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i'm rico hizon in singapore. the headlines: the us accuses north korea of begging for war, after its latest nuclear test, and urges the world to take the strongest possible measures. 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. as tensions rise, south korea simulates an attack on its neighbour. i'm babita sharma in london. also in the programme: growing calls for myanmar to end the military crackdown against rohingya muslims. 90,000 have now fled the country. the duke, the duchess, and the due date. william and kate are expecting their third child sometime next year. good morning.
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it is 8:00am in singapore, 1:00am in london and 8:00pm in new york, where an emergency meeting of the un security council has failed to agree on a way forward to address the crisis involving north korea. the us ambassador to the united nations said that america did not want a war, but its patience was not unlimited. china's representative has called for a return to negotiations, to avoid chaos and war on the korean peninsula. yogita limaye starts our coverage from 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.
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south korea showing off how it could attack pyongyang's nuclear site. this is a strong reaction from a country that, for months now, has been desperately trying to avoid conflict in the korean peninsula. but in new york, at an emergency un security council meeting, south korea's closest ally said pyongyang seemed to be heading the other way. nuclear powers understand their responsibilities. kim jong—un shows no such understanding. his abusive use of missiles and his nuclear threats show that he is begging for war. across the room, though, there was an opposing view from a country often seen as north korea's friend. china urged a diplomatic solution. translation: china will never allow chaos and war on the peninsula. the parties concerned must strengthen their sense of urgency, take due responsibilities,
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play their due roles. earlier in the day, the japanese government gave details about north korea's latest nuclear test. translation: the evidence suggests that the north conducted a hydrogen bomb test. the government had to conclude the test was a success. 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 tests so far, but the pace has really accelerated since kimjong—un came to power. 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
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and multiple missile tests come in such quick succession, really ratcheting up the pressure on the government here in seoul and its allies. and that means defences have to be strengthened. this is america's latest anti—missile system, designed to shoot down enemy rockets. it is now being deployed in south korea, a country that continues to build up its arsenal, even as it hopes to not have to use it. yogita limaye, bbc news. in the aftermath of the nuclear test, president trump spoke to his south korean counterpart. our correspondent robin brant is also in seoul. he gave me more details. we saw evidence yesterday of south korea's kind of plan of attack in that live missile drill. we've seen evidence as well of what the defence plan is. but it is clear south korea remains essentially stuck in the middle. it agrees with china.
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both those countries have talked about not wanting war on the peninsula. south korea's president, moonjae—in, said he can guarantee there will not be another war. and yet, in the states, we hear from senior figures there, reminding the world that there are various ways of dealing with this, economic, political and, yes, military, and that includes the nuclear option. nikki haley, at the united nations, reminding everyone listening there that she thinks, as you said, north korea is begging for war, and the us has patience, but that patience is not unlimited. we will have plenty more on that story later in the programme. also making news today: aid agencies across south asia are still trying to reach millions of people affected by the worst floods to hit the region in years. the un children's agency, unicef, estimate around 16 million children across india, bangladesh and nepal are in urgent need of life—saving support. in india's state of bihar, campaigners say the government has built too many roads that trapped excess water. hurricane irma, currently bearing down on the eastern caribbean,
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has been upgraded to a category four storm by the us national hurricane centre. florida has declared a state of emergency, and the hurricane is expected to reach land by early wednesday, and could hit several caribbean islands — the dominican republic, haiti, and the us territory of puerto rico. this is a severe and strengthening storm. up to half a metre's worth of rain as possible from it at the wind strength could be the major issue. sustained winds, that is the average wind speed of at least 220 kilometres an hour. gusts, of course, could be much higher than that. damage and destruction is certainly possible. us media report that president trump will end the programme known as deferred action for childhood arrivals, or daca, which shields certain immigrants from deportation if they came to the us illegally as children. the obama administration policy currently protects around 800,000 young men and women, often referred to as dreamers. hong kong's public broadcaster has dropped 24—hour bbc world service
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radio, replacing it with state radio broadcasts from china. the bbc had been broadcasting around the clock on rthk in hong kong since 1978. some critics say the change is evidence of the gradual encroachment of mainland chinese state media into hong kong. the floodwaters from former hurricane harvey continue to be far—reaching across the us state of texas. this drone footage is from vidor, a city more than 100 miles from houston, where homes and roads remain submerged after harvey made landfall a week ago. the texas governor has warned that the damage from the hurricane could exceed that of hurricane katrina, reaching as high as $180 billion. there are still about 43,000 people being housed in shelters across the state.
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let's get more now on a story we have been following closely, the plight of rohingya muslims in myanmar. the un's special representative on human rights in the country has criticised the elected leader, aung san suu kyi, forfailing to protect the rohingya community who live in rakhine state in mainly—buddhist myanmar. they are fleeing a military crackdown that began after attacks by muslim militants on police. let's talk to vivian tan, a spokesperson for unhcr. she joins me live from cox's bazar, in bangladesh. vyvya n , vyvyan, thank you so much for joining us. give us an estimate of how many refugees have already crossed over the border to bangladesh? as of yesterday, the un estimates that 87,000 people have crossed into bangladesh after fleeing the violence in northern
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rakhine state. and what are the conditions of those refugees, having crossed over the border? the ones that are entering the existing refugee camps are in very poor state. we are seeing a lot of women and children, some elderly. many of them have walked for at least three days. they have not eaten since they fled their villages, and have been living on groundwater and main water. many of them are barefoot, having lost a lot of their belongings along the way. some of them, thankfully, still have some luggage or suitcases with them, whatever they could salvage from their homes. they are in a very desperate situation, and unhcr, together with the government and ngos, are working to try and meet their life—saving needs. ngos, are working to try and meet their life-saving needs. their health condition is indeed really bad. how are your resources holding up bad. how are your resources holding up in terms of handling these sheer numbers? these new arrivals are in different locations, in local
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buildings, and in the two existing refugee camps where unhcr works. those two refugee camps are reaching saturation point. in fact, in one of them the population has more than doubled in the last ten days or so. we are seeing every available space being occupied. all the refugee families have taken in more refugee families. we have opened up the schools, the madras is, to welcome more people —— madrasas. healthcare is another urgent need. some of them have wounds, some of them are just exhausted, and very weak. so this is something we are looking into, to refer them to medical treatment if they need it. the situation is indeed very dire, and the un's special rabbits are on human rights in myanmar has criticised the leader for failing in myanmar has criticised the leader forfailing to in myanmar has criticised the leader for failing to protect the rohingya muslim minority —— rapporteur. in
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your view, what responsibility does she bear in this crisis? well, it is really the collective responsibility of the myanmar government, and we as the un have been advocating for them to show restraint, really on all sides of the conflict, to show restraint and to protect civilians in this conflict. we are asking for humanitarian access, currently we don't have it, too rakhine state. we need to be able to get out there to help the people displaced and affected by the conflict in myanmar, so affected by the conflict in myanmar, so those are some of the things the un has been discussing with the myanmar government. thank you so much forjoining us. the philippines isn't short of problems at the moment. among the challenges the country faces is the fastest—growing hiv rate in asia—pacific, according to a un report last month. now, an anti—hiv drug known as prep is being offered to gay men and transgender women as part of a trial to curb the disease's rapid spread. let's hear more about it. i heard about prep,
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i knew i had to get it. i was really, really wanted to be involved in the project. i am a 30—year—old young professional, very sexually active, and risky, as well. i first read about prep online. i was excited because before the philippines, prep is offered in thailand already. and it would be very expensive for me to go to thailand and purchase prep, because you have to be there. otherwise, you get it on the black market, and i wouldn't do that. the stigma attached to accessing condoms is pretty much real.
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even just buying it in the convenience store it... you can get stares, even from the cashier. she would have that look, and condoms are supposed to be over the counter. you can just get it, buy it, and that's it. you can'tjust buy it, you have to ask for it. we are a very conservative society. we are very catholic. it should be available to everyone who feels the need to have it. i have — right now i have a lot of friends right now who are asking me about how to get prep, my friends from everywhere in the philippines. it's just really not available yet for everyone. we have to wait for two years for it
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to be recommended to the government, and let's see what they will do about it. hopefully, hopefully, hopefully, there will be a dramatic decline in the number of hiv cases here. you are watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: assessing beijing's role in the north korea crisis. we get views from the chinese side of the border. and another palace pregnancy. the duke and duchess of cambridge are expecting child number three, to join charlotte and george. she received the nobel peace prize for her work with the poor and dying in india's slums. the head of the catholic church said mother teresa was a wonderful example of how to help people in need. we have to identify the bodies, then arrange the coffins and take them back home. parents are waiting and wives are waiting. hostages appeared, some carried, some running, trying to escape
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the nightmare behind them. britain lost a princess today, described by all to whom she reached out as irreplaceable. an early—morning car crash in a paris underpass ended a life with more than its share of pain and courage, warmth and compassion. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm in singapore. i'm in london. our top stories: the us has accused north korea of begging for war after its latest nuclear test, urging the world to respond with the "strongest
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possible measures." myanmar‘s under pressure to end its military crackdown against rohingya muslims. 90,000 have fled the country in the last 10 days. and a young russian‘s having an amazing run at the us tennis open. 19—year—old andrey rublev‘s just knocked out belgian ninth seed david goffin in straight sets and now faces rafael nadal in the quarter—finals. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the international online edition of the south china morning post has a frightening take on the north korean crisis. beside a photo of the announcement of the latest test, it says pyongyang most likely conducted its five most recent tests under a single mountain site. and it quotes a chinese scientist as saying the site
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could implode, leaking radiation. the new york times reports on how the battle against so—called islamic state has spread to the philippines. the paper has a front page picture of soldiers on patrol in marawi seized by militants loyal to the group. it says the battle against them shows no sign of ending. china daily‘s european website reports on one of the more beautiful parts of the world. china's gulangyu island which has been made a world heritage site by unesco, apparently making china the country with the most heritage sites worldwide. and this is trending. a shocking surprise for a kind in the loo. well, rico, a five year old boy in england had bit of a shock when he opened the lid
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of his toilet. this is what he found, a metre long python curled up in the bowl! it's not clear how it got there but the snake is now being cared for by local pet shop. the python is said to be healthy, but smelling a bit of bleach. let's return now to north korea. one of the key questions in this crisis is just how much influence can china exert over pyongyang to head off a confrontation? our correspondent, john sudworth, reports now from the chinese city of dandong, which lies close to the border with north korea. the work goes on late into the night. from this chinese oil depot, north korea gets most of its energy, piped directly across the border. a day after the nuclear test, there is no sign of any let—up. washington is turning up the heat on china, insisting it uses its leverage to greater effect. some of these diners agree their government could do more. i think they should do something about it, this man says.
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i hope there will be no more nuclear tests. china should take control of north korea, then there will be peace, this man adds. the chinese president is busy hosting a summit of the world's developing economies. two are key trading partners with and old allies of north korea. china's focus remains as always on a return to dialogue and not military threats. translation: having a war on the korean peninsula is not an option. while the rest of the world ponders the risks of thermo nuclear war, chinese citizens on the border do not appear to be too concerned. the chinese view has always been that trade and engagement are far too preferable to the chaos that would come from the collapse. large quantities of goods
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flow across the bridge. if china can live with north korea's provocations, reactions of others might be harder to stomach. there is the possibility that south korea and japan might consider developing their own nuclear weapons. that will worsen the chinese security environment. north korea's nuclear programme greatly undermines china's security interests. china could turn off the tap. but for now, with north korea on the brink of becoming a fully fledged nuclear power, the oil from these storage tanks continues to flow. john sudworth, bbc news. a little earlier, i spoke to harry kazianis, director of defence studies at the centre for the national interest. i asked him how much influence
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beijing has over north korea. beijing has tremendous influence over north korea and, to be very clear, if beijing wanted to, it could end the north korean regime by, as you said, turning off the taps, essentially shutting off the flow of oil, natural gas, food supplies. essentially, north korea would not exist without china. the challenge for the chinese, though, is they are not going to do anything like that. i think where the administration is slowly turning to at this point is really some sort of i think warning first to chinese banks to say, look, we know for a fact that certain chinese banks are helping the north koreans essentially launder money and that money, probably a good chunk of it, is going to feed the north korean nuclear missile programmes, so i think i would not be shocked, to be honest with you, if donald trump went on twitter, issued the chinese a stern warning, and said, look, your banks have to stop doing this,
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if not i think those banks are going to be sanctioned by the united states, and to take that a step further, i would not be shocked if those banks did not stop what they were doing and potentially could get cut off of the us financial system and that would be a major escalatory step but it could happen. you will find plenty more about the north trio missile crisis on the website. —— north korea. you can also download the bbc news app. london's kensington palace is about to get a new addition. the duke and duchess of cambridge have announced they‘ re once again expecting. it's the third child for will and kate and the newborn will be fifth in line to the british throne. but the news was delivered early. kate is once again dealing with severe morning sickness, and had to cancel a scheduled engagement. 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
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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
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with a gift intended for a baby. it didn't seem significant at the time. today, prince harry said 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. iam sure i am sure the guessing game has started about the name. could it be babita, rico? your guess is as good
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as mine. you have been watching newsday. stay with us. on asia business report, will there be sanctions from the us on china? prince rico has a ring to it. the opening of this ridge was marked by the queen's club and is. —— bridge. —— attendance. thanks forjoining us. —— attendance. thanks forjoining us. see you soon. goodbye. good morning.
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we've got some fresher air trying to push into the north—west of the uk today but for many, a mild and muggy start once again. the dividing line between that bit fresher air and something humid is this weather front which will be producing wet conditions across wales and northern england to start the day. to the south of that, like we saw on monday, extensive low cloud. there will be a few breaks allowing some sunshine and temperatures will shoot up in the morning rush hour. like yesterday, the cloud will produce some spots of drizzle. the best parts of brightness will be across the east. the west midlands, north wales, north—west england some heavy rain around, particularly on the pennines and the lake distric splashes of rain into yorkshire and the north—east. scotland and northern ireland, a bit of cloud and outbreaks of rain particularly across the west of scotland and northern ireland. they will become less prevalent through the day. sunny skies will develop here and there. few in the way of showers. stays wet across northern england and north wales and the rain eases off in intensity and outbreaks of rain coming and going across the midlands and southern england. in sunshine, temperatures 23 or 24. while we see something fresher
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to scotland and northern ireland later, you will see something a good deal sunnier. the fresh air gradually clears away the damp weather from england and wales as we go through the night and into wednesday morning. we start wednesday and it will feel a good deal cooler. these are the city temperatures but rural areas down into single figures, widely. a fresh start to wednesday but a ridge of high pressure is building in and while this weather front will bring a few showers to parts of scotland, one or two isolated showers in north—west england and northern ireland. wednesday is set to be the driest and brightest day overall. sunny spells. temperatures down on the start of the week. 15—19 degrees. similar on thursday. after a cool start, winds lighter to begin with and cloud amounts increasing. scotland and northern ireland a bit more wet. the rain spreads into northern england late in the day. many southern areas,
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a dry and bright day. as we finish the week, low pressure moves in and outbreaks of rain pushing into most parts of the country. we could see a zone of more persistent rain. a bit uncertain as to where that will be on friday. sunshine between blustery showers further north but temperatures in the mid teens for many. certainly a cooler end the week and we stay windy and cool into the weekend with further blustery showers as well. bye for now. you are watching bbc news. our top story: the united states has accused north korea of begging for war, after its latest nuclear test. the us ambassador to the un, nikki haley, has called on the world to respond with the strongest possible measures. but china says there must be a return to negotiations. with rohingya muslims continuing to flee to bangladesh, the un's special rapporteur on human rights in myanmar has criticised the country's de facto leader, aung san suu kyi, forfailing to protect them.
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and this story is trending on the duke and duchess of cambridge have announced they are expecting their third child. the queen and both families are said to be delighted with the news, but the duchess is suffering with severe morning sickness. that's all from me for now. stay with bbc news. and the top story here in the uk: a top manager at security company gas has said he warned his bosses three years ago about the poor
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