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welcome. you're watching bbc news. our top story. britain's revoked the citizenship of shamima begum, the london teenager who ran away at the age you're watching bbc news. of 15 to join the islamic state group in syria. i'm rico hizon in singapore. the family of ms begum say they are the headlines. very disappointed by the decision, and are considering all legal the british government says a teenager who travelled to syria avenues to challenge it. to marry an islamic state fighter karl lagerfeld, a giant of the fashion world, will be stripped of her citizenship. has died at the age of 85. he'd been the creative director the catholic church in india is hit for chanel and fendi. and this video is trending on bbc.com... a close call for nhl commentator pierre mcguire when he almost got by allegations of sexual abuse, hit in the face with a puck during the game between tampa bay lightning and columbus bluejackets. luckily the discjust missed, hitting a tv camera, i'm kasia madera in london. but no—one was harmed. also in the programme... a chinese businesswoman‘s jailed that's all. for 15 years in tanzania for leading stay with bbc world news. one of africa's biggest ivory smuggling rings. and a hollywood star in rehab. we visit thailand's famous film location maya bay as it recovers from over—tourism. and the top story in the uk... the mp for enfield north — joan ryan — becomes the eighth live from our studios to resign from the labour party, joining the new independent in singapore...
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and london. this is bbc world news. it's newsday. good evening. it's 9am in singapore and 1am in london, where the british home secretary has said he will stip shameema begum of her uk citizenship. an official told the bbc that this was possible because she was eligible for citizenship of another country. this, the offical implied, was bangladesh. ms begum, who left britain tojoin the terrorist group isis, had said she wanted to return to britain and live quietly with her newborn baby son. daniel sandford reports. shamima begum escaped from fierce fighting this month as the islamic state group she went to join as a teenager slowly loses its last piece
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of territory in syria. but returning to the uk became much harder today, as the government move to take away her british nationality. a letter sent to her mother by the home office said... if apparently you show little remorse, if you join a death cult that has killed british citizens, beheaded british citizens, maimed thousands of our people, there is no return from this. she caused outrage yesterday by equating the children killed in the manchester bomb two years ago with people being bombed by coalition forces in is—held areas of syria. like the women and children being killed right now unjustly by the bombings? it's a two—way thing. at the weekend, shamima begum gave birth to a baby boy who she was carrying under her clothes when the bbc
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interviewed her, but that doesn't seem to have affected the home office's decision. it seems to be a bit of a knee—jerk reaction. the family are very surprised at that. essentially she has never been to bangladesh. there's a lot in social media saying she was born there, she's never been there. she has only been in britain. so it seems to be a bizarre decision, and i'm not entirely sure how that will stand up legally. in order to deprive someone of their british citizenship, the home secretary needs to be satisfied that doing so is... and that they've conducted themselves in a manner that is... he must also be sure that they are... it now transpires that the mother appears to be a bangladesh national. by bangladesh law, that would mean that ms begum is a bangladesh national. that means that she doesn't have only british nationality.
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therefore, if her british nationality is removed, she is not stateless. tonight, the home office said it would not comment on individual cases, but that any decisions to deprive individuals of their citizenship are based on all available evidence and are not taken lightly. daniel sandford, bbc news, at the home office. our middle east correspondent quentin sommerville is in northern syria, and has interviewed shamima begum. when i spoke to shamima begum yesterday, she was still intent on returning to the united kingdom. she managed to make it all the way here to syria without a uk passport. she used her sister's passport to get from britain, travel to turkey, and then crossed into syria, joining the islamic state group. when i asked her if she had a second passport, she avoided the question. she said she had never been to bangladesh.
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the british government has stripped is supporters and fighters here in syria of their citizenship but they can only do that to them if they have rights to another citizenship. while shamima begum has been here she has had a baby boy, he is three days old and his name is jarrah. this doesn't end the headache for the british government because last week, a other dozen british women have arrived from islamic state and territory. the problem doesn't end with ms begum. let's take a look at some of the day's other news. bernie sanders says he'll run for president again in 2020. the 77—year—old senator ran for the democratic nomination in 2016, but lost to hillary clinton. he's told supporters it's time to complete the "political revolution" they'd started. we are running against a president who is a pathological liar, a fraud, a racist, sexist, a xenophobe, and someone who is undermining american
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democracy as he leads us in an authoritarian direction. i am running for president because now more than ever, we need leadership that brings us together, not divides us up. bernie sanders they're joining the presidential race. also making news today: french president emmanuel macron has visited a jewish cemetery in eastern france, where 80 graves were desecrated with swastikas. the damage came ahead of nationwide protests against a rise in anti—semitic attacks. an eighth british labour member of parliament has quit the party to join the breakaway independent group. former ministerjoan ryan, who chaired labour friends of israel, said that her party had become "infected with the scourge of anti—semitism". her resignation follows those of seven others who have set up an independent group in the commons. the fashion world has been paying tribute to the legendary designer karl lagerfeld, who has died in paris
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following a short illness. his italian colleague, donatella versace, said he was a source of inspiration for her and her late brother, gianni versace. the editor in chief of vogue magazine, anna wintour, said the world had lost a giant among men. lagerfeld led the house of chanel for more than half a century. white house officials pushed a plan to build nuclear power reactors in saudi arabia, ignoring legal and ethical warnings. that's the claim from whistle—blowers which are detailed in a report released by a house committee. the plan was described by one senior official as a scheme to make some money for those involved. this video is from an nhl ice hockey match in ohio in the us. as you can see, a close, close hit for the commentator, who just narrowly missed being struck in the head by that puck flying inches away from his temple. it's a lucky escape from nbc‘s pierre mcguire, considering a puck can travel up to 170 kph.
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the match was between the tampa bay lightning and columbus bluejackets, tampa bay won 5—1. that was really close. donald trump says he's looking forward to a good meeting with north korean leader kimjong—un at their second summit at the end of february in vietnam. trump said he wants pyongyang to ultimately denuclearise, but is in no particular hurry. meanwhile, kim jong—un‘s aide, kim chang—son, has been seen in the city of hanoi in recent days, looking for potential venues for president trump and chairman kim jong—un‘s second summit. our correspondent in seoul laura bicker has more. kimjong—un‘s butler, as he's known, is there looking for venues, as well as looking for somewhere for kim jong—un to stay, and sussing out where he will go, looking at some of the places that he might visit.
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it's protocol, but also in vietnam, we are looking at the us envoy stephen beacon will arrive in hanoi today meeting with his north korean counterpart, and substantial diplomatic work will be done. what i understand is that together, they will try to hash out some kind of framework for the two leaders, for donald trump and kimjong—un to look at and agree upon next week. and that will be the hard part, where the hard negotiation is going on right now. and how likely will trump and kim come up with a substantive deal this time around? what i'm hearing from both sides is that there are substantial things on the table. now as i've said to you before, the big prize is north korea's main nuclear processing plant, where the process it is thought around half of their uranium material, which could be used
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to make bombs. now when it comes to that plant, that was put on the table last year by kimjong—un, who spoke to a president moon, who announced that after his visit to pyongyang. what we understand is that the us is asking notjust for its dismantlement, but it to be completely verified by inspectors, and only then do we understand that sanctions may be relieved. so that is where the tough negotiations are going on. that is a hard target for both to reach at this stage. it may well be that they come up with some kind of timetable. below that, there are things to agree upon, an end of war declaration perhaps, something to remember, this peninsula has been at warfor 70 years, it ended with an armistice, not a treaty. there may be a declaration to give both sides confidence going forward. other things we've been hearing about, liaison officers
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and liaison offices, so it may be that they swap people so someone from washington is based in pyongyang, and vice versa so they can talk to one another more easily. the catholic church has been hit by allegations of sexual abuse in india after a nun in the country accused a bishop of raping her multiple times. the bishop was arrested and released on bail. he denies the allegations. but many are questioning the silence of the church on this matter, and on other cases of alleged sexual abuse in india. the bbc s yogita limaye reports from the southern indian state of kerala. a religious minority in india — close—knit, devout. it's a community that's now facing troubling questions about abuse and silence. in september last year, five nuns in the southern
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state of kerala started an unprecedented protest. they were demanding justice for a fellow nun who had accused a bishop of raping her 13 times. under indian laws, the complainant can't be identified, and so these nuns have been speaking on her behalf. they say she sent letters to top church officials, but not one replied. translation: it's the church authorities that have brought us out onto the streets. if they had given us one word of reassurance, we would never have come out in public. even now, they've closed their eyes. and it's notjust top indian priests they reached out to. this letter was given to the vatican's ambassador in the country more than a year ago. another one was sent months later. the nuns say both went unanswered. the ambassador is also yet to respond to the bbc on what was done once the vatican
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became aware of the case. the accused is this man, bishop franco mulakkal. he was arrested and released on bail. when he returned to his church, he was given a grand welcome. he declined to be interviewed, but sent this statement to the bbc. this comes at a time when the catholic church is battling allegations of abuse in many other parts of the world, too. so much so that the vatican has called for a conference on the issue. but here in india, which millions of catholics call home, the church is yet to acknowledge or address the problem. this comes at a time when the catholic church is battling that's despite a number of cases being reported from different parts of india. i remember very clearly how it started... i met one woman who only recently came out with her story. she says she was repeatedly abused
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by a member of a catholic institution as a child. at the age of five, when i had just started school, i was taken to this religious brothel for extra lessons, and that is when the abuse started. it went on for seven years. it was definitely more than once at least a week. it has affected me in, like, so many ways. erm... the institution in question has started an inquiry. but she says her attempts to reach out to higher authorities ahead of the conference have gone unanswered. a global spotlight is on the catholic church and how it deals with sexual abuse. here in india, it's yet to start the conversation. yogita limaye, bbc news, in kerala. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: plumes of potentially toxic floodwater reach
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the great barrier reef, threatening the natural wonder of the coral. also on the programme: we visit the thailand's maya bay, made famous by the movie, "the beach" to see how it's recovering, after being damaged by tourism. nine years and 15,000 deaths after going into afghanistan, the last soviet troops were finally coming home. the withdrawal completed in good order, but the army defeated in the task it had been sent to perform. malcolm was murdered. that has a terrible effect for the morale of the people. it's terrible for the repercussions on the streets. one wonders who is next? gunfire as the airlift got under way, there was no let up
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in the eruption itself. lava streams from a vent low the crater flowed down to the sea on the east of the island, away from the town for the time being. but it could start flowing again at any time. the russians heralded their new generation space station with a spectacular night launch. they've called it mir, the russian for "peace". this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. i'm kasia madera in london. our top stories. the family of shamima begum, who left britain at the age of 15 to join the islamic state group, say they are "very disappointed" to learn that the home office has removed her british citizenship. the catholic church in india has been hit by allegations of sexual abuse, after a nun accused a bishop of raping her. the bishop denies the allegations. let's take a look at some front
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pages from around the world. gulf news leads on the un's call to de—escalate tensions between india and pakistan. pakistan's prime minister imran khan says there'll be retaliation if india launches any military response to a recent suicide bombing in india—adminstered kashmir. the japan times looks at the closure of honda's only uk plant. production is due to end there by the end of 2021, costing 3,500 jobs. and the international edition of the new york times has more on the impact of climate change on a popular hiking destination in switzerland. it looks at how glacial melting is affecting hydropower in the region.
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those are the papers. a chinese busineswoman who led one of africa's biggest ivory smuggling rings has been sentenced to 15 years injail in tanzania. yang feng glan was found responsible for the trafficking of 860 tusks, involving the slaughter of dozens of herds of elephants. munira hussein reports from the court in dar es salaam. yang feng glan was nicknamed the "ivory queen". she has lived in tanzania since the 1970s, and was even secretary general of the tanzanian china—africa business consul. but today, she was found guilty of smuggling the tusks of more than 250 elephants. she was charged along two tanzanian man for smuggling ivory between 2000—2014 from tanzania. as well as sentencing her to 15 years injail, the court said that her property will be
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confiscated in order to recover all proceedings from her business. demand for ivory from asian countries, where it is turnedinto jewellery and ornaments, has led to a surge in poaching across africa. environmental activists say that this is the beginning of a new era against poaching. i think tanzania as a whole over the last few years has been doing really good work, and has really turned the tide on poaching. so this just adds testament to the good work they're doing, not only out in the field, but as well as the courtrooms. yang feng glan says she will appeal the sentence. munira hussein, bbc news, dar es salaam. thailand is one of the world's most popular tourist destingations, but the cost to this success is that much of the coastline has been damaged. maya bay, the setting leonardo dicaprio's movie "the beach" is closed indefinitely, after nearly all the coral died. our south—east asia correspondent jonathan head has got access to see
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how it's recovering. from the air, its beauty is breathtaking. sheer limestone towers soaring out of an impossibly turquoise sea. a landscape so dazzling, it starred in a hollywood movie. but the movie brought fame and popularity, so that the famous beach began to be crushed under the weight of visitors numbering thousands each day. before we crossed the maya bay, sometimes there were more than 200 boats inside the bay, this small bay that you see. it didn't look like a bay, it looked like a floating market or something like that. this turf, the sand area, some of them were anchoring in the coral. so all of them made the coral in maya bay a very serious condition.
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so what's it like now, eight months after they closed it? i took a boat ride to the islands to find out. tourists can still come to the mouth of maya bay, but their only view of the beach is a distant one. we followed a team from the national parks department who had come to see how well the marine life is recovering. so we are about to go into the water here at maya bay. this is one of the divers who is checking on the health of the coral that they've replanted in here ever since they shut it down. mostly we saw only dead and broken coral. this is the damage done by years of uncontrolled tourism. the new coral is embedded back in the bay floor. it will need many years to mature. i already, there are
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visible improvements. we have a nursery, and at least three mother sharks have have given birth in the bay. the sudden closure at this region's most famous tourist attraction has not been popular with local entrepreneurs. they agreed that there were too many visitors, but not with the response. translation: at the beginning, we were affected by some cancellations, and it doesn't help our image that we haven't got a consistent policy. the initial closure was forfour months. now, it's indefinite. there is a plan for the boats to dock on the other side of the island for tourists to walk to the beach. in truth, no one really knows how to balance the preservation of this fragile landscape with the desire of millions to see it. jonathan head, bbc news,
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maya bay, southern thailand. once again, the great barrier reef is facing a serious threat. this time, it's not due to rising sea temperatures or coral—eating starfish, but plumes of potentially toxic floodwater after days of heavy rain in queensland. the sediment—laden brown water comes from farming areas which use chemicals. these pictures show the extent of the damage. earlier, i spoke to steve lewis, who is part of the team sampling the flood water. occasionally water with high organic content that we're seeing in these flood waters can level up stress levels on corals for bleaching. but on this occasion, we are probably seeing more effects, things like reduced light that can reach those corals growing on the bottom, and seagrass meadows growing on the bottom, things like that. of course, the reef has also faced pressure in the last few years from major coral bleaching events, as well as the outbreak of the crown—of—thorns starfish,
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which like to eat the coral. this recent event is really just another further stressor on the systems. what we're seeing is quite unusual, because there are parts of the great barrier reef which do not typically see these flood waters. typically the plumes move northwards along the coastline. it's not really common, and also i just want to say that not all areas of the great barrier reef will be impacted by this event. so what kind of toxics are in this brown water that are concerning you? there's a sediment and organic material associated with the sediment itself that reduces the light levels acutely, as well as over subsequent months as that sediment settles out, it can be resuspended further and cause prolonged lowlight availability on the coral reefs, on the sea meadows, it also affects nutrients in the water.
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these nutrients fuel photoplankton or algae. these are like the favourite food of the crown—of—thorns starfish larvae, so that can help fuel the outbreaks of the crown—of—thorns coral—eating starfish. steve lewis explaining some of the dangers of that toxic freshwater to the great barrier reef. you have been watching newsday. i'm kasia madera in london. and i'm rico hizon in singapore. stay with us. economic makeover? we'll be taking a look at saudi arabia's crown prince, who's in asia forging new ties and deals after a chill in relations with the west. and we're going to leave you with some pictures of a supermoon injapan. these images were taken in the ogasa—wara islands, south of tokyo. the moon, which is at its closest point to earth, has been dubbed the "snow moon" because snowfall is often at it's heaviest this time of year. that's all for now, stay
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with bbc world news. we are about to drag the heat up even further. dragging up some air from the northwest of africa, pushing past spain into the uk as we get towards the end of the week and into the weekend. now that will be boosting temperatures, we could see highs given a bit of sunshine getting as high as 18 celsius, that is just about possible. depending on how much sunshine we will see and the next few days do look pretty cloudy. this is the cloud we have at the moment, the weather system pushing itself northwards in eastwards, bringing with it some wet weather. we have some rain around across scotland and northern england, a few spots in the midlands but mostly dry in the south, some showers falling to northern ireland. you will notice a mild start to wednesday, temperatures in the range of 7—11dc.
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wednesday will be off to a cloudy start with outbreaks of rain at times. rain can be heavy at times for whales and scotland, but there will be sunshine in the afternoon. the best chance of seeing that is a crossed east anglia and the northeast of scotland, and a mild day with temperatures between 11—1lidc. through wednesday evening and overnight, most of the rain will turn to ease, but there could be like spots of drizzle across the coast and hills. a mostly mild night with skies getting a bit cooler here. thursday has a greater prospect of seeing a bit more sunshine breaking through. the best chance of that will be the midlands, not doing too badly. eastern areas of scotland, and many western areas seeing a fair bit of cloud. notjust us in the uk who have mild weather,
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temperatures on thursday up to 17 celsius in paris. towards the weekend, we could see temperatures hit around 25 celsius. looking at the charts to the end of the week, pressure builds across england, punching a few more holes in the cloud. some more mist and cloud the start the day, but for most of us there should be more in the way of sunshine to go around. that sunshine will help boost temperatures, 14—15dc, you can see those hires getting higher than that, getting some decent cloud breaks. the mild spell of weather continues to the weekend, dry into next week. that is your latest weather, goodbye.
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