tv BBC World News BBC News April 19, 2021 1:00am-1:31am BST
this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. i'm mark lobel. tensions between moscow and prague escalate — russia expels twenty diplomats a day after the czech republic kicked out eighteen russian diplomats identified as secret agents. more deadly shootings in the united states. six people are killed in separate incident with an s in wisconsin and texas. —— incidents. some of europe's biggest football clubs announce plans to set up a new super league despite opposition from officials. and — how nasa is attempting to make history with the first powered flight on another planet.
tensions between moscow and prague have escalated — russia has expelled 20 diplomats, a day after the czech republic announced they were expelling 18 russian diplomats identified as secret agents. this includes two men suspected of involvement in a deadly explosion at a czech arms depot seven years ago. britain claims they're the same two men who 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 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 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
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 explosion 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. russia's ambassador to the uk has insisted that opposition leader alexei navalny will not be allowed to die in prison. supporters of mr navalny claim he could die within days. they're organising a rally on wednesday, hours after president vladimir putin is to deliver his state of the nation address. courtney bembridge reports. alexei navalny has being held at this prison outside moscow. he has been on hunger strike since the end of march,
protesting because he has been refused access to his medical team. his personal dock tweeted this video saying she and three other dock is stood for two hours and bed to be let into the jail but they were refused entry. the doctors say recent blood test results indicate that navalny could go into cardiac arrest at any moment and this was the message from the top aides.— the top aides. have you ever seen with — the top aides. have you ever seen with your _ the top aides. have you ever seen with your own - the top aides. have you ever seen with your own eyes - the top aides. have you ever| seen with your own eyes how someone is killed? yes, you have. you are seeing it right now full it does not negate the fact that alexey navalny is being killed in a terrible way and in front of everyone's eyes. but russia's ambassador to the uk says that will not happen. of course he will not be allowed to die in prison but i can say that mr navalny behaves like a hooligan. he wants to attract attention.
navalny was arrested in january when he turned to russia after a nearfatal poisoning when he turned to russia after a near fatal poisoning attack which he says was orchestrated by the kremlin. it denies the allegation. the us has warned there will be consequences of mr navalny dies and the eu �*s top format tweeted that he was deeply concerned and again called for navalny�*s immediate and unconditional release. it and unconditional release. it comes amid rising tensions between moscow and the west over a litany of issues including russia's troop buildup on the ukraine border. i think we have to find the redlines. it is the only way to be credible. sanctions are insufficient in themselves but sanctions are part of the package. sanctions are part of the package-— sanctions are part of the ackaue. ., , , package. eu foreign ministers are exnected _ package. eu foreign ministers are expected to _ package. eu foreign ministers are expected to discuss - are expected to discuss navalny�*s plate on monday. six people have been killed in the latest mass shootings in the united states. police and wisconsin have arrested a man suspected of
killing three people when he opened fire at a bar. more people were shot dead a few hours later in an incident in texas, the latest in a string of incidents over the last few days. on thursday, eight people were killed in a mass shooting at a fedex in indianapolis. that was the 45th mass shooting since march 16th. so far this year, the us has seen at least 147 mass shootings, according to the gun violence archive. president biden has called the shootings a "national embarrassment" and "must come to an end". eagleville ski is the director of the gun—control advocacy group, guns down america. what is your reaction to the latest shootings? it is your reaction to the latest shootings?— shootings? it is tragic and a result of — shootings? it is tragic and a result of the _ shootings? it is tragic and a result of the reality - shootings? it is tragic and a result of the reality that - shootings? it is tragic and a l result of the reality that here in the united states we have way too many guns in circulation and they are far too easy to get. so president biden and the senate majority
leader ran for office on the promise of passing life—saving legislation to help decrease gun deaths in the united states and they must act. you gun deaths in the united states and they must act.— gun deaths in the united states and they must act. you say they are too easy _ and they must act. you say they are too easy to _ and they must act. you say they are too easy to get. _ and they must act. you say they are too easy to get. they - and they must act. you say they are too easy to get. they were i are too easy to get. they were legally purchased guns in many of these attacks. which of the measures would curry favour with the american public and change things? will it be universal background checks? an end to diy guns? read flagging suspects? we need all those things. we need a series of reforms to help save lives. those firearms as you point out and most firearms used in mass shootings are legally purchased meaning that the existing laws are just too weak and we must raise the standard for gun ownership in the united states and that includes all the changes you pointed to including, of course, ensuring that we are no longer selling weapons of war to civilians that can allow them to kill as
many people as efficiently as possible. many people as efficiently as ossible. ~ , , ., , possible. we 'ust listed dozens of recent possible. we just listed dozens of recent shootings _ possible. we just listed dozens of recent shootings but - of recent shootings but politically it does not look like these gun controls will change —— changes will go through. we see democrat in the senate, we see you need ten republicans, uc bill clinton was said to have overreached himself with the assault weapons ban and there was a political backlash. with all those warnings it is unlikely to get through, isn't it, any changes?— to get through, isn't it, any chances? ., , y., , changes? the reality you 'ust described ﬂ changes? the reality you 'ust described of i changes? the reality you 'ust described of republicans h changes? the reality you just| described of republicans here in the united states opposing everything was the same reality that was in place when this president tried to cast covid relief on the same reality now in place when he is trying to do hisjob and in both those instances, both the president and the senate majority leader have found ways, creative ways of passing those measures, signing them into law, like the
covid bill but what i am arguing to you is when something is a presidential priority and a priority for the majority leader, they find a way to get it done. the fact that it way to get it done. the fact thatitis way to get it done. the fact that it is not the case for this issue where it is killing 100 americans on average every single day is absolutely outrageous. so there is a path in the senate to get these measures through with a simple majority of 50 votes if we amend or repeal the filibuster the rule that requires 60 votes in order to get on a bill. if we get rid of that self—imposed rule we can save lives and that, frankly, is the direction to move in. that, frankly, is the direction to move in-— that, frankly, is the direction to move im— that, frankly, is the direction to move in. . ~' , . to move in. thank you very much forjoining _ to move in. thank you very much forjoining us- — let's get some of the day's other 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 twenty people were killed in a collision between two trains. an eight—year—old girl has been rescued in switzerland five days after being kidnapped from her grandmother's french home. mia, and her mother lola montemaggi were found in a squat inside an abandoned factory in the swiss municipality of sainte—croix. the 28—year—old mother was arrested along with several others accused of helping her plan the kidnapping 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.
12 football clubs from italy, spain and england have agreed to the formation of a midweek super league. the teams — including some of the biggest in club football have released plans that have been widely criticised by the game's governing bosses and former players. but the agreement could see the founding clubs receive an upfront grant of approximately $11.19 billion. this was the reaction from the british sports minister earlier. iam i am laser focused i am laserfocused on i am laser focused on what is best for fans and what is best for english football. i am not convinced that what has been announced... iam convinced that what has been announced... i am sceptical about it. i don't think it would create the opportunities of the level playing field we would like to see in football. it is a closed shop idea so i am sceptical at the moment but will martin lipton, the chief sports writer for the uk's sun newspaper joins me now.
thank you for staying up for us, martin. is this a power grab by the big clubs? the grab already happened. _ grab by the big clubs? the grab already happened. they - grab by the big clubs? the grab already happened. they took i already happened. they took control of their own futures. this will be the most significant change in the football landscape that we have seen since the crisis caused over transfer values back in the 90s. it is a huge development. 12 clubs with three more suddenly becoming even wealthier than before, sharing £3 billion sterling as a joining fee. from potentially even as soon as august this year. it is a monumental change. it rips up the fabric of european football and many people say it destroys the essence of the game. i5 people say it destroys the essence of the game. is it actually — essence of the game. is it actually happening - essence of the game. is it actually happening or- actually happening or is it part of an elaborate negotiation to do with another
league, the champions league? champion league were going to announce, are still going to announce, are still going to announce later today a revamped model of a 36 team competition. that was described the head of the european club association as ideal and beautiful. today that same man resigned as chair of the club association, or is going to, becausejuventus joined the breakaway. this is real. it is not sabre rattling, not a joke or a threat it is concrete and they want to do it. they are going to do it and they believe, despite the anger and indignation that uefa had in switzerland, fifa will not stop them either. the world governing body will tiptoe around the edges and not pick up around the edges and not pick up a fuse— up a fuss. how harmful will this be for— up a fuss. how harmful will this be for domestic - up a fuss. how harmful will| this be for domestic football leagues? it this be for domestic football lea . ues? ., , this be for domestic football leaaues? ., , ., leagues? it would be a huge blow. if
leagues? it would be a huge blovv- if you _ leagues? it would be a huge blow. if you think— leagues? it would be a huge blow. if you think about - leagues? it would be a huge blow. if you think about the | blow. if you think about the english premier league, it is still worth around £5 billion over three years and i suspect if you are lucky you will halve that value because the big money is going to go towards the super league and there is talk of maybe trying to ban the clubs from taking part in domestic competitions but you cannot afford to do that because if you try and set up a premier league in england without manchester united, city, liverpool, arsenal spurs and chelsea, how much will you get for it? not a lot. there is not a huge appeal for aston villa versus newcastle. could the lack of a _ villa versus newcastle. could the lack of a tv _ villa versus newcastle. could the lack of a tv deal- villa versus newcastle. could the lack of a tv deal scupper| the lack of a tv deal scupper this? , ., ., , this? there will be a deal but the question _ this? there will be a deal but the question is _ this? there will be a deal but the question is how - this? there will be a deal but the question is how big - this? there will be a deal but the question is how big it - this? there will be a deal but the question is how big it is. | the question is how big it is. jp morgan, the us financial be off behind this promise £4.6 billion as a starting point for
the clubs. it is huge. there is talk of a streaming service being involved, they tried to put themselves away from it a little bit, there will be huge interest, no doubt about it. on global terms, for many of these clubs who have a global fan base, this is what those fans want. the domestic fans, the home fans, the people who go to the stadium, they are an afterthought. it is all about the growth of the clubs as commercial entities. martin li ton, commercial entities. martin lipton, thank _ commercial entities. martin lipton, thank you _ commercial entities. martin lipton, thank you for - commercial entities. martin | lipton, thank you for talking us through that. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: back in the stands — after months of restrictions, 4,000 football fans are allowed to watch the fa cup semi—final.
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this is bbc news. the latest headlines: tensions between moscow and prague escalate — russia expels 20 diplomats, a day after the czech republic kicked out 18 russian diplomats identified as secret agents. more deadly shootings in the united states — six people are killed in separate incidents in wisconsin and texas. all students have been evacuated from south africa's university of cape town after several of its buildings were set ablaze. a wildfire started on the slopes of table mountain spreading to the university campus. firefighters have been trying to tackle the blaze with water bombs dropped from helicopters. the bbc�*s tim allman reports. the failure began on part of the mountain called, appropriately enough, devil speak. huge billowing cloud of
smoke drifting into a brilliant blue cape town sky. firefighters desperately trying to get the flames under control but pretty soon they had spread to the campus of the local university. historic buildings damaged, hundreds of students forced to flee for safety. also in the path of the fire, the us historic mostert�*s mill, ct�*s historic mostert�*s mill, the oldest surviving and only working meal in south africa. now back down and almost completely destroyed. people in the national park urged to leave. this cyclist find himself surrounded by spoke and flames. —— smoke. it himself surrounded by spoke and flames. -- smoke.— flames. -- smoke. it was stupid of me. smoke... _
flames. -- smoke. it was stupid of me. smoke... my _ flames. -- smoke. it was stupid of me. smoke... my eyes. - flames. -- smoke. it was stupid of me. smoke... my eyes. i- of me. smoke... my eyes. i can't see-— can't see. he did eventually managed — can't see. he did eventually managed to _ can't see. he did eventually managed to make - can't see. he did eventually managed to make it - can't see. he did eventually managed to make it home i can't see. he did eventually - managed to make it home safely. although helicopters have flown back and forth dropping thousands of gallons of water on the mountain below. people have been told to stay inside and keep their windows shut as the battle goes on. tim allman, bbc news. the indian city worst affected by coronavirus, delhi, has ordered all residents returning from a major hindu festival on the ganges to quarantine at home for fourteen days. the order applies to all those attending the kumbh mela between april the 4th and the end of the month. they must also be registered and tested. anyone foundto have flouted the rules must go to government quarantine centres. india has reported a ninth straight day of record covid cases.
the first weekend since the latest easing of covid lockdown restrictions in england, has seen millions take the opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy sunny weather. wembley stadium has also welcomed supporters back, in small numbers, to watch the fa cup semi final between leicteser and southampton. joe wilson was amongst them they're back, cautiously and limited in numbers. local residents, mainly, but supporters, in the broader sense, of football. anna's a student who lives near wembley, holding a ticket to an experiment. i'm 19 myself, so i am one of the people who's lowest at risk of getting the virus, so i don't mind taking part in something like this. and if it means i get to see a club perform, i'm all for it. spectators had to show a negative lateral flow test to get in, keep on face coverings and maintain social distance. after the game, they'll be monitored, too. did we have the right capacity? were there big queues? it turns out there wasn't. everything seems to have gone very smoothly so far. you know, one—way systems, hygiene measures,
plus importantly, that testing that's taking place before and after. we'll be analysing the data from that very, very carefully. there are hopes and plans to expand wembley�*s permitted attendance in weeks and months to come. big matches lie ahead. but what about this one? southampton versus leicester city took time to get going. leicester needed the energy ofjamie vardy and the perseverance of iheanacho to break the stalemate. commentator: iheanacho is a master finisher these days. | and look, they had friends in the stadium. new supporters or old? well, real—life reaction is what football's missed and there could be new winners of this oldest competition. come on! leicester are in the final. joe wilson, bbc news, at wembley. 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 and we're seeing... 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 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. we've been flying on earth forjust over 100 years and now, like, yeah, we're going to go to another planet and fly. it's crazy!
but that's the beauty of exploration, that's the beauty of engineering. nasa's helicopter is a feat of engineering. it weighsjust 1.8 kilograms, that's 4lbs, and it has two long rotors which spin in opposite directions at up to 2500 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. 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 is just looking around, scouting. you can traverse places,
you know, without being hindered by the terrain. so it can do those kind of scouting missions for ourfuture 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 and there's even footage from its final test before its attempted lift—off tomorrow. 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. opening up new frontiers in flight. rebecca morelle, bbc news. before we go, the tail of the dog who would not let an accident hend his exercise routine. ~ ., , , accident hend his exercise routine. ~ . , , ., routine. when he was 'ust a ear routine. when he was 'ust a year old. i routine. when he was 'ust a year old, dexter * routine. when he was 'ust a year old, dexter was _ routine. when he wasjust a year old, dexter was hit - routine. when he wasjust a year old, dexter was hit by| routine. when he wasjust a | year old, dexter was hit by a truck and was unable to use his injured front legs. so his owner told him to walk with just his two back legs. he can
now enjoy walking along his hometown in california. look at him if they. what a beautiful shot. i think that is the opposite of a shaggy dog story stop you can reach me on twitter. bye—bye. hello. no significant rain on the way again this week. there is an atlantic weather system close to parts of northern ireland and scotland, so a little rain during monday for some here. but for most of the, uk it's high—pressure, it's 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 giving parts of northern ireland and scotland notjust more cloud but a little rain. but where you have the clouds to start today, you will avoid frost, but a touch of frost eastern scotland, parts of england or wales. close to or perhaps a touch below freezing in the coldest rural areas. and some early low cloud, mist and fog
gradually clearing from parts of eastern england. plenty of sunshine following on behind, across most of england and wales, and scotland. bit of patchy cloud developing. an isolated shower later in the day can't be ruled out in south east england. but the cloud though is thickest across western counties of northern ireland, western—most parts of scotland. there will be some outbreaks of rain occasionally — just 10 to 12 degrees here. really quite warm where you get the sunshine elsewhere. overnight and into tuesday, the cloud and a chance of seeing some rain across more of northern ireland and scotland by tuesday morning. low cloud, mist and fog returning to parts of eastern england. generally temperatures a bit higher going into tuesday morning, so the frost will be harder to come by. low cloud, mist and fog gradually clearing from eastern england on tuesday. across england and wales though, a bit more patchy cloud developing. a shower can't be ruled out on tuesday. largely cloudy in scotland and northern ireland. not much rain left on this weather front. northern scotland brightening up, but here behind the weatherfront, well, the air, the wind changing direction — it will feel colder here.
whereas south of the weather front it is still warm in light winds and where you get some of those sunny spells continuing. the cooler air behind this weather front, with cloud and not much rain, continues to push south overnight and into wednesday across the uk. and then a new area of high pressure taking over, giving plenty of dry weather in the second half of the week. but the wind around that coming in for the northeast. it will be colder along north sea coasts. generally temperatures will come down a little bit, but yet again, it will continue to feel really quite warm where you get to see some sunshine. though there is still the risk, the threat of frost overnight. and for gardeners and growers, no significant rain this week.
this is bbc news — the headlines... russia has announced that twenty diplomats from the czech republic will be expelled from the country. the czech ambassador to russia was summoned to the foreign ministry in moscow earlier on sunday. officials lodged a protest with him at prague's decision to expel 18 russian diplomats the previous day. six people have been killed in the latest mass shootings in the united states. police in wisconsin are searching for a gunman who killed three when he opened fire in a bar. several hours later — three more people were shot dead in a separate incident in texas. twelve of europe's top football clubs have confirmed that they plan to form a breakaway super—league — in defiance of european football's governing body. they said matches would be played midweek — and they would continue to participate in their respective domestic leagues. the plan is strongly