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this is bbc news. i'm tim willcox with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. the minneapolis police chief testifies that the white officer on trial for the murder of george floyd violated the department's policy on the use of force. it is not part of our training and it is certainly not part of our ethics or our values. jailbreak — gunmen attack a prison and police headquarters in southern nigeria. a number of inmates escape. google is spared having to pay billions of dollars of damages to rival oracle after a ruling that it fairly copied code for its android operating system. and we look at how remote learning has changed american education for students, businesses and parents.
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hello, welcome to bbc news. the chief of the minneapolis police department took the stand today in the trial of derek chauvin, the white former police officer who is being charged with the murder of george floyd. thejury also heard from the emergency room doctor who treated mr floyd and pronounced him dead. the bbc�*s gary o'donoghue reports from minneapolis. week two of the most significant trial in recent years, one which has reignited america's unresolved history of racial tension. derek chauvin is the latest police officer to stand accused of killing a black man, an event that reverberated around the world. do you swear or affirm on the penalty of perjury that the testimony you are
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about to give will be the truth and nothing but the truth? i do. it's rare for a police chief to testify against one of his own, but this one did not mince his words when it came to derek chauvin�*s actions. once mr floyd had stopped resisting, and certainly once he was in distress and trying to verbalise that, that should have stopped. derek chauvin�*s defence argues that george floyd died of drug use and pre—existing health conditions, not the more than nine minutes the defendant spent kneeling on him. but that account suffered a blow when the emergency doctor who treated george floyd in hospital said he believed the most likely cause of the cardiac arrest was asphyxiation. based on the history- that was available to me, i felt that hypoxia was one of the more likely possibilities. | and hypoxia as an explanation
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for his cardiac arrest meaning oxygen insufficiency? correct. the beginning of this trialfocused heavily on the emotional and often tearful testimony of the bystanders that witnessed george floyd's last moments alive. it now turns to the battle of the experts, and the central question. what was the substantial cause of his death? gary o'donoghue, bbc news, minneapolis. earlier, i asked the bbc�*s larry madowo just how damaging minneapolis police chief medaria arradondo's testimony had been for the defence. this was a precedent—setting testimony from a police chief testifying against his own officer. it rarely happens in american trials, it's highly unusual and it might be a thing that could become more common in future based on what the chief did today. but also the fact that he gives this strong rebuke essentially underscoring
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that derek chauvin did not follow department procedure and what he did was inconsistent with the training, values and cats of the minneapolis police department —— an ethics. the department -- an ethics. the testimony _ department -- an ethics. the testimony from _ department -- an ethics. the testimony from the _ department —— an ethics. the testimony from the doctor contradicting what the defendant's case is, and indeed the initial autopsy.— the initial autopsy. that's correct _ the initial autopsy. that's correct. that _ the initial autopsy. that's correct. that is _ the initial autopsy. that's correct. that is the - the initial autopsy. that's| correct. that is the doctor the initial autopsy. that's - correct. that is the doctor who pronounced george floyd dead after he was removed from the scene at the convenience store where this alleged counterfeit $20 bill. when he was taken to the independent medical centre and this is the time who received his body and tried to resuscitate him, and he's the one who decided that he was dead. asked about his opinion of the cause of death, he said it was oxidant deficiency. essentially, a fixation, which is exactly contradictory what
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the defence's case is, that george floyd according to them died from a lot of drugs in his system and underlying medical problems under related with —— unrelated to the knee on his neck. the british prime minister borisjohnson has confirmed the next step in england's roadmap out of coronavirus lockdown is going ahead. non—essential shops, hairdressers and gyms will be allowed to reopen next monday, and pubs and restaurants will be able to serve customers outdoors. but there was no announcement on when and how foreign travel could resume. our transport correspondent, caroline davies, reports. preparing for international travel takes time. the industry is already gearing up, hoping that they'll have a summer season. but today the prime minister wasn't making any promises. obviously, we are hopeful that we can get going, from may 17th, we're hopeful. but i do not wish to give hostages to fortune, or to underestimate the difficulties that we're seeing in some of the destination countries
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people might want to go to. we don't want to see the virus being reimported into this country from abroad. when it does restart, it will use a traffic—light system. so far, we only know some countries on the red list. anyone to england arriving from designated green countries won't need to quarantine, although they will need to take a test when they travel back, and more in the uk. those travelling from amber countries need to take all of these tests and will be required to quarantine at home on arrival for ten days — although if they pay for an extra test on the fifth day and it's negative, they can leave quarantine early. only uk residents will be allowed in from red countries, and they'll need to pay for quarantine at a hotel, as well as taking these tests. more details are expected later this week. scotland, wales and northern ireland haven't committed to a date for when international travel might restart. whether a country is added to the green list will depend on the vaccines
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and the prevalence of concerning variants. this was the last time laria and her children saw her parents in san marino in october 2019. they're yet to meet her one—year—old daughter. they've missed a whole chunk of their life that they can't really take back, especially with what's happening in italy and in europe at the moment. it puts the end goal further and further back, and it makes for a stressful situation. this is a new testing centre at luton airport. the company behind it is expanding its capacity at other airports too. there are worries that the costs of multiple tests could put off travellers and questions about how much notice the industry and passengers will get about which countries will be green. clearly, passengers and consumers and airlines need clarity at some point, and we still don't know at what point we will know where we can travel, which countries will be in the amber, red and green categories.
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if that comes in the next week or two, that is perfectly understandable. if it's several days before the 17th of may, it makes it a lot harder. the prime minister hasn't said when he'll announce if international travel can go ahead but that he hoped to set out what is reasonable well before may the 17th. the industry wants its many questions to be answered and do know that their summer take—off won't be delayed. caroline davies, bbc news. at least 113 people have died after flash floods and landslides hit indonesia on sunday. dozens are still missing. officials have warned that the death toll could still rise. the bbc�*s asia editor rebecca henschke reports. torrential rains caused dams to overflow and triggered landslides, wreaking havoc and destruction. residents say they had very little time to save themselves. translation: our house is on the mountains. - we had to dismantle the zinc roof. we went out through the back door and pulled
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ourselves out with a rope. with the power cut in many regions, people are trying to leave and reach temporary shelters. local officials say there's an urgent need for food, blankets and medicine to provide for people who've lost everything. translation: everything is gone. we only managed to salvage whatever we could save. compared to the possessions, our lives are more important. if we saved the items, we might die. it's better to save ourselves. the remoteness of some of the areas affected and continuing heavy rain mean rescue workers are struggling to reach survivors, the indonesian national disaster agency warning that the death toll is likely to rise. in the capitaljakarta, presidentjoko widodo said he had ordered the disaster relief efforts to be conducted quickly and offered his condolences. translation: | would - like to express my deep sorrow
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for the victims who died l in this incident, and i also understand the sadness - experienced by our brothers and sisters due to the impact of this disaster. _ fatal landslides and flash floods are common across the indonesian archipelago during the rainy season. environmentalists have warned that they're getting worse due to deforestation and have called for urgent action. in neighbouring east timor, where the floodwaters reached the presidential palace, a massive clean—up job has begun. rebecca henschke, bbc news. the kingdom ofjordan is often seen as a stabilising force in an otherwise unsteady region. the country has been a us ally for years. it helped in the fight against islamic state. and it's been a safe—haven for refugees fleeing war in syria. but a recent rift within jordan's royal family has revealed some worrying under—currents beneath the calm surface.
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this is prince hamzah. he's the half—brother of the country's current ruler king abdullah. the government says hamzah was involved in a plot to destabilise the country. he's dismissed the allegations. over the weekend, prince hamzah leaked videos to the bbc saying he's under house arrest. and now, he has released an audio message on twitter saying he will defy orders to stay silent. translation: in the latest turn of this saga, the royal court now says prince hamzah has signed a letter, affirming his loyalty to the constitution and declaring support for the king. our chief international correspondent, lyse doucet, explains why instability injordan could have a big impact across the entire
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middle east region. jordan has long been regardedas a country which stood apart jordan has long been regarded as a country which stood apart and a country surrounded by on one side by the instability of iraq, the punishing war in syria, saudi arabia, the uncertainty of the west bank. then there wasjordan, held together by the kingdom ofjordan, and the king seemingly able to weather all the storms because whenever there was discontent on the streets, and there has been over the decades, he was able to change his government ministers. but what do you do when the problem is within the family? you can't change your family. so, this has led to this unprecedented royal rift. unprecedented public criticism by a senior member of the royal family, 41—year—old prince hamzah, king abdullah�*s half brother and former conference.
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and former crowned prince. a huge crisis but in the last few hours, it seems as they been able to resolve the family crisis at least and put out a public show of unity, but this crisis isn't over because the issues raised by prince hamzah have not been dealt with yet. google is spared having to pay billions of dollars of damages to rival oracle after a ruling that it fairly copied code for its android operating system. ..years of hatred and rage as theyjump upon the statue... this funeral became a massive demonstration of black power, the power to influence.
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today is about the promise of a bright future, a day when we hope a line can be drawn under a bloody past. i think that picasso's i works were beautiful, they were intelligent and it's a sad loss to everybody - who loves art. this is bbc news. the latest headlines... the minneapolis police chief has testified that the white officer on trial for the murder of george floyd violated the department's policy on the use of force. gunmen attack a prison and police headquarters in southern nigeria an unknown number of inmates escape.
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to nigeria now, where gunmen have attacked a prison and local police headquarters in the southern part of the country. eyewitnesses described heavy gunfire in the early hours of the morning in the city of owerri, in south—eastern nigeria. it's unclear how many inmates escaped but according to the rights group amnesty international, owerri prison houses over 2000 prisoners. our nigeria correspondent, mayenijones, told us more. nigerian correctional service... released a statement not too long ago, saying with more detail on what happened in this easter monday morning but a lot of people around nigeria were resting after easter sunday. they say that gunmen stormed this correctional facility in owerri, that they use explosives to open the
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front gates to blast the administrative block, and they were able to release over a 1800 prisoners, so it's a significant attack. the police say they believe the attack was carried out by the indigenous people of... an organisation which is banned in nigeria, but they have reportedly denied this, according to local media reports. prison breaks are fairly regular in nigeria. they happened, your listeners might remember, during the sars protest in october. what was significant about this attack is over the last few months, there's been a wave of attacks against the police, all across southeastern nigeria, and it's a worrying developing because security is right across the country and are frankly stretch. the us supreme court has handed google a major win in a long—running copyright battle with oracle, ruling that the use of the java
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programming language for the android mobile operating system was "fair use." the 6—2 ruling had been closely watched as a key test of copyright in the digital era, and allows google to avoid paying out billions to its technology rival. our correspondent in new york, nada tawfik, told me why traditional copyright law may not apply to code. well, i think that's the interesting debate. it actually really wasn't covered by the supreme court here. what they said in this decision, they assumed that oracle did have copyright on the code, but google's use of that code could be considered fair use and therefore, they wouldn't have to pay a licensing fee to oracle. and it's interesting because even breyer —— stephen breyer, who wrote the majority who cited with google, said he thought this was for the greater good. that if oracle ruled in favour, they would be
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giving computer coding a lot which only oracle would have the key to. instead, he said it was important looking forward and we saw many other software programmers writing into the court, arguing for the same thing that open source nature of coding to have this relatively available. oracle, of course, was not happy with this ruling. they criticised at the ruling, and we look at the dissenting opinion, it did raise some issues. clarence thomas, and his opinion, wrote that he didn't think fair use could be used in this way, that we were essentially eviscerating the copyright, and he said it was problematic that the court didn't deal directly to with copyright issues head—on and referred to this argument. head-on and referred to this argument-— argument. this would cost gooale argument. this would cost google billions _ argument. this would cost google billions -- - argument. this would cost google billions -- billions| argument. this would cost i google billions -- billions of google billions —— billions of dollars. i think it was 11,000 lines of code.— lines of code. that's right, it's 11,000 _ lines of code. that's right, it's11,000 lines _ lines of code. that's right, it's11,000 lines of - lines of code. that's right, it's11,000 lines of code i lines of code. that's right, l it's11,000 lines of code part of a larger piece of oracle's
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api that is in question here, so actually the supreme court argued that it was really a small portion of the code that google would need to work with other developers rather than taking the entire piece altogether, but as you say, this would have been a massive fine. android works on about 7070% of the world's smartphones, so it would affect others down the lines —— 70%. you have others so concerned about software programming and what the government will decide going forward. in other news... the russian president vladimir putin has signed a law that will allow him to serve for two more terms. the legislation could potentially see him stay in office until 2036. it limits future presidents to two terms but discounts the time that president putin
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has already served. china says it will for the first time vaccinate an entire local population following an outbreak of coronavirus near the border with myanmar. the residents of the city of roo—lee have also been of ruili have also been placed under home quarantine. officials say they are closely monitoring the border with myanmar, where most of the new cases in the region appear to have originated. bangladesh has imposed a seven—day coronavirus lockdown after a recent surge in cases. all domestic travel services are suspended, malls and shops are shut, and banks will be allowed to open for just two and a half hours per day. israel's prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, has appeared in court, as a corruption trial against him resumed. the veteran political leader is facing charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery. he denies all of them. and as he appeared in court, mr netanyahu's likud party was meeting israel's president
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and asking that he give their party a mandate to form a new government after last month's election. our correspondent yolande knell has this report. it has been called israel's split screen moment. at thisjerusalem court, benjamin netanyahu beginning his corruption trial in earnest. the prosecution accuses him of accepting expensive gifts from businessmen and offering favours for more positive news coverage, charges he denies. meanwhile, across the city at the president's office, talks start on who should be given the first chance to form a new coalition government after last month's election, israel's fourth in two years. he's known as the great survivor, but this is another day when benjamin netanyahu's personal and political fate lies in the balance. simply put, israel is divided into two camps, those for and against the prime minister.
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and you've got small groups of both here outside the court. anti—netanyahu protesters accuse mr netanyahu of putting his personal interests before those of the country. they want him to resign. he is doing everything that he can, and the last year has proved that he is doing everything that he can to escape justice, actually. and he will take 9 million citizens, israeli citizens, down the drain, only to escape justice. but his supporters claim legal proceedings are a political witchhunt. now they're trying to do a governmental coup, and we are against it because benjamin netanyahu is the one and only leader. he has no faults, maybe, he's not perfect, but he didn't do anything, he didn't do any of what they're saying. leaving court, mr netanyahu, the defendant, is quick to return to business as prime minister. but it won't be easy to keep public attention where he wants it. his trial could last
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for years and looks set to decide his legacy. yolande knell, bbc news, jerusalem. remote learning has been difficult for many parents and students, but it's also unleashed a boom in the education sector. the bbc�*s samira hussain is the exhausted parent of one remote learner and she sent us this report from new york. for millions of students across the country, learning no longer happens in the classroom, but on a computer. students as young as five years old can spend hours online learning. welcome to kindergarten in the pandemic. bye! and it's notjust at my house. this has been tough on students, teachers and parents. but one group has seen a real benefit. newsela is an online educational resource, a sort of netflix for learning. it takes content from a variety of sources, like newspapers and speeches, and rewrites them for different grade levels.
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and because it's online, it can be updated in a way traditional schoolbooks can't. one thing that many people don't realise is how little textbooks are used in the classroom any more. matthew gross is the founder of newsela, and a former educator himself. his company recently raised an additional $100 million in funding. great technologies are assistive to the teacher. they're dutiful assistants doing their bidding and empower the social classroom with a teacher at the centre of it. that's what great education looks like. there is already a ton of educational software out there, which is great. but speaking from my own experience, my daughter and herfriends — who are all five — are already on the computer for hours a day. they don't enjoy learning on the computer and miss being in a classroom. so, the remote learning experiment has kind of worked for this particular period in time, but it's hard to see this as something more permanent. but investors still
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see an opportunity in educational technology. investment in the sector has been steadily increasing over the last five years, but morgan battle says the covid—19 pandemic has put that into overdrive. three years ago, if you had a really good idea, the likelihood is you that wouldn't break into the market. with covid—19 now, obviously, as we have talked about, has changed that, so really good ideas are getting funded by smart investors so, yeah, it's a different ball game now than it ever was. investors see a new sector expanding, even if many users can't wait to get back to the real—world classroom. samira hussain, bbc news, new york. the expression says it all! let's leave you with some pictures of mexico. there are concerns for the safety of conservationists in mexico, who are fighting to preserve thousands of butterflies that have found refuge in a vast reserve. in the state of michoacan,
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hundreds of thousands of monarch butterflies have arrived from the us and canada to hibernate. remember last week? it was nice, warm, and sunny — almost a dose of summer for some of us. a completely different picture — shock this week. we've got cold, northerly winds blowing straight out of the arctic bringing wintry showers, it's already been snowing across some parts of the country, especially in the north. if you look at the satellite picture, you can clearly see the pattern. all that weather, all the clouds are drifting in from the north — not coming off the atlantic, coming in straight out of the arctic and invading so many other parts of europe as well. so, we're not the only ones experiencing the cold weather. it's many parts of the continent. now, you can see where the wintry showers will have been across the north of the country, maybe one or two snaking into northern ireland and wales, a few icy patches as well, and a widespread frost early on tuesday morning throughout the uk, probably away
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from the very immediate coast. now, tuesday is going to bring lots of sparkling sunshine at least in the morning. in the afternoon, the clouds will increase in some areas, and those strong northerly winds will bring wintry showers — particularly across scotland, but they will be strong enough to push some of these wintry showers even into northern england, the midlands, and possibly even the south coast. now, they will be gusting 30, 40, even 50 mph in the north of the uk. so, if it's only 2 celsius in aberdeen and you get a gust of around 50 mph — so that's 2 on the thermometer but the wind will make it feel, giving you an apparent temperature of “i! celsius. and look at that — barely above freezing the apparent temperatures in the south, as well. now mid week, wednesday, it's going to start frosty. that's because we still have the arctic air over us. so, the arctic air�*s not going away anywhere. but we're starting to see the winds easing. in fact, that cold air stream straight out of the arctic has been pushed into the north sea and instead, we'rejust getting
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a waft, a suggestion of atlantic air bringing somewhat milder air. so, wednesday is not going to be quite as cold and we're not going to have as many wintry showers if any at all. and in fact, you can see this process happening on the weather map here wednesday and eventually into thursday as well when that milder, slightly milder air — the really mild air is in the south — that slightly milder air arrives, and you can see those temperatures bumping up to around about 12 celsius by the time we get to thursday. bye— bye.
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this is bbc news —
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the headlines. the police chief in the us city of minneapolis has testified that the white officer on trial for the murder of george floyd violated the department's policy on the use of force during his arrest. medaria arradondo said derek chauvin�*s actions were not consistent with his department's policy or values. the nigerian authorities say more than eighteen—hundred inmates have escaped from a prison in the south—eastern town of owerri after it was attacked by gunmen. the prison authorities say the heavily armed attackers stormed the facility in the middle of the night and used explosives to free them. google has been spared having to pay potentially huge damages after the us supreme court ruled in its favour in a long running copyright dispute with a technology rival, oracle. justices ruled that google's incorporation of oracle's java programming language in its android mobile operating system was "fair use". now on bbc news. it's hardtalk with stephen sackur

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