tv Newsday BBC News June 6, 2022 12:00am-12:31am BST
welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore, i'm arunoday mukharji. the headlines... cheering. the queen appears on the buckingham palace balcony to mark the end of platinum jubilee celebrations. the monarch says she has been "humbled and deeply touched". 10,000 people take part in a huge platinum pageant, featuring the performers and celebrities from each decade of the queen's reign. officials in bangladesh say exploding chemical containers are hampering efforts to extinguish a deadly fire at a storage depot. heavy fighting continues in eastern ukraine — as president putin threatens to attack new targets,
if western countries supply kyiv with long—range missiles. and — blast off for three chinese astronauts — heading towards a space station that's still under construction. live from our studio in singapore. this is bbc news. it's newsday. hello and welcome to the programme — the queen has greeted a huge crowd from the balcony of buckingham palace — the climax of four days of events celebrating her 70 years as monarch. more than 10,000 people, including the military, performers and key workers, took part in the parade, which depicted the highlights from each decade of her seventy—year reign. sir cliff richard and ed sheeran were among the celebrities taking part.
0ur royal correspondent, nicholas witchell, was watching. cheering. the closing moments of a memorablejubilee celebration. back on to the palace balcony came the queen accompanied by prince charles and the duchess of cornwall and the cambridges. 0ne current and three future monarchs, charles, william and george. it was the image which the crowd had been hoping to see, an image which emphasises the institution's continuity. a monarch who has reigned for 70 years looking to the future and offering reassurance. the national anthem was sung with feeling. the balcony appearance was the climax to an afternoon ofjubilee pageantry. it had all been very british, the story of the seven decades of the queen's reign.
the sights, the sounds, the dance moves. the faces and all those memories. the organisers had called this section the time of our lives. this being the story of britain there was a good sprinkling of the mildly eccentric on two wheels and on three, all of which it must be said were going rather better than this four—wheeler. leading the pageant was the gold coach, the coach that had taken the queen to her coronation, images of her on that journey were projected onto the windows. the coach was making its first public appearance since the goldenjubilee in 2002. in the royal box the prince of wales took the salute from military units representing britain's armed forces and attachments
from many of the 5a members with his elder brother and sister, george and charlotte. things were livening up. the parade was on to the 2010s, there were break dancers. princess anne was clapping and grandpa was about to be put in charge of louis. the parade showed the modern britain, inclusive and with a focus on the environment. the theme of this float was the queen's green canopy. at liz30pm at the royal standard was broken out above buckingham palace. half an hour later, the queen was on the palace balcony. in a statement the queen said she had been "humbled and deeply touched" that so many people had taken to the streets to mark herjubilee. although she hadn't been able
to attend every event she said she remained committed to serving the nation to the best of her ability, supported by herfamily. the queen's platinum jubilee was over. nicholas witchell, bbc news, at buckingham palace. richard berthelsen is the royal correspondent for ctv — he's been following all thejubilee celebrations from canada. i think it's been a spectacular jubilee celebration in london, watched very closely level he sent me by people in canada and throughout the commonwealth who will have paid close attention to it. the future, i think was very much previewed on the palace balcony today, we see three future kings, the cambridge family and that duchess of cornwall being the future of the royal family. a much more slimmed—down monarchy which is going to present enormous difficulties for the rams going ahead given that
there are presently 15 of them, possibly maybe not that many in the future, but the attention they deserve is going to be a big challenge for our very small royalfamily. i big challenge for our very small royal family. i went to take it forward _ small royal family. i went to take it forward from - small royal family. i went to take it forward from what i small royal family. i went to l take it forward from what your last point was, people have been watching these events from across continents. how does the world perceive the queen and royalty in today's times, especially the former colonies? well, i think canadians have enormous personal respect and admiration for the queen who has known virtually every corner of the country. travelled extensively, it's a very generational thing, they have a deep affection for the queen, based on having that terror, seen her. and in her presence. younger people see that royal family to the paradigm of younger royals are celebrity and culture, particularly here in canada impacted by the united states. so there are very differing views of its, and i think we are ina views of its, and i think we are in a situation in canada where probably 95% of the
population have never known anyone but elizabeth ii, but we are also country that's fractured by linguistic groups. the crown is much less popular in french canada. many people coming from other parts of the commonwealth from other parts of the world where the british record is difficult, and we have the indigenous population in canada for home and are seeking reconciliation based on past wrongs which were largely donein past wrongs which were largely done in the name of the crown. the crown has also tried to move ahead with times. what are your thoughts on the future of the monarchy? we likely to see the monarchy? we likely to see the same connection because you mention the next generation. how critical will that that be for the royalfamily? in canada. _ for the royalfamily? in canada, the _ forthe royalfamily? in canada, the connection will be very, very critical. we had a three day roil tour from the prince of wales who just visited three places in canada. the country is very fast, it will be difficult for a small royalfamily to keep will be difficult for a small royal family to keep up with a vast country. increasingly seen it through social media and other means. that enables us to
see it without a filter, but out always relevant to what's going on in canada. support for the crown here has really suffered in the last few years, largely because of the position of prince andrew who had quite a connection with this country, the deep —— duke and duchess of sussex who lived here in toronto for a while and we have had our own institutional failure within the crown and the governor general that didn't do particularly well. so there has been a lot of softening of support here in canada, however, unlike elsewhere, amongst the rounds of the queen and the commonwealth, the constitutional position of the crown in canada is deeply protected and requires unanimous consent, so we are not likely to see a change in naps, but what will change as the affection and involvement of the crown with the canadian people. of course, for canada, looking through a bit of an american paradigm committed crown is something that makes us very distinct in the united states, and those aspects which make us distinct is really
treasured by many canadians. hundreds of fire fighters — backed by the army — are still trying to extinguish a huge fire at a container depot in bangladesh. the blaze has killed at least 49 people and injured hundreds more.. hospitals in the area are overwhelmed and some injured people have been airlifted to the capital dhaka. as akbar hossein reports. explosions continued explosions continued throughout the night as the fire raged. it was the initial blast that was the most devastating. hundreds had arrived to tackle a fire at the storage depot when a number of containers, thought to contain chemicals such as hydrogen peroxide, exploded. survivors spoke of being blown off their feet and engulfed in flames. dozens are killed including firefighters. i can see a lot of ambulances are parked here to carry the dead bodies to the nearest hospital. more than 200 firefighters have been deployed to defuse the fire. the army has been called in to assist.
hospitals are quickly overrun with the injured, many of them badly burnt and in a critical condition. as the day broke, firefighters continue to struggle with the blaze as the scale of the devastation became clear. it's likely the death toll here will rise in the coming hours and days. akbar hossein, bbc news, chittagong. let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines. pope francis has prayed for the victims of an attack on a nigerian church in which at least 20 five worshippers were killed by gunmen. the assault took place in the southern town of 0wo, in 0ndo state. officials say several people were abducted by the gunmen, whose identity is unknown. the world health organisation says that over a 3 week period, 780 confirmed cases of monkeypox have been reported in countries where
the disease is not endemic. they say the figure is probably an underestimate and it expects the virus to spread. a volcano in the eastern philippines has spewed a huge, dark cloud, covering towns in ash. the eruption of the bulusan volcano in the rural sorsogon province lasted about 17 minutes, sending a grey plume shooting up at least one kilometre, according to the philippine institute of volcanology and seismology. no casualties were reported, but authorities warned of further possible eruptions. russia's president putin has said new targets in ukraine will be hit if western countries supply the country with longer range missiles. he was speaking as the ukrainian capital kyiv came under russian missile attack for the first time since
the end of april, with several locations in the city struck. 0ur ukraine correspondent, joe inwood, sent this report. explosion. multiple blasts shattering the peace of sunday morning in kyiv. for the first time in more than a month, ukraine's capital came under fire. now, this is one of two sites that was hit by russian missiles in the early hours of this morning. the russians say they were targeting t—72 tanks donated by eastern european countries. but ukrainians say this was actually a railway repair facility, and they're quite keen to show the world's media that that is what the russians were hitting. in his nightly address delivered before this morning's strikes, president zelensky described the scale of the attacks from above. translation: as of this | morning, the total number of various russian missiles used against ukraine is 2,503. much of the damage to ukraine has happened in the east of the country, the area known as the donbas. in a town not far from the front, people were also dealing with the aftermath
of a missile strike. one man blamed the proximity of ukrainian soldiers to his house. "they need to withdraw the troops away from the city," vitaliy said, "because if they are standing here, the russians will hit civilians." those troops are nearby, defending their territory. the city of severodonetsk is the current focus of russia's offensive. it had been thought the city was all but lost to the ukrainians, but then, over the last 2a hours, they say they have launched a successful counterattack. translation: our chances| of retaking the city are high. severodonetsk is of symbolic importance only, not militarily or strategic. lysychansk is much more important because it is located on the hill. it is easier for the military to defend and strike. all the while, the donbas continues to empty. people in towns like slavyansk know that as long as russia is on their doorstep, they will not be safe if they stay. joe inwood, bbc news, kyiv.
you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme... the chinese astronauts heading for a space station — they have to finish building. the day the british liberated the falklands, and by tonight, british troops have begun the task of disarming the enemy. in the heart of the west german capital, this was gorbymania at its height. the crowd to pack to see the man who, for them, has raised great hopes for an end to the division of europe. it happened as the queen moved toward horse guards parade for the start of tropping the colour.
——for the start of trooping the colour. the queen looks worried, but recovers quickly. as long as they'll pay to go see me, i'll goi out there and take him down the hills. - what does it feel like to be the first man to go across the channel by your own power? it feels pretty neat. it feels marvellous, really. this is newsday on the bbc. our headlines... cheering. the queen has appeared on the buckingham palace balcony to mark the end of platinum jubilee celebrations — she says she's been "humbled and deeply touched". officials in bangladesh say exploding chemical containers have hampered efforts to extinguish a deadly fire at a storage depot. there are fears among economists that sri lanka may
be the first of a "house of cards" of emerging economies struggling to buy food, fuel and medicine as rising prices and financial distress gather force. the country's farm minister mahinda amaraweera has warned the "food situation is becoming worse and the next focus is whether farmers have the resources for the upcoming planting season for padi, or rice. i'm joined now from bangkok by the un world food programmes regional director anthea webb. thank you for your time here i newsday. straight up, how alarming is the situation in sri lanka as we speak? i think the situation _ sri lanka as we speak? i think the situation in _ sri lanka as we speak? i think the situation in sri _ sri lanka as we speak? i think the situation in sri lanka - sri lanka as we speak? i think the situation in sri lanka as i the situation in sri lanka as acknowledged by the government itself is really worrying. as you say, it is perhaps the first of several other countries in the region to feel
their real brunt of very high food, fuel and fertiliser prices. we are at a situation where about 73% of families that we have surveyed have said that we have surveyed have said that they are already cutting back on food, the number of meals on the kind of food they can afford to buy. it looks like at least half of the usual harvest that we would get this time of year has been lost. so the next harvest is looking even worse because farmers are struggling to get access to good seeds, fertiliser and fuel to take their goods to market. what kind of help can be extended by global agencies? the biggest need to fire sri lanka at the moment is to sort out its debt issues. in the meantime, organisations like the food and agricultural organisation are working very
fast through the un and through government agencies to bring in food and to provide additional cash for that 20% of the population that already struggled to meet their food needs before this crisis. when food goes up by 20—30% in price, those are the ones that are most acutely hit, and those of the ones who will is perhaps up of the ones who will is perhaps up to a decade of progress that had been made. d0 up to a decade of progress that had been made.— up to a decade of progress that had been made. do you see the situation improving _ had been made. do you see the situation improving in _ had been made. do you see the situation improving in the - had been made. do you see the situation improving in the nextl situation improving in the next few months? for situation improving in the next few months?— situation improving in the next few months? for sri lanka, that will depend _ few months? for sri lanka, that will depend on _ few months? for sri lanka, that will depend on their— few months? for sri lanka, that will depend on their ability - few months? for sri lanka, that will depend on their ability to i will depend on their ability to negotiate new lines of credit and restructuring of the debt. what i see going forward is sri lanka becoming a kind of bellwether for other countries across the region, so if that country is in a position to import food, as much as it needs, and to be able to restart the economy, then they
will be back in on what was a very good development trajectory, but right now, the situation is very acute. in fact, i went to pick up on that, how worrying is that? you mention sri lanka could be the first among a few. what are the first among a few. what are the some of the other countries were looking at where global attention needs to be focused? obviously there are other countries in the region that were already in crisis. afghanistan being top of our priority list followed by me and my hair and to some extent pakistan and bangladesh, which has a high number of refugees, but we also looking at countries in the region that have high debt to gdp ratios where the is already overstretched, those that had a close economic link to russia or to close economic link to russia orto ukraine, close economic link to russia or to ukraine, eitherfrom the availability of food but also economically. there are countries in the region where
80% of families rely on remittances from russia and those are the countries that are going to really struggle to be able to meet these high food prices. we be able to meet these high food rices. ~ . prices. we will leave it there. thank you — prices. we will leave it there. thank you very _ prices. we will leave it there. thank you very much - prices. we will leave it there. thank you very much for i prices. we will leave it there. thank you very much for yourj thank you very much for your perspective and those inputs. three chinese astronauts arrived at the country's space station as part of a mission to finish off building it. the crew will stay in orbit for six months. they'll oversee the arrival of two more modules for the station. mike wall from space.com explains the significance of the launch. yes, it is the third chinese crew to actually visit their new space station, which has been under construction for about a year now. so itjust kind of shows that they are sort of ramping up, it was especially significant about this for as they are going to be the ones on board this module when the final two pieces of the space station come up.
that's expected to actually happen next month and in december, so they are going to be overseeing the attachment of these modules which will complete this new chinese space station. what is china looking to achieve in this space station? they are after a number of things, i think. there is a lot of overlap between space flight accomplishments and technological capabilities here on earth, of course scientific research that can be done on space that you cannot do here on earth, but another big part of it is power projection. there is a huge paste each component that's involved ——there is a huge prestige component that's involved in being a major space power and that is something that i'm china wants to project both abroad and also domestically to show that the current leadership is doing great things and should remain in power and should keep being trusted. on the back of that, in the next few months and years, are we likely to see
growing competition between the west and china when it comes to space research? how do you view that? i would say yes. i don't know about space research but space as a domain, yes, there already is competition under way. if you talk to people in the us military. they have been a few years now we have to watch out, china is ambitious in space and they have eyes on becoming the world's time and space power. ——on becoming the world's dominant space power. you know, we expect us military officials to say things like that because it will help them get more funding from congress, but that is a legitimate concern. the us military has enjoyed such an advantage for many years because the united states's unparalleled space resources, always the best spy satellites and those sorts of things, and if china becomes like a space power on that same plane, yeah, that raises all sorts of questions about who is going to be dominant on the battlefield based on the spy satellite photos
and all of that stuff. that is definitely in play. that sort of competition is definitely heating up. and in sport... wales beat ukraine 1—nil, in cardiff, to qualify for the world cup for the first time in 64 years. despite ongoing conflict, ukrainian fans were able to gather to watch the match in some parts of the country. here's james waterhouse in kyiv. you can't help but feel for the ukrainian fans. they politely applauded the welsh victors, but you can see it's just a bit of a hush now. this is the quietest it's been all night at this sports bar. it was filled with fans really getting behind their team, but people are just disappointed. and in their words, they wanted something to celebrate. they wanted to raise the morale of the soldiers who are fighting and other parts of the country. and it wasn't to be on this occasion. that said, others are saying it'sjust a game and for a brief 90 minutes, it was a chance to forget about everything else and get
behind the national men's side. saudi arabia says it aims to triple the number of foreign tourists visiting the country this year now that covid restrictions have eased. the famously closed—off kingdom only began issuing tourist visas in september2019, months before the coronavirus pandemic struck. the first foreign pilgrims in two years have already arrived for the hajj in mecca next month. riyadh has relaxed rules barring cinemas and gender—mixed concerts and sporting events but a ban on alcohol remains. it's been an incredible few days of celebration for the queen's platinum jubilee. let's look back at some of the highlights. we leave you with these pictures music plays.
hello there. it was a soggy end to the weekend across england and wales in particular, but we start the new week off on a largely dry and settled note. increasing amounts of sunshine for monday and tuesday. it will start to turn wet though on wednesday, windier by the end of the week, but generally, temperatures will be around the seasonal average throughout the week, both by day and by night. so monday starts off rather cloudy, rather murky for england and wales, outbreaks of rain affecting eastern england and east anglia, fairly strong northerly winds which will clear away. then it's an improvement in the afternoon — we should start to see some sunshine breaking through that cloud for england and wales, could set off the odd shower. again, the best of the sunshine will be across scotland, where we could see 21 celsius. but even further south, given more sunshine around, we could make 18—20 celsius. as we head through monday night, could see this little feature bring some rain to southwest england through the channel, and spread its way eastwards.
elsewhere, though, it should be largely dry — but across southeast scotland, northeast england, we'll see a return to some rain there. and we start tuesday off with double—figure values in the south, single values there for eastern scotland, northeast england. for tuesday, it's a bit of a similar story — we're in between weather systems, so a largely calm day, i think. variable amounts of cloud to start the day, early rain in the south will clear away, and we should see the rain in south east scotland, northeast england ease down, as well, into the afternoon. elsewhere, increasing amounts of sunshine — more for england and wales so it'll feel warmer. could set off the odd shower again, but most places dry, highs of 22 celsius. later in the day, we start to see some rain getting in towards the far southwest — that's because we've got this frontal system working its way in across the country as we head on into wednesday. now, some of this rain could be quite heavy, particularly for england and wales for a time, before it clears its way eastwards. winds more of a feature,
as well, across the south of england, south wales, certainly through the channel. into the afternoon, it'll be one of sunshine and showers, and some of these showers will be heavy, perhaps slow—moving, as further north, those winds will be lighter — top temperatures, 16—20 celsius. that area of low pressure clears away, a brief ridge of high pressure to start thursday, but a deep low develops out in the atlantic, to the northwest of the uk later thursday into friday. that'll bring some very windy weather to the north and the west of the uk in particular, and it's here where we'll have most of the showers or longer spells of rain. the further south and east that you are, although breezy, it should stay largely dry with some sunshine.
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