good afternoon. there have been more widespread protests in russia in support of the jailed opposition leader alexei navalny. more than 2,000 people have already been arrested according to monitoring groups. mr navalny was jailed on his return to russia after recovering from an attempt to kill him with a nerve agent. he is accused of not complying with a suspended sentence. with the latest, here's our correspondent andy moore. in st petersburg, the security forces cracked down hard on the
demonstrators. dozens were arrested here. thousands across the country. in vladivostok, the city square was closed off by the security forces, several protesters went out onto the frozen sea ice to continue the demonstration, there were arrests here, as across russia, but still people turned out to protest, knowing the risk they faced. translation: i was here last week, i came again today because i want alexei navalny today because i want alexei navalny to be released, i want the country to be released, i want the country to be released, i want the country to be free, i wanted be pleasant to live here. ., ., _, ., live here. either i have to come out now or be — live here. either i have to come out now or be afraid _ live here. either i have to come out now or be afraid the _ live here. either i have to come out now or be afraid the rest _ live here. either i have to come out now or be afraid the rest of- live here. either i have to come out now or be afraid the rest of my - now or be afraid the rest of my life. in my opinion, it's impossible to tolerate this. i do not know how people can bear this situation. it’s people can bear this situation. it's the second weekend running protesters had turned out to support the opposition leader alexei navalny, jailed on his return to russia after surviving an attempt to kill him with a nerve agent. before his freedom was taken away, he posted a video of £1 billion palace
are said to have been built for president putin with illicit money. the kremlin has denied that claim but the video was watched by more than 100 million people in a week. in cities across russia, they linked hands to protest, notjust young firebrands, but older women with their shopping bags and handbags. from east to west across the time zones, the protests continued. the toilet brush is now a symbol of protest, the ones that vladimir putin is a palace are said to cost more than £500 each. the crowds had been chanting down with the saw, the man they are referring to, president putin, will be watching these images but what will he make of them? and how will he try to stop further protests? andy moore, bbc news. the irish prime minister says the european union was �*blindsided' by its row with astra zenica about vaccine supplies when it triggered a provision in the brexit deal which could have seen checks at the irish border. the british government has reassured people there'll be no interruption in supplies of vaccines from the eu
in the wake of the row. here's our political correspondentjessica parker. years of painstaking work to keep this board are free and flowing between northern ireland and the republic. 0n between northern ireland and the republic. on friday night, the eu decided to temporarily override part of the brexit deal as it imposed controls on vaccine supplies. the backlash was immediate, the decision quickly reversed. so, what went wrong? mi; quickly reversed. so, what went wronu? g ., ., quickly reversed. so, what went wron? g ., ., , wrong? my observation is the terrible row, _ wrong? my observation is the terrible row, it's _ wrong? my observation is the terrible row, it's an _ wrong? my observation is the i terrible row, it's an acrimonious row between astrazeneca and the commission over the contractual obligations of the company in respect of supplying vaccines to european member states, took centre stage here. and people were blindsided by the decision that was taken and its implications. so questions for senior figures in questions for seniorfigures in
brussels about what is widely seen as a major misjudgment. the vaccine roll—out continues in the uk. confident about the programme, assured on supplies, ministers are even talking about possibly sharing vaccines with other countries in future. i vaccines with other countries in future. ., , . vaccines with other countries in future. ., ., . ., vaccines with other countries in future. ., ., ., future. i hope that once we do have those most — future. i hope that once we do have those most vulnerable _ future. i hope that once we do have those most vulnerable in _ future. i hope that once we do have those most vulnerable in britain - those most vulnerable in britain vaccinated, when we are on track with our vaccine programme, we will be able to look at helping the developing world and of course, our friends and neighbours because we need everybody to be protected, that's the way we are going to rip this disease.— that's the way we are going to rip this disease. ,., , , ., this disease. even some suggestion surlus this disease. even some suggestion surplus stocks _ this disease. even some suggestion surplus stocks could _ this disease. even some suggestion surplus stocks could be _ this disease. even some suggestion surplus stocks could be shared - this disease. even some suggestion j surplus stocks could be shared later this year while the roll—out continues in the uk. but warnings from health officials that any resulting relaxation of the rules will be slow. i resulting relaxation of the rules will be slow.— will be slow. i hope that this summer will _ will be slow. i hope that this summer will be _ will be slow. i hope that this summer will be similar - will be slow. i hope that this summer will be similar to i will be slow. i hope that this | summer will be similar to last summer, i hope we will be down to those sort of case numbers and that will allow us to be able to do things and feel more normal but i think we need to be very cautious on that. we do not want to have another
wave as we have had this winter. mil wave as we have had this winter. all those empty streets, the country in lockdown. it's hoped the vaccine can be a key part of the way out but clearly, the fight against covid has some way to run. jessica parker, bbc news. the governemnt has announced britain wants to join a trade partnership of 11 countries including australia and japan. the partnership is known as cpt—pp — it was only formed in 2018 but could offer tariff free trade with a host of countries in the pacific. 0ur global trade correspondent dharshini david is here. some people might say, why have we let the eu tojoin some people might say, why have we let the eu to join another big global trading blog? ﬁne let the eu to join another big global trading blog? globaltrading blog? one that is thousands of _ globaltrading blog? one that is thousands of miles _ globaltrading blog? one that is thousands of miles away, - globaltrading blog? one that is thousands of miles away, we'vej global trading blog? one that is - thousands of miles away, we've just shaken off the dust from the one next door and don't forget, this has got a far less catchy name than the eu and on top of that, germany buys as much of our exports as all those 11 nations put together. and when you consider we already have trade
links with seven of them, economists say the gain to businesses and consumers in the short run is very pretty lidded but the government says this, the first major move since brexit on the trade scene, is about the uk �*s future ambitions, about the uk �*s future ambitions, about growing those ties with the fastest growing markets and deepening our links when it comes to stuff like robotics and banking and advertising. we don't talk a lot about digital and services in general but those really are our strengths right now but the big prize would be if other big nations, for example, the us, joints, then we get an american trade deal almost by the back door and it creates a more powerful bloc but this is going to be a very long process, we are just at the start. we don't even know what the government wish list is in talks will have the start after we get those and who knows, on that we could have demands perhaps with catchy name? mil could have demands perhaps with catchy name?— could have demands perhaps with catchy name? the footballer, marcus rashford, has revealed he's been the target of racist abuse online. on twitter, the manchester
united forward said he was subjected to "humanity and social media at its worst" on saturday, after his side's goalless draw with arsenal. former england player ian wright says social media companies need to do more to tackle racist abuse online. i think as long as the powers that be will continue to let people like that feel like it's something they can do because it seems to be a fad now, black player plays poorly or they think they played poorly, and they come with all the emojis and whatever it is. there's ways of being able to catch people. i don't think they're vigilant enough, nowhere near. mps will debate the cladding crisis in parliament tomorrow as campaigners say, three and a half years on from the grenfell fire, people still living in flats with flammable cladding are being financially crippled by increased insurance costs. 0ne development in cheshire has seen its premiums rise by 11100 percent since its fire safety problems were discovered, as sarah corker reports. waterfront living on the banks
of the river mersey. this is the decks in runcorn. gail bought a two—bed apartment here ten years ago. 0ur lifelong dream, our own property. but since then, fire safety faults have been found in all six blocks, including dangerous cladding. and insurance bills have soared. rising from £34,000 a year to more than half a million pounds in just two years. and for gail, who works in retail, that means finding an extra £2000. well, i just cried. where are we supposed to find that kind of money? and if you can't find that money, what have you been told could happen? we're out. we will forfeit the apartment. it's so hard. i don't know what to do next. and it's notjust insurance costs, big repair bills are looming. you know, we are working class people.
we've appealed to the government, do the right thing. we are not responsible for this. seren park gardens was marketed as a green oasis is in south london. a decade on, green algae is taking root in the timber cladding which is also highly flammable. the block's insurance costs have soared from £123,000 to more than £650,000 a year. i don't understand why they can suddenly put up the prices. either they are unwilling to bear the risk which doesn't make sense because they have presumably borne the risk successfully in the past, either that, or they're just using this to profit dramatically. for some buildings, insurance costs have gone up by more than 1000%, how on earth can you justify that? the process of getting buildings fixed is far too slow, too many people are going to sleep at night in dangerous buildings and that's simply unacceptable. the high cost of insurance is a symptom of those problems.
this is clearly a very urgent situation but it's a very complex and multifaceted challenge. i think it's right we come up with the most comprehensive and effective solution before we start making those details public. but the longer it takes to get to grips with this safety crisis, the more money drains away from flat owners like leigh. sarah corker, bbc news. that's it from the lunchtime team. the next news on bbc one is at 5.35 — bye for now. good afternoon. the first of the day's premier league fixtures is under way. chelsea lead burnley
at stamford bridge thanks to a goal from cesar azpilicueta. there could be a lot of movement in the top four across the afternoon. leicester will go second if they beat leeds. if they slip up liverpool would move to third with a win at west ham or if they lose the hammers willjump above them. sixth placed spurs are at brighton later. it's so tight at the top, manchester city will be top by at least two points with a game in hand whatever happens. city could run they are in a good position with one game in hand. playing good football again, these kind of things, so i don't know. i don't know how many points there are still there to get. we will see that as well. what we see is it's a difficult season for all teams, may
apart from west ham and leicester looked pretty good as well. a lot of teams are good but we all have our ups and downs. teams are good but we all have our ups and downs-— ups and downs. that should be an interesting _ ups and downs. that should be an interesting afternoon. _ there are three matches in the women's super league today. champions chelsea are at home to tottenham. and are leading 2—0 thanks to this cracking strike from germany midfielder melanie leupolz and the second from denmark striker pernille harder. not great keeping there. these are live pictures from kingsmeadow. you can watch this on the bbc sport website. chelsea are top of the table on goal difference from manchester united, but have won their last eight and haven't lost a wsl game for two years. there was a dramatic ending to the copa libertadores final in rio dejaneiro as palmeiras beat fierce brazilian rivals santos 1—0 — with a late late winner a largely uneventful match looked destined
for extra time but in the fifth minute of injury time, the santos coach cuca was sent off for stopping a palmeiras throw in, that seemed harsh, when he appeared to bejust picking the ball up, that sparked a mellee. and when play resumed, palmeiras conjured the winner, a great cross headed home by substiture breno lopes. around 5,000 fans were inside the maracana by special invitation of sponsors and the clubs. so palmeiras could still celebrate only their second copa libertadores title, their first since 1999. and there was a surprise for their head coach abel ferreira after the celebrations had died down, his triumphant players invaded the press conference room as he addressed the media and dumped iced water all over him. he there'll be a lot of tennis going on over the next week
——there'll be a lot of tennis going on over the next week with the australian starting in eight days. the top players are all emerging from quarantine and taking part in various warm—up events. venus williams one of those to come through the first round of the yarra valley classic. she beat dutch player arantxa rus in straight sets — and looked on brilliant form. this is one of two wta events taking place at the same time at melbourne park to give all the players as much match practice as possible. let's stay in australia, because brisbane heat are a step closer to the big bash league final they were set 159 for victory by sydney thunder, they didn't get off to the best of starts at the manuka 0val in canberra with england'sjoe denly out for a duck. but an unbeaten 7a from sam heazlett got them past their target in the final over. they will now play the perth scorchers on thursday for a right to play the sydney sixers in next weeks final. paul casey has won the dubai desert classic to claim his first tour win since september 2019. the englishman finished four shots ahead of the south african brandon stone after a two—under
parfinal round. the four—time ryder cup player has now put himself very much in contention for a fifth call—up when europe face the united staes later this year. ——states later this year. that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. that's bbc.co.uk/sport. it's still 1—0 to chelsea as they look for their first win under their new manager. thank you. let's return to our main story this hour, and supporters in russia of the opposition leader alexei navalny are demonstrating across the country, in defiance of warnings by police not to join protests demanding his release. in the last few hours the team for the detained kremlin critric says that his wife yulia navalnaya, seen here accompanying her husband earlier this month before his most recent detention, has herself been arrested in moscow.
that's the second time in a few days that she has been arrested. there are a large number of arrests in moscow where demonstrators have come out in large numbers despite a heavy police presence in the capital. monitors say at least 1,000 people have been ——monitors say at least 2,000 people have been detained across the country. there are reports that demonstrators are marching towards the prison where navalny is being held. edward lucas is a russia specialist and author of the new cold war. he says it will be significant to watch out for how long the demonstrations continue throughout the country. vladimir putin and his kleptocratic cronies will be watching with some concern. the key question is whether the protests have momentum, if people who have turned up in these very cold conditions, facing the truncheons and other threats that the authorities level
against them, feel that there is more of us this week than last week and it's happening in more places, then there's a chance that the next demonstration is even better and we get this kind of battering ram effect which makes people inside the regime start thinking it's time for things to change. if the demonstrations are the same size as last week or even smaller, people start thinking this is quite risky or even that now isn't the time and they will tail off. that's what we've seen in belarus where there were tremendous pro—democracy protests in the summer and autumn but they fizzled out. we also saw it in khabarovsk in the russian far east, where there were protests against the kremlin but in the end they fizzled out too. that's a big question for putin and for the future of russia.
thousands of people have been asked to self—isolate in guernsey after a steep rise in coronavirus infections on the island. the number of cases has jumped from just eight to 186 in the past week. a dance festival is thought to be partly responsible. some of them linked to a dance festival last week. anyone who attended the event has been told to self—isolate. the island has recorded 186 infections in the past week, up from just eight. anyone attending a guernsey dance event before the recent covid—19 outbreak is also being asked to self—isolate. charlotte smart is a dance teacher who was involved in the festival. thank you forjoining us. what sort of festival was at hand how many people wear there? 50. of festival was at hand how many people wear there?— people wear there? so, it's a massive dance _ people wear there? so, it's a massive dance competition, l people wear there? so, it's a - massive dance competition, every child that dances on the island has the chance to be involved so it's hundreds and hundreds of children. with all the spectators involved its thousands of people that come
through the festival. it is a big competition to celebrate the different styles of dance. mas competition to celebrate the different styles of dance. was their social distancing? _ different styles of dance. was their social distancing? know, _ different styles of dance. was their social distancing? know, there - social distancing? know, there wasn't. before _ social distancing? know, there wasn't. before this _ social distancing? know, there wasn't. before this current - social distancing? know, there - wasn't. before this current lockdown we had no restrictions other than travel and we had no idea what was about to hit us. 50 travel and we had no idea what was about to hit us.— travel and we had no idea what was about to hit us. so guernsey has its own rules on _ about to hit us. so guernsey has its own rules on the _ about to hit us. so guernsey has its own rules on the various _ own rules on the various restrictions. at the time of the festival it was ok to do that? yes. festival it was ok to do that? yes, absolutely- _ festival it was ok to do that? yes, absolutely. the _ festival it was ok to do that? yes, absolutely. the only _ festival it was ok to do that? ye: absolutely. the only restriction we had on guernsey was the travel restrictions which obviously everyone has had here too. 0ther everyone has had here too. other than that we had no restrictions at all. in than that we had no restrictions at all. . ~ than that we had no restrictions at all. ., ~ ., ., , ., all. in the wake of that first of all, all. in the wake of that first of all. there _ all. in the wake of that first of all, there has _ all. in the wake of that first of all, there has been _ all. in the wake of that first of all, there has been a - all. in the wake of that first of all, there has been a big - all. in the wake of that first of. all, there has been a big increase in cases and do you think the festival is largely responsible for that? i festival is largely responsible for that? 4' festival is largely responsible for that? ~ �* , , festival is largely responsible for that? 4' �* , , ., that? i think it's been a combination _ that? i think it's been a combination of- that? i think it's been a combination of things. | that? i think it's been a i combination of things. it's inevitable it's going to spread
faster but a lot of people have come back negative so i don't think it is the only cause. back negative so i don't think it is the only cause-— the only cause. what is going on with ou the only cause. what is going on with you now— the only cause. what is going on with you now at _ the only cause. what is going on with you now at the _ the only cause. what is going on with you now at the moment? i the only cause. what is going on | with you now at the moment? i'm the only cause. what is going on - with you now at the moment? i'm self isolatin: with you now at the moment? i'm self isolating with — with you now at the moment? i'm self isolating with my _ with you now at the moment? i'm self isolating with my family, _ with you now at the moment? i'm self isolating with my family, as _ with you now at the moment? i'm self isolating with my family, as our - isolating with my family, as our every other person involved in the festival has to self—isolate. has every other person involved in the festival has to self-isolate.- festival has to self-isolate. has it been a bit — festival has to self-isolate. has it been a bit of _ festival has to self-isolate. has it been a bit of a _ festival has to self-isolate. has it been a bit of a shock— festival has to self-isolate. has it been a bit of a shock because - been a bit of a shock because guernsey has had very few cases, and has suddenly leapt to 200? it guernsey has had very few cases, and has suddenly leapt to 200?— has suddenly leapt to 200? it was very shocking _ has suddenly leapt to 200? it was very shocking because _ has suddenly leapt to 200? it was very shocking because we - has suddenly leapt to 200? it was very shocking because we were i has suddenly leapt to 200? it was very shocking because we were up has suddenly leapt to 200? it ms very shocking because we were up and ready to go for the last day of the dance festival and then we were told it wasn't going ahead. it was a big shock to the system but i'm so impressed with how quickly guernsey has reacted to it and everyone seems to be following all of the rules. good luck and thank you for talking to us.
a 13—year—old boy has been taken to hospital after being stabbed in an attack by four men in greater manchester last night. the attack took place in the car park of the asda supermarker in long—sight — south east of the city centre. ——in longsight — south east of the city centre. the boy was taken to hospital with serious injuries and is in a stable condition. four men — described as carrying large bladed weapons were said to be dressed in all black with hoods. police are appealing for information. environmental groups are calling on the government to review the hs2 rail project in the light of the pandemic. the high speed line was signed off by borisjohnson almost a year ago — before travel ground to a halt as covid hit the uk. construction is under way and the first phase between london and birmingham is due to open between 2029 and 2033. investigators from the world health organization have arrived at a seafood market in the chinese city of wuhan, where the coronavirus was first detected.
but some chinese diplomats and state media insist that the market is not the origin of the outbreak. 0ur china correspondent steve mcdonnell reports from wuhan. the markets of wuhan may have been the focus of today's field trips... ..but global coronavirus politics was never far away. at this enormous wholesale facility, the investigation team was given details of wuhan's frozen goods supply chain. sounds pretty bland, but the question of how long the virus can last on certain surfaces is becoming crucial to understanding its origins. for beijing, it's fundamental. you might expect the who team to come to a marketplace like this because, after all, one theory is that the coronavirus jumped from animals into humans atjust such a market. but, by putting the emphasis more on cold storage,
and examining how a virus could survive on, say, the surface of frozen fish, it is playing right into the narrative of the chinese communist party. the government has suggested that potentially that is how the virus entered china in the first place — therefore maybe it's not china's fault after all. what's hardly ever mentioned these days in the party's press is the possibility that china's crowded wildlife markets could provide the vehicle for diseases to jump species. yet the huanan market was the second site to be visited today. the who says 70% of early infections were in some way linked to the market where, pre—covid, you could buy chipmunks, foxes, raccoons, wild boar, hedgehogs, snakes, rats, crocodiles and badgers. it's highly symbolic that the who has come
to this market where we saw the first coronavirus clusters. precisely what they hope to gain from this visit we're not sure, because as you can see, we're not able to go in and observe their work. but one thing is for sure, they're not going to tell us in the next couple of weeks whether or not the coronavirus did in fact start here. this complicated investigation may take years. as for how it's going right now, it seems thumbs up for some aspects of the trip, thumbs down for others. shouts: how was the visit today? are you getting enough access, are you satisfied with the access you're getting? steven mcdonnell, bbc news, wuhan. from today the uk is introducing a visa system that will give millions of people from hong kong greater opportunities to live and work in the uk. it will also provide them with a route to british citizenship
but the chinese foreign ministry said it will no longer recognise the bno passport as a travel document. julian chan is from the organisation hong kongers in britain and has been highlighting his concerns. we are very concerned with the situation in hong kong of course now, which is leading to so many people trying to leave and the biggest reason for that is that many people from hong kong see the one country, two systems, which was promised, illegally binding treaty under the un, no longer properly functions. ——a legally binding treaty under the un, no longer properly functions. we see that promises have been broken. under the one country, two systems, hong kong was promised a freedom of speech, assembly, press and publication, but events which have been taking place since 2019 when i was there when most notably, the suppression of the large—scale peaceful demonstrations. the excessive force and brutality
used by the hong kong police and protesters and more lately, the imposition of the national security law without consulting hong kongers has effectively brought all the promised freedoms to an end. that's why it led to so many people leaving. amongst the key findings that we did, according to a policy study, that we conducted, 96% of our respondents consider hong kong no longer a safe and free home that they are used to living in after the passing of the national security law. you might think that playing video games isjust a hobby, but for many people it has also become a legitimate career choice. that's particularly the case for gamers who play live for an online audience — who make money through donations and advertising. fraser fletcher has been finding out more. so, why did you start streaming? i started out doing a jewellery business where i would make,
kind of, wee trinkets that were from games, and my boyfriend had mentioned to me about twitch and said, have you heard of this? like, you can stream games, you can make communities, you can meet like—minded people. i hadn't tried it before and ijust went straight ahead and streamed. as soon as i started streaming ijust kind of got hooked on it. it was, funnily enough, the pandemic. i was working part—time as, like, in retail. i basically left thatjob and from then on my main income has been from twitch. and did you expect it to become what it has? what were you expecting from it? no, like, i honestly, i think that's the thing, i kind of did go in without any major expectations. it was more to something to try. yeah, i was really interested to see where it could take me. and, yeah, it's taken me pretty far, which i'm grateful. i'm still doing it nine, ten months later, which is absolutely phenomenal. and i cannae believe it. so, during the pandemic,
did you find that more people were coming to your streaming app because they were at home? 100%. i went, this is my chance just to stream, stream, stream, stream, and get people watching me. when people have been working from home and they've maybe had a bit more leeway to... that was a great shot! they've got a bit more leeway to hang out with you, it's definitely made it a lot easier on me as a streamer because sometimes you worry that, oh, i can only stream at this time of day, what if nobody shows up? what if everyone is busy? what if everyone is watching other people? i feel like the community has actually expanded as a result. did you say you've got a flat since doing twitch as well? yeah, so, i managed to save quite a fair bit of money. in fact, where i am at the moment is absolutely astonishing. what's the best part about it? the community aspect of it is by far my favourite thing, personally. ijust thought you were sat in front of a camera, you never really got any connections, you are just a face of the screen.
but you form proper connections with people. i will tell you that i've made so many friends on the platform and that isn't something that i was necessarily expecting either. ijust love gaming and talking about it and all sorts. so, if i can have a career out of that, then i'm all for it. now it's time for a look at the weather with chris fawkes. hello. it's been a beautiful start to the day. a fine sunrise, particularly so across parts of eastern england. this was how things looked earlier on in cambridgeshire. quite a fiery sky here. the cloud illuminated from this weather front, as it's been approaching from the west. on that front again bumping into some colder air, will see some rain across western areas, turning to snow for a time across the hills of wales and also across the higher ground in northern ireland, particularly around the sperrins of county down and county tyrone. rain will continue into south—east england this afternoon, turning wet here.
there will probably be a spell of sleet over the salisbury plain. this evening, we might even see a few flakes of snow across the cotswolds and chilterns, but not really amounting to much. the best of the sunshine further northwards. 0vernight tonight, again it turns cold and frosty with the risk of some icy patches around, particularly in northern scotland where we will continue to see a few showers running in to these frozen surfaces. that's your weather. hello this is bbc news. the headlines... reports that more than 2,000 arrests across russia — as protects take place in support ofjailed opposition leader alexei navalny. his team say his wife, yulia, has been detained in moscow. uk international trade secretary, liz truss, tries to dampen the row over vaccine nationalism — saying she wants to help other