tv BBC World News BBC News June 16, 2021 12:00am-12:31am BST
this is bbc news. i'm james reynolds with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. joe biden arrives in geneva ahead of his summit with president putin. both sides agree relations are at a new low. the first major test for israel's new government — as a controversial march byjewish nationalists is held in eastjerusalem. london's metropolitan police comes in for severe criticism for its mishandling of a murder case from the 1980s. daniel morgan was a private investigator — looking into police corruption. and as iran prepares to head to the polls, we meet the voters who've become disenchanted with this election.
hello and welcome. president biden has arrived in geneva ahead of tomorrow's summit with president putin of russia. relations between the two countries are at their lowest point in decades, and mr biden has already said he will lay down america's "red lines" during the discussions. our moscow correspondent steve rosenberg has travelled to geneva. they say that the waters of lake geneva have the power to rejuvenate, to cure. but can a lakeside summit here revive a political relationship that's in very poor health? when vice—presidentjoe biden met vladimir putin, he told him he had no soul. more recently, he said he was a killer. mr putin hit back: "takes one to know one". so when they sit down for talks, what message will the white house be putting across to the kremlin?
fiona hill was donald trump's senior adviser on russia. she says moscow must be told to behave. the biggest danger that the united states faces right now from russia is the coercive, subversive, covert action that is the hallmark of vladimir putin, be it ransomware for hire and cyber—criminals, the constant hacking and releasing of e—mails, assassination attempts, we can go down the list of dirty tricks. and we really need those to stop. but convincing the kremlin to change direction won't be easy. on the surface, at least, both presidents are coming here to geneva to try to improve ties. joe biden says he wants a relationship with russia which is stable and predictable. the problem is, unpredictability is vladimir putin's thing. keeping the west guessing about his next move,
that's what the kremlin leader is all about. and he's unlikely to give that up unless it's on his terms. arms control and strategic stability — they may find some common ground here. but ifjoe biden raises the issue of human rights in russia, expect the kremlin to hit back. america is not perceived in russia as a democracy and of course, as a country being superior. i would not expect any great breakthroughs in the relationships, of course. but talking is better than not talking. and this is where they'll be talking, at this 18th—century villa. as he arrives in geneva, joe biden knows it will be a difficult conversation. don't expect one short summit to turn adversaries into allies. steve rosenberg, bbc news, geneva. well, our north america editor jon sopel is covering the summit from geneva — he explained what outcome
the american administration is looking for from the meeting. success is not what the american side see this as being about. if you talk to the americans involved in building up for this discussion with vladimir putin, they're talking about all the issues that are very difficult that steve sort of outlined in that report — the cyber attacks, the ransomware, ukraine, human rights, the list goes on and on. and, you know, joe biden has christened this tour the "america is back" tour, but in a slightly smaller font size, it says, "i'm not donald trump." and you can expect a very different approach towards vladimir putin from joe biden than we saw from donald trump, who was much more kind of accommodating towards the russian leader. and so, i think what's going to happen is you're not going to see a communique with deliverables, diplo speak for agreements and concrete actions that will be taken. you're going to see a lot of red lines. "if you continue to do this, then we will do that." the americans aren'tjust dampening expectations,
they're getting bucketfuls of ice cold lake water and pouring them all over those expectations. hundreds of israeli nationalists have been taking part in a flag march through occupied eastjerusalem which palestinians see as a provocation. they have staged an annual march through eastjerusalem, chanting, whistling, and risking reigniting tensions with palestinians, weeks after hundreds of people on both sides were killed in cross—border fighting. in a surprise move the centrist yair lapid has condemned the march. ?in a tweet the country's minister of foreign affairs said "these people were a disgrace to the nation of israel." ourjerusalem correspondent yolande knell was at damascus gate, where the marchers gathered but were blocked by police from passing into the old city. these ultranationalist israelis who are being allowed to come down towards damascus gate, it's the main gate into the muslim quarter of the old city, they're
bringing their israeli flags. they're allowed to dance here. this is a celebration that they hold to remember the fact that the east ofjerusalem was captured by israel back in the 1967 middle east war. it's always seen, this annual event, as being a provocation by the palestinians. but this year, it was originally scheduled to take place last month, and that was a time when tensions injerusalem were running extremely high. and that's when hamas fired its first rockets towardsjerusalem in years. it led to 11 days of deadly fighting. now, the march organisers asked for their procession to be reorganised as soon as a cease—fire with gaza took hold. that is happening now. this turned into the first big test for israel's new coalition government, a fragile coalition that's made up of left, centrist and far—right parties who may be sympathetic to those here. they didn't want to look weak, particularly in front of hamas,
which had said this could be the fuse that could cause an explosion. and a short time go there's been a series of israeli air strikes on the gaza strip. security sources are quoted as saying the air strikes took place after militants in the palestinian territory sent incendiary balloons into southern israel. it marks the first major military action between israel and gaza since last month's ceasefire, which ended 11 days of heavy fighting, in which 260 palestinians were killed, and 13 people died in israel. here in the uk, an inquiry looking into the unsolved murder of a private investigator, daniel morgan in 1987 has concluded that the failure to find the killer is the result of a "form of institutional corruption" within london's metropolitan police. the hard—hitting report has been been welcomed by daniel morgan's family who say the metropolitan police commisioner, dame cressida dick, should consider her position. tom symonds reports.
there has never been a case like this — an unsolved murder in a car park, decades of police failures. the body of 37—year—old i daniel morgan was found in sydenham in south—east london _ a family damaged for a generation. now, the verdict. not who did it, but why we don't know who did it. the panel concluded the failures of the metropolitan police went beyond a failure to solve this crime. we believe that concealing or denying failings for the sake of an organisation's public image is dishonesty on the part of the organisation for reputational benefit. this constitutes a form of institutional corruption. daniel morgan was found dead in this car park, an axe in his head. he was a private investigator, just a small firm above a shop,
but a firm, it turned out, linked to corrupt police officers. it's one theyjust can't solve. four investigations and several crimewatch appeals produced at least 12 possible motives. jonathan rees was a key suspect, daniel morgan's business partner. a colleague told an inquest that he had wanted friends in the police to arrange the murder so that another officer, sid fillery, could leave the force and take daniel'sjob, which actually happened. the accusation was undermined because the accuser had a fraud conviction. both men have strongly denied being involved and they were acquitted of related charges, but the panel says lines of inquiry weren't properly followed up. this report is enormous and damning. it details forms of corruption at all levels, from the tolerance of poor investigations to police officers drinking with people on the limits of legality. but most of all, it says that the metropolitan police concealed or denied its failings. in short, that it was dishonest.
today's report finds that in 2005, during a review of the case, the met failed to identify deficiencies in its own police work. in 2011, the force made a statement on possible corruption, but failed to make it clear that police officers might have been involved in the murder itself. and when in 2013 this panel began its inquiry, the met delayed handing over documents and made it difficult to get access to a police database. the current commissioner, cressida dick, is personally accused of obstructing the panel's work. should she now consider her position? no, the commissioner, in her role before me . in overseeing this panel, i oversaw that disclosure i've talked about, oversaw - the release of the holmes database and some very difficult and sensitive i material that we had to work out how we could best - share that. all of that was superintended i by the commissioner to the best of her ability, and i have - continued, with her support, to take that approach i with the panel hitherto. we cannot ignore the findings of this report. its recommendations are
wide—ranging and far—reaching across aspects of policing, conduct, culture and transparency in public institutions. she's demanded a detailed response from the met. for daniel's brother, it's the end of a 34—year battle. it's vindication, but... it's not like the wounds can heal in this kind of environment, where you've got lies, incompetence, corruption, secrecy, dishonesty... ..shiftiness, you know... ..over the murder. the panel said the words "institutional corruption" weren'tjust a description of something which happened here in the past. they're about the present, too. tom symonds, bbc news. the hungarian parliament has passed a law that bans what it claims is the promotion and portrayal of homosexuality and gender reassignment to children. the right—wing government of prime minister viktor
0rban says the law — similar to one in force in russia — would protect children from what it calls "gay propaganda." but numerous rights groups have condemned the law, and say this will further stigmatise the lgbtq community. nick thorpe reports. protests against the new law in hungary — thousands of demonstrators gathered outside the parliament in budapest on monday evening. they say the law lumps homosexuals together with paedophiles and will reduce support for vulnerable youth. translation: | think this - country is heading in the wrong direction and it's getting more and more uncomfortable to live here — not only for gay people, but basically for everyone else. translation: people have to hide things - instead of speaking out. they have to live in secret. that's basically not good. you cannot talk to each other honestly about things that touch all of us. we cannot talk to each other honestly about things
that touch all of us. the original law, as proposed by the government, targeted paedophilia. that was widely supported by the public and parliament. but at the last minute, the government introduced an amendment banning what it called the promotion of homosexuality and gender change among minors. experts say it will be hard to put into practice, but it could affect sex education in schools, the advertising industry, as well as which films are shown at what time of day. the government says the law was necessary to protect young people from what it calls gay propaganda. 0pposition politicians say the law was designed to split the broad opposition alliance ahead of elections next year, which threaten to unseat viktor 0rban�*s, government. nick thorpe, bbc news. stay with us on bbc news — still to come... we'll be looking at the plight of domestic workers around the world, who are among those worst hit by the consequences of the coronavirus.
there was a bomb in the city centre. a code word known to be one used by the ira was given. army bomb experts were examining a suspect van when there was a huge explosion. the south african parliament has destroyed the foundation of apartheid by abolishing the population registration act, which for 40 years forcibly classified each citizen according to race. just a day old and the royal baby is, tonight, sleeping i in his cot at home. early this evening, - the new prince was taken by his mother and father to theirapartment- in kensington palace. germany's parliament, the bundestag has voted by a narrow majority to move the seat of government from bonn to berlin. berliners celebrated into the night, but the decision was greeted with shock in bonn. the real focus of attention today was valentina tereshkova. the world's first woman cosmonaut. what do you think of - the russian woman in space? i think it's a wonderful achievement, and i think we might be able to persuade the wife. it would be a good idea,
if i could, to get her to go up there for a little while. this is bbc news, the latest headlines... joe biden arrives in geneva ahead of his summit with president putin. both sides agree relations are at a new low. the first major test for israel's new government — as a controversial march byjewish nationalists is held in eastjerusalem. iranians are preparing to go to the polls this week in the first presidential election since 2017 — and the political situation in the country has grown increasingly volatile. seven men are competing for the job — they've all been approvied by the powerful guardian council. in a country that is struggling with both sanctions and a crippling economic crisis, some voters have become disenchanted with this election. the bbc�*s rana rahimpour has more. 0n the streets of iranian cities, there are very few signs of a lively election — except for these posters, mostly of the main candidate
in the election, ebrahim raisi. a hardline formerjudge and current head ofjudiciary, mr raisi seems to be a favourite for iran's political establishment. all the well—known reformist candidates have been banned from taking part. translation: in my opinion, the competition should have l been more open and there should have been a broader selection of candidates. most opinion polls predict a low turnout, unlike the previous presidential election. calls for boycotting the election are louder than ever. but why? well, there are several reasons. first, the economy. the reintroduction of us sanctions, widespread corruption, and mismanagement have crippled the economy. translation: we don't make any plans for the future - _ we live from day to day, according to the economic situation.
chanting. second, the violent crackdown on anti—government protests. hundreds of protesters were killed in demonstrations in 2017, and �*19. their mothers have called for a boycott of the election. translation: anybody who votes is betraying l those who were killed and their mothers. third, the downing of the ukrainian aircraft by iran's revolutionary guard in 2020. 176 passengers — including more than 20 children — died. it was an unbelievable crime, and still is. after 17 months, this is still alive among the iranian people over the world, and we can't forget it. three days after the crash,
iran finally accepted responsibility, but it never investigated it properly. this kind of election isjust lining up some criminals in front of you, and just say pick one of them to help the supreme leader of iran to do more murders and more crimes. many analysts fear that all branches of power in iran will soon be dominated by ultra conservative hardliners. they worry that darker days await iranian people. critics say that iran's pseudo—democracy is turning into an all—out islamic dictatorship. rana rahimpour, bbc news. let's get some of the day's other news more than 600,000 people have now died in the united states from the coronavirus pandemic. monitored reliably by thejohns hopkins hospital, it's the highest tally in the world — a position the country assumed soon after the virus spread
across the globe. hundreds of south africans have descended on a field in a rural village in southeast of the country to dig for diamonds. the rush comes after a cattle herder discovered what he thought were diamonds more than a week ago. the government is sending geologists to verify whether the stones uncovered are in fact diamonds. scientists have warned that the world is on the verge of a climate change tipping point. the german team — who spent a year in the artic — have reported increasing signs that summer ice may be disappearing. they say it would have a huge impact on the entire world. domestic workers are among those worst hit by the consequences of the coronavirus. that's the verdict of a recent report, which found they were more likely than most workers to lose theirjob or face a drop in wages. data in the report found that the world's 75 million domestic workers have suffered significantly due to the pandemic.
in factjob losses among domestic workers ranged from five to 20% in most european countries. and in the americas, the situation was even worse, with losses amounting to 25 to 50% of workers. to put that in perspective, over the same period, job losses among other employees were less than 15% in most countries. one organisation that assists them in hong kong is "help for domestic workers" and they have seen demand for their services dramatically increase. manisha wijesinghe is their executive director. she told us more about how these workers had been coping. definitely last year was quite an interesting year for us at help for domestic workers. we saw a doubling of our monthly average of cases. we usually have around 60 cases a month and last year it went up to about 120 and those cases we have seen are very much similar to the issues highlighted. we have seen an increase of the number of domestic
workers who are being denied their rest days, who have not been allowed to leave the house for around six to seven months, who have been denied their wages, and then also a significant increase in the number of domestic workers losing their employment over the last year. do they ever dare to speak up? it is quite a difficult situation, particularly in hong kong, where many of the domestic workers have to choose between whether they want to speak up or whether they want to be able to sleep in the night, particularly... we had a number of cases where we had domestic workers who continued with their employment for six to seven months, not receiving pay, not receiving rest days, sometimes going through physical and sexual abuse but continuing because their conditions of stay were tied to their employment and their
accommodation was tied to their employment. so because of that they have to choose between having a place to sleep or whether they should find support. do the authorities where you are take the welfare of domestic workers seriously? there are definitely measures and improvements in respect of recognising the contributions by domestic workers, but definitely we do have much more ways to go in that. i think one of the difficulties is the fact that we do need to engage with both domestic workers and employers. it's not something that can be fixed by only addressing domestic workers themselves. so there is a lot of ways to go in respect of supporting domestic workers more. if a domestic worker is in trouble, what should they do? if they are in trouble, first thing, they could call police, or they could call an organisation like us. we could advise them in respect of what they need to do and this is something we saw last year —
we had one particular case where she had been in distress for a number of months. she called us in the night, we were able to send the police to her and then get her support, advise her on what her rights are. particularly this is important because, as i said, domestic workers' rights in hong kong are very much tied to their employment conditions so it is best to get advice as soon as possible. ever get the feeling your employer is spying on you? well, the furniture chain ikea has been found guilty ofjust that — setting up an elaborate system to illegally snoop on hundreds of employees and job applicants over several years in france. courtney bembridge reports almost a decade after the scandal broke, ikea france has been fined $1.2 million and its former ceo given a two—year suspended prison sentence. the french arm of the business was found guilty of carrying out illegal surveillance on union organisers, employees,
job applicants and even disgruntled customers. the company's bill for private investigators reportedly ran to more than half million euros a year. in one case, the company wanted to find out how an employee could afford a bmw convertible on a low income. ikea has apologised for the practices and said it's since brought in a new code of conduct. translation: since 2012, | the company has been given all the necessary information to its employees. so, the companies brand image in the world with regard to employees and the recruitment of talent, will not be altered. as for the rest, i think, wrongly perhaps, i think it is ancient history. the trial focused on spying allegations between 2009 and 2012. but a lawyer for the former employees said it has been happening for years. translation: it happened
on a very large-scale - over more than ten years and so we can't just forget. but the employees are satisfied that they have won their case and they have obtained compensation. the victims were awarded payouts between 1000 and 10,000 euros each. but many said the penalties for those involved in the scheme were too lenient. courtney bembridge, bbc news. finally — before we go — some remarkable pictures of migrating tibetan antelopes. every year, tens of thousands of pregnant tibetan antelopes migrate in qinghai province in northwest china to give birth after mating in november or december — and then leave with their offspring in summertime. local officials say there's been good progress recently in conserving their habitats. that's helped the breeding and migration of the antelopes in nature reserves and beyond. this year's migration began in late april. protection stations have been set up along the migration route.
you are watching bbc news. hello again. tuesday was another very warm day across england and wales. temperatures peaked at 27 degrees celsius. that's just two down from the hottest day of the year, which was at the start of the week on monday. and as i say, england and wales enjoyed a lot of sunshine. scotland and northern ireland, a different story. we had rain, and that band of rain continues to push its way eastwards over the next few hours whilst weakening, so the rain will become a lighter and patchier. across the board, temperatures staying up into double figures as we head into the first part of wednesday morning. now, this front is a cold front, and it's an important one. very weak, it will bring just a few patches of rain across north west england and north west wales. sunny spells for scotland and northern ireland, a few isolate showers. dry picture for east wales and most of england with lots of sunshine. but it's this front that separates the fresh air in the north west
from the increasingly humid air across east wales and england. and big temperature contrasts, too. perhaps 18 degrees across the north west of the uk. across east wales and into the heart of england, temperatures well up into the mid—20s, the high 20s in places. but as we head into wednesday night, the atmosphere will become very volatile and will go bang. yes, the first batch of thunderstorms, the first batch of quite a few thunderstorms, will be working in on wednesday night, pushing in perhaps across east wales, certainly getting parts of england. and those storms will tend to clear north—eastwards as we go through thursday, with the weather settling down to a degree. still fresh air across the north west, still quite humid across parts of eastern england. some uncertainty with the temperatures. depends, really, how much sunshine we get through some of that highest cloud across eastern areas, but it could potentially be a bit warmer than that. on into friday, well, another batch of storms is going to be heading in from france. again, it's mainly targeting england. that will tend to push its way northwards as we go
through friday night, with the weather again settling down, calming down to a degree as we head into saturday. and then we do it all again. saturday night sees another batch of storms come through. this area of storms is probably going to be a little bit more widespread as it works its way northwards, joining forces with an atlantic weather front in the west. and that area of rain, thundery at times, will push northwards on sunday. so, we've got several bouts of thunderstorms coming our way over the next few days. the biggest of those could bring, well, nearly a month's worth of rain injust a few hours. flash flooding is possible.
this is bbc news — the headlines. us presidentjoe biden has arrived in geneva — ahead of tomorrow's summit with president vladimir putin of russia. relations between the two countries are at their lowest point in decades — and mr biden has already said he will lay down america's �*red lines�* during the discussions on wednesday. a large group of israeli ultra—nationalist groups have taken part in an annual march marking israel's annexation of eastjerusalem in nineteen—sixty—seven. chanting, whistling and banging drums — the group's on a police—approved route — passing close to — but not through — the damascus gate intojerusalem's old city. here — an independent panel's accused london's metropolitan police force of �*a form of institutional corruption�* for concealing or denying failings over the unsolved murder of a private investigator nearly thirty—five years ago. daniel morgan was killed with an axe in the car park of a london pub. now on bbc news, it's hardtalk with stephen sackur