welcome to newsday. i'm kasia madera in london. the headlines: queen elizabeth agrees to harry and meghan's plans to step back from being senior royals, but there's still a lot to work out. the bbc is given access to al—asad in iraq, one of the american airbases ta rgetted by iranian missiles last week. this is the crater from one of five missile barrages. look at the enormous blast, enough to force over these concrete barriers. i'm mariko oi in singapore. also on the programme: these are images of lightning swirling around a volcano in the philippines, which has started spewing lava, triggering a mass evacution from the area. and the nominations for this year's academy awards are in.
joker is leading the pack, but could a film from south korea also capture the limelight? announcer: live from out studios in london and singapre. this is bbc world news. it's newsday. it's 9am in singapore and 1am in the uk, where what's been dubbed as the ‘sandringham summit‘ has taken place. during which queen elizabeth met with her grandson prince harry to try to figure out how he and his wife meghan will step back from royal life. her majesty had the final word, saying that while she respects the couples wishes, she would have preferred they remain full—time working royals. the duke and duchess of sussex will divide their time between britain and canada, as they transition to their new life.
from sandringham, our royal correspondent, nicholas witchell, reports. within the seclusion of sandringham house, a family meeting, chaired by the queen, and attended by the prince of wales and his two sons, prince william, duke of cambridge, and prince harry, duke of sussex, to discuss how to accommodate the sussexes‘ wish to step away from the royal family. after the talks, the queen issued a statement in which she said: she went on to say that: whatever the precise reasons for the sussexes‘ disenchantment, it's clear from the statement that the royal family is determined to find practical solutions.
many details are still to be worked out. on finance, the statement simply says the sussexes don't wish to rely on public funds. and security is one of the complex matters still to be resolved. before today's talks began, william and harry had come together to denounce a newspaper story which suggested the sussexes felt they had been pushed away by the "bullying attitude of william." the story was false, offensive and potentially harmful, the brothers said. today's talks and tonight's statement from the queen have emphasised the family's understanding and sympathy for harry. people who know him believe his loyalties must be in turmoil. i think harry will be hugely conflicted at the moment. he loves his wife. he wants to protect his wife, and she, it would seem, is very unhappy living here in our royal family. on the other hand, he was born into the royal family. he has served it.
he has served the queen and country in a military setting. he expected to spend his whole life working for the royal firm. and while harry may be conflicted, it appears meghan feels wounded by criticism which, in some cases she believes, has been racially motivated. however, the home secretary believes this is mistaken. i'm not in that category at all where i believe there is racism, at all. you know, i think we live in a great country, a great society, full of opportunity, where people of any background can get on in life. as the talks ended and members of the royal family left sandringham tonight, it is clear that there is more work to be done, but the queen says in her statement that she wants final decisions about the sussexes to be reached in the coming days. nicholas witchell, bbc news, sandringham. let's take a look at some of the day's other news:
after three days of protests in iran against the shooting of the ukranian airliner in which 176 people died, police are denying they've used live ammunition against demonstrators. videos posted online which the bbc has verified as far as possible appear to show gunshots during a protest on sunday in central tehran. meanwhile, the american—led coalition has given the bbc‘s quentin sommerville access to the us air base in iraq that was targeted by the iranians last week. the reason the american—led coalition has brought us here today is because it wants to show that iran was not messing around. this is the crater from one of five missile barrages which were launched over a space of two hours. soldier: god damn! the attack began at 1:35am in the morning and you get a sense, if we walk over here,
you can see how everything's burned out. look at the enormous blast that must‘ve come from here. enough to force over these concrete barriers. on the other side is a tiny bunker, a concrete bunker, and inside was a us contractor. he was there throughout this attack. these blast walls probably saved his life. iran's intent was to kill but they failed in that mission because the american—led coalition here knew the attack was coming. these were living quarters where the troops inside were safe because they had advanced notice and ther were already hunkered down in bunkers. all of these living spaces was incinerated. this was iran's response to the assassination of qasem soleimani. so the peoploe here were unhurt but the relationship between the western coalition and iraq has not emerged unscathed. iraq now says it wants its foreign guests to now leave its country.
quentin guests to now leave its country. somerville reporti also making news today: guests to now leave its country. the french president has been hosting leaders from chad, niger, mali, burkina faso and mauritania to discuss the military campaign againstjihadist militants in the sahel region. emmanuel macron said the french peacekeeping operation would now operate under the same umbrella as the regional gs military mission. he also promised additional french peacekeepers and said he would try to convince president trump to increase america's logistical support for their forces. the russian foreign minister, sergei lavrov, says there's been progress but no breakthrough at talks in moscow aimed at consolidating a truce in libya. he said both sides have asked for more time before signing a ceasefire agreement between the benghazi—based warlord khalifa haftar and the un—backed government led by fayez al—sarraj.
a man has been rescued after surviving more than three weeks in the alaskan wilderness with little food or shelter. tyson steele was stranded after his remote cabin was destroyed by fire. he lived on canned food and used debris to make a tent in sub—zero temperatures. after being alerted by family members, alaska state troopers spotted his sos message in the snow. scientists in the uk say the wildfires currently causing havoc in australia are a sign of things to come as temperatures across the globe continue to rise. their report comes as australian firefighters managed to improve their control of most of the bush fires allowing individuals to assess the damage. jonathan head has been to one small rural community
in southern new south wales which lost forty houses. -- 40. in much of south—eastern australia, the fires have moved on, leaving behind a withered landscape and wounded communities, now counting the cost of this disaster. we came across an army ambulance, here to offer help, but they found that few residents had come back yet. there is no power and so many houses have been destroyed. this is, or was, a small hamlet called kian. it is very typical of the kinds of places australians have come to be close to nature but, in this exceptional hot season, they know now it comes with a very high price and, once the immediate threat of the fires has eased, this community is going to face the challenge not only of how they rebuild, but whether they can defend themselves more effectively
against future fires. graeme maclachlan is a retired civil servant who moved here 20 years ago for the tranquillity, he says, and for the views. his house was consumed by a bushfire so intense, it melted machinery into puddles. he has had enough. we willjust drift off north, i think, to queensland and move near the children and grandchildren. you decided there's no more future for you here? well, i'm getting a bit too long in the tooth to think about putting in the years necessary to try and rebuild this. i think i'lljust pack up my bag and drift off into the sunset. the weather has now cooled, but smoke hangs ominously over the hills. hundreds of fires are still smouldering. this is not over yet.
in kian they're hoping that there is not much left to burn now, that this is the end their losses this fire season. but what about next year and beyond? jonathan head, bbc news, kian, new south wales. a volcano in the philippines continues to spew smoke, ash and lava, with authorities warning that an explosive eruption could happen within hours or days. the taal volcano is 70km south of the capital city, manila. this is a live shot. more than 8,000 people have been evacuated from the area surrounding the volcano, which is the second most active in the philippines. taal is situated on an island in the middle of a lake, and officials have declared a state of calamity there. the bbc‘s howard johnson in cavite gave us this update.
this morning we were speaking with the director of the philippine institute of volcanology and seismology and he told me that the volcano is still active. as we can see in the background, it is still at level four out of the maximum of five, that there could be a big explosion in the coming days. that is a possibility. let's not forget mayon in 2018, a similarly active volcano, hit level four but did not have a catastrophic event. but what we can see in the background, today, is the steam, and the smoke and the ash coming up, a few vents have opened up on the northern flank of this vulcano and there's a lot of activity in there. the director told me that he could see flashes, overnight, there was lots of volcanic activity. what that means is the magma underneath the vulcano is moving around and causing the plates to shift and causing these tremors. there have been more than 150 tremors since this volcano erupted on sunday afternoon. how are people coping?
i mean, as i said, it is the country's second—most active volcano. it seems like people and the government were relatively well—prepa red ? this is a country that has a lot of activities as far as volcanos and earthquakes. it is well versed with this sort of activity. the government has put out a lot of information through its various channels to warn people. the figures this morning, the more up—to—date figures, are more than 20,000 people have now evacuated the area and evacuation centres in the batangas area. yesterday we visited some residents who told us of the night when they heard the tremors, they saw the lightning flashes from the volcano as it was erupting. lotso of people have also left to drive an hour or two to manila, the capital city. president rodrigo duterte said to be visiting people effected by the vulcano today. he said even in a press conference that he would pee on the volcano and eat the ash. we are also expecting more people to come here today to have a look at the volcano.
yesterday it wasa busy here with the media. but as you can see, this sky is a little bit clearer today, not quite as thick with the ash as it was yesterday but nonetheless the volcano is still spewing ash, as you can see in the background. howard johnson reporting there. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: find out about the first south korean film ever to be nominated for best picture and best international film at the oscars. looking film at the oscars. forward to that. also on the programme: we meet the designer from singapore who hopes to transform the fashion industry with a label for people with disabilities. a label welcomed by people with disabilities. day one of operation desert storm to force the iraqis out of kuwait has seen the most intense air attack since the second world war.
tobacco is america's oldest industry and one of its biggest, but the industry is nervous of this report. this may tend to make people want to stop smoking cigarettes. there is not a street that is unaffected. huge parts of kobe were simply demolished, as buildings crashed into one another. this woman said she had been given no help and no advice by the authorities. she stood outside the ruins of her business. tens of thousands of black children in south africa have taken advantage of laws passed by the country's new multiracial government and enrolled at formerly white schools. tonight sees the 9610th performance of the long—running play, the mousetrap. when they heard about her death today, the management considered whether to cancel tonight's performance, but agatha christie would have been the last person to want such a thing.
this is newsday on the bbc. i'm mariko oi, in singapore. i'm kasia madera, in london. our top stories: after what's been called a "royal summit", queen elizabeth says she entirely supports her grandson prince harry's desire to create a new life with his wife meghan. thousands of people in the philippines have been evacuated as a volcano continues spewing ash and lava. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the philippines star is leading on the eruption of the taal volcano. the ash which is spewing out of the volcano situated around 70km south of the capital, manila, could cause up to seven months of unrest and disrupt the lives of tens of thousands of people. the japan times is covering tsai ing—wen‘s re—election as taiwan's president. china's response signals it would maintain a hard line during tsai's second term.
and the new york times looks at the ongoing crisis between the us and iran. it examines how the operation that killed general sulemani has propelled the us to the brink of war with iran. i had lots of abortions... thejoker has a reason to smile, one of the two popes has been blessed, and director sam mendes is hoping 2020 will be the yearfor 1917. we're talking of course about the oscar nominations. they were announced in los angeles earlier, with the comic book film joker leading the pack with 11 nods. but yet again, this year's batch of would—be winners is not without controversy, as the bbc‘s arts editor will gompertz reports. to bring laughter
and joy to the world. the oscar nominations are in and, perhaps unsurprisingly for an awards season being critisied for a lack of diversity, the four leading contenders all tell white male stories. thejoker, a batman origin story, is out in front with 11 nominations. and then there are three films with ten nods each. sam mendes‘s world war i epic 1917. martin scorsese's mafia saga, the irishman. and quentin tarantino's once upon a time in hollywood, about a fading star and his stunt double. so who is going to win what? ok, larushka, let's get straight down to it and deal with best actress. who's going to win? well, interestingly, black british actress cynthia erivo is nominated for harriet. she was shut out of all the nominations for the baftas last week. will she win? i don't think she will. i think renee zellweger‘s got this sewn up forjudy, where she has this amazing, tra nsformative performance as judy garland. ok, next up, best actor. i think it has to be joaquin phoenix for the joker.
you know, i think you're right, but it'd be lovely to see jonathan price win, wouldn't it? aw, a brit in there. your authority comes from the fact that you will suffer and die in the job. so, moving on to best supporting actress, who would you like to win? florence pugh. not enough to earn a living or to support my family. rising young british star. love her in little women. i'm with that, but who's going to win? laura dern, it's got to be laura dern. she's having a fantastic award season for marriage story. call, text, communicate in any way, shape or form. and then we have best supporting actor, which is like a dog fight between big hitters. we've gotjoe pesci and al pacino fighting it out over the same film, the irishman. i know, then you've got tom hanks for a beautiful day in the neighborhood. but i think brad pitt is going to win for once upon a time in hollywood. are you an actor? no, i'm a stuntman. let's move behind the camera to best director, which once again, like the golden globes, like the baftas, is another all—male line—up. yes, i was very disappointed about that, though i was cheered to see a korean film in there in the running for director
bong joon—ho. his film parasite is there. though i think it's going to be 1917, sam mendes. he hasn't won since american beauty, his debut film in 1999. and so to best film, the line—up of ten, including little women by greta gerwig. so she does get a mention, although not among the best directors. who do you think should win, and who do you think will win? well, i'd love little women to win, but i think tarantino's once upon a time in hollywood, just because hollywood loves movies about itself. so, most of this year's nominations went to the usual suspects. but there is one film, parasite, that has made history by becoming the first south korean film ever to be nominated for best picture and best international film. hyun jin cho director of the london korean film festival, gave me her reaction to the nomination. it is amazing, everyone is really astonished and happily surprised by the news.
and of course korean film has been going from strength to strength regardless, this would be a great addition to that. the director who, he is also nominated in the director category, he has been quite rude about the oscars. he had described them being not an international competition but being a local competition. what does it mean? i think is being polemic as he said in his golden globes speech, as you overcome the 1—inch barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to many more amazing films. he wanted to kind of make this a case that you shouldn't be biased towards english luggage films that
i think that is a great move. what is it about this film... it's got a lot of twists and turns, it's not been released in the uk yet but what is it about the contacts in the field that has made it so appealing? there are so many great things about this film, this film does deal with the contemporary issue of the polarised society we live in. under capitalism. so spectacularly, and which many people can relate to that. also this film is very interesting cinematically, and many things, i can say but one particular it mixes different genres. it is a black comedy, it is a drama, it is action, and it is some kind of thriller as well. and also it's an ensemble cast which is very interesting. there is no by leading character, it shows a mix of characters and he called a tragicomedy. tragedy without villains, and also a comedy without clowns. i think that all these aspects make this film very special. it's really gripping, isn't it?
briefly a few words, it is nominated both six categories, best picture, best director, very difficult, strong contenders there. best international film, do you think it will win that one? it's up against some incredible films. do you think it's going to win? we really hope so but it's up against a strong film, it will be an amazing honour if he wins against all these amazing directors. but let's see. elisa lim was a design student in singapore trying to break into the fashion industry barely two years ago. the 25—year—old designer is the founder of will and well — an inclusive fashion label that makes clothes specifically for people with disabilities. everyone, abled or disabled, we still put on clothes every single day. so much so that we take it for granted and we don't pay enough attention to the kind of innovation that can be incorporated and something as simple
that we put on every day. she's been in my life for almost every fashion emergency. we designed this with two zips across the legs and it opens through on both sides like that. and the reason why we designed it like that is because itjust makes dressing a lot easier for people who are bedbound or wheelchair users. one day, a doctor then came and approached me and asked me to make clothes for his patients and i said, ok this is something else that i haven't heard before. but i see that the craft could fit and meet and solve problems.
it gets intimate when you start having to take a body measurement, when you start having to learn about the addressing of challenges and the addressing processes, even toileting processes, et cetera. so you've got to always be building relationships. that is the best way i can try and put myself in the shoes of the people i'm designing for. society find things that we don't have fashion sense. i don't think anybody thinks less of us, because most brands, they don't think of a disabled person as the first client. as much as i have one brand here, this is my impact. they have their own clientele that they can further expand the impact and that's really great, and if everyone else can also tap into their own market, and their own demographics,
that would be the most ideal. from the whole newsday team, buy buy. hello there. storm brendan brought some very stong winds and heavy rain to the north and the west of the uk. primarily for northern ireland and for western scotland. you can see the system here, wound itself up over the atlantic, lots of isobars on the chart, hence gales with gusts up to 80—90 miles an hour,across the north—west corner of the uk. these are severe gale storm force winds and also heavy rain. and the rain has swept its way northwards and eastwards, eventually clearing away from the south—east early on tuesday, lots of showers packing in behind across the north and west, snow till fall over the high ground. watch out for icy patches across the north of the uk to start tuesday morning. less cold the further south that you are. we look to the south—west, the next area of low pressure,
moving up to bring another spell of rain and gales as we hear through the course of tuesday. still stays quite blustery across the north of the uk, as storm brendan continues to retreat northwards. there will be some sunshine through the morning but the cloud builds and the rain starts to back into the south and the west, pushes northwards, could be windy across the eastern side of england as well on tuesday. stronger winds perhaps than what we saw on monday. 40—50 mile an hour gusts, 65 plus across some of the headlands in the south—west. in the north it's going to remain quite chilly with these wintry showers, four or five degrees but in the south, 10—13 celsius, it will be quite mild despite the wind and the rain. that system pushes off into the north sea as we head into wednesday, then we are in a run of west, south—westerly blustery winds, with sunshine and showers. will take a time for that weather front to clear away from the south—east through wednesday morning, but eventually it will and then many of us will see some sunshine but it will be quite blustery particularly in the north and west where there will be wintry showers here. a few showers around the irish sea coast as well.
you will notice the temperatures down a little bit so it will feel a bit cooler on wednesday but at least many of us will have the sunshine to compensate. it is a short lived wind of fine weather because the next frontal system will move up through the south—west to bring more wet and windy weather for thursday, so the winds could be quite strong. some of the heaviest rain in the north and the west of the country, a bit of sunshine further east but it looks like the clouds will build up as we move through the day. and the rain will be quite heavy in the south—west, in towards wales. again, perhaps a little bit milder in the south, double—figure values here, 7—9 degrees further north. and then it's all changed. to end the week, it looks like high pressure will begin to move in as that low pressure clears away so it will settle down. one thing you will notice, it will turn colder, particularly as we head on into the weekend.
this is bbc world news. our top story: after a summit of the top royals in britain, the queen agrees to harry and meghan‘s plans to step back from being senior royals and to split their time between the uk and canada. the queen admitted she would have preferred the couple to stay on as full—time working royals, but was entirely supportive of their plans. fears of an imminent explosion continue over the taal volcano in the philippines, which continues to spew ash and lava. thousands of people have had to leave their homes. generating a lot of excitement on our website are the oscar nominations. the story of the comic book villian joker leads with 11 nods. the internet streaming service netflix also recieved 2a nominations. a full list of nominees is on our website. that's all. stay with bbc world news. and the top story in the uk: