welcome to newsday on the bbc. i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. the headlines: after a day of violent clashes, catalonia's regional government claims sunday's vote opens the door to independence, with backing of 90%. the spanish prime minister disagrees. translation: right now, i can tell you all emphatically, what we found today, and what we already know, is that there was no independence referendum in catalonia today. president trump tells his secretary of state to stop wasting time trying to negotiate with north korea, describing president kim jong—un as "little rocket man." i'm babita sharma in london. also in the programme: two women charged with killing the estranged half—brother of the north korean leader go on trial in malaysia. emergency centres are overwhelmed in bali, where an exclusion zone has been created around mount agung — the volcano is expected to erupt at any time. good morning. it's 8am in singapore,
1am in london and 2am in the morning in catalonia in spain, where regional leaders say 90% of those who voted in a referendum were in favour of independence from spain. it was a day of voting that descended into chaos and violence. more than 800 people are reported to have been injured. tom burridge reports from barcelona. this is how a vote turned ugly. spanish national police moving in to disrupt an independence referendum in catalonia which spain's government considers illegal. people kicked and thrown. women literally pulled by their hair out of polling stations. across barcelona violent police raids to grab ballot boxes. hundreds injured when they went to vote. one of the policemen took him by the head, took off his glasses and then he started to kick my dad here. the first one was here.
he kicked here. they are mad, they are crazy. "i am 79," maria—teresa told me, "i just wanted to vote in peace." but it wasn'tjust in barcelona. this was the scene to the north in gerona. watch the blonde woman in the middle. after clearing people from the entrance to the polling station they smashed their way in. other officers from spain's national force fought with local catalan firemen. some of catalonia's own regional police on the side of voters with emotions running high. with some in barcelona supporting spain's government today, spain's prime minister tonight seemed oblivious to the violence carried out by his police. translation: we have been an example to the world for our ability to believe in ourselves and to improve at every moment. but many did vote,
savouring a precious moment. but in a neighbourhood near barcelona football clubs nou camp, we found spanish police surrounding a polling station with local people surrounding them. once inside the school, they removed protesters and searched for ballot boxes. beth noda was queueing to vote when they arrived. we don't want to be part of this country that they don't love us. spain doesn't love us. their work done, they left to a chorus of anger and disbelief. this is the people facing down the police. these are riot police who have been drafted in from other parts of spain.
but their heavy—handed tactics today appear to be making deep divisions in this region worse. many catalans did not want today's disputed poll, let alone independence. but spain's now—ruling popular party helped scrap a deal promising more financial autonomy for catalonia. that was seven years ago and the pro—independence camp have pushed the idea that this region would be better off outside of spain ever since. in the past few hours, the head of the catalan regional government has suggested the result opened the door to a potential declaration of independence. translation: on this day of hope and suffering, catalonia's citizens have earned the right to have an independent state in the form of a republic. hence my government in the next few days will send the results of today's bow to the catalan
parliament, where the sovereignty of oui’ parliament, where the sovereignty of our people lies, so that it can act in accordance with the law of the referendum. —— today's vote. in other news donald trump has told his secretary of state not to waste time negotiating with the north korean leader. the president took to twitter, tweeting "i told rex tillerson, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with little rocket man" — referring to kimjong—un. he followed this up with "save your energy rex, we'll do what has to be done!" ealier, mr tillerson had disclosed the us was directly communicating with north korea on its nuclear and missile programmes, but that pyongyang had shown no interest in dialogue. our correspondent gary o'donoghue is in washington.
it is an extraordinary way, in a sense, to communicate with one of your most senior members of the cabinet, when you could pick up the phone and talk to him. so there is some sort of strategy, i think, at least in the president's mind, going on here. it may be that he think there is some value playing bad cop to rex tillerson‘s good cop, saying that his patience has run out, while rex tillerson tries to sort of manipulate and operate domestic channels on another hand. however, the north korean leader is not known to react well to personal insults — a bit like the president himself in that sense. and calling him "little rocket man" and this sort of thing is not going to, i think, make him well disposed to any diplomatic overtures. so it is a curious strategy. and we heard anything from rex tillerson? the state department, under the guise of its spokeswoman, put out some tweets saying north korea would not get a nuclear weapons, and it was up to it
whether or not that would be done by force or diplomatically, so in a sense trying to ride both horses of the president's position and the secretary of state. i think they're struggling to keep up with this as much as anyone else. but it certainly doesn't detract from the febrile atmosphere we have at the moment, because we have some big anniversaries coming up, with the founding of the north korean communist party, in the next few days, and this could see a response on this, which they often do using military means. also this hour, two young women have been killed outside the main railway station in the french city of marseille, in what is believed to have been a terrorist attack. the victims, aged 17 and 20, were stabbed to death. soldiers on patrol at the station shot the attacker dead. canadian police have arrested a somali refugee suspected of stabbing a police officer
and injuring four pedestrians in edmonton, alberta. the police officer was struck by a car at high speed and then attacked with a knife. an islamic state flag was found in the car. later, the man used a truck to ram pedestrians. same sex marriage has become legal and the first gay couple have tied the knot. karl kreiele and bodo mende have been together for 38 years and were part of the very first campaign to change marriage laws back in 1992. speaking to the bbc they said they were relieved that the fight to end discrimination was finally over. it's really a new step in history, as, after centuries, the discrimination of gays and lesbians by the state is finished, now. now we really have the same rights as straight people, and this is wonderful. now the people of finland have come up with the latest idea for a sauna — to take one about one hundred metres above ground level. there they are. it really is something. people had to take part in a lottery to get a place in this sauna — which gave them stunning views over
the capital helsinki and all the way to estonia. but it's probably not for the fainthearted — they had to wear safety harnesses over their fluffy bathrobes. the two women accused of assassinating the estranged half—brother of north korean leader, kim jong—un, have been taken to the high court in malaysia for the start of their trial. the women have been charged with killing kim jong—nam by smearing a chemical nerve agent on his face in kuala lumpur airport. the women's lawyers say they were tricked and they'll plead not guilty. they could face the death penalty if they're convicted. our south east asia correspondent, jonathan head, joins me from bangkok. we know it sounds a little like it isa we know it sounds a little like it is a storyline from a spy thriller. tell us what has led to today, and what we are likely to learn from this trial. the assassination, which
is what was, took place on 313. at the time, it was a stroke of luck that the malaysians even new found out that the victim was indeed the estranged half brother of the north korean leader. they passed his details, thinking he had died from a heart attack, to the south korean embassy, who identified the man. the north koreans wanted to claim him back, insisting he was not kim jong—nam. they did not want malaysia to carry out an autopsy, and demanded the body. and we had a stand—off until march, when, at that stage, at north korea was banning relation to mates and their families from leaving north korea, and managed to arm—wrestle, if you like, the malaysia government into handing over three remaining north koreans who are being held in north korea —— in malaysia, under suspicion. who are being held in north korea ——
in malaysia, undersuspicion. so who are being held in north korea —— in malaysia, under suspicion. so to conduct this trial, only these two young women, this indonesian and vietnamese woman, are left. that account is that they had been trained to carry out what they thought were televised pranks. these are all women with no particular background that would suggest that they could have been involved in this assassination. and they are simply arguing that they did not know. so this is all malaysians had to go on. they will bring expert witnesses to the trial, as well is listening to the two women, but we will not hear from any of the north koreans themselves. so the actual details of the plot and howard was organised, i think, details of the plot and howard was organised, ithink, i details of the plot and howard was organised, i think, i think that is something that may still elude us wa nts something that may still elude us wants the trial is over at the end of next month. and yet we know, jonathan, that these two women face the death penalty. they have been said to have just arrived at the high court. do we know about the processes of this trial and how they, well, it will take a month, as you say, what could we see? well, it
will be listening to test the many. but most of the witnesses being called by the prosecution are people who were involved in the investigation, or expert witnesses. these expert witnesses might be all too shed some light on the nerve agent use, it has been said that it was vx. others have said that the way these women had had on their bare hands, it must have been a little different to that. we might learn more about that. i think that the defence case is that these two women did not know what they were doing, and it is strong. they are confident that they would be acquitted. but the malaysia, this is acquitted. but the malaysia, this is a high—profile trial, and these are the only two suspects they have. after releasing the three north korea is. they think there are four others that were key to this, but they disappeared straightaway. —— they disappeared straightaway. —— the three north koreans. they know will be difficult for them. it will
depend on how persuasive the defence can be in arguing that these are simple women from poor countries, who did not know what they were doing. people will be waiting to see if the malaysia prosecution when their argument that they did know what i talk about. there is a mandatory death penalty if they are found guilty. jonathon head, there, giving us some context to that story. with bali's agung volcano predicted to erupt soon, officials have created an exclusion zone around the mountain. anyone living inside that area has been advised to leave for their own safety. but despite this — some are choosing to remain. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme:us secretary of state rex tillerson has been in china talking about negotiating with north korea. but he's been receiving mixed messages from back home. in all russia's turmoil, it has never come to this.
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i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. i'm babita sharma in london. our top stories. after a day of violent clashes, catalonia's government claims sunday's vote opens the door to a declaration of independence, with 90% backing. and president trump tells his secretary of state to stop wasting time trying to negotiate with north korea, describing president kim jong—un as little rocket man. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. let's start with the japan times leading with that referendum in catalonia we were talking about earlier. it says catalans defied police orders to leave designated polling stations for the banned referendum; and clashes broke out soon after polls opened. another contentious referendum that
took place recently, the one in the kurdistan region of iraq, is analysed by the new york times. the paper says that turkey has threatened to cut off its oil pipeline with the region, and the relationship with the us soured after the kurds rebuffed its appeal to cancel the vote. the paper claims that while kurds might have gained an emotional victory, they are now alone in a dangerous neighbourhood. and china's state run newspaper, the china daily, mentions us president trump's upcoming visit to the country. the paper quotes president xi jingping words saying a "special, wonderful and successful" outcome awaits the us president. now, what stories are sparking discussions online? more american football players have knelt during the playing of the us national anthem in sunday's matches, in protest against racial injustice. during the nfl game between new orleans saints and miami dolphins, the saints squad kneeled beforehand,
but stood while the anthem was played, and three players from the dolphins kneeled throughout. trump tweeted his disapproval of the protests. more on that at bbc.com. let's get more now on the visit of the us secretary of state rex tillerson to china. the idea was to prepare the ground for donald trump's official trip to china later this year. but instead the trip has been somewhat overshadowed by mixed messages over relations between the us and north korea, which counts china as one of its few allies. i asked douglas paal from the carnegie endowment for international peace whether president trump's tweets had undermined rex tillerson‘s mission the most charitable interpretation i could make is that president trump believes in the good cop, bad cop routine, where rex tillerson
was the persuasive convoy trying to get a solution. they want to show the bad cop in the background, president trump saying, you'd better deliver or i'm going to use my forces on you. it is an odd way to do diplomacy. odd, as you say. in that tweet, president trump also said that rex tillerson should save his energy because the us will do what needs to be done. what does need to be done? this suggests military force. is that a solution? in my view, military force is far from a solution and it is discussed way too much. there is not likely to be a lot going on in the way of conversation between the two sides. north korea think they are soon to get a nuclear deliverable system that they can threaten the us with. the us has just gotten several actions done by the un
and bilaterally to toughen sanctions on north korea. i think they need more time for the other to feel the pressure. this is not the moment to begin the talks. they are waiting for the magical moment when each has a silver bullet to do in the other. going back to the original intention of the trip, the purpose of rex tillerson‘s trip was to lay groundwork for china in november. how would you assess relations between those two countries? we saw a very cordial reception for president xijinping in the us. since then we have seen a lot of pressure exerted on china. yes, butter is not a big staple in china, but i think that they have recognised that donald trump likes to be buttered up. they laid it on thick during tillerson‘s trip. they are avoiding or at least managing concrete discussions over new and emerging conflicts
between china and russia. as part of a historic expansion, the bbc has launched four new local language services in india — bbc gujarati, marathi, punjabi and telugu. their websites are now live, along with facebook, youtube, twitter and instagram platforms. with over 150 new staff from across the country, the expansion has made the delhi bureau the largest outside of the uk. for more on what our audiences can expect let's speak to ankurjain, the bbc gujarati editor. he joins us from delhi. that is amazing that you can speak gujarati sitting there in london. that is about as far as my gujarati goes. congratulations. the launch is up, tell us what services are available? this is a great moment for us in india. we are launching the gujarati, marathi, punjabi and
telugu services. today is when the big launch happens for us. tell us what kind of stories you are working on? bbc has a great reputation when it comes to audience in india. we are ready have the hindi bengali services, the new challenge for these new services is to get a younger audience on board. they have a large audience in india, but the challenge lies with getting a young audience on board for us.|j challenge lies with getting a young audience on board for us. i have to say, your studio looks very similar to ours in london. absolutely, i think that is what all of us have been trying. for us, there is a bigger challenge because it is not a space that many media organisations in india have been welcomed into. what are the news priorities for the
gujarati service? we are launching it in conjunction with a day that honours the hartmut gundy, so we are discussing that today's —— mahatma gandhl discussing that today's —— mahatma gandhi. well done, we are looking forward to hearing the very best of bbc news across india. you have been watching newsday. stay with us, we'll be sorting through hong kong's rubbish problem, and why new rules from beijing are making a mess in the territory and costing businesses millions. and before we go, hong kong was lit up to celebrate china's national day. thousands of people watched the fireworks which were launched from a barge in the middle of victoria harbour. hello there.
we had some warmer air for a while on sunday, 20.5 degrees. but we're not going to see those sort of temperatures for a while, because there is air coming down as the wind changes direction to a north—westerly. winds a feature of the weather already. strengthening around the base of the deep area of low pressure that is close to scotland. not only are we seeing winds picking up, but blowing a whole host of heavy, squally showers. wind gusts could be an issue in the morning. possibly some travel disruption, 50 mph gusts around the pennines and perhaps even 60 mph up into scotland. some quite windy weather in the morning in particular. this is probably the peak of the winds across these areas. lots of showers as well.
winds easing, showers slowly ease as well. further south, some sunshine before clouding over in the afternoon. we may see some rain in the southwest. here is the picture on monday afternoon. by then, the strongest winds in the far north—east and scotland, a speckling of showers, not as bad as early in the day. drier to the east of the pennines, some gusty winds. more high clouds building in further south. the thickness of the cloud in the south—west, not far from south wales, rain. this really is from ex—hurricane maria, not having a big impact. mostly scooping out into the english channel. pressure building overnight, skies were clear. as we head into tuesday, north—westerly wind. not as windy as monday. not as many showers.
lighter and probably starting to blow in a bit more cloud. temperatures a degree or two lower than on monday. we had high hopes for this area of high pressure, hoping it would build across the uk. getting squished by these more active weather systems racing in from the atlantic. finding high pressure in the south, lower pressure across the north. gusty winds to the east of higher ground. wettest weather over the hills
in western scotland. some rain for northern ireland, most of england and wales should be dry with some sunshine. that rain in the north pushing south for a while. heavy rain close to that area of low pressure on the front itself, but then the weather front moves its way south. as it does so, it weakens. the rain gets stretched out and very much lighter in southern areas through the day. behind it, north—westerly winds, again chilly, but it should be drier with some sunshine. i'm babita sharma with bbc world news. our top story: catalonia's regional government says sunday's vote opens the door to independence, claiming 90% backing. but it follows a day of violent clashes where hundreds of people were injured, two seriously. at least 12 policemen were hurt. spain's prime minister, mariano rajoy, said that as far as he was concerned, there had been no referendum in catalonia. two women charged with killing the estranged half—brother of the north korean leader go on trial in malaysia. they are accused of smearing a chemical nerve agent on the face of kimjong—nam at kuala lumpur airport. and this story is trending on bbc.com: donald trumps tweets
that his secretary of state should not bother trying to negotiate with north korea's leader. the president described kim jong—un as "little rocket man". that's all from me for now. stay with bbc news. and the top story here in the uk: at the conservative party conference in manchester, the prime minister has insisted that her cabinet