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this is bbc news, i'm nancy kacungira with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. ukraine's army says it urgently needs more ammunition as battles intesfify. so why are western—made arms taking so long to reach the front line? hundreds of thousands across the usjoin marches to push for reform of gun laws. are you ready, young, old, and in between, to be the generations that make ourselves heard from ballots, not bullets. prince charles is politically neutral, say royal officials — following a report he called government plans to send migrants to rwanda �*appalling'. a father and son die in the isle of man's
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tt motorcyle races, bringing the total number of deaths this year to five. hello and welcome to audiences in the uk and around the world. we begin in ukraine, where officials say their forces urgently need more supplies of ammunition. according to one regional governor, the fighting has become a war of artillery — and the russian army is much more powerful. the us and nato are in the process of sending heavy armaments but say they need to be supplied at a pace that ukraine's forces can absorb safely. the battle for control of the key town of severodonetsk is shaping the war, with reports of
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street—to—street fighting. neither side has scored a knock—out blow, and much of the city has been reduced to rubble. nick beake reports from kyiv. the russian onslaught in the donbas region is relentless, bombarding ukrainian troops whose commanders now say they are outgunned, and rapidly running out of ammunition. the ukrainian governor of the luhansk province claimed they could hold on to the besieged city of severdonetsk if western allies sent them enough long—range artillery. nice to meet you. meanwhile in the capital kyiv, president zelensky was welcoming the head of the european commission, and arguing the eu's future depended on letting ukraine into its ranks. translation: all of europe is a target for russia. - we are sure of it. and ukraine is just the first stage in this aggression. this is why a positive eu response to the ukrainian
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application for membership can be a positive answer to the question of whether the european project has a future at all. the commission's decision on whether to recommend kyiv�*s eu application is coming next week. you have done a lot in strengthening the rule of law but there still needs to be reforms implemented to fight corruption, for example. ukraine is pinning its long—term hopes on eu membership but says it is the quantity and speed of weapons coming from the west that will determine its immediate fate. nick beake, bbc news, kyiv. for more on why it's taking so long for western—made weapons to reach the front line, i spoke to retired colonel, brendan kearney — a military analyst and former chief of staff of us marine forces in europe.
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the united states, it has been publicly acknowledged, is sending the himars high mobility artillery rocket system, and that's going along with some of the other equipments, very sophisticated equipments, that are being provided by other countries in europe and our nato allies. the british, as an example, are sending the m270 which is a multiple rocket launcher system — again, very, very sophisticated, far exceeding anything the russians have, in terms of capability, but unfortunately it requires training, it requires logistics training, and those are things that still need to be worked through to get those in the actual hands of those who need to fire those systems. so, is that why it's taking so long to meet the ukrainian�*s request for more help right now? is it because of this training that needs to be done before the artillery can be safely handled? training is one of the big issues but the word about this
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has been going on, as been publicly acknowledged for a number of weeks, if not a month now, and as an example, with the himars system. it takes about three weeks to take a basic artilleryman, someone who has already been trained in using artillery to learn the more sophisticated aspects of the himars system. hopefully, that has been going on, and i would think that is taking place outside ukraine. then it becomes a question of getting that trained crewmen married up with the weapons systems and the ammunition, and that means the equipment and ammo has to get from where ever to stash whatever it is in the preposition stocks in europe for example to the polish border and then across to ukraine, and then that becomes a strictly ukrainian problem of moving it from western ukraine to eastern ukraine where it can be effective in the donbas. you're painting a good picture there of how long it takes
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and just how difficult it is to move these weapons to where they are needed. you have mentioned this is quite sophisticated weaponry, but is it enough for the ukrainians to be able to hold off a russian attack? i think this is one of those cases where the quality of the western contributions, in terms of the rocket systems, the artillery systems, can, over a period of time, more than offset the technologically inferior russian equipment. the russians are using the old soviet era cold war equipment, some of it is 20, 30, 40years old. we are providing very sophisticated, very much computer intensive, gps aided systems that are much, muuch more efficient than the russians have. but we still have to get it there, we have to get it into the hands of the ukrainians and the ukrainians have to employ it.
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so, it may be touch and go over the coming days for the ukrainians. demonstrations are taking place across the united states calling for tougher gun control. it follows the recent mass shooting at an elementary school in uvalde, in texas, where 19 children and two teachers were killed. 0ur correspondent, barbara plett usher, is in washington. the theme of these rallies is this time it will be different, this time there will be action on gun control. but i have to say, a bit earlier, it didn't feel like it was different at all. people around me started to run in panic. it's not clear why, it seems maybe somebody pulled a stunt, pretending to carry out some kind of attack. but whatever the case, it really shows you how much fear people live with, how much this is a reality for them and that's why they're marching, not only here in washington but around the country, demanding congress act to have restrictions on gun
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ownership, despite opposition from the gun lobby and despite the opposition from republican politicians. certainly the series of mass shootings in recent weeks has refocused national attention on this and there is a small effort in congress, senators from both parties trying to come up with a modest proposal, a compromise that might pass. nothing close to what the people here are demanding, but perhaps that would break the paralysis and certainly these activists will continue to push for greater change. mariah cooley is a board member of march for our lives. she was at the protests in washington and my colleague lukwesa burak asked her why this time it would be different. this time is different because it is different. look at what is going on across the nation. today, we had over a50 marches across 46 states, and then here in dc, we had 40,000 people
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come out today. not only that, but preparing for after today, we have a meeting with republicans, democrats, gun owners, people who were previous supporters of the nra, to ask them what can we agree on and how can we come together in this moment to end gun violence? ultimately, it is then gun lobby that have the power, isn't it, mariah? so how do you get them to change? because that would mean losing money. well, that is the thing. those in congress need to ask themselves, do they value money over our lives? and if they value money over our lives, then we need to vote them out in the upcoming election. do you think there has been a significant shift in the way the american public think? because we have heard the threats, haven't we, that they are going to get those senators who are not listening out of office if there isn't any change that takes place. absolutely. americans are tired of sending their children, their siblings, their cousins off to school fearing that they will be victims of another
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mass shooting. elders can't even go to a grocery store with the safety of knowing that they won't be a victim of a violent attack. i think all americans are sick and tired because america is the only place in the world that deals with mass shootings in this way, and if we do not do something about it, we will continue to die every single day. there have been over 200 mass shootings at this year alone. and americans recognise that this is just an american problem. this is an american public epidemic. and so with over 90% of americans agreeing to something such as universal background checks, this is a great step to ending gun violence. why are you involved with much for our lives, mariah? yes. in 2017, i lost my cousin due to gun violence in my home town in illinois. and it is in a place that is un—used to gun violence, especially gang violence. and black and brown people disproportionately deal with gun violence so i knew that it was important to be, as a black woman, at the forefront of this movement, because it is bigger than just mass shootings, it is that every day, inner—city community
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gang violence that we need to address. ok, now, back in 2018, that was the starting point for march for our lives, the terrible shooting that took place in florida. there were some changes that were brought in, won't there? has it changed anything within society in the state of florida? absolutely. not only the state of florida but we have passed over 150 state—level gun violence prevention laws across the nation in states such as florida, colorado, virginia, and more. so, we have made a lot of great movement these past four years but what we need to do is at congress level, make sure that across the nation, we have something that is saving our lives because we needed now than ever. mariah, i wonder if you could give us a little bit of an insight. i read a quote that said that, you know, the senate is where substantive action goes to die. what exactly is the problem with congress, with gun reform? the problem with congress
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is people are investing money into the gun lobby and receiving money from the gun lobby, and they are valuing that more than american lives. and as long as they continue to value that more than american lives, it will be my duty to make sure that they are voted out because they do not prioritise my life. and that is what we are seeing in the senate right now. royal officials in britain have insisted that prince charles "remains politically neutral", following a report that he has strongly criticised government plans to send some asylum seekers to rwanda in central africa. an unnamed source told the times newspaper that prince charles has described the policy as "appalling" and said he was "more than disappointed" by it. the first flight carrying asylum seekers to rwanda is due to leave on tuesday. 0ur royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. as prince of wales, his interventions over the years have led to accusations of meddling. charles is now moving ever
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closer to the throne so this morning's headlines suggesting he's taken a stand on the highly sensitive political issue of the government's refugee policy are potentially problematic. 10,000 migrants have arrived in britain in small boats so far this year. the prince is said to have described the government's plan to send some to rwanda as appalling. charles' comments are said to have been made in private conversations, they haven't been denied. the timing of the alleged remarks is particularly sensitive. yesterday, the high court refused to grant an injunction barring the first deportations, which are due to take place on tuesday. those opposed to the policy applauded the prince's alleged comments. we very much welcome what prince charles seems to have said. this policy is wrong, we believe it's unlawful and is morally indefensible. the home secretary has set great store by the deportation policy.
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she launched it in rwanda earlier this year. the government says it will act as a deterrent. conservatives say charles' alleged comments are misguided. he is entitled to his view, as is anyone else. but the number of views that have been made about rwanda seem to be on the basis of a lack of information about what this programme and what migrants' experience has been like in rwanda. and what of charles? clarence house says he's politically neutral. four years ago he was asked if his tendency to intervene would continue when he was king? no, it won't. i'm not that stupid. i do realise it is a separate exercise being sovereign. in ten days, charles will be in rwanda to represent the queen at the commonwealth heads of government conference. the prime minister will also be there. it promises to be an interesting conversation. nicholas witchell, bbc news.
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nine people have been arrested in china after a video of a brutal attack by a group of men on a woman who spurned an advance went viral. it happened in the city of tangshan in northern china. it started after a man put his hand on a woman's back in a restaurant and she pushed him away. officials say two of the women were admitted to hospital. 0ur china media analyst, kerry allen, has more about the case. surveillance footage was filmed at a restaurant in an area of northeast china called tangshan, and this footage showed a group of women in a restaurantjust enjoying a meal, minding their own business, and a man approaches one of these women and starts touching her and she is clearly uncomfortable as she tries to put him off several times, and then what happens, within a matter of seconds, the whole incident suddenly turns violent so the man starts throwing punches at one of the women, her friend rushes to defend
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her, and then itjust, this whole incident spirals out of control, these women are wrestled to the ground, you see men throwing chairs at them. and there is footage outside the restaurant that shows one of the women being grabbed by her hair along the street and repeatedly kicked while she is down. this footage, which was filmed in the early hours of friday has horrified social media users, it has been absolutely erupting online and people are so angry about this because the scale of violence that it shows is just horrific. from what you describe, that's almost unthinkable that that would happen in a restaurant. but of course women all around the world are familiar with harassment so this is not something that happens only in china, but what conversations are people that having there about the culture around this? indeed, it is not something only that happens in china, and people are amazed that this is not a woman who was alone,
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she wasn't scantily clad, she was minding her own business, she was in a public space with friends, and for this to happen, it's just horrific. yeah, there is a lot of fear about this but also people are very strongly reacting online, on platforms like sina weibo, which is china's version of twitter or facebook, and saying that it is a very chinese thing for nobody to rush in and intervene because historically, before domestic violence laws were introduced in 2016, it was very much the case that people just thought that this kind of behaviour was acceptable, it was a private matter between a man and a woman, and also there is a fear in china of people being implicated in crimes, so the idea that anybody would rush in, this doesn't often happen. and i remember myself when i was living in china ten years ago, i would see incidents like this of men assaulting women on the street and you would just see crowds
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of bystanders not intervening whatsoever, just stood there, watching. that is an interesting and sad point you make about feeling that no—one feeling able to intervene. but has any action being taken against these perpetrators? there has, yes. straightaway it was announced by the police that two of the suspects involved in this case, because it was a large group of men that started attacking these women all of a sudden, they were arrested immediately and taken into detention. today, there have been nine people who have been detained as a whole. so there is the thought that there will be some accountability off the back of this. the scale of anger has even attracted stars within the country to say that they completely condone this incident, it is dominating social media because so many prolific big celebrities in china are adding their view that this is absolutely not acceptable whatsoever.
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brazilian police have found possible human remains in their search for uk journalist dom phillips and bruno pereira, an expert on indigenous peoples. the pair disappeared six days ago while travelling through the amazon rainforest. police say experts will analyse the material that's been found, as well as blood traces that were discovered on a fishing boat. katy watson reports. dom phillips and bruno pereira are experts in their field. 0ne, an established journalist writing a book on saving the amazon — it was the reason for taking this trip. his travel companion, a renowned expert on indigenous affairs. bruno knows these communities well but also has his enemies and had been threatened in the past for his work in trying to protect communities from illegal mining and fishing. on friday, there was a significant breakthrough, material found in the river not far from here that could be human remains.
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the authorities are also examining traces of blood on the boat belonging to a suspect and police have visited the families of the missing men to collect dna samples. hope might be fading, but the families are doing everything they can to find their loved ones. today we joined the military teams as they headed to the main search area, deep in the javari valley. its sheer beauty masks the conflict found in these forests and it was along these rivers the two men were threatened again just before they disappeared. this is an area of the amazon where there's so little state presence and everybody involved in the search is having to be flown in. the news of the missing pair has gained worldwide attention. we urge brazilian authorities to redouble their efforts to find philips and pereira, with time of the essence in view of the real risks to their life and security. it is therefore crucial that the authorities at the federal and local levels react robustly
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and expeditiously. that's a call that has been echoed by mr phillips�* sister in london. she called for an in—depth and open investigation into what's happened. katy watson, bbc news, in valle dojavari. here, campaign groups have accused the government of failing to deliver on its promise of a new food strategy for england. a leak of its plans suggests there will be no new tax on salt and sugar in processed foods. 0ur political reporter tony bonsignore has more details. the environmental impact of intensive farming methods, and the role of processed foods in contributing to obesity have all become hot political topics in recent years. in 2018, the government commissioned a major review into the whole food chain. it recommended a tax on sugar and salt, reducing meat and dairy consumption and expanding free school meals. but a leaked copy of
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the government's long—awaited response suggests many of those recommendations won't be accepted. the white paper instead talks more generally about initiatives to boost health sustainability and accessibility of diets, and on food prices, the government simply says it will engage closely with the food industry to understand price impacts. and one of the few new practical suggestions is to increase the use of responsibly—sourced wild venison. the government is expected to say its plans will promote healthier diets. many conservative mps, though, are likely to welcome the decision to drop the idea of a tax on sugar and salt, particularly given the cost of living crisis. but campaigners who want tougher measures on obesity and sustainability are disappointed. there was no government intervention in diets. they're just accepting the status quo. these are unsustainable dietary patterns which we know need to change and the government has a role in that. labour is accusing the government of dither and delay and a former deputy
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leader, who lost eight stone after cutting out sugar and processed food, says ministers should act now despite the cost of living crisis. i could see the concern. i mean, anyone would be worried about the cost of living crisis. but given that the products with high sugar make us more unhealthy and are not good for the family shopping bag in general, i think it is probably a deficit, a fake argument to say this is all about cost of living. mps will have much to digest when the long—awaited white paper arrives on monday. tony bonsignore, bbc news. friends have been paying tribute to a father and son from crewe who were killed in a crash during racing at the isle of man tt. roger and bradley stockton, who were 56 and 21, died during a sidecar race yesterday. five riders have now been killed at this year's event. alex wotton reports from the isle of man.
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it was their dream to race the world famous tt course together. roger stockton was a seasoned rider, but his son bradley wasjust 21. it was his first tt, and theirfamily say they absolutely loved racing. bradley was a keen footballer in his home town of crewe. to bradley. today his team—mates and coach came together to pay a heartfelt tribute. 0n the pitch, he played for everyone. if anyone got in a bit of a tussle, he was first there to back them up. he was a fiery character but with a heart of gold off the pitch. he carried on throughout school and it was literally just nonstop laughter, there was never a dull moment between us three as a group. i don't know, it was just a mad connection. it's hard to talk about it now, just thinking about it, but... but the reality of the races
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here on the isle of man means everyday roads become a race track in an instant, where riders can reach speeds of up to 200 miles an hour. so while organisers have improved training for marshals and technology around the course, hundreds have died in the races in its 100 year history, raising continuing concerns about safety. with friends and loved ones mourning their loss, the stockton family say they are incredibly proud of what roger and bradley achieved. alex wotton, bbc news. a reminder of our top story in ukraine, where officials say their forces urgently need more supplies of ammunition. according to one regional governor, the fighting has become a "war of artillery", and the russian army is much more powerful. the us and nato are in the process of sending heavy armaments but say they need to be supplied at a pace that ukraine's forces
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can absorb safely. that's all from may. stay with us here on bbc news. goodbye for now. hello, there. 15 hours of sunshine. these in areas where the temperatures got up to 2a celsius on saturday. it was a little different, though, further north, as you will see. we had a wet and windy spell, we had nearly two inches of rain in the past 24—hour is across parts of scotland, gusts of wind, 40, 50 mph, quite widely, even as far south as the peninsula of wales, and that is because of this unusually deep area of low pressure which is pulling away. so, gradually, the winds will ease down. but there will will still continue to bring in a few showers in the early hours of the morning, particularly in the north and the west. temperatures under starry skies further south perhaps as low as eight or nine so a little bit on the cool side on sunday morning but plenty of sunshine will follow,
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particularly for england and wales. the cloud bubbles up, the showers are around for northern ireland, particularly northwestern parts of wales and physically across scotland. still some heavy ones here, but generally, fewer heavy ones than we had during saturday and fewer showers. still quite blustery for the time of year but again the winds want to be quite as strong as we saw on saturday. temperatures will be on a part of those of saturday, about 16 to 22 celsius. some sunshine to be found for most parts and the showers tend to ease later but still some very high levels of pollen, particularly across england and wales. as across england and wales. we take the forecast fo| into as we take the forecast forward into monday, we start to see those showers fading for a time, which weather front pushes close by to scotland, temperatures might be a little bit lower, again on monday morning but only sevens and eights, a fresh start to monday morning, plenty of sunshine will follow, rather more cloud across the northern half of
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scotland, showery outbreaks of rain to come here, but not as windy. pushing into the low 20s further south without strong june sunshine. through the week ahead, high pressure starts to push its influence further north so still weather front around but little rain away from the far north of scotland and the high pressure is going to tap into some of the heat we are seeing further south so temperatures are likely to rise, the degree for england and wales but even further north we will start to see some warmth arriving later in the wake. as ever, it is one to watch, we will keep you posted online.
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you this is bbc news. the headlines. as fighting intensifies in ukraine, officials warn their army is running out of ammunition as it engages in intense artillery battles with russian forces. western countries are being urged to speed up their delivery of long—range weapons and ammunition to help ukraine strike back in the south and east. hundreds of marches are being held across the united states to pressure congress into making changes to gun laws. following a spate of mass shootings, the rallies are being organised by the group march for our lives. president biden says guns should be a key issue in the coming elections. royal officials
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in britain have insisted that prince charles "remains politically neutral",


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