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this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore.. the headlines. police in the us and the uk launch investigations into sexual assault claims against harvey weinstein. in an interview with the bbc, emma thompson takes the movie mogul to that task. this man is at the top of a particular iceberg. i don't think you could describe him as a sex addict, he is a predator. held hostage for five years by the taliban, a north american family is freed. hello. from london, we go inside the huge rehab centre in the philippines where the government says its deadly war on drugs includes trying to reform drug users. it's horrible, disgusting and smelly. we dive under the streets of london to see the giant blob of fat clogging the city sewers. live from
oui’ clogging the city sewers. live from our studios in singapore and london, this is bbc world news. it's newsday. glad you could join us. it is seven in the morning here in singapore, midnight in london and seven p.m. in the morning here in singapore, midnight in london and seven pm. in new york where police forces say they are re—examining allegations of sexual assault by the film producer harvey weinstein. in the us, police say they are conducting a review to determine if there are any additional complaints. harvey weinstein has agog plea denied any accusations of nonconsensual sex. emma thompson has denounced his behaviour. she has been speaking to
newsnight. i did not know about these things but they do not surprise me at all, they are endemic to the system. what i find extraordinary is that this man is at the top of a particular iceberg. i don't think you can describe him as a sex addict, he is a predator. he is at the top of the ladder of a system of harassment and bullying and bullying and interference and what my mother would have referred to in the old days as pestering. is he pestering you 7 to in the old days as pestering. is he pestering you? that is the word we used to use. this has been part of women's worlds since time immemorial. what we need to start talking about is the crisis in masculinity, the crisis of extreme masculinity, the crisis of extreme masculinity which is this sort of behaviour and the fact that it is not only 0k behaviour and the fact that it is not only ok but it is also represented by the most powerful man
in the world at the moment. would you describe him as being the tip of the iceberg, do you think there are others like that in your industry? of course. many. to that degree? maybe not to that degree. do they have to all be as bad as him? to make it count? does it only count if you only have done it to loads of women or does it count if you do to one woman once? i think the latter. another actress who has speaking on the issue is jane fonda. she sat down with stephen sackur from bbc hardtalk. she said she found out about harvey weinstein‘s behaviour last year and now regrets not speaking out. why don't they talk about it? because he is powerful, because they are scared. who are the women he preyed on, and praise on? young
women. most of them were in their 20s when it happened. vulnerable and afraid that if they say or do anything it will ruin their career. i found out about him about one year ago andi i found out about him about one year ago and i wish that i had spoken out. why didn't you? it didn't happen to me. i did want to expose, iadmiti happen to me. i did want to expose, i admit i should have been braver. from now on i will be when i hear such stories. you can watch the full hardtalk interview with jane fonda on monday the 16th of october at i930gmt. let's get more now on today's developments in the harvey weinstein investigations from nick bryant. police investigations are now under way on both sides of the atlantic. in new york, the nypd confirming to us in new york, the nypd confirming to us this morning that they are conducting a review and in particular looking back at a case that dates back to 2004, an allegation of sexual assault against
harvey weinstein. the authorities here have also had to answer questions that they did not do enough a couple of years ago when the nypd mounted a sting operation involving an italian model in a hotel not too far behind me capturing harvey on tape seemingly admitting to groping her. the district attorney in new york has had to say, well, there was insufficient evidence to bring a prosecution. 0n the other side of the atlantic, closer to you in london, the metropolitan police are saying it is assessing an allegation of sexual misconduct against harvey weinstein the dates on the 1980s in the london area. it was referred to them by merseyside police. as i say, on both sides of the atlantic now you have investigations are under way into the alleged sexual conduct of harvey weinstein. let's take a look at some
of the day's other news. more than 30 people have been killed in floods and landslides in vietnam. officials are searching for 40 others who are missing, after several days of heavy rain. the north of the country has been hit particularly hard. also making news today, twenty—nine people are now confirmed to have died in california's wildfires and the fires are still not under control. entire neighbourhoods have been destroyed. there are fears that a change in the weather will bring new outbreaks. the rival palestinian factions fatah and hamas have signed a deal to try and end a 10—year rift, after talks in cairo. the agreement will see the fatah—backed palestinian authority take over the administration of the gaza strip. take a look at this — united nations deputy secretary general amina j mohammed is interviewing a life—size social robot named sophia at un headquarters in new york. she asked it what the un can do to help people who have no access
to the internet or electricity. the robot told her artificial intelligence is the answer — it could help distribute the world's existing resources like food and energy. thousands of drug suspects in the philippines have been killed in police operations under president rodrigo duterte's war on drugs. the government there says the media concentrates on the killings at the expense of reports covering its drug rehabilitation programme. so our philippines reporter howard johnson went along to its 10,000 capacity "mega rehab" centre in the north of the country to see how it works. thousands of drug suspects have been killed in president duterte's war on drugs. but the government says that over a million addict is being
offered rehabilitation. so this is a central courtyard of the mega rehab centre which is around a three—hour drive away from manila. it was built in under six months and funded by a chinese businessman, a friend of the president. we were guided around the rehab centre by the programme co—ordinator for the rehabilitation of residents. most of these guys have been evaluated and part of the initiation process is that they will reflect on their past experiences. that is why they are facing the law. —— wall. it is not a punishment, this is just the time to meditate. the day begins around five a.m. and patients are kept easy with activities including prayer and sport. they are also encouraged to monitor each other‘s behaviour. sport. they are also encouraged to monitor each other's behaviour.“ they want this, if they win is inappropriate behaviour they will
ta ke inappropriate behaviour they will take a piece of paper, write down the ms behaviour and put it in this box. i spoke to patients to find out what life was like. do you feel safe yet? when we filmed at the centre, 13 people were under investigation for trying to escape. patients approached us to say these were the men we had seen earlier lined up against the wall. 0ne men we had seen earlier lined up against the wall. one man who wish to remain anonymous said some of the scabies had received beatings while another said they were being punished with solitary confinement. how long are they end solitary confinement? we put these allegations to the secretary of health at the time of our visit.“ is not part of our programme to have
beatings. we will investigate that. solitary confinement is part of the discipline that we want to instil in the patient‘s. discipline that we want to instil in the patient's. the government is keen to show off its mega rehab centre to prove it is serious about drug rehabilitation. but even at full capacity, this facility would only address the needs of a small proportion of drug addict in the country, while the vast majority remain at risk of being killed in the deadly war on drugs. 0ur philippines reporter howard johnson. a young couple kidnapped by the taliban in afghanistan five years ago, have been released. canadian joshua boyle and his american wife caitlan coleman were freed by pakistani security forces, along with their three children who were all born in captivity. 0ur north america correspondent aleem maqbool reports. 0ver over five long years, the families
ofjoshua boyle over five long years, the families of joshua boyle and over five long years, the families ofjoshua boyle and caitlin coleman had only seen them in a series of videos released by their taliban ca ptors. videos released by their taliban captors. they really will not settle this until they get what they are demanding. the couple disappeared in afghanistan. bay, and then our three children, with reid after being taken into children, with reid after being ta ken into pakistan. children, with reid after being taken into pakistan. joshua was finally able to call its mother. it is the first time in five years we got to hear his voice. it was amazing and he told us how much he looked forward, his children were looking forward to meeting their grandparents and that he would see me in grandparents and that he would see meina grandparents and that he would see me in a couple of days. we are waiting for that. it is believed their hostagetakers waiting for that. it is believed their hostageta kers had waiting for that. it is believed their hostagetakers had been demanding the release of taliban prisoners, never met before pakistani security forces freed the family. i would like to thank the pakistani government. i want to thank pakistan. they worked hard on this and i believe they are starting to respect the united states again. that is very important. i think a
lot of countries right now are starting to respect the united states of america once again. the pakistani army raise the way american agencies worked with them. successor american agencies worked with them. successof underscores american agencies worked with them. successor underscores the importance of timely intelligence sharing, said a statement. and pakistan's continued commitment towards fighting this man is. while both sides are unusually congratulating themselves on their cooperation, there will now be a lot of questions asked of the couple that have been freed about their time in captivity and about what they were doing in afghanistan in the first place. a short while ago i spoke to alex edwards who is a friend ofjoshua boyle — and started off by asking him how he came across the news of his release. i found out the same way everyone finds out everything these days, on twitter. i'm friends with his aunt and she posted an article. it is thrilling. absolutely thrilling.
these last five years have not been easy for anyone and things were not looking very good over the last few months. last we heard, the government of the gamma stand had sentenced government of the gamma stand had sentenced someone government of the gamma stand had sentenced someone to death and the taliban threatened to killjosh, caitlin and their children if this went ahead. have you spoken to joshua or caitlin sends they were released? i have not. they are not backin released? i have not. they are not back in the country yet and they will probably need a lot of time to recover and reintegrate. so right now the best we can do is give them that space to try to pick up their lives. while they were in captivity, you were playing a key role in keeping awareness and keeping the profile of their situation high. keeping awareness and keeping the profile of their situation highlj certainly profile of their situation high.” certainly tried. it turns out that isa certainly tried. it turns out that is a lot harder than you might think. i did my best. it turns out that that was not good enough. i am
grateful that the security forces of pakistan were able to get the job done. this must have been a most agonising and stressful time for theirfamilies. were agonising and stressful time for their families. were you agonising and stressful time for theirfamilies. were you in agonising and stressful time for their families. were you in touch with theirfamilies their families. were you in touch with their families during the captivity? with their families during the ' i with their families during the captivity? i have only been in direct contact with it his aunt but she has passed messages on from his pa rents. she has passed messages on from his parents. i know it is not been easy for any of them. i have not been in touch with caitlin's family but from what i read it has been difficult for them as well. i wonder, what is the first thing you will say or do when you see them? i will say that it is good that he is back. it is very easy to ask what were you thinking going to afghanistan but however foolish that may have been, he has paid so that many times over. it is important now to welcome them back and make sure that they know we're glad they are finally home.
you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: hackers steal details of australia's new fighter planes and other defence programmes, in what's being described as an ‘extensive cyber—attack‘. also on the programme: time to hold your noses — we confront the evil—smelling ‘fatberg' clogging london's sewers — and meet the workers fighting to get rid of it, one shovel—stroke at a time. parts of san francisco least affected by the earthquake are returning to life. but in the marina area, where most of the damage was done, they're more conscious than ever of how much has been destroyed. in the 19 years since he was last here, he's gone from being a little—known revolutionary to an experienced and successful diplomatic operator. it was a 20 pound bomb that exploded on the fifth floor of the grand hotel, ripping a hole in the front
of the building. this government will not weaken. democracy will prevail. it fills me with humility and gratitude to know that i have been chosen as the recipient of this foremost of earthly honours. this catholic nation held its breath for the men they call the 33. and then... bells toll. bells tolled nationwide to announce the first rescue and chile let out an almighty roar. welcome back, everyone. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. thanks for being with us. our top stories: as harvey weinstein says he hopes for a second chance, police in the us and the uk investigate sexual assault
claims against him. free after five years — a north america family held hostage by the afghan taliban is released following a us tip—off to pakistan. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. starting with the japan times, which is reporting that, with nine days to go before snap elections, japanese prime minister shinzo abe's gamble may be paying off. according to the paper, a kyodo news poll forecasts a big win for the ruling bloc — although many voters remain undecided. the financial times calls it the latest source of tension between washington and beijing. it says that the trump administration is holding out against a capital increase for the world bank until it looks at its lending to developing nations — in particular to china, the bank's biggest borrower. and the china daily reports on a treat for fans of classical
music at the beijing music festival, with ten chinese orchestras set to perform an orchestral marathon this weekend. moving now to trending. what stories are sparking discussions online? well, it's about the environment and new research showing that the rising use of certain chlorine compounds could slow down the repair of the earth's ozone layer by decades. just take a look at the healing of the ozone layer, which protects us, slowing down last year. these unregulated substances are widely used for paint stripping and in the manufacture of pvc. secret information about australia's defence programmes has been stolen in a cyber hack. it included details about new fighter planes and navy vessels. a short while ago i was joined by technology reporter stilgherrian who told me these sort of attacks were becoming all too common.
in were becoming all too common. november last ye australian in november last year, the australian signals directorate was notified by a defence vendor that one of the subcontractors was shedding data out somewhere. the attacker had been in some months beforehand at least since july 2016, possibly earlier. he said it has happened too often, why isn't the government doing whatever it can to protect its military strategy and plans? well, there are two answers to that, one is defending against hackers is hard. you have to get everything right and the hackers only have to get one thing you have forgotten. the spin the government has put on this is interesting. they
say this small defence contract was a few layers down in the subcontracting chain and that securing that data is not their problem, it is up to the vendors. the other issue is they say the data was not classified, but it was commercial in confidence. now, that is not an outright lie. the data didn't go through the australian government. therefore it didn't go through a classification process. but it is part of the restricted data under the american arms export rules. so there is a little bit of word play going on there. but it does say the australian government has a gap in the full supply chain security of this material going into the defence industry. wow. stilgherrian, cyber attacks in the past were fighting between. now it is happening more often. is this now the new normal? absolutely. the nationstate actors have
investigated... invested heavily in cyber espionage capability. espionage is not exactly a new profession. computers are where the information is held now. the skills of the hackers are rising. the organisations is rising. i can say that the defenders, particularly in the major western nations, and china and taiwan, are getting much better at defence. it is an arms race but it seem that the bad guys have the edge right now. stilgherrian, technology reporter, speaking to rico of little earlier. forgive me if you are eating brea kfast forgive me if you are eating breakfast right now because what i am about to tell you is rather disgusting. specialist teams are trying to remove what's called a fatberg, an enormous solid blob of oil, fat, cosmetic wipes and diapers, blocking an huge length of sewer underneith my feet right here in london.
0ur science editor david shukman reports. in east london this morning, chris casbolt embarks on one of the worstjobs in the world. he checks a sensor that will detect toxic gases. he's given a constant supply of fresh air. this is what's needed to fight what's called a fatberg down in a sewer. we give chris and a colleague cameras to capture what they're facing. are you 0k? yeah, i'm good. i asked to join them, but wasn't allowed. they're venturing into extremely dangerous territory. i need a hose. hose! they arrive in an alien and hostile world. a supervisor calls out to check the gas. what's the gas reading down there? inaudible. in the hot, fetid air, the fat releases fumes of sulphur. this narrow tunnel is the only access to the fatberg, but right now it's too deep in sewage for anyone to pass. a pump is used to try to clear it, but gets blocked with chunks of fat. right, the suction's blocked. suction's blocked?
yes. then the flow begins. yeah, go on. it's dropping, mate, it is dropping. the way is now clear, but the tunnel is too low to stand in, so chris has to hunch and shuffle in the dark. at last he can do what he was sent for, hack away at a congealed mass of fat, tampons, wipes and condoms. it's blocking most of the sewer. pressure hoses can't be used because the brickwork is damaged, so it's one shovel stroke at a time, and it's hard to believe this is happening in 21st century britain. it is horrible. there is so much fat
everywhere. even upstream 20 metres that way is fat, so i mean it is solid. and this is a piece of the fatberg, a compacted mass of oil, fatberg, a compacted mass of oil, fat and greece. it is rocksolid and, as would expect, it smells a bit like a blocked toilet and rotting meat. and the real problem here is that the only way to get it out is by hand. this is a national problem affecting countless sewers and it is getting worse. since the victorians built the network, the population has grown and dets have changed. find fruit and takeaway is mean more grease is flowing into drains. there are devices to trap fats but few places have them. we have visited 700 services establishments to really understand what they make doing with the facts and grease they pour down the sink. 0ver doing with the facts and grease they pour down the sink. over 90% have no type of fat removal to trap the fat
and stop it going into sewers. the fa ct and stop it going into sewers. the fact is hard to break apart. it will be turned into fuel. but as one of the sewer teams recovers, the hope has to be that less that will end up underground in the first place. ben, ben, ben, ican't bearto watch! . 0h, ben, ben, ben, ican't bearto watch! . oh, my ben, ben, ben, ican't bearto watch!l oh, my goodness! ben, ben, ben, ican't bearto watch! . oh, my goodness! and those poor people having to work on it, it looks quite tiring. it must be com pletely looks quite tiring. it must be completely "fatigued" to do that. we will have to and the programme. thank you so much for watching newsday. we will see you soon, goodbye. this is the set up. a weather front
moving in with some wet weather and tightly packed isoba rs moving in with some wet weather and tightly packed isobars telling you it will be a windy day with gales around ghose and hills in the north and west. temperatures starting the day into double figures everywhere. so it will be a mild start. windy as well. this area of rain will be slow moving across scotland and northern ireland with a dam started the day across parts of northern england and the rainfall totals really mounting up the rainfall totals really mounting up across the rainfall totals really mounting up across the high ground, the cumbrian fels in particular, could see 60— 80 millimetres of rain before the weather system is through. behind that across scotland and northern ireland yes some sunshine through the afternoon but to the south of the front things turn increasingly wet through the afternoon. in wales the winds pick up afternoon. in wales the winds pick up in england and they should blow some holes into the clouds and occasional sunny spells are possible but overall we are looking at a lot of cloud. now through friday evening and overnight the weather front stops moving southwards and returns
back northwards. we will be left with further rain across northern england and north wales for a time. slightly fresher airfor england and north wales for a time. slightly fresher air for scotland and northern ireland but it is not exactly cold, is it? 16 degrees overnight taking us into saturday morning across northern england and wales as well. here is the chart as we start the weekend. the weather front pushing its way northwards with the wind coming from a long way south, dredging up some very mild air. where it is cloudy temperatures into the high teens. where we see some sunshine this weekend we could see highs up to 23 degrees. way, way warmer than it should be at this stage of october. now here is the chart for saturday. most starting on a cloudy note. rain moving away from northern england by turning down for western scotland. rain for a time in northern ireland. a lot of cloud yes, but mild everywhere and where we see sunshine it will be pleasa ntly we see sunshine it will be pleasantly warm, the best across eastern england. maybe the chance of a few breaks of cloud on sunday, with temperatures up to 23 degrees but cloudy and wet and cool in the
north—west of scotland. now beyond that we have to look at this, hurricane 0phelia, which this weekend is going to pass pretty close to the eastern azores. from there is stops being a hurricane on sunday. the winds expand as it moves underneath a powerfuljet stream and this storm system works towards the british isles. it could go to the west of ireland. it could go across the uk. a lot of uncertainty about the uk. a lot of uncertainty about the track. it won't be a hurricane when it reaches our shores but it could bring some stormy, disruptive weather so make sure you stay in touch with the weather forecast over the next few days. our top story. police in the us and uk are investigating allegations of sexual assault made against harvey weinstein. several actors have now accused weinstein of inappropriate behaviour, sexual harassment or assault. the film producer has ‘unequivocally‘ denied any claims of non—consensual sex. pakistani soldiers have freed a north american family of five who were being held hostage by the afghan taliban. the family's three children were born in captivity. pakistan's army says they were rescued after a us tip—off.
and this colourful video representing the changing state of the ozone layer during the last year, is trending now on bbc.com. scientists says an increase in emissions of some chlorine—containing chemicals could set back the closing of the hole in the protective ozone layer by up to 30 years. that's all from me now. stay with bbc world news. now on bbc news it's time for hardtalk.
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