i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. the headlines: after north korea's latest missile test, president trump warns talking is not the answer. as the number killed by tropical storm harvey in texas, warnings of new monsoon floods across parts of south asia. i'm babita sharma in london. also in the programme: princes william and harry make a poignant appearance in memory of their mother on the eve of the 20th anniversary of princess diana's death. and the loneliness of the long—distance walker. we meet the man crossing the entire breadth of australia in his campaign for aboriginal rights. live from our studios in singapore and london. this is bbc world news. it's newsday. good morning.
it's 7am in singapore, midnight in london and 7pm in the evening in washington, where the trump administration is giving mixed signals about its response to the latest north korea missile launch. president trump appeared to have dismissed the prospect of a diplomatic solution by saying that talking is not the answer. although his defence secretary james mattis later said a diplomatic solution was still possible. for its part, north korea has warned the missile launch is the first step of military operations in the pacific. rupert wingfield—hayes reports. these are the first pictures of north korea's latest and most provocative missile launch. as expected, kim jong—un was on hand to give his personal guidance. the north korean dictator gazes skywards as the missile flies towards japan.
and along with the pictures came this statement from north korea's state media. north korea's statement shows the ultimate target of yesterday's test was not here injapan, but the us pacific island of guam, with its huge military bases, and that north korea intends more such tests. so what can be done to stop it? last night in new york, the un security council members, including china, were unanimous in condemning north korea. today, the cracks have already begun to appear. from president trump came this tweet, ruling out any prospect of talks. here injapan, prime minister theresa may said china must now do something. we want to work with international
partners to see what further pressure can be brought on north korea. and of course particularly look at what china can do. in beijing, china's foreign ministry spokeswoman had this rather caustic response. translation: some countries dash forward when it comes to imposing sanctions but hide away when it comes to asking for peace talks. this is not the attitude of a responsible nation. there is growing suspicion that north korea could not have developed this new missile so fast by itself. there is also agreement that it must be stopped. but there is none on how to do it. china wants talks. the us, britain and japan, more sanctions. meanwhile, north korea is almost certainly preparing for its next test. rupert wingfield—hayes, bbc news, in tokyo. more on the international we action
to the crisis in north korea in a few moments. —— reaction. let's update you on the situation in texas now where the governor of the state has warned that the worst of the flooding is not yet over. greg abbott warned that waters could continue to rise over the next week. at least 20 people are known to have died and 30,000 people are in emergency shelters. the bbc‘s laura trevelyan is in houston, where people are still being rescued from their homes. well, there have beenjust so many rescues going on here today where i am. you can see the flooding, you can see how the homes and the cars are submerged and you may even be able to see some of the rescue boats that have been going out all day. the situation right here in this pa rt the situation right here in this part of houston where i am is they have experienced water levels still rising but that's because of control flooding that's been carried out by the authorities. the they've been
opening the dams of the reservoir outside houston to stop it overflowing. that means people here have seen more flooding, the good news about that, if they can be good news, as authorities have said it can now control the water flow but east of where i'm talking to you from is there have been more devastating floods in port arthur to the louisiana border and the storm itself is moving inland to louisiana, bringing yet more flooding and even threatening tennessee. the worry here now is that there will still be water is rising as the water runs off inland and the rivers break their banks yet again. are people there, laura, getting the support they need? well, it's an emergency situation. the people who are carrying out the boat rescues i've been witnessing all day, most of them are private citizens. i've been speaking to who have brought their boats 400 miles from southern texas because they heard the appeal for boats and they a nswered heard the appeal for boats and they answered the call. i spoke to one
man who's rescued 60 people in his boat since yesterday. there's a limit to the number of boats, the authorities have said there's a limit to what is suitable for this terrain where there is only a couple of inches of water, so it's a crisis situation and the authorities are doing everything they can to keep up but the demand is huge. there's more than 70,000 people in shelters in houston, 33,000 in texas, and the authorities are warning it to your mac could take years to recover from this. laura trevelyan in houston in texas. as we reported yesterday severe flooding has hit the indian city of mumbai where monsoon rains has killed at least five people, including two toddlers. it's the latest place to be hit by floods in south asia during the monsoon season, which has affected millions of people across india, nepal and bangladesh. over 1,200 people are estimated to have died. ben rich from bbc weather explains what's going on. rain does not fall continuously and
uniformly across south asia all through the monsoon season. instead it comes and goes. there are drier periods and then there are wetter periods. get too many wet spells and that's when we get some significant flooding. noticed there is another area of cloud moving into north—eastern india, bangladesh and nepal, that could exacerbate the flooding situation and we also have a area of wet weather now sliding into pakistan, there could be flash flooding for places like karachi but all the while mumbai will be drying out after an exceptionally wet last few days. conversely it's been drier over the last few days across bangladesh and nepal but the flooding has been so significant over recent weeks that a couple of drier days will not sort out the problem. remember the big lump of cloud working in from the east, the re m na nts of cloud working in from the east, the remnants of an old tropical storm, that will be in hunting the rainfall in eastern india, bangladesh and nepal once again as we go through the next few days, so there is the
risk of some further flooding. tokyo has been forthright about the potential impact of brexit on its companies based in britain. 100 days after militants in the philippines loyal to islamic state occupied the southern city of marawi, president rodrigo duterte says the battle there has entered its final stages. he was speaking shortly after government troops secured a vital bridge. 800 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands of people displaced in the conflict. it's day one in the job for uber‘s new chief executive. he replaces the co—founder travis kalanic, who resigned in june following months of turmoil at the firm. despite recent problems, figures show the company's revenue
and global bookings are up. now terrifying pictures of a car going backwards into a river in central china. it's thought the driver accidently hit the acelerator instead of the brake. a mother and daughter amazingly suffered no serious injuries. the entire accident tookjust ii seconds and was noticed by a swimmer who along with another pedestrian pulled them out of the car. let's get more now on the international reaction to north korea. paul burton is director of defence and security forjane's ihs markit. speaking from the south korean capital seoul, he told me that the timing of this latest missile launch is significant. well, i think it's significant for a
number of reasons. it comes off the back of a number of military exercises between the united states andjapan, and exercises between the united states and japan, and the united states and south korea. so i think what the kim administration is increasingly becoming adept at doing now is getting to a point where it exploits the gaps and the fissures between these allies and kind of ratchets up these allies and kind of ratchets up the tension gradually. i don't think this should be viewed as the first step on a continuum to attacking guam. ithink step on a continuum to attacking guam. i think this has been going on all year now and perhaps even longer. right. so what's your reaction to the us position on all options on the table, and of course president trump's latest tweet that talking is not the answer? well, of course there's clearly a number of different vantage points at the moment in the us administration and we see the president issuing tweets
that other officials, such as the secretary of state for defence, tillerson, have come out and contradicted or tried to clarify in the only way rioli to establish a viable solution with north korea, through diplomacy, something that donald trump has established himself in his previous tweet. we heard the chinese foreign ministry spokesperson of accusing other countries of hiding away when it comes to peace talks, do you think she has a point? there's a whole range of diplomatic means available to the various actors here and i think obviously the ultimate aim is to get north korea to the table to engage in such talks. however, i don't think we're at a position at the moment whereby any of the related actors can push this to the four. i think we're in this tit for
tat exchange of rhetoric now between washington and pyongyang which creates issues in tokyo and the overflight of the missile obviously establishes great concern with the abe administration, the new south korean president moon is more liberal and has stated from the outset of his presidency that he wa nts to outset of his presidency that he wants to bring pyongyang to the table. but it's very difficult to do on this current backdrop. the british royals princes william and harry have visited a memorial garden for their mother at her old home at kensington palace. the white garden is dedicated to princess diana's life and work. thursday will mark the 20th anniversary of her death in a car crash in paris. nicholas witchell reports. the flowers and the tributes are back at the gates of kensington palace. a very small echo of how it was 20 years ago, but a reminder of feelings which the years have not erased. and this afternoon, william and harry came to view the tributes.
they took their time, they looked and they read. they laughed at some of the photographs showing them as small children with their mother. it was impossible not to be reminded of how it was 20 years ago when, aged 15 and 12, on their return to london, they'd come out, still numb and bewildered, to meet the people who'd gathered there and to see for themselves the many thousands of bouquets which had been left. diana's boys are both in their 30s now. william's settled and about to begin full—time royal duty. he was accompanied by catherine this afternoon to view a memorial garden to diana. and harry, not quite so settled yet, but not far off, one suspects. and both at this anniversary, one must assume, reassured by the enduring regard people feel for their mother. she gave us so much. we were so privileged to have her. she meant so much to so many people. she touched everybody and it shows by how many people are here today. william and harry took some
of the flowers people had brought and placed them at the palace gates, replaying some of the moments from two decades ago and acknowledging the desire that many still have to hold onto diana's memory. today, briefly, they've put on their public, princely faces, to view some of the tributes. tomorrow though, william and harry will remain in private, remembering the mother they lost in such tragic circumstances, 20 years ago. nicolas witchell, bbc news, at kensington palace. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: it's good to talk. we'll be chatting to the winner of the toastmasters international world championship in public speaking. winds. that is it for me for now. i wish you a good night.
she received the nobel peace prize for her work with the poor. the head of the catholic church said she was a wonderful guide to how people should live. hostages appeared. some carried, some running. trying to escape the nightmare behind them. britain lost a princess today. she was described by all to whom she reached out as irreplaceable. an early—morning car crash in a paris underpass ended a life filled with courage and compassion. this is newsday on the bbc.
i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. i'm babita sharma in london. our top stories: as north korea outrages the world by launching a missile overjapan, donald trump warns the time for talking is over. the governor of texas says the us state has not yet seen the worst of the flooding triggered by tropical storm harvey. and this footage from houston is popular on our website. it shows people forming a human chain to rescue an elderly man from a car stuck in floodwaters. you can see more of that at bbcnews.com/news. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. it isa it is a mixed bag for a thursday morning. and it's t for theresa may
as the japan times covers the british prime minister's visit to a tea ceremony with japanese prime minister shinzo abe. but the papers says she may need more than tea to dispel investors' fears injapan about brexit. moving onto the new york times, and it concentrates on a different aspect of japanese culture. it says that after decades of pacifism, japan is beginning to embrace the military. it tells that story with the picture, here. it says the government is now pushing to remove constraints on the army. there's a picture of japan's self—defence forces performing live—fire drills in the foothills of mount fuji. and the south china morning post asks the big question of the day: why has hong kong's big wheel stopped turning? yes, people are looking in a little bit of a daze. they are not sure what is going on. the papers says the attraction is up literally "up in the air" as its contract expires next week, with the new tenants unsure if they want to keep it. we will watch it and see how it
develops. and sharanjit leyl, what is happening online? there have been many tributes online to this hong kong born businessman. sir david tang has died at the age of 63. he became well known as a fundraiser and a friend of celebrity. he was knighted by the royal family, and russell crowe called him witty, funny, charming, hilarious, and loving. a campaigner who has walked the entire breadth of australia is about to reach the end of his journey of over 5,500 kilometres. last year, clinton pryor left perth in western australia to travel east on foot to sydney, before heading to the capital canberra this weekend. he's campaigning for the rights of aboriginal people. 0ur correspondent hywel griffith went to meet him. through desert, forest, and outback
towns, step—by—step, clinton pryor has covered a continent. angered by the forced closure of remote and regional communities in western australia, he set off on his journey 11 months ago. as he has travelled east, he has become more determined. i've seen the injustice that has been happening. the conditions how our people are living. we have seen the of services out there, the lack ofjobs out there. he has held dozens ofjobs out there. he has held d oze ns of ofjobs out there. he has held dozens of meetings and rallies, calling for change. australia is the only commonwealth country that does not have a treaty with its indigenous peoples, acknowledging their sovereignty. the government says constitutional change would be difficult. clinton pryor disagrees. we wa nt difficult. clinton pryor disagrees. we want our treaty and we want things to start improving for people, but we also want to take ca re of people, but we also want to take care of our people ourselves. most of the people he has met along the
way have been supportive, and want to talk through the issues. you know, a lot to do with aboriginal history in contemporary life is hidden away from mainstream australian view. so take people like clinton pryor to bring the foreground. clinton pryor's support tea m foreground. clinton pryor's support team has followed him across the country, bringing food, water, and occasionally the company of the dog. evenif occasionally the company of the dog. even if you are not walking, it is an epicjourney. i have even if you are not walking, it is an epic journey. i have the easy job, soi an epic journey. i have the easy job, so i have the tendency to walk, ride, and so on. but with the support of his supporters, the journey has still taken a toll. i've been through six pairs of shoes. i am on been through six pairs of shoes. i am on the seventh. my body was very starting at the start. weitering my body to eat less for a longer distance. water gives me going. -- starving. clinton pryor was to meet the prime minister and take the message to him in person. but that would at the end of one journey, and
he hopes the start of a new direction. hywel griffith, bbc news, australia. 5500 kilometres he has walked. we will follow that closely. now, public speaking, we all do it. but a lot of us have a fear of it. i don't know about you, i am 0k in the studio, but in front of a crowd, it is different. do you feel the same way? i do. i feel we is different. do you feel the same way? i do. ifeelwe are is different. do you feel the same way? i do. i feelwe are part of the 7596 way? i do. i feelwe are part of the 75% that have a fear of public speaking. it was a similar story for the person who won the gold medal at the person who won the gold medal at the toastmasters international world championship of public speaking. manoj vasudevan won the gold medal.
it means singapore has won the title two years in a row. let's listen to him in action.|j let's listen to him in action. i was 24 years old. i had a nice job. nice car. nice hair. still, my girlfriends didn't stay for long. have you ever had problems in your relationships with others? what was wrong with them? you fall in love because of cupids arrow. but what keeps you in love is cupid's bow. —— cupid's. the bow and arrow have a special relationship. well, earlier i got to meet the winner himself and he told me how he first got into public speaking. it is interesting, because when i
started working, i kept getting promotions and pay raises every year. i was happy in myjob, then one day it stopped. i asked my boss why. he said that i had reached my potential, and didn't have what it took to get above. that is when a sudden looking for how to improve myself. i thought about an mba, but two years later, nothing changed. then i realised that i needed to improve my public speaking skills. you are always performing only a true potential without improving the skills. these are the skills to communicate, network, and influence. soi communicate, network, and influence. so i hada communicate, network, and influence. so i had a long—term plan to learn the skills. the skills, obviously, and powered you, particularly public speaking. what advice could you give to people who are afraid to speak publicly? to be honest, i was terrified to speak until about 2009
to one of the started speaking. before that, i would avoid the opportunity to speak. maybe if i had to do opportunity to speak. maybe if i had todoa opportunity to speak. maybe if i had to do a presentation. but it is the number—i skill you have two have. the reason is most people can't do public speaking. 0nce the reason is most people can't do public speaking. once you learn the skill, or you become one of the very few people in the world who can do this. initially i thought they couldn't do it. but the reason you need to do this is because it raises your competence, and you believe more in yourself. let's talk about cupid's bow, because your speech was about that and the string. had is that influence your relationships more broadly? it goes beyond the family relationship. i had the opportunity to speak to the world for seven minutes. my message was to come on, be mature, compromise. but i use my marriage is an example because it gave me some credible
authority for my main message, which was to come together. some sage advice for all of us with a fear of public speaking. you have been watching newsday. stay with us. coming up, we look at how india's ban on big bank notes is affecting economic growth. that's coming in a few minutes in asia business report. iam babita i am babita sharma iam babita sharma in i am babita sharma in london. and before we go, let's take a look at these pictures. this is a fully functional toilet, made from solid gold. it's part of a bathroom exhibit at a new york museum. so far, over 100,000 visitors to the museum have waited in line to use it. the artwork is aimed at making extravagant luxury product available to everyone. i love the idea. stay with us. i will be back with the headlines, next. see you soon. hello there. we are moving into the
last day of august. but in some places yesterday, it felt like september had already arrived. there was a lot of cloud, there was some rain around, and temperatures across some southeastern areas only got 213 degrees. further west, brighter skies and some spells of sunshine. just a few showers. that is the sort of weather that we will take with us into thursday. the cloud has now been chased away to the east. clear skies following behind with just if you shower clouds. during the day ahead, and mixture of sunshine and showers. showers heavy from the word go in western areas. then extending eastwards as the day goes on. bright or sunny eastwards as the day goes on. bright or sunny spells between the downpours. let's take a closer look at 4:00pm. across the west of england, some showers. sunny spells in between. beverage is 16 or 17
degrees. some showers stretching across the southeastern into east anglia. but an improvement in its temperatures here. 20 degrees in london, 19 in ipswich. some of the showers up north could contain the odd rumble of thunder. scotland, said spells and showers. 14 degrees the aberdeen. 17 in glasgow. for northern ireland, some distance a break between the showers. i think some places will avoid the showers and stay dry all day long. a similar story for wales. sunny spells, the odd downpour coming along, here or there. some showers will be heavy, but will fade away as we go through the evening. through the night and into friday, we will see some fog and a chilly night. towns and cities 9-12, but and a chilly night. towns and cities 9—12, but in rural areas, one, and a chilly night. towns and cities 9—12, but in ruralareas, one, two, three, four degrees. the prospect of is promising. still the chance of a
shower, particular to the east, but many will stay dry. as we go through the weekend, it is not bad news, especially if you like dry weather. this area of high pressure will give us this area of high pressure will give usa this area of high pressure will give us a fine start to the weekend. weather systems out west will not make much progress into eastern parts, so even on sunday, eastern areas of scotland, eastern england, should stay dry, with some sunshine. a fine saturday, a chilly saturday night, but then pardon rain and strong winds working in from the west on sunday. —— cloud and rain and strong winds. i'm babita sharma with bbc world news. our top story: after north korea's latest missile test, president trump has warned that the time for talking is over. president trump appears to have dismissed the prospect
of a diplomatic solution to the current missile crisis. although his defence secretary james mattis later said diplomacy was still possible. the governor of texas says the us state has not yet seen the worst of the flooding triggered by tropical storm harvey. greg abbott says 14 more counties has been included in the disaster zone. and tributes are being paid to the hong kong born businessman sir david tang, who has died at the age of 63. he rose to prominence through his shanghai tang fashion chain, and was well—known as a charity fundraiser and friend of celebrities. that's all from me now. stay with bbc world news. now on bbc news it's time for hardtalk.