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this is bbc 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. 13 are in critical condition. you're watching bbc news, i'm reged ahmad. our top stories: new zealand's prime ministerjacinda ardern has met islamic leaders and members of the islamic 50 people are confirmed dead in the attack on two mosques community in wellington. in new zealand. 13 people remain in critical she's pledged to tighten the country's gun laws, condition in hospital. and is set to make a statement shortly. among those paying tribute a 28—year—old australian man has to the victims of the mass shooting, the relative of a man who died been charged with murder. trying to stop the attacker. i did not see an iota french president emmanuel of fear in his eyes, macron has cut short a holiday and that made me proud. to hold an emergency meeting what a brave man he was. in paris after yellow vest protesters attacked shops and set fire to a bank in the city. new zealand's prime ministerjacinda the interior minister described some ardern has met members of the protesters as "ultra of the islamic community in wellington. she's pledged to tighten violent" and "looking for trouble." the country's gun laws. this is the scene live in christchurch, where crowds have gathered to pay their respects and lay flowers. and in other news, president macron has condemned violent protests by yellow vest protestors in paris.
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shops were looted and barricades set alight. 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. we are very close to these site to be mosque which was the first mosque attack. people have been coming here and showing solidarity all day. you can probably hear behind me, this is
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a maori tribe showing their respects here at the floral tribute that has in building up throughout the day. —— been building. just having a listen to their wonderful chant. a real show of solidarity among all the communities here in new zealand. let's listen in. maori perform the haka. as you can see, an extraordinary display as people continue to show their support for the victims, their families, and of course their rejection of the hate that inspired friday's attack. on friday we heard from the head surgeon of the canterbury health board.
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it is, uh, it is a bit challenging for people, you know, we are all part of the community and we are struggling with it as much as everyone else is. this is not something that we expected to see in our environment. we do see gunshots wounds, and do see all these type injuries but a0 or 50 people in a day is more than what we should see. so our staff are doing remarkably well. part of the reason that we are trying to take some of the pressure off 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, but it's when you go home and you think about it. when people come into hospital in an event like this, particularly gunshot wounds, there are things that we need to do initially in terms of saving life and saving limbs, so our initial surgery, after having the patient triaged is to deal with the life—threatening problems — what we call damage—control surgery,
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that's trying to stop bleeding, making aure the airway is intact and the circulation system effectively is preserved. the abcs that you would all probably remember from your cpr days of training — i am sure you have all done that. so once the damage control was done, people, then we moved down to the next layer of severity of injury. and we deal with those problems as they go. you might imagine someone who has had a major bleeding problem, we deal with that major bleeding problem, but we won't perhaps deal with the other lesser injuries and that is why they need to go back to theatre the next time around. the less significant injuries are left for last so that is why some of the people have needed to go to theatre two, three, four times.
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there are also situations with people have i guess an unrecognised complication or bleeding issue that occurs subsequent to the surgery that they've had. with high velocity weapons, they cause a barotrauma, damage to the tissue, that we are trying to preserve as much of as possible without removing tissue that might be useful for them in the long—term. we do the minimum and come back and re—explore or re—do procedures again at a subsequent occasion. that was the head of surgery, greg robertson, speaking earlier. as you can see behind me those floral tributes continue coming for the victims and their families. as you heard earlier as well, the death toll has risen to 50. hywel griffith has this report. to show their grief,
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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. it took 36 minutes from the first emergency call for the suspects to be apprehended. he left behind an enormous, complicated crime scene. only now have the police been able to locate all of the bodies. as of last night we were able to take all of the victims from both of those scenes. and in doing so, we have located a further victim. so that brings the number of
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those who have died to 50. after all the fear and violence this city experienced on friday, this is the natural heartfelt response, people wanting to come and stand together, to grieve together, and show their solidarity. they want to help those whose lives have been changed forever. it hasjust touched a lot of hearts in christchurch for everyone, is specially asked. we are immigrants, we came here to make a life. and that queue of family friends who were killed... they were pa rt of friends who were killed... they were part of it. clear that every community, every culture, is welcome here. the victims with their friends, and their neighbours. our hearts go out to them. our hearts go out to them. they are our people as well. they are citizens of this nation. a city struck out years ago bya nation. a city struck out years ago by a natural disaster is once again bearing in calc you will loss, but
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following the maori message, kea kaha, and following the maori message, kea ka ha, and staying following the maori message, kea kaha, and staying strong. more details are emerging about those who lost their lives, including many a cts lost their lives, including many acts of bravery. the bbc spoke to the brother of one man, from pakistan, he was seen in the video of the attack tackling the gunman before he was shot. 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, naeem rashid was seen confronting the gunman. i saw that video and the first
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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 14 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. one of his teenage sons is also missing. daoud nabi was 71. he ran the afghan association at the mosque.
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relatives have described his death as an act of cowardice. the family of farhaj ahsan 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 and the anguish of the families who agree. daniela relph, bbc news. as you saw at the start of the programme would the maori tribe performing the haka, people here have been coming for hours to show their tributes and a sense of solidarity with the big inns and theirfamilies, solidarity with the big inns and their families, and of solidarity with the big inns and theirfamilies, and of course solidarity with the big inns and their families, and of course this is transcending culture. —— with the
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victims. earlier i spoke to the christchurch interface society, i spoke to two members and ask them what they are trying to do to promote harmony between the faiths. i spoke to reverend andrew donaldson, a methodist minister, as well as the group's into representative, and based —— they told me what they would do to try to create harmony between the different faiths. at this moment, you know, it is kind of a time of mourning and providing morla support to the victims's families and friends, and that's what we are doing. from the council, i know that a number of groups have offered the use of their meeting places for the prayers and also they have offered food for the families and friends of the victims, and also i must say that they have
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been holding vigils to offer, to pay tribute to the victims. we know that's being done now but what is being done for the future, to try to create more of a harmony between the different groups because of this awful act? council are going to be meeting this week, the interfaith council. we will be planning an event and we will be talking to the civic council about that. but, i mean, christchurch is a place where we do have good relationships between the various faiths and various cultures, and we will be wanting to develop that to produce some... ..some activity, some places where we can fit together, where we can pray and respond. in terms of reaching out to your congregation, to people from your community, what are you having to say to them now to try to get past the mental trauma, presumably, that this has unleashed?
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yes, we are sort of, you know, going through that phase right now and we wish to continue with a routine life, you know, practising ourfaith and celebrating all cultures. we wish to continue with that but we would like a sense of security for our safety so that we keep doing and contributing to new zealand society, culturally, professionally, economically, so we do not want to get bogged down by this incident. that was representatives from the
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christchurch interfaith society, speaking to me earlier. as you can see here, we have been at this spot for hours, it is very close to the masjid al noor mosque, the site of one of the attacks on friday, and people have just been coming here one of the attacks on friday, and people havejust been coming here in their hundreds for hours, leaving floral tributes. you heard the extraordinary haka ceremony by the maori community that were here just a few minutes earlier. we see yet more people coming, a big team, a sporting team are about to come over to also leave their tributes. it is not just floral tributes and m essa 9 es not just floral tributes and m essa g es of not just floral tributes and messages of support for the families and victims. there has also been people coming to give food, the police officers who have been here all day, they have had to cordon off the street leading to the mosque. we saw people giving them food as well. really and out pouring of support here in the christchurch community for this terrible act. —— an
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outpouring. it is new zealand's worst terror attack on the security level has gone from low to the worst it has ever been for this country, so it has ever been for this country, so there is a real shock —— sense of shock and horror, but also of a community coming together to have a sense of solidarity for everybody here. that is it from me. we will continue to cover this. actor you in london. —— back to you. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: 50 people have been confirmed dead in the attack on two mosques in new zealand. 35 people remain in hospital, 13 are in critical condition. new zealand's prime minister, jacinda ardern, has met members of the islamic community in wellington. she's pledged to tighten the country's gun laws. let's stay with our top story now. the attack in christchurch happened with the security services seemingly knowing nothing about the assailant. how good are the authorities at tracking extremists?
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greg barton is an extremism expert and chair of global islamic politics at deakin university in melbourne. professor, thank you so much for your time. you are a global islamic politics expert and i wonder whether the techniques we have seen used at tracking islamic state sympathises and examine extremism can be used to track members of the far right who might perpetrate a violent act. absolutely, they can. we are not dealing with different —— mechanisms of radicalisation or even vastly different ideas. they are more similarthan different ideas. they are more similar than you imagine. different ideas. they are more similarthan you imagine. the problem is most terror attacks in recent yea rs problem is most terror attacks in recent years including we have seen a lot of far right attacks, but attacks from islamic state as well have been mostly loan acts, single
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individuals, a small group of people working outside of a network communication situation, so those al qaeda attacks last weekend —— last decade we are not saying thanks to intelligence. but we are seeing other attacks and that is a real challenge, the challenge is it is people who previously were not really considered a priority and we haven't had the resources to keep them under surveillance. much has been made about the role of social media in this. people have been talking about certain forums where people pose a lot of extremist, far right extremist views. can moore be done to try and find those people on social media, or is it an impossible task? more can and needs to be done, but there are still two separate things. one is to produce material online including standard sites like facebook, youtube and twitter. the second is to pay attention to people
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who are simply posting stuff and talking big to people who are changing behaviour and whether they indicate they will move towards violent action and that is the heart of it. you talk about the social media organisations. does they need to be legislation? what needs to happen for them to take some of this material seriously? they are taking it seriously. they put resources into this but your question about legislation, it does appear that you cannot rely upon social media companies by themselves to sufficiently prioritise what needs to be done. there will need to be some force based upon them. the algorithms on social media platforms, that creates not by design by accident and environment for more and more extremist material to come up. there is so much extremism in mainstream politics, so many politicians things that were
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u nsalea ble many politicians things that were unsaleable but how do you distinguish simply regurgitating that from people who are moving and taking violent action? professor, i am sure this issue will continue to be discussed and unpicked. an extremism expert at deakin university in melbourne, thank you very much for your time. the french president has returned to paris for a crisis meeting after more violent clashes broke out in the centre of the french capital. they were between french security forces and giletsjaunes — or ‘yellow vest‘ protesters. shops were 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. central paris came under attack today, just as it did in the
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early weeks of this protest. police used tear gas and water cannons to push back protesters among who the interior minister said were 1,500 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's not the case for everyone, but it is for me. i'd like him to put in place a 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, it's a political decision, we won't stop saying that, and unfortunately, the politicians who are now in power are making our situation worse and are not working for us. this was seen by some as a crucial day in their a—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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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 12 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 25 years in prison. 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 82—year—old to step down immediately and for the ruling elite to go with him. flash floods in indonesia's easternmost province papua have killed at least 42 people and left 21 badly injured. the sentani area near the provincial capitaljayapura has been hit
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by torrential rain since saturday, which triggered the floods. a murder investigation has begun in italy after the mysterious death of a moroccan model who gave evidence in court against the former prime minister silvio berlusconi. italian media reports say tests show that imane fadil who was a regular at mr berlusconi's notorious ‘bunga bunga' sex parties was poisoned with radioactive substances. caroline rigby has more. the 33—year—old died on march the first a month after being admitted to hospital in the ——in malan with severe stomach pains. she expressed a fear she had been poisoned. one of italy's leading newspapers reported toxicology reports from samples sent from the hospital to a specialist laboratory suggested the presence of radioactive substances including
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cobalt in her system. though this has not been confirmed by italian prosecutors who say doctors have not identified with any certainty any pathology which could explain the model's death. she was thrown into the public spotlight in 2012 when she testified in the case of the former italian prime minister silvio bella stoney. she had been a regular guest that his notorious sex parties and became a key witness during the trial. the former italian prime minister was accused of paying for sex with an underage prostitute at one such gathering at his private villa in malan. initially convicted, he was acquitted on appeal. speaking from malan, he gave this reaction to her death. translation: it is always a pity when a young person dies. i never met this person, never talked to her. what i read of her state m e nts to her. what i read of her statements made me think everything was invented, absurd. the
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82—year—old former premier is now on trial for 82—year—old former premier is now on trialfor bribing a 82—year—old former premier is now on trial for bribing a witness to give false testimony and is being investigated further for witness tampering. the accusations he denies. italian media say the woman had been writing about her experiences for a future book. it is reported magistrates investigating her death have obtained a copy of the manuscript. caroline rigby, bbc news. a reminder of our top story: it's now known that 50 people were killed in friday's attack on two mosques in the new zealand city of christchurch. let's show you these pictures that have come in. prime ministerjacinda ardern has met members of the muslim community in wellington at kilbirnie mosque. she met some community leaders earlier. here she is, hugging and comforting members of the community who have been clearly, obviously quite emotional and shocked by the attack. they have been ongoing tributes, floral tributes as well
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near the mosque as people come to terms with the attack. the new zealand prime minister will be making a statement in parliament shortly. if you are hoping for some warmer, drier and less windy spring weather, you might have to wait another day or so, although things are slowly improving. we've still got some strong winds around and some snow over the hills on sunday. this was the picture on saturday in conwy, north wales. we've had a lot of heavy rain over recent days that has brought some flooding issues across wales, parts of northern and western england too. now, through the day on sunday, as low pressure drifts off towards the north sea, we've still got a lot of isobars on the map, so still some fairly windy conditions. not as wet or as windy as it was on saturday, but sunday brings us a fairly chilly start, some icy stretches through the morning, scattered showers, and some of those showers will be falling as sleet and snow over the higher ground in scotland, northern england and northern ireland too. so, this is the temperatures first thing, just a degree or so above freezing in the north
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in our towns and cities. it will be below freezing in the countryside, a chilly start really wherever you are. do watch out for those icy stretches across northern ireland, scotland, northern england and north wales. now, through the day, it'll be a day of sunshine and scattered showers, so it'll be nice to see a bit of sunshine, but some of those showers will be quite heavy, chance of hail or thunder particularly towards the north—west, some sleet and snow over the higher ground too. temperature—wise, just 7 to 10 degrees at best on sunday. when you add on the wind chill, it will feel pretty chilly out there through the day. so, nowhere immune to seeing those showers. it does look like they'll fade away on into the evening hours and the winds will fall lighter too, so things are starting to change as we head on into the new working week. quite a chilly night to come for much of the uk under those clear skies with light winds, temperatures not far from freezing. even a few degrees below. could be seeing “11 or —5 in the countryside across parts of scotland for instance. through the day on monday, we will see the cloud and some patchy rain moving in from the west, so that's on this fairly weak warm front arriving here. but for much of the country actually, we should keep the blue
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sky and the sunshine on monday for much of the day. after that chilly start, some mist and some fog possible first thing in the east, that should clear away. you can see the cloud building in from the west, bringing some patchy rain to northern ireland, western parts of scotland, perhaps into the north—west of england and wales too. for eastern scotland and for eastern england, should stay dry and bright throughout the day, much less dramatic, much less windy than recent days and temperatures will start to nudge up a little bit too. on into tuesday, a similar story. we've got the cloud and patchy rain in the west and the north—west. clearer skies with some sunshine further east. temperatures around about 9 to perhaps 12 degrees or so by the time we get to tuesday. and looking ahead towards the middle part of the week, those temperatures will start to warm up a bit. so we could see around about 16 degrees through the middle part of the week. it'll be less windy and there'll be some sunshine around too. bye for now.
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