welcome, i'm babita sharma in london. the headlines: the eyes to the right, 308, the noes to the left 297. a major blow for theresa may and her brexit plan, as she suffers another defeat in parliament. president trump walks out of a meeting with congressional leaders, after he's told he won't get money for the border wall. again, we saw a temper tantrum because he could not get his way and he just walked out of the meeting. because he could not get his way and he just walked out of the meetinglj think he just walked out of the meeting.” think the president made his position very clear today that there will be no deal without a wall. i'm rico hizon in singapore. also on the programme: global markets rally as us—china trade talks end with signs of optimism. and we are at the world's biggest tech show in las vegas — but is tension between washington and bejing making it harder for chinese firms to suceed? live from our studios
in london and singapore, this is bbc world news. it's newsday. welcome to newsday. it's 9am in singapore and 1am here in london, where the british prime minister has suffered a shock parliamentary defeat of her brexit plans. with just 78 days to go before britain is due formally to leave the european union, mps voted to insist the prime minister would have to come back with a plan b within three days, if parliament rejects her deal with the eu next week. originally, the government was to have 21 days to come up with an alternative. our political editor laura kuenssberg has the story. one purpose and one direction. the prime minister has to push
parliament to support her. to avoid what she claims will be no deal or no brexit at all. the only way to avoid no deal is to vote for the deal. the deal protects jobs and security and delivers on the referendum, and he should back it. jeremy corbyn! but time and her authority is scarce. manyjust don't believe her. so if her deal is defeated next week, as i hope and expect it will, will the prime minister do the right thing and let the people have a real say and call a general election? suspicion is the government knows mps will reject their brexit compromise next tuesday and is just trying to run down the clock. so a group of mps wanted to force the prime minister to produce a plan b if she loses within days. over an hour, the commons
blew its collective top. before the rebels beat the government for the second time in 2a hours. the ayes to the right, 308, the noes to the left 297. so if theresa may loses again on tuesday, she'll have less than a week to come up with new goods. the actual arguments for and against the deal at the start of this vital debate were almost mute in comparison. the house should now give citizens and businesses the certainty they seek. the way of doing so is to back this deal after two years of hard fought negotiation, that the prime minister has secured. promises of more control over the controversial backstop arrangement to guard against a hard border in ireland fell flat, and for the first time, labour suggested officially, this is all such a mess, our departure from the eu
could be delayed. i actually genuinely think we can't do it on the 29th of march this year — it's simply not viable for so many practical reasons. maybe, but that is certainly not the prime minister's intention. if anything is clear, though, it's this tonight — what happens next is not only up to her. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. let's now take a look at some of the day's other news. and donald trump has walked out of a meeting with congressional leaders, after democrats told him they wouldn't fund his border wall. it was the latest attempt to end a partial government shutdown, that's causing increasing hardship for 800,000 federal employees who are not being paid. our north america correspondent nick bryant reports. washington is stuck in what seems like an unending loop of gridlock and dsyfunction, just three sleeps away from breaking the record for the longest government shutdown in us history.
my fellow americans, tonight i am speaking to you because there is a growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border. summoning all the authority the oval office conveys, donald trump restated the case for his long—promised wall, claiming it would protect americans from murderers entering illegally from mexico. why do wealthy politicians build fences, walls and gates around their homes? america's polarisation was on prime—time display with this double act rebuttal from the democratic leadership. nowhere was this presidential address more closely watched than in the living rooms of the 800,000 government employees who aren't being paid. this is so offensive to me as a researcher, i'm sorry. but what ashaki robinson heard from this billionaire president actually escalated what for her is a personal financial crisis. he doesn't get it, and he doesn't care. and i think it's obvious, when you don't mention federal workers. we've been out of work for — how many days now? i6, 17 days?
didn't even mention us, it's like we don't exist. chris, did anything the president say tonight persuade you that the shutdown is the right thing to do? no, did not. at all. the widespread view in washington is that the president last night failed to shift the needle, that this was a fizzer of a speech, urged upon him by aides. and it's heightened republican concerns that the trump white house is losing this political blame game. president trump came to capitol hill to rally his party, and later on he walked out of a meeting with democrats, claiming it was "a total waste of time" and tweeting, " bye— bye". so will he ultimately declare a national emergency, that could allow him to totally bypass congress? nick bryant, bbc news, washington. vice president mike pence says the president will not budge.” vice president mike pence says the president will not budge. i think the president made his position very clear today, that there will be no deal without a wall. there will be
no deals with other priorities the president has put on the table. —— without the priorities. also making news today: police in norway have confirmed that they're treating the disappearance of a woman who's married to one of norway's richest men as a case of kidnapping. they said anne—elisabeth falkevik hagen has been missing since october and believe she was probably abducted from her home. a south korean court has sentenced one of the co—founders of the country's largest pornography website to four years in prison. soranet had more thani million users and hosted thousands of illegal videos — many filmed with spy cameras. last summer, the website was shut down after women organised huge street protests. and now let's take a look at these pictures which have been released. they're of a daring rescue in the alps. emergency services were called
after a group of skiers got into difficulty in the alps. helicopter pilot lieutenant jean—francois marti had to make the tricky manoeuvre, called the skate support, placing the aircraft's nose into the slope with the blades still turning to let the rescuers out. it is a manoeuvre pilots use to save time when they're worried the weather could change for the worse. an amazing rescue. let's get more now on our top story — the british government's attempts to get its deal for leaving the european union accepted by parliament. earlier, i asked our political correspondent in westminster, nick eardley, for his impression of what was said during the house of commons debate. not one of the uk parliament's finest days in terms of presenting itself as a bastion of high end debate. the big row today was really about procedure and how the uk parliament operates and what can and can't be changed by mps, but the outcome of it is twofold. firstly, if the prime minister's brexit deal is voted down on tuesday, as all the signs
at the moment are that it will be, she only has three working days in parliament, probably until the following monday, to come back with a plan b, to come back with that elusive alternative to her brexit plan that everyone has been asking about for the last few months. but the — perhaps the more important thing that's happened today parliament has really flexed its muscles, mps, a number of them have been extremely unhappy with the way the government has tried to keep a hold of this process, to run the show, basically, and they're now saying, do you know what, if this deal is voted down, we are going to play a bigger role. so what could happen if the pm's deal falls next tuesday is a bit of a pandora's box of alternatives will open, where mps from other parties will come with their own ideas about what should happen next. things like potentially another referendum, things like potentially a single market deal,
a bit like norway's, where the uk would become a lot closer to the eu than the prime minister is planning, perhaps a canada style deal with the uk, wouldn't be as close as what the prime minister has put on the table. the truth is, we don't know if there is a majority for any of that at the moment. the stalemate in parliament is such that a lot of people know they disagree with the prime minister, they don't know exactly what they could coalesce around as an alternative. but what you've ended up with today is a situation where parliament thinks it has a much bigger role to play over the next few weeks. nick eardley speaking to babita earlier. the us and china have concluded three days of extended talks to resolve their trade war, with a member of the american delegation saying negotiations "went just fine". asian stock markets rose on hopes that the two sides would be able to hammer out a deal,
ahead of a march deadline, and avert further import tariff hikes. amy yuan zhuang is the chief asia analyst for nordea markets. i put it to her that the two parties have to find a solution. they have this deadline, i march, imposed by their president, and the whole world is watching and financial markets have been reacting, so they need to come up with some kind of solution, clearly. they will make an announcement today of what they concluded during the talks. what concrete resolutions, do you think, are they likely to announce? i think the most likely announcement — announced measures will be how much and precisely which goods china will buy from the us in the future, probably agricultural goods, energy pfoducts, maybe some manufactured products as well. but more on the structure issues, more the core of the conflict about the intellectual property, about china's subsidies to the state—owned companies, and force the technology transfer
and all that, that will be very difficult to announce. so the united states then, and trump, have the upper hand in his negotiations? well, trump likely still thinks that, but i don't think china sees that anymore. and now that the us markets, they are reacting a little bit more negatively during the last months, i think that donald trump's upper hand is slowly disappearing. personally, amy, you are from the northern part of china, from dalian, what is the sentiment on the ground? how is this affecting everyday people in the mainland? people are actually watching this news very closely, but the thing is that there is a high degree of uncertainty among the people. that is that the confidence level,
if you talk to the people, they don't know what is going to happen next and they don't think the government knows. and that is quite something new. they are not used to a government that is not planning for five years, is not getting very precise goals, so all this uncertainty is very new to the chinese people, and therefore affecting their consumption. if you take a look at the latest economic reports, it is starting to impact the consumer. the latest one, chinese car sales falling for the first time in more than 20 years. yes, yes, clearly. and this is due to this high degree of uncertainty, because if you feel uncertain about your job prospects, about your income, you will hold off the big—ticket consumption. and briefly, the bottom line, will a solution be made between the two biggest economies in the world before i march? i think likely yes, but only mostly on paper and not a resolution on the core issues. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme... police in australia make an arrest over dozens of suspicious packages sent to foreign embassies.
also on the programme, it is the world's biggest showcase for technological innovation, but a chinese companies being squeezed by trade tension between china and the us? -- but trade tension between china and the us? —— but are. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm babita sharma in london. our top stories: a major blow for theresa may and her brexit plan, as she suffers another defeat in parliament. donald trump's been accused of having a "temper
it is rejected, mps will then ask her to put it on the table. donald trump's been accused of having a "temper our top stories: a major blow for theresa may and her brexit plan, as she suffers another defeat in parliament. it is rejected, mps will then ask her to put it on the table. donald trump's been accused of having a "temper tantrum" by the democrats, after he walked out of a meeting to discuss funding for his border wall. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the south china morning post reports
that the former thai prime minister, yingluck shinawatra holds a cambodian passport. the paper says that this adds weight to the theory that she fled through cambodia in 2017. something phnom penh strongly denies. on the frontpage of the japan times is this report on new research that people's long—term memory was improved by taking a dizziness medication. it is hoped that this could have future implications on alzeihmer‘s medication. the philippine star leads on the procession of black nazarene in manila. this photo shows devotees jostling to touch the statue as it makes its way through the city. the paper reports that hundreds were injured during the procession. now, what stories are sparking discussions online? yes, let's looks at what is trending right now.
the founder of amazon, jeff bezos, has announced that he and his wife mackenzie are getting divorced. the pair have been married for 25 years. mr bezos is thought to be the world's richest man with an estimated wealth of $137 billion. australian police have arrested a forty eight year old man as part of an investigation into suspicious packages sent to embassies and consulates across the country. more than a dozen foreign offices received suspicious packages on wednesday. the bbc‘s hywel griffith is in sydney and is following the case. yes, we understand the man was arrested last night australian time following those security alerts right across melbourne and there were alerts in canberra and one in sydney as well. in all these cases, police allege parcels were sent containing dangerous substances and we know in a few cases,
they involved envelopes and inside there was grey material and the word "asbestos" written on them. in all, police allege 38 parcels were sent out by this man and so far, they've recovered 29 of them and taken away for frenzied testing but they are obviously alerting the embassies and foreign consuls to the possibility that there are still more out there unaccounted for. i suppose we don't know how many more that could be out there and i presume all these consulate buildings must still be on high alert. absolutely. we think people have gone back to work as normal today and we know that's the case the british high commission and the new zealand office, for example, but they will be on alert. it's not known how toxic or hazardous this substance was. i guess we will learn more from the forensic examinations
but the 48 to a man who comes from a couple of hours north of melbourne, he is due before the magistrate in melbourne in the next couple of hours so we will potentially learn more about the man accused of carrying out this crime. if he is eventually found guilty, he could face up to ten years in jail. more than 150,000 people are expected to attend the consumer electronics show in las vegas this week. it's the largest trade show of its kind in the world and seen as a showcase for the next major trends in technology. one of the biggest talking points of this year's show isn't new products, but the growing tension between the us and china, particularly on technology. our north america technology reporter dave lee is there. for decades, ces has been a thrilling ride into the future of the global tech industry. a multimillion dollar sales pitch of the weird,
the wonderful, and maybe, the ground—breaking. companies from china have long been a familiar sight, with firms like huawei now taking up almost as much room as the top us names. it makes business sense for them to come here, because they can meet their buyers from all around the world. but while huawei has come out in force for this tech show, none of the us phone networks offered their smartphones. that's because the us government is concerned that china might use them to spy on americans. we don't believe there is any evidence in the world of any issues regarding huawei and their the products. and we are more than happy to have a conversation with the us government about how to come up with a security insurance framework geared towards the united states. tensions rose further when huawei's chief financial officer, meng wanzhou, was arrested in december. she is fighting extradition to the united states, where she faces charges of bank fraud, allegations she denies. and then, there's the ongoing trade war between the two countries, which threatens to impact tech firms greatly. the climate is making it harder for chinese companies to find success in the us.
chinese brands in the us have always struggled, so they've never had a significant market share. i think with the amount of power that huawei has, they could have had a really big impact, again, as we've seen with the rest of europe, on the us market. most here hope and expect the trade dispute to pass, but there is a growing atmosphere of suspicion between the two global superpowers over how they use new technology. dave lee, bbc news, in las vegas. nearly a million rohingya refugees who fled persecution in myanmar have been living in temporary camps in bangladesh for more than a year now. last november, there was an attempt to send back a group following an agreement between bangladesh and myanmar, but the refugees refused. the bbc‘s yogita limaye spoke to bangladesh's prime minister sheikh hasina about the crisis, just a few days before her re—election in december. still, they don't feel safe to go
back. now it is, myanmar government, they should clear and they feel now that if they go back, they are safe to go there. i want that all those countries that have good relationship with myanmar, they also should put pressure and talk to them that they should take these people back because they are their citizens, they are going to deny that. but there will be no attempt from your site to force anyone? well, how can we force? we can't force them. but i feel that they should go back to their own country, live in a better way. do you believe it's safe them to go back to myanmar right now? well, if you don't help
them, how can you? because they didn't sign an agreement with us and they are now eager to take them back. even myanmar agrees that society, the unhcr, everyone can work in our territory. i think at first base, at least people can go back and we can watch how myanmar behaves. will they just begin back and we can watch how myanmar behaves. will theyjust begin it ta kes to behaves. will theyjust begin it takes to figure out if it's safe? —— just be guinea pigs. there will be a natural method because you can't push back all this country at a time, how can you send them? now, we have to push through them. where they are living, it is not good condition what i feel but there is an island where they can live some proper way, and earn some money also. you have heard various
agencies saying it's not a safe island, it came out of the water only 20 years ago, it is prone to flooding and cyclones. this is not true. in bangladesh, we have problem. we have cyclones, we have flooding. our people live with this. myanmar has it itself so when we prepare, we always prepare that we can save people. we build—up the embankment. we have cyclones shelter and also there is space for school, healthcare and everything is there. is the island... well, or 25,000 people, it is ready but what we are doing, for at least 100,000 people, people building the houses. skeihk hasina there. you have been watching newsday. i'm babita sharma in london. and i'm rico hizon in singapore. coming up — wall street rallied for a fourth straight day
after signs of progress in trade talks between the us and china. more on that in asia business report. and before we go, take a look at this — one mountain goat hand a lucky escape. a goat got caught up in the heavy snow in austria — buried up to its horns but thanks to the quick thinking of two railway workers they grabbed a shovel and began digging away at the snow and the goat quickly scampered away to freedom. that's all for now — stay with bbc world news. hello. our weather prospects are still looking comparatively quiet through the next few days.
if anything, our major shift will be o rather more cloudy weather but today, some slightly milder making a return to our shores for some. but not actually in the most traditional way that we see milder air arriving. normally it comes sweeping up from the south—west off the atlantic. at the moment, we have high—pressure, and milderairwil be toppling into the north of it behind a warmer weather front which is sinking its way south. first thing, still very chilly with a foster cross southernmost counties of england. this line of cloud here just about marks the warm weather front. to the rear of it, quite a lot of cloud through the course of the day butjust slightly milder weather than we saw through midweek. so top temperatres in double figures for belfast. we're going to struggle at around 6 or 7 in the likes of cardiff and london. and we will struggle through the day to see much in the way of sunshine. overnight thursday into friday, that weather front slides away into the continent. plenty of cloud around, and we sit in relatively milder air. so our map is green first thing friday, rather than seeing that blue as we will do to the south first thing thursday.
temperatures, down on the lower end of single figures but essentially frost—free to get friday under way. another day offering us quite a lot of cloud. we have got a northerly breeze but remember it's tipped around that area of high pressure so instead of actually coming straight from the arctic, it's been modified by the atlantic, hence things will start to get milder as that northerly breeze drags the milder air further south. so, for the weekend, our temperatures making a return closer to average. it could be quite windy through the weekend, actually, as areas of low pressure try to erode this high. the isobars becoming increasingly tighter packed. much of the rain will fizzle out before it sinks to the south across the uk. the greater chance of any significant rain probably for northern ireland scotland, but quite cloudy on saturday. as i said, it will be a windy day
as well and temperatures more typically average values for the time of year, perhaps 10 or 12 degrees. some brightness hopefully across eastern counties. similar picture again for saturday, the high still sitting to the south—west. this low tumbling over the top of it, bringing some in briefly for scotland, northern ireland, perhaps some patchy rain for northern england. if anything, perhaps sunday, the brighter day of the two and again, temperatures are a little more favourable than we've had in recent days. back into double figures for most of us. you're watching bbc news. i'm babita sharma. our top story: theresa may loses another vote on brexit in parliament. mps give the prime ministerjust three days to come up with a new plan, if her deal with the eu is rejected in a crucial vote next tuesday. trump shuts down the shutdown talks. the us president walks out of negotiations with democratic leaders, calling it a "total waste of time", after they again refused funding for his border wall. the democrats told reporters he had a temper tantrum.