you're watching newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon, in singapore. our top stories: after president trump and prime minster malcolm turnbull‘s difficult phone call, reports the australiam ambassador has had a productive meeting at the white house. of south korea that their alliance remains strong. why as it is in romania witnessing the biggest demonstrations in the fall of communism? we will explain all. and trading places. is china ready to replace the us and take the lead in our new world order? live from studios in singapore and london, this is bbc world news. it's newsday. glad you could join us. it is 9am in
singapore, 1am in london and 8pm in washington, dc, where president trump has again defended his controversial travel ban on people from seven mainly muslim countries. he has insisted that america was being taken advantage of by every nation in the world. our north american editor has the details. the first one ordered by america's new resident in chief. at a prayer request in washington, that experience seemed to weigh heavy.
greater love has no more than this, but a man lay down his life for his friend. we will never forget the men and women who wear the uniform. believe me. but overwhelmingly the tone on foreign policy is abrasive. when you hear about the tough phone calls, don't worry about it. we have to be tough. we are taking advantage —— we are being taken advantage of by every nation in the world, virtually. it won't happen any more. we saw a warning shot fired at iran. details have emerged of what was a p pa re ntly details have emerged of what was apparently a shouting match between him and australia's by minister. this was over an obama agreement, that the us would accept many muslim refugees that australia would take.
the person in charge of us foreign policy for now want rex tillerson took up his post and what was striking was how much more conciliatory he was. no one will tolerate disrespect of anyone. we are human beings first. let us extend respect to each other, especially when we may disagree. extend respect to each other, especially when we may disagreem is too soon to say what the foreign policy will look like. we heard what he said, what we i get to see what he said, what we i get to see what he will do. what we do know is that he will do. what we do know is that he will do. what we do know is that he will continue to take aim at anything or anyone who gets in his way. even arnold schwarzenegger, his successof on way. even arnold schwarzenegger, his successor on the apprentice.” way. even arnold schwarzenegger, his successor on the apprentice. i want to just pray successor on the apprentice. i want tojust pray for successor on the apprentice. i want to just pray for arnold if we can. and it brought a fairly swift response from the former governor
and terminator. donald, how about we switched jobs? you take over tv because you are such an expert in ratings and i can take over your job, so finally people can sleep co mforta ble job, so finally people can sleep comfortable ea games. it seems there we re comfortable ea games. it seems there were attempts to make up after that tense phone call between donald trump and the australian prime minister. mr trump's chief of staff reince priebus and his chief strategist steve bannon say they've had a productive meeting with the australian ambassador at the white house, in which the president's "deep admiration" for the australian people was conveyed. more on that relationship in a moment, but first let's take a look at some of the day's other news. thousands of people are protesting for the second night in romania, after the government pledged to release dozens of officials charged with corruption. more than a 250,000 people have been out on the streets against the measure.
these are the biggest protests since the 1989 fall of ccmmunism. the bbc‘s nick thorpe is among the crowds. the people here are angry and turning out in their tens of thousands to try to get the government to withdraw the decree which was passed very rapidly on tuesday night. one of the favourite chance of the ground favourite chance of the ground here is "thieves." the government says it has every right to pass the laws it wants to, that it was only elected two months ago and it has that legitimacy. the people here say there are still eight days before that decree comes into force and they will stay on the street every day until that decree is cancelled. a remarkable stand—off, putting the protesters, the prosecutors and the president of the republic against the government. also making news today —
a tokyo court has begun hearings in the case of a man who developed leukaemia after working as a welder injapan‘s damaged fukushima nuclear site. the 42—year—old is the first person to be recognised by the japanese labour authorities as having an illness linked to the radiation that leaked from the site, after it was hit by an earthquake and tsunami. the man is suing the tokyo electric power company, which operated the nuclear reactors. the united states has condemned russia's "aggressive actions" in ukraine, where renewed violence has erupted between moscow—backed rebels and ukrainian government forces. in her first public remarks to the un security council, the new us ambassador to the un nikki haley said the us stands with the people of ukraine. the british government has published a document setting out more details
of its plans for the brexit negotiations. the brexit secretary, david davis, told members of parliament that changes would be phased in gradually. and that the uk would not find itself on the edge of a cliff. prosecutors in france have widened their investigation into the financial affairs of the centre—right presidential candidate francois fillon to include payments made to two of his children. he's been under increasing pressure to step down over allegations that he paid his wife, penelope, a large salary as a parliamentary assistant, despite little evidence of any such work. these underweight animals are the only ones left in mosul‘s nour park zoo in iraq. when military advances began in mosul, the zoo was turned into a staging ground for islamic state. these animals haven't been fed for weeks. but now volunteers, sent
by the kurdistan organisation for animal rights protection, brought the first substantial amounts of food to the former zoo in a month. throughout the fighting local people had been bringing what food they could spare. more on our top story. earlier i spoke to ashley townshend, a research fellow at united states studies centre at the university of sydney. i started by asking him what impact that tense phone call between the two leaders might have on the us—australian relationship. i think this is exactly the sort of way that the united states should not manage a difficult issue in the alliance with australia. donald trump's tweets after a press statement was released from the australian consulate, saying essentially that the two sides had agreed that the refugee deal would go ahead. to then tweet that it was a bad deal
and he would review it, and then at the end of the day to wrap up and say it will be honoured but he's not happy with it, isjust an airing of dirty laundry and of disagreements that should have been done privately rather than in the public limelight. i don't think this will have an impact on the us—australia alliance itself. it has been reassuring to see the number of high—level us officials, not least senator mccain, come out in great support of the us—australia alliance, but it's at the public opinion in australia that this could be damaging. donald trump is 70% unpopular in australia. australians don't trust him and don't like him and so they might find it more difficult to prod the alliance along when they do not trust the us leader and when he does hang out the australian prime minister to dry like this. and it is notjust australia. mr trump has also been ruffling feathers across asia, even accusing south korea and japan for not paying enough for us military support and now we have mr mattis
visiting these two superpowers in asia. how do you think this will play out? that's right. mattis is there with two messages to deliver to asian allies. he was to reassure them of the us commitment. trump has done that privately in phone conversations, calling commitments ironclad to south korea and japan. mattis is in the region to do the same — to mop up the mess that trump made when during the election campaign he said that these were bad deals as well. his second message is more difficult. he needs to convince asian allies that donald trump is not going to inject an unprecedented level of friction in the us—china relationship. in asia, countries are worried that donald trump's tough stand on trade, currency, the south china sea, north korea, that american military presence in asia, he has said he will press hard on china. for countries that live with china and trade with china, this is uncomfortable and it needs to be said to trump privately that allies in the region are genuine supporters of the us but have concerns with the way
he is conducting a reckless policy with china. you hurt both of them talking about james mattis being on that trip to south korea and also to japan. we are getting snippets of information. james mattis saying that... warning north korea in fact that any attack on us allies or the us itself will be defeated and also we were talking about the use of nuclear weapons by north korea or any such use would be met with effective and overwhelming response. so those are the comments from james mattis, the us defence secretary who is of course on that trip in asia. the first... asia being the first continent that he is visiting. we will keep an eye out on any more developments coming out there. if there's one common thread amid president trump's international disputes it's that, if you're
on the receiving end of his attacks, it seems like the most important conflict in the world. take mexico. you'll remember that mr trump came out swinging at america's southern neighbour when he announced his candidacy, and the jabs keep coming. the bbc‘s will grant looks at how that is playing out. mexicans famously love their soap operas. the latest big release, the double life of estela carrillo, is a tale of cross—border immigration, the music business and money laundering. but the past two weeks have seen more drama than even the most outlandish of telenovela storylines. when it comes to life imitating art, everything is there for a good plot. a powerful villain which for most mexicans is being played by donald trump. the dashing hero, a role coveted by the mexican president, enrique pena nieto. and of course, the criminal
mastermind, in this story — joaquin el chapo guzman. in reality, us and mexican politics no longer follow a linear script. mexicans are deeply offended by president trump's order to extend the border wall and the idea of taxing mexican exports to pay for it. small businesses like this american—style barber shop in mexico city are already struggling amid the faltering economy. one of the barbers says he worked as an engineer with a state—run energy company until he was laid off recently. president pena nieto has long been criticised in mexico as a reality tv politician. married to a former soap actress, his approval ratings hover around single digits. but he might benefit from the conflict with the president trump. in the last week, there has been this rally around the flag type of phenomenon where pena nieto, even if he is a weak and indecisive
leader, has actually been getting the applause of much of the mexican elite. protests against his much loathed energy reform which raised the price of petrol at the pumps, happen almost daily. whether soap opera, tragedy or farce, political theatre in mexico has taken a dramatic twist with donald trump in the white house. small businesses and farmers are already angry at the government for recent fuel price hikes and now they are concerned about what any future hit to the economy will mean for them and their families. big business in mexico is concerned, too. it doesn't get much bigger than carlos slim — one of the richest people in the world, he boasts more financial clout than donald trump and warns the new us president against protectionism. translation: he is an intelligent man and we hope that he would understand it is not the way to go.
because it is clear they take back all manufacturing to the united states. that may generate a few thousand jobs but prices will rise for 325 million americans. in the hours before president trump was inaugurated, the world's most notorious drug lord, el chapo guzman, was extradited to the united states. some have interpreted the move as a gift from the mexican government to the new us administration. a message they can work together on security issues. ironically, el chapo is exactly the kind of bad hombre that president trump says the wall is supposed to keep out. will grant, bbc news, mexico city. you are watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: 0ur china editor considers if china will step up to the plate in the changing world order. also on the programme: aussies call it a bottle of shiraz, and the french say syrah, but where does the grape
really come from? this is the moment that millions in iran had been waiting for. after his long years in exile, the first hesitant steps of ayatollah khomeini on iranian soil. south africa's white government has offered its black opponents concessions unparalleled in the history of apartheid. the ban on the african national congress is lifted immediately, and the anc leader, nelson mandela, after 27 years injail, is to be set free unconditionally. the aircraft was returning from belgrade, where manchester united had entered the semi—final of the european cup. two americans are the first humans to walk in space without any lifeline to their spaceship. one of them called it a piece of cake. thousands of people have given yachstwoman ellen macarthur a spectacular homecoming after she smashed the world record for sailing solo around the world non—stop.
this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. and i'm kasia madera in london. our top stories: after president trump and prime minster malcolm turnbull‘s difficult phone call, reports the australian ambassador has had a productive meeting at the white house. the us defence secretary, james mattis, also smooths the way with south korea, before heading to japan. and this is one of the stories trending on the bbc website at the moment. the papers dominated by the phone
call between malcolm turnbull and donald trump but there have been some attempts to mend fences. i should say walls, maybe. the philippine star reports on a new investigation over the extra—judicial killings of drug dealers. as international pressure increases, reports that policemen were given incentives for every drug suspect killed as part of the so—called "clea nsing process" are to be looked into. le figaro shows a picture of a painting by picasso ina museum. the article explains how spain's most famous artist is continuing to be the star attraction for many of the galleries in france and other european countries.
now, rico, we covered this on yesterday's newsday, but it seems people online cannot get enough of beyonce's good news. beyonce has been sharing more pictures from her elaborate photoshoot celebrating becoming pregnant with twins. posted on her website, they show the superstar in a number of poses, swimming underwater. five—year—old daughter blue ivy alsojoined in, holding flowers and checking out mum's bump. in the era of trump's "america first", will china step up to become the global leader? with its rapidly growing economy and strengthening military, some see china taking on a new role of world leadership. the bbc‘s china editor carrie gracie gives her assessment. in the new donald trump era, strange things are happening. is the world is turning upside—down? this white house is in beijing, and this theme park a good place to ask whether china and the us are changing places.
america once defined itself as a melting pot for immigrants. it forged alliances in europe and asia, and built the capitalist system. it was always china that was the prickly, protectionist power. but now the rhetoric is reversed. so what about the other pillar of the old world order, europe? brexit, refugee crisis, and before that, financial crisis. europe, according to some analysts, is in steep decline. is russia china's rival for global leadership?
no. moscow is too busy with its economic problems, and its european borders, to trouble its giant neighbour in the east. india could be a problem. its population will soon outstrip china's. and it is making friends with other asian powers who are wary of beijing. but it is hard to compete on the money. china's economy is five times as big, and it is spending nearly $1 trillion to build infrastructure and influence around the world. so, if the way is clear, will china step up to lead? i don't think so. from outside, china looks rich. but at home, it has problems. if president trump has the slogan "make america great again",
then president xi has the great rejuvenation of the chinese nation. and that is exactly how far chinese ambition goes. carrie gracie there. iran once had a thriving wine culture centred around the city of shiraz, but it was forced underground with the creation of the islamic republic in 1979. bbc persian reporter anahita shams has been travelling the world to find out if there is a link between the ancient shiraz wine of iran and the shiraz wine enjoyed by the rest of the world today. hawaiian culture of iran is an ancient one. through the centuries, tales of persian wine were spread by french travellers who worked for the persian kings. what is historically sure is that from the 16th century there started to be production of good wine, fine wine, with the name
of wine of shiraz, and this prediction was well tested in documents, since the beginning of the 17th century. so where else to investigate? flying over the rhone valley, a few kilometres south of lyon. behind me the vinyards, with their historical chapels. legend has it that it was created from a persian vine brought by a knight from the crusades. so, could this wine come from iran? a dna test revealed the truth. it was done in 1998, by two different labs. it ended in the discovery of the parents of shiraz.
because grapes, like humans, had a mother and father. it was a surprise to find that syrah is a natural and spontaneous crossing between two local vines from this area. so there is no persian link to france. but, there is to the napa valley in california, where syrah grapes are grown. this man from shiraz calls his wine shiraz. i remember my father wine—making, you know, for a hobby, not for a profession. and i remember the grapes. i put them in a big clay vat. i was going to put it on top of that clay vat, and smelling and enjoying that wine. sometimes i stole a sip of that wine.
he left iran. he created the persian culture in his adopted homeland, an ancient tradition that lives on. anahita shams, bbc news, california. you have been watching newsday. stay with us. we will be looking at one of the biggest share sales in years, in which the owner of the messaging app snapchat is hoping to raise billions of dollars. are you on snapchat? not at all. but ido are you on snapchat? not at all. but i do know someone who probably is. and we will end this edition of newsday with a teacher in the united states who greets pupils in his class in a very unique way. barry white jr has created a different, personalised handshake for each of his students at this school in charlotte, north carolina. he says it is his way to engage his students and build relationships with them. good morning. more wild weather to
come from any of you. these are ca ptu red come from any of you. these are captured on the northern ireland coach play —— cursed by one of our weather watchers. that is the low pressure responsible, that is pushing its way towards iceland. and this in the bay of biscay will have an impact across southern areas and already as we start friday duties on some rain across devon and cornwall. most other day dry. a little bit colder than recent mornings. quite breezy across western scotland but most light winds to begin with. rain quickly spreads in the south—west england and wales through the morning. into the midlands and the south—east of england through lunchtime and then in the in the northern portion of the irish sea, some heavy burst of rain around. there will be some dry moments as well. some of the driest weather throughout will be in the northern half of scotland. sunshine here throughout the day and find that much of northern ireland. to the
east of antrim and across time we could see rain spread in through the afternoon and still some rain around across parts of north—west england, the midlands and the south—east. some in the east of england may stay dry throughout the day and the rain on and off through wales but consistent in the afternoon around cardigan bay, and it is across the english channel where the strongest of the winds will be. not as strong as they were three yesterday across the far south—west. 50 mile an hour gusts possible here but strengthening somewhat through the latter stage of the afternoon and evening, english channel and channel islands. 70 miles an hour possible, that will cause some disruption. towards the south—east corner we will see a0 and 50 mile an hour gusts to end the evening. the strong winds quickly ease as that area of low pressure pushes its way northwards into saturday morning. the stuffer england and wales, lots of dry and bright weather sandwich between one area of low pressure in northern france and another one in scotland. here, after a cloudy and fresh start, some of the showers will be wintry over the hills. some rain potentially in the south—east
corner of england, keep a close eye on that one. that might be further east. most will have a fine into saturday. the chilly night will follow, an area of low pressure pushing into the north sea and a few showers spreading across the english channel once again. for sunday one of the wettest spots will be here and maybe to the north—east of scotla nd and maybe to the north—east of scotland but most will have another fine day, and a chilly one, with temperatures around five or six degrees for the most part. following that will be a cold night with the frost developing across many rural parts of the country and a bright but chilly start to monday. before the days through, we will get wet and windy weather spreading in from the west of the atlantic. goodbye for now. i'm kasia madera, with bbc news. our top story: after a bruising phone call with australia's malcolm turnbull, donald trump has clarified his position about the refugee resettlement deal. the president says that he loves australia and will respect the deal done by the obama administration to take refugees being held in offshore detention centres in the pacific.
and the us defence secretary james mattis reassures the leader of south korea that the alliance between the two nations remains strong he is now heading to japan. and this video is trending on bbc.com. beyonce has been sharing more pictures from her elaborate photoshoot celebrating becoming pregnant with twins. posted on her website, they show the superstar in a number of poses. and the top story here in the uk: southern rail say it's delighted