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welcome to newsday. i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. the headlines: donald trump's team accuses the media of trying to, in their words, "de—legitimise" his presidency. we're live in taipei, hong kong and yangon to find out how trump presidency is being seen across the asia—pacific region. i'm babita sharma in london. the search continues for 23 people still missing after an avalanche destroyed the hotel in which they were staying last week. propaganda, or a reflection of australian culture? the row over this advert featuring two girls in hijabs. good morning.
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it's 8am in singapore, midnight in london and 7pm in washington, where the white house has vowed to fight the news media "tooth and nail" over what officials see as unfair attacks on donald trump. the new president has taken issue with estimates of the size of the crowd at his inauguration on friday. his press secretary says it was the biggest in history for such an event, but, as our north america editor jon sopel reports, the evidence doesn't support the claim. the weightiest issues on the planet were discussed at donald trump's inaugural address, but what the president is in a white rage about are suggestions that the crowds for him were not as big as they were for barack obama eight years ago, even though the evidence is incontrovertible, as these two photos, each taken 45 minutes before the inauguration started, make plain.
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but last night, journalists were summoned to the most extraordinary white house briefing to be told they were lying. this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period. this kind of dishonesty in the media, the challenging, the bringing of our nation together, is making it more difficult. there has been a lot of talk in the media about the responsibility to hold donald trump accountable, and i'm here to tell you that it goes two ways. we are going to hold the press accountable as well. no questions were allowed. earlier in the day from donald trump, on a visit to cia headquarters, a similar attack, though this time the target different. as you know, i have a running war with the media. they are among the most dishonest human beings on earth. they sort of made it sound like i had a feud with the intelligence community. but, hang on a minute, how do you reconcile the suggestion
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that it's all got up by the journalists when he tweeted this 11 days ago? he accused the intelligence services of leaking material against him, and suggested their behaviour made it seem as though we were living in nazi germany. and today, key lieutenants were intensifying their attacks. there is an obsession by the media to delegitimise this president, and we are not going to sit around and let it happen. our press secretary gave alternative facts to that. look, alternative facts are not facts, they are falsehoods. part of this can be put down to donald trump's obsession with the size of his crowd, but there is deliberate strategy here too. it seems the white house wants to undermine the conventional media so that donald trump is able to present his own version of reality through twitter and facebook without any mediation, and say to the public, who do you believe, me or the establishment media? and while this battle plays itself out, the satirists are making hay. this is their take on what vladimir
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putin makes of it all. i am glad to see so many people showed up to your inauguration. oh, wait, that's the women's march. here is the inauguration. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. so where does the trump administration's approach to the media leave journalists? josh lederman is the white house correspondent for the associated press and he was in that white house briefing. josh told us he thinks about the trump media battle. well, this was a stunning departure from what the white house press call was used to it under the obama administration, under the bush and clinton administration is an really as far back as we can recall —— corps. i thinkjournalist in the us are still not exactly sure what is
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going to be the approach going forward. the most troublesome, look, journalists are used to criticism from politicians. that is natural, pa rt from politicians. that is natural, part of the process, we are supposed to have an adversarial relationship, and that is ok. the white house and the white house press office are not the white house press office are not the only conduit for information. there are lawmakers in congress, members of the us congress, who are also getting information from the administration and from their own sources who can help us and the american people understand exactly what is going on, and there are all kinds of groups outside of government that are going to be working to try to hold the government accountable who will also have their take on the situation. also making news this hour: a special adviser to the gambia's new president, adama barrow, has claimed that million of dollars are thought to be missing from the state funds. soldiers from the west african regional force ecowas have arrived in the capital after the former president yahya jammeh relinquished control and left the country. a presidential adviser says nearly 500 million dalasis, that's just over $11
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million, has gone missing. nearly 500 million dalsis argonne from a president. within two weeks, nearly 500 million dalsis. that is a lot of money. we spend about 200 million dalasis in relation to payment of services and so forth. that is a lot of money. the first results from france's socialist party primary election suggest benoit hamon and the former prime minister manuel valls have made it to the second round. whoever wins will struggle to make ground in april's election. opinion polls have put the socialists well behind centre—right candidate francois fillon and marine le pen of the national front. the chinese government says it has ordered the closure of more than 100 golf courses as part of a campaign to tackle illegal expansion. there has been a ban on building
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new courses since 2004 to safeguard resources but they continued to be built. the australian state of victoria has announced changes to the state's bail laws after a car driver deliberately hit pedestrians in central melbourne. five people were killed when a man, who was on bail against the wishes of the police, drove his car into a crowd in a shopping centre on friday. prime minister malcolm turnbull paid tribute to the victims on monday. at least 16 people have been killed after powerful storms tore through the southeastern united states. authorities say south—central georgia was hardest hit, where 12 people died. a tornado also swept through southern mississippi, killing four and injuring 20 people. more fierce storms, including tornadoes, are being forecast for southern georgia, and parts of florida and alabama. and take a look at this pictures. this is in tamil nadu, india, where the controversial event, bull—wrestling, has been reinstated. those are quite some
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pictures, aren't they? the tradition‘s revival in tamil nadu followed the federal government's intervention to bypass a supreme court ban. now, just a day after overturning the ban. two men have been gored to death and dozens more injured. we want to turn our attention back to president trump and how decisions made by his administration affect the world. first off, he's already commented on the north america free trade agreement. have a listen. we're gonna start renegotiating on nafta, on immigration, and on security at the border, and mexico has been terrific, actually, terrific. the president has been really very amazing, and i think we're going to have a very good result for mexico, for the united states, for everybody involved — it's very important. now, let's take a look at how the change of american leadership will affect countries in the asia pacific. throughout this week on newsday we'll hear
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from all our correspondents across the region. this hour cindy sui is in taipei for us. juliana liu is in hong kong and jonah fisher in yangon. we will start with you, cindy, what is the view in taipei? taiwan's government is hoping under president trump's administration, relations between taiwan and the united states will be taken to a whole new level, and this is considered very important because currently taiwan has tense relations with china. it sees the united states as taiwan's most important friend and in fact it is the only country in the world willing to sell weapons to taiwan to help it to defend itself in case of an attack from china. specifically what taiwan wants from president trump is for him to sell more weapons to taiwan, sign a free trade
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agreement with taiwan so it relies less on china for trade, and allow higher level exchanges between the two sides, so more phone calls the type we saw between president tsai and president trump, and visits from president tsai on the president trump of the united states so she can lobby washington on various fronts. at the same time they want i wa nt to fronts. at the same time they want i want to be included in a military alliance that the united states has with other countries in the region including japan with other countries in the region includingjapan and with other countries in the region including japan and south korea, but none of this will sit well with china, of course, so there are growing fears taiwan could face of increasing tensions from chinese it grows to close with the united states. and here is the view from jiulina liu. thank you. we haven't seen anything quite as breaking by their has been enormous interest in the election and the inauguration and what he does in the first 100 days. let me give you a
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flavour of the news coverage this morning. i flavour of the news coverage this morning. lam flavour of the news coverage this morning. i am showing you the main english—language newspaper, the south china morning post, top story isa south china morning post, top story is a local political story and as you can see the president here still oi'i you can see the president here still on the front page. the headline is, build personal ties with trump, xi urged, referring to the chinese president, xi jinping, and urged, referring to the chinese president, xijinping, and on urged, referring to the chinese president, xi jinping, and on the back of the a section, the main section, photos of the inauguration with the president and the first lady, the new first family and of course the departing resident. now, of course, hong kong still has an active pro—democracy movement. the world saw this in full force two years ago during the 2014 protests. those calls haven't diminished and in fact in the last year or so the case of the missing booksellers, there have been more concerns about china's enlarging reach in hong kong, which is a semiautonomous chinese city. pro—democracy leaders in the city are hoping that the president will take a harder line against the chinese government,
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against the chinese government, against beijing, on these issues of democracy, voting rights and freedom of the press. but of course they are not entirely sure if they will be getting, what kind of ally they will be getting. now, fora getting, what kind of ally they will be getting. now, for a view from a different part of asia, let's go to jonah fisher in yangon. thank you. well, the burmese leader aung san suu kyi had a close relationship with the last president, barack obama, but mr 0bama president, barack obama, but mr obama was not afraid to speak his mind when it came to treatment of the muslim minority, the rohingya. it is likely miss aung san suu kyi will have an easier time, unlike the human rights will be on top of the agenda when it comes to donald trump's dealings with the rest of the world, in particular are likely he will take up the cause of a small muslim minority here in myanmar, so aung san suu kyi might in fact a somewhat of an easier ride on that front. and on a secondary note, the
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way the trump administration is dealing with the media does have many parallels in fact with the way that the suu kyi administration deals with the media, we don't get press c0 nfe re nces deals with the media, we don't get press conferences or much interaction with her and everything that the government doesn't agree with, they do now is very loudly as fa ke with, they do now is very loudly as fake news and try to discredit the media organisation concerns, so it may in fact normalise in fact some of the way the suu kyi administration deals with journalists and the media. back to you in singapore, sharanjit. thank you in singapore, sharanjit. thank you for that. and that was the view on the first few days on the trump presidency from taiwan, hong kong and myanmar. and we will get the views from thailand, indonesia and tokyo. and just a reminder that a brand new programme begins here on bbc world news on monday, 100 days, looking at donald trump's first hundred days in office and all the key developments around the globe. join katty kay in washington
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and christian fraser in london at 1900 gmt here on bbc world news. let's update you on the situation in central italy that has been crippled by severe weather. one of the survivors of the avalanche at rigopiano hotel says she ate ice and snow to quench her thirst during a 58—hour ordeal. more than 20 other people are still missing. pablo ushoa reports. four days after the tragedy, rescue workers here still looking at for signs of life. foot by foot. 23 people are still missing, feared to have been buried under the avalanche which crush the hotel rigopiano hotel on thursday night. nine people have been rescued and on sunday one of the survivors spoke about her ordeal. she was rescued alongside her boyfriend after 50 hours trapped under the snow. she described what happened to an italian radio
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station. translation: we had nothing to eat. we ate ice. we did not see anyone. we did not hear anyone. but the fire department were already there. there were over 100 people working to find us. the survivors have been taken to this hospital about one hour away from the site. corridors are filled with relatives and friends of the victims. translation: he has realised he has gone through and —— and you recall, especially when you realise where he was, ona especially when you realise where he was, on a sofa damaged by falling beams from the roof, well, that's what he told us. it is a race against the clock in the battle against the clock in the battle against the clock in the battle against the weather conditions forecast to remain challenging. but teams here say they will continue their efforts until all of the victims are found. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme. choose life, choose a job, choose a
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career. . . and whatever happened to renton, spud, sickboy and begbie? 20 years after trainspotting, we'll finally get an answer. 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
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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 sharanjit leyl in singapore. i'm babita sharma in london. our top stories: donald trump's battle with the media continues, as his team accuses the media of trying to delegitimise his presidency. rescue workers in central italy are still searching for 23 people after an avalanche destroyed the hotel in which they were staying last week. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. we start with the south china morning post. it has its own take on the new us president. it says analysts are calling for the chinese president, xijinping, to reach out to mr trump to try to defuse what it says
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are growing tensions between washington and beijing. china daily also covers the beginning of the trump era, but has a rather different headline. it says his inaugural speech is a cause of worry, and it claims his "america first" message is causing uncertainty around the world. and donald trump is also dominating the front page of the japan times, but it chooses to focus on saturday's demonstrations against the new president, saying that more than a million people around the world took part in protests. now, babita, what stories are sparking discussions online? this letter left on the desk of the oval office is being talked about online. the letter was of course written by barack obama for president trump. mr trump says he found it
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when he first went into the office, and that he will keep it, cherish it, and never tell the press what is written in it. it seems only two american presidents will ever know what it says. a campaign to reinstate an australia day advert featuring two girls in hijabs has raised more than 100,000 australian dollars in donations. the ad was taken down from a street in melbourne after threats were made to the billboard company. it was accused of being propaganda and not reflecting australian culture. campaigners have now raised funds to pay for multiple billboards across australia. dee madigan is the creative director behind the advert, and joins me from sydney.
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i believe you are also doing the crowd funding in reinstating those ads, but tell us the latest over this row, particularly if that ad has been reinstated on the original melbourne street it was taken off. yes, well, the original ad didn't just feature the girls in hijab. it actually featured a range of australians but the people picked on that particular photo and that is what they made the threats about, and a billboard company took it down so we and a billboard company took it down so we started this crowd funding campaign to bring this back up again. we can't get it up in the original place, obviously, because that billboard company has said no but we have about now in other places around melbourne, and it is going up in other capital cities as well. and what do you think of people's responses so far? because you have managed to collect quite a bit of money in this crowd funding effort to reinstate those posters, haven't you? yes, look, i think we
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are over 165,000 australian dollars now, which is amazing. i think a lot of people just saw the absolute hypocrisy that was exposed here. because the people who complain about it, made the threats about it, are the same once hussain say muslims don't assimilate and yet this was a photo of two young was an australian girls holding australian flags, celebrating australia day. it is like, how much more assimilated do they need to be? and i think a lot of australians just felt it was incredibly unfair and this gave them an opportunity to do something kind of tangible about that. that is right, and we are seeing a poster now, particularly a poster that you have posted, saying if you take one down we will put 20 up. so you are running this crowd funding project. tell us how you got involved in the first base in the project? well, i work in advertising, and i read the news story about it, and i was speaking to actually two muslim friends and i who were having a conversation about it the night that it all happened, and ijust said... or the three of us just said we need
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to do something about it so ijust literally went into work the next morning and set up the crowd fund page, hoping to get maybe $20,000 overfour page, hoping to get maybe $20,000 over four or five days for one billboard and i think we get $20,000 within the hour, and maybe it is the fastest or second fastest crowd fund campaign in australian history. right, and the original removal of the billboard, of course, causing consternation amongst many, what does it say about australia today that those sort of response is still exist? it feels, with the rise of a political party over here and the whole trump think that there seems to be more permission for people to be overtly bigoted, and that seems to have come out. and there is this narrative that they are pushing, almost that they are speaking for the silent majority and i guess what this crowd funding campaign did was prove that there is actually... these racist bigots aren't all australians at all, and there's a
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lot of really good people who understand that apart from indigenous australians we are all boat people here and none of us have any more 01’ boat people here and none of us have any more or less right to be here than anyone else. thank you so much for joining than anyone else. thank you so much forjoining us, dee madigan is behind the crowd funding project to reinstate the posters of the two little girls in the hijab. when the film trainspotting came out in the 1990s, its blend of drugs and petty crime in edinburgh became an unlikely global hit. now, more than two decades later, the original cast and director have reunited for a sequel, catching up with the characters as they reach middle age. the film had its world premiere in edinburgh on sunday evening. colin patterson was there. after more than 20 years, the trainspotting gang back together, on the orange carpet of the long—awaited sequel. how does this compare to the 1996 premiere? i don't remember the 1996 premiere! i really don't. i mean, yeah, for probably a very good reason! aside from all the fun stuff in the first movie,
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i think people found it relatable. even though it was maybe about subjects they weren't involved in, it was still relatable in some way. this is carrying such a cultural weight associated with it, that it feels like no event that i've been to before. choose life, choose a job, choose a career... trainspotting was the defining film of 1990s cool britannia. the movie poster was on students' walls, the soundtrack in their cd players. it dealt with addiction, hedonism and friendship. so what you're looking at is that? i think they've changed the wall, haven't they? earlier in the day the director, danny boyle, took us back to where it all began. we implied they were straight from prince's street, where they were being chased by detectives, and renton gets hit here, by a car. what have you been
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up to for 20 years? since trainspotting, danny boyle has dominated the oscars with slumdog millionaire, and triumphed with the 2012 olympic opening ceremony. since we made the first movie, people come up to you and talk about the characters like they know them. that made you think we had a kind of duty to perhaps turn to it again. here we are, more than 20 years' later. how do you make sure this is not the film equivalent of dad dancing? well, the truth is you can't. pa rt part of the responsibility with what we are doing is making a sequel to a film people know very well. choose instagram, and hope that someone, somewhere at instagram, and hope that someone, somewhere at cares. instagram, and hope that someone, somewhere at cares. and the cast are already talking about a third film, based on urban welsh‘s novel. —— irvine. the chances of a trainspotting 3? yes, when we are in our 60s, in some scag—house old folks home. i'm up for it, he's up for it,
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so i don't think you've seen the last of begbie just yet. some pretty stark contrast in weather conditions for part two of the weekend across the uk. some areas saw some brilliant sunshine, again after a cold, frosty start, but other areas stayed cloudy and where it was cloudy you had to mist and murk and some low cloud as well, like this weather watch picture shows in monmouthshire. now, through the course of the night things will turn dry up. any light rain, some sleet and snow clearing away and then a fairly widespread frost developing. certainly where you keep the cloud, not quite as cold, but there will be some really cold spots and one thing we are concerned about through the course of the night is developing fog. freezing fog and places, particularly across central, southern and south—eastern areas and it is likely to become pretty
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extensive and dance towards the end of the night. so it could cause a few problems for the monday morning commute. keep tuned to bbc local radio, go online for the latest update. there is likely to be some travel disruption, and potential disruption to the major airports across the south—east as well so give yourself extra time if you are heading out, that fog would really be quite dense, freezing fog as well so it is going to be really cold. a little less fog i think in the far south—west towards wales, and he was clear skies we could see a little bit of sunshine through the course of the morning. a little but a fog as well further north, quite patchy in nature, potentially not quite as widespread as will be across the south of the south—east but a cold start for scotla nd south of the south—east but a cold start for scotland and northern ireland, but at least here to compensate there should be some good spells of sunshine. and then through the day the winds remain light, the fog may be slow to clear or even stubborn toukley at all across the south—east and where it does so it will remain cold and grey throughout the day. but actually, for many areas, central, northern and western
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areas, central, northern and western areas, it is going to be a pretty good—looking day. we have sunshine and the forecast, it will be quite chilly, especially where that fog lingers on across central and south—eastern areas. then into tuesday, almost a repeat performance. we start off with some pretty dense, freezing fog through central, southern and eastern areas, tending to live through the day. some sunshine developing across the west. a bit of a change taking place, increasing breeze, maybe a bit more in the way of cloud and a few spots of rain but slightly milderair few spots of rain but slightly milder air pushing few spots of rain but slightly milderair pushing in, you few spots of rain but slightly milder air pushing in, you will notice. temperatures just making double figures through tuesday afternoon but again across the south—east it could be quite chilly, especially whether fog lingers on. here is the pressure chart to show you what is going on in the middle pa rt you what is going on in the middle part of the week. high pressure just holding on across the south—east. you can see tightly packed isobars, certainly across the west where a weather front will be flirting with western areas to cause a bigger spells of rain. so we will be losing the fog, it will be clearing away through the course of the week as we pick up stronger winds. that wind will be chilly at first, certainly
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for many areas across the south—east, but then turning milder by the weekend. you're watching bbc world news. i'm babita sharma. our top story: donald trump's team accuses the media of trying to de—legitimise his presidency. the new president has taken issue with estimates of the size of the crowd at his inauguration on friday. the white house chief of staff, reince priebus, has accused parts of the us media of trying to undermine mrtrump. rescue workers in central italy are continuing to search for 23 people still missing after an avalanche destroyed the hotel where they were staying last week. nine survivors have been pulled from the ruins so far. and this story is trending on bbc.com: two people have been gored to death in a bull—wrestling festival in tamil nadu in southern india. it comes just a day after a ban on the controversial event was overturned. that's all from me now. stay with bbc world news.
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