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this is bbc news. the headlines: new zealand's prime minister, jacinda ardern, has again pledged tougher gun controls following the attack on two mosques in christchurch. her comments came after emotional you're watching bbc news. meetings with members of the islamic i'm reged ahmad. community in wellington. other security measures include our top stories: an increased police presence new zealand's prime minister has at mosques and schools. again pledged tougher gun controls following the attack on two the number of people killed in the mass shooting has mosques in christchurch. risen to 50. 35 people remain in hospital. 13 are in a critical condition. we cannot be deterred from the work a 28—year—old australian man that we need to do on our gun laws has been charged with murder. in new zealand. they need to change. in other news, french president regardless of what activity may emmanuel macron has cut short a holiday to hold an emergency or may not have happened with gun retailers, they will change. earlier, she held emotional meetings meeting in paris after yellow vest with islamic leaders and other protesters attacked shops and members of the islamic community in wellington. set fire to a bank in the city. singing the interior minister described some of the protesters as ultra—violent meanwhile, crowds have been gathering in christchurch and looking for trouble. to pay their respects and lay flowers. 50 people are now known to have died, while 13 remain in a critical condition.
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and in other news, president macron has condemned violent protests by yellow vest protesters in paris, shops were looted and barricades set alight. hello and welcome. it's been a day of mourning and remembrance as the people of christchurch turn out to show support and remember the victims of friday's terror attacks. 50 people are now confirmed to have died. 35 are in hospital. earlier in wellington, prime ministerjacinda ardern met people at the kilbirnie mosque. it was an emotional gathering for many people left shocked by the attack. the prime minister laid flowers and shared some emotional moments. and then she went from there
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to parliament to give the update on the ongoing status of the victims, security operations and criminal proceedings in the wake of the attack. many of you will know that today i went to kilbirnie mosque to lay flowers with wellington mayor justin lester and to meet with islamic community leaders. their message was one of gratitude, for the outpouring of love that they have experienced from the people of wellington. and an acknowledgement of the grief that the community feels. as the police commissioner confirmed this morning, 50 people have been killed and 3a people remain in christchurch hospital, 12 of them in the intensive care unit in critical condition. a li—year—old girl remains in a critical condition at starship hospital in auckland. i can confirm that the bodies
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of those who have died are beginning to be returned to their families from this evening. it is likely, however, to be a small number to begin with. it is the expectation that all bodies will be returned to families by wednesday. to help ensure this happens as quickly as possible, we are receiving support from six disaster victim identification staff from australia. she also gave details of the document that was emailed to more than 30 organisations across the country just before the attack. i was one of more than 30 recipients of a manifesto that was mailed out nine minutes before the attack took place. it did not include a location. it did not include specific details. i am advised that within two minutes of its receipt, in at least my office,
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it was conveyed directly to parliamentary security. but the assurance i want to give is that had it provided details that could have been acted on immediately, it would have been. but there, unfortunately, were no such details in the e—mail. reporter: was that pretty chilling for you to receive, in a broader sense, as i understand, it was a general e—mail address? it was, it did not go directly to me, i did not directly receive it. and, as i say, it went to over30 e—mails, including media, including the parliamentary tourism desk, it went quite widely. but again, the fact that there was an ideological manifesto with extreme views attached to this attack, of course, is deeply disturbing. the prime minister was also asked
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what she felt about the way live streaming of the attack had been spread on social media platforms. certainly, i've had contact from sheryl sandberg. i have not spoken to her directly, but she has reached out an acknowledgement of what has occurred here in new zealand. and this is an issue that i will look to be discussing directly with facebook. now, the police have also been speaking about how they are continuing to deal with the events in christchurch. the deputy commissioner spoke of the tremendous support they are receiving from the leaders of the country's muslim community. this is totally unprecedented in our history, in our modern history. we are working closely with imams locally and nationally and we have
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assembled them all here in christchurch. the support of the muslim leaders and their communities has been exceptional. in the past few hours, myself and judge marshall, chief coroner, have met with the leaders from the muslim community to discuss the process from here on in. in terms of how we manage the release of their loved ones. many of their families know that although they have not been formally identified, they are missing, presumed deceased. oursole focus is to get the loved ones back and to follow the cultural traditions such as the washing and shrouding of their loved ones, and we have made premises available to carry out these sensitive cultural issues. we are working closely with the christchurch hospital and
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funeral directors within the christchurch area. the only comfort that we can provide to these grieving families is to return the family members to them as expediently as we can and we are working very hard to make this happen. earlier, the chief coronerjudge, deborah marshall, told the public about the care the bodies of the victims are being treated with. we are very aware in the colonial service of the cultural issues surrounding this, and we are doing everything that we can to manage the process in a culturally appropriate way. the coroners are working as quickly as possible to allow the families to have their loved ones back. there are several people still in hospital, many in critical condition. earlier, the chief of surgery
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at the canterbury district health board gave an update to the media. it is, 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 gunshot wounds, we do see all these type of 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, it's when you go home and you think about it. when people come into hospital in an event like this, particularly with gunshot wounds,
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there are things that we need to do initially in terms of saving life and saving limbs, so our initial surgery, after having the patients triaged, is to deal with the life—threatening problems, what we call damage—control surgery. that's trying to stop bleeding, making sure 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'm sure you have all done that. so, once the damage control was done, people — then we move down to the next layer of severity of injury and we deal with those problems as they go. so, you might imagine someone who has had a major bleeding problem, we'll deal with that major bleeding problem, but we won't perhaps deal with their other lesser injuries and that is why they need to go back
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to theatre the next time around. and the less significant injuries are left for last, so that is why some of the people are needing to go to theatre two, three, four times. there are also situations where people have, i guess, an unrecognised complication or a bleeding issue that occurs subsequent to the surgery that they've had. with high—velocity weapons, they cause a barotrauma, damage to the tissues that we are trying to preserve as much of as possible without removing tissue that might be useful for them in the long term. so, we do the minimum and come back and re—explore or redo procedures again at a subsequent occasion. we have been hearing a lot about the prime minister talking about a release of a provisional list of the missing. we are also seeing more details emerging about some of those who lost their lives in
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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 tranquillity. 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 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
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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 have told his wife that he was killed during friday prayers. one of his teenage sons is also missing. haji 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.
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nobody believed, nobody was even imagining that in new zealand, which is a peace—loving country, such a situation arises. in the coming days, we will learn more about the lives lost and the anguish of the families who grieve. daniela relph, bbc news. facebook is also tweeted about the new zealand attack. they are reporting that in the first 2a hours, they removed 1.5 million video —— videos of the attack globally, which over 1.2 million we re globally, which over 1.2 million were blocked at the point of upload. they oppose it that out of respect for the people affected by the tragedy and the concerns of local authorities, they are also removing all edited versions of the video that do not show graphic content. that is pertinent because the new zealand prime minister has been talking about how she wants to talk to facebook at some point about the
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issues involved there. stay with us on bbc world news. still to come: a murder investigation has begun in italy after the mysterious death of a model who testified against the former prime minister silvio berlusconi. 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. now, this was an international trophy
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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: new zealand's prime minister has again pledged tougher gun controls, following the attack on two mosques in christchurch. earlier, jacinda ardern held emotional meetings with islamic leaders and other members of the islamic community in wellington. 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.
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philip alpers is a founding director of run by the sydney school of public health. it looks at gun law policy around the world. i asked him how new zealand could change its gun laws? it would be easy but whether or not they have the political will, we are yet to see. i am from new zealand and i felt quite strongly about what has been going on here. especially seeing your coverage. and what i can say is that it would not be possible for this australian to have done this in his 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 does have some good gun laws but there are large gaps and it is those gaps that allowed this tragedy to happen. it must be quite difficult for you as a new zealander to watch what has happened.
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i wonder, you say this could not happen in australia. what are the specific laws in australia that are different to new zealand that would stop this kind of massive attack? after the port arthur massacre in tasmania where 35 people died, the newly—elected conservative prime ministerjohn howard took 12 days to wrangle all nine jurisdictions in australia, states and territories, into agreeing to uniform gun control laws right across the country. quite stringent. they also bought back and destroyed all the semiautomatic firearms they could find in the country and 1 million guns were destroyed in the end. it is about 30% of the stock of guns in australia. if you did the same thing in the united states it would be 90 million guns.
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so it was a huge effort and the most important part of that in the long—term was the registration of firearms right across australia. now 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 facilitated this crime. just 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 they would stop this person or other people from being supplied with guns on the grey market, as they call it. at the moment you can sell semiautomatic firearms in a pub car park in new zealand with no requirement to keep documentation, no requirement to declare who sold the firearm to. the police don't know where the guns are, who has them, how many there are in the country as there is no register of firearms.
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and that was so they're telling us about gun control in new zealand and australia. we have a lot more in the aftermath of the terror attack in new zealand on our website. we will continue our coverage here on bbc news. now to other news, and the french president has returned to paris for a crisis meeting after more violent clashes broke out in the centre of the french capital between french security forces and gilets jaunes — or "yellow vest" — protestors. 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. 0ur paris correspondent, lucy williamson, has more. central paris came under attack today, just as it did in the early weeks of this protest. explosion. police used tear gas and water cannons to push back protesters
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among whom, 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 along the champes—elycees, 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 on emmanuel macron to resign. not at all. that's not the case
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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 their 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. 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.
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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 1st, a month after being admitted to hospital in milan with severe stomach pains. her lawyer said she expressed a fear she'd been poisoned. one of italy's leading newspapers, corriere della sera, reported toxicology results from samples sent from the hospital to a specialist laboratory suggested the presence of radioactive substances, including 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. imane fadil was thrown into the public spotlight in 2012 when she testified in the case of the former italian prime minister silvio berlusconi.
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she had been a regular guest at 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 milan. initially convicted, he was acquitted on appeal. speaking from milan, he gave this reaction miss fadil‘s death. translation: it's always a pity when a young person dies. i never met this person, never talked to her. what i read of her statements made me think that everything was invented, absurd. the 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, accusations he denies. italian media say miss fadil had been writing about her experiences for a future book. it's reported magistrates investigating her death have
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obtained a copy of the manuscript. caroline rigby, bbc news. let's get some of the day's other news. 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 by torrential rain since saturday which triggered the floods. 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. for over two years, former us vice presidentjoe biden has refused to answer the question: will he run for president in the 2020 election? should he enter the race,
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the 76—year—old would join a packed field of more than a dozen democratic candidates hoping to challenge donald trump. speaking at a rally in deleware on saturday evening mr biden says —— speaking at a rally in delaware on saturday evening mr biden says he mispoke — after giving the impression his campaign is already underway i get criticised by the new left. i have the most progressive record of anybody running. . .anybody who would run. cheering of anybody who would run. former us vice president joe biden there — getting confused during a speech — or letting slip he will make a run for the white house in 2020. whichever he decides i am sure you
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will hear it here on bbc news. 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. 0n 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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