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welcome to bbc news. i'm simon pusey. our top stories: as politicians consider new laws in the wake of mass shootings in america, pleas for tighter gun control in washington. can both sides rise above? can both sides see beyond the political problem at hand and admit that we have a life preservation problem on our hands? i promise you. every tear i cry will be fuel for action. borisjohnson tells his cabinet it's time to �*move on�* — despite losing the support of 40% of his mps, in a confidence vote. uber teams up with the un to deliver emergency food and water in ukraine. and revealed to the world
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after three centuries. the shipwreck that could contain billions of dollars of sunken treasure. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. three weeks after the school shooting in texas, there are signs that some, very limited, gun control measures could be adopted by congress. the senate republican leader mitch mcconnell says he hopes for a deal addressing mental health and school security. in regard to the ongoing issue about violence, the senator is representing our side in discussions with senator murphy and we are hoping to actually get an outcome that will make a difference in areas of mental health, school safety
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and things that are related to the incidents that occurred in texas and buffalo. so what are the proposals on gun control that congress is looking at? the potential measures being discussed include: further incentives for states to introduce their own red flag laws. more investment in school security, and access to mental health support. there is a proposal to change the background checks for people younger than 21. and an idea which looks something like a cooling—off period for 18—year—olds who want to buy a semi automatic weapon, the kind that were used by 18—year—old shooters in buffalo and uvalde. we've heard many people speak out in the aftermath of the shooting. the latest person is the actor matthew mcconaughey who is also
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a former resident of uvalde, texas — and a campaigner for gun reform. this should be a nonpartisan issue. this should not be a partisan issue. there is not a democratic or republican value in one single act of these shooters. there's not. but people in power have failed to act, so we're asking you — and i'm asking you to please ask yourselves — can both sides rise above? can both sides see beyond the political problem at hand and admit that we have a life preservation problem on our hands? relatives of victims of another mass shooting, this time by a suspected white supremacist in buffalo, new york — just ten days before the killings in uvalde — were also in washington. this is what a victim's daughter had to say. i came here to tell
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the story of my mother. my mother did not deserve the death that she had, but greater than that, i promise you, that every tear i cry will be fuel for action. i'm joined now by our north america correspondent david willis. do you think the proposals go far enough for those americans advocating tighter gun controls?— advocating tighter gun controls? they do not. president _ controls? they do not. president biden - controls? they do not. president biden and i controls? they do not. - president biden and senior democrats have called for a ban on assault style weapons and much tighter background checks including raising the age at which those lethal weapons can be purchased from 18 to 21. these negotiations go nowhere near achieving that sort of restriction but they are something and president biden was quoted as saying today that he is cautiously domestic that this bipartisan group of
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democrat and republican senators will be able to reach some sort of agreement. it is possible if they do, and there is some legislation that passes into law, that there will be greater advances in this direction than we have seen in decades as far as gun control is concerned in this country. i is concerned in this country. i wanted to ask you about that. how likely is it in reality was to mark it as a part as an issue and previous administrations have struggled to get anything done on gun control. .. ., , control. the fact that this bipartisan _ control. the fact that this bipartisan group - control. the fact that this bipartisan group of - control. the fact that this i bipartisan group of senators has focused pragmatically on the sort of measures that they can actually realistically stand a chance of getting through the senate which is equally divided 50—50 between democrats and republicans is a sign that they are serious about this and there is a real will to advance some sort of legislative change in this regard. even the senate republican leader mitch mcconnell has signed off on
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some bipartisan agreement and he, along with others, has given this group until the end of the week to reach a compromise whereupon we could see some very startlingly new legislation be brought into effect although not, as we mentioned, of the kind that some of the democratic party at least would like to see. find least would like to see. and there have _ least would like to see. and there have been _ least would like to see. and there have been more - least would like to see. and there have been more mass shootings already since texas, and texas is the big one that got the attention. that highlights the urgency of the issue. , ~ highlights the urgency of the issue. , . ,., highlights the urgency of the issue. , . ~ ., issue. very much so. would you believe since _ issue. very much so. would you believe since friday _ issue. very much so. would you believe since friday last - issue. very much so. would you believe since friday last week. believe since friday last week 300 shootings in this country involving, i am told, more than 300 people wounded and 120 people killed. the simple fact of the matter is in this legislation proposed by the bipartisan group of senators, does not address this is that guns are so freely available in this country that there are said to be around 400 million
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firearms in circulation in the united states of america. that is more than one gun for every individual here and 2022 is on course to become the worst year in american history for gun violence. ., ., ., , , , violence. extraordinary numbers there. the uk prime minister boris johnson has told his cabinet that it's time to �*draw a line' under the controversies and internal wrangling that resulted in a confidence vote on his leadership on monday. the prime minister said the government should focus on dealing with the aftershocks of the covid pandemic. he saw off a leadership challenge — but with a much smaller majority than many had expected, prompting speculation that his position is far from secure. here's the latest from our political editor chris mason. out first thing this morning on a day when the biggest word in westminster is "loyalty" — or the lack of it. a few hours later, another outwardly loyal bunch gathered, the cabinet.
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thank you, by the way, to everybody for all your good work yesterday because it was a very important day because we are able now to draw a line under the issues that our opponents want to talk about. desk thumping. down the road from here, a bus stop, which it turns out, was onto the result last night before the rest of us. the 211 destined for keeping borisjohnson in office and 148 keen on a new driver. so where is the party going now? the former cabinet minister andrea leadsom had criticised the prime minister. the party gave its views yesterday and today is another day, we move on. the former health secretaryjeremy hunt has needed a helmet for more than a bike ride recently. i don't have any comments to make. are you still running for the leadership? i'll try not to run you over. thanks. boris johnson's allies were really riled yesterday by what they saw as him manoeuvring towards a leadership bid with his criticism of the prime minister.
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and talking of other possible contenders to replace borisjohnson at some point, they insist their attention, for now, is on the dayjob. my 100% focus is on my role as foreign secretary. there's a lot to do. we need to carry on supporting ukraine, we need to make sure that russia is driven out of ukraine. the prime minister visited ukraine in april. he said boris, thank you. dya kuyu. and today received an endorsement from the country's leader. president zelenskyy described mrjohnson as a real friend of ukraine, and that he was very grateful he hadn't lost such an ally. but a former conservative party leader said trying to carry on when 40% of your mps want rid of you isn't sustainable. this is like trying to drive along the m1 with two flat tyres. and, you know, you can say you are at the steering wheel but is it really viable?
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you're not going to get to the end of the motorway. and just off the m1, mrjohnson soon faces the verdict of voters. there are two by—elections this month in seats the conservatives did hold. one of them is here in wakefield in west yorkshire. i don't trust boris johnson at all. i think what he's been doing recently is just terrible. i think he's been incredibly unlucky, and now it would appear that his own team are out to get him. the opposition parties are delighted. this is catastrophic for the prime minister. but i think what's more important, actually, is the overwhelming public opinion that borisjohnson broke the rules and shouldn't be prime minister. getting rid of a prime minister who doesn't want to go is not easy. and those who want to turf borisjohnson out have had a go and failed, and so they will now bide their time.
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losing two by—elections later this month, if that were to happen, could bring conservative mps' anxieties back to the boil. but even then, dislodging borisjohnson will not be easy. what we have is an awkward stalemate. the prime minister's internal critics have squashed at least some of his authority. but while the jubilee bunting is being removed from downing street, the man who lives here is not. chris mason, bbc news, at westminster. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: the shipwreck containing billions of dollars of sunken treasure — being revealed to the world, after three centuries. the day the british liberated the falklands. and by tonight, british troops have begun the task of disarming the enemy.
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in the heart of the west german capital, this was gorbymania at its height. the crowd packed to see the man who, for them, has raised great hopes for an end to the division of europe. it happened as the queen moved towards horse guards parade - for the start of- trooping the colour. gunshots the queen looks worried, but recovers quickly. - as long as they'll pay to go see me, i'll get out there and kick �*em down the hills. what does it feel like to be the first man to go across the channel by your own power? it feels pretty neat. it feels marvellous, really. this is bbc news, the latest headlines: us politicians are considering new laws in the wake of the texas shooting, including extra background checks for gun owners under 21.
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borisjohnson tells his cabinet it's time to move on, despite losing the support of 40% of his mps, in a confidence vote. the bodies of some ukrainian fighters killed defending the key south—eastern port of mariupol have now arrived in kyiv. the soldiers' families say this was part of a swap with russia. more than 50 are the bodies of members of the azov regiment, who died defending the azovstal steelworks. in the city of mariupol, there has also been warning of a possible outbreak of cholera — many bodies are still believed buried under the rubble, and sewage reportedly contaminates the water supply. intense fighting is continuing in eastern ukraine, with reports of civilians killed in strikes on kharkiv, and other areas of the donbas and the distribution of food from ukraine to the rest of the world continues to be a problem. russian foreign minister sergei lavrov has arrived in turkey for talks aimed at unblocking the export of grain, and other
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agricultural products. russia has been accused of weaponising food supplies by blockading ukrainian ports, which the un says is increasing the risk of famine in parts of the developing world. meanwhile, uber has partnered with the un world food programme to help it deliver emergency food and water supplies in war—torn cities of ukraine. our technology editor zoe kleinman reports. in some parts of ukraine, it's getting harder and harder to access food and water, but in a warzone big delivery trucks can also be big targets, so now the united nations world food programme is trying out a new way of delivering emergency supplies using a fleet of smaller vehicles. it's building its own delivery network using uber software and even some of its drivers. they can designate vehicles that are on board to the programme and they have got the same dispatch technology, they can track the food, etc. it essentially their own private—label uber that we built for them.
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it's the software behind what you see if you use uber that's been customised for the world food programme. uber usually charges big brands and supermarkets to use its delivery toolkit. this is the first time it's given it away for free and it's for humanitarian use. it's not like you can wait a month to get food to people. people have got to get food immediately. you can't go a few weeks without food and so using their technology, using their distribution systems and dispatch systems, it really is a great success story. uber has had a turbulent couple of years thanks to both covid and controversy around its driver policies. its shares are currently worth around half what they were last year, but its expansion into deliveries seems to be working out. i ultimately think that
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delivery can be bigger in scope because it's notjust about food, it's grocery and also empowering any local merchants to, in some ways, out—amazon amazon, right? if amazon can deliver the next day, your local merchant can deliver next hour or the next two hours. the meta theme is people want delivery of everything at home as quickly as possible and we can ride that secular wave. by the end ofjune, the world food programme aims to be providing food and money to 3 million people in ukraine every month. if it's uber—style network can expand to other cities, it could play a part in helping supplies get to those in need. zoe kleinman, bbc news. as russia continues to bombard parts of ukraine's eastern donbas region, civilians are being forced to flee. 0rla guerin met three volunteers helping to evacuate the frail and the elderly. the hard days are when you can't take everyone out. i have has phone calls with my mum where she has been in tears. but they are just really proud of what i'm doing out here. i don't feel like there's anything else i could be doing that's more important than this.
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a briefing before they head off into harm's way. we'll probably be| stopping en route to pick up the patient. as they have done every day for months in a van driven over from england. these volunteers from different walks of life teamed up here in ukraine. they fund themselves and prefer not to be named. the youngest is 21, a dog trainer from kent who has done a course in trauma first aid. when we're out on evacuations, we are very alert to what's going on. there have been a few moments you feel it's a bit close for comfort. as much danger as we are in, we also feel quite prepared and reliable as a team. it's a world away from her home in sussex and previous
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career in technology. it's hands—on. her own family knows this trauma. her grandmother had to flee poland during the second world war. the team has helped around 150 ukrainians to flee... . . including anastasia, who's 96. we just want to get things done without any bureaucracy or red tape. we work every day because this is what we care about and do and this is what matters. because we are all europeans and an attack on ukraine by russia is an attack on all of us and we care about it. back in the uk, he was caring for sheep and cattle
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on a farm in cornwall. no preparation for aid work in a war zone in eastern ukraine. some people at home will say, "what are you guys doing? "why didn't you leave it to the ukrainians "or the big organisations?" good question. i didn't expect we would be needed or wanted in this sort of role. but we are. the ukrainians that we're working with want to see us doing this and they seem to think we're doing a good job. in an ideal world, we would be redundant, but we're not. they brought anastasia to the train station for a journey away from the east. it has come to this for a survivor of world war ii who lived to see europe's newest war. tomorrow, the team will evacuate more ukrainians towards relative safety, but away from home. you hope that you're doing the right thing, taking them away.
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and you think about that for every person you evacuate. will they get to come back? ukrainians are tied to the lands, and i was told if you take a ukrainian away from that, then they will die. that's why whenever i evacuate a woman, i will pick her a flowerfrom outside her building. i can't give them anything else to take with them, but i can give them the flower to take. it's the only thing i can do. as qatar prepares to host the world cup this november, a bbc news arabic investigation has uncovered allegations that the gulf state is under—reporting the number of migrant workers who've died of heat stroke. due to climate change, the gulf is warming up at twice the global average rate. there are over 14 million migrant workers in the region — most of them
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from asia and africa. nawal al maghafi reports. translation: we talked every day. he was always sweating when we video chatted. the heat made his nose bleed. sita's husband dhan left nepal to work in the gulf in 2015. first in saudi arabia, then qatar. but dhan never came home to his family. in qatar, his friends found him writhing in pain and rushed him to hospital, where he was pronounced dead from cardiac arrest. translation: he came back in a box. _ a white tin. translation: it doesn't add up. in the days leading up to dhan's death, it was 40 degrees celsius or more. a migrant worker who works continually to the point of exhaustion in 40 degrees celsius or more has a high chance of sudden death. in the last 15 years, more than 2,000 nepali workers
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have died in qatar alone. a recent study found that of 571 deaths over eight years due to cardiac arrest, up to 200 were probably caused by heat stress, which is preventable. mohammed al—0baidly works for the qatari department of labour, which is responsible for migrant workers. translation: work during the summer i is completely forbidden. i must emphasise this. ifjust one worker dies, it is a big problem for us, whether it is 1 or 1,000. he said any company making people work outside in the middle of the day could be sanctioned and compensation paid. but raising concerns can be dangerous, as a kenyan called malcolm found out. he guarded buildings owned by the qatar foundation, a charity linked to the qatar royal family. you know, just the reality of what we go through, like, on a day—to—day. my company gave me
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up, they handed me over to the authorities, they thought that i was working with, you know, foreign agents to spread disinformation and spoil the name of qatar and all that. for the first two weeks, i had no contact with anyone, i was blindfolded, you know, all those things, handcuffed. after a month in solitary confinement and a $6,800 fine, malcolm is now back home in kenya. a qatar foundation spokesperson said their contractors must comply with qatar's laws. they must assess heat risk, provide cold water, shade, and breaks, and are fined if found in breach. we asked the qatar government about malcolm's case and the allegation they were underreporting heat deaths. they did not respond. with the football world cup coming up this year in qatar, all eyes will be on them to see how workers are kept safe in this ever increasing heat.
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apple could be forced to change the type of charger it supplies for iphones sold in europe, after the eu agreed a law to introduce a standard port. the new rules would mean new electronic devices such as mobiles and tablets have to use the same kind of usb cable. apple has previously resisted a one—size—fits all approach. stories of ships stuffed with treasure from an era long ago are rarely live up to the hype, but wendy urquhart has a true story about a spanish galleon laden with real treasure that's worth billions. the colombian navy has discovered two historical boats near the caribbean port of cartagena, very close to the wreck of the spanish galleon san jose wreck of the spanish galleon sanjose which historians described as the holy grail of shipwrecks. described as the holy grail of shipwreck-— described as the holy grail of shiwrecks. . ., ., , ., , shipwrecks. new technology has made it possible _ shipwrecks. new technology has made it possible to _ shipwrecks. new technology has made it possible to get - shipwrecks. new technology has made it possible to get a - shipwrecks. new technology has made it possible to get a much i made it possible to get a much closer look at exactly what was on board the sanjose was en route to spain with a cargo of
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gold, silver and other priceless items when she was sunk by the british in 1708. the colombian president wants to raise all of the ships from the seabed and display the contents in museums. translation: equipment acquired in recent years has made it possible to get better images which allow us to protect the integrity of the treasure and carry out permanent and constant monitoring so that the shipwrecks can be preserved and protect it until their riches can be made available to the world in museum exhibitions. that is a great idea but he will have a battle on his hands. the cargo on board the san jose is hands. the cargo on board the sanjose is worth billions and a legal argument over ownership has been raging between colombia, spain and bolivia ever since she was found near cartagena in 2015. wendy
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urquhart, bbc news. thank you for watching, you can get on the website. do stay tuned. hello. umbrellas at the ready — we'll be dodging the downpours during wednesday. there's rain sweeping north and east overnight. a lot of that clears away for wednesday. that lingers in scotland, whereas elsewhere, you may get to see some sunshine. the showers will be heavy, possibly thundery with hail in places. this area of low pressure is pumping that rain north and east through the night and into the morning. it will be a very mild start in the morning. still some rain across eastern parts of england and into southern scotland. it'll be heavy in places. the eastern england rain will soon clear away,
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but in scotland, very slowly, the rain pushes northwards — not reaching the very far north. elsewhere, you get sunny spells and showers, some heavy, some thundery, a chance of hail. some of the beefiest ones in the afternoon could be across parts of southern scotland, into the far north of england, but with the showers dying away from wales and the south—west into the later stages of the afternoon, a cooler day, certainly so in scotland. a windier one along the coast of wales and southern england, and for the afternoon in northern ireland, increasing cloud, some outbreaks of rain becoming more widespread. mayjust push across parts of north wales and northwest england overnight and into thursday morning. still some patchy, light rain and drizzle at this stage in scotland, though many places on thursday starting dry, not as mild. an area of low pressure, ex—tropical storm alex, moves to the northwest thursday, friday and into saturday. doesn't hit the uk, but we're close enough across north—western areas for it to become very windy for a time, especially friday—saturday. though on thursday, winds will start to pick up in the west and from that weather system, we'll see cloud and outbreaks of rain through southern and western parts of england, wales and into northern ireland. northern and eastern scotland, down the eastern side of england, a few showers, but also warm, sunny spells around. turning very windy, particularly across the western isles on friday, some gusts 40—50 mph,
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blustery across scotland and northern ireland, where we'll see most of the showers. breezy for england and wales, chance of a shower, many places staying dry but rather grey and drizzly perhaps first thing on friday towards the south—east. temperatures — high teens and into the low 20s. that area of low pressure keeping things very windy on saturday in scotland and northern ireland and just easing away northwards on sunday, so the winds will begin to ease at this stage. there may still be a few lingering showers around. actually, by sunday, it looks as if many places will turn a bit cooler, whereas throughout the weekend, the warmest and the sunniest weather's going to be across south—east england. that's your forecast.
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this is bbc news, the headlines: three weeks after the school shooting in texas there are signs that some very limited gun control measures could be adopted by congress. the senate republican leader, mitch mcconnell said he hoped both sides would find common ground for a deal addressing mental health and school security. the british prime minister, borisjohnson, has promised to focus on taking the country forward — after surviving a vote of confidence but losing the support of 40% of his mps. 0pposition critics say his position has been fundamentally undermined. the ride hailing app uber has announced it's partnered with the un world food programme to help deliver emergency supplies to war—torn cities in ukraine. it's hoped that the customised technology will make it easier to distribute food and water using smaller vehicles and more drivers.


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