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i'm rico hizon in singapore, the headlines: strong winds fan wildfires in new zealand forcing thousands to flee their homes. a deadly measles outbreak takes hold in the philippines where vaccination rates are low — we'll be finding out why. i'm kasia madera in london. also in the programme: pressure is growing in brazil for tougher rules on the construction of dams — after two devastating collapses injust three years. translation: they've learned nothing. what's happening now makes us really frightened. cities are being evacuated. there is a risk of other dams breaking. the mining companies said they would help us, but they haven't. the stars are out on the biggest night for british film — with olivia colman named best actress. this is for all three of us. it's got my name on it but we can scratch in some other names. good morning.
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it's 9am in singapore, 1am in london and 2 in the afternoon in new zealand, where the entire population of a town has been evacuated, as a large forest fire threatens the homes of over 3,000 people. a state of emergency has been declared around the south island town of wakefield. helicopters, planes and more than 150 firefighters have been trying to contain the blaze. katie silver reports. it's now been over a week, firefighters battling a blaze which has forced thousands from their homes. it started near the city of nelson, then with winds of 20km/h, it has moved south and threatens the town of wakefield. along with efforts on the ground,
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26 aircraft have been deployed, making it the largest area firefight in new zealand's history. firefighters are backburning as a last resort measure with small fires deliberately lit to stop the path of a wildfire. we are doing it in stages. that reduces the heat and the ferocity of the fire. tents have been set up to help thousands of voluntary and professional firefighters. and a makeshift animal shelter, erected for livestock and family pets. there's nothing worse, i think, than being displaced as a family, and for people, these animals are their family so it's huge and we feel for them as well. police have confirmed they're investigating two of the fires and are appealing to speak to three young men, spotted
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in the area on friday. many came together to pray, and with lower wind speeds predicted on monday, authorities are optimistic. but they stress the situation is far from over. we are continuing to monitor the situation on our website. let's take a look at some of the day's other news. chinese state media have released a video appearing to show a uighur musician previously reported to have died in a detention camp. the video features a man said to be abdurehim heyit stating that he is in "good health". turkey earlier called on china to close the camps following reports of his death. rahima mahmut is a uighur singer and human rights activist — she gave her reaction. imean, i mean, it's a huge relief but still, i don't know whether the news is completely clarified because when
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i received a video, it was on social media so we don't know the source of the video, where it came from. it is very clear that he is forced oral was forced to say whatever he said. also making news today: 2) the us senator amy klobuchar has announced that she's running for president in 2020, becoming the fifth senator to join the race to defeat president trump. she joins a crowded field seeking the democratic nomination, including cory booker, elizabeth warren and kamala harris, with several more expected to declare in the coming months. the hungarian prime minister, viktor 0rban, has outlined measures he says will help families and boost the birth rate. the country's population is falling by more than 30,000 a year, and the nationalist government is strongly opposed to immigration. the plans include exempting women who have at least four children from paying income tax for life. the afghan president, ashraf ghani, says he's ready to allow the taliban to open an office in kabul
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or any other city. mr ghani said he was keen to bring a lasting and honourable peace to afghanistan. his offer came amid increasing frustration in kabul over the militant group's refusal to hold peace talks with the government. beijing says the number of people going abroad for the chinese new year holiday rose eleven percent over the same period last year, despite slower economic growth. 400 million people are travelling within china and more than 6.3 million people left the country during the week—long holiday. travel industry analysts say the slowing economy means that more people are visiting closer destinations, like thailand and malaysia. an air new zealand flight to shanghai was forced to turn back several hours into its journey after discovering it did not have permission to land in china. the plane, carrying around 270 people, left auckland and flew for around 5 hours before being told it didn't
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have the correct authority. the airline has apologised to passengers. the most successful female skier of all time, the american lindsey vonn, has won a bronze medal in the final race of her career, the women's downhill at the world championships in sweden. she was in gold medal position until ilka stuhec of slovenia displaced her. she announced her retirement from skiing earlier this month, saying her "body is broken beyond repair". health officials in the philippines are going door to door, to immunise children to try and control a measles outbreak across the country. at least 25 people have died in the last month. the virus is highly contagious and the world health organization estimates 2.6 million children in the philippines are unvaccinated. the who says it's facing a real challenge in the philippines, where vaccination rates are lower
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than the asian average. well, earlier i spoke to dr gundo weiler, the who's representative in the philippines who explained the epidemic is being made partly worse by parents not valuing the importance of vaccinating their children. we do have a real outbreak situation right here in the philippines right now. the latest data that we have, as of yesterday, we have seen more than 4000 cases in the country this year alone and they are heading up to 20,000 cases that we saw last year when the outbreak started. the reasons are, as you say, in principle, that in the philippines the routine immunisation programme has had weaknesses and we have seen a pool of children building up over the last years who have not received full vaccination coverage for measles. is it because the government is not
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allotting enough budget for the immunisation programme or is it because parents do not have the right information? it is probably a mix of reasons. on one side we have factors related to the health services. there have been problems in the past. at some stage as we have seen stock problems. but often services are perceived as not being easily accessible enough. sometimes people have to travel far or the opening hours are not convenient, so parents are not using them sufficiently. but we do have also an issue on the side of families and parents and we have seen vaccine confidence going down. parents believe less, nowadays, that vaccines are important, that they are safe and effective to protect their children. pressure is growing for tougher rules on the construction of new mines and dams in brazil — after the collapse of one mining dam
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last month left hundreds dead or missing. but the mayor of the town hit by brazil's last such disaster — three years ago — says the mining companies have learned nothing. 0ur south america correspondent katy watson reports from mariana, where many of those affected are still living in temporary accomodation. the ghost town of bento rodrigues that still haunts those who live in the shadows of brazil's dams. a once vibrant community abandoned. the mud—stained walls left standing show how the village was devoured by the toxic sludge. in the ruins, i met edson. speaks portuguese. he was born and raised here. "this is all that remains of my house" he tells me. "i feel sad, there are so many memories, our hearts are broken". this was the aftermath of the dam collapse in mariana three years ago.
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a wave of mud that travelled more than 600km to the sea. brazil's worst ever environmental disaster, but it came at great human cost too. five—year—old manu was one of the 19 people who died. her mother pamela says the family's house was wiped out by the sludge. translation: my husband cried out, "daddy loves you". he put his hand out to rescue her and then something came crashing down on them. he never saw her again. pamela now gets an allowance and rent from the mining companies but does she think there will be justice? translation: no. i think that those who have money will getjustice but those who don't will be treated badly. it's all about money. the local mayor says there's so much reliance on the lucrative mining industry, the community's powerless. did anybody learn anything from mariana 7 translation: they've learned nothing.
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what's happening now makes us really frightened. cities are being evacuated. there's a risk of other dams breaking. the mining companies said they'd help us but they haven't. but the mining companies say they are repairing the damage that was done. this is one of three new villages being built for pamela, edson and all those who lost their homes. it's run by a foundation created to help survivors. it's a long time but we are taking care, or trying to take care of these families, where they are now. we hope that around 250 families come to this resettlement. you'd think after the disaster here, mining regulations would have become tougher but nothing of the sort has happened. in fact, just three weeks after the dam broke, they passed a law making it even easier to build mines and dams which just goes to show how powerful the mining industry is here. the world wants iron ore but at what cost? katy watson, bbc news, in mariana. you're watching newsday on the bbc.
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still to come on the programme: australian doctors treating sick asylum seekers in detention centres could be allowed to send their patients to the mainland if parliament agrees to a new law. we'll have more on that debate. also on the programme: living up to its name, the film the favourite wins several awards at the baftas, including best actress for 0livia colman, best british film, and best supporting actress for rachel weisz. there's mr mandela. mr nelson mandela, a free man, taking his first steps into a new south africa. iran's spiritual leader
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ayatollah khomeini has said he's passed a death sentence on salman rushdie, the british author of a book which many muslims say is blasphemous. the people of haiti have flocked to church to give thanks for the ousting of their former president, 'baby doc' duvalier. because of his considerable value as a stallion, shergar was kept in a special secure box in the stud farm's central block. shergar was driven away in a horse box the thieves had brought with them. there stepped down from the plane a figure in mourning. elizabeth ii, queen of this realm and of all her other realms and territories, head of the commonwealth, defender of the faith. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. i'm kasia madera in london.
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our top stories. an entire town in new zealand has had to be evacuated as a huge forest fire threatens the homes of 3,000 people. health officials struggle to contain a deadly measles outbreak across the philippines, where vaccination rates are low. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the philippine star is reporting on a story we covered earlier in the program, the measles outbreak. they say president duterte will play an active role in trying to improve the public‘s confidence in the government's immunisation program. the straits times leads on singapore's calls for malaysia to withdraw its vessels from singaporean waters. the singaporean government says malaysian boats threaten the safety of navigation in the area, after greek and malaysian vessels collided in the strait. and finally, the china daily newspaper has a story
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about the release of a chinese sci—fi blockbuster. the wandering earth raked in more than $280 million during the spring festival. the paper says 2019 will go down as the year china learnt how to make sci—fi. those papers. doctors in australia who are treating sick asylum seekers on offshore detention centres could be allowed to send their patients to the mainland for further medical assistance. that's if an opposition—backed bill, which is currently being debated, is passed this week. at the moment, the decision on whether refugees on nauru and manus island can be brought to australia is solely up to the home affairs minister. hywel griffith has been following the story from sydney. he told us the government is firecely opposing the bill, and is worried about the outcome. because if they lose this vote it
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could be the first time that a sitting government in australia has lost a vote as 1929, and the last time around that triggered an election. we already know an election. we already know an election is coming. immigration is a key issue. so this has become a proxy debate over who is tough on immigration versus who is compassionate towards those who are either sick, and certainly those who seek refugee status here in australia. parliament is back this week, not many sitting weeks before that election in may. that is why we are hearing so much rhetoric, really from both sides of this debate. and when it comes to the figures, the numbers, how many refugees are still left in this offshore detention centres and what are the figures? how many could be sent, if this bill is passed, back to australia? we know there are around 1000 refugees or asylum seekers
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either on manus island in png or on nauru. that figure has been slowly coming down however, of those, well, estimates vary depending on which side of the argument you are on. some suggest around 300 potentially could have the medical need to be brought here to australia because the facilities simply aren't there on those islands. those who are against doctors having the say—so over who comes suggest actually there could be hundreds more, maybe even 1,000. that's why we have heard the prime minister describe this as a stupid bill because, in his argument, it would take away the sovereign control of australia's borders from the government to the doctors' side. the doctors say no, this is about compassion and nowhere near that number would need to be brought here for attention. so how has it worked in the past? who has the authority if somebody is sick on one of those offshore detention centres? who has the power to send them to the mainland? at the moment, it's up to the australian border force which is under the home office, to decide whether somebody should be brought here for attention and the doctors argue that's simply not working.
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they put forward examples of people they claim have died waiting for medical care and attention either on manus or nauru. the australian border force is often quoted saying it's not a health body and it doesn't make decisions on health, however, of course, under the current legislation, it has the right to decide. the government, as it tries to offer a compromise, ok, maybe they would have an independent medical board but the key thing for the government here, they want their ultimate say—so to stay with home affairs office. pop music's most prestigious awards ceremony is underway. the 61st annual grammy awards in los angeles. the event has gone ahead despite the absence of three leading nominees — the rappers kendrick lamar, drake and childish gambino. for more on this i am joined now by peter bowes in los angeles. peter, who are the winners so far?
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well, you have just peter, who are the winners so far? well, you havejust mentioned one of the names, childish gambino, better known as donald glover, winning four this is america, in a couple of different categories, best music video and best rap performance. lady gaga is on stage right now. she has won an award for shallow. in the preshow, and there are actually two grammy shows, one which is not televised in which happened over the past three hours, and one which is happening right now, in the preshow lady gaga won another award for shallow, best song written for visual media, which was of course for the film a star is born, and best score for visual media went to black powder. so two of the biggest films of the year doing well at the grammys. one more category, jimmy carter, former president, actually winning his third grammy award, his third career grammy. this was an
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audio performance, essentially reading for audio sales, a copy of his latest book, which is called faith. bravo so far to all the winners in the 61st grammys. there have been a lot of controversies in the run—up to this event. you mentioned childish gambino was one, he is not there, and maybe even ariana grande will not be showing 7 ariana grande will not be showing es, ariana grande will not be showing up? yes, and that is because she has had quite a public spat, i think we know with some certainty that she will not be showing up, because she has been debating and disagreeing with the producers of the grammys which songs she could sing. it seems she wanted to perform her latest single, while they were more in the minds that she would perform a selection of her songs, a medley of songs. this was quite an unseemly public spat over social media and she has decided not to turn up. there is another artist, of course,
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21 savage, who is not therefore very different reasons. he was arrested a week ago for overstaying the terms of his visa. he is not, as a lot of people had thought, actually from atla nta people had thought, actually from atlanta originally. right, looking forward to the other winners of the gist forward to the other winners of the 61st grammy awards. thank you so much for the update from los angeles. the bbc‘s peter bowles. and of course, from los angeles, to london. it is a big knife entertainment there as well? that's right, from the music to the film, peter bowles touched upon some of the winning musical scores the grammys. the historical drama the favourite lived up to its name at the baftas, held in london this evening, collecting a string of awards — including best leading actress for olivia colman as queen anne. rami malek won the leading actor prize for bohemian rhapsody, and the spanish language film roma was named best film. our entertainment correspondent lizo mzimba was there. guests of honour on the red carpet — the duke and duchess of cambridge.
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and joining them at the ceremony was acting royalty. royal themed film the favourite may have won the most awards but it was the black and white mexican movie roma which took home best director for alfonso cuaron and best film — the first time ever and netflix production has won the night's most prestigious prize. cuaron, born in mexico, gave perhaps the night's most political speech. retreating back to a world of separation and isolation is not a solution to anything. it's simply an excuse to hide our fear within our basic instincts. whether we like it or not, we are all connected, sharing space and time. and when we finally choose to embrace that connection, to show compassion towards one another, we will rise together. british star rachel weisz won best supporting actress for the favourite which took home seven awards
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in total, including outstanding british film, best costume design and best actress for olivia colman. did you just look at me? did you? look at me. look at me! how dare you! close your eyes! and she paid tribute to her two co—stars, rachel weisz and emma stone. emma and rachel. must keep it together. um, notjust for your performances but for what you did after the cameras stopped rolling, and we've never talked about this and i find it very emotional but you were the best and classiest and coolest honour guard any woman could ever have and i love you. # so you think you can stop me and spit in my eye. the best actor prize went to rami malek for his portrayal of freddie mercury in the queen biopic, bohemian rhapsody. thank you so very much to queen, to brian may, to roger taylor, to the entire queen family. wouldn't be here without you. and to the greatest outsider of them all, thank you freddie mercury again.
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dear dolores. d—e—a—r, this is an animal. while best supporting actor went to mahershala ali for the film green book. and the rising star awards for emerging talent, won previously by the likes of tom hardy and john boyega, was won by british black panther star letitia wright. congratulations to all of them. you have been watching newsday. i'm kasia madera in london. yes, congratulations to all the ba fta yes, congratulations to all the bafta awardees. i'm rico hizon in singapore. stay with us. we'll be looking at work—life balance and why it's such a sensitive issue injapan. iam i am looking forward to that. and we're going to leave you with some cheeky chimps. don't escape, you bad little
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gorilla! mum, it's escaping! visitors got more than they bargained for at belfast zoo. several chimpanzees were able to escape their enclosure by making an improvised ladder from a large branch, propped up against a wall. the council which runs the zoo, said the apes were now back in their home. this is the second escape by animals at the zoo in as many months. injanuary, a red panda went missing overnight before being discovered in a nearby garden. that's all for now. stay with bbc world news. hello.
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well, the end of last week was pretty stormy. gale force winds across the uk. this week, steady waters around the uk. high pressure is building, the winds will be light for most of us. we have sunshine and frosty mornings on the way as well. monday will be no different. very decent weather on the way. this is the big picture across the continent right now. this high pressure is starting to build across spain, portugal and into france. it's nudging into the uk and soon it will engulf the whole of europe. at the moment, it is still pretty chilly because the winds are blowing out of the north—north—west, however, the milder air you can see here will be reaching out shores by about wednesday. this is what it looks like early hours of monday morning — a couple of showers may be affecting north—eastern parts of england and scotland but on the whole, it's looking clear across most of the uk and there will be a frost. the coldest of the weather, as you would expect, across scotland. minus two in edinburgh, but outside of town, colder than that. a touch of frost further south expected as well but not an awful lot. monday starts off sunny. many of us will have a sunny day all day long, however, western areas of the country will turn more hazy.
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weather fronts are trying to get in. maybe even a few light spots of rain but this is pretty much where they grind to a halt because of that high pressure building across many western parts of europe. here is the high pressure across western parts of europe as it builds further towards the east but notice it's displaced further south away from us — that means the weather front‘s just about nibbling into the north—west of the british isles so maybe again a bit of cloud, a few spots of rain, increasing breeze here. but really, in the western isles, the vast majority of the country, 99% of us having dry weather through the course of tuesday and those temperatures are starting to rise because we have those south—westerly winds. in fact, we're already expecting double figures in aberdeen, edinburgh, newcastle and belfast. that's tuesday. by the time we get to wednesday, the mild air has well and truly arrived on our shores. in fact, it is also seeping into parts of scandinavia and western as well as eastern parts of europe. by thursday and friday, those winds turn to a southerly, so that means one thing, those temperatures will continue to rise. by thursday it could be
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around 13 or 1a degrees, notjust in the south of the country but even in one or two spots across scotland. so the weather this week is looking absolutely fine. bye— bye. i'm kasia madera with bbc news. our top story: an entire town in new zealand is evacuated, as a large forest fire threatens the homes of over three thousand people. a state of emergency has been declared around the south island town of wakefield. helicopters, planes and more than 150 firefighters have been trying to contain the blaze. health officials in the philippines are going door to door, to immunise children to try and control a measles outbreak across the country,
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where vaccination rates are low. at least 25 people have died in the last month. and this story is trending on bbc.com: the stars have been out in force at the bafta awards in london. the favourite has dominated this year's event, winning seven awards including outstanding british film. the top award went to the foreign language film roma. that's all. stay with bbc world news. and the top story in the uk: the british prime minister, theresa may, has rejected an opposition call for britain to remain in a customs union
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