tv Newsday BBC News February 25, 2020 1:00am-1:31am GMT
i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. the headlines: hollywood mogul harvey weinstein is facing up to 25 years injail after his conviction for sexual assault and rape. it's no longer business as usual in the united states. this is the age of empowerment of women, and you cannot intimidate them any more. containing the coronavirus. thousands queue for masks in south korea as the number of countries affected rises to 37. i'm kasia madera in london. also in the programme: from howdy modi to namaste trump, the american president visits india with trade talks high on the agenda.
and remembering kobe bryant. thousands attend a memorial for the basket ball super star who died in a helicopter crash last month. live from our studios in singapore and london, this is bbc world news. it's newsday. good morning. it's 9am in singapore, 1am in london, and 8pm in new york, where the hollywood movie producer harvey weinstein is behind bars, having been found guilty of two sexual offences. the complaints dated back several years and the prosecution had painted him as a serial offender, abusing his position as one of the most powerful men in hollywood to prey on young women. but he was cleared of two more serious charges, which could have seen him face life injail. nick bryant reports
from new york. harvey weinstein entered court to face his legal reckoning. guilty already in the court of global opinion and about to be found guilty under us criminal law. how are you doing, harvey? good morning. good morning. he has cut a feeble figure during the trial, shuffling into court to listen to the tearful and traumatic testimony of his female victims. the one time aspiring actress, jessica mann, described how he raped her in a manhattan hotel room in 2013 and mimi haleyi recalled her sexual assault in 20006. weinstein was convicted of two of the five charges against him, of sexual assault and rape, although he was cleared of predatory sexual assault which could've sent him to prison for the rest of his life. it is not the top counts in the indictment, but in no way am i disappointed with the jury's statement that
harvey weinstein is guilty of sexual assault and rape. harvey weinstein showed little emotion as the verdicts were read out. but then kept muttering, "i'm innocent, i'm innocent" to his lawyers and then appeared dumbfounded as he was placed in handcuffs. 0n the steps of the courthouse, some of the women who now feel vindicated. the laywer, gloria allred, who's been cammpaigning for decades on behalf of victims of sexual violence. courage is contagious and i hope the courage in my clients resonates around the world. so women know that change is possible. change has come today. were you thinking about testifying? he didn't have to. during the trial, harvey weinstein chose not to testify, but his defence team claimed
the sex was consensual, citing warm emails and other communications with his accusers months after the attacks. the cards were stacked so much against him, before we even walked into the court. since october 2017 when the magazine articles came out. it is ridiculous that there has been such a cross hairs on his back. this is a dramatic fall for the one—time king of hollywood. a mogul who acted like he owned the red carpet. but above all it is a milestone moment for the #metoo movement, which has found an ally in the us courts. the women have been heard. he said one thing, but it was what she said that mattered. the people versus harvey weinstein — history as her story. nick bryant, bbc news, new york. let's get some reaction to those two guilty verdicts. although harvey weinstein only faced charges related to two women, dozens of others claimed he had also sexually assaulted them. the allegations often emerged through the metoo movement. we've been speaking to one of its founders, the civil rights campaigner,
tarana burke. i've been hearing this narrative that the jurors must not have believed some of the survivors who came forward because he was acquitted on the two more serious charges, but we have to keep in perspective that our laws are too narrow. 0ur laws — there's not enough law to adjudicate the wholeness of what sexual violence is and what it does, that this is not about the fact, less about the fact that the jurors may not have believed that women and more about we need different kinds of laws so that things like coming forward, even after 20—something years, can be effectively dealt with so i mean, i'm glad he was convicted on some of the accounts, the fact he wasn't convicted on all five of them, we can pass that out and go over why
and what laws need to be changed from now until eternity, but i'm just grateful for where we are right now. we will have a little bit more on this a little bit later. also making news today: president trump is on a historic visit to india, his first official trip to the country. tens of thousands of people welcomed the us president to the indian prime minister's home state of gujarat, where narendra modi put on a big show at a brand new cricket stadium. economic development and trade will be high on the agenda when the leader of the world's largest economy sits down to talk with the leader of the world's largest democracy om tuesday. police in germany say around 30 people have been injured, some of them seriously, by a car that was driven into a carnival parade in volkmarsen. the driver, who's believed to have acted deliberately, has been detained but hasn't yet been interviewed because he's injured. the wikilea ks founder julian assange has appeared in court in london at the start of an extradition hearing on whether to send him to the us to face prosecution. the court heard that mr assange
revealed the names of sources who then disappeared after he put them at risk. his lawyer said the charges were politically motivated by the us. katherinejohnson, a mathematician who helped put the first man on the moon, has died at the age of 101. her story was told in the film, hidden figures, about a pioneering team of black women working at nasa in the 1960s. let's turn to the covid—19 coronavirus outbreak now, and the world health organization is calling on all countries to do more to prepare. the disease has now established clusters in thirty seven countries and territories. -- 37. and while the vast majority of cases are still in china, official figures record 12 deaths in iran and eight across europe. in a moment, we'll bring you the latest from our correspondents in china and south korea, but we start with this report from our italy
correspondent, mark lowen, who's in the town of codogno, south—east of milan. they try to halt a virus as they cannot see, scrambling to contain the invisible. behind the barriers, more than 50,000 people are quarantined as cases rise and so do the deaths. italy has europe's worst coronavirus outbreak, the third highest in the world after china and south korea. "we're following our instructions," he says, "blocking roads and asking people not to leave their homes unless absolutely necessary. " this is the exclusion now on the road to codogno, the centre of the outbreak. you can see them stopping all the cars trying to enter here and others trying to leave. it depends whether they've got the authorisation as to whether they can pass through. and the carabinieri
and military are deciding whether or not to widen the exclusion zone in an attempt to control the coronavirus spread. for some, old worldly methods of sending supplies to a cut—off town. tino delivering face masks to his sister stuck inside. she's grateful — they've run out there. we were sent pictures from a pharmacy in codogno, serving anxious cues. —— cues. buongiorno, andrea. buongiorno, marco — come stai? and the man who filmed them told of a growing sense of fear. translation: we feel a bit abandoned. the news we get comes through whatsapp or facebook. there is a lot of falese rmours around. are people panicked? translatoion: yes, people are panicking. some convince themselves it will blow over. others are worried and cannot sleep. in nearby milan, the cathedral which has withstood 500 years is closed.
schools and universities are shut off and in supermarkets, panic is spreading quicker than the virus and it too is hard to stem. mark lowen, bbc news, northern italy. fear has driven thousands in daegu into a panic—buying frenzy. they queued for hours, even sprinting to the back of the line in the hope of getting a face mask. but some had to leave empty—handed. translation: this is the first time we've been out of the house in three days and we couldn't buy more masks. elsewhere, it is eerily quiet, only a few stallholders had decided to open. translation: i've been working in this market for a0 years, but i have never seen anything like this. most residents have decided to stay indoors as officials raced to find those
who have been infected. there are no travel restrictions in place for now. as you drive through the worst affected areas, the local government sends alerts detailing virus hotspots to avoid. that's the kind of thing we've been getting. are we getting another one coming? each message has detailed notes of confirmed cases nearby. meanwhile, medics on the front line battle on. doctors sent these images to show us the kind of precautions they're taking while treating hundreds of patients. in north korea, they claim to have no cases of coronavirus after they sealed their border with china injanuary. all 380 foreigners in the country have been quarantined. experts fear an outbreak in this secretive state, where millions are malnourished, could be catastrophic. back in the south, there is a sense of urgency.
officials say the next few days will be crucial if they're to prevent this outbreak becoming an epidemic. laura bicker, bbc news, daegu. china is going all—out to contain the virus. this is an infection control squad in training. but there are still questions over its early response, and the silencing of medics who tried to raise the alarm. the public anger hasn't gone away. here, a man films as doctors attend to his mother. but they can't save her. china has rolled out probably the most ambitious, and i would say agile, and aggressive disease containment effort in history. to what extent do you think
cover—up and censorship played a role in allowing this virus to accelerate at the rate it did? i don't know. frankly, i didn't look at that. i'm just being completely honest. but what worries me most is — has the rest of the world learned the lesson of speed? once china had woken up to the danger, that speed, the rapid quarantining of cities and the shutting down its economy. as the virus was allowed to spiral out of control in the province of hubei, it spread in smaller but significant pockets to every province in china. this is the picture of a disaster. and it forced the government to act. and here's what happened. the official figures show that in hubei, although the numbers are still high, they are stabilising. and for the rest of china, even better news. the numbers kept low by those containment measures, and if we have a closer look, for more than a week now they have been falling. china's been so effective the world health organization says it's now safe to get the economy going again. welcome news on this farm. "with the roads all blocked, of course it's brought sales down", wei hongkun tells me.
if china's control of information helped start the crisis, its control over its people might help solve it. john sudworth, bbc news, beijing. thank to john sudworth, laura bicker and mark lowen reporting there. sharanjit, the impact of the coronavirus has finally shaken the world's financial markets? a huge loss on the dowjones. what's happening with the asian markets? that's right, kasia. the asian markets have opened today and i should mention the decline started to happen during the asian hours. yesterday, ran 2a hours, it started, and its continuing. the nikkei 225 was shot for a public holiday in tokyo on monday and it's just opened today and the reaction, as you can see on the boards, is extraordinary. down 3% and taking its cues from what happened on wall street on monday night. the all
ordinaries, australia's market, that's lower and the hang seng and the bombay sensex haven't opened yet the expectation is the futures markets are due to recline as well and that is due to the fact we saw wall street decline on monday. the dow jones was down over 1000 points. the worst day it's had in some two years. i should mention the ftse 100, in some two years. i should mention the ftse100, where you are, kasia, in the uk, that fell dramatically, its worst day in four years. all of this is around the concern of the spread of the coronavirus and the impact it will have on the economic health of the global economy, the fact it is impacting supply chains in china and elsewhere. speaking to lots of analysts here, they're saying they're watching and waiting to how bad it will get. potentially it could improve when things return to normal. we could see a spike in
pent—up demand. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: malaysia faces an uncertain future following the shock resignation of prime minister mahathir mohamad. also on the programme: a final farewell for basketball legend kobe bryant as the city of angels says goodbye to one of its most famous sons. prince charles has chosen his bride. the prince proposed to lady diana spencer three weeks ago. she accepted, she says, without hesitation. as revolutions go, this had its fair share of bullets. a climax in the night outside the gates of mr marcos's sanctuary, malaca nang, the name itself symbolising one of the cruellest regimes of modern asia. the world's first clone has been produced of an adult mammal. scientists in scotland have produced a sheep called dolly using a cell from another sheep. warren beatty and faye dunaway announced to the world that the winner of best film was la la land.
the only trouble was, it wasn't. the mistake was only put right in the middle of gushing speeches by the team behind the modern musical. not for 20 years have locusts been seen in such numbers in this part of africa. some of the swarms have been ten miles long. this is the last time the public will see this pope. very soon, for the sake of the credibility and authority of the next pope, benedict xvi will, in his own words, "be hidden from the world for the rest of his life." this is newsday on the bbc. i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. i'm kasia madera in london. our top stories: harvey weinstein — once one of the most powerful men in hollywood — has been found guilty of rape in a case that sparked the me too movement. and health experts say the chances of containing the coronavirus are
diminishing as the number of affected countries rises to 37. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. we start with the japan times which leads on the coronavirus. fears of a pandemic grew on monday as deaths were reported in iran, italy and south korea. similarly, the new york times also focuses on the outbreak. it's having an effect on the global tourism industry. countries close to china are particularly affected.and the strait times features a story on mahathir mohamad. just hours after resigning as malaysia's prime minister, he was appointed as caretaker prime minister. he will continue to lead the administration until a replacement is appointed. let's have more now on the guilty verdicts in the sexual assault trial of the hollywood movie producer, harvey weinstein.
our correspondent ben wright has been monitoring the case from new york. these are very serious convictions that do come with hefty custodial sentences. harvey weinstein convicted on two counts, the first criminal sexual act in the first degree. that is the most serious of the two charges in terms of the sentence attached. that could be anything from a minimum of five years to a maximum of 25 years in prison. he was also convicted of rape in the third degree and that could mean a sentence of up to four years. so it is certain that the 67—year—old former hollywood movie mogul is going to spend a very long time behind bars, in fact, he's in prison already, any leniency he had was chucked out the window when these convictions came through and he now has to wait until the 11th of march to find out what the custodial sentence will be.
this isn't the end of it, is it? because he still faces other charges in los angeles. tell us a little bit more. oh, it's by no means the end, you're right. i think there is talk of civil cases, there is certainly a pending criminal trial set to take place in california at some point. also again involving accusations made by women who have encountered harvey weinstein over the years and he faces very serious charges in that case, too. i'm not sure when it is set to begin, but that is looming for him. i think it is such an important day for the women, the survivors who gave testimony in court, often harrowing testimony about their encounters with harvey weinstein, and they have received relieved support across social media from women, many of whom have also alleged sexual harassment by harvey weinstein, people like the actress ashleyjudd, for instance, who tweeted, "for the women who testified in this case and walked through traumatic hell, you did a public service to girls and women everywhere. thank you." and there are many similar
sentiments on social media. that was ben wright speaking to kasia madera earlier. malaysia is facing political uncertainty following the resignation of the country's long serving prime minister mahathir mohamad. the 94—year—old's surprise move comes amid speculation that he may form a new coalition without his designated successor, anwar ibrahim. following his resignation, mr mahathir was asked by malaysia's king to stay on interim prime minister until a new government and prime minister is appointed. it is not clear who will be the next prime minister. i asked oh ei sun who is a senior fellow of singapore's institute of international affairs, what will happen next. i think what will happen is mahathir mohamad will serve as interim prime minister
for a period of time, during which i think both he himself as well as his purported political opponent mr anwar will try to put together a workable parliamentary majority, so that for example he will become the real prime minister or that his political opponent mr anwar will become one. so i think the race now is to put together as many members of parliaments as possible. where does this leave mr anwar and his supporters? is this really has last chance to become prime minister, which is a role that has eluded him for 20 years? i think dr mahathir is dead set against mr anwar taking power from, well, from dr mahathir, and from anwar‘s side he is perhaps a little bit anxious to take over as soon as possible. that is why you see this sort of, in a sense, i would described it as a counter—coup. not a traditional coup d'etat, but a counter—coup nonetheless, trying to forestall mr anwar‘s
effort to unseat dr mahathir. thousands of fans have attended a memorial in los angeles for kobe bryant. the legendary us basketball player died in a helicopter crash last month — along with his 13—year—old daughter gianna, and seven others. the service was held at the staples arena, where kobe bryant played for the la lakers. the singer beyonce performed with a choir, and wore a gold suit, the colour of the los angeles lakers — bryant's team for two decades. among the speakers was kobe's wife vanessa who spoke of losing two of the people most dear to her. god knew they couldn't be on this earth without each other. he had to bring them home to heaven together. babe, you take
ca re of heaven together. babe, you take care of ourgg. our correspondent, david willis was at the memorial service in la. only moments before this memorial service got under way came word that vanessa bryant, kobe bryant's widow had filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company that supplied the helicopter that kobe bryant and his 13—year—old daughter gianna we re his 13—year—old daughter gianna were travelling on at the time of the cast. the lawsuit claims the pilot failed to take proper precautions in regards to the weather. it was very foggy at the time. it seeks recompense for the family's loss of financial support and for funeral expenses. now a federal enquiry into the cause of the ca i’s enquiry into the cause of the cars is still under way. meanwhile, the service here heard from former basketball legend michaeljordan and shakeel o'neill, from female
basketball players who kobe brya nt basketball players who kobe bryant has mentored over the yea rs, bryant has mentored over the years, and there were musical tributes as well from beyonce and alicia keys. but the most moving, poignant moment was reserved for vanessa bryant who talked of her love for her husband and her 13—year—old daughter, gianna. our correspondent david willis with that report from the kobe bryant memorial in los angeles. you have been watching newsday. i'm kasia madera in london. and i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. and let's end on an up note. an up—hop, in fact. it's the peculiar norwegian sport of rabbit jumping. it attracts around 60 competitors who take part ina miniature show—jumping course. the contestants insist no rabbit is forced to take part if it doesn't want to and they do all seem to enjoy
themselves on their way round this course. you have seen it all on newsday. that's all for now. stay with bbc world news. hello there. we're moving into colder air more widely across the uk at the moment. yesterday, of course, we had quite a snowy scene across the northern half of the uk, notjust in scotland but also for northern england and the hills of northern ireland. further south there is still flooding, a major concern particularly on the river severn, and there is a lot of rain from this area of cloud here in the hills of wales that will be feeding into the river systems. that cloud brought the snow more recently in the north—east of scotland, that's pushing away, and instead we are drawing down colder air. this is proper polar maritime air, the air coming all the way from iceland and greenland, and it will feel colder. there could well be some icy patches around overnight and into the morning, especially across the northern half of the uk. and tuesday will be a day of sunshine and showers.
those winds blowing in some showers almost anywhere really. the more frequent ones will be across the western side of the uk, with some snow over the hills, but there'll be some heavy showers, there'll be some hail and thunder. it will be quite windy for a while in the far south—west of england. and those temperatures will be noticeably lower for england and wales. and a chilly start to wednesday as well. a bit more blue on the chart — almost anywhere could have a pinch of frost, particularly in rural areas. it depends where the showers are and the strength of the wind, there will be some showers around first thing. once those fade away, many parts of england and wales, eastern scotland, may well be dry with a fair bit of sunshine around. the showers continuing into the west and the north—west in particular. again, wintry over the hills. those temperatures aren't really changing much on wednesday. now, during wednesday night, we've got to keep an eye on this system here. that threatens to bring some rain, with a bit of snow
to more southern parts of england. that then moves away, we've got a brief ridge of high pressure coming in, and that means fewer showers following that wetter weather as it clears the south—east of england. some showers coming into the north—west, but the winds won't be as strong on thursday — noticeably lighter in the south—west of england and wales. there'll be some decent spells of sunshine, but again it's still quite cold air, so temperatures 6—8 degrees. by the end of the week, things may look a little different. instead of the cold air coming in on that west—to—north—westerly, the wind direction should change to more of a south—westerly wind. that's milder air, of course, but as we've seen right the way through the winter, it means cloud and outbreaks of rain. quite a messy picture by friday and perhaps into the weekend as well, with some further rain at times that's likely to lead to some more flooding. bit of snow over the northern hills, but once again we'll find the winds picking up.
our top story: the disgraced hollywood movie mogul, harvey weinstein, has been convicted of rape and sexual assault by a jury in new york in a landmark case that gave impetus to the metoo women's movement. the formerfilm producer is being held in custody while he awaits sentencing. he could face a jail term of up to 25 years. his lawyers say they'll appeal. as thousands queue for masks in south korea, the who says the chance of containing the covid—19 coronavirus is diminishing. the number of countries and territories affected has now risen to 37 and video of president trump's first day in india is doing well on our website. he was warmly welcomed in ahmedabad, but his struggle with pronunciations caught the headlines. in particular when he mispronounced the country's most famous cricketer, sachin tendulkar. that's all. stay with bbc world news.
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