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this is bbc news, with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. india's covid crisis deepens — people search for oxygen supplies, as the government tells the public not to panic. borisjohnson denies saying he'd rather see bodies pile up than order another lockdown. the pm's facing fierce criticism after another apparent leak from his administration. no, but again, ithink the important thing i think people want us to get on and do as a government is to make sure that the lockdowns work.
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to the president of somalia's term of office. british—iranian nazanin zaghari radclife�*s given a new one—year prison sentence in tehran. her husband says he fears his wife is facing an "open—ended detention" hello, i'm shaun ley, welcome if you justjoin us. first, india is reportedly running out of covid vaccines just as the government was planning to boost the nationwide vaccination programme. india's health care system is unable to cope with the scale of the crisis — more than 352,000 new cases were reported in the past 2a hours, and more than 2,800 deaths. the indian government says there is no need to panic — as our correspondent devina gupti reports.
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a haunting warning — as these funeral pyres burn through the night in the western indian city of nakpur, they indicate how the country is failing to save precious lives. for the fifth straight day, india saw a record high of over 2,800 deaths. a worsening scenario as hospitals and covid hotspots face acute shortage of beds, oxygen supply and medicine. this public hospital in india's capital, delhi, is simply unable to cope. romilla came with her mother, who is on oxygen support and needs immediate aid. but, like many others, they are forced to wait for hours outside. since morning, we are calling people, trying for oxygen and everything, but nobody�*s responding. and i don't think these have enough. i don't know, since my mother is ill and i have been
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panicked since so long. the ambulance driver who drove them here feels helpless. translation: we've been waiting since 11am in the morning. - they're not taking the patient. look how seriously ill she is. even though the government is opening new covid facilities to admit patients and transporting additional oxygen supply to the city, they cannot meet the unprecedented rush in the hospitals. for now, countries like the uk and the us have come to india's aid with essential medical supplies and oxygen kits, but much more is needed. and until then, for thousands in the city, the endless nightmare continues during the day. on sunday, this hospital in north delhi, as its oxygen stock dwindled. families like that of this man were told to organise oxygen on their own. he managed to refill the cylinder by paying 900 times the regular cost.
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for him, it's a small price to keep his father alive and breathing in the icu. translation: | got ten | litres of oxygen cylinder, but how will it help? it won't last for- more than one hour. where do we go? which government should we go to? i who will give us oxygen? my father is in thel hospital right now. as he rushes to search for another oxygen refill, throughout the day, countless others are running out of time in india's capital. devina gupta, for bbc news, delhi. the us has announced that it will immediately provide raw materials for indian vaccine manufacturers. president biden held a telephone call with india's prime minister narendra modi, pledging steadfast support — and said the us would provide a range of emergency assistance, including oxygen—related supplies and therapeutics.
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soon after his conversation, the indian pm tweeted... but the white house hasn't been impressed with narendra modi ordering twitter to remove posts critical of its handling of the virus. asked about it a press briefing earlier, white house spokeswomanjen psaki said the move wasn't aligned with the us view of freedom of speech. the indian government ordered twitter, facebook and instagram to block social media posts criticising the handling of the covid response there. any white house comment on that? well, that certainly wouldn't be aligned with our view of freedom of speech around the world. borisjohnson has denied saying that he would rather "let the bodies pile high in their thousands" than agree to another covid lockdown. the remarks were alleged
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to have been made last autumn, during a heated discussion in downing street. people familiar with the conversations who've spoken to the bbc say the prime minister did make the comments. mrjohnson said the reports were "total rubbish". members of the campaign group, the covid—i9 bereaved families forjustice, said the alleged comments were "heartless, disrespectful, and unsympathetic". 0ur political editor laura kuenssberg reports. are you ready? politics is notjust a game, but a constant back—and—forth over the most serious of decisions. boris johnson's alleged, in the autumn, to have made the most serious of remarks, suggesting around the time of the second lockdown that the bodies of those dying of coronavirus could just pile up. did he? no, but, again, ithink the important thing, i think, people want us to get on and do as a government is to make sure that the lockdowns work.
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yet back in early autumn, it was tense. ministers and advisers divided over whether to lock down again as coronavirus rose. after arguments, boris johnson did agree to reintroduce restrictions. you must stay at home, you may only leave home for specific reasons. but several sources, familiar with private conversations at the time, say the prime minister did then suggest he would let bodies pile high in their thousands rather than repeat the process again. at the time, dominic cummings was by borisjohnson�*s side. now, the prime minister's former chief adviser is very firmly out of government and very firmly on the warpath. there's a list of dangerous claims stacking up at downing street's door, not just about the prime minister's attitude during the pandemic but about how contracts were awarded, what promises he made, and how and who paid for an expensive makeover of the downing street flat
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where he lives above the shop. theresa may gave a rare glimpse of the flat in her last week in office, but the pink sofas and beige carpets were moved out when borisjohnson and his fiancee moved in. it's claimed tory donors initially picked up the tab for tens of thousands of pounds of renovation. if so, that should've been declared, and that hasn't happened yet. and the most senior civil servant in the country wasn't willing to shed much light on it for mps this afternoon. i asked you whether you were aware whether or not any private donations had been used to refurbish the flat. i mean, that's a straightforward yes or no, really. so, as i said, the prime - minister's asked me to conduct a review into how this has been done and asked that i share - the details of those _ conclusions with the committee. after months of claims, downing street now says the prime minister paid out of his own pocket, but we don't know when or where he got the money.
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for the opposition, sparks flying in downing street are a political gift. we've got lots of investigations going on, but we haven't got anything that's looking at the pattern of behaviour. and day after day, there are new allegations of sleaze, of favours, of privileged access. we need a full investigation to get to the bottom of that, and, most importantly, make recommendations about change because we need to change the rules. borisjohnson�*s sometimes been proud of pushing political convention. downing street is adamant that, in all senses, regulations were followed. but with a long list of claims against him, it isn't yet clear if he was always following the rules. laura kuenssberg reporting. let's get some of the day's other news. the european commission has begun legal action against the pharmaceutical firm, astrazeneca, over delivery shortfalls of its coronavirus vaccine. a spokesman said the company had not come up with a reliable strategy to ensure the timely delivery of doses.
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astrazeneca said it would "strongly defend itself in court". the italian prime minister, mario draghi, has presented a coronavirus recovery plan worth nearly $300 billion to the italian parliament. the money will be used on projects including infrastructure, green energy and sustainable development, as well as internet services. most of the spending envisaged will come from european union grants and loans. a prosecutor in moscow has ordered the suspension of all activity by the political offices of alexei navalny. teams linked to the jailed opposition leader will have to cease working across the country — whilst the court decides whether to ban them for good as "extremist". germany said the move was incompatible with the principles of the rule of law. the british—iranian aid worker nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe has been sentenced to a further 12 months in prison in tehran on charges of spreading
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propaganda against the iranian regime. last month she completed a five—year sentence for spying — a charge she vehemently denied. her husband said he was bitterly disappointed at the court's decision — as our correspondent caroline hawley reports. nazanin�*s baby girl is now almost seven and gabriella has only celebrated one birthday, herfirst, with both her parents there. she's now watching her daughter grow up over the phone. there she is! there she is. neither parent can bear to break the news of the latest sentence to her. we haven't told her yet and, infact, iwant to check with nazanin — does she want me to tell her, does she want to tell her? i suspect she'll want to protect her for as long as we can. but how can richard protect nazanin? he says she and other dual nationals are being used as bargaining chips over a long—standing military debt iran wants britain to repay, and that her fate may also now be tied to negotiations
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with iran over its nuclear activities. what do you want the government to do now? there clearly is both the need to get nazanin home and the others home as quickly as possible, and to make it clear that this is... you can't do diplomacy this way. that is going to need discussions with all of the western world. it's more than five years since she was arrested at tehran airport, on her way home to the uk. since then, nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe has been through solitary confinement, two trials, and now two sentences. i think it's wrong that she's there in the first place and we'll be working very hard to secure her release from iran, herability to return to her family here in the uk, just as we work for all our dual— national cases in iran. and the government will not stop, we will redouble our effort. this used to be a favourite
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spot for nazanin, they used to come here together as a family, but richard says a one—year travel ban is to follow the one—year sentence — so, without a solution, they're now looking at another two years apart. caroline hawley, bbc news. there are fears that somalia could slip back into civil war. heavily armed troops loyal to the opposition are occupying key parts of the capital mogadishu. civilians have been fleeing the area. it follows a weekend of violence between security forces and armed opposition loyalists. the violence was triggered by a controversial extension of the president's mandate — granted to him by the lower house of parliament. the bbc�*s aisha afriah explains. mogadishu is relatively calm. but the effects of last night's heavy fighting are still evident. businesses on the main roads have reopened — although tension remains high in most parts of the city. gunfire on sunday night, government and
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opposition forces clashed along the kilometre four junction. gunfire and sounds of heavy weapons continued into the evening, disrupting the evening meal to break the fasts. translation: this is | the month of ramadan. it's the month of repentance and seeking god's forgiveness. therefore, standing for prayer and shedding blood at the same time don't go together. some of the city's schools and universities have also dismissed their students due to safety reasons. translation: this morning, students will not go - to school because of this. i appeal again, especially to the government, to a compromise and forward the election, and stop this cruel violence. the somali prime minister called on the warring parties to stop disrupting security in the city during the holy month of ramadan. translation: | would - like to tell the somali public
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that i'm sorry for the clashes in mogadishu, which were i intended to destabilise the peace in the city. during this holy- month of ramadan. i encourage everybody to work towards peace and avoid conflict. despite the calm, forces loyal to the opposition in somalia are occupying key parts of the capital. they are in close proximity to the presidential palace. the international community has called on somalia to urgently enter into dialogue on the election impasse. the african union and the neighbouring countries are also worried about what an unstable somalia could mean to the wider region. aisha afriah, bbc news. stay with us on bbc news.
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still to come: why the lunar light is currently looking a little larger than life. nothing, it seems, was too big to withstand the force of the tornado. the extent of the devastation will lead to renewed calls for government help to build better housing. internationally, there have already been protests. sweden says it received no warning of the accident. indeed, the russians at first denied anything had gone wrong. only when radioactivity levels begin to increase outside russia were they forced to admit the accident. for the mujahideen, the mood here is of great celebration. this is the end of a 12—year war for them, they've taken the capital which they've been fighting for so long. it was 7am in the morning - on the day when power began to pass from the minority- to the majority — when africa, after 300 years, reclaimed
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its last white colony. - this is bbc news, the latest headlines... doctors in india have given harrowing accounts of the situation as the country battles a catastrophic wave of coronavirus infections. medics in the capital say people are dying on pavements outside hospitals as people search for oxygen supplies. questions about the uk prime minister's conduct. sources say borisjohnson said he'd rather bodies piled high while arguing against another lockdown last autum. he denies making the remark. when the eu and uk were trying to secure a brexit trade deal, one subject that proved incredibly hard to reach agreement on was fishing. this week, ros atkins
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is looking at whether promises made during the brexit referendum and in the trade talks have been met — starting with the pledge from brexiteers that britain would take back control of its waters. to those who support it, brexit�*s about taking back control. it's an idea that resonated with fishermen and women. we should be the guardians of our own seas, not ministers who we do not know, who we haven't voted in making decisions for us. borisjohnson argued that more prosperity would come with more control. you've got the eu commission sitting, instead of us, deciding how fish stocks of uk fish will be parceled up and divvied up. so, you take back control. and, as the trade talks unfolded last year, the idea of control was there again. the principle of being - an independent coastal state, controlling access to our
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waters is a redline - for this government. but did borisjohnson and his government keep these promises? well, the brexit trade deal reduces the value of the fish that eu boats can catch in uk waters by 25% across five years. and it's estimated that, by 2026, uk boats will have access to an extra £145 million worth of fish every year. that's a shift, but it's deafly not taking back control immediately — and what happens beyond 2026 isn't settled. because of this, not everyone is happy. this is one fisherman before the deal. the french get 84% of the channelled cod, and the uk gets 9%. which, you know, doesn't strike me as particularly fair. but brexit hasn't changed the equation on cod. then there's the brexit promise of keeping eu fishing boats out. this is the fisheries minister before the deal. access to the uk's territorial seas are out of scope for any
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fisheries framework agreement with the eu. but it wasn't out of scope. the uk then signed a deal that would allow some eu boats to fish those waters. fishing news reported this under the headline "boris brexit betrayal". it argued that a one—off chance to right historic wrongs had been squandered. boris johnson's defence was to look to the long—term. by 2026, the fishing people of this country will have access to all the fish in all the territorial waters of this country. but this is highly unlikely to happen, because the eu's response would make that move very costly. then, there's shellfish — while in the eu, the uk could sell it fresh within the european union. now in most circumstances, it can't — and some businesses are already on the brink. this is one mussel farmer. there reaches a point where we need to make our minds up whether to basically stop and demolish the farm, take it apart, and...
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i don't know. the uk's environment secretary's response to this was to criticise the eu and say... we'll see if that happens. but, more broadly, some supporters of brexit have already seen enough. we were very disappointed with the overall shape - of the deal on fisheries. we want to be able to l take advantage of being an independent coastal state fully, and not essentially - one where we feel like l we've got our hands tied behind our backs. but the reason some people feel their hands are tied behind their backs is all connected to where the uk sells its fish — which is neatly summarised by this fish merchant. 95% of what we buy is exported, mainly to the eu. so it's our market, you know? without it, we would have no business. because this is about two factors — the eu's access to the uk's waters, and the uk's access to the eu's market. these two factors are being
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constantly balanced, brexit doesn't change that. for his part, borisjohnson is saying that, after 2026... there is no theoretical limit beyond those placed by science or conservation on the quantity of our own fish that we can fish in our waters. there is no theoretical limit, but there's a very clear practical one. in reality, the uk government in 2026 will not block all eu access to uk waters because the price paid in lost export markets would be too high. mrjohnson knows this — not least because that's what happened with his trade deal. it's a compromise, one that has brought some changes. but so far, for uk fishing, brexit is far from the transformational moment it was sold as. more of ros atkins reporting on bbc news this week. one of the many firsts at sunday night's 0scar ceremony was the woman
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who became the first south korean actress to win an oscar for her role as the grandma... she beat a stellar list of nominees which included 0livia coleman, and glenn close. when she spoke to us on beauty world earlier, she shared her memories of her own grandmother. take a listen. wartime makes... we are not human any more because it is not normal. after we got back from — we went down to the south part of korea as a refugee, then came back home. and then, the whole city was destroyed. there was a shortage of everything — rice and rationing everything, and water and everything. and my great—grandmother, trying to
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reuse the water — to me, i was nine or eight, and i thought she was very dirty, she used the water again and again. i felt so sorry for her, and she always said she wasn't hungry, she always skipped lunch. i thought she was not hungry. when i became 60 years old, i realised she was sacrificing food for us.— food for us. what a lovely sto , food for us. what a lovely story. and _ food for us. what a lovely story, and what _ food for us. what a lovely story, and what a - food for us. what a lovely story, and what a great i food for us. what a lovely l story, and what a great film and some great nominees in the oscars. all the details are on 0scars. all the details are on our website. before we go, we've got some incredible pictures of the first supermoon of 2021. a supermoon refers to a full moon that occurs when the moon's orbit is closest to earth — making it appear larger than life. this is how it appeared in istanbul on monday evening, over the city's galata tower at dusk.
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it was also seen in many other places around the world. these pictures come from venezuela, and earlier the supermoon was also seen in australia — these shots were taken at sydney's bondi beach. according to nasa, this month's supermoon is set to be at peak illumination on 27 april, or tuesday, so if you haven't caught itjust yet, there's still time. always lovely to see a moon like that. showing bristol's suspension bridge from a friend whose pounced onto it, lucky man. a pair of shoes designed and worn by kanye west have sold for $1.8 million at auction. at least he had the decency to clean them for the price. the highest amount ever paid for trainers. kanye west, former us presidential candidate as well as senior, first wear the shoes during the
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grammys in 2008. don't know if it's part of the divorce settlement. you're watching bbc world news. hello again. this month has been a really dry month, particularly across parts of england and wales, where we've just recorded five millimetres of rainfall so far. and that's left the ground completely dried out, desiccated and cracked in places. but there are changes on the way. on monday, we started to see low pressure move in across scotland, and that brought some thicker cloud and finally some rain. and looking at the rainfall amounts that we're expecting through the rest of this week, we'll get around 5—10 millimetres of rain. in the grand scheme of things, that's not a huge amount, but it's easily doubling what we've seen for many so far this month. so the rain, i'm sure, is going to be pretty welcome for the farmers and growers, although you probably want even more than we're going to get. so, there's our area of low pressure moving its way in, and as we go through the next few hours, the rain will
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continue to push its way southwards, always quite showery in nature, across northern ireland, northern parts of england as well. but with the cloudy skies across these northern areas, it doesn't get that cold. in the south, still cold enough, though, for some pockets of frost. it's here where we'll have the clear skies to start the day, and for some it will be a nice sunrise as well. through the day, our centre of low pressure is going to start to wobble back inland and dive in a diagonal south—westwards towards wales, and that will bring outbreaks of rain across northern england, wales, into the midlands. still some showers around for northern ireland and scotland as well, but it is an area of low pressure where the amount of rain that we see from place to place is going to vary quite a lot. now, on into wednesday, our low pressure continues its journey southwards, so again we'll see some rain moving into wales, parts of the midlands, southern areas of england this time with a few showers following. but on wednesday, we'll also start to get a really quite brisk and cold east—to—north—easterly wind blowing in off the chilly north sea, and that means around some of our eastern coasts, temperatures may well struggle to get into double figures in places.
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even further west, it's not going to be exactly warm for the time of year. now, looking at the weather charts as we end the week, our area of low pressure moves back out into europe, but in its place, the winds tend to become pretty light. we've got cold air back with us, so again we're likely to see some night—time frosts. there will be loads of showers around, particularly on friday. and because there's not going to be that much wind around, there'll be nothing really to blow those showers along, so some of them could end up being pretty slow—moving in nature. and it's not going to be a particularly warm end to the week, but at least there's going to be a bit of rain.
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doctors in india have given harrowing accounts of the situation as the country battles a catastrophic wave of coronavirus infections. medics in the capital delhi say people are dying on pavements outside hospitals as people search for oxygen supplies. borisjohnson suggested that "bodies could pile high" during a heated discussion in downing street last autumn, as he hoped to avoid another lockdown, sources have confirmed to the bbc. the pm denied making the remarks, adding that lockdowns had worked. nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe is being sent back to jail in tehran for 12 months, charged with spreading propaganda against iran. the british—iranian aid workerjust completed a five—year sentence spying charges in march.
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