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this is bbc news. i'm sally bundock, with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. golfing legend tiger woods crashes his car in los angeles. he undergoes emergency surgery for a shattered ankle and compound leg fractures. 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. anger outside georgia's government buildings after the arrest of the opposition leader, nika melia. and let the games commence: tokyo says the delayed olympics will open this summer.
hello, and welcome. the american golfer, tiger woods, is recovering from emergency surgery after being involved in a serious car accident in los angeles. officials say he suffered a shattered ankle and compound leg fractures. 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. sophie long reports from los angeles. is anyone trapped in the vehicle or as the vehicle on fire? .,
vehicle or as the vehicle on fire?- the _ vehicle or as the vehicle on fire? ma. the emergency call fire? no. the emergency call came just — fire? no. the emergency call came just after _ fire? no. the emergency call came just after seven on tuesday camejust after seven on tuesday morning. golf legend's suv had been travelling at speed before it flipped and rolled multiple times, sustaining extensive damage. m0 sustaining extensive damage. fir? skidmarks, no breaking, so apparently the first contact was with the centre median and from there it crossed into the opposing lane of traffic, hit the curb, hit a tree, and there were several rollovers during the process. were several rollovers during the process-_ were several rollovers during the prome— were several rollovers during the process. the sporting icon was pulled — the process. the sporting icon was pulled from _ the process. the sporting icon was pulled from the _ the process. the sporting icon| was pulled from the wreckage, conscious, and authorities say, lucky to be alive. i conscious, and authorities say, lucky to be alive.— lucky to be alive. i made contact _ lucky to be alive. i made contact with _ lucky to be alive. i made contact with him - lucky to be alive. i made contact with him and - lucky to be alive. i made contact with him and i i lucky to be alive. i made - contact with him and i ensured that he was able to speak to me. at that time he seemed as though he was still time and lucid. , ., ., . . lucid. news of the accident sent shock _ lucid. news of the accident sent shock waves - lucid. news of the accident sent shock waves through l lucid. news of the accident i sent shock waves through the world of sport and beyond. sick to my stomach. _ world of sport and beyond. sick to my stomach. you _ world of sport and beyond. s ta: to my stomach. you know, it hurts to see one of your, now one of my closest friends, get in an accident, and man, ijust
hope he's all right. in an accident, and man, i 'ust hope he's all righti hope he's all right. tiger woods has _ hope he's all right. tiger woods has inspired - hope he's all right. tiger woods has inspired generations. i'm tiger woods. i woods has inspired generations. i'm tiger woods.— i'm tiger woods. i am tiger woods. i'm tiger woods. i am tiger woods- his _ i'm tiger woods. i am tiger woods. his story _ i'm tiger woods. i am tiger woods. his story one - i'm tiger woods. i am tiger woods. his story one of - i'm tiger woods. i am tigeri woods. his story one of the most compelling _ woods. his story one of the most compelling in - woods. his story one of the most compelling in the - woods. his story one of the i most compelling in the history of professional golf. a cultural icon who overcame huge challenges in his professional and personal life. he reached the peak of his comebackjust two years ago when i arrived at augusta —— he triumphed at augusta, a fifth masters victory that reverberated way beyond sport. his injuries, while serious my not to be life—threatening. they could be career threatening, though, for the legendary golfer, already recuperating from history back surgery. we now could be the greatest challenge he has ever faced. sophie long, miss inews, los angeles. we can cross live to los angeles and our correspondent there, david willis. david, what more are you hearing about his surgery and how it has gone?— how it has gone? well, the official word _ how it has gone? well, the official word is _ how it has gone? well, the official word is that - how it has gone? well, the official word is that he - how it has gone? well, the official word is that he has| official word is that he has suffered injuries to both of
his legs, sally, but the los angeles times is reporting that those injuries include a shattered ankle and two leg fractures, one of them a compound fracture. now, tiger woods had to be cut from the wreckage of that luxury suv. he was extract from it through the shattered windscreen, and he was said to be able to conversed with rescuers at the time, but was then taken to a nearby trauma centre where doctors have been remarkably tightlipped about his precise condition now. the only word formally is that he has suffered serious injuries to both legs. suffered serious in'uries to both lash suffered serious in'uries to both les. ,, ., , , ., both legs. serious in'uries to his legs. * both legs. serious in'uries to his legs. but h both legs. serious injuries to his legs, but thankfully - both legs. serious injuries to his legs, but thankfully no i his legs, but thankfully no injuries to vital internal organs above the waist, as far as we are aware, and many say he is lucky to be alive?-
he is lucky to be alive? yes, that is very _ he is lucky to be alive? yes, that is very much _ he is lucky to be alive? yes, that is very much the - he is lucky to be alive? yes, that is very much the case, | he is lucky to be alive? yes, i that is very much the case, i think. his suv basically careered across the oncoming carriageway, it intends demolished a sign and then clipped the curb a tree before turning over several times and ending up several hundred feet away from the road. and the first man on the scene, as far as the rescue team were concerned, set out a press conference that he thought it was a miracle that tiger woods had survived this accident. he said, where he in an inferior vehicle, and not been wearing a seatbelt, but it could have been a completely different outcome. been a completely different outcome-— been a completely different outcome. . , outcome. david willis with the very latest _ outcome. david willis with the very latest that. _ outcome. david willis with the very latest that. later - outcome. david willis with the very latest that. later in - outcome. david willis with the very latest that. later in this l very latest that. later in this programme will be talking about the prospects after tiger woods going forward, and his career. and i will be speaking to the founder of global golf about that. that's late in this programme. the storming of the us capitol
last month shocked america and the world. lawmakers have begun trying to get to the bottom of what happened at a senate hearing. among those tesitfying are two of the top security officials who were at the capitol that day. this is what the former sergeant—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 defense department for intelligence failures ahead of the riot.
as recent as tuesday, january 5th, during a meeting i hosted with my executive 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. a number of us lawmakers have been calling for a 9/ii—style commission into the events of january 6th. tom kean served as chair of the 9/11 commission, and says such an investigation could rise above partisan politics. 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. we are a big country, there are a lot of good people out there. not only former congressmen but members of the obama 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. 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 kwenka. president lenin moreno said the violence was gang—related and organised
within the prisons. 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 a0 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 american writer lawrence ferlinghetti has died at the age of 101. he was the last survivor of the beat poets of the 1950s and also founded one of the best—known bookshops in america, city lights in san francisco. ferlinghetti often insisted he wasn't really a beat poet, but he published beat works, including allen ginsburg's howl. queen elizabeth's husband, the duke of edinburgh, one of the three men accused of murdering the maltese journalist daphne caruana galizia has been sentenced to 15 years injail 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 shadowy world of rich and powerful in malta made her name as a pioneering journalist, but also cost daphne caruana galizia her life. 30 years pursuing the corrupt brought accolades and also enemies. a vincent muscat changed his plea and finally admitted he was part of a plot to assassinate her. two other men are on trial. has to assassinate her. two other men are on trial.— men are on trial. as a result of vincent — men are on trial. as a result of vincent muscat's - men are on trial. as a result i of vincent muscat's admission, the police could now rearrest three people, who supplied the bomb that killed her. this
would be a breakthrough in the fight against organised crime, but we still need to see the institutions get dizzy dealing with this. , ~ ., ., with this. the shock and anger surrounding — with this. the shock and anger surrounding her _ with this. the shock and anger surrounding her assassination | surrounding her assassination in a car bombing in a remote village in the north of the country in 2017 was felt beyond the shores of the small mediterranean island. its prime minister, joseph 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. daphne caruana galizia's family want a public enquiry, hitting out at what they cold malta's mafia state, saying that she had been killed because she stood between the rule of law and those who sought to violate it. russell trott, bbc news. stay with us on bbc news. still to come, they're amongst the planets most endangered
animals — the orangutans released back into the wild in indonesia, by helicopter. 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 malacanang — 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. i 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 will, in his own words, be hidden from the world for the rest of his life. this is bbc news, our main story this hour: golfing legend tiger woods crashes his car in los angeles. he undergoes emergency surgery for a shattered ankle and compound leg fractures. let's stay with that now. joining me now from glenview, illinois isjim nugent, who founded the global golf post. good to talk to you. it is very difficult to know at this stage with little information about the extent of the injuries and what they mean long—term for
tiger woods but what are your thoughts? tiger woods but what are your thou~hts? ., ~ , ., tiger woods but what are your thoughts?— tiger woods but what are your thou~hts? ., ~' ,, , . thoughts? thank you very much for having _ thoughts? thank you very much for having me — thoughts? thank you very much for having me on _ thoughts? thank you very much for having me on this _ thoughts? thank you very much for having me on this morning. | for having me on this morning. the tiger woods camp is notoriously private about anything having to do with them and so it is very difficult to understand or to learn what the injuries are. the reporting is that he has a shattered ankle, a couple of broken legs, none of that is good for a golfer of any kind, much less one who competes at the highest level of the game. but apart from that i think we should be appreciative and thankful of the fact that tiger woods is alive today because all of the reporting suggests that had it not been for an airbag and the precautions taken in his automobile, tiger woods is a very lucky man tonight. absolutely. but he has proved, hasn't he that he can come
back. multiple back operations, serious injuries and yet he did come back, winning new titles in 2019, much to the amazement of everybody. i in 2019, much to the amazement of everybody-— of everybody. i would not bet auainst of everybody. i would not bet against him. _ of everybody. i would not bet against him. it _ of everybody. i would not bet against him. it will— of everybody. i would not bet against him. it will not - of everybody. i would not betl against him. it will not happen this april at augusta or open or the open championship at st. george's but in two or three years he told me he was hosting the open championship trophy over his head, i would not be surprised. this is a man of considerable resilience and inspiration and motivation. we just do not know how serious these injuries are. they could be injuries that will prevent him from ever playing golf again but they could be the kinds of injuries where you know what, i will deal with this like i have all previous injuries in my past. i will get past it and i will play and i will hoist a trophy. we just do not know. it is very early days in the investigation. £15
not know. it is very early days in the investigation.— not know. it is very early days in the investigation. 45 and he has proven _ in the investigation. 45 and he has proven to _ in the investigation. 45 and he has proven to be _ in the investigation. 45 and he has proven to be extremely i has proven to be extremely determined and resilient improves everybody wrong again and again. if this is the end, though, what would people say about his career?— about his career? they will say that it was _ about his career? they will say that it was a _ about his career? they will say that it was a career that - about his career? they will say that it was a career that was i that it was a career that was characterised by great triumph and great tragedy. for a ten year period in time there was no greater golfer than tiger woods. he won everything inside and he won it every way he could. close, walking away, whatever it was. 0ver could. close, walking away, whatever it was. over the span of his career it is hard to say that he was as good as jack nicholas who won 18 major championships and finished second in 19 national or major championships. i don't know that tiger is quite there but he is right on the heels of
jack nicholas and had his health prevailed, had he been a little healthier for a health prevailed, had he been a little healthierfor a longer period of time, i think that tiger might have become the greatest champion golfer of all time. jim, thank you for sharing your thoughts with us and we are all hoping for the very best for tiger woods. there've been angry protests in the georgian capital, tbilisi, after the arrest of the opposition leader, nika melia. crowds gathered outside government house demanding his immediate release and the holding of early elections. the authorities have described him 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 tbilisi. at dawn on tuesday, police surrounded the offices of georgia's main opposition party, united national movement.
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.
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 and the government agrees to hold fresh elections. rayhan demytrie, bbc news, tbilisi. the body of the italian ambassador to the democratic republic of congo who was killed in a botched kidnapping attempt on monday, has been flown back to rome. luca attanasio, his italian bodyguard and a local driver were killed in an ambush on a united nations food convoy in the east of the country. an italian military plane at rome's ciampino airport carrying the two coffins, and draped in the national flag, was met by the prime minister. 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 as 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. for this year, i hope olympic 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. 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 - already circulatingi
in the community. 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 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. ten orangutans have reentered the wild in indonesia, following a lengthy release operation that was complicated by the threat of covid—19. tiffany sweeney reports. ten orangutans have been safely airlifted back to their natural habitat on indonesia's borneo island. there was a total of five males, and a mother of two babies and two other females — all released with assistance from indonesian conservation agencies. they were transported by helicopter to avoid journey on land that could have exposed them to coronavirus. the bornean orangutans had all been in captivity before their rescue.
this was their first release into the wild for a year. they include manua, a 19—year—old female who had been repatriated from thailand. translation: during rehabilitation, manua| showed excellent progress. she was easy to socialise with other orangutans and actively explored the whole island on her own. it's estimated there arejust 100,000 bornean orangutans left in the wild. they have suffered from illegal poaching, destruction of habitat and cash crops. this has meant more than half the population has been depleted over the past 60 years. these apes are the lucky ones and are now settling into their new home and starting their new life in the wild. we have a lot more to come, all
the top is the stories in a moment including a look at how to pay for the olympics in tokyo later this year. stay with us and i will see you in a moment. 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 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. overnight 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, but otherwise, a dry day. that early fog lifting to leave some spells of sunshine, and top temperatures between 10 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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