welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore. i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines: emmanuel macron is on target to win the first ballot in the french presidential election, but marine le pen gains ground at the polls. translation: don't make a mistake, this _ translation: don't make a mistake, this isn't _ translation: don't make a mistake, this isn't over. - translation: don't make a mistake, this isn't over. the | mistake, this isn't over. the debate we're going to have over next 15 days decides for our country and for europe. grim discoveries in ukraine. more than 1,200 bodies are found in areas around kyiv that were previously occupied by russian troops. the british chancellor asks for an official review of his financial affairs, saying he's confident it will show he followed the rules.
thousands take to the streets in pakistan to protest against the ousting of the former prime minister imran khan from office. the olivier award goes to... eddie redmayne! and eddie redmayne wins big at the olivier awards at the royal albert hall in london. live from our studio in singapore, this is bbc news — it's newsday. hello and welcome to the programme. with most of the votes counted in the first round of the french presidential election, emmanuel macron will face the far—right leader marine le pen in a run—off in two weeks' time. results currently show only a two percentage point difference between them, with mr macron on just over 27% and ms le pen onjust over 25%. our paris correspondent
lucy williamson has the latest. it's on, the battle for the future of france. translation: do not make a mistake, this is not over. l the debate we're going to have for the next 15 days is decisive for our country and for europe. a choice for president macron or president le pen. translation: what will| happen on 24 april is not just a vote about conditions, it's a matter of society, even of civilisation. early projections suggest that emmanuel macron
is still the favourite with 28% of voters, more than last time around. le pen's share of the vote grew to around 23%. it's not as close as some polls had predicted, but this is where the battle really begins. i am impatient and a little bit nervous always, simply because you don't know what france will choose. and what the french people will want. we have seen lately that extremism is getting quite more popular, in part because on the social networks, misinformation is kind of like the plague of the zist century. so, our work is to try to fight that. yes, we are scared - because the votes are very close on the first round, people on the second i round will vote everything. but macron because people are not satisfied i about what he did.
mr macron only started campaigning a few weeks ago, too occupied with the war in ukraine. more proof for some that he is arrogant and out of touch, the president of the rich despite creating jobs and paying billions to keep french workers afloat through covid—i9. marine le pen has worked hard to present herself as softer and more responsible. she wants to ban the muslim headscarf in public and give priority to french nationals injobs and housing. but her campaign is focused on poverty and rising prices. mr macron says that her programme is racist and would threaten democracy in france. he's always said he is the only one who can keep le pen from power, but after five years of president emmanuel macron, there are those want to keep him from office too.
those who watched the uk vote for brexit and the us vote for trump. and are asking themselves what is the solution for france? this election will hang on those who don't like either emmanuel macron or marine le pen. and what they will do next is harder to predict. the unwritten rule that everyone in france comes together to block the far right seems to be fraying and the two visions france has chosen for president show how divided this nation is. lucy williamson, bbc news, paris. earlier i spoke to anne—elisabeth moutet, a paris—based french journalist and columnist for the daily telegraph newspaper. i asked her what she made of the result. one name that was not mentioned in your piece and, indeed, in most coverages the name of the third also—ran, that isjohn mcmanus on, the hard left leader, who was bowling almost
21%, he is the frenchjeremy corbyn. because of the rest of the left—wing parties in the green party's are nowhere in sight, lots of people voted him in the first round hoping he would make it to the second round, he is separated from marine le pen by under a million votes. we are talking about something that might have been possible. who do his voters vote for? he has been very careful to say do not vote for marine le pen, but he has not said vote for emmanuel macron. and pollsters know very well that at least one third of his voters of the rust belt, working class, actually almost a __ working class, actually almost a —— are marine le pen voters. they might switch from one to the other. it is a very interesting race. ithink the other. it is a very interesting race. i think at the end of the day macron wins, because most, as lucy said, most democratic parties, left and right, saying, look, vote for macron, we have to stop marine le pen. but it has been
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vladimir putin support in the past, i would say she had a fair chance of being present, but she made that mistake. anne—elisabeth moutet there speaking to me a little earlier. in other headlines, ukraine's president zelensky says vladimir putin has not only his country but the entire european project in his sights. he was speaking as the eu re—opened its embassy in kyiv after russian forces retreated from the north of ukraine. the major focus of the fighting is now likely to be in the east, with civilians being evacuated from the donbas region. prosecutors say 1,200 bodies have now been recovered from areas previously occupied by russia around kyiv. those include the village of andriivka from where our correspondent mark lowen sent this report. less liberation, more scorched earth. the population of andriivka is 1,000, more than a0 were killed as the russians attacked and moved in for a month.
the remnants of battle mixed with remains of lives as the shroud of war is peeled back, uncovering the horrors beneath. tatiana's only grandson anton was taken by the russians the day after his 23rd birthday and shot. so badly mutilated, they identified him from his clothes, recovering his body after a month and burying him two days ago. translation: maybe if he had gone to fight somewhere else, | he would have returned in one piece. he was a clever boy, he recited poetry. when my husband told the russians to take him instead, they pointed their machine gun and said go home or we will take you both. this terrorised community will try somehow to return to
peace, but it cannot out its agony. first came the offensive here, then the occupation, and now the trauma of those returning or simply emerging to see the destruction which is immense. we are now learning that these scenes are repeated across the shattered country which even when peace returns, could take a generation to rebuild. this family are trying, repairing broken lives and their home, where russian soldiers stayed. and this is how they treated it. he is still trying to work out what they stole. translation: i have no words to describe what they did. - i do not know what they were looking for. my family had been living here for 15 years but they came in and looted it all. as the ukrainian army moved in, the russians came down
to his tiny shelter to hide, feasting on the family's food and resting before their retreat. no place safe from their occupation. on the edge of the cemetery, the fresh grave of tatiana's grandson. he was studying to become an electrician. i have two daughters, she told, us and he was our boy. mark lowen, bbc news. the world bank says it expects ukraine's economy to shrink by 45% this year as a result of the war with russia. the bank says enormous financial support is needed immediately to keep the government running, and to support the population. it's already provided nearly a billion dollars of assistance and is promising another two billion in the months ahead. now let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines. doctors in sri lanka have said the island's hospitals are nearly out of life—saving medicines as an economic crisis continues.
they said they feared more people would die because of the shortages than from coronavirus during the whole pandemic. doctors say hospitals no longer had access to imported medical equipment and vital drugs. all 18 million residents of the southern chinese city of guangzhou are to be tested for covid after the discovery of a handful of cases. officials have asked people not to start panic buying. in shanghai, which reported nearly 211,000 new daily infections on saturday, there are reports of unrest because of a lack of food. more than a thousand people have taken to the streets of tunisia's capital, tunis, to protest against what they're calling a power grab by the president. some shouted "down with the coup". president kais saied dissolved parliament last month after earlier scrapping the country's independent judicial council. lastjuly he sacked the government and seized wide—ranging powers.
spanish police have seized what is thought to be one of the largest hauls of animal taxidermy in europe. they found more than a thousand specimens at an industrial warehouse in valencia. the haul included some extinct animals and endangered species like lions, cheetahs, and the bengal tiger. investigators estimate the stuffed animals are worth about $30 million. let's turn to the uk now, where the chancellor, rishi sunak, has asked the prime ministerfor an official review of all the declarations of interest he has made since becoming a minister. it comes after scrutiny of he and his wife akshata murty�*s tax arrangements, financial affairs and rights to live and work in the united states. our correspondent andrew plant has more. rishi sunak is feeling the political heat for several days now after the news that his wife was not required to pay tax year in the uk or any money that you're earned overseas, that changed
on friday and she said she would not pay tax here on what she called the sense of british fairness but i think it's clear that the chancellor has been bruised by the past few days must rule out any suggestions that he has behaved inappropriately. on twitter, he has published a letter which was written to prime minister borisjohnson asking for an independent advisor on getting involved, an investigation with that he has properly declared all of his interests ever since he had become a minister. that is something that opposition parties have already called for. mr sunak has said he is absolutely certain that they will find everything has been done by the book. he said on twitter, i'm confident that such a review of the declarations will find that all relevant information was appropriately declared. the treasury will not say today whether or not there's any incident that prompted the chancellor and this comes
after ordering a whitehall review over what exactly that information about his wife's taxation status was leaked in the first place, but it is clear is that rishi sunak is absolutely determined to try to repair any damage that has been done to his political reputation. corresponded andrew plant reporting on that story for us. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: the great and the good from the world of theatre attend the olivier awards at the royal albert hall in london. or part has a been reported today. he and the khmer rouge, the political party led by responsible for the death of
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in the second round. more than 1,200 bodies have been found in areas around kyiv that were previously occupied by russian troops. rallies have been held in cities across pakistan, to protest against the removal of imran khan from his post as prime minister, following a no confidence vote in parliament over the weekend. thousands of people gathered in karachi and lahore, waving torches and flags in the dark, and chanting in support of mr khan. a long time rival, shehbaz sharif, is expected to be voted in by parliament to replace him later on monday. secunder kermani reports from islamabad. opposition supporters celebrating in front of parliament last night after imran khan was ousted from office. but as the drama subsided, a lone woman approached us. translation: our hearts are crying for imran khan, there is no other leader
like him in the world. there is so much pain in my heart, my heart is screaming. we are going to have a government of thieves that have looted our country. imran khan first became a national hero as a cricketing star. in the west he was also known as a playboy who married and then later divorced jemima goldsmith. after a political struggle of more than two decades, he was elected prime minister in 2018, promising to create a new pakistan, free from corruption. so where did it all go wrong? there has been growing anger at the sharp rise in the cost of living here. imran khan's popularity has been dented in recent years. he has expanded the social welfare system but many feel he has not fulfilled his biggest promises whilst also overseeing a violent crackdown of critical voices.
this move to oust him is not the result of rising public resentment, it is the result of elite political manoeuvring. both deny it but it is widely believed pakistan's military helped bring imran khan into power. last year, a rift developed between them. when the perception grew that this government was not capable to deliver and run the government, the military i believe decided they had to maintain their distance. the way military helped imran khan in day—to—day affairs and even managing his political allies and the coalition government, once that support was missing, his downfall was inevitable. the new prime minister looks set to be shehbaz sharif, his brother nawaz was disqualified from the role years ago and convicted on corruption charges which he says were politically motivated. imran khan alleges this visit
to moscow on the day russia invaded ukraine has led america to launch a conspiracy to oust him. most observers do not believe him but his supporters do. and imran khan is determined to try and keep fighting. secunder kermani, bbc news islamabad. earlier i spoke to samina yasmeen is director of the centre for muslim states and societies at the university of western australia in perth and she began by telling me what went wrong for imran khan. he had promised people a lot before he came to power, he had promised a new pakistan where everyone would be equally treated, then he use this language of the medina state, which is the original islamic state set in medina. there was an impression that everybody pakistan would be more wealthy
commonwealth oriented, would be able to live comfortably but within three years it became really clear that it was very hard for ordinary people to live comfortably, not only poor people but even the middle—class suffered because of the rising prices and at the same time i think there is a lot of people that don't get enough mention, he concentrated power within a few people around him who didn't really let him know what was happening outside, so you could count them on the fingers of one hand, and with that he missed out on listening to people who are suffering, that's what mattered and of course the military, as the report said, wants a military withdrew their support which brought him to power, it was very hard for him to sustain himself in that position. to sustain himself in that position-— to sustain himself in that osition. ~ . , . ., position. we are expecting a new prime — position. we are expecting a new prime minister- position. we are expecting a new prime minister to - position. we are expecting a new prime minister to be . new prime minister to be appointed, to be put in place
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"very tired and exhausted". the monarch, who's 95, was taking part in a virtual hospital visit when she described her experience to a former virus patient, whose father and brother died with the illness. buckingham palace said in february that the queen had coronavirus. theatre luvvies gathered in london for the olivier awards, which honour people who work both on and off stage. cabaret at the kit kat club starring eddie redmayne was the big winner on the night, as claudia redmond reports. the curtain was raised at the glitzy olivier awards in london. cabaret act cabaret at the kit kat club was the biggest winner of the night taking seven prizes including acting trophies for eddie redmayne and irish actress jesse buckley.—
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dolly foley with the english national ballet. the winners of the olivier awards overseen by the olivier awards overseen by the society of london theatre are chosen by a team of industry figures, stage luminaries and theatre loving members of the public. it is hoped that following so many setbacks with covid restrictions over the past years that this shows can finally go on. claudia redmond, bbc news. police in the uk have launched an investigation with following reports of an alleged result involving cristiano ronaldo after manchester united �*s defeat on saturday. footage was shared on social media of the united forward appearing to hit a phone out of a young fan �*s hand as he left the pitstop he apologised for his outburst. the world number one ranked golfer scotty scheffler overcame a late challenge from northern ireland �*s rory mcilroy to secure victory at the masters, american scheffler
saw his overnight advantage temporarily cut tojust saw his overnight advantage temporarily cut to just one stroke during a thrilling final day at the augusta national because. from us, thank you so much for watching. hello, there. there was a lot of sunshine around first thing on sunday, but it was cold and frosty, and it was quite widespread across the country. these were the kind of temperatures we woke up to first thing on sunday morning, as low as minus six celsius. now, all change and quite literally as we speak because of this area of low pressure that is throwing cloud right across the country, and that is acting like a blanket so it is preventing those temperatures from falling too far. it will be a frost free start to monday morning, with temperatures more likely about four or five or six degrees above freezing. so, a difference to the feel of the weather, and quite a cloudy, grey story first thing in the morning. the winds are going to strengthen, and that is going to throw up some showery outbreaks of rain through wales, northern ireland, north—west england as well through the day.
quite blustery winds as well, either coming from a southerly or south—easterly direction, widely gusting in excess of 30 miles an hour. but sheltered eastern areas will see some sunshine and with the wind direction now coming from the south, that means it will be a little bit warmer, 17 degrees the expected high. thundery downpours are likely into the south—west through monday night into tuesday, and we can trail that weather front all the way back down into spain. in fact, the air is coming up from the sahara. it is going to be pushing its way steadily northwards, with the exception perhaps of the northern isles. here, you will stay in the cooler air for the next few days. that means first thing on tuesday morning, we are likely to see temperatures for degrees in lerwick but ten or 11 degrees not out of the question across central and southern parts of england and wales. yes, there is going to be some rain, some of it quite heavy, some thundery downpours pushing their way steadily north and because the area is coming from the sahara, it could have sprinkling of saharan dust and that rain as well, that mightjust turn your washing or your car is a little bit grainy, a little bit orange at times.
in terms of the feel of things, 17 or 18 degrees down into the south—east whether cloud lingers, we are only looking out around a maximum of six to eight celsius. but the rain will ease away, the isobars open up through the middle part of the week, and the weather story is set to quieten down. it looks likely that wednesday will be the warmest day of the week, with 19 or 20 degrees not out of the question. a good deal of dry weather as well, as we head towards the easter weekend. whatever you are doing, take care and enjoy.
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