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i'm mariko oi in singapore, the headlines: despite severe warnings from beijing, hundreds of thousands brave the hong kong rain but the protesters show no signs of backing down. burials take place in kabul for the victims of a suicide bombing that killed 63 people. the islamic state group says it carried out the attack. i'm rico hizo in london. also in the programme: malaysia's former prime minister najib razak is due in court later over alleged corruption. he denies the charges. and, iceland bids farewell to its first glacier lost to climate change — with a warning ‘there‘s no time to lose‘.
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good morning. it's 1am in london and 8am in singapore and hong kong, where, despite the pouring rain, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in protest. it's clear evidence that, eleven weeks since demonstrations started, the opposition to perceived chinese interference remains as strong as ever. the violent clashes of last week however were absent with rally goers wielding umbrellas — the symbol of the protest movement. beijing had hinted at sending in military police in the event of clashes. from hong kong, john sudworth reports.
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beneath an ocean of colour, hong kong raised its voice again. chanting. everywhere you looked, there were umbrellas, held aloft in a massive display of defiance. why are you marching today? for hong kong! for hong kong, of course. yeah, freedom. yes. it's a far cry from this, the violent scenes at hong kong's airport earlier this week, which some thought risked undermining public support. the turnout today was seen as a vital test. given the monsoon conditions, this sea of umbrellas will be seen as confirmation that the pro—democracy movement is far from losing momentum. warnings from china also appear
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to be having little effect. shortly before the rally, the authorities released new footage of troops rehearsing crowd control techniques just across the border. in much of this city, away from the protests in working—class neighbourhoods like this one, there's the appearance of normality. but opinion is deeply divided. "of course it's not good," this woman tells me, "hong kong is a mess." this man says he supports the protests, but he has a pessimistic view about the likelihood of success. "it's in xijinping's hands," he tells me. "the communist party is so strong. it's up to them." this is a spontaneous movement, a mass acting as one, with no real leaders. on the one hand, sheer weight of numbers. on the other, and uncompromising government and no end in sight.
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let's take a closer look at the situation in hong kong and beijing's response to the protests so far. this earlier i spoke to professor kerry brown who's director of the lau china institute at king's college, london about sunday's peaceful protests. i think there must be some awareness that the closing down of the international airport last week for three days with all of the very unpleasant scenes, some of which you just saw, is not really a good pr move. i think there is sympathy for people peacefully marching as they did today there is not much sympathy for people when they are stopping international traffic... for people when they are stopping international traffic. .. i we likely to see more peaceful protest, rather than the violent ones we saw at the international airport?|j than the violent ones we saw at the international airport? i think at some point, the protest in, any protesting, has to stop and you have to have a more political protest. it
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is not clear when we are going to get to that. beijing keeps on making very threatening comments but not really doing anything and it isn't really doing anything and it isn't really likely to do anything. i think protesting, you cannot protest perpetually and i think that's where we are stuck at the moment for top 11 weeks of protesting, but can you do it forever? book with the hong kong protesters eventually be scared that we could see a direct intervention from beijing? with all the pictures they have seen across the pictures they have seen across the border in shands and, it could impact them. just make shenzhen. yes but that can make people more entrenched and be counter—productive so entrenched and be counter—productive so it is dangerous. —— shenzhen. u nless we so it is dangerous. —— shenzhen. unless we get to the national day in october and then things could be a mistake rather than a deliberate move but i think at the moment beijing will let the security forces deal with things. what would take
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china to intervene in hong kong?” think the kind of perpetual violent protests that we saw last week in the airport, if they were to go on and if you were to get a sense that violent protests were becoming the norm rather than the exception and carrie lam the chief executive, government, not doing what is meant to do which is to provide security and make violence not happen. and if that happens, the violence, what are the possible implications for both hong kong and china and its place in the global landscape? already people are going there less as tourists. financially at the moment it is not clear if it has has an impact. the issueis clear if it has has an impact. the issue is at the moment, hong kong still has a great reputation. if beijing acts impetuously and does ta ke beijing acts impetuously and does take action in hong kong, it would be bad for its reputation. carrie
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lam's administration has taken a big hit. the students, there are lots of sympathy for them, the protesters, lots of sympathy for them, but they would be an issue for them reputation so it could be a lose lose situation if it goes bad. also making news today, the british prime minister borisjohnson will tell eu leaders there needs to be a new brexit deal when he makes his first foreign trip as pm later this week. it comes as one newspaper printed leaked government documents warning of food, medicine and fuel shortages in a no—deal scenario and suggesting that would make a return to a hard border in ireland all but inevitable. reports that huawei will have its licence in the us extended for a further 90 days have been denied by president trump. the existing agreement will lapse on the 19th of august. the president says he doesn't want to do business with the company for national security reasons.
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huawei is a company we may not do business with at all. and it was sort of reported, i think, the opposite today, i was surprised, that we are open to doing business. we are actually open not to doing business with them, so i don't know who gave the report. now, they have little sections of huawei, like furniture and other things that we could do that when you cut out sections it gets very complicated. what's being sold, what's coming in. so at this moment, it looks much more like we're not going to do business, i don't want to do business at all, because it is a national security threat. canada has accused the uk government of off—loading its responsibilities after a british—canadian man who joined the islamic state group was stripped of his british citizenship. jack letts is currently in prison in northern syria after being captured by kurdish forces. a canadian government statement said it was disappointed in what it described as the uk's unilateral action.
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parts of northern india have been hit by severe weather. flash—floods have left at least 22 people dead in the state of himachal pradesh. roads have been swept away in some areas, and two national highways have been blocked due to landslides. in the last hour, president trump has said he believes that talks to broker a peace deal between the afghan government and the taliban. are going well. as the country prepares to celebrate its independence day, however, the security situation is dire. the islamic state group has said it carried out the bomb attack at a wedding on saturday in which 63 people were killed. aulyia atrafi reports. a tragic end to a family celebration.
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wedding guests are burying the dead. here, 13 friends and families buried in one mass grave. translation: in this attack, i myself lost two family members, my brother and my nephews. you could never imagine that such an incident could happen ata wedding. the feast was abandoned, as people ran for safety. the bombs went offjust as the marriage ceremony was ending. the couple survived, but mirwais, the groom, said he and his wife felt guilty that so many people had died at their wedding. translation: i have lost hope. i've lost my brother and my friends who came to join my wedding party. the celebration of independence day doesn't matter to me any more. more than 180 guests were injured. many are here, fighting
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for their lives. the family are not known to be political, and the fear now is that the attackers have switched from targeting politicians and officials to targeting ordinary afghans. hours after the attack, families are still looking for their loved ones here at the emergency hospital. this attack was particularly shocking, because normally when civilians are caught in conflict, it's a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but here a wedding was specifically targeted. people aren't feeling safe anywhere any longer in this country. those safety concerns are increasing, especially now that the islamic state group has claimed it carried out the attack. taliban assurances that they are in control throughout the country are no longer credible. aulyia atrafi, bbc, kabul.
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some of the migrants stranded on board a charity ship off the coast of italy have jumped into the sea to try to swim ashore. they've been marooned for two weeks after the italian government refused to let them dock. spain has now offered to take the vessel but the ship's owners say that's too far to travel. here's leigh milner. crying and screaming. chaos and frustration aboard the migrant rescue boat proactiva open arms. they've been stranded off the coast of the italian island lampedusa for two weeks now, and in the desperate attempt to reach the shore, some have decided to take matters into their own hands. italy's government has reluctantly allowed 27 children and two newborn babies to disembark from the open arms. the rest have been told to stay on board. translation: the two newly-born children i promised to get off, but the presumed minors, the presumed refugees fleeing a presumed war, presumed sick people, no.
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i am alone against everyone. the prime minister wrote to me to get people off. the court has opened a case. do i need to end up injail because i defended the borders of this country? there are now more than 100 migrants left on board, most of whom are african who were picked up off the coast of libya. following italy's refusal to dock, spain has since offered to take the boat in, but crews say they won't be able to last for another six days of sailing. translation: we've been warning for days, people jumping into the water, fights, violence, panic, anxiety, crisis. what else do we need, dead people? those who did not die at sea have to die here on board the open arms. is that what we need? i hope the public persecutor office act and act now, this is unsustainable. only a few civilian rescue boats like this one are still operating in the mediterranean.
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as they say, they face more and more hostility at european ports. leigh milner, bbc news. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: it was the power station that inspired poetry — but the demolition didn't quite go to plan. also on the programme: a warning about climate change as iceland commemorates the loss of its first glacier. washington, the world's most political city, is today assessing the political health of the world's most powerful man. indeed i did have a relationship with ms lewinsky that was not appropriate. in fact, it was wrong. in south africa, 97 people have been killed today, in one of the worst days of violence between rival black
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groups. over the past ten days, 500 have died. chanting: czechoslovakia must be free! czechoslovakia must be free! chanting: czechoslovakia must be free! russia is observing a national day of mourning for the 118 submariners who died on board the kursk. we all with them now. with — in our hearts. the pope has celebrated mass before a congregation of more than 2.5 million people in his hometown of krakow. "stay with us, stay with us", chanted this ocean of humanity. "well, well", joked the pope, "so you want me to desert rome?" this is newsday on the bbc. i'm mariko oi in singapore. i'm rico hizon in london. it's wonderful you are all here
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joining us. our top stories. hundreds of thousands of people braved heavy rains, for hong kong's latest pro—democracy march — the 11th consecutive weekend. burials have been taking place in the afghan capital, kabul, after a bomb exploded at a wedding killing 63 people. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the south china morning post shows a sea of protestors braving torrential rain in hong kong's victoria park. the paper says after three continuous days of demonstrations, there were no physical clashes on sunday, in a break from the past few weeks. meanwhile, the independent leads with the aftermath of saturday's bomb attack at a wedding reception in the afghan capital, kabul. as we've been reporting, at least 63 people were killed in the attack claimed by islamic state and more than 180 were injured. and the japan times reports that prime minister shinzo abe is looking
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at a large—scale reshuffle of his cabinet. it says mr abe hopes the changes will make him better prepared to tackle key policy challenges such as making constitutional amendments. the former prime minister of malaysia, najib razak, is due in court later on money laundering charges, although lawyers are seeking a delay. it's alleged he used his position as prime minister to obtain millions of dollars from a state investment fund. mr najib denies the charges and has described them as politically motivated. let's here more on this case from dr oh ei sun, a former political secretary to mr najib when he was prime minister. well this trial will involve an amount much greater than the previous trial. we are talking about half a billion us dollars that had been mishandled by mr razak — mr najib.
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and in this trial, it's about the allegation by the prosecution that he in a sense he's used his position to mishandle about half a billion us dollars of funds related to 1mdb itself and not its subsidiary, as was with the first trial. so you used to work for the former prime minister, how do you find what's taking place as what's been dubbed as the trial of the century for malaysia? well, when i was working for mr najib, i was handling matters related to the chinese community in malaysia, as well as the relationship with china, so i was not quite privy to a lot of these matters which are now alleged by the prosecution. when i was there, for example,
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i went into the office at the same time that 1mdb was set up and at least from my perspective, at least initially when i was there, it was used to — for example — to handle some of those political matters which are not conveniently handled using the normal political channels. for example, there would be appropriations to the chinese schools in malaysia, which in malaysian context, it's a taboo for the political system. of course he denies the allegations, but of course we saw that shock defeat of the election. his critics want him to spend time in prison. what do you think would be the likely outcome of these trials? well i think these trials would encounter a lot of delays. for example, this particular, the so—called second 1mdb trial, both the prosecution as well as the defence were asking for it to be delayed to a further date because they would like to conclude the first trial,
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the src trial before this is going on. and therefore i think you will see this series of trials dragging on for a long time and in the future i think as malaysia's political winds changes, you may see some other different types of outcome. this trial is indeed being watched very closely. that was dr oh ei sun, a adviser to niger brothers ark when was prime minister. —— najib razak when he was prime minister. the demise of a 700—year—old glacier has been marked in iceland at a ceremony highlighting the effects of climate change. it's the island's first glacier to disappear — but scientists warn it won't be the last, unless immediate action is taken. courtney bembridge reports. photographs taken from space
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show just how rapidly the 0k glacier disappeared. in 1986, it was a massive solid white, spilling from the creator of an extinct volcano. but by 2014, it was no longer thick enough to move and the glacier officially declared dead by glaciologist oddur sigursson. translation: by reaching this stage the nature of the glacier changes dramatically. it starts to slide, it erodes the land beneath much more quickly. dirty water emerges from it and the water stops seeping through it. five years later, iceland's prime minister and environment minister were among the mourners who gathered to commemorate the loss of the glacier. the idea for a memorial came from two profressors from a texan university who made a documentary about the loss of the glacier in 2018. one of them is cymene howe.
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now is the time to act, it's already past the time to act. an so in some ways we see this as a memorial to recognise the loss of this glacier and in that sense it's a sad moment, but we also see it as a call to action. iceland is home to more than 400 glaciers, ok is the first to lose its glacier status but scientists warn all of the island's glaciers could be lost within 200 years due to climate change. a plaque unveiled at the site titled "a letter to the future" reads: "this monument is to acknowledge that we know what is happening and what needs to be done, only you know if we did it. courtney bembridge, bbc news. staying with glaciers, take a look at these pictures of kayakers getting right up close to one in alaska. huge chunks fell of ice fell off the glacier, causing a massive wave that came straight at them. the kayakers were unhurt
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as they very quickly paddled away. thank goodness that they are safe, mariko. whenever there's a plan to demolish a megastructure, especially if there's dynamite involved, you can be sure of a good crowd. that was the case in the english town of didcot where three famous towers used to produce electricity were turned to rubble. it didn't quite go as planned, though, as louisa currie reports. they've watched over didcot from more than half a century. boom. but it took just seconds for the power station's three remaining cooling towers to be flattened. applause. it's quite an emotional thing, really, because those towers have
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been up since before i was born. so they were always like a landmark year. finding your way home from a long journey. you would always see the towers whenever you come in from the motorway and it's a way something saying you're nearly home. i feel quite sad losing them, really, yeah. it's quite a big change now, forever. work to clear the site has been ongoing since it shut in 2013. today's demolition appeared to run smoothly, but moments later an explosion — 119,000 homes lost power forjust over an hour. once the site is clear, it will be redeveloped. there are already plans to build a hotel there, 400 new homes and it's going to be a site for business, leisure and also residential. so it's changing, its great to have its use going forward. before that, there is one last demolition planned in the autumn for the largest chimney. louisa currie, bbc news.
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you have been watching newsday. i'm rico hizon in london. in london! all this confusion, all this jetlag is getting in london! all this confusion, all thisjetlag is getting me. in london! all this confusion, all this jetlag is getting me. can i tell our view is that you are in the us, and then you got back to singapore last week, now you are backin singapore last week, now you are back in london. wow, yes. the poor directors. it is a bit confusing. this is mariko oi in singapore. i'll be back with the business news shortly, we will have a special report about singapore's ageing population, how the city depends on its workers passed their retirement age, which is about 60. and we will
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have more on the protesters in hong kong, this week more than 1.7 million protesters attended. but china has warned that it "will not sit by and watch" if the hong kong government loses control of the situation. that's all for now. stay with bbc world news. hello again. well, we've seen plenty of showers around over the course of the weekend. and showers again are the name of the game as we look at the forecast for monday too. clouds like these will be bringing those showers in, we've seen plenty of those recently as well. the radar picture shows the most extensive showers across northern and western areas of the uk, there could be a few though over the next few hours running through the english channel, and perhaps sneaking onto the coastline of southern england as well. but it's across eastern areas of england, part of the midlands that will have the longest of the clear spells over the next few hours. but if you are heading out, it's worth taking an umbrella with you today for sure. it's going to be quite a breezy start to the day,
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but not cold. temperatures 10—13 degrees or something like that. and for monday we have the same area of low pressure firmly in charge that we had with us through the weekend, the only difference is it's moving over towards norway, allowing the winds to switch to a more north—north—westerly direction across parts of the country. showers from the word go, really. the heaviest, northern ireland, scotland under north—west of england. much greater chance of seeing downpours in the south as well. the winds are coming down from polar regions, whereas across england and wales, they're coming from the mid—atla ntic. there is a north—south difference in temperatures, just 16 degrees in edinburgh whereas we should see temperatures in the low 20s still across eastern counties of england. tuesday's weather, we've got a ridge of high pressure here for a time ahead of this warm front that was spread ultimately thicker cloud and outbreaks of rain into western parts. so rain gets going into northern ireland, parts of western scotland, western england and wales as the day goes by and you will see some of the cloud become quite low
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for some of the hills. it is probably a better kind of day in those eastern parts of the country. changes for wednesday — a cold front swings in across the west part of the country, so some real contrast in the weather for wednesday. wet and windy weather for northern ireland, the rain getting into western scotland could see a few spots running ahead into north—west england and north wales, but by and large eastern parts of the country dry and it will turn cloudier with those temperatures coming up a little. highs of 18 degrees in edinburgh on wednesday, up to 23 degrees in london. once we've got wednesday out of the way, the weather should become dry for a few days and it should get warmer as well. in london, as we head into the weekend, temperatures could reach 27 by saturday. hello again. well, it's been a weekend, hasn't it, of lots and lots of showers,
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this is bbc world news. our top story: hundreds of thousands have taken part in peaceful rallies in hong kong. organisers say 1.7 million people braved monsoon rains in the territory's latest pro—democracy march. beijing hinted at sending in military police in the event of clashes. burials have been taking place in kabul after a bomb exploded at a wedding, killing 63 people. almost 200 people were injured in saturday's attack. and this video is trending on bbc.com. a power station in oxfordshire was demolished on sunday, although things didn't go to plan. about 40,000 people in the local area lost power when debris struck an overhead electricity line. there were reports of some minor injuries and power was restored after 80 minutes. an investigation has begun into what went wrong.
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