i'm rico hizon in singapore. the headlines: the united states begins to deploy its anti—missile system in korea, a day after the north put on a massive display of firepower. killed by her father live on facebook, an ii—month—old girl is laid to rest by her family in thailand. i'm kasia madera in london. facing a government budget shutdown, it looks like president trump's border wall is going to be delayed. and ivanka trump tells women in germany that her father is a supporter of women's rights, but the audience doesn't quite believe her. it is 9:00am in singapore, 1:00am in london, and either 9:30am
or 10:00am in the morning in the korean peninsula, depending on whether you are in the north or south. but tensions continue to rise on both sides of the demilitarised zone. pyongyang has carried out a huge live—firing exercise. and the us is preparing for similar large—scale manoeuvres with the south korean armed forces, which will most likely include this nuclear—powered submarine, the michigan, which sailed into a south korean port on tuesday. south korea is going to buy two advanced radar systems, to give warnings about incoming ballistic missiles. but the message coming from north korean state tv remains confrontational. translation: now that the us has pulled out a sword to kill us, we will also pull out our grand sword ofjustice and fight till the end, and we will kill the us imperialists with our strong
and revolutionary power. 0ur nuclear forces stand at the core. earlier i spoke with dan sneider, who is associate director of the asia—pacific research centre at stanford university in california. i asked him what he made of president trump telling the un security council ambassadors that people had put on blindfolds for decades to the north korean problem. i think it's largely empty rhetoric, frankly. maybe president trump has had a blindfold on, because he doesn't seem to have been aware of north korea as a problem until after he was elected, but i think the world's been dealing with north korea for quite a while, and the tools that are available to it are pretty limited. but, professor sneider, we haven't had this kind of tough rhetoric on north korea from past american presidents. so do you think that there could be some meat in this rhetoric of president trump, that he could really take action,
rather than, you know, just mere sanctions and talking to china about pyongyang? no, i don't think there's much meat to it, and frankly i could go back and cite you many instances of tough talk by american presidents, including president bush and president 0bama. the reality is that everybody knows, and we've faced that reality for decades, that to respond militarily or initiate a military attack on north korea is to risk a wider war in which millions of people are at risk. and that's why, despite countless provocations by the north koreans, three times they tried to assassinate the president of south korea, terrorist acts, bringing down aeroplanes, sinking south korean naval vessels, shooting down american reconnaissance planes — despite all of that, we've never retaliated militarily, simply because the risk of war is too great.
but the president will be meeting with 100 us senators. what is he likely to tell them, professor sneider, and what, realistically, can the president do at this point? first of all, i don't know that the president himself is going to be there. the meeting is set up with secretary tillerson, mattis, the chairman of thejoint chiefs, and so on. i honestly don't know what that meeting is about. it certainly prompted a lot of speculation, it made people think that maybe something of a military—action variety is being contemplated. but the president also told the ambassadors of the un security council yesterday that the response to a, for example, north korean nuclear nuclear test would be to go back to the security council and ask for additional sanctions. and i don't see that there are a lot of policy tools that are really fundamentally different from the ones that have been used by the two previous administrations, with the results that we see. let's take a look at some of the day's other news.
in thailand, a funeral has been held for an ii—month—old baby girl who was killed by her father, while he streamed the murder live on facebook. thai police said they believed the man, wuttisan wongtalay, had previously argued with the mother of the murdered child. he filmed himself killing his daughter, shortly before taking his own life in a deserted building in the seaside town of phuket. 0ur bbc thai editor nopporn wong—anan has the details. the incident took place on monday evening, thailand time. the guy had an argument with his wife. he ran away from the house with his daughter, and then he disappeared from the house for several hours, and his wife got worried. and then she looked at his mobile phone and found out that he was doing facebook live,
trying to kill their daughter and himself later. and she was rushing in vain to inform the police and the police tried to find where the incident took place. but by the time they got to this deserted and incomplete hotel, it was too late. they found two dead bodies hanging from the roof. then a lot of people saw that. they got very outraged, and a lot of people condemned the guy. and then there were calls for local media not to report this, and then there were calls to facebook to withdraw it, and then they did after about 2k hours. and somebody put this on youtube, as well, and then it was taken down after youtube was informed. facebook have issued a statement saying this is an appalling incident, and that there is absolutely no place for content like this on facebook.
they add the material has been removed. also making news today: more than $1 billion has been pledged to the un, at a donor conference to help deliver aid to yemen, although that is only half of what the organisation was asking for. the un says an entire generation is being starved and crippled by the war. the white house says it will not comply with a request to release files relating to former national security advisor michael flynn. lawmakers want to see his application for security clearance from before he joined the administration. the white house referred the request to the defense department. conservationists in kenya have taken an unusual step by putting a white rhino on the dating app tinder. the idea is to raise money so that sudan, who is the last white northern rhino in the wild in the country, can take part in breeding programmes. swiping right on his profile, which is available in 190 countries, will take you to a donation page. we have an awfully long way to go,
and this is a ten, or possibly even 15—year programme to recover this species. we estimate it will cost somewhere in the region of $9—10 million. the philippines government says it has mobilised a a0,000—strong force to ensure security at the asean summit, which starts on wednesday. 21 different agencies are involved in the operation for the gathering, in pasay city. now, this poster of china's first aircraft carrier, the liaoning, has been issued by the chinese ministry of defence. it looks good, but it is causing a bit of a stir on the social media site weibo, because not everything is as it should be. for example, that is not a chinese plane on the deck, but a russian mig fighter. the other three jets are land—based aircraft, though they could of course just be flying over. but the two vessels escorting the carrier appear to be american warships. as a weibo user pointed out, always be sure what you are doing
when you start adding images to your photographs. things are looking tough for the five—time world snooker champion ronnie 0'sullivan. he is trailing 10—6 against china's leading player, ding junhui, in the quarter—finals of the world championship, despite this brilliant century break. hong kong's leading player, marco fu, trails the defending champion, mark selby, 6—2 in another of the quarter—finals. both matches conclude on tuesday. president trump has indicated he is willing to delay trying to secure federal funds to build his so—called ‘great wall‘ along part of the us border with mexico. the president has until the end of the week to agree on federal spending plans with congress, or risk marking his 100th day
in office with a government shutdown. 0ur north america editor jon sopel has more details. reporter: mr president, are you going to insist on border funding? donald trump made his fortune as a builder. now, the president is staking a huge amount of political capital on the most controversial construction project of his life, a 2,000—mile—long wall to separate the us from its southern neighbour, mexico. and no—one can say it has come out of the blue. it was almost his campaign theme tune. we're going to do the wall, and by the way, who's going to pay for the wall? crowd: mexico! who is going to pay for the wall? mexico! who? mexico! but the mexicans have been blunt in their response. we're not paying a peso towards it, something their economy minister spelt
out today to the bbc. if they decide to do it, it's in their own sovereign right. the only thing that is clear is that there is no way mexico is going to pay for it. so donald trump, initially at least, will have to rely on the us taxpayer. busy day. and though there is growing acceptance that is not going to happen right now, he is still talking tough. the wall gets built, 100%. thank you very much. reporter: wait, mr president. when will the wall be built? we'll start soon, very soon. we're already preparing, we're doing plans, we're doing specifications. but the government runs out of money this friday, and could face another shutdown like it did four years ago, when thousands of staff were laid off, and federal buildings and monuments closed. democrats will agree to an emergency funding package, but only if the white house removes the proposed expenditure on the wall. and, although republicans do have a majority in the senate, it is slim, and to get this measure passed, you need what is called a supermajority, 60 votes, and they only have 52.
president trump, approaching his 100th day in office, has faced a stark choice, either a government shutdown or a personal climb—down. because, in democratic senators, the president has come across a rock solid wall which there is no way round. it has been a harsh lesson in the differences between the ease of campaigning and the struggles of governing. it has left democrats savouring another victory. it's really good news that the president seems to be taking the wall off the table in the negotiations we're having on an appropriations bill this week. the white house unveiled a new website today, to celebrate the president's 100 days. it has been high—energy and high—tempo, a raft of executive orders and growing economic confidence. but, on his three signature policies, the travel ban, health reform, and now the border wall, donald trump hasn't succeeded in the way that he had promised.
jon sopel, bbc news, washington. donald trump has always counted on family ties in business, and he has carried that approach into politics. he appointed his daughter ivanka as an advisor, and on tuesday she was america's representative at the w20 summit, in berlin, on women's rights. she faced a tough crowd when it came to issues involving herfather, while alongside some of the world's most powerful women, including imf head christine lagarde and german chancellor angela merkel. earlier i spoke to one of the panellists, gulden turktan. she was the president of the women's summit in 2015, and told me her thoughts on ivanka's contribution. first of all, it was a lot of excitement about ivanka trump coming, ivanka trump's knowledge about women's issues and her background — can she represent the american woman, kind of issues. and we heard there would be demonstrations about her arrival, and while she was speaking.
but still, it we talked about various issues, was aware of the terminology, she made a good picture out of it, i think. you say she made a good picture out of it. when she was booed, was that justified, in your opinion? i don't know whether it's justified or not, but it's president trump that wants to build walls, that wants to do this, and this is her daughter. she is a businesswoman, and she mentioned the right words, legitimisation, women's need to help women, and there's going to be a fund
raised now between the us, canada and germany, with angela merkel asking for it, and trump agreeing, and hollande agreeing to be a part of it. so something good is happening out of all of this. sorry to interrupt, but ivanka was there representing herfather. his track record on women's rights isn't the best, arguably. she is representing him, she is then defending what he has previously done. was the booing justified? i mean, she was very strong to say — to defend her father, that was an a—ha, kind of moment.
but at least she is aware of the problems, and aware of what w20 is, and she is aware of what she should say. she has studied her papers, as far as i understand, and she should be applauded for that. and she is a businesswoman. but to defend mr trump, who wants to make this decision of a wall at the border, so it is very tough for her. you are watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: are all passports equal? the annual passport index suggests not. we will tell you which ones wield the most power. also on the programme: inspired by a trip to india, this entrepreneur is turning plastic waste into new roads in britain. could the idea catch on? nothing, it seems, was too big to withstand the force of the tornado.
the extent of the devastation will lead to renewed calls for government to build better government housing. internationally, they have already been protests. sweden says it received no warning of the accident. indeed, the russians at first denied anything had gone wrong. only when radioactivity levels began to increase outside russia were they forced to admit the accident. for the mujahideen, the mood here is of great celebration. this is the end of a 12—year war. they have taken the capital, which they have been fighting for for so long. it was 7:00am in the morning, the day when power began to pass from the minority to the majority, when africa, after 300 years, reclaimed its last white colony. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore.
i'm kasia madera in london. our top stories: the us military has begun moving its advanced missile defence system into its new site in south korea as tension rises over north korea's nuclear and missile programmes. in thailand, a funeral has been held for an 11—month—old baby girl who was killed by her father while he streamed the murder live on facebook. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the japan times leads with the us and north korea flexing their military muscles as pyongyang marks the 85th anniversary of the founding of the korean people's army. it notes that there was no nuclear or missile test, as some had expected, though the north carried out live—fire drills described by the yonhap news agency as the largest—ever.
the china daily has a front page splash on beijing encouraging the us to take part in its so—called belt and road initiative. that's a major development and trade programme announced by president xi jinping in 2013. and the philippine star carries reassurance about this week's asean summit in manila. it quotes the armed forces of the philippines as saying there's no specific terror threat. those are the major headlines of key publications around the world. now, kasia, we're about to hear from a true musical legend. i really love this. musical legend or not... every parent is proud of their children's achievements, no matter who that parent is. you might have missed the great britain ice hockey team's 5—1victory against estonia on monday night. well, one of the scorers was liam stewart. recognise the surname? yes, that is rock legend
sir rod stewart's son. the singer was pretty pleased with his son's achievement. he certainly didn't miss it! he filmed himself in front of his tv while a bbc sports bulletin announced the result. presenter: great britain's ice hockey players won their second game in their world championship group beating australia 5—1 in belfast last night when liam stewart, the son of music legend sir rod stewart and former model rachel hunter, scored his first international goal. britain join japan and lithuania at the top of the table on six points.... stewart: my boy! when it comes to travelling the world it seems that not all passports are equal. according to an annual passport index, which bases success on how easy it is to travel without needing a visa, the most powerful documents are issued by germany and singapore. it's the first time singapore has been ranked so highly. in second place are passports issued by sweden.
and then there are nine countries whose papers are all roughly equal, the usa, south korea and seven european nations, including the uk. but at the other end of the scale, the passport least likely to ease your passage across international frontiers comes from afghanistan, with pakistan and iraq also low in the rankings. earlier i spoke to phillipe may, the asia pacific managing director of arton capital, which puts the comparisons together about how the index is compiled. we rank a passport according to a visa—free index. so we track how many countries you can travel visa free and how many countries can you travel with a visa on arrival. so, for singapore and germany, how many countries can these passport holders
travel visa free? 159. and afghanistan? only 25 for afghanistan and you need to deduct the countries that afghanis cannot access directly. where they may need a transit visa. a huge gap. so you are telling us that singapore, which is now, for the first time in the top ranking, will overtake germany eventually? how so? we at arton capital believe that singapore will continue to have a top rank and possibly overtake germany, simply because singapore has a very good diplomacy, singapore is a neutral country, friends with everybody, is not caught up in power games, it does not have a visa issue with the us. we think sooner or later they will be number one. how easy is it to get a singaporean or german passport? not easy. in both countries you have residency requirements. however, for those people who don't have a chance to get either of these
two passports there are programmes in different countries in the caribbean and europe, so it is possible to upgrade your passport if you come from a low ranking countries such as afghanistan. i hold a philippine passport. what will it take for the philippines to get to the top ten? if you want to improve the philippine passport you should opt for a citizenship by investment programme in a country like cyprus or st kitts and nevis. you invest in a property and within a few months, given other conditions are fulfilled as well you can become a citizen there and rank in the top ten. how about this for an idea? roads made using waste plastic. it's a bold new experiment being tried out in britain, inspired by something the inventor witnessed in india, as dougal shaw explains. this may look like an ordinary road that's been laid, but there is
actually something unique about it. the asp out mixture it's made from contains recycled plastic —— asp out. recovered from a local recycling centre. the secret to this new method is hidden away near this farm in lockerbie where you'll find its inventor, who believes this is a better way of building roads and not just for environmental reasons. we've done a huge amount of testing and we think our roads will last five to ten times longer. he got the idea on a visit to india five years ago where he noticed locals would gather waste plastic and burn it over potholes using petrol to even out the road surface. he's now develop this into an industrial technique suitable for building roads to the highest modern standards. and the secret lies in these plastic pellets. usually roads are made up mostly of rocks, limestone and sand. to this is added bitumen, which is extracted from crude oil to hold this altogether.
the recycled plastic pellets can replace some of this bitch and. local recycling plants like this one is left out plastic waste and sort it into bundles like this —— bitumen. at a separate processing plant it can be turned into millions of tiny pellets. then at an asphalt production plant it is almost business as usual. bags of the plastic pellets are added to the production line. but if the plastic we throw away is reincarnated as road, does that pose any risk to environment like contamination? absolutely not, what happens is the pellets added to the bitumen mix, it forms a blend if you like so they totally melt in, there's no way they could ever meet out. so far only two uk councils have signed up to the scheme. you have been watching newsday. goodbye. hi there.
it felt pretty chilly at times yesterday, didn't it? it was even cold enough for snow on the ground in the highlands of scotland. not too bad for late april. you can see the snow cover here at kincraig in the highlands. we even had a dusting of snow further south, as far south as staffordshire in the north—west midlands. those showers have been feeding in on a brisk northerly wind but over more recent hours we have seen the showers becoming confined more towards coastal districts, northern scotland, around the eastern side of england, western wales and cornwall as well. as we go through the day today we will see a mixture of sunshine and heavy showers, plenty of these thunderclouds will be developing as the day goes on, particularly across eastern stretches of england and there will be a chilly start to the morning. there should be plenty of sunshine around. yes, showers from the word go near to the east coast of england, moving inland quickly as the day goes by. pockets of frost as well
across parts of the midlands, maybe south—west england and wales but it will soon melt away with blue sky and sunshine. the wind continues to feed in the showers to the east coast of england. a couple for northern ireland and showers continue across scotland. snow on the hills in scotland around 100—200 metres elevation in the morning so some wintriness and iciness perhaps around as well. there is a bit of sleet and some heavy showers during the morning across the eastern counties of england and a dusting of snow for the north york moors. aside from that it will be heavy rain showers developing through the afternoon. spilling inland across the midlands, covering much of east anglia where the showers are particularly heavy, hail and thunder mixed in. another cool feeling day, temperatures are nine to 12 degrees colder as those showers move through and the temperatures will drop away. looking at wednesday night, things will begin to turn a little less cold across northern and western areas as cloudy weather spills in bringing some spots of rain but further south with any lengthy clear spells we could well see a frost developing. that would be quite damaging. the lowest temperature perhaps dropping to around minus three degrees or so. so it will be a cool start
to thursday morning. as streak of cloud comes in bringing some less cold air with it, it probably will not feel whole lot different across southern counties because although the air is less cold, we do lose the sunshine, so cloudy weather not feeling too great underneath those leaden skies. temperatures 11—12 degrees. brighter conditions the north and west. by friday, we'll still have a few showers knocking around, most of them will be near to this coast of england with sunny spells elsewhere and temperatures recovering. highs of 15 degrees in london. i'm kasia madera with bbc world news. our top story: tensions continue to rise on the korean peninsula. south korea says us troops have begun installing parts of an advanced anti—missile defence system at a site in the south of the country. the system, known as thaad, is being deployed in response to the threat of further ballistic missile launches from north korea. the funeral has been held in thailand of an 11—month—old baby girl killed by her father, who streamed her murder live on facebook.
he filmed himself killing his daughter, shortly before taking his own life. and this video is catching a lot of attention online. five tonnes of live fish were spilt onto a motorway in china when a truck overturned. no humans were hurt, but it wasn't such good news for the fish. traffic police enlisted passers—by to help clear the road. that's all from me for now. stay with bbc world news. and the top story here in the uk: labour has set out its plans for brexit, saying eu nationals living in britain would be