welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore, i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines. damage to russia's nordstream one pipeline several baltic countries say it was sabotage. this is an act of sabotage. this is an act that probably signals a new phase in the escalation of the situation in ukraine. international condemnation as moscow—backed occupied regions of ukraine claim victory in their self—styled referendums on joining russia. the international monetary fund warns that the new fiscal plans in the uk could increase inequality across the country. and florida braces for the arrival of hurricane ian
after the storm system devastates cuba. welcome to bbc news broadcasting to viewers in the uk and around the world. the leaders of denmark, sweden and poland say that rare gas leaks that have hit the nordstream pipelines seismologists reported underwater explosions just before the leaks. nord stream one is leaking at two points, a day after a similar leak affected its sister pipeline, nord stream two. the danish authorities have warned ships to avoid the area near the
island of bornholm. i just want to show you these pictures from denmark's defence command, which show bubbles on the surface of the baltic sea above the pipelines they report the largest patch of sea disturbance is 1km wide. well earlier the polish prime minister, went a step further and linked the incidents to the situation in ukraine. translation: we do not yet know the details of what happened - but we clearly see that this is an act of sabotage. this is an act that probably signals a new phase in the escalation of the situation in ukraine. i asked her earlier it was possible to establish if it was sabotage or not? it looks like now that it was not an accident we've heard the leaders of denmark and sweden say this and we have heard the economy minister reinforce his point. it looks like there was a deliberate act on this
pipeline. and when you look at a deliberate act the question is who would have wanted to do something like this to this pipeline that connects russia and europe so many european investors as well as russian investors. investors as well as russian investm— investors as well as russian investors. , ., . ~ investors. picking up on back, who would've _ investors. picking up on back, who would've wanted - investors. picking up on back, who would've wanted to - investors. picking up on back, who would've wanted to do i who would've wanted to do something like that? we know denmark and poland think but what is the sense in what you are seeing right now? we don't have all the _ are seeing right now? we don't have all the answers _ are seeing right now? we don't have all the answers right - are seeing right now? we don't have all the answers right now| have all the answers right now about who could be behind this but there is a lot of speculation that russia could have reasons for wanting to attack this particular pipeline. in many ways it seems counterintuitive after all it is pipeline it is a pipeline they have been refusing to use since september and a pipeline, half of which has been refused by europeans to be operational. so it is not something that is
currently making the money or valuable. so in some ways it is there and it could have a different kind of role or the russians. again we do not know that this is what has happened. but there could be reasons why pressure might want to demonstrate its power at infrastructure. there is a lot of that in europe. it also between our continents. to escalate the conflict as we heard the polish government say today, or to also detract and deflect attention from the battlefield losses that the russians have been having in ukraine as well as it's not smooth mobilisation effort in russia this past week. ﬁgs smooth mobilisation effort in russia this past week. as you oint russia this past week. as you point out. _ russia this past week. as you point out. we _ russia this past week. as you point out, we don't _ russia this past week. as you point out, we don't know- russia this past week. as you point out, we don't know who russia this past week. as you i point out, we don't know who or what might have caused this damage. how much can you speak to the kind of impact that it is going to have on energy prices given the fact that they
are already elevated, europe is already looking at a cold dark and expensive winter? it is one of potentially — and expensive winter? it is one of potentially causing _ and expensive winter? it is one of potentially causing panic. . of potentially causing panic. these were not pipelines that were currently bringing gas europe but was no anticipation that they would be anytime soon. so we are not seeing a contraction of supplies in the short term and many people thought these pipelines would potentially never come online anyway. so kind of price implication is one of concern is one of other disturbances in either energy supply rather than one of a lack of gas coming through these particular pipelines. what we need to look at next is what is the vulnerability of our energy infrastructure. across europe and across the world. how do we patrol and protect our pipelines and then the import terminals if we aren't looking at the pipelines and then we
have to look at how else to get gas. which are tinkers and import and export terminals we have across europe and in asia and north america. is there enough attention on the. ? and what about electricity cables and data cables that connect so many of our countries and continents.— many of our countries and continents. senior fellow at the german _ continents. senior fellow at the german marshall - continents. senior fellow at the german marshall fund. | the united states will introduce a resolution at the un security council condemning russia's self—styled referendums in four regions of ukraine. voting has ended in the discredited referendums infour ukrainian regions, partly or largely occupied by russian forces, on whether they should join russia. according to russian state media, luhansk and donetsk, in the east, and kherson and zaporizhzhia in the south, all apparently strongly favour annexation. ukraine and its allies say the result had already been
decided by the kremlin, and will be used as an excuse for an illegal landgrab. our russia editor, steve rosenberg, told us what steps the kremlin is expected to take now. first i want to stress the key point here that these so—called referendums weren't real referendums, they were hastily arranged, kremlin created and controlled events designed to pave the way to russian annexation of huge swathes of ukrainian territory. we may well see this happen later this week. i expect at some point this week russia will come out and say, right, this land is now ours, even in the absence of international recognition. the question is, what happens then? the kremlin has made it pretty clear that if kyiv attacks and tries to get back these territories then russia will view that as an attack against its territorial integrity and it will respond with all means available to it, including, potentially, nuclear weapons. we know that washington has
warned moscow that if russia uses nuclear weapons that would have catastrophic consequences for russia. what we don't know is whether that american warning will influence vladimir putin's next move. steve rosenberg, many thanks. rescue teams in northern bangladesh have pulled more bodies from a river, after a boat overloaded with mainly hindu pilgrims, capsized. it takes the number of those known to have been killed to sixty—eight, many of them women and children. it's the country's deadliest maritime disaster in years. the colombian singer shakira has been ordered to stand trial in spain, in a tax evasion case. prosecutors in barcelona said in july that they would seek a prison sentence of more than eight years against the singer after she rejected a plea deal over accusations
of tax evasion. in an interview last week, shakira said she was confident she did not owe the spanish tax office anything. the international monetary fund has also taken aim publicly, saying they could increase inequality. in an unusually outspoken statement, it also says "given elevated inflation pressures in many countries, including the uk, we do not recommend large and untargeted fiscal packages at this juncture as it is important that fiscal policy does not work at cross purposes to monetary policy." whatever the bank of england chooses to do, uk banks and building societies are already withdrawing mortage deals after a fall in the value of the pound led
to fears of interest rates rising sharply. almost all lenders are pulling the deals they had on offer last week. our economics editor faisal islam has more. in lincolnshire, will runs superfoil, a successful manufacturer. but this insulation business can't be cushioned from falls in the value in sterling that we've seen in recent days. as most of the products we use are kind of global products — plastics and aluminiums, etc — they're all placed in the dollar. so any drop in the pound directly increases our costs proportionately. so over the last 20, 25 years that we've been running, our purchasing power for our main components is halved, making our products twice as expensive. the currency was stable today, but it remains close to historic lows. this is one of the trading desks where the credibility of britain's finances is up for question. i've never seen a budget move the pound like
this my entire career. essentially, with interest rates rising like this in the uk, it's going to be more expensive to fund the deficit, but the deficit keeps getting wider, especially with all the announcements we had in the budget. so this kind of doom loop, the only way out of it, really, is we've got to tame inflation and get interest rates back down. so, the first thing is tame inflation and all this goes away. the problem is, the budget that we had on friday last week, the only thing it will do is probably add to inflation. the bank of england's chief economist made clear today that by november, it would deliver significant interest rate rises. i think it's hard not to draw the conclusion that all thisl will require a significant. monetary policy response. let me leave it there. those rises from governor andrew bailey are dependent on just how much borrowing the chancellor does. he told bankers and his mps he was going to stick to his plan. as the cost of mortgages surges, the markets may not wait till november for answers.
to some breaking news now, typhoon noru has made landfall in vietnam — that's according to the national forecaster. these are the latest pictures to come into us just a few minutes ago showing rain lashing da nang. the government had already ordered _ the government had already ordered hundreds _ the government had already ordered hundreds and - the government had already- ordered hundreds and thousands of people — ordered hundreds and thousands of people to _ ordered hundreds and thousands of .eol.~. ., ., ., of people to leave their home. curfew has _ of people to leave their home. curfew has been _ of people to leave their home. curfew has been imposed - of people to leave their home. curfew has been imposed in i curfew has been imposed in parts of vietnam and military personnel are on standby. flights have been cancelled in schools have been close. the tycoon is expected to reach thailand on thursday.
take you to cuba where hundreds of thousands of residents have been left without power after hurricane ian slammed into the country's west. the storm made landfall early on tuesday, bringing rain and windspeeds of 205 kilometres an hour. officials cut power to the entire pinar del rio province — a population of 850—thousand and evacuated ao—thousand from low lying areas. the impact was so severe it could be seen from space. these satellite images show hurricane ian — the flashes indicating lightning strikes. and this was the aftermath the category three system left a trail of destruction and flooding in its wake, as it moved onwards towards the gulf of mexico. hurricane ian is now moving towards the us and is expected to strengthen before making landfall in florida on wednesday. this is the expected path. residents along parts of florida's west coast have been warned of �*catastrophic�* storm surges and life—threatening flooding. florida governor ron de santis has already declared a state of emergency
for the entire state. residents have been urged to stock up on supplies, and some mandatory evacuations are under way. a short time ago i got this update from our correspondent in mexico city and our other correspondent in florida. when it hit cuba _ correspondent in florida. when it hit cuba on _ correspondent in florida. when it hit cuba on the _ correspondent in florida. when it hit cuba on the western - correspondent in florida. when it hit cuba on the western tip . it hit cuba on the western tip burials in at over 200 km an hour. huge toppings of rain across a rural region. it's the heart of the island's tobacco industry. we have seen images of crops completely destroyed. and of course, roofs ripped off homes. power lines are down. it's estimated that a million people are still without power and that western end of the island. thankfully, the capital,
havana, seems like it's avoided the worst. it was simply rain, lightning, high winds, but the damage has been relatively contained, which is important because so many buildings in havana are in a precarious state in the first place. at this really comes at the very, very worst time for cuba at the moment. it's in dire economic straits, and this is will affect them as they say, the agriculture sector and so potentially the distribution of basic foods around the island. yeah, those pictures that we are looking at are showing the scale of the devastation there. i just want to turn to our guest now in florida for us. so sorry for mispronouncing your name, what is the picture in florida right now? our authorities appearing for this? as willjust mention there, there is severe damage in cuba, a category three storm when it made landfall. officials still aren't sure how high a category it will be when it makes landfall in florida. they have been adjusting
the path, but either way, they are warning that it could be life—threatening. so they have been making very serious preparations. governor desantis has put a state of emergency in place in all 67 counties. he's mobilised up to 5000 national guard troops, and other preparations are being made as well. schools being shutdown, tending to potential shelters. and here in a place like tampa bay where it's an extremely low lying area with buildings that are extremely vulnerable, mandatory evacuations are in place. we will be back with you injust a moment, but i want to turn back to will now. will, you are telling us a little bit about how people are coping right now, but our authorities helping out? give us a sense of the scale
of assistance that people are getting in cuba. yeah, i mean, dealing with hurricanes is sort of ingrained in the dna of the cuban people. and the people across the caribbean. it is so regular, and of in recent years, getting stronger and more powerful, more frequent with climate change. so cubans know how to deal with hurricanes. there is no doubt about that. people evacuated from the outer lying islands, coming onto the mainland. people stayed with families. the authorities are good at mobilising quickly in times like this. of course, like i said, the economics of the situation are dire in cuba at present. they simply don't have many of the basic tools that might be needed to help get things back online to help clear trees, to help clear paths, you know, shelters, emergency supplies and so on. so it is a very difficult scenario to cope with. the hope is, though, that because it was limited to the western end of the island that they need, you know, is contained, and that the authorities, that communist run authorities, will be able to get down to the people who
president yeltsin said today would decide the nation's destiny. the nightmare that so many people have feared for so long is playing out its final act, here. russians are killing russians in front of a grandstand audience. it was his humility that produced affection from catholics throughout the world. but his departure is a tragedy for the catholic church. this man, israel's right—winger ariel sharon, visited the religious compound, and that started the trouble. he wants israel alone to have sovereignty over the holy sites, an idea unthinkable to palestinians. after 45 years of division, germany is one. in berlin, a million germans celebrated the rebirth of europe's biggest and richest nation.
president biden will host a summit with leaders and representatives from pacific island nations on wednesday — as the us looks to strengthen relations in the region. washington is keen to counter china's ambitions in the pacific — with concern growing earlier this year when beijing signed a security agreement with the solomon islands. the summit will also focus on climate change — which is a key issue for many countries in the region. to find out more about the inaugural us—pacific island country summit which is being hosted what do you think president by day and is hoping to achieve —— biden. has day and is hoping to achieve -- biden. �* , , ., day and is hoping to achieve -- biden. �* , ,, , day and is hoping to achieve -- biden. m , , biden. as you said this is the first ever _ biden. as you said this is the first ever summit, _ biden. as you said this is the i first ever summit, presidential
they are obviously very concerned about any architect chair in the pacific which potentially excludes, which does exclude china and also produces their space and also produces their space and also concern amongst specific leaders to that partners do not engage with the pacific spirit lead to counter china through zero—sum political lenses. that's where part of the concern from the pacific are is that they welcome us engagement in the region, but the concern is that the engagement is consistent, reflect specific values and priorities and that it isn't exclusionary.-
it isn't exclusionary. senior lecturer in _ it isn't exclusionary. senior lecturer in international - lecturer in international security at massey university in new zealand. thank you so much forjoining us on newsday. another big story in the region. heading to japan now where the state funeral of assassinated former prime minister, shinzo abe, has taken place in tokyo. world leaders attending included the us vice president, kamala harris. but the decision to hold a state funeral proved divisive — with some people worried about the cost, and about the close links between mr abe's party and the controversial unification church. our correspondent rupert wingfield hayes reports from tokyo. it is hard to imagine what this must have been like for akie abe, shinzo abe's widow. amid her own private grief with so many looking on. it was her lonely task to carry her husbands ashes into his state funeral. among the many eulogies that followed perhaps the most heartfelt came from mr abe close political ally and successor yoshihide suga. translation: | spent-
all those years with you in the prime minister office i was so happy through good times and bad i will say this repeatedly prime minister shinzo abe you were a true leader of our countryjapan. this funeral was not without controversy. opinion polls show around 60% of japanese people did not want it to happen. but as the dignitaries gathered inside on the streets outside, long lines began to form. of ordinary japanese people wanting to be part of it. wanting to show their feelings. he is a big icon in japan and i love him. i want to show respect, love everything. ilove him. all of these people in this line love him too i guess. this state funeralfor shinzo abe is deeply dividing japanese society. you can see this queue, we understand is three km long. many thousands of people have turned out today to pay their respects and expressed their sorrow at his death.
but equally, not far away there are many thousands of others who were gathering to protest to show their anger that mr abe has been given this rare honour. at the national parliament, a very different scene. a very different mood. japanese are not a people easily driven to anger. but you could feel it here. a sense that these people's feelings about mr abe have been completely ignored. translation: i am angry. they are holding the state funeral completely without the consent of the people. that is why young people like me need to speak out more. translation: | could not stay | at home when they are spending so much on this funeral with so many ordinaryjapanese people are suffering. inside the budokan the great and the good are now paying their respects. us vice president kamala harris, former british prime minister theresa may and india's modi.
abroad shinzo abe was admired as is truly significant politician but one who was never fully embraced thanks for watching. hello there. there's been quite an autumnal flavour to our weather story both by day and at nightjust recently. there's more sunshine and showers to come. plenty of rainbows potentially in the sky, but the wind strength will ease through wednesday, still coming from the north, so still a coolish source. now it's this weather front here that could be a key player as we go through wednesday. it's going to enhance some showers in off the north seas. it's these here, they'll gradually drift their way towards newcastle and down to hull area, some of them heavy and thundery. ahead of it, largely fine with some sunshine, a few scattered showers running down through perhaps the west facing coasts of wales and south west england. we will see temperatures struggling for the time of year, still around 13—16 celsius, and some of these showers could turn
heavy and thundery. now, they are likely to drift their way steadily southwards through wednesday night into the early hours of thursday morning. so still there to clear first thing on thursday. but on the whole, this little ridge of high pressure builds and quietens things down for many on thursday. so some early showers clearing south of the m4 corridor. a few showers still coming in off the north sea for northeast england, but generally fine and settling with a little more sunshine and lighter winds. temperatures will be a degree or so higher back to where they should be really for this time of year. however, it's all change into friday. we're likely to see some pretty wet and windy weather. so, useful rain for all of us at some point on friday. ahead of it, it is going to be largely fine and dry, so not a bad start. if you've got plans for outside, get out and do it first thing in the morning. that rain turning into western scotland, northern ireland, northwest england as we go through lunchtime and then gradually drifting its way southeast.
so probably not arriving into east anglia and southeast england until the end of the day. top temperatures of around 17 celsius. now, as we move into the weekend, that weather front could be a bit of a nuisance for some of us. it's going to continue to push its way steadily south and east. and as you can see, we trail it all the way back out into the atlantic. so for central and southern england, we could see some rain persisting for the start of the weekend, but, eventually, sunday will see somewhat drier, brighter and once again, warmer conditions returning. take care.
this is bbc news. we will 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. vladimir putin did not intend to be in the place he's in right now. he didn't want his ukraine invasion to become a protracted war in which his army is losing ground. he didn't plan to forcibly mobilise military—age men across russia, and he didn't want to see internal protests spread. but this is where he is — seemingly in trouble. my guest is putin loyalist, russian mp and influential