this is newsday on the bbc. i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. the headlines: the us says there's a real opportunity for a deal with north korea's leader but he must take irreversible steps to get rid of his nuclear weapons. we're not naive in the administration and a lot will ride on this meeting with kim jong—un. a key british minister resigns amid claims she misled parliament over targets for removing illegal immigrants. i'm kasia madera in london. also in the programme: rohingya protesters demanding the right to return to myanmar greet visiting un ambassadors who are due to meet the burmese leader aung san suu kyi. and a quarter of a million filipinos working in kuwait are told to come home as their president imposes a permanent ban following the murder ofa filipina maid. live from our studios
in singapore and london. this is bbc world news. it's newsday. good morning. it's 8am in singapore, 1am in london and 8pm in the evening in washington, where the us national security adviserjohn bolton has sounded a cautious note in the aftermath of friday's ground—breaking summit between north and south korea. both countries pledged to work towards the de—nuclearisation of the korean peninsula. the focus now turns to the forthcoming meeting between kim jong—un and donald trump, which us media have reported could be held either here in singapore or mongolia. on us tv, john bolton said the trump administration is not what he called starry—eyed about what the meeting will yield. president trump is determined to see this opportunity through.
hopeful that we can get a real breakthrough. but we're not naive in the administration and a lot‘s gonna ride on this meeting with kim jong—un. justin hastings is a professor in international relations from sydney university. he told me the us will be looking for a firm commitment from north korea. they're looking for the concrete steps that north korea will take for an irretrievable dismantlement of their nuclear programme. the south korean declaration was pretty gauzy so they will want concrete steps. john bolton, if we look at the next clip, asked if the us was willing to give up its nuclear armed ships and planes on the korean peninsula at as part of denuclearisation. let's have a listen to what he had
to say. we certainly haven't made that commitment. and, again, i'm looking at the panmunjom declarations, they call it, in the context of an earlier series of north—south agreements. you don't feel this is involving any kind of commitment from the united states. i don't feel it binds the united states, no. justin, is there a level of hypocrisy here that while the us and others in the security council call for pyongyang to denuclearise, the us and the others aren't willing to do so themselves. there is a certain level of hypocrisy, but that's the nature of international politics. what north korea is looking for is a situation where the us not only withdraws any potential nuclear weapons on the korean peninsula, but it also withdraws the security guarantee of a nuclear south korea. that's got a pretty far way to go. we'll see ultimately what north korea will do with donald trump. all eyes on these talks that president trump will say will take place in 3—4 weeks from now.
a lot of speculation it could be mongolia or here in singapore. the talks involving us president as well. does it matter in terms of the outcome where they take place and will china have a say? well, it doesn't really matter where the talks take place. certainly china would not be opposed to them taking place in china. it's hosted six—party talks between the us, north korea and others. in some sense the further you are from north korea them all waited chose in a small way is north korea is willing to go the extra mile to meet with the us. how significant will you say that the north koreans are pretty much allowing everyone in to allow the dismantling of this nuclear sites, the fact is there were many reports that this site had already collapsed. certainly there have been reports that at least one tunnel
on the site has collapsed. there are other tunnels that are claimed to working properly. we'll wait to see what they will do if they televise this. we will have outside experts to see. some people are pessimistic. let's take a look at some of the day's other news. one of the key ministers in the british government, the home secretary, amber rudd, has resigned. she'd faced increasing calls to quit, over the so—called windrush scandal after it emerged that caribbean immigrants, who'd been living in britain for many years, had been told to go back to the caribbean. our political editor, laura kuenssberg, says attempts to keep her in post had run out of steam. it's a big moment for any government to lose its home secretary, it is, after all, one of the great offices of state. but in these peculiar times it is an even more uncertain path of action. amber rudd's departure will upset the very delicate balance in the cabinet over brexit.
you'll remember every time theresa may has moved ministers around, there has always been the calculation, who's inside and who was on the outside in brexit. amber rudd was a powerful voice inside the cabinet. her departure will upset that balance and put a senior figure on the backbenches who was on that side of the argument. and the second very important factor here is while amber rudd was in place at the home office, she was answering for the mistakes that were made over the windrush generation and this recent confusion over immigration, but who was in charge there before amber rudd took up her position there? the prime minister herself, theresa may. labour has suggested in recent days that amber rudd was somehow protecting the prime minister as a human shield, that of course was denied by the government. but now ms rudd has gone from thatjob it may well be that the opposition parties try to point the criticism over
this whole issue more pointedly at the prime minister herself. more on this story coming up on newsday. also making news today: rohingya refugees in bangladesh have been holding protests demanding justice and the right to return to myanmar. they're appealing to un ambassadors visiting refugee camps in cox's bazar, which currently hold nearly seven hundred thousand rohingyas who've fled from violence in myanmar. the delegation from the un's security council is also due to meet myanmar‘s leader aung san suu kyi and senior officials in the burmese army. the bbc‘s nick beake is in yangon. the most pressing priority for the international community is the plight of those rohingyan families in the camps in bangladesh, and representatives from the un security council were able to see for themselves the suffering there. attention now shifts to myanmar itself and the fact
the security council are coming here suggests that they are concerned about the implications of the rohingya crisis on the security of the region in the future. some human rights groups hope that the political weight of the security council will mean that maybe sanctions on key generals in the military may become more of a reality. they also hope the likelihood increases in the future the international criminal court will investigate crimes against humanity. for the diplomats who meet aung san suu kyi and the head of the burmese military, they've got a delicate path to take because in the short—term they want to try and guarantee that any rohingyan families that do return from bangladesh are given a security here, are given some sort of assurance about their safety, are given citizenship, and also, crucially, there's some sort of guarantee that in the future they will
not face persecution. also making news today: the new us secretary of state, mike pompeo, has used his first diplomatic trip to the middle east to accuse iran of destabilising the region. standing alongside the israeli prime minister, mr pompeo said washington would not neglect what he described as the vast scope of tehran‘s links with terrorism. and he reiterated president trump's threat to abandon the iran nuclear deal unless it can be strengthened. members of a migrant caravan have scaled the mexican—us border fence to protest on top of it. the group of around 400 hondurans, guatemalans and salvadorans have angered president trump during their month—long journey across mexico. he repeatedly called on mexico to stop them before they reached the border. these pictures are from the canadian city
of toronto, where a vigil has been taking place for the victims of the van attack a week ago that left ten people dead. a 25—year—old man, alek minassian, has been accused of deliberately driving into pedestrians. officials say he had no links to known terror groups but he had posted on social media referencing a misogynistic online community before the attack, known as incel. this vigil, which is being attended by prime ministerjustin trudeau, also celebrates the diversity of canadian society. china's ding junhui is just one frame away from a place in the quarter—finals of the world snooker championship. a brilliant first session saw the tournament favourite take a 8—0 lead against anthony mcgill, and although the second session saw the two players share the eight available frames, it puts ding in an almost unassailable position this is video of a new world record
being set for surfing the world's biggest wave. brazilian rodrigo kosha rode the massive wave in november. it has now been confirmed to be just over 2a metres high. it happened in nazaray in portugal. kosha broke the record set by an american surfer in 2011 by a couple of feet. the brazilian said he always tries to ride big waves, but after nearly dying while surfing in 2014, coming back and now being awarded the record makes it the happiest day in his life. the philippine president rodrigo duterte has announced a permanent ban on citizens going to work in kuwait. the move follows the murder of a filippina maid in february in kuwait, which led to widespread protests. it's thought there are more than 250,000 filipinos working in kuwait, many of them as domestic servants. president duterte has
urged them to come home. i would like to address the repatriatsim — the economy is doing good and we are short of workers. we had good relations with kuwait, we helped kuwait before, we can still help each other now. current developments, however, test our commitment to work together. there will be no more recruitment for especially domestic reporters. earlier i spoke to rothna begum from the human rights watch. she says banning the workers from seeking jobs abroad is not the right solution. domestic workers who are able to send salaries home and able
to feed, educate and house theirfamilies. but there are many others in abusive conditions, some of them are forced to work excessive hours without rest or days off. in some cases, physically and sexually assaulting them. difficult conditions, obviously, but if the jobs aren't back home, what kind of situation, what solution is there for filipinos who do need better paid jobs than they can at home? the solution is not to ban workers from going to kuwait, which is what president duterte is doing. it makes everything go underground. the workers are desperate to migrate because they do not have the opportunities at home. they're not through a unsafe and unregulated channels, which leads to unsafe situations and possibly trafficking. and they're not able to get the help they need.
this is not the solution. we need to find ways to generate employment within the philippines and increase protections within countries like kuwait and ensure that workers are not going to more abusive conditions as and when they travel. with such a large amount of people in the philippines working in kuwait in particular, what will that do to the economy back in the philippines, as you mentioned, the remittance that goes back home is valuable to that country. this diplomatic dispute, or disaster as you might want to call it, is having huge havoc on these families, on workers in kuwait and the families back home. this is not saying we will have a job left when you return to the philippines, but when you return you may not have anything or the salary you are earning in kuwait. this is not the solution to protect workers. this whole thing started off in january when there were about seven deaths of domestic workers in kuwait and the whole point was that it was about welfare. but the philippines‘ response has not protected workers but has left
them at increased risk of abuse. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: as australia pledges hundreds of millions of dollars to restore and protect the great barrier reef, we speak to its environment minister about what difference the money can make. nothing, it seems, was too big to withstand the force of the tornado. the extent of the devastation will lead to renewed calls for government help to build better housing. internationally, there have already been protests. sweden says it received no warning of the accident. indeed, the russians at first denied anything had gone wrong. it was only when radioactive levels started to increase outside russia were they forced to admit the accident. for the mujahideen, the mood here is of great celebration. this is the end of a 12—year war for them. they have taken the capital, which they have fighting for for so long.
it was seven o'clock in the morning on the day when power began to pass from the minority to the majority, when africa, after 300 years, for the mujahideen, the mood here is of great celebration. this is the end of a 12—year war for them. they have taken the capital, which they have fighting for for so long. it was seven o'clock in the morning on the day when power began to pass from the minority to the majority, when africa, after 300 years, reclaimed its last white colony. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. i'm kasia madera in london. our top stories. the us says there's a "real opportunity" for a deal with north korea's leader but he must take "irreversible" steps to get rid of his nuclear weapons. the british home secretary resigns amid claims she misled parliament over targets
for removing illegal immigrants. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the straits times is leading with north korea's promise to shut down a key nuclear test site. kim jong un says international experts and the media will be allowed to watch it come down next month. french newspaper le figaro is looking ahead to may day parades. with the headline — "macron determined to face the social growl." it's reporting the french president will face a week of social unrest against his labour reforms.
and china daily has xijinping and india's narendra modi at their meeting this weekend on its front page. president xi said their relationship was crucial for world peace and stability. now kasia what stories are sparking discussions online? the whereabouts of a tree given to president donald trump by french president emmanuel macron as a gift has got people talking online. the two leaders planted the sapling, taken from the site of a world war one battle in france, during mr macrons state visit last week. but now it's disappeared. some reports suggest it might be in quarantine. others say it was simply the wrong time of the year to plant the oak, and hope it will be back in the autumn. lots of speculation online about what happened to the sapling. the australian government has pledged half a million australian dollars — that's nearly 380—million u.s. dollars — to restore the health of the great barrier reef. the reef is so large, it can be seen from space — but health of its coral has been severely damaged by pollution, rising sea temperatures
and an invasive, pest—like starfish. over the past two years, two thirds of the reef has been devastated by bleaching. joining me live is australia's federal environment minister, josh frydenberg. tell us exactly what this money is going to address. nice to be with you. this is the single largest investment in protection in australia's history, a $500 million commitment by the turnbull government and it will go towards improving water quality, working with local farmers to prevent sediment run—off into the reef and redoubling our efforts to tackle the insidious effects and impact of the crown of thorns starfish which is a natural predator to coral which has
done enormous damage to the reef over the last three decades. we will be investing significant amounts of money in science in order to breed more heat resistant and light resista nt more heat resistant and light resistant coral that can deal... we have seen across the reef... we know that these steps have been taken, as you say, but the australian government, your government, has been criticised for backing a huge coal power plant built by indian company adani within the area where the great barrier reef is sue is your government sending mixed signals about how much it cares about the great barrier reef? not at all. in fact, we have put into place all. in fact, we have put into place a plan with a queensland government, faced by the world heritage
committee as being the world ‘s best practice plan. we have been doing everything possible to strengthen the health and resilience of the reef so it can be around for future generations to come. with a large domestic resources industry. you referred to the carmichael mine and its more than 300 kilometres inland, ina dry, its more than 300 kilometres inland, in a dry, dusty part of queensland. we obviously have a major coal industry and a number of countries around our region depend on how coal for their energy security is we will continue to play a role in the energy sector at the same time as we are taking concrete, positive steps. you yourself have come under scrutiny. use a you have sold your
political soul for the sake of ministerial office, that you don't believe in this global warming stuff. how do you address the sort of criticisms that are being addressed at yourself in the government? actually, the person you quoted their is somebody who doesn't believe in climate change themselves and from my perspective, i have been on the record for more than a decade, well before i went into parliament about the importance of dealing with the consequences of climate change. and i have never debated the science of climate change. indeed, australia takes it very seriously and we have ambitious targets to reduce our carbon emissions by 26— 28% by 2030 one 2005 levels which on a per capita basis are about 50% so we are taking action across our economy in the land sector, in the built
environment, with industry. nonetheless, the fact is, the reef is being damaged, massively damaged and it's a great resource to the australian government. is it already irretrievably damaged because what more can be done to fix it? my message to your viewers is that the reef is resilient, it is under stress. whether it's from bleaching, whether it's from the crown of lawns starfish or whether it's from cyclones like we recently had a major cyclone in the region which did a lot of damage. that is a matter of fact that the same time, have also seen good coral recovery rates in periods after these bleaching events and we think by adapting the best science and technology and innovation to the challenges that the reef faces, it
will have a very bright future. it continues to attract more than 2 million tourists a year, contributing more than $6 billion a year to the australian economy and supporting more than 60,000 jobs so it's not just an supporting more than 60,000 jobs so it's notjust an economic argument but there is also a very strong environmental argument for keeping the reef going, for generations to come, and that is what we working towards. the money again, going back towards. the money again, going back to that, a lot of scientists are saying it's not really enough to address the problem, this massive problem, that is impacting the coral reef. the announcement is warmly welcomed. by the predecessor who now oversees a panel of scientists advising on the challenges the reef faces. we have seen the agricultural
community, traditional owners, all come out and strongly support this announcement. on top of the $2 billion that has been committed. indeed, it is a world first for reef preservation. something that australia is focused on, we take our obligations seriously. it shows climate change is the number—i threat to the reef but we are with important challenges like the crown of thorns starfish as well. australia's federal environment minister, josh frydenburg. thank you for joining minister, josh frydenburg. thank you forjoining us. fascinating interview there. and let's leave you with images of nearly 12,000 dancers took part in this huge bamboo pole dance in hainan province in china. they were taking part in celebrations to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the founding of hainan province special economic zone. bamboo pole dancing is traditional in hainan, but many of those taking part were school and college students who hadn't done it before. that's all for now — stay with bbc world news. we are looking at some cold weather
to start the working week across parts of east anglia and parts of south—east england as well. on the weather menu today, heavy outbreaks of rain, strong to gale—force winds and this will all conspire to make it feel really quite cold if your‘e out and about. normally, this time of year, temperatures up to 15 degrees across parts of south—east england however underneath this area of persistent rain, large swathes of the day where temperatures struggle to get much above 4 degrees across parts of south—east england and east anglia. the troublemaker then is this area of low pressure. will begin with relatively high pressure, the isobars are pinching together, that's what's bringing the strong winds to these eastern areas, with high pressure with us to the north and west of the uk. we've had clear spells overnight which has allowed temperatures to plummet away. it's a cold start to the morning. indeed, we've got a number of areas that already have frost, so it'll be a cold start but a fair amount of sunshine first thing.
so the best of the sunshine across northern and western parts of the country where again there'll be a lot of dry weather. really, across the midlands into eastern england, a lot of cloud with those cold winds. notice those winds around the east coast, 50—55mph, something like that, and those winds will be with blowing all day, persistent rain across east anglia and south—east england. we could 25—35mm of rain. the risk of some localised surface water flooding across eastern counties. temperatures really struggling. where we see the sunshine, we shouuld see highs pushing on into at least double figures. the low pressure will be moving away into the north sea. a little ridge of high pressure for a time ahead of the next atlantic weather system. cloud and rain close away from eastern england. sunshine for a time for scotland, england and wales, but the next band of rain comes in quickly from the atlantic to bring some wet weather to northern ireland and as we go through tuesday afternoon, that rain will be arriving across parts of england, wales and scotland. temperatures coming up a bit, 12—14 degrees for most, but still, a little cool for the time of year. that rain will continue to push eastwards, right the way across the countrythrough
tuesday night. by wednesday, it still loiters around central and eastern england but should clear through the day followed by some sunshine but there will be heavy showers moving into the north—west the uk. these, thundery at times. again, temperatures between 10 and 1a degrees. so a bit of a manky start to the week for a number of places, particularly across eastern england, but things will improve and we will get some drier and warmer weather towards the end of the week and next weekend when temperatures push back into the 20s. i'm kasia madera with bbc news. our top story: the us says there's a real opportunity for a deal when president trump meets the north korean leader. but kim jong—un must take irreversible steps to get rid of his nuclear weapons. speaking on us tv, national security advisorjohn bolton sounded a note of caution, saying the trump administration was not naive or starry—eyed about the meeting. a key british minister has resigned
amid claims she misled parliament over targets for removing illegal immigrants. home secretary amber rudd had faced increasing calls to quit, over the so—called windrush scandal. and this story is trending on bbc.com: it's the mystery disappearance of a tree given to president trump by france's president and planted by the two leaders last week. some reports suggest it might be in quarantine. that's all from me for now. stay with bbc news. and the top story here in the uk: it's emerged that a fraud case involving the sale of diesel had to be halted because vital documents from tax officials weren't