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welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore, i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines: president biden is on his first visit to japan since taking office, as the us seeks to bolster its regional influence against a rising china. we report on howjapan is boosting its own military, amid fears of chinese aggression towards taiwan. if china did try to invade taiwan, despite all of the impressive naval power on display here in tokyo bay, it is not clear at all whether the united states and its japanese allies now have the ability to stop them. i
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allies now have the ability to step them-— stop them. i will well and truly serve _ stop them. i will well and truly serve the _ stop them. i will well and - truly serve the commonwealth of australia, — truly serve the commonwealth of australia, holland and her peorfle _ australia, holland and her people in the office of prime ministen _ anthony albanese becomes australia's 31st prime minister, before heading to tokyo for talks with president biden, and the other quad leaders. monkeypox is detected in three more countries, as scientists say they are still unsure what is causing the outbreak. afghanistan's female tv presenters say they're determined to carry on working, after the taliban enforces an order to cover their faces. and the heir to the throne in britain is to appear in one of the country's best—loved soap operas, as part of the queen's platinum jubilee celebrations. live from our studio in singapore, this is bbc news — it's newsday. hello and welcome to the programme. president biden has arrived
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injapan for his first visit to asia since becoming president, and his first summit with america's asian allies since the russian invasion of ukraine. in tokyo he will hold summit talks with the prime ministers of japan, india and australia. the fallout from ukraine appears set to dominate discussions, but many are now focusing on china's territorial ambitions, particularly its claim on taiwan. many analysts believe china's massive military gives beijing the ability to invade taiwan and defeat the us and its allies if they try to intervene. our correspondent rupert wingfield—hayes sent this report from tokyo. this is something that hasn't been seen since world war ii, a fighterjet landing on board a japanese aircraft carrier. yes, japan has an aircraft carrier, and soon it will have a0 of these jets to put on board.
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this is the new frigate being commissioned last month. it's the first of 22. japan is quietly abandoning pacifism, and the reason is simple — china. following russia's invasion of ukraine, former prime minister shinzo abe is warning a chinese invasion of taiwan could be next. translation: a taiwan - emergency is our emergency, forjapan and for the us—japan alliance. president xi jingping should not make any mistake in recognising this. taiwan is a vibrant and boisterous democracy. butjust like ukraine is claimed by a much bigger, powerful neighbour. i think whoever is in power in china or whomever comes after him, it is baked into the cake inside the communist party that china must get taiwan back.
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it's impossible to see any leaders stepping back from that position and if they did step back from that position, they'd be out of a job. just south of tokyo, ships of the us seventh fleet lie at anchor. for decades, these ships have a guaranteed american domination of the western pacific, but not any more. russia's invasion of ukraine has highlighted two very uncomfortable truths for the united states and its allies here in asia. the first is that when china says it is determined to reunify taiwan, by force if necessary, it actually means it. the second is that if china did try and invade taiwan, despite all of the impressive naval power on display here in tokyo bay, it is not clear at all whether the united states and its japanese allies now have the ability to stop them.
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china's current military build—up is unprecendented in peacetime. many weapons are designed specifically to be any defence from us orjapan to intervene. between now and 2030 if there is an assessment that china will have significant conventional military advantages in this. so this is the period that everybody is most concerned that china will have conventional military advantage. and could be tempted to as they meet in tokyo this week, the challenge for the us and its allies is how do they make it clear to president xijinping that despite his newly acquired military might, using force to take taiwan would be just as much a disaster for him as invading ukraine has been for president putin. and within the past half hour, the indian prime minsiter,
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narendra modi has arrived in tokyo for the quad meeting. he'll have face to face talks with the japanese prime minister, fumio kishida and the newly—elected australian prime minister, anthony albanese. he will also meet business leaders, including the bosses of suzuki and nec. as we have been telling you about, another leader has been due to talk with the quad. in the last half hour, australia's labor party leader, anthony albanese, has been sworn in as the country's new prime minister. he's expected to fly to tokyo to meet the leaders of the quad group which includes the us, japan and india. as we have been telling you. let's get the latest on that story from our correspondent, phil mercer whojoins me now from sydney. great to have you on the programme. what does the victory now mean for anthony albanese in terms of foreign policy as he heads off to this meeting?— policy as he heads off to this meetinu? ., , ~ , , meeting? anthony albanese is nettina meeting? anthony albanese is getting right — meeting? anthony albanese is getting right down _ meeting? anthony albanese is getting right down to - meeting? anthony albanese is| getting right down to business. he is australia's 31st prime
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minister, and the first order of the day is getting on that plane to japan for that quad meeting with india, japan and the united states. we know that the united states. we know that the renderer mode, president joe biden have been in contact via twitter and phone to congratulate anthony albanese. he says there will be a reset of australia's foreign policy. he says he wants to reassess australia's engagement with the world and of course australia's relations with china would be key in ebony albanese �*s mind as he heads north to tokyo. trainer's recent security deal with solomon islands, one of australia's traditional partners in the indo—pacific has certainly caused alarm in australia and relations between canberra and beijing have deteriorated pretty badly in recent years. anthony albanese certainly has a keen eye on australia's foreign policy in what is in effect, his first
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official day in his newjob. absolutely a busy time for any body's first day. just picking up body's first day. just picking up on the foreign challenge, scott morrison's government was very tough on china both in rhetoric and action, i think it is fair to say. what we know about anthony albanese's stance and what he might do with china? it and what he might do with china? , , china? it is interesting, durin: china? it is interesting, during australia's - china? it is interesting, i during australia's election campaign there were extraordinary allegations made by the former prime minister morrison to anthony albanese that he was siding with china, that he was siding with china, that chinese aid that had to vet speeches from australia's labour officials, which were extraordinary claims. the inference and allegation was that the labour party was too soft and perhaps conniving with beijing. those allegations have been strenuously rejected by anthony albanese. i think what we will see in tokyo is
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australia reaffirming its very close military alliance with the united states that dates back to the early 1950s. and also shoring up those key alliances with japan and india. i think australia will want to make sure that its firm stars against what he has called chinese aggression is continued under anthony albanese, though perhaps with a softer edge compares what we have seen from the previous p.m., scott morrison. the previous p.m., scott morrison-— the previous p.m., scott morrison. ., ., ., morrison. great to get you on newsday with — morrison. great to get you on newsday with your _ morrison. great to get you on newsday with your thoughts i morrison. great to get you on i newsday with your thoughts and analysis. thank you forjoining us on the programme. let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines. iranian state media say a senior military officer has been assassinated in tehran. two people on a motorcycle are reported to have shot dead colonel sayyad khodaie outside his home. he was a member of the powerful iranian revolutionary guards. days of flooding and landslides in parts of bangladesh and eastern india, have affected millions of people and left more
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than 50 people dead. bangladesh's north—east region has seen some of the worst flooding for nearly two decades. the two countries are prone to flooding and experts say that climate change is increasing the likelihood of events like this around the world. 35 tons of powdered baby milk have arrived in the united states to help relieve a critical shortage of infant formula. a military plane landed from europe carrying enough supplies to fill half a million bottles. the agriculture secretary said more deliveries were needed. turning now to other news for you, and i want to tell you about a virus that has been in the headlines recently. monkeypox has now been detected in three more countries, bringing the total to 15, as scientists say they are still unsure what is causing the outbreak. austria, israel and switzerland are the latest to report the presence of the virus. the world health organization says a number of other
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suspected cases are being investigated. monkeypox does not tend to spread easily between people and the illness is usually mild. the virus is most common in remote parts of central and west africa and it is fair to say this outbreak has taken scientists by surprise. within the past couple of hours britain's health security agency has said high risk contacts of people with monkeypox should self—isolate for three weeks. they will also be offered a smallpox vaccine. earlier, i spoke to dr amesh adalja, a senior scholar and infectious diseases physician at thejohn hopkins centre for health security, and i asked him how concerned we should be by this virus. any time a virus is doing something unusual or spreading in a new manner, we need to be concerned and we need to find the answers. that being said, although we are seeing monkeypox's bread in communities without legs to travel, it is not the same level of panic we had during
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covid-i9 or with level of panic we had during covid—i9 or with the new influenza virus. because even though this is scary and there are open questions to be answered, we understand monkeypox in a different way because we have tools that we know can be put to bear on this outbreak and stop it. once we understand the epidemiology of how people are getting infected. 50 how people are getting infected.— how people are getting infected. ., ., infected. so doctor, what specifically _ infected. so doctor, what specifically is _ infected. so doctor, what specifically is scaring - infected. so doctor, what| specifically is scaring situs ads you have put it all the medical community about this outbreak? it medical community about this outbreak? , medical community about this outbreak?— outbreak? it is less about beinu outbreak? it is less about being scared _ outbreak? it is less about being scared for - outbreak? it is less about being scared for the - outbreak? it is less about. being scared for the scientific community, it is more about the scary headlines people are seeing. what is challenging about this outbreak is we see spread from person—to—person but no link to countries where monkeypox is endemic. no link to animals that we know are infected with monkeypox. we are seeing it move within networks of primarily bay and bisexual men. they are clearly being
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infected by each other and it is spreading into multiple different countries. that of a challenge, trying to stop these chains of transmission which likely got started with a traveller and have now moved away from that and are spreading in the community. the challenge is to find these cases, isolate them, find the contact and vaccinate the contacts. contact and vaccinate the contacte— contacts. doctor adal'a speaking i contacts. doctor adal'a speaking to i contacts. doctor adal'a speaking to us i contacts. doctor adalja speaking to us earlier i contacts. doctor adalja - speaking to us earlier about the spread of the box. lots more on the website if you do indeed want to know more about the virus. if you want to get in touch with me, i'm on twitter, @bbckarishma. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: all aboard for these pampered pooches. howjapan is making a special effort to please canine commuters. in the biggest international sporting spectacle ever seen, up to 30 million people have taken part in sponsored athletic events aid famine relief in africa.
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this is newsday on the bbc. i'm karishma vaswani, in singapore. our headlines: president biden is on his first visit to japan since taking office, as the us seeks to bolster its regional influence against a rising china. australia's new prime minister has been sworn in — he'll now head to tokyo for talks with president biden and other leaders. let's turn to russia now, where it's a crime to call the invasion of ukraine a war, and anyone who contradicts the official line on russian military action, risks up to 15 years behind bars. dozens of people have already been prosecuted, including the opposition activist, vladimir kara—murza, who accused russia of war crimes. moscow maintains that it doesn't target civilians. the laws are the latest in a long line of moves by president putin to stifle free speech and eliminate checks on his power. our eastern europe correspondent sarah rainsford reports from ukraine. walking through the ruins of russia's war on its neighbour.
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evidence of its cruelty in every crushed street and home. in every story of civilians targeted and killed. but russia itself is silencing those facts, denying what's clear to see on the ground. and it's arresting those who dare to speak out, even abroad. the whole world see what is the putin regime is doing to ukraine — the cluster bombs on residential areas, the bombings of maternity wards, hospitals and schools, the war crimes. these are war crimes. for that speech, vladimir kara—murza is now facing ten years behind bars. his wife already lives abroad for safety. vladimir was poisoned twice in russia and nearly died, but evgenia says he refused to be silenced. he was charged basically for speaking the truth about the war and about the russian army's atrocities committed in ukraine.
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with this war, evgenia tells me, the repression has only intensified. truth is actually the regime's main enemy. and this is why i believe this regime is using this law to squash all dissent in russia and to scare people into silence. this is the result of an all—out war, but in russia it's a crime to call it that, or to criticise with what was done here, as vladimir putin's army tried to seize ukraine's capital. in andriivka, we found a team from the un collecting evidence of suspected war crimes. stories that most russians will never hear. the village elder told me 13 civilians were executed here, hands tied and shot in the head. and when i asked who they were,
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he listed the dead one by one. he list names in ukrainian translation: we didn't need protecting, just look _ how they protected us — they killed so many people. i have got no words for it. they're swine. all of this destruction, russia's war on ukraine, hasn't come from nowhere. vladimir putin has spent two decades dismantling democracy in this country, crushing his critics, silencing the free media and now criminalising the truth — eliminating all checks on his power to make this possible. but there are russians resisting even now. like this reporter heading for a ukrainian front line.
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and seeing for herself the destruction caused by russian bombs. the war started, it was an immediate, "i need to be there, "i need to be there right now." lily writes for a web—site now blocked in russia, like almost all independent news. but she is determined to go on reporting what the kremlin doesn't want people to hear. do you think about the risk to you personally in the future? co nsta ntly, yea h. yea h, co nsta ntly. it's difficult. it's disturbing. it hurts sometimes to write, because i know that, yeah, i will say that for sure, because i can't hide facts, but am i going to jailfor that? the risks are far higherfor ukrainians. that's clear on every street. but as war so devastates this country, in russia, vladimir putin has declared war on truth itself. sarah raynsford, bbc news, andriivka.
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in afghanistan, female television presenters have begun appearing on air with their faces covered, after the taliban brought in new rules. women who would previously have covered their hair, have started to obscure part of their faces, a day after some defied the order to cover up fully in public. one executive said many female presenters feared the next step would be to take them off air completely. heather barr is from the women's rights division at human rights watch. she spoke to the bbc earlier. it is part of a parade of horribles which has been steadily increasing since the taliban took power on august 15th, in spite of the fact that afghanistan feels very forgotten, by the world at the moment. i think it is wonderful to see malejournalists doing this in solidarity and i hope that they continue to cover their faces as long as their female colleagues are obliged to do so. i think, you know, a lot of afghan women's rights activists have been pointing out that there has been
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a lack of widespread male solidarity, over the last nine months, since these attacks on women's rights started happening. you know, women came out and began protesting against this rollback of their rights within days of the taliban taking over, but they were protesting alone. there have been very few examples of men protesting with them. so this move by male journalists is extremely welcome. in football, manchester city have staged a thrilling comeback to win the english premier league. on the final day of the season, the defending champions scored a flurry of late goals to beat aston villa 3—2. the result sparked celebrations from a raucous home crowd. city's rivals for first place, liverpool, also won. but their 3—1 victory over wolves wasn't enough
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to secure the title. at the bottom of the table, burnley were relegated. and success in italy for ac milan, who've won their first italian seria a title in” years, who've won their first italian serie a title in” years, after a final day victory at sassuolo. fans took to the streets to celebrate. ac milan beat sassuolo 3—0 to snatch the crown from local rivals inter milan. prince charles and the duchess of cornwall are to appear in a special platinum jubilee episode of the long running tv series, eastenders. they visited the set of the bbc soap in march. it's now emerged while there they were filmed for an episode it's now emerged while there, they were filmed for an episode to be broadcast on the second ofjune, which is the anniversary of the queen's coronation. rhaya barton reports. eastenders theme plays. when tv royalty meets real—life royalty. this was the duke and duchess of cornwall visiting albert square back in march.
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but it wasn't just a social visit. we now know the royal couple will be starring in a specialjubilee episode of eastenders to celebrate the queen spending 70 years on the throne. cheering. they won't be tangling with the mitchells or setting up on the market, though. they will be dropping in on a street party celebration as themselves. it's one of the best days of my life, honestly. and i mean that. i'm such a royalist anyway, personally. so yeah, it was just wonderful. we are quite used to filming two months ahead, so for us we're often pretending it's summer when it's not summer. yeah, if you get some shots of the trees you'll see - that the leaves are stapled on. it's not the first time royalty has graced the square. back in 2001, the queen paid a visit to the queen vic. i was lucky enough to meet her majesty last time she was here. accidentally came out
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of the tunnel and bumped into her as barbara windsor was bringing her behind the bar. and from the square to the cobbles, prince charles made his soap debut 22 years ago. we'll never hear the last of this. on the live 40th anniversary episode of coronation street he was seen in footage on a fictional news bulletin. we just give this one a good yank, do we? camilla is also familiar with corrie. here she is in 2010 channelling her inner landlady, pulling pints in the rovers. cheers! you're a natural. back to the square, though. the duke and duchess will be making their starring role onjune the 2nd at the start of the long bank holiday weekend. rhaya barton, bbc news. and finall, japan's famous shinkansen bullet—train service flouted its own rules at the weekend, allowing a special group of passengers to travel without the restrictions they would usually face. 21 dogs, who would normally
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have had to be taken on board the train inside pet carriers, were able to sit freely inside the carriages, with their human companions. the high—speed train took the canine commuters on an hour—long journey from tokyo to the mountains north—west of the capital. dog—ownership is big business injapan. the doting owners appreciated the relaxation of the rules. translation: we travel a lot together but in the past i felt| really bad about keeping my dog in a cage so when i heard that we could be together on this train i applied straightaway. he has to stay in a carry all the time when travelling so we can check in regularly. today we don't need to do that, i can see his face. we can travel more comfortably this way. travelling in style indeed, they both looked very comfortable on that ride. thank
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you forjoining us. that's all for now, stay with bbc world news. thank you for watching. hello. after the warmth of last week, when both scotland and england recorded their highest temperatures of the year so far, things are looking cooler this week, especially where it was so warm last week. it'll be breezier, windy by wednesday. it'll be wet at times, not all the time, mostly in the form of showers. a rather cloudy—looking picture for monday, and messy on the chart here, with quite a few weather fronts around as well, so we are going to see some wet weather at times. this is how we start the day. this weather front here with cloud and some patchy rain stretching through parts of england. still raining into the north and northwest of scotland, after a damp sunday. that rain, though, just beginning to fizzle out, allowing some brighter skies and a few showers. and elsewhere, although there will be a lot of cloud around, there will be a few bright spells, but notice the showers becoming more widespread,
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late morning and into the afternoon. some heavy, perhaps with a rumble of thunder. an area of rain also for parts of southeast england and east anglia, later in the day. some uncertainty about how far north and west that will get, but don't get caught out by it, and it will make for a cooler day compared with sunday. and overnight and into tuesday, eastern areas most likely to see cloud and some outbreaks of rain. showers around elsewhere through england and wales. northern scotland and northern ireland becoming mainly dry, here with some clear spells and probably the lowest temperatures as tuesday begins. and then on tuesday, we will continue across some eastern areas to have some rain, perhaps initially toward southeast scotland, and running southwards, through the eastern side of england. elsewhere, it's a case of sunny spells, perhaps catching a shower. a lot of them fading, though, from western areas later in the day. and similar temperatures. a breezy day on tuesday. wednesday's looking like a windier day, because one low pressure's moving away, another one's coming in, with weather fronts bringing another shot of wet weather from west to east, during the day, and lifting that wind.
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looks to be wettest in western scotland for a time, although even here, turning showery. the rain more patchy the more further south you are. further showers following on behind, though. i think increasingly dry and sunny towards the end of wednesday. a blustery day wherever you are. gusts in scotland, northern ireland, northern england, perhaps around a0 mph or so. looks like we'll see another weather system coming in on thursday, with further outbreaks of rain pushing further south across the uk, before high pressure settle things down for friday and, indeed, into next weekend. that's your latest forecast.
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