tv Newsday BBC News December 14, 2021 1:00am-1:31am GMT
welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore. i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines: the capitol riot investigation — a committee will vote new evidence from south africa appears to show that the latest coronavirus variant causes less serious illness. it looks like, at this stage, you know, early data, we don't want to over interpreted, but the signs are certainly looking good. a, the signs are certainly looking aood. �* . ., the signs are certainly looking ood, �* u, ., good. a committee looking into the us capitol _ good. a committee looking into the us capitol riser— good. a committee looking into the us capitol riser votes - good. a committee looking into the us capitol riser votes to - the us capitol riser votes to bring charges of criminal contempt on one of the most senior members of donald trump's in a circle. the tornado tragedy — now kentucky's governor says 100 people are missing
in his state alone. and after a diversity row, can this year's nominations help the golden globes restore its reputation? hello, and welcome to the programme. key information about the severity of the latest covid variant has begun to emerge from south africa. the country was the first to identify omicron and doctors say early indications are the number of deaths, and people needing intensive care, is lower than at the same stage in previous waves of the virus. our africa correspondent andrew harding reports. behind andrew harding reports. their masks, south africans behind their masks, south africans have watched the omicron variants rent through this country. but although
hospital admissions are climbing here, the early data is now being widely interpreted as encouraging. take the number of people needing oxygen or intensive care in the city where omicron was first detected. in where omicron was first detected-— where omicron was first detected. ,., , detected. in the past three waves, about _ detected. in the past three waves, about two - detected. in the past three waves, about two out - detected. in the past three waves, about two out of. detected. in the past three i waves, about two out of every three patients admitted were cases of severe disease. and right now, we have only one out of four cases that is severe. a marked difference. so it looks like, at this stage, you know, early data, we don't want to over interpreted, but the signs are certainly looking good. ﬁnd are certainly looking good. and that applies — are certainly looking good. and that applies to _ are certainly looking good. and that applies to other important indicators too.— indicators too. this was the first wave. _ indicators too. this was the first wave, right, _ indicators too. this was the first wave, right, the - indicators too. this was the | first wave, right, the second wave that this graph shows the death toll in the past three
waves. this is here now? yes, exactly. this fourth wave in south africa with other waves, we see less mortality rates than the other waves. so if we just make a comparison i would say there is no need to be worried. say there is no need to be worried-— say there is no need to be worried. we do need to be careful when _ worried. we do need to be careful when comparing i worried. we do need to be - careful when comparing south africa and return. the population here, for instance, is far younger, on average, 13 years younger. and there are far fewer south africans over the age of 60. still, doctors and scientists here are cautiously optimistic about this new variant. south africa's president, cyril ramaphosa, hasjust africa's president, cyril ramaphosa, has just tested positive but is said to be experiencing only mild symptoms. as for the travel bans imposed so quickly by britain and other nations, calls for a rethink are getting louder. ., , ., ., louder. over a period of time this is going _ louder. over a period of time
this is going to _ louder. over a period of time this is going to have - louder. over a period of time this is going to have a - this is going to have a devastating impact on business, on the whole of the airline industry, and it is going to be hugely difficult to recover from this if this goes on much longer. from this if this goes on much loner. , ., ., from this if this goes on much loner. , . ., ., longer. only a quarter of south africans have _ longer. only a quarter of south africans have been _ longer. only a quarter of south africans have been fully - africans have been fully vaccinated. omicron may help change that. what is clear is that people are taking this new variant in their stride. andrew harding, bbc news, johannesburg. another country where the omicron variant is spreading rapidly is the uk. according to the government there are now an estimated 200,000 new infections every day. and that's set to keep rising. the response? widening the availability of a third booster vaccine to everyone over 30. our health editor hugh pym has the story. they were queueing for boosters in plymouth this morning, and there were lines of people hoping to getjabs in solihull. in hungerford, some had come a distance to have their booster today.
we've come from near portsmouth, so about an hour and a quarter. and are you hoping to get a walk—in booster? we were hoping to but we've just heard there is a 3—4 hour wait. i am part of the vulnerable group and i wanted to make sure i get it done. i don't want to ruin my christmas either — that's the main reason. maybe we won't make it today then. - we'lljust keep trying. the opening up of the booster programme and warnings about the rapid spread of omicron meant high demand in many areas. people in this queue for walk—ins were told earlier it could be a four hour wait. that has now come down a bit, but the message from nhs england is if you want to be sure of your booster book it online. the ability to do walk—ins depends on capacity at each local site. the prime minister warned again about the potential threat created by the new variant. sadly, yes, omicron is producing hospitalisations and sadly at least one patient has now been confirmed to have died with omicron. so i think the idea that this
is somehow a milder version of the virus, i think that is something we need to set on one side. the head of nhs england, with the prime minister today, now has to oversee a major acceleration of the programme. this is a huge challenge for the nhs and for the country. the prime minister has told us, and public health experts have told us, that the rate at which the omicron variant is spreading presents a serious threat and i have no doubt that the nhs's amazing staff will step up. this is a huge challenge for the nhs and for the country. the prime minister has told us, and public health experts have told us, that the rate at which the omicron variant is spreading presents a serious threat and i have no doubt that the nhs's amazing staff will step up. with a surge of people booking in england, the website crashed at times. so is the new target offering every adult a booster by the end of this month achievable? gps have been told they can set aside some routine
work to focus on more vaccinations, at this practice where there is limited space for people to sit after their jabs, they say there must be a clear message. irate jabs, they say there must be a clear message.— jabs, they say there must be a clear message. we do need the government _ clear message. we do need the government to _ clear message. we do need the government to get _ clear message. we do need the government to get inside -- . clear message. we do need the government to get inside -- on j government to get inside —— on side and make it very clear to the public that there are consequences. for example, they will be less gp appointment is available, people have to wait longer, and people also have to wait longer for longer, and people also have to wait longerfor hospital appointments and may even have their routine operations pushed back. ., , , their routine operations pushed back. . , back. pharmacists are concerned, _ back. pharmacists are concerned, they - back. pharmacists are concerned, they say, | back. pharmacists are i concerned, they say, to back. pharmacists are - concerned, they say, to step up the vaccination effort they must be allowed to drop routine form filling unless urgent work. ~ ., form filling unless urgent work. ., ., ,, ,, work. we also have the business as usual but _ work. we also have the business as usual but we _ work. we also have the business as usual but we need _ work. we also have the business as usual but we need to - work. we also have the business as usual but we need to look- as usual but we need to look after. we need to look after our patients on an ongoing basis. so if this red tape and unnecessary things are not managed, it is going to be very hard. we need to release our staff to be able to look after this and reach the deadlines. as well as cues for boosters that was very high demand for
lateral flow test, with ordering online temporarily suspended, the official said there were no shortages. the scale of the booster challenges acknowledged in all the uk's nations. in some areas, military assistance has been drafted in. senior health sources say the end of year target is highly ambitious and delivery may take longer. hugh pym, bbc news. much more about the omicron variant of covid—19 on our website, including this guide to how you can detect if you are infected. just head to bbc.com/news and click through to our special coronavirus section — or download the bbc news app. let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines: the us olympic and gymnastics federations have agreed a $380 million settlement with the victims of larry nassar. the former national gymnastics team doctor was jailed for life for sexually abusing hundreds of young female gymnasts over three decades. it's one of the largest ever
payouts for victims of sexual abuse in the us. diplomats from britain, france, and germany have warned that the 2015 nuclear deal is at risk of becoming "an empty shell" given the pace at which iran is accelerating its nuclear programme. they accused tehran of raising new positions inconsistent with the agreement and wasting precious time at the talks in vienna. the former myanmar prime minister, aung san suu kyi, will return to court later on tuesday to face charges of possessing illegal walkie—talkies. this will be the latest in a series of cases brought againnst her by myanmar�*s junta. the first verdict last week saw her sentenced to two years in prison for breaking covid rules and inciting unrest. russia has vetoed a united nations security council resolution which would have formally linked climate change and global security. the resolution proposed by ireland and niger, would have resulted in global warming being listed as an international security matter, requiring the un to make it a central part of its conflict prevention strategies.
still to come a bit later in the programme: in breaking news, the us committee investigating the january six attack on the capital has voted to seek contempt of congress charges against one of the most senior members of donald trump's in a circle. mike matos, president trump's chief of staff, and refused to give evidence but he did not give the committee thousands of emails and text. seven democratic and two republican members of the house of representatives select committee approved a report recommending the criminal charge against mr meadows by a unanimous 9—0 vote, paving the way for a vote by the full chamber. hugo was a congressional reporter for the guardian's dc, this is what he
had to tell me earlier, expanding why mr meadows was being investigated. the expanding why mr meadows was being investigated.— being investigated. the january six committee _ being investigated. the january six committee investigating - being investigated. the january j six committee investigating the capital attack targeted mike matters from the outset of their investigation. he was one of the first subpoenas that theyissued of the first subpoenas that they issued compelling document production and a deposition behind closed doors. meadows started to co—operate to some degree last month, he produced about 9000 documents, as you said, he produced text messages, he produced emails, he even produced a power point that talk about ways to stop the certification ofjoe the certification of joe biden's the certification ofjoe biden's victory from taking place onjanuary six. then what happened was that the committee went and tried to subpoena the core records, of his personal cellphone, at which point the cooperation deal broke down and meadows stopped cooperating and the result was him being recommended for prosecution for defying the subpoena. that recommended for prosecution for defying the subpoena.— defying the subpoena. that was hu . h defying the subpoena. that was hugh lowell. — defying the subpoena. that was hugh lowell, speaking - defying the subpoena. that was hugh lowell, speaking to - defying the subpoena. that was hugh lowell, speaking to me i hugh lowell, speaking to me earlier before the decision by
the us congressional committee to remind you of what they decided today, they had a unanimous 9—0 vote, paving the way for a vote by the full chamber. more than 100 people are still missing in the us state of kentucky, after the series of devastating tornadoes at the weekend. officials said at least 64 people had died. in the city of mayfield, one of the worst—hit areas, a candle factory was destroyed while more than a hundred people were working inside it. president biden will head to kentucky on wednesday to see the impact of the disaster. nomia iqbal reports from there. people would normally be back in work, but instead it is a third day of rebuilding their lives. be seeing patients. instead, he is trying to save his surgery. we are trying to clean out a path to it, to get a truck in here to maybe get some equipment out but could be
salvaged. equipment out but could be salvaged-— salvaged. his staff have managed _ salvaged. his staff have managed to _ salvaged. his staff have managed to find - salvaged. his staff have - managed to find computers and stethoscopes.— stethoscopes. doctor williams, he is really _ stethoscopes. doctor williams, he is really close _ stethoscopes. doctor williams, he is really close to _ stethoscopes. doctor williams, he is really close to the - stethoscopes. doctor williams, he is really close to the town i he is really close to the town and the people here, he has been here for a long time now. so a lot of people are relying on us, so that's why we're just trying to clear everything out and get to the patients as soon as possible. and get to the patients as soon as possible-— as possible. the scale of destruction _ as possible. the scale of destruction is _ as possible. the scale ofj destruction is staggering as possible. the scale of. destruction is staggering to see in person. entire homes have been wiped out. residents here i used to tornadoes, they get bad weather alerts, but nothing prepared them for this. elsewhere, emily got out of her home in time. she says it is a miracle herfamily home in time. she says it is a miracle her family survived and this town is relying on miracles.— this town is relying on miracles. ~ ., ., , miracles. we went down to my grandmother _ miracles. we went down to my grandmother in _ miracles. we went down to my grandmother in law's, - miracles. we went down to my grandmother in law's, and - grandmother in law's, and stayed in their hallway for shelter. um... ijust held my kids tightly and prayed. aha,
kids tightly and prayed. a rescue operation is ongoing at the nearby candle factory after two people were found alive in this debris by their mobile phone signals more than a day after the collapse. president biden plans to visit kentucky this wednesday. this administration - this wednesday. this administration has i this wednesday. this - administration has made it clear to every gunner, whatever they need, when they needed. when they need it. make it known to me, it will get it to them as rapidly, as rapidly as we can. he has offered support to help residents recover and rebuild. , , ., rebuild. many tell us that could take _ rebuild. many tell us that could take years. - rebuild. many tell us that could take years. if- rebuild. many tell us that could take years. if you l rebuild. many tell us that. could take years. if you want to get in touch with me from any of the story so far, i am on twitter @bbckarishma. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: nominations are out for the golden globe awards — we look at how the ceremony is facing a boycott over
of a lack of diversity in the organisation which runs them. saddam hussein is finished because he killed our people, our women, our children. the signatures took only a few minutes, but they brought a formal end to 3.5 years of conflict — conflict that has claimed more than 200,000 lives. before an audience of foreign leaders, the presidents of bosnia, serbia and croatia put their names to the peace agreement. the romanian border- was sealed and silent today. romania has cut itself off - from the outside world in order to prevent the details - of the presumed massacre in timisoara from leaking out. from sex at the white house to a trial for his political life — the lewinsky affair tonight guaranteed bill clinton his place in history, as only the second president
ever to be impeached. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm karishma vaswani, in singapore. our headlines: new evidence from south africa appears to show the latest coronavirus variant causes less serious illness and death than previous waves of the pandemic. a committee looking into the us capitol riots votes to bring charges of criminal contempt to one of the most senior members of donald trump's inner circle. i want to tell you about this story now, in india, where family members of 1a civilians who were killed by the indian army earlier this month have rejected government compensation. the civilians were killed in nagaland, a remote region bordering myanmar, where there has been a long—running insurgency
against indian rule. the families want the soldiers prosecuted and a controversial law giving the indian army huge powers to be overturned. the bbc�*s nitin srivastava reports. a bride of ten days mont the death of a husband. translation: i death of a husband. translation: ., , translation: i waited up until midniaht translation: i waited up until midnight for— translation: i waited up until midnight for him _ translation: i waited up until midnight for him to _ translation: i waited up until midnight for him to return. - translation: i waited up until midnight for him to return. myl midnight for him to return. my message, hoping that he was alive. there was no reply so i phoned. his friend picked up and set your husband has been shot. we are taking him to the hospital. i insisted on talking to him but he could barely do so. within the next hour everything was finished. who will look after me now? her
husband — will look after me now? her husband was _ will look after me now? her husband was a _ will look after me now? her husband was a minor- will look after me now? her husband was a minor on his way home from work when an indian army vessel opened fire, mistaking the man for insurgents. six miners were killed, eight more civilians and an indian soldier died after angry locals confronted the troops. nagaland is a remote region or drink and has seen a long spell of violence as insurgents have been fighting for independence for decades but this is the deadliest in recent times. villagers here were preparing for the coming festive season, the christmas holidays, when suddenly everything has gone silent. people say the killing of young boys is something unprecedented and this has really shook the entire community out here. the indian army as set up a high level
enquiry. india's home minister has also our security agencies to be more cautious during such counterinsurgency operations. ethnic groups and india's north—east have long opposed afspa, a law giving overarching powers to military. protection from prosecution for soldiers who kill civilians. translation: ,, . , , translation: security forces are meant _ translation: security forces are meant to _ translation: security forces are meant to protect - translation: security forces are meant to protect humans. j translation: security forces - are meant to protect humans. we want to tell india's home minister amit shah this law is unprofessional and a total failure. innocence are being killed under it.— failure. innocence are being killed under it. this man lost his twin brothers. _ killed under it. this man lost his twin brothers. they - killed under it. this man lost his twin brothers. they were | his twin brothers. they were minor supporting a family of eight, since he is unable to work. he wants nothing, just for them to return. but other
families want answers for how the indian army could kill their loved ones. nitin srivastava, bbc news. nagaland. there are fresh calls for an overhaul of indonesia's disaster warning system, after at least 45 people died in the eruption onjava island. many more people are missing. the volcano at mount semeru spectacularly erupted, ejecting ash clouds and lava. it appears that messages were sent to local administrators but they did not result in an evacuation order. indonesia is part of the so called pacific ring of fire where many volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur. so what makes it so—dangerous and why even now are events so hard to predict? earlier i spoke to volcanologist heather handley about why it's so hard to gauge the intensity of volcanic activity before they erupt. volcanoes are very dynamic regions on the planet and so we do have similar techniques to detect an earthquake. if you
think about molten rock moving from deep underground to the surface, it often cracks and breaks the rocks that a breach of the crust of the earth. that is one way we look for volcanic levity. we are getting more sophisticated in techniques so we use a lot of satellite observations. it is not as hazardous to get on the ground. we use imaging techniques and this could also be detecting gas from data, it could be looking at changes in the movement by very small amounts and so there is a lot of different ways we can look at how volcanoes are changing their behaviour. monitoring gas on the ground and whether that changes, what is coming out or its temperature. we can lots of ways to try and see any changes in activity. ways to try and see any changes in activity-— in activity. specifically, in the case _ in activity. specifically, in the case in _ in activity. specifically, in the case in the _ in activity. specifically, in the case in the eruption l in activity. specifically, in| the case in the eruption in
indonesia, how did that go wrong in terms of relaying information to the people who needed to get out of harms way? i am not too familiar with what the mechanisms of communications were from the authorities but i know it is a difficult thing. mount semeru it is very active. 7a of the last 80 years it has been active. and it has been active since 2013 in its current eruption. they used to smaller sized eruptions compared to the one that happened. the challenge for mount semeru is that at the top of the volcano, into the crater, there is a hard layer of lava which keeps some of the pressure in and what they think happened to trigger the bigger eruption, the ash went a lot higher into the ash went a lot higher into the atmosphere, 50 kilometres creating these fires. — — 15.
it may be more unstable due to a storm. you have these domes in the craters of these volcanoes, these can collapse suddenly and the challenge is to predict or recognise when those changes are going to happen. until very recently, the golden globes were seen as second in hollywood only to the oscars. but they've become rather embroiled in controversy after it emerged, earlier this year, that none of the people voting for the nominations is black. that led to many hollywood agents saying they would advise their stars agaisnt working with the globes' organisers. nonetheless, the nominations came out on monday so we thought we'd take a look at the favourites. two separate films led the way, with seven nominations each: belfast, a film made by kenneth branagh,
set in the northern ireland of his childhood. and the power of the dog, a western starring benedict cumberbatch. other high—proflie actors up for a statuette include will smith, for his portayal of richard williams, the father of the tennis greats venus and serena. kristen stewart, lady gaga, olivia colman, leonardo di caprio, and nicole kidman are all also in the running. but with the usual host broadcaster nbc not televising the ceremony this year, will anyone will actually turn up to take home a prize? here's toronto—based culture writer amil niazi. the big story today is just how quiet hollywood is in regards to this nomination. usually huge star power to get ahead of these types of nominations and these types of nominations and the fact that it is that air on
outlets like twitter right now says a lot about the relevance of the golden globes from just evenif of the golden globes from just even if this february when the blockbuster piece came out about there were no black members in hf pa. i can imagine seeing the same star power on the red carpet. definitely a lot of people will not show up and it is too early to see any outright rejection of but i think you will not see the type of star power associating themselves with the golden gloves as they normally would make celebrating these nominations. these are usually a precursor to the oscars that you have people like kristin stewart, lady gaga, usually favoured to collect oscar nominations getting that early night and the fact that no—one is talking about it says a lot about hollywood's relationship to the golden globes right now and it is an icy one.
that is all the time we have for. thank you for watching and state with bbc news. hello. well, tuesday is going to be generally quite cloudy, perhaps damp in a few places, nothing spectacular. it is december after all. you can see a lot of cloud on the satellite picture, but this little gap in the cloud that's over us right now has actually led to some clear spells across parts of northern england and northern ireland, too, perhaps the north of wales. so, i think these are the most likely areas for fog to form early in the morning. the very far north—west of the uk, wet and windy first thing. the south of the country, really quite mild. look at these starting temperatures — 10 degrees along the channel coast. so, this is the weather map for tuesday. we have high pressure
to the south, which will continue to build through the course of the week, but weather fronts are grazing the north—west of the uk. so, for ourfriends in the western isles, it's going to be wet and windy at times. we are expecting some rain or so in orkney and shetland. perhaps a little bit of rain around the lowlands and south—western areas of scotland, but i think eastern areas, in fact all along the east of the country, i think there will be some brightness around. and temperatures typically around 7—9 degrees, but southern areas, london, cardiff, plymouth with the cloud and the murk hanging around, that mild air from the south, it will be around 12 degrees in one or two spots. here's the weather map for wednesday. so, again, high pressure in the south, weather fronts grazing the north, but increasingly these weather fronts will bring less rain as we go through the course of the week. so, more than anything, it's just an area of cloud with some dampness here across parts of scotland and northern ireland. it's because it's high pressure starting to build in from the south. and look at these temperatures — double figures right
across the board midweek. now, this high pressure is going to anchor itself across the uk thursday and friday, and i wouldn't be surprised if it stays here, well, right up till christmas quite possibly. this means generally settled conditions across the uk, light winds, with some fog in the morning. still mild on thursday, but i think gradually what we'll find is these temperatures, even though we'll have high pressure, gradually these temperatures will ease so down into single figures by the time we get to the weekend. but i think it's going to stay mostly settled for the rest of the week. bye— bye.
this is bbc news. we will have the headlines and all the main stories for you at the top of the hour, straight after this programme. hello, i'm roz atkins. welcome to this week's addition of the media show. we're going to talk about two enormous scoops and one resignation. it was pippa crerar from the daily mirror who first reported on that christmas party in downing street last week. and then we had paul brand from itv news putting out
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