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welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore, i'm mariko oi. the headlines. president biden urges democrats to press ahead with his agenda after the party suffers a shock defeat in the state of virginia. people want to get things done. they want us to get things done. and that's why i'm to push very hard for the democratic party to move along and pass my infrastructure bill and my build back better bill. global financial institutions — controlling trillions of dollars of assets — sign up to help meet climate goals. one of england's top cricket clubs is at the center of a race controversy, as former player azeem rafiq
receives an apology over racist bullying. australian police release footage of the moment a girl was rescued from a house — more than two weeks after vanishing from a campsite. it's 8am in singapore and 8pm in washington where president biden has admitted people are "upset and uncertain about a lot of things". it follows a surprise defeat for his democratic party in the race for governor of virginia. in another strongly democratic state — newjersey — the sitting governor only narrowly won re—election.
the shock results have boosted republican hopes of winning back control of congress in the mid term elections next year. key parts of mr biden�*s agenda are being held up by lawmakers —— and the president says he's determined to push them through. no governor in virginia has ever won when he or she is of the same party as the sitting president. what i do know is, i do know that people want us to get things done. they want us to get things done. and that's why i'm continuing to push very hard for the democratic party to move along and pass my infrastructure bill and my build back better bill. political commentator and democratic strategist, ameshia cross, explained what went wrong for the party in virginia. it appears that the democrats lost several different demographics of votes, the diverse voter turnout was not what it was in 2020 which is not necessarily surprising, this is an off election year.
large numbers of voters always come out in presidential terms more than they do in election years where a president is not at the top of the ticket. the bigger issue was that the suburban white women that flipped against donald trump in 2020 voted heavily for youngkin in 2021. the appeals to white suburban women around education, and the lies about critical race theory, weaponising race and talking in terms of culture wars and really trying to elevate and escalate the issues around covid and the many stressors that particular demographics felt having their kids at home and trying to balance that and jobs at the same time. kitchen table issues like the rising inflation of what that cost means of the gas pump, what that means in grocery stores. those types of conversations were not necessarily had as elevated by democrats in the same way that it was by youngkin on the conservative side. one of the bigger issues that
democrats had was nationalising a race that was hyper local. they were fighting against the ghost of donald trump who was nowhere to be found on the ballot and isn't even on twitter these days. i think that it really hurt them. should the democrats be worried about the midterms? they should be but not as much because of what happened in virginia yesterday. i think that because historically speaking when you have one party that holds the presidency, the house and the senate when the midterms comes around the pendulum typically always swings to the next party, that's something that's been happening in american politics for a long time. when it comes to the midterms there has got to be a real push from democrats to get out that diverse voter based, the voter base that came out in 2020. it's going to be a hard thing to do because you also have to remember that the winds were in the sails of the democrats because donald trump
was an extremely unpopular president, but in addition to that we had the backdrop of the george floyd protest that got activists very vigilant and very activated and motivated to bring people out to vote. we now know that the george floyd justice and policing act did not pass. voting rights bills, restrictive voting bills have been passed across the country by republicans who want to keep minority voters away from the ballot, we know that we still have not seen and for such a bill make it across and signed into law. we still have not seen the more robust social infrastructure bill, the build back better package signed into law. a lot of things that budget went across country talking about specific to minority voters that they do not feel like they have seen from this administration yet. and we think that unless the ball gets rolling on those things it could be really hard for democrats in the midterms. for more on the significance of these elections and what it means for president biden and the democratic party just go to our website where you can find a piece
by anthony zurcher on the key takeaways for both sides of us politics. that's all on the bbc website. let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines. ethiopia's prime minister, abee ahmed, has pledged to bury what he called �*the enemy�* with the "blood and bones of his forces". his address marked the first anniversary of the war in tigray. facebook has removed a post from mr abiy calling on civilians to take up arms against the tigrayans. children aged five to 11 in the us have started receiving their first coronavirus vaccines. the firstjabs were given after the centers for disease control gave its final approval on tuesday night to the pfizer jab for younger children. about 28 million american children are now eligible. but polling suggests only about one third of parents are eager to get them vaccinated right away.
talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal between iran and six other nations are due to restart later this month. teheran�*s chief negotiator says his government has agreed to a conference in vienna, five months after the last round. the american music star, britney spears has blamed her mother for the conservatorship that was imposed on her 13 years ago. in a now deleted instagram post, ms spears said her mother had given herfather the idea, adding that he wasn't smart enough to think of it himself. still to come a bit later in the programme: a racism row at one of england's top cricket clubs. but first. carbon emissions across the world are expected to rebound this year to levels last seen before the coronavirus pandemic. the findings, published in the global carbon budget
by a team of climate scientists, show that carbon dioxide releases into the atmosphere will rise by almost the same amount that they decreased in 2020, when many countries went into lockdown. the findings challenge efforts to limit global warming to 1.5 celsius — the tipping point for dangerous climate change. researchers say that if present trends continue, we could exceed that limit in 11 years unless ambitious goals to cut emissions are achieved. at the cop summit, banks and investors have been making pledges towards fighting climate change. $130 trillion has been set aside to finance the measures — but there's criticism that they don't go far enough, and fast enough to prevent the world reaching that tipping point of extreme climate change. here's our economics editor, faisal islam. extinction... rebellion! outside the climate summit on glasgow's streets,
some protesters distinctly unimpressed with the role of banks at the cop talks. inside, the world's finance ministers are promising to change the entire system in response to a ticking environmental clock. alarm clock rings. good morning, and welcome to cop26 finance day... the main result — the world's banks, pension funds and insurers promising to invest and lend in a way consistent with net—zero by 2050. that's £95 trillion of funds, or two fifths of the whole of globalfinance. so bankers and traders in suits are today's equivalents of the famous eco—warriors of three decades ago, says the summit�*s president. you, my friends, are the new swampys, so be proud. can it really be the case that the bankers and financiers
can save the world from climate change? that's the hope underlying these incredible numbers, that the lending decisions to businesses large and small will transform entire sectors, from energy to transport, from food to retail. and for politicians, this is a lot more palatable than telling consumers, voters, that their behaviour has to change. one british bank chief from the institution that funded north sea oil and gas told the bbc that tough conversations in these sectors where carbon emissions were difficult to limit were already happening. we're very clear that we are ending funding of harmful activity, and we will only work with people with a credible transition plan aligned with paris. the announcements made this morning will discourage finance going to new coal mines or oilfields, for example, but they won't absolutely prevent such flows. rich nations have also delayed long—promised funds for poorer countries to help with climate change. the international energy agency has come out and said that to get to 1.5, we need to cease all new fossil—fuel financing.
these commitments today don't add up to that, so we need to see further ambition on moving our investments away from brown into green. why are you giving tax breaks to fossil—fuel companies? green campaigners were crying foul directly to the chancellor on the site of the negotiations. he acclaimed the uk at the centre of a tidal wave of global green banking — the hope that the carrot of cheap finance, rather than the stick of tough regulations, is the answer for the world. faisal islam, bbc news. as sea levels rise and volatile weather becomes increasingly common, we're also seeing a rise in climate change migration. the issue is not on the agenda at cop26 — cutting emissions is the main topic on the agenda there but with 31 million people displaced last year in internal migrations linked to climate change — some are warning that if we don't see decisive action taken on climate change, this will only grow in scale.
professorjane mcadam from the university of new south wales in sydney, is an expert on the legal aspects of climate migration. where are they displaced from and where did they go? this is something that is happening around the world now, there's really no part of the globe that is untouched. in the asia—pacific region in the last decade or so we have seen about 80% of displacement linked to disasters and the impacts of climate change. as i said it really does not matter when, people are already are on the move. in most places they're already moving in their own countries, not across international borders but we don't have great ways of who is crossing the border or counting
the because these are things that enable people to move on that enable people to move on that basis, these disasters were that captures that kind of motivation. were that captures that kind of motivation-— motivation. who is currently resmnsible _ motivation. who is currently responsible to _ motivation. who is currently responsible to look - motivation. who is currently responsible to look after - motivation. who is currently i responsible to look after those displaced people and pay for them? in displaced people and pay for them? , ., , ., , displaced people and pay for them? , ., , .,, ., them? in terms of people moving between their _ them? in terms of people moving between their own _ them? in terms of people moving between their own countries - between their own countries which as i said at this point constitutes the vast majority combat national governments of course have come in legal terms, that primary responsibility. that's not to say the rest of the world has no responsible and of course that's where it's a question of all nations coming together and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. at the same time if people do cross over in international waters that's where the direct response from other countries needs to be engaged. is the principle that comes from refugee law and human rights law which is that governments cannot simply go
back to places where they face 7 back to places where they face ? people cannot commit to places with a face persecution or inhuman or degrading treatment. these sorts of things about may well mean that somebody should not be sent back into that situation. there's been a number of test cases brought in australia, new zealand, elsewhere in the world. one even went all the way to the un human rights committee and on the facts of that case which involved a gentleman from a pacific island country that did not want to be returned there come on the fact the human race council said that at this point in time his life is not a risk but looking ten, 15 years into the future who knows. they said as a legal principle governments will not be, either be violating international law to send people back to a place where they might be at risk, or the
curative conditions would be inhumane or degrading treatment.— inhumane or degrading treatment. ., . treatment. thank you so much forjoining _ treatment. thank you so much forjoining us. _ you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme... a first for china — as an elite tennis player accuses a retired communist party official of sexual assault. we hearfrom the bbc�*s china media analyst. the israeli prime minister yitzhak rabin, the architect of the middle east peace process has been assassinated. a 27—year—old jewish man has been arrested, and an extremistjewish organisation has claimed responsibility for the killing. at polling booths throughout the country, they voted on a historic day for australia. as the results came in, it was clear. the monarchy would survive. of the american hostages there was no sign, on a historic day for australia. as the results came in, it was clear. the monarchy would survive.
of the american hostages there was no sign, they are being held somewhere inside the compound, and student leaders are threatened, that should the americans attempt rescue, they will all die. this mission has surpassed all expectations. _ voyager one is now the most distant man—made object - anywhere in the universe, and itjust seems - to keep on going. tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm mariko oi in singapore. our headlines... president biden has urged democrats to press ahead with his agenda, after the party suffers a shock defeat in the state of virginia.
global financial institutions — controlling trillions of dollars of assets — have signed up to help meet climate goals, with the uk aiming to become the world's first net—zero financial centre. a top—ranked chinese tennis player has accused a retired communist party official of sexual assault — the first time an allegation of this kind has been leveled against the very top of china's leadership structure. pung shwai once dominated the tennis doubles world — winning wimbledon and the french open. she was also in an extramartial relationship with this man, jung gao—li, he was at the very top of china's ruling communist party. but in this lengthy post on the chinese social media site weibo, pung shwai says he forced her into unconsensual sex at his home. the post was immediately taken down. here's our china media
analyst kerry allen. there was a post yesterday that was made on pung shwai's weibo account, weibo being china's version of say facebook or twitter. and it was a long post, and in this post she claimed thatjung gao—li, who was a former vice premier, a very senior figure under president xijinping, had forced her into having relations. she said in this post as well that she has no evidence to back up these claims, but this post and now has seemingly been taken down or has been censored because it no longer exists. but there is evidence on weibo that this post racked up 100,000 views and thousands of comments, and there is evidence today i've seen on weibo that a very tight attempt to stop people from other circulating this news or talking about it. she almost kind of, i don't want to speculate on the post, but she does say that her memory of it is confused and... she doesn't...
a lot of people have perceived this as that she does not have a lot of hope in taking this any further, but nevertheless it has opened up a discussion in china where the metoo movement and where allegations of sexual assault are often either suppressed or they don't have much kind of legal success. so it has been a big talking point, and today you can see on weibo that if you try to search for pung shwai, heraccount, you can't access... well, you can access it but it results come up saying that this user can't be found. also you can only see, you can't see ordinary social media comments about her, you currently see those by verified government media. one of england's top cricket clubs, yorkshire, is at the centre of a bitter race controversy. a former player azeem rafiq, received an apology after an independent report found he had been the victim of racist harassment and bullying.
but no action has been taken against staff or players sparking widespread anger — and now sponsors have withdrawn their support. here's our sports editor dan roan. it's the most successful club in the history of county cricket, but yorkshire is now engulfed in a racism scandal centred on former player azeem rafiq. an independent panel found the spin bowler had been the victim of racial harassment and bullying while at the club. yorkshire apologised, but took no action against any member of staff, and political pressure has been intensifying. what we've read is deeply shocking and one of the most disturbing events in modern cricket history, in my view. i can think of very few reasons why the board of yorkshire cricket club should remain in place. after a leak of the investigation�*s findings, it emerged that a current yorkshire player repeatedly used a racially offensive term towards rafiq about his pakistani heritage, but the panel regarded it as friendly banter,
sparking an outcry. tonight, after mounting speculation, former england star gary ballance revealed he was the player concerned. in a statement the yorkshire batsman said... earlier, on a dramatic day, a host of yorkshire's sponsors ended their partnerships with the club, as the fall out continued. emerald publishing, which has the naming rights to headingley, yorkshire tea, local brewer tetleys and leisure club operator david lloyd all turning their back on the beleaguered county. it's over a year since rafiq alleged institutional racism. playing professional cricket for yorkshire should be the best time of your life.
unfortunately for me, it wasn't. now, with the ecb launching their own investigation, the crisis threatens to undermine the wider game's efforts to tackle discrimination in the sport. our sports editor dan roan, reporting. australian police have released pictures of the moment a 4 year old girl — was found alive and well — more than two weeks after she went missing. cleo smith disappeared from a tent she was sleeping in with herfamily, on a remote campsite in western australia. police found her, locked in a house in her home town. a 36—year—old man, is in custody, and being questioned by detectives. our sydney correspondent shaima khalil reports. hiya, my name's cameron — how are you? are you doing ok? we're going to take you to see your mummy and daddy, ok? this is the moment cleo smith was rescued, found in one of the rooms in a locked house,
not far from her family home in the western australian town of carnarvon. alive and well — the news her parents have waited more than two weeks for, and feared they wouldn't hear. one of the officers described the moment they found her as one of shock and elation. i wanted to be absolutely sure it was her, so i said, "what's your name? " and she didn't answer, and i said, "what's your name?" she didn't answer again, so i asked her a third time, and then she looked at me and she said, "my name's cleo." the four—year—old vanished from her family's tent while camping on the western australian coast. it sparked one of the biggest police operations in the area, with extensive air, land, and sea searches. a million—dollar reward was offered for information on her whereabouts. cleo's disappearance gripped australia. from day one, this story captured the nation's heart.
now that she's been rescued, so many people took to social media to express theirjoy and relief — including, of course, cleo's mother, ellie smith. she said, "ourfamily is whole again." australia's prime minister scott morrison said this was wonderful, relieving news. this is every parent's worst nightmare, and the fact that that nightmare has come to an end and our worst fears were not realised isjust a huge relief, and a moment for greatjoy. a 36—year—old man is in custody and is being questioned by detectives. more details have yet to emerge about how little cleo disappeared and the events that led to her rescue. but, for now, a family's ordeal is over, and a country's prayers have been answered. shaimaa khalil, bbc news, sydney. this year's booker prize winner for the best novel published in english
has been announced... it's the promise by damon galgut. cheering and applause. the promise by the south african author damon galgut explores recent south african history through the wish of a white woman to leave a house to her black maid. mr galgut said he was stunned to get the award. he had been shortlisted for the booker prize twice before for previous novels. winning the booker prize gains an author a place in one of modern literature's most prestigious clubs — past winners include margaret atwood, hilary mantel and kingsley amis. and before we go — diwali, the five—day festival of lights is currently being celebrated by millions of hindus, sikhs and jains across the world. thursday is the main day of celebrations. you won't have to look far to see houses, shops and public places decorated with small oil
lamps called diyas. hgppy happy diwali to all of you celebrating and thank you for watching newsday. hello. a chillier feel to the weather this thursday. yesterday we saw some decent sunshine early on in the day, and the cloud built up. today it's likely to be a similar scenario. but where we do have the sunshine, it will still feel cooler because of the wind, and because we've pulled in colder airfrom the north through the course of the night. a frost to start the day, all the way down from scotland into the welsh marshes. milder initially across eastern england, but here, a chance of some showers through the day, some coming in down the north sea coast, as well, and nagging northerly wind here. again, showers for pembrokeshire and cornwall. for the majority, though, it's shaping up to be a fine day with some sunny spells, temperatures at best 9—10
celsius and feeling cooler because of the breeze. but you'll notice through thursday evening and overnight more cloud coming into the north of the uk, it will bring a bit of rain, as well. this is a chilly warm front — the clue is of course in the name. it's ushering in warmer air behind it so by the end of thursday night, friday morning, it's actually much milder across scotland and northern ireland. and that milder air will then continue to tip its way south across the uk through friday around this big area of high pressure. so high pressure keeps things fine, it should also means the winds become lighter and, with the milder air moving in, it will just feel a little bit warmer on friday. a lot of fine weather, perhaps the sunshine not quite as widespread, but the temperatures lift up by 1—2 degrees. and it will remain fine into the evening if you have plans for bonfire night. aside from, i think some rain for northern and western scotland. and for the weekend, we are looking at milder air taking over from the atlantic.
perhaps not especially mild, but certainly warmer than the air will be sitting in for thursday. saturday, very windy across the uk, some rain for northern ireland and scotland to start the day. a bit brighter come the afternoon with some showers but temperatures, we're looking at 13—14 celsius with sunshine to the south. sunday, lighter winds. we're still in a relatively milder air. picking up a little bit of a northwesterly, though, across scotland, it could feel perhaps a shade cooler here, but i think the offset will be that it will be a drier and brighter day than saturday.
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