i'm rico hizon in singapore. the headlines: the special relationship under strain. britain's theresa may criticises donald trump for sharing tweets from a far—right group. i'm very clear that retweeting from britain first was the wrong thing to do. is he out of the job? both the white house and the state department deny reports of plans to replace rex tillerson. i'm kasia madera in london. also in the programme: pope francis urges the international community to take decisive measures to address the myanmar refugee crisis, but again avoids using the word rohingya. and the best news programme at the asian television awards goes to newsday. it is 9:00am in singapore, 1:00am
in london, and 8:00pm in washington. the transatlantic rift between britain and the us has deepened. the british prime minister insists she will never be afraid to criticise the us and say when it gets something wrong. theresa may made her comments on a visit tojordan, as she condemned president trump, for retweeting anti—muslim videos posted by a british far—right group. 0ur correspondent alex forsyth has more. this was a trip focused on building relationships around the world. but, while theresa may was meeting kings and ministers injordan, a major diplomatic row was brewing elsewhere. president trump had been personally
rebuked by downing street for sharing far—right videos online. his response to theresa may, on twitter, of course: madame prime minister. her tour of the middle east suddenly required diplomacy of a different kind. the fact that we work together does not mean that we're afraid to say when we think the united states have got it wrong, and to be very clear with them, and i'm very clear that retweeting from britain first was the wrong thing to do. he tweeted effectively telling you to stay out of his business. is that acceptable behaviour from a supposed ally? it's an enduring relationship, that is there because it is in both our national interests. so, what of the much—anticipated state visit to the uk by president
trump? an invitation for a state visit has been extended, and has been accepted. we have yet to set a date. thank you. in her speech here, theresa may had little choice but to respond to this tweet. it was aimed directly at her. this another test of her leadership — how to maintain authority, yet de—escalate a potential row with a friend. the us president, forging friendships of his own... you have been a great friend, and we appreciate it very much... ..has so far shown little regret. you've taken over?! not for long! he shared videos posted by this woman, jayda fra nsen, the deputy leader of the anti—muslim group britain first. today, at the white house, donald trump's spokeswoman was asked if he had known who she was at the time. no, i don't believe so. but again, i think he knew what the issues are, and that is that we have a real threat of extreme violence and terrorism, not just in this country,
but across the globe, particularly in europe, and that was the point he was making. but, in westminster, plenty disagree with president trump and question theresa may's approach. she should never have invited him within a few weeks of being elected. every other american president has had to wait for years. they had to settle down, and we had to be sure about who it is that we are inviting. it's very difficult to see how you can continue to rely on the goodwill of somebody who is fundamentally evil, racist, completely contrary to our own set of values. so, while the prime minister practiced diplomacy in the middle east, relations elsewhere were tested. theresa may once again under scrutiny, notjust at home, but around the globe. alex forsyth, bbc news, jordan. the white house press secretary has been busy. sarah huckabee sanders has refused to confirm whether president trump still has confidence in his secretary of state, rex tillerson. a flurry of media reports earlier suggested the white house was considering a plan to remove mr tillerson in favour of the cia
director, mike pompeo. but ms huckabee sanders said the two men met twice at the white house on thursday, and that the secretary of state continued to implement the administration's agenda. we've said many times before, as many of you like to write these type of stories, when the president loses confidence in someone, they will no longer serving the capacity that they're in. the president was here today with the secretary of state. they engaged in a foreign leader visit, and are continuing to work together to close out what we've seen to be an incredible year. can we deduce from that that the president has confidence in the secretary of state? i think i addressed that pretty clearly just now. is that a yes? as i've just said, and as we've said many times before, when it comes to questions like this, with senior staff and cabinet
secretaries, when the president loses confidence in somebody, they'll no longer be here. as the president said on the record, and several of you were in the room in the oval today, the secretary of state is here. also making news today: the north korean leader's half—brother, who was killed in malaysia in february, was carrying an antidote to the nerve agent that caused his death. it was in his backpack. a prosecution witness revealed this at the trial of the two women accused of kimjong—nam's murder, suggesting mr kim knew he was a target, and the method of possible attack. the argentine navy has abandoned efforts to rescue the crew of a submarine that disappeared two weeks ago, with 44 people on board. a navy spokesman said a big search operation in the south atlantic was now officially closed. a number of vessels, including submarines, will continue searching for the wreck of the sanjuan. disney has picked chinese actor liu yifei to play mulan in an upcoming film, following accusations against hollywood of whitewashing.
the live—action adaptation of the 1998 animated movie will tell the tale of the famed chinese heroine hua mulan. several hollywood films have faced criticism in recent months for featuring white actors in asian roles. translation: this is the first time i've heard of a chinese woman playing the lead role, so i'm very much looking forward to this. translation: i think now china is growing stronger and stronger in various fields. just like — who was it, the us president's granddaughter, who was singing chinese songs. this is something great for china. the pakistan cricket board is seeking $70 million in compensation from its indian counterpart for not honouring an agreement to play test matches. the two countries have not played on a bilateral basis since the mumbai attacks nine years ago, which india and the us blame on militants based in pakistan.
a chinese commuter who was fed up with delays in his commute took matters into his own hands and painted new road signs. he told the police that the straight ahead lane was packed, while the left—turn lane has a lot of space, and so he decided to change signs. whatever his intentions, though, his creativity has come at a price. he was fined $150. pope francis, who is visiting bangladesh, has urged the international community to take decisive measures to address the myanmar refugee crisis, although the pontiff again avoided using the word rohingya, as he also did during his visit to myanmar. he did, however, refer to the hundreds and thousands of refugees who have fled myanmar‘s rakhine state to seek refuge in bangladesh. yogita limaye reports from dhaka. he is the third pope
to visit bangladesh, and the first in more than 30 years. pope francis was greeted at the airport by president abdul hamid, and given a grand welcome in a country that has a tiny catholic population. he flew in from myanmar, on a visit that has been overshadowed by the rohingya crisis. all eyes were on whether he would talk about the issue more openly than he did in myanmar. during this speech, at the home of bangladesh's president, he didn't use the term rohingya, but talked about the influx of refugees from myanmar‘s rakhine state that this country has been dealing with. translation: the international community must take decisive measures to deal with this grave crisis. notjust working to resolve the political issues which have led to this large migration of people, but also offering immediate material assistance to bangladesh
in its effort to respond to the urgent human need. some will be disappointed that he hasn't sent out a stronger message. pope francis is in bangladesh for two more days, but he isn't expected to make any more speeches, so many wonder if this is the last we've heard from him on the rohingya issue during this visit. on friday, he will hold a big mass here in this public park in dhaka. that is what these men behind me are preparing for. it will be the first time that many ordinary people in this country will have the chance to see him. around 80,000 people are expected to gather here from different parts of bangladesh. i never thought that he would be here. it is a feeling that we have never imagined, also, that he will be here. i am very happy that the pope is coming to bangladesh, he has selected bangladesh, he has selected bangladesh to come, because such a small country, very minority
catholics, but still he will come. at this park, it will be mostly catholics he will address. but pope francis will also meet people from other religions later in the day, particularly those from the muslim community, and even some rohingya refugees. all week here on newsday, we have been monitoring bali's volcano. mount agung is predicted to erupt imminently. more than 100,000 people have been ordered to evacuate the area around the volcano. thousands of tourists are stranded. flights have resumed, but the airport may have to close again if the wind changes direction. the bbc‘s rebecca henschke has this update from bali. well, yes, it's another day of watching and waiting. this has continued now for almost three months. there are tens of thousands of people who are living in temporary shelters not far from where i am now. they're living in bamboo and plastic rooms and, with the heavy rain, life there is uncomfortable.
mount agung does remain on high alert, so people are being told not to return to their homes. and, for the people remaining in their village, to leave. there is dramatically less smoke and ash clouds coming out of the crater now, as you can see behind me, compared to a few days ago. that ash is now travelling west still to lombok island, and the airport there is closed. that will be reviewed in a few hours. and the bali main international airport is still open today. but all experts who are monitoring this closely say this is a natural pattern for a volcano, a natural downturning, and this definitely doesn't mean it's over. things could change very quickly, an unpredictable situation. and we will be speaking to a
photographer who has got close to the volcano. you are watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: the residents who are no longer welcome. we take a look at how entire beijing neighbourhoods are being torn down in the name of modernisation. also on the programme: at the risk of blowing our own trumpet, the winner of the best news programme at the asian television awards was — well, it's us! it's quite clear that the worst victims of this disaster are the poor people living in the slums which have sprung up around the factory. i am feeling so helpless, that the childrens are dying in front of me and i can't do anything. charles manson is the mystical leader of the hippy cult suspected of killing sharon tate and at least six other people in los angeles. at 11:00am this morning, just half a metre of rock separated
britain from continental europe. it took the drills just a few moments to cut through the final obstacle. then philippe cozette, a minerfrom calais, was shaking hands with and exchanging flags with robert fagg, his opposite number from dover. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. i'm kasia madera in london. our top stories: the british prime minister, theresa may, said president trump was wrong to retweet posts from a british far—right organisation.
but she insists the special relationship between the two countries continues. on a visit to bangladesh, pope francis has urged the international community to take "decisive measures" to address the myanmar refugee crisis, although the pontiff again avoided using the word rohingya, as he also did during his visit to myanmar. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. we start with gulf news, which focuses on our top story — the twitter row between us president donald trump and british prime minister theresa may. it says that mr trump sparked outrage when he rebuked the prime minister, who had criticised him for retweeting british far—right anti—islam videos. the irish times headlines that irish ministers and diplomats have embarked on high—level talks with the british and the eu to secure a breakthrough on the issue of the post—brexit border. irish times says that ireland
is seeking a commitment from the british that there will be no change to the border arrangements. and japan times revisits a story from wednesday: the missile test by north korea. it says that this missile is bigger and more advanced. the paper quotes experts as saying that the missile comes with a domestically made mobile launcher that will make it harder than ever to pre—emptively destroy. and a maths genius is sparking discussion online? rico, off the top of your head, what's 453 multiplied by 356? i can't do work it out, can you? well, 13—year—old mohammad al—mir can. the lebanese teenager has won three world junior titles, beating competitors from a0 countries. he trains his mind using a japanese abacus. that video is on the bbc website.
by the way — the answer is 161,268. i had the same answer. china's capital beijing is in the midst of a massive social upheaval. entire neighbourhoods are being levelled and some areas seen as too ramshackle are being modernised. many thousands of poorer residents have been told they're no longer welcome, prompting accusations of heavy—handed population control. stephen mcdonell has been to one beijing suburb that's being torn down. the demolition teams are on the move in beijing. it is changing the make up of who lives in the chinese capital. we enter an area that was, days ago, bustling with life. fire in a nearby building has been
used as a pretext to level the entire block. there were homes and workplaces for many low income itinerant labourers. they had no beijing residency papers. somebody in government decided they must leave. every shop in this community has been forced to close. this is going on across beijing. perhaps a clothes shop, a general store, a hairdresser. they are given notice one day and the next day the shutters are down. those still living here know they are living on borrowed time. for an idea of the speed of it these buildings are standing but over here... word comes out you need to move and then the machines come in and destroy buildings. beijing is going through a mass
gentrification programme. it is not only structures being altered. 0fficial local government documents have called for the need to clean up the messy city and to move on the so—called "low—end" population. some believe that for overcrowding to be controlled, poor outsiders must go. it really is the coalface of new beijing. out with the old and in with the new. in china, these transitions are made rapidly. and there is a lot of social dislocation that comes with it. and then, their possessions piled high, it is back to the provinces
and an unknown future. let's return to bali. we've been bringing you news from bali this week about the volcanic ash cloud coming from the island's highest volcano mt agung. it has been causing lots of disruption. photographer, rio helmi, who lives in bali, has been capturing the spectacle on camera. rio, talk to us about how close you have been getting, while we look at some of your fantastic images? right 110w some of your fantastic images? right now i am about 9.9 kilometres... (inaudible). the mountain has gone
through several phases. it has been erupting, it has calmed down today. 0n good days i can get much closer, about three or four kilometres. today i am taking a break... (inaudible). rio, we are looking at some of your... we have got, we are looking at some of your images. we can see the amount of destruction that this potentially could have. of course, people are very concerned, because in 1963, when mt agung last erupted, 1000 people died. there was an awful lot of destruction, so people are very fearful at the moment? well, yeah. it is confusing because sometimes people think it is 0k and then it darts to erupt again and they run away again. —— starts. at the moment it is not an explosive
eruption, it is what is called an effusive your option. it is coming and going. —— effusive eruption. but if it does... (inaudible). we would get a lot of destruction at that point. at the moment, the people well up point. at the moment, the people wellup in point. at the moment, the people well up in the mountains are relatively 0k. it looks worse than it is. what it will probably escalate. thousands of people have been evacuated. are you suggesting there are still people trying to continue their existence is near the volcano itself? —— existences. world... (inaudible). families inside the nine kilometre zone still carrying on their activities. we will probably see that change if the mountain does erupt explosively, as
isaid. at mountain does erupt explosively, as i said. at the moment, it is an effusive eruption, as i said. (inaudible). rio, thank you. thank you so much for sharing your photos. apologies to our viewers, we are having some complications with the sound quality, speaking to you. but rio, we appreciate the photographs you have shared with us. that was rio helmi, who has been getting pretty close to mt agung. again, apologies for the communications problems, but as you can expect, speaking to somebody next to a volcano isn't always easy. now, it is one of many different experiences i have had on the programme newsday, i have had on the programme newsday, i have been presenting this since it began six years ago with rico, sharanjit and babita. and now our ha rd sharanjit and babita. and now our
hard work has paid off? yes, i have an early christmas present for you! yes, last night newsday won best news programme at the asian tv awards. we were all there to pick up ouraward. notjust newsday, sharanjit too. yes, don't forget the team! you all look fantastic, incredibly glamorous in your wonderful suits and dresses. where was my invitation? i am only joking, of course somebody has to present from london. not just newsday, sharanjit got a special recognition as well? sharanjit leyl was also highly commended in the best news presenter category in the best presenter category. rico, it was a great night for the bbc‘s south—east asia correspondent? yes, jonathon head won his second award for the best news report. this shows you the extent of the
drug problem here in the philippines. the police have had to come here and raid one of the diggers to prisons in manila. there are diggers to prisons in manila. there a re clearly diggers to prisons in manila. there are clearly concerns about drug problems here. the focus at the moment, as with so much of this campaign, is the people at the bottom of the trade, not the people running it. that was jonathan head. it is not just running it. that was jonathan head. it is notjust the whole london and singapore team to thank. we would also like to thank all of our viewers around the world for continuing to support and watch newsday five days a week. i am rico hizon in singapore. thank you so much forjoining us in singapore. rico, thank you for picking up that award. don't drop it, don't break it, we want to get to london in one piece. from all of us, thank you for watching newsday. some of us experienced more snow
showers on thursday night but with a lot more cold air moving in, the showers will return back to sleet or rain as we go through the morning. early on, bearing in mind where we have had the showers overnight there will be icy patches around through eastern parts of scotland and northern england. still a scattering of showers through the east of england. most falling as rain. showers through the west of wales are now clearing away and more of us will be dry and see some sunshine. there will be good sunny spells around during the afternoon and the temperature a little higher than was on thursday. it will just not feel as cold or wintry as it did to many places are dry that the best of the sunshine in england and wales. and increasing cloud in northern ireland, an area of cloud and patchy rain working southwards through scotland. behind that, showers following. as we go on into friday evening and friday night we will keep the cloud heading southwards across the uk and that means temperatures are not dropping. there will still be a touch of frost
in cold spots across the south in particular on friday night but by saturday morning some temperatures will rise. if we look at the big picture going into the weekend, we have had arctic air across the uk. that gets nudged southwards and an atlantic influence is coming across. that means it is less cold and temperatures are getting closer to average for this time of year with mild aircoming in. it takes a while to get into the south—eastern parts of england and could still be chilly on saturday but on sunday it will arrive. this atlantic air is coming, it has a great deal of cloud around. there is patchy cloud and there will be sunny spells so its five degrees in norwich
but 10 degrees in stornoway, feeling the benefits of mild air. part two of the weekend on sunday, a lot of cloud around. cloud thick enough in some spots to produce patchy light rain does not amount to too much. hazy through the eastern uk and temperatures closer to average. main stories of the weekend is mild, less cold air coming in but it comes with plenty of cloud. while there will be dry weather around, cloud will produce patchy light rain at times. you are watching bbc news. our top story: the uk prime minister has said president trump was wrong to retweet posts from a british far—right group. but she has rejected calls to cancel president trump's state visit, stressing the importance in continuing the two countries' special relationship. both the white house and the us state department have insisted that secretary of state rex tillerson remains in his post, despite reports of a
plan to replace him. and this video is trending on bbc.com: one man's attempt to beat the traffic. a chinese man has been fined after he was captured on surveillance footage painting new road signs. he told police it was the result of frustrations over the long delays on his daily bus journey to work. that's all from me for now. stay with bbc news. and the top story here in the uk: the first full annual migration figures since the brexit vote show a record fall in net migration to the uk.