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you're watching bbc news. this is bbc news, i'm reged ahmad. our top stories: the headlines: new zealand prime minister, jacinda ardern, has met a day after 49 people with community leaders in christchurch, a day after 49 were killed in mosque attacks in new zealand, the prime minister people were killed in has met with leaders in a community mosque attack. now ms ardern said that had the suspect not been arrested, in he would mourning. likely have it was an important continued. opportunity for a man has appeared in court us it was an important opportunity for us to share the grief in new zealand to be charged of new with murder over the attacks. zealanders directly with those who brenton tarrant, who's 28, did not enter a plea. have experienced so further charges are much loss. expected to be the main suspect in the killing, brenton tarrant, brought against has been charged with murder. further charges him. are expected. the police commissioner has reassured locals that there is no known imminent threat of another similar attack, new zealand police say they're not but say they will remain vigilant. looking for any further suspects a total of four people were taken in the terror attacks, into custody on friday. but are remaining vigilant. one of whom was released a short time later. 39 people remain in hospital — some in a critical condition. families have an agonising wait for news as the list of missing people grows. now on bbc news, a special edition hello and welcome. of inside out investigates
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how the abuse of hundreds the prime minister of new zealand, jacinda ardern, of young is preparing to meet people men was kept out of the in hospital who were injured in the shootings at mosques public eye. chris jackson's report in christchurch yesterday. contains personal accounts brenton tarrant, an australian that you national who's 28, has appeared in court charged with may find one count of murder. further charges are upsetting. this week saw the expected to follow. end of the my colleague sharanjit leyl is in christchurch at the hospital where many of the injured have been taken. iamjust i am just here right outside that hospital, where we are told some 12 operating theatres worked as a note to save some of these victims. that is highly unusual i am told for this hospital and of course, as he said, the death toll stands at 49 people and slowly, we're getting some of the names of those affected, including the likes of a 71—year—old afg ha n including the likes of a 71—year—old afghan man, haji daoud nabi. his son said that his father had travelled
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the world and here he had found a slice of paradise, and of course his thoughts pretty much encapsulate the thoughts pretty much encapsulate the thoughts of many others in this city here. we have just thoughts of many others in this city here. we havejust been here for a few hours and there's really a sombre mood amongst many of the residents. they are completely in shock that something like this happen here in christchurch. now, what we know in that hospital was that 11 people remained in intensive ca re that 11 people remained in intensive care and amongst them some very young children, we are told two boys aged two and 13 and there was a four—year—old girl as well he was transferred to a specialist hospital in auckland, where she remains in intensive care as well. so really a shocking, horrific thing to have happen to a city like this and we we re happen to a city like this and we were hearing earlier from happen to a city like this and we were hearing earlierfrom greg robertson, who is the chief of surgery robertson, who is the chief of
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surgery at this hospital, and this is what he had to say. christchurch hospital continues to provide care 39 patients in the attacks of terror in christchurch yesterday. of the 48 patients admitted to christchurch hospital from the incident, seven have been discharged. the others, include a four—year—old girl who has been transferred to the starship hospital in a critical condition. four patients have died on their way into the hospital yesterday, dying before they arrived. those injured ranged in ages from the very young to quite elderly patients. the murderour to quite elderly patients. the murder our majority of patients that we re murder our majority of patients that were admitted i'm male in the age range of 30 to 40. some of them in a sta ble range of 30 to 40. some of them in a stable condition but others are not. 12 operating theatres work through the night and many of those injured will require multiple returns to theatre before their care be completed. of the 36 patients that remain in the hospital, 11 of them are in the intensive care unit,
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including one female aged in her mid— 205. all of those in icu, we consider critically ill. the 36 in hospital also include two children, that remain within our care. both the boys, one is aged two and the other is aged 13. both are in a 5ta ble other is aged 13. both are in a stable condition. a5 you would expect, the winsome gun5hot5 are often quite significant. expect, the winsome gunshots are often quite significant. we have had patients with injuries to most parts of the body, that range from relatively superficial soft tissue injuries to more complex injuries involving the chest, the abdomen, pelvis, the long bones, and the head. many of the people will require multiple trips to theatre to deal with the complex series of injuries that they
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have. a5 deal with the complex series of injuries that they have. as you will appreciate, there is usually not just one system involved and we are using all of our surgical services in theirdifferent using all of our surgical services in their different specialties to deliver care for the patients as they needed. thank you. -- need it. and that was the chief of surgery christchurch hospital speaking there. of course, as you have been reporting on, the 28—year—old suspect has been named as an australian man, brenton tarrant. he appeared in the court today, facing appeared in the court today, facing a single murder charge but further charges are expected to be made against him and we heard from the chief of police as well, mike bush, who had been speaking and he is the police commissioner, he said others are still under arrest. in terms of people who have been charged, we
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have, as you know, we apprehended four people on the day. one was released quite early, a member of the public who just wanted to get the public who just wanted to get the kids home but decided to take a firearm. there was another couple arrested, and we are currently working through whether or not that person all those persons had any involvement in this incident. so when we know, we will be able to give you, but i do not want to say anything until we're sure. give you, but i do not want to say anything untilwe're sure. now, we know that new zealand's prime ministerjacinda ardern has been giving several press conferences since this tragic event happened just yesterday. she gave one, in fa ct, just yesterday. she gave one, in fact, not so many minutes ago. she had been speaking to community leaders and she also updated the person what has been happening. leaders and she also updated the person what has been happeningm was an important opportunity for us to share the grief of new zealanders directly with those who have experienced so much loss. many of you will have lived there and know
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that the discussion firstly acknowledged that this is not the new zealand that any of us know. with me now is a christchurch city councillor, whojoins with me now is a christchurch city councillor, who joins us with me now is a christchurch city councillor, whojoins us now. thank you so much forjoining us today, certainly commiserations on such a terrible event that happened to the city. first of all, give us a sense of what you have been doing and the feeling in the mood in this community today. we are trying to get to grips with the situation. it has been 24 hours now and there is a sense of still being stunned that this has happened here in our city, and just trying to get to some sense of what the community needs, what is happening in terms of burials and the proper processes that are needed for the community for that, supporting our medical staff, who are still doing an incredible job, andl are still doing an incredible job, and i think just are still doing an incredible job, and i thinkjust the general community coming to terms with i have just walked past the botanic gardens where there is a floral
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display and people are very quiet, people are still in shock over what has happened and i think as the initial incident wears off, it is going to take a while for people to actually come to terms that this has actually come to terms that this has actually happened here in christchurch, new zealand. in terms of readiness, you said you have been working with your colleagues and certainly the hospital staff have been inundated as well. there is a real concern obviously that so many people are dead, and in the muslim tradition, they have to be buried in 24 hours. is there sense facilities here in christchurch can deal with this? that is very challenging for us. this? that is very challenging for us. i have been told it will probably take four days to actually dig the appropriate number of graves so dig the appropriate number of graves so yeah, that is going to be a problem. we're going to have to work with the community to find a way through that and obviously, there is a colonial process that needs to be gone through as well, so how that
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pans out we do not know. hopefully tomorrow morning will have more answers. and you feel like you have enough resources? i'm all being sent? we do, we have resources being sent? we do, we have resources being sent from around the country. one advantage we have is we have had earthquakes, we have been through this before, our medical staff have been to this before, they operate at very high level. there are still shortages, so in terms of sextants of the burial services, they will need to be brought in, so we are asking for help. as you have mentioned, it is not the first time christchurch has faced tragedy, it is had to deal with earthquakes, the last being in 2012, which was absolutely devastating for this community. so in comparison, how do you think the community is dealing with this now comparison to what has happened prior to this? is this the same sort of feeling or is there sense that actually this is a lot of discomfort and concern about this issue? i think probably a mixture, i think there is a weariness in terms of the earthquake recovery. we just got to the point where we had just
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reopened our town hall eight years after the earthquake, new central city library, it felt like things are getting back to normal, and then for this to happen and for children to be in lockdown in school, that whole sort of trauma again, parents stuck their offices or civic buildings, it is kind of reliving that. so it is of concern, but i think this is also not a natural disaster, this is a man—made disaster, this is a man—made disaster, domestic terrorattack disaster, this is a man—made disaster, domestic terror attack in out disaster, domestic terror attack in our own disaster, domestic terror attack in our own town, so it is going to be quite difficult for people to actually come to terms with that and i think as we start to see and learn more names and put faces to those and to bury people, i think it will have a big impact on the wider community. you are saying that your pa rt community. you are saying that your part yourself, you have lived here in christchurch for many, many yea rs. in christchurch for many, many years. so is there a sense that your community is feeling incredibly uncomfortable, community is feeling incredibly u nco mforta ble, u nsafe community is feeling incredibly uncomfortable, unsafe because of this? i think now, there's probably some concerns but actually, my senses that the community
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has still, it still has faith in new zealand being a safe place. but we have to address some of the issues of our radicalisation and what has led to this attack, but generally, the communities have felt safe, even as a general increasing tone of islamophobia globally, i mean, it has spilt over into new zealand, there is no doubt about that but in general, people did not hold a lot of concerns. you go to friday prayers and no—one would have thought too much about it. so this isa thought too much about it. so this is a big shock to you, as everyone has said. thank you so much for joining us today and again, best of luck with everything that is being prepared in readiness for this. thank you so much, a counsellor there from christchurch city council. —— councillor. it still has a
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very small town, community feeling, and people have been coming together. we went past a town called gardens earlier, people have been coming up on several people gathering through the day to leave a memorial and vigil for the victims of this attack, as i mentioned, the town basically in shock over this and they are trying to address the issue, trying to think of what can be done. people from around the world have been paying tribute to the victims. our correspondent caroline hawley has been finding out more about the community affected by yesterday's horrific attack. the names, the faces of the dead and injured are just starting to emerge. men, women, and children gunned down as they prayed. among the missing is
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reported to be this three—year—old boy. ajordanian father and one of his daughters were both badly injured. they're reported to have been hit by seven bullets between them. the list of the missing from christchurch includes people from india, pakistan and bangladesh. and from syria, refugees who thought they'd finally found safety thousands of miles from home. the muslim community in christchurch is tiny and tight—knit. in the whole of new zealand, there are less than 50,000 muslims, less than 1% of the population. tributes were paid to the victims of the deadliest islamophobic attack in modern times. we believe we are living in one of the most peaceful, beautiful countries in the world. we never expected anything like this to happen. so we are all in a state of shock. sonny bill williams, a national idol who converted to islam, said his heart hurt from what had happened. just sending out my duas and inshallahs to everyone that's
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been killed today in christchurch... yourfamilies, you can take... just, yeah, i'm just sending my duas to you and your loved ones, inshallah you guys are all in paradise. at friday prayers around the world, thoughts and prayers were with new zealand. the condemnation has come from far and wide. countries and communities have been expressing their horror and disgust. the un security council has just held a one—minute silence. the un secretary general says there's an urgent need to counter islamophobia. the hatred that's taken so many lives in christchurch has sent ripples of fear amongst muslims across the globe. and it's notjust in new zealand that muslims are now rethinking their security. caroline hawley, bbc news. do stay with us on bbc world news, still to come: president trump issues his first veto,
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striking down a congressional effort to stop his national emergency on the southern border. today, we have closed the book on apartheid and that chapter. more than 3,000 subway passengers were affected. nausea, bleeding, headaches and a dimming of vision — all of this caused by an apparently organised attack. the trophy itself was on the pedestal in the middle of the cabinet here. this was an international trophy and we understand now that the search for it has become an international search. above all, this was a triumph
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for the christian democrats of the west, offering reunification as quickly as possible, and that's what the voters wanted. this is bbc world news, the latest headlines: new zealand prime minister jacinda ardern has met with community leaders in christchurch — a day after 49 people were killed in attacks on two mosques. the main suspect in the killings has appeared in a christchurch court, charged with murder. the australian, who had posted far—right ideas filled with expletives online, has been remanded in custody. well, let's stay with our top story. the terror attacks in christchurch have brought the focus on islamaphobia and the safety of muslim
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communities all over the world. senator mehreen faruqi is australia's first female muslim senator — she's live now in sydney. thank you so much for your time. firstly i am wondering what on earth the muscle and community that you are in touch with been saying to you about how they feel after this attack western mark thank you for having me. what happened in christchurch is devastating and terribly distressing. i have been speaking to muslim community since yesterday. there have been vigils held and i am completely heartbroken and, honestly, iam held and i am completely heartbroken and, honestly, i am scared and that is the feeling around the place. there is trauma and our hearts are breaking. first and foremost we are grieving. we are grieving for the friends and families of those victims so brutally killed
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by a white supremacist terrorist from australia. i think that is what is shocking for us. there has been such an international reaction. the pope has commented, the uk prime minister... iam has commented, the uk prime minister... i am wondering whether you think this attack is a watershed moment that is leading people to think about islamophobia a bit more? it should not take 49 people to be killed for people to start thinking about it. the muslim community in australia, including me, have for yea rs have australia, including me, have for years have been loudly, quite loudly raising our voices. especially about politicians in high positions in australia who have for some time now been selling here is been spreading hate fear and division. it is
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unacceptable. other politicians should not have been silent and their silence has been amplifying these messages rather than scrutinising them. we have been saying this for years and i do hope that now is the time when governments across the world listen to us. it has been such an awful attack and it has shocked some people. going forward, what needs to happen to try and change things? is there perhaps legislation that should come in, regulation, guidelines? what should happen? there are some serious questions that need to be asked about whether governments and government agencies have been focusing on right wing extremism. we never have been focusing on other forms and especially muslim
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radicalisation will we need to ask questions about where we sit on right winning extremism and islamophobia. there are politicians here in australia like fraser adding and pauline adding and others like george christensen who have been dog whistling and some hope that this anti immigrant sensation would win votes for them and i think that is disgusting. we need to have a serious conversation now. and if we do not have it now, then when? these questions need to be answered now. thank you so much for your time and for discussing these issues. thank you for talking to me. let's turn to other news for a moment. president trump has issued his first presidential veto. it happened after twelve republican senators broke party ranks — and voted to end the president's declaration of a national emergency
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on the southern border. the president has been explaining his reasoning for the veto. the democrat—sponsored resolution would terminate vital border security operations by revoking the national emergency issued last month. it is definitely a national emergency. rarely have we had such a national emergency. therefore, to defend the safety and security of all americans, i will be signing and issuing a formal veto of this reckless resolution, and that's what it was. brett bruen is a former director of engagement for the obama administration. he told me why president trump's veto was significant. well, this is quite a symbolic defeat for the president, that he lost so many in his party. he wanted a wall and yet, i think, in actualfact, what he has gotten are some pretty serious cracks in the support he has depended on from his party
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up on capitol hill. this is going to loom large over the remainder of this term of his presidency, where there's a question mark as to whether or not republicans will stand with the president on crucial and controversial issues. is it then significant that some republicans voted for this law? i mean, it's unusual to be seeing those sort of cracks. it is quite unusual and especially, i think, as we are gearing up for the presidential elections, the republicans normally would want to show a unified front and yet, i think that the position president trump took on this issue has deeply divided his party and the concern many of them have is that in less than two years, there could be a democrat in the oval office who could use these very same powers in the precedent that president trump set to their
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own benefit. people might be surprised to know that this is president trump's first veto. is it quite remarkable, given how combative the president is, that it'as taken this long to him to veto legislation? well, i think since the current risk for the first two years of his term was in republican control and largely bowed to his preferences, his political positions, it is not that surprising. and in the american presidency, vetoes vary widely from president to president — there are presidents who used them more frequently. i think we will see from president trump much more often in the next two years the use of this veto. and just briefly, what happens with this national emergency now? does president trump still have the money to build his wall?
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well, he is scrambling under the couch cushions looking for money. it is not all there, as he thought, after announcing this. it will go to the courts and it will be held up likely for the next several months. hundreds of thousands of children across the world abondoned classrooms on friday to protest against climate change. the day of action saw students take to the street. in stockholm, sixteen year old activist, greta thunberg, who inspired the porotests, warned that time was running out. ramzan karmali has more. all around the world, schoolchildren from around 100 countries and 2,000 cities walked out of lessons on friday to make their voices heard. they want action from politicians to combat climate change. the world leaders are the ones acting like children. they are the ones who are having the tantrums, arguing with each other, and refusing to take responsibility for their actions while the planet burns. all chant: we won't let our planet die! friday's protests have mainly been organised on social media, with many using the hashtag #fridaysforfuture.
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protesters have been inspired by swedish teenager greta thunberg. she first staged a school strike in front of the swedish parliament in august last year and has been missing lessons most fridays since. this week, she was nominated for the nobel peace prize. translation: we won't accept it. we're on strike because we want a future, and we won't abandon that. scientists say tougher measures are needed to cut global warming. the paris climate agreement of 2017 committed nearly 200 countries to keeping global temperatures well below two celsius above pre—industrial times. but some politicians have criticised the students, suggesting they should be spending their time in school, not on the streets. ramzan karmali, bbc news. stay with
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us here on bbc news. hello again. we've got some rough weather to start off this weekend with heavy rain, hill snow and strong winds on the weather menu for us today. the culprit is this area of low pressure that continues to develop as it works its in the united kingdom. we've already got rain extensively falling in northern ireland, so if you are heading outside here over the next few hours, it will be a soggy one and the rain could bring some localised surface water flooding here. there will be some big contrasts in temperatures. generally england and wales staying mild, 10—11 degrees. but further north, it gets colder and colder and yet, it's cold enough for a patch of frost or two in scotland. as we go on through saturday, then, this area of low pressure continues to develop and it will start interact to with some of that cold air, hence the risk of some hill snow across northern portions of the uk. but in the south, there's no risk of that because we have much milder air pushing in. so, saturday, rain first of all. well, that wet weather moves away from northern ireland, showers follow, but the rain will be
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heavy across the hills of northern england and across the hills of wales, where we could see 40—70 millimetres of rain, maybe 100 millimetres over the highest ground in wales, and that brings the risk of localised flooding. now, as well as the rain, we have the risk of some strong winds, gusting at about 40—50, even 60 miles an hour or so around the most exposed coastal locations. and then further north, we have the risk of heavy snow. now, there night be a bit of snow for a time across the high ground of northern england and northern ireland but not lasting long. the snow lasts longest across northern scotland, north of the central belt, where there could be something like 10cm of snow building up above about 200—300 metres elevation. so on saturday, as you can see, we've got a real mixture of weather. whether it's the heavy rain, the hill snow or the strong winds, there is the potentialfor some transport disruption. that continues for a time, then, through saturday night as a squally band of rain pushes eastwards across england, followed by plenty of showers. those showers still having a wintry flavour in them across the hills of the north and west of the uk. it will be a chilly and blustery kind of night.
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and our area of low pressure of responsible for this lot will continue to deepen as it moves away from the uk, and that will continue to feed in some very strong winds across northern areas of scotland, the north—westerly winds dragging in plenty of showers for the second half of the weekend. and although it is true that the majority of the showers will be across north—western areas, still with a wintry flavour, nowhere will be immune from getting a downpour — some of those showers will move into central and eastern parts of the uk as well. temperatures, on the face of it, around nine or 10 degrees, but much feeling cooler in that north—westerly wind. into next week, it becomes quieter, drier and warmer.
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