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welcome to newsday on the bbc. i'm karishma vaswani. the secret wealth of dozens of world leaders has been exposed in one the files link russia and show the king ofjordan secretly spent more than $100 million building his property empire in the uk and a from it's bbc panorama, and a
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year—long joint investigation involving more than has had access, sparking allegations also, the us says it is very concerned about the rising tensions, with chinese military jets flying into taiwanese airspace over the two new la palma volcano live from our studio in singapore, this is bbc news. it's newsday. it's eight in the morning in singapore and 1am in london. the secret wealth and dealings
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of hundreds of has been exposed in one of the biggest 35 current the king ofjordan are featured in the leak of 12 million files from companies providing offshore services and tax and are revealed after a year—long investigation. the international investigative investigation it is one of the world's most glamorous addresses. this is david beckham's place on the right. home to the stars. that is simon cowell�*s place. but even the guides don't know who owns one imposing villa on malibu's cliffs. who lives here on this
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house on the left? just 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 offhsore 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 showed the malibu property was held through a company called nabisco holdings, but the real owner is abdullah al—hussein, the king ofjordan. king abdullah�*s country is not rich. jordan is getting over five 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 average jordanian to achieve sort of home and family and a good job. to have it really thrown injordanians' faces
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documents show that the czech prime minister who is facing an election last week failed to declare an offshore investment company used to purchase two villas for $16 million in the south of france. the check
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prime minister has responded to the pandora paper allegations on social media. 0n the pandora paper allegations on social media. on twitter he said that he never did anything illegal or wrong, calling the claim is an effort to try and denigrate him and influenced the republic parliamentary elections. for more on the pandora papers league i am now joined from washington by fergus from the icj. —— icij. firstly, what is the background from this leak and what sort of practices does it expose? it was obtained by the international conservator —— consortium of investigating journalist about two years ago. it has been an expensive look at the offshore economy and for the past two years 600 journalists have been working to try and make sense. what it shows is that the offshore world continues to propel
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inequality, continues to shield the powerful and the criminal and it shows that despite government efforts to rein it in it grows and it grows. fergus, who else is in the files and what reaction has there been?— files and what reaction has there been? ., ., ., there been? there are more than 300 politicians _ there been? there are more than 300 politicians and _ there been? there are more than 300 politicians and officials - 300 politicians and officials from 91 countries. more than 100 billionaires and there are a rich and colourful cast of celebrities, football players and also people who we know are either fugitives accused criminals or convicted criminals or convicted criminals including murderers, fraudsters, globalfraudsters. there are vat scammers, card scammers, you name it, they are in there. ., , ,
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in there. how is this investigation - in there. how is this investigation put - in there. how is this - investigation put together by in there. how is this _ investigation put together by a team of international journalists during a global pandemic? well, icij is very good at doing that, that is the first thing and we're fortunate in our partners because we partnered with reporters, more than 600 reporters in more than 100 countries, 150 media outlets and insured the documents in one place and discuss them in another and it is a vast exercise in intensively drilling into complex financial dealings to make sense of them and as a consequence of all of that, spanning the entire parfrom gabon to ecuador to the uk, you name it, switzerland, sweden, kazakhstan. what we can do that
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no—one else can do is we can bring that drill —— local reporters to look at local problems. and that brings a richness and depth our work that no—one else can achieve because we are not coming to it without background knowledge. fergus shiel from the international consortium of investigative journalists. thank you forjoining us on newsday. you can read much more about that x is a on the bbc website. 0ver that x is a on the bbc website. over the coming days will be bringing more revelations from the pandora papers so do tune in and download the app. meanwhile the united states says it is very concerned about what it called provocative military activity by china near taiwan. it follows flights by chinese military debtjets into taiwanese airspace over the
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raising tensions between the island and beijing. peter bowes tells us more. this is an expression of serious concern by the united states related to the military activity of taiwan, with almost 100 flights now entering what is 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, has been monitored by the taiwanese defence department, counting these flights, which are not just over the last three days, this has been going on for many months and the people of taiwan have been complaining about this for some time. , the united states expressing concern, calling china to seize what it calls the provocative military activity. and for the united states, this poses a key issue in its long—term support of taiwan, and supporting
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taiwan's right defend itself, there were 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 the united states but this issue, fixing its military muscle.
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in protest againstjoint military exercises involving south korea and the united states. a light plane piloted by one of romania's richest man has crashed shortly after taking off from malan in italy killing the billionaire and seven others on board. witnesses said the single—engine plane was already on fire before it struck an empty building in a nearby town. hundreds of people in mexico city have taken part in marches in protest against a recent court ruling that decriminalised abortion. many of the protesters carried placards calling for prayers to and the prep is. last month the
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country supreme court ruled the criminal penalties for terminating pregnancies were unconstitutional. eight months after the myanmar military seized power in a coup, the country is descending further into civil war. last month the national unity government declared war on the military to restore democracy, fighting is intensifying. an attack on it traffic police post on september eight. 0ne an attack on it traffic police post on september eight. one of seven 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 work of across the country. the work of
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a network of civilian militia fighting to restore democracy. they call themselves the people's defence forces. the pdf is made up of democracy protesters, police defectors and ordinary citizens who say they have no other choice but to take up arms. translation: i have never touched a canon. but the military is bullying us. my family is now scattered like pieces of broken rice. they raided my home trying to arrest me. i could not stand it anymore so i came to the jungle to take up arms. but they are not well armed. here they are using these handmade guns alongside improvised bombs to fight against a well armed and trained myanmar military. in some cases, ethnic armed groups who have been fighting the
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military for decades have been providing some training and shelter to pdf members. and now, the fighting is taking place on the central plains, and areas like here that have never seen fighting. the military�*s response is at times collective punishment. this is what happened after an attack by the people's defence force. the military raided town, burning houses and forcing the population of 8000 to flee. while in the capital of the region, these homes were destroyed by the military. translation: fin destroyed by the military. translation:— —— bruises are visible on some of the faces. others do not survive detention. this man was arrested on september 25. the
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next day his family was told he was dead. the military remitted his body. nearly 1200 people have now been killed since the military coup eight months ago. thousands more have been detained. despite the ongoing and brutal crackdown, people here oppose the military rule. they are taking to the streets to demand a return to democracy. this is newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme, in afghanistan, taliban fighters appear to have launched attacks targeting islamic state militants after hours after a blast killed eight people outside a mosque in kabul.
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they think their country will be respected in the world once more as it was before he took power. the dalai llama has won the nobel peace prize this year. the nobel peace prize this ear. ., . , the nobel peace prize this ear. ., ., , , ., the nobel peace prize this ear. ., ., , ., year. two grenades exploded and a u-rou year. two grenades exploded and a a-rou of year. two grenades exploded and a group of soldiers _ year. two grenades exploded and a group of soldiersjumped - year. two grenades exploded and a group of soldiersjumped from i a group of soldiers jumped from a group of soldiers jumped from a military truck taking part in the parade and ran towards the president firing from kalashnikov automatic rifles. after 437 years, the skeletal ribs of— after 437 years, the skeletal ribs of henry viii tragic warship emerged. but even as dire "— warship emerged. but even as dire —— divers worked to raise her, — dire —— divers worked to raise her. there _ dire —— divers worked to raise her, there was another heart stopping _ her, there was another heart stopping drama. i her, there was another heart stopping drama.— her, there was another heart stopping drama. i want to be the peeple's _ stopping drama. i want to be the people's governor. - stopping drama. i want to be the people's governor. i- stopping drama. i want to be| the people's governor. i want to represent everybody. i believe in the people of california.
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this is newsday on the bbc. our top story. the secret wealth and business dealings of hundreds of world leaders, politicians and billionaires have been exposed in one of the biggest leaks of financial documents, dubbed the pandora papers. in france, an independent commission investigating sexual abuse within the roman catholic church has found over 2000 900 paedophile priests or other members of the church over the past 70 years. the enquiry was set up in 2018 by the church in response to a number of scandals. here is hugh schofield in paris. what we have is a — schofield in paris. what we have is a leak _ schofield in paris. what we have is a leak from - schofield in paris. what we have is a leak from the - schofield in paris. what we i have is a leak from the report which will be officially announced, released on tuesday and this leak states that in the 70 years from 1950 to 2020,
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there were between 2000 903,000 200 priests identified as having been what they call peto criminals. the man who is president of the commission, the independent commission, not a church figure, an independent commission said that that is a minimum based on the evidence that they could glean from church archives, from appeals to the public to come forward and so on. that needs to be put in the context of a total priesthood in that period of 115,000. so that means roughly 3000 from 115,000, roughly 3%, 135 priests who were paedophiles according to this commission. a minority, clearly, but nonetheless a very present minority if you think that you lined up 30, that one in 30 priests would be a paedophile. it is a report that is eagerly awaited and i'm
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afraid that is all we have from it at the moment, this figure but, clearly, the detail that will emerge on tuesday is eagerly awaited, not the least by the tragic commission this in the hope that it would act as an important moment in their development and in their ability to bring to an end this scandal which is been going on for years, scandal which is been going on foryears, notjust scandal which is been going on for years, notjust in france but all over the world.- but all over the world. that was hugh _ but all over the world. that was hugh schofield. - but all over the world. that was hugh schofield. turning now to afghanistan where reports from kabul say that taliban fighters have launched attacks on suspected islamic state militant hideouts hours after a blast outside a mosque killed eight people. some residents said they heard an explosion followed by heavy gunfire. earlier, i asked our south asia editor for the latest on the blast. ., ., . , editor for the latest on the blast. ., ., ., , ., blast. no-one has admitted responsibility _ blast. no-one has admitted responsibility so _ blast. no-one has admitted responsibility so far - blast. no-one has admitted responsibility so far for - blast. no-one has admitted responsibility so far for this | responsibility so far for this blast outside the mosque in kabul, one of the biggest in the eastern part of the city. a day earlier the taliban had
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announced that there would be a memorial service for the late mother of the taliban's spokesperson and the debiting ministerfor spokesperson and the debiting minister for information. spokesperson and the debiting ministerfor information. and what is striking is that it came only yesterday, that announcement, and today there was a bomb attack on this gathering in which many taliban members would have been there. and several people have been injured in the casualties are likely to rise according to taliban officials. this is happening almost six weeks after the taliban seized power in one of the biggest points they were arguing is that they would bring a law and order situation under control and they said they would bring down they said they would bring down the number of crimes. but there have been attacks on taliban fighters in the eastern part of afghanistan but this is the first, in the first major attack and also a reminder of the taliban of challenges they face and also the risks that the armed groups can cause it to taliban rule as there. the
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risks that — to taliban rule as there. the risks that they _ to taliban rule as there. the risks that they can _ to taliban rule as there. the risks that they can pose and certainly the challenges that the taliban are facing a very apparent as a result of this. how much is this incident raising fears of increased hostility of violence between islamic state militants in the taliban? that will be a challenge for the taliban for the last few weeks have been a number of attacks on taliban fighters in the eastern half of the province and a few other provinces in afghanistan. but now if they are going to raise the game by targeting kabul that will cause concern because taliban is already struggling with the banking crisis and people cannot withdraw money, a food crisis this where food prices have doubled. they are waiting for international recognition now if they are going to have another armed group like the islamic state, thatis group like the islamic state, that is going to be a big challenge for the taliban rule as there. and also, the instability because people are
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tired of war for years and years and now for the last few weeks so for the civilians it will be a concern. even though they may not be challenging the establishment of the taliban but these kind of attacks can create instability. meanwhile, the spanish prime minister says the spanish prime minister says the government will provide more than $230 million in reconstruction aid to la palma because of the young going volcanic eruption there. scientists have recorded eight new earthquake and say activity in the area remains intense. the bbc�*s and johnson is in la palma with this update. in the last hour or so this volcano has become even more active. eruption is even more powerful and poses even more of a risk than it was two weeks ago, orany time a risk than it was two weeks ago, or any time in the last fortnight. there is potential fortnight. there is potential for more areas to be evacuated tonight from all people to have
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tonight from all people to have to move to safety in this area that we have been broadcasting from that has been safe throughout. it has been an amazing response from locals and authorities here over the last fortnight in managing this complicated situation and making sure that everyone is safe. incredibly, no—one has been injured. but thousands of properties have been damaged by this and there will be a huge and long lasting effect. i was talking to the head of the canary islands volcano ca nary islands volcano institute canary islands volcano institute today who said he expected the eruption would go on for at least another ten days, perhaps another two months and even when that lover has stopped flowing he said, actually dealing with all the problems that it has caused, the scar it has left on the landscape, the roads and communication lines that it has broken, would take years to recover from. broken, would take years to recoverfrom. so broken, would take years to recover from. so there are really big questions here about how long that continues and what the longer lasting impact will be for this island. the
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bbc�*s danjohnson there in la palma. that is all that we have for you this our newsday. thank you forjoining us. 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 13—17 celsius, some decent spells of sunshine around. rain gathering, though,
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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. lighter winds elsewhere with some sunshine around,
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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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