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i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. the headlines... kim jong—un promotes his younger sister to north korea's centre of power, increasing his family's control. a rescue operation is under way after a boat carrying rohingyas refugees including many children capsizes near the bangladesh coast. i'm babita sharma in london. also in the programme... the us vice—president mike pence walks out of an american football game after some players refuse to stand for the us national anthem. and we're on the frontline between north and south korea — the world's most militarised border, and a bunkerfor 2000 people. this place was built five years ago, underneath a mountain and it is absolutely vast. live from our studios in singapore and london, this is bbc world news. it's newsday.
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good morning. it's 8am in singapore, 1am in london and 8.30am in pyongyang, where north korea's supreme leader kimjong—un has given his sister more power by promoting her to the nation's top decision—making body. 28—year—old kim yo—jong will replace her aunt in the politburo. her promotion is being seen as a further tightening of the kim family's iron grip on north korea. 0ur asia—pacific editor, michael bristow has more. over the weekend, the north korean leader paid homage to his father and grandfather — both ruled the country before him. it was a reminder that ruling north korea, since its founding in 1948, has been a family affair. to reinforce that point, mr kim used a party meeting to promote his younger sister, kim yo—jong, who was not yet 30
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and only started appearing regularly a few years ago but is thought to be in charge of her brother's public appearances. it is uncertain how much power she will wield from behind the scenes but she will be aware that being part of the ruling family does not give her lifetime protection. kimjong—un had his uncle, once a trusted adviser, executed in 2013. and north korean agents are thought to have been behind the assassination of his half brother who had been living in exile. he was killed with a nerve agent at this malaysian airport earlier this year. north korea's attempts to build a nuclear—tipped missile has brought about an international crisis as pyongyang faces down its enemies in the united states. kim yo—jong has come to prominence at a dangerous time for her family
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and her country. the development comes as us president donald trump has accused iran of funding the north korean regime, amid concerns his administration will withdraw support for the nuclear deal signed in 2015 between iran and western powers. i believe they're funding north korea. i believe they're trading with north korea. i believe they're doing things with north korea that is totally inappropriate that doesn't pertain to the deal; but in my opinion it does because it's called ‘the spirit of the deal‘. and you will see what i will be doing in the not too distant future. but iran is a bad player and they will be taken care of as a bad player. the us vice—president, mike pence, has walked out of an nfl game some news breaking in the last half an hourorso, some news breaking in the last half an hour or so, involving harvey weinstein. the multiple 0scar
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an hour or so, involving harvey weinstein. the multiple oscar winner has been dismissed from the weinstein company. the board of directors made the decision saying it was in light of new information about misconduct. this follows allegations that he sexually harassed women for decades. the us vice—president, mike pence, has walked out of an nfl game after some players refused to stand for the national anthem. mr pence said he left the match between the colts and the forty—niners because he would not dignify any event which showed such disrespect. the symbolic protest against racial injustice has been staged at a number of games in recent weeks. here's our washington correspondent, laura bicker. well, this looks like a very much planned walkout by the vice president. it should have come to... no surprise to mike pence that the players on the field, the san francisco 49ers, knelt during the national anthem. they have done so for the last three weeks. in fact it was one of those players who started the debate in the first place. so as the players kneeled during the national anthem,
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mike pence stood next to his wife and on heart, waited for the anthem to finish and then he walked out. and with that swift walkout he has reignited the debate between the nfl and the administration. president trump took credit, said it was his idea, and that he was proud of his vice president. he relishes this row because it plays to his blue—collar rustbelt base who take pride in the flag, take pride in the national anthem. for them it comes first. but if it was a stunt, it was a risky one. not only could it stop further division in this country, it could have been quite costly. the vice president took air force 2, which would have cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, an expensive stunt to basically score points for team trump. also this hour — storm nate has weakened to a tropical depression after bringing strong winds, heavy rain and some flooding
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to the south—eastern united states. it made landfall as a hurricane twice, in louisiana and mississippi. the storm system killed at least 25 people in nicaragua, costa rica and honduras. turkey says it will stop issuing all non—immigrant visas to us citizens. the announcement came after the us embassy in turkey imposed a similar measure. last week a worker at the us consulate in istanbul was detained on suspicion of links to people involved in last year's failed coup. authorities in china say they've punished more than 1.3 million low—level communist party bureaucrats over the last five years as part of the country's crackdown on corruption. prominent party officials such as top politician bo xilai are among those to have been convicted as part of the campaign. reports from bangladesh say a boat packed with rohingya refugees, predominantly children,
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fleeing violence in myanmar, has capsized in a river near the bangladeshi coast. officials say at least two people are dead and many others, are missing. a rescue operation is under way. it's thought about 100 refugees were on board, and only a0 were believed to be adults. joining me from cox's bazar in bangladesh is evan schuurman from the save the children charity. tell us, what is the latest you know about this incident? the latest we know is that there were about 100 people on board, high numbers of children, search and rescue operations are still ongoing, my lung we don't know more information than that. i think —— unfortunately we do not know more information than that. is a heartbreaking situation
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and highlights the tragedy happening in myanmar, the fact that so many people are still willing to get on board overcrowded boats and they are literally putting their lives at risk to make it to bangladesh, to a situation where they are safe. as you say, it is a heartbreaking situation. many children are thought to be missing now on this boat. tell us, how has the situation be my generally for children. you have beenin generally for children. you have been in the camps and talking to many of them? it is a children's emergency. children are struggling and suffering and i think one of the things that is very evident from just walking through the camps is that children are struggling emotionally. they are traumatised and distressed and they need more psychosocial support and support services like that. what they have experienced in myanmar, the horror there, the death and the killing
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that they have been through is something i can't even imagine. what sort of support are they getting from the organisation and others? save the children is running a lot of child spaces, we run therapeutic playgroups were children have an opportunity to be with their friends, to sing songs and, i must admit, having heard so many stories of tragedy, to witness these child friendly spaces in action is special because suddenly the children are happy and playing and it is such a beautiful thing to see. tell us, how is bangladesh coping overall? it has been several weeks since this crisis developed and streams of rohingya refugees continue to come across the border. yeah. it is a big challenge for bangladesh and i think the government have been generous in allowing over half a million people
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to come into the country and to seek shelter and safety. but it is also putting strain on communities. we need to remember that the area that the rohingya have fled to, it is not a prosperous area. there is a lot of poverty and poor people and suddenly half a million people turned up on their doorstep. it has put a lot of pressure on local communities but i think they are doing is well as possible. thank you for that update. hundreds of thousands of people have been on the streets of barcelona in a huge show of support for the unity of spain and against plans for the independence of catalonia. spain's worst political crisis for decades was sparked a week ago by a referendum on independence for the wealthy north—eastern region. spain's prime minister has warned of "drastic action" if that happens. 0ur europe editor katya adler reports from barcelona. viva catalonia! viva espana!
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catalans who oppose independence from spain call themselves the silent majority. today they made a lot of noise. we want to stay together. we don't want to break this country. i am catalan. i am spanish. and today i'm here because i'm very proud. and i don't want that catalonia go out of spain. everyone we spoke to here was catalan but people came from all over spain in the name of spanish unity. this crowd is emotional, excitable and passionate because this is all about identity, their identity. whether catalonia remains in or outside spain but the power of emotions aside, today is also all about politics. the question here for the spanish prime minister, will he wait for the catalan government to declare independence or act first? his answer in a rare televised interview today...
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translation: be absolutely reassured, the government will prevent any declaration of catalan independence from turning into something real. spain will continue to be spain. it is what the majority of spaniards want. maybe but catalans remain split between families and friends with tensions remaining this week. i'm worried independence can happen in 48 or 72 hours and i don't think i've heard have a clear explanation of how things are going to work. i don't know if i'm going to be in europe, if i will be using the euro. we have two countries, spain and catalonia. my heart is divided. i'm excited with the idea of creating a new country but i'm worried too.
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my friends are very, very worried. but ardent pro—independence catalans aren't concerned. they're elated. they view the spanish government as oppressive and identify with the catalan language and culture, not spanish. the number of pro— catalan voices have been growing in the last few years. we are waiting for a long time. i'm excited. last week catalans held an independence referendum not recognised under spanish law. so now will the catalan government fulfil their promise, declare independence and risk a strong response from madrid? talking to an mp from the governing party that seems increasingly unlikely. a kind of yes, but. we are sure and we have understood that the majority of catalans want this country to be an independent state. we are ready to talk, negotiate with the catalan, with the spanish government, in order to make this effectively. that does not sound
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like a unilateral declaration of independence. this is the point. but by now the point for many catala ns, whatever their political persuasion, is to avoid deepening divisions, between fathers and sons, colleagues and cousins. after days of colourful flag waving, a heartfelt plea for dialogue. katya adler, bbc news, barcelona. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme... up close on the frontline between north and south korea — the most militarised border in the world also in the programme... indonesian police raid what's described as a gay sauna injakarta. at least six people will be charged. this was a celebration by people who were relishing their freedom.
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they believe everything's going to be different from now on. they think their country will be respected in the world once more, as it used to be before slobodan milosevic took power. the dalai lama, the exiled spiritual leader of tibet, has won this year's nobel peace prize. as the parade was reaching its climax, two grenades exploded and a group of soldiersjumped from a military truck taking part in the parade and ran towards the president, firing from kalashnikov automatic rifles. after 437 years, the skeletal ribs of henry viii's tragic warship emerged. but even as divers work to buoy her up, the mary rose went through another heart—stopping drama. i want to be the people's governor. i want to represent everybody. i believe in the people of california. this is newsday on the bbc.
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i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. and i'm babita sharma in london. our top stories: kim jong—un has promoted his younger sister to north korea's centre of power, increasing his family's control. the us vice—president, mike pence, walks out of an american football game after some players refused to stand for the us national anthem. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. lets start with the japan times, that says shinzo abe is pinning his election hopes on north korea. the paper reports that the pm justified his decision to call a snap election injapan by saying he wants a mandate on his policy of maximizing pressure on pyongyang over its nuclear programme. good, we can see those papers now!
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staying with north korea, the international new york times has a story with the title "need beef? call the embassy". it says north korean embassies around the world are expected to make money and send any surplus back home. so it's perhaps no surprise that, in bulgaria's capital, you can apparently rent the embassy building for parties — often it turns out, noisy ones, with plenty of fireworks. and the gulf times says that dubai airport will soon have ‘smart tunnels', a biometric technology system that passengers can walk through to clear security in as little as ten seconds, and without even showing their passports. that the technology, i'd say, that can't come too soon. now, babita, what are people talking about online? donald trump, surprise, surprise. the us president donald trump has
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had a twitter fight with his former ally, the republican senator bob corker. mr trump sent out a barrage of tweets criticising the senator, saying he didn't have the guts to run for office again. mr corker, who is the chairman of the senate foreign relations committee, responded with a sarcastic post, saying: the people living on the border between north and south korea need no reminding about the cost of conflict. the landscape is covered with reminders of the korean war more than 60 years ago, and preparations for any future one. rupert wingfield—hayes has been on the south korean border where kim jong—un‘s artillery is just a few miles away. this valley i'm standing in runs all the way up to
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the demilitarised zone, and actually right through it, into north korea, so this is clearly a vulnerable weak point and because of that we've seen lots and lots of these, along this road. these huge concrete blocks up here are ready so that, if it is a conflict, they can blow out these legs and they tumble down, blocking the road. crude but effective. this is the village of san yang lee. before the korean war this place was in north korea. the end of the war, it ended up in south korea. today, it is still very, very close to the demilitarised zone — just seven kilometers. this place was built about five years ago, underneath the mountain, and it is absolutely vast.
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it's100 metres long and 20 metres wide. it's so big, it has its own echo. listen to this. hello. echo: hello. are you worried there could be war again now? life on the border of north and south korea. police in indonesia say at least six people will be charged after a raid on what authorities describe as a gay sauna injakarta. 58 people were arrested but most have since been released. homosexuality is legal but rights groups say the authorities are increasingly targeting gay people under indonesia's strict anti—pornography laws. lini zurlia is from the lgbtq group called arus pelangi and she joins us from jakarta now. welcome to the programme. what is your assessment of this situation
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and these latest arrests, and why these people will be charged? so, in our assessment, actually this is a shrinking space of lg bt people in indonesia. the last raid in central ja ka rta indonesia. the last raid in central jakarta in the last few days is actually not the first raid this year. it is the sixth raid, i guess, but the fourth raid, similar cases in indonesia. the first was in february. it was in an apartment, and involving 13 young men. and then the second raid was in april, and it was in sue surabaya. the third was
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injured carter and in another area, and the last one was in km sauna — it's not called km sauna actually, but it is a sauna that specific thumbnail persons in jakarta but it is a sauna that specific thumbnail persons injakarta —— specific for male people injakarta. we feel bad because this is really a shrinking us, our safe space, a la private space. the government is really entering our private space. the government would say that a lot of the arrests that you've spoken about, the six or seven that have occurred within the last few months also, have been under anti— pornography laws and prostitution laws. this has nothing to do with the sexuality of any of those
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charged. what would you say to that? there are no prostitution in the last case, but all the raid cases, evenin last case, but all the raid cases, even in surabaya, even injakarta, even in surabaya, even injakarta, evenin even in surabaya, even injakarta, even in other cities, all the cases are using pornography laws, so honestly we don't have any specific laws that conned them lg bt people, against time sexual people in indonesia. the one they can use is the pornography law, but still there are no prostitution, actually, in the sauna, in the apartment, so... lini, i'm afraid we've run out of time, so we will have to leave it there. but we are grateful to do and there. but we are grateful to do and the lg bt group arus pelangi. you have been watching newsday. stay with us.
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we take you to india to find out how the government is helping businesses cope with changes brought about by the goods and services tax. that's all for now. stay with bbc world news. we will be back with you at the same time here on newsday. hello once again. the weekend has been marked by relatively benign conditions for most areas, and at its best we saw decent spells of sunshine, boosting temperatures to 17 or18, sunshine, boosting temperatures to 17 or 18, but there's no escaping the fact that in some spots there was quite a bit of cloud around as well, and for some, the odd bit and peas of rain. that's pretty much how we start the new day on monday. not a shock to the system when you step out, temperatures in double figures, lots of cloud around, perhaps at its thickest in parts of scotland. weak weather fronts dragging clouds of
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rain from west to east in many areas. northern ireland, a fraction dryer, a little brighter, and certainly has become self of the border, the greater part of england and wales is dry and bright at best, the odd hint of sunshine. that maybe not be the case across parts of the south of england. the air is most, the clouds sitting low in the atmosphere, and drizzly rain on the breeze as well. i'm hopeful that situation will improve as the day gets going. brighter skies, too, eventually, getting into northern england and scotland after that dismal start. northern ireland, england and scotland after that dismalstart. northern ireland, i haven't forgotten you. you started off quite bright but the cloud fills in with rain into many areas around teatime, early evening, and that the moment at which wales and the republic of ireland will clash horns ina republic of ireland will clash horns in a crucial world cup s in wales. 0vernight, quite a bit of rain across the northern half of britain. into the southern half of britain,
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not much more than a band of cloud with the odd spot of rain perhaps. brighter skies following behind, not too many isoba rs, brighter skies following behind, not too many isobars, so it decent afternoon for many spots, save for this north—western corner, where we are seeing the first signs of a wet night ina are seeing the first signs of a wet night in a pretty wet and windy day, too, as these weather fronts violin from the atlantic. some heavy rain on the western hills of scotland, the cumbrian fells, the top end of the cumbrian fells, the top end of the pennines, down into the welsh mountains. ahead of it, staying dry for the greater part of the day. behind it, things begin to improve, certainly drying out, and that's the shape for many of us through thursday. still a bit breezy perhaps that a lot of dry weather and some brightness as well, and that comes to us thanks to this albeit transient ridge of high pressure, because it's elbowed aside by the next set of weather fronts coming in from the atlantic. again, a number of isobars, so we finished the week
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for many with a combination of wet and windy i'm babita sharma, with bbc news. our top story: north korea's leader, kim jong—un, has given his younger sister more power. 28—year—old kim yo—jong willjoin the politburo — the nation's top decision—making body — replacing her aunt. huge crowds have turned out in barcelona, in a show of support for the unity of spain and against plans for the independence of catalonia. it's not clear whether the region will go ahead with a full declaration of independence. and this story is trending on bbc.com... the us vice—president, mike pence, has walked out of an american football game after some players knelt down during the national anthem. mr pence said he would not dignify any event which showed such disrespect. the symbolic protest against racial injustice has been staged at a number of games in recent weeks. stay with bbc news. and the top story here in the uk:
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0n the first day of the snp‘s conference in glasgow, nicola sturgeon has insisted, with brexit looming,
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