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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". laura: this ish headlines. israeli police have beaten mourners at the funeral of the al jazeera reporter. her killing in the occupied west bank has caused a surge of anger. >> the mourners were trying to carry the coffin through the gate. the police are outside and we are seeing confrontations here. laura: the u.s. defense
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secretary calls for immediate cease-fire in ukraine and his first conversation with his russian counterpart since the invasion. the bbc crew runs for cover as russian forces bombarded area near the southeastern ukrainian port city. north korea says its first outbreak of covid is spreading fast with one fatality and nearly 200,000 people in quarantine. drought and devastation across east africa. the you and says more must be done to save lives. -- the u.n. says more must be done to save lives. >> the world is focused on ukraine, which is a terrible crisis. the sufferinwe have seen here has no equal. ♪
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laura: hello, and welcome if you're watching on pbs. we started in jerusalem where israeli police have hit mourners in clashes at the funeral of the al jazeera reporter shireen abu akleh. her killing in the occupied west bank has caused a surge of anger. her cough and almost fell as police used batons in a crowd of palestinians gathered around it. shireen was shot dead on wednesday. reporter: the violence broke out as shireen abu akleh's was taken out of a hospital in east jerusalem. her coffin jostled and almost pulled to the ground as israeli police and palestinians clashed. shireen abu akleh was a revered palestinian-american journalist that worked for al jazeera's
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arabic news channel. she spent 20ears reporting on the israeli-palestinian conflict. she was shot in the head while reporting on an israeli army raid in the occupied west bank on wednesday. she was wearing a flak jacket with press marked on it. >> we arrived and within seconds, there was the first shot. i told them we were being targeted. we were being shot at. i turned and found shireen on the grou. i turned and found shireen on the ground in the first few seconds. reporter: witnesses have accused the army of killing her. al jazeera said she had been shot in cold blood. israel says it is investigating the incident. >> i therefore reiterate my expeation of open and transparent cooperation with all findings. and i also expect the senior authority not to take steps to disrupt the investigation or to disturb the investigatio process in aay that will
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prevent us from reaching the truth. reporter: tensions have been building in recent weeks. israeli forces carrying out rates after a spate of gun attacks by palestinians in which 24 people have been killed. shireen has now been laid to rest in the mount zion cemetery alongside her parents. anchor: our correspondent was at the funeral and witness to the events as they unfolded. a warning that his report contains images some viewers may find distressing. reporter: reporters, camera crews everywhere. this is exactly the kind of event shireen would normally be at. [chanting]
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[crowd noise] [bang] reporter: we just had to move back very quickly because the mortars were trying to carry the coffin through the gates out of the hospital. the police are outside and now we are seeing confrontations here. [bang] oh, my god. let the baby through. [bang] [bang bang] and this is now the final journey for shireen abu akleh. a journalist surrounded by her people in jerusalem to be buried beside her parents.
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the final moment they have to spend with shireen, and you can hear what they think their storyteller whose voice will be heard no longer. anchor: that was tom bateman witnessing the events at the funeral of shireen abu akleh. from bbc arabic, he knew shireen for 25 years and told us more about her. >> shireen was well known as a journalist and as a woman. probably one of the early female arab reporters in the middle east. she was very unassuming, down to earth. she first started working for al jazeera in 1997. she showed enough enthusiasm and integrity and was doing really great in terms of where she was
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reporting. straightforward, no-nonsense, straight to the point. balanced. kept her emotions in check. this shows how much people respected her. anchor: our guest from bbc arabic speaking of shireen abu akleh who h has known for over two decades. let's move onto the situation in ukraine. 79 days into the war and russian troops are intensifying their attacks and parts of the southeast that is seeing the heaviest fighting. but the port city of mariupol is a most entirely under russian control. there forces have been pushing north and west to a city still in ukrainian hands wre many civilians have sought refuge. laura becker and julie written have been to the front line. reporter: it started with a low rumble and plumes of black smoke. we barely arrived when the barrage but c -began.
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this small factory took the first hit, but the russians weren't done. [explosions] the thundering of shells is a new deadly chorus for this once sleepy hamlet. the children have mostly fled to safety. others, though shaken, are determined to hold on to what they know even while their neighbor's house is burning. >> i saw some smoke and decided to have a look. yesterday evening, i came down and saw that one. two houses down, there's no roof ymore. today, this one got hit. reporter: the rest of the villages are along here, says the caain. with no electricity, meals are cooked outside where it is safe. but the blasts have forced them
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underground. however hard it may be to sy, their presence has become an act of defiance. >> we are waiting for victory. we want all of our children and grandchildren to come back home. we want somewhere to come back to. we want our home to stay unscathed. not just ours, but all the people that had to leave. reporter: this building was intact this morning which gives you the idea -- an ide of the intensity of shelling. ukrainians have built up there forces. they are here to keep the russians at bay. when i asked how far the russians will come north, the answer i got was, "as far as we let them." and this invasion is personal to the local ukrainian force. >> there are many people whose homes and relatives are in the occupied territories. we are very determined.
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all they are waiting for is in order to advance to me back to our home villages, towns, and districts. reporter: there are no military targets here in these tree-line streets. just prized family homes. the volley of shells just missed this house. it is hard to comprehend just how close this war has come. >> i was under the shed when i heard the shots and ran into the seller. -- cellar. reporter: even as thoughts of cleanup begin, the bombardment continues. shattering lives one barrage at a time. laura becker, bbc news. anchor: that report showed us how russian forces are pushing up out of the mariupol area. but what is happening inside the city itself? reporter: all eyes have been on the steelworks building where
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the last ukrainian fighters in mariupol have been holed up for weeks. new satellite imagery shows the extent of russia possible and let air and ground bombardment of the plant to get those fighters out. and finally declare a much-needed victory in a war that is so far, for moscow, not a going according to plan. in this drone footage, and armored column is drying across the river. but artillery bolstered by the arrival of american howitzers appears to have destroyed an entire battalion tactical group which can comprise up to 900 men. finally, on the black seacoast, attention today has been focused on the small but strategically important e island. russian forces are in control here.
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ammunition dumps, smaller vessels, and the surface to air missile launch. it could determine which side controls t stretch of the black sea. anchor: russian energy supply says it will suspend deliveries of electricity to finland from saturday a day after the country said it would apply to join nato. a company had not been played -- paid for previous deliveries. a power operator says russian providers give 10% of eney and can be replaced by alternative sources. after dealing with a covert outbreak, north korea has acknowledged the first deaths of the disease. six people died after suffering a fever with one testing positive.
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been isolated and treated. are joined by dr. peter hotas. thank you for joining us. what is your estimate of the numbers that might be affected here in a nonvaccinated population given what we know? dr. hotas: there is a lot of vulnerability. they are unvaccinated and the level of malnourishment is extremely high in north korea, particularly in the rural areas. we know viral infections affect peop disoportionately in those with underlying malnutrition. that is something working against them. they havnot been managing as much as other countries. the ba.2 and ba.2 12 got in
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china from elsewhere. they did not have anything near the icu beds that are reqd. so this is a humanitarian tragedy waiting to happen, unfortunately. anchor: north korea has said six people have died with 180,000 people isolated. is it possible to work out how quickly those numbers could escalate or the true numbers of risk at the moment? dr. hotas: they say they have 400,000 individuals with fever. we know a significant percentage of individuals with covid-19 are asymptomatically. the number is quite high. this wille through the population. they have one option and they have to find a way to bring in vaccines to rapidly vaccinate the population. there is a lot of vaccine available. the ine that we have helped develop.
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there are more than 100 million doses available that could easily be brought into north korea in rapid succession and vaccinate e 25 million people relatively quickly. it's in their hands to be able to manage this and the world is willing to provide vaccine doses. that is the only way that they will have success managing this. anchor: china ifacing another outbreak, locking down big chunks of its own population. would they not be an obvious source of help? reporter: they could be. most of the vaccine made in china are activated virus vaccines and don't hold up as well to the variants. three doses holed up a little bit better. but they have a lot of vulnerability and they have the option to bring in other types of vaccines as well. at the very beginning, please start with the vaccine.
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but north korea has to be willing to invite that help. anchor: do you have a sense if that opening up as possible? and if north korea doesn't except that help, how many people could lose their live they are very vulnerable and malnourishment has been a problem there. dr. hotas: north korea has a number of options. they can work through world health organization, the sharing facility for importing but vaccines. they can do bilateral agreements with countries like india if they are objecting to working with the u.s. it should not be a big issue. how bad can this get? a lot of buzz says omicron is not as severe. it's not really true. it's about as serious. in north america and europe, you
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have populations that have either been infected before or vaccinated. not the case with north korea. assume you could lose 1% of the population or more losing their lives fr covid. hundreds of thousands of individuals, not to mention the decimation from long covid. that is why i call is a potentially humanitarian tragedy if there is not intervention soon. anchor: from baylor college in houston, thank you for your time. the president of the united arab emirates and a mayor of abu dhabi has died. he was 70 three. she could -- sheik khalifa, since becoming president, presided over a major restructuring of federal government and abuhabi.
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they have declared a public morning -- mourning period of 40 days in honor of the late president. still to come -- ♪ something strange is going on at eurovision. a rare good result for the u.k., but it might not be enough to stop ukraine winning. >> the pope was shot. the pope will live. that is the essence of the appalling news as an italian television commentator put it, terrorism had come to the vatican. >> the man they called the butcher went on trial today in the french town where he was the gestapo. >> just sentenced to six years in jail. the judge told misses mandella that there was no indication she felt the slightest remorse.
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>> the chinese government has called for an all-out effort, the worst to hit the country in 30 years. >> is the first time a machine has defeated a reigning world champion. >> america's first legal same-sex marriages have been taking place in massachusetts. >> god bless america. anchor: this is bbc news. scuffles break out as mourners gather to pay their last respects to the palestinian-american journalist shireen abu akleh who was killed on wednesday. british military intelligence say a russian battalion lost nearly all of its armor vehicles attempting to cross a river in the east of ukraine.
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the u.n. has warned the world is not paying enough attention to crises beyond the war in ukraine. the u.n. office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs has urged the international community not to ignore the devastating drought in east africa. according to the u.n., 20 million people are at risk of severe hunger. we spoke to michael, regional director of the u.n. world food program. he how this could result in being the worst regional drought in recorded history. >> this is one of the worst droughts we have seen in the region. certainly the driest it has been in 40 years. we are waiting on the current rains to deliver and it looks as though they will underperform. there are reports that the next rainy season may be averted. we have a crisis on our hands and we need the world to respond.
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the world food program and other humanitarian actors have the capacity to meet the needs of the population only if we receive the funding required. there are estimated up to 20 million people that will be impacted and almost 5.7 million children included in this number. if we do not act or launch the feeding programs and nutrition programs, we are going to have a worsening crision our hands. populations will die. we have a real risk of famine. we have records that prove that the frequency and the severity of droughts is increasing equally and south sudan as we speak. we have had three of the worst flooding seasons and we are pecting a similar season this year, displacing hundreds of thousands of people and creating climate conflict in areas that
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have been affected. th drought is also coming at the worst possible timeause there are conflicts in the region, displacement. it's off the back of the covid cris. and now we see the crisis in ukraine accelering the shock economically across the region. these people have been as resilient as possible and been able to hang on. after three failed reins -- rains and a fourth that might fail, they have exhausted everything they have. they have been forced from their homes, they lost their livelihoods. they lost their livestock. we estimate 3 million livestock have died over this drought. they have nothing left. they are relying on the u.n. food program and actors to respond. you can only do this if we get
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the funding from the international community. anchor: michael from the u.n. world food program. this weekend, europe's glitzy is to pop festival, the eurovision -- glitziest pop fesval, the eurovision song conte takes place. it has become something of an anthem for european peace. victoria has followed the orchestra all the way from the battlefields to italy. ♪ victoria: a music video in the middle of a war zone weeks after the russian troops withdraw. >> there is a constant feeling of stress. in ukraine, the air raid sirens do not stop. you never know where the next missile will hit. ♪ victoria: this is ukraine's 2022
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eurovision entry. despite the russian invasion, the devastation and the death toll the lead singer says they are even more determined to win. >> as the war started, i thought a lot about how i can help my country. i've never served in the army and i've never fired a weapon. . but perhaps i can help in some other y. that's why i started volunteering. it is a huge responsibility. victoria: not all of the band are going to eurovision. >> on the first day of the war, i decided to show up to defend ukraine. for me, this is more important
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than the band. [shots] >> we have been trained in military tactics. then straight away we put it into practice. the hardest thing to come to terms with was being prepared to die for my country. ♪ victoria: willing to fight or perform, they all say they are doing it for ukraine. the eurovision vote is tomorrow night. >> the song was originally about my mom, only a single lyric was about war. but now it has become a symbol of this war. >> even myerception of this song has changed. victoria: bbc news, ukraine. anchor: brit's queen
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elizabeth has made her first public appearance since march at an equestrian show close to her home. in 96-year-old monarch missed the state opening of parliament on tuesday due to her continued mobility problems. but she did seem well and spent almost an hour at the parade. back soon. th 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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