this is newsday. i'm rico hizon, in singapore. the headlines: the white house and top republicans say they will examine a limited change to gun laws, after the las vegas shootings. australia's cardinal pell appears in court. we may learn new details of the abuse case against this senior vatican figure. i'm kasia madera, in london. also in the programme: hollywood producer harvey wineskin apologises. the and the author kazuo ishiguro wins the nobel prize for literature. he tells us about his unique perspective. i do feel the japanese part of my upbringing is crucial to who i am as a person and a writer. live from our studios in singapore and london, this is bbc world news.
it's newsday. it's 8am in singapore, 1am in london and 5pm in las vegas, where the deadliest shooting in modern us history appears to have raised at least the possibility of some sort of limits on how guns are used in america. donald trump says he will look into whether to temporarily ban rapid—fire devices, of the kind used by stephen paddock in the fatal shooting of 58 people. the powerful national rifle association has already said it will back calls to regulate the devices. james cook reports. the golden glass was shattered by a man intent on mayhem. why, police still don't know. they say there is evidence stephen paddock had planned to survive the attack, and that he may have had help. we know stephen paddock is a man
who spent decades acquiring weapons and ammo and living a secret life, much of which will never be fully understood. so far, there has been a lot of attention paid to the actions of the man who was in that building and what he did, firing down on this concert below. but what many people who were at that gig have told us is that they think the focus should be on the response and the bravery that was on display there. kristin babik showed immense courage. the 24—year—old kept running from the bullets, even after she had been shot in the back. i felt something hit me really hard and then i felt something splatter on my back, so i thought it was either somebody‘s drink, it kind of felt like a paintball or something like that. it's not fair and it's not right... and now i'll forever have to have a bullet in my back... ..for no reason.
so i'm just sorry other people have to deal with similar or worse. the girlfriend of the man who inflicted such suffering says he was kind, caring and quiet. marilou danley has now been questioned by the fbi. in a statement she insisted she had no warning that something horrible like this was going to happen. that horror was intensified by the rapidity of the shooting, made possible by a device called a bump stock, which increases the rate of fire on a gun. this advert for bump stock salutes the founding fathers who codified the right to bear arms. senior republicans, the white house, even the powerful national rifle association, are talking about a ban. in a statement tonight, the nra said such devices should be subject to additional regulations. but banning this accessory is not gun control, which is anathema to the nra and to the republican party it helps to bankroll.
meanwhile, the killing continues. since 59 people died here, at least 87 more americans have been shot dead. that's a las vegas massacre every three days. james cook, bbc news, in las vegas. we will return to las vegas. but let's take a look at some of the day's other news. one of the most senior cardinals in the catholic church has appeared in court in australia, charged with historical sexual offences. 76—year—old george pell denies any wrongdoing and returned to his homeland injuly to face the charges after being granted a leave of absence from the vatican. hywel griffith is outside the court. they haven't been made public. as we
said, cardinal george pell returned from his role as the vatican's treasurer. just as with the first, he needed police escort to make his way through the throng of reporters and cameramen and a small group of protesters to go inside the building. the hearing was over within 20 minutes. cardinal pell didn't speak. his barrister, one of the most eminent in australia, spoke on his behalf with some discussion of the witnesses we will hear from. we learnt there are something in the order of 50 witnesses who will take pa rt order of 50 witnesses who will take part in the next 4— week hearing. the date has been set for march. cardinal pell, he is considered the third ranking official in the catholic church. this is a person of
hugely significant stature in the church. absolutely, huge and the church worldwide. the third in command, some suggest an inch year —— and here in australia, the most senior catholic figure is somewhere in the past who has been responsible for defending the church's actions against charges of sexual abuse so he isa against charges of sexual abuse so he is a prominent figure here in australia and within the global catholic community which is why there is so much scrutiny. that's why there were so many reporters and cameramen here and as he left the court, without speaking, i am sure he will be mindful that that presents and that camera will be trained on him through every step of this process. us reports say president trump is planning to de—certify the international nuclear deal with iran. he's said tehran has not lived up to the spirit of the agreement.
according to the washington post, mr trump will ask congress to look at it again. we must not allow iran to obtain nuclear weapons. the arabian regime supports terrorism and exports of violence, bloodshed and chaos across the middle east. —— uranium. that is why we must put an end to iran's continued aggression and nuclear ambitions. they have not lived up to the spirit of their agreement. the government of costa rica has declared a state of emergency amid heavy rains, landslides and floods caused by tropical storm nate, which has killed at least three people. some of the country's main roads have been closed and more than a dozen national parks popular with tourists have been closed. these nasa astronauts onboard the international space station have kicked off the first of three space walks.
they're doing routine maintenance. while back down here on earth, the us vice president, mike pence, was hinting at another job for american astronauts heading back to the moon. mr pence says it will be a stepping stone to sending americans to mars and beyond. look at this lavish celebration marking 50 years on the throne for the sultan of brunei. in honour of the occasion he travelled through the streets in a gilded chariot, before holding a ceremony at his golden—domed palace. he's ruled the oil—rich sultanate since 1967. let's return to our top story. republican politicians and pro—gun lobbyists in the united states apparently backing some limited new controls on the use of guns. they are exploring the possibility
had an accomplice because he had suitcases stuffed with bullets and firearms which he took from the lobby of the hotel behind me, the mandalay bay, up to the 32nd floor. 0ne mandalay bay, up to the 32nd floor. one thing investigators are looking into, did someone help him take those weapons all the way up, but somebody help them buy all those weapons. in october last year, police say he bought some 30 weapons in one go and they are wondering whether a specific life event may have been the reason why he decided to buy all these extra firearms. the oscar—winning hollywood film producer harvey weinstein says he is taking a leave of absence after a newspaper reported that eight women had made sexual
harassment claims against him. the new york times says mr weinstein, who is 65, reached eight settlements with the women. peter, reminders of the con text. the context is that harvey weinstein is one of the most distinguished, successful film producers is one of the most distinguished, successfulfilm producers in hollywood. easy being involved in many hugely successful productions, the artist, shakespeare in love, the king's speech, he is a huge figure in the business. that is why to so many people, these allegations have come as such a shock. the new york times say they carried out this investigation going back three decades, looking at internal emails from the companies he has been
involved with is, legal documents, talking to current workers in past workers and building up a picture of a man who has behaved inappropriately towards women, several women, going back several decades. reports that he has reached settle m e nts decades. reports that he has reached settlements with eight of those women over the years. we spoke about his apology but he has actually disputed some of the elements of the new york times report. yes, he issued quite a long, rambling statement which included that apology which says he appreciated the way he had caused pain with collea g u es the way he had caused pain with colleagues in the past and sincerely apologised and talks about the demons he has battled over the years and the fact that he is going to ta ke and the fact that he is going to take a leave of absence to cope with this but a statement from one of these lawyers suggesting parts of these lawyers suggesting parts of the newspaper report were inaccurate and he was considering legal action.
and he is apparently taking therapy now? yes, that is what he is saying, that he described it as a journey to ta ke that he described it as a journey to take and conquer his demons. he says he regrets what's happened and he respects all women. this is something he has had an opportunity to think about. the story in the newspaper being revealed just today and he's suggesting he will be disappearing from the hollywood scene for some time to try to deal with this. peter, thank you very much for bringing us up—to—date. still to come on the programme. we hear from an exiled cambodian opposition leader, calling for international sanctions over what she says is increasingly authoritarian rule in the country. and the acclaimed writer kazuo ishiguro, originally from japan, wins the the nobel prize for literature. but what does he make of being a nobel laureate?
in all russia's turmoil, it has never come to this. president yeltsin said the day would decide the nation's destiny. the nightmare that so many people have feared for so long is playing out its final act here. russians are killing russians in front of a grandstand audience. it was his humility which produced affection from catholics throughout the world. but his departure is a tragedy for the catholic church. israel's right—winger ariel sharon visited the religious compound and that started the trouble. he wants israel alone to have sovereignty over the holy sites, an idea that's unthinkable to palestinians. after 45 years of division, germany is one. in berlin, a million germans celebrate the rebirth of europe's biggest and richest nation.
you're watching newsday on the bbc. our top stories: the white house says it welcomes a conversation about the use of a gun accessory used by las vegas gunman, stephen paddock. the fbi is still trying to establish a motive for the attack. cardinal george pell has arrived in court in australia, to face charges of historic sexual abuse. the vatican treasurer has consistently denied any wrongdoing. and a church in the belgian capital of brussels, facing closure because of its dwindling congregation, has brewed up a solution to the problem by launching a new beer.
50,000 bottles of the ecclesiastical tipple will be sold to raise money for the church. that story is popular on bbc.com. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the south china morning post reports on china's minister of public security, guo shengkun, seeking talks with washington on a number of issues. these include cyber—security, terrorism, international crime and the war on drugs. the international edition of the new york times has more details about the gambling habits of las vegas gunman stephen paddock. according to the paper he would spend hours playing video poker games, betting one hundred dollars on a single hand and displaying little or no emotion. the gulf news reports on improving relations between russia and saudi arabia, following a trip
to moscow by king salman to meet president vladmir putin. the paper says although the two nations have been on opposite sides of international conflicts, most notably in syria, their respective leaders still managed to sign a slew of investment deals. what stories are sparking discussions online? it is ironic that japanese it is ironic thatjapanese gardens are trending online. they are of course known for their tranquillity, but that's because tokyo is sending green fingers to every corner of the world, to spruce up those japanese gardens that have sadly fallen into disrepair. there are some 500 traditional gardens scattered across the globe and some need help. japanese gardens were often planted to repair friendly relations after world war two. a prominent opposition leader from cambodia has called for international sanctions to be imposed on the government of prime minister hun sen over his
increasingly authoritarian rule. mu sochua is the most senior politician in the cambodian national rescue party, after its leader kem sokha was arrested last month on charges of treason. 0ur south east asia correspondent jonathan head met mu sochua, in an undisclosed location in bangkok, and asked herfirst why she had chosen to leave cambodia. to flee the country has never been part of my agenda, but hun sen, the prime minister, said very clearly the case of the opposition leader is a case of treason, and that case does not stop with him, who is now in prison. you saw that as a direct threat to you? i was willing to stay, but monday night 10pm, i got another message from someone i know saying you need to leave,
it will happen, this arrest will happen this week. what i was afraid of was to be captured and be silenced and put in jail and having the case go through a kangaroo court for months and months. the election for cambodia is scheduled for the 29th ofjuly, 2018. i intend to have my voice heard, because it represents the voices of those whose voices cannot be heard. that is very important, that is critical. a critical moment for me, a choice i thought i would not have to make. what can be done?
prime minister hun sen has run cambodia and overcome every challenge for such a long time now. he seems almost unable to be defeated. the international community has invested billions of dollars into making cambodia a democratic country. those billions of dollars, actually, dollars they continue to flow into cambodia, will be dollars to give a free ride, another ten years, to prime minister hun sen. that is not quality of aid. the next stop is action. japan, for example, has to suspend its aid for infrastructure.
democracy comes first. democracy first means sanctions. it is not a word the international community wants to hear, but it is action. mu sochua calling for international sanctions in cambodia. the japanese—born author kazuo ishiguro says it's a magnificent honour to receive this year's nobel prize for literature. the writer who moved to the uk as a young boy is best known for the novel the remains of the day. the judges praised the great emotional force of his work. the nobel prize in literature 2017 is awarded to the english writer kazuo ishiguro. i thought in this age of false news, i thought it was perhaps a mistake. kazuo ishiguro
has written several novels in a 35 year literary career which has won numerous other awards to go with his nobel prize. his first novel, a pale view of hills, made an immediate impact when it was published in 1982. it, like his second book, an artist of the floating world, features a japanese protagonist. i do feel that the japanese part of my upbringing is crucial to who i am as a person and as a writer. i'm a british citizen, i've lived in this country since the age of five, entirely educated in this country. but i did grow up in a japanese home. there was always this other dimension. i saw things through the eyes of japanese people. i saw british society through japanese eyes. he is perhaps best known for his 1989 booker prize—winning novel, the remains of the day, which was turned into a film starring anthony hopkins and emma thompson. mr stevens. yes. you mustn't take anything i said to heart. it's hideously easy to miss great
opportunities in life. and i think that is something we all face, you know? and i think my books have often addressed that. i asked alex shephard from the new republic magazine if he saw this win coming. i think everyone is a little bit surprised, which is surprising in and of itself. ishiguro is one of the most famous literary novelists in the world, and yet somehow for the last several years, as my really poor record as a nobel prize pundit will prove, he has gone under the radar. no—one expected this. people don't bet on him and no—one expected this. but he is hugely popular. yes, so you mentioned bob dylan last year, ishiguro is a return to form for the noble prize. the dylan choice provoked a lot
of uproar, especially in the literary community. ishiguro is beloved by everyone and is a very popular novelist. he talks a lot about being originally from japan and coming to england as a young child. that gives him a transcendental... he is almost above the level of us mere mortals, the way he writes, it's from such a unique perspective. it's surprising, his most recent book was set in arthurian england. the buried giant. it's almost surprising he hasn't gone into that fantastical realm, because his work has a mythical quality. but this was possibly a political move. ishiguro is a japanese—born english novelist who has written what is probably the most british book in the last 20 years, the remains of the day.
and i think that is notable in the age of brexit. yes, it's such a novel that when you read it and watch the film, such a popularfilm, you feel it's almost awkward. it's so british, with that stiff upper lip, you want to scream and reach out and find love. yeah. so many of his characters are like that, which is why when his novels work, especially with his huge masterpieces, the remains of the day and never let me go. he has a great ability to show dawning awareness. you want to shake the characters and say, look at the world around you, can't you see it the way i am seeing it? it is incredible the way he does it. before i go and before the end of
the programme, i would like to greet you a very, very happy belated birthday. i maybe 26 hours late but it's the thought that counts. i have a very special gift for you from my heart. it may not be worth $37 million but it's a gift. it is the wrong ball! well, there was a bowl we were talking about that went for $37 million in sotheby‘s, hong kong. it is from the imperial court in china and is 1000 yea rs imperial court in china and is 1000 years old. yes, it was green and small, but that's not the bowl. this one isjust small, but that's not the bowl. this one is just for you. thank you, rico. clear skies and light winds out there right now.
so certainly pretty chilly. but the good news is if you want a trouble—free day on friday, it is looking sunny through the country. a window of clear skies right now. a weather system is heading our way. that won't arrive until the weekend, unfortunately. there will be rain around on saturday. not in the short—term, in the short—term, high pressure is building as i speak. it will be brief, not around for very long. i hope you enjoy the calm weather. this is what it looks like on friday morning. not much happening out there. temperatures, eight degrees in towns and cities. rural spots and scotland, dipping down to around freezing. this is what it looks like first thing in the morning. a couple of showers and more of a breeze for 0rkney and shetland. but for mainland scotland, northern ireland, wales, the weather is looking absolutely fine.
glasgow and the south, sunny for most. temperatures, around 7—9. the winds will be very light. a beautiful start to friday for most of us. the weather will change a lot through the morning and afternoon. however, later in the day, it looks like things will cloud over in northern ireland and western parts of scotland. some spots of rain getting over into the north—west and into the hebrides. possibly some light rain around until sunset in belfast and late in glasgow. weather fronts increasing. saturday itself is looking very different. after a beautiful friday, saturday is looking completely different. 0vercast, quite a changeable day. it is not going to be a wet day. there will be sunshine around, possibly in the south. damp weather around in plymouth and london. it will not rain all day long. the weather will wax and wane and won't be especially heavy. a better day on sunday. less of that cloud. pockets of rain here and there. 17 in london. more like 1a in glasgow. summarising the weekend, a lot of cloud, especially
on saturday, with spots of rain. by the time we get to sunday, it should brighten up with some decent weather around then. bye— bye. our top story. the white house says it welcomes a conversation about the use of a gun accessory used by las vegas gunman stephen paddock. the powerful lobbying group the national rifle association has backed calls to regulate devices that can turn guns into automatic weapons. it's four days since the shooting that left 58 people dead and nearly 500 injured. cardinal george pell has arrived in court in australia, to face charges of historic sexual abuse. the vatican treasurer has
consistently denied any wrongdoing. and this video is trending on bbc.com. a church in the belgian capital brussels — that was nearly forced to close its doors for lack of parishioners — has launched a new beer. it's hoped sales of 50,000 bottles could raise vital funds to keep it going. that's all from me for now. stay with bbc news. and the top story here in the uk.