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welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore, i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines: the usjustice department is ordered to release a redacted version of the evidence that prompted the fbi to search donald trump's mar—a—lago home. safety concerns at the zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in ukraine, after the russian—occupied site is temporarily disconnected from the national power grid. graciously agreed around russia should agree to demoralise the zone as soon as possible. —— drought and record temperatures in china threaten rivers and crops, putting several
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provinces on a national red alert. the wimbledon men's champion, novak djokovic confirms he will not play in next week's us tennis open. he lacks a covid vaccine. and, back from brink. the large blue butterfly has its best summer in 150 years. live from our studio in singapore, this is bbc news. it's newsday hello and welcome to the programme. a federaljudge has ordered the usjustice department to release a redacted version of the underlying evidence that prompted an fbi search at donald trump's mar a lago home earlier this month. the judge who approved the search warrant said the redacted version of the affidavit should be unsealed because of massive public interest. prosecutors now have until noon on friday to make the document public.
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our north america correspondent, anthony zurcher has the latest from the court in florida. judge bruce reinhart to works in the — judge bruce reinhart to works in the federal court miami has given— in the federal court miami has given the — in the federal court miami has given the usjustice department until noon on friday to release a redacted version of the affidavit that the justice department presented to the judge — department presented to the judge as part of its request for a — judge as part of its request for a search warrant of donald trump's — for a search warrant of donald trump's moura largo estate about— trump's moura largo estate about two and a half weeks ago. the judge — about two and a half weeks ago. the judge released a 2—page member sankey agreed to the redacted parts, think it protected the identity of potential witnesses and sources, and shielded the scope and strategy behind the federal investigation. that investigation. that investigation is into the handling of classified material and the chaotic final days of donald trump's presidency, and the removal of the material from the white house in boxes to moura largo where it was stored. this isn't the only
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legal proceedings around the search. there is another request by donald trump's lawyers to appoint a special master to review all of these documents and then determine which ones thejustice department can keep and which ones should go back to donald trump. thejudge has issued a deadline of friday and that request for donald trump's lawyers to more carefully refine it to present what exactly they want from their request. there are a lot of moving parts in this investigation right now but the bigger picture is unprecedented. there has never benefit also to former president, particularlya former president who may still harbour presidential ambitions, as donald trump does. anthony zurcher reporting. let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines. pakistan's climate change minister has described the country's unprecedented monsoon rains and flooding as a national emergency. sherry rahman called for international help, and said the situation was a climate—induced humanitarian disaster
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of epic proportions. the provinces of sindh and balochistan have been the worst hit regions. more than 900 people have died sincejune. french president emmanuel macron is in algeria, on a trip aimed at repairing ties and boosting energy supplies. he laid a wreath at a monument to algerians killed during the independence war, which brought french colonial rule to an end 60 years ago. embryos in a lab, without the use of eggs or sperm, british and american scientists have created synthetic mouse embryos in a lab, without the use of eggs or sperm, or a womb for them to grow in. researchers used stem cells from mice to create the structures, which grew enough to develop a beating heart and the beginnings of a brain. the team says its work could improve our understanding of organ development. to ukraine next where there's growing concern over safety
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at europe's largest nuclear power plant, which is now held by russian forces. the final two working reactors at the zaporizhzhia power plant were cut off from ukraine's power grid on thursday. the country's nuclear agency said the problem was caused by nearby fires that damaged overhead electricity lines. the power was later restored, but the incident rang alarm bells far beyond ukraine's borders. a nuclear power plant, and i believe i said this yesterday, should never be an act of war zone, and so we have said that russia should agree to make to the zone around the zone and agree to allow an energy agency visit as soon as possible to check on the safety and security of the system. the issue of zaporizhzhia was also raised in a phone call between presidentjoe biden and his ukrainian counterpart, volodymyr zelensky. the two leaders called for russia to return full control of the zaporizhzhia
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nuclear power plant to ukraine and for international atomic energy agency access to the plant. the head of the agency, rafael grossi, told the bbc earlier this week that he expects to lead a mission to zaporizhzhia in the coming days. a little earlier, i spoke to nickolas roth from the nuclear threat initiative about the situation at the plant. this is an incredibly dangerous moment at the zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. what happened today represented perhaps one of the most dangerous moments since the crisis at the reactor began at months ago. nuclear power plants require off—site power to maintain — to function safely, to call the reactor, to call the spent fuel their. any cut—off of that power could potentially cause an enormous crisis at the facility.
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i don't want to sort of look at the worst scenario in the situation, nicholas, but what does a nuclear accident actually look like? what are we talking about? there is a real danger of some type of release should there be a nuclear accident at the plant. this is different from a nuclear explosion, from an atomic bomb, but this would be radioactive materials spreading through to the surrounding area, contaminating water and potentially impacting human health. we have got the iaea saying they will have a chance to visit the plant. do you think this visit will go ahead? it will be successful? it this visit will go ahead? it will be successful? it is an important — it will be successful? it is an important point _ it will be successful? it is an important point that - it will be successful? it is an | important point that the iaea has been playing an incredibly important role in ukraine since the beginning of the war, keeping the world's intention on the ongoing nuclear crisis notjust on
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on the ongoing nuclear crisis not just on zaporizhzhia on the ongoing nuclear crisis notjust on zaporizhzhia but at nuclear facilities throughout the country. they have been functioning essentially as the arbitrator truth, putting a statement on a regular basis about safety and security at the side, that is where many in the side, that is where many in the public have been getting the public have been getting the information about what has been going on there, and then also providing assistance, team sent to chernobyl to assess safety and security at the site. i hope there is a mission to zaporizhzhia. they have been trying to negotiate on for quite some time. it would be an incredibly important step to help reduce the risks at that side, but even in the absence of admission it is incredibly important that russia, if it is in control of the site and surrounding area, that they should be responsible for ensuring — working with ukraine, ensuring there is no radioactive release, providing the equipment, the personnel to
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ensure that there isn't a nuclear catastrophe. nicholas, nobody wants _ nuclear catastrophe. nicholas, nobody wants a _ nuclear catastrophe. nicholas, nobody wants a nuclear - nuclear catastrophe. nicholas, i nobody wants a nuclear accident or disaster, right? even the russians have been very vocal about that as well. but. —— but what we expect in the international situation, what can be done to keep pressuring russia? the international community has been and continues to play a very important role in calling for a demilitarised zone, pop power to be reconnected to the side, to allow personnel and equipment that i needed to enter the site, and potentially even for an iaea team to get there. so making those calls are incredibly important, and i think the other thing the international community would be doing word, god forbid there is some type of accident, being
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ready to prepare — being ready to provide whatever assistance is needed to those in ukraine and in the neighbouring area. nicholas roth from the nuclear threat initiative speaking to me earlier. vladimir putin has signed a decree to increase russia's army by 10% to about two million people. just over half the total personnel will be soldiers, though it's not yet clear if the numbers will be boosted through volunteers, or broader conscription. while no official death tolls are available, russian forces have suffered heavy losses as a result of the war in ukraine. the increase is due to come into effect from january next year. as many parts of the world are facing soaring temperatures and serious droughts, china has been particularly hard hit by a record heatwave. severe droughts are threatening crops and drying up riverbeds. for 12 consecutive days, officials have issued a national red alert, which is when four or more provinces are experiencing temperatures of over a0 degrees for two days or more.
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take a look at this map. it shows where the worst of the drought is, mostly across the south. the ministry of agriculture says the drought there has already severely affected some crops like rice and corn. and water levels in the yangtze river are also currently at record lows. our correspondent stephen mcdonell has sent this report from beijing. in august, laoye temple is normally surrounded by water. this year, you can walk to it across the dry bed of poyanglake. for 70 days, the yangtze river basin has been caught in a record heat wave, and low river levels have hit hydroelectricity production. one of the worst affected cities has been the inland metropolis of chongqing — home to tens of millions of residents.
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they've been riding underground trains in the dark because of power rationing. translation: this year, | you turn on the cold water tap for a few minutes, and yet it's still coming out extremely hot. translation: the weather is so hot, i cannot sleep. i then i wake up with the heat as well. environmentalists are opposing calls for more fossil fuel electricity to guard against future drought effects on hydropower. to ensure the energy supply of residents and industry supposed to be the most priority thing for china to do right now. but we're also concern that this kind of narrative will, you know, new coal power plants in the local provinces. china has been experiencing extreme high temperatures across vast swathes of this country for months on end, bringing climate change into sharp focus for people on the street. then, to make things worse,
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this turned into a drought, which is really hitting the economy. consumers across china could find certain foods harder to come by unless the drought breaks soon. what's more, if china can't rescue its autumn harvest and has to buy more food from overseas, this could have an effect on global supplies. crops are said to be under severe threat, according to chinese officials. so extra water has been diverted from neighbouring provinces to the driest areas. translation: with | water, there is hope. this water is coming all the way from hunan. even water for everyday use has been hard to come by in some communities. with river levels so low, previously submerged 600 —year—old buddhas have again become visible. they'll gaze out onto what humans have made of the world until the rains return, replenishing the water, which will eventually reclaim the relics. stephen mcdonell, bbc news, beijing.
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tennis champion novak djokovic says he will not play the us open because he hasn't had a covid vaccine, which means he'll be refused entry into the country. the star has won 21 grand slam tournaments, including three us opens. the announcement came just hours before the draw for this year's tournament was due to take place. on twitter he wished his fellow players good luck and said he would wait for his next opportunity to compete. our sports reporter laura mcghie has more. djokovic unable to travel to new york for the us open. we had suspected that this may well be the case. if you do cast your mind back to january and the controversy surrounding the 21 time grand slam champion competing at the australian open — he wasn't able to defend his title because his covid—i9 vaccination status led to him being deported from the country. remember, he was detained in a hotel for five days in melbourne after his visa was cancelled. that's because novak djokovic has not been vaccinated
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against covid—i9, and the serbian says he has no plans to be vaccinated. in fact, djokovic told the bbc earlier this year that he will accept missing more grand slams if it means he has to get a covid vaccine. so deportation from australia in january, and around that time there had been many discussions as to whether or not djokovic would play much tennis the remainder of the year under these circumstances. he was able to compete at wimbledon last month. the 35—year—old won his 21st major title, leaving him one behind rafael nadal�*s all time men's record. but since october 2021, the united states has banned non vaccinated visitors. and although djokovic was on the us open entry list as recently as monday, and despite him putting out a social media post last month, saying he is preparing as if he will be able to compete, obviously his withdrawal suggests that travel restrictions in the us are still stopping
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that from happening. in a social media post today, djokovic said "sadly, i will not be able to travel." and he said he's in good shape, positive spirits and he will see the tennis world soon. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme — a huge recovery for the blue butterfly, once almost extinct in the uk. he's the first african—american to win the presidential nomination of a major party, and he accepts exactly 45 years to the day that martin luther king declared, "i have a dream." as darkness falls tonight, an unfamiliar light will appear in the south—eastern sky. an orange glowing disc that's brighter than anything, save the moon — our neighbouring planet, mars. horn toots. there is no doubt that this election is an important i milestone in the birth-
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of east timor as the world's newest nation. it will take months, and billions of dollars, to repair what katrina achieved injust hours. three weeks is the longest the great clock has been off duty in 117 years, so it was with great satisfaction that clockmaker john vernon swung the pendulum to set the clock going again. big ben bongs this is newsday on the bbc. i'm karishma vaswani in singapore. our headlines — the usjustice department is ordered to release a redacted version of the evidence that prompted the fbi to search donald trump's mar—a—lago home. safety concerns at the zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in ukraine, after the russian—occupied site is temporarily disconnected from the national power grid.
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un human rights chief michelle bachelet says that she's still aiming to release a long awaited report on china's uyghurs before she steps down next week. it comes four years after the un said it had credible reports that china holds millions of uyghurs in what they said resembled a "massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy." beijing denies all these allegations. ms bachelet is coming under fire for her lack of firm commitment on an exact date the report will be published, especially from civil society groups who have previously accused her of being too soft on china. take a listen to what ms bachelet said in her final press conference. following my visit to china, the report continued to be reviewed and finalised, because we also need to look at what we have seen in china, if certain things have to be reflected not in the report. so i would say
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thatis in the report. so i would say that is the situation. and we are trying very hard to do what i promised. earlier, i spoke to sophie richardson, china directorfor human rights watch, who said much more needs to be done. you know, this is a report that, as you've just said, the high commissioner and her office have been promising for some time. they said, back in december, that they were within weeks of releasing it, and then back burner it to enable her to take a trip to china that was entirely controlled by the government. and, you know, her reputation, her legacy, the legacy of the office is really on the line if she leaves this position, having failed to confront the second most powerful government in the world over atrocity crimes. sophie, she must be acutely aware of that, and the un as well, in terms of what this is about their credibility and their legitimacy in managing these sorts of issues. why do
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they continue, do you think, to be so reluctant to publish? well, i think we can reasonably assume that the chinese government is pressuring them not to. we have detailed and published on precisely that kind of pressure. but that's theirjob. the mandate of that office is to stand with victims and to protect them from human rights, not to protect and promote the people who are abusing them. so it is up to her to explain what the delay is, but, you know, the report has been ready for some time, and, you know, the reasons for her hesitation really are inexplicable at this point. we challenge her to explain what the delay is. challenge her to explain what the delay is-_ challenge her to explain what the delay is. when you look at the delay is. when you look at the fact that, _ the delay is. when you look at the fact that, you _ the delay is. when you look at the fact that, you know, - the delay is. when you look at the fact that, you know, the i the fact that, you know, the report may well not be published by the end of her term, what is at stake here? just talk us through some of the big issues.— just talk us through some of the big issues. well, certainly at stake are _ the big issues. well, certainly at stake are the _ the big issues. well, certainly at stake are the whereaboutsl at stake are the whereabouts and the well—being of upwards
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of a million people, who disappeared into chinese government arbitrary detention over the last several years. you know, finding family members, reuniting people, and in crimes against humanity. these should be the overriding pressures, but it is also really about the resilience of the health of the un's human rights system globally. if a powerful government can get away with crimes against humanity, rarely that emboldens them. we are talking about a government that commits a serious human rights violations notjust serious human rights violations not just domestically serious human rights violations notjust domestically inside china, but beyond its borders too, and so the stakes here are really not low.— really not low. yeah, sophie, ou really not low. yeah, sophie, you know. — really not low. yeah, sophie, you know, there _ really not low. yeah, sophie, you know, there is _ really not low. yeah, sophie, you know, there is some - you know, there is some rhetoric or commentary i suppose is a better way to put it, that, in order to be able to deal with china, managed china, you can't risk having them lose face in a public like this. do you think that is the strategy here, just briefly, if you don't mind?— strategy here, just briefly, if
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you don't mind? well, i don't think anybody _ you don't mind? well, i don't think anybody likes _ you don't mind? well, i don't think anybody likes to - you don't mind? well, i don't think anybody likes to be - think anybody likes to be embarrassed, but i also think 30 years of that strategy has emboldened beijing to commit progressively more serious crimes. now is the moment to change that around and to hold chinese government officials accountable, otherwise we are only going to see worse. that was sophie richardson, china directorfor human rights watch, speaking to us a little earlier right here on newsday. if you want to get in touch with me on any of the stories you have seen on newsday, what we just talking about in fact, i am on twitter. i'm looking forward to hearing from you. now to some good environmental news. it was on the brink of extinction in britain more than a0 years ago, but thanks to conservation work, the large blue butterfly has now had a bumper summer. thousands have been recorded this year, with the restoration of wild meadows, and south—west england now has the world's greatest concentration. helen briggs reports. this the vibrant flash of the large blue butterfly, declared extinct in the uk in 1979, it had to be rescued by bringing caterpillars
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in from sweden. and now decades of conservation work's paying off, with more large blue recorded this summer than at any time in 150 years. for one scientist, it's a dream come true. it's been a great thrill to see the butterfly back in such large numbers again. i, alas, was present when the large blue went extinct in this country, many years ago, and, at the time, i never thought i'd see it back. but now, to look at it, and watch perhaps some four, five, six or more all on one patch of flowers is just terrific. the butterfly�*s tricky to protect because it's fussy about where it lives and depends on ants. the young caterpillars trick the ants into taking them into their nests to spend the winter underground. restoring the flower—rich meadows that the butterfly likes to lay its eggs has been key to turning
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its fortunes around. we're notjust trying to get the large blue back on these sites, we're actually recreating a missing type of habitat that, for various reasons of land use change, had more or less disappeared from at least the northern half of europe. you can now see the large blue across much of southern england, alongside other rare insects. the butterfly remains endangered, with climate change and extreme weather the greatest challenges ahead. but the resurgence is, for today at least, providing a bright spot for conservationists. helen briggs, bbc news. they are so beautiful, aren't they? just gorgeous. just gorgeous. after two years of zero social events, parties, weddings and other engagements because of covid, calendars are starting to fill up again, and glamour is back in fashion. department stores in new york are reporting a huge increase in sales of high heels, wedges and kitten heels. more women are putting their trainers, flat shoes
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and slippers back in the wardrobe and going out and about in high heels. i have to say, i am not one of them. can't imagine doing this programme in high heels, and i love my trainers. and before we go, take a look at this — a band stuck in lengthy queues at the french border in calais staged a surprise gig for fellow drivers. music. this video shared on social media showed the bristol street music musicians outside their van, with the drummer and keyboard players performing on the roof — a good way to pass the time! certainly i think made everyone feel much better. well, you have been watching newsday. our top story today. a federal judge in florida has ordered the usjustice judge in florida has ordered the us justice department to produce a redacted version of
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the affidavit, which authorised the affidavit, which authorised the search of donald trump is macomb earlier this month. that is infamous, stay with bbc news. —— donald trump's home earlier this month. —— that is all from us. hello. well, last night, parts of southeastern britain were swamped by thunderstorms — a month and a half of rainfall in one or two spots, much quieter out there right now. and friday promises to be a decent day, not all that, sunny. all that sunny. we are expecting the clouds to increase through the course of the morning, into the afternoon — all as a result of this weather front, which is approaching from the west. it's a weaker weather front, there's not an awful lot of rain on it. perhaps a few showers out towards the west, and notice that central and eastern areas will be mostly bright, even sunny. so here's a closer look, then — early hours of the morning, here's the cloud reaching south western parts of england, wales, the irish sea. certainly cloudy for northern ireland and parts
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of scotland, early on friday morning. out towards the east and south, it will be much brighter. 1a in london, the starting temperature, around 10—11 in the north of scotland. so starts off quite sunny, but then, this weak weather front moving very slowly across the uk will build cloud across many central parts of england. i suspect the sunniest areas will be along the north sea coast, around the coasts of east anglia, and also the channel. and you can see where the showers are possible — maybe in southwestern scotland, one or two elsewhere, the northwest of england, perhaps wales. now, the weekend — all—important weekend, because it is, of course, for some of us a bank holiday weekend, sunny spells and just a few showers on the horizon. so predominantly sunny weather on saturday, with high pressure building. this weak weather front may just about brush the very far northwest of the uk. and the temperatures are highest in the southwest in cardiff, around 25 celsius. here's that area of high
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pressure — and this time, its building from the north. look at the arrows — they're blowing around the high, and the winds will be quite strong at times. so it does mean that the coasts of around the north sea and east anglia, and the channel could be quite chilly at times. that will push the warmth out towards the west — that will push the warmth out towards the west, so the best weather conditions, i think, around the irish sea, wales, the southwest of england. here, temperatures up to around the mid—20s once again, but very decent also, say, in glasgow, up to around 21 celsius. a now here's the outlook through the weekend, and into next week, and i think, overall, we can say that the weather is mostly set fair for most parts of the uk. that's it for me. bye— bye.
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