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welcome to bbc news, i'm duncan golestani. north korea says it has developed an advanced hydrogen bomb capable of being mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile. state media said the country's leader, kim jong—un, had inspected such a device, although there's been no independent verification. last week, north korea fired an intermediate—range missile over northern japan, prompting the authorities there to warn residents to take cover our correspondent you'd eaten them i is in the south korean capital of soul —— uq till i. we now have three photographs that have been released of kim jong—un looking at a silver—coloured... what north korea is claiming is an advanced hydrogen bomb. an advanced nuclear weapons. the statement says that this is a weapon capable of fitting onto an intercontinental long—range ballistic missile.
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now, this is an objective they had set for themselves. we know they tested these long—range rockets injuly. there were two tests that were carried out of intercontinental missiles and at that time, north korea had said that they were trying to produce a miniaturised warhead that could fit onto those intercontinental ballistic missiles which was light enough and which could also fly that range. of course, we don't have any independent verification of this claim but if north korea is now saying they can now weaponise these long—range missiles, it will be seen as a big threat by america because those intercontinental missiles which they tested in july, many experts believe that they put a large part of the us mainland within range. yogita, in terms of announcements from north korea, how sceptical and careful should we be until we get some verification? well, we know the country has already conducted five nuclear tests. as far as the missile tests they have conducted,
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experts do believe they have the capability of hitting the us mainland. we're still waiting to hear what analysts as well as the us military and south korean military have to say at about the north korea's latest claim. there have been instances in the past where they have said they've developed a very advanced hydrogen bomb and while experts have said this is a nuclear weapon, it is something which has a little less power than what north korea has claimed. i think we're going to have to wait to see what experts as well as militaries, both here in south korea and in the us, have to say. what we do know is that south korea's president moonjae—in said last month that if north korea were weaponise their intercontinental ballistic missile, it would be crossing a red line. so we're waiting to hear what south korea's government has to say today to north korea's leader's claim yogita limaye in seoul there.
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let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. president trump is visiting areas worst hit by hurricane harvey. he's arrived in the flood—hit state of louisiana to see the damage first hand. earlier he met survivors in houston, texas and helped volunteers distribute aid. flooding in south asia has left more than 45 million displaced. more than 1,400 people have died across india, bangladesh and nepal after torrential monsoon rains. the red cross says its one of the worst regional humanitarian crises in years. the fbi and usjustice department have confirmed they've found no evidence to support donald trump's claim his predecessor, ba rack obama, wiretapped trump tower during last year's election campaign. the investigation followed a tweet by the president in march of this year. mexico's president, enrique pena nieto, has warned he won't accept any border deal with the united states that goes against mexico's dignity as a nation. his comments were made during his first state of the union address since president trump came to power with promises of building a wall along the border,
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and making mexico pay for it. 14 people, 12 of them british, have been arrested by spanish police over an alleged drug—dealing ring targeting the holiday resort of magaluf. the suspects were detained in a series of raids by heavily—armed officers in barcelona and on the spanish island of majorca. a pair of nasa astronauts and a russian cosmonaut have touched—down in kazakhstan after completing their mission on the international space station. peggy whitson, america's most experienced astronaut returned to earth after 288 days in the space station, landing the vessel, soyuz ms—oii near the town of dzezkazgan in kazakhstan. stay with us here on bbc news, still to come: thousands set foot across scotland's new forth bridge ahead of monday's official opening.
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the metropolitan police has confirmed it's paid compensation to the former chief of the defence staff, field marshal lord bramall, and the family of the late home secretary, lord brittan. both men had been falsely accused of child sexual abuse by an informant, who's now being investigated for allegedly perverting the course ofjustice. here's tom symonds. they were claims which seemed to go right to the heart of power in britain — child sexual abuse and murder. after a iii—month investigation, which went nowhere, a review concluded the claims were false. but not before police had raided the homes of lord bramall, one of britain's most senior former military figures, lord brittan, the former home secretary, who had died, and harvey proctor, once a conservative mp. names among those offered by this man, known as nick, who still can't be named for legal reasons. a retired judge found police had failed to properly assess his credibility, applications for search warrants
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contained inaccuracies, and the investigation went on too long. it is thought lord bramall and lord brittan‘s family have received around £100,000 each in compensation from the police. i've never complained about being investigated. it was only the heavy—handed and the very unintelligent way that they went about it. i mean, i think they could have said... well, look, if they'd taken any trouble to put their effort onto questioning the so—called victim, i think they would have found that it was very unlikely. but harvey proctor has not settled. he lost hisjob and his home when he became embroiled in operation midland. negotiations between mr proctor‘s lawyers and the police continue. the man who made the original allegations is himself being investigated, to see whether he deliberately misled the police. tom symonds, bbc
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news, scotland yard. police in brazil have arrested a man suspected of having shot british tourist eloise dixon in the state of rio. she was travelling with her family when they entered a favela in angra dos rios last month. eriveltonjose dos santos was arrested along with four other people. a man has been arrested and released on bail pending further inquiries after a bolt from a crossbow was fired onto the pitch at the 0val cricket ground during a match. it happened on thursday as surrey played middlesex. armed police evacuated the stadium in south london and the game had to be abandoned. more on the aftermath of storm harvey. donald trump has praised the recovery effort in texas during a visit to houston where he's been meeting people who've been affected
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by storm harvey. james cook reports from houston. americans look to their president. he's expected, required, to show empathy, leadership and unity. today, donald trump did deliver hugs and handshakes, and over the past week, the commander—in—chief‘s response to this hurricane has been praised as rapid and effective. nice to see you. go ahead, take a picture. it's been really nice, it's been a wonderful thing. as tough as this was, it's been a wonderful thing, i think, even for the country to watch, and for the world to watch. it's been beautiful. so far, the storm has claimed more than 45 lives. it's damaged or destroyed 100,000 homes, and left more than a million people displaced. and yet president trump spent the eve of this visit talking about scrapping a policy that protects young, undocumented immigrants. the devastation wreaked by hurricane harvey is plain
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to see here. texas is barely beginning to count the cost and many people here are astonished that the president would choose this moment even to mention immigration. and we have a lot of distilled waterfor the babies... jessica's home was flooded, and now she is helping others. brought here illegally at the age of four, she is among 200,000 texans who face being fired and deported if president trump keeps his campaign promise. it's a complete slap in the face. i mean, you see people that are struggling, your initial reaction is to help them, and his is the complete opposite. he knows what he's doing. he knows what the effects of this would be in the community. the white house says the president will announce his decision on tuesday. even as he lends a helping hand, unity may be out of reach. but, amid the suffering here, there is beauty. this video has inspired millions. for the victims and the survivors of hurricane harvey,
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it is both lament and anthem. james cook, bbc news, houston. returning to the flooding in south asia now. the united nations says as many as 41 million people have been affected. across india, bangladesh and nepal, at least 1,400 people have lost their lives. justin rowlatt reports from one of the worst affected regions, bihar state in north—east india, where hundreds have died. where we're going can only be reached by boat. the only dry place for miles around is on top of this great embankment. but the embankment that now protects the villagers is the reason the floods had such a catastrophic impact. the torrential rains transformed the normally placid river. the pressure grew and grew.
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so what happened is that embankment holding back the river breached, and the waterjust came crashing in here, sweeping away half the village, devastating their homes, devastating their lives. translation: it felt like we were hit by an ocean of water. ijust ran for my life, taking my children with me. i didn't have time to save anything. everything i own has gone. this man showed me what the floods had done to his home. oh, look at this. so he said the whole place was flooded with water. water was above his head, and came washing through here. and you can see... i mean, it'sjust left absolutely terrible mud behind. so he says for three days they had no food at all, and then helicopters came in, bringing food, bringing some relief for them.
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and he said there wasn't enough room to stay out on the embankment, so he's had to bring his family down here, including his three—year—old child, to live amongst this filth. it is eid today, one of the great festivals of islam. like most of the village, this family is muslim. for the first time since the catastrophe, they're having meat, but there is little appetite for celebration. tens of thousands of communities across south asia have similar stories of horror and destruction to tell. the only good news here is that everyone in this village survived. justin rowlatt, bbc news, bihar. several hundred volunteers have joined the search for a 9—year—old girl who vanished during a wedding in the alps a week ago. two magistrates have opened a case
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into the suspected kidnapping of a child in south—eastern france. prosecutors say the priority remains finding the girl, named as maelys de araujo. sarah corker reports. police divers search a pond in the french alps looking for any clues about what happened to the missing 9—year—old maelys de araujo. she was last seen at 3am on sunday, august 27 at a family wedding in this hall, in a village 50 kilometres north of grenoble. on saturday, hundreds of volunteers combed nearby woodland. this citizens search was organised via social media and co—ordinated by the police. translation: i'm a father of three children. my eldest daughter is nine years old so it resonates with me. i live 60 kilometres away but i had to do it. it was important for me. the authorities describe the community response as staggering. investigators suspect
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that the little girl, who was at the wedding with her parents, was kidnapped and taken away by car. two suspects, both 34—year—old men, were detained for questioning but have been released without charge. translation: important work has already been carried out by the gendarmes. i remind you that more than 200 people were interviewed in a very short period in the few days following the disappearance, and around a0 searches have already been carried out. police are also examining photos and videos taken on the day of the wedding as the search for maelys, who has been missing for a week now, is stepped up. sarah corker, bbc news. 15 people have been injured after lightning struck at a music festival in north—eastern france. it happened at the vieux canal festival in the town of azerailles, with authorities saying lightning struck in several
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areas during the event. officials say two victims are in a serious condition after being directly hit by the lightning and suffered burns. first aid was administered from the festival's emergency centre before the injured were taken to hospitals in the area. north korea has claimed it's developed a powerful nuclear device small enough to be loaded onto an intercontinental missile but has offered no proof. president trump has arrived in the flood—hit state of louisiana to see the damage caused by hurricane harvey. earlier he met survivors in houston, texas and helped volunteers distribute aid. let's stay with that story: amid the destruction and despair caused by hurricane harvey, a touching moment. a man who returned to his flooded home in houston stopped to play the piano.
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the clip has since been shared widely — let's have a listen. well a short time ago, i spoke to aric harding the man you see in that video and i asked him how it came about. i had gone back to my house, we waded through the water, my friend and i, to get back to the house. we had been out of the house for a few days already and i was returning to get some favourite stuffed animals for my children. and so while i was there my child, who is 13 — he plays the piano better than i do — he was upset about the piano so ijust asked my friend to take a video. i stopped for a second and play piano for a moment so that he can see that the piano was ok. try to make him feel better and,
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kind of in the middle of that, there was this quiet for a second and i realised it was the first time i had sat down since we had been rescued from our home. it is a lovely moment and it does seem to have captured the imagination of people around the world. how surprised are you by that? 100% would be the amount. it is the craziest thing. it was, literally, something that a father does. you take care of your children, you comfort them. that is what i was doing. the reason i posted it was because the very next day our church pastor had done a facebook live thing because he was trapped in idaho. he was talking about how we will all go through suffering but there will be good that comes from it. i posted a message along with, you know, the video itself and good
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has come from it. he is right. there have been many people who have felt comforted and felt a sense of hope in the middle of what has been quite challenging for many people. the musician, vanessa carlton, and yamaha have said they will help you replace the piano, if it needs replacing. how did that come about? the video was just being seen all over the place. vanessa saw the video and, um, she felt connected to it. she began to reach out, asking how to get hold of me. and the producerfrom cnn saw it and gave her my phone number. she then gave me a call and said that she would love to get involved with yamaha to try and replace your piano.
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awesome to think that she would do that. she was connected to the fact that in the middle of a tragedy like this, musicians lose the thing that they are most connected to and so it is notjust me. there is a far—reaching thing here that is going on with musicians as well. behind you i can see the furniture stacked up. how have you been affected by these floods? well, we have taken, since wednesday, as soon as we could return to our property, we have been doing this. this used to be my living room behind me. it is ripped down now to the studs. this is where the piano sat, right there. now there is an empty spot, because all of those things had to be moved out of the house. i don't know if you can see behind me but all of that is my furniture and the house... that is everything. you have to remove everything but the water touched. we spent the last few days with the help of a lot of our church
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friends... there have been no less than 60 people from our church helping to rip out all of the downstairs. eight homes on our street and be they church members or not, our church has been here making it happen. it has been cool. there has beenjoy in the midst of this trial. it has been incredible and we feel very lucky and very blessed to be where we are now. utility companies could be charged by—the—hour for digging up busy roads in england. the government believes it might encourage contractors to speed—up repairs and reduce trafficjams. the local government association has welcomed the proposals. simonjones reports. misery for motorists in leeds today, costing time and money. now the government is considering making companies pay to do work in peaktime. i think that's a good idea, and it may cut the roadworks down and stagger them a bit more. you'll often come past and there'll be nobody here a lot of the time,
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and you think, why did you dig it up if you are now working over there, you know, how can you do it? so, yeah, that could make a big, big difference. 2.5 million roadworks are carried out each year. it is estimated to cost the economy £4 billion, as people are late for work or deliveries don't arrive on time. companies could be charged up to £2500 per site, to work on roads during the day. the government says trials have already seen severe congestion fall by a half. we've been trialling it in london and kent and it's proved extremely successful, and we estimate that there's been about 600 less incursions into the highway surface than would have happened otherwise. motoring groups want some reassurances. it's absolutely right that roadworks should be more efficient and they should be done in as short time as possible. one thing that we would not like to see compromised, though, is quality. so it's important that while we improve the efficiency of roadworks, quality is not compromised, because the last thing that motorists would want to see is a stretch of road being rushed and botched.
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the group that represents utility companies points out that they are carrying out big infrastructure projects designed to boost the economy, and if they have to pay to close roads, it offers less value for money for their customers. they also say that around half of all roadworks aren't carried out by utility companies, but by highways authorities, designed to improve the layout and surface of the roads. firms are being told they could avoid the charges by carrying out work at night, or co—ordinating plans with other companies. the scheme could be introduced in 2019. simon jones, bbc news. some social housing residents in west london are to be the first in england to have free solar panels fitted on their homes under a new government scheme. 1,000 jobs are being created by the project. the aim is to reach 800,000 homes over
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the next five years. here's our business correspondent, vis—hala sri—pathma. west london and residents here are hoping that it will help bring down their energy bills. these houses are some of the first beneficiaries of the new scheme that will see 100,000 social housing properties have solar panels installed in the next 18 months. solar has become one of the cheaper sources of energy and that is why the government thinks the panels like these are the solution to our rising energy bills. solarplicity is the company installing the panels. they say that they found that their tenants save an average of £240 a year on their energy bills. these residents are hoping they are right. i think it is a good idea. especially if you save on bills in the long run, in the long—term we will save, i think. i think it is a very good idea. the council say that they had planned on covering more homes but cuts to tariffs and subsidies have
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meant that they simply cannot afford to do so. but the government insists that the falling price of solar means that in the industry does not require help. what we want to see, and this is a good scheme, showing you do not need to subsidise solar power as much and still have them be highly effective. we are talking here of the potential of 800,000 homes across the country in the next five years with the combination of a fantastic uk and investment from abroad and cheaper bills, cheaper, greener energy. that is our objective. the expansion of solar is now largely reliant on the business case rate with councils and households increasingly looking to private investors for encouragement, rather than the government. the first pedestrians have walked across scotland's queensferry crossing, the new road bridge
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over the firth of forth. by the end of the weekend, 50,000 people are expected to have made the journey taking in magnificent views. but crossing by foot is just for two days, with the road officially opening to traffic next week. catrina renton reports. this is something we won't see again. for two days only, 50,000 people are getting the chance to walk over the new queensferry crossing, chosen in a ballot from almost a quarter of a million people who put their names forward for this moment in history. this bridge could be operational for 120 years. this is something isaac can tell all his family about. i know, we've taken lots of photos, so he'll have the memories in the photos if he doesn't remember it himself. it sits alongside the forth bridge, the railway crossing, built in the 19th century. and the forth road bridge, opened in 1964. a new crossing for the 21st—century.
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it's a chance to sample this feat of engineering, 1.7 miles long and the tallest in the uk. these are the people who have been lucky enough to be chosen to walk over the bridge, they are taking every opportunity to relish this. this road will soon become a motorway so this is a once—in—a—lifetime opportunity for these people to experience the bridge up close and personal. nine—year—old woody's family watched the bridge being built as they drove over the old one. i thought it's done. i was so excited, my heart was pounding. the first ministerjoined walkers, taking pictures and soaking up the atmosphere. there's such a feeling of pride on the part of everyone i have spoken to, a real sense this is a scottish icon and it will become one of the most recognisable bridges anywhere in the world. today's memories will be passed down the generations. catriona renton, bbc news, on the queensferry crossing. and you can get in touch with me and most of the team on twitter, i'm @duncangolestani
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hello. most of us enjoyed some picture perfect weather to start the weekend on saturday. these are the pictures to prove it. broken cloud, lot of sunshine, pleasantly warm in the sunshine. there were just one or two sharp showers in parts of east anglia, the vast majority were dry. but if this was saturday's weather, this is sunday's weather, quite a change. cloudier for many, wetter for some. and as we go on through into the first part of sunday you can see where the rain has arrived. across northern ireland into western scotland, wales and much of south—west england, and it's notjust wet, it is windy too with some gales through the irish sea. some of the rain during the first part of the day will be on the heavy side as well, so really will be a grey and wet start to the day, whereas further east in complete contrast there will be some sunny
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spells around although turning increasingly hazy quite quickly as we go through the morning, and the breeze will start to pick up as well. so an east—west split to begin the day. some of the heaviest rain will have moved through northern ireland at this stage although still in eastern counties, a bit more patchy in the west, and that rain edging into south—west scotland where it will be dry with some early sunshine in the east. now, this will try to move east through the day, but a very slow process, eventually it will encroach more to north—west england, the midlands and south—east england during the afternoon, but the further east you are, although the cloud increases, the breeze picks up, you could well stay dry until the evening and maybe a few hours beyond. could see 20 celsius with anywhere seeing the sunshine lasting longest, quite cool with the cloud and rain, only around 15 in places. could be worse. could be better but could be worse for the first stage of the tour of britain in edinburgh as that gets under way. looking at things on sunday evening, again some of the increasingly light and patchy rain feeds further east, some spots will stay dry during the day with a lot of low
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cloud, coastal and hill fog down to the south and west of the uk. the weather system for monday has ground to a halt. it has left a lot of cloud across us on monday, really quite misty and murky to begin with with extensive coastal and hillfog, damp and drizzly in places. we'll see another weather system bringing more rain to parts of scotland and northern ireland during the day but brightening up in england and wales, quite muggy and given any sunny spells, it will feel quite warm. once we clear the rain away south—eastwards on tuesday, on tuesday and wednesday we're back into a brighter, showery weather picture where it's quite wet and windy for the end of the week. this is bbc news, the headlines: north korea says it has developed an advanced hydrogen bomb capable of being mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile. state media published a photograph of the country's leader, kim jong—un, apparently inspecting such a device. there's been no independent verification of the claim.
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