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diplomatic row between russia and the u.s. intensifies. china's leader calls for global cooperation in fighting climate change. >> stop! >> appeals for calm after police release film of the moment an officer shot dead a 13-year-old. final preparations for the funeral for the duke of edinburg. a very personal ceremony planned by the duke himself. hello, and welcome. if you are watching on pbs in the united states or around the world, stay with us for the latest news and analysis across the globe. russia is expelling tenuous diplomats and blackmailing--10 u.s. diplomats and blackmailing
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officials in response to sanctions. sergey lavrov said moscow was tightening restrictions on u.s. to black traveling within russia itself. here he is speaking earlier on the latest sanctions. mr. lavrov: we wil respond to this measure in a tit-for-tat manner. we will ask tenuous diplomats and pressure to leave the country. >> sergey lavrov. earlier on friday, a kremlin spokesman denounced the addiction to sanctions but said that president putin wanted to lower tensions. >> there is lots of sound and fury going on at the moment, but both sides are to some extent being quite careful. the americans have already factored in the diplomats in response to the expulsions a couple days ago. it is not clear what more the russians are going to do, although they have asked the u.s. ambassador -- all of this
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is taking place against the background of biden, prior to the announcement of sanctions, having an answer summit this year, and even today, after the announcement of the sanctions, the russians looking at that. there is a way out of this, and that if the summit takes place, there is something for people to aim at. i have to say that this is noisy and as destructive as i've ever seen it. there are 80,000 russian troops on the borders of ukraine at the moment, and the temptation if things slide out of control will be for russia to organize some sort of demonstration in relation to ukraine, which could turn things very nasty very quickly. on the american side, the russian -- the expulsions are anticipated, but if the russians go beyond that and force biden to take further steps himself, step up sanctions again, for example, you are back on the downward slide. this has been the story of u.s.-
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russian relations for the last seven years -- russian publications, u.s. sanctions, more russian provocations, more u.s. sanctions. the question is whether biden can reverse that slide. there have been 20 or so sanctions actions of one sort or another by the united states against russia the last seven years. russia's policy is not been changed one jot. i don't think the americans expect this latest package to affect russian policy. the main point of it is to respond to a congress which is very angry with russia, probably took until the some extent u.s. embarrassment at the announced withdrawal from afghanistan, and the hope, i suspect, was to get pressure off the u.s. agenda -- russia off the u.s. agenda so biden can focus on things that mean more to him, i.e. china and his domestic agenda. if the two sides can restrain themselves enough to keep the possibility of the summit alive,
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then there was a lot they can do. they have an ongoing negotiation on strategic nuclear weapons control, they are working together to revive the iran denuclearization agreement. they are both important players on global climate change. there is a whole bunch of business, and the mere fact of sitting down and beginning to do that sort of business again creates opportunities to lower the temperature in other ways . james: china has said it is willing to cooperate more with some european countries over the challenges of, change. argument continues over which of the major economies is the biggest polluter. present xi jinping made the pledge during a video summit with leaders in germany and france there is movement in the united states -- president biden's climate change envoy has been in china trying to kickstart talks. david chapman reports. david: china is the world's greatest factor in its biggest polluter, but america is the second largest.
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together they account for half of global missions, there is now a u.s. president determined to change that. pres. biden: we can't wait any longer. we see it with our own eyes, we feel it. it is time to act. david: he is pushing for a lot more green energy, and he is reversing the trump years by sending his envoy john kerry worldwide. secretary kerry, can we avert limit catastrophe? david: including the u.k. last moh, and china now for the >> we cannot solve the climate issue without china beginning to reduce their emissions. th is the key to the global puzzle. biden has to figure out a way to compel beijing to begin to cut their emissions, or all the efforts we are making domestically are going to be ineffectual. david: one of the big arguments is over which of these two giant polluters should do more. the u.s. point of care produces 14% of the global total of
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emissions, while china releases about twice that. but for its part, china says look instead at the accumulation of greenhouse gases in 1750. america has admitted a quarter of tse, while china, which only industrialized relatively recently, has produced far fewer. another dispute is over coal. beijing is encouraging others to burn more of it. i filmed these chinese workers at a coal-fired power station in serbia, one of dozens of projects around the world. this comes as pressure over human rights leads to worsening international relations, which may mean china sticks with coal. it's got big reserves which it can rely on. >> if you're looking to a greater tensn across the world, particularly a greater confrontation with the united states, you probably want to hedge your bets and keep a hold of coal because there is so much uncertainty in the world.
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david:oday, chinese television reported on president xi having virtual talks with the leaders of france and germany. climate change was the key topic. the pace of diplomacy on this is accelerating. david shukman, bbc news. james: the mayor of chicago has appealed for calm after the release of a footage showing an unarmed 13-year-old boy, adam toledo, shot dead by a policeman last month. the teenager's death comes at a time of continuing high tension in u.s. about police killings. barbara plett-usher reports from chicago. barbara: the police man chases boy down an alleyway. "raise your han," he shouts. then a shot is fired. police had said the boy, adam toledo, was carrying a gun. but the video shows him raising empty hands before he falls to the ground. 19 seconds from start to finish. a distraught officer stillman calls for medical backup, but
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they can't save adam. it seems he had dropped his weapon before turning round. th>> those videos speak for themselves. adam during his last second of life, did not have a gun in his hand. the officer screamed at him, "show me your hands." adam complied, turned around. his hands were empty and he was shot in the chest at hand of the officer. barbara: another shooting this week in minneapolis triggered nights of protest against police. the killing of a young black man at a traffic stop has become one more flashpoint in a year of demonstrations for racial justice. and now they have also started shouting adam toledo's name here. the anger has added to tensions over the george floyd murder trial, which is winding down.
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the city is fortifying itself for possible violence afr the verdict. chicago has its own volatile history of police's conduct. city if it--police miscondu city officials demanded the release of the body cam footage after a public outcry . mayor lightfoot: this fermenter complicated and nuanced story. we almost proceed with deep empathy and --we all must proceed with deep empathy and calm, and importantly, peace. barbara: adam toledo died in the alley behind me. he is one of the young's people to be killed by police in recent up familiar tensions in chicago. there were a lot of protests demanding police reform after georgeloyd was killed, and the city had been preparing for a reaction to the verdict in that trial even before this happened. the mayod the family have appealed for calm. barbara plett-usher, bbc news, chicago. james: president has condemned
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the latest u.s. mass shooting in indiana, describing gun violence as a stain on the charter of the nation. he urged congress to take measures to prevent weapons from falling into the wrong hands. police in indianapolis confirmed that 8 people were killed at a shooting at a fedex facility. the gunman took his own life, leaving local hospitals dealing with many more people with the gunshot wounds. the lice have yet to determine the reason for this latest shooting. >> this suspect came to the facility, and when he came there, he got out and pretty quickly started random shooting outside the facility. there was no confrontation. there is no disturbance, there was no argument. he appeared to randomly start shooting, and that began in the parking lot, and then he did go into the building, into the facility for a brief time before he took his own life. james: let's look at the day's other news.
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united nations refugee agency says as many as 65,000 people are fleeing from a city in northeast nigeria after a series of attacks islamist militants. fighters claiming to be loyal to the self-styled islamic state have condued attacks. of these 12 people were killed. cuba's ruling, and his party is holding and historic congress that is expected to end six decades of domination by the castro brothers. real cost route --raul castro has indicated he will resign. world health organization says coronavirus cases globally are approaching the previous highest total on record. the number of new cases each week h doubled in february. the who says the rate of increase is worrying. staying with covid, a weekend curfew has come into force in the indian capital, new delhi, as coronavirus cases continue to rise. hospitals are reporting severe shortages of beds and oxygen.
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there are fears that a dangerous ne variant could be on the rise. reporter: this is india over the last 24 hours. another wave of coronavirus seeping through its veins. from delhi to mumbai, its spread is vast. in the western state, it is particularly bad. hospitals struggling to cope, and essential equipment said to be in short supply. this man and his mom both have covid. >> every district, every city. you can find each and every household, positive cases. in this new strain is attacking like anything. the new strain spreads to the lungs.
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the person feels like he or she is the bull static -- is asymptomatic. but after four or five days, the storm in the lungs. reporter: can i speak to your mum? reporter: india's official death toll has surpassed 150,000. experts say the pace at which new cases are increasing is concerning, with more than 200,000 reported yesterday, the highest daily number so far. more than 1000 died from the virus in 24 hours for the second day running.
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this couldn't come at a worse time. a hdu festival is attracting millions of people to the banks of the river gone geez. some states have imposed night curfews, but many indians are still not changing their behavior. election campaigning continues, large writings are taking -- large weddings are taking place, and traps remain open. doctors fear the addition of a new strain could be catastrophic. >> in the first wave, hardly we have seen any younger patient. in this way we are seeing young patients getting admitted with covid. reporter: the crematoriums and burial groun are reported to be working overtime to cope with the high surge of deaths. people we spoke to believe official figures don't depict the true horror.
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more than a billion people, and india is facing what some are calling a covid tsunami. james: do stay with us on bbc news. still to come, letting fans back in as the u.k. prepares to allow the return of spectators. how has mited attendance gone down in the united states? >> pol pot, one o the century's greatest mass murderers, is reported to have died of natural causes. he and the khmer rouge movement were responsible for the best of an estimate of 1.7 million--deaths of an estimated 1.7 million cambodians. >> there have been violent protests in indones. traditionalist muslim leaders have expressed discussed.
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the magazine's offices have been attacked and editors have gone into hiding. >> as for her sporting legacy, paula radcliffe's competitors will be asing her time for years to come. >> she seemed just to slide away under the surface and disappear. james: this is bbc news. the latest headlines -- russia says it will ask 10 u.s. to premenstrual eve mosco-- -- 10 ue moscow. china calls for fighting climate change. fans in the u.k. will return to
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watch major sporting events this weekend, with limited, socially distance crowds. all spectators will have to meet government requirements to prove they are free of coronavirus. the nba, the national basketball association, has allowed limited numbers into most venues, and major league baseball started its season this month with fans at games. i'm joined by the cochair of the internationalill building institute advisory for sports and entertainment venues. he is an advisor for the nba and major league baseball's new york yankees. some fans get back -- in texas it looks like it is--they are all back in. how is it going in america? >> first of all, thank you for having me, thank you for having this discussion, and i hope you are well and safe in all your viewers are healthy and safe as well. we have been challenged in the past, but nothing like this.
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obviously, the sports industry right now is facing the worst financial crisis in its history, and that is due to the human health crisis. we are very clearly aware now that economic health is dependent on human health. in the united states, as you know, we have 50 different states and there are different political jurisdictions, and covid has spread differently in different parts of the country. state and local governmts, as well as the federal government, have implement guidelines that allow for attendance to be pegged to specific regiol circumstances, and in so cases like texas, you have a political circumstance that is oriented in one way and in new york you have a situation, political circumstance, oriented in another.
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what is interesting about new york and texas is that the new york yankees and the dallas cowboys have both come together to embrace the international will building institute health and safety rating. in fact, half of the nba arenas and dozens of orts venues throughout united states have gotten third-party independent verification of their protocols for covid management. some of these venues right now are literally biologically clean. we have situations where the venues are clean as hospitals. in some cases, even cleaner -- james: allen, just jumping in, of course people understand that venues have to be clean. then again, no fan once a hospital experience when they go to a game. the entire fund is being crowded next to other people and hoping they don't spill beer on you.
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it's a sterile experience a fun experience? allen: well, you are absolutely right. we know that players perform better when there are fans in the stands. we all want the fans back, there is no question about it. interestingly, i recently did a walk-through with the new york state department of health of a major stadium, and we went from the bowels to the roof of the stadium, and this venue -- venues, especially those that get the health and safety rating, it's really critical for there to be third-party verification attached to any vendor -- sort of for the institute has been providing. in fact, there is huge financial benefits to the venues that do that. people who buy suites, corporations who buy suites, fans are more likely to come
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back. even though the venues are quite safe -- safer than they have ever been, that's for sure -- fans are concerned about other things. our other fans going to comply with wearing a mask, or are they vaccinated? the idea, i hope that there's the united states, a substantial percentage of u.s. residents are now vaccinated. james: it does -just jumping in. for a year or so, the players didn't get cheered in person. but on the other side, they didn't get booed, they didn't get jeers by opposing fans for on balance, do players prefer to play with or without fans? allen: no question that they want to play with fans. the athletes, whether it was roger federer or nadal, they are explicit about the benefits
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of playing with fans. in the united states, 16% of americans follow science, 81% follow sports will that gives you an indicatio of the popularity of what we are talking about. mes: it does. we could talk for ages, but thank you for joining us. please in any country when fans return. you are watching bbc news. final preparations are being made for the duke of edinburgh's funeral. the ceremony is said to be carefully planned by the duke. it will reflect his life in interest our royal correspondent nicholas winchell reports. nicholas: some of the flowers left by membs of the public have been laid outn the lawns. close by, a wreath from the prime minister with a card paying tribute to a man who owed the nation more than words can say. a wreath from commonwealth of
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nations, canada and new zealand, countries the duke often visited. the countess of wessex and their daughter came to inspect the flowers and the cards into bits that have been left. this is the final touches for tomorrow's funeral were being put into place. all the military contingents who were involved in the short ceremonial procession have completed their main preparations. at the center of the procession will be the hearse which the duke helped to design. it will be in the council's central quadrangle that e proceedings will begin. the surface detachments will be drawn up. a few minutes after 2:40 tomorrow, the duke's coffin will be born from the state entrance to be placed on the land rover. at 2:45, a small profession will step off for the 8-minute journey.
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some members of the royal family will walk behind the coffin. the queen will follow in a limousine. route will be lined by the military. at 2:53, the coffin will arrive at the west steps of st. george's chapel. at 3:00, a one-minute's silence will be observed before the coffin enters the funeral service.--chapel for the funeral service. the queen will sit by herself. like all members of the congregation, she will wear a mask. at one point, the chapel will echo to the bugle call for action stations, a reminder of the duke's service as an officer in t royal navy in the second world war. in the town of windsor, many of the residents have their own sties of the duke. >> would see him out on his carriage and he would always acknowledge you, he would always say hello to the group of us as we were walking. >> it would be very stran because we've only ever known prince philip -- in my life he is always been here.
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nicholas: i counsel which has had-- a castle which has witnessed many moments in history is ready for another. the palace and police are hoping people won't be tempted to come to windsor. every underrated the point -- they have reiterated the point that no part of the funeral will be visible to spectators. the only way to follow but will be to watching television. audiences around the world will watch and listen as the queen bids farewell to the man she husband. nicholas witchell, bbc news, windsor. james: the duke of edinburgh's funeral takes place in windsor on saturday. we will have special covage starting at 11:30 gmt. do try to join us for narrator: funding for presentation of this program is provided by.. the freeman foundation. by judy and peter blum-kovler foundation.
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