tv Newsday BBC News May 30, 2019 1:00am-1:31am BST
welcome to newsday. i'm lewis vaughanjones in london. at least seven people have been killed, after a cruise boat capsized on the river danube in the hungarian capital, budapest. police are still searching for survivors. us special counsel robert mueller breaks his silence on the russia investigation but declines to clear president trump of obstructing justice. if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commita crime, we would have said so.
we did not, however, make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime. i'm rico hizon in singapore, the headlines: it's been sitting in the country for years — now the philippines is set to ship tonnes of canadian waste back to canada. chelsea are europa league champions for the second time, beating arsenal 4—1 in the final in azerbaijan. good morning. it's 1:00am in london, 8:00am in singapore, and 2:00am in hungary, where at least seven people have died after a river cruise boat capsized and sank on the danube near the parliament building. the section of the river where the accident happened has been closed off by the authorities as rescue efforts continue. the hungarian state tv says 33 tourists were on board
with two crew. many of the passengers are thought to be from asia, with 16 still missing. the rescue has been made difficult because of the strong currents and heavy rains. from budapest we can now speak to balintjuhasz, who's a radio reporter who lives nearby to the river where the two boats collided. thanks for being with us, we can see the terrible weather conditions where you are. what is the latest where you are. what is the latest where you are. what is the latest where you are? good morning. i am next to the danube river where the accident happened for a five hours ago. the freshest information is they have found the sunken boat at they have found the sunken boat at the danube river, so they found the
details and little parts of the boat. all of the river is closed and more than 400 people are working for the rescue. the latest news from official press announcement, official press announcement, official information from the government and rescuers, seven people are in hospital, and seven people are in hospital, and seven people died in this accident, and a lot of missing. the latest news is, not official, but there was a large tourist boat that hit a small boat and it sank. so we think, therefore, just to recap, that a larger boat collided with the boat as it was moored up and since then, since that collision, has capsized. i know it
will be too soon to find out exactly why or how that happened, but the weather conditions on the river can't have helped. yes, it is not too good see conditions. the government and police have closed the roads next to the river and they are trying to investigate what happened last night. right now, other rescue efforts ongoing? were people trying to pull people out of the water earlier on? yes, i will try to show you, there is a rescue camp, a live tv session too, and a lot of people working here behind me now to search for bodies, and not official information says that more than 30 metres down the river they found parts of the ship and bodies,
but it is not official yet. maybe 30 minutes later they will have press information session, so i will try to inform you with the fresh news. information session, so i will try to inform you with the fresh newslj see, we will keep a cross that in half—an—hour's time. can you paint a picture of what the area is normally like? is it normally busy with tourist boats, is this a typical day? yes, it is a typical day, no rain, good sky and light and a lot of people here, and a lot of cars behind me in these closed roads. so it is more likely than this accident tonight. thank you very much for bringing us up to speed with everything that has been happening. let's take a look at some of the day's other news. israeli mps have voted to dissolve parliament, paving the way for snap elections. prime minister benjamin netanyahu failed to meet a deadline
forforming a coalition. he had appeared set for a fifth term after his party won more than a quarter of seats in parliament in last month's election. the new vote is expected in september. 0ur middle east correspondent, tom bateman, has more from jerusalem. this represents a serious political failure for mr netanyahu. he had been holding out throughout that he'd be able to drive through an agreement, that he would be able to get these two sides together but he has not been able to do that. 0ne course of events could have been that the israeli president would have to ask an opposition mp to form a government, bringing to an end mr netanyahu's ten years in office. now, to prevent that from happening he has precipitated a situation where the parliament has voted to dissolve itself, bringing about more elections. i think beneath all this is the fact that mr netanyahu is politically weaker, more vulnerable than he has
been for quite some time. also making news today: a series of tornados is battering the american midwest. 20 were reported in kansas alone in the last 24 hours. pennsylvania was also hit. in total there have been more than 300 tornado reports across the us injust the past 12 days. olympic champion caster semenya has lodged a legal appeal in switzerland after losing her case against international athletics rules over the level of testosterone allowed for female athletes. new iaaf rules require women with higher than normal male hormone levels to artificially suppress them if they're to compete in some events. earlier this month the court of arbitration for sport rejected the south african‘s challenge against the measures. wikileaks says its founder julian assange has been moved
to a health ward in belmarsh prison. in a statement, wikileaks said it has grave concerns about the state of mr assange's health, having already significantly deteriorated after seven years inside the ecuadorian embassy. the wikileaks founder was arrested last april in london, after the government of ecuador revoked his asylum status. airbus has celebrated its 50th anniversary with an airshow in toulouse. despite cloudy weather conditions, the compa ny‘s jetliners and the french patrol display team gave a spectacular performance. on may the 29th, 1969, airbus was launched at a meeting between french and west german ministers in a bid to revive the struggling post—war aircraft industry. the us special counsel,
robert mueller, who investigated russian meddling in the us presidential election, has insisted that his report didn't clear president trump of acting illegally. let's get the latest from our north america editor, jon sopel. morning. washington is a city where people race to be in front of a microphone. but for two years, special counsel robert mueller has chosen silence while he completed his report on russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. that changed dramatically today, when he almost flatly contradicted donald trump's assertion that he'd been completely exonerated by the special counsel investigation. listen to what he has to say on whether the president obstructed justice. if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commita crime, we would have said so. we did not, however, make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime. under long—standing department policy, a present president cannot be charged with a federal crime
while he is in office. until now, donald trump has repeatedly referred to the mueller investigation as a hoax and a witch—hunt but on twitter today, a significant reframing. he said: this afternoon, it was the turn of the president's press secretary to push the line of no collusion and no obstruction. in his tweet today, the president said there was insufficient evidence, therefore he is innocent. is that the bar at which you set things? we set the bar at the fact that mueller spent two years doing an exhaustive investigation and came back to say that there was no wrongdoing by the trump campaign or any american. from robert mueller and donald trump, two totally different interpretations. mueller effectively saying, "look, we don't think he's innocent but we can't prosecute him."
and from donald trump, "there's insufficient evidence and therefore, it's case closed." the white house would clearly love this to be the end of the episode. there's no chance of that. and sure enough, mueller‘s statement has fuelled democrat demands for impeachment proceedings to begin. with respect to impeachment questions at this point, all options are on the table and nothing should be ruled out. what special counsel robert mueller said loud and clear today for the american people is that president trump is lying when he says no collusion, no obstruction and that he was exonerated. thank you, thank you for being here today. today, robert mueller told the american people he's taken it as far as he can. now, it's up to congress. does it dare try to impeach the president? jon sopel, bbc news, washington. the philippines is due to ship 69 containers full of rubbish back to canada today. the disagreement started back in 2014, after the philippines found out canada had delivered household waste, rather than recyclable plastics. president duterte accused canada of turning his country into a "dump site" and the philippines recalled its ambassador in the escalating row.
so the tonnes of rotting rubbish that have been sitting in subic bay, a former us naval base, for the past six years, are finally set to be shipped later. let's speak to howard johnson, who's there now. ican i can see the containers are stacked up i can see the containers are stacked up behind you, when will they be shipped out? the containers are in this compound behind me, they have been fumigated in preparation for customs, and we are expecting a ship to come up from manila and take them around. it is expected that by midnight they will set sail for china, a transshipment point on the way back to canada. it is expected they will be put into a land site somewhere there, buried in canada. but we are seeing this is a message from the rest of the world from the
philippines that they will no longer ta ke philippines that they will no longer take the waste of developed countries to be buried here. they would much rather send a clear signal that that is no longer the case for the philippines. what has been the thoughts of filipinos about this waste? president duterte is very popular here in the philippines, hejust won very popular here in the philippines, he just won a landslide mid—term election and got a lot of senators into the senate. we went to subic bay to talk to people to see how this story is panning out. for six years, it has been too long, and it is now the time to get the rubbish out. i am happy about it, you know, because in the philippines there is a lot of trash here already, so we don't need someone else's trash. i think president duterte did well, in that decision, to move the garbage back to canada, because it is the only president to do that.
the philippines is now looking at other stories — rubbish from australia, rubbish from hong kong. we will also see this week that malaysia has come forward saying it wa nts to malaysia has come forward saying it wants to repatriate 3000 tons of waste back to origin countries. and we saw that china said no to mixed plastics, which has had a huge impact on this region. waste has started to move to other countries and now countries like the philippines and malaysia are saying enough is enough, no more waste from developed countries coming here, please. thank you for the update. chelsea have beaten arsenal by four goals to one in the europa league final in baku, azerbaijan. the build up to the match has been marred by ticketing and travel difficulties for fans having to travel nearly 4,000 kilometres from london to baku.
it was a drubbing for arsenal. this is not the result they were hoping for, and we saw them streaming out of the stadium, some people angry, some dejected, some of them in the stadium we saw earlier have been in tears, when goal after goal kept going into the net against them. though not the result arsenal wanted, of course chelsea came out singing and dancing, this is exactly what they came here for. both of the fans for both of these teams had an awfully long journey to get here, and that is what a lot of conversations were about before the kick—off. people discussing their crazy journeys to try to get here all the way from london or the uk, for the cheapest possible amount. the direct flights from london to baku were very expensive, well over $1000 to get here. people were taking very long bus and train journeys, and then obviously arsenal fans coming out here thinking perhaps that was a huge waste
of time and money for them. congratulations to chelsea. you are watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: we go inside the fukushima power plant, eight years after the nuclear disaster, for the second of our special reports on the ongoing clean—up. also on the programme: countdown to the cricket world cup. the first match is in just a few hours. the hosts, england, will play south africa. in the biggest international sporting spectacle ever seen, up to 30 million people have taken part in sponsored athletic events to aid famine relief in africa. the first of what the makers of star wars hope will be thousands of queues started forming at 7:00am. taunting which led to scuffles, scuffles to fighting, fighting to full—scale riot, as the liverpool fans broke
out of their area and into the juve ntus enclosure. the belgian police had lost control. the whole world will mourn the tragic death of mr nehru today. he was the father of the indian people from the day of independence. the oprah winfrey show comes to an end after 25 years and more than 4,500 episodes. the chat show has made her one of the richest people on the planet. geri halliwell, otherwise known as ginger spice, has announced she has left the spice girls. i don't believe it! she's the one with the bounce, the go, the girl power. not geri. why? this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. i'm lewis vaughanjones in london. our top stories: a cruise boat has capsized
on the river danube in the hungarian capital, budapest. 33 south koreans were on board. seven died, seven were rescued, and 19 are still missing. us special counsel robert mueller breaks his silence on the russia investigation, but declines to clear president trump of obstructing justice. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. 0n the front page of the japan times, a day after a knife attack on a group of schoolchildren in kawasaki, more details are emerging about the victims. two people died, an 11—year—old girl and the father of an unharmed student who had worked for the japanese embassy in myanmar. next, the straits times reports on china and singapore's agreement to deepen military ties. it could mean larger—scale military exercises and more frequent high—level talks. and on the reuters website, new research suggesting that hundreds of millions of people could lose their water supply as global warming causes asia's glaciers to melt. the report published in the journal nature finds that the loss of glaciers will make nations
from india to kazakhstan much more vulnerable to drought. it is now eight years since the fukushima nuclear disaster injapan, when a tsunami triggered a huge explosion partial meltdown at a nuclear power plant. making the plant completely safe could take up to 50 years and cost a as much as $1 trillion. 0ur tokyo correspondent rupert wingfield—hayes is one of the first foreign journalists to be taken inside the damaged reactor, as the plant's operators mark the latest milestone in the clean—up. the clean—up of the towns in the
countryside around fu kushima the clean—up of the towns in the countryside around fukushima has created millions and millions of tons of waste that has to be sorted and disposed of. this isjust some of it. each one of these bags is filled with one ton of radioactive soil. there are 1000 sites like this across fukushima. soil. there are 1000 sites like this across fu kushima. this soil. there are 1000 sites like this across fukushima. this is the moment reactor number three at fukushima exploded. it injected a huge plume of radioactive material into the sky. the reactor building was left a mangled, radioactive rack. eight yea rs mangled, radioactive rack. eight years on, a new structure has been built over the damaged reactor —— wreck. 4000 people are working to contain and clean up the disaster.
and today, i am going inside to see progress. this is very strange, to be standing inside here, because this huge structure i'm standing inside is right on top of reactor building number three. underneath me here is the melted reactor core inside this building. 0ver here is the melted reactor core inside this building. over the top here, they have built this shield to lower the radiation levels, so that we can come up here, so lower the radiation levels, so that we can come up here, so that workers can come up we can come up here, so that workers can come up here, to construct this. but radiation levels are still very high here, and because of that, we can only spend a few minutes here. now, if we come over here, there is my alarm going off. this is the spent fuel pool. down inside here, more than 560 spent fuel assemblies. spent fuel removal is now done by
robotic crane. it's going to take three years to complete, but there are no plans to remove the melted reactor because. —— cores. 0utside, the piles of contaminated soil are being moved. they are being buried in huge, plastic lined pits. so this is the lining? yes. so we got one, two, three, four, five. yes. five layers. so the really big difference between, for example, what happened in ukraine with the chernobyl disaster and what has happened here with fukushima disaster and what has happened here with fu kushima is disaster and what has happened here with fukushima is that the japanese government has decided that this area has to be cleaned and has to be restored, and it is a vast, vast operation that will take many decades to complete. but all of the
material that has been cleaned up, all of the topsoil that is being removed, it has to be taken somewhere, and it is being brought here and it is going to be buried. in the quantities are just mind—boggling. 14 million tons of waste material has been created so far. that all has to be buried underground. the pricetag is also astonishing. it could take 50 years and cost 1 trillion astonishing. it could take 50 years and cost1 trillion us dollars. the cricket world cup gets underway in a few hours, when england, who are the favourites, take on south africa. it is a truly global event. the 2015 tournament was watched by an estimated 1.5 billion people. andy swiss has more. well, welcome to the oval, where the waiting is very nearly over, because on thursday morning, 25,000 fans will be packed into the stands behind me as england get the world cup underway against south africa. now, fair to say the hosts don't have a great record in recent world cups.
in fact, at the last tournament, four years ago, they were knocked out in the opening stage. but they are full of confidence going into this tournament. they are the world number ones. they're the favourites with the bookmakers. their batting is particularly impressive, a lot of hefty hitters — the likes ofjos buttler, jonny bairstow, captain eoin morgan. but they will face plenty of stiff competition. india are second—favourites with the bookies. they, of course, have the best batsman in the world, in most people's eyes, in virat kohli. and of course, there is australia, as well, the reigning champions. they have welcomed back david warner and steve smith after their suspensions for ball tampering. it will be interesting to see what sort of reaction they get from the crowds here in england. a very exciting world cup. a very exciting world cupm a very exciting world cup. it will bea a very exciting world cup. it will be a very exciting world cup. we will keep watching that. you have been watching newsday. i'm lewis vaughanjones in london.
so who is your favourite for this cricket world cup? it has to be england, no—one else has a chance. and i'm rico hizon in singapore. coming up: a bird's—eye veiw of the boeing 737 max, and another apology from the planemaker‘s chief executive. 0ur manias in the last couple of hours, of course, is the river danube, as you can see, the pictures there in hungary. a boat has capsized. we now have confirmation from officials in south korea that it was a tourist boat with 33 south koreans on board. seven are known to have died, seven were rescued, and 19 are still missing. 0fficials have died, seven were rescued, and 19 are still missing. officials from south korea flying out to hungary now is that operation, the rescue
operation, continues into the early hours of the morning there in budapest. anymore developments, we will bring them to you on bbc world news. hello. one thing we're certainly not short of at the moment is cloud across the uk. and through today, it will tend to stick around in many areas and bring some rain into the north. by the weekend, though, i'm hopeful we'll see more in the way of sunshine, and we're going to see things significantly warming up for some. more on that in just a moment. a lot of warm air coming in from the atlantic in the next few days, but it's coming up to the south of this frontal system. that will mean a lot of cloud around, some more persistent rain across the northern half of the uk in the short term, as well. but by the weekend, high pressure will start to push in from the south, thin the cloud, and allow more sunshine. today, though, most of us are going to be stuck
with fairly grey skies, and across the northern half of the uk, some more persistent rain as the day goes on. heavy at times, possibly, for northern ireland, the south—west of scotland, parts of the north—west of england, maybe the far north—west of wales, too. to the far north of scotland, some sunshine for the northern isles, to the south, some brighter skies to the lee of high ground. breezy day across the board, particularly gusty around western coasts and across the hills, but murky in the west as well. just 11 degrees there in aberdeen, but up to 23 if we get some brightness across the south—east of england. 0vernight thursday into friday, looking at more wet weather across the northern half of the uk, but hopefully the cloud to the south perhaps thinning and breaking a little as the hours go by. high pressure trying to squeeze its influence further north. certainly a mild enough start to friday, but once again, you can see rain waiting to push into northern ireland and western scotland. and through the day, that frontal system continues to buckle to the north of the uk, so there will be more heavy downpours.
to the south, the high is nearby, and that should allow the cloud to thin and break a little more, see a bit more in the way of sunshine. and temperatures creeping up across england and wales on friday, into the mid 20s. milder for aberdeen, but still a lot of cloud around and some rain, but the heaviest of the rain for northern ireland and western scotland. but by saturday, that high throws its influence further north. we should see more in the way of widespread sunshine and a pretty warm day, even across the northern half of the uk, but to the south, we could get up to 27 degrees celsius in the south—east of england. a very short spike of a heatwave, though. by sunday, the weather picture starts to become quite showery across the uk, and that will see our temperatures beginning to slide away. still a pretty pleasant day to come, though, on sunday. in the sunny spells, there will be some warmth around. turning much chillier, though, next week.
welcome to bbc news. our top story: at least seven people have been killed after a cruise boat capsized on the river danube in hungary. emergencey services in the capital, budapest, are still searching for survivors. the police say 33 south koreans were on board the boat, which collided with a larger vessel. us special counsel robert mueller has spoken publically for the first time about his investigation into russian election interference. mr mueller said if he thought donald trump was innocent of obstruction ofjustice, he would have said so. the president tweeted that the case against him was closed. and this video is trending on bbc.com. chelsea have won football's europa league. they beat arsenal 4—1 in baku, in azerbaijan. all the goals were scored in the second half, with eden hazard
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