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>> i am catholic in washington and you are wating bbc world news america -- and connecticut in washington and this is bbc world news america. doctors in brazil are in a battle to control a surge. iran blames israel for a major cyber attack on its natanz nuclear site and promises to take revenge. israel says it will defend itself. >> i will never allow iran to obtain the negative capability to carry out its genocidal goal of eliminating israel. >> minneapolis police say an officer who shot data black man during a traffic stop had intended to use a taser, not a gun. and princes william and harry paid tribute to their father, saying prince philip would want them to get on with their jobs. ♪
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katty: welcome to world news america on pbs and around the globe. health officials are warning against complacency with the coronavirus as almost four and half million cases are diagnosed each week. among the worst affected is brazil, which has seen 100 thousand daily cases and registered 4000 deaths in a single day. the gornment of desirables and i has been criticized -- the government of jair bolsonaro has been criticized. we have this report. reporter: the cloak of darkness brings no respite when brazil's dead keep coming. >> [speaking portuguese] reporter: the agony of loss deepened by the snatched farewell, reaching for dignity denied. [crying] reporter: this is a nation going
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under collective trauma. there is barely time to grieve before the oarrives, another number in the more than 350,000 dead. >> my father died this morning. he got covid in hospital. i have no words for the pain. other countries are recovering, but in brazil, it is getting worse. if our predent had bought vaccines earlier, my dad could still be here. with hospitals in most regions 90% full, they are putting beds where they can. an indoor arena, once allied with brazil's passion for sport, not a field hospital for victims. this country has become the global epicenter, and a super-spreader of the variant ravaging the young, too. how does it feel to see younger patients here now? >> it is scary. reporter: the majority of those
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in brazil's intensive care wards are now under 40. >> many beds in the same family. we have a mother, a father and a son and the son dies. we cannot tell the father and the mother because they can getting worse. reporter: a public health disaster that was once dismissed by president bolsonaro as just a little flu. but this is the reality, is exhausted medics try to bring comfort to old and young. anderson, just 28, says he almost did not make it. >> when they couldn't find my veins anymore and they had to get access to a major artery, i thought it was the end. i think this is a failure of our government and our president. they should search their conscience and come and visit this hospital. reporter: there at the tragedy of what is happening here is that it shouldn't have come to this. brazil has a generally good health care system and a strong
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record of naonal inoculations. this is a story of mismanagement that has led thiuntry to be crushed where the pandemic. >> [speaking portuguese] reporter: outside spitals, a nightmare ritual as anxious relatives wait to be summoned for news otheir loved ones. [shouting] reporter: for many, it is the worst. a rollcall of the fallen to a virus this shattered country could have controlled. mark logan, bbc news, sao paulo. katty: more than a year into this pandemic and that is a situation in brazil's hospitals at the moment. the governor of minnesota has issued a curfew tonight, after another black man was killed by police. officials say an accidental discharge of a weapon caused the death of 20-year old daunte wright, yesterday just north of minneapolis. that is where the trial of the police officer accused of
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murdering george floyd has also started its third week. here is bbc's reporter. [shouting] reporter: these have become familiar scenes in the year of civil unrest about police violence, with every daily encounter reigniting a smoldering anger. [gunfire] [shouting] >> there is a standoff between police and protesters here. smoke bombs have been fired and teargas has been fired after another police shooting of a black man in minnesota. that man wasn't daunte wright, 20 years old, of mixed race. with the city already on edge over the trial of the george floyd killing, police moved quickly to release footage from the camera one by the officer involved. it shows that mr. wright was pulled over for a minor offense that escalated when police decided to arrest him on a previous warrant. he tried to run. but then, a fatal mistakethe
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police chief said. >> the officer was struggling with mr. wright, and that's taser! taser! the officer withdrew their handgun instead of their taser. it is my belief the officer had the intention to deploy their taser, but instead shot mr. wright with a single bullet. this appears to me, from what i've viewed in the officer's reaction and distress immediately after, that this was an accidental discharge. report: in the moments before this tragedy, mr. wright's mother had been on the phone with him. >> he called. a minute later i called and his girlfriend answered. she was a passenger in the car. she put it on the driver side and my son was laying there lifeless. i said, where are you? she said, i don't know. reporter: during the unrest that followed, some shops were looted, a reminder of the property damage after george floyd's death last year. [gunfire] [shouting]
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reporter: the prosecution is wrapping up its case in the trial. there is concern about what sort of fall-like the verdict might trigger, and questions about whether it will impact the way police operate in america. bbc news, minneapolis. katty: barbara joins me now. barbara, you were there at the protests last night. what has it been like today in minneapolis, the reaction to the police need their saydel an? barbara: pretty extraordinary stuff, extraordinary enough for the police chief to bring out that body camera footage so quickly. he said he wanted to be accountable and transparent. i think all of them, with an eye on the tensions in the city and also what seems to be a terrible mistake, wanting to get that information out there as quickly as possible. here at the police station, they had been fortifying it with cement blocks and wire fencing. there are, i would say, 100
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protesters that have had some testy exchanges with police. the mayor of minneapolis has called a state of emergency and a curfew later today. the chief was asked about protests tonight because of the anger and he said, some of you guys were throwing bricks at my police officers, so we had to respond. if it is a peaceful protest, everybody is welcome to come. so i think there is a lot of tension as to what will happen here tonight. katty: mistake or no mistake, i imagine there are still quite a lot of questions about why daunte wright was pulled over in the first place for the traffic stop, and why it got to the stage of tasers being pulled. barbara: yes, and that is a question about the way american police do their job, i think, which is something that many people feel is part of what is on trial with the george floyd case, although lawyers there have made it very clear, they say it is a case of one man.
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we got some details from police. they say they had pulled him over because his license was out of date, and when they went and talked to him about that, they ran hisnformation through their scanner and found there was a warrant for an arrest because of an issue earlier where he had failed to show up in court over charges of running away from them and being in possession of a gun. so they decided to arrest him. he got scared or whatever and decided to try and escape. we saw that very tense situation in what and adapt in a fatal result. these things move from zero to 100, as they say here, very quickly. katty: bbara, joining us from minneapolis, thank you very much. as diplomatic efforts are underway by americans and several european countries to revive the iran nuclear deal israel seems to be taking matters into its own hands. reports from the country suggests that them outside spy agency carried out an attack on
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iran's underground natanz nuclear plant, key to iran's nuclear enrichment program. the site is relation's only uranium enrichment site. around has gone to great lengths to bury it deep underground, making it difficult to attack on the air. on saturday, i -- that new advanced centrifuges to enrich uranium had just been activated at the facility. this is in breach of its undertakings under the 2015 nuclear deal, which was abandoned, if you remember, by president trump. we are joined by our correspondent. i know the reports are still coming in and the situation is a little confused, about what more can you tell us about what happened at the nuclear site? >> i think it is becoming less and less confusing, me things are really clear. israel, in quite a striking departure from previous attacks
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of this kind, which were generally regarded as having been conducted by them, and israel never commented on it, is really media never commented on it, this time there has been censorship imposed on is really media, and the defense team made this cryptic comment saying "if the operations in the middle east are not hidden from the eyes of the enemy." so all but taking responsibility. this has long been described as a shadow war between iran and israel as mortal enemies and now it is much more in the open. it is now clear that it was highly sophisticated. not only did they take out the electrical system that keeps these centrifuges spinning, it also knocked out the backup system. so it went in a complete blackout which caused, it seems, a lot of damage to this facility. iran is saying that initially
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the report said it could take up to nine months, that is what intelligence sources were saying. now iran is saying not only will it to get it up and running much more quickly than that, but the iranian foreign minister has written to the secretary-general, calling this a work crime, we are terrorism, and that the nuclear activities at that plant would, he said, have a significant upward leap, in other words, even more advanced centrifuges. katty: we have lloyd austin, in israel today, the u.s. defense secretary. do we know what impact this could have on the talks in vienna to try and get the u.s. back into the nuclear deal? >> the big question tonight is, will iran make a distinction between the united states and israel? the united states, the state
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department spokesperson said this has nothing to do with us. she said, i will not speculate anymore because it was not overdoing. there have been iranian officials interviewed on bbc who said iran and the u.s. our strategic partners, but they are beginning to diverge, and diverge dangerously. president biden during his election campaign, talked about returning to the iran nuclear deal. those indirect talks in vienna last week work described as constructive. th are supposed to meet again this week. iran's most important goal is to get those crippling sanctions lifted. both sides want to come back to the deal, but it has now got an awful lot harder. katty: ok. for us in london, thank you very much. biden administration also says, by the way, they had no role in the explosion on sunday.
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we don't know whether the white house was given a heads-up however, by the israelis. the white house says it is concerned about ongoing. action on the ukraine border secretary of state antony blinken and defense secretary lloyd austin are expected to discuss the issue in brussels later this week. there has been a shooting at a high school in knoxville, tennessee. police confirm multiple people had been shot, including one officer. officials are still gathering information. the school superintendent says the building is not secure. . germany has drafted legislation that would shift the power to impose covid-19 restrictions to the federal government from regional leaders to combat at surge of infections. another 13,000 infections were confirmed sunday, being the number passed 3 million since the pandemic again. it could be implemented as soon as friday of this week. one person has died and another is being treated in hospital following a shooting in paris.
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the attacker opened fire, hitting a man and woman just outside the hospital hey dunant. they have confirmed it was not a terrorist attack. muslims all over the world are preparing for ramadan. this will be the second time the holy month of fasting has had to be held during the month of the pandemic. many countries have faced challenges finding a balance between protecting against the virus and supporting businesses. you're watching "bbc world news america." still to come, today marks the 50th anniversary of the first human spaceflight. we remember astronaut yuri gagarin and his legacy. ♪ in a rare acknowledgment, china's top disease control official has said the country's vaccines have lower rates of effectiveness against the coronavirus. officials are considering
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administering greater-sized deuces or mixing different vaccines together. china has distributed hundreds of millions of doses worldwide. reporter: china is developing, or it has developed 4 homemade covid-19 vaccines. only one of them has been given full approval for use, none of them have been given full approval for use abroad. nonetheless, china is ramping up its inoculation program, and it is also using its vaccines for diplomatic leverage, even giving them to countries abroad, or agreeing to sell them to countries abroad. the last 24 hours have shown how challenging it is for this country to have anything like an open discussion about the efficacy of some of these homemade vaccines. ♪ katty: princes william and harry
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paid separate tributes to their grandfather, the duke of edinburgh. william described prince philip as an extraordinary man from an extraordinary generation. harry wrote of him as a master at the barbecue and a legendary mentor. here is ou correspondent. >> he was there for them at their moment of greatest anguish, walking with the young william entirely behind the coffin of their mother after her death in a road accident. and the bond between the grandfather and the grandstands on whom sold many hoops rested was a deep one. in his statement, william says he feels fortunate to have had his grandfather's enduring presence to guide him through good times and the hardest days. he recalled the special memories his own children will have of their great grandpa coming to coect them in his carriage, and then william says this " catherine and i will continue to do what he would havwanted and we will support the queen in the years ahead. i will miss my grandpa, i know he would want us to get on with
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the job." harry speaks of his grandfather's unparalleled devotion to the queen. he had been a man of honor and great humor, master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right to the end. harry finished by saying this, " grandpa, thank you for your service, your dedication to granny, and for always being yourself. you will be sorely missed but always remembered by the nation and the world." in the houses of parliament, recalled early from their easter recess, politicians paid their tribute, led by the prime minister. >> that i suspect, mr. speaker, that he might be embarrassed or even fatally exasperated to receive these tributes, he made this country a better place. >> and we offer up this tribute, to the duke of edinburgh, for a lifetime of public service, the gold award.
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reporter: in the scottish parliament in edinburgh, tributes to the duke were led by the first minister, nicola sturgeon. >> of course he faced the additional challenge of being the husband of a powerful woman at a timehen that was even more of an exception than it is today. the reversal of the more traditional dynamic was highly unusual in the 1940's, 50's, and 60's, and even now isn't as common as it might be. reporter: a virtual session of the welsh parliament heard from the first minister, mark drakeford. >> to have lived such a life at the center of world events and in a way which made almost every experience of public rather than simply private interest, makes it even more remarkable still. and that was the life of the duke of edinburgh. reporter: and at stormont in northern ireland, tributes were paid across the political divide. >> he redefined the role of a
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royal, working with hundreds of different organizations, with younger people, service, and driving british innovation at the center of his efforts. >> i acknowledge that the queen and prince philip and their family were directly impacted by the conflict and regrettably endured sorrow and pain. they have endured such personal loss. i having witnessed to this efforts in recent years. reporter: he stepped onto the national stage before most of today's political leaders were born. today they spoke out in their appreciation of him. nicholas witchel, bbc news. katty: he lived a life of public service but he is still remembered as a grandfather too. 60 years ago, mankind went to space for the very first time. for the ussr, yuri gagarin's single orbit of the earth was a singular achievement and a propaganda coup.
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here is a report on the moment a russian hero was born. reporter: british space conquerors park. it is a celebration of the russia achievements in space expiration, and the reason the park was built here was that 60 years ago, this place became part of a remarkable story. ♪ on the 12th of april 1961, a soviet air force pilot, yuri gagarin, became the first human to blast into space. and on his descent, he parachuted out of the tiny space capsule he was in and landed here. this was farmland at the time. much to the surprise of a five-year-old girl who was out in the fields planting potatoes. >> [speaking in russian]
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reporter: what do you remember most about this space man who was suddenly standing in front of you? >> [speaking in russian] mu♪
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[cheers] [triumphant music] >> to see the prime minister. mr. mcmillan said, he is a delightful fellow, which just about sums up what everybody thoughtreporter: how does it feel to have been part of history? >> [speaking in russian] reporter: hundref people have since traveled into space, but only one man was first, and russians are intensely proud of the fact that it was their, yuri gagarin, who made history with his flight for the stars. katty: steve rosenberg reporting
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there. that is quite some reentry. now before we go, tired of carrying groceries? some robots could bring them to you. meet cameo. these robots roam one singapore neighborhood, turning heads as they shuffle over to customers. they are offering a helping hand around several hundred households for trial over a one-year period. they are also covid cautious, using ultraviolet light to disinfect themselves after every trip. the creators designed them in response to surging demand for home deliveries with the robot services at no extra cost. i have to say, that just sounds perfect. i would like cameo to come develop my groceries as well. i am pattycake, this is "bbc world news america." thank you for watching. ♪ narrator: funding for presentation of this program is provided by.. the freeman foundation.
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♪ judy: good evening. tonight, use of force. another police killing in minnesota sparks protests and focuses attention on the testimony of george floyd's brother at the murder trial of derek chauvin. then, attack in iran. iranian officials blame israel for destroying a power generator at an underground nuclear facility as contentious international negotiations continue. and empire of pain. a new book exposes how some members of the secretive sackler family amassed of their menorahs -- their enormous fortune and helped trigger the opioid crisis.

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