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we are concerned that china is considering supporting russia's welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore, i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines... president biden has made an extraordinary and symbolic trip to kyiv. nearly a year after russia's full scale invasion, president biden said putin had been �*plain wrong' to think russia could outlast ukraine and its allies. kyiv stands and ukraine stands and democracy stands. america stands with you and the world stands with you. meanwhile, us secretary of state antony blinken has this message for china. we are concerned that china is considering supporting russia's war
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effort in ukraine with lethal assistance, something that we're watching very, very closely. as beijing reacts by telling the us to �*keep out�* of its relationship with russia, we look at whether there's a danger the war in ukraine might become a proxy warfor the us and china. also coming up on newsday... two weeks after being struck by catastrophic earthquakes — turkey is hit by further tremors. a bbc investigation reveals widespread sexual abuse on tea farms which supply some of the world's most popular brands. and real treasure from cambodia dating back a thousand years or more
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surfaces in london hello and welcome to the programme. it's seven in the morning in singapore, and 1am in kyiv where an american president has made an extraordinary visit, to an active war zone. joe biden�*s trip to kyiv was short on time, but long on symbolism, ahead of the first anniversary of the russian invasion of ukraine. he said america would stand with ukraine for as long as it takes and pledged another $500 million of military aid. speaking while air raid sirens were going off, president biden added that vladimir putin's war of conquest was failing. our first report tonight comes from our international editor, jeremy bowen. the air—raid alarm as the two presidents arrived at st michael's church where ukraine commemorates the war dead felt more than a coincidence. with unprecedented security, in kyiv, the americans had warned the kremlin that joe biden was coming. he had just arrived from a long train journey and a point was being made.
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ukraine was still under attack, its most powerful ally was there, in an active war zone, to show its leader support. president biden told the people running ukraine's war that this is where he wanted to be, in the days leading up to the first anniversary of russia's attempt to extinguish ukraine's independence. president zelensky knows ukraine's future depends on america, and joe biden. translation: we can and must make this year 2023, the year of victory - and i want to emphasise that the unprovoked and criminal russian war against ukraine, the whole of europe and the democratic world must end with a clearing of all ukrainian land from russian occupation, and firm guarantees of long—term security for our country and the whole of europe, and the whole world. putin's war conquest is failing.
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russia's military has lost half its territory it once occupied. young, talented russians are fleeing, by the tens of thousands, not wanting to come back to russia. he thought he could outlast us. i don't think he is thinking that right now. strong support by the ukrainians want more than words, they want war winning weapons. the hard reality of russian aggression has forced nato leaders and especially president biden, into a series of difficult decisions, the biggest so far may be looming, ukraine doesn't just want weapons that will allow it to survive, it wants to win the war and up to now that is a level of help that president biden has not been prepared to grant. the ukrainians are pressing for a decisive upgrade as soon as possible. time might not be theirfriend. the cost that ukraine has had to bear has been
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extraordinarily high. the sacrifices have been far too great, they have been far too great. ukraine doesn't release casualty figures, not as high as russia's... ..but still in the tens of thousands. the russians are bleeding another generation of ukrainian fighters. that is a big reason why president zelensky wants urgently to convincejoe biden to help ukraine win, notjust hold steady in a long war of attrition. the war commemorates the dead of the earlier fighting with russia, that started in 2014. ——the wall commemorates the dead of the earlier fighting with russia, that started in 2014. each flag represents a life lost
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in the last 12 months. the kremlin believes it will win a trial of endurance, ukraine don't want to wait to find out. jeremy bowen, bbc news, kyiv. there are growing concerns in the west about china's role in the war in ukraine — and whether it might supply weapons to russia. speaking during a visit to turkey, the us secretary of state antony blinken reiterated that he'd told china's top foreign policy official what's at risk if it provides weapons for russia's war effort in ukraine. mr blinken said it would cause "a real problem" for china in its relations with other countries. we are concerned that china is considering supporting russia's war effort in ukraine with lethal assistance, something that we watching very, very closely. as i also said, and as president biden said going back many months when the aggression first took place and he spoke to president xi jinping, he told him at that point that there would be real consequences in our own relationship were china to provide legal
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assistance to russia in this aggression against ukraine or in a systematic way aiding the evasion of sanctions. well — earlier, the chinese foreign ministry said it was america, not china that was "endlessly shipping weapons to the battlefield." wang yi — china's top diplomat — is expected in moscow for talks on several issues including ukraine. for more on the role of china in the war in ukraine i'm joined now by ianjohnson, a senior fellow in china studies at the us think tank, the council on foreign relations. it's great to get you on the programme. this is a pretty strong statement from antony blinken. is there any evidence for the united states is staying —— saying to china possibly supplying weapons to russia? ~ , ., ., , possibly supplying weapons to russia? ~ ., , ., russia? well, so far, there is no real evidence. _ russia? well, so far, there is no real evidence. the _ russia? well, so far, there is no real evidence. the united - russia? well, so far, there is no real evidence. the united states russia? well, so far, there is no - real evidence. the united states has made this assertion that china are
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considering, they have probably been considering, they have probably been considering it for a year and so far have refrain —— refrain from doing so. i guess if the us has real evidence that they are planning to do something, they would probably need to make that public, otherwise it is going to hard to be set —— hard to sustain this accusation. this coming on the back of further tensions between the us and china. i am wondering, from what you have heard, how is what the us been saying about this being viewed in china and what beijing might decide to do not to do with regards to the war in ukraine? it to do not to do with regards to the war in ukraine?— war in ukraine? it been re'ected firml b war in ukraine? it been re'ected firmly by china * war in ukraine? it been re'ected firmly by china as i war in ukraine? it been rejected firmly by china as provocative i war in ukraine? it been rejected i firmly by china as provocative and baseless, etc etc. they have made it clear that china is trying to do everything but supply weapons, they have been buying surplus russian natural, specially oil, they are building a pipeline, this predates
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the war but they want to increase their economic ties with russia, they are selling non—military or perhaps dual use equipment such as drones, but so far they have stopped short of military support. i think they would like to support russia militarily because i don't want russia to lose but i think the economic consequences for china would be so grave that so far they have not taken that step. i believe we have been _ have not taken that step. i believe we have been looking _ have not taken that step. i believe we have been looking at _ have not taken that step. i believe we have been looking at pictures l have not taken that step. i believe l we have been looking at pictures of joint military drills between russia and china, just on our screens moments ago, but given what you have said, is this even a possibility, ian, that china would go to that extent and supply weapons to the kremlin? it is one thing to dojoint military exercises, it is entirely another thing to go down the route of supplying military weapons. it is hard to of supplying military weapons. it 3 hard to imagine it of supplying military weapons. it 1 hard to imagine it right now but i could imagine that if ukraine went you aren't recapturing the
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territories seized last year and they went into the crimean peninsula and some sort of perhaps more core areas so important to russia where putin is facing some sort of internal revolt or massive unrest, then i could see china stepping in to help russia. i think currently it is hard to imagine china doing so but then again we can imagine putting taking the steps that he took a year ago. i think it is important to recognise that for china, russia has become its most important partner overseas, and this is something closely tied to xi jinping that he does not want to lose. jinping that he does not want to lose. , ., ,., , ., lose. yes, and something else that is closely tied _ lose. yes, and something else that is closely tied to _ lose. yes, and something else that is closely tied to xi _ lose. yes, and something else that is closely tied to xi jinping - lose. yes, and something else that is closely tied to xi jinping is - lose. yes, and something else that is closely tied to xi jinping is the i is closely tied to xi jinping is the issue of taiwan. i wonder how much of what you see happening between russia and ukraine, how that is being viewed in china through the prism of the relationship or the
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long—running conflict, i think it is there to say, with taiwan. the long-running conflict, i think it is there to say, with taiwan. the west has sent so — there to say, with taiwan. the west has sent so much _ there to say, with taiwan. the west has sent so much warmer— there to say, with taiwan. the west has sent so much warmer trail - there to say, with taiwan. the west has sent so much warmer trail to i has sent so much warmer trail to ukraine that they have white —— run down debt stocks and in the event of a conflict with taiwan, that could pose problems. until last year, many people in taiwan were quite fatalistic about resisting china, they thought that it is hopeless, they thought that it is hopeless, they are ten times bigger than we are, and even in the us comes to our aid, we can't really resist them. now they had seen the example of ukraine standing up to its much bigger neighbour, obviously different circumstances etc, but it has really rejuvenated people and galvanised the population, made them much more serious about buying weapons they need to defend themselves improving their defence posture vis—a—vis china. i think it is something that has to concern china, that it has been a wake—up call for taiwan.
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china, that it has been a wake—up call fortaiwan. ian china, that it has been a wake-up call for taiwan.— china, that it has been a wake-up call for taiwan. ian johnson there, thank ou call for taiwan. ian johnson there, thank you so _ call for taiwan. ian johnson there, thank you so much _ call for taiwan. ian johnson there, thank you so much for— call for taiwan. ian johnson there, thank you so much forjoining - call for taiwan. ian johnson there, thank you so much forjoining us, | thank you so much forjoining us, great to get your thoughts on newsday. mo; great to get your thoughts on newsda. y , .,, two weeks after earthquakes flattened much of the region, and killed more than a4,000 people, southern turkey has been hit by another earthquake. the country's disaster and emergency agency said a 6.3 magnitude tremor struck close to the city of antakya, at eight o'clock in the evening, local time. it was followed by three aftershocks, the strongest of which was a 5.8, near the town of samandag. two powerful earthquakes struck the same area on the 6th of february, causeing widespread devastation. our correspondent anna foster is in the southern turkish city of adana, and she sent this report. this was felt notjust across southern turkey, it was felt down into lebanon as well and across syria. it is something that people's reaction to is really quite visceral now, after these first two earthquakes a fortnight ago. when the ground starts to shake, and it does significantly, you can really feel the earth moving, people get up
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and they move outside. i was in a relatively modern hotel lobby, we watched the chandelier swinging, but you see that sense of fear in people's faces, they saw what happened here two weeks ago and they move immediately outside very quickly. there is a real nervousness. and, of course, you could tell by the way the ground was shaking, we really felt it strongly here so we knew that it was going to be a significant magnitude. then of course everybody is straight onto their phones, their mobile phones, trying to find out what has happened, where the epicentre is, how strong that quake was, checking in on family and friends. i was on so many of my personal whatsapp groups here in the middle east with people asking how everybody was, checking that everybody was safe. and now it is a question of trying to work out what damage this latest quake may have caused. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme... real treasure from cambodia. this amazing jewellery dates back
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as far as the 10th century, but why has it only now surfaced in london? prince charles has chosen his bride. the prince proposed to lady diana spencer three weeks ago. she accepted, she says, without hesitation. as revolutions go, this has had its fair share of bullets, a climax in the night outside the gates of mr marcos's sanctuary, malaca nang. the name itself symbolising one of the cruellest regimes of modern asia. the world's first clone has been produced of an adult mammal. scientists in scotland have produced a sheep called dolly using a cell from another sheep. warren beatty and faye dunaway announced to the world that the winner of the best film was la la land, the only trouble was it wasn't. the mistake was only put right in the middle of gushing speeches by the team behind the modern musical. not for 20 years have locus been seen in such numbers in this part of africa. some of the swarms have
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been ten miles long. this is the last time the public will see this pope very soon for the sake of the credibility and authority of the next pope, benedict xvi will in his own words be hidden from the world for the rest of his life. this is newsday on the bbc. a bbc investigation has uncovered widespread sexual abuse on tea farms which supply some of the world's most popular brands. dozens of women in kenya told the bbc they have been forced into sex by their managers. tom odula has this report — and a warning, it contains distressing scenes. the tea grown here in kenya's rift valley supplies some of the world's biggest brands. it's a multi—billion dollar global industry, and we've discovered that sexual exploitation is rife. i spoke to dozens of women, all with a similar story.
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translation: it's torture. he wants to sleep with you. then you get a job. when you say no, he forces himself on you, wanting to touch you. it reached a point that i thought of suicide. we sent an undercover reporter to pose as a worker. we are calling her katie. it was time for the general public to know what exactly happens in these companies. she goes for a job interview with a notorious manager, john chebochok. he's in charge of hundreds of workers on plantations owned by scottish firm james finday and company. he tells her to follow him into a hotel room where he puts pressure on her to have sex with him. members of the production team who are stationed nearby
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and made a phone call to help her get out. i was so scared and so shocked. it must be really difficult for the women. james finlay and company says it immediately suspended john chebochok and that it has reported him to kenyan police. john chebochok did not respond. the company has also launched its own investigation into whether its kenyan operation has an endemic problem with sexual violence. the company supplies starbucks and supermarkets sainsbury�*s and tesco. sainsbury�*s says these horrific allegations have no place in its supply chain. tesco supermarket says it's taking the claims extremely seriously. starbucks did not provide a response. we also sent katie undercover on plantations owned for years by multinationalfirm unilever, where pg tips and lipton teas are produced. she was pressured for sex by the divisional manager under her direct supervisor.
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unilever has known about this issue for more than a decade. in 2011, a report found sexual exploitation was prevalent on unilever�*s plantations. the company introduced a zero tolerance policy and other measures, but little appears to have changed. unilever says it's deeply shocked and saddened by our allegations. while we were secretly filming, unilever sold its tea operation in kenya. the new owner, lipton teas and infusions, says it has suspended the managers named in our investigation and has launched an independent inquiry. tom odula, bbc news. police in the uk have confirmed that the body discovered in the river wire in lancashire yesterday is that of nicola bulley —
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the 45—year—old mother of two who went missing more than three weeks ago. her family released a statement saying their worst fears had been confirmed and went on to criticise some sections of the media for ignoring their appeal for privacy. lancashire police have also been criticised for their handling of the case as judith moritz reports. the lancashire landscape held on to its secret for more than three weeks. the river wyre, snaking its way through the fields here, had the answer all along. what happened to nicola bulley? now, we know. sadly, we are now able to confirm that yesterday we recovered nicola bulley from the river wyre. nicola's family have been informed, and are, of course, devastated. our thoughts are with them at this time, as well as with all her loved ones and the wider community. nicola's family have asked that we release the following statement on their behalf as follows. "our family liaison officers have had to confirm our worst fears today. we will never be able to comprehend what nikki had gone
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through in her last moments, and that will never leave us. nikki, you are no longer a missing person. you have been found. we can let you rest now. we love you, always have and always will. we will take it from here." as nicola went missing whilst walking her dog next to the river, the wyre was searched extensively, but she lay unseen for 2h days. yesterday, her body was found by members of the public about a mile downstream. lancashire police said all along they believed nicola had fallen into the water, but the force has been criticised for its response, and especially for its decision to release personal details about the mother of two. when the cameras have left this village, and the posters and ribbons have been taken down, the police and the media will have some soul searching to do. including whether the relationship between them had any
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influence on the way the case itself was handled. nicola's disappearance has had mass coverage. the media converged on her small village, and herfamily directly criticised some organisations. "we tried last night to take in what we had been told in the day, only to have sky news and itv making contact with us directly when we expressly asked for privacy. it is shameful they have acted in this way. our girls will get the support they need from the people who love them the most. it saddens us to think that one day, we will have to explain to them that the press and members of the public accused their dad of wrongdoing, misquoted and vilified friends and family. "leave us alone now."
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as a retired lancashire detective, bob eastwood has watched the case and its coverage with interest. can you separate out the way the communications were dealt with and the investigation? well, i think that it became a big beast that was hungry for information. people were going out for their own information. people were making things up, experts were adding to it and quite clearly in my view they were making it up based on no evidence whatsoever. the yellow ribbons still fluttering were supposed to signify hope. tonight, that has run out. now, nicola bulley�*s family know she's not coming back. the mystery of her disappearance ending with the saddest of answers. judith moritz, bbc news, lancashire. a vast trove of cambodia's crown jewellery, much of it dating back to the tenth century or earlier, has surfaced in london as part of a hidden collection belonging to a known antiquities smuggler.
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cambodian experts say they've never seen most of the jewellery before and are stunned by its existence. my colleague celia hatton has been having a look..(tx from angkor wat, cambodia's 12th century temple complex, that is one of the worlds top heritage sites, you can see jewellery carved into stone. now, we know thisjury exist in real life. these stolen cambodia antiquities have been rediscovered in london. these are angkor�*s crown jewels. this might be a piece of from a crown. this archaeologist studied this angkhorian jewellery for years. only by examining temple carvings, finally, finally she holds the real thing.
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i could not believe it. especially as it's from one single collection. experts think this crown could date to the seventh century. this gold cup is believed to be a royal rice bowl. and these, a puzzle for archaeologists how they were used. another mystery, exactly how these items travelled from cambodia precious temples halfway around the world to the uk. much of cambodia as looting happened in modern times. during three decades of civil war that began in the 1970s. we know that this man profited from that turmoil. the antiquities smuggler douglas blatchford. a british citizen, he died in 2020 as he was awaiting trial in the us. his family agreed to return his stolen collection but the authorities didn't know what would be handed over.
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cambodians want all of their stolen items back. including the country's authoritarian leader. with elections coming up in july, the jewellery�*s return will be painted as a victory for him. politics aside, cambodians will celebrate this unexpected surprise. after decades in the dark, these treasures will soon go on display, ready to shine once again. celia hatton, bbc news, london. that's all for now — stay with bbc world news. as celia was saying, those jewels will be displayed for cambodians who have waited for them for so long to have waited for them for so long to have a chance to finally looking at them, what a fascinating story a deed, that brings us to the end of
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newsday this hour, thank you so much forjoining me, for me and the team, to stay with bbc news. hello there. gales to begin with on monday, warmth to finish it. in fact, it was a very mild day, pretty much across the country, but highs of 17 celsius recorded in east anglia, 63 fahrenheit. the average for this time of year across the country, generally around eight degrees. now, we do have these weather fronts across the far north which are bringing outbreaks of light rain. but this milder air sandwiched between those two weather fronts is what's known as a broad, warm sector, and it can often at this time of year bring a lot of clouds. so, it's going to be a gray start, but an incredibly mild start first thing on tuesday morning. here's the rain from those weatherfronts, then, pushing out of the western isles up into the northern isles. not as windy as monday morning, but a noticeable breeze and the cloud always thick enough for a spot or two of drizzle.
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now, on the whole, gray skies more cloud around, but where we do get some breaks, temperatures will tend to respond. 13, 1a degrees, not out of the question. a change to come, though, as we move out of tuesday into wednesday, there's a cold front sinking its way steadily south. not bringing that much in the way of rain, but certainly introducing a change of wind direction. coming round from the northwest to cool a fresher source. so, to begin with, on wednesday, we'll have some light showery rain sinking its way into east anglia and the south east of england, brightening up considerably behind with a few scattered showers being driven along by those northwest winds. and some of them to higher ground in scotland, turning increasingly wintry. notably fresher feel to the day, seven to 11 degrees, the overall high. now, through wednesday into the early hours of thursday morning, mightjust have to keep a close eye on the chance, perhaps, of a few wintry showers running down through the north sea here under clearer skies and lower temperatures. so, it's going to be a chilly start to thursday morning. touch of light frost in the far north, not out of the question, but high pressure always sitting out
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to the west. so, the wind direction coming round from a north westerly, not too cold, but certainly fresher than it has been in recent days. so, there will be a little bit more in the way of sunshine around on thursday. thicker cloud and outbreaks of showery rain into the far north, but in the sunnier moments shouldn't feel too bad. top temperatures of around eight or nine degrees, down to where we should be really for the time of year. it looks likely that we will continue to see a good deal of dry but fresher weather for many as we head towards the weekend.
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