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hello and welcome to bbc news. i'm david eades. our top stories: a new government for israel. a coalition of eight parties is voted in, as netanyahu is finally out. president biden arrives in brussels for the nato summit, promising to return the us to a leading role. denmark's team doctor confirms that christian eriksen did suffer a cardiac arrest during his team's euro match before being resuscitated. also, 19 and counting — novak djokovic clinches another grand slam title with a classic fightback in the french open.
hello and welcome. the israeli parliament has approved a new coalition government, and that's signalling the removal of benjamin netanyahu as prime minister after 12 straight years in power. the new administration — an extraordinary coalition of eight different parties — will share power. for the first two years, it will be led by the right—wing nationalist politician naftali bennett. he will then hand over to yair lapid, who is the leader of the centrist yesh atid, for a further two years. here's our middle east correspondent, tom bateman. they've waited for 12 years. in this divided country, for the people who wanted to oust their most enduring leader, now it's their moment. it took a chaotic vote in israel's parliament to get there.
with the count about to start, mr netanyahu makes one last stand. "iran is celebrating because they understand there will be a weak and slack government," he says. "the opposition in israel will have a clear and strong voice." we'll be back, soon! the new coalition scrapes in byjust a single vote. it was all over for israel's combative, often controversial leader, one who leaves an indelible legacy. benjamin netanyahu rose rallying israelis against the oslo peace deals with the palestinians. there is a battle forjerusalem... he was a figurehead for the right. supporters saw him as mr security. but opponents despised his tough brand of nationalism. he won successive elections,
but he split voters. and a trial for corruption, claims he denies, left him increasingly isolated. israel's new pm is mr netanyahu's former aide, naftali bennett — a nationalist who opposes a future palestinian state. he called for unity, but laid into those he said were tearing the country apart. after two years, he'll hand over to the centrist yair lapid. how long will the coalition last? israel's new coalition spans the left to the nationalist right and, for the first time, an arab—israeli party. naftali bennett now has to lead the broadest coalition in israeli history, and that could make it one of the most unstable. he has his work cut out just to govern. they have a crisis to deal with. after israel's recent war with hamas in gaza and violent division inside israel, fears are rising of new tensions again. but this is a moment of israeli history, as the throne
is pulled away from the politician some called the king of israel. tom bateman, bbc news, jerusalem. as we said, the new israeli governing coalition is a most unlikely combination of parties. we won't go through all of them. at one end of the political spectrum there's yamina, a right—wing nationalistjewish party headed by the incoming prime minister, naftali bennett. they seek to promote thejewish identity of israel and want to expand settlement building in the occupied palestinian areas. they also oppose the establishment of any palestinian state.
at the other end to the left, is the labour party, headed by merav michaeli, which holds social democratic views, supporting a strong welfare state, among other things. they have often held power in israel. they are largely in favour of the peace process with the palestinians. previous labour prime ministers have signed peace deals with them. and in the midst of all this, there's the united arab list headed by mansour abbas, the smallest party in the coalition with just four seats. it's an islamist party based in the south of israel. they want to give more resources to the arab citizens who make up some 20% of israel's population. they strongly support the creation of a palestinian state based on the pre—war 1967 borders. well, gabe friedman is the deputy managing editor of the jewish telegraphic agency and has written a profile of naftali bennett. he gave me his reflections on the political prospects of the new coalition. it was pretty surprising, though, to hear bennett's speech, for him to come out sounding so humble
and so willing to compromise. it was a pretty significant speech, in my opinion. he laid out a bunch of things that they might find common ground on, and he specifically said any of those hot—button, contentious topics, we are not going to put them on. we are going to put that aside and project a sense of calm and composure following what report said, the so—called �*king of israel�* who has led for so many years and projected such a confident presence on the world stage for israel for so long, it's such an important moment for them to show that israel does not have to be led by a man named netanyahu. right. and in the last couple of years it has been a country in a certain sort of paralysis, really, in a political sense. bennett must see this as a personal opportunity as much as a political one? absolutely.
his party, his yamina party is only seven seats out of the israeli parliament, the knesset. he has made the right moves and been on the right side of netanyahu in forging his own following, but he is also good friends with the centrist, yair lapid, and that has worked out in his favour this time. and i think it is important to know that unlike the previous coalition, which was an uneasy one between benny gantz and netanyahu, that centrist, former military, that was kind of doomed from the start. there was bickering over policies.
bennett and yair lapid are good friends, they say that in public. there are high hopes. right. and naftali bennett, a short while ago, he said president biden is a great friend of israel. where you are sitting, how is this going to go down in the states? obviously it is complex in terms of a government, but perhaps on a personal level, i don't suppose joe biden will not be bothered that it is not mr netanyahu he is dealing with? yeah, netanyahu in the past — biden is a steadfast israel supporter. he has made that clear. it will be interesting to see how they go toe—to—toe on certain issues like the iran nuclear deal. bennett has said we will continue the same stance as netanyahu, against any type of a deal.
it will be an interesting sort of clash of personalities there. it is worth noting that a lot of the ministers are not on the far right, i think yair lapid will be foreign minister for the first two years, dealing with a lot of the us stuff and he is more of a centrist. gabe friedman, from the jewish telegraphic agency. let's get some of the day's other news. the trial of former myanmar leader aung san suu kyi will hear its first testimony on monday. there have been near daily protests after a military coup removed her government in february. the uprising has been met with a brutal military crackdown that has killed hundreds of people. a retired army colonel from the pinochet era in chile has been arrested in argentina. walther klug riveria was arrested in buenos aires earlier this month. the argentine authorities say he will be sent back to chile where he stands accused of the murder of 23 people.
thousands of protestors want to try and stop the pardoning of catalan leaders by the spanish government. the protestors accuse the socialist led government of trying to shore up political support with those opposed to spanish unity. the left deny it, saying the pardons would help ease tensions with the catalans and the separatist leaders who were found guilty of sedition two years ago. president biden has arrived in the belgian capital, brussels, for two days of meetings with nato and the european union. monday's talks among the 30 members of nato are expected to see the united states resume its traditional leadership role, which had been somewhat diminished during the trump presidency. nato leaders are expected to formulate a firm message for mr biden to take to geneva on wednesday where he will meet president putin. i asked kurt volker, former us ambassador to nato, what president biden needs to do for nato. this will be a way of showing american support and broader support for nato, and a desire for the united states to lead
nato into the future. so this is important. and i think it is the main message. in addition to that, there will be an effort to have nato look forward. what is the vision for 2030? there was a study group done by a group of senior national experts some time ago, that will now be formalised by nato as they look ahead, creating a vision for nato, 2030. part of that will be dealing with china, 5g, and new types of threats and challenges, something nato has not done before. and another part of that will be dealing with russia, a constant thorn in the side, as you would know only too well as the former special representative to ukraine as well. what should nato and president biden, who will be confronting vladimir putin in a few days, what should they be laying out here? well, i think that it is very important that president biden
reassure allies in central and eastern europe that he is indeed going to be pushing back very hard on vladimir putin and russia's aggressive policies that they have implemented over the last seven years. there is a lot of worry about that in poland and baltic states and elsewhere. so he needs to be very reassuring and firm on that. sorry, kurt, are you expecting that? you are right, the czechs and poles will be desperate to hear that kind of language. no, they will. the question is whether those deeds will come from the united states and allies as well. the green light for nord stream 2, no us sanctions to block that. the russian build—up around ukraine, and turning around warships into the black sea, the us turned them around.
they want assurance the us will be firm on this and they are going to want to see it in action. one thing i would recommend that nato do is support the czechs. there was an explosion at an ammunitions dump that russian agents were responsible for. it killed czech citizens and russian diplomats were expelled as a result. i think there needs more solidarity from other nato countries for the czechs on this. more solidarity. there is a reality that amongst the membership of nato, it has become a bit disparate and lacking in mutual support, which of course is meant to be the cornerstone of the north atlantic treaty organization. yes, that is exactly right. i do have to give nato credit for recognising this and saying yes, we have got to pull together around a common vision for the future. the fact, however, is we do not have a common vision at the moment, whether it is in a deal with russia or what kind
of threat china represents or whether nato is the right place to talk about china's threat. kurt volker. former us ambassador to nato. mr biden has of course, spent the past three days at the g7 summit in south—west england, which ended with a final communique that included the promise of a billion covid vaccine doses to the poorer nations of the world and more action on climate change. but the commitments have come in for sharp criticism. a coalition of 75 charities has accused the leaders of failing to deliver the progress needed to end the covid—i9 pandemic, or indeed, to tackle what they call the climate emergency. the coalition which includes groups such as oxfam and save the children called it a historic missed opportunity. the british prime minister, borisjohnson, will announce later on monday whether or not covid restrictions in england are to be lifted onjune 2ist. there are reports that a delay of up to four weeks is being considered. the main concern is the increase in cases linked to the delta variant
first detected in india and the potential impact on hospitals in the coming weeks. our health correspondent, jim reed, has been looking at the data. drinks and socialising outside this afternoon. tomorrow, the government must decide whether to lift all remaining lockdown rules in england from june 21st, perhaps scrapping that limit of six people inside. the growth of the delta variant — first found in india — has made that call more difficult. scientists think it may spread 60% faster than the older kent — or alpha — version. speaking on the andrew marr programme, a government adviser said relaxing rules further could fan the flames of the pandemic. the way i look at it is, if you're driving down a road and you are coming up to a bend and you are not quite sure what's around that bend, but you think there might be something bad, you don't put your foot on the accelerator. if anything, you slow down, not speed up. and i think it's analogous to that.
i think we've got to be really cautious. covid infections are still well below the levels seen injanuary, but they have been rising since some indoor mixing was allowed. this graph plots cases so you can more easily see the rate of growth. what scientists want to see is for that straight line to start curving round, as transmission starts to slow down. if that doesn't happen, then at the current rate of growth, we could see 15,000 cases a day by the start of next week. the hope is the vaccine roll—out can prevent those new cases turning into hospital admissions. there are about half as many people in hospital now across the uk, based on our infection rate, than what you would expect. and the reason for that is the older groups — who were more likely to go into hospital — have had both doses of the vaccine. the data shows a second vaccine dose provides far more protection against the delta
variant than just one. scientists say it's why a delay to that final stage of unlocking might be needed to give more time to getjabs into arms this summer. jim reed, bbc news. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: they know more about climate change than most, so just why did swiss voters narrowly reject government plans to limit carbon dioxide emissions? there was a bomb in the city centre. a code word known to be one used by the ira was given. army bomb experts were examining a suspect van when there was a huge explosion. the south african parliament has destroyed the foundation of apartheid by abolishing the population registration act which, for a0 years, forcibly classified each citizen according to race. just a day old, and the royal baby is tonight sleeping in his cot at home. early this evening,
the new prince was taken by his mother and father to their apartments in kensington palace. germany's parliament, i the bundestag, has voted by a narrow majority to move the seat of government - from bonn to berlin. berliners celebrated into i the night, but the decision was greeted with shock in bonn. the real focus of attention today was valentina tereshkova, the world's first woman cosmonaut. what do you think of the russian woman in space? i think it's a wonderful achievement and i think we might be able to persuade the wife it would be a good idea if i could to get her to go up there for a little while. this is bbc news, the latest headlines: israel's parliament has voted to approve a new coalition government that ends benjamin netanyahu's 12—year run as prime minister. it will be headed for the first two years by the religious nationalist naftali bennett. president biden arrives in brussels for the nato summit, promising to return
the us to a leading role. swiss voters have narrowly rejected government proposals to limit carbon dioxide emissions, putting the country's entire strategy to comply with the paris agreement on climate change in doubt. in a referendum, 51% of people rejected a plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions to half their 1990 levels by the end of this decade. the bbc�*s tim allman reports. it is considered by many to be the greatest threat facing humanity. a climate crisis that could endanger all life on earth. ,., , could endanger all life on earth. , ., ., earth. governments around the world are _ earth. governments around the world are introducing _ world are introducing legislation to at least begin to address the issue, but in switzerland, the electorate seemed to have other ideas. translation:— seemed to have other ideas. translation: voters re'ected the law. it is i translation: voters re'ected the law. it is not * translation: voters re'ected the law. it is not yet _ translation: voters rejected the law. it is not yet possible l the law. it is not yet possible to say what the reasons for the rejection are. what is certain
is that the bill was very comprehend the copy at cover different areas and was probably overloaded. large bills always have a hard time. excellent as a country feeling the effects of climate change more than. site safe images here are writing about twice the pace of the global average and it is feared the country's alpine glaciers could melt away by the end of the century copy perhaps this was just referendum fatigue or perhaps it was an electorate unwilling to take economic risks while recovering from the coronavirus pandemic. translation: we knew from the beginning _ pandemic. translation: we knew from the beginning that _ pandemic. translation: we knew from the beginning that we - pandemic. translation: we knew from the beginning that we had - from the beginning that we had a much better argument than proponents, but of course it was difficult to get through and show the population is very inefficient, and it will cost a lot of money and it brings no benefit to the climate. that argument. _ benefit to the climate. that argument, that _ benefit to the climate. that argument, that the - benefit to the climate. that argument, that the law - benefit to the climate. that argument, that the law would bring too many cost seems to have won the day. environmentalist insist the cost of climate change will be much, much higher.
the doctor for the danish football team has confirmed christian eriksen did suffer a cardiac arrest on the pitch on saturday, and that "he was gone", before being resuscitated. the former tottenham star collapsed during denmark and finland's euros game, he is now recovering in hospital. nick beake reports from copenhagen. the heartfelt messages were to get well soon. a show of strength for christian eriksen, who was awake, even asking about his team—mates. everyone here at this euro 2020 fan zone knew it could have been so different. hearing that he's in good shape and he actually had some conversations with the team and so on, it's fantastic. that's the only thing that matters to us, christian's health. yeah, the football is secondary today. 100%. that sense of relief has been shared by football fans the world over.
that's because today we got confirmation, if it were needed, ofjust how serious the situation was. earlier we asked denmark's team doctor how close they were to losing christian eriksen. yeah, what should i say? he was, he was gone. and we did cardiac resuscitation, and it was a cardiac arrest. how close were we? i don't know. we got him back. and the sight of christian eriksen — conscious as he left the pitch — gave hope to all. but his team—mates are being offered psychological support and the denmark head coach says it was wrong to ask the players to resume the match. the players resumed in a shock condition. players who almost, and they don't really know yet, if they lost their best friend, and they have to decide. eriksen is still being monitored at denmark's leading heart unit, where doctors are yet to work out why he collapsed. a tournament already delayed
by the pandemic goes on, with football and life put in perspective. nick beake, bbc news, copenhagen. to tennis and novak djokovic has clinched his 19th grand slam title with a back—from—the—brink win against fifth seed, stefanos tsitsipas in the final of the french open. tsitsipas won the first two 7—6, 6—2 before the world number one fought back, to level things at two sets apiece, before taking the final, deciding set. it was an historic victory for djokovic, making him the first player in the open era to have won all four grand slam titles twice. it is nearly 70 years since queen elizabeth first met a serving us president, that was harry s truman, and on sunday she added to her list as she welcomed joe biden for afternoon
tea at windsor castle. he'd travelled from the g7 summit in cornwall, as our royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. dropping in for tea. how very british. president biden�*s helicopter brought him to a windsor castle geared up for a vip visit. stand still! in the quadrangle, the grenadier guards were being bawled at by their sergeant major. he shouts orders once he was happy, the queen emerged from her castle to take her place on the dias, ready to receive the president and the first lady. when it comes to us presidents, no—one has met more of them than the queen. president biden is the 13th she has greeted. the guard of honour
was inspected, and then the president and first lady went inside for tea with the queen. a moment of hospitality between two heads of state, simple enough in itself, but with a particular significance, underlining the bonds between long—standing allies. later, president biden told us reporters that the queen had reminded him of his mother. he said that among other things they talked about president putin of russia and president xi of china. nicholas witchell, bbc news. let mejust remind let me just remind you of our main story that hours. israel's new prime minister naftali bennett has promised to end two years of political stalemate. speaking after his coalition government was approved by the israeli parliament by a single vote, mr bennett who is a right—wing jewish nationalist said that his priorities would
be reforms and education, health and cutting red tape. he succeeds benjamin netanyahu who has been forced from office after 12 straight years, and thatis after 12 straight years, and that is bbc news. hello there. it was a very warm day on sunday. and across northern ireland, it was the warmest day of the year so far before the rain arrived. it was also the warmest day of the year in wales, 27 degrees in the south of the country. but for many parts of the uk on monday, it will be much cooler. the cooler air is coming down from the north—west, arriving in scotland and northern ireland by morning, as the rain eases off and trickles down into northern england. a very warm start to monday, though, across england and wales. what's left of any rain in northern england and north wales willjust peter out, and this band of cloud just wanders southwards, arriving in east anglia and the south—east in the afternoon. either side of that, some sunshine, increasing cloud, though, coming
into northern ireland and scotland with some blustery showers in the north—west. and it will feel cooler for many parts of the country — except towards the south—east of england and east anglia, where we've got high temperatures and humidity before the cloud arrives during the afternoon. now on sunday, it was 28 celsius at wembley. it won't be anywhere near those sort of temperatures at hampden for the scotland game. it's much cooler and breezy, as well. the cooler air is behind that weather front they are, that's out of the way on tuesday. high pressure building in from the azores — this weather system, though, is arriving in from the atlantic, meaning that more of a breeze picking up in scotland and northern ireland, increasing cloud and some rain in the north—west, as well. england and wales still dry, still sunny, while not as hot in the south—east, for many other parts of the uk, temperatures may be a little bit higher on tuesday. moving into wednesday, this is where we find our band of cloud. there's not much rain on it by this stage. scotland and northern ireland cooler, largely dry. for england and wales — we've got quite a contrast, really, across the uk — for england and wales, that heat is building, and the humidity, too,
especially towards the south—east, where temperatures won't be far away from 30 celsius. but then it could all go bang — we've got the threat of some heavy rain, thunderstorms late wednesday, through thursday and into friday, mainly across the midlands and eastern parts of england, where we will see that heavy rain overnight, still perhaps around during thursday. not quite as wet further north and west across england and wales, and drier and brighter for scotland and northern ireland. but it will be cooler. it's humid in the south—east, but with that thundery rain, temperatures won't be quite as high as wednesday.
this is bbc news. the headlines: israel's parliament has approved a new coalition government, ousting benjamin netanyahu as prime minister after 12 years in power. it will be led for two years by the right—wing nationalist politician naftali bennett. he will then hand over to yair lapid of the centrist yesh atid for two more years. president biden has arrived in the belgian capital, brussels, for two days of meetings with nato and the european union. monday's talks among the 30 members of nato are expected to see the us resume its traditional leadership role, which had been somewhat diminished during the trump presidency. the doctor for the danish football team has confirmed christian eriksen did suffer a cardiac arrest on the pitch on saturday — and that "he was gone" — before being resuscitated. the player collapsed during denmark
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