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hello and welcome to bbc news. i'm lucy grey. 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. it still isn't clear whether labor will lead a majority government or a coalition. our correspondent, shaimaa khalil reports from sydney. chanting: albo! albo! albo! this is the labor party's first election victory in almost a decade and it will be led by one of australia's longest
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serving politicians. 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. 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
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throughout the campaign. what should they expect from you? it's far less controversial in the uk. 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
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and climate change have dominated 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. shamick a little reporting there. —— shy matt kalil reporting. 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. meanwhile, 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 the luhansk region it's going backwards. it's an area of moscow claims will soon be in russian control and they're throwing everything at it. close to the front line, sergiy, a coal miner,
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still tries to evacuate people, even with his van riddled with bullets. translation: 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 this region are used to eight years of war already, since moscow backed pro—russian separatists in 2014. for some, though, the fighting has finally reached their doorstep. translation: my. daughter is in france and my son is in poland. i told them about this and they told me to immediately leave. but how can i leave? this is our home. on the third anniversary of his landslide election win, a firm handshake for president zelensky from antonio costa, the prime minister of portugal. translation: i'd like to remind people that we're fighting - a war on our territory, and even if someone in european countries or the world got used to donbas being a russian occupied territory and to the fact that people were given out russian passports there, we'd like to say it's not
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a good thing to get used to. these are our territories and we're going step—by—step to liberate our territories. the evening light we're seeing in kyiv couldn't be more at odds with the devastation we're seeing in the eastern donbas. we're going to get more reports of russian assaults, as well as ukrainian counter—attacks, but we have to start asking the question, whoever ends up occupying these territories, at the conclusion of this conflict, what is there going to be left to occupy? ukraine's leader, though, believes peace will only come from talks. given the current lack of dialogue between the two sides, it's a long way off. james waterhouse, bbc news, in kyiv. let's get some of the day's other news. parts of spain are experiencing their hottest may ever with temperatures of more than a0 celsius in some places, according to the state weather agency. the agency issued heat warnings in 10 regions, saying it could be "one of the most intense"
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heatwaves in years. climate change is making heatwaves more frequent and more intense. spain's unseasonably warm spring weather is a result of hotair coming from north africa. you are watching bbc news. here in the uk, opposition parties are demanding that borisjohnson explain a meeting he had with the senior civil servant sue gray 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, said opposition parties are concerned about what this means, when it comes to the independence of the report. they're suggesting the mere fact that the prime minister and the person conducting that enquiry, sue gray, met about a month ago — and well before publication — could suggest perhaps that this was not being done as transparently as it should, so they've asked for an explanation of why that meeting took place but what they're also asking for is that all the evidence of gatherings that she has accumulated, which includes
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more than 500 photographs, that all of that should be what sue gray will do is draw on some of that evidence for her report, for the explanation of the report of the events which took place, but we'll not see all of the evidence being put into the public domain. but it has been interesting that both downing street and those close to sue gray disagree over the circumstances of the meeting in the first place. i think downing street were very keen to emphasise this was not done at the prime minister's behest, but it suggested that sue gray had initiated the meeting. those close to her said, "oh, no — in fact, this came "from a suggestion by a number 10 official". downing street have now modified their position to make it very clear that the prime minister himself certainly hadn't called for this, but they're not denying that someone at number 10 suggested it was a good idea that this meeting took place. nonetheless, both sides do agree that he wasn't shown
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the content of the report and still has not seen it. iain watson. 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. shelly phelps reports. 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 also be seen climbing over the back wall, close to where a section of the structure is understood to have given way. the area was then evacuated one stand at the time, according to witnesses. we were all invited to stand for the national anthem and as we did, there was a commotion behind us and it transpired that the floorboards in the temporary arena had cracked and several people had fallen through, it appeared.
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the incident took place just before ”am as crowds gathered in horse guards parade to watch rehearsals marking the queen's birthday. stjohn ambulance were first on scene. we treated a total of six patients. four of the patients were minor injuries and have been discharged, and two of the patients were taken to a central london trauma hospital. the army says safety is its number one priority and it's working urgently with partners to understand what happened, and ensure it doesn't happen again. shelly phelps, bbc london. pharmacists here in britain are to be given more flexibility to deal with shortages of hormone replacement therapy medicines. they'll temporarily be allowed 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 feel anxious when you never normally get
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anxiety, so you can worry about things that are really silly not understand why. just two symptoms of the menopause experienced by yasmin, 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 a return of 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 pharmacists the power to limit a patient�*s supply of hrt to three months, and to substitute an out of stock brand for an equivalent product. all of these medications are made to a supremely high standard and tested and tested and tested again, so they should all be offering the same dosage, the same concentration of medication. on that basis, we would say, trust
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the product, and if your primary choice is not available, do try the substitute. the shortage of products has been attributed to a rise in 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. so it's not the ideal solution, but it's 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 to their pharmacist or doctor. matt graveling, bbc news. president biden has signed a bill intended to expand access to powdered baby milk for low—income families as the us continues to face a shortage of infant formula. it means that people receiving benefits can exchange their vouchers for whatever baby milk is available in their state, rather than being restricted to a single manufacturer. meanwhile the head of baby formula manufacturer abbott has
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apologised to us families affected by the shortage of the essential supply. joining me now is stacey d stewart, president and ceo of march of dimes, a non profit group fighting for the health of all mums and babies. this is a very worrying situation for parents, isn't it? what are they telling you, the people you are helping at the people you are helping at the moment, about what they are doing? the moment, about what they are doinu ? ~ . ., the moment, about what they are doinu ? ~ ., ., ., ., , doing? well, a lot of families, as ou doing? well, a lot of families, as you mentioned, _ doing? well, a lot of families, as you mentioned, a - doing? well, a lot of families, as you mentioned, a very - as you mentioned, a very concerned. this has been a very stressful time for so many families, you know, not only dealing with the pandemic, but also dealing with this added stress of a lack of available nutrition for memory families. the legislation that was signed today by president biden was very important. it is one of many actions the president is taken to actually expand access to the supply, to address the
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shortage that many families are facing, especially, and our concern, for sure, march of dimes as well as members of congress and the low income families who are already struggling enough in this very challenging time with the economy and inflation, not having access to nutrition, to formula is reallyjust a cross that's too great to be for so many families. so, hopefully, this action today, with the other actions the biden administration is taken, will increase the supply for many families so that they can have adequate nutrition for the newborn babies. it adequate nutrition for the newborn babies.- adequate nutrition for the newborn babies. it is, as they understand — newborn babies. it is, as they understand it, _ newborn babies. it is, as they understand it, a _ newborn babies. it is, as they understand it, a question - newborn babies. it is, as they understand it, a question of. understand it, a question of suffering more in because people with money are driving long distances, are they, to get the formula they want or being able to pay higher amounts to get hold of it. well, we are concerned about the fact that, to whatever
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extent there is some supply, there have been reports of price gouging, which is obviously very concerning, we are encouraged to see that there are some suppliers who have increased their production, like gerber, and we certainly believe that the shipments that are coming as a result of the biden administration's actions, bringing needed formula over from europe to the us will start to relieve some of the press that many families are facing. but exactly right, those families who have resources are less of a concern, it is really those lower income families who are already strapped with respect to financial resources who really we have to address and make a priority, and that is what this bill does today. find what this bill does today. and shi- -|n~ what this bill does today. and shipping and _ what this bill does today. and shipping and from _ what this bill does today. and shipping and from abroad is key, even when production restarted one of the main factories, as i understand, be weeks before it actually is the shells, couldn't it? it weeks before it actually is the shells, couldn't it?— shells, couldn't it? it could be weeks _ shells, couldn't it? it could be weeks for _ shells, couldn't it? it could be weeks for sure - shells, couldn't it? it could be weeks for sure before i shells, couldn't it? it could. be weeks for sure before we shells, couldn't it? it could - be weeks for sure before we see any real relief at scale for
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many families. these shipments that will start this weekend and, of course, some of the increased supply will begin to get into the hands of families who need it most over time. we obviously are trying to supply as many —— advise families to be careful during this time in making other accommodations with regards to nutrition, it is important to ensure that babies are well fed and that they have access to the proper nutrition, so that's why the march of dimes were trying to get information out to families and do everything we can to work with congress and others to make sure that the supplies there nutrition for babies who need it most.— need it most. 0k, thank you. stacey d _ need it most. 0k, thank you. stacey d stewart _ need it most. 0k, thank you. stacey d stewart from - need it most. 0k, thank you. stacey d stewart from march | need it most. 0k, thank you. l stacey d stewart from march of dimes. this is bbc news, the headlines: anthony albanese wins the australian general election, becoming the country's first labor prime minister in almost a decade. let's stay with that story now.
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tom mcilroy, a political reporter for the australian financial review, joins us from canberra. quite a significant moment this, is it? it quite a significant moment this, is it?— quite a significant moment this, is it? , ., , this, is it? it is an extremely significant — this, is it? it is an extremely significant moment, - this, is it? it is an extremely significant moment, labourl this, is it? it is an extremelyl significant moment, labour is coming out of the clinical wilderness after nine years of conservative rule. it isn't something that happens very often in australia, only three times since the second world war has labour won from opposition and the make—up of the parliament and the political landscape more broadly here in australia has been absolutely turned on its head. there will be a huge crossbench of independent and minor party mps in the moderate win of the up until now governing liberal party has been nearly wiped out. that party is expected to move to the right and will need a new leader in the next few days now that scott morrison has resigned. that scott morrison has resigned-_
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resigned. he is one of australia's _ resigned. he is one of australia's longest - resigned. he is one of - australia's longest serving politicians but he's managed to convince people that he is the man to bring about change although giving a little caveat with that, saying it will be safe change, not sweeping reforms. he doesn't want people to panic. he reforms. he doesn't want people to anic. . , to panic. he has policies in thins to panic. he has policies in things like _ to panic. he has policies in things like childcare, - to panic. he has policies in l things like childcare, access, the environment, cost of living issues. they are not revolutionary change, rather as you say bringing people along, his mantra has been no—one held back, no—one left behind. they will be difficult to achieve and he will have to keep people within the labour party on side. some will push forward bigger reforms and for more major changes. anthony albanese's style has been cautious in this campaign. in some ways he's a bit of an unlikely choice for leader, unlikely choice for leader, unlikely parameters to. he said last night in his victory speech that he has been underestimated his entire
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career. he is a creature of the parliament and there is expectations that he will do well of managing all the diverse stakeholders he will have to keep on side to get legislation through. he have to keep on side to get legislation through.- legislation through. he is makin: legislation through. he is making big _ legislation through. he is making big promises - legislation through. he is making big promises on i legislation through. he is i making big promises on how legislation through. he is - making big promises on how to tackle climate change, saying he will end the claimant was, make the country, transform it into a renewable energy superpower.— into a renewable energy superpower. into a renewable energy su--erower. , . ., , superpower. australia has been an international _ superpower. australia has been an international leg _ superpower. australia has been an international leg out - superpower. australia has been an international leg out for - an international leg out for more than a decade, the most toxic politics we have seen has been on the issue of climate. labour has a more nuanced position about the coalition, they have a more ambitious net zero 2050 target but really it is australia catching up with the rest of the world. if they are able to develop the renewable sector and create enough jobs and renewable energy, that will be a major change. where the opposition will be on that issue will be fascinating to see but labour doesn't propose to end coal production in australia, there is too much economic activity
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in one seats for that to happen however i do think in the next couple of years at least are going to see big advance, australia catching up with the world and ending our standout status especially here in the asia—pacific. status especially here in the asia-pacific.— asia-pacific. 0k, thank you very much- _ president biden has said he might be willing to meet the north korean leader, kimjong—un forface—to—face talks, but only if mr kim is �*sincere and serious'. mr biden, who's on a visit to south korea, said he was also prepared to shore up defences against north korea. the president and his counterpart in seoul, yoon sung—nyull, discussed the possible deployment of extra american jets, bombers and missiles to south korea. our seoul correspondent jean mackenzie reports: 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
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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 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—i9 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
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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. earlier, mr biden agreed to send it more weapons if needed. translation: we discussed the timely deployment - of various strategic assets, including fighter jets 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. days of flooding and landslides in eastern india have left more than fifty people dead. nearly a million people have been affected. water levels in rivers are also running high in bangladesh where about two million people
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have been hit by the floods, as mark lobel explains. rain's normally considered a blessing in this north—eastern corner of bangladesh. it's now called a curse. homes and livelihoods left submerged after excessive downfalls. translation: we are living one bed on top of another. _ half of our home is underwater. if the waters rise, we don't know what we'll do. my poultry is decimated and i don't have a boat to bring food from elsewhere. the worst floods here for nearly two decades leaving two million people marooned. translation: it's been two weeks since there was sun. l excessive rain has devastated whatever i manage to collect. i can't dry this up. it's rotting. i'm appalled. officials say over 100 villages here were inundated
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after floodwater rushing from india's north—east breached a major embankment on the barak river, costing at least ten lives this week. these parts of bangladesh, and neighbouring regions in india, are prone to flooding but experts say that climate change is increasing the likelihood of extreme weather like this. for survivors, tens of thousands are without power. this school now a sanctuary. translation: all my furniture is ruined. i the entire house is submerged with water up to my neck. in india's assam state, which borders bangladesh, at least 1a people have died in landslides and floods triggered by torrential rain that submerged swathes of farmland and damaged thousands of homes.
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translation: there's water everywhere. - we need rations, medicine, but the government has not provided. so, i appeal to them, give us what we need. west of assam, at least 33 people were killed in bihar state in thunderstorms on thursday. across the region, millions now waiting for the waters to recede with many hopes now washed away. mark lobel, bbc news. more than 711,000 pounds have been donated to help an eleven—year—old boy who lost his finger after being attacked by bullies at his school in south wales. raheem bailey's family say he got his finger caught in a fence while trying to escape. a warning, some people may find rebecca john's report distressing. 11—year—old raheem in happier times, his mother chantal bailey says he was attacked by a group of children at school on tuesday, who kicked him while he was on the floor. this
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is raheem in hospital later that day. has mother says he caught his finger and seriously injured at while climbing a school fence to escape the ordeal, and after six hours of surgery, it had to be amputated. chantal bailey and herfour amputated. chantal bailey and her four children amputated. chantal bailey and herfour children moved amputated. chantal bailey and her four children moved to abbott to larry last year. she says raheem has received racist abuse and has also been bullied because he is more for his age. he is now recovering from the surgery but is struggling to understand what has happened, sometimes thinking it was a bad dream. miss bailey says she hasn't been contacted by the school. abertillery learning communities says it is working closely with police and the local authority to establish the full details of the incident. it says the well being and safety of its pupils and staff remains of paramount
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importance. police and the council are investigating what happened. the welsh government has also responded saying it condemns bullying and racial harassment in any form and expects allegations and incidents of bullying and racism to be fully investigated by schools with appropriate action taken. since the incident, chantal bailey has set up a fundraising page to raise money for a prosthetic finger raheem. it is already exceeded its £10,000 target many times over. while usually it's the queen vic that takes centre stage in eastenders, injune, the prince of wales will be in the spotlight. prince charles and the duchess of cornwall will appear in the bbc soap to celebrate the queen's jubilee. they visited the set in march, but it wasn't known they'd taken part in any filming. actors on the show said they'd been great sports. the episode will air on the second ofjune. now the weather
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with louise lear. hello there. there was a north—south divide with the weather for the start of the weekend. yes, weather fronts across scotland and northern ireland brought certainly more cloud, a bit more of a breeze, some showery outbreaks of rain as well. high pressure, though, hanging on in across england and wales. the cloud did develop as we went through the afternoon with some warm sunshine. london saw a high of 22 degrees — 72 fahrenheit. but where that cloud and the rain lingered across the highland, where we had around half an inch worth of rain through the day, it was a fairly grey affair at times. and that rain is still sitting there, chiefly to the north—west of the great glen but certainly, more cloud along western fringes. quite a murky start for the day with a few isolated showers here and there as well. so, the best of the sunshine, the best of the warmth, if we draw a line, really, from cardiff over towards norwich, anywhere south and east of that could potentially see highs of 23 degrees with the wind direction light and coming from a southerly. a little more cloud, a few spots of rain
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across north wales, northern england as well. a few more nuisance showers into northern ireland and once again to the north—west of the great glen, so here, a little bit fresher — 13—17 degrees the overall high. those weather fronts will ease away as we move through the latter stages of sunday, weakening all the time. but something worth bearing in mind is this weather front that's going to push up from the near continent. mightjust bring some sharp showers across the far south—east corner as well. and also worth bearing in mind, the wind direction changing to more of a north—westerly, so a cooler feel, and that's going to push the warm air that we've seen away from the south—east corner as well, so a noticeable difference to the feel of the weather potentially on monday. so, we need to keep an eye on those showers. there is a level of uncertainty of how far west those showers are likely to be, but there could be some sharp showers, maybe even a little bit of saharan dust mixed in there as well.
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a cloudier day on monday with a few scattered showers elsewhere and noticeably cooler as well. top temperatures 12—18 celsius. now, 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, so things stay on the cooler side and a little more unsettled tuesday into wednesday, but high pressure then set to build once again and those temperatures will start to recover for the start of the weekend.
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