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welcome to newsday on the bbc. the headlines: a verdict due for yingluck shinawatra. thailand's former premier could face jail if found guilty of illegal subsidies. the white house says all‘s fine between donald trump and the republican leadership after he criticised senior figures in his own party. and i'm alpa patel in london. also coming up in the programme: has north korea just given us a glimpse of its next planned nuclear weapon? a wall chart next to kim jong—un reveals blueprints for a new rocket. yay! the biggest single win in us lottery history — a woman scoops $750 million on the powerball. the first thing i want to do is i just want to sit back and relax. i had a pipedream. live from our studios in singapore and london, this is bbc world news. it's
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newsday. good morning. it's 7am in singapore, midnight in london and 6am in bangkok, where in a few hours time thailand's supreme court is expected to rule on whether former premier. yingluck shinawatra is guilty of criminal negligence over a costly rice subsidy policy. if convicted, she could face up to a decade behind bars. she has long claimed her innocence in the matter, and has asked for kindness from the court. from bangkok, our correspondent karishma vaswani reports. this was yingluck shinawatra six yea rs this was yingluck shinawatra six years ago, a political novice bringing her brother's party to victory in thailand's general elections. she is no longer in power
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and is now standing trial on a charge of negligence for a controversial life subsidy scheme. if found guilty she could face ten yea rs if found guilty she could face ten years in prison and a lifetime ban from politics. seen here at the start of a trial, yingluck shinawatra appeared confident. but her critics say she is guilty of implementing a controversial life subsidy policy that benefited only her party, her thai, subsidy policy that benefited only her party, herthai, and subsidy policy that benefited only her party, her thai, and that cost the government billions of dollars. the scheme was part of yingluck shinawatra's winning manifesto, a generous promise to buy rice farmers' entire crop for much more in the market price. but it was also expensive and wasteful. some of those losses it is alleged were also due to corruption. the military used corruption is one of the
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justifications of the coup against yingluck shinawatra's government. but many thais believed the coup was about knocking out the shinawatra family asa about knocking out the shinawatra family as a political force. this trial is about much more than a controversial rice scheme. whatever happens to yingluck shinawatra at the supreme court, it will be used by both opponents and her supporters to gauge what kind of role thailand's most popular political party will be allowed to play in the future and whether the military wa nts future and whether the military wants reconciliation or victory over the government it ousted three years ago. let's take a look at some of the day's other news. the white house says relations between president trump and republican congressional leaders are fine. mr trump ramped up an apparent feud on social media against the tactics used by mitch mcconnell, the majority leader in the senate, and his house counterpart, paul ryan, over legislation. but this is what the press secretary sarah huckabee sanders had to say. look, i think the relationships are
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fine. certainly there are going to be some policy differences. but there are a lot of shared goals and thatis there are a lot of shared goals and that is what we are focused on. we are disappointed that obamacare, they failed to get it repealed and replaced. but at the same time president trump has worked with leader mcconnell to reach out to other members and to work on those shared goals and we are going to continue to do that when the senate comes back for recess. political analyst ron christie served as a special advisor to george w bush. he explained how damaging this public rift could be. i think ithink in i think in the short term not too damaging. most parents are looking to send their children back to school. they are looking forward to the fall. i have to tell you, we only have six legislative days in september. we have to find a way that we don't if the national debt. we have to find a way to keep the government open and find a way to fund the appropriations bills that
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do that. so if it stretches out past labour day i think that is when you start to get the damage of republicans going to hear from democrat counterpart to say you don't know how to govern. that i thing would have a lasting impact on the relationship between the republicans and their president at the other end of of pennsylvania avenue. also making news today. the un has called for a temporary halt to fighting in the syrian city of raqqa to allow civilians to escape. it believes up to 25,000 people are still inside the city. a us—backed coalition is trying to recapture it from so—called islamic state. the humanitarian chief for syria said raqqa is probably the worst place in the world right now. in spain, hundreds of people have been attending an interfaith memorial service for the victims of the barcelona terror attack. among those taking part, the mayor of barcelona and the president of the catalonia region. the government of sierra leone says more than 500 people were killed in last week's mudslide and flash floods, which hit the capital freetown. more than 800 are still missing, feared buried under the rubble. sierra leone's national emergency
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service says 6,000 people have been directly affected by the disaster. a ferry has capsized off the north—eastern brazilian city of salvador, killing more than 20 people. the authorities say more than 100 were rescued. it's the second major boat accident in brazil this week. a ferry sinking on tuesday killed at least 19 people. now to an uplifting story. mavis wanzyk has beaten very long odds by winning the biggest single jackpot in north american history. it's an incredible $758] million. just to give you an idea, the odds of winning the jackpot are one in 292 million. mavis bought the ticket at a petrol station in chicopee. here's how she's feeling about the win. last night it was kind of like, i
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didn't realise i had one. today as i am driving here i am still like, this isn't true, this can't be. and now it is like, ah, i am a winner and, ah, i am scared, now it is like, ah, i am a winner and, ah, iam scared, but now it is like, ah, i am a winner and, ah, i am scared, but i will be 0k, and, ah, i am scared, but i will be ok, you know. iamjust coming and, ah, i am scared, but i will be ok, you know. i am just coming down from all of that. the first thing i wa nt to from all of that. the first thing i want to do is ijust want from all of that. the first thing i want to do is i just want to from all of that. the first thing i want to do is ijust want to sit back and relax. and i had a pipedream and my pipedream has finally come true. i wanted to retire and it has come early. i have called him and i have told him i would not be coming back. laughter north korea appears to have revealed details of two as—yet untested missile systems. tee léliigiifirirf-éiflfr‘féiz . .. . .. .. é ‘gffffiji‘§§"gg 5‘7'5’1’2‘; 5 5:55 1.5
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it. so i would trust that these are designed that they are working on and things that they have been working on for a while. but again the idea that they are showing us these things does give them different ways to sort of remind us that, as much as we have options, they have options too. the us navy has suspended search and rescue operations for sailors missing from the warship uss mccain, after it collided with an oil tanker near singapore earlier this week. recovery efforts inside the flooded sections of the destroyer will continue. divers have found the remains of one sailor but nine are still missing. it is the fourth time a us warship has been involved in an accident in asian waters in the past year. regional security expert carl thayer spoke to me from canberra about how these incidents will affect the us navy's presence in asia. well, i would like to make two
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points, the more proximal and what about the seamanship and professionalism display that led to the collision, so that is internal to that ship, and then there is the larger question of the entire us pacific fleet based injapan that has had these four accidents and whether or not the operational tempo, the sequestration of government funds has led to shortcuts or a deficiency in training that generally has contributed to these four specific accidents. we know the investigations are continuing. it has been a number of days to find out what actually caused this collision. what kind of symbol does it actually sent to the world when these chips are really symbols of american power? well, one, that photograph of the john american power? well, one, that photograph of thejohn mccain, like that of the fitzgerald earlier, the mccain, the uss john that of the fitzgerald earlier, the mccain, the ussjohn mccain destroyer, it very modern one, just finished a very high—profile freedom
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of navigation operations. three weeks later it is headed to singapore and involved in this collision and has a major hole in it and that has flashed around the region. couple that with the chief of naval operations causing a two—day pausing global navy operations. it sends a signal that something perhaps is wrong in that the aura of us invincibility or high—class professionalism may be questioned. certainly the chinese media has played on that. that's right, and a lot of other us rivals making something of a meal of this? absolutely, saying that the us fleet navigation is the main hazard. that the us sales is warships arrogantly. that is the language used. so what are the crucial areas that the us navy is going to have to work on two try to improve its image? well, one, they are looking at the progression ofjunior officers to be given
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responsibility to stand watch particularly at night, and how they interact with the combat information centre, which does the navigation of the ship. and whether they follow those particular procedures properly. military ships turn off the lights and sail the navigation lights. they may have an identification system they can turn for operational reasons. so how in a congested area, entering the straights of malacca, which is a well—controlled naval highway, they are separation lanes, but the mccain was hit on the port side, which may indicate that if a collision is about to occur, taking evasive action prior to that, and you have right of way, which the mccain would have had if it was hit on the port side, that still leaves open wide in the last remaining minutes that no action was taken. swiss police say eight people are missing after a landslide in the east of the country. rescuers are intensifying their operation while geologists warn of further landslides.
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the remote alpine valley is popular with climbers and hikers. imogen foulkes reports. 0n on wednesday morning 4 million cubic metres of mud and rock poured down the mountain, destroying farmhouses in its path and ending up right on the edge of the tiny village of bondo. residents were evacuated immediately. helicopters plucked hikers from alpine huts. at first rescue workers thought everyone was safe. translation: overnight we received reports of missing people. we intensify the rescue effort, an army helicopter was sent out. u nfortu nately army helicopter was sent out. unfortunately up to now we haven't found anyone. police have now confirmed that eight people known to
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have been in the region at the time of the landslide are officially missing. 0ver of the landslide are officially missing. over 120 rescue workers are now searching on foot and with specialised helicopters which can detect mobile phone signals. these remote steep sided valleys are a —— popular with climbers and hikers but they are also known for the risk of avalanche and rock slides. some communities here have already invested millions in protective barriers. geologist are warning that in the coming days further landslides cannot be ruled out. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: a verdict later for the head of samsung jay y lee following a six—month trial for allegedly paying bribes. we'll bring you up to speed with the latest there also on the programme: the narwhal as the sea ice retreats in the arctic, scientists are learning more about the creature they call the unicorn of the sea.
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he's the first african—american to accept the presidential nomination of a major party, and he accepts exactly 45 years ago to the day that martin luther king declared, "i have a dream." as darkness falls tonight, an unfamiliar light will appear in the south—eastern sky. an orange, glowing disc that's brighter than anything save the moon — our neighbouring planet, mars. there is no doubt that this election is an important milestone in the birth of east timor as the world's newest nation. it'll take months, and billions of dollars to re pair what katrina achieved injust hours. three weeks is the longest the great
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clock has been off duty in 117 years, so it was with great satisfaction that clockmaker john vernon swung the pendulum to set the clock going again. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. i'm alpa patel in london. our top stories: verdicts are due in thailand on charges against yingluck shinawatra, the former thai prime minister accused of operating an illegal subsidy scheme. the white house insists relations are good between donald trump and the republican leadership after he criticised senior figures in the party. and we bought you this story earlier, and it's proving very popular on our website bbc.com. the biggest ever single winning
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ticket in us lottery history. mavis wanczyk has won $750 million dollars. i'm sure quite a few of us are pondering what we'd do if we'd won that kind of money. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the japan times leads with an image of the aftermath of typhoon hato, which left eight dead and over 200 injured after it hit china's macau. the picture shows a resident looking out from an apartment building that has been left without windows after enduring the storm. the front page of the philippine star has a story on president duterte's war on drugs. three policemen are accused of killing kian loyd delos santos during an anti—drug operation earlier in august. the senate has opened an investigation into the death of the 17—year—old and mr duterte has personally ordered those responsible to be
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ta ken into custody. and the south china morning post reports on beijing airport implementing facial recognition technology created by search engine baidu. the artificial intelligence will be used to admit ground crew and staff, with plans to eventually allow passengers to board flights just by having their faces scanned at the airport. quite extraordinary technology there! what stories are sparking discussions online? well, iwonder, sharanjit, how much brisk walking you do? because that's the story is trending here in the uk. it turns out 40% of people in england who are middle aged spend less than ten minutes a month walking at a fast pace, they're putting their health at risk according to experts. they want people to do it for at least ten minutes every day. the billionaire head
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of south korea's samsung group, one of the world's largest corporate empires, will find out on friday whether he's been found guilty of corruption. during a six—month trial, lee jae—yong was accused of giving inappropriate donations to a friend of the country's former president park geun—hye, a charge that helped trigger her dismissal from office. mr lee has pleaded not guilty. yogita limaye reports from seoul. to the korean people it was bigger than watergate. any other kind of national scandal that happened in any other part of the world. the trial involving lee jae—yong is perhaps one of the most closely watched here in south korea and around the world. use the de facto boss of one of the world's biggest companies, samsung, and he's
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involved in a massive corruption scandal that saw mass protests involving hundreds of thousands of people on the streets. the former president, park was impeached. and mist li is facing trial because he is accused of paying bribes, of making donations to non—government organisations that were run by miss park's trend but in return the government support for a merger that would eventually allow him to become the head of samsung after this father's death. samsung is huge in south korea, the company accounts for 15% of all sales that take place in this country. you have samsung apartments, samsung hospitals, samsung universities and even a samsung universities and even a samsung amusement park. as far as the business is concerned, samsung
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is too big an enterprise to be run by one person and mr li wasn't involved with day—to—day operations so the compa ny‘s involved with day—to—day operations so the company's fortunes don't seem to have been dented since the trial began. it is my pleasure to introduce the galaxy note eight. there's now a new party in power here in south korea which won the election of the back of this big corruption scandal and they have vowed to take on the large conglomerates in this country. two large conglomerates, it is a very strong sign that there will be zero tolerance for corruption. and even though this is a significant case, it's only the start because the former president who was impeached is also undergoing trial and what happens in this case could provide some indication of what is still to
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come now narwhals are considered to be one of the most mysterious species of the ocean. but as the arctic sea ice melts, scientists have been able to learn more about them and their behaviour. a new exhibition in at the smithsonian's national museum of natural history reveals some of their latest findings. jane 0'brien went to take a look often called see unicorns, narwhals are among the most mysterious creatures of the arctic. their frozen habitat has made them how to study but as the ice melts, these aquatic mammals are becoming more accessible to scientists who hope to solve perhaps the biggest mystery of them all, the purpose of the narwhal‘s tusk. a lot of people think this task is a horn, but it's not, it's a too, isn't it, and you're a dentist, which probably makes sense. a dentist to one of the
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most extraordinary mourinho was on the planet. it's a sensory organ, the planet. it's a sensory organ, the 16 year studies we have done have shown tiny nerve endings between the outside of the tusk and the inner nerve which is directly connected to the brain. it's a sensory probe if you will. that's one of many theories although most scientists believe the task is used by males to attract females. this exhibition presents an overview of the latest research. it also shows how narwhals are changing their behaviour due to habitat loss caused by climate change and how that affects the inuit, who have defended on narwhals for thousands of years that depended. the native folks have said there are changing migrations and more incidents of entrapment is when the narwhals get caught when theiceis when the narwhals get caught when the ice is freezing up in the fall and in the winter it will freeze right over their breathing holes, hundreds if not thousands perished. there are some pretty dramatic events that can occur. scientists
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work with the inuit to track and study narwhals by fitting them with sensors. they are learning more about their diving patterns, feeding habits, migration and even how they communicate. these sounds were recorded underwater but when predators are detected, the narwhals become quiet. but even their breathing can be an unforgettable experience. i was on the ice and it was 2am roughly and i heard the breathing sound of just was 2am roughly and i heard the breathing sound ofjust one while come up. the water was still, it was tranquil. there was a light mist and a fault and then hundreds of wales started surfacing and i heard this cacophony of breathing sounds all around me. there are approximately 180,000 narwhals living in the arctic, but climate change is opening the region notjust to scientists but commercial enterprises, raising the risk of
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pollution. and that could pose the biggest threat of all. james 0'brien, bbc news, washington. some fantastic looking pictures! you have been watching newsday. stay with us, we'll have more on that upcoming court ruling involving samsung's heir and the power vacuum that the case has left behind at the company. stay tuned for that. and before we go, let's take a look at these pictures. the uk's only female giant panda, tian tian, is believed to be pregnant. her keepers at edinburgh zoo say they don't have an exact due day. tian tian was thought to have been pregnant several times before but has never given birth to a live cub. that's all for now, stay with bbc world news. hello there. there's not much
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movement of our weather at the moment so it's a familiar theme as we head to the end of the week. the best of the weather towards the south—east of the uk where temperatures should be a bit higher than they were on thursday. head towards the north—west and here it's much more unsettled, showers and maybe some longer spells of rain as a result it will be a bit cooler too. wetter weather is in the north—west because we're closer to this area of low pressure. eventually that will push across scotla nd eventually that will push across scotland out into the north sea and ta ke scotland out into the north sea and take the wetter weather away this weekend. but for the moment we've got more rain to come both overnight and into friday across northern ireland and into western scotland. some showers further east across scotland, one or two for northern england and wales as the cloud increases, sunnier skies further south and east. a lot of cloud to come across northern ireland, already some flooding earlier in the week, this rain isn't going to help and a lot of cloud across scotland and a lot of cloud across scotland and if we get some sunshine in the north—east of scotland that could
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trigger some heavy showers in the afternoon and by then a bit more cloud into northern england and perhaps jumped showers here, cloud into northern england and perhapsjumped showers here, and in wales, most of wales will be dry, cloud increasing here. temperatures a bit higher, probably around the mid twenties. it's not going to be as warm as that in headingley. it will feel quite chilly as the cloud increases through the day and there's just the small chance of one or two like showers. most of the wet weather continues to be further north close to that area of low pressure and that will push the wetter weather generally clear from northern ireland across scotland. further south, some drier conditions, one or two showers perhaps an temperatures of 1a to 16. into the start of the weekend and we've got rain mainly in scotland but it will be pushing out to the north sea, going to take a while for things to improve across eastern scotla nd things to improve across eastern scotland but a much better day in western scotland and northern ireland, generally dry with some sunshine. some sunshine in england and wales, maybe one or two showers drifting further south and you can
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see the difference in temperatures, again peaking in the south—east around the mid— twenties. a lot of those showers will have moved away as we head into the second half of the weekend. if you catch a shower you're going to be quite unlucky, a lot of dry weather around and some sunshine at times an temperatures near average for the time of year. as we head into monday, a bank holiday for many, we're back into the north—west south—east split with weather fronts driving into the north—west together with stronger winds. rain for scotland and northern ireland but the wind will move things on into northern ireland and wales later, to the south—east, it's going to be sunny here and also warmer. i'm alpa patel with bbc world news. our top story. verdicts are due in thailand on charges against the former prime minister yingluck shinawatra. she's accused of negligence over a scheme to subsidise rice which benefited voters in her party's rural heartlands. yingluck shinawatra denies the charges and has asked the court to show kindness. the politician, who was thailand's first female prime minister could face up to ten years in jail if found guilty. the white house insists relations
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are good between donald trump and the republican leadership after he criticised senior figures in the party. and this video is trending on bbc.com: a woman in massachusetts has come forward to claim the biggest single—ticket prize in us lottery history. waiting for her was a cheque for more than $750 million. she says she's already handed in her notice at work. that's all from me now. now on bbc news, it's time for hardtalk.
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