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welcome to newsday on the bbc. i'm mariko oi, in singapore. the headlines: as the impeachment inquiry against donald trump gathers pace. he denies pressuring ukraine's president to help him smear a rival. critics say they have damning evidence, accusing him of "a classic mob shakedown". like any mafia boss, the president didn't need to say "that's a nice country you have, it would be a shame if something happened to it," because that was clear from the conversation. i'm ben bland, in london. also in the programme: after tuesday's momentous supreme court ruling, britain's parliament is back and angrier than ever.
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for this prime minister to talk about morals and morality is a disgrace! the british prime minister dismisses calls to resign. he accuses the opposition of an obsessive desire to thwart brexit. and a dark world of child slavery and prostitution. we report from bangladesh, and one of the world's largest licenced brothels. live from our studios in singapore and london, this is bbc world news — it's newsday. good morning. it's 8am here in singapore, 1am in london, and 8 pm in washington where the white house has released partial details about the conversation donald trump had with the leader of ukraine, which has led to impeachment proceedings against the us president.
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the allegation that he threatened to hold back us aid unless ukraine provided dirt on one of his political rivals led democrats to begin the impeachment process. the democrats say it's damning evidence of his mafioso criminal behaviour. the president calls the entire story a witchhunt and a hoax. our north america editor, jon sopel, has more. he's made me more famous than i've made him. who'd have thought that a meeting between donald trump and his ukrainian counterpart would become the most keenly anticipated event of un week? but after a phone call injuly between the two men that has resulted in the democrats launching impeachment proceedings, it has. it's better to be on tv than by phone, i think. and a central charge — did the us president try to pressurise volodymyr zelensky into supplying damaging
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information on donald trump's main democratic rival, joe biden? the ukrainian leader looked uncomfortable. i think, good phone call. it was normal, we spoke about many things. so, i think and you read it, that nobody pushed me. in other words, no pressure. because you know what, there was no pressure. and, by the way, you know there was no pressure. all you have to do is see it, what went on in the call. the president wantsjoe biden investigated along with his son, hunter, who has business interests in the country. the white house has released a partial transcript of the conversation and, in it, the president takes the highly irregular step of asking his ukrainian counterpart for a favour...
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this partial transcript is damning, but not deadly. yes, the president seeks info on a political rival from a foreign leader, but there no quid pro quo, no "unless you give us the dirt, we won't give you aid." nevertheless, in a divided country, buckle up for what will be a bitter and take—no—hostages fight. democrats crying high crimes and misdemeanours. republicans shouting witch hunt. on capitol hill, the battle lines are being drawn on strict party lines on whether he's villain or victim. like any mafia boss, the president didn't need to say "that's a nice country you have, it would be a shame if something happened to it," because that was clear from the conversation. to impeach any president over a phone call like this would be insane. wherever the president goes, the secret service provides a ring of steel. now it's the republican party and the white house who need to circle the wagons to protect donald trump from this democratic
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party attempt to bring him down. jon sopel, bbc news, new york. lawmakers have now had a chance to read the whistleblower‘s complaint after it was delivered to congress. a short time ago, one of the most senior democrats, the house intelligence committee chairman adam schiff, gave this reaction. what this courageous individual has done has exposed serious wrongdoing and i think it a travesty that this complaint was withheld as long as it was because it was an urgent matter, it is an urgent matter, and there was simply no basis to keep this from the committee and the idea that the department ofjustice would have intervened to prevent it from getting to congress, um, throws the leadership of that department into further ill repute. earlier president trump held a press conference at the united nations.
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the bbc‘s nada tawfik was listening to what he had to say. i think it is worth pointing out that this was a press conference that scheduled to talk about the un general assembly and all of the us‘s work during the high level meeting. and so president trump, at the start, said, you know, he wished that the fake news media would be covering what the us is doing for the benefit of the country rather than focusing on what he sees as a political hitjob, a witch hunt. and so he was very dejected responding to the latest news that the whistleblower complaint was going to congress. basically really trying to hit up the credibility of the whistleblower saying that this was someone who apparently in the complaint only had second—hand knowledge and not first—hand knowledge of president trump's interactions and so, certainly, president trump there still trying to be very firm, that he thinks he did nothing wrong, that he exerted no pressure on the ukrainian president, but he lacked some of the intensity that we're used
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to seeing him project. what are chances of the details of that whistleblower complaint being made public? that's really going to be a matter for the senate intel committee, the house intel committee to decide whether parts of it should be redacted and parts of it released, or whether it really is sensitive enough that they need to keep it closed off for the investigation. at the moment, it is not even open for all members of congress to take a look at. it is in a protected room where those in the intel committee can go and take a look. i think, for public transparency, there's going to be calls for that to be released. when you're with such high—stakes here, an impeachment investigation, when you're dealing with such high—stakes here, an impeachment investigation, but they are those who will argue that, because of this is such a significant moment,
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that it should be guarded until all the facts are in place. let's take a look at some of the day's other news: president hassan rouhani of iran has warned that the gulf region is on the edge of collapse, amid tensions between his country and the us. the us and saudi arabia have accused tehran of being behind the recent attack on saudi oil facilities. iran denies involvement. also making news today, israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu has been asked to form the country's next government by president reuven rivlin. mr netanyahu and his main opponent, benny gantz, failed to agree a deal on a unity government after the recent general election. last week's vote — the second this year — ended in deadlock. mr netanyahu now has up to six weeks to try and put together a government. at least 38 people are now known to have died in pakistani—administered kashmir after tuesday's earthquake, according to the authorities there. hundreds more are being treated for injuries. relief teams have rushed tents, food, drinking water and medical supplies to the worst affected areas, in and around mirpur.
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some houses were destroyed and many damaged in the quake. britain's prime minister boris johnson has faced parliament for the first time following his defeat in the supreme court on tuesday. there were bad—tempered exchanges as mrjohnson declared that the supreme court had been wrong to pronounce on a political question at a time of great national controversy. the highest court in the land ruled unanimously that mrjohnson had acted unlawfully when he suspended parliament for five weeks. our political editor, laura kuenssberg, reports. to lead often is to be alone. borisjohnson on the tarmac, clutching his red box of business. it was borisjohnson‘s decision to suspend parliament, found against the law. boris johnson racing back from new york to face mps‘ anger. but on this dangerous road, the prime minister chose tonight
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to whip up the rancour himself. statement, the prime minister. no regret, no remorse. he questioned the judges‘ ruling yesterday. it is absolutely no disrespect to the judiciary to say i think the court was wrong to pronounce on what is essentially a political question. he chose attack as the best form of defence. rather than give answers, goading the opposition to bring him down. out of sheer selfishness and political cowardice, members opposite are unwilling to move aside, and give the people a say. we will not betray the people who sent us here. we will not. jeremy corbyn‘s response — he should go. after yesterday's ruling, mr speaker, the prime minister
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should have done the honourable thing and resigned. but there were verbal punches back. he can't control his own party. he can't decide whether he is for leave orfor remain. he is being held captive by his colleagues. the electorate are being held captive by this zombie parliament and a zombie opposition, and he wants the entire country to be held captive in the eu after october the 31st, at a cost of more than £1 billion a month. we say no. i say no. let's get brexit done and let's take this country forward. the more savage it was, the more they roared. the prime minister had almost provoked his own side into backing him like this. there was nothing still about tonight. frustration is erupting. and maybe fear too. many of us in this place
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are subject to death threats and abuse every single day. let me tell the prime minister that they often quote his words "surrender" and "betrayal", "traitor". and i for one am sick of it. i think, mr speaker, i have to tell you, mr speaker, i have to say, mr speaker, inever heard such humbug in all my life. the outrage at his response louder than boris johnson's attempts to make himself heard. more acute when the murdered mp jo cox's successor pleaded with him too. will he, going forward, moderate his language so that we will all feel secure when we are going about ourjobs? the best way to honour the memory ofjo cox and indeed the best way to bring this country together would be, ithink, to get brexit done. tonight, at least, it is almost impossible to imagine
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those inside being able to agree on whether it's night or day. the government's top lawyer earlier declared it over. this parliament is a dead parliament. it should no longer sit. it has no moral right to sit on these green benches. for this prime minister to talk about morals and morality is a disgrace! when outrage is in fashion, the agreement the country may crave is hard to find. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: as donald trump faces an impeachment inquiry — we'll take you through some of the options for the us president and the democrats. also on the programme: inside bangladesh's child brothels. we report on the victims —
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as young as seven — forced to sell sex. benjohnson, the fastest man on earth, is flying home to canada in disgrace. all the athletes should be clean going into the games. i'm just happy that justice is served. it is a simple fact that this morning, these people were in their homes. tonight, those homes have been burnt down by serbian soldiers and police. all the taliban positions along here have been strengthened, presumably in case the americans invade. it's no use having a secret service which cannot preserve its own secrets against the world, and so the british government has no option but to continue this action even after any adverse judgement in australia. concorde have crossed the atlantic faster than any plane ever before, breaking the record by six minutes.
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welcome back. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm mariko oi in singapore. yes, hello, it's good to have you with us. i'm ben bland in london. our top stories: president trump has described the formal launch of impeachment proceedings against him as "sad" and based on a "hoax". the british prime minister, borisjohnson, has addressed a rowdy parliament — the day after the supreme court ruled that he'd suspended it unlawfully. let's return to ukraine scandal in the us, and the attempt by democrats to bring articles of impeachment against donald trump. i've been speaking to jacquelin thomsen, a dc courts reporter for the national law journal. i asked her how wide will be the scope of the impeachment inquiry.
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you know that is something that's inactive point of debate among democrats in the house of representatives now. they have had all these widespread investigations into the president, and his family, into the president, and his family, into his private businesses, and into his private businesses, and into his private businesses, and into his administration. the right now there is still continuing all of those investigations, but the focus does seem to be on ukraine and what came out of this, what was originally in the form of a whistleblower complaint, and turned out to be his call with the ukrainian president. and there is some chatter that maybe this impeachment enquiry will just focus on these allegations. they think if they can just focus on just those than they can get articles impeachment to the floor very quickly. whether or not it is successful, these impeachment proceedings, will it come with significant investigative powers?
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you know, it will give them a little more force when they go to court or other bodies to try to seek documents or to seek testimony from other people, for example a lawsuit currently in dc federal court whether talking about trying to get testa m e nt whether talking about trying to get testament from the former white house counsel, don mcgahn, who was one of the people in robert mueller‘s report. so there's talk, since they have formally started and impeachment enquiry, at least by speaker nancy pelosi, it could help them further down on the line in any other legal proceedings tied to this sort of investigation here. attorney general william barr was named in the transcript. what is next to him? well, the justice the transcript. what is next to him? well, thejustice department has really sought to put some distance between the attorney general and
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these ukrainian allegations. and at these ukrainian allegations. and at the same time they release this memo describing the call with the ukrainian president, they released a statement saying that president trump no time reached out to the attorney general and asked him to investigate the biden family. they also said there was no contact between ukraine and the attorney general. and as there was no potential wrongdoing that really needs to be looked into any further. however, that isn't stopping people from calling for the attorney general to recuse himself from this. they're saying that he had oversight over this, he has been invoked by the present, if anything he is a witness in that capacity. jacquelin thomsen speaking to mariko a little earlier. let's return to our other main story now. it was an explosive day in the uk parliament as prime minister borisjohnson returned to the commons after a momentous supreme court decision yesterday. helen catt is our political correspondent in westminster. she observed the sometimes inflammatory language
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used in parliament. borisjohnson was striking a very defiant tone and there's a lot of words being thrown around in the sort of debates at the moment, like capitulation, surrender, betrayal, and that's what some of the mps were picking up on and saying that they are worried about this sort of, this tone of the debate, and how that travels beyond the house of commons. and we heard mp after mp standing up and saying — talking about getting personal threats and people talking about this language of violence and citing some of the things they had heard in the commons. the leader of the liberal democrats, jo swinson, said today she had reported a threat against her own child. the other question is whether any progress has been made towards some sort of way forward on brexit, because the accusation often levelled at british mps is that they are very good at deciding what they don't want, they have yet to come up with something they do want.
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yes, that is the accusation, and quite often it feels like a fair want to some degree. certainly watching parliament this evening there is no obvious sign of how the divisions are going to be healed and how mps will come together to pass any sort of deal and what they can agree on. so borisjohnson is very clear that he still wants to get a deal. the eu has previously expressed concerns about what might get through the commons. i think there is a sense among mps that something does need to be done, something needs to be got through, that there is a stalemate in parliament at the moment and it can't continue. now, borisjohnson‘s solution to this, if you like, has been to sort of poke the opposition into do a vote of no confidence in him, to try to get a general election. however, there is a chronic lack of trust in the commons at the moment and the opposition parties simply don't trust the government not to do some sort of manoeuvre,
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as they see it, that would allow brexit to happen on a no—deal basis while that has been put through, while that was put in motion. we are still in this stand—off at the moment and it very, very difficult to see what the way through this is at the moment. helen catt speaking to ben a little earlier. a bbc investigation has found children as young as seven are being groomed to sell sex in one of the world's largest licensed brothels. prostitution is legal in some areas of bangladesh, but some women say they were forced into the life and started work when they were children. a children's charity is trying to help young people escape this life by offering education from the age of five. our education and family correspondent frankie mccamley has been there to find out more about the projects. this is a dark world where the unimaginable happens to children.
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they're born into a life where sex is sold on every street corner, in a brothel that's so popular it's grown into a village, home to nearly 2000 sex workers. train horn. a familiar noise at the end of the line, signalling the arrival of more customers. to get into the brothel, men must pay at the gates. anything else is extra. they line dance bars, drinking home—made alcohol, choosing the girl they want. it'll get busy later. it's clear many don't want us here. we can come in? one woman, though, says she will talk to me in a few minutes. we can't go in yet, we've just got to waitjust inside the door because the woman currently has a customer with her. when we do go in, her client hasn't left yet. the us$3 he spends includes lunch. her biggest concern is her daughter, she's now the same age this woman
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was when she started work. translation: my girl is growing up. i'm stuck here. but she has turned 11. how long has she got left before they take? she's worried people in the brothel will force her daughter into prostitution. for the youngsters, this is their escape. save the children has set up schools to help break the cycle, integrating them with others from the area. translation: they would often put them through several forms of torture, beating them, verbally abusing them. they simply didn't know how to look after them. we are trying to change that scenario through counselling. these girls are both 13, they grew up in the brothel but managed to escape to a safe home. translation: i didn't eat deliberately, so i was too skinny to do the work. i knew the men preferred bigger girls.
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translation: when i was about seven or eight my mother brought many men into our home in the brothel. one man tried to do bad things to me. this member of staff secured a place when she was a child, but had to leave her seven—year—old friend behind. translation: she did not want to join in. one night her mother forcefully put a customer in her room. after he left she hanged herself. train horn. as new customers continue to arrive, the future of this project is uncertain. the un says aid for education has dropped globally. police say there are also laws to protect young girls, but the reality is children are worth too much in this adult world. frankie mccamley, bbc news, daulatdia, in bangladesh.
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you have been watching newsday. i'm ben bland in london. and i'm mariko oi in singapore. stay with us. i will be back with business news. and double trouble. we'll see how two political crises shape the financial markets after british pm borisjohnson is defeated in the supreme court and the democrats begin impeachment proceedings against us president donald trump. and before we go, the creator of the first ever labradoodle has said creating the breed is his "life's regret". wally conron said he hasn't "got a clue" why people are still breeding them today. in a recent interview, he shared his concerns about the influx of copycat cross—breeds which have created health problems for many dogs. wally, who's australian, created the labradoodle in the late 1980s. plenty more news online.
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that's all for now. stay with bbc world news. hello there. we're in the middle of a run of really unsettled weather with no end in sight, really. rain at times coming our way over the next few days, with some fairly strong wind around at times as well. now, looking at the satellite picture, we've got some shower clouds heading our way for today. this area of cloud, just to the north, is going to be bringing some rain across parts of the uk on friday, and then as i spin right the way across towards the other side of the atlantic, well, we've got this juicy looking cloud, quite a deep area of low pressure that's going be bringing some wet and windy weather for some of us as we head into this weekend. so rain will continue to be blown our way. now at the moment we've got some rain crossing the country. it will tend ease across the west with showers following. the winds continue to pick up as well. so it's becoming increasingly
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blustery, particularly around the coast and hills. it's a mild start of the day, with temperatures around 11—15 degrees. once the sun is up, the rain still with us initially, will clear away from england and scotland, in the showers really do start to pack in. now, for northern ireland and scotland, the showers will probably tend to merge together to give some lengthier spells of rain at times. and things will begin to get a little bit cooler across the north as well. there'll be some bigger gaps between the showers in southern and eastern parts of england, but no—one is immune from seeing an odd heavy downpour. and through thursday night those showers will continue to rattle in as well with those brisk south—westerly winds continuing to push the showers in, particular into western coast and hills. temperatures then through thursday night, between around 9 and13 degrees, and then for friday, well, we've got further showers heading away.
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the showers will tend to most together to give some longer spells of rain. and this time it's properly most likely across england and wales. but there will be plenty of showers for scotland and northern ireland. it will continue to be quite gusty as well, gusts of wind running in at around 30—a0 mph across the south of the uk. and the temperatures continue to slowly slump. so highs of around 14 or 15 degrees for scotland or northern ireland. even turning a bit cool across the south—east. now this weekend we do have some heavy rain and some strong winds on the way, thanks to that area of low pressure i showed you a moment ago. but the northward extent of where that low‘s going could change a little bit before we actually get to the weekend. but here it comes, through the weekend, the heaviest rain and strongest winds will be heading across england and wales. but it could cause localised disruption. the unsettled weather then continues, would you believe it, well into the first part of next week as well. that's your latest weather.
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i'm ben bland with bbc world news. our top story: a us congressional committee has received details of a whistleblower complaint against president trump, which led to impeachment proceedings against him. it comes after the white house released partial details of a conversation donald trump had with the leader of ukraine. the us president says he's done nothing wrong and called the move a witchhunt. there have been angry scenes in the british parliament, the day after the supreme court ruled its suspension by the prime minister was unlawful. borisjohnson has dismissed repeated calls to resign. and this video is trending on the creator of the first ever labradoodle, has said creating the breed is his "life's regret". it is a very popular breed of dog, but these labrador—poodle crossovers often suffer serious health problems. that's all. stay with bbc world news.


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