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hello, this is newsday. i'm rico hizon in singapore. our top stories: probing possible links with russia — donald trump's former campaign manager is accused of conspiracy against the united states. meanwhile, a former trump aide pleads guilty to lying to the fbi about his contacts with russian officials. but the white house insists there was no collusion. we've been saying from day one there's been no evidence of trump—russia collusion and nothing in today's indictment changes that at all. i'm kasia madera in london. also in the programme: after five troubled years, australia's manus island detention centre for asylum seekers is to close. but where will the detainees go? levels of the greenhouse gas — carbon dioxide — in the earth's atmosphere surge to a record high. the un says we have solutions — but must act now. live from our studios in singapore and london. this is bbc world news.
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it's newsday. it's 9am in singapore, 1:00 in the morning in london and 9pm in washington, dc where the investigation into alleged russian interference in last year's us presidential election has laid its first charges. paul manafort, the trump campaign's former manager, was taken into custody, accused of money laundering and conspiracy against the united states. a former business associate of mr manafort has also been indicted, and a former adviser to mr trump has admitted lying to the fbi. our north america editor, jon sopel, has this report from washington. reporter: mr manafort, are you turning yourself into federal authorities today? this isn't how it was meant to be.
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lawyer: mr manafort has no comment. just over a year ago the multimillionaire paul manafort was donald trump's campaign chairman and a figure of huge influence. today, he's been ordered to an fbi filled office to face the most grave charges. normally talkative, today, much more tight—lipped. the indictment runs to over 30 pages and details are complex web of financial arrangements to keep vast sums secret from the us authorities. it details how manafort was working as an agent for the pro—russia party in ukraine from whom he received tens of millions of dollars in payments for a decade until 2016. it's alleged he laundered $18 million through various accounts and companies and by any means. almost $1 million was funneled through an antique rug store in alexandria, virginia. $850,000 laundered through a men's clothes store in new york. a mark of how seriously the prosecutors take this case
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is that paul manafort has had to surrender his passport. he's considered a flight risk. he's also going to be kept under house arrest until the trial, which might not be for several months. it's going to be a very big change in lifestyle. but his lawyer after the hearing ridiculed the charges. he was seeking to further democracy and to help the ukraine come closer to the united states and the eu. those activities ended in 2014, over two years before mr manafort served in the trump campaign. and in response to the indictment, donald trump tweeted angrily: and then another tweet on russia: today's announcement has nothing to do with the president. has nothing to do with the president's campaign or campaign activity.
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the real collusion scandal, as we've said several times before, has everything to do with the clinton campaign, fusion gps and russia. but today a damaging and unexpected disclosure, this man, george papadopolous, a foreign policy advisor to the trump campaign, who president trump once described as an excellent guy, secretly pleaded guilty earlier this month to lying to the fbi about his contacts with russian officials during the campaign. and this former state department official and international lawyer says that could be much more significant. well, manafort is a biggerfigure but we expected the charges and the indictment to come out against him today. papadopoulos‘s guilty plea discloses facts of communications between the trump campaign and russia are we didn't know about, and that could be a much bigger problem for trump. and the charge sheet against papadopoulos says that while a trump advisor he met a russian professor in london who said he had dirt on hillary clinton,
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despite having earlier told the fbi he hadn'tjoined the trump campaign when that meeting took place. the professor claimed he had thousands of clinton campaign e—mails. papadopoulos worked to arrange a meeting between putin and trump, something which didn't take place. the fbi now say papadopoulos is co—operating fully with their investigation. not so paul manafort, as he walked uncomfortably away from court, through the phalanx of cameras and reporters, to start his period of house arrest. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. we'll be talking to our washington correspondent laura bicker later, but first let's take a look at some of the day's other news. the spanish government is acting to take direct control of catalonia following the region's declaration of independence on friday. spain's chief prosecutor has called for charges to be brought against some of catalonia's leaders. one of the crimes is rebellion, which carries a maximum 30 year jail term.
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translation: to defend legality, the rights of citizens and the public interest, we've laid charges for the crimes of rebellion, sedition and provocation and other correlated offences against the main political leaders of the catalan government who, with their decisions and actions in the past few years, have caused an institutional crisis that culminated with the declaration of independence in complete disregard of the constitution. also making news today: uhuru kenyatta has been re—elected as kenya's president. he won 98% of the vote in last week's election re—run. the opposition boycotted the poll and called on their supporters to do the same. the kenyan electoral commission said the vote has been free, fair and credible. i, as a kenyan, celebrate our resilience as a nation, but i also celebrate our resilience and the resilience of our democracy, the resilience of our people
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and also the resilience of our institutions. a chinese modelling agency has denied that a teenage russian model died from overwork. 14—year—old vlada dzyuba died in a chinese hospital, ten days after taking part in shanghai fashion week. local reports in russia suggest she was suffering from meningitis, compounded by exhaustion. but that's been denied by the chinese agency which employed her who insist she worked no more than the legal eight hours a day. president trump has announced that us specialforces in libya have captured a man suspected of being involved in the attack on the us diplomatic compound in benghazi in 2012. mr trump named the man as mustafa al—imam, saying he would face justice in the us. the attack killed the ambassador chris stephens and three other americans.
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prince charles and the duchess of cornwall have arrived in singapore to kick off an 11—day tour of asia. they'll be meeting president halimah yacob and prime minister lee hsien loong. the couple have met members of the queen's baton relay, which is making its way around the world ahead of the 2018 commonwealth games. this is not a special effect. these are surfers in iceland taking to the waves beneath the northern lights. here you can see heidar logi, iceland's first professional surfer, braving the freezing cold. heidar logi took to surfing to help him cope with adhd. you can see the full piece on the bbc website. the australian government's off—shore processing centre for refugees in papua new guinea is due to close later on tuesday. the camp on manus island is one of two used to hold people who have tried to seek asylum in australia. since 2013, the country has detained
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all asylum—seekers who arrive by boat in offshore detention. the government has said the policy deters people smuggling and prevents deaths at sea, but the centres have been described by the un and human rights groups as cruel. earlier this year, australia offered compensation totalling $53 million to asylum seekers and refugees detained on manus island who alleged they had suffered harm while there. around 770 men remain at the centre. more now from our sydney correspondent, hywel griffith. after five troubled years, this temporary centre is finally closing. this footage from 2015 shows the anger some on manus island have felt over there indefinite detention. around 1,500 have been sent here to be considered for asylum. those who remain say conditions are poor but they're frightened
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to move to other holding centres on the island. iranian refugee behrouz boochani has been there for over four years. this place is not a safe place because the local people don't want us here, they are a small population and they have a poor economy, so they don't want us here. last year, the court in papua new guinea ruled the detainees must be moved as they're being held illegally, but the workings of the centre have remained secretive, with media kept away. led by the navy, australia's border protection policy means any boat that tries to land here illegally is either turned around or its occupants are taken to one of the offshore centres at manus island or nauru.
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even if they are eventually given refugee status, the government says they should never be allowed to set foot in australia. it's a message backed up with adverts in every language, from sudanese to farsi. back in australia, the message to voters is that the policy is tackling people trafficking and the country's borders are secure. for a significant number of australians, the people who are on nauru and manus island are out of sight, out of mind and that's an integral and deliberate aspect to any externalisation of border control. the people are removed from public contact and in that sense it's easier to shape the public opinion. there are some in australia who want the refugees brought here, fearing there is no future for them in papua new guinea. they say the government can't walk away. these people are unprotected, so if the australian government isn't going to remove these people and bring them to safety here in australia, there needs to be some kind of presence and some kind of protection for these men
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on the island as long as they remain there. while a deal to resettle some refugees in the united states continues to make slow progress, the future for those who've spent years waiting on manus island seems as uncertain as ever. hywel griffith, bbc news. basic services including water and electricity have been cut off from the camp as it prepares to close. but many asylum seekers remain there refusing to leave, citing fears for their safety in the community. a short time ago, i spoke with phil mercer about what will happen to the people left at the facility. well, rico, we understand about 600 men have most recently been held at the facility on manus island. the majority are refugees and we understand that some are accusing to leave the processing centre because of fears for their safety in the broader community, and also concerns and uncertainties about their longer term future. in the short term, rico, we understand that three of accommodation centres have been
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set up near a major town for them to move into. whether they'll go willingly or will have to be moved forcefully, we'll have to wait and see. in the longer term, australia says it won't resettle any of these manus island refugees or asylum seekers and, as we've heard, a small number have been granted asylum in the united states, more good now follow, but safe to say the next days and weeks for the manus island detainees, rico, will be filled with great uncertainty and no doubt anxiety as well. a lot of anxiety but the manus island detainees are expected to launch legal action over the closure. what is likely to happen over the next few hours regarding this? well, those papers were filed in papua new guinea in the last few hours.
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we're not expecting anything dramatic to happen. it was a last—ditch attempt helped by the australian greens. it has a senator on manus island to try to help with that legal effort. but it seems highly likely that in the next few ours, the camp will officially close and, as you say, water and electricity shutdown and those detainees expected to move on. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: scientists warn that international targets to limit climate change may be unattainable after a surge in co2 to levels not seen for 800,000 years. also on the programme: kevin spacey apologises after being accused of making sexual advances towards a teenage boy in the 1980s. indira gandhi, ruler of the world's largest
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democracy, died today. 0nly yesterday she'd spoken of dying in the service of her country and said, "i would be proud of it, every drop of my blood will contribute to the growth of this nation." after 46 years of unhappiness, these two countries have concluded a chapter of history. no more suspicion, no more fear, no more uncertainty of what each day might bring. booster ignition and liftoff of discovery, with a crew of six astronaut heroes and one american legend. well, enjoying the show is right — this is beautiful. a milestone in human history. born today, this girl in india is the 7 billionth person on the planet. welcome back everyone. you are
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watching newsday on the bbc. i am rico hizon in singapore. i'm kasia madera in london. our rico hizon in singapore. i'm kasia madera in london. 0urtop rico hizon in singapore. i'm kasia madera in london. our top stories: president trump's former campaign manager, paul manafort, has denied a series of charges — the first from the inquiry into alleged links between the trump campaign and russia. another former aide, george papadopoulos, has admitted lying to the fbi about his links to russia. but the white house has insisted there was no collusion. let's now take a look at some of the front pages from around the world. first, the japan times,
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and the country has reaffirmed a six billion dollar commitment to the philippines. the move is seen as an economic assistance race against beijing to form a better relationship between manila and tokyo. the international edition of the new york times reports on south korea and japan debating the need for their own nuclear arsenal as north korea threatens the region. in south korea, polls show 60% of the population favours building nuclear weapons. and in the south china morning post, taking a back—seat ride in hong kong's first locally built driverless vehicle. hong kong university has marked robotics day by taking this converted golf cart out for a spin. shifting our attention to trending, now, and kasia, what stories are sparking discussions online? rico, apple has reportedly fired one of its engineers after his daughter posted a video of the iphone x before the official launch.
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the youtube video was shot on the apple campus in september when the young woman met herfatherfor lunch. brooke peterson said herfather was fired for breaking apple's strict policy that bans filming on its campus. we are going to return now to our top story. president trump's former campaign manager, paul manafort, has pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiring to defraud the us. laura bicker had the latest reaction from washington. sarah huckabee sanders, the trump spokesperson, said that these charges had nothing to do with the white house. the big figure that every camera was focused on today was paul manafort, the former campaign managerfor donald trump. he is actually someone who was credited with helping donald trump win. he was a campaign manager as donald went over the line to get the number of delegates needed to win a nomination. when it comes to the figure, all attention was focused on him
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and these 12 grave charges. but much of the indictment against paul manafort relates to a time before the campaign. and while cameras were focused on him, another startling revelation was disclosed, and that was about george papadopolous. we have never really heard of this man before. he was a policy advisor for mr trump, the white house said he was a volunteer and played a volunteer role in a committee that met only once, that mr trump did not meet him although the two have been photographed together. it is disclosed that he has pled guilty to lying to the fbi about his contacts with russia. why is this important? because in the indictment it shows that he had several contacts with a professor who said he had dirt on hillary clinton. this is a potential link between the trump campaign and the kremlin and that is why analysts are looking at this indictment are very carefully
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because it goes to the heart of what the investigation is all about. scientists say the amount of carbon dioxide in the earth's atmosphere surged to a record high last year. the world body monitoring this says a combination of human activity and the el nino weather phenomenon drove c02 levels up. last year's increase was fifty percent higher than the average over the previous ten years. 0ur science correspondent rebecca morelle has more. keeping track of our atmosphere. for decades, research stations like this one on the swiss alps have been monitoring levels of carbon dioxide. and their latest findings show that the greenhouse gas has hit a new high. it should be setting off alarm bells along the corridors of power around the world. we're talking that three parts per million increase, which is the biggest increase we've ever recorded. it's the biggest increase we can
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find in the geological record for millions of years. it's the fastest increase in 2016. this record—breaking rise has been driven by both human activities and the el nino weather phenomenon. every few years, the pacific ocean's service becomes warmer. this causes wind patterns to change, and whether is dramatically altered. it's caused droughts, stopping vegetation growing and preventing plants and trees from soaking up carbon dioxide. it's also led to forest fires, which have injected more of the greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. so how significant are today's findings? 0ver hundreds and thousands of years, carbon dioxide levels have fluctuated. but from 19505, levels have surged, and today's figures are the highest we've ever recorded. it's leading to unprecedented changes in places like the arctic, affecting the region's unique wildlife. a mother walrus still needs to find a place where her young can rest.
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more carbon dioxide traps more heat in the atmosphere, and this causes global temperatures to rise. here it means the ice is melting faster than the animals can adapt. in 2015, the world agreed to big cuts in greenhouse gas emissions to limit warming. but experts say today's figures should prompt a new sense of urgency. there is hope but we have to change our behaviour in the coming ten to 20 years to be successful in this mitigation report. so far we haven't been ambitious enough. the issue is that carbon dioxide lingers for hundreds of years. this will be the focus for international climate talks next week. so will the announcement that america plans to withdraw from the current climate agreement. finding a solution now may be more difficult to achieve. rebecca morrelle, bbc news. the hollywood star kevin spacey has apologised after he was accused of making a sexual advance toward a child actor. anthony rapp, who was 1a, said spacey had invited him to a party and seemed drunk
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when the alleged incident happened. spacey, who was 26 at the time, has apologised but said he didn't remember the incident. 0ur north america correspondent james cook reports. kevin spacey is one of the biggest names in show business — a two—time oscar winner currently starring in the netflix political drama house of cards. but his reputation is now in jeopardy because of allegations that date back to broadway in 1986. anthony rapp, on the left here in the musical rent, says spacey invited him to a party, carried him onto a bed, climbed on top of him and made a sexual advance. rapp, who was 1a at the time, said he squirmed away and left the house. in a statement, kevin spacey said he did not remember the encounter but, if it happened, it would have been: "deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour," for which he now apologised. he added, "i know that there are stories out there about me," saying, "i choose now to live as a gay man and i am examining
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my own behaviour." but that has provoked a backlash. he is implying that because i have always been gay but never came out, this is the sort of thing that happens. he is alleged that he has jumped on top of a young man and the gay community is saying well, sorry, it is not because you are gay. no—one here thinks that kevin spacey will be the last big name to be ensnared in the web of allegations which has spun out after the harvey weinstein affair. hollywood is abuzz with gossip and rumour about who is next. james cook, bbc news, los angeles. and you have been watching newsday on the bbc. i am rico hizon in singapore. stay with us as we head to the airport, with a report of how singapore's changi is using
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technology to make travelling faster and safer. and we are getting ready here for halloween in singapore. and iam here for halloween in singapore. and i am prepared with mejacco lenton ——jack i am prepared with mejacco lenton —— jack 0'lantern pumpkin to go trick—or—treating and collect some candy later. well, rico hizon, they have been celebrating halloween at the white house, too. have a look at these pictures. president trump and these pictures. president trump and the first lady melania trump matt cooper treaters just for the part, including everything from witches, ghosts, minions... it was a chance for the family of donald trump to play host to the annual open house the kids, parents, and families. stay with us on bbc news. hello there.
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for many of us the weather is on the turn and it is turning that bit milder. we look at the temperatures we had at tulloch bridge on monday morning, reaching —5 but this morning, 10 celsius. a 15 degree rise. cloud and rain around, but is that cloudy weather bringing in mild conditions across much of the country. the rain will be at its heaviest across western scotland, a bit patchy across the east. a little misty over the high ground but no desperate problems with visibility. just a little mist over the top of the hills. further southwards across northern wales, partly cloudy with a few showers. some bright spells to start the day across southern counties of england. possibly an isolated shower for east anglia and the south—east. that will clear away quickly in the morning so what we are left with is bright weather across southern areas. the south—westerly winds bringing in mild conditions but we could potentially see a spell of rain for a time during the afternoon affecting parts of wales and then moving on into parts of north—west england. always the wettest weather will be actually across western scotland. it should stay dry for most of the day across much of the midlands, southern england and the far south of wales. temperatures reaching 1a degrees also.
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spooky night coming up for trick and treaters. bits of rain across the north—west and quite wet for western scotland as well. clearer spells further south. temperature—wise overnight we are looking at lows between eight and 11 celsius. this weather front is going to become very slow moving across western scotland with the rain building up in those western hills as we go on through the day on wednesday. that weather front moves nowhere fast. for most of the uk, mild south, south—westerly winds coming in across the country so it will be a mild day. temperatures reaching 15 degrees, turning a little cooler and fresher perhaps across the far north—west of scotland. we have some cool air moving southwards as we go through wednesday night into thursday behind this cold front. we should start to see some bright spells working in, possibly the best across eastern scotland and parts of northern england. a bit of cloud further south, bits and pieces of light rain
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and drizzle around. towards the end of the day we will see the return of some cooler air coming back across the uk. that said, on friday we will have a reasonably quiet weather day with a little rain moving southwards. to the start of the weekend we will probably have a spell of heavy rain for a time in england and then some showers following through the north—west. i'm kasia madeira. our top story. the official us investigation into alleged russian meddling in last year's presidential election has produced its first criminal charges. former trump campaign manager paul manafort has pleaded not guilty to 12 charges, including concealing earnings from his dealings with ukraine before he joined the trump team. his lawyer has denied any suggestion of collusion. a former foreign policy advisor to the trump campaign has admitted lying to the fbi about his contacts with russian officials. the white house has distanced itself from the arrests. and this video is
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trending on bbc.com. the white house has been hosting trick or treating children a as part of a halloween event. president trump and his wife melania gave out high fives and the usual sweets to costumed kids and their parents. that's all from me for now. and the top story here in the uk. a man and several of his children remain unaccounted for after fire
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