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this is bbc news. i'm ben brown. the headlines at seven. america urges the un security council to take the strongest possible measures against north korea in response to its most powerful nuclear test —saying the actions of kim jong—un can no longer be tolerated. his abusive use of missiles and his nuclear threats show that he is begging for war. war is never something the united states wants. we don't want it now. but our country's patience is not unlimited. downing street says the uk is ready to intensify brexit talks with the european union, rather than stick to the one—week—a—month schedule. lads, lads! after 10 staff are suspended at an immigration detention centre — a former manager says gas were warned about such problems 3 years ago. heading for ‘a perfect storm' — a senior police officer warns of the impact of staff cuts and rising crime on forces
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in england and wales. and in the next hour we'll... report finds that the economic gap between coastal and non—coastal places has grown. being by the seaside could lead to being among the countries or worse off for employment, health and education. and kensington palace announces that the duke and duchess of cambridge are expecting their third child. the royal family say that they are delighted. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the american ambassador to the united nations has urged the un security council to take the strongest possible measures against north korea in response to its most powerful nuclear test. nikki haley told an emergency
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session that north korea was begging for war — and while the united states didn't want war — it's patience wasn't unlimited. today south korea has been strengthening its missile defences as they warned the north was preparing to carry out further missile tests. our correspondent yogita limaye reports from the capital of south korea, seoul. a day after north korea's most powerful nuclear test. the south displayed its might. missiles were launched from the ground and the air. it was a test drill, south korea showing off how it could attack pyongyang's nucleoside. this is a strong reaction from a country that for months now has been desperately trying to avoid conflict in the korean peninsular. across the sea injapan, the government gave
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worrying details about north korea's latest test. the evidence suggests that the north conducted a hydrogen bomb test. the government had to conclude that the test was a success, considering the huge power it generated. pyongyang has successfully tested a weapon that poses a grave threat to japan's security. a hydrogen bomb is vastly more powerful than the bomb that destroyed hiroshima. and north korea says that is what its leader is looking at here. the country has conducted six nuclear test so far, but the pace is really accelerating since intercontinental ballistic missiles came to power. and in new york at a emergency un security council meeting, the us lashed out at the north korean leader.
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-- kim —— kimjong—un. nuclear powers understand their responsibilities, kim jong—un shows no such understanding. his abusive use of missiles and his nuclear threats showed that he is begging for war. the people here in south korea have dealt with the threat from the north for a long time now, but perhaps never before has a nuclear test and multiple missile tests, in such quick succession, really ratcheting up the pressure on the government here in seoul and its allies. this is america's latest anti—missile system, designed to shoot down enemy rockets. it has now been deployed in south korea. the allies might be able to defend themselves against an attack, but no matter how north korea provokes them, striking the country's nuclear not easy option. this is mostly important, north korea will certainly retaliate south korea will be the main victim of being sandwiched between hardline united states and
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recalcitrant north korea. and so for now, south korea continues to build up its arsenal while hoping never to use it. let's speak to vincent nee, desk editor for bbc chinese news. we know that china is absolutely critical in this whole crisis, really, in trying to find some sort of diplomatic way out, as north korea's neighbour, how worried do you think the chinese government are about this escalating crisis? hugely. especially when you have north korean leader is trying to ratchet up this tension by these new character tests and missiles and then you have the us president firing rhetoric. china is worried. i
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suppose the obvious question is how much china can do to rein in north korea. china does have enormous economic influence over north korea but the question is, can they really enforce this influence over north korea. if you talk to chinese diplomats and a nalysts, you talk to chinese diplomats and analysts, they will tell you what they fear is that north korea is a regime that can do whatever it takes to survive. even though china cut off all these economic ties, north korea can still pursue its ideological goal, which is to survive by having a nuclear facility. china, as i said, it has north korea on its border, it wants north korea on its border, it wants north korea on its border, it wants north korea to stay there as a buffer zone with the west,. the obvious answer is if north korea colla pses, obvious answer is if north korea collapses, then you might see a situation that you will have a
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unified korea with american troops on the chinese border and this is certainly something that chinese leaders do not want to see, but at the same time, with north korea on its buffer zone, north korea would also have some sort of diplomatic bargaining chip, when it argues with awareness and the us and its allies in east asia and i think this crisis shows that for the fundamental interests of china when it comes to north korea, it is about its security and tiny security. the chinese leadership, they cannot pick up chinese leadership, they cannot pick up the phone to kim jong—un chinese leadership, they cannot pick up the phone to kimjong—un and chinese leadership, they cannot pick up the phone to kim jong—un and say, calm down, stop test—firing these missiles, that will not wash with tampon, he is not interested in listening to them, but do you think he listens and then does not do anything anyway —— kimjong—un. he listens and then does not do anything anyway -- kim jong-un. we have to remember, when we talk about china's close ties with north korea, there is a misconception, let us go
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back to 2012, when the current chinese president came to power, he did not actually go to north korea before he went to south korea. it does suggest that north korea and china, the ties between the countries is not going too well and if you look at what kim jong—un has done to his half brother, lee was under the protection of the chinese, he killed him, arguably killed him, and also his uncle who was an advocate of china's style of economic reform, was also killed by the north korean regime. it is very obvious that the current relationship between north korea and china is not as good as we had imagined. that is the problem for the united states and the rest of the united states and the rest of the world, trying to bring about a diplomatic solution, and non—military solution, they desperately need the chinese influence. if that influences not there, what do they do? this is a
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question that even president trump is asking himself. apart from imposing more sanctions on north korea. china would propose this six party talks to resume, which had a long collapse along time ago, that china would want to see this diplomatic solution, rather than a military solution over north korea. in terms of what is going to happen next and how much influence china really has over north korea, is kim jong—un really listening to china and listing to donald trump? i think there is a big question mark. thank you for your analysis. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages. at 10:40 this evening in the papers — our guestsjoining me tonight are deborah haynes, defence editor at the times and the politico journalist jack blanchard. let us get more on north korea
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crisis and the attitude in washington. richard lister is in washington. we heard president trump criticising —— criticising the south koreans as well. yet president trump has been somewhat frustrated by the attitude of the south korean president who came into power in may and when he took office, he was quite clear that he was wanting to promote dialogue with north korea and he was also very reluctant to accept this battery of anti—missile protection systems that the united states has wa nted systems that the united states has wanted to put on south korean territory, now, the south koreans accepted that the system could be deployed, two of the batteries have
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been deployed with some resistance from south korea and now it seems that south koreans are enabling the final four of those on—time missile systems to be deployed. they have been quite reluctant to do anything that they see as overtly aggressive towards north korea and that has been a source of frustration to president trump and he made his point yesterday about the fact that the south koreans clearly did not understand that appeasement was not the right approach to north korea. we understand that president trump had a conversation with the south korean president in which they agreed to bolster south korea's own missile system, allowing the south koreans to have much bigger payloads on its weapons. it seems that the south korean attitude has shifted over recent months as the north koreans have become more aggressive, but president trump, clearly not happy up but president trump, clearly not happy up until now with the way the south koreans have viewed this problem. let us talk about what the us is doing diplomatically at the
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united nations, very difficult words indeed for the us ambassador there at the security council. nikki haley being very forthright with the other permanent members of the security council, saying that basically the diplomacy of the last 20 or so years that have been promoted by the united nations had not worked in previous sanctions were half measures. she is clearly pushing for much tougher sanctions, we do not know the detail, she did not spell it out, but she did say that the united states would be looking at any country that trades with south —— north korea, rather, as a country which was to some extent giving aid to the north korean nuclear programme. that is tough talk and we can expect to see that reflected in the us proposalfor a un resolution, which will be circulating this week and which nikki haley wants to have voted on on monday. thank you, richard. the security firm gas was warned 3 years ago about problems
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with the behaviour of some of its staff towards detainees at an immigration detention centre near gatwick airport — according to a former senior manager. undercover filming for tonight's bbc panorama has already led to the suspension of ten staff after allegations of abuse and violence. the company says there's no place for such behaviour in its workforce. 0ur social affair correspondent alison holt reports. detainee custody officer callum tulley — wearing a hidden camera — captures life inside brook house immigration removal centre, near gatwick airport. it's a volatile mix of hardened former prisoners, alongside asylum—seekers, visa over—stayers and others. the undercover filming for panorama shows drugs are rife. self—harm is common, and officers struggle to cope, many doing their best with detainees in real mental distress. but others reacting with abuse,
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bullying and threats. 21—year—old callum has worked at the centre for two years. he became so worried by what he was seeing, he decided to whistle—blow. when you feel like you've been a cog in that machine, you need to have some level of closure. i mean, i don't think i could have just walked away from it and just left. don't do it, mate! stop! and on one day, whilst wearing a hidden camera, he called other offices in to help him restrain a detainee who was trying to harm himself. the situation quickly escalated. and this officer comes in and just chokes him, basically. and he just exerts all his pressure from his hands and arms onto this guy's neck.
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and you see his eyes roll back. you see his eyes roll to the back of his head. i had to try and look as if i wasn't disturbed by what i'd just seen. it was just immediately, it was messing me up. he sobs. the officer involved has told panorama he can't think of anything he's done which would get him into trouble. gas says it's investigating all the allegations at brook house and will take appropriate action once it's seen the evidence. the body of christ... but three years ago, nathan ward says he warned gas bosses about the attitude of some brook house staff. he's now a priest, but used to be a senior gas manager. so, for example, there's this one — "poor culture amongst brook house residential staff. and it's as though they're protected and that their behaviour goes unchallenged". these are the notes he read out
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at his resignation meeting. there is a group that actually concerned me on their relationships with detainees. it was around language that they used. a sense of roughness and a use of force. gas says it investigates all complaints and has whistle—blowing procedures. the home office decides who spends time in immigration detention centres like brook house. people were only meant to be held for a few days before deportation, but some spend months, even years, in such places. mustapha zitouni was in brook house for nearly a year after finishing a prison sentence. this is him protesting on the suicide—prevention netting, razor blades in his hands. his flight home has been cancelled because his papers weren't correct and he's upset. now back in algeria,
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he says the uncertainty over how long detainees will be held made him and others desperate. it's a waiting game, man. in the detention centre, you never know how long you're gonna be. one day, one year, or three or four years. the home office says it's increasing the number of former prisoners it's removing from the country, and that the dignity and safety of those in its care is of the utmost importance. alison holt, bbc news. and you can see the full panorama investigation tonight here on bbc one at 9pm. the headlines on bbc news: downing street says the uk is ready
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to intensify brexit talks with the eu, rather than stick to the current one week a month schedule. security firm g four hours which was worn to three years ago about problems with the behaviour of some of its staff towards detainees at brook house immigration detention centre. that is according to former senior manager. downing street says the prime minister is ready to increase the pace of brexit negotiations —— suggesting they should be continuous rather than for one week every month. mps will begin debating draft legislation on withdrawing from the european union later this week. the so—called repeal bill, which is seen as a key plank of the government's brexit policy, transfers eu law into uk legislation. chancellor of the exchequor, phillip hammond warned off backbenchers, and expressed
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confidence in the government's vision of the uk‘s role post—brexit. i would say to backbenchers who are thinking about seeking to amend or delay the withdrawal bill, that now is not the time to disrupt this vitally important piece of enabling legislation. we are making progress in our discussions with the eu, and we are mapping out a course for the future of britain. i'm confident that we will be able to achieve the kind of strategic partnership that we want with the european union as an independent country post brexit in 2019. shadow chancellor, john mcdonnell, said he was concerned about giving the government a blank cheque. we respect the referendum and we are going to make sure that the decision made in that referendum is implemented, but we can't allow the government a free hand. keir starmer said they can't have a blank cheque. we have been waiting
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for this legislation, but we are finding that... this government says they are going to take control back from brussels, but they are not giving it back to the people, they are giving it to themselves and we can't allow that to happen. let us get some analysis from chris mason who has the latest at the start of a busy week on brexit at westminster. there is a real sense of the brexit discussion and conversation and debate and disagreement, really ratcheting up this week. firstly tomorrow we will have david davis, the brexit secretary facing questions in the house of commons on the first day back of the autumn term and on thursday, the eu withdrawal bill, that central piece of legislation that central piece of legislation thatis that central piece of legislation that is needed to make the process of brexit legal and not the
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legislation that occurs in to the economic community as it was in 1972, the unpicking of that, that is what the eu withdrawal bill is all about. that will dominate parliament for months to come and we will see the opposition parties, as we heard john mcdonnell say, try and pick it and put down amendments and make the life of the government pretty tricky. there will not be any votes this week, the main bills are expected in one week's time, at the start monday of next week and then, very quickly, parliament will disappear again because conference season beckons. we have a couple of weeks of parliament sitting before the conference season. we can expect the conference season. we can expect the whole conversation around brexit to dominate the party conferences. as you were touching on at the start of our conversation, the british government now petitioning for a
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quickening in pace of negotiations with brussels. we sought michel barnier offering that as an option last week. i think you can expect that that will happen, as we head into some pretty crunch and crucial negotiations between the eu and the uk has the autumn on false. that is chris mason, our political correspondent at westminster. a major search is is underway off the coast of north cornwall this evening after two people were swept off rocks. lifeboats and a coastguard helicopter are involved in the operation off treyarnon bay. one man has been rescued and taken to hospital but a second man is still missing. let us get the latest. what more can you tell us about the search operation? this major search operation? this major search operation got underwayjust after half past two this afternoon and got underway following an emergency call from a member of the public who reported seeing two people in the sea. lifeboats were involved, the
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new key has since returned to base but there are still two lifeboat involved including the local coastguard, there are lifeguards from the local area and a search and rescue helicopter. there were two men who were believed to be fishing on rocks in the bay in cornwall. many people might know that area, it is popular with families, swimmers, anglers as well. when they got the call, the emergency services were told that they had both been swept into the sea. we have not been told much more about that other than the fa ct much more about that other than the fact that one man has been recovered from the water and airlifted to hospital. we have not been told anything about his condition and the search is continuing, the coastguard described it as an intensive search but that is ongoing for the second man. thank you very much. a senior police officer is warning
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that forces in england and wales are heading towards a perfect storm, because of staff cuts and rising crime. the president of the police superintendents' association, gavin thomas, says a policing model based on fewer officers doing more is fundamentally flawed. the home office says calls for extra funding are still under discussion. here's our home affairs correspondent danny shaw: is the thin blue line becoming too thin? yes, says the police superintendents' association. it represents a thousand middle ranking officers — the men and women who make the key operational decisions. the superintendents are concerned there are fewer police officers doing more and working longer hours in a more challenging environment. the man who leads the organisation believes that's a model of policing which is fundamentally flawed. my members are saying they're doing their best. they lead highly committed, professional police officers. they're highly committed, too. but there is only so much we can expect from our police service before this starts showing —
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things are starting to stretch beyond their limit now. the superintendents' association conducted a survey of its members about work pressures. 72% of those who responded said they didn't use all the annual leave they were entitled to. 50% of superintendents said they had signs of anxiety and over a quarter, 27%, were experiencing symptoms of depression linked to the demands of their work. a recent study by the police federation, which represents 120,000 officers, suggested most felt under—valued and under—paid and wouldn't recommend the job. what we are seeing is the front line resources being dwindled back, which means those on the front line are having to do more work. this has to stop. it is non—sustainable. we need mechanisms in place to ensure that this does not continue moving forward. the home office said it is piloting a new national service to provide welfare support to officers who need it.
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ministers have also been having discussions with police leaders amid calls for extra funding for forces, but no decisions have yet been taken. danny shaw, bbc news. candidates standing to replace paul nuttall as the ukip party leader are taking part in an official hustings in westminster this evening. the previous leader stood down after a collapse in the share of the vote following the general election earlier this year. tonight, prospective candidates will face questions from party members in the audience. and keeping an eye on that is our correspondent ben wright. how was it going? this is the third ukip leadership contest in less than one year and there have been a number of hustings already through the summer, this is the latest tonight in westminster and there will be a few more before we finally learn who the new ukip leader will
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be at the end of september. so far each of the seven candidates has made their opening pitch. they are all relatively similar, in terms of what they have been saying, saying that ukip has to be the party and delivering brexit, railing against the elite, standing up, cutting taxes, anti—political correctness, so political themes, there is one candidate among them, anne—marie waters who stands out, she is stridently anti—islam and has been for years and i think that is causing considerable discomfort within the party. so much so that three of the candidates who were standing just a few days ago have decided to throw their lot in with another. they got behind a joint ticket called ukip united. the pitch of that leader is that if she wins, the other three people on her slate will have senior positions in the party if she wins. that is designed to try and close down the chances of anne—marie waters speaking through
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an winning this contest. her candidacy has caused real controversy of the party. this is the latest ofa number of of a number of hustings and we will find out in a few weeks' time who the new leader will be but this clearly is a party looking for a purpose and it now has no mps in westminster, it has seen the number of councillors decimated and as soon as we leave the european union, it will have no meps and it is struggling to work out what it is for. thank you. the duke and duchess of cambridge have announced they‘ re expecting their third child. the duchess is again suffering from a severe form of morning sickness — as she has done with her previous pregnancies — which meant she had to cancel an engagement this afternoon. our royal correpsondent
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nicholas witchell reports. the duchess of cambridge last week, with her husband and prince harry. no hint then of the announcement of a third baby for william and catherine. kensington palace was forced to disclose the pregnancy this morning because the duchess had had to pull out of a public engagement because of acute morning sickness, the condition she experienced for both her previous pregnancies. she's now resting at kensington palace. according to the statement, the queen — opening the queensferry crossing near edinburgh this morning — and other members of the royal family are delighted with the news. the baby will be the queen's sixth great—grandchild and will be fifth in line of succession to the throne. it's more than four years now since the birth of prince george, injuly 2013. this is an important week for him — he is due to start at his new school in london, something his mother certainly won't want to miss. the couple's second child, princess charlotte, was born in may 2015. she's fourth in the line of succession and she will retain that position even if the new baby is a boy. on a visit by the cambridges to poland a few weeks ago, catherine joked about having another baby when she was presented with a gift intended for a baby. it didn't seem significant at the time. today, prince harry said
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he was delighted at the prospect of being an uncle again. fantastic, great. very, very happy for them. and how's your sister—in—law doing? er... i haven't seen herfor a while, but i think she's ok. the news that there's to be a third child for the cambridges comes just as william is beginning full—time royal duties. soon, the team of four will become five. kensington palace hasn't said when the new baby is due, but it must be assumed that it will be around march of next year. nicholas witchell, bbc news. time for a look at the weather... good evening, for many of us it was a grey september day but take a look at chiswell beach in dorset, there was some brightness and we saw temperatures in the low 20s but generally speaking there was cloud
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across the country and cloud brought rain at times. that will pep up as we go through the night. some thunder brings rain across northern ireland and eventually through the scottish borders in north—west england and wales. to be south, it stays humid overnight. some hill fog here to the north and west. noticeably fresher. 11—17d to start the day on tuesday. the rain continues to drift steadily eastwards, the odd spot of rain in the south—east, and here, it stays muggy. behind it, fresh conditions with a scattering of showers. brighterfor north with a scattering of showers. brighter for north west scotland and northern ireland. 1a to 21 degrees is likely to be the expected highs. hello again, you are watching bbc news with me, ben brown. the latest headlines... the us urges the un
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security council to take the strongest possible measures against north korea in response to its most powerful nuclear test. the us says the actions of kimjong—un can no longer be tolerated. his abusive use of missiles and his nuclear threats show that he is begging for war. war is never something the united states wants. we don't want it now. but our country's patience is not unlimited. downing street says the uk is ready to intensify brexit talks with the european union, rather than stick to the current schedule of one—week—a—month. a former senior manager says the security firm gas was warned three years ago about problems with the behaviour of some of its staff towards detainees at brook house immigration detention centre. a senior police officer has warned staff cuts and rising crime in england and wales means forces across the county are heading for ‘a perfect storm'. more now on those increasing
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tensions rising from north korea's nuclear ambitions. the united nations security council has been meeting today to discuss the options left for the international community. speaking earlier the us ambassador to the un said tougher financial sanctions had to be imposed on north korea. only the strongest sanctions will enable us to resolve this problem through diplomacy. we have kicked the can down the road long enough. there is no more road left. the united states will look at every country that does business with north korea as a country giving aid to their reckless and dangerous nuclear intentions. the us ambassador to the un there. well the chinese say that both north korea and the united states should wind down their forces in the region. the situation on the peninsula is
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deteriorating constantly as we speak, falling into a vicious circle. the situation must be resolved peacefully. china will never allow chaos and war on the peninsula. the parties concerned must strengthen their sense of urgency and take due responsibilities, and play their dual roles. they need to take practical measures and make joint effort to gather to ease the situation, restart the dialogue on talks and prevent further deterioration of the situation on the peninsula. our diplomatic correspondent jonathan marcus is here. what makes this crisis with north korea so dangerous, do you think?” think there are two things really. we've been here a long time and effo rts we've been here a long time and efforts to roll back and restrain north korea's nuclear missile
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programmes, round and rounds of sanctions, none of it appears to have achieved success. two things are different. the north koreans made rapid progress, more rapid than others expected, towards their goal of having an intercontinental range missile, armed with a nuclear warhead that could threaten the us. we do not think they are there yet but they are getting closer. there is another uncertain element in the mix which is the trump administration. this is not a question of good or bad president trump, buta question of good or bad president trump, but a question of the administration where diplomacy is finding its feet and many key posts are not filled, there are key posts in the state department who deal with the region and they have not been filled. you have a us administration putting out mixed m essa g es administration putting out mixed messages at a time where you would expect them to be stood solidly with their allies, mr trump has
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castigated the south koreans in their failure castigated the south koreans in theirfailure in their castigated the south koreans in their failure in their efforts to appease north korea. he wants to tearupa appease north korea. he wants to tear up a trade deal between the us and south korea which makes american allies very uncertain. as i say, it isa time allies very uncertain. as i say, it is a time where you would expect unity, consensus, not being able to put a piece of paper between the us and its main allies would be the order of the day. donald trump has talked about fire and fury and so on. the military attack on the north koreans. if there were a us pre—emptive military strike, could it destroy what nuclear capability the north koreans have at the moment? it would not be a single strike, that would be the problem. it would be unlikely for the americans to think they could take out everything all the key targets in one strike. it would effectively usherin in one strike. it would effectively usher in a major war. nobody wants a
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war. one thing that we've got to hold onto here, many people ask whether the north korean regime is rational and whether they are sensible and if they know what they are doing. i would say that the north koreans know, one imagines, that a war on the peninsular would end after appalling bloodshed and catastrophe, with the end of north korea. that is a given. or do not think that north korea would survive a war, especially when it started. north korea is, in a sense, rational. there are degrees of rationality. they saw what happened to saddam hussein, the libyan leader, and they made the not unreasonable assumption that if those leaders had nuclear weapons, the americans would not have bothered them so much. that is why they clearly want a nuclear capability of their own and whether you can talk with them and reach a deal, that is the open question. it is wrong to imagine you can't talk to them, there have been agreements
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before, and in one case those agreements lasted for a few years. it subsequently failed but the problem, of course, is the current leader kim jong—un, whether he problem, of course, is the current leader kimjong—un, whether he is really someone you can deal with and whether he has other people around him open to such negotiations. they will be facilitated by the chinese pressure on north korea. thank you very much. let's talk more about that crisis. joining me from the geo political analysis site is their lead analyst on north korean affairs, rodger baker. thank you very much for being with us. i was discussing there the influence and the necessity of getting the chinese involved in any negotiations to defuse this crisis.
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is that how you see it?” negotiations to defuse this crisis. is that how you see it? i certainly think that the chinese will be trying to play a strong role and technically, there could be direct contact between the us and north korea and the north koreans would be very happy having bilateral discussions but it all comes down to what the purpose of negotiations is. from the chinese perspective, they wa nt to from the chinese perspective, they want to engage with them. the us do not want to enter negotiations that do not lead towards the complete dissolution of the north korean nuclear programme. so, the usc's talks with north korea link to appeasement now. and how dangerous do you think the crisis is? as we we re do you think the crisis is? as we were saying, we have had crises with the north koreans many times over many years but, do you think this one is different? i think this is really the most serious crisis since
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1993, 90 four. because, as your previous gentleman was speaking about, because of this change in the capabilities of the north koreans. they are close to having the ability to strike the united states and they feel it alters the way in which the us would make decisions on actions in the region and to an extent, they feel they can use it as a way of pressuring south korea to move away from the us. and ultimately, try and get the us out of their own region. do you think the trump administration is divided on what to do, regarding theirfiery administration is divided on what to do, regarding their fiery rhetoric from the president himself? we heard other members of the administration saying that they are working hard for a diplomatic solution. they are not entirely mutually exclusive, there are different people who have differing views on the best way of solving this and whether it needs to be solved in the immediate future, or whether there is a way of using a
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deterrent strategy to manage a nuclear north korea. then, if north korea achieves this, it's not only a physical threat to the us but it also creates a huge challenge to their international position because pa rt their international position because part of the us strength is not necessarily its presence everywhere but is the reliability of the us to assist its allies in their own security. if it is seen that the us is incapable or unwilling to do something in certain cases, it could wea ken something in certain cases, it could weaken the alliance structure, and internationally. that is why we see those comments from the white house where there is a seriousness of finding a way to enter this —— end they stand up and not allow north korea to make his final achievement. banks
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the northern ireland secretary, james brokenshire, has said that if the current political deadlock continues at stormont, he will have to step in and pass a budget at westminster. the devolved government collapsed injanuary primarily over a botched green energy scheme. mr brokenshire says a deal between the dup and sinn fein remains ”achieveable” but that pressures on public services are becoming evident. earlier today i spoke to all of the main political parties here in northern ireland. i have continued to urge them to find a way forward to restore an executive. devolved government in northern ireland is in the best interest of everyone. in northern ireland is in the best the keep policy and budgetary decisions need to be taken by locally elected and locally accountable politicians. all party leaders have made clear that they agree that there is a need for an executive to be formed to make key decisions for the benefits of all of the people of northern ireland.
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now is the time to give effect to this desire. through political leadership on all sides. to better understanding the issues from others' perspectives, and to see where the space for resolution exists. this means direct and honest dialogue between the parties to reach resolutions without a running commentary. for this reason, i am keen the parties are given a structured space within which to engage with one another and address their differences in a free and frank way. while the uk government has responsibilities, and will support the parties to reach agreement, fundamentally it is for them to establish where the space for resolution lies and how best to
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achieve this. for years there've tensions between muslims and buddhists living in myanmar — formally known as burma. those tensions erupted ten days ago as violence broke out sending tens of thousands of muslims fleeing over the border into bangladesh. the rohingya — a muslim ethnic minority — live in rakhine state in mainly buddist myanamar. but now they are fleeing a military crackdown that began after attacks by muslim militants on police posts. the un estimates that 87,000 rohingya have now fled to neighbouring bangladesh. and the un refugee agency says their camps near the border there are at saturation point. from there, sa njoy majumder reports. she is two days old, born inside a refugee camp.
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her parents are rohingya, ethnic muslims from myanmar, denied citizenship and now fleeing persecution. the ba by‘s mother left after their village was attacked, alleged by the myanmar army. translation: we fled and crossed the river by boat and then came here. we were very scared about what the military would do to us. after coming here, we heard that our house has been burnt down. do you think you'll ever be able to take your baby back home, back to myanmar? translation: everyone has left. there's no—one there. we cannot go back. their home is now a vast refugee camp, along with tens of others rohingyas now living in these squalid conditions. many of them eating their first proper meal in days. just four days ago, there was nothing here. it was just the side a hill with a clump of trees on it. but now look at it.
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it's a vast settlement, a temporary home for all the rohingya refugees who've come overfrom myanmar and have nowhere to go. even this place is going to reach its limit in a few days. bangladesh is now struggling to cope with the growing numbers of rohingyas streaming in every day. especially as many more are waiting at the border. to accommodate them, i don't have enough land. that is the important thing. from this we don't have enough shelters so we can accommodate them here. there is actually the food problem, hygiene, water, the health problems and actually, they're occupying forest land. that's causing huge tensions for the host community. this set off the exodus, satellite images obtained by human rights watch show entire villages burned down inside myanmar. more than a00 rohingyas have been killed in ten days. the worst violence in a generation.
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it is hard to independently verify the situation, access is severely restricted. but in the refugee camps, it is apparent that the rohingyas are here to stay and the next generation may never get to know their homeland. kenya's electoral commission has announced new presidential elections will be held on october 17th. it comes after the supreme court nullified the vote held in august, which gave victory to incumbent uhuru kenyatta. kenya's supreme court said there were irregularities in adding up the votes and that new elections needed to be held within 60 days. the latest headlines... the us urged the latest headlines... the us urged the united nations security council to ta ke the united nations security council to take the strongest possible measures against north korea. in response to its most powerful
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nuclear test yet. downing street says uk is ready to intensify brexit talks with the eu rather than stick to the current schedule of one week per month. security firm gas was warned three years ago about problems with the behaviour of some members of staff towards detainees of brook house immigration detention centre, according a senior manager. a report by the law firm herbert smith freehills has heavily criticised the work of a british pr firm in south africa. the report says bell pottinger spread inaccurate and misleading information when contracted to work for the gupta brothers, a controversial family with close links to presidentjacob zuma. james henderson, the ceo of bell pottinger, resigned at the weekend, in anticipation of today's findings. earlier our media editor amol rajan gave us further details of the report.
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there is a hugely controversial south african set of brothers called the guptas who hail from south african set of brothers called the guptas who hailfrom india south african set of brothers called the guptas who hail from india and they have got enormous power and influence in south africa, they have a conglomerate which spreads from mining to media. they are accused of rampant corruption, they are allegations they deny and they hired allegations they deny and they hired a british pr firm to look after their reputation and they did so through a firm called oak bay, which they own, and it seems that they had been up to mischief, using methods to. there were allegations about fa ke to. there were allegations about fake twitter accounts, spreading a poisonous term about white monopoly capital, which is toxic in a country riddled with racial tensions. in short, though pottinger are accused of spreading stoking tensions and the ceo resigned at the weekend and they commissioned their own report and in the resignation letter, james henderson said that he neither initiated or was involved in the
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bell pottinger work but as ceo he has responsibility and he is taking accountability for what happened. a legal firm found against bell pottinger but this is the start of the story as tomorrow the uk regulator for the story as tomorrow the uk regulatorfor pr firms the story as tomorrow the uk regulator for pr firms will decide whether or not to throw bell pottinger out of the regulator and will be more scathing that the legal firm was in their report today. thank you. britain's coast is home to 11 million people, and is a special part of our heritage and identity; but the latest analysis has found that many people who live in coastal areas struggle financially. according to the social market foundation, the economic gap between coastal and inland communities is growing. our correspondent jayne mccubbin reports on the efforts being made to tackle the problem. this used to be one of the best and busiest seaside resorts in the whole of scotland. john tells me the story
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of ard rossa n. boats going to the isle of man. boats going to belfast. it was such a vibrant and lively place. but today only one ferry remains. an industry which once employed thousands has gone. the beach is beautiful but empty. a small marina now sits where the busy port once sprawled. there are super yachts worth hundreds of thousands, but unemployment rates are amongst the very worst in the uk. in the job club, plenty feel left behind. have you given up? pretty much. do you feel that the powers that be care about the changes that go on in places like this? no. definitely not because i don't even think they know what they problems are. they cannot experience the problems because they don't see it everyday. a sense the coast has been left behind is backed by statistics out today. economic growth is slower here. over 80% of people who live in these areas are paid less. the economic gap between coastal and non—coastal communities is growing. here in the west of scotland,
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they are still waiting for funding. but in the north—east the wait is over. so much of whitley bay's story was the same as ardrossan. a resort which teamed with holiday—makers eager to visit the spanish city with fair rides and dancing and the famous white dome. i worked my way up to probably the prime job in the spanish city at the time. but now andrew has a new top job back in spanish city. restoration manager. the famous dome, derelict for 17 years, is getting ready to reopen with almost £10 million of public money. i am very honoured to be able to do it. it is something which is close to my heart. i think it will bring some good times back to whitley bay. two million has come from the government's coastal communities fund, that has invested over 170 million in the last five years in areas like this. it was extended today with an extra £a0 million.
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do you think the government is doing enough? i think they can do a lot more. if you look around the country and see how many people are living in these towns, which have almost been left to die, they are as important as the people who live in the big cities. britain's coast has an incredible story. often a white knuckle ride for the communities that live there, but proof here success follows investment. no proof yet there is enough investment to go around. workers at two mcdonald's restaurants have walked out, in the first strike to affect the company in britain. about a0 staff in cambridge and crayford, in south—east london, are demanding higher pay and more secure working hours. mcdonald's said the people involved represent one hundredth of 1% of its uk workforce. our correspondent ben ando reports. just before daybreak the first worker walks out on what is becoming
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known as the mcstrike. it's the first time employees have taken such action in the uk. staff at this mcdonald's in crayford in south—east london and another in cambridge are striking for more pay and better conditions. staff from cambridge and crayford are taking part in a rally at westminster. backers include the labour leaderjeremy corbyn, who tweeted his support, and the labour shadow chancellorjohn mcdonald. i am supporting the mcdonald's strikers. i think they have got genuine grievances. two years ago we launched the fast—food campaign. it was all about ending zero hours contracts and making sure they got decent pay. but above all else as well, making sure that the company recognised the trade union. many staff say the wages are so low they are impossible to live on. the main demands are £10 an hour and union recognition and that is because we are on minimum wage which is not enough, especially in cambridgeshire where the cost of living is high. we want trade union recognition
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because we feel we don't get the respect we deserve on shift. although unions are not recognised at mcdonald's, the bakers food and allied workers union said it agreed to take up their case. if they value their people as much as they say they do, they would not have a strike going on today. they wouldn't have these people making this very brave decision to walk out on strike. this restaurant is one of two involved in the strike and it's clear not all staff are taking part as it is serving meals as normal. mcdonald's employs 85,000 people in the uk and says it is already offering them the option of going into fixed contracts but it says that so far more than eight out of ten of its staff prefer to stay on flexible hours. the company adds the strike affects fewer than 1% of its workforce in two of its 1,270 restaurants, adding that since april last year it has increased pay by 15%. it's britain's tallest bridge and it has taken six years to build.
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today the queen officially opened the new queensferry crossing over the firth of forth — 53 years to the day since she opened the neighbouring forth road bridge. she was accompanied by the duke of edinburgh — who was making his first official appearance alongside her since retiring from solo engagements. lorna gordon reports. this newest of bridges across the forth has had plenty of attention since it was completed. today it was the turn of the queen to meet some of the workers who built it and see for herself the finished crossing. cheering there to greet her and the duke of edinburgh, hundreds of local school children, who've grown up watching the new structure stretch out over the water. this is a bridge that celebrates the skills of hand and heartand mind. a small group, chosen from the many thousands involved in this construction, on hand as the queen officially opened the new crossing.
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then for the royal visitors, a short drive over the bridge. this reminiscent of an earlier visit by the queen more than half a century ago. in front of large crowds, she officially opened the forth road bridge, which sits just to the east. concerns over corroding cables on that older bridge led to the decision to build this new one, which the queen today described as a feat of engineering. the queensferry crossing joins its historic neighbours to create not only a breath taking sight over the firth of forth but to provide an important link for so many in this community and the surrounding areas. those who live nearby excited to be part of this special day. it was just amazing, like seeing the queen come and everything and all the marching bands. oh, my gosh. it's absolutely amazing
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that she was here to open it today and for us as locals, to be allowed to be so close to her. that was absolutely fantastic. celebrating this occasion from the forth a flotilla of boats, while above the red arrows, these now three bridges standing side by side from the water, land and air, a unique and unmistakable scottish vista. time for a look at the weather... louise lear is here. good evening. for many of us it was a grey september day but have a look down the south coast here, some brightness and temperatures in the low 20s. generally there was a blanket of cloud across the country and cloud in the far north west brought some rain at times. that will pep up through the night. this weather front will bring rain across
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northern ireland and eventually through the scottish borders, north—west england and wales. to the south it stays humoured overnight, there is some hope for key, to the north and west it is notably fresher. 17 degrees to begin the day on tuesday morning. that rain continues to go eastwards, the odd spot of rain in the south—east and here it stays muggy. behind it, fresh conditions and a scattering of showers. brighter in north—west scotla nd showers. brighter in north—west scotland and northern ireland. 1a-21d is scotland and northern ireland. 1a—21d is likely the expected highs. this is bbc news.
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i'm ben brown. the headlines at 8. america urges the un security council to take the strongest possible measures against north korea in response to its most powerful nuclear test. the us says the actions of kimjong—un can no longer be tolerated. his abusive use of missiles and his nuclear threats show that he is begging for war. war is never something the united states wants. we don't want it now. but our country's patience is not unlimited. china received backing from russia as it called for a return to dialogue. the peninsula issue must be resolved peacefully. china will never allow chaos and war on the peninsula. downing street says the uk is ready to intensify brexit talks with the european union,


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