welcome to newsday on bbc. i'm sharanjit leyl, in singapore. the headlines: serving up a thanksgiving surprise in afghanistan — president trump tells us troops the taliban's pushing for a ceasefire. the taliban wants to make a deal. it has to be a real deal but we will see. they want to make a deal because we are doing a greatjob. that is the only reason. anger at australia's bushfire crisis — after 6 deaths and widespread destruction, calls for the government to take climate change seriously. i'm nuala mcgovern, in london. also in the programme: shame and suicide in south korea —
claims the law is failing victims of spy camera crime. a race against time in the philippines. delays and corruption claims overshadow saturday's opening of the southeast asian games. 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 4:30 in the morning in afghanistan, where president trump has made an unannounced trip to visit american troops. in his first trip to afghanistan since taking office, he said washington was substantially reducing troop numbers in the country, although he did not provide specific numbers. the visit comes a week after a prisoner swap with the taliban aimed at restarting talks with the group.
chris buckler reports from washington donald trump arrived in afghanistan ona trip donald trump arrived in afghanistan on a trip surrounded by secrecy and a huge amount of security. the white house said the was intended to support show support for trips during america's thanks giving holiday and he made a point of serving food to soldiers thousands of miles away from their families. while they insist the visit is not connected with peace talks with the taliban, it comes after a prisoner swab. as mrtrump taliban, it comes after a prisoner swab. as mr trump met afghanistan's president, he confirmed peace dogs had restarted, a couple of months after they started to appear to collapse. the taliban wants to make a deal. we will see if they make a deal. we will see. they only want to make a deal because you are doing a greatjob.
make a deal because you are doing a great job. this was the us president second visit to an active conflict zone since taking office. last christmas he fled to iraq stop while he has praised the work of american troops in the middle east he has made no secret of his desire for them to leave and his results seems to have been hardened since the death of islamic state leader abu bakr al—baghdadi. death of islamic state leader abu bakr al-baghdadi. he is dead, his second is that, i think the third does not want the job. mr trump has again emphasised that the soldiers should be going home. while the president stated that the us would be substantially reducing its presence in afghanistan he did not give numbers or a timeframe. let's take a look at some of the day's other news: more than 30 people have been killed in iraq on one of the bloodiest days since anti—government protests began last month. iraqis have been taking to the streets to demand more jobs, an end to corruption and better public services. martin patience reports.
in every the security forces are firing on their own people. the government because of these restoring order. here in the southern city of nazarova, many protesters pa id southern city of nazarova, many protesters paid with their lives. erotic ‘s younger generation are fighting back. —— iraqi. they want jobs, government services and, despite the dangers, they are putting their bodies on the line. the government is cracking down hard but two months on, the demonstrators are still on the streets. here in the capital, baghdad, they are choking on teargas. but the rage is being felt across the country. in
the south, protesters said a consulate on fire. they blame iran for interfering in iraq's affairs. young protesters want a new iraq, a country that works for them. also making news today: the police commander in charge on the day of britain's worst sporting disaster, at the hillsborough football stadium 30 years ago, has been cleared of the gross negligence manslaughter of 95 liverpool fans. the jury returned a not guilty verdict at the retrial of david duckenfield, months after the original trialjury failed to reach a verdict. north korea's state media says that its leader kim jong—un oversaw a successful test of a super—large multiple launch rocket system and expressed great satisfaction. south korea's military said north korea fired two short—range projectiles into the sea, off its east coast on thursday. kim jong un has set an end—year
deadline to kick—start the denuclearisation talks with washington. in football, the owners of the english premier league champions, manchester city, have agreed a deal to buy a majority stake in the indian side, mumbai city. it means the club's parent company, city football group, now has stakes in eight teams around the world. the first funerals have been held in vietnam for some of the 39 people found dead in a refrigerated lorry in britain last month. families of 16 of the victims have held services. the bodies of the other people who died are expected to be returned to vietnam from the uk this weekend. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford reports. a single drum sounded as two young cousins were laid to rest in a cemetery in rural vietnam.
nguyen van hung was 33, hoang van tiep just 18. they died together in the back of a lorry trailer crossing the english channel to britain. hoang van tiep's grieving father says he is now glad his son is home. in all, 39 people died in the trailer, the first 16 bodies were flown back yesterday... ..and driven out to their villages in vietnam's poorer provinces. the cousins' funeral was the first. the priest using it to warn young people of the dangers of leaving their homeland to seek greater wealth overseas. in the village of dien thinh it was the largest funeral anyone can remember. for two young cousins who left with high hopes, but died locked in the back
of a trailer in a way that nobody wants to imagine. daniel sandford, bbc news. china has warned the united states that it will retaliate, after president trump signed two bills supporting pro—democracy activists in hong kong. the new law sets up an annual review to check if hong kong has enough autonomy to justify its special trading status with the us — a status which currently exempts it from sanctions against the rest of china. protesters in hong kong responded by staging what they called a "thanksgiving" rally to the united states, with thousands gathering in the heart of the city. the new law also threatens sanctions for human rights violations, an announcement welcomed by the protesters. i think it is very important because we have... we are not strong enough to go against the chinese government and we hope the american government can support us. we are here because
we know the us has passed the act for hong kong this morning and we are very thankful that and when you're was thanksgiving and we especially to thank the united states citizens and also the president, donald trump, for supporting hong kong and being on our side. if the us government determines hong kong is not sufficiently autonomous than they can enact these sanctions which will hurt hong kong but also the chinese government so it is a way to warn beijing not to interfere with hong kong's autonomy. a climate sit—in is underway in sydney. the theme is ‘bushfire response.‘ why? because of the fires which hit large parts of new south wales and queensland. the fires have taken away lives and homes, and sent haze into sydney, australia's largest city. the bbc‘s phil mercer has been speaking to 18—year—old
shiann broderick, who lost her home in the recent fires. the bushfire prices in new south wales has claimed six lives and almost 700 homes have been destroyed. authorities say dozens of blazes continued to burn across australia's most populous state. in northern new south wales, this young girl ‘s home but down. northern new south wales, this young girl 's home but down. tell us what happened to you 7 girl 's home but down. tell us what happened to you? on friday eighth november we had to evacuate our property and get some of our things together and leave because we had an evacuation wanting. we did not realise how severe the fire was that was about to hit us so my house bent down and many of my friends, we had over 80 houses in the area bent and many other sheds and machineries so
thatis many other sheds and machineries so that is people ‘s livelihood, if they rely on that, and itjust swept through the entire area. it was unstoppable. the raf did everything they could do but it was a fire that was over a0 metres high. they could do but it was a fire that was over 40 metres high. the prime minister of australia scott morrison has criticised local council leaders for linking the fire emergency to global warming. what is your view on that? if we cannot talk about climate change when we are feeling the effects of climate change when can we? we need drastic climate action are right now because of this is only going to get worse. you are 18, just graduated from high school, why are you and thousands of other people like you across australia and other countries demonstrating today? we are out here to demand climate action from the government because we are the ones, the youth, are going to be feeling the impact from
the climate emergency the most. we are already feeling these impacts but it is only going to get worse. travelling down from northern new south wales for the protests. they have really begun in new zealand stop in australia they will be taking place across the country. the focus will be on the link between the bush emergency, the bushfire emergency and climate change. there will be other environmental rallies ride around the world. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: calls in south korea for tougher penalties for spy camera offenders, following the suicide of k—pop superstar goo hara. also on the programme: will the philippines be ready for the southeast asian games, due to open on saturday? complaints mount about a lack of transport and unfinished facilities.
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this is newsday on the bbc. i'm sharanjit leyl, in singapore. i'm nuala mcgovern, in london. our top stories: president trump has made an unannounced trip to afghanistan, telling us troops he believes the taliban are open to ceasefire. as australia's bushfire crisis continues, protestors in sydney have demanded the government takes climate change seriously. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. we start with singapore's straits times, which is reporting that beijing has summoned the us ambassador over the new us laws supporting the pro—democracy movement in hong kong. the paper says china's vice foreign minister told the ambassador washington must immediately stop interfering in china's internal affairs. the financial times has an interview with the former chief executive of nissan, who says the company has been damaged by japanese nationalists.
hiroto saikawa says there some who wanted to unwind nissan's 20—year alliance with french carmaker renault. and the front page of the japan times features this balloon created by the 90—year—old japanese contemporary artist yayoi kusama for macy's thanksgiving parade in new york. the three—storey—high inflatable is called love flies up to the sky. the philippines is hosting the southeast asian games sporting event, but has been widely criticised for a messy build—up to saturday's opening ceremony. reports have surfaced of unfinished construction, transport delays, complaints about food, and poor media facilities. so what is the truth, in reality, and what might it mean for the philippines' image?
with me for more on this is our philippines correspondent howard johnson, who is outside the main stadium in clark city. now, obviously that stadium looks pretty new and it looks ready behind you, howard, but lots and lots of criticism about how they are simply not ready for these games. how is this impacting the philippines and its reputation? yes, it has been a war of words this week about whether the games are ready to go. we have been looking around the stadium this week to get an idea. earlier on we went to the stadium where the foot or matches are taking place already, the football, the ice—skating and the football, the ice—skating and the water polo begin before the official opening ceremony tomorrow —— football. we saw that that was actually a shambolic affair. there we re actually a shambolic affair. there were lots of building works going on in the build—up to the game, red carpet is being taxed down, the bathrooms weren't completed. here is a different story. at the athletic stadium, we had a look around yesterday. it is world—class in
there. it is really world—class in there. it is really world—class in there. and the aquatic centre is already top—quality. in the athletes' village, on the face of it, it looks like it is good to go. but we had a tour around yesterday, we had a look around the back of some of the blocks of these apartments are for the athletes, and we could see that at least three of them were not completed. there were lots of building tools, and we could see workmen sitting around, still just days before the opening ceremony. so there has been a war of words online about really how prepared the country is. a war of words online, and also a war of words online, and also a war of words online, and also a war of words on that cauldron that we can see behind you, howard. apparently it's cost $1 million. it's by a late filipino artist. lots of concerns that there is simply overspending and some level of corruption here. well, these are the allegations. they say that this cauldron here cost 900,000 us dollars, nearly $1 million. 0ne opposition senator raised questions about why it would cost so much. he said why not spend that on classrooms, in a country
where education is sorely needed, where education is sorely needed, where a boost is really needed for the people who need more schools and more classrooms. however, the organising committee said, well, this is nonsense. singapore in 2015 spent $1.3 million on their cauldron, so this has become a debate here, a symbol perhaps for the games, and perhaps overspending. but there will be an investigation when these games are over about these allegations, and also the organising committee chairman has said that he will look into these allegations of fake news as well. fans of the k—pop superstar goo hara are calling for more to be done to help the victims of so—called spy camera crimes in south korea. the singer and actress took her own life earlier this week. she had spent the last year in a public court battle claiming her ex—boyfriend had threatened to release a sex tape of the couple. 0ur seoul correspondent
laura bicker has this report. the 28—year—old took her own life just weeks after finding out a male colleague had secretly filmed her in the nurse's changing room. she suffered from frequent nightmares. she felt he was still watching her. translation: you can still kill someone translation: you can still kill someone without using weapons. the impact of this crime can differ from person to person. some might be able to pull through. 0thers, person to person. some might be able to pull through. others, like my daughter, might not. her parents are furious that the culprit was sentenced to ten months in prison. translation: people don't take it seriously. even me, i used to think something like this can be manageable. but when it became my issue, it felt huge. translation:
the sentencing is so weak. tens of thousands of fans of k—pop superstar goo hara agree with them. the singer and actress took her own life earlier this week. she had spent a year battling a high—profile case, claiming her ex—boyfriend was threatening to release a sex tape. he was given a suspended sentence. her supporters started a petition calling for tougher penalties for all offenders. illicit filming or so—called spy cam claims are endemic in south korea. most of those found guiltyjust in south korea. most of those found guilty just receive in south korea. most of those found guiltyjust receive a fine. translation: yes, the sentencing is too lenient. it is because there are just too many cases. because it is so prevalent, the courts don't take it seriously. and also, because men do not experience it. so we have come to this motel room to show you just how easy it is to hide a spy
camera. it is this, right on top of the television. this one has been made to look like a shirt button. they come in all shapes and sizes. they come in all shapes and sizes. the footage from this can be uploaded onto your phone in seconds, and within minutes it is on the internet. campaigners say only tougher sentences will act as a real deterrent, but there is hope that things are changing. this is the hope of eun—ju's parents, as they prepare for a battle in court. translation: i'm going to go till the end, all the way to the supreme court. british scientists are creating a blueprint for bands and pop stars so they can continue to perform live music without contributing to climate change. the tyndall centre for climate change research is using tour data donated by the group massive attack. laura foster reports.
# teardrop on the fire. # fearless on my breath... since they broke out onto the global music scene in the ‘90s, massive attack have sold millions of albums and toured the world. but, after spending time with the environmental campaign group extinction rebellion, they have become more aware of the damage that live music can cause the planet. they could have decided to never tour again, but instead wanted to help solve the problem by teaming up with scientists who will look at every aspect of their tour and help them reduce their carbon emissions to zero, or as close to zero as possible. whenever a sort of celebrity, if you like, dares to say that they want system change to tackle climate change, people often line up to say this is very hypocritical,
because they're part of a very high—carbon sector. and what's really exciting about this project is saying, well, yeah, it is a high carbon sector, and we need to try and tackle that, because every sector has to be part of the transition to a low—carbon economy. # i hear jerusalem bells are ringing... it is not the first time musicians have spoken out about this issue. last week, coldplay announced it was why they wouldn't go on tour with their latest album. and fans of billie eilish can earn free concert tickets by fighting climate change. # really hurt me, baby. # really cut me, baby. # how can you have a day without a night? given fans tend to idolise their favourite bands and artists, it is hoped that if more musicians are seen to be acting sustainably, it will encourage more of us to do the same. laura foster, bbc news. millions of americans have been sitting down for their turkey dinner as they celebrate thanksgiving,
and us astronauts on the international space station won't be missing out. that is the crew on board, showing off the less—than—slap—up meal they will be enjoying. we've got vegetables, of course, green beans and potatoes that we will warm up. and of course, smoked turkey in a pouch. we have seen plenty of celebrations already across the states, despite the best efforts of the weather to ruin things. the giant balloons in the annual macy's thanksgiving day parade were given the all—clear to fly, after fears that strong winds could ground them. thousands of onlookers lined the city's streets to watch the parade, which is in it's 93rd year. dangerous storms and heavy snow are moving across the states from the west coast to the midwest, with about 21 million people in areas affected by the bad weather. the result of these conditions is travel chaos. thanksgiving is a very busy period for airlines,
and the storms have caused huge delays. away from the weather, and here is an example of how not to deep—fry your thanksgiving turkey. the phoenix fire department have filmed this video of them placing a frozen turkey in a vat of boiling oil. the results, as you can see, are pretty spectacular. their top tip is to fully thaw the turkey before deep—frying it. and i would sayjust roast it. you have been watching newsday. i'm nuala mcgovern in london. and i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. stay with us. it is black friday, but should it be bleak friday? we look at the environmental costs of the annual shopping bonanza. it will be interesting to see how it turns out. that's all for now. stay with bbc world news.
hello there. yesterday we had much brighter weather push into northern areas of the uk, so through the afternoon, in scotland we had skies like these. a bit of sunshine coming through. that was one of our weather watch pictures from around about the fort william area in the highlands. the sunny skies were associated with the cold air, and that cold air is pushing southwards. and so it is going to bring a change in our weather. a change to drier weather, with more sunshine to go around. but cold by day and by night, with some sharp overnight frost just around the corner. indeed, for those of you getting up early on friday, we are looking at a cold start to the day. the risk of a few icy stretches as rain clears, and temperatures drop away. showers continue to affect
northern and eastern scotland and some of our eastern coastal counties of england. but across inland areas, particularly for northern half of the uk, it is a cold start to the day, with a touch of frost outside. now, through friday morning, there will be plenty of sunshine for the vast jollity of the country. will be plenty of sunshine for the vastjollity of the country. but again, some patchy cloud coming and going across northern scotland and running down these eastern coastal areas of scotland and england as well, bringing plenty of showers to these coastal areas. inland, though, plenty of sunshine. through the afternoon, temperatures are struggling. just 3— seven celsius, something like that. and then as we had to friday evening and overnight, we keep those clear skies. could be a few mist and fog patches forming, but it's going to be a cold night, with a widespread and sharp frost developing for most areas of the country. well, that takes us into the weekend, and high pressure is still with us for the most part, bringing a continuation of the dry, settled, sunny story. but this low pressure gets close enough to the south—west to threaten a bit of rain into south—west england. certainly there will be more cloud across the south—western areas, and a cold wind
will develop as well. elsewhere, a few mist and fog patches to start the day. slow to clear, but for most of us, more in the way of sunshine again. there will be a few showers coming and going in northern areas of scotland. now, through saturday evening, that rain could extend a little bit further eastwards, to threaten dorset, perhaps into the isle of wight for a time, before pulling back southwards as the low pressure m oves pulling back southwards as the low pressure moves south into france. high—pressure then takes over. could have this little weather front in northern scotland bring some slightly thicker cloud here on sunday, and a greater number of showers moving across the far north. a change in the wind direction brings showers into the thames estuary, so it will likely be quite wet at times into the north—east of kent. but away from these areas, plenty of sunshine again. after a cold and frosty start, tempered this 4- cold and frosty start, tempered this a— seven celsius, and we keep the cold weather for the first half of the new week. it gets milder towards the new week. it gets milder towards the end of next week. that's your weather.
i'm nuala mcgovern with bbc world news. our top story: president trump has made a surprise thanksgiving appearance in afghanistan to visit us troops, his first trip to the country as president. mr trump told them he believed the taliban would agree to a ceasfire and their efforts, and those of afghan soldiers, had led to the insurgents wanting to make a deal. as australia's bushfire crisis continues, protestors in sydney have demanded the government takes climate change seriously. fires have killed at least six people and devastated parts of new south wales and queensland. and these pictures are trending on bbc they're of an 18 thousand year old puppy, found in siberia, though scientists have been unable to determine whether it's a dog or a wolf. the animal has been remarkably preserved in the snow and ice, with its fur and teeth all intact. stay with bbc world news