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hello everyone. i'm rico hizon in singapore. our top stories: the un security council unanimously condemns north korea's latest missile test. america says it's time not for words, but actions. at least 32 people are killed after a tour bus crashes in the taiwanese capital, taipei. i'm lebo diseko in london. as inspections continue at a damaged dam in california, thousands of people who were evacuated want to know when they can return home. and we meet the keen knitter whose sweaters mirror the landmarks he visits. live from our studios in singapore and london, this is bbc world news. it's newsday. glad you could join us.
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it's 9:00am in singapore, 1:00am in london and 8:00pm in the evening in new york, where the united nations security council has unanimously condemned north korea's latest ballistic missile test. the us ambassador to the un, nikki haley, said it is time to hold north korea accountable with actions, not words. a few hours before, president trump told a joint news conference with the canadian prime minister, that the us faces many dangers. when i was campaigning, i said it is not a good situation. now that i see it, including with our intelligence briefings, we have problems that a lot of people have no idea how bad they are, how serious they are. not only internationally, but when you come right here. 0bviously north korea is a big, big problem, and we will deal with that very strongly. 0ur correspondent neda tawfik is at the un in new york. she told me there was a clear message from the security council.
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well, the security council issued a very strong statement, as you said, unanimous there, saying that they would basically look to see what further actions they could take. now, they didn't specify what they could be, but certainly security council members over the last decade have issued increasingly harsh sanctions on north korea, to try to persuade pyongyang to take a path away from nuclearisation. so we had very strong language from the us ambassador, nikki haley, urging security council members to basically take all actions, not words, actions, she said, to force north korea to basically depart from its action. so one thing that a senior security council member mentioned to me was implementation of the current resolutions, and current sanctions on the table.
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and we know that that is something that, if north korea continues to launch missiles in defiance of those security council resolutions, that they are hoping could be again looked at. yes, you have a lot of rhetoric, condemnation from global leaders, sanctions that have been imposed over the past few years. but the big question is, does pyongyang really listen? are they really affected by what the world says? well, that's exactly it. it seems that kim jong—un, in defiance, really, of all these security council resolutions, is continuing to make a statement with these launches. now, when i spoke to diplomats here, they said they do believe that sanctions are working, but the sanctions do take time. they have increased targeted economic sanctions, asset freezes, and so the council is really looking at every which way they can affect the economy, and try to encourage kim jong—un to walk away from that path of nuclearisation. but clearly it is a big issue in the security council here.
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even with north korea's main ally, china, on its side when they imposed the sanctions, it still wasn't enough to get any real action. so it is something that the security council said in this meeting they would stay across. neda tawfik there. let's take a look at some of the day's other news. 32 people have been killed after a tour bus crashed on a road near taiwan's capital, taipei. it's thought 44 people were on board when it overturned on a ramp. the bbc‘s cindy sui in taipei gave me this update a bit earlier. the authorities still do not know what caused this accident. they are looking into whether the driver was speeding at the time, as he entered this wide curve of the highway. there are also looking into whether he may have been suffering from driver fatigue. now, according to local media, he had been working since 6:30am that morning, yesterday morning, and this happened at 9:00pm, so he had been working for about 14 hours. and it was a long drive from taipei
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to the central taiwan city of taichung, where they were going to this recreational farm to look at cherry blossoms. so they are also looking at whether the bus was maybe illegally altered, or put together from different parts of vehicles, because many of the passengers were thrown out of the vehicle — the top had been scraped off when the accident happened. much of the roof was missing when authorities arrived at the scene. so there are a lot of unanswered questions. now, i should point out that, even though taiwan has worked very hard, in recent years, to reduce the number of deaths caused by traffic accidents, more than 3,000 people still die on the roads every year. and many of those deaths could have been prevented. and many of them, as we have seen in recent weeks, with other tour bus accidents, were caused by driver error, or lack of training, orfatigue, or insufficient information provided to drivers. well also making news today, a verdict is due on seven police officers. they are charged with beating
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pro—democracy activist ken tsang during protests in october 2014. the case centered on one of the most controversial nights of the 0ccupy campaign, when demonstrators clashed with police, who were trying to clear the area outside government headquarters. a bomb has exploded in lahore in pakistan, killing 13 people and injuring more than 80. it happened as hundreds of people had gathered to protest about new rules on the sales of pharmaceuticals. a faction of the taliban said it carried out the attack. the united states has slapped sanctions on the venezuelan vice—president, tareck el aissami, accusing him of involvement in drugs trafficking. his assets in the us have been frozen and he will be barred from entering the country. the us authorities say mr el aissami facilitated huge shipments of narcotics from venezuela by air and sea, and protected other drug traffickers. there was no immediate reaction from the venezuelan vice—president, who denies criminal ties.
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the us senate has confirmed the former goldman sachs banker steven mnuchin as treasury secretary by 53 votes to a7. some democrats raised concerns that he made much of his fortune by foreclosing on families during the financial crisis. samsung's chief lee jae—yong was questioned well into the night by south korea's special prosecutor investigating the scandal that threatens to topple the country's president. he's accused of paying more than $37 million into a fund run by the friend of park geun—hye in return for government support for a business merger. mr lee and the president have denied the accusations. now, the brazilian international cristiane is to become the world's highest—paid female footballer, with a move to china. the 31—year—old willjoin changchun dazhong zhuoyue at the end ofjune — that's from paris
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saint—germain. that's according to the chinese club's general manager. the club claims cristiane‘s salary would be a new world record, although no figures were specified. now, rico, let's get more... let's get more, now, on the meeting of president trump and the canadian prime ministerjustin trudeau. we've already talked about mr trump's comments on north korea, but trade and immigration were also discussed. here's our north america editorjon sopel. announcer: the president of the united states and the prime minister of canada. this is the neighbour just dropping by. but were there ever two elected leaders so different in style and substance than donald trump and justin trudeau? both men were on their best behaviour, because on one particular issue they are thousands of miles apart — and that is whether to allow those fleeing persecution into the country.
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0n the day after president trump signed his controversial executive order banning refugees and travellers from seven mainly—muslim countries, justin trudeau tweeted this: "to those fleeing persecution, terror and war, canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. diversity is our strength. welcome to canada." so how would they deal with this obvious policy difference at theirjoint news conference? we cannot let the wrong people in, and i will not allow that to happen during this administration. and people, the citizens of our country, want that, and that's their attitude too, i will tell you. there have been times when we have differed in our approaches, and that's always been done firmly and respectfully. the last thing canadians expect is for me to come down and lecture another country on how they choose to govern themselves. astonishingly, no questions were either asked or allowed about this man, who was in the room
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for the news conference. he is general mike flynn, the president's national security adviser, a key white house figure. this was him two weeks ago, after iran had tested a ballistic missile. instead of being thankful to the united states in these agreements, iran is now feeling emboldened. as of today, we are officially putting iran on notice. thank you. but it is him who now seems to be on notice, after not being entirely candid about conversations he had with the russian ambassador prior to donald trump taking office, and he may well have lied to the vice president about it. he flew back to washington last night with the president, on air force one, and was at the news conference today. he is still national security adviser, though with a high degree of insecurity. john sopel, bbc news, london. an avalanche in the french alps has killed four people as they were snowboarding off—piste.
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those who died were all french. it's reported they were a father and his two teenage sons, as well as their ski guide. catharina moh has this story. the site of a 400 metre wide avalanche. it is peak season for the french alps. though for much of the day a large search and rescue operation has been under way in tignes after four people were swept away. the group of snowboarders, which includes an experienced guide and two teenage boys, had been off—piste when they were buried by the wall of snow. around 11:00am i was in a ski shop and there was an emergency called on the walkie—talkie. the ski teacher literally ran out and jumped on their ski bike. i could see the trace of the avalanche that had just happened and the helicopter starting to arrive. all afternoon i could see a huge and amount of mountain rescuers at the top of what is a 100 metre large hollow where the snow accumulated. initially, rescuers believed an extra five people had been part of the group. but police now say they didn'tjoin the excursion and are safe. the avalanche warning at the resort
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on monday had been three out of five. officials say this one appeared to have been set off by a group of skiers higher up the mountain. rescuers are still searching the area for other possible victims. avalanches are common in the alps, though this is the worst in france this ski season, so far. last year, 21 people were killed in skiing accidents. catharina moh, bbc news. more than 180,000 people evacuated from underneath the us‘s highest dam will not be allowed to return to their homes immediately. they were ordered to leave the area downstream of the 0roville dam on sunday because their homes were in danger of being engulfed in a wall of water, after the 230 metre high dam's spillways were found to be damaged. authorities have now managed to lower the water level in the dam, but conceded repairs might be needed
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before people could be allowed home again. getting those people home is important to me. i want that to happen as soon as possible. but i have two he able to sleep at night knowing they are back in a terrier. —— buti knowing they are back in a terrier. —— but i have two be able to. if it is raining and there is water coming into the lake, i cannot in good conscience believe these people a say. and so that is what i am going to do. so to be people who are displaced, i apologise. to do. so to be people who are displaced, iapologise. —— to do. so to be people who are displaced, i apologise. —— the people. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: the governor of jakarta fighting not only for re—election, but to avoid jail, in a blasphemy trial. also on the programme: to boldly go... why the space race in the 21st century may be happening in asia. there's nelson mandela. mr nelson mandela, a free man, taking his first steps
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into a new south africa. iran's spiritual leader ayatollah khomeini has said he's passed a death sentence on salman rushdie, the british author of a book which many muslims say is blasphemous. the people of haiti have flocked to church to give thanks for the ousting of their former president, 'baby doc' duvalier. because of his considerable value as a stallion, shergar was kept in a special secure box in the stud farm's central block. shergar was driven away in a horse box the thieves had brought with them. there stepped down from the plane a figure in mourning. elizabeth ii, queen of this realm and of all her other realms and territories. head of the commonwealth, defender of the faith. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. and i'm lebo diseko in london.
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our top stories: the united nations security council has unanimously condemned north korea's latest ballistic missile test. a tour bus has crashed in the taiwanese capital, taipei, killing 32 people and injuring 12 others. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. let's start with the new york times, where the paper headlines what it calls the parachute generation. it says chinese parents are increasingly paying to get their children into high schools and universities in the united states. let's go to the south china morning post. the paper is reporting on the firebomb attack on a hong kong underground train on friday. it says a tearful mtr chairman has launched an investigation panel, which will look into a number of things, including whether older trains should be fitted with cctv. and finally, the gulf news. the paper says dubai is getting ready for self—driving electric cars, and flying vehicles. experts say trials are to begin for the technology in the coming months. now, rico, what stories
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are sparking discussions online? well, have a look at this story, just in time for valentine's day. this is a job you might want to apply for. a vacancy for a chocolate and cocoa beverage taster has attracted thousands of applicants. the part—time role has been advertised in the uk, and requires people to be able to discern flavours in the chocolate goodies. it is not as straightforward as it sounds. apparently chocolate tasting does require some skill and training. it looks like an interesting job. it looks like an interesting jobm certainly does. millions of indonesians go to the polls on wednesday to elect local leaders. the focus is on the capital, jakarta, where governor basuki tjahaja purnama is not only
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trying to get re—elected, but is fighting to stay out ofjail. he is the first non—muslim to hold the powerful position, and the highest—ranking official ever to be charged with insulting a religion. as rebecca henschke reports, his blasphemy trial is being seen as test for religious tolerance. hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets in recent months, calling for governor basuki tjahaja purnama to be jailed. he is accused of insulting islam in a campaign speech, where he suggested muslims were being fooled by scholars who say there is a verse in the koran that tells them not to vote for non—muslims. translation: he's not muslim. he hasn't studied the koran. he's not a preacher. why did he start playing around with words of the koran? pushed by this large—scale public anger, the governor, widely known as ahok, was brought to trial with record speed, in the middle of a heated election campaign. before governor ahok was accused of blasphemy, he was well ahead of the polls,
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and was predicted to win this election by a landslide. he is now having to fight hard for his political career. but his supporters, who have turned out en masse today to have a photo with him, say that this trial is not about religion. it is an attempt by his political opponents to try and bring him down. translation: there are people who are using the words of the koran to campaign against him, because he's a christian. this is about politics, and personal political gain. every monday morning at state schools across the country, children recite the founding principles of indonesia, and the country's motto, unity in diversity. despite having the world's largest muslim population, the country respects six official religions. but the movement against governor ahok, who is christian and ethnic chinese, has minorities worried. translation: there is a grand design to stop christian leaders from rising up in this country. if a plan like this takes place,
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then indonesia could break up in smaller elections. islands and provinces with majority—christian populations will start demanding independence. so far, protests have been largely peaceful. but there are concerns that things could get violent, as protesters are threatening to overthrow the government if governor ahok is notjailed. many people lost their mind because of, you know, passionate outrage against the so—called blasphemy. so this is completely about identity politics, that unravel indonesia's social fabric. this is — for me, it's dangerous. indonesia's multi—ethnic and pluralist society is being tested in a way it hasn't in decades. rebecca henschke, bbc news, jakarta. the race to space has always been a matter of pride and prestige for national governments.
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it all started during the cold war, when russia and the us embarked on a space race. but, as other countries have embarked on their own programmes to boldly go where no man has gone before, the race has become more global. in april 1961, russian cosmonaut yuri gagarin became the first man in space. on 20 july 1969, neil armstrong and then buzz aldrin took one small step, and became the first men on the moon. in 2000, the first permanent crew moved into the international space station. and in 2003, china became the third country to put its own astronauts into space. experts say, if there is a space race 110w, it is inside asia. dr dava newman is an apollo professor of astronautics. she told me there is much more to gain globally if international space programmes work together. for international space station, 16 years.
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russia, japan, the united states, the entire european space programme, canada, five main partners. there is space diplomacy. it is fantastic that the us and russia and europe are all working together, japan, as i mentioned. it's really important to think about. we have much more to gain globally than we do pitting ourselves against one another. what is the current state of space exploration? it's good, it's fantastic. we are on our way to mars. when will that happen? the 20305. the 20305? we're only 2017! space is hard. it's really hard to get there. in the 2020s we will move to low—earth orbit. we'll get to lunar orbit, we call that cis—lunar space. there are seven assets on mars today, five from nasa, but also the indian space agency and the europeans have orbiters. so there are a lot of players now.
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so if you send a manned spacecraft to mars, how long will it take? ah, you'd better get ready for about a 3.5—year trip. so it's only eight months to mars. i think it's going to be a female commander, it will be a mixed crew, it's going to be fantastic. we're going to study mars for 500 days, it's really hard. we are looking for the evidence of past life. a female commander, you mentioned, dr newman, but there are also plans to send astronauts back to the moon in the 20205. will that also be led by a woman? i think so. that's my bet. it will be mixed, again, global exploration. the current nasa, the most recent nasa astronauts was four women and four men, and now we are undergoing another astronaut selection now. and of course this collaboration between nasa and hollywood, and i watched martians, which starred matt damon, was that a realistic way of looking at a trip to mars? yes, it was excellent.
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the book was great, by andy weir, he did great research, so they got almost all the technologies right. and what inspiration. so the martian really was fantastic, so we worked with them closely. it's nice to get all the technology right. as an aerospace engineer, we want to make sure hollywood gets the details. it won't be all potatoes, though. regenerative sustenance. right now we are growing vegetables and lettuce on the space station. now for a fashion item, of sorts. sam barsky knits his own sweaters with images of famous places on them. he then travels to those locations to take pictures of himself wearing them. have a look. pretty much anything that crosses my eyes is a possible jumper. i'm sam barsky. i knitjumpers of famous landmarks and scenery all around the world. in 1999, i had a chance meeting with the owners of a wool shop. and i asked them, "how do
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you learn how to do that?" and they offered to teach me for free, under the condition i would buy wool from them in the future. i've long fulfilled my wool debt to them. it was unconscious at first. i would choose to wear, wherever we went, the sweater i had representing whatever landmark it was. i realised i had anotherform of art going and i started doing it intentionally. whenever i would go to a particular place, i would not only wear the representing sweater there, but i would try to get the most perfect picture i could in the location, wearing it. people seem to like the ones of times square and the golden gate bridge the most. maybe the tower bridge as well. those seem to be the most popular ones of all. i don't think i will ever run out, because i've come up with thousands of ideas in my life.
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even of the most trivial things, like the pilons we see all the time and don't even think about most of the time. realistically, given it takes about one month to make one, i can probably do about 300 or 400 in my lifetime and i have so many more ideas, i'll never get them all done in my life. you have been watching newsday. stay with us. just before we go, here is an idea for those of you stuck for ideas for valentine's gifts. insect biscuit bags. this seems to be going down a treat for somejapanese people in tokyo. 0ne bar imported giant water bugs for its cocktails, and desserts too. apparently it works pretty well with chocolate. i'm not sure how impressed this lady looks, though! that's all for now. stay with bbc world news. morning.
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well, it was a fairly miserable weekend, wasn't it? cold and bleak for many of us, so monday was a better day. the exception, though, the far north—east. it was still rather disappointingly cool. across aberdeen, only five degrees and a lot of cloud. you can see on a satellite picture from monday, where the cloud is that for scotland. there was a decent sunshine elsewhere. it was windy but the sunshine hopefully compensated. and in the south—west, in exeter, we had a high of 13 degrees. there is some cloud and rain down into the south—west. a weather front approaching into cornwall over the next few hours. staying quite windy with hill fog through the higher ground of wales and north—west england. a chilly start for many of us, with the exception perhaps into the south—west. so first thing on tuesday will look something like this. cloud and outbreaks of rain through cornwall and eventually nudging into parts of devon. a little more cloud through somerset and wales but elsewhere a cold start with some decent spells of sunshine.
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further north and west again dry, largely sunny, maybe the chance of a little bit bit of light, patchy frost in sheltered areas of scotland, but not a bad start to the day. and, as we go on through the day, i think you will continue to see some sunshine, and temperatures will be a degree also up on where they were on monday. the exception is in the south—west where the cloud will begin to gather pushing up through the midlands and into wales. eventually into northern ireland. it will bring the odd spot of showery rain by the end of the day. but temperatures still decent, 11—12 degrees. highs hopefully six or seven into eastern scotland. so we're starting to get there. that weather front will move out of the way, and then we have this series of fronts out to the west which produce a messy picture for wednesday. there will be some rain with these frontal systems, but it is going to be very hit—and—miss as they drift
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up from the south. there will be outbreaks of patchy rain. it will be cloudy but mild and less windy than we have seen this week. the best of the brightness into the far north and east. eight or nine degrees by wednesday afternoon. highest values of 11 further south. once we get those areas of low pressure out of the way, things are likely to quieten down as we go to the end of the week. the isobars will open up, the winds will fall lighter, and that means that there will be a good deal of dry and mild weather. early morning mist and fog could be a problem. that will slowly lift and any rain we get will be light and patchy. so, all in all, not a bad end to the week. iam lebo i am lebo diseko. the united nations security council has unanimously condemned north korea's latest ballistic missile test. the us ambassador to the un, nikki haley, said it is time to hold
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north korea accountable with actions, not words. 32 people have been killed after a tour bus crashed on a road near taiwan's capital, taipei. it's thought 44 people were on board when it overturned on a ramp. the bbc‘s cindy sui in taipei gave me this update a bit earlier. a vacancy for a chocolate and cocoa beverage taster has attracted thousands of applicants. the part time role has been advertised in the uk and requires
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