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the headlines: first band, the headlines: first hand, then the backlash. president the headlines: first band, then the backlash. president trump defends his immigration policy while many are his immigration policy while many a re left his immigration policy while many are left trying to navigate them. canada's prime minister calls the shooting at a quebec city mosque a terrorist attack, as one of the suspects is charged with six counts of murder. a special bbc investigation report on the traffickers selling baby chimpanzees from west africa. and a singaporean filmmaker talks to us about her win at this year's sundance film festival. glad you could join us. it is sam
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glad you could join us. it is 8am in singapore, at midnight in london and 7pm in the evening in washington, dc, where donald trump's second week in office is proving just as eventful as his first. the american president has defended his immigration ban, even as new protests have ta ken immigration ban, even as new protests have taken place around the world, and condemnation increases. our north american editorjohn serpell has the latest. —— sopel. in 21st—century america, it is airports that are the gateway to this nation of immigrants. but that changed this weekend, amid scenes of chaos, anger and anxiety. people who thought they had a right to come suddenly not welcome. families separated. it was emotionally exhausting, and notjust for those directly affected. this is chuck schumer, the leader of the democrats in the senate. this executive order... ..was mean—spirited and un—american. but was president
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trump moved by this? no, he was not. i noticed chuck schumer yesterday, with fake tears. i'm going to ask him who is his acting coach. because i know him very well. i don't see him as a cryer. he defended his policy of social media, tweeting... and a lot of americans are standing by him. whatever needs to be done, has to be done, and this is for the safety of everybody. we're living in a dangerous world, and donald trump's number one job is to protect the american people. we live in a country of democracy, and if the majority of people feel that they are threatened, and they want to have things
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in place, then we should be able to have things in place. but across the country there have been spontaneous protests, bringing thousands out onto the streets, notjust to disagree with the policy and the way it was being implemented, but to argue that the values in the travel ban were profoundly un—american. and, highly unusually, president trump's predecessor has made his feelings known, barack obama's spokesman saying... and opposition to the travel ban will switch this evening to the capital, where democrats want to introduce legislation that would make it illegal. they are united. the republicans, as well, are deeply uneasy. last week, donald trump's first visitor to the white house was this man, the boss of ford. today he spoke spoke out against the ban. and notjust ford.
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goldman sachs, nike, starbucks, amazon and google, the biggest names in corporate america, condemning the action. and even the administration's own diplomats from the state department are organising against the ban, by signing what is called a cable of dissent, though for their efforts they have been given a right old kicking by the president's spokesman. and these career bureaucrats that have a problem with it? i think they should either get with the programme, or they can go. the protests have been intense, but the president is not backing down. he said this is about making america safer, and that the measures are temporary. # star-spangled banner. but that is little solace to the demonstrators, who fear that a piece of their america is going, perhaps no longer the land of the free and the home of the brave. mr trump's executive order has led
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to demonstrations, including here in london. an estimated 10,000 people gathered outside of downing street, and there were similar smaller gatherings across the uk. more than 1.5 million people have signed a petition calling for the uk to not extend an official state visit to mr trump. i just want to extend an official state visit to mr trump. ijust want to bring you up—to—date with some information which has come to us in the last 20 minutes or so, that the acting us attorney general, sally yates, has been reportedly speaking about trump's administration policy. we can speak to david willis for more. villas in on what she has been saying. sally yates has been saying that she is not convinced that the executive order signed by donald trump last friday is lawful, and therefore she will not be instructing thejustice department to defend it in court. now, sally yates is a barack 0bama appoints he. —— appointee. there is
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of course a donald trump candidate, jeff sessions, who has yet to be confirmed in that vote, but will be in the next few days and that could change all of this. but it is undoubtedly extremely rare for an acting attorney general to defy president, and this just makes the point that this is going to be the subject of a lot of legal wrangling, and there are some here who say that this very controversial executive order could go all the way to the united states supreme court. and as i speak to you, david, there are demonstrations taking place. nancy pelosi and other democratic lawmakers are staging protests. we have some pictures of that, i hope we will be able to show our view is that. but the backlash continues against the immigration policy of donald trump. absolutely, and while there are still people protesting at airports around the country, there are those who supported donald trump who are very pleased with these measures. they believe it is ticking
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the box, it is a job well done. they elected him on this promise, of putting america first, and they believe that by securing the borders they limit the risk of terrorists coming into the country. of course, none of the 9/11 hijackers or attackers came from any of the seven countries on the watch list of donald trump. but nonetheless, they are continuing to be convinced, his supporters, that this is a move in the right direction. so while we see a lot of protest is, there is some support from the people who put donald trump in the white house. indeed, a divided us. this is the scene live outside the supreme court, and that is where we expect donald trump to announce his nominee to the us supreme court on tuesday night, we are being told. that's right, yes. he was originally due to make this announcement on tuesday.
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he has brought it forward, he said he has been narrowing down over the last few days the person that he wanted, and he has had that person in mind forsome wanted, and he has had that person in mind for some while. it is likely to bea in mind for some while. it is likely to be a conservative, of course, and it will be very interesting, because it will be very interesting, because it is such an important peak. it has so it is such an important peak. it has so many ramifications for the course of history here in america. we will see how the developments continue. we will be speaking, i'm sure, very $0011. we will be speaking, i'm sure, very soon. for now, thank you very much. also making news this hour: bangladesh's government says it plans to continue with a controversial plan to relocate tens of thousands of rohingya muslim refugees. the plan is to to take the refugees to a remote island before repatriating them to myanmar. human rights groups strongly object to the plan, saying it amounts to a forced relocation. thousands of people have attended the funeral of a leading lawyer shot dead in myanmar‘s commercial capital, yangon, on sunday. ko ni, who was an adviser to aung san suu kyi's national league
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for democracy party. a suspect has been detained in connection with the killing, but so far there are no details on the motive. wildfires are still raging in chile as the search continues to find those responsible behind the blazes that have killed 11 people, burnt more than 1,000 homes and wiped out an entire town. ten people have been arrested on suspicion of arson. a huge air and ground operation is underway to contain 61 forest fires. and here is an illustration ofjust how exciting football can be, even without a match being played. these are the fans of the english non—league team sutton united. they have just learned that they will be playing at home in the fa cup, and this is how they reacted when they found out they'd be playing arsenal. the match will take place next month. sutton fans need to bag their tickets quick. their ground can only in fit 5,000 fans. to japan now, and the operator
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of the fukushima nuclear plant says they may have located part of a reactor core that was destroyed six years ago. the nuclear meltdown was triggered by an earthquake and tsunami. the disaster in 2011 was the worst nuclear incident since chernobyl some 25 years earlier. let's speak to our correspondent in tokyo, rupert wingfield—hayes. this possible fine could mean a significant rake through in its cleaned up —— this possible find could mean a significant breakthrough in its clean—up efforts. it has been six years since the disaster and during all that time tokyo electric power has not been able to say where the reactor cores from the three reactors that melted down and that disaster, where
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exactly they are. essentially they we re exactly they are. essentially they were inside the centre of reactor in a lozenge shaped unit, that when the meltdown happened, the whole of that unit, the pressure vessel, melted right through the bottom of it. the reactor cores, all the uranium and other metal inside there, turned into a sort of love and dropped to the bottom of the reactor containment vessel —— kind of lava. until now they had not known what happened to this very radioactive material. they got a camera down into reactor number two, inside the containment vessel, pointed it down at the bottom and they saw what looked like large chunks of black debris and they think this might be all or part of that reactor core. that is good news, if you like, because it means it is inside the containment vessel, which is where they want it to be, and it means they want it to be, and it means they may have some chance in the future of retrieving it and getting
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it out of there and storing it safely somewhere else. although that isa safely somewhere else. although that is a very, very difficult problem for them to solve still and will ta ke for them to solve still and will take many decades. so what next? 0ver take many decades. so what next? over the last six years it has been a very costly attempt. it is, and it is going to continue to be extremely costly. the cost of this clean—up has escalated. i mean, recently they gave a figure of triple their original... 0riginally they said it would cost $50 billion to clean up the fukushima would cost $50 billion to clean up the fu kushima disaster. would cost $50 billion to clean up the fukushima disaster. then it went to $100 billion. now it has gone to $200 billion. so it is escalating all the time and the timeframe, it has gone from a0 to 50 years, they are talking about doing stuff that they don't have the technology yet, has not been invented, to retrieve these very highly radioactive debris from inside these melted down reactors. so this is all still in the realm of speculation, and many, many years or decades away but they are at least starting to be able to
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get equipment inside there, to find out what is the state of these reactors that have been destroyed. let's bring you a development now on the quebec city mosque shooting on sunday, where six people were killed. we understand that the authorities have charged a canadian student, alexandre bissonnette, with six counts of murder. canada's prime minister, justin trudeau, said the attack was an act of terror. from quebec city, aleem maqbool reports. it is a quiet, suburban corner of quebec city that was the site of this bloodshed. a gunman burst into the islamic cultural centre during evening prayers, spraying the worshippers with bullets. police say the victims were all men aged between 35 and 60, including, according to locals, a university professor, and the owner of this butcher's shop, close to where the attack took place. translation: quebec is the most secure city. for me, it's beautiful.
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so, to have an attack like this here... police said one man was detained close to the scene, but he is now thought to have been just a witness. the suspected gunman fled in his car across a bridge in the centre of this city, but pulled over and called police to turn himself in. he waited, and appears to have been detained without a struggle. he has now been named as alexandre bissonnette, in his late 20s. well, the police haven't talked about a motive as yet. but, even though this is known to be a peaceful place, with very little crime, that same mosque here in quebec city has been targeted with islamophobia before. injune, during during the muslim holy month of ramadan, a pig's head was left on the doorstep, but mosque leaders say there were no threats of late. prime ministerjustin trudeau called the killing a terrorist attack on muslims. to the more than one million canadians who profess the muslim faith, i want to say
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directly, we are with you. 36 million hearts are breaking with yours. and know that we value you. in recent days, the prime minister stood up against some of the anti—islamic rhetoric coming from the us, saying canada would continue to welcome those fleeing persecution, no matter their faith. aleem maqbool, bbc news, quebec city. you are watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: a bbc investigation exposes a global network of traffickers selling baby chimpanzees. also on the programme: we speak to the singaporean filmmaker about her debut win at this year's sundance film festival. the shuttle challenger exploded soon after liftoff.
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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 its 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 a day's wages for the average russian. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon.
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i'm babita sharma in london. our top stories: president donald trump defends his immigration measures, while many are left trying to navigate them. canada's prime minister calls the shooting at a quebec city mosque a terrorist attack as the authorities continue their investigation. and on bbc.com, masaya nakamura, the japanese engineer whose company invented the video game pac—man, has died at the age of 91. credited with turning the arcade game into a global phenomenon, mr nakamura launched pac—man in 1980. the game transformed his fortunes and entertained millions. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. singapore's straits times leads on the story which has been dominating the headlines for the last two days. it says that donald trump is standing firm on his policy banning travel to the us for citizens of certain countries
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despite a huge international backlash. the south china morning post reports on the hong kong based airline, cathay pacific, and its plans to cut emissions from its fleet of aircraft. it says it hopes a switch to bio—fuels will reduce the amount of greenhouse gases it generates by up to eighty % on some of its longer flights. and the philippines inquirer and the philippines star leads on the miss universe beauty pageant. the title was taken by france's iris mittenaire. but the reason for her spot on page one is perhaps because the woman handing her the crown is last year's champion, pia wurtzback from the philippines. a global network of wildlife traffickers selling baby chimpanzees has been exposed by a bbc news investigation. the tiny animals seized
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from the wild in west africa are sold as pets as far away as the gulf states and china. the bbc worked undercover in ivory coast to produce this report with our science editor david shukman. a baby chimpanzee. captured from a jungle in west africa. 0rphaned after poachers killed its family and now looking for reassurance. during a year—long investigation, we were sent these videos by dealers offering to sell the tiny animals for about £10,000 each. our research led us to ivory coast and a secret animal—trafficking network. a dealer called ibrahima traore sent us a video of a
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crate specially made for wildlife smuggling. animals that you are allowed to trade to provide coverfor a chimpanzee hidden below. he then met a colleague of ours who was pretending to be a buyer and using a hidden camera. ibrahima spelled out his prices in dollars. 0ur undercover colleague went to see the animal for himself. 0ur colleague took pictures. this cover story that he needed proof for a client in indonesia. at this point, the police moved in. ibrahima traore was arrested.
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the police then ordered everyone onto the ground. and they found the chimpanzee, a young male. so the police have just made all of these arrests, it's pretty edgy here, the atmosphere, and it's all about this, a baby chimpanzee taken from the jungle. the real tragedy of this trade is that to get one infant chimpanzee out of the jungle, all of the adults in its family had to be killed. that's as many as ten adults slaughtered just to get one chimp here ready for trade. we'd been advised not to touch the chimp until a vet had checked him. so for a few agonising moments, he was all alone. before being handed over to wildlife
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officials. the police colonel in charge said trafficking threatened the survival of chimpanzees. the baby chimp is now in safe hands. he's been given a name — nemlijunior. and the traffickers trying to sell him are, for the moment, out of action. david shukman, bbc news, in ivory coast. now for a moment of history in the movie world. filmmaker kirsten tan‘s debut feature, pop aye, has just won the world cinema dramatic specialjury award for screenwriting at the sundance film festival in the states. it's the first time a singapore film and a singaporean film maker have received such an honour. here's a taster of the movie. pop aye there.
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i asked writer and director of the movie kirsten tan how it felt to win an award at sundance fillm festival. i think it will take some time for me to process the entire significance of this award. but i'm just, like, when i first heard the news it was just pure elation, pure emotion, purejoy. ijust did a little dance in my room. maybe you could show us the dance a bit of it later on! how did you come up with the plot of this movie? how did i come up with the plot of the film? that's right. i think the plot of the film came to me rather easily actually. it's a very simple story about a guy who bumped into this long—lost elephant and the story is of them on this road trip in search of them on this road trip in search of their old childhood where they grew up together. in terms of the story, it's a pretty simple story but it did take some time to fill
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the moments with stuff and with scenes i think our unique and interesting. how much of a struggle was this journey for you, kerstin, in receiving the sundance film festival award? the entire journey of the film was very tough. it was a very tough film to make because, i mean, when you think of elephants, we we re mean, when you think of elephants, we were shooting with children, we we re we were shooting with children, we were shooting in one of the hottest summers of thailand, this film was really ha rd to summers of thailand, this film was really hard to put together. i'm just really glad that the film seemed to come together, the audience seems to appreciate it and so far it seems to be doing really rather well. you have been watching newsday. stay with us. this is a distant relation of both you and me!
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scientists have discovered the fossilised remains of a 5a0—million—year—old creature in china. ina week in a week where our weather is turning wetter and windier, let's celebrate the sunshine and the best of that again on monday was in scotland. contrasting is like this with a view on the south coast of england and four tuesday we're going to marry these differences. it's this sort of whether that's going to wind out as this weather system works very slowly from west to east across the uk. not a huge amount of sunshine on offer but plenty of cloud and most of us will see rain at some stage. quite a wet start to the day in northern ireland but here's something dry and brighter for the afternoon. down the eastern side of england where you start dry eventually we'll see outbreaks of rain moving in. a lot of the rain
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will be light but some heavy bursts in scotland, especially in the southern uplands and grampians and maybe some higher routes could be slippy as we see some sleet and snow and rain falling onto frozen ground but conditions will gradually improve. a lot of the cloud is low cloud so hill fog around. eastern england starting dry, many of us here, but cloudy and feeling quite cool in the breeze where we have milderair cool in the breeze where we have milder air already into south—west england, starting to move through more of wales as well, eventually into northern ireland. but a messy picture for tuesday as we take outbreaks of rain gradually further east. again heavy bursts in scotland and dry and brighter weather in northern ireland into the afternoon. all the while taking something a bit milder into the uk from the south—west, 11 in belfast but feeling quite cool in eastern scotla nd feeling quite cool in eastern scotland and eastern england with the cloud, outbreaks of rain and breeze. more rain to come in parts of england and wales especially on tuesday night and into wednesday morning. clearer spells into scotla nd morning. clearer spells into scotland and northern ireland, some
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spots getting cold enough for a touch of frost and fog patches. england and wales with the cloud around, temperatures holding up. on wednesday the weather system dragging its heels, especially into england and eventually the rain pulling away from the east late in the day. a bit brighter in between the day. a bit brighter in between the two weather systems before another one comes the two weather systems before another one comes into northern ireland to parts of wales and the south—west of england later on wednesday. again some getting into double figures. 0n wednesday. again some getting into double figures. on thursday, it looks like a windy affair, some bright and sunny spells around but bands of showers, some may be heavy with the risk of hail and thunder spreading northeast across the country and the winds looked like picking up further towards the end of the week and into the weekend. lots more uncertainty about the detail but look at this, there's the growing sense some will be facing some stormy weather by the end of the week and into the weekend. we will, of course, keep you updated. i'm babita sharma with bbc world news. our top story: donald trump continues to defend his immigration policy, as the backlash continues.
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in the latest development, the acting attorney general, sally yates, who was originally appointed by barack 0bama, has told lawyers at the justice department not to defend mr trump's executive order on travel restrictions if it is challenged in court. canada's prime minister calls the shooting at a quebec city mosque a terrorist attack, as one of the suspects, alexandre bissonnette, is charged with six counts of murder. and this video is trending on bbc.com: the british actor peter capaldi is to step down from his role as doctor who. he took over as the 12th time lord in 2013. he will remain as the doctor until the end of the current series. that's all from me now. stay with bbc world news. now on bbc news, it is time for hardtalk.
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