welcome to newsday. i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore, the headlines: excitement is building in los angeles, where the oscars ceremony is about to get under way. it's expected to be the most politicised awards night for years. and south korea's president park under pressure: thousands take to the streets, demanding her resignation, as a court prepares to hearfinal arguments over her impeachment. i'm kasia madera in london. the child abuse scandal of the british children sent abroad to start a new life in australia. we had no parents. we had no relatives. there was no where we could go. these paedophiles must have felt they were in hog heaven. and nearly two weeks after the death of the half brother of north korea's leader, we follow the trail of clues his alleged killers left at kuala lumpur airport. good morning.
it's 9am here in singapore, 1am in london and 5pm in hollywood, where it's the biggest night of the year. the oscar ceremony gets underway in half an hour, and the biggest names in the film world have been arriving. we go straight now to peter bowes for the latest. it is or is an exciting night for hollywood. welcome to los angeles, perhaps we should say la la land, because it is a film that everybody is talking about. 1k nominations. it could set about. 1k nominations. it could set a record. let's see how it does in all of those categories that it is nominated for later on this evening.
as you have already said, it could be one of the most politicised oscars ceremonies for a long time. and also notable for the racial diversity of the nominees, which is something that has been a huge controversy something that has been a huge c0 ntrove i’sy over something that has been a huge controversy over the last few years in hollywood, with only white actors nominated in the acting categories for the last two years. i am joined by the founder of the blacklists, who highlights the situation for black actors and tom brook from talking movies. you promote the plight of black actors. had you do that? it began as a survey. about four or 500 directors. we compiled results and made public. it had a remarkable predictive power on the films. we expanded the website and a pod cast to further promote great
screenwriting. it is or is at this time of year when you see those films be highlighted on the industry's big as night. tom, i said that la la land was the film that people are watching. had you account for how well it has done?|j people are watching. had you account for how well it has done? i think it is narcissism, in a word. i think the academy likes to have films that they can connect with. and la la land is totally that kind of film. it isa land is totally that kind of film. it is a film about los angeles. it is about hollywood's golden age of musicals, or a tribute to that. so placed their own feelings of wanting to feel good about themselves. i think you have to realise that when the academy is choosing films, it is a bit like a public relations exercise. i know excellence comes into it, but they want to pick films that make them feel good, and make them look good. and i think la la land falls into that category. in terms of diversity, especially, frankland, we have had some strong condition for la la land with hidden
figures, for example. —— hidden figures. that is about black women. ata figures. that is about black women. at a different story to la la land. i think there are two thoughts that are likely to upset la la land. i am talking about moonlight and hidden figures. this is the highest nominees. and moonlight of all the nominees. and moonlight is incredible. i would not be surprised if one of those to get upset la la land. and with all the talk about the oscars being very political, with winners getting up and using their 45 seconds to say something that is perhaps a better do it hollywood, orfilms something that is perhaps a better do it hollywood, or films that reflect the political mood in the country at the moment. how likely do
you think that is to dominate the awards, tom? i thing is very likely. we look at the golden globes and the comments that meryl streep made there. all the other award ceremonies, the grammys, the screen actors guild awards, there has been political rhetoric. this is all be focused on the trump administration an apology. and acting that will come about. there will be interesting to see what speech as people make. —— screen actors guild. will they complain or will they make a call to action? i noticed on the red carpet, people will wearing the american civil liberties union badges. i get a sense, sometimes, fractal and, talking to people that that people outside of hollywood in los angeles feel a little bitjaded from seeing on television actors using their moment to express their own political views, and certainly
see “— own political views, and certainly see —— you certainly see this online. the reality is we live in a politicised time. the vast majority of people who were nominated and either not from los angeles. they are american citizens and have a right to their voice. is this in a world where we all have a voice on twitter, facebook, or other social media outlets. this is no different. if they choose to express a political settlement, either to express disappointment in the cove red express disappointment in the covered administration, or choose express support the communities that are in legitimate danger, it is both right and their response ability. —— orto right and their response ability. —— or to express. anteroom at real—time. the oscars are about to get under way. the helicopters are flying overhead. you get a sense of excitement in hollywood. we will be back later. thank you very much forjoining us.
we will pick up on some of those issues later. say with us for that. but for now, let's look at what is making other news today. official figures from germany show that there were more than 2,500 attacks against refugees in the country last year. more than 500 people were injured. the figures also reveal there were almost 1,000 attacks on migrant shelters, a similar number to the year before. every single attack by a migrant towards a german is entering into big debates on german television and shows and in newspapers, and the attacks on migrants, on refugees, especially, they are not really discussed in public. a grandmother who has lived in the uk with her british husband for 27 years has been deported back to singapore. irene clennel lived with her husband in the north of england and has two
british sons and a granddaughter. the uk home office said all applications for leave to remain in the uk are considered individually. rainstorms and landslides in chile have forced authorities to cut off drink in water to 4 million people in the capital, san diego. the race at on saturday and resulted in rain mudslides and rubble falling into the river. four people are known to have died in the floods. now to boxing news, and wbo world welterweight champion manny pacquiao is to fight great britain's amir khan on the 23rd of april. pacquiao, who came out of retirement to win the wbo belt by beating jesse vargas in november. you will recall that
was very public, there. whereas khan hasn't fought since stepping up to middleweight and getting knocked out by wbc champion canelo alvarez in may. the venue for the fight hasn't been announced. now, it's been nearly two weeks since the murder of the half brother of north korea's leader, kim jong nam. one new development comes from malaysia's health minister, who's suggested that it took kimjong—nam up to 20 minutes to die, saying that while the dose of the toxic poison was very high, it would not have killed the half—brother of the north korea leader immediately. —— north korean. but what more do we know about the operation that led to his murder? rupert wingfield hayes has been investigating. this was one of the most brazen killings of recent years. this is the spot where kim jong—nam was attacked and killed. take a look around. this spot was overlooked by at least six cctv cameras. just a few metres away,
at this cafe, at one of those tables, four north korean men were sitting and watching. all four are now wanted by the malaysian authorities. one is reported to be a known north korean security agent. after the attack, they got up and headed for departures. a few minutes later, they boarded a flight to jakarta, and then on to dubai. what about the two young women accused of carrying out the attack? one is from vietnam, the other, indonesia. aisyah was working in this hotel behind me in a massage parlour on the second floor. in malaysia, massage parlours are often a front for sex shops. it is clear that both these women
were living a precarious existence. she said she was approached by a man calling himself "james." he offered her a part to be in a tv reality show. turns out that this was not his real name. he is north korean. the final key suspect wanted by the malaysians is thought to be holed up in this building behind me. the second secretary at the north korean embassy. what his alleged role is, we don't know, and will probably neverfind out, because he has diplomatic immunity. so much of this story does not add up. why such a public place? why hire two foreign women to carry out such a hit? why use such a rare killing agent? was it a chilling warning
to north korea's enemies? did they want people to know they had this agent? or did they think they would get away with murder and something went wrong? rupert wingfield—hayes reporting. now, here in britain, two—and—half—years after it was set up by the government, the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse will begin its first public hearings on monday. the first claim to be investigated is the mistreatment of thousands of british children sent to former colonies like australia after 1945. the bbc has been told the inquiry will hear new evidence about abuse, and claims that it was covered up. here's our home affairs correspondent tom symonds. newsreel: the liner asturias arrives at fremantle from great britain with 931 new migrants for this country. i've lived for 60—odd years with this hate.
they sent us to a place that was a living hell. we did nothing wrong. all we did was do as we were told, and suffered immensely for it. they've been called "britain's lost children." clifford walsh was nine when he arrived here at fremantle, near perth, one of thousands in care orfrom poorfamilies, promised a better life in the sunshine. he ended up at bindoon, run by the catholic christian brothers, where barefoot children built their own accommodation and were beaten and sexually abused. we were 60 miles from perth. we had no parents. we had no relatives. there was nowhere we could go. these brothers, these paedophiles, must have felt they were in hog heaven. australia, britain, the christian brothers, have all apologised. but from tomorrow, the uk's public inquiry will begin examining the scale of the abuse, which has brought david hill back
to britain, to tilbury docks, from where he left 58 years ago. he's a successful public figure in australia, who grew up at the fairbridge farm school, and interviewed its former children, who've only relatively recently disclosed sexual abuse. i've put the figure at over 60% of the kids that went to fairbridge were sexually abused. 60%? 60%. and i think if you look at the conditions that prevail in the other child migrant institutions, i'd be staggered if the figure isn't equally high, or even higher, in some of the catholic boys' homes in western australia. files in the national archives show that in 1956, british inspectors visited all of the homes. there were no mentions of sexual abuse, but there were serious concerns about standards of childcare. officials drew up this blacklist of institutions that should receive no more children. but the files show that
the charities and religious organisations running the schemes successfully put pressure on the government to keep them going until the 1970s. fairbridge has become part of the prince's trust, which says the public inquiry will have access to all the charity's archives. should this inquiry bother with what's becoming history? it will examine new claims of a cover—up, and that paedophiles selected migrants for emigration. many of the lost children are still alive and demanding answers. the greater the evil, the stronger the conspiracy to keep it a secret and keep it covered up. so, if this inquiry is capable of opening some of that truth, then that's a good thing. tom symonds, bbc news. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme, we'll be hearing more about south korea's president park, who's under threat of inpeachment. also on the programme,
we meet the chef who's been catering for one of the oscars after parties for more than two decades. prince charles has chosen his bride. the prince proposed to lady diana spencer three weeks ago. she accepted, she says, without hesitation. as revolutions go, this had its fair share of bullets. a climax in the night outside the gates of mr marcos's sanctuary, malacanang, the name itself symbolising one of the cruellest regimes of modern asia. the world's first clone has been produced of an adult mammal. scientists in scotland have produced a sheep called dolly using a cell from another sheep. every vehicle was greeted as if it was the first in the relief of kuwait and in the city once among the richest in the world, kuwaitis can gather freely again. not for 20 years have locusts been seen in such numbers in this part of africa. some of the swarms have been ten miles long. this is the last time
the public will see this pope. very soon, for the sake of the credibility and authority of the next pope, benedict xvi will, in his own words, be hidden from the world for the rest of his life. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. i'm kasia madera in london. our top stories: excitement is building in los angeles, where the oscars ceremony is due to get under way shortly. south korea's president park under pressure. a court prepares to hear final arguments over her impeachment, after another huge weekend demonstration demanding her resignation. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. gulf news has an interview with the newly chosen deputy leader of the palestinian political party fatah. mahmoud our aloul says fatah will never recognise israel —— mahmoud al aloul says fatah will never recognise israel
as a jewish state. however, he says, his organisation is committed to a two state solution. the international edition of new york times reports on china constructing its first overseas military base in the east african state of djibouti. this chinese naval base is going to be only a few kilometres away from a vital american installation, making the two strategic rivals neighbours for the first time. south china morning post has a picture of an aircraft emergency landing on trees. a veteran flying instructor has steered his stricken light aircraft towards a group of trees in a golf course. thanks to his presence of mind, he has avoided potential casualties on board and on the ground. now, kasia, this story has been ridiculously popular online? and it's now up to 165 million hits.
this video of a baby panda trying to get the keeper's attention. the panda, called chee yee, lives at the chengdu base of giant panda breeding in southwest china's sichuan province. the biggest scandal in south korean politics could be reaching its conclusion. in a few hours time a constitutional court will hold its final hearing on president park's impeachment. ms park is accused of allowing a close friend to profit from her connections with the presidency. thousands of south koreans took part in rival protests in seoul on saturday
over the impeachment of president park. our correspondent in seoul, steve evans explains what to expect today. what we are not expecting is president park to appear. she has told the court through her lawyers she will not appear in person for today's final session hearings. we expect a decision in a months time. she said this is not important. she has said consistently she wants to help the enquiry. she denies any wrongdoing, but she is very keen to help. but when push comes to shove today, she is not going to appear. this thing, sharanjit, is a sign. let us strip it back a bit. there is a criminal investigation into the companies alleged to have given money. and president park's friend, alleged to have taken money. that is a normal investigation. on that track, prosecutors have to decide whether they will formally indict the acting head of samsung, jay y lee, currently in custody.
that is one big decision to be made today or tomorrow all pretty soon. and the other track of the enquiry is because additional court deciding —— the constitutional court deciding whether, basically, to sack president park, or to, say, carry on until november. that is the second track. on both of them, pretty important political events are going to happen. are now there are only ten minutes left before the oscar ceremony begins in los angeles. i am to say that we arejoined begins in los angeles. i am to say that we are joined by carol gould. what a difference a year makes. this time last year we were talking about the hash tag #oscarssowhite. what a
difference a year makes. it is possible that some of these films we re possible that some of these films were already in production when you andi were already in production when you and i spoke and it is also possible that a lot of money was poured into filled with diverse themes and ideas and talent. to make up for the appalling absence of diversity that we spoke about last year. but isn't it something? all five documentaries this year have a black or african theme. it is very exciting and i think it is wonderful. so many talented actors from the african—american community have been nominated. directors such as barry jenkins, he is 35. he will be the first black director if he wins. and he will also be the youngest, if i'm not mistaken, the youngest direct if he wins. and what is astounding is that this was in production before
last year but it is now gradually come through, finally. and films like moonlight certainly have a shot to defeat la la like moonlight certainly have a shot to defeat lala land. i thought that machen moonlight was wonderful. i cried at the end. it was very moving. it is slightly flawed, i could tell you what i think some of the script floors are but it is a beautiful film. sadly we did not have enough time. what we can... what we do want to talk about is the fa ct what we do want to talk about is the fact that of cause this may be... jimmy kimmel is presenting so it may be quite political but regardless of whether he brings politics into the hosting of this it has already been quite political because the white helmets, they could not get visas to come. and also, the iranian director
who was nominated, he is a —— and also, the actor, arley, he he is quite political. i think he will stick his neck out forjournalists and creative people. i think there will be political statements. i don't think they will come from jimmy kimmel. he will do his routine and get into it and be neutral. but this is an exciting year, also for the themes. so many films, short documentaries about syria, about refugees, about africans coming to the various places in lampedusa um to escape persecution. it will be a very interesting night. and the iranian director of the salesmen...
yes, in trafalgar square in the middle of the night, a huge turnout and he is a brilliant director. he did a film last year about a taxi driver driving around tehran. it was called taxi came round. amazingly he is anti— regime and yet he works. they have not done anything punitive to him in a run. —— in iran. he is angry about the dance so he will not come to the ceremony. the ceremony sta rts come to the ceremony. the ceremony starts in five minutes. thank you very much. we will have lots more on the oscars when that ceremony starts. hello, good morning. the weekend brought us some wet and windy weather, but at least it was on the mild side.
some of the wettest weather was around glasgow area, so we had scenes like this sent in by one of our weather watchers, and most of that rain came due to storm ewan. that area of low pressure is running to the north of scotland, but it could return on tuesday as a much weaker feature. in its wake, though, we are drawing down some cold air. that brings with it the risk of some frost, ice and some snow as well. and the risk is greatest by the morning across the northern half of the uk, some snow over the hills. to the south, we have got stronger winds, with the bands of heavy showers moving in, and some heavy rain to clear away from the south—east early in the morning. the ice risk is there, and through the day we will see bands of showers, particularly running across england and wales. don't be surprised, even here, to find some hail, sleet and even some snow. a little bit drier further north. the best of the weather, actually, across the northern half of scotland, where it should be less windy
and there will be more sunshine. but it will feel cold pretty much everywhere, especially where we have got the stronger winds and the showers rattling in, and those will continue across england and wales during the evening and overnight for a while. then we have got some clearer skies. things calm down a bit, and there may be some more ice around overnight into tuesday morning, because it may be just that little bit colder, pretty much wherever you are. and then this area of low pressure, this is what is left of storm ewan. as promised, it is coming back in from the north—west. it will bring some stronger winds, but nothing out of the ordinary. it will bring some rain, maybe some snow over the hills, most particularly in scotland. those stronger winds will push some showers into england and wales, and temperatures at best eight or nine degrees. that area of low pressure, the ex—storm, is going to pull away, taking the wet and windy weather away with it overnight, and by the time you get to wednesday morning, things much quieter. but cold again, cold enough for some frost and some icy patches. many places starting off dry and bright, with some sunshine, but into the south—west we will see the winds picking up,
and some rain pushing in from off the atlantic, perhaps just lifting the temperature a little. but we are opening the door to the milder air coming in from the atlantic, particularly across the southern half of the uk. but there will be some stronger winds as well, quite unsettled, really, through the week ahead. to begin with, it is going to feel really cold after the mild weekend. there will be some wintry showers around as well, and the temperatures recover a bit later on this week. but some rain around, especially in the south. hello. i'm kasia madera with the latest news. our top stories: it's oscars night in hollywood, as the award ceremony is getting under way. stars have been streaming in to the auditorium where the film la la land is widely expected to dominate this year's awards. but it faces strong competition from moonlight. a south korean court is due to hear a final day's evidence before
deciding whether president park geun hye should be impeached. protestors at a series of weekend rallies have been demanding her resignation. and this video is trending on bbc.com. it is not a special effect. it's an annular eclipse, and it was only visible in the southern hemisphere. it happens when the moon passes in front of the sun. stay with bbc news, that is buying for me for now. —— bye. our top stories here in the united kingdom: the death has been announced of the labour mp, sir gerald