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this is bbc world news. i'm nancy kacungira. our top stories: russia and ukraine say around 20 women and children have been evacuated from mariupol�*s azovstal steel plant, but hundreds are still thought to be trapped inside. here in the uk, the conservative mp neil parish resigns after admitting he watched pornography in the house of commons. madness, total madness. i mean, i'm not going to defend it, i'm also not going to defend what i did. what i did was absolutely, totally wrong. canadian police make mulitple arrests in ottawa as the capital is occupied by anti—establishment protesters on motorbikes. and ireland's katie taylor has
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defended her lightweight titles against amanda serrano in a thrilling bout at new york's madison square garden. hello and welcome to bbc news. ukrainian fighters besieged by russian forces inside mariupol�*s azovstal industrial complex say 20 civilians have been able to leave the site. but hundreds of people are still believed to be sheltering inside the plant. it's the first such release since president putin announced he was locking down ukraine's last bastion in the city. speaking in a video post, a commander of the azov battalion inside the complex said he hoped the evacuated group would be taken to territory under ukrainian control.
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translation: we transferred 20 civilians, rescued _ from the rubble, to the agreed location. these are women and children, and we hope these people will go to the agreed destination, to the controlled territory of ukraine. a special rescue operation is being carried out, we are getting civilians out of the rubble with ropes. mainly the elderly, women and children. we hope this process will continue and we will be able to evacuate all of the civilians. lieutenant colonel daniel davis is a senior fellow at the foreign policy think tank defense priorities. he told me how difficult organising this kind of evacuation can be. a little while ago, a number of weeks, it would have been much more difficult,
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especially with the entire city under attack as it had been since the beginning of the war. but now the whole fight for mariupol is nowjust on the azovstal complex, it's not hard for russia to stop any of their bombardment and clear a cordon, a path to get them in and out. so once the decision has been made and both sides agree williams will come out, it's not now difficult to get them out. at least according to the new york times a couple of hours ago, more civilians will come out tomorrow, so in all probability this was a proof of concept to make sure they could go. that's why they had a relatively small number, and if that continues to work, as it appears it did, god willing more will come tomorrow until all of them, out. and that's important, because hundreds of people are still trapped 7
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yes, and it sounds like that from the commander, they want to get all of the people out. the second issue will be the battalion fighters, and that will probably take more complex negotiations before they are willing to surrender. but, the problem is, the reality is, the place has been cut off since the seventh of march and if they aren't already out of food or water, they will be soon. they will have to make a choice, for the fighters, do theyjust died there and not surrender or do they take the risk and give up? because they are just not going to be able to hold out much longer. and what is russia's strategy for this complex was to mark yes, what they have tried to do, and it certainly makes sense from a military perspective, they didn't —— and what is russia's strategy for this complex? what they have tried to do, and it certainly makes sense from a military perspective, they didn't want to lose too many people in attacking the city, but it was vital for them to do so for a number of strategic and tactical reasons.
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so they had a cordon around it, they surrounded the city on march 7, and then they slowly squeeze it down. the used lots of artillery and rocket power and slowly, methodically, destroyed all of the ukrainian defenders in the zone until they were finally, you know, escorted into azovstal, and now they want to clear that final piece there. instead of sending in trips which would cost more destruction, russia has decided to basicallyjust starve them out. meanwhile in the black sea city of odesa, ukrainian officials say the airport has been hit by a russian missile, damaging the runway and rendering it inoperable. our correspondent caroline davies spoke to us from odesa shortly after the attack happened. it was earlier this afternoon with three loud bangs could be heard ringing out across the city. it was so loud here that we saw several dogs running away from the direction of the noise. later on we heard from
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the ukrainian authorities from the press centre of the southern defence forces that this had been a missile strike that had hit the airport, the international airport here in odesa and in response they have said that the runway of odesa airport was damaged and its further use at the current time is impossible. this is the only information we currently have from odesa at the moment, it has been relatively quiet throughout the afternoon, it was a week ago that missile strike hit two residential buildings, of course one residential building and there was a significant loss of life including the loss of a three—month—old girl, her mother and her grandmother along with several others in that building but since then we haven't heard of major happening here in odesa but the fact that missile strike has happened on a weekend when people were relaxing, enjoying the sunshine here but itjust shows that anywhere in ukraine at the moment could be under threat at any moment.
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in the midst of a russian advance, one ukrainian village fought back by flooding its own roads. but two months on, it's still living with the consequences. the bbc�*s azadeh moshiri reports. walking ankle deep in water outside her home, maria remembers when the waters came. this is what maria wakes up to everyday. her village flooded and country at war. walking ankle deep in water outside her home, maria recalls the moment two months ago when the floods started. translation: the water was like this and i was claiming _ through the window. this is like a war. to shells landed on our vegetable plot and landed there are now they are underwater and you can't see them. because of its proximity to the capital, demydiv found itself at the heart of war. when russian troops arrived continuing their advance on key of the village
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played a vital role in pushing troops back but it meant paying a steep price. ukrainian forces blew up a bridge and opened a nearby dam, raising the water level. and while that locked enemy tanks, once russia blasted the dam, demydiv�*s fate was sealed in water. two months on, you can still hear the drone of pumps trying to drain the flood. translation: lots of houses were flooded. | they are still flooded because we can't recover the power supply had to pump out the water. in this village made up of small houses, waters will fill basements where residents once stored canned goods and while that has complicated life the people demydiv the towns russian troops turned to next are a reminder of what the waters protected them from. azadeh moshiri, bbc news.
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the british conservative mp neil parish has told the bbc he is resigning his seat after admitting he watched pornography twice in the house of commons. he's apologised and says it was not his intention to intimidate anyone. two female colleagues claimed they had seen him looking at adult content on his phone, while sitting near them. mr parish says he'd been looking at tractors online, and went onto another website with a similar name. our political correspondent ben wright reports. he had wanted to plough on, hoping a parliamentary investigation might yet save his career, but today, neil parish realised he couldn't, admitting to watching pornography twice while in the house of commons. in the end, i could see that the furore and the damage i was causing my family and my constituency and association was more than worth carrying on. a conservative mp since 2010, mr parish was suspended from the parliamentary party
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yesterday after being named as the mp at the centre of the allegations. two female tory mps had witnessed the behaviour. apologising to them and his constituents, today the former farmer explained what had happened. funnily enough, it was tractors as i was looking at and so i did get into another website which had a similar name, and i watched it for a bit, which i shouldn't have done, but my crime, my biggest crime is that on another occasion, i went in a second time. mr parish said he deliberately looked at the material again while waiting to go into a commons voting lobby. the one thing i wasn't doing, and which i will take to my grave as being true, is i was not actually making sure people could see it. in fact, i was trying to do quite the opposite and i was wrong what i was doing, but this idea that i was there watching it and intimidating women, i mean, i have 12 years in parliament and probably got one of the best reputations ever, or did have.
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neil parish wasn't a well—known mp, until now. but will be remembered for behaviour that caused shock and outrage across parliament and a very candid resignation interview. i will have to live with this for the rest of my life and i made a huge, terrible mistake and i'm here to tell the world. for parliament's reputation, it has been another rotten week, reviving claims of sexism and misogyny. the allegations were first made at a meeting of tory mps on tuesday. opposition parties said it was shocking that the debacle dragged on for several days. conservative mps have been angry too. neil himself, once he had the whip suspended, moved very swiftly to resign, and undoubtedly that was the right thing for him to do. the thing that disappointed me was that we didn't see the conservative whips act more swiftly when this complaint was first brought to their attention. the normally rock—solid tory seat of tiverton and honiton in devon
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will now have the drama of a by—election, after scandal abruptly engulfed its outgoing mp. ben wright, bbc news. china's state media says dozens of people are thought to be buried in the rubble of a multi—storey building that collapsed on friday in the central city of changsha in hunan province. rescuers pulled five people out of the rubble alive on saturday morning after working through the night to shift debris. the cause of the collapse is still not known. jatinder dhillon reports. it is a race against time. rescue workers crawl through rubble in search of people trapped under a building which housed a hotel, apartments and cinema. the multi—storey structure in a densely built street caved in on friday leaving a gaping hole. 700 firefighters and large evacuation diggers have been deployed, along with life detectors and rescue dogs. at a press conference, the mayor of changsha said
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that teams are working around the clock. translation: we will make every effort to search for those _ still trapped on the principle of life first, people first. we have a 72—hour window and we will try our best to rescue those still missing. many of the injured have been taken to nearby hospitals for treatment. but there is concern that the collapse may have affected the surrounding buildings. rescue teams are now reinforcing them and evacuating people. it is unclear why the structures suddenly caved in, and the building's owner has been detained. building collapses are not uncommon in china due to weak safety and construction standards. the chinese president xijinping has called for the victims to be rescued at all costs, and has asked for an immediate investigation into the disaster.
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jetinder dhillon, bbc news. once again, the city of ottawa is being occupied by right—wing antiestablishment protesters. this time it is a rally of motorcyclists who are calling their demonstration rolling thunder. it comes two months after truckers protesting against covid restrictions occupied the centre of the city for several weeks. authorities have vowed to prevent the motorcyclists' rally from becoming as disruptive as the truckers' demonstrations which paralysed the capital before the government invoked extraordinary powers to dismantle it. earlier, i spoke to journalist sarah ritchie from the canadian press, who was at the protests. i asked what she had witnessed.
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behind me, you can see a tower of the parliament building here. this is wellington street. this is normally a main street in ottawa, my phone is on top of barricades, which are all around the city right now. there are a few dozen people still here, some of them up on parliament hill, there is a group behind me, as well — quite a few police officers keeping an eye on things. it's a bit of a party atmosphere at this point, not really so much a protest, although people occasionally shouting "freedom" — the rallying cry of this. earlier in the day, there were ceremonies and rallies and speeches, and as we saw moments ago, the motorcycle rally that went through downtown ottawa. a fairly large crowd — hundreds, i would say. and like you say, a bit of deja vu for people in ottawa. a lot of people i talked to say they were at the freedom rally — the freedom convoy in february. there has been a lot of happy reunions, people seeing one another again, and talking about the fact they felt they found a community of people back in february,
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and that their work here is not yet done. so some of the same people who were there for the truckers' rally are there again, but is there any clarity around what they are protesting for or against? to be perfectly honest, i am not 100% clear on what the protest is for at this point. there are a lot of signs say they want to get rid of the prime minister, justin trudeau. a lot of signs talking about ending covid—i9 restrictions and mandates. what has changed since february, a lot of provincial mandates across canada have actually already ended. in ottawa, mask rules have greatly eased, you don't need to wear a mask indoors, in ontario any more. so it's not 100% clear. part of the group today said they were freedom fighters, that is what they call themselves. another section of the group said they were here for the veterans day of canada's armed forces.
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it's a bit of a festival atmosphere. people are here with their kids. they brought bubbles and things to play with. really they keep saying their work is not done and they are here for freedom. a uk foreign office minister is to hold crisis talks in the british virgin islands, after an inquiry found that the government should take direct control of the territory. it cited corruption and bad governance. the report was published earlier than planned following the arrest of the bvi premier, andrew fahie, in the united states, where he's accused of involvement in drug trafficking and money laundering. nomia iqbal reports. the view from the sky is calm, but it belies the crisis that's hit the islands. when you see something happen... this is its premier, andrew fahie, just over a week ago, celebrating the country's athletes. now he is more than 1000 miles away in a miami jail. he appeared in this court
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accused of drug trafficking and money—laundering after a huge sting operation involving the us drug enforcement agency. his residency on the islands is empty as he waits a pre—trial detention hearing later this week. undercover agents say mr fahie wanted to take money for a slice of the profits from smuggling the drugs through the islands. it's alleged that he was shown part of his payoff in the back of a private jet. when he was arrested, mr fahie reportedly said: the us operation comes as a long—awaited uk investigation into alleged corruption on the island is published. that report was published by the governor, appointed by the queen. the way the territory is run has long been subject of controversy. it is one of the world's leading offshore tax havens. the conclusion of this report is damning
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and recommends that the uk should impose direct rule on the islands. good evening, fellow virgin islanders... that idea has had immediate pushback from the man who is standing infor mr fahie. the people of the virgin islands do not want to see the suspension of the constitution because we support democracy. every country in the world has challenges with governance and we have a very strong and robust programme to reform those challenges and we are confident we can do so without having direct uk rule. there are more than 3,500 people who live here, with aspirations of self—determination and achieving modern democracy. it's thrown into doubt. uk ministers will be heading here next week to decide the future of the islands. nomia iqbal, bbc news, tortola, the british virgin islands. football, and real madrid have been crowned champions of
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spain. the title was confirmed after they beat espanyol 4—0 at the bernabeu. it's their 35th league title. head coach carlo ancelotti has become the first manager to win the championship in all five of europe's major leagues, what's being called a �*grand slam'. the bbc�*s tim allman reports. cheering. success never gets old. real madrid fans have done this so many times before but their exuberance couldn't be contained. translation: this year has been great because we won la liga. it was practically done from the third match. we won the championship with an iron fist. translation: the fact— is they are the best team ever. there is no comparison, they are just the best.
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how many titles? 30? 35? just imagine. no need for that. a 4—0 win over espanyol enough to clinch title number 35. a glorious moment for head coach carlo ancelotti, in his second stint at the bernabeu. the first manager to win the league in italy, england, germany, france and now spain. translation: it is very special because my last title was with bayern munich, and i returned and won it in my first year. i didn't win la liga or the spanish super cup in my first tenure, now i have, but the season isn't over yet. no, it certainly is not. as the players paraded their trophy in an open—top bus
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and the fans celebrated their latest league title all thoughts turn to europe, and the possibility of another champions league triumph. for real, success is never enough. tim allman, bbc news. an update from the world of boxing and ireland's katie taylor has retained her undisputed world lightweight title after beating amanda serrano of puerto rico in new york. taylor, wearing the black trunks and top, won on a split decision — two of the three judges awarding her the fight. it's the first time a women's bout has topped the bill at madson square garden. speaking afterwards, taylor said it was an absolute warfor ten rounds. a long—standing political event has returned in washington — the white house correspondents association dinner. trevor noah from the late show hosted the event and president biden was the first sitting president who attended since the obama administration as president trump famously refused to go.
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this is the first time a president has attended this dinner in six years. applause. it's understandable. we had a horrible plague, followed by two years of covid. laughter. can ijust say it's actually nice to have a president who is not afraid to come to the white house correspondents' dinnerand hear jokes about himself. i will be honest, i will be honest. if you didn't come, i would have understood because these people have been hard on you, which i don't get, i really don't. ever since you have come into office, things are really looking up. gas is up, rent is up, food is up. everything! laughter. it really has been a tough first year for you, mr president. for more than 100 years, scout groups have offered young people across the world the chance to embrace their adventurous side and learn skills for life. and membership is currently
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booming here in the uk and across the world. helen mulroy has been spending the day with some scouts in england. we are round the campfire in bedfordshire today and this is because scouting numbers are up, they have risen 16% in the last year here in the uk, the biggest rise, the fastest rise since world war ii. i am joined by the uk deputy commissioner, cj. scouting is very popular notjust in the uk but around the world. we have 500,000 uk members but 57 million scouts around the world in almost every country. and you are seeing a rise globally. yes, young people want to do these sorts of activities, now, more than ever. with the pandemic, everywhere experienced lockdowns, are we seeing people wanting to get outdoors more because of that? i think so, it is an opportunity to meet people
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and take part in activities, get out and about and explore the great outdoors and take part in adventures with their friends. that was one of the water rockets going off, they are, mentioning these activities. i'm just looking to get dexter here. are you able to give this to one of your friends? how long have you been a scout? four years. you are a cub scout, actually. yes. it is all fun, cooking, chores and having a fire. goodness me! i got a bit soaked! what is your favourite badge? i like the science badge, and the hiking badge. why don't you dry off a little bit? as you can see, activities for all and lots to do with the scouts, there are waiting lists here in the uk, with numbers soaring across the globe.
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that is it from me. thank you for your company. hello. well, april as a whole was a very dry month, but in its final day, we actually got a decent dose of rain, particularly in north—western areas of the country. and indeed, on sunday 1st may, we will have some rain elsewhere, but it's going to be quite overcast wherever you are on sunday. and you can see the weather systems streaming in off the atlantic here. that's the low pressure that brought the rain to north—western parts — to northern ireland and western parts of scotland. now it's a weak area of low pressure on sunday, meaning that the rain is starting to fizzle out and, if anything, it is going to be mostly an area of cloud spread across the uk. so this is what it looks like early in the morning,
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some dribs and drabs of rain around the irish sea and wales. it's also very mild first thing — 7am, 10 degrees in belfast, 10 in london, and elsewhere it's typically around seven to nine degrees. so let's pick up on that rain. a soggy morning in parts of wales, damp around the irish sea. very slowly that area of damp weather will spread into the midlands and perhaps other parts of england too, but also in scotland and northern ireland it's actually going to brighten up and this is where the best of the weather is going to be on sunday. in fact, in glasgow, our highest temperature's expected — 17 degrees celsius. compare that to cardiff and plymouth, between 11 and 13 degrees with that damp weather. now, monday is going to be a brighter day. we still have the remnants of that weather system over us, maybe a few showers across parts of england, but quite a chilly day in northern scotland in a northerly wind — seven in lerwick, 10 in stornoway. but in the south of the country it's going to be
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a good deal warmer — 18 degrees, but again, not a sunny day. sunny spells, though, expected. so here's the forecast for the week ahead. tuesday, wednesday, we have some rain heading towards us. but from around about thursday onwards, high pressure is expected to build across the uk. that means settled weather and also around this area of high pressure, we will have this current of warmer air spreading in all the way from the azores, so the temperatures will start to rise across the uk towards the end of the week. so here's the summary — bank holiday monday, a rather overcast day. in fact, the first half of the week will be fairly changeable with showers possible, but then from thursday onwards, it's turning warmer.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: around 20 women and children have been evacuated from the azovstal steelworks in mariupol, the only part of the southern port city still under ukraine's control. they are the first to leave since president putin ordered the vast industrial area to be sealed off last week. police in the canadian capital ottawa have made mulitple arrests as anti—establishment protesters have decended on the city on motorbikes. the protestors are calling their demonstration �*rolling thunder'. it comes two months after truckers protesting against covid restrictions occupied the city centre for several weeks. ireland's katie taylor has retained her undisputed world lightweight title after beating amanda serrano of puerto rico in new york. the pair thrilled thousands
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of fans during ten brutal rounds in madison square garden in a bout described

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