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narrator: funding was also provided by, the freeman foundation. by judy and peter blum kovler foundation; pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. announcer: and now, "bbc world news". ♪ ros: i'm ros atkins with outside source. six people died in unrest. the shooting started as has below protested, calling for the removal of a judge leading the investigation into last year's enormous port explosion. a man has been stedpolice are ns an act of terror. an extraordinary story in the art world.
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a banksy painting that shredded itself has been resold for more than 10 times its previous value. cracks and selling, ladies and gentlemen, for a new world record, sold to you, 16 million pounds. congratulations. ros: collay has announced they are going back on the road with a reduced carbon footprint. they had said they were not to her again unless it would be beneficial to the environment, but they have not quite reach that mark. >> we are trying our best and we have not got a perfect i don't mind the criticism at all. that is ok, because sometimes criticism leads to improvement. ro front of the experts working with coldplay about how good or bad there too is for the environment. -- their tour is for the environment. let's begin in lebanon. the president haseclared a national day of mourning after
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gunfire killed six people in beirut. this is another blow to lebanon. it is facing an economic crisis and humanitarian crisis, and still reelingrom last year's enormous port explosion. today'shooting is nked to that and the failure to hold anyone to account for the blast. before midday local supporters of has the law -- of hezbollah gathered at the palace of justice. they were pressing for the removal of a judge leading the inquiry into the port blast. we heard them chanting and burning pictures of him. this was the scene in one neighborhood. two kilometers away the situation had escalated significantly. hezbollah said it was fired on by snipers. the army then moved in to
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contain the situation. the chaos continued. there were two loud explosions. the shooting ctinued. one woman was hit by a stray bullet inside her home. other bullets landed near a local school. this was the scene at around 2:00 p.m., two hours after the violence had started. residents were fleeing from their homes and there was still gunfire. adam foster was in beirut. >> the front line seems very strange to call it a front line, because we are in the middlof beirut, is just a few streets that way. let me show you what hpened around here just a couple of hours ago. you can see over here, motorbikes which have been torched and burnt out. it was heavy fighting in this area, and you can see the detritus around me. there is a huge pile of shattered glass on the street because this firing was happening indiscriminately. i have seen closer to where the
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gunfire is happening, somebody's apartment window shut out. what you might also notice as well is the army. this is one of the points where they have been massing. they were talking about snipers on buildings. we saw at least one person on the top of a building firing down. we have heard the sound of rpg's -- lots of rpg fire happeng. ros: the prime minister was calling for everyone to calm down. he warned the army would shoot at any government on the roads, and anyone who shoots from any direction. it's here from the washington post correspondent in beirut, who describes the unrest where she is. >> for a while it was about four hours of nonstop gunshots. there were at least five explosion sounds. my house shook at the second one, which was probably from the rpg's wing launched. i just got back home from visiting a hospital where most of the wounded, most of the dead
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have been transported to. they have had so far four killed . the scene outside was hectic. it was grown men crying, many people were armed. it is unclear if they are plain closed or supporters who are armed. it was very tense. media was very much not welcome there. that is what it is likert how -- is like right now. ros: the backdrop the investigation into the port blast. it was 14 months ago, but no one has been held to account. you will, i'm sure, remember the pictures from august. that was the moment a warehouse storing over 2000 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded in a root. 7000 were injured. there was widespread devastation. families of the victims are
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accusing politicians of hampering this investigation to escape accountability. hezbollah is accusing the judge of unfairly singling out its allies in parliament. here is the group's leader. >> this judge is working toward political goals, taking advantage of the blood of the martyrs, the wounded, and this tragedy. we warned him not to be biased and not to politicize the investigation. it was in vain. now he is approaching it as if he is the master of the case. ros: not everyone sees it that way. paul and his wife tracy lost their three-year-old daughter in the blast. >> we refute completely all of th allegations that have been put forth by leaders of this establishment, such as the secretary-general of has below. it is not just him, is everyone trying to say at this judges biased, politicized, when they
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are the ones actually that are trying to politicize this to their benefit. ros: we can't look at today, we can't look at this investigation in isolation, because there are many factors driving the tensions in the been on. it is finisng -- it is facing financial meltdown too. the world bank has described it as one of the world's worst financial crises since the 1800s. since 2019 lebanese pound has lost 90% of its value. this year alone the inftion rate has exceeded 100%. the prices of goods have nearly quadrupled, and many families cannot afford their monthly grocery bills, which for an average family are now four times their monthly income. that means 70% of the population are now living in poverty. on top of that there are fuel shortages and those who try to fill up face huge queues. that is having a wider impact.
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there are electricity blackouts that can last for hours. the financial times correspondent in beirut gave me an update on the security situation. >> the fighting has called down now. we are no longer being subjected to the sounds of gunfire and rpg fire that we heard earlier. the army was deployed in big numbers to contain this, but as many people pointed out it took a really long time for this eventual truce for cease fire to take effect. since the fighting has stopped, the war of words has started. hezbollah, who you mentioned earlier, have accused the group called the lebanese forces, a far right christiapolitical party, of being behind the violence. the lebanese forces have denied that, but they have said that hezbollah's incitement toward the brut blast port judge laid
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the groundwork for the incident we saw today. ros: if the trigger for today was the state of the inquiry into the port blast, where have we got to with that? what stage in the process is lebanon at? >> it has been trying to charge security officials he had grounds to charge with negligence, which led to -- negligence or criminal malfeasance -- that led to this devastating explosion. he is being blocked at every turn from actually bringing these guys in answer questions. there has been several legal challenges made that have basically stopped his probe. as we speak, today, one of the final legal challenges which dismissed -- was dismissed by a higher court, so it was being allowed to continue, but at
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every turn the guy is being faced with new obstacles being thrown up by this political class that clearly does not want him to continue this investigation. ros: finally, presumably the challenges that inquiry is having is symptomatic of a broader malaise in lebanon. efforts are being made to try and break out of the vicious circle in which it is caught? >> leban does have a big problem with accountability, and it has for a long time. that is a symptom of the political system that has come entrenched in the years, three decades, since the civil war ended in 1990. so in october 20 19, massive street protests seeking to overthrow that system. those have not been able to get very far, so the problem is very integral to the whole system and
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set up of the state itself, and it is really difficult to shift that or making a big difference. -- make any big difference. ♪ ros: police in norway say a bow and arrow attack that killed five people was an act of terror. the suspect is this 37-year-old danish citizen who had converted to islam and shown signs of radicalization. the police say he has confessed. >> it looks like a terror act, but we do not know what is the motivation of the perpetrator. i think we have to wait for the investigation. ros: the attack happened on wednesday. officers were called at around 6:00 p.m. on the western side of town, and a man was firing indiscriminately with a bow an arrow. when they try to intervene he fired more arrows. by the time they caught him he had killed four women and one man, and injured others.
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this shows an arrow wedged into a wall. let' hear from some residents of the town. >> can't believe this happened in a small town like this. bucks i recognized the sound from a compound bow. i could hear the tingling of arrows hitting the streets. ros: norway's prime minister is in his first day of the job. he says his nation is in shock. >> i thoughts go out to those relatives affected by this. i have been in touch with people who witnessed this utterly surreal incident. my thoughts are with them as well. also to the police and emergency services doing what they can to reinsure -- to reassure people. ros: here are pictures of the supermarket where the attack happened. as you can see, it bears some scars. >> they think this appears to be a terror attack, but that they do not know motivations for this.
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your reports are emerging tonight that he had previous convictions and a restraining order for allegedly plotting to kill a family member. a video has emerged from social media she posted in which he issues a warning while declaring his muslim faith. this is the supermarket where the attack began yesterday, just after 6:00 p.m. you can see candles flickering outside, and justround the corner near the church some more candles have been placed outside. this is a very small town that has been profoundly shaken by what happened here. of course, it has begun to stir memories of the last deadly mass killing norway had, which was a decade ago, in the far-right extrist andre graphic -- anders brevig murdered people. the island where some of the 77 people were killed by brevig,
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this now is norway's deadliest attack since tha. it will prompt some questions about, particularly whether things like the bow and arrow should be registered, whether people should have a license to have it in this country, chaz one of the lowest crime rates in the world. ros: in a few minutes we got to talk about this banksy story. a painting that shredded it's self has been resold for 16 million pounds. ♪ in taiwan 46 people are now known to have died in a fire. residents were trapped inside of their flats on the upper floors of this block. the buildings lower section once house -- housed restaurants and a cinema, but those had been abandoned. >> it seems that the layout of
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this building contributed -- what that is how it seemed initially -- contributed to the number of people who died. most of the flaws -- most of the lower floors of this building were abandoned. we were previously commercial units, but no one was occupying them. the fire appears to have started there and read upwards. the firefighters say because the lower floors had been andoned, lots of things had been left there. lots of people who lived in the flats at the top of this building were disabled. they found it difficult to get out, and most of them died of smoke inhalation. ♪ ros: i'm ros atkins with outside source. hear our l story comes fro lebanon, were six people have been killed after hours of gunfire on the streets of beirut.
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the unrest is connected to protests into an investigation of beirut's port last year. a portrait by the artist banksy that was shredded has been re-at auction for a record price. three years ago this was the moment the artwork called girl th a balloon shredded itself moments after it h been sold for a price of 1.5 million pounds. that was then, this is today. same auctioneer, same piece of art, now renamed "love is in the bin." then this happened. >> you are here for this fantastic moment at 16 million pounds. i can't tell you how terrified i am to bring down this hammer. [laughter] just checking that everyone is accounted for, we know who you are. ladies and gentlemen, for a new world record, the banksy, "love
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is in the bin," sold for 16 million pounds. ros: here is more on the story from our entertainment correspondent. >> we may find out in the future , often of course these buyers prefer to remain anonymous. as you said, the estimate was between 4 million to 6 million pounds. perhaps the cynic in me inks while there are setimes big surprises at auctions, the people running the auctions at places like sotheby's, they are not only experts in art, they also know so many of the potential buyers out there, how much money they have, and what they think they might be prepared to spend on a particular piece of art, particularly a famous one like this that has been anticipated ever since the sale was announced. of course, saying it smashed the reserve price or estimate makes a good headline.
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where they really expecting it to go for 6 million? i suspect that was a conservative one, still, you take in the buyer's premium, it goes to about8.5 million pounds, she is a banksy. ros: help us understand, especially for people who did not follow it years ago, how this piece of art it up looking like this. as i understand this was not necessarily banksy's plan. >> banksy's plan, according to him -- she posted on social media at the time and there are still pictures on his website and his youtube channel about what happened -- he was intending for, when it was sold, with the picture to be completely shredded. it appeared to stop or jam halfway down, creating, arguably , something even more impressive than his original plan of something thatas half complete and have shredded.
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on his youtube videos there are demonstrationsf how he built it the frame, and talking about, it worked perfectly in rehearsal, just on the night it did quite happen the way i planned. ♪ ros: let's shift from art to music. coldplay have announced their next world tour. coldplay is saying it will be partly powered by a dance floor that generates a like just sitting. -- generates electricity. it says every ticket that is sold there will also be aree planted. last year it's lead singer, chris martin, speaking to our correspondent, said coldplay would not to her for a while. >> we are taking time over the next year or two to work out, how can only our tour be sustainable, how can it be actively beneficial? how can we harness resources our
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tour creates and make it have a positive impact? ros: when chris martin said that, it made news. he has been speaking to colin again, talking about how they plan to make their tour as green as they can. >> last time we spoke i sort of made that up while we were talking. i was trying to think of something cool to say. then it sort of big -- sort of became a headline. that is actually how really feel. >> within a couple of weeks the band employed two people dedicated to working out how to to her in a clean way. today coldplay have revealed their action plan, including working with bmw to develop the first mobile rechargeable concert battery. >> the whole show is powered from renewable energy, then in terms of offsetting people being there we are able to plant a tree for every ticket sold. >> and that is a lot of trees. their last tour was seen by 5.4
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million people. other ideas included a connecticut floor, allowing the audience to provide power. >> when i say i literally really need you to jump up and down. >> when rock stars speak about the eironment, there are always cries of hypocrisy, especially when private jets are being used. are you ready for the backlash? >> i don't mind any backlash at all. we are trying our best and we have not got it perfect. the people gives backlash for that kind of thing, they are right. i would rather we were trying and doing our best and actively putting it out there that we would like to know, and is the first solar airplane available? we will take it. i don't mind criticism at all. that is ok, because sometimes criticism leads to improvement. ros: certainly there has been some. find different reactions.
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this one says, chris martin is showg that you have to role model to change you want to see. great sustainable ways of touring are being found. on the flipside, i have a better idea. stay home and make it carbon-free. aor cuts we can have a discussion about, but let's focus on carbon footprints here. i'll plan our -- coldplay are measuring the climate impact of their tour. one of these working with them are jeremy woods. here is his view on whether you can measure the carbon footprt of a single gig. >> i'm sure it's perfectly possible to assess those kinds of impacts, and we will be setting ourselves up to do that over the long term. ros: i just wonder what percentage of the carbon footprint of a concert this dance floor will be? do you know?
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>> know, and i don't, actually. that is one of the things we will be finding out, but i have to say that i suspect the dance floor will produce or reduce emissions by an almost invisibly small amount. ros: that is why i ask. i'm sure you are aware people are saying, were talking about bikes to generate power, dance floors, it makes a good headline, but in reality it doesn't make any difference. >> yeah, and i think that is a perfectly valid criticism, but i have to say we are well past the time where we are dreaming up the perfect solutions in the hope that sometime in the future they will solve the problems. particularly the climate change problems. have to move aggressively now, and it is learning by doing, making sure we learn the right lessons. we do that very urgently. you know, the only way to do that is to do exactly what coldplay are doing, which is to put their heads above the
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parapet and say, we know we are going to make mistakes, we want to put inlace the systems that tell us when we are making the mistakes, it also tell us what we can do to engender change that is meaningful. ros: one of the things they are planning to do is offsetting, which is a highly controversial practice, where someone creates carbon footprint, and offts it with things like trees. do you buy into that? >> actually, i do, that i buy into that with a whole set of caveats. i have worked a lot on this topic. we know that unless you do this really well and incredibly carefully, unless you do it in ways that benefit communities, and the trees that get planted are likely to die or to be grubbed up. but there are ways to do this that really help development, and we have worked on this with poor communities in malawi, for
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example. i am a given -- i am, again, supporting this, it can only be done in a learning by doing mode. ros: we will have to keep a close eye on how that tour does. before we wrap up, a quick reminder, you can get analysis videos never you want them. we post at least one, sometimes several videos a week. you can find them on the bbc news website. we are doing a series of climate profiles where we look at the biggest emitters of the world and what they are promising to do about their emissions, and what they are actually doing. the latest video on america is on the bbc website. you can also subscribe to audio versions of our explainers and analysis via the bbc sounds app, which you can get on your smartphone. our lead story today comes from lebanon. there are being calls for, after clashes that have left six
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people dead in beirut and dozens of others injured. the u.n., u.s., and france are urging a de-escalation of tensions. the shooting erected after protesters turned up complaining at the nature into that -- nature of an investigation into that port explosion last year. narrator: funding for this presentation of this program is provided by... narrator: financial services firm, raymond james. man: bdo. accountants and advisors. narrator: funding was also provided by, the freeman foundation. by judy and peter blum kovler foundation; pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. and by contributions to this pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. ♪ ♪
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