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welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore, i'm mariko oi. the headlines... president biden called on all americans — to reject the "poison" of white supremacy, during a visit to buffalo. what happened here is simple and straightforward, terrorism. terrorism. domestic terrorism. also on newsday — after holding out for nearly three months, ukrainian forces leave their last refuge in mariupol. more than 200 of them are searched by the invading army and taken to territory controlled by the russians. the bbc investigates the disappearance of a prominent journalist who kick—started china's #metoo movement.
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and the leader of north korea condemns his health officials, as a huge wave of covid cases sweeps through the country. live from our studio in singapore... this is bbc news. it's newsday. it's 6am in singapore, and 6pm in new york, where president biden has gone to buffalo, to meet the families of ten people killed in a racially—motivated mass shooting at the weekend. mr biden called white supremacy a "poison" which is running through the us. the bbc�*s nada tawfik was in buffalo as the president was speaking and she sent us this report. america has a long and troubled history with racism and guns. the
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city of buffalo is the latest deadly chapter. joe biden, the latest president to console a community in morning. in an all ritual, mr biden and the first lady paid their respects to the victims who were massacred here as they were shopping for groceries. after meeting with family members of the victims, he gave a forceful speech, calling the attack domestic terrorism and urging americans to reject white supremacy. white supremacy is a place and. it's a poison. it's running through... it really is. running through our body politic, and there's been allowed to fester and grow right in front of our eyes. no more. i mean, no more. this 20—year—old was working in the grocery store at the time. he survived after being shot by the gunman in the neck. his parents say they will never forgive the white
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supremacist who terrorised their son. , ~ . supremacist who terrorised their son. , . . ., �* , supremacist who terrorised their son. , ., �*, ., son. they called me, that's howl found out- _ son. they called me, that's howl found out. and _ son. they called me, that's howl found out. and he, _ son. they called me, that's howl found out. and he, he _ son. they called me, that's howl found out. and he, he was - son. they called me, that's how i - found out. and he, he was screaming. and he _ found out. and he, he was screaming. and he said _ found out. and he, he was screaming. and he said "mum, mum, get here now, -et and he said "mum, mum, get here now, get here _ and he said "mum, mum, get here now, get here how _ and he said "mum, mum, get here now, get here now. i've been shot." and i drove _ get here now. i've been shot." and i drove as_ get here now. i've been shot." and i drove as fast — get here now. i've been shot." and i drove as fast as i possibly could. he stayed — drove as fast as i possibly could. he stayed on the phone with me the whole _ he stayed on the phone with me the whole time. | he stayed on the phone with me the whole time-— whole time. i asked them what they wanted to see _ whole time. i asked them what they wanted to see come _ whole time. i asked them what they wanted to see come out _ whole time. i asked them what they wanted to see come out of - whole time. i asked them what they wanted to see come out of this - wanted to see come out of this tragedy. i wanted to see come out of this traced . ., �* wanted to see come out of this traced. ., �* ., ., ., wanted to see come out of this traced. .,�* ., ., ., ., tragedy. i don't want to hear about uni . i tragedy. i don't want to hear about unitv- i don't— tragedy. i don't want to hear about unity. i don't want _ tragedy. i don't want to hear about unity. i don't want to _ tragedy. i don't want to hear about unity. i don't want to hear that. . tragedy. i don't want to hear about unity. i don't want to hear that. i l unity. i don't want to hear that. i want _ unity. idon't want to hear that. i want to— unity. idon't want to hear that. i want to hear— unity. i don't want to hear that. i want to hear what laws are being draughted right now, that's what i want _ draughted right now, that's what i want to— draughted right now, that's what i want to hear. i want to hear how are we reshaping — want to hear. i want to hear how are we reshaping the curriculum in schools— we reshaping the curriculum in schools for these children so they can learn — schools for these children so they can learn about the true history about— can learn about the true history about african americans in this country? — about african americans in this country? that's what i want to hear. the community is still trying to grasp how i hate the poor could turn this 18—year—old into a violent extremist. and if red flags are ignored. authorities are still coming through the suspects history
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of threatening statements and online posts. he remains in custody on suicide watch. buffalo will forever be marked by the memory of this mass shooting, as the people here try to cope and move forward together, the worry is america is headed in the opposite direction. nada tawfik, bbc news, buffalo. for more on this, i am joined now by derrickjohnson, the president of the civil rights organisation the naacp. we've seen president biden in buffalo today. he's urged congress to take more action on gun control. are you satisfied with how he's responding? you now, we are pleased that he stepped up in this moment to address the family's and express sincere condolences, but we also are waiting for the justice condolences, but we also are waiting for thejustice department condolences, but we also are waiting
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for the justice department to aggressively go after white supremacist activists and to address this issue of domestic terrorism in the same manner they would address terrorism from foreign invaders. we at the naacp have fought for our 113 years against this type of lynching. we cannot have a democracy, more or less the leading democracy of this nation, if we don't deal with white supremacists who are the domestic terrorists in this country. you supremacists who are the domestic terrorists in this country.— terrorists in this country. you have mentioned — terrorists in this country. you have mentioned white _ terrorists in this country. you have mentioned white supremacy - terrorists in this country. you have mentioned white supremacy and l terrorists in this country. you have l mentioned white supremacy and this incident really highlighted some extremist views, didn't get? critical race and replacement theory with lots of misinformation as well, you have been an advocate for many years. is it possible to combat these views?— years. is it possible to combat these views? ~ ., , , these views? well, absolutely. it involves just _ these views? well, absolutely. it involves just beyond _ these views? well, absolutely. it involvesjust beyond views, - these views? well, absolutely. it involvesjust beyond views, their| involves just beyond views, their whole communities that are competing on social media platforms that are radicalising young people, and some
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of the people are carrying out these issues. what we witnessed in buffalo this weekend is connected to what took place in el paso, is connected with what took place in pittsburgh, is connected with what took place on january six at the nation's capital. these things are not separate. these things are all a part of a concerted effort to promote white supremacist behaviour for the outcome of controlling the electoral process. we must push back against it. i said over and over again, white supremacy and democracy cannot go that next coexist, and we recognise that not only in the united states, but around the globe because what we are seeing is a movement that we must snuff out, because tribalism will destroy all of us. this snuff out, because tribalism will destroy all of us.— snuff out, because tribalism will destroy all of us. as he said, the ace, a destroy all of us. as he said, the age. a young _ destroy all of us. as he said, the age. a young age _ destroy all of us. as he said, the age. a young age of— destroy all of us. as he said, the age, a young age of 18 _ destroy all of us. as he said, the age, a young age of 18 of - age, a young age of 18 of the shooter has been highlighted as well, but he also targeted the
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specific grocery store in buffalo with the aim of taking as many black lives as possible. personally, how do such a targeted attack make you feel? how are your friends and family coping?— family coping? well, this is concerning. _ family coping? well, this is concerning. as _ family coping? well, this is concerning. as african - family coping? well, this is - concerning. as african americans, family coping? well, this is _ concerning. as african americans, we have had this problem for decades now, and one thing we know about domestic terrorism, particularly in our community, if people can do this and not be held accountable for their actions, we are guaranteeing that there will be more acts of domestic terrorism. we've seen it in the 405, the 505, the 605, and the southern part of the united states, and now it's become such a national problem, we must act. thi5 and now it's become such a national problem, we must act. this is a matter of national security for the united states, so we commend president biden for being with the families in buffalo, now we are going to encourage them to do something about it to prevent this from happening in the future. derek, thank ou from happening in the future. derek, thank you so — from happening in the future. derek, thank you so much _ from happening in the future. derek, thank you so much for— from happening in the future. derek, thank you so much forjoining - from happening in the future. derek, thank you so much forjoining us - from happening in the future. derek, thank you so much forjoining us on | thank you so much forjoining us on newsday. thank you so much for “oining us on newsda . ., ~ thank you so much for “oining us on
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newsda . ., ,, , ., you can read more on this story on our website, bbc.co.uk/new5. let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines. flooding and landslides in the indian state of assam have killed at least 11 people. more than 30,000 have been displaced and many roads and bridges have been destroyed. most train services have also been cancelled, cutting off several areas. assam regularly faces flooding during the monsoon season but experts say climate change has increased the frequency and intensity of the floods. anti—narcotics agents in the united states have found a tunnel linking the mexican city of tijuana to a warehouse in san diego. it's equipped with a rail track, electricity and a ventilation system. mexican drug cartels have built dozens of tunnels across the border, but this is one of the longest and best built structures discovered so far.
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six people have been arrested, accused of conspiring to smuggle drugs into the us. the prosecutor at the international criminal court in the hague says his office has despatched 42 personnel, including forensic experts, to investigate suspected war crimes in ukraine. karim khan said it was the largest field deployment yet undertaken by his office. the evacuation of ukrainian troops from the azovstal steelworks in mariupol has continued, with a convoy of at least seven buses carrying soldiers escorted by pro—russian forces. last night, more than than 260 soldiers left, after a negotiated surrender. they've been taken to areas held by russian—backed rebels. meanwhile, western military sources say, vladimir putin is now directly involved, in the day—to—day running of the war, taking decisions,
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normally made by senior military figures. 0ur correspondent laura bicker, reports. it has been a brutal and bloody 83 days, but their battle is over for now. the wounded from azovstal are carried out of the vast steel plant filmed by the very force they've been fighting. russia will be keen to air these images which they say show surrender. but the ukrainians say this deal is about survival. tonight, as more fighters lay down their arms and are taken into russian territory, ukrainian leaders are keen to stress this was a way to save the country's heroes. for more than two months the russians have bombarded this industrial site. analysts believe the latest attack used phosphorus bombs, but a small fighting force refused to give up. they may have also helped prevent
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russia from pushing further north. translation: thanks to the mariupol l defenders the enemy was prevented l from deploying 20,000 personnel into other regions. and so was unable to rapidly take zaporizhzhya. civilians also used the site's vast network of tunnels at the site as a refuge, aided by soldiers. but supplies dwindled and this cold and foetid bunker was cut off from the world, the situation became desperate. finally, after two months, women and children were allowed out into the light. as they arrived at the evacuation centre, i met katarina, who had escaped with her two children. the boys, aged six and 11, are adapting to being back outside and they play much as they did in the dark. their games involved defeating the russians.
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their father is a fighter and remains at the plant. translation: under the bombardment, the bombs were so heavy it felt - like the bunker walls were moving and the rooms themselves became smaller. sometimes there was an hour break and we would hope, that is it, that is maybe the end of it. her home city of mariupol has been hollowed out by the russian assault. this once vibrant port, now a shell, littered with death and destruction. from the depths of the steel plant, wounded ukrainian fighters made a plea for safe passage. many already have died from sepsis, they claim. the russians say those injured will be treated and there are reports of a prisoner swap, but it's not clear what will happen to the hundreds of fighters still at azovstal — among them is thought to be katarina's husband. translation: i really want to help
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them but i do not know— how, i feel powerless. he's a very strong man, strong in spirit, and has been supporting me all my life. the azovstal fighters may have obeyed an order to save lives, but their resolve in the face of insurmountable odds has made them a symbol of ukrainian resistance. laura bicker, bbc news. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme... a day trip to london paddington station for britain's queen, as london's new elizabeth line is officially opened. this morning, an indian air force plane carrying mr gandhi's body landed in delhi.
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the president of india walked to the plane to solemnly witness mr gandhi's final return from the political battlefield. ireland has voted overwhelmingly in favour of gay marriage, in doing so, it's become the first country in the world to approve the change in a national referendum. it was a remarkable climax to what was surely the most extraordinary funeral ever get into a pop singer. it's been a peaceful funeral demonstration so far, - but police are tear gassing - the crowd, we don't yet know why. the prelaunch ritual is well established here. helen was said to be in good spirits butjust a little apprehensive. in the last hour, east timor has become the world's newest nation. it was a bloodbath for a poor country and the challenges ahead are daunting. but for now, at least, it has time to celebrate.
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this is newsday on the bbc. 0ur headlines... president biden has visited buffalo which witnessed a mass shooting at the weekend. he urged all americans to reject the "poison" of white supremacy. ukrainian fighters leave the azovstal steel plant in mariupol in buses escorted by pro—russian forces, as the longest siege of the war draws to a close. bbc eye has investigated the disappearance of sophia huang xue—chin, a prominentjournalist who kick—started china's #metoo movement. in september 2021, sophia and a fellow activist were arrested en route to the airport to the uk, where sophia was meant to be studying on a british government scholarship. now, the two are expected to face trial for "inciting
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subversion of state power." the bbc reveals what happened to sophia and why in the uk, there's been silence. jessie lau reports. translation: i and sophia. translation: iand sophia. iwas sexually harassed. _ translation: iand sophia. iwas sexually harassed. this _ translation: iand sophia. iwas sexually harassed. this is - sexually harassed. this is journalist... _ sexually harassed. this is journalist... transaction i sexually harassed. this is - journalist... transaction neck then he grabbed me, kiss me from the top of my head to my forehead. a sexual assault drove her to kick—start china's need to movement. lastjune, she was awarded a scholarship to pursue gender studies in the uk, but in september, sophia and fellow activists were arrested. they are being held on suspicion of inciting subversion of state power, a serious charge that conceived in pacing behind bars. translation: 1trailien charge that conceived in pacing behind bars. translation: when i found out she _ behind bars. translation: when i found out she was _
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behind bars. translation: when i found out she was missing - behind bars. translation: when i found out she was missing and - found out she was missing and probably arrested, i was super shocked. shejust probably arrested, i was super shocked. she just wrote probably arrested, i was super shocked. shejust wrote reports probably arrested, i was super shocked. she just wrote reports on how to help victims in the me too movement. in how to help victims in the me too movement-— how to help victims in the me too movement. ., ., �* , , movement. in china, women's rights campaigners — movement. in china, women's rights campaigners are _ movement. in china, women's rights campaigners are being _ movement. in china, women's rights campaigners are being targeted - movement. in china, women's rights campaigners are being targeted in i movement. in china, women's rights campaigners are being targeted in a | campaigners are being targeted in a wider state crackdown on freedom of speech. dozens of online accounts related to gender issues have been blocked. this person worked at —— as a sensor, one of china's largest social media platforms. translation: sophia is a very famous reporter. in china, they use propaganda to attack her. it's difficult to differentiate between a state internet commentator and an ordinary user. this is a scary phenomenon.— and an ordinary user. this is a scary phenomenon. and an ordinary user. this is a sca henomenon. ., ., scary phenomenon. sophia reported on some of china's — scary phenomenon. sophia reported on some of china's most _ scary phenomenon. sophia reported on some of china's most high _ scary phenomenon. sophia reported on some of china's most high profile - scary phenomenon. sophia reported on some of china's most high profile me i some of china's most high profile me too cases, sparking a dialogue that encouraged more women to speak out. today, she would be here in brighton at the university of sussex. at the
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time of sophia's disappearance, the university publicly stated its concerns about her safety, but in an e—mail leaked to the bbc following our request for comment, students and staff were warned not to discuss her situation. translation: mr; and staff were warned not to discuss her situation. translation: my first reaction to the _ her situation. translation: my first reaction to the news _ her situation. translation: my first reaction to the news was _ her situation. translation: my first reaction to the news was one - her situation. translation: my first reaction to the news was one of - reaction to the news was one of outrage, you claim to nurture future activists and leaders in feminism, but then you are instructing your students not to discuss this matter. it's just like being students not to discuss this matter. it'sjust like being in china. university told the bbc this is a sensitive matter and media requests should be dealt with by the press office citing data protection concerns. sophia has now been detained for over seven months. the cases have been handed to prosecutors and they are expected to face trial soon. the chinese embassy in the uk told the bbc it is committed to upholding social equity and justice. committed to upholding social equity andjustice. keeping committed to upholding social equity and justice. keeping an ray board didn't respond to the bbc�*s request for a statement.
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the un human rights office says it's deeply concerned about the apparent rapid spread of covid—19 in north korea. the un says it believes around 700,000 people are ill, and that north korea's "very limited" health care system is not equipped to cope. the un said the apparent "very strict lockdowns" now in place could have a "devastating" effect on human rights in the country. 0ur correspondent jean mackenzie reports from neighbouring south korea. dressed as hand sanitisers, north korean children celebrate their country being covid free. just weeks before 0micron finally breached its defences. the country has done little to prepare for what is now a nightmare scenario. people are unvaccinated, malnourished, and hospitals are not equipped to treat them.
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dr park works as a neurosurgeon in north korea. i've been there over 20 times since 2007 and i was working at a major hospital in pyongyang and i would have trouble seeing ventilators in the icus. they have trouble getting normal supplies, just things like a scalpel. concerned about supplies, kimjong—un has been touring pharmacies. there isn't enough medicine, he says. he's ordered the army to distribute stockpiles but it's unlikely they have what people need. you need anti—virals. they don't have that. i'm certain of it. it's a matter of incredible urgency that we get that the pills to them as soon as possible because it has to be taken within five days. instead, state broadcasts have resorted to the most basic advice... drink water, rinse your mouth with salt water.
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"we were sick," this man says, "but every night and morning i made us gargle with salt water." north korea's leader thought he could shut the virus out. for years he has sealed his borders, cutting off food supplies. this man runs a network of sources in north korea. getting information is difficult and he is hearing the lockdown has made it even harderfor people to get food. "in some areas where there are lots of infections, "people aren't allowed to leave their homes now," he tells me. "in north korea, if you are stuck at home, there is no way to make money. "suddenly, i'm hearing more cases of people starving to death." kim jong—un has some difficult decisions to make. he has to decide how hard to lockdown and what is going to be more dangerous for his people, and his grip on power. is it for people to get sick
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or potentially starve to death? the world health organization has said it is ready to send vaccines and medicine but the north has yet to respond. soon, it might be too late. we should not wait for them to ask us to help them. have packages ready, have cargo ready to go, because each day we wait people are dying. how many will pay that price before this secretive state opens its doors to help? jean mackenzie, bbc news, seoul. let's take a look at some of the stories in the headlines in the uk. the british foreign secretary — liz truss — has outlined the uk government's plans, to introduce legislation in the coming weeks, to unilaterally change the northern ireland protocol — part of the brexit deal, signed by boris johnson. the protocol introduced checks on goods, moving between britain and northern ireland.
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this was liz truss. 0ur shared objective has to be to find a solution that can, and the broadest possible cross community supports for years to come and protect the belfast good friday agreement in all its dimensions. that is why i am announcing our intention to introduce legislation in the coming weeks to make changes in the protocol. 0ur preference remains to negotiate a solution with the eu, and in parallel with the legislation being introduced, we remain open to further tax if we can achieve the same outcome through negotiated settlement. police in london say they have arrested an mp from the governing conservative party on suspicion of rape and sexual assault. they said the unnamed politician was in custody over allegations dating between 2002 and 2009. his party has asked him not to enter the precincts of parliament while an investigation is ongoing.
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queen elizabeth has made an unexpected visit to paddington rail station in london to see the new service — the elizabeth line —which starts running in a week, more than three years later than planned. the crossrail project, which connects east and west london and extends to essex and berkshire, is one of the biggest public infrastructure projects of the past 50 years. 0ur royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. it will carry her name for centuries to come. so there really was only one person to open it. all those mobility issues were put to one side as the queen came to see the elizabeth line for herself. four billion over budget and more than three years late it may be, but today was a day to celebrate its formal completion.
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she walked slowly and carefully, leaning slightly on her stick, but without any obvious difficulty. at a ticket machine, she was presented with something called an 0y5ter card and shown where to place it. the elizabeth line will open to passengers next week in time for the platinum jubilee celebrations. and judging by today, the person who'll be at the centre of those celebrations is getting ready herself. decisions will still be taken day by day about the queen's attendance at the differentjubilee events, but there's clearly a determination to be seen as widely as possible. nicholas witchell, bbc news. that's all for now — stay with bbc world news. stay with us for all the latest global news updates.
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hello there. heavy rain, thunderstorms have been moving northwards and eastwards through the evening and overnight after what was the warmest day of the year so far, 27.5 celsius at heathrow airport — so that's in the warmth ahead of these weather systems, but this low pressure is driving those in, it's dragging that warmth and that moisture northwards and eastward. so, a lot of that heavy rain will have cleared except for the northern isles by the end of the night. warm, as you can see, for most areas, but windier in the northwest. a little bit of fog first thing, particularly for england and wales, but plenty of dry, bright, sunny weather, strong sunshine. it looks like drier weather will be around for northern ireland, the early rain across northern and western parts of scotland, as well, clears for lengthy spells of sunshine. but it is winded — gusts of wind potentially 50 mph
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in northern and western areas. that rain approaches later, the clouds gathering in the south. but ahead of that, 20—24 celsius, i think, on the cards for wednesday. now, as we head through this evening, it looks like we could see some more thunderstorms dragging their way northwards, that heavy rain coming in from the west — and it looks torrential, it could be very wet for a time through this evening and overnight before again, it clears out of the way. so we're watching that one. gusty winds, hail, thunder and lightning, but a warm end to the night, bringing us into a ridge of high pressure, pushing in for thursday night. could be that we see some thundery showers, though, across southern and eastern areas, but otherwise it's looking like a drier day, too, after that overnight rain, a little bit of dampness, gray weather, low cloud, and a risk of some rain for the west of scotland. and as i say, a risk of some thundery showers in southern and eastern areas.
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but with the sunshine elsewhere, temperatures once again in those high teens to low, possibly mid 205 for many parts, the warmest in southern and eastern areas. that ridge of high pressure then builds through for a time as we go into thursday night, but again, i think more widely wet during the day on friday. the weekend then brings that high pressure into southern areas with the weather fronts towards the north. so it looks as if friday will be more widely unsettled during the day this time, and then, the driest weather, but fresher weather for the weekend in the south, a bit more unsettled further north as ever. you can keep up to date, including the warnings, on the website.
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this is bbc news, the headlines... us presidentjoe biden is in buffalo, where he met the families of people killed in saturday's racially motivated shooting. he laid flowers at a makeshift memorial and said white supremacy was a "poison" running through the united states. the evacuation of the defenders of the azovstal steelworks in mariupol has continued, with a convoy of at least seven buses carrying ukrainian troops leaving the complex, escorted by pro—russian forces. last night, the first batch of soldiers were taken to russian—controlled territory. a conservative member of parliament has been arrested on suspicion of rape. the unnamed mp has been asked to stay away from parliament. the british government has outlined
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