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tv   Newsday  BBC News  September 27, 2018 1:00am-1:31am BST

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i'm rico hizon in singapore. the headlines: president trump accuses china of trying to interfere in the upcoming us midterm elections. they do not want me or us to win because i am the first president ever to challenge china on trade. one of the men accused of the salisbury nerve agent attack has been identified by an investigative website as a high ranking russian intelligence officer. i'm babita sharma in london. also in the programme: a new blood test that can warn of heart attacks years in advance rolls out across europe. and going green in india: how plastic waste is being used to build affordable, eco—friendly homes. good morning.
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it's 7am in singapore, midnight in london, and 7pm in new york, where president trump has accused china of trying to interfere in the us congressional elections in november. he said beijing did not want his republican party to do well because of his position on trade. he made the claim at a meeting of the united nations security council, which he chaired for the first time. china rejected the accusation. our correspondent nick bryant reports from new york. for the second day running, it was a case of america late rather than america first. the us president leaving world leaders waiting, defying the norms of diplomatic protocol. the un security council is the closest thing in international diplomacy
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to a corporate boardroom and, today, donald trump was in the chair. thank you very much. the 8362nd meeting of the security council is called to order. he called this meeting to focus on iran, but then took everyone by surprise with an extraordinary attack on china. regrettably, we found that china has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election, coming up in november, against my administration. they do not want me, or us, to win because i am the first president ever to challenge china on trade, and we are winning on trade. we are winning at every level. we don't want them to meddle or interfere in our upcoming election. the startled chinese delegation held
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an emergency huddle. i now give the floor to the minister for foreign affairs of china. and then delivered its impromptu response. translation: we do not and will not interfere in any country's domestic affairs. we refuse to accept any unwarranted accusations against china. what made this all the more remarkable was that president trump made no criticism of russia for its meddling in the 2016 election. president putin will be delighted to hear that. a trade dispute between washington and beijing has been widened by donald trump to include a fight over election interference and, in a setting designed to ease international tensions, we've seen them intensify this week between the world's two most powerful nations. nick bryant, bbc news, at the un. earlier, i asked our correspondent at the united nations, barbara plett usher,
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what evidence president trump had for what he said about china. he didn't give any evidence here at the un, and he made that allegation in the security council, as you heard, and also he has repeated it at a press conference, saying china doesn't want his republican party to do well at the elections because it doesn't want him to challenge china on trade. but he did tweet out a revealing message. he tweeted a photograph of a newspaper article in the farming state of ohio which was talking about the trade dispute between the us and china, and saying this was hurting local farmers. and he said, mr trump, that this was chinese propaganda, that this was being presented as a regular newspaper article, but it was chinese propaganda directed at a state which voted foertrump, so trying to deplete his voting base. senior administration officials
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who gave a briefing shortly after mr drug's accusations said there were other signs of attempted chinese influence. for example, in dealing with businessmen and journalists or others, they would either punish or reward them based on what they said or felt about mr trump. these are the kinds of things the administration is putting forward. whether or not that is part of a calculated strategy to influence the elections or whether these are tactics in a trade war by other means is not clear. obviously very much on the region's mind in asia are these trade wars. we've seen how the indian stock market in particular has been reacting to this in the last few days. what are you hearing about this war of words between trump and china and the leaders and how that might impact being had on the conversation in new york? well, there hasn't been anything directly said in terms of the impact of the conversations here, but it's the backdrop, isn't it, to what's going on here. and mr trump does like
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to talk about trade. at the start of this press conference, he said, we are doing well, we've got a new trade deal with south korea, we are in trade talks with japan, and we are going to get this done right, and of course japan is looking nervously at this trade war between, trade dispute, between china and the united states, wondering how that will affect its position, so it does have knock—on effects. it makes especially asian allies question where the us is headed and how they will be placed in terms of their relationship with china and how their economies will be affected, because it affects them as well. there is very much a backdrop of this kind of trade dispute and protectionist language here that is impacting mr trump's conversations with his guests. our other top story: president trump has said he "could change his mind" and withdraw his nomination ofjudge kavanaugh to the us supreme court. a new claim, which is being investigated
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by the senate, alleges judge kavanaugh committed serious sexual assault in high school. kavanaugh said he did not know the accuser, julie swetnick, and her allegations "never happened". he is set to testify on thursday over other sexual misconduct claims. they are giving the women a major chance to speak. now, it's possible i'll hear that, and i'll say, "hey, i'm changing my mind". that is possible. we want to give them a chance to speak. should all three have a chance to speak? well, whoever is given a chance... we've delayed it a long time. but they are going to have a big shot at speaking in making their case, and you know what? i could be persuaded also. also making news today: an activist with the russian protest group pussy riot has left hospital in germany, saying he believes he was poisoned by the russian secret service. pyotr verzilov went temporarily blind and deaf and lost the ability to walk
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after falling ill in moscow two weeks ago. he said he was probably targeted because he was looking into the killing of three russian investigative journalists in the central african republic. a former google employee has warned of the firm's "disturbing" plans in china. in a letter to us lawmakers, jack poulson alleges google's work on a chinese product codenamed dragonfly would aid beijing's efforts to censor and monitor its citizens online. google has said its work in china to date has been "exploratory". the indonesian fa has suspended its top football league after a fan died at a match between rival teams. the 23—year—old victim, haringga sirla, was a supporter of the persijia jakarta team. he died after he was attacked by fans of a rival club, persib bandung. at least 16 people have been arrested in connection with the death. liga 1 will be suspended for two weeks. actor and film star will smith has performed a birthday stunt
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aimed at raising awareness about deprivation. he marked turning 50 by dangling above the grand canyon from a helicopter. the film star used the bungee jump as a way of highlighting the work of the global citizen charity, which aims to end extreme poverty. the real name of one of the men accused of the salisbury nerve agent poisoning has been revealed. an investigation by the bellingcat group claims that the man who called himself ruslan boshirov and said he was a tourist is in fact a colonel in russian military intelligence. british officials say they will not comment on the investigation but the bbc understands there is no dispute about the identification. our security correspondent gordon corera has more.
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ruslan boshirov — that's who this man said he was when he arrived in the uk in march. this is him in a 2009 passport application. but this is who he is believed to really be, anatoliy chepiga, a colonel in russian military intelligence. that picture of anatoliy chepiga is from a 2003 passport file. it was obtained, along with other material, by the investigative group bellingcat. british officials say they won't comment on an ongoing investigation, although the bbc understands there is no dispute about this identification. so what do we know about anatoliy chepiga 7 the passport application says he was born in 1978 and links him to the russian military. he's thought to have served in chechnya and was awarded the country's highest decoration, hero of the russian federation, usually bestowed personally by president putin. at some point,
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it's believed hejoined russian military intelligence, the gru, and rose to be a colonel. also adopting the identity of ruslan boshirov. using that name, he and another man, calling himself alexander petrov, flew to britain on the 2nd of march this year. on march 4th, cctv captured them in salisbury, heading in the direction of sergei skripal‘s house. police believe this perfume bottle was used to smear novichok nerve agent on his door handle. that led to skripal and his daughterfalling ill, and, three months later, to dawn sturgess dying after the perfume bottle was found. two weeks ago, they appeared on state—funded russian tv, denying they were spies. mr president... today, speaking at the united
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nations in new york, the prime minister restated the british position, that these were two men acting on orders from above. the united kingdom has presented detailed evidence, clearly laid out in charges of attempted murder and the use and possession of a chemical weapon, against two agents of the russian state. russia has only sought to obfuscate through desperate fabrication. in response, russia's foreign minister said there had been an increase in what he called unsubstantiated rhetoric, and he said the uk was stubbornly avoiding a joint investigation. but, with ruslan boshirov apparently identified as a decorated colonel, the russian account of salisbury is again being challenged, and the evidence that the attempt on sergei skripal‘s life was an intelligence operation, authorised at the highest levels, is growing. gordon corera, bbc news. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme:
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a david hockney—designed stained glass window is revealed at london's westminster abbey, celebrating the queen's reign. also on the programme: we report from hyderabad in india, where plastic rubbish is being turned into something a lot more valuable. benjohnson, the fastest man on earth, is flying home to canada in disgrace. all the athletes should be clean going into the games. i'm just happy that justice is served. it is a simple fact that this morning, these people were in their homes. tonight, those homes have been burnt down by serbian soldiers and police. all the taliban positions along here have been strengthened, presumably in case the americans invade. it's no use having a secret service
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which cannot preserve its own secrets against the world. and so the british government has no option but to continue this action, and even after any adverse judgement in australia. concorde had crossed the atlantic faster than any plane ever before, breaking the record by six minutes. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. i'm babita sharma in london. our top stories: president trump has accused china of trying to interfere in november's us mid—term elections to stop him from winning. the real identity of one of the suspects of the salisbury nerve agent poisoning is revealed to be a russian colonel, according to an investigative website. let's take a look
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at some front pages from around the world. a photograph of chinese president xi jinping visiting a farm in the north—east of the country dominates the front page of the south china morning post. the story quotes mr xi as saying rising protectionism is forcing china to rely more on itself and it is not a bad thing. trade also provides the main story in the japan times, the international edition, with the prime minister's speech to the un general assembly. shinzo abe says he would do his best to strengthen the free trade system which he said had brought japan post—war prosperity. finally, the arab news also goes to the un for its lead story, looking into president trump's chairing of the security council. the paper reports for the first time since taking
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office, donald trump has endorsed a two—state solution as the best way to resolve the conflict between israel and the palestinians. those other papers. —— and those are the papers. for india, the world's second most populous country, plastic waste is a growing problem. that's especially the case during the monsoon season, where it clogs drains and leads to flooding on some city streets. going green isn't cheap but now businesses in the country's emerging tech hub of hyderabad are finding an opportunity to turn this plastic rubbish into something a lot more precious. devina gupta reports. it's a cloudy evening in this parking lot in the southern city of hyderabad. for indranil, who works as a parking attendant, this is home. but this is no ordinary brick and mortar house. these walls and windows are made of recyclable plastics. 2.5 tonnes of plastic waste was used to construct this one room home. this roof alone used nearly half of that, equal to 5 million plastic bags.
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translation: this house has a bedroom and kitchen. i like that it is made waste of plastic. unlike a brick house, it doesn't get hot during summer. one year ago, prashant lingam came up with this concept of affordable and eco—friendly homes. we started cleaning plastic, obviously, is a wonderful business opportunity. firstly, as you know, plastic cannot be stopped — so either we need to use it or it will go to landfill. it has been a challenge to convince homebuyers to pay 25% more for these plastic homes, compared to traditional houses. where prashant has found more success is making plastic furniture and colourful recyclable plastic tiles that the hyderabad city council is using to pave pedestrian walkways. as businesses try to find environment—friendly solutions, even the indian government has tried to ban plastics in many cities. but the fact is, almost 25,000 tons of plastic continues to make its way into dumpyards like this one
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across india every day. clearly, more needs to be done. some companies, like the luxury taj hotel chain, have started to use more eco—friendly alternatives. we have very iconic assets and we are also one of the largest resort operators. and the first thing that came to us was on the beaches, how a lot of plastic was getting collected. so we were possibly the first hotel company to take on this initiative. going green isn't cheap. each of these paper, bamboo and papaya straws cost 12 times more than a plastic one, but high consumer demand could lower cost for these eco—alternatives. and businessmen like prashant hope that more garbage can be turned into gold. devina gupta, bbc news, hyderabad. a new test that can identify early signs of heart attacks months and years before it happens,
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especially in women, has been given approval in europe, and will be commercially rolled out this week, the week of global heart day, which takes place this weekend. i asked dr gillian murtagh of abbott diagnositcs how this test can identify and predict early signs of a heart attack. this test looks at a direct signal coming from the heart itself and allows more accurate prediction of future heart disease, like heart failure and heart attacks, in people with no symptoms. that's extremely important because cardiovascular disease remains the number one cause of death globally for men and women. how different is this current test from the old ones? the high sensitive troponin eye test from abbott detects a protein called troponin eye that is only released from the heart.
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it is commonly used, as are troponin tests globally, for detecting heart attacks in the emergency department setting, when you have symptoms. but now we're extending that out to primary care, to doctors‘ offices and general practice. it is much more sensitive and precise and can detect troponin eye even in people who appear healthy. so it's more accurate and with a large body of evidence supporting that, publications and more than 200,000 people and is good at predicting heart disease. we mentioned in the introduction, women. why for women, in particular, is this test important? women have been underdiagnosed and undertreated for years for heart disease because it was once thought of as a man's disease. a lot of the scoring systems are designed for men. this test is so sensitive and precise that it can measure this protein in women, and it has shown better predictive ability for looking
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at the future events with women. so it puts them on a more level playing field and really makes it a life changing technology. have you, doctor, done this test on yourself? i certainly have. what did the test say? right now, i am at low risk, but i do have strong family history of heart disease, and like everyone, i have to be careful about my lifestyle, my diet and exercise, keep me on track for low—risk, and i think everyone needs to really consider talking to your doctor to know what is your risk. have you actually had that conversation? women in particular need to be cognisant of that. what about here in asia? how high are these heart diseases, particularly for for men and women? so, asia is a huge area for cardiovascular disease, and, in fact, of course, we're seeing a global academic of cardiovascular disease building, and about half of the world's deaths from cardiovascular disease occur in asia. so it's absolutely something that people in asia need to be very conscious of what it is like
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and it's a wake—up call to state that if you haven't thought about this, you need to speak to your dcotor about this. a stained glass window designed by david hockney, one of the world's leading artists, has been unveiled at westminster abbey in london. the window was commissioned to celebrate queen's elizabeth's reign. our arts editor, will gompertz, went to have a look. these are the centuries—old stained—glass windows of westminster abbey, depicting biblical stories and characters. alongside which, as from today, is this. a new, vibrant, bold, very modern 8.5—metre high window by david hockney, to celebrate the queen's reign. you have to look up, and you do look up. he hasn't chosen a religious subject, but one from nature — a blossoming hawthorn in spring. the hawthorn is celebratory. i mean, it's four days of marvellous blossom.
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it's as though champagne has been poured over it. a vivid, red path separates the abstract shapes of the flowering hawthorns, which are set against a blue sky and lit from above by a bright yellow sun. david hockney started by sketching out the idea on his ipad, he then worked on it in his studio in los angeles, before barley studios in yorkshire transformed his creation into a complex composition of stained glass. we made sure that david enlarged the design to half scale, because obviously full—scale's quite enormous and, at half scale, we started getting a sense of how it would work in the building. there's a process. so, there's the art and then there's the craft, and the craft, if you follow the right steps, actually ensures that the two work well together. the week—long installation was not entirely straightforward, with minor adjustments needed, and great care taken not to break the one bit of glass on which paint was used for the artist's signature. i think it's probably the last of my english landscapes.
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i'm not sure i'll do any more. what do you think the queen would make of it? well, i suppose she'll like it! this window is typical hockney, notjust the bold shapes and the bright colours, but because it shows yet again his willingness to experiment with new ideas and to take on fresh challenges. he might be 81 years old, but like the queen, for whom he made this window, he is still hard at work. will gompertz, bbc news. i absolutely love that, rico, and i can't wait to see it in london. we're just down the road.|j can't wait to see it in london. we're just down the road. ijust got back from london, i'm ready to go back from london, i'm ready to go back to see the david hockney piece at the westminster abbey. i love his colourful landscape works. i wish i could own one but i can't afford it, babita.
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works. i wish i could own one but i can't afford it, babitalj works. i wish i could own one but i can't afford it, babita. ithink works. i wish i could own one but i can't afford it, babita. i think you can, i've seen that wallet of yours! i'lljust can, i've seen that wallet of yours! i'll just maybe buy can, i've seen that wallet of yours! i'lljust maybe buy a print, a £10 01’ i'lljust maybe buy a print, a £10 or £20 print. you have been watching newsday. i'm babita sharma in london. great to have you with us. and i'm rico hizon in singapore. stay with us. we look at one entrepreneur who took his family business and made it into a global success story on asia business report. that's right after newsday. and before we go, a beluga whale that has spent a second day swimming in the thames estuary east of london. the whale caused quite a stir when it was spotted yesterday so far from its usual habitat in the arctic. it is extremely rare to see a beluga whale so far south, but animal welfare officials say it is swimming and feeding normally and there are no immediate concerns for its wellbeing. we will keep you posted. thanks for joining us. goodbye. good morning.
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it's been a lovely spell of autumn warmth for some of you so far this week. yesterday, we saw temperatures reach 2a degrees in lincolnshire. same spots, though, by the time we hit friday could be a good 10 degrees lower, if not a little bit more. and it's during the next 2a hours we'll see those changes take place. it's all because we've got cold air at the moment pooling to the north of this weather front, which is set to work its way southwards. to start the day, it's across parts of north and west scotland, and because of the more cloudier outbreaks of rain, notice the warm colours on the temperature chart to start the day. coolest colours in the south, where we got temperatures in single figures for the morning commute, even a touch of frost in one or two spots. but lots of sunshine through england and wales to start with. bit more cloud north—west england perhaps compared with yesterday. sunshine to the south and east of scotland, northern ireland, but in the north and west, cloud, outbreaks of rain, most persistent in the highlands and islands in the morning before it turns to sunshine and showers as that showery band of rain pushes across the rest of scotland through the day, northern ireland into the afternoon and the far north of england. and so by the end of the day,
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notice how we reverse the fortunes. cooler air‘s to the north, warmer air‘s to the south, where we could be a degree or so higher as far as temperatures are concerned than we were during yesterday afternoon. the sunshine continues. finished with sunshine across the north, but temperatures in the teens. those clearer skies will work their way southwards behind a fragmenting area of cloud and just one or two showers as it works towards southern of england. not quite clear on the south coast for the start of friday, so it'll be a milder night here to take us into friday into friday morning rush—hour. a colder one further north with a touch of frost possible just about anywhere. into friday, high pressure is building in, keeping things dry. but as that cold front clears away, we've got all of us seeing the door open to the colder conditions. so a much chillier day on friday right from the start. we'll see the morning cloud in southern counties of england clear. that will lead to some sunnier conditions for the rest of the day. sunny spells really for most, just a few showers in the north and west of scotland, northern ireland later. but friday, note the temperatures, 12—16 degrees — a big drop on what some have been used to so far this week.
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and we continue with the cool conditions through the night and into the start of the weekend. high pressure, though, largely in charge. so a dry start, even if it's a little bit of a frosty one for some of you. sunshine best across england and wales, but cloud in over to scotland, northern ireland through the day. showers and outbreaks of rain mainly limited to the highlands and islands, and temperatures still generally around the mid—teens for the most part. by sunday, though, we'll see a bit more cloudy drift southwards across england and wales. there's the chance ofjust one or two showers here and there. showery scene, though, both scotland and northern ireland. bit more of a breeze, and we stay with things on the cool side. a big change from what we've had so far this week. i'm babita sharma with bbc news. our top story: president trump accuses china of trying to interfere in the upcoming us midterm elections. speaking at the un security council, trump said beijing doesn't want him to win because of the escalating trade dispute between the two countries. china has denounced the "unwarra nted accusation". an investigative website says its identified one of the men suspected of the salisbury nerve agent attack. he's reported to be a highly decorated russian intelligence
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officer who was awarded the country's highest state honour. and this story is trending on president trump says he could withdraw support for us supreme court nominee brett kavanaugh, if he thought he was guilty of the sexual assault allegations made against him. stay with bbc world news. and the top story in the uk: labour leader, jeremy corbyn, says his party is ready to govern
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