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i‘m samantha simmonds with bbc world news. our top story. voters in the uk go to the polls later on thursday morning in the third general election in four years. voting begins at 7am — all parties say it‘s the most important i'm samantha simmonds in london. the headlines. election in decades. thursday is polling day in the uk. the election has been described india has passed a controversial new law to fast by all parties as britain's most track citizenship claims important in decades. for immigrants — but not india passes a controversial if they are muslim. new citizenship law, critics say it turns muslims which critics say turns muslims into second class citizens. and this story is into second—class citizens. trending on i'm rico hizon in singapore. also in the programme. greta thunberg has been named time magazine‘s person of the year. it comes as she accused leaders at a un climate conference of avoiding real action on climate change. that‘s all. stay with bbc world news. debate begins about the articles of impeachment for donald trump. greta thunberg is named time magazine person of the year, on the same day that she accused governments of avoiding real action on climate change. our leaders are not caving as if we now on bbc news, hardtalk‘s stephen sackur speaks
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we re our leaders are not caving as if we were in an emergency. in an emergency you change your behaviour to live from our studios in singapore and london, this is bbc world news. it's newsday. it's 8am in singapore, and here in london it's just turned thursday — the day the british electorate vote in their general election. the party leaders spent the final day of campaigning travelling from one key constituency to another, hoping to win last minute support. the bbcs political editor laura kuenssberg, has all the latest. mrs monaghan at number eight was the yorkshire tory voter with an unusual milkman this morning. morning — so nice to meet you, prime minister. what are you doing up this morning? i am bringing your chocolate milk, orange juice... 0h, chocolate milk!
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the last day of any election — peak political pantomime. i will be with you in a second. i have an earpiece ready to go. borisjohnson even retreated into a giant fridge when a reporter tried to persuade him on live television. don't be mistaken, though. this is an intensely serious election. the choice emblazoned everywhere, at every stage of the tory campaign — leaving the eu next month, with a path to another referendum. you have been in trouble a lot of the time in this campaign for not being completely straight with people. this week, a lot of people looked at how you reacted to something in the nhs and thought it didn't look human at all. obviously i think anybody who experiences a bad time in the nhs has my full sympathies. we have all been there. that is why i want to concentrate on getting cash into the nhs now.
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but do you think you deserve to win? it's only if you get brexit done that you can move the country forward, but to answer your question, i do think we have the best programme for the country. do you think you will be moving back into number 10 on friday, yes or no? it's very tight. you must have a hunch. you've seen what the polling says. we all remember what happened in 2017. of course we're fighting now for every vote. but his frantic travels to sell his brexit deal are the target for all the other major parties. jo swinson! but the lib dems are trying to win you around, promising to do anything they can to stop him. their enthusiastic faces on the stump in the south—east don't hide how tough it has been. i'm excited about the final hours in the campaign, because they can make a crucial difference on whether or not borisjohnson will gain a majority, or whether we have a real chance to stop brexit. everything to play
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for in the final hours. others are trying the outside of the argument, but the election is not just about the shape of our relationship with the eu, but the united kingdom itself. snp leader nicola sturgeon is campaigning in edinburgh. if nobody gets a majority, nicola sturgeon senses a chance for independence. there's an important choice to be made. if we don't want to wake up to a five—year borisjohnson government on friday, then in scotland, voting snp is a way to lock him out of office, escape the brexit mess, and put the future in our own hands. there is only one other contenderfor the biggestjob of all, though. forjeremy corbyn and his devoted followers, perhaps smaller crowds this time. chanting: prime minister corbyn! this is their chance to make the words of this anthem come true. remember, this election has been happening on phones and online as well as the platform. i have not come here to deliver milk, or to hide in a fridge! labour is offering another vote on brexit —
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the chance to stay or leave, a major change of direction. the last—minute scramble, so how do you feel today? absolutely fine. we've been in 82 constituencies, a couple more to go around the country, and the enthusiasm of party supporters is to go out there and spread the message. it's incredible, and i think the message is getting through. is it hard when you have been through this before? the support is growing, and there is a greater understanding we can't go on with underfunded public services and a government that hasn't been straightforward with us. what about your own candidates? lots of people we have heard from around the country are worried about what will happen in parts of the country. you show me a candidate that isn't worried, from any party in any part of the country. being a candidate means you get worried. and i tell you what, we will win this thing. you really think that? cheering see you guys, thank you. not the expectation of many people in his party,
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but he surpassed those last time round. exciting some of the labour tribes is not the same is convincing enough voters to win. chanting: 0h, jeremy corbyn. both rivals for number ten can't please their own crowds. tomorrow we will be out knocking on doors like our lives depend on it, as the lives of many do. the labour leader on the platform in east london tonight. borisjohnson bringing a huge audience to a massive stage. both, famously flawed, can inspire as well as repel. are you ready for the contest ahead? are you pumped up? yet not in their audiences this evening — those voices around the country who have expressed frustration and maybe fear that the politicians before us may not live up to the challenge of what is ahead. laura kuenssberg reporting.
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now — let's take a look at some of the day's other news. a plan to make eu countries carbon—neutral by 2050 has been unveiled by the president of the european commission. ursula von der leyen described the so—called ‘green new deal‘ as europe‘s ‘man on the moon moment‘ and said it would not only tackle climate change, but also create jobs and boost innovation. a hundred billion euros will be put into the plan including creating a transition fund for coal—reliant countries in eastern europe who are holding off on backing the deal. this is europe‘s man on the moon moment. the old growth model based on fossilfuels moment. the old growth model based on fossil fuels and pollution is out of date and it is out of touch with our planet. more than 70 soldiers have died
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in an attack by suspected islamist militants in niger. it happened at a military base in inates, which was also attacked injuly when 18 soldiers died. there have been no claims of responsibility for the latest incident. officials injersey city in the united states have suggested an anti—semitic motive was behind a shooting at a kosher grocery store on tuesday night that left six people dead. the mayor ofjersey city said cctv pictures make it "clear" the gunmen chose that establishment deliberately. one of the suspects had published anti—semitic and anti—police posts online. conservation groups have signed an open letter calling on the thai government to stop serving shark fin at state events. the un estimates 73 million sharks are killed for their fins every year. young consumers in china are turning away from shark fin soup and it‘s no longer used in official banquets. but consumption is growing in places like thailand,
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vietnam, and indonesia. tests are being carried out on a painting discovered in northern italy, to determine whether it is a work by the austrian artist gustav klimt, presumed stolen in 1997. a gardener found what is thought to be klimt‘s portrait of a lady behind a trap door when clearing ivy from the walls of the gallery where it had disappeared. completed in 1917, it is valued at more than $65 million. the housejudiciary committee has just begun debating the articles of impeachment against president trump. after what will be a spirited discussion — they‘ll most likely vote on thursday, ahead of a vote in the full house next week. if the president‘s impeached,
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the senate would hold a trial in the new year. joining us now is peter bowes, the bbc‘s north america correspondent, who is live in los angeles. welcome. can you take us through what is happening today? we heard earlier this week the articles of impeachment have been drafted and we know the precise charges that the president is facing in these charges that have been drafted by the democrats who are in a majority in the house of representatives. what we are about to see is the first stage in the debate on the relevant committee, the dictionary committee, the debate of the fine print of those charges and, eventually, it within this week the committee will vote we understand at some point next week the entire house of representatives will vote on those articles of impeachment. and because
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the democrats have a majority it is likely to go through and set the stage for a trial of the resident in the senate early next year. how will the senate early next year. how will the trial in the senate play out? the senate early next year. how will the trial in the senate play ounm could be perceived into different ways by the country at large full clearly it will play out in the senate in the favour of the president because republicans have a majority. but there will be a huge audience around the country and around the world. this will be a televised trial and of equal importance is what people at large think of the allegations that have been made by the democrats and the response of the president. the backdrop to that is the fact that next year as a presidential election year with the president facing re— election in november full that year with the president facing re— election in novemberfull that we don‘t know the opponent yet but it could well bejoe biden, the former vice president who is central to these allegations against the president regarding the ukraine. thank you very much.
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india‘s parliament has passed a controversial bill that will fast—track citizenship claims for immigrants, but not if they are muslim. opposition parties said the bill was part of an agenda by india‘s governing hindu nationalist party, the bjp, to marginalise india‘s 200 million muslims. but the government has denied it is discriminatory. from delhi, pratiksha ghildial reports. it is an issue that has divided india down the middle. a proposed new law offers amnesty to illegal immigrants from its neighbouring countries. but on one condition, they must not be muslims. it is one of the most controversial decisions by the hindu nationalist bjp party. the government says it is not discriminatory but aims to help
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minorities flee persecution in pakistan, afghanistan and bangladesh, all islamic countries. campaigners like these say that by excluding muslims, the government is undermining the values on which india was founded. secularism and religious tolerance. and that faith should not be a consideration for citizenship. many are suspicious and see it as a tool to marginalise the muslim community. thisjust seems to be the framework for a hindu nation and in general over the last five yea rs, and in general over the last five years, the anti— muslim rhetoric has been huge. there are a large number of violent attacks going on against the community all over the world. this one puts them in an even more vulnerable spot. there have been furious scenes in parliament as the government tried to defend the move. translation: this is not meant to
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ta ke translation: this is not meant to take away anyone‘s right. it is to give people rights. there is a difference between a refugee and an infiltrator. but activist say this sends out a negative signal to the country‘s 200 million strong muslims. clearly you are catering to your hindu base by telling them that this country is only for hindus. the world‘s largest democracy had a big heart. right now we are coming across to the world as petty and vindictive. that is not what india stands for. but excluding muslims is not the only reason why this controversial. protests have broken out in the north—eastern states as people say they do not want any migrants settling there, irrespective of their religion. there are concerns about what this proposed new law means for india‘s secular democracy. as it grapples with the complex issues of religion,
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citizenship and identity. you‘re watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: climate activist greta thunberg accuses world leaders of looking for loopholes to avoid taking real action to stop climate change. 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
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for hundreds of deaths and oppression. elsewhere, people have been gathering to mourn his passing. 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: thursday is polling day in the uk, the election is described by all parties as britain‘s most important in decades. india passes a controversial new citizenship law, which critics say turns muslims
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into second—class citizens. let‘s take a look at some front pages from around the world. the straits times leads on the story we had earlier on myanmar‘s leader aung san suu kyi defending her country against allegations of genocide at the un international court ofjustice. she was responding to widespread claims that myanmar committed atrocities against the country‘s muslim rohingya minority. the japan times has the details on a survey which found thati in 10 people in japan identify as lg bt or another sexual orientation, 2.8% described themselves as bisexual while 1.4% said they were questioning their sexuality. and the new york times takes a look at the rise of the far—right in italy.
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the paper reports that the rise can be partially attributed to china emerging as a textile powerhouse in the country, undercutting local businesses. now, what stories are sparking discussions online? yes, let‘s looks at what is trending right now. pakistan‘s cricket team enjoyed a good day with the ball on wednesday, as test cricket returned to the country for the first time in ten years. their bowlers took five wickets from opponents sri lanka for 202 runs. it‘s the first test match to be played in pakistan since militants attacked sri lanka‘s team bus in 2009, killing eight people. 47 people were on white island when the volcano erupted on monday. some critics have suggested that tourism at the volcano should be limited or
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banned altogether, but adventure tourism is indeed growing. our correspondent shaimaa khalil is at the nearby town of wha katane. there has been increased volcanic activity on white island today, you can see thicker plumes of smoke just above the volcano, and it has been growing in intensity throughout the day. we also heard from volcanology as we said that there is a higher risk of an eruption within the next 24 risk of an eruption within the next 2a hours of. we also know that an australian citizen has been trent third to sydney for treatment and that families of them have started arriving in new zealand. but really, at this point, all eyes are on that island and the possibility of a recovery mission that has become too complicated and possibly to dangerous. for more, we‘rejoined by michael lueck, a professor of tourism studies at the university of auckland.
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how risky is it to travel to the room of a caldera? thanks for having me. it depends absolutely on the volcano, some me. it depends absolutely on the volcano, some are very me. it depends absolutely on the volcano, some are very active, some are not, but of course it always bears a certain risk if it is an active volcano. of it as a dead volcano you can do whatever you want, but if it is an active volcano there is a certain risk. as a professor of tourism, do most tourists understand the risks when they visit these areas?” tourists understand the risks when they visit these areas? i have the feeling they don‘t, and that is my main issue with these accidents that do happen, it is a standard operating procedure, it is a tour thatis operating procedure, it is a tour that is offered to various volcanoes around the world. people look for excitement, the adrenaline rush, but they are probably not quite aware
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how risky it can potentially be. the issueis how risky it can potentially be. the issue is that it happens in one in i don‘t know how many million times, so it is a relatively low risk but the risk is there. there is indeed a lot of risk, adrenaline rush, excitement. especially now with social media, everybody wants to post photographs, particularly in areas that many people haven‘t been before. that is absolutely right, and the whole social media phenomenon is playing a major role in risk—taking, actually, and a currently have a phd student for example investigating how that relates to wildlife tours, where people turn their back to potentially dangerous wildlife, and thatis potentially dangerous wildlife, and that is a disaster waiting to happen, really, and similarly i have
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seen happen, really, and similarly i have seen other rocks, cliffs, people getting very close to the edge, going overfences getting very close to the edge, going over fences and so on just to get a good photo. but with all of these incidents, what is the bottom line here? who is at fault? the authorities or the tour operators who know about the risk levels?” think in the whakatane or white island accident, i don‘t think it is anybody to blame at this stage, we need to look further into it. i think the operators are doing a really good job. they are doing risk assessment, it is their standard operating procedures, how much informed tourists is a different story. and we have those tourists that are hard—core volcano tourists, they know pretty well the risks, but we also have the standard mass
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tourists who go on tours like that and they probably don‘t know what kind of risks they are potentially taking. thank you, sir, for your insights. she‘s the youngest individual ever to be named time‘s person of the year, and there‘s no denying that greta thunberg is making an impression. she‘s calling out world leaders for making excuses to avoid taking action on climate change. at a climate conference in madrid, she accused world powers of always finding loopholes to avoid making real change. our science editor david shukman reports. mrs m rs greta mrs greta sternberg. a global celebrity at the age of 16, greta thunberg was here to energise the talks. with a calm reminder to world leaders that the latest facts about rising temperature is and melting ice. how do you react to these numbers without feeling at least some level of panic? how do you
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respond to the fact that basically nothing is being done about this without feeling the slightest bit of anger? it was speaking as the negotiation seemed to be in slow motion. dragging on over technical details. while the gas is hitting the planet and blasted into the air in ever greater quantities, with many countries accused of using loopholes to wriggle out of plans to cut their emissions. i still believe that the biggest danger is not an action. the real danger is when politicians and ceos are making it look like real action is happening when in fact almost nothing is being done apart from clever accounting and creative pr. there was a plausible greta thunberg in the great hall, but actually a lot of the seats were pretty empty. not
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every national delegation was here to listen to her message. greta has inspired a movement that is using patients stopping in took over the hall to demand faster action. what matters, is whether anyone is listening. you have been watching newsday. i‘m samantha simmonds in london. and i‘m rico hizon in singapore. stay with us. coming up, us aviation regulators failed to ground boeing 737 max despite the risks. we‘ll see how a study showed the aircraft was more accident prone than most. and before we go, we‘d like to leave you with these pictures. cambodia‘s kite enthusiasts have been competing in the country‘s 23rd kite festival, aimed at preserving a tradition that dates back to around 400 bc. as with many of the country‘s traditions, kite flying was banned during the ultra maoist khmer rouge regime in the 1970s. but it was revived in the 1990s
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and now kite—making as well as kite—flying are regaining popularity. great pictures of there. we have already had two deep areas affecting the weather. this massive cloud is coming in for the day ahead, and we have got further lumps with those weather fronts laying across the atlantic to bring us some further spells of rain. it is not just rain concern for the day ahead, as it comes into the cold we can see some hill snow as well. have seen snow showers and thunderstorms have continued in the north the night and with those heavy showers, the potential is there to continue to wash the grit of the services, so quite flick conditions, it could be
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quite flick conditions, it could be quite icy common further south we have had a lot of damp weather and temperatures have forecast in the towns and cities to get to around freezing. it could be icy and frosty drought this morning but already in the west we have seen that change. as this comes and across the moors and the wights mountain thing could bea and the wights mountain thing could be a smattering of snow, more likely across northern ireland and northern england into southern scotland, we could stay in the shower recalled regime but it is going to feel quite right as the clouds increasing all the time bringing this eastwards into that cold air and giving us snow over the hills in the north. does eventually get a bit mild and salary as you can see through the afternoon when the sunshine returns but with it also some stronger winds, so these strong north—westerly winds will bring the rain away from southern areas but a kind of hangs around in the north through the night and into friday, with showers rushing and on that north—westerly, so another cold filling day, but we‘re back to sunshine and showers for most on friday except as you can see northern and north—eastern parts of with their persistent rain, hill
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snow too, and heavy showers elsewhere, just perhaps doing a little better than the day ahead but feeling cold with that wind. that when that will blow through friday night into saturday, significant snow is expected across the alpine regions, some really heavy when battering eastern europe, there are warnings out quite widely across parts of central and southern europe. tour and expecting some snow on friday and we wouldn‘t like to rule out some intravenous across many alpine regions. here in the uk it is going to stay chilly, we will see further study spells and showers but it will often be quite windy especially in the south, there could be further bouts of rain and health snow, not just be further bouts of rain and health 00:28:53,860 --> 2147483051:51:11,891 snow, notjust necessarily in the 2147483051:51:11,891 --> 4294966103:13:29,430 north.
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