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this is bbc news. these are the latest headlines in the uk and around the world. russian troops have withdrawn from ukraine's second biggiest city, kharkiv, according to its mayor. it's been under constant russian bombardment since the invasion began. russia stops supplying finland with electricity just two days after the country backed joining nato. russia says it's because it has not been paid for previous deliveries. a ban on buy—one—get—one free deals on unhealthy food in england is to be put on hold for a year. the uk government says it's to help families cope with the cost of living crisis. here in the uk, 50 migrants are told that the government intends to send them to rwanda — the first to be removed under new immigration plans.
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police in india have arrested two people after a fire destroyed an office building in delhi and killed at least 27 people. #upin # up in space, man. # bookmakers are predicting a rare good result for the uk at tonight's eurovision. but will it be enough to hold back the favourites, ukraine? hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world. the mayor of kharkiv has told the bbc that the russians have withdrawn from the kharkiv city area in the direction of the russian border. he said said his city was no longer
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being shelled by the russians and people were gradually returning. the us think tank the insitute of the study of war earlier said russia had failed in its efforts to encircle the city, and now appears to be concentrating on getting its troops safely back across the russian border. russian troops are instead focusing their attacks in the donbas region, which is now seeing some of the heaviest fighting. our correspondent in lviv, joe inwood, told us more about the battle for kharkiv and its significance for the wider war. kharkiv is ukraine's second city, and it has had the nickname in the past of a fortress city. and i think it is fair to say that over the last 70 days, it has earned that reputation. it seems the ukrainian forces that have been defending it since pretty much the start of the war, under huge levels of bombardment, have successfully pushed the russians back. they have been launching counter offensives, we understand, over the last few days, and now this analysis from the institute of the study
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of war thinks that has been so successful that the russians have been pushed back to the border in some cases and have basically given up their attempts to encircle kharkiv. now, it is not a turning point in the war, i think, in the same way that the defeat for the russians in the battle for kyiv was, but i think it is a significant moment. the reason for that could be that it will allow the ukrainians to redeploy some troops, but also to start to threaten the supply lines that the russians have, the supply lines that run down to places like izyum and into the donbas because that is really now where the battle is going to be focused, the eastern region of ukraine. if the ukrainians can start to threaten those supply lines, bring more troops in, well, they can give themselves a key strategic advantage in what is going to be the battle for the future of this country. in ukraine, this week, the country's national guard said that at least 500 of its members have died since
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russia's invasion more than two months ago. many fear the real number could be much higher. and behind each death, there are comrades left behind to mourn those who've lost their lives in battle. volodymyr tarasov is one of those, and he met the bbc at a military cemetery on the outskirts of dnipro.
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i want to bring you some news just into this year at the bbc. this relates to the fact that finland has said that it wants to join nato without delay, following russia's invasion of ukraine. well, we are just hearing the word from interfax, which is the russian state media, that finland's president has told president putin about his plans to join nato. we didn't know that both the finnish president and the finnish prime minister has said they want the country to join nato following the russian invasion of ukraine, but we are now hearing that the finnish president has officially told president putin about those
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plans. moscow, of course, we know has warned finland, with which it shares a 1300 kilometre border that it will face retaliatory steps if it does decide to join the alliance. more on that later in this half hour. stay with us. 50 migrants have been told they will be the first to be sent to rwanda, under the government's controversial resettlement policy. the figure includes some people who had crossed the channel in small boats. it's widely expected that the plans will face a legal challenge, but borisjohnson said in a newspaper interview that the government would "dig in for the fight". earlier our politicial correspondent, david wallace—lockhart, gave us this update. if we remember last month, borisjohnson and priti patel announced the fact that a deal had been signed with rwanda meaning that people who came to the uk, who then wanted to claim asylum, could be sent to rwanda to claim asylum. the important thing to stress
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there is even if someone does come here, is sent to rwanda, has an asylum claim approved, the plan is then they do not come back to the uk to live out their lives, they are settled in rwanda. so, a very controversial policy. borisjohnson has given an interview to the daily mail newspaper today where he said that actually the first 50 migrants who are going to be subjected to this policy have now been informed that is going to be the case. so, the prime minister has accepted the fact that this is probably going to get challenged in the court, he expects by, as he calls them, lefty lawyers, who will try to bog the government down in legal challenge, but he says he will dig in for that fight. even talks about the european convention on human rights, if the uk's relationship with that has to be changed, then he will dig in for that fight and saying nothing is going to be off the table. the uk government's position on this is that it is an effective way to stop people trafficking, to stop people being put in those dangerous boats to cross the channel from france.
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if you remove the incentive of getting asylum in the uk, then you remove the incentive for people to get in those boats, you stop the people smuggling trade, which borisjohnson says is an evil trade. but there are controversial aspects of this. if we take, for example, people who are lgbt, the uk government's own advice to uk citizens going to rwanda is that lgbt individuals can experience discrimination and abuse, including from local authorities. no surprise it has not gone down well with a lot of people, even on the conservatives�* own benches. labour saying it's unworkable, unethical, and extortionate. the snp saying it's an absolutely chilling policy. those 50 people who have been told it is going to happen, they have seven to 1a days to lodge exemptions. entirely possible this could all be subject to legal challenges. 0ur political correspondence david wallace lockhart. at least 27 people have been
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killed and more than a0 injured in a fire in delhi. the fire started on the first floor of a four—storey building; witnesses say several people jumped to safety as it spread. police in delhi have arrested two people suspected of overlooking safety regulations. the police also want to speak to the owner of the office block, who they say is on the run. 0ur correspondent zubair ahmed has the latest from delhi. as you can see, the building behind me, it's an office block in the outskirts of the western part of delhi. before the end of office hours on friday, that is yesterday, a fire, a huge fire broke out in this building behind me. within no time, it enveloped the entire building, as you can see, the building is completely charred. there were around 70 people inside, and they were completely trapped. in fact, on the second floor of this building, a meeting was going on where there were more than 30 people attending the meeting.
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by the time the fire brigade came out, the local people had already started breaking the windows, bringing trapped people outside, but they could not save nearly 30 people. officials say 27 people have died. when we went to the hospitaljust seven kilometres from here, we were told by the doctors that the bodies have been completely charred beyond recognition. that is why it is taking time for bodies to be identified. the white house has said it's "deeply disturbed" by images of israeli police attacking mourners at the funeral of a palestinian—american journalist injerusalem. shireen abu akleh, a reporter for aljazeera, was shot dead while covering a raid by israeli forces in the occupied west bank. 0ur middle east correspondent tom bateman reports. shireen abu akleh was
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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 try to walk the coffin out. the police fired stun grenades and pushed the crowd back. many rushed for cover inside. we have had complete chaos with people trying to get inside. i saw a woman with a very young baby, a patient, or somebody who was just at the hospital caught in the middle of a huge crowd trying to get inside. and even the pallbearers had to retreat. as police kicked and beat them with batons. and the coffin slipped
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to the ground. the force said it acted to stop what it called incitement and stone throwing. shireen abu akleh 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. tom bateman, bbc news, jerusalem.
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the headlines on bbc news: us military analysts suggest ukraine appears to have won the battle for its second biggest city, kharkiv, with russian forces withdrawing from the area. in the last few minutes, finland says it has spoken to president putin about their plans to join nato. russia had warned there would be retaliatory action if it did. in the uk, 50 migrants are told that the government intends to send them to rwanda — the first to be removed under new immigration plans. let's get more on that news we brought you a few minutes ago that the finnish president has formally notified vladimir
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putin of his country's intention to join nato. it comes as russia has suspended electricity supplies to finland overnight following a threat over payment arrears. earlier, moscow warned the country, with which it shares a 1,300km border, will face "retaliatory steps" if it does decide to join the alliance. the formal decision of the finnish government to is expected to be announced on sunday. earlier, i spoke to eoin mcnamara from the finnish intistute of international affairs about how likely it is that the country willjoin the alliance. finnish society is very well and very prepared for russian aggression. finland has been a border country of russia for many, many years now, and finnish public opinion has flipped, completely reversed on this in the past three months. so, finland sees... the finnish public see and the finnish government see that russia is no longer
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taking calculated risks. previously with the proxy war, russia support in donbas, illegal annexation of crimea, and the 2008 russia—georgia war, we saw that these russian operations, these russian wars had limits. now we can see, or we can't see rather, where the limits of russian aggression is. and finland seeks the most comprehensive form of deterrent, that is nato�*s collective defence and nato�*s nuclear deterrent. the finnish train for nato membership has left the station and there is no going back at this point. that's very interesting. can you give us a sense of what is the historic relationship between finland and russia? well, finland, as abbreviated by the term finlandisation, finland has always... during the cold war, finland has tried to balance its relations between east and west to accommodate russian strategic concerns,
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but finland joined the european union in 1995 and has since fully aligned with the west politically. so, since then, finland has taken — and indeed sweden — they have calculated the regional balance very, very carefully so as to try and keep russia on side and to try and help russia integrate with western actors, to be a kind of mediator or a go—between between the west and russia. but now, with russia's full—scale military assault on ukraine, that now looks no longer possible, and finland and indeed sweden see themselves very much at risk. because of that risk, they need to secure their societies, they need preventative deterrents, and that is why public opinion now backs nato membership very, very strongly in both states. now, we have heard the news that russia has suspended supplies of electricity to finland overnight. my understanding is that this is not because of finland's desire
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to join nato but some sort of problem over payments. what can you tell us about that? well, i think the russians, as we have seen in their weaponisation of energy against the baltic states, the neighbouring baltic states very close to finland for over 20 years now, they are very good at coming up with reasons when there are political and military issues at play to threaten energy supplies. so, i think that this is just the same rationale coming out here. finland is a very reliable country, it is economically very wealthy, there is no reason why finland would miss a payment, particularly on something as important as its energy supplies, so i think this isjust more political games, more effort at hybrid interference from russia.
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that was when mcnamara from the finnish institute of international affairs. musicians from 25 countries will take to the stage in italy later for the final of the eurovision song contest. ukraine are the favourites to win, but the odds are also in favour of the uk's entry, sam ryder. 0ur arts correspondent david sillito sent this report from turin. mahmood, lovely to meet you. let's go for a walk. sure. some fans have already gathered. i do not know what this is going to be like. meet mahmood. he is italy's eurovision hopeful. and it is the second time he has appeared. and my plan for a quiet stroll and a chat, but within seconds we began to attract a crowd. fans everywhere. everyone knows you. have you got used to all of this?
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what eurovision has done to you? are you used to this fame? you know, for me it is always a new thing, you know, because the emotion is always the same. does it matter whether you win or lose on a saturday? no. for me, the most important thing about all this competition is just to do a great performance. a minute or two later, we accepted the inevitable. for anyone who wonders what eurovision is all about, this is what it is all about. for mahmood, it has made him a star. how mahmood then ended up on a segway is a bit of a mystery, but it is an indication that eurovision might be about more than just a brief moment of glory. for last year's winners, it has been transformative. we have basically been touring
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nonstop, making new music, touring all around the world. it has been basically we dreamt of in these past years while we were playing. so, who is set for victory this year? ukraine's kalush 0rchestra is way out in front of the betting. theirsong, stefania, has become an anthem of the nation's struggle and resilience. #upin # up in space, man. # but there is following behind them... an unexpected arrival at the top of the betting odds. the uk. sam ryder and spaceman is raising expectations among some serious eurovision fans. fix, expectations among some serious eurovision fans.— expectations among some serious eurovision fans. a top ten is a win, a to five eurovision fans. a top ten is a win, a tap five is _ eurovision fans. a top ten is a win, a tap five is a _
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eurovision fans. a top ten is a win, a top five is a homecoming - eurovision fans. a top ten is a win, a top five is a homecoming bus - eurovision fans. a top ten is a win, | a top five is a homecoming bus tour in my eyes. they win as panic stations, what are we going to do? this is amazing.— this is amazing. given uk's long fallow period, _ this is amazing. given uk's long fallow period, what _ this is amazing. given uk's long fallow period, what of _ this is amazing. given uk's long| fallow period, what of eurovision hope is a unexpected event. a ban on buy—one—get—one—free deals for unhealthy food and drinks in england is being put on hold for a year. another part of the government's obesity strategy — to restrict uk television advertising ofjunk food before 9pm — is also being postponed until 202a. the government said the delay would allow a better understanding of the impact on household finances as the cost of living continues to rise. joining me now is lord james bethell who was the parliamentary under secretary of state at the department of health and social care. the former health minister,
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who previously served in borisjohnson�*s government, has labelled plans to delay a ban on multi—buyjunk food deals as "unconservative". welcome to bbc news, good to have you with us. a lot to talk about. perhaps we should start with that line that you have said these plans to delay a ban as un—conservative. but what could be more conservative than opposing the nanny state and embracing people's freedom of choice to buy and eat what they like? i understand the sentiment of wanting to push against the nanny state. i am a red—blooded conservative and fight red tape shoulder to shoulder with any other of my colleagues. i do not think that this is about freedom of choice. when i go to the supermarket with my children, i do not think i have got more choice by the fact there are junk food promotions by the tilt for promotions by the tilt for promotions and sweets. i don't think
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thatjunk food advertising that targets children after school, my teenagers ordering hamburgers and chips when there is perfectly nutritious food at home, is enhancing free choice. good health is free choice. good health is the foundation for freedom. conservatives should be back in good health. ., ~' ., conservatives should be back in good health. ., ~ ., ., ., health. you know that the government will ara ue health. you know that the government will argue that — health. you know that the government will argue that we _ health. you know that the government will argue that we have _ health. you know that the government will argue that we have a _ health. you know that the government will argue that we have a cost - health. you know that the government will argue that we have a cost of- will argue that we have a cost of living emergency and that people need cheap food, and that that justifies the delay of this man. can you see that point of view? i totally see that point of view. those conservatives who have got the back of hard—working families are doing the right thing to express their concerns about anything that put costs on households. that is right. but our supermarkets are incredibly competitive. buy one get one free is on the way out anyway. there are very good buy one get one free offers for healthy food. £2 for avocados and for blueberries and other perfectly healthy foods, it
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will not affect that at all. it is the junk food, biscuits, will not affect that at all. it is thejunk food, biscuits, crisps, chocolate, that the junk food industry itself is addicted to. that is what we are trying to get rid of. buy one get one free has been torn by the government's own impact assessment to lead to decisions that are against good household economy. the publications on that are crystal clear. if the publications on that are crystal clear. . , ,., the publications on that are crystal clear. . , . ., clear. if the evidence is so clear, do ou clear. if the evidence is so clear, do you think _ clear. if the evidence is so clear, do you think there _ clear. if the evidence is so clear, do you think there is _ clear. if the evidence is so clear, do you think there is more - clear. if the evidence is so clear, | do you think there is more behind this decision to delay the ban than just the cost of living crisis? i do think it is a _ just the cost of living crisis? i do think it is a must _ just the cost of living crisis? i if think it is a must read of where voters are in their heads —— a i don't think voters like way food is promoted to them at the moment. it is totally toxic. households want to have healthy decisions for their children, for people that they love, so that we as a nation get healthier. so anyone who thinks that
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fighting buy one get one free offers is somehow a populist notion that will make the conservative party more attractive to voters, i think they have got a total wrong view on this one. we they have got a total wrong view on this one. ~ ., ., ., ,.,, , this one. we have got to posit they are because _ this one. we have got to posit they are because i _ this one. we have got to posit they are because i have _ this one. we have got to posit they are because i have to _ this one. we have got to posit they are because i have to say _ this one. we have got to posit they are because i have to say goodbye | this one. we have got to posit they i are because i have to say goodbye to our viewers with us on bbc world. but we can carry on now. we are still on the bbc news channel. i suppose some people might wonder how can you understand the kind of pressures that people are under, that these deals do help people who are juggling two, that these deals do help people who arejuggling two, threejobs perhaps, who are working shifts, who have not got the time to batch cook big casseroles at the weekend, these kind of deals to offer them cheap alternatives, don't they? i completely understand the pressure to buy convenient, well preserved,
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highly processed food. because some of it does appear to be very cheap, it lasts for a very long time in your cupboard, and they are addictively delicious at times. but i do not accept that they are necessarily cheaper. there are terrific deals offered in supermarkets on other kinds of foods, and fresh foods in particular. we are not trying to change the costs for those. the net result on household shopping baskets should not be negative at all. what should not be negative at all. what do ou should not be negative at all. what do you think _ should not be negative at all. what do you think the _ should not be negative at all. what do you think the impact _ should not be negative at all. what do you think the impact of this delay on buy one get one free deals for unhealthy food could be? naturally, what i'm worried about is that it naturally, what i'm worried about is thatitis naturally, what i'm worried about is that it is posted as a 12 month delay, but at some point in the next two years, it does not encourage me to believe that this will ever happen before the election. if it does not happen before the election, may be happen at all. but more than
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that, if the government does not see through these relatively straightforward measures, which are, by the way, in line with where history is taking us, i worry that its commitment to health disparities, to ten year cancer programmes, to be five more years of healthy life longevity commitment, to our whole commitment to making britain healthier. that concern is shared by the charities and by stakeholder groups who are supporting our mission to try to make britain healthier. if we do not get this one right, are we really committed to addressing the colossal health disparities and obesity crisis in this country? it naturally makes me worry that we are not. we must leave it there. the former health minister, thank you for talking to us on bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather.
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plenty of fine and dry weather with some long spells of sunshine around. a change into evening hours as we see some heavy showers and thunderstorms rolling in from the south—west. many of us, size a bit like this, some warm spells of sunshine. high pressure dominating the weather at the moment, but if we cast our eyes out to the south—west, this feature here is going to bring a thundery downpour later this evening and overnight. before we get there, a lot of dry and warm weather. some long spells of sunshine, less pc than yesterday, patchy cloud still holding on all day across parts of scotland and northern ireland. and into some parts of england and wales, some fair weather cloud around. should be staying mostly dry, 17—22 for most of us. a little colour across the north of scotland. let's zoom into south—west england. through the evening hours, some showers for devon and cornwall. they could be quite heavy and thundery as they push slowly northwards and eastwards across england and wales through the course of the night. 0ne
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across england and wales through the course of the night. one or two into northern ireland and dumfries and galloway through the early hours of sunday morning. clear and pressure conditions for northern scotland is, quite warm and humid further south. sunday will essentially be a day of sunshine and showers, hit and miss. we were not catch them. pushing northwards across northern england and scotland. more sunshine developing in the south, it will be warm, 22—23 before the next batch of showers pushes and from the english channel. always a bit fresher across the north of scotland, mid teens. sunday into monday, we will continue to see heavy showers push their way northwards and eastwards. you may well hell the odd rumble of thunder into monday morning. we start the new working week on a fairly unsettled notes. low pressure trying to push on from the west. as they bump into the higher pressure, for much of the south—east of england and east anglia, you're likely to stay dry for a good part of monday. elsewhere, quite a few blustery showers around. quite cool where we have got the easterly breeze blowing and across parts of eastern
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