tv The Briefing BBC News November 11, 2019 5:00am-5:30am GMT
this is the briefing. i'm sally bundock. our top stories: police in hong kong use live ammunition during clashes with protesters. a demonstrator has been shot at point blank range. a state of emergency is declared in new south wales and queensland, with warnings that bushfires in australia could pose a catastrophic threat to sydney. spain's second general election this year fails to break the political deadlock, with the socialists topping the poll without an outright majority. british steel is set to announce a 90 million dollar rescue from a chinese company that could save up to four thousand jobs
a warm welcome to the programme, briefing you on all you need to know in global news, business, and sport. also in the programme: amazon's head scientist says alexa could one day become an "active companion" that can see and even walk around the home. what do you think? is this a thrill or a threat? are you a fan of digital assistants? tell us what you think — just use the hashtag #bbcthebriefing. we begin in hong kong. police in hong kong have used live ammunition at pro—democracy demonstrations and shot one protestor at close range. protesters had called for a general strike on monday and have been trying to disrupt transport in
hong kong by setting up barricades. shocking pictures of the incident in the sai wan ho district were livestreamed on social media. an unarmed demonstrator can be seen approaching an officer, and then falling to the ground after being shot at close range. local media are reporting that he is in critical condition in hospital. the police have issued a statement denying that their management have ordered frontline officers to recklessly use their firearms — they call this allegation "false and malicious". joining me now is the bbc‘s steve mcdonell. he is there for us. what is happening at the moment? here at the crossroads where this protester was shot a few hours ago it has been quite tense. this was a barricade which was set on fire and put out by the fire department. and if we walk
through you can see that the riot police are in the middle of the street. now, four hours of service, ordinary people have been calling out abuse at the police and they have been arresting people. in this van here theyjust took have been arresting people. in this van here they just took a have been arresting people. in this van here theyjust took a young protester a nd van here theyjust took a young protester and put him in the van to drive away. a lot of anger here today following this use of live ammunition. the third protester to have been shot with live ammunition. and there is also footage today going around the internet of a police officer on a motorbike who appears to be ploughing in and out of protesters. now this also has made people very angry. there are a lot of questions being asked as to why a police officer would do this? i think it shows they are under a lot of pressure and may be the toll
is starting to show on the hong kong police force. we have this panel of experts that has now said that the existing complaints procedure is not adequate to deal with this crisis. it is fuelling calls for an enquiry into the hong kong police. and seeing that motorbike ploughing into activists, having somebody shot, a third protester shot with live ammunition today, is, as i say, making people very angry and fuelling calls for this enquiry. now, this is only one scene, by the way. there are clashes going on right now all across hong kong. all the universities have had to shut down today. tear—gas has been fired in central, in the very business heart of hong kong. less lethal rows have been fired, like rubber bullets. and right across the city there are shockwaves being felt following today's shooting. just
briefly, steve, what is it protesters are saying to you right now about what they want carrie lam in the authorities to do? the main thing is this call for an enquiry, an independent enquiry into the police. police —— people don't trust the existing complaints procedure. they think it is rigged with probating sympathisers. they say there should be a judge or somebody of that stature holding the equivalent of like a royal commission, say, in australia or britain or somewhere like that. they wa nt britain or somewhere like that. they want a major enquiry that would give people a chance to produce evidence, to really have a good look at how this crisis has unfolded, how it has been handled by the police. and even, for that matter, what protesters have done. today police say they have also had a large metal objects thrown down on them from all ways. they have had petrol—bombs thrown at them. it is not like this
isa thrown at them. it is not like this is a one—sided thing. thrown at them. it is not like this is a one-sided thing. for now, stephen —— thank you. steve mcdonell there. the protests have escalated, tensions have been mounting for some time. authorities in australia have declared a state of emergency, saying tomorrow's weather is expected to be worse than originally forecast. 64 bushfires are still burning, and several of them are edging closer to the outskirts of sydney. at least three people have been killed in new south wales and authorities fear more lives are at severe risk. here's freya cole. blackened foundations and bird remains. it is a heartbreaking discovery for those allowed to return after bushfires ripped through their hometown. it's only things. it's only things. we've got family, we got our lives. and we've got great neighbours and great friends. and they have all rallied together. firefighters are bracing
for the worst ahead of tomorrow's dangerous forecast. high temperatures, strong winds, and low humidity area temperatures, strong winds, and low humidity are a deadly mix during a bushfire emergency. there is no doubt that the fire danger we will see in end—around sydney is unprecedented. because under these conditions fires will start incredibly quickly. they will spread very, very rapidly, and we don't wa nt very, very rapidly, and we don't want people in the path them because there is the potential for want people in the path them because there is the potentialfor them want people in the path them because there is the potential for them to be killed. the message to residents is to leave now — while they can. for many it is a difficult decision, but they have been warned help may not be available when the fire arrives. what you reckon, mate? not cool arrives. what you reckon, mate? not cool, mate, not cool. by thousands of people have been displaced and the trauma is taking its toll.m of people have been displaced and the trauma is taking its toll. it is the trauma is taking its toll. it is the worst thing they have ever seen. honestly, the favourite was coming at us. just nothing you could do about it. so lost a few friends in the fire. lost all the possessions,
sessions are nothing. it is the people that count. the fire is also claiming the lives of countless wildlife. as many as 350 koalas have perished after flames tore through a sanctuary in bushland. firefighters are working around the clock and are starting to wear out. extra volu nteers starting to wear out. extra volunteers from interstate, new zealand, and even the military are being called in to help during australia's moment of need. freya cole, bbc news. let's brief you on some of the other stories making the news. ajudge in malaysia has ruled that a huge corruption case against the former prime minister, najib razak, should proceed to the next stage. the trial is linked to a multibillion—dollar scandal involving the state investment fund, imdb. mr najib has pleaded not guilty to charges including money laundering and abuse of power. he told the court he would take the stand in his defence. new research has concluded that a 20% reduction in the speed at which ships travel could be hugely beneficial to both human
and environmental health. campaigners say that slower ships would curb emissions of carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and sulphur, while also cutting underwater noise and limiting collisions with whales. a meeting of the international maritime 0rganisation in london this week will consider the idea. here in the uk, almost 50 flood alerts are in place in england after days of persistent rain. five severe warnings remain in place in south yorkshire — which means there's a threat to life. a military helicopter has been working to bolster defences as more heavy rain is forecast. a chinese company has agreed in principle to buy british steel, for £70 million. the deal with thejingye group could save 4,000 jobs and british steel's main scu nthorpe plant. the company went into liquidation in may. its previous owners had pulled out, saying worries about brexit had severely reduced orders.
cornelia meyer is the ceo of mrl corporation, a business consultancy, shejoins me now. many might be breathing a sigh of relief. it is an agreement in principle. they have still got to do the legalities. but this looks like british steel could be rescued. the legalities. but this looks like british steel could be rescuedlj think british steel could be rescued.” think it looks like it could be. any price. you know, when you have these turnaround jobs and a lot of it is how expensive is the company to acquire? and 70 million for a company like british steel is nothing. it's not much money at all. it is easy to make money on something that you had so little to invest in. but it is not easy because brexit is not going away.
the global economy is slowing, which is not good for steel. so they have their work cut out for them. it is not just their work cut out for them. it is notjust 4000 jobs, it is the 20,000 jobs in the supply chain as well. so all in all, it is 34,000 jobs. —— 24,000 jobs. the company has said they will need to do some cost—cutting. .. some of they will need to do some cost—cutting... some of the jobs will have to go. what do we know about the group? they operate in steel already but also in things like hotels... it is a nice conglomerate, a conglomerate thing. they do hotels, tourism, property property make sense because for hotels you need steel, right, they are quite big, according to their website their number is 217 among the 500 largest companies in china. so they have a certain standing. so once again china snapping up an
assetin once again china snapping up an asset in europe. they are looking to this company, which is steel, to enable them to, you know, produces steel in the uk, get it into europe, et cetera. they will be faced with brexit as well. this chinese theme is interesting. there was a very big, big thing, the agricultural chemicals group. that was also, that acquisition had a lot of, there were acquisition had a lot of, there were a lot of promises made and then things changed and a few of the promises that were made were kept. the irony about this bigger story with it being british steel is that china is... they are the one stopping steel on everybody, yes. derek use of absolutely skewing the international steel market by dumping still everywhere. it is why companies like british steel and others have had such a tough time. it is one of the reasons they had such a tough time. they also had some other problems. this is one of
the reasons. they are now the beneficiaries of the market they created. if we look online again you can see scu nthorpe created. if we look online again you can see scunthorpe in the north—east of england, which is the main british steel plan. and you can see in this image herejust how large the british steel site is next to the british steel site is next to the town of scunthorpe. it is the main employer. you know, if you go to, say, pennsylvania, in the us, which is big with steel, these things are the main employers. in the 1960s and 1950s they made those places to be roaring. it was the backbone of the community. now it has all changed. the one thing eye would say, you know, beware of promises made because sometimes things change. will keep an eye for sure. you very much. cornellius back later for the news sure. you very much. cornellius back laterfor the news briefing. we have more to discuss them. —— core nearly
the leader of spain's socialist party says he will call all other party leaders on monday to get them to tackle the political stalemate after the country's fourth election in four years again delivered a hung parliament. pedro sanchez‘s party will remain the largest — just as in april's poll. there's been substantial gains for both the conservative popular party, which is the second biggest party, with the right—wing populist vox party surging to third. 0ur correspondentjenny hill reports from madrid. it's four years since spain had a stable government. can this man deliver one? pedro sanchez knows the eyes of the world are on him. his socialist party failed to win a majority in april.
and it's done no better this time. "what spain needs now", he told reporters, "is stability". he won't find it in catalonia. the independence crisis has exploded into violence in recent weeks, and dominated this election. take the far right, campaigning to crack down on separatists. the anti—immigrant party vox is winning over spanish voters. it will complicate coalition building. viva espana! but spain is struggling under the burden of high unemployment and slowing economic growth. this religious festival, comfort for some, but it is the fourth time the country has gone to the polls in four years. many are losing faith in spanish democracy. i think that is not ok when you have a vote in april and now in november are you voting another time.
translation: i'm worried about the stability of the country. i'm worried about the economy and i'm worried about catalonia. spain's socialist party headquarters tonight. weeks of negotiation likely lie ahead. what they, what this country fear most, ongoing political paralysis. jenny hill, bbc news, madrid. so much more to come. anti—government protesters in bolivia take to the streets to celebrate as president evo morales stands down, claiming that he's the victim of a coup. the bombastic establishment outsider, donald trump, has defied the pollsters to take the keys to the oval office. i feel great about the election result. i voted for him because i genuinely believe that
he cares about the country. it's keeping the candidate's name always in the public eye that counts. success or failure depends not only on public display, but on the local campaign headquarters and the heavy routine work of their women volunteers. berliners from both east and west linked hands and danced around their liberated territory. and with nobody to stop them, it wasn't long before the first attempts were made to destroy the structure itself. yasser arafat, who dominated the palestinian cause for so long, has died. palestinian authority has declared a state of mourning. after 17 years of discussion, the result was greeted with an outburst ofjoy. women ministers who'd long felt only grudgingly accepted in the ranks of clergy suddenly felt welcomed. you're watching the briefing. 0ur headlines:
a protester is shot at close range by hong kong police using live ammunition. new south wales and now queensland in australia declare a state of emergency, with warnings bushfires spreading across the country could pose a catastrophic threat to sydney. bolivia's president, evo morales, has announced his resignation after the country's military urged him to stand down. there have been violent protests across the country since his disputed re—election last month. his opponents accuse him of fraud, while an inquiry found serious irregularities. mr morales says he is the victim of a coup. tim allman reports. the end, when it came, came quickly. evo morales appearing on state television announcing, somewhat reluctantly, he was stepping down. translation: we are resigning. iam resigning.
so that my sisters and brothers who are leaders of the socialist movement are not harassed, persecuted, and threatened. viva bolivia! 0n the streets of la paz, as the news broke, there was cheering and jubilation from supporters of the opposition. translation: it is totally glorious for us. we're very happy. and long live democracy. translation: absolutely happy. grateful to god that this dictatorship is over, this tyranny is over. time ran out for the president when the country's military took to the airwaves. the head of the armed forces urging mr morales to renounce his mandate, allowing for peace to be restored and the maintenance of stability for the good of bolivia. stability has been in
short supply since last month's presidential election. three weeks of increasingly violent protests as opponents of mr morales accused him of fraud. evo morales was the country's first indigenous president, coming to power in 2006. he pursued an unashamedly left—wing agenda, aiming to redistribute wealth and combat poverty. for his supporters, mostly the rural poor, he was a hero. but for many in bolivia's more affluent cities, his policies were a lot more divisive. you have to understand that most of the population in the country has been blockaded, basically, nojobs, no public offices were open. he has now departed the scene. the victim, he says, of a coup. a new election is expected in the coming weeks.
for the first time in nearly 15 years, evo morales won't be a candidate. now it's time to get all the latest from the bbc sports centre. hello i'm ben croucher, and this is your monday sport briefing. how big a result could this be come the end of the premier league season? a ruthless win for leaders liverpool over defending champions manchester city 3—1 at anfield. fabinho scored for liverpool after just 6 minutes, before mo salah and sadio mane made it 3. there's still two—thirds of the season to play, but liverpool lead by 8 points. the intensity was incredible, it was pretty wild. for us, not too unusual that the game is wild, i think city usually controls the game or, but they were good, we had to defend
whither we have, with all we have, and that squad at... incredible goals. in tennis, france have won the fed cup, beating australia 3—2 after a dramatic day in perth. it all came down to the doubles, which was won by the french pair of kristina mladenovic and caroline garcia, they beat ashleigh barty and samantha stosur 6—4 6—3, to seal a 3—2 victory, and deny australia a first fed cup in 45 years. the atp tour finals are up and running in london and there was a surprise as roger federer was beaten 7—5, 7—5 in his opening round robin match. novak djokovic was in imperious form, beating italy's matteo berrettini. rarely troubled by the italian, dropping just two games in the first set, he took the second 6—i — spending a little over an hour on court. rafa nadal makes his bow at the end of season tournament
with doubts over his fitness and end of year ranking. the spaniard has been struggling for complete health recently. he's currently world number one, but djokovic has the chance to regain that ranking if he wins all his matches in london. idomy i do my normal calendar, but at the same time, try to put me in a position to fight for it. but let's see, i know i have to be healthy, i know i have to be playing at my 100%, so i need to be my way and play out my 100% since the beginning ifi play out my 100% since the beginning if i want to have a chance for it. south africa's rugby players will finish their five day celebration tour around the country in cape town on monday after winning a third world cup by beating england last weekend. they've already taken in pretoria, johannesburg, soweto, durban, east london and port elizabeth. thousands are expected to turn out
to greet them in the capital. something you might have missed over the weekend was one of the strangest red cards you're likely to see. it came in the german bundesliga match between frieberg and frankfurt where frankfurt captain david abraham was sent off after shoulder barging the frieberg manager whilst he was standing in the dugout. he has since apologised and cleared the air with christian streich — who looked none too impressed with abra ham's forcefulness. just when you thought you'd seen it all! 0ne one of the subs was sent off in the melee as well. you can read the report on that and plenty more via our website, bbc.com/sport. check out the app too. but from me and the rest of the team, that is your monday sport briefing.
let's go through what we have been discussing today, what amazon's head scientist to say about the future of alexa, it may be an interactive companion, may even walking around the home. is this a thrill or a threat? many have been in touch. 0ne person says "i hate talking to inanimate objects, anyone who allows amazon, google or facebook to have a camera and microphone in their home is making a big mistake." another says "not100% convinced ai is the way to go. these fraudsters get your information from your rubbish by hacking your phones, pcs, imagine the information they can steal when they hack into your home via such devices as alexa. " i will be back
with the top business stories in just a moment. don't be fooled by sunday's sunshine. there's more rain on the way this week, and to areas that really don't want any more. this is how thejet stream's looking this week. it's taking aim at the uk. taking areas of low pressure further south across the but it's how it is looking this week. more low pressure being carried towards us at times, the uk is on the northern side of the uk is on the northern side of the jetstream, that is the cold side. so this weather pattern this week means there will be further spells of rain, sunny moments as well, some hills know, windy around the low pressure and we are cold with some frost occasionally overnight. this is how we are starting the new week with low
pressure taking this area of what weather right across us, delivering a bit of hill snow in places, especially around the central belt in scotland where some of the higher routes will have wintry conditions to start the day, so bear that in mind if you are heading out. early rain clearing eastern uk — make it a pa rt rain clearing eastern uk — make it a part of england, with some sunny spells and showers, most frequent across north—western areas, some heavy and thundery hail, wintry hills, some of the showers being pushed right the way south and east across the uk and a brisk west north—westerly wind, relatively few showers reaching the further south and east to our mind you, so the lion ‘s share of the dry, sunny weather here in the afternoon, and temperatures for the most part in single figures and feeling colder than sunday, just —— because the wind is stronger. enter tuesday the showers keep coming from the north—west to the south—east, running through the peak district at times, we will see further wet weather on tuesday, with the potential for some flooding problems asa potential for some flooding problems as a result. low pressure still
close by on tuesday afternoon, driving wet weather further south with more showers following behind, and talking about the feel of the weather, look at the arrows coming down from the north, that is the brisk and chilly wind, so you have to bea brisk and chilly wind, so you have to be a long way south in the uk, especially into the aisles of psylliu m especially into the aisles of psyllium channels island —— and islands —— scilly. by thursday much of northern ireland and scotland will be dry, the band of what weather sitting through parts of england and wales, and potentially areas seeing the worst of the flooding at the moment. flood warnings and weather warnings, details at our website, keep across the forecast this week if you're worried about rain.
this is the business briefing. i'm sally bundock. british steel is set to announce a $90 million rescue from a chinese company that could save up to 4,000 jobs in the uk. up in smoke. 0nce hailed as the healthier alternative to cigarettes, vaping products are facing a backlash around the globe after their safety has been challenged. and markets in asia are under pressure with the hang seng seeing heavy losses as tensions escalate in hong kong — also the main markets in shanghai are under pressure with demand