tv Newsday BBC News September 15, 2017 12:00am-12:31am BST
this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. the headlines: in breaking news this hour: north korea has launched an unidentified missile towards japan. we'll have the latest. at least 23 students and teachers perish in a blaze at a religious school in kuala lumpur. now, questions are being asked over fire safety standards in malaysia. japan braces for typhoon talim, as the strong storm system makes it's way across the southern islands towards the mainland. and after nearly 20 years in space, the cassini space probe will be sending back its last pictures of saturn before burning up in the planet's atmosphere. it's 7am in singapore, and 8am in seoul, where there is breaking news of another north korean missile test.
south korea says pyongyang fired a missile in an easterly direction towards japan. in a statement, japan confirmed that the missile fell into the sea 2,000 kilometres east of cape erimo on hokkaido. south korea and the united states are analysing the details of the launch. so far, japan's chief cabinet secretary says there is no evidence of missile fragments on japanese territory. 0n the line i am joined by rupert wingfield—hayes in tokyo. this is being called by japan, wingfield—hayes in tokyo. this is being called byjapan, the latest missile launch, as an intolerable provocative act. yeah, that is the chief cabinet secretary who came out shortly after the missile flew over northern japan this morning, pretty much what you would expect, the same as what they said last month when
north korea fired a similar missile ina similar north korea fired a similar missile in a similar trajectory. the difference between this and last month's missile appears to be how high it flew and how far it flew. it looks like it flew to an altitude of 770 kilometres and a total length of its flight of around 3700 kilometres, considerably further than the missile that was fired last month. and it is what we expected to see. both the us and allies injapan and south korea have been watching for the launch, expecting the launch. it was first expected on saturday the ninth of september. that didn't happen. they have been watching the setup of the missile from satellites. this wasn't an unexpected launch. 0bviously from satellites. this wasn't an unexpected launch. obviously it comes as a shock to people injapan. the alarms went off across northern japan and in hokkaido this morning people told to get to shelter. it happened early in the morning. people work in a early by this in
japan. -- woken up early. this missile launch comes after the un security council impose new sanctions on north korea. yes, and a lot of people will interpret it as north korea's response to those new un security council sanctions. we saw very bellicose rhetoric coming out of pyongyang yesterday with a statement saying that north korea would sinkjapan, and turned the united states to dust. and now the next day we have seen this launch. so this is very much being seen as north korea's response to the new un sanctions. and north korea once again saying we will not pick out, we will not back down in the face of the international community's pressure, we will carry on. this will also serve practical services for the north korean military. they need to fire these missiles to test
them, to test them at ever longer ranges. and what they are doing essentially is building up to a capability of hitting the united states with an intercontinental ballistic missile and they need to test these missiles, so there is a practical purpose to this and a very political purpose which essentially says, we have the ability to hit not just japan, not just guam says, we have the ability to hit not justjapan, notjust guam but the us mainland. thank you so much for the latest update from japan. i'm joined now from washington by lieutenant colonel daniel l davis, a military expert and senior fellow at the defence priorities think tank. thank you so much forjoining us once again. last week we were talking to each other about the last missile launch of the north koreans. we would like to apologise, we have
lost the lieutenant colonel on the line. we will try to have him later on in the programme. i have been told that he is back. he you go. laughter it seems like we are crossing signals between washington and singapore. thank you so much for joining us. what do you think is this latest missile launch from north korea — what do you know about it? as rupert just north korea — what do you know about it? as rupertjust told you the details about it, it is fully expected. it is another icbm missile launch and it will take an alice is in the coming days to find outjust how successful it was, what its capabilities may be. the thing that is important to recognise is this is not something that was fully expected, though it doesn't change the situation, certainly in a strategic sense. because what the united states really need to do is to ta ke united states really need to do is to take a very sober look at this and recognise we have profoundly higher military capabilities and north korea. north korea is
desperate. they believe this is what they need to do to defend themselves. and we need to make sure that they understand that if they ever use any of these missiles or weapons of mass destruction against the united states or any of its allies it would result in immediate and a catastrophic response. but if they don't use these weapons, and they don't use these weapons, and they shouldn't. .. they will unilaterally attack. what we want to do is prevent them from using, not cause them to use it. when we camped down the rhetoric and recognise we are ina down the rhetoric and recognise we are in a very strong position. what will be the response of the united states 7 will be the response of the united states? dezi gomis or the un security council impose anxious north korea. —— just days ago we saw the un security council impose sanctions on north korea. we recognise north korea will continue to make the test. because, as rupert also mentioned, they need this for technical reasons to develop what they are doing. and unless they get some kind of quid pro quo, they are
not going to unilaterally stopped. then they would be seen as backing down and they will seem more vulnerable. what they are trying to do with this rhetoric around sinking japan, turning the us into dust, it is nothing but trying to scare people to make people think they are much stronger than they are. we are full of the cards when it comes to military confrontation with north korea and we have to make sure we communicate that and we don't overrea ct. communicate that and we don't overreact. thank you for your analysis on the latest development on the missile launch of north korea. let's take a look at some of the day's other news. it's feared the entire rohingya population could be forced to leave myanmar if a political solution to the crisis isn't found soon. 0ur south asia correspondent justin rowlatt has sent this report from the bangladeshi side of the border. the un secretary general has described what is happening here as
a humanitarian catastrophe. and just look around. that is exactly what it is. so a food truck has just turned up. this is bangladeshis, well—meaning bangladeshis throwing food and clothes out vehicles and you can see an absolutely huge crowd has developed here. and look over here, these are new arrivals, people in makeshift homes they have built themselves. the materials you have all been bought by the refugees. there is very little help given to these people by the official aid agencies. the world food programme has begun a significant push to distribute food outside of the capital of registered camps, where about 70,000 people are. it says by the end of the week it hopes to have reached 120,000 people. but we know 400,000 people have crossed over in this latest wave. there were already 400,000 rohingya refugees here. so nowhere near meeting the needs of the people. now, we are actually
standing on the road to the border. the board is about five kilometres away up this road. as you can see there is a —— there are thousands of people gathered here. so how me people gathered here. so how me people are there more condition are they in? —— many people. so what is saysis they in? —— many people. so what is says is there are thousands of people on the other side of the border. many of them are hiding in thejungle. the border. many of them are hiding in the jungle. the soldier shoot at them if they come out. he says they have the food and they are desperate to come over here. so what we have seen here is an absolutely enormous refugee problem. as i say, 400,000 new arrivals, more coming in. 400,000 already here. and the world food programme say that it has only reached at the end of this week, it will only have reached 120,000 of them. it hopes to roll out next week to 400,000. but still huge, huge need here in bangladesh. just in —— justin rowlatt reporting.
also making news today: suicide bombers and gunmen have carried out attacks on a highway near the southern iraqi city of nassiriya, killing at least 60 people and wounding dozens more. 0ne attacker detonated an explosive vest in a restaurant, as his accomplices opened fire at people inside. a nearby police checkpoint was targeted with a car bomb. president trump announced that he will visit the asia in november. his trip will take injapan, south korea and china. he said he may also go to vietnam for the asia—pacific economic cooperation, orapec, conference. the catholic church in the philippines rang bells right across the country to signal opposition to what it describes as president rodrigo duterte's reign of terror as he fights the war on drugs. meanwhile, philippines law makers voted to slash the budget of the country's human rights commission. the pop superstar selena gomez has revealed that she's recently had
a kidney transplant. the singer posted this photo to her instagram account, showing her and her friend, actress francia raisa, who donated the kidney. the 25—year—old has lupus and explained this was why she was laying low over the past few months. lupus is a disease that affects the body's immune system. through a religious school on thursday has led to calls to enforce fire safety rules. most of the victims were teenage students. the un agency for children says the most basic safety standards could have prevented their deaths. the cause of the fire is not yet clear but, once it started, many of the victims were trapped behind barred windows. the bbc‘s alice hutton has more. the dormitory of the darul quran ittifaqiyah school had just one way in and out. many of the bodies of the schoolboys were found paths on top of each other, indicating a possible stampede as they tried to escape the blaze, blocked by bars on some of the windows. and
u nfortu nately some of the windows. and unfortunately this morning i had bad news. and then even the warden, it was the warden i met him last night, he also said, gone. a number of schoolboys managed to escape the blaze by jumping from schoolboys managed to escape the blaze byjumping from the burning building. transpac race cape through the window. we dismantled the window grille, opened the window and climbed down a water pipe. we forced the window grille open. at that time we couldn't think much. this woman's son is being treated in hospitals. she says that his face was burned so black she didn't recognise him. she is one of dozens of parents asking how this could have happened. 0fficials how this could have happened. officials say that the fire was probably caused by a short circuit, but that safety checks hadn't been carried out recently because the school's request was still being
processed. the disaster has renewed calls for greater scrutiny of so—called kuala lumpur ta hfiz schools, where students memorise to learn the koran, regulated by the government's religious department, and not by the religious sector. malaysia's prime minister visit the area where he urged his money schools to comply with safety regulations. fire safety authorities have even come up regulations. fire safety authorities have even come up with special training so that tahfiz schools have a volunteer firefighting group. training so that tahfiz schools have a volunteerfirefighting group. but some schools feel that we are meddling or trying to take over their administration. meddling or trying to take over theiradministration. but meddling or trying to take over their administration. but we are only looking after the safety aspect. for the grieving families who have lost their sons and brothers, there is only one message, safety must come first. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: after the hellboy whitewashing controversy, korean actor daniel dae kim has been signed to the role of major ben daimio. freedom itself was attacked this
morning, and freedom will be defended. the united states will hunt down and punish those responsible. bishop tutu now becomes spiritual leader of 100,000 anglicans here — of the blacks in soweto township, as well as the whites, in their rich suburbs. we say to you today, in a loud and a clear voice, enough of blood and tears — enough! translation: the difficult decision we reached together was one that required great and exceptional courage. it's an exodus of up to 60,000 people, caused by the uneven pace
of political change in eastern europe. iam free! this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. our top stories: north korea has launched an unidentified missile eastwards over japan. the missile fell over the island of hokkaido, and fell into the sea —— flew over the island. questions about malaysia's fire safety standards are being asked in the wake of a blaze at a religious school in kuala lumpur, which killed 23 students and teachers. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world.
0n the front page of the japan times, prime minister abe's trip to india is still making headlines. mr abe and his indian counterpart, narendra modi, condemned north korea for its nuclear and ballistic missile tests. they also called for international efforts to maximize pressure on pyongyang. the south china morning post is featuring a new school lunch initiative in hong kong. the voluntary programme wants to reduce salt levels in hong kong pupils‘ lunches by half in a decade. officials say they have already seen reductions in the first month of this academic year. and the china daily has a tribute to basi on the front page. the oldest panda in captivity has died at the age of 37, almost 100 in people years, according to experts. basi was the inspiration for panpan, the mascot for the beijing asian games in 1990. mainland japan is bracing itself for typhoon talim.
the strong storm system, packing gusts of up to 250km/h, has already lashed japan's southern islands. some areas have recorded level of rains not seen in the last 50 years, and many thousands of homes are without power. let us turn to ben rich from bbc weather for more. we have been watching this storm for several days now, and it has been developing quite rapidly. you can see here on our satellite picture this mass of cloud, and i want you to look at the eye of the centre of the storm. look how clear that i became. when we see a tightly defined i like this, with very clear edges, that always shows us that we have a powerful storm, which really means business. now, the sustained
winds a short time ago were around 175 kilometres per hour. that is the steady winds. the gust is a little bit stronger than that. and the forecast track of this storm over the next few days takes it towards japan, moving in during saturday, and then moving north and east, bringing some heavy rain and strong winds, even into tokyo, as we get on through sunday. so how does it look ona through sunday. so how does it look on a forecast graphics? you can see the bright colours, torrential downpours of rain, very strong winds which will only start to weaken as this storm moves its way in over the land. now, this is not the first major storm we have had hitting the headlines recently, because of course, just last week, hurricane irma. this was another storm that had a very clearly defined i. again, a sign of a storm that clearly meant business and it hit the caribbean with sustained winds around 125 mph, around 300 kilometres per hour. a little bit weaker as it hit the
florida keys, but it was still a category 4 hurricane. we measured typhoons in a slightly different way but if talim was a hurricane it would probably be categorised as category 3, so not quite as strong as irma but still forjapan we are expecting about 300 millimetres of rain, damaging winds, and the risk of some significant travel disruption. as we speak, from far above the surface of saturn, the cassini spacecraft has started another transmission. as it has done many times during its eight billion kilometre mission, it is sending back a stream of data to earth. this time, though, will be different. it will be broadcasting its own fiery death. cassini is ending 13 years of discoveries by ditching itself in saturn's atmosphere. 0ur science correspondent rebecca morelle has been looking at the impact of the cassini mission. closing in on oblivion, there is no
going back now. after 20 years of exploration, the cassini spacecraft is running out of fuel, and has been set on a death dive into saturn's thick atmosphere. it is a mission that has transformed our view of the giant planet and its rings, bringing us giant planet and its rings, bringing us countless stunning images. now, it will go out with a bang. but, for the scientists involved, saying goodbye will be tough. well, i have worked a cassini for 30 years, and thatis worked a cassini for 30 years, and that is a big chunk of my career. so as it is ending, i am feeling a tremendous dent of sadness. sadness at the end of the mission, the breakup of the cassini family, and at the same time, a tremendous source of pride. the spacecraft leaves a remarkable legacy. from spotting saturn's colossal storms and finding structures as high as mountains of hidden within its rings, the revealing the planet's many moons, from titan with its mainframe ice and seas, to another
with an ocean hidden beneath its icy crust, sending plumes into space. but the discoveries will keep coming. this is the control room, where the very final moments of cassini will be tracked. and every last drop of science is being squeezed out of this mission. as the spacecraft enters saturn's atmosphere, the data will be streamed back here, right up until the very instant it is destroyed. this will actually be the grand truth, as it were. we are actually being able to sample the atmosphere as the spacecraft goes in. it doesn't have a lot of time to do it, but it is going to be one of the most exciting points of the mission, right at the end of the mission. as cassini hurtles towards saturn, it will heat up and then vaporise, to become part of the planet it has studied for so long. at the scientists, the work won't be over. so much data has been collected, saturn could keep surprising for decades to come. there is news from hollywood over who will play the much—talked—about
role of major ben daimio in the new hellboy movie. korean actor daniel dae kim has signed on to the role. the lost and hawaii five—o star made the announcement on twitter. he also praised fellow actor ed skrein for championing the notion that asian characters should be played by asian or american actors. skrein stepped down from the role last month. we arejoined by an we are joined by an expert scholar and speaker on race and media. great to have you with us. how significant is this move in this hellboy movie? i think it is a great cast, and also it is almost like a vast story of justice, because you have daniel dae kim, who stood up against racial inequality when he stepped down from hawaii 5—0 because he wasn't being
paid the same as his white co—stars, and so there was this fear in the community that oh my gosh, is he going to get another role? and soon after you have ed skrein, stepping down because he doesn't want to participate in whitewashing, and then you have daniel dae kim stepping into that role, and it is just actually quite a good feeling for the community. do you think, nancy, that this interaction around this part will now start discussions, or maybe make actors think twice, but are they really fit for this particular role, orfor that role? i think the fit is part of it, but it is also looking at access, and i think that certain groups of colour in the united states have not had access to roles the same as white actors have had. so if white act are thinking about playing roles of colour, yes, they might think twice about maybe opening that up to groups that
haven't had that access. so would this open up at least more roles for asian actors in hollywood films?” hope so, at least when there are roles being written. so the problem is that they aren't enough roles being written for asian americans, and that is why, when a role comes up and that is why, when a role comes upfor and that is why, when a role comes up for asian—americans and it is being played by white actors then there is not raw, because it is, like, we don't have that many roles available, and when they are available, and when they are available they should go to asian actors. thank you so much for your insights. and before we go, some breaking news, and south korea's of the tree is reporting that north korea has fired an unidentified missile from pyongyang towards the east early on friday. the south korean and us military are currently analysing details of the launch. it is the country's first missile launch after united nations security council adopted a fresh sanctions resolution. we will have more
details about this development on the next edition of newsday. thank you so much forjoining us on newsday. asia business report is up next. hello there. our weather has taken ona hello there. our weather has taken on a decidedly cool and dare i say it quite autumnal feel as we head on through friday. it will remain cool, after quite a chilly start, and we will see a mixture of sunshine and showers. showers from the word go across northern england in the wales and the south—west. these gradually drifting further south and east. and as the showers arrive in east anglia and south—east england they will turn very heavy indeed, with some hailand turn very heavy indeed, with some hail and some thunder. all the while showers keep going across northern ireland and the good part of scotland. so let's take a closer look, then, at 4pm in the afternoon. a mixture of sunny spells and have to showers to the south—west of england. 15 degrees there in plymouth. could get to 16 in southampton in the dry spells, but
bearin southampton in the dry spells, but bear in mind, drift through, the temperatures will drop away by a good few degrees. maybe just 12 or 13 degrees. and some of the showers across the south—eastern east anglia, very heavy with hail and thunder. a mixture of sunshine and showers for northern england. quite a few showers across north—east scotland. a fair old breeze blowing here as well. but southey scotland a better chance of seeing more on the web dry weather and some spells of sunshine. sunny spells and hefty downpours were northern ireland and a similar story for wales, and particularly close to the west coast, it will be fairly windy. now, as we go on through friday night, many of the showers will fade away, but some will continue, most likely across north—east england, into wales, the south—west, some showers continuing across north—east scotla nd continuing across north—east scotland as well. many other places will turn dry, with some clear spells. maybe the odd missed that, and temperatures easily down to eight, nine, or 10 and temperatures easily down to eight, nine, or10 degrees, but some spots in the countryside cold enough for a touch of grass frost. so we began the weekend between this area of low pressure to the east in this
area of high pressure trying to push on from the west. it leaves us with a northerly wind, never a warm winter it shouldn't. there will be some spells of sunshine, but again some spells of sunshine, but again some showers. some of them heavy and those temperatures around 13 degrees for aberdeen and glasgow. 12 in belfast, maybe 16 for cardiff and 16 for london. as we go through saturday night, as the showers fade and we see clear skies and light winds it will turn very chilly indeed. 0ur towns and cities perhaps down into single digits but out in the countryside, but the gilliat west, we' re the countryside, but the gilliat west, we're looking at lows of one, two, three degrees. they could well bea two, three degrees. they could well be a touch of grass frost to start sunday morning, but sunday should see some improvements, certainly in terms of the showers. fewer showers, more dry weather, more sunshine. 15 to 18 degrees. and that is the story for the weekend. showers, slowly but surely, will ease. there will be some sunny spells, but the knights
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