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this is bbc world news, the headlines: new zealand police say the number of people killed in the christchuch terrorist attack has risen to 50. 35 people remain in hospital. this is bbc world news. 13 are in critical condition. i'm sharanjit leyl, in christchurch. new zealand's prime minister, jacinda ardern, has met islamic leaders and members of the islamic the top stories: community in wellington. she's pledged to tighten the country's gun laws, and is set to make a statement shortly. fifty people are confirmed dead a 28—year—old australian man has in the attack on two mosques been charged with murder. 120 people have been in new zealand. thirty five people arrested in paris remain in hospital, after a protest by the yellow vest thirteen are in critical condition. movement turned violent. among those paying tribute france's interior minister to the victims of the mass shooting says it was hijacked the relative of a man who died trying to stop the attacker. i did not see an iota of fear in those eyes, that made me proud. what a brave man he was. i'm reged ahmad, in london. also in the programme: violence on the streets of paris, on another weekend of yellow vest protests. france's interior minister says they were hijacked by hardcore, "hyperviolent" groups.
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hello and welcome to bbc news. it's now known that 50 people were killed in friday's attack on two mosques in the new zealand city of christchurch. the police commissioner, mike bush, said another body had been found during a search of the buildings. 35 of the injured are still in hospital, 13 of them in a critical condition. my colleague, sharanjit leyl, is in christchurch. let's go there now. it's 2 o'clock in the afternoon here in christchurch, we are very close to the site of the masjid al noor mosque, one of the
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sides of the attack. and it's a day of mourning and remembrance, as the people of christchurch turn out to show their rejection of the hate that inspired friday's horrific attacks. you can probably hear a maori tribe with a wonderful chance. a real show of solidarity. let's listen in. maori ceremony an extraordinary display as people continue to show their support for the victims, their families and, of course our rejection of the hate that inspired the attack.
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and a few hours ago, we heard the news that the number of those who died has risen to 50. within the past hour the chief of surgery at the canterbury district health board gave an update to the media. it is... it isa it is... it is a bit challenging the people, you know, we are all part of a community and we are struggling with it as much as anyone else. this is not something that we expected to see in our environment. we do see gunshots wounds and these injuries but 30-40 gunshots wounds and these injuries but 30—a0 people a day is not what we usually see. our staff are doing remarkably well. part of the reason that we are trying some of the pressure of the system through the week is to allow people to have a bit of a break. most people cope with things pretty well when you are doing things it is when you go home and think about it. in an event like this, particularly gunshot wounds,
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there are things we need to do initially in terms of saving lives and limbs and the initial surgery, after having the patient triage is to have a look at the vital injuries. making sure we stop bleeding. that the circulation system is preserved. the abcs you probably remember from your cpr days of training and i am sure you have all done that. once the damage control is done, people than we move them down to the next layer of severity of injury and we deal with those problems as they go. you might imagine someone who has a bleeding problem, we deal with that but perhaps not lesser injuries and that is why they need to go back to theatre the next time around. the
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less significant injuries are left for luck that is on some of the people need to go to theatre to or three orfour times. there people need to go to theatre to or three or four times. there are situations with people who have known recognised complication or bleeding issue that occurs subsequent to the surgery. with high velocity weapons, they cause trauma and damage to the tissue. we are trying to preserve as much as possible without removing tissue that might be useful to them in the long—term. we do the minimum and come back and read explore and we do procedures. chief of surgery, greg roberston there. the floral tributes, as you can see behind me, it continued. the death toll has risen to 50. hywell griffith has this report.
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to show their grief, to show their love, christchurch‘s people are coming together as they try to comprehend a violent act of terror. some are just holding on to life. wasseim sati and his four—year—old daughter were both shot. he posted this message online from his hospital bed. the attacks brought chaos to christchurch. 36 minutes from the emergency call for the suspect to be apprehended. he left behind an enormous crime scene. only now have police been able to locate all of the body. as of last night we were able to take all of the victims from both scenes and in doing so we have
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located a further victim so that brings a number of those who have died to 50. after all the fear and violence this city experience on friday, this is the natural heartfelt response. people wanted to come to stand together, grieve together and show their solidarity. and they want to help those whose lives have been changed forever.m has touched a lot of hearts in christchurch, especially us. we are immigrants and came here to make a live. a few of our family friends we re live. a few of our family friends were killed. they were victims and pa rt of were killed. they were victims and part of it. it is clear that every community, every culture is welcome here. the victims were their friends and neighbours. our hearts go out to them. they are all people as well. they are citizens of this nation. is
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it it struck at years ago by a natural disaster is once again bearing great loss. by following the married message, stay strong. —— maori. more details are emerging about some of those who lost their lives in christchurch, including many displays of bravery, as the attack unfolded. the brother of one man who was killed has spoken of his pride and the pain at losing his brother who had tried to tackle the gunman. daniela relph has more. so many of those killed had moved to new zealand to find peace and tranquility. but instead they were all victims of a violent attack as they prayed. naeem rashid had been living in new zealand for nine years. his family say he loved his life there. both he and his 21—year—old son, talha, were killed. originally from pakistan, the government there confirmed their death. in a video of the attack,
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naeem rashid was seen confronting the gunman. i saw that video and the first thing i wanted to see was the look in his eyes. i did not see an iota of fear in those eyes. and that made me proud. what a brave man he was. i heard from people there, there were a few witnesses who said he saved a few lives there. by trying to stop that guy. the stories of those killed continue to emerge. sayyad milne was 1a and wanted to be a footballer. the police have told his father that his son died in the mosque. hosni ara was originally from bangladesh and officials there said she had been killed. she was looking for her husband in the men's section of the mosque when she was shot. khaled mustafa, a refugee from syria, moved with his family last year to the safety of new zealand. officials told his wife he was killed during friday prayers.
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one of his teenage sons is also missing. daioud nabi was 71. he ran the afghan association at the mosque. relatives have described his death as an act of cowardice. the family of farhaj hassan in india were told of his death today by the authorities in new zealand. the country where he and his wife were raising their two young children. nobody nobody was even imagining that in new zealand, a peace—loving country, that such a situation arises. in the coming days we will learn more about the lives lost on the anguish of the families who grieve. daniela relph, bbc news. as he saw at the start of the programme with the maori tribe performing the hacker, people here have been coming to show their tribute and sense of solidarity with
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the victims and their families. —— the victims and their families. —— the haka. the people here have come to show solidarity with the muslim community and the families following the attack. earlier i spoke to two members of christchurch‘s interfaith society, which works to promote harmony between people of different religions. surinder tandon the group's hindu representative, and reverend andrew donaldson a methodist minister, told me what they would be doing to help bring people together. at this moment it is a time of mourning and providing help to the victims's family. a number of groups have offered the use of their meeting places for press and also they have offered food for the families and friends of the victims
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and also i must say that they have been holding vigils to offer and pay tribute to the victims. we don't quite is being done now but what about for the future to promote harmony? we will be planning an event and talking to the civic council about that. but christchurch isa council about that. but christchurch is a place where we do have good relationships between the various fates and cultures —— faith, and will want to develop that to produce some... some activity, some places where we can fit together, where we
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can pray. in terms of reaching out to your congregation, to people from your community. what are you saying to them to tie try to get past the mental trauma? to them to tie try to get past the mentaltrauma? yes, we are sort to them to tie try to get past the mental trauma? yes, we are sort of, you know, going through that phase right now and we wish to continue with everyday life, practising our faith and celebrating all cultures. we wish to continue with that but we would like a sense of security for our safety so we can keep doing and contributing to new zealand society, culturally, so we do not get bogged down by this incident.
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they were speaking to me earlier. as you can see, hear, we have been at this spot for hours, it is very close to the al noor mosque, one of the sites of the attack. people have been coming for hundreds of hours, leaving flowers, you heard the celebrations of the haka from of the maori people. tributes and messages of support for the victims, people coming to give food to the police officers who have been here all day. really, an outpouring of support in the christchurch community for this
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terrible act. we know it is new zealand's west terror attack. the security threat has gone from low to high, the highest it has ever been, soa high, the highest it has ever been, so a sense of shock but also the community coming together to have a sense of solidarity. we will continue to cover this. that's all for now from christchurch. it's back to you in london. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: after the worst mass shooting in new zealand's history — there are growing calls to tighten the country's gun laws. we talk to a gun control specialist. 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 —
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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 for the christian democrats of the west, offering reunification as quickly as possible, and that's what the voters wanted. this is bbc news, the latest headlines: fifty people have been confirmed
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dead in the attack on two mosques in new zealand. 35 people remain in hospital — thirteen are in critical condition. there've been tributes — and prayers — for the victims of the mass shooting. new zealand's prime minister has pledged to tighten the country's gun laws. let's stay with that main story now. the events in christchurch has re—opened the national debate about firearms laws with the prime ministerjacinda arden saying that new zealand's gun laws will change. philip alpers is a founding director of, run by the sydney school of public health. it looks at gun law policy around the world. hejoins me live from sydney. thank you so much for your time. firstly, i am wondering how new zealand could change that gun laws in order to tighten them? a very good question. it would be easy but
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whether they have the political will or not to do it we are yet to see. i ama or not to do it we are yet to see. i am a new zealander and ifeel quite strongly for what has been going on here, especially watching your coverage and... what i can say is that it would not be possible for this australian to have done this in this australian to have done this in this own country. the question now is whether he came to new zealand to do this largely because he knew that it was a soft touch for gun law. new zealand has some good gun laws. but there are large gaps. it is those gaps that allowed this tragedy to happen. it must be difficult for you asa happen. it must be difficult for you as a new zealander to watch what has happened. i wonder, as a new zealander to watch what has happened. iwonder, you as a new zealander to watch what has happened. i wonder, you say this could not happen in australia. what are the specific gun laws in australia that are different from new zealand that would stop this sort of mass attack? after the port arthur massacre in tasmania where 35
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people died the newly elected conservative prime ministerjohn howard took 12 days to wrangle all nine jurisdictions howard took 12 days to wrangle all ninejurisdictions in howard took 12 days to wrangle all nine jurisdictions in australia, howard took 12 days to wrangle all ninejurisdictions in australia, to states and territories, into agreeing to uniform gun law controls all over the country. quite stringent. they also brought back —— was back and destroyed or the semi— automatic firearms they could find in the country and i automatic firearms they could find in the country and 1 million guns we re in the country and 1 million guns were destroyed in the end. that is about 30% of the stock of guns in australia. if you did the same thing in the united states it would be 19 million guns. it was a huge effort and the most important part of that, probably, in the long—term was the registration of firearms right across australia. new zealand is almost alone with the united states and canada in not having, in not registering 94% of its firearms. it was that large gap in the law that
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facilitated this crime. briefly, would registration necessarily have stopped someone from still using those guns to commit such a horrible act? not the guns that are already in the community but it would stop this person or other people being supplied with guns on the grey market. at the moment you can sell semiautomatic firearms in a car park in new zealand with no requirement for documentation, no requirement to declare who sold the firearm to. police do not know where the guns are, who has them, how many there are, who has them, how many there are in the country because there is no register. thank you very much for that. tropical cyclone idai has struck central mozambique, killing at least 21 people and cutting off more than half a million residents across south east africa. in eastern zimbabwe, the storm swept away bridges and homes killing at least 2a people.
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it also affected neighbouring malawi, where over 50 people were killed. even before the cyclone made landfall in mozambique, heavy rains and flooding forced the evacutaion of thousands of people. bbc weather presenter sarah keith—lucas has tracked how cyclone idai swept acrsoss the region over the past three days. the cyclone has everything a trail of destruction across parts of south—east africa. the first cyclone to make landfall in mozambique in 2017 and at its strongest it produced gusts of over 230km/h as well is a significant storm surge. here is the cyclone on the satellite image. it is no longer a cyclone that it did make landfall in mozambique on thursday night and on through friday into saturday the storm system has slowly been edging its way further west through zimbabwe, malawi bringing torrential rain and flooding although the wind
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has now eased, the storm will be slow moving again through sunday into monday and we can see another 200, 400 millimetres of into monday and we can see another 200,400 millimetres of rain exacerbating the ongoing flooding problems. let's get some of the day's other news. tens of thousands of supporters of catalan independence have rallied in spain's capital madrid — in protest at an ongoing trial of twelve separatist leaders. protest organisers said 120,000 people attended — but spanish police put the number at just 18,000. the separatist leaders of catalonia's failed 2017 independence bid face rebellion charges. if convicted, some could face up to twenty five years in prison. a murder investigation has begun in italy after the mysterious death of a model who testified against the former prime minister silvio berlusconi in 2012. imane fadil was a regular guest of mr berlusconi at his sex parties. reports in the italian media say toxicology tests had shown that ms fadil died after being poisoned with a mix of radioactive substances.
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sporadic protests are taking place in various parts of algeria after the president postponed next month's elections without setting a new date. massive demonstrations on four successive fridays forced abdelaziz bouteflika to abandon his bid for a fifth term in office. protesters are calling on the eighty—two year old to step down immediately and for the ruling elite to go with him. the french president has returned to paris for crisis meetings after more violent clashes broke out in the centre of the french capital between french security forces and the yellow vest protesters. shops have been looted and more than 60 people arrested. the movement has been protesting every saturday for the past four months, against the government's economic policies as well as wider issues such as globalisation. our paris correspondent, lucy williamson, has more.
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central paris came under attack todayjust as it did in the early weeks of this protest. police used tear gas and water cannons to push back protesters among who the interior minister said were one and a half thousand professional thugs. security forces called on peaceful demonstrators to leave the capital as kiosks were set alight and shops, symbols of france's wealth, were smashed. the world —famous restaurant, fouquet‘s, was left ransacked. as the protest spread to nearby streets, 60 firefighters were called to tackle a blaze at a bank, a mother and her child were rescued from the apartment above. despite overtures by president macron and the transformation of some protest leaders into electoral candidates, some of this movement's original anger remains. translation: as a gilets jaunes, i'm not calling
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on emmanuel macron to resign. not at all. that is not the case for everyone, but it is for me. i'd like him to put in place a sixth republic with more fiscaljustice, more social justice, it seems he's arrogant, he does not like people, he despises them. translation: france is a rich country and that wealth should be shared with those who have less and less. unfortunately, the political decision, we won't stop saying that, and unfortunately the politicians who are now in power are making a situation worse and are not working for us. this was seen by some gilets jaune as a crucial day in their four—month protest, marking the end of a national debate, launched by the government to address the concerns. protest leaders have called this show of force an ultimatum, but there are those who hope it marks the last eruption of a movement whose momentum is fading.
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lets remind you of our main story this hour and show you some pictures that have just come in off the new zealand prime minister she is comforting community members there. she was meeting with islamic community leaders. this is just outside where she has been comforting people who are obviously very shocked and at set at those terror attacks. we know that 50 people have died. 35 remain in hospital and 13 in critical condition. the prime minister is due to make another speech in parliament later. if you are hoping for some warmer, drier and less windy spring weather you may have to wait another day or so. although things are slowly improving we still have some strong wind around and some snow over the hills. this was the picture on saturday. we had a lot of heavy rain over
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recent days that has brought flooding issues across wales, parts of northern and western england as well. through the day on sunday as low pressure drifts off towards the north sea we have many isobars on the map. windy conditions, not as wet or windy as it was on saturday, and sunday brings us a chilly start with some icy stretches through the morning. scattered showers and some of those showers will be falling as sleet and snow over the high ground in scotland, northern england and northern ireland. these are the temperatures first thing, one or two degrees above freezing. it will be below freezing in the countryside, a chilly start elsewhere, watch out for icy stretches. a day of sunshine and scattered showers so nice to see some sunshine but some showers will be quite happy with a chance of hail or thunder towards the north—west, sleet and snow over high ground. temperature wise, seven, 10 degrees at best on sunday,
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adding on the windchill it will be a chilly day out there. nowhere is immune to seeing showers. does not look like they will fade away into the evening hours and the wind will fall lighter as well. things are starting to change as we head to the work week. a chilly night to come under clear skies with light wind. temperatures are not far from freezing. minus fourorfive in the countryside across parts of scotland. through the day on monday we will see cloud and patchy rain moving in from the west so that is a week warm front arriving that for much of the country we should keep the blue sky and the sunshine on monday for much of the day. after the chilly start some mist and fog possible first thing in the east that should clear away. for eastern england it should save dry and bright throughout the day much less windy than recent days and temperatures will start to nudge up a little bit. into tuesday, a similar story with cloud and patchy rain in the west.
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clearer skies with sunshine further east. temperatures at nine or 12 degrees and looking ahead towards the middle part of the week temperatures start to warm up. we could see around 16 degrees through the middle part of the week, 00:29:16,583 --> 2147483051:51:23,007 less windy and there will be some 2147483051:51:23,007 --> 4294966103:13:29,430 sunshine around as well.
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