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i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. the headlines: the un warns of a "horrible tragedy" for rohingya muslims, and says myanmar has one last chance to halt the offensive against them. the chances are this military operation in myanmar is reaching its natural. as far as the burmese are concerned, these people are a historical problem that's now been fixed. could the us reverse its policy on climate change? secretary of state rex tillerson says it's "open" to staying in the paris agreement. i'm babita sharma in london. also in the programme. the governing party in pakistan celebrates after the wife of the ousted prime minister, nawaz sharif, wins a by—election in his political heartland. also in the programme. is this the best show on tv? the sci—fi hit, westworld, leads the nominees at the emmys. we're live in la with the latest. live from our studios in singapore
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and london, you're watching bbc world news. it's newsday. good morning. it's 8am in singapore, 1am in london, and 2am in geneva, where a un fact—finding mission is due to release its first oral report looking into alleged crimes by myanmar security forces against rohingya muslims. the un has warned de facto leader aung san suu kyi she has one "last chance" to end the military offensive that's forced 400,000 rohingyas to flee to neighbouring bangladesh. 0ur correspondent, jonathan head, reports from the border. 0n the muddy shore of bangladesh's southernmost point, the stream of muslims seeking safety never stops.
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this is one of the places where the boats bring them in. and on the other side of the naf river, still the fires burn. it is astonishing that more than three weeks after the violence broke out in rakhine state, we're still seeing these incredible numbers of people coming across the naf river looking for shelter here in bangladesh. with so much of the rohingya population already in this country, the chances are the military operation inside myanamar is reaching its natural end. as far as the burmese military is concerned, these people are a historical problem that has now been fixed. mushtaq and his family have just arrived. his home was burned down three weeks ago, he said. he'd sought shelter in four other villages inside myanamar, before being forced to flee to bangladesh. but he has no idea where they will live. the camps that have sprung up to house previous waves of rohingyas are already horribly overcrowded. hafiz manjur has come here to try to find a home for himself and his pregnant wife.
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he arrived from myanmar a week ago, after a harrowing journey. he filmed parts of it. he's tried three other camps, but he's having no luck. gosh, there's a lot of people there. all on the move. we've been living in other people's houses, he told me. we had to leave my mother in myanamar. we need to find somewhere we can house her as well, but we don't have much money. bangladesh doesn't want these people settling here. instead, it's planning to build a huge camp for all 400,000 new arrivals, and to confine them there. it's a drastic step for a country that feels its hospitality has already been stretched too far. jonathan head, bbc news, cox's bazar, bangladesh.
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0ur our other top story this hour. the us secretary of state, rex tillerson, has signalled the white house is willing to engage again in an international agreement to fight climate change, despite president trump's declaration that he would take the us out of the paris accord. speaking to us media, mr tillerson suggested the us could renegotiate the deal on more favourable terms. if you recall, the president also said we are willing to work with partners of the paris climate accord if we can construct a set of terms that we believe is fair and balanced for the american people and recognises our economic interests relative to others, in particular, the second largest in the world, china. if you look at those, it was unbalanced.
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i think the plan is for us to consider ways in which we can work with partners of the paris climate accord. here, the british government has lowered the terror threat level from critical to severe, following what they called progress in the investigation into the bomb attack on the london underground which injured 30 people on friday. police have arrested a second man over the incident. they're also continuing to question a teenager who was held at the port of dover on saturday. here's the british home secretary, amber rudd. following the attack in parson's green last friday, the police have made good progress with what is an ongoing operation. the joint terrorism analysis centre which reviews the threat level the uk is under have decided to lower that level from critical to severe. severe still means an attack is highly likely, so everyone should be vigilant but not alarmed. a protest is under way in missouri
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asa a protest is under way in missouri as a white man who killed a black person in 2011 has been released. it has so far been peaceful. south korean officials say the number of north koreans defecting across the border has dropped by 13% this year. according to government figures, from january to august, 780 north koreans escaped to south korea. it's believed the fall is due to tighter government surveillance and reinforced border security. lewis hamilton has won the singapore formula one grand prix to extend his lead in the championship. it came after a chaotic start to the race where ferrari's sebastian vettel and kimmi raikonnen wiped each other out before the first turn. red bull's max verstappen and fernando alonso were also caught up in the crash. but hamilton avoided all of that starting from fifth position and stayed in controll despite the wet weather to win the race ahead of red bull's daniel ricciardo. serbia's prime minister, ana brnabic, has become the first
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head of government in a balkan country to take part in a gay pride march. ms brnabic, who is herself gay, told activists that diversity was respected and the serbian government would work for all. the organisers renewed calls for a law permitting same—sex partnerships. seven years ago, the rally was attacked by nationalists and for the next three years the authorities would not sanction the march. thankfully this one went according to plan. let's go back to our top story. myanmar‘s top general is now blaming rohingya people for the present crisis. the army chief says the rohingya "has never been an ethnic group," and accused "extremists" of trying to form a stronghold in northern rakhine state. the ongoing military operation in the rakhine state is forcing may to leave and bangladesh is struggling to cope with the massive influx of refugees. to talk more about it, deputy country director for the world food programme, dipayan bhattacharyya, joined us via webcam from dhaka.
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things are extremely chaotic, as you said. the influx is still continuing. the number has reached more than 410,000, the official number until yesterday. where these people are staying are critically overcrowded, leading to several risks in terms of protection, communicable diseases, and so forth, gender—based violence. the risk is extremely high because of these highly overcrowded places. you talk about the risks, but what are the demands on the system? what international support do you need to gear up for the response? we have already geared up significantly. no one was ready for this scale of the influx.
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but now most agencies have managed to have such capacity. so we are on the ground on a daily basis. from a security perspective, we are providing support to an increasing number of new arrivals and other sectors like shelter, working day and night to support these people who are absolutely desperate for assistance. you're saying you have geared up for the influx, but on a daily basis, more and more people continue to arrive. so, are you worried about the state of the crisis? is it likely to worsen? well, i mean, we are worried in terms of how quickly we can reach out to them.
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we are trying to revise our planning figures and also resources that we need quite frequently, because we also don't know when this is going to start. we have really tried to increase capacity in terms of getting food as much as possible, positioning them so we can continue supporting these people without any break because they are absolutely desperate. the wife of pakistan's former prime minister, nawaz sharif, has won a by—election in his heartland of lahore. unofficial results show kulsoom nawaz beat her rival by nearly 15,000 votes. the election was triggered when nawaz sharif stood down after being disqualified from public office by the supreme court. it will be viewed as a disappointing result because the margin of victory she faced was much less than that
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than her husband achieved back in 2013. considering this is a heartland, it will be a disappointment, and a victory for the opposition. what of kulsoom nawaz? what kind of political leader will she be? what is your take on the unofficial results so far? well, kulsoom really has no political experience beyond being the wife of nawaz sherif. i think it is widely expected she will fall in line with party politics and will look to her husband and her daughter, in terms of her leadership, and it is unlikely she will be a leader. in the party. his brother and daughter will be the driving politicians. this is coming in as she herself is
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being treated for cancer in london. given what you have said, what can we tell about the control she has of the party, despite being removed from the supreme court? where does the land lie ahead of the general election next year? i think it is clear that even though nawaz sherif is officially removed from power, he will still have influence, both with the prime minister, a close aide of his, his brother, the chief minister of punjab, the most prosperous region in pakistan. his daughter is not in an official position but is a close aide as well. the family is still seen as holding the pmln party together and they will continue to exert influence through next year. how much strength they have next year will depend on some
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of the corruption allegations remaining in place against members of his family as well as other trials we might see crop up in the lead—up to the elections next year. these allegations have blighted the family. a lot is being asked about how that will be contested, whether they will be a fair judicial process without. yes. there will be allegations that the allegations have been instigated by the military, opposition figures. this is what his daughter said in particular. we will continue to see opposition parties drum up other cases they can use to discredit the party in advance of the elections next year. still to come on the programme. tracking the dodo. the high—tech mission to save the bird. 30 hours after the earthquake that devastated mexico city, rescue teams still have no idea just
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how many people have died. there are people alive and people not alive. we just can help with whatever we have. it looked as though they had come to fight a war. but their mission is to bring peace to east timor and nowhere on earth needs it more badly. the government's case has been forcefully presented by the mr badinter, the justice minister. he has campaigned vigorously for abolition, having once witnessed one of his clients being executed. elizabeth seton has spent a lot of time at this grotto. now that she has become a saint, it is expected that this area will be inundated with tourists. the mayor and local businesses regard the anticipated boom as yet another blessing of saint elizabeth. welcome back. this is newsday on the
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bbc. sharanjit welcome back. this is newsday on the bbc. shara njit leyl welcome back. this is newsday on the bbc. sharanjit leyl in singapore. thank you forjoining us. i am babita sharma in london. our top stories: the un has warned of a "horrible tragedy" for rohingya muslims, and says myanmar has one last chance to halt the offensive against them. the united states has signalled a possible change in policy on climate change — secretary of state rex tillerson said it's "open" to staying in the paris agreement. and a 21—year—old has died in hong kong while walking through a haunted house attraction. it's believed he was hit by part of the mechanism after entering the buried alive ride at ocean park. park officials say he had wandered into a restricted area. local media reports say he was struck by a coffin. that's take a look, now, and some of
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the front pages from around the world. the japan times leads with prime minister shinzo abe's plans to call a snap election to take advantage of disorganised opposition parties. it says abe is likely to decide on a specific date when he returns from a diplomatic tour to new york in a few days and it could be as early as next month. the south china morning post has a story on asia's casino hub, macau, heading to the record books. voters have been turning out in record numbers for the crucial legislative assembly elections in the former portuguese enclave. and finally, the new york times is reporting on the chinese government releasing a list of things that should be censored on the country's internet. the guidelines ban material that depicts excessive drinking, gambling, and sexual acts, as well as material that ridicules china's historical leaders, or current members of the army and police. and that brings you up—to—date with
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some of the papers. it's been the centre of chinese life in london since the 1950s, but chinatown is changing. shaftesbury estate, which owns four fifths of chinatown in london, says the area needs to modernise by bringing in new restaurants from across east asia and attract a new generation. but there are fears from the long—established chinese community that the area will lose its identity. robert sutton—mattocks reports. things are done the old way, here at the golden dragon. all dumplings after by hand, 400 a day. but chinatown is changing. it used to be very family—oriented. you get a variety of different shots. but now, over time, though smaller stores closed down to make way for bigger restau ra nts, closed down to make way for bigger restaurants, biggerstores. closed down to make way for bigger restaurants, bigger stores. the organisation that looks at the business is hearsay that six businesses have close on the street in the last your loan, largely because of rising costs. some worry chinatown might lose its chinese
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identity because of other changes being made in the area. major landowner, shah three state, say they wanted to diversify. 0ne landowner, shah three state, say they wanted to diversify. one way it is to bring restaurants from across east asia. as you enter chinatown through the get by on the cover you can see a number of different cuisines already. from this japanese—style vogelbach to a their burmese restaurant. —— burger bar to this vietnamese restaurant. burmese restaurant. —— burger bar to this vietnamese restaurantlj burmese restaurant. —— burger bar to this vietnamese restaurant. i don't mind other asian restaurant in chinatown, but within a number, because we need to keep diversity in chinatown. because chinatown is chinese restaurants, right? it is not pan asian. i preferjust to be chinese food. you can have a vietnamese town or a japanese town, you can have different food. different asian food, thai food...|j have not been to china myself, but
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when i do come here, ifeel as though it... i can get a little taste of china. the landowners say the chinatown needs to keep up with london's fast moving food scene. the chinatown needs to keep up with london's fast moving food scenelj london's fast moving food scene.” think it is a fact of life these daysis think it is a fact of life these days is seeing too rooted in the pastis days is seeing too rooted in the past is not a recipe for success in the future. and while a lot of these restau ra nts the future. and while a lot of these restaurants remain here, it is about attracting the younger generation today, who are truly less interested in what is called 30 years ago, but what is called today. then it will bring in new customers. the restau ra nt bring in new customers. the restaurant that had been here for decades that they hope that that taste for traditional chinese food chinese food will live on. robert sutton—mattocks, bbc news. now, the dodo has been extinct for around 400 years. its closest relative, known as the "little dodo",
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is still with us, but experts believe it, too, could soon go the way of its illustrious ancestor. it's called the manumea, and it's the national bird of samoa. the race to save it is on — but do people even know what to look out for? david eades reports. samoa — a pacific island rich in exotic flora and fauna, and home to the manumea, the only place on the planet you can find it. but the little dodo, as it is fondly called, is very shy and very rare. from almost a decade ago, we have been searching so hard for the manumea, just to get a photo of it. just to confirm, hearing the calls, if it's actually present or not. and this is really the only proof it is still around. 0ne solitary photo of a scruffy juvenile, spotted four years ago. beyond that, drawings are the best bet. and they are displayed like a missing person's photofit, to villagers and hunters, in a drive to pick up every clue as to its lifestyle and whereabouts. they are really on the brink.
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you know, people estimate there are less than 300 in the world. there could well be less than 150 left. and they know so little about it that, you know, it's really going to be touch and go. it is ironic that we know more about the look and the life of the dodo itself, which disappeared hundreds of years ago. well, the manumea is as close a relative as you get. it is also tooth—billed, and it is as happy on the forest floor as it is up a tree, which is why it is so vulnerable. we willjust pick somewhere by the tree. in the forests, conservationists lay out sound recorders, hoping to pick up the manumea's call, aware that hunters may have had more luck finding it, even shooting it by mistake for a tasty local pigeon. this is not a lucky bird, and auckland zoo is helping to track
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and remove the rats and wild cats keen to snack on the bird and its eggs. it is no easy task, but it is worth it. this is the latest effort to show the manumea to samoans, who have never seen their national emblem in the flesh. and, without a breakthrough in the next few years, this could be the closest samoans get to seeing it. television stars are gathering in los angeles for the emmy awards ceremony. the handmaid's tale, westworld, stranger things and the crown are among the contenders for the best drama. watching the awards for us is our correspondentjames cook — and hejoins me now. normally we get a black—tie cover that you have opted for a bed instead, james. that is right. that is my fashion shows. there will be no attention on that at all, apart from you. a lot more attention on the people on the red carpet. but we have our first winner. that is in
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the category for best supporting actor. that went to john lithgow for his performance in the crown, as winston churchill, an ageing prime minister in the crown. it is his sixth in the wind. that is the big news in terms of awards tonight. there is a lot of attention on the opening of the show. it was hosted by the late night comedy host stephen colbert. he was very political. but in the feeling of a musical opening. what are we expecting to see in the next hour or so? we have already seen one other eyebrow raising event, certainly for the celebrities in the room, most of them, i think it is fair to say, lead to the left, and away from donald trump in terms of politics,
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because sean spicer, a somewhat controversial figure, because sean spicer, a somewhat controversialfigure, was because sean spicer, a somewhat controversial figure, was wheeled out onto the stage, or on a lectin, as is the betrayal of them in satire. he appeared in person and said it was his best appearance ever, a reference to his comments about the attendees at donald trump's inauguration. as stephen colbert says, this is a golden age of television. it is an incredible time for television. it is very competitive. television is now and has been very few years, but no more than this year, attracting really big stars into some of these categories battling against each other. i know it is early days at the moment, as the ceremony has just gone under way, but a lot of people are talking about how it is very wide open this year, because in the
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past, you are always had an idea of who would win, but this year there is so much choice out there. it is an open playing field. we have a sense that game of thrones plays a pa rt sense that game of thrones plays a part in that. it didn't fall into the right timing in terms of being broadcast at the moment. but a number of other programmes, not least the crown and the handmaid's tale, house of cards, and others. but there are four oscar—winning actresses that this evening. —— there this evening. uarbry watching newsday. stay with us. uarbry watching newsday. stay with us. coming up, we will be looking at how robots are helping children here in singapore loan. that's coming up shortly on asia business report. —— learn. after a weekend of sunny spells, and some heavy showers around too,
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there is going to be a bit of a change in the weather as we head through this week. after that fairly cool and showery start, a bit of rain mid—week, particularly in the west. but things will be warming up towards the end of the week, and turning a little bit drier later on. so here is how things are looking at the moment. we've got an area of high pressure building in from the atlantic. low pressure sitting out to the east at the moment. so still a rather cool, northerly breeze with those two areas of high and low pressure. that breeze in the east is going to be bringing some showers across parts of eastern england, and perhaps central parts seeing some showers through the day. but it is quite a chilly start to monday morning, with the mist and some fog patches. a little bit murkier as you wake up in the morning. this is 9:00am. temperatures starting to rise as the sun coming through the hole in the cloud clears the mist and fog away, too. an isolated shower or two around coastal parts of wales, but mostly dry for parts of northern england, northern ireland scotland, too. but that northerly breeze will feel quite chilly towards the north
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and the east, and will bring the chance of one or two showers through the day. many parts of the country having a pretty decent day, though. once the mist and fog clear away, the sunshine should break through quite nicely. there will be a few showers cropping up almost anywhere, but i think it will be mostly central and eastern parts of the country that you have a higher chance of catching a shower. whereas further west, particularly for northern ireland and for western scotland, you are likely to stay dry through the day. temperatures in most places about 15 to 18 degrees. just a little bit cooler with that breeze around eastern scotland and north—east england. moving through monday evening, then, we could see an area of slightly more persistent rain moving south across scotland, northern england, down towards the south—east by the end of the night. clearing skies behind that, so another chilly night ahead, with temperatures around about eight to 11 in our towns and cities. but actually, in the countryside, it could be a little bit colder than that. low enough to see a touch of frost across scotland, northern england, northern ireland and wales, as well. after that, a chilly start to tuesday morning, and this ridge of high pressure building on.
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so tuesday is probably the best day of the week, in fact. lots of dry weather, the showers we have seen recently in the east should be easing away. so, with the light winds and the sunshine, a pleasant day to come on tuesday, with top temperatures still a little below average for the time of year, around about 15 to 18 degrees. but, when you are in the shelter and the sunshine, that will be a bit pleasant. it will only be rainy in the far north—west late in the day. for wednesday and thursday, a bit of rain for some western parts of the country, but temperatures will be on the rise later in the week. bye now. this is bbc news. our top story. the united nations warns of a "horrible tragedy" for rohingya muslims, and says myanmar has one last chance to halt the military offensive against them. aid agencies say they've identified more than one thousand children without parents or relatives among the refugees who've arrived from myanmar. some are as young
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as three years old. the united states has signalled a possible change in policy on climate change, secretary of state rex tillerson said it's "open" to staying in the paris agreement. and this story is trending on bbc.com. a man has died in hong kong while walking through a haunted house attraction. park officials say he had wandered into a restricted area of the buried alive ride at ocean park. local media reports say he was struck by a coffin. you are up—to—date. and the top story here in the uk: the uk terror threat level is reduced from critical to severe
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