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this is bbc news. i'm lucy grey, with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. anthony albanese wins the australian general election, becoming the country's first labor prime minister in almost a decade. tonight the australian people have voted for change. as russian attacks in eastern ukraine intensify, president zelensky says diplomacy is the only way the war on his country will end. we have to start asking the question, whoever ends up occupying these territories at the conclusion of this conflict, what is going to be left to occupy? switzerland and the netherlands are the latest countries to report cases of monkeypox. doctors warn the outbreak could badly affect access to sexual
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health services. two people are taken to hospital after a stand collapses during a rehearsal for the queen's trooping the colour parade next month. the australian opposition labor party leader, anthony albanese, has said he is humbled by his party's victory in australia's general election. addressing supporters, he pledged to transform the country into a renewable energy superpower and to work towards lifting wages and profits. it still isn't clear whether labor will lead a majority government or a coalition. our correspondent shaimaa khalil reports from sydney. albo! albo! albo!
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this is the labor party's first election victory in almost a decade and it will be led by one of australia's longest serving politicians. we should be making change and, you know, that's what we hope that this government will do. it's been a long time in the darkness and now, finally, we can smile again. anthony albanese has promised voters safe change as he worked to kick out the conservative liberal—national coalition, which has been in power since 2013. it says a lot about our great country that the son of a single mum who was a disability pensioner can stand before you tonight as australia's prime minister. shortly after his election victory, i caught up with australia's new leader. mr albanese told me he was looking forward to working more closely with the uk government. they're going to look to you for some policies on climate change. this has been divisive, it's been difficult
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throughout the campaign. what should they expect from you? it's far less controversial in the uk. it shouldn't be controversial here and we have an opportunity now to end the climate wars in australia. it's been a sombre night for the ousted prime minister, scott morrison. going into the election, all signs indicated that the incumbent was in trouble. mr morrison's tenure has been dominated by natural disasters, the covid pandemic, and his government's many scandals. i've always believed in australians and theirjudgement, and i've always been prepared to accept their verdicts, and tonight they have delivered their verdict. independents have also done well in the elections so far, amid public dissatisfaction with the two major parties. mr albanese may have to rely on them form a government. throughout the campaign, anthony albanese had one key message for australians — it is now time for change.
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the people have listened, now he has to deliver. the rising cost of living and climate change have dominated this election as two key issues for voters. this is a country that is anxious and divided. its new leader has vowed that his will be a government of optimism and unity. let's get the latest from our correspondent phil mercer in sydney. we have heard the word change a lot, haven't we, it seems that that was the keyword of his campaign. he is talking about save change as well, isn't he, what does he mean by that? i don't think anthony albanese wanted to promise australian voters any sort of seismic change, because the labor party, which he leads, promised that in 2019 and lost the election. so this has been a very safe campaign for anthony albanese. think it has been a
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fairly underwhelming campaign from both of the major parties and that could, in some way, explain why an estimated one in the three australian voters decided to support other independents and minor parties. it has been a spectacular election in terms of the results for independent candidates who have been running on climate change platforms, integrity in politics, and also gender equality. it's also been a very good election for the australian greens. so we're still waiting to see if anthony albanese will be able to lead a majority government or will have to rely on some of those independents and those members of the greens party as well. fix, of the greens party as well. a lot of talk about climate change and he talked about ending the climate was. he says he wants to turn the country into a renewable energy superpower.— into a renewable energy superpower. into a renewable energy su--erower. ~ . �* ., ., superpower. what we've heard of the last six _ superpower. what we've heard of the last six weeks _ superpower. what we've heard of the last six weeks of _ superpower. what we've heard of the last six weeks of a _ superpower. what we've heard of the last six weeks of a very - the last six weeks of a very long australian election
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campaign, many, many voters saying that climate change along with the cost of living and the economy has been a key issue for them. but both of the major parties have set a fairly unambitious environmental targets when it comes to curbing emissions, for example, and once again they could explain why so many australians decided to look elsewhere when they were casting their ballots, not only on saturday, millions of australians voted before saturday in pretty polly. so climate change has emerged as a key issue, and you heard during anthony albanese's triumphant speech in sydney a few hours ago that climate change will be a priority along with, for example, promoting further recognition for indigenous people. so anthony albanese certainly has a lot on his plate and it could take a few days, at least, before we know whether he will be leading a majority government or will have to rely on support from
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those independents and those minor parties. it those independents and those minor parties.— minor parties. it is interesting, - minor parties. it is interesting, isn't l minor parties. it is | interesting, isn't it, minor parties. it is - interesting, isn't it, because he wants to get on with being sworn in, sunday, because he was to go to japan on monday for a summit, doesn't he? that's right, there is a gary quad meeting at which australia is a member, so anthony albanese wants to get out there in terms of foreign policy and introduce himself to australia's key partners in japan and the united states, other members of the quad. and there are key foreign issues for the new government, the biggest of which is china. china has been flexing its diplomatic muscles in australia's traditional backyard in the pacific and australia and china have had deteriorating relations in recent years. china is australia's biggest trading partner, but politically the two countries have had many, many disputes in recent times, so that is a big challenge for anthony albanese, as well as,
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of course, those big challenges here at home as well.— here at home as well. thank ou. here at home as well. thank yom that — here at home as well. thank yom that is _ here at home as well. thank you. that is phil— here at home as well. thank you. that is phil mercer - here at home as well. thank you. that is phil mercer for l here at home as well. thank i you. that is phil mercer for us you. that is phil mercerfor us in sydney. as russian forces intensify their attacks in the eastern donbas region of ukraine, president zelensky has said diplomacy is the only way the war with russia will end. meanwhile, britain's foreign secretary liz truss has said that ukraine's neighbour, moldova, should be armed with nato military equipment, to help guard it against the threat of a russian invasion. from kyiv, our correspondent james waterhouse reports. ukraine's resistance is far from waning, but in the luhansk region it's going backwards. it's an area of moscow claims will soon be in russian control and they're throwing everything at it. close to the front line, sergiy, a coal miner, still tries to evacuate people, even with his van riddled with bullets. translation: i have to help people. - there are grandmothers and grandfathers, people with disabilities
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who remain. they have to be pulled out. russia's gains are only a few miles here. people in this region are used to eight years of war already, since moscow backed pro—russian separatists in 2014. for some, though, the fighting has finally reached their doorstep. translation: my. daughter is in france and my son is in poland. i told them about this and they told me to immediately leave. but how can i leave? this is our home. on the third anniversary of his landslide election win, a firm handshake for president zelensky from antonio costa, the prime minister of portugal. translation: i'd like to remind people that we're fighting - a war on our territory, and even if someone in european countries or the world got used to donbas being a russian occupied territory and to the fact that people were given out russian passports there, we'd like to say it's not these are our territories and we're going step—by—step to liberate our territories. the evening light we're seeing in kyiv couldn't be more at odds with the devastation
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we're seeing in the eastern donbas. we're going to get more reports of russian assaults as well as ukrainian counter—attacks, but we have to start asking the question, whoever ends up occupying these territories at the conclusion of this conflict, what is there going to be left to occupy? ukraine's leader, though, believes peace will only come from talks. given the current lack of dialogue between the two sides, it's a long way off. james waterhouse, bbc news, in kyiv. ukraine's first lady, olena zelenska, has given a rare interview with husband volodymyr zelensky. this is only the second time the couple have been seen together since the beginning of the war in ukraine. translation: nobody takes my husband away — translation: nobody takes my husband away from _ translation: nobody takes my husband away from me, - translation: nobody takes my husband away from me, not - translation: nobody takes my | husband away from me, not even the war stopped but, yes, he lives for hisjob. the war stopped but, yes, he lives for his job. we almost don't get to see him. we didn't get to see him at all for two and a half months. we only speak on the phone with each other. now we have a few occasions to see each other and i'm also very grave full for this occasion, because this
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makes us spend time together —— grateful. let's get some of the day's other news. turkish concerns over bids by sweden and finland to join nato have been discussed by the three countries' leaders during a round of phone calls. president erdogan of turkey accuses the nordic governments of supporting what he calls terrorist kurdish militants. a three—story building has collapsed in lagos, nigeria's commercial hub. at least two bodies have been recovered from the site, while five people have been rescued alive. many more are thought to be trapped in the rubble. president biden has signed a bill intended to expand access to powdered baby milk for low—income families as the us continues to face a shortage of infant formula. it means that people receiving benefits can exchange their vouchers for whatever baby milk is available in their state, rather than being restricted to a single manufacturer. officials in beijing have moved 13,000 people to quarantine hotels after discovering around 20 new covid infections in their neighbourhood. all had tested negative for coronavirus. they'll still have to isolate for at least seven days. china is trying to prevent an outbreak in beijing that's similar in scale to
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the one in shanghai, where millions of people have spent months under lockdown. switzerland and the netherlands are the latest countries to report cases of monkeypox. here in the uk, doctors say they're worried that the virus, which can spread through close contact, could have a massive impact on access to sexual health services with staff having to isolate if they come into contact with anyone who's infected. cases of the virus are rare outside of central and west africa. now at least 90 infections have been confirmed. that's in about 12 different countries, according to the world health organization. scientists say they were not expecting this kind of outbreak, because for the first time the disease is being found in people with no clear connection to areas in africa. dr hans kluge, the world health organization's regional director for europe, says the disease is not a new one.
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the monkeypox virus is a virus that we know quite well, it is usually self—limiting in nature, difficult and slow to transmit. the question here is to clarify why we see so many cases coming now in europe without a travel history, with a bit more human to human transmission. but, again, this is not covid—i9, this is not smallpox, it's usually a geopolitically rare, not severe disease. it is spread by close physical contact, so now we are studying why it is that those patients are surging in europe and a bit more human to human transmission. usually it is what we call supportive
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treatment, there are antivirals as well, and also vaccines, but in a very, very limited dose. think we are not at that stage. we should very well study from where this spread is coming and why is it that usually this disease is in west africa or central africa, disease is in west africa or centralafrica, not disease is in west africa or central africa, not in europe. from the 90 confirmed cases, 82 were in europe so far, in other countries such as australia, canada, and the united states. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: an investigation is launched into an accident during a rehearsal for next month's trooping the colour in london. we'll have all the details. this morning, an indian air force plane carrying mr gandhi's body landed in delhi. the president of india walked to the plane to solemnly witness mr gandhi's final return from the political battlefield.
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ireland has voted overwhelmingly in favour of gay marriage. in doing so, it has 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 given to a pop singer. - it's been a peacefulfuneral demonstration so far but suddenly, the police are tear—gassing the crowd. we don't yet know why. the pre—launch ritual is well—established here. helen was said to be in good spirits, but just a little apprehensive. in the last hour, east timor has become i the world's newest nation. it was a bloody birth for a poor country. and the challengesj ahead are daunting but for now, at least, | it is time to celebrate. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: anthony albanese wins the australian general
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election, becoming the country's first labor prime minister in almost a decade. as russian attacks in eastern ukraine intensify, president zelensky says diplomacy is the only way the war on his country will end. health officials around the world are investigating a mysterious increase in cases of severe hepatitis in children. it was first spotted in the uk but now there have been around a50 cases worldwide, according to the european centre of disease prevention and control. so far, the most common symptoms have been jaundice and vomiting and most cases have been in children under five years old. for more on this, thomas tu from the university of sydney joins us now. thank you very much for coming on the programme. tell us what you know about what is causing this. . , , �* you know about what is causing this. . ,, �* , ., this. yeah, i guess i'll start with what _
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this. yeah, i guess i'll start with what is _ this. yeah, i guess i'll start with what is known - this. yeah, i guess i'll start with what is known in - this. yeah, i guess i'll start| with what is known in terms this. yeah, i guess i'll start. with what is known in terms of what isn't causing it. it is not linked to travel, it is not linked to immune deficiencies, it is not linked to known common causes of hepatitis. most of these severe cases of hepatitis have not been clustered, they are occurring sporadically, and what's important to note, it is not due to the covid—i9 vaccine. more than 80% were unvaccinated because they were not eligible for the vaccination yet. right now, we don't know the cause of the invasion. it could be genetics, it could be immune—mediated, environmental toxins, infectious agents or a combination of many of these together. i cannot really comment on the potential causes because these are very much under investigation at the moment. it's actually quite hard to find out the causes of immune disease and there are
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particular issues with liver diseases that make it much more difficult to find out.— difficult to find out. people are investigating _ difficult to find out. people are investigating whether l difficult to find out. people | are investigating whether it could be that somebody has previously had or currently had covid—i9 and therefore, could have increased their risk of getting this?— getting this? that is true, that is one _ getting this? that is true, that is one of _ getting this? that is true, that is one of the - getting this? that is true, i that is one of the hypotheses that is one of the hypotheses thatis that is one of the hypotheses that is actually being worked out at the moment. so, in terms of trying to find out the cause, a good technique in sciences playing spot the difference. looking at people who have had it and looking at people who don't and see what's different. this is not so simple, though. we cannot separate these groups that easily. for most liver diseases, the majority of cases do not present with symptoms and it makes it hard to find out the real pattern of the underlying cause. the liver is
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actually quite overengineered. many people with liver diseases or liver damage don't feel any different and we only know that something is going on if they have a blood test, unless it is really severe disease, like we see here. and that the majority of cases. just as an example, let's talk about hepatitis that is caused by viruses we do know about. every year, this causes about. every year, this causes about 140,000 deaths through acute liver failure, the same serious diseases that we are seeing in these kids. but this number is actually a drop in the bucket compared to the 340 million new cases of viral hepatitis that actually occur each year, so for every death we see 2500 infections. so, most people get out of —— get over it without knowing they had it, which we don't see, but a tiny number of these cause a very serious disease. crosstalk. why is it
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particularly affecting children though? could there be a link for the fact that they have not had the vaccine for covid? that's possible, and we are looking into that. it'sjust, we don't, at the moment, have data from the case—control studies. that is, to say ok, we are looking at these patients with it and without it and seeing the difference between those. that data is still coming and that is under way at the moment. coming and that is under way at the moment-— coming and that is under way at the moment. really good to talk to ou, the moment. really good to talk to you. thank — the moment. really good to talk to you, thank you _ the moment. really good to talk to you, thank you very _ the moment. really good to talk to you, thank you very much. - thomas tu. two people have been taken to hospital after part of a stand collapsed at a trooping the colour event at horse guards parade in central london. in two weeks' time, the queen is due to attend. shelly phelps reports. members of the army rushing to the scene in video footage filmed by a member of the public close to where part of a stand reportedly collapsed. a number of people can also be
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seen climbing over the back wall close to where a section of the structure is understood to have given way. the area was then evacuated one stand at the time, according to witnesses. we were all invited to stand for the national anthem and as we did, there was a commotion behind us and it transpired that the floorboards in the temporary arena had cracked and several people had fallen through it. several people had fallen through it-_ several people had fallen throu~h it. . through it. the incident took - lace through it. the incident took place just — through it. the incident took place just before _ through it. the incident took place just before 11am. - through it. the incident took place just before 11am. as i place just before 11am. as crowds gathered in horse guards parade to watch rehearsals marking the queen's birthday. stjohn ambulance were first on scene, we treated a total of six patients, four of them with minor injuries and have been discharged and two of the patients were taken to the central london from hospital. the army says safety is as number one priority and it is working urgently with partners to understand what happened and ensure it doesn't happen again —— central london trauma hospital. shelly phelps, bbc news.
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president biden has said he might be willing to meet the north korean leader, kimjong—un forface—to—face talks, but only if mr kim is sincere and serious. mr biden, who's on a visit to south korea, said he was also prepared to shore up defences against north korea. the president and his counterpart in seoul, yoon suk—yeol, discussed the possible deployment of extra american jets, bombers and missiles to south korea. our seoul correspondent jean mackenzie reports. —— the taliban have said they will not reconsider their decision to order female television presenters in afghanistan to cover their faces while broadcasting. a spokesman for the ministry of vice and virtue said it expected women presenters to use full—face veils on tv from sunday onwards. some newscasters went on air on saturday without face coverings, defying the taliban. parts of spain are experiencing their hottest may ever with temperatures of more than 40 celsius in some places, according to the state weather agency. the agency issued heat warnings in ten regions, saying it could be "one of the most intense" heat waves in years.
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climate change is making heat waves more frequent and more intense. spain's unseasonably warm spring weather is a result of hotair coming from north africa. venezuela is suffering a shortage in the supply of fertiliser, due to the russian invasion in ukraine. now is the season to plant corn — a staple in the country — but agricultural producers are faced with the challenge of finding enough fertiliser for their crops. emily brown reports. as the rain pours in venezuela, this is the season to plant corn — a staple here. butjust like much of latin america, the race is on to find fertiliser, vital for crops. it's another country feeling the impact of russia's invasion of ukraine, which has limited the supply of the key agricultural supplement. 80% of fertilisers used every year in venezuela are imported from russia,
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ukraine and belarus. sanctions against russia and limits on ukraine's exports mean shipping has been disrupted and the whole of latin america is struggling to find replacements. translation: here in venezuela, as agriculture is now, _ we need iso—180,000 tons of fertiliser. the inventory shows that what has arrived is around 100,000 tons. it's another challenge to a country already dealing with fuel shortages. translation: we're going to work with the fertiliser i we have, but we know that's not enough. in some parts, we're going to use underdoses, which is serious because it affects not only the yield but also the profitability of the farmers. the country is exploring other options to source fertiliser but with a quarter of a million hectares of corn expected to be sown by the farming sector, time is running out. emily brown, bbc news.
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one of the world's largest and most active volcanoes, mount etna in italy, has been putting on a spectacular sunset show. here it is, roaring into action. it's spewing plumes of hot ash and steam into the sky over the mediterranean island of sicily. lava has been flowing down the mountain towards the lion valley. at over 3000 metres high, etna often erupts but rarely causes damage. it's reported to have the longest written record of eruptions of any volcano, dating back to 425 bc. the last major eruption occurred in 1992. if you want to keep up with all the stories we're covering, just head to our website. you'll find a live page dedicated to the war in ukraine, plus there's background and analysis to all the other main news, including business and sport. you'll find it all at bbc.com/news, or you can download the bbc app. you can reach me on twitter. i'm @lucyegrey. thank you for watching.
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hello there. there was a north—south divide with the weather for the start of the weekend. yes, weather fronts across scotland and northern ireland brought certainly more cloud, a bit more of a breeze, some showery outbreaks of rain as well. high pressure, though, hanging on in across england and wales. the cloud did develop as we went through the afternoon with some warm sunshine. london saw a high of 22 degrees — 72 fahrenheit. but where that cloud and the rain lingered across the highland, where we had half an inch worth of rain through the day, it was a fairly grey affair at times. and that rain is still sitting there, chiefly to the north—west of the great glen but certainly, more cloud along western fringes. quite a murky start for the day with a few isolated showers here and there as well. so, the best of the sunshine, the best of the warmth, if we draw a line, really,
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from cardiff over towards norwich, anywhere south and east of that could potentially see highs of 23 degrees with the wind direction light and coming from a southerly. a little more cloud, a few spots of rain across north wales, northern england as well. a few more nuisance showers into northern ireland and once again to the north—west of the great glen, so here, a little bit fresher — 13 to 17 degrees the overall high. those weather fronts will ease away as we move through the latter stages of sunday, weakening all the time. but something worth bearing in mind is this weather front that's going to push up from the near continent. mightjust bring some sharp showers across the far south—east corner as well. and also worth bearing in mind, the wind direction changing to more of a north—westerly, so a cooler feel, and that's going to push the warm air that we've seen away from the south—east corner as well, so a noticeable difference to the feel to the weather potentially on monday. so, we need to keep an eye on those showers. there is a level of uncertainty of how far west those showers are likely to be, but there could be some sharp showers, maybe even a little bit
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of saharan dust mixed in there as well. a cloudier day on monday with a few scattered showers elsewhere and noticeably cooler as well. top temperatures 12—18 celsius. now, as we move out of monday and head into tuesday, that low pressure eases away and we see through the middle part of the week, after sunshine and showers on tuesday, more wet weather moving in, so things stay on the cooler side and a little more unsettled tuesday into wednesday, but high pressure then set to build once again and those temperatures will start to recover for the start of the weekend.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: anthony albanese has won the australian general election, beating scott morrison to become the country's first labor prime minister in almost a decade. addressing supporters, he pledged to transform the country into a renewable energy superpower and to work towards lifting wages and profits. as russian attacks in eastern ukraine intensify, president volodymyr zelensky has said diplomacy is the only way the war on his country will end. the british foreign secretary, liz truss, has said that ukraine's neighbour, moldova, should be armed with nato military equipment to help guard against the threat of a russian invasion. switzerland and the netherlands have become the latest countries to report cases of monkeypox,
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with doctors warning the outbreak

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