lam in i am in singapore. the headlines. barack obama i am in singapore. the headlines. ba rack obama holds i am in singapore. the headlines. barack obama holds his final press conference, and says he leaves the white house optimistic. at my call, i think we are going to be ok. —— core. we just have to not take it for granted. i know you will help us do it. thank you. no arrest for samsung's boss. there is not enough evidence to prosecute. samsung's boss. there is not enough evidence to prosecutelj samsung's boss. there is not enough evidence to prosecute. i am in london. millions of dollars are being pledged for research to prevent the next ebola—like epidemic. and we speak to the first indigenous australian to become a government minister. live from our studios in singapore and london, this is bbc world news. it's newsday. good morning. it is sam
this is bbc world news. it's newsday. good morning. it is 8am in singapore, midnight in london, and seven in the evening in washington, where president obama has held his final press conference of his eight yea rs final press conference of his eight years in the white house. just 48 hours before his successor is inaugurated, obama told of his achievements, from gay rights, to lifting the trade embargo with cuba. he had words of advice for donald trump, do not try and do it all your self, listen to your adviser is. and a final thought, i think we are going to be ok in my heart. for one last time barack obama came to the white house briefing room to joust with the press. good afternoon everybody. but amid reports that his successor wants to limit access and regularly accuses journalists of being dishonest and liars, the outgoing president spoke of the importance of a strong and free media.
you are not supposed to be sycophants, you are supposed to be sceptics. you're supposed to ask me tough questions. you're not supposed to be complimentary, but you are supposed to cast a critical eye on folks who hold enormous power. this picture was released today of donald trump preparing his inaugural address. barack obama was asked what advice he would give his successor on this, he steered a diplomatic course. this is a job of such magnitude that you can't do it by yourself. you are enormously reliant on a team. that's probably the most useful advice, the most constructive advice, that i have been able to give him. and then the final question, come on, mr president, are you really as sanguine as you are saying publicly about donald trump taking over? this is notjust a matter of no drama obama. this is what i really believe.
it is true that behind closed doors i curse more than i do in public. laughter. and sometimes i get mad and frustrated like everybody else does. but at my core i think we're going to be ok. thank you very much, press corps. good luck. barack obama will spend the next year writing and being around more for michelle and his two daughters. he says he won't be a back seat driver. but he's given this warning, if he sees things that he really doesn't like then he will speak out. it seems that friday won't be the last we see of barack obama. but in the meantime, there's a new home to get ready. moving house is said to be one of life's most stressful experiences. but when you have been president for eight years making life and death decisions, where to hang your favourite picture is probably unlikely to keep you awake at night. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. let us take a look at some of the
avenues of the day. a court in south korea refused a request for prosecutors to arrest the boss of samsung, the biggest company in the country. it was ruled there was not enough evidence to arrest him. the fall from grace has been served and public. he was ensnared in south korea's ongoing corruption scandal. he spent wednesday night behind bars, waiting for a court ruling on whether he should be formally arrested. a move prosecutors have been pushing for. translation: since we have been doing our best we have expected the judges to make a wise decision. but prosecutors say he made a pledge for a business merger.
while the company has admitted making payments worth $36 million, he denied he expected anything in return. translation: eventually, whether the bribe offering was in return for favours or not, we the council feel we have sufficiently proven oui’ council feel we have sufficiently proven our point. after deliberating overnight, the seoul court said they would not approve the arrest warrant. a temporary retreat for the billionaire businessman and for samsung. the investigation was a fresh source of embarrassment for south korea's most high—profile company. they had to spend billions of dollars recalling the latest smartphone, stopping profit making. it isa smartphone, stopping profit making. it is a profoundly inconvenient times. nope company wants to be investigated by state prosecutors. they want to put 2006 in behind it. so this is not a good way of starting a new year. —— 2016.
so this is not a good way of starting a new year. -- 2016. this isa starting a new year. -- 2016. this is a setback for prosecutors investigating a scandal already leading to the impeachment of the president. but, given the deep public anger of south korea's political and business elite, it is by no means the end of the saga. —— at the. the chinese president xi jinping gives his speech talking about making friends around the world as it tries to make their relations with america. his speech also praised the climate deal, saying they should keep their differences under control. the president—elect of the gambia has issued a defiant message to the president, who refused to step down after losing his election. he insists his inauguration will go ahead later on today. the former us president, george bush senior, has beenin president, george bush senior, has been in hospital in texas. he has
been in hospital in texas. he has been moved to intensive care. he is said to be in a stable condition after catching pneumonia. his wife barbara bush has also been taken to the same hospital as a precaution. the reigning champions of asian football have been banned from taking part in next year's tournament because of much —— match—fixing. liberty media's ta keover of match—fixing. liberty media's takeover of formula i has cleared another hurdle, having their deal unanimously approved. it has been valued at $8 million. happy birthday to the oldest panda, who has just celebrated her 37th birthday, around 100 in human years. her age has been
praised by her handlers, who have been looking after her. they put her ona been looking after her. they put her on a special diet and routine for the last seven years, helping her to maintaina the last seven years, helping her to maintain a healthy weight of around 100 kilograms. let us now return to oui’ 100 kilograms. let us now return to our main story, the impending inauguration of donald trump, which has left a lot of businesses around the world trying to work out how it might affect them. with me is a political risk analyst. thank you for joining political risk analyst. thank you forjoining us this morning. you just had the easter report. you call ita just had the easter report. you call it a risk, others may call it an opportunity. what does it mean for asian businesses especially? one of the first things donald trump said he would do on the first day is it the tra ns—pacific partnership he would do on the first day is it the trans—pacific partnership trade deal. this was going to raise
revelatory standards. many thought this would be a good thing for businesses in asia. —— regulatory. you have china, the champion of globalised trade, and one of the key things we outlined in the political risk outlook for 2017 is china pushing its two political reach and influence with this trade deal being one of the key aspects of it. what does it reflect on the obama administration's time in asia. it was famously known as pivot asia and the tra ns—pacific partnership was famously known as pivot asia and the trans—pacific partnership was a key pa rt the trans—pacific partnership was a key part of it. now that the next president will kill it, what legacy does he leave behind? it was supposed to be the cornerstone of strategic engagement in asia. the trans—pacific strategic engagement in asia. the tra ns—pacific partnership was strategic engagement in asia. the trans—pacific partnership was one of the key non—military aspects of asia for0bama. it the key non—military aspects of asia for obama. it leaves a gaping void
in us engagement in the asia—pacific. with donald trump looking like does not have a rival initiative, china will look to push its leadership role. i think free trade has a good chance of being pushed on business opportunities. could this actually backfire for donald trump's make america great again initiative? it is a great opportunity for china. they cannot believe their luck that the trans—pacific believe their luck that the tra ns—pacific partnership has believe their luck that the trans—pacific partnership has been ditched by donald trump. i think he is more confrontational. donald trump is looking to put some hawkish people into the trade and economic portfolio. this could backfire in terms of tariff measures. we could see opportunities for us companies in the china market reduced, or a rise of anti—trust tax situations.
thank you forjoining us live in the studio. it is a race against time for scientists to come up with a vaccine before the next global epidemic strikes. 0n vaccine before the next global epidemic strikes. on wednesday they named the diseases they are targeting so they do not become the next ebola. to help them, $460 million have been pledged by governments and private foundations, but they need even more money, as we report. what was he does next, a virus we already know about, or a new one? the ebola outbreak in west africa showed how unprepared the world is for new epidemic. more than 11,000 people died, partly because there we re people died, partly because there were no vaccines to protect them. the research charity, the welcome
trust, is part of a new coalition urging people to look at a new epidemic being even more deadly, especially if it is airborne. we are lucky that the world has reacted so well. but this could happen again. this puts the world in a very vulnerable place. scientists have identified three obscure viruses that they want to fast track vaccines for. the nipa virus spread from fruit bats to humans. it's mainly occurs in bangladesh. lasa faver is common in west africa. the last is middle east respiratory syndrome. it is believed to be spread by camels. it has killed more than 650 people, mostly here in saudi arabia. this loud in oxford is
one of the research facilities trying to come up with a vaccine to help people suffering from mers. this is the clinical by manufacturing facility. this is the basis for the mers vaccine. it will be scaled up in the coming months. it is expected that hundreds of files will be ready for human trials in the coming year. is this vaccine does work, it could still take a decade or so to get to those who needed. historically, money for these obscure viruses has not been forthcoming, and the regulatory process is long. they are working on an ebola vaccine. we found it frustrating we were testing ebola vaccines in people and getting good safety data in people in oxford and yet it was not being used in west africa where the ebola outbreak was happening. people were dying of the
disease while we were testing the vaccines. we do not want to be in that situation again. this type of research takes years and costs hundreds of millions of dollars. it may not be any of these three viruses that cause the next epidemic. but if it is, putting the time and money in now could stop a small outbreak becoming the next global health emergency. you are watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme. in a moment, we will speak to ken wyatt, the first indigenous australian to become a government minister. also on the programme, the cost of mobility in thailand. it is now home to the world's second worst road safety record. the people of saigon have just heard there is to be a ceasefire. the reaction of american servicemen was predictable. i'm going home! demonstrators waiting
for mike gatting and his rebel cricket team were attacked with teargas and set upon by police dogs. anti—apartheid campaigners say they will carry on the protests throughout the tour. they called him the butcher of lyon. klaus altmann is being held on a fraud charge in bolivia but the west germans want to extradite him for crimes committed in wartime france. there he was the gestapo chief klaus barbie. millions came to bathe as close as possible to this spot, a tide of humanity which is believed by officials to have broken all records. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm mariko 0i, in singapore. i'm babita sharma, in london. our top stories: at his last press conference, president obama has warned his successor,
donald trump, not to lift sanctions against russia. a court in south korea has refused a request by prosecutors to arrest the boss of samsung, jay y lee. the first freight rail service from china to britain has pulled into a station in london. the train took more than two weeks to make the 12,000km journey delivering bags, clothes and household goods. the train takes about half the time of a sea journey. that story is popular on bbc.com. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the international new york times goes with donald trump, ahead of his inauguration on friday. the paper says he goes into office unbent and unpopular. it also carries an investigation into mr trump and his family's business deals in moscow, saying he had tried to do deals
in russia as far back as 1987. the japan times also leads on mr trump, this time on the possibility that, as president, he may end the us policy of maintaining a strong dollar. the paper quotes mr trump, saying us companies can't compete with china now because our currency is too strong. and, he says, it's killing us. and the south china morning post continues its coverage of the battle for hong kong's top job. it says outgoing chief executive cy leung has announced a raft of new policies, in an effort to cement his legacy. now, babita, what stories are sparking discussions online? mariko, take a look at what is popping up in museums around the world. yes it's the donald trump waxwork. this one's been unveiled
at the famous madame tussauds in london. standing tall in the oval office, it's all in place. the suit, the tan and of course that flowing hairstyle. grab that selfie now! ken wyatt has been in australian politics for a while but today he's getting a lot of attention because he's becoming the country first indigenous minister. it's not the first time mr wyatt has set a precedent. he was also the first indigenous lawmaker. a big moment for him and for australian politics and we can speak to him now live from perth. welcome and congratulations. thank you very much. it is great to be with you. tell me how this feels. all the headlines and the international press are focusing on you, especially because this is a huge moment for australia to appoint an indigenous minister like yourself
into a government position. can you talk me through the sense of that and how you feel? you feel immense proud at the fact that as a ten—year—old kid growing up in a country town you never thought you would ever occupy a seat in the australian parliament. when you have the prime minister ringing to say, i would like to appoint you to the position of ministerfor would like to appoint you to the position of minister for age care and ministerfor position of minister for age care and minister for indigenous position of minister for age care and ministerfor indigenous health, would you accept it? i became emotional. i managed to get out the words, yes, it would be a privilege and an honour. i think the other thing is it's a poignant time in australia's history. aboriginal and torres strait island people have been on this continent for 60,000 yea rs. to have been on this continent for 60,000 years. to have the incredible privilege of being the first is something that i will cherish all ways. a lot of attention has focused on australian politics and its relationship with the australian
indigenous community. how would you describe it in 2017? is it in a better state now that it has been before? it is better in many insta nces before? it is better in many instances but there are still practices that have to be changed. working with aboriginal people to find solutions, as opposed to government policies going over the top of them. and in the unfortunate deaths in custody and the way in which some of those circumstances arise have been extremely frustrating. but generally on the whole there is a far better relationship in this decade than i've seen in my years of growing up. do you have an analysis of perhaps why it has taken sole or for an indigenous minister to be appointed to government? -- taken so long. i think it isjust to government? -- taken so long. i think it is just a matter of many of oui’ think it is just a matter of many of our standing think it is just a matter of many of ourstanding up, competing think it is just a matter of many of our standing up, competing for a seatin our standing up, competing for a seat in the house of representatives, winning that seat, showing your credentials, that you
have skills equal to your peers, and then when the time is appropriate recognising the qualities you have and appointing. but part of that challenge has been... neville bonner was the first senator. there have been periods when we haven't had representation in the australian federal parliament and what's great now is we have either bus. that caucusing of the five of us has certainly influenced our positioning on many issues within the australian parliament and it's a great way forward for australia. you take up the post officially next week when you get to work. what are your priorities going to be? in age care, a continuation of the work we are doing in making sure that the residential care for older australians meets their needs. i certainly want to look at what we provide in rural and regional australia, because we are large
country that is geographically diverse. in aboriginal health i want to look at my focus on aboriginal youth and mums and arts. children that are 0—8 years. getting the foundation right for that age range, so that they are in better shaped so that they live longer lives. i want every australian state and territory to ta ke every australian state and territory to take responsibility for the health of aboriginal people. we are grateful for your time. health of aboriginal people. we are gratefulfor your time. a big moment for australia today. congratulations to you. thank you very much. here's something to think about if you're travelling to thailand. the country's roads are the world's second most dangerous to libya. more than 60 people a day are killed by traffic accidents. and that number rose even further over the new year period. 0ur south east asia correspondent jonathan head reports.
for so many people in thailand this was a new year touched by grief. these are friends and family of a 26—year—old. she was one of 478 people killed on thailand's roads in a single week. the van she was travelling in, from her home town to bangkok, was involved in a fiery collision. the driver lost control at speed, swerving into oncoming traffic. 25 people lost their lives. the particular horror of the collision that happened here is attracting a lot of attention for now, but if past experience is anything to go by it will soon be forgotten. thailand's roads are killing about 16 people everyday and yet there is such half—hearted driver education, almost non—existent law enforcement. how
can they bring those numbers down? police to set up occasional speed traps, like here just police to set up occasional speed traps, like herejust north police to set up occasional speed traps, like here just north of bangkok. but the only target are those blended violations. if we strip we follow the law, the sergeant told us, we would have to find everyone. so just sergeant told us, we would have to find everyone. sojust one sergeant told us, we would have to find everyone. so just one ticket this morning for a driver doing 130 in an 80 kilometre per hour zone. the find may not even be paid. we need to go back to change the dna of the country about this. we have to make strong law enforcement, because right now you have a ticket and after one year in few did go to pay the ticket itjust disappears. the burnt wreckage of the van in which the 26—year—old died lies in a
junkyard. successive thai governments have spoken about road campaigns but never given them enough resources or political backing. her bereaved mother thinks nothing will change this time either. translation: after the accident, people got excited for a while. but once it becomes quiet again everything will go back to the way it was before. 50 years of development has given the thai people access to great roads and affordable personal transport. now they need to find the will to cut they need to find the will to cut the terrible human cost of this mobility. that's all for now. thanks for watching newsday. there is definitely a pattern
emerging with the weather. here is monday's satellite picture. a lot of cloud across the uk under building high pressure. spot the difference on tuesday. a bit of sunshine coming in the south—west england —— south—east. and the satellite picture also shows a lot of cloud. you can guess what the forecast will be for thursday. another cloudy day for much of the country. the cloud will be fit enough as we go through the first part of the morning to give some rain. under this cloud it's a mild start for most. had the touch of frost in aberdeenshire and certainly for southern wales and southern counties of east anglia it will be a cold day, under relatively clear skies. a widespread frost. it just as we've seen for the past couple of days there will be sunshine working across southern counties of england. cold, bright. the weather front continues to gamble across central portions of
wales and england, where the biggest cloud is. that's where we could see the odd spot of morning drizzle. temperatures about 6—9 celsius as we push in the northern parts. in scotla nd push in the northern parts. in scotland the cloud the for if you spots of rain. this is the picture through the rest of the day. the cloudy day weatherwise for most of the uk, but again some faring better for sunshine than others. southern counties keep the sunshine. breaks in the cloud across scotland. the best for eastern areas. generally the cloud little bit higher in the sky across the northern half compared to yesterday, so at least it will look brighter underneath the cloudy skies. that's thursday. through the night we've got this cloud through thursday night. again there could be a few mist and fog patches forming, bit of drizzle through the night. with the clearest skies across southern england and wales we will have pockets of frost. maybe a bit of frost through
northern ireland, but where it stays cloudy about 5—7 degrees. 0n northern ireland, but where it stays cloudy about 5—7 degrees. on friday the high pressure is still with us and still is the cloud for a good pa rt and still is the cloud for a good part of the country. again some breaks. the best award southern england and parts of scotland. suddenly it is cold underneath cloud. temperatures near normalfor the time of year. through the weekend and into the start of next weekend and into the start of next week don't expect any major changes. we keep a lot of cloud, and at least there will be bright or sunny spells and a little bit cooler through the weekend as well. as the forecast. —— that the forecast. i'm babita sharma with bbc world news. our top story: president obama has warned his successor, donald trump, not to lift sanctions against russia. at his final press conference as president, mr obama said vladimir putin had created an "adversarial" relationship between the two countries reminiscent of the cold war. a court in south korea has refused a request by prosecutors to arrest the boss of samsung. it ruled that there was insufficient reason to formally detain jay y lee. and this video is