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this is bbc news. my name is mike embley. our top stories: golfing legend tiger woods crashes his car in los angeles. he's undergoing emergency surgery for multiple injuries. the interior was more or less intact, which kind of gave him the cushion to survive what otherwise would have been a fatal crash. us security officials in charge of defending the us capitol during last month's riot blame intelligence failures. these criminals came prepared for war, they came with their own radio system to co—ordinate the attack, and climbing gear and other equipment to defeat the capitol�*s security features. i am sickened by what i witnessed that day. and anger outside georgia's government buildings after the arrest of the opposition leader, nika melia.
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welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the american golfer tiger woods has been undergoing emergency surgery on his legs after being involved in a serious car accident in los angeles. the la county sheriff said tiger woods�* car had hit a central reservation and ended up several hundred feet from the road. police say he had been travelling at greater than normal speed. paul hawkins reports. this was the scene that greeted paramedics and firefighters on tuesday morning. tiger woods pulled from the wreckage of his car, conscious but with multiple leg injuries. there was no evidence of impairment. the vehicle travelled several hundred feet from the centre divider at the intersection and rested on the west side of the road, in the brush. it sustained major damage, the vehicle, you've seen
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all the images of that. 2a hours earlier, the 35 year—old was playing golf with former nba star, dwayne wade. —— 2a hours earlier, the 45 year—old was playing golf with former nba star, dwayne wade. good. i'm not good. we're getting better. we're getting better, so everybody be on the lookout. i got some lessons today from what i think is the goat, tiger woods. thank you, brother. appreciate it. by "goat", he means greatest of all time, and few would argue with that — notjust in golf, but sport as a whole. think mohammed ali, michaeljordan or lionel messi — a man of colour in a largely white sport. the first black winner of the us masters in 1997 and its youngest at 21, he dominated the sport for the next decade, becoming an icon and a role model. i'm tiger woods. i am tiger woods. but in 2009, he was involved in a car crash, which eventually led to admissions of
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infidelity and the breakdown of his marriage. i had affairs, i cheated. what i did is not acceptable, and i am the only person to blame. he sought rehab for sex addiction. his career nosedived, not helped by ongoing back injuries which eventually required four operations. in 2017, he pleaded guilty to reckless driving, after he was found asleep at the wheel of his car. he had five prescription drugs in his system, from spinal fusion surgery. there were times when i physically didn't know if i could get out of bed. over the next two years, the rehabilitation of his back and his career culminated in winning the masters in 2019. it ended an 11—year wait for a major title, his 15th. 0nlyjack nicholas had won more, with 18. tiger woods has been written off before, but he defied the odds. after this latest incident, this comeback could be his greatest. paul hawkins, bbc news.
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0ur correspondent sophie long has arrived at the hospital where tiger is being treated. we don't yet know the exact extent of tiger woods's injuries. he has been undergoing surgery to both his legs at the ucla medical centre behind me. we need to see how his recovery is going. it was just after 7am on tuesday morning when paramedics and firefighters pulled him from the window of his severely damaged suv, which is thought flipped and turned over several times before crashing. he was said to be conscious when he was pulled from the wreckage unlucky to be his injuries are now not want to be life—threatening. they could be career threatening, though, for the legendary golfer who was already recuperating from his fifth back surgery. this could be the greatest challenge that tiger woods has ever faced. sophie long for us there.
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0ur correspondent in los angeles, david willis, told us more of the detail. 0fficials here, mike, are saying that tiger woods is very lucky to be alive. he is luxury hyundai suv crossed into the central reservation, obliterating a sign there. it then hit a curb and a tree, before rolling over several times, and leaving him several hundred feet from the road, and they are saying that speed may well have been a factor in this accident. these are winding roads with picturesque coastal views but people apparently do tend to take them at quite a high clip and it does appear that may have been something that tiger woods was doing today. now, they are saying he's suffering serious leg injuries, but the los angeles times is reporting that those injuries include a shattered ankle and to leg fractures, one of them a compound fracture. tiger woods was able to converse with rescue workers. when they reached him he was conscious at the time
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but he is, as i say, in a serious but stable condition officially tonight here in los angeles with hospital officials giving no update on his condition. i think authorities are saying there is no evidence he was impaired but there are bound to be questions though about someone with his history, leaving a hotel early in the morning at greater—than—normal speed. that's right. this is a man who's been involved in a number of car accidents over the years, of course. most notably back in 2009 when he was basically found asleep in his car. that led to allegations of marital infidelity. there were similar allegations in 2017. he said that he had been taking a prescription painkiller, vicodin, and that is why he had fallen asleep behind the wheel
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but it doesn seem to be something of a pattern. and tiger woods had said as recently as this last weekend that he was hoping, having gone through surgery for the fifth time only a few weeks ago, hoping to be back in action in time for the masters tournament in augusta, georgia, in just seven weeks time. that now seems extremely unlikely, mike. the bbc�*s david willis in la. let's get some of the day's other news. police in ecuador say they are working to control an outbreak of rioting in three differentjails in which at least 75 prisoners have died. almost a0 of the deaths have occurred in the maximum security section of the prison in the city of cuenca. president lenin moreno said the violence was gang—related and organised within the prisons. the supreme court in nepal has overturned the prime minister's
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decision to dissolve parliament in december. a constitutional bench ordered the authorities to reconvene the house of representatives within 13 days. the verdict is a major setback for prime minister kp sharma 0li, who had wanted to call early elections. his rivals described the move as unconstitutional. the decision provoked major protests. the french actor gerard depardieu has been put under formal investigation for alleged rape and sexual assault of a young actress. according to the paris prosecutor's office the charges date back to 2018. the 70—year—old has always denied the charges. queen elizabeth's husband, the duke of edinburgh, is being treated for an undisclosed infection, but is, according to his son prince edward, a lot better. prince philip, who's 99, is set to spend several more days under observation, after being admitted to hospital a week ago when he felt unwell. two us senate committees
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investigating the storming of the capitol building in washington, dc on 6january have been told that intelligence failures contributed to the breach. lawmakers have begun trying to get to the bottom of what happened. this is what the former serjeant—at—arms of the house of representatives said about the intelligence reports he'd received in the days leading up to the riot. safety was always paramount when making security plans forjanuary 6th. we did discuss whether the intelligence warranted having troops at the capitol. that was the issue, and the collective judgement at that time was no, the intelligence did not warrant that. if the chief or any other security leader had expressed doubt about our readiness without the national guard, i would not have hesitated to request them. the us capitol police chief echoed that, blaming federal law enforcement and the defence department for intelligence failures ahead of the riot. as recent as tuesday, january 5th, during a meeting i hosted with my executive
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team, the capitol police board, and a dozen of the top law enforcement and military officials from dc, no entity, including the fbi, provided any new intelligence regarding january 6th. it should be also noted that the secretary of homeland security did not issue an elevated or imminent alert in reference to the events at the united states capitol on january 6th. we properly planned for a mass demonstration, with possible violence — what we got was a military—style co—ordinated assault on my officers and a violent takeover of the capitol building. earlier, i spoke to thomas kean, former chair of the 9/11 commission, about what lessons could be learned from that process and lawmakers investigate what went wrong on 6 january. i think they have a lot. and one big lesson is i don't think congress can do it. the partisanship, the lack of staff, the lack of time — this really needs to be investigated thoroughly. we need answers. any time a democracy has its capital invaded successfully, then we have to know why and how and not only what happened, but something where we can make recommendations so it
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will never ever happen again. and yet i suppose we are where we are. it looks as though congress is going to have to do it. no, some have recommended, and nancy pelosi, the speaker of the house, has agreed that we really need an independent commission, very much like our commission in 9/11, that can really be independent, it can be bipartisan, they can ask for the facts without fear or favour, citizens who aren't running for anything, and get to the bottom that way. we did that once on 9/11 — it was successful. 0ur report is still used as a textbook, our 41 recommendations — a0 of them have been adopted by the united states congress. so we were successful and we can be successful again but i think we need that kind of commission. what chance do you think of even an independent commission reaching conclusions that everyone will believe, that everyone will accept? clearly the country has been more divided in the past,
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before the civil war, but it is particularly divided at the moment. well, it all depends on the people, as it always does. you have to appoint the right people. when i was appointed chairman of the 9/11 commission, my vice chairman, the two of us had a record of working across the aisle, we had a record working in bipartisan solutions, none of us were ever running for anything in theirfutures, we had no ambition. we are a big country, there are a lot of good people out there. not only former congressmen but members of the 0bama administration, members of the bush administration, formerjudges, governors or ex—governors. a number of people out there who would be glad to serve the country once again. the important thing is that when you pick members of a commission like this, they have bipartisan records, lessons of integrity, people who put the country before the party and, if we do that again, i think we will get the kind of solution and the kind of investigation the country needs and merits.
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yet, there are millions of people depending on who they talk to, where they get their news, who believe the election was rigged by widespread fraud, that this was not really a violent attempt to overturn a democratic process — that there wasn't a democratic process. many people even believe this was a false flag operation by the extreme left. what chance of convincing those millions of people? the reason you have those people out there is because you have not had... ..this is a problem with democracies right now. i do not know if you can have a real democracy you do not have an accepted news source and we do not right 110w. without that, even more so we need an independent commission to investigate. people who will be recognised for the integrity and their background, and the fact they have no political ambition themselves, that is the only commission that has a chance in the kind of atmosphere
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you have just described. and people who have that kind of reckoning, who are respected where they come from, i think can do the job as we were able to do thejob in 9/11 and a job that was successful. you are sounding very optimistic. with your realist hat on, do you think it will happen? we got very strong support from nancy pelosi, the speaker of the house, and she wants it done. some other other leaders have said they want to look at it and they're debating right now what kind of a commission. you need to make a couple of things clear. if you do this, one is it has to be bipartisan, without a question. it has to have subpoena power, so you can ask people who don't want to come answer questions, you can compel them to do so. and it has to have the money and resources to do the job. and then it is up to the people. and you have to appoint the right people. if you are not going to appoint good and decent people who are bipartisan, and put the nation first, then do not do this. if you appoint the right people, you can have a success that is going to be very
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important to our democracy. un human rights experts have called on the united states to investigate alleged torture and other ill—treatment at the guantanamo bay detention centre. 20 years after the 9/11 attacks, the facility still holds about forty foreign inmates suspected of terrorism. the experts said many were vulnerable and now elderly — physically and mentally damaged by the unending deprivation of freedom. the group also called on the united states to ensure an independent and impartial investigation of all credible allegations of abuse, including extraordinary rendition, torture, secret detention, and unfair trial proceedings. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: let the games commence. tokyo says the delayed olympics will open this summer.
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prince charles has chosen his bride. the prince proposed to lady diana spencer three weeks ago. she accepted, she says, without hesitation. as revolutions go, this had its fair share of bullets. a climax in the night outside the gates of mr marcos�* sanctuary malaca nang — the name itself symbolising one of the cruellest regimes of modern asia. the world's first clone has been produced of an adult mammal. scientists in scotland have produced a sheep called dolly using a cell from another sheep. warren beatty and faye dunaway announced to the world - that the winner of best film was la la land. . the only trouble was it wasn't. the mistake was only put right in the middle of gushing - speeches by the team - behind the modern musical. not for 20 years have locusts been seen in such numbers in this part of africa. some of the swarms have been ten miles long. this is the last time the public will see this pope. very soon, for the sake of the credibility and authority of the next pope, benedict xvi
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will, in his own words, be hidden from the world for the rest of his life. this is bbc world news, the latest headlines: golfing legend tiger woods is undergoing emergency surgery for multiple injuries after a serious car accident in los angeles. top us officials testify — as they try to explain the law enforcement failures which led to the deadly riots in the capitol. let's turn to georgia in eastern europe now, where the opposition has demanded the release of the country's leading opposition politician, forcefully arrested on tuesday. the authorities have described nika melia as a criminal while western diplomats have criticised his arrest as a backward step on georgia's path towards democracy. the bbc�*s rayhan demytrie sent this report from the capital tbilisi. at dawn on tuesday, police surrounded the offices of georgia's main opposition party, united national movement.
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they forced their way into arrest its leader, nika melia... shouting. ..who had been seeking shelter inside the party headquarters for the past seven days. crowds gathered in central tbilisi to protest the arrest of mr melia. charges against the opposition politician relate to his role in anti—government protests two years ago. last week, parliament stripped him of his political immunity and an arrest warrant was issued. but an unexpected decision by prime minister giorgi gakharia to resign over the matter had temporarily put mr melia's arrest on hold. the resignation of the country's prime minister last week, he said was aimed at easing tensions in the country, however, the decision by his successor to push ahead with this arrest may have made things worse.
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the new prime minister praised the police for carrying out the special operation. translation: nika melia is a criminal. | he has previous convictions. this is the second case in connection with which the police arrested him as a result of a highly professional special operation. the arrest of nika melia comes at a time of deepening political crisis. georgia's opposition is boycotting the parliament in protest against last year's election which they say was fraudulent. the country's international partners have urged dialogue. the keywords for today more than ever is about de—escalation and about coming back to negotiations, trying to diffuse the current tensions which we find very concerning. the opposition has pledged to return to the streets until their leader is released
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and the government agrees to hold fresh elections. rayhan demytrie, bbc news, tbilisi. one of the three men accused of murdering the maltese journalist daphne caruana galizia has been sentenced to 15 years in jail, after suddenly changing his plea to guilty. vincent muscat admitted involvement in the car bombing which killed the investigative reporter. a prominent maltese businessman, yorgen fenech, is currently awaiting trial for planning the assassination. russell trott reports. her determination to shine a light on the world of the rich and powerful in malta made her name as a pioneering journalist, but also cost dafny caruana galizia for life. 13 years after pursuing the corrupt brought accolades and also enemies was up vincent muscat changed his plea and
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finally admitted he was part of a plot to assassinate her. two other men are on trial. figs a plot to assassinate her. two other men are on trial.- other men are on trial. as a result of — other men are on trial. as a result of vincent _ other men are on trial. as a result of vincent bon - other men are on trial. as a | result of vincent bon scott's admission, the police could now rearrest three people —— vincent muscat. —— three people who detonated the bomb that killed stephanie caruana killed stephanie ca ruana galizia. killed stephanie caruana galizia. —— dafny. we need to see the institutions get busy dealing with this. —— daphne caruana galizia. dealing with this. -- daphne caruana galizia.— dealing with this. -- daphne caruana galizia. the shock and anuer caruana galizia. the shock and anger surrounding _ caruana galizia. the shock and anger surrounding her - anger surrounding her assassination in a car bombing in the north of the country in 2017 was felled beyond the shores of this small mediterranean island. it's prime ministerjoseph muscat, no relation, resigned after an investigation implicated his close associates in the murder. a multimillionaire businessman yorgen fenech who was detained on his luxury yacht, continues to deny he was involved in her death. ms daphne caruana galizia's family wants a public
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enquiry, hitting out at what they called malta's mafia state, saying she had been killed because she stood between the rule of law and those who sought to violate it. russell trott, bbc news. japan's newly appointed 0lympic chief says tokyo is pressing ahead with plans to open the delayed 0lympics onjuly 23rd. seiko hashimoto says she believes the games can be held safely despite the ongoing covid pandemic. but questions remain, such as whether spectators will be allowed into the stadiums and whether foreigners be able to travel to japan. from tokyo, rupert wingfield—hayes reports. south sudan anthem plays. lucia and atkin are a very long way from home. the south sudan olympic team arrived here in japan long before any of us had heard of covid—19. for a year and a half, they've been stuck here, training and hoping — hoping that the olympics will happen.
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for this year, i hope 0lympic to be held because we are waiting for it for so long, one year and something, and we are farfrom ourfamily so we hope that it will be held onjuly. the good news is that despitejust losing its controversial chief, the tokyo olympic committee is adamant rumours the games will be cancelled are not true. no—one has ever discussed such options among us. ioc, ipc tokyo 2020, the national tokyo government, all the municipalities, all of us are absolutely focused on delivering the games this summer. so, it really does seem that the japanese government and the olympic committee are now determined to go ahead with the olympics in some form this year, almost regardless of what happens now with the covid pandemic.
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the problem for them is that many, many experts and the overwhelming majority of the japanese public think that is a very bad idea. translation: i don't think so. covid is farfrom over and preparation to stop infection is not complete. translation: i don't think it's possible - to hold olympics this year. we don't know when the pandemic will end. i don't think it is manageable. there is record reports about the variant - on top of that, vaccinel roll—out will be delayed substantially injapan, all of which will lead l to a kind of suggestion that olympics will be really, - really challenging. over here is the corona area. this is the front line injapan�*s war against covid. last month, this unit was overflowing with very sick patients as japan was hit
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by a third wave of the virus. dr fujitani is now worried a new strain entering japan from abroad could unleash a fourth wave. at this time, we don't know enough about this, that the new vaccination really works for new strains. and if there is no evidence before starting the olympics, if new strains come to japan, it could really be disastrous. the key now to hosting the olympics should be vaccinations, but even the staff in this covid unit don't know when they will get their first shot. meanwhile, the rest ofjapan is being told it will have to wait until april or even may for mass vaccinations to begin. rupert wingfield—hayes, bbc news, in tokyo. there is more on that and all
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the news, national and international, any time, on the bbc news website, also on our twitter feeds. bbc news website, also on our twitterfeeds. thank bbc news website, also on our twitter feeds. thank you very much for watching. hello there. wednesday is set to be an exceptionally mild day, particularly where you get to see a little bit of brightness, but even if you keep cloud and outbreaks of rain. that was the picture in the scottish borders during tuesday. there's more rain to come on wednesday courtesy of this pipeline of cloud ploughing in from the southwest. first part of the day still brings met office amber warnings in force for parts of central and southern scotland. rain also affecting north—west england and wales. some patchy rain elsewhere. a few clear breaks, too, but a very mild start to the day. quite a windy start as well, although the winds will be easing just a little as we go through the day. we'll see those outbreaks of rain continuing across parts of northwest england, parts of northwest wales, heading into southern and central scotland. a little bit brighter for parts of northern ireland and certainly the north of scotland, some sunny spells
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here, and where it stays dry and fairly bright with hazy sunshine for central and eastern parts of england, temperatures will get all the way up to 15, 16 or 17 degrees. as we head through wednesday night into thursday, this band of cloud and increasingly light and patchy rain will sink southeastward across england and wales. clearer skies behind with some showers. 0vernight lows between five and ten degrees. as this weather front lingers in the southeast corner during thursday, it will continue to bring cloud and some outbreaks of rain. but for the most part, thursday, actually, not a bad looking day — some good spells of sunshine. the winds will be a little lighter, particularly down towards the south. still quite breezy further north where there will be some showers, which mayjoin together into slightly longer spells of rain across northern scotland at times. temperatures down a little bit on wednesday's values, but still above where they should be at this time of year. into friday, there could be fog patches around first thing, particularly for central and southern parts of the uk. the odd spot of rain just skipping across the far north of scotland,
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but otherwise, a dry day. that early fog lifting to leave some spells of sunshine, and top temperatures between ten and 12 degrees. then, as we head into the weekend, high pressure will be firmly in charge of the weather. frontal systems maybe just grazing close to northern scotland, perhaps northern ireland, giving a little bit of rain here, but generally, the weekend will be drier with lighter winds. the nights, though, will be quite chilly, and that could lead to some patches of fog.
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this is bbc news, the headlines: the american golfing legend tiger woods has been involved in a car accident in los angeles. he suffered multiple injuries to both legs and has been having emergency surgery. the la county sheriffs as the car hit a central reservation and ended up several hundred feet from the road. # sheriff says. two committees of the us senate are investigating last month's deadly rights at the capitol building by supporters of donald trump. police and security officials blamed failures in collecting intelligence leading up to six of january. intelligence leading up to six ofjanuary. there has been conflicting testimony as to weather the national guard was requested. protesters have taken requested. protesters have ta ken to requested. protesters have taken to the streets of the georgian capital, tblisi, demanding the release of the leading opposition politician forcibly arrested on tuesday. authorities have described him as a criminal. western diplomats have criticised his arrest as a backward step on georgia's path to democracy.
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