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welcome to bbc news. i'm james reynolds. our top stories: in the us, states reimpose restrictions as coronavirus cases increase. business owners say it's a devastating blow. we did everything. we — our staff were wearing masks, we had sanitising stations, we did weekly tests, we limited occupancy. we did everything that was asked. more than $7 billion are donated to the search for a vaccine as the eu hosts another whip—round on webcam. malawi's opposition leader wins the presidential election — a dramatic reversal of last year's discredited result. no supporters in the stands but a sweet success all the same as bayern munich take germany's bundesliga title for the eighth consecutive season.
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welcome to bbc news. president trump has been claiming that the recent upsurge in cases of coronavirus are in part due to more testing. that may well have some logic to it, but it shouldn't detract from the figures. the us now has more than 2.5 million cases. the new spike has brought with it a return to restrictions in some of the states that had reopened and it's also affected the election campaign. campaign events planned by vice president mike pence in arizona and florida have been cancelled. tanya dendrinos reports. another day, another record. more than 9,500 new coronavirus cases in 2a hours in florida — 600 more than the record set on friday. republican states like florida
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and texas had been keen to push ahead with a reopening of their economies early, but with a surge in cases, some of those decisions have been reversed. last drinks were called in florida — a bitter pill to swallow for those who feel they did all the right things. we did everything. we — our staff were wearing masks, we had sanitising stations, we did weekly tests, we limited occupancy. we did everything that was asked. it's a tough conversation to have with everybody that, you know, we won't be able to provide them with a place to work. on friday, bars were also ordered to close in texas, with restaurants required to limit their indoor capacity. we certainly share everybody‘s concern about what's going on but we didn't think we were at that point where we'd go backwards like that. nationally, the us registered its largest single—day increase of the pandemic with more than 16,000 new cases on friday. more than 125,000 people have
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now died of covid—19 — the grim figure far higher than any other country when it comes to officially recorded deaths. tanya dendrinos, bbc news. the experience in the states of easing of restrictions followed by the tightening up of them if infections rise could become the new normal for many other places, unless a vaccine is developed. more than $7 billion have been pledged by world leaders and private investors at a fundraising summit to help find one. the event, hosted by the european commission, was attended online by world leaders, sports stars, actors and musicians. simonjones reports. # help me if you can, i'm feeling down... a globally streamed concert, stars like miley cyrus joining an international call to pledge money to fight coronavirus, the culmination of a summit aiming to unite the world online. first, we need a vaccine.
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then we need to make this vaccine affordable. a clear goal, but not a simple task. the president of the european commission brings together more than a dozen world leaders with the aim of making any future treatment universally available. this pandemic threatens every one of us. defeating it is the most important shared endeavour of our times and when we do so, it will not be a victory for one nation, but a triumph for all humanity. translation: we can only beat the covid—19 pandemic and its consequences by working together. germany will continue to play an active role. there is only one certain way out of the pandemic, and that's a vaccine. coronavirus cases have been rising sharply in latin american countries. in brazil, where this stadium in rio dejaneiro has become a temporary hospital, there have been more than 1.3 million confirmed cases.
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the country has now signed a deal worth more than $120 million to produce locally a potential vaccine, which is being developed by oxford university and the british drug maker astrazeneca. the desperate need for it means that production is being scaled up before trials have even finished. translation: with the agreement that will be signed, we will be placing the country in the forefront of the development of the vaccine. the agreement provides for the purchase of lots of vaccine and the transfer of technology. africa's first trial of a vaccine is now under way in south africa. but until one is found to be effective, coronavirus will be something we have to live with, overshadowing our routine worldwide. simon jones, bbc news. let's get some of the day's other news. mississippi lawmakers have taken the first step towards changing the state's flag. nationwide protests against racial injustice have refocused attention on the last remaining state to feature a confederate emblem.
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the state's house of representatives voted in favour of a bill creating a new design that won't contain the confederate flag. princeton university has decided to remove the name of the former us president woodrow wilson from a building on its campus because of his racist beliefs and policies. wilson, who was once head of princeton university, led america during the first world war and founded the league of nations. but he also supported segregation, banned black students from princeton, and approved of the ku klux klan. protesters have surrounded the police department building in aurora, colorado, demanding justice, they say, for a young black man who died in police custody. elijah mcclain was put in a chokehold and injected with the sedative ketamine in denver last year. the authorities are to re—examine his death after a petition was signed by more than two million people. malawi's newly elected president lazarus chakwera has said his victory is a win for democracy and justice. the election result is being
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seen as a democratic first in sub—saharan africa — a flawed election was overturned and the opposition has gone on to win power. reged ahmed reports. counting and tallying the votes earlier this week, this election was a rerun of a discredited presidential poll from 2019. when the incumbent president peter mutharika won a narrow victory last year, the opposition disputed the election, sparking anger and months of anti—government protests — a rare sight in malawi. by february, the country's highest court, in a decision described as landmark, overturned the results, citing systematic and grave regularities. now, the final results have come in and the opposition candidate lazarus chakwera has been declared the winner. preliminary results showed him as having a lead, and this result appears decisive.
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lazarus chakwera, lazarus cha kwera, the lazarus chakwera, the candidate who has returned 58.57% of the votes. has attained the requisite majority and is duly elected as president... cheering and applause. malawi's current president has been in power since 2014, but since he cast his ballot in the fresh poll, he has also complained of irregularities. but some of the governing party's election monitors have been attacked by the opposition, with 15 now missing. sadly, as all malawians have seen, this election is the worst in malawi's history of our elections. the opposition has denied the allegations. peter mutharika has not yet called for the vote to be annulled, instead asking malawians to move on peacefully. some are seeing that as a sign that the president may now be willing
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to move on himself. whatever happens next, these fresh elections have been viewed by some as a key test case for malawi and the african continent in the powers of the courts to tackle electoral fraud and restrain presidential power. reged ahmad, bbc news. the british government will make it easier for holidaymakers to travel to much of europe this summer, including spain, france and greece. from the 6th ofjuly, people arriving in the uk from a country considered to be at low risk from coronavirus won't have to self—isolate for 1h days. but there are calls for further clarifications, as our transport correspondent tom burridge reports. jetting off abroad should soon become easier, because much of europe is said to be exempt from the government's travel —— of europe is set to be exempt from the government's travel quarantine. the self—isolation would be a real barrier to going away because of the timing of our holiday. so when we get back, we haven't got 1a days before our little ones need to go back to school. you know, they've missed out so much, we can't have them missing out on any more. a series of travel corridors are set to take effect from 6
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july, meaning people won't have to self—isolate. it is almost certain that big holiday destinations like spain, france, italy, greece and turkey will be included. however, the final list is expected to be much longer than that. countries like sweden will probably not feature, and there is confusion over portugal. anybody else? ferry companies are getting ready. the number of passengers crossing is set to rise. but emma jane, who has been shielding, has cancelled her holiday to france. quarantine makes no difference to me. i've got a motorhome with, you know, air conditioning and a fridge. i'm happy — i've got my ice cream. but if i can't get across the border, that is a whole different thing because the air corridor doesn't mean they will guarantee the ferries are running. it doesn't mean that they're going to guarantee they're not going to shut the tunnel. it'sjust too high risk. i can't risk not being able get home. we believe it can be safe to operate without
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the need for quarantine. but for airlines, which have been battered by the pandemic, it is a move in the right direction. we really need to move quickly to establish some safe corridors. and we're not talking about throwing it open to the entire world but, where it is safe to operate, we fundamentally believe that we are also safe to operate, and we need to do that quickly. eurotunnel says bookings have exploded in the past 2a hours, since the government said it will relax its travel advice abroad. german tourists have already been filling flights into mallorca. if brits are also to be welcomed in european resorts, the virus needs to remain under control back home in the uk — that was the warning from greece. given the fact that the uk is in the right direction, it's a matter of a few days or a few weeks to ensure that all restrictions are lifted. managing the crowds might help, but no—one can predict what will happen in different countries throughout the summer.
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tom burridge, bbc news. a new government is being formed in ireland after two parties which have been rivals for decades — fine gael and fianna fail — agreed to enter a coalition with the green party. the leader of fianna fail, micheal martin, has been elected prime minister by members of the parliament. 0ur ireland correspondent chris page reports. after three decades in parliament and fourjobs in the cabinet, micheal martin has reached the pinnacle of politics in ireland. amidst the celebrations, there was a very visible reminder of his immediate challenge — politicians met in socially distanced format and away from their usual debating chamber to formally approve the new government. the head of the coalition said its priority was to deal with the social and economic havoc caused by covid—19. recovery and renewal — these are the themes
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which underpin everything in the programme for government which has been agreed between fianna fail, fine gael and the green party, and has been ratified by our members with overwhelming majorities. fianna fail and fine gael have dominated governments here in dublin for almost a century, but never before have they gone into coalition together. they grew out of two sides in the irish civil war in the 1920s and their historical rivalry has been intense, though both parties broadly have the political centre, but fine gael has tended to be slightly to the right of fianna fail. the fine gael leader leo varadkar has stood down as taoiseach to be the deputy prime minister. but under the deal, he'll swap positions with mr martin and be taoiseach again in 2.5 years‘ time. this is a historic occasion. i believe civil war politics ended a long time ago in our country but today, civil war politics ends in our parliament. in other big change, sinn fein, led by mary lou mcdonald, is now the main
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opposition party here. this country is facing a second pressing international issue, besides the coronavirus — as the uk's close neighbour, it'll be hugely affected by the brexit trade talks. micheal martin is leading an unprecedented coalition for uncertain times. chris page, bbc news, dublin. this is bbc world news. the headlines: a milestone in the us. more than 2.5 million people have now been told they have covid—19. well, let's stay with that story. the south and western states are all seeing a big spike in cases. i spoke to alison steinbach, a reporter with the arizona republic newspaper. i asked her how people had been reacting there. yeah, i think it has been pretty concerning, i would say, for the past month. so pretty much june. the trends have really been going in the wrong direction, on pretty much every metric. be it cases, deaths, tests,
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percentage of tests coming back positive, and obviously hospitalisations. so i think there is an increasing sense of concern and worry that trends are not really abating and continuing to kind of go in the wrong direction. there has been more mask wearing, there was little to begin with, but people have been increasing that. but i think it is a little troubling what we are seeing at this point in arizona. does anybody in arizona say they just don't care about the virus, they can get along without worrying about it? i think there is that sentiment, to a degree, though i think it has lessened as there has been more and more evidence in arizona and obviously in the united states and around the world but this virus is really pretty bad, and that a lot of people are going to hospitals and having severe outcomes. so i think that sentiment has lessened, but i think particularly among younger people there is a sense that they cannot get sick or they will not get very sick or they don't need
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to worry as much. if you see someone without a mask in public, can you automatically tell who they vote for, what their views might be on other issues? i think you can't, you know, some people don't wear masks because they have an underlying health condition that makes it really difficult for them to wear a mask, or they have some other reason. some people don't wear masks because they think it violates their personal choice and that shouldn't be a government choice, but should be an individual choice, whether or not an individual wants to wear a mask. but masks have now, in most of arizona, this has been up to cities and towns to decide this, in the last two weeks or so, and most now have mandatory mask policies. so, people for the most part, in most places in arizona, are actually required to wear masks. let's move onto politics. arizona is a battleground state in this november's presidential election, so how does it balance being a battleground state that politicians
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are desperate to visit with being a pandemic state which nobody can visit? yeah, i think it's been really interesting, and obviously way before coronavirus, everybody knew that arizona was a pretty essential state to this upcoming november presidential election, and now it's obviously travel is tricky, campaign speeches, there is much more consideration that needs to go into them. president trump visited the state last week and he held a campaign speech that was attended by mostly younger people. it was a students for trump event. he held that big speech in arizona and then on tuesday, vice president pence is coming to the state and he initially had a campaign speech planned and a bunch of coronavirus discussions planned, and given the escalating numbers that we're seeing in arizona, he decided to cancel the campaign event and instead isjust holding conversations with the governor and public health officials,
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hospital administrators, and those types of people, to discuss the coronavirus trends in arizona. alison steinbach. the legendary british rock group, the rolling stones, has warned president trump that he could face legal action if he continues using one of the bands‘ best known songs at his campaign rallies. the trump campaign used the song you can't always get what you want at last week's rally in tulsa, 0klahoma. representatives for the group said that "fu rther steps to exclude" mr trump from using rolling stones material in future presidential campaigning was necessary after previous "cease and desist directives" had been ignored. in india, there's growing anger over the brutal deaths of a father and son in police custody in the southern state of tamil nadu. the family says the men were beaten and tortured by officers, after they were arrested, accused of violating a coronavirus curfew. police brutality against minorities in india has long been an accepted part of society — but in the wake of the killing of george floyd
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in the us, some indian activists say it's time to take a stand. this report from our south asia correspondent rajini vaidya nathan contains distressing images from the start. heavy—handed tactics as indian police in force the country's coronavirus curfew. use of force isn't rare that it is rarely challenged even if it claims lives. father and son, p jaya raj claims lives. father and son, p jayaraj and claims lives. father and son, p jaya raj and j claims lives. father and son, p jayaraj andj bennix, died this week. they were arrested after their mobile phone shop was open after the evening curfew. this woman says the men were brutally tortured in custody. translation: at the station, so many police officers hit him. my many police officers hit him. my brother was so badly beaten, he was unrecognisable. i saw the photo of my dead brother. he was covered in blood. they beat him brutally. hundreds
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gathered in the south—east than indian town for the funeral. two officers were suspended, others were transferred but no arrests have been made that up arrests have been made that up a new report said in 2019 alone, around five people a day died in custody in india. in february as hindus and muslims clashed on the streets of the capital delhi, police were accused of failing to protect the minority muslim population and in some cases, targeting them. here 23—year—old faye zahn is viciously beaten by officers. —— faizan. in another video, faizan and for other muslim men lie on the ground as police force them to sing the national anthem to prove they are indian. bloodied and unconscious, faizan died two days later. for months on, no
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arrests have been made. in a statement to the bbc, delhi police said the case was being investigated by a special team and the precautions were being taken to ensure it is done in a non—partisan manner. there is news of protests against police violence in the new —— us, —— as the news of protests against police violence in the us reached faizan‘s family, there is no. translation: there is no outcry. no indians are ready to stand up fight for us. in america, people stood up for minorities, but not here. it has taken some outside india to shine a spotlight on the issue. i asked minister, what message has he given to his indian counterparts. this mp raised concerns about violence in the uk parliament in february. some people might not think now is
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the time to talk about police root allergy in india or in the uk but every possible time is the right time. —— police brutality. if we don't draw parallels with what is going on with the local black lives matter movement now, when exactly will we? just like in america, in india, the police are accused of a bias against minorities. half of them feel muslims are prone to committing crimes. in a country which elected a hindu nationalist government, police violence against muslims and other minorities doesn't trigger mass protest. it took the brutal death of george floyd to spark change in america. what will it ta ke change in america. what will it take for india to do the same? rajini vaidya nathan take for india to do the same? rajini vaidyanathan bbc news. partial results in iceland's presidential election are showing that the incumbent, gudni johannesson, has
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won 90% of the votes, giving him a second four year term. polls had predicted a landslide victory for the former history professor. he was challenged by the businessman gudmundur franklin jonsson. iceland is the second european country to hold polls since coronavirus lockdowns were eased. football, and saturday saw the final round of matches in the bundesliga. germany was the first country in europe to resume action after the coronavirus lockdown. all the games took place behind closed doors and it's still not clear when fans will be allowed to return. the bbc‘s tim allman watched the action. a strange season for obvious reasons. but for bayern munich, pretty glorious nonetheless. they wrapped up their league campaign with a 4—0 away when at wolfsburg. this strike from thomas muller their 100th league goal of the season. no fans to see them lift
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the title, their eighth bundesliga crown in a row. the german cup and champions league trophy still a possibility. runners—up borussia dortmund ended things in the worst possible fashion. they were spanked 4—0 at home by hoffenheim, all the goals coming from the croatian striker andrej kramaric. not much of a farewell for mario gotze, in what was his last game at signal iduna park. werder bremen have given themselves a chance of avoiding relegation. this 6—1win over cologne, combined with dusseldorf‘s 3—0 defeat at union berlin, means they will now face a play—off, another season in the bundesliga up for grabs. and it was definitely auf wiedersehen for rb leipzig striker timo werner. he scored twice in a 2—1win over augsburg, his last appearance before a big—money move to chelsea. next stop, the english premier league.
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tim allman, bbc news. here in the uk, 12 of the surviving activists from the gay liberation front have marched in central london to celebrate its 50th anniversary. they followed the route normally taken by pride in london, and called for political action — including the end of deportations for lg bt asylum seekers. london had been due to host one of the largest pride events today, but it was postponed due to coronavirus. now let's have a look at some stunning aerial shots of the uk's red arrows flying off the north east coast of britain. and if you want to know what it's like to fly in that formation, then here you are. the rafjets carried out a fly past above the coastal town of scarborough to mark armed forces day in the uk. don't forget you can get
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in touch with me and some of the team on twitter — i'm @jamesbbcnews hello. well, the fresh weather is here to stay for the foreseeable future, at least the next week or so. so, plenty of showers in the forecast, and on top of that, it's also going to be windy, particularly on sunday. really quite blustery for the time of the year. now, the reason for it is this low pressure that swung out of the atlantic is being propelled by a jet stream. that jet stream has also introduced that much fresher air, and it's here to stay. this is what it looks like through the early hours. so, the possibility of catching showers almost anywhere through the early hours, but more especially, i think, across the north—west of the uk and really across parts of northern ireland, the north—west of england, and the south—western as well as western scotland. it could be really quite wet during the course of sunday.
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you can see these weather fronts spiralling into the area of low pressure, and around it, we've also got those strong winds circling. you can see those winds circling about scotland. this low pressure is also quite slow—moving, which means that this weather is just going to carry on for the next 48 hours or so at least. and you can see where the heaviest the rain is across the north—west of the uk here. further south, it's going to be brighter. there certainly will be some sunshine around, but those winds will be strong. gusting in excess of a0 mph in places. that's near gale force — a real bluster out there. let's have a look at the weather around 4pm in the afternoon. so, actually not looking bad at all for the south, the london area, east anglia and much of the midlands, and then we get into wales and further towards the north and west, you can see the pulses of heavy rain. now in scotland, it looks as though these more eastern areas will probably be a little bit drier and brighter.
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so, let's have a look at the forecast, then, as we go through the course of monday. the low pressure is still very much with us. you can see heavy rain affecting parts of northern britain once again, but to the south, so the further you are away from that area of low pressure, you can see it's drier and brighter with temperatures getting up to around about 19 degrees celsius. so not even making 20 early in the week. now, the temperatures will probably creep up a little bit into the low 20s through the course of the week, but plenty of showers, i think, on the cards across more northern parts of the uk. so, as i say, the fresh weather is here to stay.
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this is bbc news.
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the headlines: more than 2.5 million people have tested positive for covid—19 in the us. some of the worst affected states are reimposing restrictions they had lifted. they include florida and texas. some business owners say it's a devastating blow. malawi's newly elected president lazarus chakwera says his victory is a win for democracy and justice. the election result is being seen as a democratic first in sub—saharan africa — last year's flawed election was over—turned with the opposition going on to win power. here in the uk, the government's to ease travel restrictions, meaning arrivals from certain european countries will no longer have to self—isolate. the 14—day quarantine will be scrapped for passengers coming from places including spain, france and greece. the new rules apply from july 6th.


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