this is bbc news. i'm lewis vaughan jones with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. the supreme court rules donald trump can't hide his tax returns — he's not above the law — but it's unlikely voters will see them before the election. police in south korea say the mayor of seoul has been found dead, hours after his family reported him missing. park won—soon is thought to have killed himself. singapore's coronavirus election. voters head to the polls as the country's economy faces its worst ever economic downturn. and the actorjohnny depp tells the high court he did not assault his ex—wife in a drink—and—drug—fuelled rage during a trip to australia.
prosecutors in new york want to see donald trump's financial records. they can, says the supreme court, much to the anger of the president. also, democrats in congress want to see those documents. they can't. those were the results of two separate rulings today from the highest court in the us. they mean that prosecutors can have access to the president's financial records, including his tax returns. but the documents — which will go to a grand jury in new york — will not be made public. a request for access by congressional committees was referred back to a lower court. an important political point — the rulings make it likely mr trump's financial records won't be made public before november's presidential election. speaking at the white house, the president slammed the decisions.
this is a political witch—hunt the likes of which nobody‘s ever seen before. it's a pure witch—hunt, it's a hoax. just like the mueller investigation‘s a hoax that i won, and this is another hoax. this is purely political. at her weekly press conference, house speaker nancy pelosi dismissed the president's reaction. i don't know what they're even saying about it. i hear he's tweeting one thing and then other people are saying another. but whatever it is, it's not good news for the president of the united states. a little earlier i spoke to richard lempert who's a professor of law and sociology at the university of michigan. i asked him if he agreed that this was legal loss for president trump but also all a big political win. yes. that is accurate on both counts. so where do we go from here? donald trump is angry and calling it a witch—hunt. is it?
it is not a witch—hunt. richard nixon had his documents subpoenaed. bill clinton had to answer a deposition which was more of an imposition than anything being asked of donald trump. no, it is not a witch—hunt. donald trump's tweets have the credibility that they normally have, which is minimal. i am sure donald trump will take issue with that. the process now. a grand jury could see these documents. most countries do not have this grand jury system. could you briefly tell us what the system is and what it means? it's funny you ask because it came over from england but it is a panel, usually involving 23 ordinary citizens who have the ability to investigate for potential criminality and to issue an indictment forfelonies. and if the grand jury does
see these documents, these trump documents, it is still not likely that the public sees them, is that right? that is only partly right. the grand jury is investigating the matter and the public is unlikely to see them unless a judge finds a real need that outweighs the need for secrecy. after the grand jury is over, if the case is prosecuted, many of the documents that went before the grand jury could emerge. but in this case the grand jury is very unlikely to ever see these documents before the election so that is the sense in which trump has won a huge political victory. so if people are arguing for transparency and they want to see financial records, tax returns so they can check that the president does not have a conflict of interest, if that is important to the united states, why does it leave it
to individual discretion? previous presidents have disclosed them, but if it is important, why not write it down and make it law? there is an old law which is now being litigated that requires the president to turn over his tax returns to congress but the key thing i think is the us greatly balances its system of checks and balances and separation of power between congress and president and also does not want states to interfere unduly with the authority of the executive. the long—serving mayor of the south korean capital seoul has been found dead, after a seven—hour search for his body. authorities believe park won—soon took his own life. mr park had been subject to a sexual harassment complaint, reportedly by a former staff member. the bbc‘s freya cole reports.
stretchered out of parkland north of seoul, the body of a man known to many. mayor park won—soon was reported missing by his daughter earlier in the day. she told authorities he had left a text message that resembled a will. his disappearance prompted a widescale search. authorities traced his last phone signal and found his body. translation: a detailed investigation will be needed but there was no sign of foul play so far. an in—depth investigation will be conducted. the high—profile death has attracted mass media attention in the city of almost 10 million people. mr park had been mayor since 2011. he was facing allegations of sexual harassment reportedly by a former secretary. translation: it is true
that the complaint against park won—soon was filed with the seoul metropolitan agencey and it is under investigation. park won—soon was a prominent human rights lawyer in the 1990s. he won one of the country's earliest cases on sexual harassment and was also an advocate of the #metoo movement in 2018. authorities have now moved his body to the seoul national university hospital where his supporters were heard grieving the loss of their leader. a postmortem investigation will now be carried out but his death will leave more questions than answers. people in singapore are going to the polls for what's being called the ‘pandemic‘ election. the virus has affected everything, voting included. unsurprisingly, the disease and its impact is a key issue — particularly its effect on the city's economy.
growth is expected to be harder hit than in neighbouring countries, because of singapore's exposure to trade and travel. the government has unveiled more than four budgets to try and quash the four but no—one is confident it will work. our correspondent sharanjit leyl — who's in singapore — says the nation is well prepared for holding an election in a pandemic. says the nation is well prepared for holding an election in a pandemic. essentially what they have done is the morning slot between 8am and noon it has been reserved for the elderly who seem to be the most vulnerable population. they will vote first and then through the day we have 2.65 million singaporeans casting a vote. i will be doing the same. and we have been sent a list of precautions of what to do when we enter these polling stations. for instance everyone has to wear a mask. that is a given. you must be socially distant. here it is about one metre apart. your temperature will be taken, you will be screened and you have your national ids card scanned.
you are then given disposable gloves to cast your ballot with a pen. so essentially these precautions have been put in place to reassure everyone that, yes, the poll will be conducted safely. singapore has managed its number of coronavirus infections. it does have amongst the highest in the region — some 115,000 people in fact — but essentially the spike was really seen in the migrant worker population, the group of mainly south asian workers brought to singapore to build the skyscrapers. they live in crowded dormitories. so the spread went quickly through there, but we have been assured by authorities that it has been somewhat contained and everyone is isolated. there is a great healthcare system here because despite the 115,000 or so infections, only 26 fatalities so far, so singapore has been seen to do a reasonably good job in doing this but many concerns still about
an election being called around the pandemic like this. singapore is not the first country to do this in the last few months, as you know. a memorable election for all those reasons. let's touch on the politics. the governing party has been in powerfor quite a while. pretty much always as far as i have known. singapore gained independence in 1965, 1959 it gained self—rule and that is when the people's action party led by a young lee kuan yew came to power. they have always ruled in singapore has always been seen as a 1—party state. there is an opposition but institutionally critics say the odds are stacked against them. the opposition want to be there for check and balance on the power of the pap. many singaporeans here who i have spoken to over the last week have been saying, yeah, it is great that they manage the economy
so efficiently but this often comes at the cost of the local population, for instance in the last couple of decades there has been an influx of immigrants taking jobs away from singaporeans and driven up the cost of living. many of these issues will be on the minds of voters including how the government has handled the pandemic. let's get some of the day's other news. donald trump's former personal attorney is back in federal custody. prison officials say michael cohen had ‘refused the conditions of his home confinement‘ and was returned to a prison facility. the president's self—described ‘fixer‘ was released less than two months ago, over coronavirus concerns. he was serving a three—year term for financial crimes and lying to congress. bolivia's interim president, jeanine anez, says she has tested positive for coronavirus. on a video posted online,
she said she was feeling well and would continue to work from home, in self isolation, for the next two weeks. ms anez said she decided to take a test after several members of her cabinet became infected. the united nations in the democratic republic of congo say two people were shot dead by police during protests against the appointment of a new head of the electoral commission. it condemned the use of lethal force, and the death of a police officer — who was lynched after shooting at protestors in the capital, kinshasa. at a time where mass protests have become a global backdrop, greece has passed a law regulating public demonstrations. while the debate went on inside parliament, thousands gathered outside in protest. tanya dendrinos has more. a street ablaze and people scrambling. athens once again the scene of violent clashes between
protesters and police as petrol—bombs were met with tear gas. but violence was the minority approach. around 10,000 people gathered peacefully at syntagma square opposite the greek parliament, opposing the bill to regulate public protests in the country. translation: no to the bans, to the terrorism, to the provocations. they will not cripple the workers movement or hinder their struggle. the right to protest is protect by the constitution in greece, the so—called birthplace of democracy. with scenes like this anything but uncommon. the prime minister, kyriakos mitsotakis, whose conservative government introduced the bill, is adamant they should not come at the cost of the freedoms of others. translation: the freedom of someone to demonstrate is just as precious as the freedom
for someone to get to the hospital, to get to hisjob, to his home or be able to go out for a walk with his children. in a democracy, the right of the one does not overrule the right of the rest. but the opposition labelled the measures as undemocratic. translation: we believe that you are attempting to make a reactionary incision, an institutional incision into democracy and the goal is to target the constitutionally guaranteed right to protest, to rally, to demonstrate. the new legislation was passed in parliament, mandating restrictions on demonstrations and giving parliament the right to ban them altogether if they are deemed a threat to public safety. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: music and politics. what artists make of the black lives matter movement after the death
of george floyd. central london has been rocked by a series of terrorist attacks. police say there have been many casualties, and there is growing speculation that al-qaeda was responsible. germany will be the hosts of the 2006 football world cup. they've pipped the favourites, south africa, by a single vote. in south africa, the possibility of losing hadn't even been contemplated, and celebration parties were cancelled. a man entered the palace through a downstairs window and made his way to the queen's private bedroom. then he asked herfor a cigarette, and on the pretext of arranging for some to be brought, she summoned a footman on duty, who took the man away. one child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.
education is the only solution. applause this is bbc news. the latest headlines: president trump has said he is the victim of a political witch hunt after the us supreme court ruled that his tax returns could be released to new york prosecutors. police in south korea say the mayor of seoul has been found dead, hours after his family reported him missing. park won—soon is thought to have killed himself. police in southern california say actress naya rivera is missing, presumed dead, after her four—year—old son was found alone in a boat in the middle of a lake. the 33—year—old is best known for playing cheerleader santana lopez in the musical tv comedy glee. paul hawkins has more.
naya rivera and her four—year—old son. this tender moment between the two was the last suite shared by the actress before she went missing. the simply said just the two of us. her four—year—old son was found alone in a boat in the middle ofa alone in a boat in the middle of a lake some three hours after they hired it on wednesday. the boy told the police he had been swimming with his mum, but she wasn't able to get back to the boat. we have had no indication that, after talking to her son, that ms rivera made it to shore. so the focus of our search efforts are in the water at this time. at this particular lake, in that area, there's a lot of trees and plants and such that are under the water, that can cause entanglements. in 2014, naya rivera married actor ryan dorsey, with whom she went on to have a son, but the couple
divorced in 2018. performing are something i love to do... she is best known, however, for playing the cheerleader santana lopez in the musical tv comedy glee. her co—star heather morris has thanked the authorities, who are working right now in the search and recovery for naya while another glee colleague, harry shum jr, simply said praying. with its occurrence and deadly waves, the lake, which spans five square kilometres, has claimed lives in the past. search teams with more than 100 rescuers, two helicopters and multiple dive teams will continue to search the lake on friday. the british government's advice for all but essential travel has been lifted for countries including popular tourist destinations like france and spain. it means british holidaymakers will be able to visit them without having to self isolate on their return. ministers are continuing to
advise against all travel and cruise ships. the high court in london has heard how the hollywood star johnny depp denies assaulting his ex—wife in a drink—and—drug—fuelled rage during a trip to australia. the actor said amber heard had thrown a vodka bottle at him which severed his finger. the court was told that he then completely destroyed the house, covering the walls in blood and paint and causing thousands of pounds‘ worth of damage. johnny depp is suing for libel over a sun newspaper article that called him a wife—beater, allegations he denies. david sillito reports. johnny! johnny depp arriving at court for a day of questioning about his struggles with drink and drugs. this libel trial against the publishers of the sun was provoked by this article that called him a wife—beater, something he strenuously denies. but he doesn‘t deny that the relationship with amber heard was deeply troubled. he also admits he was struggling with addiction.
the court was shown this appearance at an awards ceremony in 2014. that‘s the weirdest microphone i‘ve ever seen in my life. look at this... laughter i know, right? johnny depp was asked if he was drunk. he said no. this was, he said, a sick man, a drug addict coming off some very unpleasant medication. johnny depp was questioned about their volatile relationship. 0ne incident resulted in him having part of his finger severed. he said it was caused by amber heard hurling a vodka bottle at him, something which she denies. the court was shown images of the wreckage where the incident took place, butjohnny depp said there wasn‘t an assault on amber heard. 0ne witness said he feared for their lives. johnny depp said... and, when part of his finger was severed, he said... and amongst the images that
have been released is this of him lying injured on a hospital bed. but he was also questioned about a text message to ms heard. it was put to him... news group newspapers claims there is overwhelming evidence thatjohnny depp assaulted his wife during their marriage. johnny depp has made no secret of his battles with addiction, but says, while he may have taken his anger out on inanimate objects, he did not assault amber heard. david sillito, bbc news. after the death of george floyd in the us, a powerful national discourse on race is taking place in the country. aleem maqbool has been meeting artists and activists in washington to hear their thoughts on the black lives matter movement.
# now, stay woke...# you know, we're driving and we see maybe a police officer or a cop car pull out. our first reaction is, "oh, god. is today the day?" music there was, like, a visceral reaction when a lot of people saw the george floyd tape. and a lot of people took to the streets, and there was a lot of outrage. and still, people are marching and things like that. but for me, sometimes i get a little frustrated, because i don't know if things are actually going to change. so i think a lot more people are taking the time to actually educate themselves now, which is good. ijust — once again, ijust hope that it‘s
going to actually have a lasting effect, rather than, "0h, black lives matter is possible. let‘s put it on a t—shirt, let‘s sell." you know what i mean? can i ask you about black lives matter, the organisation? i think the initial inception of it was very much so what we believed in, and we were marching behind. but i think, after a while, it's — the leadership and things have kind of morphed a bit. and i think now it's, you know, a multilayered thing, with feminism and lgbtq, and i think that the focus needs to be refocused, ina sense. this is the message we‘ve been trying to get out through our art and music the entire time anyways. and now, with these incidents, it‘s giving us kind of like the springboard, or the platform, to show what we‘re already about. music this is the first time we saw in dc a majority—white crowd chanting
black lives matter. right. how did that make you feel to see that? um...it was very emotional. one of my first protests that i was actually a part of, they actually came past. i was working on a piece similar to this one, and i actually became part of the protest. and it was very emotional, just to see all the different cultures, and everyone up for one cause. and, you know, just to see everybody standing up and fighting for what's right, it was a beautiful thing. music i don't think it is unusual for me and a lot of other people to feel sceptical about this, only because, like i said, it's happened throughout our community for so, so long. but the one good thing about this time is we have so many incredible allies — corporations and different businesses who, you know, in the past, may not have
been as vocal. these times are just changing. a lot of corporations are saying, "hey, you know, let's cater to this movement." it's a trend now. and that's why i feel like the black lives movement has become a trend. at first, it was about changing the situation at hand, but now it's trendy. now, all the corporations, "0h, we support black people, we support people's rights" and everything like that, and hoping to gain more customers and more money. and that'sjust how america is. it's about money. conservationists are warning that a third of all lemur species are one step from extinction. the international union for the conservation of nature has been updating its red list, which details animals that are under threat. it shows that 33 lemur species are classified as critically endangered. deforestation and hunting have driven the decline of the primates, which only
live in madagascar. this is bbc news. hello. we‘ve had a real mix of weather across the uk so far this week, but things are now beginning to settle down. and certainly by the time we get to the weekend, it should be dry for the vast majority, with some spells of sunshine, because high pressure is going to build its way in. now, that area of high pressure is currently down to the south—west of the british isles. and for friday, well, we‘ve still got low pressure fairly close by, so that means we have got one more showery day to contend with in many areas. now, those showers could crop up just about anywhere. they‘re most likely across northern and eastern areas, so through parts of scotland, northern england, down the eastern side of england as well. some of the showers here could be heavy and thundery, some being blown into northern ireland on this
north—westerly breeze. for parts of wales and the south—west, yes, one or two showers, but most places here should be dry, with some spells of sunshine. but i mentioned the north—westerly breeze. that‘s going to make it feel fairly cool, 15—20 degrees. now, some of those showers will continue during friday evening. into the night, while northern scotland will continue to see some, most other areas will turn dry, with some clear spells, light winds as well. it‘s going to turn into a rather cool night for the time of year. temperatures for many spots getting down into single digits — seven or eight degrees quite likely. but, as we head into saturday, here comes our area of high pressure building its way in. now, notice the way in which the high pressure is focusing itself to the south of the uk, so that‘s where we‘re going to see the best of the sunshine. the further north you are, there will be more cloud, and perhaps just one or two showers. north—west england, northern ireland, particularly scotland, you could catch a shower. but most places won‘t, most places will be dry. i think by the afternoon, we‘ll see a fair amount of cloud bubbling up
in the sky, and temperatures, if anything, still just a touch below par for this point injuly —16—21 degrees. now, on sunday, temperatures are set to climb, particularly across england and wales, where we‘ll see long spells of sunshine through the day. dry to start for northern ireland and scotland, but cloud and rain will then spread from the west. temperatures — 18 degrees in glasgow, but 24—25 possibly down towards the south—east. and monday is going to be another dry and warm day the further south you are across the uk. some rain further north and west, and it looks rather cloudy for most of us on tuesday.
this is bbc news, the headlines: the us supreme court has ruled that prosecutors in new york can see donald trump‘s tax returns. he‘s the first president since richard nixon in the 1970s not to publish details of his finances. mr trump dismissed the investigation as a political witch hunt. police in south korea say the mayor of seoul has been found dead, hours after his family reported him missing. park won—soon appears to have killed himself. police say that a female employee filed a sexual harassment claim against mr park, shortly before his disappearance. people in singapore are voting in a general election which is partly being seen as a referendum on the government‘s handling of the coronavirus outbreak. the city state has recorded only 26 deaths from covid—19 but is facing its deepest
economic recession. now on bbc news, panorama. i‘m deborah james and, for the past three years, my cancer treatment has been keeping me alive — even during covid—19. but not everyone has been given that chance. dear mr hancock, i am appealing to you regarding life—saving treatment. best case is two years. i am upset and i am devastated. the impact of the pandemic on people with cancer has been enormous. cancelled drug trials, cancelled radiotherapy, chemotherapy cancelled. tonight, on panorama, i want to find out what the real cost of covid—19 could be for fellow patients with cancer... the worse—case scenario, there could be 35,000 excess deaths. all we can do is our best to try and get