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this is bbc news. i'm simon pusey. our top stories: rock stars, including sir rod stewart, wow the crowds at the buckingham palacejubilee concert prince charles gives a moving tribute to his mother for her 70 years of service. you continue to make history. you laugh and cry with us. and, most importantly, you have been there for us for these 70 years. and a surprise appearance on screen from the queen with the nation's favourite bear, where we found out what she keeps in her handbag. perhaps you would like...a marmalade sandwich?
i always keep one for emergencies. so do i. i keep mine in here. in other news, a senior ukrainian official of severodonetsk, where its soldiers are locked in fierce street battles. mercedes benz recalls nearly a million older cars because of a potential problem with the brakes. and could mariah carey's multi—million selling 1994 song, "all i want for christmas" land her in court? celebrations have been continuing to mark the queen's platinum jubilee. a huge crowd gathered in front of buckingham palace for a spectacular open—air
concert to mark the queen's 70 years on the throne. in a tribute to his mother, prince charles, praised what he called "a lifetime of selfless service". veteran pop stars including diana ross, rod stewart and the band queen were among the performers. here's our royal correspondent, nicholas witchell. cheering. after the ceremonial and the spiritual, it was time for a jubilee party. they had taken their seats in the royal box, tens of thousands had packed the mall, and first on stage, who else but queen and brian may? the bbc concert had begun inside buckingham palace with one of those jaw—dropping moments — a tea party with a peruvian—born bear called paddington. thank you for having me. i do hope you're having a lovelyjubilee. tea? oh, yes, please!
oh, dear. perhaps...you would like a marmalade sandwich? i always keep one for emergencies. so do i. i keep mine in here! 0h! for later. well, who would have believed it? this is a monarch who still enjoys springing a surprise. outside, the concert was getting into full swing. there was music and the waving of union flags. some waved with rather more vigour than others, it must be said. and as day gave way to night, the focus shifted.
prince william spoke of the need to protect the planet. my own grandmother has been alive for nearly a century. today, in 2022, as the queen celebrates her platinum jubilee, the pressing need to protect and restore our planet has never been more urgent. and the prince of wales spoke movingly of his mother's dedication over 70 years. you have met us and talked with us. you laugh and cry with us and, most importantly, you have been there for us for these 70 years. you pledged to serve your whole life. you continue to deliver. that is why we are here. that is what we celebrate tonight. these pictures on your house are the story of your life and ours.
so, your majesty, that is why we all say thank you. the crowd gave three cheers. cheering. it had been an evening of many emotions. the main ones were respect and gratitude. nicholas witchell, bbc news, at buckingham palace. in the 70 years the queen has been on the throne, many politicians have come and gone, including 14 us presidents. the bbc�*s sophie long reports on the queen's relationship with america and its leaders. queen elizabeth's leading role in the special relationship between britain and the united states dates back before her accession to the throne. reporter: princess elizabeth plays hostess to the truman l family... the first of the 13 us leaders her majesty met was president truman in 1951, when she was princess elizabeth.
dwight eisenhower was president when she made her first state visit in 1957. reporter: neil armstrong, | the first man on the moon led the way on this historic day... americans have had some issues with royal protocol. after landing on the moon, astronauts neil armstrong, michael collins and buzz aldrin visited buckingham palace. collins is reported to have almost fallen down the stairs in his efforts not to turn his back on the queen. we're going to do a photo? subsequent presidents and first ladies have been a little more lax. michelle 0bama famously laid a hand on her majesty's back, and president trump not only broke with tradition, ditching a bow in favour of a handshake, but then walked in front of her. while royal commentators gasped, the queen displayed nothing but good humour. i think that when she meets
with american presidents, and evenjust going out and about in the general public, she does give off an air too of approachability. and i think the way that she wasn't bothered, for instance, when somebody would break protocol and touch her, or give her the hug, shejust laughs it off, and i think that endears her to the public. the queen waltzed with president ford, rode horses with president reagan. president biden was the first head of state she met in person following the death of prince philip. he and the first lady had this message for her majesty. in america, the queen retains approval ratings most political leaders would lust after, even higher than that of meghan markle. of course, her marriage to prince harry reinforced
the transatlantic relationship. even if the couple have criticised the family, they have only ever spoken fondly of the queen. shall we watch it together? yes. they have spoken so highly - of her, you know, and made sure that any sort of feelings . they have about the 'firm' are divorced from, you know, the queen as harry's - grandmother. even if harry and meghan are back in britain for the platinum jubilee celebrations, there will be plenty of the queen's supporters here raising a cup of tea in her honour. sophie long, bbc news, the united states. ukraine says russian forces have blown up bridges on a river near the key eastern city of severodonetsk to stop reinforcements coming in. the city is the main focus of russia's current offensive in the donbas region. kyiv says it has recaptured part of the territory that was lost to russian forces. but as our ukraine correspondentjoe inwood reports, both sides are presenting very different pictures of how the
conflict is unfolding. russian armour still rolling forward, moving to encircle ukraine's forces in the donbas. an advancing army liberating the people of this region, providing them with humanitarian aid — that is the picture the russians want to present of the invasion they still refuse to call a war. they say they are destroying western weapons and killing foreign mercenaries. but from the ukrainians, you get quite the opposite impression. this is a coalition of soldiers defending their homeland, orjoining from around the world to face down a global threat. we are on the right side of the history, so we're going to make sure all of us are going to get back home with ourfamilies, and make sure that the occupants are not going to do the same. now, the truth of what is
really going on is shrouded in the fog of war. both sides put out the messages they want the world to hear. translation: as soon as we have enough western long-range - weapons we will push their artillery away from our positions. and then, believe me, the russian infantry — they'll just run. what we do know for certain is that it is the people of this region who are paying the price. this is the town of lysychansk, just across the river from severodonetsk. tens of thousands remain here. translation: there is no electricity, no water. - 0ur grandchildren have left. we don't know how they are. as the battle for severodonetsk continues, on the streets, ukrainian police evacuate stranded residents. if russia can take this city, it will have a path into the donbas. if the ukrainians can stop them, they will win a battle that could determine the outcome of this war. joe inwood, bbc news, kyiv.
let's get some of the day's other news. judges in tunisia are to strike for a week and stage sit—in protests against the president's firing of dozens of their colleagues. 57judges were dismissed on the accusation of corruption and protecting terrorists. in an attempt to consolidate power, president kais saied had dissolved the supremejudicial council which regulated judicial independence. emergency services have found another body under a train which derailed in germany's south—eastern state of bavaria on friday. it brings the number of people who died in the incident to five. the train was heading to munich when three carriages came off the tracks. investigators say they are working to establish what caused the accident. meanwhile, a high—speed rail driver was killed and several passengers injured after a train derailed in southwest china's guizhou province. the train derailed after running into debris that had fallen onto the tracks near a tunnel. video footage published by multiple chinese outlets showed severe damage to the driver's car.
a rail conductor and seven passengers were injured and sent to hospital brazil is offering all health workers and residents over the age of 50 a fourth coronavirus jab in a bid to stem the recent surge in cases. there have been more than 660,000 covid fatalities since the beginning of the pandemic and the death toll is currently around 100 per day. the brazilian president has been heavily criticised for being too slow to react to the virus and delaying the purchase of vaccines. mercedes—benz is recalling nearly a million older vehicles worldwide. the call back is due to a potential problem with the brakes of the vehicles built between 2004 and 2015. the problem is related to corrosion which, in the worst cases, could lead to the connection between the brake pedal and the braking system failing. so how significant is this recall? a question i put to dan neil, automotive critic with the wall streetjournal. it's a lot of cars and it's over a number of years and it's
all over the world. i note the recall numbers are 292 in the us and 70,000 in germany and the rest are spread out. they are not going to be particularly easy to recall and service, given that the number and different models, the mls and gls and r class and such, they are a problem. the problem seems to be related to corrosion which could lead to the connection between the brake pedal and braking system failing. just explain how serious that is. whatjumped out of me is that all three of these vehicles, the series vehicles are suv—type vehicles, heavier, so the consequences of brake failure, while remote, are higher so their risk assessment was such that they needed to recall that in and it's also not one of those things that you can recall or you can fix really over the air, so many more recent vehicles, many of the problems people have are
electronic in nature. in fact, mercedes had 1 million—plus vehicle recalls last year for some emergency tech that they had to fix. one idea with new vehicles is that they don't have to be brought in to be serviced or recalled. they are also asking customers not to drive these vehicles. that's going to cause quite a lot of disruption. yes that was surprising to me, given as many model years are involved, there is a do not drive order and they want them in immediately so the german, the transport authority, the kba, made it clear they wanted people to fix their vehicles and not ignore them. how embarrassing is this for mercedes because it is of course a luxury brand? yes, luxury brand, owners and buyers have long memories and short tempers and there is a lot of competition in the world, there
is a technological change afoot, and mercedes—benz can't lose any cachet as far as it can't afford to lose any brand credibility. this doesn't help again, it's a series of quick public recalls so they will have to tighten their ship if they want to keep going. you are watching bbc news. the headlines: huge crowds have been enjoying a star—studded concert at buckingham palace during a third day of platinum jubilee celebrations. a senior ukrainian official says russia is 'throwing all its power�* at the key city of severodonetsk, where its soldiers are locked in fierce street battles. dozens of police officers patrolled hong kong's victoria park on saturday after authorities for a third consecutive year banned public commemoration of the anniversary of the deadly tiananmen square crackdown in 1989. six people were arrested. lea na hosea reports. for decades, hong kong was the only place in china
where people could commemorate those killed in the tiananmen square massacre in 1989. this used to be the place where vigils were held. victoria park. but that's all changed with the introduction of the national security law banning vigils. on saturday, scuffles broke out as police tried to arrest those who turned up. they'd already been warned that unauthorised assembly could see them imprisoned for up to five years. the threat didn't stop this democracy activist from observing a minute's silence privately indoors. translation: it has become part of our life and it is now how - we practice in our everyday life. as long as we are willing to remember and pass it on, the truth will eventually come to light someday. now taiwan is the only part of the chinese—speaking world where it can be remembered openly. activists in taipei put up
a new version of the pillar of shame, a statue commemorating tiananmen protesters that was removed from hong kong. they call out in support of tiananmen square, but this student's worries are increasingly for his own freedom and that of taiwan. translation: in the face | of ever-increasing military threats by china in recent years, we can learn through events like this that they will use whatever suppressive tactics that they are already using on their own people to also suppress taiwan or any other place in the world. now, taiwan will now be one of the main centres of remembrance for those who lost their lives in tiananmen square. leana hosea, bbc news. i've been speaking to jeffrey wasserstrom, a historian from the university of california, irvine, to understand how china deals with dissent more than three decades after tiananmen and why discussion has become wider
to involve hong kong and macau. it hasn't stamped out dissent, there is still discontent. what it has prevented is large—scale mass marches and demonstrations which were an important part of hong kong life as recently as 2019. i was there for the vigil in victoria park on this day in 2019 and there was a massive crowd there and even larger crowds turned out to protest soon after that, but the space for that has been stamped out so that now dissent, as on the mainland, has to often express itself in more indirect ways, more subtle ways through satire, through other things that keep alive a spirit of dissent but not via the kind of mass marches that were part of the local landscape. and how else does the chinese government stop discussion of tiananmen in terms of mainland china? because obviously social media is huge in china but they have ways to stop it there as well? there have been all
kinds of forms of censorship but there's been an ongoing cat—and—mouse game for people who want to keep discussion of it alive and the government wanting to crush it. one of early ways was that to refer tojune 4 was banned so people would refer to may 35, an imaginary date people knew was about this date but what people are doing on social media is putting up images of candles. the communist party is now in a position of having to block the use of images of candles because that is so associated with the vigils that used to be taking place in hong kong. i think one of the interesting things about this year's commemoration ofjune 4, it looks back at what happened on the mainland in 1989 but in some ways is also commemorating what happened in hong kong in 2019. it's a kind of longing for the ability to commemorate and discuss these kinds of events that the communist party wants people to forget but many people are determined to keep alive and is being kept alive, the memory of it, now increasingly in the diaspora and parts of the world.
and there have been vigils in taiwan. i guess the fear is those too will one day be stamped out? —— jeffrey speaking to me a little earlier. greece is no stranger to summerfires and, once again, homes and wildlife in the suburbs of athens are under threat. last summer, when greece was sweltering in the most severe heatwave for decades, wildfires scorched more than 100,000 hectares of forests and farmland. wendy urquhart reports. the blazes started south of athens, and with strong winds fanning the flames, firefighters were unable to contain it. so, before long, at least four neighbourhoods of the capital were on fire. every time the wind changed direction, so did the fire, putting firefighters under immense pressure as they fought the flames desperately trying to gain the upper hand. in the
popular seaside town, just 16 kilometres south of the capital, hundreds of residents and tourists were forced to evacuate their homes and holiday apartments as the flames crept ever closer, devouring homes, cars, brush, and trees along the way. translation: ~ ., ., , ,., translation: we got a message tellin: translation: we got a message telling us to evacuate _ telling us to evacuate our homes, so we were watching from a distance. we were a bit scared, but i think this situation is better now. lip situation is better now. up above, situation is better now. up above. six _ situation is better now. up above, six helicopters zigzagged across the land, dumping gallons of water to douse the flames and dampen the brush in a bid to stop the fire in its tracks. at least 20 homes have been burnt to the ground. their interiors completely gutted by the flames. everything inside either water damaged or up in smoke. greece was already on high alert after the country was ravaged by fire last year
and with the most severe heat wave the country had seen for decades. the european union is sending 200 firefighters and technical equipment to greece to help boost the battle against these wildfires. wendy urquhart, bbc news. south korea's military says north korea has fired several ballistic missiles towards the sea off its east coast. it comes a day after south korea and the united states wrapped up their first combined military exercises involving an american aircraft carrier in more than four years. pyongyang has long protested against the joint exercises, and the country has stepped up its missile tests in recent weeks. all i want for christmas is you is one of the most successful christmas singles of all time, but now, 28 years after its release, mariah carey and her co—writer are facing a $20 million lawsuit. songwriter andy stone accuses them of exploiting a song he co—wrote in 1989 which had the same name. let's have a listen to the song you've most probably heard before.
# i don't want a lot for christmas. # there is just one thing i need. # and i don't care about the presents, well, earlier i spoke to pamela koslyn, who's a los angeles attorney specialising in music and intellectual property, and asked whether she thought this case had any merit. none — none whatsoever. it won't get past summary judgement and i doubt it will even get that far. what do you think lawyers are thinking when they push these cases? i think the lawyer is looking to make a name for himself. he filed the case, as i understand it, in louisiana which is the fifth circuit, which is not where you file copyright cases. that would be done in either new york or la, where the judges have seen the cases before, where lawyers have litigated these cases before, but nobody has heard of this guy or his lawyer except for
people in louisiana. so he wants home turf and he wants to litigate there, that way he has a ghost of a chance of people having heard of him and his song. if you were representing mariah carey, what would your advice to her be in this case because there are dangers if she does take it on — there are obviously legal costs and admin that she probably doesn't need on her plate. it's certainly not something she welcomes, that's true, but she does have an upside and a very good chance recovering her own legal fees because there is a cost shifting provision in the act, which is if you have filed your copyright application and somebody accuses you wrongfully of infringing the copyright, you get your legalfees paid by the loser, so this plaintiff actually has a lot to lose. i guess it depends on the outcome of cases like this one, as to whether we will see more cases like this in the future? i suppose that's true, i think maybe the blurred lines case, where there was a win on a claim of copyright infringement, it did embolden
others to do the same. the case of ed sheeran didn't go on the way of the plaintiff. the case of led zeppelin also didn't go in the way of the plaintiff, so i think the scale has shifted back to the defence where it is appropriately placed, given that some of these claim simply have no merit. how worried you think artists are before they put music out there that this may happen to them? i think what they are doing, and it's good advice, is actually taping the songwriting process, so if they are ever asked about infringement back and say, "look, here's me in my studio with my songwriters, "here we are writing the song." i think that is what is happening. that was pamela koslyn talking to me a little earlier about the mariah carey copyright case thatis the mariah carey copyright case that is currently ongoing. that is just about it from me right now.
you can reach me on twitter — i'm @ sipusey. you can get more on the website. but from me and the team right now, thanks for watching. do stay tuned to bbc news. hello there, heavy rain with thunder and lightning has continued to spread northwards across central and southern england, and wales. it means for part two of the weekend we will have a north — south divide again, with much of scotland and northern ireland staying dry with some sunshine. more cloud and rain across england and wales. a very wet start to wales, the midlands and eastern england through the morning. and then that rain slows as it comes down as it moves northwards. it will stay rather grey and damp. any sunshine that comes out across southern areas may spark off a heavy shower or thunderstorm into the afternoon. temperatures reaching highs of around 18 or 19. much cooler under the rain, low teens, cool along the north sea coast, the better sunshine and warmth across central—northern scotland. 21 degrees or so. 0vernight, cloudy, further pulses of rain across northern, central and eastern england. some of the ranges getting into southern scotland. double—figure values to start the day on monday in the south. single figures in the north under clear skies.
for monday, the pressure chart showers the low pressure pulling out into the north sea, taking the rain with it. remember, in between weather systems for monday afternoon so many places should be dry with more sunshine around. rather cloudier start for monday, through central england. rain and strong winds pull away from the east coast. more sunshine in the south. plenty of sunshine again across large parts of scotland where we can see the high teens there, maybe 20 degrees in warmer in the spots in the south. we'll have to watch that area of rain moving into southwest england and the channel islands during monday night. into tuesday, the rain should clear away from southern areas, and then because we are in between weather systems again it looks largely quiet. maybe an odd shower here and there, but good sunshine around. more sunshine in the south. we could see highs of 21 degrees in the capital. 19 also through the central belt of scotland. more unsettled on wednesday onwards. areas of low pressure moving in off the atlantic. 0ne system will bring in outbreaks of rain followed by sunshine
this is bbc news, the headlines: huge crowds gathered in front of buckingham palace for a spectacular open—air concert, marking a high point of the celebrations for queen elizabeth's 70 years on the british throne. in a tribute to his mother, prince charles, praised what he called "a lifetime of selfless service". russia says ukrainian troops in the eastern city of severodonetsk have suffered critical losses and are retreating. ukraine insists it's still pushing back russian forces, despite the city remaining the main goal of russia's offensive. soldiers from both sides are locked in fierce street battles. mercedes—benz has recalled nearly one million older vehicles worldwide, due to a potential problem with the braking system. the german manufacturer says corrosion in some cars, built between 2004 and 2015, could lead to the connection
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