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i'm mariko oi in singapore. the headlines — a russian man convicted of spying for britain is critically ill in england after being exposed to an unknown substance. as delegates from south korea meet officials in the north, kim jong—un says he wants to write a new history of national reunification. i'm kasia madera in london. also in the programme — china's national people's congress welcomes plans to abolish term limits for the country's president, a move that could leave xi jinping in power indefinitely. and going home with oscar gold — the movies with something to celebrate after hollywood's biggest night. live from our studios in singapore and london. this is bbc world news. it is tuesday. —— newsday.
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good morning. it's 8am in singapore and midnight in london. a russian man convicted in moscow of spying for britain is in a critical condition after being exposed to an unknown substance. he and a woman were found unconscious on a bench in salisbury in the south of england. sergei skripal has been living in the uk since a prisoner swap between russia and the us in 2010. the hospital where he and his companion are being treated has declared a major incident. mark urban has more. passers—by noticed two people a p pa re ntly passers—by noticed two people apparently unconscious on a bench in salisbury. the area was investigated by people in project in suits as suspicions built that the two victims. they are in hospital tonight, described as critically
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ill. we are unable to ascertain —— ascertain whether or not a crime has taken place. a major incident has taken place. a major incident has taken place. a major incident has taken place and response has been co—ordinated. the bbc established that the man being treated is sergei skripal. he was convicted by a court in moscow in 2006 of being a spy for british intelligence. he was sent from the court where he languished forfour from the court where he languished for four years. from the court where he languished forfour years. it from the court where he languished for four years. it was from the court where he languished forfour years. it was in from the court where he languished for four years. it was in 2010 that the arrest of a network of russian agents provided an opportunity for mi6 to agents provided an opportunity for m16 to repay its debt to sergei skripal. the uk asked for his name to be added to a list of prisoners the cia was putting together, and in july of that year, sergei skripal and three others were put on a jet from moscow to vienna. the ten accused by the us of espionage were flown from america and in the best cold war traditions, the two parties
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of spies crossed on the tarmac in austria. asked about who might have betrayed this american spy ring, president putin vented his hero. translation: traitors will keep the bucket, trust me. these people betrayed their friends, their brothers in arms. they got in exchange for it, those 30 pieces of silver. as for sergei skripal, he flew from vienna to britain where he began a life in exile. police were today securing the house in salisbury where the former russian intelligence officer has lived in recent yea rs. mark urban reporting. let's take a look at some of the day's other news. president trump has repeated his threat to tax eu cars imported into the us. the comments come as the world trade organisation warns of the danger of a trade war, saying it could plunge the global economy into deep recession.
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that, however, is not the view of the president. people have to understand our country on trade has been ripped off by virtually every country in the world, whether it is friend or enemy. everybody. china, russia, and people that we think are wonderful, the european union, we can't do business. they don't allow it. they have trade barriers that are worse than tariffs. also making news today — a former aide to israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu is reported to have signed a state witness deal with prosecutors investigating the prime minister for alleged corruption. nir hefetz is a former spokesman for mr netanyahu. so far, israeli police have provided no details on the reported agreement. britain's most decorated olympian, the cyclist sir bradley wiggins, and his former employers, team sky, have been accused of "crossing an ethical line" by british politicians. a parliamentary report claims the tour de france winner, used drugs, allowed under
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anti—doping rules, to enhance performance, instead of just for medical need. both he and team sky, "strongly refute" the allegations. not any time during my career to be crossed the ethical line. as i have said before, i had a medical condition that i went to a doctor, this has been treated since back in 2013 when i was diagnosed —— 2003, through the doctors of british cycling at that time. this was the treatment that i had been described for that particular occasion, which was seven years ago. under specialist supervision as well. and in place of the rules at the time, which were you —— which you were allowed to apply for the use of this medication. former italian prime minister, matteo renzi, says he's resigning as leader of the governing centre—left democratic party after its defeat in sunday's election. his party won less than 20% of the vote. the two parties that performed
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well in the election, the five star movement and the league, have both made claims to govern italy. the brazilian footballer, neymar, has left hospital after surgery on a fractured foot. the world's most expensive player is still on crutches and facing an uphill battle to get fit. and pictures like this are unlikely to fill brazil fans with confidence, with just over 100 days to go to the start of the world cup in russia. how would you feel about eating a burger that was made by a robot? a serious question. well, these pictures are from a californian fast—food chain where they're using a robot to flip their burgers. if this is a success, it could mean fewerjobs in the kitchen. dozens of locations are looking to bring in the system, which is destined to replace human fast—food workers. to china now, where one of the most significant political gatherings
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for a generation is now underway. the national people's congress will consider a proposal to abolish presidential term limits, which would give the current president, xijinping, a mandate for life. the idea was welcomed with applause at monday's meeting. but asjohn sudworth reports, those who might dare to voice opposition to the idea are being forced to leave beijing during the congress. as the delegates arrived, there was no mistaking it. a sense of something momentous. should xi jinping rule for life, i asked. something momentous. should xi jinping rule for life, iasked. of course, they answer. he is a man of the people. he loves the people. inside the hall, he is given a
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standing ovation. the vote to abolish the 2— term limit on his rule ta kes abolish the 2— term limit on his rule takes place next week. there is no doubting it will be passed. the constitutional change will strengthen china's leadership and governance, this single official announces. “— governance, this single official announces. —— this senior official announces. —— this senior official announces. who would dare to object? is he coming? yes, i see him. it is grim news, of course, for china's few remaining democracy campaigns. this activist is already forced to leave his beijing home during every people's congress. i cannot stay. they don't want me to talk to people like you. the so—called foreign anti— charter forces. like you. the so—called foreign anti- charter forces. time to go, the police tell him. these are the
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people coming to take you away? they are political policeman. and then he is driven away. he will be allowed to return after the parliamentary session is over. the speeches inside the great hall of the people are a lwa ys the great hall of the people are always about progress and reform, but politically, china appears to be going backwards. the disaster of its last experiment with unlimited, indefinite rule is precisely why the term limits were introduced in the first place. china's most significant political shift in decades is fraught with risk. while the party plays along, all public discussion is being heavily censored. there have been a drop in child
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marriages across the world. india has seen one of the biggest reductions in recent years. overall, it is still the country with the largest number of women who have been married under age. for more on this story, the cost to kathmandu. —— we cross to kathmandu. thank you for joining —— we cross to kathmandu. thank you forjoining us. some 25 million child marriages were prevented over the last decade, but is it correct to say that one in five children are still married under rate question my talk us through the numbers. good morning to you. indeed, there is a new report that has recently come out where we are seeing significant reductions in terms of child marriage. there is 25 million globally child marriages being diverted over the last period of ten yea rs diverted over the last period of ten years and this is looked at various
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data over 100 countries in terms of assessing what is reflected the introduction. as you point out, the global burden we are still seeing that one in five girls are still getting married and that is a large area of trend that we are seeing shifting from south asia to sub saharan africa. the reduction that we are seeing in terms of the 25 million child marriages, trends are large with driven by a reduction we are seeing in south asia over a period of time. you talk about policy shifts, but what other things can be done to reduce these child marriages further? indeed, there is no 1—stop solution towards child marriage. it is a very complex situation where there is a lot of work that really requires, the policy level at the ground level, the community level, the system level. what really works is if i can say keep the girls in school. we
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need investment in terms of education. education for girls to really complete their primary and continue to do their secondary education as well. that requires multiple approaches required to ensure that the areas of education are being addressed. we also need to see and powering girls, giving them the empowerment. they need to know about what is happening, they need to have participant —— participation. the mechanisms for them to have the self—awareness. there is a lot of initiatives that really work. as much as a policy is required and we have laws that have really improved in various regions as well as in south asia, of 18, and forcing those laws, we also need to know that child marriages very socially constructed phenomena. the child gender north —— norms are wrapped to this region. it requires behaviour and change at the community level, the household level. there is a great deal of
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investments required for multiple approaches. you can imagine this will be a very dramatic experience for those girls. what exactly are the consequences that you are seeing of those girls married under age? absolutely, as you said, the consequences are tremendous. firstly, if a child is going through this issue, what she would really see is that the first thing that happens to the girl is she dropped out of school. she will be taken off from education, she may not go on to com plete from education, she may not go on to complete her education. what really happens to her is the household she is worried, she is highly vulnerable to domestic violence, both at the hands of her husband it also the household level. she will have higher burden of care in terms of the work at the household level, she will eat last, eat less. there are consequences on her nutrition needs. you will also find that what happens
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is there a early pregnancy is coming in and if you are a girl child in a region like south asia where gender norms are very high, there is less value for the girl child, and if the girl who is married off end up having a girl child, then she can be ostracised from the community as somebody who has brought in bowdler, you see the answer to pregnancy is that really take place, which faces a huge risk in terms of the health and well—being of both the mother and well—being of both the mother and the child. so the consequences are and the child. so the consequences a re really and the child. so the consequences are really tremendous. psychological consequences are something which really needs to be addressed much more critically for what that particular girl is going through. her mobility is very diminished. particular girl is going through. her mobility is very diminishedlj am her mobility is very diminished.” am sorry to interrupt. thank you so much forjoining us this morning. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme — we'll round up hollywood's biggest night of the year and the moments that made this year's oscars
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one to remember. first, the plates slipped gently off the restaurant tables, then suddenly the tables, the chairs and people crashed sideways and downwards, and it was just a matter of seconds as the ferry lurched on to her side. the hydrogen bomb. on a remote pacific atoll, the americans have successfully tested a weapon whose explosive force dwarfed that of the bomb dropped on hiroshima. i heard the news earlier and so my heart went bang, bang! the constitutional rights of these marchers are their rights as citizens of the united states, and they should be protected, even in the right to test them out, so they don't get their heads broken and are sent to hospital. this religious controversy, i know you don't want to say too much about it, but does it worry you that it's going to boil up
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when you get to the states? well, it worries me, yes, but i hope everything will be all right in the end, as they say. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm mariko oi in london. i'm kasia maderia. our top stories: a russian man convicted of spying for britain is critically ill in england, after being exposed to an unknown substance. delegates at china's national people's congress are welcoming plans to abolish term limits for the country's president. and from our website, a man is being held on suspicion of stealing frances mcdormand's oscar after the awards on sunday. terry bryant was arrested after the statuette went missing. the statue has since been returned to the best actress winner. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. we start with the international
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new york times and what they call an expansion of digital censorship in china. the paper reports that as president xi consolidates power, services like whatsapp and instagram could be filtered out. xi jinping's controversial plan to abolish presidential term limits is receiving a lot of coverage across the region. the south china morning post quotes senior officials, who say the changes have wide support. and the financial times is leading on the political uncertainty in italy. they say the country is on course for clashes with brussels, after the victory of eurosceptic populists in sunday's elections. now, what stories are sparking discussions online? it's a really sad story that has ca ptu red it's a really sad story that has captured people ‘s attention on our website. the inventor trevor baylis, best known for developing
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the wind—up radio, has died at the age of 80. mr baylis was inspired to design the radio after watching a documentary about aids in africa. he believed the invention would help halt the disease by making educational radio broadcasts accessible to more people. yesterday ‘s news day, we ended just as the oscars were getting under way. so lets bring you up to date with all the winners of hollywood's biggest night. our arts editor will gompertz has a full round—up of the 90th academy awards. the night began with host jimmy kimmel using his opening monologue to round up some of the elephants in the room. black panther and wonder woman were massive hits, which is almost miraculous, because i remember a time when the major studios didn't believe a woman or a minority could open a superhero movie. and the reason i remember that time is because it was march of last year.
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laughter that joke set the agenda for the evening. in the year of the 90th academy awards, it was time's up for a monocultural male dominated movie business. it's a new day in hollywood... said jennifer lawrence, before announcing that the winner of actress in a leading role was... francis mcdormand, three billboards outside ebbing, missouri. so, i'm hyperventilating a little bit. if i fall over, pick me up, because i've got some things to say. if i may be so honoured to have all the female nominees in every category stand with me in this room tonight, the actors... meryl, if you do it, everyone else will, come on. the film—makers. .. look around everybody, look around ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed. the call for equality and tolerance was made time and again and was perhaps best captured by guillermo del toro, whose film the shape of water, a story of misfits and outcasts, won best picture and he best director. i am an immigrant, and like many, many of you,
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the greatest our art does and our industry does is to erase the lines in the sand. we should continue doing that when the world tells us to make them deeper. roger a deakins... there were long—awaited wins for two british veterans. after 13 failed attempts, the cinematographer roger deakins finally converted a nomination into a golden statue for his work on blade runner 20119. and for his portrayal of winston churchill in the darkest hour, gary oldman won his first oscar. i say to my mother, thank you for your love and support. put the kettle on, i'm bringing oscar home! the silent child, a british film about a deaf four—year—old, played by maisie sly, won the short film category. i made a promise to our six—year—old lead actress that i'd sign this speech. my hands are shaking a little bit, so i apologise. cheering and applause
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maisie, who is deaf in real life, had friends and family watching the ceremony nearby when the announcement was made. the silent child, chris overton and rachel shenton... cheering our daughter is the face of change, let's hope. you know, it's just... i don't know what to say. the winds summed up the underlying theme of the night, which was to celebrate diversity in all of its forms. prohibited rohingya muslims living on a strip known as no man's land — on the border between myanmar and bangladesh —
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have told the bbc they're still receiving threats from the burmese military. tensions rose between the two countries after myanmar sent more troops to the border, last week. there are thousands of refugees which have taken refuge in here, but it belongs to myanmar, the military are watching what happens in these camps on the towers just behind me on the hills over there. there were tensions at a few days ago after bangladesh accused myanmar of increasing the number of guards on the other side of the fence, that triggered a diplomatic initiative between the two countries and as a result, bangladesh now says the number of had been reduced on the other side of the border. but myanmar officials say they increased the number of guards due to threats to internal security. the refugees living in no man's land, they are actually inside myanmar territory but out side the barbed wire fence and these people, they say, they get threats from myanmar border guards every day and they are asking them to leave this place and it go to
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other refugee camps. but people here, they say, they do not want to leave this area is once they leave, once they cross over, they will lose the right to return to myanmar. us aircraft carrier carl vinson is making a historic visit to vietnam, the first time a ship of this size has been to the country since the end of the vietnam war. it's presence is being widely perceived as an attempt to counter china's military influence in asian waters. jonathan head is in danang. what you can see there is one of the destroyer escorts for the carrier strike groups focused on the uss carl vinson, the first aircraft carrier to come to vietnam since the via number war which is now anchored offshore, it is too big to come in, it is two support ships are coming in on what is an important diplomatic mission. danang is where the first us combat troops landed at the first us combat troops landed at the start of the vietnam war, today
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they are coming in friendship to cement a growing military relationship with vietnam's, remarkable when you think of the history and more subtly, to show support for the unarmed inattention there is out in the south china sea over islands that have been occupied and fortified by china. that is the uss carl vinson, more than 300 metres long, 100,000 tons. this is unrivalled power but of course, it is power and this sensitive region it cannot be used and up to now has been very little difference to what is happening in the south china sea. we are now on the flight deck of the ship, this is the business end of this carrier. it has more than 70 more of these aircrafts, unparalleled military might, and matched any power in the world but despite america's literary supremacy, the fact is that china's
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implements continue to grow diplomatically and continues to expand its construction and fortification of islands in the south china sea. vietnam's is all too aware of that, it welcomes this us engagement but has to calibrate its partnership with the us very carefully in order to avoid provoking its giant neighbour. you have been watching newsday. stay with us. i'll be back with business news. we will be seeing how america's investors seem less nervous about a potential trade war. and we will leave you with images of thousands of dead starfish and lobsters. the uk's marine conservation society has said the cause appears to be recent freezing temperatures and blizzards in the uk. local residents said its common for animals to wash up following storms and temperature changes but they'd never witnessed anything at this scale. hello there.
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temperatures continue to gradually rise, that means any snow confined to the high ground in scotland and communities hard hit by the severe fall of snow continue to dig out as the snow gradually melt away. but it is going to be a long road to. looking at the weather picture for the next few days... the jet stream is well to the south of the uk and that means is nothing to move this area of low pressure long so instead it will set, spinning around over the top of the uk and there will be some fronts around the low, bringing spells of rain and hill snow. for the early rises, tuesday morning, it will be a wintry start of the day across higher parts of scotland. you can see some white here on the charts as the rain moves into the high ground and turns to snow. quite actually start to the day as well, some pockets of frost out and about, some pockets of frost out and about, so prepare yourself for a futures of ice bursting in the morning. looking
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at the weather on tuesday, the most severe weather will be a cross higher parts of scotland, if we zoom in and focused on this area, we are looking at around a 200 metre elevation for the worst, around 5— ten centimetres but that means some of the higher scottish routes will be affected and could well be disrupted due to the weather. towards the coast and low down as well, it is rain that will be falling but the rain combined with melting snow could ring a problem of subsurface water flooding across low—level sauve street scotland as well. elsewhere the weather is quite quiet, a fuchsia hours across the west, spells on the ship where cabbages reached 12 degrees but snow still coming down on the high ground in scotland. most of the snow will tend to ease off as we go into tuesday night into wednesday but another front will sneak across the english channel and tell black along south—east england and east anglia, south—east england and east anglia, so on wednesday morning it looks like it could be a wet start to the day. the rain will ease and we will
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see some brighter skies working in colour and number of shells across the west and showers still wintry across the highest parts of scotland but the temperatures recovering, looking at highs of six in edinburgh. a quiet day for most areas on thursday, a fume east and fog patches and an area of rain not farfrom fog patches and an area of rain not far from its south coast of england, somewhat weather here but otherwise, many areas will stay largely dry with some bright or sunny spells at temperatures between six and nine celsius. things will stay on the cool site on the whole of a northern half of the uk but it will be relatively mild in the south in the run—up to the weekend. that is your weather. this is bbc world news. our top story — a russian man convicted of spying for britain is critically ill in england after being exposed to an unknown substance. sergei skripal has been living in the uk since a prisoner swap between russian and the us in 2010. he's being treated in salisbury in the south of england. delegates at china's national people's congress have welcomed a plan to abolish presidential term limits, which could hand the current
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president, xijinping, a mandate for life. and this story is trending on — a man is being held on suspicion of stealing frances mcdormand's oscar after the awards on sunday. terry bryant was arrested after the statuette went missing. it's since been returned to the best actress winner. that's all from me now. stay with bbc world news. now on bbc news, it's time for extra time.
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