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this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. the headlines: the united states urges china to respect freedom and civil liberties in hong kong, as president xi continues his symbolic visit to mark 20 years of reunification. donald trump's travel ban comes into force after a supreme court ruling partially allows travel restrictions from six mainly muslim muslim countries. i'm babita sharma in london. also in the programme: hoping to defuse tensions with north korea, south korea's president moon arrives at the white house for talks with president trump. and we have the findings of a major new study, into the effects of pesticides on bees. it's 8am in singapore and 1am in london.
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and we start in hong kong, which is marking 20 years since the end of british colonial rule. the chinese president, xijinping, is visiting the territory under tightened security. that security is there to curtail any pro—democracy protests. our china editor carrie gracie has been meeting some of those who were born in the year of the handover. hong kong's patriots greet their president and first lady. flags, but no umbrellas allowed, because umbrellas are the symbol of protest here. he said he'd come to support hong kong. protesters chant. that's not how democracy activists see it. occupying a monument china presented to hong kong for the handover. one student insisted on herfreedom
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to protest as she was arrested. hours earlier, she had illustrated her feelings about the chinese communist state. a hong kong flag in mourning. a veteran protester at 20. but she's no longer optimistic about what protest can achieve. another hong konger, born in the year of the handover. coffee shop barista and freestyle footballer lai cunyin busks to make ends meet. in one of the world's most unaffordable cities, he resents the people from mainland china who he says are pricing him out. to find a 20—year—old who's
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celebrating this week, it's best to look for a mainlander. sunny tan is a student here, but she grew up in china and from an early age was taught to be proud of her country. free liu xiaobo! some celebrate, and others mourn. this vigil, calling for the release of a political dissident, would be impossible anywhere else in china. only hong kong has the freedom
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to protest, which is what makes it so special, but what also makes it a thorn in china's side. carrie gracie, bbc news, hong kong. and we will go live to hong kong to speak with our correspondent, so stay with us for that. let's take a look at some of the day's other news. after months of court battles, part of donald trump's travel ban is finally coming into effect. on monday, the supreme court partially upheld his executive order, restricting travel from six mainly muslim countries. the bbc‘s nada tawfik is monitoring this from new york. the administration, through the supreme court, said the ban could partially come into effect. they said those with bona fide relations in the united states would be exempt, so we saw the trump administration last night putting those guidelines in place on who they consider to have a bona fide relationship. they said those with close family ties, such as a daughter or a child or a spouse, could travel
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to the united states, could apply for a visa, as well as those who had a job offer, or were a student studying, or a journalist on assignment. they would be considered an entity with a relationship. but we've already seen activists kind of complaining about the fact that this is the government making a determination about what constitutes a family member. so grandparents, for example, aunts and uncles are not included to have a bona fide relationship, and they consider that a very narrow definition by the administration. they point out that in some cases a person could be raised by their grandparents but could be affected by this definition from the trump administration. so you already have activists arriving at airports just in case, to help people who might have issues, but the administration has said they expect this to run smoothly, to not have the kind of chaos we saw injanuary, when the original travel ban was imposed and there was chaos at airports,
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because there wasn't prior warning. and these guidelines will really stay in place until the supreme court is able to have further hearing of the arguments, but that could happen in october, so, in the meantime, these guidelines will be in place. we are getting clarification on this because the us state department has said fiance s do qualify under that supreme court ruling, — that was just confirmed on the state department website in the last couple of minutes. also making news today: a 21—year—old woman has been detained at heathrow airport on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism. the woman from north london was arrested after arriving on a flight from istanbul. the metropolitan police have also conducted searches of two addresses in london and say the arrest is syria—related. a jury in moscow has found five chechen men guilty of murdering
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the russian opposition‘s most prominent activist, boris nemtsov, near the kremlin in 2015. police are hunting a former chechen officer who promised them quarter of a million dollars. mr nemtsov‘s family said it was a fiasco that the mastermind remained at large. boris nemtsov‘s family are surely was killed because of his political activity but for nine months the hearings here in this military court have focused only on the five men of carrying out a contract killing. the key questions of who hired them for that and wife remained unanswered even now. china is reported to have refused requests to allow the nobel peace prize winner, liu xiaobo, to go abroad for medical treatment. the 61—year—old, who's serving an 11 year prison sentence for subversion, is suffering from terminal liver cancer. he's currently in hospital in the city of shenyang, in north—eastern china. the governor of new york,
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andrew cuomo, has declared a state of emergency on the city's subway system, saying its dismal performance was "wholly unacceptable". the move comes two days after a subway train derailed in northern manhattan, injuring dozens of people and raising public concerns about safety. mr cuomo announced an extra $1 billion for improving the subways. german football fans are looking forward to the weekend. on friday their under 21 stars will play in the final of the european championship, while on sunday their senior team will play in the final of the confederation cup. they reached that final with a 4—1 win over mexico in the russian city of sochi. a full report on the game is coming up in sport today. summer means a celebration of odd—shaped fruit in parts of asia, so take a look at these ones. square watermelons being unloaded at a warehouse injapan.
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they were first developed 45 years ago to fit neatly inside the fridge but the fruits weren't very sweet, so they have become rather ornamental. customers can pay hundreds of dollars for these designer fruits. farmers say they've got a good crop this year, because there were plenty of clear days. let's return now to president xi's visit to hong kong. our correspondent there is juliana liu. shejoins me now. the united states has urged china to respect civil liberties in hong kong. what has been the reaction? well, rico, that statement emerged from the us state departmentjust a a few hours ago, urging the chinese government to ensure hong kong maintains its civil liberties,
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including freedom of the press. there has been no official response from the chinese government yet. it is likely to be quite terse. they might ask them to stay out of chinese business. hong kong hasn't issued an official statement. they will take a softer, more nuanced line. indeed, free press is something hong kong enjoys under the one country two systems formula. this is a right that is guaranteed in the basic law. in recent years, especially local journalists in the basic law. in recent years, especially localjournalists have said, they have complained about interference, direct interference from the chinese government. they have also said that commercial pressures a re have also said that commercial pressures are making it more difficult for them to express their views. the youth of hong kong have been a driving force behind many of the protests. some even want self
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determination, others independence. has president xijinping at determination, others independence. has president xi jinping at rest the issue? yes, rico, he has in a quite frank statement in a meeting with top hong kong government officials. he applauded them for effectively curbing the hong kong independence movement. surprisingly, rico, these comments are not carried by the official chinese media so it appears that they are effectively censoring their president at the moment. at rico, it is worth repeating the independence movement is not a mainstream movement. according to a series of opinion polls young people who have been backing it in previous yea rs who have been backing it in previous years and months seem to be moving away from supporting that movement. so, it seems support is waning but of course the movement still exists and it is something the chinese government does continue to worry about. thank you so much for the
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update. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: under siege in the city of raqqa. we follow us forces supporting the fight against islamic state militants in syria. also on the programme: a potentially perilous day on the fairway as an elk gives a swedish golfer a run for his money. we'll have more. china marked its first day of rule in hong kong, with a series of spectacular celebrations. a huge firework display was held in the former colony. the chinese president, jiang zemin, said unification was the start of a new era for hong kong. the world's first clone has been produced of an adult mammal. scientists in scotland have produced a sheep called dolly that was cloned in a laboratory using a cell from another sheep. for the first time in 20 years,
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russian and american spacecraft have docked in orbit at the start of a new era of cooperation in space. challenger powered past the bishop rock lighthouse at almost 50 knots, shattering a record that had stood for 3h years. and there was no hiding the sheer elation of richard branson and his crew. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. i'm babita sharma in london. our top stories: the united states urges beijing to respect freedom and civil liberties in hong kong. president xi is on a visit there to mark two decades since it rejoined china. and donald trump's travel ban has come into force,
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after the supreme court allowed parts of it to go ahead. people from six muslim—majority countries are affected. despite protests against the lynchings, another muslim man in india has been killed by a mob of people on suspicion he was carrying beef in his car. prime minister narendra modi had condemned killings by cow vigilantes just hours earlier. that story is on bbc world service radio. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the china daily reports on beijing's plans to boost its use of artificial intelligence in the coming years. the government aims to take a lead in this cutting edge technology. they are planning to release a new national strategy designed to last until 2030. the new york times reports on a trove of artworks looted by the nazis that could soon be going on display. over 1,000 works were discovered
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nearly four years ago at the home of a german art hoarder. 250 of them will be exhibited in november. and finally, the front page of the straits times has a story about one very lucky taxi driverfrom singapore. loo chee soon had a narrow escape after a large tree fell on his taxi when it stopped at a red light. he escaped unharmed, but said he had been stunned by the accident. now, rico, once again donald trump's tweets have caused a twitter storm. another stunning tweet from mr trump. president trump has drawn criticism after insulting the host of a us tv show on twitter.
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he described mika brzezinski as "bleeding badly from a facelift" during a visit to his florida resort at new year, and referred to her as "low io crazy mika." the tv presenter had recently criticised trump on her breakfast show. the white house was unapologetic, saying that when the president gets attacked, he is going to hit back. however, senior republicans, including the house speaker, paul ryan, were quick to condemn the remarks. forces opposed to the islamic state group have made significant advances against strongholds in both syria and iraq. in syria, kurdish and arab troops supported by the us have the city of raqqa completely surrounded. raqqa was captured by is militants over three years ago. our correspondent gabriel gatehouse, who is north of raqqa, sent this report. the battle for raqqa is still far from won. not already they are
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looking to a future post caliphate. —— but already. here, local leaders in waiting, the us envoy. the american presidency has been growing, quietly. there is tremendous challenges ahead. but that united states is committed to defeating daesh, that is why here we are going to defeat daesh and we wa nt to are going to defeat daesh and we want to make sure whatever comes after da es h want to make sure whatever comes after daesh is stable. and if you look at the record to date, we have now coalition back operations in iraq and syria have cleared out 60,000 square kilometres of territory. we have liberated over 4 million people. as the coalition advancesin million people. as the coalition advances in the raqqa, families fleeing. many end up in this camp. all lived under the harsh rule of the group that calls itself islamic state. not all against their will. one corner of the cap is reserved for the wives and children of is fighters. this woman left lebanon
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for raqqa two years ago, to join fighters. this woman left lebanon for raqqa two years ago, tojoin her husband, haji hadi. when he was killed, she married a tunisian and so killed, she married a tunisian and so shejoined a killed, she married a tunisian and so she joined a relatively privileged group, the wives of foreign fighters —— jihadi. there seems little treatment, a sympathy here for the treatment of sex slaves at the hands of their captors. the caliphate may be weakened, but its mentality persist. if and when raqqa falls, it will be thanks in large part to the american military and their allies, including britain. this is their main logistics hub, an airstrip cut discreetly into a
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hillside somewhere north of raqqa. from this base, they support their own forces, and armed the stf, the coalition of arabs and kurds who are leading the assault on raqqa —— sdf. all of this infrastructure has gone up all of this infrastructure has gone up in all of this infrastructure has gone upina all of this infrastructure has gone up in a really short space of time and it has coincided with rapid advances by the anti—is coalition. but the question is what happens when the caliphate falls? because, as we know from afghanistan and iraq, it is always easier to get in that it iraq, it is always easier to get in thatitis iraq, it is always easier to get in that it is to get out. american troops in syria number in the hundreds. they won't say exactly how many. their special forces are involved in the fighting on the ground. their planes are bombing raqqa from the air. isis is certainly not defeated. when mosul is liberated or raqqa is liberated, there is a lot of hard work left to do. do you know where al-baghdadi
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is? i was hoping you knew. at least once a month we have someone claiming to kill al—baghdadi and the latest one has been made by the russians. i wish them well. i hope that they did. i'll be happy to hear the news if they did. i suspect they did not. for now, russia and the us share a common enemy. once the islamic state is gone, two big powers will be left backing different sides in an unfinished war. the potential for confrontation is real. in the last hour, south korean president moonjae—in has arrived at the white house for talks with president trump. it is expected that they will discuss ways to further strengthen their alliance, and of course co—ordinate their approach to defuse tensions with north korea. i asked our correspondent in seoul, steve evans, what common ground the two leaders might have as they discussed their policies towards north korea, given that they disagree about the thaad missile system. the common ground they have, rico,
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is that they are both threatened by north korea. north korea has said that it wants to turn both washington and seoul into a sea of flame, so they have that common ground. the common ground they don't have between them is how to do that. president moonjae—in, new in the job, he wants dialogue with north korea. it's not quite clear what president trump wants. he has spoken about speaking to the north korean president, at other times he has talked about military action. so how they find a common approach is the interesting thing. one development, a recent development, is that the us is now threatening sanctions
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against a chinese institution. the tactic has been to lean on china, pressure china, ask china to put serious pressure on pyongyang. donald trump is indicating that he's losing a little bit of patience with that approach, prompting the question, what then follows? do we then revert to the old policy of sanctions, in the hope that kimjong—un changes his mind, or do we revert to a completely new policy, basically, of an attack on north korea? and, briefly, steve, what about bilateral trade? donald trump is not a big supporter of the current free—trade agreement. he's indicated that he doesn't want it to go ahead. there is a big trade deficit with the us. i mean, south korea sells much more stuff to the us than the other way around. president moon is indicating they may have a look at what restrictive
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practices there may be, but many people in korea will say, well, people purchase korean cars because they are good. scientists have released the findings of a major new study into the effects of pesticides on bees. the investigation focused on the impact of chemicals used all around the world, and found they were harmful to bee colonies. our science correspondent rebecca morelle has more. golf may strike you as a fairly sedate pastime. a stroll around in ice cores with perhaps a drink at the 19th hole afterwards. bent beware a hazard in the rough.
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in sweden, a curious spectator wandering onto the fairway. at first golfer tries to shoot the animal away, but this is one determined elk. it is, for a few moments, distracted his golf bag. unhappy with the choice of club, perhaps. but then the elk realises it is the player, not his equipment, that has picked his interest, and besides, for reasons known only to the animal itself, to chase him around the trees. all this being filmed by an amused friend on the other side of the fairway. the elk obviously deciding it might like a word with him as well. so over they came, both of them at some speed. but by now the animalfelt of them at some speed. but by now the animal felt it had made its point, and wandered off. they say golf is a good walk spoiled. it is certainly true if elks have any say
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in the matter. that's all for now. stay with bbc world news. i hope we have time to show you a drone which could deliver a defibrillator to a person suffering from a heart attack. how about this for technology. these trial flights have been tested, once again back in sweden, showing that drones can arrive at the destination four times faster than an ambulance. and this really helps with the chances of survival for someone who goes without cpr. from singapore and london, as always, thank you very much forjoining us on tuesday. hi there. june has been a pretty
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wacky weather month, with a number of records set. last week it was hot and humid, temperatures to 35 degrees. the highest temperature recorded since 1976 but this week it has been cloudy, cool and wet. now, we've had record rainfall across parts of eastern scotland. in edinburgh, 178 millimetres of rain has fallen so far injune that makes it the wettestjune on record and, yesterday, for a time roads became rivers. looking at the forecast for today, low pressure still with us and we still have a lot of cloud left over with rain at the start of the day. but at least it is mild, with temperatures 12 to 1a degrees first thing in the morning. we will still have rain left over across parts of western wales. south—west england has gusty wind so the rain heavy over the hills for a time. but moving further eastwards, breaks in the cloud coming in. glimmers of sunshine first thing in the morning. the eastern areas of scotland expect hill fog with low cloud. there will be further
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outbreaks of rain as well, but the rain won't be quite as heavy as it was yesterday. a relatively mild start to the day. temperatures will struggle to rise much of the day goes by. we still see these northerly winds and the wind will continue to push cloud on to the hills with further bursts of rain. but overall, the rain gets a little bit lighter as the day goes by. yes, there could be a few isolated showers moving into south—east england but, equally, sunny spells breaking through the cloud. still cool across the north and the west but we do see bright spells across parts of england, temperatures could reach as high as 23 towards south—east england. and then, overnight, our weatherfront, our band of rain, sinks southwards, taking rain with it. at the same time, the rain eases across scotland. here the weather becomes a little bit dry overnight. that is because we got a ridge of high—pressure moving in overnight across the north—west of the uk before spreading in across england
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and wales as we move on into saturday. it means, all in all, for this weekend, that weather prospects are a little drier and will be brighter. most of us will see spells of sunshine. that said, there could be a little bit of rain left over for the night—time across with extreme south—east of england. then comes the sunshine. in the afternoon, thick cloud into scotland and northern ireland with a band of rain pushing in here. winds freshen as well. should stay relatively cool, 15 to 17 degrees for the north—west. quite warm across south—east of england with highs to 24. sunday again most of us will have a dry day with sunny spells. a few showers across north—west, and similar kinds of temperatures. that is your weather. i'm kasia madera with bbc world news. our top story: hong kong prepares to mark 20 years since the territory was handed back to china by britain. as president xijinping is on his first official visit to hong kong, the united states urges china to respect freedom and civil liberties there. donald trump's travel ban has come into effect after the supreme court allowed parts of it to go ahead. people from six muslim majority
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countries are affected. and this story is trending on twitter in india: despite protests against the lynchings, another muslim man has been killed by a mob of people in india on suspicion he was carrying beef in his car. prime minister narendra modi had condemned killings by cow vigilantes just hours earlier. that's all from me for now. stay with bbc news. and the top story here in the uk: the retired judge, sir martin moore—bick, heading the inquiry into the grenfell tower fire says he is "doubtful" the process will be as wide—ranging as some residents hope.
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