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tv   Newsday  BBC News  April 15, 2022 1:00am-1:31am BST

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welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore, i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines: on our exclusive visit to volodymyr zelensky�*s wartime bunker, ukraine's president tells the bbc, countries still buying russian oil have blood on their hands. russia says the flagship of its black sea fleet, the moskva, has sunk after an explosion, ukraine claims it hit the moskva with missiles. also ahead in the programme: the english channel crossing that ends in rwanda, the uk government plan to tackle asylum seekers by sending them to east africa. a british man whojoined the islamic state group in syria, is convicted in the us over the beheading
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of six westerners. and shocking scenes in shanghai, clashes between the police and the people as the city's strict covid lockdown enters its third week. it's eight in the morning in singapore, and 3:00am in ukraine where president volodymyr zelensky has said european countries that continue to buy oil from russia are aiding the country's war against them, and they will have blood on their hands. he's urged western leaders to speed up the delivery of military aid to help ukraine. he's been talking to the bbc�*s clive myrie who sat down with president zelensky in his wartime bunker. mr president, clive myrie, a pleasure to meet you.
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it's good to see you. for the entirety of the war volodymyr zelensky has called this heavily fortified building home in the centre of kyiv. how difficult has it been for you to be here through all this without your family? it's myjob. i have to do it and it's difficult without a family being anywhere. his wife and children are safe at an undisclosed location. his companions here, heavily armed troops, sandbags and mines. at the start of the war they walked around in the darkness here, afraid of russian shelling. it's like our country, like our country is going through the dark. going through the darkness. to the victory, i hope so. as we enter what is labelled the situation room, the president gets a text. come on in. from macron. emmanuel macron.
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yeah, he phoned me, we have connections. 0k, he dropped you a message, oh, i can see it. i don't know! he just tried to reach you, my friend. when you have some time, so we are holding up mr macron. yeah. i can see the plus 33, that's paris. yeah. 0k? a few minutes later he returns. his preoccupation, a renewed military onslaught about to begin in the east. are you getting the right weapons you need from the west? translation: we need weapons today so we can fight. _ we cannot wait until some country decides to give or sell us weapons. some have not decided on this and we cannot wait two or three weeks or a month. the united states, united kingdom and some european countries are helping but we need it sooner, we need it now.
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is it enough? we don't think so. the priority word is sooner, the priority word is quickly and the priority word, now. he is a president who has been cut off from his people, a citizenry suffering unimaginable horrors at the hands of a ruthless adversary. he is full of hate, he says, for russia's troops and their leaders, gradually limiting the scope for peace talks. how do you sit across the table to try to stop the war? how do you do that? bucha is in this process closing this possibility. bucha, borodyanka, mariupol, so i don't have, you know, it's not about me, it's more about russia.
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they will not have so many chances. in the long period to speak with us. and what of those european countries? despite of the sanctions still sending billions to russia in oil and gas revenues. translation: we don't understand how - you can make money out of blood. unfortunately some european countries have done this. before the war began i spoke to chancellor merkel and said, if a full—scale invasion of ukraine happens they will go further into poland and, after that, they will be on your borders of germany. if that happened, would you say to young people it's fine, its business, it's just business? how do you maintain hope? in the future, given everything that's happened? translation: it's not hope, its certainty. - that you will win.
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yes, of course. mr president, thank you. thank you so much. that was president volodymyr zelensky speaking to clive myrie. russia's ministry of defence says that the flagship of its black sea fleet, the moskva, has sunk while being towed back to port in stormy weather. the warship had been badly—damaged by a fire and explosion, according to officals. they said ammunition on board exploded in an unexplained fire on wednesday. ukraine says it struck the moskva with cruise missiles fired from the coast, a claim moscow denies. the sio—crew vessel has led russia's naval assault on ukraine, making it an important symbolic and military target. so what are the russians saying about this? earlier, our russia editor steve rosenberg gave us this update from moscow.
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it was an enormous symbol, a symbol of russia's military might and the fact that this symbol has been engulfed in a fire, put out of action, sung and towed back to harbour, i think that is a major blow to the prestige of the russian armed forces and it kind of goes against what president putin was saying just a couple of days ago when he declared that, what he calls his special military operation was going according to plan. talking of president putin, a couple of things struck me. the first things struck me. the first thing is how different the president's russia and ukraine are. on one hand you have president zelensky trying to get his message out to the world, giving it to these two western journalists. putin hasn't given an interview to the western media since russia attacked ukraine but there's one thing the two men have in common. publicly, at least, they both insist they are going to win. i've been speaking
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to majorjohn spencer, who's chair of urban warfare studies at the madison policy forum in the united states. i asked him for his reaction to the news about the sinking of the moskva. i think it is huge, i don't think it isjust i think it is huge, i don't think it is just symbolic. that was a saliva class cruiser. i don't care who you believe, the fact that it sunk, it is sitting at the bottom of the black sea, it was the linchpin to come under control, to air defence of the black sea fleet, it's not symbolic, this is huge. i put it on the level of basically the defeat of russia from taking care of, it is that level of event and it would be huge to putin, to his new theatre commander, this is, i am celebrating, this is huge. major spencer, just to say how do you see the russians react into this and what do they do next, whether go from here? i am very concerned about that
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actually, as a matter of fact there's asr is going off in almost every major city in ukraine, i don't know if they will strike back and increase their blatant war crimes of targeting cities with bombings, clearly they are not rational in what they do. they are losing and this is the losing momentum and that is a billion—dollar loss to them, let alone the loss to political will and the people. stopping at i remember in 2000 they sunk at i remember in 2000 they sunk a big deal to putin and his inner circle is. this will affect them big time and what they are trying to do now, if they are trying to do now, if they are trying to do now, if they are losing and just trying to take ukraine but this with combination with the momentum ukrainians have now with the us are sending them different weapons, this is big. ukraine claims it struck _ weapons, this is big. ukraine claims it struck the _ weapons, this is big. ukraine claims it struck the warship l claims it struck the warship with its own missiles, does ukraine have the capability to
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do this? we would get those sorts of missiles from? yeah, absolutely — sorts of missiles from? yeah, absolutely they _ sorts of missiles from? yeah, absolutely they have - sorts of missiles from? yeah, absolutely they have the - absolutely they have the capability and i'm actually fine with people believing that they didn't do it because no matter what, the russian fleet will stay back further from the coast and not knowing where it came from and how it came from, call it a storm or call it what you will, yes, they had land—based cruise missiles capable of bringing down this ship if it was doing bad military tactics which we have seen russia just defying logic with some of the military things so evidently this transfers over to naval wa rfa re, transfers over to naval warfare, allowing the premier flagship to be by itself. no matter what, yes they had to get mobility. do i care if people believe they did it? a little bit. ., people believe they did it? a little bit. . ., , ., ., g ., little bit. that was ma'orjohn sencer little bit. that was ma'orjohn spencer at h little bit. that was ma'orjohn spencer at the h little bit. that was majorjohn spencer at the madison - little bit. that was majorjohnj spencer at the madison policy forum speaking to us a little earlier. in other news from ukraine, a british man has reportedly
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been captured while fighting against russia. the family of aiden aslin has appealed for him to be treated humanely after russian media said he had been captured in the beseiged city of mariupol. he has appeared in photos and videos, restrained and in handcuffs. there's lots more on this story on our website, including extensive reporting on that interview with president zelensky talking to my colleague clive myrie. just head over to or download the bbc news app. let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines. scores of people are still missing in the philippines following floods and mudslides triggered by tropical storm megi. more than 130 are now confirmed to have died. the islands are battered by more than 20 storms a year and scientists have warned the number could rise because of climate change. the un world food programme has dispatched 47 trucks with humanitarian aid to the troubled northern tigray region of ethiopia.
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a truce agreed last month by rebel forces and the ethiopian government appears to be holding. the i7—month conflict has created a humanitarian crisis and sparked fears of a famine in tigray. the world's richest person, tesla boss elon musk, has offered to buy the social media platform twitter. mr musk said he would pay $54 a share for the company, valuing it at $40 billion. twitter�*s share price immediately soared at the news of the offer but some major shareholders including the saudi prince, al waleed bin talal have already rejected the proposal. let's turn to china now, where there are signs of growing tension in shanghai after video emerged of a confrontation between police and people being forced out of their homes as the city enters its third week of a covid lockdown. clashes occured as police forcibly moved people out of residential compounds, which are being turned
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into temporary quarantine centres. our correspondent robin brant reports from shanghai. crowd shouts. three weeks into lockdown, some here in shanghai are angry. in broad daylight, a confrontation. the police up against the people. horns honk. woman screams. scenes like this have become increasingly unusual here, but then, so is locking down almost 25 million people. head to toe in protective suits, in an eastern district of the city, officers were forcing people out of their rented apartments they could turn them into temporary quarantine facilities, all in the name ofa waragainst a resurgent covid. but for some, it was just too much. their homes sequestered, their desperation easy for all to hear. woman cries.
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a few miles away, there was an organised protest — a bold stand as the lockdown takes hold. in a country where you can be arrested for picking quarrels, they're angry about a local school being turned into another quarantine facility. police with riot shields forced them off the streets in the end. this was on a small scale but it's a sign of anger and frustration as this lockdown goes on. larger scale social unrest is what the ruling communist party fears the most and would likely tolerate the least. robin brant, bbc news, shanghai. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: an investigation is underway in michigan after a video emerges of a police officer fatally shooting a black
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man as he lay face—down on the ground. pol pot, one of the century's greatest mass murderers, is reported to have died of natural causes. he, and the khmer rouge movement he led, were responsible for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million cambodians. there have been violent protests in indonesia, where playboy has gone on sale for the first time. traditionalist muslim leaders have expressed disgust. the magazine's offices have been attacked and its editorial staff have gone into hiding. it was clear that paula's only contest was with the clock, and as for her sporting legacy, paula radcliffe's competitors will be chasing her new world—best time for years to come. quite quietly, _ but quicker and quicker, she seemed just to slide
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away under the surface i and disappear. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm karishma vaswani in singapore. our headlines: 50 days into the war in ukraine, president zelensky tells the bbc his heart is now filled with hate for russia and says each alleged russian atrocity reduces any hope of peace. russia's defence ministry says the flagship of its black sea fleet, moskva, has sunk — a day after ukraine said the cruiser had been hit by its missiles. plans unveiled by the british government to send some asylum seekers to rwanda in a fundamental overhaul of policy have been roundly condemned. borisjohnson said the proposals would hit human traffickers and save countless lives. but opposition parties and charities have called them
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"cruel" and non—practical. here's mark easton. hand shake in the grip of controversy. to support an agreement between britain and rwanda is according to the home secretary a world first in dealing with asylum seekers, men arriving in the uk by an unofficial group will have their ruled inadmissible and could be forcibly relocated 4,000 miles to rebuild their life in east africa. we 4,000 miles to rebuild their life in east africa.— life in east africa. we stand here today _ life in east africa. we stand here today absolutely - life in east africa. we stand - here today absolutely committed to changing some of the norms around the broken, global migration system because for too long, other countries and by the way nato sit on their hands of been watching people die. ., ., die. there migration partnership - die. there migration partnership sees - die. there migration partnership sees the die. there migration . partnership sees the uk die. there migration - partnership sees the uk send die. there migration _ partnership sees the uk send an initial £120 million for
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educational projects and rwanda, in return for the small african state open deal with what's become a humiliation for ministers who promised to control british borders. record numbers of asylum seekers arriving across the channel in small boats. the prime minister wasn't over today to launch a series designed to show the government getting serious with the problem of people traffickers.— the problem of people traffickers. , ., ., traffickers. this innovative approach _ traffickers. this innovative approach driven _ traffickers. this innovative approach driven by - traffickers. this innovative approach driven by a - traffickers. this innovative. approach driven by a shared humanitarian impulse made possible by brexit freedoms will provide safe and legal route �*s for asylum, while disrupting the business model of the gangs. the disrupting the business model of the gange— of the gangs. the centrepiece of the gangs. the centrepiece ofthe of the gangs. the centrepiece of the response _ of the gangs. the centrepiece of the response is the - of the gangs. the centrepiece of the response is the deal. of the response is the deal with wonder, if it happens this is where the first of those flown to kigali will be housed, currently a private hospital. for people coming from britain. the guided tour also included a
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meeting with the yemeni refugee who are successfully made his home in the country. the weather _ home in the country. the weather is _ home in the country. the weather is great, - home in the country. the weather is great, the - home in the country. tue: weather is great, the whole year, no change. i think this most of the things that i like. many have profound concerns about the practicality, cost and humanity of the deal, the british government sending often traumatised asylum seekers halfway around the world to rebuild the lights in the country they have never been to. rwanda is still a country recovering from genocide, half a million people killed in the mid— 90s, criticised by the uk for its human rights record last year, this may seem an odd choice of partner to a trust with rejecting human rights of traumatised and asylum seekers. israel scrapped a similar arrangement with rwanda in 2018 after it emerged asylum seekers ended up in the hands of people traffickers, there were accounts of rape, slave mint
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and mood as desperate refugees headed north to try to get to europe across the mediterranean. opposition politicians united in condemning the deal. politicians united in condemnin: the deal. , . condemning the deal. they are unworkable — condemning the deal. they are unworkable and _ condemning the deal. they are unworkable and they _ condemning the deal. they are unworkable and they cost - unworkable and they cost taxpayers billions of pounds and they reflect the prime minister has no grip, no answers. minister has no grip, no answera— minister has no grip, no answers. ., , ., ., answers. it's clearly not going to work, there _ answers. it's clearly not going to work, there is _ answers. it's clearly not going to work, there is no _ answers. it's clearly not going to work, there is no evidence| to work, there is no evidence this — to work, there is no evidence this these _ to work, there is no evidence this. these are appalling organised criminal gangs, these traffickers, it's going to be incredibly expensive as well. | incredibly expensive as well. i think incredibly expensive as well. think it's incredibly expensive as well. i think it's a cruel political stunt. _ think it's a cruel political stunt, things _ think it's a cruel political stunt, things that - think it's a cruel political stunt, things that do - think it's a cruel politicall stunt, things that do real think it's a cruel political - stunt, things that do real harm to refugee _ stunt, things that do real harm to refugee asylum _ stunt, things that do real harm to refugee asylum seekers- stunt, things that do real harm to refugee asylum seekers andj to refugee asylum seekers and no harm — to refugee asylum seekers and no harm to _ to refugee asylum seekers and no harm to people _ to refugee asylum seekers and no harm to people smugglers. | no harm to people smugglers. the hone. _ no harm to people smugglers. the hope. to— no harm to people smugglers. the hope, to stop _ no harm to people smugglers. the hope, to stop the - no harm to people smugglers. the hope, to stop the small. the hope, to stop the small boats the ambition for potentially thousands of people to be packed on planes to rwanda, the reality, the government could see a challenge in the courts seeking
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to scuttle it before the programme even begins. a former british national who joined the islamic state group in syria has been found guilty in the united states of hostage taking and conspiracy related to the murders of four americans in syria. el shafee elsheikh was part of an is militant cell dubbed �*the beatles' by hostages because of their british accents. a warning — you may find some of this report by nomia iqbal distressing. nearly a decade later, el shafee elsheikh will finally pay for his crimes. he has been found guilty of being a member of the gang who kidnapped and beheaded hostages in syria. the victims were american journalists james foley, steven sotloff, and aid workers peter kassig and kayla mueller. he also conspired in the deaths of british aid workers david haines and alan henning. none of their bodies have ever been found. they were killed in an act of barbarism that shocked the world, and now, theirfamilies have finally got justice.
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it was a lot more emotional. i expected to be happy, excited but, you know, it's the realisation that, you know, he's guilty, and what he's done to all the families, all the hostages. i've not slept a full night's sleep, probably, since my dad was killed in 2014. so, hopefully, tonight, i'll get a full night's sleep. he was given the best, in terms of mercy and justice, as opposed to what our citizens and the british citizens went through. all of them have been in court every day, reliving the nightmare. kayla mueller�*s mother wept on the stand, as she read out ransom e—mails sent by elsheikh, saying the gang wanted millions for her daughter to be freed. former hostages who were released after the ransom was paid described elsheikh and his accomplices as "sadists", who electrocuted, water—boarded and starved them. one said he tried to kill himself to escape.
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the defence tried to make out this was a case of mistaken identity, relying on the fact he always wore a full mask around hostages. when the verdicts came through, elsheikh showed very little reaction. the families quietly wept, held each other�*s hands, and there was an audible sigh of relief. it's taken them nearly ten years to getjustice. there's been a second of day of protests in the city of grand rapids in the us state of michigan after police released video footage of a white officer shooting dead a black man during a confrontation. the footage shows patrick lyoya being shot in the back of the head as the two men wrestle after a traffic stop. the protests have remained calm and peaceful, though anger is high. our correspondentjohn sudworth has the story — a warning, his report contains some distressing images. hey, stay in the car! stay in the car! it began as a routine
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police matter, with 26—year—old patrick lyoya pulled over in his car by a white officer in a michigan suburb. do you have a driver's licence? do you speak english? yes. but what happened next has once again put the question of racialjustice and policing right back in the national spotlight. 1915, we've got one running. as mr lyoya tries to get away, there's a struggle over the police taser before mr lyoya is forced face down to the ground. let go of the taser! and then, as the struggle continues, the police officer draws his gun gunshot ..and fires one fatal shot to the back of the head. at a press conference, his mother and father, who'd fled the war in congo eight years ago, spoke of their anger that their son had been killed by a bullet on the streets of america. i'm asking forjustice. applause i'm asking for justice for patrick. what do we want?
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justice! protests have already been held over the ten days since the shooting, but now the release of the video has the potential to spark a wider outcry. the officer, whose name has not yet been released, faces an investigation — while america yet again grapples with the questions posed by a police shooting of an unarmed black man. john sudworth, bbc news, washington. much more on that story on our website. now if you've ever wondered what more than a thousand cherry trees in full bloom look like injapan — here's the answer. this is takatojoshi park in the city of ina in the nagano prefecture, and it's known as one of the country's best cherry blossom viewing spots. it is home to about 1,500 cherry trees. the trees began flowering 10 days later than last year, due to cold weather. they came into full
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bloom right this week. that's all for now — stay with bbc world news. hello there. the weather this easter�*s looking pretty decent across much of the country. could see a little bit of rain pushing into the far north and west of the uk as we head through easter sunday into easter monday. but i think for many, it will stay fine, dry and pretty warm. temperatures into the low 20s celsius across the warmest part of the south and east of england. we'll have these weather fronts across more western areas, but this high pressure will continue to exert its force and keep them out at bay. so, for good friday, many places will start dry with some sunshine through central and eastern areas. a bit of coastal mist and fog around. further west, closer to those weather fronts, we'll have more cloud — northern ireland, southwest scotland, along irish sea coasts
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down into southwest england, the odd shower around here. the odd shower could develop elsewhere as temperatures reach the low 20s across the southeast. most places, though, will be dry, and for many, it's going to be mild with light winds. as we head through friday night, most places will be dry. any showers will die away. we'll see some low cloud, mist and fog returning, particularly across more southern and western areas. for many, it's going to be a mild night, but under clearer skies across the east, could be fairly chilly. so, for saturday, another dry day, plenty of sunshine from the word go across the southeast. after that cool start, temperatures will rise. again, there is a very slim chance of a shower developing here and there. most places will be dry with sunny spells. bit more cloud across the very far west. temperatures, again, mid—to—high teens, low 20s in the warmest spots. now, this is where we start to see a little bit of difference, a little change to the weather through easter sunday into monday. we could start to see our area of high pressure break down. that'll allow low pressure to push in from the west, but pushing weather fronts from west to east. but because these weather fronts
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will try to bump into this area of high pressure, they will be fizzling as they try to track their way eastwards. i think easter sunday, the very far west of the country looks like it will see some cloud and rain. elsewhere, most of the country will be dry again with plenty of sunshine, and it'll be quite warm with temperatures reaching 20 or 21 degrees. as we move into easter monday, that front clears eastern areas — barely anything on it. slightly fresher day to come for many, with low pressure to the north of the uk. could be quite windy across northern scotland, one or two showers here. but elsewhere, i think it looks largely fine, dry and settled, with temperatures a little bit lower.
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