potentially threatening positions, as this map shows. what we have seen over the last few months with diplomatic talks failing, putin's ultimatum demanding nato push back. of course, that was dismissed. but that has given him the pretext to actually say there is an aggressor and that he must act. he has actually boxed himself into a corner, because so much effort has been put into this. but he also recognised that he will never again be as strong as this to take advantage of the west's weakness. i suspect an invasion is now imminent. russia sparked this diplomatic conflict. this week, the us showed it's keen to resolve it peacefully. but it remains unclear how far both sides are prepared to go to placate the other. mark lobel, bbc news. nataliya gumenyuk is
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a ukrainianjournalist and joins us now from kyiv. thank you for being with us. we had a british politician saying he thinks an invasion is imminent. do you think that? do you think the russians are going to invade soon? it would be hard to express an opinion. as a journalist i do talk to a lot of people. the threat is there, it is not a bluff, there are russian troops standing at the border. it is not really theoretical. however, to my mind, i think the decision still would be taken by the kremlin because the point is moscow is looking at how the west is reacting. this is a diplomatic crisis first of all, the threat is to the ukraine but the demands are to the us, nato. they are about changing the security
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infrastructure in europe, so there risks are growing because it is hard for russia to get out of this situation, not to show its weakness, but yet, there are different opinions also among the population but that depends not on us but on the ukrainian government which has no means to de—escalate because there are no hotheads here, there are no people willing the war so it is in the mind of the president of russia. ~ . , ., russia. what is the mood of the ukrainian people? _ russia. what is the mood of the ukrainian people? are - russia. what is the mood of the ukrainian people? are they - russia. what is the mood of the - ukrainian people? are they worried, scared, angry, defiant?— scared, angry, defiant? overly worried first _ scared, angry, defiant? overly worried first of _ scared, angry, defiant? overly worried first of all. _ scared, angry, defiant? overly worried first of all. but - scared, angry, defiant? overly worried first of all. but anxiety scared, angry, defiant? overly. worried first of all. but anxiety is really coming from the international media, so it is way more now when there is so much attention to the
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ukraine. but somehow people know it is possible, so since the conflict is possible, so since the conflict is still diplomatic, nothing really going on either in kyiv or in the conflict zone in the east of ukraine where some of the territory is under the control of russian proxies, but the control of russian proxies, but the concern is there. people feel they cannot afford to be consumed by they cannot afford to be consumed by the anxiety and fear so the only answer is to pursue while of course the different thing is for the army which is on a lead, preparing itself has scenarios develop but these are two different things, the civilians and the army. d0 two different things, the civilians and the army-— two different things, the civilians and the arm . , .,, ~ and the army. do people there think the west and _ and the army. do people there think the west and the _ and the army. do people there think the west and the united _ and the army. do people there think the west and the united states - and the army. do people there think the west and the united states are l the west and the united states are doing enough to stand up for ukraine and to try to deter the russians? people feel that ukraine is cornered by this very complex structure of the global security when ukraine is
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threatened because it is not in nato, but there is nothing the west does is considered a provocation by russia. we heard about the deployment of the us lethal aid, just to ensure it is all about the defence, it is not about any threat to russia but ukrainians are concerned to be left behind when this crisis would be perceived as just something very local depending on the ukrainians. it is not like they feel betrayed but of course this moment that the west is probably not the strongest at the moment, yes, ukrainians do feel that partially. find moment, yes, ukrainians do feel that artiall . �* moment, yes, ukrainians do feel that artiall. �* ., , �* partially. and even if putin doesn't invade new. _ partially. and even if putin doesn't invade new. it— partially. and even if putin doesn't invade now, it is— partially. and even if putin doesn't invade now, it is always _ partially. and even if putin doesn't invade now, it is always a - partially. and even if putin doesn't invade now, it is always a threat, i invade now, it is always a threat, hanging over ukraine. do ukrainians feel they want to be in nato to give them additional security, protection?— them additional security, protection? them additional security, rotection? �* , , ., protection? anytime there is a
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threat from — protection? anytime there is a threat from russia, _ protection? anytime there is a threat from russia, the - protection? anytime there is a l threat from russia, the support protection? anytime there is a - threat from russia, the support to joining nato from the ukrainian population, according to the polls, is growing and the more it happens it feels like ukraine is not protected because it is a single country, it is not a member of the alliance. so that is more the case, butjust alliance. so that is more the case, but just to ensure alliance. so that is more the case, butjust to ensure that alliance. so that is more the case, but just to ensure that the talks, also as a journalist i can't speak on behalf of the whole country but i am following quite a lot of polls and the moods in different towns, so ukrainians rather feel that they would anyway resist and the cost would anyway resist and the cost would be very high depending on what these incursions could be. you could be different scenarios, so it's hard to prepare but in the end ukraine would be the one to fight and the ukrainian people, it is up to them to resist. ., ., ~ ., to resist. good to talk to you. thank you _ to resist. good to talk to you. thank you very _ to resist. good to talk to you. thank you very much. -
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the headlines on bbc news... police will meet a conservative mp who's accused government whips of trying to "blackmail" politicians who've tried to oust borisjohnson. the first shipment of american military aid to ukraine arrives there — after talks over russia's troop build—up on the border. the un has condemned an air strike on a yemen detention centre that has killed more than 80 people. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's sarah mulkerrins. who would be an everton fan at the moment? they are certainly not having a good time of it. there was no winning start for the post rafa benetiz era at everton. they lost one nil to aston villa in the premier league's early kick
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off at goodison park. duncan ferguson has taken interim charge for a second spell, and he watched on as emi buendia scored the winner, which saw some unsavoury scenes during the celebrations. a couple of players were hit by a bottle thrown from the crowd. drew savage reports. you only have to look outside goodison park to know who everton were hoping would put the smiles back on fans' faces — at least in the short—term. duncan ferguson stepping up again from coach to caretaker manager. his team showed the hunger that big duncan would doubtless have demanded. but not quite the quality. lucas digne, a recent transfer to villa, a renewed man but it was from the frenchman's corner that the visitors took the lead just before half—time. but as they celebrated, they were struck by an object thrown from the crowd. villa had the better chances in the first half but after the break, it was all about men in blue shirts throwing themselves at everything that came their way. ben godfrey's efforts scrambled away before dominic calvert—lewin regretted not making better contact with the cross.
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everton kept plugging away but couldn't find the breakthrough that they and ferguson would have hoped for. steven gerrard ending up on the winning side will not have helped moods. some supporters not happy with things behind—the—scenes at goodison. big duncan has a big challenge. drew savage, bbc news. and everton have said that police have arrested the supporter who threw a missile onto the pitch after the goal — after identifying the fan using cctv footage. let's have a look at the three, 3 o'clock kick offs no goals anywhere. pretty lacklustre from the teams this afternoon and play has been suspended at brentford for about 15 minutes. the players were taken off the pitch as there was a drone flying overhead, so that game is further behind the rest. it is just at half—time in that one.
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hearts have comfortably avoided a shock in the scottish cup, after a 5—0 win over sixth—tier side auchinleck talbot to reach the last 16. the ayrshire minnows have form for knocking bigger clubs out of the cup, but this one was never in doubt. liam boyce scoring one of his two goals here. andy halliday, peter haring and alex cochrane with hearts' other goals. there's been a moment of skiing history today — as dave ryding has won britain's first alpine skiing world cup gold medal with victory in the kitzbuhel slalom. the 35—year—old, who is heading to next month's winter olympics in beijing, was sitting sixth after his first run in austria, but was the fastest out of the field by the time the two runs were complete. he also became the oldest winner of a men's world cup slalom, and said afterwards, "i guess there's life in the old dog yet." dan evans has been knocked out of the australian open, losing to ninth seed felix auger—aliassime, and therefore ending british interest in the singles at the tournament. evans was seeded 24th
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but comfortably beaten in the third round by the canadian. it finished 6-4, 6-1, 6-1- meaning evans is the last of the seven britons to fall. leinster ran in ten tries as they crushed bath in the champions cup. it was a great afternoon forjimmy 0'brien, this his second try of the first half to secure the bonus point as they led 33—7 at the break. it was more of the same after the interval as 0'brien added his fourth and leinster�*s tenth try here. the final score was 64—7 with leinster moving top of pool a. it's been a great day forjumps racing as the much anticpated showdown between the unbeaten top two mile chasers lived—up to its billing in a thrilling clarence house chase at ascot. it went the way of shiskin who battled back to just beat energumene.
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jocky nico de boinville described it as one of the best races of his life. scotland's scott jamieson is still hanging on to the lead at golf�*s hsbc championship in abu dhabi. jamieson birdied the last hole to stay top of the leaderboard going into the final round. jamieson is one shot clear of ireland's shane lowry and belgiums' thomas pieters. all those premier league games still goalless. you can follow them on the bbc sport website. a man has appeared in court charged with the murder of an 86—year—old woman and the attempted murder of her 88—year—old husband. freda walker was found dead at her home in langwithjunction, derbyshire a week ago. ken walker, a former district councillor, was found severely injured and remains in hospital in a critical condition. 33 year old vasile culea appeared before magistrates in nottingham and was remanded in custody to appear at derby crown court on tuesday.
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two women have been taken to hospital after a knife attack in north west london. it happened in station road, harrow. police say the injured women were slashed and a third woman was punched by the suspect. a woman has been detained and taken to hospital for mental health assessment. the un has condemned an air strike by the saudi—led coalition on a detention centre in yemen. the country's houthi rebels, who have been fighting the saudi—led coalition, say at least 82 people were killed and more than 260 others injured. it follows nights of bombing raids, after a rocket fired by houthi rebels killed three people in the united arab emirates earlier this week. earlier i spoke to jacob burns, communcations adviser for medicins sans friontieres i have been speaking to colleagues inside the city this morning. they describe that in the early hours of friday morning, they were at home,
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they had the sound ofjets flying over the city and then three explosions. we know the air strike hit the city prison where there were reported to have been upwards of 1500 people detained at the time. the striker scored hundreds of deaths and injuries. the latest numbers we have been given by the ministry of health in yemen is that there have been 82 people killed in this strike and 266 people wounded. 0ne this strike and 266 people wounded. one of my colleagues inside the city was in a hospital this morning and he said that the hospital was facing a very difficult situation with so many wounded that some of the casualties were lying on the floor in the hospital because there were no more bets for them. what in the hospital because there were no more bets for them.— in the hospital because there were no more bets for them. what is msf able to do in — no more bets for them. what is msf able to do in the _ no more bets for them. what is msf able to do in the aftermath - no more bets for them. what is msf able to do in the aftermath of - no more bets for them. what is msf able to do in the aftermath of this i able to do in the aftermath of this tragedy and also to help the general humanitarian disaster that is afflicting this country? we are
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resent afflicting this country? we are present inside _ afflicting this country? we are present inside the _ afflicting this country? we are present inside the city, - afflicting this country? we are present inside the city, we - afflicting this country? we are i present inside the city, we made immediately some donations to this hospital. we sent a truck full of medical supplies from the capital to the city last night and are working with the ministry of health to see how we can respond as quickly as possible to these huge needs that have been caused by this air strike. we are working across the country in yemen, across front lines and what we see is that while there are these moments of intense violence, after seven years of the civil war, we see every day the effects of these less dramatic but no less serious long—term crises which are caused by the war such as the economic crisis and the almost total collapse of health care system in the country. it is seven years, it began in 2015, do you see any way out of this? is this horrorjust going to keep
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continuing? it this horrorjust going to keep continuing?— continuing? it is definitely a moment where _ continuing? it is definitely a moment where the - continuing? it is definitely a moment where the conflictl continuing? it is definitely a l moment where the conflict is intensifying again. colleagues in the capital have been reporting to me each night this week of heavy air strikes, there were again air strike this morning, so it feels as if we are caught where the conflict is escalating yet again and it is hard to see where that finishes. police in the united states have descibed the death of a british man from a stray bullet as a �*reckless, senseless act.�* 31—year—old astrophysicist, matthew willson, was killed while he lay in bed during a trip to the city of atlanta. simonjones has this report. killed in what officers are describing as a random and senseless act. matthew willson was in bed last sunday beside his girlfriend, pictured in this image released by police. he was hit in the head by a bullet fired from a neighbouring block of flats. he had just arrived in the atlanta area to visit his girlfriend. they were laying down for bed that night when they heard the gunfire
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erupt, and what appears right now, a stray bullet entered the exterior wall to their apartment and struck him. this is a very tragic incident. 0ur victim is someone that was completely innocent, had no involvement whatsoever with the individuals that were involved in the reckless discharging of their firearms. police had initially been called to the area following reports that shots were being fired into the air. they then received a second call from matthew willson's girlfriend, saying he had been hit. in a brief statement, the foreign office here in london said it was supporting the family of a british man following his death in the united states. it added that it was in contact with the authorities over there. matthew willson was a former phd student at the university of exeter. it said... the police in the us are offering
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a reward for information. no arrests have been made, but officers say they are determined to put those responsible injail. the hollywood star, arnold schwarzenegger, has been involved in a multi—vehicle crash in los angeles. a woman has been taken to hospital. a spokesperson for the former california governor said he was unharmed. let's talk to our correspondent in los angeles david willis. four cars involved in this condition, is that right? yes. the incident occurred _ condition, is that right? yes. the incident occurred in _ condition, is that right? yes. the incident occurred in the - condition, is that right? yes. the incident occurred in the city - condition, is that right? yes. the incident occurred in the city of. incident occurred in the city of brentwood, not far from arnold schwarzenegger's home. it's an expensive area, several other movie stars are thought to have homes there, including the actress gwyneth paltrow and the los angeles police department says a total of four vehicles were involved in this
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incident which is thought to have occurred as arnold schwarzenegger's suv was attempting to turn left onto the famous sunset boulevard when it was involved in a head on collision with a red previous. such was the force of the impact that the suv ended up on top of the toyota prius before rolling back on a porsche which was just behind it at the time. representatives for arnold schwarzenegger have confirmed to the bbc that he was indeed behind the wheel of the suv when this incident occurred. he was unhurt but the driver of the red toyota prius was taken to hospital. she is thought to have suffered head injuries, they are not thought though to be serious. �* ., ., serious. arnold schwarzenegger, former movie _ serious. arnold schwarzenegger, former movie star, _ serious. arnold schwarzenegger, former movie star, former- former movie star, former politician, is he still a very popular big name in la? very much
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so. he popular big name in la? very much so- he served _ popular big name in la? very much so. he served as _ popular big name in la? very much so. he served as the _ popular big name in la? very much so. he served as the governor - popular big name in la? very much so. he served as the governor, - popular big name in la? very muchl so. he served as the governor, eight years as governor of the state of california and made his name in the movies, films such as: the barbarian and the terminator series but this is a man with a penchant for big cars, he had a humvee and was the first civilian to own a hummer h one. he is a multimillionaire and has a variety of other cars in his collection including a bentley and a cadillac. h, ., collection including a bentley and a cadillac. ., ~ ., ., ~ cadillac. good to know. thank you very much — cadillac. good to know. thank you very much indeed. _ now it's time for a look at the weather with ben rich. they're they�* re mostly dry they're mostly dry but cal audi whether that many of us has seen todayis whether that many of us has seen today is lip to sit with us for the rest of the week on. you can see
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extensive cloud pretty much across the board. there was some sunshine across eastern england. tonight we keep large areas of cloud. where there are some breaks, down towards there are some breaks, down towards the south. a touch of frost down to -3 the south. a touch of frost down to —3 or minus four celsius out in the countryside. milderfurther north, countryside. milder further north, that countryside. milderfurther north, that brisk south—westerly wind will continue to flow across northern scotland tomorrow. a largely dry but cloudy day. some sunny spells specially across the south—west of england, wales. parts of western scotland may be seen the odd spot of drizzle, temperatures between five and 9 degrees. through the coming week we will see a lot of dry weather, especially down to the south. the increasing chance of rain, particularly in the north and temperature generally 6—10 . hello, this is bbc news. the headlines.
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police will meet a conservative mp who's accused government whips of trying to "blackmail" politicians who've tried to oust borisjohnson. the first shipment of american military aid to ukraine arrives there — after talks over russia's troop build—up on the border. the un has condemned an air strike on a yemen detention centre that has killed more than 80 people. a week after tonga was devastated by a volcanic eruption and tsunami, humanitarian aid begins to reach the tens of thousands of people affected. the actor arnold schwarzenegger is involved in a multi—vehicle crash in los angeles — one person is in hospital, but it's not thought their injuries are life threatening. now on bbc news it's time for the media show.
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