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welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore, i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines... a closer military alliance between the us, britain, and australia. president biden makes it clear where the focus will be. the future of each of our nations, and indeed, the world, depends on a free and open indo—pacific, and during and flourishing in the decades ahead. america's most decorated gymnast, simone biles, breaks down as she talks about the abuse she and her colleagues suffered at the hands of their team doctor. i blame larry nassar, and i also blame... entire system that enabled and perpetrated his abuse. britain has a new foreign secretary
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— liz truss, who replaces dominic raab, demoted for his much—criticised handling of the afghanistan withrawal. it's part of a significant re—shuffle. she left the uk to be an islamic state bride. now shamima begum tells the bbc she wants to help the fight against terrorism. and the photo—sharing app instagram may have a harmful effect on teenagers, according to research by its owners facebook. live from our studio in singapore. this is bbc news. it's newsday. it's 6am in singapore, 6pm in the evening in washington, ”pm in london, and 8am in canberra — where the us, the uk, and australia have just announced
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a landmark security pact. it will see more shared intelligence, pooling of some resources, and new deals on providing military hardware. but hovering in the background seems to be the growing military power of china. more on that in just a moment — but first, here's how us presidentjoe biden and uk prime minister borisjohnson characterised the new pact. we all recognise the imperative of ensuring peace and stability in the indo—pacific over the long—term. we need to be able to address both the current strategic environment in the region and how it may evolve. because the future of each of our nations, and indeed the world, depends on a free and open indo—pacific enduring and flourishing in the decades ahead. we will have a new opportunity to reinforce britain's place at the leading edge of science, strengthening our national expertise, and perhaps most significantly, the uk, australia, and the us
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will be joined even more closely together. i'm joined now by our correspondent shaimaa khalil, who's in sydney. she's been watching that announcement very closely. great to have you on newsday today, along with president biden and the british prime minister, we also heard from scott morrison. australia has had very specific concerns about military defence in this region — talk us through some of the main issues. ~ ~ ~ , ., ., , ., issues. well, i think australia, you know, issues. well, i think australia, you know. sees — issues. well, i think australia, you know, sees this _ issues. well, i think australia, you know, sees this as, _ issues. well, i think australia, you know, sees this as, in _ issues. well, i think australia, you know, sees this as, in no - issues. well, i think australia, you| know, sees this as, in no uncertain terms, its position in the uk and the us�*s interests, military interests in the region. i think two things come out for australia from this joint statement and things come out for australia from thisjoint statement and joint things come out for australia from this joint statement and joint press conference — one i think is the practical issue, if you will, so the
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boost to its defence system and the nuclear powered submarines, but also the statement says that it will be a sharing of other technologies, cyber technologies and capabilities, artificial intelligence, and official undersea capabilities it mentions, though it gives no details. so all of that no doubt gives australia a more robust military infrastructure, and it will be seen notjust in this country, but i think in the region as a whole as a commitment from the uk and the us as partners to stabilise and, to use another word that was mentioned in that statement, use this as a deterring defence capability in the region. i think another important thing, if you will, is the optics of it. i mean, you had the leaders of the three country countries, joe biden, borisjohnson, and scott morrison all speaking about defending, again, to use the same phrase, ourshared defending, again, to use the same phrase, our shared interests in the
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indo—pacific. so again, we've known and talked a lot about what australia has with those two countries, but now it's also about military capabilities.— countries, but now it's also about military capabilities. thank you for those thoughts. _ i'm joined now by our north america correspondent david willis in los angeles. great to have you on newsday. just talk us through some of the things that present biden spoke about, making very clear the strategic partnership, even though he didn't say it in his remarks, is definitely china in many ways dutch president biden. , . ,., china in many ways dutch president biden. , . ., �* biden. very much so, and joe biden has made no _ biden. very much so, and joe biden has made no secret _ biden. very much so, and joe biden has made no secret of— biden. very much so, and joe biden has made no secret of his _ biden. very much so, and joe biden has made no secret of his concernsl has made no secret of his concerns about china and its growing power, its growing ambitions in the region. he sees it quite simply as a fight between democracy and autocracy, if you like, almost between a good and evil. and his concerns, as far as the us is concerned, regarding china
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are those competing claims over the south china sea, china's increasing disregard it seems for human rights in hong kong, and so on — plus, of course, the ongoing cyber warfare between china and the united states. in crucial to all this, as far as the united states is concerned, is preserving those crucial trade routes in the indo—pacific, those trade routes which bring oilfrom the middle east, which bring raw materials from africa, hence speaking in the last hour, the president spoke of a new phase of security operation connecting america's existing alliances in new ways. this agreement, he said, was designed to bring peace and stability to the indo—pacific in the long term. stability to the indo-pacific in the lona term. . , ., , long term. david willis there for us on that story. _ long term. david willis there for us on that story, thank _
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long term. david willis there for us on that story, thank you _ long term. david willis there for us on that story, thank you for- long term. david willis there for us on that story, thank you forjoining| on that story, thank you forjoining us on newsday. you can find much more on this story on our website. we have all the details on the new pact, as well as some analysis from our defence correspondent, jonathan beale. just log on to and follow the links. let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines. the international criminal court has authorised an investigation into the philippine president, rodrigo duterte, for possible crimes against humanity. the court said there's evidence that his "war on drugs" was a systematic attack on the civilian population. the un security council is expected to hold an emergency session to discuss missile tests which have been carried out by both north and south korea. the north koreans have warned that relations with the south could be "completely destroyed" by the illogical acts of the government in seoul. still to come a bit later in the programme:
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claims that facebook glossed over warnings its messaging app instagram could be having a harmful effect on many teenagers. but first... borisjohnson has sacked several senior government ministers in a major reshuffle of his cabinet. dominic raab, who was on holiday when the taliban marched into kabul, has been replaced as foreign secretary. thatjob will now be taken on by the former international trade secretary, liz truss. our political editor laura kuennsberg reports. nerves all round. who's out, and who's in, prime minister? l reshuffles matter, who the boss wants in, and who the boss wants out. to start, where would he end up? the black belt foreign secretary who is in charge in his grecian holiday after the fall of kabul. after
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lengthy conversations, perhaps a dollop of confrontation... have you still got a job, sir? ..the former lawyer takes charge of the courts and prisons at the justice department. it is not clear if number ten had bargained on giving him the bauble of deputy prime minister, too, but he emerged with that, a title that has not been held since 2015. are you expecting a promotion? his replacement, liz truss, much loved by tory members, moving up into herfifthjob at the cabinet table. the prime minister has put together a strong and united team which is going to deliver for the uk. we're determined to deliver the people's priorities and help level up the country. but time waits for no minister. for a quartet of the cabinet, the clock ran down on their time in office. robert was an unlucky name today — robertjenrick from housing, and robert buckland from justice both out, but spared the shame of a sacking in downing street, their own statements on social media sufficed.
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along with the predicted departure of the now former education secretary, gavin williamson. i sort of have to do quite a few tests. who many would claim failed rather a lot of those tests, in charge of confusion over exam grades and millions of school pupils during the pandemic. taking his place, nadim zahawi, with a huge thumbs up from downing street after overseeing the vaccine programme. promotion for him to the education department. nadine tories has been promoted to look after culture and sport. watch they upset back in 2016 when there want to be a leader pulled out of his first bid for number ten. and
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otherfellow of his first bid for number ten. and other fellow travellers are at the top table, too. a grinning michael gove... the downing street wants us to be a day for the doers. the top ranked around here, who number ten hopes can get things done. a day of many moves, a day when political fortunes rise and fall. laura kuennsberg reporting there. let's turn to washington now, where four female american gymnasts have been giving heart—breaking testimony about how a trusted doctor was able to abuse them, despite the alarm being raised. they were some of the sport's biggest names, and all were victims of larry nasser, team usa's gymnastics doctor. the director of the fbi told the same senate committee there was no excuse for the way his organisation had failed to act. nomia iqbal reports.
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the world witnessed her mental struggles at the tokyo 0lympics. today, simone biles spoke about exactly what had impacted her. i don't want another young gymnast, 0lympic athlete, or any individual to experience the horror that i and hundreds of others have endured. the most successful gymnast of all time, she recalled the abuse she suffered at the hands of her former coach. to be clear, i blame larry nassar, and i also blame... entire system that enabled and perpetrated his abuse. simone biles and three of her former team—mates appeared in front of the senate judiciary committee to testify about the abuse they suffered at the hands of nassar. he's serving a life sentence in jail for sexually abusing hundreds of girls. an investigation into how the fbi handled the case has already catalogued failures and lies told by agents — none of whom have been prosecuted.
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michaela maroney was one of the first to report abuse in july of 2015. i answered all of their questions honestly and clearly, and i discussed all of my molestations i had endured by nassar to them in extreme detail. she said she felt, even when she had finally spoken out, her concerns were being dismissed. i began crying at the memory over the phone, and there was just dead silence. i was so shocked at the agent's silence and disregard for my trauma after that minute of silence, he asked, "is that all." it would be more than a year before the fbi investigated the allegations, allowing nassar to continue his contact with children. today, the fbi director, who took the top agency job after the case was reported, said sorry. and i'm especially sorry- that there were people at the fbi who had their own chance to stop this monster back _ in 2015 and failed. and that is inexcusable, -
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it never should've happened, and we're doing everything. in our power to make sure it never happens again. a report by the department ofjustice found two fbi officials lied during interviews to cover up their errors. the fbi says one of those officials was fired last week. this hearing is the first public questioning of the case, but also one of the last opportunities for the athletes to get justice. they have called on the committee to ensure that was mishandled the case will be held accountable. nomia iqbal, bbc news, washington. such a powerful testimony and such bravery from those girls. if you want to get in touch with me, i'm on twitter — @bbckarishma. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: a report from one of afghanistan's biggest cities, on how taliban rule is having a profound effect on everyday life.
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30 hours after the earthquake that devastated mexico city, rescue teams still have no idea just how many people have died. well, there's people alive, and there's people not alive. we're just helping and giving them whatever we've got. a state funeral has been held for princess grace of monacol at the church where she married prince rainier 26 years ago. - it looked as though they had come to fight a war, but their mission is to bring peace to east timor — and nowhere on earth needs it more badly. the government's case is being forcefully presented by the justice minister. he's campaigned vigorously for abolition, having once witnessed one of his clients being executed. elizabeth seton spent much of her time at this grotto — and every year, hundreds of pilgrimages are made here. now that she's become a saint,
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it's expected that this area will be inundated with tourists. the mayor and local businessmen regard the anticipated boom as yet another blessing of saint elizabeth. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm karishma vaswani in singapore. 0ur headlines... the leaders of the us, britain, and australia have agreed a military pact to boost their influence in the indo—pacific, where china has expanded its military presence. four us gymnasts, including simone biles, have testified before a senate committee hearing — giving evidence over the fbi's failures in its sex abuse investigation of their former team doctor, larry nassar. it's just over a month since the taliban swept to power in afghanistan. they entered kabul on 15 august — turning history on its head. the taliban are still transitioning from an "insurgent force" to a government. they face a mounting economic
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crisis and scepticism over their commitment to human rights. today, we take a snapshot of life under the taliban outside the capital, in the north of the country. secunder kermani and cameraman malik mu—dassir have sent this report from mazari sharif. crossing into the islamic emirate, a cargo train from uzbekistan. this is now passport control. the taliban even have their own stamps. an hour's drive away, the city of mazar—i—sharif. 0n the surface, life appears to be continuing as normal, though many are suffering, with a shortage of cash in banks. this was the blue mosque, the city's cultural heart, shortly before the taliban takeover last month. now the group have allocated separate visiting times for men and women. some are still coming, but there seem significantly
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fewer than before. my host here is a leading local taliban figure. your critics would say you are killing off the cultural life in this country. and why do you need to change the culture? what's wrong about the culture that was already here? everyone was muslim... we literallyjust came out of the blue mosque and saw a crowd gathered in the city centre. we made our way to the middle of it and there are four dead
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bodies laid out here. one of them has a note on top of it saying, "these men were kidnappers — anyone who wants to do the same, this is going to be their punishment." all around me, there is a huge crowd of people trying to push their way forward to have a look at the site. a group of young children were rescued by the taliban from the kidnappers. many praise the group for tackling violent crime that had plagued major cities. but many others here don't feel safe. private universities like this one have reopened. female and male students are separated by a curtain, as per new taliban rules. but with money tight in the future unclear, only a handful are turning up.
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how does it feel, studying but not knowing whether you will be able to work or not in the future? the last time the taliban were in power, they imposed even more restrictions. but however they may have evolved since then, afghan cities have changed much more. the taliban control the country, but still need to win hearts and minds. secunder kermani, bbc news, mazar—i—sharif. incredible reporting there. i want to bring you this story now. shamima begum, who left the uk as a teenager tojoin the islamic state group in syria, has begged to be allowed to return to the uk, insisting she could help in the fight against terror. the 22—year—old, who has been living in a syrian refugee camp for the past two years since her british citizenship was revoked, claimed she had been
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"groomed" to flee to syria as a "dumb" and impressionable child. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford has more. this was shamima begum in february 2019, as she emerged from the collapse of the islamic state group's brutal rule in syria. she told bbc news that weekend that she could see justification for the manchester arena bombing, as retaliation for the deaths of children in is territory. this is shamima begum in her latest bbc interview, her hair uncovered and asking for forgiveness for joining islamic state. isis ruined people's lives. isis ruined my life, my family's life, and i will have to live with that. i mean, when you think back to being part of a group that did commit genocide, that did murder, that did carry out attacks around the world, how does that feel? it makes me sick to my stomach, really. it makes me...
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it makes me hate myself. shamima begum had left home in east london, aged 15, with two school friends. they travelled through turkey to syria and married islamic state fighters. at the time, is were beheading hostages and throwing gay men from high buildings. she was stripped of her uk citizenship because of intelligence about what she'd done during her time with is. the decision to take away shamima begum's british citizenship was made by sajid javid when he was in charge here at the home office. today, he said of the intelligence that he saw at the time, "if you knew what i knew, you would've made exactly the same decision." shamima! shamima begum is still in a camp in kurdish—held territory. her three young children by an is fighter all died of malnutrition and disease as islamic state's so—called caliphate collapsed. now she is offering to help prevent other girls being groomed by extremists, despite herself being regarded as a threat to national security.
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i could advise people who are in counterterrorism the tactics that groups like isis use to persuade people to come here and ways to speak to people who may be potentially radicalised and ways to speak to them to persuade them not to go and to not be radical. presenting the image of a modern british woman, she wants to win her citizenship back, but the current home secretary is still vigorously opposing that in the courts. daniel sandford, bbc news, at the home office. the photo sharing app instagram could be having a harmful effect on many teenagers, particularly girls, according to internal research carried out by facebook — the company that owns it. an investigation by the wall street journal found that facebook had conducted in—depth studies showing the dangers of the photo—sharing app, while playing down the issue in public. angus crawford reports.
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a girl with so much to live for, bright and talented. molly russell took her own life in 2017. she was just 1a. after her death, on her instagram account, her family found a stream of dark, depressing content and, in part, blame it for her death. now, the wall streetjournal has published internal facebook research labelled "a teen mental health deep dive". itfound... it admitted... and... i don't know, i was sick to the pit of my stomach. it was dreadful... molly's father ian is appalled. if they know more about it and they're not doing something about it, then they're culpable in a really dreadful way, because this potentially could cost lives. no—one at facebook hq
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in london was available to talk about instagram, which it also owns, but it did release a blog. the company said it stood by the research, even though it claimed that the wall streetjournal had focused on a "limited set of findings". it also claimed that "wider research on the effects of social media on people's well—being" was "mixed". and finally, it claimed that it was doing extensive work to make instagram "a safe and supportive place". instagram sells itself as a place forfun, friendship, but the company's known for years, for some young people, it's a much, much darker place. angus crawford, bbc news. let's take you to cape canaveral in florida now, where final preparations are under way for the first space flight to be manned entirely by amateur astronauts.
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you can see them here, inside the capsule. they are getting ready inside the capsule, blast off is just after midnight. that's all for now, stay with bbc world news. hello. autumn is now gently, slowly but surely, creeping in across the northern hemisphere. 0ur days are getting shorter, but there is still some warmth in the september sunshine. and certainly, it was a good—looking day across a large swathe of the uk on wednesday, although scotland and northern ireland did get lumbered with more in the way of cloud and some outbreaks of rain. we should see more sunshine here, though, in the next few days. another sign, though, that autumn is upon us is the presence of some early morning mist and fog. the reason it'll be drier for scotland on thursday is high pressure starting to extend up here. it's also the reason, though, that i think we will see some early mist and fog under the ridge where we've had light winds overnight. the sun, however, should burn that
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back pretty quickly, and then a lot of fine weather and sunshine to come through on thursday. we lose any early showers in the northeast of scotland, temperatures 21—22 celsius. through the afternoon, though, more cloud starting to show its hand into northern ireland — that's the forerunner of this weather front that will push into the west of the uk for friday daytime. we move through thursday evening into the small hours of friday, and we get the rain into northern ireland. it's quite patchy across western scotland, it stays dry across england and wales. a mild enough night, temperatures in double figures — up to 15 celsius in belfast, where we get quite a strong southerly wind as this weather front pushes in. it will move its way into the west of the uk, but then it kind of grinds to a halt, actually, for friday. so, because it does that, that means the rain willjust keep on coming for the likes of northern ireland, possibly for the southwest of scotland. later on in the day, some downpours for the southwest of scotland and for wales. but it's northern ireland stuck under the cloud
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and with the rain on friday. quite breezy here, as well, quite gusty winds at times. big contrast between east and west — just mid—teens, the temperatures in the midwest under the rain. we could still see maybe 22—23 celsius in the sunshine further east. 0ur front will gradually make its way eastwards across the uk through the weekend. for scotland and northern ireland, i think it'll bring some patchy cloud. but for england and wales, it does bring the threat of perhaps some quite punchy showers, longer, more persistent outbreaks of rain at times. certainly saturday looks like it could be quite wet across england and wales. the showers should thin out somewhat for sunday.
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this is bbc news.
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the headlines... the united states, britain and australia have announced a landmark security pact that will involve building a fleet of nuclear—powered submarines for the australian navy. there are concerns about china's growing military presence in the indo—pacific region. four us gymnasts, including america's most successful, simone biles, have testified at a senate committee hearing over the fbi's failures in its sex abuse investigation of the former team doctor larry nassar. the british prime minister, borisjohnson, has sacked several senior government ministers in a cabinet reshuffle of his cabinet. dominic raab is replaced as foreign secretary by liz truss. shamima begum, who left the uk as a teenager to join the islamic state group in syria, has begged to be allowed to return to the uk, insisting she could help in the fight against terror.


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