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i'm rico hizon in singapore, the headlines: a top republican says president trump could set america on a path to world war iii, and claims white house staff try to contain the man at the top. one of the worst firestorms in california's history is tearing its way through parts of the state's wine region, killing at least three people. —— ten people. i'm kasia madera in london. also in the programme: barnabyjoyce, australia's deputy pm, is one of seven politicians facing scrutiny over dual citizenship. the saga that's gripped the country is due to be debated in the nation's highest court. and we travel to the pakistani border with afghanistan where the army is building a fence to keep out the militants. they believe the militants are using bases in afghanistan to launch attacks in pakistan and they hope this
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stop fence will help stop those attacks. live in singapore and london. this is bbc world news. it's newsday. it's 8am in singapore, 1am in london and 8pm in washington where president trump's testy relationship with top republicans has reached new levels in a war of tweets with senator bob corker. it began on sunday when mr trump said senator corker, didn't have the guts to run for re—election in the state of tennessee. mr corker, who chairs the senate foreign relations committee, shot back, calling the white house an adult day care centre and that someone obviously missed their shift. later in the day, during an interview with the new york times, senator corker went on to accuse donald trump of treating
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the presidency like a reality show with actions that could put the us on the path to world war iii. our north american correspondent anthony zurcher told us more. we see donald trump and bob corker picking a fight here and donald trump has picked fights with lots of republicans in the past but this is the first time one of his fellow republicans has really pushed back. bob corker essentially calling donald trump a liar in his interview with the new york times, after donald trump called bob corker essentially a coward, saying he did not have guts for declining to run for re—election. the senate is very narrowly divided in the us. there's only a two—seat majority for republicans. donald trump annoying any senator, even one who is going to be gone in little over a year, that is dangerous if he wants to get his agenda passed. why did senator corker say these things right now? his chair of the senate foreign relations committee so, in a sense, he has a front row seat at us foreign policy in places like north korea
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and the persian gulf and afghanistan and i think he is expressing frustration the donald trump is a pricking a fight and criticising secretary of state rex tillerson, he's tweeting about north korea and you heard earlier about last week bob corker tell an interview that he was counting on people like tillerson and defence secretary mathis to keep the us out of chaos, to essentially be the grown—ups who will guide donald trump's foreign policy. then donald trump on sunday started directing his fire back at corker because donald trump does not like being criticised. he usually answers any criticism with his own attacks. now you have this back and forth between a senior member of the senate, the chairman of a committee, and the president of the united states — it is pretty remarkable. an interesting piece that anthony
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has written on the website so check that out. in the united states, ten people are now known to have died in wildfires which are spreading through california's wine region. the governor has declared a state of emergency in three counties. thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes. the authorities are warning that the windy conditions are making it hard for them to contain the fires. dave lee reports from san francisco. fierce winds and low humidity — the perfect conditions for a raging blaze to spread across california's famous wine region, north of san francisco. late sunday night, dramatic videos posted to social media showed locals desperately fleeing towns that were being engulfed by the flames. slow down, stop! stop! winds as strong as 70 mph meant the fire spread quickly and unpredictably. what started the initial blaze is not yet known. 11 o'clock somebody came
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around honking their horn, like, just crazy. we're just like "what is going on?" and i don't know what inspired me to look out my bedroom window, necause it's in the back of the house and the car was in the front of the house, but i drew my blinds and i just saw flames all up behind the hills, behind my house. by monday morning, more than 14 separate fires, covering almost 60,000 acres were being dealt with. a conservative estimates suggest 1500 structures had been destroyed, many of them people's homes. evacuation centres were set up for those affected, including several hundred patients at two hospitals. the city of santa rosa was particularly badly hit. many homes and the hilton hotel were burnt to the ground. every spark is going to ignite a fire and so, regardless of what that may be — wind can impact, and start fires, downed power lines, vehicles pulling off into the dry grass — all of those things have the potential and under
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these kind of conditions, the risk is just extreme of new starts. california's governor, jerry brown, has declared a state of emergency in a region which is no stranger to large brush fires. the state's stretched fire crews are also tending to large fires in southern california. in wine country, authorities prioritise getting people out of harm's way before attempting to tackle the blaze. more than 20,000 people have left their homes and so attention is now turning to try to control the fire form the air. people across northern california are being told to close their windows to minimise the danger of breathing in ash. weather forecasts predict the wind levels will drop, which could may make containing the fire easier. dave lee, bbc news, san francisco. also making news today: the international committee of the red cross says it will drastically reduce
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its presence in afghanistan. it comes after seven of its staff were killed in militant attacks this year and several others were abducted. the charity, which has worked in the country for 30 years, will mainly scale back its operations in the north. us media reports say google has found that russian agents spent tens—of—thousands of dollars on adverts to spread disinformation during the presidential election. sources connected to google‘s investigation say the ads were carried by youtube and gmail, which are google products. the nobel prize for economics has been awarded to the us economist, richard thaler, one of the founding fathers of behavioural economics. he co—wrote the global best seller, nudge, which looks at how people make bad or irrational choices. new zealand police have apologised after posting an insensitive tweet about road death victims. the tweet from the official
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new zealand police twitter account read: they have since apologised for this. there's growing pressure on the leaders of catalonia to abandon their plans to declare the region independent from spain. the catalan president is due to address the regional parliament later on tuesday in what's likely to be a major milestone in the political crisis, and he's previously signalled that a formal declaration is imminent. 0ur europe editor katya adler reports from barcelona. barcelona is world famous as a haven for tourists, not a hotbed for political instability. so the storm around catalan independence has taken visitors a bit by surprise. well, there are a lot
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of people yelling, crying, "viva espana". we have seen people being very friendly, happy. happy to try to be independent, yes. the streets of barcelona have echoed with political slogans this week, demonstrations for and against catalan independence, following a referendum on breaking away from spain which was marred by police aggression, not recognised by spanish courts, but resulted in a majority for independence. the tension of the last few days, including arguments over who did or didn't vote in the referendum, comes to a head in a special session of the catalan parliament called by the catalan president. and what will he say exactly? it's impossible to overstate how keenly watched, how closely watched his words will be, notjust here in catalunya,
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but across spain and the european union. because, ultimately, this comes down to european unity. will there be that declaration of unilateral catalan independence here or not? no—one knows. and if they do, they are not telling. translation: the referendum law is very clear about declaring independence if the majority is in favour. but it is not for me to speak for the catalan president. as the clock counts down to the catalan president's parliamentary declaration, political pressure is being ramped up to stop the push for independence. at home, by the spanish government. and abroad, with france, seen as culturally close to the catalans, declaring it will not recognise an independent catalonia. catalans in favour of independence plan to surround the parliament here, an attempt to bend the catalan president to their will.
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katya adler, bbc news, barcelona. the case of seven australian politicians caught up in the country's dual—nationality saga will begin in the high court in canberra shortly. all seven admit they may have breached the constitution by taking office while holding citizenship rights in other countries, if some, such as deputy prime minister barnaby joyce seen here on the top left, lose the case, then the australian government could lose its majority. former australian senator scott ludlam is one of the seven politicians at the centre of this saga. he was the first to announce he had dual citizenship and quit parliament as a result. hejoined me earlier, raising concerns about the particular section of the australian constitution which has prompted the case. well, if it is continued to be read by the court as strictly as it has been read in the past, then potentially, it
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would invalidate the candidacy of all seven of the people, including myself, who are caught up in this, but it would also arguably disenfranchised a very large number of australians. apart from aboriginal people, this is an immigrant country. everybody is from somewhere else or has relatives or close family from somewhere else. ans so it's a very large number of people are potentially unable to stand or run for parliament if the court continues to read this provision of the constitution as strictly as it has in the past. this is about being a subject or a citizen of a foreign power but in your case and in the case of all seven, it is dual nationality. that is the real issue. what we have discovered during the course of the way that this issue has proceeded is that a lot of people have dual nationality. i did not realise, my parents did not realise. this has actually got a huge number of people by surprise, the degree to which you retain
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citizen entitlements if your parents or grandparents may may have been born or spent time in a particular country. that is what the now court has to untangle — where to draw the line exactly. as you quite rightly pointed out, in your introduction, the stakes politically are fairly high. before we get onto the actual political impact, because ramifications are pretty huge, you could be facing — depending on which way it goes — an election. in terms of what the high court decides. how do you hope it will go? i do not have hopes in particular directions and i think it would be a bit risky because it is so complex. it's a little while since these questions have been tested in court. i guess my view is that i believe myseld and my colleague, larissa, did the right thing. we resigned based on a very commonsense ewasing
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of the constitution, in a way that it's been interpreted in the past. basically took responsibility for the situation, for our actions, and since then we have seen actually some quite different interpretations, i guess. and political comings and goings and ramblings about whether the constitution should be read in that way. what the court decides, i gues a lot of people will be watching it very closely. because it is so complex and the different politicians caought up in this have quite different circumstances, i do not think anybody can confidently predict where we are going to land and we may not even have a result this week, it may take them some time to untangle the various strands. a lot of people will be looking at what happens to the deputy prime minister. in his case, he didn't even realise that he had dual citizenship. should he not be excused for this? well, i did not realise either. there is nothing in the constitution about being excused if he did not know. that's effectively what our representatives will be arguing,
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what we've put in our written submission. the constitution is clear and interpretation in the past has been clear, being ignorant is not enough. that was the conclusion that i came to. when i was made aware of this, injuly if this year, the advice we got from the clerk of the senate and from our legal counsel, was that — it's pretty common sense, actually — being ignorant and saying that you didn't know has never been a defence to this issue in the past so, no, i do not think barnaby should get a pass. i think he should be subject to the same interpretation of the law as everybody else. whether this provision should be changed really is another question, because these kind of provisions don't exist in the uk, they don't exist in the united states or in plenty of other democracies. as i say, a lot of australians would be disenfranchised by this and be surprised that they were. that's a question for future parliaments as to what to do with that. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme:
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as campaigning officially begins in japan's snap election, we find out about the candidate hoping to be the country's first female prime minister. also on the programme: dogs are meant to be man's best friend, but would you share a pool with one? this was a celebration by people who were relishing their freedom. 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.
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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. i'm rico hizon in singapore. i'm kasia madera in london. our top stories: a top republican says president trump could set america on a path to world war iii, and claims white house staff try to contain the man at the top. one of the worst firestorms in california's history is tearing its way through parts of the state's wine region. at least ten have been killed.
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police in austria have called for clarity over a controversial new law banning the full—face veil in public, after officers took action against street musicians and advertisers wearing animal masks. in one case, police charged a company for employing a man in a shark costume to advertise their business in central vienna. that story is popular on bbc.com. the pakistani army has begun work on building a fence along the country's vast and troubled border with afghanistan. afghanistan and the united states accuse pakistan of harbouring the taliban, but pakistani officials say they are more concerned that militant groups they have pushed out of the country have set up camps in afghanistan. secunder kermani reports from chaman, on the border between the two countries. stretching for over 2,500 kilometres, pakistan's porous
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and largely invisible border with afghanistan has been a hub for violent insurgent groups. now, though, the pakistani army plan to build a fence all the way along it, flying us there in a helicopter to emphasise the scale of the task. the united states has long accused pakistan of providing safe havens for militants wanting to turn into pakistan to fight. here in pakistan, the narrative is very different. they believe militants are using bases in afghanistan to launch attacks in pakistan, and they hope this fence will help stop those attacks. in the western balochistan province, bordering afghanistan, the local commander is emphatic there are no safe havens for afghanjihadis. officials, though, do say they have seized thousands of kilograms of explosives intended for attacks in pakistan. 25% of equipment is being donated.
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and once the fence will be installed, the border will be no more porous, and people will be moving on. this is one of the country's two official border posts. between 16,000 and 20,000 people cross here each day. translation: i am coming to pakistan to buy medicine. i go home to afghanistan by the evening. militants don't use this official crossing, but neither do many of the hundreds of families living in villages straddling both sides of the border. i asked the local commander about comparisons to the proposed us mexico wall. every country is a sovereign country. so it has borders, and it has a right to safeguard its security. just like trump in america.
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if trump is doing it, trump is doing expertly the requirements of americans. we are doing expertly the requirements of pakistan. if it does reduce violence on both sides of the border, this proposed fence could bring the two countries closer together. if it is only intended to stop militants travelling into pakistan and not from pakistan, it could further divide them. campaigning officially begins on tuesday forjapan‘s general election. the poll will be held on october 22nd. prime minister shinzo abe called the snap election, hoping his current popularity will win him and his ruling liberal democrats another term. but there's a new contender — tokyo governor yuriko koike, who last month formed the new party of hope. she's a former tv presenter who's made no secret of her ambition to become japan's first female prime minister. so far she's insisted she won't run for national office but we'll find out today whether she's
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changed her mind. joining me is stephen nagy, senior associate professor at the international christian university in tokyo. professor, thank you so much for joining us. so, moment of truth, what are the indications, will ms koike run or not? i will say she won't run. the excitement about her charisma and the potential runners first female prime minister has come back down to reality here in tokyo andi back down to reality here in tokyo and i think across the country with the realisation that she does not have any firm policy achievements, and we see that in the polls. initial 30% support for her running as prime minister has now dropped to 1596 as prime minister has now dropped to 15% or 12%, as prime minister has now dropped to 15% or i2%, so it is unlikely that she is going to throw her weight into the political campaign and she will most likely push forward as the governor of tokyo, where she can leave a legacy of perhaps policy
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achievement and pushing the tokyo economy in a more dynamic direction. so what happens now to her ambition of becoming the first female prime minister of japan, is it of becoming the first female prime minister ofjapan, is it now out of the window? i do think it is out of the window? i do think it is out of the window? i do think it is out of the window even if she had some policy achievement over four years, she may be at the ceiling in terms of the age of being able to effectively compete in a national campaign. secondly i think over the four years she has to dismantle a very widespread ldp political machinery that has effectively kept the ldp in powerfor the last 70 yea rs. the ldp in powerfor the last 70 years. it is very difficult to overcome. so what happens now, professor, if she does not run, and what other repercussions for party of hope, and will this mean shinzo abe will have a landslide victory together with the liberal democrats? i don't think mr abe will have a landslide victory. her party of hope will pull some conservative members away from the ldp party and this
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will be another centre of political pressure. i think what she can do to produce a national legacy is push prime minister shinzo abe's ldp to the right on constitutional issues. she does it to the right on constitutional issues compared to the prime minister shinzo abe. she would like wide ranging constitutional change. and she has a track record of revisionism not unlike the prime minister. her right leaning credentials suggest that she will use her party platform to push the prime minister more to the right which will complicate relations within the region. thank you so much for your insights on the japanese election and on ms koike, whether she will run or not run, stephen
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nagy, senior associate professor at the international christian university in tokyo. you have been watching newsday. stay with us for cooking with a bite. we'll be looking at a group of indonesian students who're developing a cooking oil made from insects. it's a sustainable alternative to palm oil and a way to save the rainforests. and before we go, let's take a look at these pictures. would you jump in with your pet? a lido in the uk seaside town of brighton has opened its doors to hundreds of dogs, and their humans, to celebrate the last weekend of the swimming season. and if you were thinking of swimming there next summer, then don't worry about the furballs, because the staff at the saltdean lido have promised to give it a thorough clean overwinter. i'm not quite sure. get in touch with us here on newsday. hello there.
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quite a lot of cloud first thing across the southern half of the british isles. some drizzly outbreaks of rain, as well, in parts of england and wales. the best of the sunshine first thing today is likely to be across scotland. for northern england, perhaps some breaks in the cloud, and for the midlands, too. here's the picture first thing, as you can see. fairly solid cloud across england and wales. we'll take a closer look at where the breaks are to be found injust a second. but really you can already see the contrast — scotland and northern england looking much clearer. northern ireland likely to see some sunshine in shelter from the westerly or south—westerly wind. but some showers arriving for the morning, as well, one or two of them heavy during the rush hour. still strong winds and some heftier showers for the northern isles. the showers as we get onto the mainland of scotland a little bit more scattered. some heavier ones possible through the central lowlands. here at least, in between the showers, some decent sunshine. sunshine across northern england first thing, too. although look out for some rain
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around the liverpool bay area, stretching towards lincolnshire. some glimmers of sunshine for the midlands and perhaps the south—east of england. thicker cloud, however, across the south—west, and some more persistent, if not particularly heavy, outbreaks of rain to be found here. stretch those across the bristol channel into southern wales, as well. to the lee of the welsh hills and mountains, however, there should be some sunshine to get the day underway through herefordshire, up into the likes of warwickshire and into the midlands. things improve through the morning. i think we'll see more in the way of sunshine, whereas further south, some of that cloud is going to filter its way further eastwards into the south—east of england. so enjoy any early brightness, because it looks like the afternoon for the south—east of england, east anglia will be cloudy, with some outbreaks of rain. further west, a little brighter. but then cast your eye towards the north—west, where, after that glorious start for scotland, it has all really gone downhill, thicker cloud and outbreaks of rain arriving. that's this frontal system here, coming in from the north. tightly squeezing isobars, as well, mean strong winds,
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and that wet weather pushes across northern ireland, northern england, into wales and the midlands through the small hours of wednesday. so a pretty wet and windy story as wednesday gets underway, and this rain is really going to tot up as well for some parts of southern scotland, northern england and for wales. particularly, i think, the cumbrian fels and the mountains of snowdonia getting a real dollop of rain, perhaps up to 100 millimetres, before we are through with this weather system, the rain getting further south into wales and the south—west of england come the afternoon. the south—east, with some sunshine, could see up to 18 degrees, the south—east, with some sunshine, could see up to 18 degrees there, and northern ireland and scotland will clear as the day goes on. thursday probably the best day of the week across the board, in terms of some dry and fine weather. just like winds, as well. and temperatures around average for the time of year, in the mid teens. i'm kasia madera with bbc news. our top story: at least ten people have been killed in one of the worst firestorms in california's history which is tearing its way through the state's wine regions. the fires cover an area larger than 60,000 acres.
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more than 20,000 people have been evacuated. winds of more than 60 kilometres per hour are fanning the flames across the region. barnaby joyce, australia's deputy prime minister, is one of seven politicians facing scrutiny over dual citizenship. a hearing on the issue is now under way in the nation's highest court in canberra. and this story is trending on bbc.com. oscar—winning producer harvey weinstein has been sacked from his own company following allegations that he sexually harassed women for decades. some in hollywood including meryl streep condemned his behaviour. that's all from me for now. stay with bbc news. and the top story here in the uk. theresa may has challenged eu leaders to open trade talks with britain, indicating that the government's prepared to walk away from the negotiations without a final deal.
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