you're watching bbc news. i'm rich preston. our top stories: the first flight due to deport asylum seekers from britain to rwanda has been grounded after a series of legal challenges. the government says it's disappointed but undeterred. it comes as more than 250 asylum seekers arrive in the uk, crossing the english channel in small boats. have war crimes been committed in kharkiv? the international criminal court's chief prosecutor visits ukraine's second largest city. # somebody to lean on... prince william and his wife kate mark the fifth anniversary of a catastrophic tower block fire in london in which 72 people died. in beijing, thousands of people
are being locked down and millions face compulsory testing after a surge in coronavirus cases. music plays and could the best be yet to come? after nine years together, the k—pop supergroup bts announce they're taking a break to focus on their solo careers. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. a last minute intervention by the european court of human rights has blocked plans by the british government to send seven asylum seekers to rwanda under a controversial new policy. the home secretary, priti patel,
said she was disappointed, but would not be deterred and preparations for a second flight were under way. mark lobel reports. going nowhere. borisjohnson's rwanda plan to cut immigration grounded for now. this flight was originally meant to take over 100 asylum seekers to rwanda, thenjust a handful, when finally all passengers were removed following a series of legal challenges. it's particularly galling for the government, coming on the day more than 300 people arrived in dover after attempting to cross the channel in small boats. the exact journey this policy is meant to deter. britain's partner in this, the rwandan government, remains on board. we are undeterred. we are committed to this partnership and we stand ready to welcome the migrants when they do arrive in rwanda. and so we will wait to see what happens, but on our part we are ready to receive the migrants. the european court of human rights, which is separate to the european union, and to which the uk is a signatory, has the final say in
human rights issues. it ruled asylum applicants would face a real risk of irreversible harm in rwanda, contradicting a ruling byjudges in london. 0ne asylum seeker spoke of his fear of deportation. translation: since i learned that i'm among those to be i deported to rwanda, i can hardly communicate and eat. i' m restless. i'd preferto die, not to be transferred there. it's shocking. home secretary priti patel has said: adding: this row could also feel the uk governing party's election promise to reform human rights laws affecting the uk, after borisjohnson said the government may very well have to change the law to help with the policy.
what the criminal gangs are doing and what those who effectively are abetting the work of the criminal gangs are doing is undermining people's confidence in the safe and legal system, undermining people's general acceptance of immigration. sending asylum—seekers to rwanda is a policy that divides public opinion. a recent poll showing 44% in favour and 40% against, with the majority of those in favour conservative voters and the majority against labour ones. the plan has yet to get off the ground but is not dead. attention now turns to howjudges will rule when they examine the entire rwanda removals policy next month. this bitterly contested immigration battle over sea and sky crossings continues. mark lobel, bbc news. karen doyle is national organiser for the movement for justice campaign group. she's in london. thank you very much for staying up thank you very much for staying up so late for us. it is good
to see you. this has been an ongoing process for several weeks and months and has really come to a head in the last few hours. what is your reaction to this ruling? it’s hours. what is your reaction to this ruling?— this ruling? it's a real victory _ this ruling? it's a real victory for _ this ruling? it's a real victory for humanity l this ruling? it's a real. victory for humanity and decency and the european court of human rights did what the british courts should have done and said that people should not be sent to rwanda when there are serious issues, human rights issues, safety issues, process issues that need to be considered about the entire policy. considered about the entire oli . , ., , policy. this ruling was really focused initially _ policy. this ruling was really focused initially on - policy. this ruling was really focused initially on one - focused initially on one individual, an iraqi man who went by the identifier kn. at about a 100 other people have is a letter saying they are due to be on planes. do they all have to go through individual processes as well, what is the way forward for this? it is unclear exactly _ way forward for this? it is unclear exactly how - way forward for this? it 3 unclear exactly how things will pan out in the coming days. the response from the home office to the european court of human
rights ruling. the reality is, the european court of human rights has made it very clear statements that the harm that notjust statements that the harm that not just this statements that the harm that notjust this individual person, but that could be done to asylum—seekers by sending them to rwanda, a place that is not covered by the european court of human rights, whether european court has no jurisdiction, when the unhcr themselves have raised serious concerns about people's ability to access the asylum system in rwanda, that is very, very strong, in terms of finding uk judges that would be prepared to overall the european court of human rights, i don't know what the government is going to do at this point, they said they would try to send another flyby think it would be very hard for them to do so. the government _ hard for them to do so. the government has _ hard for them to do so. the government has said - hard for them to do so. the government has said this is reasonable and it is something they are entitled to do, this is about helping people ensure a fair, secure way to gain asylum in the united kingdom if
they deserved, what you make of that? , ., ., ., that? there is nothing fair or reasonable _ that? there is nothing fair or reasonable about _ that? there is nothing fair or reasonable about this - that? there is nothing fair orj reasonable about this policy, it's pure political theatre for a failing government. the reality is, we have someone on monday, the day before the flight, who did not have decent legal representation because he had failed to get it in the detention centre. these are people who have risked everything to find safety and security in a country they expect has democracy and freedom and the ability, many of them have connections with this country. they come here, they are thrown into prison, they are thrown into prison, they given seven days to respond to a notice of intent, many of them had no solicitor in that time, everything was given to them in english, and it sometimes took weeks for the people to actually get a solicitor, so, no, there is nothing fair or reasonable or just about this policy. it is,
in effect, and abdication of britain's responsibility to refugees that operate 0k, we'll have to leave it there. karen doyle from the movement for justice group there is. thank you. russia has banned dozens of british journalists, defence executives, and government ministers from entering the country. the list includes the bbc�*s clive myrie, 0rla guerin, and nick beake, who have reported from ukraine, and director general tim davie. the editors—in—chief of the times, the daily telegraph, the guardian, the daily mail, and the independent were also sanctioned. fierce fighting is continuing in the east of ukraine, as russia pushes its advance into the country's industrial heartland. russia says it will give civilians a safe route out of the bombarded eastern city of severodonetsk for 12 hours on wednesday, although attempts to create humanitarian corridors in ukraine have often failed. the international criminal court's chief prosecutor has been in the city of kharkiv to see the devastation for himself and he said the court would prosecute the highest ranks of russians responsible. from there, our correspondent
wyre davies reports. with this city still under daily attack... so, there was an air strike. ..karim khan's visit to kharkiv was more a statement of intent than gathering evidence. what were the ages of the children that normally you see? that will come later. the international criminal court's chief prosecutor toured several badly damaged parts of the city, including a primary school which was being used as a shelter when it was hit by russian shelling. civilians were killed here. explosions from the start of the war, russia's been accused of indiscriminate shelling and rocket attacks. this children's hospital peppered with lethal shrapnel from internationally prohibited cluster bombs, one of many such incidents which led to calls for the international criminal court to act.
this icc investigation into alleged war crimes in ukraine has already been fast—tracked, and mr khan has said that they will look into allegations of atrocities by either side. but if the evidence points to the higher levels of the russian military or politics, that is where they will follow. khan's team has already set up base in kyiv, and 42 investigators are already on the ground. but this was his first visit to the eastern front. i will keep on trying to engage with the russian federation because i think any state that wishes to fly the flag of democracy and legality should have nothing to hide and nothing to fear. mr khan didn't have time to stop and talk as he walked past iryna's shell—damaged apartment, but she's in no doubt who his investigation should find accountable. putin! translation: putin and his cronies. - we ukrainians have already condemned them. this is not the way to do things. we are brothers.
we are supposed to respect each other. why are they attacking us? iryna will have to be patient. the war isn't over, and investigations of this magnitude take time. cooperation from moscow is also unlikely to be forthcoming. wyre davies, bbc news, kharkiv. the duke and duchess of cambridge have laid a wreath at the foot of grenfell tower in west london as people marked the fifth anniversary of the fire which claimed 72 lives. survivors called forjustice for the bereaved and more immediate action to tackle the threat posed by flammable cladding which still affects tower blocks across britain. this report from our home affairs correspondent tom symonds. now in their honour, we will observe a 72—second silence. the people who called grenfell home were scattered by the disaster.
they returned today — alongside them, neighbours and supporters — to remember friends and relatives lost to the flames. # i once was lost # but now i'm found...# but this event was also about the survivors. # but now i see...# eight—year—old ayeesha among them. never forget. i will never forget the fire. i will never forget the smoke. i will never forget the sirens. i will never forget how scary the fire was. i will never forget how worrying the fire was. i will never forget that i survived. we can't change our pasts, but we can change the future. never forget. applause
the community group grenfell united said today, "we don't want our 72 to be remembered for what happened, "but for what changed. "safer buildings, of course, but also justice." five years have passed, and still...still we have not heard the click of a single pair of handcuffs. but alongside an exhaustive public inquiry, there has been a massive police investigation. i've sometimes been shocked at what i've heard, but what i can say is there is nothing which is being heard at the public inquiry which we from our criminal investigation perspective, are not already aware of. only when the public inquiry produces its final report will criminal charges even be considered. many in this area believe that the tower should stay exactly as it is until people go to prison. but for many survivors, the agony of the wait has made the healing harder.
i've always said that, you know, grenfell was a tragedy in three acts, you know? the way we were treated before, the events of the night, and what happened afterwards. if there had been some criminal convictions, if people that lived in social housing were never going to be treated the way that we were treated, if there was no one going to bed at night with the same cladding as grenfell on their buildings, that would be something. but none of that has happened, and that's why it's so painful. because, people here say, this is not over until justice is done. tom symonds, bbc news, at grenfell tower. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: why the k—pop supergroup bts are taking a break after nine years together. 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 40 years, forcibly classified each citizen according to race. just a day old and the royal baby is tonight sleeping in his cot at home. | early this evening, the new prince was taken by his mother and fatherl to their apartments . in kensington palace. 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 bbc news. the latest headlines: the first flight due
to deport asylum seekers from britain to rwanda has been grounded after a series of legal challenges. the government says it's disappointed but undeterred. investigating whether war crimes been committed in kharkiv — the international criminal court's chief prosecutor visits ukraine's second—largest city. thousands of people in beijing are being locked down in their homes and millions are facing compulsory testing after a surge in coronavirus cases linked to a late—night bar in the chinese capital. it's raised concerns of a city—wide shutdown just as china's second—largest city, shanghai, slowly re—emerges from a two—month lockdown. let's speak to our china correspondent stephen mcdonell who's quarantining in a hotel in the southern city of xiamen. he's just returned to china. what situation at the moment? ,
here i am, stuck in lockdown in the city of xiamen, well i am doing quarantine. but is not only quarantine from overseas that requires quarantine now. people travelling from other cities are having to do quarantine. they might wonder why would you travel then, i know somebody who has to start a newjob in a different city so they are travelling from beijing there and first doing quarantine on arrival, but there are all manner of measures being applied at the moment to try to control the spread of the coronavirus to rein in this latest outbreak in beijing in the hope of avoiding a citywide lockdown. millions of people in this district, three days in a row will have to do pcr tests, but here is another example of the type of thing happening, i know somebody whose father went to a local supermarket, the day before an infected person had
also visited that supermarkets that they had a notice posted on their door requiring the family to stay in their house for the next week. on the one hand you can understand why these measures are being taken, but this system is under massive pressure because people are really getting sick of this stuff, i mean i will give you another example. ijust posted another example. i just posted on another example. ijust posted on twitter some footage circulating of a high—speed train journey between shanghai and beijing, the train stopped at one point mid journey, officials came on with the late de mcleod taylor and told everybody one of the passengers apparently has been infected so everybody has to get off the train and be tested before the train and be tested before the train journey can continue. instead ofjust getting off the train and doing it, people can be heard calling out, complaining, criticising officials, saying why do we have to keep doing this? if the government here can't see that this is posing a massive
political headache for them and they are not looking, and this is especially critical in the run—up to the party conquest, which will begin this year, as xijingping will move into his third term, we thought was going to be a cakewalk, but the crisis in the handling of the coronavirus in this country is a massive political problem for xijingping because a massive political problem for xi jingping because the a massive political problem for xijingping because the rest a massive political problem for xi jingping because the rest of the world is moving on, but here is the only major economy in the world still pursuing this zero covid approach, and the government defends it is the government defends it is the right way to go, but it is, as i say, becoming more and more unpopular with the general public here. irate more unpopular with the general public here-— public here. we will have to leave it there, _ public here. we will have to leave it there, stephen - leave it there, stephen mcdonald, quarantining in xiamen. in the coming days, the us supreme court will issue a much anticipated decision on abortion which could
overturn the roe versus wade ruling of almost 50 years ago, that established the constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy. if that happens, 13 states have "trigger laws" in place which would almost immediately ban the procedure. sophie long reports from the mississippi delta, where the impact of a new ruling could be felt at once. no! titre, mag and seven are ha - , no! titre, mag and seven are happy. healthy _ no! titre, mag and seven are happy, healthy boys - no! titre, mag and seven are happy, healthy boys but - no! titre, mag and seven are happy, healthy boys but thisl no! titre, mag and seven are l happy, healthy boys but this is not the life amanda had hoped for. she was a struggling single mother with a baby, having just escaped an abusive partner when she found out she was pregnant again. she was adamant she wanted a termination, but said she was tricked by a crisis pregnancy centre into thinking they would help her until it was too late. eventually i found out that i
had timed out, my only other option was to go somewhere else, another state but i didn't have any transportation, i didn't have any funds, so i left there furious, upset, sad. she had no choice but to have the baby, in the poorest region of the poorest date with the lowest number of doctors per capita anywhere in america and where a basic lack of transportation and nutrition put many pregnant people in the highest risk categories. at the delta health centre, its only obstetrician tells me banning abortion will exacerbate an already desperate situation. the banning of abortion will increase maternal morbidity —— morbidity and mortality and what i think sometimes missing in the general discussion of abortion is that abortion is a necessary part of reproductive care, blindly banning abortion really puts women's lives at
risk. . �* ., ., ., risk. . an our world away in greenwood, _ risk. . an our world away in greenwood, another - risk. . an our world away in greenwood, another doctor risk. . an our world away in i greenwood, another doctor is among the church choir. he doesn't agree.— among the church choir. he doesn't agree. there will be more children _ doesn't agree. there will be more children being - doesn't agree. there will be more children being given i doesn't agree. there will be more children being given a| more children being given a chance at life. i don't think women's healthcare will be impacted, maybe we shouldn't have sex outside of marriage, and we wouldn't have to make those difficult decisions. when abstinence _ those difficult decisions. when abstinence fails, _ those difficult decisions. when abstinence fails, crisis - abstinence fails, crisis pregnancy centres which are often confused with clinics step in. their answer to unwanted pregnancy in any hardship it my bring is counselling and prayer. have you ever sat in his room and thought maybe maybe having this babyis thought maybe maybe having this baby is not the right choice? never. i don't think there is such a thing as a child that should not be born. ijust
think the world is a better place with more children in it, and i understand they are higher risk but i also know that women who are in poverty do have healthy babies. ihla do have healthy babies. no thanks to _ do have healthy babies. no thanks to you, because you don't — thanks to you, because you don't know that my abuser had to be _ don't know that my abuser had to be escorted out of the hospital when i had megan, but it all_ hospital when i had megan, but it all worked out. did it really? _ it all worked out. did it really? what about the woman who is — really? what about the woman who is dead, the kids who don't have _ who is dead, the kids who don't have a — who is dead, the kids who don't have a mum, what about the child — have a mum, what about the child who _ have a mum, what about the child who is being abused? what about— child who is being abused? what about the — child who is being abused? what about the kids in the foster care — about the kids in the foster care system who are suffering. what _ care system who are suffering. what about the kids who have no grocery _ what about the kids who have no grocery stores, what about the parents — grocery stores, what about the parents they don't have jobs, so yes, — parents they don't have jobs, so yes, we _ parents they don't have jobs, so yes, we have these children but we — so yes, we have these children but we can't support them. life in the delta _ but we can't support them. life in the delta will _ but we can't support them. l its: in the delta will go on, but we can't support them. l l2 in the delta will go on, but the court's ruling will do nothing to ease its ills or to
close the chasm in this increasingly divided united states. the biggest band to emerge out of south korea's k—pop scene, bts, have announced that they're taking an extended break to pursue solo projects. bts were the biggest—selling global artists of 2021 and are said to have sold around 3a million albums during their nine year career. jeff benjamin is a k—pop columnist at billboard. he told us how the announcement has been received by fans across the world. it is a tough day, a heartbreaking day, but i think also at the same time, there's a lot of excitement and a lot of hope on this day. specifically, even though this announcement did come in a very heartfelt way, we saw the guys talking on a livestream while eating together and getting emotional, tearing up during the video, talking about what was initially reported as a hiatus. their record label, hybe, actually came out to clarify that it's not exactly a hiatus, but just that the members will be focusing on more solo projects at this time.
and the guys have definitely made it clear that they plan to come together. their plans, they're still signed all with the same record label until 2026 at least, so even though it was tough news to hear today, there's definitely a lot of hope and also a lot of excitement about what the future may hold for them. ok, but also, jeff, one of band members did say that the group the second super moon of the year has been wowing stargazers around the world, it is called the strawberry superman, here it is next to the temple of poseidon, it is popularfor birdwatchers who come out in may to see the first super moon of the year, it is called the strawberry moon in relation to the ripening of strawberries this month, and nasa says the moon will appear about 14%
bigger and around 30% brighter than a normal mood this year. —— moon. hello. rarely do we see weather conditions across the uk uniform, and certainly this week, some big contrasts being played out, and we'll continue to see them through the rest of the week. scotland, northern ireland always more in the way of cloud here. some brighter breaks, but also some wetter weather at times. as for england and wales, sunshine dominates and increasingly hot and humid — that heat peaking as we head the week out on friday, temperatures widely high—20s, low—30s, into the 90s in fahrenheit for some. and just to put that in context, we're a good 10—12 degrees higher than we'd normally be for this stage in june. so, why? well, it's all down to the fact we've got high pressure to the south and east, which will eventually tap in to building heat across france and spain. but to north and west, close to areas of low pressure, we'll see weather fronts push in, bring in some damper weather at times — and that's exactly how we start wednesday morning
across the north and west of scotland. here, though, temperatures higher than they will be for some in england and wales — 11—5 celsius for some after clear skies through the night, but lots of sunshine to begin with. a bit of cloud building up across wales and northern england through the day. couldn't rule out a shower over the hills. most will be dry. greatest chance of some rain coming and going in the breeze across the north and west of scotland. and a bit more compared with tuesday across northern ireland, though not as windy as it has been. temperatures still lifting here at a degree or so above normal for this stage in june, but up to around 27 celsius in the greater london area. pollen levels also a problem for some of you as we go through wednesday. starting to lift up across scotland and northern ireland. and we'll finish here with some outbreaks of rain or drizzle, but most places become dry through the night and into thursday. so, we have some clear skies around into thursday, 1—2 spots down to single figures, but what you'll notice through the nights and the end of the week — temperatures by night lifting up. the nights getting muggier and more humid. and quite a humid day to come on thursday — most start dry, but some wetter weather developing for northern ireland, west and southwest scotland later on. to the south and east, though,
it'll be a pretty hot one — temperatures more widely into the mid—20s for england and wales. but the big surge in heat really will come into friday, but this is where the biggest contrast will be, as far as weather's concerned. scotland and northern ireland, a lot of cloud, outbreaks of rain more extensively maybe pushing into the far north of england by the end of the day. temperatures, high—teens, maybe low—20s here. but this is where we could see temperatures into the high—20s, low—30s, especially across central and eastern areas of england. and if that's too much for you, the heat breaks down this weekend, but of course, with some thunderstorms. bye for now.
this is bbc news. the headlines: the first flight due to deport asylum seekers from britain to rwanda has been grounded, after a series of legal challenges. the government says it's disappointed but undeterred. it came as hundreds of migrants arrived in the uk after crossing the english channel in small boats. the chief prosecutor of the international criminal court has visited ukraine's second largest city, kharkiv, which has been badly damaged by russian shelling. on his first visit to the eastern front of the conflict, karim khan announced an investigation into possible war crimes during russia's invasion. the duke and duchess of cambridge havejoined the families of the victims of the grenfell tower fire, at a remembrance service. the commemoration, in the shadow of the building in west london, marked five years since the blaze,