welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore, i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines: the hollywood actorjohnny depp wins his multimillion—dollar do you believe that ms heard acted with actual malice? answer — yes. the hollywood actorjohnny depp wins his multimillion—dollar lawsuit against his former wife amber heard. another shooting incident in the united states — four people are dead, including the gunman at a hospital, in tulsa, oklahoma. russia accuses the united states of escalating the conflict in ukraine — after president biden promises to send advanced rocket systems to help ukrainian forces.
cheering and applause. ukrainian soldiers in kyiv celebrate their country's 3—1 victory over scotland in the world cup qualifiers. live from our studio in singapore, this is bbc news. it's newsday. welcome to bbc news broadcasting to viewers in the uk and around the world. it's eight in the morning in singapore, and 8 o'clock in the evening in virginia in the us, where a jury has found that the actress amber heard defamed her ex—husband johnny depp and ordered she pay the hollywood the hollywood star $15 million in damages. our arts correspondent david silitto has been following this trial. mr foreperson, is this the verdict of the jury? after six weeks in court and six years of angry disputes since their divorce, finally, a judgement by a jury on the allegations that
johnny depp had violently assaulted his ex—wife, amber heard. was this defamation? the answer... yes. cheering. outside, there were cheers from the waiting fans, the end of a trial that had been provoked by an article in the washington post in which amber heard had written of being a victim of domestic abuse, allegations that she said were backed up with real proof. there were videos, photographs and, remember, a uk court ruled in 2020 that her account of abuse during her marriage was substantially true. slapped me across the face. then he slapped me again. hejust kicked me — in the back. i thought he was the love of my life. he was, but he was also this other thing.
cheering for six weeks, johnny depp has arrived at court each day to cheers. amber heard, silence — and sometimes worse. can you please tell the jury why you're here today? um, yes... the answer to that question was reputation. johnny depp, hollywood star, was trying to prove to the world that his ex—wife�*s claims of domestic violence were simply untrue. and more than that, he was claiming that he was the real victim. ms heard, in herfrustration and in her rage and her anger, she would strike out. she'd given me a good chop in the ear, you know. suddenly... i said, "go ahead, hit me." bam!
so two completely different accounts of a marriage, and one in whichjohnny depp said he was the victim, and that is what the jury has agreed with today. and not only that, they have accepted that amber heard acted with malice, with a reckless disregard for the truth. but there has been a second case going on here, one that's been taking place in the court of popular opinion. over six weeks, amber heard had been accused of lying, faking injuries, fabricating evidence. and online... i receive hundreds of death threats regularly, if not daily. thousands since this trial has started, people mocking... .mocking my testimony about being assaulted. this was a case all about words — amber heard's right to say she was a victim of domestic violence, an accusation that
johnny depp says was simply a lie, he was the victim here. and thejury — and much of the watching public — has, after hearing it all, believed him. david sillito, bbc news, fairfax, virginia. well, for more on that trial we can hear now from our north america correspondent nomia iqbal, outside the court. we had about an hour's notice before the verdict came through, and it was pretty quiet, but then over the course of that hour, lots of fans made their way outside court. there's been a huge amount ofjohnny depp supporters here throughout the six—week trial. most of the fans are johnny depp supporters, and many of them hold signs in which they make that clear and they make it clear they don't like amber heard. and you can actually find the amber heard fans — there's a few of them — and that, i think, says a lot in and of itself. but when i stopped to talk to people... we're talking about young women here who...
there was one teenager who said to me she came here because she felt this was a once—in—a—lifetime opportunity, she felt that it was important to see johnny depp�*s name be cleared. one woman i also spoke to was here for amber heard. she had this banner that said, "we stand with amber heard." and it had messages on it from lots of amber heard supporters. and she said to me that she was worried that would be the verdict and she felt angry that, despite all the evidence that was shown, that it was ruled against amber heard, and she was worried about what sort of precedent it would set. amber heard was inside court — we saw that, because, obviously, this was being televised — whilstjohnny depp was not here. he's somewhere in the uk. his legal team were here and they released a short statement afterwards. but this is very much a resounding victory forjohnny depp. yes, a resounding victory for johnny depp, as you point out. but also a sort of a trial by tiktok for particularly amber heard, given some of the vitriol that she's described in david's
reporting there. if social media had been thejury, johnny depp would have been cleared a long time ago, probably even ahead of the trial, to be honest with you. the support for him has been pretty overwhelming on there. so i just want to give you a statistic here. each evening, on the american networks here, there are about 18 million people that watched the bulletins. the views on tiktok for this story have been 18 billion. that is a huge amount. in terms of the hashtags on tiktok, #justiceforjohnnydepp has had 7.5 billion views and counting. #amberheardisaliar has had 2.5 billion views on tiktok and counting. i mean, there has been some support for her. there's been a #justiceforamberheard, but that's had 2a million views. and what's been really fascinating is that there's been two trials. there's the one where you havejournalists going in and reporting on the evidence, as we do, keeping it balanced, and then you have those
on social media — because this was a trial has been televised — taking curated content and skewing it very much in favour ofjohnny depp, in which it has been massively, like i say, in his favour. sojohnny depp can look at it as that. he's not only won in the courtroom, but he has won in the court of public opinion. some breaking news now. to the us city of tulsa in oklahoma now, where police say at least three people have been killed in a shooting in a hospital. this is the scene live outside the hospital and it is reported the government is also dead. there is a heavy police presence outside. for more details, i'm joined now by our correspondent david willis for more on this.
reports are still coming in, but we know police responded to reports of a man armed with a rifle on a hospital campus in the city of kelso, about seven o'clock in the evening local time. they reached the scene and found at least three people dead and the gunman as well. a fifth person is said to be in a critical condition. as to the motive, it is still unknown but it does appear to be that this gunman was pursuing or on the lookout for a particular doctor when he stepped foot onto this hospital campus. this took place in a building close to a hospital and the city. initial reports suggested multiple injuries, possible multiple casualties. the local police
chief they described the scene as chaotic. president biden has been kept informed on what is going on in tulsa, inquiries there, and that white house is apparently reaching out to local officials and state officials to offer support. meanwhile, officers are going through that building in question room by room to make sure that there is no further threat to the public. david hollis there, thank you for keeping us up—to—date on the breaking story there, i know you'll keep us up—to—date the latest. i'll take you now to another story in the headlines. a war of words has erupted between moscow and washington over america's decision to supply advanced rocket artillery to ukraine. russia has accused the us of adding fuel to the fire with the move. russian forces are now said to be in control of around 70% of the strategically important city of severodonetsk. james waterhouse has
the latest from kyiv. faces of anxiety, wives and mothers of ukrainian soldiers on the front line, brought together by a frustration of their lack of support. translation: i'm very worried. i know he's sitting in the trenches there. i know there are wounded and killed. i believe that if they receive proper weapons, they're real warriors and they will fight for the serenity of ukraine, defend our country and get our seized territories back. olga's son was called up to fight two months ago. today is his 41st birthday. translation: it is his birthday today, but i cannot even - congratulate him and tell him that i love him and wait for him. a56 miles to the east, a reflection of ukraine's loosening grip on the luhansk region, satellite images
showing damage from shelling to komyshuvakha and severodonetsk. russian soldiers now appear to move through its streets and wander into this state security service building. they're thought to be chechen fighters, who have a reputation for being fierce. almost all of the luhansk region is in moscow's control. russia's gains are relatively small, but the cities they now occupy won't be easily retaken, and that is why ukraine is asking for help to do more than simply be on the defensive. one wish has been granted by the us — precision—guided missiles, which can travel up to 45 miles — with a condition. the ukrainians have given us assurances that they will not use these systems against targets on russian territory. there is a strong trust bond between ukraine and the united states, as well as with our allies
and partners. the kremlin has described kyiv�*s request for weapons as a provocation to bring the west into this war. ukraine has long seen them as crucial for its survival. james waterhouse, bbc news, in kyiv. earlier i spoke to mark kimmitt, former us assistant secretary of state for political—military affairs. i started by asking him what the impact of the new weapons being sent to ukraine could have on the battlefield. they certainly won't change the game that we are now sitting on the part of the russians. these weapons will be able to get into the rear lines of the russians where they are most vulnerable, and where they will need to continue their logistics and their artillery if they want to continue this assault, so hopefully these weapons will allow the ukrainians to fire deep into
these echelons and slow and possibly reversed the russian assault. mark, does that mean you are seeing a faster and to this conflict, a way out? no, no, not at all, this is not going to be a strategic turning point. this is simply a technical capability that was given to the ukrainians that can go a little bit deeper into the russian lines, but this is no magic weapon, no magic wand, and in fact that as part of the criticism that we hear over here in the united states — that we are giving the ukrainians enough to fight but not enough to win. but, why now? why has the us decided to make this move at this point in time? well, i think you are starting to see this bulldozer —like offensive being off by the russians stop severodonetsk is not that strategic of a city
but it certainly means if they can take severodonetsk they will be pushing further and further into the donbas, so hopefully is these weapons that came at the request of the ukrainians will be able to understand and possibly reverse this offensive. do you see more weapons in the pipeline from the weapons along the way? you know, that's an interesting question, president biden today published an editorial inside the new york times laying out what we well and what we want to do for ukraine. that editorial was not aimed at the russians, but really at the french and the germans. this has been a remarkable unity among the nato allies who are starting to see the split, and it may certainly be the case that president biden is trying to make sure that this alliance continues to fight against the russians and doesn't allow the russians and doesn't allow the russians to drive a wedge between nato allies.
you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme — the final rehearsals have taken place and the celebrations are about to begin — as queen elizabeth marks 70 years as monarch — we've a special report coming up. the queen and her husband began their royal progress to westminster. the moment of crowning, in accordance with the order of service, by a signal given, the great guns of the tower. tributes have been paid around the world to muhammad ali, who has died at the age of 74. outspoken but rarely outfought, ali transcended the sport of boxing, of which he was three times world champion. he was a good fighter. he fought all the way to the . end, even through his illness. yes, he did. uefa imposes an indefinite ban on english clubs playing in europe.
today is the 20th anniversary of the release of the beatles�* lp, sgt pepper's lonely hearts club band, a record described as the album of the century. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm karishma vaswani in singapore. our headlines — the hollywood actorjohnny depp wins his multimillion—dollar lawsuit against his former wife amber heard. another shooting incident in the united states. three people and the gunman are dead at a hospital in tulsa, oklahoma. let's turn to shanghai now, where there's celebration mixed with relief and caution on the streets of china's biggest city, after a significant lifting of covid restrictions. our correspondent,
robin brant reports. what would you do if you were free, after 65 days locked up in your home? for some in shanghai, it was the simple things, things they've been barred from doing for months. for others, well... as morning came round, the reality of daily life now was clear — scanning your phone, showing a code. this the government's going to monitor who goes where, when, to try to prevent another disastrous outbreak. the speed of the reopening of shanghai has been, frankly, quite surreal. we've had this big—bang event in one single day where cars are back on the streets, some of the shops have reopened. there's a basic service that has resumed on the metro. but the new normal now for me and for millions of people here are centred on this — testing, testing, testing. this lockdown was harsh,
brutal for some. it crippled shanghai's economy. it destroyed martin lee's business. he opened his hair salon just a few weeks before the lockdown came. there was no furlough scheme here, no pay cheque from the government. on the day most of shanghai reopened, he was packing up. he can't afford the shop any more. really, really sad, extremely sad. my shop is like my baby. i had to close my shop. it's like i killed my baby. i don't know if you understand how sad ifeel. this is the first day for me to go back to work, but i wasn't feeling happy. i wasn't feeling happy at all. for the communist party leaders here, though, this is a vindication. people in china's biggest city, its financial heart, are back by the river. they're spending money again. confirmed covid cases are barely a trickle.
lockdowns work, they say. the forced confinement of 25 million people is over, mostly. but as the new normal here sets in, they know, i know, everyone knows that china's commitment to zero—covid means it could happen again. robin brant, bbc news, shanghai. four days of celebrations are being planned for the queen's platinumjubilee being planned for the queen's platinum jubilee across the uk, with many communities throwing their own parties to mark the queen's 70 years on the throne. here's our royal correspondent nicholas witchell. the final preparations are almost complete, for a celebration that's been 70 years in the making. in the pre—dawn gloom of a rather damp capital city, the horse guards and others have been tracing the route to be taken by sunday's pageant. on horse guards parade, the footguards have been preparing for the event that will launch thejubilee,
the first full—scale trooping the colour for three years. and outside buckingham palace, a huge stage has been under construction for saturday's bbc party at the palace. it is the platinum jubilee, an opportunity to step back briefly from everyday pressures, to show appreciation to a long—reigning monarch. it's the story of all our lives, as well as the story of her life, that we're celebrating. and i think, particularly at the moment, with the way the world is, the way some people feel about politics in this country, and around the world, the way people feel about putin and what is happening in ukraine, you look at the queen, and you see somebody who has been consistent, decent, dignified and there, delivering the goods, delivering on her promises, for seven decades. quite how visible the queen will be at thisjubilee is unclear. it's hoped she'll be able to appear on the palace balcony. absent from the balcony will be the sussexes — harry and meghan —
and the duke of york. this isn't the moment for reminders of family difficulties. it has been difficult, this period, and i think hard on the queen, really, to have these sort of family problems quite so much in the public limelight. some die—hard royalists are already camping along the mall. however, their devotion is not universal. not everyone across the country will find this celebration to their taste — not everyone is a monarchist. but it is surely true that the overwhelming majority of people have deep respect for this monarch and her 70 years of service. in herjubilee message, issued with a new photograph, the queen says she hopes the next four days will give people a chance to reflect on what has been achieved over the past 70 years. thejubilee programme will also be a chance for millions of people at different events
across the country to say thank you for her 70 years of service. nicholas witchell, bbc news. ukraine took on scotland in a long delayed world cup qualifier earlier. they pulled off a stunning victory to reach the play—offs. our correspondentjoe inwood watched the game in a barracks in the capital kyiv and sent this report. this is no normal world cup qualifier, and these are no normal fans. these young ukrainians have all volunteered to join the fight against russia's invasion. 23—year—old alex used to be a software engineer. he will soon be heading to the front. i will be really proud of myself, because i'm doing a really great thing for my country. football is a big deal here, even in the darkest of times. everybody, especially
the ukrainian team, feel their responsibility, because they want to show to us that they are fighting too. now, of course, normally for a game this significant, this significant, all the bars, the restaurants, the sports pubs would be packed, but of course there's a curfew, and so people are watching it at home — or, in this instance, in their military base. an unusual setting for an almost unique sporting event. right now, for us, it's really- important to have some victory, like we won eurovision. and also the ukrainians would be really happy l if we win this match. but in their way, a scotland team that almost everyone assumed would beat ukraine. but not here. cheering. 1-0. cheering. 2-0. these soldiers have grown used to remarkable victories,
but they also know that victory can turn into defeat. it's actually been a really good game, but it is getting tense now. ukraine have got a one—goal advantage, but scotland are pushing. it's getting nerve—racking, even for the neutrals. cheering. we won this match, so it's really great, so it means that there is nothing impossible for our country, and we're going to win this war. joe inwood, bbc news, in kyiv. before we go, an update on that breaking news we brought you earlier. police in the us city of tulsa in oklahoma now say four people have been killed in a shooting in a hospital. the gunman is also dead. police also spoke of multiple injuries. officers went to the hospital, following reports of
a man with a rifle there. last saturday president biden of course urged americans to make their voices heard to prevent further gun violence following the killing of 19 children and two schoolteachers in texas. that is all from us. thank you for watching. hello again. we had some warm spells of sunshine around on wednesday but also some scattered showers, particularly across northern and eastern areas. one or two heavy ones mixed in. but in the west, a largely fine day, some lovely sunshine there in anglesey. satellite picture, at the moment, shows largely clear skies, but we do have some thicker cloud approaching from the northwest. that's going to be bringing some rain into northern ireland as we head deeper into thursday, but for the time being, the skies are clear in most areas and it's another pretty chilly night, really, underneath those clear skies, with light winds for the time of year. we are looking at temperatures down to around 5—7 celsius for a number of you, which is on the cool side, certainly, forjune. now, looking at the pressure charts, pressure's actually rising a little bit
across the uk, but then we've got this weather front — that area of cloud i showed you a moment ago — that is set to swing its way in, so cloud will increase across northern ireland and we'll steadily see outbreaks of rain moving in here, turning quite heavy by the time we get to the afternoon. scotland, england and wales, a lovely sunny start to the morning, if somewhat cool, but those temperatures will quickly rise. a bit of cloud bubbles up. that could bring a few scattered showers to scotland and northern england, but for many, it's a dry day. temperatures a bit higher — 18 in glasgow, but we're into 19—21 kind of territory for england and wales. so it is warmer. that warmer trend to the weather continues into friday, but again, friday not wholly dry. there will be a a few showers, this time across wales, northwest england, western scotland and northern ireland. again, pretty well spaced out, so you do have a chance of missing them. the emphasis is still on some warm spells of sunshine, for most. temperatures quite widely reaching the high teens to low 20s. now, this weekend, the weather will stay fine across the north
of the uk, so scotland, northern ireland and northern england keeping the dry weather and sunshine, but the weather starts to get more iffy in the south. you see, on saturday, we'll start to see some thundery showers moving up from the near continent, the greatest risk of those probably across the southwest of england and south wales. there will be a few more storms coming up through saturday night, and then into sunday, the storms kind of merge together to give some spells of heavier rain across parts of england and wales. now, this rain band could vary in position a little bit by the time we get to sunday, but, nevertheless, warm spells of sunshine, a few showers over the next few days, but we are going to see some heavy, thundery rain developing over the weekend.
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