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this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. our top stories. 2 million malnourished children in a rapidly growing cholera epidemic. a special report from inside yemen where the world's worst humanitarian disaster continues. i want to educate her and sent her to school, but she won't survive. president trump says organisations failing to fulfil their potential need urgent reform. we must ensure that no one and no member state shows a disproportionate share of the burden. aung san suu kyi will speak to the nation
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as criticism mounted against the nobel laureate to do more to tackle the crisis. warnings of more danger as category for hurricane is maria on its way to the caribbean. —— category four hurricane maria. it is a 8am in singapore and one am in london, and 3am in yemen which is suffering from the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet. 2 million children are severely malnourished and the country is also in the grip of the fastest—growing cholera epidemic on record. 600,000 people have been infected and 2500 died. last year, the bbc reported
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from one of the worst hit areas of the country. a year later, she has returned. a warning, her report contained distressing images. this is salim. a year ago, these images of him gave a face to yemen's suffering. at eight years old, his frail body shocked the world and made the prospect of famine a reality. doctors feared for the future of the country. at the time, there were over 350,000 children with this same level of malnutrition. that figure now stands at two million. one year later, i'm travelling back to his village along the coast. this region is the worst affected. the further out from the city you go, the poorer it gets. this is salim now. emergency aid stopped
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him from wasting away. his growth is severely stunted. his brain irreparably damaged by malnutrition. he'll never live a normal life. his family are still desperate for food. "i eat bread and tea," his mother tells me, "if i can find some. "sometimes the sun sets and all i've had is tea," she says. outside the house are salim's friends and neighbours. despair and hunger have spread through his village
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touching everyone here. since we got here, people keep coming to us with case after case of severely malnourished children. it's clear that the situation here has gotten a whole lot worse. for generations, the people here have relied upon fishing to survive. but now, going out to sea has become life—threatening. the un has recorded multiple attacks on civilian vessels. ibrahim and ten others took a boat out last week, only to be hit by the saudi coalition. the saudis claim they only target boats that smuggle weapons. but attacks like these have left entire villages struggling for food. it's not just the fishermen that have been affected by this war.
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these families once had a business here, but a blockade imposed by the saudi—led coalition has stopped them from exporting their goods. now their only child is battling to survive. not all families have been left without aid. some donations have arrived. this is abdul, when we met him last year, without lactose free milk, doctors said he wouldn't survive. this is him now. after our report aired, members of the british public sent aid and supplies. the help has been enough
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to keep him alive. yemen is the world's worst humanitarian crisis. yet the un say they've received less than half the money they urgently need to prevent a country—wide famine. the conflict, now in its third year, has created this man—made disaster. it's people like this that are paying the highest price. nawal al—maghafi, bbc news. the situation in yemen is one of the more challenging issues that the united nations is trying to tackle. its general assembly is in session right now. president trump will make his first address to the general assembly on tuesday. laura trevelyan is at the un
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headquarters in new york with yemen high on the agenda. the united nations have called yemen a triple tragedy of war, cholera and famine. more than 17 million people are estimated to not have enough food, almost 3 million people have been displaced by this conflict. but it is also a conflict which is very complex, it sees saudi arabia pitted against the houthi rebels. it is really a very difficult situation and there is unlikely be a resolution because it is seen as a proxy battle for the region between the iranian—backed houthi rebels and the saudis. many discussions about yemen on the sidelines this week. so many points of discussion, north korea, the situation in myanmar, and donald trump making his first address to the assembly. he's already been speaking about what he is likely to say there. yes, donald trump had a vexed relationship with the un.
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as real estate developer, he wanted to get the contract to renovate the building some years back but was turned down. however, today he could return in triumph as president. some trepidation here about the tone that he would strike, would he say the world body was obsolete as he did with nato? as it was, people were breathing a sigh of relief. here is what he had to say about un reform. we commend the secretary general and his call for the united nations we seek a united nations that regains the trust of the people around the world. in order to achieve this, the united nations must hold every level of management accountable, protect whistleblowers and focus on results rather than process. that was donald trump today, but of course tomorrow, he makes his debut address in front of world leaders. we are told by the us ambassador to the un
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that he will slap some people and hug some people. he is definitely going to slap the iranians. you can expect iran to be a big story tomorrow because donald trump is very concerned about the iran nuclear deal in which sanctions against iran were lifted in exchange for them stopping work on their nuclear programme. donald trump says it is one of the worst deals ever negotiated. a lot of behind the scenes diplomacy today, the french president meeting him, most likely saying it is maybe not a good idea for him to blow up the iran deal but we will see what donald trump's tone is tomorrow. harsh words too, no doubt, for north korea. we will be following what donald trump says at the un headquarters. in some breaking news, two weeks after hurricane irma we are hearing ofa after hurricane irma we are hearing of a potentially catastrophic
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hurricane, maria. it has been classified as a category five storm and could possibly have winds of up to 160 mph. it is approximately 70 kilometres north of the island of martinique. the ideal the storm is expected to pass near domenico in the next few hours. with very little upper air shear and perfectly warm sea temperatures, hurricane maria has strengthened rapidly in the last six hours to become a category four storm. residents on the east coast are being told to leave. the caribbean is bracing for more fury and misery.
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this is the route maria is expected to take. the centre of the storm is forecast to move roughly along the same route as irma. forecasters said maria is an extremely dangerous category four hurricane, and they are preparing for the worst. category four hurricane, and they are preparing for the worstm category four hurricane, and they are preparing for the worst. it is very dangerous and we at expecting this is to get a very high. they are on high alert. many islands are still recovering from irma, which left at least 37 people dead. drains are still blocked, forecasters are warning of life—threatening flood and mudslides. a fire has broken out at a warehouse
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in london. the fire brigade says 20 fire engines are the scene in totte n ha m. fire engines are the scene in tottenham. because of the fire is yet unknown. —— the cause. the former england football captain, wayne rooney, has been banned from driving for two years after admitting a charge of drink—driving. he apologised for his "unforgivable lack ofjudgement" and said it was "completely wrong." the everton striker was arrested earlier this month after being pulled—over by police officers in the north of england. lady gaga has been forced to reschedule the european leg of her world tour due to health problems. the singer has revealed that she has fibro—myalgia, a chronic illness, which can cause pain all over the body. the 18—city tour, had been set to begin in barcelona on thursday. let's look now once again at the roots of the crisis facing the rohingya people in myanmar. in 1962, general ne win led
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a military coup and went on to become the country's longest serving dictator. the military passed many laws, including one that stripped the rohingya of their citizenship. sharanjit leyl met pew way win, the son of general ne win and asked him about the military‘s role in the current crisis. i know the bbc has mentioned it in the past, but the attacks on the villages, the 30 military outposts and attack on their rakhines themselves. furthermore, this is the start of a fledging fundamentalism which we should try to nip in the bud because we have seen, it goes on, the problems that carry on. at the same time, we must alleviate the suffering of the people as soon as and as best we can. how would you suggest doing that? these people are fleeing myanmar because they are scared. i don't know if you remember
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that in the 70s and 80s, there was one flareup as well. at the time, my father visited sheikh mujibur rahman, said, all right, it's ok, we can sort it out. we must live peacefully as neighbouring countries, let them come back. i think history tends to repeat itself and i think we should be able to sort it out now. what do you have to say to critics who point to him for all of burma's problems. these people were brought into myanmar to be used as cheap labour by the british and well, you know, after all these years, we cannot solve our problems but the divide and rule that was brought in to myanmar is to blame, of course. if you want to talk about my father, probably the biggest issue was the economy, as you just said. we stayed out of the vietnam war. how to you deal with them as a people living in myanmar‘s borders now? i think there will be a solution within a matter of months or something
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but this will be festering, it will continue going on. but myanmar, our constitution, is enshrined. there is no religious intolerance. every religion is tolerated and we have a lot of muslims in myanmar who are living peacefully and it's not a problem. you are watching newsday on the bbc. still to come: around the world in 78 days. a record—breaking british cyclist completes his epic global voyage. also, bangles and bracelets, how smugglers are turning rhinoceros born into jewellery to escape
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detection. 30 hours after the earthquake that devastated mexico city, rescue teams still have no idea just how many people have died. there are people alive and people not alive. we just can help with whatever we have. it looked as though they had come to fight a war. but their mission is to bring peace to east timor and nowhere on earth needs it more badly. the government's case has been forcefully presented by mr badinter, the justice minister. he has campaigned vigorously for abolition, having once witnessed one of his clients being executed. elizabeth seton has spent a lot of time at this grotto, and every year hundreds of pilgrimages are made here. now that she has become a saint, it is expected that this area will be inundated with tourists. the mayor and local businesses
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regard the anticipated boom as yet another blessing of saint elizabeth. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. i'm babita sharma in london. our top stories. yemen is in the grip of the world's worst humanitarian crisis — two million children are severely malnourished — and a cholera epidemic is spiralling out of control. president trump says the united nations is failing to fulfil its potential and needs urgent reform. and prosecutors in switzerland are investigating why tens of thousands of euros were flushed down some toilets in geneva. 500 euro notes had been cut up with scissors and stuffed down the toilets of a ubs branch and in the restrooms of three nearby restaurants — that story is popular on let's take a look at some front
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pages from around the world. the new york times leads with an an opinion piece by the japanese prime minister calling for "solidarity against north korea". shinzo abe says the world is facing an unprecedented threat and urges the international community to stay united and enforce sanctions. china daily shows a plaque being unveiled at the new china embassy in panama. the opening comes 100 days after the two countries established diplomatic relations in june. and finally the japan times reports that forfirst time, more than two millionjapanese are aged 90 or above. it says a record number of japanese over the age of 65 are still working, they're feeling younger and more active than those in the same age category decades ago, and they don't consider themselves to be ‘elderly‘ pressure has been mounting
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on myanmar‘s defacto leader aung san suu kyi to do more to tackle the violence against myanmar‘s rohingya population. ms suu kyi is absent from the un general assembly meeting, but she is expected to give her first national address on the issue that has brought her much international criticism. i asked nita may of the bbc burmese service what aung san suu kyi is expected to say. as far as we know, the heading of the speech itself is national reconciliation and peace process. she will mainly emphasise on peace process and how to reconcile the whole nation. because she has always emphasised the reconciliation since she got into power.
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she is meeting with these ethnic leaders from time to time to have this agreement during her ruling. so, you believe that she will, after a lot of mounting pressure from all corners of the world, finally say something about the plight of the rohingya people? of course, that is why she is talking in english. she was to make clear what she is going to speak about but for the burmese audiences, there may be some sort of subtitles. she is to let the international communities know that she is in a difficult position. she is facing four faces, the military, the countrymen, the voters and the rakhine political parties, and the armed groups and the international community. so she has to explain her status, her stance, to everyone. it is going to be interesting,
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to say the least, to hear what she has to say. interesting you say she is speaking in english. how is this being reported by the media in burma? there will be a translation after that right away. in terms of how the crisis has unfolded, has much been said in the local media about it? yes, they try to cover this news but as for the local reporters, they are not allowed to go to those places where the crisis is happening because of security. but the government committee issues statements almost every day. it seems they want to rely on these information committee statements only. criminal networks smuggling rhino horns out of africa are turning them
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into jewellery to avoid detection at airports, according to traffic — a uk—based organisation monitoring wildlife trade. 0ur science correspondent victoria gill has more.. it is estimated that 25,000 rhinos remain in the world. but in the last decade, over 7000 of them have been killed by poachers for their horns. is unsustainable demand is why many national parks have resorted to dehorning rhinos in order to protect them. in the past, smugglers would attempt to take in thai horns or large pieces abroad to sell. the latest trend is for it to be processed locally into small items that the collector, researchers describe as trinkets. the report by traffic found that beats, bangles and bracelets made from rhino horn were being produced in africa and then shipped abroad with most destined for vietnam and china. the new method of concealment seems designed to evade airport security and research is hoped that publishing details of this emerging
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trend will help security staff and police to spot it. the charity save the rhino describe it as a worrying development in a trade that at the current rate of poaching could wipe out the animals in the wild in as little as ten years. a cyclist has reclaimed his own world record for travelling round the globe. mark beaumont from britain arrived at the arc de triomphe in central paris seventy nine days after he set off from the french capital. lucy williamson reports. every road has its challenges. 0nly one has the reward. mark beaumont has cycled so many miles in less than 80 days. in that time, his youngest daughter has learned to
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walk and talk. his four—year role has reserved the first hug. walk and talk. his four—year role has reserved the first hugm walk and talk. his four—year role has reserved the first hug. it will ta ke has reserved the first hug. it will take a couple of weeks for me to decompress. i haven't walked for 2.5 months. i remember at the airport, flying across north america, i walked up a flight of stairs and it really hurt. i will have to get off the bike and get back to normal life. he headed east through russia, mongolia and china, crossing australia and new zealand, before flying to alaska where he cycled down through north america. before landing back in europe for the final stretch from lisbon to paris. cycling from 4am until nine pm, he saw the sunrise and set over the australian desert. the vast russian landscape. the pyrenees. averaging 214 miles per day, the equivalent of cycling from london to blackpool, every day, sincejuly the second. i
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thought i lost my front teeth. three injuries, and heavy rains.|j thought i lost my front teeth. three injuries, and heavy rains. i am fighting a massive headwind today. i am not quite in the right headspace to celebrate yet. this is the end of an epicjourney. to celebrate yet. this is the end of an epic journey. mark to celebrate yet. this is the end of an epicjourney. mark beaumont has not only smashed his own previous round the world timing but he has also cut the current world record by one third. at the finish line, he was greeted by an official from the guinness book of records. his time, 78 days and 14 hours. an achievement he once said would only feel real when he got to stop. an incredible achievement. congratulations, mark. thank you for joining us. we will see you soon.
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hello there. with a ridge of high pressure building in for tuesday, it looks like today could be the better day of the week for most of us. a chilly start where skies cleared overnight. the temperature in the low single figures in some rural spots. this is the ridge of high pressure. this system will make inroads for wednesday. meanwhile, this is the weather front which brought the rain last night. there could be a few showers across the south—east as that weather front continues to clear. essentially, a dry fine start, a chilly start and there will be some mist and fog around. some dense in places, central southern areas across the midlands into cheshire. eventually that will lift during the morning and potentially into some low cloud before breaking up. you can see plenty of sunshine on the map there for northern england into scotland. for northern ireland, however, clouds will thicken up, particularly across the west but there could be early brightness across belfast.
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the cloud is thickening here because of the weather front making inroads off the atlantic. elsewhere you will see a little cloud bubbling up through the day. there could be an isolated shower but most places will be dry. light wind as well, despite the chilly start it should get pleasantly warm into the afternoon. high teens across southern and eastern areas. still some strength in the sunshine. towards wednesday, the weather front makes inroads off the atlantic. we lose our ridge of high pressure. but it will be bringing air from the south, south—west. that is always a mild directions, so temperatures will be on the rise. in fact, the eastern half of the country does not look too bad. through the day we will hold onto sunny spells and will feel quite warm. further west it goes downhill, windy with outbreaks of rain, quite heavy in parts of western scotland and northern ireland. 18 or 19 degrees again across the east and the south—east. on thursday it looks even wetter. this weather front has some heavy rain on it, particularly for the south—west of england towards wales, southwest
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scotland. could be concerned about rainfall amounts building up there by the time thursday is out. the south—east expecting similar sunshine and it will stay warm. let's zoom out and head across the atlantic in towards the caribbean because, of course, the next major hurricane in making inroads in towards the leeward islands. hurricane maria is a category four force storm, ploughing through some of the islands as it works its way west north—west. could be some heavy rain and flooding and coastal surge. 0ur our top story on bbc news: 2 million children in yemen are severely malnourished as the country suffers from the fastest—growing cholera epidemic on record. 600,000 people have been infected and 2500 have died. the us and president trump
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have been speaking, saying that he needs to reform his comments. it comes as he addresses an assembly today. this story is popular online. prosecutors in switzerland are investigating why tens of thousands of euros were flushed down toilets in geneva. they were stuffed down the restrooms of various restau ra nts. the restrooms of various restaurants. new
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