i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. welcome. the headlines: after protest and confusion, the white house clarifies president trump's travel—ban policy, insisting he's not targeting muslims. seniorfigures in donald trump's own party say the measures have been poorly implemented, but the president stands firm. i'm babita sharma in london. mystery surrounds the murder of one of myanmar‘s most prominent muslim politicians. police arrest a suspect. and meet baba sen, india's cosmic barber, who takes a spiritual approach to grooming. we promise it'll leave you tingling all over. live from our studios in singapore and london. this is bbc world news. it's newsday. good morning.
it's 9am in singapore, 1am in london, and 8pm in washington, where president trump has been defending his executive order preventing travellers from seven mainly muslim countries and all refugees from entering the united states. he says america "needs borders and extreme vetting now." the president faces fierce criticism, both internationally and within the united states, over his ban. it's been a weekend of angry demonstrations and legal challenges in the states. our correspondent, nick bryant, reports from new york. chant: no ban, no wall — new york for all. new york has always been the great gateway into america and demonstrators gathered in a highly emblematic setting, under the gaze of the statue of liberty, that welcoming symbol for new arrivals. but today we have seen large gatherings across the country. the fractious mood reminiscent of the 1960s. protest is becoming a permanent feature of the trump presidency
and atjfk airport last night, the demonstrations lasted deep into the early hours. "let them in" they chanted. it's an attack on the very foundation of democracy. demonstrations took place across the country. these are scenes in boston as a us senator defied the us president. i cannot believe this is happening. i knew that donald trump would be bad but, boy, not this bad, not this fast. at this courthouse in brooklyn came a late—night legal challenge and civil liberties lawyers emerge claiming victory as a federaljudge blocked parts of the executive order temporarily banning all refugees and travel from seven muslim majority countries. president trump enacts law or executive orders that
are unconstitutional and illegal. the courts are there to defend everyone‘s right. what started as a protest outside this courthouse in brooklyn has now become a celebration. at the arrivals hall in dallas airport, outside washington, the joy of reunion. a muslim woman from iraq finally making it back into the country. all of a sudden i get a call and they are telling me they are detaining my wife who is a green card holder, a legal resident in this country. but despite the court ruling, and others making it through immigration, the department of homeland security said it would continue to enforce the executive order. the president says his policy is working out very nicely and defended it on twitter. this christian family was also
refused entry. they were turned out. they were turned away at philadelphia airport and forced to fly back to beirut. translation: my son has been in america three years, they did not let me call him. there is no humanity. they had spent all their money on tickets and seen their american dreams eradicated with the stroke of a pen. nick bryant, bbc news, new york. let's get the latest now from our correspondent, david willis, in washington. it was a busy 2a hours. bring us up—to—date with what we are hearing from the homeland security offers of donald trump today. john kelly making the point that this order does not apply to those who have green card, whose papers are in order, if you like. there has been a lot of confusion over the weekend. protests in major american airports.
they rallied against this order along with democrat senators. we have seen a muted response from republicans. they were mostly supportive, although john mccain republicans. they were mostly supportive, althoughjohn mccain and lindsey graham of course came out earlier on with a statement that the measures put into place by donald trump could amount to a self—inflicted wound, as they put it, in the fight against terrorism. donald trump, as he does, coming back for a vastly on that, saying that they basically do need to concentrate on the fight against islamic state and that they are wrong. —— robustly. islamic state and that they are wrong. -- robustly. a lot of criticism nationally and internationally, david. yes, indeed. leaders around the world, especially european ones, are worried about this. iranians said they will employ
tit—for—tat measures and keep americans out of here. that will continue, perhaps, over the americans out of here. that will continue, perhaps, overthe next americans out of here. that will continue, perhaps, over the next few days, as the magnitude of this sinks in. that is what the donald trump presidency is relaxed about. they said this is what those who put them in the white house voted for. he says it is going along very nicely. as we have been speaking, david, not only a few hours ago, but even now, protesting is taking place in some cities across america. yes they are. we saw a big protest outsidejfk airport in new york. that has been continuing throughout the day to be protesting here and in washington, dc and dallas airport. these protesters are making the point that they believe the executive order is unconstitutional and that it flies
in the face, if you like, of american values. 0k, david. david, live in washington. thank you very much for that. let's take a look at some of the day's other news. officials in malaysia say 22 people, mostly chinese nationals, have been rescued after a malaysian boat sank in rough seas off the coast of borneo. six people remain unaccounted for. translation: according to our calculation, 25 people have been found, while six others are still missing. we will deploy search assets that can operate at night and continue our search operations to locate those who are still missing. also making news today: us officials say that president trump authorised a commando raid against al-qaeda in yemen,in which at least 14 militants and a us service member died. it was a dawn raid in the al—baida province in yemen. reports say there were civilian fatalities. wildfires in chile have killed at least 11 people and left several thousand homeless.
firefighters and volunteers are tackling more than 100 separate fires, half of which are still out of control. the authorities have detained more than a0 people suspected of arson. the socialist party in france has chosen a politician from the hard—left to be its candidate in this year's presidential election. a former education minister, benoit hamon, comfortably beat his rival, manuel valls, who conceded before the final tally was completed. lunar new year fireworks were cancelled in beijing to help prevent smog, but that certainly wasn't the case in hong kong. a huge display of fireworks lit up the sky to bring in the year of the rooster. thousands of people gathered to watch the booming bright lights explode over hong kong's famous harbour. a leading member of aung san‘s suu kyi's political party has been shot dead in myanmar.
ko ni was one of the national league for democracy‘s most prominent muslim members and also worked as a lawyer. our correspondent, jonah fisher, is in yangon, and gave more details about the main suspect who is currently being held by police. the bbc‘sjonah fisherjoins us live from yangon now with the latest on this. as you mentioned, he is probably the most prominent muslim in aung san suu kyi's political party, the national league for democracy. he works as a legal adviser for her. he also set up a legal association for muslim lawyers specifically to help the rights of muslim citizens in this country. muslims are a minority here, this is a buddhist nominated country. so it is possible he was targeted because he is was a prominent muslim. it's also possible that he was targetted because he is close to aung san suu kyi — he has worked with her closely in the past, particularly on the constitution here, on plans to try and change the military—drafted constitution which gives the army so much political power so another line of thought is that he has been targeted pewrhaps by some sort of shadowy agency here, a security agancy of some sort, because he has been at the forefront
of those efforts to try redraft the constitution, bring a new constitution into place and this could be a way of sending a pretty chilling message to aung san suu kyi. what more do we know about the moments before this shooting, this murder, took place? incredibly, a picture was taken off the moment of assassination. we are not sure of the circumstances of how that picture was taken but it shows the assassin holding a pistol to the head of ko ni. ko ni was waiting at the taxi stand at yangon airport, holding a small child — we are told his grandson — at the time. pictures emerging from shortly afterwards show the police detaining this same man, he was wearing flip flops, shorts, a pink shirt. we know he has been ta ken into custody. he is kyi linn, a 53 years old from mandalay but in terms of why he has done this, we will be waiting to hear from the police later today. we know all of this comes
at a particulalry tense time with tensions rising, of course, in rakhine state. that's right, it is important to stress that the rohingya issue is a separate issue in this country, in many ways. there are about a million rohingya muslims in the west of this country, with this ongoing tension and at times conflict with the buddhist population in the far west of this country but what happens there does have an impact on the mood in the rest of this country and whenever there's trouble in rakhine state, it has an impact on relations between buddhists and muslims in the rest of the country. at a time like now, we have had almost four months now of a crisis in rakhine state with rohingya being driven out. tensions are particularly high between muslim and buddhist communities. jonah fisher.
you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: stylist or spiritualist? we meet the barber who has become a social media sensation in india. the shuttle challenger exploded soon after liftoff. there were seven astronauts on board, one of them a woman school teacher. all of them are believed to have been killed. by the evening, tahrir square, the heart of official cairo, was in the hands of the demonstrators. they were using the word "revolution". the earthquake singled out buildings, and brought them down in seconds. tonight, the search for any survivors has an increasing desperation about it as the hours pass. the new government is firmly in control of the entire republic of uganda. moscow got its first taste
of western fast food, as mcdonald's opened their biggest restaurant, in pushkin square. but the hundreds of muscovites who queued up today won't find it cheap, with a big mac costing half the day's wages for the average russian. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. i'm babita sharma in london. our top stories: there have been more protests and political and legal opposition in the united states to president trump's order to restrict immigration. there's been international criticism of president trump's move but he has again defended his decision and is accusing the media of falsely reporting that it amounted to a ban on muslims. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world let's start with the new york times which is leading, with our top story, the us ban on migrants from seven mainly muslim countries. it runs a picture of protesters at kennedy airport and quotes experts saying the move
will increase the risk of terrorism by feeding resentment. the straits times leads on roger federer becoming the oldest tennis player for 45 years to win a men's grand slam title. here he is holding his trophy after defeating his arch—rival rafael nadal in the australian open. and the japan times reports on prime minister shinzo abe and his upcoming visit to the us to hold talks with president donald trump. the newspaper says economics and security are expected to dominate the agenda of next month's summit in washington. now, what stories are sparking discussions online? a story trending on the bbc website is about calls to stop president trump's state visit to the uk. in reaction to his migrant ban, there is a petition on the parliament website saying president trump should be denied the privilge of a state visit when he comes to the uk later this year because it would embarass the queen.
in less than a day it has now gained more than 800,000 signatures meaning it could be considered for a debate in parliament. more now on our top story. rajini vaidyanathan has been speaking to protestors in washington — unhappy at president trump's executive order on immigration. the protesters organised that relatively make no test and they have been managed to get large crowds. what you think? it seems like it's happening in cities all across the country right now. i think it's moving, i think it's tragic. i think it's beautiful and i'm just sad that it has to be because we have so much potential in this country are we have such
peaceful people, we are a country of immigrants. can you show the world watch a sign says? yes. i know that mum knows best. why do is mum know best? this is not america at all. we are standing here today to fight against injustices and oppression. standing together to send an urgent message to donald trump that this is not acceptable, it is unconstitutional and we will resist every step of the way. just explain why you decided to write this on your sign. i think that trump has been trying to cover up what he is doing and saying by excusing himself, saying, it's not a muslin ban, we are saying no to bad people but i think that's to deceiving ——
muslims. we are out here to say that we are not deceived. donald trump has only been in powerforjust we are not deceived. donald trump has only been in power forjust over one week. this is another day of protests here a re one week. this is another day of protests here are outside the white house. earlier i spoke to steve gruber — a conservative radio host from michigan and i began by asking him if he thinks donald trump was right to implement this policy. according to 62 million americans that voted for him, this is part of what he ran on. this is what he told the american people. he will make america secure and safe. that is what he is doing whether it is the southern border with mexico or putting a temporary pause and remember we are saying a temporary pause on southern natures. ——7 nations. this is not a ban on muslims, it is a ban on seven nations which we are waiting on paperwork from. donald trump is working in the best interests of the
united states. of course there is pushed back and outraged that there is -- pushed back and outraged that there is —— he is doing exactly what he said he would do. that is what is angering the left. he said this is to detect the american people. what kind of impact you think this will happen on moderate muslims who call america home? again, this is only seven countries. make no mistake, america takes more immigrants than all of the nations in the world combined every year. america is a wonderful place for immigrants. we are built by immigrants. sure this isa are built by immigrants. sure this is a temporary pause, just like the president said. it is to make sure we have the betting in place to do the background checks we need to do. forgive me steve but what —— my question was what impact will this have on the majority of law—abiding muslims who have been speaking to us on the bbc and vocally saying they are concerned about their welfare, concerned about their rights as american citizens or green card holders. green card holders can still come into the united states.
they have to go through some additional vetting. they will not be blocked. a majority of people are not affected at all by this. if you area not affected at all by this. if you are a citizen of the united states, either naturally born became a citizen later, this will not affect you. the 62 million people that voted for donald trump. his approval ratings continue to go up 67% after one week in office. again, why? because he is doing exactly what he told the voters he was going to do. prince william and prince harry have announced plans to erect a statue of their mother, diana princess of wales, in the grounds of kensington palace, 20 years after her death. the two princes said that the time was right "to recognise her positive impact" with a permanent statue. simon jones has more. diana's home became the focus for the outpouring of grief following her death in a car crash in 1997. now it will take centre stage again for a new commemoration of her life. in a statement the duke of cambridge and prince harry said,
"it has been 20 years since our mother's death and the time is right to recognise the positive impact in the uk and around the world with a permanent statue. our mother touched so many lives." the statue will be erected here in the public gardens of kensington palace. the royal brothers say they hope it will allow all those who visit here to reflect on diana's life and legacy. work on the design will begin shortly, with it expected to be finished later this year. william and harry will be very much involved. it will be faced with criticism, whether it's a true likeness and true likeness is in the eyes of the beholder. some will say it is, some will say it isn't, so it's a very difficult task, particularly when they choose the artist, and the artist has to get it absolutely right. until now the main memorial has been a fountain in a park in london. diana's sister will be on the committee tasked with commissioning and privately raising the funds for the statue.
at kensington palace, there's enthusiasm for the project. she was the people's princess so i think it's a good idea. a lot of people were attached to diana, so i think they would like to see it. i would like to see it. the unveiling will be one of several events this year to mark diana's life and work 20 years on. police and the philippines say they will disband anti— drugs unit in order to promote what the police are calling an internal cleansing following the killing of a south korean businessmen by rogue officers last year. more than 7000 people have been killed in president rodrigo duterte's war on drugs. he vowed to continue with it until the end of his term. it's a new year, so you might be thinking about a new look, maybe a new hairstyle. well, one barber in rajasthan in india has taken a spritiual approach to grooming. his name is baba sen and he's been dubbed the cosmic barber on social media.
we sent dan curtis along to get a special treatment. i am baba sen, from pushkar, rajasthan. i give people my cosmic energy. one customer came in, "wow, you are very famous. i see youtube, wow." my energy made me famous, and youtube may be famous, and people made me famous. there were videos, and million, million look me.
a shame he only appears to do men's hair. you have been watching newsday. would you spend thousands dressing your child? we look at how wealthy parents in asia are driving demand for kids designer clothes. and before we go, let's take a look at these pictures. the trump administration is standing firm over its decision to place a ban on immigration and all refugees. the immigrants are from seven countries. despite the court rulings and mass protests that have been held a guest of that decision since it was implemented on friday, in a statement, donald trump said, "ca esa r‘s statement, donald trump said, "caesar's will once again be issued once this is a pure places were in place. —— visas. " once this is a pure places were in place. —— visas." he denied it was a ban on muslims. we will have more to come with the headlands coming your way next but we just want to leave
you with these pictures. on a lighter note. the world's only surviving giant panda triplets were a big lunar new year attraction for crowds in the china's southern guangdong province. these pandas are extremely rare. the probability of giant pandas giving birth to twins are 50—50. but the probability of them giving birth to triplets is extremely low. there have been just three recorded triplet births since august of 2014 in the whole world. that's all for now — stay with bbc world news. hello.
this week, january will go out, february will start on a much more active spell of weather than we've had recently. we're all going to see some wet weather at times as we go through the week. it'll become windy, potentially very windy at the end of the week, and even where we're starting the week cold, particularly in scotland, it'll be turning milder. one weather system is pulling away from the uk, another is approaching. in between the two we've got plenty of cloud. many parts starting free. scotland isn't. a hard frost, particularly across highland scotland, —8 could be yours to begin the day, with mist and fog as well, just gradually clearing through the morning. so, do watch out for that. yep, definitely frosty in scotland. but that patchy mist and fog into the central belt, for example, to start the day could well slow you down. here's the contrast. as we move into northern england, across northern ireland, the rest of england and wales, it's low cloud keeping up temperatures. hill fog, too, coastal fog in some spots, particularly across the south—west of the uk, it is damp and drizzly in places, too, and another weather system taking outbreaks of rain
into south—west england. and as we go on through monday, that is going to take its rain very slowly across the rest of south—west england, into south and west wales and eventually into northern ireland. ahead of that, plenty of cloud, a few brighter breaks in northern england, but after that morning mist and fog the best of the afternoon sunshine will be across scotland. this is where you have the lowest daytime temperatures after that cold start. very mild across wales and south—west england. some of us getting into double figures. monday night we continue to see this wet weather pushing further north and east across the uk, starting chilly on monday night in scotland. temperatures coming up, though. bit of sleet and snow possible over the higher ground. lower levels we're expecting rain as this system moves through. and then on tuesday it slides east and south—east across the uk, so again, another spell of rain for many of us. plenty of cloud, just brightening up into the afternoon. into northern ireland, a few sunny spells coming through and double—figure temperatures for more of us by the time we get to tuesday. looking ahead to wednesday,
that system slowing down before clearing away from eastern areas. then a little bit of a gap before the next system heading into the west. and i just want to show you the picture now for thursday into friday. and a deep area of low pressure dominating proceedings. now, it may not look like this thursday into friday. there's a lot of uncertainty about the detail. i just want to flag up the possibility, though, that this week could end on a very windy note. i'm babita sharma with bbc world news. our top story: president trump has defended his temporary travel ban on people entering the us from seven mainly muslim countries. there have been more protests and political and legal opposition in the us against his order to ban all refugees and some migrants from the us. internationally, there has also been concern and criticism of president trump's policy on immigration. iran says it's a gift to extremists. the arab league said it's unjustified. and this video is trending on bbc.com. britain's prince william and prince harry have announced plans to build a statue of their mother, princess diana, 20 years after she was killed
in a car crash in paris. they said the time was right to recognise her positive contribution at home and abroad. that's all from me now. stay with bbc world news. and the top story here in the uk: more than 800,000 people have signed an on—line petition against donald trump making a state visit to the uk. the petition will be considered for debate by mps in parliament