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welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore. i'm arunoday mukharji. the headlines... the former colombian left—wing rebel, gustavo petro, has become the country's first ever left—wing president after winning a second round vote. french president emmanuel macron is set to lose his parliamentary majority following a strong performance by rival parties in the legislative elections. translation: we have achieved the political objective _ that we gave ourselves — to bring down the man who with such arrogance twisted the arm of the whole country to get elected. swimming's world governing body effectively bans transgender competitors from women's races. and whyjamaica
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is pushing ahead with plans to become a republic. it's 7am in the morning in singapore, and 6pm in colombia where the former guerilla rebel, gustavo petro, has become the country's first left—wing president after winning a second round vote. mr petro won 51% of vote, to 47% for his right wing anti— establishment opponent, rodolfo hernandez. mr petro described the result as a day ofjoy for the colombian people. i'm joined now by the bbc world service's americas editor, leonardo rocha.
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it isa it is a historic first for colombia, looking at his first leftist president. take us through the latest. it leftist president. take us through the latest.- leftist president. take us through the latest. it is a very important _ through the latest. it is a very important day - through the latest. it is a very important day for i very important day for colombia, it is something that evenin colombia, it is something that even in the past few hours people didn't expect, they said colombia won't vote for a left—wing candidate a member of a gorilla marxist group, he has been, but that is a. his running mate is the first black woman to hold the post and she is an environmentalist, she is a lawyer who was born into poverty in a mining community, so it is a big change for colombia, a country where traditionally the right has beenin traditionally the right has been in power, consider petitions have been in charge.
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also, they were also conversations and talk about voter fraud, conversations and talk about voterfraud, that conversations and talk about voter fraud, that was conversations and talk about voterfraud, that was mentioned multiple times, was that a concern? it multiple times, was that a concern?— multiple times, was that a concern? ., , ., concern? it was mainly from the gustavo petro _ concern? it was mainly from the gustavo petro side, _ concern? it was mainly from the gustavo petro side, he - concern? it was mainly from the gustavo petro side, he feared i gustavo petro side, he feared that a conservative establishment would allow him to be elected, he was warning and asking his voters to go and take to the polls and vote for him because he feared that something might go wrong, but thatis something might go wrong, but that is not what happened. as soon as the poll opened, he's had a margin. what mist and petro is promising is to change the economy to a dressed inequality. colombia is suffering not only with the impact of covid on the coronavirus with mainly former
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members of rebel groups involved in drug trafficking. this is a problem for the new president, who takes office in august. forthe president, who takes office in august. for the colombian people, it is something that they couldn't imagine, it is something they didn't expect and as the new president said, it is a day ofjoy, the first victory for the colombian people. the fear of the opposition and many in colombia is that he will close on his ties with venezuela, which is next door, they are about 2 million venezuelans who left venezuela because of the crisis and are living in colombia and they don't want that model to be repeated, that he gets very close to cuba, to venezuela, but i don't think that is a priority in mr petro's policies. he plans to be very pragmatic and to change the economy in terms of developing but also increasing taxes for
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the rich and helping reduce inequality in colombia. all inequality in colombia. all riaht, inequality in colombia. all right. we'll _ inequality in colombia. all right, we'll leave it there. thank you for giving us the latest. you are seeing live pictures coming out of bogota, and we are expecting the president—elect to be speaking to the audience in a bit. we will give you updates as and when they come in. president macron of france has suffered a major political setback, after his party failed to win a majority in the country's parliamentary elections. projections show that his ensemble coalition is set to win around 220 seats, well short of the 289 needed to control the national assembly. our paris correspondent lucy williamson has more. emmanuel macron�*s presidency just got tougher. early projections suggest his centrist coalition has lost a third of its seats tonight.
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it is now more than 50 seats short of a majority. just look at the mood. translation: the situation is unprecedented. _ the national assembly has never seen a configuration of this type in the fifth republic. this situation constitutes a risk for our country, considering the challenges that we have to face. this is now president macron�*s main opposition, a new alliance of green and left—wing parties dominated by far left mps, tonight celebrating their new status as the first opposition party of france. translation: it is the total defeat of the president's - party, and there is no majority. we have achieved the political objective we gave ourselves, to bring down the man who with such arrogance twisted the arm of the whole country to get elected. but this was the big
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surprise of the night, marine le pen�*s far right national rally party jumped from a handful of seats to almost 90. plenty of opposition to the president from all sides. translation: we are going to continue to bring french l people together as part of the great popular movement unifying all patriots, from the right and the left. the parliamentary opposition to macron�*s centrist coalition is now much stronger than before, but it is also more fractured, with one block led byjean—luc melenchon on the far left of the chamber, and another by marine le pen on the far right. french politics is realigning around these three political groups. some voters say it is no bad thing if president macron is forced to negotiate with his opponents. others believe denying the government a majority only leads to stagnation. president macron is facing a new area of political opposition that some see
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as good for democracy and others as bad for france. lucy williamson, bbc news, paris. let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines. authorities in macau have ordered mass covid testing of its residents over the next three days after news of 12 infections. schools are being closed and residents have been told to stay at home. the chinese territory has been largely successful in shielding its population of 650,000 covid. thousands of rohingya refugees have protested at two dozen camps in bangladesh, demanding to return home to myanmar with proper rights. around a million of them are living in poor conditions in south—eastern bangladesh after fleeing persecution by the burmese army, most notably in 2017. the daughter of the philippines president rodrigo duterte has been sworn in as the country's next vice president. sara duterte's inauguration ceremony was attended by the president—elect,
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ferdinand marcosjunior, whose father was also president of the philippines. the un world food programme has warned that it is having to reduce rations for people it supports in africa because of a lack of adequate funding. the war in ukraine has driven up the price of commodities — especially because the country was a major supplier of wheat, maize and sunflower oil. ukraine has warned that russian forces are trying to make kharkiv a front—line city again — weeks after they were pushed back by a counter—offensive. the country's second biggest city endured heavy bombardment at the start of the war before the russians were forced to retreat. meanwhile, some of those injured in the fighting are now recovering overseas. the bbc has met some of the younger victims injured in the early days of the conflict. 0ur correspondent wyre davies has been following their stories. spasibo. a hospital in a foreign land isn't where masha
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would have wanted to celebrate her 16th birthday. spasibo. she is far from home with only her grandmother for company. when we first met mashia three months ago, she was fighting for her life in zaporizhzhia's children's hospital. her right leg blown off by a russian shell and with other extensive injuries. translation: she's much better now. . she refused to eat at all back then, we were scared for her life. she has had 24 surgeries so far. diana was in the same hospital ward as masha and was also evacuated to germany. the 13—year—old had life—threatening wounds, shrapnel lodged in her brain, and other terrible injuries. her recovery will be long and difficult. the russian shell that maimed diana killed her older sister natasha and her four—year—old niece dominika. as the only surviving child, the person diana wants most by her side as her dad
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vladimir. they speak every day on the phone. translation: i am glad to see my dad. but i wish i talked to him like i am talking to you now. in the immediate aftermath of the attack, vladimir was a broken man. it was heartbreaking to see him, imploring, "god, why did you bring this up on me?" vladimir still looks to god for solace and answers. but stuck here in western ukraine isn't where he needs to be. the current state of emergency rules here in ukraine mean as a man of a fighting he cannot travel. but he's clearly in no fit state to pick up a gun, so while he waits, he comes here to church every day and prays for those he has lost. translation: if they give me that permit, i am - definitely going to go.
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i cannot be without them. i am without my family. i keep thinking about them. with diana due to undergo another brain operation this week, vladimir lobbied president zelensky directly for permission to travel. and tonight, at the 11th hour, his prayers were quite literally answered. his daughter is still seriously ill. but at least her father will now be by her side. wyre davies, bbc news, ukraine. the world governing body of swimming has voted to ban transgender athletes from competing in women's events unless they've transitioned by the age of 12. it follows controversy over the issue of swimmers who were born male — but who transitioned — and then went on to win women's races. 0ur sports correspondent jane dougall has more. the jane dougall has more. world swimming championships the world swimming championships getting under way in budapest but hours earlier,
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the sports governing body had made a crucial decision. members of fina voted to effectively bar any trans women from competing in women's events if they have gone through male puberty. we have to rotect through male puberty. we have to protect the _ through male puberty. we have to protect the rights _ through male puberty. we have to protect the rights of - through male puberty. we have to protect the rights of all - to protect the rights of all male athletes to compete but we also have to protect competitive fairness at our events, especially women's competition.— competition. the policy has been prompted _ competition. the policy has been prompted by - competition. the policy has i been prompted by swimmers competition. the policy has - been prompted by swimmers such as american leah thomas, the first known transgender swimmer first known tra nsgender swimmer to first known transgender swimmer to win a american college title. thomas will not be able to compete in when pins —— women's sport now. i to compete in when pins -- women's sport now.- to compete in when pins -- women's sport now. i am proud of my association _ women's sport now. i am proud of my association to _ women's sport now. i am proud of my association to be - women's sport now. i am proud of my association to be the - of my association to be the first to come forward and base their rules on science. all we have ever wanted is fairness
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for females.— have ever wanted is fairness for females. , , , , for females. keep sports single sex. the cycling _ for females. keep sports single sex. the cycling body _ for females. keep sports single sex. the cycling body will- for females. keep sports single sex. the cycling body will also l sex. the cycling body will also tiuhten sex. the cycling body will also tighten its _ sex. the cycling body will also tighten its rules. _ sex. the cycling body will also tighten its rules. fina - sex. the cycling body will also tighten its rules. fina says - tighten its rules. fina says they will create an open category but those disappointed with today's changes say that is scant consolation. if with today's changes say that is scant consolation.- is scant consolation. if trans women have _ is scant consolation. if trans women have undergone - women have undergone appropriate period of testosterone suppression, then the advantages will be mitigated to the point where we can have meaningful competition between trans women and women. fairness and inclusion of the cornerstones of sport but this issue has seen the two collide and when feelings run as deep as there is affecting so many, they want to dissipate any time soon. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme... whyjamaica is pushing ahead with plans
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devastating floods have hit bangladesh leaving people homeless. members of the neo—nazi resistance movement armed with pistols and shotguns. we believe that, according to international law, that we have a right to claim certain parts of this country is our land. i take pride in the words "ich bin ein berliner." cheering. as the uk woke up to the news that it is to exit the european union, leave campaigners began celebrating. in total, 17.4 million people voted for the uk to leave the eu. the medical research council has now advised the government that the great increase in lung cancer is due mainly to smoking tobacco. it's closing time for checkpoint charlie, which for 29 years hosted
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on the border as a mark of allied determination to defend the city. welcome back to newsday on the bbc with me, arunoday mukharji, in singapore. let's get you our top stories once again. colombia's presidential election is won by a former left—wing rebel gustavo petro. french president emmanuel macron�*s hopes of a new parliamentary majority are fading fast. he's faced with a strong challenge from the left. flooding and landslides triggered by a monsoon have left dozens dead in bangladesh and parts of india. 0ur correspondent akbar hossain reports. bangladesh's north—eastern region, sylhet and sunamganj
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district, is underwater for the last three days. the whole area has been cut off from the rest of the country by floodwaters. flights to and from in sylhet have been suspended. many british bangladeshis living in the uk are from sylhet region. local people say there is no way to get safe shelter in the area. people are suffering from food and pure drinking water shortage. there is hardly any house in the region which is not submerged by floodwater. many people have taken refuge on the rooftop due to floodwaters. describing the situation, local people say that cattle and poultry are floating on the water. local people also say that there are not enough boats to rescue those trapped in the floods. the army has been deployed to rescue people trapped in the floodwater. shelters have been opened for the rescued people in all government offices and many private buildings. rainwaterfrom india's meghalaya state has come down to sunamganj and sylhet region very fast. that's why the floods have taken a terrible turn in the region in a short time. akbar hossain, bbc news, dhaka.
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it's been five years since a terror attack in north london left one man dead and many others injured. a van was driven into worshippers outside a mosque in finsbury park. a mosque in finsbury parkp the chairman of the mosque has said islamaphobia is worse than it was in 2017 and muslims in britain do not feel safe. prayer recital. remembering the life lost and saying prayers for those whose lives were changed forever, when a man deliberately drove a van into a crowd near the muslim welfare house in finsbury park five years ago today. 51—year—old makram ali was killed in the attack. darren 0sborne from cardiff was found guilty of terrorism—related murder and jailed fora minimum of 43 years in 2018. he also injured several others, including yassin hersi. one of my legs was broken, and the other one was really, you know, damaged. i've seen the dead body of makram ali as well there... and all that things is still fresh to my mind, even though
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it's been five years. it's been a really very hard time. thank you all for gathering here today to... she sobs. to remember my dad, makram ali. some people say with time it gets easier, but i believe that it never gets easy. that black hole, you always have that black hole in you. but it'sjust, you end up creating memories around that, that make that black hole a bit more smaller. there was also a visit to mr ali's memorial tree and plaque today. the met says stopping attacks like this, that devastate lives, is a top priority. i'll finish my day with my kids today. makram ali can't do that. and so tomorrow, i'll get up with thousands of colleagues more and more determined to prevent these terrible events being repeated. the mayor of london, sadiq khan, has said the solidarity shown by all communities in our city in the wake of the attack showed that we will never let terrorists win by dividing us.
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a message echoed throughout the day, as speakers called for people to stand up against hate crime and islamophobia. tolu adeoye, bbc london. since the russian invasion, millions of ukrainians have been forced to leave their homes — and many people were separated from their families and friends. when their town was bombed, four teenagers were split up and their rock band ambitions put on hold — but after months apart they've been reunited.
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singing for peace in a time of war. this ukrainian rock band is playing together for the first time since the russian invasion. they are from avdiivka, a front line city in eastern ukraine. i met the band just a few weeks just before moscow launched a full—scale attack on their country. they rehearsed their song called war, and told me about the horrors about the conflict they went through when it started in 2014. they believed no—one would want to repeat it. sadly they turned out to be wrong. on february 2a, russia invaded ukraine. shortly after, their city came under heavy bombardment. translation: there was one explosion, then another one, and it was so strong that the whole building was shaking, but after much fatigue i started screaming at my parents, telling them that we have to go. eventually, all four members of the band were evacuated. this is their first reunion since they left avdiivka. and they immediately went to a local studio
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to rehearse their song war. its lyrics now, the young musicians say, sound completely different than before. their studio in avdiivka was badly damaged during shelling, with a missile hitting the roof. for the band, a part of their life was gone. the war pushed them to change their views on russia. when i met them lastjanuary, they spoke russian to me. now, they consciously chose to speak ukrainian. translation: one thing is when you speak your native leaders of the commonwealth will meet in rwanda this week, where the queen will be represented by prince charles. most of the commonwealth member states are republics, with barbados becoming the latest, having decided to replace the queen as head of state last year. jamaica's prime minister andrew holness has told the bbc
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that plans for his country to become a republic have already begun, and he's set out a two—year timeline for constitutional change. he was speaking to our correspondent adina campbell. in the swell of the summer heat in downtown kingston, coronation market is the lifeblood of this lively community. if you want to know how jamaicans feel about politics, there is no better place. if you ask about the british royalfamily... reparation. do you thinkjamaica should become a republic? yeah. no, i feel that the queen should still be in control. give us more space to - develop more on our own. we need help and we need the queen to help us. it is an important year for this caribbean island. the country will soon be celebrating its 60th anniversary, marking the end of british rule. but even more independence
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could be on the horizon. speaking at the opening of a new arts exhibition, jamaica's prime minister confirmed to me that his government is pressing ahead. is it nowjamaica's time to become a republic? i think the sentiment is that jamaica should move towards becoming a republic. the legal and constitutional matters are not simple and straightforward. but the process towards becoming a republic is clearly identified and seamlessly executed, and we expect that that will be done within the two years. earlier this year, the duke and duchess of cambridge were injamaica as part of their caribbean tour. but it was overshadowed by protests, and this picture, an unintended reminder of britain's colonial past, becoming one of the defining
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images of their visit. but the future of jamaica will be decided by its people. if we become a republic, we will still be member of the commonwealth. still with the british but not ruled. we don't want the queen any more. she hasn't done antyhing for us. locked us up, enslaved us and abandoned us, that's what the queen did forjamaica. there is no doubt that ifjamaica did end up breaking away from the british monarchy, it would be a symbolic move. but questions over stability and surviving completely alone are still fiercely debated here. adina campbell, bbc news, kingston, jamaica. that's all for now. stay with bbc world news.
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there is more on our website. this week is looking pretty warm. the satellite takes up an area of warmth —— cloud. right now, we're seeing this rain band pull away and increasingly the weather will become dry hair over the next few hours. showers fading away from the of scotland so most parts of the uk, clearskies scotland so most parts of the uk, clear skies to tell a centre —— take us into monday morning. temperatures... might be relatively fresh air that we have at the moment but in the week ahead, we will draw in
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northwesterly winds, milder winds struggling air that has originated from north america and the milderair originated from north america and the milder air will push in behind the warm front, that will be a feature of the weather over the next few days. for monday morning, we have a fresh start to the day but for most, clear, blue sunny skies. the humidity level are low, it will feel warm in the sunshine but they will be thick cloud working into north—west scotland, thanks to that warm low cloud and patches of drizzle. 1a degrees, it will feel warm the more humid air will make it through tuesday. the cloud thick enough for an occasional spot of light rain or drizzle, vertically in the morning, and there could be a few mist and fog patches. further south, another fine and sunny day but we are starting to see the temperatures rise higher, 25 celsius and the best of the sunshine across parts of
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the midlands. wednesday should be some brighter weather moving into parts of scotland and northern ireland at times, still hanging onto a fair bit of sunshine across england and wales but with a more humid air arriving, temperatures can rise faster and further so wednesday, we are looking at highs of 28 celsius, the north and west where it stays cloudier, temperatures more generally into the high teens. we could see showers on thursday in the south—east, otherwise, more hot and sunny weather across most of eglin and wales, rain in the west by friday.
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this is bbc news. we'll have the headlines and all the main news stories for you at the top of the hour, as newsday continues — straight after hardtalk. welcome to hardtalk, i'm stephen sackur. russia's war on ukraine has turned culture into a battleground in countries supportive of ukraine's resistant to put in his invasion, some russian artists, musicians and dancers have been stripped of their platforms or
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