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welcome to newsday. reporting live from singapore, i'm mariko oi. the headlines: during a visit to greece, the pope warns europe against "narrow self—interest" over the way countries treat migrants. translation: let us not| let our sea be transformed into a desolate sea of death. rescuers search through ash for survivors after a volcano eruption on indonesia's java island, after a volcano eruption on indonesia's java island, kills at least 1a people. protests in europe against covid restrictions, as cases of the omicron variant continue to spread. and could switching to hydrogen—powered cars help one of the world's biggest coal users hit its net zero emissions target? we'll have a special
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report from japan. live from our studio in singapore, this is bbc news. it's newsday. we begin in greece, where pope francis has criticised what he says is the narrow self—interest of european countries in the way they are responding to the migrant crisis. he spent time at a refugee camp on the greek island of lesbos. his verdict on the way people there are being treated — it could lead to the shipwreck of civilisation. our special correspondent fergal keane travelled with him and sent this report. they embrace the man and the message because, at this moment, he is their most passionate advocate. pope francis arrives
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at the time of renewed political crisis in europe over the issue of migration. since his last visit, fences have gone up, there have been pushed back of migrants in land and at sea and globally there's no coherent political vision to tackle the problems of poverty and war that are driving people from their homes in their thousands. the pope spoke to an audience largely made up of refugees, but aimed his frustration at the political leaders. translation: let's stop ignoring reality, stop- constantly shifting responsibility, stop passing off the issue of migration to others as if it mattered to no one and was only a pointless burden to be shouldered by someone else. "it was not time to build walls," he said, "or let the sea become a cemetery for children." the pope was addressing
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the legacy of migrant lives lost on the journey to europe, like an 87—year—old from afghanistan, and others, names unknown. there's sympathy on lesbos for the dead and many here helped when refugees first landed. but this farmer and local politician is critical of pope francis. translation: he promised many things for our island, _ none of which happened. this island has suffered greatly from migration. tourism was hit hard. he should have helped and advocated for tourists to visit this island. the pope did refer to the struggles faced by local people on the eu's borders, but it was here among the thousands waiting to enter europe that his words had most force. i have no money, i have a very big problem, no passport. where are you going? what do you want?
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ijust want to be free. i just want freedom. i don't want anything, just freedom. there's unlikely to be a radical political shift on migration, but the pope has offered a robust defence of refugees, in a debate so often framed in fearful terms. fergal keane, bbc news, lesbos. of course, more on this story on our website, including how the pope's visit to greece links to the migrant crisis around the mediterranean. just log on to or download the bbc app. let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines. fresh violence has erupted in the north—east indian state of nagaland following the killing of 13 civilians by security forces. hundreds of people threw stones and set fire to areas near an army camp. on saturday, an army patrol shot a group of miners returning home after mistaking them for militants. nagaland's chief minister has
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blamed an intelligence failure. residents in yangon have protested by hanging on pots and pans late on sunday evening, after soldiers rammed a truck into demonstrators earlier in the day. local reports say myanmar security forces had also opened fire on the peaceful anti—coup protest, killing several people and injuring dozens of others. the authorities have denied that anyone was killed but say one person is in a critical condition. they say they arrested 11 people. at least 14 people have died and dozens have been injured on indonesia's java island, after an active volcano erupted for the second time in months. indonesia sits on the ring
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of fire, a region around the pacific ocean that's susceptible to volcanos and earthquakes. the volcano, mount seemeru, has been in a state of near constant eruption for decades. here's the bbc�*s valdya baraputri. blanketed in volcanic ash, this is the devastating aftermath of the mount semeru eruption, with houses buried almost up to their roofs. heavy rain turned the ash into mud, adding a challenge to the rescue effort by the indonesian disaster mitigation agency. these adverse conditions have hampered the evacuation effort for the past two days. according to local officials, ten people are still trapped in their homes and they're still looking for at least one missing person. meanwhile, more than 900 people from villages had been evacuated to mosques, schools and village halls. rescue organisers say that for now, they have received enough essential supplies like food, clothes,
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first aid and masks. those who had to flee their homes couldn't take anything with them. their houses were covered with thick volcanic ash and mud and their livestock killed in the eruption. the eruption of mount semeru also destroyed a bridge that connected two regions in the area. a couple of villages have now been cut off, making it difficult to deliver aid to people in these isolated areas. officials hope that as soon as the weather permits, rescue and aid could be carried out by helicopter, but the indonesian geology agency warns of follow—up eruptions that can happen at any time. this is at least the third volcanic eruption in indonesia this year. the country has the most active volcanoes in the world, spread along sumatra and java islands. valdya baraputri, bbc news, jakarta.
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it's been a weekend of demonstrations across many european cities — with protests against renewed covid lockdown measures. it comes as the omicron variant continues to spread, with it now having been found in some of the biggest cities in the world. saoirse wilson reports. another weekend of protests across europe. in brussels, 1,000 people marched against compulsory covid passes to enter bars and restaurants. translation: | can't bearj discrimination in any form. now there's the vaccine passports, that's discriminatory. and mandatory vaccines, they're heading our way. we don't want a dictatorship. translation: people who want the vaccine have the vaccine. - i don't want it. but this pass stops me being able to have a social life. i came to say i don't agree with that. the protest was brought to an end with police fire
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water cannons and tear gas. but it is notjust the belgian who are angry. copenhagen in denmark was the latest city to see large demonstrations this weekend, alongside austria, the netherlands and germany. yet despite governments imposing stricter covid measures, cases of the new omicron variant have now been detected in almost a0 countries. the director for the us centers for disease control and prevention says omicron has been found in least 16 separate states, but was cautious to add... we have about 90 to 100,000 cases right now in the united states, and 99.9% of them are the delta variant. so we have an issue right now in the united states with delta and we have so many things we can do about delta, including getting vaccinated, including getting boosted. in south korea, covid cases have reached record highs of more than 5,000 daily infections, prompting hundreds to queue for testing. governments around the world
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are restricting travel to try and buy themselves time against the new omicron variant. the eu has restricted flights from seven southern african countries, causing portugal to send repatriation flights to pick up almost 300 stranded citizens in mozambique. and as the new coronavirus strain spreads, leaders must continue to make difficult decisions of how best to respond to this global pandemic. saoirse wilson, bbc news. tributes are being paid to bob dole, the long—serving republican politician who played a key role in us politics at the end of the last century, who died on sunday at the age of 98. he was a leading senator and the republican presidential candidate in 1996, when he lost to bill clinton. president biden has described him as a war hero, a friend and an american statesman like few others in history. so what kind of a figure was bob dole in american politics? i looked back at his life
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with former republican strategist rick wilson. bob dole is the type of man that has vanished from american politics in many ways. he was a person who dedicated himself to public service from the moment the us was attacked in world war ii. he served heroically in italy and was wounded to a degree that would have killed most ordinary men and left most of them on the sidelines, but bob dole came back from it, he built a career as a public servant dedicated to this country, from the kansas state house all the way of running for vice president and president of the country, and he was a man who believed in that old and vanished america, where we put partisanship aside and came together to push for things that were good for the country and notjust the political interests of the moment. i understand that public
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speaking wasn't exactly his strength as a politician, but at the same time, he spent a decade as the top republican in the us senate. what legacy does he leave behind? bob dole's legacy is one of bipartisanship, of service, of selflessness. and, frankly, i think one thing that people will miss about bob dole is he had a very dry sense of humour, he did not take himself too seriously, in an era where american politicians tend to take themselves very, very seriously. and bob dole could be self—deprecating, he could be witty, he could be caustic. and i think we miss that. it's a very authentic kind of political speech that we don't get in this country any longer. and when he was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, president biden visited him at home, a mark of respect president biden visited him at home, a mark of the respect in which he was held on both sides of the political divide. what's been the reaction to his death so far?
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i think it has been pretty much universal acclaim. republicans and democrats in america don't come together on much these days, but it's been universal acclaim for a life of service, a life of sacrifice and for a man who had a degree of character and strength that i think we should look back and emulate at this point. the former republican strategist rick wilson speaking to me about the veteran us politician bob dole, who's died aged 98. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: we'll hear from the winner of australia's richest poetry prize, worth nearly $30,000. it's quite clear that the worst victims of this disaster are the poor people living in the slums which have sprung
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up around the factory. i am feeling so helpless. the children are dying in front of me and i can't do anything. charles manson is the mystical leader of the hippie cult suspected of killing sharon tate and at least six other people in los angeles. at 11 o'clock this morning, just half a metre of- rock separated britain i from continental europe. it took the drills just i a few moments to cut through the final obstacle, - then philippe cossette, a miner from calais, was shaking hands and exchanging flags _ with his opposite . number from dover.
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welcome back. you're watching newsday on _ welcome back. you're watching newsday on the _ welcome back. you're watching newsday on the bbc. _ i'm mariko oi in singapore. our headlines: during a visit to greece, the pope warns europe against "narrow self—interest" over the way countries treats migrants. there've been more protests in europe against covid restrictions, as cases of the omicron variant continue to spread. at the recent cop26 climate summit in glasgow, japan was one of the countries resisting demands for a rapid end to the burning of coal. resisting demands for a rapid that may seem strange, as japan has no coal reserves of its own. but japan is one of the world's biggest coal users, importing more than any other country in the world except china. despite that, the government in tokyo is still promising to reach net carbon zero by 2050. how is that possible? rupert wingfield—hayes has been finding out. i would say that's a totaljoke. that's just ridiculous. this man and his fellow
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activists are furious. the reason — this giant new coal—fired power station being built in their hometown. i'm totally against the burning of fossilfuels because i'm so worried about the future of young generations. translation: i don't understand why we still have to burn coal- to generate electricity. this plant alone emits seven million tonnes of c02 a year. there are currently three of these enormous plants being built around japan, so how is japan going to cut its co2 emissions to zero when these plants are expected to run for the next a0 years at least? the answer is hydrogen. japan wants to be the first country in the world run on hydrogen. and it's starting with cars. all around the world,
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big car companies are now talking about the future being battery electric vehicles. toyota so far has not produced any battery electric vehicles. instead, it is building this. this is a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. it's a very different technology. so, why does toyota think that hydrogen is the future instead of batteries? translation: we believe we need more choice than just _ battery electric vehicles. therefore, fuel cell technology, which uses hydrogen, is also very important in order to achieve our goal of zero emissions. the only waste the vehicle produces is water. but where does the hydrogen to fill its tank come from? last month, this ship left japan and sailed to australia. it's the first ship in the world that can transport liquefied hydrogen. but that hydrogen is being made from coal.
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100 km north of tokyo, huge mountains of coal shipped here mainly from australia. at the moment, japan imports close to 200 million tonnes of coal a year. japan knows it cannot carry on doing this, so instead, it's going to convert the call to either hydrogen or ammonia in faraway australia and then ship those here. it's what the industry calls blue hydrogen and blue ammonia. the conversion process still creates lots and lots of carbon dioxide. but that co2 will not count as japanese emissions. instead, in theory, the co2 will be buried in the ground in australia. translation: i am ashamed of japan. i this woman is one of the young activists who filed a lawsuit
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translation: i don't think people understand - blue hydrogen or blue ammonia. japanese people do not question. they just believe what they've been told if it's on the news. people will just say, "oh, i see, that's great." japan is promoting its hydrogen society as a zero carbon alternative to pure renewal, but producing blue hydrogen will mean digging up coal for decades to come. rupert wingfield—hayes, bbc news, in tokyo. the sydney poet emily stewart has won the 2021 helen anne bell poetry bequest award, australia's richest poetry prize dedicated to celebrating women poets. thejudges reviewed more than 300 unpublished manuscripts by australian women poets to determine a shortlist of seven stunning entries. emily spoke to me about the moment when she found out she had won. i was so stunned. i think i was actually
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speechless on the phone. it was late afternoon and i was at my desk working, and it took me a few moments to understand what was going on in the conversation, honestly. i think as a poet, you just don't expect something like this to happen. it's not a kind of creative path where there's much money involved, so, yeah, it was a huge, huge surprise. i understand you can read some of the lines from your winning poem. and i want to know what you think it was about your work that helped clinch the prize? yes, sure. i would love to read a few lines here. shuffling cards, hoping for a dare. kids love animals first and learn their ways. i know where i'm going wrong. flicking between screens. my mood is split and my meaning filling up the boot, a hand in the pocket of last year's jeans and the jeans of the year before.
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and i think this prize, which is administered through the university of sydney, it's about australian cultural life in the broader sense, and i think something my manuscript did was really capture the complexity and the range of emotions that it fuels in contemporary life in australia right now, and particularly over the period of covid and our recent lockdowns, which is where i was writing these poems. of course, and covid also affect a lot of poets and artists as well. what does it mean to you to have won the prize and what will you do with it? yes, that's right. i think as a writer, like many writers, it has been a challenging time. many of us have a lot of freelance work and things like that.
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that's been more challenging to kind of keep going, so this prize to me really couldn't have come at a better time. and as well as finding a way to reinvest it back into my work and to work on my next book, it will help me pay the rent, honestly, and keep me going, so, yeah, i'm very grateful. as you say, poetry resonates with so many people, partly because of covid and lockdowns, but why do you think it is so important to many people, notjust during this pandemic? i think the wonderful thing poetry does is it can hold complexity. at a time of a lot of distraction and polarisation, what you can do with poems is really hold multiple ideas all at once. and it's a really special space for allowing reflection and a kind of depth of getting in touch with feelings and ideas in a really different kind of way than what we get in our day—to—day lives otherwise. i want to ask about this particular prize that you just won, because its dedicated to accelerating female poets. is there a difference
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between male and female poets? i think the wonderful things about this prize is that it is actually an inclusive prize for women, including trans women. and like in the rest of society, it's great to be supporting gender diversity wherever we can. and i think in terms of this prize, too, you know, it is a bequest from a woman named helen anne bell who wanted to support a woman with the acknowledgement, i think, that it's still the case that women earn less money and often have a little less time at their disposal due to care responsibilities and things like this, so it's a gesture of
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feminist solidarity across time, i think. congratulations to emily stewart, the winner of the helen anne bell poetry bequest award, speaking to me earlier. now, a brief musical interlude on newsday. what do you think of this? that is berlin techno, in case you were wondering, and the reason we're playing it is because some of the city's best known djs have started a campaign for the united nations to grant "berlin techno" unesco world heritage status. they say it's the best way of protecting the city's legendary night clubs. here's dj chris liebing explaining why the berlin dance scene is so important. let's start from the beginning. you know, when the wall fell in germany, it was basically the dance floors of the clubs in berlin where everybody
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gathered, and there was no discrimination going on. it was not asked, "are you from the east, are you from the west?" it was music that was truly global, had no roots in any nation or any other culture, so people could get together, be united on the dance floor. and that was very specific for berlin because of its history, and it spread over, basically, from berlin over into the world. techno dj chris liebing speaking to the bbc a little earlier. december is here, the decorations are out, and for many, the christmas countdown is on. but a familiarfigure was caught having a break from the hard work, hitting the ski slopes in maine. more than 230 santas suited up at the sunday river resort. and there's always one green with envy — a grinch couldn't help butjoin the ranks. it was the 21st annual
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santa sunday and raised more than $4,500 for a local charity organisation working to create than $4,500. that's it for the show. thanks for watching. hello there. it was cold over the weekend. some areas saw quite a bit of rain, and we had some snow over northern hills. similar story as we start the new week. we've got a frontal system working its way in from the atlantic. that's going to bring another round of rain and hill snow. you can see it here showing up on that pressure chart. it will be very wet across northern ireland, parts of scotland, western england and wales to start this morning. quite quickly, though, it will brighten up across northern ireland with sunshine and showers. but this band of rain will continue its journey eastwards through the day, eventually crossing most of england. we'll see some snow over the pennines as well. there could be a bit of a hang back of the rain for east anglia and the far southeast. otherwise, it brightens up for many of us with some good spells of sunshine. most of the showers will be
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in the north and the west, some of these heavy and frequent, and there will be some wintriness over the high ground. a cold day to come — could see nine or ten celsius in the far southwest. it stays breezy with blustery showers, wintry on the hills through monday night. and then it turns a little bit drier, but clear and cold for many of us. and then in the southwest, we start to see an area of wet and very windy weather pushing up across ireland and then into irish sea coasts. now, it's all tied in with this — the second named storm of the season, named storm barra by the irish met service, because it's ireland that will see the biggest impacts from this storm through the course of tuesday. but across the rest of the uk, we'll see gusts widely 50mph, more than that near exposed coasts in the south and the west. that, mixed in with the heavy rain and also some hill snow, is likely to cause some disruption, even some damage. so, it starts very wet, very windy indeed across western areas, damaging gusts of wind. this area of rain pushes eastwards into the cold air, so likely to see some significant snow over the pennines, certainly across the scottish hills. some of this rain, really, will be quite heavy, so a pretty atrocious—looking
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day, i think, for tuesday. stay tuned to the forecast. details may change. as we move out of tuesday into wednesday, storm barra begins to weaken. and it sits across the uk, we think, as it does weaken. will still be quite a windy day on wednesday, not as windy as tuesday, but a blustery one nonetheless with showers or longer spells of rain. these will be wintry over the high ground as the air stays cold, and we'll see gales across southwestern areas too, and it's going to feel chilly, those temperatures in single digits across the board.
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