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i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. the headlines: the asean summit gets under way in manila where us president trump is set to meet the controversial philippine leader, rodrigo duterte. spain's prime minister tells supporters in catalonia snap elections will help end what he calls "separatist havoc." translation: we want to bring back the catalonia that belongs to everyone, with democracy and freedom. we will achieve this if the silent majority turns out to voice their vote. i'm babita sharma in london. also in the programme: the agonising wait. asylum seekers on manus island share their fears as they expect to be forcibly removed from the australian detention camp. winds of renaissance at mumbai's royal opera house. after decades of renovation, its stages its first italian opera. 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, midnight in london and eight in the morning in manila where president trump is in the philippines to attend the asean summit that's due to get under way shortly. he's set to meet the controverisal leader rodrigo duterte, whose drug war has claimed thousands of lives. earlier, leaders gathered for a gala dinner in manila and signed a number of trade agreements with hong kong. joining us from manila is the bbc‘s howard johnson. he has been watching proceedings. it is one of the last days of president trump's visit to asia. what are you expecting today? it has been a mass
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on talk for donald trump last night. he attended the gala dinner, treated toa he attended the gala dinner, treated to a provider —— surprise karaoke performance from rodrigo duterte. he will meet him again this morning for a bilateral meeting. later on in the day he will also attend the opening ceremony of the 50th anniversary of the asean regional group. he will meet many leaders during the day, including the indian and australian prime ministers. we know that rodrigo duterte is controversial, described as the trump of the east, with a similar style, quite brash. what is the relationship between them and what will they talk about? yes, over the last year they have
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had some phone chats which has been friendly. just the other day they met up in vietnam. i managed to speak to rodrigo duterte when he returned from his apec summit. i asked them how the meeting went with donald trump. he said they had eight warm and friendly discussion. donald trump congratulated him on his handling of marawi and the drug problem, as he said. when i asked him if he would talk about the extrajudicial killings and executions during the war on drugs, rodrigo duterte said they would not be talking about this. this goes against what the white house has said. the white house press team put out a statement saying donald trump will ask about the extrajudicial killings. we will see what happens in the next few days to bite and you yourself will go to the embassy with expectations of more anti—us protesting today. —— days. what are people protesting about? have they
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become violent? let's not forget the philippines was a subject of america about one century ago. now, we are seeing many people coming to the american embassy this morning. it will be the biggest protest in the last three days. they will talk about the policies and the kind of dialogue that comes from president trump. they will be burning a 13 foot effigy of the president and tried to get to the american embassy. they have tried in the last few days but have been turned away by the police. we anticipate signs and flags being burned and rushes on the embassy. we will go down there and in the next hour or so to see
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what happens. president trump has resumed his war of words with north korea over their nuclear weapons programme. pyongyang insulted mr trump and insisted it wouldn't stop its nuclear build—up. the president responded with an insulting tweet of his own. this new spat comes as the us navy sailed a powerful carrier air group into the sea of japan off the korean peninsula. rupert wingfield—hayes reports from the uss abraham lincoln. sailing together off the coast of korea today, three american supercarriers. swooping low over them, a pair of b—1 bombers. on the right is the theodore roosevelt. on the left, the nimitz. and leading them, the ronald reagan. on board, these ships carry more than 200 combat aircraft. the launches and recoveries continue around the clock. we can sustain 24—hour operations for extended periods of time, however, with more than one carrier, that length of time goes out indefinitely, quite frankly,
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when we get to three. in other words, there is enough combat power here off the coast of korea to go to war. the last time anything like this was seen in the western pacific was ten years ago. here off the korean peninsula, no—one can really remember. this is a raw expression of america's military muscle, and for president trump, it is a message being sent to pyongyang that if it doesn't come to the negotiating table, this is potentially what it faces. but as so often with president trump, the message can very suddenly change, and it did today in vietnam. taking to twitter, the us president sounded hurt, after pyongyang called him "an ageing lunatic." "why would kim jong—un insult me by calling me old," he wrote, "when i would never call him short and fat?" "oh, well, i try so hard to be his friend, and maybe someday that will happen!" in hanoi, he was asked,
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"did he really mean he now wants to be friends?" see, if i think anything's a possibility... strange things happen in life, that might be a strange thing to happen, but it's certainly a possibility. back on board the ronald reagan, they're practising night landings. this is flying at its very hardest. there is no doubting the skills of these pilots, but there are many doubts about the strategy their commander—in—chief is using with north korea. rupert wingfield—hayes, bbc news, on board the uss ronald reagan, in the sea ofjapan. let's ta ke let's take a look at some of the day's other news. spain's prime minister says regional elections next month will help end what he called the "separatist havoc" in catalonia. mariano rajoy was addressing a campaign event during his first visit since imposing direct rule from madrid a fortnight ago. he urged those opposed to catalan independence to make sure they vote. from barcelona, the bbc‘s james reynolds reports. mariano rajoy came to visit
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the region he now runs. this was his first trip to catalonia since he deposed the local separatist administration. "your first visit for a while?" i asked him. como esta? "good," he said. this was a busy campaign stop ahead of next month's regional elections. translation: we want to bring back the catalonia that belongs to everyone, with democracy and freedom. we will achieve this if the silent majority turns out to voice their vote. for a short while at least, the man who ultimately rules catalonia is now here in catalonia. mariano rajoy wants to use this, his visit, to strengthen the pro—spain camp.
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and this is what he is up against. libertad! chanting. on saturday, tens of thousands of pro—independence campaigners took to the streets. we are people who believe in peace, we are people who believe in freedom, we are people who believe in the republic. and we will keep going on and on and on till we reach our success. the two halves of catalonia, pro—independence and pro—spain, now begin a five—week campaign for their future. james reynolds, bbc news, barcelona. a developing story. a strong earthquake measuring 7.3 has hit the border area of northern iran and iraq killing dozens of people. it was close to a kurdish city. 61 people are confirmed dead in the west of the country. it was also
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felt in the capital, baghdad, and as far as israel and kuwait. more on that as soon as we get it. the lebanese politician, saad hariri, who resigned as prime minister in a shock announcement in saudi arabia, says he will return to beirut soon. speaking in riyadh for the first time since he stepped down eight days ago, mr hariri dismissed suggestions that he was acting under saudi duress. he said he stepped down as prime minister for the sake of lebanese national interest and partly because he feared assassination. translation: there is a security threat on my life. that is just part of it. actually, i want to protect lebanon. i will go back to lebanon andi lebanon. i will go back to lebanon and i will be back really soon and i will follow the constitutional process of resignation. chinese and vietnamese leaders have reached a consensus on the south china sea and have agreed to steadily advanced maritime corporation but did not provide
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further details. —— advance. a senior united nations official has said she will brief the international criminal court about sexual violence committed by the military in myanmar against the mainly muslim rohingya population. pramila patten, accused the armed forces of using sexual violence as a calculated tool of terror against the rohingya people. and now for some sport news. ferrari's sebastian vettel took his first victory since july at the brazilian grand prix, where lewis hamilton battled from the back to finish fourth. vettel controlled the race after taking the lead. hamilton provided much of the excitement, carving through the field in the early laps as he attempted to make up for the crash in qualifying that left him at the back of the grid. more on that later in sport today. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme:
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manus island asylum seekers are afraid that they'll be forced to leave the detention camp. we'll be in sydney for the latest. also on the programme: it's a homecoming for one conductor at mumbai's royal opera house, which has reopened after decades of renovation work. we'll hear her story. new guinea berliners from both east and west linked hands and danced round their liberated territory. and, with nobody to stop them, it wasn't long before the first attempts were made to destroy the structure itself. it's keeping the candidate's name always in the public eye that counts. success or failure depends not only on public display but on the local campaign headquarters and the heavy routine work of their women volunteers. yasser arafat, who dominated the palestinian cause for so long, has died. the palestinian authority has declared a state of mourning
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for the leader who symbolised his people's hopes for independent statehood. in the wake of the colombian volcano disaster, rescue teams are trying to reach thousands of survivors who managed to clamber onto rooftops and trees above the sea of mud. after 17 years of discussion, the result was greeted with an outburst ofjoy. women ministers who'd long felt only begrudgingly accepted amongst the ranks of clergy suddenly felt welcomed. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. and i'm babita sharma in london. our top stories: the asean summit gets underway in manila. us president trump is set to meet the controversial philippine leader rodrigo duterte. earlier leaders signed a number of trade agreements with hong kong. visiting catalonia, spain's prime minister urges what he called the ‘silent majority', to fill the ballot boxes with hope at next month's snap election.
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these dramatic pictures show a burning oil pipeline in bahrain that has caused a diplomatic spat. bahrain says iran is behind the explosion. iran has dismissed the allegation. the foreign ministry in tehran described the accusation as baseless and childish. more on this story at let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. we start with the south china morning post which reports asean members have declined president donald trump's offer to mediate between claimants to the south china sea. mr trump made the offer during his visit to vietnam. the philippine star also covers the american president's tour of asia and claims mr trump will seek to strengthen ties between his country and the philippines when he meets his counterpart rodrigo duterte on the sidelines of the asean summit in manila. and finally the front page of the gulf news. it says the arab league will hold a meeting in a week at the request of saudi arabia
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to discuss what it calls "violations" committed by iran in the region. that brings you up—to—date with some of the papers. what about on line? sharanjit — this footage has been doing the rounds. (sings). it's the philippines president rodrigo duterte singing a duet with the filipino pop singer pilita corrales, at a dinner he hosted with donald trump as part of the asean summit in pasay city. as the song ended, mr duterte told the audience that he had performed "on the orders of the commander—in—chief of the united states". indonesian security forces in the eastern province of papua are preparing to storm five villages that they say are being held by an armed rebel group. around 200 police and military personnel have been deployed in the mimika region, where it's claimed an armed
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separatist group linked to the free papua movement is preventing about 1,000 people from leaving an area near a giant copper mine, operated by the american miner freeport. let's go live to the bbc‘s rebecca henschke who's in the indonesian capital for us. can you give us more of a context? we are getting very conflicting information about what is happening with these five villages around the base of this huge gold and copper mine owned by freeport. the indonesian government, the authorities are saying that a splinter group of the free papua movement has occupied the villages and they are responsible for a spate of shootings that are taking place around the mine that killed a police officer back in august and injured a
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number of other people but villagers we have spoken to insist they are not being held hostage and in fact it is the authorities who are preventing villagers from coming and going so that they can rabies villages and arrest people they say are responsible for these shootings. —— they can raid. different accounts of what is going on. what more do we know about freeport, this large and controversial mine? well, the opm, the free papua movement, has openly declared war on this mine and the police officers who are paid to protect it. freeport pays millions of dollars every year for security for this mine and most of that goes to the indonesian military and the police have —— who have been accused of rights abuses in this province which has had a low—level separatist conflict for decades. the local people and particularly the separatist rebels see the mine as a symbol of the fact that their
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natural resources of great wealth is being taken away from them for the benefit of the jakarta elite and a us company when they themselves are studying very poor. the president is trying to change this economic imbalance but this conflict and stand—off once again shows how tense the situation is there. tense indeed. as you say, also a confusing situation with so many different accounts. other plans to send in international observers all press to corroborate what is going on? well, thatis corroborate what is going on? well, that is a call that is coming strongly from human rights groups here asking for journalists strongly from human rights groups here asking forjournalists to be allowed in. that is not the case at the moment. this area is restricted around the freeport meaning even local journalists can't around the freeport meaning even localjournalists can't operate freely inside the villages to find out what is going on. intense security at the moment with military posts and police stopping people
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from entering. foreign journalists like me will have the right to work in indonesia but still had to apply for special permits to report from papua. the president promised that would no longer be the case when he was elected butjournalists who have gone say they are still being followed by intelligence agents and they are not allowed to report freely in this province. thank you very much. fears are mounting on manus island for asylum seekers and refugees who will soon be forced to leave the detention camp. a court in papua new guinea has ruled against restoring basic services to refugees staying on the site of the centre, that was once run by australia but is now closed. at least 400 people are still at the camp, which has had its electricity, running water and food cut off. earlier i spoke with the bbc‘s hywel griffith in sydney about when the refugees might be forcibly removed from the area. it's been a waiting game for almost
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two weeks. the latest we are told by the popular new guinea authorities is that today is the deadline and steps will be taken to remove the remaining 420 or so men who have stuck it out there without food or water or electricity supplies being given to them. —— papua. that said, the deadline has slipped. saturday was meant to be the deadline and at that point, they were told that force might be used but on saturday, clarification came. there was some confusion, from one detainee, but they were not certain when the deadline would be enforced or how it would be. so we will wait and see what the next few hours brings but this stand—off has carried on for two weeks and both sides are claiming that action has to be taken from the point of view of the d10 is, international action is wanted but the png authorities want them to move swiftly to the other accommodation. we said in our
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introduction that the electricity and food had been cut off. what are the provisions like for the detainees you have been speaking to one site? the footage we have seen released by a campaign charity looked pretty squalid. without running water, sanitation and hygiene is a big issue, in the toilet and the showers. the men include some engineers who had fashioned their own water wells using wheelie things but they were dismantled by the authorities so they are taking down the fences and so on. it's a bit of a battle for survival. the flipside is the authorities say for running water and electricity and medical supplies, all these things they claim are being provided that the other accommodation, the united nations refugee agency questions that, they are saying what is being offered in other locations is not as good and there is humanitarian concern about the welfare of these men. just give us a background about this site and how it came about. it
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has been a point of controversy for many, has been a point of controversy for any has been a point of controversy for many, many months now. absolutely. this all goes back to australia's policy of offshore asylum processing. no one is allowed to land illegally in australia. the boats so either turned back or those seeking asylum are taken to these offshore centres. manus island was one of the two centres but it was a lwa ys one of the two centres but it was always a temporary fix and that position came to the end —— came to an end in october. these men were handed over to the local png authorities and that is where we have been stuck for the last two weeks. australia's government has been asked time and again to stand in. there has been an offerfrom new zealand to take 150 of these men but the australian government says no, it is up to the png authorities to help resettle them and for things to ta ke help resettle them and for things to take their course there. mumbai's royal opera house is having a renaissance of sorts. after being shut for decades for renovation work, it's now reopened and is staging performances of all types including the italian opera,
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il matrimonio segreto. it's an important moment for indian opera, but equally significant for the show‘s conductor — maria badstue. our mumbai team caught up with her to find out why. everybody around me were indians, and i'm not used to that. i was very touched. i cried. that was a very nice feeling. i had ihada i had a fantastic upbringing, nothing to complain about but you
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just are different, when you look so different. i have to brothers who are not adopted and they are not interested in the arts or in music andi interested in the arts or in music and i think that is something that must be some genetic thing. when i knew that 0k, when i knew that ok, now is the time to go to india to conduct, at first i thought, now it's real because i never went before. i knew it was something i had to do in my life and i realised this was an excellent opportunity to go here, not like a tourist. it is a really chaotic city compared to anything i have seen before and it is something that i
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could have been a part of, which affects me a lot, especially in the beginning. maria badstue there with indian opera. stay with us. we will be taking a look at the asean summit again and the thorny issue of trade liberalisation. and we will leave you with ceremonies that have been taking place across the uk on remembrance sunday. stay with us. the headlines are next. hello there. the most abuzz, sunday
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was a glorious day, plenty of sunshine but it was cold. windy as well, particularly down the east coast, plenty of showers here. some of these will continue through the course of the night on the heavy side and become more confined to the north sea coast of england and elsewhere, turning much drier and a colder night to come. widespread frost developing in some rural places. the blue colours there. something a little less coal —— less cold into the north—west of the uk. the system pushes in, ringing outbreaks of rain. monday morning, cold and frosty. lots of sunshine. you can see the blue 0 there are so some places freezing or below at around eight o'clock in the morning. scattered showers and blustery conditions across eastern coast areas from lincolnshire down into east anglia. the odd heavy one. northern ireland and northern england and scotland, a cold start
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but increasing wind and cloud across western scotland. this weather system will continue to move east through the course of the day, bringing rain and hill snow. we could even see snow down to lower levels. that is before it all turns back to rein as the mild and moves in. northern ireland, cloudy with outbreaks of rain. elsewhere, a fine day but the sunshine turning hazy and another cold one. the monday night, this weather system continues to advance eastwards bringing stronger winds and outbreaks of rain to much of the country but also milder air. we will lose the cold airas the milder air. we will lose the cold air as the weather system moves. into the yellow and orange colours. the far north of scotland continues into that cooler air stream. for tuesday, it is a cloudy day. outbreaks of rain, particularly across western hills, a bit of mist and murk. look at those values. also
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cloudy on wednesday and thursday. the best of the sunshine across northern parts of the uk. thursday, the mildest day. quite a mixture this week. we are starting off on a cold and frosty start with a bash with some sunshine and then mars and cloudy for a time with outbreaks of rain and signs of turning colder by the end of the week. i'm babita sharma with bbc world news. our top story. the asean summit is about to get under way in manila where us president trump will meet with the philippine leader, rodrigo duterte. earlier, leaders gathered at a gala dinner in manila and signed trade agreements with hong kong in what one chinese officials called a vote against rising regional trade protectionism. spain's prime minister, mariano rajoy, has told his supporters in catalonia, that next month's elections should help end "separatist havoc." it's his first visit since he took direct control of the region. and this video is trending on it's shows dramatic pictures of a burning oil pipeline in bahrain that has caused a diplomatic spat.
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bahrain says iran is behind the explosion. iran has dismissed the allegation. more on this story at that's all from me now. stay with bbc world news. now on bbc news, it's time for hardtalk.
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