welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore, i'm mariko oi. the headlines... russia's president putin says ukrainian fighters still holding out in mariupol�*s steel plant must surrender. it's thought 200 civilians are also trapped — in hellish conditions. millions of people across the uk have cast their votes in local elections and for the northern ireland assembly — it's seen as a test of support for prime minister borisjohnson. in the philippines, final campaigning is under—way ahead of next week's landmark presidential election. and i'm karishma vaswani reporting live from manila — polls suggest the son of late strongman ferdinand marcos —
who was overthrown in street protests 36 years ago — could win the presidency in an election that's being billed as a test for democracy. actress amber heard tells a court more of the violence she says she suffered in her marriage with her former husband jonny depp. he sits down in front of me at one point man because of not answering him, i was looking out of the window and he slaps my face. li’se him, i was looking out of the window and he slaps my face.— and he slaps my face. live from our studio in singapore. _ and he slaps my face. live from our studio in singapore. this _ and he slaps my face. live from our studio in singapore. this is - and he slaps my face. live from our studio in singapore. this is bbc - studio in singapore. this is bbc news, it's news day. it's six in the morning in singapore, and one in the morning in mariupol, where ukrainian troops holed up in a steel works have been told to surrender by vladimir putin. it's the last stronghold of ukraininan resistance
in the city, and around 200 civilians are thought to be sheltering in its underground tunnels and bunkers. the commander leading the ukrainian troops inside, says "difficult, bloody battles" are being fought. meanwhile, russia has been bombing other cities in the region, as it tries to secure more territory in the east of the country. this report from our eastern europe correspondent, sarah rainsford, contains flashing images from the start. explosion. they struck in the dead of night. and here's what they hit. the air raid sirens still wailing as daylight revealed the destruction. my house. russia talks about its precision missiles and military targets. it never admits to any of this, but every day more lives in ukraine are shattered. woman sobs.
this is kramatorsk, in the east. ludmilla says a wall collapsed. she was buried in rubble in her own bed. hours earlier, several hundred people were brought to safety from mariupol. the un says another convoy is now on its way to the port city hoping to rescue others from the azov steelworks. that's where ukrainian fighters are refusing to surrender. they've posted these pictures. moscow had said they would cease fire today. ukraine says children are among those trapped here. one of the commanders has made a new call for help to evacuate the civilians as well as wounded and dead soldiers. ukrainians are following their fate closely, especially in places like bucha, which survived its own nightmare.
russia's war on ukraine has destroyed businesses. it's ruined houses and it has wrecked lives, and here in bucha even a month after the russian troops were forced back, people's horror stories of life under occupation are still spilling out. there were queues for food at the local scout hut because many lost everything in this war. gallina tells me russian soldiers stole all her savings, even her granddaughter�*s jewellery, while the family cowered in fear in their vegetable cellar. in moscow, russian troops are rehearsing their annual proud parade. all this to mark soviet victory in world war ii. whilst in ukraine their shells are hitting playgrounds and apartment blocks.
sarah rainsford, bbc news, kyiv. israel says the russian president vladimir putin, has apologised for comments made by his foreign minister suggesting hitler had jewish blood. sergei lavrov 5 words, which included the view that some of the worst anti—semites were jews, sparked outrage in israel. the israeli prime minister's office said he had accepted president putin s apology and thanked him for clarifying his view on the issue. much more on this story on our website, where we have a constantly updating live page. you can catch up on all of the updates from bbc correspondents and look at the maps of the latest front lines in the war in ukraine. just log on to bbc.com/news — or download the bbc app. let's cross to the philippines now — where the country is just days away from electing its new president.
and voters are deciding whether to accept a family they drove out of powerjust over 30 years ago. back then ferdinand marcos was branded as a corrupt dictator. now, his son bongbong is the front—runner. karishma vaswani is there for us. what's the mood like where you are? i'm coming to you live from a historic part of the capital city of manila. i don't know if you can see the door to the colonial fort right behind me. it's a symbol of spanish colonialism, a legacy and a timely reminder of what filipinos hold so dear to them. their independence, the right to govern, the right to choose rather the people who govern this country. injust choose rather the people who govern this country. in just a few days' time they will head to the polls in an election which is being billed as
an election which is being billed as a test for democracy and the southeast asian nation. let 5 just take you through the facts and figures. roughly 67.5 million of the 110 million population are eligible to vote and the vast majority of ballots will be cast on election day. and while the focus has been on the presidency and the vice presidency, filipinos will also be electing i2 senate seats, 300 lower house seats and roughly 18,000 local positions — across a country of seven thousand islands. these are the people in the running for the top job and in the lead in recent opinion polls is ferdinand marcosjunior — known here as bongbong — the son and namesake of the former strongman ferdinand marcos, who was in power more than thirty years ago, but was then overthrown in the now famous 1986 people power uprising. and as our south east asia correspondentjonathan head reports, this remarkable comeback has been achieved through years of careful preparation and by burnishing the image
of a family which remains very rich and influential. she's a sitting vice president with a fine record of public service and no taint of corruption. on paper she should be a dream candidate. yet throughout this election she's found herself trailing far behind the front runner. people are saying this is among the most passionate campaigns ever seen in the philippines. thousands of these people have taken time off work trying to narrow a lead taken by her rival a man with a name, once a byword for greed and brutality but also in theory to make him unelectable. it's been 36 years since president marcos and his notorious wife imelda that were driven into exile by what's known here as the people power revolution.
now their son bongbong wants to reverse history and retake the presidency. he may lack his father's charisma, the cheering here is much for the entertainment that comes with every filipino campaign. yet he's way ahead in the polls. one reason, his alliance with this woman, sarah duterte. like her running mate, she is riding on the name of a famous father the current president roderigo duterte today. if i'm going to put a number to it, at the very least 50% of how he's gotten so far, the duterte machine is strong, he's a well loved president so you cannot preach discontent. people are not discontent, they're happy with the guy. amazingly, even here in manila, where several local men were shot
dead during duterte's days drug war. elizabeth's son michael was one of them. but she said she doesn't blame the president. and something else has swung this and many other poor neighbourhoods firmly into the marcos camp, fantastic tales of his father's era on social media of living in crime free bliss and of vast wealth, not stolen but kept hidden to be returned to the people. translation: we know that marcos l deposited the philippines is money. in an offshore account, it was not under his name, he was just the signatory. if bongbong wins, he can get those funds back for us. why they deposed marcos, many documented. she has been studying the pro—marcos social media campaign. from its start several years ago, she's watched it swell
into a torrent of craftily edited videos recasting the marcos era as a golden age of prosperity. i think it was a perfect storm for the marcos', not only because they have wealth to wage this information war against the philippine people and in philippine history it's also about the failure of the post edsa administration that really built resentment, especially among the lower economic class. the reformist government failed them and really improve their situation. many supporters have been going door to door across the country to try to challenge the seductive marcos narratives that now dominates social media. to see if they can change voters minds before next monday. it's a spirited effort but they are running out of time. jonathan head bbc news, manila.
young people, social media, so many issues to discuss in the selection. for more on how important the youth vote is we can speak to somebody who knows all about that. moan palatino, served for two terms in the house of representatives in the philippines representing the youth sector. great to have you on news day. just to start with, what do young people care about in the selection and how important are they as a vote bank? b, important are they as a vote bank? record number of new voters and they are important notjust on election day, we saw their role in the past three month, they were actively convening with their respective candidates. we saw there creativity weathers on the street, or online, using social media for or against their candidates. i using social media for or against their candidates.— using social media for or against their candidates. i know the party ou are their candidates. i know the party you are affiliated _ their candidates. i know the party you are affiliated to _ their candidates. i know the party you are affiliated to has _ their candidates. i know the party you are affiliated to has already l you are affiliated to has already endorsed.
leni robredo but the opinion polls suggest that filipinos overwhelmingly want bongbong marcos as their leader — why do you think he 5 so popular? he is from a very famous and political dynasty. so he's well known. but popularity is not enough for you to win the election. he lost as vice president in 2016. he lost a 1995 when he ran a senator. if he is popular today, as surveys wreck two reflect the people, he prepared for this campaign. he's also controversial. if you google, youtube, many of the videos popular today spread false narratives about his family, but the legacy of his father. as we saw there in my colleague jonathan 5 report, the narrative that is being pushed out now is about unity, that its time to forget the past and move forward. does that tell you something about
the state of filipino democracy? it means that in the past few years or decades he failed to —— justice. ill—gotten wealth stolen, they use that to reclaim power. also for them to reclaim their seat and local government and now the national. at same time it also reflects the failure of ourjustice system to make the marcos family or members of that marcos family accountable to what they did to the philippines for two decades. thank you forjoining us here on newsday. we will have much more on the philippines election throughout the day, certainly in the next couple editions of new safer you. thank you so much for— editions of new safer you. thank you so much forjoining _ editions of new safer you. thank you so much forjoining me _ editions of new safer you. thank you so much forjoining me and - editions of new safer you. thank you so much forjoining me and the - editions of new safer you. thank you | so much forjoining me and the team. thank you we will have more from her in the next hour so dojoin us thank you we will have more from her in the next hour so do join us for that. let's take a look at some of the stories in the headlines in the uk.
the bank of england has raised interest rates to 1%, their highest level since 2009 as the impact of the war in ukraine compounds a cost of living crisis. the uk's central bank warned that inflation would peak at more than 10% and forecast a contraction of the economy as a whole next year, with a sharp rise in unemployment. we are in a very difficult position at the moment. i do use the analogy quite a bed and i'll use it again, where walking a very narrow path on a one—sided inflation which of course is higher than it should be all we wanted to be, on the other side because were being hit by a very big external shocks which are causing inflation but are so big they are causing a big loss of real income to people and businesses in this country. the british mother of baby p — who had suffered more than 50 injuries could be released from prison within weeks after the parole board rejected a government challenge against its ruling.
tracey connolly was jailed in 2009 after admitting causing or allowing the death of 17—month—old son peter in 2007. justice secretary dominic raab condemned the decision. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme... the biggest test of political opinion in the uk since the general election in 2019 as millions cast their vote in elections — we'll get the highlights from our political correspondent. i nelson rolihlahla mandella do hereby swear to be faithful to the republic of south africa.
after six years of construction and numerous delays, the channel tunnel has been formally opened by the queen and president mitterrand. the tunnel is still not ready for passengers and freight services to begin. for centuries, christianity and islam struggled for supremacy. now the pope's visit symbolises their willingness to coexist. roger bannister became the first man in the world to run a mile _ in underfour minutes. memories of victory as the ve celebrations reached their climax. this night is dedicated to everyone who believes in a future of peace and freedom. this is newday on the bbc. i'm mariko 0i in singapore,
our headlines. russia's president vladimir putin says ukrainian fighters defending mariupol�*s steel plant must surrender their last stronghold in the city. millions of people across the uk have cast their votes in local elections and for the northern ireland assembly — it's also seen as a big test of support for prime minister boris johnson. millions of people have cast their ballots in elections being held across the uk. polls have now closed and counting is underway in many areas. voters in england, scotland and wales have chosen the local councillors they want to run services that affect everyday life in their area. in northern ireland, people will cast ballots for their representatives in the northern ireland assembly. most results should be
known by friday evening. live now to westminster and our uk political correspondent jonathan blake. this is the first time voters will be expressing their opinions since the partygate scandal. it is and although these are largely local elections as you are saying, the results will be watched very closely as the biggest indication for some time of the national political picture. and the campaigns have been fought against a backdrop of not only the party gate saga where government figures have been found to a broken lockdown rules during the pandemic but also the rising cost of living, which households and families and businesses across the uk are dealing with the impact of right now. so we have very early indications of what's in store of the next few hours. the conservatives braced for a very tough set of results, they
are expecting to lose seats in local authorities in london and the southeast of england. labour will be hoping to make gains but they are managing expectations very heavily. the opposition labour party had a strong showing in the last elections comparable to these four years ago and as such arguing that will find it difficult to make big gains this time around. nevertheless it is a key test for sir keir starmer to demonstrate he can lead them to success. the liberal democrats in england hoping to pick up support not only in the southeast of england more affluent but some parts of the north where they argue boaters are disenchanted, fed up with both main parties. in scotland it will be about whether labour and conservatives can establish them as the main unionist voice in scotland
i guess esn pd scotish national party which are dominant there and in wales is really for labour to reestablish its long—held grip on local government. for northern ireland, there could be a historic shift — can you explain to our audience outside the uk what's significant? northern ireland is a one part of the uk which is having an election for its government, the power—sharing executive as it's known for the people up and going to the polls they are to elect representatives who will hopefully form the assembly. members of which will be chosen as a cross party government under the system, it's a power—sharing system that's in place in northern ireland. all eyes around that result because it is and indeed expected by some that the irish nationalist party sinn fein will become the largest party in the
northern ireland assembly for the first time since it was set up after the good friday agreement was struck in 1997. that would be a big shift, it would mean that they were entitled to hold the post of first minister, which is equal in power and stature to the deputy first minister post. but it doesn't necessarily mean that a government is going to be formed because the political system there has been beset by fallout and acrimony for some time now. there's a particular issue around the follow up from the brexit arrangement which means that goods coming into northern ireland have faced more checks than they do elsewhere in the uk. it's a complicated picture nevertheless the result of that election in northern ireland could be crucial over the next 20 for hours or so. results won't be known for some time in northern ireland, wales and scotland voting doesn't start till friday morning uk time.—
voting doesn't start till friday mornin: uk time. , ., . . ,, morning uk time. jonathan, i guess it will be a long _ morning uk time. jonathan, i guess it will be a long night _ morning uk time. jonathan, i guess it will be a long night for _ morning uk time. jonathan, i guess it will be a long night for you. - it will be a long night for you. thank you so much forjoining us from west minister. we have a special programme presented by huw edwards for viewers in the uk, starting at 20 to midnight — bringing you all the results and developments as they happen. dojoin us for that. the actress amber heard says she was attacked byjonny depp because of her professional relationship with the actorjames franco. she was giving evidence for a second day, at the defamation trial in the us brought by herformer husband. david sillito has been watching proceedings and a warning his report contains graphic details of a sexual assault. day two of amber heard's testimony, and a return to the witness stand to continue her account of her relationship with the man sitting in front of her, johnny depp, her ex—husband, who's suing herfor libel after she described herself
as a victim of domestic violence. her evidence began with photographs she'd taken to catalogue what she says was his drink and drug problems. you know, there was no... just his employees and everyone who had been taking care of him versus my word. and so i started to take pictures and say, "look, this is happening." she went on to describe a confrontation on a plane in which she sastohnny depp accused her of having a relationship with the actorjames franco. she also made a recording of what she says is her ex—husband howling on that plane, another incident in which she says she was assaulted. i feel this boot in my back. hejust kicked me. in the back.
0na trip on a trip to australia she said it was a drug fuelled sexual assault with a wine bottle. i was a drug fuelled sexual assault with a wine bottle.— with a wine bottle. i couldn't breathe. _ with a wine bottle. i couldn't breathe, can can _ with a wine bottle. i couldn't breathe, can can get - with a wine bottle. i couldn't| breathe, can can get through with a wine bottle. i couldn't i breathe, can can get through to with a wine bottle. i couldn't - breathe, can can get through to him, i can get up, i can get up. and i don't know how... i don't know how... i don't know what happened next. that brief look up was a brief time johnny depp looked up from the desk. there is no eye contact with the woman he says was the violent abuse or in this relationship not him. david sillito, bbc news.
that's all for now — stay with bbc world news. ido i do convoy is heading and trying to evacuate. while most places stayed dry on thursday, during friday, we're going to see some wetter weather slowly moving southwards across the uk. before you rub your hands with glee if you're in an area that's been very dry of late, the further south you are, the system will be weakening and there won't be much rain left for you by the time we get into friday night. here's the weather system, though. here it is moving southwards out of scotland and northern ireland during the day, but this is where we will begin with the rain, a stiff breeze and a very mild start to the day. it will slowly move away from scotland, northern ireland, and with brighter skies and a few showers following on behind as the rain heads into northern england and wales. and in fact, even ahead of it, through wales
and south west england, some low cloud, mistiness, some drizzle, especially around coasts and hills. much of eastern and south east england will stay dry during daylight hours with sunny spells before it gradually clouds over. this is where see the day's higher temperatures, whereas we're going to, of course, be cooler where you have the rain. but notice how it does weaken through friday evening and night. maybe something half—decent into east anglia, but for much of southern england, a splash and no more as it moves on through to leave high pressure building in behind itand a mainly dry start to the weekend. there will be some sunny spells around, but there will also be some cloud building and a few showers breaking out through central and southern scotland, northern, central, eastern and south east england during the day, though very few and far between. for many, it'll feel warm in the sunny spells, though cooler with an onshore breeze around north—eastern coasts before temperatures recover here on sunday. for part two of the weekend, high pressure keeping most places settled, but weather fronts do make some progress towards scotland and northern ireland once again. and it does mean there'll be some cloudier skies occasionally. though there's the chance of seeing a little rain on sunday, it doesn't look like anything more than that. and it will still feel
pleasantly warm where you get to see those sunny spells. on monday, a greater chance of some wetter weather again in scotland and northern ireland as we see an area of low pressure pushing a more active weather front in here with a strengthening breeze. may turn a bit breezier through wales and england, too, but a lot of fine weather to come and turning warmer. it is a sign of things to come in the week ahead. now, for scotland and northern ireland, it looks to be staying quite unsettled. there'll be rain at times, and temperatures still perhaps on the warm side of average. but turning much warmer through parts of wales and england, and perhaps the warmest weather of the year so far.
this is bbc news. the headlines — russia's president putin says ukrainian fighters still holding out in mariupol�*s steel plant must surrender. it's thought 200 civilians are trapped there in hellish conditions. a new convoy is heading to the plant to try to evacuate them. israel's prime minister says vladimir putin has apologised for comments made by his foreign minister, who suggested hitler had jewish blood. sergei lavrov�*s words sparked outrage in israel. at least three people are reported to have been killed and a fourth critically injured in an attack in the central israeli city of elad. reports say police believe