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announcer: and now, "bbc world news". >> this is bbc. the u.s. supreme court leaves a controversial texas law banning most abortions in place but allows a challenge by providers to go ahead. julian assange can be extradited to stand trial in the u.s. a morning that the omicron variant could be the dominant strain in the u.k. within a week. a governor minister said the situation is worrying. a singer and guitaristh the band the monkees has died at the age of 78.
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hello and a warm welcome if you are tching on pbs in the u.s. stay with us for the latest news and analysis. the u.s. supreme court has allowed abortion providers to challenge a near-total ban in texas. the restrictive law remains in place but the majority of the justices on the conservative leaning court agrees lawsuits filed by abortion providers in texas should provide in federal court. l's talk to our correspondent joininus now from washington. tell us what exactly this ruling means today. >> it is a minor victory for abortion rights providers because it removes a hurdle for them. the texas law was designed to
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prevent legal challenge. what normally happens when state legislates passed restrictions on abortion laws that are seen as unconstitutional, the federal courts step in and block those laws. the state of texas is not responsible for enforcing the law. it has passed that task to any ordinary citizen. ordinary citizens cannot be taken to federal court. this was the problem. the supreme court agreed this was unacceptable. they provided the narrow pathway for abortion clinics to take this to federal court and pursue their case there. however, they were disappointed the court did not block the law in the meantime. the conservative justices refused to grant the request that the lobby put on hold while the legal action was taken place. that was a big disappointment they said because it is an
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extreme law that bans artions at roughly six weeks and has created great difficulties for women seeking abortions. >> where could things go from here? you mentioned activists could have a narrow pathway. what might happen next? >> one of the people involved in the abortion providers' case, we don't know what will happen. they will pursue their case in federal court. i believe that can be appealed. i would not rule out that this could come in front of the supreme court again. that is why abortion rights activists are seeing this as a very narrow or minor victory. it is happening in a context where the supreme court is hearing another case on abortion rights. this has to do with the mississippi law challenges a
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constitutional right to an abortion. the conservative justices seem to indicate they would be ready to roll back on some federal guarantees. that clement also has the texas -- that climate has abortion rights activists worried. >> thank you for that analysis from washington. one other piece of news to bring you from washington. the u.s. has imposed human rights related sanctions tied to china, north korea and bangladesh. artificial intelligence companies were added to a list of banned companies, accusing it of adding facial recognition programs. china denies mass detentions. the wikileaks founder julian assange can be extradited to the
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u.s. to stand trial. that is what the u.k.'s high court has ruled. he faces charges of publishing classified documents. his extradition was blocked in january over concern about his mental health. assurances given about mr. assange's treatment gives the go-ahead. >> free julian assange! >> a day of judgment. is it the end of the road for a man washington has wanted for a decade? the judge ruled julian assange should go on trial in the u.s. americans said they will treat him humanely. mr. assange's said assurances are worthless. >> the high court decided against julian on thi occasion on the basis of political assurances, amnesty international has analyzed the
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assurances and said they are inherently unreliable. >> it has taken 11 years to get here. in 2010, wikileaks posted video of civiliansilled by u.s. forces. two years later, he went to the ecuadorian embassy in london. in 2018, the u.s. begins preparing prosecution. assange is removed from the embassy and has been in a british jail cell ever sense. julian assange is a warrior for truth and justice to his supporters. his lawyers are trying get the case to the supreme court to overturn the judgment. it is not guaranteed. time is running out. if you cannot launch a final appeal, one of the most controversial figures of the internet age will be on his way to trial in america. >> let's take a look at some of the other stories making the
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news. overturned in southern mexico, killing some and injuring dozens more. over 100 people said to be migrantsrom central america heading to the u.s. border were crammed into a trailer. it hit a pedestrian bridge. the veteran canyon opposition leader has launched his fifth bid to become the country's president, this time with the support of his former foe. he will not be able to stand in next year's polls after serving two terms. a silence across me and mark people chose to stay at home as a strike. the military it was said to have ordered shop owners to turn up for work. the british government is morning over a deeply concerning
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situation. the omicron variant and the u.k. is growing rapidly in all regions and could be the dominant strain in the next week. the u.k. health security agency is suggesting vaccine protection against mild symptoms has been reduced but boosters are effective. here is our medical editor. >> the omicron variant is spreading incredibly fast despite a highly immunized population. the growth rate is higher than last christmas, when very few were vaccinated and the alpha variant hit. if you had two doses of vaccine mo than three months ago, it is unlikely to protect you from omicron or stop you from passing it on. if you had a booster, it is likely to give 75% protection against a mild infection from omicron. it should give greater immunity
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against severe disease. it is the growth rate of omicron that is worrying scientists. it might create the biggest wave of infection so far during the ndemic. >> if we continue to double i the right, we could have 100,000 to 200,000 cases or more by the end of the month. if the cases translate into hospitalizations, you can work out a ratio with how many of those could end up in hospitalizations. we don't know if it would be 1%, .5%. >> the key unknown is how serious an illness does omicron cause. the evidence from south africa is unclear. they have a much younger population that is less vaccinated. we will not know for several weeks what proportion of cases
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here will need hospital treatment. the government is not ruling out further measures beyond plan b to control omicron. no one yet is using the "l" word -- lockdown. >> we need to keep everything under review. we recognize the importance of balancing people's ability to get on with their lives with the need to protect them against the virus. action is absolutely required. as new data comes in, we will consider what action we need to take in the face of the data. >> this is the last news people wanted to hear in the run up to christmas. we face an anxious wait before we know how big and serious the omicron wave will be. >> l's return to our main story. the u.s. supreme court has ruled that abortion providers can challenge a controversial w that bans the procedure in texas
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after the first six weeks of pregnancy. we have been hearing some reaction to that from the white house. u.s. president joe biden said he is concerned by the supreme court's decision to leave in place that ban on most abortions in texas. his press secretary said he will make further comments today. let's recap some of the main points that make the law so controversial. the texas heartbeat act is the most restrictive law passed in the u.s. since abortion was made a constitutional right five decades ago. it prohibits all abortions after six weekof being pregnant. legislation makes an exception in the case of a medical emergency, although patients would need written proof from a doctor. it does not make exceptis for pregnancies resulting from rap or incest. i am joined by a siting professor at boston university
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law school. let's start with your reaction to this ruling today. >> this is a very disappointing ruling for reproductive rights of women across america. even though the heartbeat act affects only techs women at the moment, it is setting a very dangerous precedent, which is creating this bounty hunter model, where private citizens can file lawsuits that the minimum judgment, monetary judgment, is $10,000, but there is no limit. effectively, they will sue as many abortion clinics as they want and can, and ultimately caused them to not be able to financially operate, which effectively denies women in texas the right to an abortion. if they can afford it and take time off of work, if they have the privileges to travel for an abortion, those are the only women who can do so, and most of
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those women will be upper-middle-class white women. >> this law has been in place in texasince september. what effect as it had so far? >> abortion clinics are not doing abortions because if they do, they are subject to liability and can be sued. there are very few already, because texas has passed many laws that make it almost impossible to operat they require the doctor to have surgery -- there are already few. mostf them to my knowledge, there might be one left, they have just stopped giving abortions because they are afraid that when they get sued and there is a monetary judgment, they could go bankrupt. >> this is not the only abortion case to land in the supreme court. >> you also have the statute that was passed in mississippi
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that effective allows the state to ban outrit abortions after 15 weeks. the difference is that mississippi is a law that would be enforced by the state. it is an outright ban on abortion after 15 weeks. in texas, it is delegating the authority to private citizens. it is a way around the u.s. constution -- or an attempt -- because the u.s. constitution only applies to state action. >> many abortion rights activists are worried that the landmark judgmentroe v. wade, could be rolled back. is that a strong possibility? >> with the composition of the court, yes. the mississippi law court case with justice barrett saying, couldn't a a woman wants an
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abortion, she could give the baby up for adoption as if having a child and going through pregnancy for nine months is not a major inconvenience in the state should be able to impose that. that was a bad indication of a decision in favor of the mississippi law that would remove the viability from a 1992 case against planned parenthood that essentially said states can prohibit abortion after a baby is deemed to be viable, or can survive outside the womb of the mother. the baby is somewhere between 16 wes and 24 weeks. the mississippi law is 15 weeks. >>hank you very much for your time. a visiting professor at boston university law school. >> thank you. >> stay with us here on bbc news. still to come, one week after a
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devastating volcanic eruption killed 45 people in indonesia, rescue workers search for survivors. ♪ >> john lennon was shot in the center of new york. there has been a crowd here standing in a silent vigil. the flowers have been piling up. ♪ >> the war ended at e walls of the city. witnesses said shells were landing every 20 seconds. >> people are celebrating the passing of a man they hold responsible for hundreds of deaths and oppression elsewhere. people have been gathering to mourn his passing. >> the widow of the former president ofhe philippines has
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gone on triain manila. she is facing seven charges up tax evasion. she pleaded not guilty. >> the prince and princess of wales are two separate. the decisionas been reached amicably. >> this is bbc news, the latest headlines. the u.s. supreme court leaves a controversial texas law banning most abortions in place. president biden said he is concerned about the decision. wikileaks founder julian assange can be extradited to the u.s. on criminal charges, according to the latest ruling by u.k. courts. michael nesmith, singer a guitarist with the 1960's pop group the monkees has died at the age of 78. the quartet rose to fame with hit songs and start in their own
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sitcom. he penned songs like listen to the band and the girl i knew somewhere. in a statement to u.s. media, his family said he passed away this morning in his home surrounded by family, peacefully and of natural causes. with me now is our media and arts corresponded, david. you just said it is not sad, it is a celebration of a life well lived in a good career. >> michael d smith, i grew up watching -- michael nesmith, it is hard to underestimate how popular e monkees were. 1965, there he is in the hat. absolutely crucial parts of the
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monkees magic. at this point, he was a singer, songwriter. one of his songs -- famously, the monkees were not allowed to play on their first record. they were much a made-for-tv band. >> he did insist that they write and record their own music. >> he was discouraged they were not allowed to play his songs. one of his last songs, listen to the band, a fantastic song at the end of the monkees' career. he was one of the creators of country rock. not very successful, but they were great songs. he made a song in the late 1970's and made a out there pop video. i am going to put this together into a tv program people can
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watch. he sells the idea and they create mtv. he is very much the architect of mtv. he has a career of the pacific arts. he is a man of many parts. he will always be remembered, especially by people in my generation, in the hats, having that very laid-back, dry sense of humor. and some very, very happy memories of the monkees from the mid 1960's. >> how are people remembering him? people say he was an underrated artist. >> people always think of the monkees as being a fake band. they were made for tv. he had real talent. this fantastic footage of seeing him joining the beatl when they were recording songs and he
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is hanging out with them and he is part of the scene. you listen to the songs from his records in the early 1970's, he was an artist of real stature. rather overshadowed perhaps by the fact it was part of this bubblegum tv image that happen. there was a lot goingn beneath the surface. >> thank you very much. michael nesmith has died at the age of 78. she risks prison, he has buried colleagues. a journalist from the philippines and a man from russia received the nobel peace prize in their effort to safeguard freedom of expression at a time when the free press is under attack. they werdescribed as fearless and outstanding. in indonesia, a powerful volcanic eruption last week killed at least 45 people and
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left thousands homeless. search operations by the red cross continue as some people are still missing. our correspondent reports. >> homes decimated. they were standing in the path of the eruption of the mountain onn indonesian island. now, heavy rain has created all of this mud. the nearby river bursts its banks and destroys more houses. dozens have been kled. volunteers leave the number of missing is higher than reported. >> for the past few days, we have been evacuating bodies. two days ago, we evacuated seven bodies. yesterday, we evacuated four more. the number from today will get updated. >>he indonesian red cross is
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working with rescue teams to find more people. the volcanic ash means the ground is scorching hot, painful to walk on. the indonesian red cross are deploying these specialist vehicles to help with the evacuation. >> the special thing about the vehicles, they do not get stuck. they can go through terrains that regular cars cannot. >> small tank but mighty. this is one of two units deployed by the indonesian red cross. the width of this vehicle is comparable to a regular truck. what makes it special is the wheel. it cannot only go through harsh road conditions, but open ways for other rescue vehicles and therefore helping the evacuation process.
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with these vehicles, the team hopes to get the he -- hope to get to hard-to-reach areas. there have been no signs of life they say they are doing all they can. >> at least we can reach further with this vehicle. when we find a victim, we can transport them to the main road, where an ambulance can reach. >> the worst thing for people who live near a volcano has happened to these people. many do not have homes to go back to and are living in shelters. those who have aborted tragedy this time are afraid of a familiar piece of the landscape that now threatens their very existence. >> now, happy to be heading back to sea. two turtles have been released
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into the mediterranean months after recovering from an injury. they got there toes wet. they were injured during a fishing incident earlier they share but were given treatment by animal rescue efforts. after a full recovery, the time came to wave goodbye. it is lovely to see. a reminder of our top story. the u.s. supreme court has ruled abortion providers can pursue legal challenges to a controversial law that bans the procedure in the state of texas after the first six weeks of pregnancy. the legislation will remain in place for now. the law has been criticized by the biden ebony stray she and. -- the biden administration. stay with us here on bbc world news. i look forward to hearing from you. ♪
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