Skip to main content

tv   Newsday  BBC News  April 26, 2018 1:00am-1:31am BST

1:00 am
this is newsday from the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. the headlines: emmanuel macron says he believes president trump will walk away from the iran nuclear deal following his three—day state visit to the us. counting down to the korean summit, but will the first talks in a decade see the north give up its nuclear weapons? i'm nuala mcgovern in london. also in the programme: watching the worst of the web so you don't have to. we meet facebook‘s content moderators. and we meet a singapore magician who performed in one of the most secretive countries in the world. livefrom our studios in singapore and london. live from our studios in singapore and london. this is bbc world news. it's newsday.
1:01 am
glad you could join us. it's 8am in singapore, 1am in london, and it's 8pm in the evening in washington, where president macron has been speaking to reporters at the end of his state visit to the us. he was asked about his discussions with president trump on iran and syria, he acknowledged that president trump might reject the present deal agreed with iran but insisted progress for more talks and a new agreement had been put in place. no matter the decision to be taken by the united states on 12 may, we shall actjointly in the region in order to find a broader agreement and a joint strategic framework to talk to iran, to coverfour topics. president trump was open to that prospect, and to the idea of having
1:02 am
a more comprehensive agreement, and more enduring one, that would enable us to cover and answer the concerns that exist regarding iran's activities. this will not happen overnight, but i think it is an important step. and it seems to me that he is not very much eager to defend it. do i take it personally? no. i believe that it is... i have in mind that it is a campaign commitment that he took a long time ago, so i do not know what the american decision will be, but if you take a rational look at the announcements so far, the comments made by president trump, it seems to me that he will not do much to preserve thejcpla. i do not think this is very much big news. i think this is just an analysis, and i believe a number of you were somehow shocked by what president trump said
1:03 am
in the oval office. well, if you listen to him, i think you can reach the same conclusions as myself. we will be speaking to our washington correspondent later in the programme. in around 2a hours, the leaders of north and south korea will meet for the first time in a decade. the meeting will take place in the border village of panmunjom. top of president moonjae—in‘s agenda will be persuading kimjong—un to give up his nuclear weapons. officials in seoul say that at this point they will not be raising pyongyang's alleged human rights abuses. so what does this mean for the people of peninsula? our seoul correspondent, laura bicker, has been out with one aid group to find out. huddled on the south korean shoreline, a group of activists are trying to send a message to north korea. they funnel and of rice into
1:04 am
the bottles to feed them for a week. the other contents, such as ointments and usb sticks are just as important as the food, she says. they put k pop music and south korean soap operas is on the usb sticks. many are defectors themselves and hope to encourage more to leave, or even to rise up against the regime. translation: the people who get these will feel like they are grabbing a lifeline from they are grabbing a lifeline from the water. when i was in north korea, i remembered how desperate i was to grab anything i could. it brings mejoy when i think was to grab anything i could. it brings me joy when i think about how happy they will be. they wait for the currents to be just right. then the currents to be just right. then the throwing can begin. let's save a life, is the cry, as the bottles splash down. they fear the politicians at the centre of the
1:05 am
upcoming summits have forgotten about the people of north korea. and yet here at the heavily fortified border between the two countries, a lot will depend on the south korean president, whose family fled the north, and the north korean leader, who was chosen to rural. when leaders come face—to—face here every day and yet the leaders haven't met in overa day and yet the leaders haven't met in over a decade. when they do, is kim jong—un really prepared to give up kim jong—un really prepared to give up his nuclear weapons and what might he want in return? at the weekend, pyongyang declared it would not be testing any more nuclear weapons or intercontinental ballistic missile isles, so is this a good sign ahead of the talks? everybody‘s, on their own motivation to try to make this work. as long as trump, moon and kimjong—un can spin this result that makes it look good to their in turn stakeholders i think it's a good chance we'll see something pretty significant, out of this. as little packages of aid make
1:06 am
their way north, there are high expectations in the south that after decades of tension, perhaps, for now at least, peace is on the horizon. laura bicker, bbc news, seoul. earlier, i spoke to harry kazianis, director of defence studies at the center for the national interest in washington, dc. i asked his opinion on kimjong—un‘s gestures of goodwill ahead of friday's summit. that's what they are, they are gestures and we have to remember the north koreans haven't done anything just yet that fundamentally changes the status quo that essentially almost brought us to the break of war last year. just because they've stopped testing missiles, doesn't mean they can't within two days' noticed start testing missiles against bjust noticed start testing missiles against b just because kim jong—un isn't detonating nuclear weapons at his nuclear testing grounds doesn't mean he can't do it against abhi we've had reports from 38 north, a prominent north korea watching website, they've dug other tunnels
1:07 am
on the western side of that complex so on the western side of that complex so there's nothing the north koreans have really done that is a game changer. it's a very media savvy strategy to try to rehabilitate the north koreans but nothing is fundamentally changed, at least not yet. said you had donald trump's area, what would your advice be going into those negotiations? very simple, what the trump administration needs to do here is if kim jong—un wants to have a summit with the trump administration they need to be very firm on what they need to be very firm on what the preconditions are. there's only one precondition, if they want the summit kimjong—un has to one precondition, if they want the summit kim jong—un has to tell donald trump exactly how he's going to denuclearise, there needs to be a roadmap and that roadmap needs to have intrusive inspector inspections and denuclearisation within a specific time, 18 months to two yea rs, if specific time, 18 months to two years, if the north koreans won't show their hand and they want the summit to get that photo op and the legitimisation, the trump team needs to walk away period. other countries
1:08 am
have nuclear weapons, perhaps not using them, have come for an agreement, for example, with the united states or other western powers, why can't north korea be one of those countries? i think that's a very good question to be honest with you. for whatever reason the trump administration has set out as denuclearisation being the goal. now, there are other ways to go about this. to give you an example, there's a possibility these talks will happen, that the trump administration will not get him to create a timetable where he will give up his nukes, and will present the trump administration to be in a predicament where it will either have to choose by force to get rid of kim's nuclear weapons or contain north korea, and that would be a place where they will have to essentially agreed by de facto to allow the north koreans do have nuclear weapons and that is actually a very real possibility. let's take a look at some of the day's other news. a turkish court has sentenced isjournalists and staff members from the country's oldest newspaper, cumhuriyet, to between two—and—a—half
1:09 am
and 7.5 years injail for aiding terrorist groups. they say they were simply doing theirjob, working for a rare opposition newspaper. the employees have been bailed pending appeal. also making news today: a danish inventor, peter madsen, has been found guilty of murdering and dismembering the body of the swedish journalist, kim wall. ms wall was last seen alive with madsen in 2017, on board his self—made submarine as it left harbour. days later her remains washed ashore. madsen has been sentenced to life in prison. hundreds of taiwanese military veterans have tried to storm the island's parliament in taipei. they are protesting against planned pension cuts. police say 63 protesters were taken away after they tried to climb the pa rliament‘s gate, and that 32 officers and ii reporters were injured. authorities in california say they have identified the so—called
1:10 am
golden state killer, who is believed to be connected to more than 50 rapes and i2 murders during the 1970s and ‘80s. 72—year old joseph deangelo, a former police officer who lives in sacramento, is also suspected of 120 burglaries. police say discarded dna from his home connect him to two of the murders. surviving victims say detectives informed them of the arrest. the hollywood actor, hank azaria, says he's willing to step down from voicing one of the most popular characters of the tv show, the simpsons. apu, the indian—american shop—owner, has become increasingly controversial and a recent documentary argued he was based on racial stereotypes. on the late show with stephen colbert on tuesday, hank azaria gave his reasons. i've given this a lot of thought, really a lot of thought. and, as i say, my eyes have been opened and i
1:11 am
think the most important thing is we have to listen to south asian people, indian people in this country, when they talk about what they feel and how they think about this character and what their american experience of it has been. and, as you know, in television terms, listening to voices means inclusion in the writers' room. i really wa nt inclusion in the writers' room. i really want to see indian, south asian writers, writers in the room, not ina asian writers, writers in the room, not in a token way but genuinely informing whatever new direction this character may take. here's something you don't see every day, an aeroplane landing on your street. well, that's what happened in the canadian city of calgary when the pilot of this small plane made an emergency landing due to engine problems. no injuries were reported and the pilot was praised for how he handled the situation. facebook has published new guidelines for the kind of content allowed on its site and created a process for individuals to launch appeals. facebook is trying to repair levels of trust following an alleged
1:12 am
breach of data privacy by the british firm cambridge analytica. the release of facebook‘s new rules has drawn attention to the difficult work of thousands of its content moderators who review millions of complaints every day about extreme material uploaded to the social media platform. angus crawford reports on life for those who often have to view some of the worst material online. report something you don't like on facebook, and it ends up at a place like this. behind the door, facebook‘s content moderators, looking at the worst the internet can offer so you don't have to. they're people like laura... i remember i cried. ..who'd only talk to us anonymously. i realised how bad people can be. she doesn't work there any more, it was too difficult, too distressing. every day you will see things that shock you,
1:13 am
traumatising stuff. beheadings, child pornography, like even a six—month—old baby being raped. you see very graphic images of blood and terrorist attacks. she says there was a constant pressure to hit targets, hundreds of actions, or tickets, per day, each one potentially traumatic content. you become like a machine. it's about five seconds per ticket or less. next, decide. i think we complained almost every day. almost every day, because we had problems. we didn't like the things we were looking at. animation helps us prioritise... facebook actively promotes its community standards, urging users to click and report bad content, for people like laura to review. its founder, mark zuckerberg,
1:14 am
underfire for alleged data breaches and a lack of transparency, has now published internal guidelines on how it decides what content‘s acceptable and what's not. 700 moderators work in this office in berlin. facebook insists they're all carefully chosen. we weren't allowed to interview them and find out what they really thought, but were assured there's psychological support available 2a hours a day. clearly the content, some of it, is deeply distressing. how much do you value these young people, these young content moderators? we value them so much. this work is so important. it is at the cornerstone of everything we do in keeping our community safe. the moderator we spoke to said this was the worse job she'd ever done. we know it's difficult. we're committed to giving them what they need to do this job well. if they‘ re ever uncomfortable at work, there are counselling resources for them and they can be shifted to work on a different
1:15 am
type of content. it's important to us to keep our community safe, but it's also very important to us to support our employees and keep them healthy. laura is one of thousands, a growing army of young people, hidden from view, protecting us from the very darkest parts of social media. a couple of times i imagined mark zuckerberg coming up to the office and i imagined just telling him, how are you allowing this to happen? that young people like us are having to see these things? angus crawford, bbc news, berlin. you are watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: a singapore magician who performed in one of the most secretive countries in the world. we hearfrom him next. the stars and stripes at half—mast outside columbine high. the school sealed off, the bodies of the dead still inside. i never thought that they would
1:16 am
actually go through with it. some places have already had nearly as much rain as they'd normally expect in an entire year. for millions of americans, the death of richard nixon in a new york hospital has meant conflicting emotions. a national day of mourning next wednesday sitting somehow uneasily with the abiding memories of the shame of watergate. and lift—off of the space shuttle discovery with the hubble space telescope, our window on the universe. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore.
1:17 am
i'm nuala mcgovern in london. our top stories: emmanuel macron has said he believes president trump will walk away from the iran nuclear deal, following his three—day state visit to the us. north and south korean leaders are set to meet face—to—face for the first time in over a decade. top of president moonjae—in‘s agenda will be persuading kimjong—un to give up his nuclear weapons. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the straits times reflects on president macron‘s address to thejoint session of the us congress. it focuses on mr macron‘s warning against abandoning the iran nuclear deal, and his comment that europe signed the deal at the initiative of the united states. the south china morning post in hong kong reports on the upcoming inter—korean summit. it calls it a crucial
1:18 am
stepping stone for peace, paving the way for the planned meeting between donald trump and kim jong—un. and the china daily headlines a visit by president xi to the three gorges project. the chinese leader is quoted as saying that national rejuvenation relies on the hard work of the chinese people, and the country's innovation capacity must be raised through independent efforts. let's return now to one of our main stories — the press conference given by president macron of france at the end of his state visit to the us. our washington correspondent chris bucklerjoins us. are really eventful few days, chris,
1:19 am
but what about the way that mr macron rounded off his visit? what do you think was the main message he wa nted do you think was the main message he wanted to get across? you know, in a way we have had three days of the state visit that has been divided down the lines of a relationship about policy and the relationship on the personal level. on the personal level, double trump and he had shaken hands, they have air kissed, they have had this great bonhomie. at the same time it is clear that they don't agree on policy, and you had what some people regard as a stinging rebuke given to president trump inside congress, in which he went into the american legislator and he made very clear that what is seen and he made very clear that what is seen as and he made very clear that what is seen as the america first idea, which donald trump campaigned for and was elected on, is not what president macron sees. he wants a much bigger worldview, and that comes in all sorts of forms. obviously environmental, but it is
1:20 am
also to do with just the responsibility of countries in dealing with international issues. and some of those are syria and iran, and in that last news conference there was that talk about the iran nuclear deal, of which president trump is no fan. it was regarded by barack obama as being one of the highlights of his own foreign policy achievements during his time as president, but his successor in the presidency doesn't like it at all. donald trump feels it is far too lenient. what it does is it basically gives iran and easing of sanctions in return for them curbing their nuclear programme. but donald trump feels it should be tougher. now president macron's key mission here, or one of the reasons he came to washington beyond any others it was to try and ensure that president trump would continue supporting that iran nuclear deal, beyond 12 may, a deadline that he sat. and it was clear from that last news conference that he doesn't believe that he has
1:21 am
convinced donald trump, and he gave every indication that donald trump will pull out of that nuclear deal, and that will cause international concern. thank you very much. everybody will be watching towards 12 may to see what mr trump decides. it is not every day an invitation lands on your lap to go and perform at an arts festival in north korea. and, despite the regime's human rights record and reputation, a singapore magician known as mr bottle decided to go and see for himself what performing in one of the world's most secretive states was like. wee kien meng, as he is known in real life, hasjust returned from entertaining hundreds of locals and visitors in the april spring friendship art festival in pyongyang. he is here with us now in the studio. thank you so much forjoining us, mr bottle. thank you, thank you for inviting me. so what was it like receiving this invitation? i mean, north korea has a reputation of being a repressive regime. well, frankly i do understand quite a bit
1:22 am
about the country, i am very interested in the country, so i do understand the culture. so to me it was... to me it was an honour, actually, to go there. i really wa nted actually, to go there. i really wanted to go and see for myself. and this was the first time that you visited pyongyang. when you arrived and moved around the city, what were your impressions about the country? well, it was pretty much normal, like a modern country. the streets we re very like a modern country. the streets were very clean, the trees lined them all. the streets were so rheem, very orderly. so a very normal country. . mr bottle, were you free to move around by yourself? well, thatis to move around by yourself? well, that is always... your every move was being watched. your magic acts might have had an effect on them. so did you see anything unusual about how people do their daily business? it is just how people do their daily business? it isjust normal, how people do their daily business? it is just normal, people go to work, and children play on the street. so it is really normal life
1:23 am
that we see every day. i think the only thing is maybe at night it is a bit dimmer. and of course, during the arts festival, mr bottle, kim jong—un was about 20 metres away from you. was it a surreal moment that the leader of north korea was so that the leader of north korea was so close to you? yes, amazing experience to see him in person, and i was surprised by the security, actually. there was a security check when we went into the theatre, so pretty surprised. all right, so maybe you could show us one trick or two metrics that you did during this north korean arts festival? well, 0k. north korean arts festival? well, ok. you enamoured the north korean crowd. well, i tried to interact as much as i could during the festival. so these are the cards. unique cards. yes, different cards, the ten
1:24 am
of hearts. they need you to choose one. touch one. i will touch this one. touch one. i will touch this one. well, let's see what card that is. the five of spades. five of spades. everyone can see it, all 400 million viewers. i amjust spades. everyone can see it, all 400 million viewers. i am just going to rub it on my sleeve over here, and it becomes the five of spades. how did it happen? magic, yes. i will do it one more time. so it is like this, iam it one more time. so it is like this, i am just going to rub it on my sleeve like this. i changed the back. so do you think, mr bottle, that you were used as part of a propaganda machine from kim jong—un and the north korean leadership to show a positive image of the country? well, this was like any
1:25 am
other festival i have attended, actually. so it is normal, like you see in singapore and the uk, just normal. thank you so much for sharing your experience in north korea. wee kien meng, a singaporean magician who performed in north korea last week. and i have a magic trick for you after the show. you have been watching newsday. stay with us. we will go live to the beijing motor show, where global carmakers are showing off their latest electric and suv models. but, with trade tensions between the us and china simmering away, what does that mean for the auto industry? and before we go, let's take a look at these pictures. a 14—year old surfer from vanuatu is trending online after a surf competition in the south pacific. kaltaliu kalotiti wowed judges as he rode the waves into the semi—finals. that is despite his old, battered surfboard being held together with duct tape. his success prompted a campaign on facebook to find him a new board. hello there. well, wednesday was
1:26 am
a classic april day — sunny spells and heavy april showers. these big cumulonimbus clouds developing through the day, bringing downpours, some hail, and some thunder. this gorgeous weather watcher picture comes from sue in wakefield shows one of those cumulonimbus clouds decaying in the sunset. now, as we head through the night and into the morning, winds from a north—west direction fairly brisk. but by the end of the night, and into thursday morning, they will become confined more to western areas, whereas southern and eastern england should be fairly dry with clear spells. it's going to be quite a chilly start to thursday, with temperatures for many into low to mid single figures. it means that there is a start on a bright note. it could be chilly. lots of sunshine throughout the morning. showers from the word go across western areas
1:27 am
will filter eastwards. the difference for thursday is that there will be far fewer showers around wednesday. in fact, many areas of england and wales will be largely dry, especially in the south and east, with temperatures reaching 15, maybe 16 celsius. but fresh further north, especially where the showers are. heading into friday, looking to the south—west to this area of low pressure, which is going to move into the south—west of the uk, bringing increasing amounts of rain through the day — some quite heavy with strengthening winds, as well. it looks at this stage like it will spread across much of england and wales, perhaps not the very far north of england. for scotland and northern ireland, here, another day of sunshine and showers. maybe even some wintriness and hail over the high ground. it could be cooler with temperatures of 8—12 celsius. it will feel miserable as the rain moves in. and not much changing into the weekend. it looks it's going to be unsettled, because we have to hold onto low pressure. most rain will be across southern and eastern parts of the country. there will be some sunny spells around, as well,
1:28 am
and it's set to turn windy, especially in the south—east. this saturday's picture. not bad day for many northern and western areas. a few showers around in scotland, some heavy in the hills. but not a bad day, like i mentioned, with some cloud across the south—east. temperatures again on the cool side — 8—i2 celsius. into sunday, that low pressure could return to the south—east of the country, bringing some heavy and persistent rain, and also the winds picking up here, with gale force gusts of 50 or 55 mph. could cause disruption. better weather further north, with a greater chance of sunshine. i'm nuala mcgovern with bbc news. our top story: emmanuel macron has praised the excellent relationship between france and the us at the end of his three—day state visit. but in the final news conference of his three—day state visit, he said he believed president trump would walk away from the iran nuclear deal. earlier he'd attacked
1:29 am
many of president trump's policies in a speech to us congress. the leaders of north and south korea are set to meet on friday for the first time in a decade. top of president moon's agenda will be persuading kimjong—un to give up his nuclear weapons. officials in seoul say that at this point they will not be raising pyongyang's alleged human rights abuses. and this story is trending on bbc.com. it's been revealed that this dessert, mango mousse, will be served at friday's inter—korean summit. and that's angered the japanese because the garnish depicts an outline of islands controlled by south korea, but claimed by japan. that's all from me for now. stay with bbc news. and the top story here in the uk:
1:30 am

51 Views

info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on