i'm kasia madera with bbc news. our top story. the chinese premier has unveiled hundreds of billions of dollars of tax cuts. li keqiang announced the measures to prop up the economy as he forecast a slow in growth for the year ahead. press are gathering outside this jail in tokyo this is newsday on the bbc. where former nissan boss i'm rico hizon in singapore. carlos ghosn is being held — the headlines: it's thought he could be a tough struggle ahead. china's premier tells about to walk out on bail. the annual parliament the economy faces slowing growth it was set at $9 million by a japanese court. as the us—china trade war bites and this story is trending on bbc.com. the world's most expensive car has translation: downward pressure on been unveiled at the geneva motor show. the economy is increasing, worth more than 15 million euros, consumption and growth is slowing. or $17 million. will carlos ghosn be going home? we're watching this jail in tokyo french car manufacturer bugatti after the ex—nissan boss revealed its latest design was granted bail. to the media before the event officially kicks off later this week. i'm kasia madera in london. also in the programme. that's all. a race against time. efforts to limit the oil spill that's threatening a protected coral atoll in the solomon islands. now on bbc news, stephen sackur speaks to former uk
and we talk to pakistan's first national security adviser lord transgender supermodel ricketts on hardtalk. about challenging stereotypes in herfirst film role live from our studios in singapore and london, this is bbc world news. it's newsday. good morning. it's 8am in singapore, midnight in london, and 8:00 in the morning in beijing where the chinese premier has unveiled tax cuts designed to boost the slowing economy. he warned the nation to prepare for a tough struggle. li keqiang said the chinese economy faced a crucial year, as he addressed the opening of china's annual two sessions. it's the country's biggest political meeting of the year. our china correspondent john sudworth reports from beijing. under a cloud of pollution they streamed in to take
their places in a largely ceremonial parliament devoid of dissent. many too guarded even to acknowledge the biggest issue of the day. are you worried about the economy, i ask. of course i'm not worried, she says. our country is strong. the economy is getting better and better, this man says. inside though, the message from china's leaders was much more candid. with a list of the serious mounting economic risks. translation: downward pressure on the economy is increasing, growth in consumption is slowing. the difficulty private firms face in getting financing has not been resolved. and the financial sector contains many risks and hidden dangers.
so, to shore up growth, he promised tax cuts, more bank lending, and, in a clear nod to washington, fairer access for foreign companies. premier li keqiang mentioned that the us—china trade dispute head on, calling it "a profound change". it is — no us president has ever challenged china's economy quite like this, and at a time when growth is already slowing. what china's one—party state no fears most are large—scale job losses, and social instability. these young job—seekers say there's been a noticeable change in their prospects. translation: i would say this year is much more difficult, it takes ages to get
a response to an application. translation: i would say this year is much more difficult, it takes ages to get a response to an application. translation: i would say this year is much more difficult, as they streamed out of the hall, few delegates can now be in any doubt that china's economy is in uncharted territory. and the way ahead, they've been told, lies in more economic stimulus and a tightening of political control. john sudworth, bbc news, beijing. also making news today. counterterror police are dealing with packages which was sent to keep oui’ with packages which was sent to keep our report, london city airport in waterloo station in london. police say these improvised devices were found in postal bags. the first of these devices was discovered in their head office building at heathrow airport just before their head office building at heathrow airportjust before ten o'clock this morning. that's the device that went off, slightly
melting the packaging and a second device was discovered in the postroom here at waterloo railway station just before 12, and a third device discovered just after midday at london city airport. neither of those devices was opened and neither went off the boat seemed designed to also caused a small fire. all prepackages looked at the same, they we re prepackages looked at the same, they were white plastic postal envelopes of a4 size with a five size brown jiffy bags inside them containing the device and all three of them had to postage stamps on them with heart motifs which come from the republic of ireland and not surprisingly counterterrorism police are linking all prepackages survey say they are keeping an open mind about motivation at this stage. it is worth remembering that in every 2014, seven letter bombs were sent to army recruiting officers, some of which were posted in the republic of ireland. a dissident republican
group calling itself the new ira said it was responsible. daniel sa ndford said it was responsible. daniel sandford at waterloo station. also making news today. pakistan's navy says it's prevented an attempt by an indian submarine to enter pakistani waters. the navy released this footage of what it said was a video clip of the submarine. but there's been no independent confirmation of this, nor of reports in the indian media that it shot down a pakistani drone over the state of rajasthan on monday. there's been an escalation in tension between the two countries over the disputed territory of kashmir. the canadian prime minister, justin trudeau, is facing one of the biggest scandals of his leadership. a second high—profile minister has quit, over the government's handling of a recent corruption inquiry. it follows allegations the prime minister tried to protect a major engineering firm from a bribery trial. the philippines has called for long—standing treaty with the us to be revamped. the country's defence chief said
frequent passage of us navy vessels through south china sea's disputed waters could draw his country into a war. tensions between the us and china have been rising over the sea. beijing claims the vast majority of the waters, which contain the some of the world's busiest shipping lanes. real madrid may have won the champions league for the last three seasons but their will be no fourth consecutive title for them. they have been knocked out of the competition by ajax, the dutch side winning in madrid 4—1 on the night to claim a 5—2 aggregate victory and reach the quarter finals for the first time since 2003. also through are tottenham who beat the german side broussia dortmund. more details in sport today.
a car unveiled at the geneva motor show created by but getty said its latest design, which was unveiled, costs over $1 million. —— bugatti. a court in tokyo has granted bail to the former nissan executive, carlos ghosn. he's been detained for three months, on suspicion of financial misconduct. the former head of the car company was arrested injapan — he denies any wrongdoing. let's bring you some live pictures now from outside the court in tokyo. our business reporter mariko 0i has been following the story and is here in the studio with me. before he is released, he has to pay the bail of1 billion yen. roughly 9 million us dollars, the six time ——
sixth highest bail ever injapan which you couldn't find yesterday in order to post it. to be released from jail. as you said, he could be walking out of there as early as today because the court rejected the prosecution ‘s appeal against a decision. the bail conditions are very tight. he is going to be monitored all the time. this can indication be restricted. but is a p pa re ntly indication be restricted. but is apparently allowed to go shopping and travelling withinjapan, a song as he doesn't go overseas, and his lawyer expects him to hold a press conference when he comes out ofjail so we conference when he comes out ofjail so we might see him for the first time in public after he has been in detention for over 100 days. some unlimited freedoms the carlos ghosn if he is freed on bail this morning oi’ if he is freed on bail this morning or later today but the prolonged detention has put the spotlight on the japanese judicial system. that's
right. it has been criticised domestically before but the fact that carlos ghosn, are very high—profile tycoon, has been detained for over 100 days, before he's been found guilty, that has put a lot of international spotlight on the system. been a lot of criticism in france. some even described it as draconian. as you can imagine, the court approved the bail, there has been speculation whether it is the authorities bowing to pressure. i personally doubt it. i think it's his new lawyer has just been on the job for less than a month now. he is nicknamed razor because of his record of winning these high—profile cases, it is in pushing for these very strict conditions for bail which actually got at least a limited freedom later today. the razor has got carlos ghosn‘s freedom. thank you very much that
update. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: we talk to pakistan's first transgender supermodel — about challenging stereotypes in her first film role. also on the programme: australia sends more help to the solomon islands as large amounts of oil continue to spill from a damaged tanker. first, the plates slid 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 onto her side. the hydrogen bomb. on a remote pacific atoll, the americans had successfully tested a weapon whose explosive force dwarfed that of the bomb dropped on hiroshima. i had heard the news earlier, and so my heart went
bang, 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 that 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 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 rico hizon in singapore. i'm kasia madera in london. our top stories: china's premier announces tax cuts to prop up the economy as he forecasts slower growth for the year ahead. and it's thought ex—nissan boss carlos ghosn might be about to walk out of this jail in tokyo
after being granted bail. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the south china morning post reports on the plan by hong kong flagship carrier cathay pacific to acquire budget airline hong kong express airways. the purchase would allow cathay pacific to tap into the lucrative low—cost market. the japan times is one of the papers picking up on that story we were reporting on earlier — that the ex—nissan chairman, carlos ghosn, could be released as soon as today. ahead of his 65th birthday on saturday, the paper says, mr ghosn may see his birthday wish come true — regaining his freedom, albeit conditionally.
and the new york times reflects on the deadlock at the academie francaise, the official guardian of the french language. four vacancies have opened since 2016 yet the academy after three votes hasn't managed to appoint any new member. now, what stories are sparking discussions online? more help is being sent by australia to the solomon islands, to prevent an ecological disaster. huge amounts of oil continue to leak from a cargo ship that ran aground last month next to a precious marine unesco world heritage site. some 75 tons of oil have already spilt from the hong kong—flagged, solomon trader, since cyclone 0ma pushed it onto a coral atoll, a ring—shaped coral reef near the southern—most tip of the solomons. the ship is stuck in kangava bay on the rennell island. that's the world's largest raised coral atoll and home to several species found nowhere else on the planet. the australian government says it's "profoundly disappointed by the slow response of the commercial entities
involved and their lack of adequate communications with and responsiveness to the solomon islands government". i've been speaking to jamie tahana from radio new zealand, he told me that the ship belongs to the company king trader limited. they initially said that they were sending teams, but the australian and new zealand governments said that was very slow, it took about two weeks from when the ship ran aground at kangava bay for them to arrive. it has really only been in the past week that we have seen any particular momentum girl in two containing the spill. there were not any booms put up around the leaking ship, which is now released about 100 tons of oil into this reef. they
have been quite angry at the response. also the v company, a dunedin company, they initially put out statements in the solomons islands newspaper think they had no responsibility for this because they only charted the ship, but it has only charted the ship, but it has only been in the past few weeks they have contributed by sending water around to the villages affected, and stop. it has been a frustratingly slow response to quite a serious oil spill in quite a pristine area. slow response to quite a serious oil spill in quite a pristine aream could actually get a lot worse. is a 100 tons of leaked so far. there is an awful lot more in this cargo ship. -- you said. 600 tons more is still on the ship. i understand from speaking to the disaster was in the solomon islands yesterday that they haven't even started pumping out of the wreckage, which is still sitting on the reef. they are working to stabilise the ship. it could be a few days before they even start pumping the oil off that ship, which
would take a few days in itself, it would take a few days in itself, it would be a slow process. so here we still have all this oil leaking into the reef at kangava bay. we are hearing from villages on rennell island, which is really promote, that dead fish are washing up on shores, it has killed crabs, it is normally a white beach and has been coated in a bitumen like substance. and the odour is making them ill. they cannot have their protein from their water sources have been contaminated. that is all round and not very good for the people of the island. that was jamie tahana speaking earlier to kasia madera from radio new zealand. chinese tech giant huawei just can't stay out of the headlines. in the next 24 hours meng wanzhou — the company's chief financial officer and daughter of the company's founder — will face a court hearing in vancouver over the us's request top extradite herfrom canada. the usjustice department has accused her of circumventing us trade sanctions against iran.
ms meng is now suing the canadian state over her arrest, while china has condemned the move, and has charged two canadians arrested in china with espionage. 0ur asia business correspondent karishma vaswani, who spoke last month to ren zhengfei, the founder of huawei last month, is with me today in the studio to help unpick this. when you spoke to him he has denied all these spy allegations, but what about the influence of the communist party, what can you tell us about this was yellow when i spoke to him last month at his shenzhen headquarters, huawei's founder said that his company cannot be found guilty of spying, they would never do that, they would never create a backdoor as has been the allegation full—forwa rd to backdoor as has been the allegation full—forward to them. backdoor as has been the allegation full-forward to them. but i'm picking that relationship between the chinese government, the communist party, and huawei is a bit
more tricky. he also said and dismissed these concerns that the communist party has any influence over huawei whatsoever and its business dealings around the world. have a listen to what he said when i spoke to him about its relationship and retaliation in defence of huawei of the last couple of months. translation: it is the chinese government's duty to protect its people. if the us attempts to gain competitive edge by undermining china's upstanding high—tech talent, thenit china's upstanding high—tech talent, then it is understandable that the chinese government, in turn, protect its high—tech companies stipulate this is a country where people routinely are arrested, they disappear, the chinese communist party has ultimate control over everything here, it even has control of your courts of law. what insurance can of your courts of law. what insurance can you of your courts of law. what insurance can you give people watching this programme that if the
government, if the communist party, we re government, if the communist party, were to ask you to provide them with a backdoor or to give access to your information, that you could say no? —— i shorrocks. translation: i told the western media that we would never install backdoors. the official media of the chinese government has also announced that they will never require chinese companies to do so. nobody has made such a request to me. this shows that china believes that companies should serve society and the whole world, they cannot break international rules if they wa nt break international rules if they want to go global. mr ren speaking to me from his shenzhen headquarters last month. obviously this controversy continues. there are reports out that huawei is going to soothe the us government for banning its products from government agencies as early as tomorrow, so this is something we are keeping a very close watch on, as the story
develops and the relationship between us and china continues to be quite at —— seu. between us and china continues to be quite at -- seu. thank you much for that update. karishma vaswani. for the full story, go to bbc .com/ news to read karishma's extended piece. a film about pakistan's transgender community has had its premiere in karachi. rani features the country's first transgender model in the lead role. the movie hopes to raise awareness of the discrimination faced by transgender people. the bbc asian network's shabnam mahmood has more. rani isa rani is a short film that tells the story of a pakistani transgender woman who takes an abandoned baby from outside a refuge centre. it's set in karachi and stars the
country's first tra nsgender supermodel in her debut role. we are very visible in pakistan, but society takes us not as a normal human being, they say you are a transgender, you are a sex worker, ui does doing something, no. treseder can do anything, they can do modelling, they can be a doctor, it is all about opportunity and a platform —— tra nsgender. it is all about opportunity and a platform -- transgender. this film shows a unique glimpse into the difficulties of the transgender community. rani, a transwoman who wa nts to community. rani, a transwoman who wants to live like a normal woman, who, because in pakistan, for the last two years, we don't getjobs or employment easily. so she tries hard
to sell things in the streets of karachi. because she does not want to do sex work or dancing. campaigners have been raising the plight of transgender is four years, last may, pra kasam's plight of transgender is four years, last may, prakasam's parliament passed a law protecting the community. it banned human action against them. however, many transgender people still survived by dancing as carnivals and weddings, some resorted to begging, and even prostitution. those behind this film hope to raise awareness of marginalised communities. one of the primary functions of art is to challenge the way we think, particularly in cinema when you look at independent cinema all over the world. it challenges the way it people think. it shows you stories about, perhaps, are there in front of you every day that you do not pay attention to. i think that is very important to find those stories and bring them to an audience that is receptive to those stories. and cinema is a huge part to play in
that. rani has already received critical acclaim internationally, following its premiere it will now be shown at colleges and universities in pakistan to help change attitudes of future generations. shabnam mahmood, bbc news, karachi. we have an update on a story we've been covering. it's about two sisters who went missing in woodlands in the us for two days over the weekend. well, they've been found safe and well. eight—year—old leia and five—year—old caroline were discovered huddled under a bush, having survived drinking water from huckleberry leaves and eating cereal bars they had brought with them. we found a schalke, a tree branch close to the ground. and we had my sister's green jacket —— shelter. we turned it sideways so we each had an
armed hold—up we stuck arms into. —— reina jacket. it is good to see them safe and sound. you have been watching newsday. i'm babita sharma in london. amazing girls. and i'm rico hizon in singapore. stay with us. coming up — we've all heard about the china—us trade war, but what about one with india? the us has investors worrying about a fresh conflict after president donald trump announced plans to end preferential treatment for india. we'll see what that means for business in asia. and before we go, we'd like to leave you with these pictures. kylie jenner has become the world's youngest self—made billionaire — according to forbes magazine. the 21—year—old entrepreneur has made her fortune from her best—selling cosmetics business and her role in her family's long—running reality show keeping up with the kardashians. that's all for now — stay with bbc world news.
hello there. all our weather is going to be coming in from the west over the next few days. there is a really strong jet stream tracking right the way across the atlantic and that picks up areas of cloud. this one will arrive on friday to bring some rain. this one here has already brought some rain across most of the uk. those weather fronts are taking the rain further north into scotland. we are seeing some strong winds, especially in wales and the south—west of england. it has been another called night across northern scotland, a touch of frost even by the morning. much milder elsewhere, but very windy, especially in wales and south—west england. gusty winds will continue with these bands of showers. we have got the winter weather getting stuck across scotland and northern ireland, not just rain across scotland and northern ireland, notjust rain is no way the high ground. let us have a closer
look at those showers, they are rain bands pushing their way across england and wales. some sunshine in between. a bit of warmth, 14— 15 degrees, south—east england, east anglia, and lincolnshire. showers will be heavy and potentially thundery. much colder as we move into scotland and northern ireland. we find that wet weather continuing ads with some snow over the highlands and the grampian. further south, i think we lose a lot of those heavy showers and temperatures will people wake to a round 4—5d. it will people wake to a round 4—5d. it will feel colder as we move into thursday. we trace where the air is coming from, all the way from the arctic, a cold north north—westerly wind will be wrapped around the area of low pressure, which by this stage is out in the north sea. but around the edge of the logo we are packing ina lot the edge of the logo we are packing in a lot of wet weather into scotland, especially east of scotland, especially east of scotland, northern england, down into east anglia, more so over the
high ground and wintry showers will be following in behind. probably the best of the sunshine and the dry weather, southern england and south wales, 11 degrees. a chilly six also in northern scotland. as we head into the end of the week, that area of low pressure is moving away. it is taking away those cold winds, veeran skyers, light winds, means friday could start with a touch of frost. —— clearing skies. we saw the cloud coming in across the atlantic. this is bringing the rain into northern ireland, wales, and the south—west of england and had about those temperatures may get 29— 10 degrees. even into the weekend, though, it stays very unsettled, more rain and snow where the hills. it will be very windy. as a result it will always feel on the chilly side.