welcome to newsday on the bbc. i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. the headlines: after a day of violent clashes, catalonia's regional government claims sunday's vote opens the door to independence — with backing of 90%. the spanish prime minister disagrees. translation: right now, i can tell you all emphatically, what we found today, and what we already know, is that there was no independence referendum in catalonia today. president trump tells his secretary of state to stop wasting time trying to negotiate with north korea, describing president kim jong—un as "little rocket man." i'm babita sharma in london. also in the programme: two women charged with killing the estranged half—brother of the north korean leader go on trial in malaysia. emergency centres are overwhelmed in bali, where an exclusion zone has been created around mount agung — the volcano is expected to erupt at any time. good morning.
it's 7am in singapore, midnight in london and one in the morning in catalonia in spain, where regional leaders say 90% of those who voted in a referendum were in favour of independence from spain. it was a day of voting that descended into chaos and violence. more than 800 people are reported to have been injured. the catalan president says the region has won the right to independence after its leaders defied central government and went ahead with the vote. tom burridge reports from barcelona. this is how a vote turned ugly. spanish national police moving in to disrupt an independence referendum in catalonia which spain's government considers illegal.
people kicked and thrown. women literally pulled by their hair out of polling stations. across barcelona violent police raids to grab ballot boxes. hundreds injured when they went to vote. one of the policemen took him by the head, took off his glasses and then he started to kick my dad here. the first one was here. he kicked here. they are mad, they are crazy. "i am 79," maria—teresa told me, "i just wanted to vote in peace." but it wasn'tjust in barcelona. this was the scene to the north in gerona. watch the blonde woman in the middle. after clearing people from the entrance to the polling station they smashed their way in.
other officers from spain's national force fought with local catalan firemen. some of catalonia's own regional police on the side of voters with emotions running high. with some in barcelona supporting spain's government today, spain's prime minister tonight seemed oblivious to the violence carried out by his police. translation: we have been an example to the world for our ability to believe in ourselves and to improve at every moment. but many did vote, savouring a precious moment. but in a neighbourhood near barcelona football clubs nou camp, we found spanish police surrounding a polling station with local people surrounding them. once inside the school, they removed protesters
and searched for ballot boxes. beth noda was queueing to vote when they arrived. we don't want to be part of this country that they don't love us. spain doesn't love us. their work done, they left to a chorus of anger and disbelief. this is the people facing down the police. these are riot police who have been drafted in from other parts of spain. but their heavy—handed tactics today appear to be making deep divisions in this region worse. many catalans did not want today's disputed poll, let alone independence. but spain's now—ruling popular party helped scrap a deal promising more financial autonomy for catalonia. that was seven years ago and the pro—independence camp have pushed the idea
that this region would be better off outside of spain ever since. in other news, donald trump has told his secretary of state not to waste time negotiating with the north korean leader. the president took to twitter, tweeting "i told rex tillerson, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with little rocket man" — referring to kimjong—un. he followed this up with "save your energy rex, we'll do what has to be done!" ealier, mr tillerson had disclosed the us was directly communicating with north korea on its nuclear and missile programmes, but that pyongyang had shown no interest in dialogue. our correspondent gary o'donoghue is in washington. it is an extraordinary way to communicate with one of your most senior members of cabinet. when you could pick up the phone and talk to him. so there is a loosely some sort of strategy, i think, at least in the president's mind, going on here. it may be that he think there is
some value playing bad cop to rex tillerson‘s good cop, said that his patience has run out, while rex tillerson tries to manipulate and operate domestic channels on the other hand. however, the north korean leader is not known to react well to personal insults. a bit like the president himself in that sense. calling him little rocket man and this sort of thing is not going to, i think, make him well disposed to any diplomatic overture was. so it isa any diplomatic overture was. so it is a curious strategy. and we heard anything from rex tillerson? the state department, under the guise of its spokeswoman, put out some tweets saying north korea would not get a nuclear weapons, and it was up to it whether or not that would be done by force or diplomatically, trying to ride both horses of the president's position and the secretary of state. they are struggling to keep up with
this as much as anyone else. but it doesn't detract from the liberal atmosphere we have at the moment, because we have some big anniversaries coming up, with the founding of the north korean communist party, and this could see a response on this, which they often do using military means. two young women have been killed outside the main railway station in the french city of marseille, in what is believed to have been a terrorist attack. the victims, aged 17 and 20, were stabbed to death. soldiers on patrol at the station shot the attacker dead. canadian police have arrested a somali refugee suspected of stabbing a police officer and injuring four pedestrians in edmonton, alberta. the police officer was struck by a car at high speed and then attacked with a knife. an islamic state flag was found in the car. same sex marriage has become legal and the first gay couple have tied the knot.
karl kreiele and bodo mende have been together for 38 years and were part of the very first campaign to change marriage laws back in 1992. speaking to the bbc they said they were relieved that the fight to end discrimination was finally over. it isa it is a new step in history, because after centuries, the relation of gays and lesbians by the state is finished, now. now we really have the same rights as straight people, and this is wonderful. now the people of finland have come up with the latest idea for a sauna — to take one about one hundred metres above ground level. there they are. it really is something. people had to take part in a lottery to get a place in this sauna — which gave them stunning views over the capital helsinki and all the way to estonia.
but it's probably not for the fainthearted — they had to wear safety harnesses over their fluffy bathrobes. emergency centres in bali have been overwhelmed as more than 140,000 people have fled the exclusion area around mount agung, which experts say could erupt at any time. and there was some confusion at the weekend when the island's governor said tens of thousands of people should return home, despite the risks. we can talk now to hywel griffith who's on bali for us. you have been talking to evacuees, there, some of whom have been staying at the shoulders. what had they been telling you? many obviously fearful for what will happen to their homes after some ten 01’ happen to their homes after some ten or 11 days of bali being on high alert. however, amongst those 140,000, only a small number are
from the red area, but the large parties from a wide area. the governor said that people should return home in these areas, so this has caused some confusion. certainly, causing 21 —— certainly, according to one woman, she didn't tell the government was giving them a clear message. translation: we collect animals. we are told to go here and there. how can the people treat us like this? we are waiting for a decree that can ensure the safety of the evacuees if they return home. now, she is one of they return home. now, she is one of the was 140,000 who have actually fled from the area and taken to the shelters. so what are conditions like their? some of the shelters are crowded. 3000 people in one of the ones that we have visited. i had to say that there are a lot of recesses
that of inputting. —— i had to say that of inputting. —— i had to say that there are a lot of resources. sadly, indonesia knows what this is like. so there is supplies coming in. water, food, and close. the one we visited had washers and dryers. but the concern is that they have been up to deal with demand for ten days or so, but this could go on for weeks or months. and i think this is what is making the government said people should go home. but they will not force anyone to go back to the shadow of mount agung. seismologists keep warning that it could erupt at any moment? yes. they said is more likely to rot than not. it is still ina likely to rot than not. it is still in a state of heightened unrest. that means hundreds of earthquakes, and, as we have seen, smoke and stea m and, as we have seen, smoke and steam rising from the cradle. but it isa steam rising from the cradle. but it is a waiting game that at the moment
nobody has any idea of how, when, and if it will end. hywel griffith in bali, thank you forjoining us. the trial of two women accused of assassinating the estranged half—brother of north korean leader, kimjong—un, starts in malaysia later on monday. the women are charged with killing kimjong—nam by smearing a chemical nerve agent on his face in kuala lumpur airport. the women's lawyers say they were tricked and they'll plead not guilty. they could face the death penalty if they're convicted. jonathan head reports. in this greedy airport security video, evenjust in this greedy airport security video, even just make out what was one of the most audacious assassinations of modern times. the two women who smeared the action agent on the face of kim jong—nam, brother of kimjong agent on the face of kim jong—nam, brother of kim jong un, agent on the face of kim jong—nam, brother of kimjong un, worried a divide, siti aisyah, from indonesia, and doan thi huong, from vietnam.
but other parts of the plan remain unknown. at the trial, at the two women face charges of murder, which carries the death penalty. but their lawyers say they were duped into believing they were taking part in a televised prank. they intend to plead not guilty. the trial could help to shed light on who organise the assassination and how. it is widely presumed that kim jong—nam, estranged from his half brother, kim jong un, and clinical of him, was killed on his orders. for north korea is also charged by the malaysia police are still at large, probably back in north korea. malaysia vow to pressure from pyongyang, allowing three suspects to go back to north korea, along with what is presumed to be kim jong—nam's body. a was cordial
relationship between the two countries was shattered. but it is not clear how much more of this extra ordinary episode malaysia will wa nt to extra ordinary episode malaysia will want to make public. jonathon head, bbc news, bangkok. schools in taiwan are taking a new approach to languages. starting in 2019, they'll be required teach the native tongues of seven countries in southeast asia — including vietnamese, indonesian and thai. as part of our weekly look at asian trends, we're asking why taiwan is taking this step. from taipei, cindy sui joins us now. it certainly is unusual, because not many countries make it mandatory to have southeast asian languages on their curriculum. so why this sudden change? is taiwan hoping for closer foreign and trade relations with these countries? yes. definitely. first of all, this change comes about because the face of taiwan's student population has changed dramatically over the years. statistics show that one in ten
stu d e nts statistics show that one in ten students in kindergarten to grade 12 are children of immigrants. these are children of immigrants. these are mostly southeast asian immigrants. currently, there are many children born to southeast asian mothers who married taiwanese man. so the government has recognised that this is an asset. there were previously considered a burden, but now they are considered an asset, because taiwan was to build closer ties with southeast asia are several reasons. —— wants to build. they want to become less dependent on mainland china, economically. the other reason is that it wants to embrace diversity. it wants to celebrate racial and ethnic diversity by have these children become fluent in their mother's native tongue, and become a bridge between taiwan and southeast asia in promoting trade and other exchanges, including tourism and, you know, having students, come over here to study in taiwan. so many benefits could come about because of
this. these also make great reasons, cindy, but we know that southeast asian nations do not officially recognise taiwan as a country for fear of upsetting china. so how might learn in their landward is actually help taiwanese nationals? exactly actually help taiwanese nationals? exa ctly o ne actually help taiwanese nationals? exactly one of the reasons taiwan is doing this. —— learning their language. taiwan is not considered a country by the united nations in many countries, most countries, so it needs to build relationships in other ways. such as people to people in direction and trade and also cultural exchanges. so they believe that these children will become, you know, very good ambassadors for taiwan to southeast asia, and they will help taiwan and southeast asian countries grow closer together. all right, thank you forjoining us. still to come: us secretary
of state rex tillerson has been in china talking about negotiating with north korea. but he's been receiving mixed messages from back home! in all russia's turmoil, it has never come to this. president yeltsin said the day would decide the nation's destiny. the nightmare that so many people have feared for so long is playing out its final act here. russians are killing russians in front of a grandstand audience. it was his humility which produced affection from catholics throughout the world. but his departure is a tragedy for the catholic church. israel's right—winger ariel sharon visited the religious compound and that started the trouble. he wants israel alone to have sovereignty over the holy sites, an idea that's unthinkable to palestinians. after 45 years of division, germany is one.
in berlin, a million germans celebrate the rebirth of europe's biggest and richest nation. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm in sharanjit leijl singapore. i'm in kasia madeira london. our top stories. after a day of violent clashes, catalonia's government claims sunday's vote opens the door to a declaration of independence from spain, with 90% backing. and president trump tells his secretary of state to stop wasting time trying to negotiate with north korea — describing president kim jong—un as little rocket man. the american singer marilyn manson is being treated in hospital after a stage prop collapsed on him during a performance in new york. video shows him on stage, and attempting to climb part
of a prop in the shape of two guns — which then partially collapses. he was carried out on a stretcher and the concert was cancelled. that story is popular on bbc.com. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. let's start with the japan times leading with that referendum in catalonia we were talking about earlier. it says catalans defied police orders to leave designated polling stations for the banned referendum; and clashes broke out soon after polls opened. another contentious referendum that took place recently, the one in the kurdistan region of iraq, is analysed by the new york times. the paper says that turkey has threatened to cut off its oil pipeline with the region, and the relationship with the us soured after the kurds rebuffed its appeal to cancel the vote. the paper claims that while kurds
might have gained an emotional victory, they are now alone in a dangerous neighbourhood. and china's state run newspaper, the china daily, mentions us president trump's upcoming visit to the country. the paper quotes president xi jingping words saying a "special, wonderful and successful" outcome awaits the us president. now, what stories are sparking discussions online? more american football players have knelt during the playing of the us national anthem in sunday's matches, in protest against racial injustice. during the nfl game between new orleans saints and miami dolphins, the saints squad kneeled beforehand, but stood while the anthem was played, and three players from the dolphins kneeled throughout. trump tweeted his disapproval of the protests. more on that at bbc.com. let's get more now on the visit of the us secretary of state rex tillerson to china. the idea was to prepare the ground for donald trump's official trip to china later this year. but instead the trip has been
somewhat overshadowed by mixed messages over relations between the us and north korea, which counts china as one of its few allies. i asked douglas paal from the carnegie endowment for international peace whether president trump's tweets had undermined rex tillerson's mission the most terrible interpretation i could make is that president trump believes in the good cop, bad cop routine, whereas rex tillerson was trying to get a resolution. they wa nt to trying to get a resolution. they want to show the bad cop in the background, president trump saying, you'd better deliver or i'm going to use my forces on you. it is an odd way to do diplomacy. odd, as you say. president trump also said that rex tillerson should save his energy because the us will do what needs to because the us will do what needs to be done. what does need to be done? this suggests military force. is
that a solution? military force is farfrom a that a solution? military force is far from a solution in that a solution? military force is farfrom a solution in my opinion and it is discussed way too much. there is not a lot but is likely to be going on in the way of conversation between the two sides. north korea think they are soon to get a nuclear deliverable system that they can threaten the us with. the us has just that they can threaten the us with. the us hasjust gotten that they can threaten the us with. the us has just gotten several actions done by the un to toughen sanctions on north korea. i think they need more time for the other to feel the pressure. this is not the moment to begin the talks. they are waiting for the magical moment when each has a silver bullet to do in the other. the purpose of rex tillerson's trip was to lay groundwork for china in november. how would you assess relations between those two countries? we saw a very cordial reception for
president xijinping in a very cordial reception for president xi jinping in the us. since then we have seen a lot of pressure exerted on china. yes, but is not a big staple in china, but i think that they have recognised that donald trump likes to be buttered up —— butter. they are avoiding or at least managing concrete discussion over new and emerging conflicts between china and russia. in south korea, tatties are still technically illegal. —— tattoos. we went to meet a tattoo artist in seoul. tattoo artist in seoullj tattoo artist in seoul. i am a nationally certified tattooist, not
so nationally certified tattooist, not so much in korea. you see, i am legal, and i will do what i like. you have to be a medical doctor to become a tattooist, which for me is weird. i mean, i pay tax. ifi become a tattooist, which for me is weird. i mean, i pay tax. if i make money in this country, in this area, then i know i've got to pay tax. you are required to. so, the payments here in my shop, you could pay with credit cards, you know. i don't care. i walk around, people looking at me all the time. i say, old lady, come up to me in touch my skin. and it's fine, because their learning. to them, i am being a mannequin. it's fine, because their learning. to them, iam being a mannequin. but their learning. and i really don't mind. —— they're. it doesn't have to
be legal or illegal, it is one person's love. if they want to get it, and if the person doing it is certified and qualified, it is creative. that doesn't mean they are not qualified. you have been watching newsday. stay with us, we'll be sorting through hong kong's trash problem, and why new rules from beijing are making a mess in the territory and costing businesses millions. and before we go, hong kong was lit up to celebrate china's national day. thousands of people watched the fireworks which were launched from a barge in the middle of victoria harbour. hello there. we had some warmer air
for a while on sunday, 20.5 degrees. but we're not going to see those sort of temperatures for a while, because there is air coming down as the wind changes direction to a north—westerly. when is a feature of the weather already. strengthening around the base of the deep area of low pressure that is close to scotland. not only are we seeing winds picking up, but blowing a whole host of heavy, squally showers. wind gusts could be an issue in the morning. possibly some travel disruption, 50 mph gust around the pennines and perhaps even 60 mph up into scotland. some quite windy weather in the morning in particular. this is probably the pick of the winds across these areas. lots of showers as well. winds easing, showers levy is as well. further south, some sunshine before clouding over in the afternoon. we may see some rain. here is the picture on monday afternoon. by then, the strongest winds in the far north—east and
scotland, heavy showers, not as bad as early in the day. try to the east of the pennines, some gusty winds. more high clouds billing in further south. the thickness of the cloud in the south—west, not far from south wales, rain. this really is from ex— hurricane maria, not having a big impact. mostly scooping out into the english channel. pressure building overnight, skies were clear. as we head into tuesday, north—westerly wind. not as windy as monday. not as many showers. lighter and probably starting to blow in a bit more cloud. temperatures a degree or two lower than on monday. we had high hopes for this area of low pressure, hoping it would build across the uk. getting squished by these more active weather systems racing in from the atlantic. finding high pressure in the south, lower pressure in the south, lower pressure a cross pressure in the south, lower pressure across the north. gusty winds to the east of higher ground.
wettest weather over the hills in western scotland. some rain northern ireland, most of england and wales should be dry with some sunshine. that rain in the north pushing south for a while. heavy rain close to that area of low pressure on the front itself, but then the weather front itself, but then the weather fro nt m oves front itself, but then the weather front moves its way south. as it does so, it weakens. the rain gets stretched out and very much lighter in southern areas through the day. behind it, north—westerly winds, again chilly, but it should be dry with some sunshine. catalonia's regional government says sunday's vote opens the door to independence — claiming 90% backing. but it follows a day of violent clashes where hundreds of people were injured, two seriously. at least twelve policemen were hurt. spain's prime minister, mariano rajoy, said that as far as he was concerned, there had been no referendum in catalonia.
two women charged with killing the estranged half—brother of the north korean leader go on trial in malaysia. they are accused of smearing a chemical nerve agent on the face of kimjong—nam at kuala lumpur airport. and this story is trending on bbc.com: donald trumps tweets that his secretary of state should not bother trying to negotiate with north korea's leader. the president described kim jong—un as ‘little rocket man.‘ you're watching bbc news. it is just on