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i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. the headlines: the uk calls for an inquiry into the hong kong violence. china tells it to back off china has just china hasjust made it clear china has just made it clear it will not accept what it calls british meddling. under the influence of hong kong's one—time colonial power these days is very limited. compensation demands and conspiracy theories — the death of billionaire sex offenderjeffrey epstein provokes more outrage. i'm kasia madera in london. also in the programme, floods and landslides in southern india kill almost 150 people, with hundreds of thousands taking shelter in relief camps.
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and we'll bring you the story of the asian ice man, who's finding ways to indulge his passion at his kuala lumpur home. good morning. it's 8:00am in singapore, 1:00am in london, and also 8:00am in hong kong, where the territory has experienced a tenth successive weekend of clashes between pro—democracy protestors and riot police. tear gas was fired after two petrol bombs were thrown near the main police headquarters. earlier, beijing warned britain not to interfere in hong kong's affairs, after the uk's foreign secretary dominic raab suggested there should be an investigation into ongoing violence against the pro—democracy movement.
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from hong kong, here's jonathan head. this is how it starts every weekend now in hong kong. they've turned improvising barricades into an art form. they work with impressive speed and coordination. there's never much time before the police arrive. these confrontations are now a familiar routine in hong kong's streets. generally, the protesters retreat, avoiding direct contact. but, by nightfall, the clashes were happening in multiple locations across the city and getting worse. the police are stressed and acting at times with little restraint. this was tai koo underground station, where protesters were corralled by the police
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and then beaten and driven down the escalators. the foreign secretary dominic raab has called for an independent investigation into police tactics. it's one of the five demands made by the protest movement, but his intervention has not gone down well with china, which views this as an internal matter. the longer this goes on, the greater the risk of more overt intervention by china. now, that's something that clearly worries britain as a joint guarantor of the city's special status. china'sjust made it clear it will not accept what it calls british meddling. the influence of hong kong's one—time colonial power these days is very limited.
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there are those here who is still hope for some kind of foreign support for their cause. in truth, though, they are largely on their own, and up against an unyielding and increasingly impatient china which has warned it won't stand by if this unrest goes on. we will be hearing from a hong kong based lawyer and author a little later here on newsday. first, let's catch up with some of the day's other news. china has mobilised thousands of servicemen and women to help with the clean up after typhoon lekima swept across the country's eastern seaboard. officials say 32 people were killed and 16 are missing. the storm system brought winds of up to 187 kilometres per hour and heavy rain, causing widespread flooding. more than five million people were affected across zhejiang province, causing losses estimated at around $2.5 billion. also making news today, floods have killed almost 150 people in southern india. nearly half the deaths occured in the southern state of kerala, where continuing heavy rain and landslides forced more than 100,000 people to take shelter in relief camps. 0ur reporter deepthi bathini
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is in kerala with the latest. here in this district, what we see at this relief camp is that most of them have shifted here. there are about 130 people living in this relief camp. they all belong to one village and they are mostly essentially agricultural labourers who work in the fields as agricultural labourers. we have in speaking to some of them and most of them had been telling me that their entire houses have been washed away due to the floodwaters. right now, at this relief camp, they have facilities which have been provided, in terms of food and shelter and clothing, but right now their future seems very doubtful, with their houses being washed away, and they do not know what to expect in the coming weeks. the main city in indian—administered kashmir, srinagar, is once again under complete lockdown after the authorities reimposed a curfew. it had been eased for the past two
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days but was imposed again for reasons that remain unclear. it's been nearly a week since india revoked the disputed region's special status. it was thought some restrictions had been eased to allow kashmiris to celebrate eid—il adha. russia's state communications regulator has accused google of letting its youtube platform to be used to promote recent anti—government protests. the regulator, roskomnadzor, ordered google to stop allowing what it said were "illegal mass events" to be made available to view. google has not yet responded. brazil's president, jair bolsonaro, has accused the german government of "trying to buy the amazon" after it said it would withhold about $40 million of environmental funds because of worries about deforestation. last month brazil's space agency reported a huge increase in the amount of trees being cleared since mr bolsonaro took office. he said brazil doesn't
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need german money. hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes on the spanish island of gran canaria due to wildfires. strong wind and temperatures of over 32 degrees celsius are hampering efforts to put out the blaze, which covers 10 square kilometres. a 50—year—old man has been arrested on suspicion of starting the fire. manchester united's first premier league game of the season has ended with a resounding 4—0 win over chelsea. two goals from marcus rashford made it a miserable debut for the chelsea manager frank lampard. full details in sport today in about 25 minutes. but the focus was on football of a very different kind at this festival in belarus. this is swamp soccer, a tournament where the pitch is all mud. and the players are covered in it.
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the tournament attracted 2a teams from across belarus, all of them doing itjust for the love of the game. and even though it was played in a sporting spirit, everyone had to admit it was a bit of a dirty game. donald trump has been accused of promoting unfounded conspiracy theories about the apparent suicide ofjeffrey epstein. the us president retweeted a baseless claim that bill clinton was involved in the death. the disgraced financier epstein was found dead in his new yorkjail cell while awaiting trial on sex—trafficking charges involving under—age girls. the fbi and the usjustice department have opened investigations. chris buckler reports from washington. jeffrey epstein was once a man at the centre of high society parties and a figure instrumental
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in the abuse of underage girls. his death in a new york prison just weeks after another apparent suicide attempt has raised many questions. some, including the city's mayor, have called it convenient given the alleged involvement of some of his rich and famous friends. among those retweeting conspiracy theories was donald trump... you know what he had, he had information on the clintons and a man ended up dead. ..who gave publicity to completely unsubstantiated allegations about another president, bill clinton. his wife hillary ran against him for the presidency. this is another example of our president using this position of public trust to attack his political enemies with unfounded conspiracy theories. mr trump was himself at one time a friend of epstein‘s. they were pictured partying together, but that was many years ago, and the president and the white house insist he is now concerned about getting to the truth about what happened
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at events epstein organised in florida and new york. i think the presidentjust wants everything to be investigated, and trying to connect the president to this monster from years ago where they are seen dancing in a video, versus other people who are actively i suppose flying around with this monster. the authorities here in the us are acutely aware of the questions being asked about the death of a man who had links to some of america's most influential people. it's why the fbi are investigating, something that's extremely unusual in the case of an apparent suicide. and while epstein‘s victims know he won't now face trial, they are pushing for inquiries to be widened to look at the actions of his associates. among his many famous friends was prince andrew, who attended church with the queen at balmoral today. in recently released court documents, he's been accused of groping a girl at epstein‘s
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mansion, an allegation buckingham palace has called categorically untrue. but the death ofjeffrey epstein will not end the calls for greater scrutiny of what did happen at some of his notorious parties. it looks like there's no end in sight to the unrest which has been breaking out there for the last ten weeks, despite strong warnings from the authorities in the territory and in beijing. the pro—democracy protests are now taking multiple forms, with this weekend seeing a peaceful sit—in at the airport. demonstrators moved away from the government offices, which were at the centre of previous actions, and instead staged protests at transport hubs and shopping districts. a little earlier i spoke with antony dapiran, a hong kong—based lawyer and author of city of protest: a recent history of dissent in hong kong. notwithstanding that hong kong was handed back from the uk to china
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under a joint declaration, which is an international legal instrument, the uk doesn't really have any right to enforce anything under data. really, it isjust a question of whether the weight of international opinion might cause beijing to change their mind or change their position. where is the force coming from? is beijing basically dictating what is happening in hong kong? yes, it is. previously they had allowed the hong kong government to take control, but when the hong kong government thoroughly made a mess of things and these protests spun out of control, beijing really stepped in, particularly over the past couple of weeks. beijing's spokespeople have really been speaking on behalf of the hong kong government, and the chief executive carrie lam has basically disappeared from public view. the one country, two systems, which operates within hong kong, is that feasible? will that continue into the future? i think it will continue but probably not in its full form. there are certainly some aspects of one country, two systems, which suits china very well. having a separate currency under separate financial system and a place where its own companies from mainland china can do business freely with the rest of the world
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suits the purposes of beijing. but certainly i think many of the political freedoms we should expect to see gradually constrained in the coming years, as indeed they have already started to become. what options do the hong kong government have? you mentioned carrie lam, the protesters want her to resign. she isn't budging. but it has kind of gone beyond the whole extradition bill and a set of circumstances. it really has. it started with just the extradition bill. when the government was not responsive to that, and at the same time as the protests unfolded, various acts of police brutality and other things led protesters to budget a list of demands, and now it has just become a very broad anti—government, pro—democracy movement. people are asking for full universal suffrage for electing the chief executive and the legislature in hong kong. these are all demands which i don't think beijing would ever dream of giving, but people have really reached the point where they feel like they are in a life or death struggle for the future of hong kong. we are seeing the protests turn particularly violent on both sides.
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where else can this realistically go? i think we will probably see that violence continue to spiral. i think today was the worst we have seen yet. by coincidence, or perhaps not coincidence, the police this evening just announced they would be holding a public demonstration tomorrow of the new crowd control vehicles. i think they have some new water cannons which they have not yet unrolled on city city streets. they plan to demonstrate those to the media tomorrow and we may well see those next weekend. i think we are really going to see more violence until one side or the other is forced to down, and i fear it may be the protesters, and the cost, whether it is in terms ofjail time or sheer physical threats, it may become so overwhelming that people are frightened to continue coming out. when it comes to these kinds of scenes, if we are going to see more of this, how much longer can hong kong take, because we have seen ten weeks of this intensity thus far.
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one of the problems is that beijing and the hong kong government seem to have the strategy of very aggressively policing the protests, threatening people with jail time and trying to frighten them away from protesting, but the kinds of scenes we have seen today are really only going to succeed in angering people and potentially bringing even more people out onto the streets. so it is sort of an upward spiral, and it is really difficult to see how it will end. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme, sri lanka's opposition selects the former president's brother, accused of massive human rights abuses, as its presidential candidate. also on the programme, the ice man cometh. he just loves to get cold — but that can be tricky in tropical malaysia.
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the big crowds became bigger as the time of the funeral approached. as the lines of fans became longer, police prepared for a hugejob of crowd control. idi amin, uganda's brutalformer dictator has died at the age of 80. he's been buried in saudi arabia where he lived in exile since being overthrown in 1979. 2 billion people around the world have seen the last total eclipse of the sun to take place in this millennium. it began itsjourney off the coast of canada, ending three hours later when the sun set over the bay of bengal.
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this is newsday on the bbc. i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. i'm kasia madera in london. our top stories: an international row over hong kong. britain has called for an inquiry into the violence. the chinese government has told it not to interfere. donald trump has been accused of promoting unfounded conspiracy theories about the apparent suicide ofjeffrey epstein. and the american film studio universal has cancelled the release of a satirical movie which shows liberal americans shooting and killing supporters of donald trump for sport. the decision came after president trump accused an unnamed movie of trying to "cause chaos". more on that story on our website.
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let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the south china morning post is leading with the hong kong protests. tear gas was fired inside the kwai fong train station for the first time, with police stepping up the use of force. despite escalating confrontations, pro—beijing politicians say the number of protesters on the streets appear to be diminishing. in the uk's financial times, coverage of how global investment banks are shedding almost 30,000 jobs. trading desks have been hit the hardest with job losses at banks including hsbc, barclays and deutsche bank accounting for more than half the total. and finally, in the japan times, the traditional bon dance is getting a makeover. what was once a community affair has evolved with djs replacing drums with their turntables of popular
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disco and anime tunes. that brings you up—to—date with some of the papers. now, kasia, a celebrity break—up is fascinating people online? yes, miley cyrus and liam hemsworth are splitting up, less than a year after they got married.the news was been broken in a statement given to the press by miley‘s representatives, which says she and her actor husband "have agreed to separate at this time". they didn't give any reason, but say they will both now focus on their careers. and you'll be glad to know that, according to the statement, they still remain dedicated parents to all of their pets. to sri lanka now, where the main opposition party's choice of candidate for this year's presidential elections is proving controversial.
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gotabhaya rajapaksa was nominated by the sri lankan people's front on sunday, despite having been accused of human rights abuses during his time as defence chief during the civil conflict against the tamil tigers. 0ur south asia regional editor anbarasan ethirajan reports. the long wait is over for gotabhaya rajapa ksa — the feared wartime official who is running for the country's top job. mr rajapaksa, a brother of the former president mahinda, is a controversial figure. he served as the defence secretary while his brother was president from 2005 to 2015. the un says tens of thousands of people were killed during the final stages of a nearly three—decade—old civil war. some of those killed during the conflict were journalists who were critics of the then—government. in one of the cases,
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a well—known editor, lasa ntha wickrematunge, was murdered in colombo in 2009. mr wickrematunge's family and other rights abuse victims have filed lawsuits against mr rajapaksa in a us court. mr rajapaksa, a dual national at the time of the alleged incident says he has now renounced his us citizenship. i caught up with him at his colombo residence. the well—known journalist lasantha wickrematunge was killed about ten years ago. so far the investigation has not made any progress and the family — they directly blame you for that. i am not responsible for that. in our time we inquired — genuinely we inquired — now under this government, they have inquired. but they have not been able to pinpoint anybody without any reasonable, you know, doubt who had done this. the number of rights abuses cases
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against mr rajapaksa has also risen in recent months. even if he wins, he is likely to face drawn—out court battles. mr rajapaksa denies any wrongdoing. the presidential elections are happening in the backdrop of easter sunday bombings earlier this year. mr rajapaksa's strongman image appeals to many sinhalese who have been critical of the current government's failure to prevent the suicide attacks by local islamist groups. sri lanka's governing alliance has a formidable task in challenging mr raja pa ksa. anbarasan ethirajan, bbc news. let us introduce you now to alan tong — who goes by the nickname of the ‘asian ice man'. why? because he loves to immerse himself in ice and sub—zero conditions, to practise meditation. his lifestyle has taken him to the arctic —
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but it poses a bit of a problem at home in his native kuala lumpur. here's his story. exhales. so it is important to stay in control. learn to accept the cold. ifeel so refreshed and energetic. screams. my name is alan tong, better known as the asian iceman. when i was in the arctic wilderness the connection with nature is irreplaceable. the energy there is completely different — so pure and so awakening. i guess we live in a tropical country so we don't have the cold we need. so hence i order the ice from the ice man.
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and in so though, we would have 120 kilos of ice inside and the temperature of the water would go down to about zero, maybe —1. the first 23 seconds would be the most difficult. you might want to run out, jump out, just scream and so on. it is very likely that you'd feel this sharpness, the stabbing into your skin. but once you're in there, you can feel these sensations of — we call it a natural high. i usually spend up to 20 minutes in the ice bath. your mind will in fact gain a certain clarity and strength in a way that you have never experienced before. whew! mental strength, mental control, this is real. screams.
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alan tong, who goes by the nickname of the ‘asian ice man'. he certainly earned it. now sharanjit, this weekend viewers of bbc world news were able to see you showing people around singapore. a slightly warmer location. tell us more. that is right. it was a documentary i did cold secrets of singapore. i revealed some sequence a lot of people around the world didn't know about, i had people writing to me saying gosh, they didn't know some of those things. but it was an extraordinary look at some of the his unknown facts about singapore and also a little bit
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about those descendants. you can watch it again in october. i'm looking forward to that, as always. you have been watching newsday. hello. it's been a weekend of wild weather. we've had heavy rain that's caused some flooding, thunderstorms and strong winds, too. the week ahead looks a little bit quieter, but still an unsettled theme. there's further rain at times, particularly on wednesday. and things are feeling rather cool and breezy, too. now the low pressure that brought us the weekend's wet and windy weather is now pushing off towards the north—east, but we've still got a few weather fronts draped across the country during monday morning. so, some heavy showers, particularly in the south. some thunderstorms possible too anywhere from the channel isles up toward sussex and kent as well. to the north of that, a little bit drier. so some sunshine norfolk, through the midlands towards wales and the north—west of england. a little bit of light, drizzly rain still lingering for north—east england
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through monday morning. and since showers packing into parts of northern ireland and west of scotland, but for the bulk of scotland, a much improved day after the heavy rain and flooding we've had recently. much drier weather for scotland. a few showers towards the north and the west. some showers, too, for northern ireland but through the south of england we also going to see a few heavy showers today. but, some sunshine and it is generally a drier day than we've seen recently. 0nly16—19 degrees to the north—westerly breeze, so things are feeling quite a bit cooler and fitter than they have done. showers will continue to monday night to tuesday but they'll slowly ease away towards the east through into the early hours and quite widely in the countryside down into single figures. so quite a cold, fresh start for tuesday for tuesday for many of us. some misty patches should clear a pretty quickly. through the day on tuesday, one or two showers still but they'll be much fewer and further between then we have seen recently and the winds will be much lighter, too. so actually in sunshine tuesday, one of the best days this week. 16—21 degrees or so. later in the day it'll cloud over from the south—west with the arrival of some more rain overnight. all down to this area of low pressure during wednesday, that brings us a very
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unsettled story, especially across england and wales. that is where we see the bulk of the rain on wednesday. the winds also strengthening, particularly strong and gusty along the south coast of england. also, some heavy showers likely across parts of scotland once again through the day on wednesday but i think a drier slot for southern scotland, northern england and northern ireland. but it will feel pretty cool, particularly where you've got the showery rain. by the time we get to thursday, again most the showers will have eased away. so a slightly drier window in the weather on thursday, sunny spells, a few showers moving in from the north—west but many of us will avoid them. temperatures about 15—21 degrees on thursday but then things turn more unsettled as we look towards the end of the week. down to another area of low pressure moving in — that brings us some strong winds and some heavy rain by saturday. bye— bye.
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i'm kasia madera with bbc world news. our top story: police in hong kong have once again clashed with protesters in several parts of the territory. riot police fired tear gas to try to drive back the activists. it is the tenth consecutive week of unrest. donald trump has been accused of promoting unfounded conspiracy theories about the apparent suicide of the disgraced financierjeffrey epstein. he was found dead in his cell while waiting to be tried on sex trafficking charges. and this story about a celebrity break up is doing well on our website. the singer miley cyrus and her actor husband, liam hemsworth, are splitting up, less than a year after they got married. they didn't give any reason, but say they will both now focus on their careers. that's all, stay with bbc world news.


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