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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. i'm rich preston. our top stories: russian police detain the kremlin critic alexei navalny, who was nearly killed by nerve agent poisoning last year, as he lands back in moscow twitter suspends the account of us republican congresswoman marjorie taylor greene for repeatedly making false claims about election fraud. a year ago this week, china issued its first coronavirus lockdown — we return to hubei where the global emergency started. and the american music producer, philspectre, who helped define the sound of the �*60s — has died
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in prison — aged 81, while serving a sentence for murder. in russia, the leading critic of the kremlin, alexei navalny, has been detained by police after returning to moscow for the first time since being poisoned with a nerve agent, in an attack he blames on russian authorities. he flew in from berlin but was led away by police after reaching passport control. western leaders have condemned his arrest. from moscow, steve rosenberg reports. he'd only been back on russian soil a few minutes when alexei navalny was told he was being detained. a kiss goodbye for his wife, yulia. then the kremlin�*s fiercest critic was led away. earlier, there
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were chaotic scenes at a different moscow airport, where mr navalny�*s flight had been scheduled to land. police detained his supporters. "it's a disgrace," they chant. inside, the arrivals hall filled with riot police, who cleared the terminal. but in the end, the plane was re—routed to another airport. for alexei navalny, this isn't quite home, sweet home, as you can see from the welcome party. he's back in the country where last summer he was poisoned, allegedly by a group of undercover russian security agents. a country he has accused of state terrorism. five months ago, alexei navalny fell sick on an internal russian flight. in a coma, he was airlifted to berlin for urgent treatment. toxicology reports from germany, france and sweden confirmed the opposition activist had been poisoned by novichok nerve agent. last month, president putin
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dismissed accusations that the russian state was behind the attack on mr navalny. "if our agents had wanted to kill him", he said, "they'd have finished the job." but for weeks, the authorities here have been dropping not—so—subtle hints that mr navalny should stay away from russia. hints he decided to ignore when he left berlin. "as a citizen of russia", he says, "i have the absolute right to return home." he did come back to russia. but tonight, alexei navalny is not at home with his family. steve rosenberg, bbc news, moscow. there's been sharp criticism of the arrest. from the us, joe biden�*s incoming national security advisor, jake sullivan, called for mr navalny to be released, and the perpetrators be held accountable —
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signifying that the new us—russia relationship will be different to that under donald trump. and from europe, charles michel, the european council president, described mr navalny�*s detention as "unacceptable". the foreign ministers of france and italy have echoed calls for his immediate release. maria snegovaya is a russian specialist and non—resident fellow at the atlantic council. maria, thanks for being with us. it is probably not unexpected that alexei navalny would be detained when he landed back in russia but did you expect it to be so quick? to be honest, many analysts predicted something like that was going to happen. it has become clear over the last months, of course, especially after navalny was poisoned and then subsequently as the details of this poisoning became more obvious, that the kremlin will not tolerate marjorie taylor greene free, at the very least. —— will not tolerate navalny. it already
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reaches it three or 4% of russians. it is with internet only. if you combine that with stagnating economy and spreading fatigue from luton across russia's population, there certainly is a long—term challenge for the kremlin —— spreading fatigue of putin. mr a: ro spreading fatigue of putin. mr agro one now firmly in the —— mr navalny. the kremlin is in a difficult position because of in some ways, the kremlin has no good strategy.— in some ways, the kremlin has no good strategy. leaving him b is a big challenge _ no good strategy. leaving him b is a big challenge because - is a big challenge because there is an upcoming election where navalny will be there. if
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navalny is detained, that is a clear indication he is a threat to the kremlin and the kremlin is concerned for the from an international perspective, of course, that is going to be as ugly as what happened in august. one thing that the poison has certainly done is in the past you could argue that navalny was just one of russia's politicians who fought against multiple of russia's corrupt officials was the poisoning has elevated his status. as of now, it is fair to say there is only two politicians in russia. it is putin against navalny. the ultimate battle frankly will ultimately determine russia's future. ~ ., future. we mentioned the international _ future. we mentioned the | international condemnation there. does that bother president putin, particularly when it comes from the incoming us administration? that when it comes from the incoming us administration?— us administration? that is a great question. _ us administration? that is a great question. i _ us administration? that is a great question. i would - us administration? that is a great question. i would say| us administration? that is a l great question. i would say to some extent. the kremlin�*s regime has for a while become
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quite, has received quite a negative image on the international stage and navalny�*s poisoning and everything that was going on is just another information of the same. ultimately a lot will be dependent on biden�*s administration to what is going on with navalny right now. we know that the kremlin is concerned and ultimately the lifting of sanctions is one of the long—term goals for the kremlin. so in this instance, if biden�*s administration would be able to demonstrate that keeping the valley safe and free is one of the conditions under which some improvement of the us russia relations is possible, i think that is something the kremlin might be interested in.— interested in. maria from the atlantic council, _ interested in. maria from the atlantic council, thank - interested in. maria from the atlantic council, thank you i atlantic council, thank you very much. twitter has temporarily suspended the account of a us republican congresswoman. marjorie taylor greene — an ardent supporter of president trump. she'd repeatedly made false claims about election fraud
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in her state of georgia. let's get the latest from our north america correspondent, peter bowes. peter, thanks for being with us. the first open cure nonsupport in the us congress. how much responsibility to she and republicans like her take for what we have seen in recent weeks in the us? —— first open qanon supporter. there are plenty of americans who would say there is a significant amount of responsibility lying on the shoulders like this congresswoman and others. you have echoed _ congresswoman and others. you have echoed the _ congresswoman and others. 7m. have echoed the views of president trump, especially those claims that we have been hearing about for the last few weeks from mr trump that the election was stolen from him among his arguments with election officials and again, this is why twitter has taken this is why twitter has taken this action, not only against the president now a congresswoman again. she won't be found indefinitely, like the president has been —— she won't be banned indefinitely. but there is still a significant
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area of opinion in the republican party that goes along with what president trump has been saying. i think what it highlights is the challenge facing the republican party moving forward. as it tries to reconcile what has happened over the last few weeks and determine its future. does it try to purge trumpism and some of these more outlandish views from the party as it moves towards the next election in four years time? or will those opinions rise to the top to the opinions rise to the top to the opinions of the 71 million people that actually voted for president trump at the last election? how much will they count as the party moves forward?— forward? peter, it is inauguration - forward? peter, it is inauguration week. | forward? peter, it is. inauguration week. on wednesday, joe biden will become the 46 president of the united states was not at the same time, security has been increased. have they been the protests that were expected? no, they haven't, thankfully, been any violent protest so far
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this weekend. we are going towards the end of sunday here now and some of the more frightening predictions that have been made and certainly the fbi have been warning that they could be trouble in all 50 states as well as washington, dc, we simply haven't seen that. that might be a reflection of the huge amount of security we are seeing on the streets, not only in washington but major cities around the country. we expect thing like 25,000 members of the national guard to be patrolling washington on wednesday before that if well have inauguration. it may well hava something to change the
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mandatory. as you can see, workers are back out in the streets, preparing their traditional foods in the way they used to. they certainly were not doing this in january last year. the closer we get to the regional capital, apart from the sheer number of those on the streets now compared to this time last year, one thing you notice is a change
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of people's attitudes. there seems to be a feeling that the authorities now know how to control these coronavirus outbreaks when they come, and that does spur confidence. next stop, wuhan, home to the world's first coronavirus clusters. there's no doubt china's done well reining in the virus, but if you believe the propaganda, it's as if nowhere else at all has had any success. in the crucial early days of the outbreak, people were silenced here for trying to sound a warning, and we still don't know how the pandemic started.
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but after months of hardship, the city first struck by the coronavirus is now functioning pretty much as normal. and many around the world can only dream of returning to such a state. stephen mcdonell, bbc news, wuhan. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: a champion climber, paralysed in a car accident ten years ago, has scaled 250 metres of a hong kong skyscraper. donald trump is now the 45th president of the united states. he was sworn in before several hundred thousand people on the steps of capitol hill in washington. it's going to be only america first, america first.
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demonstrators waiting for mike gatting and his rebel cricket team were attacked with tear gas and set upon by police dogs. anti—apartheid campaigners say they will carry on the protests throughout the tour. they called him - the butcher of lyon. klaus altmann is being heldj on a fraud charge in bolivia. the west germans want i to extradite him for crimes committed in wartime france. there he was the gestapo chief klaus barbie. - millions came to bathe as close as possible to this spot, a tide of humanity that's believed by officials to have broken all records. this is bbc news, the latest headlines: russian police have detained the kremlin critic alexei navalny, who was nearly killed by nerve agent poisoning last year, as he lands back in moscow. twitter suspends the account of us republican congresswoman
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marjorie taylor greene for repeatedly making false claims about election fraud. the music producer phil spectre has died, while serving a prison sentence for murder. in 2009 he was found guilty of killing the actress lana clarkson six years earlier, at his house in california. during his career spectre was credited with transforming pop with his "wall of sound" recordings, working with acts such as the righteous brothers, and ike and tina turner and john lennon. this report from our arts correspondent david silitto. the final public chapter of phil spector�*s life was a court case. a conviction for murder. he appeared eccentric, troubled, lonely, a man mired in his own darkness. but what he leaves behind are some of the most joyous masterpieces in the history of pop. # he knew what he was doing when he caught my eye - # da—doo ron—ron—ron, da—doo ron—ron...# -
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# you've lost that lovin' feelin'...# # to love, love, love him and i do...# and this was his first hit. here he is on the right, aged 18. but there was always a darkness. this love song wasn't about a girl, it was about his dead father. it was not a happy childhood. it wasn't. i mean, when yourfather blows his head open, you know, it's not funny, and it leaves a scar on you. # so won't you say you love me...# . his signature was the wall of sound. it turned pop into a sonic torrent of heightened emotion. # every place we go...# # imagine no possessions...# john lennon, leonard cohen, tina turner, he produced them all. but there are also many stories of his erratic behaviour. he was abusive and controlling. excuse me, camera. he had a habit of threatening
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people with guns. aren't you lonely in this big house? must be very lonely. and then in 2003, he invited lana clarkson, an actress he had met at a club, to his home. a few hours later, she was found. she'd been shot dead. phil spectre was convicted of second—degree murder. his death from covid—related complications comes 11 years into his 19—year sentence. phil spectre said he wanted to turn pop into art. by the end, he had this to say: "trust me, you wouldn't want my life. "i have not been at peace." we can now speak to tom cridland who's the host of the greatest music of all time podcast, hejoins us from cambridge. tom, thanks for being with us.
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phil spectre was widely regarded for revolutionising the pop music world but he was a damaged and dangerous man, there was aggression towards women and even hints of that in his music as well, wasn't there? ., ., , , there? yeah, he was definitely a very complicated _ there? yeah, he was definitely a very complicated man - there? yeah, he was definitely a very complicated man and i a very complicated man and someone who deservedly spent the last years of his life in prison. i think the debate here really is, to what extent should we separate his transgressions as a man and the clear problems that he had from his art, which obviously was amazing. that is a debate that you could have with any number of artist, i think.— of artist, i think. some people may actively — of artist, i think. some people may actively switch _ of artist, i think. some people may actively switch off - of artist, i think. some people may actively switch off his - may actively switch off his records or avoid buying his records or avoid buying his records but he was actually behind much more music than many people might be aware of with yellow yeah, of course. i think the idea that records like, you were just playing imagined byjohn lenin they're. imagined byjohn lenin they're. i think the idea that that is
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going to disappearfrom i think the idea that that is going to disappear from the radio because it was produced by a man who, you know, was extremely troubled and murdered someone, you know, rightly or wrongly, it is not going to disappear. this is a guy who produced let it be, produced be my baby, it's right that we recognise his heinous crimes, for sure, recognise his heinous crimes, forsure, but recognise his heinous crimes, for sure, but at the end of the day there are many more artists than phil spectre that have committed wrongdoing and his art we continue to enjoy, so, at the same time i do have two say that if people feel very strongly that they don't want to listen to these records on account of phil spectre's crimes, then i think that is fair enough. it is probably down to each of us as individuals where we sit on this very difficult debate, really. this very difficult debate, reall . ., ., ., ., really. you mentioned drawing a line between _ really. you mentioned drawing a line between the _ really. you mentioned drawing a line between the artist - really. you mentioned drawing a line between the artist and - really. you mentioned drawing a line between the artist and the l line between the artist and the person. how should the music
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industry remember phil spectre? well, i guess, the music industry should do what each of us as individuals probably most reasonably would feel inclined to do which is to take him as a man and condemn him for his heinous crime of murdering lana clarkson, and remember her, but as a producer, i've personally think he was a great producer. i love has records withjohn lenin, the ronettes, ike and tina turner, the righteous brothers, the list goes on. it is not only a debate about phil spectre as a man that we could have. as a producer, his style, the wall of sound style wasn't everyone's tastes and indeed, he produced let it be and his version of let it be was with the huge wall of sound but paul mccartney wasn't really into
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the wall of sound and he reproduced let it be, cut out all out of phil spectre's orchestrations and stripped away all of that sound, so it wasn't to everyone's tastes. and long before he was convicted in 2003 for murdering lana clarkson, people were reporting all sorts of bizarre things that he did as a guy and it came out, i think, later on that he was violent towards women and all sorts of things, but it is one of those... women and all sorts of things, but it is one of those. . .- but it is one of those. .. tom, we're going — but it is one of those. .. tom, we're going to _ but it is one of those. .. tom, we're going to have _ but it is one of those. .. tom, we're going to have two - but it is one of those. .. tom, | we're going to have two leave at there. thanks so forjoining us. a professional paraplegic climber has become the first person in hong kong to climb more than 250 metres of a skyscraper, while strapped to a wheelchair. freya cole explains.
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from dizzying heights, lai chi—wai looks tiny, but in the grand scale of the situation, he has more strength than most. translation: i was quite scared, climbing up a mountain, i could hold onto rocks or little holes. but with glass, all i can really rely on is the rope that i'm hanging off. ten years ago, lai chi—wai was in a car accident which left him paralysed from the waist down. it ended his highly successful professional career as a climber as he knew it. but over time, he's overcome mental and physical barriers and now there is very little that will stop him. translation: i want to climb something higher| than lion rock mountain. i want the image of me climbing up in a wheelchair to become a reality, and it's always been a dream. lai chi—wai came so close to the top when he had to stop due to exhaustion.
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he raised almost $700,000 us for spinal cord patients, a huge contribution with a strong message to live life with no limits. freya cole, bbc news. winter in rome means starling season, when millions of the birds gather in the italian capital on their migration from europe, south to africa. their formations in the skies are beautiful — but their droppings create a hazard and city authorities are trying new methods to move them on. in the room twilight, nature's great dancers block to the stage. the acrobatic 12, like wisps of smoke. a synchronised
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spectacle of breathtaking beauty. the starlings migrate in winter, south to africa, nesting at night in central rome for warmth, flying in formation to avoid predators. aim of narration, it's called, and this city of art marvels at the show. but beneath their charm, rome is rotting. and it's a hell of a mess. in the cold light of day, the other side of these gorgeous birds is clear. and for those unlucky enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, it's not exactly slightly, it can be a safety hazard, and i can tell you that even with a mask, the stench is rancid. translation: i slipped on the droppings when it was muddy. the world has invented everything, just not
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bird underpants. invented everything, 'ust not bird underpants._ bird underpants. beside the ancient forum, _ bird underpants. beside the ancient forum, a _ bird underpants. beside the ancient forum, a new- bird underpants. beside the i ancient forum, a new attempt bird underpants. beside the - ancient forum, a new attempt to try to solve the problem. and that's it from us or the time being. stick with us on bbc news. much more to come. hello there. after the snow that some of us had last week, this week, the weather focus shifts to rain, enough rain in a few places over the next few days to give the very real risk of some flooding. now, having said that, monday morning is getting off to a decent start, a lot of dry weather around. one band of rain across the north coast of northern ireland, the far south of scotland. that will drift up towards the central belt. some wintry showers in northern scotland. eastern counties of england holding onto some brightness, but further west across england and wales as well, we'll see thickening clouds, some mist and hill fog and some outbreaks of rain through the afternoon. and as we go
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through monday night into the early hours of tuesday, that rain will spread across england and wales, becoming really heavy and persistent over high ground in north wales, northern england, some of that rain getting into northern ireland as well. very mild by the end of the night down towards the south, staying colder further north across scotland, but we'll also remain drier with just a few showers. but for tuesday, this procession of weather fronts is going to be working its way across the british isles, bringing some heavy and persistent rain. you can see where we're expecting the wettest of the weather. for a time across northern ireland, maybe into southern scotland, but certainly across northern england, wales. pretty wet across the south west as well, where it will also be pretty windy. further north, lighter winds across the northern half of scotland, some spells of sunshine, but it will be chilly across the northern half of the uk, whereas for the south, very mild indeed, 12—13 celsius. but i think it is the rain that gives most cause for concern. met office yellow warnings in force across all of england and wales through the middle part of the week. but there's an amber warning in force across parts of the south pennines and the peak district,
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and in this area, there is the potential certainly for some flooding and some travel disruption if you do need to make an essential journey through tuesday and indeed on into wednesday, because you can see the rain just keeps on coming, particularly across england and wales. northern ireland and scotland always a little bit drier, but maybe some snow mixing if the rain does get up into southern scotland, because there will be some colder air in place across the northern half of the uk. and as we move out of wednesday into thursday, as our rainmaker area of low pressure deepens and slides away eastwards, the winds will pick up. those winds will start to come from the north, so it will feel colder for the end of the week and snow could return.
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this is bbc news, the headlines: the russian opposition activist alexei navalny has returned to moscow, where he was detained when his flight landed. he'd spent five months in germany recovering from being poisoned with a nerve agent. the kremlin denies ordering the attack. mr navalny told reporters he was not afraid, before being led away. a republican congresswoman, and ardent supporter of president trump, has had her twitter account suspended for 12 hours. marjorie taylor greene has repeatedly made false claims about election fraud in her state, georgia — and has previously expressed support for the q-anon conspiracy group. the american music producer phil spectre, the creator of the wall of sound, has died. his records helped define the sound of the �*60s. but his legacy was marred by a murder conviction for killing an actress and he spent his final years injail. he was 81.
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