i'm mariko oi in singapore, the headlines. donald trump's son, son—in—law and former campaign manager are all due to testify before congress next week as part of the investigations into russia collusion claims in the us election. a new zealand patient in a japanese psychiatric hospital draws attention to possible ill—treatment. i'm babita sharma in london. also in the programme. plastic plastic everywhere — scientists say we've manufactured billions of tons, and showing no signs of slowing down. and a promise from vietnam to save more than a thousand bears from the practice of bile farming.
good morning. it is 7am here in singapore and 7pm in washington, where it has been confirmed that president trump's son, son—in—law and former campaign manager will testify before senators next week about allegations of collusion with russian meddling in last year's election. this is after details of an undisclosed meeting between president trump and russia earlier this month. laura bicker is in washington. this all relates as to whether russia interfered in the election and whether there was collusion between donald trump and russian officials. these e—mails between donald trump junior and someone
acting on behalf of what they said it was a russian government lawyer took place last year. it was a series of e—mails, britain to donald trump junior, offering information about hillary clinton's campaign. to give you a flavour, one e—mail said, it is obviously very high level and sensitive information. but here is the crucial evidence, it is part of russia and its government's support for donald trump. donald trump junior replies, if that's‘s what you say, i love it. in this hearing that will happen next week, donald trump junior is scheduled as a witness, alongside donald trump's former campaign manager. he has also been under scrutiny because he has many russian ties after working for a progress and lobby in the ukraine.
__ pro— progress and lobby in the ukraine. —— pro— russian. it could be the most crucial day of evidence so far into this enquiry. after the e-mail came to light, president trump defended his son. have we had anything from the white house on this latest development? no, this has just happened. we are still waiting to hear whether or not the two men will actually testify. they are on the witness list, they have been invited to testify. the judiciary committee in congress, one of many looking into these allegations of meddling, they have said they will issue subpoenas. they will issue a letter which will enable them to get the information that they want from donald trump junior and the campaign manager. but they have been invited to give evidence next wednesday. we are
waiting to hear from evidence next wednesday. we are waiting to hearfrom both evidence next wednesday. we are waiting to hear from both of them to see whether they will attend. waiting to hear from both of them to see whether they will attendlj waiting to hear from both of them to see whether they will attend. i want to ask you about the health bill. president trump summons republican senators and said they should not go on their summer break until they came up with a plan to replace obamacare? this isjust the one plan that republicans cannot seem to get together on. it is a campaign promise that they made across the country, led by donald trump, to repeal and replace the health measures brought into place by president obama. they can't agree because one side of the party is saying they want more moderate plans, to keep certain aspects of obamacare. plans, to keep certain aspects of obamaca re. they say plans, to keep certain aspects of obamacare. they say there are constituents, people they represent who will lose their healthcare. the other side of the party wants to get rid of it altogether. they believe it cost is far too much money. these
two sides of the party can't seem to get together. it was almost a push by the president to say, get this done. he promised the people and he was certainly playing the part of the leader today. he said there would be no summer break, he said they should stay to get this done. the new plan might bejust they should stay to get this done. the new plan might be just to get rid of obamacare altogether, with no replacement plan at all. they may vote on that next week. there is an independent analysis which has just come out within the last half—hour, saying 30 million americans could lose their health there over the next ten years, if that is the case. it leaves the plan in further disarray. thank you. the us state department has again named iran as the world's main sponsor of terrorism, due in part to its support for the lebanese shia movement hezbollah. in its annual report for 2016,
it also said jihadist groups such as islamic state, al-qaeda and the taliban were the leading culprits for terrorist attacks. the bbc has revealed two—thirds of its stars earning more than $200,000 are men, and admitted the corporation has to do more to tackle the gender pay gap. the bbc was compelled to reveal the information under the terms agreed with the uk government. there is also a gap between the pay for white presenters and those from a black, asian and minority ethnic background. the world health organization says two—thirds of the global population is now protected by a range of anti—smoking measures, a four—fold increase in ten years. the who says the policies, such as advertising bans and higher tobacco taxes, have saved millions of lives, but warns that smoking is still killing seven million people annually. japan's first mongolian—born oyakata, or sumo master, has taken over one
of the most famous sumo stables in japan. the tough training and tradition—bound ways have put off many local youth from the sport, leaving sumo to be dominated by foreign — mainly mongolian — wrestlers. the family of a new zealander who died in a japanese psychiatric hospital have pleaded for the country to improve its patient care. 27—year—old english teacher kelly savage died of a heart attack after being restrained for ten days. his family spoke out to the media describing how he died in a japanese psychiatric hospital after being tied to his bed. his family said he was strapped to the bed by the legs, wrists and waist, although he had calmed down. 0ur correspondent rupert wingfield—hayes has been following the story from tokyo. this has happened a while ago, local
media did not cover the story? now that the family spoken out, have we heard from the hospital where he was? no, we haven't, not from the hospital, who are still refusing to make a comment, there has also been no response from the japanese government. it is not getting much coverage on domesticjapanese media. that was one of the complaints made by the group set up by a professor, who were with the family yesterday. they said the only reason this was being talked about is because the victim was a foreigner. that is why it is getting more attention from the foreign media. he said this is a widespread problem in psychiatric ca re widespread problem in psychiatric care injapan, and it has been highlighted by the tragic death of this young new zealand man. some of the statistics he quoted yesterday, for example, the average lengths of
restraint in a psychiatric hospital for patients is 96 days, an extraordinary figure. this young man died after ten days of being restrained, that is three restraints on the waist, wrists and ankles. continuously for ten days. he suffered a heart attack after that. as you mentioned, this case is drawing attention because the victim was a foreigner. this is a widespread problem. you quoted some statistics, how does it compare to the rest of the world? if you look at reports worldwide, using restraints on psychiatric patients in hospitals is very common. in the uk the latest statistics i could find from 2014, there were 40,000 people having been restrained. in
canada, one quarter of all people treated in psychiatric hospitals we re treated in psychiatric hospitals were restrained. the difference, we we re were restrained. the difference, we were told by this professed, was that in most cases restraints are used as a last resort and for only a number of hours —— professor. he alleges in his research that in japan it is common practice, it is used for prolonged periods of time, going up two weeks or even months. thank you. scientists in the united states have calculated that humanity has manufactured eight—point—three billion tons of plastics since the 1950s — enough debris to cover an entire country the size of argentina. the study found that the use of the synthetic material has been accelerating. here's our science correspondent, victoria gill. plastic. it seems to have a million users. so many, we have manufactured
8.3 billion tons of it since it was first produced in the 1950s. the very qualities that make it so useful mac strength, durability, make it almost impossible for natural processes to break it down. even out in the middle of the south pacific, researchers have captivated that there are about 400,000 plastic particles per square cool met. 18 tons of the stuff floated on the current, littering beaches of this uninhabited island, henderson island. as of 2015, the scientists worked out we had generated 7 billion tons of plastic waste. 9% was recycled, 12% incinerated, and 7996 was recycled, 12% incinerated, and 79% accumulated in the environment. if this carries on, there will be more than 30 billion tons of plastic
in the environment by 2050. scientists say we need a new, tailor—made strategy to deal with plastic ones we finished with it. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: using street art to start a conversation about the palm oil industry. and, the uk isjoining the fight to save the northern white rhinoceros by using ivf. the flamboyant italian fashion designer gianni versace has been shot dead in florida. the multi—millionaire was gunned down outside his home in the exclusive south beach district of miami. emergency services across central europe are stepping up their efforts to contain the worse floods this century. nearly 100 people have been killed. broadway is traditionally called the "great white way" by americans, but tonight it is completely blacked out. it is a timely reminder to all americans of the problems that the energy crisis has brought to them.
200 years ago today, a huge parisian crowd stormed the bastille prison — the first act of the revolution which was to topple the french monarchy. today, hundreds of thousands throng the champs—elysees for the traditional military parade. finally, fairy penguins have been staggering ashore and collapsing after gorging themselves on a huge shoal of their favourite food, pilchards. some had eaten so much they could barely stand. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm mariko 0i, in singapore. i'm babita sharma, in london. our top stories: the us president donald trump has called on senate republicans to postpone their summer holiday until they have kept their signature promise to ditch 0bamacare. donald trump ‘s son, his son—in—law
and campaign managerare donald trump ‘s son, his son—in—law and campaign manager are expected to testify as part of the investigation into alleged russian meddling in the election. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the international edition of the financial times reports on a first major setback for president macron of france. his premiership has been rocked by the resignation of the head of the armed services. it follows a row over a major cut in defence spending. the china daily features a story about trade between china and america. the chinese government has urged washington to loosen outdated restrictions on the export of high tech products from america into china. beijing argues that this would help alleviate a trade imbalance between the two super—powers.
the south china morning post reports on a major new study that reveals the financial cost of crime to the hong kong taxpayer. the research has put the figure at a staggering three hundred and eighty billion hong kong dollars between 2012 to 2016. that detail marks of the ocean floor for the missing flight mh370 have been released. experts say the images are gathered during the search could help australian fisheries. they so great detail. ano sio ——a professor told me more about the significance of this data. we
know very little about our deep ocean. maybe 20% of the ocean has been mapped in detail so these reveal lots of unknown features and a lot of geological features so what we see in these pictures is not only the area that research was undertaken in but also mapping off the ships as they moved in transit between perth and the search area so it is quite a large area that they have covered. it allows for an amazing sweep of features as well is geological features such as the large broken ridge. explain to me more about the information that you most excited by. that you did not know before? a lot of it, in terms
of the present, although it is not ha rd to of the present, although it is not hard to stay you did not know, you would guess what is there and this is confirmation of various things but there is quite a few volcanoes underwater, lots of different mountains which are basically sticking out in one place, what we call seamount and when you are an oceanographer what you need is an accurate map of the topography and this is what it gives us. it can be used for ocean modelling et cetera. of course, this was used initially by the australian authorities when they were trying to locate mh370 and they were trying to locate mh370 and the disappearance of that flight. now that we have gathered the amount of information that oceanographers like yourself a keen to see, do you
think there will be opportunity to gather this kind of information without this kind of situation? in fa ct, without this kind of situation? in fact, much higher resolution data has been collected. this is called stage one data, done in high resolution but to allow a much higher resolution data to be collected subsequently to the start and that will be released in another 12 months so there is a lot more data... ball that what has been released. animal activists have welcomed the announcement in vietnam that it will transfer more than a thousand bears from farms to sanctuaries by 2020 in a bid to end the use of bear bile in traditional medicine. bile farming has long been outlawed in vietnam, but farmers used legal loopholes to continue the practice.
the bbc‘s rahuljoglicarr reports on a story that some viewers may find distressing. a needle has been used to get bear bile that will be sold in a lucrative market as medicine. the treatment is grim but the conditions are riven worse, leaving better physically and psychologically wounded for life. under the agreement, the vietnamese government has promised to release bears from this farm. today the vietnamese government has shown a major commitment and insightful leadership to start the realistic presses for closing all the farms and helping the 1000 plus bears are still languishing in cages across the country. it may cost $20 million to
rescue and build enough centuries. the government is optimistic. translation: forest department and international organisations such as animal asia can work together on a plan of action to bring even more effective results. according to some estimates, there are several thousand best kept in similar farms in neighbouring countries but at least some of these animals in vietnam, their suffering will end soon and they will start a new life ina soon and they will start a new life in a century sanctuary around the corner. a street artist from its wang yu wa nted a street artist from its wang yu wanted to understand better the impact of palm oil. —— lithuania. a zoo in the uk is taking part in a radical plan, to save the northern white
rhino from extinction. there are just, three left in the world, but at longleat safari park, the rhino's closest relatives, are being drafted in to help. 0ur science correspondent, rebecca morelle has this exclusive report. meet ebun, a seven—year—old southern white rhino who could save a species from extinction. the one—and—a—half tonne animal is sedated. a little agitated at first, but soon she's sound asleep. she's ready to take part in an experimental fertility treatment. scientists are harvesting her eggs to be fertilised in a lab, this is rhino ivf. this procedure is farfrom easy. the team here are keeping an incredibly close eye on this rhino, it's essential she stays
under heavy sedation. over the last week or so she's been given hormone treatment, but what's being done today requires millimetre precision. egg collection is really only a technique that's been perfected over the last year. this is conservation science at its most extreme. here's the animal ebun could save, her closest living relative, the northern white rhino. 0nce widespread across central africa, today there are just three left on the planet, but they're unable to breed. back at longleat, in a makeshift labo, back at longleat, in a makeshift lab, the researchers check for eggs — they find one. they'll take this southern white rhino egg and mix it with sperm from one of the last northern white rhinos, creating a hybrid. the scientists say it's better than losing the species altogether. the last three can die at any time, they're not as old, but anything can happen to them and then all the genetics would be lost.
if we had at least 50% of this species preserved in a hybrid embryo, we would preserve at least half of this for future generations. with herjob done, ebun is soon back on her feet. the safari park is proud of the role she'll play. with the northern white rhino being sojeopardised in numbers, practicing techniques like this with the southern whites, it's a huge advance for science and conservation, i suppose. yeah, it's a real honour to be able to help. the eggs are now being rushed back to a lab in italy, there's a 20—hour window to prepare them for fertilisation. they could be implanted back into ebun, but with her northern cousins so close to extinction, it's a race against time. rebecca morrell, bbc news. you have been watching newsday. stay with us.
i will be back with business news and we will be focusing on efforts by indian businesses and childcare. let's head to a winter wonderland, but not where you would expect it, this is a santa catarina in brazil. ra re this is a santa catarina in brazil. rare stifle provided the perfect opportunity for a shivering selvie. temperatures dropped to almost minus seven degrees. they were still write a lot of energy in the atmosphere had during wednesday afternoon so intense thunderstorms broke out across north wales and part of north—west england. torrential downpours. across the rural area and parts of
western lancashire. during the small hours of thursday, heavy showers moving away northward. a wet start. further south, cloudy with showery outbreaks of rain. the odd burst that also. the humid start again for thursday morning across eastern areas and it means it will be quite areas and it means it will be quite a dry start through eastern areas, outbreaks of rain, heavy outbursts clearing in to the north sea and confined to the north—east of scotland. brighter and drier in the afternoon but with that cooler and fresh air. further west, afternoon but with that cooler and fresh air. furtherwest, cooler. around 18 celsius but with sunshine to compensate. 0utbrea ks around 18 celsius but with sunshine to compensate. outbreaks of rain in scotla nd to compensate. outbreaks of rain in scotland across the northern ireland is in particular. northern ireland, showers later in the day. that is
because of this area of low pressure which will become quite a player to our weather. moving into western parts of the uk. a windy day for the western half of the country. lots of rain to northern ireland and wales and south—west england and maybe the west midlands. to the north and east, a fine dry day with sunny spells and temperatures around 23 degrees, cooler further west under the rain. in the friday night, the weather front moving further northwards and eastwards at still with us as we head into saturday at a disappointing start to the weekend across northern and eastern areas. feeling quite cool as well. sunshine coming out but then blustery showers arriving and it will feel fresh. 0n sunday, windy. showers are quite
slow—moving and quite a bit of rain falling in a short space of time. through this weekend, it will remain fairly cool and fresh for the time of year with longer spells of rain more likely than showers and sunny spells. i'm babita sharma with bbc world news. our top story. donald trump's son and son—in—law are due to testify next week before two separate senate committees. they will both be questioned about allegations over whether russia interfered in the us election and colluded with the trump campaign. scientists say 8.3 billion tons of plastic has been made since 1950s. the researchers say half of that has been produced in the last thirteen yea rs. and this is trending on bbc.com. ivf will be used for the first time to try and save one of the world's most endangered species from extinction — the northern white rhinoceros. more on that story online.