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welcome to newsday on the bbc. i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. the headlines: the hollywood award season is underway, with the glitz and glamour of the golden globes in los angeles. all eyes are on a star is born and vice, which dominate the nominations. as the government shutdown in the us continues into its third week, —— a young saudi woman fleeing to australia is stranded at bangkok airport, where she says her passport has been seized. she tells the bbc she can't go back home. i'm kasia madera in london. also in the programme: as the government shutdown in the us continues into its third week, president trump says he has little expectation of a breakthrough in the latest talks. amid a continuing tit—for—tat on tariffs, china and the us prepare to hold trade talks in beijing this week. live from our studios in singapore and london, this is bbc world news. it's newsday. good morning.
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it's 9am in singapore, 1am in london and 5pm in los angeles, where the 76th golden globes awards are getting underway. leading the nominations this year is vice, a satirical biopic of former us vice—president dick cheney, and a star is born, which stars lady gaga and bradley cooper. one other film set right here in singapore, crazy rich asians, has been nominated for two awards, for best comedy or musical, and best actress for its star, constance wu. with a majority—asian cast, it represents a major triumph for a community which has struggled to get meaningful parts in hollywood. eleanor, is nicky bringing a girl to colin's wedding? my amanda heard it
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from her friend francesca. eddie says her name is rachel chu. oh, i thought that nick was coming alone. did you know that he had a girlfriend? nick dates many girls. it's hard to keep track. amanda knows everyone and she has never heard of her. rachel chu? or maybe she's from the plastics chu family? if you want, i have a private... good morning. do you know, i think nobody expected it. but i think in the hands of a director likejon m chu, nina jacobson, you know who was producing, and john penotti, we knew we had something special. but really, at the end of the day, it is a fingers crossed situation to see how it will be accepted. it has been fantastic in terms of
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reception so far. you have got really quite strong contenders you're up against. so what are your chances? you know, i was take the humble pie approach, not for a lack of ambition, the fact that it got nominated, you know, i think has made such a huge impression, globally, which is fantastic. what is really crucial is that this film has done so much for minority representation in hollywood and, of course, it is not the only one. we have black panther as well which has been nominated in a different category. having two films with such a diverse cast, of course, comes after years of hollywood being accused of whitewashing, essentially using white caucasian actors to play asian and other roles. so how groundbreaking is this that this year we have two films, and will this change hollywood going forward? i think it is amazing. i think the timing of it has been perfect. obviously minority representation has been high on the agenda and they feel like that, you know, where it is not a comfy series, —— and a film like that, you know,
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where it is not a kung fu series, where typically, you know, asian actors, they had always been featured as kung fu actors. this is a romantic comedy. will it change hollywood? i think at the end of the day it will make people sit up. and make it more confident moving forward. what has it done for singapore's film industry? there is a burgeoning film industry in this region, but singapore is just getting started in this. you've come from a studio that's really only been open in the past few years. will it mean more jobs in the industry? i think it has been fantastic, the support, three hollywood films have come through in the last six years. with the support of the singapore film commission, who want to make singapore a potential destination.
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i think crazy rich asians was the perfect film that highlighted the best of singapore, really. we have taken you away from the viewing party of the golden globes, they are about to get started, and you want to go back and celebrate if the film wins. what do you think about the other films in general, what are you expecting? i think it is a diverse array of films. the films we are up against, for best film in the musical and comedy, where up against mary poppins and a few other films, and even for constance, really, it is up against some very stellar casts, charlize theron, people like that. i think it has been fantastic. really good company for freddie yeo, for crazy rich asians. some strong contenders. the golden globes are under way and we will speak with peter bowes to find out who is winning so far. let's take a look at some of the day's other news. the partial shutdown of the us government is entering its third week, but president trump says he thinks a deal can be made with democrats to bring it to an end. he said vice president mike pence had a productive meeting with the democrats a short time ago, and says he is now planning a steel barrier, rather than concrete
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for the border wall, as a compromise with democrats who refuse to fund the project. everybody‘s playing games, but i can tell you this, i think that the democrats want to make a deal, i really do, i feel that. what is the deal? we will call it something different. i don't think i have to. this year. we will call it... excuse me. we will call it something different. a lot of work has been done on the wall. there has been tremendous renovations. but we can do much more if they give us the money to do it. but our correspondent david willis in washington says the proposed changes might not be enough. there does seem to be a feeling, doesn't there, on the part of the trump administration, that finessing the wording or in this case the building materials will somehow change the democrats' mind, and they will suddenly fall into line and grant the $5.6 billion or whatever it is that president trump wants to build his border wall. at the moment, the tangible effects of this are not as apparent
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as they might be, perhaps, two or three weeks down the line. we're seeing museums here in washington, dc closed. we're seeing rubbish piling up in national parks, and outside the white house, even. but it'll start to really hit home, i think, later in the week, when those first paycheques that were due to go out perhaps don't. congress doesn't reconvene until tuesday, so there's not going to be any breakthrough, it would seem, until then, at the very earliest. we're in the third week of this shutdown, of course, at the moment, and if it extends to the end of this week, it will become the longest government shutdown in us history. david willis reporting. also making news today: more than 30 people have been killed in a landslide in north eastern afghanistan. local officials said villagers
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were searching for gold in a deep ditch in the river bed when the walls caved in. president donald trump says negotiations are underway on the location of the next summit with north korean leader kim jong—un. donald trump held a historic summit with kim in singapore injune. he said earlier in the week he had received a great letter from the north korean leader but declined to reveal its contents. it's been revealed that england's record goalscorer wayne rooney was arrested and fined in the united states last month for public intoxication and swearing. the former manchester united player, who now plays for the american side, dc united was arrested at dulles international airport after returning from a trip to saudi arabia. ajapanese schoolgirl is set to become the youngest professional player of the board game go. sumire nakamura will be ten when she plays the game on 1 april. she began playing the complicated strategy game at the age of three, and says she wants to win a title by the time she gets to high school.
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china and the united states are set to hold trade talks in beijing this week amid their continuing tit—for—tat on tariffs. these are the first face—to—face talks since donald trump and china's president, xijinping, agreed last month to a 90—day truce. here's president trump a little earlier. i really believe they want to make a deal. the tariffs have absolutely hit china very badly, but our country is — they've given a lot of money through tariffs, a lot of money. a lot of tariffs, steel dumping tariffs and others. but i think china wants to get a result. their economy's not doing well, they're down close to 38%. that's a lot, and i think that gives them a great incentive to negotiate. human rights watch has called on thailand to allow a young saudi
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woman fleeing her home country to continue her journey to australia. rahaf al-qunun is trapped in bangkok, where she says the thai authorities intend to repatriate her. she believes her family will kill her for renouncing islam. she's been speaking to the bbc from her hotel room at bangkok airport. when i came, someone said to me that we will have the visa. then he took my passport, and then he came to me with five or six people, i think they are police. and they told me my father wants me to go back to saudi arabia, and he is so angry. i don't have rights in saudi arabia, and my family treat me so bad. so you are scared to go back with your family? yes, they will kill me.
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rahaf al-qunun speaking to jamie coomersamay earlier. a short time ago, i spoke to phil robertson, the deputy asia director of human rights watch in bangkok. he's been in close contact with rahaf al-qunun. she's very scared. she really is counting down the hours, trying to think of what she can do next. you know, she has not been allowed access to a lawyer. she has people guarding her room, so she can't go out. it's a very, very fraught situation for her, and she's fearing the worst. she fears she's going to be sent to her death. can you explain what the situation is, then? because she had a visa to get to australia, so why is she being held in thailand? what is your understanding? well, what happened was, as she got off the plane, an official from the saudi embassy was there and they essentially seized her passport. and now they have manufactured some game with the thai government, that she applied for and didn't
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have the proper documents for a thai visa on arrival, so that she needs be sent back to kuwait. you know, this is saudi arabia and thailand playing games to send an 18—year—old back into harm's way. it's outrageous. she deserves to be allowed to see the un refugee agency and ask for asylum. and, you know, if this proceeds in the next few hours, both saudi arabia and thailand may have her blood on their hands. she is suggesting that she may be killed by her family. what's your understanding of her situation? she strongly believes that. she's been consistently saying that she will suffer grievous harm, and what we've seen in the past is that honour—related violence against women in saudi arabia who embarrass their families is severe, and it's hardly ever investigated or prosecuted. the fact that her father is a government official also makes
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it even less likely that there would be any investigation if he does something to her. so they have impunity to abuse these women, and in this case, we're very worried that they will. now, i know that human rights watch has been monitoring other situations like this. but she is travelling against saudi — against the saudi law. she does need the permission of a male member of the family. well, that law is a human rights abomination. it should be abolished. it's unbelievable that, in this day and age, there is such a law that exists like that. she's 18 years old, she had a valid passport, she had a valid visa. why can't she travel where she wants to go? the age of adulthood in the international system, in the un system, is 18. so she should have never been interfered with in the first place. she should have been allowed to go to australia as she wanted. a short time ago, i spoke to phil robertson,
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the deputy asia director of human rights watch in bangkok. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: answering her calling. the woman who taught herself to become the first midwife in a remote area in the himalayas. the japanese people are in mourning following the death of emperor hirohito. thousands converged on the imperial palace to pay their respects when it was announced he was dead. "good grief." after half a century of delighting fans around the world, charlie brown and the rest of the gang are calling it quits. the singer paul simon starts his tour of south africa tomorrow, in spite of protests and violence from some black activist groups. they say international artists should continue to boycott south africa until majority rule is established. teams were trying to scoop up lumps
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of oil as france recognises it faces an ecological crisis. three weeks ago, the authorities confidently assured these areas that oil from the broken tanker erika would head out to sea. it didn't. the world's tallest skyscraper opens later today. the burj dubai has easily overtaken its nearest rivals. welcome back to newsday on the bbc. thanks for staying with us. i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. i'm kasia madera in london. our top stories: the hollywood awards season is underway with the golden globes in los angeles. a star is born and vice are vying for the top gongs. and a young saudi woman fleeing to australia is stranded at bangkok airport, after she says her passport was seized. she says she fears for her life if she's forced home.
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let's take a look now at some of the front pages from around the world. we can start with the japan times, which leads on the ousted nissan boss, carlos ghosn. he's refused to sign a confession in return for being released from custody. the former nissan chief is due to appear in ajapanese court on tuesday. we can go next to the south china morning post, it leads with a story about hong kong's weather. people there could enjoy a less polluted winter because of the el nino weather effect. and finally, malaysia's king abdicating is on the front page of the straits times, here in singapore. the national palace said that sultan muhammad v had resigned amid intense speculation about his private life. that's it for the papers.
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back over to you. thousands of cambodian survivors of the khmer rouge are marking a0 years since the fall of the brutal regime that killed an estimated 1.7 million people. i've been speaking to our correspondent, nga pham, who is in siem reap in northwestern cambodia. today is a national public holiday in cambodia, and people here mark the day as the anniversary of the end of the genocide, the fall of the khmer rouge regime, that killed almost 1.7 million people during the short four year period that the khmer rouge was ruling. so today, i'm in siem reap, where a landmine museum is going to reopen. what a fitting event for the commemoration. and also in phnom penh, there will be a very important event to commemorate the khmer rouge.
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the event starting with a blessing ceremony and there will be a speech by the prime minister hun sen, where he will talk about the importance of the fall of the khmer rouge. he'll be paying tribute to the victims of the regime and also, of course, give credit to his ruling party, the cpp, that has been governing cambodia since 1979. you've got to remember that 60% of the cambodian population is under 30. so, i spoke to lots of them, and most of them don't have much of a memory about the period, but they, of course, have heard from their parents and the other generations about the brutality of the regime, and everyone was saying how good that the regime has terminated. that was nga pham in siem reap.
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in pakistan, less than half of women have access to a midwife. in the country's remote himalayan area, many give birth without any help at all, but one woman decided to step in to fill the gap. she's taught herself to be the first midwife in her area. this is her story. now, of course, we have got the golden globes which is currently going on live. it hasjust golden globes which is currently going on live. it has just started and lots of excitement about that. incredible stuff. we've had some of the first images come to already and some of the first female contenders have already had their photos taken. lady gaga is a real strong contender, along with vice, a satirical look at the former vice president dick cheney. and yes, crazy rich asians, a brilliant film,
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sandra oh especially. i wish i was there because she is cohosting this event and she is phenomenal in killing eve. i really enjoyed that programme. we are looking at vice, as you say. this is the it has six nominations, it is the story of dick cheney, former us vice president. christian bale really transforms himself to take on that character and does it incredibly well. so i think that the very fact that it has incredible nominations, a lot of people are talking about this film, puts it in pole position. hats and more interest to americans in a global audience. nevertheless, critics have really applaud this film and i think it is in the really good chance in the comedy category. however, it has strong competition. i would look at green book, viggo mortensen stars in this story of a
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pianist, a world renowned pianist who goes on a tour. it is a true story, he goes on to in the american deep south during the times of segregation and these two characters bondin segregation and these two characters bond in an unusual friendship and again, a lot of people, certainly the critics really going for this film. it is based on a true story, some people have said that it deserves some criticism for not adhering precisely to what happened but then, of course, it is just inspired by two events and it is a hollywood interpretation. so that is one to look for and crazy rich asians, now you are going to be talking about much more. a huge box office hit last year, putting singapore on the map in terms of filmmaking. it is also nominated in this top category of best comedy. and lots of bits as well nominated. yes, lots of brits, as ever. and brits are seen as hollywood royalty in so many respects. i willjust
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tell you about a star is born, first of all, because that is the key film that everyone is looking for. of course, a remake of a 1937 film, bradley cooper and lady gaga starring in that film. lady gaga especially has really been acclaimed for the way that she sings her way through this film, but it is really gritty acting as well that we see from lady gaga. talking about the brits, rami malek, who stars in bohemian rhapsody, here's a think hotly tipped for that role. it is certainly one of my favourite films of the year. i think you maybe have to have lived to that era, live aid, which was so important for are clean and for that character, rami malek of course plays freddie mercury. will be monitoring that event throughout the night and bring you
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all the twists and turns of the golden globes. you have been watching newsday. iam i am totally rooting for crazy rich asians. no surprise of course, singapore had a starring role in that. i'm sharanjit leyl in london. stay with us, we do notjust have the golden globes coming up we also have the ces tradeshow. some of the biggest names in tech there and we will be previewing some of the industry's best and worst new gadgets. fantastic, we are looking forward to that. and i'm kasia madera in singapore. for me and the whole of the team, thanks for watching. hello there. it's fair to say the weather's been very dull over the past few days. but all that is about to change. we've got more energy coming in from the atlantic, a deep area of low pressure rushing to the north of scotland, that's beginning to pick up the winds for northern areas.
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still to the south, high pressure, a few breaks in the cloud means a chillier start here and maybe some fleeting sunshine. rain is moving southwards across scotland, northern ireland, into north—west england and north wales. behind it, sunshine for northern ireland in the afternoon, scotland, away from the north and north—west, where it turns wet again, and the winds continue to howl. widely 11—12 degrees. that's not the story. it will be a windy day. windier than we have seen for quite some time. gales across scotland, gusts of 70 mph or more in northern scotland, that could lead to travel disruption. the real strength of the winds comes around the back of that deep area of low pressure, it stays very windy during the evening, the first part of the night, and then the low rushes away toward southern scandinavia and takes away the worst of the winds with it as well. but the wind direction changes for tuesday, we get more of a north or north—westerly wind. that means it is going to be a bit colder. there is more sunshine on the way. most places on tuesday will be dry
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with some sunny spells. we will see showers coming into north—eastern scotland, running down these north sea coasts into east anglia, where the winds could be touching gale force for a while. but lighter winds further west. however, temperatures are back into single figures for most areas. it gets chilly overnight where we have the clearer skies in this central slice of the uk. a touch of frost early wednesday. more cloud keeps the temperatures up for eastern parts of england. it will feel cold in the wind, one of two showers on wednesday. out to the west, we've got this gradual encroachment of air from the atlantic. that means cloudier skies. thickening cloud to bring rain and drizzle into northern ireland, later into western scotland. ahead of it, temperatures 11—5 degrees. probably the coldest day of this week. maybe a frosty start to the midlands, to the south—west of england, some sunshine for a while. you can see how the cloud is just spilling in on that north—westerly breeze. we're bringing in some milder air, yes, and temperatures of 9—10 degrees in scotland and northern ireland. we're back to high pressure again later on in the week and with that sort of
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position, we're pulling in air from the atlantic. it means a lot of cloud but temperatures will be a little bit higher as well. it will be breezy as well. to sum up the week, a windy start, cold air putting in midweek with more sunshine, then it clouds over later, still breezy, but also a bit milder. i'm kasia madera with bbc news. our top story: a young saudi woman fleeing her home country says she's trapped in bangkok, and that the thai authorities intend to repatriate her. rahaf al-qunan says she believes her family will kill her for renouncing islam. human rights watch has called on thailand to allow her to continue her journey to australia. as the partial shutdown of the us government enters its third week, president trump says he's now planning a steel barrier rather than a concrete border wall. democrats have refused to fund the project. and this story is trending on hollywood's getting ready for the first major award ceremony of the year, the golden globes.
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it recognises achievement in both television and film. crazy rich asians has been nominated for two awards. that's all. stay with bbc world news. and the top story in the uk: a man has been charged with murder after the fatal stabbing of lee pomeroy on a train in surrey last friday.
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