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i‘m kasia madera with bbc news. 0ur our top stories. tough new rules for the internet. britain follows australia and announces a new crackdown on harmful content on the web. you are watching newsday on the bbc. i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore, the headlines: internet regulation — britain follows australia firms that carry child and announces a new crackdown abuse images or terrorist propaganda could be fined and even on harmful content on the web. have their content blocked. senior managers could be held too many social media firms criminally responsible for breaking the rules. still seem to think that they can in just a few hours‘ time, get away with providing a service israelis head to the polls with without providing the prime minister benjamin netanyahu fighting for his political survival. protection for users. he‘s facing criminal corruption charges and his toughest challenger in just a few hours, in years — the former israeli israelis head to the polls with military chief benny gantz. prime minister benjamin netanyahu and this story is trending on in a huge american fighting for his political survival. scandal over college entrance exam cheating, i'm kasia madera in london. prosecutors say actress also in the programme. felicity huffman and 13 others have agreed to plead guilty. "shameful and un—australian", australia's prime minister lashes out at animal rights campaigners that‘s all. who broke into abbatoirs stay with bbc world news. and held up traffic. america's college entrance scandal: actress felicity huffman and 13 others plead guilty.
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and the top story in the uk. mps and peers back a new law to extend the brexit process, life from our studios in singapore and at london, this is bbc world news. it is newsday. —— live from oui’ news. it is newsday. —— live from our studios. good morning. it's 8am in singapore and one o'clock in london where the uk government has become the latest to announce new regulations for the internet. firms that carry child abuse images or terrorist propaganda could be fined and even have their content blocked. there'll be a new watchdog and senior managers could be held criminally responsible for any breaches of the rules. it follows australia's decision to ban harmful content — partly motivated by the live—streaming on facebook of the christchurch mosque shootings in which 50 people were shot dead. critics argue the proposals
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threaten freedom of speech. our media editor, amol rajan, reports. over the past few years, the tech giants have come under sustained pressure to clean up their act. terrorist propaganda such as the live broadcast of a recent attack in new zealand have caused horror. so, too, have stories about child grooming online, and the appalling death of 14—year—old molly russell, who took her own life after seeing images of self—harm on instagram — which is owned by facebook — prompted an outcry. this long—delayed white paper is broad in scope and bold in its recommendations. for the first time, oversight of the internet will be entrusted to a regulator. a statutory duty of care to protect users will be enforced. and there is a potential for heavy fines to be administered. but many details remain unclear, which is why there's now a 12—week consultation. too many social media firms still seem to think that they can get away with providing the service without providing the protection for users, that anyone who challenges them must be some
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kind of luddite who just doesn't understand the modern world. cabinet ministers claim britain will have the toughest internet laws in the world. that is an exaggeration. the likes of turkey, china, dubai are much tougher. but britain has sought inspiration from germany, whose use of hate speech laws to curb online excess has been tentatively hailed as a success in the past year. censorship is always bad, even in unfree society. it is the task and the responsibility of governments to maintain freedom of speech, but it is also the task of governments to stop using free speech if it violates other people. the new rules would apply to any company that allows people to share or discover user—generated content, or to interact with others. while facebook welcomes the proposals in principle,
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they say any new rules must protect innovation and freedom of speech. critics say applying the same rules to companies of such varying size will favour those few companies that can afford staff to oversee compliance, so entrenching the power of big tech. amol rajan, bbc news. we'll hear more on internet regulation from australia shortly. first, let's take a look at some of the day's other news. british mps have approved legislation forcing prime minister theresa may to request to delay brexit in order to avoid a no—deal brexit this friday. that's as talks between the uk government and opposition labour party continue as they try to break the deadlock over brexit. mrs may will meet the french and german leaders on tuesday to discuss britain's options. our europe editor katya adler is in brussels. michel barnier, the eu's chief negotiator, says the eu remains united but they are not actually united at the moment. about whether to grant an extension, how long for,
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and under which conditions because the prime minister may say she wants a short extension until the 30th ofjune, but many eu leaders disagree because they cannot see the uk really getting everything together and ratifying a brexit deal by that date. katya adler with the latest on brexit. also making news today... us secretary of state mike pompeo has barred i6 saudis from entering the united states for the state department described as their involvement in the killing of the journalist jamal khashoggi. the state department previously revoked the visas of nearly two dozen saudi officials and froze the assets of 17 others. us president donald trump is removing the director of the secret service, the agency that provides protection for him and other top officials. the dismissal of randolph "tex" alles comes just a day after his boss, the homeland security secretary kirstjen nielsen, left her post. mr alles has denied suggestions he was fired, saying he was told weeks ago to expect a ‘transition in leadership‘.
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a hong kong court is expected to deliver its verdict in the controversial trial of three democracy campaigners over their participation in the so—called umbrella movement in 2014. they're among nine activists facing colonial—era public nuisance charges in relation to the protests, which called for free elections. the charges carryjail terms of up to seven years. nissan shareholders have voted to remove the company's former boss carlos ghosn from its board. the decision to sever ties with mr ghosn was made at a shareholders meeting. the former chairman of nissan was re—arrested in tokyo last week while out on bail pending trial over claims of financial misconduct. he was first detained in november. the uk is the latest country to question the use of huawei technology in its 5g network. the united states has been warning its allies that huawei's technology could make them vulnerable to chinese state espionage or cyber attacks —
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something huawei denies. it is known as the toughest foot race on earth, the seven—day marathon des sables is taking place in the sahara desert in southern morocco. it covers a distance of 251km, equivalent to six regular marathons. almost 1,000 competitors are participating in this year's event, racing across inhospitable terrain in the blazing heat. the so—called ultramarathon has been held annually since 1986. as we've heard, the era of self—regulation for giant tech companies such as facebook is coming to an end. britain has followed australia in announcing enforcement powers including the ability to fine companies that break the rules. but how difficult is it
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to police the internet? i put that question to the head of the international cyber policy centre — fergus hanson — whojoined me from canberra a short time ago. well, it is hugely difficult. if you think about it, just targeting facebook and looking at these big tech companies, but really there is a whole world of much smaller companies that are almost impossible to reach. if you take the christchurch terrorist video, that was actually disseminated largely through a group called 8chan, which most people probably never heard of but there is a whole bunch of these little websites that are just really very difficult to reach and hard to regulate. how big an appetite is there around the world for some kind of accountability for what has happened online? we have been talking about those awful christchurch shootings the fact they were live streamed... shouldn't something like that not be allowed to happen again? yes, i think you feel and hear that christchurch shooting video really has stirred people up.
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it is was a horrendous attack and people i think really want to see more action taken against companies that are facilitating the sharing of these videos. the big question though is how do you do that. are we going to start treating these companies as broadcasters and apply the same rules or will we start saying everybody is a publisher now and individuals have to start taking a bit more responsibility? personally, i think we need to do a little bit of a mix of both. we cannot just let individuals off scott free and have no responsibility for what they are sharing online. there's been a lot of concern as well, particularly where you are in australia, that these new rules were rushed through, a lot of concerns about censorship. that is right. in australia, a new law has passed parliament that essentially empowers what we call our re—safety commission, who are responsible for making sure that australians feel safe online. and they have given the power to issue notices to companies saying
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they are hosting abhorent content which is essentially a signal that they have to remove it instantly. unfortunately, the laws do not actually spell out how quickly they have to remove it, they were raced through parliament, drafted over a weekend, so it is very unclear, but there are these new powers that have been passed and they have yet to be tested. what kind of solution would you like to see? some sort of dedicated regulator then potentially an answer? the uk model of looking at a regulator is an interesting one. i think we need a bit of a mix of greater transparency from the companies showing us how much content they are actually removing and how quickly they are removing it so that we can track their progress over the time to see if they are doing better or worse. i also think there is a bit of room for taking individual responsibility. you can defame somebody online, on twitter for example, why should you not also take a little bit of responsibility for sharing content that is terrible,
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like the christchurch killings? so i think it is a bit of a balance but i am not sure that putting people in prison is necessarily going to be the solution to this as we are proposing to do here in australia. in just a few hours‘ time, israeli voters go to the polls in a very tight election race — which has seen the long—time prime minister benjamin netanyahu fighting for his political survival. he‘s facing criminal corruption charges and his toughest challenger in years, a former israeli military chief, benny gantz. security is a main issue in the election but there‘s been very little debate about how to achieve a lasting peace with the palestinians, as our correspondent yolande knell reports. violence and conflict are neverfar away in israel. that is why elections here are fought and won on security.
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i could hear the whoosh, and then boom, up went the explosive. robert wolff‘s family home was destroyed two weeks ago by a powerful rocket fired by palestinian militants in gaza. nobody was killed, but his baby granddaughter was among those hurt. we are a very lucky family. we are all alive, we are all here, we are not — you know, there could have been seven graves up the road. we need a leader who is brave enough to bring peace. in a close campaign waged with social media videos, benjamin netanyahu argues his global friendships protect israel. he is facing bribery charges, which he denies. his main rival, benny gantz, is a former head of the israeli military, pledging cleaner politics. but when it comes to divisions with the palestinians, neither candidate is committed
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to them having their own state. in these israeli elections internationally—approved ideas about how to reach peace with the palestinians are being abandoned. and while that could wind votes, the danger is it will deepen tensions and mistrust, and only perpetuate what‘s already been a long and painful conflict. standing up to israeli occupation has become part of life for boys at hebron elementary school. tear gas during morning assembly, after some children had thrown stones at an israeli checkpoint nearby. four students were taken to hospital. all later recovered. palestinians don‘t get to vote in israeli polls, but this teacher says they feel the impact of the outcome. translation: we as palestinians
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don‘t care about the israeli elections or who will become the prime minister, because each one is worse than the last. there is nothing new. just empty promises, lies. whoever is israel‘s next leader faces the challenge of continuing unrest and a stalled peace process. but this election could bring a change of face rather than direction. yolande knell, bbc news, jerusalem. you‘re watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme... anger and a war of words in australia after protests by animal rights campaigners who held up traffic and broke into abbatoirs. also on the programme... lost and found. a clip of the beatles performing on the bbc more than 50 years ago surfaces in mexico.
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years of hatred and rage as they jump! this funeral became a massive demonstration of black power — the power to influence. today is about the promise of a bright future, a day we hope a line can be drawn on the bloody past. under the bloody past. i think picasso‘s works were beautiful. they were intelligent. and it is a sad loss to everybody who loves art.
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welcome back. this is newsday on the bbc. i‘m sharanjit leyl in singapore. i‘m kasia madera in london. our top stories: internet regulation — britain follows australia and announces a new crackdown on harmful content on the web. in just a few hours, israelis head to the polls with prime minister benjamin netanyahu fighting for his political survival. let‘s take a look at some front pages from around the world. the japan times leads with an article on the official removal of nissan former chairman carlos ghosn. shareholders voted to sever ties with mr ghosn, ending his 20—year relationship with the company he once saved. the south china morning post looks
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into how telecom giant huawei may have contributed in the so—called ‘erosion of trust‘ in chinese brands. us firm edelman was quoted as saying that the global perception of chinese brands has worsened because of troubles at huawei. according to the new york times, the misuse of antibiotics — especially in developing countries — is spawning deadly mutant bacteria. antibiotics have become accessible to the world‘s poor thanks to low—cost generics but bacteria have now evolved to outsmart medications. now... what stories are sparking discussions online? a lot of interest online in a plot to steal money that could have come right out of a film. criminals hired a digger
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to smash their way through a wall and grab an atm machine. it happened in a small town in northern ireland in the middle of the night. police have appealed for help in catching the criminals. it‘s the latest in a series of atm thefts in the region. australia‘s prime minister scott morrison has labelled animal rights campaigners as "shameful and un—australian" after they broke into abbatoirs and held up traffic in melbourne. here‘s kathryn stapley. the protesters brought this usually busy intersection in the heart of melbourne to a standstill in the rush hour. they say meat is murder. these animals‘ lives are still being taken, still being sent to slaughter, part of the system for them to be killed. they are going to their deaths and fighting and screaming. the protest is part of a campaign
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across three australian states to raise awareness about the treatment of animals and the ethics of eating meat. commuters had some sympathy for their cause, but not for the choice of protest venue. i think we are aware of the issues, but why have protest and disrupt but why have a protest and disrupt everybody on their orderly progress to work? there are many other avenues to go. different times to do it, why can't they do it on the corners of the road and allow people to have a thoroughfare? absolutely get the word out there about animal rights, but not this way. police arrested 38 activists in melbourne, and a further nine who chained themselves to machinery at an abattoir south of sydney. australian prime minister scott morrison criticised the animal rights activists describing them as shameful and un—australian. saying this is just another form of activism and...
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australia is second only to the us for meat consumption per person. and the nation‘s livestock industry accounts for more than 40% of its agricultural output. in may, australians will go to the polls for an election where farmers‘ vote will be key. it has been called the largest college admissions scam in us history. now federal prosecutors say 1a people, including the actress from desperate housewives, felicity huffman, have pleaded guilty. they are among 50 people accused of cheating on college entrance exams and paying $25 million in bribes to secure their children admission at well—known universities. for more on this, i‘ve been speaking to our correspondent in washington, chris buckler. essentially these parents were accused of paying to get their children into colleges.
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that was the case with felicity huffman, who‘s probably most famous for being an actress on desperate housewives. it was claimed she paid thousands of dollars to get her daughter‘s exam admission questions covertly corrected in order to try and get her into college. and she is now, along with a dozen other parents, accepted responsibility for that and issued a very strong statement in which she takes full responsibility. she says "i am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame of what i have done. i am ashamed of the pain i have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community." she is one of the most famous people that has been named in terms of this case and you mentioned a total of 50 people have been charged, including people who are very famous in terms of business,
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ceos and another actress among them, lori laughlin, she has not pleaded guilty it should be said, she is accused of paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to try to get her daughters into college and it is claimed she was one of those who said they had a real ability in sport, saying they were rowers to get a special accommodation to get into the university, when actually that was not the case and that they did in fact not row. so this is a case that will continue but at this stage, 1a out of the 50 have pled guilty. and there‘s been concern over how the admissions process works in us colleges. those were places that would‘ve gone to these children meaning that they didn‘t go to children that have actually got them genuinely? yes. and there‘s always been questions over how college admissions work inside the united states, but this particular scam seems to have been really perpetrated by one individual,
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and he has been charged as part of it as well. he pled guilty. it gives you a sense with this that there is a real attempt to stamp down on this, if you take a look at the investigations taken place, they already got a lot of evidence, it was called operation varsity blues, a reference to the hollywood movie which seems quite appropriate in this case. for many of us, the beatles are part of our cultural dna. even casual fans can recite their lyrics by heart. so imagine the suprise, and excitement, when a new clip surfaced ofjohn, paul, george and ringo performing on britain‘s ‘top of the pops‘ programme. even more surprising, the footage was found in mexico, of all places. 0ur entertainment correspondent colin paterson investigates. the beatles rehearsing for their only ever live top of the pops appearance. back in 1966, bbc shows
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were recorded on video tape — very expensive at the time, so wiped after a couple of weeks. thought lost forever, until now. the fabfour, a fabfind — 11 seconds of paperback radar 11 seconds of paperback writer unearthed in mexico. 0ne inch, rank's intelforfilm, domestic video tape, you know, d—2, d—3... kaleidoscope specialise in tracking down missing tv. a mexican beatles fan got in touch after buying an 8mm film reel, shot at home by a liverpudlian family. i think if you're a beatles fan, it's a holy grail, there's no doubt about that. the beatles only did top of the pops once live. and to think that, you know, somebody in liverpool was filming, you know, off the telly, in 1966 — so to find it again after all those years later wasjust stunning. at the beatles story exhibition, we showed the find to an expert. oh, my gosh. that's amazing! how important a discovery is this? well, we already have loads and loads of kind
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of audiovisual artefacts, more or less, that we can study. the idea that there's more out there is absolutely... it's amazing, really. there is no other word for it. and it‘s notjust beatles footage which has been rediscovered. more than 240 lost top of the pops performances, saved thanks to a fan of the show who recorded them at home... music: rocket man by eltonjohn. hello, this is charles henry butler pearce, in bangor, north wales, making a test recording, in september 1976. hello, hello. the new discoveries, including t.rex performing metal guru, will be featured later this month at the bfi southbank‘s music believed wiped event. and what a discovery. for all of the fans they get the whites of the videos.
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that‘s all for now — stay with bbc world news. —— they get to watch the videos. goodbye. hello there, good morning. sunshine really did make a big difference to the temperature yesterday. we had 20 degrees for the first time in a long time. that was recorded in east anglia in the sunshine. further north in the north—east of england, it was a very different look to the weather. the mist and fog and low cloud rolling in from the north sea and temperatures about 7 degrees. now, we should get sunshine in the north—east of england on tuesday but our air is getting colder. 0ur air is coming all the way from scandinavia over the cold north sea so we are going to find temperatures dropping. that mild and warmer windier weather is staying out in the atlantic and it wasn‘t very warm in mid wales on monday with thick cloud, some showery rain too. we should get some sunshine here i think on tuesday
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because the rain is still probably a bit further south through rush—hour, so affecting south wales, southern england, perhaps into the south midlands. move further north, very much quieter, bit of a chillier start perhaps one or two mist and fog patches but sunshine in most areas and very light winds as well a much sunnier day for the north—east of england. we will still have this showery rain mind you and it is moving very, very slowly its way southwards. it could induce a few more thundery downpours in the south west of england during the afternoon. away from here though, a lot of dry weather with sunshine continuing through the day. easterly breezes mind you. colder around the north sea coast, significant drop in temperature across east anglia as you can see as well as some western parts of scotland which was quite warm on monday. it gets chillier as the sun goes down, mind you. and we should see the showers moving down going further south out towards the english channel overnight. clear skies, maybe one or two mist orfog patches but especially at night, northern parts of the uk, as you see we have a touch of blue on there. there could be a touch of frost around as well. now we are going to find any showers
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squeezed way to the south by this developing area of high pressure that is extending its way into the uk and it‘s keeping all these weather fronts at bay from the atlantic. so, a lot of quiet and dry weather through the rest of the week. chilly start as i say from wednesday. any showers are more likely to be across the english channel. it should be a dry day for the most part, maybe a little bit more cloud coming in, more of a breeze across east anglia and the south—east of england with some chilly breezes as well. those temperatures not changing an awful lot. 9—13 degrees if you are lucky, a bit below par for this time of year. and with that high pressure still around, essentially it is dry. there will be some cloud around, some sunshine at times. the winds probably picking up a bit later on in the week and still feeling chilly for this time of the year. goodbye.
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