tv The Briefing BBC News June 12, 2019 5:00am-5:31am BST
this is the briefing. i'm sally bundock. our top story: chaos on the streets of hong kong. demonstrators defy police orders to close main roads and barricade government buildings. tens of thousands are protesting against a proposed extradition bill. its reading has just been delayed. this is the scene live: a rare move by moscow, as mounting pressure from the media sees a reporter released. angry shareholders have their say at renault agm with tough questions expected on the failed merger with fiat chrysler and the former chairman, carlos ghosn‘s bonus.
a warm welcome to the programme — briefing you on all you need to know in global news, business and sport. and we'd love to hear from you this wednesday — do get in touch to tell us what you think about the stories we covering or what you are spotting where you are. just use #bbcthebriefing. there are chaotic scenes in hong kong as tens of thousands of demonstrators protest against a controversial extradition law. they've stormed roads
near government offices to show their to opposition to the measure that would allow people to be sent to mainland china for trial. at noon local time, this is the scene live outside the legislative council in hong kong — where the bill was due for a second round of debate. that has now been delayed. there were huge protests last sunday too, but the government says it will push on with the proposed law. the bbc‘s stephen mcdonell is at the scene right now. what is the latest? what are you hearing? as you can probably see behind me, there is a small part of this now enormous crowd of protesters filling many city blocks including main streets in the
central business district and in this area, this building behind me is the legislative council. that is where they were to debate this bill to enable the government to send people to mainland china to face courts. that has been delayed. and there has been no official reason for that but as you can imagine, pro— beijing legislators have got tens of thousands of protesters... clearly we are having trouble connecting with stephen right now but as you can see, this is the live scene in hong kong. tens of thousands are gathered again today in protest against this extradition bill as stephen was trying to tell us bill as stephen was trying to tell us there. the second reading of the bill has actually been delayed because of these protest on sunday. the protesters themselves said there
we re the protesters themselves said there were 1 the protesters themselves said there were1 million people on the streets, government authority said it was a lot less in numbers. in terms of support for this movement, well, local businesses have enabled flexible working to allow people to ta ke to flexible working to allow people to take to the streets. there are teachers who are not expected to be in lessons and teaching right now, there is a real support among local businesses and local bodies to enable people to protest against this extradition bill. the real concern in the worry is that if people are sent to mainland china for trial, what will the treatment be? human rights activists and others are warranting against —— warning against a legal move. activists are at the moment going with the line from mainland china and they are saying, this extradition bill should go through
despite their norms protest we are seeing again. right now in hong kong, will have more on the side. hopefully we can reconnect with stephen who is giving us across what is happening there on the streets. right now let's move on to our other story. that being in russia. russia has released an investigative journalist less than a week after he was put under house arrest on spurious drugs charges. ivan golunov had been writing about high—level corruption, and many saw the case against him as politically motivated. it's a rare instance of the russian authorities backing down under public pressure as ramzan karmali reports. the moment ivan golunov became a free man once again. the russian investigative journalist was released just days after drug dealing charges against him were dropped, following a public outcry. translation: thank you very much for all the support. i still hardly understand what is happening. i'm happy thatjustice has been served and the criminal
case was dropped. i hope the investigation will continue and i hope no—one will find themself in the same situation that i did. mr golunov‘s employer, the latvian—based independent website, meduza, saluted the government for a rare climbdown and said it had "listened to the people". his detention last week provoked anger, with many saying he'd been framed because of his investigations into corruption. russian authorities were eventually forced into an embarrassing climbdown and suspended the officers involved. translation: there will be a check made on the legality of the actions of those police officers who have taken part in the detention of this person. they've been discharged from their duties for the period of the investigation. on monday, in an unusual show of public support, three of russia's leading newspapers launched a synchronised defence of mr golunov. the european union is calling for a thorough investigation. and journalists in the country want action to be taken.
translation: there has been, to say the least, a mistake, actually, a crime, and the people who organised this crime will be held accountable and victory will only be real when those people are behind bars. and ivan golunov has vowed to carry on his investigative work. translation: i will continue the work that i was doing and carry out investigations because i need to justify the trust in me that those who supported me have shown. this is fantastic. plans were being made for a demonstration in moscow on wednesday, it was clear to everyone, including the authorities, that this case was not going to go away quietly. ramzan karmali, bbc news. let's brief you on some of the other stories making the news. the british government has outlined ambitious plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions to almost zero by 2050 in order to tackle climate change. emissions will have to be avoided completely or offset by planting trees or sucking c02 out of the atmosphere. critics say the action
is being taken too late. others warn it will be too costly. an outbreak of ebola in the democratic republic of congo has now spread into uganda. the world health organisation says a 5 year old boy with the disease entered uganda on 9th june and is now being treated in hospital. protest leaders in sudan have agreed to suspend widespread strikes and return to the negotiating table. in return, the army, which has been in control since long—time president omar al—bashir was ousted in april, has agreed to release political prisoners. the sudanese professionals association, which had called the strikes, has backed their temporary suspension and urged people to return to work. a failed merger and a boardroom bust—up are the backdrop for renault‘s annual shareholders meeting which takes place in paris later today.
james hughes chief market analyst at axi trader, a brokerage firm, joins me now. they were planning to come together, they came to an end. there is also they came to an end. there is also theissue they came to an end. there is also the issue of the former chairman currently behind bars injapan. there's a lot going on for renault. of course, with renault, a lot of the stems from those issues at nissan. and the breakdown in trust oi’ nissan. and the breakdown in trust orjust happened nissan. and the breakdown in trust or just happened between nissan. and the breakdown in trust orjust happened between nissan and renault on the back of that. this is before fiat chrysler comes in. listen have been looking to change a lot of the way they work because a lot of the way they work because a lot of the way they work because a lot of investigation is going into what happened with the chairman, means nissan wants to clean the act up means nissan wants to clean the act upa means nissan wants to clean the act up a little bit. that has been blocked by renault which a lot of
people question the matter of saying has been pushed by the french government, the french covenant has a 15% stake in renault. without going on one side and the argument between sn and renault over that reform within the company, there has been the emergence of a possible deal between it and one and fiat chrysler. —— renault stop that seems to have stalled a little bit. there are now talks about could re—emerge and of course this is all in the backdrop of today's agm. what's all this is going on, shareholders want to throw their weight around at the agm they have to agree on what bonus that shannon would have got for the previous year which is interesting. it's quite tricky and the french government has a 15% stake in it renault, it has a big voice was up asa renault, it has a big voice was up as a difficult want to work out when you have private companies like fiat chrysler wanting to do deals. the
french government are so keen to keep nissan happy whereas renault unnecessarily that intent on keeping them happy at the moment because of them happy at the moment because of the situation they have. i think a lot will be not decided today but will really get the view of it renault shareholders that the current situation with nissan on the situation going on with fiat chrysler. james is coming back later for the news briefing, we will have more on that story in the business briefing. president donald trump has branded his leading democratic opponentjoe biden a "dummy". in turn, mr biden, the front—runner for the democratic candidacy in next year's election, accused the president of damaging the reputation of the united states. let's get a flavour of how that spat developed. joe biden is a dummy. the way he calls people the names he calls them. well, i heard biden was a loser. no president has done
something like that, for god's sake! i called him i%joe, because until obama came along, he didn't do very well. as we used to stay in the business, "my friend, donald trump. " i'd rather run against, i think, biden than anybody. i think he's the weakest mentally. i thinkjoe is the weakest up here. this is a guy who does everything to separate and frighten people. when a man has to mention my name 76 times in a speech, that means he's in trouble. it's about fear and loathing. i have to tell you, he's a different guy, he looks different than he used to, he acts different than he used to, he is even slower than he used to be. i mean, it's bizarre and it's damaging, and so i think he is genuinely a threat to our core values. so, i don't know, but when he mentions my name that many times, i guess i should be complimented. that gives you a taste of what is to
come in the run—up to the election in 2020. we have a lot more coming up in 2020. we have a lot more coming up including terrorised truckers, we find out what is behind the attacks on lorries in southern africa. the day the british liberated the falklands. and by tonight, british troops had begun the task of disarming the enemy. in the heart of the west german capital, this was gorby—mania at its height. the crowd packed to see the man who for them, has raised great hopes for an end to the division of europe. michaeljackson was not guilty on all charges. the screams of the crowd, a testament to his popularity and their faith in his innocence. as long as they'll pay to go see me,
i'll get out there and kick 'em down the hill. what does it feel like to be the first man to go across the channel by your own power? it's feels pretty neat. feels marvellous, really. you're watching the briefing. our main headline: tens of thousands of people are on the streets of hong kong protesting against a proposed extradition law. that is our top story. let's go live now to hong kong. you can see this aerial shot that gives you a sense of the number of people who have gathered there again today. tens of thousands. so what was expected to happen at the legislative council today was the second reading of a very controversial extradition bill which would allow the authorities in
hong kong to extradite people to mainland china who are on trial for various things. and as you can see, protesters are there in force. some of them are wearing face masks, they have helmets on, they have blocked key roads around government buildings and this has successfully enabled them to delay the second reading of the bill. so as far as we are aware, that hasn't gotten under way yet in the leg co, the legislative council, as it were. widespread opposition to the government's plan to get this through is what is being discussed right now today. i million people, it was reported, gathered on sunday. these protest of course are ongoing. these protest of course are ongoing. the second reading was due to happen
and the third reading of this bill. we should keep across what is happening there in hong kong and bring you the latest developments as we continue the briefing. more than 200 drivers have been killed in south africa and haulage companies have lost over $180 million. most all of the chimes with ocean of goods in south africa is by road so this continued violence could have dire consequences for a struggling economy. calling for divine intervention for an industry that's come under siege. over the past 18 months, a tax on truck drivers has increased in frequency and viciousness in south africa —— attacks. it's been more than a week since this driver was forced to leave his best friend and
brother—in—law on the side of the road after his truck was petrol bombed. you see here, a man was standing here, the front of his cab was where the ashes are lying. the two drivers were pulled over and asleep when unknown assailants set their trucks alight. there were trucks involved that carried food, that carried clothing and they didn't steal one piece of clothes, one piece or tin of food. also and a lwa ys one piece or tin of food. also and always attack the truck, start burning it. bernard is fighting for his life after sustaining serious burn wounds do most of his body. his wife has described the attack as" brutal hatred on an innocent man. " translation: everyone knows him. he's been in the business for decades. this has left everyone in shock, i don't know why anyone would
do this. it's senseless. this incident is the latest in a spate of attack on trucks in the country —— attacks. since march last year, more than 200 truck drivers have then killed, and over 1300 vehicles damaged. it is believed the attacks are as a result of a labour dispute in which trucking companies are accused of hiring foreign drivers and overlooking experience locals. the south african government has described these attacks as an act of economic sabotage. the law will prevail, and in this particular incidence, our agencies are working ha rd to incidence, our agencies are working hard to make sure those perpetrators are brought to justice. hard to make sure those perpetrators are brought tojustice. they hard to make sure those perpetrators are brought to justice. they are using hit—and—run tactics. meanwhile, a specialised police unit has been set up to patrol motorways where these attacks are most prevalent. let's breathe you now on
some of the other key events that are taking place around the world today. we begin in kazakhstan, where the inauguration will take place of president kassym—jomart tokayev, following sunday's controversial elections. tokayev succeeds long—time leader nursultan nazarbayev. later on in washington, president donald trump is due to host his polish counterpart andrzej duda. they are expected to sign an agreement that will see the us commit more troops to poland. and finally, the un security council is due to meet in order to discuss the situation in mali, west africa, where nearly 100 people were killed in a remote village on monday morning. now it's time to get all the latest from the bbc sports centre. hello there, i'm tulsen tollett and this is your wednesday sport briefing, where we start with the news that defending champions usa set a new women's world cup record beating thailand 13—0 in the opening
game of their defence in france. alex morgan scored five for the americans in rance equalling the game record at this tournament set by compatriot michelle akers in 1991, while in the other group f match, sweden were 2—0 winners over chile in renn. and in group e, ajill roord goal in the second minute of stoppage time saw european champions netherlands beat new zealand1—0 in la harv. in men's euro 2020 qualifiers, world champions france moved back to the top of group h after a 4—0 win in andorra. while in group i romelu lukaku scored twice for belgium as they maintained their 100% record beating scotland 3—0 in brussels with kevin de bruyne claiming the last late on. at the women's football world cup on wednesday, hosts france will be hoping to make it two wins from two in group a when they face norway — while the norwegians beat nigeria in their opener. in group b two—time champions germany face spain. the german's suffered
an injury setback — with midfielder dzsenifer marozsan ruled out of the remaining group stage matches after breaking a toe in their opening win against china. the nhl season is set to reach a thrilling finale later in game seven of the stanley cup final. the st louis blues will be aiming for a first ever championship, while the boston bruins forced the deciding game after sunday's win in missouri. the bruins last tasted success in 2011 and will be reliant on the home fans. you hope you fight for that ice all year and then it comes to the games, you hope it pays dividends, so that's what we're shooting for. really getting energy from the fans and, you know, for them to help us out. after two successive washouts at the cricket world cup it'll be the turn of defending champions australia who play pakistan later on wednesday. the aussies will be without all rounder marcus stoinis
after he suffered a side strain during their 36—run defeat to india on sunday, while pakistan saw their last match against sri lanka abandoned due to the weather. next week it starts to fine up and looks good across the country for the remainder of the tournament, but it's important that you get early wins on the board, because if they do play a part, you don't want to be on the wrong end of a couple of points out that leave you outside the top four. belgian cyclist dylan teuns still leads the criterium du dauphine heading into stage four later. ireland's sam bennett won stage three on tuesday, beating wout van aert in a sprint finish. bennett won the 172—kilometre stage from le puy en velay to riom, although teuns retained the race leader's yellowjersey holding a three—second advantage over guillaume martin. we've told you about belgium's win over scotland and leading up to the match, two of belgium's players were focusing on something a little bit different. michy batshuayi and thorgan hazard had been getting lessons in how
to play a traditional scottish instrument — the bagpipes — and they had the clothing to go with it. they gave it a good go. not quite sure of the tune though — perhaps best to stick to matters on the pitch. you can get all the latest sports news at our website, that's bbc.com/sport. but from me — tulsen tollett — and the rest of the team that is your wednesday sport briefing. thanks for that. the world is full of insects. by some estimates they outnumber us by a ratio of 200 million to one, and they are a vital part of the world's ecosystem. now, a huge new insect farm has opened in the netherlands, hoping to use them as a sustainable source of protein. the bbc‘s tim allman has more. they fascinate some, they horrify others. but insects help make the world go round. so important are they that the dutch king came to open this new insect farm near the border with belgium. he was getting a little hands—on,
examining close—up a potentially vital source of food. fish, chicken, layer hens, they all eat insects, and the new tehncology we bring to market and the new product we bring to market is entirely new to the world. some call it an alternative protein, we call it, actually, the original protein, because nature has actually defined it already. this facility could potentially churn out tons of insects ground into paste. if given the go—ahead by the european union, that paste could be used as a food source or as a type of fertiliser, potentially providing sustainable solutions. by managing that whole process under one roof, we can upcycle food waste back into high—quality proteins. and this is our contribution to closing the food system into a circular food system in balance with nature. in effect, these little creatures
could become a vital food source or sea life and livestock, something so small helping to solve a problem that's pretty big. tim allman, bbc news. let us take you back to hong kong, we're keeping a close eye on how demonstrations develop there today. you can see in this aerial shot, tens of thousands of people have gathered again, people from all walks of life, whether they work from organisations such as hsbc, which is allowing flexible conditions to allow people to go protest, and teachers which have been given the freedom to do so. people have gathered there, the second reading of the extradition bill, which is what they are protesting about, has been delayed. people have blocked roads and prevented government officials from
getting into the so—called leg co, legislative council. we'll have more injusta legislative council. we'll have more injust a moment. the weather's been pretty awful in the last couple of days, but it's not the only place in europe where it's unsettled, much of france is cool it's unsettled, much of france is cool, showery with binder storms. and the cool air has reached areas as far south as spain and portugal. this low pressure's stuck across this part of europe, you can see the cloud coming out of the north, that's where it's coming from, nothing's shifting really, just turning in the same place. in central and eastern europe, wind's blowing from the opposite direction from the south, where there is a relentless heatwave. the forecast is heavy rain in northern england and
north—west, not so much across the south where we haven't had so much rainfall. there is more rain on the way for wednesday. in fact, it looks like this weather front will be stuck across the north, we will see a patch of rain swirl around. you can see the blues fading away, that is the rain petering out, then this next area of rain moves into east anglia. south of that we have some bright weather, these blobs of colours here, that indicates downpours, so there could be some torrential thunderstorms here too. the rain will turn heavy as we go through the day across the north you can see blue colours, very menacing here other in notjust across northern england but nudging into scotla nd northern england but nudging into scotland and northern ireland as well. so that is wednesday. wednesday is looking wet across parts of the country, let's see what
thursday is going to bring. there is day, you guessed it! the lopressor is still with us. just nudging into parts of northern ireland, turning and swirling around to wales in the south—west and there could be some downpours in places. thunder and lightning as well, so the unsettled weather is going to continue for as long as this low pressure is stuck over us. it is going to wobble around a little bit, move awayjust around a little bit, move awayjust a touch, but the weather essentially is going to stay very changeable and wet at times.
this is the business briefing. i'm sally bundock. angry shareholders have their say at renault agm with tough questions expected on the failed merger with fiat chrysler and the former chairman carlos ghosn‘s bonus. and inflation is creeping up in china to a 15 month high driven by rapidly rising food prices. and on the markets: