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welcome to newsday, i'm karishma vaswani reporting live from manila where initial results show the presidential contender ferdinand marcosjunior heading for a landslide win. the son of a former dictator, mr marcos, known locally we look at the state of democracy in the country. i'm mariko oi, here in singapore. also on the programme... vladimir putin uses russia's victory day parade to justify his invasion of ukraine — but ther�*s no indication of any change of course. the point is that the kremlin�*s decision to attack ukraine has
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sparked a global condemnation and sanctions and is turning russia into a pariah. the leader of britain's main opposition party — says he'll resign — if he's fined for breaking covid rules over a gathering he attended during lockdown. and after weeks of violent protests and at least five more deaths, the sri lankan prime minster has resigned. this is bbc news. it's newsday. it's 6am here in the philippines, where i m at the center for the national commission on elections in manila — later today there will be a press conference here to update the nation on some of the official results coming through. so far the unofficial partial results suggest that the son of the former strongman ferdinand marcosjunior — known here as bongbong marcos —
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has won a landslide victory — in an election that s been billed as a test for this country s democracy. his nearest rival leni robredo is well behind. that's almost double the number that have been counted in these unofficial partial results so far. now, these figures are coming against the backdrop of what's been an extremely divisive political campaign, a very heated election season, and also reports of something like 1800 malfunctioning vote counting machines that's got many filipinos questioning the integrity of this vote, as my colleague howard johnson now reports. philippine history is turning on its head. ., , philippine history is turning on its head. .,, .,, philippine history is turning on its head. .,~ head. people, power has taken over... once _ head. people, power has taken over... once a _ head. people, power has taken over... once a disgraced - head. people, power has taken i over... once a disgraced family ousted from — over... once a disgraced family ousted from the _ over... once a disgraced family ousted from the presidential. over... once a disgraced family - ousted from the presidential palace in 1986 amidst charges of corruption
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and brutality, the marcos family looks set to return that the people's backing. this was marcos earlier casting his vote and his father's hometown. he wasjoined by his son, sandro, the 27—year—old is running for congress. this, a rare appearance of 92—year—old mother, e—mail that, appearance of 92—year—old mother, e—mailthat, once appearance of 92—year—old mother, e—mail that, once a byword for grade because of her excessive collection of designer shoes, bankrolled by the taxpayer. the marcos now promise to return to a golden age of economic prosperity, but critics say they've used social media to whitewash the sins of the past. the only person standing in the way of their marcos revival is lenny will abrade outcome of the human rights lawyer and economist, but she's well behind in the unofficial tally of results. this year's election has been marred
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by reports of vote buying, violent skirmishes and malfunctioning counting machines. you can see there are some tensions in this polling station, that is because people have been waiting for hours to feed their ballot papers into this machine here, which has been malfunctioning now for six hours. people are being told here to leave their paper is to be fed in later on, but because of the lack of trust perhaps, people want to wait to see the paper go through said that they can get an official receipt. transition back its dodgy, all i want is the truth, i almost collapsed earlier. the philippine election says more than 1800 machines malfunctioned, but the body failed to heed calls to extend polling hours. it's left many questioning the integrity of this election. supporters of the marcos family say they deserve a second chance, but the results will shock
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the world. crimes proven by court documents, whistle—blower accounts and independent media reporting, seemingly mean little to the majority here. howard johnson, bbc news, manella. well, as he sat there and howard's reports, a lot of passion in these elections, i've certainly been witnessing that for myself while i've been here reporting on the elections, one of the things that really struck me was the number of people at the polling station who had come to make their vote, who had made up their minds already. it was a very complicated enormous election, but also just in the polling station that we were at on monday, we had at least three people come up to us and expressed frustration at the fact that they weren't able to feed their ballots into the voting machines. a lot of these questions as howard pointed out in his report, leading to some
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filipinos questioning the integrity of the vote, but at the same time, we are also hearing from the main rival who, we are also hearing from the main rivalwho, in we are also hearing from the main rival who, in what appears to be a sort of concession statement or some sort of concession statement or some sort of statement indicating she has indeed accepted some of the initial partial unofficial results of this vote. she's called for unity amongst the filipino people and asked them to respect the voice of democracy here. translation: we love our country, but we cannot make this an issue . that will divide our love for the country. even if a lot of votes have not been counted, even if there are still questions in this election that need to be answered, it is clear that the thoughts of the people are becoming known. in the name of the philippines that you all love, we need to listen. because in the end, there is only one country that we serve.
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as he heard, having a very sort of graceful statements about the state of the election results, the unofficial results today, as i was saying, we should get an indication of some of the official results over the course of the coming days, but given the fact that they are pretty reliable here, the early count, we are not expecting a huge difference, there is a wide gap between what we've seen for ferdinand marcos junior and what the numbers are indicating for his opponents. there will be, however, a lot of people extremely disappointed today in the philippines. they were really hoping for a different leader, a different narrative for this country, and at the same time, i think it's fair to say there will also be a lot of people who will be extremely satisfied with the way the boat has gone if we are, the indications that we are getting from these unofficial partial results, but what this does show is an extremely divided country in the midst of an extremely divisive political campaign. for the
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rest of the day's news, handing back now to the studio in singapore. thank you for that. she will bejoining us she will be joining us throughout the morning, so dojoin us for that as well. on monday, all eyes were on moscow, and the much anticipated speech from vladimir putin in red square. the russian leader addressed the huge victory day military parade, saying russian troops fighting here in ukraine, were "defending the motherland". he said the invasion of this country, was necessary, and had been provoked by the west. but he didn't make any major announcement related to the war, or suggest when or how, it might end. the victory day parade, commemorates the anniversary of the defeat of nazi germany in 1945, and is also an annual reminder, of the kremlin�*s military might. 0ur russia editor, steve rosenberg reports now from moscow. it is the annual pomp to showcase russian power.
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across red square they marched, thousands of soldiers, in a parade marking a glorious victory — the defeat of nazi germany. but today there is no peace. vladimir putin has invaded ukraine. back from there, parading too, paratroopers — who moscow says took part in the russian offensive. a war of conquest, says the west. the kremlin disagrees. translation: the defence of our motherland, - when its destiny was at stake, has always been sacred. as in the past, you, our soldiers, are today fighting for our people in donbas, for the security of our motherland, for russia. on display — lots of firepower. and yet in ukraine, moscow has suffered military setbacks.
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what russia does next isn't clear. you can march thousands of soldiers across red square, you can parade your very latest military hardware. but that does not automatically make you an internationally recognised superpower. the point is that the kremlin�*s decision to attack ukraine has sparked global condemnation and sanctions — and is turning russia into a pariah. and that has consequences. doused with paint, russia's ambassador to poland at a soviet military cemetery today. the crowd is calling the russian officials "fascists". moscow has launched an official complaint. and there were individual protests in russia. the sign says, "no to the new war." it wasn't up for long. 0thers came to victory day events
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with signs that said, "this isn't what they fought for." and what about those who fought in world war ii? maria sidorova, who is 100 years old, said all she wants is peace. "the war i fought in, we understood, but this war now, well, maybe i'm old, but there's something not quite right about it." "i hope it ends soon." vladimir putin wants russians to believe the decisions he takes are right. this giant victory day event portrayed him as the father of the nation. but in a system built around one man, if he gets it wrong that is dangerous. steve rosenberg, bbc news, moscow. ukraine and western nations have dismissed president putin's attempt to justify his invasion of ukraine. the us called the claim absurd. in the meantime, the regional
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military administration in luhansk in eastern ukraine says heavy fighting is continuing as russia tries to press westwards. the local leader said there were serious battles taking place around rubizhna and bilohorivka. he said russians force had built a pontoon across the siver—skyi donets river and warned that if they gained a foothold they could potentially cut the luhansk region off from the rest of ukraine. live now to washington, where the bells of the national cathedral are being rung to commemorate a million american victims of covid—19. the bells will ring 1,000 times. the us centers for disease control estimates that 58% of the country's population has been infected with coronavirus since the start
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of the pandemic in 2020. more than two thirds of the population is now fully vaccinated. let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines. french president emmanuel macron has said it could take decades for ukraine to join the european union. in a speech to the eu parliament today, mr macron suggested a parallel european community could be established rather than lowering the bloc�*s strict membership criteria. ukraine began its eu application process in february, four days after the russian invasion. in south korea, yoon suk—yeol will take the oath of office in a few hours' time, to become the country's 13th president. he had the narrowest margin of victory in the history of the vote — by less than 1%. a political novice, mr yoon has vowed to get tough on north korea
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and bolster the security alliance with the us. police in ecuador say at least 100 convicts are on the run, after a riot at a prison. more than a0 inmates were killed, when violence broke out between members of two gangs. officials say they will carry out a search for weapons inside the facility, and transfer gang leaders to a different prison. britain s queen elizabeth has pulled out of tuesday's state opening of parliament. it will be the first time since 1963 — when she was pregnant — that the queen will have missed the annual ceremony which sets out the governments legislative plans. prince charles will instead deliver the speech. buckingham palace said the 96—year—old monarch would not be able to attend because of mobility problems. 0ur royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports.
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it is the most important constitutional duty she performs as monarch, opening a new session of parliament. the queen has only been absent from the state opening on two occasions, in the early part of her reign when she was pregnant. but tonight, the palace confirmed that she would not be there tomorrow. in a statement, the palace said... most unusually, the regency act of 1937 has been invoked to empower the prince of wales and the duke of cambridge as counsellors of state to represent the queen. the prince of wales will read the queen's speech, written, of course, by the government. how are you? well, as you can see, i can't move. but the queen has had difficulties walking, as has been evident for some months now.
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she's been seen several times using a stick, this is sandringham in february. but quite what the palace means by its phrase "episodic mobility problems" is unclear. officials will not define what those problems are other than to say they are a continuation of the issues she's encountered since last autumn. that there has been a change in her general health is apparent. it began last october on the evening of the 19th of october, the queen was at a reception at windsor castle. the following day, she cancelled the trip to northern ireland and was taken by road into hospital in london, where she spent one night. no reason has ever been given. so, should we be concerned? people had seen her recently and apparently she is on very good form, but listen, she is 96 years old. she's been through an awful lot of difficulties recently, and at least the death of her husband last year. she's been at the centre of the nations affairs for more than 70 years. this was the first state opening of her reign in 1952.
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tomorrow, the queen will be absent from the state opening due to reasons of health, but the palace sources say she's looking forward to her platinum jubilee and hopes to take part in as much of it as possible. nicholas witchell, bbc news. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme... we'll have a report from colombo as protests over the economic crisis lead to the sri lankan prime minister's resignation. the pope was shot, the pope will live — that's the essence of the appalling news from rome this afternoon, that, as an italian television commentator put it, "terrorism had come to the vatican." the man they called the butcher of lille, klaus barbie, went on trial today in the french town where he was the gestapo chief in the second world war. winnie mandela never looked like a woman just sentenced
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to six years injail. the judge told mrs mandela there was no indication she felt even the slightest remorse. the chinese government has called for an all—out - effort to help the victims i of the powerful earthquake. the worst to hit the | country in 30 years. the computer deep blue has tonight triumphed over the world chess champion, gary kasparov. it's the first time the machine has defeated a reigning world champion in a classical chess match. america's first legal same—sex marriages have been taking place in massachusetts. god bless america! cheering. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm in singapore. 0ur headlines... initial results from the philippines' election body show the presidential contender ferdinand marcosjunior is heading for a landslide win.
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vladimir putin uses russia's victory day parade to justify his invasion of ukraine — but ther�*s no indication of any change of course. the leader of the uk's main opposition party — keir starmer, of labour — has said he will resign, if he's found to have broken covid lockdown laws. police are investigating whether he broke the rules last year — something he insists he did not do. 0ur political editor chris mason has the story. the questions had dogged him all weekend. mr starmer, will you resign? dogged him again this morning and were not going to stop. on friday, durham police said it would reopen an investigation into this — sir kier starmer having a beer and a curry. his deputy, angela rayner, was there too, as were party workers last april.
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the labour leader has always said he didn't break the covid rules in place. but today, he placed his political career in the hands of the police. if the police decide to issue me with a fixed penalty notice, i would, of course, do the right thing and step down. what a roll of the dice. it's intention is clear, to draw a big contrast with borisjohnson. we've seen 50 fines in downing street, we've seen a prime minister who won't step down, we are not all the same. i am different, and i've sent out today how i am different. it was a day's campaigning here in durham last year, and what he's decided to say since, that has left the labour leader in an almighty mess. his team insist they didn't break any covid rules because they were working, but kier starmer was very quick to demand borisjohnson stood down when police decided to investigate lockdown parties in downing street. the british public aren't fools, they never believed a word of it. they think the prime minister should do the decent thing and resign.
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of course, he won't, because he is a man without shame. would you agree with me that british food and drink is the best in the world? today, borisjohnson's mind was also on catering. the bunting was out in downing street as was the prime minister promoting british businesses. he broke the law, was fined for it, and there may be more to come. so his colleagues aren't calling for kier starmer to resign, but they are calling him a hypocrite. he made a great deal of the fact that there were other investigations on other people under way when he probably knew all the time that he may also have potentially come under investigation himself. mr starmer, is this gamble going to pay off? kier starmer hopes by putting his career on the line,
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it will put the pressure back on borisjohnson. the police and durham have a very big call to make. this might look like a huge gamble from keir starmer the prime minister of sri lanka — mahinda rajapaksa — has resigned — faced with mass protests at the government's handling of the country's economic crisis. the island has been placed under curfew — after violent clashes between rajapaksa supporters — and anti—government protesters in colombo. 0ur south asia correspondent rajini vaidnayathan reports. an island nation sinking fast. an explosion of anger after weeks of anti—government protests. as the two sides came face—to—face, supporters of the prime minister attacked the south are peaceful demonstrators who were calling for the government to go. they accuse the police of failing them.
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as you can see, scenes are extremely tense here. this is outside the prime minister, mahinda rajapaksa's house. violence once plagued this nation, during decades of civil war. now an economic emergency has left millions struggling to survive. it shouldn't be happening in this country. they want bloodshed again in this country, no gas, no food under various essential medications, and people are suffering, and people are living with one meal per day. can you imagine? i am so sorry to say this. a cost of living crisis after a pandemic has brought thousands to the streets. they blame the government for reckless borrowing, ill timed tax cuts, and a failed experiment in organic farming which has driven food shortages. political heavyweights in sri lanka,
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prime minister mahinda rajapaksa and his brother, the president, gotabaya, have ruled sri lanka on and off for decades. now the man once known as the country's lion has quit. addressing his faithful one last time, mahinda rajapaksa, who has also served as both president and finance minister, is stepping aside to make way for an all—party government. these protesters have just found out that sri lanka's prime minister, mahinda rajapaksa, has resigned. it is a big moment for them. they have been calling for the prime minister and the president, who remains in power, to quit over this economic crisis. tonight, the home of a government mp was set alight by protesters. until president gotabaya rapaksa resigns, he and his party will continue to feel the heat.
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rajini vaidyanathan, bbc news, colombo. we can update you on some breaking news now from the us — where officials in alabama say they have recaptured the prisoner who escaped, apparently with the help of a female prison guard. casey white went missing along with vicky white — they are not related. she took him unaccompanied on a medical visit ten days ago. he was described as highly dangerous. here's sheriff rick singleton breaking the news. there was a pursuit this afternoon in evansville, indiana. now evansville, indiana's about 219 miles from here. the us marshals were in pursuit of a black ford pick—up — i think it was a ford f150. and casey white was driving that vehicle. vicky white was a passenger. during the pursuit, the pick—up truck racked. casey white surrendered, vicky white has been transported to the hospital.
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that's all for now — stay with bbc world news. good evening. it was a thoroughly wet day across some parts of the country — northern ireland, western scotland, for example. and in the week ahead, we have some mixed weather on the way. it's going to be quite blustery. the wettest of the weather will continue to be in western parts of scotland and mid—week we're expecting some rain in the south of the country. now, here's the cumulative rainfall through the course of the week, and notice a fair bit of rain, i think, pretty much across most north—western areas of the country, but here in western scotland, on the scale you can see here, up to around 90 to 100 millimetres of rain is possible. that's a lot of rain on the way. and it's as a result of these weather systems which will be blowing off the atlantic — one crossing the country right now. and you can see it here moving through northern parts of england and wales late in the evening
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and then heading a little bit further south and east through the early hours of tuesday morning. behind it, it's fresh atlantic air, breezy weather, temperatures around single figures first thing on tuesday, a little bit milder ahead of the weather front in the south—east at around 1a degrees, which is a typical pattern we see with weather fronts. so here's tuesday, then, and a large area of low pressure across our neighbourhood. in fact, stretching all the way into scandinavia. it may well be cloudy and a little wet for a time in east anglia and the south—east before that cloud pushes out into the thames estuary and eventually the north sea. and then we're left with blustery conditions as a result of that low pressure anchored here, and showers circling around that low, but also frequent and prolonged spells of sunshine. still warm in the south, 20 degrees, but fresher elsewhere. now, here's tuesday night into wednesday. the low pressure is still with us across the northern isles. but this next weather front sneaks in. it could be a little bit further south, could be a bit further north,
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more or less rain on it, but the thinking is, i think, a spell of cloud and some rain expected in the south mid—week, and you can see in the afternoon it's right about across the isle of wight, london, norwich. elsewhere, sunny spells, occasional showers, and fresh again — 1a in belfast, 15 expected in liverpool. now, here's the week ahead from around about tuesday onwards — warming up in the south. in fact, by the time we get to sunday and into next week, we're expecting temperatures up to — wait for it — the mid—20s.
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this is bbc news, the headlines... initial results from the philippines' election show the presidential contender ferdinand marcos, jr is heading for a landslide win. mr marcos appears to have more than twice the number of votes than his main rival. vladimir putin has described the invasion of ukraine as a "pre—emptive strike". he alleged — without evidence — that kyiv had been planning military operations in areas of ukraine that russia has taken control of. he was addressing troops on moscow's red square as part of a huge military parade for the anniversary of the defeat of nazi germany. ukraine's president has said that putin was repeating the crimes of hitler's regime. as violence grips the sri lankan capital colombo, the prime minister mahinda rajapaksa has offered his resignation.


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