tv BBC World News BBC News April 22, 2021 1:00am-1:31am BST
this is bbc news — i'm lewis vaughanjones with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. a health system on the verge of collapse — india suffers a second wave of covid, with record numbers of daily deaths and infections. once the first wave subsided, the government almost declared victory over covid—19. the country has been caught unprepared. thousands of supporters of russia's jailed opposition leader, alexei navalny, take to the streets — hundreds are arrested. vladimir putin always says that everything is ok, everything the word he says is a lie and i am not ok with that. that is why i am here. as america reflects on the conviction of derek chauvin, the us
justice department announces an investigation into the minneapolis police force. and is it the final whistle for the european super league? yet more clubs pull out and apologise to fans. hello and welcome to the program. we start in india which is being devastated by a second wave of covid. the prime minister is calling it �*a coronavirus storm.�* it's now at the epicentre of the pandemic, with cases accelerating faster than anywhere else in the world. in the past 2a hours more than 2,000 people have died but the true figure is thought to be higher. hospitals in many parts of india, including the capital delhi, are already overwhelmed. our correspondent yogita limaye is there. some may find her report upsetting.
a capital on its knees. at its biggest hospitals, people being pushed to the limit of human endurance. "my husband's in a very bad state, let me get through", this woman says. she's been carrying him around for ten hours. many of these people won't survive the night. "sir, for one minute, come and look at my mother," a man pleads. a doctor follows him to the ambulance and prepares to say the words he's had to say over and over again in the past day alone. "she's no more." (cries) herfamily among hundreds in india denied even the chance of saving a loved one. covid—i9 has hit this country with a ferocity not seen
before, but not unexpected either. balaji! hey! this woman tries to revive her brother, who was losing consciousness. balaji! balaji thirupathi, the father of two children, died minutes later. his family wanted their story to be heard. there is an acute shortage of oxygen, too. sima died because the ambulance ran out of it. some hospitals have just a few hours of supply left. and this is delhi, which has among the best health care facilities in the country. it's what's been feared would happen since the pandemic began. but, once the first wave subsided, the government almost declared victory over covid—i9.
the country has been caught unprepared. and now it's stunned by fear and grief. at this crematorium, new funeral platforms have had to be built overnight because of numbers they've never had to handle before. in a protective suit, rohit sharma builds a pyre for his mother, deepika, with crematorium workers. it's a ritual normally performed together by families. we were not prepared. as a country, we were not prepared. and it's really sad to see my mother go away, because she was just 59. and she recently retired. she wanted to spend some quality time with us, but all i could see was her lying down on the... that's all i... holding on to his mother's
bangles, a broken man. so many more will lose as the virus rips through india. yogita limaye, bbc news, delhi. a really distressing picture out of india there. there's a rather different picture in the us. president biden says more than 200 million shots of a coronavirus vaccine have now been given out in the us, meaning he's hit his target of achieving the number within the first 100 days of his administration. speaking on his 92nd day in the job, he said everyone over the age of 16 will be eligible for a vaccine from monday and announced funding to reimburse businesses who give their staff paid time off to get the jab. i'm calling on every employer, large and small, in every state, to give employees the time of they need with pay to get vaccinated. and anytime they need with pay to recover
if they are feeling under the weather after the shot. no working americans should lose a single dollarfrom their paycheck single dollar from their paycheck because they chose to fulfil their patriotic duty of getting vaccinated. to moscow now. president putin is warning any attempts to contain russia will be met with a "tough" and "asymmetrical" response. in his annual state of the nation address, he said anyone who crossed a red line would seriously regret it. at the same time there have been demonstrations across the country. supporters of the jailed kremlin critic, alexei navalny, demanding he be released. hundreds of protesters have been arrested. our moscow correspondent steve rosenberg has the latest. a touch of pomp. then, cue the president. this was vladimir putin's 17th state of the nation address. he used it to portray his
country is a besieged fortress, threatened by the west. and he warned, "don't mess with russia." translation: i hope no-one will cross russia's red line, i but in each case, we are the ones who will decide where the red line is. organisers of any provocation threatening our security will regret it like they haven't regretted anything for a long time. but is it moscow that's the threat? the us and nato say they're concerned by russian troop movements and a military build—up near ukraine. there is concern too about alexei navalny. the jailed opposition leader is on hunger strike and in poor health. america has warned russia of consequences if he dies. today, police detained more than 1,000 supporters of mr navalny. there were protests across russia.
this was the scene in moscow, close to the kremlin. people marched through the city, defying the authorities who'd called the protests illegal. "russia will be free," they chanted, and "we're the power here". vladimir putin always says that everything is ok. every single word, he says, is a lie. and i'm not ok with that, that's why i'm here. in his speech, vladimir putin made no mention of alexei navalny or protests. but, in many ways, what's been happening to mr navalny is a reflection of the state of this nation. the kremlin�*s most ferocious critic first poisoned, and then put in prison. in one day, we saw two very different russias. to the kremlin, unsanctioned protest means chaos, disorder. president putin wants russians to believe that only he can guarantee them stability.
steve rosenberg, bbc news moscow. we can now speak to rachel denber who's deputy director for europe and central asiaat the advocacy group human rights watch. thank you for coming on the program. . let's talk about program. v let's talk about alexei navalny. program. . let's talk about alexei navalny. in prison, severely unwell, what is the latest in his position? we know he has been — latest in his position? we know he has been transferred - latest in his position? we know he has been transferred to - he has been transferred to prison hospital. he has been ill for several weeks now with respiratory, serous respiratory infection we have back pain and other symptoms. infection we have back pain and othersymptoms. i infection we have back pain and other symptoms. i honestly wish i could tell you more about his condition but it is very difficult to get objective and unfiltered information because the authorities have not let him see his own doctor. ﬁnd him see his own doctor. and what do we _ him see his own doctor. and what do we know _ him see his own doctor. and what do we know about - him see his own doctor. and what do we know about the hunger strike?— what do we know about the hunger strike? navalny had mounted — hunger strike? navalny had mounted a _ hunger strike? navalny had mounted a hunger - hunger strike? navalny had mounted a hunger strike i hunger strike? navalny had
mounted a hunger strike to j mounted a hunger strike to protest his... to protest his treatment in prison and his lack of access to a doctor, ironically. lack of access to a doctor, ironically-— ironically. and the consequences - ironically. and the consequences of l ironically. and the i consequences of this ironically. and the _ consequences of this though could be very serious indeed? that is right. we shouldn't forget that he that alexei navalny could still be bearing the consequences of the nova shock poisoning that he endured over the summer. his personal doctor and his advocates have been saying that he could die —— novichok. we hope that doesn't happen. so you're experts have expressed concern about the risks to his health if he dies on the kremlin's watch. that means that the state bears responsibility for and put their responsibility for his death.— and put their responsibility for his death. i'm sure they would argue _ would argue that it is not their responsibility if he refuses food, though? it is the
state's responsibility _ refuses food, though? it is the state's responsibility that - state's responsibility that alexei navalny is in prison. he should not be in prison stop he was convicted in an unfair trial, a trial that the european court of human rights saysis european court of human rights says is not fair. he has obviously been imprisoned on politically motivated charges. he is the state's responsibility. he is the state's resonsibili .~ ., ., responsibility. what you want see happen — responsibility. what you want see happen now? _ responsibility. what you want see happen now? we - responsibility. what you want see happen now? we believe| responsibility. what you want - see happen now? we believe that alexei navalny _ see happen now? we believe that alexei navalny should _ see happen now? we believe that alexei navalny should be - see happen now? we believe that alexei navalny should be freed i alexei navalny should be freed immediately. and that if there is some delay in his being freed that we should ——he should immediately be given access to his personal physician. and the state needs to do everything they can to ensure that he gets the care he needs. .,. , , ensure that he gets the care he needs. .. , , ., ~ ensure that he gets the care he needs. , , ., ~' , ., needs. rachel denber, thank you so much for _ needs. rachel denber, thank you so much for coming _ needs. rachel denber, thank you so much for coming on _ needs. rachel denber, thank you so much for coming on and - so much for coming on and talking to us.— stay with us on bbc news — still to come: righting a historical wrong in illinois — how one city has pledged millions to address racial housing discrimination
dating back decades. the stars and stripes at half—mast outside columbine high. the school sealed off, the bodies of the dead still inside. i never thought that they would actually go through with it. choir singing one of the most successful singer—song writers of all time, the american pop star prince has died at the age of 57. i was — it's hard to believe it. i didn't believe it. we just — he was just here saturday. for millions of americans, j the death of richard nixon in a new york hospital has i meant conflicting emotions. a national day of— mourning next wednesday, memories of the shame of watergate. _ and lift off of the space
shuttle discovery with the hubble space telescope, our window on the universe. this is bbc news — the latest headlines: scenes of desperation repeated across india as it grapples with a ferocious second wave of covid—19. the country has again reported it's highest numbers of daily cases and deaths. thousands of supporters of russia's jailed opposition leader, alexei navalny, take to the streets — hundreds are arrested. i'm going to take you to the us now. in the wake of the guilty verdicts in the trial into the murder of george floyd, the government's top lawyer, the attorney general has announced, a federal investigation into minneapolis police practices. merrick garland says building trust between community and law enforcement will take time and effort, but change cannot wait. a jury found the former police officer derek chauvin,
guilty of murder. from minneapolis here's nick bryant. guilty! cheering guilty! there was joy in the moment ofjustice, a verdict heard around the world. unintentional second—degree murder while committing a felony, find the defendant guilty. so now it was derek chauvin who was put in cuffs, a one—time police officer leaving the court a convicted murderer, who's since swapped his suit for prison clothing. it was the verdict the floyd family had yearned for, and their response became an act of remembrance. i'm gonna miss him, but now i know he's in history. what a day to be a floyd, man. wow! applause. at the white house, it was kamala harris, america's first black vice president, who addressed the nation. here's the truth about racial injustice. it is notjust a black america
problem, or a people of colour problem. it is a problem for every american. it is keeping us from fulfilling the promise of liberty and justice for all. then camejoe biden, claiming the verdict could be a giant step in that quest forjustice. "i can't breathe. i can't breathe. " those were george floyd's last words. we can't let those words die with him. there was a sense of celebration and relief. relief, i can exhale _ celebration and relief. relief, i can exhale and _ celebration and relief. relief, i can exhale and brave. - i can exhale and brave. overwhelmed.- i can exhale and brave. overwhelmed. , overwhelmed. the site where he was murdered _ overwhelmed. the site where he was murdered became _ overwhelmed. the site where he was murdered became a - overwhelmed. the site where he l was murdered became a landmark of racialjustice and last
night it became a swell of mixed emotions. at times it felt like a street party and at a vigil. in the midst of it all, the haunting iconography of george floyd whose violent death and desperate final words personified america's systemic racism. this is a milestone moment in the ongoing struggle for lack of quality. but it is far from for lack of quality. but it is farfrom being and endpoint. while the murder of george floyd has brought something like a racial reckoning. it is a very different thing from saying that it has brought about racial reconciliation. there is no point talking of a new dawn in america. the history of hundreds of years will never be eradicated in a single moment.— single moment. and we can finally say _ single moment. and we can finally say that _ single moment. and we can finally say that we - single moment. and we can finally say that we sense . single moment. and we can. finally say that we sense that killer cop to jail. but finally say that we sense that killer cop to jail.— killer cop to “ail. but maybe there will _ killer cop to jail. but maybe there will be _ killer cop to jail. but maybe there will be a _ killer cop to jail. but maybe there will be a new - killer cop to jail. but maybe there will be a new sense . killer cop to jail. but maybe | there will be a new sense of police accountability and maybe a new acknowledgement that black lives truly matter. nick bryant, bbc news, minneapolis. the relationship between
the police in minneapolis and the african—american community remains fraught. on thursday the funeral will take place for another african—american man, daunte wright, who was killed by the policejust over a week ago. 20—year—old daunte wright was fatally shot by a police officer during a traffic stop. police said they had stopped mr wright for having an expired tag on his car licence plate, but then tried to arrest him on an outstanding warrant. the officer who killed daunte wright has been charged with second—degree manslaughter. our correspondent larry madow is at the shiloh temple in minneapolis. this is the church whether wake and public viewing for daunte wright is being held. his funeral service will be held here. it is an emotional time, about the loss of a 20—year—old. he is lying peacefully in his open casket. a far cry from the way he met
his death after a police officer of 20 years experience assumes that her gun was her taser. it led to this tragic moment and the recurring nightmare for many african—americans who fear that african—america ns who fear that african—americans who fear that a routine traffic stop could end in a death sentence. there will be another case here. the trial of the officer who will be charged with second—degree manslaughter. where daunte wright died is only about ten minutes from minneapolis where there is no federal investigation by the attorney general to see if there are systemic issues with the police department. people in the community tell me yes, there are, and the case of derek chauvin, the officer who was found guilty of murdering george floyd should have been about the police department themselves. some say the issues go bone deep. and training that worries about police being the enemy when they come into the communities should stop was
america has 18,000 police departments and some reactions from other parts of the country is a review should happen to every part of the country because this investigation helps expose the rock. it is controversial because under the trump administration, it was seen as a way to demoralise the police force. an explosion in the pakistani city of quetta has killed three people and injured 11 others. the blast took place in the car park of the serena luxury hotel, which is often visited by officials. a bbc correspondent in pakistan says the chinese ambassador is suspected to have been the target of the explosion. the pakistani taliban say they were behind the blast but did not mention any target. football now, and that proposed european super league. the manchester united co—chairmanjoel glazer says the club �*apologises unreservedly for the unrest�*
caused. the liverpool owner john w henry has apologised to his club�*s supporters. united, liverpool and four other premier league sides withdrew from the project after a furious backlash. our sports editor dan roan reports. chanting: tottenham! we want our tottenham back! spurs fans no longer have to worry about being part of football�*s ill—fated super league. but, as they gathered outside their stadium tonight, it was clear, the action of the club�*s owners will not be easily forgotten. this club is never going to change, and none of the six are going to change until they get rid of owners like they�*ve got here at the moment. it's just shown the ideology of the owners, the chairmen — not the views of the public, the fans, the ones that pay the money, come here and sit and watch the games. having been forced into a humiliating withdrawal as the super league unravelled, liverpool�*s elusive american owner, john henry, was reluctant to explain himself when approached by the bbc in boston. any word for the fans? but later in this message
to the club�*s furious fans, one of the key schemers behind the plot admitted he�*d let them down. i want to apologise to all the fans and supporters of liverpool football club for the disruption i�*ve caused over the past 48 hours. it goes without saying, but should be said, that the project put forward was never going to stand without the support of the fans. for days, the idea of a ringfenced european elite had been met with an unprecedented backlash. on a chaotic night, the english clubs abandoned the breakaway. and one of the architects of the plan now admits the game is up. i remain convinced of the beauty of that project, of the value it would have developed in the pyramid and the creation of the best competition in the world. but admittedly, no, i don�*t think that project is now still up and running. bundesliga teams refused to sign up and, having ordered a review into the sport, the government wants it to look at the german model of ownership, with fans having
majority stakes in their clubs. but it�*s unclear how such a model could be introduced into english football, where so many clubs are now controlled by overseas investors. today, manchester united�*s american co—owner, joel glazer, apologised unreservedly to the fans as the attempt to claw back trust continued. but, while the premier league carried on tonight, some are warning there�*s still a long way to go. some of those relationships will be difficult to repair, because people have lied to us. you know, they�*ve sat on committees and they haven�*t told the truth, and they haven�*t come clean. and they�*ve been off in a zoom paradise, a zoom bubble, plotting everybody�*s downfall. with the game having been brought back from the brink and fan power reasserted, the hope is that an episode football will never forget proves a catalyst for meaningful change. dan roan, bbc news. back to the us now. american history is rich in examples of historical wrongs that haven�*t
been righted. the city of evanston in illinois is the first place in the country to pass government—funded reparations to black residents who experienced housing discrimination between 1919 and 1969. the bbc�*s nada tawfik has the story. at first glance, the city of evanston is picture—perfect, but decades of discrimination still marks the land. its black residents deliberately segregated to an area bound by the north shore channel on one side and by train tracks on the other. it�*s a wrong this community now plans to right. we�*re talking about housing discrimination that happened, that we can prove. dolores holmes grew up in the fifth ward and still lives here. she still recalls crossing into the white part of town for school as a little girl. she supports the local initiative to give eligible residents up to $25,000 to buy or repair a home. it�*s a community owning up
and being able to say, "yes, there were mistakes made, and we need to correct them." to me, that is the biggest piece of law. but she wants the money to go to the younger generation, like toly walker. this is about a 5—minute walk from where i grew up, just a little over four blocks. the money would help her pay down her mortgage. as a fourth—generation evanstonian whose grandfather was a victim of housing discrimination, she believes this isjust a first small step. i feel like not applying for reparations would be a slap in the face to what they experienced. you can�*t ever make it better, you can�*t reverse any of that. all you can do is hope. but hope is a powerful drug, so i�*m hoping. the city�*s anti—black policies have created notjust a housing divide but a gap in income, achievement and life expectancy between black and white residents. the racial injustice, seen so plainly here in evanston, is in no way
unique to this city. what sets it apart, though, is the nature of the debate. the community has largely moved on from the question of whether restitution is necessary and feasible. instead, the disagreement is whether the programme goes far enough. this former coach doesn�*t think it will do much to level the playing field. he says what�*s been passed cannot be called true reparations. it�*s supposed to make it whole for everyone. look at past reparations for other people that have happened in america. those are the models that we should look after. they�*ve had the ability to open businesses, to get money for whatever they wished to do with. other communities around the united states are now looking at evanston�*s model. ultimately, though, advocates do believe it�*s the federal government that needs to address the full debt of the original sin of slavery. nada tawfik, bbc news, evanston, illinois.
that does make it from me. i�*m lewis vaughanjones. —— that�*s it from me. bye—bye. hello. after slightly cloudy conditions across england and wales on wednesday, the clear blue skies and strong sunshine experienced in scotland, northern ireland, akin to what we can see here from one of our weather watchers during the day, well, they will become a bit more abundant. but those clear skies by day also mean colder nights are back, and a widespread frosty start to the day, temperatures as low as —5—6 through some parts of eastern scotland and northeast england, very few immune to a frost. and that�*s because we�*ve got high pressure in charge. it�*s keeping those skies clear. high pressure generally means dry weather as well, stops the rain clouds from going up. and around the centre of it, which is right over us, there will be light winds.
a little bit more breeze, most notable across the far south of england. and while most will see sunshine from dawn to dusk, they will be a bit more clout in northern scotland through thursday compared with wednesday, and the sunshine in central parts of scotland that little bit hazier. but with much more sunshine around on thursday, pollen levels are back up again high in most parts, limited a little bit around this southeast corner and through the english channel because we�*ve got more of a breeze here. that breeze, coming in from an east or northeasterly direction, will also limit the rise in temperatures here to between 10—13 celsius. but with lighter winds further north and west, because the ground is so dry at the moment, it means the air above it warms quite quickly and that�*s why we could get to around 16—17 celsius in some western areas through the afternoon. but what will follow, again, will be there skies for most away from northern scotland into thursday night, so another frost is likely. notice how that area of high pressure has barely changed. the lines on the chart, the isobars, where we see the windy conditions will be out to the south and the west, so more of a breeze potentially for northern ireland,
but still that breeze blowing through the english channel and through southern parts of wales. the cloud in the far northeast of scotland mayjust produce the odd isolated shower, but for most, again, it�*s another day of sunshine from dawn to dusk. and with each day being sunny, the ground warms up a bit more. temperatures could reach 19—20 celsius, particularly across parts of north wales, northwest england and southwest scotland. still cooler with that onshore breeze, though, to east anglia and the southeast. now, if you�*re expecting any change into this weekend, they�*ll only be subtle ones. dry, sunny sums it up for most, the nights still chilly with a risk of a frost. there will be a bit more cloud developing through saturday and sunday, and by sunday, temperatures dropping just a little bit. bye for now.
this is bbc news, the headlines: india is being devastated by a second wave of covid — a �*coronavirus storm�* as the country�*s prime minister called it. cases are accelerating faster than anywhere else in the world. in the past 2a hours there have been more than 2,000 deaths and nearly 300,000 new cases. russian police are reported to have arrested almost 1,500 supporters of the jailed opposition activist, alexei navalny, on a day of protests across the country. they want my navalny to be released. the attorney general of the united states has announced the justice department will conduct a civil investigation into the minneapolis police department to see whether there has been a pattern or practice of unconstitutional policing. it follows the conviction of a former officer for the murder of george floyd. now on bbc news —