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this is bbc news. i'm david eades with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. a diplomatic push to avoid war in ukraine as the us and russian presidents degree they will hold a summit on the deepening crisis. queen elizabeth tests positive to covid—19. buckingham positive to covid—19. palace says the 95—year—old buckingham palace says the 95—year—old is experiencing mild symptoms. they are back. international visitors return to australia as the country opens up to fully vaccinated travellers for the first time in almost two years. and the secret to running almost 100 miles at world record pace and beating all the men in the process. we speak to the american ultra—runner and her coach. after 16 days of competition the winter olympics come to a spectacular
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close in beijing. it would appear the ground work is being late for a diplomatic summit aimed is being late for a diplomatic summitaimed at is being late for a diplomatic summit aimed at avoiding a war in ukraine. —— being laid. french president emmanuel macron says bothjoe biden and vladimir putin have agreed in principle to meet to discuss the situation. mr macron�*s office at a meeting could only take place if russia does not invade the country. —— office said. speaking on us television, us secretary of state secretary blinken said president biden was prepared to meet mr putin at any time, in any format, if that could help prevent a war. explosions have been continuing in ukraine's eastern donbass region over the course of the weekend, and it
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increased clashes between ukrainian government forces and russian backed rebels. sarah rainsford has the latest from here. —— from kyiv. these drills in belarus were meant to end with russian tanks rolling back to their bases. but all this firepower is now staying put, indefinitely. not far from ukraine's border. in a crisis that is all about signalling, this is russia refusing to de—escalate. let's really take a moment to understand the significance of what we are talking about. it has been over 70 years and through those 70 years, as i mentioned yesterday, there has been peace and security. we're talking about the real possibility of war in europe. russia is talking up the danger too. helping evacuate women and children from the breakaway regions of ukraine it controls, claiming kyiv is planning an attack there. so president macron phoned vladimir putin today. the kremlin did agree to continue seeking a diplomatic solution but its troops are still
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in place despite the threat of sanctions. we have to accept at the moment that vladimir putin is possibly thinking illogically about this and does not see the disaster ahead. and i think it is vital for us all now to get over what a catastrophe it would be for russia. but for russia, this is all about pulling ukraine back into its orbit. eight years ago, ukrainians came out in huge numbers on this very square to demand their independence. the right to decide their own future and direction without moscow dictating. they paid a really heavy price for that, but the feeling is stronger than ever now. so they are preparing to resist here anyway they can. this was self—defence for women for a wartime scenario. pretty extreme but so are predictions of western governments in this crisis.
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sarah rainsford, bbc news, kyiv. well, i have been speaking to professor kathryn stoner, the director of the central democracy, developmentand director of the central democracy, development and the rule of law at stanford university. i asked rule of law at stanford university. iasked her what she thought the ultimate aim for president putin was. the problem with using nato as an excuse here, is that nato has not expanded since 2004, to russia's borders, it's expanded since then but not to russia's borders and there are no plans for ukraine to join. so then what's the point here, why has mr putin manufactured a crisis? and i think the answer is partly his own domestic politics and the example that ukraine sets, it is a flawed, young, raucous democracy, it has an open media, a lively civil society, and that's not what he would like to see in
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russia. so the demonstration effect of that for his own regime's longevity is highly problematic, and for historical reasons. you mentioned the domestic appeal or otherwise as to the route he's embarking on. i don't suppose russians want an entrenched conflict on their doorstep, which also will cost, no doubt, billions of dollars, one way or another. but how well equipped financially and in terms of resources do you think russia is now, actually, to engage, if it chooses to do so? so, you're right. most russians, at this point at least, don't seem to want a war with ukraine, but what's being presented to them is a bit different from what we are seeing, in the russian media, it's the ukrainians who are the aggressors,
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the ukrainians committing, in mr putin's words, "genocide" against ethnic russians in the east of ukraine, but still it's a very low percentage of people in support of going in. that was the case in february 2014 as well, then support shot up once mr putin had done it. so it depends what they show on russian media, of course, of this conflict. your second question was, how ready are they? well, they're ready. one of the things in terms of researching my book was covering the military reform that's taken place in russia between 2008 and 2020. russia has professionalised its military, it's battle hardened, it is no longer a conscript army. it is modernised with modern weapons and they're ready also financially. donbass there.
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let's get some of the day's avenues. an international investigation by reporters into the banking giant, credit suisse, appears to show that its accounts held assets worth billions of dollars on behalf of clients with links to crime. the journalists found that the swiss bank held millions of dollars for heads of state, businessmen subject to sanctions, and alleged human rights abusers from across the world. rescue workers and volunteers from several brazilian states have arrived in the city of petropolis to help recover the victims of tuesday's floods and mudslides. the authorities have said the chances of finding any survivors is now very slim. 171 people are now known to have died. more than 120 are still missing. police in the canadian capital 0ttawa have cleared a protest site which had been occupied by demonstraters for the past three weeks. they've defended the use of pepper spray, saying officers faced aggressive resistance. more than 170 people have been arrested and 38 vehicles seized. the dominican republic has begun the construction
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of a new barrier along its border with haiti, which extends for nearly 400 kilometres. the barrier will be much taller than the current fence and will be equipped with cameras and lights. president luis abinader said the new extended barrier would help to control migration, drug trafficking and arms smuggling. queen elizabeth is expected to carry out what has been referred to as light duties this week after she tested positive for covid—19. buckingham palace says she is experiencing mild, cold like symptoms. the news camejust days after the queen might 70 years since her accession to the throne. he is nicholas witchell. —— here's. i'm here! windsor castle on wednesday. the queen meeting defence officials. the only health issue then was to do with her mobility. good morning, your majesty. how are you? well, as you can see i can't move.
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that exclamation, "i can't move", is thought to indicate that she may be having knee or hip trouble. but now, after two years of careful shielding from the risk of covid, it's clear that the virus has penetrated windsor castle. several staff have tested positive and so has the queen. in a statement, buckingham palace said: those light duties are expected to include continuing with the paperwork as head of state. shortly after the palace confirmed that the queen had covid, she sent a message congratulating the team gb women's and men's curling teams on their medals at the winter games. the main concern of the queen's doctors will focus around the fact that she is now just nine weeks from her 96th birthday. any person of that age
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will need to be monitored fairly carefully and, also, i think given antivirals. we do know that if you give antivirals early on in an illness you can substantially reduce the risk of severe disease. the queen is thought to have been fully vaccinated against covid and if she has given antiviral drugs, they should protect against serious illness. political leaders were quick to tweet their good wishes. the prime minister said "i am sure i speak for everyone in wishing her majesty, the queen, a swift recovery from covid and a rapid return to vibrant good health". the leader of the opposition tweeted "on behalf of myself and the whole of @labour uk, wishing her majesty the queen good health and a speedy recovery. get well soon, ma'am." in recent days both the prince of wales and the duchess of cornwall have tested positive for covid. the prince, who met his mother at windsor on february 8, has already made a full recovery. it is to be hoped that his mother will do the same.
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nicholas witchell, bbc news. come and say g'day. that is the slogan being pushed out to international travellers. at least, those travellers fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. more than 50 international flights are due to arrive on the course of monday after nearly two years of closure. 0ur correspondence shaimaa khalil is in sydney. g'day, david! this is like the big slogan from tourism australia, good morning to you. it is a big day for australia finally welcoming international tourists after two years after being sealed off from the world. remember, the country had already partially opened to australian nationals and visa holders but now anyone can come in quarantine free, provided they are double jabbed on testing negative. the exception is western australia, it remains closed
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until march 3 and it will require three jabs. but there has been an atmosphere of celebration around different airports and other states, including sydney, travellers welcomed with flowers, toy colours, vegemite jars and of course the famous australian tim tams which made me jealous, because of course this is very welcome news for the australian tourism and travel sectors. they have been devastated over the last two years of the pandemic with these closures. we know that things are not going to go to pre—pandemic numbers right away. remember, tourism was one of australia's fastest growing sectors, earning the country about $3 billion us for 2019, industry officials know it will take time and many years to return to these levels, especially with two of their biggest markets, china and new zealand, still heavily restricted
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when it comes to travel. yes, it's a step in the right direction and they are saying g'day to people arriving here but it will be a while before it picks up. that was shaimaa khalil. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: we take a look at the life ofjamaal edwards, a leading figure in the rap and grime scene after his death at the age of 31. prince charles has chosen his bride. the prince proposed to lady diana spencer three weeks ago. she accepted, she says, without hesitation. as revolutions go, this had its fair share of bullets. a climax in the night outside he gates of mr marcos' sanctuary, malacanang — the name itself symbolising one of the cruellest regimes of modern asia. the world's first clone has been produced i of an adult mammal. scientists in scotland have i produced a sheep called dolly using a cell-
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from another sheep. warren beatty and faye dunaway announced to the world that the winner of best film was la la land. the only trouble was it wasn't. the mistake was put right in the middle of gushing speeches by the team behind the modern musical. not for 20 years have locusts been seen in such numbers in this part of africa. some of the swarms have been ten miles long. this is the last time - the public will see this pope. very soon, for the sake of. the credibility and authority of the next pope, benedict xvi will, in his own words, j "be hidden from the world for the rest of his life". i this is bbc news. the latest headlines: a diplomatic push to avoid war in ukraine as the us and russian presidents agree to hold a summit on the deepening crisis. queen elizabeth tests positive for the coronavirus. buckingham palace says the 95—year—old is experiencing mild symptoms.
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the olympic games offer us a glimpse of the sacrifices that many people make to get to the top — and more on the games in a moment — but how about this? american endurance athlete camille herron won the usa track and field 100 mile championship, beating her previous mark by almost 1.5 minutes. she won the race in 12 hours 41 minutes 11 seconds, averaging around 7:37 minutes per mile. let's not split hairs. i've been speaking to camille and indeed too to her coach and husband. i'm definitely very, very grateful and pleased for what i ran and, yeah, i have to give credit to my husband here behind me for it. well, i should hope so, but i've been asked to say, talk us through the race but it's100 miles, so i think we had better keep it pretty tight! laughs. did you feel you are getting
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stronger as you get older? definitely! you know, i say that women ultra runners age like fine wine. so i seem to be getting better with age, so i'm just going to enjoy the ride while i can. when you say, "enjoy the ride," i mean, that's an interesting use of language there. i don't know if you know haruki murakami, who wrote a book which is what i talk about running — what i talk about running when i'm running — words to that effect. he said pain is inevitable, suffering is optional. do you — you must suffer when you're running 100 miles. do you sort of enjoy that suffering? yeah, absolutely. i'm somebody that is a very happy, positive person and i run with a smile on my face and it's my pleasure to show the world what's possible and push my human limits and yeah, i enjoy every moment out there. ijust — ifeel like i'm born to run and i'm doing what i'm supposed to do for my life. well, i'm irish — i'm irish —
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and she's probably running away from me all the time, so... well, i was just going to come to you, conor. you have the look of a runner as well, but maybe you are a cyclist if you are a coach. do you stick — can you keep up with her? no way! i used to run a lot more than i do now but, you know, running 100 miles takes a lot of effort but also, you need to have a really good crew because nutrition is a big part of it, so i'm fortunate enough to be a part of this and ijust hang out on the sidelines and make sure she has the proper nutrition and every lap that she comes through and yeah, it's been an exciting and fun journey, this whole thing. yeah. i'll bet it has but in terms of training, then, do you say, "ok, camille. "you're going to do an 80 mile run today. "off you go. "i'll see you in — i don't know — nine hours?" no, you know, camille was a former marathoner before she got into ultra running so, we actually — our whole training and the way we look at training is we continue training just like marathoners train. we haven't changed a thing.
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what she did as a marathoner, she continues to do. i think part of it is she has really good genes and i like to say she is in love with the sport and she just loves to win and she won this race outright, so she beat all of the men, too — which is very rare. yeah. i was very motivated going into the race to beat all the — everybody there — both men and women — and i knew ijust had to be patient and run my own race and pace myself and the men started to — i started to catch up with the men later in the race and thatjust really motivated me. well, well done for that. dare i ask, very briefly, how do you relax? sleeps! how do i relax? so, yeah, we definitely like our tacos and beer. i'm a pretty normal human outside of this amazing talent that i have and, you know, my credit — my husband is a really easygoing guy as well. i'm irish! i hang out with my husband and our german shepherd, winnie, so...
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well done to her. let's focus on the winter olympics. the beijing winter olympics has drawn to a close with a lavish firework display. the games contained plenty of controversy — including a doping scandal concerning a 15—year—old russian figure skater. one of the stories of the games was double gold medal success for an athlete competing at her fifth games. team gb picked up two medals, both in curling, but the games themselves struggled to cut through with tv audiences. they wanted to create a simple, safe and splendid games. thank you forjoining me doctor brown. they achieve what they set out to achieve?— set out to achieve? well, i think the _ set out to achieve? well, i think the things _ set out to achieve? well, i think the things that - set out to achieve? well, i think the things that you i set out to achieve? well, i i think the things that you have listed, yes, they achieved that, the games were well organised, covid was kept under control, i think somewhat surprisingly really because it could have been a disaster ——dr
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brownell. but after one week into the games, the rate of infection was dropping and very soon, they had zero new infections so it was really quite a victory for them. yeah, everything went smoothly, there were spectacular sport performances. i'm not sure they could have asked for anything more than that. in could have asked for anything more than that.— could have asked for anything more than that. in terms of the sort, it more than that. in terms of the sport. it went _ more than that. in terms of the sport, it went well _ more than that. in terms of the sport, it went well and - more than that. in terms of the sport, it went well and as - more than that. in terms of the sport, it went well and as we i sport, it went well and as we heard, a spokesman said today zero covid infections again so it has worked well. however, it may have been uncomfortable for many athletes and indeed for the sort of officials around that. what about the position of china in terms of notjust proving it can do this but standing up to scrutiny as a country which has faced of course we have other diplomatic boycott of beijing by a number of countries, this sense that whatever they say about human rights and civil rights and
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improving them, 0lympic rights and civil rights and improving them, olympic games don't really make much of a difference?— don't really make much of a difference? i'm sure that the chinese were _ difference? i'm sure that the chinese were disappointed . difference? i'm sure that the - chinese were disappointed when there was the diplomatic boycott because in 2008, in particular us china relations has perhaps never been friendlier and that was on display as president bush attended the games and was seen sort of hobnobbing with everyday people in beijing. they may have expected that and i'm sure it was a disappointment. and just overall, the political controversy surrounding this games did not fade into the background like they typically do with olympic games. they faded somewhat but not as much, i think, so i'm not convinced these games ended with quite these games ended with quite the feelgood sentiment, or at least not as strong a feelgood sentiment as usually typical of an olympic games. and i'm sure that's not helpful towards china's effort to promote its national image around the
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world. �* ., national image around the world. ., ., world. another part of the effort would _ world. another part of the effort would have - world. another part of the effort would have seemed j world. another part of the i effort would have seemed to world. another part of the - effort would have seemed to be to bring these winter sports into this sort of bedrock of chinese life almost and get more and more people involved and active. do you think that has worked with this be a passing fad for most chinese? i think the development of the winter sports industry and the increase in mass participation increase in mass participation in sports is going to be the big legacy of these games. if anybody cares, because i think, you know, what the world was watching was human rights and political issues. but that was the leading claim they made in trying to sell the bed in the first place to the international olympic committee. and they carried through on it and by all accounts, these newly built resorts which were built all over the country are being flooded with new skiers and the enthusiasm for winter sports really seems to have been built up. and they're actually
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already was a certain degree of popularity of skiing and skating in the north—east, where they have the conditions, so they did actually have a foundation to build on and i think these fully popular sports and i think pretty soon, china will be a winter sports power but it has been in the past. power but it has been in the ast. , , , ., past. they did pretty well on the metal— past. they did pretty well on the metal table _ past. they did pretty well on the metal table this - past. they did pretty well on the metal table this time - past. they did pretty well on | the metal table this time but some spectacular results and performances as well —— medal. dr brownell, thank you very much indeed. jamal edwards, a leading figure in britain's rap and grime scene, has died at the age of 31. no details have been given of the cause of his death. he set up the youtube channel,, which helped launch the careers of artists including dave, rita 0ra and ed sheeran. mark lobel looks back at his life. jamal edwards set up such a successful film operation straight after leaving school, google asked him to tell his story to help endorse their product. when you're starting off,
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it's a very lonely place and you need to make sure that you believe in yourself and you believe in your idea to take it to the next level. he got over a million followers by filming up—and—coming and established rap and pop music stars and putting them on his youtube channel, he was soon rubbing shoulders with some impressive figures, including entrepreneur richard branson and prince charles, becoming an ambassador for his charity, helping young people getjobs. if you can't, nobody can. giggling. not bad for a council estate west londoner whose filming began with no training and just a basic video camera his parents gave him when he was 15. one of the things that i wish i knew when i was a little bit younger was stuff about vat, everything about tax, finance, receipts... he became a multimillionaire by the age of 23, mainly
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from ad revenue on his youtube channel, on which mainly 13— 30—year—olds saw his work, with artists including ed sheeran, stormzy and skepta. in a tweet, the organisers of the mob0 awards said: presenter, comedian and brit awards host mo gilligan mourned the loss of a truly humble and blessed soul, saying: jamal edwards was awarded an mbe in 2015 for his work in music. he set up youth clubs and penned a self—help book. he spoke about getting bad anxiety at times. the london mayor sadiq khan said that: the inspirational entrepreneur will be remembered as a pioneering figure in british rap and grime music. jamal edwards, who has
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died at the age of 31. this is bbc news. hello. sunday brought more squally winds, heavy flooding rain, and travel disruption as yet another named storm approached the uk, storm franklin. and by monday morning, some of its biggest impacts and disruption can already be felt in northern ireland. with a met office amber warning, some gusts of wind along the north coast in particular, up to around 80 mph. it's just squeezing the isobars around storm franklin, pushing very strong and gusty winds as well across many western coastal areas overnight and into the morning, so you can expect some disruption in the morning and, indeed, through a large part of the day — although the winds are going to be slowly easing. but this is where some of the gusts will be at into the morning, the strongest ones in through northern ireland, into western coastal areas but elsewhere, gusting widely 50—60 mph for a time. it's where temperatures will be first thing. now, overnight, wintry showers will be giving a covering of snow in parts of scotland, northern ireland and northern england, especially but not
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exclusively into the hills, and this area of mostly rain will clear its way southwards through wales and england by the end of the morning and actually, we're left with increasing sunshine, the odd shower in northern scotland, along the north sea coast, but many places in the afternoon will be dry with sunny spells — and these are the afternoon wind gusts by about four o'clock, so notice how much they've come down — so the winds — the strongest winds are going to be easing and by the end of the afternoon, it may not feel too bad out there with temperatures in double figures. but again, that destruction we'll have after the stormy start may well continue after once those strongest winds have eased. a chilly start on monday night. cloud and patchy rain spreading east, some heavier rain, then, putting on towards scotland and northern ireland as tuesday begins with the winds picking up again and gales developing in places but, from tuesday onwards, although it will be windy at times, the winds are not expected to be as extreme and severe as they've been. we'll see this cold front, though, moving southwards on tuesday with an area of rain. a few wintry showers following on behind.
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and notice after initially the rain's quite heavy through parts of northern england and wales, too, it does weaken as it reaches eastern and south east england later in the day. now, behind that, we have the sunshine, the showers again turning wintry, particularly onto the hills of northern britain. these are tuesday's temperatures. now, by wednesday, there'll be another weather front moving into northern areas. a chilly start to the south. it will be cold across all parts on thursday with wintry showers around. it looks like a fine day to friday before low pressure moves back in at the weekend.
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"be hidden from the world
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for the rest of his life". i you're watching bbc news. these are the headlines: a further diplomatic push to avoid war in ukraine seems to be under way, the french president says both joe biden and vladimir putin have agreed in principle to meet to discuss the situation. further clashes are taking place in the donbas region between ukrainian government forces and russian backed rebels. queen elizabeth is due to carry out light duties this week after testing positive for covid. buckingham palace says that she is experiencing mild cold like symptoms. venues came just days after the queen marked 70 years since her accession to the throne. australia has opened its borders to fully vaccinated travellers for the first time in almost two years. more than 50 international flights are due in the course of monday. the country imposed some of the world's strictest travel bands after shutting itself off in march 2020. now on bbc


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