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this is bbc news, the headlines: new zealand prime minister, jacinda ardern, has met this is bbc world news. with community leaders in christchurch, a day after 49 i'm reged ahmad. our top stories: people were killed in mosque attack. a day after 49 people were killed —— atttacks. in mosque attacks in new zealand, ms adern said that had the prime minister has met the suspect not been arrested, he would likely have continued. with leaders in a community now in mourning. a man has appeared in court in new zealand to be charged with murder over the attacks. brenton tarrant, who's 28, did not enter a plea. further charges are expected to be brought against him. it was an important opportunity for us it was an important opportunity for us to share the grief of new the police commissioner has reassured locals that there is no zealanders directly with those who known imminent threat of another similar attack, have experienced so much loss. but say they will remain vigilant. the main suspect in the killing, brenton tarrant, has been a total of four people were taken charged with murder. further charges are expected. into custody on friday — one of whom was released new zealand police say they're not looking for any further suspects a short time later. in the terror attacks, but are remaining vigilant. 39 people remain in hospital, some ina 39 people remain in hospital, some in a critical condition. families are waiting for news as the list of the missing grows. syrian refugees are thought to be amongst the dead.
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hello and welcome. the prime minister of new zealand, jacinda ardern, is preparing to meet people in hospital who were injured in friday's terror attack at two mosques in christchurch. brenton tarrant, an australian national who's 28, has appeared in court charged with one count of murder. further charges are expected to follow. my colleague, sharanjit leyl, is in christchurch at the hospital where many of the injured have been taken. i am just here right outside that hospital, where we are told some 12 operating theatres worked overnight to save some of these victims. that is highly unusual, i am told, for this hospital and, of course, as you said, reged, the death toll stands at 49 people and slowly, we're getting some of the names of those affected, including the likes of a 71—year—old afghan man, haji daoud nabi.
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his son said that his father had travelled the world and here, he had found a slice of paradise and, of course, his thoughts pretty much encapsulate the thoughts of many others in this city here. we have just been here for a few hours and there's really a sombre mood amongst many of the residents. they are completely in shock that something like this happen here in christchurch. now, what we know in that hospital was that 11 people remained —— now, what we know in that hospital was that 11 people remain in intensive care and amongst them some very young children, we are told two boys aged two and 13 and there was a li—year—old girl as well who was transferred to a specialist hospital in auckland, where she remains in intensive care as well. so really a shocking, horrific thing to have happen to a city like this. —— so really a shocking, horrific thing to have happened. we were hearing earlier from greg robertson, who is the chief of surgery at this hospital, and this is what he had to say. christchurch hospital continues to provide care for 39 patients
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in the attacks of terror in christchurch yesterday. —— injured in the attacks of terror in christchurch yesterday. of the 48 patients admitted to christchurch hospital from the incident, seven have been discharged. the others include a 4—year—old girl, who has been transferred to the starship hospital in a critical condition. —— the others include a 4—year—old girl who has been transferred to the starship hospital in auckland in a critical condition. four patients have died on their way into the hospital yesterday, dying before they arrived. those injured ranged in ages from the very young to quite elderly patients. the majority of patients that were admitted were male, in the age range of 30 to 40, some of them in a stable condition, but others are not. 12 operating theatres worked through the night and many of those injured will require multiple returns to theatre before their care can be completed. of the 36 patients that
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remain in the hospital, 11 of them are in the intensive care unit, including one female aged in her mid—205. all of those in icu, we consider critically ill. the 36 in hospital also include two children that remain within our care. both are boys. one is aged two and the other is aged 13. both are in a stable condition. as you would expect, the wounds from gunshots are often quite significant. we have had patients with injuries to most parts of the body that range from relatively superficial soft tissue injuries to more complex injuries involving the chest, the abdomen, pelvis, the long bones, and the head.
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many of the people will require multiple trips to theatre to deal with the complex series of injuries that they have. as you will appreciate, there is usually not just one system involved and we are using all of our surgical services and their different specialities to deliver care for the patients as they need it. thank you. and that was the chief of surgery of christchurch hospital speaking there. of course, as you have been reporting on, the 28—year—old suspect has been named as an australian man, brenton tarrant. he appeared in the court today, facing a single murder charge, but further charges are expected to be made against him and we heard from the chief of police as well, mike bush, who had been speaking and he is the police commissioner, he said others are still under arrest. in terms of people who have been charged, we have, as you know, we apprehended
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four people on the day. one was released quite early — a member of the public who just wanted to get the kids home, but decided to take a firearm. there was another couple arrested, and we are currently working through whether or not that person or those persons had any involvement in this incident. so when we know, we will be able to tell you, but i do not want to say anything untilwe're sure. now, we know that new zealand's prime minister, jacinda ardern, has been giving several press conferences since this tragic event happened just yesterday. she gave one, in fact, not so many minutes ago. she had been speaking to community leaders and she also updated us on what has been happening. it was an important opportunity for us to share the grief of new zealanders directly with those who have experienced so much loss. many of you will have lived
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there and know that the discussion —— many of you will have been there and know that the discussion firstly acknowledged that this is not the new zealand that any of us know. with me now is christchurch city councillor raph. thank you so much forjoining us today. certainly, commiserations on such a terrible event that happened to your city. first of all, give us a sense of what you have been doing and the feeling and the mood in this community today. we are trying to get to grips with the situation. it has been 24 hours now and there is a sense of still being stunned that this has happened here in our city, and just trying to get to some sense of what the community needs, what is happening in terms of burials and the proper processes that are needed for the community for that, supporting our medical staff who are still doing an incredible job, and i thinkjust the general community coming to terms with it.
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i have just walked past the botanic gardens, where there is a floral display, and people are very quiet, people are still in shock over what has happened and i think as the initial incident wears off, it is going to take a while for people to actually come to terms that this has actually happened here in christchurch, new zealand. in terms of readiness, you said you have been working with your colleagues and certainly the hospital staff have been inundated as well. there is a real concern, obviously, that so many people are dead and in the muslim tradition, they have to be buried within 2a hours. is there a sense that facilities here in christchurch can deal with this? that is very challenging for us. i have been told it will probably take four days to actually dig the appropriate number of graves so, yeah, that is going to be a problem. we're going to have to work with the community to find a way through that and obviously, there is a coronial process that needs to be gone through as well, so how that pans out, we do not know. hopefully tomorrow morning,
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we'll have more answers. we willjust we will just have we willjust have to see how it plays out. and do you feel like you have enough resources? are more being sent? we do — we have resources being sent from around the country. one advantage we have is we have had earthquakes, we have been through this before, our medical staff have been through this before, they operate at a very high level. there are still shortages, so in terms of sextants for the burial services, they will need to be brought in, so we are asking for help. as you have mentioned, it is not the first time christchurch has faced tragedy. it has had to deal with earthquakes, the last being in 2012, which was absolutely devastating for this community. so in comparison, how do you think the community is dealing with this now, in comparison to what has happened prior to this? is this the same sort of feeling or is there sense that actually, there is a lot of discomfort and concern about this issue? i think probably a mixture. i think there is a weariness in terms of the earthquake recovery.
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we just got to the point where we had just reopened our town hall eight years after the earthquake, new central city library, it felt like things are getting back to normal, and then for this to happen and for children to be in lockdown in school, that whole sort of trauma again, parents stuck in their offices or civic buildings, it is kind of reliving that. so it is of concern, but i think this is also not a natural disaster, this is a man—made disaster, domestic terror attack in our own town, so it is going to be quite difficult for people to actually come to terms with that, and i think as we start to see and learn more names and put faces to those and to bury people, i think it will have a big impact on the wider community. you are saying that you're part yourself — —— raf, you are saying that you're part muslim yourself — you have lived here in christchurch for many, many years. so is there a sense that your
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community is feeling incredibly uncomfortable, unsafe, because of this? i think now there's probably some concerns but actually, my sense is that the community has still — it still has faith in new zealand being a safe place. but we have to address some of the issues of our radicalisation and what has led to this attack but generally, —— but we have to address some of the issues around radicalisation and what has led to this attack but generally, the communities have felt safe — even as a general increasing tone of islamophobia — globally, i mean — and that has spilled over into new zealand, there is no doubt about that, but in general, people did not hold a lot of concerns. you'd go to friday prayers and no—one would have thought too much about it. so this is a big shock to you, as everyone has said. this was a shock. thank you so much forjoining us today and again, best of luck with everything that is being prepared in readiness for this. thank you so much, raf manji, a councillor there from christchurch city council. as you heard from raf manji, still
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quite a lot of shock. it still has a very small town, community feeling, and people have been coming together. raf manji mentioned and we also went past it earlier. at the botanical gardens, people have been coming up and several people gathering through the day to leave a memorial and vigil for the victims of this attack, as i mentioned, a town basically in shock over this and they are trying to address the issue, trying to think of what can be done. sharanjit leyl there shara njit leyl there earlier. sharanjit leyl there earlier. she was at christchurch hospital where many of the injured have been taken. well, the terror attacks in christchurch have brought the focus on islamophobia and the safety of muslim communities all over the world. i spoke to senator mehreen faruqi, australia's first female muslim senator, who lives in sydney. i began by asking for her reaction.
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i have been speaking to the muslim community since yesterday. there have been vigils held and i am completely heartbroken and, honestly, i am scared and that is the feeling around the place. there is trauma and our hearts are breaking. first and foremost, we are grieving. we are grieving for the friends and families of those victims so brutally killed by a white supremacist terrorist from australia — i think that is what is shocking for us. there has been such an international reaction. the pope has commented, the uk prime minister. i am wondering whether you think this attack is a watershed moment that is leading people to think about islamophobia a bit more? it should not take 49 people to be killed for people to start thinking about it. the muslim community in australia,
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including me, have for years have been loudly — quite loudly — raising our voices, especially about politicians in high positions in australia who have for some time now been selling here, have been spreading hate, —— now been inciting hate and fear and division. it is unacceptable. other politicians should not remain silent, and their silence has been amplifying these messages, rather than scrutinising them. we have been saying this for years, and i do hope that now is the time when governments across the world listen to us. it has been such an awful attack and it has shocked so many people. going forward, what needs to happen to try and change things? is there perhaps legislation that should come in, regulation, guidelines? what should happen?
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there are some serious questions that need to be asked about whether governments and government agencies have been focusing on right—wing extremism. we never have been focusing on other forms, and especially —— we know that there has been a focus on other forms, and especially on muslim radicalisation. we will need to ask questions about where we sit on right—wing extremism and islamophobia. what role does media play on inciting hatred and racism? what role do far right politician is — and i must say, there are politicians here in australia here in australia like fraser anning and pauline hanson, and liberal
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politicians like like like george christensen and peter dutton. they have been dog whistling, and some hope that this anti—immigrant sensation would win votes for them, and i think that is disgusting. we need to have a serious conversation now. and if we do not have it now, then when? these questions need to be answered now. thank you so much for your time and for discussing these issues. thank you for talking to me. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: president trump issues his first veto, striking down a congressional effort to stop his national emergency on the southern border. today, we have closed the book on apartheid and that chapter. more than 3,000 subway passengers were affected. nausea, bleeding, headaches and a dimming of vision — all of this caused by an apparently organised attack.
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the trophy itself was on the pedestal in the middle of the cabinet here. this was an international trophy and we understand now that the search for it has become an international search. above all, this was a triumph for the christian democrats of the west, offering reunification as quickly as possible, this is bbc news. the latest headlines: new zealand prime minister, jacinda ardern, has met with community leaders in christchurch a day after 49 people were killed in attacks on two mosques.
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the main suspect in the killings has appeared in a christchurch court charged with murder. the australian, who had posted rar—right ideas filled with expletives online, has been remanded in custody. let's turn to other news for a moment. president trump has issued his first presidential veto. it happened after 12 republican senators broke party ranks and voted to end the president's declaration of a national emergency on the southern border. the president has been explaining his reasoning for the veto. the democrat—sponsored resolution would terminate vital border security operations by revoking the national emergency issued last month. it is definitely a national emergency. rarely have we had such a national emergency. therefore, to defend the safety and security of all americans, i will be signing and issuing a formal veto of this reckless resolution, and that's what it was.
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brett bruen is a former director of engagement for the obama administration. he told me why president trump's veto was significant. well, this is quite a symbolic defeat for the president, that he lost so many in his party. he wanted a wall and yet, i think, in actualfact, what he has gotten are some pretty serious cracks in the support he has depended on from his party up on capitol hill. this is going to loom large over the remainder of this term of his presidency, where there's a question mark as to whether or not republicans will stand with the president on crucial and controversial issues. is it then significant that some republicans voted for this law? i mean, it's unusual to be seeing those sort of cracks. it is quite unusual and especially, i think, as we are gearing up
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for the presidential elections, the republicans normally would want to show a unified front and yet, i think that the position president trump took on this issue has deeply divided his party and the concern many of them have is that in less than two years, there could be a democrat in the oval office who could use these very same powers in the precedent that president trump set to their own benefit. people might be surprised to know that this is president trump's first veto. is it quite remarkable, given how combative the president is, that it'as taken this long to him to veto legislation? well, i think since the current risk for the first two years of his term was in republican control and largely bowed to his preferences, his political positions, it is not that surprising.
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and in the american presidency, vetoes vary widely from president to president — there are presidents who used them more frequently. i think we will see from president trump much more often in the next two years the use of this veto. and just briefly, what happens with this national emergency now? does president trump still have the money to build his wall? well, he is scrambling onto the couch cushions looking for money. it is not all there, as he thought, after announcing this. it will go to the courts and it will be held up likely for the next several months. in the arctic, one of the most disturbing signs of climate change has been the rapid way in which glaciers are melting. there are also new problems emerging because of heavy rainfall in the winter as well as the summer. martha kearney has travelled to one of the world's northernmost inhabited areas, in svalbard in norway, with a team from the research
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station run by the british antarctic survey. this former mining village has rather the feel of a frontier town in the wild west. our posse headed out from the base on snowmobiles. i have joined out from the base on snowmobiles. i havejoined a out from the base on snowmobiles. i have joined a convoy of scientists heading across the tundra towards this glazier, one of the most studied in the whole of the arctic. —— glacier. this is the edge of the original glacier which lasted 5000 yea rs, original glacier which lasted 5000 years, where the flow of ice wrought huge boulders down towards the fjords. but since 1900 it has been receiving. we headed into awards its modern age, a form of time travel. after a kilometre, we reached the snout, where the glacier now owns.
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starting around 1900 glacier was all the way out at the bottom of this valley, towards the fjords, and it has been rapidly retreating in the last hundred or so years. but also in the last 20 or 30 years it been accelerating. the kind of changes we are seeing in style barred are happening all across the arctic. —— svalbard. this is an emblem of what is happening in other places in the arctic which has much bigger impact on sea level. it is personal in a way, because these landscapes are amazing and spectacular, as you can see. these places are not really found all over the planet. but we are losing them. when you look out here you can see that these glaciers are retreating and we are losing this landscape. here on the top of a glacier that is 5000 years old you get a sense of the extent of the melting ice, climate change. but now
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scientists right across the arctic are worried about a new threat, which they have noticed here in style barred as well. —— svalbard. and that is growing rainfall. alban edwards, a microbiologist, has been coming to svalbard the 12 years to study i'm a change. i amjust coming to svalbard the 12 years to study i'm a change. i am just going to use this to measure the depth of the snowpack and also identified layers of reef rose and rainwater within the snow. so it has gone in fairly easily, it has hit a hard way. that is one rainy event. pushing through that, there is another one. you can hear that hollow sound. that is a layer of reef rose and rain. so that is two, now. next one, through that. i think thatis now. next one, through that. i think that is a third. and that is pretty tough to get through. the animals who lived in the arctic, like the reindeer, are suffering because of the increase in rainfall, which troubles bianca pa ran. the increase in rainfall, which troubles bianca paran. well, what
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happens is the rain ends up in the snow and it percolates down through the snow and forms this very thick ice layer and it is almost impossible for ca rabooda and ice layer and it is almost impossible for carabooda and the small herbivores to get through, so they cannot eat and then the population crashes. for her, like so many scientists who have devoted their lives to the arctic, many of their lives to the arctic, many of the new science of climate change are mysterious and deeply troubling. —— new science. —— signs. before we 90, —— new science. —— signs. before we go, wejust —— new science. —— signs. before we go, we just want to leave you with these pictures. we have been hearing a lot about those two terror attacks in new zealand. these are pictures of the new zealand prime minister, jacinda ardern, who has been meeting with the leaders in the muslim community in christchurch. she has spent a lot of time answering questions there. she has had a lot to say. she gave a news conference earlier and answered a lot of
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questions about gun control and things like that. stay with us here on bbc news. hello again. we've got some rough weather to start off this weekend with heavy rain, hill snow and strong winds on the weather menu for us today. the culprit is this area of low pressure that continues to develop as it works its in the united kingdom. we've already got rain extensively falling in northern ireland, so if you are heading outside here over the next few hours, it will be a soggy one and the rain could bring some localised surface water flooding here. there will be some big contrasts in temperatures. generally england and wales staying mild, 10—11 degrees. but further north, it gets colder and colder and yet, it's cold enough for a patch of frost or two in scotland. as we go on through saturday, then, this area of low pressure continues to develop and it will start interact to with some of that cold air, hence the risk of some hill snow across northern portions of the uk. but in the south, there's no risk of that because we have much milder air pushing in. so, saturday, rain first of all. well, that wet weather moves away from northern ireland, showers follow, but the rain will be
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heavy across the hills of northern england and across the hills of wales, where we could see 40—70 millimetres of rain, maybe 100 millimetres over the highest ground in wales, and that brings the risk of localised flooding. now, as well as the rain, we have the risk of some strong winds, gusting at about 40—50, even 60 miles an hour or so around the most exposed coastal locations. and then further north, we have the risk of heavy snow. now, there night be a bit of snow for a time across the high ground of northern england and northern ireland but not lasting long. the snow lasts longest across northern scotland, north of the central belt, where there could be something like 10cm of snow building up above about 200—300 metres elevation. so on saturday, as you can see, we've got a real mixture of weather. whether it's the heavy rain, the hill snow or the strong winds, there is the potential for some transport disruption. that continues for a time, then, through saturday night asa squally band of rain pushes eastwards across england, followed by plenty of showers. those showers still having a wintry flavour in them across the hills of the north and west of the uk. it will be a chilly and blustery kind of night. and our area of low pressure of responsible for this lot will continue to deepen as it moves away from the uk, and that will continue to feed in some very strong
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winds across northern areas of scotland, the north—westerly winds dragging in plenty of showers for the second half of the weekend. and although it is true that the majority of the showers will be across north—western areas, still with a wintry flavour, nowhere will be immune from getting a downpour — some of those showers will move into central and eastern parts of the uk as well. temperatures, on the face of it, around nine or 10 degrees, but much feeling cooler in that north—westerly wind. into next week, it becomes quieter, drier and warmer.
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