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this is bbc news. welcome if you're watching here in the uk or around the globe. i'm simon pusey. our top stories: as russian forces capture severodonetsk in eastern ukraine, president zelensky says the war is entering an emotionally difficult stage. abortion clinics start to close in the us after a supreme court ruling removed american women's constitutional right to the procedure. the biggest tightening of gun restrictions in almost three decades — president biden signs new control measures into law after bipartisan support. norwegian police say they're treating friday's deadly attack on a series of oslo bars and nightclubs as islamist terrorism. # can't buy me love! # love! # can't buy me love!
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and sir paul mccartney makes history as glastonbury�*s oldest solo headliner, at the age of 80. russian forces are now said to be fully occupying the ukrainian city of severodonetsk, a key location in the war, in the east of the country. weeks of heavy shelling have reduced the city to ruins and ukraine's army has now pulled its troops out. saturday also saw an upsurge in russian missile strikes across ukraine. in his nightly address, president zelensky said the war had entered an emotionally difficult stage and that air defence systems held in storage in allied nations were needed more than ever. shelley phelps has the latest. as severodonetsk falls, civilians have been
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fleeing the area. ukraine says its retreat is a tactical withdrawal, to fight from higher ground in the neighbouring area of lysycha nsk, which has come under heavy bombardment. elena hasjust arrived from there. translation: it was a horror last week, yesterday - we could not take it anymore. thank you to the soldiers who evacuated us from there. otherwise it would be it. i already told my husband if i die, please bury me behind the house. you need to understand, there is so much shelling around the houses, it is no good to stay there. severodonetsk is a huge loss for ukraine and russia's biggest victory since it captured the port of mariupol. president zelensky called for help in his nightly address. translation: this confirms that sanctions packages - against russia are not enough.
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ukraine needs more assistance with weapons and air defence systems, those our partners have, should not be on their sites or in storage but in ukraine, where they are needed. they are needed here, more than anywhere else in the world. meanwhile, russia says it will supply belarus with a missile system, capable of carrying nuclear weapons. it follows concerns from the country's president, alexander lukashenko, about what he describes about aggressive policies being pursued by its neighbours, poland and lithuania. translation: we have made a decision that within the nexti few months we were hand over to belarus
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the iskander—m missile system which, as you know, can use both ballistic and cruise missiles both in conventional and nuclear versions. the war in ukraine is top of agenda for global leaders arriving at a summit in munich. president zelensky will address them on monday, hoping to persuade them of more support for his war—torn country. shelley phelps, bbc news. let's hear more on ukraine from andrew d'anieri, who is an assistant director at the atlantic council's eurasia center. ukraine's severodonetsk is a tactical loss but it's not what we call a strategic defeat. of course, ukraine does not want to give up more territory to the russian invaders but severodonetsk is not a huge city — this isn't mariupol, this isn't kharkiv — and ukrainian forces will be able to retreat further from the front lines and will be able to regroup and defend ukraine from arguably possibly a better position than they were in severodonetsk, so a loss, to be sure, but not
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catastrophic. and while we have seen ukrainian forces pulling back, they have been counter—attacking in other areas — for example, around kherson. yeah, kherson is interesting because this is where ukrainian forces have been most successful, aside from in the north, in counter—attacking. and we've also seen some partisan activity in russian—occupied kherson region. and that combination, along with the transfer of long—range rockets from the us, could allow ukraine to launch more successful counter—attacks and even a counteroffensive to take back more of their territory from russia. in terms of morale for both the russian and ukrainian armies, how do you see things at the moment? everyone we talked to from the ukrainian side says morale is pretty high, which is surprising given that ukrainians are, especially in the east, outnumbered — some say 7:1, even 10:1. and russian soldiers, more and more, we see they understand that those sent to fight in ukraine are being sent into kind
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of a meat grinder and really, their lives simply aren't valued by the russian government. they know that they'll be under heavy fire in ukraine, so morale is stronger on the ukrainian side than the russian side, but not decisive yet. and a big nato summit coming up shortly. what do you expect to come out of that? this will be a really good opportunity for nato, which has provided strong support as a whole to ukraine over the past several months, to codify their strong support in a long—term fashion. the lead—up documents to the summit have indicated that nato wants to station more troops in the baltics and to come up with a long—term strategy for supporting ukraine, and this is the perfect opportunity for them to do that.
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on the ukrainian side, we know president zelensky will be heavily involved in the summit and so, we could also see some kind of symbolic declaration that ukraine, one day, will be in nato. and zelensky again calling for air defensive systems. how important are they right now? air defence systems are crucial. we've seen even just a few weeks ago that russia, while they're focusing on the east and the south, they have shown an ability and a desire to send rockets to western ukraine, on kyiv, and so, when we talk about being safe in one's country, ukrainian civilians in western ukraine, those air defences are really crucial because russia has shown they're willing to send rockets really at any time to menace ukrainian civilians. andrew d'anieri. the us presidentjoe biden has touched down there's been further strong criticism by president biden of the supreme court's decision to ban a woman's constitutional right to abortion —
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the ruling was, he said, painful and devastating for many americans. clinics have begun closing in some states, and there've been demonstrations both in support of and opposed to the ruling. ou washington correspondent, nomia iqbal, reports. all chant: my body! my choice! more than 2a hours after the supreme court threw out roe v wade, the protests continued. i'm here because i think america has digressed several decades since this ruling. the answer to pro—life his pro—death. and so does the ideological divide. you're being shouted at by someone who's... i have the ability to ignore what is happening. the things we're saying aren't going to change those people's minds. the constitutional right to an abortion will end, leaving it to the individual 50 states of america to make their own laws on it. jill and i know how painful and devastating a decision this is for so many americans, and i mean so many americans. the decision is implemented by states. my administration is going to focus on how they administer and whether or not they violate other laws by deciding not to allow people across state
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lines to get public health services. and we're going to take action to protect women's rights and reproductive health. the country mr biden now leads is even more split. around 26 republican—led states will ban abortion except for when a woman's life is at risk. but it's unclear how that will be medically determined. democratic—led states like new york say they will protect abortion rights. conservatives have been building for this moment for decades. they say this is about protecting women's rights. there are just so many people that don't understand the pro—life movement, they don't understand the pro—life position and they don't understand all the things that we are doing to help women and children. this is not a religious issue at all, this is a human rights issue. many of the protesters who are here and are pro—choice have told me that they want the government to do more, but president biden has said there is nothing he can
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do to restore abortion rights to a national level. he is hoping this will galvanise voters for the midterm elections in november, but will it be enough for voters to turn their attention away from other issues that they deeply care about? nomia iqbal, bbc news, washington. well, earlier i spoke tojennifer kerns, who is a republican strategist, and conservative national talk show host. i asked her reaction to the supreme court ruling. i have been tracking the popularity of abortion in america and it has been falling in popularity. you look at national polls in america from the associated press, which states that the majority of americans now believe a politician should happen only in the most egregious cases and 65% of americans, surprisingly, believe abortion should be limited to the first trimester —— believe an abortion. the supreme court, often does
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reflect the will and sentiment of the people and support for abortion has been falling for the last decade, and that has been fuelled by generation z, very pro—life, which i think has made a difference in the country. has made a difference in the count . ., , u, .,, country. how significant was the former _ country. how significant was the former president - country. how significant was the former president donald trump in making this happen? look, with his foibles and i know many thought he was a clown, it was actually very serious in the white house, in the west wing, in the oval office, he had a list of 100 promises he made to american people and one of those was a committee to nominate conservative justices. he committee to nominate conservativejustices. he did that. he obviously shaped the court with very conservative justices. and he was able to appoint three of them and what is so interesting about this, and i had many conversations with liberal women over the last 24—48 hours, they said this is not the america i know of the country i want to live in. well, this is a system in
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place, democrats have control of the white house withjill biden, control of both houses of the congress with nancy pelosi and chuck schumer, and a supreme court that does have radicalfeminist women, on it, a system where people have had this debate and discussion and come out on the other end deciding that this is what america needs at this point. either way, america needs at this point. eitherway, none america needs at this point. either way, none of this means abortion is banned in the united states of america. it simply kicks it back down to the states to decide what is best locally for its own people, and i think that will probably be the most interesting story in the next several weeks to see what the do. 13 several weeks to see what the do. , ., , ., ., several weeks to see what the do. 13 states have all but banned it, _ do. 13 states have all but banned it, in _ do. 13 states have all but banned it, in many - do. 13 states have all but| banned it, in many cases. do. 13 states have all but - banned it, in many cases. would you say to women who are scared at the moment that if they are raped, for example, they will have to continue with the pregnancy they do not want? i think there will be a network of states, we already the
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california governor, come to their state if they need help, also known as tourism abortion, but i think there is a pro—choice wing of the democrat party, will be doing a lot of fundraising, don't forget their spending $200 billion this election cycle just for politicking in elections, they will be finding things popping up will be finding things popping up to help women in crisis. either way, there are also 1000 crisis pregnancy centres in the united states of america under attack right now and should not be because of the left really wants to help mothers and women in crisis, they would be doing that. they are also resources available for young women today. available for young women toda . ., , . today. you expect further reforms _ today. you expect further reforms to _ today. you expect further reforms to birth - today. you expect further reforms to birth control. reforms to birth control further to this?- reforms to birth control further to this? . ., ., , further to this? the court was very specific _ further to this? the court was very specific that _ further to this? the court was very specific that this - further to this? the court was very specific that this will - very specific that this will not have a trickle down effect
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to marriage equality, and i was a spokesperson to prop eight, representing traditional marriage and had to stand on the steps of the supreme court and take the lumps of a case they did not go my way and got overturned. but i think the court was very clear that they have no intention even touching that. i see no cases in the lower courts coming up that would affect that. regarding birth—control, i think that is one thing that nancy pelosi and vice—president kamala harris has to be very careful about. they were on tv yesterday saying this affects healthcare for women. saying this affects healthcare forwomen. it saying this affects healthcare for women. it does not. women in america can still get birth—control, they can still practise other of safe sex and can even practise abstinence, there is a concept! not get pregnant in those variety of ways. believe me, women were still have access to the reproductive care that they need across the country. i'm sure that the organisations on
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the left will make sure of that. let's get some of the day's other news. the sunday times has reported that prince charles accepted a suitcase containing a million euros from a former qatari prime minister. it says this was one of three cash donations totalling three million euros for his charity. the royal household has insisted all the correct processes were followed. there is no suggestion the payments were illegal. a passenger ship has capsized off the coast of colombia, sparking a rescue operation by the country's navy. the 22 passengers and two crew on board were brought to safety after the emergency in an area known as paso del tigre. adverse weather conditions are being blamed for the sinking. hong kong's iconic skyline has been lit up by a special light and music show to mark 25 years since its return to china. giant outdoor screens built among the dramatic skyscrapers along victoria harbour showed congratulatory messages. hong kong was officially handed back on the 1st ofjuly in 1997 after more than 150
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years of british rule. in the us, the most significant gun control bill in nearly 30 years has been signed into law by president biden. it imposes tougher checks on young gun buyers and encourages states to remove guns from people considered a threat. congress approved the legislation with bipartisan support this week, following a spate of mass shootings. our north america correspondent peter bowes explained the details of the bill. democrats would have liked to have seen much further, tighter restrictions on gun ownership and this was quite a hastily written bill now law, written in the wake of these terrible atrocities, these massacres that we saw in texas and new york state last month. so, what's in this new law? it includes tight and background checks for people under the age of 21 that want to own a gun,
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there is money for mental health programmes, money for school security and assistance for states to apply these so—called red flag laws. these are laws where guns can be confiscated from people that are deemed to be a danger to themselves or others. it also addresses the so—called boyfriend loophole, this is whereby someone is convicted of abuse against a boyfriend or a girlfriend, they can be banned from owning a gun but significantly, it does not include a clampdown on assault weapons, high—capacity magazines. those measures that many democrats, including the president, wanted to see. peter bowes there. _ this is bbc news. a reminder of our top stories: as russian forces capture severodonetsk in eastern ukraine, president zelensky says the war is entering an emotionally difficult stage. abortion clinics start to close in the us after a supreme court ruling removed american women's constitutional right to the procedure.
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spain's prime minister pedro sanchez has blamed mafias involved in human trafficking for the mass storming of the border between morocco and the spanish enclave of melilla on friday. at least 23 people died in the attempt to cross fences into spanish territory and spanish and moroccan security forces were also injured. the bbc�*s tim allman reports. it was a scene of chaos and sometimes brutal carnage. security personnel almost overrun by hundreds of people trying to enter spanish territory. according to officials in morocco, some died while falling from the fence, others were crushed in the stampede. many were injured and taken to hospital while others could be seen celebrating successfully reaching spanish soil. the country's prime minister had no doubt who was to blame.
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translation: a violent - and organised assault organised by mafia who traffic human beings to a city situated on spanish soil. as a result, it is an attack on our territorial integrity. melilla has been under spanish control for more than 500 years — the source of some irritation for morocco, which claims the territory as its own. in recent years, it's become a focal point for mostly sub—saharan migrants trying to reach europe. there's been some criticism of the response of spanish personnel, saying it was heavy—handed. the mayor of barcelona described the events as "institutional racism". for now, the border seems relatively quiet. order has been restored. but the movement of migrants and refugees, desperate people looking for a better life, suggests this could well happen again. tim allman, bbc news.
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police in norway have charged a 42—year—old man with murder, attempted murder, and terrorist acts after a shooting which left two people dead and 21 others injured. shots were fired at a popular gay venue in the capital oslo and led to authorities cancelling the city's pride parade. there was, however, a defiant march by some of the community. gareth barlow has the latest. a march of unity in the face of terror. all chant: we're here! we're queer' we won't disappear! norwegians took to the streets of oslo after what the prime minister called a shocking attack on innocent people. the shooting, in a busy nightlife district, happened in the early hours of saturday morning with shots ringing out in three locations. speaking to reporters, officers were quick to label the shooting a suspected act of terror. translation: he is suspected of homicide, attempted - homicide, and terrorism. the charge of terrorism is motivated by the number
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of injured and killed and the number of crime scenes. we think, at this stage, there is good reason to believe he intended to spread terror among the population. the suspect, a norwegian citizen of iranian descent, has been detained with two weapons, one of them an automatic gun retrieved by investigators. police say the 42—year—old is known to security services and added the suspect has also experienced mental health problems. the attack targeted two bars, one of them the london pub, a popular lgbtq+ venue where revellers hid in the basement, the hail of bullets shattering the calm of oslo's normally quiet streets. translation: the last ten years, we've said we need. to end this hate and then, we do nothing about it. itjust happens again and again.
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we can't let this continue. this was a party, and you choose to destroy the lives of people who've done nothing against you. translation: i'm shocked. when i scrolled through facebook last night and saw friends write, "i'm safe. "i had to run, but i'm safe now," it's completely absurd. and it, sadly, shows how much hate against lgbt people still exists in norway. following the attack, the threat warning has been raised to the highest possible level and all police officers will temporarily carry guns. meanwhile, norway's king harald called on the country to come together to defend freedom, diversity and respect. gareth barlow, bbc news. sir paul mccartney has taken to the pyramid stage for glastonbury�*s headline performance. it's the postponed 50th anniversary of the festival and there for us is our culture editor, katie razzall, who sent this report. # can't buy me love! # love! # can't buy me love!
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80 years of age and the pyramid stage is his. sir paul mccartney, glastonbury�*s oldest ever solo headliner. # can't buy me love! # everybody tells me so. check, check, one, two, three. this morning's sound check took place in front of fans who had already claimed the best spots. some really dressing for the occasion. so, i got here nice and early because i thought i'd make the most of it. i beat them all here. brilliant. you've only got 9.5 hours to wait. that's all! i've worked a night shift and i come here, haven't gone back to the tent, but i may as welljust sit here and hang in there. he's the legend. he'sjust written the soundtrack i to our lives. it's great. we're on the way to the park. you're not following me that far, are you? # don't walk away, love.
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noel gallagher was the warm—up act for mccartney here tonight. ten years after leaving oasis, he has a best—of album with his solo venture high flying birds. i started off my record—buying journey with best—ofs because, back in the day, when people used to go to record shops and didn't have that much money, you know, you're not going to buy all eight, nine beatles albums. you're going to buy the red and the blue one, the best of the beatles, and work your way in that way. what do the beatles mean to you? everything. i don't really trust people who say they don't like them. you meet a few, "i don't really like the beatles". it'sjust like, "well, who do you like?" as for macca himself, yeah, he's got the back catalogue that literally no—one else in the music business can touch. oh, man! it's so good to be here. we were supposed to be doing this three years ago. cheering. there have been many legendary sets in these somerset fields over the last half a century.
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this one has onlyjust begun. katie razzall, bbc news, glastonbury. a whole baby woolly mammoth has been found frozen in the permafrost of north—western canada. the infant, thought to be female, is more than 30,000 years old and is only the second near—pristine example ever found worldwide. measuring just under 1.5 metres long, the ice age creature has been named nun cho ga, meaning "big baby animal". the mammoth was unearthed after a gold miner called his boss over to examine something that was hit by his bulldozer in the mud. a reminder of our top story — russian forces have captured the city of severodonetsk in eastern ukraine. the ukrainians were forced to retreat after weeks of fighting that left the city in ruins. they've taken up new positions in neighbouring lysychansk, which is already under attack. you can find out more about why the battle for these two cities
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matters so much within the context of the wider war in ukraine on our website. just visit and go to the war in ukraine section. from me and the rest of the team, thank you for watching. stay tuned. hello. we've had some dramatic skies across parts of the uk through saturday, especially in the west, where we saw the most frequent showers. and some of those showers brought thunder and lightning and impressive cloudscapes and it's all been down to an area of low pressure which has been slow moving to the west of ireland, and that continues gradually north and eastwards through sunday, bringing the most frequent showers to the north and the west of the uk and the strongest winds here as well. so, through sunday morning, most frequent showers across northern ireland, northern and western scotland, north west england, parts of wales, perhaps a few into south west england, not so many getting further eastwards — in fact, the further east you are, the more likely it is to stay dry with the best of the sunshine and hence, the highest temperatures. but somewhat cooler further north and west, where you've got the cloud, the showers and also the strength of the wind.
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so, for western coasts, particularly for irish sea coasts, we could see those gusts touching a5, maybe 50 mph through sunday afternoon, so it's a blustery afternoon but it should push the showers through fairly quickly. and whilst we can't rule out showers at glastonbury, certainly through the second half of the afternoon, it's looking dry. we should see increasing amounts of sunshine as well to end the day, so fingers crossed for much of the day it should stay mainly dry. but as we head through sunday evening and overnight, those showers start to make their way a little bit further eastwards. once again, the further east you are, it should stay mainly dry with some clearer skies and those showers just starting to ease across parts of scotland and northern ireland as we head through the early hours of monday morning. and it's a mild night with most places being in double figures. so, into monday, here's our area of low pressure. it's still close by, now to the north and the west of scotland, but we've got a second system starting to approach from the atlantic as well so, once again on monday, it's a day of sunny spells and showers but it looks, by this stage, that the showers will start to move their way a little bit further eastwards,
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so nowhere immune from a shower but there will be some lengthy spells of sunshine in between. the winds not as strong but it's still a fairly breezy day and in the sunshine, we'll be seeing temperatures quite widely in the high teens, if not the low 20s celsius. it looks like east anglia and south east england will probably see the warmest conditions on monday. but it is a fairly unsettled week ahead. there'll be showers or longer spells of rain for many but temporarily, it should get a little bit warmer across east anglia and south east england. that's all from me. bye— bye.
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this is bbc news. the headlines — the president of ukraine says the war with russia has entered an emotionally difficult stage, after the city of severodonetsk fell to the russian army. in his nightly address, volodymyr zelensky said he didn't how many more blows there would be before victory appeared on the horizon. demonstrations for and against the us supreme court's decision to overturn the constitutional right to abortion have taken place in many parts of the country for a second day. hundreds of people — mostly opposed to friday's landmark ruling — gathered outside the supreme court building in washington. norwegian police say they are treating friday's attack on a series of oslo bars and nightclubs — including a popular gay one — as islamist terrorism. two people were killed.
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the assailant — a norwegian citizen of iranian descent —


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