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welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore. i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines... lawyers for donald trump take legal action following the raid on his florida home, claiming it was an attempt to stop him running for office. when the lights go out — shanghai's skyline is cast into darkness as china's severe drought leads to a power shortage. britain's intelligence agencies face accusations of colluding in the abduction and torture of a british national by the indian authorities. manchester united get their first win of the season, beating liverpool 2—1 at old trafford. three, two, one... and soon this will be real. the go—ahead for lift—off of artemis and a return to
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the moon is expected from nasa. live from our studio in singapore, this is bbc news. its newsday. welcome to the programme. it's 7am in singapore and seven in the evening in florida, where the former president donald trump has asked a federal court to temporarily block the fbi from reviewing the materials it seized from his mar—a—lago home two weeks ago. in a filing to the court, mr trump's legal team is requesting the appointment of a watchdog to oversee the fbi review. this is the first formal legal action since federal agents seized highly—sensitive documents. our north america correspondent chi chi izundu has been examining the documents filed by mr trump.
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27 pages of what donald trump's legal team are trying to assert in a court in florida, and donald trump himself has just issued a statement, helpfully i might add detail exactly what it is he believes occurred when the fbi searched his home two weeks ago, his mar—a—lago florida home. he says they demanded the security cameras be turned off, a request we rightfully denied. they took documents covered by attorney—client and executive privilege, which is not allowed. he says they are demanding, he and his legal team are demanding that the justice department be instructed to immediately as you say stop the review of the documents he claims illegally seized from his home. all documents had been previously declassified. he is also demanding the appointment of what is known as a special master, so an independent person or watchdog to review, oversee the handling of the materials that
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were taken from his mar—a—lago home, and he is also further demanding that the department ofjustice be forced to turn over a real, "without plants", in inverted commas, inventory of my property and disclose what that property is and where it is located. we are demanding that all the items wrongfully taken from my home be immediately returned. so basically, donald trump and his legal team asking for a number of things. they are asking for all of the materials that were taken from his home not to be reviewed until this special independent person is put in place to watch over what is going on with the department of justice and the fbi. he is also asking for more detailed information regarding exactly what was taken, so let's skip back to two weeks ago on monday when the fbi went to donald trump's home with a search warrant and took a number of items.
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they didn't actually tell us what they took. come a few days later, the attorney general then asked a court to unseal the warrant list, the receipts of what the fbi took, and that is where we found out that it said things like a box of documents, or papers, and some of them were labelled top secret, and that was the level of detail that was put in those warrant receipts. donald trump is now demanding much more detailed information about what exactly was taken from his home. he is also asking for anything that was taken from his home that was not in the scope of that search warrant, because as he says in his statement, he claims that the fbi took his passports, and that wasn't part of what was in the search warrant. so, 27 pages, all alleging a lot of things, and i have still got to go through it to find out exactly what else donald trump is asking for.
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chi chi izundu speaking to us a little earlier on the programme. meanwhile in china, authorities are battling one of the worst droughts seen in more than 50 years. falling river levels have left hydroelectric power stations unable to produce enough energy. as a result, emergency measures to save electricity have come into effect. shopping centres have been ordered to close early, factories have temporarily shut down and the lights on shanghai's famous waterfront are to be turned off. katharine da costa reports. china's record—breaking drought has scorched farms and caused some lakes and rivers to dry up. the yangtze river, asia's longest waterway, is now at record low levels. officials say hydropower reservoirs are currently down by as much as half. at the same time, a surge in demand for air conditioning has put power companies under extreme pressure. this is shanghai's famous skyline. the riverside bund area, a popular tourist destination, now plunged into two
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days of darkness. restrictions have been brought in to try and ease demand for electricity. translation: large citiesl consume a lot of electricity. power generation provinces like sichuan have been affected by the pandemic, and power generation has been affected. the shanghai government puts restrictions on consumption, and it will help ease the supply of electricity. in a harsh reminder of the devastating effects of drought, local news reports show fire trucks delivering water to villages in the central hubei province as rural communities struggle to get by and crops have withered. plunging water levels of the yangtze river in china's southwestern region have revealed this trio of buddhist statues believed to be 600 years old. translation: in the past, | the water level was basically
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more than three metres during this season. i've been working for over a decade and i've never seen such low water levels. after weeks of extreme heat, china issued its first national drought alert of the year last week. some authorities in parts of central and southwestern china have turned to cloud seeding, an attempt to try and induce rainfall. there have been reports of rockets being launched into the sky carrying chemicals, but a lack of cloud cover has stalled efforts in some areas, and there's no let—up in sight. a red heat warning, the highest level of alert, remains in place in large swathes of the country. katherine da costa, bbc news. britain's intelligence agencies are facing accusations of colluding in the abduction and torture of a british national by the indian authorities. jagtar sinthohal, a sikh activist and blogger from scotland, was seized by indian police five years ago and has been in prison ever since. his case has been raised by successive prime ministers.
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now the human rights group reprieve has shown the bbc documents which they say prove that his arrest came after a tip—off from british intelligence. our security correspondent frank gardener has more. the case is serious enough that it has been raised by both theresa may and borisjohnson as recently as april. india, i should say, denies allegations of torture. the new part here is that reprieve and redress, human rights organisations, have gone very carefully through a report by the intelligence watchdog, which oversees the work of mi5 and mi6, and they are convinced that this story matches up a case where a tip—off was given by mi5 and mi6 to the indian authorities, which ultimately led to his arrest. i put it to the foreign office, if it is not the right man, now is the time to tell us, because we will look idiots. all they have said is that it would be inappropriate to comment on an ongoing legal case. make of that what you will.
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let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines. british airways says it will cut around 10,000 short—haul flights to and from lomndon�*s heathrow airport between late october and march. the airline said the move is aimed at minimising disruption over the winter and some long—haul flights will also be affected. heathrow has struggled to cope with rising passenger numbers and issues with its baggage handling systems due to staff shortages. argentina's public prosecutor has asked a judge to sentence the country's vice—president, cristina fernandez de kirchner, to 12 years injail for alleged corruption. ms fernandez is accused of defrauding the state during her two terms as president of the country, and being involved in a scheme to divert public funds. she has been on trial since 2019, and has previously dismissed the charges as politically motivated.
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the man who led the us response to the covid pandemic, anthony fauci, has announced he'll step down as the president's chief medical advisor in december. he's served under seven us presidents beginning with republican ronald reagan in the 1980s. president biden said dr fauci had left the us stronger, healthier and more resilient. washington believes that progress has been made to revive the iran nuclear deal which collapsed after donald trump pulled the us out in 2018. the state department said there had been some encouraging moves from tehran, like the apparent dropping of the demand to lift the designation of the iranian revolutionary guards as a terrorist group. in other top stories today, russia's intelligence agency has blamed ukraine for orchestrating the car bombing in moscow that killed darya dugina — a media commentater and strong supporter of the russian invasion.
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the fsb says a ukrainian woman entered russia injuly and rented an appartment in the building where ms dugina lived in order to organize her murder. bbc russia's sergey goryashko has more. well, the russian security services are accusing a ukrainian national, a woman in herforties. her name is natalia. according to the fsb, she arrived in russia late in latejuly, and she's been following darya dugin for about a month. and then she carried out this attack, planting a bomb under darya dugina's car. after that, this woman with her 12—year—old daughter managed to escape russia to estonia. so now russian authorities are claiming that they've already asked tallinn about whether they are holding and whether they provided any help to that woman. tallinn denies any allegations and even denies that they received inquiries from kremlin. so russia's fsb line is that
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ukrainian intelligence services, ukrainian nationalists, have carried out an attack against aleksandr dugin�*s daughter, and they have conducted a terrorist act on the outskirts of moscow. the world's second largest cinema chain, cineworld, has announced its considering filing for bankruptcy in the united states as it struggles with with $5 billion worth of debt. the firm owns the regal cinema chain in the us and says its theatres will remain open for business as usual. but like all cinema companies, cineworld was hit hard by the pandemic and was already under pressure from the growth of streaming companies such as netflix. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme... back in class — pupils return
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to school in the philippines — after one of the longest covid lockdowns in the world.
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this is newsday on the bbc. i'm karishma vaswani in singapore. 0ur headlines... lawyers for donald trump take legal action following the raid on his florida home, claiming it was an attempt to stop him running for office. the lights of shanghai's skyline become the latest casualty of china's severe drought, switched off as output from hydroelectric power plants is cut. turning now to the philippines, where millions of children have returned to school after one of the longest covid lockdowns in the world. filipino children, who're still required to wear facemasks, queued to enter their classrooms in many locations. around half of the country's schools have now resumed face—to—face classes, but the rest remain partly online.
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re—opening had been delayed by slow vaccine roll—outs and elections earlier this year. there's concern about the impact on children's education, with teaching now disrupted for almost two and a half years. translation: i like to come back to face-to-face - translation: i like to come back to face-to-face classes | back to face—to—face classes and — back to face—to—face classes and i— back to face—to—face classes and i can_ back to face—to—face classes and i can finally see my friends _ and i can finally see my friends. it and i can finally see my friends-_ and i can finally see my friends. , . ., friends. it is nice to come back and _ friends. it is nice to come back and see _ friends. it is nice to come back and see the - friends. it is nice to come back and see the people | friends. it is nice to come i back and see the people you friends. it is nice to come - back and see the people you see in zoom classes, and when you are learning online, it doesn't feel like fun. it are learning online, it doesn't feel like fun.— feel like fun. it is so nice to see children _ feel like fun. it is so nice to see children who _ feel like fun. it is so nice to see children who are - feel like fun. it is so nice to| see children who are excited about returning to school. we can now speak to beatriz cruda, whose10—year—old daughter returned to school on wednesday for the first time since the pandemic.
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you must be so excited, your daughter is returning to in—person schooling this week. how is she feeling, and how are you feeling?— you feeling? yes, my daughter is excited _ you feeling? yes, my daughter is excited to _ you feeling? yes, my daughter is excited to go _ you feeling? yes, my daughter is excited to go back _ you feeling? yes, my daughter is excited to go back to - you feeling? yes, my daughter is excited to go back to school| is excited to go back to school and see her classmates. she says it will be easier for her to listen to her teacher, and that she wants to play with her classmates. i think it is important for kids to have fun when learning. the past two years has been challenging for her and for us parents as well. one challenge was the slow internet connection, so we had to update our internet connection. we also had to make sure that she was concentrating on her online classes and wasn't going to fall asleep or watch youtube. another challenge was motivating her to do her schoolwork, because she had a lot of homework. and then when she had her regular classes, we had to help her do
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her schoolwork, so it has been a challenging two years. so we are relieved that she is going back to face—to—face classes. and i hear you, beatriz, about the challenges you faced while having to look after your daughter at home and educating her. we only had lockdown of schools for a short time here in singapore, but that sounds very familiar. now that she is going back to school, what are some of your biggest concerns? my some of your biggest concerns? my biggest concern is that the schools need to strictly follow safety protocols, and i think the government needs to step up the government needs to step up the vaccination drive and to have more kids vaccinated and boosted. right now kids under 12 like my daughter doesn't have booster shots yet. the department of health has yet to come out with the guidelines. i think these are measures that
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are important to ease parents' worries about the kids going back to school.— back to school. beatriz, 'ust lookin: back to school. beatriz, 'ust looking at i back to school. beatriz, 'ust looking at the i back to school. beatriz, 'ust looking at the decision h back to school. beatriz, just | looking at the decision about having schools closed for as long as they were in the philippines, given the situation with the pandemic there, did you agree with that decision at the time do you think that it was the right thing to do? fin think that it was the right thing to do? think that it was the right thin to do? , ., thing to do? on hindsight, at the beginning _ thing to do? on hindsight, at the beginning of— thing to do? on hindsight, at the beginning of the - thing to do? on hindsight, at. the beginning of the pandemic, there was a lot of fear, especially from parents about sending their kids to school because of the high infection rates, and many of the families here had parents or grandparents living with us. but i think over the course of the two years, the government could have slowly transitioned to face—to—face classes. they could have stepped up the vaccination drive early on and have the general population, the kids, the teachers, vaccinated early on, and that
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they could have helped the schools start blended learning. but it is all in hindsight, you know. i'mjust but it is all in hindsight, you know. i'm just glad that we are going back to face—to—face classes, and i think that is the way forward.— the way forward. and 'ust briefl , the way forward. and 'ust briefly, beatriz, �* the way forward. and 'ust briefly, beatriz, whath the way forward. and just briefly, beatriz, what are| the way forward. and just - briefly, beatriz, what are you hoping for your daughter to this school year now that she is going to school? i this school year now that she is going to school?— this school year now that she is going to school? i want her to have fun — is going to school? i want her to have fun while _ is going to school? i want her to have fun while learning. i l to have fun while learning. i wanted to play with her classmates. the last two years she was cooked inside the house, she is an only child, she didn't have anyone to play with, so i want her to enjoy learning. with, so i want her to en'oy learning-d with, so i want her to en'oy learnina. ~ , ., , learning. we wish at the very best, learning. we wish at the very best. and _ learning. we wish at the very best. and you _ learning. we wish at the very best, and you as _ learning. we wish at the very best, and you as well. - learning. we wish at the very| best, and you as well. beatriz cruda, thank you so much for joining us on the programme. thank you so much. two of world football's biggest rivals have been taking part in one of the biggest club matches of the season — as manchester united met liverpool in the premier league. thousands of united fans
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protested outside old trafford against the club's american owners, the glazerfamily, after losing their first two games. as olly foster reports, united's new manager, erik ten hag, who'd left out star player christiano ronaldo from his starting 11, praised his teams attitude. taking a couple of things into consideration, this really was an incredible result for manchester united. firstly, what happened against liverpool last season, shipping nine goals, 5—0 here at old trafford, 4—0 at anfield. this was supposed to be the match that kick—started liverpool's season. united's fans were fearful ahead of this match, and the second thing to consider isjust how and the second thing to consider is just how bad manchester united have been in their first two defeats of the season, here a couple of ago against brighton, and humiliated at brentford last week. they started this match absolutely fantastically. it was jadon sancho who gave them the first half goal that they
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really deserved after they had already hit the post. sancho danced around the liverpool defence for their opener. and marcus rashford, who has had something of a dip in form, not just this season but last season as well, he stayed onside and scored what proved to be the winner early in the second half. of course it was mo salah who pulled one back for liverpool, he scored five times against them last season. there was a late scare for united, but they showed incredible resilience here, and a match that had started with united's fans demonstrations against the ownership of the glazerfamily, it wasjust against the ownership of the glazer family, it was just the celebrations that they will take home with them. olly foster reporting for us. china has changed the ending of the latest minions film to suit values approved by the authorities. one of the two villains
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is jailed — while viewers are told that other�*s main achievement is fatherhood. it's not known who ordered the changes, but beijing often censors films to make them promote what it calls healthy values. and finally, nasa is expected to give the go—ahead for the launch of the artemis mission test flight to take place in the coming days. it's being heralded as the return of human exploration of the moon — and its expected that it will lead eventually to the first woman and the first person of colour setting foot there. it is the apollo mission for a new generation, as our science editor rebecca morelle explains. after a 50—year gap, we're heading back to the moon, and it all starts here with the artemis mission and nasa's huge rocket. it's called the space launch system, or sls for short, and it's the most powerful rocket ever built by the us space agency. it stands nearly 100 metres — about 320 feet — tall, roughly the same height as a 32—storey building. its colossal size means it's really heavy, so it needs lots of power.
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it has four engines, but even those aren't enough to get this rocket off the ground, so what it also needs are these two huge boosters. they all use fuel, and the biggest part, called the core stage, is full of fuel. in fact, fuel makes up 90% of the weight of this entire rocket. now you might be wondering where the astronauts will go. well, it's here, near the top, in the orion crew capsule. but not this time. this is a test flight, so there are no people on board. the time has come to put the space launch system to the test. as it readies for blast off from cape canaveral in florida on launch pad 39b, the same one used for apollo, it will be nervewracking. 3, 2, 1... the rocket thunders away from the earth, eventually reaching speeds of nearly 25,000 miles, 01’40,000 kilometres, an hour. as each component of the rocket completes
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theirjob, they separate. the orion spacecraft is on its way. there's a long journey ahead. it's 380,000 kilometres — about 240,000 miles — to the moon. after its launch, the spacecraft enters into a low earth orbit, then with the go from mission control, the engines ignite, giving it the big push it needs to escape our planet's gravity. it takes several days to reach the moon, with the spacecraft making small adjustments along the way. at first, the spacecraft flies in close, 100 kilometres, that's 62 miles, above the lunar surface. then it enters a much larger orbit, swinging more than 65,000 kilometres, about 40,000 miles, beyond the moon. that's further than any spacecraft built for humans has ever flown.
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during the several weeks orion is in orbit, nasa will collect important data and check how the spacecraft is performing. finally, after another close fly—by, it's ready to head for home. now things get hazardous. as the spacecraft nears earth, it has to enter our atmosphere at exactly the right angle. if it gets this wrong, it will burn up. so, its huge heat shield protects it while the temperature rises to nearly 3,000 degrees celsius. a series of parachutes open, massively slowing it down, before splash down in the pacific ocean. before we go a reminder of our top story: donald trump has asked a federal court to temporarily block the fbi from reviewing the material it seized from his florida home two weeks ago. mr trump's lawyers say some of the material may be
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by presidential privileges. that's all for now — stay with bbc world news. hello. many of us can expect some quite murky conditions at times during tuesday. that is one symptom of some very warm and humid air wafting its way across the country. there will be a few showers, equally some spells of sunshine but generally quite a lot of cloud. low pressure in charge at the moment, one wriggling weather front which will bring some rain during tuesday night and into wednesday, some other weather fronts focusing some showers in places, but this very humid air picking up a lot of moisture over the atlantic as it moves in our direction, so that will bring some rather misty, murky conditions, some fog patches to start tuesday, particularly murky for the coasts and hills of wales and the south—west. we will see quite large amounts of cloud on tuesday, bringing some rain at times, but a little sunnier in the south and east.
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a few showers for western scotland in the afternoon. but it will feel warm and muggy, 26 for london, 27 in norwich, and that muggy feel certainly continues into the night. we will see a lot of cloud, still some mist and fog and heavy bursts of rain starting to develop especially across some western and northern parts, but overnight lows, 1a in glasgow, 18 in cardiff and in london, so to start wednesday, a lot of cloud and some outbreaks of rain. there is uncertainty as to where exactly this line of wet weather will end up, pulses of heavier rain moving along it, but to the north and west of that band of cloud and rain, it will feel cooler and fresher to the south—east of that band of cloud and rain, while the heat will be building up to around 29 degrees in parts of east anglia. but that band of cloud and rain in association with this weather front should shift its way south eastwards
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into thursday, probably not much rain left on it by this stage. could just see a few showers into the south—east corner, we will keep an eye on that. more cloud working into northern ireland in western scotland with splashes of rain, but for many there will be sunshine and a fresh feel by this stage, still 27 degrees by this stage in london, but elsewhere generally high teens or low 20s. as we head into the weekend, a bank holiday for many, and there will be a lot of dry weather around. more cloud and may be some rain for scotland and northern ireland, and a fresher feel for all of us.
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