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you are watching bbc news. i am babita sharma. our top story: new zealand's cabinet is meeting to look at ways of changing the country's gun laws, following the christchurch attacks. this is newsday on the bbc, earlier, prime ministerjacinda live from christchurch. ardern opened a book of condolence i'm sharanjit leyl. for victims of the attacks — writing: "together we are one. they are us". counter—terrorism police have raided our top stories: new zealand's prime minister opens two homes in australia — a book of condolence where the suspect, for victims of the christchurch brenton tarrant, grew up. attacks, writing his family have said they're devastated — "together we are one. and apologised to the relatives they are us". of those killed and wounded. she's set to discuss tightening gun laws with her cabinet. and many of you are following this story on we speak to the man rescue workers in papua province who heroically tackled the gunman in indonesia have rescued and forced him to flee the scene a five—month—old baby trapped in a collapsed building at the second mosque shooting. after torrential rain triggered flash floods and landslides. at least 73 people have been he drops his gun there and ran to his car. when he arrived at his car he saw me killed in the floods. chasing him with his own rifle, his own shotgun. that's all. stay with bbc world news. as counter—terrorism police raid two homes in australia where the suspect and the top story in the uk: brenton tarrant grew up, his family say they're devastated theresa may's brexit deal won't return to the commons this
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we're so sorry for the families over there. for the and the injured. we can't think of anything else. just wa nt to can't think of anything else. just want to go home and high. i'm babita sharma in london. also in the programme: flash flooding in the indonesian province of papua kills more than 70 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 1am in london and 2pm here in christchurch, new zealand, where thousands of people have been attending vigils across the country, in memory of the fifty people people killed in a gun attack on two mosques. the bodies of the dead should be
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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 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,
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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. 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.
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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. 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.
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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. 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.
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so i'm at the botanical gardens here in christchurch where people have been coming all day to lay flowers for the victims. earlier i spoke to raf manji who's chair of the finance and performance committee, for christchurch city council. 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 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,
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who had a standard firearms licence get hold of semiautomatic guns. he had five guns 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 where similar weapons were used. there's no reason for them at all. the hunting and farming community does not need semiautomatic rifles. so the fact that someone can access this weaponry, it needs to be looked at seriously. this, like it was in australia, will be the impetus needed. we'll have more reaction from christchurch a little later in the programme, but for now it's
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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 the damaged house of his parents. their whereabouts are unknown. the army has been mobilised to join
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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. officials have warned that widespread deforestation is aggravating the risk of floods. also making news this hour:
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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 has become the latest democrat theresa may
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vote will not be put to parliament this week if she can persuade enough conservative politicians to support it. the us senator kirsten gillibrand 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. 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. our top stories:
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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 of mass murder below. while on the ground nearby, an armed response stands ready
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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 bodies on the floor and i saw one man with army clothes near his car and i yelled at him.
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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. ijust threw the shotgun 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's believed abdul aziz‘s courage in taking on the killer helped save lives. 0ne ray of brightness on a dark day. my colleague clive myrie has been speaking to the mayor of christchurch, lianne dalziel.
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it has been this real disbelief that this could happen here in christchurch. i think the reality is we were chosen for a reason, we are a safe city and a safe country, and that is why this happened here. i am not going to give voice to the hatred and the expressions that seem to be the motives behind this. but i am pleased to see city leaders around the world standing up against islamophobia, standing up against racism, standing up against all of those things that drive this form of hatred. at the extreme end. this is an extremist act. i have spoken to many in the muslim community here over the last couple of days and they say that what happens does not reflect the attitudes of the vast majority of people, not just
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reflect the attitudes of the vast majority of people, notjust in christchurch but across the country. that's right. i have been visiting with some of the family members, and they have in using words, like, in all the time that i have lived here, and people have lived here for yea rs, and people have lived here for years, they have said, you know, not one word has come from lips to say to me ina one word has come from lips to say to me in a bad way anything. and that, to me, was a very powerful expression. i know that's not universal because are people in the world who don't treat people as equals, but i think that what has happened here, and you can see it in the tributes behind me, is that there is this overwhelming outpouring of love and support and compassion and kindness, and i think those are the qualities that so many of our malls from brothers and is, thatis of our malls from brothers and is, that is what they see in everyday life, and they have seen it expressed here today. what is your job in trying to bring this community together, to heal it after
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this trauma? i think it is really important that people focus on what got us through our experience of the earthquakes, which is neighbours coming together and supporting each other, communities coming together and supporting each other, and i think that is going to be really important to. there is an expression, and i presume it is universal, you start the day when you meet somebody. you greet them with the words, how are you? that's got really special meaning and i think what is really important is that when somebody says, well, when you say to someone, how are you, then you have to stop and listen for then you have to stop and listen for the answer. because some people will be doing this very hard, especially in the wake of our previous experience, and we need to be there to support people when that answer comes, that they are looking for help. and we will have more from
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christchurch, and from sharanjit leyl, later in the programme. 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. it has been a difficult week for many of them, from learning about the plane crash to absorbing the tragedy of the loss. several governments sent their representatives to mourn with the bereaved — from neighbouring countries to as far away as russia. passengers from more than 30 countries were on board the ethiopian airlines flight from addis ababa to nairobi.
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in ethiopia, similar memorial ceremonies were held. relatives wept and threw themselves on the coffins of victims at the holy trinity cathedral in the capital, addis ababa. some of the coffins contained charred earth from the crash site, because it has not been possible to recover the bodies. families have been told it would take up to six months to identify the remains. 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. translation: she was very kind to people. i don't know how to describe her. we are broken and bruised deeply. it's 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. the ethiopian government has said the investigations into the crash will take time. ferdinand 0mondi, bbc news, nairobi.
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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. shakeel is around three years old, but is much smaller and less than half the weight he should be. he's been suffering from chronic malnutrition and has now developed what is known as 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's not able to walk up to three years, even. across pakistan, one in every three children is stunted, and it's notjust a health issue, it's 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 her to constantly adapt
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to newjobs and new opportunities. as such, it has a strong economic impact. in pakistan, the estimated impact is on 2—3% of gdp. we're losing a huge potential productivity for the country. the percentage of stunted children in pakistan has slightly decreased over the past five years, but it's still one of the highest rates in the world. when 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 that 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. shakeel‘s 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.
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translation: all we have to eat is bread, yoghurt, and chilli. we can't afford things like fish, chicken, or meat. in the hospital's maternity ward, many of the mothers to be are malnourished themselves. that means their children are more likely to be stunted. it's a cycle that pakistan needs to break, for their sake and the country's. secunder kermani, bbc news, sindh province. let's return to oust top story. —— oui’ let's return to oust top story. —— our top story. sharanjit leyl is in christchurch. there are many people are still struggling to come to terms with what happened?
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absolutely, and still many people here at the botanical gardens, coming here and are laying flowers and reefs. it is one of the many impromptu sites that have sprung up throughout the city, were christchurch residents have you showing, really, and our warren of grief and support and solidarity, with the muslim community here. —— and outpouring of grief. of course, nothing like this has happened before in new zealand, it is the worst terror attack the country has suffered. the nation's security threat level went from low to the highest it has ever been, so the shock and horror is of course still very evident here. what i have in peptic girlie struck by here, over a weekend of reporting, we arrived the day after the attack, the team here as well has been so struck i the amazing show of love that has been really to counter the fear that inspired friday's attack. yesterday we we re inspired friday's attack. yesterday we were at deans avenue, close to
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the masjid al noor mosque, close to the masjid al noor mosque, close to the sites of one of the attacks, there were flowers there as well, but the bunch of flowers was just growing enormously. we saw in credible maori ha kas growing enormously. we saw in credible maori hakas being performed, maori chants. —— incredible. really a way to come to terms with the grief and to show love and solidarity with the community. that is one thing we have really been struck by, you have the merit of christchurch talking about that as well, that has been wonderful to witness and certainly one thing that is positive to come out of this horrific attack, and we will of course continue to monitor the various press conferences. prime ministerjacinda ardern has addressed the public here many times, she will continue to do that to keep people updated on what is going on. there will be another huge vigil at the end of this week to mark a week since the event. but
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from —— but for now, from me, sharanjit leyl from —— but for now, from me, shara njit leyl here from —— but for now, from me, sharanjit leyl here in christchurch, thank you forging newsday. —— for watching. hello. it's been a weekend of wild weather. we've seen heavy snowfall, heavy rain that's been causing some flooding across parts of england and wales. strong winds, particularly on saturday. by sunday it was a day of sunshine and showers. now this was the scene in dover, in kent. we had some huge shower clouds. equally, some blue sky and some gusty winds around. so all in all, some very unsettled weather. but the weather is now settling down. as we head on into monday we've got this high pressure building in from the south—west. still some weather fronts trying to move in towards the north—west of the country. so it won't be dry across the board. but, really, through this week we're looking at a much drier weather picture. less windy. i think you'll be be pleased to hear that things will be turning a little bit milder, too. although it is going to be quite a chilly start to monday. this is dawn. and you can see those temperatures will be subzero in the east
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for some areas. could be a touch of frost, even down towards the south—east of england. cloudier skies in the west, so temperature is not as low first thing here. and with that cloud in the west there will be a bit of patchy rain on monday across northern ireland, western scotland, and western fringes of england and wales. further east, you're likely to stay dry through the day with some sunny spells, a bit more cloud building during the afternoon. temperatures on monday still not great for the time of year. but a degree or so warmer than we have seen in recent days. 8—12 degrees or so. but at least we've lost that wind chill we've seen recently. looking further ahead through monday evening and overnight into tuesday, again we've got quite a lot of cloud around. could be the odd clearer spell allowing those temperatures to dip just down into a touch of frost here and there. but for most of us it is looking reasonably mild moving through into tuesday. and a mostly dry start to the day. you may notice a bit of blue on the map. a few spots of rain across parts of northern ireland, scotland, perhaps into wales, too. that is courtesy of this weather system, it's a warm front that tries
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to move on from the west on tuesday. a fairly weak affair. and it bumps into the higher pressure that's holding on towaqrds the south. and quite a bit of cloud around. not a bad day on tuesday. a little light rain for scotland and perhaps in the irish sea coasts. towards the south and east is where you're likely to stay dry throughout the day. top temperatures around about 12—14 degrees or so. not bad for the time of year. through the middle of the week, wednesday, the spring equinox. it does look largely settled and dry. there'll be a bit of sunshine breaking through the cloud. it should be generally reasonably mild. so temperatures widely up to 13—14 degrees. in the warmest spots we could see highs up to 16—17 celsius. so gradually things are warming up a little as we head through the week. towards the end of the week, sunnier spells and it's looking much less windy than it has over the past week or so. bye for now.
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