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tv   Newsday  BBC News  December 8, 2017 1:00am-1:31am GMT

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i'm sharanjit leyl, in singapore. the headlines: palestinian militants call for a new uprising, as the middle east makes sense of donald trump's recognition ofjerusalem as the capital of israel. the united nations security council will hold an emergency meeting later on friday to discuss the biggest shift in us middle—east policy in decades. i'm kasia madera in london. also in the programme: same—sex marriage becomes legal in australia. lawmakers celebrate as they approve the change, brought on by a nationwide poll last month. and sex exploitation on the streets of london. the tragic story of a jobless taiwanese graduate comes to life on the big screen. live from our studios in singapore and london, this is bbc world news. it's newsday. good morning.
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it's 9am in singapore, 1am in london and 3am in the gaza strip, where the palestinian islamist group hamas has called for a new popular uprising, or intifada. it follows president trump's recognition of jerusalem as the capital of israel. traditional allies of the us, including saudi arabia and france, condemned president trump's decision, but israel said it was a welcome step forward. our middle east editor, jeremy bowen, reports. over the years, palestinians have burned many american flags. the question is whether something fresh is happening. whether this old conflict has entered a new stage. volleys of tear gas were directed at palestinian demonstrators by israeli security forces in towns around jerusalem. many palestinians have serious doubts about whether these street clashes change anything. jerusalem, though, is as special for palestinians as it is for israelis.
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and trump's decision to ignore palestinian claims to the city has caused real anger. israel's prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, is jubilant. he posted this video, saying, these are great days in zionism's history. but these are not great days for israel's foreign relations. many countries feel they have a stake injerusalem. turkey's president erdogan on a visit to greece said the us and israel were trampling over international law, rejecting a un resolution. mahmoud abbas, the palestinian president, on the right, travel to jordan for emergency talks with king abdullah, whose warnings of danger ahead were ignored by president trump. afterwards, president abbas said america no longer had a political role in the middle east. in gaza, ismail haniyeh,
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the leader of hamas, called for drastic action. "it's time", he said, "for a third palestinian uprising. another intifada." uprisings carried a heavy price and didn't get them independence. an intifada is a dangerous option which many palestinians don't want to repeat. but their anger is real. this was a demonstration tonight in a palestinian refugee camp injordan. and they have international support. the americans are preparing a new peace plan. it will need something very special to succeed. it's important to realise that there is no peace process, and there hasn't been for a few years. but back when they used to have serious peace talks, the negotiators steered well clear of the issue of the future ofjerusalem. that's because all sides realise
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that it can unleash some really powerful and potentially destructive forces. they treated it as a politically radioactive issue. it was tense tonight at damascus gate in the old city. sometimes injerusalem, nationalim and religious difference are overwhelming. perhaps it's too much to hope for a peace deal. jeremy bowen, bbc news, jerusalem. well, attention will now turn to new york, where the un security council will meet on friday to discuss the ramifications of mr trump's announcement. barbara plett—usher explains the un stance onjerusalem that has existed for nearly 70 years. it's been a long time since 1948 when the un gavejerusalem special status in the peace process. since it started, it said its final status should only be resolved through negotiations between israel and the palestinians.
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in fact, it agreed a resolution about this time last year, saying it would not recognise boundaries that were not agreed in negotiations, including injerusalem, and the americans went along with it, at least didn't veto that resolution under president obama, so there is an international consensus aboutjerusalem, which the un has signified and which it has carried and so the people who called... ..the countries that called for the emergency session want to underline that and i think we will hear some of the same things the secretary general said already. he spoke about deep anxiety. he said, i have consistently called for people not to take unilateral steps that jeopardise the peace process.
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he didn't specifically call out mr trump, but he was obviously talking about the us and i think we will hear more about that on friday. also making news today: the us democratic senator al franken has announced that he'll step down over allegations of sexual misconduct. more than 30 of his democrat colleagues in the senate had called for the his resignation. on thursday, mr franken addressed senators. i will be resigning as member of the united states senate. i, of all people, am aware that there is some irony in the fact that i am leaving, while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault seats in the oval office. and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the senate with the full support of his party. poland's prime minister beata szydlo has resigned. the governing law and justice party has nominated her deputy, mateusz morawiecki, the finance and development minister, to replace her. mr szydlo has overseen sweeping changes to state institutions
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in poland, which critics in the european union say have subverted democracy and the rule of law. people in nepal have voted in parliamentary elections which the authorities hope will mark an important step in the country's transition to democracy. it's the first election under a new constitution, and nearly a decade after the end of a civil war and the abolition of the monarchy. results are expected in the next few days. singapore airlines has become the latest airline to change the path of its seoul—los angeles flights following a recent north korean missile test. itjoins lufthansa and air france, who've also re—routed planes because of pyongyang's more frequent launches. 200,000 people have now been forced to flee their homes after fast moving wildfires continue to spread across southern california. the blazes have reached the pacific ocean and impacted the state's main coastal highway. firefighters have been working around the clock, but hundreds of houses have been destroyed with the flames being fanned by winds gusting in excess of 100 km/h. there's been another big surge
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in the value of the digital currency bitcoin ahead of the launch this weekend of a new bitcoin futures market. the currency, which exists largely online, has been trading above $15,000 for the first time. but there are some warnings that it's over—valued and might be heading for a fall. for football fans, this man needs no introduction. he helped lead his side to the spanish league title and scored two goals as real madrid retained their champions league title, so it is hardly a surprise that portugal's cristiano ronaldo has been named as world footballer of the year. he claimed a record equalling fifth ballon d'or title, matching the number of wins by his great rival, the barcelona and argentina striker lionel messi. australia's parliament has voted
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to legalise same—sex marriage. the historical vote came after last month's nationwide referendum on the issue. the first weddings could take place next month. hywel griffith has more from sydney. the vote passed yesterday. already this morning we've seen it signed and sealed by the governor—general, which means, as of midnight tonight, same—sex marriage is part of the australian legal system. so the government acting as soon as possible to get this into reality. what it means is that same—sex couples in australia can now lodge their papers to get married. it takes 30 days, so we're talking about 30 days from tomorrow. the very first same—sex marriage under the new law could happen as soon as january 9th. however, for couples,
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there are hundreds who have gone abroad already to marry, hoping of course that the change would eventually come to australia. anyone who's married abroad will have their marriage recognised from midnight tonight. so i think we'll see celebrations at the stroke of midnight australian time tomorrow. there were many celebrations of cause yesterday after the bill was passed in parliament. that's right. lots of celebrations and some great pictures. we know the prime minister, malcolm turnbull, has spent quite a lot of political capital to enable this to happen. it's been a very tumultuous year. yes. it could be seen as a big win for him after a difficult 2017, where he's seen his authority tested time after time, not least by people within his own party. malcolm turnbull wasn't right front and centre of the campaign for a yes vote, but he always said
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he and his wife were supportive of gay marriage. he took the gamble to put it to a public survey and then put to parliament and it paid off. he was pretty bullish on australian tv last night and this morning, saying he was very proud that this legislation has come through during his time as prime minister. political critics say he shouldn't be claiming credit, people have campaigned for decades for this to happen. this does see the parliamentary season in australia end on a bit of a high, given all of the problems he has had this year. hywel, briefly, do we know any more details about some of the first weddings that are due to take place? i know plenty of people have been planning and there are venues in sydney, not surprisingly overlooking the opera house and the harbour bridge, that are being booked up pretty quickly. there might be a race to be first, but i think there will be a race to be best. some of the same—sex couples i spoke to say they want the most lavish wedding.
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it's not about being first, it's about being the best. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: the story of kati, who was abandoned as a baby in china, with a note asking her to come back one day. that's what she did more than 20 years later. and we hear about the taiwanese women trapped in illegal sex work in london and speak to the director who made a film about it after the death of her friend. john lennon was shot at the entrance to the dakota building, in the centre of new york. there's been a crowd here standing in more or less silent vigil. and the flowers have been piling up. the 14th ceasefire of this war ended at the walls of the old city of dubrovnik.
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this morning, witnesses said shells were landing every 20 seconds. people are celebrating the passing of a man they hold responsible for hundreds of deaths and oppression. elsewhere, people have been gathering to mourn his passing. imelda marcos, the widow of the former president of the philippines, has gone on trial in manila. she's facing seven charges of tax evasion, she pleaded not guilty. the prince and princess of wales are to separate, a statement from buckingham palace said the decision had been reached amicably. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. i'm kasia madeira in london. our top stories: protests after president trump's announcement recognising jerusalem as israel's capital. the palestinian militant group hamas
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calls for a third intifada. the change in us policy will be discussed at an emergency meeting of the united nations security council later. friends and adversaries of the united states have been expressing heir concern. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the new york times reveals the mystery buyer who splurged $450 million on a painting by leonardo da vinci. he's apparently a saudi prince from a remote branch of the royal family. last month it became the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction. the front page of the japan times features the race to become the new mascot for tokyo's upcoming olympics. the competitors have been whittled down from thousands to just three. now they face they're toughest test. a group of school children who've been asked to pick the winner.
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and the philippine star includes an artwork that's literally mouth—watering, that's because it's made from puto, a delicious steamed rice cake. the 200 square metre mosaic depicts an old man and his grandson enjoying the pastries. people in calasiao are hoping it will break the world record. that brings you up—to—date with some of the papers. the next story has the makings of a feature film. but it's a true story. her chinese parents to fight the one child policy and gave birth to her, their second child, but they were forced to abandon her and she was eventually adopted by a us couple. her parents left a note with their baby, urging the adoptive parents to meet them at the broken bridge in
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future. they returned every year hoping for news and what happens next is revealed on the bbc news documentary our world. here's a preview. afamily a family broken apart like china's one child policy. the rendezvous was planned by her birth parents, forced to abandon her after she was born. i think my birth mum was actually
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really sad in a lot of ways. she just held me and sobbed for like a half—hour. just held me and sobbed for like a half-hour. a day later she visits her parents at home and they spoke for the first time with her adopted family in the us. this is where the story began. her father shows the place where they left her. he really just wanted my forgiveness. it was really interesting. i understand for him why he needed forgiveness, but for me i did not feel like they needed to forgive them for anything. from my perspective, i understand their situation as much as i think i can. they were stuck.
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they were stuck in a system that was so broken. it is hard to say goodbye, but back in michigan, and other new chapter was beginning in kati's life as she begins for the final year of university. no matter how much you know about your adoption, why you are given up, how you feel about it or how much it hurts, no matter what the circumstance, i don't think it is good to suppress those feelings that might be hard to deal with. you can see the whole story on our world: the return on bbc over the weekend and you can also watch it online, on our website. weekend and you can also watch it online, on ourwebsite. now weekend and you can also watch it online, on our website. now another true story. my mat was made into a
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feature film. one of the big successes at the recent raindance and leaf film festivals, the gritty real life story of a taiwanese graduate trying to find work in london. the receptionist brings the world of sex exploitation and illegal massage parlours to the big screen. in a moment we'll hear from the film's directorjenny lu and actor and producer shuang teng. first let's have a quick look at the film. obviously something is not right. i can't find a job. have you ever tried an internship? they do massages. some highlights from the film.
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earlier i spoke to its director and also a producer and actor. she told me she made this film in memory of a friend who had been working on the sex industry. in 2009, someone i knew committed suicide outside london heathrow airport. i was really shocked by this news and i decided to find out what actually happened to her and what let her to feel that this is the way out. i decided to talk to her friends and i realised she was working as a sex worker in an illegal massage parlour. i decided to interview her previous colleagues and i found out how many struggles these people go through every day. the more i found out,
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the more i felt i needed to know their stories. you did not know that your friend was in this industry, did you? i did not. it was really shocked. basically i didn't know people lived like this. the more i found out the more i felt i really needed to tell to tell their situation and let more people know about how they live. yeah, so the film is showing this hidden part of britain that we often overlook and also showing how easily we get defeated in this money oriented world. so i decided to make this film. you portray one of the women who work in this industry. you were also one of the producers on the film. when it comes to the acting, how do you start researching, how do you go about preparing for such a complicated role? most of us, i guess, are fortunate that we don't know or experience these lives.
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but we have all have our struggles. i guess it'sjust something i identify with. as a new graduate just out of drama school, i have had times where i thought how would i pay the rent? where would i find a job? it is to find those struggles that i can identify with. to think how easy it can be to go down this route if you are struggling and see it as an easy way out. but of course we know it's not an easy way out. it's a very harsh way of living and it's very tough on these women. it is a harsh way of living. one thing you encapsulated in this film was the camaraderie and sisterhood between the women. it seems so harsh, the way they have to lead their lives, but they always share a laugh and something in common. i wanted to explore that as well. so there is love within this horrible situation. did you both — when you were researching for this, did you both speak to some
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of the women working in the sex industry in this country? i think you did more than me, definitely. when the taiwanese actresses came over to london, in the beginning they didn't really believe the scripts, the stories. so i decided to invite some of the sex workers and then come and talk to them face to face. yeah, the story really convince them. we can tell they are not lying. they are telling all the details. the huge amount of pressure they live through. some of them have to send money back home every month and they can't tell theirfamily and friends about it. are you surprised byjust how some of these women have to live? yes. i guess i'm surprised by what they have to go through every day and the pressure
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they put on them sometimes to send money back home. and they don't feel they can tell anyone about it, not their families, their friends. they feel it's their secret and it's very shameful, but they're also trying to survive and get by. the art of making pizza neapolitan way has joined the prestigious list of cultural treasures. the custom, which includes hurling the dough into the air, has secured coveted world heritage status from unesco. james reynolds went for a slice of the action. you might not think that pizza here in naples you might not think that pizza here in naples needs unesco protection, there is plenty of people queueing up. but it's now part of the world's intangible heritage. i will show you how it is done. this is the pizza maker.
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and unesco has decided that what he is doing is unique to naples. it may be copied across the world, but it started here first. he is very happy. obviously a leading question. and then just have a look here at what happens to the world's intangible heritage. it goes into the oven for about two minutes. it may be intangible, but in the end you can eat it. it looks absolutely delicious. on that note we end this edition of newsday. i have to admit, it does look pretty good. from all of us, thanks for watching newsday. hello there. right now we are more concerned about snow and ice rather than the strength of the wind. but for a while on thursday we had gusts of 90mph in the far north of scotland, all due
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of course to storm caroline. the centre of that storm is heading away from scotland and over towards scandinavia. around that area of low pressure we have very windy weather right now. very quickly we are drawing down some much colder air, rapidly down across the whole of the country. so we've had some snow already. there will be more of that and icy conditions continuing into friday. keep up today with any travel disruption on bbc local radio. snow not unusual across northern scotland at this time of year. there will be more snow piling up. blizzards in the hills as well. probably largely dry and sunny and frosty. more snow showers for northern ireland getting blown over the irish sea into north—west england and the north—west midland and wales. it's here we could see most of the disruption. rain right along the coast. a wintry mix in the south—west of england.
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but for many eastern parts of england, friday could be largely dry and quite sunny as well. those wintry showers, mostly of snow inland, continuing in roughly in the same sort of area through the day, perhaps moving further into the midlands. the totals could be 5—10 centimetres here and there, perhaps more than that in the north—west of scotland. it will be a cold day. these are the temperatures. because it will be windy there will be a significant windchill. it will feel quite a bit colder. a real change from what we've seen earlier this week. the winds gradually ease off a little overnight, but the wintry showers, mostly snow inland, continue, perhaps lacking some of the potency, but nevertheless icy conditions and a covering of snow in many northern and western parts of the uk. the frost more widely and quite severe in the countryside and over the higher ground. it won't be quite as windy on saturday. there will still be wintry showers around,
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but not as heavy. probably turning more to rain in the south—west with damp is beginning to rise a little. elsewhere it is a cold day. coming into that cold air, more problems on sunday, with this weather system here. a lot of uncertainty about the position of that weather system. but there is the potential for some significant snowfall across parts of wales, england and northern ireland. very cold. mild and windy in the south—west. i'm kasia madeira with bbc news. our top story: anger over donald trump's decision to recognise jerusalem as the capital of israel. at least 31 palestinians have been wounded in clashes in the gaza strip and across the occupied west bank. the palestinian militant group hamas has called for a third uprising, or intifada. the united nations security council meets later to discuss the holy city. meanwhile, there are reports the palestinian president may refuse to meet the us vice president when he visits the region.
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and this video is trending on it shows australia's lawmakers celebrating after an overwhelming vote to change the law and make same—sex marriage legal. the result follows a decade of often bitter debate and a national poll last month which backed the move. that's all from me for now. stay with bbc news. and the top story here in the uk: intense negotiations are continuing through the night to try to break the deadlock over the irish border in brexit negotiations.
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