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hello, you're watching bbc news, i'm rich preston. our top stories. russia resumes missile attacks near kyiv. moscow says it targeted a factory making anti—ship missiles, and threatens more to come. the british home secretary pushes ahead with plans to send some asylum seekers to rwanda, despite concerns from her own civil servants. china carries out military exercises near taiwan at the same time as a group of us lawmakers visit taipei. and brain cancer patients volunteer to have their tumours genetically sequenced, as part of a new study.
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hello and welcome to bbc news. russia has threatened to intensify attacks on the ukrainian capital kyiv if its territory is targeted further. tensions have risen since the russian naval vessel moskva sank on thursday. it was the flagship of the russian naval fleet in the black sea. moscow claims the sinking was caused by a fire, but ukraine insists it hit the vessel with missiles. a weapons factory near kyiv has already been partially destroyed in a russian attack. our correspondent yogita limaye reports from the ukrainian capital. this was the moskva. russia's prized warship in the black sea. it's now sunk. ukraine says its missiles hit the vessel. russia says a fire caused the ship to sink.
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it's a humiliating loss for the country. and one of the biggest such incidents since world war ii. in what is being seen as retaliation, russia's defence ministry shared this video, saying it had launched an attack on a military facility outside ukraine's capital. the russian rocket hit the target, a missile factory now destroyed. russia has threatened more strikes on kyiv if ukraine continues to attack its territory. sirens. after the relative silence of two weeks since russian forces withdrew from kyiv, air raid sirens continued to ring from night into the morning. yuri gladchenko lives near the site of the attack. translation: | woke up i to the sound of an explosion at just past 1am.
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my house shock like there was an earthquake. then i heard more explosions. the lights went out. i have no electricity or water now. the area around the factory which was hit is a residential neighbourhood. it's quite densely populated. it's only about a 15 minute drive from here to the centre of the city. the attack overnight, a reminder ofjust how vulnerable kyiv remains as a target. this city has just begun to come alive. people who were forced underground for weeks when areas around kyiv came under russian control are cautiously coming out for a moment of calm in the sun. translation: you forget sometimes that you're - still afraid of every sound, even if it comes from your neighbour's house, or if someone bangs a car door. you shiver and try to overcome that. no words can describe how scary it is.
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we can't be sure what will happen next. the future might be worse. the images coming from the east showjust how bad things could get. this is the port city of mariupol, believed to be close to falling into russian hands. it's been more than seven weeks of war. and yogita gave us the very latest from kyiv. there are fears that in the coming days, there could be more attacks on strategic targets in and around kyiv, given that russia has threatened this, that it will increase the number of strikes in kyiv if ukraine continues shelling russian villages near the border. in the past few days, we've seen a few cafes, restaurants, public parks in the city beginning to open up, people coming out, but many are now wondering whether it's safe to do so, and whether or
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when it will be safe to do so, given the threat hanging over kyiv. in the south and east of this country, bombardment and fighting continues, particularly in the besieged port city of mariupol. ukraine's deputy prime minister has said that around 3,000 people have been evacuated from these areas today, including around 360 people from mariupol, who came out of the city in their own cars. but we've also since heard from the prosecutor general of this country, who has accused russian forces of firing on two buses carrying civilians in a district in the south of this country. in and around kyiv, where i am, ukrainian authorities are continuing the process of recovering the bodies of those who have died in the areas, those who died in the fighting, those who died when these areas were under russian control. the police chief of the region has said they've recovered more than 900 bodies so far.
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they are investigating for war crimes and say they are gathering evidence, and will be presenting it in front of international courts. the british government's plan to send some asylum seekers to rwanda in central africa has been met with criticism and condemnation. the unhcr called it an unacceptable breach of international law. here's our chief political correspondent adam fleming. there has been quite a lot of criticism of this uk government plan to send some asylum seekers to rwanda eventually. criticism has come from the un refugee agency, from a former international development secretary, and from a former immigration minister. but i think the government knew they were going to get this pushback. i think they might even be relishing it, because they see it as an opportunity to make the case, and they're actually preparing for this to go to court and be challenged legally. we've also had an interesting insight into the policy formulation process. it turns out that officials
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in the home office weren't able to precisely quantify the potential benefits of this plan, and so they weren't able to approve it. and so the british home secretary, priti patel, had to use a technique called a ministerial direction to actually get the policy signed off. home office sources defending that decision, saying, you can't let a lack of data or imprecise computer and economic models stop the government taking action. and in terms of what this action is going to look like, we heard earlier from a home office minister who could give very few details about how this scheme will actually work in practice, which makes me think it's more of an idea for a plan than a fully—worked—out plan. disaster teams in the south african province of kwazulu—natal are on high alert forfurtherfloods as more rain is expected over this weekend. 400 people are now known to have died. people in the area have been urged to move away from low—lying areas.
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the bbc�*s vumani mkhize sent this report from durban. the mountains and degree and junk are an indication. residents remove the washed—up degree. volunteers and waste pickers have begun a monumental clean—up operation at the durban beachfront. as you can see, the scale of the debris that was washed away by the raging waters is immense. unfortunately for the kwazulu—natal province, more bad weather is expected over the easter weekend, which will hamper the clean—up operations. while the torrential rains and mudslides could not be avoided, residents say that infrastructure degradation in the city contributed to the severity of the bloods. we watched — severity of the bloods. we watched street _ severity of the bloods. - watched street cleaners and sweeping rubbish into the grains, because they have never been trained properly. ==
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been trained properly. -- severity _ been trained properly. -- severity of _ been trained properly. -- severity of the _ been trained properly. —— severity of the floods. been trained properly. -- severity of the floods. it | been trained properly. --| severity of the floods. it is such a pet _ severity of the floods. it is such a pet peeve, - severity of the floods. it 3 such a pet peeve, because definitely things could have been less catastrophic if we took care of the drainage we have. ., ., ~' took care of the drainage we have. ., ., 4' ., , , took care of the drainage we have. ., ., ~ ., , , ., have. looking at the debris and stuff, it have. looking at the debris and stuff. it is _ have. looking at the debris and stuff, it is sad _ have. looking at the debris and stuff, it is sad it _ have. looking at the debris and stuff, it is sad it had _ have. looking at the debris and stuff, it is sad it had to - stuff, it is sad it had to happen— stuff, it is sad it had to happen on the easter weekend when _ happen on the easter weekend when everyone is looking forward _ when everyone is looking forward to it. unfortunately... over_ forward to it. unfortunately... over 13,000 houses forward to it. unfortunately... 0ver13,000 houses were damaged over 13,000 houses were damaged by the floods, authorities say they will assist residents to rebuild homes by providing financial relief. we rebuild homes by providing financial relief.— financial relief. we have a oli financial relief. we have a policy for _ financial relief. we have a policy for the _ financial relief. we have a policy for the partially - policy for the partially destroyed, provide a voucher system once the structure is declared as such, they can receive a voucher to the maximum of 8000, to be able to benefit and get material to be able to close the roof. the rebuilding _ able to close the roof. the rebuilding process - able to close the roof. the rebuilding process will be long and expensive, and for the
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residents of this city, the events this week will linger long after the flood waters have receded. twitter is taking action to fend off a hostile takeover bid from elon musk and make it difficult for the billionaire to increase his stake beyond 15%. on thursday, elon musk offered m3 billion cash for the company, which was rejected outright by some shareholders. our technology correspondent james clayton has been following the story. twitter had been pretty quiet about this offer up until now, but this gives a pretty clear direction of travel on what twitter thought about that offer. they clearly don't want to be bought by elon musk. not at that price, anyway, and this is a way of defending themselves against a hostile offer. a poison pill is designed to essentially make yourself less palatable, more difficult to swallow for anyone who wants to buy you. and what it will do is it will mean if elon musk wants to buy more than 15% of the company, twitter will flood the market
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with shares and make it very difficult for elon musk to buy more than 50%. now, there are ways around this. it's very clever, but it's not impossible to stop. elon musk could go directly to shareholders, and we already know that he had tweeted on thursday that he said it would be indefensible if shareholders didn't get a vote on the deal. so it now looks like elon musk is going to wrestle with twitter�*s board over the future control of twitter. let's find out more about what this might mean for twitter. matt navarra is a social media consultant. he joins us live now from the welsh capital cardiff. thank you for staying up so late. elon musk has talked about unlocking the potential of twitter, it's not as big as companies like facebook and youtube, but still a significant social media organisation. what does he mean
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by unlocking its potential? what elon musk means might be somewhat different to what other people think. as you say, twitter is a substantial social network but it hasn't been particularly profitable and have struggled to find a mainstream audience beyond the 200 million people that use it. he is probably thinking about how he can expand the scope and size and appeal of the platform, the ways in which he wants to do that are at odds with shareholders, the majority of users and regulators as well, i would of users and regulators as well, iwould imagine. mimi; of users and regulators as well, iwould imagine. well, i would imagine. why do ou sa well, i would imagine. why do you say that? _ well, i would imagine. why do you say that? what _ well, i would imagine. why do you say that? what do - well, i would imagine. why do you say that? what do we - well, i would imagine. why do | you say that? what do we know about what he might want to do? he has said he believes in absolute free speech, and that there should be less censorship and people should be more free to say what they want without fear of their content being removed. anyone that has had experience of using platforms where there is this free reign and lack of rules and policy will find it's quite a toxic
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and unpleasant place to be, and actually lots of problems with that approach to the platform. and i think that is not something that will appeal to shareholders or a large number of the core users who use it now. , . ., ., now. expecting an influx of regulations _ now. expecting an influx of regulations governing - now. expecting an influx of| regulations governing social media around the world, so is this a smart time to be making this a smart time to be making this move on elon musk�*s part? the big problem is he is unpredictable, and we don't really understand fully his true intentions, and i don't think you will necessarily care much about the rules and regulations that may or may not arrive in different countries. part of this is because he has the money and the interest to fund this, he is the worlds richest man, and he has issues with the scc in the united states, and his use of twitter, and this will rile them about how he is performing on the platform. he doesn't like... he
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has a huge following of 80 million followers, he doesn't like how it is run. lots of factors at play, but i don't think he cares, it is about what he wants out of it. so what he wants out of it. so what is twitter doing to want him in his tracks? this what is twitter doing to want him in his tracks?— him in his tracks? as the correspondent _ him in his tracks? as the i correspondent mentioned, him in his tracks? as the - correspondent mentioned, the poison pill option to make it harderfor him to poison pill option to make it harder for him to purchase enough to take over the company, and they will hope the users will rise up and talk about their fears for this change. a lot of unknowns and we are still waiting to see what happens next. thank you, matt. more than 150 palestinians have been injured during clashes with israeli police at the al—aqsa mosque compound in occupied eastjerusalem. three israeli police officers were also hurt. tensions have been high in the run—up to the fasting month of ramadan, which coincides with passover forjews and easter for christians. israeli police say they entered the mosque to disperse a crowd after rocks were thrown ontojewish worshippers
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at the western wall below. here's our middle east correspondent yolande knell. as day broke injerusalem's old city, sacred to three faiths, tensions were rising at its most bitterly contested site. israeli police say they moved in to disperse a riot by palestinian muslims at al—aqsa mosque. 0fficers fired stun grenades and rubber bullets. palestinians threw stones and firecrackers. the violence came inside the doors of the mosque. it takes hours for a fragile calm to set in, and we meet 0marjoining the clean up. he came for ramadan prayers. you just want to pray. and it's really heartbreaking to see one of your holy sites, you come from, like, 80 kilometres away, just to get this type of behaviour against you. i'm speechless.
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nearby, it's a special day for christians. thousands have come for easter and to walk the traditional way of the cross. it's incredible. it's a miracle to be here and to share this holy friday with all the people and to pray for everybody. we pray here for the peace. but for now, those prayers aren't answered. the overlapping religious holidays were always going to raise tensions here in the old city. people of different faiths are celebrating, but these narrow streets feel more on edge after the recent deadly violence and today's clashes. elsewhere in jerusalem, a jewish ritual. families are burning the bread, banned during passover, which begins tonight. elana says the holiday�*s overshadowed by attacks in israel, which have killed ia people. you can't help thinking
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what will be the passover experience of those families who weren't expecting to have one person less at their table? and it's really a national pain. this should be a joyful time for palestinians and israelis, but instead it's an uneasy one. the lesson from history is that confrontations which start inside these ancient walls can easily slide into a wider conflict. yolande knell, bbc news, jerusalem. china has carried out exercises around taiwan which coincide with a bipartisan visit to taipei by six us lawmakers. an army spokesman said they were directed at what he called "the wrong signal" being sent about the island by the united states. the biden administration has repeatedly talked of its "rock—solid" commitment to taiwan, but china regards the self—governing island as an integral part of its territory and a foreign ministry spokesman has
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condemned the us support for taiwan. for a closer look at that story, i'mjoined now by our news reporter azadeh moshiri. what is the context to this visit? . . , , visit? taiwan is extremely sensitive _ visit? taiwan is extremely sensitive for _ visit? taiwan is extremely sensitive for china - visit? taiwan is extremely sensitive for china so - visit? taiwan is extremely sensitive for china so it i visit? taiwan is extremely i sensitive for china so it was always going to set up a strong reaction. as far as china is concerned, taiwan is the breakaway province and president xijinping has breakaway province and president xi jinping has always talked about the importance of reunification and has not ruled out for is when it comes to making that happen. as far as taiwan is concerned, it is an independent country with its own leaders and constitution and should be treated as that. so a build—up of tensions in the past year, in fact a record number of chinese warplanes making it into tie one's air defence of zone. so this visit was going to trigger a reaction, which is why the defence ministry of china said it was deliberately evocative.
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the military has said those who play with fire will burn themselves.— play with fire will burn themselves. ., , , themselves. and of course, this is auoin themselves. and of course, this is going on. _ themselves. and of course, this is going on, drawing _ is going on, drawing parallels... inaudible. what have us lawmakers said about the reasons behind their trip? about the reasons behind their tri - ? ,, about the reasons behind their tri . ? ,, ., , about the reasons behind their tri? ,, , ., , trip? the us has shown its su ort trip? the us has shown its support for— trip? the us has shown its support for a _ trip? the us has shown its support for a while - trip? the us has shown its support for a while now, . trip? the us has shown its| support for a while now, or because they have been congressional visits before that. but you are right, the timing is significant, us lawmakers and tie one's leader have not shied away from drawing that connection. we're going to start making china pay a greater price . for what they're doing all over the world. - the support for putin i must come with a price. translation: the incident. of russia's invasion of ukraine also highlights that democratic countries should strengthen their alliances and prevent the threat of authoritarian states towards regional peace. the fact is, beijing has
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refused to outright condemn president putin's actions in ukraine. so that set off alarm bells in washington because of the parallels between the two situations, there are differences, but there are also similarities. so washington is watching china, and wondering whether they are looking at the events there and growing their own conclusions about the situation they have closer to home. taiwan is important to the us or other reasons. lawmakers also talked about the fact that taiwan produces 90% of high—end semiconductor products, and is also placed strategically next to us friendly islands, so a lot of reasons it is pretty important. thank you. brain tumours are the most common cancer killer amongst people under the age of 40, but treatments have barely changed over the years and research has been very limited. brain tumour patients at one of the uk's leading hospitals are having their cancer genomes — the entire dna — sequenced in the hope that tumour mapping will lead to more accurate diagnosis.
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this report from our medical editor fergus walsh contains images of brain surgery. i've got a rough idea of what's going to happen. i'm going to be partially awake, but i'm going to be woken up during the surgery. daniel is just 34. he's on his way to theatre for brain surgery. i think that's the bit i'm most scared about, being awake and having someone rooting around in my head. daniel has a large brain tumour — the round, white area at the top of this scan. 0k, starting. to begin with, daniel is fully anaesthetised, while surgeons remove part of his skull. but once his brain is exposed, he's woken up and must be kept awake. daniel, how are you feeling? yeah, good. excellent. we just need to be a bit careful at the back, because that's close to where the part of your brain
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that moves the right—hand side of your body is. before removing each piece of tumour, surgeons need to be sure it won't affect daniel's speech or his ability to move his body. i'm going to show you some pictures now, dan, 0k? - i want you to just| say what you see. so at each step, the team checks his responses. light bulb. well done, dan. part of daniel's tumour will be sent for whole genome sequencing. its entire dna will be mapped. what that means is, essentially, we are looking at the abnormalities in the genes that we think caused the tumour in the first place. so, we're really able to drill down into the molecular problems in the tumour. daniel's diagnosis, his future, rests on what they find in these tubes. dna sequencing used to take months. now it can be done in days at these labs near cambridge, of us biotech illumina.
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not only does it speed up diagnoses, but reveals what is driving the growth of a patient�*s cancer. just two weeks after surgery, daniel returns to addenbrooke's with his brother, to receive his results. this is a diagnosis that is treatable. but it's not a curable condition, 0k? so this is something that will be life limiting. about 50% of people survive for 15 years or more. but i think it's important that you understand that this isn't something that is going to go away. wow. i don't know what to say. sure. — you don't have to say anything. enjoy the next 15 years of my life. he's gone 2—0 to them. a few weeks later, i joined daniel to watch his local football team. the quality of finishing is shocking.
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he used to play in goal. now he gives advice from the touchline. life's very short. so, i want to make the most of it. i just want to get the treatment i can, to prolong my life. six weeks of radiotherapy, five days a week. more than 200 brain tumour patients are taking part in the research, with the hope it may eventually yield new, personalised treatments which improve outcomes. fergus walsh, bbc news, cambridge. president emmanuel macron visited notre dame cathedral on friday to observe ongoing renovations exactly three years to the day that it was badly damaged by a fire. the church's spire, frame and vault were affected. mr macron praised the progress of the restoration work and said notre dame, which used to host 12 million visitors a year, is on track to reopen for worship and visits by the five—year goal of 2024. his visit comes as he continues
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a campaign for presidency against marine le pen in the french election. the duke and duchess of sussex have arrived at the invictus games in the netherlands, after stopping off to visit queen elizabeth on their way there. this is the first time prince harry and meghan have appeared in europe in public together since stepping back as senior royals in 2020. prince harry founded the games to help injured military veterans. this year's games start on saturday and run until 22nd april. a reminder of our top story. russia has resumed its missile attacks near kyiv, saying it targetted a factory making anti—ship missiles and threatened there are more attacks to come. it follows the sinking of the russian flagship, moskva, which was the flagship of the russian naval fleet in the black sea. you can reach me on twitter — i'm @richpreston.
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thanks for watching. hello. the uk may have recorded its highest temperature of the year so far on good friday, in the sunshine in london. but actually, across much of the north and west of the uk, it was quite a cloudy start to the long holiday weekend. it was eastern and southeast england that saw most of the sunshine — and for the record, 23.4 celsius was that temperature in central london. to prove the point, the satellite picture showing all the cloud on good friday in the north and west — now the rule of thumb for saturday's weather is where you're so cloudy, it'll be brighter and warmer, and where you saw the sunshine on good friday, saturday will be just as sunny — and where you get the sunshine, it will feel warmer. temperatures to start the day, no frost, nor will there be for the rest of the weekend. there will early on be quite a bit of cloud towards the north and west, and through much of wales and southwest england —
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it's misty, low cloud, but on through the day, notice how a lot of this disappears, it breaks up, we see the sunshine coming through. could stay rather cloudy in the northern isles, especially shetland, towards the coast of aberdeenshire, misty in places and some of the coasts around cornwall as well. it's a warmer—feeling today more widely across the uk with that sunshine. it's a sunnier day in northern ireland, too — though cloud increasing will start to bring some outbreaks of rain very slowly in from the west, as we go on through the night into easter sunday morning, also pushing into parts of western scotland, especially the western isles. elsewhere, one or two mist and fog patches, but a reasonably mild start to easter sunday. and there's a weather front trying to come in on sunday still to some degree being held at bay by this high pressure. so, whilst much of the uk will stay dry, we will see some outbreaks of rain covering more of northern ireland very slowly on through the day, and parts of western scotland, especially into the west isles, and then later on, some of this rain would just feed in towards western counties of wales and the far southwest of england.
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elsewhere, you continue with another day of warm, sunny spells. it'll feel cooler where you have the rain, windier too, and the weather fronts with weakening rain will move through as we go into easter monday. behind that, you get some sunny spells. it'll feel cooler, and then another spell of rain heading into northern ireland and into western areas, especially northwest scotland, during monday. and with that, there'll be a strengthening wind. the western isles could well see gales at 50mph or more on easter monday. sunny spells — yes, dry for many, but it'll feel cooler by then.
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this is bbc news — the headlines... russia has threatened to intensify attacks on the ukrainian capital kyiv — if its territory is further targeted. tensions have risen since russia's iconic warship the moskva sank on thursday. ukraine claims it was responsible. a weapons factory near kyiv has already been partially destroyed in a russian attack. more than 150 palestinians have been injured in clashes with israeli police at the al—aqsa mosque in occupied eastjerusalem. three israeli police officers were also hurt. tensions have been high in recent weeks as the fasting month of ramadan coincides with passover forjewish people — and easter for christians. china has carried out a series of military
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exercises around taiwan — which have coincided with a bipartisan visit to taipei by six us lawmakers.


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