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welcome to newsday. reporting live from singapore, i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines... buckingham palace announces queen elizabeth won't be travelling to glasgow next week for a major climate summit on the advice of her doctors. the united states revokes china telecom's authority to operate in america, citing "national security concerns." a vote in brazil on president bolsonaro�*s handling of covid. a report recommends he be tried for crimes against humanity. a stark warning from the un. it says the current plans of governments around the world to cut carbon fall well short of what's needed to avoid dangerous climate change. and can lego save the world's endangered coral reefs?
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scientists use the famous plastic blocks to try to repair undersea damage. live from our studio in singapore... this is bbc news. it's newsday. hello and welcome to the programme. it's been announced within the past few hours that queen elizabeth will not be attending the global climate summit hosted by britain, which will begin this weekend. the queen, who's 95, had been expected to play a key role in welcoming world leaders to the gathering in glasgow. instead, she'll record a special video message for delegates. our royal correspondent, jonny dymond, has the latest. this time last week, a reception for business leaders at windsor castle, and then a trip to northern
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ireland was cancelled and a visit to hospital substituted. today, it was back to official engagements where a beaming queen gave a virtual audience to the new korean ambassador, but this evening, a palace statement, came out... i'm quite sure at the back of her mind is that she wants to be absolutely fine and fighting fit on the 14th of november for remembrance sunday, the most sacred day in her calendar. to go to glasgow and to stand in a room full of coughing delegates from all over the world is probably an engagement too far. the message from the palace, remain calm, the queen is still carrying out official engagements, and she spoke
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to the chancellor about his budgetjust a few hours ago and she will address the delegates to the conference, albeit by video, and the journey to glasgow, however, was just too long for her doctors liking. for her doctors�* liking. the climate change conference is close to the heart of the queen, and when opening the welsh parliament a few weeks ago, she was overheard complaining about those who had about those who hadn't said whether they would turn up. and at the queen's absence is a blow for the conference and its organiser, the government. meetingg the queen is an experience few turn down, even if you forget 7 meeting the queen is an experience that very few turned down, and even if you are forget. jonny dymond, bbc news. the united states has revoked china telecom's licence to operate in the country, citing national security concerns. the chinese state owned entity has 60 days to dismantle its
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us operations, a decision that could reignite tensions between the two powers. it also marks a further move towards bipartisanship in washington in opposition to beijing. following recommendation made under the trump administration, the fcc under biden appointee jessica rosenworcel found that china telecom america was subject to influence and control by the chinese state and could be forced to comply with order�*s from beijing without judicial oversight from us authorities. there was therefore a sigfnificant risk a significant risk of espionage and deliberate distru ption of us communications and services. let's get more from our north america correspondent, peter bowes. great to have you on newsday, peter. how significant a decision as this?- peter. how significant a decision as this? well, it is significant _ decision as this? well, it is significant for _ decision as this? well, it is significant for what - decision as this? well, it is significant for what it - decision as this? well, it is significant for what it says l significant for what it says about the current state of us —
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china relations. in terms of the company's operation in the united states, it's been in the country for almost 20 years, thatis country for almost 20 years, that is not huge, although globally, china telecom is gigantic in its operations for millions of people. more than 100 countries. here in the united states, it provides wireless services and information technology services to business. we should not be too surprised because, as you just explained, this harks back to the trump administration with the fcc. they warned in april of last year that this company was possibly facing being shut down because the us authorities feared it technologies could be used for espionage and spine purposes. it's not in terms of this kind of treatment. china mobile has
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also had its license revoked. this happened a couple years ago, so there is a theme and it is a theme that has been continuing from the trump administration to that ofjoe biden. administration to that of joe biden. ., , , biden. certainly the chinese company — biden. certainly the chinese company and _ biden. certainly the chinese company and the _ biden. certainly the chinese company and the chinese i biden. certainly the chinese i company and the chinese state have consistently denied all of these allegations. they say it's an issue of competition, but do you see this as a further strengthening of the biden administration stance on china? ,, , , , biden administration stance on china? ,, ,v f china? quite possibly. it's interesting _ china? quite possibly. it's interesting that _ china? quite possibly. it's interesting that if - china? quite possibly. it's interesting that if you - china? quite possibly. it's| interesting that if you look china? quite possibly. it's. interesting that if you look at all of the various issues that divide china and the united states, and there are clearly big trade issues, and there have been since the trump administration, especially during the time donald trump, there were a big difference over covid—i9. there is now the taiwan issue as well with the military president of china. in
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the us position on that particular issue. lots of things to be vied. it's also quite possible that these issues could be compartmentalised — or put in a box — even though there are differences in terms of suspicions by the united states, it doesn't mean that progress can't be made in other areas of trade. in fact, there was a claim a few hours after a meeting between the treasury secretary and the deputy chinese premier, and they talked about global trade issues. �* ., , talked about global trade issues. , ., talked about global trade issues. ., issues. peter bowes, on that latest development - issues. peter bowes, on that latest development out - issues. peter bowes, on that latest development out of i issues. peter bowes, on that| latest development out of the united states and china. still to come a bit later in the programme: we are in kuwait as part of our life at 50 degrees series looking at climate change. but first: senators in brazil are expected to vote on a report into president bolsonaro's handling of covid—i9 within the coming hours. the report recommends that the president be tried for a list of crimes, including
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misuse of public funds and crimes against humanity. katy watson reports from brasilia. he speaks portuguese. today marks the end of a long process. six months of hearings, scandals uncovered, a light shone on the government accused of recklessness. and now, a vote to recommend charging the man at the top with a very long list of crimes. but this is a vote that splits senators. those in favour of bolsonaro claim the inquiry is a political witchhunt. translation: | vote for | the rejection of the report. no concrete evidence was found of illegal acts in practice by authorities and employees of the federal public administration in the handling of the pandemic. the commotion in the senate today is far removed from the city's poorer neighbourhoods. but here, they're wanting
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to make a noise, too. max is a community leader and aspiring politician. he runs music and dance workshops for young people. culture, he says, gives them a chance to talk politics and change their futures. translation: this congress is debating with itself - in a language that does not reflect brazil, the real brazilia of the working people who wake up early, get on a crowded bus, eat in the bakery, struggle to pay the bills and live in a difficult neighbourhood. this 22—year—old woman says the workshops have given her opportunities and a voice. the government, on the other hand, she says, tries to silence people like her. translation: he has made life more difficult _ than you could ever imagine. i feel he is inhumane.
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what he is doing is inhumane. lots of things he does amount to crimes. i there are people in the suburbs going hungry, having to rob i food, and this manjust spreads fake news and campaigns- against the vaccine. it's absurd. hip-hop music plays. fake news denial, corruption and more. these are the accusations that jair bolsonaro faces, but will you have to stand up in court to defend his actions? he have to stand up in court to defend his actions? few people here think justice will be done. katy watson, bbc news, in bras lia. well, with a vote expected soon, i got the latest from katy watson, who is in brasilia. this is an inquiry that is more political in its nature. it's not going to pinpoint the crimes, it's not a criminal inquiry, but i think what will happen now is that it will go to the prosecutors — in fact, it's going to go overnight to the prosecutors. and at that point, it will be
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up to the prosecutor to decide whether or not there will be enough evidence to try the president. that, at the moment, is very unclear, what the prosecutor will say at that point. then it will have to go to the supreme court. so, it's a long road, and certainly at the moment, bolsonaro is still in hisjob. it's a year till we get to the presidential elections. people talk about impeachment as well, but he's got several processes against him when it comes to impeachment. doesn't look like he's got the support for that either, so for now, president bolsonaro remains in thejob. yeah, looking ahead to the elections next year, what's the sentiment on the ground, in terms of support for him? so, the one thing that everybody can agree on is that this inquiry has dented his popularity. all the polls point to that. a year is a very long time in brazilian politics. who knows what's going to happen in the next year? but certainly, it's going to be a much harder road for him if he decides to run for reelection and, of course,
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who he decides to runs against. the former president lula da silva is out of prison. he may be able to run again. he hasn't said whether he is going to run either. but we could be setting up for quite an interesting year ahead, depending on who puts themselves forward for the presidential race. let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines. protests have continued for a second day in the sudanese capital, khartoum, after the army took control of the country in a military coup yesterday. many roads, bridges and shops are closed — and phone and internet links have been severely disrupted. at least ten people are reported to have been killed since the unrest began. criminal charges have not been ruled out in the fatal accidental shooting of cinematographer halyna hutchins by actor alec baldwin, the santa fe county district attorney has told the new york times. he also said it was incorrect to refer to the firearm used in the incident as a "prop
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gun," stating it was actually a "legit antique weapon" and that there was an "enormous" amount of bullets found on the set. flooding triggered by a powerful storm has overwhelmed the sicilian city of catania, killing at least two people. fierce storms battered southern italy for a third day on tuesday, leaving roads completely submerged in parts of the island of sicily. a blackout has left homes and businesses without electricity, while schools have been closed in the city and nearby towns. countries still have a long way to go if they hope to meet their targets on limiting global warming, a un report has warned. ahead of the cop26 climate change summit which begins next week, the un environment programme warns that the world still needs to make drastic changes to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. in 2015, world leaders set a target to limit
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the average global temperature rise to 1.5c. the latest emissions gap report says there needs to be a 55% reduction in emissions by 2030, if that target is to be met. but the report suggests that current plans and policies will still only reduce global emissions by 7.5% by the end of this decade. 0ur environment correspondent matt mcgrath says there's a yawning gap between where we are and where environmentalists would like the world to be. this is the emissions gap report in its 12th year. every year, it's highlighted the gap between the good intentions of countries to bring down emissions and the reality of their plans. and once again, it highlights this yawning gap. the scientists say that to keep this 1.5 degrees threshold alive this century, emissions have to go down by roughly half by 2030 in nine years' time. the reports when they're added
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up, the plans when they're added up, essentially say we'll cut emissions by about 7.5% by then. and that includes some of the things that haven't been put formally to the un, so it's the latest snapshot and itjust underlines the challenge that mr guterres and world leaders will face when they arrive in glasgow in five days. there's always hope, and i think there's some hope in this report, pointing to the fact that long—term strategies — net zero goals, as they're called — like we heard about from australia just a while ao, that actually do give hope. and the report says that if countries live up to the promise of net zero, then we will have warming this century, but not as bad as what we are currently facing. if you want to get in touch with me on any of the stories you've seen so far — that climate change reports, for instance — i'm on twitter. i'm looking forward to hearing from you.
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you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: japan's princess mako marries her college boyfriend and leaves the royal family for marrying a commoner. indira gandhi, ruler of the world's largest democracy, died today. 0nly yesterday, she had spoken of dying in the service of her country and said, "i would be proud of it. "every drop of my blood will contribute to the "growth of this nation." after 46 years of unhappiness, these two countries have concluded a chapter of history. no more suspicion, no more fear, no more uncertainty of what each day might bring. booster ignition and lift off. of discovery with a crew of six astronaut heroes and one american legend. - this is beautiful. a milestone in human history.
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born today, this girl in india is the seven billionth person on the planet. this is newsday from the bbc. i'm karishma vaswani in singapore. 0ur headlines... buckingham palace announces queen elizabeth won't be travelling to glasgow next week for a major climate summit on the advice of her doctors. the united states has revoked china telecom's authority to operate in america, citing "national security concerns." earlier this year, kuwait recorded this year's highest global temperature, when it reached 53.5 degrees celsius in july. residents say climate change is already making their lives increasingly difficult, and things could be
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getting worse. hanan razek sent this report as part of the bbc�*s life at 50 degrees season. kuwait has always been hot, but never this hot. temperatures above 50 celsius are becoming increasingly common here. for this influencer, it's become a daily battle. the hours between ”am until around 4pm in the afternoon are no—go times for being outdoors. the only life that my children have known has been in scorching heat. they want to be kids and go to the playground and they'll beg to go all day, and then we'll finally break and take them, and it'll be so unbearable that they're begging to go back home. kuwait's economy relies on fossil fuels to provide all of its energy, making kuwait the second highest carbon emitter per person in the world. and almost 90% of the exports are hydrocarbon.
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this man is a household name in the country from decades of presenting the weather and news. he says there's been a huge difference in recent years. more and more of kuwait is becoming desert. without shade, the country is entering a vicious circle of overheating. 0ne kuwaiti woman is trying to do her small part to fight back. she began planting trees in 2015.
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both believe that planting more trees is needed to stop hot winds from the north from reaching kuwait cities, but that may still not be enough. to cope with the heat, more people here are using air conditioning. there's absolutely no way to survive here without ac. and i think what's really disturbing about that is that you're cooling your little section, but you're heating up outside. if you're looking into the future, i don't see how much longer we can consider kuwait habitable. the middle east is heating up at twice the global average. some experts say that by 2050, it could be
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a full four degrees warmer than preindustrial levels. without drastic change right now, the region could simply become too hot to survive. hanan razek, bbc news. really worrying news there. but some possible solutions. now, can lego save the world's endangered coral reefs? singapore is home to a third of the world's coral species although the area the reefs occupy has been decimated in recent years. a team of marine biologists at the national university of singapore are now using the plastic blocks to regrow coral in their lab to before transporting it back into the sea. drjani tanzil, who is leading the team, explained more. lego is not something new that marine scientists have used for crafting experimental set—ups. and it's modular, it's scalable, it's inert,
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it's long—lasting. therefore, it can be reused many times. and the most important thing is we can actually attach the corals, secure it onto a stable base. and because it is easily taken apart, we can safely transport the coral that is grown under the lego block to another tank or different set—ups quite easily. just looking at those pictures, it is quite remarkable, what you have been able to do so far, dr tanzil? to do so far, dr tanzil. how big a scale is this project at this point in time? the current effort, our aim is really to grow as large a number as possible of corals, notjust research but also not just for research, but also
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conservation and restoration efforts down the line. at this point, we actually do have 1,000 coral fragments accounted for. and the team is working really hard to grow more. and we're really working very closely with the singapore national park board as well. that has a programme called plant a coral, see the reef, and also community networks. and after growing more corals and growing them out, we're really trying to make plans to transplant these corals to sites down the line. inaudible princess mako, the niece of the japanese emperor, has married her non—royal fiance. the proceedings were low key, after years of public controversy. there was no ceremony
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and no reception banquet. rupert wingfield hayes reports from tokyo. no grand wedding ceremony, no cheering crowds, just a very formal goodbye from princess mako to her parents. at first, her sister does the same, but then she steps forward for a very un—japanese hug. it was the most touching moment in what has been a strange day. a few minutes later, the now—former princess was sitting before the media with her new husband, kei komuro. ever since their engagement, mr komuro's humble origins have been the target of japanese tabloids. in tokyo, around 100 protesters gathered today, in tokyo, in tokyo, around 100 protesters gathered today, still demanding the marriage be called off. "we're marching today, because we don't want the imperialfamily to be involved in crimes," this woman says. the main accusation is that mr komuro's widowed mother owes £25,000 to a former lover.
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but the media frenzy has even extending to him daring to wear his hair in a pony tail. in britain, the fact that princess catherine is descended from coal miners is no longer a barrier to her one day becoming queen, but when it comes to the family that live in the palace behind my here, attitudes are still incredibly conservative, and a surprisingly large number of japanese people appear to have looked at mr komuro and his family background and decide he isjust not suitable to marry a princess. but such attitudes could be driving the japanese imperial family towards extinction. princess mako's departure today leaves the family withjust 17 members, only four of whom are male. rupert wingfield—hayes, bbc news, in tokyo. that's all the time that we haveit that's all the time that we have it for you on newsday at this hour. thanks so much for
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watching. do stay with bbc news. hello there. it is going to stay very mild over the next few days. but there is more rain in the forecast, and the rain is moving southwards at the moment. so, the wetter weather in the next few days more likely to be in the southern uplands of scotland, cumbria in northwest england, and by thursday, for western parts of wales, and some flooding is likely as well. the main focus of the rain is on the weather front there, and ahead it, we are drawing up the winds all the way from the tropics over the azores and into the uk, which is why it's so unusually mild. in northern ireland on tuesday, temperatures reach 17 celsius ahead of the rain. it's normally around 11 or 12 celsius at best at this time of the year. these are the temperatures we're starting with on wednesday morning — a very mild 15 or 16 celsius. but this is where the rain is, and it's not going to shift position through much of the day. we've got the rain threatening
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to come back into eastern parts of northern ireland up towards the central belt of scotland. most of the rain in southern scotland, northwest england, especially cumbria and into northwest wales. north of that rain band, some sunshine, a few sharp showers. south of the rain band, like tuesday, a lot of cloud around, a bit of sunshine from time to time, those temperatures could be even higher around 18 celsius. but that rain is going to be continuing throughout the day across southern scotland, northwest england. by the end of the day, 90mm possible in the southern uplands, maybe double that over the high ground in cumbria, which is why we are going to see some impact, and that wet weather continues overnight as well. that stream of warm wet weather coming in on that weather front, the position of that rain will fluctuate a little bit. of that rain will we may start to see a few changes on thursday. scotland and northern ireland brightening up a bit more with some showers. these could be quite heavy, mind you. still got that ran across parts of southern scotland, northern england, wales, and the southwest of england this time. but ahead through the midlands, east anglia, the southeast, it's still dry and bright, and those temperatures
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hitting 17 celsius. but the wetter weather continues overnight, those weather fronts are still in the scene, perhaps forming an area of low pressure. now, i think the details may change as we head into friday, getting rather more messy. looks on the whole like it's going to be a day of sunshine or longer spells of rain. it may start to brighten up across more of the country, western areas turning a bit drier. but some of that rain pushing into the eastern side of england this time, and temperatures won't be quite as high. they will begin to fall away from the northwest.
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