BBC News Summary 2022-07-07 (Thu)

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BBC News with Stewart Macintosh

Cabinet Ministers in Britain are meeting the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at No.10 Downing Street to urge him to stand down, as support for him dwindles across the governing Conservative Party. The BBC understands that one of his most loyal supporters, the Home Secretary Priti Patel, is among those urging Mr. Johnson to go. The Prime Minister is refusing to resign and to sack the senior minister and former ally Michael Gove.

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova has told the BBC she’s investigating more than 21,000 war crimes and crimes of aggression allegedly committed by Russian forces. She said her office was receiving reports of between 200 and 300 suspected war crimes a day.

Prosecutors in the US say the man charged with killing 7 people at an Independence Day parade in Chicago has confessed to the mass shooting. Police said the suspect, 21-year-old Robert Crimo, told them he considered carrying out a 2nd attack on the 4th of July.

The Presidents of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda have held talks at a time of increased tension over violence in eastern Congo. After the meeting in Angola, President Felix Tshisekedi said he and Paul Kagame agreed to reduce tensions.

The French government says it intends to renationalize the country’s electricity company EDF. The Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne said full scale ownership of EDF would allow it to carry out essential and ambitious projects to ensure the country’s future energy security.

The European Women’s Football Championship is underway with the host England making a positive start. They beat Austria at 1 nil in front of a capacity crowd at Manchester United Old Trafford Stadium. 16 teams are taking part in the tournament with the final in Wembley Stadium at the end of July.

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BBC News Summary 2022-07-06 (Wed)

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Two senior members of the British Cabinet, Finance Minister and the Health Secretary, have resigned over controversies linked to the Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Mr. Johnson, who’s accused of making several misleading statement, has appointed the former Education Secretary * as his new Finance Minister.

A hundred and thirty people accused of trafficking migrants to Britain have been arrested in a major police operation coordinated across 5 European countries. Raids were carried out in the UK, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany. 

The Norwegian government has stepped in to end an oil and gas strike that all threatened to lead to severe cut in exports. In an unusual move it imposed a forced settlement on the striking key workers.

The Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid has warned that the deadlock in nuclear talks with Iran could * peace in the Middle East. Iran has ramped up its nuclear program in the last 4 years.

Israel is to reopen its economic and trade office in Turkey in the latest move to restore strained diplomatic ties between the 2 countries. Both expelled each other’s ambassadors in 2018.

There have been more falls on stock markets in Europe and the United States. The Euro currencies fell to its lowest level against the dollar since 2002. European share markets fell nearly 3%. Wall Street also saw losses.

A 7th person has died following Monday’s mass shooting in a 4th of July parade near Chicago. Dozens of others were injured by a gunman fired more than 70 rounds from a high caliber rifle.

Researchers in Japan have succeeded in turning mice from freezed dry cells, despite the damage that the low temperature has caused to DNA. They say the method could revolutionize the preservation of endangered species.

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BBC News Summary 2022-07-05 (Tue)

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A hunter is underway for a man who opened fire on an Independence Day parade near Chicago, killing at least 6 people, more than 20 are in hospital. The suspect fired a high power rifle from a rooftop.

The military leadership in Sudan has promised to give way to civilian rule. General Abdel-Fattah Burhan who has been facing regular protests said the army was committed to a democratic transition. But he had * on previous promises.

Washington says it’s likely that the Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh was unintentionally killed by gunfire from Israeli positions. But it stressed that definitive conclusions weren’t possible. The Palestinians say that the US is trying to protect Israel.

The Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal says it will cost at least 3 quarters of a trillion dollars to rebuild his country after Russia’s invasion. He told a construction conference that sanctioned Russian oligarchs and politicians should be forced to pay through their confiscated assets.

Prime Minister Mario Draghi has linked Sunday’s glacier collapse in northern Italy to climate change. At least 7 people were killed.

The American basketball star Brittney Griner has said she is terrified she might never be freed from prison in Russia, which is on trial on drug’s charges. She’s appealed to President Biden to do all his power to bring her home.

Islamist militants are said to have killed almost 30 people at attacks in northern Burkina Faso over the weekend.

The Eiffel Tower is said to be in need of major repairs. Leaked documents reveal the Paris landmark is riddled with rust and needs to have ⅓ of its services stripped and repainted. But high levels of layer in the old paint suggest this may not be possible.

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BBC News Summary 2022-07-04 (Mon)

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Ukrainian troop move by tanks on a road of the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas on June 21, 2022, as Ukraine says Russian shelling has caused “catastrophic destruction” in the eastern industrial city of Lysychansk, which lies just across a river from Severodonetsk where Russian and Ukrainian troops have been locked in battle for weeks. – Regional governor Sergiy Gaiday says that non-stop shelling of Lysychansk on June 20 destroyed 10 residential blocks and a police station, killing at least one person. (Photo by Anatolii Stepanov / AFP)

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The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says its forces have retreated from Lysychansk, giving Russia control of the whole of Luhansk region. The Ukrainian military said it had withdrawn to save its soldiers’ lives. In the face of Russia’s overwhelming superiority in artillery, aviation, ammunition and troops.

Several people have been killed and injured after a man opened fire in a shopping center in the Danish capital Copenhagen. Police have arrested a suspect, but say it’s not clear what his motive was.

The West African regional bloc ECOWAS says it will lift its crippling economic sanctions against the military ruler of Mali. The body accepted their plans to return to civilian rule by March 2024.

Hundreds of people have marched in the American city of Akron, in protest at the killing of a black man by police officers. Jayland Walker was shot dozens of times on Monday as he tried to flee from a traffic inspection.

Thousands of people are said to be in hospital in the Uzbek region of Karakalpakstan, after being injured in Friday’s unrest. Demonstrators clashed with security forces over plans to revoke the region’s rights to secede.

Private bus owners in Sri Lanka say they are operating a skeleton service as the fuel crisis worsens. They said only 1,000 buses were running.

The British army is investigating after its Twitter and Youtube accounts were apparently hacked with videos and posts related to cryptocurrency.

The tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece and the Australian Nick Kyrgios have both been fined for offenses committed during their Wimbledon clash on Saturday. Tsitsipas received a 10,000 dollar fine for hitting a ball into the crowd, while Kyrgios will have to pay 4,000 dollars for an audible obscenity.

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BBC News Summary 2022-07-03 (Sun)

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BBC News with Gareth Barlow

The Israeli authorities say they’ve shot down 3 unarmed Hezbollah drones heading towards a rig in the Karish gas field. The ownership of the field is disputed between Israel and Lebanon. The Lebanese militant group has not commented on the incident.

There has been continued heavy fighting in Lysychansk in eastern Ukraine, but Kyiv has denied Russian claims that it’s encircled. Lysychansk is the last major city in the Luhansk region still under Ukrainian control. Russia has also been continuing missile strikes.

The Red Cross and the United Nations have been urged to help Mariupol civilians being held in Russian camps. The mayor of the Russian occupied city says more than 10,000 are being held in inhumane conditions in the self-declared People’s Republic of Donetsk. It’s not been possible to verify those figures.

A 3-day meeting of religious and tribal leaders in Afghanistan has ended with a call on the international community to recognize the Taliban government and lift all sanctions. The man-only meeting which the Taliban had called also declared that armed resistance against the militants would be considered a rebellion.

The former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is addressing his supporters in the capital Islamabad. He called the rally to protest against rising prices and to demand early elections. Mr. Khan lost power after a parliamentary confidence vote.

Major bridges linking the Sudenese capital Khartoum to its twin cities have again been closed ahead of the planned demonstrations. Pro-democracy campaigners have called for a massive rally after 9 demonstrators were killed during protests on Thursday.

On the first eve firefighters arrived in Greece to take part in efforts to contain summer wildfires. They come from Romania and Bulgaria, and will later be joined by colleagues from France, Germany, Finland, and non-EU Norway. Last year, Greece saw its worst wildfires in decades.

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BBC News Summary 2022-07-02 (Sat)

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The World Health Organization says urgent action is needed to curb the growing number of monkeypox cases in Europe. The virus is previously rare outside western-central Africa. Officials say cases in Europe have tripled in the last 2 weeks.

President Biden has held a virtue meeting with state governors, taking steps to protect abortion access after last week’s US Supreme Court ruling. Mr. Biden said the Federal Government would remove obstacles for those who needed to travel for abortions, and protect access to pills that cause them.

Germany has signed an agreement with Nigeria to return more than 1,000 sculptures and carvings looted during the colonial era. The first 2 artifacts were handed over the ceremony in Berlin. The Benin bronzes were looted by police troops in the 19th century from Benin in modern Nigeria.

Russian forces are continuing their assault on the eastern Ukrainian city of Lysychansk, the only city in the Luhansk region that remains under Ukrainian control. Ukraine says its forces have repelled attempts to conduct * flights. There’s also been fighting over an oil refinery.

Protesters have stormed Libya’s parliament in the estern city of * and are reported to have set fire to part of the building. There have been rallies in other Libyan cities against rising prices and political deadlock.

The government in Gambia has banned timber exports and revoked all export licenses to combat illegal logging. Gambia has struggled for more than a decade with the trafficking of rosewood, a species valued for furniture in China.

World leaders, gathered in Lisbon at a UN conference on the oceans, have called for the seas to be given greater protection. The UN special envoy for the ocean, Peter Tompson, said that overfishing and the dumping of plastic rubbish was damaging the marine environment.

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BBC News Summary 2022-06-30 (Thu)

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A court in France has found the only survivor of the group behind the November 2015 Paris attacks guilty of terrorism and murder charges. He’s been sentenced to a full life term in prison, which offers only a small chance of parole after 30 years. Of the other 19 men standing trial with him, all but one were found guilty for their involvement in the attacks, in which gunmen killed 130 people across the French capital.

NATO leaders have promised unwavering support for Ukraine at a crucial summit in Madrid. They’ve issued a declaration pledging to * political and practical backing for Kyiv. The leaders have also said they’ll significantly strengthen NATO defenses, provide long-term security for members.

Ukraine says it’s carried out the biggest prisoner swap with Russia since the invasion. One hundred and forty-four soldiers have been exchanged from each side. They include 95 who were captured defending the Azovstal steelworks in the bombarded southern port of Mariupol.

Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennetta has said he would not be standing in the country’s upcoming election. Mr. Bennetta’s been in the office for just a year and will be Israel’s shortest serving non-interim prime minister.

Russia’s Foreign Minister has met the head of the United Nations to discuss how to avert a global food crisis. Sergey Lavrov told António Guterres Moscow was ready to work with the agency to reduce the threat of food shortages.

The American singer R. Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after being found guilty last year of the systematic sexual abuse of women and children. Prosecutor said the singer, who’s known for songs including I Believe I Can Fly, showed a careless disregard for victims and no remorse.

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BBC News Summary 2022-06-29 (Wed)

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The Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg has said that Turkey has agreed to support Sweden and Finland’s membership of the alliance. Speaking in the Spanish capital Madrid ahead of a NATO summit, Mr. Stoltenberg said that the Russian President Voldimir Putin had wanted less NATO on its border, but because of his actions, he was getting more.

The US Congressional Committee investigating the attack by Donald Trump’s supporters on the Capitol Building in January last year has been hearing evidence from Cassidy Hutchinson, who at the time was a senior aide to the President Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. Ms. Hutchinson said Mr. Trump knew his supporters had weapons when he urged them to storm the Capitol.

Ghislaine Maxwell who was convicted of sex trafficking for Jeffrey Epstein has been sentenced to 20 years in jail by court in New York. Maxwell recruited and groomed underage girls for her former partner, a financier and convicted sex offender for more than a decade until 2004.

The Palestinian militant group Hamas have released a video, purporting to show an Israel citizen being held captive in the Gaza Strip. It shows a conscious man lying on a bed with an oxygen mask in his face, and a close-up before appears to be the Israeli identity card of his civilian.

The first minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has outlined her plans for a second referendum on independence from the rest of the UK. She told the British Parliament that a bill would set out how a vote could be held in October next year. A spokesman for the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK government remained opposed to another referendum.

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BBC News Summary 2022-06-28 (Tue)

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BBC News with Gareth Barlow

A Russian missile strike on a shopping center in the central Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk has killed at least 13 people, but the figure could be much higher. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said more than 1,000 people were in the building when it was hit. Video of the incident showed the badly damaged building ablaze. At least 12 other civilians were killed in attacks elsewhere in Ukraine.

The UN has condemned the missile attack on the shopping center as deplorable. A spokesperson said civilians and civilian infrastructure should never be targeted. The US Secretary of State said the world was horrified while the British Prime Minister said the attack had shown President Putin’s cruelty and barbarism. His statement came shortly after the fellow G7 leaders vowed to support Ukraine for as long as it took.

The EU Energy Commissioner has warned that Russia could further cut its gas supply to Europe and that serious disruptions were likely. * called on member states to update their contingency plans to be able to cope with supply shocks.

An explosion of a chlorine gas tank in the Ukraine-Jordanian port of Aqaba has killed at least 11 people and injured more than 250. CCTV pictures that appeared to be from the port shows a large silver cylinder being hoisted into the air. Suddenly it drops and smashes open.

Ethiopia has denied an accusation by Sudan that its army captured and * killed 7 Sudanese soldiers and a civilian. The local foreign ministry said the death was the result of skirmishes between Sudanese soldiers and a local militia in Ethiopia.

And the Sri Lanken government has suspended all fuel sales except for essential services for 2 weeks, as the country battles a grave economic crisis. A government’s spokesperson said fuel will be made available only to health, public transport, and other key sectors.

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BBC News Summary 2022-06-27 (Mon)

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G7 leaders meeting in Germany have set out plans to mobilize hundreds of billions of dollars in infrastructure investment for the developing world. President Biden said the initiative would show the benefit of partnering with democracies. The plan is seen partly as a rival to China’s Belt and Road initiative.

Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov has again called on the West to provide effective air defense systems to his country. He said Russia was firing missiles from its own territory, Belarus, the Caspian, and the Black Sea, representing a challenge to European security.

A wooden stand has collapsed during a bullfighting festival in Colombia, killing at least 4 people. Local media said at least 500 others were injured. The incident happened in the western city of El Espinal.

Forensic experts in South Africa are investigating how 22 young people died at a nightclub in the city of East London. There are suggestions the party goers could have inhaled or ingested a poisonous substance.

A Cuban opposition activist says she has been banned from returning to Havana, after receiving medical treatment in the United States. * said a US airline has stopped her boarding a flight following guidance from Cuba’s communist authorities.

Israel has approved housing grants for veterans of the South Lebanon Army, a Christian militia trained and funded by Israel during Lebanon’s civil war. For 100 families will each receive 160,000 dollars to help buy a home. Thousands of SLA members moved to Israel when it withdrew from south Lebanon in 2000.

NASA has made its first launch from a commercial site outside the US. The rocket took off from the * space center in Australia.

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