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tonight at six: president trump makes his first appearance at the united nations — and he doesn't pull his punches. a blistering attack on what he called rogue nations like iran, and a chilling warning to north korea. the united states has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy north korea. we'll be asking what lies behind mr trump's rhetoric. also tonight: now it is hurricane maria that is slamming into the eastern caribbean, with winds of over 150 miles an hour. it's heading towards the british virgin islands — more suffering for those already reeling from the damage done by irma. these communities know full well the damage that can be caused by a powerful hurricane — that's why they're battening down and preparing for the worst. the grenfell tower disaster — police now say the number of people who died might be less than 80. ms suu kyi, have you become an apologist for ethnic cleansing? do you have something to say? that's the accusation against myanmar‘s aung san suu kyi — human rights groups say she hasn't given a satisfactory answer. talk about a quiet retirement — rio ferdinand says he'll
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be taking to the ring. and coming up in sportsday on bbc news... coach mark sampson says allegations of racism against him won't hinder england's lionesses as they begin their world cup qualifying campaign. good evening and welcome to the bbc‘s news at six. it was donald trump's first appearance at the united nations as president. it may be the home of international diplomacy, but there was nothing diplomatic about his attack on what he called rogue nations like iran and north korea. he told the general assembly of world leaders and senior diplomats that if north korea threatened the us or its allies it would face total destruction.
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our north america editor, jon sopel, reports on what the speech tells us about us foreign policy under donald trump. donald trump is used to being the centre of attention, but rarely has the global community waited with such bated breath to hearfrom him at his first address to the un general assembly. the isolationist ‘america first‘ president at the very embodiment of multilateralism and multinationalism. he was more conciliatory, but he was still donald trump. as president of the united states, i will always put america first. just like you, as the leaders of your countries, will always, and should always, put your countries first. he'd come to hug his friends and wallop us enemies, and none more so than north korea and their leader kim jong—un, or rocket man, as he called him. in the assembly, north korea's two
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allocated seats stood conspicuously empty. the united states has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy north korea. rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. the united states is ready, willing and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary. on the iran nuclear deal, he hinted that america could still walk away from it. "you haven't heard the last of this," he warned. but he ended up with a rallying cry for strong sovereign nations working together. we will fight together, sacrifice together, and stand together for peace, forfreedom, forjustice, for family, for humanity, and for the almighty god who made us all. thank you, god bless you,
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god bless the nations of the world, and god bless the united states of america. thank you very much. what will stand out from this address will be his comments on north korea, but there is no simple military solution. for all its shortcomings, the best way to make progress with pyongyang will be via the united nations, and the president knows it. jon is in new york for us this evening. jon, all this talk of destroying north korea. do wejust jon, all this talk of destroying north korea. do we just put that down the overblown rhetoric? well, it is hard to think of another occasion where a us president has gonein occasion where a us president has gone in and threatened to totally destroy our country belonging to another united nations member. it is also hard to think of an occasion where a president has summoned his
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inner eltonjohn where a president has summoned his inner elton john and where a president has summoned his inner eltonjohn and started talking about rocket man, and i think it is the conjunction of these two things, firstly, the danger is that you can make another sovereign country, and the other almost like a playground taunt. it may not be that this is the most outspoken speech that our us president has ever given, although there were gasps in the press room and there were gasps in the assembly at some of what donald trump said, but it will certainly go down as one of the most unorthodox, but it doesn't change the basic strategic issue. there is no easy military solution to north korea, and maybe this rhetoric is a way of piling on the pressure on russia, and more particularly china, to stop doing business with north korea, if you are going to avoid a nuclear catastrophe. jon, thank you very much. the eastern caribbean, already devastated by hurricane irma, is in harm's way again, this time from hurricane maria.
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overnight it pummelled the island of dominica with torrential rain and winds of more than 160 miles per hour. with power down across the island, it could be some hours before we know the scale of the devastation. maria is now heading towards puerto rico and the british virgin islands, from where our correspondent jeremy cooke reports. she is a mighty force of nature, barrelling in from the atlantic. hurricane maria hit guadalupe hard, the french authorities talking of extremely violent winds, ordering people to stay indoors. in martinique, too, high winds and heavy rain, as the hurricane eye passed within 30 miles. widespread flooding. but perhaps the worst so far has been dominica — conditions so bad hardly any pictures have emerged. an unverified video posted while the lights went off.
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the church roof has fallen in, my neighbour's rose, ruined! -- the church roof has fallen in, my neighbour's roof, ruined! even the prime minister could not escape the storm, posting on facebook, "my roof is gone, i'm at the complete mercy of the hurricane. house is flooding." and he continues, "focus now is on rescuing trapped and securing medical assistance for the injured." the forecasters are frantically trying to plot maria's future course, with puerto rico on the highest hurricane alert. there's a rush to get supplies to protect homes and lives before maria arrives. timber, food and water, in high demand. queues at the petrol pumps. here in the british virgin islands getting the first taste of what is to come, with these squalls passing overin to come, with these squalls passing over in advance of the arrival of
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hurricane maria. these communities know full well the damage that can be cause by a powerful hurricane, and that is why they are battening down and preparing for the worst. right until the last minute today, these shattered communities have been doing their best to prepare. the fear, the forecast, that hurricane maria is about to sweep through these already devastated islands. if irma was a knockout punch, what is predicted next feels like a low blow. for francine, it is too much. i am homeless, because of the shelters are a fool. this is the devastation. you notice i have on different shoes, notice howl devastation. you notice i have on different shoes, notice how i am dressed. we really need help here, because a lot of people are suffering. are you strong enough to ta ke suffering. are you strong enough to take this again, another hurricane? well, no, but what can we do? the harsh reality here is that all the tonnes of debris can't be fixed down oi’
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tonnes of debris can't be fixed down or made safe before the next hurricane is due to hit. the last thing these communities need. adding to the problems here, the drains are clogged with debris. more flooding seems inevitable. there is a lot of loose debris all over, the trees acting like a barricade to the strong winds, some of the leaves are gone and the trees have fallen. the trees on the hillsides, so if we have a lot of rain we are going to have a lot of rain we are going to have some erosion and potential mudslides, so that is a big concern. everyone here is doing all they can to prepare. more than 20,000 british citizens, facing their second potentially devastating hurricane in as many weeks. well, just in the last couple of minutes, indications that hurricane maria is making la ndfall that hurricane maria is making landfall here on the british virgin islands. what we don't know, of course, is the strength of the winds which we will face here in the coming hours. the hope is that the
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eye of the storm will pass well south of the british virgin islands. that may mean rain and flooding, but not further catastrophic damage, but the fear is of course that the eye of the storm may pass directly over these already shattered islands, and that would bring further catastrophic damage. studio: thank you very much, jeremy thorpe maria is the seventh hurricane this season. that's well above the average for this time of the year. so what's happening? our science editor david shukman explains. —— maria is the seventh hurricane this season. our science editor david shukman explains. the view from space of the terrifying swirl of cloud of hurricane maria. some years are relatively quiet during the hurricane season, but this one is shaping up to be one of the most violent. this image, from a fortnight ago,
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captures a rare sight — of three hurricanes together. the massive shape of hurricane irma in the centre, and two others, to the left and to the right. and now there's hurricane maria, which intensified with startling speed. what's remarkable about maria is that this time yesterday it was still a relatively small minor category one hurricane, and as the day proceeded it intensified incredibly rapidly to a top—level category five hurricane. so why do we seem to be getting so many hurricanes right now? well, they can develop whenever we get thunderstorms forming over warm oceans. and it's the warm water that are the key here. if the temperature of the sea surface is above 26 celsius, the air starts rising and spiralling, and if the winds are in the right direction the storm builds in size and in strength. and as it passes over yet more warm water, it can escalate into the most dangerous category, and do the most damage. this is the devastation caused by the high—speed winds and torrential rain of hurricane irma. early warnings sent out on social media meant the death toll wasn't higher, but until the hurricane season
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is over, there's still the potential for more storms to come. generally the season finishes about the end of november, but it can continue longer than that, depending on how severe a year it is, and, as we say, it does look like being a particularly bad year this year. the clouds of hurricane maria stretching over hundreds of miles. the bad news is that this massive storm is set to keep tracking over waters that are unusually warm. its impact is onlyjust beginning. david shukman, bbc news. the home office is investigating allegations that the security firm gas provided inaccurate financial information about the running of two immigration removal centres. it follows an undercover bbc panorama investigation which exposed abuse, drug use and self harm at the brook house centre. documents seen by the bbc also suggest the company was making excessive profits from running the centres. gas says it's never deliberately given false information to the home office. a stretch of the mi motorway was closed for much of the day
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as police investigated a suspicious object. detectives say item — which was found under a bridge between junctions 14 and 15 — wasn't explosive — but appears to be chemical. thousands of drivers were stuck for hours. the prime minister may be meeting world leaders at the un headquarters — but questions about a cabinet rift over brexit have followed her there. she's repeated her support for the foreign secretary after borisjohnson dismissed suggestions he might resign over brexit. the row comes just days before mrs may is due to make a major speech on brexit. our deputy political editor, john pienaar, reports from new york, his film contains some flashing images. guess who we saw back from jogging? borisjohnson guess who we saw back from jogging? boris johnson didn't look much guess who we saw back from jogging? borisjohnson didn't look much like britain's foreign secretary, but
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gossiped or no gas gossipy was not planning to resign over brexit. —— gossip or no gossip, he was not planning. we can take advantage of the chances brexit holds. theresa may would love to be sure of that. she has enough on a plate. at the un meeting the secretary general, and a diary full of leaders, well planning her next move on brexit, and trying to sound confident that will not be derailed by ministers splitting or quitting. boris and the cabinet are clear that we have one focus in what we're doing on the european union issue. but you believe he's not about to walk? we're very clear we have one focus, and we're all working together to achieve that aim, which is the best possible deal for the united kingdom in the european union. prime minister's diary is always a nightmare. meetings with leaders and business leaders in new york, promoting britain as a world player before and after brexit, and coming
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up before and after brexit, and coming up fast, her big speech in florence on friday, which many see as a big step in eu negotiations. especially if she promises tens of billions to the eu after britain leaves. today she was just getting on with it, or trying to. you knew this job was going to be tough. you can't have known quite how tough — any regrets? i'm doing what i always do, and what i've done throughout my life, which is getting on with the job in hand, and i think that's what the british people want their prime minister to do. tomorrow it is theresa may's turn to address leaders gathered here, and many are experienced political players who may see her as a political lame duck, but she won't find much sympathy here or at home. there is work to do, and politics is a harsh and unforgiving business. john pienaar, bbc news, at the united nations, new york. our top story this evening: president trump condemns what he calls "rogue nations" in his first speech to the un — warning that the us is capable of totally destroying north korea.
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and still to come... iam here, i am here, i'm waiting. i'm ready, are you ready? but is the world of boxing ready for rio in the ring? coming up in sportsday on bbc news... we'll have the latest news from old trafford .we . we have the latest reports and features from the bbc sport centre. in a major speech today, myanmar‘s leader aung san suu kyi has insisted her government has made every effort to bring peace to rakhine state — where hundreds of thousands of rohingya muslims have fled their homes. in recent weeks 400,000 rohingya muslims have arrived in neighbouring bangladesh, as a result of what the un has called "ethnic cleansing". human rights groups have criticised aung san suu kyi saying the speech contained untruths and victim—blaming. jonah fisher reports from myanmar. myanmar‘s nobel laureate arrived for her speech,
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a once unthinkable question hanging in the air. miss suu kyi, have you become an apologist for ethnic cleansing? there was no reply, that's aung san suu kyi's style these days. in the last three weeks, 400,000 rohingya muslims have fled her country, and she has said very little. miss suu kyi, do human rights still matter to you? this televised address to diplomats was miss suu kyi's chance to state her case to the world. we feel deeply for the suffering of all the people who have been caught up in the conflict. those who have had to flee their homes are many — notjust muslims and rakhines, but also small minority groups. this was miss suu kyi giving the "both sides" defence. overwhelmingly, the victims in this crisis have been the rohingya. as to who was responsible for burning villages, she refused to point the finger.
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then, to many people's surprise, there was this. we are concerned to hear that numbers of muslims are fleeing across the border to bangladesh. we want to find out why this exodus is happening. we would like to talk to those who have fled as well as those who have stayed. the speech will not satisfy miss suu kyi's many critics. a generous reading of it is that she is badly out of touch. but the idea that she put forward, that she does not know why hundreds of thousands of rohingya have fled into bangladesh is simply beggars belief. almost without exception, they say they are fleeing atrocities being committed by burmese soldiers. some observers have called it "ethnic cleansing". ultimately, miss suu kyi does not control the burmese army, but its generals seem quietly pleased that it is her taking the flak.
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what will it take to stop the abuses? why have so many people fled, and why aren't your soldiers stopping the burning of villages? "this is their strategic plot." "the rohingya were the ones who started attacking security forces." "then they ran away." "they knew what they did, then got worried about it and ran away." aung san suu kyi has made her choice. her relationship with the military and the stability of her government comes before the rohingya and what is left of her reputation. jonah fisher, bbc news, naypyidaw. the number of people who died in the grenfell tower fire may be slightly lower than originally thought — that's according to police investigating the blaze. initial estimates suggested around 80 people had been killed when the tower caught fire injune. our special correspondent lucy manning is in west london.
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i gather police have been giving an update, lucy? that's right, although an enormous number of people did die here at grenfell tower, they now believe that possibly fewer than 80 died. there was cctv in the foyer so they could count out about 240 people that night out the building. they are also investigating eight people for fraudulently claiming that they or family members were involved in the fire. police are also investigating four possible thefts from the tower, from the apartment that were not so badly damaged. it turns out money and some possessions have gone missing and police say that they are devastated that this could have happened. we got some sense today of the massive scale of the investigation. 1000 witness statements taken, 31 million documents seized and possible individuals being investigated for
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manslaughter. identification of remains here continues. today, a little eight—year—old boy was identified. his cousin said that he a lwa ys identified. his cousin said that he always brought a smile and a laugh to my face. lucy manning, thank you. sir vince cable has — in his first speech to the liberal democrat conference as leader — called for his party to "lead the fight against brexit". he urged what he described as the "sensible grown—ups" in other parties to work with the lib dems to keep britain in the single market and customs union. our political correspondent vicki young is in bournemouth at the conference — her report contains some flashing images. after two dismal election results, the liberal democrats need a revamp. vince cable's not exactly a fresh face on the political scene, but the 74—year—old says this is the time for grown—ups in all parties to join forces and prevent brexit becoming a disaster. his promise, a referendum once negotiations with the eu have finished. this is not a call for a rerun. it is not a call for a second referendum on brexit.
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this is a call for a first referendum on the facts. the lib dems should lead the fight against brexit, he said. but we should not be consumed by brexit to the exclusion of everything else. we're not a single—issue party, we're not ukip in reverse. he said returning to government was his aim. and my role as your leader is to be a credible potential prime minister. applause. sir vince called for major public spending on infrastructure, a penny rise in income tax to fund the health service, and government backed house—building to help young people onto the property ladder. we've got to end the stranglehold of oligarchs and speculators in our housing market. i want to see fierce tax penalties on the acquisition of property for investment purposes by overseas residents. at the last election, opposing brexit didn't
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attract voters in the way the liberal democrats had hoped. in this speech today, vince cable's trying to show that he's prepared to grapple with the broader issues facing the country, and he hopes that his past experience in government will add credibility to that message. vince cable is sounding ambitious — what do lib dem members make of it? vince cable says he could be the next prime minister — it's not going to happen, is it? not with that attitude, i don't think so. i think absolutely going forward he could be, and i think we all truly believe in liberal values and that's exactly why here. macron became president, so, you know, anything can happen. are things volatile enough to get vince cable into number ten? why not? why not indeed. now, this veteran politician must show that he can deliver results. vicki young, bbc news, bournemouth. he was a star of the footballing world — now rio ferdinand wants to be a boxer.
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the former england defender was approached by the betting company betfair — and the company says it the 38—year—old says he's looking forward to the challenge — as our sports correspondent natalie pirks reports. rio ferdinand knows what it takes to get to the top. now he wants to do it all again. from defender to contender, that's the catching way a betting company is billing their latest pr move. one of the most decorated english footballers in history. they are paying retired footballer rio ferdinand to turn his hand to boxing. today in the sport ‘s hallowed york hall, he told me he's not taking this move likely. ultimately there will be people saying it is a pr stunt, another pa rt saying it is a pr stunt, another part of the boxing circles, what do you say? it is a serious pr stunt, i wouldn't do a stunned when you could get seriously hurt. time will tell. i'm not here coming into this naively thinking it will be a bed of roses, there will be dark places i 90, roses, there will be dark places i go, training wise, physically and
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mentally and that's the challenge andi mentally and that's the challenge and i want to see if i get through it. the same bookmaker convinced victoria pendleton to switch saddles from bikes to horses. and curtis woodhouse successfully left football and became the british light welterweight champion. cricketer freddie flintoff was labelled a laughing stock for his foray into the sport. it is, in effect, realistically, a reality show made for money. you've got to be very careful that you do not overstep the mark. between something that becomes fun, to becoming something that becomes embarrassing. in the two years since retiring, ferdinand has lost both his wife and his mother to cancer. he says boxing has given him an outlet for his grief. now, as a respected pundit and charity ambassador, is getting into bed with a bookmaker a risk to his reputation? it's bigger than talking
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about who the relationship is with, it's about how inspirational this can be for other people. you can put your mind to something and achieve it. the sentiment, like the art, is noble. taking up boxing at 38 without a licence is certainly ambitious. natalie perks, bbc news. time for a look at the weather, here's matt taylor. what about hurricane maria? a devastating storm, she underwent a dramatic increase in speed, in the space of 24 hours, category one to category five. winds piling across dominica. it will remain category five as it crosses the us, the virgin isles and puerto rico. it still impacts the british virgin islands too. on our shores, we have a bit of patchy fog. in england, there is a ridge of high pressure. tomorrow, head of the weather front, moving in from the west, we drag air
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up moving in from the west, we drag air up from this direction, the south or southwest. a mild day across the board. a chill in the air across eastern parts of the country. the odd for patch with temperatures in the teams in the west. in western scotland, there is heavy rain. the system through wednesday. dry moments here. later, cornwalland devon will see outbreaks of rain too. in eastern scotland, more rain, but a good part of england staying dry and sunny spells. temperatures up dry and sunny spells. temperatures up on decent days, —— recent days. there is wet and windy weather in the west. the rain pushes eastwards overnight. rain in scotland and wales, and on thursday, this dividing line across the country. further bursts of rain into eastern scotland, and on the west of that, some sunshine. a better day in scotland. skies. east anglia should
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stay dry with hazy sunshine. 20—21 is the high. pleasant enough where you have cooler sunshine, where the rain has fallen. a cool start with mist and fog on friday, more splashes of rain and gusty winds in the west. temperature is what we see through the weekend, when the sun is out, it should feel pleasant. thank you. that's all from the bbc news at six, so it's goodbye from me — and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines. in his first address to the un general assembly, president trump says america will "destroy" north korea, if threatened by pyongyang. rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. the united states is ready, willing and able. there are growing fears
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for the caribbean island nation of dominica, after all communications were cut by hurricane maria, which is now heading for the british virgin islands. myanmar‘s leader, aung san suu kyi, has been accused of being in denial, after saying she doesn't know why 400 thousand rohinja muslims, have fled her country. detectives investigating the grenfell tower disaster, are looking into eight cases of fraud, involving people who claiming money after the fire.
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