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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. donald trump returns to the political spotlight. the former president is due to address a conservative conference shortly, determined to maintain control of the republican party. this is the scene live at the cpac conference in orlando, florida, where conservatives and trump supporters are gathered. the united nations condemns myanmar�*s military for using lethal force against protesters, after the deadliest day in four weeks of anti—coup protests. at least 18 people are killed. police appeared to be using stun grenades, tear gas, sound booms and live rounds. several bloodied people were seen
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in images on the social media pages. hello, and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world. we start in florida, in the us, where former president donald trump is due to make his first public appearance shortly, since leaving the white house injanuary. he'll be addressing the annual "conservative political action conference", a key event in determining the future direction of the republican party. this is the scene live there right now as delegates wait for him to appear, and thatis that is my colleague, anthony zurich or, he is waiting as well. anthony, there seems to be some delay. we were expecting to hear from him 20
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minutes ago, what are organisers saying? minutes ago, what are organisers sa inc? ~ minutes ago, what are organisers sa in: ? ~ , , ., saying? well, the president of the organisation _ saying? well, the president of the organisation came _ saying? well, the president of the organisation came out _ saying? well, the president of the organisation came out and - saying? well, the president of the organisation came out and said . organisation came out and said things were going relatively smoothly, but i think he's just trying to keep the crowd entertained. the report is that donald trump is in the building, so they could be getting close to have him come out, but donald trump isn't president anymore. he doesn't get quite the same amount of airtight schedule that he used to have secret service and a full entourage. there is secret service here, but not the kind of production but the leader of the free world gets. so it might be dealing with a little bit of that. we do have some idea of what he's going to say, don't we? we we do have some idea of what he's going to say, don't we?— we do have some idea of what he's going to say, don't we? we do. we've been told that — going to say, don't we? we do. we've been told that he _ going to say, don't we? we do. we've been told that he is _ going to say, don't we? we do. we've been told that he is going _ going to say, don't we? we do. we've been told that he is going to - going to say, don't we? we do. we've been told that he is going to attack. been told that he is going to attack joe biden, he is going to criticise his handling of immigration and his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, saying that he hasn't been quick enough to open businesses and open schools. he's going to say that the first month ofjoe biden's presidency has been the worst in
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modern history, you know, never one to understate things, donald trump. he could conceivably go after some of his critics within his own party, someone like liz cheney in wyoming, the third ranking republican in the house of representatives who voted to impeach him. he will also probably touted his record over the last four years as many of his surrogates have been doing for the past three days. the achievements in their mind of the trump presidency. it has been a stronghold there, hasn't there? about who they feel would be there next republican candidate for presidency. it’s candidate for presidency. it's interesting. _ candidate for presidency. it�*s interesting, the straw poll results just came out, and about two thirds of the people who voted, and they have to be paying members of this convention, two thirds said that they wanted to see donald trump run again, 55% that they wanted donald trump to be the nominee, the next runner—up is rick desantis, ron desantis, the governor of florida
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here. he had 20%. so overwhelming preference for donald trump running again. although, to be honest, that shows a little bit of a window of opportunity for some of these are the republican presidential hopefuls that donald trump isn't the overwhelming choice of the crowd that there still are about half of the people here who might be open to someone else. the people here who might be open to someone else-— the people here who might be open to someone else. when donald trump left the white house, _ someone else. when donald trump left the white house, his _ someone else. when donald trump left the white house, his parting _ someone else. when donald trump left the white house, his parting words - the white house, his parting words were watch this space. let's see what happens next in terms of his political fortunes. what happens next in terms of his politicalfortunes. do what happens next in terms of his political fortunes. do you think he will make any kind of big announcement today with regards to that's? ., ~' ., announcement today with regards to that's? ., ~ ., ., ~ ., ., that's? you know, talking to some of the people. — that's? you know, talking to some of the people. the _ that's? you know, talking to some of the people, the attendees _ that's? you know, talking to some of the people, the attendees here, - that's? you know, talking to some ofj the people, the attendees here, they really want him to announce a presidential bid for 2024, but that doesn't seem likely. i think he will play it fairly close to the best, he likes the idea of building up excitement and anticipation. i think what we will see today is in trying to lay claim to the mantle, the leadership of the republican party, that he can be a kingmaker and that he will pick who does or doesn't
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succeed in the party and then talk in speculation about a presidential bid from there and build and build. perhaps even up until 2024 itself. anthony, after the riots on the capital injanuary anthony, after the riots on the capital in january the anthony, after the riots on the capital injanuary the 6th, donald trump's ratings died. how have they fared since then?— fared since then? well, among the american public _ fared since then? well, among the american public as _ fared since then? well, among the american public as a _ fared since then? well, among the american public as a whole, - fared since then? well, among the american public as a whole, his . american public as a whole, his approval ratings are still very low. they are the lowest that they have been during his presidency, so i think that really did have an impact on the way many americans view his presidency and view him as a man. i think when you see donald trump supporters, people waving donald trump flags, wearing make america great again have sandstorm in the capital, you can't help but have an impact on the movement of public reception approval, but within the republican party, donald trump still has widespread support. in that poll earlier, donald trump's support was within the high 90s of attendees
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here, and his support is still in the 70s and 80s. it did not notably adversely affect his standing among the true believers.— the true believers. anthony, meanwhile, _ the true believers. anthony, meanwhile, former - the true believers. anthony, i meanwhile, former presidents the true believers. anthony, _ meanwhile, former presidents keeping everybody waiting. we will be back with you when he does take the stage. for now, thank you. the un secretary general antonio guterres has condemned the violent crackdown in myanmar after the bloodiest day of demonstations since the military coup earlier this month. the un human rights 0ffice say at least 18 people have been killed today and more than 30 wounded. this was the scene on a street in yangon earlier. protesters threw petrol bombs at the police who fired back with rubber bullets and live ammunition. there were similar clashes in at least two other cities. the bbc�*s nyen is in yangon and sent this update. this is what is happening after deadly protests in several places in yangon today. people remain defiant in the ongoing fight for democracy.
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as you see, here in the central city. people continue to protest and block the main road to prevent the security forces from coming. today, the security forces were actually out early taking position at many protest sites across the city. they tried to contain the protest in small streets and townships, even before anti—coup protesters were being gathered all together. there were reports of shooting in several places, including near the university, the major gathering points. the circumstances of the shootings in several places, however, are not clear. but we have seen a number of photos of people who appear to be fatally wounded. some reports said that a number of protesters were killed in yangon,
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as well as some other cities across the country. police appear to be using stun grenades, tear gas and live rounds. several bloodied people were seen in images from other regions as well, which were circulated on social media pages. it was not clear if they were hit by rubber bullets or live fire. so far, we can confirm that a teacher who was protesting in yangon died of a heart attack after police used a sound boom. the witnesses and rescue workers said reportedly two men were also killed in a suburb of yangon. we are still trying to confirm the number of deaths and injured people. despite the crackdowns, thousands of protesters remain on the streets in the afternoon.
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in many places, people are setting up barricades and carrying shields to protect themselves. this weekend crackdown is potentially one of the most deadliest since the coup has taken place four weeks ago. it is expected to raise numbers of casualties as well as those who got arrested. nyein chan aye, bbc news, yangon, myanmar. tom andrews, un special rapporteur on human rights in myanmar told us the international community needs to step up its response. this is clearly a signal that this brutal military is willing to do anything, and it's telling us all it intends to ratchet up the violence, the brutality, that it's willing to commit against the people of myanmar. we know that there are 18 dead today, we think that there are probably more. we are still trying to determine how many injured, but we know that this
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is the bloodiest sunday of all, and we know that the military is showing its clarity that it's willing to do just about anything against the innocent peaceful protesters. and i thinkjust as they are showing they are willing to ratchet up up their brutality, i think the international community has to consider very seriously ratcheting up its response. i think that action is needed by the international community. there are a range of options that i will be recommending to the united nations and its various bodies to consider, including a global arms embargo targeted focused sanctions, notjust on individuals, but also the business enterprises that are all controlled by the military. also the convening of the united nations security council and exercising some of its authority, including reference to the international criminal court, as well as coordinated global arms embargo. these are range of options that are before the international
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community and the un in particular, and i think serious consideration has to be made to them. the european union says it's "greatly concerned" about the arrest of 47 prominent opposition figures in hong kong and has called for their immediate release. the 47 have been charged with conspiracy to commit subversion, after organising and taking part in unofficial primary polls to select opposition candidates ahead of the now—postponed legislative elections. it's the largest single use of the national security law imposed by beijing last year. danny vincent is in hong kong. the activists were told to report to the police station in the early afternoon. some suspected they would face detention. the man in the black mask is benny tai, one of the leading thinkers behind the 2014 protest movement, and an organiser of the primary elections which the authorities say were in violation of the national security law. translation: i have been comforting my family - these last few days.
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i haven't done anything wrong. i haven't done anything illegal, so eventually if i was charged and even injail in the end i have no qualms about what i have done. these activists took part in an unofficial primary election, where more than half a million voted to pre—select democracy candidates for the city's legislative council elections, elections that never took place. the authorities say this was an attempt to use mass candidates to paralyse the government, and have charged them with subversion. the 47 could face life in prison. activists say hong kong's political freedoms are being eroded. they say the law is being used as a political weapon. translation: we hong kong people are the light of hong kong. _ the government can take away all our rights, but the eyes of the people all over
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the world are sharp. everyone will know that we hong kong people are still strong in these difficult days and still insist on our five demands. five demands, not one less. the authorities say that law and order is being returned to hong kong after more than a year of political turmoil. one of the activists, lester shum, had this message not to give up just before he entered the police station to hand himself in. no matter how difficult it will be, i want to tell all the hong kong people, no matter where you are, to keep faithful and to be hopeful and to continue our struggle. for activists, today's charges represent an all—out attack on political opposition. the authorities say the city must be ruled by patriots. political opponents past and present and those that wish to stand for the election are now being punished under the law.
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danny vincent, bbc news, hong kong. ahead of the uk budget on wednesday, the chancellor rishi sunak has signalled the government will continue to support people and businesses through the economic crisis triggered by the pandemic — and he announced a grant scheme worth five billion pounds — that's almost 7—billion dollars — to help pubs, restaurants, shops and other businesses in england to re—open. but mr sunak also said he wanted to level with people about the challenges ahead. here's our political correspondent damian grammaticus. it's in the air, a sense of change, a hint of spring and the pandemic waning. but still, there are months left to go until restrictions lift. so today the chancellor was signalling the support in place for hard pressed firms and families will stay. so weighing on his mind is the debt, £270 billion and rising, my priority is to keep supporting british families, businesses and people
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through this crisis. i said at the beginning i would do whatever it took to do exactly that, and i remain committed to that. and you will see... borrow, borrow, borrow? the right thing to do now is to support the economy. but i also want to level with people about the challenges we face. coronavirus has had an enormous shock to both our economy and public finances, and i think it's right to be honest with people about that challenge and be clear about our plan to address that. labour says he's planning to increase corporation tax and wants to do it soon only so he can cut it before the next election. but he should be focusing on national needs not party ones. when we talk to businesses right across the country, as i have, what they are really concerned about is confidence. they don't want to see a chancellor who's focused on politics, focused on getting any changes through right now, so he can wash his hands of them before the next general election. instead, they want the focus on jobs
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and businesses and, sadly, that's not what we've seen from this chanceiion — but rishi sunak said that was not his plan. i don't recognise that. i think any one, given the shock that we have had over the last year and the economic uncertainty we face, it would be brave for people to know exactly what was going to happen in three years. labour says the government's handling of the pandemic, the timing of lockdowns last year contributed to this country having the most severe downturn of any major economy. and raising taxes now could choke off any recovery. rishi sunak is clearly concerned about the enormous amount of borrowing, and saysit�*s important for a conservative government to be seen to be acting responsibly. i definitely feel certain that financial spending needs to be prioritised for cetain industries still. more than raising taxes and paying off the debt? maybe you could raise taxes with certain people? i know there are definitely some friends working in certain industries, like you know, consultancy, and they are sitting at home raking it in. it's been a dramatic hit to small
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businesses across the entire uk. so giving them support enough to start again and then slowly weaning them off so they don't crash, because at the end of the day, with brexit and the pandemic, it's really important to get the economy back on track, going upwards. mr sunak, it's reported, may also freeze income tax thresholds, so over time more people are likely to find themselves paying at the higher rate. however it is done, sooner or later, the debt will have to be addressed. more than 20 million people in the uk have now had their first coronavirus jab. the news came as public health england said they had identified a handful of new cases of the brazilian variant of the virus. the uk government has also announced that rapid covid—19 tests are to be made available to families in england when their children return to secondary schools and colleges. our health correspondent katherine burns reports. they have turned up, one after the other, waiting for their turn.
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then jab afterjab, until now, more than 20 million people have had theirfirst dose. the health secretary reacted earlier on social media. i want to think everything a person who has come forward to get the vaccine. we know with increasing confidence that the vaccine protects you commit protects your community and it also is the route out of this for all of us. but in the last hour, we have had news of a new variant of concern being found in the uk. p1 was first found in brazil and five cases in england and scotland have been linked to travel there. authorities do not have any details on a sixth case because the person involved did not fill in a test registration form properly. this p1 variant is more transmissible than the original strains we saw of coronavirus and we do not know the response to the vaccine yet. we are concerned that we don't have spread of this that may impact our vaccine programme.
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two of the positive cases are in south gloucestershire. they will be retested, along with all contacts. surge testing will look for any other cases in the area. right now, the plan is still to start easing restrictions next week, with schools in england going back. the government has announced more testing to help stop infections getting into classrooms. naomi george's five year old daughter will be going back to class on march 8th. but like all adults living with any people in england, naomi will be encouraged to do this a couple of times a week. it is really strange being filmed doing this! test aren't compulsory, but people in child care or support bubbles with pupils, as well as other adults like school bus drivers, will also be asked to test themselves. a nasal swab, swiped into a liquid solution and then, up to half an hour later... it's one line. so, one line means i am very unlikely to have covid and it is not hassle—free.
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going to pick them up from the testing centre... but, you know, we will be doing it. it is worth doing and i will enjoy the peace of mind. for sure. and so, the race between us and the virus continues. the speed of the vaccine roll—out and extra testing should both give us an advantage, but at the same time, we need to stop any worrying variants taking hold. the american pharmaceutical company johnson &johnson has said it will immediately begin shipping doses of its vaccine after us regulators gave it their formal approval. it's the third jab to become available in the states, following those from pfizer and moderna, but this is the first one that only needs single dose to be effective. the company has announced it's shipping more than 20 million doses — with first deliveries expected as early as monday. it comes as washington warns state governors not to relax coronavirus restrictions too quickly. a senior german immunologist has
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called on his country's government to change its mind and start allowing over—65s to receive the oxford/astrazeneca vaccine. so far, it's only being given to those in the �*top priority group' between the ages of 18 and 64. speaking to the bbc, doctor carsten watzl, head of the german society for immunology, urged a u—turn, suggesting that 66—year—old chancellor angela merkel should take the vaccine live on television to prove its safety. to be honest, the astrazeneca vaccine has a pr problem, and not so much a scientific problem. and therefore, there's just so much we as scientists can do about this. therefore we need something like that, taking the vaccine to convince many people to take this vaccine. i'm not asking her to do it right now, i'm asking her — so the german commission, who is authorising the vaccines, has already announced they will reverse the decision because of the data that came out of scotland, for example, that showed a good efficacy of this vaccine also on the elderly. and once this has taken place, then i'm suggesting that she may
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take the astrazeneca vaccine to prove that it is safe and effective. time for a catch up on the support from sportscenter. hi, lizzie. thanks very much, starting with football in the english premier league. second place, manchester united eked out a goalless draw against the informed chelsea. the match was live despite the score line and chelsea had several good chances, although, the biggest talking point came in the first half when united appealed for a penalty after appearing to handle the ball. they turned away the appeals and did not reverse cycle after checking a picture aside monitor leading to different views from the incident from both managers. if different views from the incident from both managers.— from both managers. if that is a osition from both managers. if that is a position for _ from both managers. if that is a position for them _ from both managers. if that is a position for them to _ from both managers. if that is a position for them to be - from both managers. if that is a position for them to be and - from both managers. if that is a l position for them to be and when from both managers. if that is a - position for them to be and when the ball comes to you, then i'm blind. the last quality in the last pass wasn't good enough. we defended
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fantastically, we kept a clean sheet. you come away with a win on one of those breakaways, and if you get that nailed on penalty, which it is. ., , ., get that nailed on penalty, which it is. from my point of view, it was clear that — is. from my point of view, it was clear that a _ is. from my point of view, it was clear that a guy _ is. from my point of view, it was clear that a guy in _ is. from my point of view, it was clear that a guy in red _ is. from my point of view, it was clear that a guy in red played - is. from my point of view, it was clear that a guy in red played the ball clear that a guy in red played the hall with — clear that a guy in red played the ball with their hands, normally come if the _ ball with their hands, normally come if the referee goes, it's clear that he did _ if the referee goes, it's clear that he did a _ if the referee goes, it's clear that he did a wrong decision and it must be a penalty because of there's no need _ be a penalty because of there's no need to— be a penalty because of there's no need to look at it, but when i sought— need to look at it, but when i sought on— need to look at it, but when i sought on the ipad, i cannot understand what was going on because it was— understand what was going on because it was only— understand what was going on because it was only the red shirt to the ball it was only the red shirt to the hall with — it was only the red shirt to the ball with their hand. i did not know what _ ball with their hand. i did not know what this— ball with their hand. i did not know what this check was for.— ball with their hand. i did not know what this check was for. united are oints what this check was for. united are points clear — what this check was for. united are points clear of _ what this check was for. united are points clear of leicester _ what this check was for. united are points clear of leicester who - what this check was for. united are points clear of leicester who lost i points clear of leicester who lost 3-1 to points clear of leicester who lost 3—1 to arsenal. leicester scored first through an early strike, but arsenal hits back with goals from alexandra locke is at and nicholas pepe. a late kick—off has just finished for champions liverpool beat sheffield united 2—0, that ends a run of four successive premier league defeats for liverpool, crystal palace drew 0—0 in the days
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of the game. gareth bales scored twice as tottenham got back to winning ways in the lead with a 4—0 thumping of burnley. the victor takes joe's a thumping of burnley. the victor takesjoe's a moreno's site up to eighth in the table. the former west chama newcastle manager has died at the age of 65 after a long battle with the brain tumour. the league managers association said it was deeply saddened by the news. he had a successful playing career and went on to manage jailing a successful playing career and went on to managejailing him, watford, westend, norwich and newcastle, and he was also a coach in the england's set up when flynn was manager. the former newcastle captain, alan shearer tweeted. .. former newcastle captain, alan shearer tweeted... "so sad, fantastic men, rest in peace glenn." saintjohnston have won the scottish league cup for the first time in their history after beating livingston 1—0 in the final. sean rooney's powerful first—half header was the difference between the two
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sides at hampton park. saint johnston of the first site other than celtic to win a major scottish trophy for four seasons. than celtic to win a major scottish trophy forfour seasons. now, as trophy for four seasons. now, as tiger trophy forfour seasons. now, as tiger woods continues to receive treatment after his serious car accident, lastly, players including rory mcelroy have showed their support of the world 12 championship by wearing his trademark sunday, final day red and black for their last rounds. mcelroy is currently seven shots behind the leader,: power, who is at 17 under par. that's all the sport for now. lizzie, thanks very much. just a reminder, we are waiting to hearfrom donald trump. he is expected to give a speech shortly in orlando. this is the scene live there now at the conservative political action conference, known as c pack. he was expected to take to the stage some 40 minutes or so ago —— cpac. we are not sure what the delay is, but this will be his first speech from a political speech since leaving office back at the
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beginning ofjanuary. so we will keep an eye on that and try to bring it to you when he does take to the stage. in the meantime, you can reach me on twitter. now it's time for a look at the weather with stav danaos. hello there. it's been a fine weekend for much of the country. it's been mainly dry, and we've seen quite a bit of sunshine around — though today was actually quite chilly, particularly when you were out of the sunshine. but a fine end to the afternoon for many areas, particularly for england and wales, a bit more cloud for scotland and northern ireland. now for this upcoming week, high pressure will dominate the scene. so it'll stay generally fine and settled with some sunshine, starting to see increasing amounts of low cloud and fog as we move through the week, and nights will remain on the chilly side, particularly where skies clear. so we've got our area of high pressure still with us then as we end the day today and push on into tonight. it means under clear skies, temperatures will take a tumble. we've got light winds as well, which doesn't help with those values falling, although quite breezy across the far southwest and the far
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north and west of scotland. but the cloud will start to roll in off the north sea, mixed with mist and fog affecting much of central, southern, and eastern parts of england, some fog through scotland's central belt and also parts of northern ireland. where we have fog then, temperatures tending to stay just above freezing, but under the clear skies, we see some frost here. but it's here where we will see the sunshine to start monday. other areas will see that fog and also low cloud, which will take its time to burn away through the morning. it might be stubborn to clear across parts of east wales, the midlands, eastern england — so some eastern areas, particularly close to the coast, the onshore breeze could stay quite chilly all day. but where the sunshine appears, again, rising to highs of 10—12 celsius. we do it all again on tuesday, high pressure still with us, it will be a rather cold, grey, misty and foggy sort of morning. and then, that fog will tend to burn back towards the coastal areas, so it could stay quite grey and chilly again across eastern scotland and eastern england, parts of the middle and also holding onto the cloud. again, turning fairly
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mild into the afternoon where we have the sunshine — signs of something a bit cooler though across the north of the uk. this little feature, this weather front is likely to bring a cluster of showers to southern parts of the country, as we move from wednesday to thursday, this new area of high pressure building across iceland will influence our weather for the end of the week. settling things down, it will turn drier for all, but it'll also have some colder air wrapped into it which will affect the whole of the uk by the time we reach friday, so that really will be quite noticeable. so a few showers in the forecast for south wales, southern england on wednesday. then it turns drier and colder for all by the end of the week.
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hello, this is bbc news with samantha simmonds. the headlines... violence at anti—coup protests in myanmar — the un human rights office says
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security forces have shot dead at least 18 people. six cases of a coronavirus "variant of concern" that was first detected in brazil have been identified in the uk. plans for a £5 billion grant scheme in england for high street businesses hit by covid—19 — as the chancellor says he'll continue to protect people through the pandemic. it's difficult out there for many of these businesses. they've been brilliant at trying to adapt. we want to support them as they reopen, and i want people to be reassured that we will have support in place to help them move along the prime minister's road map as we move forward on that path. more than 20 million people in the uk have now received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine. now on bbc news — the amazon is the largest tropical rainforest and one of the most biodiverse places on earth. but now, chunks of it are being sold
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off online — on social media. joao fellet reports.

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