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i'm babita sharma in london. the headlines: at least 100 dead in mexico, at least100 dead in mexico, after a powerful earthquake at least 100 dead in mexico, after a powerful earthquake strikes the capital. dozens of buildings have collapsed, with reports of people trapped in the debris.” collapsed, with reports of people trapped in the debris. i don't know the extent of the damage. what i do know is that dozens of people are desperately removing rubble here, because they believe someone is trapped. rescuers are searching for survivors in the rubble, and crowds cheered as this man was pulled out. but there are fears the death toll will rise. i'm rico hizon in singapore. also in the programme: president trump delivers a tough address to the un, saying that he would totally destroy north korea if it threatened america. ‘rocket man‘ is on a suicide mission for himself, and for his regime. britain suspends its cooperation with the burmese military over the humanitarian crisis
affecting rohingya muslims. we start with a developing breaking story this hour. a 7.1—magnitude earthquake has struck central mexico, killing 42 people in morelos state. early reports say seven others died in the neighbouring state of puebla. in mexico city, dozens of buildings have collapsed, with reports of many people trapped beneath the rubble. 0ur correspondent is in mexico city and describe what happened. this is the senior in mexico city, just a few minutes after an earthquake of 6.8 magnitude struck the capital. i have been without
signal on my phone since then, so i don't know the extent of the damage. what i do know is that dozens of people are desperately removing rubble here, because they believe someone rubble here, because they believe someone is trapped. 0ur correspondentjames cook has the latest. mexico city is one of the most densely packed places on earth. more than 20 million people live in this metropolis. any powerful earthquake here is especially devastating. the huge tremor struck around lunchtime, prompting panic. these mobile phone pictures show what appear to be columns of dust from collapsed buildings. fires have been reported, and people are being urged not to smoke, because of the danger from gas leaks. and, already, rescue work is underway. it is not clear how many people may be trapped. this was not even the epicentre. seismologists say that was 70 miles to the south—east, in neighbouring puebla province. these distressing pictures appear
to show buildings collapsing in the aftermath of the quake. many people had fled into the streets, but not everyone. this damage happened on the anniversary of the devastating 1985 earthquake. this morning, many residents had taken part in an emergency drill, preparing for exactly this event. now, 19 september will be remembered in mexico city for not one, but two disasters. more to come on that breaking story from mexico. our other top story: donald trump has delivered his maiden speech to the un general assembly. nothing was off—limits. north korea, iran and venezuela were all in the firing line, and what he said on north korea was quite extraordinary. have a listen. 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. that's what united nations is all about. that's what united nations is for. let's see how they do. it is time for north korea to realise that the denuclearisation is its only acceptable future. i spoke to charles edel, who served in the us state department, and asked him for his take on trump's tough talk. well, i think that these are not...
this is not the fire and period that we heard earlier. i think that this is actually of a piece with the maximum pressure that the administration has been stressing all along, and i think it's important to note that, while you had the normal trump rhetorical flares, to put it mildly, of ‘rocket man', what he said was the united states stood ready, willing and able. what are the applications? could we see another rocket launch from pyongyang and kimjong—un? look, it is, as i said previously on the show, i think it is a bit of a full‘s parent to ever guess what pyongyang will do. but yes, i think you will probably see further provocations from pyongyang. what i think, though, is interesting, is what president trump laid out was in effect and in tracking with a strategy they have put out between
secretary mattis and secretary tillerson about pressure. he praise the un and said let's see what the un can do. i think they are working still hoping that the sanctions that we re still hoping that the sanctions that were just past bully actually put into effect and implemented. and what was interesting was he put countries on notice that they were looking to see if they would actually carry them out, that is calling out china, if not by name. he also called a run a rogue nation, on the iran nuclear deal and embarrassment that is one of the worst and most one—sided transaction is the us has ever entered into. what is next, when macron supported that nuclear deal during his speech? well, what is next is we have about a month until we figure out what is next. it was, of course, the president has until october 15 to decide whether or not it will certify that iran is in compliance. he gave some wins, you get some nods
to what will come, but he didn't actually say what will come at this point. so as per normal, i think trump is leaving the rest of the world in a bit of a guessing game, but that is in line with everything we have been hearing from washington, that at this point there is an intense policy review about whether or not the united states will find iran whether or not the united states willfind iran in whether or not the united states will find iran in compliance with that deal. also this hour: in his first speech to the un general assembly, french president macron strongly defended the paris climate accord. mr macron warned that the planet was starting to take revenge on man, and said extreme weather events would erase the traditional differences between north and south. russia says its syrian army allies have been coming underfire from us—backed rebels in the east of the country. both the syrian army and the american—backed kurdish and arab forces are seeking to seize territory from so—called islamic state around the city of deir ez—zour. there have been fears that they might start to clash with each other. the retailer toys"r"us has filed for bankruptcy protection
in the united states and canada, as the firm tries to restructure major debts of more than $5.5 billion. the company is blaming a rise in online shopping for its problems. toys"r"us asia, which is financially independent from all other toys"r"us, says it is not affected, and its stores will stay open for business. a monument has been unveiled in moscow for mikhail kalashnikov, the designer of one of the world's most famous weapons. during the ceremony, the russian culture minister called the ak—lﬂ rifle a part of russia's cultural brand. it has been estimated that more than 100 million of them have been made over the past 70 years. breaking news from mexico city, our
developing story, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake has struck central mexico, killing at least 119 people in several states. many buildings, dozens and dozens reported to have been completely brought to the ground. with the latest reports saying that there are many people feared to be trapped beneath the rubble. thousands of people ran into the streets when the earthquake struck, in the afternoon, causing panic in the streets, loss of electricity, gas lea ks panic in the streets, loss of electricity, gas leaks have been reported in the area, sirens have bled out, because as you can imagine, this is an extremely worrying situation, where emergency crews a re worrying situation, where emergency crews are in attendance —— blared out. authorities are saying they believe the death toll will rise. latest reports are that 119 people have been killed in this earthquake. we will keep you updated on that story as soon as we get more. parts of the caribbean already devastated by hurricane irma are in the path of a second powerful storm.
at least one person has died as hurricane maria hit the island of guadeloupe, and there are reports of extensive damage to dominica, where there was torrential rain and winds of more than 160mph. hurricane maria is now heading towards puerto rico, as well as the british virgin islands, from where our correspondentjeremy cooke reports. she is a mighty force of nature, barrelling in from the atlantic. hurricane maria hit guadeloupe 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. it's rough in dominica, boss. an unverified video posted
while the lights went off. the church roof — blown in. my neighbour's roof — gone. even the prime minister could not escape the storm, posting on facebook. .. here in the british virgin islands, we are getting the first taste of what is to come, with these squalls passing over. these communities know full well the damage that can be caused by powerful hurricane. 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. if irma was a knockout punch, what is predicted next feels like a low blow. i'm homeless... for francine, it is all too much. because all the shelters are full, and this is the devastation. you notice i have on different shoes. i can't find any clothes. you notice how i'm dressed. we really need help here, because a lot of people
are suffering. the harsh reality here is that all the tons of debris can't be fixed down or made safe before the next hurricane is due to hit. adding to the problems here, the drains are clogged with debris. more flooding seems inevitable. there's a lot of loose debris all over. the trees, that act like a barricade to the strong winds, all the leaves are gone. some of the trees have fallen. and the trees hold the hillsides. so, if we have a lot of rain, we're going to have some erosion, and potential mudslides. so that's 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. jeremy cooke, bbc news, on the british virgin islands. the british government has suspended an assistance programme to the burmese military, as a direct result of the treatment of rohingya people.
this comes the country's de facto leader, aung san suu kyi, has been accused of being in a state of denial, after she claimed she didn't know why 400,000 rohingya muslims have fled myanmar. here is some of what she had to say in her address to the nation. we feel deeply for the suffering of all the people who have been caught up all the people who have been caught up in the conflict. those who have had to flee their homes are many, not just muslims had to flee their homes are many, notjust muslims and rakhines, but also small minority groups. 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 to those who have fled, as well as to those who have stayed. salil shetty, secretary general of the human rights organisation amnesty international, joins us from the un. thank you so much forjoining us.
did aung san suu kyi, in your view, really publish anything by delivering this speech? well, she came across as somebody who is burying her head in the sand. she is in denial. i mean, if she doesn't know why 400,000 people have fled, we can give her the answer, because we can give her the answer, because we have our staff on the ground. we are talking to the people who are fleeing from war, from persecution, from the military campaign that is essentially an ethnic cleansing. they want to remove that community from the map, and they are shooting at people as they are fleeing. they are putting landmines. we have evidence not just of are putting landmines. we have evidence notjust of eyewitness accou nts evidence notjust of eyewitness a ccou nts of evidence notjust of eyewitness accounts of women being raped, of children being attacked, but also satellite imagery, and, you know, technical evidence which is irrefutable. so it's just
disappointing that she wouldn't first and foremost acknowledged that there is a serious crisis. so why do you think is aung san suu kyi turning a blind eye on the atrocities of the military, and specifically, why are you calling this ethnic cleansing? because it is just that. we are talking about 400,000 rohingya people already fleeing. and this is not a new problem. you know, the issue of discrimination is an old one, and the only way the rohingya problem is going to be solved is by ending discrimination against the rohingya muslims, who have been stateless, you know, they have not been given citizenship for a long time now. but the immediate issue is that the military campaign, which she claims stopped on five september, in our view is going on as we speak, and people need humanitarian aid. those are the two immediate issues. stop the military campaign of violence, bring a thin. she says she is open to international scrutiny, then why
are the un bashed your mac fact—finding mission delegates not being allowed to enter the country? britain has already suspended and aid programme to myanmar. what else can the international community do at this point, apart from condemning the violence? we at united nations general assembly right now, the un security council has absolutely not, you know, stood up to its responsibility. they have many things they can do, but they have come up with some weak elements of a press statement, which is absolutely shameful, you know. so they can do a lot, and they are doing nothing. i mean, even the uk action, it's better than nothing, but, you know, we have all the world leaders here. rakhine state is on fire. it is not a matter of delaying any more, people are dying, people are suffering, and they are taking zero action. so in your view, do you think that aung san suu kyi has lost her credibility as a leader?” think that aung san suu kyi has lost
her credibility as a leader? i mean, it is true that, although she is the so—called state council, which is kind of ahead of the government, she is not controlling the military. but i think, you is not controlling the military. but ithink, you know, she is not controlling the military. but i think, you know, she is one of the most popular leaders of the country. imean, most popular leaders of the country. i mean, loves her in the country. so if she doesn't use her political capital now, in the face of such massive crimes against humanity, when she going to use its? i hope she is going to change from being in denial to taking hard action immediately. we have the kofi anant commission recommendations, she said they are going to implement them, and let them do it in its totality now. thank you so much forjoining us. you are watching bbc news. still to come: at least 100 people are dead after a devastating earthquake hit
mexico. we will have more on this devastating story. 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 the 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. now that she has become a saint, it is expected that this area will be inundated with tourists.
the mayor and local businesses 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. a big earthquake has struck central mexico, causing widespread destruction and killing at least 100 people. the 7.1 magnitude quake brought down many buildings leaving many trapped inside. president trump has told the united nations he would totally destroy north korea if it threatened america. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the south china morning post has a picture from an audacious robbery that took place in one of hong kong's busiest shopping districts. the suspects made their getaway on a motorcycle after smashing a store window with hammers.
they escaped with more than $2.5 million worth ofjewellery. the front page of the japan times raises concerns about the risk posed by volcanoes to some of the country's nuclear plants. according to the nation's nuclear safety watchdog, five nuclear power plants could be at risk. and the china daily reports china and russia are urging for peaceful solutions to solve tensions on the korean peninsula. the chinese foreign minister says "the vicious cycle, which is worsening, must be broken." now — what are people talking about online? well the earthquake in mexico is dominating conversations online. at least 100 people have been killed, across three states.
i'm joined from mexico city byjennifer swaddle. tell us what happened ? tell us what happened? this afternoon i was teaching a class of 11 —year—olds. it was very frightening. the tremor quickly escalated into something that shook the classroom. the students were very quick and responsive. the outside of my classroom wall fell, so there was a big pile of rubble. luckily, nobody was hurt. it was incredibly frightening. what was going through your mind?” incredibly frightening. what was going through your mind? i think you feel incredibly vulnerable, mother nature, there is not really a huge amount you can do. their main
priority was the children's safety. asi priority was the children's safety. as i said, they were very well—behaved, getting on top of the situation. the ground was moving, i was on the second floor. we are talking concrete and cement, it was shaking. just very vulnerable. what is happening around you now? we are kind of just recuperating. is happening around you now? we are kind ofjust recuperating. getting ourselves together. by us i mean the community, a group of teachers. making sure everybody is ok. communicating with time to make sure they are aware we are ok. the stu d e nts they are aware we are ok. the students have mostly just they are aware we are ok. the students have mostlyjust gotten home. that was a huge concern because of the traffic and the lack of communication. they were not allowed to take their possessions with them, like mobile phones and so on. just trying to get out head
around it. what can you see outside of where you are? we are getting a lot of reports, there is chaos in the streets, traffic, people in panic. i don't know if you know whether electricity is still running where you are? it has not long on. i am like living on a hill, we have a lot of stability. there was carnage and car horns in the streets. it was especially bad even for those who are accustomed to traffic. i am looking out for friends, are accustomed to traffic. i am looking out forfriends, making are accustomed to traffic. i am looking out for friends, making sure they have gotten back. i really hope that things have not been too affected, that is probably one of the worst areas. we are very grateful for you joining the worst areas. we are very gratefulfor you joining us. i a lwa ys gratefulfor you joining us. i always feel when we do an interview like this, in this kind of
situation. if you have even had a chance... have you had a chance to gather your thoughts and get a sense of what has happened? we keep getting news that the death toll is rising, latest reports say at least 100 people have lost their lives. yes, it is really quite sickening. my yes, it is really quite sickening. my thoughts are obviously with those people. it is very frightening, you are mentioning social media, a lot of images and videos are being shared. building collapses and such. ifi shared. building collapses and such. if i was to describe my feelings at the moment, sick, in shock. it is horrible thing students cry, not knowing where their family is and so on. they are probably quite disorientated and still shaken. on. they are probably quite disorientated and still shakenm the situation, you have found yourself teaching a class of students. i would yourself teaching a class of students. iwould imagine yourself teaching a class of students. i would imagine that pa rents were students. i would imagine that parents were asking you many questions about what had happened
regarding the welfare of their children? absolutely. it was a geography lesson, the parents were pretty fa ntastic. geography lesson, the parents were pretty fantastic. many came to the school to pick them up. we found that a big problem was that part of our procedure is to evacuate the school quickly and quietly, people cannot be taking possessions such as mobile phones. we gathered students, and with students and parents onside, they were very keen to communicate with family members and so on. but obviously the buildings are very dangerous and we can't allow that. it was conflicting, you wa nt to allow that. it was conflicting, you want to allow it and help them, but you cannot. we are very grateful for your time. more on this developing story, more to come. hello there. we are starting
wednesday on a fine note for many, bright with some sunshine. across the north—west corner, another weather system moving in bringing thickening cloud, outbreaks of rain and strengthening winds. it could be quite wet in places, same for western scotland. pounds, temperatures by the start of wednesday, temperatures in double figures but cooler in the countryside with mr fog. this is the way the system responsible for bringing that weather front —— towns. this is something we will see for the rest of the week, lifting mild airfrom the for the rest of the week, lifting mild air from the south, picking for the rest of the week, lifting mild airfrom the south, picking up south—west winds. starting off on a fine and brighter note this morning, good spells of sunshine. but increasing across western areas, showers developing ahead of this rain. that will get going this
afternoon across northern ireland and in too much of scotland, getting into western wales and the south—west of england. head of this, waking up to brightness. 19, 20, maybe 21. warmer than it has been over the past week. wednesday into thursday, that rain continues to spread east. some heavy burst through the night, especially in south—west england and wales, north—west england and scotland. by thursday afternoon, across central and eastern areas. the far south—east seeing some warm sunshine, 20— 21 degrees, cooler and fresher further west. low pressure moving off into the north sea as we head into friday. a brief ridge of high pressure before the next weather system comes in off the atlantic. starting friday on a brighter note with some sunshine, especially in central, southern and eastern parts. in the west, downhill with wind and rain pushing on. across northern ireland, then into scotland, it england and western
ireland. fairly warm across east and south—east areas, 19— 20 degrees, fresher further west. looking at the caribbean, hurricane maria ploughed through dominic and martinique on monday night introduced a causing devastation. the storm is continuing to maintain its strength, ploughing across the british and us virgin islands and puerto rico, it could cause on devastation on wednesday morning as a major category five, and thereafter pushing to the north ofa and thereafter pushing to the north of a spaniel. —— espanola. you are watching bbc world news. our top story: a powerful earthquake
has struck central mexico, killing at least 100 people. many more are feared trapped inside collapsed buildings, some of which have caught fire. the magnitude—7.1 quake struck in the early afternoon, after city authorities carried out an earthquake drill. president trump has said the international order is under threat from a small group of rogue nations. addressing the un general assembly, mr trump said he would totally destroy north korea if it threatened america. and this is trending on bbc.com: the us hurricane centre is warning of a potentially catastrophic impact of hurricane maria, as it heads towards the british virgin islands and puerto rico. the category—5 storm has intensified, with winds now reaching 260 km/h. stay with bbc world news. now on bbc news, it is time for hardtalk.
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