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welcome to bbc news. i'm mark lobel. our top stories: a us teenager who shot dead two people and injured another during racialjustice protests last year has been found not guilty of murder in a trial that polarized america. —— guilty of murder in a trial that polarised america. gunfire. police in the netherlands fire warning shots as people take to the streets, protesting against the partial lockdown imposed to curb rising covid cases. belarus' authoritarian leader alexander lukashenko speaks exclusively to the bbc. he admits that his forces may have helped migrants cross into the european union. translation: i told the eu i'm not going to take migrants on the border, hold them at the border and if
they keep coming from now on, i still won't stop them. and kamala harris becomes the first woman ever to hold us presidential powers whilejoe biden had a medical procedure. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. a us teenager who shot dead two people and injured another during racialjustice protests in wisconsin last year has been found not guilty of murder. kyle rittenhouse argued that he was repeatedly attacked and had acted in self—defence. the protests in the city of kenosha came after a black man, jacob blake, was shot by police. mr rittenhouse and the men he shot are all white. prosecutors said that the teenager had behaved like an armed vigilante who provoked several violent encounters. our correspondent nomia iqbal
reports from kenosha. the defendant will rise and face the jury and harken to its verdicts. a dangerous vigilante or someone acting in self—defence? after 26 hours, the jury decided kyle rittenhouse�*s fate. we, thejury, find the defendant, kyle h rittenhouse, not guilty. the 12 men and women of thejury accepted the teenager's claim that he killed out of fear for his safety. somehow, some way, those 12jurors found that he was innocent. yelling. applause. woo! outside court, the political divisions this case has caused were clear. you attack me, i have the right to defend myself! that's was what kyle was on trial for and kyle is now found acquitted of, 0k? so you're telling me if two guys come up to you and accost you, you can't defend yourself?
that's what was on trial today! there is no way in a law — in a land of law where a person can shoot three people, kill two of them, and be acquitted. there'sjust no way. the shooting happened against the backdrop of nationwide protests over racism and police brutality following the murder of george floyd. in kenosha, another black man, named jacob blake, had been shot by police seven times and on the third night of riots, kyle rittenhouse entered the city. he said he came to provide security. in a series of confrontations, he shot dead joseph rosenbaum, who had chased after him into this car park. he then killed another man who ran after rittenhouse, thinking he was an active shooter. a third man survived. police later arrested the teenager and charged him with murder. people...
sobs. at his trial, there were tears, challenges... when you point the gun at someone else, that's going to make them feel like they're about to die, right? that's what you wanted him to feel. no! ..shouting by thejudge... don't get brazen with me! ..and a controversial defence by his team in regards to the shooting of jacob blake. other people in this community have shot somebody seven times and it's been found to be ok and my client did it four times in three quarters of a second to protect his life from mr rosenbaum. i'm sorry, but that's what happened. this not guilty verdict is seen as a referendum on an issue that polarises americans beyond kenosha, and that's the issue of gun ownership. for many conservative groups, kyle rittenhouse is now seen as a hero. but for many liberal groups, he is the face of a gun culture
out of control and they're worried by being cleared of the charges what it might mean now for future protests. can americans turn up with a gun but not face any consequences? nomia iqbal, bbc news, kenosha. the parents of anthony huber, one of the people killed by kyle rittenhouse, released a statement after the verdict was announced, saying they were heartbroken. they also said that: quinn rallins is a civil rights attorney at loevy & loevy. he is counsel to anthony huber�*s family. anthony was shot by kyle rittenhouse. quinnjoins me now from chicago. what is your reaction to the verdict? . ~
what is your reaction to the verdict? ., ~ ., , what is your reaction to the verdict? . ~ what is your reaction to the verdict? ., ~ ., , ., what is your reaction to the verdict? . ~ what is your reaction to the verdict? ., ~ ., , ., , ., verdict? yeah, like many of you all, i verdict? yeah, like many of you all. hust— verdict? yeah, like many of you all. i just saw— verdict? yeah, like many of you all, i just saw the _ verdict? yeah, like many of you all, i just saw the verdict - verdict? yeah, like many of you all, i just saw the verdict a - all, i just saw the verdict a few hours ago. we are thinking about anthony's family, karen and john, they are heartbroken and john, they are heartbroken and angry, heartbroken that they will never see their son again but also angry at the verdict. they did not attend the trial as many of you know because they were traumatised already by the videos of their son's murder and they did not want to see that and hurt by a couple of insensitive comments about their son, so my view is the bottom line is there was no justice today for their son anthony, orthe justice today for their son anthony, or the other victims. and karen and john know that anthony is the one who should be remembered as a hero. he tried to disarm rittenhouse. he tried to disarm rittenhouse. he tried to disarm rittenhouse. he tried to end the gunfire. he tried to end the gunfire. he tried to end the gunfire. he tried to stop the bloodshed. also in the statement released by anthony's parents, they said neither mr rittenhouse and the kenosha police are authorised,
there were, this bloody rampage will escape justice. what does that mean? will escape 'ustice. what does that mean?— will escape 'ustice. what does that meant— will escape 'ustice. what does that mean? well, this criminal trial is really _ that mean? well, this criminal trial is really about _ trial is really about accountability for kyle rittenhouse, but was the intention of that criminal trial. our case is a federal civil rights lawsuit against law enforcement, who allowed this circus to happen. it's about accountability for law enforcement. we believe that they were aware, that they knew there armed individuals planned to patrol the streets and threatened to harm citizens and did nothing to stop it. in fact, we believe that they encouraged it, but they allowed rittenhouse and other armed individuals to play by a different set of rules and move freely, to terrorise protesters. but this is, the real caveat is that we also have different legal claims that we are moving on and a different burden to prove so this criminal case, the burden was on the prosecutors to prove beyond reasonable doubt that
rittenhouse was not reasonably in fear for their safety. rittenhouse was not reasonably infearfortheirsafety. our civil suit, infearfortheirsafety. our civilsuit, our infearfortheirsafety. our civil suit, our burden is to prove that they were civil rights violations, prove each element by a preponderance of the evidence, so we believe that this criminal trial has no impact whatsoever but the real caveat is what is the accountability look like for law enforcement that allow this circus to happen?— circus to happen? outside the courthouse. — circus to happen? outside the courthouse, some _ circus to happen? outside the courthouse, some people - circus to happen? outside the i courthouse, some people argued that if the defendant had been black, it may have been a different result. do you agree with that?— different result. do you agree with that? ~ ., ., , with that? well, unfortunately, this is another _ with that? well, unfortunately, this is another chapter - with that? well, unfortunately, this is another chapter in - with that? well, unfortunately, this is another chapter in an - this is another chapter in an ugly book. the beginning of this chapter was a black man who was unjustly killed, shot seven times in front of his children. the middle of that chapter was significant protests and outrage. people on the streets, including the
victims. the end of the chapter is the one who did the murdering, a white individual, was acquitted. and the facts are different in some ways but the larger narrative is far too common in terms of what we see in not only present—day but historically and that's the beauty of the civil rights lawsuit, it's a tool that has been used as early as the 1800s to bring accountability with people's civil rights being violated, often times people of colour. , , ., , colour. this is polarised america _ colour. this is polarised america and _ colour. this is polarised america and president. colour. this is polarised - america and president biden has actually conceded some people would be very angry with the result. if i may ask you, how has this affected you personally?- has this affected you personally? has this affected you tersonall ? ., personally? yeah, well, i grew u . personally? yeah, well, i grew u- in personally? yeah, well, i grew "p in black— personally? yeah, well, i grew up in black communities, - up in black communities, continue to do civil rights work, i have a daughter who is black and she is five years old and she understands law enforcement and she knows what guns and i have to explain to her what happened. but if you
talk to anybody in any black community, most progressive communities throughout the country, you ask them are they surprised by the verdict and unfortunate parties they will say no, and it will be an emphatic no. any barbershop, any beauty salon, and that is because people know that there is a pattern in practice of violations by law enforcement officers, often in conjunction with private actors who they allow to run wonton and we see people's lives being taken when they did not have to be.- they did not have to be. quinn rallins, counsel— they did not have to be. quinn rallins, counsel to _ they did not have to be. quinn rallins, counsel to anthony i rallins, counsel to anthony huber�*s family, thank you so much forjoining us. huber's family, thank you so much forjoining us.- huber's family, thank you so much forjoining us. much for 'oining us. thank you for much forjoining us. thank you for having _ much forjoining us. thank you for having me. _ and you can keep up to date with the developments in the kyle rittenhouse case on our website. there's also detailed analysis of all the rest of the news, business and sport. just head to bbc.com/news or download the bbc news app. police in the netherlands
have fired warning shots during a violent protest against covid—19 restrictions. hundreds of demonstrators clashed with police in the city of rotterdam, torching cars and throwing rocks. police fired warning shots and used water cannon, shutting down public transport and ordering protesters to go home. police say there have bee injuries related to the fired shots. —— police say there have been injuries related to the fired shots. it comes after the netherlands reimposed restrictions for three weeks in an attempt to curb rising coronavirus infections. austria is to make it a legal requirement to get vaccinated from february. it's also becoming the first european union country to reimpose a nationwide lockdown, starting on monday. in the uk, infection rates are still high but falling, according to the latest data, as our health editor hugh pym reports. looking ahead to christmas. but before then, the austrian
people are facing bleak winter weeks with a 20—day lockdown from monday. they will only be allowed to leave home for work, exercise or shopping for essentials, and vaccination against covid will become compulsory in february. translation: despite months of persuasive efforts, - despite media campaigns, despite all discussions, we did not manage to convince enough people to get vaccinated. at the start of the week, austria planned restrictions on those who hadn't been jabbed, but infections carried on rising and now, a tougher set of measures. translation: i don't actually mind being at home - - i have a job which i can do from home, it doesn't bother me much — but i will miss the cafe, of course. translation: there is no other way, even though i i don't like it. in literature, you can read that pandemics last at least three years, and we should avoid that. so, will germany follow austria with lockdown restrictions?
ministers said nothing was being ruled out and rising case numbers had created a national emergency. while uk daily cases relative to the population haven't surged, germany's have accelerated and are now not far behind. the netherlands and austria have imposed different forms of lockdown as their infection rates soared. so, what does this meanforthe uk? some argue that more immunity is being built up after previous infections and the rest of europe is now following. maybe they are actually experiencing what some parts of the uk experienced a little bit earlier in the autumn with delta, with things opening up and with the vaccines not fully kicking in, particularly for people in mid—life — that may be the pattern. i wouldn't assume we are going to follow the same trajectory as europe, but we're watching very closely and obviously, there is concern. the latest infection surveyed from the office of national statistics suggests that in england last week, one in 65 people had the virus
— lower than the previous week. in wales, it was one in 55 — also down. in scotland, with one in 95 people, case rates were said to be broadly level. in northern ireland, with one in 65 people, the trend was said to be uncertain. experts say the future path of covid is hard to predict. much will depend on the vaccine rollout. the scottish government says its certificate scheme has contributed to a small rise in take—up among young people and it may be extended. as in all the uk's nations, case data will be watched as closely as ever. hugh pym, bbc news. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: we'll have the story of a german french horn player who was born with no arms and is now touring with the bournemouth symphony orchestra.
benazir bhutto has claimed victory in pakistan's general election, and she's asked pakistan's president to name her as prime minister. jackson's been released on bail of $3 million after turning himself in to police in santa barbara. it was the biggest i demonstration so far of the fast—growing _ european anti—nuclear movement. the south african government has announced that it's opening the country's remaining whites—only beaches to people of all races. this will lead to a black majority government in this country and the destruction of the white civilisation. part of the centuries—old windsor castle, - one of the queen's residences, has been consumed by fire for much of the day. - 150 firemen have been battling the blaze, i which has caused millions.
of pounds worth of damage. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: a us teenager who shot dead two people and injured another during racialjustice protests last year has been found not guilty of murder, in a trial that polarised america. belarus's leader, alexander lu kashenko, says he won't stop the flow of thousands of migrants through his country as they try to enter the european union. in an exclusive interview with the bbc, mr lukashenko admitted that his armed forces may actually be helping migrants cross the heavily guarded border into poland. steve rosenberg spoke to him at the presidential palace in minsk. it's not often you get
the chance to meet the man who's been labelled "europe's last dictator". the west says alexander lukashenko is using migrants as a political weapon. we confronted him with claims his troops have been cutting borderfences to help migrants into the eu. translation: our guys - are helping the migrants get into polish territory? it's perfectly possible. i think that's absolutely possible. maybe somebody helped them. i won't even look into this. thousands of migrants have been coming to belarus to try to slip into europe. alexander lukashenko denies bringing them here, but he warned the eu six months ago. translation: you told the eu that belarus had been stopping migrants, but that now they would have to catch them themselves. the migrants took that to mean belarus is open to them. i told the eu i'm not going to detain migrants on the border, hold them
at the border, and if they keep coming from now on, i still won't stop them. because they're not coming to my country, they're going to yours. the west stopped talking to us and working with us. if you don't want to, then fine. we'll sort this problem out ourselves, as best we can. this was belarus last year. alexander lukashenko under intense pressure, accused of rigging an election and stealing the presidency. if, as you claim, you won 80% of the vote, then why is it that crowds of people came onto the streets? not to congratulate you on your crushing victory, but to accuse you of stealing their votes. it doesn't make sense. there's no sense in your head, steve, or in the heads of your masters. mr lukashenko launched a brutal
post—election crackdown on his critics and on civil society. we saw protesters being beaten and we saw young people coming out of detention centres with injuries on the bodies. 0k, ok, i admit it, iadmit it. you admit it? people were beaten at the 0krestina detention centre. but there were police beaten up, too, and you didn't show this. anyone who speaks out against you, who opposes you, you call a traitor or an enemy. why? they haven't betrayed me, steve. they've betrayed belarus. sincejuly, 270 ngos have been shut down in belarus. i'll answer your question with no bother. we'll massacre all the scum that you, the west, have been financing. oh, you're upset that we've destroyed all your structures,
your ngos and all those that you've been paying for. europe doesn't see mr lukashenko as a legitimate president. he claims not to care. a pariah in the west, he knows there's always president putin's russia to fall back on. steve rosenberg, bbc news, minsk. kamala harris has become the first woman in american history to become acting president of the united states. she took over briefly as head of state and commander—in chief while president biden had a medical procedure under anaesthetic. earlier president biden, departed walter reed national military medical center en route to the white house, and has now resumed his presidential duties. let's get more from our reporter, suzanne kianpour, who is usually based in washington and has been working the phones on this one. this moment of history was a
great one but a short one. it lasted less than a soccer match. . lasted less than a soccer match. , ,., j~ lasted less than a soccer match. , j~ , lasted less than a soccer match. , , ., match. yes, so 85 minutes, to be exact _ match. yes, so 85 minutes, to be exact for— match. yes, so 85 minutes, to be exact. for 85 _ match. yes, so 85 minutes, to be exact. for 85 minutes i be exact. for 85 minutes america had a woman president. now, i am told by one of my white house sources that not a whole lot really changed. you just get extra secret service during that time. she works from her west wing office. 50 from her west wing office. so she didn't go anywhere else. this move is not unprecedented, is it? ., ., , , this move is not unprecedented, isit? ., ., _ , ., . is it? no. previously george w bush had _ is it? no. previously george w bush had a _ is it? no. previously george w bush had a couple _ is it? no. previously george w bush had a couple of - bush had a couple of colonoscopies, the procedure that president biden had today, and he transferred power to his then vice president, dick cheney, and so there is a process for this. in order to transfer power you send a letter to the speaker of the house, speaker pelosi, and the most senior senator in the senate, which is senator leahy right now, and that transfers power to the vice president, so
kamala harris became president for, as you said, 85 minutes today. and then, once the procedure was done and joe biden was coherent again, another letter was sent and congress signed off on that, and he resumed his powers as president. now, there was a president. now, there was a president who did not follow these rules, and that was president trump. as we know, he was 12 not always necessarily follow protocol. allegedly, his press secretary, stephanie gresham, wrote in her book that president trump had a procedure and did not go under anaesthetic because he did not want to transfer power to his vice president, mike pence. so if he didn't go under anaesthetic, actually, he wasn't breaking the rules as such, then. wasn't breaking the rules as such. then-— wasn't breaking the rules as such, then. well, no. that is true, such, then. well, no. that is true. he _ such, then. well, no. that is true, he didn't. _ such, then. well, no. that is true, he didn't. but - such, then. well, no. that is true, he didn't. but this i such, then. well, no. that is. true, he didn't. but this comes at a time _ true, he didn't. but this comes at a time when _ true, he didn't. but this comes at a time when kamala - true, he didn't. but this comesj at a time when kamala harris's ratings are pretty low. will
this help her in anyway? hat this help her in anyway? not necessarily. _ this help her in anyway? not necessarily. she _ this help her in anyway? not necessarily. she is _ this help her in anyway? iifrt necessarily. she is struggling on the approval front. 85 minutes as president of the united states where you did basically the same job as you are doing before... ﬁnd basically the same 'ob as you are doing before. . .i basically the same 'ob as you are doing before... and she has tiven so are doing before... and she has given so many _ are doing before... and she has given so many difficult - are doing before... and she has given so many difficult issues i given so many difficult issues to deal with as well. thank you very much forjoining us. a story about an extraordinary musician now. felix klieser plays the french horn with the bournemouth symphony orchestra, but was born without any arms. andrew plant reports. ready? yeah. mozart horn concerto no 4. to be a world—famous french horn player, you need good lungs. what you don't need, though, are fingers. felix klieser warming up with an instrument he fell in love with when he was just three years old.
the thing i can remember, really, is that i wanted to play exactly this instrument and nothing else. 27 years later, he is now artist in residence with bournemouth symphony orchestra, a growing reputation worldwide and a technique almost unique among top musicians. everyone thinks, oh, it should be so difficult to do with your feet, and the funny thing about it is i'm thinking the same with you. so, i'm seeing your fingers and the fingers are quite long, and i can't really understand how you can tout — a pencil with these long fingers, because the coordination is so difficult. people ask you, "is it difficult to play the french horn with feet?" i'm always answering that i don't know, i've never played with one hand, sol can't compare maybe.
this felix�*s debut on the stage in poole this week. there were, he says, many times he was told to find an easier hobby. his answer was always to practise even harder. even if people around you are saying it's not possible — it is difficult, but sometimes it could be a wonderful result to go your own way and live your dreams and do what you think, which makes you happy. he will be with the bournemouth symphony orchestra for two years, playing, touring and teaching the next generation to never give up. applause. andrew plant, bbc news, the lighthouse in poole. 0n on another positive note, the bbc�*s children in need show, which featured performances from ed sheeran and abba, has raised £39 million. if you want more on that, you can go to the
bbc website or the bbc news app where you can get news on all of our stories. you can reach some of us on social media. you can reach me on twitter. i'm @marklobel. good morning. it's been a mild november for many of us so far, and once again on friday we were seeing temperatures peaking way above the average for the time of year. in fact, in aberdeen we saw a high of 17 degrees, and in aberdeenshire generally there was a lot of blue sky and sunshine, particularly in the morning. but let's just fast—forward a few days. all is set to change, notjust in aberdeenshire, but a cold northerly wind will bring a dramatic change to the feel of the weather, i suspect, right across the country. so get out and enjoy saturday's weather if you can, still under this influence of high pressure, still relatively mild ahead of this frontal system that's going to continue to bring some outbreaks of rain out of scotland into northern ireland, gradually drifting towards north—west england and north wales.
a very weak affair by then, some scattered sharp showers tucking in behind. now, ahead of that weather front, we'll continue to see some well broken cloud with some glimpses of sunshine, with highs of 12 degrees. but behind it, those temperatures are starting to fall away, and there will be plenty of frequent showers with that brisk northerly wind. the real cold air, though, is set to arrive during saturday into sunday. as that weather front continues to sink its way steadily southwards, it's going to drive that northerly wind direction right across the country, and you really will notice the difference to the feel of the weather when you wake first thing on sunday morning. in fact, in rural sheltered areas of scotland, we're going to see a touch of frost. but the temperatures are going to fall away further. so on sunday, yes, there will be lots of sunshine around. but a brisk northerly wind just taking the edge off the feel of the weather. and it could drive in plenty of coastal showers from time to time, with perhaps some of those showers just filtering a little bit further inland across south—east england. top temperatures on sunday
a little more subdued, 8—10 degrees as a maximum. now, as we move out of sunday into monday and tuesday, we've still got that high pressure with us. still under the blue colours, that cold air circulating around that high pressure with that north—westerly flow. so basically, as we go through the week, it does look likely that the colder weather is set to stay with us, perhaps not quite as cold on wednesday, and then colder still towards the end of the week. that's when we run the risk, potentially, of a few wintry showers into the far north.
this is bbc news. the headlines: not guilty. a us teenager who shot dead two people and injured another during racialjustice protests last year has been found not guilty of murder in a trial that polarised america. kyle rittenhouse argued that he was repeatedly attacked and had acted in self—defence. police in the netherlands have fired warning shots during a demonstration by people opposed to the partial lockdown put in place to stop rising covid infections. local media say water cannon was also used to disperse a crowd of several hundred, which had set fire to police vehicles. belarus's authoritarian leader, alexander lukashenko, says he will not stop the flow of thousands of migrants through his country as they try to enter the eu. speaking to the bbc, mr lukashenko admitted his armed forces may actually be helping migrants cross the border into poland.
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