tv Newsday BBC News November 16, 2021 1:00am-1:31am GMT
welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore. i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines: on his way home: an americanjournalist sentenced to 11 years in prison in myanmar is released. the government tells the bbc their reasons in an exclusive interview. translation: our foreign policy is to keep good _ translation: our foreign policy is to keep good relations - translation: our foreign policy is to keep good relations with - is to keep good relations with other countries and we also consider humanitarian reasons, and on these grounds be granted amnesty and deported him today. the uk's raises its terror threat level to �*severe' meaning an attack�*s highly likely as police say they believe the man killed in the liverpool explosion made the bomb himself. president xi and president biden prepare for key talks as tensions grow over trade,
taiwan and climate change. and adele tells oprah she had terrifying anxiety attacks after her divorce and was embarrassed her 8—year marriage broke down. it isa it is a process. the process of a divorce, the process of being a divorce, the process of being a single parent, the process of not seeing your child every single day wasn't really a plan that i had. live from our studio in singapore, this is bbc news. it is newsday. it's 9:00 in the morning in singapore, 1:00 in london and 7:30am in myanmar where the ruling military have been speaking exclusively to bbc world news. they say they released us journalist danny fenster, sentenced last week to 11 years
in prison, in an attempt to improve relations with the united states. the military seized power in a coup on the first of february and thousands of people have been detained since then during violent demonstrations demanding the restoration of democracy. in a wide—ranging interview, myanmar�*s deputy minister of information, major—general zaw min tun, also denied they had carried out systematic torture and warcrimes, and insisted that ousted leader aung san suu kyi was in good health. he was speaking to the bbc�*s asia editor, rebecca henschke. after six months in detention, danny fenster finally released — the result of lobbyingby america, an attempt by the myanmar military to improve broken relations. translation: we carried out an amnesty and waived - the punishment after the court verdict. we already had the intention
to release him. what was promised by the united states in return for his release today? translation: nothing. 0urforeign policy is to keep good relations with other countries. and we also considered humanitarian reasons. on these grounds, we granted amnesty and deported him today. while danny fenster is now free, some 30 burmese journalists are still behind bars, amongst thousands of political prisoners. those lucky to be released back to their families describe systematic torture injail — young people detained for months, for daring to take to the streets to demand democracy. i put the testimony of one 24—year—old protester, tortured injail, to general zaw min tun. she was told by her interrogators, "do you know what we do here to women? "we rape and then
we kill them." translation: we've released her, so she can accuse us and say whatever she wants. i don't know why she said that. this kind of fake news comes around. if she was tortured in prison, there's a system to complain. why didn't she complain in the prison? you appear to make no attempt to hide the use of torture. 0n state tv, you parade those who have been arrested. clearly, theirface is bruised and, in some cases, their face is unrecognisable. translation: it can happen when arrests are made. - they try to escape and we have to capture them. the united nations says the military crackdown points to crimes against humanity, but their envoy has been repeatedly denied access to investigate. and general zaw min tun says that's not going to change.
translation: the reason we don't allow them - in is because, number one, we consider it not the right time, two, we can't agree with their demands and, number three, what they say about myanmar is not constructive. when will you allow them now to enter the country? translation: they need to show steps towards acknowledging - the existence of our government. un envoys have also insisted on seeing detained leader aung san suu kyi. she hasn't been seen in public since february, the military placing a gag order on her lawyers while insisting she is well. translation: we're keeping her well in detention. - i mean, we let her live with her own people in a house, although she's under house arrest. we're trying our best to give her what she wants, whatever she wants to eat. but ten months after the military seized power, the people of myanmar continue to protest,
telling the world they want democracy, not military rule. rebecca henschke, bbc news. in other headlines... four men arrested in relation to the taxi explosion in liverpool in north—west england on sunday have been released from custody. the man killed in the blast has been identified as 32—year—old emad al swealmeen. it's being treated by police as a terrorist act. the uk terror threat level has been raised to �*severe'. our special correspondent ed thomas reports. remembrance sunday as the nation falls silent. david perry's taxi rolls in before the unthinkable happens. moments after the blast, look at the driver's door. you can see david escape. he runs away. 0thers rush in to help. this is thought to be david
with his hands on his head. this evening, his wife rachel said it was a miracle he survived, and he's trying to process what's happened. today, detectives confirmed the passenger who had the explosive device had asked to be taken to the hospital. yesterday, shortly before iiam, a local taxidriver picked up a fare in the rutland avenue area of liverpool. the fare, a man, had asked to be taken to liverpool women's hospital, which was about ten minutes away. as the taxi approached the drop—off point at the hospital, an explosion occurred from within the car. tonight, david perry's family said he's lucky to be alive and that he's doing 0k. he's also been praised by the prime minister, who urged the public to be alert. it is a stark reminder of the need for us all to remain utterly vigilant.
and the independentjoint terrorism analysis centre, jtac, are today raising the uk threat level from substantial to severe, meaning an attack is highly likely. police have confirmed tonight the identity of the man who died as 32—year—old emad al swealmeen, a syrian refugee befriended by malcolm hitchcott and his wife elizabeth when he arrived in the uk. they supported him and knew him as enzo. how are you coping with all of this? we'rejust so...so sad. and what do you remember of enzo? well, wejust loved him. he was a lovely guy. were you shocked when you saw this today? very. there is a forensic search for evidence at the hospital... it's just horrifying. you can't believe what type of person would do that. ..while david perry's friends and colleagues carry on working, in disbelief at what's happened.
i think it's absolutely shocking. it's...how a man can go out to do his normal day's work and potentially lose his life. he sustained a lot of injuries — i believe burst eardrums, he's got a back fracture. that's just words going in between different drivers, the various injuries and burst eardrums, so obviously it's going to just be a shock for him and also his family. i think he's a hero. he's coming all the time in this shop. he's a very nice person as well. but it's here at the hospital where the panic of yesterday was most acute. this was filmed inside the hospital by the father of a newborn baby. we're not using the sound, but he comforts his distraught wife as the fire takes hold. today, parents and expectant mothers told us it was terrifying. just, we feel horrible. like, we feel not safe, but when we see the police
is here, we feel safe. it's just really scary, whatever the case was, that they would end up at a women's hospital, when there's loads of babies and things like that. it'sjust awful. this is now an investigation involving counterterror police and the security services as they move quickly to find out why this happened and if anyone else knew. ed thomas, bbc news, liverpool. i want to bring you this story now. president biden is holding a virtual meeting with president xi of china as the leaders of the world's two largest economies confront tensions over trade, taiwan, human rights, cyberthreats and climate change. it started about half an hour ago and have been publicised as the most extensive talks between the two leaders since mr biden took office injanuary. i'm joined now by the bbc�*s stephen mcdonell in beijing.
great to have you on the programme with us, stephen. just in the last few minutes or so, we are seeing some comments coming through from chinese estate media about what has been taking place at that meeting. xijinping saying that china and the us should respect each other, coexist peacefully. a change of tone or is it what you expected? a change of tone or is it what you ﬂooded?— a change of tone or is it what you expected? well, both sides, in the lead _ you expected? well, both sides, in the lead uo — you expected? well, both sides, in the lead up to _ you expected? well, both sides, in the lead up to this _ you expected? well, both sides, in the lead up to this meeting, i in the lead up to this meeting, are stressing one of the key things is that their strategic competition as they sort of: it doesn't into conflict. now, in one way, i suppose also feel pretty about this, but the world's two greatest powers are trying to steer each other into conflict. but that they have to have this conversation, it shows that they are both about this potential. you can imagine all of the flashpoints around the world, which could
accidentally turn into places where they start shooting at one another. south china sea, taiwan and the like. it is clear that neither beijing nor washington wants that to happen, but a lot of analysts are concerned about the accidental sort of triggering of such a conflict. now, that said, though, ithink of such a conflict. now, that said, though, i think it is a reasonable cause for optimism that they are having talks, though, and it shows that both sides, after a few years are pretty tense relations, i realise that i have got to start talking to one another more, and at the climate talks for example, we saw a joint statement from the us and china and the like, maybe they are shifting towards a period where they can try and work together on certain project.— on certain pro'ect. well, we can certainly— on certain project. well, we can certainly see _ on certain project. well, we can certainly see that - can certainly see that cooperation taking place between the two as you pointed out. in fact, what we're at
now, just for the sake of our audiences, is live pictures as we understand, of that virtual meeting between xi jinping and president biden. but while there has been cooperation, stephen, there have been obviously some real key points of tension. taiwan, for instance, an area i know you have reported on extensively, really standing out as an issue that the two sides can't seem to get any sort of conclusion on. �* , , on. and the list is quite long. because of— on. and the list is quite long. because of the _ on. and the list is quite long. because of the coronavirus, l because of the coronavirus, trade regulations, support for one another�*s industries, south china sea, afghanistan, lots of other points of tension, and of course, yes, taiwan. now, it is a difficult thing because for so many years, the wording around the handling of taiwan has been pretty tricky. for
example, it is this independent entity, which isn't at the un but has its own army, its own organs of government, and with the us as an ally, and mainland china saying that, really, it should be part of china. for a long time the status quo continued, but in more recent times, mainland china has been ratcheting up pressure on taiwan and the us has been ratcheting up its own pressure, saying we will support taiwan potentially if the mainland ever tries to take it by force. there has been some concern that during xijinping's there has been some concern that during xi jinping's timing office that beijing would like to do just that. but i think a lot of analysts believe that that would be just such a lovely and terrible outcome, and that beijing realises this —— muddy and terrible outcome. it isn't necessarily preparing for war in the short term ——
bloody. but it is hard to see where they go with these discussions in terms of how they try and de—escalate the tensions there because it has been increasing a lot in recent times. ,, , a times. stephen mcdonnell there without insightful _ times. stephen mcdonnell there without insightful analysis - times. stephen mcdonnell there without insightful analysis on . without insightful analysis on the conversation taking place right now between xi jinping and president biden. thank you forjoining us on newsday. let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines: presidentjoe biden has signed into law a trillion—dollar infrastructure bill, which has been agreed by both houses of congress. the passing of the bill ends weeks of wrangling between the moderate and progressive wings of the democratic party. steve bannon, the former adviser to donald trump, has appeared in court on criminal charges. he's been indicted for contempt of congress after refusing to testify in front of an inquiry into the riot at the us capitol building injanuary. mr bannon didn't enter a plea but was ordered to surrender his passport and submit to other conditions in return for being freed.
the authorities in the indian capital, delhi, says they're ready to impose a complete lockdown to fight worsening air pollution. schools have already been closed for a week and civil servants have been ordered to work from home. if you want to get in touch with me, i'm on twitter — @bbckarishma. stories like the ongoing meeting between president biden andjie zheng meeting between president biden and jie zheng pink. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: divorce, weight loss and adele. the award—winning singer speaks out about her mental health struggles. benazir bhutto has claimed
victory in pakistan's general election, and she's asked pakistan's president to name her as prime minister. jackson's been released on bail of $3 million after turning himself in to police in santa barbara. it was the biggest i demonstration so far of the fast—growing european anti—nuclear movement. - the south african government has announced that its opening the country's remaining whites—only beaches to people of all races. this will lead to a black majority government in this country and the destruction of the white civilisation. part of the centuries—old windsor castle, - one of the queen's residences, has been consumed by fire for much of the day. - 150 firemen have been battling the blaze, - which has caused millions. of pounds worth of damage.
this is newsday on the bbc. i'm karishma vaswani, in singapore. 0ur headlines: us journalist danny fenster has been released from prison in myanmar, just days after being sentenced to 11 years injail. four men arrested in relation to the taxi explosion in liverpool on sunday have been released from custody. several hundred migrants have walked from their makeshift camp in belarus to one of the main border crossings into poland. belarussian police made no attempt to stop the group but they were denied entry by polish forces. meanwhile, the eu announced a new round of sanctions against belarus. 0ur correspondent steve rosenberg has travelled to the border and met with the migrants trapped between the two nations. in the migrant camp, word had got out —
they'd been told this was the moment to make it into the eu. everyone here wanted to believe it was going to happen and the belarusian soldiers didn't try to stop them. in their thousands, they streamed towards the border crossing that leads from belarus to poland. and the closer they came, the more urgent it got. the last fence on the belarus side swept away. so after a week in the camp, the migrants are now pouring through, right up to the checkpoint with poland, they're determined to be let through to the european union. annoumcer: attention, attention. _ but it was no entry. if you don't follow... polish police were out in force and standing firm. always baby crying
for the milk, for nappy, we don't have nothing. please come and help these people, all the guys. the eu says belarus is using migrants as a weapon against the west, to pressure europe, a form of hybrid warfare. these people want a better life. they are desperate to get to the european union, which is right here. but the eu says that these migrants are being used, exploited by belarus to spark a humanitarian crisis on the eu's doorstep. back in the camp, we heard stories of how belarusian soldiers had helped some migrants try to cross illegally into poland. in the night, they told us, "you will go to poland." they cut the fence. the belarusians cut for us and we ran. we run a lot. and then we hide ourselves in the forest. they see us and return back to the site. it is like a football game. we are in the middle.
many of these migrants from the middle east say they're escaping conflicts at home. they've paid thousands of dollars each to get here, but they're stuck. they say there's no way back, but for now, there's no way forward. steve rosenberg, bbc news, belarus. jurors in the state of wisconsin are hearing the closing arguments in the homicide trial of kyle rittenhouse. he fatally shot two men and injured a third with an assault rifle during protests in the city of kenosha last year. you may remember these images from last year. mr rittenhouse had travelled to the area, he said, to protect people's property during riots that had erupted after police shot a black man, jacob blake. here's the prosecution laying out their closing arguments. you'll hear a mention ofjoseph rosenbaum — he was the first person mr rittenhouse shot and killed.
they have to convince you thatjoseph rosenbaum was going to take that gun and use it on the defendant because they know you can't claim self—defense against an unarmed man like this. you lose the right to self—defense when you're the one who brought the gun, when you're the one creating the danger, when you're the one provoking other people. the bbc�*s nomia iqbal has been following the trial from kenosha. the question for the jury is essentially this — was kyle rittenhouse an armed vigilante or was he acting in self—defense? this is a case that has massively divided people. just outside on the courthouse steps, there are people who are protesting, some calling kyle rittenhouse a hero, others saying that this entire trial is a sham. there are national guard troops all on standby, just in case protests do happen or in case they turn violent. the defence are portraying
kyle rittenhouse as a courageous teenager who came to kenosha to try and protect businesses and to prevent theft. they say he only used his gun in self—defense. whereas the prosecution argue that kyle rittenhouse is an armed vigilante who inserted himself in a situation that was already incredibly volatile, he had no business being here, and that he was the one that instigated the only killings that happened during that period of unrest in kenosha. he faces five charges. if he's convicted of the most serious charge, he could face life behind bars. adele has revealed she was "embarrassed" by her divorce. speaking to oprah winfrey ahead of the release of her latest album, the star said she felt like she had "disrespected" the idea of marriage when she separated from her husband in 2018. there are some flashing images in this report from victoria derbyshire. this was adele's first tv interview about the release of her new album.
she said because her own dad left when she was just two, she had promised herself that whatever happened, when she had children, she would always stay with her partner. what do you think the deep wound from the past, from you as a little girl growing up, you are trying to heal as you reach for your relationships as an adult woman? my dad's absolute lack of presence and effort with me. but you know, as i got older, i definitely understood that it was the alcohol. it wasn't a choice that he was necessarily making himself that he didn't want to... but when you are little, you don't know. when you're little you don't know. she told 0prah she was embarrassed that her marriage of eight years crumbled and said it felt like that meant she was disrespecting the institution of marriage. it was just exhausting trying to, like, keep going with it. it's a process, the process of a divorce, the process of being a single parent. the process of not seeing your child every single day wasn't really a plan that i had
when i became a mum. adele also revealed she had suffered paralysing anxiety attacks after her divorce and only started going to the gym mainly to control the stress. it led to her losing over seven stone in two years, but crucially, she said, it helped her mental health. it became my time, me having a plan every day when i had no plans. i had no idea what each day was going to bring for me, but me knowing that, "0k, 9am, i'm going to go to the gym, "0k, great, well that gives me some discipline. "0k, 1pm, i;m going to go fora hike." you know, having these sort of pins in my day helped me keep myself together. you weren't even starting out trying to lose weight? no, not at all, i wasn't bothered about that at all, but in that process of having lost all that weight, i definitely really contributed towards me getting my mind right and giving me... it sharpened everything. without a shadow of the doubt. without a shadow of a doubt. like, it gave me real purpose.
what a star. that's all for now. stay with bbc world news. hello. well, tuesday promises to be a dry day across most of the uk. it's going to be cloudy and mild once again. and, in fact, not much change expected for the next few days. if anything, the temperatures could rise even further. so why is it so mild? well, on the satellite picture, you'll see this big weather front here. this is very much where the jet stream is. thejet stream is pushing along the weather fronts, but it's also separating the mild air to the south, which has engulfed the uk, and indeed much of europe, and is keeping the cold air at bay. so we are to the south of the jet stream in that milder air. but scotland is a little closer to the weather fronts in the north atlantic, so that does mean some of that rain grazing the western isles through the course of the early hours. elsewhere, it'll be dry.
and where the skies will have cleared, perhaps 11—5 celsius at dawn, so a little on the nippy side, but generally mild. now, that weather front does move into scotland, northern ireland, perhaps the lake district and the north of wales, but the rain will be light and fleeting and will quickly fizzle away. east and south, it's going to be dry. perhaps a bit of brightness, too. and the same pattern continues into wednesday. so high pressure in the south with that mild air coming in, weather fronts in the north of the atlantic. and again, they are bringing this time some showers to parts of scotland, whereas in the south, in fact central, southern areas of the uk, should be a fine day — in fact, a very bright day, particularly eastern areas and along the south coast. temperatures a little fresher on wednesday, 10—12 celsius, but then they rise again as we head into thursday. now, around this high pressure, we'll run along a current of mild air on thursday. and as it engulfs the uk, the temperatures could actually rise even further
with a bit of sunshine. so, yes, a bit of cloud and rain here in the northwest of scotland, but widely, i think, the mid—teens. and look at that — 16 in aberdeen. wouldn't be surprised if it gets up to 17 — 17 this time in november — extraordinarily mild for eastern parts of scotland. shouldn't last for too long, perhaps into friday. again, friday could well be another very mild day, with the mid—teens across the country, but i think as we head into the weekend, it's going to turn a lot, a lot cooler. so a very mild week, particularly mild towards the end of the week, and i think the weekend and beyond is going to turn quite a bit colder. bye— bye.
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