this is a day on the city. i am rico hizon in singapore. —— this is newsday on the bbc. the headlines: the bbc speaks to young rohingya girls who've become victims of sexual exploitation as refugees in bangladesh. pope francis is on a visit to myanmar, a country accused of ethnic cleansing. so how will he address the plight of the rohingya muslims? i'm kasia madera in london. also in the programme: indonesia braces itself for the fury of mount agung. this is the volcano live from bali. it could erupt at any moment, as authorities race to move everyone to safety. and it's on — britain prepares for a royal wedding in the spring, as prince harry and the american actress meghan markle announce their engagement. glad you tojoin us.
glad you to join us. it's glad you tojoin us. it's 9am in singapore, 1am in the morning in london, and 7am in cox's bazaar, bangladesh, where more than 600,000 rohingya muslims have now fled from their homes over the border from myanmar because of violence. but for many, it has not been the escape to safety they had hoped for. they are extremely vulnerable. many have no possessions, and some are becoming victims of sexual explication. reeta chakrabarti is in bangladesh, and has sent this report, which you may find distressing. this is cox's bazar, famous for being the world's longest sandy beach, and the town that is nearest the refugee camps. it looks idyllic. but as day turns to night, a seedier side emerges. a huge and desperate new population nearby provides fresh
opportunities for exploitation. and we've spoken to some young female refugees who are in real danger. rohingya girls, alone and in their teens, are being traded by their own people and local bangladeshis. they're sold for sex. and in the case of one 17—year—old girl, kept in a hotel by rohingya men and treated like a slave. i asked her if she gets paid for any of the work she does. nothing? incredible, isn't it? she is just a slave. another girl, who's just 15,
told us she escaped by boat from myanmar after her mother was shot dead by the military. she used her only possessions to pay the boatman, who then attacked her. once she got to bangladesh, a local woman who she thought would help her, took her home. she had nowhere else to go. and now the woman forces her to sleep with several men a night. do the men pay you when they have sex with you? these two girls are now being helped by a local group, but there are many more in this town suffering the same fate. they all came to escape the violence at home,
and now find themselves in a different kind of hell. reeta chakra barti reporting from bangladesh. later on newsday we'll have more on the pope's visit to myanmar. 0fficials there are watching to see how the pope will respond to the rohingya crisis. that is coming up soon. now let's turn to indonesia's largest volcano, mount agung, because it could be about to erupt. but nobody knows exactly when. on monday, the international airport was shut and local officials have widened an exclusion zone around the mountain and are asking people living there to leave. there are around 40,000 people already who have moved out. 0ur correspondent rebecca henschke is close to mount agung, and has just sent this report. as you can see, hot ash, gas and thick smoke is spewing out from mount agung, behind me, thousands of metres into the air,
making it very dangerous for planes to land. the airport has been closed for an the threat of an imminent eruption. last night you see about glow in the crater, which we are told me is the lover and molten rock has now reached the summit. people have been told to get out of an area of 12 kilometres in radius around the volcano. —— lava. people are staying in their homes. 0fficials volcano. —— lava. people are staying in their homes. officials will move in and forcibly take people out of the danger zone. at the moment there are still farmers down there in their rice paddies, and the balinese are still going about their lives. they revere this mountain as a sacred site, but now they are watching it very carefully, and are on high alert for an imminent eruption. of course, the moment we get more details, we will bring them to you. first lets turn to syria.
there, government forces are pounding one of the last remaining rebel—held strongholds, according to aid agencies and human rights groups on the ground. russia has called for a ceasefire there for the next two days. medecins sans frontiers says dozens of people have been killed in eastern ghouta and that continued bombardment is stretching medical facilities to the limit. despite concerns that glyphosate could cause cancer, the european union has decided to renew the licence for the weedkiller for another five years. it was due to expire next month. a world health organisation study concluded that though the chemical probably caused the disease, the available evidence doesn't warrant it being listed as a carcinogen. a political row has broken out in washington over who is to head a federal financial watchdog, after president trump overruled the initial choice and appointed a close aide, mick mulvaney, seen here, instead. but the original choice for the job, the current deputy director, is taking legal action against mrtrump. talks aimed at averting a snap general election
in the irish republic have broken up without agreement. a political crisis has erupted over the role of the deputy prime minister, frances fitzgerald, in criticising a police officer who alleged corruption in the force while she was justice minister. the opposition is due to move a vote of no confidence in the minority government. this is a spokesperson for the argentine navy. he's been giving more details of the last conversations with a submarine that went missing more than ten days ago in the south atlantic, with 44 crew members on board, sparking a huge international search for the vessel. apparently the sanjuan had reported that water had entered the submarine‘s snorkel causing its battery to short—circuit. and as zimbabwe's new president prepares to name a new cabinet, the country has declared the 21st of february as national youth day in honour of robert mugabe's contribution to the nation. the former president's birthday will now be a public holiday.
mr mugabe resigned last week after a military intervention and days of mass protests. now the excitement is mounting in the uk for another royal wedding. prince harry is to marry the american actress, meghan markle, and the wedding will take place early next year. the one time party prince proposed to his girlfriend of 18 months, over a roast chicken dinner earlier in november. the queen and duke of edinburgh are said to be "delighted for the couple" and wished them every happiness, as our royal correspondent, nicholas witchell reports. finally, it's official — they are engaged to be married. prince harry, fifth in line to the british throne, and meghan markle, an american, an actress, a divorcee and,
as she has put it herself, a woman who is proud of her mixed—race heritage. her mother is an african american. seldom can a royal wedding have indicated so clearly how times have changed. reporter: how are you both feeling? yeah, thrilled! i'm very glad it's not raining as well. harry was asked when he realised meghan was the one. the very first time we met. reporter: meghan, can you show us the ring, please? yes. ah, yes, the ring — designed, it turns out, by harry, and including two diamonds owned by his late mother. harry and meghan — he 33, she 36. a happy couple who met 18 months ago, and who are now starting to plan a wedding, which will take place next spring. later, in an interview with the bbc‘s michelle hussain, the couple talked about the moment earlier this month
when harry proposed. just an amazing surprise. it was so sweet and natural and very romantic. he got on one knee! of course. was it an instant yes from you? yes! as a matter of fact, i could barely let you finish proposing. i said, "can i say yes now?" she didn't even let me finish. then there was hugs, and i had the ring in my finger. i was like, "can i give you the ring?" she said, "oh yes, the ring!" so it was a really nice moment, it was just the two of us. i think i managed to catch her by surprise as well. yeah. and harry spoke of the instant impact meghan had had on him. the fact that i fell in love with meghan so incredibly quickly was a sort of confirmation to me that everything, all the stars were aligned, everything was just perfect. it was this beautiful woman just sort of literally tripped and fell into my life, and i fell into her life. and the fact that she — i know the fact that she will be unbelievably good at the job part of it as well, is obviously a huge
relief to me, because she'll be able to deal with everything else that with it. within the royal family there is, as you'd expect, great happiness at the news. the queen was delighted. as was harry's father, the prince of wales. we are thrilled, thank you very much. for both of them. i hope they'll be very happy indeed. that's all i can say. the duke and duchess of cambridge tweeted their excitement for the couple, saying it had been wonderful getting to know meghan and to see how happy the couple were together. so now, next spring, there will be a double royal celebration. another baby for william and catherine, and a wedding in a so—far unidentified church for harry and his bride, meghan markle. nicholas witchell, bbc news. and were waiting to look forward to. —— a road —— a royal wedding. you're watching newsday on the bbc.
still to come on the programme: it is a controversial subject to bring up in myanmar. so how will the pope broach the plight of the rohingya refugees during his official visit there? and prince harry admits he has never watched his fiancee's television show. so who is meghan markle? president kennedy was shot down, and died almost immediately. the murder ofjohn kennedy is a disaster for the whole free world. he caught the imagination of the world, the first of a new generation of leaders. margaret thatcher is resigning as leader of the conservative party and prime minister. before leaving number 10 to see the queen, she told her cabinet, "it's a funny old world." angela merkel is germany's first woman chancellor, easily securing the majority she needed. attempts to fly a hot—air balloon had to be abandoned after a few minutes, but nobody seemed to mind very much. as one local comic put it, "it's not hot air we need, it's hard cash." when bob geldof of the boomtown rats
saw the tv pictures from ethiopia, he decided he had to do something. and he found his rock music friends felt the same. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. i'm kasia madera in london. our top stories. the bbc has spoken to young rohingya girls who've become victims of sexual exploitation as refugees in bangladesh. pope francis is in myanmar on his first visit to a country widely accused of the ethnic cleansing of rohingya muslims. and generating a lot of interest on bbc.com. news that prince harry and the american actress meghan markle have announced their engagement. in a bbc interview, the couple spoke of how they knew from early on that they would end up together.
let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. as expected, the bali volcano is leading many asia—based newspapers on tuesday morning. the straits times is one of those papers. its front page features this eerie image — showing just how close the magma is to the surface of mt agung. the government continues to urge people living within a ten kilometre radius to evacuate immediately. chinese president, xijinping's plan to flush the country with tourists by upgrading toilets is leading the china daily. president xi believes the construction of clean toilets will improve civilisation and quality of life, and in turn bring in those tourism dollars. and the front page of the south china morning post warns the number of unhealthy people in hong kong is on the rise. according to a health survey, half of hongkongers aged 15
or above are overweight or obese. and the number of people who drink alcohol has doubled over the past decade. now, kasia, what stories are sparking discussions online? president trump has once again whipped up a storm online. this time for comments he made at a meeting with native american world war ii veterans. president trump praised the veterans, before taking a swipe at democratic senator, elizabeth warren, calling her pocahontas. it's far from the first time the president has used this name for ms warren, who identifies as having native american ancestry. the decision to repeat it in front of the veterans has certainly got people talking. pope francis is in myanmar on his first visit to a country widely accused of the ethnic cleansing of rohingya muslims. the pontiff met myanma's army chief
who denied any "religious discrimination" in a military campaign in rakhine state. the bbc‘s southeast asia correspondentjonathan head reports from yangon. the passengers clank into yangon, after a journey that has lasted 28 hours. these are roman catholics from the kachin ethnic minority. they have come for a once—in—a—lifetime opportunity to see the pope. the congregation here at st antony‘s church, mainly used by the tamil community, has suddenly swollen, the hymns lifted by extra voices. bawk san is 19, a kachin student on her first ever visit to yangon. translation: i never imagined that he would come to my country. you can see hundreds and thousands of people here, who have travelled
for days by train. i never thought i would ever be in yangon. now, iam here. just look at me and all these people. this is already a sign of change for the better. i am so excited. this is a big moment for myanmar‘s small population of roman catholics, but a risky one for pope francis, in a country which has generated the largest refugee crisis this region has seen in a generation, but where there is very little sympathy for them. there have been big street protests here, but in support of the myanmar military, even after it was accused of ethnic cleansing, of driving hundreds of thousands of rohingya muslims out of the country. the pope has already spoken out several times about their plight, but he has been warned not to even use the term during his visit. translation: the situation in myanmar is misunderstood by the international community,
so if he uses that word, there will be strong reaction. he needs to look at the situation here now. he needs to be aware that there are things he can say, and things he should not say. buddhist monks have been amongst the strongest supporters of a resurgent, intolerant nationalism in this country. that has affected other muslim communities, like this one in yangon. anti—muslim sentiment has been stirred up. but can a visiting pope do anything to help? we need such kinds of voices. the voices of concern, from people who are impartial. he is colour—blind. he is not speaking for any race or religion. in his mind, anybody who is victimised, he should speakfor them. the build—up to this visit has caused expectations on many sides which the pope will find difficult to meet. this racecourse is a venue for one
of the masses he will hold. but speaking loudly about the rohingya risks offending his hosts, while failing to do so will disappoint those who have come to expect more from this unorthodox pontiff. earlier, 0liver slow of the frontier myanmar magazine told me about the excitement and anticipation about the pope's visit. yesterday, thousands of people took to the streets to welcome the pope down in yangon. thousands of christians have travelled across the country to come and see him, but there were also a mixture of buddhists, as well. so there was a lot of excitement in the air. today he's expected to travel to meet with aung san suu kyi, and then on wednesday, as jonathan said there, he will be addressing a mass at the stadium on the outskirts of yangon. and there will be a lot of attention on what he has to say, a lot of people hoping he will bring a message of peace.
this country has attracted a lot of negative headlines recently. but as has been mentioned, also, there will be a lot of attention on whether he uses that word — rohingya. so what is your understanding? he has been advised to be very careful about using it. but we know that pope francis is outspoken, and he does speak his mind. what do you think he is going to say? yes, that's correct. so one of his leading archbishops inside the country, charles maung bo, has said previously not to use that word. but he has spoken in defence of the rohingya before. he has shown moral leadership on a number of issues since he came to the forefront of power. so we just have to wait and see what happens, see how delicately he plays this. but it will be an interesting speech to watch. and it is also interesting because he will be going to the refugee camps, as well, in bangladesh. yes, he is expected to travel to bangladesh after this trip. he will be travelling to dhaka, and also travelling to cox's bazar, as well.
let's return to the news of the royal engagement. many people around the world are asking who is prince harry's fiancee? well, meghan markle is possibly best known for her role in the american television series suits. they met on a blind date and, like prince harry, i also met my wife on a blind date... if that is any comparison. meghan has also used her profile for charitable and women's causes. 0ur royal correspondent daniella relph has been finding out more about meghan markle from those who know her. have you heard?
there is breaking news out of london this morning. drum roll, please. prince harry and american actress meghan markle are engaged — yay! congratulations, harry and meghan. we don't know you, but congratulations. but we will all get to know meghan markle much better over the next few months. she is no ordinary royal fiancee. her early acting career was made up of small television and film parts, and adverts. there was also a stint opening the boxes on the tv programme deal or no deal... it's meghan markle! wow, you're pretty. good, you've hit on me. we can get it out of the way that i'm not interested. no, i'm sorry... ..before her big break in the legal drama suits. but she sometimes took issue with the way her character, rachel zane, was portrayed. this season, every script seemed to begin with "rachel enters wearing a towel." and i said, "nope, not doing it anymore." not doing it. and i called the creator and i was, like, "it's just gratuitous." we get it, you've already seen it once.
so i think that, at a certain point, you feel empowered enough to just say no. meghan markle will bring something different to the british royalfamily. born and brought up here in the united states, she is a proud american, but she is also a campaigner with strong opinions and, if possible, she won't want her marriage to limit that side of her life. her humanitarian work has taken her around the world. here in rwanda, she is focused on gender equality, particularly as an advocate for united nations women. it's really hands—on, being part of this. it feels really nice. i think her passion for other people and wanting to create social change is something, with that platform, can only be positive. but she'll be fine — she'll be great, in fact. meghan markle grew up in this
affluent neighbourhood of los angeles, and went to a private catholic school. she is mixed—race, the daughter of divorced parents, her mother a yoga teacher, and her father a tv lighting director. in the early days of her relationship with prince harry, some of the media coverage unsettled them, prince harry releasing a statement suggesting coverage had racial undertones. it felt racist to me, like there was an attempt to make her seem like an outsider. so yeah, that was pretty startling. this will be a whole new world for meghan markle, swapping the small screen for a far bigger stage. and from a royal future, let's delve into the past with these
pictures of a skeleton of a mammoth that has gone on display in france. it's more than five metres long and 15,000 years old. it'll be auctioned in december, and is expected to fetch more than half a million dollars. that's all for now — stay with bbc world news. hello there. monday brought some of us something a little bit milder. that is not a sign of things to come. during tuesday, and indeed the rest of the week, we are back into this feed of northerly winds, all the way from the arctic. cold air sweeping southwards right across the country. quite a few showers, as well, and where the showers have been falling through the early part of the morning, there is certainly the risk of some icy stretches across parts of northern ireland and into scotland. take it easy on untreated roads and pavements. some of the showers across scotland will be wintry. some rain, some sleet, some hail, and some snow, the snow mostly over high ground at this stage. showers beginning to push into the east coast of england. but, through north—west england, down into the midlands, a cold and frosty start in places, with temperatures ofjust one or two
degrees at 8:00am in the morning. showers continuing to feed across west wales, into devon and cornwall. most of these showers will be falling as rain. a few showers across dorset, perhaps into hampshire, as well. but for east anglia and the south—east, a dry start, yes, but a chilly one — three, four or five degrees. a lot of crisp sunshine, then, to come during the day on tuesday, but the showers continue to feed in across eastern areas, drifting that bit further south, perhaps into east anglia, parts of the east midlands, as the day goes on. these showers wintry, particularly over high ground. a few showers out west, as well. even in the sunshine, feeling cold — five to eight degrees. now, as we go through tuesday night, the showers continue to feed in across eastern areas. these showers wintry, mostly over high ground, but perhaps starting to turn wintry to slightly lower levels at this stage. temperatures hovering around freezing, or a touch below. there will be frost for some of us on wednesday morning. so this is how the weather pattern looks. high pressure to the west, low pressure to the east.
that is what is feeding the northerly winds down across the country. strong, biting winds on wednesday, particularly towards the east, where there will again be plentiful showers, and late in the day, we may even begin to see some sleet and snow to pretty low levels. some sunshine, too. not as many showers at this stage in the west. three to seven degrees, that is your lot. thursday a similar day, but if anything, a colder day still. some snow is possible to fairly low levels in the east. a few showers in the west, as well. plenty of sunshine in between. but add on the strength of the wind, this is what it will feel like, many places feeling sub—zero during thursday. so, for the rest of the week, a cold wind. yes, some crisp sunshine, but some wintry showers as well. you're watching bbc news. our top story: the bbc has spoken to young rohingya girls who've become victims of sexual exploitation as refugees in bangladesh. more than 600,000 rohingya muslims have now fled over the border from myanmar, but some have been forced into the sex industry. pope francis is on a visit to myanmar. he has met the army chief.
all eyes are now on how he will address the plight of the rohingya muslims. and this story is trending on bbc.com: news that prince harry and the american actress meghan markle have announced their engagement. no surprise. in an interview with the bbc, the couple spoke of how they knew from early on that they would end up together. congratulations to them. that's all from me for now. stay with bbc news. and the top story here in the uk: