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welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore, i'm karishma vaswani. the secret wealth and dealings of dozens of world leaders has been exposed in one of the biggest ever leaks of financial ever lea ks of financial documents ever leaks of financial documents dove to the pandora papers. they show the king of jordan spent more than $100 million building his property empire in the uk and the us. when a political elite enriches himself from being an hour, it's the ordinary person who is suffering. it's the ordinary person who is sufferinu. �* �* it's the ordinary person who is suffering-— suffering. bbc panorama in a year-long — suffering. bbc panorama in a year-long investigation - year—long investigation involving more than 650
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journalists has had access to 12 million documents sparking allegations of corruption, money laundering and global tax avoidance. also on our programme — the us says it's very concerned about the rising tensions between china and taiwan. the chinese military jets flying into taiwanese airspace over the past few days. and these are live pictures from la palma, on spain's canary islands, where volcano activity is intensifying. life from our studio in singapore... this is bbc news. it's newsday. it's seven in the morning in singapore and midnight in london. the secret wealth and dealings of hundreds of weller
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leaders, politicians and billionaires has been exposed in one of the biggest leaks of financial documents — — world leaders. some 35 current and former leaders, including the king ofjordan, are featured in the leak of 12 million files from companies providing offshore services in tax havens around the world and are revealed in a year—long investigation. the data was extreme by the international... in the uk, the investigation has been led by bbc panorama and of the guardian. richard built—in reports. it's one of the world's most glamorous addresses. so this is david beckham's place, up on our right. this is david beckham's place? uh-huh. home to the stars. that's simon cowell�*s place right there. just there? but even the guides don't know who owns one imposing villa on malibu's cliffs. who lives here, on this house on the left, just here?
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who lives here? i have no idea. extremely impressive. the secret owner has bought the properties on either side, too. we know his identity because of a huge leak of offshore documents. they were obtained by the international consortium of investigativejournalists and shared with more than 600 reporters, including the guardian in the uk. the documents show the malibu property was held through a company called nabisco holdings. but the real owner is abdullah al—sharif al—hussein, the king ofjordan. king abdullah's country isn't rich. jordan is getting overfive years £650 million of uk aid. but we found the king owned properties in washington and london as well, 15 in total. he spent £70 million.
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it's just very, very difficult for the averagejordanian to achieve just a home and family and a good job. to have it really thrown injordanians' faces that he's just been funnelling money abroad all this time... that would look really bad. the king ofjordan�*s lawyers said there is nothing improper about his ownership of properties and the source of funds is personal wealth, which he also uses to fund projects forjordan�*s citizens. closer to home, the files show a property deal involving a former uk prime minister. this isn't about hiding wealth offshore, but tony blair did benefit from a loophole. offshore trusts get tax relief while homeowners pay vat on insurance premiums. we will create a tax system that is fair, which is related to ability to pay _ on his way to power,
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tony blair promised tax reform, but he and his wife saved money when they bought this place in central london in 2017. it cost them £6.5 million. the stamp duty on a property like this would be more than £300,000. that's what you or i would pay if we bought this property direct from somebody else. but the blairs didn't pay it. that's because the property was owned by an offshore company and the blairs bought that company rather than the property itself. no rules were broken, no stamp duty to pay. that doesn't look great, - and so, even if what the blairs did was perfectly legal, perfectly legitimate - in the business world, - it feels instinctively really unfair, because they got access to an advantage, | a potential advantage - that the rest of us don't have. cherie blair told the bbc they didn't request to structure the transaction this way and that,
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after purchase, they had brought the property under uk tax and regulatory rules. a spokesman added the couple will be liable for capital gains tax on resale. richard bilton, bbc news. here are some of the other revelations in the pandora papers. the files also found... though this is strongly disputed. documents also show...
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well, the czech prime minister has responded to the pandora papers allegation on social media. he said he had never done anything illegal or wrong, calling the claims an effort to try to denigrate him and influence the czech parliamentary elections. earlier, my colleague spoke to richard built—in for more background — — richard bilton. it's a secret world where their rich can hive their wealth. this one has a lot of important people in it. there are 35 world leaders and 300 public state officials, so there's a lot of people in there. as we said in that report, it came from the international consortium of investigative journalists. it allows us to see into this world. 600 journalists all around the world are involved in it, and
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each partner who's working here in the uk. �* ., , , in the uk. and who else is in the files? — in the uk. and who else is in the files? you _ in the uk. and who else is in the files? you mentioned - in the uk. and who else is in | the files? you mentioned the president _ the files? you mentioned the president of _ the files? you mentioned the president of azerbaijan, - the files? you mentioned the president of azerbaijan, and l president of azerbaijan, and one thing that comes out of the files is london is one place to hide money. i azerbaijan, the president had 17 secret properties. worth more than £400 million. 0ne properties. worth more than £400 million. one was an office block owned by the president's 11—year—old son. 0ne block owned by the president's 11—year—old son. one of the deals is the awkward for the crown estates, which is the public body that manages the queen's properties because they bought a property for £66 million. they were sort of laundering money for one of the world's most corrupt families. what's the reaction to all this? ~ . ., , ., ,
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this? well, the crown estates said it conducted _ this? well, the crown estates said it conducted checks - said it conducted checks required by uk law and did not establish any reason why the transactions should not proceed, but it is now looking into the matter.— into the matter. meanwhile, duncan haynes _ into the matter. meanwhile, duncan haynes is _ into the matter. meanwhile, duncan haynes is the - into the matter. meanwhile, l duncan haynes is the director of policy transparency international.- of policy transparency international. ~ ., international. wit a political elite enriches _ international. wit a political elite enriches itself - international. wit a political elite enriches itself with - elite enriches itself with being _ elite enriches itself with being in power, the ordinary man— being in power, the ordinary mamend— being in power, the ordinary man and woman are suffering in their_ man and woman are suffering in their country is all the poorer for it — their country is all the poorer for it. sometimes it's not about— for it. sometimes it's not about avoiding tax. if you're a public— about avoiding tax. if you're a public official and received a bribe — public official and received a bribe to— public official and received a bribe to a crony of yours and that— bribe to a crony of yours and that isn't— bribe to a crony of yours and that isn't the best deal for your— that isn't the best deal for your country, then your country is suffering — your country, then your country is suffering as a result of you taking — is suffering as a result of you taking a _ is suffering as a result of you taking a kickback. so, corruption is not a victimless crime, —
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corruption is not a victimless crime, far— corruption is not a victimless crime, far from it. corruption is not a victimless crime, farfrom it. people corruption is not a victimless crime, far from it. people who rely— crime, far from it. people who rely on — crime, far from it. people who rely on their government to summ— rely on their government to support them in their hour of need — support them in their hour of need are _ support them in their hour of need are the ones that do that and politicians have been furthering their own interests. you can— furthering their own interests. you can read much more about today's expose on our website. 0ver today's expose on our website. over the coming days, we will bring you more revelations from the pandora papers, including the pandora papers, including the financial dealings of three major donors to the uk governing conservative party. meanwhile, the united states says it's very concerned about what it called provocative military activity by china near taiwan. it follows flights by chinese militaryjets into taiwanese airspace over the past three days, raising tensions between the island and beijing. peter bowes has mourned. — — more. beijing. peter bowes has mourned. - - more. this is related _ mourned. - - more. this is related to _ mourned. - - more. this is related to the _ mourned. - - more. this is related to the military - related to the military activity off taiwan. with
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almost 100 flights now entering what's known as the defence identification zone, which is airspace of taiwan. it's outside of the national airspace, but it's an area that can be monitored and has been monitored by the taiwanese defense department, counting these flights which are not just over the last few days, this has been going on for many months. the taiwanese people have been complaining about this for some time. the united states expressing concern and calling on china to cease what it calls the provocative military activity. for the united states, this poses a key issue in terms of its long—term supporter of taiwan and its right to defend itself. there are clearly trade issues with taiwan and the united states in terms of exports and imports running to the tune of billions of dollars every year. so it's an important strategic area for
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the united states, but this issue of china essentially flexing its military muscle poses a potential problem for joe biden, who of course has already difficult relations with china, with the us hoping for cooperation of china on climate change issues. while acknowledging that they have differences elsewhere. a major escalation in terms of taiwan could be quite a headache for the us president.— could be quite a headache for the us president. peter bowes there. in other _ the us president. peter bowes there. in other news, - the us president. peter bowes there. in other news, eight - there. in other news, eight months after the myanmar military seized power in a coup, the country is descending further into a civil war. last month, the national unity government made up of ousted election leaders glared war on the military to restore democracy. the fighting is intensifying. 0n attack on a traffic police
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post on the 8th of september. 0ne post on the 8th of september. one of several explosions that day. in august, four policemen were shot dead on a train. dozens of local administrators have also been killed. attacks like these are now happening almost daily across the country. the network of civilian militias fighting to retort democracy. they call themselves the people's defence forces. the pdf is made up of pro—democracy protesters, police defectors and ordinary citizens. they say they have no other choice but to take up arms. translation: i have never touched a gun, but the military... my family is now scattered like pieces of broken glass. they read in my home trying to arrest me. i couldn't stand it any more, so i came here to take up arms.
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but they are not well armed. they are using guns with an improvised bombs to fight against a trained military. in some cases, groups who have been fighting the military for decades have been providing some training and shelter for pdf members. and now, the fighting is taking place on the central plains. in areas like here, they have never seen fighting. the military�*s response is that time collective punishment. this is what happens after an attack by the people's defence force. the military band houses and forces the population of 8000 to flee. in the region's capital, these homes were destroyed by the
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military. 0n state tv, the images of pds members are showed. others don't survive dissension. this man was arrested on september the 25th. the next day, his family was told he was dead. the military cremated and his body. nearly 1200 people have now been killed since the military to. thousands more have been detained. chanting �*s despite the ongoing track down, people continue to oppose the do military rule. you're watching newsday. still to come — taliban fighters appear to have lots attacks
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targeting islamic state militants hours after a blast killed eight people outside kabul. this was a celebration by people who were relishing their freedom. they believe everything will be different from now on and their country will be respected in the world once more as it used to be. the dell i llama. — once more as it used to be. the dell i llama, the _ once more as it used to be. tue: dell i llama, the spiritual leader of tibet, has won this year's nobel peace prize. tiara year's nobel peace prize. two grenades _ year's nobel peace prize. two grenades exploded _ year's nobel peace prize. two grenades exploded and a group of soldiersjumped from grenades exploded and a group of soldiers jumped from a military— of soldiers jumped from a military truck and ran towards the president.— military truck and ran towards the president. after 437 years, the president. after 437 years, the skeletal— the president. after 437 years, the skeletal ribs of _ the president. after 437 years, the skeletal ribs of henry - the skeletal ribs of henry vins— the skeletal ribs of henry viii's warship— the skeletal ribs of henry viii's warship emerge, i the skeletal ribs of henry. viii's warship emerge, but the skeletal ribs of henry- viii's warship emerge, but even as divers— viii's warship emerge, but even as divers work _ viii's warship emerge, but even as divers work to, _ viii's warship emerge, but even as divers work to, the _ viii's warship emerge, but even as divers work to, the mary- as divers work to, the mary rose — as divers work to, the mary rose went— as divers work to, the mary rose went through - as divers work to, the mary rose went through anotherj as divers work to, the mary- rose went through another heart stopping — rose went through another heart
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stopping drop _ rose went through another heart stopping drop i— rose went through another heart stepping dr0p-_ rose went through another heart stepping drep— stopping drop. i want to be the --eole's stopping drop. i want to be the people's governor. _ stopping drop. i want to be the people's governor. i _ stopping drop. i want to be the people's governor. i want - stopping drop. i want to be the people's governor. i want to i people's governor. i want to represent everybody. i believe in the people of california. cheering this is newsday on the bbc. i'm karishma vaswani. the secret wealth and business dealings of hundreds of world leaders, politicians and billionaires has been exposed in one of the biggest leaks of financial documents dubbed the pandora papers. i want to bring you this story. japan's parliament is holding an extraordinary session later today in which chris shira is expected to be confirmed as prime minister. he won the liberal democrat election last week and is widely seen as an establishment
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candidate. he replaces the outgoing prime minister, but he must assume call a general election likely before the end of november. we can talk to associate professor... hejoins me live. great to have you on newsday. i want to ask you how much will mr chris shira differ in terms of leadership from his predecessor — — kishida? in terms of leadership from his predecessor - - kishida?- predecessor - - kishida? yes, it is. it predecessor - - kishida? yes, it is- it is _ predecessor - - kishida? yes, it is. it is more _ predecessor - - kishida? yes, it is. it is more of _ predecessor - - kishida? yes, it is. it is more of the - predecessor - - kishida? yes, it is. it is more of the same. l it is. it is more of the same. he doesn't want any changes. he will continue to implement policies. will continue to implement olicies. �* , will continue to implement olicies. �*, ., , .,
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policies. there's lots of fereign _ policies. there's lots of foreign policy _ policies. there's lots of foreign policy issues i policies. there's lots of. foreign policy issues ahead policies. there's lots of - foreign policy issues ahead for mr max one, for example, at versions of aircraft — asked mr kishida. there's north korea with the latest missile test. how will mr kishida manage these rather difficult foreign policy challenges? in these rather difficult foreign policy challenges? in tokyo, he is a widely _ policy challenges? in tokyo, he is a widely recognised - policy challenges? in tokyo, he is a widely recognised as - policy challenges? in tokyo, he is a widely recognised as a - is a widely recognised as a nice guy. a good person. and the deal with all the... you sometimes have to become a bad guy or a tough guy. people are questioning if a nice guy can deal with all the hard political issues, so there is
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pressure here.— pressure here. yeah, it is . uite pressure here. yeah, it is quite difficult _ pressure here. yeah, it is quite difficult being - pressure here. yeah, it is quite difficult being a - pressure here. yeah, it is| quite difficult being a nice guy in politics. just moving away from mr kashida, takashi did not make it. she's a woman, unusual in politics injapan. if she wanted to watch for the future? . , , future? takashi is quite intimates _ future? takashi is quite intimates because - future? takashi is quite intimates because a - future? takashi is quite| intimates because a few future? takashi is quite - intimates because a few weeks ago, she was nobody. but she was discovered by the former prime minister, who was very popularfor years. prime minister, who was very popularforyears. he popular for years. he recognised her popularforyears. he recognised her polities, her leadership and strongly supported her. now she is widely known as perhaps the world's most likely candidate after kashida, which means the
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first female of prime minister ofjapan. first female of prime minister ofjaan. . ~' ,. first female of prime minister ofjaan. ., ,, . ., ofjapan. thank you so much for “oininu ofjapan. thank you so much for jeining us _ ofjapan. thank you so much for jeining us en — ofjapan. thank you so much for joining us on newsday. - ofjapan. thank you so much for joining us on newsday. thank i joining us on newsday. thank ou. we joining us on newsday. thank yeu- we can _ joining us on newsday. thank you. we can turn _ joining us on newsday. thank you. we can turn to _ joining us on newsday. thank i you. we can turn to afghanistan now, you. we can turn to afghanistan new. where _ you. we can turn to afghanistan now, where reports _ you. we can turn to afghanistan now, where reports from - you. we can turn to afghanistan now, where reports from kabul| now, where reports from kabul say that taliban fighters have launched attacks on suspected islamic date hideouts. hours after a blast outside a mosque killed eight people. some residents said they heard an explosion followed by heavy gunfire. earlier, iasked our self asia editorfor the gunfire. earlier, iasked our self asia editor for the latest on the blast. 50 self asia editor for the latest on the blast.— on the blast. so far, this blast outside _ on the blast. so far, this blast outside of - on the blast. so far, this blast outside of a - on the blast. so far, this. blast outside of a mosque on the blast. so far, this - blast outside of a mosque in kabul, one of the biggest in the eastern part of the city. a day earlier, the taliban had announced that there would be a memorial service for the late mother of the taliban
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spokesperson. what is striking is it came only yesterday, there was a bomb attack on this gathering and reached many taliban members. several people had been injured and the casualties are likely to go up, according to taliban officials. this is happening almost six weeks after the taliban seized power, and one of the biggest points they were arguing was that they would bring a law and order situation under control, and this would bring down the number of... but there have been attacks on taliban fighters in the eastern part of afghanistan, but this is the first major attack and it is also a reminderfor the first major attack and it is also a reminder for the taliban and the theologies they face and the theologies they face and risks they can pose to the taliban. . ,~', and risks they can pose to the taliban. . , ., taliban. yeah, the risks that they can _ taliban. yeah, the risks that they can pese _ taliban. yeah, the risks that they can pose and _ taliban. yeah, the risks that they can pose and the - they can pose and the challenges that the taliban are
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facing, very apparent as a result of this. how much is this incident raising fears of increased hostility or violence between islamic state militants and the taliban?— and the taliban? that's going to be a challenge _ and the taliban? that's going to be a challenge for - and the taliban? that's going to be a challenge for the - to be a challenge for the taliban because in the last few weeks, there have been a number of attacks on taliban fighters in the eastern province and a few other provinces in afghanistan. but now, if they are going to raise the game by targeting kabul, that is going to cause concern because taliban is already struggling with a banking crisis. food crisis have doubled, and they are waiting for recognition now. if they're going to have another group like islamic state, that's going to be a big challenge for the taliban rulers. also, the instability. people are tired and now for the last few weeks, there is no violence. for civilians, it will be of concern. this kind
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of attack can create instability. of attack can create instabili . .,~ ., of attack can create instabili . ., , of attack can create instabili . .,~ ., instability. speaking to us a little earlier. _ instability. speaking to us a little earlier. let's - instability. speaking to us a little earlier. let's take - instability. speaking to us a little earlier. let's take a i little earlier. let's take a look at some of the other stories in the headlines. a plane piloted by one of romania's richest men — shortly after taking off from milan in italy, killing the billionaire and silver others on board. the engine was already on fire before it struck an empty building. north korea said it will restore hot slides concerning monday. in protest againstjoint south korea us military drills days after reopening them for the first time. spain's prime minister says the government will provide more than... because of
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the ongoing volcanic eruption in la palma. in the last 24 hours, scientists say activity in the area remains intense. the bbc�*s danjohnson is in la palma with this update. this volcano palma with this update. this velcane has _ palma with this update. this volcano has got _ palma with this update. this volcano has got even - palma with this update. try 3 volcano has got even more active and is posing even more of a risk than it was two weeks ago or any times in the last fortnight. there's potential fortnight. there's potential for more areas to be evacuated tonight and more people to have tonight and more people to have to move to safety, potentially in this area that we've been broadcasting from, which has been safe throughout. there's been safe throughout. there's been an amazing response from local people and the authorities here over the last fortnight in managing this situation and making sure everyone is safe. incredibly, no one has been injured but thousands of properties have
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been damaged by this, and there will be a huge long—lasting effect. will be a huge long-lasting effect. . �* , will be a huge long-lasting effect. . �*, ., will be a huge long-lasting effect. ., , effect. that's it for us. thanks _ effect. that's it for us. thanks for _ effect. that's it for us. thanks for watching. l hello. we're eyeing up another area of low pressure, another spell of wind and rain heading into parts of the uk overnight monday into tuesday. until then, it is showers, not quite as windy for monday. it will still be breezy out there, especially in wales and england. so, on this brisk flow of air coming in from the west, the showers mostly across western areas developing low pressure, though, to the southwest will bring that rain — later in the day — that next area of low pressure. starting numbers for monday, showers, some heavy, just running through southeast england and east anglia early on before they're clearing away. then many eastern areas will be largely dry for the rest of the day, just the odd hit and miss shower. a scattering of showers to the west, any where you catch a shower could be heavy, could be some hail mixed in and perhaps the rumble of thunder. and as for temperatures, we're topping out at around
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13—17 celsius, some decent spells of sunshine around. rain gathering, though, to the southwest, that next area of low pressure pushing the rain into southwest england and wales. some of this will be heavy on monday evening. then it feeds across the rest of england, and then going into tuesday, it's a question ofjust how far north that rain is going to get. quite a chilly night, though, in scotland and northern ireland, where it stays clear with lighter winds on tuesday morning. so, something to play for in the detail of where this band of rain is going to come to a halt on tuesday, maybe affecting parts of northern england, but also toward southern and eastern scotland, so we will keep you updated on that. there will be showers elsewhere though much of northwest scotland and northern ireland will avoid the rain from this weather system, it will be a cool day on tuesday and near that rain, there's a chance of gales as well. the area of low pressure will slowly move away into the north sea as we go on into wednesday with high pressure building in behind. still breezy across eastern areas with early showers or some spells of rain slowly easing.
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lighter winds elsewhere with some sunshine around, clouding up again towards northern ireland and parts of scotland later in the day as outbreaks of rain move in on wednesday. now, later in the week, there's a change of weather pattern, if you like, low pressure. this is ex—hurricane sam in the northwest. a trailing weather front, though, will be sitting across parts of scotland and northern ireland thursday into friday with a chance of rain, whereas elsewhere, high pressure is building in. now, all parts will turn milder, but drierfor wales and england, quite a bit of cloud, though, and some mist and fog around.
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welcome to hardtalk. i'm stephen sackur. today, i'm in rural northern germany, stable, prosperous, 21st century germany. but i'm here to talk about the past and its relationship to the present. my guest is the writer, journalist and son, niklas frank. now, his father was appointed by hitler to be the governor general of nazi occupied poland. he was intimately involved in the murder of millions of people. so how has this german son dealt with the terrible crimes of his father?
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niklas frank, i'm wondering why you have chosen to make your life in the very far north of germany. is it because you wanted to get as far away as possible from your family background in bavaria? no. i still love bavaria. and every year, we spend many weeks in bavaria in the same village where i grew up. it was my professional journalist, which i worked for 23 years based in hamburg. so i had to lure my wife from munich because she was a big gardener to a house with a big garden, and it was a good idea, and so we live here for 33 years.

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