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welcome to bbc news, my name's mike embley. our top stories: all of italy has now been placed in quarantine, it's the most drastic response so far to the outbreak of coronavirus. translation: the right decision is to stay home. ourfuture is in our hands, we must be responsible. the world health organization praises china for its response but inside the country there is anger at the response. a cry for help, aid agencies warn the humanitarian crisis in yemen is getting worse, with thousands in danger. and, picking up the pieces after australia's deadly bushfires, the rescued animals returning to the wild.
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italy's government has announced that restrictions to combat the spread of the coronavirus have been extended to the entire country. prime minister giuseppe conte has urged all italians to stay at home and only move for work or in an emergency. the lockdown comes into effect in just a few hours‘ time. at lease 9000 people have been infected with the virus in italy, more than 460 have died, making it the worst—hit country outside of china. mark lowen reports. the virus is outpacing attempts to control it. bologna was today out of the red zone. no longer. italy, all of it, is now under the most severe restrictions since the second world war. public transport will still run, but the prime minister has
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told people to stay at home except for urgent need. translation: the right decision is to stay home. ourfuture is in our hands, we must be responsible. there will be no more red zones, no more zones one and two. the entire italy will be under protection. we will limit movements across the entire country. applying for false permits to move around will be a criminal offence. schools and universities are closed until early april, all sports matches are cancelled. italy is now a laboratory for how to stop this virus and ease the pressures on doctors like elena. translation: it's an emergency situation. i may be asked to work in a department where there is more need. we have never faced anything like this and we are not ready. one of europe's best health systems is creaking under the weight, seriously short
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of space in intensive care. all medical staff leave has been cancelled. we got through to a doctor in quarantined milan. we are near to the collapse in the most organised part of the country. new measures to limit visiting rights caused riots in prisons today. several inmates escaped, seven died, a microcosm of the drastic pressure italy is now under. the virus surging and economy battered, and now nationwide quarantines. it is a combustible mix. mark lowen, bbc news. we've had an update on the
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grand princess, there's some relief for passengers on the grand princess cruiseliner which has been stranded off the california coast, after several people tested positive for the virus. it's now docked in the san francisco bay area. the us vice president made this statement about the ship. the 25 children on the ship are all healthy. 25 children, we were happy to learn, through the screening over the last two days, 25 children on the ship are all healthy. of the people that have contracted the coronavirus, 21 in all of they are being dealt with in proper isolation, working with health authorities in california. we can now go live to the ship and speak to debbie loftus, on the ship. thank you, debbie. how have you and your parents been handling the quarantine process 7 handling the quarantine process? well, it's been kind of exciting today where there isa of exciting today where there is a lot of activity for us to watch. we've been playing cards
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and games and puzzles, just trying to have fun and stay sane. so your nearly in oakland. are you expected to disembark in the next few days? yes, we are hoping to disembark tomorrow or the next day. we haven't received our luggage tags yet so we're thinking it's not a good sign for tomorrow hopefully the next day you're on the screws of your parents. have you been talking to each other through the walls, the balconies? we luckily have an adjoining balcony so i've been able to go back and forth to their room and my room. and keep an eye on them, play games with them and have fun. debbie, you must‘ve been a bit concerned, your parents are in their 80s. is this your mum who has asthma? my mum 's 81 and she has asthma so we are very
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concerned if she was to get ill, about what would happen to her. my dad is 84 and he has asbestosis so that is another concern as well, that he would get it. so both high risk. what do you make of how the quarantine process has worked and how princess cruises have operated. they were criticised for the diamond princess. operated. they were criticised for the diamond princesslj believe from the diamond princess, it wasn't princess making the calls, it was the foreign government making those quarantine rules. i believe that here, on our grand princess, they've done a good job with the quarantine, the staff is all wearing masks and gloves, we get our food delivered on a tray, they knock on our door, they leave it on the floor. we open our door, slide it in and when we're
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done, we open the door and slide it out. i think so far, the quarantine process seems to be going very well, all of the passengers we feel comfortable, we feel healthy and everyone seems to that's all good to hear. i wonder how you felt when president trump suggested the ship should not be allowed to dock. i would rather not say what i was thinking on national television but we were quite upset about what he had said, especially because of what had happened on the diamond princess and my first reaction was, didn't he know what happens? is he wishing the same for all of us? so many of us, we are all human, many of us are american citizens, he is our commander—in—chief and we're quite with his response. debbie, i hope everything works
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out. global markets have experienced their worst day since the financial crash of 2008, as concerns mount over the spread of the coronavirus and the falling price of oil. the three main indices in the united states all closed over 7% down on monday. benjamin netanyahu israel has announced that all travellers entering entering the country will be required to quarantine themselves for two weeks. israeli leader, benjamin netanyahu said the measure was essential to safeguard public health. in britain a fifth death from the virus has been confirmed. the total number of cases now exceeds three hundred. earlier prime minister boris johnson held emergency talks with senior officials. but major sporting fixtures in the uk have not yet been cancelled. in the us it's emerged that two republican congressmen, who have self—quarantined, recently had close contact
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with president trump. doug collins and matt gaetz decided to self—isolate after being exposed to someone diagnosed with the virus. mr gaetz travelled with the president on air force one on monday. as the international community struggles to contain the spread of coronavirus, the world health organisation has praised china for its response, suggesting it's a model for others to follow. but inside china, there's anger over the way the authorities have handled the outbreak, with censorship being stepped up, the very approach that experts say helped to accelerate the spread in the first place. our correspondent john sudworth reports. in this message, a medic complains about the quality of protective equipment. the video has now been blocked on the chinese internet. this one has been taken down too, a daughter crying out for her dead mother. ever since china silenced dr li wenliang who tried to warn about the dangers of the virus and later died
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from it, the censorship has been increasing. but the world health organization insists it is not its place to criticise. we are epidemiologists, not litigators. we know that the country has identified that there were shortcomings. it is not who's role at this stage. our role is to help with the positive lessons of moving forward. in china, focusing on anything other than the positive, can be dangerous. this reporter records a few final words, before opening the door to the police. this man was detained, it seems, trying to report independently about the virus. but now, efforts are under way to capture and save some of the censored information. it is repeating itself back to what happened
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like during sars. one of the anonymous researchers tells me china keeps making the same mistakes. during the sars virus in 2002, censorship was also rife. people are trying to hide information, and people lost lives. china wants the world to focus, not on how censorship may have cost lives, but on the strengths of a system that has now brought the epidemic under control, and the who seems to agree. what do you think of the criticism that china's political and economic clout makes it very difficult for the who to criticise? there is a large epidemic happening. we have seen how, through a concerted national effort, at the top level of government, has flattened that epidemic and gained the time for other countries to learn those lessons and not to have to face that same issue. some chinese citizens are unconvinced that anyone should feel grateful for the efforts of the party. a point being made by
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the professor in this video. it's been blocked. just look into the website and you will find what to do to protect yourself from coronavirus. american forces say they've started withdrawing from afghanistan. it follows a recent agreement with the taliban, in which washington said it would reduce troop numbers won't become a haven for terrorists. america invaded afghanistan following the 9/11 terror attacks, beginning what would become america's longest—running war. rich preston has this report.
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around 5000 us soldiers will leave afghanistan over the next four and a half months. if the taliban keep up their end of the bargain over the next 14 months, the nearly 9000 troops still in the country will also withdraw. washington insists it will keep the ability to carry out counterterrorism operations in the country. us troops have been in afghanistan since october 2001, following the 9/11 terror attacks on the us. despite the efforts of successive american the presidents to combat terrorism and bring about peace in afghanistan, the human cost of the conflict has left many americans wondering why us lives are still being lost. n early 350 0 coalition servicemen and women have died, more than 2000 of them american. more than 40,000 opposition fighters are thought to have been
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killed, and more than 32,000 afghan civilians. withdrawing us troops from afghanistan has been a major campaign promise of president trump, but although it is being seen as progress, it isn't a sure sign of peace. the agreement between the taliban and the us did not involve the internationally recognised afghan government, and with a power battle at the very top of the government, there are fears that talks between afghan leaders and the taliban might still falter. dispute over the result of recent elections means that two men have been sworn in as leader, neither willing to concede power to the other. many worry that of the country's leaders can't even agree who is in charge, how will they be able to negotiate a successful peace deal with the taliban? stay with us on bbc news. judges in the netherlands have ruled that the trial of three russians and a ukrainian charged with the murder of the passengers and crew of flight mh17 can go ahead despite the defendants not turning up to court.
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russia and ukraine don't allow extradition. the malaysian airlines jet was shot down over a pro—russia region of ukraine in 2014. the trial against three of the suspects will go ahead in absentia, while the fourth will be represented by a lawyer. two thirds of the victims on flight mh17 were dutch, and the flight had taken off from schiphol airport. japanese media is reporting kim jong who personally oversaw an artillery drill. the creator of the exorcist has passed away, we look back at his life and his work. the numbers of dead and wounded defied belief. this the worst terrorist atrocity on european soil in modern times. in less than 24 hours then
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the soviet union lost an elderly sick leader and replaced him with a dynamic figure 20 years his junior. we heard these gunshots in the gym. then he came out through a fire exit and started firing at our huts. god, we were all petrified. james earl ray, aged 41, sentenced to 99 years and due for parole when he's 90, travelled from memphis jail to nashville state prison in an eight—car convoy. paul, what's it feel like to be married at last? it feels fine, thank you. what are you going to do now? is it going to change your life much, do you think? i don't know really. i've never been married before. this is bbc news. the latest headlines:
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italy is extending its coronavirus quarantine measures, including a ban on public gatherings, to the entire country. the world health organization has praised china for its response to the virus, inside the country however, there is disagreement about how the crisis has been handled. in yemen, aid agencies are warning of an escalating crisis in what is already considered the world's worst humanitarian disaster. the red cross says a recent upsurge in fighting in northern yemen has displaced tens of thousands of people, leaving them without food, shelter, and access to medical care. our chief international correspondent lyse doucet, cameraman dave bull and producer tony brown have been to hospitals at aslam, which is controlled by the houthi rebels and lies north of the capital, sanaa, and aden in the south, where a saudi—led coalition backed by the uk and us is supporting the yemeni government. lyse's report contains some distressing images. this is ghadir, nine months of age, three kilograms in weight.
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a third of the weight she should be, says dr mekkia. but ghadir was born here in aslam, where so many babies are just skin and bones. dr makkiyah cares for them as if they were her own. and the mothers here are malnourished, too. and fathers have little work in this poor northern pocket of yemen, not enough to buy enough food, medicine, even bus fares to get here. a battle to grow up,
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and a real front line lies close by, along the saudi border. where does a doctor begin here, and when does this war end? every time the fighting flares in yemen, the plight of its people plunges, especially for its youngest and most vulnerable. we travelled from the north, controlled by the houthis, to the south, in government hands. a country split. this is al—sadaqah hospital, the biggest and best in the south, in aden.
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this is from 1january. they're dealing with all the diseases which thrive here... these are all diphtheria? yes. ..including deadly diphtheria. a morning round with dr nahla arishi. doctors are braced for the worst. this man struck by malaria. and a bigger menace looms — cholera. since this war started, yemen has seen the world's worst ever outbreaks. the cycle starts from the infrastructure, from our sanitation network, and also from our water supply network. if the donors help us in drugs and iv lines, without improving our infrastructure, no benefit. it will be recurring again and again. this is saleh, nine months old, like ghadir, we met in the north. also malnourished, sick with pneumonia. his mother sick with worry — her only child after ten
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years of trying. in the hall outside, his anxious father. another family on the front line of life. fighting for breath, a child caught, like so many, between life and death. the health of a nation held hostage by war. lyse doucet, bbc news, aden. police insulated are looking foran police insulated are looking for an armed gang that stole $15 million in cash —— chile. they escaped in a truck
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disguised as a well—known courier company. the recent bushfires in australia were among the worst on record. more than 30 people died and millions of acres of forest were destroyed. the impact on wildlife was dramatic. many animals were killed. many more were orphaned. now, some people are trying to help the survivors, as the bbc‘s tim allman explains. dominique is a volunteer, a carer, and in a way, a new mum. her child is a baby wallaby, orphaned by the bushfires and desperate for help. she really likes her bottle. in australia, because we've had a terrible drought, there's not a lot for the native animals to eat out there. and also all the underbrush is gone, so all the bushy sort of stuff under the trees. so there's not so much for them to hide in, so they're very vulnerable to predation by feral animals. months of severe drought and record—breaking temperatures led to catastrophic wildfires across much of the country. more than 100,000 square kilometres of bush, forest and parkland burned.
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an estimated 1 billion animals died. people like dominique are helping the survivors, but the plan is they will all be returned to the wild. so when they get released, we open up the fence and leave a panel out so they can come in and out for maybe a week or two, until they feel really happy being out by themselves, and then we close the gate back up and they live out there. a traumatic past, but hopefully a brighterfuture. tim oldman, bbc news. one much needed brighter thought at least. max von sydow has died aged 90. lizo mzimba looks back on his life. max von sydow was still in his 20s when he won the role
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ofa in his 20s when he won the role of a knight who plays jazz death in the seventh seal. —— chess. tell in truth before the cock crows you will have denied me three times. in the greatest story ever told, he played jesus. today's troubles are enough. and then battled a demon in the aura classic the exorcist. i cast you out! unclean spirit! he had the ability to make movies feel more grounded by his presence. though the over—the—top flash gordon, where he played the villain being the mirthless was a challenge even for him. ——
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ming the merciless. you pitiful fool, my life is not for any earthling to take. hollywood still fought to work with him, though. jj abrams cast him in the first of the new star wars movies. look how old you've become. something far worse has happened to you. and for a whole new generation, he was the three eyed raven in the world's then most successful tv show, game of thrones. that's my father. the man beside him. bringing an area of authority and mystery, as he did with so many of his roles. just briefly, finally, the duke of duchess of —— dougan duchess of sussex have made theirfinal appearance as working royals at
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the commonwealth day service at westminster abbey. they sat behind the duke and duchess of cambridge. on march 31, they formally step down as working members of the royal family. good evening. well, after a promising start, the day deteriorated as the winds picked up and rain began to edge its way in. now, some of this rain's going to be quite heavy and persistent, particularly for parts of mid wales. the met office has issued an amber warning. over the hills we could see as much as 100 mm. flooding and travel disruption likely. you can see quite nicely the extent of this rain on the earlier radar image. some heavy pulses as well for north—west england and down towards south—west england too, spilling its way eastwards, and will gradually clear the main band during the early hours of the morning. but more rain to come for parts of mid wales, up into north—west england, and parts of south—west
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england too. over the moors, here we could see as much as 50mm of rain. quite a bit of cloud around overnight, away from north—east england and scotland. it remains windy too, and as a result, a fairly mild start to tuesday morning. now, we still have low pressure in charge. a south—westerly wind, which will start to drag in a plume of something a little milder, which will give the temperatures a boost through the day on tuesday. now, we start off with some heavy pulses of rain still for parts of wales and north—west england. it does ease and becomes more showery as the day goes on. further showers as well for scotland. we keep quite a bit of cloud down towards southern england and wales. drizzly outbreaks at times, after a bit of a murky start, it has to be said, and it's going to be a windy day across the board. but where we get to see some cloud breaks, with that milder feed of air, we could see temperatures reach 16, possibly 17 celsius for parts of east anglia. now, as we head into tuesday evening, here's this trailing weather front that just keeps on coming.
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the winds ease for many areas, that is away from parts of northern scotland, closest to this area of low pressure, and another system starts to edge its way in. so, through the day on wednesday, noticeably cooler for scotland. we've got showers packing in, which will be wintry over higher ground initially, but even to some lower levels later on in the day. it's still fairly mild for the southern half of the uk, so as a result, there's going to be quite a contrast in temperatures. 15 celsius down towards the far south—east, compared to just six celsius for the far north of scotland. cooler air filters further south by thursday, so i think we'll all notice a dip in those temperatures. a case of sunshine and showers, but something quieter on the cards for many on friday.
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our top story. italy has announced a ban on all public gatherings across the whole country and has severely restricted travel to try to halt the largest coronavirus outbreak outside china. the nationwide extension of the ‘red zone', which is already in place in the north, will come into effect on tuesday morning. all schools and universities will be closed until early april. shares around the world had their worst day since the 2008 financial crisis, with the dramatic falls leading to the day being dubbed "black monday". immediate treatment were taken off


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