welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore. i'm karishma vaswani. this is bbc news. the headlines: and in germany. a tech result in the general election, but the centre left spd are marginally had. translation: i am happy with the boats in _ translation: i am happy with the boats in this _ translation: i am happy with the boats in this country. - translation: i am happy with the boats in this country. dave | the boats in this country. dave decided the — the boats in this country. dave decided the social— the boats in this country. dave decided the social democrats. decided the social democrats for... in the uk, there are
shortages of fuel. there is a large number, more than half, which have already run dry, and those others are running dry quite quickly. albania opens its doors to the sling afghanistan. we talked to the man who has agreed to stay on as man mark's ambassador to the un. -- on as man mark's ambassador to the un. —— me and myanmar�*s. and a church in la palma collapses after being engulfed in a river of lava as the spanish island's volcano continues its disruption. live from our studio in singapore, this is bbc news. it's newsday. it is 7am in singapore and 1am in germany, where exit polls suggest the tightest of races in the general election, with little separating the two main parties in the race to succeed
angela merkel. but according to the latest projections, her party, the cdu, now that by armin laschet, appears to be trailing olaf scholz�*s center left spd. let's take a look at the latest book projections. they have the centre—right conservative cdu on 24.2%, the centre left spd with 26% of the votes, the greens on 14.3%, the pro—business liberal free marketeers winning ii.5% pro—business liberal free marketeers winning 11.5% of the votes and the far right afd on 10.6% and the far left on 5%. in terms of seats in the german parliament's lower chamber, pa rliament�*s lower chamber, that would parliament's lower chamber, that would put the stp with the largest party, but usually needing support from two other parties in order to secure a majority. ros atkins is following all the latest development for us from berlin. such a tight race, korea,
really we are now looking into probably days and weeks if not months of really tough negotiations. it is perhaps no surprise we have ended up here. the campaign has been a roller—coaster of a ride. we have seen three parties leading the polls different stages. originally the cdu, angela merkel pozner party, then the greens for a moment, then they fell back and he social democrats, the centralist party, led the polls and they have led the going into election day. at the moment some productions have them with a small lead, some exit polls have them tied with the cdu cub but we shovel at the size this is not about who comes first, this is about who can get to 50% in parliament. none of the parties are going to be do that on their own. the probably one of them to do it in ten with one of the party. we probably would be looking at a three way coalition —— they are probably not going to be able to do it with one of the party. these parties had different policies, they are notjust go to suddenly roll over and go along
with the biggest party, they're going to demand things in return, and those negotiations are now beginning in earnest. let's catch up, though, on a evening of political drama with the help of the bbc�*s europe editor, katya alder. excitement ricocheted around the headquarters of germany's social democrats tonight, dismissed as political has—beens, not long ago, the smell of election victory, even if a narrow one, now hung in the air. results, though, still need to be confirmed. there he is, the man the social democrats hope will be germany's next chancellor, but this has been a very tight election, and the make—up of germany's next government is farfrom certain, despite the noise. translation: it is certainly going to be a long night, - but it's also certain that many german citizens voted social democrats. because they want a change in government and because they want their next chancellor
to be called olaf scholz. confusingly perhaps, but because the vote is so tight, at a different party headquarters, the conservative candidate backed by angela merkel also claimed his right to try to form a government. although his party is looking at its worst election results since i91i9. translation: we had 16 years in germany with angela merkel| as chancellor, and this is why we will try everything to form a government under the leadership of the cdu union. it appears voters weren't bowled over by any single party. people we spoke to at polling stations earlier seemed pulled in very different directions. the cdu has been in power for the past 16 years, and a lot of the challenges were not really addressed. i voted for change, but not dramatic change. the climate crisis is the most
pressing issue we have - to deal with urgently. the environment was a big election issue. germany's green party didn't perform as strongly as it had hoped, but it's tipped to play a key role in the next german government. so, what now? well, it's all about coalition building. a race between germany's two main parties to woo others to form a parliamentary majority. only then will we know who germany's next chancellor will be, until then, angela merkel isn't going anywhere. katya adler, bbc news, berlin. as we saw in katya's report there, still some time before we get to a proper coalition government, but in the meantime questions about what this means
for angela merkel�*s legacy. what is your sense? angela merkel�*s legacy is a complicated one. in some ways, her leadership has transcended specific policies. she has brought a style of leadership which has seen some germans almost outsource politics to her, they have trusted her so much to lead germany, they maybe have disengaged slightly with one policy or another. at the moment, we are seeing a transition away from that style of politics, into something perhaps a bit more familiar to lots of european countries. as for her legacy, it is not ideal if you finish 16 years as chancellor and your party records the worst result in a german election in many, many years. however, i think that when people look at this particular result, they are not necessarily going to connect it directly to the pros and cons of angela merkel�*s leadership, they are going to say, let's look at german politics now, let's look at armin
laschet, the current candidate of the cdu. we should not connect to the current projections with angela merkel�*s legacy. current projections with angela merkel's legacy.— current projections with angela merkel's legacy. ross atkins in berlin. merkel's legacy. ross atkins in berlin- for _ merkel's legacy. ross atkins in berlin. for the _ merkel's legacy. ross atkins in berlin. for the latest _ berlin. for the latest projections, go to our website. once the election stops, the negotiations for coalition begin in earnest. you go to our website. let's take a look at some of the other stories in the headlines today. voters in switzerland have given a resounding yes to a proposal to allow same—sex marriage. 64% voted for the change will give these couples the same rights as married women and men. they... both men had previously declared their innocence. the claims from beijing were based on canada's
imprisonment of the hallway executive. the taliban have banned hairdressers in helmand province from shaving beards. they say it violates islamic law. anyone violating the rule will be punished. some barbers in the capital kabul have said they also received similar orders. it has been more than a month since the tele— menses control of taliban on the afghanistan and the un warned of a surge of refugees in the coming months. the uk is due to take 5,000 afghans this year, many other european countries have not set a target, but albania, one of europe's poorest nations, has agreed to house temporarily up to 4,000 afghans. the country has a history of welcoming refugees, taking more than half a million kosovans during
the 1990s, and now its leader has criticised europe's approach, as our international correspondent orla guerin reports. i've never seen the ocean. albania is a very beautiful country. we are in a very beautiful place, but afghanistan i love more than myself. this woman has found a safe harbour, but far from her homeland. the tv anchor had good reason to flee. she was in the spotlight after this interview. a stony—faced taliban official being questioned by a woman two days after the fall of kabul. my hands were shaking, really scared, because this is my first time with a person from the taliban. i hope one day the taliban know
this last generation, they are like a diamond, they shine, they want to work for afghanistan. they want afghanistan to become more powerful. my message to the taliban is you took afghanistan, but you lost a powerful generation. another loss for afghanistan, another family displaced. back in kabul, abdul hakim was a painter. blast walls were his canvas. he and fellow artists transforming that landscape of war and stirring social change. he told us when the taliban came, they erased all of their murals and plunged afghanistan into darkness. he says it broke his heart. for the evacuees, a surreal
shift from the chaos of kabul to a manicured resort. they are guests in a foreign country and a foreign culture. there is a glimmer of where most hope to go. us humanitarian groups are covering their costs. they arranged to get the afghans to albania, a staunch us ally. this albanian holiday maker from neighbouring kosovo sees a reflection of himself. 20 years ago, he was running from war. as an albanian from kosovo, i feel for them because, you know, we've been there where we have to flee our homes. being away from your home and from your loved ones is very hard.
i was a little boy during that time, and when i see little kids running here, i really feel for them. albania has stepped in where some others did not. prime minister, it is good to see you. i asked the prime minister if he thought more powerful nations let the afghans down. i can say, and i think it's safe to say that since that big refugee crisis back some years ago we did not recover, didn't recover morally, did not recover strategically, and europe still suffers the politics of refusing to open the doors. an open door means she can continue her education, something the taliban would deny her.
for now, many lives here are in suspended animation and many worry for loved ones back home with no way out and nowhere to go. orla guerin, bbc news, albania. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme, panic buying at petrol pumps in the uk forces ministers to consider deploying the army to deliver fuel.
social democrats have surged ahead of the cdu. the army could beat... in many parts of the uk. over half of britain's fuel stations are thought to have run dry. after days of cues. katie austen has more. this is one of the forecourts which were forced to close today, the result of motorists panic buying fuel. a mental health nurse told us she struggled to get to work. because of panic buying, there was nothing left. i live 14 miles away from work. work then had to call me a taxi to bring me in, which is costing the nhs money. a group which speaks for more than 5,000 independent fuel retailers said the impact had been severe. there is a large number — more than half — which have already run dry, and those others are running dry quite quickly. the first limited supply issues were down to a lack of tanker drivers, that's highlighted a wider lorry driver shortage —
a long—standing problem that's got worse. the government has today announced new measures aimed at tackling that, including 5,000 visas lasting only until christmas eve. we would have liked to have seen it four months, but, you know, we will take what we can, but it's not enough, and it's too little too late, basically. other sectors too have struggled to fill their work force, including turkey and chicken producers, 5,500 visas for poultry workers are also being introduced. the damage has already been done for the bigger processors because they haven't got the turkeys on the farm, there are half a million less. for the smaller guys, for those thousand smaller farmers throughout the country that produce for the local butcher and stuff, it is useful for them. but how easy is it to get those visas? supermarkets say they need 15,000 lorry drivers to avoid christmas disruption. the labour leader today insisted the visa numbers were far too small, arguing action should have been taken earlier to tackle labor shortages across the economy.
it's a short—term response, in the long term, we need conditions to be improved, we need training, of course, but the government has known that for years, and we have got a situation now where we have got an absolute crisis in this country through a lack of planning on behalf of the government. the transport secretary though said it was for industry to work out permanent solutions. we don't want to be relying on overseas labour in the longer run, which is why this is limited until christmas, because we have got to sort out these long—term problems with our hgv sector, which has been around for years. other countries are also experiencing lorry driver shortages. it's unclear how many will come to the uk. for businesses, the focus is now on keeping on supplies going for the crucial christmas period. katy austin, bbc news.
inafew in a few days' time, japan will have a new prime minister. as for candidates vie to take over the leadership of the liberal democratic party. the prime minister will step down on thursday after a year on the post, after public anger over the delayed olympic games and coronavirus, which your member took place this summer. i've been speaking to the professor jeff kingston in tokyo.- jeff kingston in tokyo. there are four candidates - jeff kingston in tokyo. there are four candidates and - jeff kingston in tokyo. there are four candidates and two l jeff kingston in tokyo. there l are four candidates and two of them are women. the leader right now is mister kono, a former defence minister, foreign defence minister, he's young dynamic. probably second place in the first round is someone who also has extensive cabinet experience, but is not particularly personable. then you have the third runner who's backed by former prime minister
shinzo abe. she's an ideological soulmate and, for a lot of ldp members, that makes her a bit of a liability. then you have the last one to join the race, a lot of people believe she was added basically to siphon away votes from mister kono, who has a number of enemies amongst the power brokers in the ruling ldp. jeff, how different do you think any successor will be from the way the former prime minister, as of this week, governed?— minister, as of this week, governed? well, he wasn't particularly _ governed? well, he wasn't particularly capable - governed? well, he wasn't particularly capable and . governed? well, he wasn't particularly capable and hej particularly capable and he wasn't very good communicator, very defensive. so he went out of office very unpopular, that's why he stepped down, he was seen democrats seem to be a liability for the upcoming national diet elections i have
held by the end of november. kono is seen as more dynamic, he has quite a social media presence, he's much more likely to appeal to the floating unaffiliated voters injapan, so there is concern amongst the ldp members that they'll lose seats, no matter who leads, but if kono is in the leadership, probably they'll do better than if any of the other candidates do. right now we are listening to their policy promises, kono has stirred some controversy with his support for boosting renewables and phasing out nuclear energy, and also pension reform. so it'll be interesting to see how it plays out. and whether the backroom bosses will call this second round and pull the other into the front. jeff round and pull the other into the front-— the front. jeff kingston the 're the front. jeff kingston they're speaking -
the front. jeff kingston they're speaking to - the front. jeff kingston they're speaking to me the front. jeff kingston - they're speaking to me earlier. meanwhile, myanmar�*s ambassador to the un has accepted a deal to the un has accepted a deal to keep his post. the military who took power in a coup in the country in february doesn't recognise him and demands he be replaced with their candidate. under an agreement between russia, china and the us, he will remain in the seat for the moment — so long as he doesn't speak on the last day of the general assembly. speak on the last day of the generalassembly. he speak on the last day of the general assembly. he told rebecca hench gave why he accepted the deal,.- rebecca hench gave why he accepted the deal,. what we see is that this _ accepted the deal,. what we see is that this the _ accepted the deal,. what we see is that this the most _ accepted the deal,. what we see is that this the most important i is that this the most important for the country and the people to communicate to the international community. i'm still representing the country and the people of myanmar, so if you look at the voices coming from the people inside the country and outside the country, how they see their
military and if they see me as a permanent representative of myanmar. a permanent representative of myanmar-— a permanent representative of m anmar. , ,., myanmar. many pro-democracy supporters— myanmar. many pro-democracy supporters we've _ myanmar. many pro-democracy supporters we've been - myanmar. many pro-democracyj supporters we've been speaking to feel frustrated at the lack of action. do you share their frustration and view that the world has effectively abandoned myanmar? . world has effectively abandoned m anmar? ., myanmar? . so, i do share their frustrations, _ myanmar? . so, i do share their frustrations, i— myanmar? . so, i do share their frustrations, i also _ myanmar? . so, i do share their frustrations, i also like - myanmar? . so, i do share their frustrations, i also like to - frustrations, i also like to appeal to the country. 's — like—minded countries to come out in a coordinated, targeted strong sanctions against the military. we need to get the order to the military. ﬁnd military. we need to get the order to the military. and one ofthe order to the military. and one of the ways — order to the military. and one of the ways of _ order to the military. and one of the ways of the _ order to the military. and one of the ways of the national - of the ways of the national unity government is now looking at to and the military�*s rule post of the coup is a violent uprising, they've declared a
war against the military. does that make your life more difficult, that now this is a conflict between two sites both using violence to get their aims. ? , ., , using violence to get their aims. ? , . aims. ? the people conducted eaceful aims. ? the people conducted peaceful protests _ aims. ? the people conducted peaceful protests against - aims. ? the people conducted peaceful protests against the l peaceful protests against the military. many people died, more than 1,000 people died. thousands upon thousands of people have been arrested and tortured, sometimes tortured to death. how do you look at how police put ourselves in the shoes of the parents of those victims. 50 shoes of the parents of those victims. , ., ~ ., victims. so you think that violence _ victims. so you think that violence is _ victims. so you think that violence is justified - victims. so you think that violence isjustified under violence is justified under these circumstances. ? violence isjustified under these circumstances. ? this is a fi . ht these circumstances. ? this is a fight between _ these circumstances. ? this is a fight between a _ these circumstances. ? this is a fight between a group - these circumstances. ? this is a fight between a group of - a fight between a group of people who have weapons against
the people who don't have anything. in the casualties will be on the people. we don't want to lose even a single life, so we need help from the international community to save the lives of people in myanmar. before he and the programme, i want to leave you with pictures from la palma, where a volcanic eruption has been causing widespread destruction. in the last few hours, the lava flow engulfed the village, destroying the church, its belltower crumbling under the flow. it had narrowly escaped earlier in the week when lava stopped just short of its doors. there were no casualties. officials in the spanish canary islands say the volcano has entered a new explosive phase. certainly one of those particularly difficult powerful forces of nature that we are seeing. that's it for
newsday, thanks so much for joining us on the programme. hello. last week we had the equinox, the astronomical start to autumn. this week, the weather is catching up. last week and through the weekend we saw above average temperatures. but this week, back to average figures and it's going to be looking a lot more unsettled. through the weekend we sat in a southerly air stream, warm air being pulled up from the continent literally overnight though into monday, we flip round to an atlantic air stream and a westerly or north—westerly breeze and a very different feel and look to proceedings. monday will start wet across the eastern side of the uk. the rain pulling away into the north sea by around midday leaves many long spells of sunshine to get through the afternoon, but the westerly breeze will add to that cooler feel. sunday we saw temperatures
in the low 20s across northern scotland and we are lucky to get the low teens in some areas on monday afternoon. the westerly breeze continues to feed showers into western exposures overnight monday, on into the early hours of tuesday. some of them getting driven quite a way eastwards, particularly across central scotland. a cooler night as well, nothing especially chilly temperatures typically in single figures. and then for tuesday, low—pressure to the north of the uk swinging through bands rain and showers. a blustery day, i think the heaviest of the rain not getting into eastern england until perhaps after dark but some pretty wet weather to contend with across the south—west, wales and northern england. northern ireland and western scotland, a mixture of sunshine showers. temperatures, mid teens typically across the uk. so nothing like the figures we have seen in recent days. more wet weather to come across the eastern side of the uk into tuesday night and then by wednesday, things just slow down briefly
and it looks like we will see a little ridge of high pressure. some shower still getting in on the north—westerly breeze to the likes of western scotland. but actually, quite a lot of sunshine around on wednesday. but despite that, the coolest day i think of the week ahead, highs ofjust14—15 degrees. then for the end of the week, the ridge gives up the ghost and the low pressure is back running the show. plentiful showers and strong, blustery winds.
welcome to hardtalk, i'm stephen sackur. many of us have an inclination to categorise artists. it's an easy, maybe a lazy way of signalling where we think they fit in the creative universe. but my guest today defies labels. nitin sawhney�*s creative output is dizzying. he's a musician brought up in an indian family in britain who refuses different musical traditions. —— in britain who fuses different musical traditions. and on top of that, he writes film scores, djs, promotes various cultural initiatives — oh, and he was a successful comedian, too. so what are the common threads in this prolific creativity?