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ajudge in minneapolis has sentenced the former police officer, derek chauvin, to 22.5 years in prison for the murder of george floyd. the 46—year—old african american died last year after chauvin knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes during an arrest. officials in florida say the apartment block that collapsed near miami on thursday, leaving more than 150 people missing, was due to undergo extensive repairs this year. four people are confirmed dead and a major operation is continuing to search for survivors and more bodies. here in the uk, borisjohnson has accepted an apology from his health secretary, after pictures emerged of him kissing and embracing a colleague, in breach of covid guidance. matt hancock says he's let people down and is very sorry after the images showed him with gina coladangelo.
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cases of the delta variant of covid—19 first identified in india, have risen 46% in a week across the uk. the latest figures from public health england, show the variant now accounts for 95% of new cases. the drive to get more people vaccinated is being stepped up this weekend, with hundreds of drop—in sites, including football stadiums, theatres and shopping centres, open to all adults in england. our health editor, hugh pym has the latest. walk—in vaccinations and no need to book for all aged 18 and over. that's the attraction at arsenal's emirates stadium — and other venues in england — from today. what's being billed as a race to the finish by nhs leaders, with the aim of offering all adults a firstjab byjuly 19th. in the beginning, there's, like, the whole rumours. is it safe? what's in the vaccine? but i think the more people get it, the confidence grows. and also, being, like,
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arsenal supporters, you get to see the stadium. it does help! why not? if everyone gets it —| or, at least, most of the people — it will be safer for everyone and we can . have a normal life again. at this site, first doses are being offered to walk—ins. others are providing the second dose as well to those eligible. and officials monitoring the spread of the virus say it's important to get both doses to get maximum possible protection. the office for national statistics survey estimates the number of weekly cases and isn't affected by temporary surge testing. there was an increase from the middle of may, though it's still well short of the peak in january. the ons says one in 440 people in england had the virus last week. in scotland, it was one in 220. in both cases, with increases on the previous week.
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in wales, with one in 830, and northern ireland, with one in 720, the trend was said to be uncertain. high case rates have been seen in some communities of the north—west of england, like blackburn. they've been driven by the delta variant, first identified in india. but officials and experts argue that vaccines have at least reduced the risk of becoming seriously ill. it's dominant, it is causing a lot of infections. we've seen infections rising. and we also see, though, on the plus side, that the vaccines are still effective in the face of this variant, both in relation to hospitalisation and also deaths. much still depends on testing and tracing. after poor performance, including long waits, the system in england was criticised by the spending watchdog last year. in a new report, there are still said to be pressing challenges, though overall performance against targets has improved. testing played a part in assessing pilot spectator events like the fa cup final. out of 58,000 spectators at nine venues, just 28 cases were later identified. ministers say more trials, including at wimbledon, will now take place.
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hugh pym, bbc news. now on bbc news: our world. kidnappers have seized more than a thousand students and staff from schools in a series of raids across northern nigeria. the wave of abductions has had devastating consequences. it should be the safest place a child could be. but schools in northern nigeria are being targeted by kidnappers. since december, more than 1000 students have been abducted in the region, everyone from the youngest to the oldest pupils, rich and poor.—
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youngest to the oldest pupils, rich and poor. save the country from the hands _ rich and poor. save the country from the hands of _ rich and poor. save the country from the hands of these - rich and poor. save the country from the hands of these evil. from the hands of these evil people! from the hands of these evil eo - le! , from the hands of these evil neale! , ., from the hands of these evil --eole! , ., ., ,. people! they came to our school esterda people! they came to our school yesterday note _ people! they came to our school yesterday note and _ people! they came to our school yesterday note and kidnap - yesterday note and kidnap people. they said they are just beating — people. they said they are just beating us. people. they said they are 'ust beating _ beating us. so, why are criminal— beating us. so, why are criminal gangs - beating us. so, why are l criminal gangs kidnapping schoolchildren? to find out, i've travelled across northern and central nigeria, speaking to those affected. this and central nigeria, speaking to those affected.— to those affected. this is not some your — to those affected. this is not some your criminality. - to those affected. this is not some your criminality. and l to those affected. this is not l some your criminality. and the only way to deal with it is to launch a full—scale war against the bandits. under the cover of darkness, women or gangs are disturbing the peace. armed men are targeting boarding schools,
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stealing children away as they sleep. since the kidnapping of the cheque—book girls in 2014, the cheque—book girls in 2014, the mass abduction of schoolchildren has become an increasingly common phenomenon here in nigeria —— chibook does that make and it follows a chilling pattern. armed gunmen stormed dormitories in eliminate, often arriving by foot or motorbike, and take dozens of children with them into nearby forests. 39 students and staff were seized from the northern state of kaduna in early march. a video was sent to the parents in social media. friday sani's children were among those abducted. since that day, their
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parents have been trying to secure their release. she parents have been trying to secure their release.- parents have been trying to secure their release. she is my first daughter, _ secure their release. she is my first daughter, she _ secure their release. she is my first daughter, she has - secure their release. she is my first daughter, she has done i secure their release. she is my first daughter, she has done a| first daughter, she has done a lot of schooling, she is a brilliant student. joy is someone who loves hairdressing, cheap darts, she breeds, —— she plats and braids. mrsani, have
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mr sani, have you been contacted by the bandits? they demanded _ contacted by the bandits? they demanded 500 _ contacted by the bandits? they demanded 500 million - contacted by the bandits? tie: demanded 500 million from contacted by the bandits? tt;e:1 demanded 500 million from the state government. and when we got a video of our children in the bush, i was sent to social media by the bandits. we decided to go to protest. after ten da s decided to go to protest. after ten days with _ decided to go to protest. after ten days with no _ decided to go to protest. after ten days with no news - decided to go to protest. after ten days with no news of - decided to go to protest. after ten days with no news of the l decided to go to protest. after ten days with no news of the 39 pupils seized from the school friday sani and other parents took to the street to protest. the government threatened to prosecute anyone negotiating with the kidnappers, including presidents. the with the kidnappers, including presidents-— with the kidnappers, including residents. :, : :, presidents. the government came u . presidents. the government came u- with a presidents. the government came up with a press — presidents. the government came up with a press statement, - up with a press statement, anyone caught negotiating with the bandits would be prosecuted. we would prefer to be arrested, provided our
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children would be at home. you are saying _ children would be at home. you are saying the _ children would be at home. you are saying the strategy is not working? are saying the strategy is not workint ? �* , are saying the strategy is not workint ? h :, are saying the strategy is not workint? fl :, :, ~' working? it's not working. if there is any _ working? it's not working. if there is any strategy - working? it's not working. if there is any strategy at - working? it's not working. if there is any strategy at all! | there is any strategy at all! people are dying and they act as if nobody cares. because nobody cares. we are still calling on the government to do something fast. because those people will lose their patience and do something irrational. over the past seven months, a wave of kidnappings targeting schools and universities has swept the region. there have been nine mass abduction is of students across five states. the payment of ransom has created an industry. more than 1000 students and staff have been taken and nine students have been killed. this round of kidnappings started in december, when more than 300 schoolboys were abducted from their dormitories in the town of kankara. the town lies in a
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rural part of nigeria's northwestern can scene estate, vulnerable to attack. at the time i travelled to tampa and to cover the story. back then, i met a student with sickle cell, who managed to escape the kidnappers. i also spoke to these people, who is 14—year—old son was still missing. the kidnapped boys were released after six days. now the school remains closed, leaving many boys at home without an education. the situation remains precarious. six months ago, we drove down this road to the town of kankara to cover the kidnapping of over 300 schoolboys by armed
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men. since then, the area has become even more unsafe, with multiple reports of attacks. sima and others in his year have been relocated to a school in a safer location, closer to the state capital.— in a safer location, closer to the state capital. why do you stud ? the state capital. why do you study? he — the state capital. why do you study? he is— the state capital. why do you study? he is one _ the state capital. why do you study? he is one of - the state capital. why do you study? he is one of the - the state capital. why do you study? he is one of the lucky few attending _ study? he is one of the lucky few attending class, - study? he is one of the lucky few attending class, so - study? he is one of the lucky few attending class, so you l study? he is one of the lucky l few attending class, so you can take his school leaving exams. what? why? and from there? while — what? why? and from there? while he — what? why? and from there? while he is pleased to be reunited with his friends, the pasta is hard to forget. —— past.
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asa as a young person studying in nigeria today, how safe do you feel? 14—year—old umar has also been reunited with his parents that night he remembers the day he got to see them again fondly. tell us about your time in the forest, umar, what was it like? was it difficult, did you have
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enough to eat? when you think about umar going back to the school, to sleep there, do you feel a bit nervous?
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in katsina, where ransoms were allegedly played, umar and others were reunited safely with their families. others were reunited safely with theirfamilies. in others were reunited safely with their families. in one state in nigeria's north has taken a different approach. i am travelling to neighbouring kiduna, with the state's governor is taking a stand against ransoms. he has repeatedly appeared on local media saying he will not
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negotiate with armed gangs who are engaging with rural communities. it has devastating consequences, the number of kidnappings has increased. mr and mrs yoana's daughter dorothy attended the private greenfield university. on the day she was abducted, mrs yoana got a phone call from the kidnappers who put on the line. they said, mummy, they came to our school at nighttime kidnapped us. she said, "mummy, come and see, they are just beating us." then herfather
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collected the phone and said, we need money. if you want them to release our children, it must be 800 million. i shouted and screamed, i said 800 million! , :, :, and screamed, i said 800 million! , :, j~:::: million! so they asked for 800 million! so they asked for 800 million naira. _ million! so they asked for 800 million naira. did _ million! so they asked for 800 million naira. did you - million! so they asked for 800 million naira. did you have - million naira. did you have that kind _ million naira. did you have that kind of _ million naira. did you have that kind of money? - million naira. did you have that kind of money? no. i | million naira. did you have - that kind of money? no. i told him, how— that kind of money? no. i told him, how did _ that kind of money? no. i told him, how did you _ that kind of money? no. i told him, how did you expect - that kind of money? no. i told him, how did you expect us i that kind of money? no. i told him, how did you expect us to| him, how did you expect us to get such money? that was the last i spoke to her, to that man. ~ :, , last i spoke to her, to that man. . :, , man. we are still asking questions _ man. we are still asking questions as _ man. we are still asking questions as to - man. we are still asking questions as to how - man. we are still asking questions as to how this man. we are still asking - questions as to how this thing happened, why our daughter? just two — happened, why our daughter? just two days later, mr yohanna got a call from the university telling him to come to a local hospital to identify the bodies of three students.— hospital to identify the bodies of three students. when i went inside, the _ of three students. when i went inside, the first _ of three students. when i went inside, the first person - of three students. when i went inside, the first person i - of three students. when i went inside, the first person i saw i inside, the first person i saw was my daughter. i screamed, i said "they killed my daughter?
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". i said "they killed my daughter? ijust wept said "they killed my daughter? i just wept and then said "they killed my daughter? ijust wept and then it said "they killed my daughter? i just wept and then it was when i came to the home that i broke the news that dorothy is no more. :, :, , no more. that was when i started — no more. that was when i started crying. _ no more. that was when i started crying. that - no more. that was when i started crying. that is - no more. that was when i i started crying. that is when no more. that was when i - started crying. that is when my voice _ started crying. that is when my voice ceased, that very day. you — voice ceased, that very day. you both— voice ceased, that very day. you both had the worst possible news that any parent could hear. are you satisfied with the response from the authorities?— the response from the authorities? :, , authorities? i'm not satisfied because this _ authorities? i'm not satisfied because this thing _ authorities? i'm not satisfied because this thing happened | authorities? i'm not satisfied i because this thing happened on tuesday. — because this thing happened on tuesday, and they called me on wednesday and on friday, they killed _ wednesday and on friday, they killed my— wednesday and on friday, they killed my daughter. there is no justice — killed my daughter. there is no justice in— killed my daughter. there is no justice in that. i don't believe _ justice in that. i don't believe there isjustice in that— believe there isjustice in that case. believe there is 'ustice in that ease._ that case. kaduna state governments _ that case. kaduna state governments as - that case. kaduna state governments as they i that case. kaduna state i governments as they have that case. kaduna state - governments as they have a policy with a don't negotiate with criminals or pace ransoms.
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what you think of that? what comes from that? lgtgte what you think of that? what comes from that?— comes from that? we will be tra int comes from that? we will be praying for — comes from that? we will be praying for our _ comes from that? we will be praying for our nation, - praying for our nation, nigeria _ praying for our nation, nigeria. this- praying for our nation, nigeria. this nation. praying for our nation, nigeria. this nation is| nigeria. this nation is burning _ nigeria. this nation is burning l— nigeria. this nation is lturning-— nigeria. this nation is burnint. :, , :, burning. i also hope they have the way of _ burning. i also hope they have the way of getting _ burning. i also hope they have the way of getting the - the way of getting the criminals because if they don't get the criminals and are not negotiating with them, we are in trouble. negotiating with them, we are in trouble-— negotiating with them, we are in trouble. father, keep watch over your _ in trouble. father, keep watch over your children. _ in trouble. father, keep watch over your children. you - in trouble. father, keep watch over your children. you are - in trouble. father, keep watch | over your children. you are the keeper— over your children. you are the keeper of— over your children. you are the keeper of zions, _ over your children. you are the keeper of zions, you _ over your children. you are the keeper of zions, you never- keeper of zions, you never sleep _ keeper of zions, you never sleep or— keeper of zions, you never sleep or slumber. - keeper of zions, you never sleep or slumber. save - keeper of zions, you never| sleep or slumber. save the country— sleep or slumber. save the country from _ sleep or slumber. save the country from the _ sleep or slumber. save the country from the hands - sleep or slumber. save the country from the hands ofi sleep or slumber. save the - country from the hands of these evil people _ you know, the more you speak to children whose parents have been kidnapped, the more overwhelming this oblivious. t overwhelming this oblivious. i became a parent myself a year ago to understand, if your child has been taken, all you want them is to come back home but then there is the other side of the argument. if you
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pay ransoms, the kidnappings continue, it's an industry that is going so if you are apparent in nigeria right now, it's frightening because he wanted to stop, but then you want your children to come back and there are no clear answers. two more students from greenfield were killed after dorothy. eventually, the remaining abductees were released after the parents paid the kidnappers 150 million naira. that is $360,000. but the governor of kaduna state, nasir ahmad el—rufai, is refusing to pay kidnappers. so you think that one of the reasons why they may be targeting the state is because you've made it clear that you won't pay ransoms? yes. do you think then by making that statement, you're
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putting your citizens, your residence of kaduna state, at greater risk?— residence of kaduna state, at greater risk? not necessarily. i think in the _ greater risk? not necessarily. i think in the long _ greater risk? not necessarily. i think in the long run - greater risk? not necessarily. ! think in the long run or- i think in the long run or actually the medium term it makes the state safer. we still have kidnappers, individuals being kidnapped, attempted kidnap of students. they have been successful in two cases, but not on the kind of scale you've seen in other states. here in kaduna just last week, three university students were kidnapped. yes. how can you tell their parents that their children are safer? t children are safer? i sympathise with children are safer? t sympathise with the parents, but that will not change with time. the only way further kidnapping to end is for society to stake a stand that we will not pay. i know the pain of losing children but i have to support the overall interest of the society which elected me to provide leadership.— elected me to provide leadership. the nigerian government _ leadership. the nigerian government has - leadership. the nigerian government has long - leadership. the nigerian - government has long denied the
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links between criminal groups operating in north—western nigeria and the extremist group boko haram in the north—east. but in recent months, they have acknowledged that the two security crises may now be connected. security crises may now be connected-— security crises may now be connected. :, :, , :, : , connected. we have to branches of islamic _ connected. we have to branches of islamic state _ connected. we have to branches of islamic state active _ connected. we have to branches of islamic state active or - of islamic state active or building up here and it's quite worrying and this is why i said the country is at war. this banditry is not some mere criminality, it is war and the only way to deal with it is to launch a full—scale war against the bandits because the bandits and terrorists are linked, and they are one and the same. tt they are one and the same. if boko haram's influences spreading, doesn't it show that the federal government doesn't have a handle on security at all, that security has not been handled well at all? security has improved. i think many parents would disagree. boko
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haram occupied _ parents would disagree. boko haram occupied how- parents would disagree. boko haram occupied how many . haram occupied how many offices? should they have been wiped out?— offices? should they have been wiped out?- we _ offices? should they have been wiped out? yes. we work with the security — wiped out? yes. we work with the security forces _ wiped out? yes. we work with the security forces to - wiped out? yes. we work with the security forces to try to rescue the students. they are doing their best, but they can doing their best, but they can do better. the sources available to them can be proved, definitely. outdoor t an t s proved, definitely. outdoor gangs are _ proved, definitely. outdoor gangs are not _ proved, definitely. outdoor gangs are not only - proved, definitely. outdoor| gangs are not only targeting schools. they also regularly abduct civilians travelling by road. something that negotiation is the only way to enter the kidnapping pandemic sweeping rural areas. villages have been raided and the death toll is rising. according to the international crisis group, many if not all of these gangs are made up of members of the ethnic fulani group. they
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normally made a living from cattle but environmental issues has left many of them without an income. controversial islamic clary —— islamic cleric ahmad gumi has made himself a middleman but he says the marginalisation of the fulani group are causing problems. they express themselves in a violent way. it's dangerous for a nation like nigeria that has a nation like nigeria that has a lot of money to allow a mixed segment of this population without any formal education, to behave in a certain way. t to behave in a certain way. i understand they might be unhappy with the way they've been treated by the authorities in the past. do you think that killing, that action is justified? tt killing, that action is justified?—
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killing, that action is 'ustified? �* , justified? it wasn't 'ustified when you t justified? it wasn't 'ustified when you but _ justified? it wasn't justified when you put people - justified? it wasn't justified when you put people in - justified? it wasn't justified when you put people in the j when you put people in the middle of a war, it is right to kill the opposite. the press has been saying fulani are criminals, killers, the nation is charged against fulani. innocent people.- is charged against fulani. innocent people. is charged against fulani. innocent --eole. ~ innocent people. while we were filmint , innocent people. while we were filming, there _ innocent people. while we were filming, there is _ innocent people. while we were filming, there is news _ innocent people. while we were filming, there is news on - filming, there is news on victory and rejoicing. the missing sisters from the forestry school. they finally made it home. theirjoyful prayers this time, as the girls are reunited in the family rejoice in victory, you are home. welcome home. i joined them on a video call from lagos.
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what is it like to have your daughter's home with you, how do you feel? now that the this thing has happened to you, this terrible thing, are you going to apply to university? do you want to continue with your education? what about you, rejoice, are you scared? especially if you have to sleep
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there? the students release was negotiated by sheikh gumi. the return is not an uncommon experience. the majority of children have been kidnapped in the last eight months have gone home. but there is no doubt that education here has been deeply disturbed. the sub'ect is what, pleural. i deeply disturbed. the sub'ect is what, pleural. the �* deeply disturbed. the subject is what, pleural. the answerl deeply disturbed. the subject | is what, pleural. the answer is pleural. is what, pleural. the answer is bleural. , :, pleural. even before the kidnappings. _ pleural. even before the kidnappings, nigeria - pleural. even before the| kidnappings, nigeria was pleural. even before the - kidnappings, nigeria was home to the largest number of out—of—school children in the world. it is correct. in the north of the country, only one into attend school. now schools here are no longer secure. many have been forced
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to close. families continue to live in fear that their child could be the next to be taken. hello there. friday evening brought some quite dramatic weather for some of us, especially across parts of england. through the western side of the midlands, there was some heavy, thundery rain. that was how it looked for a weather watcher in south staffordshire. and then to the north—east of london, and up into essex, some really vicious thunderstorms, with reports of localised flash flooding and even reports of a tornado in east london, or at the very least some squally gusty winds in amongst the showers, which did cause some damage.
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and the weather system responsible will still be quite close by as we head through this weekend. it will become slow moving across northern france, but from time to time, it will throw showers or longer spells of rain back in our direction. and we will see some showers during saturday, across england and wales particularly. through east anglia, into the midlands and wales, we could see some particularly heavy, thundery ones during the afternoon. more cloud for north—east england, south—east scotland. some patchy rain here. brighter skies for northern scotland and for northern ireland, and top temperatures between 14 and 22 degrees. so, some of those heavy showers in the south will continue during saturday evening and some more persistent rain is likely to start to slide across the channel islands, and that will come into play across southern counties of england as we get into the first part of sunday. elsewhere, we start sunday on a mainly dry note. those are your temperatures for sunday morning, nine to 14 degrees. so this weather system that will become very slow moving through the weekend is likely to throw a band of rain back northwards as we go through the day on sunday. there is uncertainty aboutjust
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how far north the rain will get, but it's likely to affect southern counties of england. it may spread into south wales and parts of the midlands as well. further north, it should be largely dry, with patchy cloud and some spells of sunshine. i think thicker cloud across the far north—west of scotland and temperatures between 18 and 22 degrees in most places. so, to sum up for the weekend, we will see some spells of sunshine, but there will be a few showers around on saturday. some of those could be quite heavy. and potentialfor some more persistent rain in southern parts as we head through sunday. and southern areas could see further rain during the week ahead. some of that rain could be quite heavy. further north, it looks drier. some of the highest temperatures likely to be across scotland, up to 24 degrees.
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