tv The Briefing BBC News August 12, 2019 5:00am-5:30am BST
this is the briefing — i'm sally bundock. our top story: violent scenes as the tenth consecutive weekend of anti—government protests in hong kong come to a close. beijing warns britain not to interfere. hundreds of people search the malaysian jungle as the hunt for a missing irish—french teenager enters a second week. fewer migrants are landing on the italian island of lampedusa — so why is anti—migrant feeling rising? we investigate. ditch diesel and petrol — india pushes more people to drive electric cars. a warm welcome to the programme —
briefing you on all you need to know in global news, business and sport. also in the programme, the number of gamblers complaining about british betting firms has risen by 5,000% in 5 years — last year, punters lost a record £14.5 billion. what do you think? is gambling too easy? should betting companies do more to keep players safe? get in touch — just use the hashtag #bbcthebriefing. hong kong is cleaning up again after a tenth weekend of unrest as the terrotory witnesses further clashes between pro—democracy
protesters and riot police, in hong kong. tear gas was fired after petrol bombs exploded near the main police headquarters. the police are due to give their daily news conference in about four hours from now but the cheif executive carrie lam has already said the unrest has caused more damage than the 2008 financial crisis. from hong kong, here's jonathan head. this is how it starts every weekend now in hong kong. they've turned improvising barricades into an art form. they work with impressive speed and coordination. there is never much time before the police arrive. these confrontations are now a familiar routine in hong kong's streets.
generally, the protesters retreat, avoiding direct contact. but, by nightfall, the clashes were happening in multiple locations across the city, and getting worse. the police are stressed, and acting at times with little restraint. this was tai koo underground station, where protesters were corralled by the police and then beaten and driven down the escalators. the foreign secretary, dominic raab, has called for an independent investigation into police tactics. it is one of the five demands made by the protest movement, but his intervention has not gone down well with china, which views this as an internal matter. the longer this goes on, the greater the risk of more overt intervention by china. now, that is something that clearly worries britain as a joint guarantor of this city's special status. but china has just made it clear it will not accept what it calls british meddling, and the influence of hong kong's one—time colonial power these days is very limited.
there are those here who still hope for some kind of foreign support for their cause. in truth, though, they are largely on their own, and up against an unyielding and increasingly impatient china, which has warned that it won't stand by if this unrest goes on. jonathan head, bbc news, hong kong. and we will be discussing the warnings from carrie lam about the cost of the unrest in business briefing in about 20 minutes time so stay with us for that. detectives in malaysia have set up a special hotline for information about a missing british teenager, who vanished a week ago. a team of 250 people are searching for 15—year—old nora quoirin, who has special needs. she was last seen at a forest eco—resort where she was staying with her parents.
joining me now is howard johnson in seremban. nora disappeared from this resort behind me. 350 people are searching, the biggest number of search and rescue personnel to date. the family are considering offering a reward for any information that will lead to the discovery of nora. that's something the elusive blackman trust charities working with. the family set up to help reduce nationals. they have said that they are considering this reward. speaking to rescue workers today who say they have been through the jungle
overnight. no luck, no new leads. they were lying down on little bunkbeds down there, taking a rest and searching again. just reminds us the circumstances of nora's disappearance because they say it was completely out of character for say it was completely out of characterfor her to say it was completely out of character for her to disappear the way she did. a week ago, her family arrived here for a 2— week holiday. they were staying just up the road here. when they arrived, they checked in at around seven o'clock and by eight o'clock the next morning, the father went into the room, looking for his daughter. he found a window open on the lower ground floor. as things stand, the police are considering this is a missing persons case, assuming people went out alone. the family would like to pursue the line that she was abducted. police are not
ruling that out. we are seeing the people are still scouring this area. people are calling out her name and using a halo with her mother's voice coaxing from the undergrowth if she is around here. howard johnson with the search, let's hope we get good news soon. let's brief you on some of the other stories making the news: police in norway are due to give an update on saturday's shooting at a mosque in oslo. it's being investigated as an attempted act of terrorism. the suspect was arrested at the scene however hours after the shooting the body of a young woman related to the suspect was found dead. brazil's presidentjair bolsonaro has accused the german government of trying to buy the amazon after it said it would withhold about forty million dollars of environmental funds because of worries about deforestation. last month brazil's space agency reported a huge increase in the amount of trees being cleared
since mr bolsonaro took office. he said brazil doesn't need german money. hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes on the spanish island of gran canaria due to wildfires. strong wind and temperatures of over thirty two degrees celsius are hampering efforts to put out the blaze, which covers ten square kilometres. a fifty—year—old man has been arrested on suspicion of starting the fire. polls have closed in guatemala's presidential run—off election, where voters have been choosing between the centre—left former first lady, sandra torres, and the right—wing candidate alejandro giammattei. early indications suggest that mr giammattei is in the lead with nearly sixty per cent of the vote. i knew trading week begins in london.
the british pound sterling is under constant pressure from the brexit uncertainty. on friday it hit a two—year low against the dollar — and there are even those who say it could reach parity with the greenback, should the uk leave the eu without a deal. david buik, market commentator from core spreadsjoins me now. you have been a city veteran, the pound under a lot of pressure. it is seen pound under a lot of pressure. it is seen as pound under a lot of pressure. it is seen as the main barometer when it comes to sensitivity about brexit but will we see parity? let's go through the history? the 23rd of june, midnight, 2016, one 15 to the pound. seven minutes we are out, 125 then we bobbed between 125 and 140 and back down again and we got
briefly back below 120 on friday due to some very bad but temporary gdp numbers. some hysterical behaviour against that background because the minimum requirements is at least two quarters consecutive saying they are below the plimsolls line and also we haven't been near recession in the past and future and also everybody was saying, on top of that what people can't deal with his uncertainty. they can do would bad news or good news but uncertainty is not in our repertoire. news or good news but uncertainty is not in our repertoirelj news or good news but uncertainty is not in our repertoire. i was pausing for a bit, at one point on friday we saw £1 buying $118 which would not seem saw £1 buying $118 which would not seem forever to years. we had the growth numbers out which have caused concern. looking forward, what are
your thoughts? it's very hard to see. goldman sacks six months ago says they can see parity and they are very good at making profound state m e nts are very good at making profound statements every now and again. sometimes they are right, sometimes they are wrong. forecasting is a dangerous occupational hazard. i wa nt dangerous occupational hazard. i want viewers to remember that you are going to get some data on wednesday from the european union basically, and it's not going to make pretty reading. what will it be about? gdp. i wouldn't make pretty reading. what will it be about? gdp. iwouldn't be make pretty reading. what will it be about? gdp. i wouldn't be at all surprised if briefly, germany was below the plimsolls line so if anybody thinks, brexit is nuisance and it is causing us grief, i'm not going to deny that, but it is not the only thing. if president trump would stop messing around with china over these trade situations because trade is really important and he thinks the spat between the two of
them is an isolated being. it is damaging the whole world economy. it is having quite a big effect and in my humble opinion, we could see it coming down further. we should keep an eye on that. david is coming back soon an eye on that. david is coming back soon for the news weeping. some very interesting stories to discuss as well. stringent security measures are in place in indian—administered kashmir — as the mainly muslim population —— muslim population prepare to celebrate the festival of eid al adha. several thousand indian soldiers are on alert in the province and are patrolling the streets. the security clampdown follows protests over delhi's decision to revoke the region's special status. let's cross live to delhi — and speak to the bbc‘s rahul tandon. last time i spoke to last week, there was a lot down on kashmir. it would seem they are keeping those stringent security measures in
place. you are absolutely light -- right. day seven of a lockdown that was put in place a week ago when the indian minister stood up in parliament and announced there would bea parliament and announced there would be a revocation of a special status. we have seen protests over the last few days. there was a realistic —— relaxation. yesterday, the indian police took to the streets, telling people to go back into their homes. shutting down their stores. 0n people to go back into their homes. shutting down their stores. on what should be a day of hustle and bustle, people are chopping, we believe the streets of kashmir, in srinagar, is very quiet. we have to say it is very difficult to get
information because of those communications restrictions. and also very difficult for us to speak to the people. the indian authorities say the majority of people in that region support the moves they put in place in terms of removal of autonomy and in the long—term, this is going to benefit the people of indian administered kashmir but the problem is, we haven't heard their views on what's happened to them. how and that this this going down at a time when it is such a key festival for them, to enjoy the social interaction of the festival, the celebrations, yet they are not all under house arrest but seemingly being prevented from any normality. maybe at some point today, people will be allowed to go today, people will be allowed to go to their local mosque but we expect the major ones will be shut down. if you're not allowed to go out on an important day like this, that is bound to lead to some resentment,
the people of the indian government wa nt to the people of the indian government want to win the hearts and minds of. adding to that is a tension with pakistan which means kashmir —— kashmir remains one of most dangerous places on earth. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: they were school friends until the berlin wall divided them. now, nearly 60 years later, they meet again for the first time. the big crowds became bigger as the time of the funeral approached. as the lines of fans became longer, the police prepared for a hugejob of crowd control. idi amin, uganda's brutalformer
dictator, has died at the age of 80. he's been buried in saudi arabia, where he lived in exile since being overthrown in 1979. two billion people around the world have seen the last total eclipse of the sun to take place in this millennium. it began itsjourney off the coast of canada, ending three hours later when the sun set over the bay of bengal. you're watching the briefing. 0ur headlines: the 10th consecutive weekend of pro—democracy protests in hong kong has come to an end with accusations of increased police violence. in malaysia, the search for a missing franco—irish teenager with learning difficulties has entered a second week.
the number of migrants arriving in italy from north africa has plummeted, yet feelings about migration are running higher than ever. the mediterranean island of lampedusa has seen hundreds of thousands of migrants disembark at its port. but the far right lega party came first in the european elections there, as emma jane kirby reports. a pretty picture in lampedusa. but the view here is changing. nearer to africa than the italian mainland, this mediterranean island has long played host to thousands of migrants arriving from libya. now it's welcoming thousands of tourists from europe. that means good business for the local taxi drivers, whose tours
taking the best beaches, bars and boats on offer. but the foot rinse of the migrants, like their shipwrecked vessels, are still visible all over this island, and it's prompted a hard swing right. salvini is number one, laughs this taxidriver. he showing his support for italy's populist deputy prime minister, matteo salvini, who was elected on an anti—immigration platform. he has band ngo operated ships from docking on any italian port. in june, ships from docking on any italian port. injune, this german charity boat broke that rule and disembarked on lampedusa. the captain was arrested as an outlaw. turnout was low in the european elections here, but salvini's right wing lega party came first. translation:
but salvini's right wing lega party came first. translationzlj but salvini's right wing lega party came first. translation: i say sell the new‘s policy should be even more hardline than it is now, because let's not forget that behind this problem are the traffickers of human flesh. we should blockade the ports with ships to stop these traffickers. it's the height of the summer season in lampedusa and, as you can see, the beaches are packed with tourists flocking to the island now the number of migrant arrivals has dropped so dramatically here. this beautiful cobalt sea is beautiful for holidaymakers, but in fact the mediterranean has now become the world's deadliest sea crossing. aid agencies fear the hardline policy is costing lives. last month, as many as 150 people drowned off the coast of libya when their boat capsized. as europe argues over who should ta ke as europe argues over who should take responsibility for the migrants, the perilous sea crossings
continue. lampedusa's memorial to the missing a poignant reminder. emma—jane kirby, bbc news, lampedusa. now it's time to get all the latest from the bbc sports centre. hello, im marc edwards and here is your monday sport briefing. hope you had a good weekend! serena williams could be a doubt for the final major of the year, the us open, which gets underway in two weeks' time. she suffered back spasms during the candian open final against bianca andreescu in toronto and was forced to retire while trailing 3—1 in the first set. andreescu is the first canadian player to win the title since 1969, and the wins follows her victory at indian wells earlier in the year. it's not easy for an athlete to pull out, especially in a final... in the final round, but i know she's going to bounce back real quick. she's an incredible athlete, and i wish her
the fastest recovery. arsenal and manchester united both made winning starts to their premier league campaigns on sunday. pierre—emerick aubameyang scored the only goal of the game as arsenal won at newcastle, while ole gunnar solskjaer‘s team thrashed chelsea 4—0 at old trafford, making it a miserable top flight managerial debut for frank lampard. marcus rashford grabbed a brace in united's biggest home win against chelsea since 1965. england coach eddie jones joked that he would use red wine and advice from his dog to help decide the world cup squad he will announce on monday, even though the deadline for teams to submit their squads is actually september the 8th. new zealand—born scrum—half willi heinz made his england debut in sunday's 33—19 victory over wales at twickenham and will be among those hoping he's done enough to go to japan. i don't have instagram or twitter or
anything like that, so i've got facebook, which helps me keep up with friends and family around the world, but other than that, it's just been training, eating and sleeping for me for the last week. i've enjoyed the week. today was incredible, highlight of my career, and i'lljust incredible, highlight of my career, and i'll just wait incredible, highlight of my career, and i'lljust wait and see what happens. bayern munich will look to put the disappointment of their supercup defeat to borussia dortmund behind them when they begin their dfb cup defence against fourth—tier energie cottbus on monday. it's been over 10 years since cottbus last faced bayern and 11 since they last beat them. bundesliga and dfb cup winners last season, bayern lost 2—0 to dortmund in the season—opening supercup. more than 80,000 people took part in sydney's annual city2surf race on sunday with runner harry summers winning his third event in a time of 40:05 seconds, just two seconds shy of the record time. the city2surf started in 1971 and raises millions of dollars for various charities across australia. competitors find the most difficult
part of the course a 2km steep incline called heartbreak hill at the halfway mark. a few interesting and frankly completely unsuitable running costumes on show as well. you can get all the latest sports news at our website — that's bbc.com/sport. but from me, marc edwards, and the rest of the sport team, that's your monday sport briefing. that is indeed. the berlin wall was a symbol of the division of europe during the cold war. for nearly 30 years it separated friends and family keeping the two sides of the city apart. now two women have been reunited nearly 60 years after the wall was built. the bbc‘s tim allman has their story. august, 1961 — two teenage girls holding hands as the whole world around them is transformed. they were known as the ‘wall girls‘. rosemary, on the left, in the east of the city. kriemhild, on the right, lived in the west. almost 60 years later almost to the day and the two friends
are reunited, both of them reliving the moment when berlin was split in two. translation: what i did was, of course, was not meant to be. i ran straight to the wall. the policeman who was in the picture should've stopped me. i did not think about it at all, idid not even realise what i was doing. i walked towards my friend with only that thought in my head. east germany was forced to build the wall to try and stop the city's population fleeing to the west. it's not known exactly how many people tried to escape, but 136 of them died in the attempt. the citizens of west berlin, desperate to help their eastern neighbours. translation: rosemary fled with her mother. at first, she stayed with me but then we completely lost track of each other until a year ago when we saw an article in the newspaper people
where they were calling for people who knew the wall girls in the photo. eventually, the wall and the regime it represented collapsed. a new germany was born and two old friends could meet up in a city no longer divided. tim allman, bbc news. reunited at last! today's talking point is a story on bbc online. gambling companies have seen a bbc online. gambling companies have seen a huge rise in complaints from users, in fact a 5000% jump seen a huge rise in complaints from users, in fact a 5000%jump in seen a huge rise in complaints from users, in fact a 5000% jump in five yea rs. users, in fact a 5000% jump in five years. that is betting firms. a record 8266 complaints last year. these are figures obtained by panorama. we've been asking, is it too easy to gamble? one viewer...
many have been in touch but debbie ca rdwell says many have been in touch but debbie cardwell says i grew up in vegas and my dad was in the casino industry. i saw people lose everything they earn. gambling is a worse addiction than heroin. isle see you soon —— they earned —— isle see you soon. not as much rain as we've had recently but showery rain at times, feeling cool and breezy. not a com plete feeling cool and breezy. not a complete washout, some drier interludes over the next few days. for monday, certainly the main area of low pressure that brought the wind and rain recently has moved to the east but we still have weather fronts draped across the country. heavy showers in the south on monday morning, especially the channel isles, hampshire, sussex and kent with under possible in these heavy showers. to the north of that, quite a bit of sunshine for norfolk, through the midlands, wales and north—west england. drizzly rain for
north—west england. drizzly rain for north—west england. drizzly rain for north—west england and cloudy and damp earbud for ireland and scotland, much drier with a few showers moving in from the north—west with the north—westerly wind. we keep heavy showers in southern england through the day and some cropping further north, especially in northern ireland and western scotland and on the north—westerly wind, attempts down a notch on recent days, 16—19, so feeling cooler and fresher compared to recently. still showers continue into tuesday but most of them ease away on tuesday morning and with clear spells, a fresher night with single figures in the countryside across much of the country with the odd misty patch tuesday morning. tuesday another day of sunshine and showers but showers few and far between by tuesday with many avoiding them. light winds and a window of fine and settled weather for many on tuesday with temperatures not too bad, 16—21, pleasa nt temperatures not too bad, 16—21,
pleasant enough but a bit below—average. the next area of low pressure arrives into wednesday. in england and wales, another spell of heavy rain with strengthening winds, especially in the south. not as wet for scotland and northern ireland, but we could have heavy showers in northern scotland later in the day. temperatures 16—20, not feeling great to kibali where you've got the wind and rain further south across the country —— particularly. be prepared for more wind and rain as we head on into the weekend. that's it for now. bye—bye.
this is the business briefing. i'm sally bundock. as protests continue into the 10th week we assess the impact on businesses in hong kong. ditch diesel and petrol — india pushes more people to drive electric cars. and on financial markets japan and several others are shut today for a public holiday so thin trading as investors remain cautious