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announcer: and now, "bbc world news". >> this is bbce latest headlines. reviewers and u.k., people in the united states, and around the world. a legal document who prints --prince andrew's lawyers believe could stop the legal case against him has been made public. he has denied assaulting virginia giuffre when she was 17 years old. lawyers on both sides of the atlantic will be scrutinizing the document to seek what impact if any it has on the case. british prime minister boris johnson goes out any further covert measures for now despite the risin omicron infections. prime min. johnson: the pressure of the nhs on a hospitals is going to be considerable the next couple weeks and maybe more. there is no question omicron continues to search throh the country. >> a devastating fire which
swept through south africa's houses of parliament in cape town has started up again. hello. good to have your company you're watching on pbs in the u.s., and the u.k., or around the world. we begin wh legal document which prince andrew lawyer believes could stop a civil case against him in the united states. prince andrew, the duke of york, whis not named in the document, has deni sexually assaulting virginia giuffre when she was 17. theocument, which has been unsealed by a court in manhattan, is a settlement agreement between the late jeffrey epstein and ms. giuffre, known as virginia roberts at t time.
it dismisses the case for damages brought by ms. giuffre for the sum of $500,000 and of new 1000 pounds. there was no admission of liability from epstein. it adds that the document is a general release by virginia giuffre for any other personal entity who could have been included as a potential defendant for all legal actions including lawsuits, both state-level and federal level. the agreement was overseen by the laws of frida, where it was signed by ms. giuffre, who gave her address is being new south wales, australia. the bbc's legal correspondent came into the studio and explained to ben brown what the document said. >> this is a 12-page document signed in november 2009 which seems a whole world away, but the allegations of virginia giuffre against jeffrey epstein and people around him including prince andrew date back 20
years. she was suing him in a cot in florida -- epstein -- saying she had been lured into a world of sexual abuse and had been accused by people around epstein, his closest confidants, she talks about being abused by politicians and royalty, but they are not named in the document. when she settled the case, paid $500,000, 300s of new 1000 pounds by today's rates. in the document -- this is the crucial bit -- she says she forever discharges the legal ground for which epstein and any other entity who could have been a defendant in that action she was bringing up in florida, and in doing so, she agrees not to bring any damages claim against anyone from the beginning of time effectively up until the date of that settlement. the reason why this is important is because the prince's lawyers are going to go into court tomorrow in new york and say,
aha, the plain language of the document makes clear that even though we say her allegations against the duke of york are baseless, she can't even try to bring them because she has sign ed away her rights to sue anyone. ben: but the document ally concerns allegations of what happened in florida. it is quite important, isn't i >> it could be. this is the interesting about it because ms. giuffre's seemed incredibly confident that this document was going to be effectively irrelevant to their case. they said in legal filings before this release that when the document becomes public, as it has been, it will be seemed to be, and their words, outside the four corners of the case against prince andrew, in particular alleging that she was abused by the duke of york in new york, london, and the caribbean. nothing to do with florida, which is at the core of this case. this is what i going to
get argued about tomorrow. the dukes lawyers are bringing all rts of motions in the new york case to have it thrown out. they say that for technical reasons she cannot bring the case because she has lived in the usa, and they say that the whole thing has got to stopped. she is digging in and saying we are happy for it to be in the public because it does not stop our case against the prince. shaun: prince andrew himself has consistently denied knowing virginia giuffre. here he was speaking on the bbc's "newsnight" program in 2019. prince andrew: i have no recollection of ever meeting this lady. none whatsoever. >> you don't remember meeting her? she says she met you in 2001. she dined with you. she danced with you. you bought her drinks. you are in a nightclub in london and she went to have sex with you in a house in belgravia
belonging to ghislaine maxwell f pri prince andrew: didn't happen. shaun: joining us is managing editor of the lime crime network. thanks for talking to us on bbc news. you have been following this case closely. can you summarize why both sides were so keen to see this document unlocked and made public? >> well, for the reasons stated a little earlier, rinse andrew -- prince andrew's legal team thinks this immunizes him. it releases anyone who was listed as another potential defendant -- an extraordinarily broad language, it could mean anyone, and the prince's lawyers argue it includes him, from the beginning of the road to the present day, a general release. that is why they want this document out there. what ms. giuffre's legal team is
tting two already is that the document does not mention prince andrew. it is assigned in the southern district of florida, or was assigned in the southern district of florida, in 2009. the jurisdiction in questionable be very important because we are already hearing ms. giuffre's legal team argue that essentially the florida jurisdiction does not pertain to this case. this was a very similar argument on a very different level that happened in the case of ghislaine maxwell. there was a different nonprosecution agreement on the criminal level with the agreement that jefey epstein signed, and in that case as well, ms. maxwell argued that the existence of the nonprosecution agreement meant to shid some co-conspirators apply to her. shaun: what you are saying is that she was unsuccessful in making that claim?
>> exactly, precisely. a federal judge in new york found that agreement did not apply because it was assigned by federal prosecutors in florida. that was a pretrial ruling that paved the way for trial, and you caasily see it being argued by ms. giuffre's lawyers that the same shod happen regarding this civil agreement in 2009. shaun: tw points that occuro to me listen to what you said and what dominic was saying as well, the immediate aftermath of the document being unsealed -- one is very straightforwardly that this is an incredible broad agreement. do courts tend thonor these kinds of agreements, or is there a bit of reluctance? because, as you say, it even has the wording of "from the beginning of the world," considerably longer for ms. giuffre was even born, sounds almost comical in the way it is framed. adam: right, it is an extraordinarily broad agreement. i asked an expert who i speak to
quite often about these matters for his reaction. he said by his reading of this agreement, it would be possible to argue that if prince andrew were involved in a hit-and-run of ms. giuffre during the relevant time period, that, to come would be immunized because the conduct isn't even specified. that is how broad the agreement is. shaun: sorry to interrupt you, i know you are pressed for time -- just one more thought othis. is it possible that the kind of history of what has happened since in the united states, the #metoo movement, the desire to bring people to justice for historical crimes of sexual abuse, crimes that 0--this is a civil suit, but even so, that that might change the way the court looks at this trial? adam: that backup means this will be closely watched case. i expect tomorrow we will see judge kaplan closely listening
to the arguments on both sides, knowing that this has a massive international audience. but it is going to be confined largely to these technical issues. as he said in the past, that's cut the technicalities and get down to the substance. we are still at technical questions of jurisdiction d release clauses, and they will be focusing on that with a global audience tomorrow. shaun: adam klasfeld, thanks for talking to us. adam: thank you for having me. shaun: british prime minister boris johnson says there is no reason for further coronavirus measures in england, despite the surge of coronavirus cases caused by omicron. the government insists it is determined to keep schools open. speaking at a vaccination center monday, mr. johnson said current measures including mask-wearing, working from home, and covid passes for some venues are enough for now. 157,758 new coronavirus cases
were recorded in england and scotland in the 24 hours to monday. 20,217 of those were in scotland, which first scotland is a record daily figure. data from wales and northern ireland won't come in until after the new year public holiday. in france, children aged 6 and over are required to wear face masks on public transfer, shops, and other venues. in the netherlands, government has announced that schools will reopen next week despite cases remaing high. in india, vaccination is open for 15- to 18-year-olds for the first time. the country has reported its steepest weekly surge in coven infections with 130,000 new cases registered. here is the bbc's health correspondent catherine burns. catherine: another day, another visit to a vaccination center for the prime minister. prime min. johnson: you barely feel it.
catherine: other parts of nhs are really feeling it. six trust including the nhs trust have declared critical incidents in the last few days. this happens when they are worried they cannot provide all the critical services they need to do. prime min. johnson: looking at the pressures on the nhs in the next couple of weeks, and may be longer, looking at the numbers of people who are going to be going into hospital, it would be absolute folly to sayhis is all over. we have got to stick with the plan b. catherine: in other words, no new restrictions at the moment. expect to hear more about puzder jab-- booster jabs. it is not unusual to hear that the nhs is under pressure in january. winter brings extra patients,
ancovid is adding to that. this year there is another complication, the number of staff off because of the virus. several chief executives in england say that they are under the greatest sustained pressure they have seen. there are now more than 14,000 patientss with covid in hospitals in england. it is up almost 17% in a week. >> i spoke to staff who do find that treating unvaccinated patients who are seriously unwell, they find that upsetting, particularly if the patient says "i wish i'd been vaccinat all along." we are not here to judge, we are here to treat. catherine: there are some early encouraging signs, though. >> i was talking to london sheep exacts -- chief execs last week and they were seeing very concerning increases. 9%, 15%, 9%, on the 27th, 20th, 29th of december. interestingly, in the last two
days, the numbers have dropped to 1% and 2%. catherine: back to school this week and back to masks and classrooms for secondary peoples in england. this brings them into line wi the rest of the u.k. labor says there is not enough focus on fresh air and classrooms. >> we have known for 18 months that it would be essential to make sure the classrooms are properly ventilated. all we have seen from the government are 7000 devices rolled out across hundreds of thousands or classrooms across england. it isn't good enough. catherine: ministers will look at rules again at the end of the month. catherine burns, bbc news. shaun: to the united states, where new coronavirus cases are averaging 400,000 each day, according to data quickly by johns hopkins university. schools across the u.s. will be reopening this week made the surge in omicron variant, but a shortage of at-home rapid tests across the u.s. has made reopening more difficult.
u.s. food and drug administration has expended vaccine booster eligibility to 12-15-year-olds. let's talk to the director of the vaccination education center at the children's hospital of philadelphia. he is a physician of infectious diseases. doctor, thank you for talking to us on bbc news. what is the picture looking like at the moment inner-city? >> well, in philadelphia we are seeing definitely a lot more cases in children of this infection. what we do at our hospital, children's hospital in philadelphia, is when we admit children to the hospital, we tested to see whether they have covid independent of whether or not that is why they are getting invaded. we are seeing a greater percentage of children who have covid. we are seeing somewhat of an increase into our hospital because of covid and into the icu because of covid. it is hard to watch. omicron is to some extent immune-evasive, meaning even if
you have been vaccinated you are at higher risk if exposed to the virus of having mild illness. that is what you are seeing, a lot of cases, but not a proportionately high increase in serious cases. there is a dissociation to some extent in that regard. shaun: to what extent are children at the moment able -- will be able to go to school this week? are there strict requirements from school boards about testi before you are allowed to that for a chance to be on school premises? dr. offit: so we are opening schools this week in philadelphia. there is no attempt to do distance learning could we want to have on-site learning. we are trying to do everything we can come which is to make sure the teachers have vaccinated, do everything we can to make sure that those over five years of age -- now we can be vaccinated over five years of age -- vaccinated, those over 12 are vaccinated, and to have mask-wearing. this will be an issue for the next four to six weeks, and that i think things will settle down.
if we can get to the next four to six weeks, we want kids to be in school. distance-learning is like a contradiction in terms. in philadelphia, it is the only decent meal they get during the day. child abuse is often picked up in the school system. we need kids to go to school. shaun: presumably there are hundreds of schools all of which have to think about protecting their othe staff, like janitors as well as teachers, and so on. in terms of the impact you think this has had, you are a physician of children, so you interact with children and their parents all the time. how tough has the last 20 months been for kids in the city? dr. offit: it's been tough, especially tough recently. working at children's hospital of philadelphia, i was on service and i'm seeing these children, to the hospital, and i would say most of the children we see are over five years of age. what they all have in common, whether they are admitted to the hospital or intensive care unit, is that none of them are vaccinated. parents are vaccinated. parents unvaccinated, siblings
aren't vaccinated, and virtually all of them could be vaccinated. it is much harde now -- a year ago when we didn't have a vaccine, it was hard enough. now with all the suffering and the hospitalization and intensive care ut admissions and rare fatalities can be avded, it is even harder. it is heartbreaking. shaun: do you ever lose your temper with parents over this? dr. offit: no, but it is really hard not to. when you watch these parents watching their child get sedated, have a tube put down into their throat, brought up to the intensive care unit when there --where they are then put on a ventilator and you watch the parents cry, you want to shake them. this was all avoidable and they made that choice and put not only themselves at risk, but those with whom they contacted. the number one job as a parent is to keep your child as safe as possible. that is what vaccines do, and these parents made the choice not to do that. it took an unnecessary risk for themselves and their children. shaun: dr. paul offit, let's hope if you are parents in the
future will be taking those risks. thank you for talking to us on bbc news. firefighters in south africa say a blaze which devastated the houses of parliament in cape town on sunday have restarted after it was previously reported the flames had been brought under control. the bbc's southern africa correspondent has more. reporter: 24 hours after a blaze tour through south africa's parliament, firefighters are still putng out hotspots. the damage is said to be extensive. the oof of the national assembly, which is the main debating chamber, collapsed, and the room was gutted. a team of experts is combing through the scene. >> we can confirm that one of the biggest losses the people of south africa have suffered in this fire is the complete burning down of the national assembly chamber.
and joint settings of the two houses. the national assembly and the national council of provinces. reporter: historical and veritable artifacts survived the fire. >> for today, they cannot gain access to the fire scene. the temperature inside the building is 100 degrees celsius. down from what it was yesterday at over 400 degrees celsius. what they have done in the meantime is use a drone that they are putting inside the building to assis -- assess the structure of the building. reporter: a sus was arrested yesterday and is due to appear in court tomorrow. the south african government says if it is down that his actions were deliberate, then the fire he allegedly started will be seen as a direct attack on the state.
bbc news, cape town. shaun: let's take a look at some of the day's other news. the five permanent members of the un security council have issued a rare joint statement pledging to prevent the spread of atomic weapons and ensure nuclear war is never fun. china, france, russia, the u.k. come and the u. is part of the review of the key nuclear treaty later this year. brazilian president jair bolsonaro haseen admitted to hospital for treatment of an abdominal problem. the president, who is 66, fell ill on sunday. he has been hospitalized several times since being stabbed in 2018 during his original presidential campaign-original presidential campaign-. passengers and crew have disembark from a cruise ship in this been after the trip was cut charred by covid. operated by german company, it was operated from the island of madeira 152 crew tested positive for covid.
this is the bbc's centenary year, with a mission to inform, educate, and and defend the world. the queen's coronation and the moon landing were two of the moments where people gathered around the tv to witness history in the making. the coronation was a reason many people in britain bought televisions in the first place. our correspondent has of the great opportunity of taking a look back at some of the events ich shaped the birth of television in the u.k. reporter: when bbc tv launched in 1936, music theater star adele dixon sang about television's magic rays of light. the studio crew can be forgiven for not looking very excited. tv's were so expensive, only 100 people in britain had one. even higher ups within the bbc thought it would never catch on. >> the bbc did not want to make
television, and they were quite happwith radio, thank you very much. the head of the bbc absolutely abhorred this newfangled invention. but the government could see that war was coming and germany was using television for propaganda purposes, so they thought that we have to get going and launch a television service. reporter: 12 years later, the london olympic games were televised, the coverage abuoying a nation scarred by war now being beamed into 140,000 homes stop the action could be seen in real time. but it was the queen's coronation i1953 that would prove the turning point. 20 million people tuned in for the first time, overtaking the bbc radio audience. >> male elephants don't have tasks. reporter: five years later, the longest running tv program in the world. it survived a urinating errant
elephant and a scarily out of control camp fire. >> we are on fire. get the firemen in. reporter: the first children's black tv presenter in 1966. >> it has been a tremendous afternoon here. reporter: simply tremendous is one way to describe one of the most momentous moments of the 20th century, the first moon landing in 1969. a year later, the first sa-sex case delivered by syrian mcallen in a bbc-- sir ian mckellen and a bbc producon. a british love affair with indian food was ignited by a show that began in 1982. >> the kind of food you get in indian homes. one of the things i'm going to make, a classical north indian.
>> the launch of the ipad in 2007 mainstreaming mainstream. what is changing is not just what we are watching, but how we are watching it. shaun: even as u.s. president can be stopped by the weather. the winter storm struck washington and made for a rather snow we arrival for joe biden. air force one landed back at the joint based at andrews base in washington, as a snowstorm roth u.s. capitol to a standstill. even the trucks transporting the stairs had to be pushed manually as they struggled through the biting wind. no fun at any age, let alone volunteer 70's, but the president got through after g stuck on the time for 30 minutes. that is a pper east coast snowstorm, isn't it. i hope if you have been enjoying
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