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i'm sharanjit leyl, in singapore. the headlines: the ousted former president of south korea, finally leaves her official residence and says the truth will emerge. china's chiefjustice boasts to parliament about his record of jailing rights activists. i'm babita sharma, in london. turkey's president erdogan demands sanctions against the netherlands — calling it a banana republic as their row intensifies. and we read's and we reads the same as underground dj. live from our studios in singapore and london, this is bbc world news — it's newsday. good morning. it's 8am in singapore. midnight in london and 9
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in the morning in seoul where the ousted south korean leader park geun hye has vowed that the truth will out after leaving office days afterjudges upheld a parliament decision to impeach her. it's a dramatic fall from power for the leader who served as south korea's president for 4 years massive crowds gathered to see ms park finally leave the president's official residence — the blue house. her departure means she no longer has presidential immunity from prosecution and criminal charges may well follow. our correspondent in seoul is steve evans. he has been across this story all weekend. what was the ex— president's demeanour when she left the official residence? president's demeanour when she left the official residence ?|i president's demeanour when she left the official residence? i think she was defiant. no sense of contrition oi’ was defiant. no sense of contrition or ofa was defiant. no sense of contrition or of a broken woman. she had abroad, broad smile, waving to
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support us from the back of her limousine when she arrived at the residence. that statement delivered not by her but a statement that the truth will out, indicating she does not except anything wrong. she did say surrey but that she did not com plete say surrey but that she did not complete her full—time in say surrey but that she did not complete herfull—time in office. there is a sense she will defy the court and prosecutors. will she be prosecuted? we court and prosecutors. will she be prosecuted ? we do court and prosecutors. will she be prosecuted? we do not know but there has to be that presumption. 30 people all told have now been charged with alleged corruption so she is the woman at the centre of the alleged scandal and there must bea the alleged scandal and there must be a presumption that the prosecutor will come after her as well. do we
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know what happens next? we now there will be a presidential election in two months. can you tell us little about the front runners and how they will try to solve problems and also china? the front runners are not clear at the moment. this centre left democratic party is presumed to be about to choose a gentleman called moonjae—in. be about to choose a gentleman called moon jae—in. all be about to choose a gentleman called moonjae—in. all polls indicate a move to the left. they would be a change of policy, attitude, towards north korea certainly. much more scepticism about the us. boruc an ease about us presence here. the anti missile battery here on this soil which was deployed all started to be deployed last week. there would be a big
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change in policy and attitude here. thank you for bringing us up to date. park geun—hye's potential successor could potentially delay deployment of a us missile—defence system. the move, intended to counter pyongyang's missile capabilities, has enraged china. i asked the bbc‘s beijing correspondent stephen mcdonell how it could play out. it is amazing how the communist party in china canjust it is amazing how the communist party in china can just switch on antique south korean sentiment using its total control of the media. for example, a large cruise ship docked in the south korean island and reportedly 3&00 chinese passengers refused to get off as a protest measure. i was monitoring chinese social media over the weekend and it is full of antique south korean sentiment. the government here has a
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ready found excuses to kick out various outlets of a south korean company. they say it has nothing to do with the deployment of thaad. it is reminiscent of the dispute with japan over the east china sea when we saw huge demonstrations here outside the japanese embassy. it will be interesting to see if it comes to that, if the chinese government allows these antique south korean sentiment to keep bubbling along but certainly at the moment that is the direction it is heading in. what will the chinese government be thinking now in terms of the shift in power at the top office in south korea? well, if there was a decision from an incoming government to remove that thaad system, they will welcome that. people following this, and
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viewers, this device, the satellite and able to gaze into chinese territory and this is why they object to it. it is a contained sort of china system. if that was going to be cancelled, beijing will certainly welcome it. also making news today: king salman of saudi arabia has arrived in tokyo at the start of the first visit to japan by a saudi monarch for nearly fifty years. more than 1,000 luxury hotel rooms have reportedly been booked to accommodate the king's vast entourage, and hundreds of limousines are on standby. king salman is on a tour of asia, he has already visited and malaysia and indonesia and his next stop will be china. a group of british mps are warning that the government has not sufficiently planned for what would happen if it can't
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reach a deal with the european union once it leaves. when brexit is triggered, ministers have two years to negotiate a new relationship. a landslide at a huge rubbish dump on the outskirts of the ethiopian capital, addis ababa, has killed at least forty—eight people. dozens of makeshift homes have been buried under the debris and a number of people are still missing. mechanical diggers are sifting through thick layers of mud and rubbish to locate any survivors. strong winds have forced the cancellation of a cycling event in cape town. this amateur footage shows cyclists struggling to hold onto their lightweight bikes. 0rganisers called off the race amid concerns about fires in the region. from around the world. now this is certainly a hard—line statement
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from the beijing leadership. china's supreme court has said one of its biggest achievements last year was imprisoning rights activists. in a report presented to parliament, the country's chiefjustice, zhou qiang, boasted of the severe penalties given to those he believed had endangered state security. michael bristow reports. the chiefjustice was presenting his work report for the year. he spoke about the death penalty and the campaign to tackle corruption and also the fight with those who disagree with the government. he listed jailing act of us as an achievement and speaking to them as terrorists. translation: we have severely punished crimes against state security and concluded cases of subverting state power. we have
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resolutely safeguarded the country ‘s political security and people's livelihood. an activist mentioned by the chief justice is livelihood. an activist mentioned by the chiefjustice is a lawyer given seven the chiefjustice is a lawyer given seve n years the chiefjustice is a lawyer given seven years in august for subversion. he was tried in a hearing that was closed to journalists. the detention of opponents has increased under president xijinping. some call it opponents has increased under president xi jinping. some call it a political charade. in a recent speech, the chief justice political charade. in a recent speech, the chiefjustice said there is no such thing as an independent judiciary in china. the legal system's main role is to protect the communist party. jailing activists is simply part of that work. it's the diplomatic row thatjust gets more and more bitter. president recep tayyip erdogan of turkey has called for international sanctions against the dutch government.
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after it stopped two of his ministers from making campaign speeches in the netherlands. the dutch prime minister said there was no excuse for inflammatory remarks. james robbins reports. not our usual image of the netherlands. this was the wound the dog left behind as riot police used considerable force against turkish demonstrators. they were angered by the dutch government's refusal to allow their politicians to attend a campaign rally in support of president erdogan. he is counting on the backing of more than a million turkish citizens living in europe to expand his powers back home in next month's referendum. but his minister for families wasn't allowed to address them. the second turkish minister turned back by the dutch government. she returned to istanbul defiant. translation: in holland - holland as a country that speaks
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of freedom and democracy — we were faced with very rough and hard treatment. it is ugly of europeans who talk about women's rights and tell us how we should treat women in turkey. all this followed president erdogan's far stronger language at a rally, denouncing the dutch as "nazi remnants and fascists". those words have infuriated several european governments, including germany's, mindful of the nazi occupation of holland during the second world war. we are absolutely willing to deescalate, of course these utterings of the president of the turkish republic they do not help and they are completely unacceptable. but this is also the collision of two electoral campaigns in turkey and the netherlands. the dutch go to the polls first on wednesday. it's been a tense campaign, dominated by the anti—immigration freedom party of geert wilders. he blames the prime minister for allowing immigrants in,
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and is set to make big gains. it's unclear how the weekend violence and the extraordinary diplomatic crisis with turkey will influence dutch voters, making big choices against a background of rising populism across europe. james robbins, bbc news. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: trouble in paradise — the president of palau tells us that climate change has become a real danger for his country. also on the programme: from a small village to the night clubs of the world — we'll hear from thailand's most famous underground dj. the numbers of dead and wounded defied belief. this the worst terrorist atrocity on european soil in modern times. in less than 2a hours then the soviet union lost an elderly sick leader
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and replaced him with a dynamic figure 20 years his junior. we heard these gunshots in the gym. then he came out through a fire exit and started firing in our huts. god, we were all petrified. james earl ray, aged 41, sentenced to 99 years and due for parole when he's 90, travelled from memphis jail to nashville prison in an eight—car convoy. paul, what's it feel like to be married at last? it feels fine, thank you. what are you going to do now? is it going to change your life much do you think? i don't know really. i've never been married before. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. i'm babita sharma in london. our top stories: the ousted former president of south korea,
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park geun—hye, has finally left her official residence, and says the truth will emerge. china's chiefjustice delivers his report to parliament, and says one of the supreme court's biggest achievements was imprisoning rights activists. members of pakistan's small hindu community celebrate holi, the festival of colours, one of the most fun—filled of hindu festivals. the festival is held to welcome spring. that story is popular on across asia. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the straits times here in singapore leads with a report that more women are participating in the workforce. it says that it is a result of new systems that help balance family commitments with career aspirations. the japan times reports on the big regional story from south korea, where politicians want to ensure that the country never again sees a leader like park geun—hye, ousted from office over a corruption scandal, but they are divided over whether this will require a major
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rewrite of the country's constitution. and the china daily has a front page story on the success of increasing the number of pandas in the country. the newspaper says that, as the total of captive pandas reaches 500, emphasis will now be put on developing the quality of the stock. now, what stories are sparking discussions online? it is football that has got the attention of people online. kazuyoshi miura ofjapan has become the oldest professional football player to score a competitive goal. miura achieved the record by scoring the only goal in yokohama's i—0 victory over thespakusatsu, in japan's second division. the record was last set in 1965 by the english footballer stanley matthews, who scored his last professional goal at the age of 50 years and five days. you may never have heard
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of the republic of palau. it is a small island nation of roughly 22,000 people, and a popular tourist destination in micronesia. but it is also vulnerable to climate change. rising sea levels and coral bleaching are among the problems in palau. the country's president told me just how concerned people are on the islands. very vulnerable. in fact, we are experiencing right now, at the moment, the effects of sea level rise. the salt water is seeping up to the agricultural farmland and low—lying atolls, and we are experiencing coral bleaching, turning all the corals in our reefs to white, and therefore affecting fish population. but what do you
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have to say to climate change deniers? the fact is president trump and many of his top aides have expressed scepticism about climate change. we want to believe that we have gone over that kind of debate, especially for us. we live on the frontline. it is no longer a debate for us, it is a reality. it is a challenge. it is a tragic, and resolve situation, and the more we deny about it, the more we don't do something about it, you are talking about the survival of civilisations out there in paradise and throughout the world —— unresolved situation. so all we are saying is let's listen to science. let's not put the political aspect or the economic considerations only. you say you are worried about climate change, at a recent asian development bank report suggests that there are huge infrastructure and environmental challenges brought on by the booming tourism industry there. so are you
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sort of making this... is it somewhat self—inflicted, to some extent? sustainability, and balancing development and conservation is the heart of what we all do. so tourism and conservation actually go hand—in—hand. people are going to come because you are conserving a good thing. they won't come if everything is destroyed. the asian development bank report is actually reminding us all, notjust palau, but the paradise islands of the pacific, that you can't stress things. you have to plan for growth. and you have seen a huge influx of tourists, and tourism revenue as well is vital to your economy. so how do you balance that need for your revenue, as well as protecting your revenue, as well as protecting your environment? so palau is probably the only country in the
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pacific that has had to actually stop our charter flights coming to palau. we consciously lessen the number of flights coming in, bringing tourists. to how many? we cut it by 50% of those flights carrying package tourists, mainly from the hong kong area. tommy remengesau, president of the republic of palau, speaking to me. and babita, we are staying with the environment, and the prevention of forest fires. yes, sharanjit. it is an important issue. you may remember the huge land fires of 2015, in indonesia, when more than 20,000 square kilometres of forest was burnt. since then there has been pressure to stop the burning, and the pollution it causes, happening again. spearheading the effort is one firefighter who saved a small island of lush green trees. now he is teaching others, an in attempt to stop the annual haze across south east asia.
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endang nurdin went to meet him. every year, during the dry season, the ancient forests, the fires often deliberately started to clear plantations, sending a heavy haze across the region. the 2015 fires we re across the region. the 2015 fires were the worst in decades, and this forest island in a sea of ash. translation: because we have a fire defence mechanism, we use them as a source of water to fight the fight fires and to flood the edge of the forest. his team dug or wells 20 metres deep throughout the forest, keeping the land wet. he also created a firefighting team to put out the hotspots. translation: we
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can't wait for outside firefighters teams. it is only through the work of this rapid response local team that we can put out the forest fire. if you don't act fast, the fires can burn for months. pit land fires are some of the world ‘s heart aspires to put out, and catching them early is vital. —— hardest fires. now, villages no to report any hotspots quickly. this woman lost her 22—year—old daughter during the fires from haze related problems. before, she said they felt helpless. translation: mount burr or wells, they were not there before. we tried to use buckets to put fires in the past, but it is useless. 1000 miles away, on the island of sumatra, the fires this year have already
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started. the firefighter is here to teach this community, hopefully to stop the fires from spreading. the creator of the world wide web has expressed concern about the use of data online in the spread of fake news. sir tim berners—lee said he was increasingly worried about three trends which he says must be tackled. first, he argues that many people have lost control of their personal data, as governments around the world scrutinise their citizens online. he also says that misinformation can travel easily around the web, pointing out that sites creating fake news are spreading like wildfire. and finally, he adds that, as political advertising online has become an increasingly sophisticated industry, he warns that it needs to be more transparent. from a small rural village in thailand, to the bright lights of berlin. nakadia mungphanklang has made quite the impression in the techno music world. she is considered one of thailand's
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most prominent underground djs. here is her story. not big into techno personally, but a lot of people seem to be enjoying her music. you have been watching newsday. stay with us. we will be horsing around, to find out the best ways to lead people. and before we go, we take you to russia where, as you can see, it is golf, but it is hardly your regular course. 50 players took part in the ice golf tournament on lake baikal, in russia. the nine—hole course is played on ice over half a metre thick, and the winner of the men's title was south korean 0m ki—yon. stay with bbc world news. good evening. we have got a lot of
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largely dry and pretty mild weather on the cards for much of the week ahead. but, with clear skies sunday night, monday morning starts on quite a chilly night. it is not a bad day, though, is looking mainly dry and many of us will see some sunshine around as well. the front that we saw on sunday which brought cloud and drizzly rain clearing away towards the east, and we've got this area of high pressure building in from the south—west. that is going to be dominating the weather during the next couple of days. so first thing monday temperatures 56 degrees in most of the towns and cities, but it is certainly a chilly start to the morning in more rural spots. northern ireland temperatures have been down to freezing already. elsewhere, just one or two degrees above freezing so we are likely to see a touch of frost to frost to one or two and spots during the morning. let's ta ke or two and spots during the morning. let's take a look around the country, 8am. some sunshine widely across southern england, much of wales as well, in fact. temperatures starting to slowly pick up so a fresh feel of things, but it is dry
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and bright from the word go. a bit more cloud as we move north across northern parts of wales, north—west england as well, perhaps a bit of mr and hill fog. northern ireland scotland, variable amounts of cloud but some bright, bright spell in between that cloud and temperatures first thing a roundabout at the 08 degrees. so as we move through the day, cloudy conditions towards the north—west, sweeping south eastwards, so slightly cloudier skies for the midlands, parts of wales later on in the day. the south—east of england and east anglia remaining largely dry with plenty of sunshine and temperatures here around 16 degrees or so. also further north scotland and northern ireland, it is a decent looking, mostly dry day with spells of sunshine. so light winds for most of us. as we move through monday evening there will be some rain across the north of scotland, turning quite pretty here as well. whereas elsewhere across the country it is remaining dry. but as we move through into tuesday what we are going to see is this frontal system trying to push the north—west was the south—east. that is going to introduce windy conditions from the atlantic. so some risk conditions in
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scotland, we could see gusts of 60 to 70 mph. further south across the country it is a cloudy survey compared to monday, but still mild. 14 compared to monday, but still mild. 1a of compared to monday, but still mild. 14 of 15 compared to monday, but still mild. 1a of 15 degrees in the south and we will see some blustery and heavy showers across northern parts of scotland, at most places generally dry. in the wednesday, high—pressure dominates our weather so i think almost everywhere should stay predominantly dry during the day on wednesday, and we should see some decent spells of sunshine, with temperatures up to around 15 degrees or so. now, the generally settled tea m or so. now, the generally settled team continues as we had to wednesday and on into thursday, but there will be some cooler and more u nsettled there will be some cooler and more unsettled weather on the cards coming in from the north—west later on in the week. goodbye for now. i'm babita sharma with bbc world news. our top story: the former president of south korea, park geun—hye, says the truth will emerge, days after she was removed from office. miss park left the presidential palace to be greeted by supporters as she arrived at her private home in seoul. the ousted president has now lost presidential immunity and could face criminal charges.
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china's chiefjustice has told parliament that one of the supreme court's biggest achievements was imprisoning rights activists. he boasted of the severe penalties given to those he believed had endangered state security. and this video is trending on members of pakistan's small hindu community have been celebrating ‘holi', the festival of colours which welcomes in the spring season. that's all from me now, stay with bbc world news. now its time for reporters.
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