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i'm rico hizon in singapore, the headlines: police in india arrest the owner of a building in delhi which caught fire killing at least 43 people. the fbi says it's treating friday's deadly attack on a us navy base in florida as a presumed terrorist attack. i'm samantha simmonds in london. also in the programme: russian athletes face sweeping sanctions for another doping—linked scandal. we have a special report from moscow. and we visit ethiopia for a lesson in what can be done to restore environments damaged by human activity.
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good morning. it's 8:00am in singapore, midnight in london and half past five in the morning in india, where police have arrested the owner of a bag factory in delhi, where a fire killed more than a0 people overnight. emergency services said their work had been hampered by the narrow streets around the building, but they had been able to rescue more than 50 people. from delhi, pratiksha ghildial reports. the blaze broke out on the ground floor of this multistorey factory, in the early hours of the morning, and then quickly spread to other levels. rescue services say at least 100 people were sleeping inside the building at the time. and died due to suffocation. at this hospital relatives
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of the victims have been waiting desperately all day for any news on their loved ones. many of the victims were migrant neighbours from neighbouring states of delhi. there were several heart wrenching stories. yasmin says her younger brother who died in the father had been blessed with a baby boy this morning. translation: his third child was born today. he did not know about it. we can't find his dead body. we don't have any information. mohammed lost two of his brothers in the blaze. translation: my elder brother called me and said, save me, the fire is really big. so there is no hope to survive. there are many of us and we are all stuck inside. the country's prime minister narendra modi described the fire as extremely horrific and expressed his condolences to the families of the victims.
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this is one of the worst fire incidents in delhi in recent times. but they happen regularly across the country. many buildings lack proper fire exits and illegal construction is rampant. the cause of the fire is uncertain and the inquiry has now been launched into the incident. pratiksha ghildial, bbc news, delhi. let's take a look at some of the day's other news. the us defence secretary, mark esper, has ordered a review of the screening process for foreign military in the us after a saudi soldier launched a deadly attack at a florida navy base. the gunman, who was training at the pensacola site, killed three people and wounded eight other people before he was shot dead. the fbi says it's investigating with a presumption that it was an act of terrorism, but made it clear they were still trying to determine a motive. there are a number of saudi students who were close to the shooter, and
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continue to co—operate in this investigation. there saudi commanding officer has restrict them to base, and the saudi government has pledged to fully co—operate with oui’ has pledged to fully co—operate with our investigation. also making news today, while president trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, it's expected that the house judiciary committee could vote on articles of impeachment against him by the end of the week. members of the panel have been working throughout the weekend in preparation for a public hearing on monday. chairman of the house intelligence committee, the leader of myanmar, and nobel peace prize laureate, aung san suu kyi has travelled to the un's top court in the hague to defend the country against charges of genocide of its rohingya muslim minority. around three—quarters of a million rohingya fled in 2017, with the myanmar government defending the campaign as a legitimate response to attacks. three days of hearings start on tuesday. hundreds of thousands of people filled the streets of hong kong on sunday to take part in a march
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demanding greater political rights. after six months of sometimes violent demonstrations, hong kong has been relatively calm since pro—democracy candidates won a landslide victory in local council elections two weeks ago. the police say they'll intervene if there's any violence. afghan airline kam air has paid tribute to japanese doctor, tetsu nakamura, who was shot dead by an unknown gunman in afghanistan last week. portraits of the 73—year—old, who dedicated his life to helping refugees, have been painted on the tails of several airplanes. it was part of a ceremony that took place at kabul airport and was attended by afghanistan's president, ashraf ghani. juice erd, the rapper who shot to fame on music streaming platforms, has died at the age of 21. the artist, whose real name was jarad anthony higgins, was best—known for his 2018 hit song " lucid dreams". firefighters in australia are trying to contain more than 140 fires,
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before very hot and windy conditions return to fan the flames in the next few days. australia is experiencing a devastating start to its fire season due to the effects of climate change. 2019 is on track to be one of australia's hottest and driest years on record. courtney bembridge reports. authorities are calling it a mega fire. five fires have merged and it has become too big to tackle. the front is 60 kilometres long and so far more than 300,000 hectares of bush has been burnt. the fire is now the size of australia's largest city, sydney. firefighters say it could burn untiljanuary or even february unless there is some heavy rain soon but with none in the forecast, emergency services are being stretched to the limit. to match the scale of this fire, every firefighter in the state would need to be deployed. with nearly 100 fires burning across the state,
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that is an impossible ask and reinforcements have now been flown in from the us and canada. we have got literally, more than1 million hectares burning across new south wales at the moment and we have gotjust under 2000 firefighters and personnel working on these fire grounds and we have got communities up and down the coast, that are all being impacted by these fires. residents were told to pack up and leave before it is too late. putting your life on hold is the hardest thing, you know, you go out during the day and you don't know whether you are going to be able to get back in in the afternoon. you don't know whether you will be able to be here to defend your property. but life still has to go on. the fire is burning about an hour north of sydney, bringing toxic smoke and ash falling from the sky. the fire season has hit harder and earlier than previous years due to climate change since the crisis began in september, six people have been killed. more than 700 homes destroyed and an estimated 2 million hectares scorched.
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firefighters are bracing for more high temperatures and strong winds this week, a dangerous combination, likely to make the situation much worse. courtney bembridge, bbc news. northern ethiopia lies in one of the semi—arid regions which it's feared will bear some of the worst effects of climate change. the land there has lost most of its trees, making it vulnerable to longer droughts and intense bursts of rain. but now the people there have restored wooodland to one and a half million hectares, capturing c02 and boosting food production in the process. for the last in our series climate defenders, alongside the major un climate conference, justin rowlatt travelled to tigray province to meet a woman at the centre of the restoration. there is a stark beauty here. 100 yea rs there is a stark beauty here. 100 years ago, trees covered one third of ethiopian, now it is less than 596. of ethiopian, now it is less than 5%. and without trees, there is nothing to protect the soil from
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drought, wind, and best of rain, which all become more intense with climate change. when the soil goes, very little grows. but people are breaking this vicious circle. this one is the african olive. does it bear fruit? yes, it does, they are much smaller than the... this bear fruit? yes, it does, they are much smaller than the. .. this woman is an expert at restoring the graded land. this is her tree nursery at mackellar university and northern ethiopia. 30 or 40 years ago, some data shows that rats were occurring much less frequently, so we need to be able to prepare as a society to function even in drought years and one of the best ways to do that is to restore environments and to restore environments we can capture every little drop of rain that
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comes. what sarah and the communities she works with have achieved, you can see it very vividly here at this site. look at this land, virtually no vegetation. but take a look on the other side of the fence, and already after just a few years and has begun to regrow. you can see shrubs, trees, it is greener and way lusher. give it a couple of decades and the results are even more impressive. here's how it works. people and animals are kept out to allow natural regrowth stopping the trees help keep moisture in the soil, recharging rivers and springs. it may seem very trivial to people who live in wet environments, that spring has come back, but people who live in a dry environment, a spring that was
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around 100 or 200 years ago, as now coming back and giving water. it is highly significant. and this is happening on a vast scale. 0n highly significant. and this is happening on a vast scale. on this one province in northern ethiopia they have reforested 15,000 square kilometres. there are more rains because we are protecting more land. there is more moisture in the soil because we are protect the land. they do notice, they do see it. worldwide, we are still losing an area of forest the size of the uk every single year, but that re—greening effort here and ethiopia isa re—greening effort here and ethiopia is a lesson on what can be done. evidence that, when people work together, we can build resilience to oui’ together, we can build resilience to our changing climate. you are watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: as russia faces a fresh ban
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on competing in international sports for doping offences, we will tell you why the problem runs deeper than sport. also on the programme: ripe for the picking. the fate of a multi—thousand—dollar artwork. john lennon was shot at the entrance to the dakota building in the centre of new york. there's been a crowd here standing in more or less silent vigil and the flowers have been piling up. the 14th ceasefire of this war ended at the walls of the old city of dubrovnik. this morning, witnesses said shells were landing every 20 seconds. people are celebrating the passing of a man they hold responsible for hundreds of deaths and oppression. elsewhere, people have been gathering to mourn his passing.
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imelda marcos, the widow of the former president of the philippines, has gone on trial in manila. she's facing seven charges of tax evasion, estimated at £120 million. she pleaded not guilty. the prince and princess of wales are to separate. a statement from buckingham palace said the decision had been reached amicably. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. i'm samantha simmonds in london. our top stories: police in india have arrested the owner of a building in delhi which caught fire, killing at least 43 people. the fbi says it is treating friday's deadly attack on a florida navy base as a presumed terrorist attack. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world.
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the new york times is reporting that the processing of foreign electronic waste is on the increase in thailand. new companies are opening across the country, even though last year the government banned the import of the poisonous waste, according to the report. the financial times says beijing has ordered all public offices to remove foreign computer equipment and software within three years. the paper says it is part of a broader push to increase china's reliance on homemade technologies and move away from us imports. and singapore's straits times has a photo of that demonstration in hong kong we told you about earlier in the programme. the paper is reporting that petrol bombs were thrown at the entrance to the court of final appeal and the high court building, and that police seized a number of weapons and arrested 11 people.
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russia is facing a four—year ban on competing in all major sports and hosting major international events after failing to comply with the demands of the world anti—doping agency. they have recommended the sanctions after concluding that russian officials were responsible for tampering with drug test data they handed to investigators earlier this year. the sanctions need to be approved by wada's executive committee on monday. 0ur moscow correspondent sarah rainsford reports. is sarah rainsford reports. are nervous times in russ split, is are nervous times in russian split, professional athletes training hard but not sure of what is ahead. anna has won multiple medals for her country, but russia is now sliding towards a four—year ban from global
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sport, the latest twist in the doping scandal. i practice hard, and still i am training, and i am just going to focus on this, because that is the area that i can control. the scandal began with the 2014 sochi 0lympics. for russia, for president putin, the games were a display of strength, superiority. but the proud party ended in a huge hangover. yuri ganus was part of the clean—up act. under him, russia's anti—doping agency has been praised for a new zero tolerance approach. but to return fully to the sporting fold, russia had to hand over a database of athletes‘ test results. thousands of athletes‘ test results. thousands of entries were deleted. yes. thousands? thousands, thousands. now, russian athletes face greater sanctions. he has come under pressure for speaking out but he
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insists those officials responsible for this crisis should be removed. this is a real old school situation. it is impossible to continue using in the future, because today we live ina tragic in the future, because today we live in a tragic time in russia, in sports in russia. you still hear people here claiming this is all in anti— russian campaign, denying the evidence, as russia has in so many other cases. but there are also people who are amazed at the —— at their country‘s capacity for self harm, that instead of moving on from this crisis and ending the isolation, russia has only made the situation even worse. this week, the sports ministry was busy promoting exercise for all, an active lifestyle, a ban on professional athletes would be a blow to a whole generation here. when i tried asking
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the minister who was to blame for that, who altered the database, he refused repeatedly to answer.m politics, you can play with poker face. you can deny the undeniable thing. you can really do the bravado with your cynicism. you cannot do this in sports. you cannot do sports on your own. 0f this in sports. you cannot do sports on your own. of course, we can have the home 0lympics with turkmenistan and with north korea, with belarus, but everyone will laugh at it. russian athletes have devoted their lives to much higher targets, and it is their sporting future is now at sta ke. millions of young people have taken part in school strikes for the climate this year, inspired by 16—year—old greta thunberg. the un says young people are key actors in raising awareness and promoting sustainable lifestyles
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to tackle climate change. but psychologists say it has led to an increase in public anxiety around the issue, known as eco—stress or eco—anxiety. schools and forums have started discussing how they can support young people as they seek to address climate concerns. for more i spoke to nor lastrina hamid, co—founder of singapore youth for climate action, who has recently attended one of these panel discussions. some of the eco—stress that we talked about during the panel discussion in october, it really varies. so the causes of eco—stress that people were talking about is this feeling of powerlessness, that individual actions were not enough to make strategic changes within systems. there was this feeling of fear, of environmental doom of what is to come, because of the changes in the climate and basically, you know, things are changing and we have to adapt fast. what are these responsibilities and these eco— anxieties and stress the same for both developed countries and
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developing countries?” both developed countries and developing countries? i think for me, based on my personal observation, i feel that in developed countries, for example, the eco— anxiety comes from this fear of what is to come. whereas in developing countries, this eco— anxiety is coming from the immediate challenges of the climate crisis. for example, food security, people living on peatland, and the land is subsiding. so these are immediate challenges that they are facing. and the things that we talk about in terms of the narratives we used to talk about eco— injustice is different in this region. and ifeel that in general eco— anxiety is a term is being talked about more in the western world and social media, but not so much in rural villages, for example. so what can be done to basically raise awareness particularly for climate change in the rural areas, and for the developed nations, how do you resolve this eco— anxiety and stress among the youth? i think for me, in general, people in the rural areas, they are aware of it. it is just that they are talking about it in a
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different way. and for them, it is more of the day—to—day kind of living lifestyle. how do we make sure that we can live another day? where is for us, you know, we talk about things from a consumerist perspective. governments need to do more, we need to take more actions. and in terms of resolving it, i think what people need to do more is to talk about it from a collaborative angle. but is greta thunberg, who is a role model for the youth and climate action, also putting a lot of stress and anxiety on the youth? because there‘s a lot of forums, participation, awareness. we must be like her. yes, i think for me, greta thunberg did put on stress for me personally, i think because of the world economic forum speech that she did. i want you to panic andi speech that she did. i want you to panic and i want you to feel the fear that i feel every day. i think that kind of speech, made by a person on a global arena, puts stress and puts it... it emphasises theissue stress and puts it... it emphasises the issue in a global stage. and i think because of that, throughout
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the year, we have seen more people talking about eco— anxiety in the public discourse. that said, i think eco— anxiety as a term is a concept thatis eco— anxiety as a term is a concept that is being talked about by people who are aware of it already. but then also other people who have not heard about it before. american puppeteer caroll spinney has died at the age of 85. he was famous for playing big bird and oscar the grouch on the children‘s tv show sesame street, entertaining and educating millions of children around the world for nearly 50 years. he voiced the characters from the show‘s beginning, in1969, until he retired last year. he has previously spoken of the show‘s importance to his life, saying big bird helped me find my purpose. now, you could be forgiven for thinking this isjust a banana stuck to a wall. in fact, it is a piece of work by the italian artist maurizio cattelan, which on friday sold for more than $118,000.
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it was being exhibited at a gallery in miami up until last night when, as simon jones reports, it came to an untimely end. it was already causing a stir for its eye—watering, if not mouth—watering, price tag of £90,000, created by the italian maurizio cattelan, known for his humour and satire. but another artist, the american performer david datu na, found it too appealing, and decided to steal the show. art performance. hungry artist. he declared the banana was delicious. art lovers, though, couldn‘t quite believe their eyes, and nor could the gallery‘s director. are you kidding? no. i went there, looked at what was happening, and i didn't see the banana on the wall. so — and i realised that the guy was eating the banana. 0k, come with me.
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0nlookers certainly thought they‘d witnessed a spectacle. in the same way that the artist put the banana on the wall, he say, "i'm coming here to eat the banana, that's my performance. " a replacement banana was soon taped back onto the wall. the man who devoured the original was asked to leave. the gallery insisted it hadn‘t slipped up, and that the value of the work lay in the idea behind it, not the individual piece of fruit. simon jones, bbc news. 0h oh dear. what happened to the person who paid all that money for it? oh my goodness, masterpiece eaten in a gallery. unbelievable. but it is just a banana. i don‘t know why it is worth more than 100,000 us dollars. can you imagine how many bananas $118,000 would actually buy? who knows? i guess we‘rejust bananas $118,000 would actually buy? who knows? i guess we‘re just not connoisseurs, are we? absolutely, if it were a painting, if it were a sculptor, that would have been worth more than $100,000, but it isjust an ordinary banana.
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you have been watching newsday. i‘m samantha simmonds in london. and i‘m rico hizon in singapore. stay with us. coming up: robots with a light touch. scientists from singapore have created an electronic skin that can detect touch 1,000 times faster than the human nervous system. we will see how this e—skin can lead the way not only to nimbler robots, but also provide a better sense of touch for people wearing prosthetics. and before we go, with just 16 days to go, if you are struggling to get into the festive spirit, a sign that christmas is just round the corner. hundreds of santa clauses have hit the slopes of maine in the north—eastern united states. it is the 20th year running for the seasonal celebration, with santas of all ages taking to their skis and snowboards to raise money for charity. have you got your santa outfit
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standing by, rico? ho, ho, ho! hello there. it‘s still windy out there. the winds have been howling in some parts of the country, and over the next few days, it is all about wind and rain. we will have some heavy rain or heavy showers, combined with some gales or severe gales. it‘s probably the strength of the wind that will have the biggest impact, mind you. but over the past few hours, we have seen a lot of showers packing in from the west. really squally showers, as well. the main focus of the wetter and certainly windy weather is more towards the south—west of england and into the south and west of wales. this of course is due to storm aliyah, and we have had gusts in the south coast of wales into cornwall. the rain should tender eased off into the morning, mind you. by then, the wind is more of a
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northerly, and that will drag down some cold air across the uk. and it is quite windy for many areas still buy the morning time. now, through monday we will start to see some changes, because this ridge of high pressure will just topple across from the atlantic. and it will push the strongest of the winds over towards the north sea and kill off a lot of the showers. but it will be windy for a good part of the day down those north sea coasts, and feeling cold with those showers in the morning in particular. a few showers out west filtering through the irish sea into north wales, but a lot of the showers fade away during the afternoon, and many places will be dry and quite sunny. it will be a windy day, but gradually the winds ease a bit. properly, though, feeling a bit colder than it did on sunday. but with the winds continuing to ease in the evening, there may be a touch of frost for a while on the eastern side of the uk, before the winds pick up again overnight, dragon some mild air, and these weather fronts are on the way. and that means which is say we‘ve got cloud, we got outbreaks of rain. we got a few bands of rain putting their way eastwards. it is the last one, though, that will see the heaviest of the rain, and some particularly
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squally winds out there as well. it will be a windy day everywhere. it‘s going to be a mild one. temperatures typically in double figures. at mild, wet, windy weather then gets swept down towards the south—east on tuesday evening. 0ut swept down towards the south—east on tuesday evening. out of the way by wednesday. we are all into some chilly air. low pressure still sitting to the north and west of the uk. maybe some gales in the north—west of scotland. 0therwise, wednesday not as windy. it is a day of sunshine and showers, some of them heavy, with hail and thunder, and over northern hills that could be even a bit of snow as well. it‘s quite a chilly day and those temperatures, and only typically six or seven degrees. a bit more uncertainty as we had later on in the week. could be another area of low pressure bringing some more strong winds, likely to bring some rain, particularly on thursday, some snow over the hills in scotland. then it gradually becomes a bit drier during friday, but probably still rather windy.
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i‘m samantha simmonds with bbc world news. our top story:
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indian police have arrested the owner and manager of a factory in delhi which caught fire on saturday night, killing at least forty— three people. fire department officials and the police say nearly 60 people were rescued but they don‘t expect to find any more bodies. firefighters say the building had no fire safety equipment and no safety certificates. the fbi says it is treating friday‘s attack on a florida navy base in which three sailors were killed as a presumed terrorist act. and this story is trending on an artwork featuring a ripe banana duct—taped to a wall, that sold for $120,000, has been eaten by another artist. he said eating it was his "art performance". that‘s all. stay with bbc world news.


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