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this is bbc news. i'm james reynolds with for viewers in the us and around the world. president biden holds his first telephone conversation with king salman of saudi arabia, ahead of the us releasing an intelligence report about the murder of saudi journalist jamal khashoggi. the us president marks america's 50 millionth coronavirus vaccine shot, but some communities remain reluctant to take it. we have a report from new york city. with almost a third of people now vaccinated in the uk, queen elizabeth talks for the first time about having the coronavirus jab. it is obviously difficult for people if they have never had a vaccine. they ought to think about other people than
themselves. and one of the world's biggest bands — k—pop�*s blackpink — urge their fans to take action on climate change after being inspired by a david attenborough documentary. and the pop superstar lady gaga offers a $500,000 reward to get her two french bulldogs back after a gunman shoots her dog walker and steals the animals. hello and welcome. joe biden has held his first phone conversation with king salman of saudi arabia since taking office in january. saudi arabia has long been a vital us ally in the middle east but the us president vowed to "reset" relations with the gulf nation, with an emphasis on human rights and the rule of law. the conversation comes ahead of ahead of the public release of a much—anticipated declassified us intelligence
report about the murder of saudi journalist jamal khashoggi in istanbul in 2018. the report is expected to say the murder was likely ordered by the saudi crown prince, mohammed bin salman. joseph westphal was the united states ambassador to saudi arabia under president barack 0bama. hejoins us now. thank you he joins us now. thank you for joining us. administrations sometimes start by seeing we will make human rights our priority, then things get difficult, they have to get around to alliance building, that takes priority. irefill around to alliance building, that takes priority. will that ha - en that takes priority. will that happen here? _ that takes priority. will that happen here? i _ that takes priority. will that happen here? i don't - that takes priority. will that happen here? i don't think. that takes priority. will that i happen here? i don't think so. i think they can do both. a think the president has a very, very experienced foreign policy team around him with tony blanket at state and a number of people in the white house. he will likely put an ambassador into the kingdom as soon as possible, somebody who will have a direct connection to him, much like i had with president 0bama. to the kingdom, the leadership of the
kingdom, the leadership of the kingdom will no that the ambassador speaks to the president of the united states. when i was there as ambassador, i brought up the number of human rights issues with the king, with mohammad bin salman, and the crown prince at the time, and i would know that a strong ambassador and strong embassy and leadership in washington meant that none of the things that you've heard about, the ritz—carlton, the human rights of rats does make human rights of rats does make human rights of rats does make human rights arrests, the murder of khashoggi and all these things, that took place after we left office, when there was no ambassador for two years. —— the human rights arrests. years. -- the human rights arreste— years. -- the human rights arrests. ,., ., , arrests. the report measure that mohammad _ arrests. the report measure that mohammad bin - arrests. the report measurel that mohammad bin salman, arrests. the report measure - that mohammad bin salman, the crown prince, was responsible for the killing. but he may become the king, the leader of saudi arabia. shirley mr biden will want to keep a door open to him for direct dialogue? as
he does with putin in russia and other world leaders, in china, and turkey and other places where we have done issues concerning the human rights violations. the president _ rights violations. the president is - rights violations. the president is pretty i rights violations. the i president is pretty savvy rights violations. tue: president is pretty savvy about this, and he understands that there are a number of other concerns. climate change, he wants to go back to that agreement. we will need the saudi support for that. the nuclear treaty with iran, if we go back to negotiating that, we will probably add some things to vote, we will have to consult with saudi arabia. there are so many other issues that are important. the role of women in saudi arabia, newman writes, as you mentioned, in terms of the broader context of a country emerging into the 21st—century. having said all that, we've made a lot of progress in the past, tailing terrorism and a number of other
areas where the saudis had been very cooperative.— very cooperative. joseph westphal, thank you forjoining us. westphal, thank you for “oining us. ., �* european leaders have agreed to take steps to speed up the vaccination programme and get millions more eu citizens vaccinated. the eu has been criticised for its slow vaccine rollout, that's compared to the us and also the uk. 29 million people in the region have had at least one jab so far, that's just 8% of the adult population. leaders also discussed proposals for a basic vaccine passport to help revive the tourist industry. the european commission president, ursula von der leyen, struck an optimistic note about speeding up the rollout programme. we are confident that we are able to reach our goal, that by the end of the summer we will have offered to 70% of the population, the vaccination. the adult population. is a 255 million people —— these are 255 million people —— these are 255 million people —— these are 255 million people in the european union, and if we look at the
planned figures, this is a goal that we are confident we will reach. here in the uk, more than 18 million people have had a first vaccine dose — that's equivalent to one in three adults here. the queen has spoken for the first time about having it. she urged others to do the same, saying anyone who is nervous should think of others. 0ur royal correspondent, nicholas witchell, reports. they both had their vaccinations last month, and though the duke is now in hospital being treated for a non—covid infection, the queen — unperturbed, it would seem, by her husband's absence — was earlier this week on a video conference with health officials from across the uk. the vaccination programme had stirred memories. well, having lived in the war — it's very much like that, you know, when everybody had the same idea. and i think this has rather sort of inspired that, hasn't it? but how had the queen found her own vaccination? as far as i can make out, it was quite harmless.
it was very quick, and i've had lots of letters from people who have been very surprised by how easy it was to get the vaccine. and the jab was very — it didn't hurt at all. there was understanding for people who are nervous of the vaccination but a reminder that everyone has a responsibility to have it. it is obviously difficult for people if they have never had a vaccine, but they ought to think about other people rather than themselves. and there was a message to the scientists who developed the vaccines and all the staff who are administering them. it is remarkable how quickly the whole thing has been done and so many people have had the vaccine already. so you have to keep up the good work. nicholas witchell, bbc news. president biden has held a ceremony to mark the vaccination of 50 million americans against coronavirus. he said the us was weeks ahead of schedule on the path
to immunising 100 million people in his first 100 days in offic, that was a key promise he made before his inauguration in january. but he also said the real challenge will come when the lines outside vaccine centres have evaporated and supply outstrips demand. the time is coming, maybe 60 or 90 days when the supply is adequate but not enough people can access the shots or don't want them. to address the challenge, we are going to launched a massive campaign to educate people about vaccines, that they are safe and effective, and where to get the shots in the first place. let's stick with this story. in new york city, once the global epicentre of the pandemic, vaccination rates are lowest in the communities where the most people died. and now that a new variant of the virus has been discovered in new york, the effort to persuade people to take the vaccine has intensified. but many people have questions about the science. laura trevelyan reports from the bronx.
wanda and her niece sadia have very different views on the coronavirus vaccine. and i'm still on the fence about taking the vaccine... wanda's trying to get an appointment, while sadia is wary. it usually takes over two years for a vaccine to be made and it's been, like, how many months and boom! we have a vaccine. so, ijust feel like it's too fast for me. wanda's hearing this from her niece and many others. but as a community organiser in the bronx, wanda feels a sense of responsibility. i don't want to be a guinea pig, but i've also seen how more than 500,000 americans have died of this and it's also important that if i do community work and i'm in the community in the front line that i also set an example. the bronx is reeling from the impact of the pandemic. families have lost loved ones and jobs, and after this turbulent year, doctors are finding people have many questions about the vaccine. well, there's a lot of concern
about what is this? how's it going to affect me? is this the government's way of doing something to us? so, that's really the main concern that i find amongst patients. the bronx is the new york city borough with the highest coronavirus death rate. black and hispanic new yorkers here died in disproportionate numbers. yet even though the bronx was hardest hit by coronavirus, it's lagging behind when it comes to people getting the vaccine, so this mass—vaccination centre at the iconic yankee stadium is an attempt to increase vaccination rates among communities of colour. you have to make an appointment online to be vaccinated here — you can'tjust show up. 80—year—old anthony doesn't have a computer and he's been turned away eight times. now i have to go all the way back home and explain to whoever that i couldn't get an appointment, and that i got to try again. because so many seniors are having difficulty
with online appointments, there's a mobile vaccination unit in the bronx that takes the doses directly to elderly people in public housing. but this week, there was a new problem. why are you not vaccinating today? we don't have the supply. and that's a problem across the entire state and country. there's lack of supply. if we had the supply, we would be out vaccinating, not only today, every single day, in public housing around the bronx. wanda's also having trouble getting a vaccination appointment, but she's persisting. i'm a big woman! and i also get high blood pressure and i could get sick any time, and i don't know if i get sick, if i'm going to make it. the vaccination effort in the bronx is taking time to get going as concern about vaccine safety, difficulty getting appointments and supply problems. a community which has suffered so much is still struggling. laura trevelyan,
bbc news, the bronx. let's get some of the day's other news now. a lawyer for russian opposition activist alexei navalny says his client has been moved from a remand centre near moscow and the authorities will not say where he has been sent. vadim kobzev says the prominent kremlin critic has likely been transferred to a prison camp. the dutch parliament has approved a non—binding motion to classify china's treatment of its uighur minority as genocide. the canadian parliament also passed a similar motion a few days ago. china says allegations of mass internment and forced sterilisation of uighurs are completely unfounded. twitter will start allowing its users to charge their followers for access to additional content. the social media site says it's also considering subscription charges to use its tweetdeck platform and making advanced analytical data available only to influencers. stay with us on bbc news.
still to come: a $500,00 reward for the safe return of pop superstar lady gaga's stolen french bulldogs. prince charles has chosen his bride. the prince proposed to lady diana spencer three weeks ago. she accepted, she says, without hesitation. as revolutions go, this had its fair share of bullets. a climax in the night outside the gates of mr marcos�* sanctuary, malaca nang — the name itself symbolising one of the cruellest regimes of modern asia. the world's first clone has been produced of an adult mammal. scientists in scotland have produced a sheep called dolly using a cell from another sheep. warren beatty and faye dunaway announced to the world - that the winner of best film was la la land. . the only trouble was it wasn't. the mistake was only put right in the middle of gushing - speeches by the team - behind the modern musical. not for 20 years have locusts been seen in such numbers in this part of africa. some of the swarms have been ten miles long. this is the last time the public will see this pope.
very soon, for the sake of the credibility and authority of the next pope, benedict xvi will, in his own words, be hidden from the world for the rest of his life. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: president biden holds his first telephone conversation with king salman of saudi arabia ahead of the us releasing an intelligence report about the murder of saudi journalist jamal khashoggi. president biden has also held a ceremony to mark the vaccination of 50 million americans against coronavirus.
the alleged sexual assault of a girl aged between 13 and 16. the victims suffered from disordered eating, including bellini and anorexia, suicide attempts and self harm, excessive physical conditioning, repeatedly being forced to perform even when injured, extreme emotional abuse, and physical abuse, diseko is in washington. tell us more about what happened, please. as you said, this happened after the attorney—general of michigan announced those charges against the coach which include the allegations of sexual assault of a girl between the ages of 13 and 16 and also including multiple allegations of verbal and physical assault against young athletes. 0n the issue of human trafficking which was also one
of the charges against him, the attorney—general said he had used coercion and other measures to try and benefit financially from these female athletes so those were just some of the allegations against him, 2a charges, as you said. closely linked was he to doctor nacer, the team doctor who was charged for the same thing. —— nassar. well, they're trying to find out is new about larry nacer�*s abuse and john geddert owned a gym where nassar had worked for many years and three of the convictions against him relate to abuse that took place at the gym. 0ne relate to abuse that took place at the gym. one of larry nassar�*s for them is actually
said the two worked, they have a symbiotic relationship and they were kind of good cop and bad cop and they enabled each other�*s abuse so they were very close and actually one of the charges against geddert related to him lying to law enforcement about what he had known about larry nassar�*s activities. what larry nassar's activities. what kind of reaction _ larry nassar's activities. what kind of reaction has _ larry nassar's activities. what kind of reaction has there - larry nassar's activities. what | kind of reaction has there been to the news aboutjohn get it? one of his earliest known victims, the gymnast sarah klein, actually released a statement and she said this is traumatising beyond words and i want to read you some of what she said. he tortured and abused little girls, myself included, for more than 30 years. she said that he was a narcissistic abuser, she has called his suicide admission abuse but his victims and abuse are certainly whincup a day in court that they would have
hoped for. the pop superstar lady gaga is offering $500,000 as a reward for the return of two dogs after a gunman shot her dog walker and stole the animals. the dog walker is being treated in hospital and is reportedly recovering well. but the suspect made off with two of the singer's french bulldogs, koji and gustav. a third dog, called miss asia, managed to escape. i'm joined now by private investigator, jamie katz, a pet detective in fort lauderdale, florida. good to see you. how common is dog kidnapping at gunpoint? it dog kidnapping at gunpoint? tt is really not that common. i have not had a case note of 700 cases in the last six years, only form % of cases are actually stolen —— only 4%. it is not as common as—i do not think it is common at all. mit? think it is common at all. why would thieves _
think it is common at all. why would thieves steal _ think it is common at all. why would thieves steal french bulldogs in particular? they are worth a lot of money and you can resell them on the street for a lot of money but really in this situation you don't know it is actually going on, if this —— if it is something targeted towards the dog walker because they are lady gaga's dogs orjust a random coincidence that this happened. random coincidence that this happened-— random coincidence that this hauened. ., ., ., ., happened. how would you, at a et happened. how would you, at a pet detective. _ happened. how would you, at a pet detective, go _ happened. how would you, at a pet detective, go about - happened. how would you, at a pet detective, go about trying l pet detective, go about trying to find solid dogs like this? t to find solid dogs like this? i would need to go over the case with the owner or whoever is working the case, boots on the ground so to speak, so i could see exactly besides what everyone is being told in the news, if they have any other information or you know, does the dog owner have any thoughts of who could this be and, you know, there are a lot of questions i would go through with them personally to see what was going on where they were at at this moment, other than we know from watching the news. you have been doing this
job for a number— news. you have been doing this job for a number of— news. you have been doing this job for a number of years, - news. you have been doing this job for a number of years, a - job for a number of years, a common visit for stolen pets to be reunited their owners? —— how common is it. i be reunited their owners? -- how common is it.— be reunited their owners? -- how common is it. i think stay ositive how common is it. i think stay positive and — how common is it. i think stay positive and you _ how common is it. i think stay positive and you have - how common is it. i think stay positive and you have a - how common is it. i think stay positive and you have a good. positive and you have a good chance of being able to be reunited with your pet and it is just about having a case set “p is just about having a case set up properly and understanding why the pet was taken in the first place to be able to put a plan together to get them back. lady gaga has offered a reward of $500,000 and there is an argument this could encourage more theft of dogs or faulty owners. the thing without his before of wealthy owners. it is a crazy amount _ before of wealthy owners. it is a crazy amount but _ before of wealthy owners. it is a crazy amount but it - before of wealthy owners. it 3 a crazy amount but it is properly why she will get the dogs back. notjust a regular person on the street has $500,000 to give away as a reward so i don't think it will target more people. people already know that, i don't know, it is a hard situation to say that i don't think it will
target more people. nobody has $500,000 to give away. i think it is a very different situation and because the award amount is so high it will bring amount is so high it will bring a lot of scams and unnecessary information in because of the amount but i don't necessarily think that people are just going to start taking peoples dogs because they will not get $500,000 for it.— dogs because they will not get $500,000 for it. thank you so much for speaking _ $500,000 for it. thank you so much for speaking to - $500,000 for it. thank you so much for speaking to us. - the us space agency nasa has released a panoramic view of the landing site of the perseverance rover on mars. the panorama shows the rim of thejezero crater where the rover touched down last week, and the cliff face of an ancient river delta in the distance. it was taken by rotating the rover�*s mast 360 degrees. the mast is equipped with dual, zoomable cameras which can take high—definition video and images. nasa says the panorama is composed of 142 individual images stitched together on earth. k—pop superstars blackpink have emerged as the latest force in the globalfight against climate change.
the all—female group, whose stars have billions of fans around the world, have decided to speak outjust months before a major conference on climate change will be held in britain. the uk prime minister boris johnson has written to thank them for supporting the un climate summit known as cop26. they spoke to our correspondent laura bicker in seoul. hello, this is blackpink. they are one of — hello, this is blackpink. they are one of the _ hello, this is blackpink. they are one of the biggest - hello, this is blackpink. they are one of the biggest pop acts in the world. their videos are seen by billions and break the tube viewing records. this seen by billions and break the tube viewing records.- seen by billions and break the tube viewing records. this is a ulobal tube viewing records. this is a global challenge. _ tube viewing records. this is a global challenge. each - tube viewing records. this is a global challenge. each and - global challenge. each and everyone of us could make a difference, and we need to act now. difference, and we need to act now, , ., difference, and we need to act now. , ., ., ., now. so when they do a call to action this. — now. so when they do a call to action this, it can have a - action this, it can have a real impact. t action this, it can have a real imact. ~ ., , .,,._ impact. i think we all probably saw it, impact. i think we all probably saw it. but _ impact. i think we all probably saw it, but definitely - impact. i think we all probably saw it, but definitely the - saw it, but definitely the documentary that said david
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it could be a make or break moment for change. and that is why blackpink say they have decided to speak out now. the first step is to know what is happening with climate change because it affects all of us and we want to learn more and we hope ourfans do too. a budget electric car selling in china for around $4,500 is now outselling tesla's more upmarket cars. the compact car is proving a big hit for china's state—owned motor corporation. the electric vehicle is being built as part of a joint venture with us car giant general motors. last month, sales of the budget electric car in china were around double those of tesla.
a reminder of our top story, us presidentjoe biden has talked by phone with king salman of saudi arabia is essex to put their relations on a new footing. the white house said mr biden affirmed the importance of the us places on universal human rights and also the rule of law. mr biden made the rule of law. mr biden made the call after reading a us forthcoming report into the murder three years ago of the saudi journalistjamal khashoggi in istanbul. the report is expected to implicate the king's son, crown prince mohammed bin salman — though he has denied complicity. mr biden's predecessor donald trump had declined to release the report, focusing instead on improving cooperation with the saudis. the white house said the us would continue to help saudi arabia defend itself against groups allied with iran. more on this story and more on all of our stories on our website, including more on the search for lady gaga's two missing dogs and the return, of course, of miss asia, the dog who did not get dognapped.
you can reach me on twitter. i'm @jamesbbcnews. do let us know how you are getting on. stay with us. hello there. there always seems to be something to talk about with the weather across the uk. we started the week with heavy rain, particularly in the far north and west. then wednesday brought the warmest day of the year of the year so far with with temperatures peaking at 18 celsius. a little bit fresher for thursday, yes, but still highs of 12 or 13 degrees — that's above average for late february. all the warmth, however, has moved its way over to the near continent and a change of wind direction — a fresher westerly — meant that fresher feel to thursday's weather. but again, those temperatures are still pretty good for late february. it does, however, mean that clear skies by day will lead to clear skies through the night, so we are going to see quite a chilly start to our friday morning. at dawn, the temperatures will be hovering around orjust
below freezing in a few places. the only exception, the far north and west. a weak weather front toppling cross high pressure will introduce a little more in the way of cloud, but it's all going to be about this high over the next few days, keeping the story relatively quiet. so yes, we will pretty much have some sunshine from dawn till dusk across the country, with the exception of the north—west of the great glen. here, a little bit more of a breeze and maybe a little more in the way of cloud. but in terms of the feel of things, pretty decent temperatures once again — 10—12 celsius the high. now, as we move out of friday into the start of the weekend, the high pressure is going to firmly establish itself across the country. we'll have a weak weather front toppling across that high again in the far north—west. it will introduce more in the way of cloud and some light, patchy rain across central and southern scotland first thing in the morning, but a very weak affair, and either side of that frontal system to north—west scotland and central and southern england, there'll be decent slices of sunshine to be found and temperatures, well, 10—12 in the north,
1a in the south—east. maybe just that little bit cooler and disappointing where the cloud will linger. but the high stays with us for the second half of the weekend and so, again, that a relatively dry, settled story, but plenty of sunshine by day is going to lead to some clear nights and if you're a gardener or grower, it's worth bearing in mind that we could see a return to some frost and some fog, which may well be slow to lift away. but there will be some dry, sunny weather in the forecast — not only for the weekend but, as you can see, for much of next week as well. take care.
this is bbc news. the headlines: president biden has held his first telephone conversation with king salman of saudi arabia, ahead of the us releasing an intelligence report about the murder of saudi journalist, jamal khashoggi in 2018. the president biden says he wants to recalibrate relations between the two countries, with more emphasis on human rights. the president has also held a ceremony to mark the vaccination of 50 million americans against the coronavirus. mr biden said the united states was weeks ahead of schedule on the path to immunising 100 million people. that was a key election promise, before his first 100 days in office. the pop superstar lady gaga, has offered a $500,000 reward for the return of two of her french bulldogs after a gunman shot her dog walker and stole the animals in hollywood. the handler is being treated in hospital and is reportedly recovering well.