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i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore, the headlines: china breaks its silence and confirms the interpol head, meng hongwei, who's been missing for nearly two weeks is being held under investigation. as indonesia plans to end the search for earthquake survivors on thursday, there are fears there could be thousands of bodies still in the city of palu. i'm kasia madera in london. also in the programme: a tense time for brazil. exit polls suggest that far—right candidate, jair bolsonaro, has done best in the first round of the presidential election. tackling climate change — scientists may finally have the answer. we report from south korea as a landmark report is set for release. live from our studios in singapore and london, this is bbc world news.
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it's newsday. good morning. it's one in the morning in london, 8am in singapore and beijing where chinese authorities have confirmed that the missing interpol chief is in the country, and being investigated for suspected violations of the law. meng hongwei had been missing since he flew to china at the end of september — interpol says it has received his resignation. daniel mckerrell reports. after nearly two weeks of silence, china has confirmed that meng hongwei is being held in their custody. beijing says he is being investigated by the anticorruption body for unspecified breaches of the law. soon after that, interpol said it received meng hongwei's resignation as president with immediate effect. meng hongwei's family have not heard from him since september 25
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when he flew from france to china. the last message his wife received was this image of a knife which she says it signifies danger. grace meng has given a tearful press conference, with her back to the camera to avoid being identified. speaking in mandarin and english she asked for the international community to intervene. also i cannot see my husband. we are always connected by heart. he would support me to do this. the matter belongs to fairness and justice. the matter belongs to the international community. the matter belongs to the people of my motherland. beijing says meng hongwei is being investigated by the national supervisory committee which was set up earlier this year to combat corrupt public servants.
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he's the latest high profile disappearance in china where a number of top and officials, billionaires and even an a—list celebrity have vanished in recent months. earlier this week, actress fan bing bing, who disappeared in china injuly, emerged with a public apology and a fine of 833 million yuan, 98.9 million pounds, for tax evasion and other offences. meng hongwei was once in the centre of international law enforcement but he has now fallen foul of laws at home. how long it will be until he is released, and at what cost, is still far from clear. let's take a look at some of the day's other news. indonesian officials say the number of people missing from the earthquake and tsunami which struck the island of sulawesi has soared to 5,000. so far almost 1800 bodies have been recovered. but there are fears that the two worst—affected neighbourhoods in the city of palu may contain thousands more victims. hywel griffiths reports from one of those areas.
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slowly, some sort of normality is coming back to sulawesi, a basic economy of the bare essentials. the indonesian government has told people they must start thinking about the future. but how do you do that when everything you own has been swept away? this 15—year—old and his father are hoping to salvage something from their home, but it's hard after the house was carried 400 metres by a mudslide. translation: i saw it from a distance. i was afraid. i was sad. i was searching around trying to find my mum and my sisters. his mother was found alive, but his sister and his niece were both killed in petobo‘s mudslide. 500 families used to live here. so far, they've found at least 300 bodies. but in reality, they may never be able to know exactly how
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many people were trapped in this mud. the indonesian government has announced it will end search and rescue operations on thursday. it's likely petobo will then be declared a mass grave. nearby, this school isn't ready to reopen, but emergency tent classrooms could be set up this week. for gufari and his father, planning a future is still difficult, but they are desperate to try to rebuild their lives. also making news today: the us secretary of state, mike pompeo has met the south korean president, moonjae—in, in seoul to brief him on his meeting with north korea's leader in pyongyang. mr pompeo says progress has been made on the agreements reached in singapore injune, when kimjong—un met president trump. we'll have more on that shortly.
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at least twenty people have been killed in a crash involving a limousine carrying a wedding party to a reception in new york state. the vehicle collided with another car, before hitting pedestrians outside a shop. a referendum on a proposal to ban gay marriage in romania has been declared invalid, after too few people voted. officials say the turnout was just over 20% well below the threshold required. now keep watching the people in the green tops. they're competing to build the tallest human tower which has been taking place in the spanish city of tarragona. forty—two teams took part watched by thousands of spectators. building human towers has deep cultural roots in catalonia and has been recognised by the united nations cultural body unesco. let's look at the very top there.
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they did rather well. let's get more on those high level meetings on the korean peninsula. i have been speaking to our correspondent who gave me this update. before they went into the meeting there was a little bit of a conversation that we were allowed to hear and the us secretary of state said it was a good and productive meeting with kim jong—un. we heard from unnamed american officials that they said it had gone better than last time. remember, mike pompeo‘s third visit, he did not manage to see kim jong—un and certainly when it comes to that visit, the north koreans accused the us of making gangster—like demands.
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it did seem at that point that relations were going off the rails a little bit so ig does feel like there is some kind of progress, at least. this morning the state department has put out a release saying that north korea is prepared to allow in inspectors to have a look at the main nuclear testing site that was partly blown up in front of reporters earlier this year. there was a lot of criticism that it was not dismantled in front of inspectors. north korea appears to be saying it will allow in inspectors which is a very good trusting step forward but we are waiting to hear if there is any progress on denuclearisation or on a second summit between kim jong—un and the american president. saudi arabia is under intense pressure from turkey to provide an explanation of the fate of a leading saudi journalist. jamal khashoggi hasn't been seen
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since he visited the saudi consulate in istanbul on tuesday. turkish officials have suggested he was murdered. saudi arabia has denied the accusations of murder. mark lowen reports from istanbul. jamal khashoggi, mysteriously disappeared or brutally murdered? the high—profile journalist and saudi dissident has long been a thorn in the side of his government. he hasn't been seen since entering the saudi consulate in istanbul last tuesday to get marriage papers. his turkish fiancee waiting outside sounded the alarm when he didn't emerge. turkey says it believes mr khashoggi was killed in the consulate in a premeditated murder involving a saudi hit squad who removed his body. the saudis called that baseless, touring a camera crew around the consulate, opening cupboards in a bizarre attempt to show the journalist is not inside. they claim he left the building and don't know where he is.
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translation: i would like to confirm that the citizenjamal is not at the consulate nor in the kingdom of saudi arabia, and the consulate and the embassy are working to search for him, and we are worried about his case. the turkish president said police are examining cctv footage, and called mr khashoggi a friend. and, after the claims of assassination, he sounded a little more cautious. translation: my expectations are still positive. god willing, we do not face a situation that we do not want. his fiancee's hopes are the same. if it's proved that jamal khashoggi's life ended here, it would plunge already strained turkey—saudi relations into crisis and could also force london, washington and other western governments to radically rethink their embrace of prince mohammed bin salman. the new saudi image would no longer be one of reform,
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but of state—sponsored murder on foreign soil. from exile in the us, he wrote for the washington post. it left a blank space forjamal khashoggi's regular article, saying it would be monstrous and unfathomable if he'd been killed. commentator, critic, columnist — the man who went to his consulate to help him get married now the subject of an international murder inquiry. mark lowen, bbc news, istanbul. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: we head to the pakistani town of mitthi where hindus show us how they celebrate the holy month of muharram. also on the programme: going, going, nearly gone — tokyo's historic fish market holds its last tuna auctions before closing its doors after 83 years. this was a celebration by people who were relishing their freedom.
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they believe everything's going to be different from now on. they think their country will be respected in the world once more, as it used to be before slobodan milosevic took power. the dalai lama, the exiled spiritual leader of tibet, has won this year's nobel peace prize. as the parade was reaching its climax, two grenades exploded, and a group of soldiersjumped from a military truck taking part in the parade and ran towards the president, firing from kalashnikov automatic rifles. after 437 years, the skeletal ribs of henry viii's tragic warship emerged. but, even as divers work to buoy her up, the mary rose went through another heart—stopping drama. i want to be the people's governor. i want to represent everybody. i believe in the people of california. this is newsday on the bbc.
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i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. i'm kasia madera in london. our top stories: after two weeks of silence china confirms the head of interpol, meng hongwei, is being investigated for suspected violations of the law. as indonesia plans to end the search for earthquake survivors on thursday, there are fears there could be thousands of bodies in the city of palu. around 5,000 people are still unaccounted for. in formula one, lewis hamilton won the japanese grand prix and extends his lead in the drivers‘ championship. there are nowjust four races to go. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the front page of the new york times international edition shows the devastation in indonesia.
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we've the devastation in indonesia. also been reporting c this is what remains of a mosque in palu, on sulawesi island, what they call an island in disaster‘s grip. japan's prime minister shinzo abe is on the front page of the the financial times after he made an announcement on brexit. he's told the paper he'd welcome the uk into the trans—pacific partnership with open arms after it leaves the eu. and trade is also on the front page of the south china morning post, this time between hong kong and the united states. they quote hong kong's commerce secretary insisting that us trade will continue with the territory, despite the us china trade dispute. that brings you up to date with some of the papers. sharanjit, many thanks. polls have closed in brazil in a series of elections which observers say is the most polarised contest for years. the front—runner for president is the far—right politician, jair bolsonaro,
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who was stabbed on the campaign trail last month. the former army captain has vowed to tackle crime and reduce the high murder rate. with nearly all the ballots counted, jair bolsonaro is short of an outright victory with just under 47% of the vote. his nearest rival, the left—wing workers party candidate, fernando haddad, has almost 28.5%. the two front runners will now face each other in a runoff at the end of october. renato janine ribeiro is a former minister of education under dilma rousseff and now a professor at the university of sao paulo. given your previous position, you must feel some disappointment in how this has gone so far? indeed, i could never imagine someone from the far right would be able to make a
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bid for the president, for the president of brazil, and maybe win it in the next weeks. three weeks from now, we will have the second ballot and we are afraid he might win with more than half of the electorate. why do you think that jair bolsonaro has done so well? because there's a strange affection for traditional politics —— disaffection. the opposition and traditional media recently have been very ha rd traditional media recently have been very hard accusing the workers‘ party of korea should. when they seized power after her impeachment, dilma rousseff‘s, a very powerful proceeding, after that they showed themselves to be prone to these accusations. there was disaffection between the right wing and the
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left—wing of traditional politics. and let‘s say someone... who is not traditional government was able to fight for president and get a lot of the electorate behind him. if you look at the complete map of elections in brazil, you can see in almost all of the states, there was almost all of the states, there was a strong renewal of the governments, decision makers, many of the representatives in the lower house of parliament, and even though these people don‘t represent... let‘s say new ideas, they are very strong minded in their prejudice against women, against gay people, against black people and so on, even if they are not new in the sense of their ideas, they are new in the jobs they are applying for. there was this sort of phenomenon, a sort of
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fatigue of traditional politics, both on the right and left. the workers‘ party didn‘t help themselves by trying to get blue luck out ofjail, by trying to have him as their candidate, they registered fernando haddad so late? yes, but on the other side, lula would win the election with no difficulties. if we have the balance now, he might have won the election, oi’ now, he might have won the election, or at least win in the second albert. —— ballot. for most of the political campaign he was able to tra nsfer votes. political campaign he was able to transfer votes. this sort of tactic meant fernando haddad got to more than 20%, almost 30% of the vote. it will not be enough to have him win
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more than half of the electorate. so they must change their strategy. but, at the same time, people from the other parties should decide if they are against alcanar of or probe bolsonaro, so a difficult choice to make. —— are against bolsonaro or probe bolsonaro. renato janine ribeiro, thank you very much. —— pro. governments across the world will face renewed calls for dramatic action to tackle global warming following a major report by climate scientists, to be published in a few hours time. the intergovernmental panel on climate change will release its latest assessment in south korea. 0ur science editor, david shukman, reports from seoul. the scientists who have been meeting here in south korea have been trying to work out something fundamentally important. what happens when the world warms up to different temperatures? now, at the moment we‘re on course for a rise of at least three degrees celsius. that‘s compared to the temperature is century ago and that‘s
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thought to be really dangerous. so an international treaty on climate change, the paris agreement, set a limit of two degrees, and for a long time that‘s been considered safe. but now, new research says a lower limit of 1.5 degrees is needed to avoid some really damaging impacts, particularly in developing countries. and bear in mind that the world has already warmed at least one degree celsius over the last 100 years. so what are the benefits of trying to keep to the lower limit of1.5 degrees? well, if we go above it, heatwaves, which can claim lives and disrupt transport, will become more frequent and more severe, and the level of the sea, already rising, will go up by an extra ten centimetres, which really matters to millions of people living on coastlines around the world. so what can be done about all of this? well, the scientists are expected to say that all the gases given off by cars and power stations need
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to be cut notjust deeply, but also rapidly. they‘re also likely to explore a host of ways for absorbing carbon dioxide. forests, they‘ll say, need to be planted on a huge scale to do thatjob. they may also suggest new technologies still being developed to soak up the carbon dioxide. now, tomorrow we‘ll get a landmark report with an urgent message that will prove highly controversial, and it will then be up to governments around the world to decide what to do about it. david shukman, bbc news, in south korea. that report coming out later on monday. the holy month of muharram is generally associated with the shia sect of muslims all over the world, but there is a small town in pakistan called mitthi where hindus take the lead in the mourning processions
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to express their love for hussain, the grandson of muhammad. shumaila jaffery has been to mitthi to find out more. this is a representation of the horse that the prophet muhammad‘s grandson, hussain, who rode 1a centuries ago. it‘s mostly shi‘ite muslins who mourn hussain and his family‘s death. but in this church it‘s an exception. we love hussain, we have great devotion for him. hussain wasn‘t just all muslims, he brought the message of love and humanity for all. hindus are in the majority in mitthi, they take part in the rituals associated with the holy month of muharram as equal partners with their muslim neighbours. it‘s also the heartland for a mystical form of islam known as sufis. the
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practice of hindus participating in muharram processions and gatherings isa muharram processions and gatherings is a centuries—old tradition of coexistence and. it‘s a part of local sufi culture and is still popular here despite growing intolerance elsewhere. this man is a struggling folksinger. he‘s also hindu but visits shia mosques for ten days during muharram to recite poems of morning. translation: nobody objects to it. neither muslims or hindus. hindus visit shia mosques and wear black clothes and if someone says anything against it, we ignore it. the biggest procession takes place on the 10th day of muharram. people carry black flags and replica of hussain‘s brave. they beat their chests and lament hussain‘s killers. another hindu is a caretaker of a
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muslim shrine and is preparing food for people taking part in the procession. translation: we distribute food all day. we have a lot of respect for these rituals. we participate in the procession and offer them food. and this respect is returned. muslims, not only embrace hindus and welcome them in their mosques, they also participate in their religious festivals. soofi is, which preaches tolerance, has always been strong here. —— sufism. some beautiful images there. you‘ve been watching newsday. i‘m kasia madera in london. and i‘m sharanjit leyl in singapore. stay with us. millions of chinese are returning from their golden week break. we‘ll see why the latest trend is to travel to far—flung destinations for the national holiday. some images from the netherlands
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before we go. this was an abandoned lion cub and this cub was found in a small cage by someone outjogging. it is thought to be four or five—month—old. vets say it was very stressed by the ordeal, but otherwise it is healthy and i‘m happy to say that the cub is now being cared for at a wildlife park —— five months old. dutch police are looking for the owners. they‘re not sure what happened but they‘re interested in. the most important thing is that the little cub is ok —— there in investigating. that is good to hear! —— they are investigating. from both of us, goodbye! good morning. some autumn warmth to come in the week ahead, but before that,
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i just want to concentrate on the rain. it was a pretty miserable sunday across the far north—west of scotland, a lot of low cloud, it was windy at times and there was some rain, some of it persistent. a couple of inches of rain has already fallen in parts of the north—west of scotland already, and there‘s more wet weather to come for the next couple of days. so i just want to concentrate on this rain, notjust extending through scotland at the moment, but right out into the atlantic. we‘re going to see a plume of moist airjust feeding in off the atlantic, and it could bring some localised flooding. before the next couple of days is through, we could see at least 100—200 millimetres of rain fall. so it stays wet here. a south—westerly flow, more cloud across the south—west, but here it will be largely dry. if we look at the afternoon in a little more detail, you can see how heavy the rain will be sitting across the western isles, into the north—west of scotland, and a little bit of showery rainjust fringing the far north northern ireland as well.
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further south of that, yes, we will see that south—westerly wind a little more cloud coming in off the west—facing coast, but it should continue to thin and break in sheltered eastern areas and we should start to see those temperatures responding just a touch. so highest values not out of the question of 18 degrees in the far east. now, as we move out of monday into tuesday, almost a repeat performance. we‘ve got this weather front feeding in cloud, wind and rain across the extreme north—west. the south—westerly flow drives in mild air and we‘ll see with a little more sunshine and less cloud around temperatures up to highs of 20 degrees. as we move out of tuesday into wednesday, we‘ll start to see a subtle change. yes, it does look as though there‘s the potential for some ea rly—morning mist and fog forming first thing on wednesday morning, but hopefully we‘ll keep more of a breeze to help lift that fog across england and wales and the winds will swing around to the southerly. the warmth is coming in from the near continent,
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it‘ll get warmer still, it‘ll help to push the weather front out of the way back up into the far north. a drier day for scotland, warmer day for all, could see 19 or 20 degrees in scotland, we could see 23 or 2a, and we haven‘t seen temperatures like that in england for the 10th of october for over a0 years. it looks as though it‘ll stay largely fine and dry on thursday, but friday sees some wetter weather, and that unfortuantely sets us up potentially for a spell of wet and windy weather as we move towards the weekend. a lot of uncertainty with this at the moment, but certainly worth bearing in mind if you‘ve got outdoor plans. take care. this is bbc news. our top story: chinese authorities confirm that meng hongwei, the missing interpol chief, is in the country. beijing say he is suspected by the country‘s anti—corruption body of unspecified breaches of law. his wife has appealed for international help to find him. the first exit polls in brazil‘s elections suggest that the far—right candidate, jair bolsonaro, has done well. he‘s projected to take 45% of the vote, ahead of the left—wing workers party candidate,
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fernando haddad. and this video is trending on it‘s the lion cub, thought to be four or five months old, which was found in a small cage outside the dutch city of utrecht by a jogger. vets say it was very stressed by its ordeal, but otherwise healthy. it‘s now being cared for in quarantine at a wildlife park. that‘s all. stay with bbc world news. and the top story in the uk — the scottish national party leader nicola sturgeon has said her party‘s 35 mps would vote in favour of another eu referendum —
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