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as concern grows over the health of kremlin critic alexei navalny, russia's ambassador to london says he won't die behind bars. he will not be allowed to die in prison, but i can say that mr navalny, he behaves like a hooligan, absolutely. as india imposes new covid measures — is a local variant now growing in the uk? football chiefs warn europe's top clubs not to join a new super—league, after reports of an announcement, on a breakaway tournament. how nasa is attempting to make history with the first powered flight on another planet. hello and welcome if you're watching
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in the uk or around the world. russia's ambassador in london has insisted kremlin critic alexei navalny, who is seriously ill, will not be allowed to die in prison. mr navalny started a hunger strike on 31st march in protest at not being able to see his own medical team, and his doctors say recent blood test results indicate he could suffer kidney failure and go into cardiac arrest at any moment. the united states�* national security adviser, jake sullivan, has said there will be consequences if navalny, dies behind bars. russia's ambassador to the uk was talking to the bbc�*s andrew marr. of course he will not be allowed to die in prison, but i can say that mr navalny behaves like a hooligan, absolutely, in trying to violate every rule that has been established. his purpose of doing that is to attract attention for him, also by saying that today his left hand is sick, tomorrow his leg is sick
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and all of that stuff... the european court of human rights has ruled that the charges against him for money laundering are, they say, "arbitrary and unfair. " isn't the truth that he is in prison because he is a threat to president putin, for democratic reasons? no, not at all. he has violated his terms of parole and that is why he has been given a sentence and i have to say that julian assange here in britain was arrested by british police because he had also violated the terms of parole. maria snegovaya, from the george washington university's institute for european, russian and eurasian studies, on the remarks by the ambassador. since the government would want to be be blind by mist and navalny�*s that. —— would not be want to be blamed for his death. the reality is that he is not wrong. russian authorities have a history
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since the soviet times of letting people die outside ofjail. what they do instead, they destroyed the health of people while they are kept injail, irreparably, to the extent the damage is done and cannot be cured subsequently. then they let the person outside the prison, so that this person dies outside the prison and the kremlin that way is left without any blame for a person's death. de facto, the goal is achieved. adding to the diplomatic tensions between russia and europe, moscow has expelled 20 czech diplomats after prague sent a similar number of russians home. it's all about russia's alleged involvement in a deadly explosion at an arms depot seven years ago. the czechs say it involved the same two russian agents who britain claims tried to kill a former spy with a nerve agent three years ago. our security correspondent gordon corera has the story. the aftermath of a deadly explosion. in october 2014, this arms depot in the czech countryside blew up. it took a month to find the remains of two men who worked there. it was widely assumed to have been
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an accident, until now. a key piece of evidence came when investigators found an e—mail requesting permission for two men to inspect the site. attached were scans of the men's passports, a copy of which the bbc has obtained. if you recognise them, this is why. they're the same two men wanted in connection with the salisbury poisoning in the uk. in 2018, they were spotted on cctv and accused of smearing nerve agent on the front door of sergei skripal�*s house. the two denied any involvement, saying they visited salisbury to see the cathedral spire. the e—mail with the passport scans claimed the men were from the national guard of tajikistan, and gave false names. the pair arrived in prague on october 11th, using the same names as in salisbury. on october 13th, they went to stay in ostrava, near the arms depot, and they left the country on october
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16th, the day of the explosion. but why was the depot targeted? the bbc has been told that a bulgarian arms dealer, emilian gebrev, stored weapons there. six months later in bulgaria, members of the same unit from russian military intelligence are believed to have tried to kill gebrev. this cctv shows an alleged member of the team moving around gebrev�*s car. it's alleged that poison was smeared on its door handle, leaving him fighting for his life, though he did survive. one expert says these incidents paint a picture of how this unit operates. it actually seems to be military intelligence�*s in—house team of miscellaneous throat—slitters and general saboteurs. there's probably about 20 operational staff and maybe 200 support personnel. the czech prime minister has announced that 18 russian diplomats are being expelled. the issue will be discussed
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by eu foreign ministers tomorrow, while in london, the foreign secretary said the uk stood by its czech allies in exposing russian�*s dangerous operations. moscow says the allegations about its role in this expression are unfounded and far—fetched, but investigations into the activities of russian military intelligence are ongoing and more cases may still be uncovered, raising the pressure on moscow further. gordon corera, bbc news. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news... 11 people have died and nearly 100 others injured in a train accident in egypt. several carriages were derailed in the accident that took place north of the capital, cairo. egypt's rail system has a poor safety record — last month, at least 20 people were killed in a collision between two trains. university students in south africa have been evacuated after several buildings were set ablaze. a wildfire started on the slopes of table mountain, spreading to the university of cape town campus.
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firefighters have been trying to quench the blaze with water bombs dropped from helicopters. strong winds are fanning the flames and thick smoke can be seen from several kilometres away. germany is commemorating the victims of coronavirus at national ceremonies. almost 80,000 people have died there of the virus, and the country is currently battling a third wave. president frank— walter steinmeier has said the nation needs to pay a dignified farewell to those who've lost their lives in the pandemic. angela merkel also attended the service held in the kaiser wilhelm memorial church in berlin. to coronavirus now and in brazil, a study has found six in ten households now face food shortages due to the pandemic. government hand—outs introduced last year have been reduced as public debt rises. deaths continue to soar in the country, as mark lowen reports from sao paulo. every day, the faces of despair multiply.
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the food lines in sao paulo's largest favela go on and on. with most here working in the grey economy, queues have more than tripled as covid takes lives and livelihoods of brazil's poorest. for luciana firmino and herfamily, this is their only meal of the day. she lost herjob in a manicure studio with the pandemic, and they're unable to pay the rent. translation: i've lost hope. we will have to live on the street or under a bridge soon. sometimes, i think i should give my children away to social services. it feels like a different country among the rich farmers and backers of the president. harvesting the corn, frederico da vila says bolsonaro is cutting through a corrupt establishment.
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but with his hostility to lockdowns, slow vaccine purchase and brazil shrouded by over 365,000 deaths, the critics call his handling genocidal. president bolsonaro is not focused on killing anyone, he want to preserve the liberties of the people. he want people to get... to get out, to get work. the cost of that is the second worst death toll in the world and a hospital collapse. no, it's not true because this 365,000, we don't know if they only died by corona. to understand president bolsonaro's support even after the awful toll of the pandemic here, just look at his inspiration — donald trump. both paint themselves as anti—establishment. both captured the populist mood and both, despite mismanaging the pandemic, have kept their devoted following, from the wealthy farmers to the conservative base.
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blasting out his message are the evangelicals. streaming part samba, part sermon online is key to rallying the bolsonaro faithful. they back the president's push to reopen churches. translation: the church votes in favour of bolsonaro _ because he defends the family. he is against abortion and school books promoting lgbt groups. he fights for brazil with christian values, and if he doesn't want to wear a mask, that's his right to choose. with a divisive president and the virus and poverty exploding, brazil faces a perfect storm. they're preaching to the converted here, but increasingly for this devastated country, they're empty words. mark lowen, bbc news, sao paulo. the indian city worst affected by coronavirus — delhi — has ordered all residents returning from a major hindu festival on the ganges to quarantine
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at home for 1h days. the order applies to all those attending the kumbh mela between april— the— fourth and the end of the month. they must also be registered and tested: anyone found to have flouted the rules must go to government quarantine centres. india has reported a ninth straight day of record covid cases. our south asia correspondent rajini vaidyanathan is in delhi. she explained why india has been hit so badly by the pandemic. officials say it's down to poor social distancing to poor social distancing and lax behaviour. that is what they were saying a few weeks ago, but the issue is really as the virus spreads, there seems to be mixed messages in terms of how the virus is contained. i'm speaking to you from delhi where at the moment there is a weekend lockdown in place, so only essential services are allowed to operate. all the shops are closed for the weekend. although they will reopen tomorrow.
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but then in other parts of the country, mass election rallies are still taking place. even the prime minister hosted two of those rallies later in the day. he hosted a covid—19 meeting. many people just say on one hand you're hosting a big rally and on the other hand you're telling people more needs to be done. so there are concerns 110w. the prime minister did say that for the last days that for the last days of the mass religious gathering, we have seen those pictures and other crowds on banks, he said that should now basically finish although there will still be people there. i think the point is that, unless people are saying experts are saying unless there is a consistent message, it is very difficult to stop the spread. in the uk, there are concerns
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about the impact of new covid variant from india. more than 70 cases have been identified in the uk — i asked dr deepti gurdasani how much of a threat the variant posed. so this particular variant has been identified personally in india identified first in india towards the end of march and it seems to have two particular mutations of concern. one is quite similar to the one from the so—called south african variant, which we are concerned about in terms of vaccine effectiveness and there is another one which is potentially linked to increased transmissibility and also escape from immunity. what is really concerning is that in india over the past four weeks or so we have seen cases rise from 20,000 per day to over 200,000 per day, so that is over ten fold increase, and it may well be linked to this new variant, although we don't know at this time. wasn't this variant already present in the uk in february? yes, and that is the whole problem with having this idea of the red list, so we know this variant was present here even before it was identified in india and this is exactly the sort of thing we see,
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so surveillance of different countries are happening at different points in time and they may not identify when variants arrive, so when this particular variant was identified it was already at 20% frequency in some areas there, so it is very likely it entered the uk even before we knew it was a variant of concern, which is why we need these compressive quarantine restrictions because we don't know when the variants are arising and when they could potentially enter the country. what do you mean by compressive quarantine arrangements? what i mean by that is the sort of arrangements they have in new zealand and australia, who have managed not to import any variant of concern so far, which is mandatory managed quarantine at hotels for 1h days for anyone entering from any country. they are tested at about 12 days, including having isolation for the full 1a days, irrespective of the test result, which is not what we have in the uk right now. in the uk right now you can test and release at five days for most parts of the world,
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although you do have to get tested again at eight days, but you can release and start mixing at five days and that is the sort of thing that would encourage transmission. there are a huge number of exemptions and as we know, the red list of countries itself does not include even the countries that have variants of concern within them and certainly not variants that can potentially come from other places, where we don't know there are variants of concern. we have heard, though, from opponents to what you are suggesting that it isn't appropriate for britain to do the same thing, that it isn't comparable with the new zealand experience, for example. how feasible would it be to impose what you are suggesting? well, many countries, notjust new zealand and australia, but many countries over southeast asia have done it and i think we just have to look at europe to see what the consequences of importing these variants are. so for example, the third wave we are seeing all across europe is because of the so—called kent variant that was exported to europe because europe also has the same flawed quarantine policy,
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so these policies are entirely possible within the uk, we just decided it is ok for these variants to come in because we think they can contain them after they come in but unfortunately we have not been successful for doing that. the so—called south african variant, the spike testing has been despite surge testing, has been increasing week on week and given our primary vaccine strategy, it is really worrying we are letting potentially vaccine evading variants to grow within the uk. the headlines on bbc news... as concern grows over the health of kremlin critic alexei navalny , russia's ambassador to london says he won't die behind bars. as india imposes new covid measures — there's concern over cases of a variant now growing in the uk. uefa, the football association, and the premier league have reacted angrily tonight to reports that 12 major european clubs, including the �*big six' from england,
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have signed up to a breakaway european super league. arsenal, chelsea, liverpool, manchester city, manchester united and tottenham are part of the group. this was the reaction from the british sports minister. i am laser focused on the government is really laser focused on what is best for fans and what is best for english football. i'm not convinced that what has been announced would be. i haven't seen the full details yet, but i'm pretty sceptical about it. i don't think it was necessary to create the opportunities will be a level playing field we would like to see in football, it seems a pretty closed shop idea, so i am pretty sceptical at the moment, but i will wait to see the details. our sports editor dan roan says the plan has the potential to transform football in europe. if this were to happen, it has the potential to end the club game as we know it. the so—called big six of english club football, manchester united here, but also manchester city, liverpool, chelsea, arsenal and spurs, all understood to be on the verge tonight of announcing that they are in principle
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supportive of a possible european super league that would see them become permanent members of a new competition alongside italian and spanish clubs initially, in return for hundreds of millions of pounds. will it happen? in the past, this threat of a breakaway has regularly been used to get more power and money from uefa, and it is surely no coincidence that tomorrow, uefa are due to announce a new revamped, enlarged champions league format. it would be no surprise if this was a negotiation tactic ahead of that. it's been widely condemned tonight by everyone from the likes of the prime minister, former players and managers like sir alex ferguson and fan groups and the government, but also uefa, who said that the clubs would be punished. they would be barred from domestic and european club competition and the premier league, who said they wouldn't sanction it. the players might be barred from playing for their countries. it's being seen as a power grab motivated by greed. but whatever the motivation and whether it happens, it has reinforced a sense
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of division and also questions over where power lies in the game. dan roan at old trafford. after more than a year of being unable to leave their home country, the first flight of australian residents is about to leave for new zealand. it marks the beginning of the trans—tasman travel bubble, a two—way travel corridor. both countries say the bubble is only possible because they've been able to contain the virus. let's take a look at how it all works. from monday, april 19, those in australia and new zealand can travel freely between countries without needing to quarantine on arrival. but it won't be quite like pre—covid travel. passengers will be required to wear a mask on the plane and on arrival, they will be taken through "green zones" at the airport so they're not in contact with any other arrivals. both countries warn travellers must follow local guidelines. they may be required to quarantine if there's an outbreak or they've recently visited a hotspot. our australia correspondent shaimaa khalil will be on board the first flight leaving sydney for auckland. the international departures terminal in sydney airport has been busy since the early hours of the day for the first time people will
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be able to travel to new zealand in quarantine. it is a big day for the travel industry after a catastrophic year because of covid—19. and border closure. the airlines have ramped up their flights across the tasman. we will be on a very first flight from sydney to auckland. quite exciting. between them, jet star expected to be operating at about 29 flights today, busy time for air new zealand as well. they will be transporting more than 5000 passengers, 3000 are going to be on their way to new zealand. this was a very busy route before the pandemic began. australians made the biggest chunk of new zealand's international visitors market so yes, a trans bubble is a big sigh of relief for the tourist and the travel industries but really those initial flights are going to be filled with family and friends, there will be
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zealand covid—19 tracer app and they will also be flying on green zone flights, these are flights where passengers have been nowhere other than australia for the last 1a days and the crew will not have travelled to any covid—19 red zones. it is a very different way to travel no doubt, but it is also going to be exciting times for holiday—makers and for those families that are finally being able to be reunited. nasa is attempting to make history with the first powered flight on another planet. it will launch a small helicopter, called ingenuity, from the surface of mars. on board is a small piece of history from earth, a tiny square of material from the wright brothers plane that first flew over a century ago. as our science correspondent rebecca morelle reports, it's a trial of technology that could transform how we explore distant worlds. the parachute has deployed... this mission has already revealed mars as never seen before with the first ever footage of a thrilling descent, as the rover is lowered down
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to the martian surface. touchdown confirmed. now nasa is ready to make history again. this time, it will try to launch a helicopter. the first attempt at powered flight on another planet, this animation reveals how it might look. but with the extreme conditions on mars and the fact that there's barely any atmosphere, it won't be easy. it feels absolutely nuts, of course. i mean, we've been flying on earth forjust over a hundred years and now, yeah, we're going to go to another planet and fly. it's crazy, right? but that's the beauty of exploration and the beauty of engineering. nasa's helicopter is a feat of engineering. it weighsjust 1.8 kilograms — that's 4 lbs — and it has two long rotors which spin in opposite directions at up to 2,500 revolutions per minute. this is much faster than a helicopter on earth, but it needs this speed to lift off in the extremely thin martian atmosphere.
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its first test flight takes it three metres above the ground for 30 seconds before rotating and finally landing. then for the next 30 days, it will begin to fly much further afield. the helicopter has been lowered from where it was stored beneath the rover onto a carefully selected strip of terrain, free of boulders. it will capture footage as it flies, looking down on the rover and the rover�*s camera will film the helicopter, providing multiple views for the scientists to study. one of the things that a helicopter is very well suited for isjust looking around, scouting. it can traverse places without being hindered by the terrain. it could dojust kind of scouting missions for our future rovers, perhaps, or even for astronauts. the helicopter is part of nasa's most ambitious mars mission to date. these are all images taken in the last few weeks. on the ground, the rover will be searching for signs of life, but the helicopter will add an airborne dimension to how we explore other planets,
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opening up new frontiers in flight. rebecca morelle, bbc news. the tale of the dog who wouldn't let an accident and his exercise routine. when he wasjust an accident and his exercise routine. when he was just one years old, dexterwas routine. when he was just one years old, dexter was hit by a truck and was left unable to use his injured front leg. his owner taught him how to walk on two legs like a human. with these new skills, dexter can still enjoy walks around his hometown in colorado. he's having a great time. a reminder of our top story. the us national security adviser has said there be consequences of putin critic alexei navalny if he dies in prison where he is a hunger strike and his health has been deteriorating front that russia says that will not happen in that mr navalny supported say he is being killed in front of the whole world. you are watching bbc news.
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after the weather it would take a look at the front pages. i guess joining us tonight are casio dugdale and john stevens. —— our guest. time for the forecast. here is nick miller. hello. no significant rain on the way again this week, there isn't this week, there is an atlantic weather system close to present norther ireland and scotland so a little rain during monday. but for most of the uk it's high—pressure and dry and after a chilly start it will feel quite warm in the sunshine. this area of high—pressure extending across from scandinavia, this area of low pressure getting present northern pressure giving northern ireland and scotland and notjust cloud but a little rain and when you have the class to start today you will avoid frost but a touch of frost, each. parts of england or wales and close to or perhaps a touch below freezing in the coldest rural areas.
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and despite the clearing from england on the following behind across much of england and wales and scotland and developing ice that is shower later in the day cannot be ruled out in southeast england, but the cloud is across western counties of northern ireland, which are most parts of scotland and outbreaks of rain occasionally atjust ten to 12 degrees here. really quite warm when you get the sunshine elsewhere. overnight to tuesday, the cloud and chance of seeing rain by tuesday morning, low cloud mist and fog returning to parts of eastern england, generally temperatures a bit higher going into tuesday morning so frost will be harder to come by. low cloud, mist and fog gradually clearing from eastern england on tuesday. a shower can't be ruled out on tuesday. scotland and northern ireland, not much rain left on this weather front, northern scotland brightening up but here behind the weather front the air, the wind is changing direction and it will feel colder here. south of the weather front is still warm and light winds where
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you get some of those sunny spells continuing. a cooler air behind this weather front with cloud and not much rain continues to push south overnight and into wednesday across the uk. and a new area of high pressure taking over anfd giving plenty of dry weather in the second half of the week but the wind around to that coming in for the northeast will be colder along north coasts, generally temperatures will come down a little bit but yet again it will continue to feel really quite warm when you get to see some sunshine. though there is still the risk of the threat of frost overnight and for gardeners and growers no significant rain this week.
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hello. hello. this is bbc news this is bbc news with martine croxall. with martine croxall. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow we'll be taking a look at tomorrow morning's papers in a moment. morning's papers in a moment. but concerns as health officials first, the headlines. first, the headlines. millions enjoy the first millions enjoy the first weekend since england's weekend since england's
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lockdown was eased, lockdown was eased, but concerns as health officials confirm 77 cases of the indian variant across the uk. the organisation representing nhs trusts in england says it will take five years for some hospitals to catch up with the backlog caused by the pandemic. two russians suspected of carrying out the salisbury nerve agent poisonings, are now accused over a czech arms depot explosion in 2014. the suspects are thought to be agents working for russian military intelligence. football chiefs warn europe's top clubs not to join a new super—league after reports of an announcement on a breakaway tournament. and preparing for lift—off — the revolutionary nasa helicopter set to hover above the surface of mars.

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