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this is bbc news. i'm james reynolds with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. israel launches multiple air strikes on the gaza strip, killing a senior commander of the palestinian group islamichhad. at least ten people have died, including a child. the conspiracy theorist alexjones is ordered to pay m5 million in punitive damages after falsely labelling the sandy hook school shooting a hoax. chinese fighter—jets fly close to the coast of taiwan, as beijing halts cooperation with the us on climate change and other key issues. and a year since thousands of afghans came to the uk fleeing the taliban, what have they made of their new lives?
hello and welcome to audiences here in the uk and around the world. the palestinian group islamichhad says it's fired over a hundred rockets at israel. images we are about to show you rockets being intercepted by israel's iron dome air defence system. we will show you in a moment. there they are. it comes only hours after an israeli air strike in the gaza strip, which killed a commander of the islamichhad group. the palestinian health ministry says at least ten people were killed, including a five—year—old child. this footage was released by the israeli army — it says the pictures show the moment israel's strike hit gaza. israel's prime minister yair lapid spoke about the air strike in a television address earlier where he promised to "do whatever it takes"
to defend the israeli people. israel carried out a precise counterterror operation against an immediate threat. our fight is not with the people of gaza. islamichhad is an iranian proxy that wants to destroy the state of israel and kill innocent israelis. the head of islamichhad is in tehran as we speak. we will do whatever it takes to defend our people. yair lapid there. earlier, i spoke to our middle east correspondent yolande knell. well, we've had these dozens of rockets fired by palestinian militants from gaza towards the centre of israel, even warning sirens going off in some suburbs of tel aviv, most sirens going off, though, in the south of the country. at the moment, we're not hearing any reports of a direct hit or injuries on the israeli side, but there has been quite intense rocket fire,
israeli media reporting that injust half an hour, there were some 70 rockets that were fired. we've seen quite a lot of interceptions, i have to say, by israel's iron dome defence system. now, all of this followed israeli air strikes and also artillery strikes on gaza. they were in the south of the gaza strip. also that high—rise tower building was hit in the centre of gaza city. and we've had the comments by yair lapid, the israeli caretaker prime minister, in his tv address, but he also said that he was not allowing militant organisations in gaza, in his words, to set the agenda, because all of this goes back several days to when israel arrested a senior islamichhad leader in the west bank. there was a deadly exchange of fire during his arrest. one palestinian was killed. and afterwards, islamichhad did threaten to retaliate. that led, then, to a lockdown, a partial lockdown, in the south of israel, close to gaza, where there are several israeli towns
and villages that were very badly affected by road closures, that kind of thing. and then israel now saying it had been prompted to launch this new military operation. how powerful a group is islamic you? how powerful a group is islamic ou? , . . how powerful a group is islamic ou? , . a . . how powerful a group is islamic ou? a . . , you? islamicjihad, which is backed by _ you? islamicjihad, which is backed by iran, _ you? islamicjihad, which is backed by iran, as- you? islamicjihad, which is backed by iran, as yair - you? islamicjihad, which is| backed by iran, as yair lapid was saying, is the second most powerful militant group, really, that you have in action here, behind hamas in the gaza strip, hamas of course governs gaza, and it does have a lot of rockets at its disposal, but everyone is really looking here to see how hamas reacts, because it certainly there's a lot of mediation going already to try to calm the situation, to try to calm the situation, to try to stop a dramatic escalation, with egypt, the traditional go—between, holding talks with both israel and the palestinian side. really, islamichhad will act
separately from hamas. it said that it was going to avenge the death of this commander, defender of operations in the north of the gaza strip, one of at least ten people will been killed, but it is what happens with hamas and whether it also joins in the fighting that will really tell us whether this could be a more serious round of fighting between israel and palestinian militants. yolande knell reporting. the conspiracy theorist alexjones has just been ordered to pay $45.2 million in punitive damages after falsely claiming the 2012 sandy hook school shooting was a hoax. the defamation case against the infowars founder was brought by the parents of one of the victims. they say they endured harassment and emotional distress because of the right—wing host's misinformation. 20 children and six adults were shot dead at sandy hook elementary school in connecticut.
our north america correspondent nomia iqbal assesses the significance of the verdict. if you think about alex jones, for those people who are not fully aware of who he is, this is a man who for decades has built this huge following on his social media channels, appealing to very angry people in this country, particularly angry men, tapping into their worst fears about the government, saying that the government wants to take away your guns, the government wants to take away your rights, you need to be armed, you need to survive, all this sort of stuff. and what he did was, over the years after the sandy hook shooting, which was the worst school shooting in american history, 20 students, six adults died, he claimed it was a hoax, that it was a hoax set up by the us government in order to try and take away people's guns, and he pushed that for a long, long time, and a family of a six—year—old killed in sandy hook brought this case against him.
and i should mention that they had thought about 145.9 million infinitive damages —— in punitive damages, which basically are the amount you have to pay for punishments for your behaviour, and 150 million in compensatory damages. they got yesterday 4 million, and this is now awarded to them. dyring his trial, he said he has no ability to pay the damages, but there was an economist in the trial who went through his records and said that is not true. also, as i said, he still get a lot of support. it was mentioned by the prosecution, those who donate to him as well, but i certainly have not seen any comment yet by him, but it is expected he should pay it. nomia iqbal reporting
from washington. china is halting co—operation with the us in several key areas, including climate change. the measures follow a trip to taiwan by senior democrat nancy pelosi. china views the visit as a challenge to its claims of sovereignty over the self—governing island. but taiwan's foreign minister has defended ms pelosi's visit. our correspondent rupert wingfield—hayes reports from taipei. for the second day in a row, china has continued its military intimidation of taiwan. at least 68 chinese fighter jets are reported to have crossed into taiwanese controlled airspace. this video broadcast on chinese television this evening shows just how close some of them came to the taiwanese coast. in the background, those are the mountains of central taiwan. china has also announced a long list of retaliation against america, including personal sanctions on nancy pelosi. but in taipei, foreign minister joseph wu told me he has no regrets about inviting the us house speaker to visit the island. the taiwanese government, especially the ministry of foreign affairs, has been working very hard in expanding
taiwan's international space, making friends with important international leaders or trying to connect more with like—minded partners around the world, like speaker pelosi. to have an opportunity to visit taiwan is very significant, to allow the international community to understand that taiwan is a democracy. it's notjust taiwan's democracy that is threatened by china. it's a big chunk of the world's economy. one hour drive south of taipei, these are the huge fab plants of the world's most important maker of advanced microchips. it's amazing to think that in these huge buildings behind me here, they manufacture around two thirds of the world's most advanced microchips, and in that building over there, currently under construction, they are going to start next year making the next generation of even more advanced chips. that makes this one corporation, tsmc, absolutely vital to the world's modern economy. it also makes this place very vulnerable.
if only for this selfish reason, joseph wu says the world should care what happens to taiwan. without the computer chips here in taiwan, or without the tsmc, the international community is going to suffer. a chinese blockade of taiwan could make the worldwide chip shortage caused by the covid pandemic look like a minor blip on the global economy. rupert wingfield—hayes, bbc news, in taipei. here in the uk, a group supporting the family of archie battersbee have said his life support will be switched off on saturday morning. christian concern says the 12—year—old's parents had exhausted all legal routes to delay the ending of his treatment, including an attempt to move him to a hospice. the royal london hospital has not confirmed if or when his life support will be ended. the nhs in england is increasingly reliant on doctors and nurses recruited from outside the uk and eu, analysis by the bbc has found. some 34% of doctors joining
the health service last year came from overseas, a rise from 18% in 2014. the government said overseas recruitment had always been part of its strategy. but unions have warned it is an unsustainable way of recruiting in the long—term. 0ur health editor hugh pym has been looking at the figures. lynette is a paediatric nurse. she came to the uk injune from barbados. hi, charlotte. how are you doing today? she moved here to gain new nursing skills and join her husband who already has a job in the nhs. the staff are lovely, they are supportive. lynette was hired by an east london hospital trust with 11 other overseas nurses. i came over with a group of filipinos. i was the only person from the caribbean in that group, yes. and also the only person that knew england a bit, so i was their tour guide. i was a bit nervous but then i tell myself, "you know what, lynette, this is what you want to do,
this is your dream, settle down, and you will get this done. you can do it." brian is a stroke nurse. he came to the uk injune from the philippines. how are you feeling today? he was in lynette's group and says the filipino nurse community at local hospitals has helped him settle in quickly. in the last two and a half years, the trust has hired more international nurses than british—trained. they are pleased with their recruits but know there is a long—term challenge. we desperately need more nurses trained in the uk. from recruiting a nurse from overseas to her getting a uk pin number here costs us over £13,000. you know, when you've employed over 520, it's a significant amount of money. but yet i see it as part of the whole of the nhs to continue to recruit overseas for now. the uk is not alone in needing to recruit health staff from overseas, and there are warnings that a steady flow of new workers can't be taken for granted. some of the key factors here are about the speed with which we can offer a job
compared to other countries. we are competing in a global market. countries like germany, for example, are increasing the number of nurses they are recruiting from overseas, so we have to be quick, we have to be able to offer good pay and progression, and those appear to be key. since the brexit referendum, fewer eu nurses have opted to work in the uk, but there's been an increase from elsewhere, including the philippines, india and nigeria. visa delays and other bureaucracy, though, are possible barriers. ira is a blood medicine specialist. she came to the uk last yearfrom albania. she says her trust has been hugely supportive and professionally she loves the work, but there were unnecessary frustrations. in the beginning, especially the struggle with bureaucracy after i finished my exams, to the moment i got my licence, it was about ten months. it is frustrating and it takes a long time and money and effort. and that might put off some albanian doctors, do you think? yes. i think the visa issue
puts off a lot of them. and for hajra and herfamily, visa issues were the reason she's now left the nhs. she trained in pakistan and then came to the uk 18 years ago. but she says because of a struggle to get visas for her parents to join her, she opted to move to saudi arabia. none of us have left there because we hated it. but a lot of us are leaving because we don't have a choice. because we are backed into a corner and none of us will abandon our parents. the government said more medical students were being trained in england, but international recruitment would still be important as demand for services kept growing. that, though, will be no easy task. hugh pym, bbc news. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: as the debate over abortion heats up in california, we have a special report.
the question was whether we want to save our people and the japanese, as well, and win the war — or whether we want to take a chance on being able to win the war by killing all our young men. the invasion began at 2am this morning. mr bush, like most people, was clearly caught by surprise. we call for the immediate i and unconditional withdrawal of all iraqi forces. 100 years old and still full of vigour, vitality and enjoyment of life. no other king or queen in british history has lived so long — and the queen mother is said to be quietly very pleased indeed that she's achieved this landmark anniversary. this is a pivotal moment for the church as an international movement. the question now is whether the american vote will lead to a split in the anglican community.
this is bbc news. the latest headlines: israel launches multiple air strikes on the gaza strip, killing a senior commander of the palestinian group islamichhad. at least ten people have died, including a child. the conspiracy theorist alexjones is ordered to pay $45 million in punitive damages after falsely labelling the sandy hook school shooting a hoax. let's stay in america. when the supreme court of the united states ruled to remove a women's constitutional right to an abortion, several states immediately certified laws banning or restricting access to the procedure. 0thers made moves to ensure the right will be preserved and abortion providers in these so—called "haven states" say they're being overwhelmed by the increased demand. 0ur west coast correspondent sophie long has this report.
even before the official ruling came, many californians made it clear they would fight to protect a woman's right to choose. gloria allred said she was raped at gunpoint in the 1960s. that was traumatic, but she says it was the illegal abortion she had after that nearly killed her. now a high—profile lawyer, she's determined to keep the procedure safe and legal. these bans on abortion are not going to stop abortions, itjust means that women and girls will not be able to obtain safe and legal abortions. many of them will have to resort to the back alley abortions, such as the one that i had. california is what's known as a haven state. there's been a push to protect access to the procedure here and to help women who come from states where it's been banned. in november, californians will vote on whether to protect
the right to abortion in the state's constitution. a woman has a right to decide when she's going to become a mother. little girls' rights begin in the womb, yes, they do. but as this altercation outside a clinic in the liberal city of san francisco shows, it is a deeply divisive issue. no, i'm expanding on that, if you'd let me finish, please... and in rural california, in the heat of the central valley, you find a deeply conservative pocket of a liberal state. this is redding, where running an abortion clinic isn't easy and it hasn't always been safe. one of the things we experienced in our history was fire bombs. you know, we had four firebombs in this site, we have had picketing nearly from the day we opened at this site, still continuing to this day. 0utside, emotions run as high as the temperature. if she's pregnant, she's planning to carry that baby
to term and have it adopted, and you assumed, you assumed that she was doing something that you were against. we love her. there's help here for her and we love her. j you freak her out. it'll be on your conscience and it should be on your conscience, because what you're doing is not right. 0ur government is really- pushing, almost encouraging now, to open our doors and use our tax dollars| to bring women from other| states in to have abortions, which is, to us, both. legally but also, more importantly, morally wrong. many who believe in a woman's right to choose feel the predominantly pro—choice democratic party has done too little, way too late. they want people to vote in november's midterm elections, but without a clear national plan to protect abortion rights, it will be difficult to convince those outraged by their lack of one that it's worth it. sophie long, bbc news, northern california.
in afghanistan, the islamic state militant group has claimed responsibility for a deadly blast in the capital kabul on friday. afghan police said that eight people were killed and 18 wounded. they say the explosives were attached to a cart loaded with vegetables and parked in a shopping area. there has been further progress in transporting ukraine's grain crops out of the country after last month's deal between moscow and kyiv to resume shipments. three more ships loaded with grain sailed from the ukrainian ports of 0desa and chornomorsk. they're heading for ireland, turkey and britain. ukraine's agriculture ministry says this year's grain harvest to date is 48% down year—on—year, with under 18 million tonnes threshed so far. france has activated a crisis task force to deal with the impact of the worst drought it has ever recorded. the prime minister is calling on citizens to preserve water. she described the conditions as
a disaster for farmers and for ecosystems and biodiversity. farmers have warned the drought will impact yields at a time when food prices are already high, exacerbated by the war in ukraine. pakistani authorities are warning that a new monsoon spell will bring more heavy rains to the flood—hit country. more than 500 people have been killed in flooding and landslides across pakistan in the last few weeks. the government has promised round the clock help to affected communities, but it's been criticised for being slow to bring aid to the worst affected areas. some victims say they have yet to receive food or water. it was last august that a coalition of international forces, led by the us, withdrew from afghanistan, marking the end of a 20—year campaign in the country. the taliban swiftly took over, leading to chaotic scenes, as people tried to flee. a year on, nearly 10,000 refugees who came to the uk are still in hotels, unable to find stability.
our special correspondent lucy manning has been speaking to some of them about their new lives. my name is hala. i'm nearly four. my name is zara. for a year, home has been a hotel. the shelgari family, six children and their parents, living in one corridor of rooms. it's not the family life they hoped for. the hotel is not for long—term living. we are hopeless. but it looks very long time. you feel hopeless? yeah, of course. they say that it might be solved within one month or two months, but it's nearly one year. marwa had to flee afghanistan because her mother was a politician. the uk gave her safety, but not stability. for close to a year, she's lived in a hotel in yorkshire with her family. last week, it stopped housing afghans. she's now in sussex, split up from the others. it was very, very hard to be separated from my family, and it was more harder that we are staying
very far from each other. where has everyone gone? so my two brothers are in manchester and my sister is in leeds. to be honest, i couldn't just stop my tears. it's costing more than £1 million a day in hotel bills. unlike ukrainians, afghans have no sponsors, no—one to live with to help them, and they can't bring over other family members. the scheme for afghans has not been a success in terms of housing or integration. there have been the odd success stories, one a journey from kabul to aberdeen. we were just left behind in a dark room. we first spoke to burhan, a former british army interpreter in kabul, pleading for help in august last year. through the danger at the airport with bombs, he managed to get his family to safety. we spoke to him in isolation when he arrived. everyone is ok and now we are in safety, and we are very thankful.
he's one of the minority who've made it out of hotels... this is your new house. ..thanks to helga, the woman who saw our bbc news reports and offered him a flat in aberdeen. look in there. what do you see? the toys. a year on, we came to visit them. i named this city city of 0pportunities. city of 0pportunities? leaving behind your home, leaving behind families, is very hard. at least i can say that i'm the luckiest one amongst my friends, among tens of thousands of people who left afghanistan, that i am settled well in aberdeen by the help of generous, good people around me. the granite city has shown warmth. burhan has a job in security. narcis is learning english. before sepehr moved
to aberdeen, he spoke little english. i'm excited about toys. now that's all changed. and now my english is better, so i can speak english. and how is school? good. last week, we learned about the human brain. what did you learn about it? we learned about cerebellum. cerebellum controls your body control. nearly 10,000 are still in hotels. the home office says the housing process is a complex one, but lives are being built here. marwa will study at university. narcis, a doctor, wants to practice here. and sepehr hopes to be a mechanic. lucy manning, bbc news. who knows what he might build and invent? finally, to space.
south korea has launched its first lunar orbiter. nicknamed "danuri", which means "enjoy the moon," the orbiter will enter the moon's orbit in december, before embarking on a year—long observation mission. and that is it from me. hello. well, let's see what the weather's got in store for us this weekend. and as you might expect, a lot of warm sunshine, but a bit of rain in the forecast, too. not where we really need it, though — in fact, if we have a look at the rainfall accumulation over the next five days, most of it will fall across western parts of scotland, just dribs and drabs in the northwest of england, and no rain at all for many parts of wales and england further south. and, in fact, the longer—term outlook indicates that the next ten days across southern parts of england will probably be dry, possibly the next two weeks, which is farfrom ideal. ok, let's have a look at the short term, then — so here's the cloud and the rain heading towards western parts of scotland.
but for england and wales, the early hours are clear. a bit of a nip in the airfirst thing in the morning, temperatures will range from around 8—12 celsius in towns and cities, and in rural spots, it'll probably be a little cooler than that. now, the first half of the day may be quite overcast across more northern areas, but come the afternoon, the sun should poke through the clouds. but showers may continue in the north of scotland all day long. here, 15 celsius, 19 for newcastle, 22 for birmingham, and around the mid—20s expected in london and the south—east. that was saturday — this is sunday, and more of the same in scotland, thicker cloud, occasionally some rain, but really not an awful lot. elsewhere across the country, it is looking dry and turning warmer. temperatures perhaps in the mid—20s pushing into the peak district and yorkshire, around 27 expected in london. now high pressure will build across the uk and much of western and central europe as we head into next week — and that will also open up the doorway for hot air
to stream in from the near continent, all the way from spain, france, and then into the uk. so let's have a look at the outlook, then — london, birmingham, cardiff, and manchester, very warm if not hot. in fact, temperatures into the 30s, possibly even the mid—30s by the end of the week across some southern parts of the uk. further north, also warming up, but it'll be far more comfortable, and here always, perhaps a little more cloud. that's it from me, have a good weekend.
this is bbc news, the headlines. at least ten people have been killed in israeli air strikes on the gaza stri. israel says it was in response to a threat from palestinian group islamichhad. one of its top commanders is among the dead. the conspiracy theorist alexjones has been ordered to pay 45.2 million dollars in punitive damages after falsely claiming the 2012 sandy hook school shooting was a hoax. the defamation case against the infowars founder and host was brought by the parents of one
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