i'm rico hizon in singapore. the headlines. the korea summit fortress — police reveal the scale of the shutdowns for tuesday's big event. the summit has been declared as a high security special event from june 10 untiljune 1a. during this period the public can expect heightened security measures. the view from japan where fear of missile attacks from north korea has led to these air raid drills. i'm babita sharma in london. also in the programme: the death toll from guatemala's volcanic eruption rises to 99 with two hundred missing. and why are japanese tourists flocking to a small hotel in the english county of wiltshire? we find out. live from our studios in singapore and london,
you're watching bbc world news. this is newsday. good morning. it's 1am in london, and 8am in singapore — where, with just five days to go before the historic trump—kim summit, the authorities have announced the sheer scale of their security operation. the so—called ‘enhanced security special event‘ will see large areas of singapore sealed off — notjust on sentosa island where the summit takes places — but also two large shopping malls, a subway station and a bus depot. with the restrictions in place for several days it will cause major disruption — as rahul joglekar reports. the roads may look calm for now but singapore may soon be transformed into a fortress.
we know that sentosa island will be the location for the meeting between donald trump and north korea's kimjong—un. the police have now revealed that the security blanket will extend to areas at the heart of the city state, blocking off some of the main roads and the waters off the coast as well. drones, signalflares, and flammable materials are just some of the things that police have banned. the summit has been declared as an enhanced security special event from june 10 untiljune 1a. during this period, the public can expect heightened security measures to be put in place at the summit venues and areas around. security seems to be a major concern in selecting the two hotels. the capella hotel on sentosa island and shangri—la in downtown
singapore. capella, being on sentosa island, a resort island, makes it easy to cut it off without disrupting the rest of singapore. and even within sentosa island, the location of the capella hotel is separate from the other hotels as well, so you can really create a safe space for the summit to happen without creating much disruption at all. can these two very different leaders forge a long road to peace in singapore? the local security forces hope to ensure that there are checkpoints along the way. babita, i can tell you the choice of venue is causing a lot of disruption here in singapore. life will change for all of us or five days. the security measures will be worse than national day celebrations in august or the formula i race in september. and i have never seen security
formula i race in september. and i have never seen security measures have never seen security measures this ties in my 20 years here. —— this ties in my 20 years here. —— this tight. we're all very familiar with sentosa island — you were there just recently, babita. yes, rico, i like many others was a visiting tourist to sentosa island — catching the cable car that takes you all the way into the island. what i can see is why they have chosen this island to host the summit because it is completely shut off from the rest of singapore. and you can have a clampdown on the security and all the other measures. it feels like it will be a safe haven or donald trump and kim jong—un but we will wait and see how the summertime folds. you will be there, i will be there in singapore and we will have coverage of the event live here on bbc world news. state with us because we have more coming up on the summit and how japan will react to those talks. our other top story this hour — donald trump and his ability to pardon himself.
his tweet has caused a lot of controversy. the president has been increasing his attacks on the russia probe in recent weeks, accusing the fbi of planting spies in his campaign and going as far as suggesting that even if he is accused of any wrongdoing, he has the power to pardon himself. but today the speaker of the house paul ryan became the latest senior republican to publicly disagree with the president. i don't know the technical answer to the question but i think the obvious answer is that he should not and nobody is above the law. also this hour, president trump has granted clemency to a 63—year—old great grandmother, after the celebrity kim kardashian met with him to push for her release. alicejohnson was serving life in prison for her part in a cocaine distribution scheme. ms kardashian said she told the president that alice was a non—violent offender — the white house said she had worked hard to rehabilitate herself. spain's new socialist prime minister has named his cabinet, with women taking most of the posts for the first time
in the country's history. pedro sanchez, who took office on friday after unseating mariano rajoy‘s popular party, says his new government is pro—gender equality and cross—generational. next week's summit may feature just donald trump and kimjong—un — but its outcome could affect many other countries. closely, prime minister shinzo abe will be speaking to mr trump before that singapore summit, but there are still concerns that any deal between washington and pyongyang will not suit tokyo. rupert wingfield—hayes reports. air raid siren wails japan is afraid of kim jong—un's nuclear missiles. so much so it began doing something it has not done since world war two — practising air raid drills.
america is afraid of this. north korea's huge new hwasong—ili missile. so far it has been tested only ones. but japan fears these intermediate range missiles and kimjong—un has hundreds of them. the question now is if a trump—kim deal will include all of north korea's missiles orjust the ones that can hit the united states? prime minister shinzo abe is hoping his close personal relationship with president trump will guarantee japan is not left out. but numerous rounds of golf have not stopped mr trump from opening a trade war with tokyo. trump is an extraordinary president. i have seen america for the last 30 or a0 years, this is very unique president and i am afraid that president trump is undermining the leadership law of the united states. i think this is wrong.
how worried is shinzo abe? worried enough that he has flown to washington, dc again today to tell president trump to not forget about them. do not do a deal on missiles and nuclear weapons that leaves out japan. and he wants one more thing. to find out what happened to japanese citizens abducted on the orders of kim jong—un's father in the 1970s and 1980s. megumi yokota was just 13 when she disappeared on her walk home from school. for two decades her family heard nothing. then in 2002 north korea made a stunning admission — it had kidnapped megumi and 12 others. five were allowed to return to japan. pyongyang insisted that megumi and the others were dead. her brother says her family have never believed that. "we believe my sister is alive and suffering in north korea," he says.
"they told us that she died in 1993 but others saw her alive in 1994. north korea sent back her ashes that dna tests showed they were from a different person. so we think north korea is lying". if megumi is still alive, she is now 53 years old. herfamily have her family have waited four decades for her to come home. the singapore summit has given them new hope that she could still return home. 0pposition politicians iain guatemala have called for the sacking of the head of the emergency service. in the last hour the death toll has risen and 99 people are now known to have been killed.
the tiny community of los lotes stood no chance. flimsy shacks of tin and corrugated iron offered residents no protection when the awesome power of volcan de fuego thundered through their village. everything was buried under the river of lava and ash. homes, livelihoods, loved ones. some are still looking for survivors, but it is an increasingly forlorn task. instead, the desperate search has turned to the morgues. wendy hernandez has lost everyone she held dear, her entire family gathered for her mother's birthday was wiped out in minutes. her mother, sister, nephews and what's breaking her heart most of all, her two teenage daughters. translation: alll could hear was screams. i begged her to tell me what was going on. but she did not respond. with each passing day, this disaster
isn't easing but worsening. it is now almost impossible that anyone still searching for lost loved ones will have any success, except perhaps in retrieving their bodies for burial. the emergency services are working around the clock, but barely coping. the president says in this poverty—stricken nation there isn't a single extra peso available for the relief effort. and amid it all, fuego is still active. a recent alarm prompted fresh panic among local people, who fled any way they could. they say in latin america, hope is the last thing you lose. but in guatemala, that hope is fading fast. will grant, bbc news, los lotes, guatemala. the head of cricket australia, james sutherland, has announced that he's stepping down — three months after the national team was embroiled in a cheating scandal
which rocked the sport. mr sutherland has always denied involvement in ball tampering by the national team, which led to an intervention by australia's prime minister and lengthy bans for three players, including the captain steve smith. the bbc‘s phil mercer is in sydney. mr sutherland has been in thisjob for 17 years. did he step down because of the cheating scandal? he says not. james sutherland has being the chief executive or well over a decade and a half and he says he has been talking about leaving his position for the last you years. certainly the past few months have been to mull choice for australia's national sport. back in march, cameron bancroft was caught tampering with the ball during a test match against south africa in cape town with sandpaper to
dictators against the rules of the game and many people consider it to be cheating. conspiracy also drew in the former captain, steve smith and david warner. all of those players we re david warner. all of those players were given lengthy international bands. james sutherland, who presided over the game during that very unpleasant period says that it is time for new blood and he will be staying on for another 12 months, up for another 12 months, before a successor can be appointed. who are the front runners to take over the position of james sutherland at cricket australia? cricket is at the national sport of australia and it has been a long time since the governing body has had to find a chief executive. 0ne governing body has had to find a chief executive. one would imagine that australian sporting bodies like to have australians appointed with in—house, as it were, for these high
profile roles. that ball tampering saga involving those players ultimately cost the former coach, darren leeman, his position. and he was replaced by anotherformer australian player. that an australian player. that an australian cricketing authority would be the front—runner take over from james sutherland and what is clear, someone needs to have a very firm hand on the tiller given that the problems, the problem is the game has experienced here in australia in the last few months. thank you so much for that update. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: the strange tale of the mexican salamander and the nuns who could hold the key to saving it from extinction. also on the programme: the pretty english guesthouse that's become a mecca for japanese tourists — we'll be having a chat with the owner. the queen and her husband began
their royal progress to westminster. the moment of crowning in accordance with the order of service, by a signal given, the great guns of the tower shall be shot off. tributes have been paid around the world to muhammad ali, who has died at the age of 7a. 0utspoken but rarely outfought, ali transcended the sport of boxing, of which he was three times world champion. he was a good fighter and he fought all the way to the end, even through his illness. yes, he did. uefa imposes an indefinite ban on english clubs playing in europe. today is the 20th anniversary of the release of the beatles‘ lp sgt pepper‘s lonely hearts club band, a record described as the album of the century. this is newsday on the bbc.
i‘m rico hizon in singapore. i‘m babita sharma in london. our top stories: ahead of the us north korea summit, the singapore authorities have given details of their security plan. in guatemala, 75 people are now known to have been killed by the volcanic eruption — but more than two hundred others are still missing. let‘s take a look at some front pages from around the world. the front page of the straits times in singapore is leading with the location of the trump kim summit. as we know, the summit is due to be held at the capella hotel on sentosa island. the singaporean foreign minister has said that the choice of location for this historic summit
is singapore‘s contribution to world peace. the new york times‘ front page has a story about how a deal between the two world leaders would also be beneficial to china. the paper reports excitement over a potential deal that may see sanctions lifted, meaning that chinese factories along the border could again freely employ north koreans, who are considered hard working and skilled. and the south china morning post has a story about how people of hong kong living on mainland china may soon be able to vote from afar. the post reports that approximately five hundred thousand hong kongers are working, retiring or studying north of the border. now babita — a police chase with a difference is trending online. ever heard of a tank chase? well take a look at this —
an american soldier allegedly stole this armoured vehicle from a base in richmond in virginia, before leading police on a two—hour—long pursuit around the city‘s main roads, at speeds of up to 65km/h. footage posted on social media, showed more than a dozen police cars, in pursuit of the personnel carrier. the incident ended without injury. an order of mexican nuns could be the unlikely saviour of a critically endangered amphibian. they‘ve partnered with conservationists to rescue the axolotl, a salamander unique to mexico that has been almost wiped out by pollution and over—fishing. 0ur science correspondent victoria gill reports. lake patzcuaro, central mexico. the only place in the world where you just might find a critically endangered axolotl local known locally as the achoce. this vast lake used to be teeming with this species of axolotl, but now the scientists studying them have set out traps to catch them and this is a half kilometre long line with 100 traps and they‘re hoping to find just two
or three that they can take some samples from. scientists are here on a mission to prevent these strange amphibians from being wiped out completely. deforestation, which is dragging down sediments to the lake, and we have as well pollution — we were talking now to make it official that the species is close to extinction, so it was really we arrive right at the last minute. this emergency effort involves rearing the axolotls in captivity. and that‘s where some unexpected experts come in — the sisters of the immaculate health, who run a true sanctuary for this species. translation: it‘s a lot of work and a great deal of sacrifice. but it‘s worth it, to work with nature and to protect what god has given us. we're going to take another dna from rubbing the tongue... but while conservationists and their devout collaborators work
together to save a species that‘s disappearing from the wild, axolotls are bred in their thousands in laboratories around the world. most people study them because of their ability to regenerate, and it‘s remarkable. so let‘s take the limb gets bitten off here, above the elbow. what will happen is, the limb willjust regenerate a perfect mirror image of the limb on the other side. and so many people hope that we can identify some latent ability to regenerate in human tissues by studying and understanding how the axolotl regenerates. this is real good. for centuries, these healing abilities have fuelled a belief that consuming axolotl can cure almost any respiratory element. and the original recipe for this remarkable medicine? developed by the sisters themselves. nuns here started breathing breeding the animals 30 years ago to sustain the supply of this ancient remedy‘s key ingredient. that‘s what makes them such axolotl experts.
now, the quiet dedication of this religious community could provide a future for a creature from which we have so much to learn. a small hotel in the english county of wiltshire has become a surprise hit with japanese tourists — after it served as the unlikely source of inspiration for a popular tv cartoon. fosse farmhouse is the setting for the japanese animated series kinmoza — which attracts more than 5 million viewers. we‘ll be hearing from the owner shortly — but first let‘s take a look at the hotel. hello, welcome to fosse farmhouse. in the animation, the main character
is alice, who lives here and her best friend is called shinabu and where shinabu comes to visit alice, being japanese, she thinks she has to ta ke being japanese, she thinks she has to take her shoes off sir alistair also, no, you don‘t have to do that in england, please come in so what she does is she stands at the front door and there she goes into the doorstep and just jumps with door and there she goes into the doorstep and justjumps with both feet into the house. all the fancy visit here now want to do the same thing. earlier i spoke to the owner of the hotel herself — caron cooper, who you just saw in that report. i asked her how this all began.
the most amazing story and it goes back to 1989, actually, when i had just begun my b&b, fosse farmhouse, and every saturday i would drive up to portobello road from wiltshire because my passion is antiques and in particular, kitchenware is so old enamel cans and bread bins, rolling pins soi enamel cans and bread bins, rolling pins so i put them all out to try and get some business, as i didn‘t know many having just opened, i put the information might my bnp the stand and some photographs stuck on the side so anyone that might be interested , the side so anyone that might be interested, i could tempt them to come and have a look. and you did tempt them, not just come and have a look. and you did tempt them, notjust one, but many, many people, hundreds in fact, and all c got this fan base behind this
cartoon which is attracting 5.5 million people in japan. cartoon which is attracting 5.5 million people injapan. it then started a lifelong bond between you and the country. talk me through your own visit to japan in what you made of it? since 1989, when i met them, they were opening and english b&b in yakuba and they came to my stand so invited them to my b&b in wiltshire, they took photographs of it, then in their little b&b and their customers became my customers and then a magazine went to visit their b&b injapan and they loved their b&b injapan and they loved the look of it, they said can we go and visit caron, i had 300,000 people who read the magazine and i was voted best accommodation in great britain by their readers and the british embassy invited me to come to make afternoon tea for the japanese royal family.
come to make afternoon tea for the japanese royalfamily. it doesn't stop there. you then were able to host your own afternoon tea for the royalfamily, won‘t host your own afternoon tea for the royal family, won‘t you? host your own afternoon tea for the royal family, won't you ?|j host your own afternoon tea for the royalfamily, won't you? i was pouring tea in making scones and i happen to say to them, why don‘t you come and visit me in england if you have the time? i didn‘t really think they would because they are very busy but i came back to england and about a month later, i had a call on the imperial household saying they would love to visit. it's it‘s now my bucket list, fosse farmhouse in wiltshire. you have been watching newsday. stay with us. we will both be covering the donald trump— kim jong—un we will both be covering the donald trump— kimjong—un summit. hello there. good morning.
the weather looks very sluggish over the next few days into the weekend as well. so it is going to be difficult to get the detail right. wednesday, most places had a warm, summer‘s day. not much cloud around at all. over the next couple of days, in the south, there will be more cloud around. maybe one or two heavy and thundery showers. 0n the whole, most places will be dry. a fair bit of cloud across eastern areas on wednesday but this is the cloud coming in from the near continent that threatens a few heavy and thundery showers, notjust overnight — perhaps into thursday as well into the southern parts of england as well — not many of them, most places will be dry. more cloud will fill humid southern areas and around the coast there could be patches of cloud on the cooler side but generally temperatures into the low 20s as they were on wednesday.
we could scrape an isolated sharp shower across western scotland and western northern ireland, if those fall they will fade overnight, still one or two showers into the south—west of england and south wales. for eastern areas, turning misty and more areas of low clouds and patchy fog too. it‘ll improve through the day on friday and again we have the risk of a few showers here and there. same sort of areas around southern england and wales and clipping the far north—west of the uk, but large parts, fine and dry and it‘ll feel warm in the sunshine again. always cooler around those north sea coasts because we have an onshore breeze, once again high pressure to the north of the uk and lower pressure to the south and it‘s around that that we are seeing storms, heavy rain, maybe over the continent through the english channel and the threat of one or two heading into england and wales on saturday.
the risk is still there, the most western side of ireland, cooler along the north sea coast. during the second half of the weekend this area of low pressure is close and the weather front too, it threatens to bring with it heavy rain. still could be a few sharp showers across scotland and the chance of one or two for northern ireland but again some spells of sunshine and temperatures into the low 20s. looking ahead into monday and tuesday, again, most places will be dry. briefly we may see some high—pressure arriving on tuesday, but on the site wind after that. maybe a change. i‘m babita sharma with bbc news. our top story — singapore has outlined the scale of their security operation for next week‘s trump—kim summit. sentosa island, where the meeting will take place, is being sealed off with closures to main roads, shopping malls, a subway station and a bus depot in what‘s being called an ‘enhanced security special event‘. president trump has granted clemency to a 63—year—old woman who has been serving life in prison for a non—violent drug offence.
his intervention came after he was lobbied last week by the reality tv star kim kardashian west. and this video is trending on bbc.com. a luxury hotel in london‘s exclusive knightsbridge neighbourhood had to be evacuated after a fire broke out. the mandarin 0riential hyde park had just undergone a huge refurbishment. no—one was injured. that‘s all from me for now. stay with bbc news. and the top story here in the uk — the editor of the daily mail, paul dacre, is to step down