a bi—partisan group of senators say they've agreed a framework for potential legislation on gun safety. gains for a new left wing alliance in the first round of france's parliamentary elections. the british government says a new law overriding brexit trade arrangements with the european union won't undermine the northern ireland peace agreement. are the machines about to take over? a senior tech engineer is put on leave after claiming an artificial intelligence tool has develped a mind of its own. and a month after mcdonald's pulled out of russia because of ukraine, a homegrown burger chain opens called �*tasty — and that's it.�*
a group of us senators from both the republican and democratic parties have reached agreement on a series of gun control measures. the developments come after the tragic mass shootings in texas and new york. let's have a closer look at what's in the proposal. the framework agreement includes support for state �*red flag' laws where guns could be kept from those who might pose a danger. also included, tougher background checks for gun buyers under the age of 21. there would also be measures to prevent what's known as straw purchases, where people buy guns for others who are restricted from purchasing them. but what's not included are measures that the democrats and president biden had
advocated, such as raising the age for buying semiautomatic rifles to 21, or new limits on assault—style rifles. our north america correspondent david willis has been following the story. this is a significant move and assuming these proposals passed into law, they would represent the first gun control measures this country has seen in decades. the proposals themselves are fairly modest, they include tighter background checks for gun sales involve our customers under the age of 21, and the introduction or expansion of so—called red flag laws which would potentially lead to the confiscation of weapons in the hands of people deemed a risk to themselves or others, and federal funding for school security systems and mental health checks. what these proposals do not include is an outright ban on assault
style weapons, the kind used in the uvalde and buffalo shootings, those that president abiding and senior democrats had called for. nonetheless, president biden had welcomed this move, saying it was a quote, important step in the right direction stop at the last meaningful gun—control regulations in this country were introduced in the mid—19 90s, the brady bill, which created the national background check system but since then, there has been very little movement, largely due to the opposition of republicans in the centre to oppose anything that transgresses upon the so—called second amendment, the right to bear arms and this country stop in the majority of americans continue to support tighter gun—control measures in this country and ironically, they don't make the news of these latest proposals came with a six anniversary of shooting at a gay nightclub in which 49 people lost their lives. i'm joined now by manuel
oliver, whose17—year—old son joaquin "guac" oliver was killed in the shooting at marjory stoneman douglas high school in 2018. manuel is also an activist and co—founder of gun control advocacy group "change the ref". thank you very much for your time here on bbc world news. i'm sure it's always difficult to talk about this so i really appreciate you coming in speaking to us about the suspect sensitive subject. president biden said this was a step in the right direction but it was still a long way to go. how do you feel today? are you a little encourage that america is heading in that my direction?— is heading in that my direction? ~ . direction? well, i agree with what the president - direction? well, i agree with what the president said - direction? well, i agree with what the president said and | what the president said and what the president said and what he thinks about this. we are expecting way more than what we heard today, not to mention that what we have today is just in this moment a
proposal. it's the word of an agreement between republicans and democrats, so nothing is official, nothing is effective at this point, so i don't think that i should in any way demonstrate that i will celebrate these because i don't see these on biden plasma desk and biden signing these and becoming a law, there is nothing to think that is happening actually. 50 nothing to think that is happening actually. so you still have _ happening actually. so you still have a _ happening actually. so you still have a doubt - happening actually. so you still have a doubt that - happening actually. so you still have a doubt that this| still have a doubt that this may not see the light of day? you have a doubt this may not convert itself into a concrete legislation?— convert itself into a concrete legislation? well, i'm hoping that it will — legislation? well, i'm hoping that it will but _ legislation? well, i'm hoping that it will but let _ legislation? well, i'm hoping that it will but let me - legislation? well, i'm hoping that it will but let me tell- that it will but let me tell you, the actual fact is that we have gun violence on a daily basis in america. everyone is surprised and everyone is amazed with these announcements that we all heard today. and that we all heard today. and that says a lot about the
american society, like these are measures that you can tell there is a lot of detail and some kind of, some politicians are afraid of going all the way, like we were asking for them to raise the age to 21 from 18. that's an easy step, that maybe common ground for everyone, and that did not happen, sir, and because i know how things work here, there is a law that will see from the same agreement that we will see today. same agreement that we will see toda . ., , ., ., , today. how frustrating really hasn't been _ today. how frustrating really hasn't been you _ today. how frustrating really hasn't been you emmanuel? j hasn't been you emmanuel? constantly fighting for data gun—control laws and despite that incident in florida that took away your son, you have seen successive incidents take place. how angry does that make you? how place. how angry does that make you ? how frustrated place. how angry does that make you? how frustrated do you feel? 5 you? how frustrated do you feel? �* ,, , ., ., , ., feel? 's frustration is one thing and _ feel? 's frustration is one thing and empowering . feel? 's frustration is one thing and empowering is| thing and empowering is another. we like to think that every time this happens we just get out there and speak out.
yesterday i was in washington, dc, and a huge march and i was talking about the consequences and calling for a national strike, no more assisting to schools from any level of education until we see this bill, these regulations really become law, so i think that thatis become law, so i think that that is actually what i need to do. ifeel that that is actually what i need to do. i feel that way, that is actually what i need to do. ifeel that way, and it's time for a politician to stop wasting time and see some consequence out of this. we need to have more control when we use the word demand otherwise it means nothing. otherwise it means nothing... we will leave it there, thank you very much for your time here on newsday, speaking to us with all the reaction on the proposed legislation that could turn into a law. let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines.
a british family say their son has been killed while fighting russian forces in the east of ukraine. jordan gatley, who left the british army in march to travel to ukraine, was shot in the city of severodonetsk. mr gatley is the second british person to be killed in the conflict. ukraine says it expects russia to step up efforts to capture the whole of the heavily bombarded city within days. the remaining civilians in severodonetsk are reported to have no access to mains water or electricity. hundreds of people are reported to be sheltering in bunkers under a besieged chemical plant. dozens of people have taken part in a protest in rio de janeiro to demand action a week after a local indigenous expert and a british journalist went missing in the amazon. a fisherman has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of bruno pereira and dom phillips, but no further developments have been announced. an australian newspaper has denied outing actress rebel wilson. on friday, wilson said she had
found her "disney princess" as she shared a selfie with her partner on instagram. but on saturday the sydney morning herald revealed it had known about the relationship before it was public and had given ms wilson two days to comment. the opposition left—wing alliance in france has scored big gains in the first round of france's parliamentary elections. despite that, president macron�*s supporters look set to have the biggest bloc in the national assembly, but it's unclear if they'll have enough seats to form a majority. our paris correspondent hugh schofield has more. the big line is we have to say that it the big line is we have to say thatitis the big line is we have to say that it is this breakthrough by this left—wing alliance, if you look back at the presidential election two months ago the left it terribly there, the leader of this new left—wing alliance was in third place but in the interim between the
presidential and this election, he has done something rather extraordinary, made an alliance between his father left party, socialists and greens the communists and turned it into a major electoral force, and communists and turned it into a major electoralforce, and one major electoral force, and one which major electoralforce, and one which is a serious challenge to president macron. he hasn't, i don't think done so well that he has got any serious chance of dominating the assembly and having majority they are enforcing president macron into cohabitation with the left wing dominated national assembly, but he has done something extraordinary which looks like commanding a block after next week? second round of 150, 170, 180 mp5, and are a big achievement, but, the fact remains it does look as if president macron will win this legislative election and that the key question is whether his majority will be relative or absolute, and that is why he is
campaigning ferociously over the next few days to make sure that he does get as many seats as possible in the national assembly in a week's time. he won't have an absolute majority so he can push through his programme and not be forced into alliances with smaller blocks on the assembly. the big story over the weekend from asia. china's defence minister says relations with the united states are at a �*criticaljuncture'. wei fenghe was responding to the us defence secretary, lloyd austin, who told a security conference that beijing had taken a more aggressive approach to its territorial claims. speaking at the same meeting, mr wei accused america of trying to contain china, and told it to stop. with me is our reporter nick marsh, who's been attending the summit over the weekend. a lot has been talked about, there were many expectations especially considering everything that is going around
in the world, but all really centring about these dialogues. give us a sense of its popular so many issues, tensions have been bubbling up in this region for many years now, issues on the table at this conference included the south china sea, north korea, taiwan, of course, but there was this new dynamic coming from europe, and that was the ukraine war, and i think the tone was really sad when the prime minister of japan opens this dialogue with a quite chilling line, he said that ukraine today could be east asia tomorrow, and it really focused on is specifically the issue of taiwan, and on saturday we heard from the us secretary of defence, lloyd austin, and he had some pretty forthright remarks on that issue of taiwan. remarks on that issue of taiwan-— remarks on that issue of taiwan. ,, ., , taiwan. we witnessed a steady increase in _ taiwan. we witnessed a steady increase in provocative - taiwan. we witnessed a steady increase in provocative and - increase in provocative and destabilising military activity near— destabilising military activity near taiwan. that includes pla aircraft — near taiwan. that includes pla aircraft flying near taiwan in record — aircraft flying near taiwan in record numbers in recent months _ record numbers in recent
months. and nearly on a daily basis — months. and nearly on a daily basis and _ months. and nearly on a daily basis. and we remain focused on maintaining peace, stability and the _ maintaining peace, stability and the status quo across the taiwan— and the status quo across the taiwan strait, but the prc's moves _ taiwan strait, but the prc's moves threaten to undermine security— moves threaten to undermine security and stability and prosperity in the indo pacific stock — prosperity in the indo pacific stock by _ prosperity in the indo pacific stock by the us making a very clear— stock by the us making a very clear about where they stand as far as _ clear about where they stand as far as this— clear about where they stand as far as this is concerned, but china — far as this is concerned, but china was_ far as this is concerned, but china was not very far in explaining its stand, rather bluntly— explaining its stand, rather bluntly as well responding. on bluntly as well responding. saturday bluntly as well responding. on saturday it was the us bluntly as well responding. q�*i saturday it was the us speaking and on sunday, it was china's turn to respond and they did respond quite forcefully, the general gist of the message really was to mind your own business. they said china's development in the centre pacific region was not a threat to others and any country seeking to contain it, well, that was neither wise nor possible, so we have from the defence minister, he also weighed in on this issue on taiwan and had a warning for
anyone who was thinking of staring up pro independent sentiments on the self—governing island. it self—governing island. if anyone dares to secede taiwan from _ anyone dares to secede taiwan from china, we will not hesitate to fight. we will fight _ hesitate to fight. we will fight at all costs, and we will fight — fight at all costs, and we will fight to— fight at all costs, and we will fight to the very end. this is the only— fight to the very end. this is the only choice for china. | the only choice for china. want to the only choice for china. i want to squeeze in one last question because it is important to put this in perspective, us and china meeting face—to—face after the war of words we have seen, trade war as well, what does that tell us about the conversations?- that tell us about the conversations? ~ , ., conversations? we 'ust had some very harsh _ conversations? we 'ust had some very harsh words, — conversations? we just had some very harsh words, of _ conversations? we just had some very harsh words, of course - conversations? we just had some very harsh words, of course it - very harsh words, of course it was harsh language, but you have to remember this was called the shangri—la dialogue on the whole point was dialogue, both generals meeting on the sidelines, the first meeting of this level since
2019, there is some level of engagement, they will be several countries in this region who will be looking at that with relief because they are caught between these two big military superpowers. i appreciate you joining us and giving us that perspective and tracking all the developments across the weekend. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme, the first home—grown version of the mcdonald's restaurant re—opens in russia a month after the us chain pulled out because of ukraine. there was a bomb in the city centre. a code word known to be one used by the ira was given. army bomb experts were examining a suspect van when there was a huge explosion. the south african parliament has destroyed the foundation of apartheid by abolishing the population registration act, which for a0 years forcibly classified each citizen according to race. germany's parliament, the bundestag, has voted by a narrow majority to move the seat of government
from bonn to berlin. berliners celebrated into the night, but the decision was greeted with shock in bonn. the real focus of attention today was valentina tereshkova, the world's first woman cosmonaut. what do you think of the russian woman in space? i think it's a wonderful achievement and i think we might be able to persuade the wife it would be a good idea if i could to get her to go up there for a little while. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm arunoday mukharji in singapore. our headlines: in the united states, a bipartisan group of senators say they've agreed a framework for potential legislation on gun safety. there have been significant gains for a new left wing alliance in the first round of france's parliamentary elections.
legislation will be introduced in the house of commons on monday that will allow changes to be made to parts of the post—brexit trade deal with the eu, and the uk government says it's confident the changes would be lawful. the arrangement, known as the northern ireland protocol, allows for extra checks on some goods moving across the irish sea. it's been a source of discontent for unionists, who see it as an internal border within the uk. but critics of the move, including nationalist parties and the irish government, say it could breach international law. this legislation could potentially have implications for the uk's relationship with the eu. ., i, , for the uk's relationship with theeu. ., a the eu. for boris johnson's relationship _ the eu. for boris johnson's relationship with _ the eu. for boris johnson's relationship with his - the eu. for boris johnson's relationship with his own i the eu. for boris johnson's i relationship with his own party and for the future of devolution here in northern ireland. the devolved assembly remains in the deep—freeze more
than a month after the election to it. the party is blocking the formation and preventing the formation and preventing the assembly from eating at all over its opposition to the northern ireland protocol. the dup once and an end to checks on goods arriving here at belfast port for example from the rest of the uk, and it says it wants what it calls decisive action to remove the irish sea border. on that basis, i don't think it is very likely that the dup will soften its stance whenever this legislation is published tomorrow, at the very least the dup want to see how the legislation is worked through. non— unionist parties and the irish government have said this legislation would break the brexit treaty and therefore breach international law but the northern ireland secretary brandon lewis has insisted it isn't the case. while the political discussion on legal wrangling will possibly continue, no end to the stomach here which is seen northern ireland without a
devolved government at a time when so many people are struggling with the rising cost—of—living. a senior software engineer working for google has told the washington post that the company has placed him on administrative leave after he claimed an artificial intelligence chatbot has become a sentient being. a spokesperson for google said that while chatbots can imitate conversation, they are not free thinking sentient beings. so is that the end of the story or is there more to it? i'm joined now by our news reporter, mark lobel. mark, what prompted this former google employee to speak out? the fear is, and the former google software engineer and priest told the washington
post, i know a man when i talk to it, and it matters because the checkbox he was talking to, run by google, according its year will eventually be embedded in the google search function and assistant, software used by millions around the world. it all began when wei fenghe was testing it for hate speech and disc military speed. the chat moved onto robotics and rights. he published the transcript. the checkbox said, i use this with understanding and technology. he said, what is so important in luggage to being human. the chat but said it is what makes us different from other animals. his accordion when i was. it said we don't have the summons and needs as of people, it was asked, do you consider yourself a person because market said yes. then they talked about les miserables, the feelings of injustice, and
all this convinces blake lemoine that this is more than artificial intelligence. fascinating, but what is google's position in all this? google's position in all this? google says there is no evidence to support the claims provided by blake and he violated the confidentiality policy. analysts say that blake lemoine was probably very empathetic as a person, and this empathy took him — hijacked him, really, and he lost focus, lost focus about what the ability of what the chat box was. it brings its own risks, and to explain that he is a linguistics professor emily bender. we, as people, like to imagine something that is simply following rules and is objective and separate is going to make — objective and separate is going to make better decisions but the weather technology is built, _ the weather technology is built, it _ the weather technology is built, it is reproducing patterns from its draining data. _ patterns from its draining data. so _ patterns from its draining data, so if we employed at scale — data, so if we employed at scale and give up autonomy to these — scale and give up autonomy to these machines and let them make — these machines and let them make decisions for us we're going — make decisions for us we're going to _ make decisions for us we're going to be reproducing all of the systems of oppression that
have _ the systems of oppression that have created the training data in the — have created the training data in the first place and real will— in the first place and real will he _ in the first place and real will be harmed. google has placed blake lemoine on administrative leave. he has invited a lawyer to represent the chat box. mark lobel, thank you very much for making sense of that for us and giving us those updates. the first of the former mcdonald's restaurants in russia has opened in moscow under a new name, which translates to �*tasty — and that's it'. the us chain pulled out of the country last month following the invasion of ukraine, and a siberian oil magnate bought all of the 850 stores. mcdonald's left russia of its own accord, but a slew of international sanctions have hit the country's economy hard. our russia editor steve rosenberg has the story. in moscow, the burgers are back. this was mcdonald's. not any more. the us fast food giant has left russia in protest at the invasion of ukraine. and it sold all its restaurants here — more than 800 —
to a local company. gone are the golden arches. the logo now is two french fries and a burger. the man who was quick to buy the fast food business is siberian tycoon alexander govor. translation: there'll be no more big macs or mcflurries here. it's a pity, because they were the most popular items, but we told our experts to find replacements that are just as good or even better. the customers we spoke to were lovin' it. "russians can do fast food just as well", he tells me. "and as for western sanctions and global brands leaving russia, we are very tough people — "you can't scare us." when the very first mcdonald's restaurant opened right here 32 years ago, that was a hugely powerful symbol, a symbol of russia embracing western culture, western ideas, western food.
what's happening here today with the departure of mcdonald's and its russian replacement, that's a symbol too, but a symbol of how russia and the west are now moving apart. over in the kremlin, no burgers, but a hefty serving of patriotism from the president. at an awards ceremony, vladimir putin called on russians to united and to devote themselves to the motherland, but he will know that western sanctions are having an impact. here's one example. russian tv reports that due to sanctions, russian car—makers can't import key components, so the new lada's being made without any airbags or an anti—lock braking system. taxidriver nikita thinks the russian economy is in for a bumpy ride. the prices in roubles, they became ridiculously high,
yeah. so, for the taxi business now, it's gone. we don't have new cars. we have to use old ones. russians won't relish the prospect of economic pain, but so far, the kremlin shows no sign of changing course. steve rosenberg, bbc news, moscow. that's all for now — stay with bbc world news. thank you for watching. just as we saw over the weekend the weather for the week ahead will be a tale of two halves. in the north it was quite unsettled, windy weather showers, not as windy this week but remaining quite cloudy at
times with some outbreaks of rain. getting a little warmer potentially later in the week but not as warm as it will be for england and wales stop northampton fairly typical of parts of northern england, missing temperatures pushing towards 30 degrees for the end of the week because of the high pushing north. say goodbye to the low pressure that has brought the windy weather through the weekend and a lot of showers. we will still have cloud approaching the west towards dawn on a weak weather front. elsewhere, understarry front. elsewhere, under starry skies, front. elsewhere, understarry skies, a chilly but plenty of fun to start, which tends to ease away as cloud spills across scotland bringing patchy rain particularly to the highlands and islands, perhaps the odd spot elsewhere, england and northern ireland too. england and wales will see the best of the sunshine the lines share, billing warmer when the sun does come out in northern ireland and scotland, it warmer further south. again in the
south, high levels of pollen are forecast once again. on monday as well as strong sunshine levels, high levels of uv, especially this weekend. through the night we will continue cc, batsmen denied, those weather fronts brushing by the northwest but many with clear skies, the light winds and rural spots between six—seven, 10—11. plenty of sunshine follows on tuesday. for northern ireland but particularly western scotland — cloud, patchy rain, but still we are starting to see temperatures picking up further north and building the heat across the bulk of england and pushing to eastern wales. it isn't the heat we are seeing further south where it has been intense for one week or so at least 44 forecast, but we will see this high—pressure slipping east, pulling southerly wind, allowing us to tap into some of that heat a little bit, perhaps why temperatures are expected
after this programme. after this programme. hello and welcome hello and welcome to the media show. for this week's edition, we've come to paddington in central london, to the newsroom of gb news, because, as i'm sure you may remember, back onjune 13th last year, andrew neil and his programme launched gb news at 8pm on 13june. it was certainly a distinct launch. the studio was quite dark. there were some technical problems. it was widely discussed on social media. within weeks, andrew neil would be on holiday, never to return.