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hello, you're watching newsday. i'm rico hizon in singapore. the headlines: a crisis at boeing — the company suspends production of its 737 max aircraft — grounded since march after two fatal crashes. more protests in india as anger grows over a new citzenship law — we hearfrom our reporters right across the country. i'm kasia madera in london. also in the programme: 25 million refugees and counting — what can world leaders do to tackle the problem? and china says arsenal footballer, mesut ozil has been deceived by fake news, after he criticised
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the detention of muslim uighurs. voiceover: live from our studios in singapore and london, this is bbc world news. it's newsday. good morning. it's 8am in singapore, midnight in london, and 6pm in chicago, where the aircraft manufacturer boeing has announced it will temporarily halt production of its 737 max aircraft, which has been the subject of intense scrutiny following two fatal crashes. the move — which will cost the company billions of dollars — was made by the company at a board meeting in chicago in the last few hours. the best—selling boeing aircraft has been grounded since march after two crashes in indonesia and ethiopia,
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which killed 346 people, costing the plane manufacturer more than $8 billion in charges so far. our business reporter samira hussain has the latest on boeing's decision. well, it was not a decision that anyone was expecting a few weeks ago. but certainly there were rumours swirling for the last few days that perhaps the plane maker would ultimately have to make this decision. remember, boeing had been saved for many months and it expected its two fleet to start lying by the end of 2019 again. —— start flying. in the last few weeks it has been made very clear us regulators to boeing that they would not be able to follow that timetable. as a result, the plane maker had to make some very serious decisions and this is certainly one that has everything to do with money. it has been costing the company a lot to continue to make these planes at the rate it was,
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considering that they cannot deliver them and the plans are not suitable for our. 50, samira, how significant is this decision by boeing to freeze the reduction of the 737 max aircraft and for the entire aviation industry? this is an unprecedented move. this is one of the biggest industrial companies in america. and to see that it is now holding supply on its biggest, most profitable plane, is massive. now, boeing has said there aren't going to be any layoffs as a result of this. that said, the impact will be felt right across the us economy. think about how a plane is made, not everything is made at boeing. there are parts that come from all different places around the country stop so that kind of slowdown in manufacturing will have an impact absolutely everywhere in this country. it will also have a
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global impact in terms of how this will impact airlines and suppliers right around the world. and surely, a lot of relatives of the victims from those two awful crashes that happened will be watching this very closely. what do you think will happen next? well, that's really the big question. there has been a serious reputational damage suffered by boeing and ultimately the decision will be up to the flying public. if boeing is able, let's say, six months from now, to get these planes back in the air, it is individuals who will have to answer this question — whether they feel like the planes are safe enough to fly. if ultimately people say that they don't feel safe going in these planes, well, then that is yet another difficulty that boeing is going to have to overcome in terms of the reputational damage that it has suffered.
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73 mac there. rico hizon will have more on this story in the asia business report —— samira hussain there. now some of the day's other news. the us house of representatives will vote on wednesday on whether to impeach president donald trump. it's almost certain that they will press ahead with a trial in the senate, over claims that he tried to get ukraine to dig up dirt on the son of his political rivaljoe biden. but the senate is controlled by the republicans and this is what they're saying about events. everything i do during this, i will be good meeting with the white house counsel. there will be no position between our position and the president was my decision on how to handle this was not a clearly made up my handle this was not a clearly made up my mind. i'm not trying to hide the fact that i have disdain for the accusations in the process. senators are not required like jurors in a
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criminal child to be sequestered, not to talk to anyone, not to co—ordinate, there is no prohibition. so, just some of the views there. also making news today, a court in the philippines has thrown out a case in which the authorities were seeking the return of nearly $4 billion allegedly looted by the country's late leader, ferdinand marcos, and his family. the anti—corruption court ruled that much of the evidence was inadequate because it relied on photocopied documents. it's the fourth such case against the marcos family to be thrown out in recent months in the philippines. a court in india has convicted a former state legislator of raping a teenager in a high—profile case that's caused widespread anger. kuldeep singh sengar has been expelled from the governing bjp. his victim said she was kidnapped and raped for more than a week by him and others in 2017. injuly, she was injured and two of her relatives were killed in a road accident. her family accused sengar of orchestrating it. turkish forensic scientists say a former british solider who helped
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set up syria's white helmets volunteer group, died as a result of a fall. james le measurer was found dead on a street below the window of his flat in istanbul on the 11th of november. the report added that no dna from another person was found. a private turkish tv channel said a toxicology report found he'd taken sleeping pills. —— le mesurier. and christmas has come a little bit early for animals at london zoo, just down the road from our studios. with just over a week to go, the animals received early festive treats. here the ring—tailed lemurs are eating their sweet potato bites hidden in stockings. asim the sumatran tiger was presented with some choice cuts of turkey in a gift box. he is getting through rather quickly. violent protests have continued in major cities in india in opposition to a new citizenship law, which many see as discriminating against
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the nation's large muslim minority. prime minister narendra modi has appealed for calm, but he's faced criticism over the law which offers amnesty to illegal migrants from three countries, as long as they're not muslim. 0ur india correspondent yogita limaye sent this report from delhi. the library of one of india's top universities. on sunday night, it was the scene of a crackdown. students tried to hide from the police, and shield themselves from the tear gas in the air. in the men's bathroom, an injured student. and another one who lay unconscious. dozens of them were taken to the local hospital. police came inside — they dragged us off. they say they were beaten by the police for protesting
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against india's new citizenship law. danjil chaudhary has broken fingers on both hands. he was hit in the head and also on his back. when they caught us, they started beating us up, we were begging for mercy. the police didn't stop at beating, mohammed tamim says. he shows us where he was shot. he says he was passing the area and got caught up in the violence. "the policeman looked at me, he took out his service gun and shot me", he told us. two students are also reported to have bullet injuries. but a top policeman denies it. no gunshots? no gunshots, absolutely. no guns. it's not a peaceful protest if public transport busses were on fire. not a peaceful processed
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in which the crowd of 1,500, they start pelting stones. what started in this campus in this university in delhi has now spread far beyond it. many believe that young people here who were trying to voice their dissent in a democracy were crushed by the state. and that's triggered a reaction across india. today, people marched. in delhi, mumbai, kolkata, against what they see as a divisive law that discriminates against muslim migrants. an unprecedented show of dissent against the country's hindu nationalist leadership, a precarious point for india. yogita limaye, bbc news, dehli. a group of former senior fire and emergency chiefs have been meeting in sydney, australia, calling for the federal government to better prepare the country for worsening extreme weather events. speaking to reporters in the last few minutes,
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one former fire commissioner said there is "a leadership vacuum in canberra" when it comes to dealing with climate change and the deadly bushires that have swept across the country over recent months. 0ur correspondent phil mercer joins me now from sydney. he was monitoring the press conference. these former senior fire emergency chiefs, they certainly let their feelings be known? they are a very influential group performer fire and emergency officials. they believe that australia's centre—right prime minister, scott morrison, is missing in action during those bushfire crises that just seem to keep going and going. they are calling for a national summit to address this fire emergency that is stretching from coast to coast here in australia. the prime minister, scott morrison,
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has acknowledged a link between climate change and australia's extended bushfire season. he was relu cta nt, extended bushfire season. he was reluctant, though, to get into that sort of conversation at the early parts of this fire crisis a few weeks ago. he has been accused of not showing enough leadership and that really is the thrust of this press c0 nfe re nce that really is the thrust of this press conference here in sydney in the last 45 minutes or so by those fire and emergency chiefs, or former fire and emergency chiefs, or former fire and emergency chiefs. they want the australian government to do much, much more to address a worsening situation here in australia. it's worth noting that morrison's government as pledged about $8 million to boost aerial firefighting efforts here in australia. so a lot of concern when it comes to the buyers themselves, where are we with them? bring us up—to—date. where are we with them? bring us up-to-date. there are fire warnings in western australia, there are certainly far warnings here in
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eastern australia. there are concerns a mega blaze, this is the result of about five fires coming together a few weeks ago, could well be threatening a coal mine, and also a power station that supplies about 10% of the power to state of new south wales across australia's most populous state there are more than 100 fires burning. in eastern australia we are expecting heatwave conditions, and along with heat well into the 40s celsius, very strong winds are expected to. so the fire threatening eastern australia is expected to be far, far worse in the coming days. in south australia it is expected to have back—to—back days of 99 degrees and 50 celsius, so days of 99 degrees and 50 celsius, so this is a heatwave and a bushfire crisis that affects much of mainland australia —— a9— 50 degrees celsius. australia —— a9— 50 degrees celsius. a worrying combination. thank you, phil mercer from australia. the british prime minister, borisjohnson is planning to pass a law which prevents mps from extending the brexit transition period beyond the end of 2020. under current plans,
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he intends to end britain's eu membership on january 31, with an implementation to run to the end of 2020 — while the government negotiates a free trade deal with brussels. the financial markets have reacted to the announcement — and the pound has fallen by 0.5%. here's our political correspondent, iain watson with the details. the latest development is with that brexit registration look like? and it looks like there will be one crucial difference according to government sources and that crucial difference is that at the moment, the brexit legislation would allow, and a post brexit well, if trade talks get into trouble, would allow the implementation period, the transition period to be extended beyond the end of next year, in other words, you could request longer to try to hammer out a trade
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deal with the eu. what borisjohnson is going to do on friday is actually ta ke is going to do on friday is actually take that out of the legislation and insert something that would rule out any extension to the transition period, beyond basically 12 months from now. in other words, there will only be that 12 month window to get a trade deal according to law. think the reason he is doing that are manyfold, but one of them is of course to tell his new mps, he really is serious about getting brexit done. the second is to quash speculation that with a big majority he might somehow go soft on brexit. he wants to assure long—standing brexiteers that isn't the case. thirdly, it puts labour mps on the spot, those that might say go back on the brexit deal, that makes it much more difficult to do. and the government would say this makes it much more difficult for the eu to delay things and concentrate the minds of the negotiators in brussels
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to get a deal done quickly, but of course, critics will say that if that doesn't happen, if there isn't a quick meal, and this would be about the quickest deal in history with a major trading partner, then there is a risk of no deal, or coming out on world trade 0rganisation rules which we were facing before he struck his deal with the eu in the first place. you're watching newsday on the bbc. live from london and singapore, we will be right back. stay with us. also on the programme: china says arsenal footballer, mesut 0zil, has been taken in by fake news after he criticised the detention of muslim uighurs.
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saddam hussein is finished because he killed our people, our women, our children. the signatures took only a few minutes, but they brought a formal end to 3.5 years of conflict, conflict that has claimed more than 200,000 lives. before an audience of world leaders, the presidents of bosnia, serbia and croatia put their names to the peace agreement. the romanian border was sealed and silent today. romania has cut itself off from the outside world in order to prevent the details of the presumed massacre in timisoara from leaking out. from sex at the white house to a trial for his political life, the lewinsky affair tonight guaranteed bill clinton his place in history as only the second
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president ever to be impeached. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. a crisis at boeing — the company suspends production of its 737 max aircraft — grounded since march, after two fatal crashes. 0pposition parties in india condemn police for what they say is violent suppression of protests over a new citizenship law. let's take a look at some of major publications from around the world. let's start with the japan times, which reports on south korean and japanese trade officials meeting for the first time in three and a half years. the meetings seen as a way of restoring trust between the two countries after months
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of economic friction. 0n the front page of the irish times there's more fallout from the uk general election. the opposition labor leader jeremy corbyn has apologised for his party's performance, as labour suffered its worst defeat since 1935. mr corbyn said he would step down next year. and finally the international edition of the new york times asks about the future of so—called ‘adventure tourism' in new zealand. the paper says that last week's deadly volcano eruption has left some wondering whether thrillseeking too often comes at the expense of safety. as the number of refugees worldwide rises to nearly 26 million, the first global refugee forum is to be held in geneva. the meeting, on tuesday, is hosted by the united nations refugee agency, which says supporting the safe return of displaced people to their home
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countries is a key priority. the unprecedented number of refugees is symptomatic of the continued violence and conflict we see around the globe, and looking at the situation of the rohingya muslims, this is demonstration of the need for the international community to come together to also address the root causes that actually cause this displacement. 0ne root causes that actually cause this displacement. one part of the response that is very important as to have safety and security for those who are fleeing the conflict, and bangladesh has generously taken on almost1 million rohingya muslims into its territory. while supporting the refugees, working towards solutions and creating conditions
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for volu nta ry solutions and creating conditions for voluntary repatriation requires the political willingness of the country of origin and international community to support efforts to really make that repatriation volu nta ry really make that repatriation voluntary and dignified, and i think when one looks at some of the conflict situations around the world, this remains a big challenge for unhcr and the international community. the arsenal player mesut erzil has become embroiled in a row with china, after he criticised the country's treatment of ethnic uighur muslims, and accused his fellow muslims of abandoning them. china's treatment of the uighur people has been widely condemned, but china has insisted the detention camps are voluntary re—education centres. arsenal have distanced themselves from erzil‘s comments, saying the club doesn't get involved in politics. 0ur sports editor dan roan has the story.
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arsenal's premier league match against manchester city, yesterday, was watched around the world. except in china. coverage of the game there cancelled, after comments by mesut 0zil about the plight of fellow muslims in the country sparked what could prove a damaging dispute. in a social media post to his millions of followers, arsenal's german midfielder criticised the treatment of china's uigher population, referring to persecutors and details of an alleged crackdown. but if erzil, who was substituted during his teen's 3—0 defeat at the emirates, thought he would have the backing of his club, he was mistaken. in a statement, arsenal distancing themselves from what they called their player's personal opinion. "as a football club, arsenal has always adhered to the principle of not involving itself in politics." human rights groups say1 million people, mostly from the uigher community, are thought to have been detained without trial in high security prison camps. china has denied mistreatment, insisting these people
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are being educated in vocational training centres to combat extremism. today, its government said 0zil had been deceived by fake news. translation: we welcome mr erzil to visit xinjiang to look around. as long as he has a conscience, can distinguish right from wrong and uphold objective and impartial principles, he will see a different xinjiang. premier league clubs benefit from a record half a billion pounds tv rights deal with china. arsenal are among those to have also gone on pre—season tours there, in pursuit of new fans and sponsors. back in february, the club, sending a special new year message to their chinese supporters. we enjoyed our tour to china. there is the very real threat of tv viewing audiences declining,
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of sponsorship contracts being reviewed. of fan engagement generally, and the pre—disposition of fans towards arsenal and english football, possibly suffering as a consequence of this. arsenal will hope the dispute between the highest played player and most important overseas market will not escalate further. sport's uneasy relationship with politics, exposed yet again. dan roan, bbc news. thieves have reportedly stolen £50 million or $66 million worth ofjewellery from a property belonging to the daughter of the former formula one boss bernie ecclestone. tamara ecclestone had apparently just left the country for christmas when the burglars raided her home in central london. this report from daniela relph contains flash photography from the start. wealthy and not afraid to show it. tamara ecclestone's own tv show, billion dollar girl was all about the exotic holidays, the glamorous nights out... that is the biggest
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bottle in the world. the millions spent on renovating her mansion and the expensive jewellery. oh, my god, i love it. how nice is it? but most of that exclusive jewellery collection has now gone. stolen from her home in kensington, and one of london's most secure roads alongside a number of embassies, the house has a 24—hour security team and a cctv control room. the police say they were called to tamara ecclestone's house here just after 11 o'clock on friday night and it was reported that a high value of jewellery had been stolen. they are now looking for three men, believed to have been inside the property in connection with the burglary. just hours earlier, tamara ecclestone had posted this photo of her daughter on social media. the family was off on holiday. detectives will now look for any link between them leaving and the burglary later that day. tamara's father, the former head of formula 1, bernie ecclestone,
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has described the robbery as an inside job by someone who had knowledge of the property. the spokesperson for tamara ecclestone said that the security team are co—operating with the police and the family were shaken and angry. you have been watching newsday. most parts of the uk are pretty chilly at the moment, we have had some snow across northern scotland but the main message for the week ahead is quite the opposite. it is going to be mild, wet, and very windy at times as well, but a bit of sunshine from time to time as well. it doesn't look like it will be a com plete it doesn't look like it will be a complete washout. the satellite picture shows a fair bit of cloud across some parts of the uk, drizzly, northern england is quite misty at the moment with cold weather across scotland. we have had some snow here, it will continue to remain quite wintry through the early hours here, but temperatures
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are rising through the night. it was around minus six degrees and parts of scotland. by the end of the night those temperatures will be a little bit higher, but in the far south—east, we are starting with around seven degrees. quite a bit of cloud here, mist and murk around the midlands, northern england, and there will be some sunshine around on tuesday. not a gloomy day everywhere stop you think the most likely place to stay cloudy and quite damp as east anglia and the south here at. it is pretty chilly, around five degrees for many of us stopping the forecast tuesday night into wednesday, we are in between weather systems. this next one is heading out way but we're just of it, and that means that on wednesday or at least wednesday morning, we start off with a lot of dog around. there could be some real problems with thick fog particularly around the midlands. we then went start to pick up, we will see some sunshine briefly before this weather arrives on our shores and reaches south—western england, wales, and
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northern ireland stopping this as a speu northern ireland stopping this as a spell of very wet and windy weather. we are talking about severe gales, in fact from wednesday and into thursday, just could be around 70 mild an hour. that is when the england but still windy enough. we can see all that bad weather sweeps through the uk through the course of wednesday night and into thursday as well. at the end of the week, this big low pressure is basically dominating a whole chunk of the atlantic, western europe haswell. it is not just as atlantic, western europe haswell. it is notjust as they get bad weather too, there will be some rough, windy weather across part of europe haswell. as we head towards the end of the week, the temperature is going to pick up, we will see mild southerlies for a time which could heading around 13 degrees in the south.
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this is bbc world news. our top story — boeing will suspend production of its 737 max airliner injanuary, its best—selling aircraft. boeing's 737 max was grounded in march after two fatal crashes in indonesia and ethiopia that killed 346 people. the company says it won't lay off workers, but the stoppage is likely to affect suppliers and the wider economy. 0pposition parties in india have condemned the government over what they say was the police's violent suppression of student protests against a controversial citizenship law. and doing well on our website is the launch of new york's largest lantern festival. with more than 10 million lights on display, it's described as a multisensory event that's meant to celebrate culture and diversity. that's all. stay with bbc world news.


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