welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore, i'm mariko oi. the headlines. the us orders its eligible staff to leave the embassy in kyiv. the decision comes as the us continues to suggest russia is planning significant military action. despite a curfew, shots have been heard near the presidential palace in burkina faso, amid a mutiny by soldiers. after a british mp says she was told she was being sacked from government in part because of her muslim faith, two senior figures in the cabinet call for a full investigation. thousands mourn the late vietnamese monk and peace activist thich nhat hanh, who's credited with bringing mindfulness to the west.
welcome to newsday — it's 8am in singapore, and 7pm in washington, where the us state department has ordered eligible family members of its embassy staff in the ukrainian capital, kyiv, to leave. it said there were reports that russia was planning significant military action against ukraine and urged us citizens to leave the country now, using commercialflights. us secretary of state antony blinken has promised a significant response if moscow invaded its neighbour. later on monday, european union foreign ministers are to discuss ukraine at a meeting in brussels. here's our diplomatic correspondent, paul adams.
in california, fresh supplies of american weapons destined for ukraine. hardly enough to defeat an invading russian army, but the message to moscow is clear — if you do this, it'll come at a price. but now the foreign office says it's seen signs of a russian plan to install a puppet government in kyiv after an invasion, pro—russian politicians, in contact with russian intelligence officers, involved in planning the attack. it says this former ukrainian mp, yevhen murayev, is being considered as a future leader by the kremlin. he denies it. ukrainian officials seem unfazed. that's what i would expect as a logical next step in a russian invasion. they will invade and they will have to establish some sort of government, so i'm not actually surprised. we've been in war with them for seven years, and don't forget that our previous government actually fled to russia, nowhere else. it's highly unusual for intelligence of this kind to be put into the public domain in such a brief,
abrupt manner. it's a reflection of the extreme anxiety across government about what vladimir putin might be planning. it's a way of saying to the kremlin, "we see what you're doing". but after friday's talks in geneva, there is more diplomacy to come, antony blinken, the us secretary of state, promising a written reply to his russian counterpart sergei lavrov, addressing russia's sweeping demands, some experts worried that russia is being allowed to set the agenda. it's asking for a demilitarised eastern europe and a denuclearised continent so that the only forces threatening europe are russian ones and the only nuclear missiles that could threaten european capitals are russian ones. that ought not to be a situation that is acceptable to anybody in the rest of europe. russia's build—up along ukraine's northern and eastern borders continues, moscow still insisting it has no plans to invade, it's alljust drills. but it's now been ten months since russia started massing troops here, a gun held to ukraine's
head for almost a year. what's really being planned behind the kremlin walls? as the troops assemble and the political plots swirl, the west is still left guessing. paul adams, bbc news. samuel charap is a senior political scientist at the rand corporation and co—author of the book everyone loses: the ukraine crisis and the ruinous contest for post—soviet eurasia. i asked him if the last week of talks have changed the situation with ukraine.
both have visual and in terms of satellite photos on social media evidence of a continued russian build—up including on the border with belarus, so russian troops in belarus on the border with ukraine, and these us and uk allegations this week of russian plans to essentially oust the elected government in kyiv. what about the us military assistance to ukraine, how effective is that? i think it's an important symbol of us support, but as a measure to affect russia's behaviour, at this point it's sort of overtaken by events. the force russia is assembling around ukraine really renders anything the us could deliver almost irrelevant in terms of the war fighting that could occur. it is unlikely to affect vladimir putin's calculus in terms of the deterrence and if we get to the point where there is a ukrainian
insurgency, russia is occupying large parts of the country, any marginal costs imposed on russian occupiers by ukrainian insurgents will be nothing compared to the cost borne by ukrainians, so i don't think we should wish for that kind of an outcome but basically, at this point, military assistance is a symbol more than anything that has a practical impact on either russia's decision—making or the potential conflicts that might ensue in the coming weeks and months. what did you make of antony blinken�*s comment about additional sanctions — do you agree? i do. although russia is building a force that poses a significant threat, the action hasn't occurred yet and deterrence is about issuing threats in the hope that the other side
doesn't take action, so until the action is taken, you don't follow through on those threats, that's the basic philosophy behind deterrence. implementing it now, you would lose any deterrent benefit that the threat would potentially generate. that said, i have to imagine that vladimir putin has priced in western sanctions given the size of the operation he appears to be planning, so even if the threats are quite specific and potentially quite significant, one has to imagine that he didn't assume that he would just sort of roll into ukraine without any consequences in terms
of western sanctions. so whether it ultimately changes his mind is a different story but going ahead with it now doesn't make any sense, so i think the secretary of state makes an important point. if you want to know more about this story, go to our website, where there's more analysis and answers to the main questions about what's going on in ukraine. let's take a look at some other stories if you want to know more about this story, go to our website, where there's more analysis and answers to riot police in belgium have been using water cannon and tear gas to try to disperse a group of protesters in brussels, after a demonstration against coronavirus restrictions turned violent. officers had been pelted with rocks and pieces of pavement. the entrance to the offices of the european union's diplomatic service was damaged. belgium has seen a surge in infections, but with a high level of vaccinations, the health system has not been overwhelmed. dutch border police say they've found a stowaway in the nose wheel compartment of a boeing 7a7 cargo plane that flew to amsterdam from johannesburg. they say the unidentified
man is now in a stable condition in hospital. flights to the netherlands from south africa take around 11 hours. according to one flight data website, it appears the aircraft even made a stop in nairobi. queen elizabeth has flown by helicopter to sandringham from windsor castle, where she's expected to spend the next few weeks. rising covid infections meant the traditionalfamily christmas at her norfolk estate had to be cancelled, as a precaution. shots continue to be heard in the capital of burkino faso despite a curfew being imposed by the government. the nighttime curfew was imposed after protestors came out to support soldiers who were attempting a mutiny. they've burned down the headquarters of the ruling mpp party. the soldiers are demanding the replacement of military chiefs and more help
in their campaign against an intensifying islamist insurgency. parts of the capital ouagadougou have been sealed off. president roch kabore is coming under growing pressure from civilians and the military, who say his government is incapable of dealing with the islamists. our reporter lalla see has been monitoring the situation from neigbouring ivory coast. the day per pupil per 8 yen 5.30 in the morning. —— there is a curfew from 8pm until 5.30 in the morning. schools are going to be closed tomorrow. because of this unrest, the overall insecurity with increasing attacks against civilians and soldiers in the north and east of the country.
that is probably why the mutineers probably demanded more troops to fight the islamic insurgency. they demanded a change in the military hierarchy and more assistance for the families of those injured or killed in the violence attributed to armed groups. they are clearly overwhelmed by these armed groups, which also threaten neighbouring niger and mali. mali had a coup last year, and the takeover by the army. a historical partner and former colonial partner france decided to reduce the number of french troops in the country to fight this islamic insurgency. so this islamic insurgency. so this is becoming a bigger challenge, many fear the armed
groups will take advantage of the situation to harm more people. in the uk, two senior members of the cabinet say they want a full investigation into claims by a former minister that she'd been the victim of islamopbhobia. nus ghani says she was told she'd been sacked as transport minister two years ago in part because of her muslim faith. she also says that when she told borisjohnson what happened, he told her he couldn't get involved. a senior government figure has called her allegations "completely false" and downing street says the prime minister had invited her to make a complaint, but she didn't do so. here's political correspondent damian grammaticas. this is a critical week. his leadership already in question, borisjohnson�*s actions are now under even more scrutiny. what are you hoping to hear today? nus ghani is a senior backbencher. she's spoken out against the taliban, led a campaign to have china's repression of uighur muslims recognised as genocide, and is proud of this moment. i congratulate my honourable friend on her appointment... and she became the first muslim woman minister to speak at the dispatch box in the commons, to a cheer. minister nusrat ghani. mr speaker, this
government is committed... she lost her ministerial post in a reshuffle in 2020. she told the sunday times that when she asked for an explanation from party whips, she was told her muslimness was raised as an issue in reshuffle discussions. her muslim woman minister status was making colleagues uncomfortable and if she persisted in raising the issues she would be ostracised by colleagues and her career and reputation would be destroyed. the chief whip mark spencer last night took the unusual step of outing himself as the person who talked to herand said... somebody is trying to bully her, if what she is saying is true. you have two scenarios.
parliamentarian a is saying something, parliamentarian b is saying something, and we need to get to the bottom, we need to establish the truth. the allegations have caused shock. the education secretary nadhim zahawi said ms ghani was a brilliant mp and there was no place for any form of racism in the conservative party. and the health secretary sajid javid today said this was a very serious matter which needs a proper investigation. she must be heard. last year a wider enquiry found anti—muslim sentiment in the tory party was a problem but islamophobia was not institutional. it didn't refer to ms ghani's claims. today, the justice secretary said it was up to her to step forward. i believe a claim like this, as serious as this, should, but it can only happen if the person making the complaint makes a formal, makes it formally, that's when the procedures kick in and just to be clear about this, that advice was given to nus back in 2020.
now downing street has stepped in to say borisjohnson met ms ghani at the time. he invited her to begin a formal complaint process, but she did not. ms ghani has fired back, saying she made clear an internal party investigation was not appropriate, this was government business and all she wants is for the government to investigate properly. so as borisjohnson waits for the results of one investigation, that into downing street parties, which could decide his fate, his leadership on this issue too is also in the spotlight. damian grammaticas, bbc news. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme. we get the latest from tonga, eight days since it was devastated by a volcanic eruption and tsunami.
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horrifying experiences. - this is newsday on the bbc. our headlines: the us state department has ordered an evacuation of the embassy in kyiv after military action... shots fired in burkina faso after a mutiny prompted an overnight curfew. the government of tonga says it's facing a long programme of rebuilding and reconstruction, just over a week after it was devastated by a volcanic eruption and a tsunami. foreign aid is arriving, but strict coronavirus—prevention rules are hampering humanitarian efforts, as the local authorities try to keep the virus out of the country. tonga's made up of a group of islands in the south pacific. entire villages were destroyed in the tsunami and some are still without basic
neccessities, like clean water. marian kupu is a reporter with broadcom broadcasting in tonga. she gave us the latest on how the island is coping. so far we have been receiving clean drinking water from nz and australia and there is a shipment coming in by plane and ship from japan, the uk, china, most big countries. when the aid arrives on our shores, we still apply a policy of covid because in the meantime we still have to be careful and cautious because covid is still out there in the world. the process of all these supplies and aid is left in a secure place for three days quarantine before we can actually take them out from these places for distribution.
it appears that importing covid is a huge concern which is also affecting humanitarian assistance for those affected by the eruption as well as the tsunami. yes, it is. we've just been told that we are expecting flights coming in from new zealand, but it is cancelled now. at three o'clock today the government will have a press conference updating on what is happening and where do we stand in terms of aid and supplies and how these supplies are being distributed throughout tonga and the areas affected. you are on the ground, your government is saying it will take a very long time to rebuild. what is your sense of how people are feeling at the moment?
i visited the most damaged site here, a village on the western side and all the crops have been destroyed, there is nothing left in terms of bananas and yams and tapioca which was due to be harvested in may, but as of now there is nothing left. the village is his majesty�*s estate so his majesty proposed one of his estates, if the people would like to relocate to this place which is higher and further away from the western side, which is very low, so that's the outcome since last week what we've been told and we have learned that his majesty and the royal family have stepped
up and tried to give these people supplies. his majesty the king and the queen visited and read emotional and she offered supplies of drinking water and clothing and the government followed through and giving away 500 of the currency to areas which are very damaged. thousands of people in vietnam have been mourning the death of the influential zen buddhist monk and peace activist thich nhat hanh, who's credited with bringing mindfulness to the west. he was 95 and rose to prominence in the 1960s as an opponent of the vietnam war. his reach within buddhism is seen as second only to the dalai lama. jatinder dhillon reports. in vietnam's imperial city of hue, mourners chanted
as the zen master who brought mindfulness to the west was carried high on the shoulders of monks at the pagoda. with the smell of incense in the air, thich nhat hanh's coffin was placed in the meditation hall. buddhist monks recited prayers and followers stood in silent contemplation of a remarkable life. the prolific buddhist teacher and poet with a gentle yet powerful voice turned peace activist in the 1960s and opposed the vietnam war. he would end up spending nearly four decades in exile in france. thich nhat hanh persuaded civil rights leader martin luther king to speak out against the conflict. king called him an apostle
of peace and nonviolence, and nominated him for the nobel peace prize. you can very well describe the practice of buddhism as the practice of a kind of art, the art of peace. he spoke several languages, travelled widely and wrote more than 100 books on mindfulness and meditation. he was a pioneer of the zen movement he called engaged buddhism, which influenced many a home of hollywood celebrities and the silicon valley boardrooms. a stroke in 2014 left him unable to speak and four years later, he returned to vietnam to live out his final days in the city of hue, where he was born. thich nhat hanh's death
was announced in a tweet by the organisation of monasteries which he founded. tributes from all over the world including this one from the dalai lama, "my friend and spiritual brother had lived a truly meaningful life." thich nhat hanh's coffin will remain in the meditation hall before a cremation ceremony next saturday. he dismissed the idea of death. "birth and death are only notions," he said. "they are not real." jatinder dhillon reporting there on the death of zen buddhist, thich nhat hanh. another sad story, we are
hearing that the french fashion designer thierry mugler has died at 73, he became widely known for designs with broad shoulders and sharp tailoring, which drew on the 1940s and 19505 which drew on the 1940s and 1950s glamour. one of his best—known creations was the black dress won by demi moore in the 1993 film indecent proposal. he came out of retirement to design a dress for kim kardashian for the met gala in 2019. in later years, the brand concentrated more on perfume. a sad story coming into us that he has died at the
age of 73. you have been watching newsday. stay with us. hello there. high pressure has kept most of the uk dry through the weekend if rather cloudy, but high pressure has meant a dry start to january 2022, only about 50%, half the rainfall we would normally see by this stage. not a great deal of rain this week. certainly not in england and wales. we might see more midweek across scotland, with low pressure approaching. in the meantime, high pressure is still hanging on towards the south, a weather front to the north has given 80 millimetres of rain on sunday. sinking
further south on monday, but coming into the high pressure it is a weak affair. still quite a bit of cloud, but where we had to break through the night with patchy frost and fog, some poor visibility, but not widespread. it will take time to clear at this time of year. some sunshine in eastern scotland perhaps north east england, and some thin cloud elsewhere, perhaps gloomy in some areas, and cold, 4— at best. the weather front in the north will weaken as it heads towards the moray firth, someone trying developing to the north of it, but a fairly weak affair for the most part. it starts to push north through monday night and into tuesday. the coming night, pretty chilly, where we get the cloud breaks, on the whole a lot of cloud. some pockets of fog on tuesday again, slow to clear away, but where they do, some sunshine. again fairly limited, there will be a lot of cloud
and it will feel cold under it, even without a breeze, the breeze bringing in some more cloudy skies and patchy rain to the north and the west. the high pressure still close by on tuesday, but by midweek we have an area of low pressure rolling in, that we will see rainfall in, that we will see rainfall in scotland in particular, but parts of northern ireland as well, as the weather front moves south. ahead of that, a bit of brightness, but the south—westerly wind, the atlantic breeze will start to pick up the temperatures and turn some of the cloud over and allow some sunshine three. perhaps a bit brighter midweek, but the high pressure builds towards the south once again. more online.
this is bbc news. we'll have the headlines and all the main news stories for you at the top of the hour as news days continues straight after hardtalk. welcome to hardtalk. i'm stephen sackur. black and white americans have always had vastly different experiences within their country's justice system. you see it in so many different data sets, from police violence to incarceration to sentencing. it's impossible to understand without reference to america's history of institutionalised racism. understanding it is one thing, the real challenge