i'm rico hizon in singapore. the headlines: president trump's son releases e—mails revealing he was keen to use russian information to dig the dirt on hillary clinton. democrats say the disclosure is deeply disturbing. all of the campaign denials of whether we knew this was going on, whether we knew this was going on, whether the russians had an involvement, whether the russians helped his campaign, obviously now have to be viewed in a completely different context. a $2 billion boost for birth control. governments pledge to promote contraception around the world. i'm babita sharma in london. also in the programme: celebrating the silk road. china hopes its trillion—dollar project will unite the country and usher in a golden age of trade. and meet south korea's new face of fashion, defying conventions on the catwalk. it is 8:00am in singapore,
1:00am in london and 8:00pm in washington, where the investigation into the trump campaign's links with russia has ta ken another extraordinary twist. donald trumer, the president's son, has released e—mails that show he was eager to accept an offer from the russian government to help with the election campaign. he was promised official documents that would incriminate his father's rival, hillary clinton. trumer‘s response — if it is what you say, i love it. at the very least, an intent to collude with a foreign power. gavin hewitt reports. congratulations, dad.
we love you! donald trumer was at the heart of his father's election campaign. today, he embarked on a high—risk strategy. fearing more revelations about a meeting at trump tower with a russian lawyer in june of last year, he decided to disclose the e—mails between himself and the publicist who arranged the meeting. the e—mails raise serious and disturbing questions. the four pages of e—mails reveal exchanges between trumer and a british publicist, rob goldstone. in one e—mail, mr goldstone offers to put him in contact with a lawyer linked to high—level russian officials, who are promising official documents and information that would incriminate hillary clinton and "would be very useful to your father." the e—mail continues. in reply mr trumer says...
the meeting was set up by british publicist rob goldstone. much was promised, but the russian lawyer today denied any links with the kremlin. she was asked why those at the meeting thought she was going to deliver information on hillary clinton. translation: it's quite possible that maybe they were looking for such information. they wanted it so badly. but the reaction from politicians today shows that these drip, drip revelations are proving damaging to the trump administration. it's serious, and this is a serious situation, and one that is a long way from over. it doesn't appear that, when they had information that this person might be connected with the russian government or a russian national, that they didn't immediately call the fbi. this is very problematic. we cannot allow foreign governments to reach out to anybody's campaign and say we'd like to help you. that is a non—starter.
so what does president trump make of it all? well, today, he said that his son was a high—quality person, and praised his transparency. but the president is also said to be frustrated that, after today the questions are only likely to get more searching. tomorrow, the president goes back to europe, to france, determined to avoid the impression that his is an administration under siege. gavin hewitt, bbc news, washington. our other top story: governments and private organisations have pledged more than $2 billion to make contraception more widely available. donors at a conference in london included the bill & melinda gates foundation. let me be really clear. a milestone is not a finish—line. we have a lot of work ahead of us. 0ur advocacy is needed now more than ever in this community.
this is a difficult political climate for family planning, and i am deeply troubled, as i am sure you are, by the trump administration's proposed budget cuts. if empowering women is more than just rhetoric for the president, he'll prove it by funding family planning. also making news: a day after iraq declared it had driven islamic state from its stronghold of mosul, the syrian 0bservatory for human rights has claimed the is leader, abu bakral—baghdadi, is dead. the 0bservatory says it has obtained the information from is commanders, but the us—led coalition says it can't verify al—baghdadi's death. there's been a lot of media interest in the whereabouts and status of isis leader abu bakr al—baghdadi. despite all of the helpful reports to us from every source imagineable,
i am unable to confirm or deny where he is and whether he is alive or dead. let me say, for the record, my fervent hope is it is the latter. a japanese pensioner accused of killing three partners and attempting to murder a fourth has admitted to a court she fatally poisoned one of them. chisako kakehi was arrested in 2014 and went on trial in kyoto late last month. the 70—year—old said she committed the crime because her husband was not treating her well. india's supreme court has suspended a law that would have banned cattle being sold at markets for slaughter. the hindu nationalist government announced the new ruling as an anti—cruelty measure, but the chiefjustice said the ban would have created hardship for those in the meat and leather industries, which are dominated by muslims. update on a rainy day eight at wimbledon, and venus williams became the oldest women's semi—finalist for 23 years, after beating latvianjelena 0stapenko in two straight sets. and johanna konta joins her, after she became the first british woman to reach the semi—finals since virginia wade in 1978. in the men's draw, second—seed novak djokovic eased past france's adrian mannarino, 6-2, 7-6, 6-4. more on all the wimbledon action
later in sport today. well done to the australianjaimen hudson for capturing this moment of a whale playing with a pack of dolphins off the coast of western australia. his drone footage shows the whale enjoying the company of the dolphins while catching a few waves, and no surprise that that video has reached millions of people via social media. the united nations say as many as 3,000 civilians remain trapped in the iraqi city of mosul, despite government forces declaring victory there over the weekend. skirmishes continue between iraqi troops and so—called islamic state. those trapped are mostly the young or the elderly who have become separated from their families.
from mosul, jonathan beale sent this report. this is an orphan of the battle of mosul, a baby whose parents have been killed. he is one of the victims of the fight against the group known as islamic state. he was left at this clinic, malnourished, and without even a name. the medics here say there are many more like him. yeah, i mean, kids, they're just without parents, a lot of them. you know, they've either been killed by isis, or killed by air strikes, or killed by gunfire. there's a massive amount of devastation. that's the only way i can put it into terms. iraq's prime minister may have declared victory, but there are still pockets of resistance, and streams of civilians trying to make their way to safety. they often collect the children of others along the way. seeba says she was shot at by is
snipers as she tried to escape. the baby she is now holding is not hers. she said the mother and father were both buried under rubble. there are dozens of women and children here, waiting to be ta ken to safety. and they're notjust war weary. they are weak through lack of water and food. and, if you listen, the only sound you can hear is babies crying. at west mosul‘s main hospital, they're just about coping. they're still having to treat the wounded, as well as the weak, this man barely alive after being found in the rubble. and there are more orphans here, too. this is galeb, who is crying out, "where's my father?" he only stops when they manage to distract him with a game.
it's difficult to manage him. he's crying, asking for his father, mother. which is something that i can't replace it. i can't be his father, i can't be his mother. what do i do? even trying to identify the dead is proving difficult. search—and—rescue teams are looking out for any forms of identity, as they sift through the debris of war. iraq will notjust have to rebuild this city, but mend broken lives, too. jonathan beale, bbc news, mosul. the united states and qatar have signed an agreement on fighting terrorism and its financing. the us secretary of state, rex tillerson is in doha in a bid to end the month—long rift between qatar and other gulf countries, who accuse it of funding extremism. the latest developments will be watched carefully in turkey, which has a military base in qatar and has expressed support for the qatari authorities throughout the crisis. the turkish president, recep erdogan, has been speaking
exclusively with hardtalk‘s zeinab badawi. do you think there is a danger that the tensions could escalate into something militaristic, and what would be your response? would you be a party to such a conflict, if it happened? translation: look, now you're asking me this question, but why don't you ask it to the united states? why don't you ask this question to france, and why don't you ask it to england? they are not pa rt of you ask it to england? they are not part of this crisis. 0n the contrary, in the gulf region, we wa nt contrary, in the gulf region, we want to promote dialogue and peace. we are in a hurry to find a solution here. turkey is never in favour of muslims killing muslims in this
region. we don't want to see muslims fighting with muslims. we are fed up with this. visit the website for the programme times where you are. well, one consequences of the blockade on qatar is the impact on its migrant worker population, many of whom come from asian countries. rothna begum is from human rights watch, and hasjust returned from qatar, where she was looking into how the crisis has been affecting people there. we spoke to about 70 migrant workers in qatar, but we also spoke to gulf citizens, we spoke to qatari citizens, we spoke to qatari citizens who spoke about stranded workers in saudi arabia, with their own vast swathes of farmlands, and camels as well as sheep, and they talk about having their workers stranded. because they only had to make weeks to leave the country, and they had, you know, vast amounts of livestock. and they have about three to six workers each, some of whom they cannot pay any salaries too,
but they are talking about running out of food and water for some of these workers. 0ne qatari employer, for example, that for five days now he had lost contact with his workers, and they had run out of ac, the refrigerator had stopped running, and he was seriously worried that they would run out of food and water very soon, and there was no way to get that to them. where do these workers come from? they come from bangladesh, nepal, this is the weather vast majority of workers come from. but the other big issueis workers come from. but the other big issue is not just workers come from. but the other big issue is notjust the stranded workers, but the impact it is having on migrant workers in qatar as well. so the blockade that was imposed by saudi arabia, bahrain and the uae, in particular, is having a huge issue on the rising food costs, which is undercutting salaries for migrant workers in qatar. these workers are earning something as low as $200 a month. and so they may be spending almost half their salary on food alone, which means they may not be spending any money back home to theirfamilies, be spending any money back home to their families, and it
be spending any money back home to theirfamilies, and it it is having an impact than on the family is there. we have heard quite a bit about the conditions that the migrant workers have been living in. in 2015, the bbc carried out an investigation. i think we can show oui’ investigation. i think we can show our viewers investigation. i think we can show oui’ viewers some investigation. i think we can show our viewers some of the footage from that. in february, dan rowan court this footage, and as you can see, a dense population of people in these very small units of housing here in qatar. is there similar to what you saw in 2015? those abuses we saw several years ago continue to this day. and in fact we spoke to workers who had issues that went beyond the blockade is, that were before the blockades. workers who had unpaid salaries, delayed salaries, who were living in cramped conditions, who we re living in cramped conditions, who were paid vast amounts of money to come into the country in the first place, and were abandoned by their employers and their sponsors, and we re employers and their sponsors, and were living in destitute conditions. but these workers are then suffering an additional burden, now, because of rising food costs. so even more food insecurity as a result of the blockade. so now one of the big
questions is, materials are not coming infor questions is, materials are not coming in for building work. whether 01’ coming in for building work. whether or not theirjobs will even last, because if materials are being blocked, will there be any more work left? h ow blocked, will there be any more work left? how long will this go on for? companies are now becoming insecure about whether or not they will be able to pay the next contracting company. and when you look at the supply chain, the worst worst affected workers other subcontracted workers. they have to work on a freelance basis and these are the workers who have been really impacted by the end of it. you are watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: promoting trade and national unity. how china's new silk road hopes to boost relations with the country's muslim minority. also on the programme: the male model making more than a fashion statement in south korea. central london has been rocked
by a series of terrorist attacks. police say there have been many casualties, and there is growing speculation that al-qaeda was responsible. germany we will host the 2006 world cup. they pipped south africa by a single vote. in south africa, the possibility of losing hadn't even been contemplated, and celebration parties planned in all the big cities were cancelled. the man entered the palace through a downstairs window and made his way to the queen's private bedroom. then he asked her for a cigarette, and on the pretext of arranging for some to be brought, she summoned a footman on duty, who took the man away. one child, one teacher, one book, and one pen, can change the world. education is the only solution. this is newsday on the bbc.
i'm rico hizon in singapore. i'm babita sharma in london. our top stories: president trump's son has released e—mails that appear to show he was keen to accept damaging information from a russian national about his father's democratic rival hillary clinton. governments and private foundations have pledged more than $2 billion to family planning projects to make contraception more widely available. a collection of handwritten notes by mao zedong, the founder of modern china, has been sold at auction for more than $900,000. the extremely rare notes are about classical chinese literature and poetry, this story is popular on bbc.com. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world.
the japan times turns its attention to the simmering confrontation between the us and north korea. it says america plans to take action to impose tougher sanctions against pyongyang within weeks following its recent missile test. singapore's straits times reports on a pile up on a major expressway in johor. it shows a picture of the crash between two trucks, which it says blocked two of the three main expressway lanes to malaysia. china daily‘s business section leads on plans to beef up the country's cyber security. but also focuses on the chinese—owned london taxi company going global with its electric cabs. and it says the new cars will maintain the iconic look of the london black cab with its rectangular grille and circular headlights. moving on to trending, babita.
one of my favourite dance songs is in the news. well, rico, i know how much you love gangnam style, the tune, the video, those dances moves. wel,l at one point it become one of the most watched youtube videos ever. but no more. it's been replaced by the song see you again, written in 2015 for the furious 7 movie soundtrack and posted as a tribute to actor paul walker who died in a car crash three years ago. it's been watched a staggering 2.9 billion times. the ancient network of trade routes known as the silk road brought goods from china to the west. now china's president is resurrecting the route with a 12,000 kilometre railway, costing more than a $1.3 trillion. but is it a win for all or a bid
for strategic influence? in a series of special reports this week, our china editor, carrie gracie, is travelling the length of this new silk road. today, she's in western china, where they hope the route will help resolve tensions between a muslim minority and the state. this is the face of the new silk road. behind the stage make—up, buhalima is a muslim from a farming family. her people left behind by china's growth. here in xinjiang, the state fears radical islam. and ethnic unrest has kept many away. translation: tourists i met told me they heard xinjiang was unsafe, that they couldn't be sure to get out unharmed if they came here. some people did some bad things and it's affected all of us. china is trying to
re—write the script. at this theatre, a grand narrative of ethnic unity and opportunities for all. there is a lot of ground to cover. the wealth gap between west china and the coast, a challenge as immense as the terrain. this economy is addicted to building but the coast now has as much road and rail as it can absorb. so china's seeking new frontiers at home and abroad. first stop west china. to solve economic and security problems with one blow. the silk road was once unimaginably remote to most chinese. not any more. in less than a decade, china's built twice as much rail as the rest of the world combined and pushed it out to the far west, towards the fabled silk road oasis of dunhuang, a magnet for the biggest tourist force in the world. one the government hopes
will kick start growth and stabilise the region. heading west to troubled xinjiang, do they fear becoming targets of terror? translation: i'm not afraid. there are people looking after our safety everywhere we go. translation: a small group of people are causing trouble but 99% are good. at xinjiang's grand theatre, they're spending $250 million on a silk road centre—piece but the more china invests, the more it has to protect. the ancient silk road story has moments of danger. and china's grand new narrative is fraught with peril. deliver on the spin of opportunities for all, or forever scan the crowd for the enemy within. carrie gracie, bbc news, xinjiang. carrie continues herjourney tomorrow in kazakhstan, where china is challenging russia's influence. now, a 15—year—old boy has become south korea's first black model. despite once being told that south korean modelling agencies
"don't use black kids." han hyun—min has now proved them wrong, appearing in over 30 runway shows at seoul fashion week. you have been watching newsday. stay with us. china is spending big on airplanes to caterfor the huge number of people travelling each year, but can its infrastructure cope? that is all from us. thank you very much for watching. good morning. yesterday was one of those days for the southern half of the uk. yes, the covers were on the court at wimbledon. the rain was heavy at times and the umbrellas were out. it wasn't just across the south—east of england where we saw rain. further west in the south of wales
it was hammering it down for a time. extensive rain in the southern half of the uk, as you can see from yesterday's radar. the brighter colours indicate heavier downpours. that rain is on the move overnight, moving southwards and eastwards. so it is the far south—east that first thing still has some rain to be had. temperatures about 111—15 degrees. a little bit lower than recently and dipping into single figures in northern scotland, so a relatively chilly start here. the rain clearing away pretty quickly. it leaves behind a fair bit of cloud in east anglia, through the m4 corridor and south of that. despite the cloud it is mostly dry. when we break up the cloud we see sunshine through mid—wales, the midlands, up in the northern england. and it should be a dry and bright start with sunshine for much of northern ireland and much of scotland. maybe the odd shower and some mist and cloud in scotland. the cloud we seer in southern counties will slowly move away through the morning and by the afternoon we will see a lot of dry weather and bright
weather, good spells of sunshine and patchy cloud here and there. all in all a pleasant afternoon, with light winds out west. pleasant, into the low 20s. always more fresh to the north sea coastal areas, 16—18 degrees. looks like a pretty decent day at wimbledon. it will be dry and bright, with sunshine. temperatures into the low 20s, not particularly windy. should be a full day's play. high pressure building in through wednesday. it will stick around into thursday. notice the weak weather front creeping towards the north and west. but ahead of that there's a lot of fine weather. some cloud building and a shower or two dotted around parts of england and wales, but most places will be fine and dry. there will be some thicker cloud into the west of scotland, a bit of a breeze and rain. for the eastern side of scotland, 18 in aberdeen. 20—211 in cardiff and london. then the weak weather front slips south thursday night, into friday. behind it we have this region of high pressure building in. so friday looks decent. it will be dry, bright for most places and not too windy either, so a pretty decent day to end to the week. our top story: president trump's eldest son has published emails which appear to show an offer of help from russia during last year's presidential election.
he says he didn't tell his father about them. the emails, which led to a meeting with a russian lawyer, show donald trumer was promised official documents that would incriminate hillary clinton. governments and private foundations have pledged more than $2 billion to family planning projects to make contraception more widely available. and the story surrounding a youtube sensation is trending on bbc.com: the video for see you again by wiz khalifa and charlie puth has had almost three billion views. the tribute to the fast and furious film actor paul walker is now even more popular than gangnam style by psy. stay with bbc news. now on bbc news, all the latest business news live from singapore. 0ur our top story in the uk, the