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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. queen elizabeth leads mourners at the funeral of her husband prince philip, the duke of edinburgh. prince philip's coffin travelled to the service on a specially adapted landrover that he helped design. walking together after the service, the two brothers, princes william and harry, who have been at odds in recent months. our other main news stories this hour. worldwide deaths from the coronavirus pandemic reach three million with india facing a new surge in cases. and president biden is under pressure after he tries to keep donald trump's cap on refugees.
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hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world. the funeral of the duke of edinburgh has taken place at windsor castle. although the service itself was small, due to covid restrictions, the duke's love of the military was reflected in the pageantry, before the funeral in st george's chapel. inside the chapel, there were only 30 mourners. the queen sat alone — again due to covid rules — as she said goodbye to her husband of 73 years. our royal correspondent, nicholas witchell reports. it was at windsor castle that they fell in love. it was wartime. the young lieutenant philip mountbatten spent his leave at the castle visiting the then—princess elizabeth. they were married in 1910. they spent many of the happiest moments of their 73 years together at windsor.
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and it was within the ancient walls of this castle, that the nation paid its final tributes. drawn up in the spring sunshine on the castle�*s quadrangle with a military detachment. regiments and other service contingents with which the the scale was smaller than would have been the case without the pandemic though that is hardly something that would have troubled him. he, after all, had choreographed much of what was to follow. the land rover hearse which the duke had helped to design moved to its position by the state entrance. his coffin was borne by a bearer party from the grenadier guards.
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it was covered with personal standard and surmounted with his sword and naval cap. with great care, it was placed on the hearse. behind the hearse were members of the royal family who were walking to the chapel, headed by the prince of wales. and then the first sight of the queen accompanied by a lady in waiting, in the state bentley taking its position of the procession as the hearse set off.
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among the members of the family walking behind the coffin were princes william and harry. the focus of much attention not walking side by side but with their cousin, peter phillips, between them. the procession wound its way down the gentle hill of the castle towards st george's chapel.
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marines removed the coffin from the hearse to take it up the steps to the chapel. inside st george's, the queen took her place in the quire. before entering the west doors, the bearer party paused for the minute's silence signalled by a field gun fired by the royal horse artillery.
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the coffin was borne into the chapel and around it the 30 members of the congregation, all of them masked. the bidding was delivered by the dean of windsor. with grateful hearts we remember the many ways in which his long life has been a blessing to us. we have been inspired by his unwavering loyalty to our queen, his service to the nation and the commonwealth, by his courage, fortitude and faith.
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the small congregation sat in its family groups. the queen sat alone. so too did prince harry. after the prayers and the commendation, a distinctive touch typical of the duke. in the name ofjesus christ who suffered for the, in the name of the holy spirit who strengthened the. may this day be in peace and light willing, in the heaven. amen. royal marine buglers sounded the royal navy's call to action stations.
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and finally, at the end of her husband's funeral, the choir sang the national anthem. two brothers, william and harry walked away together alongside the duchess of cambridge. the duke of edinburgh is gone, but the brothers know that he would have wanted the family to move on and for differences to be healed. around the world, people have also been pausing to remember the duke — particularly in commonwealth nations, where his work helped to encourage and develop young people in many different countries. our south asia correspondent rajini vaidyanathan reports from delhi. a warm welcome to the duke of edinburgh, who is briefly staying
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in that great country. it was a solo trip in 1959 which brought prince philip to the largest country in the commonwealth, india. as royal consort, he went on to visit the country three more times, seen here taking in the taj mahal in 1961. that same year, he made a trip to pakistan, one of his many to south asia. for more than 60 years, the duke was patron of the uk pakistan society. decades on, and south asia has changed. the british royal family occupies a different place in people's lives here. older generations will remember prince philip for his visits here. but his death has also brought to light his lasting legacy amongst younger people in the region through his duke of edinburgh award. the ramakrishna academy in kolkata in india has been running the scheme for almost two decades. hundreds of children here have taken part.
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teachers say the programme, which encourages students to volunteer and go on expeditions, has transformed many lives. prince edward visited the school once, to hand out his father's awards in person. we are really, really thankful to him, prince philip. the programme gave opportunity to our children to mix with the outside world. they face a lot of obstacles and they are taught how to overcome those obstacles. more than children in south asia, from all walks of life, have participated in the duke of edinburgh's international award. barinda from sri lanka, who wants to be an entrepreneur one day, says it introduced her to skills and experiences she would never have otherwise had. i am from sri lanka, where we are mostly focus on formal education. the duke of edinburgh really
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tapped into our lives and made a brilliant change. i think the duke of edinburgh award was a safe space for me to transform as a young person. for that, i am really grateful for his royal highness, because, if not for his legacy, i would not be here. there are no superheroes here. prince philip led a life of service, inspiring many others to follow suit. he once referred to his awards as a do—it—yourself growing—up kit. through his scheme, he leaves a lasting legacy. one which has touched people around the world. rajini vaidyanathan, bbc news, delhi. there's a major diplomatic spat developing between the czech republic and russia. prague is expelling 18 russian diplomats over suspicions that moscow was involved in a weapons depot explosion in 2014. separately, czech police have said they are searching for two men carrying passports in the name of alexander petrov and ruslan boshirov. those were aliases used by these
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two russian military intelligence officers. they were charged by british prosecutors with the attempted murder on british soil of russian spy sergei skripal. the so—called salisbury poisonings prompted the biggest wave of diplomatic expulsions between moscow and the west since the cold war. president biden is drawing criticism for backtracking on a pledge to increase the number of refugees allowed into the united states. immigration is a thorny political issue in the us and the approach has varied from administration to administration. in 2016, the final year of the 0bama administration, 85,000 refugees were granted entry. this was slashed under former president donald trump, a historically low limit was set on the number of refugees with 15,000 allowed in per year. president biden has sought to distance himself from the hardline stance of the former administation. he planned to raise the number of refugees allowed in to 62,500 per year. instead, on friday he signed an order keeping the 15,000 cap in place, though he's since promised to raise
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it in the future. i'm joined now by our north america correspondent peter bowes. welcome to you. just clarify the situation for us, has it backtracked or not? ~ , , ., , or not? well, he seems to be backtracking. _ or not? well, he seems to be backtracking. the _ or not? well, he seems to be backtracking. the white - or not? well, he seems to be l backtracking. the white house or not? well, he seems to be - backtracking. the white house has doubled over its communication of this policy. just 2a hours ago the president indicated he would stick with the 50,000 cap that was enforced during the trump administration. he received a tremendous amount of criticism for that, not least from his own party and especially members of the progressive wing of the democrats wanted to see that number increased quite considerably. as indeed the president have pledged to do just a couple of months ago. he was talking more than 60,000 but said he was going to cap it at 15,000 because that was best for the country this
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time. the white house seems to blame the press spokeswoman, to blame the decimated refugee admissions programme. in other words the government body that deals with the processing of individual refugees but there does not seem to be an acknowledgement about how things have changed since president biden moved into the white house, there's been a huge surge of people at the mexican border and is clearly implications for refugees coming from other parts of the world and from other parts of the world and from the middle east as well. it does seem to backtracking is that the president is now saying that by the president is now saying that by the 15th of may he will indeed increase that cap to 62 and a half thousand orjust below. so a little bit of wiggle room there and no definitive number but significantly higher than the 15,000.— definitive number but significantly higher than the 15,000. spoke about criticism not — higher than the 15,000. spoke about criticism not least _ higher than the 15,000. spoke about criticism not least within _ higher than the 15,000. spoke about criticism not least within the -
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criticism not least within the democratic party itself, just how damaging could this be for president biden? ., , , ., ., biden? could be very damaging. he alwa s biden? could be very damaging. he always greeting _ biden? could be very damaging. he always greeting every _ biden? could be very damaging. he always greeting every fine - biden? could be very damaging. he always greeting every fine line - always greeting every fine line between the wishes of the wing and those that wanted a significantly higher number of refugees in the country and those who are more moderate in the party. it's always been difficult for the president from that respect. the potential political ramifications come at the next elections, the midterm elections at the end of next year. this is in fact something the republicans are picking up on. suggesting that the image that the president does not want out there is that it's something of an open door policy. and clearly immigration as it was all the way through the trump administration in terms of a defining issue for him, it's going to be a defining issue for president biden. . ~' ,, in the final year of the 0bama administration, 85,000 refugees the number of coronavirus deaths around the world has risen
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above 3 million. the united states has suffered the highest number of fatalities, followed by brazil, mexico and india. there, prime minister narendra modi has urged people not to gather for a major religious festival. a weekend curfew has come into force in delhi — but there are currently no plans for nationwide restrictions — as mark lobel reports. agony. those burying relatives here feel this could have been avoided. translation: we accept| coronavirus is widespread. but the equipment and facilities that should be there in hospitals — they're not there. after a week of record cases and over 1,000 reported deaths a day, they are turning some bodies away here. translation: today, so far, we have received 13-14 bodies already. - the situation is so bad that we don't have time to do anything. we don't even have
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time to have a meal. india's leader, narendra modi, is loath to lockdown festivals like kumbh mela, large weddings and election rallies with an important vote on the horizon. i don't think it's entirel the politicians' fault. scientific arguments of various kinds were also advanced by people who should have possible known better. and the media, too, welcomed it, the industry welcomed it, and the virus had an opportunity to really spread fast. of most concern now, and spreading fast, is a newly classified coronavirus variant discovered in india. two of these mutations which have | been seen in other variants aroundj the world are concerning i because there's a similarity in these mutations that confer increased transmissibility, - for example, and some of these mutations also result in reduced neutralisation, which may have an impact on our- countermeasures, -
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including the vaccines. it is no longerjust an indian problem. the us, uk, singapore, australia and south africa have also reported this double mutant. as india plans to dramatically ramp up its locally made vaccine supplies, it is appealing to america to ease exports of raw materials. but pressure is building for more immediate action to stop this deadly wave of the virus, as those losing loved ones paint a picture of a health system buckling under the strain. mark lobel, bbc news. let's get some of the day's other news doctors for the imprisoned russian opposition activist, alexei navalny, say blood tests have indicated he's at risk of kidney failure. mr navalny has been on hunger strike for 18 days,
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because he's not being allowed access to his doctors. prison officials say he's refused the treatment he's been offered. brazil's environment minister says the country will need at least $10 billion a year in foreign aid to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050, ten years earlier than currently planned. president bolsonaro's government has been trying to negotiate a controversial deal with the united states in which it would take measures to protect the amazon in exchange forforeign aid. myanmar�*s military leader min aung hlaing is expected to attend a special summit of southeast asian countries next week in his first trip abroad since the february coup. the meeting injakarta is likely to focus on the unrest in myanmar. civil society watchdogs say more than seven hundred people, including more than forty children, have been killed by the security forces. ajudge in italy has ruled the country's former interior minister matteo salvini must stand trial on charges of kidnapping,
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over his decision to prevent more than 100 migrants from landing in the country in 2019. proactiva open arms, the spanish ngo which operated the migrant rescue ship at the heart of the case, has welcomed thejudge's ruling. one of the biggest icebergs in the world — which broke away from antarctica in 2017 — has now almost completely melted away. the frozen giant — known as a68 — covered an area of nearly six thousand square kilometers. that's the same size as some small countries. but warm water, sea swell and higher air temperatures shattered the billion—tonne block of free—floating ice into countless pieces. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's 0lly foster.
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minutes also for the first of the fa cup at wembley. in early goal disallowed at wembley but he was set up again. after the break and that was the only goal of the game. to take the side back to the final. very very strong performance. i wanted this for my team today. in the race for the top four, we said ok let's take this as an opportunity to show up on the highest level and see where we are. and they did. bier? see where we are. and they did. very aood see where we are. and they did. very good game- — see where we are. and they did. very good game- the _ see where we are. and they did. very good game. the latest round of english premier league fixtures it's really strong out this week. just
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the two on saturday, huge win for newcastle united that will go a long way towards keeping them up. they won 3—2 at home to westtown. they will have moved up to third with the wind but came back from level after craig was sent off. joe scored the newcastle winner, they are nine points clear of the bottom three. with this club, there is always a sting in the tail. there always seems to be a drama. you must be feeling better about yourselves. my aim is to finish above where we did last year, above 44 points. it is a hard job, but can we do it with six or seven games to go? it has to be. there is no disputing it has been difficult in the past few weeks, but all of a sudden we have lost one of our last seven games and i showing that bit of consistency that you need. this is what it does for the table despite defeat they stay forth. could not be overtaken by chelsea, the report have got a game in hand.
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newcastle jumped to the report have got a game in hand. newcastlejumped to a the report have got a game in hand. newcastle jumped to a mighty 15th, nine points clear as i was saying of fulghum. he played the same number of games. as sheffield united. they could be relegated if they lose to wolves, second halfjust getting under way. wolves, second halfjust getting underway. it's wolves, second halfjust getting under way. it's still goalless. norwich city were relegated from a premier league last season but have gone straight back up at the first time of asking, the site secure promotion with five games to spare. that's after swansea and branford both through before their game against bournemouth. and they're currently losing that game, doesn't really matter. they still want to win the championship title, that needs five more points to clinch the championship but it's not happening at the moment for them. they're losing to bournemouth. informing formula 1 lewis hamilton is on pole for the grand prix, and on sunday. the world champion said he needed
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the perfect lap and his mercedes to beat the flying red bulls, he delivered just that. sergio and max in those at second and third. pember to's team—mate dominate. i think it's deafly going to make the strategy harder and we got great race pace, i think it was a little strong yesterday. i'm so happy. sub snicker news coming differing chevy and ronnie 0'sullivan through to the second round of the world championship to go under way on saturday. reduced crowd as well watched on as part of a pilot scheme following the easing of lockdown restrictions in england. take the morning session 6—3. quickly wrap up the wind and 10—4 he went through. let's return to our main story. queen elizabeth's husband,
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the duke of edinburgh has been laid to rest after a funeral service at windsor castle, near london. the queen sat alone at the scaled—down service inside st george's chapel, with only 30 people in attendance due to the coronavirus; more than 700 military personnel took part outside. he was the longest serving consort in british history, having been married to queen elizabeth for more than 70 years. we'll leave you with a look back at some of the moments of today, commemorating his life.
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we are here today in st george's chapel to commit into the hands of god the soul of his servant, prince philip, duke of edinburgh. for his resolute faith and loyalty, for his high sense of duty and integrity, for his life of service to the nation and commonwealth. hello there, good evening. there was some warm spring sunshine for many of us today. the highest temperatures were around merseyside. we have seen some cloud coming in from the north sea across eastern parts of england, but it is then, high cloud.
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most of the cloud is sitting in the atlantic, which will work its way into northern ireland and eventually into western scotland. as we see the cloud coming in and thickening up, so we will see some rain pushing in from the west across northern ireland overnight and beginning to arrive in western parts of scotland by the early hours. these areas will be milder overnight. for the rest of the uk, we will have lighter winds, clearer skies and temperatures will be close to freezing. a touch of frost in some areas, but it will warm up in the sunshine. not so much sunshine for northern ireland and scotland. the rain tending to peter out, it will be brighter for eastern scotland full stops sunshine for england and wales, although some fair weather cloud bubbling up and it could be hazy at times across east anglia. it will be a warm day in the midlands and eastern england. temperatures lower than today in the cloud for scotland and northern ireland. weather fronts have been lurking
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in the atlantic to the west of the uk for a few days now, at low pressure is sitting there, but the wetter weather isn't really affecting much of the uk. we may seek out and train coming into northern ireland, but otherwise dry. a cloudy start for some eastern parts of england, the cloud breaking up and fair weather cloud bubbling up to leave sunny spells across much of the country. a dry day away from northern ireland. temperatures continue to rise for england and wales, up to 16 degrees. the rainbow peter out as this front reaches the rest of the uk. maybe you need the rain for england at wales, but it looks dry. some patchy rain coming into scotland and northern ireland. they will not be very much at all for the north of finland. for many places still dry. kula thought scotland and northern ireland. in the sunshine in england and wales, 15 or 16 is likely. by the time we get to the middle part of the week, cooler air will be arriving from the north,
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but it is still dry.
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hello. this is bbc news. the headlines... the queen leads mourners at the duke of edinburgh's funeral service, where only 30 people were allowed because of covid restrictions. prince philip's coffin travelled to the service on a specially adapted landrover that he helped design. walking together after the service, the two brothers, princes william and harry, who have been at odds in recent months. worldwide deaths from the coronavirus pandemic reach three million with india facing a new surge in cases. and president biden is under pressure after he tries to keep donald trump's cap on refugees. now on bbc news, our world — hong kong: jimmy lai's last stand — a warning: this film contains images of flash photography. jimmy lai — billionaire,
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activist and a staunch critic of beijing.

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