hello and welcome to newsday on the bbc. i'm ben bland in london. the headlines: borisjohnson is elected leader as the conservative and unionist parties. borisjohnson wins the race to be conservative leader — and britain's next prime minister. he takes office today — with a three point plan. deliver brexit, unite the country, and defeat jeremy corbyn. and that is what we're going to do. world leaders offer their congratulations. among the first, president trump, who suggests mrjohnson is a british version of himself. i'm rico hizon in singapore. also in the programme:
the firstjoint air patrol by russia and china sees south korean warplanes fire warning shots — and prompts an international row. the countdown begins — it's one year until the tokyo olympics. but organisers are already worried about the summer heat. live from our studios in singapore and london, this is bbc world news — it's newsday. hello and welcome to newsday. it's 8:00am in singapore and 1l00 in the morning here in london, where borisjohnson is preparing for the biggest act of his political career. on wednesday, after being invited by the queen to form a government, he'll pick up the keys to number 10 — fulfilling an ambition he's held for decades. borisjohnson promised a "new spirit of can do" and said he would get brexit done by october the 31st.
here's our political editor. laura kuenssberg. applause. and therefore i give notice that borisjohnson is elected as the leader of the conservative and unionist parties. a brief moment of "where do i go now", as the rest of the room got to its feet. a thumping majority for mrjohnson — a knowingly controversial pick. there will be people around the place who will question the wisdom of your decision and there may be some people here who still wonder quite what they have done. no—one party, no one person has a monopoly of wisdom, but if you look at the history of the last 200 years of this party's existence you will see that it is we conservatives who have had the best insights. talking as a tory campaigner complete with gags, the prime minister with the most serious of tasks from tomorrow. at this pivotal moment in our history, we again have to reconcile two sets of instincts.
two noble sets of instincts. between the deep desire for friendship and free trade and mutual support in security and defence between britain and our european partners, and the simultaneous desire, equally deep and heartfelt, for democratic self—government in this country. brexit‘s not impossible, he says, it can and must be done. well, i look at you this morning and i asked myself, do you look daunted? do you feel daunted 7 i don't think you look remotely daunted. the people of this country are trusting in us to do it, and we know that we will do it. 0n the threshold of number 10, still entertaining this crowd. i know some wag who has already pointed out that "deliver, unite, and defeat" was not a perfect acronym for an election campaign since unfortunately it spells dud, but they forgot the final e, my friends — e for energise! and i say to all of the doubters, dude, we are going to energise the country, we are going to get brexit done.
in a new spirit of can do, we are going to unite this amazing country. the campaign is over and the work begins. thank you all very much. applause. he's the master here now. the new leader arriving to meet the party troops at conservative headquarters. a victory for a man whose political career has been down almost as much as up. a triumph of animal spirits over analysis, perhaps. borisjohnson‘s big sell — belief. you can't question mrjohnson‘s enthusiasm for the pursuit of ambition nor his promise to making the most of brexit — cleaning up the mess he helped to create. but as he was cheered by tory mps in the commons this afternoon, they all know a sumptuous turn of phrase, a love of controversy and power, won't be enough on their own. laura kuenssberg, bbc
news, westminster. world leaders have been congratulating borisjohnson. president trump was one of the first, declaring "he'll be great". we have a really good man is going to be the prime minister of the uk now, borisjohnson. applause. good man. he's tough and he's smart. they say britain trump, they call him britain trump. and people are saying that's a good thing. they like me over there. that's what they wanted. that's what they need. applause. that's what they need. he'll get it done. boris is good, he's going to do a good job. as we've heard, mrjohnson has made brexit a priority — promising "do or die" that britain will leave the european union by the 31st of october. the incoming new head of the european commission, ursula von der leyen, says mrjohnson is facing difficult times ahead.
there are many different and difficult issues to tackle together. we have challenging times ahead of us. it is very important to build up a strong and good working relation because we have the duty to deliver something which is good for people in europe and the united kingdom, so i am looking forward to working with him. the eu's chief brexit negotiator michel barnier reiterated that message, tweeting this rather measured response: "we look forward to working constructively with prime minister borisjohnson when he takes office, to facilitate the ratification of the withdrawal agreement and achieve an orderly brexit. we are ready also to rework the agreed declaration on a new partnership in line with european council guidelines. " so when exactly will mrjohnson become prime minister? well, at around midday uk time on wednesday, theresa may will hold her final prime minister's questions,
after which she'll head to buckingham palace and offer her resignation to the queen. soon after that, borisjohnson will travel to the palace to be formally appointed prime minister. the queen will then invite him to form a government. he'll then make his way to downing street to deliver a speech before entering the building for the first time as prime minister. a full day. let's take a look at some of the day's other news. the former fbi director robert mueller faces questions on wednesday from two congressional committees about his report on the donald trump campaign and russia. ahead of his appearance at congress, president trump been sharing his views on the mueller inquiry. the russian witch—hunt, 0k. first of all, it's very bad for our country. makes it very hard to deal with russia. and we should be able to, they are a nuclear power. they have a big country. and we should be able to deal with them without having this artificial stuff. but think of it, only ii%, in a new poll, favour the starting
of this ridiculous impeachment hearings that are going on. you hear about it. also making news today, and we'll stay with president trump as his administration is introducing a new fast—track deportation process which will bypass immigrationjudges. it's part of measures to combat illegal immigration. under these new rules, any undocumented migrants who can't prove they've been in the us continuously for more than two years can be immediately deported. the usjustice department has announced an investigation into leading online platforms to examine whether they are unfairly restricting competition. it didn't name any firms, but companies such as facebook, google, amazon, and apple are likely to come under close scrutiny. large parts of western europe are expecting record temperatures this week with a second major
heatwave of the summer on the way. the french city of bordeaux has already hit its highest temperature since records began, reaching 41.2 degrees on tuesday. much of france has now been issued with an orange alert — the second highest level of warning. the former chinese premier li peng has died at the age of 90. he was best known for his role as the so called "butcher of beijing" during the tiananmen square crackdown when soldiers killed hundreds of unarmed civilians. chinese state media announced that li died on monday evening after suffering from an unspecified illness. take a look at these pictures from sydney, where police have arrested a man accused of carrying us$iao million worth of drugs after he crashed his vehicle into police cars outside a police station. he's been charged with supplying
drugs and negligent driving. let's get more on our top story. borisjohnson has won the race to become the tory party leader, and so will be appointed the uk's next prime minister on wednesday. earlier i got the thoughts of kulveer ranger, a former advisor to borisjohnson on transport matters during his stint as the mayor of london. he is a unique politician. he energises people, the room, and, yes, he put some bold statements are there. which is what he had to do when he became mayor of london. he also, much as he has done now, realises he's come at a time of great challenge, that people are questioning him as an individual, his character. and he wants to rise to the challenge was up and that's
what he did as mayor of london, he built a of a group of him around him, to really deliver, using his political capital, because that's something boris johnson can do, is generates ways of political capital, and then make any promises and then get the right people around him to deliver those promises. and i think you will see that happening in number 10 in government as well. so he built a team of people around him as mayor of london. one would assume he did the same in hisjob as foreign secretary, yet he mishandled the case of nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe and he has made some gaffes that people have considered racist. is that down to him not listening to those around him? yeah, no. i think the challenge there is that the role of foreign secretary and the role being a secretary of state is very different to the role of mayor and the role of prime minister. these are effectively executive roles. you look across the big piece, you're in charge, you decide you have big teams around you. the role of foreign secretary wasn't like that. you know, boris is probably... he would have felt being advised by probably a small group of very well—meaning civil servants, but he was probably not getting
the broader view. the thing that boris likes, and i think will continue to do, is he wants opinions from across the board. he likes a multitude of different voices, diverse voices giving him different opinions. then he takes a view. he doesn't want one view or two views, he wants five, six, seven, eight. and then he will take a view. that's how he looks at his view of the world, it is to get a consensus. and that's why he has his finger on the pulse. it's why he is better than most politicians of getting closer to the public and where the public are than where politicians are. kulveer ranger there, a former advisor to borisjohnson kulveer ranger there, a former advisor to boris johnson speaking earlier to ben bland. russia has now confirmed that it carried out its first everjoint air patrol with china, prompting both south korea and japan to send fighter jets in response. the kremlin says four bombers, supported by fighter jets, patrolled a pre—planned route over the sea of japan and the east china sea. seoul says the russian military plane violated the airspace over the disputed dokdo/ta keshima islands, which are occupied by south korea but also claimed by japan.
let's get the latest from south korea and our correspondent laura bicker in seoul. laura, has there been further reaction from soul regarding this incursion? no further reaction, but it is worth noting that both japan and south korea have voiced concern about these flight paths. however it was seoul who fired 360 warning shots to a russian plane that it certainly, south korea, believes violated its territorial airspace. that is quite a significant warning reaction. south korea says the russian plane, which is an 850, kind of like a surveillance plane and can actually control other fighter jets, they say this a 50 violated the airspace over what is known as dokdo
in south korea. it returned twice. that is 360 times this plane was certainly warned. in south korea says it will protest once more to the kremlin. and this incursion, laura, coincides with a trip ofjohn bolton to south korea? yes, john bolton to south korea? yes, john bolton arrived yesterday. he is due to hold talks with the foreign minister today. they have a lot to talk about here in south korea. first of all, what's happening in north korea. yesterday kimjong—un unveiled a new submarine. it shows he is still building weapons, therefore how our talks going to proceed? and, therefore how our talks going to proceed ? and, secondly, therefore how our talks going to proceed? and, secondly, certainly the us seems to want to intervene and try to bring japan and south korea closer together. as the two are currently locked in a trade dispute. japan has placed export
restrictions on two chemicals vital to the electronics industry here in south korea. in retaliation, consumers here in south korea have stopped, in many cases, buying japanese goods. just to give you an idea, japanese beer sales here in south korea are down by around 20— 30%. so it does seem that this has the potential to escalate. so certainlyjohn bolton the potential to escalate. so certainly john bolton has the potential to escalate. so certainlyjohn bolton has a lot of mediation to do. a lot of mediation indeed. this development could potentially incentivise south korea, japan, and the united states to unify when they are currently fragmented. i think that's part of the problem. the united states as the problem. the united states as the two main allies in the region. yesterday is an example of another developing alliance. the first time that russia and china have come together to conduct these kind of aerial exercises. they were together last year in 2018. they took part in
a significant military exercise over in russia for the first time the chinese army took part in that. now we're seeing a developing alliance. united states is trying to bring its allies, south korea and japan, back together. this is a dispute that goes way back. it has historical ties to the japanese coming here, to south korea, in 1910 and taking over until the war ended in 19115. so i think it goes way back. and it's just really wartime crimes that south korea allege have never been forgiven orforgotten south korea allege have never been forgiven or forgotten and that something that will take more than simple mediation. thank you so much for updating us from seoul, south korea, the bbc promo corresponded, laura bicker. you are watching newsday on the bbc. live from singapore and london. still to come on the programme: a pawn in a global power struggle. how iran's seizure of a british flagged tanker has affected one
crewmember — the ship's cook. also on the programme: withjust a year until the opening of the tokyo 0lympics, we meet the local athletes hoping it's their time to shine. mission control: you can see them coming down the ladder now. it's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. a catastrophic engine fire is being blamed tonight for the first crash in the 30 year history of concorde, the world's only supersonic airliner. it was one of the most vivid symbols of the violence and hatred that tore apart the state of yugoslavia. but now, a decade later, it's been painstakingly rebuilt and opens again today. there's been a 50% decrease in sperm quantity and an increase in malfunction of sperm unable to swim properly.
thousands of households across the country are suspiciously quiet this lunchtime as children bury their noses in the final instalment of harry potter. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. i'm ben bland. our top stories. borisjohnson's preparing to become britain's next prime minister — after winning the conservative party leadership election. world leaders offer their congratulations, including president trump. but the new head of the european commission warns of challenging times ahead let's take a look at some front pages from around
the world. the philippine star is leading with the controverisal death penalty bill president duterte is trying to get through the country's congress. it says the bill is looking likely to pass with a thin margin. you can see they've placed it next to a picture of boxer, manny pacquiao, back from a fight in la, who also happens to be one of the senators who helped introduce the measure. over to the south china morning post, which is leading with the death of the former chinese premier li peng. the paper reports on his involvement in the bloody tiananmen crackdown, contrasting that with state media which has described his death as i. and finally to singapore, where the straits times is reporting on a major seizure of elephant ivory by the country's customs officials and national parks board. here they are up close. 8.8 tons of ivory were found alongside 11.9 tons of pangolin scales, in three shipping containers.
the father of a crew member aboard a british flagged tanker held by iran has told the bbc he feels his son has become a pawn between countries. 26—year—old dijo pappachan is a cook on the vessel, the stena impero. speaking from the family home in kerala, his father, tv pappachan said the family was concerned, but that the indian government had told them it would intervene. our middle east correspondent tom bateman reports from the uae port city of fujairah on the strait of hormuz. it was from the waters here in fujairah that the crew of 23 set off on friday. now, they are mostly indian nationals on the british—flagged stena impero. instead though of their routine journey they were expecting, the crew pretty quickly heard on the ship's radio a sudden order to change course and soon, iranian revolutionary guards were fast—roping from a helicopter onto the deck of the ship. one of the crew is
26—year—old dijo pappachan. he's a chef on the ship and his family, home in southern india, they got a distressing call. his father, tv pappachan, says they were phoned in the middle of the night. translation: we feared something bad was happening. we told our daughter, who is younger than him, we were all worried. they said the ship was captured. they were talking about the ship deviating from its route. the troops came from the helicopter. the family says the first tv pictures to emerge of the crew brought them some relief. translation: now the iranians have released pictures and we have seen those. he is a messman on the ship. we saw him working on it. others are also there, all sitting together. from those visuals we saw that they are all healthy enough. britain has demanded the release of the ship
that now has an iranians flag flying over its deck. tehran demands the release of a tanker carrying iranian oil, seized by british royal marines, off gibraltar three weeks ago. translation: it is between countries. he might have become a pawn in it. not only my son, all those who are in the ship should be saved. i speak for all of them. the more time it takes, it creates more anxiety for those who are captured as well as all of us who are related to them. this is our worry. already the iranians have suggested they could hold this ship for a month or perhaps more. meanwhile the british have talked about a new maritime patrol unit right here in the strait of hormuz. tensions arising and not least for the crew and their families. tom bateman, bbc news, fujairah. exactly one year from today, tokyo will welcome the world's best sportsmen and women when the 32nd
olympics gets under way. for local athletes, it's a chance to shine and show the world what they're capable of. but as temperatures topped 41 degrees celsius last summer, conditions during the games time is a source of concern for both athletes and organisers alike. our olympic sports reporter david mcdaid has this report from tokyo. at a summer course in tokyo, foreigners and locals alike study japan's biggest sporting export. it is little wonder then that, of all the sports at next year's home olympics, it is judo where the japanese want to excel most of all. translation: at the rio olympics last time, our men won medals in all seven categories but even then we were not satisfied. for the tokyo olympics they all say i want to win gold. as a coach i believe in them and want to help them achieve that goal.
expectations then are high in one of japan's most traditional olympic sports but the japanese also have lofty ambitions in some of the new additions at the tokyo games. among the new sports for next year is sport climbing. translation: personally i was not never really that interested in the olympics. but gradually, after sport climbing was included, i started to think i really wanted the gold medal. one of the biggest challenges though for medal hopefuls will be the japanese summer. translation: it is not simply the heat but also the humidity. it makes your hands sweat and it is easy to slip off. that is a bit of a concern. and the conditions athletes will face next summer is on the minds of organisers too. last year we observed the highest temperature record in many areas in cities across the country
so from that experience we are not optimistic about the condition at all. we of course are providing water and ice cubes and we are trying to avoid hosting competitions during the most heated daytime. but, weather permitting, japan's athletes are ready to shine on home soil. translation: this is a big chance to show the orld the strength translation: this is a big chance to show the world the strength of japanese talent so we really want to give everything we have to make sure we do that. david mcdaid, bbc news, tokyo. ben, iam ben, i am getting ready for the twe nty20 ben, i am getting ready for the twenty20 olympics. that is one way to do it. i will be cheering you on the stand, go, rico! my gold medal. and i'm rico hizon, in singapore.
i'm ben bland, in london. stay with us. hello. temperatures have been soaring across the uk. in fact, to record levels forjosey on tuesday and a newjuly record set in maison saint louis of 35.7 degrees. and don't be too surprised i think if we don't see some further records being broken before this hot spell is out. the peak anticipated on thursday and some spots could get up to 37 degrees celsius and that would be a new ukjuly record. to start us off on wednesday, plenty of humidity around, and some pretty widespread thunderstorms across the northern half of the uk. potentially some big hail, gusty winds and a lot of lightning and thunder. losing their intensity as they drift across scotland through the morning. they clear from all but the northern isles by the afternoon. then we are then left with widespread sunshine.
bit more of a south—westerly flow today. so that will just take the temperatures down a little towards the west of the uk but still some hotspots in the east facing highs of 32 or 33 degrees. through the evening and overnight, not a lot of changes but you'lljust noticed some business going on out here towards the western area of low pressure is trying to get closer and what that is going to do is increase the southerly flow for thursday. thursday morning, again, a very hot affair after a very uncomfortable night. it is all to do with that wind direction though, bringing the extreme heat on a thursday. that southerly wind tapping us in to heat from the continent, where we're looking at ecord—breaking temperatures for parts of belgium, the netherlands, luxembourg and germany on thursday. that hot air surges into the uk too. this front trying to approach from the west could spark off a few showers ahead of it. but in eastern areas, as the sun beats down, we are anticipating about an 80% chance of thatjuly record being tumbled somewhere
in the south—east of england, probably favouring somewhere around the greater london area or parts of kent. the current record stands at 36.7 degrees celsius and that was set at heathrow on the first ofjuly in 2015. if it is all getting a bit much for you, though, there is some hope for the end of the week. the low finally starts to really bring in its implements overnight, thursday into friday. nothing actually particularly dramatic in the way of rainfall for many areas but fresher air arriving behind the cold front for friday. still pretty warm in london but we're back down to much more average temperatures for the likes of belfast and cardiff. as for the weekend, definitely a fresherfeel for all, and the potential for some quite rain in places as well.
i'm ben bland with bbc world news. our top story. boris johnson's set to become britain's next prime minister in just a few hours' time. he said it was now time for a "can do spirit" after being chosen by party members. but the new head of the european commission has warned of challenging times ahead. former fbi director and special counsel robert mueller is due to face two congressional committees in washington on wednesday. he'll be questioned about his report into donald trump's campaign links with russia. and this story is getting a lot of attention on bbc.com. large parts of western europe have been hit by the second major heatwave of the summer, with more record temperatures on the way. the world meteorological organisation says the conditions bore "the hallmark of climate change". that's all. stay with bbc world news. and the top story in the uk: