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this is bbc news — i'm ben boulos — with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. russian forces capture severodonetsk in eastern ukraine — after weeks of intense fighting. it's the most significant city to have fallen into russian hands since mariupol. abortion clinics start to close in the us — after a supreme court ruling removed american women's constitutional right to abortion. �*i'm not going to change' — british prime minister borisjohnson remains defiant — despite heavy defeats in two by—elections. if you're saying you want me to undergo some sort of psychological transformation, i think our listeners will know thatis think our listeners will know that is not going to happen. norwegian police say they're treating friday's
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deadly attack on a series of oslo bars and nightclubs as islamist terrorism. and — sir paul mccartney — the star of glastonbury — on stage in front of a massive crowd. hello and welcome to audiences in the uk and around the world. audiences in the uk we begin in ukraine, where in a breakthrough for president putin, russian forces have taken control of severodonetsk. the city occupies a key location in
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the east of ukraine. kyiv pulled out forces after ferocious russian attacks. weeks of heavy shelling have reduced the city to ruins. here's the mayor of severodonetsk announcing that the city had fallen into russian hands. translation: the city has been fully occupied by the _ russian federation. as far as i know, they're trying to impose their rules and appoint some sort of commandant who is in charge. our ukraine correspondent joe inwood has the latest from the capital kyiv. it's a significant moment, maybe not as surprising when given the ukrainians said they were withdrawing their forces and we understand they have now gone across this crucial river to the city. speaking of last hours, president zelensky said this was a difficult moment both morally and emotionally. he also spoke about 45 cruise missiles fired into his country over the last 2a hours. what is what is interesting is that many of those are fired from the territory of belarus, their northern neighbour were not efficiently involved in the war. there are fears here that they could be drawn in by the
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russians. and there were further escalations as well. president putin said he was going to be giving missile systems to his satellites. those crucially as well as using ballistic and cruise missiles can carry nuclear warheads. it wasn't a direct threat, but it was a reminder that this work could still escalate further. that this war could still escalate further. there's been further strong criticism by president biden of the supreme court's decision to ban a woman's constitutional right to abortion — the ruling was he said painful and devastating for many americans. clinics have begun closing in some states, and there've been demonstrations both in support of and opposed to the ruling. our washington correspondent nomia iqbal reports. more than 2a hours after the supreme court threw out roe v wade, the protests continued. i'm here because i think america has digressed several decades since this ruling. the answer to pro—life is pro—death.
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and so does the ideological divide. you're being shouted at by someone who's... the things we're saying aren't going to change those people's minds. the constitutional right to an abortion will end, leaving it to the individual 50 states of america to make their own laws on it. i know how painful and devastating a decision this is for so many americans, and i mean so many americans. the decision is implemented by states. my administration is going to focus on how they administer and whether or not they violate other laws by deciding not to allow people across state lines to get public health services. and we're going to take action to protect women's rights and reproductive health. the country mr biden now leads is even more split. around 26 republican—led states will ban abortion except for when a woman's life is at risk. but it's unclear how that will be medically determined.
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democratic—led states like new york say they will protect abortion rights. conservatives have been building for this moment for decades. they say this is about protecting women's rights. there are just so many people that don't understand the pro—life movement, they don't understand the pro—life position and they don't understand all the things that we are doing to help women and children. this is not a religious issue at all, this is a human rights issue. many of the protesters who are here and are pro—choice have told me that they want the government to do more, but president biden has said there is nothing he can do to restore abortion rights to a national level. he is hoping this will galvanise voters for the midterm elections in november, but will it be enough for voters to turn their attention away from other issues that they deeply care about? nomia iqbal, bbc news, washington. rachel shelden is professor of history at penn state university in the us. she said today's supreme court
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is similar to how it was in the 19th century. well, the history of the court is a history of politics because the court has always been made up of political appointees and in the 19th century, especially, from the earliest years of the supreme court through the 19th century, you had justices who were nominated for their political and partisan proclivities. so, in many ways, it is a return to the way things were in the 19th century and early years of the united states. has it always been that way, though? yes, it has. it has always been political. the difference now is that americans tend to believe that the court should be apolitical, so all of the opinion polls about the supreme court rely a lot on the idea that the court must operate outside of politics. but of course that is really hard to do when the appointees come from presidents who come from particular political proclivities, and so the members of the court are still political actors. the real difference there
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is that they are much more powerful than they would have been in the 19th century and in the early years of the nation. once they are appointed, though, can they be removed if they don't vote in a certain way? that is not generally how things have been done in the united states. exactly, exactly, so, you know, therefore, if they are a political appointee, appointed by a particular president, whether republican or democrat, do they tend to always stick to those lines? or do we see evidence ofjudges appointed by republican president or vice versa voting in surprising ways, let's say? they have been some surprises in the past but we have to remember that parties are made up of coalitions of people with different kinds of political views and so just because you are a republican does not mean you're going to follow all of the same republican ideas as all republicans. because republicans are varied, and same with the democratic party.
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so, think aboutjudges as specifically partisan from the perspective of "only the party argues this" is a bad way of thinking about their own political proclivities. the british prime minister borisjohnson has insisted that questions about his leadership have been settled and that he will lead the conservative party into the next general election. his comments follow the tories�* defeat in two by—elections this week. speaking to the bbc from rwanda, where he's attending a commonwealth meeting, he claimed that people were �*heartily sick�* of questions about his conduct and that a "psychological transformation" of his character would not happen. from the rwandan capital kigali, alex forsyth has sent this report. diplomacy has been at the forefront of this commonwealth summit, but for the prime minister this morning, issues closer to home were dominant. evening, sir. last night he attended
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an official dinner with his wife, carriejohnson, mingling with government heads while his own leadership is under scrutiny. after losing two by—elections and his party chair, critics want him to change. but borisjohnson says he won't undergo a psychological transformation, claiming it's policy people care about. when things are tough, of course people are rightly going to direct their frustration, their irritation at government and at me. i'm the leader of the government. i think, to be absolutely clear, in the last few months, people in tiverton, people in wakefield just heard far too much about stuff they didn't want to be hearing about. his cabinet have rallied round — some more so than others. the foreign secretary, in kigali herself, was pretty clear where she stood. i have absolute confidence in the prime minister. he's doing a fantasticjob. he's led on delivering
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on brexit, helping britain recover from covid. but those who've long called for him to go haven't given up. borisjohnson is actually galvanising an anti—boris johnson vote. the leader of the party should normally be more popular than the party itself, and what we're seeing with borisjohnson is that he's a huge drag on the ticket. the summit in kigali was meant to be about boosting trade and co—operation, but for the uk it's been overshadowed. first by plans to send asylum seekers here, then by politics miles away. this morning the prime minister claimed that the question of his leadership was settled when he won a vote of confidence among his own mps. clearly for some, that's not the case. after rwanda, he's not heading back to the uk but on to europe for meetings of the g7 and nato. but he knows his domestic problems will be waiting. here, the clean—up begins as the commonwealth summit closes. borisjohnson wants to brush away these by—election defeats, clear he's not going anywhere.
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but there's no doubt they will leave a mark. alex forsyth, bbc news, kigali. at least 23 people have died trying to cross into spain's north african enclave of melilla on friday. that's according to moroccan state tv. it was the first such attempted mass crossing since spain and morocco resumed diplomatic ties in march. reports say some of those who died had fallen from the top of a borderfence. several people were admitted to hospital for treatment after security forces were deployed earlier on friday. barcelona's mayor has accused the spanish authorities of institutional racism in their response. spain's prime minister, pedro sanchez, has blamed mafias involved in human trafficking for the deaths. first of all, i stand in solidarity and vindicate the extraordinary work being done by the security forces in our
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country. some officers were injured and violent and organised assault by mafia who traffic human beings to a city situated on spanish soil. as result, this is an attack on her territorial liberty. police in norway have charged a 42 year old man with murder, attempted murder and terrorist acts after a shooting which left two people dead and 21 others injured. shots were fired at a popular gay venue in the capital oslo. the man had been known to the security services since 2015. duncan kennedy reports. the police were quick to seal off the area, but the gunman�*s attack lasted several minutes. the targets included a bar popular with the lgbtq+ community called the london club. translation: so i got to london and went both inside, _ outside and upstairs, and there were several injured and there were people already helping out with those
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who had been shot. this is norway's worst terrorist attack in 11 years. a norwegian man of iranian descent has been charged with murder and terrorist acts. the country's prime minister said oslo had been hoping to celebrate its annual pride parade. we expected a lively and enthusiastic parade through our streets, of people celebrating pride after three years of pandemics and other standstills. instead, we have a dark day where terror struck oslo this night. although the pride parade was officially cancelled, this was the response. chanting: we won't disappear! thousands marching to show their defiance towards violence and their defence of diversity. duncan kennedy, bbc news.
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earlier i spoke to lars arnesen who is the vice chair of oslo pride. he told me about his disappointment at having to cancel this year's event. well, we really wanted to have the parade this year but unfortunately it was not possible for us to have it, under the circumstances. we got clear advice from the police that it wouldn't be possible to have the parade in the streets today, and we followed that advice. and that was a really, really hard decision to make because we know that our community has been waiting for this parade for three years now through the pandemic, they have not been able to be in the streets since 2019, so we really worked hard to make this happen, but unfortunately it was impossible, due to security reasons. isa
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is a possible that it will go ahead at a later date? we haven't ahead at a later date? - haven't scheduled a definitive date. it might happen, but we do not know when that will take place. do not know when that will take lace. ., . ., , , place. how much has this affected _ place. how much has this affected the _ place. how much has this affected the community, | place. how much has this - affected the community, what happened and especially how we learned in the last few hours that the suspect was known to security services? i think this has affected us really, really hard. personally, for me, i know a lot of the people that were outside london pub last night and i know a lot of the volunteers that we have in oslo pride also know people that were there and were either witnesses or injured. so, this has definitely been a really hard hit to our community, and i was really happy to see that even though
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we cancelled the official event earlier today, it was still thousands of people that met in the streets and showed their solidarity, and lay down flowers outside london pub. so, i was really happy that we were able to be together, even though we were not able to have the official pride parade today. you sound like you are quite shaken by what happened. i am, it affects me personally. i have friends that were there and i have friends that were attacked, so this has been a really hard day for me and, you know, we have been awake for many, many hours now, and we are very, very tired, but we try to do our best to get through this. the taliban's health minister has told the bbc that afghanistan urgently needs
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international support to help with the aftermath of the earthquake that's killed more than a thousand people. even before the disaster, the country's healthcare system was in near collapse, as it had been funded almost entirely by foreign aid, which was frozen after the taliban took over last august. from paktika province, the bbc�*s south asia correspondent yogita limaye reports. for people in afghanistan, pain is unrelenting. war, hungerand now an earthquake. eight—year—old shakrina was rescued with injuries to her leg when her house collapsed. her elder sister died. in the next bed, their mother, meera. "we were under the debris until the morning, when some people pulled us out. they took us to a nearby clinic.
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i asked them, "where is my daughter?" they told me she had died," she said. "we are poor people. we have debts and now we've lost everything." bibi havar lost 18 members of herfamily. three of her sons were among them. both she and her daughter have multiple fractures. "my heart is in pain. when i go back from here, my children won't be there. it makes me so sad." on the day after the earthquake, 75 patients were brought here — more than the capacity of the hospital that was already struggling to treat regular illnesses. stretched even before the earthquake hit, they're trying to do their best here, but even this main provincial
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hospital doesn't have the equipment to treat critical patients, so those who had injuries to their spine or their brain, they've had to send them to other facilities, which means people who have already spent hours travelling to this hospital then had to make another long journey to get any treatment at all. i asked the taliban's health minister whether they had got the international support they'd been asking for. we have received some humanitarian aid and assistance from the neighbouring countries like iran, pakistan, india and some of the arab countries. so are waiting for our partners and different countries around the world to when and how they can provide humanitarian aid and assistance. but many would argue that the taliban has not lived up to its commitments on human rights or women's rights. how can the world then recognise this government, and in situations like this directly offer you assistance or money? i think there is some
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miscommunication between the international partners, they still cannot understand the people, and some statements of the taliban. ordinary afghans are caught in the politics. this labourer is trying to cope with the grief of losing his wife and a fear of the future. "my family and i worked so hard to make our house, now it's gone," he said. "we will never be able to rebuild it without help." yogita limaye, bbc news. let's go back to the us now — president biden has signed into law new gun control reforms passed by congress following a spate of mass shootings there. the measures are the most significant change in us gun safety rules in three decades — although mr biden says they don't go far enough. chris poliquin, is based at the ucla anderson school of management
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and has written extensively about gun control. he told me more about the reforms that have been passed. you know, they might make some difference. although several of these provisions are modest, this bill is the most significant change in gun control on the federal level in decades and many of the provisions go far beyond token gestures so, expanding background checks to include juvenile court records, implementing red flag was on the family and friends to take guns getting court orders taken away from dangerous individuals. the new prohibitions on domestic violence offenders from purchasing firearms and others could go some length to saving lives. w, . , ., ., lives. saying that they do not no far lives. saying that they do not go far enough. _ lives. saying that they do not go far enough, what - lives. saying that they do not go far enough, what do - lives. saying that they do not go far enough, what do you l go far enough, what do you think the ideal situation would be that he has in mind? how far would he wanted to go? i
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be that he has in mind? how far would he wanted to go?- would he wanted to go? i think the theme _ would he wanted to go? i think the theme of— would he wanted to go? i think the theme of this _ would he wanted to go? i think the theme of this bill _ would he wanted to go? i think the theme of this bill is - the theme of this bill is focusing on people rather than weapons and i think one of things the democrats would like to see is a lot more on weapons. joe biden in particular has been on assault weapons bans in the federal government had an assault weapons ban between 1994 2004 but something those kind of nonstarter among the republicans we haven't seen new bands on certain types of weapons at the federal level as a result of shooting source of shooting. this is much more to stopping specific people from possessing weapons. to stopping specific people from possessing weapons. to think a band of handguns _ possessing weapons. to think a band of handguns will - possessing weapons. to think a band of handguns will be - band of handguns will be workable or not we probably not. even on this domestic violence provision, it's a pretty small modest gesture yet it's me the republicans have long opposed when it's come up for consideration in the past. the barriers to passing even
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modest bands in gun crimes of the total handgun ban would be a political nonstarter in the constitutional issues they'll be raised from it. (the us presidentjoe biden has touched down the us presidentjoe biden has touched down in munich in germany ahead of a three—day g7 summit that will focus primarily on the war in ukraine. leaders will meet on sunday in the bavarian mountains, and will discuss ways to increase pressure on russia whose actions in ukraine have created food and energy crisis hitting the poorest communites worldwide. sir paul mccartney has taken to the pyramid stage for glastonbury�*s headline performance. it's the postponed 50th anniversary of the festival, and there for us is our culture editor, katie razzall, who has just sent this report. # can't buy me love, love. # can't buy me love... 80 years of age and the pyramid stage is his. sir paul mccartney, glastonbury�*s oldest
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ever solo headliner. # can't buy me love... this morning's sound check took place in front of fans who had already claimed the best spots. some were really dressing for the occasion. i got here nice and early because i thought i'd make the most of it. i beat them all here. brilliant. we've only got nine and a half hours to wait. that's all. i've worked a night shift and i come here, haven't gone back to the tent but i may as welljust sit here and hang in there. he's the legend, i he'sjust written the soundtrack to our lives. it's great. we are on the way to the park, you're not following me that far, are you? # don't walk away... noel gallagher was the warm up act for mccartney here tonight. ten years after leaving oasis, he has a best—of album with his solo venture
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high flying birds. i started off my record buying journey with best—ofs because back in the day, when people used to go to record shops and didn't have that much money, you know you're not going to buy all eight, nine beatles albums, you're going to buy the red and the blue one, the best of the beatles and work your way in that way. what do the beatles mean to you? everything. i don't really trust people who say they don't like them. you meet a few, i don't really like the beatles. it'sjust like, well, who do you like? as for macca himself, yeah, he's got the back catalogue that literally no—one else in the music business can touch. oh, man, it's so good to be here. we were supposed to be doing this three years ago. there have been many legendary sets in the somerset fields over the last half a century. this one has onlyjust begun. katie razzall, bbc news, glastonbury.
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you can reach me on twitter. hello. we've had some dramatic skies across parts of the uk through saturday, especially in the west, where we saw the most frequent showers. and some of those showers brought thunder and lightning and impressive cloudscapes. and it's all been down to an area of low pressure which has been slow—moving to the west of ireland. and that continues gradually north and eastwards through sunday, bringing the most frequent showers to the north and the west of the uk, and the strongest winds here, as well. so, through sunday morning, most frequent showers across northern ireland, northern and western scotland, north west england, parts of wales, perhaps a few into south west england. not so many getting further eastwards. in fact, the further east you are, the more likely it is to stay dry with the best of the sunshine, and hence the highest amateurs. but somewhat cooler further north and west where you've got the cloud, the showers and also the strength
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of the wind. so, for western coasts, particularly for irish sea coasts, we could see those gusts touching 45, maybe 50 mph through sunday afternoon. so, it's a blustery afternoon. it should push the showers through fairly quickly, and whilst we can't rule out showers at glastonbury, certainly through the second half of the afternoon, it's looking dry. we should see increasing amounts of sunshine as well to end the day. so, fingers crossed for much of the day it should stay mainly dry. but as we had through sunday evening and overnight, thouse showers start to make their way a little bit further eastwards. once again, the further east you are, it should stay mainly dry with some clearer skies, and those showers just starting to ease across parts of scotland and northern ireland as we head through the early hours of monday morning. and it's a mild night, with most places will be in double figures. so, into monday, here's our area of low pressure. it's still close by, now to the north and west of scotland. we've got a second system starting to approach from the atlantic as well. so, once again on monday, it's a day of sunny spells and showers, but it looks by this stage
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that the showers will start to move their way a little bit further eastwards. so, nowhere immune from a shower, but there will be some lengthy spells of sunshine in between. the winds not as strong, but it's still a fairly breezy day. and in the sunshine, we'll be seeing temperatures quite widely in the high teens, if not the low 20s celsius. it looks like east anglia and south east england will probably see the warmest conditions on monday. but it is a fairly unsettled week ahead. there'll be showers or longer spells of rain for many, but temporarily it should get a little bit warmer across east anglia and south east england. that's all from me. bye— bye.
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this is bbc news — the headlines. the president of ukraine says the war with russia has entered an emotionally difficult stage after the city of severodonetsk fell to the russian army. in his nightly address volodymyr zelensky said he didn't how many more blows there would be before victory appeared on the horizon. demonstrations for and against the us supreme court's decision to overturn the constitutional right to abortion have taken place in many parts of the country for a second day. hundreds of people — mostly opposed to friday's landmark ruling — gathered outside the supreme court building in washington. norwegian police say they are treating friday's deadly attack on a series of oslo bars and nightclubs — including a popular gay one —
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as islamist terrorism. the threat level has been raised to the highest possible.


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