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this is bbc world news — i'm nuala mcgovern. our top stories: international condemnation as israeli police beat mourners carrying the coffin of the aljazeera reporter shireen abu akla who was killed in the occupied west bank. well, we just had to move back very quickly because the mourners were trying to carry the coffin through the gates, out the hospital. the border police are directly outside and now, we're seeing confrontations here. the us defence secretary calls for an immediate ceasefire in ukraine in his first conversation with his russian counterpart since the invasion. explosion the bbc crew runs for cover
as russian forces bombard an area near the south—eastern ukrainian city of zaporizhzhia. the new prime minister of sri lanka tells the bbc the economic crisis that's brought unrest across the country is going to get worse before it gets better. # ..up in space, man. something strange is going on at eurovision — bookmakers are predicting a rare good result for the uk. but will it be enough to stop the favourites, ukraine? hello and welcome to bbc news. there's been widespread international condemnation of police in israel for their use of force at the funeral of the al jazeera journalist, shireen abu akleh. pallbearers injerusalem were among those who were beaten and kicked. officers said stones and
bottles were thrown at them. the white house described the scenes as deeply disturbing and the european union said it was appalled. shireen abu akleh was shot dead in the occupied west bank on wednesday. from jerusalem, here's tom bateman all chant. shireen abu aqla was one of the best—known voices to palestinians. now in death, a national symbol. but grief for a revered reporter was to turn to fear and panic for the mourners. israel's security forces had entered the hospital gates as palestinians tried to walk the coffin out. the police fired stun grenades and pushed the crowd back. go! many rushed for cover inside. we've had complete chaos with people trying to get inside. i saw a woman with a very young baby, a patient or somebody
who was here just at the hospital, caught in the middle of a huge crowd, trying to get inside. and even the pallbearers had to retreat... screaming and commotion. ..as police kicked and beat them with batons and the coffin slips to the ground. the force says it acted to stop what it called "incitement" and stone—throwing. gunfire. shireen abu aqla was shot in the head covering an arrest raid by israel's army. reporters on the scene say the gunfire came from the soldiers, but israel maintains palestinian gunmen may have fired the fatal shot. but for her loved ones, it was time to say a final goodbye. at her christian funeral mass, eulogies to a life of purpose. and outside, one ofjerusalem's biggest outpourings of palestinian grief in decades.
tens of thousands wound their way around the old city's walls. they marked yet another death in a conflict where it is almost agonisingly routine but which has brought the world's spotlight back and remembered a life that should never have ended this way. bell tolls. tom bateman, bbc news, jerusalem. issam ikirmawi is from bbc arabic. he's known shireen abu aqla for 25 years — and told me more about her. shireen was very well—known as a journalist, as a woman, probably one of the early female arab reporters in the middle east. she had a great deal of integrity. she was very unassuming, down to earth. i've known her for almost 25 years. when she first started working for aljazeera in 1997, she was a young lady at the time, but she showed enough enthusiasm and integrity and she has done really great
in terms of the way she was reporting — straightforward, no—nonsense, straight to the point, balanced, kept her emotions in check — so this — today's funeral showed how much people respected her. thank you very much to issam. let's move to the situation in ukraine now. 79 days into the war and russian troops are intensifying their attacks in parts of the south—east, which are now seeing some of the heaviest fighting. with the port city of mariupol almost entirely under russian control, theirforces have been pushing north and west, towards zaporizhzhia, a city still in ukrainian hands, where many civilians have sought refuge. our correspondent, laura bicker, and camera journalist, julie ritson, have been to the frontline, arriving as russia attacked. it started with a low rumble and plumes of black smoke. we'd barely arrived when the barrage began.
this small factory took the first hit, but the russians weren't done. explosions. get down, get down! explosions continue. the thundering of shells is a new deadly dawn chorus for this once sleepy hamlet. the children have mostly fled to safety. others, although shaken, are determined to hold on to what they know, even while their neighbours�* house is burning. translation: i saw some smoke and decided to have a look. - yesterday evening, i came down and saw that one. two houses down, there's no roof there any more. and today, this one got hit. the rest of the villagers are along here, says the captain. with no electricity, meals are cooked outside — when it's safe.
but the blasts have forced them underground. however hard it may be to stay, their presence has become an act of defiance. translation: we're waiting for victory. i we want all our children, our grandchildren, to come back home, and we want somewhere to come back to. we want our home to stay unscathed — and notjust ours, but for all the people that had to leave. i was told this building was intact this morning, which gives you an idea of kind of the intensity of shelling this village is facing. the ukrainians have built up their forces, taken forces from elsewhere in the country and put them here, to keep the russians at bay. when i asked how far the russians will come north, the answer i got was, "as far as we let them". and this invasion is personal to the local ukrainian force. translation: in our battalions, there are many people whose . homes and relatives are in the occupied territories. they are very determined,
and all they're waiting for is an order to advance, to come back to their home villages, towns and districts. there are no military targets here in these tree—lined streets, just much—prized family homes. the volley of shells just missed this house. oh, yeah, that has been a direct hit. it's hard to comprehend just how close this war has come. translation: l was underl the shed there when i heard the shots and ran into the cellar. even as thoughts of a clear—up begin, the bombardment continues, shattering lives one barrage at a time. distant explosions. laura bicker, bbc news, near zaporizhzhia. ukraine has begun its first war crimes trial since russia's invasion. a 21—year—old soldier appeared in the dock accused of killing an unarmed civilian. he faces life in prison if convicted. ukraine says it has identified thousands of potential war crimes committed by russia.
moscow denies targeting civilians and made no comment about the trial. ukraine's state prosecutor there will soon there will be a lot more of these cases. let's get some of the day's other news. at least 27 people have been killed and more than a0 injured in a fire in delhi. the blaze started on the first floor of a a—storey building and witnesses say several people jumped to safety as it spread. more than 20 fire trucks and ambulances have been at the scene. two days after north korea officially acknowledged its first covid cases, official media say another twenty—one people have died. the state news agency also said over 170,000 more people showed symptoms compared with the day before. the north korean leader, kimjong—un, described the outbreak as a great disaster, but said that it could be overcome. a man has been arrested in germany for allegedly stabbing passengers onboard a train bound for aachen.
an off—duty police officer and two passengers managed to overpower the attacker who was described in local media as an iraqi in his 30s. the wounded have been taken to hospital, but none of their injuries are life threatening. the uk government has told 50 migrants that it intends to send them to rwanda — as part of its controversial new policy. it includes some people who had crossed the channel in small boats. the decision followed an increase in the number of small boat crossings this year. a russian court has extended the pre—trial detention of the american professional basketball player brittney griner. the athlete, a two—time olympic gold medallist and wnba champion, was detained at moscow airport in february, allegedly in possession of cannabis oil. the us state department says she's being wrongfully detained. ms griner�*s detention came days after russia sent troops into ukraine. the new prime minister of sri lanka has warned the economic situation there is likely to worsen. sri lanka has been rocked by demonstrations over soaring prices, power cuts and a lack of medicine. he's been speaking to our
south asia correspondent, rajini vaidyanathan. can he answer sri lanka's prayers? ranil wickremesinghe is serving as prime minister for the sixth time. this, his biggest challenge yet. such is the struggle, they are queueing for free bread. i met a mother of six yesterday called priyanthe, queueing just to get two pieces of bread, and she asked me what difference you, as a new prime minister, could make to her life? what would you say to priyanthe? i believe that people should have three meals a day. when i've been prime minister on earlier occasions, i ensured that, and i will ensure that they will have three meals a day again. first is to find out how bad the economy is, so i will be like a doctor
who is opening up the patient for the first time. already a dire diagnosis. queues for fuel run for miles. with supplies low, the pm said he may have to ration it. you yourself said a month ago that resources are running out. yes. this is your opportunity to be straight with the people of sri lanka — how much worse could it get? it is going to get worse before it gets better. i will ensure that we have sufficient food, fuel and medicine available. and how? how will you do that? we will look for help from outside and talk to them. if you don't get the help from india, japan or other countries that you haven't mentioned, then you're saying that there could be a hunger crisis by the summer? no, there won't be a hunger crisis. somehow, we will find food. somehow, but how, if you don't get enough funds? after i speak with them, there will be help coming from there — they won't allow people to starve. with many already on the brink, hope rests on the imf and other nations to lend a hand. you've just taken on a very challenging job.
what would your message be to people watching this around the world ? we need your assistance for a year. whatever we get from you, we will repay, certainly. and help us to do it. we are the longest and oldest democracy in asia. rajini vaidyanathan, bbc news, sri lanka. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: international condemnation as israeli police beat mourners carrying the coffin of the aljazeera reporter, shireen abu aqla, who was killed in the occupied west bank. the russian and us defence secretaries have spoken for the first time since moscow's invasion of ukraine in february. the political crisis in northern ireland has deepened after the democratic unionist party took steps to prevent the power—sharing assembly from meeting. members of the dup took their seats at stormont along with other political parties for the first time since elections last week. but they blocked the election
of a new speaker — in protest at post—brexit trade arrangements. their decision means the assembly is unable to function. other parties have condemned the move as shameful — including sinn fein, which has the most seats for the first time. borisjohnson is planning to visit northern ireland on monday to try to find a way forward. one of the main factors in the deadlock is the northern ireland protocol — the post—brexit agreement which requires checks on some goods entering northern ireland from the rest of the uk. mark easton assesses the impact of that agreement. you can't see it, it's not on any nautical map, but somewhere out here is the invisible border that threatens to paralyse northern ireland politics. the brexit deal that britain signed with the eu sought to prevent reviving hostility at the land border with the republic just down there. so they moved customs checks out to a mythical point here in the middle of the irish sea, drawing a line between northern ireland — over there — and great britain. in doing so the prime minister
broke a promise he had repeatedly made to unionists. i'm afraid that the right honourable lady is simply wrong, there will be no border down the irish sea. but in the end, a line between northern ireland and great britain was a key ingredient in mrjohnson�*s oven—ready brexit deal. so why does it matter so much? at queen's university in belfast, i met a history professor who tried to explain it to me. it shows a really strong relationship between geography and space and political power. from the old irish province and counties of ulster, in the 1920s politicians drew a boundary line between the united kingdom and the new republic, a border twisted and tweaked to create a territory where british unionists would always control affairs. it was very messy. but today, a century later, and the largest political party in northern ireland supports irish nationalism. and now suddenly that boundary settlement which caused so much violence 100 years ago has been thrown up in the air, so it's notjust about economics, it's about politics
and identity and unionism feels itself under threat in a way which it hasn't in a long time. the border winds its provocative way across the landscape near newry. in this territory, loyalties are hung on the washing line and there's anxiety on the breeze. the people who put up this poster are worried that borisjohnson will move customs checks from the irish sea to the land border here. for this family, uncertainty over the protocol is a great concern. suzanne is a protestant, her husband paul a catholic, but for them this is about business, not religion or tradition. how many rugs have you got here? just under 250,000. for paul's rug company, brexit means extra paperwork importing from great britain, but the protocol means it is easier exporting across the eu. it gives us in northern ireland an opportunity for one of the first times in 100 years to trade efficiently with the rest of europe and with the uk, and with gb, and to really benefit from our situation here which is quite unusual, and what's coming down the track here is potentially
the reversal of that. but for some northern irish businesses who import materials from great britain, the brexit protocol has meant a tangle of extra red tape. it makes logistics much more difficult, but companies like ours and others within the industry have said that was going to be an outcome of the deal that was negotiated. there are fears a storm is coming. the winds of brexit, the protocol and politics combining to buffet the people of this long—suffering island. mark easton, bbc news, newry. the annual extravaganza that is the eurovision grand final is upon us once again. and while ukraine's entry is this year's firm favourite, unusually, the uk entry is also among those tipped to win — as david sillito reports. one, two, three... yay! sam ryder. the uk's eurovision hopeful is already a hit in turin. his song, space man, is being hotly tipped. eurovision has helped transform his life. 2.5 years ago, december 2019,
where was your singing career? i did a little bit of everything. i was a labourer, a dogsbody, basically. so, december2019, yourjob is a labourer? yeah. his journey to fame began with this tiktok video. i thought nothing of it. i went to bed that night and just thought, that was funny. i woke up and two million people had seen it. you had two million views? yeah, yeah. and it was that that led to eurovision. it was lovely to meet you. let's go for a walk. and to understand what that could mean, meet italy's mahmood. this is mahmood's second eurovision. and it's made him a star.
you've got a few fans around here at the moment. how does it feel? i'm super happy about all the support. because italian people are super warming, super lovely. and five minutes later... this is what eurovision fame feels like. i've got to get out of this! however, the favourites remain ukraine's kalush 0rchestra. their song an anthem of national struggle. but for sam, there is real hope he will be close behind. no one is expecting another nil point. david sillito, bbc news, turin. how will it play out? 0ur reporter, mark lobel, is here. it's under way? they broken the ice in turin,
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others but not really being themselves so this is a huge powerful residents. have a listen and watch this. at? powerful residents. have a listen and watch this. # i'm. .. #. if listen and watch this. # i'm. .. #- if you _ listen and watch this. # i'm. .. #. if you remain _ listen and watch this. # i'm. .. #. if you remain nothing - listen and watch this. # i'm. .. #. if you remain nothing else| #. if you remain nothing else from remission, _ #. if you remain nothing else from remission, remember. #. if you remain nothing else i from remission, remember this phrase. from remission, rememberthis phrase. before the wolf it's my grandma, give that wolf a banana, 0k? grandma, give that wolf a banana, ok? this is the norwegian entry, subwoolfers, a p0p norwegian entry, subwoolfers, a pop duo wearing willow wolf masks and gloves.— masks and gloves. have a listen. masks and gloves. have a listen- # _ masks and gloves. have a listen. # before - masks and gloves. have a listen. # before that - masks and gloves. have a listen. # before that wolfj masks and gloves. have a . listen. # before that wolf it's my grandma, give that wolf a banana — my grandma, give that wolf a banana # _ my grandma, give that wolf a banana # give that wolf # give that wolf — banana # give that wolf # give that wolf. $3 banana # give that wolf # give that wolf. . . banana # give that wolf # give that wolf. .., , banana # give that wolf # give that wolf. .. , ., that wolf. # i can see that takin: that wolf. # i can see that taking off- _ that wolf. # i can see that taking off. is _ that wolf. # i can see that taking off. is it _ that wolf. # i can see that taking off. is it a _ that wolf. # i can see that | taking off. is it a favourite? so close- — taking off. is it a favourite? so close. the _ taking off. is it a favourite? so close. the uk _ taking off. is it a favourite? so close. the uk and - taking off. is it a favourite? - so close. the uk and ukrainians are fantastic and that's the catch yes but the other two, spain and sweden.—
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maclellan reports. meet the world's longest suspension footbridge. at 721 metres, it's quite a walk. it's also a long way up or down. 95 metres in the air above the forest and between two mountain ranges. translation: eli forest and between two mountain ranges. translation:— ranges. translation: el mike translation:, _ ranges. translation: el mike translation:, it _ ranges. translation: el mike translation:, it is _ ranges. translation: el mike translation:, it is beautiful. | translation:, it is beautiful. junior isn't quite so sure. the bridge is shaking, he says. people can be on the bridge at any time, amazingly, holding up by six main cables in the walkway is just over a metre wide. the full isn't solid so you can see the forest below. don't look down if you have a problem with heights. the bridge took two years to build and costjust over $8 million. translation: it and costjust over $8 million. translation:— and costjust over $8 million. translation: it was only later we found out — translation: it was only later we found out the _ translation: it was only later we found out the bridge - translation: it was only later| we found out the bridge was the world's longest. that wasn't
our primary aim. we wanted the entrance and exit to be as direct as possible.- entrance and exit to be as direct as possible. the sky blue only _ direct as possible. the sky blue only closed _ direct as possible. the sky i blue only closed maintenance direct as possible. the sky - blue only closed maintenance or when the wind blows at more than 135 kilometres per hour. we can talk the ridge because we love adrenaline. to be sure of the adrenaline rush, i not come back on a really windy day? gail maclellan, bbc news. would you do it? and before we go, let's take a look at a bear sanctuary in austria with an unusual resident. gjon is a lion, and he was rescued after being caged in a restaurant for the amusement of customers in kosovo. the ngo four paws convinced local authorities to rescue the lion after months of legal battles. now, gjon will be transported to the netherlands, and if his health permits, to a sanctuary in south africa where he will live out his days bathing under the african sun.
thank you so much for spending some time with us here on the bbc. hello there. we had some contrasting weather conditions on friday across the country. it was rather cool and breezy at times across scotland and north—east england, as depicted by this weather watcher in moray. in fact, in one or two spots, temperatures struggled to climb into double figures. but it was a different story after a rather grey start across england and wales. the cloud broke up and we saw temperatures peaking in the london area by the middle of the afternoon of 21 celsius. now, clear skies will continue to dominate the weather story to start off our weekend. we will see a little more in the way of cloud, producing a few scattered showers into the far north—west of the great glen, but elsewhere, it's a relatively mild start to the day, and, yes, there will be some early morning sunshine for many. out to the west, there will be a little bit of early morning
patchy mist and low fog. that's because we've got high pressure building, winds falling light. but i just want to draw your attention to these showers down into the south—west arriving later on in the day. so, that early mist will lift away, a lot of sunshine pretty much throughout the day. we could just see a little more in the way of coastal cloud out towards the far north—west. top temperatures, though, warmer than friday in scotland, highs of 11—18 celsius. we could see 22—23 celsius somewhere across south—east england — that's 73 fahrenheit. now, into the evening, though, those showers will arrive through the south—west across wales pushing their way into central and southern england. there will be some sharp thundery downpours mixed in there as well as those showers move through during the early hours of sunday. they will take their time to clear away as well. some running down through the channel coast, some moving up through wales, stretching up into northern england and scotland for the second half of the weekend. so a slightly different feel to the weather story. still warm where you keep the sunshine, highs again of 23 celsius. there will be further showers
to come through sunday evening into the early hours of monday. if anything, more widespread sharp showers, possibly still thundery, moving their way up to scotland, and that is because as we go through into next week, we continue to see the risk of some low pressure systems pushing in off the atlantic. always sitting out to the west, so the further east you are, it should stay largely fine and dry. but a little more unsettled, particularly the further north and west, warmer in the south with temperatures once again into the low 20s.
this is bbc news, the headlines: israeli police have beaten mourners carrying the coffin of the aljazeera reporter shireen abu aqla, whose killing in the occupied west bank has caused a surge of anger. there's been widespread condemnation of police officers for their use of force. officers say stones and bottles were thrown at them. the us defence secretary is calling for an immediate ceasefire in ukraine in his first conversation with his russian counterpart since the invasion began. it's now 79 days into the war and russian troops are intensifying their attacks in parts of the south—east , which are now seeing some of the heaviest fighting.
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