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i'm babita sharma with bbc news. our top story. new zealand's cabinet is meeting to look at ways of changing the country's gun laws, following the christchurch attacks. earlier, prime minister jacinda ardern opened a book of condolence this is newsday on the bbc, for victims of the attacks, live from christchurch. writing "together we are one. i'm sharanjit leyl. our top stories. they are us". counter—terrorism police have raided two homes in australia, new zealand's prime minister opens where the suspect a book of condolence brenton tarrant grew up. for victims of the christchurch his family have said attacks — writing "together they're devastated — we are one. they are us". she's set to discuss tightening gun and apologised to the relatives of those killed and wounded. and many of you are following laws with her cabinet. this story on bbc.com. rescue workers in papua province we speak to the man in indonesia have rescued a 5—month—old baby trapped who heroically tackled the gunman in a collapsed building and forced him to flee the scene after torrential rain triggered flash floods and landslides. at least 73 people have been at the second mosque shooting. killed in the floods. that's all. he drops his gun there and ran to stay with bbc world news. his car. when he arrived at his car he saw me chasing him with his own rifle, his own shotgun. as counter—terrorism police raid two homes in australia where the suspect brenton tarrant grew up,
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his family say they're devastated we are so sorry for the families over their. for the dead and the injured. it'sjust... over their. for the dead and the injured. it's just... can't over their. for the dead and the injured. it'sjust... can't think of anything else. just want to go home and hide. i'm babita sharma in london. also in the programme. flash flooding in the indonesian province of papua kills more than seventy people — as landslides hamper rescue efforts. ethiopia says flight data from the ethiopian airlines disaster shows "clear similarities" with the lionair crash last october. good afternoon. it's midnight in london and 1pm here in christchurch, new zealand, where thousands of people have been attending vigils across the country, in memory
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of the 50 people people killed in a gun attack on two mosques. it is happening right here where i am at the moment at the botanical gardens in the centre of christchurch. hundreds of people behind me attending the memorials in —— and the flower tributes. the bodies of the dead should be returned to all the families by the middle of the week. meanwhile the investigation continues. within the past couple of hours police in the australian state of new south wales say thejoint counter terrorism team has executed two search warrants in towns on the mid—north coast related to the investigation into friday's mass shootings. hywel griffith reports. grief has so many forms. but it's the one raw emotion that unites this country. among those mourning, a sports team whose goalie
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atta elayyan was cut down by the bullets. his coach today had this message for the man suspected of carrying out the terror attack. we're all one race, we're all human beings. we love each other. we have to love each other. otherwise, this sort of rubbish happens. we have to love each other. at the al noor mosque, members have been allowed to return outside to pray and bear witness. all of the bodies have been removed. burials will begin within hours. new zealand's prime minister has called on her country to stand against racism. jacinda ardern has confirmed that on the day of the attack, her office was sent a document by brenton tarrant, spelling out extremist views. but she says there wasn't time to act. i was one of more than 30 recipients of a manifesto that was mailed out nine minutes before the attack took place.
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it did not include a location. it did not include specific details. in australia, brenton tarra nt‘s grandmother says she's incredulous at what's happened. we're all gobsmacked. we don't know what to think. you know, the media's saying he's planned it for a long time so he's obviously not of sound mind, i don't think. two days after the shootings, the police are still combing christchurch for evidence. the scale of the crime scene here is enormous. days after the shooting, the police are still having to go street by street searching for bullet shells. this is one of the areas where the gunman took aim. khalad was in the mosque as the massacre unfolded. ten of his friends were killed. he watched as the gunman moved calmly from one to the next.
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my heart, really, it's broken. he was shooting just my friend's daughters, she was five years old. he was shooting from 15 or 20 metres, just like boom, boom, and shooting everyone, boom, boom. he's like an animal, he is not a man. he's not a man. but, remarkably in some, grief has inspired very different feelings. i lost my wife but i don't hate the killer. he is a person. ilove him. but i'm sorry, i cannot support what he did. but i think somewhere along in his life, maybe he was hurt. at christchurch hospital, under armed guard, surgery is continuing around the clock to treat those injured in the shooting. 12 patients remain critically ill.
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across the country, people are praying for them, holding public vigils. in wellington, 11,000 came to share their sorrow, to show their resolve. please remain standing as we observe one minute's silence. hywel griffith, bbc news, christchurch. so i'm at the botanical gardens here in christchurch where people have been coming all day to lay flowers for the victims. there simply dozens of bouquets, hundreds of bouquets of flowers here and they continue to build up. along with messages of support for their muslim neighbours and friends and for the community in general. earlier i spoke to raf manji who's chair of the finance and performance committee, for christchurch city council. it is incredible how many people are still coming out. even though people
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have gone back to work, all weekend they have come here to the botanical gardens and to the mosques to lay flowers a nd gardens and to the mosques to lay flowers and pay respect which is incredible. the mood is still sombre and the city is coming to terms. we are starting to see names and faces and stories and as people return to work and children returned to school they find out that they have lost a colleague or a friend that will be challenging. this is the week where the burials will happen so it is still a tough time but it feels like we have moved on to a more reflective place. the new met week meansjust reflective place. the new met week means just getting on with it and getting things done. of course, many questions are now being asked about the gun laws and the prime minister has said she will be bringing it up with the cabinet today, just how did brenton tarrant, who had a standard firearms licence get hold of semiautomatic guns. he had five guns
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found on him at the time. so do you think these laws will be changed quickly enough? hopefully. the prime minister has given us direction and courage and the government comes together i would like to see cross party support on this so from the national party as well. we had a discussion a few years ago after the las vegas shooting were similar weapons were used. is no las vegas shooting were similar weapons were used. is no reason las vegas shooting were similar weapons were used. is no reason for them at all. hunting and farming community does not need semiautomatic rifles. so the fact that someone can access this i’ , that someone can access this weaponry, it needs to be looked at seriously. this, like was in australia, will be the impetus needed. questions will be raised as to the intelligence gathering effo rts to the intelligence gathering efforts and why someone like this man was not captured. there has been concern that the focus was on islamic terrorism and the prime minister had that question put to her on radio new zealand today, being asked as to whether the security forces were aware of
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someone security forces were aware of someone like this and she said that her sense was that she was told security forces felt that white supremacist were not considered a threat. will that change? absolutely. my hope is that the intelligence and security committee will ask these questions and look at it. in some respects there has been a low—level tolerance of white supremacist groups, that they are just part of the fabric that they do not do anything. and you saw that from the gun club where this guy had been, where they said nothing is going to happen, theyjust talk about this stuff. but we saw defence forces guys who visited raise those issues. we do need to take this seriously and i think that will be the challenging conversation for this country in the coming weeks. actually casual prejudice, low—level racism, you need to stamp down on it. and that was the christchurch
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city council speaking to me earlier. we'll have more reaction from christchurch a little later . i have been here all weekend talking to people. but for now it's back to babita in london. let's take a look at some of the day's other news. at least 73 people have been killed in flash floods in the eastern indonesian province of papua. rescue workers are struggling to reach remote parts of the province, and there are fears the number of dead may rise. the search for victims continues in the town of sentani, one of the worst affected areas, and a small aircraft was partly crushed on the runway of jayapura airport. a 5—month—old baby who was trapped for hours under the rubble of a collapsed building was among the survivors. nga pham has more. they don't know his name, but his rescue was a small miracle. the baby was pulled out alive after being trapped for six hours under
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the damaged house of his parents. their whereabouts are unknown. the army has been mobilised to join the search and rescue efforts in the town of sentani, near the provincial capitaljayapura. they are battling mud, rocks and fallen trees, looking for survivors. the death toll, however, is expected to rise. more than 4,000 people have been evacuated from the affected areas. heavy torrential rain caused flash floods and landslides late on saturday. hundreds of houses and three bridges were badly damaged by the floods. the government has announced a 14—day state of emergency in papua. flooding is common in indonesia, especially during the rainy season from october to april.
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officials have warned that widespread deforestation is aggravating the risk of floods. also making news this hour: the philippines has become the second nation after burundi to formally withdraw from the international criminal court. president rodrigo duterte took the decision after the court launched an investigation into his government's deadly drug war, that saw thousands of people killed in police operations. the court says the proceedings will continue regardless, but mr duterte has said he will not cooperate. serbian police have used teargas against anti—government protesters who surrounded the presidential palace in the capital, belgrade. the demonstrators were attempting to block the entrance just as president vucic was due to deliver a speech. 0pposition supporters stormed a state—run television building at the weekend, claiming the president is sliding towards autocratic rule a claim he rejects. the us senator kirsten gillibrand
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has become the latest democrat to announce that she's running to become the party's candidate for president. in an online video made to announce her candidacy, ms gillibrand, who is from new york, made it clear that she saw the battle as one against the values of president trump. she is the sixteenth person to seek the democratic nomination. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: officials in ethiopia say flight data from the ethiopian airlines disaster a week ago suggest "clear similarities" with a crash off indonesia last october. today, we have closed the book on apartheid and that chapter. more than 3,000 subway passengers were affected.
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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 for the christian democrats of the west, offering reunification as quickly as possible, and that's what the voters wanted. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm babita sharma in london.
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our top stories: new zealand's prime minister has opened a book of condolence for victims of the christchurch attacks — writing: "together we are one. they are us". she's set to discuss tightening gun laws with her cabinet. counter—terrorism police have raided two homes in australia, where the suspect, brenton tarrant, grew up. his family say they're devastated by the attack. welcome back to christchurch, where the community has come together in the wake of events here. schools have reopened with special counsellors on hand to help children and teachers traumatised by the attack. and as the country has begun to come to terms with the massacre, tales of heroism, suffering, and incredible grace have began to emerge as clive myrie reports. a police helicopter surveys a scene
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of mass murder below. while on the ground nearby, an armed response stands ready just in case. members of christchurch‘s muslim community are gathering to volunteer. they must care for children now orphaned, help feed families that no longer have breadwinners. they must organise the burials of the dead. all this pain because of 30 minutes of madness. everyone was frightened. many caught up in the violence recorded the aftermath on their phones to bear witness. abdul aziz was in the linwood mosque. he was next to my 11—year—old son. so, that dead man there? yeah, because he shot him through the window. and he was standing next to your son? yeah. his four children were praying at the time. they survived. abdul aziz tried to tackle the killer. when i ran outside i saw two dead
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bodies on the floor and i saw one man with army clothes near his car and i yelled at him. i said, "who are you?" and i swore at him. i knew he wasn't an army person, or something. so he was dressed in army fatigues, army clothing? yeah, army clothing, everything army. he drops his gun there and runs to his car. when he runs to his car, he saw i was chasing him with his own rifle, with his own shotguns. that he'd discarded ? yeah, he discarded them on the floor. i just threw the shot on his car windows and smashed his window and at that time he got a bit frightened. the murderer got away, his twisted thoughts made real. it is believed his courage in taking on the killer helped save lives. 0ne ray of brightness on a dark day.
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many people behind me visiting the botanical gardens, where a memorial has sprung up. as well as the people from christchurch showing the support, the world's media is here. there are about a dozen tenants right across this area looking the botanical gardens and the flowers behind me. i've been speaking to kamala hayman, editor of the press, the largest newspaper in christchurch. we did have earthquakes eight years ago where 185 we did have earthquakes eight years ago where185 people died. but the stomach and that was very difficult, in many ways. but this feels much more upsetting because it was deliberate. it is distressing. we have people still going by visiting the memorials. we saw a woman well past wiping a tear from her eye. it
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has impacted everyone in the community massively. as the largest journalist in christchurch, your journalists have been out there covering this on the frontline. and we have the world's media, international media here as well. it is an busy week. we know counsellors have gone into the schools to try to help with the trauma that students and teachers may be facing, but what about your journalists? and teachers may be facing, but what about yourjournalists? it has been difficult for our journalists. many of us know people who were affected. we actually have a counsellor in our newsroom as well, so they can talk to him if they need support. we are quite a large news organisation across new zealand, and we have brought people in from across new zealand so all of ourjournalists does make so some of ourjournalists can have time. they are incredibly professional crew who want to stories. this is how we can contribute, by giving people news only stories of our community. so we wa nt to only stories of our community. so we want to contribute. you talk about the earthquake earlier, the
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devastating earthquake that killed nearly 200 people in 2011, how this town has rebuilt since then. so it isa town has rebuilt since then. so it is a resilient place, christchurch. it is and it isn't. that word resilient is used a lot. but i think people are tough, but people are also hurting. speaking to kamala hayman that they are. now it's back to babita in london. in other news, memorial services to remember victims of the ethiopian airlines crash have been held in addis ababa and nairobi. diplomats, relatives, and worshippers prayed for the souls of the 157 passengers who died in the crash last sunday. the ethiopian government is offering relatives bags of earth from the crash site to bury in place of loved ones, as identifying the bodies could take up to six months. the bbc‘s ferdinand 0mondi reports. it was a sombre mood inside the ethiopian orthodox church in nairobi.
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it has been a difficult week for many of them, from learning about the plane crash to absorbing the tragedy of the laws. several governments sent representatives to mourn the bereaved, from neighbouring countries to as far away as russia. passengers from more than 30 countries were on board the flight from addis ababa to nairobi. in ethiopia, similar scenes. relatives wept and threw themselves on the coffins of victims in the cathedral in the capital, addis ababa. some coffins contained charred earth from the crash site because it has not been possible to recover the bodies. families were told it could take up to six months to identify the remains.
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translation: what makes us depressed is the fact we didn't find any of her body parts. she was very brilliant, hope and future for her family and country. she was very kind to people. i don't know how to describe her. we are broken and bruised deeply and it is very difficult to speak. these people do not yet know why the plane carrying their loved ones crashed so tragically. it may take a while to get the answers. ethiopian government has said the investigations into the crash will take time. the pakistani economy is losing out on tens of millions of dollars because so many children in the country are suffering from stunted growth — according to a new report by the world bank. the condition occurs when children don't get the nutrients they need — irreversibly affecting their mental and physical growth. secunder kermani reports from the southern province of sindh. this boy is around three years old, but is much smaller and less than half the weight he should be. he has been suffering from chronic malnutrition and has now developed
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what is known as a stunted growth. it leaves a lifelong impact on children. they are smaller in growth as well as their mental activities are delayed as compared to a normal child. his walking abilities, he is not able to walk up to three years, even. across pakistan, one in every three children is a stunted, and it is not just a three children is a stunted, and it is notjust a health issue, it is affecting the country's economy too. ifa affecting the country's economy too. if a child is stunted it finds it more difficult to learn, more difficult to adapt, more difficult to grow in an environment that requires you to constantly adapt to newjobs and new opportunities. as such, it has a strong economic impact. in pakistan, the estimated impact. in pakistan, the estimated impact is 2—3% of gdp. we are losing a huge potential productivity for the country. the percentage of stu nted the country. the percentage of stunted children in pakistan has slightly decreased over the past five years, but it is still one of the highest rates in the world. when
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imran khan was elected prime minister last year, he promised that tackling stunted growth would be one of his priorities. spending on healthcare is increasing, but there's no single solution. villages like this need to be lifted out of poverty so the families here can afford to buy the food they need, and there also needs to be improvements to sanitation, and increased awareness about nutrition and family—planning. his mother's story is typical of many rural women, married off at a young age, she has nine children and her husband struggles to provide for them. translation: all we have to eat is bread, yoghurt, and chile. we cannot afford things like fish, chicken, or meat. in the hospital's maternity ward, many of the mothers to be are malnourished themselves. that means that children are more likely to be stu nted.
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that children are more likely to be stunted. there's a cycle that pakistan needs to break, for their sake and the country's. secunder kermani, bbc news, sindh province. we had back to sharanjit leyl in christchurch. you have been there for a few days now, and people still coming out in large numbers to pay their respects where you are, and their respects where you are, and the botanical gardens. that's rate. it has been extraordinary. we arrived at the day after the attack on saturday. over the weekend there was an overwhelming response from residents of christchurch, memorials are sprung residents of christchurch, memorials are sprung up all over the city, not just here at the botanical gardens. yesterday we were reporting from deans avenue, which is really close to the al—nuri mosque, one of the sides of the attack. a memorial had come up there. that grew in size to almost the bass almost double the
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size. there was an outpouring of love to really counter the eight that inspired friday's attack. you see the flowers but there were songs being performed. an amazing show of solidarity here in christchurch. it has been a weekend of wild weather. we have seen heavy snowfall, heavy rain that has caused flooding across parts of england and wales. strong winds, particularly on saturday. by sunday it was a day of sunshine and showers. this was the scene in dover, in kent. we had huge insha'allah clouds. equally blue sky and gusty winds around. all in all, very unsettled weather. we have high pressure building in from the south—west. weather fronts trying to move in from the north—west of the country. it will not be dry across
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the board. through this week we are looking at a much drier weather picture. less windy. you will be pleased to hear that things will be turning a little bit milder, too. although it will be quite a chilly start to monday. this is dawn. the temperatures will be subzero in is for some areas. a touch of rust taylor was the south—east of england. cloudier skies in the west, so temperature is not as low. with that cloud in the west there will be patchy rain on monday across northern ireland, western scotland, and western fridges of england and wales. that is likely to stay dry through the day was sunny spells, cloud building through the afternoon. temperatures on monday still not great for the time of year. a degree also warmer than we have seen in recent days. 8— 12 degrees or so. at least we have lost that winter we have seen recently. looking further ahead through monday evening and overnight into tuesday, again we have quite a lot of cloud around. could be the odd clearer speu around. could be the odd clearer spell allowing those temperatures to dipjust down, a touch of spell allowing those temperatures to dip just down, a touch of frost here and there. for most of us it is looking reasonably mild moving through into tuesday. a reasonably dry start on the day. a few spots of rain across parts of northern
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ireland, scotland, into wales. that is courtesy of this weather system, a juanfran trying to move on from the west on tuesday. a fairly weak affair. it bumps into the whole pressure holding on in the south. and quite a bit of cloud around. not a bad day on tuesday. a little light rainfor a bad day on tuesday. a little light rain for scotland and perhaps in the irish sea coast ‘s. that is where you are likely to stay dry through the day. top temperatures 12— 1a degrees or so. not bad for the time of year. through the middle of the week, wednesday, the spring equinox. it looks largely settled and dry. sunshine breaking through the cloud. it should be generally reasonably mild. temperatures widely up to 13— 14 mild. temperatures widely up to 13— 1a degrees. because here hires up to 16-17 1a degrees. because here hires up to 16— 17 celsius. things are warming up 16— 17 celsius. things are warming upa 16— 17 celsius. things are warming up a little as we had through the week. towards the end of the week sunny spells, and it is looking much less windy than it has over the past week or so. ifor less windy than it has over the past week or so. i for now. less windy than it has over the past week or so. ifor now. —— goodbye for now.
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