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i'm rico hizon in singapore, the headlines: the us comedian bill cosby is jailed for sexual assault — the judge says he'll serve between three to ten years in prison. president trump addresses the un general assembly, putting his america—first policy centre—stage. the project is the ideology of globalism and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism. —— we reject. i'm babita sharma in london. also in the programme: a breakthrough in the battle against malaria — scientists use gene—editing to make an entire population of mosquitoes infertile. and the duchess of sussex on her first solo royal engagement — at a new show celebrating the art and cultures of the pacific region. thank you forjoining us.
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it's 8am in singapore, 1 am in london and 8pm in pennsylvania in the united states where a judge has labelled the entertainer bill cosby a ‘sexually violent predator‘ ahead of him being sentenced to between three and ten years in prison for assaulting a woman in 200a. the lawyers for the 81—year—old have already said they'll appeal. our correspondent nada tawfik reports from norristown in pennsylvania where the sentencing took place. reporter: do you have any comment, sir? this will now be the image that defines bill cosby‘s life. in handcuffs and headed to prison to pay for his crimes. for decades he led a double life. and the man affectionately referred to as america's dad will now be classified as a sexually violent predator. it's a moment his victims never thought possible. outside of court, they celebrated. this is just going to show victims
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that they can make it through, and that there is justice at the end, and hallelujah. all: hallelujah! this is notjust about me too and the internet any more. it's about a defendant having to be accountable in a court of law, and being confined in state prison as a result of his criminal acts. do you think this will lead to a real sea change? well, i think it sends an important message. more than 60 women came forward with strikingly similar allegations, but only andrea constand's attack was recent enough to bring charges. a former university employee, the entertainer entrapped her by posing as a mentor before drugging and molesting her at his pennsylvania home. her relief after the sentencing was visible. bill cosby has admitted to giving young women drugs before sex, but says it was done with their knowledge. and throughout the trial, he's shown no remorse. mr cosby has clearly been denied his right to a fair trial.
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these injustices must be corrected immediately. at the height of his fame, bill cosby was the most watched man on television. his wholesome, lovable persona on the cosby show made him an icon. the fact he will now serve time in prison, after a long and fierce legal battle, is a palpable shift of power, and a major milestone for women and victims‘ rights. nada tawfik, bbc news, pennsylvania. let‘s take a look at some of the day‘s other news. a opposition senator — who‘s a critic of president duterte in the philippines — has been arrested following a government order to revoke his amnesty for past mutiny charges. antonio trillanes was bailed shortly after being served with a warrant at the senate building. he is the second senator critical of the president‘s violent campaign against drugs to be detained. translation: like i said, with this government,
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you should expect and everything. so, in a way, this is not out of characterfor them. also making news today, the bodies of a british man and his wife have been found buried in the garden of their home in northern thailand. millionaire alan hogg and his wife went missing a week ago. three suspects have now been arrested, two of them have confessed to murder. the police say they believe the killing was the result of a family dispute over money. a landmark deal between the vatican and china on the appointment of roman catholic bishops will lead christians to suffer, according to the first public comments by pope francis on the agreement. he said that he, not the communist government, would have the final say on who was named. there an estimated 100 million christians in china in both registered and unofficial churches. the authorities in switzerland have rejected a residency application from russian billionaire roman abramovich. the owner of chelsea football club had applied to live in the alpine resort of verbier, which initially said yes, but switzerland‘s federal police said they suspected mr abramovich posed a security risk and so the application was rejected.
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there is no evidence of any offence, and mr abramovich‘s lawyer says such claims are entirely false. remember this dramatic rescue when mamoudou gassama from mali, was caught on camera dramatically rescuing a child dangling from a balcony in paris. well, the child‘s father has just been given a three—month suspended sentence for neglecting his parental responsibilities. prosecutors said he‘d left the boy at home alone to go shopping. he was also ordered to take a course on being a better parent. the british artist jason decaires taylor, whose sea sculpture was destroyed by the authorities in the maldives, says he is extremely shocked and heartbroken. the art work, called the coralarium, was labelled by a court a ‘threat to islamic unity‘ because of the use of human figures. mr decaires taylor said it was a ‘sad day for art and sad
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day for the environment.‘ president trump has delivered a scathing attack on what he called the ideology of globalism. in an address to the united nations general assembly, mr trump said america would always act in a spirit of patriotism. he also attacked the iranian leadership, accusing it of instigating ‘chaos, death and destruction‘ across the middle east. our north america editor jon sopel reports. when roads are closed for you and red lights really aren‘t a thing, there‘s no excuse for being half an hour late for a journey of less than a mile. but donald trump missed his speaking slot this morning and made himself even later by stopping to talk to reporters on his way in. but when he did get under way, he went on a bit of a victory lap, with unexpected consequences. in less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country. america‘s...
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so true. laughter didn‘t expect that reaction, but that‘s ok. the audience just giggled. us presidents are occasionally reviled, sometimes adored, but they‘re rarely laughed at. last year, he threatened to destroy north korea and taunted "little rocket man". what a difference 12 months makes. the missiles and rockets are no longer flying in every direction. nuclear testing has stopped. i would like to thank chairman kim for his courage and for the steps he has taken, though much work remains to be done. but it wasn‘t all sweetness and light. this america first president rounded on opec, the international criminal court, and the world trade organization. he justified his trade war against china, and then set out a vision starkly at odds with the internationalist audience
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listening to him. we reject the ideology of globalism, and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism. his principal target in the speech was iran. he called on nations to isolate tehran‘s rulers and support its people. not quite a cry for regime change, but it‘s clear where he stands. iran‘s leaders plunder the nation‘s resources to enrich themselves and to spread mayhem across the middle east and far beyond. and the iranians met fire with fire. translation: unlawful unilateral sanctions in themselves constitute a form of economic terrorism and a breach of the right to development. the iranians and americans avoided each other over lunch, but as always donald trump was the centre of attention, even if many found his message distinctly uncomfortable. and on immigration, and to those
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refugees fleeing persecution, donald trump said stay at home and make your own country‘s great again. that was heard in icy silence, and the only time his speech was interrupted was with laughter. you get the impression the un doesn‘t much like donald trump, and it‘s a sentiment that‘s probably reciprocated. jon sopel, bbc news, new york. nearly half of the world‘s population is at risk from malaria and there are at least 200 million cases of malaria worldwide each year. well, scientists here in london have succeeded, for the first time, to completely eliminate populations of mosquitoes in the lab. the team used gene editing to block the abilty of female mosquitoes to breed. they want to see if the technology could one day be used to control
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mosquito populations in the wild. professor andrea crisanti from the faculty of natural sciences at imperial college london led the team. i spoke to him earlier.. gene drive is the technology allows genetic modification to spread from a few individuals to an entire population. this is what we are seeing in the lab. this particular solution of gene drive is to selectively attack a gene that is the switch for sexual development. so the genetically modified mosquitoes, as soon as they inherited this modification, were unable to differentiate into female. so the population, as the gene drive spread, progressively produced more males, and less and less females. so essentially leaving them infertile. it is not the first time that the gene editing technique has been employed in this way. what is new about your research this time round? what is new is that we found finally a target, a sequence,
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that cannot be mutated. so change without paying a huge price for the mosquito. and this is this particular sex switch gene. this sex switch gene exists in both males and females. we attack the female portion of these genes, so the males are unaffected and can develop normally. but as soon as the genetic modification spreads into the population, all be females turn into males, and at the hand, there are only males and the population crashes as no eggs can be laid. how to move this technology from the field... that was going to be my next question. will this be a real prospect that we can see created in real life? nobody believed that this technology would work, so this is a dramatic step forward. what will be the next step is to move these mosquitoes in large cages that mimic closely the environment of tropical regions. under this condition we can predict whether it will work. this experiment will take about a year or a year and a half. during this...
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0k. so it will take some time. and then of course the research continues. i wanted to ask briefly, what are the consequences of rendering mosquitoes infertile, the impact on the environment? well, the impact on the environment is that particular mosquito species will probably be suppressed and in extreme cases extinct. but for example in africa, there are 800 mosquito species, and we are targeting only a handful of mosquito species. the consequence is most likely is that other mosquito species will take over the niche. there are interesting examples in the past, where tens were made to eradicate mosquitoes from a large area, for example in italy, where we have suffered from malaria for several centuries. the rockefeller foundation bombarded the island of
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sardinia with insecticide to eliminate mosquitoes and he succeeded. that was professor andrea crisanti from the faculty of natural sciences at the imperial college london. you‘re watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: could there be a second brexit referendum? britain‘s main opposition party votes in favour of keeping the option open. benjohnson, the fastest man on earth, is flying home to canada in disgrace. all the athletes should be clean going into the games. i‘m just happy that justice is served. it is a simple fact that this morning, these people were in their homes. tonight, those homes have been burnt down by serbian soldiers and police. all the taliban positions along here have been strengthened,
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presumably in case the americans invade. it‘s no use having a secret service which cannot preserve its own secrets against the world. and so the british government has no option but to continue this action, and even after any adverse judgement in australia. concorde had crossed the atlantic faster than any plane ever before, breaking the record by six minutes. this is newsday on the bbc. i‘m rico hizon in singapore. and i‘m babita sharma in london. our top stories: bill cosby has been sentenced to between three and ten years in prison following the us comedian‘s conviction for drugging and molesting a woman. president trump addresses the un on everything from iran to north korea. he also says he rejects globalism
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in favour of the doctrine of patriotism. let‘s take a look at some front pages from around the world. a photo of donald trump speaking at the united nation‘s general assembly appears on the front page of the south china morning post. but it‘s america‘s decision to sell $330 million of fighter aircraft parts to taiwan that the paper looks at in more detail. according to analysts, unless rescinded, the arms deal could further risk damage to ties with beijing. the new york times international edition leads with china‘s recent deal with the vatican. the paper says that beijing‘s goal in the agreement is to eliminate china‘s underground churches and gain control over the rapid spread of christianity. how president duterte deals with his opponents is reported by the philippine star. it quotes arrested opposition
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senator antonio saying that the order for his detention is the defeat of democracy in the country. those are the papers. as we‘ve mentioned, president trump has launched another broadside against globalism in his speech to the un general assembly. mr trump told world leaders that america would always act in a spirit of patriotism, choosing independence and cooperation over global governance. professor james cra btree of lee kuan yew school of public policy gave me his assessment of the speech. every time he gives one of these speeches, people hope that there might be a different trump that turns up, but it‘s always the same one. so this was a core trump speech. he was firmly against globalism, as he was last year. the tenor of his speech had been either written by steve bannon, his former adviser, or stephen miller, his current adviser. and i think you can set that
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against the current backdrop of the battle with china over trade, and in this one, he hit some new topics. he went after opec, the oil cartel, in a public forum. that i haven‘t seen in quite the same way before. so it shows, in a sense, no matter who is the audience, he has the bit between his teeth and he wants to go forward with this message of anti—globalism. so can the united states go it alone? i mean, i think that is trump‘s aim, whether it‘s on the trade war or whether it‘s picking fights with international institutions like international criminal court, or now opec or the european union. he feels the united states has enough weight to throw around, and he plans to throw it around. so will this mean, then, that he will lose his allies, if he hates globalism so much? you have to wonder who he is speaking to. the audience at the un, as was reported earlier, literally laughed at some elements of his speech. but this is a very complicated omen for mr trump. he is on the back foot on the allegations about mr kavanaugh.
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if you look at his twitter feed, sometimes he was talking about the un, and sometimes he was talking about the supreme court nomination, and he feels that bashing the un and escalating the trade war with the chinese can only help him in the november mid—term elections. britain‘s opposition labour party has voted overwhelmingly in favour of keeping the option of holding another referendum on brexit. it followed an explicit assurance from the shadow brexit secretary, sir keir starmer, that the option of staying in the eu was not being ruled out. party leaderjeremy corbyn told the bbc that labour would decide whether to back a brexit deal based on six key tests, tests he says the prime minister is not meeting at the moment. laura kuenssberg reports. i believe the european union to be a capitalist club that is for the few, not the many. the party might push for another referendum, that could give you a choice to stay in the eu. our options must include
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campaigning for a public vote, and nobody is ruling out remain as an option. wildly popular with some... despite what keir may have said earlier, it's a public vote on the terms of our departure. ..but appalling to others. for months, labour has been edging towards this moment. can i firstly see all those in favour... members today overwhelmingly backed the idea of having another brexit referendum. all those against... and the leadership formalised the almost inevitable — they are on course to try to vote down the brexit deal in parliament. jeremy corbyn, do you know what no—one else in the country does know yet — what the final shape of the brexit deal will be? no, i don‘t. all i know is that this government has had 27 months to negotiate a brexit deal. if you don‘t know yet, then, the shape of the final deal, how can you decide now that you are almost certainly going to vote against it? i‘ve never said that. i‘ve said we would test whatever they come back with. your shadow brexit secretary has
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said today, "if theresa may brings back a deal that fails our test, that looks increasingly likely, labour will vote against it. no ifs, no buts." he said, if the six tests are not met, we‘ll vote against the deal. we‘ve made that very clear for some months now. if you held another referendum, you‘d be sticking two fingers up to 17.4 million people who voted to leave, who wanted politicians like you to listen to their concerns. we haven‘t said there‘s going to be anything yet. all options must be considered if and when this government collapses, or its negotiations collapse. jeremy corbyn‘s fans are here in vast numbers. the party conference is not an easy week for any leader, let alone labour, and let alone now. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, liverpool. britain‘s prime minister theresa may has again rejected calls for another eu referendum. speaking as she arrived at the un in new york, she said politicians should deliver on the original brexit vote in 2016. 0n the issue of a second referendum,
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parliament voted to give people the choice as to whether to leave the european union. people chose. i believe that people should be able to trust their politicians to deliver on that vote and not go back and say, "oh, you might have got it wrong. why don‘t you have another go?" no. no second referendum. the people voted, we will deliver on that vote. for the first time, a major exhibition celebrating the art and cultures of the pacific region is opening in britain. the show at the royal academy of arts in london also marks the 250th anniversary of captain cook‘s first voyage to the pacific on board the endeavour. the duchess of sussex was there, in herfirst solo royal engagement. 0ur arts editor, will gompertz, was too. we‘re used to a bit of a song and dance being made
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about an exhibition opening, but not quite on this scale. this is the pacific islanders‘ way to mark the first—ever show of their art and culture at the royal academy in london. a special event that was made even more memorable with the arrival of the duchess of sussex, for her first solo official engagement. she appeared particularly taken with this 18th—century costume of the chief mourner from the islands of tahiti. the exhibition covers around 600 years of 0ceanic artworks, from this centuries—old maori carving to these photographic portraits of life—casts taken in 2010. it‘s actually these treasures from the past, as well as the contemporary works, that are building connections and understanding between pacific islanders and people in britain and in europe.
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the exhibition tells many stories. obviously there is captain cook‘s pacific expeditions in the late 18th century, and their impact on the indigenous islanders, and on europe, where many of these objects were brought back and displayed in museums, where they were seen and studied by leading modern artists. for example, this fabulously decorated wooden beam, which depicts a comic tale, inspired the german expressionists. and carvings such as this male deity figure clearly influenced those artists working in paris in the early 20th century, who made those stylised, abstracted sculptures. and picasso was so mesmerised by this deity that he had a bronze version in his studio. the show of such wealth of pacific island treasures, or taonga, as they are known, held by european institutions, raises the question of ownership, and whether any of these objects should be returned to the countries from which they came. for indigenous peoples all around the world, if they came back and were shared,
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they would actually accrue more knowledge, research from on the ground, and that these gifts would probably come back again, too. sometimes we don‘t necessarily want to repatriate these taonga. for the duchess of sussex, the exhibition serves as a useful introduction to the cultures of the pacific region, where she is going on an official visit with prince harry next month. will gompertz, bbc news. leaders speaking at the un general assembly in new york. we can go there live. japanese prime minister shinzo abe has taken to the podium. let‘s have a listen to what he‘s saying the delegates. translation: japan‘s policy of seeking to settle the unfortunate past and normalise its relations with north korea once
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theissues its relations with north korea once the issues with nuclear are resolved will not change. we will be unfailing in our assistance to unleash the potential north korea problem, however, i‘m asked to reiterate one thing time and time again, we will bring about the return of alljapanese abductees. are determined to make this a reality. in order to resolve the abduction issue... —— i‘m determined. shinzo abe, the japanese prime minister, he is scheduled to hold talks on the sidelines of the general assembly meeting in new york with donald trump. more of that to come. you‘ve been watching newsday. i‘m babita sharma in london. and i‘m rico hizon in singapore. stay with us. back with the headlines next. we will see goodbye. —— we will see you $0011. will see goodbye. —— we will see you soon. goodbye. hello. tuesday was a day of contrasts across the uk. cloudy and windy for northern ireland and scotland,
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with some outbreaks of rain. across much of england and wales we saw a good deal of sunshine, and it‘s a similar day on wednesday. we keep this piece of cloud over the atlantic, extending into northern ireland and scotland. the heaviest of the rain through wednesday looks likely to be across the western isles and the scottish highlands. the odd spot of rain, some patchy drizzle at times for northern ireland, under cloudy skies, and we‘ll see a bit more cloud sinking its way across northern england, maybe with the odd spot of rain. but there‘ll be some sunshine across eastern scotland, north—east england, and that extends all the way down across much of england and wales. now, these are the average wind strength through wednesday afternoon. gusts once again will be higher, but not as strong as we saw on tuesday — a0 mph at times across scotland and northern ireland. in the sunshine, temperatures quite widely up to 20 or 21 celsius, including aberdeenshire and murray, which should see some sunshine through wednesday afternoon. through wednesday evening and overnight into thursday morning, our area of rain across the western isles and the scottish highlands moves its way a little bit further northwards, into orkney and shetland, so some clearer skies across eastern scotland.
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a bit more cloud across the far north of england, but clearer skies further south, where it will be another fairly cool night. some rural spots getting in the low single figures for a time. so this is the general setup as we go into thursday. we still have the influence of high pressure across central, southern england and wales, these fronts still fringing northern ireland and scotland, and bringing further cloud and outbreaks of rain through thursday. now, very slowly this will be slipping its way south and eastwards through thursday, but running into an area of high pressure, so the rain slowly starts to fizzle out. and ahead of it, we‘ve still got a good deal of sunshine across much of england and wales on thursday, and a warm day here. last day of the warmth, though, for a while, i suspect — temperatures on thursday afternoon across east anglia, south—east england getting up to 22 or 23 celsius. but behind that front, we‘re going to be in the mid—to—high teens. a sign of something fresher to come as we head towards the end of the week. so, from thursday into friday, here‘s our front sliding its way south and eastwards.
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high pressure starts to build in as we head towards the weekend. so, across northern ireland and scotland, we should see a return of some sunshine, but for all of us by the end of the week we‘re back into something much fresher. so, after those temperatures getting up to 22 or 23 celsius on thursday, by the time you to friday, things will be starting to turn cooler. and into the weekend, some cool days, some chilly nights, but for most of us it will be generally dry, with some spells of sunshine. that‘s all from me. bye— bye. i‘m babita sharma with bbc news. our top story: the american comedian bill cosby is jailed for sexual assault. the judge labelled cosby a sexually violent predator. he will serve between three and ten years in prison, and must undergo counselling for life and be listed on the sex offender registry. president trump has delivered a robust defence of his policies in an address to the united nations, saying americans reject the ideology of globalism and embrace patriotism. he also strongly criticised iran‘s leaders, accusing them of sowing chaos. and this video is
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trending on the duchess of sussex on her first solo royal engagement. meghan joined guests at the opening of an exhibition of works from the oceania region at the royal academy of arts in central london. that‘s all. stay with bbc news. and the top story in the uk: the labour party conference has approved a motion that could permit another eu referendum.
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