tv The Briefing BBC News November 26, 2019 5:00am-5:31am GMT
this is the briefing. i'm sally bundock. our top story: hong kong's chief executive acknowledges the results of sunday's election reflected people's discontent, but offers no new concessions. a us court rules that a former white house counsel must testify before congress, rejecting the trump administration's argument that white house officials cannot be compelled to do so. the world anti—doping agency calls for russia to be suspended from international sporting competitions for the next four years. open sesame! alibaba shares jump in their blockbuster hong kong debut.
this is your tuesday briefing. a warm welcome to the programme, briefing you on all you need to know in global news, business and sport. also in the programme, could you cut back on your emails? climate campaigners say we should "think before we thank" on email and cut back on unnecessary messages. just this simple act could significantly reduce the energy used. tell us what you think. just use the hashtag #bbcthebriefing. let's get started. hong kong police say they've entered the polytechnic university where protesters are staging a sit—in to ask those holding out to leave, but no immediate arrests
will be made and they've guaranteed their fair treatment. in a separate development, in her first public appearance since pro—democracy candidates won a sweeping victory in local elections, the territory's chief executive, carrie lam said she was aware voters had expressed unhappiness with the government's handling of months of unrest. the large number of voters coming out to cast a vote, perhaps not only to select a preferred candidate, to sit on the district council, but also to express a view on many issues in society, including, i would readily accept that, including deficiencies in governance, including unhappiness with the time taken to deal with the current unstable environment, and of course, to end violence. stephen mcdonnell is our
correspondent in hong kong. if we talk about carrie lam and what she had to say, what has the reaction been like to her first public appearance since that landslide victory for pro—democracy protesters 7 landslide victory for pro—democracy protesters? it would be an understatement to say that people are not happy in hong kong with the performance of the government and the handling of this crisis. she comes out and says that they are going to seriously consider this result was not what choice does she have but to say that, really. i think they probably knew they weren't going to do well, but to be just obliterated like this at the ballot box in their hundreds, supporters of carrie lam and indirectly of beijing to be tipped out of office has been quite incredible to see. the main problem,
though, is the things she mentioned, we just heard though, is the things she mentioned, wejust heard in though, is the things she mentioned, we just heard in that clip are not the things that the protesters are demanding. they want to know why she won't have this enquiry into the police, for example, the business community has back to this and a lot of people have said, why not? it doesn't hurt. why not have an enquiry? then for example let's look at beijing. the response from the beijing government is just to tell china's state run media, that is like virtually every major outlet, every major newspaper, every television in mainland china tojust not report the result. imagine if that was in any other country where the government said to the press, there has been this election but we just don't want anybody to know about it. they are just hoping that people in mainland china will not spotted on social media, that those in hong kong which have been backing, beijing backing the government of carrie lam, as i say,
just face a comprehensive defeat in these local council elections. in these local council elections. in the meantime, there are still people staging a city and at the polytechnic university. this time last week it was the centre of violent protests and really tough clashes between police and students stop so what is the situation there now? so there is still a small group of stu d e nts now? so there is still a small group of students holding out inside the polytechnic university. we had some of the counsellors who were newly elected go in there last night to try and talk to them. the police have been holding off going in there and waited for most of those activists, thousands of them at one point in there, just to come out and be arrested after they leave the campus the call all entry and exit points are still blocked by the police. however, now there is a team going in there today from the university, university officials to
give people one last chance to come out. after that, the police are going to go in more than a week after a ll going to go in more than a week after all this started with a team of officers but they are describing it as of officers but they are describing itasa of officers but they are describing it as a sort of safety team, so they will be going in there with some medical officials, saying those people will not be arrested initially, they don't want them to leave. it doesn't mean they will not be charged with rioting later on. this is the problem, and writing jardee in hong kong can get you up to ten years in prison. now, thank you. that is the very latest on the situation that is unfolding all the time. now, let's go to washington, dc. a court has ruled that former white house counsel don mcgahn must comply with a congressional subpoena related to the investigations into russian interference in the 2016 us elections. that inquiry is now complete, but the ruling could provide a legal basis for white house officials to testify before the impeachment inquiry into president trump.
here's our north america correspondent david willis. up up to now, the white house has insisted that members, former and present of the trump administration we re present of the trump administration were immune from giving evidence to congress. now, a federaljudge has decided otherwise. saying in her ruling that the president is not above the law and not, therefore, able to command people on his staff not to give evidence to congress. and this is significant for a number of reasons, not least because it could heighten democratic demands for people who have thus far been relu cta nt to for people who have thus far been reluctant to give evidence to the impeachment enquiry to come forward. nick mulvaney the white house seasonal staff, the secretary of state mike pompeo possibly among them. it could perhaps lead to more junior white house aides and staffers perhaps deciding to come forward and testify of their own
volition. but also it could bolster any case that health democrats were thinking of ringing against president trump and his administration in regards to obstruction of congress. don mcgahn is somebody who served for nearly two years is somebody who served for nearly two yea rs in is somebody who served for nearly two years in the trump administration and knows a great deal about it. he told robert mueller‘s enquiry into russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election that he was told by president trump on several occasions to get rid of mr mueller, and when that story leaked out in was also commanded to hold a press conference and deny that it ever happened. don mcgahn declined to do both of those things. but clearly, he has a lot to say to congress. if he gets the chance to do so, given that the white house is now appealing this federaljudge's ruling. david willis they're based in washington for us. —— there. let's brief you on some of the other
stories making the news. pope francis has left japan following the first papal visit to the country in nearly a0 years. during the 4—day trip, he visited nagasaki and called for the abolition of nuclear weapons. the final part of his trip included a speech at sophia university and a private holy mass, meeting elderly and infirm priests. peru's constitutional court has ordered the release of the opposition leader, keiko fujimori, after more than a year in pre—trial detention. she's awaiting trial in a corruption case linked to the brazilian construction giant 0debrecht. the eldest daughter of the former president, alberto fujimori, she denies accepting illegal contributions from 0debrecht for her presidential campaign eight years ago. police in georgia have used water cannon to disperse anti—government protesters in the capital, tbilisi. thousands of demonstrators who are campaigning for electoral reform blocked the entrances to parliament. the protesters say the current electoral system favours the ruling party too much, and whilst plans to change it are scheduled for 2024 it needs to be brought forward.
an earthquake with a magnitude 6.4 has shaken parts of albania. the epicentre of the quake and the tremors were strong enough to send some residents of the capital, tirana, rushing into the streets. there are reports of structural damage to some buildings, but no injuries have been reported. the ticket reseller viagogo has announced a $4 billion deal to buy its rival, stubhub. viagogo says the move would create more choice for customers. the deal comes after the uk's competition authority suspended legal action against viagogo after it made changes to the way it operates. lawrence gosling, editor—in—chief what investmentjoins me now. good morning. good to see you. tell
us good morning. good to see you. tell usa good morning. good to see you. tell us a bit more about this deal. an extraordinary deal in a sense because you have got to online ticket resellers online, they have been around for a long time. stubhub has been in operation since 2000. ebay, the owner of stubhub, from a business perspective has produced a fantastic return for its shareholders by selling this to viagogo, but the more significant long—term impact for us is there is potentially a monopoly position and we are seeing some of the smaller players arguing that is the case. for viagogo, they paid too much? you would look at that and say, yes. clearly, for ebay to sell something, they must think that perhaps it doesn't fit their business model and this does, they paid 300 million. it feels like a very frothy price.
viagogo wants to be the dominant player in this market and that is why it is paying a premium. we shall keep an eye on how they behave as it we re keep an eye on how they behave as it were in terms of some of the issues. we can't go further into that right 110w we can't go further into that right now but we shall see you a little later. there has been so many deals going on in the world of business. just this week alone take a look at oui’ just this week alone take a look at our website on the business pages to see some of those deals that have been announced in the last two days. australian police searching for a missing british man since saturday have found a body. it hasn't been formally identified, but it's believed to be 25—year—old aslan king who disappeared after suffering a suspected seizure during a camping trip in victoria. investigators will now prepare a report for the coroner. the world anti—doping agency, wada, has recommended russia are given a 4—year ban from sporting competition for falsifying laboratory data. this would mean that the country wouldn't compete
in the upcoming 0lympics. they are also likely to be barred from staging major international events putting at risk the games scheduled to be held in st petersburg for euro 2020. joining me now, matt futterman, deputy sports editor for new york times who broke the story about the original whistleblower four years ago. thank you for being on the briefing. tell us a bit more about this recommendation. what will it mean? it is going to mean a total shock wave through international sport, andi wave through international sport, and i don't think we really know exactly what the ramifications are of this. i mean, how is russia going to react to a four year ban? this could potentially be a real existential crisis for organisations like the international olympic committee. i don't think anyone has really thought through what would
happen if russia said, ok, fine. if you are banning us, we arejust going to leave the olympic movement. we will not participate in the limits anymore. that would be a huge blow to a place like the international olympic committee. what has wada accused russia of this time, in terms of the data that was provided for the what was wrong with it? it was doctored essentially. this was essential data, they had determined that russia needed to turn over their computer data bases which add tract which athletes had received special treatment and which athletes had their doping tests covered up. and they were able to figure out that the russians had tampered with this data to hide something that they didn't want them to figure out. not only have they created the largest doping controversy created the largest doping c0 ntrove rsy ever
created the largest doping controversy ever in olympic history and probably tainted dozens of others at other events, this all came to fruition in 2014 when they constructed to cheat through it, and then they covered that up as well once they had been caught. so this is full me once, shame on me. for me twice, shame on you. so this is a wa da twice, shame on you. so this is a wada recommendation that might be given a four year ban from sporting competitions. i assume russia will appeal this. what will happen in the end? first what will happen if this isa end? first what will happen if this is a special committee of wada that has been charged with investigating russia and in charge of the whole russia and in charge of the whole russia sanctioning situation. they are sending this recommendation to the full wada board. the board has to ratify this on december nine. if that happens, then it is expected that happens, then it is expected that russia is going to appeal this to the court of arbitration for
sport, which is the supreme court for the sports industry, and their word is final. we shall watch very closely. thank you for your time. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: 30 years ago the communist regime in czechoslovakia collapsed following pro—democracy protests. we hear from some of the leading figures at the time. president kennedy was shot down and died almost immediately. the murder ofjohn kennedy is a disaster for the whole free world. he caught the imagination of the world, the first of a new generation of leaders. margaret thatcher is resigning as leader of the conservative party and prime minister. before leaving number 10 to see the queen, she told her cabinet, "it's a funny old world." angela merkel is germany's first woman chancellor, easily securing the majority she needed.
attempts to fly a hot—air balloon had to be abandoned after a few minutes, but nobody seemed to mind very much. as one local comic put it, "it's not hot air we need, it's hard cash." cuba has declared nine days of mourning following the death of fidel castro at the age of 90. castro developed close ties with the soviet union in the 1960s. it was an alliance that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war with the cuban missile crisis. you're watching the briefing. 0ur headlines: hong kong's chief executive has acknowledged that the results of sunday's election reflected people's discontent, but offered no new concessions. a us court has ruled that a former white house counsel must testify before congress — rejecting the trump administration's argument
that white house officials cannot be compelled to do so. 30 years ago this week, the communist regime in czechoslovakia collapsed following mass popular pro—democracy protests. the velvet revolution was a peaceful transition of power from communism to democracy. it was completed when the leading dissident and playwright vaclav havel became the country's president. our world affairs editor, john simpson, who covered the events in 1989, has returned to prague to speak to some of its leading figures. nowadays, prague is relaxed, beautiful, and jampacked with tourists. you've got to be 50 or more to remember how repressed and poverty stricken it was under communism. and, how brutal. a small group of intellectuals, headed by
the world —famous playwright group of intellectuals, headed by the world—famous playwright vaclav havel had kept up their resistance ever since the russian invasion of 1968. they had been spied on, beaten up 1968. they had been spied on, beaten up and jailed for years. but by 1989, things were changing. a new generation came out onto the streets to support them. people who didn't remember 1968. this woman was one of the student leaders. nowadays, she teaches students herself, and she still remembers how amazed she was 30 years ago to see how many people had turned out to demonstrate. 30 years ago to see how many people had turned out to demonstratelj 30 years ago to see how many people had turned out to demonstrate. i was the first speaker. i could not believe it. i saw thousands and thousands of people in front of me andi thousands of people in front of me and i thought, finally, people lost fair. ithink and i thought, finally, people lost fair. i think it was a change of generations, because people like my
pa rents generations, because people like my parents who experienced 1968, the russian occupation, in their 20s, they were really scared. and we, their children, who were born around 1968, we did not have the sphere and us. but the dissidents who had stood out for years against the police state knew how repressive it could be, and when they went behind bars, people like this man could only do manual labour. as a dissident spokesman, he and his family were hounded by the secret police. they came to question my wife the day before she was supposed to go to hospital with a high risk residency. she played a hero, being interrogated, and lost the child that night. can you forgive them
now? if they came and looked me in the eyes and said i'm sorry, i would forgive them on the spot. the eyes and said i'm sorry, i would forgive them on the spotm the eyes and said i'm sorry, i would forgive them on the spot. if they don't? know. jan urban told me this in the theatre which was the dissident headquarters. it was right here that he broke the news to the other leaders that the communist regime had collapsed. it was the best revenge he could have had for the death of his unborn child. here's our briefing on some of the key events happening later. farmers from across germany will blockade streets in berlin to protest against new regulations including bans on certain weedkillers. pope francis speaks to reporters as he returns to rome after his trip to thailand and japan. and in the us, it's that time
of the year, president trump will carry out the annual turkey pardon ahead of thanksgiving on thursday. now it's time to get all the latest from the bbc sports centre. england fast bowlerjofra archer said he received racist abuse, after being dismissed in his side's defeat to new zealand. investigations are taking place, but archer, playing his first overseas test for england, spoke out on twitter. he said it was a bit disturbing hearing racial insults, the crowd were amazing this week, except for that one guy. new zealand cricket says they'll be apologising to the player, but haven't yet identified the person in question. it was obviously emotional, it hurts, we support him, obviously. there is no place for racism in the game or there is no place for racism in the
game 01’ any game. there is no place for racism in the game or any game. joff as part of oui’ game or any game. joff as part of ourteam, game or any game. joff as part of our team, whatever the abuse we would be absolutely right behind him, he is a very important part of oui’ him, he is a very important part of ourteam. real madrid, atletico madrid, manchester city and tottenham can all progress to the knockout stages of the champions league on tuesday, withjose mourinho's tottenham hosting 0lympiacos in group b. mourinho, who's won the competition with porto and inter milan, will take charge of his first home game since replacing mauricio pochettino. a win later means they'll reach the last 16. with these boys, i will never be afraid of any championship match that comes to our faces. we need to qualify, that is the focus. 0nly when my team is arriving and quarter—finals will a start having the feeling that we can do it, but in this moment, i think we are really far from it.
denver's great run of form continues in the nba. the nuggets face the washington wizards later as they aim for their 6th straight win. jamal murray has been a key part of the team this season, and grabbed 22 points in their 116—104 win over phoenix. they're currently second in the western conference. in tuesday's other game, its 4th against 3rd in the western conference, the dallas mavericks host the la clippers. finally, to one of the most outrageous goals scored in mexico, by a goalkeeper, it takes some audacity to pull this off. jose antonio rodriguez, playing for chivas, spots the opportunity with his side 2—1 up in injury time, against veracruz. he launches the ball 100 yards, with his opposite number out of position and the bounce evades the scrambling the defenders. well worth another watch. one for the highlights reel right there.
you can get all the latest sports news at our website, that's bbc.com/sport. but from me, gavin ramjaun, and the rest of the sport team, that's your tuesday sport briefing. thanks, gavin and the team for that. we ask you earlier in the programme whether you could cut back on e—mail, because it's been suggested by the brother of web inventor who has done a look into, he is a lancaster university professor, and has looked into the amount of energy thatis has looked into the amount of energy that is utilised every time we send e—mails, and this is all of us, wherever we are worldwide, and just those messages that say thank you or lol or whatever, if we cut back on those, we could actually save a lot of energy use and help the planet. many of you have been in touch. 0ne of you saying, how many unsent
e—mails would save enough energy to power one electric car for a mile. there is some signs in this article and we will talk about that in the news briefing with lawrence a little later. do stay with us. hello there, the weather is going to look very different by the end of this week md, and that comes with more wind and rain, some heavy rain and perhaps some gales in places with the west of the weather for england and wales threatening some localised flooding stopping the reason for the wet and windy weather is this area of low pressure again coming up from the south—west, this one has a bit of tropical air and it, this one has the remnants of ex— tropical storm sebastien. very mild temperatures, some cloud, the pockets of rain and drizzle, with the wet weather towards the south—west of england and wales. quite windy in the morning as well, dusts of 40 or even 50 mild an hour. that is going to push that rain
banned northward through the day, up through england and wales, likewise across northern ireland, eventually the rain arriving into central southern scotland. behind that, it may brighten up and we will get some sunshine arriving, but we have got to watch out for some heavy downpour is developing in the afternoon, particularly later in the south—east, but with this warm air coming from south, temperature could be 14 or even 50 degrees in the sunshine. more heavy rain for east anglia and the south—east of england, area of low pressure much is back towards wales and the south—west of england, and all the while we got our first rain band stuck across northern scotland. we got the windy weather through the english channel, again toward those southern coast of england through the channel islands, and we got more rain to come for england and wales, probably turning wetter later across the north—east, windy, patchy rain for the far north of scotland. a mild day, temperatures widely in
double figures once again. we start to see a few changes by the time we get into thursday, because our area of low pressure runs away into the neck —— near continent, it's going to change into something a bit colder, northerly wind that will push down the colder air across the whole of the country, could bring some patchy frost even by friday morning. thursday we still have some cloud and rain to clear away particularly from england and wales it will get brighter but colder from the north, it should be dry, brighter, with some sunshine at long last on friday, but it will feel colder everywhere.
this is the business briefing. i'm sally bundock. open sesame! alibaba shares jump in their blockbuster hong kong debut. and how not to have a rubbish christmas — is it possible to do away with unnecessary packaging over the festive season? and financial markets are riding the wave of optimism about a possible trade agreement between the us and china and a bumper week for takeover activity. alibaba shares up over 6% in hong kong.