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welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore, i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines. the missing chinese tennis player peng shuai tells olympic officials in a video call that she's safe and well belgium becomes the latest european country to see unrest over covid restrictions — violence breaks out in brussels after a march that drew thirty thousand people. ole gunnar solskjaer is sacked by manchester united after a string of poor results as manager. u nfortu nately, unfortunately, i cannot get the results that we needed and it is time for me to step aside. and we look at
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the recent successes of asian films and content — as global streaming services go all out to invest in the region. welcome to bbc news — broadcasting to viewers in the uk and around the world. we begin in beijing where the chinese tennis star, peng shuai has told officials from the international olympic committee that she is �*safe and well�*. she disappeared earlier this month shortly after making sexual assault allegations against a former senior communist party official. with less than three months until beijing hosts
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the winter olympics, the ioc has been under pressure to allay widespread international concern about ms peng. western countries are considering diplomatic boycotts of the games on human rights grounds. the bbc�*s china correspondent, john sudworth reports. this appears to be the first solid evidence of peng shuai's whereabouts since she made her allegation. released by chinese state media operatives, you can hear her name being announced. and then a smile and a wave, seemingly meant to send a message, all is well. but there are few allegations more sensitive in china than one of sexual assault levelled against a man a senior than one of sexual assault levelled against a man as senior as the former vice premier. and previous material released by state media meant to show that peng shuai is not being held under duress has only fuelled further speculation. peng shuai is also reported to have held a video conference with the president of the international olympic committee saying she is safe and well but wants her privacy
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respected. clearly, she is also cooperating with the state media want her to say and the question is, from now on, to what extent can outsiders really know about her safety? just a few weeks before china hosts the winter olympics, that conversation is unlikely to end the criticism. the government failed to fulfil any of the human rights promises to get the games we can see that the situation inside the country has deteriorated significantly. one really wonders if players even feel safe to go and compete there. the trouble for china is these allegations are of such a sensitive nature that it finds itself in a bit of a bind. the more it tries to prove that everything is normal with peng shuai, the more questions there are, and the greater the gap is exposed between the propaganda value of an olympics meant to be all about openness and a political system
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that's all about control. olympics officials insist politics should be kept out of sport. peng shuai has put them front and centre of court. simon chadwick is global professor of sport at the emlyon business school in paris — he says the international fallout from peng shuai's disappearance has forced china to take action. i think the chinese government are in a very difficult position in the sense that if they say nothing, then it allows information and rumours about her to grow into that space. clearly, china doesn't want to be told what to do, but at the same time, it needs to demonstrate or give something to world
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in order to try and help dissipate what is becoming a growing crisis. but i think as your clip just said, unless this is independently verified, then it is only going to lead to more questions and not more answers. i think what is particularly interesting is that the ioc have stepped in and many people will say, is that an independent verification enough? but they're in a very difficult position because we the trophy because we know the trophy assets it's under severe threat right now we have heard, in fact the stories begin to break last week that the united states is considering a diplomatic boycott of the olympic games and i think unless the ioc is able to get a handle on this, a grip on this just as the chinese, if they are able to get a grip on this, that we could find ourselves in a situation where it escalates from being notjust a diplomatic boycott, but as your clip indicated, a full—scale boycott. notjust by the united states but you can well imagine all of the united states allies
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and those who rely all of the united states allies and those who are ideologically opposed to what is happening in china right now could well line—up behind the united states and peng will have been the tipping point in what is becoming an increasingly fractious relationship. simon, on that, we have had that video that the ioc says now she is safe and as you point out, they're in a very difficult position, given the winter games are coming up. but is the possibility of a boycott really realistic given how much is at stake here for china and for the ioc? i think what is really interesting about this particular issue is that it is for the west, for the united states, for those who are opposed to the system in china and what china is doing. at this particular incident, they are pushing an open door because the global discourse right now is about gender equality. it is kicking back against men
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abusing their positions of power and even in some parts of the world where historically, we might not have though gender equality was a big issue, we are now starting to find even in the middle east, where this is just commonly accepted and so china is really out of kilter with the global discourse. but the problem is that china does not like to be told what to do. and so, what we are seeing is interest in the west are really pressing this home because this is a very safe issue. hong kong is is a much more complex and nuanced issue. the issue of gender rights is a much more straightforward issue for the united states and the west to be able to force pressure on china. that was professor simon chadwick speaking to me earlier. you can find much more on this story on our website — forward slash news
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the belgian capital brussels has become the latest european city to see unrest over tightened coronavirus restrictions. tens of thousands of people marched in protest — some threw fireworks at police officers, who responded with tear gas and water cannon. there were forty arrests. the disturbances in brussels follow protests in austria, italy, croatia and the netherlands. and there are reports of a third night of unrest in a number of dutch cities on sunday. anna holligan reports. another day of unrest unsettling another european capital. this is brussels tonight. what began as an organised peaceful march quickly turned nasty, some protesters threw fireworks at police, others targeted their vehicles. officers intervened with tear gas and water cannons. gas and water cannon.
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belgium brought in new rules in response to a sharp rise in infections. demonstrators are mainly angry about the use of covid—i9 passes, which stops the unvaccinated from entering venues such as restaurants or bars. some object to plans to make vaccinations mandatory for health workers. translation: we know that the virus is there. i but we leave it to people to decide whether or not to be vaccinated. translation: i came to give my opinion about freedom _ of expression and individual choice and really, to be able to respect everyone's choices. the netherlands witnessed the most extreme violence this weekend. rotterdam was rocked by rioters. police opened fire, shooting at the crowd with live rounds in response to what they described as a life—threatening situation. vandals torched bicycles in the hague, thejustice minister believes organised
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criminals may be behind this. translation: these i are not demonstrations. these are attacks on police and firefighters. _ more than 50 arrests have been. made and many more will follow. these startling demos happening too in austria, croatia and denmark, reflecting the frustrations around covid—i9 restrictions to things considered necessary to bring down record high infection rates. and there's more trouble. people destroying scenes and reports of destruction elsewhere. the world health organisation has urged governments
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to redouble their efforts and reinforce the basics. average 48% of the european population is wearing a mask indoors. any percentage above that will have an immediate effect. with varying vaccine rates, getting the shots and is seen as critical. but they will not cure the distrust or divisions seeping through some european societies. manchester united have sacked their manager ole gunar solskjaer following the 4—1 defeat at watford. he'd been in charge for almost three years but the club has suffered a string of poor results —— and is currently 8th in the premier league. our sports correspondent jane dougall is at old trafford for us. this has been a dark and dismal day for him and manchester united football club. he new time had run out. a club legend like ole gunar solskjaer could have been forgiven for losing 4—1
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to watford but after is only one last walk to the fans there manager. speaking to the clubs television channel today, after being told he would not be continuing in his role, a heartbroken ole accepted he had to leave. i've given everything for this club. it means everything to me. and together, we are a good match but unfortunately, i could not get the results that we needed and it is time for me to step aside. michael is going to be in charge. i have the utmost respect for him. i love michael to bits. becoming emotional now cos, yes. they'll be fine. i will watch them and support him. the recent format prompted crisis talks with club owners the glazer family that manchester united fans woke up to the news
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that the gunnar had gone. i thought it was always could to happen. he started off well at - the start and then obviously, the last seven games, he is only 12. - we spent all that money and he can't deliver. he is a great player and he has a great place in my heart. he helped them wind in 1989. he helped them win in 1989. his famous lead goal in the champions league final cementing him as a cult hero. and that was acknowledged by the club. but during that time, he produced no silverware, unacceptable for a club with expectations and players with high demands. this time, the dream of saving
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the day was not to be. earlier i spoke to graeme bailey — a correspondent for 90min football and a sports writer for planet sport — he gave me his take on solshaar�*s departure. it is a complicated situation. he was, let's not forget, he was handed a new contrast, a he was handed a new contract, a three year deal and spend a lot of money over the summer. the hierarchy did not see this coming. they believed that he was the right man, hence the new contract. nobody spent more money into the to charge and manchester united and they made this decision with a heavy heart but the fact of the matter is that his tactics have not been good enough in the season and they've gone so far
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off the pace they had to make the change. making the change, does that necessarily translate to better performance is immediately? are we blaming the carpenterfor a bad set of tools? pardon the analogy. no, you're completely right. they have the champions league coming up which is a huge game and they cannot afford to lose that. they are desperate to stay in the champions league. desperate to finish in the top four and very interesting to good down the interim route and that is the premise that are probably going to wait until the summer, that is not definite that they will wait until the summer. but we will have to see how that plays out. but they made this change just to give themselves a chance because the performances just were not good enough and there was no light at the end of the tunnel in what we have seen recently.
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so, who was in the running than for the topjob? the interim thing makes a very interesting because that's how he got the job in the first place. he took over from jos mourinho and then he got thejob long term. michael is coming in now and he will be assisted who's got a new contract very recently. and they'll be at the helm. but they've got the targets and we understand that there currently ps6 and a former tottenham manager. rogers was the leicester manager. and at the end of the season, they want them to make that appointment now. and it will be much easier and that is obviously that they appear to be the two front runners for thejob on a full—time basis. if you want to get in touch with me i'm on twitter — @bbckarishma
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you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme. breaking the stereotypes in asian films — as money streams into asian content and movies. president kennedy was president shot down and died almost immediately. the murder ofjohn kennedy is a disaster of the whole free world. he caught the imagination of the world. the first of a new generation of leaders. margaret thatcher is resigning as leader of the conservative party and prime minister. before leaving number ten to see the queen, she told her cabinet, it is a funny old world.
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angela merkel became germany's first woman chancellor, easily securing the security she needed. attempts to fly the hot—air. balloon had to be abandoned after a few minutes, - but nobody seem to mind very much as one local comic put it, it is not hot air— we need, it is hard cash. cuba has declared nine days of morning following the death of fidel castro at the age of 90. castro developed close ties with the soviet union in the 1960s and it was an alliance that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war with the cuban missile crisis. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm karishma vaswani in singapore. our headlines the chinese tennis star, peng shuai, who disappeared after alleging she'd been sexually assaulted, has told the international olympic committee she's safe and well. belgium becomes the latest european country to be shaken by violent protests against covid restrictions.
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the opposition in sudan has rejected a deal between the leaders of last month's military coup and civilian politicians to reinstate the deposed prime minister abdalla hamdok. protests against the military have continued across the country, with thousands marching on the presidential palace in the capital khartoum. our africa correspondent, andrew harding reports. this is supposed to be a breakthrough moment for sudan, a time to celebrate. but it is not looking that way right now. instead, angry civilians have taken to the streets of the capital khartoum, risking their lives once again to protest. they say they have been betrayed. here is why. earlier today, sudan's generals, soldiers who seized power in the military coup last month have struck a deal.
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the coup leader said a new transitional government would put sudan back on the road to democracy. this man agreed. he is the prime minister, seen in public here for the first time since he was placed under house arrest. now he is arguing that a compromise deal is better than more bloodshed. we are trying to preserve the blood of sudanese youths. i know our youth has the capacity for sacrifice and giving up all that is precious but sudanese blood is precious. let us stop the bloodshed and redirect energy into construction and development. the past few days in khartoum have been brutal. security forces have killed dozens of unarmed protesters. we were in the city during the military crackdown and so the defiance of civilians who had been
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and saw the defiance of civilians who had been fighting for democracy for two years now. ever since a popular revolution ousted one of africa's most ruthless dictatorships. today, many sudanese want the generals to be held to account but fear the military are manoeuvring to stay in power. this man called the prime minister a sell—out, his deal with the generals treason. the deal doesn't represent the sudanese people in the blood that has been spilled, says this man. so now the street protests are likely to continue but a political compromise with the military may be appealing to some in sudan. the deal has foreign backing and could nudge a chaotic nation away from even greater instability.
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there are a reports multiple people have been injured after a vehicle drove through a holiday parade in wisconsin. that's according to local media in the area. the incident occurred in wor—ker—shaw which is around 30 kilometres west of milwaukee, around 5pm local time. photos and videos circulating on social media show emergency vehicles at the scene. the local police department confirmed there was an active scene but is yet to provide further details. india s bollywood films have been going strong for decades — but the global success of south korea's squid game has raised the barfor asian content.
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with the success of films and shang chi and the legend of the ten rings , there s also a shift in how asians are being portrayed in western movies. slowly but surely hollywood s efforts to change stereotypes reflect the realities of its very large audiences in asia, where the online video market is projected to hit 5a billion dollars by 2025. sarah toms reports from singapore. think about all the people that have walked these floors. last madame is surprisingly steamy singaporean tv drama that falls a fictitious female brothel owner in the 1940s. it won best asian drama at the film festival last year. and the executive director says it doesn't hurt that last madame is now on netflix, giving the series in last madame is now on netflix, giving the series an international audience. i think content is a very important part of shredding the racism and the fear of each other�*s culture. and i hope that these platforms will be able to do that so we are able to show more asian content to the world rather than the other way around.
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video streaming services are investing heavily in asian content. there's been a wave of financial and critical successes for productions in the region. south korean dramas are especially popular. tv series like squid game and the film parasite have been huge hits as more realistic portrayals of asian society in western movies. she has seen both sides with the role in last madame after a small part in crazy rich asians, the us blockbuster with an all asian cast. since i was a little girl i always want to be in a hollywood movie. but because i never saw anyone who is similar to me on screen, except for mulan but she is a disney character, i thought that that was unachievable. and now with all the new and diverse stories that are coming out all over the world i don't think that a lot of us feel the need tojust be in hollywood. i think we can be
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everywhere now. with films like shang—chi and the legend of the ten rings, hollywood has come a long way. but despite its critical success, marvels first asian superhero movie is still another kung fu epic. so there's plenty more room to break down the stereotypes. there is definitely an opportunity there to tell a broader story line about asians who are not any of those, right? asians as mothers, asians as fathers, asians as a working parent. asian audiences want realistic stories about real asian people. and they are prepared to pay for it here at the box office and on streaming services. that has film—makers, studios and content platforms working to ensure that cameras keep rolling in asia and for asia. that's all for now —
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stay with bbc world news. hello. sunnier, colder weather by day means clearer, frostier conditions at night. and for many it will be a frost as monday begins but a fine, dry, sunny day to come. now feeling chilly although temperatures are edging back closer to average for the time of year. we've lost that straight wind from the north and around this area of high pressure some less chilly air feeding in. and so temperatures willjust recover closer to average for this time of year. and it is high pressure and that means a lot of dry weather for the next couple days. so cloud going to increase as we will see in a moment. not much cloud around though first thing monday with the extent of the frost, just the north coast of of northern ireland, far north of scotland and down the east coast of england avoiding that frost. northern scotland with cloud and breezy exam patchy rain,
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northern scotland with cloud and breeze seeing some patchy rain, some showers feeding in towards kent and sussex and the channel islands. and some cloud increasing in northern ireland during the day. but for most out of that clear of that it's another sunny day to come and feeling chilly. even though these temperatures not far from average. it's all relative compared of course with the really mild autumn that we've had so far. cloud will increase from the north as we go through monday night and into tuesday morning. across scotland, northern ireland, into northern england and wales. the clearer skies in south wales, midlands and toward southern england is where we are most likely to have a frost on tuesday morning. there could also be some mist and fog patches. but frost is less widespread as tuesday begins. but there is more cloud around. despite the cloud, most places will stay dry but still some patchy rain across parts of northern and western scotland. best of any lingering sunny spells will be in southern england, south wales, parts of the midlands as well. more tens showing up on the chart here so temperatures have edged up a little bit. won't last long though because through wednesday there's another cold front moving southwards,
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for thursday we are into colder air coming down the north and met at the end of the week were watching this area of low pressure which is likely turn things windier and wetter. so then, later this week we are getting back into the colder air. as the wind picks up around that area of low pressure, wind chill will be more of a factor along with an increasing chance of overnight frost. a fairly quiet few days before the weather turns more active later in the week. colder, wetter, windier and an increasing chance of getting some wintry showers as well.
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