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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. anthony albanese, wins the australian general election, becoming the country's first labor prime minister in almost a decade. tonight at the australian people have voted for change. switzerland and the netherlands are the latest countries to report cases of monkeypox — doctors warn the outbreak could badly affect access to sexual health services. president biden — on a visit to south korea has said he would consider meeting the north's leader, kimjong un. two people have been taken to hospital after a stand collapsed during a rehearsal for the trooping the colour parade to mark the queen's official
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birthday next month. hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world. the australian opposition labor party leader, anthony albanese, has said he is "humbled" by his party's victory in australia's general election. addressing supporters, he pledged to transform the country into a renewable energy superpower and to work towards lifting wages and profits. our correspondent shaimaa khalil reports from sydney. this is the labour party's first election victory in almost a decade and it will be led by one of australia's longest serving politicians.
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we should be making change and, you know, that's what we hope that this government will do. it's been a long time in the darkness and now, finally, we can smile again. anthony albanese has promised voters safe change as he worked to kick out the conservative—liberal national coalition which has been in power since 2013. coalition which has been it says a lot about our great country that the son of a single mum who was a disability pensioner can stand before you tonight as australia's prime minister. shortly after his election victory, i caught up with australia's new leader. mr albanese told me he was looking forward to working more closely with the uk government. they're going to look to you for some policies on climate change. this has been divisive, it's been difficult throughout the campaign. what should they expect from you? it's far less controversial in the uk.
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it shouldn't be controversial here and we have an opportunity now to end the climate wars in australia. it's been a sombre night for the ousted prime minister, scott morrison. going into the election, all signs indicated that the incumbent was in trouble. mr morrison's tenure has been dominated by natural disasters, the covid pandemic and his government's many scandals. i've always believed in australians and theirjudgement, and i've always been prepared to accept their verdicts, and tonight they have delivered their verdict. independents have also done well in the elections so far, amid public dissatisfaction with the two major parties. mr albanese may have to rely on them form a government. throughout the campaign anthony albanese had one key message for australians — it is now time for change. the people have listened, now he has to deliver. the rising cost of living and climate change have dominated
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this election as two key issues for voters. this is a country that is anxious and divided. its new leader has vowed that his will be a government of optimism and unity. and shaimaa spoke to us a short while ago about the significance of this victory. i think australians were tired of the status quo. this is exactly what scott morrison and his governing coalition, the liberal nationals were offering. essentially the cell to australians whizzes, stick with us and nothing changes for the we know about the economy, where good managers of the economy so why would you want to change anything? turns out australians did want to change many things. they wanted a government with a different perspective and different actions on climate policy. on the cost of living, there is a real worry among australians here and on gender equality issues. i think one of the big stories to come out of this
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election, not only is it labours win but also the success of the female independent candidates. they were able to defeat government mps in traditionally save governments dates here in sydney and melbourne. and in a country where politics is seen as such a toxic environment for women, their presence and the performance is usually significant. as russian forces intensify their attacks in the eastern donbas region of ukraine, president zelensky has said diplomacy is the only way the war with russia will end. britain's foreign secretary liz truss has said that ukraine's neighbour, moldova, should be armed with nato military equipment, to help guard it against the threat of a russian invasion. from kyiv, our correspondent james waterhouse reports. ukraine's resistance is far from waning, but in luhansk it is going backwards — it is an area moscow claims will soon be in russian control.
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they are throwing everything added. this coal miner still tries to evacuate people. even with his van riddled with bullets. i have to help people — there are grandmothers and grandfathers, people with disabilities who remain. they have to be pulled out. russia's gains are only a few miles here, people in luhansk are used to eight years of war already, since russia backed separatists in 2014. for some, the fighting has finally reached their doorstep. translation: my daughter - is in france and my son in poland. they told me to leave immediately. but how can i leave? this is our home. the invaders are looking to surround this town and are resorting to the old tactics of bombarding it from the outside.
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a firm handshake firm president zelenskx — a firm handshake firm president zelensky. he a firm handshake firm president zelens . , . .,, ., ., zelensky. he used the occasion to cive a zelensky. he used the occasion to give a message — zelensky. he used the occasion to give a message to _ zelensky. he used the occasion to give a message to the _ zelensky. he used the occasion to give a message to the countries i zelensky. he used the occasion to i give a message to the countries yet to send his weapons. translation: i'd like to remain _ to send his weapons. translation: i'd like to remain people _ to send his weapons. translation: i'd like to remain people that - to send his weapons. translation: i'd like to remain people that we - i'd like to remain people that we are fighting a war and our territory. even if someone in european countries of the world to get use to do our best being a russian occupied territory and the fact that people give it a rush of passports there, we like to say it's not a good thing to get used to. these are our territories and we are going step—by—step to liberate our territories. going step-by-step to liberate our territories. ~ . �* , going step-by-step to liberate our territories. ~' . �*, ., territories. ukraine's leader believes peace _ territories. ukraine's leader believes peace will - territories. ukraine's leader believes peace will only - territories. ukraine's leader. believes peace will only come territories. ukraine's leader- believes peace will only come from talks. given the current lack of dialogue between the two sides it's a long way off. feeling the silence instead to continued brutality of this war. president erdogan of turkey has spoken by telephone to the leaders of sweden and finland to demand they take "concrete steps" to end support for what he called "terrorist groups". both countries applied this week to join nato.
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but turkey — a nato member — has threatened to derail their bid, which needs unanimous approval. mr erdogan accuses the nordic countries of supporting kurdish militants, including the separatist group, the pkk. i'm joined now by max hoffman, director of national security and international policy at the centre for american progress. thank you forjoin us. is this move by turkey something that had been expected or prepared for? i by turkey something that had been expected or prepared for?- expected or prepared for? i think many analysts — expected or prepared for? i think many analysts and _ expected or prepared for? i think many analysts and observers - expected or prepared for? i think - many analysts and observers expected that turkey would use this moment of maximum leverage at which the whole nato alliance needed there vote to admit sweden and finland. they would sort of bargain privately for lesser states, the fact that their dog went public and went public with such a strong position in opposition to finland joint income of the week before last is a really bad sign and i think has led to a scramble from all the allies to figure out what turkey wants. it's clear they are
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demanding a crackdown on kurdish and turkish exiles in sweden in particular as well as a listing of the arms embargo that those countries followed during the third incursion into syria in 2019. it's a hugely constant two collocated. they rely on the votes of kurdish mps who are fixated on this issue and don't accept turkeys very broad definition of what terrorism is.— of what terrorism is. given that it has to be a _ of what terrorism is. given that it has to be a unanimous _ of what terrorism is. given that it has to be a unanimous responsel of what terrorism is. given that it . has to be a unanimous response bite nato members, what happens now? is this stalemate, does it keep going until one side kinse look and seeds? i think right now what you see is an effort to keep it between sweden and turkey and finland and turkey and for those countries to figure out if there is perhaps symbolic concessions they convey, there is a compromise path here where perhaps a joint counterterrorism cell to investigate some of these claims are turkey has made. again, the problem here is fundamental. turkeys support
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for kurdish political rights and kurdish activism is criminaliszed, is considered terrorism. in sweden thatis is considered terrorism. in sweden that is not the case and there are no speech crimes and can be guilty by association. what turkey really wants which is the extradition of these figures in a crackdown on their right to free speech is in fact a deal breaker for these democratic countries. i think on the arms embargo we will probably see a compromise. we see in other countries including the uk lift all restrictions on arms to turkey. that is something where we do not a part compromise is possible. the other is that erdogan has more demands in mind or may broach them in the coming days and that might have to do with concessions that only the us can deliver for example unst arms sales packages that are winding their way through congress. if that's the case were in for a long slow to get turkey on side. of course this whole time sweden and finland are waiting at nato's door and as a result somewhat more vulnerable to the russians. does
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this almost _ vulnerable to the russians. does this almost leave _ vulnerable to the russians. does this almost leave turkey - vulnerable to the russians. does this almost leave turkey and - vulnerable to the russians. does this almost leave turkey and a bit of a vulnerable situation because of their demands aren't met what they have to see him on, what position are the left and? it have to see him on, what position are the left and?— are the left and? it was a hugely risky move _ are the left and? it was a hugely risky move from _ are the left and? it was a hugely risky move from erdogan - are the left and? it was a hugely risky move from erdogan to - are the left and? it was a hugely - risky move from erdogan to go public like this. there is massive attention on this issue. sweden, finland and nato is a strict strategic price was that i think the us and other allies are trying to tiptoe this issue and let sweden and finland negotiate something with turkey. but if erdogan really digs a long term i think we will see serious pressure from the united states and other nato allies on turkeys. this is a strategic game changer and i don't think anyone will accept it being held hostage to the political demands of president erdogan. the political demands of president erdouan. ., ., the political demands of president erdouan. . ~ i. the political demands of president erdouan. ., ~' ., the political demands of president erdouan. ., ., erdogan. thank you for your thoughts- — the taliban have said they will not reconsider their decision to order female television presenters in afghanistan to cover their faces while broadcasting.
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a spokesman for the ministry of vice and virtue said it expected women presenters to use full face veils on tv from sunday onwards. some newscasters went on air on saturday without face coverings, defying the taliban. officials in the chinese capital beijing have moved thirteen thousand people to quarantine hotels, after discovering around 20 new covid infections in their neighbourhood. all had tested negative for coronavirus — they'll have to isolate for at least seven days. china is trying to prevent a similar scale of outbreak in bejing to that which happened in shanghai — where millions of people have spent months under lockdown. switzerland and the netherlands are the latest countries to report cases of monkeypox. here in the uk, doctors say they're worried that the virus — which can spread through close contact — could have a massive impact on access to sexual health services with staff having to isolate if they come into contact with anyone who's infected. cases of the virus are rare outside
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of central and west africa. now at least 90 infections have been confirmed. that's in about 12 different countries, according to the world health organisation. scientists say they were not expecting this kind of outbreak because for the first time, the disease is being found in people with no clear connection to areas in africa. dr hans kluge, the world health organization's regional director for europe, says the disease is not a new one. monkeypox virus is known quite well, usually self—limiting in nature, difficult and slow to transmit, the question here is to clarify why we see so many cases coming now in europe without a travel history with a bit more human—to—human transmission. but again, this is not covid, this is not smallpox,
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it is usually a geopolitically rare, not severe disease. it is spread by close physical contact, so now we are studying why it is that those cases are surging in europe, usually it is usually it is what we call supportive treatment, anti—virals as well. but also vaccines, limited dose, i think we are not at that stage, we should very well study from where the spread is coming and why is it that hugely this disease is in west africa or central africa not in europe, from the 90 confirmed cases, 82 are in europe, eight are in countries out of europe, australia, canada, united states.
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president biden and his south korean counterpart, yoon seok—youl, have agreed to step up measures to deter aggressive behaviour by north korea. they said detailed discussions would be held on how to expand combined military exercises and training. the two presidents also said they were ready to help north korea tackle a major covid outbreak — asjean mackenzie reports from seoul. good evening, president biden. the first task for the us president upon landing in seoul — learn the mechanics of the computer chip. the focus of this trip was supposed to be semiconductors and supply chains — things that will help these countries compete with an increasingly dominant china. but by the time the leaders sat down to talk, an increasingly hostile north korea was top of their agenda. on the dprk. but the door to dialogue with
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the north was still open, they said. with regard to whether i would meet with the leader of north korea, that would depend on whether he was sincere and whether he was serious. the situation in north korea is serious. covid—19 is infecting millions of its unvaccinated population. the united states hopes this could lead to a reconciliation. we've offered vaccines and we're prepared to do that immediately. we've got no response. despite the pleas to kim jong—un to come back to the negotiating table, the focus here today was much more on south korea and the united states being ready for if the north were to attack, for how they could be more prepared for if the worst were to happen. remembering the us soldiers that died fighting the korean war. ever since this battle divided korea in two, the south has relied on the us to defend it. we go together.
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earlier, mr biden agreed to send it more weapons if needed. translation: we discussed the timely deployment - of various strategic assets, including fighterjets and missiles. this relationship has never been stronger or more vital, according to mr biden. it certainly seems on pretty firm ground. jean mackenzie, bbc news, seoul. the headlines on bbc news... anthony albanese, has won the australian general election, becoming the country's first labor prime minister in almost a decade. switzerland and the netherlands are the latest countries to report cases of monkeypox — doctors warn the outbreak could badly affect access to sexual health services. here, opposition parties are demanding that the prime minister explain a meeting he had with the senior civil servant
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sue grey over her report into parties held in and around downing street during lockdown. it's emerged the pair met several weeks ago. our political correspondent iain watson says downing street insists the prime minister did not instigate the meeting. equally instigate the meeting. as spokesman for sucre is saying equally as spokesman for sucre is saying she didn't initiate either. they're blaming it on a number term official. however, the arrangements, the meeting of invitations labour is saying why did it take place at all? she's been carrying her work—out independently of number ten. so effectively they are saying to wrist door confidence which he should do now is get all the wealth of evidence that she has come a 500 photographs are so, more than 200 documents put it all in the public domain. i could tell you that socket happen but it is possible i'm told tonight that we might see some of these photographs if they effectively back of the story she try to tell. she's worried about a lack of social distancing as some of
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these gatherings shall make her a picture of a crowded room to underline this. there's been no new calls to the prime minister to go. i think when we get the full detail of the gatherings inside downing street it is to prove damaging. the family of a palestinian man left seriously wounded after israeli police stormed a cemetery have accused officers of using unjustifiable force. the police say they were acting to stop riots and protect officers. it comes after security forces sparked global condemnation, after they beat mourners at the funeral of the aljazeera journalist shireen abu akleh last week. our middle east correspondent tom bateman reports from jerusalem. this man got his wounds after his buried his cousin. he was hit by a rubber—coated bullet say witnesses, fired by israeli police on monday. in the hospital his family pray.
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they feel targeted extension serve injerusalem. translation: i feel my husband has been subjected to a great injustice. i he is a good guy. all the time he encourages his children to avoid trouble. he always teaches them to live in peace. thousands turned out on monday for the funeral of the man's relative. the 21—year—old had been fatally injured by a police rubber bullet claim palestinians. the police say he was injured in a fall. at the cemetery police stormed in after saying stones were thrown and it led to a night of running battles, some of the worst violence injerusalem for weeks. dozens of palestinians were injured, some by rubber bullets. some pelted police from roof tops.
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in the graveyard, the moment nada was believed to be hit. eyewitnesss said he had just filled the grave with soil. and he was gesturing to forces not to fire. moments later he is on the ground with a serious head wound. with one family member dead and one wounded the relatives were mourning. but they felt targeted by the police. his brother shows what happened as family members were told to get out of the hospital. translation: the policeman said l we are here because he is underl arrest because he is a terrorist and it is forbidden to enter the room. he had just buried his cousin. what sin had he committed. they stayed put and they filmed more security forces arriving, hitting him at the hospital entrance. witnesses say without provocation.
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in a statement the police said they had to use reasonable force to remove family members who entered a medical area without permission and refused to leave. they didn't comment on the injuries received. but it is another sign of the worsening atmosphere with more volatile moments feared in the days ahead. here in the uk, two people have been taken to hospital — after part of a stand collapsed at a trooping the colour event at horse guards parade in central london. in two weeks time, the queen is due to attend. here's bbc london's shelly phelps. members of the army rushing to the scene in video footage filmed by a member of the public close to where part of a stand reportedly collapsed. a number of people can be seen climbing over the back wall close to where a section of the structure
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is understood to have given way. the area was evacuated, one stand at a time. we were invited to stand for the national anthem and there was a commotion behind us and the floor boards in the temporary arena had cracked and several people had fallen through. the incident took place just before 11am, as crowds gathered to watch rehearsals marking the queen's birthday. stjohn's ambulance were first on scene. we treated six patients. four were minor incidents and two were taken to hospital. the army says safety is its priority and it is working to understand what happened and ensure it doesn't happen again. pharmacists here in britain are to be given more flexibility to deal with shortages
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of hormone replacement therapy medicines. they'll be given temporary permission to offer alternatives if they can't source the precise drug on the prescription. matt gravelling has the details. i can get tired. i didn't used to get tired, always had quite a lot of energy. it can make you anxious when you never normally get anxiety, so you can worry about things that are really silly and not understand why. just two symptoms of the menopause experienced byjasmine, who got her life back on track by treating them with hormone replacement therapy, or hrt. but for yasmin, like many others, a recent lack of supply has led to frustration and returned symptoms. a lot of life admin goes into trying to organise and get medication, and going between different pharmacies, talking to a gp, having to phone a gp all the time, having to try and source them. to tackle the shortage, the government have made two changes. they've given the pharmacist the power to limit a patient�*s
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supply of hrt to three months, and to substitute an out of stock brand with an equivalent product. all these medications are made to a supremely high standard and tested and tested and tested again, so they all should be offering the same dosage, the same concentration of medicine. on that basis, we would say, trust the product, and if your primary choice is not available, do try to substitute. the shortage of products has been attributed to a rise in the awareness of hrt alongside supply chain issues due to covid. the government say the changes have already helped stabilise stock. very often, even if you give a woman the same product that is made by a different manufacturer, they will notice a difference in how their symptoms are being managed. it is not the ideal solution, but it is certainly helping us get medicine out to women who are currently struggling to get those products. experts say anyone who has questions or concerns about hrt should speak
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to their pharmacist or doctor. plenty more newjokes, including the headlines at the top of the hour. sit with us here on bbc news. hello. yes, whether france across scotland and northern ireland brought certainly more clout, more breezes showering outbreaks of rain as well for the high pressure hanging on in across england and wales. the cloud to develop as we went through the afternoon. some warm sunshine with a high of 22 degrees was up 72 f. but where that cloud and rain lingered across a highland end where we had a half an inch worth of rain through the day it was a fairly great affair at times. and that rain is still sitting there. chiefly northwest of the gland but certainly more cloud long western fringes, quite a murky start of the day with a few isolated showers here and there as well. the
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best of the sunshine, the best of the warmth that we draw a line from cardiff over towards norwich, anywhere south and east that could potentially see you guys at 23 degrees with the wind direction light and coming from a southerly. a southerly. a little more cloud, few spots of rain across north wales and coming from a southerly. a little more cloud, few spots of rain across north wales in northern england. showers and to island and once again to the north of the gland, here a little fresher, 13 to 17 degrees the overall high. those weather fronts will is a way as we move through the latter stages of sunday for the weakening all the time. something worth bearing in mind is this what the front that's going to push up from the near continent, it might just bring some sharp showers across the far southeast corner. also worth bearing in mind the wind direction changing to more of a northwesterly. a cooler field and that will push the warm air away from the southeast corner for that a noticeable difference to the feel of the weather potentially on monday. we need to keep an eye on the showers, there is a level and certainty how
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far west those chosen are likely to be but it could be sharp showers, maybe even a little sahara dust mixed in. a cloudier day on monday with a few scattered showers elsewhere and noticeably cooler as well for top top temperatures 12 to 18 celsius with up as we move out of monday and head into tuesday that low—pressure eases away and we see through the middle part of the week after sunshine and showers on tuesday more wet weather moving in. things stay on the cooler side and a little more unsettled tuesday into wednesday but high pressure then set to build once again at those temperatures will start to recover for the start of the weekend.
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hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be bringing us tomorrow.
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with me arejo phillips and nigel nelson, political editor of the people and the sunday mirror. tomorrow's front pages. starting with. .. the observer leads with partygate and the imminent sue gray report — claiming that the prime minister is expected to "sacrifice" the head of the civil service, simon case, when it is released. the conservatives are threatening an attack on transport and education unions — that's according the sunday telegraph, which says the government is poised to draw up laws requiring minimum numbers to work during a strike. the sunday times' front page investigation says an nhs ambulance trust has been caught covering up evidence about deaths linked to mistakes made by paramedics. one to one help for all pupils — that's the education secretary's pledge on the front of the sunday express. the mail on sunday says the rwanda asylum plan is working — claiming that up to ten migrants have asked to be sent home, rather than to centres in africa. it's wagatha christie on the front of the sunday mirror — featuring a confident statement
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from coleen rooney, saying "it's in the bag".


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