welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore. i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines: former cricket here, azeem rafik. pretty early on, me and other people from an asian background, there were comments such as, "you lot sit there near the toilets". indian officials to tackle air pollution. schools to remain shut until further notice. polish authorities use a water
cannon and tear gas to push back migrants trying to enter in from belarus. today's game, slithering versus griffin door! a return to hogg watts, the harry potter trio reunite for an anniversary special. live from our studio in singapore. this is bbc news. it's newsday. welcome to the programme, azeem rafik has given harrowing and at times emotional evidence, describing the racist abuse he says he experienced at the club. he told mps that the way he was treated was inhuman and said he felt isolated, humiliated at times. more than
one year after he spoke publicly about racism, the former offspinner accused seniorfigures of the former offspinner accused senior figures of the club of turning a blind eye to what was happening, a subsequent report confirmed he had suffered harassment but nobody faced disciplinary action. oursports editor's report contains some details you may find offensive. how are you feeling, azeem? all right. his allegations have already plunged yorkshire cricket into crisis. today, azeem rafiq brought them to westminster, laying bare the ordeal he says he and other asian players were subjected to at his former club, including a racist term aimed at his pakistani heritage. there were comments such as, "you lot sit over there, near the toilets." "elephant washers." the word expletivel was used constantly. and there just seemed to be an acceptance in the institution from the leaders and no—one ever stamped it out. i felt isolated, humiliated at times. struggling to contain his
emotions, rafiq went on to describe his experience at headingley after his son was stillborn in 2017. through that time, the treatment that i received from some of the club officials was inhuman. they weren't really bothered about the fact that i was at training one day and i get a phone call to say there's no heartbeat... rafiq claimed former team—mate gary ballance used the name "kevin" as a derogatory term to refer to any player of colour and that this was an open secret in the england dressing room. that another england star, alex hales, called his dog kevin because he was black. "a disgusting joke," rafiq called it. and what of yorkshire's england captain, joe root, who last week said he couldn't recall any racist behaviour at the club? he's never engaged in racist language. ido... i found it hurtful. rooty was involved, before he started playing for england, he was involved in a lot of the socialising
nights out where i'm bein: called - but, again, itjust shows, and he might not remember it, but itjust shows how normal it was in that environment, in that institution. rafiq also asked about former england captain michael vaughan, who strongly denied the whistle—blower�*s claims, since corroborated by two other cricketers, that he made a racist remark to a group of asian players. he said this yesterday, actually, that his reputation is being "trashed unfairly." what's your reaction to that? i think it's important, on michael, that we don't make it all about michael. the simple... look, it was a long time ago, michael might not remember it, as i said about earlier, because it doesn't mean anything to him. rafiq also describing, in harrowing detail, an incident that occurred away from headingley early on in his career. my first instance of drinking, i actually got pinned down at my local cricket club and red wine got poured down my throat. how old were you?
15. 15 and a muslim? 15 years old. the racial harassment rafiq suffered at headingley has sparked a growing number of further allegations in cricket, at yorkshire and beyond. do you think it's institutional in cricket more widely? yes, i do. there's a real problem here, notjust yorkshire, throughout the country. and i'm going to be the one that's going to speak about this. former yorkshire chairman roger hutton, who resigned in the wake of the scandal, conceded he feared the club was indeed institutionally racist, before cricket's governing body, the ecb, admitted their attempts to improve diversity in the game had some way to go. what we have struggled with is... ..is getting our first class game to wake up to the same extent, and that is the point, we are at that stage now where i think we are, if not already in an emergency, then we are approaching one. the ecb have been criticised for not doing more to support rafiq, and the man who runs the game had this message. we know we've let you down
and we are going to fix this and we're going to fix it quickly and we're going to fix it fast, because the survival of our sport depends on it. but for the man at the centre of one of cricket's gravest ever scandals, the damage has already been done. can't even imagine, as a parent, hearing me speaking out, why i would ever want my kids to go anywhere near the game? and i don't, i don't want my son to go anywhere near cricket. do i believe i lost my career to racism? yes, i do. that must be a terrible feeling. horrible. yeah, horrible. the chinese communist party has released an important that promotes resident xijinping released an important that promotes resident xi jinping as one of the country's greatest modern leaders. the majority of the text, which looks back at the text, which looks back at the party's 100 year history the text, which looks back at the party's100 year history is devoted to president xi and his achievements. philippine
president rodrigo duterte's daughter will be the running mate imminent the next federal election, confirming weeks of speculation there is an alliance between the two powerful families. alliance between the two powerfulfamilies. the daughter powerful families. the daughter who powerfulfamilies. the daughter who is seeking the vice presidency announced in a video message her intent to run on the same ticket. meanwhile, the president will seek election as a senator next year when his term in office ends. gas prices across europe have surged after the german authorities suspended the approval process for the controversial nord stream two pipeline under the baltic sea. they say certification of the project will only be considered once its operator has formed a company under german law. a jury company under german law. a jury in the us is considering its verdict in the case of the teenager carl rittenhouse who shot dead two men and injured another during racialjustice
rights last year in wisconsin. his lawyers say he acted in self defence. the prosecution argue he behaved like an armed vigilantes. thejury argue he behaved like an armed vigilantes. the jury have vigila ntes. the jury have retired vigilantes. the jury have retired for the day. india's pollution control authority has extended a partial lockdown and the capitol, delhi, as it intends to tackle the heavy smog enveloping the region. schools and colleges which have already been closed for over one week will remain shut under further notice. non—essential construction work has been halted, and office workers have been asked to spend half the week working from home. our south asian editor explained that people are now looking for a long—term solution to this. they have been suggesting the word lockdown to contain pollution in the capital delhi, which is a city of nearly
20 million people. the emergency measures, announced by the government authority, came after the supreme court expressed a displeasure over the way authorities have been tackling the air pollution, because, in the last few days, a thick blanket of smog has engulfed the city, people are complaining of respiratory problems, hospitals talking about patients coming in with problems of respiratory problems and congestion, so the court is now reconvening in a few hours' time, on wednesday morning, and the government authorities have to go back to the court and tell them what actions they have taken, for example. around delhi, there are about 12 coal—powered fire plants, and only five of them will be allowed to operate. and nonessential road tracks will not be allowed to come into the city. so these are very desperate, last—minute measures, but what the people want is any long—term solution, because this has become very seasonal. in fact, just a few minutes before i'm on air, i checked the air quality.
in some places, it was showing 455 on the air quality index, and sometimes it's 20 times more than what the world health organization deems as healthy. still to come later in the programme — deliverable terror suspect was a failed asylum seek who had been refused permission to stay in the uk seven years ago. but, first, i want to bring you this about migrants trying to cross the border from migrants trying to cross the borderfrom belarus into poland who have been targeted with tear gas and water cannons by polish security forces. polish police a7 offices have been injured in the clashes. poland has accused belarus of trying to push migrants across the border line in order to destabilise the eu, a charge that belarus denies. steve rosenberg has this report. first, they'd asked
to be let in. now, they were demanding. in belarus, the migrants have run out of patience. these are polish water cannon being employed, and that is because, around midday, migrants on the belarusian side of the border started throwing stones and rocks and branches. and all chaos has broken out. the polish forces have responded with water but also with gas — it's quite difficult to breathe. we don't have life here! four nights and five nights, and don't sleeping. my eyes. for two hours, the border crossing was like a battleground. the european union says belarus is using migrants as weapons to destabilise europe. the belarusian soldiers
stood and watched. they did nothing to stop the migrants who were storming the border. "why not?", i asked this officer. his reply, "no comment". and while water cannon fought off the attack on the eu's border, the young and the vulnerable took shelter. belarus may have engineered this crisis, but that doesn't change the fact that its people who are suffering. this man is an actor from kurdistan, whose brother sold his house so they could afford their tickets and visas to belarus. where do you go now? i don't know. to iraq, to europe, to the camp, to minsk... we don't know where we're going. we are like a ball, like a ball in the stadium.
belarus and poland, they kick us. when the violence was over, some of the migrants packed up and moved on. they'd come to belarus to try to get into the european union. now its destination unknown. steve rosenberg, bbc news, belarus. if you want to get in touch with me about the story so far, such as that report, i am on twitter. i look forward to hearing from you. you are watching newsday on bbc. still to come — we will have an update from canada where torrential downpours caused widespread flooding and mudslides and parts of british columbia. benazir bhutto has claimed victory
in pakistan's general election, and she's asked pakistan's president to name her as prime minister. jackson's been released on bail of $3 million after turning himself in to police in santa barbara. it was the biggest i demonstration so far of the fast—growing _ european anti—nuclear movement. the south african government has announced that its opening the country's remaining whites—only beaches to people of all races. this will lead to a black majority government in this country and the destruction of the white civilisation. part of the centuries—old windsor castle, - one of the queen's residences, has been consumed by fire for much of the day. - 150 firemen have been battling the blaze, - which has caused millions. of pounds worth of damage.
this is news day on the bbc. 0ur headlines. former cricketer has given shocking details of the racism he faced an english cricket claiming he was constantly subjected to the offensive language at yorkshire. schools and colleges in the indian capital delhi are ordered to remain closed in an attempt to is tackle smog in the city. in other news now, from the uk, the terror suspects who was killed when a home—made device blew up in the back of a taxi in liverpool on sunday was a failed asylum seeker who had been refused permission to stay in the country. the 32—year—old had his asylum claim rejected seven years ago. it is not clear whether the home office sought to remove him our home
affairs correspondent reports. at the women's hospital, while staff look after patients inside, outside, the police are continuing their work gathering any potential evidence. and liverpool is learning more about emad al swealmeen, who launched the attack on the city which had become his home. his final act here was captured on cctv. taxi driver david perry, so lucky to escape. counterterror police are examining whether the main charge on the device failed to explode, and this is why there was not further damage and more casualties. emad al swealmeen had converted from islam to christianity. an asylum seeker, he wanted to stay in the uk, but he was refused permission and wasn't allowed an appeal. he had been helped by a local charity. we support thousands of people each year. and so when somebody you've helped does something like that,
it's really hard to try and deal with it, to try and understand why it's happened. and i think that's what we all have to do at the moment. we have to try and understand. we don't have a full picture. a property in rutland avenue in sefton park, recently rented by emad al swealmeen, has yielded important evidence according to police. they know more about the components which made up the device — how they were obtained and how it was assembled. was the homemade explosive tatp used? it's been the basis for a number of attacks, including the manchester arena bombing. since then, there have been even tighter restrictions on the sale of chemicals used to make tatp. suddenly, when we're coming back from work, the roads had been seized, and we can tell there's a blast. we could not stay here. we could not stay here, we were very shocked. today, the chief constable of merseyside came to see
residents whose street has also been part of the police investigation. this incident�*s have a huge impact right across liverpool, merseyside and indeed the nation. but we wanted to come down and speak to the residents today, explain why they're going to see extra, extra uniformed presence. so just to provide reassurance to our communities. so the consequences of this attack may be in plain sight, but what people here and beyond want to know is what was the motivation behind it? june kelly, bbc news, liverpool. meanwhile search teams equipped with diggers and dogs have started making —— looking for people trapped in their cars after a violent storm caused floods and mudslides across british columbia in canada to there are reports that one person is dead and several more are missing near vancouver. access to the city has been severely restrict the in the country's two biggest railways reported serious damage to their networks. the extreme
weather comes after british columbia suffered record high temperatures over the summer, sparking wildfires. we have justin from cbbc telling us more about what it is like on the ground. this rain got as much rain in one season as a dozen a month so that created mudslides, flooding and a huge of about 100 kilometres wide each way and that has displaced about 10,000 people and caused a serious damage to several highways and meant that many people were stuck in their cars overnight we are hearing of fatalities in a couple of places right now. it fatalities in a couple of places right now.- fatalities in a couple of places right now. it is the bi est places right now. it is the biggest weather - places right now. it is the biggest weather event . places right now. it is the l biggest weather event that places right now. it is the - biggest weather event that we have seen in this area for a flood in many decades but it is just five months past an entire town about a hundred kilometres down to vancouver due to a heat
dome. pm down to vancouver due to a heat dome. �* , ., , dome. an extremely worrying time. briefly, _ dome. an extremely worrying time. briefly, how— dome. an extremely worrying time. briefly, how other - dome. an extremely worrying i time. briefly, how other rescue efforts going? _ time. briefly, how other rescue efforts going? so _ time. briefly, how other rescue efforts going? so far— time. briefly, how other rescue efforts going? so far it - time. briefly, how other rescue efforts going? so far it seems i efforts going? so far it seems to be ok. search and rescue crews and helicopters got between two mudslides that trapped about 300 people in their cars overnight yesterday however there are reports know of fatalities in a different area on a different highway and so far we are waiting for more news there. the british columbia is full of mountain ranges and little valleys where roads go in and out and is vulnerable to the sort of mudslides. that was just michael roy reporting to us from canada.— from canada. russia has confirmed _ from canada. russia has confirmed it _ from canada. russia has confirmed it conducted l from canada. russia has confirmed it conducted a weapons test in space. the us said the test endangered astronauts on board the international space station and called the russian actions dangerous and irresponsible. the defence ministry of russia
said the debris created posted no friends. he was rebecca morrell. it was a moment of high drama on the international space station with an emergency call from mission control.- station with an emergency call from mission control. sorry for the early _ from mission control. sorry for the early call. _ from mission control. sorry for the early call. we _ from mission control. sorry for the early call. we were - the early call. we were recently informed of a satellite breakup and need to have you guys start reviewing the safe haven procedure. 0n—board the seven strong crew including two cosmonauts from russia were told to take shelter inside the returned capsules. that was to avoid hundreds of thousands of pieces of space debris created after russia tested a missile system, blowing up an old soviet spy satellite. nasa said it was unthinkable that russia would endanger lives. but russian foreign minister denied it was endangering peaceful space activities. travelling at speeds of around 14,000 travelling at speeds of around 111,000 miles an hour, tiny pieces of debris can cause huge
damage. pm pieces of debris can cause huge damaue. �* ., . , pieces of debris can cause huge damaue.�* ., ., , , ., ,, damage. an ordinary stainless steel spoon — damage. an ordinary stainless steel spoon that _ damage. an ordinary stainless steel spoon that was - damage. an ordinary stainless steel spoon that was hit - damage. an ordinary stainless steel spoon that was hit at - damage. an ordinary stainless steel spoon that was hit at 6.1 j steel spoon that was hit at 6.1 kilometres per second by something two millimetres across. so, you know, you can see that it has gone straight through. at see that it has gone straight throu~h. �* w' see that it has gone straight throu~h. �* a ., see that it has gone straight throu~h. �* ., through. a flick of paint because _ through. a flick of paint because this _ through. a flick of paint because this crack - through. a flick of paint because this crack in i through. a flick of paint | because this crack in the window of the international space station back in 2016. larger cause much more concern. something the size of a golf ball, for example, roughly about three centimetres across, if that were to hate the space station that would be large enough to go through the shields of the space station and cause catastrophic damage. nasa says the next few days will be critical. the space station passes through the debris field every 90 minutes. the worry is that some of the fragments will remain in orbit for years to come adding to the growing junk that surrounds our planet. i want to bring you this story
now, exciting news for harry potter fans out there amongst you as the original whole quartz was sitting trio reunite for a special 20th anniversary tv retrospective. daniel radcliffe, emma watson and rupert grinned, the original trio, i should say, reuniting with other cast members to recount their adventures from two decades ago. but harry potter authorjk rowling will not be among those making a personal appearance on the show. the film franchises one of most successful film franchises of all time with an estimated worth of over $25 billion. it has since developed to include theme park rides, spin—off movies, numerous videogames and a west end play as well. earlier i spoke to the entertainmentjournalist as well. earlier i spoke to the entertainment journalist and asked her what it is about this classic film that has kept the appeal of harry potter alive. the stories are so immersive
and beautiful and so imaginative and i think what was great about the films and, you know, i certainly remember the very first one when it was being cast because it was just so exciting that these movies were coming to life and they would be filmed with the british cast and that was incredible. so ijust remember the excitement around that and then brought to life incredible stories and the world of harry potter in that first movie just seemed like magic coming alive on screen. it was so incredible and i still love watching them. they are great holiday movies for me. ., ., ., ., for me. could not agree more. and, certainly, _ for me. could not agree more. and, certainly, top _ for me. could not agree more. and, certainly, top on - for me. could not agree more. and, certainly, top on our- for me. could not agree more. and, certainly, top on our list| and, certainly, top on our list of holiday films this christmas as well. but i wonder how many people today actually know that the much loved film and their characters that they adore so much, they come from books. i think harry potter book sales
will prove that many people do know. an parents like yourself, you say you grew up with the books in the movies are now you pass it on to your children and i think for millennial that is how are passing the stories on. they are great books, they came out in the 90s and unlike a lot of the rings this is present so, you know, there is still a huge amount of relevance in connection both to the books and to the films that came out from them. and to the films that came out from them-— and to the films that came out from them. ~ , ., ., from them. well, before we go, one portuguese _ from them. well, before we go, one portuguese man _ from them. well, before we go, one portuguese man is- from them. well, before we go, one portuguese man is putting i one portuguese man is putting his skills to the test as he embarks on a 6000 kilometres journey across the atlantic ocean and he is doing it on kite power alone. he has already completed the first leg of his journey from portugal to the canary islands but the hardest part of the journey awaits as he is now heading towards the group in ireland of
martinique. it is all the time we have for you on newsday. thank you so much forjoining us. stay with bbc news. wednesday morning will be a little bit colder compared to the last couple of mornings. and, indeed, by day, it'll feel a touch fresher, too. but overall, the next 2—3 days will remain above the average for the time of year. i want to show you the jet stream — and there is a dip in thejet stream at the moment across the uk, and you can see the blue colours — so that's the slightly colder atmosphere that's spread across the country into the early hours of wednesday. �*s and, with the clearer skies, that means that, in many towns and cities, temperatures will be around five celsius or so, especially out towards the east and in central parts of the uk. even colder than that in aberdeen, barely above freezing.
but that means a lot of bright and crisp weather in the morning, especially across central, eastern, and southern areas of the uk. not necessarily in western scotland and northern ireland, always a bit more cloud here and a chance of catching a shower. and you can see those temperatures actually not far off the average, just a fraction above. but look what happens on thursday — another change in the jet stream. now this time, the jet stream's way to the north of us, it's bulging northwards of the uk and allowing for a stream of really mild air to sweep in from the azores. so, mild south—westerlies across the uk, cloudy and damp in western and northern scotland — but where the skies clear, where the sun pops out for any lengthy period of time, temperatures will reach around 15—16, maybe even 17 celsius to the east of the highlands because of something called the foehn effect — you'll have to look that up, not enough time to explain it. but look where we are, nine celsius is the average this time of november — we are talking about 17 celsius, eight degrees above the average for the time of year.
and the same pattern continues in a friday, as well — east of the highlands, possibly 17, we could get 16 also east of the pennines, and widely around 111—15 celsius. and then, a reversal in the wind direction — you can see this time, rather than from the southwest, it's coming in straight from the north. now this looks pretty cold, doesn't it? well, it won't be that cold — it will be relatively speaking, but actually, we'll be going down from 15 to around nine celsius, which, of course, is about the average for the time of year, give or take.