welcome to newsday. i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. the headlines: a u.s. navy strikeforce heads for korea. donald trump tells his advisers to prepare to deal with pyongyang's nuclear threat. and a state of emergency is declared in egypt after two bomb attacks on coptic christians leaves more than 40 coptic christians leaves more than a0 dead. i am babita sharma in london. a horrifying discovery in western india. how this mass grave has again shared light on the victims of sex selective abortions. in india, you go through so much every other daughter and get married. what is the use if this is the end? —— go through so much to raise your daughter and get married. and glory for sergio garcia, the spanish golfer tom as he finally wins his first major title, the masters in augusta. —— golfer, as.
good morning. it is sam here in singapore, iam in london, and eight in the evening in washington where president trump has asked his advisers to be prepared to give a full range of options to deal with the nuclear threat in north korea. a us navy strike group is already heading towards the korean peninsula. the us national security adviser said the deployment was prudent and criticised north korea as a rogue, nuclear—armed nation. david campa nale reports. the carl vinson strike group, composed of an aircraft carrier, two guided missile destroyers and a guided missile cruiser, had been due to visit australia. instead, it's under full steam towards the western pacific ocean, where it recently conducted exercises with the south korean navy.
as well as massive strike power, the carrier group has the capability to intercept ballistic missiles. president trump made it clear to beijing last week that he's prepared to act alone against pyongyang if necessary. the decision to order missile strikes against syria, a reminder of his result. —— resolve. if you violate international norms, if you violate international agreements, if you fail to live up to international commitments, if you become a threat to others, at some point a response is likely to be taken. north korea's most recent rocket test, condemned by japan and south korea, came on the eve of china's president's visit to washington. and it follows the launch, four months ago, of ballistic missiles into the sea ofjapan a month ago. —— missiles into the sea ofjapan.
it is clear that their programme is moving forward at a marked pace. each test shows its rockets can go large distances, with established technology capable of striking of us military assets and allies in the region. but the taepodong 2 system goes further, underlying an ability to put crude satellites into orbit. pyongyang says it has a sovereign right to do this. with satellite pictures suggesting yet another nuclear test may be close, the fear is that north korea will end up with a nuclear warhead capable of reaching mainland america. pyongyang says it has been provoked by military exercises between the us and south korea, which it sees as preparation for an invasion. as tensions rise, the arrival of china's nuclear envoy in south korea may hasten the resumption of six—party talks, and the role of diplomacy in solving the crisis. david campanale, bbc news. our other top story this hour: the egyptian president abdul fattah al sisi has announced
a state of emergency, following two bomb attacks that killed at least a5 people. the so—called islamic state group has claimed responsibility for the attacks on two coptic churches north of cairo. in the last few hours the president gave this televised speech. several steps are to be taken. the first of which will be a declaration ofa first of which will be a declaration of a state of emergency for three months in egypt. we are announcing this only to protect our country and security. also making news this hour, unicef is calling on the myanmar government to release rohingya children from detention. the un agency says about a dozen minors were jailed as part of a military crack down on the muslim minority group in rakhine state. nearly 75,000 people have fled the region in the last six months. indian and chinese warships have come together to stop pirates hijacking a timber ship in the gulf of aden. the vessel you can see in foreground of this photo, here, put out a distress signal off the coast of yemen on saturday. there were no injuries and the ship is now heading to an unnamed
destination under escort. it's the third hijacking in recent weeks after a five—year lull. south korea has moved the capsized sewol ferry onto land, nearly three years after it sank. 30a people were killed in the disaster, most of them children. nine people remain missing. according to us media reports, donald trump's deputy national security adviser, kt mcfarland, has been asked to step down. ms mcfarland, who previously worked for fox news, had been in thejob forjust three months. it's believed she's been offered the role of ambassador to singapore instead. and finally, you may have heard — sergio garcia, big smile on his face because has won the masters in augusta, his first ever major title. he did have to do it the hard way though. going into the last round he shared the lead with england'sjustin rose. nothing could separate
them over 18 holes, and they went to a sudden—death play—off, where garcia was finally able to sink the winning putt. his win comes on what would've been the 60th birthday of his fellow countryman — and idol — seve ballesteros. let's get more details on that move by the us ordering a navy strike group to move towards the korean peninsula, amid growing concerns about north korea's missile and nuclear weapons programmes. go myong—hyun is a research fellow at the asan institute for policy studies in seoul. he explained the message that he believes washington is sending to pyongyang. it definitely sends a strong signal to north korea. it clearly shows that the united states is ready in intervention against north korea. this is a clear difference to the predecessor of donald trump, namely the obama administration, who did not want to cross the red line in syria because he was worried
about engaging in yet another war in the middle east. but donald trump by going against his predecessor's approach in syria is similar with north korea. donald trump is showing he is ready to engage in yet another war in north korea which makes the threat of us intervention more credible. indeed, and much more evident by the aircraft carrier and these warships headed to the korean peninsula. but how are america's allies responding to this in the region? this is actually a reassuring sign to allies in the region, namely south korea and japan. if you check the comments by donald trump last year, donald trump was actually very political and critical of the allies in southeast asia, because he was criticising them for not acting in their own self defence and the defence of others. he said both allies, south korea and japan, could go nuclear. which practically raised fears
in these two countries that the us was willing to remove the nuclear umbrella. so with these joint exercises and this strike group, it is quite reassuring to the allies. you say "reassuring," but of course, china is a big part of this whole equation. and of course, this was one of the topics with xi jinping when he met with donald trump last week. is there likely to be a resumption of six—party talks? that is quite unlikely for now. china and the united states has actually agreed that the threat by north korea is quite serious this time. there have been talks, even on the china side, that they want to bring north korea
closer to denuclearisation. but talks have not produced results. i think for this time, with this crisis, there will have to be discussion between us and its allies — north korea will have to take some concrete steps for these talks to come about. for generations, india has battled to put an end to sex—selective abortions. although it's illegal for doctors to reveal the gender of babies during pregnancy, it's estimated that 600,000 baby girls are aborted every year. the issue is in the spotlight once again after a grim discovery in the western state of maharashtra. yogita limaye has this report from sangli. a horrifying discovery. the remains of tiny foetuses were found buried here under soft mud. 19 of them, wrapped up in plastic bags and cast away. it all came to light after this
25—year—old woman died during a botched abortion. her family says her husband forced her to do it because she was pregnant with a girl. they complained to the police and that uncovered a female foeticide racket. translation: my daughter will not come back, but at least these things will stop happening if some action is taken. as parents of a girl in india, you go through so much to bring up your daughter and get her married. but what is the use if this is the end? police have so far arrested more than a dozen people, including the woman's husband and three doctors. translation: during our interrogation, we discovered that there are four middle—men engaged in the racket, and at least one of these doctors was terminating 2—3 pregnancies every week based on the sex of the baby. this is the hospital where some of the abortions
allegedly took place. finding out the gender of an unborn child is illegal here in india, and there is tough punishment for offenders, which includes time in prison. yet centres which conduct sex determination tests continue to thrive in many parts of the country. and that's because there's great demand for them, despite government campaigns to save the female child. translation: the mindset in india is that a girl is a liability. if a female child is born, then the family knows it will have to collect money to give as dowry during her wedding. so parents think that, instead of raising a daughter, nurturing her, and educating her, and then paying a large dowry to get her married, they are better off aborting her. dowry is also illegal in india. but laws have very little effect on the ground. for many daughters in india,
there are battles at every stage, and some don't even get a chance to fight. yogita limaye, bbc news, sangli. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: you can see a bit out the window, here, but the annual haze here in southeast asia — it's not only unpleasant — new research shows it leads to an increased number of heart attacks. also on the programme: a scheduled flight — an unscheduled delivery and an extra passenger on landing. we have a report. 25 years of hatred and rage, as theyjump up on the statue. this funeral became a massive demonstration of black power, the power to influence. today is about the promise
of a bright future, a day when we hope a line can be drawn under the bloody past. i think that picasso's works were beautiful, they were intelligent, and it's a sad loss to everybody who loves art. sta rt this is newsday on the bbc. i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. i'm babita sharma in london. our top stories: as a us navy strike group heads towards korea, donald trump prepares to review options for dealing with the north korean nuclear threat. egypt's president sisi has declared
a three—month state of emergency following two bomb attacks on coptic churches in which more than a0 people died. marvel comics have disciplined an indonesian artist after he was accused of inserting political and religious messages into his drawings for the x—men series. over the weekend, readers began pointing out how some pages in the debut issue for x—men gold featured references to a case involving the governor of jakarta. that story is popular on bbc.com in indonesia. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the south china morning post is one of several to lead on the deployment of a us navy strike group to the korean peninsula. "closer to the brink of accidental conflict". that's the verdict of one chinese expert on international relations. the business times has an interesting story about singapore's cutting—edge catering industry. it's predicting the next big thing could be 3—d printing using edible ingredients. the china daily features president xi jin ping's visit to the us, which it says set a constructive tone.
but its main story is this eye—catching picture of tourists in hebei province in northern china. it says the area's about to become an economic powerhouse, that's all thanks to a new business area. now, sharanjit, what stories are sparking discussions online? celebrations for a 16th century warlord injapan are getting lots of attention on bbc.com. over 1,000 people dressed up as samurai warriors paraded through kofu in centraljapan as part of an annual festival. the parade takes place around the anniversary of the death of takeda shinge and includes a re—enactment of the warrior preparing to lead his troops into battle. the parade through the streets of kofu in yamanashi prefecture is part of the annual festival that takes place around the anniversary of the death of takeda shingen. in the last hour, sergio garcia has won his first
major golf title at the 73rd time of trying. the spaniard beat england'sjustin rose in a dramatic play off to win the masters at augusta. we can talk to our correspondent. it is good to see you. fantastic results. 73 times? 74. a difficult time for sergio garcia. ten years ago he was in the 2007 open championship with padraig harrington. he lost it on the last play—off hole when his putt did not go in. a long time asking for sergio garcia. you always thought his chance had gone when he went behind after 16 holes. but the olympic champion and us open champion, bogeyed the 17, and gavejustin rose a chance on the 18th. it did not
happen. they would have played maybe four holes. only a few minutes of sunshine left or are they would have been coming back on monday. but as it went, he picked up a three, justin rose, he sliced into the bright on the tenth tee. it did not work for him. —— right. sergio garcia, following the footsteps of his hero, who was sitting next to me, jose maria. what a champion. what a day to be alive for sergio garcia. and what a day for spain in general. that is a heck of a win for him. how poignant to get that win on the birthday of his hero. you could see the enjoyment on his face. we should talk about justin see the enjoyment on his face. we should talk aboutjustin rose off. he came so close. lot you just know
justin rose is going to be there or near it. we were saying, justin rose does not bottle it. he makes sure to get in there and may end up winning at. we thought he would win after winning the open championship ten yea rs winning the open championship ten years ago. “— winning the open championship ten years ago. —— it. disappointing for justin rose. he got a victory in the 2013 open championship. fantastic for europe in the ryder cup. the best pa rt for europe in the ryder cup. the best part about it is you saw the players out on the course. when someone players out on the course. when someone hits a good shot, they congratulated the other player. that was like the ryder cup where they played as a team. it was great to see them. overall, it was great to see. you see people who appreciate each other‘s company and understand when another hits a good shot. each other‘s company and understand when another hits a good shotm really looks like they enjoyed each other‘s company. thank you for that.
a thrilling final. thank you for talking us through that. it was my pleasure. the dry season here in southeast asia betweenjune and october often brings haze pollution when fires are lit to clear land in indonesia and malaysia. smoke from the forest often blows across the sea and wafts across singapore and the wider region. we already know that the haze is particularly taxing on the young, the elderly and those with heart conditions or breathing problems. but research conducted by singapore general hospital has found that the haze in singapore is contributing to an increase in heart attacks. as you can see, there is moderate haze in singapore this morning. but according to the report, even pollution at these lower levels can raise the risk. joining me now was doctor marcus ong, senior author of the study and senior consultant at sgh's department of emergency medicine. this is the first large asian study to show a direct correlation between
air pollution and the incidence of out of hospital cardiac arrest. what we did in this study is we linked data from the pollutant standard index, or psi, that we've recorded over a five—year period in singapore with our national out of hospital registry and what we found was when the psi goes into the moderate range actually up to 10% increase in the incidence of incidence of out of hospital cardiac arrest. when it goes into the unhealthy range, above 100 on the psi, it's actually up to a 30% increase. i think the interesting finding was that there is a lag effect, meaning when the psi goes up, the effect sustains notjust on the same day but it continues for the next five days with an average of 5—19% increase in risk. you mention the psi, the pollutant index, we know this has been a problem southeast asia has been dealing
with for years and it's been incredibly hard to police this in indonesia, to stop the practice of burning palm oil plantations. how is your study going to put more pressure on policymakers in the region? i'm not sure about pressure but what this does is give us quantitative information about the direct impact of air pollution on health. we have to remember there's a baseline air pollution as well, not just the trans— boundary heat, but this can give objective data that can help policy makers make better decisions on, for example, when to close schools or give a health advisory, and we can actually even put economic cost or costs in terms of lives. what can be done do you think by authorities, aside from closing schools and making those measures, what other measures can help practitioners like yourself recommend to the elderly and others who are susceptible to this?
these are quite well—established measures to mitigate risk. if indeed there is an advisory then normally you would especially ask the high—risk groups, elderly, young children to stay indoors, and also limit the amount of physical exertion that you have in the outdoor setting. always nice to have a first class birth on a flight, but for the crew on board a turkish airlines flight that actually meant having to look after one more passenger than they bargained for after they helped a woman have her baby on board. here's the story. there was a lot of excitement on that flight. stay with us. we will look at the attempt to minimise
drones near singapore's airbase. i wa nt to drones near singapore's airbase. i want to show you these pictures before we go. they are from the pandas in china. this panda is trying to ease himself down gently, coming down with a bit of a bang. but doing ok. thank you forjoining us. but doing ok. thank you forjoining us. we will see you again soon. good morning. sunday was a glorious day for many of us, was it spring or summer? and really it was hard to tell because we had wall to wall sunshine throughout the day and in parts of eastern and south—eastern england, highs of 25 degrees, 77 fahrenheit. you can see the clear blue skies from sunday's satellite picture, a bit more cloud into the north—west and that cloud thick enough
to produce some rain, which died off and will continue to do so as this weather front sinks south but this weather front‘s important because as it pushes further south it produces north—westerly winds, a colder sort of air and that will bring a noticeable change to the story. we're losing the warm russets sunday as that north—westerly flow drags the cooler air across the country through the course of the day. so it's going to turn noticeably coolerfor all of us. as we start off the day then, temperatures will sit at around seven to nine degrees, so not too bad, that frontal system bringing quite a lot of cloud but up into the north—west, some of the showers will be wintry to the tops of the hills and mountains believe it or not, and as we go through the day we run the risk of a few showers in scotland and one or two cropping up in the north—east of england. i suspect by the middle of the afternoon it should be
a better afternoon in south—west england and wales where we had a bit of cloud yesterday, but temperatures at around ten or 13. we could see temperatures down a good 8—10 degrees in comparison to sunday's weather in the south—east with a risk of a few showers in parts of lincolnshire and east yorkshire. heading up into scotland, yes, the risk of a few showers here but also some lengthy spells of sunshine. by the end of the afternoon, though, cloud and more organised rain starts to gather into the western isles and this will be a weather front toppling over that high pressure and it will start to push into the far north of scotland. high pressure really just exerting its influence still, across england and wales, here things will stay relatively quiet. chilly start to tuesday morning, a touch of frost in more sheltered prone spots, but clearer skies will lead to more good spells of sunshine. breezy into the far north and showery outbreaks of rain continuing here as well. as we move into wednesday, we see more of a stronger north—westerly wind starting to pick up, gales not out of the question but again the best of the drier weather will always be further south but a fair amount of cloud around
i suspect on wednesday and on exposed coasts it will feel that little bit colder. little change on thursday. what's in store for the easter weekend? the dry seems set to continue, sunshine and a few isolated showers but that cool wind set to stay with us. you're watching bbc news. i'm babita sharma. our top story: you're watching bbc news. i'm babita sharma. ourtop story: donald you're watching bbc news. i'm babita sharma. our top story: donald trump tells his advisers to be prepared for the next step in dealing with the north korean nuclear threat. and eddie strike group is moving towards the north —— cream pensioner. e.g. ‘s president has declared a three—month state of emergency following two attacks on coptic churches, and which more than a0 people died. and this story is email@example.com. in the last hour, sergio garcia has won his first major golf title at the 73rd time of trying. he beat justin major golf title at the 73rd time of trying. he beatjustin rose in a dramatic play—off to win the masters at augusta. we will have more on