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welcome to newsday. reporting live from singapore, i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines... ukraine's military intelligence service is warning that russia is trying to split ukraine into two countries, as what happened in korea. it comes as refugees fleeing from the southern city of mariupol say they're being forced to go to russia. the entire population of shanghai is sent into isolation for the next nine days in the biggest city—wide lockdown in china since the covid outbreak began. and the academy awards ceremony will be getting under way in hollywood in the coming hours. we'll be live on the ground with the latest.
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live from our studio in singapore... this is bbc news. it's newsday. it's six in the morning in singapore and one o'clock in the morning in ukraine, where more detail has been emerging of possible peace negotiations. reports on the reuters news agency suggest president zelensky could be ready to compromise with russia over the future status of breakaway eastern provinces in the donbas region. in other developments, ukraine's military intelligence chief has claimed that russia may be trying to split ukraine in two, in the same way that north and south korea have been divided for more than half a century, after vladimir putin's forces failed to take over the whole country. it's been announced that officials from ukraine and russia will resume peace talks on monday.
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three days of discussions have been scheduled. they're to take place in turkey. remember, previous talks had taken place in belarus. meanwhile, america's most senior diplomat, along with other top officials, has been forced to clarify comments by president biden, that vladimir putin could not stay in power in russia. the ukrainian government has asked the international committee of the red cross not to open a planned office on the russian side of the border, saying it would legitimise moscow's forced deportation of civilians from the city of mariupol. although the red cross says it wasn't aware of any such evacuations, the bbc has spoken to a mariupol resident, now in russia, who says she was given "no option" but to leave. our correspondent wyre davies reports. thousands of refugees have been able to leave mariupol, travelling in packed, bomb—damaged vehicles
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to the relative safety of ukrainian—held towns. but ukraine has now accused the russian military of forcibly removing thousands of residents to russia. irina, now staying with relatives near moscow, told the bbc about herjourney out. translation: one day, | the russian military came by and said that we needed to vacate our shelter immediately because the building got fire. after leaving the shelter, we walked for about six kilometres and the shelling and made it to the city limits. those people who had families in russia could go there at their own expense. those who did not have anyone there, they were allocated to a place in russia. they were put on evacuation trains to those destinations. this is important, would you say that you and others were forcibly made to leave mariupol
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and go to russia? translation: i will put it this way, from there, everyone _ was taken to the dpr, that is russian—occupied ukraine. once there, you have to decide whether you were going to stay in the dpr or go to russia. the choice was between the dpr and russia. the city irina left behind is in ruins, barely a building left unscathed by the russian bombardment. tens of thousands are trapped in mariupol, without the basics to survive, and nowhere near enough aid being allowed in. there is absolutely a humanitarian crisis there. there has been a humanitarian crisis for well over two weeks. you have people who haven't had access to water or food for weeks now, people who are... ..dead bodies on the street and people burying now, people who are... ..dead bodies on the street and people burying the bodies of their neighbours. just the trauma and psychological burden this is going to have on a population.
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under such conditions, staying in mariupol or having to go to russia was irina's almost impossible choice. do you worry that if this war doesn't end in agreement or that parts of ukraine remain occupied, that you won't be allowed to go back to ukraine itself? translation: we hope that there will be such an opportunity. - we are already imagining ways that we can get back to our homeland. wyre davies, bbc news, dnipro, ukraine. that's the situation in mariupol. i want to tell you now about how america's most senior diplomat has been forced to clarify comments by president biden that vladimir putin "cannot remain in power" in russia. today, the us secretary of state denied it means the white house has a policy of seeking regime change in moscow. the kremlin had already dismissed mr biden�*s remarks,
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saying it's for russians to choose their leader. our diplomatic correspondent, caroline hawley, reports. i think he is a war criminal. he's a butcher. it's not the first time joe biden�*s off—the—cuff remarks about president putin have left his officials scrambling to clarify and explain. just before he left poland, he went off message again. we will have a different future, a brighterfuture, rooted in democracy and principle, hope and light, decency and dignity, freedom and possibilities. for god's sake, this man cannot remain in power. today, from his secretary of state visiting the middle east, some damage control. i think the president, the white house made the point last night that, quite simply, president putin cannot be empowered to wage war or engage aggression against ukraine or anyone else. as you know, and as you've heard us say repeatedly, we do not have a strategy of regime
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change in russia or anywhere else for that matter. the same message came from the government here. it is only the russian people that can make that decision. - i suspect most of them are pretty lfed up with putin and his croniesl and the illegal war. as the war in ukraine causes ever more destruction, there are fears that president biden is burning bridges with the kremlin, bridges that could be needed to stop the war. so, how now to put out the diplomatic flames? the veteran diplomat, richard haass, said his comments had made a dangerous situation more dangerous, and he suggested the president's aides make it clear to their russian counterparts that the us is prepared to deal with this russian government. there was a rebuke, too, from president macron of france, who's due to speak to mr putin again this week. translation: i wouldn't use that kind of language, - because i'm still talking to president putin. because what do we want to do collectively? we want to stop the war that russia has started in ukraine
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without going to war and without escalating. so, president biden arrived home from his tour of europe to questions about whether his blunt language could play into the hands of the kremlin. caroline hawley, bbc news. nearly 2 million ukrainian children have now fled russian bombardment to neighbouring countries, according to the united nations. unicef and other humanitarian organisations have warned these children, along with their mothers and otherfemale ukrainian refugees, are at a heightened risk of trafficking and exploitation. our europe editor, katya adler, sent this report from the polish ukrainian border. they grabbed what mattered most and fled for their lives. ukrainian children and women, now farfrom home, are forced to put their trust in strangers. the chaos of war now behind them, the truth is they're not always safe here either. the refugees come in.
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they have no idea what's going on. they can believe everybody. volunteer margherita hopes to stop fellow hopes to stop fellow refugees falling into the wrong hands. we caught a person who search for beautiful women to sell them for sex work. it's horrible. so horrible, many polish people are driven to take action. we have 605 amazing women who drive as much as drive as much as they can to the border. this woman has started the women behind the wheel initiative. we decided to keep this bubble of safety for these women to rest. this family is one of the lucky ones. ella has their best interest at heart, but five weeks into europe's biggest refugee crisis since world war ii, there is still since world war ii, there's still
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no efficient process to screen all those claiming to help ukrainians. over the next days and weeks, people need somewhere to sleep, to eat. many tell us they are looking for a job, and these make refugees vulnerable. here in poland, people have opened their homes to we hear many stories of abuse, but most victims are too scared to speak on camera. but this woman, now safely in denmark, said she wants to sound the alarm. translation: fake ngo workers approached me. | translation: fake ngo - workers approached me. workers approached me and my children. they looked at us sleazily. they told us to get in a van and said they would - take us to switzerland. they got angry when i asked for their ids, so i grabbed . my children and ran.
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human rights groups warn sex and organ traffickers are already active here. this is a region where there are well—established trafficking networks in place. at a time of growing numbers of women and children arriving, the risks are on the rise. organised crime isn't the only menace. some refugees are forced to work for free. to work for free, others to have sex in exchange for lodgings. the displaced and the vulnerable need our protection. katya adler, bbc news, on the polish—ukrainian border. and there's lots more on this story for you on our website, including this analysis from our north america correspondent, anthony zurcher, who's looked at what president biden said in that speech that's caused so much controversy — and how the remarks may well have some rather serious and possibly unintended consequences.
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that's on, or download the bbc news app. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme — they've rolled out the red carpet for this year's oscar awards. we'll go through the favourites. the accident that happened here was of the sort that can, at worst, produce a meltdown. in this case, the precautions worked, but they didn't work quite well enough to prevent some old fears about the safety features of these stations from resurfacing. the republic of ireland has become the first country in the world to ban smoking in the workplace. from today, anyone lighting up in offices, businesses, pubs and restaurants will
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face a heavy fine. the president was on his way out of the washington hilton hotel, where he had been addressing a trade union conference. the small crowd outside included his assailant. it has become a symbol of paris. 100 years ago, many parisians wished it had never been built. _ the eiffel tower's - birthday is being marked by a re—enactment of the first ascent by gustave eiffel. - this is newsday on the bbc. i'm karishma vaswani in singapore. our headlines... a military intelligence chief in kyiv says moscow may be attempting to split ukraine in two after failing to take the whole country. as russia's offensive stalls and civilian deaths continue to rise, the two sides agree to face—to—face talks in turkey on monday.
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some other news for you now, away from ukraine — china has announced its biggest city—wide lockdown since the covid outbreak began more than two years ago. the entire population of shanghai will be restricted to their homes over the next nine days. residents will be locked down in two groups between the 28th of march and the 5th of april and a mass testing programme will be put in place. all public transport will be suspended for the duration and factories will close. only public services and food supply operations will be allowed to continue. shanghai reported over 2,500 asymptomatic covid cases on sunday — a new daily record. our china correspondent, robin brandt, says the order has triggered panic—buying by residents. the city has been on its knees for two weeks but tonight, for two weeks, but tonight, all of a sudden, areas that were reduced to being like a ghost town are full of panicked shoppers. i've been out and seen queues
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stretching out of shops as people are trying to stock up on supplies before the lockdown kicks in in the early hours of monday morning. now, 25 million people are going to be affected. public transport is going to be shut. everyone will be subject to a mass citywide covid testing. they are breaking it down into two halves, down into two halves. the next four days will be the eastern side of the city that's in lockdown — that's where i am at the moment. then, after that, the western side will follow. shanghai is china's commercial capital, but at the moment, it is one of the worst—hit areas as china is seeing a resurgence in covid cases. the numbers are relatively small, compared to international numbers, numbering in just a few thousand in terms of confirmed cases, but by china's standards, that is significant. what we're seeing here is yet again the use of this most harshest of measures to try to contain the virus and try to maintain covid
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and china's zero—covid strategy. the next big question is how long will this lockdown last? other cities have had similar measures, but it's been longer than the nine days planned here. reports from north korea have quoted kim jong—un as saying that his country will continuing developing "formidable striking ca pabilities". it comes as the united states has called for tougher sanctions after the north korean leader oversaw the test of the country's largest ever ballistic missile last week. washington accused pyongyang of increasingly dangerous provocations. kim was speaking on a visit to thank people who contributed to thursday's missile launch. police in israel say that two suspected arab gunmen have opened fire and wounded two police officers in the city of hadera. police say the two suspects were then shot dead.
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last week, four israelis were killed and two wounded in an attack in the city of bearsheba by an arab israeli man, who had once beenjailed for links to the islamic state group. the parliament of el salvador has approved a state of emergency after a spate of gang—related murders on saturday. the new law restricts the right to assembly, allows arrests without a warrant and the monitoring of communications. police said there had been 62 murders in the latest 24—hour period. bbc news has learned that british government minister's plan to invest up to 2 and a half billion dollars in the new sizewell c nuclear power station in suffolk in the east of england. the french firm, edf, will match that 20% stake. it's hoped private investors will provide the remaining £18 billion. the 2022 award season reaches its peak in the coming hours, with the oscars taking
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place in los angeles. the top contenders for best picture include coda, the power of the dog and belfast. our culture editor, katie razzall, reports from los angeles. it's the top prize the movie business has to offer, and for days, they've been preparing, rolling out a show—stopping experience for the biggest night of the year. when it comes to the actual top prize, best picture, it's almost certain for the first time to be a film made by one of the streaming services. apple's coda, the story of a deaf family with one hearing child, appears to have the momentum behind it. whistling. netflix has pinned its hopes on its 1920s western the power of the dog. it may miss out for best picture, butjane campion looks likely to be only the third woman in history to win best director. there may be a buzz in this town about these awards, but last year's tv show attracted the lowest audience ever.
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can they turn it around? it's fun to watch celebrities gather. we're in, you know, we still have this pandemic, there's a war happening in europe and i think that having, i don't know, some distraction is not a terrible thing. and finding something that all of us can come together and have some emotions about is a really powerful and important thing. the ceremony will mark what's happening in ukraine. one of the hosts said she hoped president zelensky might even address the guests. as for the ceremony, the acting categories are the ones that punch out. west side story�*s arianna debose is tipped to win best supporting actress, the first openly queer woman of colour to take that prize. as momentous, will smith could clinch best actor, only the fifth black man to do so, for his portrayal of the father of tennis stars venus and serena williams in king richard.
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and troy kotsur should win best supporting actor and become the first deaf man with an acting oscar. sci—fi epic dune could win a sweep of craft categories, though for the first time, controversially, those awards aren't being handed out live. as for uk and irish hopes, they're pinned on sir kenneth branagh's belfast — up for seven oscars, including best picture. katie razzall, bbc news, los angeles. such exciting times. we can speak to katie. she joins us live on the red carpet outside the dolby theater. it's great to have you on the programme and i can see that it's very busy where you are. this very much the first proper event coming out of the pandemic. talk us through what the mood is like now. well. what the mood is like now. well, it's only about — what the mood is like now. well, it's only about 40 _ what the mood is like now. well, it's only about 40 minutes - what the mood is like now. well, it's only about 40 minutes until. what the mood is like now. -ii it's only about 40 minutes until the
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ceremony is recorded. the anticipation is building and it's getting busy. we had a load of people walking up the red carpet, mainly people nominated in the craft categories. they had to arrive first, but other people have started to arrive. we've seen some great outfits. but more seriously, there have been a few people wearing ukrainian flags, badges and pins to show their support. but generally, i would say it's exciting. it's my first time on the red carpet, and you can't help but feel the buzz. yeah, i'm really envious, katie, and at some point we should talk about those outfits, but before that, i want to ask you about the big winner from the evening which is tipped to be netflix, to become the first streaming giant to pick up an oscar.
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i'm not sure i agree with you. i think you can definitely say that it will be a streamer. unless kenneth branagh's belfast comes up, but it is between two films. the power of the dog, but also coda, a film by apple tv. when i first arrived, it really felt like everything was driving for the power of the dog. actually, the momentum feels like it shifted and it feels like coda could really snatch this. and become the first film made by a streamer ever to win in the last 94 years of the academy awards.— to win in the last 94 years of the academy awards. indeed. i'm sure ou'll be academy awards. indeed. i'm sure you'll be keeping _ academy awards. indeed. i'm sure you'll be keeping us _ academy awards. indeed. i'm sure you'll be keeping us up-to-date i academy awards. indeed. i'm sure l you'll be keeping us up-to-date with you'll be keeping us up—to—date with all the fat. what are the other highlights this evening —— with all of that? highlights this evening -- with all
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of that? , ., ., , of that? the highlights are actually still to come. _ of that? the highlights are actually still to come. the _ of that? the highlights are actually still to come. the highlights - of that? the highlights are actually still to come. the highlights are i still to come. the highlights are obviously the fact that we're here and it's exciting and a bit of a distraction, but i can see working down the line, various celebrities. the likes of sir kenneth branagh, and i think the highlights are all to come. ., ,., and i think the highlights are all to come. ., . to come. indeed, thanks so much. i know ou to come. indeed, thanks so much. i know you will _ to come. indeed, thanks so much. i know you will keep _ to come. indeed, thanks so much. i know you will keep us _ to come. indeed, thanks so much. i know you will keep us up-to-date l know you will keep us up—to—date throughout the day. and finally, before we go, as many of us may well have experienced in our own lives, hospitals can be a stressful place — the noise, the lights and all that running around that medical staff have to do. i want to tell you about one facility in the us that has found a novel way of reducing that stress — regular visits from a rather cute set of animals. myra anubi reports. we heard there was going to be goats. laughter. i wanted to see if it was true and it is, and i got one and it's pretty cool.
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it is astounding how people respond. there's moments ofjustjoy and laughter, sometimes even a moment of tears. 0h! it can be very stressful working here as a hospital, so this is the perfect stress release. just a distraction from work. they're very cuddly. yeah, yeah. feel soothing, makes me feel happy and relaxed.
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therapeutic gardens are designed to be a stress—coping resource for our patients and our employees 24/7. abraham, take this one and smell it. the most important characteristic is that they are plant—rich places for all 12 months and in all four seasons. oh, running with the goats isjust like having my dog with me. he'sjust really calm. for me in the garden, - i do feel less stress as well.
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what's more fun than playing with the baby goats? - that's it from us. thanks for watching. hello there. after the warm and often sunny days we've become used to lately, the forecast for this week may well come as a shock to the system. it is going to turn quite a lot colder. there's snow in the forecast for some and the nights will become increasingly cold and frosty. as we go through tonight, temperatures will drop where we keep clear skies, but we're going to see quite a lot of low cloud, mist and fog developing once again, especially across eastern areas. but also, one or two showers developing across parts of northern england, maybe northern ireland later in the night. seven or eight degrees if you see cloudy skies overhead, but temperatures in the clearer spots will get down to freezing or a touch below. but into tomorrow, this area of high pressure that's been with us
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for so many days now — well, it begins to loosen its grip and, slowly but surely, things will start to turn a bit more unsettled. so, some of those showers through the day across parts of northern england, maybe northern ireland, some areas of low cloud down this east coast could keep it quite chilly for some north sea coastal areas. and cloud rolling up from the south as well, introducing some rain for the channel islands and possibly the odd shower for southwest england and wales during the afternoon. amidst all of that, there will still be some sunshine and some warmth, temperatures at best up to 17 or 18 degrees. as we get into tuesday, quite a lot of cloud around. some showers down towards the south — some could be heavy and thundery. we start to see a weather front setting up across scotland. that will start to bring some showers, these beginning to turn wintry, as colder air tucks in from the north, and that is a sign of things to come. as we move out of tuesday into wednesday, this weather front with a wriggle along it starts to push southwards. because of this wriggle, this wave, there's uncertainty aboutjust how much progress southwards this front
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will make, how quickly it will be moving. but what we do know is behind it, we'll see much colder air tucking in, so there is likely to be some snow, especially over higher ground. but if this weather front sits around for long enough, the snow could come down to quite low levels across northern england. lots of wintry showers packing into scotland with afternoon highs ofjust four or five degrees, and even further south, much, much chillier than it has been lately. as we look towards the end of the week, it will be chilly by day, cold and frosty by night. there will be some sunshine, but some showers of rain, sleet and snow.
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hello. this is bbc news with lewis vaughanjones. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow mornings papers in a moment first the headlines. a military intelligence chief in kyiv says moscow may be attempting to split ukraine in two afterfailing to conquer the whole country. it comes as refugees fleeing from the southern city of mariupol say they are being forced to go to russia as russia's offensive stalls, and civilian deaths continue to rise, the two sides agree to face—to—face talks in turkey on monday walking it back: america's top
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diplomat says the country has no plans for regime change in russia after president biden said vladimir putin shouldn't be allowed to remain in power.


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