welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore, i'm arunoday mukharji. the headlines... the texas police are now being blamed for being slow in responding to the robb elementary school shooting .. school shooting, 19 children and two teachers were killed by an 18 year old gunman at a shooting on tuesday. ukraine says fighting in the eastern donbas region has reached a new intensity with the russians attacking more than forty towns. the us says that china remains the biggest challenge to the international order — despite the immediate threat posed by russia. the actor kevin spacey is facing charges on five
counts of sexual assault against three men — the allegations date back to when he was in the uk. life to when he was in the uk. from our studio in singapore, life from our studio in singapore, this is bbc news, it's newsday. the police in texas are facing criticism for how they responded to the mass school shooting in uvalde on tuesday. some parents say officers appeared hesitant to confront the teenage gunman after he barricaded himself inside a classroom, and that led to a delay in tackling the shooter. but at a news conference a texas police official said special equipment and negotiators were required, and officers also had to evacuate the rest of the school. the attacker killed 19 children and two teachers in the space of up to an hour before he was himself shot dead.
our north america editor sarah smith sent us this report. all smith sent us this report. of the 19 inch children ar teachers all of the 19 inch children and teachers were in the same class. she had just been given a phone for her tenth birthday. she used it to try and call the police. jackie had just celebrated her first communion, she died alongside her cousin. he was one of the teachers killed, to date her husband joe died from a heart attack after visiting her memorial, they had four children. but what you think it is you there waiting in the classroom? ﬁlm think it is you there waiting in the classroom?- think it is you there waiting in the classroom? am i going to die? you were _ in the classroom? am i going to die? you were worried - in the classroom? am i going to die? you were worried that - in the classroom? am i going to die? you were worried that he l die? you were worried that he mi . ht die? you were worried that he might come — die? you were worried that he might come in _ die? you were worried that he might come in and _ die? you were worried that he might come in and start - might come in and start shooting children in your classroom? mil shooting children in your classroom?— shooting children in your classroom? �* ~ ., , ., classroom? all i know is that he hurt my — classroom? all i know is that he hurt my teacher. - he hurt my teacher. ten—year—old jaden was in a nearby classroom but they could hear the gunshots which killed several of his friends. emer several of his friends. ever since my — several of his friends. ever since my stomachs - several of his friends. ever since my stomachs been . several of his friends. ee since my stomachs been hurting. it's been hurting to know that
all these kids that god did not deserve any of this because we did nothing wrong.— did nothing wrong. these pictures _ did nothing wrong. these pictures show _ did nothing wrong. these pictures show the - did nothing wrong. these pictures show the scene i did nothing wrong. these - pictures show the scene outside the school on tuesday. one man yells, they are shooting distraught parents pleading with police officers being told to stay back. holding onto each other desperate to know what's happening inside. we are now learning more details about what was happening inside the school. the two teachers who were killed as they threw themselves in front of their students to try and save them from the gunmen and what the terrified children saw as he burst into their classroom. questions about being raised about how long it took to the police to go into the school and faculty gunmen. he was inside for sa minutes before the police went in. inside for 54 minutes before the police went in.— the police went in. officers were there, _ the police went in. officers were there, the _ the police went in. officers were there, the initial - were there, the initial officers received gunfire. they
don't make entry initially because the gunfire they received. but we have officers calling for additional resources, we need speciality equipment, we need body armour, we preferred two president riflemen. we preferred two president riflemen-— we preferred two president riflemen. , . ,, ., ,, ,, riflemen. the duchess of sussex made an unexpected _ riflemen. the duchess of sussexj made an unexpected appearance laying a bunch of white roses in the town square. right across america students walked out of their schools in protest, demanding action to keep school say. in uvalde a small town and i'm starting to plan 20 funerals. james densley, a professor of criminaljustice at metropolitan state university in minnesota and co—author of a book called "the violence project — how to stop a mass shooting epidemic. he said he hoped the outrage caused by this tragedy could lead to real change.
the slaughter of 19 children is enough to compel lawmakers to action i don't know what would be. �* , ., action i don't know what would be. �* , . ., action i don't know what would be. �*, ., ., ., be. it's hard not to lose hope in situations _ be. it's hard not to lose hope in situations like _ be. it's hard not to lose hope in situations like this - be. it's hard not to lose hope| in situations like this because it is a recurring theme for american history. we studied over time going all the way back to 1966, there have been mass shootings in our project. but i'm optimistic that we might finally get some movement here. people a reason realising enough is enough. you here. people a reason realising enough is enough.— enough is enough. you are optimistic _ enough is enough. you are optimistic but _ enough is enough. you are optimistic but help - enough is enough. you are optimistic but help us - optimistic but help us understand how this will go from this point onward. i understand democrats are in control of both houses, does that make it easier for them to go ahead with some sort of tighter legislation? the challenge _ tighter legislation? the challenge that - tighter legislation? the challenge that is - tighter legislation? the challenge that is often | tighter legislation? tue challenge that is often the case is in the senate. the senate is not necessarily
representative of the american people. you've got two senators for each day, that means the smaller states have an undue influence on the voting and decision—making. you've got to convince enough people to side with the legislation. at the moment when you've got politicians who are really thinking about the re—election and their position and power more than they are thinking about the safety of our children, it's hard not to despair that this won't move. but the one think that is very important is they've always pointed to the american constitution as if that's the issue here. for 200 years the interpretation of the constitution was this was a collective right to bear arms around a well regulated militia. only in the past decade or so after the decision in 2008 it's become a focus on individual right to bear arms. this is a new interpretation
of that old document. if it can be reinterpreted like that, just in the last few years, why can't we look at this again more strategically and think, perhaps we could re—evaluate this. the constitution is not the issue here. speaking about reevaluation, what about specific states like texas, do you see them having a relook at the current laws? texas is one of those states that have extremely permissive gun laws. in fact, they've taken steps in recent years to make it easier to openly carry firearms in public and to get access to firearms. the key thing to remember here is america is a patchwork of gun laws. you have federal laws as the floor not the ceiling when it comes to restriction on firearms. so often the action is at the state level where you can actually
get things done. so we would hope now that states are going to start moving on this. but in the end we still need federal law to sew this together. you can't have one rule in one place and one and another. thatjust doesn't make sense. guns are durable goods, they can travel over state lines. you have to ensure there's a consistent rule being followed that's why things like universal background checks are so important. if that can get moved here that could make a big difference. let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines... taiwanese authorities have raided ten chinese companies they suspect have illegally tried to poach engineers and other staff from computer chip manufacturers. companies such as tsmc have made taiwan the world's leading manufacturer. but china is trying to increase its own manufacturing capacity amid a global shortage. the chips are used in everything from smartphones to cars.
japan has announced that it will reopen to tourists from 36 countries starting from the 10th ofjune — but travellers will only be allowed in with tour groups. the move ends a two—year pandemic closure. for most of the pandemic, japan has barred all tourists and allowed only citizens and foreign residents entry, ray liotta — who made his name starring in martin scorsese's 1999 gangster classic "goodfellas" has passed away. he was sixty—seven. the actor died in his sleep in the dominican republic where he was filming a movie. the cause isn't yet clear. ray liotta was born in newjersey and was abandoned at an orphanage before being adopted. he later moved to new york and then los angeles, following his dream of acting. twitter shareholders are taking the billionaire elon musk to court, accusing him of manipulating the company's share price to reduce the cost of his plan to take the social media platform over. the shareholders say mr musk
failed to disclose his own early purchases of twitter stock and that this has saved him over $150 million. there's been no response from mr musk so far — and twitter has refused to comment. the government of ukraine says fighting in the eastern donbas region — has reached a new intensity with the russians attacking more than forty towns and storming ukrainian positions in several areas. among the russian forces who've been fighting are two brothers whose mother has spoken to the bbc — claiming they were conscripts despite president putin's assurance that only professional soldiers have been deployed. she spoke to our russia editor steve rosenberg. this is how moscow portrays its soldiers in ukraine — as professionals. but away from the official images, some here tell a different story. marina — not her real
name — has agreed to tell me her story. two of her sons are conscripts. the kremlin promised that conscripts wouldn't be sent to ukraine, but her sons were deployed close to the border. when russia invaded, she lost contact with them. translation: for me, time stopped. - i couldn't eat, i couldn't drink. i messaged mothers of other conscripts from the same unit. many of them had lost contact with their children too. i got into the car and started searching for my sons. on the phone, one of their commanders insisted they were on military exercises in the fields. i said, i've driven round all the fields where there are exercises, they are not there. please don't lie to me. he hung up. fearing her sons were dead or injured, marina went to a military hospital. no sign. translation: there wasn't l enough medicine or bandages. local residents supplied everything.
the soldiers, they were cold and hungry. eventually, an admission from the military. her sons had gone into ukraine. translation: i was told the terrifying news, - your children have signed contracts to be professional soldiers, they are taking part in a special military operation. they will return as heroes. i said, what on earth are you talking about? they had no plans to sign a contract. they've been in the army for three months. they've only held a gun once. vladimir putin had said there wasn't a single russian conscript in ukraine. the authorities later backtracked. marina filed a complaint. it was upheld. her sons hadn't signed any military contract. they were brought back to russia. translation: when my youngest son came out l i called him and said, son, i'm coming to get you. is there anything you need? he said, mum, i don't need anything, just you.
when i saw him he looked like a total mess. the lads that came back from there were so thin, dirty and exhausted. their clothes were all torn. my son said, it's better that you don't know what happened there, but all that mattered to me was that he had come back alive. human rights groups say there are still russian conscripts in ukraine. the kremlin says it ordered an investigation into officials who allowed them to be sent there. translation: they lied to my face. officers lied, sergeants lied, but i'd like to believe that our president, the commander—in—chief, just isn't aware of the mess and chaos in the army. i want to tell him that not everything here is like they say it is on television. marina says her sons came back different people. they've stopped believing in a bright future. steve rosenberg,
bbc news, russia. the american actor kevin spacey is facing five charges of sexual assault against three men. the allegations date back to when he was in the uk and relate to incidents in london and gloucestershire between 2005 and 2013. our special correspondent, lucy manning, has the latest details. he's facing two counts of sexual assault by one—man who is now in his 405. that man out in his 405, its alleged that those two counts of sexual assault are alleged to have taken place in london in 2005. another man has made in allegation, to allegations, one of sexual assault in london in 2008 and also in 2008 saying that the allegation is that kevin spacey
caused a person to engage in sexual activity without the final is another man now in his 30s. another man now in his 30s. that's alleged to have happened in 2013 in gloucestershire. he was during that period of eight years the artistic director at the old thick theatre in london. he has in the past i was denied any allegations of sexual assault and we are not sure as normally happens when he's due to appear in court, normally when someone is facing charges we are told that they will appear in court the following day perhaps even face extradition. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme... ra re rare images of the life of queen elizabeth pe and shared with the public for the first time. that and more. that and more. in the biggest international
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this is newsday on the bbc. i'm arunoday mukharji in singapore, our headlines... police in texas are facing mounting anger over the way they dealt with a mass shooting at an elementary school on tuesday. 19 children and two teachers were killed when an 18 year old gunman stormed the building what is in store for the global economy — as war rages in ukraine, inflation rises worldwide, and uncertainty over jobs grows? a panel at the sydney writers festival, held last week, asked if we should get ready to embrace a radically different economic future? we'rejoined by rosalind dixon, a law professor at the university of new south wales
in australia, to hear more. thank in australia, to hear more. you for your time here i newsday. thank you for your time here on newsday. as i said, you were part of that panel last week and look at that macro picture. when you talk about this radically different future, what exactly is in store? t what exactly is in store? i think radical might be what exactly is in store? t think radical might be too strong but certainly more change is coming. i think there were weaknesses in the liberal democratic party market baseball before covid was rising in inequality, flatline of wages in a rise of concern around issues like climate change, which means people were really looking for new ways of regulating the economy well before covid. of course covid put huge pressure on supply chains, people left in really dire economic circumstance. and people is a well, what's next? i think there are three parts.
one is a kind of economic nationalist path where countries turn away from free trade back to their own pre—rise of global free trade economy, which is going to lead to a lower standard of living across the board. there is a turn to democratic socialism, the kind we are hearing for in a range of countries particularly people like bernie sanders and elizabeth warren in the united states was up that there are a range of policies that are more market—based to try and grapple with this new complexity of the world, automation, a different kind of pressure on trade and supply chains. ~ ., , ., pressure on trade and supply chains. ~ ., ., chains. would you say that enou:h chains. would you say that enough has _ chains. would you say that enough has been - chains. would you say that enough has been done - chains. would you say that enough has been done to i chains. would you say that - enough has been done to address those changes that the world needs to adjust itself? for instance, are we doing enough to address the economic inequality that stood widely exposed especially during the pandemic?— pandemic? absolutely not. i think that — pandemic? absolutely not. i think that one _ pandemic? absolutely not. i think that one of _ pandemic? absolutely not. i think that one of the - think that one of the difficulties is that many of the proposals to address
inequality have a somewhat utopian quality. and that leaves people free to disregard the urgency of the need for practical, realistic responses. responses that are about investing in education, health care, affordable housing. singapore really has a model in thinking about housing and equality. there are many other countries that have a lot to learn from singapore. but we need to do a lot more from both guaranteeing a social minimum and a range where it's under pressure and tackling inequality. it still over facts inequality. it still over facts in politics and social discourse. we can't let it inflect social and political life and we have to reinvest in housing, health and education in particular. as a way of maybe guaranteeing meaningful substantive quality. the
conversation _ substantive quality. the conversation is - substantive quality. the conversation is usually l conversation is usually dominated by political voices and economists. do you think there is now a need for a much wider discussion within the area voices? t wider discussion within the area voices?— wider discussion within the area voices? i think it such a pressing _ area voices? i think it such a pressing problem _ area voices? i think it such a pressing problem we - area voices? i think it such a pressing problem we need i area voices? i think it such a| pressing problem we need all perspectives on the table. in my own fair markets book is that we need a new way of thinking about markets that takes seriously climate, gender equality and the rights and interests of blue—collar workers. so certainly brings quality perspectives to bear as well as market—based principles to thinking about what the new economic needs to look like. thank you very much for your thoughts. the us secretary of state anthony blinken has said that china remains the most serious threat to the international order, despite russia's invasion of ukraine. in a speech in washington, he said that, under xijinping, china's ruling communist party had become more repressive at home and more aggressive abroad. here he was speaking earlier. china's the only
country with both the intent to reshape the international order and increasingly, the economic, diplomatic, military and technological power to do it. beijing's vision would move us away from the universal values that has sustained so much of the worlds progress over the past 75 years. earlier i spoke to robert lawrence kuhn, a commentator and author on china based in the us, who has advised and worked with china's leaders in beijing for more than 25 years — i asked him how he expects the chinese leadership to react to mr blinken's comments. they will of course criticise him severely. i think privately they will appreciate that at least a coherence in the predictability and for chinese leadership, that's very important for them under the prior administration there was a chaos and unpredictability which actually becomes more dangerous. the downside of course is that the coherence of the biden policy,
which secretary blinken articulated today, which people on both sides of the aisle have been clamouring for since the biden administration took office. this was a very clear articulation of that and it not only set the guidelines for the us china competition and distinct differences on the world scene but also framed the possibility of cooperation, particularly in climate control. it set very clear boundaries about taiwan, which is probably the most sensitive issue. in that sense the predictability is good although the effort of the biden administration to rally allies around the world, not only in europe but in asia given a boon by the horrific russian invasion of ukraine, which gave unity to the west and most of
the developed world, that is definitely a negative from china's point of view. as they would see it, it's a competition between blocks of alliances and does not do any good. but that is the heart of the biden policy. but it is coherent and it is predictable and at least that's a good sign. buckingham palace has released rare images from home movies and items from the queen's private family albums, ahead of her platinum jubilee next week. the films have never been seen in public before our royal correspondent nicholas witchell has been studying the images. balmoral is a place one looks forward to very much. she has been filmed throughout her life but for the queen, these images have a special place. they are from her private collection of home movies. the queen herself explains why they are so special. cameras have always been a part of our lives. i think there's a difference to watching a home movie
when you know who it is on the other side of the lens holding the camera. it adds to the sense of intimacy. some of these sequences were shot as the then princess elizabeth and her sister, margaret, travelled with theirfather, king george vi, and their mother to south africa in the early months of 19117. elizabeth was by then secretly engaged to prince philip. this is a previously unseen photograph of her with her engagement ring. the voyage to south africa aboard a royal navy battleship was elizabeth's firstjourney outside the united kingdom. it gave the family moments to themselves and opportunities to relax. five years after these home movies were taken, the course of elizabeth's life changed with the unexpected death of her beloved father.
the young woman who is so carefree in these images was queen. the long reign of queen elizabeth ii had begun. nicholas witchell, bbc news. that's all for now — stay with bbc world news. hello there. we'll be developing a north—south split across the country into friday but that's because we've got higher pressure building in across southern areas. so, that will bring in quite a long sunshine, far more sunshine than we had on thursday but we maintain the windy, blustery theme across the north with further showers. that's because closer to this area of low pressure. but this area of high pressure will continue to push its way northwards dominating the weather scene across much of the midlands, southwards and in towards wales. there will be some sunshine for northern ireland, southern scotland too. it will be windier times could see a few light showers. but most of the showers will be across the north and west of scotland, some will be quite heavy and they will be blustery
as the winds will be quite a feature here once again. the winds will be lighter further south with more sunshine, could see 21 degrees again. otherwise, it's the low to mid teens across the north. through friday night, the showers continue for a while across scotland. the winds begin to back more northerly as we head through the night. that will feed in a few more showers across the far north of scotland but much of the country will be dry. it will be a cooler air mass, temperatures in the single digits for most places. so, it's a coolerfeel into the weekend, it will be turning cooler still thanks to these northerly winds. and by sunday, we could even see a few showers around with limited spells of sunshine. saturday probably looking like the brightest day of the weekend. but even then, there will be quite a bit of cloud being pushed down on this northerly wind across central, northern and eastern areas. i think the best of the sunshine, southwest england and wales, northern ireland, it's here where we'll see the best temperatures, perhaps 20 degrees in cardiff. otherwise, it's cooler across more northern and eastern areas where we will have more cloud.
as we move into sunday you could see the blue hue trickling further southwards across the country, will be turning cooler as our area of high pressure begins to drift in towards iceland. so, northerly winds, quite a lot of cloud around on sunday, that wind will be quite stiff across northern and eastern areas and the cloud thick enough for some scattered showers. so, sunshine will be pretty limited. probably the best will be at the southwest we could see 16 or 17 degrees. distinctly chilly for this time of year across more northern and eastern areas where we hold onto the cloud, as well. into next week, i think we will have a very weak area of low pressure nearby. that will bring further sunshine but also the risk of some showers, some of which will be on the heavy side.