this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. in ukraine, officials say the eastern region of donbas is coming under heavy russian attack. in the besieged city of mariupol say twenty civilians have been able to leave the site 7 but hundreds are thought to still be sheltering there. in an exclusive interview with the bbc — the conservative mp neil parish says he's resigning, after admitting he watched pornography in the house of commons. in the end that i can see the fury, the damage i was causing my family and my— the damage i was causing my family and my constituency, that it wasn't worth_
and my constituency, that it wasn't worth carrying on. a and my constituency, that it wasn't worth carrying om— and my constituency, that it wasn't worth carrying on. a body has been found in the _ worth carrying on. a body has been found in the search _ worth carrying on. a body has been found in the search for _ worth carrying on. a body has been found in the search for the - worth carrying on. a body has been found in the search for the missing | found in the search for the missing 33—year—old british woman katie kenyon. she had gone missing a week ago. hello and welcome if you re or around the world. russia and ukraine have confirmed that about 20 civilians have left the besieged azovstal industrial complex in mariupol it's the first such release since president putin announced he was locking down ukraine's last bastion in the city. the deputy commander of ukraine's azov battalion said the group including women and children had been transferred to a suitable place and he hoped they would be taken to zaporizhzhia.
ukraine's army has released pictures showing what it says are strikes on russian reinforcements to the area around the city of izyum, a key battleground in the kharkiv region. however, the uk and united states say the russian advance in the east is days behind schedule. our correspondent ben brown is in kyiv and told us what the ukrainian government and military have been saying about the government and military have been saying about the attack government and military have been saying about the attack on government and military have been saying about the attack on the donbas region.— saying about the attack on the donbas region. saying about the attack on the donbas reuion. , , . ., donbas region. they expected to get even heavier. _ donbas region. they expected to get even heavier, that _ donbas region. they expected to get even heavier, that russia _ donbas region. they expected to get even heavier, that russia will- even heavier, that russia will further ratchet up its offensive in the east. russia basically took the decision to abandon their attempts to take this city, kyiv, and to focus on that offensive in the east on the eastern front in donbas, and thatis on the eastern front in donbas, and that is certainly what they are doing. they have been raining down artillery, mortars, bombs from the air, onto ukrainian positions in trenches and bunkers on that eastern front. the ukrainians are admitting
that they have taken heavy casualties, although they are also saying that they have inflicted what they called colossal casualties on they called colossal casualties on the russians. but as far as president zelensky has said, you know, it goes on, the defence of this country goes on despite that russian onslaught, and he and all the other ukrainian politicians i have been talking to in kyiv are very grateful for the additional help they have been getting from the west in terms of weapons and certainly heavy weapons is what they say they need now in that fight in donbas, in particular long—range artillery, to reply to russian artillery. meanwhile in odesa — ukrainian officials say the airport there has come under missile attack, damaging the runway. rendering it inoperable. our correspondent caroline davies is in odesa. earlier this afternoon in three loud bangs could be heard across the city. we saw several dogs running
away from the direction of the noise. later on we heard from the ukrainian authorities, from the press centre of the southern defence forces that this had been a missile strike that had hit the airport, the international airport here in odesa and in response they have said that the runway of a debtor airport was damaged, its further use at the current time is impossible. this is the only information we currently have from a debt at the moment, it has been relatively quiet here throughout the afternoon. it is a week since that missile strike hit several, two residential buildings, one residential building and there was a significant loss of life including the loss of a three—month—old girl, her mother and grandmother along with several others in that building, but since then we have not heard of a major strikes happening here in odesa, but again, the fact that this missile strike has happened on a weekend when people were relaxing and enjoying the sunshine here, just shows that anywhere in ukraine at
the moment feels like it could be under threat at any moment. hollywood star, angelina jolie, has been meeting refugees in lviv, during a surprise visit to ukraine. she s been to the city s railway station, as part of her work as a special envoy for the un. during her visit to the city near the polish border, the actor spoke to volunteers and posed for pictures with some of those who have fled the fighting elsewhere in the country. and she put a very big smile on the face of this little girl. here in the uk — the conservative mp, neil parish, has told the bbc he is resigning his seat, after admitting he watched pornography, twice, in the house of commons. mr parish, the memberfor tiverton and honiton in devon,
i was causing my family and...my constituency and association, it just wasn't worth carrying on. a conservative mp since 2010, mr parish was suspended from the parliamentary party yesterday, after being named as the mp at the centre of the allegations. two female tory mps witnessed the behaviour, today the former farmer explained what happened. funnily enough, it was tractors i was looking at and so i did get into another website which had a similar name and i watched it for a bit, which i shouldn't have done. but my crime, biggest crime, is that on another occasion,
i went in a second time. mr parish said he deliberately looked at the material again while waiting to go into a commons voting lobby. and the one thing i wasn't doing, and which i will take to my grave as being true, is i was not making sure people could see it. in fact, i was trying to do quite the opposite and i was wrong, what i was doing, but this idea that i was watching it in an intimidating women, i have 12 years in parliament and probably have one of the best reputations ever, or did have. neil parish wasn't a well—known mp, until now, but will be remembered for behaviour which caused shock and outrage across parliament and a very candid resignation interview. i will have to live with this for the rest of my life. and i made a huge, terrible mistake. and i'm here to tell the world. for parliament's reputation,
it's been another rotten week, reviving claims of sexism and misogyny. the allegations were first made at a meeting of tory mps on tuesday. opposition parties said it was shocking the debacle dragged on for several days. conservative mps have been angry too. neil himself, once he had the whip suspended, moved very swiftly to resign and undoubtedly that was the right thing for him to do. the thing that disappointed me was that we didn't see the conservative whips act more swiftly when this complaint was first brought to their attention. the normally rock—solid tory seat of tiverton and honiton in devon will now have the drama of a by—election, after scandal abruptly engulfed its outgoing mp. ben wright, bbc news. the bbc�*s south west political editor, martyn oates, carried out that exclusive interview with neil parish — he's been telling us a bit more about the details that have emerged.
he had not actually thought, and the news broke. he did offer that apology to female colleagues today. i also asked him about this issue of culture because of course he gave an interview to gb news earlier in the week. he was invited to talk about something else and doubtless very uncomfortably for him, the topic then shifted to this issue and he said "i don't think there's a huge culture of this." i put it to him thatjust going by his own conduct, people might well feel that actually there is a culture of contempt and arrogance if someone feels they can stand in the house of commons and watch pornography. our political correspondent, ben wright says a lot has changed since yesterday. last night it was clear that he thought that he could hang on and
the investigator reprocess mark in the investigator reprocess mark in the end cly him, but there was certainly criticism today, earlier from caroline noakes, a prominent conservative mp, that the conservative mp, that the conservative whips didn't act fast enough. this was raised at a meeting of tory mps on tuesday. people were shocked and appalled at the time. it took another three days for the name took another three days for the name to come out, there had been due speculation in westminster about who this might be and today, saturday, mr parish realised he could not possibly carry on so it had been dragging on forfour days, and some tory mps think this could have been done faster. the conservative party will be relieved that this is not festering any more into next week as we head towards of course very important local elections on thursday. tory mp michael fabricant has apologised for suggesting during a bbc news interview that many teachers and nurses enjoyed a "quiet drink" at the end of the day in staff rooms during lockdown.
in a letter published on the naht schools leaders' union website following criticism from the sector over his comments, mr fabricant said it was not his intention to "cause offence" or to "demoralise", "and i apologise if i have genuinely done so". opposition parties in sri lanka have rejected the president's offer to join a national unity government. they say the president and his brother — who's prime minister — must first resign. the island nation is facing its worst economic crisis in more than 70 years and the cost of living has become unaffordable. the bbc�*s south asia regional editor, anbarasan ethirajan is in colombo. the protest site in colombo against the government has become very lively in the evenings because people from different walks of life, and joined us protest. i can see women, children, many people coming
with families on the one side, and i can see these artists' associations, they were holding a huge protest with hundreds of people along this road, and all the demand they are making us for the government to step down because they accuse the government, the president, of mismanaging the economy, because people here are suffering the escalating cost of living. today the government announced that some of the commonly used medicines, about 60 of them, the prices went up by 40% and it is not for the first time but only last month the prices were increased by nearly 30% which means people are paying 70% more. china's state media says dozens of people are thought to be buried in the rubble of a multi—storey building that collapsed on friday in the central city of changsha. rescuers pulled five people out of the rubble alive on saturday morning after working through the night to shift debris.
it's unclear why the structure suddenly caved in. it isa it is a race against time. rescue workers crawl through rubble in search of people trapped under a building which housed a hotel, apartments and cinema. the multi—story structure in a densely built street caved in on friday leaving a gaping hole. 700 firefighters and large evacuation diggers have been deployed, along with life detectors and rescue dogs. at a press conference, the mayor of changsha said that teams are working around the clock. irate changsha said that teams are working around the clock.— around the clock. we will make every effort to search _ around the clock. we will make every effort to search for _ around the clock. we will make every effort to search for those _ around the clock. we will make every effort to search for those still - effort to search for those still trapped on the principle of life first, people first. we have a 72 hour window and we will try our best to rescue those still missing. maw;
to rescue those still missing. many ofthe to rescue those still missing. many of the injured _ to rescue those still missing. many of the injured have _ to rescue those still missing. many of the injured have been _ to rescue those still missing. many of the injured have been taken to nearby hospitals for treatment. but, there is concern that the collapse may have affected the surrounding buildings. rescue teams are now reinforcing them and evacuating people. it is unclear why the structures suddenly caved in, but the building's owner has been detained. building collapses are not uncommon in china due to weak safety and construction standards. the chinese president xijinping has called for the victims to be rescued at all costs, and has asked for an immediate investigation into the disaster. a body has been found by police searching for a woman who went missing more than a week ago. 33—year old mother of two, katie kenyon, was last seen getting into a ford transit van in burnley on the 22nd of april. our news reporter, jo makel,
has been giving us the latest developments from police in the forest of bowland where the body was found. they discovered a body last night, they are not in a position to formally identify that body what they do believe that it is katie. she was last seen just over a week ago is getting into a ford transit van in burley, and it was a reported sighting of that band that led police to focus their search on the forest of poland, an area of outstanding natural beauty in lancashire. —— the forest of bowland. this path is used by cyclists and walks, the forest of gisborne. there is lots of police activity here. we have had a dozen vehicles here, forensic officers, specialist search teams, who have been making very detailed searches of the area for any further evidence. the police, of course, are supporting katie's family. they have been informed. they are working with
them. and they have said that there is a postmortem examination still to be carried out to establish the cause of death. earlier in the week a 50—year—old man, andrew berhtall from burnley was arrested and charged with katie's murder and has appeared at crown court in preston and will appear appeared at crown court in preston and willappear in appeared at crown court in preston and will appear in court again later on in the year. sport and for a full round—up, from the bbc sport centre, here's chetan. let's start in the premier league where manchester city have returned to the top of the table after a 4—0 victory over leeds united at elland road. pep guardiola's side never looked in trouble against relegation—threatened leeds. goals from rodri, nathan ake, gabrieljesus and fernandinho secured the points for city. they're now a point ahead of liverpool with four games left for both teams. there is a lot of, we know that we can be champion if we win the remaining games, we will be
champion. remaining games, we will be champion-— remaining games, we will be chamion. ., . . ., ., champion. you have the advantage, are ou champion. you have the advantage, are you feeling _ champion. you have the advantage, are you feeling confident _ champion. you have the advantage, are you feeling confident with - champion. you have the advantage, are you feeling confident with four. are you feeling confident with four to play? irate are you feeling confident with four to -la ? ~ . are you feeling confident with four to .la ? . ., ., are you feeling confident with four tola? . ., ., ., ., ,., to play? we have a lot of games to .la , to play? we have a lot of games to -la , and to play? we have a lot of games to play. and have _ to play? we have a lot of games to play. and have to _ to play? we have a lot of games to play, and have to go _ to play? we have a lot of games to play, and have to go to _ to play? we have a lot of games to play, and have to go to madrid - to play? we have a lot of games to play, and have to go to madrid in l play, and have to go to madrid in the champions league. it is tough. earlier, liverpool overcame a spirited newcastle united side at stjames park. managerjurgen klopp made five changes, and left top scorer mohamed salah on the bench, but his side took the points thanks to a first half goalfrom naby keita. i saw isawa i saw a top—class game, it was an extremely— i saw a top—class game, it was an extremely difficult circumstances, playing _ extremely difficult circumstances, playing this kind of football. i think— playing this kind of football. i think that's really special to be honest — think that's really special to be honest. and that is why i am really happy, _ honest. and that is why i am really happy, you — honest. and that is why i am really happy, you want to win football games— happy, you want to win football games and in the best scenario you win them _ games and in the best scenario you win them and deserved to win them and today— win them and deserved to win them and today we did against the team in form, _ and today we did against the team in form. and _ and today we did against the team in form, and their stadium, great atmosphere, that is really special. mo salah — atmosphere, that is really special. mo salah came off the bench,
liverpool could not add to their 0—1 lead. at the other end of the premier league table, norwich city were relegated after losing 2—0 at aston villa. but burnley boosted their hopes of survival with a 2—1 win at fellow strugglers watford. that defeat means watford are on the brink of relegation. burnley are now five points clear of the drop zone, but they have played two games more than third from bottom everton. in spain, real madrid have won their 35th league title after a thumping 4—0 win over espanyol. they've sealed the title with almost a month of the season to go. and for real boss carlo ancelotti, it caps a remarkable milestone. the italian is the first manager to capture titles in each of europe's top five leagues — england, spain, germany, italy and france. needing just one point to guarantee the title, madrid scored twice through the brazilian rodrygo, and added further goals from marco asensio and karim benzema. last season's winners barcelona have made it into this year's women's champions league final. they lost their second leg 2—0 to wolfsburg but progressed 5—3 on aggregate. the spanish side wil meet the winner
of the all—french encounter between paris st—germain and lyon. that game is into the second half now, lyon lead 1—0 on the night, that's 4—2 on aggregate. england's women have won the six nations grand slam, beating france in bayonne by 2a points to 12. england ran in three tries in the first half and had a substantial lead at the break. despite a late france try england were always comfortably in control and duly claimed their fourth consecutive six nations title. the rivalry will resume at the world cup, when france will be in england's pool in the autumn. we're counting down to the first female headline boxing fight which takes centre stage at the iconic madison square garden in new york injust a few hours' time. the undefeated katie taylor, from ireland, and puerto rico's amanda serrano will face off in what's been billed as the biggest fight in women's boxing. it will be the sixth time taylor has put her belts on the line, since winning them injune 2019.
the world snooker final will be between judd the world snooker final will be betweenjudd trump and ronnie o'sullivan. williams had come back from 9—2, to lead 16—15 at one stage butjudd trump took the last two frames to book his place in the showpiece, going through, 17—16. not such a marathon contest for the six—time world champion. o'sullivan resumed againstjohn higgins this evening with a 15—9 lead, and took an hour and a quarter to win by 17 frames to ii. that's all the sport for now. the passport office says it's facing unprecedented demand, from millions of people who had put off renewing or applying for the documents during the pandemic. changes in the rules since brexit, also means some passports are not valid because they're too close
to the expiry date. our business reporter, esyllt carr, has more. despite paying to have all of their passport application is checked, ii passport application is checked, 11 weeks ago, alexandra had to send in an extra birth certificate and are still waiting on two passports, including herformer still waiting on two passports, including her former godson's. still waiting on two passports, including herformer godson's. i have my bridesmaids dress. lee taylor has told me that my address is ready to collect. i am frustrated, i cannot let my children get excited, i don't want to get excited myself. i don't want to stress my sister out, i honestly want to be excited for her wedding and she wants to see us, but we are trying to keep this worst—case scenario in the back of our mind
because we are waiting for a call from the passport office constantly. the home office is advising that passport applications are taking up to ten weeks to protest but it can take longer of any information is incomplete. since the uk left the eu, uk passport has to be less than ten years old to enter an eu country, as well as some others like norway and switzerland so you have to check the issue date as well as the expiry. and now most places in europe require you to have at least three months left on your passport beyond your trip. at the passport office in london we met people trying to get the right documents. i have not heard anything about this, they should have had advertisements up. they should have had advertisements u -. ~ �* , they should have had advertisements up. when's passport does not expire until next year _ up. when's passport does not expire until next year but _ up. when's passport does not expire until next year but she _ up. when's passport does not expire until next year but she has _ up. when's passport does not expire until next year but she has only - until next year but she has only just found out that new following brexit mean she cannot use it for her holiday next month because it was issued more than ten years ago. so, it is out of date, so i have applied for getting a new one, but it has taken me four days to get
through to the appointments, because all of the appointments have gone. aha, all of the appointments have gone. a spokesperson for the passport office said that 5 million people had delayed applying for travel documents during the pandemic and to cope with the demand, they have taken on 500 extra staff members in the last year stop they say that in march, they processed a record number of applications. in the commons earlier this week the home office minister acknowledged that parts of the system were under strain. ~ . ., , strain. we recognise the difficulties _ strain. we recognise the difficulties in _ strain. we recognise the difficulties in contacting | strain. we recognise the i difficulties in contacting the passport office will cause concern for those wanting assurances about their applications and in response we have provided a passport advice line, and tele— performance have passed additional staff as their current performance is unacceptable. passengers are not the only ones feeling frustrated. that passengers are not the only ones feeling frustrated.— feeling frustrated. that has been shut down and _ feeling frustrated. that has been shut down and practically - feeling frustrated. that has been i shut down and practically estimated for two years, this passport chaos is just so frustrating, completely
unnecessary, and the industry really needs this to be sorted, and quickly, and it is very frustrating for travel agent members and consumers who get caught up in this. with thousands of people preparing to travel abroad to the first time since the pandemic, the advice for anyone booking a trip is to check their documents sooner rather than later. for nearly a century — the statue of christ the redeemer has dominated the skyline of rio de janeiro in brazil. it's become an iconic symbol of the city. but another brazilian town has decided to erect it's considered by many to be one of the modern wonders of the world. more than 600 tonnes of concrete and stone, christ the redeemer makes quite the impression. but in the global contest of giant statues and important religious figures, rio has a new competitor.
this looks awfully familiar, doesn't it? and this christ is not that far away — in the southern town of encantado. almost identical to its rio namesake save for one crucial detail. translation: it's a construction of 43.5 metres high. _ there are six metres of the pedestal and 37.5 metres of christ. this means that today our statue is the largest statue of christ in the world. christ the redeemer in rio gets around 2 million visitors a year, or at least it did before covid. local officials in encantado hope their version will attract a few tourists of its own. it is due to open to the public sometime next year — spreading the faith and making a bit of money at the same time. tim allman, bbc news.
that's it. thank you for watching bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather with tomasz. good evening. it's been a case of two extremes today — the sunshine across more southern and eastern parts of the country and the thick rain—bearing cloud into north—western parts of the uk, brought by an area of low pressure. so here's an example — in the western isles of scotland, it was a case of heavy rain, breezy conditions too, really not very pleasant at all, whereas across more southern parts of the uk, sunshine with some hazy skies. but, then again, we do need the rain. it has been an incredibly dry april and that rain is welcome across many parts of the uk, especially england and wales where rainfall amounts have been perhaps a third compared to what we should normally have this time in april. so here are the temperatures
early on sunday morning — typically around seven to ten degrees celsius. the damp and cloudy weather will be with us on sunday, so if you were hoping for some sunshine on sunday, probably not going to be the case. it will be a generally overcast day and, remember, we do need the rain. it will be spreading into parts of wales and england, particularly these western and south—western areas. but as the day wears on, that rain will slowly fizzle out, so we're not going to see an awful lot at all across eastern parts of england, for example. the best of our weather on sunday will be across scotland. here, some sunny spells, with temperatures up to 17 in glasgow. compare that to only 11 in plymouth. and then bank holiday monday, not much rain left on that weather front. a relatively bright sort of day with some sunny spells, perhaps one or two showers breaking out across parts of england and wales. temperatures higher, though, with those sunny spells — 18 in london, but a little bit cooler there in parts of scotland, only ia in glasgow and barely double figures in the north of scotland.
now, here's the outlook. as far as the week ahead is concerned, this high pressure will be building in. i think midweek we will have again some rain, but from wednesday onwards, that high does build in and around this area of high pressure, we will see a current of mild, even quite warm air stretching all the way from the azores, riding around this area of high pressure and spreading into western parts of europe. and you can see the rise in the temperatures, particularly across southern areas, up to around 20 degrees by the time we get to friday and i think the mid—teens in the north, and generally dry weather to come next week as well.
hello, this is bbc news. the headlines: ukraine's defence ministry says there are signs russia is preparing for "even bigger" military actions in the eastern donbas region. it's as ukrainian fighters inside the azovstal steel plant in the besieged city of mariupol say 20 civilians have been able to leave the site, but hundreds are thought to still be sheltering there. in an exclusive interview with the bbc, the conservative mp neil parish says he's resigning, after admitting he watched pornography in the house of commons. in the end, i could see the furore and the damage