tv Outside Source BBC News June 8, 2022 7:00pm-8:01pm BST
hello, i'm nuala mcgovern, this is outside source. pressure on russia grows to allow food experts to come out. despite soaﬁnu food experts to come out. despite soaring prices _ food experts to come out. despite soaring prices for _ food experts to come out. despite soaring prices for wheat _ food experts to come out. despite soaring prices for wheat russia - food experts to come out. despite | soaring prices for wheat russia has denied it has caused a food crisis. if they do to mine these ports, then... at if they do to mine these ports, then... �* u, if they do to mine these ports, then... �* ., ., . ., then... a car driven into a crowd has injured _ then... a car driven into a crowd has injured schoolchildren. - then... a car driven into a crowd has injured schoolchildren. and| then... a car driven into a crowd | has injured schoolchildren. and a double blow for anyone travelling in the uk with a big jump in the rise of petrol and huge strike on the
railways. we start with the war in ukraine, and russia is denying that its invasion has caused a global food crisis, despite the fact that we've seen soaring wheat prices driven by the collapse of ukrainian exports. its foreign minister, sergey lavrov, is in the turkish capital, ankara, for talks with his turkish counterpart — mevlut cavusoglu. on the agenda — creating a potential sea corridor for ukrainian agricultural exports. throughout the war, russia has been blockading black sea ports, including odesa. 20 million tonnes of grain is now stuck there — grain many countries are reliant on. but mr lavrov says the onus is on ukraine to demine the waters around them, which were laid by ukraine as part of its defence. here's mr lavrov. to resolve this problem, we need one thing for the ukrainians to allow access to their ports, either by demining or the provision
of safe corridors. nothing more is required. ukraine wants proper assurances that any safe, demined pathway wouldn't be used by russia to stage attacks. and on that front, it's dismissed what sergei lavrov had to say as empty words. and this was the reaction from ukraine's ambassador to turkey. it is important for us that turkey keeps mediating and conducting negotiations with both us and russia. in this case, the key attention was focused on the issue of unblocking ukrainian ports. as far as we understand, from the information available publicly, they agreed to keep talking and they are no proper agreements and there can be no agreement without us. that message has been echoed by the president of the european council, charles michel. but we won't stop telling the truth.
we won't stop acting to back ukraine and to confront russia with the facts. dear colleagues, russia is using food as a weapon of war still in ukraine, blockading ports and turning farmlands into battlefields. russia has — in turn — hit back, its representative to the eu accusing the bloc of habitually misleading the international community, making groundless russophobic accusations and claims that it has mobilized a full—scale campaign to rapidly retrieve millions of tonnes of ukrainian grain to the eu. there's no evidence for that allegation. my colleague, stephen sackur, has been speaking to the russian ambassador to the un. we are not refusing to export our grain to the world market, but there are obstacles that should be overcome to do it. indeed, grain and fertilisers
are not under sanctions, but there are investments there. insurance, they're there. the financing finance operations to pay for that grain are. so first, before we export anything, those things have to be lifted and the arrangements made. then, on the ukrainian grain, we said long time that that it is not our fault that the coastal waters near odesa and other ports in the south of ukraine were mined by the ukrainians. if they do demine it, then if we are ready to provide safe passage for their vessels to go and to export their grain. if you're in the uk, you can watch the full interview with the russian ambassador to the un on iplayer. and outside the uk, you can watch it on bbc world news — the times are on your screen now. wheat exports are at the centre of this because, until the conflict, russia and ukraine accounted for a third of global wheat supplies
— ukraine itself exported up to 6 million tonnes of grain every month. but in recent months, that volume has fallen to abouti million tonnes. before the war, 90% of ukraine's exports left via deep ports in the black sea, which can load tankers large enough to travel long distances and still make a profit. but these routes are now closed and the main port of odesa remains blocked. more than 20 million tonnes of grain are stuck in ukraine, awaiting shipment, and ukrainian president volodymyr zelenskiy said this could rise to 75 million by the autumn. we know that this year's harvest is due in a matter of weeks — the bbc has been hearing from the president of the ukrainian grain association. our farmers aren't happy and people on sub—sahara especially they unhappy as well. they have no access to the food and about a0 million people theyjust blocked and ukrainian
grain blocked as well in the ukrainian territory. i don't believe that mr lavrov and the turkish government can find the solution without ukraine. only one solution is unblock ukrainian port. they're inside in ukraine about 30 million tonnes of grain and we are nearly the new crop. in one month we will have a new one crop, about 65, 70 million tonnes. you heard there that tonnes of ukrainian grain remains trapped in the country. rescuing it poses quite a few logistical problems. the first is one we've already mentioned — the water around odesa is filled with naval mines. any grain corridor would require a demining operation. ukraine isn't keen on that. then there's the issue of vessels. to give you an idea, transporting 20 million tonnes of grain would need 400 bulk cargo ships. the guardian has been investigating the issue and reports that getting war insurance for the ships will also be a determining factor. this is one economist�*s view.
we forecast that, if the situation continues as it is right now, then ukraine would actually only be able to export about ten million tonnes in the next season, which is down almost half from what it exported last season. so it would be a huge reduction, not only because of the logistics behind exporting, but also because its production is also forecast to be reduced this year as a result of damages incurred from the war. there's another element to the story — turkey. it's offering to help remove mines around odesa so that exports can pass through safely. and it also has the authority over sea traffic entering and leaving the black sea. let's get more on that from anna foster in istanbul. russia has lost a lot of its friends and allies since the war started. but turkey is still vitally important. they still talk. they still have very good, cordial relations. and turkey has really set itself up
in many ways as an arbiter, as a place where, perhaps in the future, president putin and president zelensky can come and have future peace talks. that was mentioned again today, but there's not really any sign that that will happen soon. what they did talk about, though, was perhaps a way to unblock ukrainian grain. wheat exports are so important, notjust to the war damaged ukrainian economy, but also to actually get that out around the world and to make sure that people in countries who rely on that grain can actually get it. and, at the moment, if you look out at this beautiful bosporus river, this is normally where the grain moves and flows. but, because of the shipping, the barricades in the sea, the mining, itjust hasn't been happening at the moment. but crucial in all of this is ukraine. now, ukraine were not at these talks today. so, even though turkey and russia came up with what they saw as a plan for the future, you couldn't get any assurances because ukraine want to know that this will not be used by russia as a way to stage attacks. essentially, this press conference
was in many ways more talking, more planning, but really no concrete steps forward, no way to perhaps solve this food crisis, which is really threatening some of the world's poorest people. our global trade correspondent, dharshini david, joins me from the newsroom. hearing some of the factors, a lot of negativity around overcoming this blockade, but if the grade —— green does not get out, what can we expect? does not get out, what can we exect? �* , ., does not get out, what can we exect? �*, ., , ., expect? it's not good news in that reuard, expect? it's not good news in that regard. we — expect? it's not good news in that regard. we were _ expect? it's not good news in that regard, we were hearing - expect? it's not good news in that regard, we were hearing about. expect? it's not good news in that| regard, we were hearing about the stocks built up so far and also the harvest jack to arrive stocks built up so far and also the harvestjack to arrive in the next few weeks, i have been talking today to the head of the world trade organization, and she had a very stark warning for us, she says unless we see decisive action soon, we're looking at a food crisis that will not last months but possibly two years because we see production going to waste now. if we see planting disrupted, that will feed
through the food chain and some of the most vulnerable will see a worsening crisis. you talk about the countries most reliant on ukrainian wheat, if you look at lebanon, over 60% of wheat comes from ukraine, egypt, 60% of wheat comes from ukraine, egypt. 25%, 60% of wheat comes from ukraine, egypt, 25%, eritrea, overli0%, 60% of wheat comes from ukraine, egypt, 25%, eritrea, over a0%, so there is a threat of looming shortages and for the rest of the world, we know the impact of the cost of wheat which has gone up by 35% since russia invaded ukraine, there's markets are set to be even more volatile and we could look at a prolonged humanitarian crisis for some of the most vulnerable on the planet. some of the most vulnerable on the lanet. , , ., , ., planet. there must be farmers, of course, planet. there must be farmers, of course. in — planet. there must be farmers, of course, in ukraine, _ planet. there must be farmers, of course, in ukraine, watching - planet. there must be farmers, of. course, in ukraine, watching events as they unfold, and what will it mean to them and for their future livelihood? ﬁst mean to them and for their future livelihood?— mean to them and for their future livelihood? �* ., �* , ., livelihood? at the moment, it's hard to see any glimmer— livelihood? at the moment, it's hard to see any glimmer of— livelihood? at the moment, it's hard to see any glimmer of hope. - livelihood? at the moment, it's hard to see any glimmer of hope. we - livelihood? at the moment, it's hard i to see any glimmer of hope. we heard all about the talks that have been ongoing, but we know that even if we see agreement, it will be a painstaking process, de—mining the
seas does not overnight, even happen if someone will take responsibility of that, so this will take time, and in the meantime they have to figure out whether or not they planned for the next harvest, and there is no easy answer for that. some crops get out by road and rail, but that too is slow, expensive, and it doesn't actually transparent that much at all, so at the moment there are lots of unanswered questions, and there are no easy answers at the moment. thank you for giving us your analysis on this crisis that is in ukraine at the moment. let's get the latest on the situation inside ukraine. in the past hour, we've heard from the luhansk regional governor, who says that the russian forces control most of the strategic ukrainian city of sievierodonetsk and all of lysychansk, its twin city. and for other developments over the course of the day, here's james waterhouse, in the capital kyiv. so there are reports on russian state media that around 1,000 captured ukrainian fighters who were defending mariupol have
been taken inside russia. we've spoken to wives of some of those fighters and they say they haven't heard anything. one said she'd spoken to her husband around the time of the surrender in mariupol but doesn't know where he is. and that seems to be the overlying message. there also hasn't been any kind of confirmation on the ukrainian government side either. nevertheless, in ukraine, most of these fighters come from the asov brigade. they are seen as heroes, people who defended mariupol for more than 80 days as it was surrounded and bombarded by russian forces. but inside russia, notably the kremlin, they are seen as war criminals. they are seen as nazis, as the russians built their justification for this invasion around this group of people. kyiv�*s long denied they still have ties to the far right because they used to originate
as a volunteer group with such ties. but they've since been incorporated in ukraine's national guard. here in the uk, thousands of railway workers are due to go on strike in a row aboutjobs and pensions. the government has called the rmt union selfish and thoroughly irresponsible. well, the strike is happening later injune in what will be a busy week for the rail network — england plays new zealand in cricket and thousands will be heading to the first glastonbury festival since 2019. and the price of petrol saw its biggest dailyjump in 17 years. here's our travel correspondent, katy austin. prices at the pumps are up again. i paid £2 a litre. it was a big surprise. i do deliveries part—time and it is not worth it any more. we have gone electricl and that is the reason,
because the price, as you can see, i £2 for diesel, it was impossible. i the rac says yesterday's petrol price jump of 2p a litre was the biggest in 17 years — a cocktail of factors are being blamed, including the fallout from russia's invasion of ukraine and the current exchange rate. as motorists pay more than ever to fill up their tanks, there is travel misery ahead for people planning to take the train if the biggest rail strike in decades goes ahead the week after next. the three days of proposed action will affect the whole week in which the first in—person glastonbury festival since 2019 will take place, among other events and some gcse exams. glastonbury volunteer robin was meant to be travelling down on the tuesday. it means i will probably end up driving, which puts another car on the road, which is against everything that glastonbury stands for, it is against what i stand for. i try to be as environmentally
friendly as i can, not to mention the cost with the fuel and the train tickets themselves. the rmt union says strikes are on the cards because after pay freezes rail workers need a pay offer which reflects the rising cost of living. it has also accused network rail, which maintains and operates the railway, of planning thousands ofjob cuts. we cannot passively sit round while our members become poorer and they are going to lose theirjobs. that is not acceptable to us and my members expect us to have a robust response to employers who are completely aggressive towards our members and who are putting them under threat threat. the rail industry is under pressure to save money. billions of taxpayers' cash was used to keep services running during the pandemic and the government effectively took control of the railways. passenger numbers and revenue have not recovered before the pandemic. network rail says no firm job losses have been proposed and rail bosses
are hoping for talks with the rmt in the next few days. we recognise that, in order to run the rail more efficiently, - we need fewer people. we are using technology that was not possible ten years ago, _ but we want to do that in agreement with the rmt and with the people i who would volunteer to leave. what makes the planned strike unusual is the involvement of network rail whose staff include crucial signallers. freight as well as passengers would be severely affected. plans are now being worked on to keep vital goods moving as much as possible. for example, fuel for power stations and products travelling to supermarkets in scotland. freight could take priority over passengers at times. meanwhile, disruption at airports and flight cancellations continue amid staff shortages, including of baggage handlers. this footage of piled up luggage was taken at manchester airport today. the boss of heathrow has warned it
could take up to 18 months for them to get back up to full capacity. whether it's by car, train or plane, it's looking like a turbulent summer ahead. katy austin, bbc news. let's turn to berlin. a teacher has been killed and 1a of her pupils injured after a car was driven into a crowd of shoppers. the incident took place at 10:30 local time on one of the busiest shopping streets in western berlin, close to the site of the christmas market terror attack in 2016. we have these pictures from the scene. reports say the vehicle veered off the street and mounted the pavement, hitting several pedestrians, before crashing into a comestics shop. here's the police. the driver has been arrested by a police officer. and right now, we're going to question. we don't know if it's an accident or it's a crime.
that's the question. the main question we are clearing up right now. well, according to a local politician, placards relating to turkey were discovered in the car. actorjohn barrowman was at the scene and posted this video on twitter. it is pretty bad, guys. there are all of the emergency services that are trying to help victims and people, there are a lot of people walking with lamps and injuries, the car came down onto the pavement, we had dinner in that restaurant last night, the car came down onto the pavement and has come onto the road over there, pavement and has come onto the road overthere, has pavement and has come onto the road over there, has hit somebody, has gone down the road and come back onto the pavement down that way and come back onto the pavement and gone
through a bunch of people, gone through a bunch of people, gone through the photograph i posted of a cafe, and then right into a storefront window. but the police presence is unbelievable. they are clearing out the area, but it was cordoned off, i heard the bang and crash, we were a store and came out. and there are helicopters coming in now air airlift people. families and survivors of the mass shooting at a texas school two weeks ago have been giving evidence before a committee hearing on gun control in the us congress. among those speaking was an 11—year—old pupil, miah serrillo. she described what happened when the gunman entered her school. we went to go hide behind my teacher's desk and behind the backpacks. and then he shot the little window.
and then he went to the other classroom. and then he went... there's a door between our classrooms, and he went there and shot my teacher. when i went to the backpacks, he shot my friend that was next to me and i thought he was going to come back to the room, so i grabbed the blood and i put it all over me. what did you do then, when you put the blood on yourself? just stayed quiet and then i got my teacher's phone and called 911. 19 children and two teachers died when a shooter armed with an assault rifle entered robb elementary school in the city of uvalde two weeks ago. among those killed was ten—year—old lexi rubio. her parents had this to say. so today we stand for lexi and,
as her voice, we demand action. we seek a ban on assault rifles and high—capacity magazines. we understand that, for some reason, to some people, to people with money, to people who fund political campaigns, guns are more important than children. somewhere out there, there is a mum, listening to our testimony, thinking, "i can't even imagine their pain," not knowing that our reality will one day be hers unless we act now. the shootings in uvalde and others elsewhere recently in the united states have galvanised a renewed effort to reform gun laws in congress. democratic senator chris murphy is one of those driving it. the democrats narrowly control the senate, but they would need some republican support, which is why it's noteworthy that this man — republican senatorjohn cornyn —
is also involved in drawing up the proposals. they would be modest steps — red flag laws for guns to be confiscated from individuals considered a threat, more funding for mental health and school security, and a narrow expansion of some background checks. nomia iqbal is in washington. hearing that took place today, so sad, some of the testimony, but is there anything actionable that may come of it? . , there anything actionable that may come of it? ., , , come of it? that is the big question- _ come of it? that is the big question. if— come of it? that is the big question. if you _ come of it? that is the big question. if you think - come of it? that is the bigi question. if you think back come of it? that is the big i question. if you think back to come of it? that is the big - question. if you think back to the worst school shooting that ever happened in america, sandy hook primary school in 2012, after that, there was a similar flurry of action, there were hearings on course to do something, and nothing ever really came of it. i would say there is a momentum here of course because you have this congressional hearing where you have heard so many
awful horrific testimonies of people impacted by gun violence, also in the shooting that happened in buffalo ten days before, and they are saying to lawmakers to do something, this is the time to do something, this is the time to do something, but as you said there, in orderfor any something, but as you said there, in order for any legislation to get through, it has to go through the senate, you need at least ten republicans on board to back them, there is a bipartisan group of senators that having discussions about finding a middle ground but we don't know what that is as of yet. stay there, nomia. there's been a lot of attention on the intervention on tuesday at the white house of the actor matthew mcconaughey. he was born in uvalde. he called for responsible gun ownership and spoke passionately about meeting some of the victims�* families. we also met ana and danila, the mum and the stepdad of nine—year—old ms rodriguez, who wore green high top converse with a heart she had
hand—drawn on the right toe because they represented her love of nature. camilla's got these shoes. can you show these shoes, please? wore these every day, green converse with a heart on the right toe. these are the same green converse on her feet that turned out to be the only clear evidence that could identify her after the shooting. how about that? i'm wondering, people speaking out, i'm wondering, people speaking out, i know he is looking for a compromise, do something like that make a difference? it was a highly personal 22 minute speech, very emotional speech that he gave in which he talked about meeting the families, he talked about responsible gun ownership and gun reform, they need for some of it, and i think you could say that matthew mcconaughey probably made this argument for gun change, to try
and tackle violence, in perhaps a way that president biden and his administration have not mustered up so far. he does bring that star dust, but he has that deep connection there, having been born there and having grown up there. and he is actually still here in the capital, meeting lawmakers from both parties to discuss how to move forward, you have the congressional hearing happening as well, then you have various marches happening in parts of america and in dc which are calling for gun control, so there is this momentum behind it, certainly, but in orderfor any this momentum behind it, certainly, but in order for any sweeping reforms to change, it has to happen in the senate, it has to be at a political level, and the democratic party do not have the votes they need. . ~ party do not have the votes they need. ., ,, i. . ., party do not have the votes they need. ., ,, . ., , need. thank you so much for bringing us our need. thank you so much for bringing us your analysis _ need. thank you so much for bringing
us your analysis on _ need. thank you so much for bringing us your analysis on one _ need. thank you so much for bringing us your analysis on one of— need. thank you so much for bringing us your analysis on one of the - us your analysis on one of the stories we are covering closely here. do stay with us if you can, more issues to come. hello again. the weather is looking a bit mixed over the next few days — that's because it's all coming in from the west. and if we look in the atlantic, this low and cloud is actually an ex—tropical storm. that gave a lot of rain in florida over the weekend — we're not going to see quite so much rain. most of the rain today has been on that weather front and those heavy thundery showers that have been following on. some very dramatic weather watcher pictures — a great example here in kent, we had some localised flooding in the far south of england with those storms, and some slow—moving thundery downpours bringing some very wet roads, as well, in parts of southern scotland. further north in scotland, the rain will be petering out and those thundery showers are fading away through this evening. the rain at the same time that we've got in northern ireland becomes very light and patchy as it moves over
the irish sea into northern england. so it's becoming much drier by the end of the night, clearer skies in the south, and temperatures holding at 10—12 celsius. now, at the moment, we're in the peak of the grass pollen season, and i think, on thursday, we'll have very high pollen levels more widely across england. and we'll start with some sunshine across wales, the midlands, and southern england in the morning. more cloud further north could actually lead to 1—2 showers pushing their way eastwards for a while, otherwise we'll see some sunshine. out to the west, that weather front on the tail end of that ex—tropical storm brings this light and patchy rain, some wetter weather perhaps in south wales and the southwest where it'll be very grey and murky. but it should be a warmer day than we had today in scotland, with some sunshine for a while. there's that ex—tropical storm, it's called alex — unusual to have one so close to the uk at this time of the year, it's normally at the end of the hurricane season. but it is getting steered to the northwest of us, so we're likely to find some stronger winds picking up in scotland and northern ireland,
increasingly seeing these showers developing and turning quite heavy for england and wales. maybe a damp start in the southeast, but improving here, and much of england and wales will be dry with some sunshine. it's quite warm air, so even 18 celsius in glasgow with that wet weather, but eastern england peaking at 23 celsius in the sunshine. heading into the weekend, and that area of low pressure continues to run to the north of scotland, higher pressure to the south of the uk. so, for northern areas, it'll be quite windy, we'll find some wet weather in scotland and northern ireland, i think mainly on saturday. for england and wales, it should be much drier, brighter, and warmer with some sunshine.
hello, i'm nuala mcgovern, this is outside source. pressure on russia grows to allow food exports to come out of ukraine. despite soaring prices for wheat, russia denies its invasion has caused a globalfood crisis. is not ourfault is not our fault that the coastal waters in the south of ukraine were mined by ukrainians. we are ready to provide safe passage. in the united states, more than 90 former gymnasts abused by the doctor, larry nassar, are suing the fbi for not investigating him earlier. and the sport of golf gets shaken up with a rival competition backed by saudi arabia tempting top players away. ros atkins has an explainer.
more than 90 of the victims sexually abused by the former sports doctor, larry nassar, are suing the fbi over its failure to investigate him after they received information about his abuse. in 2018, larry nasser was found guilty of molesting hundreds of girls and women. many of them were part of the 2012 and 2016 american gymnastics teams. here wasjudge rosemarie aquilina's verdict in 2018. i'm giving you 175 years, which is 2,100 months. i've just signed your death warrant. your decision to assault was precise, calculated, manipulative, devious.
the fbi team in indianapolis first heard claims of nasser�*s sexual abuse in 2015. mckayla maroney was one of the first victims to come forward. this is her testimony to a senate hearing in 2021. i answered all their questions honestly and clearly, and i disclosed all of my molestations i had endured by nassar to them in extreme detail. i was so shocked at the silence and disregard for my trauma — after that minute of silence, he asked, "is that all?" at that same hearing was the director of the fbi. and i'm especially sorry- that there were people at the fbi who had their own chance to stop this monster back _ in 2015, and failed. and that is inexcusable, - it never should have happened, and we're doing everything in our power to make - sure it happens again. -- it —— it never happens again. last year, a report by the justice department found that the fbi agents in indianapolis looking into the case "did not
advise state or local authorities about the allegations, and did not take any action to mitigate the risk to gymnasts that nassar continued to treat." it also said that larry nasser would go on to abuse at least 70 more athletes for another year since the first complaint. well, seven years later, some of the victims are seeking $1 billion in damages. the most famous amoung them is olympic gold meddalist simone biles. last year, she spoke about the abuse she suffered. to be clear, i blame larry nasser, and i also blame... ..an entire system that enabled and perpetrated his abuse. for more, let's speak to louise radnofsky, who has been following the story closely for the wall street journal. could you explain to our viewers a little bit further exactly what the gymnasts are suing for? what's at the heart of that? the
gymnasts are suing for? what's at the heart of that?— gymnasts are suing for? what's at the heart of that? the gymnasts have filed and mistreated _ the heart of that? the gymnasts have filed and mistreated claims _ the heart of that? the gymnasts have filed and mistreated claims based - the heart of that? the gymnasts have filed and mistreated claims based on| filed and mistreated claims based on two different arguments. in the case of simone biles and michaela moroney, and two other elite gymnasts, they are the first gymnasts, they are the first gymnasts identified by officials as potential victims of larry nassar at the elite level. they are arguing that the fbi failed them and cause them damage by not taking what they were seriously, and now the knowledge that they have wasn't enough to stop other women and girls being harmed after they had been. they were never treated by larry nassar again, they were never treated by larry nassaragain, usa they were never treated by larry nassar again, usa gymnastics quietly let him retire, but he continued to treat women and girls in michigan primarily, and dozens of those women and girls who were abused afterjuly 2015, the date the usa gymnastics went to the fbi, they are also
pursuing claims against the fbi, claiming they would not have been assaulted afterjuly 2015 had the fbi taken the evidence presented to them seriously. has fbi taken the evidence presented to them seriously.— them seriously. has there been a resonse them seriously. has there been a response from — them seriously. has there been a response from the _ them seriously. has there been a response from the fbi? - them seriously. has there been a response from the fbi? they - them seriously. has there been a | response from the fbi? they have declined to — response from the fbi? they have declined to comment, _ response from the fbi? they have declined to comment, they've - response from the fbi? they have | declined to comment, they've also pointed to past remarks made, some of what you heard here by the director. what is notable is some of the comments he made in the apology also is in the claim, being acknowledged by the claimants as an admission of wrongdoing on the part of the fbi. ., , ., , admission of wrongdoing on the part of the fbi-_ it i of the fbi. how unusual is this? it is a tactic that's _ of the fbi. how unusual is this? it is a tactic that's become _ is a tactic that's become increasingly used in recent years, including in the gymnastics case, an earlier group of 13 gymnasts filed a similar claim in late april, and their lawyers pointed to the efficacy of the strategy in the parkland shooting case where victims
ended up settling with the fbi over its failure to act, about $127 million for around a0 survivors and the families of those who were killed. i the families of those who were killed. , , ,.,, , the families of those who were killed. , , , killed. i suppose this is speculation, _ killed. i suppose this is speculation, but - killed. i suppose this is speculation, but the i killed. i suppose this is - speculation, but the likelihood killed. i suppose this is _ speculation, but the likelihood that they would win $1 billion that they are claiming for damages? they would win 31 billion that they are claiming for damages?- are claiming for damages? what's strikin: to are claiming for damages? what's striking to me _ are claiming for damages? what's striking to me is _ are claiming for damages? what's striking to me is that _ are claiming for damages? what's striking to me is that it's - are claiming for damages? what's striking to me is that it's been - striking to me is that it's been seven years of this case, and a number of different institutions have become embroiled in it in various ways. the cases have continued throughout all this time, usa gymnastics is now settled with the gymnastics, the us and paralympic committee that employed at larry nassar has settled. he is effectively spending a life sentence, but this will continue for some time to come.— sentence, but this will continue for some time to come. thank you so much for brinuain some time to come. thank you so much for bringing us — some time to come. thank you so much for bringing us no _ some time to come. thank you so much for bringing us up to _ some time to come. thank you so much for bringing us up to date _ some time to come. thank you so much for bringing us up to date with _ for bringing us up to date with
those updates. it's the second day of the belgium king's visit to the democratic republic of congo — a visit that many say conjures up pain and trauma because of what the country experienced under colonial rule. more than ten million people died during king leopold ii's reign in the late 19th and early 20th century. many shocking atrocities took place — and today, his nephew king philippe addressed this in kinshas. translation: for my first trip in congo here, as i'm facing - the congolese people, to those who today still are suffering from it, i want to reaffirm my most deepest regrets for those past wounds. so "deep regret," but no apology. belgium's colonial record in dr congo was one of the most brutal in africa. —— the -- the drc. congo was under colonial rule from the 19th century, until it
won its independence in 1960. more than ten million are thought to have died from disease and abuses while working on plantations for him — some who opposed the king had their hands amputated in a public ceremony. over 80,000 artefacts were looted by belgium — the most famous being the tooth of the country's first prime minister, who was assassinated. some artefacts are now being returned. at a ceremony today, king philippe returned the kakungu mask to congo's president, which was used in healing ceremonies by the indigenous suku community. during king leopold's reign, thousands of mixed—race children were taken from their congolese mothers and placed in religious institutions or homes run by the belgian authorities. some were forced to go to belgium. this was the case for monique bintu bingi — she and five other women went to court in 2019 to seek action from the belgian authorities. her daughter has been speaking to the bbc. my mother and my aunties, they didn't get their heritage. they were cut off, they didn't
have the opportunity to keep their roots in their identity. that was taken away from them. so now, he has to fix that — and just apologising isn't enough, that's not ok. congolese—belgian writer and activist tracy bibo—tansia joins us now. thank you so much forjoining us. my first thought is, how do you feel about king philippe's visit? i’m about king philippe's visit? i'm actually very — about king philippe's visit? i“n actually very happy about his visit and his speech because he's the first king to do that, to address the colonial past, all the other kings didn't do that. so this is a positive sign, the king's house is showing they want to renew a better future and have a better relationship with the congo in the congolese people. we're still waiting for apologies for what happened during colonisation because apologies may lead to reparation,
and something a lot of congolese act democrat activists are waiting for. however we must stay positive and always see this as a positive development.— always see this as a positive develoment. �* , ., , , development. because the words deep re . ret the development. because the words deep regret they are. _ development. because the words deep regret they are, not _ development. because the words deep regret they are, not an _ development. because the words deep regret they are, not an outright - regret they are, not an outright apology — you mentioned also reparations, what would be the out deal —— ideal out, and the steps taken, if they were to take them? i think we need to discuss first what is reparations? not only in belgium, but in congo, what are they understand about reparations? you also have to understand the king was not the only one involved in the colonisation. he also had the banks and the belgian governments, some very well—known belgian families. the children of the people that were colonised, we need to address that and think about what is reparation.
because at the end of the day, it is to repair the wrongdoings that have been done to our ancestors. and whatever reparation may come, it will never repair the suffering of our ancestors.— will never repair the suffering of our ancestors. ., �* �* , our ancestors. you're in belgium, is this something _ our ancestors. you're in belgium, is this something that _ our ancestors. you're in belgium, is this something that is _ our ancestors. you're in belgium, is this something that is spoken - our ancestors. you're in belgium, is this something that is spoken abouti this something that is spoken about were taught in belgian schools, something that would come up with friends or colleagues? i something that would come up with friends or colleagues?— friends or colleagues? i work in a bel ian friends or colleagues? i work in a belgian corporation _ friends or colleagues? i work in a belgian corporation and - friends or colleagues? i work in a belgian corporation and we - friends or colleagues? i work in a belgian corporation and we talk. belgian corporation and we talk about that a lot because we also work on d colonising our sector. there is a lot of work that's been done and, depending on what school you're in, you may talk about that. but it's still not a focus like world war ii is, it's still not a larger topic in school. so it'll be very interesting to see how it's involved in the coming years, because the future generation has to know what happened in the congo. the future generation has to know there is a direct link between racism that
black people face today and in europe, and the colonial colonialism of belgium and other empires. thanks for sendin: of belgium and other empires. thanks for spending time _ of belgium and other empires. thanks for spending time with _ of belgium and other empires. thanks for spending time with us. _ of belgium and other empires. thanks for spending time with us. bye-bye. l stay with us on outside source — still to come... golfers at war. this work gets shaken up by a golfers at war. this work gets shaken up by— golfers at war. this work gets shaken u- bj ., , ., golfers at war. this work gets shakenu- bj ., , ., _ shaken up by a competition backed by saudi arabia- — shaken up by a competition backed by saudi arabia. ros _ shaken up by a competition backed by saudi arabia. ros atkins _ shaken up by a competition backed by saudi arabia. ros atkins has - shaken up by a competition backed by saudi arabia. ros atkins has more. i to politics now — and speaking in the commons for the first time since winning monday's confidence vote, borisjohnson said nothing would stop the government delivering for the british people. voters of tiverton and honiton in devon go to the polls in two weeks in a by—election, triggered after conservative neil parish admitted watching pornography in parliament and stood down. here's our political correspondent alex forsyth. tom's family has farmed
this land for decades. it sits in a quiet corner of devon — usually considered safe tory turf. now though, there's a lot of political noise here. opposition parties are trying to overturn the conservative vote. at this farming business, they're trying to decide which way to go — with rising costs and a labour squeeze, they are disillusioned. it's notjust the conservatives, i think people are fed up with. i don't think there's anybody in westminster, really, that represents anyone on the ground. you know, labour and the lib dems have a golden opportunity now. they seem to be lacking policies, everyone appears to be a career politician now. there seems to be a lack of people from the industry. here in devon, the stakes are particularly high, given its been solid conservative for decades. in honiton, local bar ownerjim thinks it should stay that way. obviously we're pretty conservative down in this part of the world, have been for a long time. i don't know, it's an awkward one.
my man, boris — what can you say about him? i don't think anyone else would've done any better. what you do — you vote him out, you go vote in another party that'll probably only do what he does. whichever road voters here end up choosing, the consequences could well travel far beyond this seat�*s boundaries. alex forsyth, bbc news, tiverton and honiton. this is outside source, live from the bbc newsroom. our lead story is... russia is denying that its invasion has caused a global food crisis — 20 million tonnes of grain is stuck in ukraine's ports because
of russia's blockade. the world of men's golf is undergoing something of a shake—up at the moment, thanks to billions of dollars from saudi arabia. the first liv golf event starts here in the uk on thursday. it's a rival to other major golfing events. and it's controversial for a number of reasons. here's ros atkins with more. a golf tournament funded by saudi arabia is asking questions of how the sport is run and what, if anything, the sport stands for. at the centurion course in the south of england, some of the world's best players have gathered. it's an exciting time, i think it's exciting for the game of golf, and i'm excited to be a part of it. excitement all round. and this is a series of eight tournaments aimed, we're told, at giving players more freedom. liv golf has given them the opportunity for another pathway to be the independent contractors, go play where they need to play, when they want to play for more money.
former world number one greg norman is the public face of liv golf. it's tournaments will last 5a holes, not the traditional 72, and former world number two phil mickelson has called that a "progressive format". "progressive," though, isn't a word often used about saudi arabia, as its critics point out. what we're talking about here are severe, extensive, persistent human rights abuses in saudi arabia. and, while freedom is being offered to golfers, it's not on offer to some saudis. the us government says there are credible reports of forced disappearances, torture by government agents, executions for nonviolent offences. it also notes that women continue to face discrimination and that there is arbitrary arrest and detention. then there's the killing of the saudi journalist jamal khashoggi in 2018. he walked into the saudi consulate in istanbul. he was then murdered, his body was dismembered, his remains have never been located. the saudi government called it a "rogue operation" by its agents, but us intelligence concluded that crown prince mohammed bin salman
approved an operation in istanbul to capture or killjamal khashoggi. and this was the un's conclusion. the responsibility of the state of saudi arabia is involved. it is involved in the killing. it is involving the lack of an effective investigation. it is involved in the lack of an effective prosecution. "the state was involved," says the un. and mohammed bin salman was in charge of that state then, he's in charge of it now. he's also chair of the saudi investment fund, which is bankrolling this gulf series. and, in the view of the washington post, what we're seeing is a government trying to use golf to cleanse its global reputation. or amnesty international says, it's yet one more event in a series of sports washing exercises that the saudi authorities are using to clean its blood—soaked image. and the bbc�*s dan roan tried to raise these concerns with the governor of the saudi investment fund. it's the big thing in golf, and we're going to enjoy it. that's why i'm here.
i'm going to play the pro—am, and i'm going to have a lot of, hopefully fun. mr rubin is hoping to have fun — but dan had one more question. i ask you very quickly about this suggestions of sports watching. what do you say to that? what's your response? i'm real not sure about this terminology. he said he'd look it up. meanwhile, we still wait on a formal explanation of why saudi arabia is doing this. we do know it has a strategy to unfold new opportunities for non—oil gdp growth. that push to find revenue away from oil is real. perhaps golf is part of that. and whatever the saudi goal with liv golf, pro graham dow is happy to help. if saudi arabia wanted to use the game of golf as as a as a way for them to get to where they want to be, and they have the resources to accelerate that experience. i think we're we're proud to help them on thatjourney. graham mcdowell is proud — though, as we've heard, the experience for some saudis is rather better for some than others. and when greg norman was asked
aboutjamal khashoggi's murder, he replied... but not everyone has made those mistakes. the us and the un don't even think it was a mistake. and jamal khashoggi's fiancee has said of those golfers working with the saudis... the players, though, are going forward. phil mickelson is playing — and back in february, he talked about the saudis saying, if you'll allow me to paraphrase... he went on... why, indeed? well, he cleared that up, adding... the chance to overhaul the administration of golf in the us was, despite those reservations, too good to pass up. mickelson apologised for what he said, took a break from golf, but he's back at the tournament. i don't condone human
rights violations at all. i don't think — nobody here does, throughout the world. and i'm certainly aware of what has happened with jamal khashoggi. and it's i think it's terrible. "terrible," says phil mickelson. and he also outlined the upsides of working with a state that the un concluded was responsible. i've also seen the good that the game of golf has done throughout history, and i believe that liv golf will do a lot of good for the game, as well. golf is a force for the greater good. it's not yet clear how that will work inside saudi arabia. certainly, though, liv golf could be a force for good for those to change how pro golf is organised — as the bbc�*s ian carter explains. professional golf is effectively a pyramid, and at the very top of that pyramid are two main tours. the european tour, which is now known as the dp world tour and the pga tour based in the united states.
that's where the very best players play, and each year, they're competing for in excess of $400 million. to take on that system, the saudis are offering huge sums. this first event has prize money of $25 million — it's the most lucrative golf tournament in history. the winner takes $a million. for comparison, the top prize at the masters this year was $2.7 million. the promise of more money has proved persuasive for some — dustinjohnson, lee westwood, sergio garcia, and ian poulter. all huge stars of the game will play. this is lee westwood's reason. this is myjob. he has considered it — and he's decided to play. and he'll be far from the only sport star to benefit from saudi money — there's a $600 million deal with formula one. $a00 million went for a controlling stake in newcastle football club. and now, over $2 billion will go to golf in the coming years. and the players who take
the money know it may affect where they can play — here's ian carter again. pro golfers like to think of themselves as independent contractors, but the reality is that if they are playing on a tour, they have obligations to it. and if they want to play for a rival, well, they have to apply for a waiver. that's exactly what they did when liv golf came calling, and the tours said "no". the tours said "no" — but greg norman has kept making the case. this is a once in a lifetime - opportunity to unlock the potential for the game of golf to truly grow. it's certainly a chance for the players�* bank balances to grow and for saudi arabia to pursue its goals. for golf, more broadly, we'll see. and as the series began, it tweeted... indeed it did. as we see golfers trying to explain where, if at all, they draw the line. if vladimir putin had a tournament, would you play that? that's speculation. i'm not even going to comment on speculation. no comment on that question. and, in their own different
ways, the golfers have been making this point. we're not politicians. i know you guys hate that . expression, but, you know, we're really not, unfortunately. back in may, lee westwood said... that may be the hope, but sport and politics frequently do. and whether the players want to be political or not, by stepping onto the first tee, the players are choosing to work directly with saudi arabia. given its human rights record, that choice unavoidably has a political dimension. let's end by returning to ukraine. you may have seen this picture on social media — 16—year—old valaray — in her prom dress, outside her bombed out school in kharkiv. the students in her class were determined to go ahead with their graduation, despite the war and everything they've been living through. valary spoke to bbc news a little earlier. translation: i wanted the whole world to pay _
translation: i wanted the whole world to pay attention _ translation: i wanted the whole world to pay attention to - world to pay attention to our country and to my hometown, and what's going on. and now, the building where civilians live is destroyed. it was the idea of my classmates and the ukrainian military helped us to do this. as for the photograph of me, i wanted to show the contrast between my school and me. it describes the situation in our country. i was surprised it received so much attention, but i'm proud that my country is very strong, and the ukrainian forces, as well. because they have been fighting against the enemy since only one february. —— 21 february. as for me, it was unexpected because i have never thought my photo would be seen by the whole world. it was not about me, it was more about bringing
attention to the situation in my hometown, and my country. i wanted to add, we are proud of our heroes and armed forces of ukraine. we believe we will win because kindness will always win over evil. especially, i'm grateful to the military unit crack and who defended my school. the best of valaray and her fellow graduates. russia's denying its invasion has caused a global food crisis, its foreign minister is in turkey to discuss helping move ukrainian grain. russia has been blocking black seaports, including odesa, and 20 million tonnes of grain is stuck there. sergei lavrov says the onus is on ukraine to do you mind the waters around them. ukraine doesn't want to do that as
they believe it is part of their defence. stay with us on bbc news if you can. hello again. the weather is looking a bit mixed over the next few days — that's because it's all coming in from the west. and if we look in the atlantic, this low and cloud is actually an ex—tropical storm. that gave a lot of rain in florida over the weekend — we're not going to see quite so much rain. most the rain today has been on that weather front and those heavy thundery showers that have been following on. some very dramatic weather watcher pictures — a great example here in kent, we had some localised flooding in the far south of england with those storms, and some slow—moving thundery downpours bringing some very wet roads, as well, in parts of southern scotland. further north in scotland, the rain will be petering out and those thundery showers are fading away through this evening. the rain at the same time that we've got in northern ireland becomes very light and patchy as it moves over the irish sea into northern england. so, it's becoming much drier
by the end of the night, clearer skies in the south, and temperatures holding at 10—12 celsius. now, at the moment, we're in the peak of the grass pollen season, and i think on thursday, we'll have very high pollen levels more widely across england. and we'll start with some sunshine across wales, the midlands, and southern england in the morning. more cloud further north could actually lead to 1—2 showers pushing their way eastwards for a while, otherwise we'll see some sunshine. out to the west, that weather front on the tail end of that ex—tropical storm brings this light and patchy rain, some wetter weather perhaps in south wales and the southwest where it'll be very gray and murky. but it should be a warmer day than we had today in scotland, with some sunshine for a while. there's that ex—tropical storm, it's called alex — unusual to have one so close to the uk at this time of the year, it's normally at the end of the hurricane season. but it is getting steered to the northwest of us, so we're likely to find some stronger winds picking up in scotland and northern ireland, increasingly seeing these showers developing and turning quite heavy for england and wales.
maybe a damp start in the southeast, but improving here, and much of england and wales will be dry with some sunshine. it's quite warm air, so even 18 celsius in glasgow with that wet weather, but eastern england peaking at 23 celsius in the sunshine. heading into the weekend, and that area of low pressure continues to run to the north of scotland, higher pressure to the south of the uk. so for northern areas, it'll be quite windy, we'll find some wet weather in scotland and northern ireland, i think mainly on saturday. for england and wales, it should be much drier, brighter, and warmer with some sunshine.
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