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this is bbc news, i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 8... england is to trial covid passports in a bid to allow the safe return of mass events. the fa cup final will be among the pilots. royal crisis injordan — former crown prince hamza says he's under house arrest. he's accused of being involved in a plot to destabilise the country. petrol bombs and hijacked vehicles in a second night of violent protest in a loyalist area of northern ireland. a scaled—back easter sunday, although the choir was able to perform at canterbury cathedral. at the vatican, the pope called for vaccines to be shared with the world's poorest countries.
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on home water, it is still theirs. cambridge have the victory. and it's a double win for cambridge in both the men's and the women's boat race. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the government is to trial measures in england, including covid passports, to allow the safe return of sports matches, major events and nightlife. they'll show if a person has been vaccinated, had a recent negative test or has antibodies. the pilot will include the fa cup final and will last until mid may. here's our political correspondent, nick eardley. england's national stadium has been quiet for some time.
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but in the next few weeks, fans will be back at wembley, cheering on teams as part of pilot schemes. this year's fa cup final will be used to trial covid passports, where you have to prove your status before you're allowed in. the key purpose of looking at this option is to see how it can enable us to open up getting back to the things that we want to do, if this can be at all, to enable businesses to open sooner, because it could potentially mean that we can get rid of social distancing sooner. that could mean that some of these businesses can open sooner, and, if they are open, then they can open more profitably. this isn'tjust for people who've had the vaccine, it could be a few months before all adults have had both jabs, but status certificates would allow you to prove that you've had the vaccine, a recent negative test or that you have natural immunity based on having had the virus in the past six months. ministers have ruled out having to prove your status to get
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on public transport or to go to essential shops. and when pubs reopen in the next few weeks, you won't need one either. the government believes that covid passports could be most useful for mass—spectator events. if you've got to buy and take a ticket, why not an app as well that shows that you don't have the virus? but while you will not need one for restaurants, when they reopen in the next few weeks, ministers are still looking at whether they could be useful for reducing, maybe even removing, social distancing. it's very different from anything we have done in britain outside wartime. we are not used to presenting papers, or indeed the electronic equivalent, to go to the pub or to go to a football match. that's not what we think of as our freedoms, our freedom is the freedom to have a normal life. this outdoor cinema in liverpool will be part of test events in the next few weeks, looking at how to safely allow larger gatherings. the opportunity to get back
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to full capacity, i think, is something that is so prevalent at the moment and is underpinning so many of the hopes of the events and entertainment industry. so, this scheme, we feel, is the right way to go. events will be tried out in sheffield later this month too. some here have reservations. there is the thing about having your liberties taken away, which is really quite worrying, about the health passports, but i also sort of get it. how do you make people feel safe and reassured, but how do you make sure that we still have that freedom? it's probably for. the best to have it. the government will set out more details tomorrow. the reopening of society is continuing but it could get more complicated. nick has more on the prime minister's plans for easing lockdown. we expect the prime minister to confirm that the next phase of reopening will go ahead in england on 12th april, allowing more people to meet outside, pub beer gardens,
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haircuts, finally, as well. he will have a meeting of the cabinet to sign that off in the morning and a press conference in the afternoon. and as part of that, he is also going to talk about plans to allow more international travel, we don't know when, but we will get the framework, which will be a traffic light system. green will mean that you can return to the uk without quarantining, amber will mean you have to quarantine at home, red, you would still have to quarantine in a government—approved hotel. i think the most controversial part of what the prime minister will say tomorrow will be about these covid status passports. we know that many in parliament, about 70 mps, are concerned about the impact that they could have and have threatened to vote against them, so i think there will be a lot of questions for the prime minister about how to make sure this is temporary and doesn't continue for too long.
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a little earlier i spoke to george wood, the founder of luna cinema — he explained how his company will host three outdoor cinema nights later this month with one thousand people expected each time. this run of events which we're part of, these open—air cinema events in liverpool, which give everyone the chance to go through the motions as to how events are going to come back after the 21st ofjune. the aim is very much that we'll be running these events in partnership with liverpool city council and running them in a way which will be allowing people not to think about social distancing for just those few hours when they come to the event, it will be back to pre—covid restriction levels where people will be able to sit next to each other and enjoy a film on the big
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screen and we are all hoping that the data that comes out of these test events is what will facilitate the return to normal live events this coming summer. from our side, we are delighted to be a part of it and everything we can do to facilitate the return of live events at full capacity, we are happy to support. the dates i believe are the 23rd to the 25th of april, correct? that's correct. do you have enough time to get everything ready for those dates? we're hopeful. we have been producing open—air cinema events for the last 12 years, we're very experienced. i get the sense that everyone the government are working with to put these test events on are at the top of their game at have done this for years. we understand what the premise is of how we put these events on. had the testing is done and how the data will be gleaned and analysed is another department's responsibility. we are just providing the backdrop and the opportunity for these
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test events to take place. so we're are all confident that it's the right thing to do. when you said the parameters, what are you talking about there? because, for the public and whoever is going to take part in this trial, how is it going to work? are they going to be tagged, like they were in the dutch trial that took place in the disco — if it's still called a disco! — those people were tagged and monitored, what's going to happen? the devil is in the detail in the data will come out in coming days and weeks, we will find out how the testing will work on how the data is analysed. we are very much working in partnership with liverpool city council in terms of how the testing element will work. what i can say is that the events will be run
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by the luna cinema. how that testing will be done, i believe the detail will come out. the latest government figures on coronavirus for today don't include wales and northern ireland because of the bank holiday but, in england and scotland, there were 2,297 new coronavirus infections recorded in the latest 24—hour period — the lowest number since september. that means, on average, there were 3,764 new cases reported per day in the uk in the last week. there are 3,536 patients in hospital with covid—i9. ten deaths were reported in the latest 24—hour period — that's of people who died within 28 days of a positive covid—i9 test. on average in the past week, 35 deaths were announced every day,
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taking the total number to 126,836. on vaccinations, just over 97,000 people have had theirfirstjab in the latest 24—hour period, bringing the total to just over 31.5 million people, and 5.3 million people have now had two doses. the former crown prince ofjordan says he's been placed under house arrest over his alleged involvement in a plot to destabilise the kingdom. in a video passed to the bbc, prince hamzah bin hussein, the half—brother of king abdullah, accused jordan's leaders of corruption, incompetence and harassment. i had a visit from the chief of the general staff of thejordanian armed forces this morning, in which he informed me that i was not allowed to go out to communicate with people or to meet with them.
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because in the meetings i had been present in, or on social media relating to visits i have made, there has been criticism of the government or the king. i asked him if i was the one criticising, he said no. he said this was a warning from him, from the chief of police, and from the chief of the security services, the mukhabarat, that i should not leave my house, that i could only visit family, that i could not tweet, and that i could not communicate with people. earlier, our chief international correspondent, lyse doucet, explained how prince hamza's version of events differs to the jordanian government's. the government gave their version of events a short time ago and it dramatically different from what we heard from prince hamzah,
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they spoke about how the intelligence agencies ofjordan have been following prince hamzah and two other prominent members, saying they had been contacting foreign agencies and local organisations with a plot to destabilise the kingdom. he said the security agencies then went in with a security sweep, more than a dozen people arrested. prince hamzah confined to his home, just as this alleged plot was about to swing into action. the deputy prime minister didn't give us any more details about what form that this plot was going to take, he didn't say what foreign countries would have been involved, but the government's account was that this was deeply destabilising. i think many people are asking just what was it, was it simply that prince hamzah talked in his video about meeting people where there was criticism of the government, criticism of the king, but he said he was not the one to criticise while at the same time, of course, expressing rare public criticism of the governing structures in jordan is really unprecedented. when you talk about meeting people,
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you've already said over the last 2a hours that part of those meetings include tribal leaders, why do the tribes count injordan? tribes are very powerful in georgian, they are the indigenous jordanian people in a country where more and more the population is made from palestinian refugees and previous wars in the region. they have support for the former king hussein, they are essential for king abdullah. we're not quite sure what to make of this, there are reports that the intelligence services were rattled when they saw the prince meeting the tribes. he has a striking resemblance to the former much—loved king hussein. he speaks like the former king, in this grates a certain nostalgia among people. at the heart of this, no matter what happens, i think there must be concern
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injordan that the prince could possibly be a lightning rod for at a time whenjordan and like so many countries is reeling from the consequences of the pandemic, it is a difficult time forjordanians. the question is whether or not, how angry they are and whether they place at anchor at the tour of king abdullah or, as in the past, with the government, not with the monarchy, which has been a beacon of stability injordan. are all these messages of support that came in for the king, what does this tell us? the speed with which all the neighbours and allies like the united states and the gulf monarchies as well, they swiftly put out statements expressing full support for king abdullah, expressing support for the stability of his kingdom, notjust security, stability of the kingdom. where they anticipating that information we come out that link
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them to this alleged plot? were they worried about their own problems at home? whatever was behind it, it is absolutely crucial, this is what the underlying, thatjordan has been an island of stability next to iraq, next to syria, next to saudi arabia, next to the west bank, ifjordan starts becoming unstable, it will have a ripple effect across the region. so it matters tojordanians, most of all, it matters to the region and beyond. the headlines on bbc news... england is to trial covid passports in a bid to allow the safe return of mass events. the fa cup final will be among the pilots. royal crisis injordan — former crown prince hamza says he's under house arrest. he's accused of being involved in a plot to destabilise the country. petrol bombs and hijacked vehicles in a second night of violent protest in a loyalist area of northern ireland. specialist police divers are involved in the search for a student who has been missing
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for almost two weeks. richard okorogheye hasn't been seen by his family since 22nd march, when he left their home in the ladbroke grove area of west london. the 19—year—old, who has sickle cell disease, took a taxi to loughton in essex. he was last seen in cctv footage recorded near epping forest. officers and police dogs have been searching the forest for four days. richard didn't take his medication or any money when he left home. flash floods triggered by heavy rainfall have left at least 44 people dead on the indonesian island of flores and the neighbouring state of east timor. a landslide killed 11 people in the east timorese capital, dili, as homes were washed away. in one village in eastern flores, a mudslide buried dozens of houses. power supplies were cut and floodwaters also engulfed the presidential palace.
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police in northern ireland have been attacked with petrol bombs in the loyalist area of newtonabbey during a second night of protests. on friday, 27 officers were injured after violent protests in belfast and londonderry. from belfast, our ireland correspondent, john campbell, brings us this report. a warning it contains distressing images. the police say this violence was orchestrated, with masked men hijacking cars in order to draw them into the area. as officers responded, they were attacked with stones, bottles and petrol bombs. and this is the moment a rioter was engulfed in flames as he seemingly prepared to attack a police vehicle. the fire was quickly extinguished and it is not yet clear if the man was seriously injured. tension has been simmering in some loyalist communities for weeks. they are deeply unhappy at the northern ireland
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part of the brexit deal. it creates a new trade border with the rest of the uk, and they say that undermines their place in the union. in a separate development last week, northern ireland's public prosecution service decided not to prosecute senior sinn fein members who had attended a large funeral in apparent breach of coronavirus regulations. that provoked outrage among unionist politicians, and some of that sentiment now appears to have spilled onto the streets. some nationalist politicians say unionist rhetoric has added to community tensions. a senior unionist rejects that. the violence has to be deplored and it needs to stop and i know, for example, we have local councillors and community workers trying to do what they can to calm fears, to try and get people to go home, to get parents to take responsibility and to get the mostly younger people to disperse.
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on friday night, 15 police officers were hurt when a loyalist protest in south belfast turned violent. seven people have been charged with riot in connection with that incident, the youngest a boy ofjust 13. the signs of last night's trouble have been cleared away. police and politicians are hoping there will be no repeat. police say they're dealing with reports of an illegal rave in herefordshire. roadblocks are in place in dorstone between hereford and hay—on—wye after around 100 cars arrived in the area last night. west mercia police say they understand concern from local residents and officers are dealing with the incident as a priority. more than 100 people were arrested in central london yesterday during protests against the government's police, crime, sentencing and courts bill.
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thousands of people took part in demonstrations across england despite covid restrictions. in bristol, seven people were arrested after a large crowd was ordered to leave the city centre. the traditional easter service has taken place at canterbury cathedral but with no congregation due to covid restrictions. the archbishop of canterbury, justin welby, called for a better future for all as we emerge from the pandemic, urging private acts of charity and the maintenance of international aid. meanwhile, the pope, in his easter message, urged an end to vaccine delays and their speedy distribution to poorer countries. daniela relph reports. last year, at the height of the first lockdown, the easter service came from his kitchen table. today, the archbishop of canterbury, masked for the procession to the altar... christ is risen.
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..brought easter back to canterbury cathedral. the choirs have been allowed to sing again, but the adults must be socially distanced. those leading the service also had to abide by covid protocols. and the easter address drew on the experience of the past year. we can go on as before covid, where the most powerful and the richest gain and so many fall behind. but we have seen and known where that leads us. or we can go with the flooding life and purpose of the resurrection ofjesus, which changes all things, and we can choose a better future for all. the overwhelming generosity of god to us should inspire the same generosity by us in everything from private acts of love
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and charity to international aid generously maintained. in rome, there were no pilgrims filling st peter's square on easter sunday. eerily empty, in a country that has partially returned to lockdown. the pope took mass and gave his global easter blessing inside st peter's basilica to a reduced congregation. he, too, focused on covid. translation: | urge the entire l international community in a spirit of global responsibility to commit to overcoming delays in the distribution of vaccines and to facilitate their distribution, especially in the poorest countries. for those who have not gone to church today, there have been online services — the way so many have worshipped over the past year. this is another easter sunday
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that feels so different. the police have again been called out to acts of vandalism and illegal camping in the lake district this weekend. one farmer says he's had gates smashed and people pitching tents on his land. meanwhile, mountain rescue teams say large groups are travelling to the area, putting themselves, and volunteers, at risk. mark mcalindon reports. scenes like these of illegal camping and litter in the lake district caused anger and frustration and it seems it's far from isolated. gates knocked down for people to get in with camping gear, dogs runing loose in the field, people playing rounders among the sheep, just continued bedlam. the other night, we had the police out, they shifted two lots of campers out of the fields and, within half an hour, there were more setting up. the police came and shifted them on and then they were out again last
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night, shifting people on. apart from the anti—social behaviour, mountain rescue teams say many visitors are putting themselves at risk. i think the big problem we have got is that there are lots and lots of people expecting to come up to the lake district, many of them for the first time, many of them who came last year and loved it. that's great, but they're not really coming prepared. richard warren is urging visitors to use the safety smart website before arriving but says even before overnight stays are legal from april the 12th, people are still coming in big numbers. i was quite shocked to see the sizes of the groups. one group came from outside cumbria, they'd travelled since 6am, a group of 14. another group from a different area, still travelling from 6am, a group of 12. people need to think about being responsible for what they're doing and also to look after the environment. be kind to cumbria.
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the police are taking action, but it seems cumbria is braced for more this this summer. it's been a day to celebrate for cambridge — both the men's and women's team won their respective boat races earlier this afternoon. it all took place on the great ouse in cambridgeshire — the first time since the second world war it's been held away from the thames. katie gornall reports. it's one of sport's most traditional showdowns, but this year nothing about it looks familiar. gone is the river thames lined with thousands of fans. in its place, a landscape devoid of all the usual landmarks. they would have to make their own atmosphere. the pandemic and the closure of hammersmith bridge has forced a change of scenery giving cambridge a home advantage and yet the women's
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race was nervily close. sudden movement and clashing, and this can cause all sorts of problems. on a straight course, oxford, here on the right, almost veered into cambridge's but the light blues fought back and found their rhythm. living up to their billing as favourites to win for the fourth successive time. history had been made before the men's race even started with the first female umpire. under her watch, both teams get their distance. without the twists and turns of the thames, this felt like a sprint to the finish with cambridge edging in front and, while oxford pushed them, they failed to reel them in. a double victory then for cambridge in a year unlike any other. time to toast a new chapter.
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now it's time for a look at the weather with ben rich. temperatures got some of us today with easter sunday but things have been changing and changing dramatically. that was shetland earlier on, snow showers developing, and the cold front will push down, and the cold front will push down, and this band of cloud and patchy rain. across southern areas are mild night, the record, —8 across parts of scotland where snow awful for many tomorrow, especially because the northern half of scotland. very strong winds giving listed conditions, some wintry showers and parts of northern ireland, west wales and the east coast of england, gusty winds for all, and it will be all. the thermometer will read 3—9
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but the many spots it will feel sub zero. hello, this is bbc news with lukwesa burak. the headlines: england is to trial covid passports, in a bid to allow the safe return of mass events. the fa cup final will be among the pilots. royal crisis injordan — former crown prince hamzah says he's under house arrest. he's accused of being involved in a plot to destabilise the country. a scaled back easter sunday, although the choir was able to perform at canterbury cathedral. at the vatican, the pope called for vaccines to be shared with the world's poorest countries. and it's a double win for cambridge, in both the men's and the women's boat race. now on bbc news, panorama goes undercover inside a lab, analysing covid—19 tests,
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revealing a failing service with staff under pressure, equipment malfunctioning and tests wrongly discarded. equipment malfunctioning my name is jacqui wakefield. i'm secretly filming inside one of the largest laboratories testing for coronavirus in the uk. it's made me really angry and there's been times on shift where i've really had to bite my tongue. my evidence reveals how some people could be getting the wrong result. gasps. what you're seeing here is just absolutely crazy. there is almost zero question that this would lead to contamination. the government has spent over £1 billion setting up a network
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of testing labs, including this one in milton keynes... hi, folks, i'm here at the milton keynes mega lab where they're doing the most phenomenal amount of testing. ..but i find frustrated staff losing faith in the system. what do the xs mean? every tube is a person — you have to think that way. and probably quite a scared person or a worried person. as we begin to return to normal life, can we trust testing to help keep us safe? you just cannot run a service like this. who is in charge here? i'm so motivated to go in and really find out what's happening there.
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