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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. eight days after his death, prince philip — the duke of edinburgh — has been laid to rest in the presence of queen elizabeth — and a small congregation of family members. the service — in line with the duke�*s wishes — was restrained — with no tributes paid — as the queen sat alone — a widow — after 73 years of marriage. the dean of windsor paid tribute to prince philip's �*kindness, humour and humanity. our royal correspondent nicholas witchell was watching the day's events. it was at windsor castle that they fell in love.
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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. and it was within the ancient walls of this castle, that the nation paid its final tributes. music: i vow to thee my country. drawn up in the spring sunshine on the castle�*s quadrangle were the military detachments. they stood with heads bowed and rifles reversed. the scale was smaller than would have been the case without the pandemic, though that's hardly something that would have troubled the duke. 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
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by the state entrance. the duke's coffin was borne on the shoulders of a bearer party from the grenadier guards. the coffin was covered with the duke's personal standard and surmounted with his sword and naval cap, and a wreath from the queen. 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. music: god save the queen. a royal salute sounded. and then the first sight of the queen, accompanied by a lady in waiting, in the state bentley, taking position as the order was given for the procession to step off. present arms. bell tolls
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close by was one of the horse—drawn carriages the duke had taken such pleasure in driving. on the seat his cap and gloves. among the members of the family walking behind the coffin were princes william and harry. the focus of so much attention. walking with their cousin, peter phillips, between them. bell tolls the procession wound its way past the castle�*s round tower. by the side entrance to st george's chapel, other members of the royal family stood with their heads bowed.
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the queen made her way into the chapel, pausing to look back as the hearse moved on down the hill. on the wreath of white roses and lilies on the coffin was a card, on which were the handwritten words, "in loving memory." at the west door of the chapel, the royal marines bore the coffin up the steps. inside the chapel, the queen took her place in the quire. before they entered the chapel, the bearer party paused as a field gun signalled the start of a one minute's silence.
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the coffin was borne into the chapel and placed on to the catafalque. around it, the 30 members of the congregation, all of them masked. the service began with a tribute to the duke from the dean of windsor. with grateful hearts we remember the many ways in which his long life has been a blessing to us.
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we have been inspired by his unwavering loyalty to our queen, by his service to the nation and the commonwealth, by his courage, fortitude and faith. the small congregation sat in its family groups. the queen sat alone. so did prince harry. after prayers, the commendation was delivered as the duke's coffin began slowly to descend to the royal vault. in the name ofjesus christ who suffered for thee. in the name of the holy spirit who strengthened thee. may thy portion this day be in peace, and thy dwelling in the heavenlyjerusalem. amen. and then a distinctive touch, characteristic of the duke. royal marine buglers
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sounded the royal navy's call to action stations. royal marines sound action stations at the end of her husband's funeral, the choir sang the national anthem. seldom can its words have had greater poignancy. # god save the queen.# the family mourners departed, a widowed queen to her castle, and 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. nicholas witchell, bbc news. around the world, people have also been pausing
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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. 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 trip to pakistan, one of his many to south asia. for more than 60 years was patron of the uk pakistan society. decades on and south asia has changed. the british royalfamily occupies a different place in peoples�* lives here. older generations will remember prince philip for his visits here and his death has
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also brought to light his lasting legacy amongst younger people in the region. the duke of edinburgh award. in this academy they have been running the scheme for almost two decades. hundreds of children he had taken part. 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. it 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 150,000 children in south asia, from all walks of life, have participated in the duke of edinburgh's international award.
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this girl who wants to be an entrepreneur says it introduced her to skills and experiences she would never have otherwise had. i am from sri lanka where we are focused on formal education. the duke of edinburgh tapped into our lives and made a big change. i think the duke of edinburgh's award was a safe space for me to transform as a young person and for me am very grateful to his royal highness because if not for his legacy i would not be here. prince philip led a life of service inspiring many others to follow suit. you want to refer to his awards as a do it yourself growing—up kit. it is through his scheme he leaves a lasting legacy, one which has touched people around the world.
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the commonwealth remembers prince philip whose funeral has been held in windsor. in other news.... czech police have said they are searching for two men carrying passports in the name of alexander petrov and ruslan boshirov. they are aliases used by these two russian military intelligence officers. they were charged by british prosecutors with the attempted murder on british soil of russian spy sergei skripal. the czechs are hunting the men as part of a diplomatic spat that's seen prague expel 18 russian diplomats over suspicions that moscow was involved in a weapons depot explosion in 2014.( read on) our correspondent rob cameron has the latest from prague. this evening the czech prime minister flanked this evening the czech prime ministerflanked by this evening the czech prime minister flanked by the this evening the czech prime ministerflanked by the interior minister, the foreign minister appeared in a specially scheduled news conference that the czechs are
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expelling 18 diplomats from the russian and deceit in prague. and it was because in the prime minister's words, of clear evidence of the involvement in the russian intelligence services as an explosion as an ammunition stump in 2014. within a few minutes of that announcement to their game even more extraordinary news when the czech police tweeted an image of two men that they want to speak to in regards to this attack in 2014, this explosion. and these men by the same names and photos as the two suspected agents that were suspected to have been behind the 2018 novichok poisonings in salisbury in the uk. so an extraordinary course of events this evening and folding truly quickly with far—reaching consequences for relations between the czech republic and russia.
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the global death toll from the coronavirus has now surpassed 3 million. it comes amid repeated setbacks in the worldwide vaccination campaign and a deepening crisis in places such as brazil, india, france and canada. i'm joined now by professor david fisman, an epidemiologist at the university of toronto. thank you forjoining us on bbc news. so this surge or rather this depressing new figure of 3 million deaths, setbacks in worldwide vaccination campaigns and a crisis in countries such as brazil, india, france and canada. what sort of what the vaccination campaigns, what's gone wrong? i the vaccination campaigns, what's gone wrong?— the vaccination campaigns, what's one wron: ? ., ,, ., the vaccination campaigns, what's auonewron? ., ., ., gone wrong? i mean, you may want to aint this gone wrong? i mean, you may want to paint this as _ gone wrong? i mean, you may want to paint this as a _ gone wrong? i mean, you may want to paint this as a negative _ gone wrong? i mean, you may want to paint this as a negative story - paint this as a negative story commit to me as an infectious disease physician and epidemiologist, the fact that we have highly effective vaccines being
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given to millions of people have been within a year of a brand—new virus being identified is nothing short of remarkable. and nobody says that the path has to be completely smooth, and it's not. the difficulties with vaccination that could be anticipated or that we have a virus that is drifting can without changing itsjeans a virus that is drifting can without changing its jeans and some of the vaccines are becoming less effective. that's a challenge we face every year with influenza so that's nothing new, it'sjust that it's happening in the middle of a global crisis. the if their issue that we have is rare but significant adverse effects with the emerging vaccines, most notably with the last few weeks and the vaccines that are based on the kind of virus that infects people and other creatures, the johnson & johnson and
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astrazeneca constructs. exactly how high that risk is is still evolving. in different countries have taken different approaches to that. but because of some of the messaging around that it probably has created around that it probably has created a bit of more hesitancy around vaccines then needed to be the case or was the case before. so if vaccines then needed to be the case or was the case before.— or was the case before. so if we take what _ or was the case before. so if we take what is _ or was the case before. so if we take what is happening - or was the case before. so if we take what is happening in - or was the case before. so if we take what is happening in brazil| or was the case before. so if we - take what is happening in brazil and india have likely, or how at risk are we of the advances as the progress that we have made that you highlighted? you know, the extraordinary development of vaccines and the lockdowns and the positive impacts of that, how likely is it that they are going to erode all the advances that we have had? i think what we are seeing again and again are effectively feedbacks. when things are going well people may relax and then the disease will research. when things are going
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badly people react by reducing contacts by between people and their disease retreats. that's how things tend to work. the countries that you have highlighted are perhaps a bit more significant for a couple of reasons, one they are very big countries. when i look at india, it's up around 200,000 newly counted cases a day, that's a lot. that's one face of the global total. but you have to remember that india has 1.3 billion people, so india's incidents per capita is actually lower than what we have going on here in canada right now. what is concerning and india is they have a novel... fin concerning and india is they have a novel... ., ,., ., ., novel... on that point, i want to net this novel... on that point, i want to get this last _ novel... on that point, i want to get this last question _ novel... on that point, i want to get this last question income . novel... on that point, i want to get this last question income as| novel... on that point, i want to i get this last question income as an epidemiologist we've had a double mutant variants in india, but how concerned are you of the mutants combining, recombinants i think
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mutations?— combining, recombinants i think mutations? . �*, ., ., ., , mutations? that's what coronavirus is due. mutations? that's what coronavirus is one that's _ mutations? that's what coronavirus is due. that's why _ mutations? that's what coronavirus is due. that's why we _ mutations? that's what coronavirus is due. that's why we secretive - is due. that's why we secretive viruses that have these incidences of these genomes. that's what they do. but we will see over time is that there will be population immunity for whether from infection or vaccination and the ability for the virus to drift. it's not going to be the first pandemic in history that doesn't end, this will end. and either through vaccination or prior infection. it’s either through vaccination or prior infection. �* , ., either through vaccination or prior infection. �* , . , . either through vaccination or prior infection. �*, . , . ., ., ., infection. it's a perfect nafta and don. infection. it's a perfect nafta and don- thank _ infection. it's a perfect nafta and don. thank you _ infection. it's a perfect nafta and don. thank you very _ infection. it's a perfect nafta and don. thank you very much. - 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.
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in 2016, the final year of the obama 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 hard—line stance of the former administration. 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 under pressure from democrats he's since pledged to raise it after all. peter bowes has more now on president biden's attempt to placate his liberal critics. well, he seems to be backtracking, certainly the white house has stumbled over its communication of this policy. just 24 hours ago the president indicating that he would
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stick with that 15,000 count that was in force during the trump administration and received a tremendous amount of criticism for that, not least from his own party and especially members of the progressive wing of the democrats who wanted to see that number increased quite considerably. as indeed the president had pledged to dojust a couple indeed the president had pledged to do just a couple of months ago. he was talking of more than 60,000 but saying he was going to cap it at 15,000 because that was best for the country at this time. and the white house seemed to blamejen psaki, the press spokeswoman. she blamed the decimated refugee admissions programme. many were the government body that deals with the processing of individual refugees but it does not seem to be an acknowledgement by the white house that things have changed since president biden moved into the white house. we see in this huge surge of people at the mexican border. and clearly there are
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applications for refugees coming from other parts of the world and this applies to the middle east africa as well. it does seem that the backtracking is that 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. significantly higher than the 50,000. 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, 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 ten billion dollars 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
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would take measures to protect the amazon in exchange forforeign aid. 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 6000 square kilometres. but warm water, sea swell and higher air temperatures shattered the billion—tonne block into countless pieces. let's return to our main story — the funeral in windsor of the duke of edinburgh. the queen has described the death of prince philip as �*having left a huge void" in her life. they had first met in 1934 and got married after the war in 1947 — a relationship spanning nine decades. our home editor mark easton now reports from liverpool on how the queen and the duke of edinburgh have been a remarkable team in the story of the monarchy.
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liverpool gives a true lancashire welcome to princess elizabeth. in spring 1949, a young couple went to liverpool's anglican cathedral at the end of hope street and drew a lover's knot on the third pier of the nave. the entwined e and p remains carved into the fabric of the building to this day, the physical embodiment of a marriage that was to last more than 73 years. among the choirboys attending that day was jeff holliday, now in his 80s. he recently lost his wife helen after almost 50 years of marriage and feels for the queen as she bids a final farewell to her husband. i would say that the queen is feeling this tremendously at the moment. even though you're prepared in a way for such an event, i feel for her, actually. i have a lot of respect for the duke as well. i thought he was a great guy. ijust can't imagine what it will be like after 72 years of having somebody you can have a moan to or can go home to and express your
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disappointments or problems and things that are worrying you. for there just to be an empty void. elizabeth and her husband waved to the cheering crowds. their wedding in 1947 was a distraction from post—war austerity, "a flash of colour on the hard road we travel," as churchill put it. you are now husband and wife together. this weekend victoria and kevin got married in liverpool town hall. a moment ofjoy in a land struggling to recover from the pandemic. the best feeling ever. yeah. to be able to do it. so happy. in liverpool, as across the commonwealth, the queen and prince philip came to represent constancy and commitment, a partnership that endured the pressures of family turbulence and public scrutiny. i think the main lesson we've learned is that tolerance is the one essential ingredient of any happy marriage.
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and you can take it from me that the queen has the quality of tolerance in abundance! jack thought i was his best friend as well. pat and jack will celebrate their 67th wedding anniversary tomorrow. still together in their merseyside home, they respect the example set by the queen and prince philip. she must be devastated losing her husband after all this time. he's been there steadfast, standing — not beside her, you know... just behind her! it's very difficult. what strikes me about your generation is that real sense of duty and of resilience and determination. it's being tolerant and enjoying each other�*s company. and being lucky. being lucky! yeah, we were lucky finding each other. he has quite simply been my strength and stay all these . years and i and his whole -
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family owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim or we shall ever know. i the queen made her wedding vows before god, to love, to cherish and by tradition, to obey. till death us do part. mark easton, bbc news, liverpool. after the weather we'll take a look at tomorrow's front pages in the papers — our guestsjoining me tonight are eve pollard & peter hunt now it's time for a look at the weather with darren bett hello there, good evening. there was some warm spring sunshine for many of us today. the for many of us today. weather is changing in scotla and the weather is changing in scotland and northern ireland. we've got this band of cloud here coming in from the atlantic. that will bring patchy rain. it will get the temperature
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stopped. elsewhere with little or no cloud was to purchase will fall close to freezing and there will be patchy frost but it will warm up in the sunshine. much more clout across scotland and northern ireland, most of the rain in the morning tending to peter out more in the afternoon. each of scotland staying dry and bright. we will see his affair with a cloud bubbling up across wales in western england further east in the sunshine. further east in the sunshine, temperatures are likely to be a little bit higher than they were on saturday, but it may be a shade cooler than saturday where we've got the cloud in scotland and northern ireland. but at least in the northwest, the pollen levels are not going to be quite as high with that rain around. we're in the peak of the tree pollen season, of course. this rain hasjust been hanging around, though, in the northwest for a few days in actualfact, lowering pressure out to the west of the uk, but the rains not really making much progress at all. indeed, many places still dry on monday. could be quite a cloudy, misty start for eastern parts of england before the cloud breaks up.
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we'll see some sunshine for a while, but again, some patchy cloud will develop here and there, leading to some sunny spells. the rain just hangs around towards the northwest of scotland, not far away from western parts of northern ireland. bit warmer in scotland, those temperatures continuing to rise in england and wales — 16 or 17 degrees here. now, this rain is going to try to push into the uk during tuesday and into wednesday, but high pressure is going to be building across it, so there won't be very much rain at all. we've got some patchy rain heading southwards across scotland, northern ireland, maybe into the northwest of england, but it really is just dying out all the time. could be one or two showers further south, but it's on the whole a dry day. still quite warm across parts of england and wales, turning a bit cooler in scotland and northern ireland. and once that rain just tends to fade away as high pressure builds in, we start to draw in cooler air from the north as we head towards wednesday. we start the week, though, with something a little bit warmer for many parts of the country, and then by the middle part of the week, it does get cooler from the north. but it's been a very dry month and the dry theme is set to continue.
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hello. this is bbc news with lukwesa burak.
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we'll be taking a look at tomorrow morning's papers in a moment. first, the headlines. 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. worldwide deaths from the coronavirus pandemic reach 3 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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