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this is bbc news, i'm rich preston. our top stories... 2a palestinians die in israeli air strikes on the gaza strip. israel says it's targetting the militant group islamichhad. rising concerns over the safety of europe's largest nuclear power plant held by russian forces in ukraine. hundreds are taking part in a desperate rescue effort, as ten miners remain trapped underground in mexico. and a glimpse of life before the volcano — archaeologists shed new light on the lives people led in ancient pompeii.
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the palestinian health ministry says 2a people, including six children, are now known to have died in israeli air strikes on the gaza strip. israel is targeting the palestinian militant group, islamichhad, and says it expects the offensive to last a week. the british foreign secretary, liz truss, said britain stood by israel's right to defend itself, but has called for a swift end to the violence, which has broken more than a year of relative calm. from jerusalem, here's our middle east correspondent, yolande knell. explosion. the full force of israel's new military operation in gaza. this building hitjust minutes after a warning strike. palestinians racing away. a year of relative calm now shattered. this is where one of the first israeli air strikes killed an islamichhad commander, leaving his neighbour in shock.
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"we were safe in our home. we were thrown out of it by the bomb", says maryam. "why didn't they warn us?" tonight islamichhad fired heavy barrages of rockets in revenge, it said, for its leader's death. most were intercepted by israeli air defences. but earlier a missile hit this israeli home. "the family went to their shelter when the air raid sirens went off," local official yaron sasson said. "this is probably what saved them. no one was hurt." israeli forces are targeting what they say are militant bases in gaza. they maintain they're reacting to a direct threat from iran—backed islamichhad. with further deaths in gaza, much now depends on the decisions of the powerful militant group hamas, which governs here. and tonight we are hearing about other important developments.
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at least six people killed, including children, in a blast in the north of gaza, with israel and some palestinians blaming a misfired militant rocket. that could complicate egypt—led efforts to broker a ceasefire. yolande knell, bbc news, jerusalem. the un's nuclear watchdog has called for an immediate end to military action near ukraine's zaporizhia nuclear plant. the international atomic energy agency's chief rafael grossi said he was extremely concerned by reports of shelling at europe's largest nuclear power plant. ukraine says parts of the plant have been seriously damaged by russian military strikes. russia blames ukraine for the strikes. we can now speak to amy nelson who's a senior fellow at strobe talbott center for security, strategy, and technology at the brookings institution. thank brookings institution. you for being with us. the thank you for being with us. the iaea say there is a risk of
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nuclear disaster, how worried are you? nuclear disaster, how worried are ou? ~ , nuclear disaster, how worried are you?— nuclear disaster, how worried are h, , are you? absolutely yes. first, thank you _ are you? absolutely yes. first, thank you for— are you? absolutely yes. first, thank you for having _ are you? absolutely yes. first, thank you for having me. - are you? absolutely yes. first, thank you for having me. it - are you? absolutely yes. first, thank you for having me. it is i thank you for having me. it is definitely concerning. of course, we have had these concerns off and on throughout the conflict and it reallyjust highlights how unsettling these incidents are and how little the solution we have in place for managing these kinds of concerns at this time. there are reports _ concerns at this time. there are reports of— concerns at this time. there are reports of several - concerns at this time. there i are reports of several strikes. pressure blames ukraine, ukraine blames pressure. —— russia. it ukraine blames pressure. -- russia. , ., ., ., russia. it is hard to turn a fou of russia. it is hard to turn a fog of war _ russia. it is hard to turn a fog of war what _ russia. it is hard to turn a fog of war what the - fog of war what the vulnerabilities are. we know the russians are in control of the russians are in control of the plant for a number of months right now but that ukrainian engineers have been operating the plant, maintaining it on an ongoing basis. so, if russia is
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launching strikes from the plant, using the plant as a shield, it is designed to deter the ukrainians from firing back, essentially.- the ukrainians from firing back, essentially. this nuclear disaster that _ back, essentially. this nuclear disaster that the _ back, essentially. this nuclear disaster that the iaea - back, essentially. this nuclear disaster that the iaea has - disaster that the iaea has warned of, where does that risk come from? is it power facilities going down, meaning radioactive materials aren't stored properly, is it the worry of the site being hit and an explosion? mil worry of the site being hit and an explosion?— an explosion? all of these thins an explosion? all of these things can _ an explosion? all of these things can cause - an explosion? all of these things can cause a - an explosion? all of these l things can cause a problem. what we fundamentally worry about is the radiation leak. in the case of chernobyl, the cap being disturbed, and radioactive waste leaking, or it could come from, you know, one of the components of the power plant erupting. starting a fire. power plant erupting. starting afire. ,, ., power plant erupting. starting a fire. , , ., , power plant erupting. starting afire. ,, . , ., a fire. russia is a signatory to the iaea _ a fire. russia is a signatory to the iaea statute, - a fire. russia is a signatory to the iaea statute, does l a fire. russia is a signatory i to the iaea statute, does that mean the united nations can
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some way intervene? is russia obliged to allow the un in? yes, russia is technically obliged to allow the united nations in the iaea inspectors to come in and oversee or officially report on the safety status of the site. this is a violation of nuclear safety rules and more broadly, international norms of not using nuclearfacilities in conflict. using nuclear facilities in conflict. ., , using nuclear facilities in conflict-— using nuclear facilities in conflict. . , ., , ., conflict. finally, what should russian officials _ conflict. finally, what should russian officials do - conflict. finally, what should russian officials do to - russian officials do to guarantee the safety and security of the site? i think they should _ security of the site? i think they should allow - security of the site? i think they should allow iaea - they should allow iaea inspectors in right away, they should cease launching any operations from the site and issue a statement indicate when —— indicating they intend to refrain from using nuclear
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plants as war zones or using nuclear plants to shield themselves, going forward. thank you forjoining us. thank you. ten miners remain trapped in a coal mine that collapsed and flooded on wednesday in mexico. hundreds of rescuers are now involved in the efforts, including several divers. the mine is in the town of sabinas in northern mexico, and in a region that is no stranger to incidents of this kind. the bbc�*s azadeh moshiri has this report. mexico's rescue ten workers trapped in a coal mine have reached a crucial point. the miners have been deep underground since wednesday after their excavation caused the tunnel wall to cave in and triggered floods and three wells. rescuers are working on pumping out the water that has filled the mine to allow divers to enter. translation: the good news is that the pump, i which has much more capacity is empty in one of the wells.
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this will hopefully deliver a very positive result, compared to what was achieved throughout the night. five of the workers managed to escape within the first 2a hours but since then, no survivors have been found. so, the families have been waiting and hoping for good news, sleeping through the night in cots, blankets, plastic chairs, and whatever else they could find. translation: we are still hoping that they i are in a higher part, although it is too much water, the well was up to the top, but we trust in god. the incident has brought back memories of the pasta de conchos tragedy in 2006, when an explosion killed 65 people in a local mine. mexico's president said investigations into who is responsible this time will have to wait. the focus right now is on saving lives. azadeh moshiri, bbc news.
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cuba has asked the united states and other countries for help to put out a fire in fuel storage tanks in the coastal city of matanzas. the blaze began when the depots were hit by lightning on friday night. the mexican state oil company pemex is also sending a team to the island. one fatality has been reported so far. earlier this week, china started unprecedented military drills around taiwain in retaliation for a visit to the island by the us house speaker nancy pelosi. china considers taiwan part of its territory, and said the visit amounted to a direct threat to china's sovereignty. the military muscle—flexing means cultural and family ties between the chinese mainland and taiwan are once again being put to the test. the increased tensions have particularly left young people in taiwan wondering what their future might hold. let's talk to albert wu — he's a historian, and joins
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us now from taipei. yourfamily your family spanned both mainline yourfamily spanned both mainline china and taiwan, how does it feel for people like you who have family roots on both sides of this argument? thanks so much for having me. it feels really complicated and confusing at this moment. my grandparent�*s side of the family, my mother's side of the family, my mother's side of the family comes from china, my father's backside comes from taiwan so i have these deep cultural roots to china but i think the chinese threat and the chinese escalation of this rhetoric has definitely solidified sensing of taiwanese identity, says that we have to resist the chinese aggression in taiwan. it comes at a real deep sense. for many people, a deep sense. for many people, a deep sense. for many people, a deep sense of personal anguish at these frayed ties between
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china and taiwan.— at these frayed ties between china and taiwan. young people in taiwan have _ china and taiwan. young people in taiwan have grown _ china and taiwan. young people in taiwan have grown up - china and taiwan. young people in taiwan have grown up with i in taiwan have grown up with his message from china, taiwan belongs to us and one day we will bring it back under the control of beijing, but things have hit a peak in the last week, how does that make young people feel about the future of their country? i people feel about the future of their country?— their country? i think most --eole their country? i think most people that _ their country? i think most people that l _ their country? i think most people that i have - their country? i think most people that i have talked l their country? i think most | people that i have talked to have taken a nonchalant attitude. they are renewed and used to the threat of the sort of chinese bullying. on the other hand, i think there is a sense that people are rallying together, people are attending, for example, self defence classes or they are preparing, you know, where is our closest air raid shelter, in the case that china does invade? but i think generally, within the younger generation, there is a coalescing around a more unified sense of taiwanese
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identity that is in a to mainland china.- identity that is in a to mainland china. you are a historian. _ mainland china. you are a historian. from _ mainland china. you are a historian. from an - mainland china. you are a i historian. from an academic point of view, what does this do we look like when you look through a historical lens, particularly when you compare it to recent events like we have seen in hong kong, for example? i have seen in hong kong, for example?— have seen in hong kong, for example? i think the turning oint in example? i think the turning point in taiwan _ example? i think the turning point in taiwan was - example? i think the turning point in taiwan was like - example? i think the turning point in taiwan was like in i point in taiwan was like in hong kong in 2013, 2014, with a sunflower movement, where young people occupied the legislation to try to block a free trade bill between china and taiwan. and ever since then, i think there has been an increasing sense of taiwanese identity. but this process has been ongoing, eversince but this process has been ongoing, ever since one can say the 1950s, but really after the democratisation in the 1980s, where activists have really tried to carve out a sense of
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taiwanese identity that is distinct and different from china, and that has come through schooling, it has come through schooling, it has come through political movements, political engagement on the streets, but also just in reaction to geopolitics. i think as china has become more aggressive against taiwan, the sense of taiwanese identity is also building and growing. thank you very much. thank you so much- — to the balkans, and in croatia at least 12 people have been killed and dozens injured after bus from poland veered off a highway. the bus was heading in the direction of the croatian capital zagreb when it crashed near the city of varazdin. it was on its way to a roman catholic shrine in bosnia—herzegovina. our warsaw correspondent adam easton reports. the bus veered off the highway just before dawn and ended up
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ina ditch. on—board were two drivers and 42 pilgrims from across poland. 11 people were killed at the scene. the rest were taken to nearby hospitals, many of them in a serious condition. translation: one woman's operation is still ongoing - and will take a long time, because she has multiple bodily injuries and her life is in danger. we have eight patients in hospital, four in intensive care, two of whom are currently in the operating room. the pilgrims were on their way to the small bosnian town of medjugorje. it's been a popular pilgrimage site ever since local children said they had seen a vision of the virgin mary there in the 1980s. many people in poland are deeply attached to their catholic faith, and the chance to make this pilgrimage is a highlight of their lives. from all over the country, they make the 1,500 km journey overnight on buses like this one. it's not known why this bus crashed. the tragedy has sparked deep anguish and sorrow here.
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in churches across poland, prayers are being said for the victims and their families. adam easton, bbc news, warsaw. archie battersbee, the 12—year—old boy at the centre of a uk legal battle over his care while lying unconscious in hospital, has died. his life sustaining treatment was withdrawn earlier today. it brings to an end a stand off between doctors who said archie was brain stem dead, and his parents who wanted his treatment to continue. our correspondent simon jones, has the details. saying their final farewells — these pictures were released by archie's family in the hours before his life support was withdrawn, following a series of legal battles pitting the family against doctors. archie passed at 12:15 today. can ijust say i am
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the proudest mum in the world? such a beautiful little boy, and he fought right until the very end, and i'm so proud to be his mum. the 12—year—old was found unconscious at his home in april. he had suffered catastrophic brain injuries. the doctors treating him said there was no hope of recovery, but his family maintained he needed more time. barts health nhs trust, which runs the royal london hospital, went to court to ask for treatment to end. the case was referred to the high court, the court of appeal, the supreme court and the european court of human rights, butjudge afterjudge agreed with doctors. after careful thought, we refuse permission to appeal, on all the grounds... the family eventually had to accept they had exhausted all legal routes. no family should ever have to go through what we have been through — it's barbaric. tributes to archie left outside the hospital today.
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his family had wanted him moved to a hospice away from what they saw as the noise and chaos of the hospital. that was refused, the trust arguing archie was in such an unstable condition it was too great a risk. in a statement, barts health nhs trust said its thoughts and condolences were with archie's family. it said that treatment had been withdrawn in line with court rulings about his best interests, and it said staff had shown extraordinary compassion over months caring for archie in often distressing circumstances. in court, judges had to put all emotions aside to decide solely what was best for archie. it is quite rare to see these types of cases in court, although there have been a handful of high—profile cases in recent years. there have been many different possible avenues that the parents could have tried, and it was important to them to make sure that they had exhausted all of those avenues. archie's family have
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said they are broken. the end of a life played out in the courts and in the public spotlight. simon jones, bbc news. 50 years ago this week, nearly 30,000 ugandan asians arrived in britain, forced out of their own country by dictator idi amin. many settled in greater manchester and lancashire, arriving with nothing but their clothes and a few possessions. among them the raja family from bolton, who've built a business empire. abbiejones has been to meet them. whole families arrived little but sentimental value. they left their lies behind in uganda with little warning. £50, yes,. that is all you had? i left behind all my money, all the things.
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she now sits in the superstore and fashion shop her family built from scratch. but in 1972, she arrived at heathrow with almost nothing and three kids in tow. her brother had bought a house over here, realising trouble was coming. a few of our family, friends, they had lost their lives, so there was no other option but to leave. they have been milking the economy of the country. president idi amin gave ugandan asians 90 days to leave, saying he was giving uganda back to ethnic ugandans, and they were britain's responsibility. for nila's children, who were all under six, it was a culture shock. my my grandad was a manager of a factory. we had servants, we had everything. we were
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freezing. it was absolutely cold. when we came to bolton we cried for six months because of the cold. we just couldn't handle it. we had to live like the english, you know, english clothes, _ english, you know, english clothes, hair cut short. i remember having the rollup socks. — remember having the rollup socks, the ladies at the nursery— socks, the ladies at the nursery saying, tell your knees to watch — nursery saying, tell your knees to watch top of the pops and coronation street, she will soon — coronation street, she will soon pick up english. did _ soon pick up english. did it _ soon pick up english. did it work? before i knew english _ did it work? before i knew english i _ did it work? before i knew english i could sing every abba song~ — families like the rajas were dispersed across britain, and the reception from local people was sometimes as unwelcoming as the weather. but that wasn't the case in bolton. bolton was a beautiful place. people around help set us up for what we have today, and the local community was the most helpful. 50 years ago the rajas started with a corner shop, which became the uk's first ever asian department store. they now also own a computer
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business, accountancy firm and nursing homes. how do you feel now about your mum, your uncle, coming here with nothing on what they have achieved here? heroes, most of them heroes. not all superheroes have caves. really proud. are you getting emotional? yeah, yeah. laughs. in italy, archaeologists have unearthed four new rooms in a house in pompeii, offering more insights into life in the ancient city. about two—thirds of the city has now been uncovered, and it remains one of italy's most popular tourist attractions. tom brada reports. an ancient city frozen in time by a monstrous eruption almost 2,000 years ago. still—vibrant ceramics, a wooden dish cabinet, fragments of an extremely tired bed — just some of the treasures unearthed by archaeologist at pompeii, offering a glimpse of what life was like for ordinary roman
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citizens before the town was pummelled by mount vesuvius in 79 ad. these items were all found in four newly—excavated rooms, first discovered at a property in 2018. in one room, there's a cupboard that had stayed open for the best part of two millennia. translation: here, you can see the cabinet with the wooden - parts of the doors. inside the cabinet, there were shelves — and what we see is the shelf that collapsed when the volcano exploded. inside, we found glass objects like these bottles, but also ceramics like these vases that we're gradually discovering. in another room, there's a table still holding its original ornaments. and in another, even a bed with parts of the bed frame still intact and traces of fabric from the original inhabita nts' pillow. a lot of this excavation work is being carried out during peak tourist season. translation: we have - about 12,000 people coming in each day, sometimes
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up to 15,000. with due care, we are able to manage the situation safely. it's little surprise that pompeii continues to attract visitors in such numbers. thousands of years on from its infamous devastation, its ancient ruins continue to offerfresh insight into the lives of the people who once called it home. tom brada, bbc news. celebrations have been taking place all over the world for the return of pride, the hugely popular lgbtq event that was forced to close amid the covid—19 pandemic. this is amsterdam where hundreds of thousands of spectators lined the city's historic canals to celebrate canal parade, a pride flotilla of 80 brightly decorated boats packed with people partying, singing and waving rainbow flags, balloons and umbrellas. and here, in the north german city of hamburg, thousands celebrated christopher street day
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in a long parade crossing the inner city. the theme here was "diversity not violence". meanwhile, in the uk, brighton pride is back on the streets. the singer, christina aguilera, has already performed and paloma faith is the headline act on sunday. our reporter sam harrison was there. a celebration finally back to its brilliant best — but this time, it simply meant more. this morning, thousands gathered on hove lawns to send off the long—awaited pride parade. i felt a bit emotional when i first got here, because we've had such a long time away from each other, so it feels extra special. it's our first year since it's been back since covid, it's our first time having family and dogs here, so it's quite an exciting pride for all of us. it's really my first - proper pride in general, and honestly, it's kind of amazing already. i with the parade in full swing, you can feel the excitement here — and you can see just what it means to people to be back celebrating this world—famous event. back in 2019, these smiling faces weren't to know what was around the corner. and for those running events today, it's a reminder that this celebration can never
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be taken for granted. this is still a protest, us being here is a protest. today, the cameras will pan around and show people from all ages, colours, sexualities, genders — and that is a protest. and there will be somebody who's not here who'll look at that and go, "i want to be part of that, cos that's me, "those are my people." after a packed day of parades and parties, attention this evening turned to the concerts at preston park. and with headline performer christina aguilera in town, it's set to be a night to remember. it's going to be electric! we've been waiting for this for three years, for pride to come back, so we're so excited. pride 2022 is already proving to be a pride to remember. that's it from us. you can catch me on twitter. those
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stories on the website. thank you very much for your company. we will see you next time. goodbye. hello there. it'll be turning sunnier and warmer as we move through the weekend and into next week — we're expecting heatwave conditions certainly for england and wales. nights and days will become warmer. if it's rain you're looking for, most of that will be reserved for the north of the uk, as you can see here, particularly western scotland — barely any across england and wales here. it's expected to stay dry throughout. now for part two of the weekend, england and wales seeing the lion's share of the sunshine. more cloud for scotland and northern ireland, probably eastern scotland not faring to badly with the sunshine. but there'll be some splashes of rain around, particularly western scotland where it'll stay quite breezy. high teens here, low—20s in eastern scotland, and up to around 28 celsius across the south—east of england. little change as we head through sunday night —
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it stays rather cloudy, quite breezy across the northwest of the country, some splashes of rain in towards the western isles. further south, lengthy, clearskies, light winds, temperatures falling down to around 10—15 celsius, so even the night—time temperatures are beginning to creep up, as well. monday, then, we start the new working week off with a lot of sunshine across the board, more for southern and eastern scotland and northern ireland with the windier, cloudy, wet conditions reserved for the northwest of scotland. so again, mid—to—high teens here, low—20s where it's sunnier in scotland and northern ireland, up to around 29 celsius in the warmest spots across south—east england, but generally the mid—to—high—20s for england and wales. tuesday it's warmer still again, quite windy across the northwest of scotland with gusts up to 40mph here with some splashes of rain. best of the sunshine, southern and eastern scotland, northern ireland, and england and wales — as you can see, temperatures widely in the low—20s, up to 29—30 celsius in the south—east. and then, by around midweek, it looks like we'll see heat wave conditions for england and wales —
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that's because we'll see temperatures well above average for more than three days. and we could be up to the mid—30s in celsius as we move towards the end of the week. the reason for it is our area of high pressure will start to migrate towards the east of the uk, and that will draw up this very warm air from the near content across the country on a fairly light and moderate south—easterly wind. so temperatures will be building day—by—day — and by midweek onwards, you can see those values into the mid—30s across parts of england and wales. always a little bit fresher with a bit more cloud in the north.
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