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tv   Newsday  BBC News  November 13, 2017 1:00am-1:30am GMT

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i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. the headlines: the asean summit gets under way in manila. donald trump is set to meet the controversial philippine leader rodrigo duterte. dozens of people are killed as a strong earthquake hits the border region between northern iraq and iran. 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, it stages its first italian opera. good morning.
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it is 9:00am in singapore, 1:00am in london, and 9:00am in the morning in manila, where president trump is in the philippines to attend the asean summit that is due to get under way shortly. he is set to meet the controversial 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. president rodrigo duterte‘s drug war has been controversial. it has claimed thousands of lives, and leaders gathered for a gala dinner in manila. they signed a number of
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trade agreements with hong kong at the time, and as you can see, they are all arriving. canadian leader justin trudeau has just walked through the door, as they begin the asean summit, being greeted by his counterpart, rodrigo duterte of the philippines. and we can speak now to howard johnson, who is actually in manila. he is at the us embassy at the moment where we can see some protest is going on behind you, howard. can you tell us about those protests 7 howard. can you tell us about those protests? because we know this is president trump's last day in asia, he is winding up his tour. yes, we have actually just moved he is winding up his tour. yes, we have actuallyjust moved a mile or so have actuallyjust moved a mile or so away from the embassy, to an area where the protesters will begin their march towards the embassy this morning. these are left—wing groups. we have got farmers and peasant groups, urban poor groups, and they
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have a message they want to send to president trump while he is here in manila. it says here that the filipino people have nothing to gain and everything to lose in this gathering of global economies and world superpowers. now, we can see over behind us there is a large effigy of donald trump with a swastika on the front. they will burn that later today. they will move on the american embassy later, but in the last couple of days this same group have tried to get to the embassy and the police have pushed them back every. on the way over here we saw a lot of on corners with batons and guns, so they will meet steep resistance as they try to get to this embassy in manila. donald trump will be meeting rodrigo duterte, they will be having a bilateral meeting where they will discuss all things, potentially the war on drugs discuss all things, potentially the waron drugs might discuss all things, potentially the war on drugs might be one thing they will talk about. i spoke to president rodrigo duterte just a
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couple of days ago and i asked him whether that would be something they would discuss. now, president duterte said they wouldn't talk about the extrajudicial killings, or claims of extrajudicial killings by human rights groups. we will wait to see what happens there. they will also talk about the south china sea, also talk about the south china sea, a very controversial issue in this pa rt a very controversial issue in this part of the world. lots of countries laying claim to this important geopolitical waters. this is a waterway where trillions of dollars worth of trade flow through every year, and in the last year or so we have seen china build—up artificial reefs and sandbags, much to the disappointment of america, which wa nts a disappointment of america, which wants a free passage of its ships and shipping containers through the waters. so they will be pushing leaders like president duterte to try and weigh in on china to bring about an international code of conduct that can make sure there is
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freedom of navigation through these waters for the years ahead. all right, howard, you are there with those protests and watching what is going on today very closely, as the asean summit kicks off. 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 ronald reagan. sailing together off the coast of korea today, three american supercarriers. swooping low over them, a pair of b—i 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.
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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, 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
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president sounded hurt after pyongyang called him an ageing lunatic. in hanoi he was asked, "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 are 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. our other developing story this hour: a strong earthquake measuring 7.3 has hit the border area in northern iraq and iran, killing dozens of people.
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the epicentre was close to the iraqi—kurdish city of halabja. across the border, in iran, state television says 61 people are confirmed dead in the west of the country. andrew plant has the latest. the aftermath of an earthquake here that struck after dark. for rural villages in the affected areas, the searches beginning in torchlight for any survivors that might be buried in the fall in the fall and buildings. the shocks were felt in towns, as well. people out for the evening running the safety, finding a way outside, away from the danger, scared there could be more to come. the first reports are that the centre of the earthquake was close to the border between iran and iraq, somewhere close to the village of khosrav. the us geological survey said the epicentre was 20 kilometres
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west of the border. the moment the earthquake struck was even captured on live tv, these news broadcasters feeling the tremors as their programme played out. local media is now showing emergency shelters and beds being set up outside. 15 emergency teams, they say, are now helping treat the injured and search for survivors. the number of dead is still climbing. more than 60 so far, and 300 injured. but it could be many days before the real extent of the damage done here is fully clear. also making news this hour: chinese state media say the chinese and vietnamese leaders have reached a consensus on managing issues in the south china sea. the xinhua news agency said the two sides agreed to steadily advance maritime cooperation, but did not provide further details. president xi jinping arrived in hanoi hours after a visit by president trump, who had offered his services as a mediator in the south china sea dispute. the lebanese politician saad hariri,
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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. translation: there's a security threat on my life, but that's just part of it. actually, there's the protection of lebanon. i want to protect lebanon. i will go back to lebanon, and i will be back really soon. i will follow the constitutional process of resignation. 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. ferrari's sebastian vettel
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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. 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 is claimed an armed 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. for the latest, i spoke to the bbc‘s rebecca henschke, who is in the indonesian capital, jakarta. yes, we're getting very conflicting
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information about what's happening with these five villages, as you say, just around the base of this huge gold and copper mine owned by freeport. the indonesian government, the authorities, say that a splinter group of opm, 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 number of other people. but villagers we have spoken to insist they are not being held hostage, and that in fact t is the authorities who are preventing villagers from coming and going, so that they can raid these villages and arrest people they say
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are responsible for these shootings. different accounts of what is going on. what more do we know about freeport, this very large and controversial mine? well, the opm, the free papuan movement, has openly declared war on this mine, and the police officers that are paid to protect it. freeport pays millions of dollars every year for security for this mine. most of that goes to the indonesian military and the police, who have been accused of rights abuses in this province, that 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 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 staying very poor. presidentjoko widodo is trying to change this economic imbalance. but this conflict and this stand—off once
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again shows how tense the situation is there. you are watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: manus island asylum seekers are afraid that they will be forced to leave the detention camp. we will bring you the latest. also on the programme: it is a homecoming for one conductor at mumbai's royal opera house, which has reopened after decades of renovation work. we will hear her story. 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
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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 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 grudgingly 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 under way 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.
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an earthquake measuring 7.3 has hit the border area of iraq and iran. iranian media said more than 60 people were killed. the epicentre was close to the iraqi—kurdish city of halabja. 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. 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 cover‘s 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
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of saudi arabia to discuss what it calls "violations" committed by iran in the region. now, what stories are sparking discussions online? yes, sharanjit. it is interesting that we are talking about the asean summit getting under way. this footage has been doing the rounds. 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. " spain's prime minister's says that
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regional elections will end separatist havoc in catalonia. he was addressing a campaign in his first visit since putting in independence. he urged people to make sure they vote. james reynolds reports. mariano rajoy came to visit 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. 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.
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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. and this is what he is up against. libertad! 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. 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
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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. let's cross live to canberra, australia. and we can speak to naijit lam, the deputy regional representative from the united nations refugee agency. thank you forjoining us. i am wondering if you can shed any light on what you might know on when these people will be forcibly removed from the island ? people will be forcibly removed from the island? well, umm, thank you for having us here. from what we have heard i think we are coming to the point where they are being asked, pressures a re point where they are being asked, pressures are mounting, on the people to leave the centre very soon. people to leave the centre very soon. there were notices being made over the last few days. and right
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now, and what we have learned, because we do not have access to the centre any more, what we have heard is that today will be the day that people will have to leave the centre. so, what we have been witnessing on the ground is serious deterioration of the situation because the majority of the people still refuse to move. it has been 14 days since the closure of the centre. people, like say, they have been without food, water, electricity. so, it is extremely concerning for us. what would you like to see happen now? well, what we wa nt like to see happen now? well, what we want to see is that... it is... umm. there are so many things we have to talk about. so many questions have not been answered. from what we have observed, alternative accommodation is not ready since the last time we went to the site. medical services are
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either greatly reduced or non—existent outside of the centre. it is bringing about very high risks in the environment. we are very concerned something will go wrong. resettlement in the population, they have not been helped. there is a lot of anxiety. that is our concern right now. in the immediate to medium term, what is important for us medium term, what is important for us is that the people on manus island, the refugees, needs to find a solution as soon as possible. that is the ultimate goal we are trying to see for the refugees. let me just ask you briefly who do you believe is responsible for the remaining people on the site? we have been
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very consistently saying that australia has primary responsibility for the refugees and asylum seekers who they turn away and forcibly relocate them to papua new guinea four years ago. australia will have to continue to assume that responsibility, not only to protect and assist the refugees with critical services, but also, again, to find a solution for them as soon as possible. we appreciate your time. thank you so much forjoining us. time. thank you so much forjoining us. thank you very much. 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, 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,
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and i'm not used to that. i was very touched. i cried. that was a very nice feeling. i had a fantastic upbringing, nothing to complain about but you just are different, when you look so different. i have two brothers who are not adopted and they are not interested in the arts or in music and i think that is something that must be some genetic thing. when i knew that, ok,
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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. you have been watching newsday. stay with us. this is manila. asean is under way. we have seen shinzo abe, justin trudeau, and others, make their way to meet rodrigo duterte of the philippines. now they are just waiting for donald trump of america. see you soon. hello there.
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for most of us, sunday was a pretty glorious day, plenty of sunshine but it was cold. windy as well, particularly down the east coast, plenty of showers here too. some of these will continue through the course of the night and some on the heavy side but 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. you can see the blue colours there. something a little less cold into the north—west of the uk. the weather system pushes in, bringing outbreaks of rain. we start monday morning cold and frosty. lots of sunshine though. you can see the blue hue there so some places freezing or below at around eight o'clock in the morning. we continue to see cattered showers and blustery conditions across eastern coast areas, especially from lincolnshire down into east anglia. the odd heavier one too. northern ireland and northern england and scotland, a cold start but increasing wind and cloud across western scotland. outbreaks of rain into the western isles initally. this weather system will continue to move east through the course of the day, bringing
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rain and hill snow. we could even see snow down to lower levels before it all turns back to rain as the mild air moves in. northern ireland, cloudy with outbreaks of rain. elsewhere, a fine day but the sunshine turning hazy and another cold one. for monday night, this weather system continues to advance continues into that cooler air stream. for tuesday, it is a cloudier day. outbreaks of rain, particularly across western hills, a bit of mist and murk. look at those double—figure values. also cloudy on wednesday and thursday. the best of the sunshine across northern parts of the uk. thursday, probably the mildest day across the uk. quite a mixture this week. we are starting off on a cold and frosty start with some sunshine and then milder and cloudy for a time with outbreaks of rain and signs of it turning colder by the end of the week. i'm babita sharma with bbc news.
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our top story: the asean summit is getting underway 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. a strong earthquake measuring 7.3 has hit the border area in northern iraq and iran, killing dozens of people. the epicentre was close to the iraqi—kurdish city of halabja. and this video is trending on it shows dramatic pictures of a burning oil pipeline in bahrain that has caused a diplomatic spat. bahrain says iran is behind the explosion.
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iran has dismissed the allegation. more on this story at that is all from me for now. stay with bbc news. and the top story here in the uk: the husband of a british—iranian woman being held in prison in tehran says she has found lumps
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