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this is bbc news. i'm james reynolds with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. president trump wears a face mask for the first time during a visit to a military hospital. but why the change of heart? india suffers a sharp rise in the number of coronavirus cases as the total climbs to over 800,000 and complaints grow about a lack of testing. one of bollywood's biggest stars, amitabh bachchan, tests positive for coronavirus. the film icon is in a stable condition in hospital. bosnia marks the 25th anniversary of the srebrenica massacre. 8,000 muslim men and boys were murdered. and tributes pour in for jack charlton who played in england's world cup winning football team and managed the republic of ireland. he's died at the age of 85.
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hello. president trump has appeared in public for the first time wearing a face mask. he wore it while visiting the walter reed national military medical center outside washington where he met wounded soldiers and healthcare workers. mr trump had previously refused to wear a mask in front of cameras. but on leaving the white house on saturday, he said he thought it was expected that facial coverings be worn in hospitals. think when you are hospital, i think when you are in a hospital, especially in that particular setting when you are talking to a lot of soldiers and people that in some cases just got off the operating table, i think it is a great thing to wear a mask. i have never been against masks, but i do believe they have a time and place. here's our north america correspondent peter bowes. there has been a lot of
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pressure on the president to wear a mask like pretty much eve ryo ne wear a mask like pretty much everyone else has been encouraged to, especially in recent weeks. some american cities, it is compulsory if you go out in public, even out in the open air to wear a mask such as the problem with coronavirus, the growing problem in cities like the one iam in problem in cities like the one i am in right now, in la. the president has steadfastly refused at least to be seen in public wearing a mask. there was one occasion when he was out and about, it was a private visit we understand, and pictures emerged that he was wearing a mask, generally, he has become known as a president who did not want to wear the mask, and he explained repeatedly why he believed it wasn't necessary, that he is tested for the coronavirus frequently, so other people around him and he practices social distancing with those officials he works very closely with. he didn't feel it was necessary , with. he didn't feel it was necessary, apart from today when he was visiting the hospital outside of washington, when he said a couple of days
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ago ina when he said a couple of days ago in a hospital setting, he said he didn't want to be responsible for perhaps infecting other people, and thatis infecting other people, and that is one of the big reasons we are asked to wear masks, is to stop us infecting others, and it seems the president has now heeded that advice. let's speak now to evan mcmullin in washington. he ran for president during the 2016 us presidential election and is now the executive director for the stand up republic organisation. great to have you with us. i know some presidents like dressing up. i was thinking of george w bush on the aircraft carrier in 2003. why did it ta ke carrier in 2003. why did it take so long for president trump to put on a mask? thank you for having me. it is a good question. the heart of his is the mask has become a symbol of the mask has become a symbol of the president's failed leadership and of his incompetence, and so i think thatis incompetence, and so i think that is why he has resisted wearing one for so long. the problem however is that now almost 70% of americans disapprove of his handling of
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the pandemic, and he is even losing male voters on this issue, losing non— college—educated voters who have been a strong segment of support for him stop so he is really struggling with this issue, but politically, it is very difficult. if he wears a mask, again, it is a symbol of his failures. if he doesn't wear the mask, then he continues to lose the confidence of americans on this pandemic issue, which of course is having a tremendous impact on our health, 135,000 americans have already died, and on our economics. we have millions of people out of work asa millions of people out of work as a result of the pandemic, so thatis as a result of the pandemic, so that is healthcare and our pocketbooks, two issues that voters are going to be thinking about in november, and the president is losing in his leadership on the front, and it is going to cost him. that vote november, mr trump supported
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is going to cost him. that vote november, mrtrump supported in recent days have accused mr biden of copying the president by saying, by american. i suppose mr biden‘s supporters can say mrtrump suppose mr biden‘s supporters can say mr trump is copying mr biden in wearing a mask. what you see there is in regard to the buy american messaging from biden is that biden and the democrats are now trying to win back the working class voters they lost in 2016, and that is what they need to do, that is pa rt what they need to do, that is part of what they need to do, and so you are going to see a very strong fight for those voters. the other swing voters is the clinton romney voters, if you will the war bottom —— moderate republicans who ended up moderate republicans who ended up voting for hillary clinton in the less cycle. they are not up in the less cycle. they are not upforgrabs at in the less cycle. they are not up for grabs at all. donald trump has done nothing to win over those voters. in fact all he has done is push them further away, they are now planning to vote forjoe biden.
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but these swing voters, these working—class voters, non— college—educated voters are still vote rs college—educated voters are still voters that trump hopes to win, and joe biden is someone who can pull those voters away from him, and he knows it, and that is why the trump campaign and from himself have so feared biden as an opponent for the last couple of yea rs opponent for the last couple of years at least. let's look briefly at that other event eve ryo ne briefly at that other event everyone in washington is talking about, the commuting of roger stone's sentence. article two, section two of the constitution gives the president almost unchecked power to pardon commute. essentially despite what eve ryo ne essentially despite what everyone is saying, there is almost nothing anyone can do about this in legal or constitutional terms. there about this in legal or constitutionalterms. there is not much that can be done. however, i think an argument could be made that congress could be made that congress could take action. some are suggesting this could be an impeachable offence. just
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because you have got tremendous powers in the presidency, it doesn't mean that you can use those powers for corrupt purposes. the constitution also requires the president of the united states ensures that the laws are faithfully executed, and if he is using his powers for corrupt purposes, and this certainly would qualify as that, i think it is an unprecedented historic eruption, then i think potentially congress could take action. will they? for now i think it is unlikely. i don't think it is unlikely. i don't think much will happen in response to this. but politically, i think it was a terrible move for the president. i think he is likely to cause even greater concerns among reluctant republicans who voted for him in 2016, and have relu cta ntly voted for him in 2016, and have reluctantly supported him since. i think this kind of corruption that is just blatant terrible, terrible corruption
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creates an opportunity for biden pull some of those people into his camp, and for others to pull those people to be away from trump, even if they don't and up voting for biden. politically, i don't think it was a good thing to do from the present. but i think the president is doing what a lot of aspiring authoritarians do, simply, and they are trying to lift themselves up above the consequence of the law, the reach of the law, and that applies to their core allies as well, and so now we have to look to see what the president will do next. if his allies and he believes they are above the law, then what will they do? will the president abuses power further in order to stay in office regardless of what happens in the election? i don't know. it has never happened in the united states. but we are in unprecedented times and he is taking unprecedented corrupt action. so we will have to see where this goes. but the rule of law
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is clearly eroding in the united states, and it is a terrible thing and threatens the republic. thank you so much. india has reported a record spike in coronavirus cases, forcing authorities to reinforce strict lockdowns across the country. in the last 2a hours alone, more than 27,000 people were diagnosed with the virus, bringing the national total to more than 800,000. freya cole's report starts in the country's most populous state, uttah pradesh. and a warning, there's some flash photography. authorities sound their warning. stay indoors to stay safe. busy roads have been closed. the usual bustle of business has come to a standstill. it will come at a great economic cost, but many agree another round of lockdown is needed. translation: we have to live with coronavirus. we must exercise caution is like wearing masks, maintain space
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of 18 square feet around us, using sanitiser. we have made all kinds of arrangements in the shops. prime minister and remotely has held urgent talks with health officials stop the goal is to implement regional lockdowns where than infection rate is high —— narendra modi. india is the third worst affected country behind brazil and the united states. early lockdowns help keep the virus at bay, but as soon as restrictions eased, cases have soared. bollywood star is the latest high—profile celebrity to test positive to the virus. he told his fancy is a hospital and his son has almost —— also been diagnosed. he broke the news to his 43 million twitter follows. it has been shared at a rapid pace and the well—wishers have poured in. he is one of the country's best known film actors. he has been
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involved in 200 films. his diagnosis will help raise awareness of covid—19. face masks are mandatory in many parts of the country. this diamond studded option has a pricetag of almost 2000 us dollars. it is fashion, but in the name of public health and safety. freya cole, bbc news. in a few minutes, we'll hear from entertainmentjournalist piya sinha—roy. let's round up some of the other main developments. iran's president hassan rouhani says the country has no choice but to keep the economy going despite the coronavirus pandemic. iran has seen a resurgence in coronavirus cases in recent weeks, with almost 2,400 registered in the past 2a hours. mr rouhani warned that if all activity was stopped, people would protest against the chaos. thousands of people have taken to the streets of tel aviv in israel to protest against the government's economic handling of the coronavirus pandemic. while salaried staff have been furloughed, there are comcerns that the young and the self—employed are waiting too long
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for compensation. security forces in mali have arrested two of the leaders of the opposition coalition directing protests against president keita. they were detained on saturday, a day after thousands took to the streets of the capital, and four protesters were killed. there are growing calls for the president to step down over mali's worsening security crisis and growing economic difficulties. five people have been killed after attackers stormed a church in south africa, reportedly after an argument over its leadership. police say they rescued men, women and children from a "hostage situation". they also arrested at least a0 people and seized dozens of weapons. ceremonies have been taking place in the bosnian town of srebrenica to mark 25 years since the massacre of 8,000 muslim men and boys by bosnian serb forces. nine recently identified victims have been buried during a ceremony at potochari cemetery. it was the worst act of mass killing in europe since the end of the second world war. our special correspondent
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allan little reports. this is notjust a day of commemoration. it is also a funeral. the bodies are still emerging from the killing fields where many have lain undiscovered for a quarter of a century. translation: today, i am burying my father. the oldest among these victims here. it took 25 years until we found his body. his remains. so he can finally find peace. many bosnian serbs remain reluctant to acknowledge that the massacre at srebrenica happened at all. so remembering, keeping the historical record straight against distortion and denial has the character of a civic duty. bosnians do not have the luxury of believing that genocide cannot happen to them. that is what has driven munira subasic, one of the widows
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of srebrenica, in her unflagging 25—year pursuit of justice. translation: my first message is for criminals who have committed a crime and genocide. we will persecute you and we will never give up. there will always be someone to chase you. that is our right and obligation. bosnian serb forces seized srebrenica injuly 1995 after three years of siege and bombardment. the men and older boys were separated from their families. then the killing began. planned, commanded and systematic. a small dutch peacekeeping force not only failed to stop it. they handed over to the serbs thousands of terrified muslims who'd crowded into their un base where they thought they would be safe. the iconography of violent serb nationalism is very much
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at large farfrom here and celebrated today in the online manifestos of white supremacist mass murderers from norway to new zealand. that gives new urgency to the duty to remember what happened here. allen little, bbc news. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: president trump wears a face mask for the first time during a visit to a military hospital after months of refusing to wear one in public. india has suffered a sharp rise in the number of coronavirus cases as the total climbs to over 800,000 and complaints grow about a lack of testing. let's return to one of of top stories. one of india's most famous bollywood stars, amitabh bachchan, is in hospital in mumbai after testing positive for coronavirus. officials say the 77—year—old star's condition is stable. we can now speak to film and entertainmentjournalist piya sinha roy, whojoins us
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now from los angeles. to underline amitabh bachchan's importance, this is a man once voted in a poll by bbc news is the greatest film star of all time in any country. yeah, i believe that entirely. he is not just believe that entirely. he is notjust an believe that entirely. he is not just an icon believe that entirely. he is notjust an icon of cinema in bollywood. you can't really go and find anyone in south asia or of the south asian diets borough or anyone who even enjoys bollywood movies and not know who amitabh bachchan is. here's an icon. he's incredibly respected and revered by the community. and this is obviously a huge shock to anyone who is a fan of his.” anyone who is a fan of his.|j imagine this might be a moment when the seriousness of the pandemic hits home for people in india. i think so. pandemic hits home for people in india. ithink so. ithink everyone in india, just like eve ryo ne everyone in india, just like everyone all around the world, is paying very close attention, but i also think that there is a lot of misinformation that's
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been spread around over the past few months. this kind of reminds me of march when actor tom hanks revealed he had covid—19, and he and his wife both talked about it openly. they talked about their treatment and recovery, and that was a really big moment, at least in hollywood, for it to hit home here that this was serious and contagious and people need to take precautions in the same way we saw idris elba a few months ago, and that came ata elba a few months ago, and that came at a time when there was a lot of misinformation as to how the virus was attacking communities of colour, so him coming forward once again brought about more awareness of how it was affecting people. now with someone as huge as amitabh bachchan coming forward and talking about this and talking about his diagnosis, i think again it willjust continue to raise awareness amongst the people who may not necessarily know what to take
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away from what authorities are saying. when you speak to people in the entertainment industry or just people in the entertainment industry orjust ordinary people in india, what are they talking about? i think everybody is in shock right now because he is a hero. he is like this mythological hero in the cinema well, and everyone is just praying and really hoping that he recovers and recovers strong. he has been very vocal during the coronavirus lockdown, and he a lwa ys coronavirus lockdown, and he always interacts with his funds on twitter and social media, and he has been active. he has been making promos, working from home. so people are invested in him, in his career, in his life. he isjust this huge representation of our community, both in india and outside of india, and i think eve ryo ne outside of india, and i think everyone is just really, really hoping that he recovers and recovers well. thank you so much forjoining us. germany's response to
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the coronavirus pandemic has helped it to keep the number of infections and deaths relatively low. the country is now trying to re—open parts of the economy which it had to suspend — in particular, its arts and culture scene. there's been extensive state support, but there are still concerns for the future, as jenny hill reports. # hey, hey, hey... corona didn't silence them for long. # hey, hey, hey! germany's amateur choirs singing again even if the rehearsal room is still out of bounds. you come home with a smile after every day you sing with the people and friends here, and that was really missing. corona's forced performers to think differently. at this private theatre, they're preparing a new piece written in lockdown. they can't let more than a0 people in to watch it, but they'll survive they say for now. translation: we had a lot of support from our audiences, donations and e—mails telling us to stay strong.
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that made us feel that we matter as artists in the city. the regional and national governments also gave us the impression they want to keep the cultural infrastructure running. masked and distanced, but germans enjoy a rich cultural landscape funded by national and regional governments. galleries, theatres, opera houses shielded with extra corona money. but how to protect yourself if you perform alone? german freelancers, like shiao ing, could apply for government grants. even so, she tells us many are struggling to survive. translation: i think this is going to be a long fight. the cultural landscape will change. i personally will try to find an alternative source of income so i am not dependent on the arts. germany's on the move again. the outbreak is under control, the focus now on economic recovery. the corona crisis is leading germany into new territory.
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for the first time in years, the government's taken on new debt to keep the country going, and that includes the arts. what many here worry about is what happens next in a few months‘ time when the money runs out. it's not the same but for now while the sun shines, they're doing what they can. jenny hill, bbc news, lubeck. the belgian government is enforcing attend a mandatory quarantine. for travellers who have been in leicester. the city is the site of englandfirst local lockdown after a spike in coronavirus cases. leicester has been added toa cases. leicester has been added to a list of red zones along with other cities in spain and portugal. the new rules were announced on friday morning with immediate effect. two people have been arrested after london's trafalgar square fountains were found to have been dyed red. the stunt was
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carried out by the group animal rebellion to protest against animalfarming. the rebellion to protest against animal farming. the protesters claimed the government had blood on its hands. protesters alleged the covid—19 pandemic was caused by animal exploitation. the football legend jack charlton, part of england's 1966 world cup winning team, has died at the age of 85 following a long illness. he spent his entire playing career at leeds united and later, as a manager, led ireland to the world cup quarter—finals in italy in 1990. his family paid tribute to him, saying he was a friend to many and a much—adored husband, father, grandfather and great—grandfather. andy swiss looks back at his life. he was known as big jack, and he was a footballing giant. jack charlton turned his courage and charisma into a quite remarkable career. bobby charlton with the corner. jack! perfect goal! he grew up in northumberland alongside his younger brother, bobby.
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but while bobby's skills soon made him a star, jack's defensive qualities were less glamorous — and he knew it. great tackle by charlton. came in like a brick wall and he's hurt. he got an elbow in the face. people try to compare us and i used to say, you shouldn't compare us. i can't play. i can stop other people playing but i can't play. bobby can play. he's a creative player. but there's a place in the game for both types. england kept him waiting, though. charlton was nearly 30 when he was finally called up but he soon made his mark with a first international goal. jackie charlton's got it. and it's a goal. and in 1966 came his and english football's defining moment. jack charlton, like his brother, a world cup winner, both now international celebrities. there was club success too. he was a legend at leeds united, where he won the league title in 1969, before the inspirational player
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became an inspirational manager. if the ball‘s coming towards you and he's going back, there's no way you're going to jump. charlton first flourished at middlesbrough, but it was with the republic of ireland that he'll be most colourfully remembered. after guiding them to their first world cup in 1990, he took them all the way to the quarterfinals. ireland! they are in the last eight and the party can begin! an english hero returned home an irish one, too. his feats the stuff of footballing folklore. jack was a natural leader. he was a fighter in the way he both played and managed as well and got his teams to play. they were kind of a replica of his personality. but he was also gentle at the same time. his relationship with his brother was sometimes strained, but on an emotional night in 2008, he presented an award to the player he still regarded as the best. when we were kids used to go to the park and play, i would go home for dinner
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and he would stay out all day. bobby charlton is the greatest player i've ever seen. and he's my brother. but jack charlton's achievements, like the man himself, stood tall. one of football's biggest characters. jack charlton, who has died, at the age of 85. a reminder of our top story. president trump has appeared in public wearing a face mask for the first time. he put it on for a visit to the walter reed national military medical center outside washington, where he met wounded soldiers and health care workers. mr trump, who's previously refused to wear a mask in public, and has taunted his political rivaljoe biden for wearing one, seems to have taken the advice of his advisers. leaving the white house on saturday, he said it was expected that masks be worn in hospitals, adding that they had a time and place.
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you can reach me on twitter. stay with bbc news. more on our website. hello there. well, after the disappointment of recent weekends when low pressure was in charge — we had wet, windy, and cloudy weather — actually, we have got off to a decent start this weekend. a sunny morning, a bit of cloud built up during saturday afternoon, but saturday evening time, that cloud began to fragment and we had clear spells that started to develop, and they are continuing to develop actually, right now, with those skies continuing to clear underneath this area of high pressure, but the eagle—eyed amongst you might notice this approaching weather front. yes, that will bring some rain to the far north—west as we head through sunday. still, over the next few hours, it is clear skies that we've got. northern ireland, scotland, england and wales and underneath those clear skies in the countryside,
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it is quite chilly, temperatures getting down to about six or seven celsius as we start off sunday morning. a bit more cloud, though, for the far north of scotland. a few showers in shetland. for most of us, though, it is a fine and sunny start to the day with almost clear blue skies first thing in the morning, but mid—morning, the cloud will bubble up across eastern areas of england, eastern scotland, so becoming quite cloudy into the early afternoon fora time, but the thickest cloud is in northern ireland and here we will start to see some rain getting in through afternoon and, eventually, that will arrive for western scotland. for most of us, though, a fine afternoon, temperatures a little bit higher than they were on saturday, highs up to 2a celsius. the weather is set fair in southampton where the test match between england and the west indies should stay fine and sunny, not too much in the way of cloud, temperatures into the low 20s with a sea breeze developing through the late morning. now high pressure slips away by monday, low pressure starts to take charge, but the centre of the low is quite a way to the north of the uk and that means the weather systems
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are going to be quite weak as they push southwards, so patchy outbreaks of rain across northern and western areas, not much in the way of rain for south—east scotland down the eastern side of england, probably for the midlands and central and southern england it should stay largely dry, but there will be a little bit more cloud around and temperatures will be easing across the north—west. through tuesday and wednesday, further low pressure systems track in from the north—west again. these look pretty weak so i think we can expect quite a bit of cloud, really, in the week ahead. there will be some patches of rain around at times, particularly across north—western areas, but there probably won't be too much in the way of rain reaching the south—east, with temperatures continuing to run into the low 20s for the most part here. that is your weather.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: donald trump has put on a mask in public for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began. masks have been a divisive issue in the united states. but having previously refused to wear one, the president told reporters covering his face in a hospital was the right thing to do. 0ther other leading republicans have endorsed the wearing of masks. india has suffered a sharp rise in the number of coronavirus cases. it has now recorded nearly 850,000 infections, the third—highest rate in the world. the government has faced growing complains about its handling of the pandemic, including a lack of testing and medical staff. one of bollywood's biggest stars, amitabh bachchan, has tested positive for coronavirus. he has been taken to a hospital in mumbai where he is in a stable condiction. the 77—year—old film icon has been involved in over 200 films since becoming a star five decades ago. his son has also contracted the virus.


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