you get welcome to bbc news — i'm david eades. our top stories: the us supreme court strikes down restrictions on carrying guns in new york, signaling a shift that will reverberate nationwide. we cannot idly stand by and just watch our streets be flooded with guns due to more people being permitted to legally carry firearms in public. counting is underway in two key uk by—elections, in the first test of voters opinions since the partygate scandal and the prime minister's confidence vote. the taliban says the main search for survivors from the afghanistan earthquake is over — more than 1,000 people are thought to have been killed. translation: i ran towards my
family but everything was under| the rubble, even my shovel, so i couldn't do anything. when we took my family out, they were already dead. and how a heroic coach saved her swimmer after she fainted and sank to the bottom of the pool at the world aquatics championships in budapest. as i swam as fast as i could to grab her and pull up to the surface, and once i pull her up, so i wasjust, my goal was only to make her breathe. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america —— welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. the us supreme court has struck down restrictions on carrying guns in new york which have stood for a century. those restrictions limit
the ability of people to carry weapons openly, but the highest court in the land effectively overturned that position by upholding the right of americans to carry guns in public. and it's a decision which could have ramifications for other states with similar regulations, such as california and new jersey state. the constitutional right to bear arms is dearly held in the united states, but what that means in practice is deeply controversial. today the supreme court ruled that individual states cannot force people to have a permit to carry guns in public. the president, myself, many of us are deeply concerned and troubled by this ruling today.
it, i believe, defies common sense and the constitution of the united states. don't shoot! all: (chant) i want to grow up! street protests and public opinion have been demanding tougher action on gun control after recent mass shootings. but new york state will now have to make it easier to carry guns on the streets. we can say with certainty, this decision has made every single one of us less safe from gun violence. in light of today's ruling by the united states supreme court in this_ the united states supreme court in this case, we cannotjust idly— in this case, we cannotjust idly stand _ in this case, we cannotjust idly stand by and watch our streets _ idly stand by and watch our streets be flooded with guns due to — streets be flooded with guns due to more people being permitted to legally carry firearms in public. we must take significant action to protect our city's residents. cut, that's a wrap! many republican politicians proudly glorify gun ownership, insisting it is their right granted to them under the constitution's second amendment. this mean your second amendment right to keep
and bear arms shall not be denied by an unelected bureaucrat. as the supreme court makes it easier to carry guns, congress is about to make it slightly harder to buy one. democrats and republicans have now agreed some limited gun control measures, including expanded background checks for prospective buyers under 21. now, this doesn't go nearly as far as the democrats, including president biden, wanted, but it will be the first gun control legislation passed here in nearly 30 years. in a country that now has more guns in it than it has people. sarah smith, bbc news, washington. that's quite a statistic. brynnjones is judicial advocacy associate with the campaign group march for our lives. the organisation began after the parkland, florida high school shooting and works for tighter gun control laws. she's in nashville. thanks very much for your time.
essentially the supreme court message would seem to be, this is just the correction of an age—old anomaly in law, that's what it is. age-old anomaly in law, that's what it is-_ age-old anomaly in law, that's what it ia— what it is. yes, thank you david so _ what it is. yes, thank you david so much _ what it is. yes, thank you david so much for - what it is. yes, thank you david so much for having| what it is. yes, thank you i david so much for having me what it is. yes, thank you - david so much for having me on. that's what the supreme court is saying in this case. for 217 years, the us and the supreme court do not have any kind of legislation that was in this vein of the individual right to bear arms. this has changed a little bit over ten years ago and today, reaffirmed to say that the individual right to bear arms is notjust a right in your home but is a right in the public spaces. what this means is that the supreme court is basically saying we do not have a right to go to bars, sports arenas, concerts and have a gun free space. ﬁnd sports arenas, concerts and have a gun free space. and you obvious will _ have a gun free space. and you obvious will very _ have a gun free space. and you obvious will very sore - have a gun free space. and you obvious will very sore about. obvious will very sore about that. , ., ~ . obvious will very sore about that. �*. ., obvious will very sore about that. , ., �*. ., ., that. yes, at much for our lives, that. yes, at much for our lives. we _ that. yes, at much for our lives, we are _ that. yes, at much for our lives, we are incredibly i lives, we are incredibly disappointed with this decision. part of what this
decision. part of what this decision does is that it's going to change the test that courts are going to use to judge gun regulations in this country. before it was looking at the history of gun regulations in this country and also states concerned for basically the to not get shot, the right to have gun control legislation to protect citizens and what this court saturdays that you are no longer be able to take account of the second part and it's going to lead to more young people dying. given the recent _ more young people dying. given the recent events _ more young people dying. given the recent events in _ more young people dying. given the recent events in uvalde, - the recent events in uvalde, the recent events in uvalde, the tragedy there in texas and this hint of bipartisan readiness to act in support of greater control to a certain extent, it does show the complexity of this issue in the united states, that much is clear stop what can you, what do you intend to do about this? that's a great point. 0ver do you intend to do about this? that's a great point. over 90% of americans are supporting universal background checks. the congress is finally going to pass its first major
legislation in over 30 years in the supreme court is pushing us back. the first step we are going to take with this, other than just public education around this issue, is tomorrow at six o'clock local time we are going to have hundreds of people marching at their local federal courthouses and at the supreme court itself to tell them we're not going to for this kind of radicalisation. also that we believe people's right not to be shot is greater than someone is right to have a gun in public. than someone is right to have a gun in public— gun in public. what has this done for — gun in public. what has this done for your _ gun in public. what has this done for your own - gun in public. what has this done for your own view - gun in public. what has this done for your own view on i gun in public. what has this i done for your own view on the supreme court? it’s done for your own view on the supreme court?— supreme court? it's definitely been incredibly _ supreme court? it's definitely been incredibly disappointing. i do have to say, growing up, i did see the supreme court in this very, it was very non—partisan, ifelt this very, it was very non—partisan, i felt like they were looking for the truth and i definitely feel that in recent years, it has become much more polarised, much more radicalised, much more political and that's incredibly disheartening but i think there are still steps that we can take to try to combat some of
the impact of what these decisions are doing. thank you very much _ decisions are doing. thank you very much indeed _ decisions are doing. thank you very much indeed for- decisions are doing. thank you very much indeed for talking . decisions are doing. thank you | very much indeed for talking to us. ., ~' very much indeed for talking to us. ., ~ , ., very much indeed for talking to us. . ~' i” ., very much indeed for talking to us. . ~ ., ., counting is underway in two key uk by—elections for the conservative party in west yorkshire and devon. it's the first test of voters opinions since the partygate scandal and the british prime minister's confidence vote. in wakefield, the conservatives are defending a majority of just over three thousand. and in tiverton and honiton — the tories have a much larger majority of more than 2a,000. let's cross to wakefield and bbc let's talk to bbc newsnight�*s policy editor, lewis goodall. the first thing i wanted to ask you was about turnout. that's one thing do know now, yes.
they found the ballot box that they've misplaced, shockingly. it nudged up to 52.3%. this is the lib dem oriented seat in devon, or whether lib dem dems a challenging, this conservative seat for decades. in fact, if you take the hobbit and part of the seed, it's basically been conservative since the 1840s.— since the 1840s. thanks hoviton- _ since the 1840s. thanks hoviton. pretty - since the 1840s. thanks . hoviton. pretty respectable since the 1840s. thanks - hoviton. pretty respectable for a by—election. as the highest turnout we've seen in this parliament, to suggest that voters there. they are pretty motivated to go out and vote in the polls. wakefield, a bit lower. we expect that. a more urban seat, labour oriented. perfectly respectable. it's not unusual to see turnout in a by—election. 30%, 20% on occasion. voters seem really motivated to go out and vote.
which in itself is something to point out. what is at stake, let me put it that way. what's at stake. 0n the conservative government and boris johnson. what's government and borisjohnson. what's at government and boris johnson. what's at stake is boris johnson's authority and the further erosion of boris johnson's authority. we know he's having a torrid political time. talking to conservative ministers and mps there, talking about ten years of borisjohnson. politically hegemonic. you may still be there for ten years. it's been a very difficult period. you had a political may malaise of the partygate scandal which is infused with an economic malaise of everything going on with inflation, the cost of living, and all the economic problems, strikes, industrial action that we are seeing. this is clearly an opportunity for voters to cast their view with what's happening there and you
add onto the no—confidence with borisjohnson, add onto the no—confidence with boris johnson, survived narrowly, borisjohnson, survived narrowly, but boris johnson, survived narrowly, but nonetheless with 140 mp5 narrowly, but nonetheless with 140 mps voting against him. this willjust unable his critics to say, hang on a minute, this guy is supposed to be a winner. the reason we made him our leader is because he supposed to be a winner. indeed it's not. particularly _ supposed to be a winner. indeed it's not. particularly the - it's not. particularly the economic columns there is. you might argue it's more significant and partygate but the point is, one of the damaging things about this, these are both ends of the conservative coalition. plus the sort of _ conservative coalition. plus the sort of seats _ conservative coalition. plus the sort of seats that - the sort of seats that delivered boris johnson the sort of seats that delivered borisjohnson his majority in wakefield. you've got 2019 people worried about labour and traditional southern conservative mps suddenly worried about the lib dems. it's about his authority. there hasn't been a government losing to by—elections on a single night since 1991, we could be looking at it tonight. the clock is ticking, -
looking at it tonight. the clock is ticking, we - looking at it tonight. the clock is ticking, we will. looking at it tonight. the clock is ticking, we will find out soon enough. let's cross to wakefield and bbc yorkshire's political editor, james vincent. how is it looking? you get a feel for the _ how is it looking? you get a feel for the room, _ how is it looking? you get a feelfor the room, really, i how is it looking? you get a feelfor the room, really, in| feel forthe room, really, in these sorts of election nights, these sorts of election nights, the atmosphere in the last hour is dropped a bit. people are standing around now rather than buzzing around, at the start of the night, labourare buzzing around, at the start of the night, labour are a bit cautious, and the conservatives optimistic. the previous mp is appealing his conviction. it's appealing his conviction. it's a particular time as well. partygate and the cost of living crisis. the conservatives seem to be doing quite badly. we're the
declaration in about an hour or so. and how badly the conservatives have done. let's no conservatives have done. let's to down conservatives have done. let's go down to _ conservatives have done. let's go down to tiverton _ conservatives have done. let's go down to tiverton and - go down to tiverton and hoviton. political editor at bbc south west, martyn 0ates. he's watching all the goings—on in the constituency. massive majority for the conservatives where you are stop how other lib dems feeling. i stop how other lib dems feelina. , ., _ stop how other lib dems feelina. , ., ., feeling. i should say at the outset, feeling. i should say at the outset. we _ feeling. i should say at the outset, we are _ feeling. i should say at the outset, we are a _ feeling. i should say at the outset, we are a lot - feeling. i should say at the outset, we are a lot longer away. the real constituency. even at this early stage, labour suggesting their vote could have collapsed to a potentially losing their deposit. that is very significant the liberal democrats. the last time labour
came second here, if that's true. that would suggest a major tactical voting campaign which would be needed if the lib dems could have any chance of ever taking back the enormous 24,000 majority which the conservative mps enjoyed. i should say, i don't think the lib dems need to win outright here for this to cause quite an upset all the conservatives, because if the lib dems can rack up a decent second—place year, what could that mean brother seats across the region, st ives, north devon or jovial, seats switch until seven years ago, the lib dems had held until decades. aha, seven years ago, the lib dems had held until decades. pa, bit had held until decades. a bit of a long _ had held until decades. a bit of a long wait, _ had held until decades. a bit of a long wait, martin, - had held until decades. a bit of a long wait, martin, from | of a long wait, martin, from you are but thank you very much indeed. taliban officials in afghanistan say the main search for survivors from wednesday's earthquake
in the south east of the country has ended. more than 1,000 are thought to have been killed in the remote part of the country. doctors say many children may be among the victims. relief efforts have been hampered by the destruction of already poor road and communication networks in paktika province, the worst hit area. entire villages have been destroyed with survivors saying they are finding it difficult to bury their dead. 0ur afghanistan correspondent secunder kermani is there and has this report. homes reduced to rubble, lives reduced to memories. "these were my son's shoes," says agha jan. his three young children were killed in the earthquake as they slept, as well as his two wives. when the roof fell down, what did you do? translation: i ran toward my family, l but everything was under the rubble, even my shovel, so i couldn't do anything. i shouted to my cousins, but when we took my family out, they were already dead.
it's a three—hour drive to the nearest big city from the worst—affected villages along largely dirt roads. here, practically every home is destroyed, every family grieving. the people here didn't have much to begin with, but they've seen their homes, their possessions — you can see them scattered amongst the debris — and their loved ones disappear in a single terrible moment. in this one home, 18 people were killed. habib gul raced back across the borderfrom pakistan to help bury 20 of his family members. translation: if the world looks on us like brothers and helps- us, we will stay here on our land.
if they don't, we will leave this place, where we've spent so long, with tears in our eyes. the taliban have been flying in aid on helicopters. the search—and—rescue effort has now finished. the most pressing need is shelter. families forced to live in tents, flanked by the remnants of homes they worked so hard to construct. khalid jan is now responsible for his five grandchildren. two of his sons and his daughter were killed in the earthquake. translation: all my son's i children have been left to me, and i'm all they have left. the house and everything here has been destroyed. i'll never be able to rebuild it. aid agencies are delivering supplies, but this is a major crisis. here, prayers for the nearly 50 people killed
in one tiny village alone. prayers needed too for those who have survived. secunder kermani, bbc news, paktika province. the latest january the 6th committee hearing in washington has focused on the pressure they say former president trump put on thejustice department to overturn the 2020 election results. donald trump wanted to fire the acting attorney general at the time and replace him with jeffery clark. three formerjustice department officials testified before the committee earlier — one of them was richard donoghue. i made the point that jeff clark is not even competent to serve as the attorney general. he has never been a criminal attorney or conducted a criminal investigation and his life. he has never been in front of a grand jury, he has never been in front of a grandjury, much he has never been in front of a grand jury, much less a trial jury. and he kind of retorted
by saying well, i've done a lot of very complicated appeals and civil litigation and environmental litigation and things like that and i said that's right, you are an environmental lawyer. how about you go back to your office and we will call you when there is an oil spill? and i remember saying, that letter that this guy wants to send, that letter is a murder suicide pact, it is going to damage everyone who i'm joined now by frank bowman, a professor of law at the university of missouri and is a former federal and state prosecutor. thanks very much indeed for joining us. it is quite a cast of characters we have here but can you tell us a bit more about geoff clark? that was a damning assessment of his capabilities and qualifications. capabilities and aualifications. , ~ capabilities and aualifications. , ,, ., qualifications. yes, i think to make sense _ qualifications. yes, i think to make sense of _ qualifications. yes, i think to make sense of that - qualifications. yes, i think to | make sense of that exchange qualifications. yes, i think to - make sense of that exchange you have to understand what the basic scope of the hearing was today. essentially it was about this. in the period after the election and before january six, donald trump put
incredible pressure on lots of folks including thejustice department and the pressure that he put on thejustice department was he over and over and over again asked the justice department to investigate various unfounded claims about election fraud and over and over again thejustice over and over again the justice department over and over again thejustice department did so and came back to him over and over again and said no, there is nothing there. but trump wouldn't take no for an answer. at one point he even said to the acting attorney general, look, just want you to say that the election is corrupt and leave the rest for me and republican congressmen.— congressmen. sorry to interrupt, _ congressmen. sorry to interrupt, wasn't - congressmen. sorry to interrupt, wasn't he i congressmen. sorry to l interrupt, wasn't he just saying they want you to call it into question rather than go so far as to say it was corrupt with yellow he said, i think the quote is pretty accurate, say the election was corrupt, leave the rest for me and the republican congress. so where jeffrey clark comes into this is it becomes clear thejustice department is unwilling to do president trump's heading and suddenly out of nowhere
essentially this guy who was a second or third leveljustice department official in charge of the environmental department essentially contacts the white house on his own and suggests that he is willing to do all the things that the rest of the honest department officials will not do, including among them the letter that they are talking about in that clip is to have thejustice department leadership send a letter to legislatures in the key states in the election that were somewhat close saying we the justice department have found evidence that there is corruption of fraud in the election and you want to consider taking legislative action to send a new set of electors to the congress. ﬁnd electors to the congress. and it was this — electors to the congress. and it was this that _ electors to the congress. ﬁfic it was this that trump very much wanted somebody atjustice to do and of course all the honest people said no, we're not going to do this. so trump goes, i am going to put this guy clark in charge of the whole appointment and he will
send the letter.— send the letter. very strong testimony — send the letter. very strong testimony that _ send the letter. very strong testimony that we _ send the letter. very strong testimony that we heard, i send the letter. very strong l testimony that we heard, but one might argue, donald trump is reasonably within his rights to keep asking because he believed that there was some voter fraud. believed that there was some voterfraud. the idea is that, is there anything illegal in his conduct? what is your assessment of that?- his conduct? what is your assessment of that? that is a ve , assessment of that? that is a very. very _ assessment of that? that is a very, very complicated - assessment of that? that is a i very, very complicated question in terms of whether or not it is illegal, but when you say he is illegal, but when you say he is within his rights to keep asking, i suppose in the purest legal sense but this is a guy who went back to the justice department over and over and over again with a whole series of endlessly implausible and materially disproven claims and the fbi investigated them, came back and said over and over again there is nothing there, mr president. the election, you lost, there isn't any question
about this. essentially, stop coming back to us because there is nothing there and geoffrey clark put up his hand and said mr president, i will do it. i will do all the things that these other honourable people refuse to do.— refuse to do. frank, thank you very much _ refuse to do. frank, thank you very much indeed _ refuse to do. frank, thank you very much indeed for- refuse to do. frank, thank you very much indeed for your - very much indeed for your analysis. frank bowman. now to a dramatic rescue. the american artistic swimmer, anita alvarez, fainted as she performed at the world aquatics championships in budapest. the 25—year—old lost consciousness and was not breathing when she sank to the bottom of the pool. it was her coach who was first to respond, diving in to save her, after she had finished her routine in the solo free final. mark lobel has the story. it was a commanding performance by artistic swimmer anita alvarez in the world aquatics championship solo free final, everything seemingly going swimmingly in budapest, except her coach noticed her feet were slightly
paler than usual. instead of staying up for air at the end of her performance, the american swimmer suddenly sank. she had actually fainted. the crowd noticing something was not quite right. commentator: yes, we're not showing close—up pictures because it is a little bit disturbing, to say the least. her coach, andrea fuentes, was first on the scene. with lightning reflexes, the olympic medallist dived in. i knew i was the fastest swimmer there, and for sure, i was going to be faster than the lifeguards. so, ijust went, and when the lifeguard arrived, we would be two. but i wanted to have this solved before anyone else because i knew if somebody was going to be faster, it was me, so why not? it was important, it was more important than ever. i think i swam faster than any of my 0lympics! this was not the first time. alvarez collapsed during an olympic qualifier in barcelona last year — and yes, fuentes rescued her then, too. it's not so strange to us.
it happens in every country. every time, we try to do a little bit better than the other, because we hold our breath in a very limited situation. the 25—year—old swimmer is said to be doing well and looking forward to swimming again in friday's free team finals. mark lobel, bbc news. sir paul mccartney's glastonbury warm—up gig has sold out in under an hour of being announced. the former beatles star will perform at a not—for—profit venue called the cheese and grain in somerset on friday. tickets were sold on a first come, first served basis. the venue's organisers took to social media to say that the gig had sold out shortly after tickets went on sale. just want to remind you also to go to the website for the very latest on all the stories we are covering but in particular, we have a live page for you
there, counting under way as there, counting under way as the tories face by—elections test, these two by—elections either end of the country. important moment in trish politics. that is on the website. you are watching bbc news. ——in petition politics. ——in british politics. hello there. showers have been making their way northwards through the night accompanied by the odd rumble of thunder. not as warm for the day ahead, and there will be some sunshine around certainly, but equally a rash of showers will develop as the day goes, that's because we got low pressure moving into the west now and throwing bands of rain or showers our way. we're are also seeing some misty, low cloud and fog coming into eastern scotland, and it will be a much warmer start to friday, quite a close night and end to the night. that mist and fog could hang around, cloudy for the northern isles, showers developing quite quickly turning heavy and thundery, and then more persistent rain pushes
into the southwest of england, western wales and more notably northern ireland later in the day. it turns quite wet and breezy, increasingly breezy, particularly in the west, so it will feel fresher here. we could still see 25—26 in the east, but not as warm for northern england, north wales or scotland as it was during the day on thursday. but still some very high levels of pollen despite a scattering of showers around across parts of the midlands, east anglia, up into lincolnshire in the southeast. we do see that band of rain turning more showery, pushing northwards during the evening and overnight. that low pressure centred, as you can see, to the west of us, and it's going to stay there. it's going to become stalled, slow—moving, and it's going to continue throw showers across the united kingdom, and because it's low pressure, it makes the air conducive to seeing showers anyway, so some of them will be heavy, the odd rumble of thunder, but as the breeze increases later today and through the weekend, certainly unusually windy for the time of year. it will push those showers through quite quickly and freshen the air up. temperatures around about where they should be for the time of year, but some lengthier spells of rain certainly close to that area of low pressure across parts of northern ireland and scotland. we could easily see
some lengthier spells of thundery rain pushing into the eastern side of england saturday night into sunday and then brushing close by to the east of scotland. but otherwise, the onus on the frequency of the showers, intensity of the showers, will be in northern and western areas. really quite a brisk wind, gusts of 30—40 mph. so that's something to bear in mind if you're out and about through the weekend, otherwise temperatures once again into the low 20s. that low pressure system sat to the west will stay with us into the start of the new week, as you can see. still some showers around, more prevalent in the west, temperature staying in the low 20s at best.
this is bbc news, the headlines: the us supreme court has struck down restrictions on carrying guns in new york, signalling a shift that will reverberate nationwide. the ruling comes amidst a raging debate across the us over gun control, especially after the recent school shooting in uvalde. counting is underway in two key uk by—elections in west yorkshire and devon. it's the first test of voters' opinions since the partygate scandal and the british prime minister's confidence vote. borisjohnson has said he is "full of optimism and buoyancy" ahead of the results. taliban officials in afghanistan say the main