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you are watching you stay on the bbc. -- you are watching you stay on the bbc. —— news day on the bbc. i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore, the headlines... the founder of huawei hits back. in an exclusive interivew, ren zhengfei says the us actions against his company and his daughter are politically motivated. there is no way the us can crash us, the east will still shine and if the noah bell north costar, there is still the south. —— and if the north goes dark, there is still the south. more violence breaks out in indian—administered kashmir. officials say a gunfight has left nine people dead. i'm kasia madera in london. also in the programme... car—maker, honda, is to announce the closure of its only plant in britain, with thousands ofjobs to be lost. and, new zealand's seagull population is in serious decline, but is there much appetite to help? live from our studios and singable
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—— in singapore and london, this is bbc world news. it is news day. good morning. it's 8am in singapore, midnight in london and 8am in shenzen, where the founder of chinese telecoms giant huawei has told the bbc that washington's attempts to ban its participation in the west's sg networks won't crush the company. he added that the arrest of his daughter, the company s cfo meng wanzhou, on the request of the united states is a politically motivated act . our asia business correspondent karishma vaswani has been speaking exclusively to huawei s founder ren zhengfei. you know he has been described as reclusive and secretive, this is the city where his company has grown up and he started it around 30 years
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ago. around here, the busyness and chaos of the streets getting started here, early rush—hour. but the man i met with certainly anything but secretive or reclusive. he was someone secretive or reclusive. he was someone who portrayed a great deal of confidence especially in the face of confidence especially in the face of all of this pressure from the united states. abbey would even go so united states. abbey would even go so far to say that he sounded extremely defiant. his message to the world is best, that hua—wei will not be crushed by the attends to keep his company down. listen to what he said to me and an exclusive interview i had with him. this is the man the us says is helping china spy on the world. ren zhengfei, a former engineer in the chinese military, started huawei 30 years ago with just three people. he has built a global telecoms giant, bigger than apple, nokia and ericsson, with some of the fastest sg technology in the world. but now his life's work is under attack and his daughter's freedom hangs in the balance. the us says huawei's equipment could be used by china
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to spy on other countries, but in an exclusive interview with me, the company's 74—year—old founder says that would never happen. translation: we will never undertake any spying activities and we will never accept anyone's instructions to install a back door. if we take any such actions, then i will shut the company down. what kind of impact would it have on your business if the us is successful in getting many of its partners in the west to shut your equipment off? translation: there is no way the us can crush us. the east will still shine and if the north goes dark, and then there is still the south. america doesn't represent the world, america only represents a portion of the world. but the us is putting pressure on huawei. it has slapped multiple charges
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on the company and at washington's request canada has arrested mr ren‘s daughter, also the company's chief financial officer. translation: i object to what the us has done. this kind of politically motivated act is not acceptable. the us likes to sanction others whenever there is an issue, they will use such methods. we object to this. still, questions about huawei's independence from the chinese communist party have been raised. in the last several years the chinese communist party has been a lot more coercive and this really crystallises worries that companies like huawei will be forced to help them conduct espionage. chinese companies have only started threatening the dominance of western businesses over the last decade. as they have come up, the world has had to grapple with the different system
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they operate in. central to this is the fear that these companies are obliged to serve the interests of the chinese communist party. whether they do or not may be beside the point, the perception in itself could determine their success in the future. watching your interview with him, he seemed unfazed that the us as well as some of our allies seem to want to ban huawei from the five 56 network. how damaging is this to the company? as you heard, he believes it will not be damaging but i think the key point and all of this is the fa ct the key point and all of this is the fact that the reputation of huawei has been relatively damaged and hurt considerably by the allegations the us has put against the company, not
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just to do with the fact that the equipment can use by china to spy which huawei denies that the charge of the united states department of justice has leveled against huawei, like intellectual property theft, conspiracy to commit fraud. all of these things are creating a murky atmosphere around the company but he was defiant and the nests of that and the fact that the us doj have put the charges, he said outright why do i need to steal from american companies when my own technology is so companies when my own technology is so much better? this is not a man who is afraid of what is to come. in fa ct who is afraid of what is to come. in fact he is extremely confident and i think that if the message he was trying to send out today. confident you say, but you should note is this is the first exclusive interview he has given to the west and you spend
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time with the man, but did he seem like, did he seemed sincere?” time with the man, but did he seem like, did he seemed sincere? i think it would be fair to say that he was sincere and he was very humourous and jovial, and remarkably sell, and at the very beginning of the interview said that he was going to crack jokes interview said that he was going to crackjokes and said i will be quite humourous throughout this conversation. i hope that you can appreciate that. certainly a real ceiling nests there as well. that is something that i sense, i think he feels personally insulted that the company that he has built over the last 30 years, coming up from here, the streets to the biggest telecoms equipment maker and selling more funds than apple, i think the us is targeting this company and wants to tell the world that huawei is open for business and nothing has changed. —— he thinks the us is targeting this company. there is a
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nice article on the bbc news website about the interview said to take a look at that. let's bring up to date the base of some other new stories. president trump has called for the venezuelan military to support the opposition leader juan guaido. he warned them they're risking their future and their lives by backing president maduro. and he urged them to allow humanitarian aid into the country. today i have a message for every official who is helping to keep men and place, the eyes of the entire world a re and place, the eyes of the entire world are upon you. today, every day and every day in the future, you cannot hide from the choice that now confronts you. also making news today... a scathing british parliamentary report has described facebook as "digital gangsters" who failed to fight the spread of fake news and violated data privacy. the 18—month investigation into technology companies and disinformation also accused the social media giant of trying to hide the extent of russian interference in foreign elections. a summit of central european leaders
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in israel has been cancelled because of a row between israel and poland over the holocaust. poland withdrew after being angered by comments from israeli leaders suggesting a polish complicity in the holocaust. scientists say the genome of the great white shark may provide information that could prove useful to fight cancer and age—related diseases, and improve treatments to heal wounds in humans. sharks are known for their impressive ability to recoverfrom injuries. researchers say they've just explored the "tip of the iceberg" with respect to the white shark genome. there's been fresh violence in indian—administered kashmir as tensions rise over last week's suicide bombing that killed more than forty indian pa ra—milita ry police. officials say nine people, including four indian soldiers and a policeman,
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have been killed during a gun battle on monday. the pakistan—based militant group, jaish e mohammed, has said it carried out the bombing. sangita mys—ka reports from delhi. security police sealed off a village in the district. security forces say they fired warning shots in the air. militants immediately returned fire. hours of fierce fighting followed, leaving several data including soldiers and militants, some of them indian police state where behind last week's terror attack. the aftermath of that attack was caught on camera. this was all that was left of the bus, part of a huge military convoy transporting over 2000 troops. it was blown up by a suicide bomber, a new generation of kashmiris radicalised in a region where the majority of the population is muslim. the islamist militant groupjaish e mohammed has claimed responsibility. based in pakistan, it has been
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fighting for kashmir‘s independents for nearly 20 years. pakistan's prime minister has the denied the accusations that his country has had a direct hand in last week's attack. pakistan recalled its ambassador from delhi to discuss rising tensions between the two countries. kashmir has been a source of conflict between the two countries since 1947. the nuclear neighbours have fought three wars over it. so far indian‘s primary response in dealing with pakistan has to try to have it isolated diplomatically and to that and it has been widely reported here that indian officials have compiled a dossier that they say proves that pakistani government has been directly financing the organisation responsible for last thursday's attack. in the meantime, the government has yet to announce whether it will go one step further and order military action. in a political bombshell here in britain, seven
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parliamentarians from the opposition labour party have resigned over differences with the leadership on brexit and a row over anti—semitism. they will sit in parliament as a group of independent mps. it's described as an extraordinary moment in british politics, with mps in both the main parties unhappy with their leadership and the country's current politics. our political correspondent, ben wright, has this assessment from westminster. politics as we know it is just unraveling at the moment and it has been tumultuous, chaotic and no one knows really where we are going. it has been clear for a long time that there are many labour mps very angry about jeremy corbyn‘s leadership of the labour party, he is on the far left, a great fan of tony ben and had been on the extreme left of the labour party, sidelined and noboday paying much attention and now he is in charge
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and the large moderate lock and parliament, labour mps have been there a long time and very uncomfortable about this and his approach to brexit. that is particular anger about how he has handled anti—semitism crisis that has gripped the labour party, evidence that some labour activists certainly online have been anti—semitic and abusing labour mps and there is disquiet about that. that has boiled over and several labour mps have said they cannot take it any more and are throwing in the towel and will set and the house of commons as independent and you asked whether this will snowball into a much bigger and other labour mps going to follow suit and swell the ranks at this new group that they do not yet have a name, and are not a party yet or have a manifesto or platform but they know that they do not want to followjeremy corbyn or will this peter out? it is hard to set moment. -- it is —— it is hard to say at the moment. my hunch is if it will grow, it will grow slowly and i do not
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think we are about to see a dramatic breaking of the dam. just very briefly if you wait, we hurried to conservative mps could potentially join this hurried to conservative mps could potentiallyjoin this group and any more on that? they want to be a ci’oss more on that? they want to be a cross party movement and bbc spoke to two tory mps were thinking about joining and we do not think that is eminent but that is what they want to happen, either mps joining eminent but that is what they want to happen, either mstoining this group. we are monitoring all the events there on the website as well. and staying here in the uk, japanese car maker honda is to shut down it's factory in britain with the loss of thousands of jobs. a formal announcement is expected tomorrow. the british government and the local conservative mp says it has nothing to do with brexit. but a top union official blamed it on what he called "chaotic brexit uncertainty". jon kay reports. for 30 years honda cars have been heading out of this factory to a showroom near heading out of this factory to a
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showroom near you. but for how much longer will hondas be made here in swindon? workers shot that it could close. this is my life and my lifeline sale now obviously in technically jobless. all these companies are closing down and should not be happening. it should not be happening. it should not be happening. there might be a meeting tomorrow so we will wait and see what will be happening. it is all over social media but that is all we know. that is how you find out, on social media? on social media, yeah. it announced it would shut the swindon operation for six days in april to deal with any brexit disruption and some of the three and a half thousand workers are now blaming brexit for more permanent closure. i cannot imagine a starker warning to the government, no deal would be catastrophic for the uk car industry and no deal in particular, this would not be the only plant closure, there will be more to come. honda has helped transform this old
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railway town into a vibrant business hub. many believe the threat to the plant now is more about global trade and vehicle trends than it is about uk politics. whatever the reason, the unions are furious. for the last two years the uk car industry has been a jewel in the crown of british manufacturing. today's announcement should have been confirmed just rips the heart out of that. a lot of people and swindon, albany avenue was honda. he has worked in the plant since the 1990s. his honda parked proudly on the driveway. he is worried not just parked proudly on the driveway. he is worried notjust about parked proudly on the driveway. he is worried not just about the thousands of jobs is worried not just about the thousands ofjobs that they plan but the thousands more in the chain. all the thousands more in the chain. all the companies that supply honda, all of the lorries that come in and out, picking up the cars, or the people that supply the parts, they are not going to have the money to go into
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the shops and spend and things like that. said that will hit the shops in the retail, it isjust going to bea in the retail, it isjust going to be a catastrophe. honda is the biggest thing to ever hit swindon. without honda, there is no swindon. tomorrow morning the thousands of workers here hope to get some kind of explanation but many of them have told us that they are less bothered about the why and that they care far more about what next? you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme... a young british woman who ran away tojoin is in syria — speaks to the bbc about returning to the uk. she says the decision to be a part of is was her choice. —— was never her choice. nine years and 15,000 deaths after
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going into afghanistan, the last soviet troops were coming home and the withdrawal completed and go to order, the army defeated in the task it was sent to perform. a terrible effect on the morale of the people and terrible repercussions in the streets... as the airlift got under way, there was no let up in the irruption itself, and in the crater, close down east of the island and away from the town for the time being but could start flowing again. the russians heralded their new space station with a spectacular night—time launch. this is newsday on the bbc.
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i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore... and i'm kasia madera in london. our top stories... ren zhengfei, founder of chinese telecoms giant huawei, has told the bbc that the arrest of his daughter, company s cfo meng wanzhou, on the request of the united states is a politically motivated act." japanese car maker — honda — is expected to announce the closure of its plant in the uk — three—and—a—half thousand jobs could be lost. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the japan times looks at the claim that japanese prime minister shinzo abe nominated president donald trump for this year's nobel peace prize. mr abe didn't deny the claim — but he did praise the us president's efforts to defuse the north korea nuclear crisis. the financial times leads on the closure of honda's uk plant. the move, which comesjust over a month ahead of brexit, could see
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the loss of about 3,500 jobs. and the south china morning post looks at what beijing hopes to be china's answer to silicon valley. a document unveiled on monday outlines plans to turn hong kong and 10 neighbouring cities into an economic hub. that brings you up to date. thank you for that. shamima begum, the teenager who left the uk to join the islamic state group when she was 15, has told the bbc, she never intended to become a ‘poster girl‘ for the terrorist organisation. now 19, and with a two day old baby, she says she wants the uk's forgiveness and to be able to return. she's been speaking to our middle east correspondent, quentin somerville. underneath her black dress, she
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cradles her two—year—old son —— today —year—old son. only a few yea rs have today —year—old son. only a few years have passed since he left britain but that is a lifetime in the islamic state group. she was with them to the very last moment but now she wants forgiveness. myself, i will admit that i was the one who made the choice. even though i was 15 years old and did not have... i do have... i could make my own decisions. happy mentality to make my own decisions and i did leave on my own, knowing that it was a risk but... i will admit it is my fault right now. ijust want... i just want forgiveness really from the uk. like everything i have been through, i did not expect i will go through, i did not expect i will go through that and losing my children the way i lost an. i do not want to lose this baby as well and this is not really a place to raise children, this camp. may be
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temporarily but not permanently. children, this camp. may be temporarily but not permanentlym the islamic state had not fallen and had not been defeated, would you have stayed? no, iwould had not been defeated, would you have stayed? no, i would have left. she was brought to this camp in northern syria after she and her husband surrendered to kurdish forces. she says she no longer supports ins but still knows it is propaganda. this is your opportunity to apologise for it the people have been murdered by the group you join, some of the men and women, and some of the children in the manchester arena attacked. what do you think about that? i was shocked but... but... ijust couldn't. .. about that? i was shocked but... but... ijust couldn't... ididn't know about the kids, actually. i did feel that is wrong that innocent people did get killed. shamima begum
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she is now wanted here in syria and wa nted she is now wanted here in syria and wanted at home and as the islamic state caliphate collapses, it leaves more thanjust state caliphate collapses, it leaves more than just rubble in state caliphate collapses, it leaves more thanjust rubble in its state caliphate collapses, it leaves more than just rubble in its wake. 12 more british women arrived in this camp last alone. new zealand's seagull population is in serious decline. but there may be little appetite among some for helping them, with many dissmissing them as dirty and bothersome. so are they victims of bad press? i've been speaking to sophie barker who's started a seagull appreciation society in new zealand. i think we have to appreciate them for their cherry red cheeks and the way they look after their young and the fact that the population is in such a decline. your part at the self—described appreciation society and what can you do to promote their image because of course they are not
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pretrade in the most positive light. i have been a victim of a siegel stealing my kids and i am sure other viewers have as well. so how do you promote them? i think that people need to learn about why they are behaving like they are. they are stealing the checks because they are hungry and starving and you have lovely food for them to buy would they not go for it? and as they look forfood, they not go for it? and as they look for food, so they not go for it? and as they look forfood, so i think the understanding of them and why they are the way they are. you are in new zealand we have a lot of endangered birds, so why be siegel because they seem so birds, so why be siegel because they seem so endemic? people think icc goals everywhere and they are coming around and stealing my chips but actually they are in decline and people did not notice. the only colony not an decline is here, but
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if you look along the beach there is not as many as there are before and thatis not as many as there are before and that is a serious barometer of what is going on out in the ocean, with the fish stocks and we need to appreciate them in a bit of a barometer of what is going on and we need to appreciate them in a bit of a barometer of what is going on in the world. sophie barker defending serial number x equals. —— defending siegel. you have been watching newsday. and i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. stay with us we'll be having more on our top story huawei. and the interview that we had. we will end with these images from toronto, where a resident has turned his backyard ice rink into a masterpiece after fresh snow blanketed his home. using a shovel to create what he calls the "snowna lisa." i kid you not. ithink i kid you not. i think you can guess who it is. a trend for the weather to turn very
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mild for this end of the week and the big picture we see twins develop over the next three days and those winds will be dragging up all the warm air, 2000 miles to our south and placing it northwards across the uk. a? for how much cloud there is going to be and it looks pretty cloudy for the next three days but towards the end of the week as pressure begins to rise, we will likely see that cloud break and some cloud breaks towards the end of the week that we could see temperature is left as high as 17 or 18 celsius for a few of us. very warm weather for a few of us. very warm weather for us for late february on the way. we do have relatively clear skies across england and wales and keeping temperature is out for most of us, a few showers across northern and western areas of the uk and across the south we have clear skies and patches of frost out into the countryside and one or two fog patches first thing tuesday morning.
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for early risers there is some fairly chilly weather out there and a bright start today for many of us. sentiments across the northwest will probably tend to ease as the crowd builds and later in the day. we will start to see wet weather place and during tuesday afternoon and the rain eventually reaching western scotland, england and wales. across the northeast of scotland and temperatures into double a mild day. rain pushes its way northwards and northwards and eastwards and it will bea northwards and eastwards and it will be a milder night the temperature is around seven — 10 celsius and rained quite persistent and heavy at times. into wednesday plus my forecast, we have low pressure with us and coming up have low pressure with us and coming up from have low pressure with us and coming upfrom a have low pressure with us and coming up from a south—westerly direction but we will have rain at times and the widest of the leather across northwestern areas that the country. the rain tries to move eastwards as it tries to go into the building
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area of high pressure said they will not beat much rain in the forecast and that is probably where we will have the best of any brightness around. there are signs that there isa around. there are signs that there is a shed start to brighten up with the best of sunshine most likely to be east of high ground so perhaps the midlands and east areas doing not too badly quite a bit of cloud with a threat of rain across the western aisles but temperatures are beginning to rise but we could see temperatures go as high as 18 degrees. and that is or whether. —— and that is your weather. i'm kasia madera with bbc news... our top story... the founder of huawei has hit back at the united states, saying his daughter's arrest is politically motivated. ren zhengfei also told the bbc that west's attempts to ban its participation in 56 networks ‘won t crush‘ the company. there's been renewed fighting in indian—administered kashmir as tensions rise over last week's suicide bombing that killed more
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than a0 para—military police. officials said nine people were killed in a gunfight on monday. and this video is trending on bbc.com... cloud of the moment some anti—government ‘yellow—vest‘ protesters threw stones at a police van in lyon, france. the french interior ministry says the violence was ‘one—sided'. the protests began last year over fuel taxes but turned into a revolt against president macron. that's all. stay with bbc news. now on bbc news hardtalk is on location in america's sunshine state.
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