tv Newsday BBC News November 8, 2021 1:00am-1:30am GMT
welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore, i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines: iraq's prime minister appeals for calm after surviving a drone attack on his home in baghdad. the uk's prime minister is accused of "corrupt and contemptible behaviour" by the opposition labour party after he tried to protect a former cabinet minister who had broken lobbying rules. chinese president xijinping is expected to cement his authority and legacy at a key communist party gathering which opens this monday. an american welcome — the us will shortly reopen its borders to fully—vaccinated travellers from much of the world.
and we report on a diamond mining project in india which activists say will ruin the environment and displace thousands of people. live from our studio in singapore. this is bbc news. it's newsday. it's 9:00 in the morning in singapore, 1:00 in london and 4:00 in baghdad where the iraqi prime minister, mustafa al—kadhimi, has appealed for calm, after surviving a drone attack on his home in the high—security green zone of the city. the us president, joe biden, has instructed his national security team to help investigate. it's not yet known who carried out the attack, which came after violent clashes in baghdad between the security forces and supporters of pro—iranian political groups.
our middle east correspondent, anna foster, has this report. a strike at the heart of the iraqi government. two drones were shot down, but a third made contact, exploding at the prime minister's official residence. mr al—kadhimi escaped unharmed, but six of his personal bodyguards were injured. shortly after the attack, he appeared on national television to reassure the nation that he'd survived. translation: my house was the target _ of a cowardly attack. thanks to god, i and those who work with me are in good shape. your heroic security and army forces are working on protecting iraq and its stability. cowardly rockets and cowardly drones do not build countries or futures. less than a month ago, elections in iraq produced a record low turnout. now the country is struggling to build a ruling coalition.
many voters don't see any prospect of meaningful change, and there's been violent unrest over the results. the influence of iran is also making things tough. the shi'ite cleric, moqtada al—sadr, claimed victory in this election. he campaigns against foreign intervention in iraq, including from its neighbour. as his party gained votes, the pro—iranian fatr alliance lost them. some analysts believe that could be the reason for the attack. the problem for them is that al—sadr wants to do a majority government, basically this means they will not be part of the new government. this translates into a serious loss of privileges, the patronage system they have in place, and that is something that really worries them. no—one has yet claimed
responsibility for the attempt on the prime minister's life, but it has been roundly condemned by world leaders and by iran's foreign ministry. they are hoping this won't mark the start of a dangerous new escalation. anna foster, bbc news. meanwhile, china's president xi jinping is preparing to lead a key meeting of the ruling party's elite that will set the tone for his long—term ambitions. from monday to thursday, some 400 members of the communist pa rty�*s all—powerful central committee will be gathering in beijing behind closed doors. our china correspondent, stephen mcdonell reflects on the importance of this meeting. starting today, just up the road from where i'm sitting, hundreds of china's central committee, the elite of the communist party, will be meeting. they are gathering at
the great hall of the people and will be behind closed doors. now, we know very little about what's going to be discussed, and yet, it looks like it's going to be absolutely crucial in terms of shoring up xi jinping's control on power, his legacy and also, crucially, provide a justification for china's current leader to move into a historic third term at the party congress next year. i say we know very little about the meeting, for example, we don't have the exact wording of the main resolution, but what has been released is that they will be talking about the historical achievements of the party. as i say, this is all to be going on behind closed doors, and even at the end, we are only getting a few titbits released by the most loyal organs of the party, the most loyal
portions of the media, which are completely controlled by the party. so, we just have to rely on their interpretation of what happened. certainly, wouldn't you love to be a fly on the wall, though, down at the great hall of the people this week. stephen mcdonnell there in beijing. tune in to more coverage from him. from politics in china to uk politics — an emergency debate on standards is to take place in the uk house of commons on monday. it follows a row over the government seeking to change the rules governing mps conduct — as a conservative mp had been found in breach of them. the leader of the labour opposition, sir keir starmer, accused prime minister boris johnson of trashing the uk's reputation for democratic standards. a cabinet minister rejected that, calling the row a "storm in a teacup". here's our political correspondent chris mason. mps are forever aware how many people don't much like politicians.
it's why, for so many who spend their weeks here, this row over the government's behaviour gets right up their nose, because it leaves a whiff of this being a self—serving place. for the opposition parties, it's also a chance to take aim at the prime minister. instead of upholding standards, he orders his mps to protect his mate and rip up the whole system. now that is corrupt, it is contemptible and it's not a one—off. and what makes me most angry is the prime minister is trashing the reputation of our democracy and our country. at the heart of this is this man, the former cabinet minister owen paterson. he was found to have broken the rules by making the case to ministers and others on behalf of companies that were paying him. he was due to be thrown out of the commons for 30 days and potentially face a by—election until the government
ordered its mps to back at least a delay to that and a review of the system. then, under intense pressure, it changed its mind. any review would not be applicable to mr paterson. today, this cabinet minister said it wasn't about getting their colleague off the hook. the vote wasn't to reject they report that had been put together. the vote was to establish an appeals process so that mps in the sort of position that, yes, 0wen paterson was in, but others as well in future, would have a right of appeal. and i think that's right. it's still an important objective, to have due process here, to have a right of appeal, but obviously we could only take that forward with the agreement and cooperation of other parties. mps will return here tomorrow and spend around three hours debating parliamentary standards. there is real anger on all sides about what's happened. labour's chris bryant, who chairs the commons standards committee, still wants mps
to vote to condemn 0wen paterson's behaviour, even though mr paterson has now resigned. plenty feel there's something of a rebuilding job to be done here, for the government and parliament, to restore trust in how this place works. meanwhile, voting hasjust ended in nicaragua's presidential election. president daniel 0rtega is widely expected to maintain his grip on power after clamping down on his political opponents. seven of the leading opposition candidates were arrested in recent months under a treason law. mr 0rtega, a former guerrilla leader, has been in powerfor 14 consecutive years. well, foreign journalists are not being allowed in to observe the vote — so our correspondent will grant reports from neighbouring costa rica. i asked him when we can expect results and whether they will be respected. well, i think it will be a handful of hours before we have the full results because of
course there are other elections as well as the presidential one, too. there are members of parliament and there are governorships and so on, all under consideration as well. but i think we can safely say that daniel 0rtega will be announced as the next president, it isjust announced as the next president, it is just at what margin of victory, really. this has been an election that has been sullied from the very start. 0n the second ofjune he arrested one of the leading presidential candidates against him and then followed after that a whole a swathe more. seven presidential candidates in total. northern 35 critical voices and many more since. journalists have been forced from the country, it is a very, very difficult picture for nicaraguans to see the election being held in that kind of environment where there are no election observers. as you mentioned in the introduction, no foreignjournalists. an mentioned in the introduction, no foreign journalists. an yet, as you mentioned, the government is claiming that
this election is free and fair. what does this tell us or what does this forecast for the type of politics we will see in nicaragua going forward? well, in essence. _ nicaragua going forward? well, in essence, it _ nicaragua going forward? well, in essence, it will— nicaragua going forward? well, in essence, it will be _ nicaragua going forward? well, in essence, it will be more - nicaragua going forward? well, in essence, it will be more of. in essence, it will be more of the same. more of daniel 0rtega the same. more of daniel ortega and his very powerful and influential wife, the vice president rosa rella murillo. —— rosario murillo. his supporters say he has done great things for the country and kept the economy don't —— going through difficult times, that he does a great deal for the poor. but there are others, particularly those who turned out in protest here in neighbouring costa rica who say it is simply a dictatorship. but he has strengthened his stranglehold on all of the institutions of the state and will not give up the throne. will not give up the seat of power under any circumstances. will grant for us there, speaking to us a little
earlier. meanwhile, prosecutors in texas have filed lawsuits against the rappers travis scott and drake, after a stampede at the astroworld festival in houston led to the deaths of eight music fans. police have also opened a criminal investigation into the event on friday night. 0ur north america correspondent nomia iqbal reports. candles and flowers have been laid outside the festival venue, in tribute to those who died. more is now being heard about those who were killed in the crush. the youngest was 14. 0ther victims have been named. brianna rodriguez, just 16, was a keen dancer. friends are fundraising to pay for her funeral. franco patino, 21, and danish baig, 27, who died trying to save his fiancee. i just want to send out prayers to... to the ones that were lost last night. for the first time since the tragedy, travis scott addressed his fans.
appearing sombre and distressed, he reflected on what went wrong at the festival he founded. i'm honestlyjust devastated, and i could never imagine anything like this happening. there were signs of trouble shortly after 9pm local time. as the crowd surged, the party soon turned to panic. the party's soon turned to panic. the pa rty�*s first soon turned to panic. the party's first aiders were quickly overwhelmed. people were pushing and shoving to make their escape. police in houston say this is now a criminal investigation after suggestions of foul play. one of the narratives was that some individual was injecting other people with drugs. we do have a report of a security officer, according to the medical staff, that was out and treated him last night, that he was reaching over to restrain or grab a citizen, and he felt a prick in his neck.
several people were treated with an anti—drug medication. as the memorial for the victims grows, so do the questions about what happened. i was completely shocked, because it was for about a couple of minutes that i was seeing two bodies laying down right behind me, and the whole time i was just thinking that they were passed out, and then once a security guard was right next to me talking to another security guard, saying that he didn't have a pulse. investigators say they will find out exactly what caused the surge, and who, if anyone, is to blame for the tragedy. nomia iqbal, bbc news, washington. if you want to get in touch with me i'm on twitter — @bbckarishma. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme:
we report on a diamond mining project in india which activists say will ruin the environment and displace thousands of people. the bombastic establishment outsider donald trump has defied the pollsters to take the keys to the oval office. i feel great about the election results. i voted for him because i genuinely believe that he cares about the country. it's keeping the candidate's name always in the public eye that counts. success or failure depends not only on public display but on the local campaign headquarters and the heavy routine work of their women volunteers. berliners from both east and west - linked hands and danced around their liberated territory. - and with nobody to stop them, it wasn't long before the first l attempts were made to destroy the structure itself. _ yasser arafat who dominated the palestinian cause for so long has died. palestinian authority has declared a state of mourning.
after 17 years of discussion, the result was greeted with an outburst ofjoy, leaving ministers who long felt only grudgingly accepted among the ranks of clergy suddenly felt welcome. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm karishma vaswani in singapore. 0ur headlines: iraq's prime minister has appealed for calm — after surviving a drone attack on his home in baghdad. the leader of the uk's main opposition party accuses the prime minister of �*corrupt and contemptible behaviour�* — following a row over lobbying. more protests have been taking place in sudan — two weeks after its military seized power in a coup. two days of civil disobedience are now planned by people angry at the army's action, two years after a military
dictator — in power for decades — was toppled. sudan's civilian prime minister is under house arrest we and protests calling for democracy are being met with force — as our africa correspondent andrew harding reports. anger on the streets of khartoum today. protesters blocking off neighbourhoods. taking big risks to show their contempt for sudan's military coup. right now, a lot of blood, a lot of dead people. this military government is a killer. it's a goddamn killer, for real. the protests began two weeks ago when the generals seized power, halting this giant country's admittedly bumpy transition from dictatorship to democracy. so which side will prove stronger? the army or the street?
in a khartoum hospital, we found an elderly tailor recovering from a savage beating by the military... can i see your leg? ..and this young student, shot in the leg. a lot of people were shot. his message to the soldiers... they're like animals. the animals are better. it's hard to find anyone here who supports the military takeover. it's heartbreaking, honestly. to see those young people, the ones that are being killed just for asking for what's rightfully theirs. for frequenting with the civilian government. so for me, it's very devastating. it makes me angry. the man leading sudan's coup is general burhan. his spokesman, an admiral, told me that the military had done nothing wrong. you've detained the prime minister and other politicians. your troops have killed protesters on the streets. why on earth would the sudanese
people trust you for a second? translation: time will show this was not a coup. we will hold elections and the military will step aside. this was simply a course correction. but many people here are not convinced. even at night, the protests continue. the determination, the defiance here is impressive. and it's possible that sudan's generals will back down under growing international pressure. but for now, this country's democratic revolution remains on hold. on a continent where it seems military coups are firmly back in fashion. andrew harding, bbc news, khartoum. the us is set to reopen its borders on monday for vaccinated non—essential travel, ending a 20—month entry ban. the easing of restrictions will open up travel for double jabbed non—us citizens
to over 30 countries, including the uk, eu, china and india. earlier i spoke to tori emerson barnes, the executive vice president of the us travel association about what this means for her members and the us economy as a whole. it isa it is a major turning point and it will be beneficial to communities across our country. through the pandemic they have lost $300 billion in export income and millions ofjobs as a result of the closure of borders so we are excited to reunite americans with the rest of the world and welcoming international travellers to destinations across our wonderful country. but there are concerns _ wonderful country. but there are concerns about _ wonderful country. but there are concerns about how - are concerns about how restaurants will policy this?
many people say that even with the vaccination requirement an increase in infections is almost inevitable. how worried are you about that? we almost inevitable. how worried are you about that?— are you about that? we have a oli are you about that? we have a policy here _ are you about that? we have a policy here where _ are you about that? we have a policy here where you - are you about that? we have a policy here where you have - are you about that? we have a policy here where you have to | policy here where you have to be vaccinated to enter the united states you also have to have proof of a negative covid test and based on mayo clinic research the chances of someone coming from the uk to the us, the chance of someone boarding the chance of someone boarding the plane that has covid is one in 10000 and the
the plane that has covid is one in 10000 a travellers with vaccinated travellers with proof of a negative test is good reassurance that it is the right time to reopen and as we start to see more people be vaccinated here in the united states and across the globe we will be able to live with the virus. �* , , ., virus. and, briefly, what will our virus. and, briefly, what will your association _ virus. and, briefly, what will your association be - virus. and, briefly, what will your association be pushing | virus. and, briefly, what will. your association be pushing for next? ~ ., . ., , next? we need to decrease the backlo: next? we need to decrease the backlog issues _ next? we need to decrease the backlog issues that _ next? we need to decrease the backlog issues that we - next? we need to decrease the backlog issues that we are - backlog issues that we are seeing here, coming from a lot of countries in the uk and europe you do not need to have a visa but countries like brazil and other countries across the globe require a visa
to come to the united states and so we need to get through that backlog. we need to ensure funding to market the us internationally. there is a lot of work to do but november aid is important as we welcome the world back to the united states. twitter users have voted in a poll that the tesla billionaire elon musk should sell 10% of his stake in the company, worth around $21 billion. this follows a poll held by mr musk, asking whether he should dispose of the stock in response to proposals by us democrats to tax super—rich americans. mr musk hasn't said how and when he would sell his stake. should he go ahead, it could leave him with a huge tax bill. senate democrats want the tax on billionaires' stocks and other assets to help finance president biden�*s social spending agenda.
as the cop26 climate talks continue, the debate over development versus protecting the environment is playing out in india. billions of dollars' worth of diamond reserves lie in the ground in buxwaha forest in central india. the state government says a proposed mine will bring jobs but local people say their lives will be destroyed. bbc hindi's nitin srivastava reports. the lungs of central india are under threat. a trek of four hours is the quickest mode to arrive here, but all of this could be lost if a proposed diamond mine gets operational. thousands of animals will be displaced along with local tribes who are totally dependent on this forest. 10,000 people live here in the forest, but the state government has given permission for 200,000 trees to be cut down for a diamond mine. translation: medicine herbs and leaves are found
in this forest. people have to decide what they want to deal. they know that healer brings herbs from the forest. they have to decide if they want to fight for it. i cannot do it on my own. but the state government says people do want the project. translation: we have gone and met the villagers, not a single person opposed it. everybody wants to get employment from this. diamond mines require millions of litres of water per day. the state government says it will planti million trees to compensate for cutting down the forest. but even those trees will need water. translation: if we consider this area in the context of water supply, this area has been designated as a semi— critical area. the mining project will require 16 million l of water, so they are building a dam on the river and diverting river water. it will destroy everyone.
environmentalists are begging the state government for something unique like these prehistoric paintings will be lost, but the failure of the state to educate young people who live in the forest is also felt. nitin srivastava, bbc news. a family in peru have finally discovered why their pet dog was so aggressive, after it attacked chickens, ducks and guinea pigs in their neighbourhood. maribel sotelo's family bought the puppy for thirteen dollars from a small shop in lima six months ago, believing that it was a purebred puppy but they've now discovered that the bushy—tailed animal is actually an andean fox. that's all for now — stay with bbc world news. hello. after a bright and blustery sunday, lighter winds
for monday morning mean it will feel colder out there at the start of monday. looks to be the coldest part of the week ahead, but the milder air isn't too far away from coming back with these set of weather fronts about to move in from the atlantic with thicker cloud and some patchy rain, heading into westernmost parts of the uk to begin the day, especially into northern ireland. where skies have stayed clearfor long enough, over the night, across eastern scotland and eastern england, this is where temperatures will have fallen low enough with those light winds for a touch of frost. any early sunshine isn't going to last too long here, as cloud increases. the rain from northern ireland will then gradually move across scotland as the day goes on, heaviest in the west, into northwest england and wales. though much of the midlands, eastern and southern england, will stay largely dry during daylight hours. the milder air lifting the temperature in belfast to 15 celsius. still feeling quite chilly into eastern parts of england with the cloud increasing after that frosty start around 10 degrees in norwich. further outbreaks of rain overnight and into tuesday through northern ireland and scotland, pushing
into parts of northern england, it will be a much milder night overnight and into tuesday. double figure temperatures for many of the larger towns and city centres as we start the day. this weather front is only very slowly edging southwards on tuesday. so, probably cloud and some outbreaks of rain into northern england and wales, pushing into parts of the midlands and southwest england. east anglia, the southeast, will stay largely dry, a few hazy, sunny spells. a brighter day in scotland and northern ireland, albeit a few showery bursts of rain spreading their way southwards during the day. and temperatures are definitely on the mild side of average, and that's where they're going to stay for the rest of the week. this weather front is still around into wednesday, in fact, there will be another pulse of energy running along it. it looks as if that will bring some outbreaks of rain into parts of wales and england on wednesday. a bright day in scotland and northern ireland. there will be a few showers just edging towards northwest scotland during the day. again, those temperatures for the most part are
into double figures. again, that's where they are going to stay for the rest of the week. a fair amount of cloud around, some sunny spells here and there and another set of atlantic weather fronts beginning to take some rain southwards from scotland and northern ireland into wales and england as we head towards the end of the week. bye— bye.
@bbckarishma. this is bbc news. we will have the headlines _ this is bbc news. we will have the headlines and _ this is bbc news. we will have the headlines and all- this is bbc news. we will have the headlines and all the - this is bbc news. we will have the headlines and all the main| the headlines and all the main new stories for you at the top of the hours straight after this programme. time is running out for global leaders to make the binding promises on climate change needed to save the planet for the next generation and generations to come. in this debate from cop26 in glasgow, young people from around the world will be asking four leading
international political figures tough questions about their commitment to averting environmental disaster and finding solutions for change. hello and welcome, wherever you are, to the bbc�*s big global climate debate. the latest report from the intergovernmental panel on climate change warned that it is now code red for humanity. the british prime minister, borisjohnson, had said, "if we don't get serious about climate today it will be
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