welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore, i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines: an operation is under way to evacuate ukrainian civilians, trapped for weeks in a steelworks in mariupol — around a hundred have left so far. translation: when michelle started landing there, i thought my heart would stop and i would not survive. == thought my heart would stop and i would not survive.— i would not survive. -- when the shells- — the us house speaker, nancy pelosi assures president zelenskyy during a visit to kyiv, that american support will continue until ukraine wins the war. more mass protests in sri lanka, as the government struggles over the crippling cost of living.
new zealand reopens its borders to international tourists for the first time in more than two years. and the most detailed sd model of the female anatomy, to help make better medical diagnoses for women. live from our studio in singapore, this is bbc news. it's newsday. hello and welcome to newsday — it's 8:00am in the morning in singapore, and 3:00am in mariupol, where the international red cross and the united nations have confirmed that they are involved in an operation to move civilians out of the city. the red cross said a convoy of vehicles had reached mariupol on saturday to evacuate some of the hundreds
of people trapped in the city's azovstal steel plant. these images show evacuees arriving earlier on sunday at their first stop in donetsk on the russian border, they're accompanied by red cross and un staff. ukrainian president zelensky tweeted: but around 1,000 more civilians are still sheltering inside the vast steelworks complex, along with around 2,000 ukrainian fighters, who are making a desperate last stand in the city that has been almost completely destroyed by russian forces. 0ur correspondent laura bicker is in zaporizhzhia, where the evacuated civilians are being taken.
after 60 days in darkness. they can finally crawl into the daylight. above ground, they pick through the rubble, the remains of their place of refuge. they've lived in a maze of tunnels below this vast steel plant for weeks. the only way to survive the russian bombardment. svetoslav was six months old yesterday. nearly half his life has been underground. supplies have been cut off, for weeks. "the children were hungry," this woman says. more than 100 people have been allowed to leave. their horror is over, for now. translation: i can't believe it, two months of darkness. l i told my husband, we won't be needing to go to the toilet with a torch and a bag. the azovstal steel plant is one of the biggest in the world. a unit of ukrainian fighters has tried to hold
on to the site as this once vibrant european city was pounded by the russians. civilians took shelter underground alongside them, but the bombing was relentless. the azov group claim that even their hospital was targeted. people have experienced fragmentation wounds, lacerations, fractures, bullet wounds. it is amputation is, critical condition. there are a couple of hundred of them. but now there is a glimmer of hope. it will be a tense wait to see if more will make it out of this city alive. around 100 civilians are expected here in zaporizhzhia tomorrow but there are hundreds more still trapped within the steelworks. there are thought to be 100,000 people in the city of mariupol itself. that gives you an idea
of the scale of the operation still to come. talks are under way but i'm told those negotiations are delicate, tense and complicated. meanwhile — in kyiv — nancy pelosi, the speaker of the us house of representatives, has made ukraine's president volodymyr zelenskyy. she said the united states would stand with ukraine until the "fight is done" and said congress would move quickly to deliver $33 billion worth of aid proposed by president biden. ben brown reports. nany pelosi is the latest high profile international political figure to come to kyiv and offer president zelenskyy moral support. and he's getting much more than that from the united states, some $33 billion worth of economic, humanitarian and military assistance promised by president biden. speaking in poland after nancy pelosi had left ukraine, she said ukraine is fighting
for everyone's freedom. do not be bullied by bullies. if they're making threats, you cannot back down. that's my view of it, that we're there for the fight. and you cannot fold to a bully. russia is now stepping up its offensive on the eastern front in donbas, raining down rockets, artillery and tank fire on ukrainian trenches and bunkers. after two months on the front line, these ukrainian troops from the 81st brigade are now pulling back for a short rest, a break from the relentless russian onslaught that has killed and injured many of their colleagues. a combat doctor treats some of the troops for trench foot because they haven't been able to change soaking wet boots and socks.
translation: this is a good opportunity for the boys - to rest and to return to the fight with new energy, to recover physically, morally and psychologically. but before too long, his men will be heading back to the front line, perhaps to face an even more ferocious russian attack. this war, which president putin had hoped would only last for a few days, could now rage on for months or even years to come, consuming more lives with every passing day. well, passing day. the ukrainian military say well, the ukrainian military say the weapons they really need now from the west are more heavy guns and long—range artillery in order to counter the barrage as they are facing on that eastern front in donbas. even so the ukrainian say they have had much success in last few days and pushing back russian forces, especially in places like the suburbs of
kharkiv, the country's second—biggest city. let's turn to another top story for you now — this time in sri lanka — where tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of the capital, colombo, protesting steep price hikes for essential goods. dwindling foreign currency reserves has meant the island nation of 22 million people, is struggling to pay for food, fuel and foreign medicines. the may day rally, is the culmination of a week of demonstrations, uniting the country's different ethnic groups, in opposition to the government. from colombo, anbarasan ethirajan has that story. a bruised economy bringing thousands to the streets. the country has run out of cash, struggles to import essential items. but these sri lankans aren't giving up. they demand a course correction. vimarsana ranasinghe has been camping here for 18 days.
for people like her, basics have become luxury. you cannot afford to live here. food prices are increasing day by day and shortage of fuel, gas and all other essential goods and also medicine, so it is very difficult to live. a classic case of a country living beyond its means. now colombo is running from pillar to post for loans. a rude awakening for sri lankans. protesters chant i have been coming to sri lanka for the past 25 years and these protests are quite extraordinary. ethnic fault lines, they run very deep here in sri lanka, but the cost of living crisis has brought the three major communities — the sinhalese, muslims and tamils — together. elsewhere in colombo, in a show of strength, the opposition turned
up in huge numbers. the present government has led our country to total ba nkru ptcy. there is abject poverty in all sectors of society. this government is an incompetent government. the government is on the back foot. it now admits to a colossal failure in managing the economy. they missed the point. they should have known, for example, 2020 when we started with the fresh government. no one can say that we didn't have the facts. i mean, if you are a good analyst of the economic situation you should have known that this is coming. the country's economic recovery is going to be
long and arduous. these people want to ensure the government gets it right this time. anbarasan ethirajan, bbc news, colombo. to new zealand now where the first international tourists for more than two years have arrived after the country removed coronavirus measures and opened its borders. people from more than 60 countries including britain, the us, and singapore, can travel to the country. it follows one of the world's strictest covid lockdowns. earlier, professor michael baker explained why this is such a big moment. greeted with a warm welcome, what was the mood like there? the mood was one of excitement. you can see people gathering behind me, flights landing recently from dubai, people waiting to meet relatives. we spoke to a family originally from scotland in the uk, the man hasn't seen his motherfor 2.5 years, she is going to meet her granddaughter for the first
time which is very exciting for them and a lady holding a sign which says "nine hundred and two days", that's how long she hasn't seen her mum. early flights, people have been reunited, a lot of emotion, let's hear what they said. i let's hear what they said. i originally applied for a working holiday visa in february 2020 and i am finally here — february 2020 and i am finally here. ~ , , , february 2020 and i am finally here. ,, �*, here. we missed his brother's weddin: here. we missed his brother's wedding as — here. we missed his brother's wedding as well, _ here. we missed his brother's wedding as well, because - here. we missed his brother's wedding as well, because we | wedding as well, because we couldwt— wedding as well, because we couldn't come _ wedding as well, because we couldn't come so _ wedding as well, because we couldn't come so it _ wedding as well, because we couldn't come so it was - wedding as well, because we couldn't come so it was veryl couldn't come so it was very hard — couldn't come so it was very hard it's_ couldn't come so it was very hard it's very— couldn't come so it was very hard. it's very good - couldn't come so it was very hard. it's very good to - couldn't come so it was very hard. it's very good to be i hard. it's very good to be back, _ hard. it's very good to be back, i'm _ hard. it's very good to be back, i'm sorry. - hard. it's very good to be back, i'm sorry.— hard. it's very good to be back, i'm sorry. i'm getting old and it's _ back, i'm sorry. i'm getting old and it's very _ back, i'm sorry. i'm getting l old and it's very tremendous, this is three generations here. i've had a couple of friends and — i've had a couple of friends and family going on their first trips— and family going on their first trips and _ and family going on their first trips and everyone is really excited _ trips and everyone is really excited. to see old friends and old family, sol excited. to see old friends and old family, so i think, yeah, it's awesome.— old family, so i think, yeah, it's awesome. great to see that kind of emotion, _ it's awesome. great to see that kind of emotion, certainly - kind of emotion, certainly among the tourists that have just been arriving as we saw there. with the opening up
strategy, in your view, there. with the opening up strategy, in yourview, simon, will it help new zealand's economy?— will it help new zealand's econom ? , ., _ economy? the first thing to say is nobody "s _ economy? the first thing to say is nobody 's worried _ economy? the first thing to say is nobody 's worried about - economy? the first thing to say is nobody 's worried about the i is nobody �*s worried about the borders reopening, the virus is already in new zealand, they have kept it at bay for a long time but it is here, thousands of cases a day, people are dying every day there is no real port that it's going to have much impact. you still need a negative covid test when you arrived in as you come into the country as i did recently, you are given some very rapid antigen tests and you must fill in and out to show you tested negative during your stay so they got a fairly good idea of what's going on. the hope is as long as reuniting families it will give a boost. tourism is about 20% of new zealand's foreign income that places like queenstown and the capital, wellington, here in auckland and many of those other places, you haven't had international visitors for a long time, they are really keen to see them back. another important economic thing is there is a
massive labour shortage, but packis massive labour shortage, but pack is locked out, many workers from traditional places to come to work here in asia and the pacific islands have struggled to get visas. there is a hope that is the country continues to open up they can come in and that will help new zealand economy.— come in and that will help new zealand economy. simon atkinson at auckland _ zealand economy. simon atkinson at auckland airport, _ zealand economy. simon atkinson at auckland airport, thank - zealand economy. simon atkinson at auckland airport, thank you - at auckland airport, thank you so much forjoining us on the programme. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme. back with a bang — the unusual thai festival that's making an explosive return. i, nelson rolihlahla mandela, do hereby swear to devote myself to the well—being of the republic of south africa.
after six years of construction and numerous delays, the channel tunnel has been formally opened by the queen and former president. the tunnel is still not ready for passenger and freight services to begin. for centuries, christianity and islam struggled for supremacy. now, the pope's visit symbolises their willingness to coexist. roger bannister becamel the first man in the world to run a mile in- underfour minutes. memories of victory, as the ve celebrations reach their climax. this night is dedicated to everyone who believes in our future of peace and freedom. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm karishma vaswani in singapore. 0ur headlines: an operation is under way
in ukraine to evacuate civilians from the besieged azovstal steel plant in mariupol. around 100 people have left so far, assisted by the un and the red cross. thousands of opposition supporters take part in may day demonstrations in sri lanka, demanding the president's resignation over surging prices in the shops. as china marks its labor day holidays, there's little to celebrate in the capital, as beijing authorities have been forced to tighten restrictions in a bid to combat the rise in coronavirus infections. shanghai let some of its 25 million residents venture out shanghai has recorded no new cases, thanks to their tough policies. 0ne policies. one man who knows all about it
is the british teacher, nick marsh who has lived in shanghai for the last 12 years and in a quarantine facility for the last 12 days. i was one of the fortunate ones because i shared a bedroom with one other chinese guy and there was a chinese guy entered the hallway area. we had our bathroom, there was a cold shower i used after working out, and we had food delivered to us three times a day, except for one morning which they forgot. compared with some of the other camps, the chinese use the word fung shung, which means to store people, the place i was in it means an apartment building, a recently refurbished building, so it was quite dusty. but i had previously, the bed was quite thin, i didn't sleep well, i had no curtains. but compared to what people have got some places, i saw a video last night from a friend where he hasjust gone, and i am very
lucky in that sense. i hasjust gone, and i am very lucky in that sense.- lucky in that sense. i am impressed _ lucky in that sense. i am impressed you _ lucky in that sense. i am impressed you managed j lucky in that sense. i am i impressed you managed to lucky in that sense. i am - impressed you managed to work out when you're in facilities, but what kind of messages were authority is giving you? did they give you a sense of how long you are going to be in there, did they communicate with you about food and what kind of facilities you may have while in there? irate kind of facilities you may have while in there?— while in there? we were very exneetant — while in there? we were very expectant when _ while in there? we were very expectant when we _ while in there? we were very expectant when we were - while in there? we were very expectant when we were on i while in there? we were very i expectant when we were on the bus. we got picked up at 2am and finally arrived at the building at eight am we were taken upstairs, i was on the zist taken upstairs, i was on the 21st floor and i thought it was better i have seen in videos. we were told we would be tested every other day, and when we had two negative results, this is for pcr, then we would be free. unfortunately, nobody in the building got the results for the first three tests, so for the first three tests, so for the first seven days, nobody knew what was happening. then we started to get them. i thought that was just the norm because they wanted to make sure everybody was safe and
people won't going back to their community is too early, that was a reason. so i came home after 12 days. in the end, i had five negative test, as did my roommates by the time we came back, some people got back later, that isjust came back, some people got back later, that is just the system. i think they were just overwhelmed. that was nick marsh, british teacher in shanghai talking us through his experience of being in quarantine and subsequently lockdown. let's now look at other stories in the headlines. the president of tunisia announces plans to rewrite his country's constitution. in a televised address, case slade who has dissolved government and parliament said a committee would be established to redraft the existing framework and it would conclude its work within days. 0pponents have accused him of trying to concentrate all of the leaders in power since he seized power at nine months ago. police and the city
of changsha have arrested nine people in connection with the collapsed building where several people remain trapped or missing. the building collapsed on friday and police say the owner of the building has been detained, along with three other people involved in its design and construction. seven survivors were pulled from the building but at least 16 are trapped inside, and more than 30 missing. the head of the un antonio guterres has called on the military rulers of burkina faso, guinea and mali to hand back power to civilians, the three countries are struggling with insurgencies and have recently experienced military coups. he also urged international financial institutions to adopt debt relief measures for african countries to help the economies recover from the covid—19 pandemic and reduce the impacts of the ukraine wall. police in paris are fired tear gas to disperse protesters after a workers' day
demonstration in the capital when it turned violent. smashed windows and many were arrested, including a woman who was trying to prevent firefighters tackling a burning building. it's hard to believe, i know, but for medical students, access to detailed models of the female body are hard to come by. historically they've had to rely on images of the male body, in the teaching of anatomy. well, now the most intricate 3d model of the female body has been produced, and it's hoped the software will help enhance understanding, and perhaps even improve diagnosis of health problems. our medical editor, fergus walsh, has that story. the female anatomy in all its minute and precise detail. something that's been largely missing from medical textbooks and teaching over the centuries. just this angle here,
in females is much wider than we would see in males. at brighton and sussex medical school, first—year students have been taught using this new 3d female anatomy tool. next, we are going to add on the breast tissue. the male body has been the default reference image for medical textbooks. several studies suggest women are more likely to be misdiagnosed than men for a range of conditions. previously, the teaching of anatomy has always been based on the male form and then the differences in females added on as an almost strange kind of adjunct. so it wasn't providing that really accurate information at students' fingertips, which they need, not only when they are learning but when they're doctors in practice. these students have yet to study on actual patients, but the hope is, by having both female and male anatomies in exquisite detail, it'll help prepare them for medicine in the real world.
it makes a huge difference because women aren't just the sort of small men that medical textbooks usually make them out to be. we can see the full differences. rather than just putting some anatomical aspects of a female onto a male pelvis, we can see an actual female pelvis and the acute differences. it's a far cry from anatomical images of centuries past, which often relied on dissected bodies of male criminals. and it's much wider in females than it is in males. the developers say the female 3d anatomy is the most detailed ever produced, and is already being used in over 350 universities. fergus walsh, bbc news, brighton. the covid pandemic brought much of the world to a halt. but now, for many, life is getting back to normal. events that had been long postponed are finally going ahead. that's certainly true for a group of people in southern thailand, whose festival has come back with a bang, as the bbc�*s
tim allman explains. for a religion based on principles of inner peace and serenity, this seems like an odd way to celebrate. drumming but for the ethnic people here, there is no better way than to honour the dead with this festival, involving making a home—made rocket, stuffing it to the brim with gunpowder, tying it to a cable and then standing well back. translation: ., , ., translation: some teams want their rocket _ translation: some teams want their rocket to _ translation: some teams want their rocket to be _ translation: some teams want their rocket to be the _ translation: some teams want their rocket to be the fastest - their rocket to be the fastest and reached the furthest distance, but if you aren't careful the rocket may explode. 0ther rockets have exploded in the past.
more than two dozen teams take part in an event originally intended to commemorate deceased buddhist monks. the targeting sometimes leaves a little to be desired, but the locals think the whole thing really hits the spot. translation: �* �* , translation: apra- mac this demonstration _ translation: apra- mac this demonstration shows - translation: apra-mac this | demonstration shows teamwork, thatis demonstration shows teamwork, that is why we are proud of the event. , ., ., , event. the winners get our top rize of event. the winners get our top prize of s440. _ event. the winners get our top prize of $440, and _ event. the winners get our top prize of $440, and perhaps - event. the winners get our top prize of $440, and perhaps a l prize of $440, and perhaps a little spiritual enlightenment along the way. tim allman, bbc news. millions of muslims around the world are celebrating the end of the month long fasting of ramadan. in afghanistan, thousands of worshippers gathered in a mosque in the southern city of kandahar, the first time the event has been held since the taliban took back control of the country. there were similar scenes in the african state of mali as
the african state of mali as the faithful prayed and the capital. and, in bangladesh, thousands of people have been trying to get home so they can spend the evening with their families. there is —— festivities will continue. that's all for now. stay with bbc world news. hello. the weather's been very mixed in the last couple of days. generally, a lot of cloud abouts, occasional outbreaks of rain and the outlook for the next two or three days is more or less the same. again, plenty of cloud, just a few sunny spells and scattered showers. but the really thick cloud of the outbreaks of rain that we had in the last day and a half has now moved to the south. it's in the english channel. it's just hugging the south coast through the early hours. so bits and pieces of rain from the tip of cornwall, devon, perhaps the isle of wight. elsewhere across the country, it's a cloudy early start with mist and murk in places, perhaps a bit of drizzle here and there and not cold, between six and 10 degrees. so here's bank holiday monday, starting off pretty
cloudy in most areas. there will be some sunshine developing, certainly across western parts of scotland, northern ireland, around the irish sea, inland there'll be sunny spells too, but also inland showers will start to develop almost anywhere, i think through the course of the morning into the afternoon. temperatures only 10 in scotland, maybe 17 in the south of the uk. now here's the weather map for tuesday. a weather front tries to push into the north—west of the uk. here it is just to the north—west of our neighbourhood. but i think, generally speaking, we are talking about light winds, a lot of cloud showers perhaps brewing, particularly around wales and the south of england. driest of the weather will be on the east coast there, but cold. only 10 in newcastle, nine degrees in aberdeen. so that was tuesday. this is wednesday again, more of the same. there's very little wind in the atmosphere to push things around. so we keep that cloud. but showers are expected to form once again, particularly across central and more more especially southern parts of england, but temperatures recovering to 17 in
london and around 15 in the lowlands of scotland. now, towards the end of the week, we are anticipating a change. the azores high is expected to build in. and with that also comes a warmer atmosphere. a warmer current is going to spread across the country. so that means temperatures are expected to rise. so here's the summary on the outlook. here's bank holiday monday, often cloudy for many of us, with just a few sunny spells. and then towards the end of the week, we're expecting those temperatures to rise. bye.
this is bbc news. we will have the headlines and all the main news stories at the top of the hour straight after this programme. hello and welcome to the media show. today we are going to look at three grand plans, the first comes from elon musk. twitter has become kind of the de facto town square, so it's just really important that people have the — both the reality and the perception that they are able to speak freely