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this is bbc world news. i'm simon pusey. our top stories: in russia's sights — we report from an eastern ukrainian town and a key battleground, 100 days since the russian invasion began. it is very clear the war in this area is extremely deep and the russians are trying hard to push forward. the impact of the war is being felt across the globe. the world food programme warns that more than 80 million people face serious shortages. an investigation begins after a train derails in germany, leaving at least four people dead. in other news: a former advisor to donald trump, peter navarro, is arrested by investigators looking into last year's attack on the capitol building.
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and party at the palace, some of the music industry? bigger stars celebrate queen elizabeth platinum jubilee. —— stars celebrate queen elizabeth platinumjubilee. —— music platinum jubilee. —— music industry's platinumjubilee. —— music industry's biggest stars. president zelensky has marked 100 days since russia invaded ukraine, with a defiant video message, praising his country's resistance, and insisting it will be victorious. in the past week, vladimir putin's forces are said to have made significant gains in the eastern donbas, but the governor of the luhansk region says ukrainian troops have now recaptured 20% of severodonetsk. our international correspondent, 0rla guerin, has been with ukrainian troops near bakhmut, one of the next towns in russia's sights. a dirt track that leads to a grinding war. we're in donbas,
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the key battleground. the russians are two miles down the road. this area, around bakhmut, is still in ukrainian hands — for now — but the enemy is approaching from two sides. troops prepare to face one more day of war, seasoned veterans. . . distant explosions. ..tempered by fire. dog barks. they've been fighting russian—backed separatists here in the east since 2014. among them, anton. rapid explosions. dog barks. well, we just had to take more cover, get more protection
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inside our armoured car. there was an incoming attack. the troops say it was a cluster bomb and it landed less than a mile away. now, the last half an hour or so, there have been constant warnings about incoming fire. we've had to run and take cover, the troops have taken cover, and we've heard plenty of outgoing fire. it's very clear the war in this area is extremely active and the russians are trying hard to push forward. and as ukrainian forces try to hold their ground, the trenches turn to graves. have you lost many friends? "yes," says ivan, "quite a lot". and he says the russians have already captured an area half the size of italy. troops here say president putin's men learned lessons from their defeat outside kyiv.
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anton tells me they changed their tactics and now rely on massive artillery fire. commotion. take cover! once again, it was coming our way. explosion. and as the russians advance, civilians flee from towns and cities here. it's now 100 days and counting of wrenching separations. vladimir putin calls this �*liberation�*. if he succeeds here, his ambitions may not stop at ukraine. 0rla guerin, bbc news, donbas. un agencies meeting in geneva have issued dire warnings about the consequences of russia's invasion, both for ukraine, and the world. nearly 16 million ukrainians alone urgently need humanitarian assistance, while the head of the world food programme
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says that more than 80 million people in east africa face acute food shortages as a result of a blockade of ukrainian ports. president biden described the situation as "putin's price hike". he said ukraine had 20 million tonnes of grain it hadn't been able to export. meanwhile, president putin says russia is ready to guarantee the safe export of ukrainian grain, via ports on the azov and black seas. he was speaking after talks in sochi with the head of the african union, who told him that africa was suffering because of its reliance on ukrainian, and russian cereals and fertiliser. translation: you're quite welcome to export wheat i via seaports under ukrainian control, first of all, the black sea ports — 0desa and the nearby ports. we didn't mind the ukrainian ports. it was ukraine. i've told our colleagues many times — let them clear the mines so the ships loaded with wheat can leave these ports. we will guarantee their safe
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passage with no problems. a former top white house official has been arrested after defying a subpoena from the committee investigating last year's attack on the us capitol building. peter navarro, an adviser to donald trump, is charged with contempt of congress. 0ur north america correspondent david willis told me more about the case and peter navarro. he is a china hawk and he is a staunch donald trump supporter and he's made little secret of the fact that he helped co—ordinate an effort to undermine and overturn the certification of the 2020 presidential election result here, and that is why the january the sixth committee wants to talk to him. now, he's refused to provide testimony or documents to the committee and, this morning, he was arrested by the fbi at washington national airport,
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placed in handcuffs and appeared in court this afternoon to face two charges of criminal contempt of congress — those are charges which, if convicted, carry a sentence of up to two years in prison, simon. and why exactly, david, is he refusing to co—operate? well, peter navarro is claiming a so—called executive privilege extended to him by donald trump, which he says makes private any communications between the president and his associates but of course, the january the sixth committee isn't buying it. nonetheless, peter navarro remains very defiant. he said in court that he was the victim of prosecutorial misconduct, he likened the way he'd been treated to that of stalinist russia, and he was equally outspoken outside the court. this is what he had to say to journalists there. what that kangaroo committee is doing right now is investigating for
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punitive purposes. they're essentially acting asjudge, jury and executioner. their mission — their clear mission — is to prevent donald john trump from running for president in 2024 and being elected for president. and people like me are in their way — and they're not coming for me and trump, they're coming for you — all 74 million of you who voted for donald john trump. and peter navarro has called the january the sixth committee a "sham" and "despicable". indeed, so defiant is he that he's launched a court case of his own against the committee and against the house speaker, nancy pelosi. david, it's been 1.5 years since the attack on the us capitol building. how much progress has the enquiry made in that time? it's made considerable progress, simon, in the ten months that it's has been in operation.
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they've conducted around 1,000 interviews and have managed to accumulate tens of thousands of documents. so, we hear next week, the enquiry goes up into a different gear with public hearings which members of the committee have said will provide explosive evidence in prime—time, televised here in the united states, and the committee itself has vowed to complete its enquiries and release a report into the tragic events surrounding the insurrection on the sixth of january last year, before this november's midterm elections, simon. david willis. let's get some of the day's other news: doctors in sudan say a protester has been shot dead during demonstrations to mark the third anniversary of the violent break up of a sit—in by the security forces. thousands took to the streets of khartoum and other cities to demand justice for the killing of more than 120 people who had held month—long protests, calling for civilian
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rule following the overthrow of the authoritarian president 0mar al—bashir. myanmar�*s military government says it intends to execute two prominent dissidents, after rejecting their appeals. kojimmy is a veteran activist, and phyo zeyar thaw, is a former rap singer and member of parliament. they were senteced to death in january, after being accused of helping to organise armed opposition to last year's coup. myanmar has not carried out any executions since the late 1980s. un secretary—general antonio guterres has condemned thejunta's decision. shares in the electric car company, tesla, fell sharply on the us stock exchange, after its chief executive, elon musk, announced he wanted to cut 10% of the firm's workforce and introduce a hiring freeze. in a leaked email, mr musk said he had a "super bad feeling" about the economy. inflation has been soaring in the us, leading to expectations that the federal reserve will raise interest rates further in the coming months. the leader of a mexican evangelical church, with hundreds of thousands of followers, has pleaded guilty
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in the united states to charges of child abuse. naasonjoaquin garcia, from the light of the world church, was arrested three years ago at los angeles airport. after initial denials, mr garcia has now admitted sexually assaulting three girls. a country music writer in the us is suing mariah carey over her 1994 hit all i want for christmas is you. andy stone accuses the star of exploiting a song released five years earlier which shares the same name. he's seeking at least $20 million in damages from carey, her co—writer and their record label. at least four people have been killed and 30 others are injured, after a crowded train derailed in southern germany. the train was travelling to munich, when the accident happened. an investigation is underway. with the latest, here's shelley phelps. the violence of the derailment is evident from the wreckage, crumpled carriages lying on their sides at twisted angles.
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eyewitness footage taken immediately after the incident shows passengers in shock, gathering their belongings. at a news briefing in berlin, the head of the german railway was visibly shaken as he spoke about the incident. translation: the pictures we are seeing are terrible. l they make us deeply sad and speechless. and i can say this, not only for me, as the head of the railway, but also for all railway workers, my thoughts — our thoughts — are with the victims and their surviving relatives, with the injured. a huge rescue effort was launched, with emergency services workers using ladders to climb into carriages and bring those trapped to safety. translation: today, | in the middle of the day at around 12:20pm, a regional train accident occurred on the track from garmisch—partenkirchen to munich. the train derailed for reasons that have yet to be explained. a large number
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of rescue workers — more than 500 men and women — were mobilised to deal with the injured and rescue operations. the train was crowded and full of passengers ahead of a long bank holiday weekend. germany has recently introduced a cheap rail ticket, enabling people to travel on trains like this one for nine euros a month. that may have contributed to the popularity of the service. it's not yet clear what caused the train to derail, but an investigation is under way. shelley phelps, bbc news. you are watching bbc news. the headlines: 0ne100 days since the russian invasion of ukraine and a warning of severe food shortages around the world due to the fighting. the world food programme warns that more than 80 million people in east africa are facing acute food shortages because of the fighting in ukraine. staying with that story now. food prices across the world have climbed since the russian invasion of ukraine and the disruption of black sea wheat exports. some parts of the world are reeling under the pressure,
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like the middle east, where bread is a primary dietary staple. the threat to wheat and grain supplies has historically brought riots and international organisations, including the world bank, warn that the current food crisis could trigger similar waves of social unrest. sally nabilfrom cairo and carine torbey from beirut have been looking at the situation in two countries in the region worst hit by wheat shortages. it is nearly the end of wheat harvest in egypt. egypt is often the world's largest importer of wheat. nearly 80% of its wheat imports come from russia and ukraine. the war in ukraine disrupted the supply line. local production here can't feed a population of over 100 million. the government says we have enough stock for the next four months. it is already considering other wheat exporters but alternatives are more expensive and less sustainable.
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in lebanon, it's a slightly different story, but also one of crisis. there is almost no local production of wheat, though this country was once known as the greenery of the roman empire. —— granary of the roman empire. just like in egypt, almost 80% of wheat imports used to come from ukraine and russia. they used to be stored in the only wheat silos in the country at beirut port, but these have become out of service since the infamous explosion at the port in 2020. now, imported wheat is stored in private mills and the authorities are looking for alternative sources, though this is a very difficult and costly operation. cost is a key word here. nearly one third of the population live in extreme poverty. shortly after the ukraine war,
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bread prices in egypt have gone up by nearly 50% in some private bakeries. in government—run bakeries, bread is subsidised but the size is shrinking. local officials have talked about plans to lift the subsidies. nothing has been put into effect so far. it's perhaps to avoid a public backlash. bread is life here, but with an economy already crippled by huge debts and a product budget deficit, —— crippled by huge debts and a chronic budget deficit, the government has big challenges to meet. in the case of lebanon, which is witnessing financial collapse, wheat is the only stable that is still subsidised, but this doesn't mean that the price of bread has not changed. while in the past two years, it has increased several times — and this is mainly because of the currency crash which has affected the price of all ingredients used in the production of bread,
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other than wheat — but the war in ukraine has worsened the situation. egypt and lebanon are totally different in size and population number but both are facing dire economic conditions. the last thing they need is a bread crisis. the picture in both countries reflects the threat facing food security in various parts of the region as the war in ukraine drags on and many people here wonder how they are going to survive. uefa has apologised to liverpool and real madrid fans affected by the chaos at the champions league final in paris last week. in a statement, it said it must not happen again. french president emmanuel macron says ticket holders who were blocked from entering the stadium should be reimbursed "as fast as possible". in the us this weekend, a new opera inspired by a medical experiment is having its world premiere. it follows the story of the celebrated british neurologist dr 0liver sacks, who brought patients
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in a new york hospital back to consciousness after they'd been in a comatose state for four decades, afflicted by the so—called sleeping sickness of the 1920s. the bbc�*s tom brook went to check it out. a brand new opera inspired by the work of the late british neurologist dr 0liver sacks, based on an experiment he conducted in the 1960s on patients who had been left in the catatonic frozen state for 40 years by the sleeping sickness pandemic of the 1920s which claimed hundreds of thousands of lives. the offer shows how when dr 0liver sacks administered the drug to a group of his patients, the medication had a miraculous impact. they awaken. they came back to life. it was very dramatic.— back to life. it was very dramatic. ., ., ., , ., back to life. it was very dramatic. ., ., ., ., dramatic. for me, and opera to have power— dramatic. for me, and opera to have power needs _ dramatic. for me, and opera to have power needs to _ dramatic. for me, and opera to have power needs to reach - dramatic. for me, and opera to
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have power needs to reach in l have power needs to reach in and grab your heart and your mind and it addresses both. tobias picco, highly respected american composer, is the key creative force behind this new awakenings operator. it is a very personal project. he is a close of dr 0liver sacks�*s husband wrote the libretto for the operand he has tourette's syndrome, sometime displaying the very same neurological text at the scene in dr 0liver sacks�*s patients. he at the scene in dr oliver sacks's patients. he describes one patient — sacks's patients. he describes one patient as _ sacks's patients. he describes one patient as having - sacks's patients. he describes one patient as having a - one patient as having a symphony of texts. do i have a symphony of texts. do i have a symphony of texts. do i have a symphony of ticks in me? i don't know, i haven't opera of ticks. , . , ticks. there is a twist in awakenings, _ ticks. there is a twist in awakenings, as - ticks. there is a twist in | awakenings, as patients ticks. there is a twist in - awakenings, as patients are brought back to life but for some reason the restorative powers of the drug fade and they go back to their regressed sleeping sickness state. there is a lot of excitement surrounding the launch of this new operator. it is seen as a life—affirming work that has the potential to inspire pandemic weary audiences and its creators hope it will deliver a portrait of dr 0liver
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sacks but is perhaps more truthful than what has come before. ~ ., ~ ., , , before. what i know is these eo - le before. what i know is these peeple are — before. what i know is these people are alive _ before. what i know is these people are alive inside. - before. what i know is these people are alive inside. the | people are alive inside. the widely seen _ people are alive inside. the widely seen 1990 _ people are alive inside. the widely seen 1990 hollywood moving awakenings trays dr 0liver sacks as a heterosexual but this new opera presents him as the game and he was, although he came out late in life. if although he came out late in life. , , �* , life. if it serves oliver's legacy. _ life. if it serves oliver's legacy. it _ life. if it serves oliver's legacy, it serves - life. if it serves oliver's legacy, it serves it - life. if it serves oliver's legacy, it serves it in i life. if it serves oliver's legacy, it serves it in a | life. if it serves oliver's - legacy, it serves it in a way that paints him is ultimately sensitive and real and human as the people that he was trying to treat. you know, about time. nobody knows how this new opera, which has been presented by the opera theatre of the lewy, welfare, but it is certainly bringing american audiences are very moving story, prompting people to perhaps ponder the ethics of medical experimentation and the importance of valuing consciousness, life and human connection. tom brook, bbc news, st louis. so, day three of the queen
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elizabeth's platinum jubilee is upon us and amongst the celebrations ahead is a concert at buckingham palace on saturday night and a pageant on the mall in central london on sunday. 0ur royal correspondent sarah campbell reports. she breathes! on an east end factory site next to the thames, a dragon has come to life. gliding up the mall, the giant puppet will symbolise the enormity of the role taken on by the young princess elizabeth, played by dancerjanice ho. she has a sense of freedom at the beginning but then, she meets the dragon and then, how she deals with that — is there a sense of fear or does she play with it and become friends with it? and how excited are you to be playing princess elizabeth in the pageant? i'm really excited. i mean, this is such a big opportunity. around 10,000 people are involved. there'll be dancers, costumes, vehicles, and much else... tap your feet! ..all telling the story of the queen and the uk as it's
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changed throughout her reign. riding on open—topped buses, decorated with images from the last 70 years, famous faces from each decade, including the double gold medallist from the 2004 0lympics, dame kelly holmes. it is just amazing to be one of 150 national treasures. laughs. it is a weird thing to say personally, but it means a lot to be part of it. children will play a big part. these pupils from luton will be dressed as the flowers which decorated the queen's coronation gown. i'm very excited, i'm nervous, and this is a once—in—a—lifetime dream. she has been on the throne 70 whole years. that's a lot! i'm very proud of her. she's done an amazing job. she is a very good queen. leading the pageant along the mall, the gold state coach. it transported the queen on coronation day, and images from 1953 will be
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shown on its windows. hey, everyone, i'm ed sheeran and i'm going to be playing at the queen'sjubilee pageant on sunday 5thjune at the mall. i'll see you there. lots of love. and the night before ed sheeran takes to the stage, buckingham palace will provide the backdrop to the likes of duran duran, diana ross, george ezra and... i was seven when she came to the throne, so she's always been part of my life. and the fact that i have met her on several occasions makes it even more important for me. the stage is set — queen, the band, will open the party tomorrow night. thousands will be watching here, millions more will be watching from home, as this jubilee weekend continues. sarah campbell, bbc news, on stage at buckingham palace. being head of state can be a lonelyjob but the queen has always enjoyed the support of family and friends, as well as her royal staff.
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and throughout her time on the throne, she has had some special companions who are small and furry. the bbc�*s tim allman explains. they were part of her life long before she was queen. the most loyal of friends — a sort of four—legged courtier. there was little chance this jubilee would take place without the appearance of a corgi or two. dozens of them, in fact, were on parade in a park near buckingham palace. we have got cheddar. he is 15 months old. we got him because we heard he is really loyal — corgis are loyal to their owners — so that is mainly one of our reasons why we have got them. and i think theyjust look so cute. yeah, they are really cute as well — short legs, long body. many of these diminutive canines were suitably attired for the occasion, some with unionjack neckerchiefs. the queen has owned more
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than 30 corgis during her reign, so you couldn't mark this latest milestone without them. well, this is the best way to celebrate thejubilee, obviously, it is for the queen, and — sorry, i am a bit emotional — but we have around over 100 corgis parading today to honour her majesty for her, obviously, platinumjubilee. they are small, they are cute and they are loyal. the corgi — a monarch�*s best friend. tim allman, bbc news. that's just about it from me for now. you can reach me on twitter. i'm @sipusey. you can also see much more news on our website. everything you have seen in this programme and much more. for me and from the rest of the team, thanks a lot
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for watching and do stay tuned right here to bbc news. well, friday was the warmest day of the year for wales and for scotland. not elsewhere in the uk. in fact, over the next couple of days, we'll see increasing amounts of cloud and the possibility of downpours and thunderstorms. and we've been advertising this for days — thisjubilee bank holiday weekend will be a very mixed one for some of us. and the shower clouds keep on drifting in from the south. so, through the early hours of the morning, i think it's south—western portions of the uk but all along the south coast, there is a chance of downpours, perhaps thunder and lightning. some of these downpours could drift a little bit further north into the midlands but many areas — from, say, merseyside northwards — looking dry and clear. and actually quite chilly underneath the high pressure in scotland.
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could be only around five degrees first thing in the morning. so, the big picture shows that high pressure across the northern half of the uk, so lots of fine, windless, sunny weather — particularly western scotland. beautiful in northern ireland but here in wales, the midlands, the south—west and also some of these other southern counties at risk of catching some showers both in the morning and the afternoon. doesn't look like it's going to be a total wash—out but if you do catch a downpour and it's slow—moving, it could last for a while before the sunny spells return. notice also how cool it is on that north sea coast. a breeze dragging in low, grey skies, so a nip in the air. now, saturday night into sunday, this is when we'll start to see storms drifting in from the south. they could be widespread. they could be heavy. now, the thinking is that in the morning, they'll be in the south. come lunchtime, possibly drifting into east anglia, the midlands and wales. and then probably stalling just before northern england through the course of the afternoon, but even
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where it clears up in the south, there's a chance of some showers. all the while, northern ireland, scotland looking absolutely fine on sunday with lots of sunshine and then next week, the weather is going to turn quite unsettled. we'll see weather systems sweeping in off the atlantic. this big low pressure parks itself very close to us, so we'll see bands of rain sweeping our way. and this is the outlook for next week. you can see lots of weather icons here, changeable weather. temperatures stabilising, though. 20 in the south, high teens in the north.
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this is bbc news, the headlines: it's 100 days since russia began its invasion of ukraine. president zelensky marked the occasion by praising the country's resistance. but he's admitted russia now controls one fifth of his country, that nearly 14 million people have been forced to flee and that thousands of civilians have been killed. a former adviser to ex—president donald trump has appeared in a us court charged with refusing to cooperate with the inquiry into last yea r�*s storming of congress. peter navarro has ignored a subpoena ordering him to give evidence to the house committee, which he's dismissed as a sham. it's day three of queen elizabeth's platinum jubilee, and amongst the celebrations ahead is a concert at buckingham palace on saturday night, and a pageant on the mall in central london on sunday.
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