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i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. the headlines: farewell to the mooch. afterjust ten days in the job, president trump fires his director of communications, anthony scaramucci. political turmoil in pakistan. after the dramatic resignation of nawaz sharif, an interim prime minster is due to be chosen. i'm babita sharma in london. also in the programme: los angeles strikes a deal to host the summer olympics in 2028, paving the way for paris to put on the games in 202a. this chinese woman is heading overseas to get treatment to freeze her eggs, a procedure she's not allowed at home. we'll have her story. live from our studios in singapore and londond, you're watching bbc
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world news. it's newsday. good morning. it's 8am in singapore, 1am in london and 8pm in washington where president trump's newly appointed communications director, anthony scaramucci, has been fired. he'd been in the job just ten days. it's being reported that president trump decided he should go, after a request byjohn kelly, who was sworn in on monday, as the president's new chief of staff. a former four star general, it's hoped mr kelly will bring "discipline and strength," to a white house seemingly in chaos. our north america editor, jon sopel, reports. i'm going to be brief, i'm going to make my remarks informal... well, he was right about that, wasn't he? it is day one on the job, and certain things are instantly clear. anthony scaramucci does not lack for self—confidence, swagger or bravado. but i love the president, and i'm very, very loyal to the president. this would be his first and last appearance
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at the white house podium. ten days later, the new communications director is gone, the white house blowing him a kiss goodbye. but let it not be said it was an uneventful ten days. it told the bbc he would be straight—talking. you know, one of the things i cannot stand about this town is the backstabbing that goes on here, 0k? where i'm from, where i grew up, we're front—stabbers. we tell you exactly where we are from, and what we are doing. turbulent does not begin to describe it. in a foul—mouthed tirade, he went to war with the two most senior people in the west wing who are not the president. in his conversations with the new yorker magazine, mr scaramucci said of the ex—chief of staff... and of steve bannon... by last friday, the chief of staff had been fired, left abandoned at andrews air force base. a scalp to scaramucci. but now, irony of ironies, generaljohn kelly, on day one as new chief of staff, had changes he wanted to make, as the president lavished praise on him. so i want to congratulate
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you on having done a fantasticjob, and we look forward to, if it's possible, an even betterjob as chief of staff. i'll try, sir. the general had demanded the head of scaramucci, and the president served it up on a platter. after a dizzying few days, the president's press secretary tried to sound calm. the president certainly felt that anthony's comments were inappropriate for a person in that position, and he didn't want to burden general kelly, also, with that line of succession. before all this unfold at the president tweeted. .. well, actually, still quite chaotic, as the president went to a ceremony in the east wing to honour those who were prepared to lay
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down their lives for their comrades and their country. mr scaramucci's departure follows one of the rockiest periods of donald trump's presidency, shortly after a major republican effort to overhaul the healthcare system failed, and both his spokesman and previous chief of staff found themselves out of a job. suzanne kianpour is our reporter in washington, and has more on the task ahead for the new man in charge of running president trump's white house. well, if anybody might be able to turn this ship around, it will hopefully be general kelly. he is a navy man, he is apolitical, he is very well—liked. in fact, i spoke to some people who worked for him at the department of homeland security today, and they were all very surprised at this turn of events. they were very surprised because he is so apolitical, and because he was even surprised to find out that he was to be picked to head up homeland
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security, as well. so, for somebody who is apolitical to be given onejob, and now to go to a job in the white house, well, that is a turn of events indeed. but he has got a great reputation, he is well—liked. he is a military man, and we know that mr trump respects military men. so so far it remains to be seen. but the first sign of perhaps moving forward is mr trump himself tweeted, what a great day at the white house. and what we should remember, outside of all the chaos that happened today, is that, likejon sopel said, that there was a medal of freedom ceremony happening at the white house today, but also there was important policy announced with regards to venezuela. the national security secretary came out and announced the freezing of assets of the venezuelan leader, nicolas maduro, and they called him a dictator, which is the strongest action on venezuela we have seen thus far.
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within the last hour, the president of venezuela, nicolas maduro, has said he rejects sanctions against him by washington and they show trump's desperation and hate. earlier, the us announced it's to impose sanctions on the president maduro saying the new constituent assembly makes him a dictator. it follows sunday's result in a controversial election which will rewrite venezuela's constitution. opposition activists have continued their protests against the vote. un human rights experts say there's an alarming rise in extra—judicial killings in the philippines. they said they were shocked by the increasing attacks on indigenous groups, trade unionists, and children. president duterte said last week there would be no let up on his war on drugs, which human rights groups say has led to thousands of deaths. the burmese authorities have released on bail a prominent journalist after he was he was arrested trying to leave the country. police said that swe win was detained at yangon airport under a controversial law that critics say is being used
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to silence journalists. he is due to stand trial after being accused of defaming the firebrand buddhist monk wirathu on social media. china has hit back against claims by donald trump that it is to blame for not reining in north korea. the us president said he was "very disappointed in china" after pyongyang tested another intercontinental ballistic missile. beijing said the nuclear issue "did not arise because of china." no matter how capable china is, china's efforts will not yield tactical results. because the two principal parties hold the responsibility to keep things moving, to start moving in the right direction, not china. sam shepard, the celebrated avant garde playwright and actor has died at the age of 73. he was oscar—nominated for the 1983 film "the right stuff" and starred in black hawk down and steel magnolias.
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now, spare a thought for the people of algeria, where the city of constantine is experiencing record temperatures exceeding 47 degrees. it's so hot that people have been advised not to venture outside after midday. there are reports of many elderly and fragile people being taken to hospital with problems related to the heat. the hot weather is set to continue for the rest of the week. let's turn to pakistan now. prime minister nawaz sharif was stripped of office by the supreme court last week over corruption allegations. an interim prime minister, shahid khaqan abbasi, is expected to be formally appointed on tuesday. but as fears grow about instability at the top, political rivals are seeing an opportunity, as our south asia correspondent, justin rowlatt, reports. it is a cross between an election
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rally and a victory celebration, and it marks the greatest triumph to date of star cricketer imran khan's political career. and he is making the most of it. "we have laid the foundations of a new pakistan," he tells the crowd. khan led the campaign to bring corruption charges against former prime minister, nawaz sharif, and now he has got the interim prime minister and sharif‘s brother, his chosen successor, in his sights. the plan is to use the same tactic used with the former pm. he's bringing actions in pakistan's supreme court, using provisions that say anyone who has behaved dishonestly can be judged unfit to hold office. today, the supreme court is hearing
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another case of political wrongdoing, another case in which a senior politician could face disqualification. but today, the accused is imran khan himself. what a authority does this letter have? who signed this letter? it is imran khan, these are his signatures. the centrepiece of the case is that imran khan has collected money from foreigners, and from foreign multinational companies, which is explicitly forbidden by the law and the constitution. hello, mr khan. very good to meet you. imran khan says he is confident he will win the case. i think it is good that they should ask me to be accountable. you expect any person, a member of parliament, a minister, a prime minister, you expect them to be honest, and second, to be truthful? i mean, if someone, a leader, a prime minister, lies, and he is caught lying, you would not, you know, you would not trust him after that.
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few people would disagree with that. but it does mean that, increasingly, politics in pakistan is being played out not at the ballot box, but through the courts. earlier, i spoke to iftekhar ahmed chowdhury, principle research hello, institute of south asian studies and asked him how politically destabilising is the situation in pakistan right now. well, in pakistan, the courts have been known to get involved. this dates back a long time. in 1954, they upheld the dismissal of the prime minister by the governor—general. the courts have invoked the principle of necessity, the doctrine of necessity, which has enabled justification of martial law over
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time in pakistan. but there is no actual evidence for collusion between the deep state and the courts this time around. nawaz sharif — the allegation, or at least parts of it, have been found to be valid, so hence the change. right. now, we saw in that report, as well, that the opposition leader, imran khan, is celebrating the fact that nawaz sharif is no longer in power. but how will his removal potentially benefit him ? well, he benefits now in the sense that he was one of the principal petitioners. this is of course a sweet moment for him. but khan is no shoo—in, because it is very likely that the electorate will return the muslim league, which is sharif‘s party. so nawaz may be out, but not necessarily the sharifs. of course, because we are looking at his brother next.
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how much do we actually know about his brother? what is happening today is essentially an interim prime minister being sworn in. the idea is to put his brother in charge. the idea is a two—stage change, really. the former petroleum minister will be prime ministerfor two months, enabling nawaz sharif to be elected to the parliament. shehbaz is currently chief minister in punjab, so he will become a member of parliament of the pakistan federal government, and thereafter he will be sworn in. we know that nawaz sharif‘s tenure brought economic expansion to pakistan. we saw things like the pakistan stock exchange going at record highs. so just how much support do the sharifs have in pakistan? well, actually, for the man or woman on the clapham omnibus, what matters is that he delivers.
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and you are quite right to say that the sharifs have not delivered in pakistan in general, and shehbaz in punjab. in punjab, mind you, the largest province in pakistan, with the largest number of voters. so it is very likely that the pakistan muslim league will be returned at the next elections, which are due next year. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: we bring you the story of one chinese woman unable to freeze her eggs because she's not married and her journey to find the treatment overseas. also on the programme. la bows out to paris as hosts for the 2024 olympics in favour of 2028. we're live in los angeles with the latest. cheering
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the us space agency nasa has ordered an investigation after confirmation today that astronauts were cleared to fly while drunk. the last foot patrol in south armargh, once an everyday part in the soldiers‘ lot, drudgery and danger, now no longer after almost four decades. if someone is in a private house, not doing any harm to anyone, i don't really see why all these people should wander in and say you're doing something wrong. six rare white lion cubs are on the prowl. already they have been met with a roar of approval from visitors. they are lovely, really sweet.
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yeah, really cute. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm sharanjit ley in singapore. i'm babita sharma in london. our top stories: president trump brought him in just ten days ago. now‘s he out. anthony scaramucci, the white house communication director, is fired. after the dramatic resignation of nawaz sharif, an interim prime minister is due to be formally chosen by parliament. don't tell the lanisters or mention it to the mother of dragons, but a script for the tv series game of thrones has been leaked after a cyber attack on the hbo network. reports suggest it was a new episode of the award—winning series. that story is popular on bbc.com let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the japan times says the us has
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conducted a successful test of its thaad missile defence system, intercepting a target missile 15 times out of 15. it came two days after north korea conducted a successful test of its own, an intercontinental ballistic missile designed to hit targets thousands of miles away. the south china morning post says russia's kremlin accused the us administration of schizophrenia. vladimir putin's spokesman was speaking about russia's decision to expel some us diplomats and he urged the us to show political will to improve relations. and germany's frankfurter algemeine carries a picture of the actressjeanne moreau. the headline, if looks could kill. she was a star of french new wave cinema, who has died aged 89. the international olympic committee has confirmed that los angeles has offered to host the 2028 olympic games. it's a move that means paris will host the games in 202a. both cities had vied for 2024, but la is understood to have agreed to go second, as peter bowes
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explains from los angeles. yes, it's quite an unusual situation. i think when it became clear that these were the two front—running cities, a few weeks ago the international olympic committee decided it would make the unusual announcement of two consecutive olympics, for 2024 and 2028. paris made it quite clear that they did not want to consider the later option. initially, los angeles was quite reluctant as well. but then agreed eventually that they considered it. after negotiations for weeks, they've finally reached an agreement that could mean it could be financially beneficial for los angeles to wait few more years. i mean, are they allowed to do that? in the future, you might get cities
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kind of agreeing between themselves to work out who will host it going forward, and then make deals. it is an unusual situation. certainly, the international olympic committee has had a lot to say in this. i don't think we're in a scenario where cities can get together and strike a deal. that would seem too simplistic and maybe a rather bizarre situation going forward. but i think certainly both these cities have proven to the international olympic committee that they have what it takes. as far as los angeles is concerned, obviously a city that i know well, they have been here screaming for anyone who has been prepared to listen, for many months now, that this is a city that is not only prepared to stage the olympics in ii years time, they could stage them now, because all the venues are built, like the colosseum and be staples centre.
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the colosseum is perhaps the because it hosted the two previous olympics in los angeles, 1932 and 1984. there's a lot of history there and a lot of infrastructure already in place. we are expecting confirmation of that decision about la hosting 2028 and paris hosting 2024 in the coming moments. as soon as we get that we will bring that to you live on bbc world news. sharanjit, you have the story of one woman and her challenge to seek fertility treatments to do with egg freezing? that's right, babita. she is doing this because chinese law doesn't allow unmarried women to freeze their eggs, pushing some of them who can afford it to seek treatment overseas. the united states is one of the most popular destinations for these women but the procedure can cost around $20,000. the bbc has followed the journey of manman, a 31—year—old photography studio ownerfrom beijing,
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to los angeles. four tens, three less than ten. the story of one woman's journey to find fertility. you have been watching newsday. stay with us, we will be looking at why the plug was pulled on what would have been one of the biggest e—commerce deals in india. and before we go, now this is one way to deal with a fire. there's been further turmoil in crumpy‘s white house with anthony scaramucci dismissed as director of communications after barely ten days in thejob —— donald trump. president felt mr scaramucci made inappropriate comments in a recent
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magazine interview. more on that on the bbc news website. and before we go, now this is one way to deal with a fire. a man and his fiancee used a speedboat to try and douse the flames of a bushfire near kamloops in canada. koyne watson told canadian broadcasters cbc that he accelerated the speedboat while his girlfriend tasha hunt gave directions. luckily fire crews arrived shortly after to put out the blaze. that's all for now, stay with bbc world news. no one was hurt. we will be back with asia business report and the latest headlines and for all the news stories we are covering, including the developments from venezuela where the president nicolas maduro has criticised donald trump for imposing sanctions against him, saying that he is desperate and hateful. more on that to come. keep
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yourself plugged in online on the bbc news website. thanks forjoining us. bbc news website. thanks forjoining us. goodbye. hello. good morning and welcome to august. but if you were hoping the new month would bring a new type of weather, well, actually, we'rejust going to continue with the theme we had at the end ofjuly. a mixture of sunshine and showers. the earlier satellite picture showers clumps of cloud circulating around an area of low pressure. and with that, we will continue to see some showers as we go through the day. some places starting of dry, in south scotland in the north and east of england. for wales, not starting dry. in fact, here, through the first part of the morning, the showers are likely to gang up into a longer spell of rain, then extending across merseyside and northern england and southern scotland. so a soggy start for the day in edinburgh and glasgow. dry for a time in scotland, and northern england starting
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with some decent sunshine. 14 degrees in inverness. in eastern england, east anglia, the midlands, and into the south—east, a fine start with good spells of sunshine. temperatures at about 15 or 16 degrees at 8am in the morning. central and southern england in fine shape and a lot of venture in the south—west as well. but a few showers even at this early stage. as we go through the day, those showers will become widespread, right across the map. some places will see more showers than others — some will see shower after shower after shower, perhaps with hail and thunder. other places might avoid the showers and stay dry. that will mostly be in the south—east of england. there we will see the warmest temperatures. 23 in london. cooler and fresher north and west. going through tuesday and into the early hours of wednesday, most places will turn dry with some clear spells. this mist works into the south—west of england and into wales. could be some gales in the south—west. this area of low pressure is pushing in, bringing tightly squeezed
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isobars, signalling strong and gusty winds. wednesday will start dry. some places of eastern scotland, eastern england will stay dry all day. the rain migrates eastward, and that could be heavy across some parts of southern england late on wednesday afternoon. but thursday, we are back to where we started. our area of low pressure is still with us sitting across scotland at this stage. a cool, fresh feel in blustery winds and for the end of the week, you guessed it — a mixture of sunshine showers. cool and fresh, particularly in the north—west. i'm babita sharma with bbc news. our top story: president trump's communications director, anthony scaramucci, has been fired afterjust ten days. the white house says the president felt mr scaramucci had made inappropriate comments in a recent magazine interview. scaramucci is the fourth white house official leave his post injust ten days. an interim prime minister of pakistan is expected to be formally appointed on tuesday after nawaz sharif was stripped of office by the supreme court last week over corruption allegations. and this story is trending on bbc.com. sam shepard, the celebrated american
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playwright and actor, has died at his home in kentucky. he was 73. he was oscar—nominated for the 1983 film "the right stuff" and starred in "black hawk down" and "steel magnolias. " that's all from me for now. stay with bbc news. and the top story here in the uk: a former royal marine has been jailed for 18 years for making pipe
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