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welcome to newsday. reporting live from singapore, i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines.. a humanitarian crisis with an exodus of desperate haitians. the us special envoy for haiti resigns in protest at his government's deportation policy, calling it inhumane and counter—productive. the german election campaign enters its final days as the frontrunners to succeed angela merkel hold their last televised debate. we'll bring you highlights from that debate. 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,
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so we want that and we want our privileges back. and we continue our series looking at 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 seven in the morning in singapore and seven in the evening in haiti, which is in crisis after a summer which has seen the assassination of its 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
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of deportation inhumane and counterproductive, warning that the number of migrants to the us will only grow as the us adds to haiti's terrible misery. will grant reports 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.
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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.
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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's 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, 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.
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will grant, bbc news, mexicali. fransiscka lucien 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. she told me what she believes is wrong with the current policy. the main concerns that we highlight is the fact that title 42 explosions themselves really deny migrants and their right to seek asylum. i think while we see the images along the border, we need to put into context the numbers of those individuals. patient migrants, according to data, account for less than 2% of encounters on the southern border over the past 12 months. yet this group has been targeted for what's
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reported to have the potential to become the fastest and largest expulsion of migrants in recent decades. these expulsions, undertitle in recent decades. these expulsions, under title 42, which has been misconstrued, denies write migrants their access to submit an asylum claim. ~ �* ., ., claim. we're looking at some of the horrific— claim. we're looking at some of the horrific images _ claim. we're looking at some of the horrific images of— claim. we're looking at some of the horrific images of what's - the horrific images of what's been happening over the last couple of dates, but the white house is now saying forces will no longer be used in that area to corral migrants. do you think that goes far enough? h0. think that goes far enough? no, that's not a _ think that goes far enough? iirr, that's not a sufficient step. really, what would be an appropriate response is to hold 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 in an effort to deter immigration from haiti,
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the us created detention facilities, whether it was in the 1990s, with the deportation of migrants directly to guantanamo bay, or in 2016 with the metering policy, which we are seeing the outcome of that denial of immigrants to be able to easily submit asylum claims. but at the same time, it is a massive challenge for the biden administration, managing the scale of this crisis. thousands of people at the border, and all of this takes time and money. what recommendations do you have to try and solve this? i think as a first step, we're all calling for immigration needs to be met with respect for human dignity and the rights of individuals seeking asylum, and that includes the halt of title 42 deportations. additionally, 56 members of congress outlined recommendations in the letter to the recommend vow
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administration. to indefinitely hold deportations to haiti, especially in consideration of the political and humanitarian conditions that prompted the administration itself to revaccinate haiti for protected test status —— redesignate haiti. and also extending tps. that was francisco lucian. and you can get plenty more on this story on our website, including an article looking at how some of the shocking images on the us border are drawing dark comparisons to us slavery and the country's historical mistreatment of black people. just head to or download the bbc news app. seven of the main candidates in germany's general election have held a final
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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 0laf scholz, the centreleft social democrat to replace angela merkel. when asked about the new aukus security pact between the uk, australia and the us, mr scholz said germany should work together with france to create a stronger europe. "i can understand the irritation that france felt about how the defence pact was worked out," he said.
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his conservative rival, armin laschet, who is lagging behind slightly in the polls, said that europe needed to act independently and cited the american withdrawal from afghanistan. "we need common european defence projects for when the us pulls back," he said. this election campaign 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, though, 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 modern germany has ever known. damien mcguinness,
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bbc news, berlin. it's the turn of australia, india, and japan to meet with us presidentjoe biden in washington on friday when he hosts the first in—person meeting of the quadrilateral security dialogue, or quad. this network came together in may 2007 and formed an alliance to share information on intelligence and defence. what's never formally on the agenda, but certainly dominates the discussion and thinking, is china. joining us from beijing for some analysis on all this is tom rafferty, regional director, asia at the economist intelligence unit. wait to have you on the programme. this meeting is really about the one country who isn't in the room, china. yeah, china is the elephant in the room. never referred to in
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statements, but in terms of what the driving cooperations between these countries. concerns about china are very much prominent to the members. australia and the united states both have long—standing diplomatic disputes. i think all four members are motivated by concerns about china, but that's not to say there aren't other aspects. can see these are keen to give the impression they're working together. h0??? they're working together. how do ou they're working together. how do you think — they're working together. how do you think china _ they're working together. how do you think china views the quad and the closeness of these countries to the united states? i think with concern that we've seen with the dynamics
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following the aukus partnership as well. china has described quad as nato, so it's no surprise other countries are banding together. forming alliances that may affect its strategic planning and ability to project power. china may be asking itself questions about countries feel the need to do it is. i think it's also considering how it can respond effectively to it. doesn't need to develop closer security partnerships with some of its partnerships with some of its partners and friends. i think china is right about this. more organised in terms of managing china's rides in the region. what can the quad affectively do? what is on the agenda in terms of trying to counter
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china's influences? it’s terms of trying to counter china's influences? it's quite a focus on — china's influences? it's quite a focus on defence _ china's influences? it's quite a focus on defence issues, i china's influences? it's quite l a focus on defence issues, and that will be an ongoing focus in relation to china. so, it's supporting and cooperating on military exercises. it's going to be an important process. the quad is keen to show... that's why you see the agenda of emerging around trade, health and so on. it wants to show the response, the quad can provide public goods. it's still a long way to go before it is capable of doing that, and when you look at china's response and how they are pushing forward, it's a tough game and china has advantages there. tam
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it's a tough game and china has advantages there. tom rafferty, thank ou advantages there. tom rafferty, thank you for _ advantages there. tom rafferty, thank you forjoining _ advantages there. tom rafferty, thank you forjoining us - advantages there. tom rafferty, thank you forjoining us on - thank you forjoining us on newsday. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme... the latest in out series looking what life is like at 50 degrees celsius, a temperature already reached this year in parts of australia. 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
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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... a humanitarian crisis with an exodus of desperate haitians. the us special envoy for haiti resigns in protest at his government's deportation policy, calling it inhumane and counter—productive. the german election campaign enters its final days as the frontrunners to succeed angela merkel hold a final televised debate.
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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 sharif, things are starting to get too much. i want to send a message to singapore government. we long time in dormitory, so many people are
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mentally anguished. so, we need to release... we need to allow to go out. please. and with 80% of the public and 90% of workers now vaccinated, experts say that the confinement policy isn't protecting anyone. after 18 months, it's very clear that the mental health challenges, the social isolation are all really bubbling up. speaking as a public health professional, i would say that the covid—19 concerns are massively overblown. we can strike a better balance. recently, a handful were allowed out. they were given four hours near a hindu temple as part of a pilot scheme. feel free to share your i thoughts on this location. the government invited us to meet one of them. the authorities call
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the outing a milestone. the conditions are different. most of the workers live in common conditions, and that's why the measures put in place have to take into cognizance of that. 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. tasrif shares a room with 18 others. we deserve something better as a human being, so we want that and we want our privileges back. the government 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.
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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. let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines. there are reports former catalan president and current member of the european parliament, carles puigdemont, has been arrested in italy. mr puigdemont�*s lawyer says he was detained on his arrival on the island of sardinia. he has been in exile in belgium since spain issued an international arrest warrant for him. the european commission has announced plans to ensure that chargers are made compatible with all portable electronic devices. it said a universal charger for all mobile phones, tablets and headphones would cut waste and avoid duplication. it's believed the change would affect consumers around the world. apple, which doesn't use the eu's specified format, said the measure
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would stifle innovation. a us centers for disease control advisory panel has recommended a booster shot of the pfizer/biontech vaccine for americans aged 65 and older and some adults with underlying medical conditions that put them at risk of severe disease. but the panel declined to recommend boosters for adults ages 18 to 64 who live or work for adults aged 18 to 64 who live or work in institutions with high risk of contracting covid. 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. beijing has said it could invade taiwan if it ever declares itself an independent nation. the british ministry of defence has paid out nearly a million dollars in compensation for civilian deaths in afghanistan.
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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. in the latest edition of our global warming 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 bushfires. 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
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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. herfamily 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
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has changed, especially over the last 50—70 years. we're still in the middle - of this 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 herfamily 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
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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. but 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. let's bring you some live pictures now from spain's canary islands, where lava is still advancing from cumbre vieja volcano on la palma. about 6,000 people have been evacuated since the volacno started erupting on sunday.
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that's it from us at newsday. 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. three degrees 23 degrees the top temperature in the midlands, compared withjust midlands, compared with just ten midlands, compared withjust ten in shetland. that cold air already clearing away and you can see the orange colours flooding across the map as we head to the next for few days. that means a lot in class. low pressure to the north, high pressure to the south, quite a strong win and one that will deliver a lot of
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cloud. that cloud thick enough to give some spots of rain, some mist and hill fog here and there. but with some shelter with the westerly wind, the cloud should break to give some sunshine at times. 20 or 21 degrees. across parts of wales and england, some real warmth, especially in the sunnier places. through friday night, we will keep that warm and humid air in place. we will also see a lot of cloud. more �*s persistent rain into the far north, and a very mild start to saturday for most of us. we can expect a lot of cloud in the forecast, a lot of dry weather, too. the high actually building too. the high actually building to the east of us. low pressure trying to push and from the west. a lot of dry weather around, but extensive cloud cover. some sunny spells across northern scotland, but may be into northern england but it's
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of southerly breeze so was still feeling quite warm. that southerly breeze will think that as we move through saturday, particularly into sunday, as this system squashes in from the west. the wind will start to break the cloud up a bit more, so we see more sunshine on sunday, one or two showers potentially. some heavy rain late in the day, 17—22 degrees, and it does turn cooler during next week.
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