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>> hello, this is "outside source." cichineses on lockdown and new year'sed celebrations canc as the coronavirus takes concern. >> people are wearing masks and lining up to purchase more , and, some canceling tri there is a lot of concern. >> 1 people have died from infected, and the virus is spreading ad oad. the woalth organization says it is not a global emergency yet. y ree of the impeachment trial, and democrats have the floor again, trying tobl persuae reans that the president should remove -- should oe removed frice. >> the articles of the pinch meant against esident trump are among the most serious charges of brought against a >> lears warn of a resurgence of anti-semitism at events to mark 75 years of the liberation
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of auschwitz. ♪ welcome to the program. beijing has canceled all major public events for the lunar new .ear it has been close the iconic tourist spotf the forbidden ty as they try to contain the spreadf the new coronavirus. this comes as three chinese cities have been quarantined. at least 18 people who were infective had- have died from complications and more than 500 concern cases. also, it is spreading abroad. china has confirmed its first death outside of hubei province. the city of wuhan is already on lockdown. planes and trains are suspended in and out of that city, home to 11 million people. the cities also of huanggang and
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ezhou, 8.5 million combined, they have suspended transport operations. here y can see the general layout of wuhan, where the virus originated in a market that was selling live animals for food. you probably heard about that in the newd the woalth organization has been holding a second day of talks in geneva. let's hear from thl.director gene >> this is an emergency in china, but it has not yet become a global health emergency. >> what do we know about this virus so far? it is a new strain of a edronavirus not previously identin humans. it affects the lungs, and symptoms start as a fever and cough, which can lead to shortness of breath. it could cause severe acute
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respiratory syndrome, which killed 800 people in the early 2000's, and it is also related to the common cold. understanding how the vice transmits between people is one of the outstanding questions in this outbreak. the new strain of the coronavirus is believed to have originated at this market in wuhan. you can see the picture of it. through illegal transactions of wild animals. someuggestions are that it originated in snakes. wuhan is in the center of this huge high-speed passenger train network, which you it is one of the major reasons a virus has been able to spread so quickly. the city is a couple hours of some othe main cities in china. you can see beijing, shanghai. it is alsoof actually onhe largest intermediate ports along china's yangtze river. ships connect to the city of shanghai. that river is more thanrs 6000
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kilomeong and is used to ship food, products, and also for public transport. rfo more, let's gopoo our bbc er. reporter: there have been reporters within wuhan who have beenoing to train stations and just chaos. pele arriving and hoping to travel to different areas, saying they were not aware that the train networks have suddenly been suspended. everywhere else, as well. there has been footage on social media of cars arriving at tolling booths and finding out they have to turn around. trthey areded. there is not a lot of choice for ecverting because of the regions are also ad by this. they are taking all precautions. >>or more, let's speak to a member from the bbc chinese service in washington, d.c. ank you for joining us. i would like to begin with the cancel all major efor theided to lunar new year and closing the
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forbidden city to tourists. how significant do younk those moves are? it is like canceling christmas in the west. as you know, lunar new year is the most important festival for chinese, and the lockdown of wuhans came three dfore the lunar new year, which is approaching this saturday. as you w mentioned are not only facing the lockdown of three cities but also canceling major eventin other chinese cities at the same time. and many chinese families are considering canceling their dinner on new year's eve, which is also the most important meal of the year for millions of families. this is an indication of how >> are you getting reaction from people to these ccellations? do people approve of what the government is doing? reporter: well, from chinese social media, people are askueg a lot ofions and having
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different arguments. some doubt that a lockdown of wuhan and the other two cities, they believe it came a lite too late because many chinese people started traveling for lunar new year way before the actual new year's day. and the lockdown only came three days before that. so a lot of people might have left wuhan already, and we have idea where they have been. wuhan is a maj transportation b in china. it has a population of over 11 million, larger than the country of austria. also has direct flights to new york, london, and tokyo. and we don't know how exactly this lockdown can work, how long itl last. people are panicking. grocery shoppers.e packed with shelves arety e because people worry about the supply in wuhan will n time. for a very long >> i want to bring alsovo some f
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thes that we have been taking a look at, as well. e authorities in beijing have canceled, as mentioned, those celebrations as a fear about the virus growing. let me bring the view of some travelers who are unable to travel out of wuhan. >> we are at the epicenter of the virus. maybe it is best not to travel. >> i am confident our government has the situation well in hand and it will quickly be brought a so hospitals in the city completely overstretched with hundreds of patients waiting to see doctors. let me bring you the view of one the nurses at the hospital. >> we are still all young ourselves. honestly, we feel lost and afraid. our family members are worried, too. but as long as we were the protective clothing, we will be ok. >> n one of theses there. millions of people, especially across cna, have been willing
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maybe you have seen these before. not just because of the oucoronavirureak but also to protect against high pollution levels. some health expertare skeptical about the effectiveness against airborne viruses. one doctor was involved in helping with the outbreak of the ebola virus. here is her view. >> i think if someone is unwell and they were a mess, that btentially protects the other people around thause when they call for sneeze, they are not coughing orto sneezing their hand and it limits the spread. if you are not unwell, masks can be beneficial if you are rearing the right type. but if you were a verylimsy mask, it does not wor very well. becaus as youreathe in and out, it becomes moist. essentially ifomeone coughs, the virus might stick to the outside of the mask and potentially expose you more. >> do t worry flimsy mask. here inhe u.k., four people are being tested in scotland and anotr in southern ireland
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after showing symptoms of the coronavirus all the patients are said to have respiratory symptoms and hav been -- th i have travele the past 14 days. >> travelers, in scotlaour people who have come back from wuhan, are undergoing tests in scotland, but they can be isolated. and thankfully this virus is noa as serio sars. most people will get over it and have a reasonably mild infection. >> other asian couries have also confirmed cases, including -- moving out of china -- we have japan, south korea, taiwan, down to singapore, thailand, and vietnam. also the united states was the washington confirmed in you might have seen a little aboute that over on st coast of the united
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let's go back to our reporter in washington, d.c. you gave me a little on the concerns about how effective a lockdo might be in wuhan. talk about that a lite bit more because we're already seeing these other cases many miles away reporter: indeed. so if we draw comparison between the current outbreak in the sars outbreak in 2003, a major difference is that global travel is now wuhan has direct flight to other global major cities, including london and new york. in this washington state case, the patient,d we underst just traveled from wuhan back to seattle a few days ago. in ts case see that the risk of this virus further spreading is very high given
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that they liked him came relatively late and we also have no idea where the virus can spread at the moment. we might be seeing travelers going through health checkpoints in major airports in the united stat if they're traveling from china, and that is a very necessary precaution me the . >> thank you so much for jshning us from ington, c. that is our top story. anniversaryf the liberation ofe auschwitz. israel has been marking i the event is being held at yad vashem, israel' memorial center to millions of victims of the holocaust, m isra's president began the ceremony by saying, on january 27, 1945, the gates of hell were
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opened. here is our significance of auschwitz and the holocaust. >> i was rich was the most notorious of nazi germany's death camps and symbolizes the holocaust, which killed 6 million jews. british troops who lerated rgen-belsen were shocked by the skill of death, the trauma ofhose who survived. horrifying revelations that l to the worldwide pledge, never again. rael's yad vashem holocaustd memorial center in its call of remembrance,utting faces and mes to the overwhelming numbers. >> auschwitz was liberated by the soviet russia red army in 1945. in yad vashem, russia's presiden >> -- not to miss when the first sprout of hatred, xenophobia,
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to rear their head.n -- started we see other manifestations of these phenomena. >> worthointing out that human rights watch has warned that russia'sro gayganda law, which makes it illegal to give children informati about lgbtq issues, is endangering young people. russia human rights watch has said it illustrates russia's role in the syrian civil war, contributing to over half a million deas in the country. a doctor in the u.k. has been tweeting, sang putin sitting next to israel's prime minr was simultaneously -- countries determined to destroy the jewish state. what the doctor seems to be referring to ishis. this is an article about russia refusing to extend a you when ba -- a un. ban on selling
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weapons to iran starting in tober, in october, and this article is from bloomberg. u.s. vice president mike pence was also at the event. >> we must be prepared to confront and expose e vile fueling hate and violence all across the world, and we must stand together. [applause] in that same spirit, we must also stand strong against the leading state purveyor against the o government in the world that denies the holocaust as a matter of state policy and threatens to wipe israel off the map, the world must stand strong against the islamic republic of iran.
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mike pence there. let's get more on why this holocaust memorial beo politicized. >> theresident of israel set up a theme early on, saying that this holocaust needed to be living memory because lessons can be applied to today, highlighting anti-semitism. frankly, most of the speakers spoke about that withome force and eloquence. what i have to say, the organizers wante to keep it focused on anti-semitism, but that much from holst really here survivors. there were some films and one addressed by a survivor, but you got the feeling this was very much an international leaders sort of meeti. it also meant politics came into it. for example, president putin got a central role, even though in recent months he has been downplaying russia's pact with the nazis just before the war
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and tried to shift some of the blame for they were onto roland. he also had prime minister netanyahu invite president pentz at the united states to talk about iran, saying the group you ed to unite against iran because it was the main threat. they brought their ira policy to this memorial. >> thank you stay with us on "outside source." threemerican firefighters have been killed while helping to battle australia's bushfires, and questions over how donations are being disseminated. that is still to come. thehi u.n.'est court has ruled that emergensures will be taken to try to prevent further violence against rohini and. here is the report from the hague. >>he judges ruled that they face a real risk of genocide. in order to ensure the right to exist, the top court issued four
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emergency measures. that is for myanmar to prevent killings, destruction, or asked to designed to stop the rohingya from givingirth. anything thatla vioshe genocide convention to ensure the military does not commit acts of a genocide come preserve and prevent the destruction of evidence, of genocind report on the measures plummetedrithin f months. and then again every six months until the icjch r a decision on the bigger question of whether myanmar is guilty of elabately trying to destroy the rohingya people. ♪ this is "outside source." life from the bbc news room. -- live from the bbc newsroom. new year's celebrations are canceled in beijing as china tries to stop a potent new virus. three cities are now on lockdown.
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now, it is dayes three of ent trump's impeachment trial in washington, d.c., and democrats l continue to out their case, focusing on with say proves donald trump abused his power and obstructed cong rss. let'ind you of how this trial came about. president trump is a pewse -- ac of pressuring ukraine to investigateem hisratic rival, joe biden. this is his son hunter biden. he took a job at ukrainian energy company called burisma. at the same time, his father was then vice psident in the obama administration and was can policg ame towards ukraine and investigating corruption. in july lester, presidens trump calledad this man, president liz -- president zelensky, to congratulate him on his win. in august, politico, they had u.s. military ai
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being withheld from ukraine. move ahead to september, and this formal complaint from a whistleblower about the july phone call was release the complaint said president trump's conduct was, and here's some of the quote, a serious, flagrant problem, abuse, violation of law. that was the trigger for democrats to begin impeachment proceedings. the president says he has done nothing wrong. democrats are argui today that ukraine was under intense pressure to do donald trump's political bidding. let's hear from adam schiff on that. rep. shchiff: they're at war and told they are not getting the a you need unless you do with the president once or these twonvestigations. if you do not believe that his pressure, that is $400 million worth of pressure. >> let's turn to gary o'donoghue and washington, d.c. -- no, he
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following proceedings in washington, d.c. gary, good to have you with us. you have been watching these proceedings, incredibly long hours. they get 24 hours. what are we down to with the countdown? ake these opening cases? >> when the prosecution, the democrats, began again at 1:00 today, that is about two hours ago, a little over, they still had 16 hours and 42 minutes left . effectively, they're going too another eight hours today and another tomorrow. and then thent pres's defense, they will get their allotted 24 hours over three days. they may not take all of that time, we are their case is straightforward, if you like. there is nothing to see here.
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it certainly does not contain the vasts quantit of details on text messages and emails you are seeing from the prosecution. >> thank you. i imagine we will be watching over the next few hours, and t's see what it brings forth. we will be checking in ain in the next hour. let's move on instead to australia. three american firefighters have been killed while helping to battle the bushfires. authorities say that they lost contact with an air tker in southern new south wales, and those board the plane -- let's take a look -- have been dropping water over a large out-of-control bushfire. let's hear from the commissioner of the new south wales rural fire service.>> it is still an e ground, and it did take some time with the use of ground crew's and a number of aerial surveillance platfortry and locate the wreckage of the plane. e investigation is underway.
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let's get mom sydney. >> air tankers operations have been suspended as police investigate what happened in the crash and the yes, another reminder of the very difficult conditions that tve been happening and al fa that these fires are still azing, some of them out-of-control. as we speak, 70 fires burning in new south wales. 44 of those are not contained at the moment. so even though there was a lull in the weather the past few days, the danger is not yet over in this bushfire season. >> prime minister scott morrison has been tweeting -- deey sadden and could alliances to loved ones, friends, and colleagues of thoseho lost their lives, such a terrible tragedy. i wanted to bring you some of the pictures. this is from a journalist who tweeted, the crash this is in new south wales.
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let's ve on closer to the coast. firefighters stillin bat this is a new outbreak of bushfires whipped up by high temperatures and strong winds. and there are moreha homes have been lost. other towns are now focusing on recovery effts. ke a look. donations have come in from all around the world to help. as you probably heard. hundreds of millions has been raised, some going to local fire services and others to animal welfare organizations. but a lot has gone to the red cross. edra79 million ion army, $30 million. st. vincent de8 paul,llion. the charities have been accused of drip feeding donations and stockpiling money for future emergencies. here is a government minister from new south wales. >> the money is sitting in a
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bank account and earning intere so theyan do their marketing and administration. bux the red css defendant -- >> the red cross defense their process, saying it is their plan now -- we ao know it costs 5 million australian dollars tome keep ourency teams in the field to respond to the fires that are ongoing and will burn until at least march. that is when bushfire season in australia usually runs until. the red cross also says, we need to retain some t funds so wh world's attention turns away and his story moves on, localso not feel left behind. let's hear a little from a news organization, nine news >> this is for bushfires, not holdg back for other sasters. >> articles here. this is from unilad. criticizing the red cross for using some of the donations for
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administration costs. the red cross, they say instead that up to 10% of each dollar will be spent on the administration costs. let's hear the explanation for that. >> so that is to basically do the work going through the process and applications, making sure we meet legal requirements and that we process applications as quickly as we can we are calling people to support them with those applications. >> you can find more about that story on our website. and our top story is that of the coronavirus in china and how it has been spreading. my page is also up on the bbc news app and also on our website. and we will be back in 30 minutes time with more news. i hope you will join me tn. goodbye. [captioning performed by the national captioning institutns which is resle for its caption content and accuracy. visit] ♪ or narratfunding for this presentation is made possible by...
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