welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore. i'm arunoday mukharji. the headlines: the first flight due to deport asylum seekers from britain to rwanda has been grounded after a series of legal challenges. the government say they're disappointed but undeterred. it comes as more than 250 asylum seekers arrive in the uk crossing the english channel in small boats. we'll have more from a human rights barrister about what happens next ahead on the show. also in the programme: have war crimes been committed in kharkiv? the international criminal court's chief prosecutor visits ukraine's second largest city. singing
prince william and his wife kate mark the fifth anniversary of a catastrophic tower block fire in london in which 72 people died. in beijing, thousands of people are being locked down and millions face compulsory testing after a surge in covid—i9 cases. music plays and could the best be yet to come? after nine years together, the k pop supergroup bts announce they're taking a break to focus on their solo careers. live from our studio in singapore, this is bbc news — it's newsday. hello and welcome to the programme. a last minute intervention by the european court
of human rights has blocked the uk government's plan to send seven asylum seekers to rwanda, under a controversial new policy. the home secretary, pritti patel, said she was disappointed but would not be deterred — and preparations for a second flight were under way. mark lobel reports. going nowhere. boris johnson's reminder going nowhere. borisjohnson�*s reminder plan to curb immigration grand canal. this flight was originally meant to take over 100 asylum—seekers to rwanda, then a handful, and then all passengers were removed following a series of legal challenges. it is particularly galling for the government, coming on the day more than 300 people arrived in dover after attempting to cross the channel in small boats. the exactjourney the channel in small boats. the exact journey this the channel in small boats. the exactjourney this policy is meant to deter. britain's partner in this, the awana government, remains on—board. we are undeterred. we are committed to this partnership,
we stand ready to welcome the migrants when they do arrive in rwanda. so we will wait to see what happens, but on our part we are ready to receive the migrants. we are ready to receive the migrants-— we are ready to receive the miarants. ., , ., ., we are ready to receive the miarants. .,, ., ., ., migrants. the european court of human rights. _ migrants. the european court of human rights, which _ migrants. the european court of human rights, which is- migrants. the european court of| human rights, which is separate to the european union, and to which the uk is a signatory, has the final say in human rights issues. it ruled asylum applicants would face a real risk of irreversible harm in rwanda, contradicting a ruling byjudges in london. 0ne asylum—seekers spoke of his fear of deportation. asylum-seekers spoke of his fear of deportation.- asylum-seekers spoke of his fear of deportation. since they learned i was _ fear of deportation. since they learned i was among - fear of deportation. since they learned i was among those - fear of deportation. since they learned i was among those to | fear of deportation. since they i learned i was among those to be deported to rwanda, could hardly talk and eat, i'm restless, eye would prefer to die. not to be transferred there. it is shocking. home secretary — there. it is shocking. home secretary priti _ there. it is shocking. home secretary priti patel - there. it is shocking. home secretary priti patel has - there. it is shocking. home. secretary priti patel has that it is very surprising that the european court of human rights has intervened, despite repeated early success in our domestic courts.
adding... this row could also feel the uk governing party's election promise to reform human rights law centre affecting the uk after borisjohnson said the government may very well have to change the law to help with the policy. to change the law to help with the policy-— the policy. what the criminal ans the policy. what the criminal gangs are — the policy. what the criminal gangs are doing _ the policy. what the criminal gangs are doing and - the policy. what the criminal gangs are doing and what. the policy. what the criminal i gangs are doing and what those who effectively are abetting the work of the criminal gangs are doing is undermining people's confidence in the safe and legal system, undermining people's general acceptance of immigration.— immigration. sending asylum-seekers - immigration. sending asylum-seekers to i immigration. sending - asylum-seekers to rwanda is a asylum—seekers to rwanda is a policy that divides public opinion. a recent poll showing 44% in favour and 40% against, with the majority of those in favour conservative voters and the majority against labour once. the plan has yet to get off the ground but is not dead. attention now turns to how judges will rule when they examine the entire rwanda removals policy next month.
this bitterly contested migration battle over sea and sky crossings continues. mark lobel sky crossings continues. mark lobel, bbc news. earlier, i spoke to human rights barristerjessica simor and had her take us through the legal developments. if we go to what happened today, there was an application today, there was an application to the human rights court in strasbourg, which has the power to ask a state north to make a deportation. and the court effectively had two reasons why it said this shouldn't take place. first of all, it said that there were, the english court itself, had accepted that there were dangers in rwanda and they were concerned about procedures in rwanda. and because the english court had, in fact, found that it was a serious tribal issue, whether or not rwanda was in fact a
safe lace, a safe destination, it was sensible to stop this deportation until a full hearing could be heard in the english courts as to whether in fact the deportations were legal —— place. we fact the deportations were legal -- place-— fact the deportations were legal -- place. we heard from the government _ legal -- place. we heard from the government soon - legal -- place. we heard from the government soon after- legal -- place. we heard from | the government soon after this intervention came in, priti patel tweeting and talking about how they would not be deterred by this and they would continue to push on, can they do that, legally speaking? the? do that, legally speaking? they can't do that. _ do that, legally speaking? they can't do that. the _ do that, legally speaking? they can't do that. the ruling - do that, legally speaking? tia: can't do that. the ruling from strasberg is binding, binding, it's true, and international law, but it is a binding ruling. and they have complied with it today. so there is no indication that the government intends not to comply with this ruling. the ruling effectively only continuous until there is a hearing and a judgement by the english courts about whether these deportations and this policy are lawful. and thatis
this policy are lawful. and that is going to take place sometime injuly. so, really, this isjust a holding, a ring measure, it is maintaining the status quo until the legality of the whole situation has been determined by the court. just takin: determined by the court. just taking that — determined by the court. just taking that point forward, jessica, what else should we be watching out for legally, what nextin watching out for legally, what next in this?— watching out for legally, what next in this? well, next is the hearin: , next in this? well, next is the hearing. and _ next in this? well, next is the hearing, and that, _ next in this? well, next is the hearing, and that, i— next in this? well, next is the hearing, and that, i believe, i hearing, and that, i believe, scheduled to take place sometime injuly. so it's not very long and, in a sense, it's a rather surprising idea to carry out a deportation 4000 miles on the basis that you actually might have to reverse it, potentially, in six weeks' time and bring the people back. so think what we need to wait for now as we need to wait for the main hearing and the judgements in the hearing and the next stage will be, undoubtedly, eye would have thought, an appeal, because evenif
thought, an appeal, because even if the asylum—seekers, even if the asylum—seekers, evenif even if the asylum—seekers, even if they win the case, eye would have thought it was inevitable that the home secretary will appeal. what do ou secretary will appeal. what do you make _ secretary will appeal. what do you make of — secretary will appeal. what do you make of the _ secretary will appeal. what do you make of the government's arguments about how they need to send these asylum—seekers but to rwanda because it would help stem problem of human trafficking, how do you view thatjustification? eye that justification? eye personally _ that justification? eye personally - - thatjustification? eye personally - eye - thatjustification? eye personally - eye view| thatjustification? eye i personally - eye view it thatjustification? ea: personally — eye view it as thatjustification? e12 personally — eye view it as an irrationaljustification. you do not punish someone for no offence with no procedure in the hope it will stop someone else from committing an offence. that seems to me and irrational approach. there are, of course, real questions, to, as to whether it is legal and international asylum law and there are real questions about there are real questions about
the status of rwanda and the safety of rwanda, which the unhcr had put to the government's and was before the court. strangely, the government hadn't disclosed it, because the government didn't disclose it, unhcr intervened in the proceedings, which is something that is pretty rare for it to do. there's lots more background to this story on our website, including where this ruling leaves the uk government's controversial policy. you'll find it all at bbc.com/news or you can download the bbc news app. let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines from across the world. the jailed russian opposition leader alexei navalny has been moved from the prison where he was being held and taken to an unknown location. an opposition spokeswoman cited concern saying navalny was now alone within a system that had earlier tried to kill him.
the sri lankan cabinet has approved a plan for a three—day weekend for the next three months for most state sector employees, as the country faces a crippling fuel shortage. fridays will become paid holiday for staff in non—essential services. it will not apply to employees in key sectors such as health, energy, education, and defence. ryanair has dropped a controversial test in the afrikaans language aimed at identifying passengers travelling on fake south african passports. boss michael 0'leary said imposing the test "doesn't make any sense." the policy caused outrage in south africa, where many black people associate afrikaans with the days of white minority rule. air pollution could be shortening the lives of people in delhi by as much as a decade, according to a study by the university of chicago. air quality across india has worsened significantly in the past two decades. in 2019, india had the highest level of tiny particulates in the world.
the highest administrative court in france has said it will decide in the coming days whether or not to ban the burkini, or muslim swimming costume, in public pools. the court has examined an appeal filed by the city of grenoble, which challenged the strict regulations in french swimming pools on the types of costume permitted. russia has banned dozens of british journalists, defence executives, and government ministers from entering the country. the list includes the bbc�*s clive myrie, 0rla guerin, and nick beake, who have reported from ukraine, and director general tim davie. the editors—in—chief of the times, the daily telegraph, the guardian, the daily mail, and the independent were also sanctioned.
staying with the war in ukraine. fierce fighting is continuing in the east of ukraine, as russia pushes its advance into the country's industrial heartland. russia says it will give civilians a safe route out of the bombarded eastern city of severodonetsk for 12 hours on wednesday although attempts to create humanitarian corridors in ukraine have often failed. meanwhile, the international criminal court's chief has been to kharkiv, ukraine's second largest city, to see the devastation for himself, having opened an investigation into possible war crimes committed in the russian invasion of ukraine. from there, our correspondent wyre davies reports. with this city still under daily attack... so, there was an air strike. ..karim khan's visit to kharkiv was more a statement of intent than gathering evidence. what were the ages of the children that normally you see? that will come later. the international criminal court's chief prosecutor toured several badly damaged parts
of the city, including a primary school which was being used as a shelter when it was hit by russian shelling. civilians were killed here. explosions from the start of the war, russia's been accused of indiscriminate shelling and rocket attacks. this children's hospital peppered with lethal shrapnel from internationally prohibited cluster bombs, one of many such incidents which led to calls for the international criminal court to act. this icc investigation into alleged war crimes in ukraine has already been fast—tracked, and mr khan has said that they will look into allegations of atrocities by either side. but if the evidence points to the higher levels of the russian military or politics, that is where they will follow. khan's team has already set up base in kyiv, and 42 investigators are already on the ground. but this was his first visit to the eastern front. i will keep on trying to engage with the russian federation because i think any state that wishes to fly the flag of democracy and legality
should have nothing to hide and nothing to fear. mr khan didn't have time to stop and talk as he walked past iryna's shell—damaged apartment, but she's in no doubt who his investigation should find accountable. putin! translation: putin and his cronies. - we ukrainians have already condemned them. this is not the way to do things. we are brothers. we are supposed to respect each other. why are they attacking us? iryna will have to be patient. the war isn't over, and investigations of this magnitude take time. cooperation from moscow is also unlikely to be forthcoming. wyre davies, bbc news, kharkiv. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: why the k pop supergroup bts are taking a break after nine years together.
there was a bomb in the city centre. a code word known to be one used by the ira was given. army bomb experts were examining a suspect van when there was a huge explosion. the south african parliament has destroyed the foundation of apartheid by abolishing the population registration act which, for 40 years, forcibly classified each citizen according to race. just a day old and the royal baby is tonight sleeping in his cot at home. | early this evening, the new prince was taken by his mother and fatherl to their apartments . in kensington palace. germany's parliament, the bundestag, has voted by a narrow majority to move the seat of government from bonn to berlin. berliners celebrated into the night, but the decision was greeted with shock in bonn. the real focus of attention today was valentina tereshkova, the world's first woman cosmonaut.
what do you think of - the russian woman in space? i think it's a wonderful achievement and i think we might be able to persuade the wife it would be a good idea, if i could, to get her to go up there for a little while. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm arunoday mukharji, in singapore. 0ur headlines: the first flight due to deport asylum seekers from britain to rwanda has been grounded, after a series of legal challenges. the government say they're disappointed but undeterred. investigating whether war crimes been committed in kharkiv — the international criminal court's chief prosecutor visits ukraine's second—largest city. the duke and duchess of cambridge have laid a wreath at the foot of grenfell tower in west london as people marked the fifth anniversary of the fire which claimed 72 lives. survivors called forjustice for the bereaved and more immediate action to tackle the threat posed
by flammable cladding which still affects tower blocks across britain. here's more from our home affairs correspondent tom symonds reports. now in their honour, we will observe a 72—second silence. the people who called grenfell home were scattered by the disaster. they returned today — alongside them, neighbours and supporters — to remember friends and relatives lost to the flames. # i once was lost # # but now i'm found...# but this event was also about the survivors. # but now i see...# eight—year—old ayeesha among them. never forget. i will never forget the fire. i will never forget the smoke.
i will never forget the sirens. i will never forget how scary the fire was. i will never forget how worrying the fire was. i will never forget that i survived. we can't change our pasts, but we can change the future. never forget. applause. the community group grenfell united said today, "we don't want our 72 to be remembered "for what happened, but for what changed. "safer buildings, of course, but also justice." five years have passed, and still...still we have not heard the click of a single pair of handcuffs. but alongside an exhaustive public inquiry, there has been a massive police investigation. i've sometimes been shocked at what i've heard, but what i can say is there is nothing which is being heard at the public inquiry
which we from our criminal investigation perspective, are not already aware of. only when the public inquiry produces its final report will criminal charges even be considered. many in this area believe that the tower should stay exactly as it is, until people go to prison. but for many survivors, the agony of the wait has made the healing harder. i've always said that, you know, grenfell was a tragedy in three acts, you know? the way we were treated before, the events of the night and what happened afterwards. if there had been some criminal convictions, if people that lived in social housing were never going to be treated the way that we were treated, if there was no one going to bed at night with the same cladding as grenfell on their buildings, that would be something. but none of that has happened, and that's why it's so painful. because, people here say, this is not over until justice is done. tom symonds, bbc news, at grenfell tower. thousands of people in beijing are being locked
down in their homes and millions are facing compulsory testing, after a surge of covid—19 cases linked to a late—night bar in the chinese capital was revealed. it's raised concerns of a city—wide shutdown just as china's second—largest city shanghai slowly re—emerges from a two—month lockdown. a short time ago, i spoke to our china correspondent stephen mcdonell, who's quarantining in a hotel in the southern city of xiamen. he's just returned to china. i asked him to give us a sense what these restrictions are like. the rest of the world may have moved on from all these covid restrictions but not china. it is the last major economy still approach a zero covid. they tend to scotch it with very restrictive measures. —— two stop it. two weeks of
warranting for example, in the south of the country but there is also quarantine internally in china. figure from beijing or shanghai to another city you have to do quarantine. people may wonder, why would you travel? i know somebody who has to start a newjob elsewhere so they have to do a week of quarantine within the new city. there is a series of measures put in place trying to restrict the latest outbreak in beijing, short of a full—scale lockdown and they include testing millions of people in the district, three days in a row so three times this week every person in that district. also, if there have been cases, i know somebody who is father went to a supermarket and the date before somebody had visited that supermarket and
turned out to be infected. —— whose father. they put a sticker on their door. the same types of measures put in place in shanghai and people are wondering, looking around the world, seeing that things have changed elsewhere, and wondering how much longer they will have to put up with this type. forthe will have to put up with this type. for the moment, the government is saying we are not giving up on this approach for the moment, anyway. costa rica have claimed the final place in this year's football world cup tournament in qatar. they beat new zealand1—0 in an intercontinental play off, in which new zealand had a goal disallowed and a player sent off. costa rica have reached their third finals in a row, and go into a group with germany, spain and japan. a senior minister in pakistan has urged people to help the government reduce its import bill by drinking less tea. the minister said that the government had been borrowing money to buy in the much—loved beverage
and if people reduced consumption by one or two cups a day, it would help the economy. pakistan is the world's largest importer of tea, buying in more than $600 million worth last year. now to the story making waves in the world of entertainment around the world. the biggest band to emerge out of south korea's k—pop scene, bts, have announced that they're taking an extended break to pursue solo projects. bts were the biggest—selling global artists of 2021 and are said to have sold around 34 million albums during their nine year career. jeff benjamin, is a k—pop columnist at billboard — he told us how the announcement has been received by fans across the world. it is a tough day, a heartbreaking day, but i think also at the same time, there's a lot of excitement and a lot of hope on this day. specifically, even though this announcement did come in a very heartfelt way, we saw the guys talking on a livestream while eating together
and getting emotional, tearing up during the video, talking about what was initially reported as a hiatus. their record label, hybe, actually came out to clarify that it's not exactly a hiatus, but just that the members will be focusing on more solo projects at this time. and the guys have definitely made it clear that they plan to come together. their plans, they're still signed all with the same record label until 2026 at least, so even though it was tough news to hear today, there's definitely a lot of hope and also a lot of excitement about what the future may hold for them. ok, but also, jeff, one of band members did say that the group was going through a rough patch. what do we know on that front? yeah, i think definitely the covid—19 pandemic was definitely a rough patch for a lot of people just in the world, right?
but bts specifically. just before things really started becoming more dire, they had released their latest full—length album, map of the soul: 7. in february of 2020, they had announced plans for a stadium tour. they were actually planning to hit territories they hadn't visited in a long time or new territories like india and australia. there were a lot of really big plans with this album specifically, and of course all those plans needed to go on hold while we sort of waited for the pandemic and be able to hold in—person events again. and i think at that time, too, the guys also recognised that, you know, there is more that maybe they want to feel creatively and artistically. bts leader rm said very eloquently at one point in this livestream that the k—pop system that they come from is a little difficult to grow creatively and mature, so i think they're finally getting that chance after nine years to kind of expand a bit more maybe on their own versus always working in seven.
that's all on this addition of newsday. stay with us. —— edition. hello. rarely do we see weather conditions across the uk uniform, and certainly this week, some big contrasts being played out, and we'll continue to see them through the rest of the week. scotland, northern ireland always more in the way of cloud here. some brighter breaks, but also some wetter weather at times. as for england and wales, sunshine dominates and increasingly hot and humid — that heat peaking as we head the week out on friday, temperatures widely high—20s, low—30s, into the 90s in fahrenheit for some. and just to put that in context, we're a good 10—12 degrees higher than we'd normally be for this stage in june. so, why? well, it's all down to the fact we've got high pressure to the south and east, which will eventually tap in to building heat across france and spain. but to north and west,
close to areas of low pressure, we'll see weather fronts push in, bring in some damper weather at times — and that's exactly how we start wednesday morning across the north and west of scotland. here, though, temperatures higher than they will be for some in england and wales — 4—5 celsius for some after clear skies through the night, but lots of sunshine to begin with. a bit of cloud building up across wales and northern england through the day. couldn't rule out a shower over the hills. most will be dry. greatest chance of some rain coming and going in the breeze across the north and west of scotland. and a bit more compared with tuesday across northern ireland, though not as windy as it has been. temperatures still lifting here at a degree or so above normal for this stage in june, but up to around 27 celsius in the greater london area. pollen levels also a problem for some of you as we go through wednesday. starting to lift up across scotland and northern ireland. and we'll finish here with some outbreaks of rain or drizzle, but most places become dry through the night and into thursday. so, we have some clear skies around into thursday, 1—2 spots down to single figures, but what you'll notice through the nights and the end of the week — temperatures by night lifting up. the nights getting muggier and more humid. and quite a humid day
to come on thursday — most start dry, but some wetter weather developing for northern ireland, west and southwest scotland later on. to the south and east, though, it'll be a pretty hot one — temperatures more widely into the mid—20s for england and wales. but the big surge in heat really will come into friday, but this is where the biggest contrast will be, as far as weather's concerned. scotland and northern ireland, a lot of cloud, outbreaks of rain more extensively maybe pushing into the far north of england by the end of the day. temperatures, high—teens, maybe low—20s here. but this is where we could see temperatures into the high—20s, low—30s, especially across central and eastern areas of england. and if that's too much for you, the heat breaks down this weekend, but of course, with some thunderstorms. bye for now.