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i'm kasia madera in london. the headlines: angela merkel is set for a fourth term as chancellor, but german voters punish her party at the polls. translation: let's not beat let's not heat about the let's not beat about the bush. of course we had hoped for a better result. but let's not forget we have had a difficult four years. a major breakthrough for the right—wing afd, as they enter parliament for the first time, pledging to hunt mrs merkel out of power. i'm rico hizon in singapore. also in the programme: kneeling to protest. more of america's sporting stars rebel against donald trump. and sharing the laughter here in asia. elmo is a long way from sesame street, and i will be talking to him in the studio. good morning.
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it is midnight in london, 7:00am in singapore, and 1:00am in the morning in berlin, where the german election has redrawn the country's political landscape, and the effects are likely to be felt right around the world. chancellor angela merkel will serve a fourth term in office. her christian democrats are the biggest party. but her authority has been weakened, and the right—wing afd, strongly anti—immigrant, have won seats for the first time. the bbc‘s ros atkins is in berlin with this assessment. there were certain elements of this election result that were widely predicted, angela merkel continuing as chancellor, the social democrats getting a tough time at the ballot box, and the alternative for germany, the right—wing nationalists, getting a place in the
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bundestag. the bit that people didn't pick was that angela merkel and her cdu party would get such a difficult time from voters, a significant drop from the last election. looking at the latest rejections, these are not official results, but they are projections and we expect them to be very close to eventual outcome. the cdu/csu project that 33, down from 41 at the last election. the spd down to its lowest result, and those four smaller parties have all outperformed four years ago, so they will be pleased with that. let's translate that into projections for the bundestag itself, and by far the biggest story here is that figure of 94 at the bottom. the alternative for germany had no representation in the bundestag for this collection. now they will have 94 members of parliament. let's see the latest report from the bbc‘s berlin correspondentjenny hill.
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it has been a frustrating night for angela merkel. a brave face, though, for the cameras, and for the party faithful. mrs merkel has won the election for them, but it is not the victory that they had hoped for. support for her conservatives is lower than it has ever been under her leadership — a verdict perhaps on her decision to open germany's doors to a million refugees. translation: let's not beat about the bush. of course we'd hoped for a better result. but let's not forget, we've just had a very challenging four years. that's why i'm happy to say that we've achieved the strategic goal of ourcampaign. we are the strongest party. mrs merkel casts herself as a symbol of stability — security in a shifting world. for many, a vote for angela merkel is a vote for the status quo.
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her campaign has focused on her familiarity and her experience. and yet, it seems, that alone is no longer enough. because this is today's real success story. anti—islam, anti—immigrant, anti—euro, afd, the far—right, is now part of the establishment in europe. translation: we will hunt them down. we'll hunt mrs merkel down. and we'll take back our country and our people. it is a profound shift in postwar german politics. today, running together in berlin. but, in the heart of this country, there is division, discontent. translation: they are like the nazis under hitler. i was born in ‘39. i'm a war—child. i grew up in the ruins. and we get this again.
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they're criminals. translation: it's difficult. there aren't many alternatives to angela merket. translation: she doesn't do much on her own initiative. she reacts a lot to what others do, and that's a kind of stagnation. angela merkel must now find coalition partners, win back voters, persuade her country, perhaps some in her party, she is the right woman for thejob. exhausted, bruised — the end a long campaign. mrs merkel‘s conservatives may be the winners, but it doesn't feel much like victory. jenny hill, bbc news, berlin. and if this election were a political card game, today was the day that the electorate gave the parties their hands. today, they have to start negotiating, because asjenny was saying, a coalition needs to be constructive. the most likely appears to be the greens and
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the free democrats working with angela merkel and the cdu, though we will see. and these negotiations are not going to be quick. they may go into weeks, if not months. a little later on news that i will be speaking to a very well known commentator about what this reveals about germany and its people. let's take a look at some of the day's other news. the us treasury secretary says america will do everything it can to avoid nuclear war with north korea. in a television interview, steve mnuchin also talked about economic sanctions, and said president trump had authorised him to cut off financial institutions anywhere in the world that support north korea. ican i can assure you, the president's number one priority is the safety of the american people and our allies. the president doesn't want to be in a nuclear war, and we will do everything we can to make sure that
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doesn't occur. on the other hand, the president will protect the american people and our allies, and having a country like this have nuclear weapons, testing them, using them, sending rockets over our allies, that unacceptable behaviour. —— that's unacceptable behaviour. also making news today: un agencies in bangladesh say there has been a notable drop over the past two days in the number of rohingya refugees fleeing violence in myanmar. but a spokeswoman for the international organisation for migration told the bbc it was too soon to say that the influx is over. more than 400,000 rohingya have fled to bangladesh since a crackdown by myanmar‘s military. the president of the regional government of iraqi kurdistan has vowed to press ahead with monday's referendum on independence, despite increasing international opposition. masoud barzani said it was only through independence that kurds could secure their safety, and promised to seek talks with iraq's government to carry out the result of the vote. and this extraordinary scene from the back of a moving train
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in perth has stunned australians. a man was filmed clinging on to the windscreen wiper with one hand, while the train moved at 110 km/h. local australian police detained a 23—year—old after the train arrived at the next station. you might think that donald trump has quite enough arguments going on, what with north korea and other global tensions. now, the us president has become embroiled in a row with leading us sports stars. several have refused to stand during the national anthem, as a protest against racism in america. the president has called them unpatriotic, and wants them fired. jon donnison reports. # 0 say, can you see...
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you might think only a fool would pick a fight with these guys. but president trump is not shy of punching above his weight. today, though, at wembley, by refusing to stand for the star—spangled banner, dozens of players defied him. it came just days after president trump had this to say. wouldn't you love to see one of these nfl owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, "get that son of a bitch off the field right now. out, he's fired." he's fired! but, in today's later games across the us, the defiance spread. taking a knee, as it has become known, has been used mainly by african—american players, in protest against cases of police brutality towards america's black communities. and it is notjust american footballers who are clashing
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with the president. steph curry is one of the world's best basketball players. as part of the in nba championship team, it is tradition that his golden state warriors should visit the white house. i don't want to go, that's really it. the things that he's said, and the things that he hasn't said in the right times, that we won't stand for it. but the president was not best pleased. on social media, he said going to the white house was a great honour, and that steph curry‘s hesitation meant the invitation was withdrawn. today, as american football came to the uk, the controversy came with it. this morning, president trump was up at dawn to take to twitter, to urge fans not to turn up at matches if the players continued to disrespect the flag and the country. but here at wembley, for today's nfl match, the fans have clearly ignored him. it's not criminal. it's their right, and i think it's symbolic of...
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it's very similar to what martin luther king did. a peaceful protest of things that are going wrong. once again, donald trump doesn't seem to mind who he upsets. by stirring up controversy on issues such as nationalism, patriotism and race, he is playing to his base. and, from many of them, he still gets a standing ovation. jon donnison, bbc news. it could be weeks or months before we find out the shape of new zealand's next government, after an inconclusive election. caretaker prime minister bill english says his national party are keen to start coalition talks, but he doesn't want to rush new zealand first, who hold the balance of power. jennifer curtin is director of new zealand's public policy institute, at auckland university, and shejoins me now. doctor curtin, thank you so much for
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joining us. first of all, the kingmaker here is the new zealand first party, which is led by winston peters. who is he, and why will he decide who will run the next government? so, as you probably know, we have a proportional representation system that is very much like the german system. and so winston peters, who is the leader, has actually been a politician in the new zealand parliament for close on 30 years, so he is very experienced. but he formed his own breakaway party several decades ago, and he has been in and out of parliament since then. in the election on saturday, it looks like he won 7.5% of the vote. so because national has only 146% of the vote, they need him to help form an example of a coalition going forward. the party of jacinta ardent and the party of bill english are confident that they will get the
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support of new zealand first. in your view, doctor curtin, who will his side with? i really think it is too early to be sure about this. neither party matches his policies in an exact way, so winston peters has come out against a water tax, which is something that labour ran on, and that makes him fit quite nicely into the national camp. however, on other issues, to do with minimum wages and otherforms of state expenditure, he fits more closely with labour. and we would have to say that in the new zealand election this time, that around 54% of voters voted for parties other than the current governing party, and some are interpreting this is a vote for change. and so it is going to be difficult for winston peters's new zealand first party to justify propping up a fourth term government
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that might not seem to be as popular as what it used to be. he indeed is the kingmaker, and he holds the balance of power. so doctor curtin, what was on the minds of people when they went to the polls? everyone was talking about jacinda ardern, there we re talking about jacinda ardern, there were so talking about jacinda ardern, there were so much hype, so much excitement. so, i mean, we have to put this into perspective. before jacinda ardern took the leadership, labour was only tracking at around 23% in the polls. and so she has raised their vote share from 2014, when it was 24%, to 30% this time around. and she did that in six weeks, which is quite a considerable feat. if we put her 35%, 36% of the vote together with the greens, than they are sitting on close to a block of 42% of the votes. so that is what we are in a position also to talk
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about —— that puts her in a position to talk about also working with winston peters. thank you so much for joining winston peters. thank you so much forjoining us, doctorjennifer curtin. you are watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: goodness knows we need it. elmo shares the laughter with the newsday team. ben johnson, the fastest man on earth, is flying home to canada in disgrace. all the athletes should be clean going into the games. i'm just happy that justice is served. it is a simple fact that this morning, these people were in their homes. tonight, those homes have been burnt down by serbian soldiers and police. all the taliban positions along
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here have been strengthened, presumably in case the americans invade. it's no use having a secret service which cannot preserve its own secrets against the world. and so the british government has no option but to continue this action, and even after any adverse judgement in australia. concorde had crossed the atlantic faster than any plane ever before, breaking the record by six minutes. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. i'm kasia madeira in london. our top stories. chancellor angela merkel looks to have been re—elected for a fourth term, but germany's right wing party has made significant gains. american football stars kneel during their national anthem, protesting against racism in the us. donald trump says they're unpatriotic. let's take a look at some front
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pages from around the world. the online edition of the south china morning post poses the question, what if the worst comes to the worst with north korea? it says china must be ready for war, but should also come up with back up plans to deal with north korea's nuclear arsenal and the influx of refugees. singapore's straits times reports on what it says is the first recruitment video by so—called islamic state featuring a singaporean fighter. it says the security services have been keeping tabs on the man who identifies himself as abu uqayl from singapore. and finally, you can't miss the giant robot on the front page of the japan times. the 20 metre statue is a tribute to the hugely popular gundam japanese science fiction franchise,
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and was unveiled by the singer tielle on tokyo's waterfront on sunday. let's go back to our main story this hour, the elections in germany — the bbc‘s ros atkins has some analysis for us. thank you very much. talking to martin here in germany. what are the core reasons that have driven this rise in nationalism ? core reasons that have driven this rise in nationalism? the first reason is the refugee wave that started in 2015 and continued in 2016, and brought about almost 100 million refugees into germany —— 100,000. i think the second reason is an anti— muslim sentiment that is
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very strong. the feeling that the composer of germany will change in the population will change. there is a big fear of this change in certain parts of the population. how releva nt parts of the population. how relevant is in germany's history is to this result, particularly the fa ct to this result, particularly the fact that it was once divided into two countries? i think that with the history of the second world war and the old regime, it still plays a role. is germany and west germany, the communist government plays a major role. i think the afd, they have mainly gained in the east. the federal state has gained more than 30%. i think that in east germany, you don't have many foreigners or germans with foreign origin living there. you don't see many refugees. there is a strong and i refugee
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sentiment. many analysts have said that if angela merkel did well in the election, china would be a major focus, fundamentally developing better relations with china. do you think she will be as ambitious with herforeign policy think she will be as ambitious with her foreign policy given this disappointing result?|j her foreign policy given this disappointing result? i think she will be ambitious and will probably joina will be ambitious and will probably join a coalition with labour and the greens. they are both very keen on foreign policy. they are very pro— china, especially the liberal party. i think that will give her some backing. also for the eu, it is probably a good sign. both parties, both minor parties back the eu. the liberal party tonight, when they saw their results, they raised two european flags and cheered for europe. i think this will be tough for great britain as a negotiation partner. for the first time sesame street's
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elmo is in singapore as part of a campaign to spread kindness. it's called ‘share the laughter‘ and there was plenty of that when elmojoined me here in the studio. hi, elmo! this is a moment i have been waiting for since i was a kid! wow, really? well, elmo is really happy to be here with mr rico. what —— what brings you here?|j happy to be here with mr rico. what -- what brings you here? i am here to spread kindness! you know, that is what we need in the world today, kindness. we need love, we need laughter, happiness. look at the news we delivered today, there is not a lot of it. well, elmo is here to tell everybody that it is very important to be kind to one another. absolutely, and of course there has to be peace in the world. tell me,
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elmo, you arejust to be peace in the world. tell me, elmo, you are just three years old. cani elmo, you are just three years old. can i touch you again? it is really you! it is really you. do you discuss the news with your parents? sometimes, sometimes elmo watches the news with elmo's mummy and daddy. sometimes i am sure it gets too serious and not funny, no laughter and kindness happening in the news today? yes. elmo doesn't really understand what! what about your friends? really understand what! what about yourfriends? some really understand what! what about your friends? some of my favourite characters on sesame street... i have on this coffee mug, oscar the grouch. here is a very good friend, but he's very grouchy. we also tried to bring in big bird and snuffalupagus in, but they wouldn't fit in. they are waiting outside right now. what about your friends,
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like snuffalupagus and the count? we like snuffalupagus and the count? we like to have fun on sesame street, and learn and play. cookie monster is in the movie business now. and you are as well! you have such a big community in sesame street, who has visited you in sesame street over the past two years? elmo has met some really cool people. we talk to the first lady, mrs michelle obama. we met michael blue —— elm... the first lady, mrs michelle obama. we met michael blue -- elm... can you add me to the list of celebrities who will eventually visit to sesame street? look at me, iam wearing visit to sesame street? look at me, i am wearing a tie dedicated to you. it is read, even my socks are red.
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is it difficult being read? no. elmo's proud of being read! you love being read? yeah, baby! you are in the movie business, but i know you love to sing. could you do a song for us? yes, i am going to do a special version of my elmo song. la la la la, la la la la, rico's song! that is amazing. we have about 30 seconds left before we end this exclusive interview, you would probably like to greet our millions of fa ns probably like to greet our millions of fans around the world, and tell them about happiness and laughter in
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this world? foreshore! elmo want everybody to spread love, and be sure to use the hash tag, #spreadlaughter. oh, that lovely elmo. and he told me he loves you too! oh, that isjust wonderful. i know that you are very excited, i was as well, because i loved sesame street when i was growing up. and before we go, let's take a look at these pictures of a 15th—century form of fighting that's making a comeback. the first ever world jousting championship has been held, featuring what organisers describe as the original extreme sport. the jousters wore specially designed armour — weighing up to 50 kilograms, and then charged on horseback at their opponents. i'll let you decide if they're brave or foolish. that's all for now, stay with bbc world news.
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hi there. most of us will have enjoyed some fairly warm weather for late september over the weekend. the highest temperatures, in a few spots, up to 23 degrees celsius in the warm spots, about five degrees higher than it is at this stage of september. we have also had a weather front with us, for some that has brought outbreaks of rain. the rain has been getting a little bit more widespread. this weather front has wiggles of cloud all over it, parcels of rain working along the front. certainly not an even spread, some getting more than others. some dampness around to start today for much of scotland, england and wales, it will be a mild start. through monday, this weather front finding it difficult to move east because of this locking area of high pressure across scandinavia and europe. the weather front is weak and going
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nowhere fast. for the far west of wales and parts of south—west england, some brighter spells worsening. many areas, rather cloudy to start the day. mild with the risk of some rain. northern ireland is different. a mix of sun and dense patches of fog. it could cause problems on the road. scotland damped to start the day. through the west, the weather front staying in the same area. rain fizzling out as it continues to weaken through the rest of the day. by the afternoon, most of us will have dry weather, perhaps brightening up across east anglia and south—east england. the best of the sunshine further west, especially in northern ireland after we get rid of the fog. here is the chart for tuesday. the fraudster with us across england and wales. ra rely with us across england and wales. rarely any raid left. today, cloud thinning and breaking up. increasing amounts of sunshine. in the sunshine, pretty warm for this time of year. high as 16— 21 for most of
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us. some changes towards the middle pa rt us. some changes towards the middle part of the week. this weather front moves in from the west and will bring some heavy and persistent rain across ireland and northern ireland. could get around 30— 40 millimetres of rain. perhaps even more over the hills. coupled with that, some gale forced gusts extending through irish sea coast. to the east, bright, dry and relatively warm. temperatures peaking into the low 20s. for this week, generally more unsettled with more rain at times. quite windy, and those temperatures coming back down to normal. that's your weather. you are watching bbc world news. our top story: exit polls suggest chancellor angela merkel has been re—elected for a fourth term, and that her cdu party has won most votes in germany's federal election, but with a surprise fall in support. the alternative for germany party has made big gains, entering parliament
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for the first time. it has promised to hunt down mrs merkel. president trump has become embroiled in a row with leading us sports stars. several have refused to stand during the national anthem, as a protest against racism in america. and we have had a special visitor into the newsday studio. elmo from sesame street joined rico in the studio. it is part of a campaign to spread kindness. it is called share the laughter. i'll leave you to decide who was funniest. that's all from me now. stay with bbc world news. now on bbc news, it is time for hardtalk.
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