this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. the headlines: hawaii's mount kilauea volcano explodes, sending ash soaring into the sky. residents have been told to seek shelter. donald trump tries to put his summit with kim jong—un back on track by reassuring north korea. if we make a deal, i think kimjong—un is going to be very, very happy. i really believe he is going to be very happy. i'm kasia madera in london. also in the programme: one year into robert mueller‘s investigation into russia meddling into the us presidential election, many questions remain unanswered. as a dress rehearsal is held at windsor for the royal wedding, meghan markle confirms her father won't be coming. there really is a sense, with all the world waiting, that we are waiting for things to begin. live from our studios in singapore
and london. this is bbc world news. it's newsday. glad you could join us. it's 8am in singapore, 1am in london, and two in the afternoon in hawaii, where the kilauea volcano has begun spitting out ash, nine kilometres into the air. scientists say this could be the first of a violent string of explosions in the crater. residents of the big island were warned to take shelter from the ash fallout as toxic gas levels spiked. officials are to hand out masks to stop residents from breathing them in. this is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and fissures to the east of the crater have spewed lava onto streets and homes. james cooke has the latest. in the dead of night, kilauea exploded. by dawn this web cam was splattered with ash and a cloud was rising 30,000 feet into the sky.
the blast had been brewing for weeks if not years. kilauea is one of the world's most active volcanoes. it's been erupting constantly since the 80s. it is a real dynamic situation up there. we could have additional events like this morning that punch up then die down quite quickly. the one this morning was definitely the biggest we have seen so far in terms of energy and how high into the atmosphere it got. 0n the ground, fissures continue to fizzle and boom. parts of the island have been ablaze for weeks. there is no way to stop the lava oozing from the cracks in the earth. it consumes everything in its path, including at least 26 homes. and still there is no end in sight. the seething magma in kilauea's crater is now draining into the water table,
producing steam and, scientists predict, more powerful and dangerous explosions at any moment. james cook, bbc news. let's get more on kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes. i spoke to carl kim, professor for urban planning. he specialises in the disaster management. i asked him how he is planning for this. i think it is important first to understand the science behind this. that we do know a lot about volcanoes. there are many different types of hazards and threats that have emerged in this volcano. it started with some cracks and events which opened up and then steam and gas started. and then lava began to emerge, and then after that some projectiles. it is a very complex,
involving disaster. it is not like other types of disasters where there isa beginning, other types of disasters where there is a beginning, a middle, and an end, rather it is a kind of ongoing phenomenon. it is important to both understand the science and also the risks and hazards and threats close to people, to pets, and obviously we are very concerned about the first responders and emergency managers who have to work in harm's weight. exactly. you specialise in disaster management. managing a situation like this as and when it happens. we have seen the biggest eruption so far. this isjust have seen the biggest eruption so far. this is just the have seen the biggest eruption so far. this isjust the beginning. it is an ongoing, evolving type of threat and hazard. the volcano has been erupting since the 1980s. this particular series of events started, i believe, on may three. today there are something like 20 different
active events. as of today i think three vents, boating, i6, and i7, are active. the situation continues to evolve. we are fortunate we have the usgs a wide volcano observatory on the ground to really monitor the situation and give important real—time information to first responders, emergency managers, and, of course, the people who have been affected by this —— hawaii on. apologies for interrupting you. what is the drill for those who do not live in the vicinity of an active volcano like this, what is the drill when get these larger eruptions, you automatically evacuate prism there are different hazards and threats. the love of threat, the project
altrac, is much more localised the stea m altrac, is much more localised the steam and ashcombe spread over a wider area is —— the laugher threats, be projectiles. it depends on the threat and the hazard. most of the ash is coming out of the summit. it is affecting parks and communities around that area. professor carl kim from hawaii university. we are keeping an eye on that, monitoring that. also making news today, the us senate has confirmed gina haspel as the next director of the cia. the 33—year veteran of the agency will be the first woman to hold the post. she endured a bruising confirmation process, due to her ties to the agency's use of harsh interrogation techniques, most notably water—boarding. she replaces mike pompeo, who is now president trump's secretary of state. the eu's top court has upheld a near—total ban on three chemicals thought to harm bees. pesticide manufacturers bayer and syngenta had appealed against the restrictions. last month eu governments agreed to ban neonicotinoids, which studies show are linked to a decline in bee populations.
millions of muslims around the world will begin the fasting month of ramadan. muslims around the world are expected to fast from dawn to sunset, with a pre—dawn meal known as suhur and sunset meal called iftar. president trump has contradicted a suggestion by his national security advisor, john bolton, that the ending of libya's nuclear programme could provide a model for north korea. the idea had alarmed pyongyang which threatened on wednesday not to attend a planned summit next month with the us president. there was no deal to keep gaddafi. the libyan model that was mentioned was a much different deal. this would be, with kimjong—un, something where where he would be leading his country, running his country. his country would be rich. his people are
incredibly industrious. if you look at south korea, this would be really a south korean model in terms of industry, in terms of what they do. they are hard—working, incredible people. but the libyan model was a much different model. we decimated that country. we never said to gaddafi, "0h, we are going to give you protection, we are going to give you military strength, we're going to give you all these things." we went in and decimated him. the model, if you look at that model with gaddafi, that was a total decimation. we went in there to beat him. now, that model would take place if we don't make a deal, most likely, but, if we make a deal, i think kimjong—un and is going to be very, very happy. donald trump van. the world health organization will convene an emergency committee on friday to consider the international risks of an ebola outbreak in the democratic republic of congo. it was first reported in the rural
bikoro region nine days ago, but the situation's now worsened. rahuljoglekar has more. supplies are being rushed to the frontline in the latest fight against ebola. at the isolation ward at bikoro hospital, the spread of the virus is being monitored closely and personally by officials from the un. we will have to bring that behaviour back — washing hands with chlorine, taking temperature is good in public places and health centres — everywhere, basically. in 2015, the world health 0rganization was criticised for its slow response to the ebola outbreak that claimed thousands of lives in west africa. this time the who says it's preparing to distribute a vaccine in the coming days but insists there are big challenges. the main challenge is logistic. we have to use aircraft, helicopter, to have access to this land, and it's very costly. it's estimated the entire response for partners and government will cost close to 26 million us
dollars in three months. the virus is known to spread easily and quickly. the worry of an outbreak in kinshasa, a city with a population of about 10 million, isn't lost on anyone. translation: what i want the authorities to do is to organise medical controls in airports, in ports, especially on boats coming from the affected sites. the government must forbid the gathering of people because ebola can be transmitted even by human body contact. on the banks of the congo river in kinshasa, there's a sense of calm, but, with one confirmed case in bantaka, which is only 350 miles upstream, the residents hope things continue to remain this way. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: we get a rare glimpse at indonesia's
modern artwork to mark international museum day. also on the programme: we're not the only ones covering the royal wedding, there's media interest from across the globe. the pope was shot, the pope will live — that's the essence of the appalling news from rome this afternoon that, as an italian television commentator put it, terrorism had come to the vatican. the man they call the butcher of lyon, klaus barbie, went on trial today in the french town where he was the gestapo chief in the second world war. winnie mandela never looked like a woman just sentenced to six years injail. the judge told mrs mandela there was no indication she felt even the slightest remorse. the chinese government has called for an all—out effort to help the victims of a powerful earthquake, the worst to hit the country for 30 years.
the computer deep blue has tonight triumphed over the world chess champion, garry kasparov. it's the first time a machine has defeated a reigning world champion in a classical chess match. america's first legal same—sex marriages have been taking place in massachusetts. god bless america! this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. i'm babita sharma in london. our top stories: hawaii's mount kilauea volcano erupts during the night, sending ash soaring into the sky. president trump seeks to reassure the north korean leader that the us is not seeking a libyan model to end his nuclear programme. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the south china morning post leads with the trade tensions
between the us and china. it shows a picture of the chinese delegation in washington, and reports that they are frustrated over criticism from the white house trade advisor peter navarro after the first round of talks. the japan times is covering an $18 billion loan from the uk government to japanese company hitachi. it reports that the uk has offered financial support for a project to build nuclear reactors in wales, amid concerns over swelling costs. and the china daily also leads on us—china trade. but another story reveals that outer space could be the final frontier for business. china's first carrier rocket designed and built by a private company was launched on thursday morning. the os—x suborbital rocket flew for 306 seconds and travelled 273 km through the atmosphere before falling back to earth. "there is still no collusion" —
that is what president trump tweeted, exactly a year since robert mueller was appointed to investigate possible collusion between the trump election campaign and russia. his team has made 22 indictments, although none so far about collusion. their targets include former trump national security advisor michael flynn and former campaign chairman paul manafort. the special counsel has requested an interview with mr trump, a proposal the white house hasn't agreed to yet, at least. a leaked list of questions submitted to the white house suggests mueller‘s team is looking at whether the president obstructed justice. so what did trump know about his team's contacts with russia? jane obrien has been looking at where the investigation has got to. never a fan of the russian investigation, president trump
marked its one—year anniversary by calling it notjust a witch—hunt but a disgusting, illegal and unwarranted witch hunt. and he has consistently denied any involvement in attempts by russia meddle in the 2016 election. the president knows that there was no collusion in the campaign, and he has been quite clear about this. it's gone on for over a year, they've found no evidence of collusion, and still strongly believe that it's a witch—hunt. the fbi opened the investigation in the summer of 2016, after us intelligence agencies warned that russia was trying to undermine the presidential race. but mr trump fired the fbi directorjames comey, a move that prompted the appointment of a special counsel, robert mueller, last may. the first criminal charges came a few months later,
against a former adviser to mr trump, george papadopoulos, he was charged with lying to the fbi and has since been cooperating with the investigation. soon after, former trump campaign chairman paul manafort surrendered to the authorities. he has pleaded not guilty to charges including money—laundering and tax fraud. in february, 13 russians were charged with stealing the identities of americans and pretending to be political activists online in an effort to sway the election. a total of 19 people have now been indicted, four of them trump associates. three companies have also been charged. so a year on, amid continuing controversy and partisan rancour, an investigation unique for its lack of leaks has no end in sight, and so far, there is no public evidence of collusion. jane o'brien, bbc news, washington. international museum day is being marked with free admission across many of the world's exhibitions and galleries. as jakarta's first modern art museum, it is a particularly important occasion for the museum macan.
the six—month—old art centre is displaying indonesian artwork which has rarely been seen outside of asia. aaron seeto is the director of macan museum. he told me more about the museum culture in indonesia. there are many museums in indonesia, and we're really trying to build on developing that culture, trying to ensure that it's not just. .. that young people, all kinds of people, are able to engage. but how do you build this culture and for the millennials to be engaged. we have to build the museums and make sure they are maintained, that we have great exhibitions and programming in them. and then for millennials, of course, we have to really rethink how we engage. we have to think about what a museum might look like in the 21st—century. what would it look like,
and what does it look like today? so many millennials engage with the world through their screens, so we need to make sure we're relevant to the ways they see the world. so screen culture becomes really important, as well as, of course, the physical buildings and the collections and the exhibitions. all right. we're seeing, right now, pictures of the museum macan in jakarta, indonesia. it is owned by a private individual, his collection — 800 works. we're a private museum, but we have built a museum for the public. we're run through a foundation, so we are trying to develop models which you might see anywhere around the world. and are these 800 artworks all indonesian art pieces, or do they come from across asia? i think what's really fascinating
about this collection is it's international in its outlook. 50% is indonesian, 25% is european and american and 25% is asian. as curator of museum macan, how do you put all of these 800 works under one roof? how do you choose the pieces that connect with the audience? well, we never have the full collection on display at any one time, and at the moment we have a collection of yayoi kusama... a famous japanese artist. who is also in our collection, and we've got a number of important works on display at the moment. so the choices are really what the curator team determines. this is what the programming, this is what the museum staff do. you do all the work but how important is it to bring in the audience, particularly the use of social media to attract a new breed of art watchers? well, i think that a lot
of our audiences are young families. they're coming in, this audience is very big. what we try to do with social media is we try to provide information, we try to use it as a tool for education, as opposed to simply as a tool of entertainment. so there's a slightly different mindset that we have, i think. with just one day to go before the royal wedding, meghan markle's mother will meet the queen at windsor castle on friday. doria ragland will be accompanied by her daughter and prince harry. and we hope to find out if she will walk ms markle down the aisle, after confirmation that thomas markle will not be attending. media interest is intense, with broadcasters from all over the world gathering in windsor. our very own babita has spent the day there. so the final preparations are very much getting under way
here in windsor. glorious sunshine, couldn't ask for a better day for the full dress rehearsal that took place here earlier on thursday morning. it all went very well indeed, and it was great to see so many people come out on the streets of central windsor to watch the military, the army, the regiments associated with prince harry, going through their steps as a rehearsal, to make sure that their timing is just right for the big day on saturday. and i'm herejust near the bbc live location, just over there alongside one, two, three, four... probably about ten other international broadcasters, including colleagues from new zealand. joining me now is lloyd burr, who is the newly—appointed europe correspondent for newshub in new zealand. a greatjob to have that brings you over here at this time? i know, it's a baptism of fire. straight into it, yeah, straight into the deep end. there are so many of us here, aren't there? how are you finding it?
it's quite intimidating. new zealand's media market is a lot smaller than this. so to come here and have this huge setup, with satellite trucks everywhere, you've got nbc from america with 300 staff, who have turned that rooftop into a massive studio, so just the scale of the media operation here isjust kind of really in your face. the royalfamily in new zealand — how are the couple going down there, do you think? new zealand has a love affair with harry, and i think having meghan markle in the mix, as well, and she's very similar to diana, she's got that caring aura about her, very charitable, and we all know her from suits in new zealand. and now she's becoming part of the royal family and, of course, the queen is our head of state in new zealand, as well. so we've got a bit of a love affair with harry. when harry came down to new zealand last year or the year before, he was just wonderful. he went to all these small towns in new zealand and people fell in love with him.
he went to a pub quiz in new zealand, so he's kind of one of the lads, one of the people, and he'sjust a really lovely guy, just like his mum. many people here are saying it is the modern royals that are showing a different side of the british royal family, which many are welcoming? absolutely, they are reinvigorating the royals. prince charles doesn't have the best reputation in new zealand. i'm not sure what's going to happen when he becomes king, if we're going to try and become a republic or not but... oh, controversial. i know, but when you see what's coming through the ranks, you've got william and kate, and george and charlotte, the renewed royal family, it's pretty exciting, they're the future. they're the future of the monarchy, and we're embracing them in new zealand. thank you so much for talking to us. what will you do on saturday, what will you be up to? i'll be with you on the long walk, with you. right by my side? probably not... or yeah, putting my microphone into all your interviews. i'll be on the long walk talking to a whole lot of royal mad fans, there's a lot of them
here, it will be fun. thanks very much and a baptism of fire for you but good luck, good luck with the rest of the assignment. lloyd burr from newshub in new zealand. and as lloyd was just saying, one of many international broadcasters here, but of course we're the ones you want to watch on saturday, our coverage continues here round—the—clock, including a special royal wedding coverage, which begins from 9am gmt on saturday morning. more to come here from windsor. yes, as babita said, the bbc is the place to be for all your royal wedding coverage. we will have lots of build—up to the ceremony, and of course, we will have a special live programme on saturday from windsor castle, starting at 9:00am gmt, right here on bbc world news. i will be home the whole dayjust watching the royal wedding. you have been watching newsday. stay with us. the world's biggest palm oil producer tells us removing palm oil from supermarket products won't address the heart of the issue, coming up on asia business report.
and, before we go, let's show you these pictures. as if we haven't talked enough about the royal wedding, this is a record attempt for the world's longest folded card. with two days to go, a local design company hopes to be able to present the royal couple with the perfect wedding gift. thousands of people from around the world have taken part in the world record attempt, but mainly local schoolchildren. the challenge is called the great fold. hello there. well, for most of the uk, thursday was a glorious, sunny, dry day. thursday was a glorious, saw so many weather watcher picture
scenes like this one, in warrington in cheshire, of a flowerful field and shrubs, with the blue skies above, and a lovely end to the day with some gorgeous sunsets. but, like the last few nights, temperatures really falling away under those clear skies, particularly across eastern scotland. for much of england and wales, close to freezing in one or two places, with a touch of frost in fact, but not so much for the north and west of the uk. in western scotland and northern ireland, here a veil of cloud will continue to move in from the atlantic, so it'll be less cold here to start to friday. a chilly start elsewhere, another lovely sunny one expected for england and wales. more cloud, though, across scotland and northern ireland could spoil things a little bit bit. some holes still, with sunny spells, and those temperatures up a notch i think compared to thursday, around 19 in the south and the east. high pressure still the dominant
feature of our weather as we head into the weekend, but weather fronts never too far away from the north—west. so for saturday itself, there's some big football matches going on. top and tail of the country, it looks like it'll be fine and dry for all of them, and, of course, the royal wedding in windsor, a cool start with those temperatures rising quite quickly through the afternoon and we should see a top ten of 20 or maybe 21 with good sunny spells. this is the picture for saturday, a cool start, clear skies to start, lots of sunshine around. a little bit of fairweather cloud just bubbling up here and there. close to the west of scotland, though, these weather fronts will be floating, bringing thicker cloud and maybe the odd spot of rain. most places should be dry, and temperatures up a notch still, maybe 21 or 22. as we get on into sunday, though, looks like these weather fronts will begin to make inroads across scotland and northern ireland. so here a cloudier, breezier day, with outbreaks of rain for northern ireland and western scotland,
maybe pushing further southwards and eastwards but some parts of northern scotland should see sunshine. for england and wales, another gorgeous day on the cards with temperatures reaching highs of 22 or 23, but a bit cooler further north and west, because of the cloud and rain. similar picture as we head on into the start of next week, high pressure still dominant but still weather fronts plaguing the north and west, so outbreaks of rain in northern ireland into northern and western scotland. the further south and east that you head, it should be dry and bright, with plenty of sunshine. could see the odd sharp shower developing in the south—east later on, and those temperatures even warmer — 23 or maybe 2a celsius. i kasia madera with bbc world news. our top story: hawaii's kilauea volcano has erupted during the night, sending an ash cloud 9,000 metres into the air. scientists say this could be the first of a violent string of explosions from the crater. residents are warned to take shelter as toxic gas levels spike. president trump seeks to reassure kim jong—un that the us is not seeking to copy the libyan model to end the north korean nuclear programme. and the royal wedding is our main story on bbc.com.
with just one day to go before the royal wedding, meghan markle's mother will meet the queen at windsor castle on friday. doria ragland will be accompanied by her daughter and prince harry. but will she walk ms markle down the aisle? do stay with the bbc for all the royal coverage. i will be back soon. and the top story here in the uk: almost a year after the grenfell tower fire,