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welcome to bbc news. i'm rich preston. our top stories: russia resumes missile attacks near kyiv. moscow says it targetted a factory making anti—ship weapons and threatens more to come. russia warns the us and its allies against supplying further weapons, saying it was adding fuel to the conflict. disaster teams in south africa are on high alert for further floods as more rain is expected over the weekend. china carries out military exercises near taiwan at the same time as a group of us lawmakers visit taipei. and finding peace on the pitch — how football is helping some children cope with the trauma of war.
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russia has threatened to intensify attacks on the ukrainian capital kyiv if its territory is targeted further. tensions have risen since the russian naval vessel, moskva, sank on thursday. it was the flagship of the russian naval fleet in the black sea. moscow claims the sinking was caused by a fire, but ukraine insists it hit the vessel with missiles. a weapons factory near kyiv has already been partially destroyed in a russian attack. our correspondent yogita limaye reports from the ukrainian capital.
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this was the moskva, russia's prized warship in the black sea. it's now sunk. ukraine says its missiles hit the vessel. russia says a fire caused the ship to sink. it's a humiliating loss for the country and one of the biggest such incidents since world war ii. in what is being seen as retaliation, russia's defence ministry shared this video, saying it had launched an attack on a military facility outside ukraine's capital. the russian rocket hit the target — a missile factory now destroyed. russia has threatened more strikes on kyiv if ukraine continues to attack its territory. sirens wail. after the relative silence of two weeks since russian forces withdrew from kyiv, air raid sirens continued to ring from night
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into the morning. yuri gladchenko lives near the site of the attack. translation: | woke up i to the sound of an explosion at just past 1am. my house shock like there was an earthquake. —— my house shook like there was an earthquake. then, i heard more explosions. the lights went out. i have no electricity or water now. the area around the factory which was hit is a residential neighbourhood. it's quite densely populated. it's only about a 15—minute drive from here to the centre of the city. the attack overnight a reminder ofjust how vulnerable kyiv remains as a target. this city has just begun to come alive. people who were forced underground for weeks when areas around kyiv came under russian control are cautiously coming out for a moment of calm in the sun.
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translation: you forget sometimes that you're - still afraid of every sound, even if it comes from your neighbour's house or if someone bangs a car door. you shiver and try to overcome that. no words can describe how scary it is. we can't be sure what will happen next. the future might be worse. the images coming from the east showjust how bad things could get. this is the port city of mariupol, believed to be close to falling into russian hands. it's been more than seven weeks of war. yogita limaye, bbc news, kyiv. russia has formally warned the us and other allied nations against supplying weapons to ukraine. the warning came in a diplomatic note seen by us media. our north america correspondent david willis told me more.
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this was a two page diplomatic mode, delivered to the us state department from the russian embassy in washington, dc. it basically accuses the us and the west of prolonging the conflict in ukraine and threatens what it calls "unpredictable consequences" if those shipments of military assistance continue. the timing of this is potentially very significant because this note was sent on tuesday evening of last week, just as word was beginning to leak out of another package of us military aid to ukraine, $800 million worth, which for the first time included some heavy and sophisticated weapons, including howitzers, long—range artillery, and those sorts of things, designed to match russian capabilities on the ground in eastern ukraine, around the disputed donbas region. it does not appear that this is going to provoke any
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sort of change in strategy on the part of the us and indeed,, it does not seem to have concerned people at the white house very much. there was a tweet from the state department spokeswoman, who said nothing will dissuade us from the strategy that we have embarked upon. and, indeed, senior us officials were saying a short while ago that this could amount to a concession by russia that this military aid from the west is having a serious impact on the conflict in ukraine. it's worth making the point, though, this is the latest in a series of warnings of this kind from russia and, most recently, they have suggested could begin targeting nato deliveries of this military aid — something that russia has not done so far, possibly even in nato territory. so, a significant development, i think. the territory. so, a significant development, ithink. development, i think. the bbc's david willis. — disaster teams in the
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south african province of kwazulu—natal are on high alert for further floods as more rain is expected over this weekend. 400 people are now known to have died. those living in the area have been urged to move away from low—lying areas. the bbc�*s vumani mkhize sent this report from durban. the mountains of debris washed up the mountains of debris washed up on this bourbon beach are an indication of the severity of this floodwaters ravaged the city —— durban. waste pickers salvage what they can to recycle and sell while residents also remove the wash tub debris. volunteers and waste pickers have begun what is a monumental cleanup operation here at the durban beachfront and as you can see behind me, the scale of debris that was washed away by the raging waters is immense. unfortunately for the cuisine province, more bad weather is expected over the easter weekend is going to happen the clean—up operations —— kwazulu—natal province. while the torrential rain and mud
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slide could not be avoided, president tsai infrastructure degradation in the city contributed to the severity of the floods. we contributed to the severity of the floode— the floods. we watched the street cleaners _ the floods. we watched the street cleaners are - the floods. we watched the l street cleaners are sweeping the rubbish into the drains because i think they have not been trained properly. there is no understanding of consequences and reactions and i watch it all the time and it is a pet peeves because definitely, things could have been less catastrophic if we had better drainage and if we took care of the drainage that we have. ., ., ~' took care of the drainage that we have. ., ., ~ ., ., ., we have. looking around at the debfis we have. looking around at the debris and _ we have. looking around at the debris and stuff, _ we have. looking around at the debris and stuff, there - we have. looking around at the debris and stuff, there is - we have. looking around at the debris and stuff, there is no - debris and stuff, there is no way— debris and stuff, there is no way we _ debris and stuff, there is no way we will make it. it's out of habit_ way we will make it. it's out of habit happen on the easter weekend when everyone was looking — weekend when everyone was looking forward to it but unfortunately if you cannot blame _ unfortunately if you cannot blame the water the next best thing — blame the water the next best thing is — blame the water the next best thing is to clean the beach. over— thing is to clean the beach. 0ver13,000 houses thing is to clean the beach. over 13,000 houses were damaged 0ver13,000 houses were damaged by the floods and authorities say they will assist residents to rebuild their homes by providing financial relief. find providing financial relief. and then what — providing financial relief. and then what we _ providing financial relief. fific then what we have as providing financial relief. fific then what we have as a policy as well for the partially destroyed is that we provide a voucher system once the structure is declared, the structural integrity is intact, and the family can receive a
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voucher to the maximum of 8000 to be able to benefit and get material be able to close their roof. , , , , roof. the rebuilding process here will — roof. the rebuilding process here will be _ roof. the rebuilding process here will be long _ roof. the rebuilding process here will be long and - roof. the rebuilding process - here will be long and expensive and for residents of the city, the events of this week will linger long after the have receded. twitter is taking action to fend off a hostile takeover bid from elon musk. it's using a defence known as a �*poison pill�* to make it difficult for the billionaire to increase his stake beyond what he already owns. on thursday, he offered $113 billion cash for the company, which was rejected outright by some shareholders. our technology correspondent james clayton has more. twitter had been pretty quiet about this offer up until now but this gives a pretty clear direction of travel on what twitter thought about that offer. they clearly don't want to be bought by elon musk — not at that price, anyway —
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and this is a way of defending themselves against a hostile offer. a poison pill is designed to essentially make yourself less palatable, more difficult to swallow for anyone who wants to buy you. and what it will do is it will mean, if elon musk wants —— and what it will do is it will mean that if elon musk wants to buy more than 15% of the company, twitter will flood the market with shares and make it very difficult for elon musk to buy more than 15%. -- 5096. now there are ways around this — it's very clever, but it's not impossible to stop elon musk and go directly to shareholders — and we already know that he had tweeted on thursday that he said it would be indefensible if shareholders didn't get a vote on the deal, so it now looks like elon musk will wrestle with twitter�*s board over the future control of twitter. well, earlier, ispoke to social media consultant matt navarra. with elon musk talking about
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unlocking twitter�*s potential, i asked him unlocking twitter�*s potential, iasked him how unlocking twitter�*s potential, i asked him how he interpreted this. i think what elon musk means may be somewhat different to what may be other people may think. as you say, twitter is a substantial social network but it has not been particularly profitable in the past and it has struggled to kinda find a mainstream audience filed a couple scott —— beyond the 200 people who perform hundred thousand people who use it so you can expand the scope and size and appeal of the platform in ways that he wants to do that are i think at odds with possibly the shareholders, majority of the users and regulators as well i would imagine —— 200 million. we regulators as well i would imagine -- 200 million. we know about what— imagine -- 200 million. we know about what he _ imagine -- 200 million. we know about what he might _ imagine -- 200 million. we know about what he might want - imagine -- 200 million. we know about what he might want to - imagine -- 200 million. we know about what he might want to do? | about what he might want to do? he has talked about the fact he believes in free speech of solicitors, but then —— absolutism, that he should —— the people to be able to say what they think, without fear of the content being removed but anyone who has used a platform with this kind of free reign and lack of rules and policy will find it is a toxic
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and harassing and unpleasant place to be and actually, there are lots of problems with that approach to the platform. i think it is not something that will appeal to shareholders i don't think it appeals to a large number of the core group of users who use it now. we are expecting _ of users who use it now. we are expecting an — of users who use it now. we are expecting an influx _ of users who use it now. we are expecting an influx of— of users who use it now. we are expecting an influx of new - expecting an influx of new regulations governing social media in countries around the world. is this a smart time to be making this kind of moon on elon musk�*s part? be making this kind of moon on elon musk's part?— elon musk's part? well, he is unpredictable _ elon musk's part? well, he is unpredictable and _ elon musk's part? well, he is unpredictable and we - elon musk's part? well, he is unpredictable and we also - elon musk's part? well, he is i unpredictable and we also don't really understand fully what his true intentions are and i don't think he necessarily will care too much about the rules and regulations that may or may not arrive in different countries. i think parties because he has the money and the interests of doing this and he is the world's richest man and also he has issues with the sec in the united states and his use of twitter and this will certainly rile them about how he is performing on the platform and i think he doesn't like the way that the platform
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he has got a huge following of 80 million on there, how it is run and how he wanted to be run in the future so i think there's lots of factors in play here but i don't think he cares too much other than what he wants out of it.— wants out of it. briefly, what is twitter— wants out of it. briefly, what is twitter doing _ wants out of it. briefly, what is twitter doing to _ wants out of it. briefly, what is twitter doing to hold - wants out of it. briefly, what is twitter doing to hold him l wants out of it. briefly, what l is twitter doing to hold him in his tracks?— his tracks? -- a halt. it's a poison _ his tracks? -- a halt. it's a poison pill— his tracks? -- a halt. it's a poison pill option, - his tracks? -- a halt. it's a poison pill option, a - his tracks? -- a halt. it's a poison pill option, a way i his tracks? -- a halt. it's a| poison pill option, a way to make it harderfor him to purchase and acquire and take over the company and i think also, they hope probably the users will also rise up and talk about their fears for this change to happen but i think there are a lot of unknowns that we are waiting to see what the world's richest man does next. china has carried out exercises around taiwan which coincide with a bipartisan visit to taipei by six us lawmakers. an army spokesman said they were directed at what he called "the wrong signal" being sent about the island by the united states. the biden administration has repeatedly talked of its rock—solid commitment to taiwan, but china regards the self—governing island as an integral part of its territory and a foreign ministry spokesman has condemned the us
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support for taiwan. for a closer look at that story, i'mjoined now by our news reporter azadeh moshiri. good to see you. why has china reacted in this way to this us visit? ., ., , reacted in this way to this us visit? . . , . reacted in this way to this us visit? . ., , ., , visit? taiwan is an extremely sensitive _ visit? taiwan is an extremely sensitive issue _ visit? taiwan is an extremely sensitive issue for _ visit? taiwan is an extremely sensitive issue for china, - sensitive issue for china, there was always going to be a strong visit, a strong reaction from the us visit because as far as china is concerned, taiwan is a breakaway province and president xijinping has always talked about the importance of reunification, has even said that forces an option to that end, as far as taiwan is concerned, it sees itself as an independent country with its own constitution, elected leaders and it wants to be treated as such so the tensions have been building between these two, especially in the last year we have seen a record number of chinese war planes fly into taiwan's air defence zone so it is no surprise, really, there
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has been so much criticism from china towards this visit and that's why the defence ministry has said the visit is deliberately provocative and china's army has even warned those who play with fire will burn themselves. {iii those who play with fire will burn themselves. of course, three, burn themselves. of course, three. this — burn themselves. of course, three, this comes _ burn themselves. of course, three, this comes with - burn themselves. of course, three, this comes with the i three, this comes with the backdrop of the war in ukraine, people drawing parallels between china and how it sees taiwan —— azadeh. what have us lawmakers said about the reason behind their visit? lisp; lawmakers said about the reason behind their visit?— behind their visit? usa showing consistent support _ behind their visit? usa showing consistent support throughout l consistent support throughout the years for taiwan and there have been congressional visits beforehand at the timing, as you say, is very significant, given the war in ukraine and us lawmakers in taiwan's leader have—nots right away making the comparison and in fact we have some comments we can hear from them from earlier. we some comments we can hear from them from earlier.— them from earlier. we are going to start making _ them from earlier. we are going to start making china _ them from earlier. we are going to start making china pay - them from earlier. we are going to start making china pay a - to start making china pay a greater— to start making china pay a greater pride for what they were — greater pride for what they were doing all over the world. but for— were doing all over the world. but for price. the support for putin— but for price. the support for putin must come with a price. translation:— putin must come with a price. translation: the invasion of
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ukraine also — translation: the invasion of ukraine also highlights - translation: the invasion of ukraine also highlights the - ukraine also highlights the democratic countries should strengthen their alliances and prevent— strengthen their alliances and prevent the threat of authoritarian states towards regional peace. the authoritarian states towards regional peace.— regional peace. the fact is bei'ina regional peace. the fact is beijing has _ regional peace. the fact is beijing has refused - regional peace. the fact is beijing has refused to - regional peace. the fact is - beijing has refused to outright condemn president putin's actions in ukraine, instead it has acknowledged the legitimate, quote, legitimate, concerned that russia has there and the fact that there is a historical context, so that he set alarm bells ringing in the west because they are worried that given some of the parallels between the two situations, china may decide to make good on its threats towards taiwan. now, taiwan is also important to the us for other reasons, produces about 90% of the world's high end conductor products and it is also placed near some strategically important islands to the us, us— friendly islands, so it's somewhere that islands, so it's somewhere that is important globally in terms of security and its own economy. of security and its own economy-— of security and its own econom . ~ . ., ~ economy. azadeh moshiri, thank ou ve economy. azadeh moshiri, thank you very much- _ this is bbc news —
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a reminder of the headlines: russia resumes missile attacks near kyiv. moscow says it targetted a factory making anti—ship missiles and threatens more to come. russia warns the us and its allies against supplying further weapons, saying it was adding fuel to the conflict. the british government's plan to send some asylum seekers to rwanda, in central africa, has been met with criticism and condemnation. the unhcr called it an unacceptable breach of international law. here's our chief political correspondent, adam fleming. there's been quite a lot of criticism of this uk government plan to send some asylum—seekers to rwanda eventually. criticism has come from the un refugee agency, from a former international development secretary, and from a former immigration minister. but i think the government knew they would get this pushback — i think they might even be relishing it, because they see it
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as an opportunity to make the case, and they're actually preparing for this to go to court and be challenged legally. we've also had an interesting insight into the policy formulation process — it turns out that officials in the home office weren't able to precisely quantify the potential benefits of this plan, so they weren't able to approve it. and so, the british home secretary, priti patel, had to use a technique called a ministerial direction to actually get the policy signed off. home office sources defending that decision say you can't let a lack of data or imprecise computer and economic models stop the government taking action. and in terms of what this action will look like — we heard earlier from a home office minister who could give very few details about how this scheme will actually work in practice which makes me think it's more of an idea for a plan than a fully—worked—out plan. more than 150 palestinians have been injured during clashes
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with israeli police at the al—aqsa mosque compound in occupied eastjerusalem. three israeli police officers were also hurt. tensions have been high in the run up to the fasting month of ramadan, which coincides with passover forjews and easter for christians. here's our middle east correspondent yolande knell. as day broke injerusalem's old city, sacred to three faiths, tensions were rising at its most bitterly contested site. israeli police say they moved in to disperse a riot by palestinian muslims at al—aqsa mosque. 0fficers fired stun grenades and rubber bullets. palestinians threw stones and firecrackers. the violence came inside the doors of the mosque. it takes hours for a fragile calm to set in, and we meet 0marjoining the clean up.
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he came for ramadan prayers. you just want to pray. and it's really heartbreaking to see one of your holy sites, you come from, like, 80 kilometres away, just to get this type of behaviour against you. i'm speechless. nearby, it's a special day for christians. thousands have come for easter and to walk the traditional way of the cross. it's incredible. it's a miracle to be here and to share this holy friday with all the people and to pray for everybody. we pray here for the peace. but, for now, those prayers aren't answered. the overlapping religious holidays were always going to raise tensions here in the old city. people of different faiths are celebrating, but these narrow streets feel more on edge after the recent deadly violence and today's clashes. elsewhere in jerusalem,
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a jewish ritual. families are burning the bread, banned during passover, which begins tonight. ilana says the holiday�*s overshadowed by attacks in israel, which have killed 1a people. you can't help thinking what will be the passover experience of those families who weren't expecting to have one person less at their table? and it's really a national pain. this should be a joyful time for palestinians and israelis, but instead it's an uneasy one. the lesson from history is that confrontations which start inside these ancient walls can easily slide into a wider conflict. yolande knell, bbc news, jerusalem. an international delegation of faith leaders is visiting ukraine, to show solidarity with those affected by the invasion. pope francis gave the mission his blessing, saying this is not the time to keep silent.
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the pope is in rome, presiding over the easter ceremonies, as gail maclellan reports. sung prayer at st peter's on good friday, pope francis presided over the lord's passion, a ceremony marking a specific sorrow but echoing with contemporary pain. this is father bernard, preacher of the pontifical household. translation: this year, we celebrate easter, - not to the joyful sound of bells, but with the noise in the ears of bombs and explosions not farfrom here. holy week ceremonies everywhere were scaled back for the past two years because of the pandemic. but this year, the ancient tradition of the way of the cross returned to rome. the candlelight service consists of the 1a stations
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of the cross, stages between the condemnation ofjesus and his death and burial. what was intended as a gesture of reconciliation by the vatican — the carrying of the cross at one of the 1a stations by two friends, one ukrainian, one russian — has not been well received. ukraine's archbishop saying it didn't take into account russia's aggression against his country. the pope, who has repeatedly condemned the conflict in ukraine, called for an easter ceasefire. translation: allow adversaries taste mutual forgiveness, to disarm the hand raised by a brother against brother, so that concorde can spring from where there is now hate. easter activities proceed on saturday and sunday, but the war in ukraine is expected to continue to cast a long shadow over the events. gail maclellan, bbc news.
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the exodus from ukraine shows no signs of stopping. according to the united nations, nearly 4.8 million people have left the country. millions more have been displaced within ukraine's borders. among them, an unknown number of children. the bbc�*s tim allman reports on one attempt to make their lives seem a little more normal, for 90 minutes at least. myron is nine years old and he loves football. and he's certainly not going to let a small thing like a war dampen his ambition. "i'd like to play in the european championship," he says. "no —— i'd like to play in the world cup." myron, along with his parents and his sister, lived in the luhansk region, which is now on the front line. so they fled to the city of dnipro, which is a relative safe haven. the local football association
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are arranging matches involving displaced children and veteran players. translation: it's difficult psychologically for them, so events like this help to lift tension. they receive good vibes while playing football. and it's notjust the children who are benefiting from these good vibes. translation: the feelings are very heavy, to be honest. these are hard times for our country and our people. so it's important to find moments to recharge. the boys, refugees came here and asked us to play a match. we agreed —— no problem for us. the players sign autographs and pose for photos. for a short period of time, maybe, just maybe, it's as if the war isn't happening at all. tim allman, bbc news.
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much more hour not all of those stories on the bbc website. you can reach me on twitter — i'm @richpreston hello. the uk may have recorded its highest temperature of the year so far on good friday, in the sunshine in london. but actually, across much of the north and west of the uk, it was quite a cloudy start to the long holiday weekend. it was eastern and south east england that saw most of the sunshine — and for the record, 23.1; celsius was that temperature in central london. to prove the point, the satellite picture showing all the cloud on good friday in the north and west —— now the rule of thumb for saturday's weather is where you're so cloudy, it'll be brighter and warmer, and where you saw the sunshine on good friday, saturday will be just as sunny —— and where you get the sunshine, it will feel warmer. temperatures to start the day, no frost, nor will there be for the rest of the weekend.
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there will early on be quite a bit of cloud towards the north and west, and through much of wales and south west england — it's misty, low cloud, but on through the day, notice how a lot of this disappears, it breaks up, we see the sunshine coming through. could stay rather cloudy in the northern isles, especially shetland, towards the coast of aberdeenshire, misty in places and some of the coasts around cornwall as well. it's a warmer—feeling today more widely across the uk with that sunshine. it's a sunnier day in northern ireland, too — though cloud increasing will start to bring some outbreaks of rain very slowly in from the west, as we go on through the night into easter sunday morning, also pushing into parts of western scotland, especially the western isles. elsewhere, 1—2 mist and fog patches, but a recently mild start to easter sunday. and there's a weather front trying to come in on sunday still to some degree being held at bay by this area of high pressure. so, while much of the uk will stay dry, we will see some outbreaks of rain covering more of northern ireland very slowly on through the day, and parts of western scotland, especially into the west isles
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and then, later on, some of this rain would just feed in towards western counties of wales and the far south west of england. whereas elsewhere, you continue with another day of warm, sunny spells. it will feel cooler, where you have the rain, it'll be windier, too, and the weather fronts with, well, weakening rain will move through as we go into easter monday. behind that, you get some sunny spells. it'll feel cooler and, then, another spell of rain looks to be heading into northern ireland and into western, especially north west scotland, during monday. and with that, there'll be a strengthening wind. the western isles could well see some gales gusts 50 mph or more on easter monday. sunny spells, yes, dry for many, but it will feel cooler by then.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: russia has threatened to intensify attacks on the ukrainian capital kyiv if its territory is further targeted. tensions have risen since russia's iconic warship the moskva sank on thursday. ukraine claims it was responsible. a weapons factory near kyiv has already been partially destroyed in a russian attack. russia has formally warned the united states and its allies against supplying further weapons to ukraine. russia said us arms shipments were adding fuel to the conflict and could lead to what it called "unpredictable consequences". the latest american aid package includes artillery, drones, armoured vehicles and helicopters. more than 150 palestinians have been injured in clashes with israeli police at the al—aqsa mosque
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in occupied eastjerusalem.

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