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hello everyone, glad you could join us. hello everyone, glad you could join us. this is news on the bbc. —— newsday. i'm rico hizon in singapore. the headlines: preparing for more protests — activists are arriving at hong kong's parliament before the second reading of the controversial extradition bill. us media report the murdered half brother of kim jong—un was a cia informant. i'm kasia madera, in london. also in the programme: at least 19 people have been killed and thousands more left stranded after record rainfall hits southern china. the us—china tariff war leaves a sour taste for california winemakers as business dries up.
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live from our studios in singapore and london, this is bbc world news — it's newsday. good morning. it's 7am in singapore, midnight in london, and 7am in hong kong, where people are gathering for more demonstrations against a controversial extradition law. this is the scene live outside the legislative council in hong kong. pro—democracy activists have assembled close to the parliament where the proposed bill is due for a second round of debate shortly. the bill would allow people to be sent to mainland china for trial. there's a heavy police presence around the building, and young people have been stopped and searched.
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hundreds of businesses have said they will go on strike on wednesday, and more mass demonstrations are expected. hong kong's leader, carrie lam, says she won't withdraw the proposal despite the opposition to the bill. joining me now from hong kong is claudia mo, a legislator and democracy advocate. thank you forjoining us. we have seen a lot of support against this extradition bill. we have seen a broad spectrum of opposition. carrie lam has been adamant she will push through with that but with all of this protest will the government likely back down? it is going to be most unlikely, i'm afraid. carrie lam has been conducting her business rather like a little puppet of the beijing government. shejust does what they tell her to do. it is a
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very sad scenario. she is really approaching this governance a crisis in hong kong and she has completely lost a ny in hong kong and she has completely lost any credibility amongst the people here. she seems to fail to understand people's profound distrust of this lack of rule of law in china. if she will not back down, what will happen next? they have already changed rules and things at the local legislature to try to speed up the procedures to have this very controversial bill passed by next week, by next thursday at the latest, thursday week. and she is really pushing hong kong people to the brink of a precipice and ijust don't know how hong kong could
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deteriorate further... but if the government introduces, going forward , government introduces, going forward, some safeguards to the bill, wouldn't that appease you and the opposition? we don't want any safeguards because they cannot be real safeguards. we have been telling this hong kong government, please, just scrap this bill for the time being and listen to the people because the exclusion of china from hong kong's extradition arrangements was done purposefully back in 1997 because of people's fear of china lack of fair trial and humane punishment. you cannot just lack of fair trial and humane punishment. you cannotjust push something through it like that and this thing is notjust going to affect hong kong people alone.
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anyone living or just affect hong kong people alone. anyone living orjust passing through hong kong could face some, i don't know, trumped up charges or made up crime. this is pr they are trying to instill into hong kong. thank you so much for your insights. we will continue to monitor the situation as protests buildup. let's take a look at some of the day's other news: the russian journalist, ivan golunov, has been freed after drug dealing charges against him were dropped. ivan golunov‘s detention last week provoked an outcry, with many people saying he had been framed because of his investigations into corruption. reporting from moscow, here's jonah fisher. there was, of course, outright journalists railing, demonstrations planned for tomorrow. we had newspapers putting the story and a show of solidarity and their front
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pages and today the announcement from the interior minister that they found no evidence to link, in terms of forensic, ivan golunov to the drugs found. there's been a major development in sudan, where much of the country has recently been in a shut down. protest leaders have agreed to suspend widespread strikes and return to the negotiating table. in return, the army, which has been in control since long—time president omar al—bashir was ousted in april, has agreed to release political prisoners. an outbreak of ebola in the democratic republic of congo has now spread into uganda. the world health organisation says a 5—year—old boy with the disease entered uganda on 9thjune and is now being treated in hospital. botswana's high court has ruled in favour of decriminalising homsexuality in the country. the court has rejected laws that impose up to seven years in prison for same—sex relationships. three judges came to the decision unanimously with one describing laws that ban gay sex as
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being "discriminatory". barcelona's lionel messi was the world's highest paid athlete over the last 12 months, that's according to forbes magazine. he earned a cool $127 million over the last year. juventus midfielder cristiano ronaldo was second on the list, with psg's neymar third. last year's highest earner, boxer floyd mayweather, has dropped off the list. kim jong—un‘s half—brother, who was murdered in malaysia two years ago, may have been working as an informant for the cia. that's according to news reports out of the us. kim jong—nam died in 2017 after two women smeared a nerve agent on his face at kuala lumpur airport. president trump has commented on the reports and talked about his ongoing correspondence with the north korean leader.
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i see that and i have just received a beautiful letter from i see that and i have just received a beautiful letterfrom kim i see that and i have just received a beautiful letter from kim jong—un andi a beautiful letter from kim jong—un and i think the relationship is a very well but i appreciated the letter and i saw the cia with respect to his brother or half brother and i would tell him that would not happen under my hospices, thatis would not happen under my hospices, that is for sure. i would not let that is for sure. i would not let that happen under my hospices. the story that kim jong nam may have been linked to the cia has been investigated by anna fifield from the washington post who's written a book and also the wall street journal's warren strobel. i asked the latter why he believed it's true. the truth be told, we had several sources on this story. some of them would not go on the record so we attributed it to one source we are confident with information. what other details of kim jong—nam's potential links to the cia. we do
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not know how often he met and how and what information he passed. the wall streetjournal also reported today that kim jong—nam met with security services from china, japan and south korea. he was looking for money and protection. he was in a very vulnerable position, outside of the country, and under a potential death threat from his half brother. could there be a link between this potential cia involvement and his assassination in malaysia 7 potential cia involvement and his assassination in malaysia? that is a very good question. they were reports at the time that on the same trip where he was assassinated, before his motor, he met with an american individual who the malaysian authorities believed was a cia or intelligence official. however we cannot make that link and what i have in gold is the reason he was probably killed is because his brother, kim jong—un, saw
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was probably killed is because his brother, kimjong—un, saw him as a potential threat and that a foreign government would try to build the half—brother up and someday you seem to replace kim jong—un half—brother up and someday you seem to replace kimjong—un in pyongyang. kimjong—nam to replace kimjong—un in pyongyang. kim jong—nam would be a to replace kimjong—un in pyongyang. kimjong—nam would be a good to replace kimjong—un in pyongyang. kim jong—nam would be a good asset for the cia? it is a very hard country to understand and get information out of, a totalitarian society, tightly controlled with no us embassy publicly what he told it wasn't useful but he was often out of north korea since 2003. he did not have probably detailed knowledge of what was going on in the north korean government. what are your thoughts on donald trump's reaction and his renewed praise of kim jong—un? and his renewed praise of kim jong-un? it was very interesting he said that this afternoon our time. it is the area of opinion. he
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continued to praise his spatial relationship with kim jong—un and tried to protect that. kim jong—nam died 2017 only a month into mr trump's term. it is unclear whether he would have known this person was interactive with the cia. the world has become more peaceful for the first time in five years but conflicts and dangers remain. that's according to the annual global peace index, produced by the think tank, the institute for economics and peace. the index scores countries according to three factors which include involvement in conflicts at home and abroad. the size of a country's military. and internal security, including violent crime and terror. so according to this year's ranking, the improving situation in syria means that afghanistan is now the least peaceful country on earth. of all the world's natgions,
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ukraine showed the biggest improvement in peacefulness. the country which has showed the largest deterioration due to the violence there is nicaragua. steve killelea is the founder and executive chairman of the institute for economics and peace. he explained how syria managed to improve its ranking in this years report. what has happened with syria is basically isis has been defeated. there are pockets of the fighters left in the country but the overall number of people killed in battle field death has dropped 13% in the last year whereas with afghanistan, it has not changed. syria has become slightly more peaceful but still mired in conflict. has anything
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stood out in these latest findings? a number of things stood out. the first thing, the world has become slightly more peaceful and that is the first improvement in five years and, since 2013. europe has become more peaceful. now, what happen in 2014, that is when isis first started to gain territory in iraqi which flowed into syria so what we're seeing is a sense of isis and paco haram in nigeria, it has improved the situation in many countries. —— boko haram. improved the situation in many countries. -- boko haram. how does a country like myanmar figure? myanmar has dropped tremendously the last
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two years but it had been improving for the five years prior to that. they have done a peace deal with a number of different rebel groups within the country and the main thing is if they can get the rohingya situation solved that which is not an easy situation to solve that myanmar could prove further. what i found also fascinating is a country like ukraine has shown the most improvement and yet we know, specifically in the east of the country, there is an ongoing conflict. what you have to understand, when countries have been mired in conflicts, a bit like syria, some improvement create quite a good bounce in terms of the rankings and score. the main thing driving the ukraine is a lot less deaths through conflict in the dansk region. this has been enough to
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create a bounce but it is still quite low on the global index. create a bounce but it is still quite low on the global indexm create a bounce but it is still quite low on the global index. it is not just things like quite low on the global index. it is notjust things like terrorism and violent climb, climate change has had a big impact as well. with climate change, we did a study which looked at the countries in the areas of the world which are more likely to be affected by severe climate change affects and what we have found is that there are 103 million people living in countries which have got very low levels so any major effect, let's say what happen in haiti with the cyclone, is likely to leave big deterioration in peace. we're looking at the fragility of nations and try to understand countries need aid. the founder and executive german of the institute for economics and
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peace. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: hong kong is braced for another day of protests ahead of a second reading of a controversial extradition bill. also on the programme — how california's wine country is feeling the fallout of america's trade war with china. the day the british liberated the falklands. and by tonight, british troops had begun the task of disarming the enemy. in the heart of the west german capital, this was gorby—mania at its height. the crowd packed to see the man who for them, has raised great hopes for an end to the division of europe. michaeljackson was not
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guilty on all charges. the screams of the crowd, a testament to his popularity and their faith in his innocence. as long as they'll pay to go see me, i'll get out there and kick 'em down the hill. what does it feel like to be the first man to go across the channel by your own power? it's feels pretty neat. feel marvellous, really. welcome back, everyone. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. yes, thanks for staying with us. i'm kasia madera in london. our top stories: protesters are gathering in hong kong ahead of a second reading of a controversial extradition bill. reports in the us media say the murdered half—brother of north korean leader kimjong—un was an informant for the us. and in sport, it wasn't unlucky 13 for the usa as they hammered
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thailand 13—0 at the women's world cup in france. incredibly, six of those goals were scored in the last 16 minutes. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the japan times leads with the japanese government's decision to retract a controversial report into the country's pension system. the report had raised serious doubts over the countries ability to support its ageing population — but finance minister taro aso has rejected its conclusions. —— country's. the south china morning post is leading on the ongoing unrest in hong kong over the extradition bill. the story focuses on a police investigation launched over alleged death threats sent to hong kong leader carrie lam.
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and the gulf news reports on pakistan's emergency budget, as the country attempts to meet the condition of its $6 billion imf bailout. imran khan's government is looking to raise $36 billion in total tax revenue by raising tariffs on gas and electricity. those are the papers. at least 19 people have been killed and thousands more left stranded after record rainfall hit eastern china. and there's more to come, with authorities issuing an alert for continued heavy rain on wednesday. sylvia lennan—spence reports. dramatic scenes in eastern james the province as rescue workers managed to reach people trapped over floodwaters and take them to safety. these are scenes being repeated in numerous counties there, after torrential rain which started last week triggered floods. more than 2
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million residents have been affected and hundred and 50,000 relocated so far. translation: the emergency management industry has allocated 2000 tenths, 20,000 girls, 10,000 beds —— 2000 tenths —— 2000 tents. this man is clinging onto a pole to prevent him from being swept away. rescue workers moving and he is pulled to safety. emergency workers also managed to reach 16 climbers, including two children trapped by flash flooding on a mountain. they use boats and rubber dinghies to rescue the young and old from flooded houses. firefighters were able to reach this man's103 year
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old mother—in—law and take her to safety. later data i want to thank the firefighters for rescuing my mother, otherwise she would not have made it, she is 103 years old. more than 20,000 homes are without power and thousands of hectares of grubs have in destroyed by the downpours. there is no let up just yet as rainstorms are expected to continue and spread until the end of the week. sylvia lennan—spence, bbc news. donald trump has threatened to slap more tariffs on chinese exports to the united states if xijinping doesn't meet him at this month's g20 summit injapan. the trump administration says it's using tariffs to balance the trade deficit and fight what it calls beijing's "unfair" practices. some of china's retaliatory tariffs are already hitting us businesses — including american wine exports. sophie long has been to see some of those affected. the lush landscape of california's wine country.
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across this fertile land, concern is growing, as family businesses feel the impact of the tension between the world's two biggest economies. right here you guys will see a sauvignon blanc block planted in 1999. ijoined an eco tour at honig's vineyard. customers learn about their sustainable winemaking. it's a crucial source of income for the third generation producers. their business with china has collapsed completely. our china business has gone to zero. the top year was 1,000 cases, and now we're back down to zero. so in ten, a little over ten years, it's gone up and then down. a bottle that used to cost $100 on the shelf at retail in china now costs $200 and that's not for any fault, anything different that we are doing. we've gone to china, we see the market is interested in our wine, and then you get one more round of these stupid tariffs, they're just impacting us for no reason.
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china is the fastest—growing and will likely soon become the largest wine market in the world. meanwhile, sales at home are declining, which is starting to rattle nerves. the older wine—loving generation are retiring. millennials seem to prefer spirits or recently legalised marijuana. another layer of tariffs is another unwelcome challenge. the first time, it's like, oh, my god, what are we going to do? and the second time, i think we've been here. the third time, you know, it'sjust piling on. you can't get any deeper than that. you think the point that the chinese market is at, you've got a growing middle—class, people who are going to be buying wine who wouldn't have been before, that's the time you need to be there, right? exactly, now is the time we want to be there and be able to develop that and so, you know, i'll be going this fall and continue to bang the drum about california wines.
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the great hope here is that an agreement will be reached that will erase the tariffs that existed in the first place. then wine producers could end up the winners in this trade war. the wine institute says as californians, they think big and they're confident that will carry them through. it's just part of our nature to dream big, to be freethinkers. we apply that to wine growing and winemaking, and what comes out of it is this incredibly rich and exciting wine industry. we rise to that challenge. and that's part of what keeps us going forward. president nixon helped put napa wine on the world map when he raised a glass of it in a toast to peace with china. those who work in the valley‘s vineyards hope that president trump will do similar, and soon. sophie long, bbc news, california. you have been watching newsday.
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i'm rico hizon in singapore. stay with us. as hong kong braces for another day of demonstrations, we'll hear why business leaders are adding their voices to protests against the extradition law. -- bill. i'm kasia madera n london. let's go live there. people are gathering for more of those demonstrations against that controversial extradition law, these are pro—democracy activists. they are pro—democracy activists. they are assembling close to the parliament where that deal is due for a second round of debate. the bill would allow people to be sent to mainland china for trial. it's hugely, usually controversial, and earlier in the week we saw protesters out on the street, they say up to1 protesters out on the street, they
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say up to 1 million. so we are bracing for another demonstration, heavy police presence around. we will continue to monitor this for you right here on newsday. there some really miserable weather out there at the moment, pouring with rain across the north, but it's not just here with rain across the north, but it's notjust here in the uk where we are getting the really unsettled weather. in fact, getting the really unsettled weather. infact, much getting the really unsettled weather. in fact, much of western europe, all the way down to spain and portugal are experiencing below average temperatures and quite changeable weather. a big low pressure is stuck across northern france, still around the channel here, and as long as there is low pressure is here things going to change. it will remain very, very u nsettled. change. it will remain very, very unsettled. winds coming in across the north from europe but the winds will have two swing back around again. they are blowing around central and eastern parts of the
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continent. that's the yin and yang of weather. one side of europe is hot and sunny and the other side is paying for it and it is cool and very, very wet. here is the rain, early hours of wednesday morning. the low pressure, already established that, it's parked across this part of europe. you can see spells of unsettled weather they are across parts of germany as well —— there. thunderstorms drifting out of there. thunderstorms drifting out of the south and they will affect southern portions of the uk. notice a bit available in the intensity in the rain in the north, but that will get heavier later on wednesday. these blobs here, these are showers. under storms developing almost anywhere across the southern portion of the uk. notice how this rain gets heavier as we go into the afternoon, quite menacing, threatening rain clouds. all of that is going to come in and bring a real do lose to parts
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of northern england —— deluge, reaching parts of scotland and north—eastern england as well. a wet wednesday on the way. here is the look on thursday. the winds are blowing around like so, that low pressure's parked itself across the uk. the south, if you sunny spells, yes, but some thunderstorms. temperatures 14— 16 degrees, closer to the end of april, sort of made temperatures, really. so the low will wobble around the uk, bringing us will wobble around the uk, bringing us spells of rain and showers as we head towards the end of the week —— may. on balance, unsettled, as we head into the weekend. later there isa sign head into the weekend. later there is a sign of things warming up, but not just yet.
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a series i'm kasia madera with bbc news.
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our top story. hong kong's preparing for another day of protests as crowds begin building near parliament. it comes ahead of the second reading of a controversial extradition bill, which would allow people to be sent to mainland china for trial. hundreds of businesses have said they will go on strike on wednesday. reports in the us say that the murdered half—brother of kim jong—un was an informant for the us spy agency, the cia. kim jong—nam was poisoned in malaysia two years ago. and this story is doing well on bbc.com: an ethiopian woman gave birth and just half—an—hour later sat important exams. almaz derese had hoped to sit the tests before her baby was born, but they were were postponed because of ramadan. that's all.

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