i'm kasia madera in london. the headlines: a draft agreement on brexit, but will it get through the british cabinet and parliament? utterly u na cce pta ble to utterly unacceptable to anybody who believes in democracy. the deadliest wildfires in california's history. 44 dead and thousands of homes destroyed. i'm rico hizon in singapore. also in the programme: china's premier says a code of conduct for the south china sea is three years away. the philippines defence secretary tells this programme he's baffled. as pa rt of as part of our investigations into fa ke as part of our investigations into fake news, we look at the particular problems in india and how one of the bbc‘s language services is fighting back. it's midnight here in london where,
two and a half years after britain voted to leave the european union, officials in london and brussels have finalised a draft brexit agreement. with little more than four months to go before the uk is set to leave the eu, cabinet ministers were called into the prime minister's office at number ten downing street, to read what's being proposed. but many mps strongly oppose the deal, and there's no guarantee that it will be approved by parliament. our political editor laura kuenssberg reports. agreement is finally in number ten‘s grasp. a deal that has been in dispute for so long. at last, the plans, the copper misers, go before the cabinet. tomorrow we will know whether they approved the divorce
with the eu in all our names. well, we are obviously working hard on this phase of the negotiations final stage, we should remain positive on getting a good dealfor our country. which tonight, a draft of that is on paper. cabinet ministers, many of whom have a less rosy view, have had their first chants to take a look in black and white. one brexiteer, who has seen it, please don'tjudge too fast. the important thing is we do what is best for britain, what is best for the united kingdom, and that we deliver a brexit that the british people will feel fulfils a term of the referendum. but eurosceptics and northern ireland unionist allies crowded into parliament to condemn the draft, almost as soon as it's existence was announced. for the first time in 1000 years, this place, this parliament, will not have a say over the laws that govern this country.
it is quite incredible state of affairs. and there is no chance of labour coming to the rescue. given the shambolic nature of the negotiations this is a unlikely to bea negotiations this is a unlikely to be a good dealfor the negotiations this is a unlikely to be a good deal for the country. negotiations this is a unlikely to be a good dealfor the country. we wait to see the detail but we have made it clear on a number of occasions that if it doesn't meet oui’ occasions that if it doesn't meet our test, it we won't be voting for it. and it is hard to see how this crowd, with the odd famous face, would be satisfied. there is a small, but noisy group in parliament to think that their numbers are strengthening and will vote no because they want another choice. strengthening and will vote no because they want another choiceli am because they want another choice.” am not go to accept a deal that will totally under mao —— undermined our credibility in the whole of the rest of the world because even if some people in my party can not see this asa people in my party can not see this as a bad deal, everyone else around this entire planet can. the man in charge of trying to get the deal through parliament was sounding chipper tonight, at least for the cameras. either twist any arms, it
is decisive to getting closer to the deal. he will only have that chance if, and it is if, his boss can persuade all of the colleagues around the top table actually, to agree. let's take a look at some of the day's other news. the death of a 13—year—old boy who was knocked out in a thai kickboxing match has led to renewed pressure on thailand to ban children from boxing bouts. anucha kochana was pronounced dead from a brain haemorrhage two days after he fought in the charity match. he had taken part in 170 fights since the age of eight. the thai parliament is reviewing legislation that would ban children under 12 from boxing matches. eight people have been killed in a flare—up of violence between israel and palestinian militants in gaza. more than 460 rockets have been fired into israel by militants since monday night, while israeli aircraft have hit 160 militant targets in response.
later, palestinian militant groups said egypt had brokered a ceasefire. here's the bbc‘s yolande knell. this is the worst surge in violence paper has been since the last full—scale conflict between israel and palestinian militants in gaza four years ago. on both sides, schools have been closed, many businesses and shops, a lot of normal life is being put on hold. earlier, there was a rush of rockets and mortars that were fired from gaza into southern israel. and israeli city was hit in a residential area, there was one man killed, we understand that actually he was a palestinian from the west bank who had a permit to work in israel. in gaza, the israeli military has been carrying out dozens military has been carrying out d oze ns of military has been carrying out dozens of strikes against what it says are militant targets and they include the hamas television
headquarters and also a hamas intelligence compound there. cnn has filed a lawsuit against the trump administration, after the white house suspended the credentials of one of its seniorjournalists. its chief white house correspondent, jim acosta, had his press pass revoked last week, hours after he got into a testy exchange with president trump. the network alleges this violates its and mr acosta's constitutional rights. three british imams havejoined calls for the uk to offer asylum to asia bibi, the pakistani christian woman recently acquitted of blasphemy. it comes afterformer foreign secretary boris johnson, and other politicians, urged the government to help her. asia bibi was freed last week after eight years on death row, sparking violent protests in pakistan from islamists. around 100 people are still missing in california, after the worst wildfires in the state's history.
44 people are now known to have died, but that number is expected to rise. the fires have broken out across the state. more than 7,000 homes and other buildings have been destroyed. most of the people who died were in and around the town of paradise, which has largely been destroyed. our correspondent dave lee is there. get back here. this is the inferno faced by one mother and son as they escaped the deadliest wildfire in californian history. we were out of that by 10:37am. with thousands of people behind me. how did it feel to know you were safe? relieving, guilty, terrified for the people behind me, i know there was a lot of elderly in the community that probably wouldn't make it out. five days on, this is what's left of their home. the harrowing process of trying to find and identify bodies
here has now begun. search teams think it could take many weeks. what will also take time is fully understanding what happened here, and why this fire was able to get so out of control. 500 miles south of where we are, fires are continuing to flare, like this one near lake sherwood. fire officials say gusty winds could easily kick—start more flames. the danger is far from over. if you're being held back, it's because your life and the lives of your family and neighbours are still potentially endanger. there are rare glimmers of good news. some of those who were ordered to evacuate in the south have been able to return to their homes. there is no such prospect for the people of what was once paradise. dave lee, bbc news, in northern california. rival countries have wrangled over territory in the south china sea
for centuries. now, as a summit begins here in singapore, the chinese premier, li keqiang says he hopes a so—called code of conduct for the disputed region can be completed in three years. china, vietnam, the philippines, taiwan and malaysia all have competing claims. the chinese say that everything within the orange line that you see here falls within their territory and they've been building on, and developing, the islands for years. the us has called on china to stop what it calls the "militarisation" of the south china sea. a short time ago i was joined by the philippines secretary of national defense, delfin lorenzana, and i asked them whether he thought this three year timeframe was realistic. we hope so. a given much for having me here. —— thank you very much. battles of me, why wait three more yea rs 7 battles of me, why wait three more years? you say it can be done within
six months? i don't know, because i am not in control of this code of conduct. i know that our secretary forforeign affairs conduct. i know that our secretary for foreign affairs has conduct. i know that our secretary forforeign affairs has been involved in this for quite sometime and a really believe that they have already covered a lot of ground in this code of conduct. it is very comforting to hear the chinese premier to say that it can be done in three years. it is something that we can hope. it but secretary, there are conditions, the chinese say that everything within the orange line falls within their territory. they have been hoarding on that the yea rs. have been hoarding on that the years. you have the competing claims from the malaysians, vietnamese and the philippines. that is the problem. we should not impose conditionality if you are drafting a code of conduct on how we conduct
ourselves in that area in the disputed area. does the president agree with this conditionality?” haven't talked to him about that. in the first place, what are the conditions imposing our? at what we re conditions imposing our? at what were the conditions imposed by the premier? we would like to know what the conditions are. what is the use of talking about the code of conduct the conditionality is maybe against oui’ the conditionality is maybe against our claims the conditionality is maybe against ourclaims in the the conditionality is maybe against our claims in the area as well. the president has been quoted in the media by saying he is committed to a quick completion of the code, how can that he done when he has chosen to develop warm and friendly ties with president xi jinping? to develop warm and friendly ties with president xijinping? yes even considered the president of china are good friend. —— he has even. berry is no conflict there. you can
be friends with somebody you are in a dispute with. —— berwick is. we are neighbours. —— there —— there is. turning out to security in the philippines, the secretary, it has been more than a year since the end of the battle of malawi. why is martial law still being imposed on the island ? martial law still being imposed on the island? when will it be lifted? there is even talk that it could be extended. martial law is supposed to be lifted by the end of this year, december 31. it was given to us by the president and it was confirmed by congress. as i speak now, the national police and the afp are
going around the island, asking government officials, asking civilians, societies and all of those people involved, who are there, asking them if you want martial law to be extended. so are the islamist rebels still a threat to peace? in another area, maybe yes. on the island, there is a problem, the islamist, the remnants of the rebel group who tried to forcibly take over malawi, they are still, as our intelligence has gathered, trying to recruit people tojoin the gathered, trying to recruit people to join the ranks. briefly before we end this interview, you have national heritage returning to the philippines from the us. the bells,
seized by the americans in 1901, will be returned. will this mean that the president will have a state visit or will be visiting president trump in the us very soon?” visit or will be visiting president trump in the us very soon? i cannot talk about that. but they will be coming home and this has created a lot of bad feelings between the philippines and americans. the fact that they are being prepared to be returned, we will wait until they come home and we can celebrate. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: voters in the pacific island nation of fiji head to the polls for a general election. also on the programme — how one website in india is tackling the threat of fake news. the bombastic establishment outsider donald trump has defied
the pollsters to take the keys to the oval office. i feel great about the election results. 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 round 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. the 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 among the ranks of clergy, suddenly felt welcomed. welcome back.
this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. and i'm kasia madera in london. our top stories: terms for a draft brexit agreement between britain and the eu have been agreed, but some uk members of parliament already say it won't be acceptable. the wildfires continue to burn in california. with 44 people killed, they are the deadliest fires in the state's history. firefighters say they are making progress in battling two of the blazers. —— blazes. and a man has been taking into custody after a police appeal for a ross from friends
lookalike went viral. the image of the suspected thief was taken in blackpool, in the north—west of england. it was so widely shared that actor david schwimmer even proclaimed his innocence. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. we start with the straits times, which is leading with the asean summit in singapore. we heard the philippines secretary of national defense tell rico what he hope will come of it. the straits times reports that singapore's prime minister is stressing the need for cooperation between the asean nations is important, due to threats like terorrism and climate change. the international edition of the japan times has a story on a new survey, which suggests that japanese people are more concerned about emigration — that's people leaving the country — than immigration. it comes as japan is struggling with a declining and ageing population. and finally, the new york times has travelled into the brazilian amazon to report on the very complex relationship between remote tribes and miners. the picture, which is dominating their front page,
is of an illegal gold mine, where one tribe cut a deal with the miners to secure access to the land. but it came with dire consequences for the land itself and the tribe's health. now rico, a rather strange find in the back of a car has got people talking online. that's right, kasia. french police have made a surprising discovery while patrolling the champs—elysees in paris. they found this lion cub in the back of a lamborghini, and the driver taking pictures with the animal. he insisted it was "just a cat", but was arrested. ido i do not think it is a carrot. —— cat. the 2.5—month—old lion cub has been taken to an animal shelter. it looks nothing like a cat.
honestly, how can you even say it looks like a cat in. anyway, moving on. the pacific island nation of fiji is hoping to shake off its reputation as a state prone to coups, with wednesday's second general election since a military takeover 12 years ago. this two men, who led different military coups, are vying for control. the current prime minister frank bainimarama, and the opposition leader, sitiveni rabuka. mr rabuka was facing a corruption charge, before it was overturned by the high court on monday. a short time ago, i was joined by samisoni pareti, who is the editor of islands business, a pacific—focussed news and business magazine in the capital, suva. i asked in what he thought that voters thought about their options given that both the candidates are form of coup leaders. are only two options for the voters, more than half a million voters are going to the polls today in fiji,
basically they were given those two choices. —— there are only. both of them are former military coup leaders and also stays different crews, 1987 for sitiveni rabuka, 1996 for frank bainimarama. but there is hope that this election will not result in a similar situation, where crew is required and necessary. they certainly, i know that fiji wants to overturn that perception that it is prone to cruise. in terms of what the candidates stand for, what other major differences? -- coups. well, the current prime minister wants to continue with his current policies whereby fiji is equal and this issue of race, which the other opposition party, sitiveni rabuka, tries to stand on, is not prominently highlighted. under frank bainimarama, all fijians, despite
oui’ bainimarama, all fijians, despite our different ethnicities, all called fijians, they are all equal under the law, and he will run to continue this and dissent and the media and trade unions and civil groups, while sitiveni rabuka on the other hand has taken the opposite direction. he believes in his party believes in the concerns and interests of indigenous fijians, he believes that for example the traditional council that she should be resurrected and he also stood on, campaigned very hard on the high cost of living and the need to bring down national debt under the rule of prime minister frank bainimarama. and in terms of the human rights record of fiji, what do you think this election will do for that? well, that also was an issue in this election. of course, mr frank bainimarama is highlighting the fact
that during his rule, in factjust a few months ago, fiji was elected into the seat at the united nations human rights council, but on the other hand, opposition parties are saying that there have been so many, it too many deaths under frank bainimarama's watchman he was in power, particularly people taken into custody by the fijian police force. so they are saying that that needs to change and also the laws against free media media and trade unionism, that also is not reflected very well under the rule of frank bainimarama. now to the latest in our special bbc season, beyond fake news. the spread of fake news is a global issue, but it's a particularly big problem in india. somejournalists there have made it their mission to fact—check
and correct the disinformation they encounter. the bbc‘s marathi service has been to meetjency jacob from the website boomlive.com. after 2016, there was a worldwide debate about whether fake news and misinformation can change the result ofan misinformation can change the result of an election, so we decided to create a website where could concentrate on fake news spread and social media. —— on. apart from twitter, facebook and
instagram, we also have a whatsapp helpline where people can forward whatever information they receive. they also ask us whether the information is true or not or whether it has any nuances. when we receive photos or videos, we use online tools like reverse image search. we use that to find out if anyone has used the image or video before, or if a credible news organisation has done a on story it. if there is a story related to a crime, we try to find out in which district it occurred. we then call the police authorities and find out exactly what happened. we have noticed that most of the time, the video is repurposed with a new narrative after two or three months. most of the videos... if we don't counter this today, the
problem may become even more serious. if you receive anything and whatsapp or social media, do not trust of blindly. when people understand this, they themselves will start searching for truth. —— trust it. you have been watching newsday. i'm kasia madera in london. and i'm rico hizon in singapore. stay with us. oil prices have been dropping, to suffer one of their worst days in three years. more on that on asia business report, next. we'll leave you with pictures of a coach being run on something rather unusual, it is run on grapejuice. it isa it is a new design and you can see it in france. thanks for watching. hello.
after the heavy, blustery showers to start the new week, tuesday delivered us something much drier, with some sunshine. and a good deal of it here on the north coast of yorkshire earlier on in the afternoon. a similar picture in perth and kinross. we already have some changes to the western side of the uk. outbreaks of rain will continue to work their way north and west, courtesy of this frontal system. notice the squeeze in the isobars. strong winds for western coasts overnight and into tomorrow morning. and some wet weather. already outbreaks of rain across south—west england, wales, northern ireland, north—west england, and running up into scotland. much of england and wales will be mainly dry that these black whether symbols give an indication of the wind gusts. some heavy and persistent rain across northern ireland in southern and western scotland. warnings in place.
wednesday, that rain will be slowly pulling the way north—east, slowly turning dry across northern ireland, north—west england, central and southern scotland. eventually that rain clears away from the highland and by the noon, most places becoming dry. very mild, 15 or 16 celsius, particularly the eastern side of scotland, given that any sunshine and some help from the foehn effect. some further outbreaks of rain arriving into the far north—west of islands, late in the night across the western isles of scotland. a variable mixture of power that, some mist and are developing as the night wears on. a little bit cooler, temperatures down to 45 celsius. double figures were we keep the crowd. it is milder air which continues to flow across the uk is to go into thursday. it will be mainly dry day. there will still be mainly dry day. there will still be this fund fringing the far west of scotla nd
be this fund fringing the far west of scotland and northern ireland, morkel out here some outbreaks of rain. still quite a breezy day. myst and cloud quite stubborn to clear in places, a very gloomy day but where it does break, we will see some good spells of sunshine and again, temperatures in the midteens. 13 to 16 celsius. looking ahead towards the end of the week, we have gotten area of high pressure keeping things fairly settled and keeping funds the atla ntic fairly settled and keeping funds the atlantic at eight, so heading through friday and into the weekend, most will be dry. however, with lighter winds, we are likely to season lighter winds, we are likely to season mist and fog and that may linger at times and just starting to hide away to saturday. goodbye. —— slide away. i'm kasia madera with bbc news. our top story — officials in london and brussels have finalised a draft agreement on brexit. with just four months to go before the uk leaves the european union,
ministers were called to downing street to read the draft deal. there's no guarantee it will be approved by the uk parliament or by the other 27 eu member countries. around 100 people are still missing in california after the worst wildfires in the state's history. 44 people are now known to have died. more than seven thousand homes and other buildings have been destroyed. and this story is trending on bbc.com. a man has been taken into custody after a police appealfor a ross from friends lookalike went viral. the image of the suspected thief was taken in blackpool in the north—west of england. that's all.