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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. i'm duncan golestani. our top stories: syrian rebels say they used a shoulder—launched missile to shoot down a russian fighter plane. the pilot ejected but was killed in a ground fight. siren wails six african immigrants are injured in a drive—by shooting in italy. officials say the attack was motivated by racial hatred. more assault allegations against harvey weinstein. uma thurman's the latest hollywood star to say she was attacked. # the critics say is it right or is it wrong? and disappointment for devoted fans as illness forces lady gaga to cancel the last ten dates of her world tour. hello.
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a syrian rebel group that was linked to al-qaeda says it shot down a russian fighter plane in northern syria, killing the pilot. the militants said the attack was in retaliation for a russian bombing campaign. russia's defence ministry said the pilot ejected from the aircraft but was killed on the ground by the rebels in idlib province. sarah corker reports. the burning wreckage of what looks like a russian fighterjet, red stars clearly visible on the wing. this footage posted online appears to show the plane being hit and bursting into flames in a rebel—held area of north—west syria. jihadist group hayat tahrir al—sham, formally linked to al-qaeda, said it had shot the plane down with a surface—to—air missile. moscow said the pilot ejected and survived the crash
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but was killed by rebels on the ground. the sukhoi 25 fighter was shot down near the city of saraqeb, close to a major highway in idlib province. it was back in december when the syrian government, backed by russian air power, launched a major offensive against rebel groups in idlib, the last province under rebel control. but civilians are paying a heavy price. thousands have fled. on friday, rescuers said they pulled the bodies of at least seven civilians from cars hit by air strikes south of aleppo. this incident is a rare loss for the russian air force. opposition groups have in the past shot down syrian planes but rarely those of the russian army, and there are reports that moscow has responded by firing cruise missiles from navy vessels in the mediterranean. sarah corker, bbc news.
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italy's prime minister has called for politicians to act responsibly after a mass shooting in the city of macerata. six migrants from africa were injured when an italian man fired at them from his car. james reynolds reports from rome. one man, a 28—year—old italian armed with a pistol, turned the italian city of macerata into a terrifying place. reports say that the gunman fired from his car at anyone who appeared to be a migrant from africa. there was no time for his targets to hide. i was passing by this morning to go and buy cigarettes when they shot me on my leg this morning, you know? so the person who was inside the car was shooting, you know? but i don't actually see his face, yeah. during the attack, the authorities posted warnings instructing
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the city's residents to stay inside. the gunman was arrested when he got out of his car. he's identified as 28—year—old luca traini. the italian media reports that he'd been a candidate forthe anti—immigrant northern league party in local elections held in 2017. this attack comes at a time of high anxiety in the city of macerata. earlier in the week, the dismembered body of a young italian woman was found. a nigerian migrant was arrested in connection with her death. now migrants have been injured in this drive—by shooting. the country now heads into next month's general election with all this on its mind. james reynolds, bbc news, rome. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news.
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the kremlin has condemned the pentagon's announcement that it's to modernise america's nuclear arsenal, including developing new cruise missiles that can be launched from ships and submarines. the us says the move is largely in response to russian actions in recent years. palestinian officials say a teenager has been shot dead in clashes with the israeli army in the occupied west bank. israeli forces say they entered the village of burqin to find a man suspected of murdering an israeli rabbi last month. the israeli military says it's checking the report. world leaders and international donors have vowed to ramp up education funding for developing countries. meeting in senegal, they pledged more than $2 billion to help bring more children into school. developing countries themselves also promised to increase public spending on education. thousands of corsicans have held a rally to push for more autonomy from france. the local authorities said about 6,000 demonstrators turned up — organisers put the figure as high as 25,000. corsica's governing coalition
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of nationalists has been buoyed by a resounding win in recent elections. the actress uma thurman has claimed that she was sexually assaulted by the film producer harvey weinstein in london in the 1990s. two other women have contacted british police to say they were also attacked by him. mr weinstein denies all the allegations of non—consensual sex. it was after the success of pulp fiction at uma thurman said she was targeted by harvey weinstein and now she is the latest launches speak out in an interview with the new times. uma thurman claims harvey weinstein pushed her down when she met him in
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his sweetie at the savoy hotel in london. she says he tried to expose himself. he did all kinds of unpleasant things. she said she managed to wriggle away like a lizard. the next day she says a bunch of flowers arrived. a spokeswoman for harvey weinstein said ina spokeswoman for harvey weinstein said in a statement: it comes as scotland yard say they have received two further allegations of sexual assault, one from a woman who claims harvey weinstein assaulted her in westminster in 2011, and another from a woman who says she was targeted in the republic of ireland. they bring the total number of women who have reported the producer to british police to nine. offices in new york and los angeles has also begun investigations. he has denied
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all allegations of nonconsensual sex. harvey weinstein was once one of the most powerful man in hollywood, credited with scores of oscar wins, that he has been three out of the organisation that runs the oscars and is now in rehab, a huge fall from grace in which there is likely to be no return. simon jones, bbc news. north korea has defended plans for a large—scale military parade scheduled for the day before the winter olympics in south korea. pyongyang's annual military parade, to mark the founding of its armed forces, has taken place in aprilfor a0 years. this year, it has been changed to february 8 — when athletes will gather in pyeongchang for the opening ceremony. north korea says no—one has the right to take issue with its plans. earlier, i spoke to rodger baker, vice president of strategic analysis at the geopolitical intelligence firm stratfor. i asked him what the significance was of moving the military parade to february 8. early in north korean histories they
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had parades on both days, they marked by states and a few years ago they re—establish the february eight date is an important date, and if you look at the pattern of north korean parades and things like that, they really like to have them on anniversary dates, gears that indian five or zero from the original date they are dealing with and so this is they are dealing with and so this is the 70th anniversary of the founding which puts the parade their but despite the little piece of history, certainly there is some politics going into this. yes, but what others politics? what are they trying to show? i think a few things, one they are trying to remind the world they are important as well, everyone is focused on south korea and the olympics and north korea wants to show it is just as equaljust as important. true, the north koreans are reminding the us and the south koreans of the reality of north korea ‘s military
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capacity, military capability, at a when north korea suggest that the south koreans, the american stops joint military exercises if they wa nt joint military exercises if they want north korea the sort of ease off on what it is doing, and finally i think part of it ties into kim jong—un trying to wrestle it off by himself. really connect himself a lot more with his grandfather than his father and doing this, pushing this back, helps with that. unlike many other nations of europe, thousands of people with mental illness still live in asylums in croatia. so far, only one region in the east of the country has taken radical steps to move patients out of residential care and into the community. branka reljan is one of the lucky few to have be been "de—institutionalised". i think we are not too different from other people. ijust happen to have —— ijust happen to have these medications. nobody in the centre was really
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cured and went back home. it was like life imprisonment. it was fully, crowded, and lots of old people. you had to have a secret life for all of these years. i felt like ifelt like i'm a i felt like i'm a free ifelt like i'm a free person i felt like i'm a free person at the end. to do something new and the change was very good, positive for my mind and weather got into the flats, the first day we brought a lot of food and we were eating what we liked for the first time after
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these 12 years and it was good and i felt great. we are just having a great time. he, the most important thing for us, but two of us, is that we are together and we can cope with all of the problems because we are together. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: more secrets from the sands of egypt. we step into the tomb of a high priestess 11,500 years after her death. this is the moment that millions in iran had been waiting for. after his long years in exile, the first hesitant steps of ayatollah khomeini on iranian soil. south africa's white government has offered its black opponents concessions unparalleled in the history of apartheid. the ban on the african national congress is lifted immediately, and the anc leader, nelson mandela, after 27 years injail, is to be set free unconditionally.
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the aircraft was returning from belgrade, where manchester united had entered the semi—final of the european cup. two americans have become the first humans to walk in space without any lifeline to their spaceship. one of them called it "a piece of cake". thousands of people have given the yachstwoman ellen macarthur a spectacular homecoming in the cornish port of falmouth after she smashed the world record for sailing solo around the world non—stop. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: syrian rebels say they shot down
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a russian fighter jet in north—western idlib province. moscow says the pilot ejected — but was killed in a ground fight. italy's prime minister has urged the country to reject hatred and violence — after african immigrants were injured in a drive—by shooting. archaeologists in egypt have unveiled the newly discovered tomb of an ancient priestess that dates back more than 4000 years. the vast mausoleum, found near cairo, is adorned with colourful and well—preserved wall paintings. duncan kennedy reports. discovered near the pyramid of giza, south of cairo, the tomb was found under 300 cubic metres of earth. archaeologists were astonished to see how well preserved the paintings on the wall of the l—shaped room were. they depict a high priestess, hetpet, in a variety of settings. she's seen in hunting and fishing scenes and receiving offerings from children. hetpet was known to be a priestess to the goddess of fertility, hathor, who assisted women in childbirth. finding hetpet‘s tomb is being seen as an important and rare addition to our understanding of the structure of egyptian royal
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life 4,000 years ago. we believe that she lived during the fifth dynasty, which means 21100 bc. she has — the tomb has preserved its colours. she was a high official and she had a strong link with the royal palace. the tomb contains scenes of music and dancing performances. going into the afterlife was a moment for celebration as well as sadness. archaeologists say they've only discovered about 40% of what lies beneath the surface of this site around giza. but this lavish burial chamber with its vivid artwork dedicated to the life of one woman is another revelation of this ancient civilisation. duncan kennedy, bbc news. on january the 14th 1963 france vetoed britain's entry into the european economic
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community, which would later become the european union. the eec, or common market, had been formed as a trading body by six european countries just a few years earlier — and britain had been in talks to join for more than a year. juliet campbell was a british diplomat at the talks and she's been telling her story to witness. a staggering blow is dealt to western unity at this council hall in brussels when france black balls britain from the common market. # 0h, de gaulle maybe 10 feet tall and think he's napoleon. # but the french wash every three days # on b—days # so thank god we're englishmen! # and not common market — not common market — # not common market scum! the british people, who had only slowly come round to the idea that perhaps we were going into the eec, were really very shocked. with communication between countries half a world apart,
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nowadays 110 more than a matter of hours, the shrinking world makes nonsense of frontiers, forms ever—larger units, compels new thinking along the economic front. so 1961, the british government applied to join the european communities and edward heath was appointed. i have just come from making a full statement to the members of the european economic community. in that statement, i explained that the united kingdom government wished to take its full part in working today for a closer european unity. the negotiations then moved to brussels and this was the point at which i got added to the british negotiating delegation. the idealism that one found in brussels back then amongst the six was contagious, actually, and i think all of us who were there
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were convinced that for britain, it was very important that those negotiations should succeed. even back at the start, people realised that de gaulle, who had become president of france, had grave doubts about british entry. britain's trading patterns were very, very different from those of the six. the six on the whole were trading amongst themselves, whereas britain's pattern was much more outward looking, and in particular, we traded a lot with the commonwealth countries and, of course, they had become extremely dependent on this. i suppose the one one thinks of above all is new zealand sheep meat, because the new zealand market was always totally dependent on britain back then. when we came back to brussels injanuary
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after the christmas break, there was quite a lot of worry about where de gaulle's position had now reached, whether he was going to veto the british membership, and attention focused on a press conference that he was due to give in the middle ofjanuary. (speaks french) he was saying, "we must ask ourselves, is britain really ready?" i think we knew, in our heart of hearts, that he really was saying that he wasn't going to let us in. france's stated reason for denying britain membership in the european economic community is over differences in the agricultural policy. that final negotiation in that long room with the british delegation
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at the far end, the french delegation chatting amongst themselves and sort of giggling and not getting up and joining the others — it was very symbolic. you saw the french on one side and the fact that the five who supported british entry were very much on the other. a drugs epidemic has been sweeping the north indian state of punjab — with nearly one million drug users. the bbc‘s punjabi service field team travelled to the rural village of rurka kalan, where a community centre is using football to help those suffering addiction. and for more information about the help offered by the rurka kalan football project, just go to their website. lady gaga has cancelled the last ten dates of her european tour, due to what she described as "se the star has a condition called fibromyalgia — which can cause pain all over the body. just a warning there is flash photography in richard forrest's report.
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last sunday, lady gaga was at the music industry's biggest night of the year, the grammys in los angeles, but since the middle ofjanuary, she's been in europe on the latest leg of herjoanne world tour. her last performance was in birmingham on thursday, and she was due to be on stage at london's 02 on sunday night. but then came the bombshell that the remaining european dates were being cancelled. in a statement, the tour organisers, live nation, said that: lady gaga's devoted fans, or little monsters, were devastated. i did the first tour that got cancelled and i have no idea, and booking flights and trains for hamburg and cologne and berlin and london and manchester. i saved money all the year for this. i don't blame her, but at the
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same way, it hurts so much. we're back home without seeing her again. it's been be five years. paparazzi: ask her to come down and do a solo! thejoanne tour had started in early august in canada, the first of a0 shows in north america. then in september, she cancelled shows in brazil and decided to postpone the european leg as she said she was in severe pain. those shows were re—scheduled to early this year, but now, more gigs are off. it clearly won't have been taken lightly and with any major tour like this, artists will have to obviously have tour insurance for cancellations. and health is one of those big issues, particularly when you are going on a world tour that might stretch for 18 months. lady gaga, whose real name is stefani joanne angelina germanotta, rose to fame in 2008 with hook—laden songs and provocative fashion choices.
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she's still one of the biggest performers around. her shows in north america alone grossed nearly $86 million last year. forbes magazine estimated her net worth was $275 million in 2016. a documentary last year revealed she suffers from fibromyalgia, which causes chronic pain accompanied by fatigue and cognitive difficulties. now, her army of fans will be hoping the star they call ‘mother monster‘ will soon be back on the world stage. richard forrest, bbc news. it's carnival time in the bolivian town of oruro. a band consisting of more than 6000 musicians played to the crowds, as dancers in costumes of all shapes, sizes and colours paraded through the streets. the annual event apparently dates back to the 17th century, lasts up to twenty hours and stretches over five kilometres. as syrian rebel group linked to al
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qaeda shot down a russian flight to —— fighter jet, killing qaeda shot down a russian flight to —— fighterjet, killing the pilot. and — you can keep up to date with all the latest news on our website. just go to or download the bbc news app. you might be hoping for some sunshine on sunday after that grey, rainy saturday. if so, it's not looking bad at all, some sunshine on the way. certainly a brighter day compared to what we've just had and this is what we had — a weather front very slowly moving across the uk, grinding to a halt pretty much by the time we got to saturday night and then through the night, this weather front just sitting across the uk, raining itself out so it could rain no more and the skies in one or two areas
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starting to clear as well, so just little pockets of rain, but clear skies too. temperatures will be around 2 or 3 degrees in city centres very early on sunday morning. let's have a look at the forecast around 9am in scotland — it will be pretty chilly, only 3 degrees for glasgow, edinburgh, a couple of degrees there in aberdeen. a little bit less cold we think in belfast, maybe 5 with some sunshine and look at that, not looking bad at all for manchester, kendall, manchester, wales, the south—west, in fact, if you're lucky we could be waking up to blue skies in southampton. but notice in east anglia and the south—east, a bit more cloud there and that really will be the trend for the rest of the day. that wind you'll notice is strengthening across the south—east here, coming all the way from scandinavia. it's a cold wind. it'll drag in cloud off the north sea and also some showers, so it could be raining on and off at least from time to time in norwich and london.
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this is what it'll feel like with that wind, around zero degrees. how about the rest of europe? you know, i mentioned that wind coming out of scandinavia, it's not stopping across the uk, look at that — it goes all the way down to the bay of biscay and then turns around and moves all the way to morocco, so they're feeling some cold there as well, it's not looking great across that part of europe. anyway, back to the wind — look what happens when it drags in those showers during the course of sunday night into monday — some snow showers get into kent, sussex, essex, norfolk, suffolk, possibly the london area, which means first thing monday morning, there could be a little bit of snow lying around across the south—east all the way up into lincolnshire, so don't be surprised, and just in time for the rush hour. this is what it looks like tuesday — a weather front this time moving across the north and west, and on this day, we could have some snow in north—western parts of the country down to wales and maybe the midlands, as well, and still cold, 2, 3 degrees at best. the summary for the week ahead —
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it's going to stay cold, cold enough for some snow, widespread frost. as i said, cold enough for some snow. this is bbc news. the headlines: a syrian rebel group says it shot down a russian fighterjet near the city of idlib. tahrir al—sham said the plane had been hit by a shoulder—launched anti—aircraft missile. moscow says the pilot ejected but was killed by rebels on the ground. italy's prime minister has urged the country to reject hatred and violence after six african immigrants were injured in a drive—by shooting. the suspected attacker, a former candidate for the far—right northern league party, has been arrested. the local mayor has described the attacks as racist. the hollywood actress uma thurman has claimed that she was sexually assaulted by the film producer harvey weinstein in london in the 1990s. two other women have contacted british police to say they were also
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attacked by him. mr weinstein denies all the allegations of non—consensual sex. now on bbc news, the week in parliament.
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