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it's 8am in singapore and it's 1:00 in london where donald trump has been continuing his state visit to the uk. at a news conference with the outgoing prime minister theresa may, mr trump highlighted the special bonds between the two hello and welcome to newsday, countries and signalled his support for a substantial post—brexit trade deal. but he revealed he turned down a request for talks from opposition i'm kasia madera in london. leaderjeremy corbyn, who was busy addressing thousands of people, protesting againt mr trump's visit. after talks with the outgoing our political editor laura kuenssberg begins our coverage prime minister theresa may, of president trump's mr trump lavishly praised the us—uk relationship. state visit to the uk. it is the greatest alliance the world has ever known. thank you, prime he always draws a crowd. minister, thank you. but doesn't always please them. the president also said there could be a "phenomenal" trade when the president comes deal after brexit, as long to town, controversy is never far. as everything is on the table. i'm rico hizon in singapore. also in the programme: the prime minister was his first international guest in australia, the jailed at the white house. catholic cardinal george pell is in court to appeal against his convictions this kodak moment for the mays for child sexual abuse. and trumps will be one of her last.
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a press conference with donald trump after two months of horsetrading on a momentous occasion, following the election, 00:01:03,056 --> 2147483051:37:16,242 the thai parliament meets to select 2147483051:37:16,242 --> 4294966103:13:29,430 a new prime minister. a grand leaving do for theresa may. clear even from the niceties, the two have sometimes clashed. i've always talked openly with you donald, when we have taken a different approach and you have done the same with me. i've always believed cooperation and compromise are the basis of strong alliances and nowhere is this more true than in the special relationship. for any british and american pair, this relationship matters, but nothing ever knowingly undersold by donald trump. prime minister may, it's been a true honour and i've greatly enjoyed working with you, you are a tremendous professional and a person who loves your country dearly, thank you very much, really an honour. the american and the british people, it's the greatest alliance the world has ever known. thank you, prime minister, thank you. as the uk stumbles towards leaving the eu,
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the president has questioned the prime minister's approach. i seem to remember the president recommending i sued the european union, which i didn't do, we went into negotiations and i came out with a good deal. i would have sued, but that's ok. i would have sued and settled maybe, but you never know. she's probably a better negotiator than i am. i think we're going to have a great trade deal, yes. i think we're going to have a great and very comprehensive trade deal. when you're dealing in trade, everything is on the table, so nhs or anything else, or a lot more than that. that is one of the things thousands in westminster would rail against, though. these protests weren't fake news, as the president claimed, although there were pockets of support for him and the crowds much smaller than last time.
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always an unlikely pair, perhaps. one shameless, one shy. time is nearly up on this particular duo. the motorcade, of course, as always, will roll on. theresa may and donald trump are very different characters, very different leaders and even the careful choreography of a state visit like this can't mask the fractures and the difficulties between the united states and the united kingdom. but this of course is a relationship that will matter for longer and will last longer than two occupants will stay in office. some of the contenders for number ten might meet however straight the line—up tonight, though, this president glories in going over the edge. whoever is the prime minister next will encounter an ally who might love appearing proper, but is properly unpredictable, too. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. let's take a look at some of the day's other news. sudanese paramilitary forces are pushing deeper into khartoum in after a crackdown
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on protesters killed at least 30 people on monday. heavily armed members of the rapid support forces are said to be fanning out across the capital and firing into the air. the military has faced international condemnation for its attack. officials in the democratic republic of congo say they've now recorded more than 2000 cases of ebola, since the outbreak began last august. 1,300 people are known to have died because of the virus. but the health ministry says that figure could be much higher because many cases are not being reported. the white house says trade talks with mexico will be held on wednesday. the us side will be represented by vice president mike pence. president trump has threatened to impose tariffs on goods imported from mexico, unless it does more to stop the flow of migrants coming from central america. the mexican government says any tariffs would create instability. police in australia say the killing
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of four people in the northern city of darwin was not terror related. witnesses say a shirtless man walked into the palms motel and opened fire. he fled in a vehicle and was at large for about an hour. officers have arrested a 45—year—old man. police say the suspect was released from prison on parole this year. let's bring you some incredible pictures now from india's tallest rubbish mountain, on the outskirts of new delhi. 0fficials warn the dump is on course to rise higher than the taj mahal in the next year — some 73 metres. fires sparked by rising methane gas, regularly break out and take days to extinguish. the site, opened in 1984, is believed to have reached capacity in 2002, but hundreds of trucks continue to arrive every day.
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let's go back to donald trump's state visit to the uk. dr shola mos—shogbamimu, a lawyer and political and women's right activist, gave her reaction to the protests against trump. i don't believe that the organisers anticipated a specific number. the media have tried to put a number on it, comparing it to last time, as if numbers are the indication of how people actually feel about donald trump's visit. our understanding is, or my understanding is, that about 75,000 came. that is what organisers are saying and that is what is being printed. i think what actually matters is the number of people who showed up on a tuesday, on a working day, and the hundreds of thousands, close to millions more, online who were trending,
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saying how much they resist from. saying how much they resist trump. put all together, that shows how much the population is responding. 0n the flipside, he said there were no protests, he certainly didn't see them. when it comes to how the visit is going, of course the uk needs trade deals post—brexit. given what the president was saying on tuesday, how is that going forward? i honestly think that in terms of diplomacy or treaty negotiations, it has been a disaster. think about it — before donald trump landed on our soil, he has already insulted the mayor of london, he has endorsed borisjohnson, he has supported and promoted nigel farage. he hasn't specifically endorsed boris johnson just yet. but saying he is going to do a good job, that is pretty much endorsement, and he has repeated that several times. he and the us ambassador have gone on to say that any trade
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negotiations with us post brexit will include the nhs, among other things. it is the fact that he thinks he can dictate what we will put on the table that is truly outrageous. of course the nhs can't be on the table. and he has got the conservatives and the labour party talking together, he has united them in a way. you could say that, but the concern is that given that our current government, we are not sure who will be leader, and we are not sure if the tory government has the back to be able able to stand to donald trump in any form of negotiation with them. as i said, he has endorsed certain people he feels will do a greatjob, and these are people he sees as his pals, and people he feels he will be able to make america first with. we need leaders who are able to put the uk first in discussions with him. but the uk does need some form of relationship with the us.
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we will always have a relationship with the us, before and after trump, but during his administration, it is not the job of our leadership to pander to what he represents. we can see that he is the face of the far right, symbolising all the common values we don't want. the appeal by australia's most senior catholic against his conviction for child sex abuse has begun. cardinal george pell is serving a six year prison sentence after a jury found him guilty of crimes committed in the 1990s, when he was archbishop of melbourne. pell is attending the hearing in person and the courtroom is full of media, supporters and victim advocates. 0ur correspondent hywel griffith has more on what pell‘s legal team will argue.
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the main argument that will be made by his defence team is that the jury who heard the case and convicted him back in december were unreasonable in their verdict. the defence team said there was so much evidence that said it was simply impossible for the abuse to have occurred in the back of the cathedral in the 1990s. he was a prominent public figure who wouldn't have been alone at the time it occurred. it will be up to a panel of threejudges it occurred. it will be up to a panel of three judges to decide whether they think the jury were unreasonable. if they agree, it is possible the conviction would be quashed and he would be released without another trial. but that wouldn't be the end of the line legally. whichever side essentially losers may decide to take this case onto the high court in canberra. it isa onto the high court in canberra. it is a case that draws international
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attention, but there are also many campaigners here in court, following it step—by—step. cardinal pell is such an important figure here in australia, representing so much in a country that has been confronting a tragic history of child abuse. you're watching on the bbc. still to come on the programme: kenyans are up in arms about plans to build a coalfired power station close to a world heritage site. also on the programme: the chinese dissident cartoonist reveals his identity and says the fight for democracy has to continue. the queen and her husband began their royal progress to westminster. the moment of crowning in accordance with the order of service, by a signal given, the great guns of the tower shall be shot off. tributes have been paid around
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the world to muhammad ali, who has died at the age of 7a. 0utspoken but rarely outfought, ali transcended the sport of boxing, of which he was three times a world champion. he was a good fighter. he fought all the way to the end, even through his illness. yes, he did. uefa imposes an indefinite ban on english clubs playing in europe. today is the 20th anniversary of the release of the beatles lp sergeant pepper's lonely hearts club band, a record described as "the album of the century." this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore.
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i'm kasia madera in london. our top stories: us president donald trump has said the us and uk have the greatest alliance the world has ever known. he also promised a phenomenal trade deal after brexit. in australia, the disgraced catholic cardinal george pell is in court to appeal against his convictions for child sexual abuse. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. hong kong's south china morning post is leading with photographs of the tiananmen square anniversary vigil. 0rganisers say 180,000 people took part, although police estimate that number to be much lower. the crowd heard from the mother of a man who was killed in the crackdown.
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to the new york times now. following president trump's threat to place tariffs on all mexican imports unless it curbs illegal immigration, the paper reports the mexican government has carried out a number of raids in the past week. and finally, france's daily newspaper la figaro is among the many outlets reporting on the second day of donald trump's visit to the uk, calling the president the champion of brexit. it has been more than two months since thailand's election, but the country still doesn't have a prime minister. that should be sorted out later today, when parliament meets to start the selection process. joining me from bangkok is our correspondentjonathan head.
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who other contenders for prime minister? well, there are just two, one of them is indeed the incumbent, general prayuth chan—ocha, the man who led a coup against the last elected government, five years ago, and who is without doubt the favourite to get the job, simply because in effect the entire system has been rigged in his favour. he is, though, opposed by a single candidate for the opposition, who have nearly half the seats in the lower house under their control. and they have chosen thanathorn juangroongruangkit, who is the young billionaire who has really revitalised interest entire politics with his brand—new party, future forward , with his brand—new party, future forward, and did exceptionally well, the third—largest party. the traditionally large party, the party of the former prime minister thaksin shinawatra, withdrew its candidates just to unite behind him. but the mathematics is firmly against him, even though they started with by far the largest chunk of the lower house seats. prime minister general
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prayuth has cobbled together in essence a coalition of every party except them. 19 parties, some of them controversial singleseat parties that got very few votes. a lot of controversy about how they actually got seats, and of course he has the entirely appointed senate which will help choose the prime minister. so it's pretty much a given that he gets the prime minister's job, given that he gets the prime minister'sjob, and given that he gets the prime minister's job, and it looks given that he gets the prime minister'sjob, and it looks like he has cobbled togetherjust enough support to have a narrow, narrow majority in actually running the government through the lower house, although it looks like it is going to bea although it looks like it is going to be a pretty shaky and unstable government. jonathan, it's been more than two months since the general election on 2a march. what does this say about thailand's chaotic democratic process? well, some people would argue it's not even really a democratic process, given how much the rules were read in favour of a continuation of general prayuth and his allies, essentially a semi military government. you know, there's a lot of unhappiness,
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particularly among those who voted for the opposition, about the way the seats were allocated and about the seats were allocated and about the entire rules of the election. the other thing that i think has been a bit dispiriting for ties has been a bit dispiriting for ties has been to see how much horse trading has been involved —— horse trading has been involved —— horse trading has been involved in those who have decided tojoin general has been involved in those who have decided to join general prayuth ‘s party. everyone of them has been bargaining hard for any possible cabinet seats, and many thais say they seized power saying they were going to reform and reset type politics, but this looks as messy and nap artistic and self—interested and nap artistic and self—interested a process of government forming as thais have ever seen, and they are not optimistic about how a 19 party coalition with a tiny majority, so it will only have a majority of three seats, is actually going to be able to function. so i think for many thais this has been a dispiriting process, and many of those who initially supported the military takeover five years ago have certainly lost faith in them. we will be finding out very soon who will be the next prime minister of
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thailand. thank you forjoining us for that date, jonathan head, in bangkok. demonstrations are due to take place in kenya today against plans to build the country's first coal fired power station close to the lamu island world heritage site. lamu is close to somalia on the kenyan coast. a chinese—funded multibillion—dollar port and development project is under way there. but critics say it could be a white elephant. they question why kenya is installing coal power, which contributes to global warming, as alastair leithead reports. for centuries, little has changed on lamu island. the dhow sailing boats a reflection of its arab trader heritage. it is quiet, isolated, and has largely been left alone in the decades since kenya's independence. but the way of life, not least for the fishermen,
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has been under threat since the day the mangroves started being pulled out and the chinese dredging ships arrived. fishermen say breeding areas and coral reefs were destroyed as a channel was cut and sand dug out for building. here, in a remote corner of kenya, is stage one of a $25.5 billion project, a superport, an oil terminal, road and railway links, an airport, a resort city, and a coal—fired power station. this is the area allocated for the power station. the locals call it ‘the box'. many have been evicted, but some are hanging on, waiting for compensation. "we were told we'd be paid and moved to another piece of land," he said. "but up till now, we've not been paid." they are growing maize for food and to pay for the children's
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education in the meantime. and in lamu town, there is a worry about the impact on the air, the ocean and the culture. this is lamu, a world heritage site... ria and other activists have been challenging the development throughout, especially the power station. we are wondering why they want to implement this project, because we have signed a green agreement at paris. our president signed that, but down here they want to implement this disastrous project, and we are really worried. and this is not something that is uniqe to kenya. around the world at the moment, there are hundreds of coal—fired power stations being planned or being built, despite the various international commitments to combating climate change. stop the construction of new coal plants by 2020. we want a green economy, not a grey economy, in the world. the kenyan government wouldn't comment on a case
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still being challenged in court, but if built, it'll increase the country's carbon emissions sevenfold, breaking a promise to cut them. and it will have even more impact on this histoirc place. alastair leithead, bbc news, lamu island. the chinese cartoonist known as badiucao became notorious for drawings which made fun of the country's political elite. but, when he felt threatened by chinese officials, he first cancelled planned shows in hong kong, then went to live undercover in australia. now, he finally feels that he can make his true identity public. here is his story. there are multiple ways the chinese
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government is hunting down people who dare to speak up. two policemen from china went to my family in shanghai. they threatened my family members in order to shut down the exhibition. they also said that they were sending two police officers to hong kong if i decide
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the show is proceeding, hurting the ones you love in order to keep you in check, in order to stop you speaking up. i have suspicious followers on the street that i cannot really tell if they are just tourists, or actually sent by the chinese government. for me, it's a great echoing to those young students who sacrificed their lives during the movement, who are using their bodies and souls to demonstrate to the world that chinese are just as sane as any people in this world. that we are demanding freedom and democracy.
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my work is purely nonviolent. it'sjust a message. any rational government should not be afraid of it. some exceptionally strong images there. you have been watching newsday. i'm kasia madera in london. and i'm rico hizon in singapore. it was lovely to have all of you with us. and rico, a man has scaled one of the tallest buildings in the polish capital, warsaw, without ropes. hello, most parts of the uk saw some wet weather on tuesday as an area of low pressure pushed its way from south to north. the centre of the low will push increasingly out into the north sea now, as the hours go by, but it will trail weather front behind it, to keep things pretty grey and wet in the north
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on and off throughout the day. we also have this front to the south, and we'll see more out of that as we look to wednesday and overnight into thursday. for this morning, it's scotland and northern ireland, though, that sit under the band of cloud and rain, and for much of the day, the prospects will be rather dank. first thing, perhaps a bit of brightness for the north—east of england, some showers to the north—west, a few for north wales. some decent sunshine as we head for the south into england. a few early—morning patches of mist are possible, but they should be fairly short—lived. and actually, for england and wales on the whole, a lot of fine weather. perhaps a bit of sunshine as well just getting into southern scotland later on in the day. just a chance of a few showers forming across the centre of the south—west peninsula, across towards 0xfordshire through the afternoon. in terms of our temperatures, just 12 there in aberdeen, perhaps up to 20 further south, where we get more in the way of sunshine. then we go through wednesday evening into thursday. remember that front down there across the continent? it looks like it's just
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going to bump some rain up towards the far east of england. now there is some uncertainty as to how far onshore those parts of rain will make it. if it does come onshore, it could be very heavy. at the moment, it looks like the majority will sit offshore in the north sea. actually, our wednesday night and thursday does look largely dry, but through thursday daytime, we certainly are expecting that low to track its way further north. again, the uncertainty is in the detail as to exactly how tight into the east coast it will come, and how quickly it will move north into scotland. thursday for many will be a pretty decent day, with some bright or sunny spells, but there is a chance certainly on some of those north sea coasts for some heavier pulses of rain at times. and then, late in the day, the heavier, more persistent rain and some pretty blustery winds to make their way into scotland. scattered showers for northern ireland, too. 0ur temperatures still somewhat on the disappointing side. average values at best, perhaps a little below. that low pushes away to the north for friday, but then we're looking at another system firing up from the continent to close out our week,
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with almost all areas likely to see some heavy rain at some stage, and some strong and gusty winds. again, the timing will be quite difficult, because we are expecting to see these areas of low pressure firing through in quick succession. but certainly wet to the south on friday, still unsettled for the weekend.
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i'm kasia madera with bbc news. our top story: president trump has said the us and the uk have the "greatest alliance the world has ever known". after talks with the outgoing british prime minister, theresa may, the president also promised what he described as a "phenomenal" trade deal after brexit. in australia, disgraced catholic cardinal george pell is in court to appeal against his convictions for sexually abusing two choir boys in the 1990s. and this vigil has caught people's attention on the bbc news website. tens of thousands of people have gathered to hold a vigil
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in hong kong marking the 30th anniversary of the massacre of pro—democracy protestors in beijing's tiananmen square. it's one of the few places in china commemorations can
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