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welcome to bbc news. i'm rich preston. our top stories: more than 60 people are believed to have been killed after a russian bomb hit a school in eastern ukraine. it comes as moscow prepares for victory day — its annual celebration marking the end of the second world war. voting gets under way in the philippines as the country chooses its next president. and i'm karishma vaswani live in manila, where more than 18,000 posts, from president to town councillor, are up for grabs. and 21st—century time lord — a brand—new face for one of science fiction�*s best—known characters. i feel very grateful to have had the baton handed over and i'm going to try
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to do my best. while russian forces bombed a school building where virtually an entire village had taken refuge in eastern ukraine, their comrades in moscow have been preparing for a military parade to celebrate the soviet union's victory over nazi germany. ukraine's president zelensky confirmed that 60 civilians died in the attack on the school. president putin has been accused of bringing shame on his people and their historic sacrifices. 0ur correspondent laura bicker reports. this was a school in the village of bilohorivka. it was being used as a shelter when it was hit by an airstrike. around 60 people are feared dead under this rubble. russia is stepping up
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its assault on eastern and southern ukraine. in mariupol, they seek out the last ukrainian fighters holed up in the vast azovstal steel plant. "keep watching and see how they move," is the command made of this russian drone operator. there are thought to be around 2000 ukrainian soldiers still determined to make one last stand. we don't have high chances of survival while we would be captured, yeah? surrenderfor us is unacceptable because we cannot grant such a big gift to the enemy because every person who is captured is the exchange fund, is the resource. all the women and children who'd used this plant as a refuge for more than two months have been rescued, according to ukrainian officials. but daily shelling has decimated their once thriving city.
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the mayor claims those still there are being forced to carry permits to move around, and some men are even being held in camps. translation: this means that the russian occupying i forces are holding captive more than 100,000 people. they are using them to clear rubble and dead bodies. our local population is now forced to work for food in the city that has been turned into a ghetto, in my opinion, established by the russian army. centres have been set up to help the tens of thousands of mariupol families trying to rebuild their shattered lives. eight—year—old vicky loves it here, but her mum is struggling to forget those harrowing last moments in her home town. translation: planes, missiles, then ships. . everything was on fire around you. people in the streets, torn—off limbs. it was tough, it was frightening. i don't want to
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recall any of that. those left behind in mariupol must make what they can of their war—torn lives. and even amid the scattered ruins of their school, some have found a place to play. laura bicker, bbc news, zaporizhzhia. those who managed to evacuate mariupol with the help of aid agencies and ukrainian forces are being taken to the city of zaporizhzhia, but disagreements on safe passages to many stalled attempts. in the last few hours, though, more than a 170 civilians have arrived in zaporizhzhia in a convoy of eight buses. more than 600 people have evacuated mariupol in the last 10 days. among the latest arrivals were a0 people who had been sheltering at the azovstal steel plant. translation: here are - children's paintings that i've brought with me as a souvenir. it was a motivation for me
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to wake up in the morning, to make breakfast, dinner, to entertain children, to make them forget about war. translation: yes, the plant is in ruins, it was hard - to climb over metallic debris. they walked us through some pathways. if there was a workshop before, now it's like a ruin. as we've been hearing, monday's military parades in moscow and other russian cities will have an added significance following the invasion of ukraine. the kremlin has been accused of using the memory of world war ii, or as russia calls it — �*the great patriotic war�* — to justify its offensive against its neighbour. from moscow, our russia editor steve rosenberg reports. this time of year, the traffic in moscow gets rather heavy. it's the final practice for the annual military parade. victory day marks the defeat of hitler's germany. but this year, putin's russia on the offensive.
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rehearsing on red square what moscow says are paratroopers back from ukraine. russia's invasion there is being presented here as another glorious chapter in russia's history. and so, you get this. in the run—up to victory day, across russia, organised displays of the letter z, the symbol of russia's offensive in ukraine, from schools... stallions. at this sports festival outside moscow, we found lots of zs. patriotic pe to support the army. many here believe the kremlin�*s parallel reality, which portrays russia as a victim, not the aggressor. "nato's pressuring us," says natalia. "we'll fight to the end." "they have risen from hell to destroy us," natasha says,
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"the fascists, the americans, everyone who is against russians." but it was president putin who started this by attacking ukraine. more than two months later, he appears far from victory. he will be hoping that memories of world war ii will at least rally russians behind the kremlin. the defeat of nazi germany was a glorious moment in russian history, but today, the kremlin is using that victory, using the past, to try to justify the present. it's mobilising the patriotic fervour of victory day to secure public support for russia's offensive in ukraine. and that continues. kremlin critics warn that what russia is doing now in ukraine, what much of the world calls a war of conquest, casts a shadow over russia's great victory in world war ii.
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this victory, it was for our future. and now, we lost our future because of one man, and his name is vladimir putin. he stole our future. he stole this victory. he stole our history. russians can celebrate the past. it's the future that's uncertain. steve rosenberg, bbc news, moscow. to the philippines now, where polls have opened in the most divisive presidential election for many years. there are several candidates hoping to replace the current leader — the hardliner rodrigo duterte — butjust two clear frontrunners. leading in the polls is ferdinand �*bongbong' marcos junior. he's the son of the former president, ferdinand marcos. critics say he's used his wealth to whitewash the history of his father's brutal dictatorship.
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bongbong marcos was also convicted in 1995 for tax evasion while serving as a public official. his running mate is sara duterte — the daughter of the current president. the main challenger to them is leni robredo. she is the current vice—president of the philippines. mrs robredo is a former lawyer and human rights advocate. her supporters include many celebrities and leading figures in philippines life. she's a member of the liberal party, which is traditionally connected with the richest families in the country. my colleague karishma vaswani's in manila. good morning to you. just after 10am there. more than 67 million eligible voters. a record number. what is turnout looking like? figs record number. what is turnout looking like?— looking like? as you can see at this polling _ looking like? as you can see at this polling station, _ looking like? as you can see at this polling station, it - looking like? as you can see at this polling station, it is - looking like? as you can see at this polling station, it is one i this polling station, it is one of the biggest in manila. there are lots of people really keen
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on casting their vote today. this polling station alone is going to see something like 32,000 people throughout the day, we have been told, by organisers, and across the country from what the commissioner of election from the philippines organisers have told us is we are looking at something like 18— 19% perhaps. earlier, it was predicted that we could well see the highest turnout ever in any election in the philippines at this time around and i think that shows the strength of feeling and the strength of a motion behind these polls. many of the voters that i have been speaking to today here are very, very passionate about their rights to choose. there is some 18,000 positions that they have got to choose today, and in fact, they have been told ahead of time, "make your mind up when you come here and get through the voting process as quickly as you can so you can let other
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people into make their choice." there have been concerns raised about irregularities in the voting process. how are authorities addressing those worries? in authorities addressing those worries? , ., ., worries? in terms of voting irregularities, _ worries? in terms of voting irregularities, it _ worries? in terms of voting irregularities, it is - worries? in terms of voting irregularities, it is a - worries? in terms of voting irregularities, it is a fact i irregularities, it is a fact that already we are hearing reports, certainly in this polling station that i have been in, of people not being able to submit their ballots through to the voting accounting machines, and at least three people have come up to us in the last couple of hours that i have been reporting from this polling station, expressing their annoyance and their frustration that they have not been able to do that. there are reports emerging from other parts of the country as well, but we have been assured by the commissioner of the philippine elections here that those reports will be looked at and political analysts have said to us as well but if these are few in number, if they are less than 1% in terms of the number
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of issues or irregularities that are being reported, that is not such a big deal, but any more than that and that could really undermine the integrity of these elections, certainly, in the minds of voters as they cast their votes today.- cast their votes today. what are some — cast their votes today. what are some of _ cast their votes today. what are some of the _ cast their votes today. what are some of the issues - cast their votes today. what l are some of the issues people will cast their votes on? what have been the talking point of the campaign? it is have been the talking point of the campaign?— the campaign? it is getting a bit hard to — the campaign? it is getting a bit hard to hear— the campaign? it is getting a bit hard to hear you. - the campaign? it is getting a bit hard to hear you. i - the campaign? it is getting a bit hard to hear you. i think. bit hard to hear you. i think it is probably because of the background noise as people had to their votes but i think you asked me about what the issues are, the main issues for people casting their votes today, and as you can imagine that like in any election all over the world, it is very much bread and butter issues. this is a country emerging from the pandemic. people lostjobs. pandemic. people lost jobs. businesses pandemic. people lostjobs. businesses closed down, and people here really want their country to get back on track but candidates have been being in their ambitions in terms of what they would like to do at the philippines but it is short
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on detail and specifics, and instead, they have been focusing on their cult of personality here and that is very much how we have seen that the trends of philippines elections go in the past as well. on offer, of course, as he pointed out in the introduction is the man that many of the polls seem to suggest, the recent opinion polls, could be the front runner in this election, the son of the former strongman ferdinand marcos, known here as bongbong marcos. he to be very popular among voters we have been talking to here and the person he is going up against, the one that has given him the toughest competition in this context, leni robredo, the woman behind pink power because of the colour that her supporters and she wear to demonstrate their loyalty to her and the party that she represents. so, a very exciting, divisive contest indeed. . ., �* , indeed. ok. exciting and it's certainly lively _ indeed. ok. exciting and it's certainly lively where - indeed. ok. exciting and it's certainly lively where you i indeed. ok. exciting and it's| certainly lively where you are in manila. thank you very much.
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still to come. still to come: the nepali sherpa who's taken on mount everest again. we speak to someone who's climbed with him. the pope was shot, the pope will live. that was the essence of the appalling news from rome this afternoon, that, as an italian television commentator put it, terrorism has come to the vatican. the man they called the butcher of lyon, klaus barbie, went on trial today in the french town where he was the gestapo chief in the second world war. winnie mandela never looked like a woman just sentenced to six years in jail. the judge told mrs mandela there was no indication she felt even the slightest remorse. the chinese government has called for an all—out effort to help the victims of a powerful earthquake, the worst to hit the country for 30 years. the computer deep blue has tonight triumphed over the world chess champion, garry kasparov. it is the first time a machine
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has defeated a reigning world champion in a classical chess match. america's first legal same—sex marriages have been taking place in massachusetts. god bless america! this is bbc news. the latest headlines: more than 60 people are believed to have been killed after a russian bomb hit a school in eastern ukraine. the leaders of the g7 have vowed to step up their support for ukraine in its fight against russia's invasion. in a statement, they pledged to phase out russian oil imports and impose further economic costs on the country. they also issued a blistering rebuke of president putin himself, saying his war of aggression against ukraine had brought shame on russia and the historic sacrifices of its people. let's get more now on that with professorjeff colgan. he is director of the climate
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solutions lab at brown university. what do you make of this plan? let's start with the idea that the war in ukraine is an act of russian petro aggression. 40% of russia's government budget comes from petroleum. today, the g7 said, we've had enough. if we stop buying russian oil, we stop putting oil into vladimir putin's pockets, and we stop paying for russian violence. we stop paying for russian violence-— we stop paying for russian violence. . , ., ., ., violence. that is well and good for some countries _ violence. that is well and good for some countries to - violence. that is well and good for some countries to stop i violence. that is well and good for some countries to stop the | for some countries to stop the flow of russian oil but others are continuing to buy from russia. is there anything the west can do about this? should the west even do anything about this? some russian oil is going to go to other customers, particularly in asia at steep discounts. these kinds of sanctions are going to hurt russia because they are going
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to have to offer larger discounts to those customers. but, there is additional things that europe or north america can do, which is to say, "stop offering insurance to the tankers that are taking russian oil," and that would be a way of implementing these sanctions on a much more serious way that would actually prevent much of the oil coming from russia to other customers. russian oil is one thing, but russian oil is one thing, but russia has the largest natural gas reserves in the world, and many countries including the west are continuing to buy that. is that going to stop? in one sense, stopping the flow of oil as europe's weapon against russia because losing those oil sales is relatively easy for europe to replace them from elsewhere, but with natural gas it is just the opposite. europe is the one that is quite dependent on natural gas, and can't live without what russia
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is offering. and so, it may actually be the opposite where russia decides that it might want to turn off the natural gas exports, and we will see whether vladimir putin moves in that direction. 0k, we will leave it there, professorjeff colgan, thank professor jeff colgan, thank you professorjeff colgan, thank you very much. the man who oversaw the crackdown on protesters in hong kong during pro—democracy demonstrations in 2019 has become the territory's new leader. john lee was the sole candidate in the closed voting process, and received the approval of beijing. his appointment�*s being widely seen as a move by the chinese government to tighten its grip on the city. he replaces carrie lam after she announced she would not be seeking a second term in office. danny vincent reports. i hereby declare that the only candidate, mrjohn lee ka—chiu, is returned in the above—mentioned election. congratulations. there was only ever one person in the running for this race. the authorities call this a closed circle election.
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but critics say it was just a selection process. john lee was the sole candidate. he was voted in by overwhelmingly pro—beijing representatives. having restored order from chaos, it is high time that hong kong starts a new chapter of development. the former police officer is seen as a hardliner, a beijing loyalist, who quietly rose up the ranks of the police force before becoming the city's second highest ranking official. he oversaw the implementation of the national security law and cracked down, ending the pro—democracy protest movement. with education, with prevention and with enforcement, we can turn the tide to let people know that protection and national security is everybody�*s responsibility. that advocacy for independence of hong kong is against the law. power to the people! but today, before voting began,
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a small group staged a protest calling for universal suffrage. i spoke to one police officer under condition of anonymity. i think the law is always a weapon. i think they're now using it more to achieve their political or financial means. police in hong kong has been the force available to the government to enforce anything. hong kong was promised a certain political freedoms when it was returned to china in 1997. hong kong people were said to rule hong kong. to many, today marks the start of a political era for the territory. danny vincent, bbc news, hong kong. let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines. the israeli army has shot dead a palestinian man who it says was trying to cross the security barrier illegally from the occupied west bank into israel. in a separate incident, an israeli police officer has been stabbed injerusalem — his attacker has been shot.
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there have been a number of attacks by palestinians and israeli arabs in recent weeks. a bridge in northern pakistan has collapsed, after a glacial lake burst and released huge amounts of water into a local stream. this is the moment the bridge fell in the town of hassanabad. local experts say the water volume at the shisper glacier lake had increased by a0 per cent over the past three weeks due to unusually high temperatures in the north of the country. a new record has been set in nepal, scaling mud errors. kami rita that is record, beating his own, while he was fixing ropes. earlier on, ispoke his own, while he was fixing ropes. earlier on, i spoke to a mountaineering climbing coach. alan previously climbed
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the world's second highest peak k2 with kami rita sherpa in 2014. kami'sjust an amazing human being, kami rita. like you said, i was on k2 with him so i saw him in action. he just has a tremendous sense of humour, he's incredibly team—orientated, and obviously phenomenally strong. you mentioned he was out there route—setting. tell us a bit more about the roles that sherpas play on mount everest. fixing the ropes, so there is a thin nylon rope about 6mm, about the size of your finger, this is routed all the way from base camp at 17,500 feet to the summit at almost 29,000 feet. and so, that rope has to be attached to the snow every 100 to 150 metres using ice screws or eyes pickets. so, not only is there a physical toll of carrying the ropes on your back, but also then you have to screw these anchors into the snow and then attach the rope to the anchor.
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that's then what all of the other sherpas and all the other climbers use to protect themselves in case of a fall. tell us a bit about the relationship that a visiting climber, such as yourself, has with the sherpas who are living and working every day on the mountainside. i'm very clear, i've been to everest or been to nepal 12 times. i've been to everest and lohtse six times. i've only gotten one summit in all of that, one on k2, and i can honestly and very candidly and very humbly say that i would not have been able to summit those mountains without the help of sherpas like kami rita, and another sherpa, who also has the first name of kami, from a village. i call him my guardian angel in the mountains. and i call his family my nepali family. we're his american family. we stay in touch. probably once a month we touch base with one another. after the 2015 earthquake, we were able to raise money to help him rebuild his house. a lot of climbers will go
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and support the children of their sherpas through boarding schools, so it's quite the special relationship. let's talk a bit out about everest in general. nepal was largely closed during a pandemic, a big hit on the tourist income without these tourists coming in. are things going to be back to normal again this year? is there a risk also that we'll some of the huge numbers of climbers congregating on the slopes that we've seen in the past? no, this year nepal has issued 316 permits to foreigners. last year it was 408 and that was a record. it's down for two reasons — china has very strict controls over who leaves the country to climb. and also india, indian climbers rely heavily on sponsorship to climb everest, so that really went on hold with covid. this year is really more of a normal year, as in maybe four orfive years ago. you double the number of foreigners because that's the number of sherpas that will be supporting them — it's basically a 1—to—1 ratio. also, right now, we are having an incredibly unusual season
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with the jetstream not sitting on top of the summit of everest. in fact, when the jet stream sits up there, you have 100—150 mph winds, so it is just possible climb. but, this year, thejetstream has moved away due to a huge level of high pressure over india. you may have seen that they've had temperatures near 115 degrees fahrenheit in northern india, so it's unusually warm year. that's causing the winds to kind of drop away. i think that the mountain can easily handle 600 people over, let's say, ten consecutive days of low winds. it was alan arnette speaking. that is it from me. more stories on the website. and also on the bbc news app. you can reach me on twitter. please
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drop me a note. from me and the rest of the team, thank you for watching, see you next time. hello. the weekend brought plenty of dry and settled late spring weather. one or two showers on saturday for eastern england but sunday was dry pretty much across—the—board. this was the picture in bradfield in sheffield. a bit of air whether cloud on sunday. a change in the forecast through the week ahead. it's looking more unsettled. windier, wetter too, especially for western scotland. could be some rain by the middle of the week further south in england and wales where it's been very dry recently. back to monday morning. dominated by high pressure towards the east but far enough away to allow these weather fronts from the north—west. rain spilling in across the west of northern ireland, and western scotland
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from the word go. that's going to edge its way south—east through the day. going to be quite persistent and heavy for a time in western scotland. the winds picking up with gusts of 30—110 mph. england and wales staying predominantly dry. things turning hazy as the high cloud spills in the head of the weather front. 22 or 23 degrees, feeling warm towards the south—east. we've still got high levels of pollen, tree pollen at this time of year across england and wales but with the cloud, breeze and rain further north, pollen levels are low and moderate. monday evening and overnight into tuesday, the weather fronts slipping further south—east, tending to fizzle out as they do so. a band of cloud, the odd spot of drizzle for central and southern parts of england and wales first thing on tuesday. clearer skies further north but it's going to be a mild and frost free day. a bit of a breeze on tuesday coming from west or south—westerly direction, just pushing the weather front slowly away towards the south—east. it could stay quite murky for much of the day down towards the likes of kent for instance. for the rest of the uk, come a day of sunshine and blustery showers. they'll be most frequent
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in the far north—west. temperatures somewhere between 11—20 on tuesday. a bit above average to the south. towards the middle of the week we are watching this developing area of low pressure. some uncertainty about the exact timing and track of it, but it looks like it will bring some rain to some southern parts of england and wales. moving from west to east. further north across the uk, sunny spells and again some blustery showers, especially frequent for the west of scotland. temperatures 11—18, so a touch cooler in the middle of the week.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: president zelensky has confirmed that around 60 civilians were killed when a russian bomb hit a school in eastern ukraine on saturday. he said people had been using the building to shelter from shelling in a nearby village close to the front line in the donbas region. in moscow, final preparations have taken place for the victory day parade — the annual event marking the defeat of nazi germany in the second world war. the g7 said president putin's war of aggression had brought shame on russia and the historic sacrifices of its people. the people of the philippines are voting to choose a successor to president rodridgo duterte. access to polling stations is being limited under coronavirus measures. tens of thousands of security personnel have been deployed to safeguard ballots. the frontrunner is the son of the late dictator, ferdinand marcos.


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