welcome to the headlines from london. tensions between britain and the eu over brexit, after a difficult meeting with the european commission president. britain's prime minister describes that the road ahead could be bumpy. during the conservative party leadership campaign i was described by one of my colleagues as a "bloody difficult woman". i said at the time that the next person to find that out would be jean—claude juncker. donald trump and vladimir putin discuss problems ranging from north korea to syria. they agreed to try to meet in july. korea to syria. they agreed to try to meet injuly. and in singapore, coming up: how free is the global price? we find out as we take a look at world press freedom day. singapore rethinks its approach to education. —— world press freedom day. hello and welcome. it's 7am in
singapore and midnight in london, where relations between the british prime minister, theresa may, and the head of the european commission have reached a new low. theresa may warned that she will prove to be a bloody difficult woman during talks to separate britain from the eu. it follows reports that she was accused of being deluded about the entire process. theresa may spoke to our political editor. we have seen that times are going to be tough. during the conservative party leadership campaign i was described by one of my colleagues as a "bloody difficult woman". i said at the time that the next person to find that out would be jean—claude juncker. did he, over the weekend? these are
going to be tough negotiations as we going to be tough negotiations as we go ahead. i am asking the british people to give me a mandate to go into those negotiations. every vote for me and my team is a vote to strengthen our hand and ensure we get the best possible deal for the uk. did jean-claude juncker say to you that brexit could not be a success ? look, i don't recall the account that has been given of the meeting that took place. i think a lot of this is brussels gossip. it was a dinner in london and you were there. but what it does show... it is not brussels gossip. either he said it to you or he did not. the account, i think that the account i have seen, a lot of that is brussels gossip. but what is important is there is a key question for people when they come to this election. there will be 27 other eu countries on one side of the table getting the right deal requires the right leadership. it is believed that her talk could be good for her domestically. the
timing may be very good for theresa may. she is fighting the uk general election here, and it seems that she wa nts election here, and it seems that she wants brexit to be the main issue. she does not want to seen a pushover. her decisive language, which is used in the south—west where the majority of people voted to leave the eu, she talked about the decisive leadership she wants to show. she wants people to see her as the right candidate to fight for a tough brexit deal, rather than jeremy corbyn. she has been pushed into this, she has chosen strong language in the short term to show she will be no pushover. at her opponents have said this is not a good start. there is talk of a troubled relationship, and that that is down to brussels gossip. where is that information coming from? the suspicion is that it was leaked by the german commission chief of staff, straight into a german
newspaper. there are several theories behind why it has been released now. the eu, clearly playing hardball with these leaks and the kind of things they are saying. saying that is theresa may is out of her depth and does not have a clue as to what is possible. angela merkel may also be gaining popularity, as we leading to the german elections. also preparing the germans and other members of the eu for the possibility, if they truly believe that there might not be a deal in the end, and that the blame would be put at britain's feet. the former greek finance minister was just on television here in the uk, saying that this is classic eu pact eggs. very hardball, pushing the uk into a corner. just about the prospects of negotiations, before we even hit the details of the negotiations themselves. let's take a look at some
of the day's other news. leaders of us and russia have spoken by phone for the first time since donald trump launched a missile strike against the syrian government. they discussed possible ways to deal with current world hotspots, including the war in syria and the mounting tension in the korean peninsula. the kremlin says vladimir putin and donald trump will try to meet face—to—face on the sideline of a g20 summit this summer. our north america correspondent david willis told me how washington described the conversation. they described it as a good call, or as the state department put it, an introduction. they mentioned the crisis in syria, which has left the united states on an opposing side. russia backing the government, the regime of bashar al—assad. they
discussed the g20 summit in hamburg in two months time. regarding syria, it appears there was discussion of so—called safe zones. these are areas that would provide some security for civilians. donald trump has championed this prospect. he does not want to see syrian refugees coming to the united states, so the alternative is keeping them safe on the ground in special zones in syria. we do not know what came of those discussions between the two leaders today. no mention, interestingly, of the recent american airstrike on that syrian air base, which was also used by russian troops. the russian leadership was heavily condemning of that airstrike, it led to some fractious exchanges at the united nations. also making news today,
president donald trump's nominee for ambassador to china has promised to take a firm line with beijing on issues from north korea to trade disputes and human rights. during a us senate hearing, terry bra nstad insisted that there were still economic options that could be used against pyonyang. china could play a critical role in convincing north korea to dismantle its nuclear and missile programmes. a strategic policy that would boost the security of america, china and the security of america, china and the entire world. the european union has entered a collision course with myanmar‘s de facto leader, aung san suu kyi, by publicly supporting an international investigation into alleged abuses against rohingya muslims. a un body agreed in march to send a fact—finding mission to the country.
but ms suu kyi told reporters she does not agree with the mission. there's been more violence in venezuela where demonstrators have clashed with police in protest at president maduro's call for the constitution to be re—written. his plan would also sideline the opposition—dominated congress. barricades were set up across the capital, caracas bringing parts of the city to a grinding halt. security forces used tear gas to disperse demonstrators. leading athletes have expressed outrage after proposals were unveiled that could lead to some existing world records being declared void. under the plans, many records set over ten years ago would be wiped out in a bid to restore confidence in track and field athletics. the president of international athletics, sebastian coe, says he supports the changes. wednesday is world press freedom day across the globe. the day is organised by the un
agency unesco and champions the fundamental principle of a free media. it also aims to defend journalists from attacks on their independence. but is press freedom a reality in 2017? we asked our correspondents in russia, myanmar and thailand that very question. but first, let's hear from john sudworth in the chinese capital beijing. china has long been the world's leading media sector, with no clearer illustration than its insistence on using the great firewall to control access to the internet for its 1.4 million people. as foreignjournalists, internet for its 1.4 million people. as foreign journalists, we can and do experience our own share of harassment. stopped from conducting sensitive interviews, denied access to political trials and prevented
from even accessing large parts of the country. thailand is not the most repressive country in this region, but media freedom has retreated most dramatically here, especially under military rule. for the most part, media companies have put up with these ever tighter restrictions, but a new proposal for parliament is to set up a 30 member committee that would rate and punish journalists. it has met strong opposition in the media community, in particular, the idea that they would make journalists carry a government issued licence. that proposal may now be dropped. government issued licence. that proposal may now be droppedm myanmar, the last year has seen a strong increase in criminal prosecution with journalists and ordinary people sent to prison for
what would normally be seen as ordinary commentary. i met have been made about the burmese army and the country's leader. this is nojoke, the impact of this law has made journalists and social media users think twice before criticising a public figure. there are plenty of newspapers on offer here, but you would not find anything critical of the russian government here. print and broadcast media have been sanitised over the years of vladimir putin's rule. 0ne sanitised over the years of vladimir putin's rule. one year ago, a russian media company went through a massive editorial sha keup after publishing offshore dealings by people close to the russian president. for the past 12 months,
there have been over 60 attacks on journalists. that is regarding reports that were critical of authority or police. the report described the government here in singapore as ‘intolerant‘ and charged the media with practising ‘self censorship'. a spokesperson for the government has said a free and open press leads to a rise in fake news, or reporting that is intentionally misleading. it's something which came to prominence particularly during the us presidential election last year. let's discuss all this with eugene tan, who's an associate professor of law at singapore management university. great to have you back on the programme. do you agree with the prime minister that these press freedom rankings should not be taken seriously? i think in the end, each country will take what they want out of the report. i think that some people will not find the report
credible because of the matrix. it is really a question of, if singapore is intolerant, would foreign officers such as the bbc set up foreign officers such as the bbc set up offices here? although it improved, it is still at the bottom third of the rankings. this is quite a big deal? i don't think the government will lose any sleep over that. the facts speak for themselves really in the end. it is really a question as to whether people trust the media here. i think for the government, regarding the media, thatis government, regarding the media, that is really what matters. intolerant, practising self—censorship. do you see this environment is changing any time soon? 0r environment is changing any time soon? or will it remain the same?m is evolving. i think in any media in any society, there is some censorship. the question is to what end and what degree. singapore is
becoming better educated, it is open. the internet is free. we also see media freedoms evolving with time. i think there is still a cautious approach, especially with the rise of fake news. the government is planning to have a way of regulating fake news. i admire the attempt, although i don't think it is ever possible to completely eradicate fake news. there is not fa ke eradicate fake news. there is not fake news, or there is not much of an issue with it, in singapore. maybe because of the regulation in this environment? i think that the trust that people have in the mainstream media and in the government, and the fact that the landscape here is not polarised. i think people are not gravitating towards new sources that they feel will not validate their worldview. their ability to discern and fact
check, corroborate what you read on social media. let's hope that these rankings will improve in the next index that will be coming out in 2018. thank you very much for your insights. coming up next: more play and less homework —— singapore rethinks its approach to education. we will also take a look at a successful bollywood film from a different part of the country. nothing, it seems, was too big to withstand the force of the tornado. the extent of the devastation will lead to renewed calls for government to build better government housing. internationally, there have
already been protests. sweden says it received no warning of the accident. indeed, the russians at first denied anything had gone wrong. only when radioactivity levels began to increase outside russia were they forced to admit the accident. for the mujahideen, the mood here is of great celebration. this is the end of a 12—year war for them. they've taken the capital, which they've been fighting for for so long. it was 7 o'clock in the morning, the day when power began to pass from the minority to the majority, when africa, after 300 years, reclaimed its last white colony. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm in singapore.
i'm in london. our top stories: there are signs of growing tensions between britain and the eu over brexit, as prime minister theresa may warns the road ahead could be bumpy. donald trump and vladmir putin discuss global problems ranging from north korea to syria over the phone. they agree to try to meet injuly. and twitter says its working with media firm bloomberg to create a 24—hour rolling news channel for the messaging service. that's one of the top business stories on our website. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the japan times lead will raise cries of "not in my backyard" as the government draws up plans of disposal sites for high—level radioactive nuclear waste. the paper says the process could face challenges amid public concerns over safety. now, which is the worst place in the world to be a journalist?
0n world press freedom day the new york times reports that mexico is right up there as one of the deadliest. we were hearing that from rico's interview. the front page shows a family mourning at the graveside of a murdered journalist, one of at least 104 killed in this country since the year 2000. on a different note, china daily has a picture lead of firefighters tackling a blaze in yimuhe forest in mongolia. and this story is interesting, a next generation bullet train capable of doing 400 kilometres per hour is being developed in china. singapore's school system is famous for coming top of the class in global exam rankings. but now it's beginning to rethink its approach and put less
emphasis on grades. not so much homework, and more play. it's a way to reduce some of the stress that many children in singapore are facing. but what will be the response to such a change in direction? sarah toms went out to investigate. asa as a mother, it is painful to see them this way. learning is about enjoying. you are supposed to enjoy what you learn to have fun and not get stressed and depressed about not getting the right answers.|j get stressed and depressed about not getting the right answers. i don't like home work because i have a lot of homework to do and i cannot do it. singapore has been on top of global education rankings for years, but now it plans to focus less on grades to prepare students for the future. there are other responsibilities to educate children to be ready for the future to be productive citizens of tomorrow. we
all know that the future will become more complex and uncertain and unpredictable. singapore's plan is less home work and more play outside and a new grading system. for students, it means more chances like this to explore the world outside of the classroom. the aim is more creativity and innovation. but is singapore ready to ditch an obsession with grades? we have this culture we grew up with. we don't wa nt to culture we grew up with. we don't want to lose it. the biggest challenge will be the parents forcing the children to study and work harder and do more, do more homework. children are not having any rest time or playtime. children also attend extra tuition to pass their primary school exams. it determines their secondary school, and many believe, their success in life. i believe this new system is
really good because it encourages the children definitely to explore and not just stick to the the children definitely to explore and notjust stick to the same regiment ofjust memorising. the government says they want to bring all of these changes in costner wa nted all of these changes in costner wanted do so a while back. but it is slow—moving. —— because they. i don't see much of a difference. it is still intensive. yes, it will be interesting to see how those changes come about. when you think of indian films, you think of bollywood. but actually, it's films made in the telugu regional language, which are breaking all records. baahubali two is a new fantasy epic and is on its way to becoming the highest grossing indian movie globally. the bbc asian network's haroon rashid met the director and leading actress of the film in london where the film is screening at the british film institute, and we should warn you that there is some flashing images in this interview.
we are one of the numerous film industries in the south of india. sending to other states is itself a big thing, then to other places in india, other countries. it really feels very surreal. the conclusion to baahubali, the second one, is the most expensive film in india. but it is still a fraction of something like lord of the rings, for example. did you make it lookjust as epic on a quarter of the budget? there are few people who can notice the difference between the two. we want 85%, the fallen between them. we wa nt 85%, the fallen between them. we want someone who understands visual and story media. it is notjust the story, but how you present it. even
still, this film was shot in the world's biggest film studio in hyderabad. tell us about the set.|j rememberthe hyderabad. tell us about the set.|j remember the court room. we stood and looked around the set. i was so intimidated by the sat. from bed to what it has turned into on the screen what it has turned into on the screen is intense. —— there. what it has turned into on the screen is intense. -- there. there isa screen is intense. -- there. there is a belief that you cannot make marvel characters, for example. but you guys have lots of incredible gods. baahubali is an amalgamation of those. we have many strong characters. were looking... there is nothing wrong with enjoying them. but we have such big superheroes ourselves. just thinking about
batman and superman, it is notjust that. they can only do this much. there is more to do. baahubali, the conclusion, has just released. there is more to do. baahubali, the conclusion, hasjust released. many fa ns wa nt to conclusion, hasjust released. many fans want to know if there is a chance of baahubali in resurrected ina third chance of baahubali in resurrected in a third one? i like that to the two parts is an exciting story and it compels us to make an exciting story. who knows. now to an incredible rescue story. a surfer went missing off the scottish coast and has been rescued after 30 hours clinging to his board. he was reported as missing by his family when he was not back after a surfing
trip on sunday afternoon. he was picked up some distance from the coast still conscious but suffering from hypothermia. you have been watching newsday on the bbc. i am rico hizon. stay with us. apple reports a surprise fall in iphone sales, but hopes the launch of the anniversary model later this year will bolster demand. more on that in a few minutes. and we'll leave you with pictures of true determination. this is masaru abe from japan. masaru smashed the world record for a continuous wheelie. he covered just over 500 kilometres on his scooter, and it took him an astonishing 13 hours. and driving at a steady 40 kilometres per hour, he did beat the existing record of 331 kilometres. two hours in, though, balancing on the bike gave him a bit of back pain, and he had to take some painkillers to continue. hello. 0n hello. on tuesday we saw a big
contrast weather conditions across the country. the worst was the best of the sunshine as you were sheltered from the easterly breeze. western scotland was the best. wall—to—wall sunshine. 21 degrees. cloudier further east, especially in the south—east. a disappointing afternoon. fairly warm. through the night, contrast. breeze in the south—east. patchy light rain from the near continent. a visible weather system. lengthy clear skies in the west. a chilly start on wednesday morning. a touch of frost in the western glens and mist and fog. scotland. plenty of sunshine through the morning. a chilly start. low cloud through the central belt. burning away. lots of sunshine for northern ireland and the north of england. the north midlands since sunshine, as well as northern wales.
sunny spells in cornwall in devon. cloudy and disappointing elsewhere. some cloud big enough for light rain and drizzle in the south—east and maybe london as well. on the breeze, quite windy. through the day, there will be much change. cool and cloudy across the south—east with further patchy light rain for the north and west. the further north and west, the better the sunshine. a little bit cooler than choose it. top temperatures of17— bit cooler than choose it. top temperatures of 17— 18 degrees potentially across scotland. pleasa nt potentially across scotland. pleasant in the strong sunshine. 12 or lower on the east coast, especially when you have the cloudbe the reason for the chill in the north sea coast is the temperatures in the ocean not more than 8—10. with the cloud, temperatures on the coast will tell disappointing for early may. cloudy for a proportion of england and wales. light and patchy rain. thursday, a similar
picture. patchy light rain. feeling chilly. the best of the sunny spells in the north and the west of the uk. a top temperature of 15—15. friday, the breeze picks up. nippy close to the breeze picks up. nippy close to the coast. the best of the sunshine in northern and western areas. temperatures from 10— 15. the weekend. a ridge of high pressure keeping the weather system that they. largely fine and dry. chilly on the coast. the best of the sunshine in the north and west. this is bbc world news. our top stories. ahead of crucial brexit talks there are signs of growing tensions between britain and the european union. following leaked reports of a very difficult meeting with european commission president jean—claude juncker, british prime minister theresa may has signalled the road ahead could be bumpy. in a phone call, donald trump and vladmir putin have discussed how they could work together on problems
ranging from north korea to syria. they agreed to try to meet at the g20 summit injuly. and this story is trending on bbc.com. it could almost be the plot of a hollywood film, a surfer stranded at sea off the scottish coast in freezing waters, and a life saving rescue operation. this is the dramatic rescue, the surfer survived 30 hours with nothing but his board. that's all from me now. stay with bbc world news. now on bbc news, it's time for hardtalk.