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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 there going to be left to occupy? millions of people are affected and more than 50 have been killed as flooding and landslides hit eastern india and bangladesh.
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switzerland and the netherlands are the latest countries to report cases of monkeypox — doctors warn the outbreak could badly affect access to sexual health services. and two people are taken to hospital after a stand collapses during a rehearsal for queen elizabeth'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. chanting: 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
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on climate change. this has been divisive, it's been difficult 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 election so far, amid public dissatisfaction with the two major parties. mr albanese may have to rely on them form a government. throughout the campaign,
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anthony albanese had one key message for australians — it is now time for change. 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. earlier i asked phil mercer, our correspondent in sydney, what anthony albanese meant when he promised voters a "safe change". 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. i think it's been a fairly underwhelming campaign from both of the major
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parties and that could, in some way, explain why an estimated one in 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. also 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. a lot of talk about climate change and he talked about "ending the climate wars". and he says he wants to turn the country into a "renewable energy superpower". what we've heard over the last six weeks
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of a very long australian election 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 fairly unambitious environmental targets when it comes to curbing emissions, for example. and once again that 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 pre—polling. so climate change has emerged as a key issue, and we 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 those independents and those minor parties. it is interesting, isn't it, because
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he wants to get on with being sworn in sunday, because he wants to go to japan on monday for a summit, doesn't he? that's right, there is a quad meeting of 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 — india, japan, and the united states, other members of the quad. and there are key foreign issues ——and of course there are key foreign policy 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, of course, those big challenges here at home as well.
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that is phil mercer for 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 who remain. they have to be pulled out. russia's gains are only a few miles here.
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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 a good thing to get used to. 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 we're seeing in the eastern donbas. we're going to get more reports of russian assaults, as well as ukrainian
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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 her 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 from me, - not even the war. but yes, he lives for his job. we almost don't get to see him. we didn't 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 grateful for this occasion, because this makes us spend time together. let's get some of the day's other news.
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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—storey 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. 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 bejing that's similar in scale to the one in shanghai — where millions of people have spent months under lockdown. days of flooding and landslides in eastern india have left more than fifty people dead. nearly a million people have been affected. water levels in rivers are also running high in bangladesh
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where about two million people have been hit by the floods, as mark lobel explains. rain�*s normally considered a blessing in this north—eastern corner of bangladesh. it's now called a curse. homes and livelihoods left submerged after excessive downfalls. translation: we are living one bed on top of another. _ half of our home is underwater. if the waters rise, we don't know what we'll do. my poultry is decimated and i don't have a boat to bring food from elsewhere. the worst floods here for nearly two decades leaving 2 million people marooned. translation: it's been two weeks since there was sun. l excessive rain has devastated whatever i manage to collect. i can't dry this up. it's rotting. i'm appalled.
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officials say over 100 villages here were inundated after floodwater rushing from india's north—east breached a major embankment on the barak river, costing at least ten lives this week. these parts of bangladesh, and neighbouring regions in india, are prone to flooding but experts say that climate change is increasing the likelihood of extreme weather like this. �*s treatment for survivors, tens of thousands are without power. this school now a sanctuary. translation: all my furniture is ruined. i the entire house is submerged with water up to my neck. in india's assam state, which borders bangladesh, at least 1a people have died in landslides and floods triggered by torrential rain that submerged swathes of farmland and damaged thousands of homes.
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translation: there's water everywhere. - we need rations, medicine, but the government has not provided. so, i appeal to them, give us what we need. west of assam, at least 33 people were killed in bihar state in thunderstorms on thursday. across the region, millions now waiting for the waters to recede with many hopes now washed away. mark lobel, bbc news. 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,
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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. 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—19, 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 cases are surging in europe
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and a bit more human to human transmission. usually it is what we call supportive treatment, there are antivirals as well, and also vaccines, but in a very, very limited dose. i 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, not in europe. from the 90 confirmed cases, 82 are in europe, eight are in countries outside of europe — australia, canada, and the united states. this is bbc news, our main headline this hour: anthony albanese wins the australian general election, becoming the country's first
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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. 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. meanwhile the head of baby formula manufacturer abbott has apologised to us families affected by the shortage of the essential supply. earlier we spoke to stacey d stewart, president and ceo of march for dimes, a non profit group supporting mums and babies. well, a lot of families, as you mentioned, are very concerned. this has been a very stressful time for so many families,
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you know, not only dealing with the pandemic, but also dealing with this added stress of a lack of available nutrition for many families. the legislation that was signed today by president biden, though, was very important. it's one of many actions the president has taken to actually expand access to the supply — to address the shortage that many families are facing, especially, and our concern, for sure that the march of dimes, as well as members of congress and the administration, is really those lower income families who are already struggling enough in this very challenging time, with the economy and inflation, not having access to nutrition, to formula is reallyjust a cross that's too great to bearfor so many families. so, hopefully, this action today, in addition with the other actions the biden administration has taken, will increase the supply for many families so that they can have adequate nutrition for their newborn babies.
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it is, as i understand it, a question of suffering more in because people with money are driving long distances, are they, to get the formula they want or being able to pay higher amounts to get hold of it. well, we are concerned about the fact that, to whatever extent there is some supply, there have been reports of price gouging, which is obviously very concerning, we are encouraged to see that there are some suppliers who have increased their production, like reckitt and gerber, and we certainly believe that the shipments that are coming as a result of the biden administration's actions around 0peration fly formula, bringing needed formula overfrom europe to the us, will start to relieve some of the press that many families are facing. but exactly right, those families who have resources are less of a concern, it's really those lower income families who are already strapped with respect to financial resources who really we have to address and make a priority, and that's what this bill does today. and shipping it in from abroad
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is key, because even when production restarts at one of the main factories, as i understand it, it could be weeks before it actually is the shelves, couldn't it? it could be weeks for sure before we see any real relief at any scale for many families. these shipments that will start this weekend and, of course, some of the increased supply will begin to get into the hands of families who need it most over time. we obviously are trying to advise many, many families to be careful during this time in making other accommodations with regards to nutrition, it is very, very important to make sure that babies are well fed and that they have access to the proper nutrition, so that's why the march of dimes are trying to get information out to families and do everything we can to work with congress and others to make sure that the supply is there — nutrition for babies who need it most. stacey d stewart there.
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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 was �*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. parts of spain are experiencing their hottest may ever with temperatures of more than a0 celcius in some places, according to the state weather agency. the agency issued heat warnings in 10 regions, saying it could be "one of the most intense" heatwaves in years. climate change is making heatwaves more frequent and more intense. spain's unseasonably warm spring weather is a result of hotair coming from north africa. two people have been taken to hospital after part of a stand collapsed at a trooping the colour event at horse guards parade
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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 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 appeared. the incident took 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
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of six patients. four of the patients were minor injuries and have been discharged, and two of the patients were taken to a central london trauma hospital. the army says safety is its number one priority and it's working urgently with partners to understand what happened, and ensure it doesn't happen again. shelly phelps, bbc london. 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 150—180,000 tons of fertiliser. the inventory show 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 under—doses, 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
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but with 250,000 hectares of corn expected to be sown by the farming sector, time is running out. emily brown, bbc news. one of the world's largest and most active volcanoes, mount etna in italy, has been putting on a spectacular sunset show. these pictures show the volcano roaring into action, 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 3,000 metres high, etna often erupts but rarely causes damage. while usually it's the queen vic that takes centre stage in eastenders, injune, the prince of wales will be in the spotlight. prince charles and the duchess of cornwall will appear in the bbc soap to celebrate the queen'sjubilee. they visited the set in march, but it wasn't known they'd taken part in any filming. actors on the show said they'd been great sports. the episode will air on the second ofjune.
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you can reach me on twitter, i'm @lucyegrey. thanks for watching. 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 around 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
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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, 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—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 of 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. days of flooding and landslides in eastern india have left more than 50 people dead
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and nearly a million people have been affected.


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