welcome to newsday. reporting live from singapore, i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines... the us special envoy for haiti resigns in protest at his government's deportation of haitian migrants, calling the policy inhumane and counter—productive. as the german election campaign enters its final days, the frontrunners to succeed angela merkel hold a final televised debate. we'll bring you highlights from that debate and speak with a german political expert about the campaign. also on newsday. .. a divided society — we look at the plight of migrant workers here in singapore, who have largely been banned from mixing with the general public since the start of the pandemic.
we deserve something better as a human being, so we want that and we want our privileges back. and we continue our series looking what life is like at 50 degrees celsius, a temperature already reached this year in sydney. live from our studio in singapore... this is bbc news. it's newsday. it's six in the morning in singapore and six in the evening in haiti, which is in crisis after a summer which has seen the assassination of the president, and then a deadly earthquake. thousands of people have fled the country, reaching the us border with mexico. as the us deports haitians who have reached texas, the us envoy to haiti has resigned in protest.
daniel foote called the policy of deportation inhumane and counterproductive, warning that the number of migrants to the us will only grow as the us adds to haiti's unacceptable misery. will grant reports from haiti. —— from mexico. in the dead of night, immigration agents in northern mexico drag haitian families from their hotels as they sleep. just miles from their destination, they can go no further, no matter how desperate they are. even if they made it, they would have been greeted by scenes like this. as migrants attempted to cross from mexico to a makeshift camp in texas this week, they were pushed back by mounted border patrol officers using whips. the biden administration has already deported thousands back to haiti, prompting the us special envoy to resign in protest. deportation is these people's worst nightmare. having travelled from south america to the border town of mexicali,
they gather in a haitian restaurant for the only meal a day they can afford. this man has lost more than most. his mother died and his father was left badly injured as the family home collapsed in the recent earthquake. having traversed 11 countries and the dense jungle of the darien gap to get here, he says he can't be sent back now. translation: there is nothing for me in haiti, nothing. - if they're going to send me back, they may as welljust kill me, just end it all. the late summer temperatures in mexicali are brutal. beyond this border wall lie many miles of inhospitable desert. yet the haitians who have arrived here in recent days say they will endure almost anything to avoid the same fate as many of their countrymen — deported from texas back to a country on its knees. meanwhile, there is no sign of an end to this crisis. tens of thousands of haitians are scattered in scores of mexican cities, and many thousands more
are trapped en route in colombia. in truth, very few will be let into the us. migrant rights groups say the biden administration's policy towards haitians is exclusionary and racist. the united states has functioned for hundreds of years as a country that has not welcomed, provided opportunity, or provided justice to black people. and i think anyone who does this type of work at this point could not look themselves in the mirror and not say that there is an effort by the united states government to keep black people from entering. the biden administration is facing its biggest border crisis yet, but so far it's answers are the same as the trump administration's. but so far its answers are the same as the trump administration's. across mexico, police continue to intercept buses and raid hotel rooms. close bilateral cooperation, or doing the americans�* dirty work.
for the haitians travelling north, it amounts to the same thing. will grant, bbc news, mexicali. well, more than 30 civil rights leaders have sent im joined now by franciscka lucien. she is the executive director of the institute forjustice and democracy in haiti and one of the civil rights leaders that have written a letter to the biden administration calling for an end to what they say are cruel policies against indigenous and black and brown communities. great to have you on newsday. in the first instance, the letter that you have written to president biden, talk us through some of your main concerns. , . ~' talk us through some of your main concerns. , ., ~ , ., ,., talk us through some of your main concerns. , ., ~ ,, . talk us through some of your main concerns. , ., ~ . ., concerns. yes, thank you so much for the opportunity _ concerns. yes, thank you so much for the opportunity to _ concerns. yes, thank you so much for the opportunity to speak, _ concerns. yes, thank you so much for the opportunity to speak, and - concerns. yes, thank you so much for the opportunity to speak, and it's - the opportunity to speak, and it's wonderful tojoin you the opportunity to speak, and it's wonderful to join you today. some of the main concerns that we highlight is the fact that title 42 expulsions themselves really deny immigrants there right to seek asylum. i think
importantly, while we see the images are along the border, we need to put into context the numbers of those individuals. haitian migrants, according to data, account for less than 2% over the past 12 months. yet this group has been targeted for what's reported to have the to mitchell —— potential to have the largest expulsion of migrants and we recent deaths aids —— decades. this denies migrants their rightful access to submit an asylum claim. we're looking at some of the images of what been happening over the last couple of days, but the white house is now saying forces will no longer be used in that area to corral migrants. does that go far enough?
no, that's not a sufficient step. what would be an appropriate response is to halt these expulsions that are happening along the border, and more so to move away from policies that target haitian migrant communities. there's a history here. whether it was in the 1980s, when the us created immigration policies, whether it was in the 1990s, with the deportation of migrants directly to guantanamo bay or in 2016, with the policy which we are seeing the outcome of that denial of immigrants to be able to easily submit asylum claims. �* ., to be able to easily submit asylum claims. �* . , claims. but at the same time, it is a massive — claims. but at the same time, it is a massive challenge _ claims. but at the same time, it is a massive challenge for _ claims. but at the same time, it is a massive challenge for the - claims. but at the same time, it is a massive challenge for the bidenl a massive challenge for the biden administration, managing the scale of this crisis. thousands of people at the border, and this takes time and money. what recommendations do you have? i and money. what recommendations do ou have? ~ ., , .,
and money. what recommendations do ou have? ~ ., , and money. what recommendations do ou have? ~ ., ., , , , you have? i think as a first step, we're all calling _ you have? i think as a first step, we're all calling for— you have? i think as a first step, we're all calling for immigration | we're all calling for immigration needs to be met with respect for human dignity. that includes the halt to title 42 deportations. 56 members of congress outlined recommendations that called specifically to provide humanitarian parole for haitians arriving at the border, to hold deportations to haiti, especially in consideration of the conditions. they even prompted the administration to redesignate haiti for re—tell protested status. and extending tps. from the institute ofjustice and democracy in haiti, thank you so much forjoining us.
i want to bring you some breaking news. the former kata land president has been arrested in italy, and his lawyer says he was detained and italian police have not yet confirmed the police. he has been in exile in march this year. leading the way for spain to secure his extradition �*s. mr puigdemont was charged with crimes of sedition. seven of the main candidates in germany's general election have held a final televised debate ahead of polling day on sunday. they included the three frontrunners to succeed angela merkel, who is standing down after 16 years in power as chancellor. 0ur correspondent in berlin,
damien mcguinness, watched the debate. with just three days to go before the election, this debate was a final chance for party leaders to win over voters. topics ranged from affordable housing and the national debt to climate change and how to deal with china. the current leader in the polls is this man, the centreleft social democrat to replace angela merkel. when asked about the new orca �*s security packs between the uk, australia and the us, he said germany should work together with france to create a stronger europe —— aukus. translation: i can understand the irritation france felt about how the defence worked out. ihis france felt about how the defence worked out-— france felt about how the defence worked out. his conservative rival, who is lagging _ worked out. his conservative rival, who is lagging behind _ worked out. his conservative rival, who is lagging behind slightly, - worked out. his conservative rival, | who is lagging behind slightly, said that europe needed to act
independently and cited the american withdrawal from afghanistan. translation: we need projects from in the us pulls— we need projects from in the us pulls back. we need pro'ects from in the us puus back.— we need pro'ects from in the us ulls back. , . ., pulls back. this election campaign has been unusual— pulls back. this election campaign has been unusual in _ pulls back. this election campaign has been unusual in many- pulls back. this election campaign has been unusual in many ways. l pulls back. this election campaign i has been unusual in many ways. the polls have been erratic, there are more swing voters than ever before and unprecedented numbers are undecided. in one poll, 40% of people say they still haven't made their minds up. whoever they do choose, it's likely that after the elections, coalition talks will be long and complicated. all of this means that this is one of the most unpredictable elections of modern germany has ever known. damien mcguinness, bbc news, berlin. let's speak to doctor katrin schreiter, a lecturer in the departments of german and history at king's college london. great to have you on newsday. just
looking at the report from damien mcguinness, it's so clear angela merkel has been such a huge force in german politics. who's got the best chance, do you think?— chance, do you think? well, first of all thank you _ chance, do you think? well, first of all thank you for _ chance, do you think? well, first of all thank you for having _ chance, do you think? well, first of all thank you for having me. - chance, do you think? well, first of all thank you for having me. yes, i all thank you for having me. yes, it's a very important election for germany as your correspondent right now, the centreleft candidate for the social made democrat... but we don't know yet. it is however important, because it is the end of the pandemic, and this will be very
important. besides the economy, what are the main issues that germans care about in this are the main issues that germans care about in thi— are the main issues that germans l care about in this_ well, care about in this collection? well, the pandemic— care about in this collection? well, the pandemic itself _ care about in this collection? well, the pandemic itself has _ care about in this collection? well, the pandemic itself has not - care about in this collection? well, the pandemic itself has not been . care about in this collection? well, | the pandemic itself has not been as much a topic, but for climate change, also caused by the recent floods in western germany which took a toll. so, the green party has been able to dominate the agenda and put pressure on both the conservative party and... alongside other issues that do have an impact on the economy such as the infrastructure, which is an area where angela merkel
wasn't able to deliver unfortunately combine that is an area where much will be needed. just combine that is an area where much will be needed.— will be needed. just on armin laschet, he — will be needed. just on armin laschet, he seems _ will be needed. just on armin laschet, he seems very - will be needed. just on armin - laschet, he seems very different, i think it would be fair to say, to angela merkel. what are his chances? he is running on the ticket of continuity. of course, he is from the same party as she is, but he's a very different kind of i would say. but kind of feeling that angela merkel moving the electorate, that was something... he seems to be more impulsive and has been accused in
his response to the pandemic, which saw a major outbreak in his estate. thank you so much. so sorry to interrupt, but sadly, that's all the time we have for this segment. thanks forjoining us. let's take a look at some of the stories in the headlines in the uk. police have arrested a second man in connection with the death the british ministry of defence has paid out nearly a million dollars in compensation for civilian deaths in afghanistan. the payments were made over a period of eight years and relate to 289 deaths. the london—based charity, action on armed violence, said some families received more money for loss of property than others did for loss of life. police have arrested a second man in connection with the death of primary school teacher sabina nessa. the 28—year—old's body was found by a member of the public in a park
in south—east london on saturday. they've also released a cctv image of another man they are searching for. if you want to get in touch with me, the situation at the border in haiti, for instance, about the crisis there, i'm on twitter. i'm looking forward to hearing from you. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme... we continue our series looking what life is like at 50 degrees celsius, a temperature already reached this year in sydney. benjohnson, the fastest man on earth, is flying home to canada in disgrace. all athletes should be clean going into the games. i'm just happy that
justice is served. it is a simple fact that this morning, these people were in their homes. tonight, those homes have been burnt down by serbian soldiers and police. all the taliban positions alongj here have been strengthened, presumably in case i the americans invade. it's no use having a secret service which cannot preserve its own secrets against the world, and so the british government has no option but to continue this action, even after any adverse judgment in australia. concorde had crossed the atlantic faster than any plane ever before, breaking the record by six minutes. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm karishma vaswani in singapore.
0ur headlines... the us special envoy for haiti resigns in protest at his government's deportation of haitian migrants, calling the policy inhumane and counter—productive. as the german election campaign enters its final days, the frontrunners to succeed angela merkel hold a final televised debate. ever since a series of covid—19 outbreaks in dormitories last year, migrant labourers in singapore have been banned from mixing with the general public. for the past 18 months, the majority of workers have only been allowed out of their facilities to go to work. but with one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, singapore and its government are facing increasing pressure to let them out. nick marsh spoke to some of the men longing to leave. it's been one of the world's longest
lockdowns. behind this barbed wire, there's talk of a growing mental health crisis. thousands of men confined in dormitories, leaving only to work. for this man, things are starting to get too much. i want to send a message _ are starting to get too much. i want to send a message to _ are starting to get too much. i want to send a message to the _ are starting to get too much. i want. to send a message to the government. we long time in dormitory. ilouiith to send a message to the government. we long time in dormitory.— we long time in dormitory. with 8096 ofthe we long time in dormitory. with 8096 of the public — we long time in dormitory. with 8096 of the public and _ we long time in dormitory. with 8096 of the public and 9096 _ we long time in dormitory. with 8096 of the public and 9096 of _ we long time in dormitory. with 8096 of the public and 9096 of workers - we long time in dormitory. with 8096| of the public and 9096 of workers now of the public and 90% of workers now vaccinated, experts say that the confinement policy isn't protecting anyone. confinement policy isn't protecting an one. �* 'f~ confinement policy isn't protecting an one. �* 'j~ ., , �*, confinement policy isn't protecting anone. 'j~ ., , �*, , anyone. after 18 months, it's very clear that the _ anyone. after 18 months, it's very clear that the mental _ anyone. after 18 months, it's very clear that the mental health - clear that the mental health challenges, the social isolation are all bubbling up. i would say that
the covid—19 concerns are massively overblown — the covid—19 concerns are massively overblown. we can strike a better balance — overblown. we can strike a better balance. . , ., ., balance. recently, a handfulwere allowed out- _ balance. recently, a handfulwere allowed out. they _ balance. recently, a handfulwere allowed out. they were _ balance. recently, a handfulwere allowed out. they were given - balance. recently, a handfulwere allowed out. they were given fourj allowed out. they were given four hours near a hindu temple as part of a pilot scheme. hours near a hindu temple as part of a pilot scheme-— a pilot scheme. share your thoughts on this location. _ a pilot scheme. share your thoughts on this location. the _ a pilot scheme. share your thoughts on this location. the government. on this location. the government invited us to _ on this location. the government invited us to meet _ on this location. the government invited us to meet one _ on this location. the government invited us to meet one of - on this location. the government invited us to meet one of them. l the authorities called the outing a milestone. the the authorities called the outing a milestone. . ., ., , ., milestone. the conditions are different- _ milestone. the conditions are different. most _ milestone. the conditions are different. most of— milestone. the conditions are different. most of the - milestone. the conditions are | different. most of the workers live in common conditions, and that's why the measures we put in place. but the measures we put in place. but the workers _ the measures we put in place. but the workers who spoke to the bbc said they felt they were being punished for their substandard living conditions, rather than protected from the virus. this man shares a room with 18 others in. we deserve something better as a human
being. _ deserve something better as a human being. so— deserve something better as a human being, so we want that and we want our privileges back. the government told us they look _ our privileges back. the government told us they look to _ our privileges back. the government told us they look to ensure - our privileges back. the government told us they look to ensure workersl told us they look to ensure workers have access to mental health support, but they remain separated from the general public. known officially in singapore as the community. it's been a year and a half now, and for the men who live here, nothing has changed. they're still waiting for the day they can finally leave. but in all this time, the message that they have received has been loud and clear — there are those in singapore who are part of the community, and then there are those who are not. nick marsh, bbc news, singapore. taiwan says china has flown 19 warplanes towards the island, one of the biggest incursions in months. the chinese aircraft included fighterjets and two nuclear—ca pable bombers. beijing now regularly flies military planes near taiwan, reinforcing its claim of sovereignty
over the island. in the latest edition of our series on what life is like at 50 degrees celsius, we focus on australia. climate change has had a devastating impact on the country. last year, sydney measured temperatures of 50 degrees celsius. the country has also been hit by unusually intense bush fires. with 2021 set to be one of the hottest years on earth, hanan razek reports. it's been called the black summer. between 2019—2020, a prolonged heat wave caused huge bushfires across large parts of australia. itjust was extremely hot, and everyone was starting to get worried day by day until it happened. india and her family were among those hit by the fires in a rural area of southern australia. coming this way! oh, my! no, no, no! i thought we were going to lose
the house, but ijust calmed down for a second and the fire kept going up the mountain. her family managed to save their home, but at least 3000 other houses were lost in the fires. i'm worried for my future, i'm worried that this house won't be here in another five years. scientists say the risk of weather conditions fuelling fires is 30% higher than it was 100 years ago because of climate change. there's very strong evidence — irrefutable evidence, in fact — that the climate of australia has changed, especially over the last 50—70 years. we're still in the middle of this heat wave as soon as we came | heat wave as we head into the christmas period. i have a two—year—old and a four—year—old daughter. it really bothers me that the world
that they're experiencing now is a lot different to my childhood. sarah and her family were living in sydney in 2020 when the suburb of penrith was the hottest place on earth, officially reaching a high of 48.9 degrees celsius. the heatwave had a deadly impact on some indigenous species. i've just come down to these trees to give these bats some water. i don't know what to do, honestly. this one died. we've had many that have died. australia has the highest carbon emissions per capita of the world's richest nations. it's also rated the worst for climate policy in the 2020 international climate change performance index. the country's prime minister rejected the findings that seven out of ten australians say they want their government to take more action in combating climate change. what plants do you think would be planted in our backyard? strawberries. you want strawberries? people like sarah are
already making changes. she has decided to relocate her family to a cooler city than sydney. sarah is building an eco—friendly home on this plot. as a scientist, i know how bad the future looks. and as a mum, as a person, i guess as a human being, i really struggle withjust how bad those impacts will be. hanan razek, bbc news. before we go, i want to bring you this amazing story from the bbc news website. according to a new study, humans reached the americas at least 7,000 years earlier than previously thought. for years, it was thought that people arrived around 16,000 years ago. now, a team working in new mexico has if you head to bbc.com/news and you can read all about how the research team made the study, and how it transforms what we know about the earliest north american people. north american people.
you have been watching newsday. thanks so much forjoining us. i'm karishma vaswani. good evening. it's been unusually warm september so far. we've got a few more warm days to come as we head towards the weekend and for many of us, today was a pretty warm affair. compare that with just ten in shetland. that cold air already clearing away. you can see the orange colours flooding across the orange colours flooding across the map. that means warm and humid weather. that air holding a lot of moisture, and that means a lot of cloud. low pressure to the north, high pressure to the south. quite a strong wind across the northern half of the uk, and one that will deliver a lot of cloud across western scotland, northern ireland, parts of
northern england and wales. thick enough to give some spots of rain and mist and enough to give some spots of rain and mistand hill fog. but enough to give some spots of rain and mist and hill fog. but with some shelterfrom and mist and hill fog. but with some shelter from the westerly wind, the cloud should break to give some sunshine and some warmth. 20 or 21 degrees. a across parts of wales, some more real warmth. 23 or may 26 degrees. through friday night, we keep that warm and humid air in place. we also see a lot of cloud, some mist and hill fog. a very mild start to saturday. as we head through saturday, we can expect a lot of cloud in the forecast and a lot of cloud in the forecast and a lot of cloud in the forecast and a lot of dry weather. high pressure not too far away. the low pressure trying to push in from the west. 0n trying to push in from the west. on saturday, a lot of dry weather around, but extensive cloud cover. some sunny spells but maybe in southern england, alsojust the chance of seeing one or two showers.
the breeze will be strengthening, but it's a southerly breeze, so still feeling quite warm. that southerly breeze will strengthen through saturday and particularly into sunday. as this frontal system squashes in, that wind really picking up. that wind will start to break the cloud up a bit more. more sunshine, potentially one or two showers. some heavy rain late in the day. 17—22 degrees, and it does turn cooler during next week.
this is bbc news, the headlines the us special envoy for haiti has resigned, describing the biden administration's policy of deporting haitian migrants as inhumane and counter—productive. the white house hasjust said — daniel foot — had never raised his concerns about migration. the catalan independence leader — carles puigdemont — has been arrested in sardinia — according to his lawyer. he has spent nearly four years as a fugitive, but in march he was stripped of his immunity as a member of the european parliament. german politicians have been holding their final debate before the country heads to the polls on sunday. voters will be selected a successor to angela merkel — she's led as chancellor for 16 years.