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welcome to newsday — reporting live from singapore. i'm arunoday mukharji. the headlines: former colombian rebel gustavo petro will become the country's first ever left—wing president after winning the second—round vote. this is the scene live in bogota as his supporters celebrate their historic victory. french president emmanuel macron has lost his parliamentary majority, following a strong performance by rival parties in the legislative elections. we have achieved the political objective we get ourselves to bring down the man is arrogance twisted the whole arm of the country to get elected.
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our other main stories: swimming's world governing body effectively bans transgender competitors from elite women's events. we have to protect the rights of all our athletes to compete but we also have to protect competitive fairness. irefill but we also have to protect competitive fairness. will it be farewell _ competitive fairness. will it be farewell to _ competitive fairness. will it be farewell to the - competitive fairness. will it be farewell to the queen? l whyjamaica is pushing ahead with plans to become a republic. voice-over: live voice—over: live from our studio in singapore, this is bbc news. it's newday. welcome to the programme. _ it's eight in the morning in singapore, and 7pm in colombia where the former guerrilla rebel, gustavo petro, has become the country's first left—wing president
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after winning a second mr petro won 51% of vote, to 47% for his right wing opponent, rodolfo hernandez. mr petro described the result as a day ofjoy for the colombian people. let's get you live pictures from bogota where we expect the president elect to come out and speak. that's what we're counting down to, this is the scene in the capital city were crowds are waiting for him. our correspondence, katie watson, is in columbia and sent us this. the atmosphere and gustavo petro's hq atmosphere and gustavo petro's h0 is a lecturer at. people almost didn't believe it. it was a nailbiter until the and. this is an historic bow in so many ways, that's often used as a cliche but it's true that he is the first leftist president that colombia has ever had. and the first black vice president colombia has had, testament to
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the changes colombians wanted. rodolfo hernandez, his arrival, the colombian trouble as he was known, as conceded defeat. but gustavo petro will have a job on his hand to try to win over conservative elites that either so long run this country. what this boat shows is the ability for a country like colombia, that suffered decades of civil conflict, that colombia can actually turn the page on its past and vote for a new future. to understand more about the victory and the politics and impact, we spoke to our american editor a while back. it's an important day for colombia. it's something that evenin colombia. it's something that even in the past few hours people didn't expect. they said colombia won't vote for a left—wing candidate, someone who was a member of a guerrilla marxist group. he has been a politician for many years,
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gustavo petro, but that's a big change for colombia. also his running aid is the first black woman to hold the post and she is an environmentalist, a lawyer born into poverty in a mining community. it is a big change for colombia, a country where traditionally the right has been the power, and 70 politicians have been in charge. politicians have been in charge-— politicians have been in charae. ., ~ ., ., charge. right. you know, also, there were _ charge. right. you know, also, there were conversations - charge. right. you know, also, there were conversations and l there were conversations and talk about voter fraud and it was mentioned total times, was that a concern in these elections?— that a concern in these elections? ., , ., elections? it was mainly from the gustavo _ elections? it was mainly from the gustavo petro _ elections? it was mainly from the gustavo petro side, - elections? it was mainly from the gustavo petro side, he i the gustavo petro side, he feared that the conservative establishment would allow him to be elected —— wouldn't. he was morning, asking his voters to go to the polls and vote for
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him, fearing that something might go wrong but that's not what happened. as soon as is opened, you had the margin and his margin eventually had more than 700,000 votes difference to his opponent. what mr petro promises is to change the economy to address inequality, colombia is suffering not only with the impact of covid, of coronavirus that there is a rising wireless with many former rebels, members of the rebel group involved in drug trafficking, other groups involved in that pacific and the caribbean coast, it's a problem for the new president who takes office in august. for the colombian people, it's something unimaginable, they couldn't imagine, it's something they didn't expect, as the new presence at it's a day of joy and as the new presence at it's a day ofjoy and victory for as the new presence at it's a day of joy and victory for the colombian people. the fear of the opposition, that is that he
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will take, he will close his tires with anna's mailer, which is next door, there are about 2 million venezuelans who left venezuela because of the crisis of living in colombia and they don't want that model to be repeated. he gets close to cuba, venice mailer, and that is not a priority in mr petro puzzlement policies, he plans to be pragmatic and change the economy in terms of developing but also increasing taxes for the rich and helping reduce inequality in colombia. more election used _ inequality in colombia. more election used elsewhere - inequality in colombia. more election used elsewhere as l election used elsewhere as well. —— election news. president macron of france has suffered a major political setback, after his party failed to win a majority in the country's parliamentary elections. his ensemble! coalition won 2a5 seats, well short of the 289 needed to control the national assembly. 0ur paris correspondent
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lucy williamson has more. emmanuel macron�*s presidency just got tougher. early suggestions said his interest collagen lost a third of its seats, now more than 50 seats short of majority. look at the mood. translation: is a short of majority. look at the mood. translation: is a jewish is unprecedented. _ mood. translation: is a jewish is unprecedented. the _ mood. translation: is a jewish is unprecedented. the national. is unprecedented. the national assembly has never seen a configurational of this type in the republic. it's a risk for our country considering the challenges we have to face. this is 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: 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
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whose arrogance twisted the arm of the country get elected. but this was the — of the country get elected. but this was the big surprise of the night. marine le pen's far right national rally party jumped a handful of seats to almost 90. opposition to the president from all sides. translation: we president from all sides. translation:— president from all sides. translation: ~ ., ., ., translation: we are going to brin: translation: we are going to bring french — translation: we are going to bring french people _ translation: we are going to bring french people together. translation: we are going to | bring french people together as part of a great popular movement bringing together patriots from the right and left. ., ., , left. the parliamentary opposition _ left. the parliamentary opposition to _ left. the parliamentary opposition to newday l left. the parliamentary - opposition to newday puzzling centrist is more strongly than before but also more fractured with one log led byjohn luke mellon shown on the far left of the chamber and another i marine le pen on the far right. french politics is realigning around these three political groups. some though to say it's no bad thing if president macron is forced to negotiate with his opponents. others believe that neither government
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a majority only leads to stagnation. president macron is facing a new era of political opposition but some see it 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 from 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
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next vice president. sara duterte's inauguration ceremony was attended by the president—elect, 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. 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. our sports correspondent, jane dougall, has more. the world swimming championships getting under way in budapest but hours earlier in budapest but hours earlier in the same city, the sports governing body had made a crucial decision. members of
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fina voted to effectively bar any trans women who has gone through mail puberty from competing in women's events. we have to competing in women's events. - have to protect the rights of all our athletes to compete. but we also have to protect competitive fairness at our events, especially women's competition.— competition. the policy has been prompt _ competition. the policy has been prompt advice - competition. the policy has been prompt advice women competition. the policy has i been prompt advice women is like american leah thomas. the first known transgender women to when a us national college title. thomas will not be eligible to compete in the men's events at the world championships or olympics. for my lip eczema and campaigner sharon davies has welcomed it. i am proud of my association to be the first to come forward and base their rules on proven science. we've asked for that for five years, all we want is first sport for females. it’s for five years, all we want is first sport for females. it's a divisive subject. _ first sport for females. it's a divisive subject. the -
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first sport for females. it's a divisive subject. the debate | divisive subject. the debate has led to other sports examining their policies including welder cycling puzzlement governing body who will tighten the rules, following trans athlete emily bridges' failed attempt to compete in the women category. fina say they will also create an open category but those disappointed with the change today say that scarred consolation. if today say that scarred consolation.— today say that scarred consolation. . , ., consolation. if trans women have undergone _ consolation. if trans women j have undergone appropriate testosterone suppression, then heard managers will be mitigated to the point where we can have meaningful competition between trans women.— between trans women. fairness and inclusion _ between trans women. fairness and inclusion are _ between trans women. fairness and inclusion are the _ and inclusion are the cornerstones of sport but this issue has seen the two collide and when feelings run as deep as this, affecting so many, they won't dissipate anytime soon. jane dougall, bbc news. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme:
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why jamaica is pushing whyjamaica is pushing ahead to become a republic. 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 was closing time for checkpoint charlie, which for 29 years hosted on the border as a mark of allied determination
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to defend the city. welcome back to newsday on the bbc with me, arunoday mukharji, in singapore. our headlines: celebrations in colombia as the country elects their first left—wing president. president emmanuel macron of france suffers a major clinical setback after his party failed to win a majority in the country's parliamentary elections. 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. our correspondent, wyre davies, has been following their stories.
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spasibo. a hospital in a foreign land isn't where masha would have wanted to celebrate her 16th birthday. spasibo. she is far from home with only her grandmother for company. but thanks to the kindness of others, she is in good hands. when we first met masha 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. she was so traumatised, she wouldn't eat or speak for days. brave doesn't even begin to describe herjourney. translation: she's much better now. . she refused to eat at all back then, we were scared for her life. apart from the leg there were many other injuries.
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she has had 2a surgeries so far. all of them under anaesthetic, with morphine too. 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. a talented dancer before the war, she still has big dreams. 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 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,
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"god, why did you bring this upon me?" vladimir still looks to god for solace and answers. but stuck here in western ukraine isn't where he needs to be. vladimir is desperate to be with his surviving daughter and wife in germany. the current state of emergency rules here in ukraine mean as a man of fighting age, 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. i cannot be without them. i am without my family. i keep thinking about them. i need to go there to support my family. for the sake of diana, for the sake of my wife. i need to carry on for them and even for the sake of my
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deceased children. 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. and since the russian invasion millions of ukrainians have been forced to leave their homes and many people were separated from their families and friends. four teenagers were split up and there rock band put on hold but afterfour months apart, they have now been reunited. 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.
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translation: i met the band just a few weeksjust 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. singing in ukrainian. 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.
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this is their first reunion since they left avdiivka. and they immediately went to a local studio to rehearse their song war. its lyrics now, the young musicians say, sound completely different than before. singing in ukrainian. 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 flooding and landslides triggered by a monsoon have left dozens dead in bangladesh
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and parts of india. rescue teams have been trying to bring people to safety and forecasters are warning the situation is likely to get worse. our correspondent akbar hossain reports. bangladesh's north—eastern region, sylhet and sunamganj 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
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floating on the water. local people also say that there are not enough boats to rescue those trapped in the floods. that's why most people cannot go to the shelter. bangladesh's vulnerability to flood is well—documented. usually, people are used to coping with the situation. but this time, the ferocity of flooding in sylhet and sunamganj district has surpassed all previous benchmarks. 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. sunamganj and sylhet area was flooded for the second time in a month. this time, the floodwater has taken a terrible turn at a fast pace. 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. most of the commonwealth member states are republics with barbados becoming the latest having decided to replace the queen of head of state last year. plans for his country to become a republic have already begun and he set out a two year timeline for constitutional change. he was speaking to our correspondent. in the swell of the summer heat in downtown kingston, coronation market is
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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 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
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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 next year. 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 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.
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still with the british but not ruled. we don't want the queen any more. she hasn't done anything 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. you've been watching newsday, just before i leave you let's go back to our main story, and to colombia where history's been made with the election of the country's first ever left—wing president. this is the scene live in the capital bogota as supporters of gustavo petro are gathering and waiting for him to give his first post—election address.
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you can find much more on our website and we will leave you with these visuals of the celebrations at. we are expecting the president—elect to speak at any time. for those of you wondering if the hot, sunny spell was summer, don't worry, this week is looking the same. that actually produced outbreaks of rain that became a little bit more organised through the evening time but right now we are seeing this rain band pull away and increasingly, the weather will become drier care over the next few hours. showers fading away from scotland, most parts of the uk clear skies to take us into monday morning but it will be actually start the day for temperatures six or seven or parts of scotland and northern england. relatively fresh air at the moment however, in the
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week ahead we are going to draw in north—westerly winds, actually milder winds that have originated from north america and that milder air will be putting in behind this warm front, that will be a feature of the weather over the next few days. for monday morning we have got a fresh start to the day but for most, clear, blue sunny skies and stop it will feel warm in the sunshine but there will be some thicker cloud working into north—west scotland thanks to that warm front and that is going to be bringing some low cloud, a bit of mist and fog and patches of drizzle. 1a degrees for stornaway but foremost into the low 20s. it will feel warm that sunshine. that more humid air will make inroads on tuesday across scotland and northern ireland, that is why it is turning cloudier here and the cloud thickenerfor an occasional spot of light rain or drizzle directly in the morning, there could be a few mist and fog patches. and other fine and sunny day but we are starting to see those
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temperatures rise higher, 25 celsius in the best of the sunshine across parts of the midlands. wednesday should be some brighter weather moving into parts of scotland and northern ireland at times, still hanging on to a fair bit of sunshine across england and wales but with that more humid air arriving, temperatures can rise faster and further so wednesday we are looking at highs up to 28 celsius. north and west where it does stay a bit cloudier, temperatures more generally into the high teens. we could see some showers threatening the southeast otherwise more hot and sunny weather locally across parts of england and wales, still 19 or 20 for places in scotland and northern ireland but we might see rain in the west by friday.
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